Bertram VanDeLaare

Bertram VanDeLaare

Bertram R. ‘Bert’ VanDeLaare of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Monday, November 7, 2011, at his home. Mr. VanDeLaare was born October 27, 1935 in Kalamazoo to Melvin and Aretha (Shallhorn) VanDeLaare and was a lifelong resident of the area. For many years he was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #7 and retired in 1990 from Wheeler-Blaney. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and mowing his yard on his tractor. Bert was a loving husband and father.

Surviving are his wife, Ginger VanDeLaare; five children, Debra (Lewis) Cook of Shelbyville, Barbara Clark of Otsego, Jim Henry of Otsego, Nancy (Joe) Gettys of Kalamazoo and Laura (David) Hoffman of Alamo; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandsons; 3 brothers, Rich VanDeLaare of Washington State, Chuck (Evie) VanDeLaare of Galesburg and Darrel (Ann) VanDeLaare of Comstock; several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service.

Contributions in memory of Bert may be made to the Alamo Firefighters Association, 7840 N. 6th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

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  1. Larry and Marge Anderson says:

    Sorry to read about Bert. He was a school friend of ours from a long time ago.

    Our thoughts are with all of you at this time.

  2. Vivian Robb Blakemore (cousin) says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. My Mom (Doris) is not well and is unable to send her own message but I know she would like me to express her deepest sympathies also.

  3. Grandpa Ron and "Darlin' (Flo) Fluty says:

    Our hearts are moved with sympathy for all of you. Special love to you Ginger, Barb and our beautiful granddaughters, Amanda and Erica.

    Grandpa Ron and “Darlin'” Flo Fluty

  4. Joel & Liz Fluty says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Joel & Liz

  5. Melissa Plair says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Ginger, Laura and all of your family . I pray that God comfort you through this time and always. I love you.
    ~ Melissa

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