Mary Joan Lange, 71

Mary Joan Lange, 71, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, June 4, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mary Joan was born the sixth daughter of Ted H. Lange and Josephine E. McGeath who preceded her in death along with two of her siblings, Grace Ann (Richardson) and Barbara (Washburn).
Mary Joan had a magnetic personality; to know her truly was to love her. She was a selfless person, gracious to the core and believed that her daily attitude and actions shaped the direction and destiny of her life.
Those who knew Mary Joan could tell you that she cherished moments spent with family and friends most of all. Whether it was cooking for the many family get-togethers (no-one ever went hungry in her presence), playing cards with her friends or simply sitting in the stands at sporting events or dance recitals, she could always be counted on for love and support. She lived every day to the fullest and the impact of her life will be felt through her unspoken words for generations to come.
Mary Joan is survived by her son Todd (Tina) Ranney and daughter Jodi (Dave) Modreske; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren with two more on the way, Amber, Pat, Keegan, Ian; Stuart, Bethany, Michael, Connor, Sadie; Joshua, Emily, Caiden; Kyle, Jenny; Seth, Jeri, Caleb, Alayna, Skylyn; Ryan; Corey; Morgan, Gavin, Raya; Lauren; and Madison. In addition, she is survived by her siblings Susan, Gretchen, Kathy, Ted and Tom; as well as multiple nieces and nephews, their children; and many close friends.
A memorial service will be Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 101 N. Walnut Street, Allegan. Family will be available immediately following the service during a luncheon at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 110 N. Cedar Street, Allegan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to either West Michigan Cancer Center, Attn: Development, 200 North Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007 or The Pediatric Advanced Care Team, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3400 Civic Center Blvd., 11 NW Suite 90, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
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Mary Joan made an impact through her overall kindness and generosity. To our mom, grandmother and friend-travel with angels and know we love you and miss you every minute of every day.


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