Josephine DeYoung

Josephine DeYoung age 97 of McBain went home to be with her Lord on Sunday June 24, 2018 in Byron Center, Michigan. She was born on July 6, 1920 to Gerrit (Emma Hamming) Hendricks.  She married her husband John on November 1, 1940 at the McBain Christian Reformed Church. Jo lived her life in the McBain area, she was a life-long member of the McBain Christian Reformed Church where she was also involved in the ladies bible studies and taught Sunday school, the last three years she had been a member of the Vogel Center CRC. Jo worked for the B.F. Goodrich Co. in her younger years. John and Jo provided a loving and caring home for their 6 children on their 100 acre dairy farm. Jo was gifted with writing the history of their family life and God’s faithfulness in a book for future generations to read, she was blessed with hospitality and visitors were often welcomed with the aroma of fresh bread and pies, she also enjoyed sewing and making quilts for each of her children and grandchildren, she also enjoyed gardening and canning, she did housekeeping for several people for many years and also volunteered her time at Autumnwood Nursing Home. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at her home and at the Byron Center Manor. God blessed her with wonderful people in her life. Jo is survived by her children, Lorraine (Dave) Rozeveld of Marion , Bob (Mary) DeYoung of Grand Rapids, Ron (Elaine) DeYoung of Holland, Eunice (John) Netz of Byron Center, Paul (Karla) DeYoung of Traverse City, Karl (Ruth) DeYoung of Byron Center, and 30 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She was proceeded in death by her husband John of 69 years, daughter in-law Marge DeYoung, her parents Gerrit and Emma Hendricks, brothers , Herman, Frank, Peter, Jake, and Dick, sister Helen Vanderwal, and her in-laws Ed (Jeanette) DeYoung, Adeline (Frank) Prince, Walter DeYoung, and Peter DeYoung. Funeral services will be held the Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church at 11:00 A.M. on Friday. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain and one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Reverend Dirk Koetje and Reverend Adam Barton will officiate at the services. Burial will take place in the Mount View Cemetery in McBain at 2:00 P.M. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Michigan Christian School or Bethany Christian Services. The Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain is in charge of the funeral arrangements and thoughts and prayers may be left at

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Noël Kidd

I am Sarah Moerdyk's sister-in-law from Louisville. I remember visiting Grandma DeYoung's farm years ago and her giving my family a tour. Being from Chicago, I had never been to a farm so it was quite exciting and memorable! I remember her rows and rows of everything imaginable canned in her basement. Also that she had a 'She-Shed' long before they were popular! :) Above all I remember her as loving and warm and could tell how much she loved and was loved by her family and I've heard many stories about her throughout the years. Hugs to you all!

Laura Robertson

We are so sorry to hear of Josephine's passing. We had many wonderful conversations and visits with her over the years. My Dad (her cousin Mynard Hamming) thought the world of her and all she accomplished for her family, and loved to tell stories about her. Our prayers to all of you in your loss.

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