Arlene J. Anson

October 27, 2014

Arlene J. Anson

Arlene passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born January 3, 1928 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Michael and Grace (Cardd) Karr. Arlene enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking and helping other people. She was an active member of Cooper Congregational Church where she was part of the Ladies Guild and ARO an outreach ministry group. On October 28, 1950 in Kalamazoo she married Duane Anson who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Brian (Dalene) Anson of Plainwell, Karen (Keith) Holt of Vicksburg and Lori (Chuck) Franko of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Jodi, Jessica, Cameron, Tyler and Riley; 4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her 3 brothers, Delbert, Robert and Rudolph Yohnke. Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with Arlene’s family Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. and again Sunday from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. No services are scheduled and a private burial will take place at Cooper Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Arlene may be made to the Cooper Congregational Church.

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James E. VanLent

October 3, 2014

James E.  VanLent

James VanLent of Alamo Township passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Mr. VanLent was born August 5, 1932 in Otsego, the son of Eldon and Marie (Brown) VanLent. For more than 31 years Jim was a police officer and fireman for the city of Plainwell. He was a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church and in his spare time enjoyed golfing. In 1950 he married Shirley Nichols in Indiana.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley; his sons, Jim (Terry) VanLent of Plainwell and Dan VanLent of Otsego; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sandra (Ron) MacVean of Martin and Sharon VanLent of Plainwell; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Eldon.

Friends may meet with Jim’s family Monday, October 6, 2014 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Cremation will follow.  A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the 12th Street Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Pastor Thad Stout officiating. Due to construction, please take 11th St. south to ON Avenue, then north onto 12th Street.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the 12th Street Baptist Church.

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Kathy Sue Salyer

September 10, 2014

Kathy Sue Salyer

Kathy Sue Salyer of Bloomingdale, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Allegan. She was born October 16, 1952 in Huntington, IN to Lewis and Kathryn (Schenkel) Hart.

Kathy was a very spiritual person and her faith was uplifting for her and her family. In her leisure time she loved flowers and traveling to the Upper Peninsula and Mackinaw Island. She was a devoted homemaker and loved her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

On January 5, 1974 in Marion, IN she married Ross “Bryan” Salyer, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, Derek (Crystal) Salyer of Leonidas, Cory (Shea) Salyer of Kalamazoo and Sean (Aryanna) Salyer of Fortuna, CA; four grandchildren, Ashley, Brett, Erin and Rachel; her mother, Kathryn Hart of N. Manchester, IN; and a brother, Richard Hart of Fort Wayne, IN.

She was preceded in death by her father in 2005 and her brother, Larry Hart, in 1977.

Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held later. Contributions in memory of Kathy Sue may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Barbara J. Colasanti

September 2, 2014

Barbara J. Colasanti

Barbara J. Colasanti passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 in Kalamazoo.

She was born January 8, 1925 in Dowagiac, the daughter of Clyde and Emma (Guntle) Huff. For 23 years Barbara was a registered nurse at Bronson Hospital. On November 21, 1946 in Kalamazoo she married Michael Colasanti who preceded her in death in 2010. Barbara was a lifelong caregiver, she loved to play cards, sew and quilt. She enjoyed taking care of her home, her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Don (Deborah) Colasanti of Texas, Michael Colasanti Jr. of Kalamazoo, Ricky Colasanti and Lori (Domingo) Sauceda both of Cooper; 10 grandchildren, Arianna, Sarah, Michael III, John, Danatio, Caitlyn, Ashlynn, Danielle, Courtney and Jake; 2 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Alexis; and many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, 3 sisters and a brother.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 5, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at Westwood Church of God in Kalamazoo with Pastor Tom Tufts officiating.  Burial will take place at West Cooper Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Theodore Simonds

July 26, 2014

Theodore Simonds

Theodore Simonds of Otsego passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Ted was born February 4, 1965 in Kalamazoo the son of James and Maxine (Wilkinson) Simonds. He had done lawn care as the owner/operator of Bill & Ted’s Lawn Care and had worked several other jobs in the area, most recently working for Gary Sanders Well Drilling.Ted enjoyed trains, traveling to the lake for sunsets and spending time fishing. He will be remembered as a kind hearted man who loved his family.

Surviving are his father, James; his siblings, Dale (Lucy) Simonds of Allegan, Ralph (Ruth) Simonds of Allegan, LaVerne (Joyce) Simonds of Mattawan and Michael (Deborah) Simonds of Otsego; several nieces and nephews; and his soul mate Sue Miner.

He was preceded in death by his mother and by his best friend Bill Miner.

Cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2 P.M. at 706 26th Street, Allegan.

Contributions in memory of Ted may be made to the American Heart Association.

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David Zugel

July 25, 2014

David Zugel

David W. Zugel of Plainwell, MI passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Wings Home in Allegan. David was born on July 18, 1953 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to William and Maxine (Grenn) Zugel.  At the age of 17 David began working for Hammond Machine where he remained employed for almost 35 years. For the last 10 years David worked for Flowserve in Kalamazoo. David enjoyed flying model airplanes with the Thunderbirds R.C. Club at the River Oaks Park in Comstock.

On February 14, 1990 in Schoolcraft, Michigan he was married to Julia Bogema who survives. David is also survived by his children, Adam (Kim) Zugel and Heidi Zugel; step-son, Calvin Shafer; 4 grandchildren; brother, Phil (Rayma) Zugel and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Maxine.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held this fall.

