Nancy Veldkamp

11 febrero , 193926 octubre , 2020

Nancy Kay (Huck) Boylan Veldkamp, age 81, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 26, 2020. She was born February 11, 1939, in Frankfort, MI, to the late Ross and Irma Huck. She graduated from Frankfort High School in 1957. She later graduated from Central Michigan University with a teaching degree majoring in journalism and speech and a minor in history. Upon graduation, Nancy moved to Grand Rapids, which lead to a 40-year career (1961-2001) as a teacher at Grandville High School. Nancy was also involved in many extra-curricular activities and served on numerous committees, as well as co-chairing the North Central Accreditation Committee.

Nancy enjoyed knitting, scrapbooking, traveling, camping, fishing, and reading. She had a love for animals, especially her dogs. She also had a passion for photography, specifically capturing landscapes, animals, and waves. Nancy was an avid writer of short stories and poetry. She contributed to the Benzie County Record Patriot, church publications, and school and personal publications. She loved Frankfort and spent many summers in her trailer camping at the Betsie River Campsite.

She will be missed by her nephews Alan (Jan) Madsen, Russ (Kelly) Madsen, Tommy Willey, Tony Willey, Robie Willey, Jerry Willey; her niece, Mary Lou Willey Nichols; her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Willey; her cousins Mark (Barb) Case, Paul Case, Jim (Mary) Quine; special friends Dawn Swaney and Nancy Barnes Heidrich; her cat companion, Omar; many great nieces and nephews and many friends.

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Nancy will be laid to rest at Gilmore Township Cemetery, Elberta Benzie County, Michigan on June 25, 2021 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Please contact Nancy Barnes Heidrich at to RSVP by June 18, 2021.

In memory of Nancy and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grandville Education Foundation, 3843 Prairie Street SW, Grandville, MI 49418 or at The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Memorial Service

    viernes, 25 junio , 2021


Nancy Veldkamp


Robert Ford

11 mayo , 2021

To Nancy's Family,

Nancy was my World History teacher in the early 70's. I just wanted to share that she was the most influential teacher I ever had. I was the class clown and I'm sure I created a few headaches for her; goofing off, getting mostly failed grades, and having to move my desk next to hers. And yet she never gave up on me. Instead, one day she asked me to stay after class. She calmly sat me down and explained to me how I was wasting my life and talent (at the time, I didn't think I had any). She told me I was capable if I only tried. That little taking to went a long way. So much so, that I have remembered it all my life. Just a week ago I was thinking of her. I started going from failing marks to straight A grades! Not just in her class...all of them. Her influence has followed me all my life. She inspired in me a desire to read and learn. Over the years I have thought of her. She turned me into a voracious reader and writer. I keep track of what I have read. And every time I record another book (almost 500 now), I think of her. As I got older, I lost track of her. I only wish I would had shared it with her. Nancy has my life-long admiration for what she did for me.

God Bless Her,

Robert Ford

Marcia Voet

2 noviembre , 2020

How many times did I pick up the phone to hear “Hello Marcia Marcia Marcia !” And on Christmas when she enthusiastically gave her weather report on her way out the door for us to record. The Saturday shopping trips and dinners; the trip to Innsbruck Austria to a photography workshop and later to Arizona to visit a friend we had met there. We shared so many memorable moments in our 51 year friendship. Goodbye dear friend.

Nancy Heidrich

1 noviembre , 2020

Remembering Nancy V . . . Where do I start when time spans over 50 years? If she were here, I would say “hey Nance, want to give me a hand?
I met Nancy in 1966 as a colleague at Grandville High School. Her classroom door was directly next to mine. I remember her on a mission recruiting students to “save the ducks” from being removed from the courtyard—much to her success. Put your hand down, Nancy. She had volunteered us for another committee—too many to count.
She helped to recruit and to coach exceptionally talented students to compete in local, state and national competitions for Business Professionals of America. I remember her bursting into my classroom enthusiastically saying she had just heard an exceptional extemporaneous speaker. How right she was as that student placed 1st at the National competition. She also gave of her time judging and chaperoning. She was an exceptional teacher who gave her all to mentor and teach students.
Most importantly Nancy was a very good friend. She spent many Christmases with my family as well as birthday parties. Nancy enjoyed photography, and I have been blessed to receive a number of framed pictures she took of beautiful Northern MI sites. Being my maid of honor, she claims to be the oldest bridesmaid ever—62 isn’t that old! We traveled more times than I can count to visit her hometown Frankfort—sunshine, rain, or snow. We also took a bus trip out East and trips with students to California, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
I can’t count the many restaurants patronized or shopping trips. I could always find Nancy at the make-up counter looking for more eye shadow, of course, with glitter. Then there were the times we sat making a list of pros and cons as to whether to buy her a new car. Seems like the pros always won.
Time may fade my many memories, but I will remember Nancy as stated in the lyrics from “My Way.” “. .I’ve lived a life that’s full. . . I did it my way.” Nancy, I will miss you. May you rest in peace.

Doug Teuling

1 noviembre , 2020

My wife Deb & I came to know Nancy through Deb's Aunt Nancy Heidrich, Nancy's good friend and fellow teacher at Grandville H.S. Nancy was a special part of our family holiday gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Deb & I have always enjoyed Crystal lake near Frankfort, and while there we would often visit Nancy at her Betsie River campsite & tour the area with her. We loved hearing her stories about the local history. She would show us back roads & shortcuts and special places where we'd share a meal with her. Many memories - she will be missed.

janice brouwers

31 octubre , 2020

Nancy was a wonderful person. I loved her words of wisdom., the eloquent way of speaking, epically the prayers she would deliver at Christmas and Thanksgiving. She gave a lot of herself to others unselfishly . She left a mark on all who met her. I am so sorry to hear about her death. All glory to the God she loved knowing she is in his arms. Jim and Jan Brouwers

Sally White -Sprague

30 octubre , 2020

Mrs. Veldkamp was absolutely my favorite teacher and friend my high school years. I couldn't remember dates in my World History class and she took the time to teach me anagrams and always encouraged me. When our class was done, She said, " it was the best C she ever gave someone. " Mrs. Veldkamp will always hold a very special place in my life. She was a truly special teacher and person.

Roger A. Hofstra

29 octubre , 2020

She was much more than our teacher at Grandville High School. She was our role model for bravery, enthusiasm, and living life to it's fullest. Each and every student of Miss Huck was touched by her dedication, and most of all, her sense of wonder and joy. Always in our hearts, farewell dear teacher.

Marcia Voet

28 octubre , 2020

Nancy was a teacher at Grandville high school from 1961 until 2001. She loved her work, her colleagues and students. I spent many happy times with her through the years. She will be truly missed.


28 octubre , 2020

My Aunt Nancy was a very dear person who enjoyed life to the MAX! My wife Jan and I enjoyed visiting with her any time we were in the Grand Rapids, MI area. We would take her to lunch or dinner and laugh until it hurt! We also visited with her in both Elberta and Frankfort, MI.