Fawn M. Vipond

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Fawn Marie Vipond, 55, of Kalkaska, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Fawn was born in Gaylord, Michigan, on April 26, 1966, to Ralph and Joy Mankowski.

In 1987, Fawn married Jody Black. They were blessed with two daughters, Bambi Dee-Marie, and Faline Vertina.

Fawn enjoyed so many things in life. Time spent with family, mushroom hunting, and gardening were among her favorites, but being a grandma was number one. She spent the last ten years lounging on the Boardman River with her husband, watching the wildlife, befriending chipmunks, and building beautiful rock gardens. She loved to crochet blankets of mixed colors and recently discovered diamond art. Playing cards around the kitchen table and laughing with her girls, post-midnight, was a normal occurrence. Her party planning skills were always the best. When “donut day” rolled around, everyone had their job. Fawn was the cook and 17 dozen donuts were made. If anyone left her home hungry, it was their own fault.

Fawn was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Joy Mankowski, and her previous husband, Jody Black.

She is survived by her husband, Larry “Kimmer” Kim Vipond; daughters, Bambi Black, and Faline Black; stepdaughter, Charlotte (Danny) Stephans; grandchildren, Piper, Tucker, Cashton, Austin, Corbin, Morgan, and Nicole; great-granddaughters, Aubrey and Evelyn; siblings, Ralph Mankowski, Shyanne (Greg) Palmer, Keven Mankowski, Cashensa (Mike) Swantek, Brent Mankowski, Kayne (Mandi) Mankowski, Chantell (Ed) Paquette, and Leon (Laura) Mankowski; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. from the Nelson Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

13 comments on “Fawn M. Vipond”

    1. Fay my heart goes out to you & Bambi along with the rest of your family for the loss of your mother , . I hope your happy memories will help you through this difficult time. Truly sorry.

  1. Bambi and family my heart goes out to you all if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask your mom was a wonderful lady ❤

  2. I am so sorry for your loss Bambi and Faline. Know that you are in my heart and my prayers. Prayers of peace and comfort for you and all of the family

  3. You left this world for the next, you left behind so many memories, so much love. Love you showed to so many, we were lucky to have so much of it in our lives. So many memories to think about and smile, thank you so much. We will miss you Ma. We love you, Grandma Fun.

  4. Yolanda Cummings

    My thought and prayers are with the family during this sad time. I will always remember Fawn and have wonderful memories of the times we spent making donuts when she visited Sheyanne.

  5. So sorry to hear about your mom, she was always a fun loving person, she will be dearly missed. Prayers to all of you at this difficult time.

    1. Larry and Sheryl Bloom

      Please accept our condolences. We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of Fawn’s passing. She was greatly loved and will be very missed. Sending all our love, thoughts and prayers to her family at this difficult time and always.

    The Martini Family

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