Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Michelle Kruithof

December 10, 1963 - October 14, 2022
Hamilton, MI



Thursday, October 20, 2022
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Graafschap Church
5973 Church Street
Holland, MI 49423


Friday, October 21, 2022
11:00 AM EDT
Graafschap Church
5973 Church 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.

Benjamin's Hope
15468 Riley Street
Holland, MI 49424
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Life Story / Obituary


Michelle Kruithof, age 58, of Hamilton, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on October 14, 2022.

She is survived by her husband Dan Kruithof; sons: Jason Kruithof and Brandon Kruithof; her father: Ted (Sally) Fik; brother: David (Sherry) Fik; sister: Chris (Tim) VanWieren; brother-in-law: Robert (Karin) Kruithof.

Supplementing this is a long line of influential (and sometimes colorful), aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews who also mourn the loss of everyone’s favorite, Aunt Michelle. Also pained by this loss are the collection of dear friends who’ve been blessed by years of campfires, road trips, laughter, and love.

Michelle was a beautiful woman who could wear black opal jewelry or black 30 weight motor oil with equal beauty. Professionally she managed the family’s automotive machine shop, balancing books, and accounts in the office one minute and then honing engine cylinders in the shop the next. Her love for athletics drove her to the run, bike, and swim cadence of the triathlon with fearless abandon and yet her gentle quiet side revealed the heart of a landscape architect. Her gardens are filled with balance, color, order, and beauty while the walls at home are masterpieces of thoughtful collection and composition. Heaven’s gardens and mansions are likely being rearranged by Michelle and her mother who preceded her in death! The mind of a businesswoman, the tenacity of an athlete, the courage of a racecar driver, the heart of an artist. This loss is what the extended family now mourns.

Please join with friends and family for visitation and remembrance on Thursday evening, October 20 from 5pm until 8pm at Graafschap Church (5973 Church St. Holland, MI 49423).

The funeral service will be on Friday morning, October 21 at 11am, also at Graafschap Church.

Following the funeral there will be a brief, 12:15pm interment service at Graafshap Cemetery and in classic Dutch fashion, a lunch will be served at the church following interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Benjamin’s Hope in Holland Michigan.