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Maxine Edna De Looff, lovingly known by her family as Nonnie and her friends as Max, passed away unexpectedly on January 20, in Grand Rapids at the age of 79. She was born on November 26, 1944, in Grand Rapids to Herman and Edna (Van Den Berge) Huls. Maxine married her sweetheart, Arthur De Looff, on January 17, 1964; they had a lovely celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary just this week.
She is survived by her husband Art, her brother Jurden and his wife Sue Huls, her children Lisa (De Looff) and Dave Howard, Dan and Kristin (Ripplinger) De Looff, Brad and Laura (Hayward) De Looff, and her beloved grandchildren, Allison (Howard) and Jake Klinck, Adam Howard, Graham Howard, Mara De Looff, Lauren De Looff, and Davis, Levi, and Audrey De Looff. She has many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces, great-nephews who will miss her and remember their “Auntie Max” fondly. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Vearle (Huls) Araway, her sister-in-law Sien and her husband John Hazenberg, her brother-in-law Gerard De Looff and his wife Joan, and her in-laws Arie and Wilhelmina (De Vos) De Looff.
Above all, Maxine was a woman of faith who lived her life with the promises of the Gospel. Her close-knit family was her greatest joy and she delighted in seeing them together in church. She loved them wholeheartedly, teaching them about life and praying for them to follow Jesus.
Maxine had a gift for making conversation with anyone, which made making friends a daily occasion. From the grocery stores to the restaurants that she frequented with Art, Maxine would know the life stories, children’s names, triumphs and defeats of cashiers, waitresses, and servers everywhere she went. She was a kind soul who strived to make sure everyone felt loved and included.
Maxine's most cherished job was as a wife to Art, mother to Lisa, Dan, and Brad, and grandmother to her eight grandchildren. Outside of home, family, and church, Maxine brought her friendly and outgoing nature to careers in various roles. She worked as a bank teller, and held office manager roles in an insurance agency, and a dermatology practice. After she "retired" she took on responsibility as the funeral reception coordinator for Third Reformed Church Grand Rapids.
Maxine's faith played a leading role in her life. She had been a lifelong member of Third Reformed Church in Grand Rapids and had recently started attending worship at Calvary Church. Maxine was an active member of the Women's Bible Study group at Third Reformed Church and assisted her friend Pastor Ralph Robrahn in coordinating the Young at Heart fellowship group. She was also a dedicated volunteer at the Christian Rest Home.
In her free time, Maxine enjoyed crocheting blankets and knitting thousands of mittens and hats, which she donated to children in the area schools. When her family was younger, Art and Max loved to take camping trips up north with the kids, their friends, and later their grandkids. There were road trips and many adventures with friends and family. She was a fierce competitor in all table games and loved watching professional tennis and figure skating. She loved dogs and would talk to anyone who had a bulldog about her dear Roxanne the English Bulldog; the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was a favorite of hers. Nonnie never missed a kids’ tennis match, baseball game, football game, soccer game, choir or band concert, musical, or any school event! Beyond everything, she cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren, engaging in crafts and playing games. Many incredibly special memories were created with the whole family together at the cottage near Lake Charlevoix.
A visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, January 25, from 3-5 pm at Metcalf & Jonkhoff in Grand Rapids. A celebration of life service will take place on Friday, January 26, at 12 pm in the Chapel at Calvary Church, with cake and refreshments to follow.
Maxine Edna De Looff will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her kindness, dedication, and unwavering faith will forever be cherished by those who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the benevolence fund at Calvary Church Grand Rapids, a cause dear to Maxine's heart.
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