KALKASKA — Ingara Grace Leepart, 88, of Kalkaska, went home to the Lord on Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 13, 1925, to the late Milo and Lillie (Mayer) Knowlton.
In 1944 Grace first met Gordon Leepart when he was on leave from World War II basic training. Gordon saw her in a pool hall and said, “What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” Although Grace was simply there to give her brother a ride home, Gordon asked her brother to have her write to him while he was gone. Soon after they fell in love and were married in December of 1945.
She will be best remembered for being a wife, mother and grandmother, giving her family the type of endless love that you can only wish and dream for.
Grace was a deeply devoted Christian, spending much of her life sharing her Christianity with others and teaching Sunday school. She was well known for her beautiful voice, singing praises at church and on retreats.
Grace was very artistic, often busy crocheting, wood carving and teaching ceramics. Many of those creations she would then gift to children and friends. She also volunteered with Gordon at the Good News Camp for many years.
Grace is survived by her husband, Gordon E. Leepart; children, Craig (Michelle) Leepart and Dian (Edward) Hungness; grandchildren, Mark (Kimberly) Glyshaw, Jerry Leepart, Danielle Leepart and Tyler Dennison; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Noah and Josiah Glyshaw. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Knowlton; and many nieces and nephews.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry Leepart; and brothers, Norman J. Knowlton, William G. Knowlton and Charles E. Knowlton.
A funeral service will take place in the Chapel of Kalkaska Funeral Home, 152 S. Cedar St., on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1 p.m., with visitation to be held at noon. The Reverend Ron White of Hospice of Michigan will officiate. Grace will be laid to rest in Roselane Cemetery in Toccoa, Ga.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Grace to the Good News Camp, 3613 North M-30, Gladwin, MI 48624.
God has gained a perfect angel who will always remain in our hearts.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.