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214 East Central Avenue
Zeeland, MI 49464
Life Story / Obituary
Pastor John Nyitray Sr. was called home to be with his Lord and Savior late Wednesday, December 16, 2015. He was born in Kalamazoo Michigan to Stephen & Elizabeth Nyitray on December 28, 1926. John had a warm, servant’s heart for the Savior, and all the people God brought into his life. His passionate prayers reflected his love for Jesus and for others. John will be dearly missed by his wife of 64 years, Marie, (nee Woltersom) and his daughter, Julia & John McHugh; son, John & Maria Nyitray; daughter, Beth & George Miller; and daughter Mary Sue Nyitray; nine grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister Grace Augustine, a sister in law June Klanderman and many nieces and nephews.
Rev. Nyitray was ordained as a minister in the Reformed Church in America in 1955. He served as pastor of Fruitport Reformed Church, Fruitport MI; Fourth Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, MI; Second Reformed Church, Little Falls, NJ; and Second Reformed Church, Marion NY. During his retirement years, John, along with Marie and Mary Sue, served many Reformed and Christian Reformed congregations in New Jersey and New York. John also served his country in the U.S. Army immediately following World War II. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, restoring furniture, and visiting with family and friends. John loved to read and always had a book nearby.
A service to praise the Lord and give thanks for John’s life will take place Monday, December 21st, 11:00 a.m. at Harlem Reformed Church; 6854 144th Avenue, Holland MI 49424. Pastors John W. Nyitray, Joseph Cusack, and Neal Karsten will share in leading the service. Visitation will be held at Dykstra Funeral Home – Northwood Chapel on Sunday, December 20th, 3:00-5:00 & 7:00-9:00. Interment will take place at Zeeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Harlem Reformed Church or Parkview Home, Zeeland, MI.