Dorothy Monsma-Wassenaar (Hovinga, van der Veer)
Service: 11 am Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Christ Church, 2500 Breton Rd. SE
Memorials: in honor of Dorothy to: Word and Deed Ministries, Malawi Orphan Care c/o Heidi Pronk, PO Box 157, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Dorothy Monsma-Wassenaar (Hovinga, van der Veer), age 85, went home to her Savior on Monday, March 5, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dr. Timothy Monsma and Jack Wassenaar. Dorothy lost her mother early in life, her father afterward, and was adopted at age 12. She graduated from Swedish Covenant School of Nursing and married Tim Monsma; they enjoyed 56 years of marriage before his death. Together they served many years in overseas missions and raised five children, all surviving: Karl, Sheri (Tom) Muma, Karen (Andrew) Visser, DeeDee (John) Hunt, Mark, Sharla, with 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Traveling to over 50 countries, Dorothy was adventurous and generous. She did nursing work in Nigeria, later drew blood for the Red Cross, worked for the health department, for home hospice, and was director of nursing at Holland Home, Raybrook. She was courageous and bold, volunteering in Zaire after the genocide, when it was not safe, assisting Rwandan refugees. She also smuggled two men out from behind enemy lines during the Nigerian civil war. She supported Tim as he taught, preached and wrote extensively about God’s kingdom. In Malawi, she established an orphan ministry. She was always hospitable to family, friends and strangers.
Dorothy endured severe back pain from ankylosing spondylitis but never complained and lived a full life. When she could no longer perform nursing duties, she went into real estate. She lovingly cared for two husbands, when they struggled with dementia. She and Jack enjoyed their twilight years together. In August, 2017, she suffered a massive stroke, robbing her of speech. In spite of hardships, she always had a smile for others; her soul was anchored in Jesus Christ!
STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST. SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508