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Marian L. Kenny, age 72, of Greenville, formerly of Belding, passed away Tuesday evening, March 1, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The daughter of Neil H. & Pauline C. (Patterson) Rasmussen, she was born on June 22, 1943 and was a graduate of Greenville High School.  

On May 28, 1966, in Greenville, she married James D. Kenny and together they raised two daughters and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.  Marian had been a Girl Scout leader, and enjoyed car shows and classic automobiles, garage sales, and trips to the casino, as well as NASCAR racing. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.  Surviving are her husband, Jim Kenny of Greenville;  their daughters, Kris & Brian Nylaan of Grand Rapids, and Patty & Dan Sweetland of Gowen;  two step-granddaughters, Ashlee Sweetland and Molly Sweetland;  two sisters and a brother, Betty & Fred Mann of Greenville, Bob & Mary Rasmussen of Grand Rapids, and Marie & Pete Hansen of Gowen;  two sisters-in-law, Jo Brown of Greenville, and Pat & John Currigan of Holt;  special friends, Les & Betty Stinson;  and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. 

Visitation is Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville.  Honoring her wishes, private family committal services will be held in the spring at South Sidney Cemetery.  Marian would have appreciated her family and friends donating blood in her memory, or giving contributions to Michigan Blood or Gilda's Club.   Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

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  1. CAROLYN HANSEN on March 2, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Patty-Dan and Families- I am very sorry to hear that your mom has passed away Patty.Thinking of your families at this sad time.Carolyn

  2. Marc & Maria Wymer on March 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

  3. Mary Freeman Sawicki on March 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of this- Jim -and family-am in
    florida- wish I could be there

  4. Wayne & Traci Racine on March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

  5. Kay Young on March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I went to school with Mariam so sorry for your loss. She will be missed

  6. Red & Esther Petersen on March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    We were so surprised to see of Marian’s passing. We were glad to get to know her better when they’d come to watch Patty & Dan bowl on Sunday nights on our league. Our sympathy to the Kenny families.

  7. Ellen Edelstein on March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Jim, I am so sorry to hear of Marian’s passing. Thinking of you at this time.

  8. Kim Patrick, Stephanie and Chad Hamilton on March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of Marian’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. She was a wonderful lady, truly heartbreaking. The loss of a loved one is such an emotional journey. Stay strong and keep her memories alive.

  9. Phil & Jo Ann Bryant on March 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. jim and vicky giddis on March 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

  11. Daryl Vogel and Gilda's Club Grand Rapids staff on March 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Kris and Brian and families. The staff is remembering you in special thoughts and prayers in your recent loss at this time. Mom’s memory lives on at Gilda’s Club as well.

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