Angelin Marie Pontz, age 45 of Hersey, passed away Wednesday September 14, 2011 in Grand Rapids. She was born March 24, 1966 in Reed City to Gary Williams and Kathleen (Rancour) Williams, was raised in Reed City, attended Trinity Lutheran Church and School, and was a 1984 graduate of Reed City High School. On March 1, 1986 she was married at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City to Kevin Pontz who survives. She was a 1987 Graduate of Ferris State College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing before taking several years away from work to raise her girls. She then returned to Ferris State University and went on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Education and later completed a Masters Degree in English Composition from Ferris State University in 2010. She was a serious and hardworking student at all levels of her education and all of her academic accomplishments were received with honors. She was employed at several area schools including Trinity Lutheran School in Reed City, Reed City Middle School, Reed City High School, and as professor of English Composition at Baker College in Cadillac. Throughout her life, she applied herself to the service and education of others and lived each day as a model for God’s Love. Angie was a dedicated wife and mother who worked very hard to provide every opportunity that life could offer to her daughters. She touched the lives of many in the community and was inspirational to her students who she referred to as “her kids”. She was a frequent volunteer and avid supporter of Reed City High School sports teams who was always seen smiling, giving of herself whatever was needed. She put her family, her church, and her students first and was a true friend to many. She has continued to give of herself through the Gift of Life program and has been responsible for saving the lives of at least 4 other individuals through her sacrifice. A memorial fund has been set up in her name at Lake-Osceola State Bank, a portion of which will benefit Gift of Life and will also dedicate a lighted cross on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her Husband Kevin Pontz of Hersey, daughters Emily Kathleen Pontz and Abigail Leah Pontz of Hersey, sister Amy Fleming of Hersey, parents Gary and Kathleen Williams of Hersey, grandparents Ranald and Mildred Williams of Reed City, grandmothers Kathleen Bachorek and Emma “Dolly” Rancour, mother in law Doris Pontz of Reed City, sister in law Jody (Bill) Strelow of Reed City, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her infant sister Kelly K. Williams.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday September 17, 2011 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City with Rev. Jeffrey Potter and Rev. Dean Davenport officiating. Burial will be at Hersey Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Angelin Pontz Memorial Fund at the Lake-Osceola State Bank and envelopes are available at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City during visitation hours, 3:00-6:00 P.M. Friday September 16, 2011. Those attending the funeral service that wish to be present at the graveside are asked to carpool.