Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Beverly Harper-Essenburg

March 6, 1927 - April 11, 2019
Holland, MI



Tuesday, April 23, 2019
10:00 AM EDT
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
171 West 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 392-6700


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
11:30 AM EDT
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
171 West 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 392-6700


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Hospice of Holland
270 Hoover Blvd
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-2972
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The Cancer Support Center

The Gathering Place
23300 Commerce Park
Beachwood, OH 44122

Life Story / Obituary


Beverly Harper-Essenburg, age 92, passed away on April 11, 2019 at Resthaven Care Center. Beverly was born on March 6, 1927 in Holland to George and Hilda Frego. She graduated from Holland High School and Grand Rapids Junior College. As a young woman, she worked at Butterworth Hospital, the Kalamazoo and Holland Chambers of Commerce, and served on the Tulip Time board and the board of The Easter Society. She also worked at J. H. Campbell, Herman Miller and Donnelly’s, and was co-owner of Bob’s Bargain Center in Holland. She retired in 2005 after working several years for Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Beverly was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and served on the boards of the Altar-Rosary Society and the National Council of Catholic Women at one time. She enjoyed golf as a member of the Michigan Amputee Golf Association. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (1958) and Laurie Williams (2001); two brothers, Father Max Frego and Donald Frego and wife, Arlene Frego; a sister, Phyllis Tomlinson and husband, Charles Tomlinson; and most recently a brother-in-law, Jack Shinabarger.

Surviving are her husband, Julius Essenburg, daughter, Lynn (Paul) Lubben of Berea, Ohio; son, Douglas (Nancy) Harper of Wellington, Florida; and daughter, Sally Sale of Holmes Beach, Florida. She is also survived by four grand-children and four great-grandsons; a sister, Pat Shinabarger of Holland, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 171 West 13th Street in Holland at 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019. Father Charlie Brown will be officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

Visitation is from 10 am to 11:30 am, prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or to the Cancer Support Center serving those with cancer and their families: The Gathering Place, 23300 Commerce Park, Beachwood, OH. 44122. Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Home – Mulder Chapel. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory please visit