Life Story / Obituary
Nancy Kathryn (Mulder) Rooney, 73, of Traverse City passed away at Munson Medical Center on November 2, 2022, surrounded by family. She was born February 24, 1949 in Holland, Michigan to Jay and Betty Mulder. She attended St Francis De Sales Catholic School and graduated from Holland High School in 1967. Soon after, she went to work for the State of Michigan, from which she retired in 2002.
In 1984, she was united in marriage to Edward Rooney in a simple ceremony at Wyoming City Hall in West Michigan.
She was soft-spoken and gentle, but when something was amiss that she felt strongly about, there was never any question where she stood. Her kindness and generosity were unmatched, and her words of counsel were never mean, often witty, and always constructive. Just to be around her made you a better person.
Her passion (in addition to Hudsonville vanilla ice cream) was kids. She did a remarkable job with her children Chad and Amy, but the grandchildren took it to a whole different level. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. Despite protests from their mother, she spoiled them relentlessly. However, had they currently been a little older, they’d be working. She was insistent about getting into the working world ASAP, as Chad and Amy would verify. If there was a textbook on work ethic, she’d be featured in chapter one. After retirement she took a job with L&S Associates, a consulting firm. After moving to the Traverse City area in 2009, she volunteered at Mill Creek Elementary School, helping kids learn to read, and she loved it. Not coincidentally, she could also see the grandkids more that way.
She is survived by her husband Ed; son, Chad Wagenveld of Traverse City; daughter, Amy Brady of Williamsburg Michigan; granddaughter, Riley Brady; grandson Emmett Brady and a sister, Peggy Boersen of Holland.
She was preceded in death by her parents of Zeeland Michigan and her brother, Lester Mulder of Atlanta Georgia.
Cremation has taken place. No service is planned.
In lieu of flowers or donations, hug your kids, buy them an ice cream cone, and tell them it’s from Nancy.
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