Jane Smith

Obituary for Jane Smith

August 26, 1932 - September 13, 2021
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 89

Obituary

Jane Smith, age 89, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Jane was born on August 26, 1932, in Zeeland, MI to Joe and Kate (Van Dyke) Vander Velde. After graduation from Zeeland High School, she attended Hope College where she graduated in 1954 with degrees in elementary education and music. She taught school in Kalamazoo for 2 years. She then taught elementary school in Oakland, CA and then in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. There she met her husband Lawrence D. Smith who was serving in the US Army. On March 3, 1962, they were married in a Military wedding at Fort Irwin, CA. They continued in the military until Lawrence (Larry) retired on January 31, 1968. They moved back to Zeeland where they raised their two sons, Arthur and Christopher. They purchased the Zeeland Book Shop and she worked there until it was sold 13 years later. She returned at that time to playing the organ at the First Reformed Church where she had started playing in 1948. She has been a lifelong member of the Mission Guild, and a past President of the Ladies Aid. She was loved by her family and will be missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Smith in 2015; and son, Lawrence D. Smith Jr. in 1969.

She is survived by her son, AJ and Kristin Smith; son, Chris and Jill Smith; and grandchildren, Kaleb Smith, Emily Smith, and Kaitlyn Smith.

Visitation with the family is 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Yntema Funeral Home 251 S. State St. Zeeland, MI 49464.

Funeral services are at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at First Reformed Church, 148 E. Central Ave. Zeeland, MI 49464.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jane's honor to First Reformed Church Mission Fund.

Burial to take place in Zeeland Cemetery.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • First Reformed Church
    Mission Fund
    148 E. Central Ave.
    Zeeland, MI 49464

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Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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