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Rhonda Van Dyk 1958 - 2020

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Van Dyk, Rhonda On Wednesday November 18, Rhonda Kaye Van Dyk (Wishnew), a loving mother, wife and friend, passed away due to complications associated with Covid-19 at the age of 62. Rhonda was born November, 1958, and was raised in Elmhurst, IL with her two siblings, Roger and Robin. In August of 1982, she married Dan Van Dyk and had two daughters whom she loved dearly, Jessica and Jackie. She had a passion for people that shined through everything she did. She loved her family first and foremost and never failed to step up and help. Those who were fortunate enough to meet her also knew this love and were immediately welcomed into her ever growing little family. She was one of the kindest, most generous, and selfless humans and will be dearly missed by everyone she knew. She loved her work at Mel Trotter Ministries as the Events Director and regularly volunteered for the USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports Association. Her selfless dedication to the people of Grand Rapids through Mel Trotter and her passion for the sport and people in the water skiing community was unmatched. Rhonda was preceded in death by her father, Howard. She is survived by her husband Dan; her two daughters, Jessica and Jackie; her mother Cynthia; her sister Robin and her brother Roger; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the USA Adaptive Water Ski and Wake Sports Association in her name. There will be no public Celebration of Life until it can be done safely, hopefully in the spring or summer of 2021.
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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,620 Mega Baller
    Terrible to hear, thoughts put to their family. Have met Jessica through her involvement in waterskiing and it's a great cause to give to.

  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,163 Mega Baller
    I was at her induction into the Michigan Water Ski Association Hall of Fame in 2019. Some members of the USA Adaptive Water Ski Team told stories about her commitment as Team Manager and just what it takes to get that team to World Championship events across the globe - and win. It was impressive.

    Rhonda also held Senior Judge and Senior Scorer ratings, which were very beneficial for holding L tournaments in all discplines.

    Here is a nice article on the USA Water Ski website that highlights her many leadership positions, including membership and Chair on the Board of Directors for Adaptive Water Ski and Wake Sports.

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