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Girts Berzins

Girts Berzins
  • October 8, 1934 - September 8, 2017
  • Gull Lake (Richland), Michigan
  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
    4239 S. Westnedge Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Michigan United Conservation Club
    2101 Wood Street
    Lansing, MI 48912

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“Thank you Girts for having been a comfort to Matt and Chris when Gus passed away as well as remembering them so well these past Forty-one years. You...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Judy Berzins - San Antonio, TX

“Sending my sincere condolences to the Berzins family. I got to know Girts on the golf course, he was one of the four that were hard to beat. Girts...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: William Daines - Mesick, MI

“I had the pleasure of both knowing Girts and working with him. I first met Girts in 1971 while working in the Parole Office. Girts was a man who...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Cheryl Walker - Kalamazoo, MI

“I knew the Berzins family for many years. Girts was a special person. Girt's deceased brother Gus was one of my best friends growing up. Girts...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Lynn Bradeen - Orlando, FL

“I have know Girts for many years. He was a friend of my Dad when my Dad was Chief of Police in Ross Twp. then a friend of mine and the entire Law...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: John R Cross - Kalamazoo, MI

“Many sympathies for your loss. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of a good friend. He was a wonderful man and he was a great friend as well. I...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Jackie and Tom Bloemers - FL

“Many happy memories with you ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: art tapken family tapken - orient, IA

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Girts. My family lived two doors down from the Berzins family on the channel. My sisters and I babysat Anda when...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sue Owens-Murphy - Kalamazoo, MI

“I have many fond memories of my time with Girts. Following him here, he provided, shall we say, 'sage' advice...? on the importance of things here...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Rob F - MI - Coworker


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Girts Berzins of Gull Lake (Richland), MI

Girts, age 82, died at the Heartland Health Care Center of Battle Creek, MI

Girts, the son of Janis and Laima (Petersons) Berzins, was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to the United States as a child. He served his country honorably and nobly during the Korean War as a member of the United States Army as a Sp3 with an artillery unit. Girts retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections where he had been a parole officer and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was an avid golfer playing many rounds at Gull Lake View Golf Courses with his cronies and continued at the 19th hole at the "Old" Bayview and The Dock at Bayview. Girts also enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating on Gull Lake.

Girts is survived by his fiance' of many years, Mary; dogs, Smokey and Misty; his nephews, Gundars (Andrea) Berzins of Milwaukee, WI and Matthew (Bonnie) Berzins and Christopher Berzins, both of Farmington Hills, MI; nieces, Lija (Jay) Voigt and Maija (Joe) Mayer, both of West Bend, WI as well as many dear friends. Girts was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Olavs and younger brother, Guntis.

The Graveside Service to celebrate Girts life will be held on Monday, September 18th at 11:30 a.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI with the United States Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard bestowing full military honors. Family and friends will continue Girts' life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon at The Dock at Bayview, 12504 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083 immediately following the Graveside Service. Girts' family will greet friends on Sunday, September 17th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Girts' honor may be directed to the Kalamazoo Humane Society, 4239 S. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 or the Michigan United Conservation Club, 2101 Wood Street, Lansing, MI 48912.