VandenTop, Marianne Janet (Asma), 88, passed into the loving arms of her Savior on Monday, September 9, 2019. She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Bert, as well as daughter, Michelle Tuinstra (Mitchell) of West Lafayette, IN, and son, Marcel VandenTop (Hope) of Holland, Michigan. Marianne loved and faithfully prayed for her five grandchildren: Chloe, Caden, and Corey Tuinstra; Elyssa and Gavin VandenTop. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willem and Wijntje (Trompetter); sisters, Elisabeth (Kees) Groenewegen, Jacoba (Pete) DenHartigh, Gre (Piet) Visscher, and brothers, Neil, John, Nick and Jacob. She is survived by her sister, Janie (Chuck) Quist, brother, Al (Mary) Asma, and sisters-in-law, Dinah, Donna, and Nancy Asma, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Born on September 24, 1930, in Andijk, the Netherlands, Marianne immigrated with her family to the United States in 1948 and became a United States citizen in 1955. Marianne worked as a physical therapy assistant in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. She met the love of her life, Bert, via a pen pal program through the Banner, the magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. Both were immigrants from the Netherlands, and they married on April 17, 1965.
Marianne lovingly supported Bert’s work as a self-employed owner of Bert’s Electronic Shop. She was an expert homemaker, and also shared those skills with a few other families whose houses she cleaned.
Marianne and her husband, Bert, always highly valued education and encouraged their children and grandchildren in pursuing their educational goals. She knew her Savior personally and her faith wasn’t a theoretical thing--she would say “ora et labora” meaning “pray and work”--a fitting expression for someone who worked hard all of her life. “Just pray about it!” was a common phrase she uttered when faced with life’s challenges.
A celebration of Marianne’s life will take place on Friday, September 13 at First Cutlerville CRC, 1425 68th Street SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. Visitation will take place at 11 am followed by a celebration of life service at noon. A luncheon will be provided. The 2:15 pm burial service will conclude the day. In lieu of flowers, donations for tuition assistance at Holland Christian or South Christian schools will honor Marianne’s appreciation for Christian education.