Mary Lou Karel

July 1, 1942 ~
June 25, 2021

On Friday, June 25, 2021, Mary Lou, age 78, of Jenison, won her lengthy battle with illness. She passed into glory and was welcomed into the loving arms of her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Her greatest joys in this life were her husband of 58 years, her children, and grandchildren. She celebrated in their accomplishments, prayed them through their challenges, and always loved them. Born on July 1, 1942, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a part of the Christian school community and a member of Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI. Mary Lou is survived by and will be missed by her husband, James Karel; children, Tim and Carla Karel, Doug and Michelle Gulker, Mike and Sara Karel; grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Karel, Jared and Andrea Karel, Nolan Karel, Lauren Gulker and fiance Max Nihart, Grant Gulker, Jessie Gulker, Grace Karel, James Karel, Luke Karel, Liam Karel; siblings, Shirley and John Doherty, Paul and Linda VandenToorn, Jan and Skip Pylman, Tom and Mary VandenToorn, Mary Anne Karel; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 30 at 11 am at Fellowship Reformed Church, 6610 36th Ave., Hudsonville, with Pastor Shawn Hulst officiating. Burial Blendon Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Tuesday, June 29, from 5-8 pm at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Unity Christian High School or Grandville Calvin Christian Schools.

Tuesday, June 29
5:00pm - 8:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Funeral Service
Wednesday, June 30

Fellowship Reformed Church
6610 36th Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Leave Your Tribute Message

July 02, 2021 1:04pm
Just found out today … Jim, Tim, Mike and Family … We are so very sorry to hear of Mary Lou's passing. I remember the fun we would all have at the Printing Arts Picnics. We have you in our hearts and prayers. Wishing you LOVE and HAPPY MEMORIES.

- Ruth & Randy Albosta

June 29, 2021 4:17pm
So sorry to hear of Mary Lou passing. I have such fond memories of her and Jim. They frequented our restaurant, Marco Bistro and were treasured guests. Mary Lou was always so sweet and kind. I have not seen them in a few years because we sold the restaurant but I always will remember them! God’s peace to Jim and his family. Deb McNamara

- Deb McNamara

June 28, 2021 8:57pm
Dear Michelle- so very sorry to hear about your mom. I only met her a few times but I certainly remember her big smile and her enthusiasm! With sympathy, Mary Sue Van Dyke

- Mary Sue Van Dyke

June 28, 2021 4:34pm
So sorry for your loss! You were great neighbors. Hugs and Prayers .

- Denise Daning Morrison

June 27, 2021 1:24pm
We send our love and sympathy in the loss of your mother.

- Deb and Brad Bolton

June 26, 2021 7:59am
you have my deepest sympathy I will be praying for you and your family may God grant you his peace thru this journey

- Curt Holtvluwer

June 25, 2021 3:34pm
We are so sorry for your loss! Mary Lou was such a sweet soul. She always had a smile on her face and always asked about the family and our kids. She will be dearly missed. Praying for peace and comfort for the family. Dan and Kris TerKeurst


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