Thomas L. Schippers(1951 - 2014)

Thomas L. Schippers passed away on April 14, 2014, in Traverse City. Tom was born on July 30, 1951, in Holland. He graduated from Holland Christian High School, received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Ferris State University, and completed postgraduate studies at Grand Valley State University. Tom married Anne Haggerty in 1975.

Tom worked for Beverage America in Holland for 20 years, and was vice president of finance and corporate treasurer when he retired. Before joining Beverage America, he worked for Parke-Davis. He was a member of the Financial Executives Institute and served on various civic committees in Holland. Tom and his family moved to Traverse City in 2002.

Tom lives on in those he loved and those who loved him: His wife, Anne; their son, Ben; and his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Lloyd Renkema. His family includes his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carol and Phil Haggerty, Jim Haggerty, Maureen Haggerty, Theresa and Larry Kiehna, and Kate and Michael MacDonald; and 15 nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and George Schippers; and his niece, Lori Renkema.

A gathering to remember Tom will be at his home on April 26, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. His family invites friends to join us in celebrating Tom's life. Memorials may be directed to the Corpus Christi Foundation for Corpus Christi Catholic School, 195 West 13th Street, Holland, Michigan 49423.

Please share your memories and photos of Tom with his family by way of his online tribute/guest book page at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Traverse City.

Funeral Home

Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home
305 Sixth Street Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 947-6347

Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 17, 2014