Thelma Marie Westra

October 16, 1927April 2, 2021

Thelma Westra, age 93, of Jenison left this life with a comfortable sense of God’s favor to join her Savior in glory on April 2, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her grandson, Jordan Kooienga; and her great-grandson, Blake VanOostenbrugge.

She is survived by her children Beth (Kel) Elzinga , Ruth Downey, Marsha (Dann) Heyboer, Cryss (Mike) Kooienga, Norma (Dave) Rau, Henry Westra, Dirk (Beth) Westra, Myrna (Ken) Boer; 24 grandchildren; and 45 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Thelma’s brother, Cornelius (Truda) Jonker; sisters-in-law Grace Westra, Arlene DeJong, Ann Westra, Coralynn Van’tHof; and a loving church family.

The family will hold a private burial on Monday, April 5. A memorial service will be held the following Monday, April 12 at Faith Protestant Reformed Church at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Clayton Spronk officiating. There will be a time of fellowship with the family after the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sunset Legacy Foundation. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Tony Johns

April 12, 2021

I first met Thelma in 1971 at a campground in Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. My best friend Wayne and I had run into her daughters Beth, Marsha and Cryss at the camp’s laundromat. We visited the Westras later that summer (while they were on Iroquois in GR). I also visited them again in 1972. They welcomed me as a member of the family. Thelma was the kindest, sweetest and gracious woman. We maintained contact and exchanged Christmas cards for the next 49 years. It was a blessing to have known her and to have shared the news of growth of her family as the grandkids and great grandchildren were added. I will truly miss her and extend my deepest sympathy to her entire family.

Joyce Noorman

April 3, 2021

To Thelma's family,
We were blessed to read "THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT" poem on Thursday afternoon. We were admonished and encouraged in our Christian walk.
Then on Friday, we heard that your mom's race was over, and she is with her Lord and Savior. We thank God the gift of poetry that He gave to her and she so freely shared with the church. We will always treasure these poems!
May God comfort your hearts, and give you joy in His promises.
In Christian love,
Gary and Joyce Noorman