Bernard A. Livingston

December 31, 2009

Bernard A. Livingston
Bernard A. Livingston of Otsego, MI pssed away Thursday, December 31, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Livingston was born July 24, 1917, in Otsego to Donald and Amy (Brewster) Livingston. Surviving are 4 children, Dion ‘Bud’ (Charlette) Livingston of Plainwell, Gerald ‘Gary’ (Sherry) Livingston of Bertaud, CO, Bernard ‘Bernie’ (Barb) Livingston of Otsego and Theresa ‘Terry’ (Bruce) Drake of New Home, TX; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Crystal; an infant daughter, Ella Kay; and his sister, Donnabelle Kissinger. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. Contributions in memory of Bernie may be made to a Hospice of your choice.

Allen R. Mcpherson

December 30, 2009

Allen R. Mcpherson
Allen Richard “Dick” McPherson of Otsego, MI passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Dick was born October 3, 1936 in Plainwell to Eugene and Ivah (Belcher) McPherson and was a longtime resident of Otsego. For about 25 years he owned and operated McPherson TV & Appliance until his retirement. He loved hunting, fishing and shooting skeet and trap at Gun River Skeet and Trap. Dick was a member of the Elks Lodge #1711, the Moose Lodge #345, the V.F.W. Post #3030, the Gun River Conservation Club and Gun River Skeet & Trap. On December 21, 1957 at the Otsego Congregational Church he married Emelie Hemenway, who survives. Also surviving are two children, Richard ‘Rick’ McPherson of Otsego and Anna Marie (Mike) Smith of Kalamazoo; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and his brother, Don McPherson. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Dick may be made to the Gun River Conservation Club or Christian Neighbors.

Byron Eugene Fullerton

December 29, 2009

Byron Eugene Fullerton
Byron Eugene ‘Gene’ Fullerton, a longtime resident of Allegan, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at his home after a long illiness. Mr. Fullerton was born April 12, 1920 in Washington, Indiana to Raymond and Grace (Gilley) Fullerton. During WWII Gene served his country on the front lines in the U.S. Army, earned a Bronze Star and was discharged in 1945 as a Staff Sergeant. For 40 years he was employed with the J.C. Penney Co., retiring as the manager of the Kalamazoo store. He was a member of the Allegan United Methodist Church for 47 years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. On June 1, 1947 in Washington, IN he married June Tharp, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Linda (Wayne) Wood of Williamson, NY and Brenda (Bruce) Carroll of Allegan; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lyndle McIlwain of Baton Rouge, LA. Gene was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Fullerton. Friends may meet the family from 4 to 7 P.M. today at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, Pastor Bob Stover officiating. Military Honors at Hudson Corners Cemetery, Allegan, will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan.

Gerald R. Ziegler

December 28, 2009

Gerald R. Ziegler
Gerald R. ‘Jerry’ Ziegler of Martin, Michigan, passed away Monday, December 28, 2009 at his home. Mr. Ziegler was born October 29, 1935, in Hastings to Theodore and Ella (Manning) Ziegler and was a lifelong resident of the area. For 16 years he was employed with Lockshore Farms, then 12 years with Pet Corp., then 4 years with Deans Foods and then 12 years with Safari Technology. On October 10, 1964 in Delton he married Irene Willcutt, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Connie (Mark) Bellgraph of Otsego, Kathy Tripp of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Kim (Kyle) Bowe, Chelsea Bellgraph, twins, Nick Bellgraph and Rachel Bellgraph and Sierra Dalrymple; 2 great grandchildren, Hailey Bowe and Hayden Bowe; siblings Marilyn (Don) Elterman of CO, Jim Ziegler of Grand Rapids, Jane (Bob) VerPlunk of Saugatuck, Dick (Cathy) Ziegler of Hastings, Barb (Thomas) Lake of Delton and Greg (Elaine) Ziegler of Linden, MI; his step-mom, Betty ‘Jean’ Ziegler of Hastings; 2 favorite aunts, Kay Ziegler of Grand Rapids and Dolly Stedge of Kalamazoo; many nieces and nephews. Friends may meet the family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Rosary will be held at 6:30 P.M. Funeral Mass will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church, Watson, Rev. Fr. Alan Jorgensen, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Sacred Heart Church.

Sally L. Smecka

December 20, 2009

Sally L. Smecka
Sally L. Smecka of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2009 at her home. Sally was born February 6, 1944 in Plainwell, the daughter of Emery and Lottie Pauline Cole-Bennett. Sally’s father died in WWII. She grew up on a farm in Alamo and was active in 4H. Sally graduated from Otsego High School in 1962, then was a “baby nurse”, working as a nurse’s aid in the obstetrics department at Pipp Community Hospital, retiring in 2000 after 28 years. She enjoyed bowling as part of the Wednesday Night Ladies League and she was lovingly called a “cat lady” because of her love for her cats. She is survived by her children, Stephen Vincent (Pam) Smecka and Teresa Lee (Mike) Fleeman both of Plainwell; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Smecka in 1993, her parents and a great-grandson, Derrick. Friends may meet with the family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI, Wednesday from 11:00 until the service time of 1:00, Pastor Kevin Smith officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, followed by a luncheon at Friendship Wesleyan Church, 1285 – 102nd Ave., Plainwell. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice.                                                                                     

