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Tina Marie Plank, age 42, of Westland, formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday evening, September 22, 2011 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born to John Daniel & Lorraine (Christensen) Plank on November 18, 1968 in Greenville.

A 1986 graduate of Greenville High School, where she played on the golf team, Tina earned her bachelors degree from Central Michigan University. After college, she worked for Judge Edward Skinner in Montcalm Countys Probate Court, and then pursued a life-long career as a social worker — with a passion for helping the elderly.

Tina enjoyed bicycling, sewing and handicrafts, but most of all delighted in time spent with her family especially her special nephew and niece, Daniel and Emily.

She was preceded in death by her birthmother, Lorraine Plank, in April of 1977; a brother, John Daniel Danny Plank, Jr. in February of 1983; her father, John Daniel Dan Plank, Sr. in November of 2002; and by her special sister-in-law, Patty Guagliardo in May of 2006.

Surviving are her mother, Mary L. Plank-Doherty, and her step-father, Jim Doherty, of Greenville; a brother, Kirke & Elaine Plank of Janesville, Wisconsin; two sisters, Carol Plank of Missoula, Montana, and Molly Plank-Runkel and David Runkel of Milan; aunts and uncles, Fred & Jane Walkington of Wellston, Judy & Dan Freeman of Springfield, Virginia, Mary Geiger of Greenville, and Madeline Christensen of Grand Rapids; five nieces and nephews, Bill, Jill, Wade, Ame, Emily, and Daniel; and many cousins and friends.

Graveside committal services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding, with the Rev. Father Michael F. Cilibraise officiating.

Instead of flowers, contributions in memory of Tina may be directed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montcalm County.

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The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on September 22, 2011 at 12:00 am


    09/27/2011 –

    Lori Wilson

    Dear Mary, I will always remember Tina for her smile and zest for life. As Nancy said I too will remember that little dance. I am so sorry for your loss, she will be greatly missed. Lori

    09/26/2011 –

    Nancy Williams Brugger

    Mary, Molly and family, I have many fond memories of my times with Tina, especially a goofy dance she used to do. Tina was a kind and giving person and always a true friend to me. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    09/25/2011 –

    gloria rhodes

    I met Tina at Four Seasons when my mother was sick and dying. Tina extended a kind hand to us and spent alot of time – looking out for our needs. I am very sad to hear of her passing- she had a very kind soul. Please extend my condolences to her entire family. With love, Gloria Rhodes

    09/25/2011 –

    Michele Rhodes

    My deepest sympathy to Tina’s family. I’m sorry for your loss of your loved one. She helped take of one of mine.

    09/25/2011 –

    Ken House

    My thoughts and prayersa go out to ALL of Tina’s family. My condolences to you all. Tina was a good heart person and I am honored to have known and gone to school with her. SHE WILL BE MISSED. REST IN PEACE TINA!

    09/24/2011 –

    Debbie Kingsbury-Bonk

    I am so sorry to hear of Tina’s passing. I will always remember her as a pretty little girl, growing up in the same neighborhood as me and my sister.
    May God’s grace give you peace at this time.

    09/24/2011 –

    Ken Wall

    Dear Plank family, My heart aches for you at this time of your loss!! May GOD be with you and grant you comfort during these very difficult times!! I pray that Tina rest in peace!! Ken

    09/24/2011 –

    Susie & Jerry

    Our hearts are so heavy today learning of Tina’s passing. Whenever we saw Tina she had a big hug and kind and warm conversations with us. She was a neat gal. Such a loss for this family, Our prayers are with you all.

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