Nancie Brazee

February 6, 2013

Nancie Brazee obituaries

Nancie L. (Rolinski) Brazee of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Nancie was born March 26, 1970 in Traverse City to Donald and Phyllis (Kobylczak) Rolinski.

She earned her Bachelor degree from Michigan State University and for almost 20 years she was employed as an environmental specialist with Pfizer in Kalamazoo. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, flowers, knitting, crocheting and taking photos.

On January 9, 2009 in Plainwell she married Rodney W. Brazee, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Tucker VanDyke and Wyatt VanDyke, both of Kalamazoo; her mother, Phyllis Rolinski of Gaylord; a brother, Kevin (Caron) Rolinski of White Lake; a brother-in-law, Mark (Krista) Brazee of Alamo; and her mother-in-law, Jeanne Brazee of Alamo.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Jeffrey Rolinski; and her father-in-law, Leland Brazee.

Friends may visit with Nancie’s family from 2 to 8 P.M. Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Winkel Funeral Home, 207 E. Allegan St., Otsego, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1628 East G Ave., Parchment, Rev. Fr. Wieslaw Lipka celebrant. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Nancie may be made to the Tucker and Wyatt VanDyke Education Fund, c/o P.O. Box 165, Otsego, MI 49078.

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Homer Tyler

February 4, 2013

Homer Tyler obituaries

Homer Tyler of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Friday, February 1, 2013 at his home. Homer was born July 20, 1944 the son of Arthur and Alma (Laymon) Tyler. He was a 1964 graduate of Otsego High School and worked for a short time at Meijer before going to work for Pimco Wheel for over 40 years. He enjoyed collecting matchbox cars and model cars.

Surviving are a brother, Richard (Carol) Tyler of Plainwell and a sister, Alice Marie Stringer of FL; several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with Homer’s family from 10 to 11 A.M. Wednesday February 6, 2013 at the Otsego Church of God where memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating.

Contributions in memory of Homer may be made to Otsego Church of God.

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Carolyn Gernhart

January 18, 2013

Carolyn Gernhart obituaries

Carolyn E. Brabon-Gernhart of Portage, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013, in Portage  after a long illness. Carolyn was the eldest daughter of Fred and Loraine (Baldwin) Brabon and was born April 2, 1942 in Plainwell.

Carolyn graduated from Otsego High School and later worked at Parker-Hannifin in Otsego. She loved her children, extended family and friends, music and animals. She was artistic and enjoyed painting and crafting.

Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (John) Lester, FL, Amy Harris, Kalamazoo; and son Eric (Nicky) Nowman, FL; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Also surviving are sisters, Jeanne (Robert) Thompson of Paw Paw, Ann (Michael) MacCreery of Kalamazoo and brothers, Jerry (Kim) Brabon, of FL and Leonard (Gloria) Brabon of Kalamazoo.

The family held a private memorial service with interment of cremated remains.

Contributions in memory of Carolyn may be made to S.P.C.A of Kalamazoo.

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James Rogers

January 16, 2013

James Rogers obituaries

James D. Rogers of Jenison, Michigan, formerly of Allegan and Haines City, FL, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at his home. Mr. Rogers was born January 31, 1930 in Kalamazoo to Clyde and Cecile (Emmons) Rogers. For over 20 years he owned and operated Allegan Burner Service. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

On August 4, 1950 in Kalamazoo he married Phyllis Kitsmiller, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Debbra (Roger) Miller of Grand Rapids and Cheryl (Terry) Strong of Arizona; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Glenda) Rogers; half brothers and sisters, Harry (Donna) Beach, Audrey Griffendorf, Sandra (Robert) McParlin, Chuck (Norma) Rogers, Larry Rogers, Lou Ann (Scott) Boyd, Russell Rogers and Penny (Pete) Warren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Rogers; his mother, Cecile Beach; and a half brother, Earl Rogers.

