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Schickel, Stanley -- Grand Rapids, MI Stanley Andrew "Andy" Schickel passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the age of 71. Andy was born in Cleveland, OH and moved to Grand Rapids to attend Calvin College, where he met his wife of 49 years, Judy (Spanninga). He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Mary Schickel. He is survived by his wife Judy; his siblings Mary, John, Philip, and James; his children Joel (Jana Bennett), Amy (Alfonso Gaspar), and Meredith (Zoran Kahvic); and granddaughters Lucia, Gabriella, and Theodora. Andy's quirky sense of humor and generous spirit will be missed by all who knew him. In keeping with Andy's wishes there will be no funeral services. Those wishing to make a contribution in Andy's memory may donate to Rehoboth Christian School (PO Box 41, Rehoboth, NM 87322) or Zuni Christian School (PO Box 445, Zuni, NM 87327).

Published in Grand Rapids Press on Mar. 27, 201

In Memory of Stanley Schickel

Revena Ellen Gritters was born on March 26, 1934, in Grinnell, Iowa to Rienk and Johanna (Rolffs) Zylstra. She was the 9th of 12 children. Revena started her education at Frog Pond Country School just outside of Grinnell. She then attended Sully Christian Grade School and graduated from Pella Christian High School in 1952. Revena met Frank Martin Gritters at high school and they were united in marriage on October 22, 1953, at Sully Christian Reformed Church. They dearly loved the Lord and enjoyed life together raising their six children: Gordon Eugene, Laura Beth, Barbara Ann, Beverly Rae, Carol Ruth, and David Jon. 

Revena began her career of caring for people at Dr. Bartley’s Medical Clinic in Sully. That career shifted to caring for her six children as a stay- at- home mom. During those years she shared her talents of sewing by not only making clothing for her children but also as a seamstress for others. Revena was able to sew anything from wedding attire, Dutch Costumes, and Barbie Doll clothes, to fixing hems and replacing buttons. In 1972, Revena and Frank founded Gritters Electric, where she served as the bookkeeper. In 1980, she returned to the healthcare field at Pella Community Hospital as a CNA and later as a unit secretary. 
Volunteering was a passion of Revena’s spending countless hours donating her time at various places, including Pella Regional Health Center, the Comfort House, and the Pella Windmill. She also gave of her time by serving on many local boards including C.O.C., Hospital Auxiliary, and Mother’s Club for Pella Christian Grade School. Revena and Frank dedicated their lives to serving others, including Rehoboth Christian School and Cary, Mississippi. 
Revena was baptized in Sully Christian Reformed Church. She was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church since 1959 and was active in Coffee Break and Mission Circle. Revena’s faith in the Lord was steadfast. Revena was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995, and again in 1999 and 2014. She held tight to God’s promise that nothing can separate us from God’s love, not even cancer. In 2004 she lovingly walked her daughter Laura though her battle with cancer. 
Revena was the matriarch of her family. She was loving, kind, strong, and faithful. She blessed her family with many traditions and wonderful memories. Revena enjoyed camping, relaxing by Lake Okoboji, and attending her grandkids school activities. If you ever needed to find a member of the Gritters family on a Saturday afternoon, they would be sitting around a table enjoying Revena’s cinnamon rolls. 
Frank and Revena had a wonderful life together for 61 years and spent their retirement years traveling the world. They were truly blessed with a wonderful family of six children, 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Calvary Christian Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery at Pella, Iowa

Visitation will begin Sunday morning, the family will be present 
Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Calvary Christian Reformed Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given Rehoboth Christian School.

In Memory of Revena Gritters


De Haan, Elizabeth (Betty) -- On Monday, February 26, Betty De Haan (Vanderson), age 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior. She was a strong woman of faith and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She worked beside her husband for many years at Russ' Restaurant and after retirement volunteered as a teacher's aide at Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico. Betty will be missed by Frank, her husband of 70 years, and her children Bruce De Haan (Marion), Karen Bordewyk (Gordon), Beth Rudolph (Phil), and Jim De Haan (Deb). She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren: Sara Richards (Bob), Laura Faris (Dave), David De Haan (Sarah), Elise Kemler (Chris), Jacob VanLaar (Nisha), Aaron Randolph, Brian Randolph (Ana), Casey Randolph (Crystal), Jadrian De Haan (Heather), Valerie De Haan, Emily De Haan, and Frank De Haan, as well as 19 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM at Zaagman Funeral Home (2800 Burton SE) on Sunday, March 4. There will also be visitation from 9-10 AM with the funeral service at 10 AM on Monday, March 5, at the Raybrook Chapel (2121 Raybrook SE), Rev. Stephen De Wit officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in Betty's name to Rehoboth Christian School, 7 Tse Yaaniichii Ln., Rehoboth, NM 87322.


In Memory of Elizabeth DeHaan


To make a Memorial/In Honor Gift:

You can make a tax-deductible donation to Rehoboth Christian School as a gift in honor or in memory of someone. Memorial gifts are a thoughtful and tangible way to honor the life and memory of a beloved relative or friend. Gifts can also be made in special honor of celebrations such a milestone birthdays or anniversaries. All gifts made in honor or in memory are published in our quarterly newsletter. If you wish to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone, please make checks payable to Rehoboth Christian School and send to PO Box 41, Rehoboth, NM 87322. Also, please indicate in "memo" line on check who the gift is in memory/in honor of and if there is a *designation for scholarship/endowment. Gifts in honor of memory can also be made through paypal below. Please include name of individual in space available. 

*All non-designated gifts will go towards Rehoboth's Annual Fund.