Marnie McLelland Kotwick, passed away Sunday morning September 17th

Marnie McLelland Kotwick, born December 16th, 1954 and raised in St. Joseph, MI passed away Sunday morning September 17th, 2017, in Grand Rapids, MI, her home of 22 years. Her family and loved ones take comfort in knowing she is at peace having found eternal happiness.

Marnie was her happiest when helping others. She touched many lives and was a source of joy to all she encountered. Whether she reached you through her career as a Physical Therapist, tender care of Mother Nature, tai chi classes, knitting circles, careful letter writing or always lending ear, her gentle kindness and compassion will live on in each and every one of us. She cared so deeply for so much, above all being her family. She enjoyed following and being a part of everyone’s adventures, always anticipating the next story to unfold.

Marnie is now a guardian angel to her loving husband of nearly 39 years, John, her children she will continue to hold so dear, Emily, John, and Jane, her incredible and supportive siblings John (wife Sue) McLelland, Nan (husband Jim) Wilberding, and Chad (wife Roseann) McLelland, her loving in-laws, Sister Alice Kotwick, Dave (wife JoAnn) Kotwick, Laurie (husband Steve) Thompson, Mike (wife Cheryl) Kotwick, her adored nieces and nephews, and the cherished friends she made throughout her life, always keeping each one so close to her heart.  She has been welcomed with open arms into heaven by her sister, Carla, her mother and father, John and Janet McLelland, her husband’s parents Edmond and Josephine Kotwick, and all other loved ones who have gone before her.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday morning September, 23rd at St. Alphonsus Church, 224 Carrier St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. The family will welcome visitors beginning at 10:00AM with a reception to follow in the parish center immediately after the service.

With Marnie’s recent struggle with bipolar disorder, the family suggests any wanted donations be made to the groups that so lovingly help so many through their struggles with mental illness. DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) 1700 Woodword SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49506 & Wedgewood Christian Ministry 3300 36th St. SE Grand Rapids , MI 49512. Friends wishing to leave a message of condolence may do so at  Arrangement entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel St. Joseph Michigan.

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