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Margaret (Meg) Therese Rankin, age 61, of Stanwood, Michigan passed away March 12, 2023. She was born February 16,2023 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Frederick and
Agnes “Pete” (Peters) Gerke.

Margaret leaves behind her loving husband Joseph “Spike” Rankin, stepdaughter Renae (Sam) Gavitt, grand daughter Rowan Gavitt, siblings Fredrick Gerke, Celeste Gerke, Catherine Fessenden, Ann Gerke (Tom), nieces and nephews Jennifer Gerke, Stephen (Sarah) Gerke, Jessica Westra, Nathan Malmyga, Simon Fessenden, Alex
(Marcela) Levy and great nephew August Levy. Meg was preceded in death by her parents Fredrick and Pete, bother Stephen Gerke and her niece Kate Westra Levy. Meg was born in Eastown and had an amazing childhood filled with family, a myriad of cousins and Hampton Street neighbors. Her love of the north woods prompted her and her husband to move north and fulfill dreams of living on a river. She adored her cats Gus and Ruby. She was happiest snuggled up by the river in one of her many cozy sweaters.
A memorial service is pending. Donations may be made in her honor to The Kids Food Basket at

Cremation has taken place a memorial service is pending.

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


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  1. Kelly French Peterson on March 16, 2023 at 8:51 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Meg’s passing. I have found memorys of her from our days at St. Thomas and Wilcox Park. Sending prayers.

  2. Laura Hovey (Grudzinskas) on March 16, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Oh my heart burst with memories – Condolences to your family Meg, I am praying for comfort and peace for all of them. I am so grateful you are in your heavenly home. May your peace and love abide in your loved ones. Until we meet again.

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