Loraine J. Brabon

Loraine J. Brabon
Loraine J. Brabon of Cooper Township (formerly of Otsego) passed away Monday, September 3, 2007. Loraine was born October 31, 1924 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Leonard and Caroline (Wiedbrauk) Baldwin. In 1940, she married Frederick H. Brabon and together they built a home west of Otsego and raised a family of five children. Loraine enjoyed travel, photography, nature, but most of all helping other people. After raising her family, Loraine returned to school to pursue a degree in nursing that would allow her to fulfill her passion for caring for others as a nurse. She worked many years at BorgessMedicalCenter and upon retirement, continued nursing homebound patients, friends and neighbors through a mission outreach program at TrowbridgeMethodistChurch. She also volunteered as a Senior Companion. Loraine was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, Earl Baldwin, Verna (Baldwin) Shears, Edwin Baldwin, Leota (Baldwin) Brabon-Lamont, Donald Baldwin and DeWayne Baldwin. Surviving are 2 sons and 3 daughters, Leonard (Gloria) Brabon of Kalamazoo, Carolyn Gernhart of Portage, Jeanne (Robert) Thompson of Paw Paw, Jerry (Kimberly) Brabon of North Carolina, Ann (Michael) MacCreery of Kalamazoo; 13 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; many nieces and nephews. Friends may meet with the family from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held Thursday at 5:00 PM, Rev. Gary Wales officiating. Private interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorial gifts be made to the American Heart Association or Kalamazoo Senior Services.
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