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May 22, 1927 - May 29, 2021

A private memorial will be held at Joldersma Klein Funeral Home for immediate family only and she will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Much gratitude is offered to Faith Hospice of Grand Rapids for their invaluable help in preparing our mom for her next big adventure. Their kind, gentle, loving care was such a support to us.    Philippians  4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.    

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Sylvia Jean DeVries (Stiemsma), age 94, was welcomed into her heavenly home Saturday afternoon, May 29, 2021. Sylvia was married to Henry DeVries for almost 57 years when he preceded her in death in 2005. She is survived and loved deeply by her four children Lorri (Bill) Beaudin, Don (Luanne) DeVries, Dan (Kim) DeVries and Joan (Ed) VanEssendelft; 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren Beau ( Stephanie ) Beaudin, Rebecca (Luke) McConnell, Seth DeVries, Jessica (Tim) Houtkooper, Daniel DeVries, Erin (Jushade) Sutton, Matt Sutton,  Lindsey (Tim) Lautenbach, Megan (Scott) Hanson, Emily (Jared) Friar; and 23 great-grandchildren. Sylvia was also preceded in death by her dear brothers, Alvin Stiemsma, Gerald Stiemsma and Kenneth Stiemsma and is survived by her baby brother, Dale Stiemsma. Sylvia was a woman of strong faith who lived out that faith by caring for others. She lived a life of gratitude and service, facing each obstacle with humor and determination. She was an artist with a vivid imagination, an insatiable curiosity, and a sense of adventure.