Hugh A. Taylor

August 28, 2010

Hugh A. Taylor

Hugh A. Taylor of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010. Mr. Taylor was born August 5, 1921, in Trowbridge Township to Milo and Zelpha (Martin) Taylor and was a lifelong resident of the area. During WWII he served his country in the United State Navy. For 43 years he was employed at the MacSimBar Paper Mill in Otsego. Hugh loved the out-of-doors and during his leisure time enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. On February 25, 1941, he married the former Jean Burgess, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Jeanne (Richard) Burd of Martin, Hugh (Linda) Taylor of Charlotte, NC, Patricia Davis and Mary (Kurt) Huston both of Otsego; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph (Pat) Taylor of FL; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Ruth Augustine, Charles and Milo “Mike’ Taylor. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place on Monday, October 4, 2010 at Mt. Home Cemetery in Otsego with military honors by VFW Post 3030. Contributions in memory of Hugh may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Marian Stipcak

August 26, 2010

Marian  Stipcak

Marian Stipcak of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010 at her home. Marian was born February 24, 1920 in Otsego, the daughter of Jay and Rose (Wise) Nichols. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego and the Otsego Moose Lodge. Marian was an artist and enjoyed reading and singing. Surviving are 2 sisters, Pearl Gibson and Hazel Maxwell; a sister-in-law Paula Lutes; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family members. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband John and several brothers and sisters. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Burial of cremated remains will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

Lolita Helen Parkhurst

August 26, 2010

Lolita Helen Parkhurst

Lolita Helen Parkhurst of Pullman, Michigan, passed away Thursday morning, August 26, 2010, at her home. Lolita was born January 22, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Peter and Julia (Wegmann) Kitcheos. In 1950 she earned her Bachelor degree from Valparaiso University and moved to Michigan, residing in Pullman since 1972. In 1967 she earned her Masters degree from Western Michigan University. For many years she taught at the Bloomingdale Schools, retiring in 1988. Lolita had been a member and organist of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church of Allegan since 1982. She was the President of the Retired School Teachers Association, a member of the Strudelmeisters (Polka) Band, Casco Township Band, South Shore Concert Band and life member of the American Dairy Goat Association. For over 35 years, Lolita worked with the Jewitt School at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. Surviving are six children, Sheri Lynn (Craig) Balzer of Colorado Springs, CO, Kathleen Ann Leader of Pullman, James Earl (Linda) Parkhurst of Phoenix, AZ, David Arthur (Rose) Parkhurst of Vacaville, CA, Debra Louise Parkhurst of Show Low, AZ and John Mark (Denise) Parkhurst of Pullman; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a sister, Carlyn Gianopolous; 2 brothers, Gus and Cornell Kitcheos; several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at St. John Lutheran Church, Allegan, Pastor Ronald Kruse officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Ev. Lutheran Church. Burial of ashes will be at Rowe Cemetery, Cheshire. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Catherine B. McLeod

