Saturday, July 17, 2021
12:00 PM EDT
Grace Lutheran Church
Coopersville, MI 49404
Visitation for one hour prior to the service
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Life Story / Obituary
Judith Kay Seppamaki, “Judy”, 74, of Comstock Park, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2021. She was born in Muskegon, MI on February 9, 1947, to the late William and Alice VanHaften. The family lived at 1043 Frances, Muskegon for most of Judy’s youth. As a child, she loved to play with her sister – a great game of Jacks or paper dolls was good, but mention swimming and Judy would hide! This was true until the day she left this earth. Perhaps Heaven will have swim lessons. Judy was a graduate of West Michigan Christian High School and attended Baker Business College, in Muskegon. She was married to Ray Seppamaki in 1968 and lived in South Bend Indiana where she found her love for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, much to her Michigan (Go Blue!!) family’s chagrin. They lived in several areas in Western Michigan but settled most recently in Comstock Park. Judy loved her 21-year job at Second Congregational Church in Grand Rapids. Her love for people and children made this her dream job, and she even found one of her best friends there. She loved reading – Danielle Steele, traveling to Florida, and camping in Pentwater. She also had a life-long love for dogs, especially cocker spaniels. We remember her first poodle “Suzette” and the last cocker “Angel”. Judy’s family was probably the most important thing in life to her. She enjoyed camping with her parents, siblings, and eventually nieces and nephews. She was a long-time caregiver to her mother Alice, and she and her sister, Pat (Keller) spoke often sharing Bible studies and the latest updates from reality TV. Judy also loved to watch her brother Bill (VanHaften) on the internet as he led services in his church. She was a wonderful Aunt to her nieces and nephews; they remember her taking them during the summer, spoiling them rotten and her funny, almost embarrassing, stories. But mostly Judy will be remembered as a woman of God. She was incredibly open to share her walk with Jesus and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Coopersville, MI. She will forever be missed… until we see her again. Services will be on Saturday 7/17 for both Ray and Judy at Grace Lutheran Church 300 Cleveland St East Coopersville, Mi 49404. Visitation will begin at 11am, Memorial Service at 12pm, followed by refreshments.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Faith Hospice or The Gideon's in memory of Judy and Ray Seppamaki.