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Mary Lou Hehl, age 75, of Coopersville, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2018. Mary Lou was born and raised in Muskegon, where she graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central High School. She was the oldest of Nels & Mary Louise VanLente’s twelve children. A fun-loving, compassionate person, Lou was beloved by many. She enjoyed playing golf and softball with her friends, and when she was able, worked as an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels programs. Her memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to know her.

Lou was preceded in death by her daughter, Jackie Hehl; son-in-law, Scott Maxwell; and grandson, Samuel Wilfong. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Sue (Steve) Wilfong, Julie Maxwell, Andy (Jennifer) Hehl, and Stephanie (Tom) Stotenbur; long-time companion, Ken DeKorte; 13 grandchildren, Tom (Lauren) Klein, Chad Klein, Tyler (Lindsay) Maxwell, Gabby & Nick Hehl, Jillian & Parker Allen, Torey, Taylor & Samantha Maxwell, Dominic Wilfong, and Mason & Hayden Stotenbur; three great-grandchildren, Scott & Henry Maxwell, and Lincoln Allen.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond St. NW, Grand Rapids, where visitation will take place from 9:15-11:00 a.m., with a time of food and fellowship to follow the service.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mary’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. Gretchen Van Lente on May 12, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    My cousin Mary Louise was beautiful inside and out.

  2. Mary DeVos on May 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to all of Mary Lou’s family. Keep your memories close.

  3. Mary Topp on May 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Although she hasn’t attended her class reunions she has always been remembered with a smile!
    Her classmates from Muskegon Catholic Central will miss her.

  4. Bob Van Lente on May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    God speed, Mary Lou. Say hello to our folks, to Aunt Rose, and to Tom, please. And please keep an eye on us left down here who will miss you so very much.

  5. Rich and Laura Jonick on May 15, 2018 at 9:02 am

    We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with the Hehl family. Lou was one fun lady and glad to know her

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