January 29, 1924 - May 6, 2012 Resided in Portage, MI
Blessing, Jack Albert
Of Portage, MI
Died Sunday, May 06, 2012 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Age 88 years. He was born in Amsterdam, Holland on January 29, 1924, the son of the late Albertus A. and Elizabeth M. (Boersma) Blessing. He was married to Bea Kremer on November 22, 1949; she preceded him in death on March 2, 2010. He was president of the Lakewood Public Schools School Board. He worked for H.B. Fuller, retiring in 1986. He belonged to St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Portage. Jack was a member of the Lions Club and enjoyed volunteering, camping, traveling and remodeling.Surviving are six children, Lawrence (Jan) Blessing of Hastings, Marcella (Mark) Lewis of Grand Rapids, Patricia (James) Sexton of Kalamazoo, Duane (Sandi) Blessing of Kalamazoo, Stephen (Debbie) Blessing of Denver, CO and Thomas (Loretta) Blessing of Bristol, IN; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; one sister; and other family members in Holland. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald A. Blessing; and 8 brothers and sisters. Memorial mass will be held for family and friends at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1150 W. Centre St., Portage, MI 49024. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Kairos Dwelling, 2945 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49048 or to West Michigan Cancer Center, 200 N. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.