Diane Klaasen Philips


Diane Klaasen Philips, age 58, died peacefully at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, on May 29, 2019 after fighting a courageous battle with leukemia.
Diane is survived by her parents, Dave and Dorothy Klaasen, of Holland; her husband, Steve Philips, of Traverse City; her siblings, Doug (Karie) Klaasen, of Holland, and Denise (Steve) Stancill, of Holland; nieces and nephews, Stacey Mossel, of Seattle, Washington, Chris and Maddie Mossel, Jennifer and Katie Klaasen, Hayden and Olivia Stancill, all of Holland, Nathan and Isaac Bigcraft, of Traverse City; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Don and Pat Philips, of Traverse City; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Stephanie Bigcraft, of Traverse City.
Diane was born July 17, 1960 and graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1978 and Grand Rapids Junior College of Nursing May 17, 1990.
Diane made a lifelong commitment in her role as nurse to serve others in need of medical care and served in that role at Spectrum Health's Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals in Grand Rapids, Munson Medical Center and Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City and in Hawaii as a traveling nurse.
Dec. 4,1999, Diane married her husband, Steve Philips, a man whom she loved wholeheartedly from that day forward and whom she considered to be her best-friend and partner in life.
Diane was a devoted advocate for her patients, a champion for health and wellness and a lifelong learner who enjoyed research and staying current in her nursing profession.
Diane enjoyed art, literature, traveling to new places, nature and being active outdoors. She found peace and tranquility from snowshoeing, long walks, the practice of yoga and meditation and by having faith in God. Her most cherished moments involved her time spent with her loving husband, family and many dear friends.
Diane will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Family and friends are invited to an intimate celebration of Diane's life in the garden at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on June 15, 2019 from 1 p.m. until the time of sharing and remembrance at 1:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be held in the garden immediately following the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Diane to the University of Michigan Medical Center Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program, 1500 East Medical Center Dr., SPC 5271, F4826 UH South, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5271; or The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, 3 International Dr., Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.
Please share a memory with Diane's family by visiting her tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on June 9, 2019
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Judy Seaver
Jun 11, 2019
Di...20 years of friendship is everlasting. You are amazing. What you went through and how you lived your life is a special testimonial to all of us. You will be missed greatly but I know we will see each other again. Thanks for your support and love you gave to me during my extra hard time. We were amazed how that all worked out the way it did. Now you are on God’s healing team and I know you are loving that!!! ❤️ Will miss you, my friend.