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Rita Modderman



Memorial Contributions:

National Phenylketonuria (PKU) Alliance,


Fredrick Meijer Gardens

1000 East Beltline Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49525


St. Roberts Newminster Church

6477 Ada Drive Ada, MI 49301


Faith Hospice of Trillium Woods

2100 Raybrook SE Suite 300 Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Rita (Appelgreen) Modderman died peacefully under the care of Faith Hospice of Trillium Woods, at the age of 93. Rita is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert Louis Modderman of Grand Rapids; their son, Steven (Tabitha) of West Memphis, Arkansas; grandchildren, Nena of West Memphis, Amanda Carew-Potts of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Vincent (Crystal) of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Sarah Woolworth (David) of Grandville, Michigan; great-grandchildren, Serena Carew, Trent Carew, Reina Potts, Lillian, Wyatt, and Sydney Modderman, Lana and Alexander Woolworth. Rita is also survived by many nieces and nephews with whom she shared special relationships and loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Mamie (Martin) Appelgreen of Weidman, Michigan, and siblings, Martin, Gerald, Kathryn, Vada, Donald, and Walter. Rita was born on October 12, 1929, in Isabella County. She retired from the Kent County Health Department in 1991. Rita and Robert enjoyed many travel adventures and spending summers at Round Lake as well as winters in Florida and Arizona. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday, April 21, 2023, at St. Robert’s Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Drive Ada, MI 49301, with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: National Phenylketonuria (PKU) Alliance,, or  Fredrick Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49525, St. Roberts Newminster Church or Faith Hospice of Trillium Woods, 2100 Raybrook SE Suite 300 Grand Rapids, MI 49546, in memory of Rita Modderman.

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  1. Dear Bob & Family, My folks, Pete & Fran Velthouse knew you from Brookside Church. We wanted to be sure to let you know we’re thinking of you and extending our sympathy on the loss of your dear, sweet Rita. Our prayers are with you. May God somehow bless you and give you His peace and strength during this difficult time. Sincerely, Tom & Patty (Velthouse) Graham

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