Covell Funeral Home

200 N Brownson, Kingsley, MI


Lois Betty VanValkenburgh

June 22, 1927April 7, 2020

Lois Betty Biehler VanValkenburgh died April 7, 2020 at 92 years old. She was born June 22, 1927 in Chicago, IL. She married Paul Edward VanValkenburgh III who passed in 2018.

After the birth of her children, Lois and family moved to Holland, MI where she worked for the Sheriff’s Department. When her children were grown, Lois and Paul moved to the Traverse City area and built their home near Buckley in the woods. She worked as a secretary here in Traverse City. Lois loved being in her woods and garden. She loved tending to the garden and watching birds and knew them all by sight and sound as well as the wildflowers in her woods among many other wild things.

Lois stood behind her son and daughter all her life. As Ellen went through college, her mother would send her money every week for food. As John raised his oldest two daughters, she stood in as mother when needed. She leaves many memories for her grand and great-grandchildren; writing little letters, being a good “cooker”, homemade rolls and other goodies, and pointing out birds and flowers, and always being kind. For the last five years she lived at Glen Eagle and made many friends.

Lois is survived by daughter, Ellen VanValkenburgh (Eugene Schwaier), and son John VanValkenburgh (Wanda Baker). Also surviving are grandchildren Rachael (Scott) Overweg, Elizabeth “Annie” VanValkenburgh, Jennifer (Timothy) Hahnenburg, and Sidney (Rachel) VanValkenburgh, and great grandchildren; Donovan, Colleen, Evan, Kelly, Abigail and Henry, who brought her great joy. She is preceded in death by her parents Earnest and Clara (Dahlke) Biehler and brother Edward Biehler.

The family will plan a future private burial in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Humane Society.

Arrangements entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.covellkingsley.com for the VanValkenburgh family.


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Lori Graham

April 13, 2020

What a kind-hearted, soft-spoken lady. I always enjoyed seeing the three of you when you would stop by the office to visit. Lois told me once that I wasn’t taking very good care of the office plants as I hadn’t cut off the dead leaves. I told her I would try and do a better job, we had a good laugh over that. I still use the tablecloth she cross-stitched for me, it has a smiley coffee cup on it. You took such good care of her. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

Abbie Hahnenberg

April 9, 2020

She was always an amazing lady and I loved when I walked down to her house in the summer and would just talk to her and get to know her and help clean her house and when I would go to the garden with her and she would show me all the cool flowers and maybe things she planted and I loved when she talked to my grandma Nancy she was the sweetest old lady I wish I would have got to show her my new tattoo she would have thought I was crazy, haha and my favorite memory is when we would go to China fair she loved it there and so did I! She will be missed by so many people but I know she is probably making so many friends right now as I make this!

Linda Clements

April 8, 2020

Lois was one of the first ladies I got to know after I moved into Glen Eagle last May. She was a wonderful lady and we had some fun discussions. She will be greatly missed by everyone.


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