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JoAnn Fridsma, age 84, of Holland, passed away at her home on Saturday, June 29, 2019.  She was born on September 5, 1934, in Mesick, to the late Arthur & Ethel (Brown) Beach.

JoAnn worked for Holland Public Schools as a paraprofessional. 

She married Nicholas B. Fridsma on February 19, 1965.  He preceded her in death on October 21, 1986. 

JoAnn was a member of the Holland 1st United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed gardening, reading, puzzles and nature. 

Survivors include her son, David J. Fridsma; sister, Nancy (Dick) Henry. She is preceded in death by her siblings, Dwight Beach, Zola Cochrane and William “Bill” Beach. 

Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place.  Burial will be at Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland. 

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Memorial Contributions may be made to Resilience:  Advocates for ending violence (formerly, The Center for Women in Transition) or the charity of your choice.

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


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  1. Beth Karanicola on July 1, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    So sorry to hear that Aunt Jo died. She impressed me with her gentle, sweet personality and inquisitive nature. I always enjoyed visiting with her. My heart goes out to David and Family. May God wrap you in his arms of grace.

  2. Ron Altman on July 6, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I’m so saddened by the news of JoAnn’s passing. My prayers are with her family. I was in school with her from 8th grade through our graduation in 1952. She was the sweetest, most gentle person one could know. I had a serious crush on her all through high school! I’m consoled knowing she is with our Savior.

  3. Janice VanFaasen on July 10, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I’m the mother of Bill VanFaasen, and he and I want to extend our sympathy to you for the loss of your mom. I saw her occasionally in a “lunch bunch” of school friends, and we will all miss JoAnn.

  4. Don & Elsie Randall on July 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    The Beach and Randall families go back a few generations, sharing much as neighbors and good friends. JoAnn was part of each one, she will be missed and remembered warmly by all who knew and loved her.

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