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Bernard Ettema

Died: Monday, March 10, 2008
Age: 79
Bernard Ettema, 79, of Imlay City, passed away Monday, March 10, 2008 after a short illness at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 27, 1928 in Imlay City. He was a son of Hiene and Wilhelmina Ettema. He grew up and lived most all of his life in the Imlay City area.

He was married to Elaine D. VanderArk on April 1, 1948 in Grand Rapids. Elaine died on March 19, 1996. He married Marguerite Schepers in 1998.

Bernard had been a partner with his brothers in the Ettema Brothers Vegetable Farm in Imlay City. He was a member of the Imlay City Christian Reformed Church.

Surviving are his wife, Marguerite Ettema of Imlay City; a daughter, Debbie (Norm) Tanis of Imlay City; sons, Doug (Judy) Ettema of Bellaire, Randy (Lori) Ettema of Frankenmuth, and Richard (Maria) Ettema of Manassas, VA; brothers, Henry (Doris) Ettema of Imlay City and Gerrit (Sue) Ettema of Texas; and sisters, Minnie (John) VanSoest of Grand Rapids and Trace Elling of Attica. He has three step-children: David (Nancy) Schepers, Mary Lou (David) Szymanski and Michael Schepers. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren Kristen, Jill, Roger, Scott, Leah, Hannah, Ethan, Annelise, Danielle and Sofia and seven great-grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine in 1996; brothers, Bill Ettema and Jon Ettema; and sisters, Hattie Prince, Effie Laarman and Christine VanderArk.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13 at the Imlay City Christian Reformed Church. The Reverend Kenneth VanderHorst will officiate. Burial will follow in the Imlay Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City, where the family will be available for visiting from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. today (Wed., March 12).
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