OBITUARY

William Mauchmar

September 26, 1932May 7, 2021
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William Mauchmar, age 88 of Wayland, born September 26, 1932 went to be with his Lord, Friday, May 7 2021 while surrounded by loved ones at his home. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Bernadine “Cookie” Mauchmar and daughter, Christine Long. Surviving are children Vickie (Dave) May, Conrad (Mary) Mauchmar, William (Terri) Mauchmar, Rodney Mauchmar, Sharon (Clyde) LaDuke, Douglas (Tammie) Mauchmar, and Amy (Mark) Holloway; son-in-law Dave Long; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

He served our country in the U.S. Naval Reserves for nine years. Bill enjoyed education; he was a teacher and elementary school principal for the Kentwood school system for over 36 years. He enjoyed playing the clarinet; in his spare time he played music for The Terrible Troubadours and his band, The Good Time People. He liked gardening, canning, and spending time with his ever-growing family. He served on the Wayland city council, the planning commission, downtown development authority, Allegan County Board of supervisors, president of the Wayland Zoning Board of Appeals, St. Therese School board of education member - only to mention a few things he contributed to the local community. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Therese Church, Wings of Hope Hospice, or Wayland VFW.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2021 with Rosary at 5 p.m. at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home, 312 N. Main St. Wayland, MI. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 128 Cedar St. Wayland, MI. Celebrants Fr. Evelio Ramirez and Father Chuck Fisher. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.kubiakcookwayland.com.

Services

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Dennis & Lory Jones

May 13, 2021

One of the nicest men I’ve ever known. Always had a smile and made you wear one too. We had the pleasure of living right beside them in Florida for a few years. We had so many good times, but most of all he shared his wisdom. Always put his family first. Now he will be with his beloved Cookie. Rest In Peace. Until we meet again.

JUdy Solomon Padilla

May 13, 2021

Dear Amy and Mark,
What a wonderful memory tribute of your Dad. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Amy, I will let Monica know of your Dad's passing. May God open his arms to your Dad on his final journey.

Judy Padilla

Gail Bunnell

May 11, 2021

A wonderful boss, taught me a great deal. Also a cherished friend.

Hank Carpenter

May 10, 2021

I knew Bill,my entire life! He was one of my best friends.He will be missed by many! Bill&his band,played at the Wayland V F W many years. I ,had lots of good times,with Bill&Cookie,at the V.F.W. Prayers,for the family! Hank

Marie (Finkbeiner) Whittemore

May 10, 2021

I am writing this for Darlene Smith Loth who is deeply saddened by the loss of a teacher who played such an important part in her education.

Darlene in the 1940s and 50s was a student at Corning School - Green Lake - - a country school housing all 8 grades, where as luck would have it, in September of 1955 a young man by the name of Bill Mauchmar, fresh out of college for his first teaching assignment offered very special help and encouragement to his only 8th grade student, Darlene, who suffered from impaired vision.

Darlene feels that because of his extra special attention to her grade school education with the challenges she faced that Mr. Mauchmar was the reason she successfully graduated from Middleville high school in 1959.

She sent a graduation announcement to him and was pleased beyond words that he came to her high school graduation.

After completing 8th grade Darlene spent all four years of high school babysitting for the Mauchmar children. She named her daughter Vicky after Vicki Mauchmar.

Darlene would like to express her deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of such a fine gentleman.

Carolyn Abrams

May 10, 2021

The Wayland Union High School Class of 1950 has lost our leader. We have been meeting every year until last year due to the pandemic. Bill presided over the meetings, after all he was out Class President! He enjoyed seeing everyone and he will be truly missed by all of us. We became a tight group, determined to return the next year. God bless and may he Rest In Peace.

Betty Dreier Huff

May 10, 2021

Bill Mauchmar, my Uncle, my Godfather and my Friend. You live on in my heart.

Ken Genther

May 9, 2021

My condolences to the Mauchmar family on the loss of your dad. I have many memories of time spent with your family at the Mauchmar home. Your dad was a good man and role model for many in the Wayland and Kentwood communities. Peace be with you all.

Mike Ignatoski

May 9, 2021

Bill "The Counselor" Mauchmar will be greatly missed. He was kind, wise, honest, a man of great integrity and truly embodied the essence of his nickname. While we were not members of his family, we were always welcomed as such. We appreciated his wit, love of music and frivolities, grilled pork steak, and his family. He was truly " A Rock" for us all.
Mike & Margaret Ignatoski

Michelle and Bill Herman

May 8, 2021

Mr. Bill was loved by many people. Bill loved his family so much. We will miss sharing fellowship at the VFW. Praying for you and your family. Rest in peace

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