Carla Jean VanAsselt
02/18/1945 - 07/04/2021
Obituary For Carla Jean VanAsselt
Carla Jean VanAsselt, age 76, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 4, 2021.
Carla was born in Reed City, Michigan on February 18, 1945 to Carl and Helen (Echlin) Holmgren. Her parents preceded her in death,
Carla graduated from Reed City High School in 1963 and served as Class Treasurer. She graduated from Ferris State College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. Carla subsequently received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Michigan and worked for her entire career for the Sparta Area Public Schools where she taught Middle School math and computers. Carla was an active member of Sparta United Methodist Church. Carla loved spending time with family doing puzzles and playing cards. Carla was a dedicated mother and grandmother, and friend. Carla enjoyed being outdoors and enjoying God’s nature while camping, working orchards, traveling to Branson, Missouri, Florida, and Mackinaw Island. Carla also enjoyed being near her two favorite lakes -Wolf and Camp Lakes.
Carla was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Fraser in 2007.
Carla is survived by her husband of 12 years, James VanAsselt; her daughters, Donna (Mike) Bouwkamp, Dawn (Craig) Brown, Luanne Helsen, Sally Kapteyn, Sandee Babb, Laurie (Jim) Reitsma; her grandchildren, Mariah Bouwkamp, Marissa Bouwkamp, Pamela (Taylor) Link, CJ Brown, Jennifer (Jeremy) Wiltenburg, Jeff Helsen, Ashley (Phil) Stone, Kevin Kapteyn, DJ Babb, Kamryn (Gabe) Shubel, Cassy Babb, Matt Reitsma, Bailey Reitsma, Kelly Reitsma, Jenna Reitsma, and Jason Reitsma; and her eight great grandchildren and two on the way; her sisters, Bonna (Rick) Hult, Greta (Al) Boldt; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeanie (John) Batchelder, Don (Ernestine) VanAsselt, Ken (Bert) VanAsselt, Jean (Jerry) Keas; her many nieces, nephew, and cousins; and her longtime special friend, Bonnie Wilkinson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at the Sparta United Methodist Church, 54 E Division Street, Sparta, MI 49345. Rev. Phil Friedrick will be officiating.
Friends may meet the family at Sparta United Methodist Church from 4:00pm until 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 7 and on Thursday, July 8 from 10:00am to 11:00am prior to the service.
Burial in Greenwood Cemetery of Sparta will take place immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Sparta United Methodist Church, North Kent Connect, or the Sparta Education Foundation.
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Your bright light on earth will shine eternal in Heaven. Rest in peace, Carla.
Carla served as Treasurer for the Sparta Education Foundation after she retired. She also helped decide which applications would be considered for funding. Carla was always patient, stating her reasoning with thought and kindness.
I was saddened to hear of Carla's passing. I've known her since my middle school days at Sparta. I had her for computer class in 5th-7th grade. She was a wonderful teacher, and I'd like to think I learned my typing abilities from her. RIP!
One of the greatest teachers in SMS I ever had. She was my homeroom teacher in 8th grade. We both went to Sparta United Methodist Church. Wonderful and caring woman. So blessed to have known her and learned a lot from her in school. RIP Carla
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