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Frances DeBruin, 80, of Cascade Township, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Born on April 22, 1940 in Achlum, Friesland, Netherlands, she was the fourth child of Louis and Arena (Wynia) Bergsma. The family immigrated to Michigan in 1947 and moved to Lafayette, IN in 1949. For a number of years in both Lafayette and Mt. Pleasant MI, Fran provided loving care to patients and nursing home residents as a LPN nurse.

She will lovingly be remembered by her husband Robert (Bob) of nearly 55 years; their children, Darryl & Judy DeBruin, Joel & Yolanda DeBruin, Leah & Michael Haywood; grandchildren, Grant, Mitchell, Connor, Eleyna, Lisa, Kevin, Jonathan, Abby, Sarah, and Meredith; brother, Frank & Sally Bergsma; sisters-in-law, Betty Lapinsky, Grace Wilbanks, Joyce & Jerry Yntema, Shirley & Larry VanderLaan; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held once the pandemic restrictions permit. The family wants to thank the staff at Oxford Manor (Clark at Keller Lake) for their loving care for Fran over the last two years. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Clark Foundation, 1551 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506, or Alzheimer’s Association (memo: Greater MI-Grand Rapids Office), 4081 Cascade Rd SE, Suite 400, Grand Rapids MI 49546.

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


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  1. Juliana Bergsma Jimenez on May 28, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Aunt Fran you’re in my heart, give my Dad a hug for me. Love and Peace to you.

  2. Diane DeBruin on May 28, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Dear Robert and family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss in the passing of Frances. Prayers of peace and comfort for you during this difficult time.
    Diane DeBruin
    (daughter of Shirley and Neal)
    Wyoming, MI

  3. Pamela Grudzien on May 29, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Dear Bob,
    I was so sad to learn of Fran’s passing. She was a special lady.
    You and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Pamela Grudzien

  4. Janet Solle on June 3, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Dear DeBruin family,
    My condolences to you all, especially cousin Bob DeBruin, in the loss of your dear Fran. Gratified to know she leaves a legacy of care for others, given her nursing background. May God give you consolation and hope in the difficult moments ahead! With sympathy, Janet Solle

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