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The Victory

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Dustin Ver Beek

Our beautiful Lindy, age 35, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, September 14, 2012.    Thank you for praying for her and our family during this incredibly difficult time.  We celebrate Lindy’s homecoming and victory over her cancer battle, but we hurt so much.

A funeral service to honor Lindy’s faith and life will be held at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at Haven Christian Reformed Church, 541 Alice Street, Zeeland. The Rev. Art Van Wolde and Rev. Scott Van Oostendorp will officiate. Visitation will be 12:00-2:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm, Monday, September 17, 2012 at the Yntema Funeral home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland. Burial will be in Zeeland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Ver Beek Children Education Fund (may be made at any Macatawa Bank).

Lindy Ver Beek and Family

62 Responses to “The Victory”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a blessing she was to so many…Even those who never had the chance to meet her.

    Your family will be in our prayers –

  2. tracy meyer says:

    im so sorry! My heart breaks for you, but rejoicing that she is in a place with no pain! Lifting you up in prayer!!

  3. Carole says:

    Oh so very sorry to hear this. Praying for your family.

  4. Janna Long says:

    You are in our prayers!!!

  5. shannon says:

    so sorry for your loss. praying for you all.

  6. Pat says:

    No more pain, a glorious forever with Jesus her Savior and you will all see her again someday! Praying for all of you to have the peace that only Jesus can give.

  7. John & Gloria Vander Zwaaag says:

    Our hearts ache for all of you , May God surround you with His love and comfort . Continued thoughts & prayers !

  8. Rhonda says:

    I’m so very sorry! My heart breaks for you and the kids. I rejoice that Lindy has won the race, is doing the victory dance and hearing “Well done!” from her heavenly Father. Oh but the pain left behind for all those that love Lindy!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!

  9. Heather P says:

    I am so sorry for all that you and your family have been through. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Xoxo

  10. shana_washington@hermanmiller.com says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your whole family.

  11. Amy Brower says:

    Sorry to hear of Lindy’s passing. We are keeping your family in our prayers

  12. Amber Kouw says:

    I am so unbelievably sorry. I am not sure you remember me but I was one of the nurses that seen Lindy at your home. Her story touched me beyond words and I have often thought of your family. I am very happy to know that she is in a better place and smiling down on you all. Prayers coming your way from my family….

  13. Marcia Davis says:

    I’m sorry for your loss and am so grateful you have this blog to memorialize Lindy. She was an intrepid person with a great attitude—someone to emulate in her fight against such a horrible disease. I’m glad she is at peace but ache for your family. I know the hurt you are going through.

  14. Jane rohlck says:

    <p>Dustin<br />
    I love the love that I see you all have for each other in the pictures you have always posted. I am so glad you made those memories together! You and Lindy’s strength, love and courage…….an inspiration to many! Hugs and peace for you and the family!</p>

  15. Amy Sluiter says:

    So very sorry, Dusty, and heartbroken for you and the kids. We are claiming God’s promises like never before and know that like you said, we do not grive without HOPE. Praising God for Lindy’s LIFE…she touched so many people with her love, grace, and sense of humor. And we know she lives on with Jesus! We’re trusting God to heal the hurt and to carry you through this season of grief. Love and hugs to you!

  16. Jill says:

    My husband and I are 27 and 30 yrs old and have 3 daughters. We have never met your family, we just happened to come across your blog and heard about your story in one of our Bible studies at church as we lifted you and your family up in prayer. My husband and I just read of Lindy’s going home to glory and we are both moved to tears. We just can’t imagine being put in your situation and it just doesn’t seem fair. It makes us upset to think that an ugly disease like cancer can steal away a wonderful wife and mother from a beautiful family, but we are also believers in an amazing and faithful God. He alone can give a peace that transcends all understanding and we pray that you will feel that peace right now in this moment. The faith and strength that Lindy showed through out this journey is amazing and such a testimony to her faith and love in her Savior. The way that your family just cherished every minute together and went ahead with an unbelievable amount of courage just sends shivers down our spines. You are truly an amazing family and we thank you for sharing your story and your faith. May God bless you.

