Carol Sikkenga ’60 Garthwaite

Carol Ann Garthwaite of Kalamazoo, Michigan, age 81, passed away Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020, following a lengthy illness.

Carol was born in Muskegon, Michigan, on April 1, 1938, the daughter of Carl E. and Pauline Sikkenga. Carol was very well-known as an accomplished artist and had a true talent for painting. She had an indomitable spirit. Her family and her love of the arts were extremely important to her. Carol graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Carol was first and foremost a mom. She took pride in taking care of and raising her four children, and dearly loved her grandchildren.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Scott Garthwaite of Oak Park, Illinois, Denise Garthwaite of Brighton, Michigan, Kim (Marc) Claflin of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Ann (Kurt) Nank of Downers Grove, Illinois. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Richard Garthwaite, Riley and Madyson Claflin, Tyler and Zachary Nank; as well as her brother, Richard (Phyllis) Sikkenga of Roscommon, Michigan.

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