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Caroline Sue Emaus, age 78, of Conklin, passed quickly on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.  The daughter of Louis & Helen (Anikowski) Marckini, she was born on November 21, 1939 in Grand Rapids.  

Caroline was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Kenneth, who passed away in 2017, her son in law Greg Louck, her loving parents, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law.  She is survived by her children Debra Louck, Sheila (Tony) Zoellner and Michelle (David) Fellows; her eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

When Caroline was younger she loved to drive the family speed boat out on Murray Lake in the summer, mini-bike riding and snowmobiling at Hardy Dam. She and Kenneth also made many memories with their family over the years going camping, fun backyard water fights and of course a family favorite, was the bonfires while camping or in their front yard at the lake.

 Whether it was shopping, cooking family meals, or baking treats for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren,  Caroline simply loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who had the chance to get to know her. 

The family will greet family and friends from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Central Christian Church, 2525 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, with the memorial service being held at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor John Delger.  

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Caroline’s memory.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Caroline’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. Bob Roskamp on February 16, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    To Carol’s. Family, We were so saddened to here of her passing!!
    It is our prayers, that God will comfort and grant peace to all of you!
    We are sorry, we are out of town,until
    March 6 th, but will be praying for all of you.
    Barb & Bob Roskamp

  2. Nancy Van Stee (Miller) on February 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Deb, Sheila and Michelle

    Sending Love,Hugs and Praying for your comfort. Also, remembering all the Fun times we had growing up next to each other. Thinking of all the holiday card parties our parents had and knowing in heaven they are together! Always thankful for all the times we spent together up at Murry Lake! I still say your mom made the best Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches! Between your mom and Marlene Parente we were spoiled with great Italian Food! Keep Thinking about all those memories to get you through this difficult time!

    Love You,

    Nancy and Craig VanStee

  3. Paul and Jane King on February 20, 2018 at 11:32 am

    To Carol’s daughters and families:
    Ken and Carol were great neighbors here on Cranberry Lake. Carol was our neighborhood ‘songbird’, always singing in the summertime with her windows open. Brings a smile to my face just thinking about her. And that’s how she would want to be remembered. Rest in peace, Carol, and keep singing. When we hear the birds this spring, we’ll think of you!

    Paul and Jane King, Conklin, MI

  4. Amy Virkstis on February 21, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Sheila, Deb and Michelle,
    My heart aches for all of you. Your Mom was always so kind, sweet and welcoming to me every time we spoke. I will always remember her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Please know to you and your families I pray for you comfort and peace.

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