We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
Coralee Van Amstel, age 94, entered heaven to live eternally with her Lord and Savior on January 9, 2022. She was born August 23, 1927, to Marcelis and Gertrude Korsten. On October 5, 1945, she married Jerry Van Amstel. They had four children, John, Trudy, MariLou and Tom and raised their family in Highland IN. Jerry preceded her in death in 1991
Coralee lived a life expressive of her love of Jesus. She and Jerry were founding members of New Life Christian Reformed Church (formerly Second CRC Highland IN) where she had been active in the church choir, Bible studies and volunteered in many roles. Outside of her church she volunteered at the Red Cross and for many years at the Holland Home (South Holland IL) gift/coffee shop. Before marriage she worked at Goldblatt’s Department Store, downtown Hammond, where she made several life-long friendships. She also enjoyed the years she worked at Van Prooyen Paint Store. She was a wonderful grandmother and great grandmother. The last several years she was a resident at Village Woods (Crete IL), only recently moving to Saint Anthony Assisted Living (Crown Point IN).
Coralee is survived by her children who will deeply miss her, Trudy and Bob Van Wieren and MariLou and Ken Van Der Wal; grandchildren Amy (Dan) Starkey, Adam Van Amstel, Annie (Jason) Norton, Todd (Jennifer) Van Wieren, Tim (Kristin) Van Wieren, Tina (Dean) Vink, Jason (Kristen) Van Der Wal, Julee (Kevin) Chalmers, Jenny Gilmartin; 19 great grandchildren (one preceding her in death). She is also survived by her sister Martha (late Mart) Besteman and brother-in-law John (late sister Dolly) Lagestee. She was preceded in death by her sons and daughters-in-law John and Shelley Van Amstel and Tom and MaryAnn Van Amstel; sister Marcella (late Jerry) Menkveld; sister- and brother-in-law George and Grace Vander Meer.
Visitation with her family will be at New Life CRC, 3010 Ridge Rd., Highland, IN on Friday, January 14, from noon with the funeral service immediately following at 1:30. Pastor Bill Sytsma officiating. Burial at Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Elim Christian Services (elimcs.org).
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com