Raymond Henry Malvitz, DDS

May 21, 2009

Raymond Henry Malvitz, DDS

Raymond Henry Malvitz, DDS, of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Rose Arbor Hospice with his family at his side. Dr. Malvitz was born August 9, 1928 in Inkster, Michigan, son of the late Henry and Bertha (Pardieke) Malvitz. He graduated from Pharmacy School, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI in 1950. During the Korean War he served two years in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lt., stationed in Germany. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Detroit Dental School, Detroit, MI. He practiced Dentistry in Plymouth, MI for one year, then moved to Otsego, MI and had a Dental Practice there for 32 years, retiring in 1992. Dr. Malvitz was a long time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo. He was a member of the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Association, serving as President in 1976, and was also a life member of the Michigan Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He served on the Otsego School Board for 18 years and was the President of the Board for four years. He was an active member of the Otsego Rotary Club from 1960 to 2003, serving as President from 1966-1969, then again from 2005 to the present time. He was a Paul Harris recipient. For several years he served as Chairman of the United Way in Otsego and the Planning Commission in Otsego. After retiring in Sept. 1992, he worked at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College as a Clinical Instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program and also for the Migrant Program of Bangor, MI for ten years. Dr. and Mrs. Malvitz wintered in Barefoot Bay, FL for ten years and for five years in Pam Bay, FL as Florida residents. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Beach, FL and served as President in 2003-2004. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sebastian, FL during these years. Dr. and Mrs. Malvitz returned to Michigan in 2005. He was a loyal fan of the U of M Wolverines for 65 years. He enjoyed hiking and backpacking. Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Rita; three children, Dr. Thomas (Christine) Malvitz of Ada, MI, Lynn Khadaja of Haslet, MI and Susan (Dr. Edmund) Rosser of Okemos, MI; three step-sons, Bruce (Ann) Niemi of Allegan, MI, Thomas (Joy) Niemi of Otsego and Timothy (Sherry) Niemi of Kalamazoo, MI; also 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Norine Hinz, in 2002, and a grandson, Mitchell Niemi in 2005. At his request, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd, Kalamazoo, MI on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, with Pastor Louis Grother and Pastor Larry Brelje officiating. The family will greet friends from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service at 10:30 A.M. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, at 1:30 P.M., with family members in attendance. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Otsego Rotary Scholarship Fund or Zion Lutheran Braille Workers.

Richard C. Hutchens

May 20, 2009

Richard C. Hutchens
Richard C. ‘Dick’ Hutchens of Otsego passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at his home, surrounded by his family. Dick was born August 19, 1933 in Wabash, IN, the son of Rufus and Katheryne (Fisher) Hutchens. He was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Marines. Dick attended Western Michigan University and served 8 years with the Kalamazoo Fire Department. For 12 years he was a partner in Wolverine Rentals and Retired to farming using mules and horse-drawn equipment. Dick volunteered with the Michigan Commission for the Blind, the Red Cross and was a driver for the Hope Network. He was known to Bill W.’s group as ‘Amish Dick’ and was Otsego Township Supervisor for 4 years. Dick enjoyed helping and being with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. On October 18, 1952 in Jacksonville, FL, he married Loretta ‘Lorie’ Wood, who survives. Also surviving are 4 children, Richard Hutchens of San Jose, CA, Timothy (Lydia) Hutchens of Otsego, Elizabeth (Mark) Watson of Benton Harbor and Christina (Russell) Morse of Allegan; 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; 2 sisters and 3 brothers, Barbara Jean Groat, Anne (Bill) Walker, David (Jill) Hutchens, Steve (Charlotte) Hutchens, John (Young Mi) Hutchens; many nieces and nephews. Friends may meet with his family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Friday at the Trowbridge United Methodist Church, 355 26th St., Allegan, where services will be held Saturday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Tony Shumaker officiating. Military Honors by VFW Post #3030 will be held at MountainHomeCemetery, Otsego. Memorial contributions can be made to Wings Of Hope Hospice.

