Amy Hartman

Amy Hartman

Amy N. Hartman of Plainwell, MI passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Plainwell. Amy was born April 19, 1973 in Plainwell, the daughter of Roger and Ann (Rouse) Kortokrax. She was employed with Otsego Paper Co. Everyone knew her as ‘The Pumpkin Lady’. She was the life of every party and had an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile. Amy was a great mother and loved spending time with her sons and all of her family.

Surviving are 2 sons, Kyle and Joel, both at home; her mother and step-father, Ann (Roy) Hoffman of Ellenton, FL; her father and step-mother, Roger (Nancy) Kortokrax of Otsego; siblings, Jason (Nancy) Kortokrax of Plainwell, Aaron (Jaime) Kortokrax of Otsego, Eric (Maria) Hoffman of Shelbyville, Jessica Hoffman of Otsego and Jason (Amy) Bos of Otsego; her grandmother, Valerie Kortokrax of Otsego; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; her best friend Tina. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fay and Dolores Rouse and Gene Kortokrax.

Friends may meet with her family from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where services will be held Monday at 11 am, Rev. Fr. Gordon Greene officiating. Interment will follow at St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sylvia’s Place.

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  1. Kim Merica says:

    No Brighter Smile was ever known, than that of Amies smile! Our hearts ache thinking of your Loss Ann and Roger. Amies kindness has touched the Lives of so many people.

  2. Betty Pritchett says:

    Dear Ann & family,
    I am so sorry. There is nothing more difficult than losing one of your children. As time passes it becomes easier to bear.. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

    Betty Pritchett
    Lees Summit, MO

  3. Kay Snyder says:

    Kyle, Joel && Family;
    Please accept My most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Sending many prayers to help you though this difficult time.

    Kyle you can have Dru any time you need him! as you know he’s their for you any time. Also if there is any thing I can do just ask!

    Let God put his hand on your shoulder and comfort you!
    God Bless!
    Kay Snyder

  4. McFanin Family says:

    We are so very sorry for the loss of Amy and still can’t believe that this has happened. We will miss her so very much! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you & we are here for you!
    Love always,
    Brad & Desi

  5. karen burnell krajecki says:

    Roger, Nancy & ann you are in my thoughts and prayers. Amy will be missed by all, she touched alot of lives.

  6. Melissa (Wason) Chavez says:

    Ann, Roger, Aaron & Jason, Valerie, and Amy’s Sons:

    My heart sunk when I heard about Amy and instantly her smile flashed into my mind and her love for all of you. Thank you for the pleasure of being with your family over the years, for allowing me to babysit for her and the boys when I was a teenager and my heart pours out to all of you.

    As I shared with Tina today on facebook, “Amy would want us to remember her with laughter and to celebrate her life and how she lived and not how she left us.” My love, my thoughts, my prayers and my tears for all of you and her beautiful boys. May God lift you up and wrap his arms around you during this time.

    To Valerie: My Godmother…I know how much you meant to Amy and the special bond you two had with one another as I had the same bond with my Grandma. Take peace knowing that Gene was there to greet her at heaven’s gates with open, loving arms!

    With love,

    Melissa (Wason) Chavez

  7. marykay carpenter (stoneburner) carpenter says:

    my prayer are with you all,i was one of amys classmates we graduated together,she was a loveing and kind person she will be greatly missed,im sorry for your loss,

  8. Tracie Parrish says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful person, she had a way to light up the lives of so many people with her amazing smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sadness, Amy will forever be in my heart and in my thoughts.. GOD BLESS YOU.

  9. Christopher Pierce says:

    I am truly lost for words. Amy was one of the most bubbly, friendly people you could possibly meet. Amy was always smiling or trying to make others smile. Growning up with the whole Kortokrax family and the great times that we had will always stay with me. My heart is broken for her immediate family as well as her extended family and friends. My family can and only hope and pray that her family and friends can find some peace in this time of sorrow. We will always have fond memories of you Amy.

  10. Grace Mercy Luv Ministries says:

    You may feel pain and sadness,
    Lost, confused and all alone.
    Longing for your daughter, mother, sister and friend
    The one whom you once could hold.

