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  • Visitation:  3-5 & 7-9 p.m.  Monday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  at St. Charles Catholic Church

Jacqueline Jackie Vander Steen, age 77, of Clifford Lake, rural Stanton, passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 4, 2008 at Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Hospital, Greenville. The daughter of Hazel Cover (Hanes) and John Albert Edwards, she was born on Dec. 22, 1930 and grew up in Lansing. Jackie was a pioneer. She soloed in light aircraft at age 16 — at a time when most women werent thinking of flying. Following her graduation from J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, she worked for a year, and then went on to be the first in her family to attend college. She earned her Bachelors degree from Western Michigan University where she met her husband, Norb. On Sept. 6, 1952, in Grand Ledge, they married and later moved to Farmington and Palatine, Illinois with Norbs career with Michigan Bell/AT&T.

In Illinois, Jackie earned her Masters degree from Concordia College and was a teacher at Central Road School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. In retirement, she and Norb returned to Michigan and built their lakeside home at Clifford Lake where Jackie loved entertaining her family. She also enjoyed traveling and reading. She and Norb would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary today (Sept. 6th).

She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband of nearly 56 years, Norb Vander Steen of Clifford Lake; their children, Kim Vander Steen & Tony Cinquegrani of Palatine, Ill., Kris & Mark Lula of Rochester Hills, Kurt & Jane Vander Steen of Leavenworth, Kansas, and Kent & Cindy Vander Steen of DeWitt; and eight grandchildren, Claire Cinquegrani, Steven Lula, Michelle Lula, Jenny Lula, Sarah Jane Vander Steen, Krista Vander Steen, John Vander Steen, and Kelli Vander Steen. Also surviving are a half-sister, Joan Egan of Tucson, Arizona; a half-brother, Ray Town of Jackson; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 from St. Charles Catholic Church, 505 S. Lafayette Street, Greenville, with Father Phil Salmonowicz officiating.  Burial will follow privately at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge. 

Visitation is Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are available.

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  1. Anonymous on September 4, 2008 at 12:00 am


    09/10/2008 –

    Drew and Shirai Armstrong

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. With Love, Drew, Shirai, Holden, Spencer, and Andrew Armstrong

    09/10/2008 –

    Dick and Barbara Fleming

    Norb . . our hearts go out to you and to your family. You and Jackie were a model couple and an inspiration to the rest of us at Western.

    09/09/2008 –

    Susan Schwartz

    I taught across the hall from Jackie and we got our masters together. We wrote our practicum-Jackie was the typist, as she was the fastest and Clairan and I gave the verbage. It made a hard job fun working with her. I really missed her when she retired.

    09/08/2008 –

    Joan Egan

    Jackie, I’m sorry I didn’t get to spend more time with you, but I’m very glad I got the opportunity to know you.
    My prayers are with Jackie’s family and I hope to keep in touch.

    09/08/2008 –

    Mike Trtol

    To the entire VanderSteen family, my sympathy. From one “Ma Bell” family and “Sig Ep” family to another.
    Mike Trtol

    09/08/2008 –

    Bob and Norine Morse

    Dear Norb and Family, There just aren’t words adequate to express the loss when one of our unique college group leaves. We’ve been like a family for over 50 years, and it’s like losing a member of that family with whom we’ve shared many good times and bad, but can thank the Lord for very many wonderful times together over those years.
    I’m sure our entire “family” group feels your loss at this time, but thank God for having had the opportunity to share those good times together.
    We send our love and condolences to your entire family.
    Bob (Mo) and Norine Morse

    09/08/2008 –

    karen Deuel

    It has taken me a few days to write this but my memories of Jackie will be us talking every Friday night at the Hotel about our week of seeing the lights go on and off at our houses. You see Jackie, Norb and Larry and I live across the lake from one another and Jackie and I were early risers so we would watch for the lights to go on in each others house to see who got up first. Of course it was never Norb or Larry! We would know if we had early appointments by the lights going off and on and when the Kids and Grandkids came by what lights were on and how many. Jackie never liked it when we went to Florida because there were no lights unless one of the kids came up. She always told me when we got back if she had seen lights on. We also enjoyed sharing books and talking about them. She was a great friend and we miss her dearly.
    Karen and Larry

    09/08/2008 –

    Vicky and Dennis Raab

    Kim and Family,
    Our heartfelt sympathies to you on the passing of your mother. Wishing you all God’s blessing at this time. The write-up on her life was so beautiful – what an amazing life she led.
    Vicky, Dennis, Erica, Nicole and Brandon

    09/07/2008 –

    Brian Silver

    Dear Norb and family, My heart and Prayes out to you for your loss.

    09/07/2008 –

    Esther & Dale Gillette & family

    Our deepest memories are the great times visiting up and down the block with the kids… Never will forget how kind Jacky was to us when we went through our tragic in losing Mary Beth…s he had our frig filled with food after we came home from the funeral..I loved her and her kind concern for all of us…..Our love and prayers go out to all of you, she truly was good person. God bless and keep you during this difficult time…Love from Cindy to Kris and Kim too. God bless you all Esther & Dale

    09/07/2008 –

    Karen (Donovan) Jackson

    Dear VanderSteen Family, Mr.V., Kim, Kris, Kurt and Kent, My deepest heartfelt sympathies to all of you. There are so many memories of your mom from when we were all in grade school back in the 60’s! From her famous homemade pizzas to all of her wonderful stories, she was just one of the girls at all of Kim’s slumber parties. I am so glad we were able to keep in touch for all these years.May God bless all of you during this extremely difficult time.

    09/07/2008 –

    Cathy Kaicher

    09/06/2008 –

    Michael & Anna Niedbala

    Norb, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of a truly wonderful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    09/05/2008 –

    Leslie Anne Wood

    I’m sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Please accept my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Leslie Anne Wood

    09/05/2008 –

    Emily Cantner-Lee

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Please call on me if you need anything. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. -Emily

    Karin Kwiet

    Dear Norb and Family, My heart and prayers are with you. God Bless, Karin

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