Koelling, Maria 2/12/2021 Maria Koelling died at her home in Kalamazoo MI. Born in Athens, Maria lived in Greece until she graduated from high school. Maria attended the American University in Beirut for college and Tufts University and Northwestern University for graduate school in physics. After falling in love with her future husband Dale, she made the United States her home. From the birth of her first child to her death, she was a dedicated mother and grandmother. Her enthusiasm for the interests of others spread joy. A creative spirit, she loved to learn new skills, to garden, to sew, and most of all, to make useful ceramics. Maria is survived by her husband Dale, daughters Melinda and Alexia, sons-in-law David and Nick, and grandchildren Penelope, Beatrice, Barnaby, and Charlie. Instead of flowers, please do something Maria would have appreciated. Go for a walk with company. Plant something beautiful or useful. Enjoy food with company. Joyfully support creative endeavors. An open-house, bread and cheese party in Maria's memory will be held in Kalamazoo 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Masks will be required. An online party follows at 6 p.m. Contact the family at FamilyOfMariaAndDale@gmail.com for details.