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Carole Anne Venema born on November 3, 1944, passed away on July 4, 2017 at the age of 72.

She was the daughter of the late Ruth and Leonard Seifert. Along with her parents Carole is preceded by her brother Dave. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Pat (Maria) Besta and Laurie (Mark) Besta-Leaf, grandkids Austin Feathers – son of Laurie, Joseph and Nicholas – sons of Pat, siblings Jerry (Helen), Norma, Anita, Gail, Janet and all her nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly.

Carole lived with her longtime boyfriend and childhood friend, Larry, from Easton, PA. Larry is a blessing to the entire family, his love towards Carole showed everyday through all that he did. They loved traveling, cooking, gardening, bird watching from the porch and spending quality time with family and friends.

“We will always remember you mom for your love, support, and compassion in all that we do. You were always there for us – from cheering us on at any, and all, of our sporting events when we were young to helping us in a pinch even as adults. You were the same with your grandkids, which we all know that you loved and adored!”

“We will miss your smile, laughter, your jokes that mostly you laughed at, your dancing which mostly we laughed at, and your caring eyes, but mostly we will miss your love that we felt always as children and adults. You will be extremely missed by all of us mom! We Love You so much and will see you again!”

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Pat Besta on August 1, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Mom you are already missed by lots of people.
    I miss you being at my games and your hi grand kids games taking pictures and rooting us on.
    Miss talking to you on the phone and in person, miss your hugs, miss your corny jokes that we usually didnt get. You were a huge part of my growing up and way I am today and we’re always there for me, thank you for everything. Love you

  2. Laurie on May 7, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I miss you mom! I never realized how hard my life would be without you! You held our family together and now..its a mess! Your favorite grandson misses you also( that was our private joke)..Austin and I love you more than anything! And life is not the same without you! I couldnt handle the laughter of your sons family on the day we let you go…I couldnt understand why any laughter would be going on with his wife and her family..but it showed me the true side, and nobody cared about me breaking down and driving while I was losing my mind..that was the worst day of my life and I had nobody to help me..this is why I need you here! To help me through these rough times! Austin and I love you and miss you every single day! Rest in heaven mom! We love you!!

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