Friends may meet with Jim’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 19, 2013, Pastor Alan Carson, Sr. and Pastor Gail Pike officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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Karen Selby

January 7, 2013

Karen Selby obituaries

Karen Sue (Mott) Selby of Alamo Township, Michigan, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 7, 2013 at her home. Karen was born July 21, 1954 in Plainwell, Michigan to Robert B. and Barbara J. (Jager) Mott.

For 25 years she was employed at Life Care Center of Plainwell, retiring in 2003. Karen enjoyed cooking, playing cards, a bit of the casino, animals and spending time with her grandchildren. On March 21, 1986 in Alamo she married Lyle A. Selby.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Wanda (Mott) Folk and Judy Mott.

She is survived by her husband, Lyle A. Selby; her children, Mykel Breck, Sarah (Mike Mazur) Selby, Nicky (Brock Morris) Selby; step-children, Jen (Ken) Arendt, Aric (Anita) Selby and Danielle (Skip Thompson) Selby; 10 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild; siblings, Karl (Linda) Mott and Bonnie (Duane) Ketchum; several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and burial of ashes will take place at Green Bower Cemetery, Alamo Township, Friday, January 11, 2013, at 4:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in memory of Karen toward her headstone may be made directly to Lyle Selby, 10193 N. 12th St., Kalamazoo, MI  49009.

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Lucille Courtney

January 3, 2013

Lucille Courtney obituaries

Gladys Lucille Courtney of Cooper Township, Michigan, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Lucille was born December 21, 1934 in Centerville, IN to Fred and Mabel (Wrigley) Vaughn.

For over 20 years she owned and operated Lucille’s II, The Used Book Store, in Plainwell. Lucille had been a longtime faithful supporter of Fr. Flannigan’s Boys Town. In her leisure time she enjoyed spending time on Facebook, especially with her literary group. Her favorite activities were reading and writing. An avid reader, her favorite author was Tom Clancy. Above all, Lucille loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

On December 20, 1960 in Otsego she married Bruce Frederick Courtney, who preceded her in death in 2007.

Surviving are four children, Cindy Courtney of Austin, TX, Julie (Jeff) Cosgrove of Plainwell, Bruce Andrew Courtney of Schoolcraft and Scott (Tina) Courtney of Plainwell; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Casey, Jason, Lynn, Becca, Alex, Zackery and Brandon; three great-grandchildren, Jeffery, Jakob and Mary; siblings, David Vaughn, Janet Field and Robert York.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with Lucille’s family from 1 to 2 P.M. Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lucille may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice.

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Nancy Smith

December 31, 2012

Nancy Smith obituaries

Nancy Lee (Sanford) Smith of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012, in Allegan. Nancy was born an identical twin with Diane Lynn Sanford on December 17, 1947 in Shelby, Michigan, to Robert and Evelyn (Grant) Sanford.

In her youth she was a Camp Fire Girl and a member of Youth Fellowship in Holland and Shelby. She graduated from Shelby High School, where she met her husband, Gordon. Nancy attended Mercy Central School of Nursing, Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Business School, and received hospice training in Mason County. She had been employed with several nursing homes in the West Michigan area and her passion was with Hospice work. She was an active church member, most recently joining Peace Ev. Lutheran Church in Otsego. Nancy was always eager to help whenever she had the opportunity. She and her husband enjoyed spending time with family, staying at family cottages and spent many hours in Pentwater water skiing and hydroplaning on Pentwater Lake. In her leisure time Nancy loved to bake, work on genealogy, cross stitch, spend time with friends and laugh.

On August 11, 1967 in Shelby, MI she married Gordon Smith, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons and a daughter, Christopher Smith of Eaton Rapids, Jennifer Barlow of Ashland, OH and Robert Smith of Kalamazoo; 7 grandchildren, Chris Roe, Hailey Smith, Nick Smith, Jacob Harper, Nevaeh Smith, Elijah Barlow and Gabriel Barlow; a special nephew, Sloane Williams; 2 brothers, Robert (Karen) Sanford and John (Betsy) Sanford; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Diane Sanford Sailor Davis.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, Otsego, Pastors Jason Thiel and Josh Olson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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Vanessa Stewart

December 5, 2012

Vanessa Stewart obituaries

Vanessa Kay Stewart of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at her home. Vanessa was born June 21, 1985 in Allegan, the daughter of David and Diane (Fox) Stewart.

