Carrie Lynn Koonter
1959 - 2018
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Carrie Lynn Koonter

Laingsburg - Carrie Lynn Koonter was born 12/24/1959 and died 09/19/2018 after a long battle with MS. She finished the fight on her own terms. Her parents were Donald and Elizabeth (Forrest) Koonter. She was a lifelong resident of Laingsburg and was proud of that. She attended Laingsburg schools and graduated in 1978. She was on the State Championship Softball Team where she was a formidable hitter. She continued to play softball after high school on recreational leagues, where she won another state title. She made many lifelong friends on the ball fields.

She worked for over 25 years for Meijer, all of those years at the Lake Lansing store. It was said you knew if Carrie was working because her laugh could be heard throughout the store. Until her health stopped her, she was a devoted member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 248. She worked countless breakfasts, benefits and could always be counted on to help. She was a founding member of the Laingsburg Dart and Women's Golf Leagues. She played on both for many years.

Carrie and her wife Mary were together for over 30 years and were very happy to finally be able to be married in 2015. They loved NASCAR, especially Mark Martin and enjoyed traveling to races and all over the US. They attended too many Rod Stewart concerts to count. Carrie loved spending time with her family and friends. There was never a lack of laughter or love when she was around. She was so proud of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister; Annette Koonter, great nephew; Michael Balcarcel and many dear aunts and uncles. She is survived by her wife and best friend; Mary McDougal, brothers; Daniel (Anzhelika), Kenny (Leona) and Gary (Barb) Koonter, nieces and nephews; Troy, Karen, Tina Ray, Amy, Teresa, Mark and Kim, many great nieces and nephews, her special Aunt Katie, many loved cousins and those that honored her by calling her Aunt Carrie.

When you remember Carrie, please remember her smile, her laugh and her love of life.

Donations can be made in Carrie's name to: New Hope Pet Rescue, PO Box 281, Laingsburg, MI 48848.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, September 24, 2018 at Laingsburg United Methodist Church, 210 Crum Street, Laingsburg, MI 48848, with Rev. Brian West officiating. Interment will be immediately following at Laingsburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 3:00-7:00 PM at the church and one hour prior to the service time. The family is being served by the Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Laingsburg Chapel. Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com






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Published in Lansing State Journal on Sep. 23, 2018.
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September 28, 2018
Our familys condolences to you and your family. We were in Branson MO when I heard of Carries passing or I would have been at the funeral. Our families were close growing up. My prayers are with you.
Cathy Chubb
Friend
September 24, 2018
Mary: Our sincere condolences go out to you. We have had a cousin and dear friend experience this horrific disease so we understand what you have been through. Our prayers are with you.
Doc and Dee O'Bryant
DOLORES OBRYANT
Friend
September 24, 2018
So Sorry to hear the passing of Carrie. She was a Wonderful Lady. I worked with her at Lake Lansing Meijer for over 22 years.I loved working with her. She was alot of fun. She will be dearly missed.
Tracy Aven
Coworker
September 24, 2018
Thoughts and prayers for yourself and family too.

Art & Kim Hatherly
Kim Hatherly
September 23, 2018
So Sorry for your loss! She really was a class act! And I too loved her laugh! I worked with her at Lake Lansing Meijer until August of 99!
Deb Childs
Friend
September 22, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to Mary and the
Koonter family
Mike & Leslie Mackiewicz
September 22, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to Mary and the Koonter
family
Mike & Leslie Mackiewicz
September 22, 2018
I worked with Carrie for over 22 years at Lake Lansing Meijer. She always had a smile when I'd see her, even after we both left Meijer. RIP Carrie, you will be missed.

Janean W.
September 21, 2018
Ive heard so many great stories about Carrie, all of them made me laugh so much! I know how much she meant to her family and Im sure shell be dearly missed.