Victor B. Sayles

May 14, 2009

Victor B. Sayles
Victor B. Sayles of Allegan, MI passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009 at his home. Mr. Sayles was born August 26, 1952 in Allegan, the son of Ralph and Leona (West) Sayles. Victor enjoyed bowling and working on cars. He is survived by his sisters and brothers, Donna, Peggy, Ralph, LeeRoy and James; and his girlfriend, Juanita. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Ella. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

Elsa Nuyen-Strickland

May 14, 2009

Elsa  Nuyen-Strickland
Elsa Nuyen-Strickland of Portage passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Elsa was born October 2, 1923 in South Haven the daughter of William and Anna (Myner) Valkner. She had been employed at Beach Products for over 15 years and for Parker Hannifin in Richland for over 10 years and for Kal-equip for several years. She enjoyed motor home trips, camping, dancing, collecting frogs, raising roses and collecting stones from her camping trips. She married her first husband, Albert Nuyen in 1942 and he preceded her in death in 1977. On April 7, 1986 she married Dale Strickland who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Joy Hemmer, Joan (Dan) White, Jo (Terry) Bill; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; a brother Bill, and Donna and Hermie who she raised; step children, Dale (Judy) Strickland, Roslind (Darrell) Plough, Wesley (Judy) Strickland; several nieces and nephews who loved her like a Grandma. Friends may meet with the family Tuesday, May 19 from Noon until the time of the Service at 1 P.M. At the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant Tim Secord Officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Home Cemetery, Otsego. In Lieu of Flowers Memorial Donations May be made to Borgess VNA & Hospice Services.

Debra R. Daniels

May 10, 2009

Debra R. Daniels
Debra Rae Daniels passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009. Debra was born November 27, 1969 in Marshfield, WI the daughter of Donald and Rae Ann (Sauter) Schanz. She had moved with her family to Grayling, MI, where they lived for several years before moving back to Wisconsin. She graduated from MarshfieldColumbusHigh School in 1987 and from St. CloudStateUniversity in 1991. Currently she was working on a Masters Degree at SpringArborCollege. For the past five years, she was the Human Resources Director for AlleganCounty government. Debbie shared her cooking and baking with others and enjoyed crafts, reading and her dogs. Above all else, she treasured spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. On May 28, 2004 she married Gerald ‘Jerry’ Daniels, who survives. Also surviving are her parents, two step-children, Ryan Daniels and Mandy (Chris) Kelly and their children, Lila and Finn; a sister Tracy (Derrick) Christman; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Rose and Jerry Sauter and Don and Lorraine Schanz; a cousin, Mark Weinfurter, her mother and father-in-law, Bernard and Hazel Daniels. Friends may meet with her family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Friday, May 15 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 16 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church, Otsego, with Rev. David H. Sidwell, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kalamazoo officiating. Cremation will follow and inurnment of the cremains will be in Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sylvia’s Place, a women’s shelter located in Allegan, MI at P.O. Box 13, Allegan, MI49010.

Winnie Jo Stone

May 10, 2009

Winnie Jo Stone

Winnie Jo Stone of Alamo, formerly of Otsego, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009, in Alamo. Mrs. Stone was born January 17, 1919, in Allegan to Otis and Mable (Beldon) Sprague. Surviving are a son and a daughter, Mark Stone of Plainwell and Bonnie Palumbo of Alamo; three grandchildren, Matt Henry, Marci Henry and Roy Stone; six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy M. Stone in 1987, and her brother, Elwyn Sprague. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Contributions in memory of Winnie may be made to the Alamo Nursing Home.

 

Timothy D. Wolthuis

May 9, 2009

Timothy D. Wolthuis
Tim Wolthuis, beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend went to be with his Lord suddenly Saturday evening May 9, 2009. Tim was born April 22, 1943 in Kalamazoo, the son of Henry and Trena (Zomer) Wolthuis. Tim was a cement finisher. He enjoyed flea marketing, auctions, woodworking and working on lawn mowers. Tim was a member of Oak Grove Bible Church, Kalamazoo. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marlo (Martha) Losey; and 6 brothers, John, Lawrence, Richard, Bill, David and Jim. Surviving are 3 sons, Joe of Martin, Chris and Ron, both of Kalamazoo; 6 grandchildren, Kendall, Kaylee, Jake, Nathan, Nicholas and Hope. Tim is also survived by his sisters, Elsie (Bill) Kollar of Hopkins, Donna (Dean) Chapman of Greenville; brothers, Albert (Jackie) Wolthuis of Mattawan, Paul (Barb) Wolthuis of Kalamazoo, Terry (Jean) Wolthuis of Otsego, Jerry (Doris) Wolthuis of Hickory Corners, Daniel (Libby) Wolthuis of Brooksville, FL; sisters-in-law, Pat Wolthuis of Wayland, Betty J. Wolthuis of Schoolcraft, Sally Wolthuis of Cooper and Betty Wolthuis of Kalamazoo; many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at Oak Grove Bible Church, 7655 Ravine Road, Kalamazoo, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, Pastor David Ives officiating. Burial will follow at Prairieville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tim may be made to Oak Grove Bible Church.

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