    To bring Amy back
    Would be the desire of your heart
    You believe you cannot bear
    From her, being apart

    But remember My child
    She is not gone for an eternity
    For she has just gone on a journey
    To a place your eyes cannot see

    Amy has gone up the mountain called Zion.
    High above the clouds.
    She has gone to the place
    Where God’s love abounds

    And when Jesus returns
    With a loud trumpet sound
    That is when you will join Amy to the place she has gone
    The Heavenly choir will sing, rejoice and shout with glee
    For another family has been reunited and the sorrow, pain and grief has ceased.

    There you will finally see Jesus
    And before Him you will stand
    As He wipes away each of your tears
    With His Gentle hand

    Then He will lead you
    To Amy because He knows how much you have missed
    And He will watch as you rejoice with her
    And bless you with a kiss

    Then you will know
    That Amy had to leave you behind
    But she didn’t leave you forever
    But, only for a time

    It is our blessed hope
    It is God’s promise to you
    He has kept a place for us
    And one day we will all be there soon

    So, through your tears, sorrow and pain please call on Him
    And allow Him to comfort and hold you each day
    For He has brought Amy, His precious child and saint home
    To where she has peace, joy, healing and is completely whole.
    I know you don’t understand why this had to be
    But please my friends know that Amy is not in the place she lay, she has finally entered the promise land prepared for us all one day. Celebrate her beautiful life and all the memories, hold her close in your heart and remember Jesus has provided her with VICTORY! Death has no sting for those who are His, for the breath He had given her when she came into this world, is the breath that He received the day He brought her home.

    Comfort one another, it’s ok to shed tears but please don’t allow the enemy to torment you or make you fear. God has Amy and the enemy did not win. For she is ALIVE and will never be hurt again!

    All Our Love & Prayers
    Grace Mercy Luv Ministries

  11. Linda Veld Benwire says:

    Ann and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this heart wrenching time.

  12. Timm and Marcia Quigley says:

    Ann, Roy and Family,
    Please know that Amy is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! May the wings of all the Angels gone before her wrap around you and give you the love and strength that you need! Amy was such a fun, loving person, her personalty and smile made us all feel so happy when we were around her! Blessings to all of you during this difficult time. The memories that you have of her will always stay in your heart. Look for the signs; she will always be close to you! We love you all!!

  13. Betsy & Tom Lutes says:

    Roger and Ann , Jason, Erin and families our thoughts and prayers go to you from all of us “Simpson girls” .
    She was the sweet little girl I(we) use to babysit for, we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sorry for you loss, take care of each other.

  14. Jim and Patti Hewitt says:

    Dear Ann and Roger & relatives of Amy,

    We were stunned by this horrific news. Our hearts are filled with sorrow for you all. With deepest sympathy in your great loss.

  15. Heather Hildebrand Hoffman says:

    I am truly at a loss for words. Amy was such a special person and an awesome friend! I was so shocked to hear of this tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to all of her family. I hope you can find peace and comfort in this difficult time. Amy was a huge part of my life and her memories will live with me forever! She will never be forgotten. God be with you all!!!


  16. Rita Honeysett says:

    He will raise her up on eagle’s wings, and hold her in the palm of His hand.

  17. Char M. Lemons says:

    Amy was a third grade student of mine at St. Margaret’s. I remember her beautiful smile! Even that long ago, she and Tina were good friends. I hadn’t had contact with Amy since she grew into a lovely young woman but I know she was very much loved by all who called her their friend. My condolences to her children and her parents. May God comfort you at this most difficult time.
    Char (Tolmacs) Lemons

  18. Tony and Kim Saucedo says:

    Amy showed us houses when she was in real estate and we always got our pumkins from her. She was such a sweetheart… in peace Amy.

  19. Debbie Pierce Stuut says:

    There are no words….Every childhood memory came back in a flash. Growing up on Schnable Lake with the Kortokrax family, Amy was my first childhood friend and always the better, sweeter half of our duo. Just us two girls against those pesky boys, right Amy? God has indeed received an angel in Heaven.

  20. Douglas and Trela Pierce says:

    From the first day we saw Amy…..such a toe headed little freckle face….the first to show a sunburn on Schnable Lake, always soft spoken, the shy one of the two girls…playing Barbie dolls, putting on make-up, playing school…..Yes……God has a beautiful new angel in heaven….He knows the Amy we have all seen over the years and will miss so very much. There are no words to say how very sorry we are for this tragic loss. You are all in our loving thoughts and prayers.

