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Michelle Ann DeYonker


Michelle Ann DeYonker, age 72, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, February 10, 2024. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, and friend. Her faith filled her life through her many years, which she spent showering her community with her joyful spirit. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, church, and community. Michelle will forever be remembered by her loving husband of 51 years, Alex; children, Aaron DeYonker, Rachel (Tex) Tourais, Michael (Christina) DeYonker; adoring grandchildren, Logan, Elise, Max, Finn, Zeke, Quentin, and Gwen; along with her sisters, Roberta Jasina (Alan Buckenmeyer) and Annie (Bill) Johnson; sisters-in-law Betsy (Tom) Paganes, Phyllis DeYonker, Nicole DeYonker, and Diane DeYonker; many nieces and nephews, as well as many treasured friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stella and Michael Jasina; and sister, Linda (Harold) Piotrowski; brothers-in-law, Greg, Den, and Marc DeYonker. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8pm on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday, February 16, 2024, at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301, with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment Cascade Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to The Potter’s House, C/O  Advancement Office 810 Van Raalte Dr. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49509; or The Pregnancy Resource Center – Grand Rapids, 415 Cherry Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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  1. We have lost a dear sweet, kind, loving and faithful friend in Michelle. We know she is lovingly watching over us all from Heaven and most especially her dear husband, Alex , her 3 children and grandchildren. Rest in comfort and peace, dear friend. ❤️ Kathy and Kevin Ecclesine

  2. Bob and I are so sad to hear of Michell’s passing. We have added your entire family to our prayers. We are in Florida so we will not be able to attend the Mass.

  3. Alex, Karen and I are so very sorry for your loss. While we are unable to be there, know that during this difficult time you are not alone. From her younger years in my neighborhood thru the special years in your life, she always lit up the room. You will find love, support and prayers from your family and friends.

  4. Alex and family, our heartfelt condolences upon the passing of dear Michelle. May her memory be for a blessing to all of you.
    Ric Roane and Leandro Robles

  5. I have wonderful memories of Michelle when she would come and visit my sister Ruth in her time of need. What a wonderful person she was And godley woman . my love goes to you all

  6. We are heartbroken to hear of Michelle’s passing. She was always fun with that special personality that made us feel like we’d known her forever. We both remember Michelle as such a warm and gracious ambassador when she and Alex led the firm. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. She will be missed.

  7. One of the beautiful things in my life has been meeting and befriending my dear Michelle, an Angel on earth!
    We enjoyed talking and laughing and praying!
    I already miss her dearly.
    Praying for dear Alex who has taking great care of Michelle through this trying and difficult period in their lives.
    She is now in the peace of our Lord and Saviour. I will continue prayers for Alex and family as they walk this difficult part of life.

  8. Dan and I were so sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing. She brought joy and kindness to all who knew her. She helped us through a difficult time when my daughter was very sick. Our love and prayers go out to your family

  9. My dear cousin Michelle! You’ve been a part of my life for all of your 72 years. I’ll always treasure the crazy and fun times we used to have… you and your sisters Linda, Roberta and Annie. Me and my sisters Mary Ann Margie and Judie and many other “East side cousins”. Holidays weddings cousin picnics ransom gatherings. We all loved you dearly. I cannot quiet my brain about your passing and hope you are at peace. Love cousin Susan

  10. This is such sad news. So many memories of Michelle and raising our kids together through middle school, high school, and college. What a wonderful personality! Will always remember her positive attitude and ever-ready smile. She has been taken from us far too early. Hugs to all the DeYonkers. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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