Contributions in memory of David may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, Michigan.

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George Channells

July 12, 2014

George Channells

George Pearl Channells, Jr. of  Martin, Michigan,  passed away on the evening of July 5, 2014 at the Wings of Hope Hospice House in Allegan.  Born January 19, 1928, his parents were George P. Channells, Sr. and Maude (Delaney) Channells.  George attended Martin Public Schools until serving his country as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  After his service, George worked for many years as a printer for Saniwax Paper Company, and for the City of Kalamazoo.  George loved working with his hands, building two homes for his family, and many furniture pieces for his loved ones.  He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and had a deep love of animals. On February 25, 1949 he married Pauline Troff, celebrating 65 years of marriage this year.

George is survived by his wife, Pauline (Troff) Channells; one daughter, Brook and her husband, Thomas, Kievit; sons George Channells III and wife Catherine; Rodney Channells and wife Kathy; and Joseph Channells; grandchildren Curtis (Dawn) Channells, Timothy (Leann) Channells, Jeremy (Terri) Channells, George IV (Ashley) Channells, Erin (John) Clements, Kiley (Scott) Haynes, Dustin Channells, and Heather Channells, as well as 16 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.  George was preceded in death by his parents, and by his son, Todd Channells, in 1972.

A gathering for friends and family to remember George will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 851 E. 112th Avenue in Martin from 2pm to 5pm.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to the Wings of Hope Hospice House in Allegan.

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Diane Reed

June 10, 2014

Diane Reed

Diane Kay Reed of Martin, MI passed away Monday, June 9, 2014 in Kalamazoo. Diane was born June 1, 1947 in Toledo, OH the daughter of Theodore and Jane (LaCourse) Navarre. Diane loved her Lord; vacations with her husband and trips with her daughters and granddaughters; watching birds; her flowers and dog and collecting dolls but most important to her was her family especially her grandchildren. She had worked for several years at Laurels of Sandy Creek and had done daycare.

On August 21, 1965 she married Clovis Reed who survives.Also surviving are her children, Lori (Dave) Deater of Otsego, Karen Boylan of Martin, Clint (Vanias) Reed of FL, Christina Henry of Martin and Dan (Rena) Reed of Martin; her mother-in-law, Madeline Reed; 11 grandchildren, Clay, Curt, Courtney, Madeline, Savanna, Ryan, Kevin, Lucas, Christopher, Marc and Janie Ray; 6 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Brayden, Landon, Avery, Addison, Leeland, Jacklyn, Ryan Jr. and Memrie; her siblings, Marge Fields of Dorr, Sharon (Rob) Fincher of OH, Mary (Jim) Hadley of OH, Eva (Buddy) Sweat of FL, Rose (Chad) Branch of Plainwell & Teddy Navarre of FL; siblings-in-law, Clarence, Doug, Eric, Joyce, Donna, Wanda, Sue, John, Ken, Jerry & Ruth. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Bobby, a sister Joyce, a brother Jerry and a son-in-law Mickey Torres.

Friends may visit with her family from 4-7 P.M., Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Orangeville Pentecostal Church of Christ where a Funeral Service will take place at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, June 12. 2014 with Pastor Mike Risner officiating. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Diane may be made to the Orangeville Pentecostal Church of Christ.

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Robert Higgs

March 6, 2014

Robert Higgs

Robert C. Higgs, 91, of Plainwell died peacefully Wednesday night, March 5, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Bob was born November 5, 1922, in Benton Harbor, the son of Edward W. “Ted” and Leona M. (Maynard) Higgs. He graduated from Plainwell High School in 1941 and married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Mary Walker, on May 9, 1943 in Plainwell. He served his country during World War Two as a radio technician in the Army Air Corps. Following the war he took up his father’s trade as a photoengraver, and together, along with Ruth, they founded Ace Engravers in Plainwell in the early 1950’s. Bob and Ruth later sold the business, and their home, and moved to Pine Lake. In 1991, they moved to Florida, where they both discovered golf for the first time. Bob returned to Michigan following Ruth’s death and was fortunate enough to find love again, and in 2007 married Patricia (Thomas) Lesterhouse. He has made his home for the past two years with his son, Jim, and his wife, Suzanne.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sgt. William E. Higgs, who was killed in the war in 1943; his wife, Ruth, in 2003, and his second wife, Patricia (Thomas) Higgs in 2013.

He is survived by his son, James R. “Jim” Higgs (Suzanne,) three grandchildren: Robert E. Higgs (Lynn,) Dianna Stampfler, and Katelyn Kenitz; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Betty Orr, several nieces and nephews and a former daughter-in-law, Sue E. Higgs.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030.

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Bonita C. Knight

February 18, 2014

Bonita C. Knight


Bonita C. Knight passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014, at her home in Kalamazoo.

Mrs. Knight was born February 4, 1926 in Fort Wayne, Indiana the daughter of Chauncey and Ruby (Dinius) Tucker. She was an accomplished artist and pianist, but above all she was devoted to the Lord.

On February 28, 1947 in Bluffton, Indiana she married Blain Knight who died in 1997. They had been married for 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Matthew Stuart.

Surviving are her children, Ruth (Tom) Fowle, Rebecca (Morrie) Kaleward, Tony (Lorrie) Knight and Scott Knight; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and her sister, Arlene Tucker.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Bonita may be made to Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

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