Randy Lee Sargent

June 28, 2010

Randy Lee Sargent
Randy Lee Sargent of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was born on September 25, 1962, in Kalamazoo to Shirley (Pio) and Charles Sargent and passed away on Monday, June 28, 2010. He went peacefully with everyone that loved him by his bedside. It was horrible for his daughter Carrie, only ten, to see her wonderful dad go, but the last words that she said to him were “I Love You”. He will be missed. Randy was a graduate of Otsego High School, class of 1980. He enjoyed entertaining and loved spending quality time with his daughter Carrie and they loved to wrestle and play softball. He loved to walk his dog Lucky 2 time a day, even on a hot summer day. He loved to plant and mow the lawn for many, and plow snow for many others, and was known as Handy Randy. He had a soft spot for helping others and did all this with his heart because inside he was a teddy bear. Other interests included hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and NASCAR. Surviving are the love of his life, daughter Carrie; long time partner and best friend Debra Rooney and stepson, Kevin Rooney; his parents, Shirley and Charles Sargent; his brother, Michael Sargent; uncles, William Pio and Gerald (Sherri) Pio; sisters-in-law, Margaret (James) Nelson and Cindy (Tim) Pio; several nieces and nephews; his best friend Lucky Dawg; and Bella kitty. Cremation has taken place. No services will be held at this time. In lieu of cards of sympathy or flowers, contributions may be made at Kalsee Credit Union in the name of Carrie Sargent College Fund. Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, is serving the family.

Lana Ann Koester

June 26, 2010

Lana Ann Koester
On June 26, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer Lana Ann Koester of Otsego, Michigan, was escorted by angels to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Her kitty Goo was at her side. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. On July 26, 1955, in Kalamazoo, Lana was born to Charles and Ione (Alexander) Koester and was a lilfelong resident of the area. For many years she was employed in quality control by Allegan Metal Finishing. Lana loved doing for others and her hobbies included knitting and crocheting. Everything she created was given with love to someone else. She was very active in her church, the Plainwell Assembly of God, where she taught Sunday school classes. Lana leaves behind her foster daughter, Priscilla Carson, and her granddaughter, Isabelle Carson of Plainwell; her brother, Charles ‘Chuck’ and Mary Koester of Otsego, and their children Ron (Whillock) Koester of Otsego and Julie (Mike) Berghorst, both of Allegan; her sister, Benita ‘Bonnie’ (John) Morse of Allegan, and their children, Sheila Long and Michelle (Eric) Oisten, both of Allegan; her sister, Judy Zimmerman of Otsego, who was her caretaker and by her bedside during her final days; two aunts, Wanita Bradshaw of Otsego and Doris (Jim) Brown of Auburn, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, Pastor David Alderman officiating. Burial will follow at Hicks Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Lana may be made to Seeds of Grace or Wings of Hope Hospice.

Gladys A. Brown

June 23, 2010

Gladys A. Brown
Gladys A. Brown of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010, in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Brown was born June 30, 1924 in Kalamazoo to George and Blanch (Baker) Ball and was a lifelong resident of the area. Together with her husband, she had owned and operated Brown Farm Equipment. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, crocheting and above all else spending time with her family. On October 27, 1945 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Watson she married William ‘Bill’ Brown, and they had celebrated 64 years of marriage. Also surviving are her children, Gary (Deidre) Brown of Kalamazoo, Dolores “Laurie” (Robert) Augustine of Otsego, Beverly (Kenneth) Jacobs of Allegan and Carl Brown of Columbia, SC; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Brown; a granddaughter, Michelle Brown; two grandsons, Douglas Brown and Scott Brown; and 4 brothers. Friends may meet with the family from 5 to 8 P.M. today at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Gladys may be made to the VFW National Home for Children.

Michael L. Colasanti

June 23, 2010

Michael L. Colasanti
Michael L. Colasanti of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in Kalamazoo. Mike Colasanti was born September 24, 1917 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York to Donato and Camella Colasanti. During WWII Michael served his country in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. For 32 years he was employed as a Class A assembler at National Waterlift. Michael enjoyed golfing and especially enjoyed spending time with his family. On November 24, 1946 in Kalamazoo he married Barbara Huff, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Michael Colasanti, Jr., Donald (Deborah) Colasanti, Ricky (Laura) Colasanti and Lori (Domingo) Sauceda; grandchildren, Michael III (Karen), John, Danielle, Cortney, Jake, Danatio, Caitlyn, Ashlynn, Ari and Sarah; a great-grandson, Andrew; sisters, Rose Kearns and Helen Nelan; many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers, John, Dick, Louis and Anthony. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Westwood Church of God, Kalamazoo at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, June 28, 2010, Pastor Tom Tufts officiating. Burial of ashes will be at West Cooper Cemetery. A luncheon at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Westwood Church of God. Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego is serving the family.

