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Alice “Joy” Posthumus, 90, of Holland passed away February 2, 2020, at home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

Joy was born on January 8th, 1930 to Thomas & Bertine Sherwood in Ferry, Michigan. She enjoyed teaching Catechism, and was a scripture leader for many years at Our Lady of the Lake Church. A memorial will be held there later in the spring.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sons, Mark and Kim; son, Kim Eugene Engweiler;  in-laws, Peter & Grace Posthumus, Howard “Sonny” & Camille Sherwood, Claude & Jean Anthes, and Ron & Janet Posthumus; and granddaughter, Aundria Bowman. She leaves behind her loving husband of 47 years, Charles “Chuck” Posthumus; daughter, Brenda & Dennis Bowman; sister, Joan & Larry Wiseman; grandson, Jayson & Missy Engweiler; granddaughters, Vanessa Bowman & Don, Becky & Richard Baxter; great-granddaughter, Hannah Engweiler; great-grandsons, Caleb Engweiler, and Daniel Engweiler; daughter-in-law, Judy Engweiler; sisters & brothers-in-law, Darlene & David Anacker, Roger & Sharon Posthumus, and Joyce Jorgensen; many nieces & nephews; and special friends, Tina, Bill, Leigha, Brayden, and Keeton DeKoster.

The family is very thankful for Spectrum Health Hospice. Special thank you to Andrea & Wendy for their wonderful care – Joy loved you; and to Troy for all his guidance and support.

Instead of flowers, Joy would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Spectrum Health Hospice.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Wyoming, (616) 452-3006, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Patricia Shaffer on February 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I am so sorry. I have such fun memories of your mom. Please, contact me if you want to talk.

  2. Sue Plummer on February 5, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Brenda so sorry for your loss of your mother. My prayers are with you and Vanessa. 🙏

  3. Hannah Engweiler on February 5, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    I’m going to miss her so much. She was such a remarkable women. I will never forget when she taught me how to bake blueberry muffins and how to bake homemade bread. Those are memories that I’ll never forget. I’m so honored to be the 3rd generation of Joy’s. I also never forget her teasing grandpa and just making us laugh right up to here very last moments with her. I’ll miss you forever Grandma. I will forever have you in my heart. ❤️

  4. Robin Burd (Parps) on February 6, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Sending my heartfelt love and prayers to Uncle Chuck my Godfather and his family.
    Joy was a very kind, generous loving lady. I’m so glad she was a large part of my life growing up. Joy and Chuck were very much a part of our family. She will be deeply missed.

  5. Bettie. Jaehnig on February 9, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    In my thoughts and prayers, Chuck. May God bless you and your Family. Bettie Jaehnig and family

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