Carolyn Ruth (Laninga) Rietberg
|Visitation: At Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church, Tuesday, April 19, from 10 - 11:30 AM, prior to the service
Service: 11:30 AM, Tuesday, April 19, at Cutlerville East CRC, 501 - 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, 49548
Memorials: On Eagles' Wings ministry to Native Americans, c/o Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, P.O. Box 400, Harrison, AR 72602, or to provide learning opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend college in an inclusive environment via the Carolyn Rietberg Scholarship Fund, c/o Ready for Life, 3250 - 28th St. SE, Suite 102, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.
Carolyn Ruth (Laninga) Rietberg. On April 13, 2022, after a ninety-year journey on this earth, Carolyn left behind her lengthy struggles and suffering from the complications of Parkinson’s disease and took the hand of Jesus as He welcomed her into her heavenly home.
She will be deeply missed by her family, including children: Dale and Sharon Rietberg, Dean and Jayne Rietberg, and Darryl Rietberg; grandchildren Richard Rietberg, Daniel and Rebecca Rietberg, Skyler Rietberg and fiancé Emma Tobey, Cambrynne and Mark DeJong, and Mykaela Rietberg; sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Sherwin Kamps; sister-in-law Marilyn Laninga; and cousin-in-law Ruth Van Zee.
Reaching heaven before Carolyn were her husband Dr. Gerald Rietberg, brother Gordon Laninga, and brother- and sisters-in-law Marvin and Bernice Bylsma.
Carolyn grew up in Byron Center and worked in the family business, Laninga Appliance. She graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and Calvin College (now University) with a BS in Nursing. She married the love of her life, fellow high school classmate Jerry, whom she supported working as RN while he attended Dental School at the University of Michigan and while serving in the military in Ft. Huachuca, AZ. After her children were grown she assisted in Jerry’s dental practice in Cutlerville until his retirement.
Living her faith in Jesus Christ, Carolyn was a long-time member of Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church, where she also served as president of the choir for many years and spent much time visiting the elderly. Carolyn loved music, playing the organ as a teenager, and later the piano. She looked forward to hosting regular Linden Avenue neighborhood gatherings. In her retirement years she cherished time traveling abroad to such places as the Netherlands, and with her family to Vancouver, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico; participating in continuing education classes at Blodgett Hospital and C.A.L.L. classes at Calvin College; and spending time with her family, especially at the family cottage. She treasured the time spent at regular gatherings with an extended group of Laninga cousins and with her Blodgett School of Nursing ’53 classmates at annual reunions.
Special thanks to Carolyn’s personal caregiver Diane Emaus for her compassionate care, to Marilyn (Niewiek) DeJong for her enduring friendship, to fellow church members Tress Brock and Wilma Vander Horst for their faithful visits, and to Carolyn’s therapy team from Mary Free Bed at Home for their dedication.
The family appreciates memorial contributions sent in Carolyn’s name to one of two ministries dear to Carolyn’s heart--the On Eagles’ Wings ministry to Native Americans, c/o Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, P.O. Box 400, Harrison, AR 72602; or, to provide learning opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend college in an inclusive environment via the Carolyn Rietberg Scholarship Fund, c/o Ready for Life, 3250 - 28th St. SE, Suite 102, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.
A celebration of Carolyn’s faith and life will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2022, and 11:30 a.m. at Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church, 501 - 68th St. SE in Cutlerville. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church before the service. Friends and family are invited to stay for a light lunch available immediately after the service.
STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508