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Rev. Carl J. Reitsma
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Rev. Carl J. Reitsma, age 90. Beloved husband of Dorothy J., nee Berkhout; loving father of Jeanne A. (Larry) Edison, Daniel C. (Mary) Reitsma, Mary Beth (Charles) Bieneman, Carol J. (Jim) Kok, Sally K. (Lyle) Breems, and Ellen Reitsma; devoted grandfather of Nathaniel (Rachel) Edison, Lorin Edison, Aliza Reitsma, Jakob Reitsma, Matthew (Ashley) Kok, Daniel Kok, Samuel Kok, Benjamin Kok, Luke (Meagan) Breems, Adrian (Kristin) Breems, and Graeme Breems; great-grandfather of Niko and Lorelei; fond brother of Jane (the late Roland) Petersen, the late Peter B. (the late Nell) Reitsma, and the late Alice Reitsma; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Calvin College, the Theological University of Kampen in The Netherlands, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Rev. Reitsma entered the ministry and served Collingwood Presbyterian Church, West Collingwood, New Jersey (1955-1960); Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian, Cedarwood Grove, Wisconsin (1960-1966); The Reformed Church of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand (1966-1970); Sharon Orthodox Presbyterian in Hialeah, Florida (1970-1973). Rev. Reitsma then served from 1973 until 1989 as the Bible Instructor at Timothy Christian Schools, Elmhurst, Illinois. He returned to the ministry, serving his final charge at Calvary Christian Reformed Church of Lowell, Michigan. He then retired in 1994 and returned to the Chicagoland western suburbs where he and his family have been active members at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton.

Visitation Wednesday, 3-8 PM at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd. (3 blks. So. of Roosevelt Rd) Lombard. In-state Thursday, 10:00 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1401 S. Naperville Rd., Wheaton. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. Memorials to Westminster Theological Seminary, 2960 Church Rd., Glenside, PA 19038 or Calvin Christian School, 528 E. 161st St., South Holland, IL 60473 are appreciated. For info: 630-932-1500.

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3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Knollcrest Funeral Home

1500 South Meyers Road
Lombard, IL 60148





10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bethel Presbyterian Church

1401 S. Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

Funeral Service




11:00 AM
Bethel Presbyterian Church

1401 S. Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

Cemetery Details


Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery

17W201 Roosevelt Rd
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


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