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After living his life devoted to his Lord and family, Scott Kerstin went into the arms of Jesus October 10, 2020. Seventeen months ago, Scott received a diagnosis of brain cancer which we knew would be incurable. He immediately set his heart on the word JOY and determined to make everyday “the best day ever”.

Scott seemed to be inexhaustible in his pursuit of all the outdoor activities he loved. Snow skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, to name just a few. He especially enjoyed these activities with family and friends. Utah was a favorite destination to experience God in nature. Scott loved traveling the world but also found great contentment in his own back yard oasis.

He is survived by his treasured wife of 34 years, Paige and their 3 sons Coltin, Trent, and Cody.

He is preceded in death by his mother Irma Kerstin and his sister Denise Sommer. He is remembered with love by his father Donald Kerstin and his siblings Kari (Martin) Evak, Christopher (Kimberly) Kerstin, Roger (Rebecca) Kerstin. His parents-in-law John and Donna DeJonge and his sister in laws Alison (George) Burns and Jodie DeJonge. Scott very much enjoyed being an uncle to 20 nieces and nephews and a gr-uncle to 7 ½ great nieces and nephews.

Scott’s life was made rich by his many lifelong friends, ministry partners and caring neighbors.

Service will be help at Ridge Point 340 – 104th Ave, Holland, MI 49423 on Friday, October 14, 2022, from 1:30 – 2:30 visitation and service at 3:00 pm.

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Cremation Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Judith Amberg on October 26, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    Dear Family of Scott – Paige, Coltin, Trent, Cody, Donald, Kari, Chris, Roger…and All,

    As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus at Saint Viator High School, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary community. Our hearts go out to you as you once again move through a journey of grief. You are in our prayers as you share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate Scott’s life and the love you shared.

    As I read the obituary notice for this man who “lived his life devoted to his Lord and family,” I was reminded of a reading adapted from the Book of Sirach.

    Let us praise an illustrious man,
    faithful to his family and friends, strong in his love.
    At peace in his heart and his world,
    he has left us his good name, and we recount his life of praiseworthy deeds.
    A generous man his good works will never be forgotten.
    Among his family and friends remains a rich inheritance born of him….
    His name lives on from generation to generation.
    We gather to sing his praises.
    We proclaim his wisdom and love of life all our days.

    We want you to know that Saint Viator is proud to “claim” Scott – who enriched the lives of his family, lifelong friends, ministry partners and caring neighbors – as an alum. We will remember Scott and celebrate the fact that he continues to be a member of our community at our annual Alumni Memorial Mass on Sunday, November 6, at Saint Viator High School in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. Information about this is available at in the Alumni section. As is our tradition, we will be ordering a plaque with Scott’s name to prayerfully honor him, along with Denise and other deceased alumni from Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary, on a wall in the chapel. (The order for this year has already been placed, so Scott’s name will be added to the wall in 2023.) Also, Scott’s name will be listed in the “In Memoriam” section of the fall issue of our news magazine, A Lion for Life.

    May God’s promise that life is changed, not ended, comfort you!
    May the knowledge that your husband, your father, your son, your brother, lives on in your goodness give you peace and hope!

    Take care and God bless you with those gifts you most need!

    Judith Wampach Amberg
    Saint Viator High School Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus

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