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Grace Carol Waterlander (Schaap), 84, of Savannah, Georgia, and widow of MSgt Jack T. Waterlander, United States Air Force (Ret.) to whom she was married for 56 years, died Saturday afternoon, December 26, 2020, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Comstock, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Dena Schaap. Grace was a member of the Church of Christ. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved spending time with friends playing word games, jigsaw puzzles and card games.

Surviving are her three sons, Kenneth J Waterlander and wife Cynthia of Goose Creek, SC, Ronald J Waterlander and wife Debra of Savannah, GA, and Steven J Waterlander and wife Ann of Ladson, SC; eight grandchildren, Tracy Waterlander Knight and husband Kenneth, Daniel Waterlander and wife Lindsey, Andrew Waterlander and wife Lori, Kristy Waterlander, Kevin Waterlander and wife Micah, Brian Waterlander and wife Jamie, Ben Williams and Victoria Waterlander; seven great-grandchildren, Lilly Knight, Lacy Knight, James Waterlander, Marshall Waterlander, Archer Waterlander, Elliette Waterlander, and Josephine Waterlander; one brother, John Schaap; one sister, Eleanor Doorn, and sixteen nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 11 to 1 Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, December 30, 2020, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by Minister Michael Valenzuela. Private entombment will be in Hillcrest Abbey – West.

Remembrances: Wounded Warrior Project – Post Office Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia – Suite A10, 7505 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406-3817.

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  1. William & Joanne Oglesby says:

    She will be missed. She was a very sweet person. The best scrabble buddy I ever had. We know that she is home with the Lord. No more suffering or pain. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  2. Susan Clay Howard says:

    Ronnie and Debbie So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. May all the wonderful memories of your Mother bring you comfort at this difficult time..

  3. Louise Grotheer says:

    I worked with Grace at the Landings, she was a very caring person. She has been on my mind a lot lately and I wanted to get in touch. She and Jack are together again.

  4. Ruth (Shaffett) Kowalik says:

    I will always remember Mrs. Waterlander as a very sweet person. Growing up how our families got together and our parents played cards. She is going to be truly missed by everyone. My condolences to the Waterlander family. May she rest in peace.

  5. Joe Bunting says:

    What a loving Christian Grace is. Such a big heart for the Lord and His brethren. We are so humbled to have known her and Jack. What a wonderful couple. What a great example of Christ alive in the World. Grace let her light shine brightly!

  6. Don and Jan Schaap says:

    Ken, Ron and Steve and families: Our sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother, Grace. She truly loved her Lord Jesus was not afraid to be a witness for Him. One of my special memories of Aunt Grace was when I (Don) was a little boy, she and Aunt Eleanor took me sledding on Schrader’s hill, a little ways south of the family farm. Also, we remember her generous hospitality when she and Uncle Jack invited our teenage son, Paul, to come visit you guys and you took him hunting and sea fishing A couple years ago she made the trip back to Michigan to help us celebrate my folks’ 70th anniversary. She liked to tell us how her three boys were doing. Family was always very important to her. You are all in our prayers. Love, Don and Jan

  7. Mary Lou Williams says:

    My mother (Mary Lou) at 97 was a friend of your mother at Rivers Edge, and had just spoken to her before Christmas. She is sad to hear of your loss and will miss her. I met your mother and had talked with her several times on the phone. A sweet woman, she will be missed.
    Prayers for you and your family during this time.
    Candi Williams

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