Rev. A.M. den Boer, 74, of Grand Rapids and a former Sunnyside resident died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004.

He was the minister of the Netherlands Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, MI. He served as a minister of the Sunnyside Netherlands Reformed Church from 1989 to 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie P. den Boer; his children, Drs. Nelleke (Richard W.) Greendyk, Lenny (Jaap) Wiskerke and Dr. Adrian (Leona L.) den Boer; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Jan den Boer of Netherlands; four sisters-in-law, Aad den Boer, Fientje den Boer, Rick Goedegebuur and Diny E. Polman.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at 10 a.m. at the First Netherlands Reformed Congregation, 1261 Beckwith Ave. NE., Grand Rapids, MI. Interment will be at Fairplains Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Plymouth Christian School. Zaagman Memorial Chapel North is in charge of arrangements.


As her family grieved to let go of her hands, Jesus and his angels took her into their arms and sang “Hallelujah, you’re home.”

Bernice Kathleen Burger, 79, of Sunnyside slipped away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at her home.

She was born Dec. 18, 1924, in Centralia, the only child of Fred and Kate Woody. Bernice came to Sunnyside with her parents in 1926, and received her education there. She met and married Vern Burger in 1945. Together they made their home in Sunnyside. Bernice worked in Sunnyside for 51 years as a legal secretary.

She was a life-long member of Sunnyside First Baptist Church, where she served as the church secretary, a deaconess, and a choir member.

Bernice’s greatest gift was her generosity of spirit and her willingness to put others before herself. She spent untold hours in the service of the Sunnyside community, both in her professional capacity and in Christian love. In the minds and hearts of her family, there was no greater person.

Bernice loved reading, walking, hiking, and rejoiced in the time she could spend with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Vern Burger; her son, Richard and wife, Frances and their son, Hans, of Grandview; her son Dan, of Bellingham; her daughter, Kathy Burger and partner Terry Davis, of Yakima; her daughter, Sara Thomas and husband, Alan and their daughter, Taylor, of Grandview; and her granddaughter, Ivy Weets and husband Kirk, and their daughter, Marlee, of Sunnyside.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Kate Woody.

Viewing and visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services for Bernice will be held Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside First Baptist Church, with interment to be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lower Valley Hospice.


Jeanette Y. McIntire, 63, of Sunnyside passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at her home.

Jeanette was born Dec. 31, 1940 to Clara (Wallace) and Orie Montgomery in her grandparent’s home in Grandview. Jeanette received her education in Sunnyside, graduating with the class of 1959. On Dec. 21, 1974 she married Don McIntire in Sunnyside. Don and Jeanette farmed. She also worked for Akin’s Grocery Store and Calico Circus in Sunnyside for several years.

She was a member of the AM Vet’s Women Auxiliary Post I in Tacoma, and Women’s Auxiliary of Sunnyside Eagles.

Jeanette enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing with her children. She spent many hours working in her yard, gardening and caring for her home.

She was an avid collector of Precious Moments figurines.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, Don McIntire of Sunnyside; three children, Debbie Moore and husband, John, of Goldendale, Marv Kerr and wife, Kim Eggleston, of Othello and Clint Kerr of Ephrata; one step-daughter, Kim; nine grandchildren; and two sisters, Beth Stephenson and husband, Sam, of Tucson, Ariz. and Marilyn Schryvers of Prosser.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor Jeanette’s memory may contribute to the Yakima Memorial Hospice.


Norma Jean Elliott Stroh, 65, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and aunt fell asleep in death Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at her home in Sunnyside.

Norma Jean was born April, 30, 1939. Norma Jean was a homemaker and had lived in Sunnyside most of her life.

She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Brink of Sunnyside; one son, Troy Brink of Steilacoom; four grandchildren; one sister, Lila Stroh of Prosser; two brothers, Dewayne Wentz of Moxee and Dale Wentz of New Jersey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Lana Elliott.

At Norma Jean’s request there will be no formal funeral service.

To our mom you will live in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace.

Those wishing to honor Norma Jean’s memory may contribute to the American Heart Association. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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