Arlene Merica

September 30, 2011

Arlene Merica

Arlene Mae (Markle) of Plainwell, Michigan passed away Thursday, September 29, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Arlene was born July 21, 1927 in Paw Paw to Arloe and Theresa (Brown) Markle.

Family was everything to Arlene, her door was always open. If somebody needed a place to stay or just a Sunday meal, you were always welcome. She was born into a farming family. Her father worked the fields and right beside him was Arlene. She learned to harness the horses and drive the brand new tractor her father bought and the family still owns. Arlene enjoyed school and then working. She was left to support 3 young children after her husband, Richard, whom she married April 12, 1947 in Ft. Wayne, IN, passed in 1964. She was employed with Shakespeare, KVP Sutherland/Brown Paper Co., Alamo Nursing Home, Abode Building and day care after her retirement. Arlene loved to stay busy by visiting relatives, shopping and traveling, her most recent trip being to Arizona with daughter, Nancy, to visit her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Bob Burrows. Arlene loved driving, taking many trips to visit relatives in Chicago, Florida and Missouri. Traffic to her was nothing. She could tell you directions to anywhere you wanted to go. Her memory was amazing, In her later years Arlene surrounded herself with her photos, all in individual frames, some from the past and others, relatives have sent her in cards with small updates of their lives. She said that when she felt lonely, they would keep her company. Often she would just gaze at them and you could tell the memories of good times they shared would start flooding back. Arlene was a family historian, researching the Markle family back to the 1500’s. Her family tree book, with facts and photos, took up much of her living room, but she loved having them close for reference or for updating. Her latest page being of her 4th great great granddaughter, Alexi Leigha Snyder, all 3 lbs. and 14 ozs. of her!

Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Richard C. Merica, Glenn A. (Kim) Merica and Nancy L. Merica; 7 grandchildren, Ann Merica, Sue DeWitt, Matt Merica, Karen Howard, Glenn, Dan and Bruce Merica; 14 great grandchildren, Amy Snyder, Becky Schneider, Justin Rapey, Danielle and Ashley DeWitt, Michael Williams, Brynn and Brody Merica, Taylor and JaLyn Tran, Avari Merica, Damien Bowser, Jaden Vinton and Kylynne Merica; 4 great great grandchildren, Alycia and Alexi Snyder, Matthew and Jordon Schneider; siblings, Dorthy Merica, Betty (Jim) Hamilton, Dick (Elida) Markle, Don (Helen) Markle, Joyce VanAtta, Carole (Bob) Burrows, June (Steve) Anson and Linda (Lynn) Wolf; a brother-in-law, Ted Ransbottom; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard O. Merica in 1964; two sisters, Donna Ransbottom and Shirley Markle; a brother, Art Markle; sister-in-law, Nora Markle and brothers-in-law, Melvin, James, George, Howard and Joe Merica.

Friends may visit with her family from 1 to 4 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, with Pastor Kathy Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of Arlene may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Norman K. Hughes

September 29, 2011

Norman K. Hughes

Norman K. Hughes of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2011, in Plainwell. Mr. Hughes was born March 12, 1924 in Otsego to Harry and Vera (Keech) Hughes and was a lifelong resident of the area.

During WWII he served his country in the U.S. Navy. For many years he worked for Pickett & Squire and then Millbocker Construction as an operating engineer and as a crane operator in commercial construction and building roads. In his leisure time he often dug ponds, cleared land and did other excavation work just because he enjoyed it. Norm was a member of the V.F.W., the American Legion and the Otsego Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, farming and fixing things.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Joyce Hughes of Plainwell; a daughter and a son, Susan K. (Gregory) Temple of Allegan and Norman “Chip” “Ray” Hughes of Otsego; 9 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings, Margaret Crane, Ruth Thornton, Lee Hughes and James Hughes; a sister-in-law, Kate Hughes; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter and 2 sons, Sharon Lee Hughes, Mark Richard Hughes and Michael Eugene Hughes; and siblings, Harry, Ray, Steve, Darl, Mary and Wayne. Friends may visit with his family from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

Contributions in memory of Norm may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Mary Burroughs

September 28, 2011

Mary Burroughs

Mary Burroughs of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Plainwell. Mrs. Burroughs was born January 31, 1921 in Salem Twp., Allegan County to Gerrit and Gertie (Harmsen) Kleinbrink. Mary was a lifelong homemaker who loved being with her family and playing cards. She enjoyed her homes in Otsego and Gun Lake, where she enjoyed yard work, especially clearing brush and burning it.

On February 5, 1938 in Kalamazoo she married Orrin “Tex” Burroughs, who died in 1992. Also preceding her in death were two brothers and a sister, Frank Kleinbrink, Harold “Butch” Kleinbrink and Mona Robinson.

