Karen A. Lynch

Karen A. Lynch

Karen Ann Lynch age 72  passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home in Otsego.

She was born October 10, 1944 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Claire and Irene (Sennyes) Sootsman. Karen was a dog lover and enjoyed watching westerns, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and scrabble, listening to country music, Indian collectables and spending time with her family in Manistee.

Surviving are her children, Teresa (Byron Waldo) Rayburn, Donnie (Michelle) Smith both of Otsego and David Smith of Manistee; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mike (Connie) Sootsman of Galesburg, Dora Edmonson of Manistee, Eugene Sootsman of Kalamazoo and Claire “Butch” Sootsman of Comstock.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Sharon Baldwin; nephew, Sammy; brother-in-law, Dale Edmonson and ex-husbands, Don Smith and John Lynch.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Karen may be made to the ASPCA.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Donnie and Michele and Family. Please know that we are thinking of you and are so sorry for your loss. It is rough to lose a loved one anytime but harder around the holidays, that’s for sure. You did a lot over the years to help care for your dear Mother so please take comfort in all that you did for her. She was lucky to have all of you to take care of her when her health began to decline. May she rest in peace now. Please take care and know that others care.

  2. Dan and Candy Ketchbaw says:

    Dan and I are so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. What a surprise to know Dan was born the same day and year..and a bigger surprise.. he grew up in Comstock and knew your whole family. They all lived in the same neighborhood and were friends. Again, we are thinking of you and your family.

  3. Judy Gates Hayes says:

    Teresa and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. Keep her memories close to your heart and she will be with you forever. May God be with you.

  4. Jennifer Lynch says:

    My deepest condolences. We had a lot of fun together doing Chinese firedrills at red lights driving my Grandpa crazy, dancing at Ethel’s, going to the beach, and just hanging out! Of course she also taught Jaimee to tell the old farts to get out of the way when they were driving around Zephyrhills

  5. Kathy Bailey says:

    Teresa, David and Donnie,
    Thinking of you during this difficult time. I will always remember your mother as being very kind and funny. Try and take care of yourself this holiday season. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Mary Bailey says:

    I will always be thinking of all of the fun and trouble we got into, love Mary

  7. Dawn Lynch says:

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of Karen. She was a very warm and caring person, who loved her children and grand children dearly. That was always her utmost priority. I am sincerely thankful for all she did for our Lynch family, and the love she devoted to my dad, as well as her love for family and fun times. I have many great memories of adventures, work projects, and fire side cooked meals. A quiet little woman with a determined inner strength and grace. May God Bless the Smith Children and families through your grief and loss.

  8. Gail (Foster) Tutewiler says:

    So sorry to hear about Karen’s passing. She was a sweet lady.

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