We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Harris Funeral Home
Our sweet mom is finally free from all of her earthly ailments. She was a trooper and tried to live as independently as she could. Her mind was as sharp as a tack. She often referred to herself as a tough old bird. She was growing tired of all the hospital visits and doctors appointments. She often said that she wished she would just pass away in the night. She was a planner and that is exactly what she did! Fortunately all of her out of state children were in town. That was a God thing, making sure we were all there.
Pauline June Visscher was born on June 26, 1935 to Bert and Irene Visscher and grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. She married Tom Hoekenga and together they raised six children. Summers were spent at our cottage on Stony Lake. It was a great place to keep six kids occupied! They eventually moved to New Era near the lake.
Polly, as most called her, was a fantastic cook and everyone knew it. She eventually took a job managing The Stony Lake Bar/Inn. Her famous soups and home made specials were a hit with all. She was like a second mom to her employees, as well as a second mom to all of our friends and neighbors. Everyone was always welcome. She didn’t have a judgmental bone in her body. Her kindness was felt by all who knew her.
A well deserved retirement took them to Florida in the Winter months where they enjoyed the beaches and the shelling.....oh those shells. Many of you have an Angel shell ornament she made adorning your Christmas tree! Trips to Disney were also her favorite. Watching her grandkids feel the magic made her so happy.
After Tom passed she spent the rest of her retirement volunteering. Mostly at Christ the Rock World Harvest Church Mission store where she brought home many treasures. She always had something in her trunk that “someone” might need. “Giving” is the word that best describes her. Tom passed away in 1992, she lost her youngest son Bobby in 1979 and granddaughter Jenny Grinwis in 2017. She leaves behind five children. Tom and Velenia Hoekenga, Cindy and Don Dean, Jim and Mary Jane Hoekenga, Nancy and Steve Grinwis, and Sheri and Jay Campagna. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren who were the loves of her life. They made her smile and they loved “great” grandma. A title she cherished along with all of the hugs and kisses.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am, Monday, July 25, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5631 W. Stony Lake Road, New Era, MI 49446, with Pastor Sarah Samuelson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm, Sunday, July 24, 2022 at the Harris Funeral Home, 267 N. Michigan Avenue, Shelby MI 49455 and one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to Trinity Lutheran Church, 5631 W. Stony Lake Road, New Era MI 49446.
The Harris Funeral Home, in Shelby, is in charge of arrangements.