Lawrence V. Warnke

Lawrence V. Warnke age 91 passed away peacefully with family at his side on Saturday, August 8, 2020. He was born on May 10, 1929 in Belding, Michigan the son of William H. and Catherine (Knieper) Warnke. Lawrence graduated from Ithaca High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He spent his life farming, while also working in the lumber and construction industries.

On August 3, 1957 he married Marie Knoop in Westphalia. She preceded him in death in 2008. Lawrence was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the St. Johns Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed collecting maps and newspapers, watching baseball and traveling. Anyone who spoke to him knew how proud he was of the family he and Marie raised.

Surviving are his children, Alan (Agnieszka) Warnke, John (Patti) Warnke, Barbara (Dean) Levi, Paul (Luella) Warnke, David (Lisa) Warnke, Kathleen (Chris) George, Michael (Lori) Warnke and Evelyn (Brian) Barker. He has 35 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, brother Tony Warnke and sister Martha Seitz. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Rita Miros, Theresa Kabelitz and Delores Michutka.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Johns Knights of Columbus or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Susan M. Gilpin

Susan M. Gilpin, age 69, passed away at Sparrow Hospital on Thursday, August 6, 2020 following a courageous battle with cancer. Susan was born on October 19, 1950 in St. Johns, MI the daughter of Robert and Eva (Mesh) Miller. She graduated from Ovid-Elsie High School and had attended Cosmetology School. On February 15, 1980 she married John Gilpin in St. Johns, MI. Susan enjoyed doing crafts, knitting, making quilts, camping and volunteering at Rock Lake Christian Assembly. She was a member of Duplain Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband John and children Shelley Gilpin of Vestaburg, Tina Saltsman of Lansing, and Eric (Sandy) Gilpin of Bloomington, IN; brother, Robin Miller and sister Sally Long; 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Susan was preceded in death by her parents and son John Robert II in 2013.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Rock Lake Christian Assembly, 7389 E. Vestaburg Rd., Vestaburg, MI 48891. Arrangements are made by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home.

Sister Rita E. Martin, O.P.

Sister Rita E. Martin, O.P., 100, passed away at Siena Center, Racine, WI on Thursday August 6, 2020.

Rita Eleanore was born July 25, 1920 to Louis J. and Louise (nee: Pung) Martin in Fowler, MI. On March 8, 1941 she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1942 she was given the religious name Sister Louis Mary. She professed her first vows in 1944 and her final vows in 1946. In 1968 she returned to using her baptismal name, Rita.

Sister Rita spent many years in service to others as a teacher, principal and pastoral minister in Wisconsin, Michigan and Kentucky. In Michigan she served at Nativity, Detroit; St. Mary, Paw Paw; St. John, Hubbardston; St. Catherine, Portage and Boysville of Michigan, Clinton. After becoming a resident at Siena Center in 1999 she was a Senior Companion Program Volunteer.

Sister Rita is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her nephew Father Leon Martin and other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers Gregory, Sylvester and Clement and her sister, Sister Geraldine Martin, O.P.

A private Remembering Service and Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Siena Center Chapel on Tuesday August 11. Interment will take place at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

Jacob James Wendling

Jacob James Wendling, age 34 of Holland, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital following a short battle with and complications from Chordoma. He faced his medical issues with a positive attitude, kindness and perseverance, the same way he approached his life. He bravely endured countless surgeries, scans and pokes as well as the loss of many abilities without complaint. The loss of Jacob is immense and will be felt forever by those who love him. We find comfort knowing that he is now fully healed, free of pain and that he is in heaven which is filled with peace, joy and praise.

Jacob was born on July 31, 1986 in Lansing, MI to Kevin and Jo Lynn (Spitzley) Wendling and he grew up in St. Johns, MI. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Neoma Wendling, and Daniel and Carolyn Spitzley.

Jacob is survived by his wife Shyla Nash-Wendling; two children at home, Hazel (4) and Hendrix (1),and baby Wendling due in March; his parents Kevin and Jo Lynn Wendling; parents-in-law Robin Nash and Doug Nash; siblings Rob (Katie) Barrera, Levi (Leslie) Rost, and Casey (Lance) Rost-Danzy; in-laws Amanda Aho and Doug Haveman, Jacob Nash and Myra Baumeister, and Emma Rutgers; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.

If you asked Jake what his biggest accomplishment was, he would quickly answer that it was his family. He was a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, who always had a joke ready as well as a supportive word. He was the best dad to Hazel and Hendrix and was so looking forward to the arrival of Baby Wendling. Jacob’s favorite part of the day was coming home from work, to play with the kids. He stepped seamlessly from one role to another, and found genuine joy playing with his children. He was a special kind of dad who showed up for the hard stuff and made childhood magical.

Jacob grew up in St. Johns, Mi and graduated from St. Johns High School in 2004. From there he continued on to Central Michigan University where he received his bachelors degree in Spanish Language Education in 2010. He has worked at SPI Pharma for 8 years, working his way up from the line to his most recent position of Quality Assurance Supervisor.

Jacob will always be remembered for his love of character based and story telling video games such as Sea of Thieves, ARK and Red Dead Redemption. He so enjoyed the comradery of relaxing after the day was done with some cheap whiskey or a good IPA and video games with his friends. He passed his love of video games to Hazel and they spent many hours playing Mario 64 together.

Jake was a excellent cook and bartender or as we called him ‘Head Chef at Casa d’Wendling’ who loved to put new dishes together and make big breakfasts on the weekends.

Jacob was a genuinely kind man, who always made sure the people around him were happy and having a good time. He loved to make people laugh and had an amazing sense of humor. He could always find the silver lining and was positive even in the face of his diagnosis. No one will forgot his silly laugh and goofy smile!

We are asking that friends and family write their favorite memory or description of Jake in a card or note for each of his children to read in the future (please create one for each child). We will keep them sealed and in the children’s memory boxes for them to read in the future. Cards or notes may be sent to 14777 James St, Holland, Mi 49424.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private gathering by invite only will take place Wednesday, August 12th at 2 p.m. We invite you to watch the services via Facebook live if you are not in attendance. The livestream will be on Lakeshore Memorial Services Facebook page. A future event will be planned for those unable to attend the memorial service in a way that Jake would want us to celebrate and remember his life.

Memorial contributions may be made to a educational fund set up for the Wendling children at any Fifth Third Bank, or to the Chordoma Foundation.

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