Laura Van Belkum

Laura Jean Van Belkum (Froese)

Friday, February 28th, 1964 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Laura Jean Van Belkum (Froese) age 56 of Byron Center, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Laura will lovingly be remembered by her husband of 35 years, Joseph E Van Belkum, and by her siblings; Thomas (Mary) Froese, Corona, NM – Connie (John) Van Belkum, Caledonia, MI – Cynthia (Stephen) Wells, Grandville, MI – Barbara (David) Gillman, Lowell, MI, along with many nieces and nephews.

Laura was a very creative, warm and compassionate person. Her determination and positive attitude helped her overcome her many health challenges. Spending time with family was very important to Laura. She also enjoyed spending time at home with her two cats, Gizmo and Gidget.

Laura enjoyed many different types of activities. Some of her favorite activities were doing various types of craft projects, sewing, making Christmas gifts for family and friends, and crocheting baby blankets for the new additions to the family. Laura also enjoyed baking pies and making cakes for all occasions. Laura was also proud of her flower gardens. She enjoyed the spring flowers the most. She loved to see her crocus’s, daffodils, and tulips come up year after year.

Laura’s favorite place to spend time was Higgins Lake. Higgins was a very special place for her. She always looked forward to the annual family camping trip at Higgins every summer. She loved spending time relaxing with her husband Joe at their cottage near Higgins Lake. She enjoyed all the animals at the cottage, especially the birds and the deer. She also enjoyed water-skiing on the lake and teaching people how to water-ski. Another favorite Higgins Lake activity for Laura was driving the boat. She always looked for the opportunity to give the boat the gas and see what it could do.

Laura had one other place that was very special to her and that was Hawaii. Every 5-year anniversary would mean another trip to Maui. She loved watching the whales, seeing double rainbows, and taking long walks along the water front.

A celebration of Laura’s life will be held at a future date, hopefully this summer.

For those who wish to make a memorial contribution in Laura’s name please consider the Ausable Valley Animal Shelter in Grayling, Michigan.
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Barbara Gillman

Posted at 08:24pm
One would think an older sister would give courage to one younger, but the courage I have gained from Laura is immeasurable. To think of quitting at any challenge is difficult when I think of Laura's determination. How could I not embrace life when Laura continued to embrace life when most would be defeated. Her presence will be in my life forever and she will be close in my heart always.
With a sister's love,

Joseph Van Belkum

Posted at 09:36am
Laura Jean,

You were my best friend, soulmate and wife. I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to share 37 wonderful years with you. We packed so many things into the time we had together. I have a lifetime of fond memories thanks to you. I know you are in a better place now where there is no pain or suffering. I know you are watching over me and you are waiting for me to join you someday.

Your best friend, soulmate and husband.


Connie Vanbelkum

Posted at 03:20pm
Laura was the best “kid” sister an older sister could ever have. Love. Connie

Dave and Sue Langin

Posted at 10:40am
We are going to miss Laura, her creativity, compassion and fortitude. That determined look she would get and you would go oh,oh. Always in our hearts.
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