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Arlene Tenckinck

December 22, 1944 - January 29, 2023
Bedminster, NJ



Wednesday, February 8, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Northwood Chapel
295 Douglas Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
(616) 392-2348
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American Kidney Fund
1121 Rockville Pike Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852-2737
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Life Story / Obituary


Arlene Tenckinck of Bedminster, NJ (formerly of Warwick, NY) passed away unexpectedly on January 29, 2023. She was 78 years old.

Born in Holland, MI on December 22, 1944, she was the daughter of Harry and Helene (Michielsen) Schutt.

Arlene attended Calvin College and worked as a nurse for Holland Hospital. She returned to college and earned a masters degree in teaching from Hope College and taught at St. Patrick’s School in Sheldon, IA. While living in Warwick, NY, Arlene was the program coordinator at the Warwick Conference Center. She was a longtime member of the Warwick Reformed Church where she helped with Vacation Bible School and played in the handbell choir. She loved music, even country music.

Arlene was a 21-year kidney transplant survivor. She received her kidney from a dear friend in 2001.

Arlene is survived by her devoted husband, Kenneth; son Stephen and his wife Sarah of Grosse Point Park, MI; daughters Kathlene DeFoe and her husband Thaddeus of Des Moines, IA, and Helene Scott and her husband Michael of Taunton, England; and son Michielsen Tenckinck and his wife Becky of Bondurant, IA; eight grandchildren: Grace, Jonah, Maddie, Noah, Raela, Hasbrouck, Lucia, and Mikah; two brothers Raymon Schutt and Howard Schutt, and sister-in-law Marlie Schutt all of Holland, MI.

A visitation will take place, Wednesday (February 8), from 10 am to 12 noon, at the Dykstra Funeral Home-Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Avenue. A graveside service will follow at 12:30 pm at Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Arlene’s memory to the American Kidney Fund, 1121 Rockville Pike Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852-2737 or online at