  17. Jerry & Marcia Hoeksema says:

    Prayers for your entire family.May the memories you all have bring comfort along with the promises that our Heavenly Father will never ever leave you

  18. Wendy Morrow says:

    Praying for your family Dusty. Thinking of Lindy puts a smile in my heart. Hugs to all.

  19. Jamie Fisher says:

    Lindy and I weren’t close, but I feel her absence, so I can’t even begin to imagine what your family is going through. I looked around this afternoon, watching so many people just going about their normal day, and all I could think about was your family and how it must feel like the world ended today. Please know that Lindy changed many lives and that she will not soon be forgotten.

  20. Megan VK says:

    Praying for you all. My heart breaks for you. Thankful that she is no longer suffering.

    Thank you Father for Lindy, for her faith and strength she has shown all of us through her battle. Please comfort this family and may they be filled with Your peace now and the years to come.

  21. Vickie Bosman Bouwman says:

    Praying for you, asking God to walk with you during this difficult time.

  22. Jill says:

    I’m so sad for you and your children. It’s so hard to understand something like this. I’m praying for all of you.

  23. JOANN says:

    I am so sorry. Your family helps me deal with y battle. Her humor, strength and love is something i strive for through these very difficult times. I have less fear through my own race towards the finish line. Jesus brought her to her home. she’s’ probably speaking with Him now with that wit of hers.
    She is heavenly now, and perfected. I hope she got my note to set me at St Peters mailbox i will be looking for her, and praying for your family
    Love, Your sister in Christ
    Joann

  24. Bryan Watson says:

    I am so sorry for you and your childrens loss. I will always remember the vibrant young Lindy that I once knew. May God shed his grace unto you all.

  25. Gigi says:

    Dear Dusty and family, We just attended a funeral for a very special gal who was very happily married to one of our pastors at Reston Bible Church. My own dad died at 90 that very morning. We will never understand this side of heaven why people are taken early to heaven. I am a friend of Megan Palmer’s mom. We went to college together and she was in my wedding with another dear friend who lost her battle to breast cancer at age 36. Her mom led my mom to the Lord. Please know as we pray for our pastor you will also be on our minds. May God show Himself strong here and be your portion in a way that you never thought was possible. Blessings, Gigi Hill in Virginia

  26. Julie M says:

    Beautiful describes her perfectly. She was a blessing to our family and many more for 35 years. She will be missed.

  27. Val (DeRoo) Leegwater says:

    LIfting you all up in prayers during this difficult time. Praying you may feel peace that passes all understanding. Praising God that she has won her eternal victory and is whole and perfect.

  28. Marianne Coughenour says:

    May the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort hold all of you, Lindy’s wonderful family and dear friends, in His everlasting arms. Lindy is Home–but, oh, the grief for those left behind. Abundant prayers for grace and strength as you get through these first days without your beloved Lindy.

  29. Jill Ellerbroek says:

    Our family grieves with you and your family, Dusty. May you feel uplifted and surrounded on these really tough days. We will continue to pray to our Father to lift you up at just the right times when things settle, and you and the kids begin the road of coping with such an uncomprehensible loss. We are all behind you Dusty.

  30. Becca Wyngarden says:

    Our thoughts are with you as you walk this difficult path. I trust in God as sovereign yet I have many questions which I hope will be answered someday. Hoping that the love of friends and family provides peace to you and the kids.

  31. jean says:

    Praying for you all left behind may your pain be no more. Soon you all shall be together. Thank you Lindy for praising God in your pain, you are an inspiration to all. Much love to you all

  32. patti Schonfeld says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are extended to you Dusty and family. This life on earth is so temporary. This is not our home but there are so many questions that are unanswered at this time. We are praying for the arms of Jesus to be around you as you walk this road. May His comfort be around you all now and in the future days. Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.

