Francis Theodore VanderWerff
03/01/1928 - 09/23/2019
Obituary for Francis Theodore VanderWerff
Francis Theodore VanderWerff, age 91, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2019. He was born in Grand Rapids on March 1, 1928, to Dewey and Cornelia VanderWerff. He was a lifelong farmer and a Distribution Manager with the Grand Rapids Press for 30 years. He married Norma J. Beukema on August 29, 1953, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Sparta. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Norma; children, Laura and William Homrich, Mark and Joanne VanderWerff, Lisa and Ron Eischens, Karen VanderWerff and Gregory Rademacher, John and Angie VanderWerff; 13 grandchildren, Jeff and Alyssa VanderWerff, Beth and Khalil Rahwan, Emily and Julian Anthony, Joe and Lisa VanderWerff, Dan and Stephanie Homrich, Kristen and Matt Bottke, Michael Eischens, Nate Rademacher, Claire Rademacher, Stephen Eischens, Annie Rademacher, Kyle VanderWerff, Katelyn VanderWerff; 11 great grandchildren; brother, Godfrey and Geraldine VanderWerff; sister, Mary Trudell; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of the Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Fr. William VanderWerff Celebrant. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta. Friends may meet the family at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home on Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the mass. A prayer Vigil Scripture Service will be held on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Ronald McDonald House Charities or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
425 South State Street
Sparta, Mi 49345
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