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Judith Lee Avery, age 68, of Allendale, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 04, 2017 at Spectrum Health Lettinga Cancer Center surrounded by family.

The daughter of Joseph Avery & Bernice (Berry) Kalkbrenner, she was born on September 2, 1948. 

Judy was an animal lover her entire life and was a docent at the John Ball Park Zoo for 35 years.

Judy was preceded in death by her father; and sister, Mary Jane Paulsen. Surviving are her mother, Bernice (Charles) Kalbrenner of Grand Haven; sister, Janice Heft (Mike Russell) of Allendale; along with several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 



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  1. Matthew Duaine Howes on June 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

    My deepest condolences.

    I didn’t know Judy long, but she was one of the brightest parts of moving to our new home. She was always very kind, and I admired her spirit and kindness.

    She will be sorely missed.

  2. Tom & Alma Hofstra on June 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy to Judy’s family & friends.. Remember her well in high school.. So sorry to hear this news..

  3. Arlan and Elayne Matthysse on June 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Dear Muck and Jan,
    Our love and sympathy go out to you! I am so sorry to hear about Jude’s illness and heavenly homecoming. I would so much love to talk to you but don’t know how to get in contact with you. It brings back so many memories. You will be in our prayers. Love, Arlie and Elayne

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