Ruby Swinehart

September 23, 2013

Ruby Swinehart obituaries

Ruby Jewel (Ferguson) Swinehart of Otsego, MI passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013 at her home.  Ruby was born July 7, 1938 in Russell, AR the daughter of Oscar and Birdie (Udie) Ferguson. Ruby worked for Bronson Methodist Hospital for over 20 years. She enjoyed attending and working flea markets and she loved spending time with her grandchildren, especially having tea parties. In 1981 Ruby began seeing Kenneth E. Swinehart; on April 2, 1996 they were married.

Survivors include her husband, Ken; children, Robert Bowden of Otsego and Rickey Bowden of Kalamazoo; 22 grandchildren, including Jordan Levi Smith whom she raised as her son; 12 great grandchildren; siblings Viva Willis of WV, James Ferguson of Plainwell; step-children, Kaleen VanBuren, Terry Swinehart, Andrea Swinehart, Shara Swinehart; ex-daughter–in-law, Roberta Bowden and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Roman “Ben” Schrock and Kelli Jo Smith and siblings, Verda Lee “Dimples” Cox and William Ferguson.

Private family services will be followed with burial at Mt. Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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Dorothy Digby

September 11, 2013

Dorothy Digby obituaries

Dorothy Digby obituaries Dorothy L. Digby of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Allegan. Mrs. Digby was born June 30, 1940, in Chicago to Larus and Ethel (Rumpf) Gislason.

She was employed with Angle Steel, then the AFC Home in Plainwell and then as a driver for the Allegan County Mental Health van. Her favorite leisure activity was horseback riding. She also enjoyed playing pool and yard sales. Most of all Dorothy loved being with her family.

On August 14, 1982, in Otsego she married Kenelm Digby, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Jim (Carol) Virnala of Delton, Dean (Trina) Madonia of Nashville, TN and Lori (John) Hostetler of Greenville, MI; seven grandchildren; three step-children, Mark Digby, Terri (Rick) Brumm and Chellie Digby, all of Otsego; 14 step-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Durkee of Minneapolis, MN; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two step-daughters, Penny Digby and Deb Cornell, and a sister, Judy Temp.

Friends may visit with her family from 10-11am Monday, September 16, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

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

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Rosemary Jacobs

July 23, 2013

Rosemary Jacobs obituaries

Rosemary Jacobs of Plainwell (formerly of Kalamazoo) passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Plainwell. Mrs. Jacobs was born April 3, 1920 in Chicago, IL to Henry and Frances (Glorioso) Aiuppy. For many years she was employed with WL Molding. In her leisure time her two greatest joys were her plants and her cats. She could grow anything and loved caring for her cats. On May 22, 1948 in Otsego she was married to Charles Jacobs, Jr. who died in 2002. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Charles Aiuppy; a grandson, Lucas; and a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth. Surviving are two daughters and a son, Geraldine (Don) Frabe of South Haven, Kenneth (Bev) Jacobs of Parchment and Frances ‘Fran’ (Rod) Wall of Leonidas; her grandchildren, Carol, Mike, Brad, Rachael, Kate, Keeley, Chris, Kasie, Robert and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Austin, Brandon, Grant, Brady, Taeley, Triston, Lola, Devon, Chelsea, Joey and Cody; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Rosemary’s family from 5 to 8 P.M. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 27, 2013, with celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Rosemary may be made to the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

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Joyce Shattuck

June 18, 2013

Joyce Shattuck obituaries

Joyce Ann Shattuck, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Shattuck was born August 17, 1939 in Otsego to Robert and Pauline (Bittenbender) Griffith and had been a lifelong resident of the area.

For many years she was employed with the Lake St., Kalamazoo and Plainwell Burger Chefs. She had many fond memories of her friends and co-workers there. Joyce had been active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Little League. In her leisure time she enjoyed bowling, fishing and the Little River Casino.

