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Rose (Rosie) Marie Dekker (Fisher), 89, passed away peacefully in hospice care with her daughter and son by her side on December 18, 2021 in hospice care at her daughter’s home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Rosie was born on May 22, 1932 in Bingham Michigan, the only daughter of James Donald and Harriette Marie Fisher. Living the Bingham Farm Life Rosie attended the one-room Bingham School which was built on property donated by her grandfather for the construction of the school. Rosie married Tom Dekker in April 1951 and they lived in Traverse City, Michigan. In the early 1970s, they bought Island-on-Island Lake and built their cabin together. It was a daunting task as all the building materials had to be transported to the island on their pontoon boat. Rosie retired from the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department in 1990 and they moved permanently to Saint James City, Florida in 1993.

Rosie is predeceased by a baby girl Cheryl in 1952, her father in 1991, her mother in 1993 and her husband in 2007. The survivors are the daughter Sharon Bouwens (Dekker) of Grand Rapids, her son and his beautiful -daughter Denny and Andrea Dekker of Saint James City, FL, granddaughters Tammy Ashby and Christina Bouwens Bush of Grand Rapids, Abbie Rodriguez (Dekker) of Naples FL, and Betsy Dekker of Portland, OR. Grandsons Adam and Travis Bouwens of Grand Rapids, great-granddaughters Elizabeth, Jesalyn, Madison, Whitney Ashby, Layla and Hayley Bouwens of Grand Rapids, Blake Rodriguez of Naples Florida, Stella Dekker-Suhor of Portland OR., And great – grandson Luca Dekker-Suhor of Portland OU.

Interment will be in Bingham Cemetery with a small funeral service to be held in May.

In flower, please consider sending a donation to Faith Hospice, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr SW, Byron Center, MI 49315. The family would like to thank Faith Hospice for the professional, compassionate and thoughtful service they provided to Rosie and his family during this time. .


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