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Carolyn Jo Strochine

April 18, 1955 - May 30, 2020
Holland, MI



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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Cancer Center
P.O. Box 995
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
(734) 712-4673
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Life Story / Obituary


On Saturday May 30, 2020, Carolyn Jo Strochine, devoted fiancé of Douglas Garvelink and loving mother of Michelle (Ryan) Betway, Amanda (CJ) Strochine and Jennifer (Laurie) Strochine, passed on at the age of 65.

Carolyn was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on April 18, 1955. She lived in Roscommon Township for the majority of her life and was introduced to the Holland and West Michigan area through her fiancé Doug. Carolyn retired from the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office after a long career. Her smile could light up a room and coupled with her quick wit there was never a dull moment. She also had a creative side to her as well. Interior design and decorating were two of her gifts, which never ceased to amaze people. Her family will always remember her amazing cooking and along with Doug’s skill on the grill, they entertained and fed many. Carolyn especially loved having her grandchildren visit her in her home up north. She had a caring, loving and incredibly giving personality. Carolyn loved the outdoors, especially the beach and most recently she fell in love with Aruba after vacationing there. Most importantly Carolyn loved the Lord and she and Doug enjoyed attending Flat Rock First United Methodist Church when they were visiting family.

Mrs. Strochine is also survived by her grandchildren, Katlyn, Jordan, Joey, Meah, Blade, Braiden and Courtney; mother, Fay Deaton; sisters, Marilyn (Andy) Badyrka, Cheryl Deaton, Nanette (Mark) Vizachero and Nancy (Jesse) Gomez.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Strochine; father, Frank Deaton; grandson, Reid.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Cancer Center - P.O. Box 995 Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

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A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Flat Rock First United Methodist Church.

Professional service entrusted to the Northwood Chapel.