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October 20, 2018

10/10/2018 2:49:00 PM
Hester K Smith, 92

Hester K. Smith

Hester K. Smith, 92, of Corinna Township, Maple Lake died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at the Annandale Care Center.

The funeral service is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Silver Creek Community Church, Silver Creek Township, Maple Lake. Rev. Luke Baehr will officiate. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery near Maple Lake. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service, Tuesday, at the church. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

Hester is survived by her husband of nearly 73 years, Henry; children Herbert (Joyce) Smith of Maple Lake, Albert (Beth) Smith of Brooklyn Park, LaVonne (Willis) VanDorp of Buffalo, Jan (Bruce) Petz of Eden Prairie, Deborah (Gary) Halbert of Georgetown, Texas, Barbara (Don) Carter of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Lawrence (Jodi) Smith of Maple Lake; grandchildren, Angie (John) Schloo, Sarah Smith (Eugene Goldmund), Molly (Don) Johnson, Mark Smith, Jennie (Chris) Herbst, Katie Smith, Elisa Ann, Jessica (Matthew) O'Connell, Andrew (Sarah) Petz, Hans (Rachel) Halbert, Nicole (Jeremy) Pater, Joni (Bob) Kedrowski, Alyson Heath, Craig Heath, Matthew Smith (fiance Tawnya Jacobson), Ben Smith and Jackie Smith (fiance Patrick Neumann); 28 great- grandchildren; brothers and sisters, John (Joyce) Kuiper of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Thelma (Vern) Vandergon of Maple Lake, Willis Kuiper of Kentwood, Michigan, JoAnne (Harold) Miersma of Kentwood, Michigan, Lori Vellinga of Grandville, Michigan, Albertha Kuiper of Dallas, Texas and Annie (Ken) Ensing of Kentwood, Michigan; sisters-in-law, Sadie Kuiper of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ann Kooiman of Richmond, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy Schut; and brothers, Henry Kuiper and Bert Kuiper.

Hester Smith was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Doon, Iowa to Albert and Louisa (Hiemstra) Kuiper. She grew up in Doon and attended school in Perkins, Iowa. On Oct. 19, 1945, she was united in marriage to Henry William Smith in Maple Lake. In addition to caring for her family at the farm, Hester worked as a custodian for 24 years at Silver Creek Community Church in Maple Lake. She was a member of the Silver Creek Community Church, formerly known as the Silver Creek Reformed Church. Hester served as a Sunday School teacher and was a part of the church's Women's Ministry. She enjoyed reading and was a gracious host inviting family and friends into their home. She always offered food to all who came; everyone had to eat to make her happy.

Casket bearers: Hester's grandsons.

Honorary casket bearers: Hester's granddaughters.

Music: Orma Lou Jacobsma and Jane Mol.

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