A beautiful memoriam to long-time friend of the Arts, Martha VanderEyk, can be found on the home page of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus. Services will be held at Fountain Street Church on November 27, 2012.
From The Grand Rapids Press:
VANDEREYK – Martha VanderEyk was born in Schipluiden, the Netherlands on February 21, 1942. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of six. She lived all her adult life in Grand Rapids. Martha, 69, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2011, at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods in Byron Center, Michigan. Martha is survived by her partner of 37 years, Leslie Kohn; her son, Maurice VanderSluys; her sisters, Coby Bristol (William) and Corrie Kirshman (William); cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Martha graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School, attended Calvin College, and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BA in Music. She had a beautiful soprano voice. Martha was the Business Manager for Community Counseling and Personal Growth Ministry (CCPGM) for thirty years. While still working at CCPGM, she began teaching private voice students in her home studio. She continued teaching voice after retiring. Martha was a talented teacher who was very proud of her students and their accomplishments. Martha was one of the founding members of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus where she sang in the soprano section and directed the Small Ensemble. She loved working with this group of singers and was very proud of their beautiful sound. Martha loved gardening and flowers – especially roses, walking in nature, bike riding, and swimming. She had a special love for walking on the beach at Lake Michigan and loved to travel and explore new places. Martha gave generously of herself to many and will be greatly missed. A memorial celebration service for Martha will be held at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the social hall. Please join us. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Martha’s name to the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, P.O. Box 68486, Grand Rapids, MI 49516 (online donations accepted at www.grwc.org).