Avis McConney

Avis McConney

Avis McConney, of Plainwell, (formerly of Otsego and Kalamazoo) passed away Sunday October 27, 2013 at the Stanford Lodge in Plainwell, surrounded by her family and caring staff. Mrs. McConney was born March 2, 1915, in Allegan to Otto and Lotta (Dostie) Hettinger.

Avis earned her Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University. She was a talented and prolific artist who loved to paint. For over 50 years she was a member of the Art Center of Battle Creek and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Avis also enjoyed gardening and reading. She was an avid traveler, and with her husband visited over 72 countries.

On December 19, 1936 in Allegan she married George McConney, spending 72 years together before his passing in 2009. Also preceding her in death were her son, Mario; sister, Ardis; and son-in-law, Max. Surviving are her children, Susan Snyder of Otsego, Martha (Paul) Levy of Battle Creek, Dennis (Donnell) McConney of Plainwell; an adopted son Hoa (Xuan) Le of Novi; grandchildren, Scott, Mikki, Beth, Becki, Curt, Angela, James and Kevin; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no public service.

Contributions in memory of Avis may be made to the Art Center of Battle Creek or the American Diabetes Association.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com


“Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea.”



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  1. kathi fuss says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing Sue! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this hard time!

  2. Fran Kennicott says:

    My prayers are with you Sue, I know how hard it is to loose the one who gave you life and was so much apart of your life, some day we’ll be together again.

  3. JANET PEARSON says:

    Scott and family

    Sorry to hear about your grandma. It looks like she lived an adventurous long life. Hopefully you have many happy memories that will help you through this difficult time.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  4. Donna Howe says:

    Your Mom was a unique and talented lady, and a neighbor of my Mother for a time. We want to send our condolences to the family. My sister and I each have one of her flower paintings.

  5. Scott Snyder says:

    The memories remain the houses the food the fishing the Menasha Christmas parties sledding on the “Hill” sleep overs the stories of travel Granpa being bit by Mos cat LOL the visit to see the house thanksgiving with great food and football game being watched in the basement after, the real Christmas trees the giant lights that lit it and the music instruments that played I still have them and they still work the early paintings especially the dark marsh painting that is over my mantel you meant so much to so many you will truly be missed big thanks to all that visited the staff at stanford lodge my EMS family at Plainwell EMS rest in peace Grandma.

  6. Gayle H. Freeman says:

    Great Lady, remember her well as I play Chess and ping pong with Mario many times.

  7. Maria Scott says:

    Susan, Martha, Dennis,
    I remember Avis with great love. Your parents changed my life and the life of my children. Because of their kindness I had the opportunity in live in the states. Our house is full of Avis paintings and our sons display her masterpieces in their living rooms. They taught me hospitality, acceptance, friendship and the love of learning. Regards, Tina. (Maria Scott, maiden name Maria Cristina Arciniegas)

  8. Sally Westerhouse says:

    Dennis, Donnell and Angela:

    So very sorry for your loss. It’s so heartbreaking losing those we love. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.


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