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Ingrid Hildegard Van Liere

August 24, 1937 — November 17, 2023


Ingrid Hildegard Van Liere
August 24, 1937 - November 17, 2023

It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Ingrid Hildegard Van Liere on the evening of November 17, 2023, at Rose Arbor Place. She was a devoted wife to Earl and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage on April 6, 2023. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother. She was a member of Southridge Church and a cherished member of the Redstone Farms Condominium Community. Ingrid touched the lives of many with her kind heart, warm spirit, and incredible culinary skills.

Ingrid was born on August 24, 1937, in the picturesque town of Hosena, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1955. Ingrid embodied the true essence of German heritage throughout her life. Coming from humble beginnings, she learned the value of hard work and dedication from an early age. It was these qualities that shaped her into the remarkable woman we all came to know and love.

Ingrid's passion for family and friends was unmatched. She found great joy in getting together with loved ones, creating unforgettable memories that will be treasured for generations to come. Her warm smile and infectious laughter brightened up any room she entered. No gathering was complete without Ingrid's presence; her genuine love for others brought people together in harmony.

One of her life's numerous accomplishments was a trip to Germany in 1982 with her husband Earl to visit some of her family members. This journey allowed her to reconnect with her roots and embrace the culture that had shaped her upbringing. Memories were often shared with her family and friends.

Ingrid was not only an exceptional mother but also a phenomenal homemaker and cook. Her culinary skills were legendary; she had a knack for preparing mouthwatering German cuisine that left everyone yearning for seconds. Her famous potato salad was highly sought after at every family gathering. With an unwavering passion for cooking, Ingrid never failed to whip up enough food to feed an army, ensuring that no one ever left her table feeling hungry.

As we bid farewell to Ingrid, may we find solace in the knowledge that her memory will forever live on within our hearts. Her unwavering love, kindness, and compassion will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to have known her. We are grateful for the countless moments of joy she brought into our lives and for the lasting legacy she leaves behind.

Ingrid Hildegard Van Liere is survived by her loving family and a small circle of friends whose lives she enriched with her unwavering presence. Although she may no longer be with us in person, her spirit will forever remain a guiding light to all who were privileged to have shared in her incredible journey.

Ingrid was born on her father's birthday August 24,1937 in Hosena, Germany. Preceded in death by her parents Walter Hugo Habisch and Hildegard Else Frieda Handke as well as her brother Jurgen of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Survivors include her brother Wolfgang (Ursula) Habisch of McHenry, IL; Sister-in-law Eva Habisch, Nephew Eric (Teresa) Habisch and Niece Sylvia Habisch all in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Husband Earl whom she married April 6, 1973; Son John (Sally) Modreske; Daughter Karen Modreske Edwards; Son Lee (Lisa) Van Liere; Son Scott (Olha) Van Liere; Daughter Mary Lynne (Michael) McConnell.

Allison (Justin) Sweatt; Jessica (Josh) Smeader; Christopher Edwards; Ashley (Walter) Lang; Mallory McConnell; Ivan McConnell; Rachel McConnell (Deceased); and six beautiful Great-Grandchildren.

According to Ingrid's wish, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Ingrid's remarkable life will be held on January 6, 2024 at 11AM at Southridge Church, 6726 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 to allow us to remember the precious moments we shared with her. May God allow her soul to find eternal Heavenly peace as she reunites with her family in Heaven. We will carry her memory daily while keeping her love alive in each act of kindness and every warm embrace.

Rest in peace, dearest Ingrid, Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. You will be dearly missed.

Memorial donations can be made to:

Southridge Church  6726 Texas Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Diocese of Grand Rapids - Office of Communications, St. Andrews Cathedral TV Ministry                                                                        360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville, Florida.

While visiting Ingrid’s webpage at please sign the guestbook and/or share a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand St. in Schoolcraft. (269) 679-5622 

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