Foster Wanink



Lakeview – Foster C. Wanink, age 100, of Lakeview, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Lakeview Terrace with family at his side. Foster was born on January 30, 1917 in Lakeview, the son of William and Cora (Beagle) Wanink. He was raised in Lakeview and attended Pleasant Hill and then graduated from Lakeview High School Class of 1936. Foster married his lifelong sweetheart Frances Behrenwald on September 17, 1939 in Lakeview. Foster was self-employed as a Farmer for over 65 years. Foster was a member of the Moose Lodge in Florida and his main “Hobby” was working hard. He also enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He made many beautiful wood projects including children’s toys, outdoor patio furniture, and bookcases.

Foster will be deeply missed by his two sons and their wives Dale (Ruth) Wanink of Belding, and Doyle (Valerie) Wanink of Sparta; two grandchildren Eric (Lisa) Wanink, and Jacqueline Wanink; two great-grandchildren Matthew and Alison Wanink; many nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Foster was preceded in death by his loving wife Frances Wanink; one son Orland Wanink in 1968; his parents William and Cora Wanink; three siblings Lyle Wanink, Treva Black, and Laura Hunt.

Funeral services for Foster will be Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, Michigan. The family will be accepting friends for Visitation on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. and on Saturday at 12:00 noon at the funeral home. A luncheon will be provided for all in the funeral home banquet room following graveside services at Riverside Cemetery in Langston.  Those wishing to make a contribution in Foster’s memory are asked to consider the Kelsey Hospital Guild.  

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  • Patty and ron hawley (Sunday, September 10 17 08:41 pm EDT)

    He was a gem, a real hero for me. I loved his spunk and comments. Will cherish our memories. He loved putting his ace on my king in cards

  • Jason johnson (Sunday, September 10 17 08:49 pm EDT)

    We love you foster and thanks for loving the Johnson's.

  • Jenna Griffes (Sunday, September 10 17 09:25 pm EDT)

    Foster was a great man. I meet him a few times for a school project and he was the sweetest person ever. I wish I could have went and seen him more before he passed. Foster will be missed.

  • Charity Sproul (Monday, September 11 17 09:09 am EDT)

    I am sorry for your loss. Foster always brightened up my day. We enjoyed watching the birds together in the morning as I helped him get ready for the day. He brought a smile to everyone's face. His passion for life and unconditional love will stay with me forever. He will be missed.

  • Andrea Evans (Monday, September 11 17 11:35 am EDT)

    He will be greatly missed by all of us at Lakeview Terrace. I loved when he would talk to me about his passed and tell me story's. I cherished them talks and bits of advice he had. He was always so positive and happy. A cheerful man. I was truly blessed to have been able to know Foster.

    With sincerest condolences

  • Nathanyl Powell (Monday, September 11 17 03:50 pm EDT)

    I loved this man. He was the most caring and gentle person I have ever met. If he had something, he would give it to anybody who needed it. He had story upon story to tell and I loved hearing every single one of them. He touched so many lives in the century he was alive. I'm so thankful that I had the chance to be one of those people!

  • Deborah Geiger (Monday, September 11 17 05:33 pm EDT)

    He was the sweetest and funniest man. I shared many a good time with him, a shot and a piece of pie!!! He will be sadly missed.

  • Dawn Caruss (Monday, September 11 17 07:27 pm EDT)

    Not ever knowing any of my own grandfathers, Foster welcomed me into he home and life as though I were one of his own. He certainly could tell some really good fish stories with such a mischievous grin. He was a good man and will be missed. He will rest well now that he has Frances by his side again.

  • Dawn and Gerald Johansen (Tuesday, September 12 17 08:01 pm EDT)

    Always enjoyed saying Hi to Foster while visiting Mom...he always had a smile on his face especially when enjoying his ice cream..he was a very big hearted and caring man...we enjoyed listening to his stories...

  • Susan Lutterloh (Wednesday, September 13 17 10:54 am EDT)

    Always liked to talk to Foster when I was at the Terrace visiting my dad. He was a kind and generous sole. Thank you Foster for letting me be one of the people you connected with.

  • Loretta Bezara (Friday, September 15 17 02:21 pm EDT)

    Doyle and Val-We're so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He lived a long and vibrant life. What a blessing! He was obviously so loved and respected in his community. Lakeview was richer for having him as a lifelong resident.

  • Samantha Crater (Monday, September 18 17 01:07 pm EDT)

    Foster was like a grandfather to me. He always put a smile on my face and his kindness and love for people was nothing short of amazing. He would give the shirt off his back for anyone. I have never met anyone like him and Lakeview will be a little less rich without him. I am so glad that I had the pleasure of getting to know him.

  • Sue Griffith (Monday, September 18 17 09:50 pm EDT)

    Love you my friend. Thx for the memories

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