Ann Christensen ’67 Olendorf

Ann Christensen ’67 Olendorf, 72, died on Nov. 20, 2016, in Grand Rapids, following a Hemorrhagic Stroke.

Mrs. Olendorf was born on Sept. 25, 1944, in South Haven, to her parents, Leonard and Neva Christensen. She graduated from Hope College in 1969 and acquired a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in 2005. She married Donald Olendorf in 1973.

Ann was a loving wife who adored her children and grandchildren. Her soft kisses and hugs will be treasured memories.

Ann was a patient and supportive educational leader with a passion for children in poverty with promise. She was an avid sailor who spent 30 years visiting the remote spots of the Great Lakes on her beloved “Isle of Skye.”

Mrs. Olendorf is survived by her husband, Donald; her brother, Chuck; mother-in-law, Mary Olendorf; daughters, Krista Willertz (Chris) and Sonja Skerbeck (Jamie); son, Eric Olendorf (Megan); and 10 grandchildren, Raegan Willertz, Alec Willertz, Maria Willertz, Joseph Skerbeck, Sophia Skerbeck, Nicholas Skerbeck, Emma Olendorf, Andrew Olendorf, Matthew Olendorf, Charlie Olendorf.

Kindness and optimism were her greatest strengths.

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