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Lavina Jean Barkel

February 15, 2022
Zeeland, MI



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Lavina Barkel, age 86 of Zeeland, passed away on February 15, 2022.

Lavina graduated from Allegan High School and Western Michigan University. She was a teacher in Allegan County and Houghton County, Michigan. She was a Girl Scout leader in Zeeland for many years, in addition she managed apartments for over 30 years before her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Donald Jay Barkel, her father and mother Harold and Etta Bleeker, her brothers Henry Bleeker and Lawrence Bleeker and son-in-law Larry Rynbrandt.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Rynbrandt, Bonnie (Rickey) Haydon; twin grandchildren, Nicholas Harmsen, Olivia Harmsen-Dangler; great grandchild, Philly Grace Harmsen; sister, Nellie Brower and many nieces and nephews.

Lavina was a member of First Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. The Barkel family will be having a private family service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Holland