Dorothy Howard

Dorothy Howard

Dorothy Howard of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 at her home in Plainwell. Mrs. Howard was born May 20, 1920, in Kalamazoo to William and Alma (Eberhard) Goodhart.

She was a gifted athlete who enjoyed softball, bowling, skiing, ice skating, roller skating and also liked playing cards. Dorothy was a devoted homemaker whose family was the most important thing in her life. She was a member of the Alamo Congregational Church.

On April 1, 1943 in Kalamazoo she married Benjamin Howard, who died in 2006. Also preceding her in death were her parents, William and Alma Goodhart and her sister, Edna Mattison.

Surviving are four children, Sandra (Dale) Morse, Gwen (Tom) Chapman, David (Sheila) Howard and Ken (Linda) Howard; grandchildren, Jeff (Shirley) Chapman, Wendy (Brian) Bidwell, Dan Chapman, Mike (Melissa) Morse, Scott Morse, Bradley Howard, Joe (Kim) Chapman, Tamara (Peter) Koppers, Mark (Rochelle) Howard, Ben Howard, Jake Howard and Sam Howard; great-grandchildren, Meghan, Benton, Kaitlynn, Kayla, Taylor, Sarah, Ethan, Joshua, Kyle, Josh, Emma, Molly, Makenna and Jordan; several nieces and nephews; and lifelong family friends, the Wetters family.

Friends may visit with Dorothy’s family from 3 to 6 P.M. Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 16, 2013, at the Alamo Congregational Church, Pastor Bill Walker and Pastor Don Boss officiating. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, at 2:30 P.M. Monday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in memory of Dorothy be made to Sandra Morse to be used for toys for needy children, as per Dorothy’s request, or donate a gift to a child through Angel Tree, Toys for Tots or bring a toy to the church.

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  1. The Campbell Family says:

    Sandy and family,
    We are so Sorry for your loss you and your family will be in are thoughts and prayers

  2. Bernice King says:

    I’m praying for you and your family at this difficult and sad time. May God keep an Angel as your shield.

  3. Brenda Weaver says:

    ken and Linda and family I am do sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Nancy Heilig says:

    Dave and Sheila are thoughts are prayers are with you as you
    grief the loss of one so dear.

  5. VanDenBerg Families says:

    Gwen sorry to hear about your Mothers passing. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, My prayers are with you and the family.

    Mary Ellen Riggs

  7. Melissa Therkildsen says:

    Ken, we’re so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a sweet lady, I’m so glad we got the chance to meet her. I still can’t believe she made it to Bay City that day in that terrible traffic jam, she must have also been very patient!

    Melissa, Jeff, Claire & Isabelle

  8. Shelly Ouellette says:

    Ken, Linda, and Family:
    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Please know the comfort that many people are sending your way because they understand your sorrow. Take care.

  9. bay city friends says:

    linda and ken our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.because of the impending weather and distance none of us will be able to memory of dorothy we have made a group donation of toys to our local bay city toys for tots.your friends aimee brenda jill judy michele tina

  10. Larry & Kathy Peterson says:

    Dave and Shelia Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Dot was one of Larry’s mothers best friends, we have so many pictures of them together, God Bless you

  11. Randy and Alice Smith says:

    Dear Ken, Linda and all the Howard family,

    Our deepest sympathies to you on the passing of your mother. We pray that you will feel God’s comfort and strength during the difficult days ahead.

    God bless you all.

  12. Mrs Jill Lambright says:

    Thinking of your family during this time of loss… Remembering driving up with Mom and Dad to Dorothy’s house to play cards.

  13. Diane & Doug DeYoung says:

    Your “Ma” was a very special person. To know her was to love her. Always kind. Never judgmental. Loved her family with all her heart. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  14. VERLEN & JUDY MILLER says:

    Dale & Sandy, Dave & Sheila and all the Howard family. We pray for all of you through this time of mourning. We know she is in the arms of the Lord and smiling her wonderful smile. We will miss her.

  15. Carol Tungate says:

    To the Howard Family from the Tungate Family-thinking of you during your time of loss. We know what a wonderful mother and grandmother she always was. Don and Carol

  16. Jim and Patti (Khodl) Hewitt says:

    Sheila and Dave,

    Sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Time spent with those we love just never seem to be long enough. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take comfort from the wonderful memories she left you with, they are to be treasured.

  17. Giz and Shirley Giesbrecht says:

    So sorry David and Sheila I know you will miss her dearly. Sounds like a wonderful lady. Wish we could have been there for you Love you guys

  18. Rich & Jan Hildinger says:

    Ken and Linda Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We never had the pleasure of meeting your mom but just knowing you Ken and the way you spoke of her we know how much she meant to you. May God give you strength through your sadness.

  19. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Sandy, Gwen, and all of the Howard Family. We were so sorry to hear that you lost your mom. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with all of you. May your fond memories bring you comfort in the days and months ahead. Thinking of you.

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