April 20, 1933 – January 6, 2020
Hazel Ann (Kruithof) Dirkse, born in Holland, Michigan to Walter and Elizabeth Ann (Michielsen) Kruithof on April 20, 1933, passed away peacefully at her home in Holland, Michigan on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the age of 86.
Hazel was married to Harold Dirkse in Holland, Michigan on June 9, 1950 and enjoyed over 69 years of a truly beautiful marriage. Together they had eight children, 23 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. Harold and Hazel also provided foster care to 20 infants and toddlers between 1967 and 1975.
Hazel was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Jay in 1969; a daughter, Patricia Lynn in 2002; a son-in-law, Bruce Michael Holey in 2016; a grandson, Ryan Lee Lingo in 1987; a grandson, Jess Michael Dunn Dirkse in 2007; a grandson-in-law, William Lewis in 2013; a great granddaughter, Rhiannon Danielle Jasche in 2004; and a brother, Vernon Walter Kruithof in 1991.
Hazel attended Holland Christian Schools, and after having eight of their own children and fostering twenty infants and toddlers, she went to college and received her nursing degree from Muskegon Community College in 1976. While raising her large family, she managed straight A’s. Her passion for babies led her to the nursery of the Boven Birth Center at Holland Hospital where she worked for fifteen years. Her claim to fame is that she changed more diapers than anyone else in Holland.
Hazel is survived by her loving husband of 69 wonderful years, Harold Dale, son Kenneth Lee (Norma) Dirkse of Holland, son Jerry Allen (Yvonne) Dirkse of Douglas, Michigan, daughter Kathleen Sue Dirkse of Holland, daughter Linda Jean (Tom) Lampen of Holland, daughter Jane Ellen (the late Bruce) Holey of Adrian, Michigan, and daughter Nancy Ann (Mark) Lingo of Brighton, Michigan. She is also survived by sister Angelen Ruth Geurink, sister-in-law Anna Mae Reimersma, sister-in-law Louise Dirkse, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Harold and Hazel enjoyed thirteen years wintering in North Fort Myers, Florida, where Hazel enjoyed singing with the Forest Park Choraleers, sewing with the quilting group, the Pine Tree Knots, line dancing, and many other activities with their friends. Her talent for sewing and quilting led her to become the resident expert in their Florida community. We always joked that Mom had a Ph-D in quilting.
Hazel has been a member of Trinity Reformed Church for fifty years. She enjoyed singing in the choir, and many other activities. At Trinity, Hazel started the Care Closet, a ministry to provide daily household and personal care items to individuals in need.
She was a perfectionist and attacked all of her projects with gusto, whether it was planning a family picnic, sewing a quilt, or making gifts for her huge family. Every Christmas her family received gifts made by both Harold and Hazel ranging from pajamas, sleeping bags, doll clothes and furniture, wooden trucks, wooden puzzles, board games, wood birds, bird houses and whirligigs. She loved surprises and loved giving; her hands were rarely still. She found a way to make even the most routine activities special by adding her creative touches.
Hazel loved music and enjoyed participating in many singing groups. She had a beautiful alto voice and a natural knack for harmonizing. She instilled a love of music in all of her children, if not the same level of talent!
- Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
- Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020
My parents. George and Eleanor Fabyan, lived in Forest Park with Harold and Hazel. When my Mom was in hospice care, Hazel came to Mom's home on Lake Michigan in 2010. Hazel brought Mom a quilt that she made, and they had a lovely visit together. These were my Mom's last weeks and she cherished the quilt and the warm friendship she shared with Hazel and Harold.
Blessings to Harold and the family.
January 12, 2020
I first met Hazel when I joined Trinity Church in 1976 and then continued to see more of her when I worked at Holland Hospital as a TV hostess. She was always a warm and gracious lady who loved everyone unconditionally. She will be missed by friends and family too! RIP Hazel and we look forward to seeing you again one day reunited in heaven.
Trinie Vander ploeg
January 12, 2020
Hazel welcomed me with warmth, knowledge, protection and friendship all the years I had of privilege of working with her at Boven. Her smiles, acceptance, treats and sewing tips will never be forgotten. She had stories and experiences to share and refocused us when gossip started. She was a great mentor and great witness. Most of all, it was evident she loved each baby she touched and each coworker she spend her days with. Never a cross word. What a privilege to call Hazel a special friend. She will be missed. Hugs to the family and Harold our mailman too.
January 10, 2020
So thankful and blessed to have such a wonderful grandma for 33 years ❤️
January 10, 2020
Stephanie Ann, Hazel Ann and Sarah Ann. You made us all feel so loved and special!
January 8, 2020
Still loving strong after 60 years, June 9, 2010
January 8, 2020
Harold and Hazel's wedding day, June 9, 1950