Mildred June Shidler

May 31, 1928July 28, 2018

Mildred (Driy) Shidler age 90 of Holland went home to the arms of her Lord and Savior on July 28, 2018.

Millie was born on May 31, 1928 to John and Mabel (Posma) Van Den Beldt on the family farm weighing 3 pounds. She was one of eight children. She worked at General Electric for 33 years and was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and First United Methodist Church of Holland.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Charles Shidler and Robert Driy; six siblings Shirley (John) Jacobs, Floyd (Ann) Van Den Beldt, Nelson Van Den Beldt, Donald Van Den Beldt, Justin Van Den Beldt and Mike (Marilyn) Van Den Beldt, a granddaughter Kelly Driy, son-in-law Wade Lewis, and Bill and Marilyn Patterson. She is survived by her blended family of children Larry and Barb Driy (Kentwood), Wanda Lewis (Holland), Ed and Marlene Shidler (Saugatuck); grandchildren Matthew and Shannon Driy (South Carolina), Jane and Bruce Patterson (Holland), Bonnie and Dave Shidler (Holland), Sue and Rick Shidler (Saugatuck), Chuck Shidler (Saugatuck), Brent and Amanda Patterson (Holland), Brad and Donna Patterson (Holland), Terri and Tom Van Lentes (Holland). Millie is also survived by great-grandchildren Kowen, Saxon, Sarah, Julie, Grant, Gavin, Morgan (Kyle), Mike, Tyler, Kyle, Mark (Katie) and Mary (Jason) and great-great grandchildren Tanner and Khloe. She is also survived by her sister Janet and Bernard Kool (Grand Haven), Sister-in-laws Alma Van Den Beldt (Zeeland) and Lorraine Van Den Beldt (Holland) and many nieces and nephews along with her best friend Marge Ryzenga. A special thank you to long-time friends Dean and Mary DeRidder; her neighbors Kelli & Mark TenHaken, Andrea & Mike Wiersma and Stephanie and Ryan Habers; Mary K. from Holland Hospital Home Nursing; Alliance Home Care Caregivers and Hospice of Holland for your help and support in the care of Mom.

A funeral service will be 1pm, Saturday, August 4 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St, Holland, Michigan, Rev Brad Bartelmay officiating. Visitation will be 11am - 1pm prior to the service, lunch will be provided. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Attn: Processng Department, PO Box 758532, Topeka KS 66675-9910 or to First United Methodist Church, 57 W. 10th St Holland, MI 49423. Please visit to leave a message or memory for the Shidler family.



  • Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 4, 2018


  • Burial

Mildred June Shidler

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Linnay Compagner

August 3, 2018

I had the pleasure of being Millie’s Hairdresser for about 20 years. We always had wonderful conversations and she was so proud of all her family. Anytime you would ask her how she was she would always say”fine and dandy” . My week will not be the same with out her. Sure will miss her caring spirit and that beautiful smile!

Loraine Driy

August 1, 2018

Millie was a woman proud of many things in her life: hard work, flowers, keeping a clean house. But she had much pride in her Dutch heritage. There was a time when she lived just a few houses down from the corner where the tulip time parade went by. We had years of watching those parades with her. Her other big pride was in being a grsndma. She had authentic costumes made for Kelly & Matt and literally beamed showing them off to friends, neighbors and people just there for the festivities of tulip time. She valued education highly. In 2009 we went to Alabama to watch with Shannon as Matt received his Masters in business. I'm glad she was able to see and share that day. She wasn't one to sit still or very patient with waiting around and we almost lost her in the crowd. We had to run to catch up to her!