Theresa Anna Newman

April 28, 2009

Theresa Anna Newman
Theresa Anna Newman of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Newman was born January 29, 1927 in Kalamazoo to Henry and Anna (Gernaat) Helmens. After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School she worked for Shell Oil Co. and then was employed with Bosma Painting Company (now H & H) for over 30 years. Theresa enjoyed fishing, especially bluegills or anything she could catch. She was an avid Tiger Baseball and Detroit Pistons fan. On November 16, 1946 in Kalamazoo she married Carl Newman, who preceded her in death in 2002. She was also preceded in death by her son, Donald Newman and a great-granddaughter, Brookelyn. Surviving are her son Dennis (Marcie) Newman of Allegan; five grandchildren, Charlie Newman, Shauna Averill, Andy Newman, Jason Newman and Jennifer Newman; 7 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lois Huffman of Missouri. Friends may meet with her family on Thursday from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Friday with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain HomeCemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Theresa may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice.

Shirley J. Handley

April 26, 2009

Shirley J. Handley
Shirley J. (Charles) Handley of Kalamazoo died April 26, 2009, in Alamo. Shirley was born January 4, 1924, in South Haven, a daughter of William and Myrtle (Wade) Charles. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, basket weaving and crafts. Shirley married Thomas V. Handley, Sr. who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Morgan of Florida and her brother, Andrew Charles of South Haven. She is survived by her children, Thomas, Jr. (Janice) Handley of Kalamazoo, Judith (Ken) David of Grand Haven, Janet (Tom) Carr of Grandville, Kenneth (Judi) Handley of Grand Rapids and Steven (Janice) Handley of Muskegon; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation for immediate family only will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery, South Haven. Contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to Southern Care Hospice, Inc.

Rocky Lane Whitaker

April 26, 2009

Rocky Lane Whitaker
Rocky Lane Whitaker (formerly of Plainwell) passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, with his family at his side. Rocky was born August 24, 1952 in Plainwell, Michigan. He was proud of his strong work ethic and had vast knowledge in many disciplines. Rocky recently retired from North American Energy Services in Covert, MI, where he was an I,C & E Technician. Rocky loved animals, music, socializing with his many friends and Harley Davidson Motorcycles, especially his beloved 1965 Pan Head. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, Samuel Whitaker. He is survived by his mother, Charlene Renbarger, brother Larry Whitaker, sister Laurie (Bruce) Whitaker, niece Brittany Whitaker, nephew Keenan Whitaker, co-workers at NAES and legions of friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday April 30, 2009, from 3:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M.Friday, May 1, 2009, with Pastor Mike Risner officiating. Interment will follow at HillsideCemetery, Gun PlainTownship. Contributions in memory of Rocky may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Elise G. Dorothy

April 24, 2009

Elise G. Dorothy
Elise G. (Koch) Dorothy of Otsego, Michigan, passed away April 24, 2009, after a long battle with diabetes. Elise was born October 31, 1929 in Bremen, Germany. In October, 1949, she married Richard K. Dorothy and moved to the United States, settling initially in Newton, Iowa, where she became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter; then moving later to Otsego. Elise and Richard were well known in the Otsego-Plainwell area as publishers of The Otsego Union from the late 50s until the late 70s and later The Otsego Union Enterprise, after purchasing The Plainwell Enterprise and combining the papers. Active and with a wide circle of friends, Elise enjoyed a number of hobbies, including music, bowling, flower gardening, dancing, swimming and summer days of Lake Michigan beaches, reminiscent of her youth, growing up near the North Sea in her native Germany. She is survived by her daughter, Kim (Mrs. Gary) Blagg of Otsego; her son, Rick (with wife, Jan) Dorothy of Pullman; grandchildren Jon Paul, Richard, Heather, Nicholas and Aaron; and her brother, Ernst Koch, of Fair Oaks, California. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 1988; her mother, Gerhardine (Dirks) Koch and her father, Ernest Koch. Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 5:00 pm Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a service will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, officiated by Mark Minegar, Pastor of Calvary Community Church. Interment will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Donald E. Pountain

April 21, 2009

Donald E. Pountain
Donald E. “Don” Pountain of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Pountain was born December 18, 1927, in Kalamazoo, to Gerald and Charlotte (Valentine) Pountain. After WWII Don served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan. For 41 years he was employed with MasterCraft Corp. in Kalamazoo. He enjoyed cameras, radios and all kinds of gizmos. His favorite activities included fishing, bowling on a league with his son, Darryl, and above everything else, taking care of family. Don always did everything necessary in order to provide for them. They spent a lot of time at the cottage on BartonLake in Vicksburg, fishing and being with family. He was a hero to his sons. On May 5, 1950 in Kalamazoo he married Rita (Brown), who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Donald B. (Gaile) Pountain of Allegan and Darryl (Louise) Pountain of Mattawan; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and another one on the way; two brothers, Ken Pountain of Grand Rapids, MI and Bob Pountain of Nevada. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Contributions in memory of Don may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.
 

