Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Glenn Eugene Petroelje

February 23, 1932May 21, 2020

After a brief illness, Dr. Glenn E. Petroelje, 88, of Holland, MI passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Blodgett Hospital surrounded by his 3 sons and his daughter.

Glenn was born on February 23, 1932 in Zeeland, MI to Gerrit and Georgianna Petroelje and was the second of their 5 sons. Glenn attended Holland Christian High School. While there, he excelled at sports and, more importantly, met the love of his life, Marilyn. After graduating from Hope College, Glenn and Marilyn married and moved to Chicago, IL where he attended Northwestern University Dental School. From there, they moved to Fort Monroe, Virginia. Glenn was in the military from September 1949 to April 1977, first in active duty and then in the reserves as a MASH surgeon. By the time he was discharged he had reached the rank of Lt. Colonial. In 1958, Glenn and Marilyn moved to Holland, MI to raise their family and for Glenn to establish his dental practice. Glenn loved to spend time with his wife, family and friends. He enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, singing in the church choir, traveling in the motor home, spending winters in Florida and telling long stories.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, his brothers Preston Petroelje and Robert Petroelje as well as many dear brother and sisters-in-law. He is survived by his two brothers, Wayne(Barb) Petroelje and Audred(Cathy) Petroelje, four children Dave(Gwen) Petroelje, Scott(Sandy) Petroelje, Debby(David) Collins, Tom(Marjo) Petroelje grandchildren Jamie Petroelje, Nick(Whitney) Petroelje, Matt, Josh, Stephen and Ben Collins, Brandon and Jared Kremkow, and great-grandchildren Garrett and Abram Petroelje.

A family graveside service will be held at Lakewood Cemetery, but please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Petroelje family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harderwyk Ministries.


  • A family graveside service will be held at Lakewood Cemetery.

    Saturday, May 30, 2020


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Jeff Bos

May 31, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you Tom, Scott, Dave, and Deb. We shared many great times together at your parents home on lake Mac. I will never forget those times and those memories will be with me forever.

Mary Ogle

May 24, 2020

Once at Tulip Time you all came riding up on bicycles, Gwennie and Dave and both of Dave’s parents and I thought to myself self wow ! I hope when I’m that old I can still ride a bike ~ this was in the later 1980s !! Godspeed to you all 💕

Melissa Teunessen (Huizenga)

May 24, 2020

Many prayers for the family during this difficult time. I thought of Glenn and Marilynn often since I moved away, remembering our pastry meetings. I will miss them dearly!

Deb and Jim Kiekover

May 23, 2020

Always such a nice neighbor. We were impressed by his care of Marilyn the last few years. He really cared about his family!


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