Alisa Ann Wilbrink
May 18, 1981 – March 26, 2021
Alisa Ann (Redoutey) Wilbrink, age 39, passed away at Sparrow Hospital unexpectedly of complications from a rare brain cancer on Friday, March 26, 2021. Daughter of Michael and Becky Redoutey, she was born and raised in Haslett, Michigan and graduated from Haslett High School in 1999. On a long weekend at a cabin on Lake Michigan she took a starlit walk along the beach with the man who would become the love of her life.
A photographer and an avid knitter, Alisa enjoyed capturing life’s beauty as well as contributing to it. After years of amature photography she jumped into the demanding role of a wedding photographer where her loud and boisterous personality allowed her to command the chaotic situations that are nearly constant during weddings. In contrast, when she was not behind a camera she spent long quiet hours curled up in a blanket knitting and crocheting baby blankets. Many infants in the family and beyond received a cozy knit blanket that held untold hours of loving craft.
For many years she and her husband traveled the country living in a new city every three to four months or sometimes longer. One of her prized possessions was a New York City Library Card, something you can only get by being a resident with an actual mailing address in the city. Before settling into a domestic life in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, she could claim The City Of Angels, Maine, Seattle, Miami, Denver, and many more as her home for a time.
Shortly after starting a more stationary life in the Lehigh Valley she welcomed a son, Theo, into the world. Shortly thereafter Elanor joined the family. Living in a town founded before the country was born, she enjoyed walks around town with the munchkins. A particular source of joy and entertainment was forging new friendships thru a MOPS group within walking distance of home.
Early in 2018 an abnormality found during an eye exam eventually revealed a brain tumor. Within a year the family sold the house and moved to Michigan to live with her In-Laws. Tapping into the support of the large family group that still lived in the Mid-Michigan region.
She was preceded in life by her father, who met her at Heaven’s Gate‘s with a bottle of Rose. Alisa is survived by her husband of 18 years, Dominic, children Theo and Elanor. She is also survived by her mother, Becky Redoutey of Haslett MI, and her brothers and sisters; Jason (Amber) Redoutey of Williamston, MI; Lindsey (Luke) Simpson of Haslett, MI; Joe (Karina) Redoutey of Clarkston, MI; and nieces and nephews on the Redoutey side of the family Caleb and Abby Redoutey, Daniel Simpson, and Isabella Redoutey. On the Wilbrink side of the family she is survived by her Parents-In-Law Theo and Janice, and Brothers And Sisters; Gideon Wilbrink, Rebekah (Wilbrink) and Jason Willenberg, Moriah (Wilbrink) and Phil Hampton, Jojo (Wilbrink) and Jordan Murdock, Emme (Wilbrink) and Stephen Pline, and Johannes Wilbrink. As well as nieces and nephews: Jayna, Jacob, and Javin Murdock, Emilia and Pemberly Willenberg, and Braxton Hampton. And many aunts and uncles.
The Rowdy Redouteys will forever be a bit more calm and quiet without her. But her legacy will live on through the lives of her children as they loudly and boisterously explore the world she left for them.
Family Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 11, 3 pm at Spirit of Christ Church, 8170 Coleman Road Haslett, MI 48840. A livestream will be made available if possible. Check back here or on Dominic‘s social media at the time of the funeral. In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family’s GoFundMe Memorial and Support Fund. Visit their website to donate https://gofund.me/fa00800a
Family Memorial Service
Sunday, April 11, 2021