OBITUARY: Angelin Marie Pontz

HERSEY – Angelin Marie Pontz, 45, of Hersey, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Grand Rapids.

She was born on March 24, 1966, in Reed City, to Gary Williams and Kathleen (Rancour) Williams. She was raised in Reed City, attended Trinity Lutheran Church and School and was a 1984 graduate of Reed City High School.

On March 1, 1986, she was married at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City to Kevin Pontz, who survives. She was a 1987 graduate of Ferris State College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing before taking several years away from work to raise her girls. She then returned to Ferris State University and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education and later completed a master’s degree in English composition from Ferris State University in 2010. She was a serious and hardworking student at all levels of her education, and all of her academic accomplishments were received with honors. She was employed at several area schools including Trinity Lutheran School in Reed City, Reed City Middle School, Reed City High School and as professor of English Composition at Baker College in Cadillac.

Throughout her life, Angie applied herself to the service and education of others and lived each day as a model of God’s love. Angie was a dedicated wife and mother who worked very hard to provide every opportunity that life could offer to her daughters. She touched the lives of many in the community and was inspirational to her students, whom she referred to as “her kids.” She was a frequent volunteer and avid supporter of Reed City High School sports teams. She was always seen smiling, giving of herself whatever was needed. She put her family, her church and her students first and was a true friend to many. She has continued to give of herself through the Gift of Life program and has been responsible for saving the lives of at least four individuals through her sacrifice. A memorial fund has been set up in her name at Lake-Osceola State Bank, a portion of which will benefit Gift of Life and will also dedicate a lighted cross on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Pontz, of Hersey; daughters, Emily Kathleen Pontz and Abigail Leah Pontz, of Hersey; sister, Amy Fleming, of Hersey; parents, Gary and Kathleen Williams, of Hersey; grandparents, Ranald and Mildred Williams, of Reed City; grandmothers, Kathleen Bachorek and Emma “Dolly” Rancour; mother-in-law, Doris Pontz, of Reed City; sister-in-law, Jody (Bill) Strelow, of Reed City; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Kelly K. Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Angelin Pontz Memorial Fund at the Lake-Osceola State Bank. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at www.pruittlivingston.com.