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Madelyn Spaans

November 22, 1932 - June 25, 2022
Grand Rapids, MI



Tuesday, June 28, 2022
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Van Strien Creston Chapel
1833 Plainfield Ave., N.E
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 361-2613
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
1:00 PM EDT
First Netherlands Reformed Congregation
1261 Beckwith Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Plymouth Christian School
965 Plymouth Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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Life Story / Obituary


Madelyn Spaans, age 89 of Grand Rapids, passed away June 25, 2022. She was born in Grand Rapids to the late William and Anna (DeGraaf) Boluyt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Spaans; brothers Marvin, James, William, and David Boluyt; and sisters Bernadine Swinger, Wilhelmina Lindemulder, Marie Boluyt, Jean Reminga, Cornelia Russ and Katherine Kuzniak. Mrs. Spaans is survived by her children Dan (Tina) Spaans of Grand Rapids, Laurie (Bill) VanDenToorn of Marne, Dick A. (Julie) Spaans of Belding, Rebecca (Harold) Van Dyk of Grand Rapids, Diane (Bob) VanderZand of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Jordan (Lisa) Spaans, Megan Spaans, Kevin Spaans, Chris (Amy) VanDenToorn, Jessica VanDenToorn, Caylee VanDenToorn, Katelynne Spaans and finace Dave Chamberlain, Jennifer (Jake) Hall, Justin VanderZand, Alex VanderZand, Seth VanderZand, Ben VanderZand; great grandchildren, Evelyn, Natalie, Luke, and Meredith Spaans, James and Madelyn VanDenToorn, and Reed Hall.

Also surviving are her siblings Betty (Paul) Kooyers, Joan Mast, Esther Dykstra, Neil (Liz) Boluyt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mary Boluyt, Leonard Spaans, Betty Spaans, Pauline Spaans, Joanne Spaans, Martina (George) Feyter, Hermina VanVeldhuizen, Cathy Spaans, Betty Spaans, Rosalie Spaans; many nieces, nephews and special friends. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 1 PM at First Netherlands Reformed Congregation, 1261 Beckwith Ave NE. Friends may visit with family on Tuesday from 5-8 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 1833 Plainfield Ave NE. Interment in Graceland Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Plymouth Christian School. To sign her guestbook or share a memory, visit www.heritagelifestory.com