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Obituary for Phyllis J. Switzer

Phyllis Switzer (1934 – 2021)

She has gone to be with her precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This was the ultimate culmination of a lifetime serving the Lord in her myriad ways – her thoughts and actions, her teaching of her children, and her wide-ranging musical service in the church.

On April 27th, Phyllis succumbed to cancer, complicated by Covid-19 / pneumonia. Despite her suffering, she was cheerfully anticipating what lay ahead as Jesus welcomed her into his arms.
The only child of Rev. Anthony and Jennie Van Zante, Phyllis was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on the 4th of July – and somehow, that seemed so fitting!

After graduation from high school, she studied to become a nurse, but gave that up to marry. Her eventual career path took her from giving piano lessons at home, to employers in Allegan, Grand Rapids, and finally to Orangeville Baptist church where she served as secretary (into her eighties).

Phyl’s marriage to Alvin Vander Klay produced three children – Beth, Randy, and Lisa.
She was married to Harley Switzer in 1986, until his passing from Alzheimer’s in 2004.

Phyllis is survived by Beth (Jeff) Bourdo, Randy (Donna) Vander Klay, Lisa (Dave) Knobloch, her beloved 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and special cousins Ruth Vander Hart and Dorothy (Leo) Van Sant. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her granddaughter and her husband, Harley.

Her family members and many friends deeply grieve her passing, but understand she is now pain-free, and death is not the end, but a new beginning.

A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, May 1st with visitation at 10 am and service at 11 am, at the Orangeville Baptist Church – 6921 Marsh Rd, Plainwell, MI 49080.

Please observe safety protocols regarding Covid.

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