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Dolores Barkel

August 18, 1935 - February 24, 2021
Holland, MI



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Life Story / Obituary


Dolores J. Barkel, age 85, of Holland, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dolores was a lifelong resident of Holland. She worked at Lievense Insurance Agency for 23 years. After retiring, some of her happiest moments were spent on the golf course with her husband Earl, in Holland and Port St. Lucie, FL.

She is preceded in death by her husband Earl, her parents Mae and Henry Oonk, sister, Patricia Van Huis (Allen), Son-in law, Dr. Douglas Daly, Joyce and Paul Barkel, MaryAnn and Jack Barkel, John Barkel, Del Huyser, Harold and Dorothy Barkel.

She is survived by her daughters: Diana Simmons (Randy), Cheryl Daly (Doug), Julie Schlatter (Terry), six grandchildren, Luke (Kelly), Tony (Erica), Bethany, Scott (Juleah), Rachel (Mike), and Renee (Peter), six great grandchildren, Dane, Jake, Lake, Emmett, Genavieve, and Owen, many wonderful, cousins, nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law Joni Huyser.

Her family wishes to express their gratitude to all the doctors and nurses for their wonderful care over the years provided to Dolores, most recently the amazing staff at Hospice of Holland. A special thank you to Dolores’s Mahjong ladies for their years of companionship, her faith community at Grace Episcopal Church, and the wonderful neighbors in Clarewood Condominiums for their special friendships and support throughout her life.

There will be a private graveside service for family with her final resting place at Graafschap Cemetery. In celebration of her life, you are encouraged to fulfill random acts of kindness or donate to any charity of your choice in her honor.

Arrangements are being made by Dykstra Funeral Home Mulder Chapel.