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Beverly Kay Kuizema

• Dec 21, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Beverly Kay Kuizema, age 71, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Florida. She suffered a stroke, but grace allowed 12 last days of life with close family.

She was born March 16, 1947, in Grand Haven, Michigan, to Anton Nerad and Kathryn Nerad. On April 30, 1994, she and Sidney Kuizema were married by his father, the Rev. Harmon Kuizema.

Beverly graduated from Grand Haven High School and attended Ferris College for one year. She chose a career contributing to the social good as the director of finance and contracting for 30 years at Lakeshore Coordinating Council (formerly A.M.O.S.A.), a funding agency for substance abuse rehabilitation programs for several Southwest Michigan counties.

In retirement, she and her husband moved from Michigan to Six Lakes Country Club in North Fort Myers, Florida, where they resided for the past 13 years.

Beverly was a very involved member of First Reformed Church for 58 years, and sang in the choir. She was an elder and choir member with Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, North Fort Myers. She was a member of the alliance board of directors at Six Lakes Country Club, planning events. Her creative interests included quilting beautiful works while active with the Southwest Florida Quilters Guild, as well as painting flowers and other pictures. She had a head for stories and characters, reading voraciously and chatting with the book club, watching movies, and delighted in her season tickets to the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. She enjoyed playing social games like bridge and scrabble, and stayed active riding bicycles and walking several miles each day. She loved taking many short trips, along with visits to Connecticut, and often returned to Michigan to see friends and relatives.

She is survived by her husband, Sidney Kuizema, North Fort Myers, Fla.; brother Tom Nerad and his wife Jane Tomlinson, Rockville, Md.; stepson Lawrence Kuizema and his wife Suzanne Becker, Norwalk, Conn.; and stepson Scott Kuizema and his wife Renee, grandson Riley and granddaughter Emerson, all of Allendale, Mich. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Fred Nerad.

Beverly knew the way to salvation. She was loved by many and will be missed. The creator of this mysterious universe welcomes her into heaven to join many others already there.

Contributions in her memory may be made to National Stroke Association at stroke.org; or via mail: American Stroke Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

Celebration of life will be held January 5, 2019, at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 19251 Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33903, with the Rev. Robert C. Smith officiating. A graveside memorial will be conducted at Lake Forest Cemetery in the summer of 2019.

Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Beverly’s online guestbook. Arrangements by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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