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Elizabeth Faye (Tabbert) Broderick, age 61, of Holland, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the love of her family on Friday, July 17, 2020. She was born April 23, 1959, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late William and Angela (Daunhauer) Tabbert. Elizabeth graduated with a Master’s degree in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University. On February 28, 1990, she married the love of her life, James Michael Broderick. Elizabeth worked over 18 years with the Saugatuck Public School System as the CFO and Director of Business and Human Resources.  In her spare time Elizabeth enjoyed baking cookies, running, hiking, crafting, doing upholstery, antiquing with her husband, and most of all spending time with her family, especially the holidays.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Jim Broderick; children, Kylie Broderick and Joey (Courtney) Broderick; and brother, Doug (Luanne) Tabbert.

A memorial blessing will be celebrated on Monday, July 27, 2020, at St. Peter Catholic

Church, 100 St. Peter Drive, Douglas, MI, 49406, with Father Fabio officiating.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions and limits of attendees, please contact Joey or Courtney Broderick.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Outdoor Discovery Center or St. Peters Catholic Church, which were important organizations to Elizabeth.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Spectrum Health Hospice for the care and compassion they showed them and Elizabeth throughout this difficult time.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Elizabeth’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

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


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  1. Carol Strabbing and son, Nathan on July 21, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    We send our sincerest sympathy to Jim, Kylie, Joey and Courtney on the passing of Liz. She was such an awesome and beautiful lady and a great friend. I am so happy to have had the pleasure of knowing her, and having some of her beautiful artwork that I cherish! God bless you now and always.

  2. Andy Marsh on July 21, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Jim, my old friend, I am so sorry to learn of this. I remember when you two first met at Clearbrook, seems like yesterday. God bless you and your entire family.

  3. Michael Johnsin on July 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    May her memory be eternalm

  4. Mary Bakalis on July 21, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    So sad to hear this, she will be missed. She was an amazing person. Lots of past memories to make us smile. Love to all her family from all the Daunhauer’s

  5. Kris and Dave Fraam on July 21, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Jim, Kylie, Joey and Courtney, our deepest sympathies to all of you. Liz was a special lady and will be missed. Keep your memories of her close to your heart!

  6. Tom and Judy (Daunhauer) Kraus on July 21, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Miles may have separated us, but many memories of family gatherings from Hillsdale to Toledo will always connect us. Love and prayers.

  7. Janet Graham on July 21, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Tennessee friends have heavy hearts! Liz brought so much to us during her two year stay. She was so incredibly smart and talented! Liz had the greatest of love for her family and I am thankful she had these last couple of years with you!

  8. Kacee Harris on July 21, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Sending prayers for comfort and strength. Liz was such a lovely lady whose love of family was always present. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered, especially at Christmas cookie time.

  9. Tom Nowak on July 22, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Donna and I send our heartfelt condolences to Jim, Kylie and Joey. Liz was smart, caring and one of the hardest working people I know. I am thankful to have known her.

  10. Michaelle Gust on July 23, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I was so sad to hear the news. I greatly admired Liz. She had a unique ability to bring people together. Her strength and wisdom were inspiring. I’m so fortunate she was in my life for the many years we worked together at SPS. I will miss her. Sending love to her family.

  11. Tim Wood on July 23, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Liz’s passing. She was a great friend and colleague and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to know and work with her. She was the best. Aside from being highly skilled in her career, she was also an amazing mom. My sincere condolences to the family.

  12. Candi Cook on July 23, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Much love and prayers for the family. I knew Liz briefly, but respected her greatly and thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She left a big impact on many lives.

  13. Bob Kittle on July 23, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Way too young to leave us. I hope she can influence some powers to be in heaven that translate back to earth to help us heal not only her loss, but the pain all around us these days. Prayers to the family.

  14. Jason Helsen on July 24, 2020 at 8:33 am

    My sympathies to her family. I’m saddened to hear of her passing. I always enjoyed chatting with her and I know that she will be missed in the school finance circles.

  15. Buzz Brown on July 24, 2020 at 8:53 am

    We at Munetrix are so sorry to hear of Liz’s passing. If I may, I would like to tell a story. Many of the charts and reports in our system have been suggested by customers. Several years ago, Liz suggested a couple of charts showing number and amount of checks written each month for School Board presentations. We incorporated those into our platform for all school districts to use. To this day, whenever we demonstrate those charts and reports we always refer to them as the Liz Broderick charts and will continue to so. It is a small way for school staff around the state to remember her contribution to the kids.

  16. Elbert and Becky Farley on July 24, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Liz was a friend like no other!!! She was definitely a motivator, she kept me running and working out. I so enjoyed spending time with her. She was an amazing lady and I was blessed to have her in my life.
    She also held her own as Elbert teased and aggravated her-fun times.
    We are praying for strength and comfort for you guys.

  17. Jim English on July 25, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Liz was a gifted colleague who contributed to our the Ottawa area business officials group in many ways throughout her time at Saugatuck. She had an exceptional knowledge of Michigan school finance and was willing to share her expertise with others. Her contributions to the success of Saugatuck’s schools are numerous. She was both innovative and disciplined in her approach to making things better for the students and staff at Saugatuck. More importantly though, she was a friend to all of her colleagues. She cared about people as individuals and invested in other people’s lives. Rare is the person who is so skilled as a practitioner, communicator, and empathetic leader. We have missed her voice in our meetings after her retirement. She truly made a difference.

  18. Anne Corlett on July 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    I have always had great respect and fondness for Liz. I worked with her for 11.5 years as a member of the school board while she was CFO, etc. at Saugatuck Public Schools. What a gifted person with numbers! And completely innovative at finding money as the State continued to slash the funds that public schools received. She was funny and thoughtful too – a true pleasure to be around. I also own some of the furniture she refinished creatively, which I love and treasure. My heart goes out to her family. She was a very special person and will be missed by many.

  19. Karen Steiger on July 30, 2020 at 9:33 am

    I am so sad to hear about Liz’s passing. I can’t find words to express my concern for Jim, Kylie and Joey. Liz was a wonderful lady. I admired her for her wisdom, hard working and caring nature. She was very inspiring and helpful to me during my 12 years working with her at SPS. I’m so fortunate she was in my life. I loved her smile! In the past couple of years I connected with her to run a couple of races in Tennessee. I will cherish those memories. I will miss her. Sending love and sympathy to her family.

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