Surviving are a son and two daughters, Orrin “Frank” (Judy) Burroughs and Barbara (Robert) Broadhurst, both of Otsego, and Sharon (Larry) Thompson of Gun Lake; five granddaughters, Sheri (Greg) LaForge of Plainwell, Theresa (Ted) Budzilek of Wayland, Susan Branch, Amy Anderson and Kristen (Don) Nielsen, all of Otsego; two step-grandchildren, Tod Thompson of TN and Tammy (Jon) Schultz of Kalamazoo; 14 great-grandchildren, Eric and Kevin LaForge of Plainwell, Carly, Sydney and Halley Anderson of Otsego, Allison and Sarah Branch of Otsego, Katie and Matt Schultz of Kalamazoo, Arika, Kyle and Kamron Thompson of TN, Lindsey and Karlie Nielsen of Otsego; two sisters-in-law, Mary Kleinbrink and Betty Phillips; a brother-in-law, Robert (Joan) Burroughs; many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Graveside Service at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 4, 2011 with Pastor Jason Thiel officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Ted Czerwinski

September 26, 2011

Ted Czerwinski

Ted H. Czerwinski of Otsego, Michigan passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011 at his home. Ted was born October 12, 1916 in Camden, New Jersey to Karol and Tillie (Zdunkiewicz) Czerwinski. He grew up in Hamtramck where he graduated from high school. Ted served in the Air Force on a B-24 bomber in a specialized ‘Snooper’ squadron during WWII. In his younger years, he was an amateur boxer. For over 40 years, he operated Ted’s Heating and Cooling Service. He was a member of St. Margaret’s Church, Otsego Rotary Club and the Otsego Elks Club. On June 10, 1944 at St. Margaret’s Church in Otsego he married Wilma Sines and they renewed their vows at St. Margaret’s on their 50th anniversary. In his later years he enjoyed camping and fishing with Wilma at their trailer up north. Ted also looked forward to his annual WW II Snooper Squadron reunions.

Surviving are a nephew David Kivell and his wife Kelly of Allegan; nieces, Catlyn Thomas of Nashville, TN, Valerie (Czerwinski) and her husband Mike Zinis of Marquette, MI; a nephew Roger Maciborski and his wife Annette, of Louisville, KY; many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Wilma; 2 sisters and 1 brother, Valentine, Clara and Henry.

Friends may meet with his family on Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego,where services will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego with military honors by V.F.W. Post #3030 and Michigan Army National Guard.

Contributions in memory of Ted may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

Condolences may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

John Horton

September 25, 2011

John Horton

Passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011 in Plainwell. John was born July 10, 1930 in Detroit, the son of Edward and Jessi (Gordon) Horton.

He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. For 29 years he was employed with General Motors, retiring in 1996.

On April 3, 1954, in Otsego, he married Lois Root, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons, Ernest (Jan) Horton, Ron Horton, all of Plainwell, Douglas (Sally) Horton of Kalamazoo; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Margaret (Monty) Miller of Florida.

Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service at Hillside Cemetery will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego Church of God or Life Care Center.

Messages of condolence may be left at http://www.winkelfuneralhome.com/

Burtie Deneau

September 22, 2011

Burtie Deneau

Burtie L. Deneau of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Deneau was born December 13, 1928 in Otsego to Alfred and Ethel (Fox) Rice and was a 1947 graduate of Otsego High School.

Burtie was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego. For over 20 years she volunteered at Borgess Hospital, where she had served as president of Borgess Associates. In her leisure time she enjoyed knitting and crocheting, canning vegetables, traveling, Labor Day Mackinac Bridge walks over 20 times and shopping, always buying items on sale. More than anything she loved her family and grandchildren. Burtie was a wonderful woman and will be missed by her friends and family.

On July 5, 1949 in Angola, IN she married her beau of two weeks, James Deneau, and they had celebrated 62 years together. In addition to her husband, Burtie is survived by two sons, Thomas and Jacqueline Deneau of Watervliet and James and Ellyn Deneau of Alamo; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Martin and Margaret Filkins; a half-sister, Nancy (Ron) Feniger; a half-brother, Jim (Janice) Rice; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, David James Deneau in 1989; a sister, Pauline Coradini; and a brother, Alfred Rice.

Friends may visit with her family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego on Sunday from 5 to 8 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, Pastor David Youngs officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Burtie may be made to Susan B. Komen for the Cure or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Edward Laws, Sr.

September 21, 2011

Edward Laws, Sr.

Edward J. Laws, Sr. of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at his home. Mr. Laws was born February 23, 1922 in Otsego to Harry and Ethel (Emry) Laws and was a lifelong resident of the area.

During WWII he served in the U.S. Army, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Purple Heart. For many years he was employed with K.V.P. Sutherland Paper Co. in Kalamazoo. Ed raised and hauled livestock until he was 82 and had also worked for Otsego Township for 15 years.

