Obituaries » Elaine M. Sweetland (Kooi)
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November 22, 1929 - March 10, 2021
In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and no services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be given to the National Down Syndrome Society or Gryphon Place.
Age 91, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Elaine was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 22, 1929, the daughter of the late McKinley “Mack” and Violet (Benson) Kooi. She is survived by her children, Mark (Sue) Sweetland, Lori (Roger) Eriksen and Diane Sweetland; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Elaine was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Kooi; sister, Ardith VandenBerg and granddaughter, Ashley Eriksen. Elaine had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and with that faith she was able to endure both the difficult and happy times of life. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she served on the Alter Guild. An avid sports fan, Elaine enjoyed watching all types of sports and knew all the players by name. Elaine was also a Master Duplicate Bridge player in the Kalamazoo area for many years. She was a caring person, a good listener and had many close friends. The family would like to thank Elaine’s friend of 80+ years, Rosemary Appelgren for her love, friendship and support over the years. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and no services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be given to the National Down Syndrome Society or Gryphon Place.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.