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Gerald J. Van Wambeke

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“Came back to sub at Clague and just learned of Jerry's passing. May your heart find comfort in the blessing of his life. ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Ellen Sapper - Ann Arbor, MI

“Alice,Michael and Gia,I am so truly broken hearted over Gerry's passing..i will miss his funny sense of humor and his great stories..i will miss the...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Kirsten Novotny - South Lyon, MI

“I was so sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a fantastic teacher and a very special friend. He will be truly missed.Kay Wade ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Vam WamBecke's passing. He was my forum teacher at CHS from 73_76. I remember he had a great sense of humor and a...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Heidi Lucken - Ann Arbor, MI

“So sorry to hear of his passing. At CHS, he was a fun and energetic character, and a great teacher to me. ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Ken Novak - Palo Alto, CA

“RIP Mr. Van, one of the finest of my teachers. As a teacher, he went far above and beyond; I remember he took Slauson's "Political Interest Club" to...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Dan Ezekiel - Ann Arbor, MI

“What a good picture. We will miss him and the dinner parties we all had. He loved lamb! Have fun up there, Gerry! ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Norma & Peter Amrhein/Schaberg - MI

“Alice, so sorry to read of Gerry's passing. He was such an excellent person and educator. We were priveledged to call him our colleague. Our hearts...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Sheila and Terry Brown - Canton, MI

“Just heard this sad news. What great memories we all have of Gerry and his quick wit, his amazing pictures and wonderful faithfulness to St James. ...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Evelyn Kinnard - Dexter, MI

“Jerry was a high school classmate, and we reconnected through Facebook a few years ago. I was lucky enough to spend a little time with both him and...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Deborah Holzel - Amherst, MA

“Alice - we're so sorry to hear about Gerry and the suffering you and your family are going through. What a wonderful picture of Gerry. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Michael and Cheryl Grace - ON

“Alice and familyDeepest sympathy and prayers to you on Jerry' passing.So happy we were able to reconnect our friendship at our Servite reunion.Love, ...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Anne Marie Ventura - MI - friend

“I am so sorry to hear that Jerry passed away. May the warmth of your memories and the love of family and friends help to ease the pain of your loss. ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Alice,I was out of town and just saw this terrible news. How we will miss him this Saturday especially. He was such a part of the BBQ band. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Debbie Wilson - Chelsea, MI

“Dear Alice,Although we've only known you and Jerry for a short time, you quickly became very special people in our lives. Jerry was a gift to us...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Erin Peven - Howell, MI

“Dear Alice, I just saw on Facebook about Jerry's death. Wow, we are so sorry for the sense of loss that you are plodding through. Mike and I have...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Paula and Mike Hignite - Pinckney, MI

“Dear Alice, may you find peace in the many loving memories you shared in your 50+ years together. You are in my thoughts at this time of great loss. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Kay Pentzien - Ann Arbor, MI

“Alice, thank you so much for introducing me to Jerry. It's a gift to have known just a little bit of such a joyous man. I'm so sorry for your loss,...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Lee - Stockbridge, MI

“Dear Alice, I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I worked with him at Huron for many years and remember what a remarkable teacher he was. He...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Stephanie Ruzicka - Ann Arbor, MI

“Love and Light to you and your family, Alice.. Love Jeffrey Willets ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Jeffrey Willets - Ypsilanti, MI

Our family - May 2017 “We are all sending our love and keeping you, Alice, and all the family in our prayers. Our hearts go out to you at this sad time. With love from...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Elizabeth Boulter - Burnsville, NC

“Alice and FamilyDeepest Sympathy in the loss of Jerry. I fondly remember him from my years at Huron. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Patti Bailey - MI

“Dearest Alice, I didn't know of Jerry's passing until today. I am praying for you, Gia and David as you face this painful time. If I can be of...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Martha Folts

“I was shocked to hear of Jerry's passing. You're in my thoughts and prayers. I remember how proud Alice was when Jerry completed his JD. Your family...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Ken Westerman - Ann Arbor, MI

“Alice and family - We are very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Joe DeMarsh and Nora Schankin ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Nora Schankin - Ann Arbor, MI

“Alice, Gia and Michael, I so sorry to read of Jerry's death. My condolences to you all. Your old neighbor, Lana Berry. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Lana Berry - Ann Arbor, MI

“Please extend our deepest sympathies to Jerry's family. "Van" was in a class by himself, respected, polished, professional and compassionate. We've...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Richard and Kathleen Taylor - MI


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Gerald was born on September 8, 1944 and passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Gerald was a resident of Michigan at the time of passing.

Born September 8, 1944 in Detroit, MI to Joseph and Eleanor (nee Putman) Van Wambeke, he received his JD from the University of Detroit, and was a dedicated history and law teacher in the Ann Arbor schools for 40 years, affectionately known as "Mr. Van" to his many students.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, St. James Episcopal Church, or Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest.

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