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“Tim and family, we are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Sending prayers and our deepest sympathy. Dwight and Dolores Clark ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: DOLORES CLARK - GOODYEAR, AZ

“Hi Karen and Tim,Our thoughts and prayers are with you Both.Best,Tom and Sharon Harris ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Tom and Sharon Harris - MI

“Karen,I am so sorry to hear of Emmajeans passing. I have many fond memories of her and your dad at the different tournaments we played in together,...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Amy Pollack - Grand Rapids, MI

“Karen, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: John, Therese, Steve, Kelly, Lauren and Allie Reed - MI

“Dear Karen, Tim and family,Thinking of you all as you grieve the passing of your mom and grandmother. Our parents celebrated so many fun and...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Cindi Lebiecki - Kalamazoo, MI

“Karen, Very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Gary & Faye Schluckbier - MI

“Karen, Tim and familyThoughts and prayers to you at this sad time. Our families have been friends for many years and we share many wonderful...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy Weidle - Jacksonville, FL

“sorry to hear of emmajeans passing may god hold your family in his loving care ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: john and janet shipe - MI

“so sorry to hear of emmjeans passing may god keep your family in his loving care and give you strength at this time ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: john and janet shipe - MI

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Emmajean VandenBerg, age 86, of Augusta passed away Friday evening, November 24, 2017. She was born in Augusta, MI at her parents' farmhouse on May 10, 1931, the daughter of James "Jim" and Florence (Greer) Carrigan. Emmajean and her husband, "Gordie", along with their family, have owned and operated the Maple Hills Golf Course in Augusta since 1963.

Emmajean married the "Love of Her Life", Gordon VandenBerg on September 7, 1956; he sadly preceded her in death on February 12, 2008. She is survived by her children, Tim (Chris) VandenBerg and Karen VandenBerg, both of Battle Creek; two grandchildren, Bryan (Morgan Clay) VandenBerg and Jenna VandenBerg, both of Battle Creek; and her sister-in-law, Gertrude Petersen of Kalamazoo. Emmajean was also preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Dale Carrigan and Donald Carrigan.

Emmajean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek and the Martha Circle. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, golfing, taking care of the family golf course, traveling, and wintering in Florida. A true animal lover, Emmajean spoiled many pets throughout the years, but her true passion in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Funeral services to celebrate Emmajean's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 1, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Battle Creek. Interment will be in Day Cemetery, Ross Township. Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Emmajean may be placed at