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Josiah Piet Riemersma

March 15, 1986 - January 5, 2020
Middleville, MI



Saturday, January 25, 2020
2:00 PM EST
Park Christian Reformed Church
1496 32nd Street
Holland, MI 49423

Life Story / Obituary


Josiah Piet Riemersma, age 33, of Middleville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

The Lord carried him home after a long battle with addiction. He touched many lives along his journey with his beautiful soul and compassionate heart. Over the past several months Joe truly found happiness and joy in his life. He was full of hope and was finally seeing the beauty around him and was helping others in their hardship as well. Whether he was volunteering, driving others to appointments or just taking people to run their errands, he was always helping people in need. Everywhere he worked over the years he was greatly loved and supported, even in his darkest moments. Everyone knew what a wonderful man he was on the inside and they reached out to help when he struggled. His past employers include New Holland Brewery, Boatwerks, Butch's Drydock and DeBoer Bakery.

He leaves behind his loving Mother, Cheryl A. Canfield (Ma) and stepfather Robert L. Canfield; brother, Cody J. Canfield; his boys, Greyson and Henry Riemersma; stepsister, Tomara L. Wild; stepbrother, Nathan R. Canfield; nieces, Cerise R. Riemersma, Antonia M. Canfield and Isabella M. Canfield; grandmother, Barbara A. Canfield; fianće, Jolene Pasternack and his expected son, Landon Franklin Riemersma; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He is reunited in death with his grandparents, Glenn and Clara Dalman; grandfather, Robert E. Canfield; sister, Heather C. Riemersma and a cousin Jody P. Vander Hulst.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 25, at 2:00 PM, at Park Christian Reformed Church, 1496 32nd Street, Holland. Reverend Dan Steen Officiating. Light refreshments and cookies will be served following the service.

Donations can be made to the family for memorial expenses, or designate to be given to a local N.A., rehabilitation facility or drug treatment program of your choice.

Professional services entrusted to the Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel.