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Patricia (Nykamp) White

January 2, 1947 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Patricia White Obituary

Patricia "Pat" White, age 77 of Grand Haven, went home to be with her lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Trinity Health Muskegon Hospital. She was born on January 2, 1947, in Grand Haven, MI, to the late Harold and Marie (Briegel) Nykamp. Pat married Dennis J. White on October 31, 1966, in Kalamazoo, MI. He preceded her in death in March of 2011.

Pat graduated from Grand Haven High School, Class of 1965, and attended Grand Valley State University. She spent her career working for Scheurle, Legatz & Zitta Law firm, as a legal secretary. When Legatz left, she continued to work for him until 1994, when Dennis took a new job path. For the next eight years, Pat and Dennis lived in Arkansas, Ohio, and Florida. During that time, she continued to work as a legal secretary. They returned to Grand Haven in 2002, and Pat worked for the Ottawa County Circuit Court until her retirement. 

Pat enjoyed traveling with Dennis, and for their 40th wedding anniversary, they took their children on a Caribbean cruise. The also traveled to Honduras to visit their "girls." Pat and Dennis sponsored Maria and Albeta, who lived in an orphanage there since 1990, and Pat continued contact with them until her death. She enjoyed playing checkers with her Grand Nephew, Abner, and going to his baseball games. Pat loved helping others and was always there to help wherever needed.

Pat had a strong faith and was a regular attendee and longtime member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. She was a woman who had a green thumb and could grow any plant. Pat also loved cake decorating, and especially caring for her family.

Pat will be lovingly remembered and missed by her daughter, Marie (Marvin) Johnson; and son, Mark A. White; three grandchildren: Angela White, Mitchell White, and Corbin Johnson; her sister, Pamela (David) Dean; nephew, Jesse (Michal) Wetterman, and their children, Abner and Sylvie; and niece, Amanda Dean, and her children, Tucker and Phinn.

A private family service for Pat will be held at St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice.



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