Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Edith Hanft

April 21, 1926 - April 15, 2016
Holland, MI



Friday, April 22, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Northwood Chapel
295 Douglas Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
(616) 392-2348
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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Hospice of Holland
270 Hoover Blvd
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-2972
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International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
P.O. Box 96105
Washington, DC 96105
1 (800) 486-8844
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Operation Blessing International
P.O. Box 2636
Virginia Beach, VA 23450
1 (800) 730-2537
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Life Story / Obituary


Edith E. Hanft, age 89, of Holland passed away peacefully into the light and loving embrace of her Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday, April 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Edith and her husband Heinz Hanft immigrated to the United States in 1956. They lived in Grand Rapids for several years before building a home in Idlewood Beach, the special place on this earth, where the family has called home for over 50 years. Edith enjoyed sewing, working in her flower garden and watching the birds. She was preceded in death by her husband Heinz Hanft in 1997.

She is survived by her children: Brigitte and Jim Hicks of Panama City, FL, Karl and Paula Hanft of Holland, Gabriela Hanft of Holland and Chris Hanft of Holland; grandchildren: Stephen Hicks, Danny Hicks and fiancé Blake Points, Randy Hicks, Jason Hanft, Andrea Hanft, and Alex Hanft; sister: Christel and Manfred Dahlke of Germany; niece: Marion and Albrecht Winter; nephew Eric Dahlke and extended family.

We are

on God's green earth

To celebrate..

*A Life*

Having been "short" or "long";

As in Song of ages past,

with Hope of a future..

to which we all belong

To celebrate..

*A Life*

Having touched upon our own;

As a Song of ages past,

Truly full of Grace..

our Hearts rejoice or bleed;

Give Choice to sing along

Yes! We are

on God's green earth

To celebrate..

*A Life*

Having gone "short or "long";

awakens Spirit deep within..

a beautiful Melody forever..

Enduring, Bright, & Strong!


A visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Friday, April 22, 2016 at Dykstra Funeral Home – Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Avenue in Holland. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Holland, The Fellowship,, or Operation Blessing, To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory please visit