Burtie Deneau

Burtie Deneau

Burtie L. Deneau of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Deneau was born December 13, 1928 in Otsego to Alfred and Ethel (Fox) Rice and was a 1947 graduate of Otsego High School.

Burtie was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego. For over 20 years she volunteered at Borgess Hospital, where she had served as president of Borgess Associates. In her leisure time she enjoyed knitting and crocheting, canning vegetables, traveling, Labor Day Mackinac Bridge walks over 20 times and shopping, always buying items on sale. More than anything she loved her family and grandchildren. Burtie was a wonderful woman and will be missed by her friends and family.

On July 5, 1949 in Angola, IN she married her beau of two weeks, James Deneau, and they had celebrated 62 years together. In addition to her husband, Burtie is survived by two sons, Thomas and Jacqueline Deneau of Watervliet and James and Ellyn Deneau of Alamo; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Martin and Margaret Filkins; a half-sister, Nancy (Ron) Feniger; a half-brother, Jim (Janice) Rice; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, David James Deneau in 1989; a sister, Pauline Coradini; and a brother, Alfred Rice.

Friends may visit with her family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego on Sunday from 5 to 8 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, Pastor David Youngs officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Burtie may be made to Susan B. Komen for the Cure or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

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

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  1. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Family of Bertie,
    Please know that she is now a Special Angel in Heaven watching over you! Take comfort in all of your memories.
    God Bless all of you,
    Sincerely,
    Tim and Marcia Quigley

  2. Connie & Bruce Meles says:

    Dear Deneau Family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Burtie was a sweetheart! Prayers for comfort for all your family.

    Bruce & Connie Meles

  3. Mike and Sherry Rossman says:

    What a privilege to have known and loved Burtie Deneau. All of our lives are the richer for it. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of her wonderful family.
    Thanks for the memories Burtie,
    Mike, Sherry, Jodi, Kelley, Ted and Emily

  4. Janet Hora says:

    To the Deneau Family-
    My deepest sympathy for the family of Burtie Deaneau. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time. You will always have the beautiful memories of her. She was a wonderful, happy lady. God Bless you All.

  5. Gail Morton says:

    Dear Deneau Family:
    Bless you, and peace be with you during these days and always.

  6. Paul and Barb Colyer says:

    Just wanted to express our sympathy to Jim and family. We will miss seeing you two, out and about. May the Lord give you joy and peace through your many fun memories. Sincerely, Paul and Barb Colyer

  7. cory prosser says:

    you will be missed grandma

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