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Dorothy Elliot-Oostdyk, age 78, of Grandville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 11, 2018 after a lengthy illness. The daughter of the late Henry & Hertha (Mudrich) Elliot, she was born on August 2, 1940 in Hastings.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ronald Oostdyk; children, Debra & Robert Smith, Michael Oostdyk, William Oostdyk, Dawn & Walt Budd; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Linda & Bill Huizinga; special cousin, Carol Fanfarillo; special friend, Joy Henning; and many other cherished friends.

Dorothy was a much loved and faithful teacher for 44 years at Fairview Elementary of Kenowa Hills Public Schools, and will be missed by many beloved students.

Visitation with the family will begin at 1 p.m., on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at New Community Church, 2340 Dean Lake Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49505, where memorial service will start promptly at 2 p.m., with pastor Lew VanderMeer officiating. Following the service, family ask that you join them for a time of fellowship and refreshments in the church hall.  

Please consider making a donation to Faith Hospice in honor of Dorothy’s memory.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dorothy’s online guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

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


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  1. Gary Bouma on August 24, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Ron, I am so sad to read of the passing of Dorothy. My condolences to you and your family. May the hand of God comfort you in these trying times.

  2. Tim Aksamitowski on August 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Dorothy was my student teaching mentor/supervisor during the 1975-76 school year. I was amazed by her outstanding teaching back then. She taught me so much, probably the biggest thing being to connect with each child and make each feel important, cared about, and loved. She was always positive and smiling, no matter what the circumstances. Because of my start with Dorothy I loved every day of teaching and it
    never felt like work.
    She will be missed but she leaves even those who knew her for only a short time with lasting memories of how best to live life.
    I am sorry for your loss.

  3. Darlene & Dave Crinion on August 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    God has called home a very special lady! You were an amazing teacher for our children. You will live on in our hearts and memory.

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