Phyllis V. Kemppainen

September 6, 1925March 13, 2019

Phyllis V. Kemppainen, age 93 of Mesick passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at her home. She was born in Redford, MI on September 6, 1925 to Joseph and Ione (Sparling) Valencourt. She married Leo Kemppainen on February 15, 1947 and they lived in various places throughout Michigan, retiring to Mesick in 1978. They had four children, Gary (Donna) and Calvin Kemppainen , Cheryl (Ben) Leatherman, and Karen (Rob) Schultz; ten grandchildren, Andrea (John) Longridge, Nathan (Mary), Derek (Suzanne), Dana (Tara), Ryan, Melissa Barta, Todd (Whitney Huston) Barta, Amanda (Paul) Panik, Zachariah (Martina) Schultz, Robert Schultz; additional extended family include Christy (Robert) Myzel, Drew Leatherman, and 22 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, JoAnn (Walter) Grahl, Deborah (James) King, Dianne (Russell) Bowling; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leo, her sister June, and her granddaughter Melissa. Phyllis attended the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Westland and the Faith Lutheran Church in Mesick for many years. Phyllis loved her family and prayed for them daily, and was deeply loved by all. Visitation will take place on Sunday, March 17 from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Faith Lutheran Church in Mesick with a Funeral Service to follow. Pastor Robert Low will officiate. The family invites everyone to a luncheon after the Service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 17, 2019

Phyllis V. Kemppainen

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Ondrea Brussee

March 17, 2019

Phyllis was an amazing woman of God. I am so grateful that she and Leo were in my church home growing up. I admired all her stories, guidance and have since shared fondness of Trenary Toast.

Susie Bigelow

March 16, 2019

Mrs. kemppainen was the sweetest loving Godly woman. She will always have a special place in my heart. I rejoice with her as she is with our Saviour.