Linda Dean

November 30, 2011

Linda Dean

Linda L. Dean of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Linda was born November 13, 1942 in Watson Township, the daughter of Ira and Mildred (Pierce) VanHouten.

For several years she was employed with Harding’s Market in Otsego.

Surviving are her husband, Paul; a daughter Paula Dean of Allegan; a son Tom Dean of Otsego; 3 sisters, Lois, Lola and Suzie.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice.

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

Glenna Burkett

November 27, 2011

Glenna Burkett

Glenna Lucille Worden Burkett was released from this earthly life to her heavenly home on November 26, 2011. Mrs. Burkett was born October 30, 1920, in Payne, OH to Rev. Lester and Esther Worden. Glenna was a licensed foster mother and caregiver to numerous children. She served in a variety of areas at the Otsego Church of God; as the first Librarian, starting the Mothers’ Club, a Bible School Director, as a Sunday School Teacher and vocalist. Two records were made from her special songs in 1948. She also enjoyed embroidering, artex painting, plants and most importantly her family. On August 25, 1939 in Lincoln, IL she married Milton J. Burkett who preceded her in death 1998.

Surviving are her daughters, Rita (Jim) Arnsman of Otsego and  Jean (Ron) Phelps of Plainwell; daughter-in-law, Dee Burkett; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank (Mary) Worden, Harlan (Norma) Worden, Sr. and H. David (Wanda) Worden, Sr. and a sister-in-law, Bea Worden.

Preceding her in death was her son Wendell in 2010, granddaughter, Laureen; 2 brothers, Ralph and Russell Worden; 2 sisters, Phyllis Ballew and Donna Thomas.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Life Care Center for the last 1 ½ years of special care to Glenna.

Friends may visit with Glenna’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the Church of God, Otsego, Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating.

Contributions in memory of Glenna may be made to the Women of the Otsego Church of God Children’s Christmas Ministry.

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

Jeffrey Watkins

November 22, 2011

Jeffrey Watkins

Jeffrey H. “Jeff” Watkins of Alamo Township, Michigan passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Jeff was born June 23, 1962 in Kalamazoo, the son of Norris and Sandra (Sabo) Watkins. He was a 1980 graduate of Otsego High School where he excelled in athletics. Jeff loved his family. He was very involved with his children and enjoyed auto racing. He and his father owned and operated Watkins Machine Shop until Jeff could no longer work there.

On June 23, 1990 in Plainwell, he married Stephanie Warner, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children, Alexandra and Harold, both of Alamo; his parents, Norris and Sandra Watkins of Cooper Township; Sibling, Julie of Fitzsburg, MI, Stacie of Detroit and Matthew of Plainwell; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with his family from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 AM, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Borgess Medical Center Spiritual Care.

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

Richard Dooley

November 21, 2011

Richard Dooley

Richard ‘Dick’ Dooley of Otsego, Michigan passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Dooley was born May 10, 1944 in Kalamazoo to Robert and Patricia (Cleland) Dooley and was a lifelong resident of the area. In 2009 Dick retired from ARVCO Container where he worked for 30 years as a truck driver. He was a 40 year member of the Otsego Moose Lodge #345.

On March 14, 1970 in Kalamazoo he married Janice King who survives. Also surviving are his children, Robin (Steve) Folk of Otsego, Leroy (Sue) Johnson of Martin, Sherry (Dave) Meyer, Dawn (John) Raulston, Robert Johnson, Richard Dooley, Jr. and Becky (Mike) Staley all of Otsego; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister Betsy (Bob) Scott of FL and a brother Robert (Darlene) Dooley of Beaver Island. Preceding him in death were his parents and a grandson, James Raulston.

In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 P.M. at the Otsego Moose Lodge.

Contributions in memory of Dick may be made to Moose Heart or Moose Haven.

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

Gloria Sinkler

November 21, 2011

Gloria Sinkler

Gloria Sinkler of Otsego, Michigan passed away Friday, November 18, 2011 at her home. Mrs. Sinkler was born December 7, 1959 in Kalamazoo to Robert and Mary (Hoort) DeKoekkoek. She was a 1978 graduate of Plainwell High School, enjoyed music, child care and was loved by many. On July 13, 1979 in Plainwell she married David Sinkler who survives; also surviving are 3 children, Penny (Darren) Kinsler of Kalamazoo, Phyllis (Mike) Brant of Plainwell and Dan Sinkler of Otsego; 7 grandchildren, Maliki, Damien, Trinity, Willie, Aurora, Shara and Orion; her parents, Robert and Mary DeKoekkoek; 3 brothers, Doug DeKoekkoek, Steve DeKoekkoek and Jimmy DeKoekkoek and a sister, Carol Moreno. She was preceded by a brother Denny DeKoekkoek.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 22 at North Park Reformed Church, Gary DeKoekkoek officiating.

Contributions in memory of Gloria may be made to BCCCP, 3299 Gull Rd., P.O. Box 42, Nazareth, MI 49074-0042 or Calvary Community Church, 317 -- 12th St., Plainwell, MI 49080.

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

Helen Johnson

November 21, 2011

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson of Hendersonville, NC, formerly of Otsego, Michigan passed away Friday, November 18, 2011 at her son’s home with her Hospice nurses and family by her side. Helen was born September 17, 1919 in Auburn, IN to Ervin and Frances (Cool) Pion. She had worked for A&P Grocery in Otsego and McPherson’s Plastics, retiring in 1987. In her leisure time, she enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 1937, in LaGrange, IN, she married Robert Johnson, Sr. who preceded her in death in 1994.