On October 6, 1984 in Allegan he married Virginia (Phelps) Kelley, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Edward Jr. (Marti) Laws of Bolivia, NC; Allen (Karin) Laws of Otsego, John (Michele) Laws of Gobles, Jessie (Ed) Jankowiak of Otsego and Paul (Tina) Laws of Allegan; three step-daughters, Kathy (Randy) Arman, Glenda Kelley and Kimberly Kelley, all of Allegan; 48 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Altha (Burdette) Belcher of Kalamazoo; a brother, Bill Laws of Mattawan; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Barb Morrell in 2009; and four brothers, Howard, Robert, Harry and Richard.

In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego, with Rev. David Reed officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Ed may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Michael Allison

September 21, 2011

Michael Allison

Michael ‘Korea’ Allison of Plainwell, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Michael was born to Sgt. Ivan and Cho Bok (Yi) Allison, in Tang-Jin, S. Korea. He was raised there, until 1993, when he came to Camden, New Jersey. He came to Michigan in 1995, and became a member of a chosen family through Harvey and Carol Visser. He lived in Plainwell, and worked for Spartan Stores Graphic Services as a web press operator for 12 years. He was a devoted father of 3, and took great joy in raising them. He was firm and affectionate. It was important to Michael that his children be responsible, educated and have useful skills that they could benefit from. He was an avid sportsman, who was good at everything he attempted, however softball was his passion. Whether he was coaching or playing, his joy of the game was infectious. To know Mike was to love Mike. He was very giving of himself and accepting of others. He will be greatly missed by all his many, many, MANY friends.

Surviving are his children, Kirah Pinkman of New Jersey (G.R.), Donovan and Kyra Allison of Plainwell; his father, Sgt. Ivan Allison of Berlin, New Jersey; brothers and sisters, Jin-Hee Lee of S. Korea, Micheol (Nicole) Kang of Otsego, Kathleen (Dan) Cunningham of Portage, Marcia (John) Beare of Martin, Barbara (Dan) Boersma of Allegan, Dale (Amy) Visser of Hudsonville, Shannon Visser of Holland, and Melissa Dalrymple of Otsego; his God daughter, Kayla Shook; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins in Michigan, New Jersey and S. Korea. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cho Bok (Yi) Allison.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with Elder John Lanphear officiating. Cremation will follow the funeral services, and he will be going home to S. Korea to be laid to rest with his mother.

Contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation (which helps mixed-racial children that are victims of discrimination.)

Messages of condolence may be left at www.winkelfuneralhome.com

Hattie Stetler

September 16, 2011

Hattie Stetler

Hattie E. Stetler of Delton, MI passed away Friday, September 16, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family. Hattie was born in Otsego, MI on January 27, 1923 to George and Zina (Willson) Titus. Hattie had worked for Shakespear in Kalamazoo, for the telephone company and had worked several different jobs around the area over the years. She enjoyed volunteering, dancing and had belonged to the Moose Lodge in Kalamazoo.

Hattie was united in marriage in 1941 to Robert Stetler, who preceded her in death in 1965. Also preceding her in death were her parents; son, George Stetler; daughter, Zina Lewis; grandson, David Lewis and siblings, Caroline “Maxine” Stockwell, Lee, Charlie and Merlin Titus.

Surviving are her daughter, Alta “Cookie” Muir of Delton; grandchildren, Andy (Cami) Lewis, Sandy (Matt) Thorne, Bob Stetler and Jessica Stetler; great-grandchildren, Cali, Casi and Nicholas and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with her family on Monday from 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 11a.m. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Hattie may be made to the Barry Community Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Rickey Lynch, Sr.

September 14, 2011

Rickey Lynch, Sr.

Rickey Jeff Lynch, Sr., of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Rickey was born July 4, 1958 in Plainwell to John Sr,. and Joy (Brauer) Lynch and was a lifetime resident of the area. Right out of high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for a short time, receiving a medical discharge. He remained patriotic the rest of his life.

For ten years he was employed with Fabri-Kal and then with Boylan’s Golf Cart as a traveling service mechanic for 11 years. In his leisure time he loved golfing, motorcycle riding, fishing, playing pool, camping, Jack Daniels and being with his friends. More than anything he loved his family. Rickey was a member of the Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030 and the Otsego Moose Lodge #345.

On May 21, 1994 in Otsego he married Vickey Dines, who survives. Also surviving are his mother, Joy Stowell; his children, Rickey (Jamie) Lynch, Jr. of Kalamazoo, Christina Lynch of Kalamazoo, Terri (Jesse) Stout of Plainwell, Tyrel Caldwell of Portage and Danyel Caldwell of Otsego; 12 grandchildren; his siblings, David (Joni) Lynch of Augusta, John (Yvonne) Lynch, Jr. of Gobles and Dawn King of Otsego; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, John Lynch, Sr., and his step-father, Lloyd Stowell.

Friends may visit with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Rickey may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Moose Heart. Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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