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Virginia Lou Veurink-Winslow, age 75, of Spring Lake, passed away Jan. 14, 2018 in Muskegon. She was born Oct. 1, 1942, to Frank Veurink and Doris (McQueen) Veurink. Most called her Gin or Ginny. She graduated from Muskegon High School in 1960. She said she was an average student who would have rather stayed home and read, but made life-long friends all the same. She held many jobs over the years, starting out at Hackley Bank in Muskegon. She worked in the basement, taking care of people's canceled checks. By that point, she had met the love of her life, Lawrence Winslow, who she said seemed to enjoy life and smiled a lot. Their first date took place at McDonald's, with Larry letting her know he only could spend a certain amount on the meal. They were married on Sept. 1, 1962 in Muskegon. Ginny then took on the other full-time job of being a mom to son, Lawrence Jr., born in 1964; and daughter, Marjorie came along in 1970.
Ginny was extremely caring of people. She worked as a nurse's aide, first in a nursing home and later as a visiting nurse when the family moved to Covington, Louisiana. She even did substitute teaching, which was surprising, considering how much she "enjoyed" school the first time around. She was also a world-class soccer mom, along with helping her children with all kinds of crazy school projects. One of her biggest secrets can now be revealed. To help her children pass math, she created a fake school and named herself head teacher and principal so she could order the teacher's edition of the books with all the answers in them!
The family then moved back to Michigan, settling in Traverse City, where Ginny worked for Kmart. When she and Larry moved to Grayling, she continued to work for Kmart, where you had to fight to keep up with her as she raced up and down the aisles. She retired from retail after 17 years of service. She and Larry then decided to buy a "house on wheels" and take it across the country. They loved the RV lifestyle, making many more friends along the way, their cat, Smokey in tow. Ginny took up hobbies such as making jewelry and paper pricking. Retiring also gave her more time to cheer on the Detroit Tigers that she watched religiously.
In 2005, after years of begging, Ginny finally became a grandmother to Curtis. Four years later, she welcomed a second grandchild, Cathlyn. The grandkids were sent off to "Grandma and Grandpa Camp" in the summers in Grayling for some special spoiling, and grandma loved every minute of it.
When Larry got sick, Ginny became his caregiver and never wavered in her support. He passed away Dec. 20, 2013. At the time, Ginny had just begun a long battle against cholangiocarcinoma. Doctors only gave her two years to live, but she continually surprised them, surpassing all expectations by surviving more than 30 rounds of chemo and countless procedures and medicines. She never complained, always calling what was happening to her the new normal. She moved to Spring Lake in January 2017 to be closer to family. When asked how she wanted to be remembered, she said people should say whatever they wanted, but hopefully say that she was a good wife and mother. She was all that and so much more.
Ginny is survived by two children, Larry Jr. (Jennifer) Winslow, of Norton Shores, and Marjorie (John) Kulba, of Granger, Indiana; two grandchildren, Curtis and Cathlyn; a brother, Richard Veurink, of Norton Shores; a sister-in-law, Nancy Starks Cheney, of Durham, New Hampshire; several special cousins, good friends and her cat, Mr. Blue.
Funeral services for Mrs. Veurink-Winslow will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at the VanZantwick Chapel in Grand Haven, 620 Washington Ave. with the Rev. Scott Church officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at the funeral home and one hour prior to service. Interment will take place at Lake Forest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation or drop off some cat food at your local Humane Society. Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.sytsemafh.com.
Published on January 17, 2018
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