Sally VanderSluis

Sally Vander Sluis 


On December 27, 2021, Sally (Saapke) Vander Sluis faithfully finished the race (Timothy 4:7) and entered into the joy of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Born Saapke Smids on March 22, 1933, Sally grew up in the village of Surhuizum, in the Dutch province of Friesland.   In 1948 she immigrated with her family to Chatham, Ontario.  While Sally became a Canadian citizen, her character was forever shaped by her upbringing and she embodied the Dutch values of a strong work ethic, generosity, humility, and directness.

Oma delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved music, reading, gardening, and chocolate.  When able, she also enjoyed biking, skating, and going for long walks.  She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church of Chatham and Gregory Drive Alliance Church.  Sally gave freely of her time, talents, and treasures, serving with Meals on Wheels, Bibles for Missions, Right to Life, and Teleshare.  She also understood the importance of a Christ-centered education and was a lifelong supporter of Chatham Christian Schools. 

Sally was preceded in death by her husband Cornelis Vander Sluis, parents Wiebe and Lamke Smids, brother John Smids, sisters Tina Schenk and Jannie Smids (in infancy), and sister-in-law Millie Smids.

Sally is survived by her children William and Kimberly Vander Sluis of Wyoming, Michigan, and Richard and Megan Vander Sluis of Chicago, Illinois;  Grandchildren Bethany and Micah Johnston, Jenna and David Hoogstra, Kendra and Craig Kallemeyn, and Vivian Vandersluis;  Great-grandchildren Nathaniel and Levi Johnston and Hope Kallemeyen;  Siblings Fred Smids, Jane and Nick Buma, and sister-in-law Gertie Smids.  

We are grateful beyond words to family who faithfully demonstrated Christ’s love by helping to care for Mom in recent years.  You have indeed stored up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20).  We’d also like to thank the amazing staff of Riverview Gardens 2E, who lovingly cared for Mom since February of 2020.  Bless you as you continue to do the Lord’s work (Matthew 25: 44 – 45).    

Tot ziens Moeder, tot Ziens.


Revelation 21

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”


A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Chatham Christian School .


14 Comments on “Sally VanderSluis”

  1. To the VanderSluis Family – Sorry for your loss, I loved Sally ,she would make my day everyday, She was kind, witty & a pleasure to see her smile every morning, Will miss her at RVG.

  2. She was a faithful friend of the pro life movement. Her quiet demeanor and deep love for the weak of our society was appreciated

  3. Our condolences to the families, I remember her well from when she was a member at First CRC. Cherish the memories and rejoice in the fact that she is now in Heaven.

  4. This is a lovely tribute to a mother, friend, and follower of Christ. I can see Sally was a warrior for justice and helped to make this a better world. God bless her soul and her family in their loss.

  5. Our sincere condolences with the passing of Aunt Sally. Prayers and Hugs to Bill and Rick and their families. Love always Pete and Lena Van Dyke.

  6. To Bill, Rick and their families.
    Your Mom, Sally was a blessing and joy while working at the Bakery for many years.
    Thinking of you and sending heartfelt sympathies

  7. Thinking of you Rick, Meg and Vivi in these sad and difficult times. Our deepest sympathy.May time grant you solace.

  8. She has been very much missed in our neighborhood, we shared many smiles, waves and lovely chats about gardening, our dog Lucy and just everyday life. She was a wonderful neighbor and we have missed her. Best regards to her family, we are truly sorry for your loss.

  9. Dear Bill and Rick, may the Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and encourage you during your time of grief. You did well to lovingly care for your mother as best you could. Love one another and stay close to each other and to the Lord. He is with you.

    Michael & Marla Allen

  10. Rick: So sorry to hear the news about your Mom. We offer our condolences to you and the rest of your family.

    Gary & Vicki Herbert

  11. Elder Rick: What a godly legacy your beloved mom left behind. Her love for the Lord and for others lives on through you. May you continue to comfort others with the same comfort with which you have been comforted by the God of all comfort.

  12. Elder Rick: What a godly legacy your beloved mom left behind. Her love for the Lord and for others lives on through you. May you continue to comfort others with the same comfort with which you have received from the Lord.

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