  21. Bryon and Kim Sheldon says:

    Words can not express the sorrow we feel for you all at this time. We just hope and pray you call on the joy of her life and the memories Amy left to us all. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
    Bryon & Kim Sheldon

  22. Nathan and Lesley Steinberg says:

    Our Lord has a special place in mind for all of us and Amy has joined him sooner than anyone was expecting. To hear this news took my breath away. Amy was the friend you always looked forward to talking to. To say she will be missed is such an understatement. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann, Roger, Aaron, and Jason during this very difficult time.

  23. Pam & Ron Strater says:

    Ann, Roy and Family
    We were so sorry when we heard the tragic news of Amy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Sue Harder Marquard , Sally Jenney and Families. says:

    Please know that our hearts go out to each one of you today as you grieve the loss of Amy. We don’t know exactly why God takes our children before us, but He needed Amy to be another Beautiful Flower for his heavenly garden. Many Prayers coming your way. So sorry for your loss.

  25. Dick and Sylvia Davis says:

    Roger, Ann Jason, Aaron and all of Amy’s extended family our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Amy will be remembered as a special young lady.

  26. Jim and Sandy Kerr says:

    Ann and Roy–You have to know how much we love you and our thoughts and prayers are right there with you at this difficult time.

  27. Harriett Louise Deppe says:

    To My Ann and Roy: My heart hurts for you and your loss. She was deeply loved and will be truly missed…Will miss her smile, and her nack for always making you feel at home. My prayers are with you and all your family. Love you so much. Gramma Louise

  28. Patti Stephens Rybicki says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with ALL of you in this very difficult time.
    May God’s love give you strength you need.

  29. Lisa Sutton says:

    Annie and family,
    There just are no words to describe the pain in my heart for you. What a horrible thing for you to have to deal with. She was obviously loved by many and will be missed, She will be remembered as the remarkable young lady she was. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  30. Rochelle & Michelle Drake says:

    Our sympathy goes to the Kortokrax family. We have known all of you for many years. May god be with you through these sad times. Amy is to a blessing to all of us. She will be missed and loved eternal. God has been blessed another beautiful child. RIP.

  31. Marilyn Root Coffield says:

    Dear Ann and Mary Jo,

    I am so very sorry for your loss… have been in my thoughts and prayers!

  32. Teresa Smecka Fleeman says:

    Ann and family -My heart goes out to you all for your loss Amy was a great lady and her life was cut short.. I used to babysit for amy and her brothers well actually we all just played video games and had a great time while her mom and my mom would go out or bowl .. Your in my prayers may god keep you all strong ..

    Teresa Smecka Fleeman

  33. todd and sharon doster says:

    To the family of Amy Hartman, I am Jeff Witts first cousin. I know that this message will probably not be posted on this sight. Jeffs family and my family spent much time together when we we were growing up. This news has been devestating to my wife and I . I cannot put into words how we feel about what has happened we are totally ashamed that one of our own did this and was capable of doing it. I am sending this strickly on the behave of my immediate family our hearts go out to you and yours. no one deserves to be going thru what your family is enduring.Words are cheap but please believe that we are truley sorry for this god bless you and yours..

  34. Ken and Dianne Burkhart says:

    Annie and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, through this tragic loss of your precious girl. Wishing you Peace, during this most difficult time.

  35. Glenn Jr & Tanya Merica says:

    So very sorry to hear of Amy’s passing! Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends/family during this time. May you find comfort knowing she is now at peace and you will meet again someday…thoughts and prayers are with you!

  36. Deb & Bob Mason & Family says:

    To all of Amy’s Family – we are so sorry for the loss of Amy. What a wonderful woman she was. She always had a smile & loved all of you so very much. May God give you comfort at this time. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers.

  37. Deb & Bob Mason & Family says:

    To all of Amy’s Family – we are so sorry for the loss of Amy. What a wonderful woman she was. She always had a smile & loved all of you so very much. May God give you comfort at this time. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers.

