Gladys M. Alferink

22 February, 19433 June, 2021

Gladys May (Gernaat) Alferink, age 78, passed away at her home in Kentwood, MI and entered into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She passed away from cancer.

Originally from McBain, Michigan, she grew up on a dairy farm. Gladys moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Davenport College and graduated in 1963. She went on to work part time for the US Department of Labor Consumer Price Index as a field representative for nearly 15 years.

Gladys met her husband, L. Dale Alferink, at Holland State Park and they were married in 1966 - residing in Grandville, MI for 50 years. They had two children Jefferson Alferink of Holland, MI, and Sally Alferink Tez of Portland, OR. Then came seven grandchildren. Jeff is married to Teresa and they have four children Emily, Sarah, Joshua, and Melanie. Sally has three children Leo, Metin, and Jeyda. Gladys is also survived by a sister and two brothers Karen (Tom) Mentel of Laverne, OK, John (Karen) Gernaat of McBain, MI, and Gerry (Kathy) Gernaat of McBain, MI; sister-in-law, Sharon Gernaat of Falmouth, MI; and many nieces and nephews. Gladys is preceded in death by two brothers Bud Gernaat and Jay Gernaat; as well as her parents Charles Herman Gernaat and Mina “Minnie” Gernaat.

Gladys was a fabulous homemaker. She had a passion for gardening, flowers, and all things yard. Flowers brought her the most joy in life. In summer, her daily devotion was raising a gallon jug up high to water her hanging baskets of blossoms. When winter set in, she turned to making wreaths adorned with silk flowers to keep her life in bloom. Gladys had a flair for interior design which brought elegance to her home. She knew how to host family and friends with savory meals at a lovingly decorated table. Gladys was talented in crafting (macrame, cross stitch) and sewing (clothing, drapes, quilts). She was also a tremendous baker from scratch; her kitchen always had tasty desserts, and strawberry jam was a staple. Homemade peanut brittle was her holiday gift of choice. Gladys was a classy lady; she loved being exquisite. She had her own definition of big hair, swirled high like soft serve ice cream, perfect rosy blush, and shiny hoop earrings. She was an avid reader and always on a path of growth and healing. Gladys enjoyed boating with her children and grandchildren; watching them smile made her heart sing.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to The Navigators, but please do enjoy some flowers of your own on her behalf. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guestbook online at


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Norma Bardwell

11 June 2021

I have lovely memories of Gladys. When I lost a lot of weight, partly with her support and encouragement, she invited me to her home and gifted me a lovely red wool coat, which I still have. I remember touring her newly redecorated home in Grandville, of which she was so proud and considered that renovation a testament to Dale's love for her. I always loved to see the many flower baskets she'd hang from that majestic porch. She was a good friend for years, but we lost touch. She was such a confident, adventurous woman! I admired her very much and was in awe that she drove to Alaska alone! My condolences to her family and many friends. No doubt there is a void in their lives with the loss of this dear woman.

Yashica Palshikar

8 June 2021

Sending condolences to the whole family during this time of loss.
So grateful for the motherly skills, talents and support Mother and Grandma Gladys handed on to my dear friend Sally and her family over the years--she will certainly be missed and I'll be sure to think of her as Sally and I cook, decorate and garden together and hone our matriarchal skills in our own families.

Alberta Hoekwater

7 June 2021

To all of Gladys family and her husband Dale you have my sincere condolences. I had not seen Glady for a long time but talked with Dale at Rainbow in Grandville before COVID-19. I have many good memories of Gladys brothers and really miss seeing you and talking with you. For her family I pray the Lord will give you his peace in your loss. Alberta (Bert) Hoekwater.

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