Change Ups: Sytsema acquires funeral homes in Spring Lake, Grand Haven


Left to right, back row: Craig Sytsema, Dean Meyering, Linda Workman, Scott Sytsema and Robin Monger. Front row: Jennifer Sytsema, Dale VanZantwick, Kelly Zednik, Todd Sytsema and Si Workman.

Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services acquired the VanZantwick, Bartels and Kammeraad Funeral Homes in Spring Lake and Grand Haven, following the decision of VBK Funeral Homes owners, Dale VanZantwick, Si Workman and Dean Meyering, to retire. The Sytsema and VBK teams have solidified their partnership by adjusting the nomenclature of VBK’s Tri-Cities area funeral homes. They are now named the VanZantwick Chapel, 620 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven, and the Spring Lake Chapel, 213 East Savidge St. in Spring Lake.


Kent District Library launched Let It Snow 2.0. Adults 18 and older who participate and read a minimum of six books in different categories from now through March 31, 2017, will receive a Let It Snow 2.0 2017 travel mug eligible for free beverage refills at area Dunkin’ Donuts throughout 2017. Participants who finish an additional four titles are entered into a drawing to win an iPad.


Bazzani Building Co. formed a strategic alliance with Grand Rapids entrepreneurs Skot Welch, as director of business development and his wife, Barbara Welch, as assistant director of business development. The Welchs share the company’s commitment to serve the community through sustainable construction and development practices.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced the appointment of Jeremy Amshey to director of operations and member of the Michigan Board of Directors. Amshey will oversee the project management department and field operations, including personnel resources, project planning and logistics and program management, for projects ranging from $200,000 to $95 million.

Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering LLC in Kalamazoo announced the Pokagon Band’s Wellness Center was Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified.


Baker College in Muskegon is the recipient of Military Friendly Gold Award in the category for private institutions with more than 10,000 students from Victory Media and the Top 20 Best for Vets in the career and technical college category from Military Times.


ASTI Environmental announced director Joe Beutler will discuss Jan. 24 “Environmental Does not have to be a Dirty Word,” at the eighth Annual HOMES Green Building Summit, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

The Kent County Department of Public Works announced engineering firm Golder Associates is finalizing the design for an expansion of the existing methane collection system to resolve methane migration near the Kentwood Landfill. Plans calls for a doubling of the current system with nine additional gas wells and a second flare to collect and burn off the migrating methane gas. Plans are to start construction of the additional wells in the first quarter of 2017. DPW has brought in Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc. to provide free testing in 150 homes west of the landfill.


Madcap Coffee had its a soft opening Jan. 3 at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, 435 Ionia Ave. SW, with a grand opening planned soon.


Kent County Board of Commissioners Betsy Melton, Phil Skaggs and Robert Womack recently accepted the Oath of Office before the board during the Jan. 3 Commission meeting. Commissioner Jim Saalfeld was re-elected chair of the board and begins his second year in this role.

Kent County Commissioner Mandy Bolter is the board’s vice-chair and chair of the Legislative and Human Resources Committee; Commissioner Diane Jones is chair of the Finance and Physical Resources Committee; Commissioner Carol Hennessy continues to serve as Minority Party Vice-Chair for the board; Commissioner Hennessy also serves as vice-chair of the Finance and Physical Resources Committee; and Commissioner Stan Stek serves as vice-chair of the Legislative and Human Resources Committee. Ken Yonker is the newly elected County Drain Commissioner; Lisa Posthumus-Lyons is the elected clerk/register of deeds; and Chris Becker is the newly elected Kent County prosecutor.

Newly elected Ottawa County board Commissioner Frank Garcia (District 1) took the Oath of Office. Commissioner Greg DeJong (District 8) was elected board’s new chairperson and Roger Bergman (District 10) is its new vice-chairperson.


Dr. Erik Kowalke, of Higher Health Chiropractor in Wyoming, was recognized by the American Institute of Chiropractors as one of 2016’s 10 Best Chiropractors for Client Satisfaction.

Exalta Health, formerly Health Intervention Services, announced it now offers urgent and primary medical care services at Streams of Hope, 280 60th St. SE.

Homewatch CareGivers announced the additions of Rob Leonard, manager of operations, and Emily Retzlaff, lead scheduler in client services.

A recent 66 countywide compliance check conducted by the Ottawa County Health Department, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Haven and Holland police departments and members of the ROADDCoaltion determined 20 of the 29 locations in Holland and 35 of the 37 in Grand Haven did not sell alcohol and/or tobacco to underage youth. The locations that did not pass the check were fined, as were staff members who sold the alcohol.


Degage Ministries announced it will keep its day center open longer through March to help provide relief to the homelessness during the cold winter months. Extended hours are 7-11:30 a.m. and then again from 2-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-7:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Holland Home started a $3.3-million expansion project for its Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre at its Breton Woods campus in Kentwood, projected to be completed in the fall of 2017. It will provide an innovative 12,999-square-foot, 15-bed assisted living building. A privately funded new single-story memory care assisted living unit will be located directly across from the expanded complex, which opened a 15-bed assisted living unit in the fall of 2015. 


Leavens, Strand & Glover announced Joseph Voss joined the firm as Of Counsel. Voss represents companies in the film, television, digital media and music industries on general corporate, production-related and financing matters in Illinois and Michigan, as well as nationally.

Rhoades McKee announced Catherine Brainerd was elected to shareholder.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced the additions of shareholders Cortney S. Danbrook, Michael T. Miller and Timothy M. White, as well as the appointment of Kristen E. Guinn as chair of the Associate Development Committee.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced five attorneys were named partners: Jared T. Belka; Daniel W. Borst; Nathan J. DeVries; Randall J. Peck; and David R. Whitfield.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Michael Chafty, of Kalamazoo, to the Michigan Board of Medicine and Michael Winkler, of Hamilton, was appointed to the Michigan Barrier Free Design Board.


Michigan Sports Academies made the following announcements: West Michigan youth soccer program River City FC was added to the MSA family of youth sports academies. River City FC will now operate under MSA’s newly formed entity, Michigan Fútbol Academy; MSA has acquired the MVP Sports Spot at 3701 32nd Street SE in Kentwood; and MSA welcomed regional provider of athletic performance training, physical therapy and wellness solutions, i’move, to the MSA Fieldhouse at 5435 28th St. Court SE.

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