Frances E. Krusinga

Frances E. Krusinga

Frances (Fran) passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016 in Kalamazoo.

She was born December 16, 1933 on her family’s celery farm in Alamo Township to Henry and Effie (VanderVeen) VanOosten. As a young girl, Fran went to a one room schoolhouse near her home where she had fond memories of sledding down the 6th Street hill in the winter during lunch. She graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1950, and later went on to Bronson Hospital School of Nursing and became a LPN graduating at the top of her class in 1964.  On May 25, 1951, in her parents’ living room in Alamo, she was married to Merwyn Krusinga.  Fran and Merwyn had four children together.  After graduation from nursing school, Fran initially worked for Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, and later for several medical offices in Otsego and Plainwell. Fran also served for many years as the bookkeeper for the family business, Krusinga Plumbing.

Fran enjoyed many Saturday afternoons getting together with relatives for swimming and playing horseshoes at Minkler Lake and Osgood Lake. Fran loved being outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening and caring for animals. Fran enjoyed the time she had caring for her family and spending summers at the family camp on Drummond Island. She was a member of Twin Lakes Reformed Church and later, Third Reformed Church (now Centerpoint Church) in Kalamazoo.

Surviving are three sons and a daughter, Greg (Margaret) Krusinga of Bellevue, Becky (Dennis) VanDelfzijl, Gary (Joette) Krusinga and Jeff (Karen) Krusinga all of Alamo Township; eight grandchildren, Sarah (Dale) Ehinger, Rachel (Ian) VanHover, Joshua VanDelfzijl, Jacob Krusinga, Charles Krusinga, Ryen Krusinga, Kayla Krusinga and Samantha Krusinga and her sister, JoAnn Kline of Alamo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merwyn in 2006, and by her brother, Theodore VanOosten.

Friends may visit with Fran’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A private family funeral service will be held on Tuesday.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery in Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Fran may be made to SPCA of Southwest Michigan or to the Drummond Island Library.

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  1. La Shumbra Singleton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss; may your family be covered by the love of Christ during this time.

  2. Pat Hagerman says:

    Becky and family I enjoyed working with Fran at OFP and listening to her stories of her Drummond Island and camping experiences. My condolences.

  3. Joe & Erin Licari says:

    We’re deeply saddened for your loss, extending heartfelt condolences and may fond memories bring you comfort during this time.

  4. Linda Veld-Benwire says:

    Much sympathy to the family. I remember Fran from Twin Lakes Church and Doctor offices where she worked. I always got warm and caring attention. Hugs and prayers for those left behind.

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