Obituaries

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Stan N. Hiemenga, age 62 went to be with his Lord on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Stan was born in Alameda on July 29, 1952, to John (Jack) and Helen (Viss) Hiemenga. Stan moved to Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1970 to attend Calvin College; the school that his Great Uncle Rev. John Hiemenga was the first president of from 1919-1925.

Stan earned his undergraduate degree from Calvin College and his masters of business adminstration from Seidman Graduate School at Grand Valley University in Allendale, Mich. During Stan’s time at Calvin College he met the love of his life, Judy Fanberg, in 1971 when Judy mistakenly found herself in the men’s television lounge.

Stan and Judy married on Aug. 24, 1974, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Era, Mich. They settled in Grand Rapids and had two children, Jennifer Lynn (Hiemenga) Pickel and David John Hiemenga.

Stan worked as a corporate auditor for Michigan National Bank and retired in the mid-1990s to have more freedom to attend his childrens’ many extra-curricular activities. There was little Stan loved more than to be at a sporting event rooting for his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In 2009 Stan and Judy moved to Richmond, Va. for two years then returned to Grand Rapids to be nearer to their children and grand-children.

Stan had a fantastic sense of humor and a love for children, and children certainly had a love for him. It was never a bother for Stan to sit on the floor and play with the kids or take them into the yard for some sort of sports play.

He also had a great love for music and found great solace throughout his illnesses when he discovered Pandora Radio had a station entitled "Mercy Me" one of his favorite Christian groups. Listening to the promises of God’s love, grace and gift of redemption helped him deal with lengthy hospital stays and difficult treatments.

Regardless of his state of health Stan was always up for a vacation to Traverse City, Tenn., Florida or, his favorite, Mexico. He often said if he was going to feel miserable he might as well do it in a beautiful setting.

Stan is survived by his wife Judy (Fanberg) Hiemenga, daughter, Jen (Hiemenga) Pickel, son David Hiemenga, granddaughter Bayle Pickel, grandsons Taylor Hiemenga, Breckin Huizinga and Parker Hoffman, as well as by his mother Helen Hiemenga. He was preceded in death by his father John Hiemenga and brother John Hiemenga.

Arrangements made by Harris Funeral Home (www.harrisfhome.com) in Shelby, Mich. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Brookside Christian Reformed Church on Kalamazoo SE in Grand Rapids.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that gifts be in the form of donations to Calvin College in Stan’s name.

Elizabeth Whitmore passed away peacefully after fighting 25 years of breast cancer. She spent her last weeks surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born in Lebanon, Ohio and she was the oldest of four children. She graduated from high school and college, she went to work as a secretary for the FBI. She was transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she met her beloved husband Louis Whitmore in Alameda.
They were married May 30, 1947, they had five children, 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Louis A. Whitmore; brother, Lester Engel; her children: Karen Loftus, Louis A Whitmore II, Mary Dougherty, Deborah Orgen and Beverly Whitmore; 13 grandchildren: Kristina Roberts, Patricia Whitmore, Kimberly Estigoy, Andrea Noguera, Victoria Whitmore, Joseph Loftus, Amiee Shannon Loftus, Erin Loftus, Timothy Loftus, Carl Orgen, Tabitha Orgen, Cheryl Oren and Dana Orgen; nine great-grandchildren: Jeremy Estigoy, Francisco Estigoy, Courtney Roberts, Alycia Estigoy, Trinity Estigoy, Jessica Noguera, Gabriela Noguera, Emmy Loftus and Jake Loftus; and two great-great-grandchildren: Aliyah and Ariana Estigoy.
Elizabeth was an active member or the Rebekah’s and Oddfellow Lodge, WETS, DAR and a member for Twin Towers Church.
The family would like to invite you to Elizabeth Whitmore’s service Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. at 1411 Oak St. Alameda, followed by the celebration of her life in the social hall.
In lieu of flowers please send your contribution to the American Cancer Society.

Nicholas Paul Obenchain, born April 27, 1989, in Berlin, Germany, was taken suddenly from his family and friends. On July 21, 2014, he went home to be with the Lord.

His family is inviting all who knew and loved him to help them celebrate his life on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Harbor Bay Club, 200 Packet Landing Road in Alameda. Doors open at 3 p.m.

For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director FDR-745.

Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services FD-2139

1415 Oak St. (510) 522-6020

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