Marilyn Lou Van Dokkumburg

November 20, 1932October 9, 2021

st book online at Marilyn (Mary) Van Dokkumburg, age 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 9, 2021. She was born on November 20, 1932, to Jack and Jeannette VandeRiet in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Grand Rapids Christian High School and Calvin College from where she graduated in 1955. While attending college, she met the love of her life, Stan Van Dokkumburg. They married in 1956 and had 65 wonderful years together. They raised four children Lisa (Alex) Costa, Diana (Rick) LaRocque, Deb (Jim) Zlydaszyk, and Jim (Carla) Van Dokkumburg. She loved and enjoyed her nine grandchildren Mike and Dan Johnson, Aubrey (Chris) Conley, Christian and Chase Moreno, Ally and Sam Zlydaszyk, and Jameson and Elena Van Dokkumburg. She also had four great-grandchildren Bryson Johnson, Giselle, Jade, and Jagger Conley. Also surviving is her younger sister, Arlene Zandstra. She was preceded in death by her parents and older sister, Evelyn Oosterbaan Young.

Mary was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Company for five years and Jenison Public Schools for 23 years. Mary was a gentle soul. She fiercely loved her husband and family. After retiring, her days were filled with grandchildren, gardening, reading, riding her bike, going to church, and spending time with her family. Although dementia came to visit her later in life, she never lost her dignity and grace.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home (West building), 4235 Prairie St. SW, Grandville, Michigan. Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Friday, October 15 at Ridgewood CRC, 1571 Baldwin St. Jenison, Michigan. Pastor Cindy Holtrop will be officiating. A private burial for family will follow at Georgetown Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Sheldon Meadows staff and Spectrum Hospice for their tender and compassionate care of Mary during her time of need. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Calvin University. The family welcomes memories and messages in their gue


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021


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Jodie De Jong

October 22, 2021

I have many memories. I met Mrs Van Dokkumburg when I was in Kindergarten. My mom & her were good friends we lived in the same neighborhood & went to the same church. I went to school with Jim.
My mom & her would go rock hunting & they would dig up trees and plant them in the yard. She was a sweet & gentle soul. She will be missed.

Bob Brasser

October 13, 2021

I want to express my sympathy to the Van Dokkumburg family. My Dad Lew was a college friend of Stan's and they remained in contact for many years after college.