  38. Marilyn Martin says:

    I remember Amy years ago as a little girl playing with all the other softball kids with a big smile on her face having fun. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for strength for all of you.

  39. Sherry (Howrigon) Hanson says:

    Ann, I did not know your daughter, Amy , but reading about her she sounds like a wonderful woman and loved by so many. My heart breaks for you especially as a mom and for your entire family. Please know that I pray for you all to come to some sense of peace in this.

  40. frank friedman says:

    I am so sorry to see a young person pass away. We lost our son at 38 to kidney cancer so no. 38 is always on our mind. Frank is a former resident of Kalamazoo. He is a retired prof. in Flint. He has the only kidney cancer support group in Michigan and a facebook group too. His paretnt many years ago(now deceased) were residents of Plainwell. One of his current members and a Plainwell resident in the group is Jason Colyer whose son Justin has undergone chemo for hiscancer. May God give thehusband and children and extended family strength to carry on. May you have fine memories to cherish. Cordially Prof. and Mrs. Frank Friedman,Flint,Mi.

  41. Marti Zeinstra says:

    Roger and Ann, i am so sorry to hear of your loss. Many memories of softball and all these kids playing together.

    you are all in my thoughts

  42. Cindy Stough (Lewis) says:


    This plain and simply sucks. Best advice I have for you at this difficult time is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I am truly heartbroken for you. Love, Cindy

  43. Linda (McLaughlin) Langston says:

    To Amy’s entire family,
    I did not know Amy personally, but know the Kortokrax family. I can tell through all the messages that she was a wonderful person and very loved. I am so sorry for the heartache and pain you are having to endure. May God bless and comfort you and give you the strength you need to get through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. Jennifer Peake says:

    To Amy’s entire family:

    There are no words that I can offer to take your pain away; if there were I would surely use them. Amy and I were high school friends who kept in touch throughout the years and I looked forward to our yearly visits where we would all “let our hair down” and enjoyed the night. All of us girls had “big” plans to head to Las Vegas for a girls only celebration when we turn the big 4-0! I know she will still be with all of us making sure that we don’t get in too much trouble:) She was an amazing friend, daughter, and especially a mother. Please find comfort in the fact that she was loved by so many and will never be forgotten. May God continue to give you strength to carry on through this horrific time.
    Lots of love and prayers to all of you,

    Jennifer Peake

  45. amber campbell and family says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I will always remember Amy as a sweet wonderful women. Just this last year I had a 1 year bday party for my daughter and amy went and picked me 60 of the best little baby pumkins she could find and that is when she became my pumpkin lady.I am sorry I did not know her like alot of other people, But I think she was a great person and always willing to help, I am again so truely sorry for your beautiful families loss and I know she is watching over each and every one of us ….. It is alright god will take care of us .
    your in my thoughts and prayers, Amber and family

  46. Dr. Charles F. Armitage says:

    This is from one of your Allegan High School teachers who wanted to express my sincerest sympathy and sorrow at this tragedy.
    Please know that all of us are thinking of you, and that our prayers are with you.

    Coach Chuck Armitage
    Normal, Illinois

  47. Dan & Jodi Merica says:

    Amy will be greatly missed by so many…a beautiful angel we have all gained indeed!! Her spirit truly did & will always glow! May God pour his blessings down to all family & friends. So very sorry for your tragic loss…I pray for comfort for you all <3

  48. Brian and Betsy McCaskey says:

    We are deeply sorry for your loss, and regret we were not able to be with you yesterday. Every fall Amy would bring some of her specially decorated pumpkins for Grandma and Grandpa when she came with Andy, Kyle and Joel to visit. There was always an extra cute little one Amy had made for our Kaylee to have for her own. We treasure those happy times in our hearts…

  49. Cindi Cooper says:

    Annie, I am saddened over Amy’s death. I was at my Dunedin Florida home when I saw it on Channel 8, first recognizing her house, as Al and I raised our two kids in that house years ago. I also knew Amy through real estate. I haven’t spoken to you in years, since the Pipp Hospital days actually. But, I wanted you to know that my prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Amy was a beautiful person.

  50. Terri Hogue-Long says:

    Dear Jason and your family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, I send your family my deepest sympathy and I send lots of prayers your way. I didn’t know your sister well but it sounds like she was a great person.

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