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Julia "Julie" Sanders

August 16, 1936 - March 29, 2023
Holland, MI



Friday, April 14, 2023
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Mulder Chapel
188 West 32nd Street
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 392-2348
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Saturday, April 15, 2023
11:00 AM EDT
Zion Lutheran Church
77 West 32nd Street
Holland, MI 49423


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.

Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund
77 West 32nd Street
Holland, MI 49423

Hospice of Holland
270 Hoover Blvd
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-2972
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Corewell Health Foundation – Cancer Program
25 Michigan Street NE, Suite 4100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Life Story / Obituary


Julia (Julie) Sanders, born August 16, 1936, passed peacefully with family by her side on March 29, 2023.

Born in Hart, MI, the daughter of Howard and Hazel (Burmeister) Steen, she graduated from Hart High School, she headed to Michigan State University where she received her BA in Teaching. She continued her schooling in later years at Western Michigan University, earning her MA in the Teaching of Reading. Julie was a respected and beloved Middle School and High School teacher for 28 years at Hamilton Community Schools. She was active in school events outside of her teaching responsibilities and remained a loyal Hawkeye fan and a Spartan throughout her life. Julie was a devoted wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, and friend, always placing others before herself. Her quiet manner and endless compassion were evident in all she did. She had many life-long friends and all who met her adored her. Her early years found her at AYF Camp Miniwanca on Stony Lake, which was very near to her family cottage. She participated in leadership roles at camp which helped prepare her for her teaching career. Over the years she loved summers at the cottage and hosting the annual tubing weekend with relatives. She was an avid Bridge player, loved to travel, enjoyed fabric arts and was a member of HASP. She and her late husband, Lyle, were active members of Zion Lutheran Church beginning in 1961.

Julie was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, of 50 years, a sister-in-law Ellen Spires, and three brothers-in-law, Paul Eddy, Roy Spires and Harold (Skip) Robbins.

She is survived by her two sons, Jeff Sanders and Jon (Lori) Sanders; granddaughters, Kara (Ryan) Fisher and Kelli (Patrick) Foster; six great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Lois Eddy and Elaine Robbins; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11 am Saturday (April 15) at Zion Lutheran Church, 77 West 32nd Street. A memorial visitation will be 5-8 pm Friday (April 14) at Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd Street. .

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, Corewell Health Foundation – Cancer Program, or Hospice of Holland.