Carl R. Walters

April 20, 2009

Carl R. Walters
Carl R. Walters, Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday, April 20, 2009, at his home. Mr. Walters was born January 18, 1928, in Otsego to Frank and Florence (Maatman) Walters and was a lifelong resident of the area. Carl was a 1945 graduate of Otsego High School. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII serving his country from 1946 to 1948. For many years he was employed with Michigan Cottage Cheese and then General Motors, retiring in 1990. He previously attended Twin Lakes Reformed Church. Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family. On April 5, 1948 in Bristol, IN, he married Donna Cronkhite, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Tim (Diane) Walters and Sid (Marlene) Walters, both of Otsego, Jan (John) Hutchinson of Galesburg and Chris (Mark) DuCharme of Plainwell; six grandchildren, Nate (Annie) Walters, Brett Walters, Ashley (Eric) Terpstra, Brian Hutchinson, Lindsey Sparks and Brandon Sparks; six brothers and sisters, Ethel Sims, Harris Walters, Bea Stanbaugh, Francis Walters, Lou (Ned) Sutherland and Viv (Walt) Reed; two brothers-in-law, Jim (Joyce) Cronkhite and Gene Cronkhite; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marion Stokes and Kathryn Walters; and brothers and sisters in law, Bob Stokes, Effie Walters, Dick Sims, Bill Stanbaugh, Judy Cronkhite and Gloria Walters. Friends may meet his family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Don Ray officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Carl may be made to The Borgess Foundation (Borgess Visiting Nurses/Borgess Hospice).
 

Wilma J. Kreckman

April 18, 2009

Wilma J. Kreckman
Wilma J. Kreckman of Otsego, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo where she had been lovingly cared for. Wilma was born February 19, 1936 at Bronson, MI to Oscar Daniel and Lucille (Wagner) Bartholomew. In 1954, she graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and on October 18, 1954, she married John C. Kreckman. She worked as a bookkeeper for Kalamazoo Cycle Shop for John and Earl Bourn, from the age of 14 until the shop closed. Then she worked for Ames Department store in the Otsego-Plainwell area and most recently for Stewart & Clark furniture in Kalamazoo. Wilma was totally devoted to the 2nd love of her life, her dog Samantha. She attended the Otsego United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, sang in the choir and especially enjoyed making crafts for the church bazaar. Wilma knitted beautiful sweaters and in recent years knitted sweaters for Guideposts Knit For Kids, where the sweaters are sent all over the world. She was a Life Member of the Order of Eastern Star #169 and had been Worthy Matron and Grand Representative. Surviving are 2 brothers, Oscar Bartholomew of Mount Morris, Raymond Bogart of Bronson, Sister-in-law Betty Bartholomew of Flint; brother-in-law, Tom (Joan) Kreckman of Gladwin; several nieces and nephews; close friends, Peggy Weaver of Allegan, Lorna Pirrone and Darl and Joyce Gilliland of Otsego. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 1974, a brother Wilton Bartholomew and sister-in-law Shirley Bartholomew. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego will be held Thursday at 1 P.M., Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Church or the Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.
 
 

Janice Riley

April 10, 2009

Janice  Riley
 Janice Riley of Grand Junction, MI passed away Friday, April 10, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Janice was born July 28, 1943 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Donald and Eva (Carpenter) Churchill. She was employed at Kal-Equip for over 20 years. Janice enjoyed raising exotic birds, making jelly, leather crafts, painting, knitting, crocheting and barrel racing with her horses. On July 23, 1988 she married Leonard Riley who survives. Also surviving are children, Tony (Byllie) Riley of Plainwell, Sherri Riley of Gobles, Darlene Riley of Galesburg, Lee Carter of Lansing and Jeffery Van Carter of Gobles; 22 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sibling, Ralph Churchill and her biological mother, Arlie of Sturgis. She was preceded in death by her parents. Friends may meet with her family for a casual visitation from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Janice may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Russell Walters

April 8, 2009

Russell   Walters
Russell Walters of Augusta (formerly of Otsego) passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the V.A.Medical Center in Battle Creek. Russ was born June 8, 1928 in Otsego, MI, the son of Henry and Tena (VanDerVeer) Wolters, Sr. He grew up in Otsego and graduated from Otsego High School. During the Korean War, Russell served his country in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952. Russ is survived by his 2 daughters, Marilyn (Wayne) Wysocki of Valparasio, IN and Diane (Don) Simerly of Spring, TX;  grandson and granddaughter, David Simerly of Spring, TX and Dana Simerly of Dallas, TX; step-grand daughter and step-grandson Stephanie Wysocki of Highland, IN and Thomas Wysocki of Chicago, IL;  3 brothers, Clyde (Evelyn) Walters of Kalamazoo, Elmer (late-Wilma) Walters of Otsego and Ernest (Betty) Wolters of Mt. Pleasant; 2 Sisters, Hattie (late-Cecil) Burdick of Allegan and Flossie (late-Ron) Wesler of Gobles; many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved “Uncle Rut” very much, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers Henry, Jr. (Madge), John (Lorraine) and Floyd Walters; 2 sisters Mildred (Ellsworth) Hurlbut and Dorothy (Gene) Benedict. Cremation has taken place in accordance with his wishes. Friends may meet with his family on Friday, April 17, 2009 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 AM at the Winkel Funeral Home Otsego, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030 and burial of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to the VA Medical Center – Palliative Care Unit, Battle Creek, MI.

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