In memory of

   Gwenevere VanPopering



Mrs. Gwenevere VanPopering, age 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 2, 2009. Growing up near downtown Grand Rapids, she was a shy person who cared for her grandmother who lived with the family. Gwenevere met her husband, Henry while he was working in the greenhouse across from her home. For Henry it was love at first sight, and they were married on June 10, 1941. She became a stay-at-home homemaker, wife, and mother. Gwenevere was attentive to her children's needs, and they remember her role as a room mother and her daily reading of bedside stories. As a family they enjoyed camping in a tent at many of the northern state parks. After Henry retired, they liked traveling around the country on group bus road trips and also traveled to visit their son, Steve who lived out-of-state. Gwenevere was proud to be a godly wife and mother, her greatest achievement. She is survived by her children, Stephen and Mary VanPopering of El Paso, TX, Mary and Steve Ottenwess of Rockford; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren with the most anticipated arrival of another; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, son, Richard, sisters, Marie, Reba, Eunice, Eloise, and her brother, Bud. The service for Mrs. VanPopering will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Rev. Thurman Rynbrandt officiating. Interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Porter Hills Foundation, Meadowlark Village Fund, 4450 Cascade Road, SE, Ste. 200, Grand Rapids, 49546.

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