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Ann E. Arnoldink


A life well lived. Born May 20, 1946; Died April 9, 2024; Kalamazoo. 

Ann amassed the most true-hearted friends a person could hope for on their journey, which was a direct reflection of her personality. As her Parkinson's progressed, her valued family members and friends offered her much needed support and comfort. She was a playful, imaginative, adoring grandmother, always delighting in stories of her grandchildren's latest antics. She was a supportive wife, mother, and mother-in-law, and her family feels a deep sense of gratitude for her love. The room would light up with laughter and happy childhood memories when she was with her brother and sister. 

Ann was a graduate of Otsego High School and obtained her master's degree from Western Michigan University. As an adored 1st and 2nd grade teacher in Otsego Public Schools for over 30 years, "Mrs. Arnoldink" taught hundreds of children how to read and inspired them to be life-long learners. At the end of each summer, she would thoughtfully prepare her classroom for a new group of students whom she would fill with love and knowledge. 

In addition to her devotion to her students, friends, and family, she found joy in quilting, riding her bike, reading a good book, meeting with her cooking group, and watching college basketball and football. 

She maintained her sharp memory, and her quick wit kept us laughing until the end. Her love and light will live on through the lives she touched. The daffodils were blooming when we said our goodbyes. 

A private family burial will be taking place. 

Daughter of Ellsworth "Fritz" and Marion (Gundry) Leland. Survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Fred Arnoldink, brother John (Mary) Leland, sister Kathryn (Ron) Lutz, son Brian (Sarah Wisniewksi) Arnoldink, daughter Sarah (Derrick) Mullins, and grandchildren Olivia, Eva, Madelynn, and Finnley. 

Ann was dedicated to the advancement of childhood literacy, so in this spirit, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Otsego Public Library Children's Department.

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