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Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

OBITUARY

Lori Jean Wolters

February 20, 1955September 2, 2019
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Lori Jean Wolters, 64, wife of William (Bill) Wolters of Ann Arbor MI, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, September 2, 2019.

Lori was born February 20, 1955 in Holland MI to Myron (Mike) and Elaine Becksvoort. She was a 1973 graduate from Holland High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 1977. Lori and Bill were married May 20, 1977 in Holland MI and resided in Ann Arbor.

Lori was acknowledged as a gifted and caring nurse and had a 40 year career with St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, and after retirement remained active as a volunteer on advisory committees. She was a loving wife, sister, daughter, and a devoted mother. She especially delighted in her grandchildren, and enjoyed winter trips to Florida to visit family and planting beautiful gardens in the spring. She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, She will be deeply missed by family and her many friends.

Lori is survived by her husband Bill of 42 years, children Emily (Aaron) Shemon of Naperville IL, Lisa (Joe) Ruggeberg of Ypsilanti MI, and Steve Wolters of Tampa FL, grandchildren Alexander and Evelyn Shemon, Noelle and Jesse Ruggeberg; parents Mike and Elaine Becksvoort of Holland MI, and sister Patti (Robert) Schuitema of Holland MI; sister-in-law Kathy Becksvoort of Mt Clemens MI, Barb (David) Harris of Scottsdale AZ, and brother-in-law Robert Wolters of San Diego CA.

Lori was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Becksvoort.

A visitation will be held at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S 4th Ave, Ann Arbor on Thursday 9/12/19 from 5PM-9PM. A memorial service celebrating Lori's life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Ave located near U-M campus. A noon luncheon reception will follow at the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave.

Donations may be made in Lori’s name to Lung Cancer Foundation of America, the American Cancer Society, or Arbor Hospice.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, September 13, 2019

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Trisha Demsky

September 12, 2019

I met Lori when I started working with her at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on the shelter van through Healthy Communities. I’m so glad we became good friends. She was always light hearted and fun. We had some lovely lunch get togethers with our other dear friend Luanne. Lori was a great nurse, great mother and great friend! I’ll miss her a lot.

Jean DuRussel-Weston

September 10, 2019

Lori is one of the most genuine, honest, and kind friends I will ever have. Over 36 years of friendship we “grew up” as mothers, wives, nursing professionals and Ann Arbor community members. We were both new to Ann Arbor, had 3 month old babies and figured it all out together with our “Mother's Group “ friends. We built a wonderful community of friends and family sharing so many special milestones for ourselves and our families and always having a lot of fun along the way. She was my fashion consultant, home decorating expert, and therapist when I needed it. Lori will always be my best friend in Ann Arbor. I just can’t call her up on the phone now, but I know we will still connect somehow and see each other again. Miss you, Lori!

LeeAnn and Gary Was

September 7, 2019

Lori and I met at the age of 13 in Holland, Michigan. We remained the best of friends for decades.
We shared everything over the years. Whether it was deciding on what to wear to prom nights or parenting advice when we had children. We could literally finish each other’s sentences.
A favorite author of mine, Nora Ephron, wrote about losing a good friend, “ I just want to have lunch with her or share a good book. She is like a phantom limb and I just can’t live without her”.
Life will be sad without Lori but I know she would want us to celebrate her life and remember how much we cared for each other and our families. Over the years our families shared many events together, whether it was family barbecues or up north adventures.
We will miss Lori so very much and we will always cherish these memories.
Love, LeeAnn and Gary

Irina Burman

September 5, 2019

Words can't express sadness of the loss of my dear colleague and friend. I feel honored to be a part of Lori's professional life for nearly ten years. She was an incredibly talented nurse, educator, and patient advocate. Lori loved people and touched many lives with her kindness. She will be missed greatly.

Dianne Slager

September 5, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Bill, the Wolters family and the Becksvoort family. Lori was a special friend, as we grew up in the same neighborhood. Grade school years at Montello Park were so great. The childhood memories I have with the Becksvoort siblings are wonderful. I have had a precious friendship with her sister Patti throughout the decades. We all often spoke of our great upbringing later in life, and are so grateful for our wonderful Christian parents.

Lori, you will be honored and remembered ! God bless you!

Sincerely, Dianne Slager

FROM THE FAMILY

Lori admiring tulips

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Patti and Lori

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Early Becksvoort family photo

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Lori admiring tulips

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Patti and Lori

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Early Becksvoort family photo

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Lori and Patti at Grandpa and Grandma Bleeker's. Such sweet little girls!

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Lori always loved cats. This looks like "Mittens"

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Lori's family as a teen - looks like the 60's

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Lori and Patti in Dutch costume on their 67' Mustang