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Esther Josephine SchaafsmaEster J. Schaafsma Age 97 Martin, MI Esther J. Schaafsma, age 97, passed to her eternal home on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 with family by her side at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo, MI. Esther was born on November 3, 1923, in Monterey Township, MI, the seventh of nine children born to Garrit and Abbie (nee Koster) Lynema. On May 2, 1946, Esther married Lewis G. Schaafsma they shared fifty-three years together until his passing in 1999. In 1944, at the age of twenty-one, she joined the membership of the Martin Reformed Church and was active in the church for the remainder of her life. Esther worked in several positions in the food service industry during her life, spending the last seventeen years at the Martin Public Schools and retired in 1985. She is preceded in her passing by her parents, husband, seven of her siblings and their spouses, and several nieces and nephews. Left to cherish Esther’s loving memory is her son: Greg Schaafsma; granddaughters: Amanda (Travis) Tilley and Rebecca (Cole) Jones; great granddaughters: Alivia and Bailey Tilley; sister: Betty (Lynema) Earle; brother-in-law: Ted Schaafsma; many nieces and nephews; a host of friends including: Tammy Maurer and Char DeMoore, who made sure that Esther and her home always looked great; and the teams from Hospice of Southwest Michigan and Kairos Dwelling that gave her great care at the end. In accordance with Esther’s wishes public services with take place at Martin Reformed Church, 1073 W Allegan St, Martin, MI 49070 with visitation on Friday, June 25, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and a funeral service on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, with an hour of visiting starting at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Heijerman officiating. Esther will be laid to rest at East Martin Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Martin Reformed Church Building Fund or Kairos Dwelling of Kalamazoo, MI. While visiting Esther’s tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Schaafsma family is being assisted by McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080. 269-685-5881.
My sympathies and prayers to your family. Herb Ayres
Herb Ayres Jul 1 2021 5:48 AM
Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of Esther Josephine Schaafsma.
Jun 23 2021 9:00 AM
So very cool! I'd love to see some of his projects sometime
Mandy Tilley Jun 22 2021 10:58 PM
I remember Esther & her husband at the craft shows held once a year in Plainwell on the 3rd Saturday of November. I purchased some of the really neat wood working that he did. Nice couple. I first met them while working as a former nurse at what was then Pipp Community Hospital. Sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained another angel. Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl)
Patti Hewitt Jun 21 2021 10:57 AM
I babysat Greg when he was young. They lived right next door to us. Our sincere sympathy to the family.
Pat (Mills) McNeil Jun 20 2021 12:15 AM
Thank you for this. Loved shared memories. She was special to a lot of people
Mandy Tilley Jun 19 2021 10:24 PM
Esther worked in the kitchen at Martin Schools when I was growing up. When I visited her, she always reminded me of coming back to buy extra cookies during hot lunch. Back then, they were allowed to make different types of cookies like peanut butter. They were really good. Up until recently, Esther at 97 had more energy than most of us and she loved to talk about life. Esther will be missed by all of those who knew her. Our prayers for peace and comfort go out to the family
Robert & Andy VandenBerg Jun 19 2021 9:38 PM