Mary, Im sending you a big hug from NJ. Im very sorry for your loss.
Dani Arias-Rotondo
September 21, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to Mary & the Koonter family.
Chuck & Deb Ross
September 21, 2018
Paul Adams
Friend
September 21, 2018
Sorry for your loss, Gary and Barb.
John Nicholas
September 21, 2018
Karla MalOne (tarbell)
Classmate
September 21, 2018
Mary so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers sent your way
Kathye Gardner
Friend
September 21, 2018
Mary I am sorry for the emptiness you are feeling. When I played softball with Carrie and the rest, they were the best days of my life. I was envious of her laugh and her devotion to friends and family.
Annette Brust-Huselton
Friend
September 21, 2018
To all the family and fiends of Carrie so sorry for your loss words can not express how we feel or know the words to say but we are all thinking of you and all the times we say Carrie and her wonderful laugh.
jim and leanne claucherty
Friend
September 21, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the entire Koonter family. We dearly missed Mary & Carrie's attendance a few weeks ago as the Laingsburg class of 1978 celebrated our 40th class reunion, we had a wonderful champagne toast to Carrie (thanks Mary) ......what a GREAT state championship softball team we had in 1978 with Carrie's awesome play. Dang, that girl could hit a softball!!! I love the picture you chose for Carrie's obituary, it made me smile with a tear in my eye. Since kindergarten, Carrie's laughter filled a room and was infectious....she will be dearly missed, God bless her.
Skip & Mary Turek
Friend
September 21, 2018
Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Carrie was so lucky to have your love and support through this difficult time. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Tina Brandt
September 20, 2018
Mary, I am so sorry. Sending you hugs and prayers.
Karen Hackett
September 20, 2018
Gone too soon, at least she did it on her terms, love that picture, captures her true spirit. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss Mary.
Tasinda Ridsdale
Friend
September 20, 2018
Rest In Peace Carrie!
Jim Herblet
Jim Herblet
September 20, 2018
Carrie was a wonderful person! I used to sell Vortman cookies to her when she worked in the bulk food department at Meijer #52, 30+ years ago, yes she had that contagious laugh that was known only to her, she was always very pleasant to me, we laughed and joked together on my visits to the store, she will be missed by many!!! No more suffering with that awful disease, RIH my friend Carrie
Dewy Mears
Coworker
September 20, 2018
I am so sorry Mary for your loss. I know how much she meant to you and the love you showed her right to the end, is the best gift you could give her. My heart and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Teresa Lyon
Friend
September 20, 2018
Carrie even gave me some of her Lily of the Valley plants.. Still flowering every spring (after I said how I loved the smell!!) I enjoyed talking to her on breaks at store 52...RIP
JoAn Watson
Coworker
September 20, 2018
I will always remember Carrie-at meijer in the break room. She was always so nice to me!!
JoAn Watson
Friend
September 20, 2018
So sorry Mary for your lose.
Carrie was a wonderful person worked alot of year's with her at Meijer store 52
Darla Elenbaas
Coworker
September 20, 2018
I'm so very sorry for your loss !!! Carrie was a Wonderful & Caring lady. I will never forget her smile and laughter. RIP
Marilyn Dalman
Friend
September 20, 2018
I remember Carrie when she worked at Meijer and we always talked about Mark Martin cause he was my favorite driver too..she was an awesome lady and I missed her laugh and smiling face..Glad she lived life to the fullest!!! She will be missed by all..RIH Sweet Lady!!
Nancy Hanks
Coworker
September 20, 2018
Dear Mary, So sorry to hear about your "Carrie Lynn". She was a great girl... and always so much fun when us old Cadillac guys came down to Laingsburg. You are both in our prayers. God Bless and Love Mikie & Kenny
Mary Margaret Winkelmann
Friend
September 20, 2018
Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Carries passing. She was a true MS warrior. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hank McDowell
Friend
September 20, 2018
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Thinking of you Gary, Barb and family.
Jim/Judy Stark
Friend
September 19, 2018
Keeping you in our prayers Mary. She is with God now. Love you!!

Heather
Heather Derrick
Friend
September 19, 2018
Thoughts and prayers. No more suffering now. She is with God in Heaven.
Martha West
Friend
September 19, 2018
Mary, Dan, Ken, Gary and families. My heartfelt sympathy to all of y or u. Have known Carrie since she was born . Sending all my love, prayers and hugs to each of you. Carrie's with Don, and Liz playing cards with Grandpa and Grandma Forrest, along with Al and Lucy....
Sharon Bates
Friend
September 19, 2018
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers
Kim, Kenny and Annette Lee
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