Pearl Ritsema

December 20, 1935 ~
January 6, 2021

Pearl Lorraine Ritsema, age 85, of Grandville, passed away peacefully at her home with her husband at her side on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, and is now resting comfortably in the arms of her Lord and Savior. Pearl served for 44 years as an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was a faithful wife, wonderful mother, and tireless in her love to her family. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Henry and Ethel Howerzyl; brother, Dean Howerzyl; sister, Marilyn Hielkema; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years, Larry; her children, Kim and Pete Peterson, Brian and Nancee Ritsema, Dave and Brenda Ritsema, Dean and Laura Ritsema, Brent and Christine Ritsema; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kari Peterson, Brandon and Liz Ritsema (Lucas, Lila, Laikin), Jared and Mary Ritsema, Amber Ritsema (Marquis), Chana and Jason VanderVennen (Addalyn, Makenna, Delaney), Cameron and Emily Ritsema., Ethan Ritsema, Colin Ritsema, Ben Meyer, Sam Meyer, Jack Meyer, Seth and Jacquelyn Ritsema (Kinsley), Ashlyn Ritsema, Caden Ritsema; brother, Dennis and Suzanne Howerzyl; brothers-in-law, Alan Hielkema, Henry Ritsema; sister-in-law, JoAnne Ritsema; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church, 3617 Hillcrest Rd., Hudsonville, with Pastor Reggie Smith officiating. The service will be recorded and can be viewed on the funeral home website on Monday evening. The burial will take place at Winchester Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Sunday, January 10, from 2-5 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Potter’s House Christian School or the Grandville Calvin Christian School Foundation. Condolences may be sent online at

Sunday, January 10
2:00pm - 5:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Funeral Service
Monday, January 11

Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church
3617 Hillcrest Rd.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

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January 12, 2021 12:19pmAdded from
January 8, 2021 Rejoicing with your wife and mother as her faith is now sight and she is with her Lord who she served so faithfully. She was always cheerful and happy when she visited with me at my neighborhood store. Sympathy to you as you pause to remember a dear saint called to glory. Jack Poll

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January 12, 2021 10:53am
Dear Pearl is now at home in heaven. What a hole that will be in your life, Larry, and in the lives of your children and grandchildren. She loved you all and supported you all in what ever you were doing in life. Blessings as you adjust to life with out your precious Pearl. Sincerely, Arnie and Shirley snoeyink

- Shirley Snoeyink

January 10, 2021 2:50pm
My sincere sympathy to all the family in the loss of wife, mother. grandmother, and great grandmother. I remember Pearl and Larry well from the time They lived on Lynch str. They are both great people and I pray for peace and comfort and the family walks down this road. Sincerely , Wilma Quist

- wilma quist

January 10, 2021 11:25am
We want to send our sincere condolences to Larry and the family. We loved Pearl as family and a great friend. She was loving and would help anyone. We have known Pearl and her family for many years and wish we could be there to comfort Larry and the family, but with our current health it's not possible to come in person. We miss Pearl very much and know that now she is in the arms of our Lord. We love you all very much. Love, Pete and Thea Beintema and family.

- Pete and Thea Beintema

January 09, 2021 8:41pm
We loved Pearl ~ what a neat lady!!! We are so so sorry for your loss, but rejoice with you that we will be re-united with her in Heaven! I am so happy she gave me her fabulous recipe for Texas Sheet Cake. I'm going to make it again soon to share at Bible Study!

- Mark and Sandy Taylor

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