Ethan Trudelle

Ethan Trudelle

Ethan Alexander Trudelle of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday, October 10, 2011 in Plainwell. Ethan was born January 29, 2005 in Kalamazoo to Peter and Jennifer (Schack) Trudelle.

He was a happy little boy, who loved people and was always smiling. Once he got to know you he enjoyed touching your face. He loved school, being outside and watching birds, and loved his brothers and sisters, whose hair he enjoyed pulling. Anything bright and lively he especially enjoyed, as well as being tickled and wrestled with, listening to music, sitting up with the kids, going on rides, having air blowing in his face and talking early in the morning.

Surviving are his parents, Peter and Jennifer Trudelle; his siblings, Gavin, Peter, Jillian and Carys; grandparents, Lawrence and Muriel Schack and Orvil Trudelle; aunts, Melissa Schack, Karen Beck and Lisa Sanders.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Virginia Carruthers.

Friends may visit with Ethan’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from 10 to 11 A.M. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Otsego where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Merlyn Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Ethan may be made to the Children’s Ministries at First Baptist Church of Otsego.

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  1. Amy Marshall says:

    Trudelle family, you have been a great inspiration and a light in our community. I have enjoyed seeing you as you raise your lovely family, and know that Ethan is now safe in the arms of Jesus! My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you endure this time of grief!

  2. Joelle Hanley says:

    Trudelle family, You’re in our hearts and minds, we are hoping that this message will reveal our heartfelt understanding of the sorrow that you are feeling. Please know our thoughts are there with you in sympathy today and for the days to come. Love, The Hanley family

  3. Tim & Lydia Hutchens says:

    Your dear family is in our prayers. May God’s presence be felt among you as He wraps His arms around you and gives you His peace.

  4. Melony Scholte says:

    Trudelle family, what joyful beautiful people you are and what a beautiful loving life you gave to Ethan. I am praying for you all in this time of sorrow. I rejoice with you in knowing that Ethan is getting to touch the face of Jesus!

  5. Don & Connie Lavender says:

    We’re praying and praying for God’s strength for your family and I pray that Heaven feels even closer to your family now as sweet Ethan is with Jesus there.

  6. Mike and Amy Pegg says:

    You are all in our prayers.

    The Pegg Family

  7. Gerry and Lori Hildenbrand says:

    Pete, Jenn and family, We love you all you so much and we are grieving with you. God will walk with you through this incredibly difficult time. As we miss Ethan, we can also rejoice thinking of him running and playing and talking to Jesus — doing all the things he was limited by here on earth. We are praying for peace and comfort for your family. Love, The Hildenbrand Family

  8. Carole Wartella says:

    Wish I could be there for/with you. Praying for your strength through Christ our Lord. Heaven has a new Angle. Love you all.

  9. Hillside Learning and Behavior Center School Family says:

    The Staff and students extend our thoughts and prayers to Ethan’s family. Even tho Ethan was only with us a short time we found him to be a sweet and happy little guy and one who added to our sense of family and fun here at Hillside. We will miss him.

  10. Amy Gildea Schanz says:

    We will be praying for your family during this time of grief. So glad for the reassurance that Ethan is with his Heavenly Father.

    Amy and Steve Schanz

  11. Sally Boothby says:

    I had the pleasures of working with Ethan at our Greenhouse Program at The Bert Goens Learning Center. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Ethan warmed everyones heart with his adorable smile! I know Ethan is dancing with the angels and singing with the birds that he loved to watch so dearly.
    God Bless to all!

  12. Sarah Jelsomeno says:

    The love that your family has shared with Ethan was more than many people will know in a lifetime! God bless you all and keep you strong! From my family to yours, we love you and will always cherish precious Ethan and his contagious smile! <3

  13. michelle bradfield-wilcox says:

    I sorry for your lose uncle pet and aunt jennifer. Give eachother a hug and kiss for me. I will not be able to attend the funeral I’m in Kentucky.
    Love you both,

  14. Dr Seifferly and Staff says:

    So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Patty Buck and Corey Lutz says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May you stay strong as a family in your time of sorrow.

  16. Patty Helmholdt says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    All our love,
    Patty and Aaron Helmholdt

  17. Carl and Ann belden says:

    Pete and Jen,
    It’s so hard to accept the truth but we know that Ethan is happy with our dear Lord now. He had a wonderful life here on earth but much more in heaven dancing with the angels. As he watches over you and your family may you find peace at this time of sorrow.

    We are always here if ever you need us. We love you guys.

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  19. Carl and Ann belden says:

    We know its hard to accept the truth but Ethan is in a better place now. He had a wonderful life with you and with his brothers and sisters, wonderful memories to cherished. May you find peace knowing that you are surrounded with friends and family that loves you .
    We’ll always be here for you guys , love you both.

  20. David Fowls says:

    We are very sorry to learn of your loss. God bless you and your family. We will keep you and your family in all of our prayers. David and Michelle Fowls

  21. Chris and Beth Ronfeldt says:

    Pete and Jenn:
    We were very sorry to hear about Ethan’s passing. We cannot even imagine the heartbreak. Please know you’re in our thoughts.
    Chris and Beth

  22. Katherine Nelson says:

    I believe we all have a mission in life. Ethan’s mission was fulfilled and now is being cuddled in God’s arms for a job well done. Your son is an angel now. We will pray for your family to find comfort in this heartbreak. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you xoxoxoxoxoxo
    Heath, Katherine, Emma, Jacob & Abigail Nelson

  23. joanne lehr says:

    Was sad to hear the loss of Ethan his smile was always a joy on the bus. my thoughts and prayers are with all the family.God bless joanne

  24. Kyle says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news. Ethan was such a sweet little man with a smile as big as the sun. His giggles when you tickled him. I always looked forward to picking him up in the morning on the bus, what a joy he was. My thoughts are prayers to your family.

    VBISD Transportation

  25. Glenda Langshaw says:

    I’m sorry I missed his service, I was visiting family in Georgia. Your family is special to me and I know that God cares and will hold all of you close. He was a delightful little boy and I hope to someday meet him in heaven and see him running and singing. Please keep in touch.

  26. Jan Marshall says:

    Pete & Jen,

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  27. Conni Watkins says:

    my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family may god bless you with his power of healing at your time of loss.

  28. Tony and Kim Saucedo says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  29. Terri Hogue-Long says:

    Pete and Jennifer so sorry for the loss of Ethan. I’m sure that he blessed you each day with his presence and love. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Kehrer’s says:

    Dearest Jen & Peter, I am so sorry for your loss with Ethan, we just discovered this years later, God always bless you, Our belated sympathy!

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