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Marilou Genevieve Westcott

September 23, 1930 — January 29, 2024


Marilou Genevieve Westcott

Marilou Genevieve Westcott passed away peacefully at Rose Arbor Hospice early Monday morning, January 29, 2024, at the age of 93 years. She was born at home, September 23, 1930, in Portage, Michigan, to Daniel H. Westcott and Agnes E. (Lake) Westcott.

Marilou graduated from Comstock High School in 1948, married Max D. Ickes in 1949, later divorced and raising two children she put herself through college at Western Michigan University. At WMU, she earned a Master’s Degree in Arts with highest honor, and then became a Social Worker.  She was involved in many volunteer activities and conducted several groups such as Coping with Divorce, and Women’s groups.  She also was a mentor to teens.

Marilou loved to swim, read, and travel. One of her most memorable travels took her to India, where she met the 14th Dalai Lama.

She is survived by her daughter Lynette (Lynn) Stiemsma and son Terry (Sandy) Ickes , three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her siblings: June L. Hall and Daniel P. Westcott.

There will be no funeral at this time, but a possible informal memorial gathering may be held in the coming months. Please check back for information.

Should you choose, memorial contributions can be made to Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, MI in her name. 

While visiting Marilou’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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