Let the family know you care by sharing this tribute.

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.


Let the family know you care by sharing this tribute.


  1. Keith L Vredenburg on August 14, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Dorothy was a warm, gentle and caring soul. She always put others ahead of herself. She was a wonderful friend and educator who went above and beyond for her students and friends. You could always count on a warm smile and a kind word from Dorothy. I was lucky enough to have her in my life as a teacher and friend for 42 years.

  2. Christina L Smith on August 15, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I am so glad to have called you my grandma. I will forever cherish the moments that we spent together. You were an Angel here on Earth, and now have moved on to be an Angel alongside Our Savior. The kids will miss you, they sure loved you! Thank you for being a wonderful Great Grandmother to them as well. I believe that anyone who met Dorothy loved her immediately. She was so caring, kind and loving. Our family will forever love you, until we meet again. All of our love,
    Christina & family

  3. Scott J Oostdyk on August 16, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Hi Uncle Ron. I am so sorry to hear this. Because I do not live close by anymore, it is hard to see family and know what is going on. My prayers are with you though and remember I am always your nephew.

    Love Scott and Elizabeth Oostdyk

  4. Lorne Bell on August 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    This message is from Suzanne Bell (Schunk). “As I reflect on the past, Dorothy and I had many happy times together. From all the fun we had as roommates at Western Michigan to weekends at a farm near Battle Creek. Dorothy was like a sister to me, and she was very honoured to be my Maid of Honor at my wedding (1965). She was also very determined to travel on icy and snowy roads to see my newborn son (Lorne). A few years later she visited again, and we had a great time at an amusement park. Throughout the years we kept in touch. She will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”
    Suzanne Bell (Schunk) Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

  5. Ron Oostdyk on August 19, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    My Beautiful Blessed Wife.
    I will always Love Her.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

Leave a Comment