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Bertha G. Van Vels, age 76, of Fennville, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019.


She was born on July 19, 1942, in Missouri to the late Elbert & Edna Dordon.


Bertha enjoyed boating, fishing, her computer, but most of all her children and grandchildren.


Survivors include her husband, Brian Van Vels; Children, Lanora (Jim) Kendall LeeEtta Wells, Lanell Harrison and Virgil (Misty) Wells; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three sisters; one brother; and other family and friends.  She is preceded in death by a son, Larry Wells.


Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. Private burial will take place at Pilgrim Home Cemetery at a later date. 

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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15 Condolences

  1. Brenda Heller on February 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your Mother! I am so sad to lose my Sister Bertha! She will be missed! Love and Miss You All So Much!!!

  2. Guff-Judy Nyenhuis on February 4, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    My Condolences to the family. Bertha Gail was a great friend.

  3. Joyce and Billy on February 4, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Our Sister- In Our Hearts Always.
    To Family, We are thinking of you all at this sad time. Love you all.
    Aunt Joyce and Uncle Billy.

  4. Linda Wilson on February 4, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    So sorry to for the loss of your mom and my sister Bertha!! She will be missed by all that knew her! Love you all!
    Aunt Linda

  5. Lanora on February 6, 2019 at 11:46 am

    May you rest in heaven I Love and miss you .

  6. Cammie Boylan on February 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Bertha you were a bright spot when I was having a bad day. I will miss your sassy pants. Love you bunches

  7. Terry Redder on February 8, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family through this difficult time . Sadly missed by many but not forgotten .

  8. Lanell on February 8, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I love and miss u mom r.i.p I dont wanna thk that your gone I cry everyday cuz I dont wanna believe I caught myself the other day I was going to call u..your my bestfriend my rock was a awesome mom and great mom I’m going to miss u mom see u when I see u say hi to my dad and brother for me love u all

  9. Cindy Robertson on February 8, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Rest in peace Bertha

  10. Alicia jordan on February 8, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Rip aunt Bertha. Fly high tell my mommy granny and uncle dougie I love them and miss them

  11. Heather Singletary on February 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Rest in peace Bertha!!! You will be missed

  12. Virgil on February 9, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Love and miss you mom

  13. Staci Wilson Hunt on February 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Love and miss you aunt bertha, so sorry and praying for all those who are left behind.

  14. Misty on February 13, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Love you Bertha, you’re on my mind always…

  15. Vivian King on February 14, 2019 at 7:01 am

    You’re home now my friend and may you rest peacefully.

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