Mary Burroughs

Mary Burroughs

Mary Burroughs of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Plainwell. Mrs. Burroughs was born January 31, 1921 in Salem Twp., Allegan County to Gerrit and Gertie (Harmsen) Kleinbrink. Mary was a lifelong homemaker who loved being with her family and playing cards. She enjoyed her homes in Otsego and Gun Lake, where she enjoyed yard work, especially clearing brush and burning it.

On February 5, 1938 in Kalamazoo she married Orrin “Tex” Burroughs, who died in 1992. Also preceding her in death were two brothers and a sister, Frank Kleinbrink, Harold “Butch” Kleinbrink and Mona Robinson.

Surviving are a son and two daughters, Orrin “Frank” (Judy) Burroughs and Barbara (Robert) Broadhurst, both of Otsego, and Sharon (Larry) Thompson of Gun Lake; five granddaughters, Sheri (Greg) LaForge of Plainwell, Theresa (Ted) Budzilek of Wayland, Susan Branch, Amy Anderson and Kristen (Don) Nielsen, all of Otsego; two step-grandchildren, Tod Thompson of TN and Tammy (Jon) Schultz of Kalamazoo; 14 great-grandchildren, Eric and Kevin LaForge of Plainwell, Carly, Sydney and Halley Anderson of Otsego, Allison and Sarah Branch of Otsego, Katie and Matt Schultz of Kalamazoo, Arika, Kyle and Kamron Thompson of TN, Lindsey and Karlie Nielsen of Otsego; two sisters-in-law, Mary Kleinbrink and Betty Phillips; a brother-in-law, Robert (Joan) Burroughs; many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Graveside Service at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 4, 2011 with Pastor Jason Thiel officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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  1. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Mary was such a kind, sweet lady! I remember her coming over to visit with my mom. She always made us laugh! Please know that she is now a special Angel in Heaven watching over you!

  2. Larry & Kathi Fuss says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Knowing so much of this family we know she must have been a great person! LOL

  3. Bobbie Fleser Masselink says:

    Your mother/grandmother was always so kind and caring when I would meet up with her at Kleinbrink Family Gatherings. I still recall a Kleinbrink Family Reunion held at your parents’ place at Gun Lake in the 1950’s.

    May good memories comfort you at this time.
    Warmly, Cousin Bobbie

  4. Arlene Kleinbrink Callender says:

    Sorry to hear of the death in your family. I will be thinking of all of you. I am in my winter home in Fla. so will not be able to see you.I will be with all of you at the time of her memorial.

  5. Gail Leggett says:

    One of the best things about memories is the comfort that they bring. I’m thinking of all of you in your current time of losing this very special person in your life. I’m also thinking of those memories from years ago. I hope you find great comfort in your memories and know that she is still in your hearts. Love, Gail

  6. Jeanne (Harper) Van Eerden says:

    Mary was a very dear person who truly loved her family. Fond memories of my childhood and beyond. Mary was my favorite person (it is written by my mother in my baby book). I admired her, as she would always protect Tex when he was sleeping. There would be a towel wrapped over the top of the telephone, just in case it rang. I also remember sitting under the trees on a warm summer day in Gerrit and Gerdie’s front yard, (maybe I was 7 or 8 years old) when all of a sudden a bird dropped it’s dodo on Mary’s head and she went running and laughing all the way home. SMILE. She taught me to crochet a special stitch to make a crocheted bedspread, as she took special care of her Mom, Gertie. Mary has always been a blessing to others. She will be missed. You are all in my prayers.

  7. Theresa says:

    Grandma, I can’t believe your gone. I thank God for the time we got to spend together these last 8 months. I’ll never forget the talks we had and even the few laughs that we had.
    I’ll miss you terribly.

    Love you,

  8. John & Mary Kleinbrink says:

    Mary was a vary special person and will be greatly missed. We had many good times when Mary would come to visit our Father.
    She is in Heaven but will never be forgoten here on Earth.

    Our Prayers to all.
    John & Mary Kleinbrink

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