Jean Getzen



Memorial Contribution

MotorCity Greyhound Rescue

P.O.Box 100 Clawson

Michigan 48017


Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Spectrum Health Foundation
25 Michigan St NE, Suite 4100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Jean Getzen, a cherished presence in the lives of many, has peacefully transitioned to her next life, leaving behind her love, laughter, and cherished memories. Jean passed away on April 20, 2024, surrounded by family and friends, the very essence of her vibrant and full life, encapsulated in their embrace. Born September 22, 1959, Jean’s journey was one of remarkable experiences and profound connections. She lived with an infectious zest for life, always seizing each moment with poise and enthusiasm. Her spirit was a beacon of light, illuminating the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her. Jean’s love for her family and friends was boundless, and she treasured every moment spent in their company. She found joy in every activity, from watching American Idol religiously to spending time in the garden to sailing on Lake Michigan to traversing the country in the motorhome. No adventure was too small or too grand. Jean always said, “The journey is the best part of the adventure.” Jean’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew her, but her spirit will live on in all of us. Though she may no longer walk beside us, her memory will serve as a source of comfort and inspiration for years to come. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Huggard and Diane Huggard (Kabat). She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Barry Getzen; daughter, Hayley Getzen (Sean Prahbu); son, Phillip Getzen (Danielle Olson); grandson, Jaylen Getzen; mother in-law, Janice Getzen; father in-law, Peter Getzen (L. Jean); sisters, Paula Thompson (Vince), Janet Huggard, and Carla Seekely (Wayne); sisters in-law, Susie Getzen and Sandra Phillips (Brad); sister in-law and special friend, Cheree Scarantino (Dave); brother in-law, Todd Getzen (Jess); and by many nieces, nephews and cousins, each of whom held a special place in her heart. In honoring Jean’s life, let us celebrate the profound impact she had on the world and strive to emulate the love, compassion, and joy that defined her existence. May her legacy continue to shine brightly, guiding us with the enduring light of her spirit. A visitation will be held from 2-4pm and 6-8pm Thursday, April 25, 2024, at Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, 305 N Hudson, Lowell, MI 49331, where friends and loved ones will gather to share stories, laughter, and fond memories of a life well-lived. The celebration of life service will be held at 11am Friday, April 26, 2024, at the funeral home. Rev. Thomas Hampton officiating. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to MotorCity Greyhound Rescue, P.O.Box 100 Clawson, Michigan 48017 or Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, in honor of Jean’s selfless nature.

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18 Responses

  1. Jean was a shining light wherever she went. Full of love, fun, and lots of laughter. She cared so deeply for family and friends. She will be missed terribly.

  2. So very sorry to hear of Jean’s death. Our sincere sympathy to Barry and family.

  3. I met Jean only a few times and she was such a wonderful person. Sad that she is gone! May she RIP . Our sincere condolences to Barry and the rest of the family. God bless Jean.

  4. This truly reflects the beauty of Jean and the light she brought to all of us! So loved and will be missed forever.

  5. Jean was a beacon of light where ever she went. Her beautiful smile and loving nature will be cherished by everyone who knew her. She fought a great fight and lived life to the fullest. Nothing stopped her from doing the things she wanted to do. Her family was her pride and joy and her grandson was her greatest gift. We will miss you dearly. Barry, Hayley and Phil our deepest condolences go out to each one of you. May you find the strength and courage through this trying time. Rest In Peace dear Jean. Till we meet again💕🙏💕

  6. Jean will be greatly missed – her joy, her face, her laugh, and her help with making things right! 🙂 Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with all of you.

  7. Barry – my condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. I am confident you will lean on each other to get through this difficult time. May your great memories lessen the impact of your loss and help fill the void as time goes on!

  8. Barry, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. May God wrap you and your family in His loving arms and provide you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. So very sorry for your loss and the loss to your family, Barry. My prayers go out to you all!

  10. We were so sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. She was such a light in this world and will be missed by all who were lucky to know her. We met her while in the dentist’s chair and her dedication to her work was commendable, but after getting to know her personally it became clear that her true devotion was to her lovely family. The depth of love she had for you all radiated from her. She was a special woman.

  11. Jean has been a blessing to all who knew her, and especially for us. Her sense of humor, beautiful smile and quick wit made her a shining star. We know that her star still shines and are only grateful that her struggle is over. She will live forever in the hearts of those who will always love her and God will bless and keep her for us until we meet again.

  12. Jean was such a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Our world is dimmer without her beautiful light. Your love for life, family and friends is beyond measure. We are better for having you in our lives. Thank you for your friendship. We will miss you our beautiful friend.

  14. Barry, Hayley, and Phillip so sorry for your loss. I remember Jean’s welcoming personality and contagious smile! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Jean, from the day I first met you, you were always Joyful, and full of JOY! You touched so many lives with the kindest heart~the kind of heart that anyone wishes for, in a cherished friend. The Lord now holds you, until we meet again. May peace be for each of you, her beloved family, and for so many friends that loved her so well, as she loved them. You are missed Jean, but always remembered🩷

  16. I love and miss you Jean, you will always be known as a very special lady.

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