Leanne Herrema

  • Born: January 20, 1954
  • Died: December 14, 2020
  • Location: Grand Haven, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423

Tel. (616) 392-2306

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leanne Joy Herrema, age 66, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020.

Leanne was born in Ferrysburg, Michigan to Gerald and Marian Rosema. She graduated High School from West Michigan Christian and received her undergraduate degree from Calvin College. During her college years, she loved working at Camp Roger and passed that tradition to her children who also spent many summers there.

While teaching full time with three small children, Leanne returned to school to obtain her Masters in Education from Grand Valley State University. She was a beloved teacher for several years at Holland Christian, Borculo Christian, and West Ottawa schools.

Leanne enjoyed making others laugh with her quick wit and sense of humor. She loved to spend time with her children, always enjoyed a visit to the lake, and ice cream sundaes. Leanne and her family attended 14th Street CRC in Holland for many years

Leanne will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her children Laura (Jessie) Groff, Robert (Chelsea) Herrema, and David (Liz) Herrema; 7 grandchildren; siblings Lynn DeYoung, Barb Phillips, Dan Rosema, and Dale Rosema, and several nieces and nephews.

The family is planning a memorial service in summer 2021.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I worked with Leanne at West Ottawa. I appreciated her daily smile and how kind she was to students. Leanne had a good sense of humor and a big heart. Sending prayers for your family.

Posted by Rachel Whiting - Grand Haven, MI - Coworker   February 10, 2021

Oh my goodness, we just lost a dear nephew, and I went on the Obits to find him. Then I found Leanne’s obit. I feel so bad, I haven’t seen Leanne in many years. I did not know she passed! But we worked together at Pine Creek for alot of years. I loved working with her. I learned a lot working with her. I loved her wit, we always made work fun, and always enjoyed our chats about our kids, and the world! I remember she had an exchange student come live with them, then in turn they went to Brazil to be with her and her family. I think the last time I ran into Leanne was at Dr Bader’s (Maple View Animal Hospital.) I was there for our dog’s check up, she came in with a huge Snapping Turtle that got hit on the road. She always loved animals and people. So she wanted to help the turtle. I was alittle nervous because those things can turn their head and bite you really quick. But she carried it in there just the same. They put it in a box, but that was Leanne. Always helping someone or something! I wish I could of said goodbye to you, I just know someday I’ll see you again. We have God’s promise, that with our Salvation given to us for accepting Jesus, it’s not goodbye forever. I love you and will miss you dear friend. We’ll pray for all of you left behind. Big Hugs and prayers to you all!
Love, Vicky & Verl Bleeker

Posted by Vicky Bleeker - Friend   December 31, 2020

Leanne was a lovely woman. Always had a sense of humor and a beautiful smile. Loved our camping adventures. Dance like you never have before on the gold streets. You will be deeply missed and your memories will live on.

Posted by Doug & Shar Hekman - Holland, MI - Friend   December 21, 2020

I worked with Leanne at Camp Roger. She was a year younger than me. The fact that you included her time at Camp Roger is not surprising to me. She was a delight to work with while we were counselors. She was great with the campers. I suspect part of the reason she went into education was because of her natural ability to relate to children which she demonstrated at Camp. Having lost both parents I know something about death. I know that there is never a good time to lose a loved one but eleven days before Christmas makes it awfully difficult. I know that the closer the relationship, the harder of the loss but the better the memories. Time heals. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Posted by Randy Velzen - Caledonia, MI - Friend   December 20, 2020

I knew Mrs. Herrema when I was a substitute teacher in the 90's. She was the kindest, sweetest teacher around and she was a pleasure to know. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

Posted by Amy TerVree-Winn - Holland, MI - Coworker   December 20, 2020

Dear Laura, Rob, and David please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Your mom was a wonderful mom, and she loved you all very much ! We are rejoicing knowing she is free of pain, and with her Lord and Savior. Many great memories of Leanne

Posted by Sheryll (Herrema) &Carl Huzel - Family   December 20, 2020

Leanne was a brilliant and hilarious woman. We shared many wonderful and deep moments. Her greatest pride was her children and grand children - the joy she had when she found out one of the kids was having a child was unimaginable. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Amanda Jackson - Friend   December 19, 2020


To Lynn; Hugs and Prayers to You and Your Family on the Loss of your Beloved Sister. Sorry for your Loss

Posted by Connie LaFrance - Spring Lake, MI   December 19, 2020

Dear Herrema Family, I am saddened at the news of your mother's passing. I was her principal at Pine Creek Elementary in the West Ottawa District. She and I worked very closely together for the benefit of the students. Though the work was challenging we always found something to laugh about. She was a strong advocate for her special eduction students. I appreciated her kindness, caring, dedication & sense of humor. May she rest in peace. And may the peace of Lord be with all of you during this sad time. Madeline Kukla

Posted by Madeline Kukla - Holland, MI - Coworker   December 19, 2020

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