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Jeanette May (Pierce) (Hoskins) Heimbecker
Jeanette May Heimbecker, age 106, of Caledonia, went to rest peacefully with her Lord in her heavenly home on November 12, 2023, surrounded by her loving family, and in the arms of her granddaughter. Jeanette was born March 19, 1917, the third child of Frank and Mildred (Harris) Pierce of Pierson, MI. She attended the one room Crandall Country School, then graduated from Sand Lake High School in 1935. After completing a course of study at the Alba Academy for Beauty Culture in Grand Rapids, she worked at salons in Lakeview, Big Rapids, Howard City, Lowell and Belding. She also operated her own beauty shop in rural Belding for 30 years. She was a 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher, sang in her church choir, and was a charter member of the Belding Art Club. She was also a member of the Green Corners Baptist Church in Belding, and later the Faith Baptist Church in Greenville.
Jeanette Pierce married Richard T. Hoskins of Cedar Springs on October 30, 1937. Soon after, they moved to Belding where they purchased the King Farm on Ostrum Road. On that farm, they raised three children and lived peacefully, and happily together for 56 years. Following Richard’s passing, she married Albert Heimbecker of Greenville in March of 1995 and embraced three step-children and their families. Jeanette and Albert lived together in Greenville for 17 years until his passing. In September of 2017, she moved to Station Creek apartments in Caledonia where she could be close to her son, Vance, and many family members. She loved her home at Station Creek and truly enjoyed her years spent there surrounded by loved ones.
As a child, she began a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and followed Him with true devotion all her life. Her strength and dedication through this worship was remarkable, and she demonstrated true love and faith throughout each moment on this earth. She was a thrifty homemaker, outstanding cook and baker, and each year grew and canned fruits and vegetables from her lovingly tended gardens and orchards. Jeanette enjoyed crochet, knitting, sewing, gardening, cooking, cutting hair, bird watching, refinishing furniture, writing letters, completing puzzles, and oil painting. She created dozens of gorgeous paintings, which will be forever loved and enjoyed by all who she gifted them to. She was a captivating storyteller and loved to share memories of her life and stories from long ago. Her deep caring for others and mischievous sense of humor filled a room with laughter and love when she spoke.
She was preceded by her parents, her husband Richard Hoskins, her second husband Albert Heimbecker, son Randall Jay Hoskins, daughter Janet Lynn Hoskins, sisters Catherine, Emma, and Harriet, brothers Warren and Jay, step-daughter and husband Faith and Bill Wise, and many other dear friends and extended family. Her arrival to heaven was certainly met with countless joyful reunions.
Jeanette will be deeply, and dearly missed by her beloved family and dear friends who will treasure her memory always. She is survived by her loving son Vance Hoskins and daughter-in-law Diane Parrott-Hoskins, daughter-in-law Carol Hoskins, grandchildren Mark (Rebecca) Hoskins, Amy (Billy) Donaldson, Danielle Hoskins, Michael Hoskins, Andy (Linda) Hoskins, Rodney (Roxie) Hoskins, Christa (Brandon) Cook, Jeremy Strotheide, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. With her Heimbecker family, she will be greatly missed by her step children John (Kimberly) Heimbecker, Jim (Rhonda) Heimbecker, 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren. She had many more dear relatives and friends who filled her life with joy, and will miss her every day.
The memorial service will be held at the Middleville United Methodist Church at 111 Church Street in Middleville at 2pm on Saturday, November 25th, 2023. The family will be available for visitation at 1pm, and light refreshments will follow the service. Officiating will be Pastor Tony Shumaker. Private interment will be in Orleans Township Cemetery, Orleans. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choosing. Envelopes will be available at the church and at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding where funeral care has been entrusted. To share a message of condolence for Jeanette, order flowers, or light a candle in her memory, please visit the website of the funeral home at www.jffh.com.
Such a long and fulfilled life as Jeanette lived is worth endless rejoice and celebration. Her time on this earth was truly special, and she shared a brilliant light with the world each day until returning to the waiting arms of the Lord.