- September 12, 1932 - February 1, 2013
- Sparta, Michigan
of Nancy's Passing
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
185 Oakes St SW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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“I'm deeply saddened today to have read that my favorite elementary teacher has passed away. Nancy inspired me to never give up even when things get...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Matthew Landry - Cedar Springs, MI
“I was so saddened to learn of Nancy's death. Her strength was amazing. I will think of her each time I send a "thinking of you" card. You are in...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Gail L Park - Grand Rapids, MI
“I came to The Cok family as an exchangestudent from Norway in 1977-78. They gave me a fantastic year, driving down to Florida during Christmas...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Anne Sophie Beichmann - Norway
“I loved working with Nancy as a fellow teacher in Sparta. We had such fun cross country skiing at her home. Nancy was a kind and positive person...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Janis Opperman - Rockford, MI
Please know that at this difficult time I offer prayers for you and your family to find comfort and healing during this most difficult...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Shari Lewis - Greenville, MI
“Mrs. Cok was one of my favorite teachers. Despite the number of years that have passed, I remember our time together very well. She inspired me in...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Darcy Reister - Rockford, MI
“We are sending our sincere sympathy and caring thoughts for you, Stu, and your dear family for the loss of Nancy. Her gentleness, kindness, grace...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Arnie and Renae DePagter - MI
“"Non habemus hic manentem civitatem our definitive home is not to be found on this earth." - St. Josemaria Escriva
8 of 23 | Posted by: Mark Weber - Grand Rapids, MI
“Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Cok family and my friend Susan. May you be wrapped in the arms of love and comfort.
9 of 23 | Posted by: Gina Garner - Lansing, MI
“I had the blessing of meeting Nancy and Stu several years ago at Trinity Chr. Ref. Church in Sparta, when Pastor Hoekstra was minister. Nancy became...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Marcia Mast Roberts - MI
“I have many fond memories of Aunt Nancy--her big smile and easy laugh, her blue, blue eyes that twinkled with joy and kindness, her warm hospitality...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Emily (Schuurmann) DeGroat - MA
“Am so sorry to learn of the loss of our dear sweet Nancy. She helped me in so many ways while we taught together. My heart brings so many ways that...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Beverly Punches - Rockford, MI
“Dear Tom, Sue, and Family,
You ae in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.
May you find peace in knowing that your mother(grandmother)...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: William and Mary Passinault - MI
“I had the honor of working with Nancy at Sparta Middle School for many years!! She was an excellent teacher and a dear friend. Some wonderful...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Patronella Nelli Koster
“Nancy Cok, A truly beautiful woman, gentle spirit, so clearly loved her children, grandchildren, and the nature kingdom God so created. This verse...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Marilyn Keigley - GR, MI
“Condolences and prayers to Nancy's family from the Provincial Administration of the US Province of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers. Be assured of...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Rev. Richard Wilkinson, CSC - IN
“I have known our cousin Nancy all my life. Whenever we came up from Chicago we would stop by Stu and Nancy's cottage for a visit. Whenever their was...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: George D. Cooper - Hudsonville, MI
“May all the family find the peace and comfort only Our Lord can give, Nancy had a wonderful attitude about her disease, I can't forget her and the...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Adriana Jane Fransens-Beeching - OH
“what a sweet woman Nancy was! May her soul rest in peace, and may you find comfort in wonderful memories!
19 of 23 | Posted by: Carol Hickner - Lander, WY
“Nancy and I became friends in the retired teachers group and she made me feel very welcome every time we were together. She was always a gracious...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Cheryl Meyer - Sparta, MI
“Collin and I extend our deepest sympathy to Stu and all the family. Nancy was such a dear friend and extraordinary woman who handled everyone and...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Sue Burnett - Parma, MI - Friends
“My deepest sympathy for the loss of our beautiful Nancy. A gracious lady
who won all our hearts with her kindness, optimism and special love. We...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Jean Walker - Kent City, MI
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time!
Mike, Carrie, and Michael Jagiello
23 of 23 | Posted by: Carrie - Ocala, FL
COK- As of February 1, 2013 the soul of Nancy L. Cok (Van Daalen, 80) rests with the Holy Spirit, who has been her guide in life. Her heart remains with her husband of 56 years, Stuart E. Cok and her four children, Steven (Mary) Cok, Susan (Tom) English, David Coke, and Linda Willetts; ten grandchildren, Dan (Kathryn) Eardley, Michael Eardley, Mike (Melissa) English, Steve English, Joe English, Ben English, Adriana Coke, Alex Coke, Dylan Willetts, Samantha Willetts and two great grandchildren, Juniper Rose English and Adrian Michael English.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Monday, February 4, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont. Funeral services be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 5 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, with visitation one hour prior.
To sign the family's online guest book please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions in Nancy's honor may be made to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation or a charity of your choice.