Dawn Joy Westerhof

June 2, 1963May 10, 2019

Dawn Joy Westerhof, age 55 of West Olive, passed away on May 10, 2019.

Dawn was a fun loving, caring, beautiful woman. She was known for her green thumb, and was passionate about gardening and landscaping. She especially loved butterfly bushes, forget-me-nots, and moon flowers. She was a member of the Garden Club for many years, and even merited an award for her garden in 2003. Dawn cherished the time she spent with her family at the beach, building sandcastles and hunting for Petoskey stones.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, and will be dearly missed. Dawn was preceded in death by her mother Eileen, sister Laurie Ann, and sister-in-law Adelle Higgins.

Dawn is survived by her daughters: Kara and Josh Novak, Ashley (Jesse Greenwood) Westerhof

Grandchildren: Kira, Landon, and Braxton

Father Jerry Grotzinger

Siblings: David Higgins, Debbie (Russ) Morrison, Penny Upton, Wendy Higgins

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James Street in Holland. Memorials may be made to the family.


  • To the Family


  • Celebration of Life Gathering Friday, May 17, 2019


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Shannon Amaro

May 15, 2019

My life was touched so deeply by my beautiful Dawnie. She was my aunt's sister who became one of my dearest friends--became family. I stayed with Kara the night Ashley was born and then babysat the girls when Dawn worked. I lived with her then she lived with me. She taught me how to give unselfishly, love unconditionally&made pure beauty with that green thumb of her's. Gardening was her therapy. She was always there for me without hesitation--24/7. She called me her angel but really she was mine! I feel so blessed for the years I had her in my life. I am really going to miss her but know she remains with me close in spirit.(Mwuahx3 is now times infinity to the heavens!)💗

Dana Olund

May 14, 2019

Dawn was such an amazing person. She was always there me when I needed her. Not just to talk but she gave me a place to stay . She would do anything for anyone. Her daughter's and grandbabies we're EVERYTHING to her. They put a smile on her face whenever she seen or talked about them. I will miss her dearly.