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Amy Marcia Biermacher

01/31/1957
02/19/2019

Amy Marcia Biermacher, age 62 of Grand Rapids, was called to heaven in the early morning hours of Tuesday February 19, 2019 with loving family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald J. and Marcia E. Biermacher; brother Joseph; and sister Emily. Amy is survived by her daughter, Sarah (Andrew) Saari; brothers Ron (Joan) Biermacher, Andrew (Ellen) Biermacher; sisters Julie Biermacher, Elizabeth (Brian) Heslip, Anne (Jack) Stegehuis, Molly (Scott) Denning; grandchildren, Eddie Michael Saari and Austin Andrew Saari; and many special, much loved, nieces and nephews. Amy was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Ronald and Marcia Biermacher. She was the oldest daughter of 9 children. Growing up, Amy enjoyed spending endless hours outdoors fishing and getting into trouble wherever she could find it. She brought home almost every wild creature she came across and loved them dearly.  She lived a full and unrestrained life before moving to Syracuse, NY in her early 20s where she gave birth to her greatest gift, her daughter Sarah. Wanting to be close to her incredible family, she moved home and planted her roots back in Grand Rapids where she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She battled this awful and debilitating disease with everything she had until her last dying breath. Giving up her job as the supervisor of patient registration at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center was a huge heartbreak for her. Nonetheless, she continued to enjoy all life had to offer. She maintained the most inspiring optimism and never complained. She shared an unbreakable bond with her daughter, Sarah, who was dedicated to caring for her every need. Together, they travelled, laughed, cried and shared in all of life’s beauty together, until her final moment.  Amy touched every single soul she met and was the purest form of inspiration, gratitude and fearlessness. There will be a hole in our hearts forever, as she will be loved and missed by all who knew her. May she rest in eternal peace, free of the body that failed her. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 21, 5-8:00 PM, with a vigil at 7:30 PM, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Friday, February 22, with a visition one hour prior to the mass at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Rev. Msgr. Terrence Stewart presiding. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life of Michigan, 2340 Porter St. SW P.O. Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0901.

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Visitation:

Thursday, February 21, 5-8 PM

Vigil: 7:30 PM

O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel

 

Mass of Christian Burial:

Friday, February 22, 11 AM

Visitation one hour prior

St. Paul the Apostle Church

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9 Responses

  1. For all my wonderful Biermacher cousins, I am very sorry at the loss of Amy, who I remember as a kind and loving soul.

  2. My thoughts are with all of you. Sending hugs to you Sarah. She is at peace now. I always remember your mom as being so nice , love her smile. Lots of prayers for you at this difficult time.

  3. Wishing you peace and comfort. And wishing you the courage to face the days ahead. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    When a person becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
    Your memories of her will never die, her stories are irreplaceable, and God give you peace that she is now in His Loving Arms.

  4. Dear Biermacher Family, It is with a sad heart that I learn of Amy’s passing. Through your parents I had the opportunity to meet all of you and share some good times. Amy did an extraordinary job at Blodgett registration; she had a smile for those who passed her way. Sarah, I am so happy to know you are married and have children. Your Mom must have loved being a grandmother. I am out of state for the month of February and will not be at Saint Paul’s to sing in the Resurrection Choir for the Service tomorrow. May your beautiful memories be a source of comfort. Peace and Prayers

  5. Sarah this is such a nice tribute to your mom and to you. You were such a loving daughter. It is so very sad when we no longer have our mom but you will have the best angel in heaven looking down on your beautiful family. Wish I was there to hug you, you have always been so kind to Michael and Ava In their time of need and Andy too.
    Love to all of you.

  6. It was my pleasure to know and work with Amy. She was always optimistic and willing to help in any way. RIP Amy

  7. Amy always impressed me for many reasons but one in particular when she could have easily
    Surrendered to her illness and said enough- but she did not she kept fighting and working. She was so kind fun and very positive. RIP Amy you are admired and loved

  8. Sarah
    Your beautiful and incredible Mom was my friend at Blodgett Hospital. She was a person I always admired and loved. She was absolutely amazing with her will to work and provide joy to all her crossed her path. Peace love and more peace to you.

  9. It was a honor to know and work with Amy. She had an uncanny ability to replace stress and uncertainty in those she met with a smile and strength.That ability came from God. God has her now and wants all of us to follow her example. What a bright star. All we can do is try. She was a natural. I’m a better person for having known her.
    Love in my heart always.

    Sarah, someday we will talk.
    MSH, Sarasota, FL.

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Visitation:

Thursday, February 21, 5-8 PM

Vigil: 7:30 PM

O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel

 

Mass of Christian Burial:

Friday, February 22, 11 AM

Visitation one hour prior

St. Paul the Apostle Church