Welcome to the memorial page for

Barbara Jean Hoag

May 1, 1939 ~ April 7, 2017 (age 77)

Barbara Jean Hoag, a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, age 77, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 7, 2017.  Barbara is now reunited in heaven with her high school sweet heart, the late Jerry Dale Hoag.  They shared 46 fun-filled beautiful years of marriage together.  She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and pursued a lifelong passion for higher education.  Her early employment started at the Blandford Nature Center as a naturalist educator.  Her time there sparked a passion for preserving our environment.  This led her to serve in several different roles such as serving on the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Frederick Meijer Gardens, Millennium Park, Camp Kidwell to name a few. She was the owner of her own consulting and fundraising firm specializing in preserving our land and water.  As a young woman in the 70’s she also was a pioneer for woman in politics, serving as a city commissioner for East Grand Rapids.  Her true joy came from family. She enjoyed each and every holiday, vacationing in Hawaii, but also enjoying one on one time with each of them.  She is survived by her sister Margaret (Robert) Cooper, her children Bradley (Margaret) Hoag, Todd Hoag and Laurel (Steven) Evert.  She was blessed with 9 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
185 Oakes St. S.W., Grand Rapids MI 49503
Tel: 1-616-454-1751
Web: http://www.grfoundation.org/

Kent County Parks Foundation
P.O. Box 230165, Grand Rapids MI 49523
Tel: 1-616-458-2080
Email: info@kentcountyparksfoundation.org
Web: http://www.kpcf.org/donate

St. Stephen Catholic Church
723 Rosewood Ave. SE, East Grand Rapids MI 49506
Tel: 1-616-243-8998
Email: moc.hsirapnehpetsts@eciffohsirap
Web: http://www.ststephenparish.com/contact-us

 Service Information

Memorial Mass
April 13, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Stephen Catholic Church
750 Gladstone Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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