Life Story / Obituary
Mary Jo Reimink passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 8, 2023, at her home following a long illness.
Mary was born in Holland, Michigan, on December 29, 1957. After graduating from West Ottawa High School in 1976, Mary attended Ferris State University and graduated with a Bachelor in Computer Science Degree with a minor in accounting. Mary later moved to Southfield, Michigan, where she worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company for several years. In 1994 she moved back to her home town of Holland and began working at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan, as a systems analyst. After 25 years at GVSU, she retired in January 2020.
Mary is survived by her son, Jason Reimink.
She was predeceased by her parents, Donna Reimink and Raymond "Doc" Reimink.
Mary brought a lighthearted optimism to each moment and possessed a no-nonsense, laid-back style, always ready sense of humor, and a memorable and endearing belly laugh. Fun-loving, authentic to the core, adventurous, and fiercely independent, Mary lived life robustly and to the fullest. She had many interests, talents, and a healthy curiosity. She was always up for new adventures and experiences, whether traveling and exploring new places near or far, experiencing new cuisines, or pursuing her love of nature through outdoor activities. An avid kayaker, she leaves Jason and many friends with cherished memories of numerous paddling excursions with Mary, in waters both familiar and new.
Mary will be remembered as a loving mom to Jason and loyal friend to many. She was faithful and supportive and always present for those she loved at the good times and the tough times. She was much beloved and is greatly missed.
There will be a Memorial Open House for Mary on Friday, July 21, from 1 to 4 pm at the Holland Community Theatre building located at 50 West 9th Street, Holland, MI 49423.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Mary may be made to the Holland Community Theatre here: https://www.thehollandcommunitytheatre.org/donate.