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Barbara Lorraine (Berg) LeVan entered this world on June 3, 1929 and took her last breaths on March 26, 2017.  She said herself “I’ve had 87 good years”.  Barb’s dash had many highs (quitting smoking) and a few lows (like losing 160 pounds!), all of which shaped her into the tenacious woman she was. Barb loved her family fiercely.


Barb retired from American Seating after 36 years and proudly volunteered for the Grand Rapids Police Department for 8 years. Barb enjoyed playing golf and bowling, watching the Tigers, traveling, and collecting clowns. She also loved John Wayne, bird watching and was an avid reader. After she lost most of her ability to see, she was very thankful to have the Association for the Blind supply her with books on tape. Barb was the epitome of perseverance and bravely finished her dash here on Earth with dignity and grace.


She leaves behind her talented children, Pamela LeVan Burdick (Michael Vanderhorst), Scott LeVan (Linda), Bart LeVan, and Dawn LeVan; grandchildren, Rob LeVan (Andrew Yocum), Amy LeVan and Jamie LeVan. She was especially fond of her one and only great grandson, Max LeVan.  She also had many caring people in her life, particularly Elaine VanderVoord.


Visitation with the family is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. S.E. at 36th Street (one block west of Eastern Avenue), Grand Rapids, where memorial services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 8, 2017.


Memorial contributions may be directed to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children ( Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Barbara’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:   Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. John and Donna Kustron on March 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Bart and family Donna and I send you tears of sorrow for your loss. Prayers for the brighter day that will come in time..Love you my brother

  2. Kathy Hall on April 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I worked with Barb when she was a Senior Volunteer in the Crime Analysis program in the Detective Unit at GRPD. We shared so many laughs. She was a very special person and I feel blessed to have known her. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Kathy Hall

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