Obituary for Doris M. Groendyk

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Doris M. Groendyk

January 28, 1926 - May 26, 2018

Doris M. Groendyk, 92, formerly of Decatur, passed away, Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Newell Chapel, 83313 M-51, Decatur, with Rev. Lonnie Carpenter officiating.  Private Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur.  Friends may visit with the family from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials in Doris’ name may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI  49008.  Those wishing to sign Doris’ Memory Book online may do so at

Doris was born January 28, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Claude & Pearl (Stong) Skinner.  She graduated from Grandville High School Class of 1944 where she served as the Drum Majorette.  On March 6, 1947 she married Harold Eugene “Bud” Groendyk in Grandville.  Doris’ focus was tending to her home and her family.  She loved to cook and made an amazing pot roast & delicious blueberry pie.  Later in life, Doris worked for many years at the Decatur Republican where she wore many hats.  She was a member of the Decatur Study Club & the First Reformed Church where she served as an Elder for many years.  In her free time Doris enjoyed golf, tennis, jig saw puzzles, word search puzzles, flower gardening & knitting.

Doris is survived by her children-Joan (Robert) Bos of Wayland, MI, Nancy (Chester) Baranski of Mattawan, MI, LouAnn (Nate) Robinson of Cassopolis, MI, Steve (Janice) Groendyk of Coloma, David (Kathleen) Groendyk of Beavercreek, OH; fourteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and her sister June Blair of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bud on August 20, 1989, her parents, and her brother Melvin Skinner.




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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Cemetery Information

Lakeside Cemetery


Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Private Burial will follow the Service

Donation Information

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan

222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008


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Born: January 28, 1926
Died: May 26, 2018

Condolences for Doris M. Groendyk

Cheryl (Popp) Germain posted on 6/1/18

I am very sorry to hear this news. My sympathy to all of you. Your family has a special place in my childhood memories!


Melody (Gossler) Tunis posted on 5/31/18

I am so sorry for your loss. Both Mr and Mrs Groendyk were friends with my parents. I do remember her good food at every pot luck the church had that I attended. She was always ready with a smile and a good word to all. She will be missed.


Dan and Nancy Kroeze posted on 5/30/18

Doris was an amazing woman and a terrific elder at Decatur Reformed Church and a good friend and supporter to us and our time in Decatur. We are so sorry that we can not pay our condolences in person but we are sorry for your loss and pray for God's strength and peace as you miss your mom. We know His promises are true!


Roberta J Rex posted on 5/29/18

Our deepest sympathies..lots of happy memories of times spent together! Blaine & Bobbie Rex


Travis Ulberg posted on 5/29/18

From the entire Ulberg family we are so sorry for the families loss!


Tena Warkentien posted on 5/28/18

So sorry for your family’s loss. We will be praying for all of you! ❤️


Cindy Ditchie posted on 5/28/18

Kylee, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Thinking of y'all during this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.


Sheryl Veneklase posted on 5/28/18

So sorry for your loss Aunt Joan!