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Virginia Hiemstra

June 22, 2023
Kalamazoo, MI




Virginia Mary Krup Hiemstra, 92, of Kalamazoo, also known as Ginny, Virg, or Jean passed away on Thursday, June 22, just after midnight with her daughter and special neighbor by her side.

Born November 26, 1930 in Grand Rapids MI to Parents- Nicholas and Louise (Moyer) Krup. Attended Wayland High School – Graduated June 1, 1949. Married Henry (Hank) Hiemstra on June 15, 1949, just 4 months after getting engaged. They were happily married for 62 years.

She worked at Gibson Guitar- from 1959-1982 in various jobs- mainly the Strings department. She went to Kalamazoo Valley Jr. College- Graduated- 1984. Worked for Manpower as a Temp. Then Hired by Eaton Corporation as Receptionist /Credit Department-Retired in 1996.

Virginia was a member of Bethany Reformed Church. She belonged to the Women of the Moose, Daughters of the Nile, Order of Eastern Star--Shriner Ladies.

Virginia enjoyed her home and loved her family. She did her own mowing, edging and yard work. She loved shoveling snow! She volunteered at the Food Pantry, crocheted, and LOVED her computer and Kindle Fires. She had many friends on her e-mail and Facebook .

She is survived by her children: Lawrence (Larry) Henry (Cheryl), David Lee (Kathy), Kathleen Jean Roth, Nickolas Harm (Patrice), one brother Robert (Ellen) Krup,

9 Grandchildren: Matt Hiemstra, Mindy (Dan) Cameron, Sena (Doug) Hineline, Kyle (Sonia) Roth, Jon (Sunday) Hiemstra, Chris (Danielle) Hiemstra, Stephanie (Horacio) Zuluaga, Robert (Anna) Hiemstra, Heather Sadler, and 14 Great Grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews, including special nephew Richard Hiemstra.

She was preceded in Death by- Beloved husband Henry (Hank), her parents, two sisters: Barbara Bush and Margaret Strong, brother Richard (Dick) Krup, and son-in-law Jim Roth.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 1:00 at Bethany Reformed Church, 1833 Burdick Street, with fellowship afterwards. In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

Virginia was always upbeat and vibrant her whole life. She made everyone feel special. She will be greatly missed