Surviving are her mother and step-father, Diane and Jerry Wheeler of Otsego; 2 half-sisters and a half-brother, Donna Jean ‘Sarah” Spencer, Bonnie Spencer and Tony Spencer, all of Grand Rapids; grandparents, Hollis and Elaine Ross of Martin, and Marv and Pattie Fox of Kalamazoo; great-grandparents, Francis and Vivian “Becky” Dunklee of Otsego; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, David (Stewart) Spencer; a sister, Ashley Marie Fox; and her grandmothers, Rosa Mae Dunklee and Erma Wheeler. Cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

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Joan DeVries

November 28, 2012

Joan DeVries obituaries

Joan Maxine DeVries of Plainwell, Michigan passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012, in Kalamazoo. Joan was born April 24, 1946 in Kalamazoo to Reinert and June Maxine (Owen) DeVries. She was a 1965 graduate of Portage Northern High School. For 10 years she was employed with Dickerson’s Greenhouse in Bloomingdale and then was employed with the Plainwell Wal-Mart as a greeter for 14 years. Joan enjoyed working and never forgot a birthday, always sending a card.

Surviving are her siblings, Al (Nancy) DeVries of Kalamazoo, Carol (Steve) Town of Bloomingdale and Nancy (Bruce) Newton of Hastings; her brother-in-law, Dwight Replogle of Delton; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Janet K. Replogle.

Friends may visit with Joan’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Burial will take place at 10:30 A.M. Saturday at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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Michael Czuk

October 29, 2012

Michael Czuk obituaries

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, on vacation in Portland, Oregon, Mike Czuk joined his Lord and Savior in heaven. Mike was a sinner, though saved by grace and redeemed to proudly carry the love of God to all he met. He was energetic, enthusiastic, and an incredibly hard worker. He tackled all of his endeavors with pride: as a paperboy on the streets of Kalamazoo at age 9, as a U.S. Marine, as a tool and die maker for General Motors, as a beloved husband and father, and most of all, as a passionate Christ follower.  Rarely seeking a moment to rest, his activities were numerous. Mike loved to hunt, fish, and volunteer at church.  Most of all, however, he enjoyed investing in the lives of those he brushed up against.  He enjoyed providing charity to the broken and needy of surrounding cities (Plainwell, Otsego, and Kalamazoo).  He arduously loved his children and grandchildren. Their greatest fan, he cheered for them all with fervor through their sports, activities, and life events without fail. His presence, his voice calling from the bleachers of the lives of each of those who were blessed to experience his love, will be ever-present in our minds, our hearts, and our souls. Mike was born in Kalamazoo on February 5, 1942, of Walter and Dorothy (Wiedmayer) Czuk. On October 21, 1967, in Doster he married Barbara Bourdo, whom he loved deeply and provided for in every way possible. The couple settled near Plainwell, Michigan and invested with their whole heart into the lives of their three children.

Remaining to carry on his legacy are: his wife Barbara Czuk; daughter Melissa and Jeff Henckel of Kalamazoo, son Timothy and Anna Czuk of Portland, OR and daughter Renae and Josh Kane of Macomb;  7 grandchildren, including: Carson & Cayden Henckel, Eliana, Kaspar & Acacia Czuk, and Ella & Emmett Kane; his siblings, Eric Czuk of Kalamazoo and Paul (Diane) Czuk of Vicksburg; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Bourdo “Queen of” Orangeville, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many, many friends. His parents, Dorothy Moore and Walter Czuk, preceded him in death.

Friends may meet with his family from 5 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, at the Calvary Bible Church with Pastor John Burnett officiating.  Burial will follow at Mount Ever-Rest North.

Contributions in memory of Mike may be made to Calvary Bible Church missions, Otsego Baptist Church or Youth for Christ.

His life verse was Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (NIV).

Thank you, Dad, for inspiring us to live our lives more beautifully and for giving us a taste of heaven on earth.

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