Joyce O’Dell

Joyce O’Dell

Joyce passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Alamo Nursing Home.

She was born March 13, 1924 in Muskegon to Walter and Anne (Boukamp) Ritter. For many years she had worked at Erways Home Bakery in Kalamazoo. In her spare time she liked playing the accordion and violin. Joyce loved life and helping others. She enjoyed crocheting and had volunteered to make booties and hats for premie babies and lap blankets for veterans until she was 91 years old. Joyce was an avid bingo player, life member of the Disabled American Veterans and was very active at the Alamo Nursing Home especially with Tea and Tunes.

Surviving are her children Darlene (Mike) Holesek, Mike O’Dell, Kathy Stephens and David (Rhonda) O’Dell; 13 grandchildren, several great and great-great-grandchildren and her siblings, Gloria Price, Walter Ritter and Jerry Ritter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Russ O’Dell, infant sons, Albert and Alfred; adult son, Ron O’Dell and siblings, Bob, Donald and Chuck Ritter.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Alamo Nursing Home.

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