Lisa Ann VanGorder

June 27, 1961 ~ May 5, 2020 (age 58)


VANGORDER - Lisa Ann VanGorder, age 58, passed away Tuesday May 5, 2020, with her husband and son sitting at her sides. She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace Ruprecht; her mother-in-law, Janet VanGorder; and her father-in-law, Donald VanGorder. Lisa is survived by her husband of 24 years, David VanGorder; her son, Bradley VanGorder; her mother, Patricia Ruprecht; her brother, Mark (Tina) Ruprecht, her sisters-in-law, Ginny (Ken) Brooks, Liz Morgan; her brother-in-law, Allen (Karen) VanGorder; and her nieces and nephews. A graduate of the University of Detroit dental hygiene program, Lisa worked for more than 20 years as a dental hygienist in Detroit, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. She retired from dental hygiene in 1998, following the birth of her son, to focus her time and attention on her family. In subsequent years, Lisa worked with her husband, David, at their family business, Doyle Vacuum Systems, as well as at the Rockford Footwear Depot, and finally, at Rockford Floor Covering. Lisa retired from all work in August of 2019, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Lisa was an avid gardener and took great pride in the landscape of her home. She loved to be outdoors, digging in the dirt, planting, weeding, and trimming all the flowers, plants, and shrubs that she enjoyed so much. Lisa was a people person and a great friend... she loved other people, and other people loved Lisa. Everywhere she went, and everyone she ever met, she left a lasting impression on those who came to know and love her. Lisa sincerely cared about other people - right up to her last breath - and she will be missed by many. Above all other things, Lisa was an amazing wife and mother. She met her husband, David, in March of 1995. They were engaged in May of 1995 and married in October of that same year. This was a "love at first sight" relationship, and that love only grew stronger over the years. Despite suffering several miscarriages, in May of 1998, Lisa was blessed to give birth to her only child, Bradley, who she always said was her "little miracle from God". While Lisa had a large capacity for love for many people, her husband and son were the greatest beneficiaries of her affection. No man could have asked for a better wife and friend, and no child could have asked for a more loving mother - she will be forever missed and loved. At this time, no memorial service has been planned. However, the family does plan to have a celebration of Lisa's life, at some point in the future (yet to be determined). To share a photo, memory and sign the family's online guestbook please visit To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lisa Ann VanGorder please visit our Sympathy Store.

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