Sandra VerWys

July 10, 1941 ~ May 2, 2023

Sandra J. VerWys, age 81, of Hudsonville passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 after a five plus year struggle with lung cancer. She enjoyed a 49-year career at Spectrum Butterworth, spending many years as a neonatal nurse and finishing her career in cardiology. She cherished her family and particularly enjoyed being a grandma. Sandy was richly blessed as a longtime member of Zion Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and worked with the young people. She loved the Lord. She and John frequently worshiped at the Mason County Reformed Church in Ludington, their up north church, which she truly enjoyed. She and John were avid boaters for over 50 years in Holland and later in Ludington. They especially enjoyed cruising the Great Lakes aboard the “Sea Wys”. They also enjoyed their many trips to Hawaii and Florida in addition to their place in Ludington. Sandy always looked forward to her monthly coffee at Panera with the Butterworth girls, her lunch dates with special friends, and of course, her nail and hair appointments. Sandy is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Sherri (Rich) Kleyn, Kathi (Bob) Raymond; grandchildren, Kaleigh Kleyn, Erin (John) Kamps, Erica (Josh) Brubaker, and Louis Raymond; sister, Marilyn (Craig) Boogaart; brother, Ed (Karen) Kohn; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Jones Pierce, Phyllis VerWys; and brother-in-law, Randy Rottschafer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norbert and Jane Kohn; sister, Dee Rottschafer; inlaws, John and Alberdean VerWys; brothers-in-law, Ken VerWys, Don (Mary) VerWys; sisters-in-law, Barb (Al) DeVries, Mary (Harry) Kaiser; and brother-in-law, Harold Jones. A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at 3 pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Zion Reformed Church, 4457 36th St. SW, Grandville with Pastor Rick VanderWall officiating. Burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Relatives and friends may meet the family from 2-3 pm prior to the service at the church. The family thanks Dr. Chen and his team at Lemmen-Holton for the care given to Sandy throughout this journey and to Lori and the Spectrum Health Hospice team during her final weeks. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Spectrum Health Hospice.

Memorial Visitation
Wednesday, May 10
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Zion Reformed Church
4457 36th St. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Memorial Service
Wednesday, May 10

Zion Reformed Church
4457 36th St. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

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May 05, 2023 1:31am
I worked with Sandy at Spectrum and really enjoyed her sweet and friendly personality. She was really missed by her coworkers when she retired. I know she will be missed by her family and friends now. Sending prayers for comfort. So glad she knew the Lord. That brings comfort.

- Jamie Herrema

May 03, 2023 8:12pm
Uncle John and family, We are so sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Doug and Julie

- Doug and Julie Kaiser

May 03, 2023 6:33pm
Sandy was one of the first smiling faces I worked with when I started at Spectrum. Her youthful energy was infectious as much as her laugh. I was fortunate enough to see all the fun had with the “Butterworth girls” and I’m so sad to hear of her passing. Prayers to the family, she loved talking about all of you.

- Season Gosnell

May 03, 2023 1:19pm
Sandy was a joy to work with at Butterworth in Cardiology. I'm glad she got to enjoy her retirement with family and friends. I'm so sad to hear this news. She was a gem and will be missed by many.

- Janice Lillibridge

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