Annette Marie BacehowskiJuly 28, 1951 ~ June 18, 2017 (age 65)
Annette Marie (Van Gessel) Bacehowski, a resident of South Haven and parishioner at St. Basil Catholic Church, died Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from complications related to lung cancer. Annette was born in Grand Rapids, MI on July 28, 1951 to Verna and William Van Gessel and was the second youngest of ten children. She attended West Catholic High School where she met her future husband, Dave. They were married at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Rapids on July 15, 1972. They relocated to Wildwood, IL in 1976,where they raised their four children. Annette was a loving and dedicated preschool teacher for almost 20 years. Upon retirement, she and Dave moved to South Haven in 2005, where she enjoyed kayaking, fishing, gardening, snowshoeing, hiking the dunes with their pup, spending time with her six grandchildren, and serving her community. Annette was an active member of St. Basil Catholic Church, where she most recently served on the leadership team for the Restore the Glory campaign and also volunteered for various other ministries, including the migrant ministry program, the Equal Exchange program, and others. Annette was also a member of the South Haven chapter of the AAUW, through which a scholarship will be awarded to a high school female in her memory. Annette is survived by her husband of 45 years David, and children Christopher, Daniel (Sarah), Bryan (Rebecca) and Kelly Joyce (Sam), as well as six grandchildren. Her spirit, energy, love and faith will live on through all she touched and cared for in her life.
Memorial services will include visitations to be held Thursday, June 22nd from 5-8 pm ET and Friday, June 23rd at 11:30 am ET at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven, MI, with a funeral mass on Friday, June 23rd at 1:00 pm ET at St. Basil Catholic Church, South Haven, MI.
Annette was the VP of Programs for the South Haven chapter of the American Association of University Women. A scholarship will be presented to a high school woman seeking university education in her name. Donations for this scholarship can be made out to AAUW and sent to Mary Lynn Bugge, 70 Gabriel Dr., South Haven, MI 49090.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can also be made in Annette’s name to the Lung Cancer Alliance, WeCare In the Name of Christ of Southwest Michigan, the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, or the St. Basil Restore the Glory campaign.