Helen is survived by her son, Robert (Elizabeth) Johnson of Hendersonville, NC; 3 grandchildren: Michael Johnson of Washington, DC, Debra (Chris) Clancy of Ludington, MI and Sarah French of Paw Paw, MI; 3 great-grandchildren: Tori and Erin Clancy and Molly French; 4 sisters: Margaret Powers, Sharon Shattuck, Cheryl (Jerry) Burd and Sally Judd; a very special sister-in-law: Mary Pion, many nieces and nephews and very attentive neighbors, Steve, Terri and Chuck.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by her siblings: Wesley Pion, James Pion, Alice Taylor, Howard Pion, Kay Ramp and Charles “Butch” Pion.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service and Burial of Ashes will be held at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego, on April 28, 2012 at 11 A.M.

Contributions in memory of Helen may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731

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

John Arthur ‘Johnny’ Laster

November 20, 2011

John Arthur ‘Johnny’ Laster

John Arthur ‘Johnny’ Laster of Plainwell passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011 in Allegan. Mr. Laster was born May 17, 1918 in Scobey, Mississippi to Benjamin and Ruth (Denmun) Laster.

He served in the Army in Germany during WW II. Johnny was a Boy Scout leader, enjoyed camping, hunting and riding his tractors. He retired from Eaton Mfg. then worked for Midwest Motors.

Surviving are his children, Jack (Teri) Laster of Chase, Jan (Russ) Chapman of Plainwell, Jim Laster of Allegan and Jerry (Fran) Laster of Plainwell; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his wife Charlene in 2000 and 2 brothers, Eugene and Ben Eddy Laster.

Friends may visit with Johnny’s family from 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, Pastor Ray Brown officiating. Military Honors by V.F.W. Post 3030. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Johnny may be made to the Memory Care Unit Allegan Co. Medical Care Community.

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

Beulah K. Trolard

November 18, 2011

Beulah K. Trolard

 Beulah K. Trolard of Alamo passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Plainwell. Mrs. Trolard was born September 15, 1914 in Bloomfield, IN to Edward and Daisy (Noel) Johnston.

 For 60 years Beulah grew and sold pumpkins, watermelons and onions selling them at her vegetable stand until she was 95 years old. She also raised chickens and German Shepherd dogs.

 On July 4, 1935 in Belleville, IL she married Hubert ‘Dutch’ Trolard who preceded her death. Surviving are 3 sons Hubert Jr. ‘Bert’ (Loretta) Trolard of Oshtemo, William (Nancy) Trolard of Alamo and James (Brenda) Trolard of Allegan; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, Everett, Jay and Frank Johnston and her sisters Bessie Kalkbrenner and Mable Dexter.

Friends may visit with Beulah’s family from 2 to 4 P.M. and 6 to 8 P.M. Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, Rev. Fr. Donald P. Klingler officiating. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Beulah may be made to St. Margaret’s Catholic Church Building Fund.
Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Judith Palmer

November 16, 2011

Judith Palmer

Judith A. Palmer of Plainwell, Michigan, died Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at her residence. She was born May 31, 1942, in Hastings, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (Woodman) Palmer.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Bonnie Kenfield; and one granddaughter.

She is survived by her partner of 23 years, Robert Fuller of Plainwell; her daughter, Deborah (Gary) Roys of Plainwell; 10 grandchildren , including, Jessica Andrews of Plainwell, Christina Loviska of Jackson, Lisa (James) Decker of Marylnad, Jason (Syndy) Roys of Indiana, Andrea ( Juan) Cruz of Alabama; Bob’s children, Michael (Jackie) Fuller of Rapid River, Michigan, Vicki Fuller of Plainwell, Debbie Ellis of Kalamazoo and Sheri Dillon of Kalamazoo; nine great-grandchildren, including Addison, Julian and Hope; brother, Paul (Elaine) Palmer of Virginia; and her best friend and sister of the heart, Alice Munk of Portage.

The family will meet friends for lunch and memories at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 19th, at the Gun Plain Township Hall, 381 – 8th St., Plainwell, Michigan.

Rather than send flowers we  ask that donations be made to Christian Neighbors, P.O. Box 53, Plainwell, MI 49080.

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

Lenard Kling

November 16, 2011

Lenard Kling

Lenard J. Kling of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at his home. Mr. Kling was born October 16, 1932 in Otsego Township to Charles and Ida (Herbst) Kling and was a lifelong resident of the area. During the Korean War Lenard served his country in the U.S. Army.

On June 4, 1953 in Otsego he married the former Patricia Stephens, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Lenard Kling, Jr. and Kevin (Shelley) Kling, both of Otsego; granddaughters Amanda (Wayne) Vandenburg of Clarksville and Randi (Joe Gauthier) Kling of Plainwell; sisters, Caroline Kling and Irene Haas, both of Otsego; his brother, Richard (Ann) Kling of Plainwell ; sisters-in-law, Glenda Kling of Olivet and Shirley Kling of Plainwell; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his siblings, Esther (Bill) Peterson, Minnie (Norman) Pike, Carl (Irma) Kling, Alice (Clare) Drake, Ray (Wanda) Kling, Ed Kling and Don Kling.

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 on Saturday at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Mark Minegar officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

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

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

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