Life Story / Obituary
Mary Tjiong, 91, of Zeeland, MI passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022 at home due to natural causes.
She was born on March 13, 1931 in Jakarta, Indonesia, daughter of Ngiam Yoong Choong and Chan Nio Choong. Beloved wife of 70 years to George Tjiong. Oldest of 3 siblings;sister to Elvin Choong and Stella Everett. Loving mother of Shirley (Charlie) Harris of Farmingdale, NY, Steve (Barbara) Tjiong of Setauket, NY, Anne (Bill) Gardel of Wayland, MA, David Tjiong of West Hempstead, NY, and Howie (Alice) Tjiong of Holland, MI. Grandmother to Kimberley Harris Limouze and Thomas Cooper Limouzeof Mountain Top, PA, Kelly Artz and Anthony Artz of Massapequa, NY, Melissa Gardel of Somerville, MA, Lindsay Gardel of Washington, DC, Michael Tjiong and Elizabeth Maffetone of Cincinnati, OH, Stephanie Tjiong and Stephen Siu of Philadelphia, PA, and Robert Gardel of Salt Lake City, UT. Great-grandmother to Alexander George Limouze and Madeleine Artz. She worked for over 40 years at Royal Globe Insurance in Charlotte, NC as a computer programmer. Mary enjoyed volunteering at the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian church (Charlotte, NC), localsenior centers, and the Lake Wylie fire department. She was very fond of knitting, or quilting baby blankets for church or missions.
Visitation will be held at Dykstra Funeral Homes - Downtown Chapel, 29 East 9th Street, Holland, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, on Thursday, July 14. A funeral ceremony will be held on Friday July 15, at 12:00pm, at the Downtown Chapel with Reverend Jason Pierce presiding. Graveside services and interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery.