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Alice Slager

March 3, 1918 ~ July 16, 2018 (age 100)

On July 16, 2018, Alice (Klein) Slager of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away after a brief illness. Alice was born on March 3, 1918, one of six children born to Sake and Jansje Klein.

Alice grew up in Detroit, Michigan. After graduation from high school, she worked for ten years at the Sanders candy company, then attended Calvin College. Soon after her arrival there, she met Kenneth Slager, a Marine just back from World War II. They were married on August 26, 1949, in the Calvin Seminary Chapel. Ken graduated from seminary in 1953, and he and Alice began their lives of ministry to five Christian Reformed Churches in Minnesota, Iowa, and Washington. Alice was excited about each move and passed that enthusiasm on to her seven children. At every new home, she made friends that lasted long beyond the time in that particular community. In each place she lived, she enthusiastically supported and joined service projects, many without any recognitiona"to this day her children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren follow her example. A prolific letter-writer, Alice kept in touch with many acquaintances through the years. On March 3, 2018, her 100th birthday, Alice was granted honorary alumna status from Calvin College.

Alice loved the Lord, held firm and strong beliefs, and was a role model for her family. She was faithful and truthful in all things.

Alice is survived by Ken, her husband of 68 years; sister Grace Slager; sister-in-law Nell Klein; children Steve (Rosemary), Jan (Gary) Vander Meer, Doug (Jane), Tim (Dianne), Eunice (David Koller), Paul (Jane), and Mary (Allan) Wolff; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Alice Slager will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Comstock Christian Reformed Church, 5300 Comstock Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, with Rev. Jay Pruim officiating. Interment will take place at Comstock Cemetery. On Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., a memorial service will be held at Raybrook Manor Chapel, 2121 Raybrook Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI, officiated by Rev. Doug Wood and Rev. Wayne Coleman. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Comstock Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, July 21, from 12:00 - 1:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Reformed World Missions, the Raybrook residents' fund, or a charity of your choice.

"Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come." Proverbs 31:25 (KJV)


JUL 21. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Comstock Christian Reformed Church
5300 Comstock Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49048

Funeral Service

JUL 21. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Comstock Christian Reformed Church
5300 Comstock Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49048

Coffee Reception

JUL 21. 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Comstock Christian Reformed Church
5300 Comstock Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49048

Graveside Service

JUL 21. 03:15 PM - 03:30 PM

Comstock Cemetery
School St.
Comstock, MI, US, 49041

Memorial Service

JUL 22. 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Raybrook Manor Chapel
2121 Raybrook Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI, US, 49546
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