Georgie Lucille Laarman

Georgie Lucille Laarman died on May 15, eight days shy of her 90th birthday, at Raybrook Manor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was born in Highland, Michigan, on May 23, 1928, to John E. and Kathryn (Venema) Sikkema. In 1948 she married Jay Laarman, and in their 44 years together they lived in West Branch, Fennville, Ionia, Grand Ledge, and Vogel Center, Michigan. Jay died in 1995, and Georgie later moved to Grand Rapids. The family wants to thank the staff of Raybrook Manor for their loving and faithful care for Georgie for the past eight years.
Georgie was deeply devoted to her Lord, and sacrificially loving and supportive to her family and lifelong friends. She was an adventuresome person who loved to laugh, to have a good time, to read, to experience the arts, to travel, and to learn. She stood firmly for what she believed in and could be feisty! Over the years Georgie worked not only as a homemaker, but also as a coordinator of foreign exchange students and a realtor. Georgie was always involved in the life and ministry of the various Christian Reformed churches to which she belonged, and in her later years she made several trips as a volunteer with the CRC’s Disaster Relief Services.
In addition to her husband Jay, Georgie was preceded in death by her daughter Karla LaMere and several of her siblings and their spouses: Elton and Hilda Sikkema, Ena and Henry Kortman, Peter Sikkema, Annette and Harold Knoper, Walter Grzybowski, Percy and Maxine Laarman, and Ethel and Jake Schierbeek. She is survived by her sons Ed (Joan), Brian (Gwen), and Jim Laarman; grandchildren Esther, Miriam (Frankie), Joel (Carolin), Ben (Kelly), Patrick (Laina), Andrea (Nick), Hilary (Thomas), and Michele; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives may greet the family from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Friendship Room on the lower level of Raybrook Manor, 2121 Raybrook St., Grand Rapids, Michigan. A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel at the same address. Following the service, a light meal will be served in the Friendship Room. A public committal service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the cemetery in Vogel Center, Michigan, followed by refreshments at the Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church. Those who wish may send gifts in Georgie’s honor to World Renew, 1700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.
We thank God for Georgie’s life, love, and legacy, especially her legacy of faith. Now we entrust her to the eternal care of her Lord Jesus Christ. The Burkholder Family Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral services and thoughts and prayers may be left at

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Martie- Marthea Daling Jager

Dear Ed and Joan, May you know deeply the comfort of our Loving Lord! I remember Georgie as a firm courageous woman of God, from days working together in the Committee for Women, circa 1974-5 and beyond and am thankful for her life and rich example. Shalom, Martie Jager

Micky Boogman

We are sorry for your loss. The circle of Sikkema cousins is getting quite small. The only one of our family still living in Mich. is Lucille Born and they are on vacation in Alaska right now so none of our family will be able to attend the visitation or service. I enjoyed lunch with Georgie several years ago at Schulers along with my sisters Henrietta and Betty - good memories. May God give comfort and peace to each of you. John & Micky (Hermina Sikkema) Boogman

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