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Jonathan Robert Granfeldt, age 27, of Kalamazoo, passed away unexpectedly on September 16, 2017.

The son of John & Elizabeth (Swim) Granfeldt, and beloved brother to Scott, he was born on December 24, 1989 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He has many wonderful cousins, aunts, and uncles who loved him very much.

Jon attended undergraduate studies at Illinois State University, and was currently enrolled in the Kalamazoo Valley Community College/Western Michigan University Sustainable Brewery Program. He was employed at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Jonathan loved his co-workers and enjoyed playing on their softball team.

He qualified as an Illinois State swimmer as a backstroker, and also was an Eagle Scout (the highest ranking in the Boys Scouts of America). Jon loved Chicago sports teams and snowboarding. He had a deep passion for music, especially listening to Griz, and attending many music festivals with friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions that will go towards the Sustainable Craft Brewing Program may be made to:

WMU Foundation
Attn: Gift Processing
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5403
Make payable to WMU Foundation, with in memory to Jon Granfeldt Scholarship Fund in the memo.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jonathan’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com      

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

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28 Condolences

  1. Darrel Hoolsema on September 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Godspeed my friend



  2. Andrea Bryan on September 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Dearest Betsy and family, I am so very sorry to hear about this tragic loss in your family. I was so stunned when Rob sent me a message to let me know what happened. My warmest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you peace of mind and heart, and strength to get through this time of grief and loss. Love to all. Andy



  3. Terese Fister on September 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Betsy and JOHN, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking about you and your family during this difficult time. My prayers are with you. Terese



  4. Jenny Beutin on September 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very painful time!
    I have many wonderful memories of your special family while at Spring Hills!
    Jenny Beutin



  5. Chris & Greg Everhart on September 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    May Jon rest in God’s peace and may you all be consoled with the love, prayers and support from family and friends. So very sorry.
    Blessings,
    Chris and Greg



  6. Kathleen Granfeldt on September 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    TO OUR AMAZING AND BRIGHT NEPHEW ALL THE LOVE YOU SPREAD TO EACH AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU ESPECIALLY YOUR SMILE WILL BE WITH UNCLE RONNY AND AUNT KATHY FOREVER



  7. John and Dolly Woodson on September 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I wish words could make everything better but they can not. Jonathan is at peace now with no more pain. He can now rest . Prayers for Jonathan.



  8. Carol Farella on September 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Thoughts and Prayers
    To John ,Betsy, and Scott!!

    I wish I had the words to express
    how sorry we all are to hear of this tremondous loss!!
    Love and prayers,
    Carol Farella



  9. Elizabeth Degiorgis on September 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss! May Jonathan rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers Melissa and Elizabeth Degiorgis.



  10. Ed, Donna, and Zach Zmorzynski on September 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    John, Betsy, and Scott,

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. May you feel the support of God, family, and friends during this difficult time.



  11. Curtis Schlott on September 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    John, Betsy & Scott –

    Our heart felt sympathies to all three of you and the extended family for the sudden loss of Jonathan. He will always be with you.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Curtis & Melissa



  12. Alicia Koepke on September 21, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Life isn’t fair. You were taken too soon. I’m so grateful for all the memories we had. From eating lunch together everyday senior year of high school to chillin at the apartment on North to visiting ISU to see ya. You always made everyone laugh. You put a smile on everyone’s face. Thanks. Until we meet again, cheers!
    Deepest sympathies to the Granfeldts. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. JG will never be forgotten. God bless!



  13. Donna Kay on September 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Betsy, John, Scott,
    There are no words. We are so very very sorry for your loss.
    Donna K & Bob Anselmo



  14. Bill and Ruby Chambers on September 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    John, Betsy and Scott, So very sorry to hear this news. You are all in our thoughts and prayers



  15. Michael T Ostrowski on September 22, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I was quite shocked when I heard the news about Jonathan. Growing up, I have countless fond memories involving Jon, from school band, to Cub Scouts, and probably everything in between. It certainly helped my memory that Jon had such a memorable personality, and infected everyone he knew with his unique sense of humor and active mind. Wishing love and my heartfelt sympathies to the Granfeldt family during this difficult time.



  16. Bobbi & Bob Mickow on September 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

    To John,Betsy & Scott, We remember many fun ski trips over the years with Jonathan and the Four Winds family. I know Jonathan will be with us all in spirit as we hit the slopes this season. Our prayers go out to you at this time.



  17. Don & Judi Carlson on September 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Jon was such an outstanding son and friend to many. We can’t even imagine the sadness that the family is feeling right now. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.



  18. Kathy Ogden on September 22, 2017 at 9:02 am

    So very sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with your family!



  19. Linda Honsa on September 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Our hearts are with you.
    The Honsa Family



  20. Anna Flesvig on September 22, 2017 at 11:36 am

    With deepest sympathy to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May Jonathan rest in peace.



  21. Debbie Belcher on September 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Betsy and family,
    Thinking of you and wishing you all peace. I’m so very sorry for your loss.



  22. Margaret Landers on September 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Jonathan was such a wonderful person. I am so proud to have been a part of his life. May he Rest In Peace.



  23. Bonnie Hausman on September 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    My prayers and sympathy to the family.



  24. Lisa Papacek on September 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Betsy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please take care.



  25. Megan Frawley Murphy on September 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Betsy, John & Scott
    My deepest condolences. There are no words for a time like this. My prayers are with your family.
    Megan



  26. Jeff, Julie & Brooke Edwards on September 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Dear John, Betsy and Scott,

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Jonathan’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Jeff, Julie and Brooke Edwards



  27. Deborah Shelton on September 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I knew this young man most of his childhood. He played with my girls when he was small and later our families spent great amounts of time together sharing meals, going to church together, vacationing, skiing, and just plain “hanging” out. Jonathan was the brother my girls never had. He playfully teased them and made them laugh. He made me laugh too. I will never forget how he could memorize lines from movies and randomly repeat them.



  28. Susan Bland on September 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Although I never met Jonathan, it is clear to me that he was a joy to everyone he knew. If he loved The Beatles, he believed that “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”. Peace be with The Granfeldt Family.



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