Obituaries

Service in Dorr for Mimi Vanden Berg is Saturday

Hermina “Mimi” Vanden Berg, age 79, died Monday, Nov. 7, at home in Dorr.

Mimi was born in Elst, Netherlands. She immigrated to the United States in 1958 and became a U.S. citizen. Mimi survived occupied Holland during WWII.

She later attended school at Grand Rapids Junior College, where she trained as a registered nurse, later working at both Butterworth Hospital and Pine Rest. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, golf, and especially her family. She was a member of Dorr Christian Reformed Church for more than 50 years.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jim Vanden Berg; daughters Lisa Cooke, Rachel (Dave Burt) Cooke, Connie (Gerrit) Sterk; sons Gerry (Brandy) Cooke, Jim (Terri) Vanden Berg; brothers Leonard (Lois) Esselink, Evert (Sue) Esselink; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gerard D. Cooke; and parents Klaas and Lena Esselink.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Dorr Christian Reformed Church, 4220 18th St., with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

In memory of Mimi and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choosing.

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