Luanne Gilson, aged 68, of Spring Lake formerly of Walker, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022. Luanne was born in Niles, MI to the late Eugene and Ann (Rabe) Westerhof. She attended Western Michigan University and received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley University. To Luanne, teaching was never a job. For her it was her passion and she loved teaching and interacting with the children in the Early Childhood Special Education Kenosha Program at Grand Rapids Public Schools. Luanne enjoyed spending time with her daughters and son-in-laws. She loved spoiling and spending time with her grandchildren. Luanne enjoyed reading, playing bingo, spending time outdoors in nature, going to the beach, and watching and feeding the birds. She was preceded in death by her former husband and best friend, Charlie Gilson Nov. 22, 2021. Luanne is survived by her daughters, Karin (Nick) Baker, Lisa (Nate) Mencarelli and Andrea (Mitch) Patrick; grandchildren, Carter, Isabelle, Chase, Charlee and Sawyer; siblings, Debbie Miller, Jeff Westerhof, Lorri Smith and Rick (Sigrid) Westerhof; several nieces and nephews. In keeping with her wish cremation has taken place. A Life Celebration funeral service will be held 11am, Friday, January 14, 2022 at St. Mary’s Church, 15164 Juniper Dr., Marne, MI 49435 with Fr. Ayub Francis Nasar, Celebrant. Visitation Friday, January 14, 2022, 10-11am one hour prior to service at St. Mary’s Church in Marne. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lori’s Voice, P.O. Box 66, Coopersville, MI 49404. Online condolences may be left on her tribute page at www.throopfh.com.
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