Irene Dendel

Irene Dendel

Irene “Dutch” Dendel of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012 at Bronson Methodist Hospital with her family by her side and went to be with her Lord.

Mrs. Dendel was born June 1, 1925 in Otsego Township to James and Julia (Thorp) Boylan and was a lifelong resident of the area. For 20 years she was employed with Kal-Equip, retiring in 1985. She attended the Otsego Church of God. For many years she served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and was an active member of the V.F.W. #3030 Ladies Auxiliary, working Bingo at the V.F.W. #3030 Post and at the Allegan County Fair. Irene loved her family and was a wonderful mom and grandma.

Surviving are her children, James (Willa) Dendel of Otsego, Kathrine Dendel of Plainwell, Raymond Jr. (Sarah) Dendel of Plainwell, Ronald (Ana) Dendel of Kalamazoo and Dean Dendel of Otsego; a son-in-law, Larry (Gwen) Digby of Plainwell; 25 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; her twin sister, Eileen “Mick” Davis of Allegan; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Dendel, Sr.; daughter, Irma Digby; daughter-in-law, Sherrie Dendel; 2 grandsons, Scott Dendel and Arnold Digby; a great-grandson, Alex Dendel; sisters, Tressa Vote and Virginia Faucher; brothers, George, Gerald, James Jr., Irvin and Albert Boylan.

Friends may visit with her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Church of God, Otsego, Pastor Stephen J. Burrow officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Irene may be made to Warner Camp.

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  1. Bill & Jan Montgomery says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother Ron&Ana and grandma to so many and a very special great -grandma,we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers along with Stephen&Christy & Family and all the rest of your family.
    Bill & Jan Montgomery

  2. Steve & Karina Montgomery says:

    Stephen and Christy,

    We are sorry to hear of your loss! We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Steve and Karina Montgomery

  3. Carol Vanatta says:

    So sorry to hear of Irenes passing. She was a great woman and will be missed. Her family are in my thoughts.

  4. Larry and Fran Hill says:

    Irene was a special woman and will be missed. Your families are in our prayers.

  5. Bob and Linnea Cowan says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. For many years we can recall seeing Irene sitting with the family in section C at camp taking care of family and tasks at hand. God be with you.

  6. Bob and Joyce Bloom says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of the Dendel Family.

  7. Albin & Maggie Greenwood says:

    Ron & Ana and family,Andrew & Alicia, you are all in our prayers in this time of the home going for mom, grandma, great-grandma Irene. May Our Lord’s comfort and peace sustain you all.

  8. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with your family at this sad time in your lives. May your memories help guide you through your grief. Take care now.

  9. Teri Laster says:

    Kathy and family, so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. What a wonderful woman she was and how lucky she was to have all of you who loved her so much be with her as she left her earthly home to go to her heavenly home. God bless all of you and keep all those beautful memories alive and well.

  10. Joyce Davis says:

    To all of the family, I just want you to know how much Aunt Dutch meant to me, she was always a ray of sunshine for me when I would see her. I will miss her smile, she touched my life in a very special way. God Bless all of you always.

  11. Gayle,Phillip, & Ryan Tabbert says:

    To the whole Family,Aunt Dutch meant a lot to us all and she will forever be in our hearts.Her special glances your way always ment she was watching you and the smiles that came our way were felt deep down in our souls.She was always handing out the love she had to share (which was never ending!) and she always helped out where wnd when she could without asking anything in return . These are the things I will always remember about her and you will all be in our Hearts and prayers.

  12. Ken & Sylvia Simons says:

    Irene was a classy lady and a dear friend to our parents, Bill and Barb Volker. She was also like a “mom” to us, always with open arms to give us a hug and a smile. She will be missed. Please accept our condolences.

  13. Bobbie Bulthuis says:

    Please except my sincere condolences. Irene will be missed by all that knew her. The Allegan County Fair will not be the same this year. Her absence will leave a very large void. She was a very strong woman who spoke her mind, but always listened to other opinions. It always amazed me that she still went to “church camp”. Her faith got her through a lot of rough spots in her life. I will keep you in my prayers

  14. Melvin & Linda Ochampaugh says:

    Dear Dean & Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I (Linda) always remember Dean telling me that he was his Momma’s baby (as I was the baby in my family also) May God Bless all of you during this difficult time. Know that she is now in that lovely place we all call HEAVEN!! Sincerely, Mel & Linda Ochampaugh

  15. Dawn (Lynch) King says:

    Dear Jonica, Dean, and all of the Dendel Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss of Irene. She will always be remembered as a respected leader of the Ladies Auxiliary, and will hold a special place in the halls of The V.F.W. Post 3030 history, and will be missed. My thoughts are with you all at this diffucult time, with faith that God will give you peace and the warmth of your mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend (Irene), in all you do for the rest of your lives. She is certainly sitting in Glory with our Father in Heaven. Dawn King

  16. Alice says:

    Praying for comfort and peace to your family.

  17. Cece (from the Post Office) says:

    Thinking about you Dean. My prayers are with you. Cece (from the Post Office)

  18. Peggy Lomonaco says:

    So sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful woman & will be deeply missed. Find comfort in knowing she is now in heaven with her Lord & Savior! Thinking of the entire family at this time!

  19. John Gibson says:

    Jim & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. May God’s promise of eternal life provide hope and comfort at this difficult time. I know that she was a wonderful person because I see the shining example of her son Jim.
    My mom passed away on January 21 and her funeral was held on the morning of the same day as your mom’s. Two great ladies and mothers now with the Lord.
    John Gibson

  20. mark & sherri bronson says:

    Dear Kathy & family: We’re so sorry we’re late in our condolences for you mother. we just heard about her passing. our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mark & Sherri Bronson

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