Bernice M. Wood

Bernice M. Wood

Bernice M. “Bea” Wood of Otsego, Michigan, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, October 21, 2010. Mrs. Wood was born January 24, 1923, in Kalamazoo to Carl and Statta (Phillips) Branch and was a lifelong resident of the area. A 1941 graduate of Otsego High School, for many years she had been employed with Kalamazoo Tank & Silo, Menasha Corp., Otsego Public Schools and Otsego Machine Shop. She had also served as township treasurer for Otsego Township. Bea was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego where she sang in the choir. On October 5, 1946, in Otsego she was married to Don Wood, who died in 2003. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Wilbur Branch; her sisters, Mildred Fales and Irene Bostater; and a nephew, Dale Fales. Surviving are a daughter and a son, Wendy (Malcolm) Stafford of Otsego and  Doug (Johanne LeBlanc) Wood of Seattle, WA; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Jason) Greene, Mark (Janet) Stafford, Ellen (Timothy) Luebbert, Amanda (Jean Richard) Blekes Nadohou, Daniel Stafford, Sophia Wood and Emily Wood; great-grandchildren, Caelan Stafford, Mia Stafford, Calista Stafford, Evan Luebbert, Karenna Luebbert and Elijah Luebbert; nieces and nephews, Doris (Terry) Hopkins, Wayne Branch, Gerald (Carolyn) Branch, Harold “Jim” (Sharon) Fales and Linda (Herman) Watson. Bea’s family will receive friends from 1 to 3 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Otsego, Pastor Merlyn Jones officiating. Burial will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Bea may be made to the Allegan County Medical Care Community.

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