On February 24, 1956 in Otsego she married Raymond Shattuck, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters and two sons, Debra (Chuck) Rheautt of Baltimore, MD, Michael Shattuck of Lansing, Karen Young of Parchment and Raymond P. Shattuck and dear friend Peter Pappas of Bennington, VT; five grandchildren;three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Paula (Tom) Stevenson of Otsego and Pat Carpenter of Spanish Fork, UT; and an uncle, Ebby Griffith of Delton; many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Graveside Service at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

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Joyce Berner

June 17, 2013

Joyce Berner obituaries

Joyce A. Berner of Kalamazoo (formerly of Otsego) passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Berner was born October 9, 1942 in Plainwell to Wayne and Louise (Mollitor) Livingston.

She was a 1960 graduate of Otsego High School and had attended Western Michigan University. Joyce began her career at Kal Equip in Otsego and then stayed home to raise her three children. Later in life she was the proud owner of Looks in Hair Design, a full service salon in Plainwell, for 20 years.

Her main and most joyful purpose in life was her family. She loved being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her love of travel took her and Phil all over the world. Joyce loved her kitties and almost always had a Siamese cat. She also was an avid flower gardener with beautiful roses and other perennials. Sons, Sean and Brent, remember baking cookies with her all the time. Chocolate chip was their favorite. In 1976 Joyce nominated her mother-in-law, Catherine Berner, for the Mother of the Year Award through WAOP radio in Otsego. She submitted a letter explaining how wonderful and giving Catherine was to her family and others. She raised 6 children and worked full time as a registered nurse. Catherine won the contest and Joyce went on the radio to read the letter that earned her the award.

On July 22, 1962 in Kalamazoo she married Philip Berner. They were longtime residents of Otsego, having lived for 50 years across the street from Leighton’s Mill Pond and currently residing in Royal Estates, Kalamazoo. In 1992, Joyce was reunited with her first son, Todd Albright. This included his wife and two daughters. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Otsego. In September 2011, 49 years after they first pledged their love to each other, Phil and Joyce renewed their vows at St. Margaret’ s Church.

Surviving are her husband, Philip Berner; daughter, Laurie (Berner) and Tim Andrus; sons, Sean Berner, Brent and Merri (Germain) Berner, Todd and Loyale Albright; grandchildren, Cameron and Marissa Andrus, and Lauren Albright; special cousins, Barb and Wayne Davis; and special friends, Mary and Rick Beauchamp, Bob and Sharon Lombardini.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Elizabeth Albright.

Friends may visit with Joyce’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday June 18, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where the Rosary will be recited at 5:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Fr. Gordon Greene celebrant. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Southwest Michigan Alzheimer’s Association, 350 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. #20, Kalamazoo, MI  49007.

Joyce’s family would like to thank the staffs at the Alamo Nursing Home and Borgess Medical Center for their compassionate care.

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Hank Collick

May 21, 2013

Hank Collick obituaries

Richard Henry ‘Hank’ Collick, Sr. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Hank was born July 9, 1927 in Allegan to Thomas John II and Rose (Hawkins) Collick .

Hank had worked for Al Schanz Plumbing and Heating in Kalamazoo and served in the US Army in Korea. He was a loving and caring man who devoted his life to his family.

Surviving are his wife, Betty, to whom he was married for 62 years; and his children, Pamela of Portage, Cindy (Glen) of Washington State, Richard Jr.(Mandy) of Kalamazoo, Diana of Kalamazoo, Deb (Steve) of Plainwell and Lisa of Plainwell; 8 grandchildren, Michelle, Scott (Courtney), Bryon (Jennifer), Greg (Tabitha), Jessica, Branden, Ryan and Blake; 13 great-grandchildren; Devin, Kaylee, Sarah, Kimberley, Andrew, Hunter, Maygen, Trent, Conner, Chase, Alessandra, Luciana, and Kylee; 4 sisters, Francis, Marie, Betty and Peggy; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Thomas John III, Edward and William; and 2 sisters, Doreen and May.

Friends may meet with the family Friday, May 24, 2013, from 1 to 2 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Pastor Will Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego with Military Honors by Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030 and the Michigan National Guard.

