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Orpha Kempf

Grand Rapids, Michigan

July 19, 1926 - June 20, 2024

Orpha Kempf Obituary

Orpha (Poholski) Kempf, age 97, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2024 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was born on July 19, 1926, grew up in Hesperia, and graduated valedictorian of her class. While working at Gerber’s in Fremont, she met her future husband and best friend, Emiel Kempf. They lived in Rockford, where they raised their four sons. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and traveling the world with Emiel. 

Orpha is survived by her husband of 72 years, Emiel; sons Bill (Gloria), Karl, Kurt (Vicki) and Eric (Judi); grandchildren Brian, Kirk and Sophia; great grandson Hunter.  She is preceded in death by her father Frank, mother Sally, brothers Eddie and John, and daughter in law Jackie.

According to Orpha’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of her life will happen at a later date. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Orpha Kempf hosted by Memorial Alternatives.

Orpha (Poholski) Kempf, age 97, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2024 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was born on July 19, 1926, grew up in Hesperia, and graduated valedictorian of her class. While working at Gerber’s in Fremont, she met her future husband and best friend, Emiel Kempf. They lived in Rockford, where they raised their four sons. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and traveling the world with Emiel. 

Orpha is survived by her husband of 72 years, Emiel; sons Bill (Gloria), Karl, Kurt (Vicki) and Eric (Judi); grandchildren Brian, Kirk and Sophia; great grandson Hunter.  She is preceded in death by her father Frank, mother Sally, brothers Eddie and John, and daughter in law Jackie.

According to Orpha’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of her life will happen at a later date. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Orpha Kempf hosted by Memorial Alternatives.

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