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Grace Goudswaard,  age 73, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 27, 2020 from her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The daughter of Gordon & Alice (Ver Beek) Haga, she was born on September 26, 1946 in the Netherlands and as a child her family emigrated to the United States.

Grace earned her Licensed Practical Nursing diploma and worked as nurse until marrying Arie Goudswaard on February 23, 1967.  Together, they raised two children, enjoyed nearly 53 years of marriage, and were members of the Ada Christian Reformed Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon & Alice Haga;  and three nieces, Tanya (Haga) Hawkins, Nancy (Kamerman) Colōn, and Karin (Haga) Vander Berg.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Arie Goudswaard; their children, David & Sarah Goudswaard and Alissa & Josh Anderson; two grandsons, Ryan Goudswaard and August Anderson; four brothers, Peter & Betty Haga, Ralph & Virginia Haga, George & Sharon Haga, and Alco & Judy Haga;  and also by her extended family and many friends who have been blessed by the gift of Grace’s life.

Visitation is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Ada Christian Reformed Church, 7152 Bradfield Street S.E., where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020.  The Rev. Will Hensen, Senior Pastor of Ada Christian Reformed Church, will officiate and interment will take place privately at Graceland Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity in Grace’s honor.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Grace’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Scott Reininger on February 3, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Grace was one of the most caring, loving and fun people I had the joy of knowing as a young man. She was such a blessing to me growing up. I can’t think about her with out laughing out loud about all the fun we had back in the day. I am sure Heaven is a better place with her laughter in it.

    Thanks Grace for your infinite Grace with me

  2. Gordon and Drynda Ritsema on February 9, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Grace was life’s entertainment She will be sorely missed. We are deeply saddened by her leaving.We had hoped to see her again after a long separation. CARPE DIEM! Arie and family, you have our sincere sympathies. Thanks Grace for enriching our lives.

  3. Herman N. Laninga on February 13, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Arie,
    May God enfold you in his loving arms as you mourn the loss of your life’s partner. I am very sorry to read of your loss.
    Herman Laninga

  4. Greg Bouman on February 14, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I will always remember the first time I met Grace, her laughter and smile were contagious. You just felt good when you spent time with her…

  5. Wayne Matthysse on December 2, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Hey Arie… just ran across this while looking up old friends. So sorry to hear that Grace has passed away. Was always hoping to get back one day to reminisce and laugh about the old days. Hope you are doing okay.

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