Noah David Siewertsz van Reesema – Accomplished student and athlete, curious reader and traveler, loving family member and trusted friend, passed away to the next life on April 20, 2024. Noah was born on December 8, 1997, in Northville, Michigan. From an early age, Noah loved spending time with his extended family “up north” at the lake cottage skiing in the winter, boating in the summer, and relaxing with his books in the evening or playing strategy board games with his family. He especially cherished making new friends at the YMCA Storer Summer Camp in Jackson. As he grew, he was able to ski out west and travel with his family throughout Europe. His early love for soccer turned to football and track in high school. Noah graduated from Chelsea High School in 2016. He made deep friendships competing as a teammate in sports. Playing football as a wide receiver and running track in 300-meter hurdles and high jump gave him the opportunity to experience State finals competitions in both sports with his friends. Noah enjoyed playing saxophone and participated in “Company C,” a singing and dance ensemble, as well as finding peace in playing the piano at home. Noah was baptized at New Life Lutheran Church in Northville, MI and he was confirmed at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea, MI where he was a lifelong member.

Noah followed in his parents’ footsteps by attending Michigan State University, graduating in 2020 (his sister, Julia, also graduated from MSU in 2023). He was invited to join the Honors College and received a B.S. in Applied Engineering with a concentration in Supply Chain Management. Noah continued his track career by running the 400-meter hurdles on the MSU track team. He was also an active member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity (Philanthropy Chair) and Vice President of the Internal Relations Interfraternity Council. He was a proud Spartan and became a campus tour guide. He enjoyed volunteering by helping to build homes for Habitat for Humanity through his fraternity. As part of an MSU student abroad program, he worked supporting children at a refugee camp in Greece.

After college, Noah moved east to Massachusetts and Connecticut eventually landing back in the Midwest in Chicago, which he loved like a second MSU home. He worked as a global product manager in the life science industry, which allowed him to blend his engineering and business skills. Noah had a lifelong passion for reading and travel, immersing himself in new people and cultures. His interest in foreign places took him to around 20 countries providing adventuresome memories and fun stories from travels with family or new friends. In middle school, Noah earned a trip to Japan to attend the Chelsea-Shimuzu Sister City Exchange Program. He traveled to South Africa with fellow incoming freshman MSU classmates, where he met some of his closest friends. His family hosted exchange students from Greenland, Japan and Vietnam. He liked to stay in contact and even took his sister Julia to Iceland to meet up for a visit. He traveled to Egypt where he rode camels while seeing the pyramids. 

Noah is survived by his parents, Willem and Kristin S. van Reesema; sister, Julia S. van Reesema; Oma Carole S. van Reesema; aunts and uncles, Fred and Marelvi S. van Reesema, Martine and Craig Blogin, Bryan and Jamie S. van Reesema, Minta and Dave Hissong, and Curtis and Shannon Dobler; cousins, Kylie, Erin, Cameron, Fred, Peter (Rosie), Derek (Angelina), Nick (Lindey), Lauren (Jordan), Willem (Peyton), Alex, Lucas, Martine, Desmond, Bode and Feyre; and many great friends and family in Michigan and across the globe. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Opa Frederik “Peek” S. van Reesema; Gordon and Margaret Dobler, and Janis Wetherbee.

celebration of Noah’s life was held at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea, MI, with the Rev. Eric M. Stricklin on Saturday, May 25, 2024. The service was in the sanctuary from 10-11 am with a reception immediately following from 11 am – 1 pm. If you would like to make a donation in remembrance of Noah, please consider YMCA Storer Camp in Jackson, Michigan, or your favorite charity or summer YMCA camp.

From your family and friends, Noah, thank you for your kindness, curiosity, and smiles. We wish you the peace and love that you shared with so many.

Click here to watch the video of Noah's service recorded by Cole Funeral Chapel


You can use the form below to leave a memory or share a public message for Noah's family. Please allow 24 hours for us to review and post your comment. 


#29 Motomasa Murayama 2024-05-25 21:27
Dear Willem, Kristin and Julia
We are all shocked to know the passing of Noah. From the funeral service we understand how much he was loved by the family, neighbors and all the friends. Noah was very kind to a stranger from Japan. We really appreciate his friendship and hospitality. We never forget him as a good friend of my son. We express our deepest condolences to van Reesema Family.
From Motomasa, Shoko and Nanako
Tokyo, Japan
#28 Papalas Family 2024-05-25 13:17
Thinking of you all today and sending love.
#27 Kim/Rick Eder 2024-05-25 08:36
May God give you the strength to get through this. We are thinking and praying for all of you.
Kim and Rick
#26 Lisa and John Nickel 2024-05-23 14:23
Our hearts are grieving with you. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family carry you through this difficult time.
#25 Nancy S. Bowerbank 2024-05-20 12:15
Willem and family, we are so sorry to hear of Noah's passing. Our prayers and sympathy go out to you and the entire community on this loss of such a bright and compassionate young man.

We will do all we can to support you in your journey towards acceptance and healing.

Nancy Bowerbank,
Reinhart Realtors
#24 Angela Hayner 2024-05-20 11:38
I am so sorry to hear of Noah’s passing. Sending so much love and healing energy to all of you during this time.

I had the pleasure of having Noah as a camper during my time working at Storer. Noah was such a beautiful soul that had a tenacious love for camp and making sure every camper felt included in every session he attended. He was a leader and made everyone who he came into contact with feel special. He truly was “one of a kind”.

May you hold tight to the memories and know he has touched so many of our lives.
#23 Lori Harvey 2024-05-20 11:27
Kristin - My heart is with you and your family in your time of sorrow. From the messages about Noah, I can see that he was an outstanding person who had a profound and positive impact on so many people. I pray the messages and memories bring you some peace and comfort.
With my deepest sympathy,
Lori Harvey
#22 Frank and Mariët 2024-05-20 06:19
Dear Willem, Kristin and Julia,
We are also very saddened to the loss of Noah.
In 2011 we were able to attend his confirmation in Chelsea. For us this was special. We keep special memories to this day.
in 2018 Noah visited us in The Hague. He was a very dear, easy guest and we had a lot of fun. At the end of the day we had dinner in an Indonesian restaurant in the tradition of his family.
Our thoughts are with you.
Lots of love from Frank and Mariët
#21 Vanessa Lambert 2024-05-18 11:31
I’m incredibly saddened to hear about Noah's passing. We worked together at Antylia Scientific, and he quickly became a great friend. Noah was a kind, intelligent, and thoughtful person, and I always looked forward to our deep conversations during our rides to the train station.

He always spoke so fondly of his family, I could truly feel the love and support you gave him.

Noah and I shared a unique connection through our discussions about stoic philosophy, and the meaning of life and happiness. I will deeply miss those conversations and our friendship.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I am shocked and deeply saddened myself. Noah was such a special person, and I was truly rooting for him in everything he did.

With deepest sympathy,
#20 Mariette Vitringa 2024-05-17 07:28
Dear Willem, Kristin and Julia,

What a sad and sorry loss at such a young age.
Last time we visited you from Holland was in 2014.
Peek was still alive and so was Bill. Noah was a tall and lean teenager, friendly and mellow. We all spent a lovely evening at your house, Willem and Kristin. The whole Reesema family feels so warm and bonded. Hope you get some strenght out of it. In Holland we say 'family feels like a warm blanket'
You all need it.
Lots of love from Mariëtte

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