August 26, 2010

Catherine B. McLeod
Catherine ‘Kay’ McLeod of Otsego, Michgian, born on August 14, 1919 in Allegan, Michigan the daughter of Anthony Class Lobretto and Francis (Maggio) Lobretto. Catherine had a long and eventful life. She was the third child in a family of eight. Both her father and her oldest sister passed away when she was 15 moving her into the spot of being the oldest daughter. She willingly took up the mantle of working to help her mom raise and support the rest of the family. Catherine was fluently bilingual. Sliding back and forth from English to Italian she would interpret conversation and write letters for family and friends to loved ones in Sicily and interpret their mail for them upon its return. On April 19, 1937 she married the love of her life Earl “Shorty” McLeod and they were married for 59 years. They were very poor for a long time. Having lived through the depression she’d occasionally tell the story about heading to town with her two girls in a wagon to buy a few groceries and losing half of all the money they had. She lost her dollar in the leaves. In 1942 Catherine and her husband purchased the then Blacksmith shop on North Farmer Street in Otsego and it became the site where their future business life would be. Originally “McLeod’s” was a welding shop and salvage yard. Through the years the business evolved in the late 50’s early 60’s into McLeod Auto Parts, Inc. with the help of their son-in-law Art. Catherine was a bookkeeper. She and Earl worked side by side in the Otsego business community for 54 years. Together they also enjoyed raising and racing thoroughbred horses. Weekends on their farm several horsemen (and women) would gather to work their horses on the old dirt track down on the 35. They would travel to Detroit, Van Wert and other destinations to race or watch. A lifetime of friendships formed as a result of meals shared, along with success and failure, love and loss. “Kay” as she was nicknamed will be remembered by many for her high heel shoes. She wore them with her jeans before women wore heels with jeans, she wore them cleaning house, she wore them doing her gardening and she wore them to the grocery store. A friend told us recently that as a young girl she could remember Kay walking home from work and that she could hear her shoes clicking on the sidewalk. She couldn’t understand how Kay could walk so fast with those shoes on but she knew that when she grew up she wanted to wear shoes like that. Catherine truly enjoyed her flower gardening, her ducks and guineas and was an avid bird watcher. She was a wonderful cook and a great seamstress. She loved sharing her home with friends and family and especially liked the holidays. She made the meanest spaghetti, the best pupa lova and the hottest cup of coffee you ever had. You never left her house without a cup of coffee. Catherine was a tough lady and she loved with the same tenacity. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she’d have four grandchildren and 10 greats. She basked in their love, cheered their accomplishments and cried when they cried…right to the very end. It was nothing to have a grandchild spend the night and “bring a friend”. The friends became her grandchildren too. Catherine was preceded in death by her husband Earl “Shorty”, her daughter Patricia Ann McLeod Curtiss, her brother Anson Lobretto, her sisters Mary Lobretto, Josephine McDougal and Jennie Phillips. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Art) Schmitt and her grandchildren, Vincent (Rachael) Schmitt of Otsego, Chris (Lisa) Schmitt of Plainwell, Suzanne Sisson of Kalamazoo and Angela (Mark) Hoffman of Pine Lake; 10 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; a brother Jim Lobretto of Lions, Michigan, her sisters Angeline Cosby of Cottonwood, AZ and Francis Wood of Otsego. Friends may meet with Kay’s family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego from 5-7 P.M. Sunday where a time of remembrance and sharing will be held at 7 P.M. The family suggests in lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Christian Neighbors, St. Vincent DePaul food pantry or the charity of your choice.
 

Evelyn M. Walters

August 18, 2010

Evelyn M. Walters

Evelyn M. Walters of Battle Creek (formerly of Otsego and Kalamazoo) passed away Wednesday, August 18, 2010, in Battle Creek. She was born in Allegan, Michigan on May 16, 1918 to parents Eve and Charles Querbach. Evelyn was a member of the Otsego United Methodist Church for over 30 years and attended the Parchment Methodist Church after moving to Kalamazoo. On October 19, 1938 she married Clyde Walters. Their 72 years marriage ended when Clyde preceded her in death earlier this year. Evelyn was a devoted wife and mother and provided love and support to her two sons, Dan and Mick. Dan and his wife Shari and Mick and his wife Glenda survive her. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Scott (Claudia) Walters, Jeff (Kristin) Walters, Alissa (Scott) Deeter, Laura (Craig) Wood, Marci Walters, Danielle (Paul) Vanderhoff and Aaron (Lyndsay) Walters; 13 great grandchildren; a great great grandchild; 2 sisters and 1 brother, Vivian Holliday of Cincinnati, Ohio, Suzanne (Clare) Kuiper of Kalamazoo and Wayne (Jean) Querbach of Conroe, Texas. She was preceded in death by brothers, Rex and Glenn, and sister Wilma Laurin. Friends may meet with the family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego on Monday at 11:00 AM with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 noon, with the Reverend Dan Minor officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the LifeSpan Good Samaritan Hospice in Battle Creek.

Thomas A. Kling

August 15, 2010

Thomas A. Kling
Thomas A. Kling of Paw Paw, Michigan, passed away Sunday, August 15, 2010, at his home. Tom was born August 30, 1960 in OceansideCalifornia, the son of Richard and Ann (White) Kling. He was a graduate of OtsegoHigh School and had attended ITT Technical Institute. Tom was employed with Stryker Corp through On Staff. In his leisure time he enjoyed spending time with his family, taking long walks with his dogs, and fishing. On May 16, 1981 in Otsego he married the former Tamara ‘Tammy’ Herrell, who survives. Also surviving are his son, Justin (Amie) Kling of Portage; his parents, Dick and Ann Kling of Plainwell; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; his mother-in-law, Ruby Herrell, several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Tom Herrell. Friends may meet with his family from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at Peace Ev. Lutheran Church of Otsego with Pastor Josh Olson officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or S.P.C.A.

