Frances G. Klumpp

Frances G. Klumpp

Frances passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born September 27, 1922 in Allegan to Rube and Frances (Gerry) Tubbs. On November 27, 1948 in Crown Point, Indiana she married Kenneth Klumpp. Together they enjoyed traveling and had been all over the US including trips to Alaska and Hawaii. Zeb was passionate about helping the disabled veterans and spent many years volunteering at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. She liked laminating newspaper articles for people she knew and cared about and was known as the “little lady laminator”. Zeb had also been a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are her many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews, and helpful companion and “bodyguard” Chris Nevins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth in 2002 and by siblings, Willard Tubbs, Betty Hofacker, Marge Sweetland, Mary Jean Anderson, Joan Salters and Sandy Tubbs.

Cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Zeb’s family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Dan Minor officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Zeb may be made to the Otsego Veterans Memorial.

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  1. Bruce Kris Kimberly and Brady Moran says:

    Zeb YOU will be missed by many and especially by our family. You have a heart of gold and we are so glad that our paths had crossed and you became part of our family. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel and We Love You. Rest in Paradise in heaven above. Until we meet again our angel friend.

  2. Kimberly moran says:

    Zeb was an amazing woman and a great friend to all she has so willingly helped so many people without asking anything in return. I will miss her greatly and all the times we have shared.

  3. Lynn Bronkema says:

    To Chris and Zeb’s Family.
    Wishing you all Peace and Comfort at this time

    I didn’t know Zeb real well but she always had a Hello for you and treated you like you’ve been friends for a long time. She’s a Grand Lady and was always full of fun. She will be Greatly missed by all. God now has a new Angel. May Zeb Rest In Peace.

  4. Michael Fergusson says:

    To Chris and Zeb’s family
    She was a wonderful lady, always positive, vary missed by all, great memory for all.

  5. sally Thaxton Betzner says:

    Dear family, Zeb was such a very loving dear, my mother loved her Zebby, hope they are visiting, prayers to her family.

  6. Patty Davidson says:

    To Chris and Zebs Family! I want too say how blessed I have been knowing Zeb. What and amazing woman she was! I loved her visits to the store! I will miss her so much!

  7. Tammy Baptiste says:

    R.I.P. Zebbi you will never be far away, every time I see a vet i will see you!! Have a wonderful reunion with Ken, love you. P.S. GO CUBS!!

  8. Vince and Linda Papa says:

    Dear Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. We were “next door neighbors” to Ken and Zeb for many years at Schnable Lake. We loved them and have many fond memories!! God Bless

  9. Mrs. Jim Hewitt (Patti) says:

    For Chris and Zeb’s relatives–so very sorry to learn of your loss. Zeb was a little sweetheart! I first met her while on a shopping trip by bus to Chicago. Got such a kick out of her. Since then have visited with her at the VFW dinners, and seeing her at Hardings. She may have been tiny, but she had a little sparkle to her. Just a very gracious lady. My goodness, I even recently received a sympathy card from her regarding Jim. She will be missed by many. Looks like heaven has acquired another gem! Hugs and prayers go out to you.

  10. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Family of Zeb,
    Tim and I were so very saddened to hear of Zeb’s passing. We loved her so very much; she was so kind and had a heart of gold.
    We enjoyed our pizza” nights at her home, visiting and laughing, she was such a grand hostess! And we will never forget the time she came to the Elks for the Johnny Cash show, she made that afternoon so much fun! She will be missed! Please know that she is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!

  11. Bill (Sparky) and Janice Thompson says:

    Dear Chris and Zeb’s Family …
    Our sincerest, most heartfelt condolences and prayers sent your way. May our Lord God keep you close in this time of loss.

    … Once, in the greatest of whiles, we make friends who have the power to restore your faith in humanity.
    Zeb had that affect on everyone and was an inspiration to so many…
    She had a radiance about her, with the capacity to warm the surroundings and brighten any room she entered. She truly was an Earth Angel
    … We are grateful and feel honored for the time we spent with her, the laughter we shared and the wonderful memories we have in the short while we knew her.
    Zeb was very important to our Ladies Auxiliary and Post 3030, always helping a Veteran any way she could.
    Our hearts are saddened by losing her on Earth, but joyful knowing she has been reunited with her beloved Kenny.

    We love you Zeb … we will never forget you!

  12. Dave Delemme says:

    On behalf of Otsego American Legion Post 84 of Otsego, we send out thoughts and prayers to the Klumpp family and Chris Nevins. Mrs. Klumpp (ZEB) was loved by all the members of Post 84. She would donate her time to volunteer with our VA hospital visits, and also donated many needed items for our veterans for 15 years. She also enjoyed anything Red. White, and Blue. She took pride in always bringing a patriotic cake to our Legion picnics, and Christmas dinners. Zeb, with her sidekick (Chris), lived to serve our veterans without a second thought. It was a part of her life. She was a kind, loyal, loving, and patriotic lady that we can never forget.
    May God hold you near ZEB, You and Kenny are back together again, looking down upon us all. We love you ZEB.

  13. Bill Kiersey says:

    My deepest condolence’s to the family. Zeb was a great lady the Va sure is going to miss her smiling face but I know she will still be watching over us, Rest in peace.

  14. The Oosterhouse Fanily says:

    Our condolences to Zeb’s family and to Chris. We have many fond memories of her and Kenny. Her love of country and those who serve are admirable and rare. We will miss her dearly.

    Love, Kevin, Amy Jo, Noah, Naomi, Max, Marlee, Levi

  15. Sue and Neil Browne says:

    Chris, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. Please know how very much that we care and love you.
    Blessings and God’s love,
    Sue and Neil

  16. Judi Markey Brooks says:

    I met Zeb through Chris. Anytime I was in Michigan I tried to see her. Zeb was always smiling and upbeat. She always asked about our Springer Spaniels. I know how important it was to her to be involved at the VFW. Zeb will be missed by all who knew and loved her. My thoughts are with Chris and her familiy.

  17. Sherry and Mike Rossman says:

    I remember going to Chicago with Sandy….to stay with Zeb and Kenny. I think we were about 13 or 14. They took us to the Palmer House to see Andy Williams. I remember Coca Cola was 75 cents!!! Zeb was so much fun then…..and she never changed. A truly beautiful person! Rest in peace dear Zeb. And what an incredible friend she had in Chris! Stay strong Chris.

  18. Bobbie & Hank says:

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of a special “little” lady with a big heart.


    My love be with the friends & family during this time,

  20. Marcia Holdeman says:

    My heart goes out to Chris and the family. She was a very special lady. She always made the veterans of Alamo Nursing Home so very welcome at the monthly dinners. Her dedication was incomparable to no others. I, we will miss her.

  21. Robin Moran says:

    What a wonderful Lady. She will be missed

  22. Alison says:

    Zeb and I hang out at her apartment she was a wonderful lady and a greatly lady I first her at seven day adventist clothing on Tuesday.

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