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Obituary: Gay L. Hoekstra

September 19, 1935 – January 12, 2022

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Gay L. HoekstraGay L. Hoekstra, nee Veld, age 86, of Plainfield, IL, formerly of South Holland, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Thomas Hoekstra. Loving mother of Richard Hoekstra, Rev. Robert (Heidi) Hoekstra, Sandra (Kraig) Tripp, Debra (Steve) Bult, and Jana (Steve) Shear. Cherished grandmother of 16; great-grandmother of 12. Dear sister of Audrey (Phil) Rietveld. Preceded in death by her parents Egbert and Ruth Veld. Gay was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Visitation Saturday, January 22, 2022, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd Street, South Holland, IL. Interment Oak Ridge Cemetery – Lansing, IL. Memorial contributions may be given to Restoration Ministries. For further information, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guest book at

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