Helen Dorothea Thompson

August 14, 2010

Helen Dorothea Thompson
Helen Dorothea Thompson of Carrboro, NC (fornerly of Otsego) passed away Saturday, August 14, 2010, in Carrboro NC.  Helen was born in 1922 to Benjamin and Helen (Winter) Heinichen of Chicago IL.  In October 1945, Helen married Richard P. Thompson in Allegan. She retired from Parker Brass in 1975 to enjoy her family, friends and cottage at GunLake.   A committed congregant and choir member of PeaceEvangelicalLutheranChurch, Helen was a loving wife and sister, devoted mother, grandmother and friend, an abundant spirit and a fierce baker of German stollen and Christmas cookies. She is survived by her siblings Ethel Myers of Allegan and Walter (Chlao) Heinichen of Otsego; daughter Kathleen Thompson of Carrboro NC; daughter-in-law Ulla (Sjöberg) Thompson of Asheville NC; grandchildren Erik (Kate Holmes) Thompson of Seattle WA and Linda (Raven Rashap) Thompson of Missoula MT; niece Raeleen Horn of Naperville IL; lifelong friend Dorothy Martin of Otsego; and a loving contingent of family, friends and caregivers. Helen was preceded in death by husband Richard Thompson, son Allen Thompson and sister Lorain Horn. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church, Otsego, Pastor Josh Olson officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Home Cemetery.   The family requests that contributions be made to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church’s choir fund in Helen’s memory.  
 

Floyd Ryan

August 13, 2010

Floyd  Ryan

Floyd Ryan. age 47, of Plainwell, passed away Friday, August 13, 2010 in Plainwell. He was born April 18, 1963 in Marshall, the son of Fred and Ardith (Palmer) Ryan. Floyd was a good son and helped his mother when she needed it. He was there for her when no one else was. He loved to draw and was a good artist. As a child, Floyd repented and was baptized. Surviving are his mother, Ardith Oliver, a daughter, Jennifer Klingler and her mother, Joeanne Cavey; 1 sister and 2 brothers, Alycia Lovato, Duane and Carl Ryan; his grandmother, Donna Palmer; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Floyd was preceded in death by his father, his step-father, Daniel Oliver, a sister Angel Ryan and his grandfather, Arliff Palmer. A graveside service at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell was held Tuesday at 9:00 A.M., Rev. Willis Brown officiating.

Thomas E. Bent

August 13, 2010

Thomas E. Bent
Thomas E. Bent of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Friday, August 13, 2010, at his home. Mr. Bent was born July 2, 1931, in Kalamazoo to Forest and Dorothy (Reedman) Bent and was a lifelong resident of the area. In 1949 he graduated from OtsegoHigh School. Tom served his country in the Unites States Navy during the Korean War. Less than a month after his discharge he started working at Consumers Power Company, where he worked for almost 35 years. He began as a lineman and retired in 1987 as a supervisor. Tom enjoyed his airplane, fishing, hunting, traveling, gardening, his motorcycle, camping, canoeing and the great outdoors. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #345 and the Plainwell Pilots Association. On July 29, 1951, in Allegan he married the former Ruth Brown and they had celebrated 59 years together. Also surviving are four daughters, Dotty (Dale) Robidoux of Otsego, Teri (Mark) Tripp of Plainwell, Patti (Dan) Nienhuis of Holland and Linda (David) Rantz of Plainwell; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Bent of Oklahoma; 4 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Gary and Gerald Bent; and a sister, Betty Augustine. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the The Miracle Foundation.

Charles Irvin Pritchard

August 11, 2010

Charles Irvin Pritchard
Charles Irvin Pritchard of Allegan, Michigan passed away August 11, 2010 in Allegan. Mr. Pritchard was born May 3, 1930 in Gaylord to Isaac and Myrtle (Trowbridge) Pritchard. He had been a resident of Otsego for over 50 years. For many years he was employed as a drywall finisher. Charles enjoyed music and played lead guitar in country music bands in the area. He also enjoyed working on cars and was a very talented man who possessed a wide variety of skills. He was a generous person with a soft heart; a happy man who enjoyed joking around. He mentored his children his entire life. Charles loved fishing and was an artist who would try anything. He had been married to Nancy Lee Stocking and they had remained close friends throughout the years. Surviving are their children, Cheryl Marks of Otsego, Renee (Michael) Bos of Big Rapids, Chuck (Bobbi) Pritchard, Jr. of Vicksburg; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Louis and Troy Pritchard and Devier Wimple; a sister, Leona Davis; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Fushia Acre. Mr. Pritchard has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at V.F.W. Post #3030, Otsego, on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 2pm. Contributions in memory of Charles may be made to In House Hospice.

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