Life Story / Obituary
Mildred Jean Maatman
“Millie” was a person who tried every day to be a good and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and Christian to all. Mildred Jean Maatman passed away peacefully in Florida and is finally reunited with her “Sonny “on May 6, 2017. Born October 12, 1925 in Holland, the daughter of Vernon and Evelyn Cook. Millie spent most of her childhood in Holland where she graduated from Holland High School.
After her first date with Clarence “Sonny” Maatman enjoying a coke after roller skating at the Virginia Park Roller rink, there was no one else for Millie. “Sonny” became the love of her life! Sonny and Millie were married when Sonny returned from the Navy after World War II. After running the Windmill Service Station in Virginia Park together for a few years, they adopted and raised four children, Sherry, Christine, Dennis and Joe.
Millie loved to sing, performing in choirs, trios and solo. Traveling, bike riding with friends, quilting and playing cards were some of her favorite past times. Millie loved life, her family and friends especially Barb and Ken Strengholt. Later in life, Millie loved spending time with her grandchildren, taking them to movies, playing Rummikub, cards, and taking them on trips.
Millie, was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Evelyn Cook, her step-mother Vivian Cook, her husband Clarence “Sonny” Maatman, her daughter Christine and son Dennis. She is survived by her daughter Sherry Fisher (Dan), son Joe Maatman (Beth), son in law Randy Van Wingerden. Grandchildren, Brian Fisher (Crystal), Jenni Maatman (Rob), Heather Maatman, Kyle Maatman (Meghan), Kaeta De Hoek (Matt), and Amy Abraham (Steve), Kenny Maatman, Loretta Maatman, Alberta Maatman, Angela Maatman and Jessica Maatman. Great grandchildren Lorelai, Ava and Landon.
There will be a burial service at the Pilgrim Home Cemetery on 16th Street in Holland on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at noon for those who would like to join the family.