Adieu Joel Boland. . .
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Joel Boland on June 2, 2019. The lives of all of us members of Alliance Française de Grand Rapids were graced by him because he gave so much to our Alliance Française chapter. As Sue Murphy, Treasurer of our chapter, said, “Joel has been the heart and soul of our chapter.” He served as Vice President for many years, hosting board meetings at his and wife Kati’s home, bringing some delectable dish from his own gourmet kitchen to each Bastille Day gathering, each Fall Reception and serving his inimitable gumbo at Mardi Gras parties. He did this all with generous, good-humored kindness. Kati will be organizing a Celebration of Life service soon; the Grand Rapids Press Obituaries will have the details when they become available. Our hearts go out to Kati , their family and their many friends.