April 10, 1932 - June 6, 2021
Lynda Jane Bergsma (née Leaver) passed peacefully in the presence of her children on June 6, 2021, nearly six months after the loss of her beloved husband, Ralph. The two were married for almost 67 years, and shared a life of laughter, card games, and travels around the world. She also joins her parents, three sisters—Lois, Peg, and Janet—and her son Brian in heaven. Lynda is lovingly remembered by her children Kirk (Julie) Bergsma, Eric (Sara) Bergsma, and grandchildren Hunter Bergsma and Jillian (Craig) Manning. Lynda was first a daughter and a sister, and the bonds of her family continue to today, when dozens of the Leaver extended family members gather for regular reunions. She was a proud Michigan Wolverine in the School of Education (1954) and was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega (Theta chapter), her entire life. After graduating, Lynda taught nursery and elementary school in Nuremberg, Germany; Union Lake, MI; and Ann Arbor, MI. She went on to get her Special Education Certificate in 1972 and was a special education teacher at CS Mott Children’s Hospital until the family moved to Traverse City in 1976. Ralph and Lynda lived in northern Michigan from then on, with winter visits to Florida, Alabama, and Arizona, where they had many good friends. Lynda also volunteered at Munson Medical Center and Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Lynda would tell you she was warm, funny, and baked the world’s best desserts. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and was a loyal pen pal with her lovely calligraphy to friends reaching back to her earliest childhood years. She also knit more than 500 Christmas stockings for her family and friends. Lynda will be remembered for how well she loved the people around her and for her cheerful sense of humor. Lynda’s beautiful life will be honored with a private memorial service with her family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Munson Healthcare Foundations.
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