Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Ver Planck

Age 81, of Lake City, MI, passed away August 26, 2013. She was born June 13, 1932, in Lansing, MI, daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Hughes) Hollingsworth.

Mary Lou worked for the Lansing School Board and the State of Michigan (MDOT) and retired from the Crime Division, Attorney General. She resided in Lansing until her retirement when she and Jack relocated to Lake City, MI.

She is survived by her husband, Jack A. Ver Planck of Lake City; sons, Ronald (Roxane) Ver Planck of Kalamazoo, Mark (Pam) Ver Planck of Grand Ledge; grandchildren, Jason (Mary Clayton) Ver Planck of Ashburn, VA, Tami (Mark) Keifer of Lansing, Neil (Liisa) Ver Planck of East Lansing, Kim Ver Planck of Lansing; and great-grandchildren, Emily, Alexander, Jackson and Jeremiah.

A graveside inurnment of ashes will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing. Donations may be made in honor of Mary Lou to Mercy Hospice, 7985 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI  49601. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

Mary Lou’s motto in life was to Live, Love and Laugh.

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Sherri Hawkins
August 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Jack – I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Mary Lou from MDOT. She was always so much fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Lisa Lynch
August 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Jack, we were so sorry to hear about Mary Lou’s passing, please know that our love and prayers are being sent your way.
Mick and Lisa Lynch

Jay & Mary Corey
August 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Our condolences to you Jack and your family on the passing of Mary Lou. She was a great lady and we enjoyed her company every time we saw her. May the Lord keep her in the palm of his hand for all eternity.

Karin Miller Katch
August 29, 2013 at 11:17 am

I was deeply saddened to learn of Mary Lou’s passing and I would like to express to you my sincere sadness and sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time.

I worked with Mary Lou at MDOT, Reproduction Services. I worked in the office with Mary Lou when she was the secretary to Cathy Sanchez. When I started working at MDOT I was fresh out of High School. Mary Lou was an inspiration to my young soul and truly a joy to work with.

I remember every morning you would drop her off at Reproduction Services and then you go to your job in the Design Division.
I have fond memories of working with Mary Lou, they will always be cherished.

With Sincere Sympathy,

August 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Dear Jack and Family,

My love, thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Lou has always been and will remain one of my favorite people in the whole world of all time! Her exuberance and enthusiasm for life have had such a big impact on my life. Walking down memory lane in my heart this morning and giving thanks for the many precious moments. Love to you.


Mike Baird
August 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Sometimes you don’t think about someone for a long time. And then sad news comes and smacks you right on the side of your head and you realize just how special and unique a certain person was. Mary Lou was one of those people. She had a personality and a quality to her that was pure. I cannot ever remember a time when she wasn’t smiling, happy or pumped up about something. She always made me feel like I counted. So very sorry for your loss.

Denise Dawdy Curl
August 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

Jack – I was so sorry to hear about Mary Lou’s passing. I remember spending time with the two of you at many Christmas parties or retirement luncheons at the Elk’s. It was so much fun back then seeing everyone having a good time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Mike and Mary Price
August 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Alan VerPlanck
September 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Jack and family, I seem to have inherited my dad’s propensity for neglecting to keep contact with family and friends. This is certainly a terrible way to be reminded of that defect. Of dad’s extended family my mother (and my brother and I) always held you and your family in the highest regard and I have only the best memories of Mary Lou and of course sympathy for those of you who were close to her.


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