GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Family and friends, along with the community of Grand Rapids, remembered the life of businessman and philanthropic leader Peter Wege Friday morning.
Wege died on Monday at the age of 94.
The son of the founder of Steelcase was one of Grand Rapids’ biggest philanthropists and a leader when it came to environmental issues.
Diana Sieger, the president of Grand Rapids Community Foundation, worked with Wege for 27 years.
“We wouldn’t have the caring that we all feel here in West Michigan about the environment, about the value of clean water…that is totally due to Peter Wege,” said Sieger.
Wege also invested money into education, healthcare and arts programs in Grand Rapids.
“Sitting in a meeting with Peter Wege was an experience where you always learned something,” said Sieger. “He really wanted everyone to join forces. He was all about love and honor. He stood by his convictions and was a pleasure.”
“He had the true heart of a philanthropist. He lived it everyday of his life,” said Ellen Satterlee, CEO of the Wege Foundation. “I would have to say his greatest contribution to this community, and he wasn’t alone, but teaching us to collaborate.”
A funeral service was held at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. A private internment was to follow at Graceland Memorial Park & Mausoleum.
Family asked that in lieu of flowers, people make a memorial donation to a charity of their choice.