  33. Jennifer says:

    Praying for you.

  34. Holly says:

    We are mourning with you….crying with you…..we are so sorry Dusty. We will continue to pray for The Comforter to be with you every minute.

  35. karen A says:

    He was with me in the past and promises to be now and always
    Hebrews 10:23
    Praying for all of you at this time.

  36. Trish says:

    Dusty, I’m so sorry for you and your family. There’s really nothing more for me to say except that I’ve been praying for you and your family for some time, and I won’t stop now.

  37. Aunt Carole says:

    Lindy will always be remembered as someone who packed 70 years of life into 35 years of living by her vibrant smile, her sparkling eyes, her humor that always lifted our spirits , her love for her family and others that was deeper than the ocean, and her unwavering faith that constantly persevered. And now she shares all that with others in Heaven. Heaven is a better place because she is there. We are better people because she was here. We will miss her more than the groaning of our hearts can express. She awaits for us with joy more full than Heaven can hold. Until then, we are one in the Spirit, embraced by the arms of God Who heals all our diseases. Our prayers for all your family will never end, and our love will always embrace you.

  38. Julie Meyers says:

    Oh Dusty, I just can’t believe she’s really gone…my heart hurts so for you and the kids. Please know that we will continue to lift you up in prayer that Jesus will be so close to you now through this extremely difficult time. We love you and the kids so much!

  39. Theresa Westrate says:

    You don’t know me, but I’ve followed your blog for a long time. Your journey has touched my life & all I can say is I’m so sorry for you and your precious little ones! I will continue to pray for all of you in the days to come! GOD bless you all!

  40. Robert Tift says:

    Dusty, rejoice in the fact that Lindy left you a legacy in your three precious children. As they grow, evidence of Lindy’s influence will constantly show to your delight. Our perfect Lord has an exciting plan for each of you and with the absence of Lindy you will see the promise of Romans 8:28 fulfilled. Dusty, you have a whole army of believers praying now for you and the children, waiting for you to call on them for assistance in all areas needed. You are so special and the dedication to Lindy’s care did not go unnoticed. Now it is our turn to serve you in any way we can.

  41. Missy (Tesmer) McCormick says:

    So sad to hear this, never easy to walk thru! We will be praying for you and the kids as you travel this difficult road! May you be blessed with many good memories and may God give you peace and rest that cannot be understood! You are an amazing family!

  42. Tracy Brower says:

    Our whole family is praying for all of you. May you find peace and feel Lindy’s presence in your hearts every moment.

  43. Jody Voss says:

    My heart hurts for you and your family, Dusty! Your family will be continue to be in my prayers. May you have peace that passes all understanding in these incredibly difficult times.

  44. Amanda O. says:

    I do not know your family, but I was so moved by your blog. Cancer has played a significant role in the lives of some of my loved ones as well. Know that you are being lifted up in prayer by so many, even complete strangers! May you be comforted by our loving Savior and rest assured in His promise of eternal life.

  45. Lindsey says:

    I don’t know your family and only recently heard about Lindy. And now it doesn’t seem fair that she is gone. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I thought about your family all day today, I just cannot imagine the pain. But so glad for you that you and Lindy are believers and that she sits at Jesus’ feet now. I just read the book ‘Heaven is for Real’ and I’m sure you and the kids would find it so encouraging to read. Thank you for sharing your story and I know Lindy’s legacy of faith will continue to change the lives of others.

  46. Mary Anderson and Family says:

    Dear Dusty and Family, We pray that your hearts may be held in God’s hands and that you are covered by His strength and peace at this time. We can rejoice that Lindy is with her Heavenly Father with no more pain or tears. She has victory in Jesus. God bless you and keep you!

