Alice Marie Blacksten, 74

Alice Marie Blacksten, 74, of Allegan passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Kalamazoo. She was born Oct. 7, 1940, in Hartford the daughter of Herman and Catherine (Sikkenga) Ritsema.  
Alice worked for Allegan General Hospital for more than 36 years, having retired in 2011.  
Alice is survived by her husband Raymond Verlin; her children, Grace (Matthew) Smith, Mitch (Lisa) Blacksten and Lisa (John) Hunsberger; her grandchildren, Michelle, Mitchael, Alexandra and Levi; her great-grandchildren, Kailynn, Colton, and McKinley Alice; her brother Ben (Mick) Ritsema; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers, Russ and Henry; and her four sisters, Esther, Ellen, Marge and Fran.  
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel. The funeral will be Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. also at Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel. Interment will be at Lindsley Cemetery in Cheshire Township.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718.  
Arrangements are being provided by Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com.
 

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