**Please note updated time and date for the memorial service!***
Due to the winter storm approaching, we have made the decision to delay the service by a few days. We will now be holding the service at Wednesday, January 17 at 4pm.
Please join us for a memorial on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 Service at 4:00pm with a reception to follow. Grace Episcopal Church 555 Michigan Avenue Holland, Michigan
On December 28, Stephen Bruce Jenkins, musician and lover of books and learning, died peacefully of melanoma in his home at the age of 72.
Eileen, his beloved wife of 48 years, cared for him throughout his illness. He is also survived by his three children David (Cynthia) Jenkins, Elizabeth (Jeremy Daum) Jenkins, and Sarah (Matthew Locke) Jenkins; his 6 grandchildren Nicholas, Savannah, Catherine, Alexandra, Lucy and Alice; his brother Mark (Leigh) Jenkins; and many loving members of his extended family.
Dad transitioned to home hospice last month (September 2023). This has been pretty devastating.
Steve transformed dramatically in March 2022. He was always tired and no longer talkative. He was confused sometimes, forgetting words, and had a short temper. He was also so physically weak, it became unthinkable that he was doing sit-ups and jumping jacks just weeks earlier. His primary care doctor prescribed antibiotics suspecting a urinary tract infection or something similar. Eileen was troubled by his increasingly strange behavior and eventually we brought him to the ER. That was the start of so much uncertainty and multiple hospital stays. He was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma and a stroke in May 2022. He endured all kinds of treatments and their horrible side-effects. It was terrible.
Today, he is home. He is not experiencing any pain. He is eating well and moving around the house with a walker. His biggest discomfort is persistently itchy skin, which the hospice team is helping to manage. His normal interest in books and music fluctuates. He still talks very little and spends most days feeling very tired. When he has the energy, he keeps up his daily rituals of drinking coffee and reading the paper. He still keeps a stack of books at his side and listens to the news and his music.
Thank you to everyone who has been visiting and sending well-wishes. If you would like to be in touch, we have created a care community called Supporting the Jenkinses, which you are invited to join: my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/jenkins