  47. Laura Kiefer says:

    Thank you! That may seem like a strange thing to say, but thank you for sharing Lindy with all of us, for trusting that God has a bigger plan even in the midst of pain and loss, for showing so many men how to adore and care for their wives til death do you part…and beyond, and for being an incredible witness to your love for your Savior! My prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

  48. Livvy says:

    Such a sweet, sweet spirit. She will be missed so much. I was always in awe of her strength and her steadfast faith. Not to mention her ability to make us all laugh even through her toughest times (http://verbeekblog.com/2012/03/02/hats-and-halos/). Dusty, we lift you, your children and your families up in prayer and ask for God’s peace and comfort. We rejoice for Lindy’s homecoming and know that she’s among angels. xoxo

  49. Ross and Erin Wassink says:

    praying for you and your little ones as you lose your wife and mother. hug your little ones close

  50. Debra says:

    Good Morning,
    Lindy didnt enter my world until today.
    After reading the notice of her passing, I poured a cup of coffee and went back in time to her very first entry.
    The whole pot is gone now, my heart is both broken but also calm with a quiet love and admiration.
    She is a beautiful spirit. Godspeed Lindy.

  51. Tammy Jordan says:

    Just finished reading the entire blog. I am soooooo very sorry for your loss. I found her story to not only be encouraging but inspirational as well. There is a God that is bigger than anyone can imagine. I have found renewed faith through your story. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers through your time of need.

  52. martha says:

    so very sorry for your loss. the fight of lindy and your family is inspiring, and you’ll be in my prayers.

  53. Jack VanOss says:

    Dusty
    If you ever want to talk, commiserate, have a beer or whatever; let me know. You and your family will be in my prayers. I’m sure Ellen and Lindy are having a great time in heaven together. God Bless-

  54. Tom & Elaine Lucas says:

    Our thought and prayers go out to you, Dusty and your kids and family. May you feel God’s presence during this difficult time. Will continue to pray for your family.

  55. Miska Rynsburger says:

    Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
    E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me;
    Still all my song would be nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

    Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
    Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
    Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

    There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;
    All that Thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;
    Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

    Then with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
    Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
    So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

    Or if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky,
    Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upwards I fly,
    Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

    She’s home and she’s whole again. Our prayers will hold you close, Dusty, Brooklyn, Samantha and Maxwell.

  56. Jennie says:

    I never had the chance to meet Lindy, except through her blog, but will look forward to knowing her in heaven. It seems that in both her living and her dying, she had such dignity and grace, and lived to bring glory to God. Although your loss and grief are palpable now, how encouraging it must be for the family to believe the promises of God, and to know that you will see her again. It won’t be long before “death is swallowed up in victory” (I Cor 15:54). My prayers are with you in this time of grief and loss.

  57. Peggy says:

    Bless you and Lindy for sharing her journey and your family with your blog. What an amazing woman of courage, grace, determination, and faith. Praise God Lindy’s pain and struggle is over and she is at peace with our Lord. May God wrap his arms around your family in comfort in the next days, weeks, and months ahead as you adjust to life without your beloved Lindy. He will be there to lift you up always. God is constant and never fails us. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  58. Char says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, we will be keeping you in our prayers during these difficult days to come. Lindy touched the lives of many and I am sure her work has just begun as a “special angel” of our Lord.

  59. Lisa Pearson says:

    I didn’t know Lindy personally, but a good friend of mine, who is also a friend of Lindy’s, passed on your family’s blog about 18 months ago. Ever since, I’ve followed your family’s struggles and triumphs. I am 38 years old with 3 young children so could easily picture our family in similar circumstances. The grace, faith, openness and honesty that Lindy displayed was absolutely inspiring and has touched me deeply. May God bring peace to your children, you Dusty, and all those who knew and loved Lindy. Know that she, and your whole family, has touched many who have never even met Lindy or your family.

  60. <p>Dustin,</p>
    <p>I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. My heart breaks for you. I’ve read your blog and what a wonderful family. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. She is at peace now and no longer suffering. I wish there was something I could do to take away your pain.<br />
    Sincerest Sympathy.</p>
    <p>Bonnie Gardner</p>

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