Donations in Hank’s memory may be made to Berean Baptist Church, Portage.

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Thomas Riggs

May 10, 2013

Thomas Riggs obituaries

Thomas A. Riggs of Cooper Twp., Michigan, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Riggs was born March 20, 1945 in Detroit to Leon and Cathryn (Huey) Riggs.

He had been employed with Eaton Corporation and retired from Plainwell Public Schools after many years of service. Tom loved farming, hunting, boating and camping.

On June 18, 1966 in Portage he married Shirley Briggs, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters and a son, Marcia Riggs of Plainwell, Corie Riggs of Niles and Glen Riggs of Kalamazoo; a brother, Doug (Mary Ellen) Riggs of Plainwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday May 18, 2013 at Oak Grove Bible Church, 7655 Ravine Rd., Kalamazoo, Michigan, Pastor David Ives officiating. Private burial of ashes will be at West Cooper Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to SPCA of SW Michigan – Rescue and Adoption Center, 6955 West KL Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

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Dennis Patrick

April 25, 2013

Dennis Patrick obituaries

Dennis W. Patrick of Shelbyville, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Dennis was born January 28, 1956 in Allegan to Albert “Tick” and Joan (Brenner) Patrick.

Surviving are his daughters, Rebecca (James) Holmes and Mandy (Kristopher) Hall both of Allegan; 6 grandchildren; mother, Joan Lewis of Allegan; aunt, Jean Zwiers of Martin; cousin, Terry Macak of Otsego and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Cremation has taken place.

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Max Bonnell

March 29, 2013

Max Bonnell obituaries

Max F. Bonnell of Otsego, MI passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Max Bonnell was born April 4, 1933 in Alamo Twp., the son of Alan and Minerva (Flegal) Bonnell. Max attended Otsego High School where he played clarinet in the band and was in the graduating class of 1951. Following graduation Max worked as an Auto Mechanic until he was able to open his own service station. He was the owner of Bonnell’s Auto Service in Alamo from 1968 – 1978. He then worked as a mechanic, a parts manager and a service manager for several area auto dealerships. Max retired from Rex Hays Chevrolet in Allegan in May 1998. Max enjoyed ice fishing with his sons while they were growing up, golfing, bowling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also played clarinet and saxophone with a local band and enjoyed stock car racing, he was the owner of a stock car and drove from time to time.

On June 27, 1953 in Otsego, Max married Betty Fuller who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Brian (Susan) Bonnell and Terry (Charlene) Bonnell; grandchildren, Daniel (Elizabeth), Shaun, Heather (Jeffrey) Kiel, Cody, Jeffrey (Meredith), Keith, Amy (Mark) Morey; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Alan and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a memorial service at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, Pastor Ron Lugten officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego at a later date.

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Jerry Blood

March 24, 2013

Jerry Blood obituaries

Jerry Lee Blood of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Wings Home in Allegan. Mr. Blood was born May 30, 1944 in Allegan to Clyde and Maida (VanOrder) Blood and was a lifelong resident of the area.

For 20 years, until his retirement in 2003, he was employed with InterKal in Portage. Previously he had also held various jobs including forklift driver, semi-truck driver, welder, factory worker and delivery of farming supplies. In his leisure time he liked NASCAR, including Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. His favorite drivers included Johnny Benson and Carl Edwards. The dog “Lady” was his dog, and his pride and joy, to take outside and to watch TV with, in his recliner. He enjoyed Lawrence Welk reruns. Jerry loved to do Word Find puzzles, listen to the radio, feed the birds and play handheld games. He loved fishing with his dad, camping with family and friends, and fish fries.

On July 24, 1965 in Allegan he married Jerri Sue Blakeman, who died June 23, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Ken Blood of Byron Center and Christine ‘Crissy’ Blood of Kalamazoo; and a brother, Jim Craig (Kitty) Blood of Holland; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service at the Otsego Church of God will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to Wings Home.

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