Pauline Deike

Pauline Deike

Pauline E. Deike of Plainwell (formerly of Otsego) passed away Monday, August 6, 2012 in Plainwell. Mrs. Deike was born August 10, 1914 in Watson Township to Randall and B. Sophia (Nyberg) Brooks and was a lifelong resident of the area.

She was a graduate of Martin High School and for several years was employed as a bookkeeper with Otsego Sanitary Milk Co. Pauline was an active member of the Otsego United Methodist Church. She had also belonged to the Widows Club, Otsego Women’s Club and the Crystal Club. For many years she served on the Otsego Election Board and had volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

On June 28, 1941 in Allegan she married William F. Deike, who died in 1976. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Geraldine Stalter.

Surviving are her daughter, Carolyn (Christopher) Russell of Millersville, MD; a granddaughter, Valerie (Kenneth) Herrst of Jasper, AL; three great-grandchildren, Matthew Russell, Victoria Russell and Ashley Madison; a sister-in-law, Ruth Fast of Fennville; 4 nieces; 3 nephews; 9 great nieces and nephews; many great great nieces and nephews.

Friends may meet with her family from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the Otsego United Methodist Church, Rev. Dan Minor officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Pauline may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Lloyd and Karen Esterline says:

    Dear Family, I will sincerely miss Pauline. She was a positive person with a smile and good wish every time I saw her. She went with the “flow” of life, so to speak. She enjoyed our crafts at Stanford Lodge. Played great bingo and won lots of jewelry over the years. She was a friend of my mother who also was a resident of the Lodge. The Brooks farm and the Stone farm were across the street from each other, in Watson. My mom was Kathryn Stone Taggett. Pauline shared many stories over the years and pictures as well. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed their visits. I am sorry for your loss, I will truly miss my friend. Karen

  2. Bill and Brenda Standish says:

    Dear Carolyn and family, I will miss Pauline and her wonderful smile she always greeted me with. She was a very special lady. I have always marveled at her great memory. And loved to listen to her tell about times when she and my father were young. She will be greatly missed. your cousin, Brenda

  3. Barb and Terry Nixon says:

    I was sorry to get your call this morning. To you, Chris, and the rest of your family Terry and I send our prayers and love. Though I only met your mom once I could tell from all of our talks about our mothers that she was a truely great lady.

  4. Mary dyer says:

    After my mother Gerry (Pauline’s sister) passed away, I enjoyed visiting Pauline and sharing stories about my mom. It was almost like having her with me again. I know Aunt Pauline missed her family and especially those members who had passed before her. I am comforted by knowing she is reunited with them. I will miss her greatly. Peace to you Aunt P.

  5. George Hallam says:

    I was sorry to hear of Paulines Passing. she was a wonderful lady and loved and admired by my wife genevieve Brooks (Hallam) and myself and the Czerwinski family in Otsego. We visited withher and Geraldine each year on our annual vsits to Otsego. You have my deepest sympathy, she is in a better place in the loving arms of our savior. god bless . George Hallam

  6. Deby Brooking says:

    Carolyn, Chris, Valerie and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although I was only able to see your mom a few times, she was very special to me. I loved her upbeat outlook and she was always very kind and welcoming. I wish I could have spent more time with her. I’m sorry that we are not there with you, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Deby, Bob and Robert Brooking

  7. Karon Eckert Ahrendt says:

    Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear to the loss of your mother. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. I would love to hear from you when you are up to it. Karon (Eckert) Ahrendt

  8. Paul, Rita, Ryan & Adam Mitchell says:

    We are saddened to hear of Pauline’s death, but happy knowing that she is in heaven with the Lord after living a long, wonderful life. She was a dear neighbor when she lived on Lawrence Drive and we fondly will always remember our long conversations with her. She was a gem, and always lit up when she talked of her family and her past. She taught us much about the Otsego she remembered from her youth. Our boys enjoyed mowing her lawn and then sitting and talking with her afterward. She touched our lives in such a kind way and we are glad to have known her. We just learned of her passing on August 12th and we’re sorry we didn’t know in time to pay our respects at the funeral. We send our sympathies to her family and wish you comfort in the memories you have of this dear woman. She was a blessing.

  9. Bonnie L (MOORE) Eakins says:

    Carolyn, I was Blessed to get re-acquainted with your Mom while visiting my own Mother @ Stanford Lodge. I loved that she was always so positive..and as Karen said always a smile and good conversation. Your memories will keep her close. Sincerely, Bonnie

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