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Jeanette Marie Leik, age 78, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020.


She was born on July 17, 1941, in Portland, MI, to the late Jerry A. & Hilda A. (Pung) Leik.


Jeanette graduated from Aquinas College and later earned her Masters Degree in Education from Michigan State University.


She taught in Germany and worked most of her career as a reading specialist for the Grand Rapids Public Schools.


Jeanette enjoyed reading, Bible study with her friends, board games and taking her nieces and nephews on vacations.


She was a member of St. Alphonsus Parish.


Survivors include her three siblings, Brother James Leik, Russell Leik and Daniel (Sally) Leik; grandsons, Kaden, Mason and Jeremiah Woods; sister-in-law, Imogene Leik; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.


She is preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Leik; brother, David Leik; sister-in-law, Roxanne Leik; and two nephews, Danny David and Denny Leik.


A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at St. Alphonsus Parish, 224 Carrier St NE, Grand Rapids.


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


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  1. Tracy Hedberg on February 5, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Miss. Leik was my Forth grade teacher and one of my favorite teachers ever.

  2. Janet Dunning on February 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Jan was in Bible study with me and we had been in a support group together also, I was always blessed with Jan’s love for others her desire to grow and see God’s hand and purpose in all situations of her life, she knew and always acknowledged Jesus’ control and love over and in all she experienced. Blessings in Jesus to all her precious family, Shalom

  3. Vicki Boase on February 8, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    ith her at Palmer for many years. Watching her teach special phonics lessons with my 2nd graders had an enormous impact on my own teaching for years to come. She loved and cared for her students. Under her high expectations was a soft heart for each one. As a friend, I knew she was always interested in my family. The last time I saw Jan in January she asked me to post more photos of my grandson on Facebook because she loved seeing them. Throughout the heartbreaks she endured in her life, she delighted to share in the joy of others. That’s what I’ll always remember about Jan. I posted a photo of Jan and Amy because that’s how I picture them today.

  4. Nancy Molt on February 10, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Jan was a colleague and friend. She was a caring person who always asked how things were going. We had some great discussions about ‘techniques’ used to help children read. After retirement we met, along with a group of reading specialist for lunch.

  5. Karen Aldrich on February 10, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I was a reading consultant and after retirement enjoyed meeting with the other consultants, which included Jan. I got to know her more as the years went by. She was especially helpful with tips when I underwent surgery. I will miss sitting across from her at our lunches.

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