Alton L. Snyder

December 31, 2007

Alton L. Snyder
Alton L. Snyder of Allegan died Monday, December 31, 2007, in Ann Arbor. Mr. Snyder was born June 20, 1935 in Shelbyville to Howard and Nina (Shook) Snyder and was a lifelong resident of the area. Alton served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #3030 of Otsego and had served as the post commander. For the last 10 years he was employed with ABC Warehouse and also drove cars for area dealers. Surviving are two sons, Steven and Stanley; a brother, Lloyd Snyder; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Howard ‘Hod’ Snyder. Cremation has taken place. Military graveside services at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, will be held at 11:30 A.M. Monday, with Military Honors conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030. Contributions in Alton’s memory may be made to V.F.W. Post #3030

Robert E.L. Crim Jr.

December 31, 2007

Robert E.L. Crim Jr.
Robert E.L. Crim Jr. of Allegan, Michigan died suddenly Tuesday, December 31, 2007 at his home. Mr. Crim was born August 30, 1930 in Washington, D.C. to Edward and Virginia (Sanford) Schaefer. At the age of 8 Bob entered FortUnionMilitaryAcademy. He later graduated from StantonMilitaryAcademy. He then served his country as a Drill Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Bob earned his BBA at WesternMichiganUniversity and for over 20 years he was employed in sales with the Detroit Free Press. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Allegan and for several years volunteered with Wings of Hope Hospice. On May 3, 1952 in Allegan he married Esther Sandahl, who died in 1994. Bob was also preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his children, Sue Katrina Sandahl (Bob) Jenkins of Oregon, Robert E.L. Crim, III and Mark (Louise) Crim, both of Allegan and Mary (Thomas) Soule of Portage; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his special friend, Norma St. Clair of Richland. For the past 10 years they had enjoyed traveling and spending time together. Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home of Otsego
Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Allegan on Saturday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Ronald Bessert officiating. Burial will follow at Good Shepherd Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church of Allegan.
 

Charlene Wenckowski

December 29, 2007

Charlene  Wenckowski

Charlene Wenckowski of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2007 at her home. Charlene was born March 2, 1950 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Roy and Barbara (Michienzi) Wenckowski. She attended John Orr High School in Chicago. Charlene was a member of St. Margaret’s Church and was a volunteer at St. Margaret’s School. She loved to cook and would bring meals to her friends at Baraga when needed. She was the best grandma ever, taking them to movies and watching over them. Surviving are a daughter Lisa (Dan) Smith, a son, Greg (Carol) Wenckowski, all of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren, Morgan, Corbin and Brittani; 2 sisters, Rochelle (Pascal) Ratajczak of Mandelein, IL, Judy (Billy) Engler of Mulberry, FL; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Martin Wenckowski. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Scripture Service will be held at 6 P.M. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler officiating. Contributions in memory of Charlene may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

Constance Witt

December 24, 2007

Constance  Witt
Constance “Connie” A. Witt of Tustin, MI (formerly of Otsego) passed away Monday, December 24, 2007 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Connie was born May 5, 1927 in Otsego, the daughter of Glen and Beulah (Morrison) Nichols. She was an LPN, employed with the Allegan County Health Department. Connie had spent the last 10 winters in Florida. She enjoyed wildlife, gardening, camping, hunting and fishing. Her passion was music. She played keyboard, banjo, accordion and was an accomplished vocalist. While in northern Michigan, she played at Senior Centers. Preceding her in death were her husband Wendell in 1997 and her infant daughter Wendy in 1953. Surviving are a daughter and son and their spouses, Shari and Dan Walters of Delton, Danny and Cindi Witt of Gobles; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; her very dear friend of 8 years, Stuart Vollmer. Friends may meet with her family from 2-4 and 6-8 today at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a service will be held Friday at 11:00 AM, Pastor Jack Eitelbuss officiating. Interment at MountainHomeCemetery, Otsego. Memorial gifts can be made to Rose Arbor Hospice or Hospice of SW Michigan.

Phyllis H. Willett

December 21, 2007

Phyllis H. Willett
Phyllis H. Willett of Vicksburg passed away Friday, December 21, 2007 at BronsonMethodistHospital in Kalamazoo. Phyllis was born December 29, 1916 in Ogden Park, IL near Chicago, the daughter of Carl and Isabel (Forner) Weddon. On December 23, 1939 she married Herbert Willett who preceded her in death on August 20, 1987. Surviving Mrs. Willett are her daughter Phyllis M. Willett of Vicksburg and her siblings Margorie Will and Dr. Edward Weddon. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister Ruth Wallace. Burial will take place at RiversideCemetery in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 11am.

