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Born: February 10, 1929
Death: February 14, 2013

William Patrick Carey, age 84 of Grand Rapids, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Frances Carey; brothers, Joseph and Jerry Carey; sister, Eleanor Bowen and his children’s mother, Wavajean. He is survived by his children, Patrick (Cathi) Carey, Michael (Mary) Carey, Anne Carey, Terry Carey, Brian Carey, Tim (Kelly) Carey, Ellen Carey and Rose (Andy) Jannenga; grandchildren, Trisha (Danny) Wheaton, Leslyann Carey, Brandon, Collin and Emma Carey, Jacob, Ethan, Ashlyn and Logan Jannenga; great-granddaughter, Samantha Lee Wheaton; also nieces and nephews. Bill graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1946, served in the U.S. Army, returned and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College. He was a longtime member of the Circle Theatre, an avid Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan and a Bond insurance salesman for many years. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 10:30 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Rev James A. Chelich, presiding. Internment Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle School Education Fund, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Inc., 731 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

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