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Life Story / Obituary
Although she was taken from her loved ones much too soon, Taylor Wierengo made such an impact in the lives of countless others during her lifetime. She was a fun-loving young girl with just the right amount of spunk who also excelled in her studies. Taylor was a loving daughter who enjoyed having fun with her family. She was a loyal and selfless friend who was always there for her friends, even when she shouldered her own struggles as well. Taylor was creative and artistic with many gifts and talents that she regularly shared with those around her. Life will never be the same without her here, but her loved ones will forever cherish their memories of the precious moments they shared with Taylor.
As the year 2000 appeared on the horizon, the world was bracing for the mayhem that the new millennium would bring. The majority of the concerns were quickly put to rest as January 1st came and went without much fanfare to make a note of. As the calendar turned to welcome the year 2000, it was a time to remember in the lives of Alisa Martin and Jason Wierengo for a much different reason as they were preparing to become parents later that spring. The big day finally arrived on May 1st when the baby girl they named Taylor Rae drew her first breath in Muskegon, Michigan. Her mother was a 16 year old high school student at the time while her father was soon ready to graduate. Alisa and Jason were high school sweethearts who became parents sooner than either one had planned, but Taylor was truly their pride and joy.
From the moment she was born, Taylor made her mark on the world around her. She was a healthy baby who was deeply loved. Taylor and her parents lived with various relatives for her first few years of life. What she lacked in hair for her first couple of years she more than made up for in personality. Taylor’s father worked in his father’s drywall business while her mother finished her high school education, earning her degree in adult education with baby Taylor with her on the night she graduated. She gave her parents quite a scare when at the young age of two she swallowed several pennies that got stuck in her throat! this brought her to De Vos Children’s Hospital to get them removed. Taylor’s parents were married in 2003 and moved into their own apartment for a bit before moving into their own home.
Taylor was a fun child who was full of energy. She was known to dress in goggles and a cape and then fly around and around on her sit ’n spin saying "I'm gonna go Super fast". Taylor loved taking family trips to the Upper Peninsula to visit relatives as well as a trip that took them around Lake Michigan. Her parents divorced in 2006, but both of her parents remained an integral part of her life as they shared equal custody of Taylor. In addition, Kyler Kallhoff became her step-father, and he loved as his own and she went from having two loving parents to three loving parents.
As a student, Taylor really shined. She attended Montague schools and was an excellent student. She loved reading, eventually making it through all the Harry Potter books in addition to several others. Taylor’s kindhearted nature was also apparent as she could often be found helping some of the disabled kids at school. She also participated in church activities at the local Baptist church with her neighborhood friends. In middle school, Taylor continued to excel and was a “Whiz Kid” three years in a row as one of the top students and also considered becoming a foreign exchange student for a time. As a high school student, she joined the color guard as part of the marching band. Over Thanksgiving the band got to march in a parade at Disney World! Taylor had a fun group of girlfriends who regularly had sleepovers and spent time on the Internet and taking tons of selfies of each other. Taylor got her drivers permit this year and was brought to tears when she accidentally hit a squirrel. She also like para-normal stuff and scary horror movies. In addition to taking photographs, Taylor enjoyed water color painting.
While getting older, Taylor continued to treasure spending time with her family. She took several more trips to the U.P. with family and her Grandpa Ware. Taylor discovered a love for taking pictures during these trips, which is also when her artistic talent really began to emerge. As a music lover, she and her mother, step-dad and siblings liked going to concerts together with Nine Inch Nails and Mayhem and Ed Sheering being among their favorites. Last summer they took a memorable train trip to Chicago where they visited all the tourist attractions. Taylor’s father frequently took her for rides on his motorcycle, and they also went camping. They went riding on the riverboat and tubing together on Duck Lake. Her father took Taylor and her girlfriends to the “Double J” Ranch for a birthday party and horseback riding.
A couple years ago, Taylor started to have some challenges with depression and had a hard time controlling her feelings. She spent some time in the hospital getting the help she needed, which resulted in some good days while some bad days remained as well. Despite her own problems, Taylor continued to be there for her friends, listening to their challenges and trying to give them good advice, which always made Taylor feel good as well. Sadly, the demons that troubled Taylor were too strong for her to overcome.
With unending love for others, Taylor Wierengo was a blessing to everyone she met. She was an intelligent and compassionate young woman with a desire to help others in any way she could. Taylor treasured her family, and she loved being surrounded by her vibrant and fun-loving group of friends. Deeply loved, she will never be forgotten.
Taylor Rae Wierengo, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Taylor’s family includes her mother, Alisa (Kyler) Kallhoff of Montague; father, Jason Wierengo of North Muskegon; brother, Kyler Kallhoff; sister, Maliah Clark; grandparents, David (Sue) Ware, Judith (Tony Sommers) Wierengo, Kirk (Tammy) Wierengo, Pamela (Phil) Battice; great grandparents, Bob & Joyce Grzeskowiak, Pete & Pat Wierengo, Eleanor Barnes; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Taylor was preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul Ullmer, Lori Rae Martin, and Maggie Martin. Services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m. at the Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Dale Clock as celebrant. Visit with Taylor’s family and friends on Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, one hour prior to the service at Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon. Memorials can be made to the family.