Roger A. Evans

June 23, 2010

Roger A. Evans
Roger A. Evans of Martin, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at his home. Roger was born February 14, 1940 in Milford, Indiana, to Arthur Jr. and Annabelle (Fisher) Evans at their home. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from PurdueUniversity and taught Vocational Agriculture and Chemistry for 1½ years at EdmoreHigh School. For 32 years he was employed by the Upjohn Co. in Animal Research, retiring April 1, 1999. Roger was a member of the Martin Lions Club and served 20 years on the Martin School Board. He was co-chair for Bear Lake Camp for visually and hearing impaired children and a member of Allegan County Habitat for Humanity. His passion was farming. He raised shorthorn cattle in partnership with his very good friend, Royal Boulter. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their extra curricular activities. On August 18, 1962 in Aurora, Illinois he married Betty (Walter) who survives. Also surviving are their children, Mike (Julie) Evans, Patti (Eric) Rohloff, Cindi (Matt) Williams and Kendra (Randy) Hunt; grandchildren, Patrick, Emily and Nicholas Evans, Blade, Logan, Brock and Holden Rohloff, Tyler (Sandy) Evans, Bailey, Caleb, Addison Williams, Ryan, Lauren and Payton Hunt; 2 great-grandchildren, Taryn and Jayce Evans; his mother, Annabelle Evans of Nappanee, IN; three brothers, Phillip Evans of Muncie, IN, Tom (Elaine) Evans of Avon, IN and Dallas (Sharon) Evans of Indianapolis; a sister, Vonda (Bob) Bedward of Nappanee, IN; a brother-in-law, Everett Fought of Goshen, IN; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Evans of Nappanee, IN and Kathy Jo Onak of North Aurora, IL; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Jim Evans; a sister, Dianna (Evans) Fought; and in-laws, Donald and Grace Walter. Friends may meet with the family from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the Martin United Methodist Church, Pastor David Selleck officiating. Cremation will follow the service with burial of ashes at South Martin Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Roger may be made to the Martin Public School Education Foundation or the American Melanoma Foundation.

Chauncey Reynolds, Jr.

June 19, 2010

Chauncey  Reynolds, Jr.
Chauncey ‘Rob’ Reynolds life was taken suddenly Saturday, June 19, 2010 while enjoying an afternoon ride on his motorcycle. He was born to Chauncey and Sandra (Maki) Reynolds at Kincheloe AFB, Michigan. His hobbies included riding, cooking and spending time with his friends. His first love and most prized possessions are his children Laurin, Brandan and Brooklynn Reynolds of Otsego. You could always find Rob at basketball, football, band, Scouts, T-ball, his Mother’s, Don’s Bike Fix and hanging with buds. Rob enjoyed charity. Maybe you’re one of the lucky, when Rob reached out his hand in your time of need. He just finished the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally in Washington, D. C., the ride honoring POW’s, MIA’s and Veterans. He regretted that he hadn’t served his country, but knew it wasn’t too late to make a difference. Rob was preceded in death by his father, Chauncey and the mother of his children, Jennifer Newnum. In addition to his children, also surviving are his mother, his brother, Ronald Reynolds of Kentucky, his sister Karena (Reynolds) and Dixon Pulver of Otsego; nieces, Emily Handy, Mackenzie Pulver; nephews Andrew Handy, Matthew Pulver; several aunts; numerous cousins. Friends may meet his family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M., Mr. Todd A. Miller officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Memorial gifts can be made to an educational trust fund for his children through Fifth Third Bank.

