OBITUARY

Patricia Ann Couturier

March 19, 1941February 15, 2021
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Patricia Ann Couturier was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 19, 1941. On February 15, 2021, she peacefully passed away, with family by her side.

Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Gerald James Couturier for 25 years. She is survived by her children; Ken (Julie) Couturier, Kraig (Martha) Couturier, Colleen (Frank) Williams, mother; Esther Heemstra, grandchildren; Ambre (John) Judd, Kyle Couturier, Amanda Couturier, Alisha Couturier, Rebekah Couturier, Monae Williams, Alex Williams, siblings; George (Dee) Heemstra, Fred (Delores) Heemstra and Rich Heemstra. Patricia is preceded in death by her father, Theodore Heemstra and her sister, Yvonne Heemstra. She will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews and friends.

Patricia was raised Catholic, was very spiritual, and was a woman of strong faith. Throughout Patricia’s life, she lived by the AA philosophy and the serenity prayer, both guiding her through trials and struggles that she faced especially later in life.

Some of her most fond and peaceful memories growing up was spending summers at the Rusche Farm with her siblings and grandparents, and Pettit Lake where she enjoyed fishing and spending time with family. She lived a quiet life. Patricia also enjoyed reading, decorating her home, and working out in the yard in her rock and flower gardens. She loved her children and her grandchildren unconditionally and was very much a kind and gentle soul. Patricia was always so accepting of others and loved them as they were…a rare and special quality.

She will be dearly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Family Network in Grand Rapids.

A Memorial Visitation will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd from 3-7 PM, with a private Memorial Service beginning at 7 PM at Reyers North Valley Chapel.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Alisha Couturier

February 19, 2021

I’ve always loved chocolate, and so did my dad but my grandma absolutely loved chocolate so I like to think I got my chocolate addiction from her! Whenever I was a kid we would always go to her house and she would have these soft Oreo cookies and I remember we would always eat them together at her table and just giggle and giggle!

Ambre Judd (Couturier)

February 17, 2021

Every winter at the her condo since I can remember, Grandma would bring me up to her sliding glass door and show me all the snow that collected on her back porch. The snow would pile up in the center of the porch and form a huge, snowy, white mound. Grandma and I decided we would call it her “marshmallow”. Each year, without fail, she would update me on how big the marshmallow got, and would even print off pictures to show me.

Sitting with her on the brightly flowered couch, drawing with her at the table with blow pens, sharing a traditional KFC feast whenever we visited, the customary kiss on the cheek whenever we said goodbye....these are all memories that I hold on to and cherish most of Grandma Couturier.

Rebekah Couturier

February 17, 2021

Grandma Pat was always gentle; in her words and in her actions. I enjoyed spending summer days at her old house and playing with toys in the TV room. Another fond memory is when she heard an ice cream truck pass by her old house, sprinting out the door to try to stop it for me. I have never seen her move that quickly before.
Despite moving frequently from different living situations, Grandma Pat never complained. Whenever I stopped to visit, she always shared old memories of me and wisdom with me that I will keep in remembrance of her. Grandma Pat endured much pain for a long time, but she is finally with her husband and no longer in pain.
I know she is looking down after each of her children and grandchildren.

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