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Elizabeth Gearoldine “Jerry” Kennedy, age 73, of Sand Lake, passed away late Tuesday evening, May 9, 2023 under the loving care of her family at Spectrum Health Hospice at her son’s home near Pierson.  The daughter of Alma Arlene (Paepke) & Carl Benjamin McNees, Sr., she was born on January 24, 1950 in Pierson.

A devoted mother, Jerry enjoyed cooking, canning, yard sales, camping, and trips to the casino… but most of all delighted in time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  a son, Joey Lee Bowen; a brother, Mark S. McNees; and her second husband, Patrick Kennedy.

Surviving are her children, Jacklyn & Kelly Bitler of Howard City, Jearold Bowen & Jamie Parker of Grant, and Jeremy & Lisa Bowen of Pierson; nine grandchildren,  Heather & Mahlon Beechy, Winnie John, Felisha Bitler, Jennifer “Jenn” Bitler, Elly Bowen & Martin Gould, Emma Bowen & Trae, Courtney & Bryan Scott, Etta Bowen, Abby & Bud Buckwalter;  thirteen great-grandchildren (with the fourteenth on the way);  brothers and sisters, David & Mary McNees, Arlene Scott, Ruthan & Robert Hawkins, Carol “Shorty” & Tom Lowery, Carl “Sonny” & Donna McNees, Carla Stout, Kim & Alice McNees, Paula & Rick Telder, Tom & Pam McNees, Bruce McNees, Cindy & Carl Blohm, and Diane MacKenzie;  and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring Jerry’s wishes, cremation has taken place and services will be private.  To sign Jerry’s online guest book, send a message of sympathy to the family, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, 616-754-5638.


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  1. Charles and Robin Michelin on May 13, 2023 at 9:49 am

    We was lucky to know your loving side. We will miss you dearly granny. R.I.P no more suffering.

  2. Rachel Roberts (Brimmer) on May 13, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Sending all my love to the family. Grandma Jerry welcomed me into her home always with open arms, and treated me as if I was one of her own. I will forever cherish the memories, and many many laughs shared with her.

    Rest peacefully in heaven

  3. Susan Cramer on May 13, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    It is always sad to lose a loved one and your hearts will hurt for a very long time, but you will have all the memories. Memories of “Jerry” that I have will last until I pass. She had been a good friend but we lost contact with each other as happens in life. She was a strong person and her memories will live on for each of us.

  4. Greenfield Family on May 13, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Tammy Keech on May 15, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss. she will never be forgotten.

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