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Jayne A. Cummings

Obituary for Jayne A. Cummings

November 3, 1939 - July 16, 2018
Holland, Michigan | Age 78

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Jayne Alice Cummings, age 78, of Holland, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas; her son Seth and Jennilee Cummings; her grandsons: Charles Thomas Cummings and Adam Christian Cummings; her sisters: Louise Peppel and Carole and Robert Bos; and several loving and adored nieces and nephews.

Jayne was a member of Christ Memorial Church, where she participated in several groups and continued to "Love the Lord Jesus and realize that God has a plan for everyone's lives."

Jayne was born in Lake Odessa, Michigan in 1939. Her father, Marinus Hoffs, was a doctor and mother, Alice Brower, was a former banker and teacher who was active in the community and church, including being the organist for 40 years. Jayne and her sisters sang trios at their Methodist church.

Jayne graduated from Lake Odessa High School in 1957 and, after transferring from the University of Michigan after her freshman year, was the 1962 valedictorian of her nursing school class at Michigan State University.

Jayne met Thomas Cummings in the fall of 1958 and they married August 4, 1962. They lived in Washington DC, where Jayne worked as a visiting nurse and Tom earned his MBA. They lived in Houston, TX, Springfield, MA, Elmira, NY and Woodbury, CT, where their son Seth was born, before settling in Medway, MA for 25 years. Through every move, Tom and Jayne returned every summer to Jayne's family's cottage on Lake Michigan in Macatawa.

An active stay at home mom, Jayne served on the Council on Aging, the Milford Hospital Auxiliary and as President of the Medway Historical Society. She was an active member of the Medway Community Church, where she served on many committees and conducted elder ministry helping senior citizens. She also drove for Meals on Wheels and ran the Community Church Thrift Shop.

In 1995, Tom and Jayne moved to a lifelong dream of Jayne's to a lake front home in Upton, MA. In 2004, they moved to Holland, MI to be near Jayne's mother Alice, who lived to 110 years, and to frequent their Macatawa cottage. Jayne's passion became caretaking the family's beloved cottage.

Jayne and Tom enjoyed many visits with their son's family in Los Angeles, CA and always looked forward to their annual visits to the family cottage in Michigan.
Jayne loved to read, boat, swim, sew, garden and walk. Through the years, Jayne also loved her dogs Patches, Heidi, Dutch, Max and Roxie.

Anyone who knew Jayne, understood that once she set her mind to something it was going to get done. She passed that trait to her son and grandsons.

Jayne often expressed "Thank you, God for giving me such a rich life and loving family and friends."

Jayne is already sorely missed by her family and many friends.

Visitation will be from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2018 at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Rd, Holland with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the United Way or Christ Memorial Church. www.langelandsterenberg.com

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  • Christ Memorial Church
    595 Graafschap Road
    Holland, MI 49423

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Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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