Shirley Ann VanBecelaere
Shirley Ann VanBecelaere

July 15, 1934 - December 22, 2017
Born in Paulding, Ohio
Resided in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
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Grosse Pointe Woods resident Shirley Van Becelaere, 83, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, having been surrounded by family and friends during her short stay in the hospital.

She was born July 15, 1934, in Paulding, Ohio, to Charles and Erline (nee Peeper) Clark. She grew up in Bexley, Ohio, near Columbus, moving to Fort Wayne, Ind., before her junior year of high school. She graduated from North Side High School, receiving a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she met the love of her life, Grosse Pointe native Jack Van Becelaere. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the education school, Shirley taught elementary grades for many years at Beacon and Tyrone schools in the Harper Woods School District, finally retiring to be able to keep up with her commitments to family and church.

She was loving and devoted as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend, with a kind spirit and a quick and dry wit which will be missed by those who knew her. She was a longtime member of the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, involved and supportive of the many ministries of the church. Rummage Sale and Cookie Mart workers will especially feel her absence.

Shirley is survived by Jack, her husband of 61 years; son, Charlie (Heidi); daughter, Jacki Rumpp (Gary); grandson, Christian van Becelaere (Dana) and granddaughters, Alecia, Kayla and Faith Rumpp.

She was predeceased by her older sister, Peggy, and is survived by her younger sister, Cindy Scheele (John).

A memorial celebration of Shirley’s life will be held later in the spring at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the memorial fund at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

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