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Betty J. Alphenaar

January 28, 1931 ~ September 13, 2022 (age 91)


Went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday Afternoon, September 13, 2022. Betty was born January 28, 1931, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Peter and Effie (Esman) Newhouse. Betty Graduated from Portage Public Schools and then drove bus for the same school for 17 years. Prior to her retirement, Betty was a tour guide for the Upjohn Company. She also played the organ for 1st Reformed of Portage and Prairie Edge CRC. Betty and John enjoyed camping with their children, spending winters, in Florida and traveling, including their many trips to Alaska. She was an amazing cook, loving to serve family and friends. Her smile and little wave will be missed at Park Village Pines. Her family is thankful for each person who lovingly cared for her until Jesus called her home.

On March 16, 1951, Betty was united in marriage to her loving husband, John Alphenaar, who preceded her in death on April 20, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Peggy Forssell, brothers, John, Charles, Vernon, Amos and sister Henrietta. She is survived by her sons, Stan (Julie) Alphenaar, Dan (Molly) Alphenaar; son-in-law, Gunnar; 9 beloved grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; brother and sister, Louis (Joann) Newhouse, Elnora (Fred) Alphenaar; in-laws, Harold (Joyce) Alphenaar, Jane Newhouse, and many nieces and nephews. Friends may meet the family from 10:00-11:00am Monday, September 26 at Texas Corners Bible Church, 7780 South 8th street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 where the funeral service will begin at 11:00 am with pastor David Thompson officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Private interment will be held in Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kalamazoo Christian Schools or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. To view Betty’s personalized webpage, please visit


September 26, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Texas Corners Bible Church
7780 South 8th St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Funeral Service
September 26, 2022

11:00 AM
Texas Corners Bible Church (Kalamazoo)

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