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Grace Ritsema

April 27, 1958 - December 25, 2021
Mattawan, MI



Wednesday, April 20, 2022
11:00 AM EDT
Calvary Reformed Church
7829 5th St
Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 375-6240

A luncheon will follow in the church hall.



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Operation Christmas Child C/O Samaritan's Purse
PO Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-1980
Web Site

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
(800) 533-2873
Web Site

University of Michigan FBO Transplant Center Support Fund
777 E. Eisenhower Pkwy Ste 650
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 764-6777
Web Site


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Taylor's Florist and Gifts
215 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-6256
Driving Directions
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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
Driving Directions
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Life Story / Obituary


With her husband by her side, Grace went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 25, 2021. Cremation has taken place. Grace was born April 27,1958 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Charles and Anne (Sportel) King and was a resident of Mattawan. On March 10, 1978 she was united in marriage to Mark A. Ritsema who survives. Also surviving are 3 children: Andrea Rose of Wyoming, Jeremy (Melissa) Ritsema of Paw Paw, and Zachary (Kasey) Ritsema of Portage; 6 grandchildren; sister, Janice (Frank) Gibson of Greenfield, TN; brother-in-law, Paul Vander Klye of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews. Grace was a member of Calvary Reformed Church of Mattawan where she was middle school youth leader, Women of the Bible leader, Operation Christmas Child leader, and participated in many other activities within the church. Grace retired from Borgess Medical Center after 38 years of service as a Registered Nurse. Grace loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, teaching them new things each time they met. Grace loved working with flowers, sewing, knitting, crocheting, watching the wildlife in the back yard, traveling to Alaska and Florida with Mark, riding ATVs, and boating. She also loved reading God’s word and studying His word with others. She cherished her many friends who she loved. Grace is preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Robert Talsma; sisters: Doris Talsma and Char Vander Klye; and father-in-law, Robin Ritsema. Home going services for Grace will be held 11 AM Wednesday, April 20, at Calvary Reformed Church, 7829 5TH Street, Mattawan. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Pastor Greg Van Heukelom to officiate. Memorial donations may be given to: University of Michigan FBO Transplant Center Support Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or Operation Christmas Child C/O SamaritansPurse.org. Please visit Grace’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign her guestbook. Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.