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Rachel Faye Gunnink, age 58, of Alto, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from Cancer. She was born to Richard and Ruth (Farowe) Gunnink on July 15, 1953 in Minnesota.

After graduating from Calvin College in 1975, she worked for several years at Flowerland and Eastern Floral. In 1997 she opened her own business; Flower Farm, just outside of Alto. She had a gift for choosing and growing unique plants which her customers at the Fulton Street Market appreciated.

Rachel is survived by 3 sisters, 2 brothers, her beloved nieces, Ellen and Laurie Reitsema, as well as friends and neighbors who generously and lovingly cared for her throughout her illness.

A celebration of her life will be held at Bowne Center, United Methodist Church, 12051 84th Street SE, Alto at 11 AM, Saturday, February 18th, 2012.

Contributions can be made to Hospice of michigan, 989 Spaulding SE, Ada, MI 49301 and Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, 8313 Pratt Lake, Alto, MI 49302.

Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Michigan Cremation Company, Grand Rapids.

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  1. Dave and Sandy on February 16, 2012 at 8:40 am

    We will really miss her, but was happy to get to know her over the last few years. She raised beautiful flowers and plants.



  2. Nancy Stroosnyder on February 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Rachel and Mike lived just around the corner from me. So sorry to hear of her passing….



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