Alice (Roosendaal) Bierlink, 98, of Sunnyside went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 6, 2011. She was born June 12, 1912 in Kampen, The Netherlands. She was one of 15 children and was the last survivor. When she was 10 months old her family immigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island. They lived in North Dakota and later moved to Lynden.

She married Fred Bierlink on March 13, 1934. They made their home in Lynden until they moved to Naches in 1945. Alice became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1947.

In 1949 they moved to Sunnyside.

She was a lifetime member of the Christian Reformed Church.

Alice is survived by her six children, Geraldine (Jan) Don of Grandview, Allen (Christy) Bierlink of Prosser, Donna Kendall of Sunnyside, Alice Jane (Frank) Westgate of Kirkland, Gladys (David) DeRidder of Denver, Colo. and Ken (M'Liss) Bierlink of Grandview; 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Gertrude Visser.

Alice was preceeded in death by her husband of 68 years, Fred; 14 brothers and sisters and their spouses; and a granddaughter, Kelly Mae Bierlink.

At age 79, Alice got her first drivers license. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, quilter, baker, seamstress and prayer warrior.

In 2002 Fred and Alice moved to Sun Terrace. Fred passed away three weeks later and Alice continued to live there until her death. After macular degeneration took Alice's sight, she enjoyed books on tape particularly from the NW Tape Ministries.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2011, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, May 11, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with graveside funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with memorial services to be held at 3 p.m. at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside.

Thank you to the staff of Sunnyside Community Hospital - I.C.U., Lower Valley Hospice and Sun Terrace for all your loving care.

Memorials may be given to Sunnyside CRC, Sunnyside Christian School, NW Tape Ministries or the charity of your choice.

Those wishing to sign Alice's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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