Paul S. Young

December 30, 2006

Paul S. Young

Paul S. Young, formerly of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2006 in Kalamazoo. Mr.Young was born February 14, 1915 in Otsego Township to F. Leon and Rose (Nice) Young and was a lifelong resident of the area. Paul served his country in WW II and was member of VFW Post #3030 and the American Legion Post #225. He had worked for Allen Electric, Nellis Automotive, North American Aluminum, Hatman Corp and retired from Humphrey Products after 16 years. Paul built steps and patios and enjoyed keeping busy helping friends and neighbors. In December 2006 he donated the Blacksmith Shop on Jefferson Road to the Otsego Historical Society. On August 13, 1947 in Otsego he married Dorothy Brown, who died in 2005. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Marian Gingery and Wanda Maschke. Surviving are a brother Roy O. (Lola May) Young of VanBuren, Arkansas and a sister, Carol (Stan) Plunkett of Phoenix, Arizonia; and many nieces,  nephews and extended family. Friends may meet the family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday , Pastor Tim Secord officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Paul may be made to a charity of choice.

 

Carolyne E. Lawrence

December 28, 2006

Carolyne E. Lawrence

Carolyne E. Lawrence of Portage (formerly of Otsego) passed away Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Borgess-Pipp Hospital in Plainwell. Carolyne was born July 22, 1923, in Whiting, Indiana to William and Mary (Kortokrax) Holmes. For many years she was employed with Senior Citizens Services. Carolyne had been a member of St. Margaret’s Church of Otsego for many years and later St. Monica’s Church of Kalamazoo. She was a wonderful cook, enjoyed music, loved watching ice skating, playing bingo, yard saling, watching dancing at Bresa Del Rio and being around water. Most of all she loved having her family around her. Many called her ‘Mom’ because she was so nurturing. Surviving are her children, David Lawrence of Kalamazoo, Michael (Cindy) Lawrence of Mancelona, Sheri (Ron) McDaniel of Otsego, Marilyne (Brian) Morlock of Kalamazoo, Tim Lawrence and Steven Lawrence, both of Portage; a son-in-law, Frank Clark of Portage; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her brother, Leon Holmes of Gobles; many nieces, nephews and special friends. Preceding her in death were an infant daughter, Cheryl; her daughter, Sandra Clark, in December of 2005; and an infant sister, Marilyne Holmes. Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Carolyne may be made to St. Monica’s Catholic Church.

Beulah E. Darsey

December 21, 2006

Beulah E. Darsey

Beulah E. Darsey of Newaygo (formerly of Otsego) passed away Thursday, December 21, 2006 in Plainwell. Mrs. Darsey was born July 10, 1915 in Otsego to Claude and Isabel (Henderson) McNett and was a long time resident of Otsego. For many years she was employed as office manager with the D. B. Nisbet Agency in Otsego. Surviving are her granddaughter, Angela (Jarrod) Chestnut, three great-grandchildren, Hanna, Jaxson and Jasper Chestnut all of Denver City, TX; three nephews, Kenneth Lyon of Newaygo, Dean Hotrum of Tampa, FL and Bruce Hotrum of Otsego; a special friend, Candy Mock of Allegan. She was preceded in death by her son, Ernest L. Darsey, Jr. and a friend, Chuck Mitchell. Graveside services at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego will be held Friday, December 22, 2006 at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Scott Labbe officiating.

Collins G. Smith

December 20, 2006

Collins G. Smith

Collins G. Smith of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2006 in Alamo. Mr. Smith was born June 20, 1916 in Otsego to Robert and Mary (Gray) Smith and was a lifelong resident of the area. In 1934 he graduated from Otsego High School and then served with the CCCs. For over 25 years he was employed as a steam fitter for the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital retiring in 1978. His favorite activities included wood working, golfing and traveling. On June 28, 1940 in Bangor he married Ruth Rantz, who died in 1995. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Jane Nord, in 2002. Surviving are 4 children, Michael (Glenna) Smith of Laughlin, Nevada, Barbara (Paul) Colyer of Plainwell, Bruce (Penny Lovett) Smith of Otsego and Coleen (Michael) Blowers of Pine Lake; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A graveside service at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Contributions in memory of Collins may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Thomas Reynolds

December 17, 2006

Thomas  Reynolds

Thomas ‘Tom’ Reynolds of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2006, at his home. Tom was born October 5, 1943 in Kalamazoo to John and Emma (Blank) Reynolds. In 1961 he graduated from Otsego High School and served in the U.S. Navy. From 1975 until his retirement in 2006 he was employed with E & B Machine. Surviving are a brother, Charles (Linda) Reynolds of Allegan; a niece, Jodi Shaw of Kalamazoo; a great niece, Mikayla; a great nephew, Keenan; an aunt, several cousins and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jack and Donald. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Burial of ashes will be at West Oshtemo Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Neighbors.

Kenneth J. Mclaughlin

December 17, 2006

Kenneth J. Mclaughlin

Kenneth J. McLaughlin of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2006 at his home. Mr. McLaughlin was born June 8, 1924 in Watson Twp. to Robert and Therese (Connors) McLaughlin He served his country in the U.S. Army as a Lt. in the Pacific Theatre during WW II and had worked at Eaton Corp (Fullers) for 37 ½ years. Ken was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing games, golf, cook-outs and was very handy -- he could fix anything. On June 26, 1944, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Allegan he was married to Betty DeKilder, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Sandy (Gary) Zantello and Patty (Mike) Pearson both of Otsego, 4 grandchildren; Terri (Brad Smith) Zantello of Traverse City, Debi (Rick) Davis of Otsego, Amy (Bill) Wood of Otsego and Mike (Amber Rizzio) Pearson of Lindenhurst, IL; 5 great-grandchildren; Tyler & Matt Nowak, Zack Landrum, Josh & Jacob Wood; and a sister, Esther Draper of Muskegon; several nieces and nephews.  Ken was preceded in death by his siblings; Lloyd (Nina) McLaughlin, Paul (Mable) McLaughlin, Gerald (Rosie) McLaughlin and a brother-in-law Clifford Draper. Friends may meet the family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 P.M. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler, celebrant. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Ken may be made to St. Margaret’s School.