Ramon D. Thompson

June 16, 2010

Ramon D. Thompson
Ramon D. Thompson of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Thompson was born February 16, 1934 in Metcalf, IL the son of Lex and Vera (Stark) Thompson. For over 30 years, Ramon worked for Clarage Fan Co. (later Zurn) and retired from Roots. He was a member of United Steel Workers of America, local 3265. Ramon served in the Army from 1955 to 1959 in France. He enjoyed his family, traveling, fishing, bowling, mushrooming and yard work. Ramon was a jokester. On January 23, 1960 in Otsego, he married Barbara (Plotts), who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters, Patricia (Bill) Harper, Peggy Thompson, Tammy (Jim) Drake, all of Otsego, Joni (Glenn) McNamara of White Pigeon; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, with one on the way; 2 sisters and 2 brothers, Ruth (Don) Finley of Illinois, Harry Thompson of Otsego, Max Thompson and Marcia (John) Slusher, all of Kentucky; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Wayne, a grandson, Billy Harper and 2 brothers, Zane and Gerald. Friends may meet with his family from 2–5pm Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor David Thompson officiating. Interment in South Martin Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

John Herman Kruizenga

June 15, 2010

John Herman Kruizenga

John Herman Kruizenga of Plainwell, Michigan, was born into eternal life on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. The son of Herman and Gertrude (Werkman) Kruizenga, John was born in Kalamazoo on February 28, 1915. On July 13, 1939, in Muskegon he married Genevieve Jeannot, who preceded him in death in 2004. After two years of employment at Atlas Press of Kalamazoo he became a mechanical engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire where he worked from 1940 until 1957. He moved his family back to Kalamazoo and was employed as an inspection engineer with Ingersoll in Kalamazoo, and later at the Logistic Center in Battle Creek, retiring in 1972. John was an avid reader and gardener, was interested in history and nature, and was a lifelong birdwatcher and member of the Audubon Society. He enjoyed family tent camping vacations and persevered as a fisherman. He was a member of St. Joseph, St. Monica and St. Margaret Catholic churches. John and his wife were dedicated members of the Legion of Mary. John was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are his children, John A. Kruizenga of Plainwell, Mary (Ken) Kochany of Bay City, Jeanne (Dennis) Fitzgerald of Battle Creek and Helen Watson of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a cousin, Jeannette Sportel of Kalamazoo; and a brother-in-law, George Jeannot of Seattle. Friends may meet with the family Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 P.M.. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of John may be made to Right to Life of Michigan or St. Margaret’s Church.

Sherry G. Hicks

June 12, 2010

Sherry G. Hicks
Sherry G. Hicks of Alamo (formerly of Otsego) passed away Saturday, June 12, 2010, in Kalamazoo. Sherry was born March 24, 1945 to Allison “Glenn” and Edna V. (Weikel) Hicks and was a lifelong resident of the area. For several years she was employed as a ward clerk at PippCommunityHospital in Plainwell. She attended the Trowbridge United Methodist Church and was a member of the Women’s Society there. Sherry enjoyed singing, sewing, crocheting, knitting and was an excellent note writer. Surviving are her sister, Pat (Lew) Roberts of Otsego; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ron Hicks; and her sister, Dora Lee Sturgis. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the Trowbridge United Methodist Church, Pastor Tony Shumaker officiating. Burial of ashes will follow at Trowbridge Methodist Cemetery. Contributions in Sherry’s memory may be made to the Trowbridge United Methodist Church Building Fund or Alamo Nursing Home.

Merle W. Holmes

June 6, 2010

Merle W. Holmes
Merle W. Holmes of Otsego, MI passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010 at his home. Mr. Holmes was born August 21, 1919 in Otsego, the son of Frank and Nora (Aurand) Holmes and was a life resident of the area. He worked for 20 years at the Allied Coating Mill in Otsego and 20 years at Perrigo Company in Allegan.  Merle served his country in the Army during WWII as a Staff Sergeant in the 126th Infantry and 32nd Red Arrow Division, and was involved in campaigns in Papua, New Guinea, the Southern Philippines and Owen Stanley Mountain Conflict. Merle was wounded at Leyte Island in the Philippines on November 28, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and many other honors of distinction. He was a member of the D.V.A. and V.F.W. Post #3030. On November 1, 1946 in Allegan, he married Luella Kurtz who survives. Also surviving are 3 children; Kathleen (Charles) Wearne of Allegan, Scott (Valerie) Holmes of Hopkins and Lorna (Mike) VanLent of Otsego; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and another one due in the fall; a brother, Roy (Mabel) Holmes; a sister-in-law, Mable Holmes; 2 brothers-in-law, Charles (Glenna) Kurtz and Calvin Moran; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Garry in 1999, a brother Earl and a sister Doris. Friends may meet with the family Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where services will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM, Pastor Kevin Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego where Military Honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Wings of Hope Hospice or to VFW Post #3030, Otsego.

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