Rachael J. Velazquez
1979 - 2020
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Velazquez, Rachael J. 12/21/1979 - 9/9/2020 Walker, MI Rachael Jennifer (Strong) Velazquez, age 40, unexpectedly passed away while sleeping on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 21, 1979 to David Strong and Lori Yonkers. She was employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance Co. Rachael loved animals, wildlife and the outdoors. She was a kindhearted person with many friends. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends, not only for her kind heart, but also her great sense of humor and goofy attitude. Rachael is survived by her husband, Victor; her daughters, Leah and Isabel Strong-Velazquez; her parents, David Strong and Lori Yonkers; her brother, Geoff Yonkers; and many other family members and friends. Private family services for Rachael will be held at a later date. www.hesselcheslek.com

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Sep. 11 to Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 17, 2020
Rachael was always kindhearted and wore a smile. She really knew how to light up a room. My heart goes out to her family. I will continue to pray for peace and healing. Rachael will be remembered fondly for her loving soul.
Angela Coons
September 16, 2020
I met Rachael when I started working at BCBSM.. she was my cubemate for a long time and we became awesome friends from there.. her caring nature was so amazing and admired, her bubbly and bright smile will be deeply missed.. what a beautiful innocent loving helpful and giving woman.. I love you Rachael
Lindsey Sheets
September 15, 2020
Rachael was a long time volunteer at the Kent Co Sheriff's Mounted Unit barn. She and Isabel spent countless hours keeping the boys well fed and groomed. Rachael was also very quick to offer up to clean blankets, sew them up or whatever else needed to be done for the houses and around the barn.
When the weather was really bad a couple winters ago, the boys had to be inside and she was quick to offer up to come in and spend time with them and let them have some supervised fun in the indoor arena.
She was a great friend to the horses and a great support to the Mounted Unit.
Lt T Kraai - Kent Co Mounted Unit (ret)
September 14, 2020
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Jan Akey
September 14, 2020
You will be missed you beautiful soul
Kimberly Wible
September 14, 2020
The world has lost a ray of sunshine. Rachel could walk into any room and flash that beautiful smile and you would instantly feel better. She had the best hugs and was genuine about generous with them. I loved the way her eyes twinkled when we was planning an adventure or being mischievous. But most of all Rachel, you were an amazing Mom to your daughters. You raised amazing young ladies who knew without a doubt that you would go to the ends of the earth and back for them. I feel so blessed to have had the HONOR of having you in my and my family's life, and in our Girl Scout family. I will miss you my friend.
Jan Akey
September 12, 2020
Rachael was a great friend and I will always carry her close to my heart. She was always up for a new adventure no matter how crazy or silly it seemed. She was the person to call with your crazy ideas and the first person to show up with the supplies to make it happen. Her smile and sense of humor was infectious and she always knew how to cheer you up when you were feeling down. She will be greatly missed.
September 11, 2020
Rachael was a true shining bright light amongst us. She was always happy and bubbly and most of all friendly to everyone. I will never forget her and her craftiness. She was always doing some craft or another. She will be greatly missed and it will be very lonely at Blue Cross Blue Shield without her. My heart goes out to her family.
ElizeBeth Bonz
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