Merwyn D. Krusinga

December 14, 2006

Merwyn D. Krusinga

Merwyn D. Krusinga of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2006 at his home. Mr. Krusinga was born March 2, 1930 in Kalamazoo to Roy and Mary (Morren) Krusinga and was a lifelong resident of the area. He served his country in the U.S. Army 193rd Tank Brigade during the Korean War. Since 1960 he had owned and operated Krusinga Plumbing in Kalamazoo. Merwyn was a member of Third Reformed Church. His favorite activities were woodworking, gardening and spending time on Drummond Island. On May 15, 1951 in Kalamazoo he was married to Frances VanOosten, who survives. Also surviving are three sons and a daughter, Greg (Margaret) Krusinga of Bellevue, Becky (Dennis) Vandelfzijl and Gary (Joette) Krusinga, both of Kalamazoo and Jeff (Karen) Krusinga of Ann Arbor; eight grandchildren, Sarah Vandelfzijl, Rachel (Ian) VanHover, Joshua Vandelfzijl, Jacob Krusinga, Charles Krusinga, Ryen Krusinga, Kayla Krusinga and Samantha Krusinga; a brother, Roy (Dolly) Krusinga of Allegan; several nieces and nephews. Friends may meet the family from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday at Third Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Rev. Charles Doornbos officiating. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Merwyn may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, the Drummond Island Library Association or the charity of choice.

Louise D. Cutler

December 14, 2006

Louise D. Cutler

Louise D. Cutler of Bloomingdale, Michigan, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2006, in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Cutler was born June 25, 1928 in Bloomingdale to Julius and Louisa (Schmitt) Dockweiler. Louise was employed as a production foreman at Kal-Equip Co. in Otsego for many years. Later she was a salesperson for Century 21 Real Estate before retiring to a home on Eagle Lake with her husband. She and Hubert shared many happy years there. Louise enjoyed music and dancing, gardening, cooking and baking for family and friends. On November 8, 1947 in Kalamazoo she was married to Hubert M. Cutler, who preceded her in death in December 2004. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Elmer, Edward and George Dockweiler; a sister, Ruth Strickler; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Mildred Dockweiler; and a brother-in-law, Orville Strickler. Louise is survived by two daughters, Linda Beattie of Plainwell and Patti Cutler of Bloomingdale; her grandsons, Kerry (Kim) Conklin and Erik Conklin, both of Shreveport, LA, Michael Conklin of Nottawa, MI and Joshua (Melanie) Beattie of Ft. Myers, FL; two great-grandsons, Nicholas and Riley of Ft. Myers; one great-granddaughter, Kailey of Cooper, MI. Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, Mr. William Rose, funeral celebrant, officiating. Burial will follow at Lindsley Cemetery at 2:30 P.M. Contributions in memory of Louise may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Bertha L. Perricone

December 13, 2006

Bertha L. Perricone

Bertha L. Perricone of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2006 in Plainwell. Mrs. Perricone was born December 13, 1920 in Kalamazoo to David and Henrietta (Moerman) Verdries. Bertha was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church of Otsego. For several years she was employed as a tailor for Redwood and Ross. After retiring she worked at home doing alterations and sewing. For her family she hand made stuffed toys, including Care Bears and Raggedy Anns and Andys. She helped her husband with painting and staining the houses that he built. Bertha enjoyed cooking Italian style meals.

On September 7, 1940 in Bryan, Ohio she married Charles Perricone, who died in 1998. She was also preceded in death by her son, Salvatore ‘Sam’ Perricone earlier this year; a sister, Ruth LeBar; and her twin brother, Ippy Verdries. Surviving are her son and daughter, Dave (Joy) Perricone of Otsego and Rose Ann Perricone of Algonac; her daughter-in-law, Toni Perricone of Otsego; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; a sister, Grace Geren of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews. Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler officiating. Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in Bertha’s memory may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Habitat for Humanity of Allegan County.

Loretta Highsmith

December 12, 2006

Loretta  Highsmith

Loretta Highsmith of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2006 in Kalamazoo. Loretta was born September 15, 1917 in Clinton, IN to Ross and Lucille (Mesick) Summers. She worked at the Hi-Lo Restaurant in Kalamazoo for 18 years and enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, canning, traveling and being with family & friends. Loretta loved living at Baraga Manor; she had been a member of ABWA and had attended Trowbridge United Methodist Church. Surviving are her children; George (Marilyn) DeCamp of Vicksburg, Lugreta (Owyn) Waggy of TX, Jack (Linda) DeCamp of Fruitport, Mary Ann (Larry) First of Brevort, Dave (Cathy) DeCamp of Grand Junction, Donald (Carolyn) DeCamp of Morresville, IN, Bill Highsmith and Amy Young, both of Kalamazoo; 22 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law June (Frank) Sandovel of CA and many friends at Baraga. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, George DeCamp in 1991 and her second husband, Lewis Paul Highsmith in 1987; daughters Peggy Clayton and Betty Bennett and 2 grandchildren Jimmy Wenkel and Thomas DeCamp. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday at the

Trowbridge United Methodist Church, Otsego with Pastor Gary Wales officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Baraga Manor.

 

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