In memory of
LuAnn (Heppe) Phelps, 63, a loving mother, grandmother and wife with a huge, generous heart that touched many, died Sunday, August 19, 2018, from injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was born June 5, 1955, to Harvey and Gertrude (Towersey) Heppe in Sheridan, Michigan. She grew up on the family farm in Orleans and graduated from Ionia High School in 1973. She married Thomas B. Phelps on August 18, 1979. They had two children and lived in Schoolcraft, Mi. LuAnn is survived by her husband, Tom; daughter, Elizabeth (and Brandon) Morse and their four children, Jessica, Justin, Courtney and Sarah; her son, Andrew (and Cassie) Phelps and their two children, Penny and Gemma; her mother, Gertrude Heppe; sister, Donna (Heppe) Ackley; brother, Donald (Karen) Heppe; sister, Linda (Heppe) Odette; and nieces and nephews, Josh, Jacob, Henry and Rachel Heppe, and Olivia and Owen Odette. She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Heppe; brother-in-law, Rick Ackley; mother-in-law, Marjorie Hotovy; and brother-in-law, Mike Phelps. LuAnn graduated from Michigan State University then worked for the Department of Treasury Kalamazoo office for 33 years, retiring in 2011. An avid quilter, LuAnn helped make dozens of quilts for the New Hope Fellowship Quilting Ministry and her family. She loved baking and gardening and sharing her delicious baked goods and plants with friends and family. She was very active in her church and a constant giver, willing to help anyone who needed it. She absolutely loved her grandchildren, caring for them, taking them on trips and spoiling them like grandmothers do. She also loved to travel and her children and husband cherish the memories and experiences from across the United States. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., Kalamazoo. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at New Hope Fellowship Church, 201 W. Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at Higbee Cemetery in Orleans, where friends are invited to join the family. Memorial contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. To send messages for the family or sign the guestbook, go to www.langelands.com.
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