Wanda Kate French

Wanda Kate French

Wanda Kate ‘Pop Drawers’ French of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday, August 31, 2009 in Kalamazoo.  Wanda was born July 10, 1955 in Kalamazoo to Quillman and Melanie “Momo” (Hudson) Phillips and was a life long resident of the area. For many years she was owner of Mack’s Fire Protection Co., Inc. and most recently worked as an administrative assistant at Alamo Nursing Home, where she was passionate about her job, the residents and co-workers. She loved to camp, was an avid Tiger’s fan, enjoyed TV shows “Little House on the Prairie”, “Law and Order”, “Star Trek” and “Wheel of Fortune”, and enjoyed playing cards and ‘girls’ night out’ with her family. Most of all she was devoted to her children and grandchildren. Surviving are six children, Monti (Julie) French of Kalamazoo and their children, Morgan, Megan, Mikaela and Jayden ‘Jay Jay’; Hoach (Emily) French and their children Cady and Elijah; Dawn (Kevin) Vanderhoff of Otsego and their children Morgan and Wyatt; Rachel (Kevin) Dennis of Otsego who are expecting Wanda’s ninth grandchild; Cassie (Alex) Kroupa of Schoolcraft and Renee “Water Baby” French of Otsego; her mother, Melanie “Momo” Phillips of Schoolcraft; four sisters and four brothers, Rita, Rick, Sid, Sue, Sherri, Reba, Ron and Dennis; many nieces and nephews, including Lacey who shared a special bond with her. She was preceded in death by her father. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday with Funeral Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Contributions in memory of Wanda may be made to Alamo Nursing Home Activities Fund.

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