It is with great sorrow to announce that Agnes Patricia (Kelly) Gedritis passed away on April 6, 2020 at the age of 85. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Robert Louis Gedritis Sr.; children, Robert Jr., Mary Ann (John) Steinberg, Laurie Smith, and David (Stacy) Gedritis. Agnes cherished her grandchildren, Rebecca Sietsema, Mark Gedritis, David Steinberg, Luke Steinberg, Colin Smith, Kiera Smith, Jack Gedritis, and Anna Gedritis. She joins her parents, Laurence and Gladys Kelly; sisters, Phyllis and Mary Ann; and brother, Bernard in Heaven. Growing up in Grand Rapids, MI, Agnes attended Mount Mercy Academy. She met Robert, the love of her life, and got married at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on October 5, 1957 where they were lifetime parishioners. People were drawn to Agnes as she had a special kindness that everyone embraced. Quiet and compassionate, she could always be counted on to lend a caring, listening ear and provide support. Agnes exhibited unbelievable strength, perseverance, and adaptability in her final years. She loved her family with all her heart and always went above and beyond the call of duty. Agnes especially enjoyed the many years of traveling to track meets, cross country meets and road races. She drove many kids to practice and meets in the green Ford Econoline van, made healthy snacks and cheered on countless young athletes. Many have fond memories to this day of her joy and dedication. Agnes enjoyed seeing her own grandchildren run and compete in sports. Most importantly, her life was guided by her Catholic faith and love for God. The family would like to thank the caregivers from Emmanuel Hospice and Porter Hills for lovingly caring for her. Agnes and Robert were passionate, lifelong supporters of Catholic education and request memorial donations be directed in her name to Immaculate Heart of Mary Killgoar Foundation,1935 Plymouth Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or online in her name at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E131397&id=1 A private burial will take place and a memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
We absolutely loved Agnes. Such a kind neighbor to Phyllis when they lived near each other. Agnes was a beautiful soul. She always had a kind word and a smile for our family. We will certainly keep Bob and your family in our prayers. With Love, Tom & Tracy Rosenbach
Bob and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Agnes, she and Bob sat behind me at Mass for years,such a sweet Lady.. my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless You All!
We were blessed to know Agnes for many years at IHM Parish. We prayed together, our children attended IHM School together, and we were friends of her extended family as well.
We will always remember her sweet smile and kindness to all of us who called her “friend”.
Our sympathy and prayers are with Bob and the children at this time.
Mary and Bill Passinault