Carol Louise Meindertsma
Carol Louise Meindertsma, 83, of Traverse City, passed away at her home with her family by her side on Oct. 9, 2019 after a short battle with cancer.
Carol was born on March 22, 1936 in Kalamazoo to the late Herman and Margaret (DeWitt) Lieffers. On Sept. 14, 1957 Carol married Mike Meindertsma in Eastmanville.
Carol attended Western Michigan University. She was a buyer and worked in sales for J.C. Penney for nearly 30 years.
She enjoyed traveling and camping. She and Mike loved to head south during the winter months and spent 25 years in Zephyrhills, Florida
Above all else, she cherished her time with her family and especially her grandchildren. She was compassionate and had an amazing ability to connect with others. Always the life of the party, she will be remembered for her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, John Michael.
Carol is survived by her husband of 62 years, Mike; daughters, Peggy (Dennis) Howe and Patty (Joe) Filko; son, Mike (Brenda) Meindertsma; grandchildren, Molly (Scott) Stevens, Emily (Duke) Leonardo, Merah (Andrew) Hebert, Michael, Macy and Marley; great-grandchildren, Sloan Leonardo, Jameson Stevens and Winslow Leonardo; and stepmother, Betty Lou Lieffers.
Visitation for friends and family will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
The funeral service celebrating Carol's life will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning one hour prior, at Faith Reformed Church. Private family graveside services will take place at Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in her honor may be directed to Munson Hospice.
Please visit to share your memories and condolences with the family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 10, 2019


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Deborah Kinsey
Oct 12, 2019
Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of Carol Louise Meindertsma by Deborah Kinsey.  Send flowers
Barbara Wilson
Oct 12, 2019
My sincerest sympathy in the passing of Carol. She was a very special lady and trained me in volunteering at the Elks.
Betty Lou Lieffers
Oct 11, 2019
Basket of Memories was purchased for the family of Carol Louise Meindertsma by Betty Lou Lieffers.  Send flowers
Diana Roubal
Oct 10, 2019
Dear Meindertsma family, I'm very sorry to read that Carol passed away. She was a wonderful woman. I had the privilege of knowing and working with her when J.C. Penny's was still on Front St. Working with her was a joy and was so much fun too. All of us girls that worked on the balcony enjoyed a lot of comradeship. My thoughts and prayers are with you.