Shirley J. McDonald

Shirley J. McDonald

Shirley passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Monday, April 11, 2016 at her home.

She was born June 6, 1928 in Otsego and was a lifelong resident of the area. Shirley had worked in the cafeteria at Otsego Public Schools for almost 20 years and was a member of the Otsego Lady Elks. On July 13, 1946 she married Renny J. McDonald. Shirley loved taking care of her family.

Surviving are her daughters, Nancy Louise (Norman) Starr of Otsego, Marcia Lynn (Timothy) Quigley of Plainwell, Linda Kay (Steve) Leafdale of Otsego and Kathy Ann (Craig) Nelson also of Otsego; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Freida (Simonton) Smith; husband, Renny; grandson, Paul Quigley in 1994 and by her sister, Arlene Kramer.

Friends may visit with Shirley’s family from 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 14, 2016 with Pastor Joe Shaler and grandson, Trevor Wolthuis officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Nancy, Marcia, Linda, and Kathy and families. We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. We were visiting at Lifecare nursing home on Monday afternoon and Rex Rouse came in to visit his mother and he told us about your Mom. We were just so sorry to hear that news. We saw your Mom when she was at Lifecare earlier this year and when we went to her room another time after that, she had been discharged so assumed that she was doing better and had gone home. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and sending a lot of sympathy your way. We know that you will miss your Mom a lot but we hope your special and fond memories will help you through your grief in the coming days and months and bring you peace. Please take care and know that others are thinking of you a lot. Take care.

  2. Theresa M Budzilek says:

    Your mom was very special to me as all of you are. I’m so thankful for being able to spend time with her these last few months. It is time I will treasure always. Love you all!

  3. Paula A. Beard says:

    Nancy Marcia, Linda & Kathy and your families. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you mom and dad, as they were friends with my mom and dad. (Paul and Mildred Knowles). Your families will be in my prayers, and my thoughts will be with you during these times of grief. Please know that I care, and understand your loss. Your memories are things you will have the rest of your life, and they are like no other. Take care ~

  4. Thomas and Susan (Jerrett) Sawasky says:

    To Marcia and family,
    We send our deepest sympathy to you and your sisters. We know how much you will miss your mom, but we know you have many wonderful memories. May these memories get you through the tough times. Hold on to each other and love one another!! Your mom is again with your dad, and they are now your guardian Angels. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Hugs to you!

  5. Kim and Bryon Sheldon says:

    Nancy, Marcia, Linda and family, we were so sorry to hear about Shirley. Your mom will be missed but you all have so many wonderful memories to help you thru this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kim and Bryon Sheldon
    Fairhope, AL

  6. Larry and Sharon Thompson says:

    Nancy, Marcia, Linda and Kathy – Sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families. We are still in Florida so Theresa will give you all hugs for us. God be with you.

  7. Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. May your many wonderful memories help you get through this most difficult. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending hugs!

  8. Bob Miles says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Shirley was a nice lady. I always enjoyed being greeted by Shirley at her favorite seat at the bar at the Elks Club. Shirley and Renny will always pop up in my mind when I pass the Elks. I had a lot of fun times with the two.

  9. Bart and Evelyn Steele says:

    Much love to you all, you have always been so close and strong as a family, continue that strength and enjoy your memories. Always enjoyed your Mom and her sass, she has left you all with great values and a fabulous family legacy.

  10. Fred & June Haddix says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Will always remember the camping and fun times we had with your family. May God bless you all, You are in our prayers

  11. Dennis Hiemstra says:

    Marcia and family;
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May your fond memories comfort you at this time of loss.

  12. Kim Abraham Saucedo says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom

  13. Emily Mills says:

    Nancy, Marcia , Linda, Kathy and families. I’m so sorry about your mom. She and your dad will always have a special place in my heart. Let your happy memories help to ease the pain of your loss. Love Emily

  14. Betsy Granfeldt RN says:

    I enjoyed taking care of Shirley when she was with Allegan Home Care. She’ll make a great angel. Nurse Betsy

  15. Diane & John Glessner says:

    Dear Nancy, Marsha and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We pray God’s peace and strength upon all of you. Please know we are thinking of you with prayer. God Bless. John & Diane Glessner

  16. Ron and Nancy Feniger says:

    Dear Nancy, Marsha, Linda, Kathy and families, we are so sorry to hear about your mom. May God grant you peace in this difficult time.

  17. Joan Walters says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. ‘



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