Barbara Ringquist

Obituary of Barbara Lynne Ringquist

Barbara Lynne Ringquist, 79, of Stanwood, MI passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021 with her loving husband and daughters by her side. 


Barb was born October 12, 1941 to William and Shirley Hiemstra. She met her forever love, Delbert “Del” Ringquist, while student teaching, and they married on July 17, 1965 in Dowagiac, MI. Together they grew their family to include two daughters.  


Barb’s family describes her as someone who loved fiercely, lived fully and gave generously.  She selflessly volunteered her time to others with a focus on charities that assisted children and women in need. Barb was an avid reader and had a strong appreciation of the fine arts.  Barb and Del loved to travel and often did so with their family. Barb earned her PhD in Business Administration from Michigan State University and worked for Central Michigan University for decades. 


Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Del; daughters, Megan Gerardi and Keir Mitchell; grandchildren, Katelyn Awad, Jacqueline Gerardi, and Joseph Gerardi; great-grandchildren, Brayden Gerardi, Koral Curtis, and Walker Awad, as well as brothers, Neil Hiemstra and Don Hiemstra.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 


There will be a celebration of life at a future date.  Those desiring may direct memorial contributions in memory of Barbara Ringquist to Angels of Action: Fighting Childhood Hunger (P.O. Box 1020, Big Rapids, MI 49307), or to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Heart of the Lakes, Mecosta (GFWC, P.O. Box 395, Mecosta, MI 49332). 


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