Susan Kempker ’87 Westrate

After a brief, unexpected illness, Susan Lynn Westrate passed away surrounded by her loving family in the early hours of March 19, 2019.

Sue grew up in Holland, attending Holland Public Schools, where she was captain of the state championship gymnastics team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dance and Business from Hope College.

She spent most of her early summers and many of her vacations at her happy place in a cottage on Lake Geneserath, Beaver Island. Spending days in the woods and on the lake with her family were the best of times and are precious memories for her entire family.

Work in later years took her and her husband Pete to Mississippi and then to Worchester Massachusetts where they lived happily in recent years. Sue has been joyfully reunited with her father Dave Kempker.

She is survived by her soul mate and husband Pete Westrate, her four children, Tanner and Davis Bryant, Hannah and Gabby Westrate; her mother Mary Kempker; mother-in-law Marcia Westrate Butterfield; brothers David (Karen) Kempker and Dan (Karen) Kempker; brothers and sisters in law Will (Caroline) Westrate, Brian Westrate, HeatherWestrate, Kara (Russ) Burns, and Kyle (Sasha) DeYoung; many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

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