Benjamin Hummel

December 17, 2009

Benjamin  Hummel
Benjamin ‘Ben’ Hummel of Otsego, MI passed away Thursday December 17, 2009 at Dussia House in Otsego. Ben was born November 21, 1918 in Kalamazoo, the son of Herman and Fannie (Engel) Hummel. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, where he earned the Bronze Star. Ben was co-owner of McNamara Motor Express. On January 11, 1947 in Kalamazoo, he married Mary Alice Guidebeck, who preceded him in death in 2007. Surviving are 3 daughters, Sally (Gene) Hebrock of Kentucky, Sue Cinka of Otsego, Robin (Ken) Clark of Battle Creek; 1 son, Richard Hummel of Battle Creek; his daughter-in-law, Karen Hummel of Plainwell; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and another due soon; sisters, Marian Ray and Joyce Mills both of Otsego and Doris Geiger of Burlington. He was preceded in death by his son Ronald Hummel in 2003, a brother, Charles Hummel; sisters, Elda VanFleet, Helen Houvenor and Anna Mae Towne. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or the hospice of your choice. His family would like to thank the staff of the Dussia House for their compassionate care.

Nadene M. Shaffer

December 15, 2009

Nadene M. Shaffer
Nadene M. Shaffer of Otsego, Michigan passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009, in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Shaffer was born March 24, 1924 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Howard and Marguerite (Higgins) Ladd. Nadene was a 1944 graduate of Otsego High School. In her early years she was a good swimmer and diver and worked at the Coating Mill and at Coburn’s Drug Store. For many years, she was the bookkeeper for Homer’s food distribution business. After his retirement in 1984, they traveled extensively in their motor home. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, garage sales, shopping and especially spending time with her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. On June 21, 1946, she married Charles ‘Homer’ Shaffer and they celebrated 63 years of marriage. Homer died October 8, 2009. Surviving are two daughters, Rhonda (Pat) McGonagle of Florida and Jackie (Gordon) Stineback of Otsego; four grandchildren, Jodi (Maurice) Lelii  of Florida, Scott (Brooke) Hinz, of Florida, Jamie (Josh) Jameson of Otsego and Amie (Jesse) Proctor of Plainwell; 12 great-grandchildren, Vincent, Jerin, Macy, Jayden, Ethan, Maya, Kaylin, Michaela, Evan, Gabrielle, Allie and Elliot; a sister, Jackie Ladd, of Otsego; many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Sgt. Eugene Ladd in 1944. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Winkel Funeral Home with funeral celebrant, Bill Rose, officiating.  Interment of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. A luncheon at V.F.W. Post #3030 will follow the service. Contributions in memory of Nadene may be made to the Alamo Nursing Home.

Julia Mae Tandy

December 6, 2009

Julia Mae Tandy
Julia Mae Tandy of Plainwell (formerly of Martin) passed away Sunday, December 6, 2009 with her family by her side. Julia was born January 11, 1904 in Martin, the daughter of William Madison and Georgia (Hooper) Brown. Later, Georgia H. married Clyde Patterson. Julia had two half sisters Betty Brown and Agnes Patterson and two half brothers, Charles Brown and Thomas Patterson, who all preceded her in death. She attended Western Normal Teachers College, and later obtained a Bachelors Degree through their correspondence course. Julia was a teacher in the New Hudson and later the MartinPublic Schools. She was a lifelong resident of Martin and a member of the Martin United Methodist Church where she played piano and organ and was a member of the Ladies Social Club. She and her sister Agnes operated the Pat and Julia Dry Goods Store in Martin for a number of years. After her children were grown, Julia taught at Martin until her retirement. She loved to travel and play bridge. In Toledo, OH in 1926, she married Charles Allen Tandy and he preceded her in death in 1979. Surviving are 2 daughters and 2 sons, Georgia Mae (LeRoy) Young of Traverse City, Alice Ploof-Washtoak of Kalamazoo, Charles (Elaine) Tandy of Kalamazoo and Gail R. Tandy of Gun Lake; 13 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 16 great great grandchildren; 1 great great great grandson. Also preceding her in death were 2 grandchildren Kathryn Clark and Tommy Ploof, great grandson Anthony Ploof. Friends may meet with her family on Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 12 noon until the time of service at 1:00 P. M. at the Martin United Methodist Church, Pastor David Selleck officiating. Interment will be in South Martin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation.

Malcom J. Barton

December 5, 2009

Malcom J. Barton
Malcom J. ‘Mac’ Barton of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Saturday December 5, 2009 at his home with his family by his side. Mac was born April 1, 1924 in Otsego, the son of Milo and Esther (Martin) Barton. He graduated from Otsego High School and was an Army veteran of World War II. When he was young, he obtained his pilot’s license and was a mechanic for a stock car racing team at Kalamazoo Speedway. He worked as a primary meter inspector for Consumers Power Co. for 32 years. His memberships include V.F.W. Post #3030 and the Otsego Elks. On May 13, 1944, in Aiken County, South Carolina he married the former Verna Hartlage and she survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter and 2 sons, Patricia (J.D.) Farmer of Taylorville, Kentucky, Mike (Ruby) Barton of Vicksburg, Lew (Ruth) Barton of Otsego; 7 grandchildren; many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tracy Barton, in 1995 and a brother Vern Barton. Friends may meet with his family from 6-8 P.M. Tuesday and from 10-12 noon on Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Immediately following the Wednesday visitation, a graveside service with military honors by V.F.W. Post #3030 will be held at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego, Pastor Jason Thiel officiating. A memorial luncheon will be held Saturday from 1-3 P.M. at V.F.W. Post #3030. Memorial contributions may be made to V.F.W. Post #3030 or Wings Of Hope Hospice.

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