Emma Jean DeRuiter

December 7, 1948September 6, 2020

Emma Jean DeRuiter, age 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Alice Schelling; son, Richard Andrew DeRuiter; sister, Harriet Hoogerwerf; and brother, John Schelling. She is survived by her husband, Richard DeRuiter; children Sarah (Randall) Pederson, Hannah (Tom) Beeke, Leah (Chris) Kirchhofer; sisters Wanetta (late Jerald) Czarnecki, Joanne (Larry) Langston, Carol (Terry) Glass, Amanda (late John) Schelling, Alisa (Tom) VanZoeren; grandchildren Naomi, Tyler, Caleb, Christopher, Zoey, Emelie, Vera, and Ethan; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Cook Funeral Home in Byron Center, 2067 84th St., Byron Center, Michigan. Following a private family service, a graveside committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Kent Memorial Gardens, 7355 Clyde Park Ave., Byron Center, Michigan 49315. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Emma, memorial contributions may be made to Plymouth Christian Schools. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Graveside Committal

    Friday, September 11, 2020


Emma Jean DeRuiter

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Ron & Heather Sapiro

September 9, 2020

Blessed be that sickness that thrusteth the
soul out of the body's prison, to celestial glory
and eternal life.
William Gouge

May God give to the De Ruiters' all that good that He has promised.

Sarah and Jason Kong

September 9, 2020

Grieving with you all at the loss of your mother and grandmother. May our great God give you strength and comfort for each moment.
Sending lots of love.
Jason, Sarah, and Junia


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