Anne Elizabeth Dirkse

December 21, 1952 - July 07, 2008 

Anne Elizabeth Dirkse

December 21, 1952 - July 07, 2008 

Obituary for Anne Elizabeth Dirkse

Anne Elizabeth Dirkse, age 55, passed away July 7, 2008 peacefully in her home following a fearless 2 year battle with cancer.
Anne was born December 21, 1952 in Zeeland, MI and grew up in Holland. She graduated from Holland High School in 1971 and Northern Michigan University in 1975 with a BS in Nursing. After devoting 20 years to raising her children Anne completed a Masters in Nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked primarily at the Jamestown Family Clinic and then MMPC of Holland.
Anne was a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior and constantly expressed this commitment through her involvement at Hope Church. She played in the Carillon Choir since its inception, served as an Elder on the consistory, and a sponsor for the middle school (Fish Club) and high school (High Hopes) youth. Anne always found great joy in church service projects and mission trips but truly treasured her experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with the youth groups. She loved being a nurse practitioner; her various nursing jobs at Allegan/Ottawa Family Planning and InterCare, and always held her patients close to heart. At home Anne would be found knitting, cooking, cheering on the Detroit Tigers, playing card games, or just relaxing while bird-watching.
Anne was preceded in death by her brother, Jon DenHerder in 2005 and her niece Kaitlin Piersma in 1985.
She is survived by her husband, David; children, Andrew of Bozeman, MT, Emilie (Kent) Hansen of Denver, CO, and Elizabeth; father, Christian (Judy) DenHerder of Zephyrhills, FL; mother, Jane Park of Holland, MI; siblings, Christine (Mike) Calyore of Naples, FL and Martha (Brad) Piersma of Stevensville, MT; sister-in-law, Jean DenHerder of Holland, MI; parent in-laws, Lamont and Ruth Dirkse of Holland, MI; sister-in-laws, Sue (Bob) Carlson of Holland, MI, and Nancy (Scott) DeWitt of Cincinnati, OH; and 12 nieces & nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 11a.m. at Hope Church, 77 W 11th Street Holland, MI followed by a time of fellowship with family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area designated for the Anne E. Dirkse Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund or to the Hope Church Endowment Fund designated for the Appalachian Trail Hike.

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