Jean E. Van Der Laan

November 13, 1929 - November 21, 2016
Marne, MI



Friday, November 25, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Alt & Shawmut Chapel
2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 453-8263
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
Westview Christian Reformed Church
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
11:00 AM EST
Westview Christian Reformed Church
2929 Leonard St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Stonebridge Manor
3511 Leonard St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Life Story / Obituary


Jean E. Van Der Laan, aged 87, of Marne, MI, went to be with her Lord on Monday evening, November 21, 2016, with her loving family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Van Der Laan in 2000. She is survived by her children, Steve and Nancy Van Der Laan, Judy and Joe Grochowalski, Jim and Molly Van Der Laan, Betsy and Trevor Yartz; her grandchildren, Katie Van Der Laan, Lauren (Jarid) Boylan, Grant Van Der Laan, Matt Grochowalski, Rachel (Peter) Curtis, Sarah (Brandon) Geels, Debbie Grochowalski, Jon, Andrew and Leah Van Der Laan, Trevor, Wyatt, Luke and Abby Yartz; her sister, Evelyn Bruyn; sister-in-law, Shirley Gritter; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jean was a wonderful Christian woman and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all who knew her. She lived to serve the Lord, her family and many others. She was a longtime member of Westview Christian Reformed Church, 2929 Leonard St. NW, where the service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday Nov. 26, at 11:00 AM. Burial in Marne Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet her family on Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, and again at the church on Saturday, from 10:00 am until the service begins at 11:00 AM. Contributions in her memory may be made to Stonebridge Manor. To sign Jean’s guest book, and to leave your own memory of her, visit her web page at