Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


Helmut Joetze Schurman

May 19, 1937September 4, 2020

In loving memory Helmut J. Schurman May 19, 1937 - September 4, 2020

Helmut Joetze Schurman passed peacefully on September 4, 2020, following a valiant, brief battle with cancer. He is survived by Gloria, his faithful friend of forty-eight years, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Susan, grandchildren Haley, William, and Daniel, and nephews Mark, Phillip, and Mitchell Eatough. Mr. Schurman was preceded by his sister, Helga Eatough (d. 1979), and parents Ferdinand (d. 1952) and Hildegard (d. 1959, nee Joetze).

The son of immigrants (b. 1937) and a proud native New Yorker, his fluent German led him to serve the US Army in Cold War Europe before he completed studies at NYU and began a many-hued career. Entrepreneurship led him from New York to the eastern shore of Maryland, where he also started a family, eventually leading him to Michigan. His final decades were spent in Holland, MI, enjoying his retirement with family, photography, astronomy, and film noir, and frequenting the finest service providers, haberdashers, and retailers in the region.

His exacting standards and passion for precision were complemented by a loving heart, generous spirit, unfailing courtesy, and an impeccable sense of style. He is loved and missed. The immediate family will hold a remembrance at Ferncliff, Westchester County, NY in 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice are encouraged.

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  • The immediate family will hold a remembrance at Ferncliff, Westchester County, NY in 2021.


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Mary Skoglund

September 18, 2020

I do not have memories of this gentleman, but I do have many fond memories of the time his granddaughter was in my class at Harbor Lights Middle School. Haley, I am sure he was very proud of you. I also remember, as a young person myself many years ago, the sorrow I felt whenever I lost a grandparent. I know you will cherish the memories and you will embrace the legacy of his wisdom and love. Those are the true treasures left by a loving grandparent. You are a magnificent writer, Haley, so I hope that skill will lead you to put some of your memories to word, as a way of sharing your grandfather with future generations. I extend to you and your family my deepest condolences.

Angie F

September 14, 2020

Sending my condolences to the entire family of Helmut! I am truly sorry for your loss. Although I have never met any of you, I knew about each of you through Helmut’s stories. :-)
As one of the massage therapist at Parkhurst Chiropractic, I was blessed to get to know this special man. He was a “grandpa” figure to all of us, always asking about our families and giving us guidance if needed.
He will be deeply missed and my prayers to all of you during this time!

Eric Snyder

September 13, 2020

He will be missed. I appreciated his interest and passion for learning and his attention to detail. We had many good conversations.


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