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Carolyn K. (DeMersseman) Townsend, age 79, passed away Monday June 8th 2020. She was born June 15, 1940, in Strong City, Kansas to the late, Edward and Kathryn (Combs) DeMersseman. She married the love of her life, Jay Townsend on June 30, 1959, in Josephine, Oregon. They celebrated 54 years of marriage and raised three girls before Jay passed away. Carolyn was a longtime employee of Spectrum Health, and had great talent for decorating cakes.

Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Dan) VanderSchuur, Dee (Jeff) Hysell, and Laurie (Jeff) Fifelski; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Dan (Carolyn) DeMerrsseman; sister, Jeanie Moore; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay; her parents, Edward and Kathryn; two brothers, Bob and Bill DeMersseman; and sister, Ginger Gilliam.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers Please make a donation to Heartland Hospice care.

Get your rags on Carolyn, it’s time to go! – Jay

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Bronson Family on June 12, 2020 at 7:34 am

    May the stars shine brighter tonight! Hugs & Prayers to your family. treasure your memories forever.

  2. Theresa Smith on June 12, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Carolyn was the most sweetest lady I knew.I worked with her in the cafeteria and she always had a smile on her face,and a kind word.She treasured her family more than anything and loved them so much.She could spend hours talking about her kids and Grandkids.I will miss you so much Carolyn fly high with the angels! Love Theresa

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