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Obituary: Nolan J. Bruinsma

February 11, 2005 – January 24, 2022

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Nolan J. BruinsmaNolan J. Bruinsma, age 16, of Dyer, IN went home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 24, 2022. Precious son of Greg and Elizabeth Bruinsma. Beloved brother of Logan, Hudson, and Reagan Bruinsma. Cherished grandson of Donald and Mary Terpstra and Keith and Wanda Bruinsma. Dear nephew of Brian (Stacy) Bruinsma, Sheila (Steve) Griffioen, Janelle (Michael) DeJong, Calvin (Alisha) Bruinsma, Micah (Megan) Bruinsma, Daniel (Mary Jo) Terpstra, and the late Benjamin Terpstra. Treasured cousin of many. Nolan was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Nolan, the firstborn son of Greg and Liz, was born on February 11, 2005. In God’s wisdom, Nolan was born with a condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum, with profound physical and mental disabilities. Throughout his years, these disabilities eventually affected every aspect of his life. He was a baptized member and attended Peace PRC, where he was shown abounding love and support and accompanied with many prayers. He enjoyed worshipping God with singing. Nolan attended the Achieve program in Protestant Reformed Christian grade school and Heritage Christian High School. He was included in his class and shown much love and friendship from the students, teachers, and support staff. On the morning of January 24, Nolan died peacefully in his home. This was the Father’s answer to Jesus’ prayer that Nolan be with Christ where He is, to behold the Savior’s glory forever.

Visitation Friday, January 28, 2022, from 2 – 8 p.m. at Crete Protestant Reformed Church, 1777 E Richton Road, Crete, IL. Funeral service Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Crete Protestant Reformed Church with Rev. Ryan Barnhill officiating. A private burial will take place prior to the service at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens – Crown Point, IN. Memorial contributions may be given to the Achieve Program at the Protestant Reformed Christian Schools in Dyer, IN. For more information, please call 219-322-7300 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at

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