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Sandra (Sandy) L. Van Valkenburg, age 80, of Coopersville, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020, surrounded by her family and under the care of Spectrum Health Hospice.


She was born on December 22, 1939 in Dixon, IL, to John & Pauline (Sutton) Herron.


Sandy married Gary E. Van Valkenburg on October 26, 1955 in Grand Rapids.  He preceded her in death on August 1, 2010.


She enjoyed spending time with her family, visiting Grand Haven, coloring, crocheting, playing bingo and slot machines.


Survivors include her sister, Barb Herron; children, Paula (Paul) Wellman, Susan (Mark) Potter, Denise (Rick) Roels, Scott (Ellie) Van Valkenburg, Todd (Kelly) Van Valkenburg, and Chris (Stacey) Van Valkenburg;  11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gary; infant son, Gary;, son, John Van Valkenburg; and twin brother, John (Sonny) Herron


Friends may join the family to celebrate Sandy’s life on Saturday, February 29, 2020 anytime between 1 PM and 4 PM at the Coopersville Reformed Church activity center 423 West Randall, Coopersville MI


Donations in Sandy’s memory may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice


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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006


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  1. BARBARA HERRON on February 24, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Sandy, You were the BEST Sister ever. I can’t tell you how much I miss you already.. It is going to be HARD to go on without you… Sending BIG HUGS and LOVE to you in Heaven…

  2. Kristin Rose on February 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Nana, you’re the strongest woman I know, when I got pregnant at 19 you pushed me to be a good mom and take care of my responsibilities! You’re an amazing woman and I’ll never forget all of our memories! I love you so much! And I’ll miss you even more! I know you’re in a better place and I’m sure grandpa and John boy & all the babies were waiting with open arms for you💔 I’ll keep trying to make you proud!
    “I love you with all my heart!”

  3. Mickie jackson on February 24, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    To my aunt Sandy, i will miss you, you were alway kind, loving and always laughing, especially when my dad, Windy was around. Love, hugs and kisses to you💋❤💋❤

  4. Jo A Carter on February 24, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Goodbye sweet Sandy, always a smile, so glad we had some time to catch up this past year, you will be missed. Love Jo

  5. Todd vanvalkenburg on February 24, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Mom and dad are sitting in heaven holding hands and mollie crossed the rainbow bridge today to reunite eith mom😚

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