Kimberly Wicks – Leader Publications


Kimberly wicks

Posted 2:18 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022

November 28, 1967-August. 21, 2022

Kimberly Ellen Wicks, 54, of Dowagiac, died on Sunday afternoon August 21, 2022 at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on November 28, 1967 in Niles, MI, the daughter of Paul and Suzanne (Ericksen) Wicks. Kim is a graduate of Grace Christian School in Watervliet. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and her master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Kim grew up working in the family business, Wicks Apple House, from the age of 7 until it was sold in 2001.

She has been a passionate and dedicated teacher for over 32 years. Kim began her career at Grace Christian School, then taught for 29 years at Sister Lakes Elementary. She inspired many of her former students to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams, with several becoming teachers themselves.

Kim was incredibly selfless, kind and the life of the party, spending many hours around the pool with her family and friends. She loved to receive and decorate for all occasions. Kim loved to travel, especially to Tucson and Disney World.

She was known for her compassion, generosity and tenacity. His smile was contagious. She will be missed by all.

Surviving are his daughter: Kayla (Andrew) Labencki of Three Rivers; grandson: Mason Labencki; fiance: Michael Piedt; parents: Paul and Suzanne Wicks; sister: Michelle (Brian) McManus of Portage; niece: Katie McManus; nephew: Christopher McManus; uncle and aunts: Greg (Carol) Wicks and Judy (Wicks) Ries, as well as numerous cousins, extended family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Kim’s life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday September 4 at the Starks Family Funeral Homes, Clark Chapel, 405 Center St, Dowagiac, where friends may visit the family from 12:00 p.m. on duty. Pastor Sara Carlson of Silver Creek United Methodist Church will officiate. Private interment will be in Dewey Lake Cemetery.

Honoring Kim’s wishes, the cremation took place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Caring Circle Hospice or Berrien County Cancer Services. Those wishing to leave online condolences for Kim’s family, please visit Kim’s personalized webpage at


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