Sally Ann Resner

February 13, 1942February 25, 2021

Sally Ann Resner, age 79, of Wayland, MI, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her father, John Parks and her mother, Almeda Tuffs. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Brenda (Charles) Wilkerson, Tammy Chapin, Norman (Yael) Resner Jr.; grandchildren Stacey (Steve) Gum, Samantha Resner, Tiffany Wilkerson, Zackary Alzate, Norman Resner III; great-grandchildren Lydia, Derek, Alayna, and Wyatt; brother, John (Laureen) Parks; and many extended relatives and friends.

Sally retired from her role as Detention Supervisor at Kent County Juvenile Detention Center in 2008. Sally loved to go to the casino, go fishing, and cheer on her Lions and Spartans. Most importantly, she loved her family; they meant the world to her. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place.

A celebration of life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Wayland Christian Reformed Church, 303 E. Elm St., Wayland, MI 49348. In memory of Sally and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Heart Association and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Penny DeMario

March 25, 2021

I'm heart broken that I missed the Celebration of Life for Sal, but I am more heartbroken that she is gone and I will no longer be able to hear her wise cracks and warm hearted humor on a regular basis anymore. Sally was a mentor and role model to me or what a strong and caring woman should be in our time together at Detention, and that continued after her retirement in our "meet ups" for lunches, dinners, and even picnics. There is no replacing her. Many loving blessings to her family in this time of grief.
Sincerely, Penny

Brenda Wilkerson

March 4, 2021

Our family would like to thank everyone for the nice words and memories they have been sharing with us. We knew how special of a person our mom was and the big whole she will leave behind. She will/is missed and loved a whole bunch. RIP Mom.

Judy Lovett

March 3, 2021

My deepest sympathies go out to all of Sally's family and friends. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

eloise vandyk

March 2, 2021

I was deeply saddened when I learned that Sally had been taken home so quickly. I will miss the early "Good morning" & wave when she was letting out Honey. She always made the time to say "Hello". I loved the fact that when we spoke she never mixed words, she always brought a smile to my face, & I loved laughing with her. Sally had an ora about her that I was drawn to & she always left me with a good feeling after we would speak. She gave me words of encouragement, comfort, & insight as I take care of John in his declining years. I always walked away with a sense of calm & more understanding. We had a developing friendship & it sadly ended to soon. There is never enough time. I feel very blessed to have known her. I will take solace in the fact that as Sally continues her journey that she will be a guardian angel to a youth in need, & she will walk & guide them. How lucky they will be! As the night draws to a close "I pray that God will surround you with his love & you feel his mighty presence. May he give you comfort, understanding, peace, & heal your hearts. For he will never forsake you.". In Christ, Elly.

Brenda Wilkerson

March 2, 2021

Mom I have such a big whole in my heart that I don't know how it's going to heal. I am a string woman because I got that from you and grandma of course and I know that we will get through this. Don't worry Mom I got this. Over the year or so we have became Best Friends beside mother and daughter. Any time you needed to talk, opinions, vent, or anything else you called me or I would call you If I needed to talk. Thursday the 25th when I heard those words and that they tried everything my whole world came crumbling. I know some day you will be able to wrap me up in your arms and comfort me again. Till we see again. I DO GOT THIS. I love you Mom.

Tammy Chapin

March 1, 2021

Mom, words cannot explain the pain I feel from losing you, but yet I am comforted by the fact that you went quickly without any suffering. I wish we could talk one more time, laugh one more time and say I love you one more time. Things will never be the same without you here, I wish I could see you one more time. I am so very thankful to have been able to spend more time with you over the last few months! I love you mom.

Lee Ann Shedleski-Holmden

March 1, 2021

I was the Director of Residential Services at Villa Maria. I had the privilege of working with Sally for over five years. I remember her ability to quickly and genuinely make a connection with the young women in that program. She was skillful at combining kindness with accountability. I'm confident many of those girls still have a special place in their heart for "Miss Sally" and the positive impact she had on their lives. My deepest condolences to the family. May this memory bring your some comfort in your time of sorrow.

Michelle Faber

February 28, 2021

Sally was my moms best friend even before I came along. She was my Aunt Sal. She could make me laugh for sure . I could call her for advice anytime and she would give it to me straight. I loved that about her. She was in the room when I gave birth to my son and she became his godmother. My daughter and Sally had a relationship that was 1 of a kind. She made footprints on my life my kids lives and I will forever be blessed and thankful god put our families together. Rest in Heaven Aunt Sally go fishing and catch the big ones. I love you and I will miss you. Love Michelle Faber

Julie Fisher

February 28, 2021

I loved Sally very much. I respected her for raising her family on her own and the way she educated herself to help young people. She was a tough, no nonsense advocate for doing what she believed was right in all circumstances. She taught troubled youth about good choices available to them to improve their life. She was tireless in her efforts. Her staff training of youth specialists molded the best staff. As a loyal friend, she would get after me for not keeping in touch enough and loved me still. She made me laugh so much. I find comfort that she is with her Mom and Dad and all those who love her. She will be missed.

Sister Mary Ann Barrett

February 28, 2021

On behalf of the Aquinas College community, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sally's family. Her life of service expressed well her compassion for youth. Her leadership was a real gift.
God grace you all with Gratitude and Peace as you remember the wisdom of your mother / grandmother / sister.
Know of our prayerful support at this time of both grief and celebration of life.