VanDeKerchove, Carla

Carla J. VanDeKerchove, age 48, became an angel on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at her family cabin, the place of our first and last date.

She was born in Morenci, MI, to Catherine and Charles Carncross. She was the youngest of five children. She felt her life began on April 7, 1990, when she married her United States Marine husband Rich VanDeKerchove. She was blessed with three children, all boys– Nickolas, Hunter, and Luke. She was involved in multiple school activities, and was extremely proud of her work with Robotics Team 2246 – The Army of the Sum. She was a person that anyone could turn to for help and not be turned away. She had a caring and loving heart for all living things. She was a caregiver for her disabled veteran husband, her mother with dementia, and stepfather with cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; sons Nickolas, Hunter, and Luke; father Charles Carncross; siblings Andrew (Karen) Carncross, Tom Carpenter, Janet Gordon, Ruth Kapnick, and Clark (Thelma) Carncross; parents-in-law Dan and Donna Kucharek; sisters-in-law Danielle and Bobby-Joe Kucharek; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Carla is preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Kapnick; stepfather, Ernie Kapnick; niece, Stephanie Carncross; and step-brother Jeff Kapnick.

The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Donations in Carla’s memory may be made to the family for future designation, courtesy of the Nelson Funeral Home.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


  1. Luke VanDeKerchove March 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I will always love and cherish our memories. You were the best mother anyone could ask for. I love you so much momma, I’ll miss you ❤️❤️

  2. Renee March 6, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply


  3. Kurt Newell March 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Rich,Luke,Hunter & Nick.
    My deepest sympathy to you all. Carla was simply an awesome individual with so much spunk, tenacity & the amazing ability to care for those around her. A great woman who will be greatly missed.

  4. Paula Sides March 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    So shocked to hear of Carla’s passing. May she Rest In Peace, and may peace come to her family.

  5. Kelsie March 6, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Carla was truly one outstanding woman. So kind and comforting to everyone, she could always brighten the worst of days. Sending up many prayers of comfort for her family and friends ❤️

  6. Missy & Dave Tallman and Tyler Tarbutton March 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Carla was the smiling lady that we could always count on for anything we needed for school activities. She was always willing and able to help. She will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ❤️

  7. Joshwa Amborski March 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    She will be missed dearly. She always showed so much support to JL schools and to all the teams. So sorry to hear about her passing.

  8. Donna Schlampp March 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Heaven gained a beautiful angel, Carla was a very sweet woman. ❤️ Hugs & Prayers to all.

  9. Kevin and amanda Chiles March 6, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of this wonderful woman! To Nick, Hunter and Luke, you guys are strong young men and she will never truly be gone!! To Rich, so sorry to hear about your loss! We are here for each of you if you need anything.

  10. Tony Fortin March 6, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Rich, Nick, Hunter & Luke,

    The holes she leaves in our hearts can never be filled. She was truly a miracle that we were all blessed with for to short of time. She made us proud to call her friend and colleague. Hugs and prayers from the Fortin Family and on behalf of ” Team 2246 – The Army of Sum.”

  11. Julie Hilt March 6, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Rich so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to you and the boys!

  12. Maureen and Ken Perry March 6, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    We’re so very saddened and sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Heaven has gained one beautiful angel. Maureen and Ken Perry (Parents of Steve Geary, Robotics Team #2246)

  13. Mary Kucharek March 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Rich, Luke, Hunter and Nick,
    What a beautiful photo of Carla. It sure does reflect her wonderful personality. Wishing you all find peace with the passing of time.

  14. Autumn Allen March 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    So Sorry for your loss Carla was always there she will be missed Hugs and Prayers to all

  15. Catherine and Ken Newell March 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Sending positive vibes and healing thoughts.

  16. Barbara Ogle March 6, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Peace and Love to all. We were so sorry to here of Carla’s passing. May she rest in peace.

  17. Margo March 7, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Our condolences from the Carncross family. My dad wants you to know you all are in his thoughts.

  18. Michelle Lytle March 7, 2018 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I’m sorry for your loss, prayers for your family. She was such a sweet person, and what a beautiful love she had for her boys. Rest In Peace Carla 💔

  19. Hayley Chamberlain March 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    You always told me that I was the daughter you never had… I will always remember the things you taught me and the love you showed me. I will always consider you my Mama Carla. Forever in my heart and in memories. I love you!

  20. Karen Mines (Routhieaux) March 7, 2018 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Carla was such a wonderful person and she cared so much for others!! She will be greatly missed but never forgotten!!!

  21. Sara & Michael Trosper & family March 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Carla was a good friend and wonderful mother. We had lots of memories together. She cared for others. She will be greatly missed but never ever forgotten

  22. Kim O'Rourke March 9, 2018 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Sorry for your lost Rich. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

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