Mr. Benjamin "Bernie" Jester, age 68 of Newaygo, died Friday, October 20, 2006 at his home in Croton Twp.. He was born Benjamin John Jastremski in Grand Rapids, the son of Emily () and Stanley Jastremski on January 18, 1938. He married Alta Darlene Holzgen on October 19, 1985 in Fremont. He was a Clerk for Richard's Plumbing, Grand Rapids until 1999. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Newaygo.

He is survived by his wife A. Darlene Jester, his son Jack Jester, daughter Shelly Jester both of Grand Rapids, his step-children Verle Holzgen of Rockford, Richard Holzgen of Wyoming, Denise & Steve Slachter of Middleville, Bryan & Eileen Holzgen of Portland, Michael Holzgen of Three Rivers, Mary Jo & Matt Dyer of Byron Center, 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, his sister Ann Wisniesiski and brother Ed Jastremski both of Grand Rapids.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 2:00 PM from the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 30 Justice St., Newaygo, with The Rev. Mary Frens officiating. There will be no visitation. For Memorials please consider the ALS Disease Association.

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