Nadine Mary Begin

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Nadine Mary Begin

January 15, 1932 - December 01, 2018

Nadine Mary Begin Nadine Mary Begin, 86, of Old Mission Peninsula, passed away Dec. 1, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. The family is saddened to say farewell to her earthly body, but know her soul is at rest with her lifelong companion, Jesus.
Nadine was born on Jan. 15, 1932 in Grand Rapids to the late Joseph and Helen (Fifelski) Grasinski. She was baptized as Patricia Mary at Sacred Heart Church in Grand Rapids.
At age 18, she was called to a life of faith by joining the Felician Sisters, where she earned a master's degree in home economics and taught students for 22 years. As a nun, her name became Sister Nadine. Most would agree that "Nadine" was a far more fitting moniker for the elegant woman she became after setting aside her unadorned nun dresses to don exquisite and bright outfits after exiting the convent.
In 1970 she met a "handsome and debonair" priest at St. Margaret Mary in Detroit. After the two made their own decisions to seek a different life and retire from their positions, they were married on Oct. 4, 1974, the Feast day of St. Francis and Bob's birthday. On March 10, 1978, at the age of 46, she welcomed a daughter, Marie-Chantal. She described the moment as "nothing on earth can compare to the ecstasy of God's presence" as when receiving her baby in her arms.
In 1983 the two purchased land on Old Mission Peninsula and begin planting a vineyard, opening Chateau Chantal together in 1993. Setting her decorating, cooking and hosting skills to work, she warmly served guests daily for 10 years. To provide her guests with a compendium of her recipes, she wrote a book called "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep; the meals and memories of a lifetime" in 2009.
The "last intense joy of her life" was the arrival of a grandson, Luca, who called her busia, Polish for grandma. He brought a little piece of heaven down to earth with his smiles, laughter and play.
Nadine's life was one of giving. Through her talents, she provided love and comfort to friends and strangers alike on an unparalleled level. There wasn't a day without music, laughter, delicious food, love and prayer. The everyday was celebrated and special.
Nadine is survived by her husband of 44 years, Bob; daughter, Marie-Chantal (Paul) Dalese; and grandson, Luca. She is also survived by her sisters, Carol Matecki, Angel (Jim) Erdmans and Mari (Raphael) Capila; and sister-in-law, Elaine Grasinski.
Nadine was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Frances Hrouda, Genevieve Grasinski and Joseph Grasinski.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at noon with visitation beginning one hour prior. Interment will take place after the Mass at St. Joseph's Cemetery. All are invited to Chateau Chantal for refreshments and to share memories with the family following the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution's in Nadine's honor may be directed to St. Joseph's Parish.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories and condolences with the family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on December 4, 2018
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Teresa Opolski
Dec 08, 2018
So sad to hear of Nadine’s passing. She was my teacher (nun) in grade school at St. Stanislaw in Detroit. Beautiful person and always had a big smile for everyone.
Condolences and prayers go out to the family. “My Happiness”, her favorite song by Connie Francis. So happy my friend and I were able to visit with her a few years ago at the winery. Teresa
Elaine Durga Ewing S. M. Andrew
Dec 06, 2018
She was a BEAUTIFUL lady. LOVED by many, many.
Elaine
Marie Rakowski(aka Sr.Clarice)
Dec 06, 2018
A life well-lived. One who touched countless lives with her goodness, kindness, and love...a beautiful soul whom we were so happy to know. Til we meet in Heaven, may you experience the unimaginable joy God has prepared for you.
John and Laura Ashmore
Dec 05, 2018
Jim and Angel, we are sorry to hear of Nadine’s passing. We are happy we were able to visit with her and Bob at the winery and realize you were related. She lived such a full life. May she be welcomed into the arms of Jesus.
Virginia Brinker aka Sr. Mary Kateri
Dec 05, 2018
Blessed are we who have crossed paths with so noble and authentic a woman, who has taught the beautiful art of home-making with love and service to so many.
May the Master of the Vineyard comfort your family who mourn your absence at their table.
Sing your glory songs, Nadine!