Lester P. Lacourse

December 20, 2007

Lester P. Lacourse
Lester P. LaCourse of Martin, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2007 at his home with his family by his side. Lester was born June 22, 1942 in Huron, Ohio, the son of Lawrence and Violet LaCourse. He served in the U. S. Army during the start of the Vietnam War. One of his favorite jobs when he was living in Sandusky, OH was being a milkman. He retired from Checker Motors in Kalamazoo after 35 years. His hobby was flower gardening and he enjoyed being with his dogs. Lester had been married to Susan Maurer for 35 years and she survives. Also surviving are a son Michael LaCourse of Otsego and his fiancée, Kathy Balinski, 2 daughters, Christina Drewyor and her husband Paul of Martin, Julia LaCourse and her fiancé Scott VanBrocklin of Otsego; 5 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Martha (Richard) Lutz of Otsego, Peg (Ralph) Bauer of Lorraine, OH; several nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were his son, Daniel in 2002 and his brother Charles in 2007. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside will be held Thursday at SouthMartinCemetery, Rev. James Dyke officiating. Friends may meet with his family on Saturday from 3 to 6 P.M. at the  Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Geraldine ‘Jub’ Arnett

December 20, 2007

Geraldine ‘Jub’  Arnett

Geraldine ‘Jub’ Arnett of Alamo Township, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2007 at her home. Geraldine was born June 1, 1929 in Salyerville, Kentucky, the daughter of James Begale and Bertha Collingsworth. She was employed with Parker Hannifin for 8 years, retiring in 1974. Geraldine was a member of the Otsego Rebekkah Lodge and enjoyed flower gardening, caring for her lawn, playing Canasta and other card games.  She was an excellent cook and worked very hard for her family. On December 4, 1942 in Salyerville, she married Edward Arnett. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 4, 2007. Surviving in addition to her husband are 5 daughters, 3 sons and their spouses, Phyllis Humphries of Plainwell, Thelma Hawley of Otsego, Edward Jr. (Trisha) Arnett of Kalamazoo, Carol (Tony) Gilman of Kalamazoo, Linda (Ted) Collins of Ludington, Terry (Sue) Arnett of Ohio, Deborah (Gary) Tefft of Kalamazoo and Delbert (Brenda) Arnett of Ohio; 15 grandchildren, Kelly Guyton, Jody Crawford, Tina Hawley, Eddie, Shawn, Paul and Louis Arnett, Tammy McMullen, Dina Sutton, Georjenna Purple, Terry Arnett Jr,, Tonia Forney, Brandon, Allison and Zachery Arnett; 31 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter, Emily Jade Crawford. Preceding her in death were her parents; a son-in-law, Ron Hawley; 3 grandchildren, Brett Humphries, Teddy Collins Jr. and Michael Arnett; and a great granddaughter, Dana Purple. Friends may meet with her family from 6-8 PM Saturday and 2-4 and 6-8 PM Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a service will be held Monday at 11:00 AM, Rev. Edward L. Davis officiating. Interment in Alamo Center Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Alice B. Rinehart

December 20, 2007

Alice B. Rinehart

Alice B. Rinehart of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at her home. Mrs. Rinehart was born August 28, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan, to Joseph and Grace (Chapman) Wilson. Over a period of 70 years Alice and her husband Clyde were foster parents to over 400 children. Surviving are a son and three daughters, Jerry (Beverly) Rinehart of Cooper, Phyllis Forbes of Gobles, Joyce (Dale) Blanchard of Plainwell and Terri Rinehart of Kalamazoo; 30 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; many foster children. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clyde Rinehart in 1990; a daughter and a son, Lois Miner and James Rinehart; two grandchildren, Michael Forbes and James Rinehart; and a great-grandson, Jason Forbes. Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, Pastor Don Ray officiating. Burial will be at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo. Contributions in memory of Alice may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

Ronald F. Blair

December 11, 2007

Ronald F. Blair

Ronald F. ‘Ron, Blair of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2007. He was ready to go home to the Lord. Ron was born January 14, 1940 in Plainwell to Forrest and Alice (Larson) Blair. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. For many years he was employed with James River Paper Co., retiring in 1987. Ron had been a member of the Allegan Bible Church. He enjoyed yard work and helping other people, loved his grandchildren and was a loving and caring person. On August 3, 2002 he married Linda (Halstead) Blair, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Angie (Leonard) Blaha of Gobles, two grandchildren, Michael and Nicholas Blaha; his sister, Sharolyn May (Don) Gerosa of Savannah, GA; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; three step-children, Hannah Crans of Portage, Henry Crans and Adam Crans, both of Otsego. He was preceded in death by his parents, his previous wife, Jean Blair and his sister, Sherda Staley. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, Rev. Richard Larson officiating. Burial will follow later at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

 

Alyce L. Andrus

December 3, 2007

Alyce L. Andrus
Alyce L. Andrus of Alamo Township passed away Monday, December 3, 2007. Alyce was born July 3, 1922, in Otsego to Lester and Alegra (Marron) Beeman and had been a lifelong resident of the area. She was married to Albert Andrus on December 8, 1947. From 1978 until her retirement in 1992, she was the secretary for the executive director of Kalamazoo Area Senior Services. Her hobbies included crafting and sewing. Surviving are a son and a daughter, James A. (Deborah) Andrus of Pinellas Park, FL and Jane (Arthur, Jr.) Markle of Plainwell; a granddaughter, Samantha Markle; a brother, Lester ‘Dick’ (Thelma) Beeman of Haines City, FL; a sister-in-law, Cleo Ellinger of Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a stepfather Guy Ellinger and a step-brother, Harold Ellinger. Friends may meet with the family from 6-8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held Saturday at 11:00 A.M., Funeral Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Interment will be at HillsideCemetery, Plainwell. Memorial gifts can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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