Life Story / Obituary
Fryer, Stephanie (Mickey) Barendrecht nee’ Rooks, met her Lord on March 19, 2021 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Born in Pontiac, Michigan, she and her family moved to Patterson, New Jersey where she attended Eastern Academy. When the family returned to Michigan, she attended Grand Rapids Christian High, and then Calvin College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the joint program with Blodgett Memorial Hospital. She worked as a nurse at Blodgett for twenty-nine years. After retiring from Blodgett, she worked at Duthler Ford, doing data entry and accounts receivable.
Stephanie loved to walk, logging hundreds of miles around her neighborhood on Grand Rapids’ West Side and later in Wyoming, Michigan. She also loved to do many forms of needlework, from counted cross-stitch to needlepoint and knitting. She travelled widely, first road tripping with her husband Cor, and then, after his passing, with her late-in-life love Richard, taking both bus and barge trips around the United States.
As an active church member, Stephanie sang in the church choir, participated in fundraisers, and was a volunteer at the Mel Trotter Mission, part of Forgotten Man Ministries.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wendell H. and Geesje U. Rooks; two brothers and two sisters-in-law David and Candelaria (Dely) Rooks, Jeanne Rooks, and Steven Rooks; by her husband of 35 years, Cor W. Barendrecht, and her second husband, Richard D. Fryer.
Stephanie is survived by her daughter, Sharlene (Barendrecht) Te Beest, son-in-law Howard, and grandsons Matthew and Christopher Te Beest, all of Wisconsin.
She will be missed by her remaining family: brothers Wendell (Nancy) Rooks, Girard Rooks, Andrew (Irene) Rooks; and sister Judy (Orv) Lantinga, nieces and nephews, as well as her second husband Richard’s children and grandchildren.