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Jane Semeyn, of Traverse City, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Nov. 6, 2017 after fighting health challenges that come with the end of life. At 89 years young, life now continues in Heaven with her Lord.
Jane was born to parents, H. Peter Petersen and Gladys (Hill), and was the youngest of three children. Both of her parents were active in the Masonic Order and Jane was honored as Queen of Jobs Daughters.
Her brother, Jack Petersen, and sister, Virginia Karsten, preceded her in death. She and her brother corresponded in letters for 40-plus years, always knowing who owed the last letter.
Jane graduated from Union High School and went to work for Wes DeYoung, a dentist. Husband, Jim, graduated from Central High School and later owned his father's business, Midwest Refrigeration Company, which now is a four-generation family owned business.
She married Jim Semeyn in 1950 and from that moment on was known as his "blue-eyed Janie." She had four children, Mary (Art) Koets, Martha (Bill) Beals, John (Kathy) Semeyn and James (Charles Oliver), within a five-year time span, keeping her very busy.
Jane is survived by her children and four grandchildren, Jennifer (Ken) Brandow, John (Kristen) Semeyn, Jamie (Scott) Robinson and Rob (Kirstin) Lutz. Her life continued to be blessed with her 10 great-grandchildren.
The move to Traverse City was made in 1978, where she assisted in the family business where needed. Later she moved to the Crowne, which allowed her to enjoy the game of golf and continue her love of playing cards.
She was an active member of Faith Reformed Church.
Jane had a big heart - putting others first in her life. She was a beautiful "lady" both inside and out ... leaving a true legacy of faith to her family. Jane was much loved and will be greatly missed by all the lives she touched.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m., at Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
The family requests contributions be made in the form of "ARK" (acts of random kindness) in Jane's memory.
Published on November 12, 2017
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