Leslie Bronson

September 29, 2013

Leslie Bronson

Leslie Bronson of Allegan, Michigan passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Wings Home in Allegan with his family by his side. Leslie was born January 17, 1948 in Plainwell, MI,  the son of James and Helen (Hagenbuch) Bronson. He enjoyed playing guitar, riding his Harley Davidson, collecting Harley Davidson memorabilia and he loved spending time with his family and his dog.

Survivors include his sisters, Denise (Rick) Chamberlain, Diane (Garry) Bouwman, Jayne (Vincent) Kellogg; sister-in-law, Donna Bronson; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, David Bronson.

Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Wings Home.

Messages of condolence for his family may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

David Bronson

September 27, 2013

David Bronson

David James Bronson of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013. Dave was born January 12, 1963 in Plainwell, the son of James and Helen (Hagenbuch) Bronson. He served his country in the US Navy.  Dave worked for 18 years at Molson Co. doing plastic injection molding.  He loved the LST-325, the World War II ship his father served on, and was the author of a book about Mosier’s Raiders. He was an avid horseman who loved his dogs and enjoyed playing guitar.

On September 25, 1995 at Bowens Mill in Barry Co. he married Donna Mae Cook who survives. Also surviving are his step-children, Travis L. Fox and James “J.D.” Fox both of Parchment; one grandson, Travis L. Fox III; Siblings, Leslie Bronson, Denise (Rick) Chamberlain, Diane (Garry) Bouwman, Jayne (Vincent) Kellogg; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held 11 A.M. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Trowbridge Methodist Cemetery with Father Jim Haack officiating. Military Honors will be presented by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of David may be made to LST-325, for additional information visit www.1stmemorial.org.

Messages of condolence for his family may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Nelson Norton

September 26, 2013

Nelson Norton

Nelson C. Norton of Otsego passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Allegan. Nelson was born April 1, 1935 in Leoma, TN to Carl and Dollie Norton. He served his country in the Air Force. Nelson worked for GM for 28½ years retiring in 1993. In his leisure time he enjoyed building model airplanes and had an interest in anything to do with planes and flying; he enjoyed working with wood; camping and spending time with his family. He was a member of Otsego Elks Lodge.

On January 29, 1972 he married Marilyn Filtenborg who survives. Also surviving are his children, William Norton of SC and Lucinda of Ohio; step children, Daniel (Lynn) Filtenborg of Shelbyville and Lisa Wheat of Three Rivers; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and his siblings, Bonnie, Carolyn, Louise and Fay. He was preceded in death by his parents. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service may be planned in the future.

Donations in memory of Nelson may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Tyler Burd

September 25, 2013

Tyler Burd

Tyler Edward “Burd Man” Burd  of Otsego, Michigan passed away Monday, September 23, 2013. Tyler was born September 16, 1996 in Plainwell. He enjoyed building BMX bikes, small engine work, fishing, and deer hunting, inspiring his intention to become a DNR officer. Tyler was a very hard worker who had a huge heart, often clearing snow and mowing yards for many of his neighbors.

Survivors include his parents, Tara (Scott Meisterheim) Belcher, Gary (Heather) Burd both of Otsego; step-father, Trent Szymanowski of Plainwell; siblings, Trey Szymanowski of Plainwell, Daelan and Hailey Burd of Otsego;  grandparents, Jim(Nancy) Belcher of Gulliver, Jerry (Cheryl) Burd of Otsego; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may meet with his family on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 3-6 P.M.at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A memorial service will be held at the Otsego High School Gymnasium on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 1pm with Tim Secord officiating. If you have any wearable camouflage please feel free to wear it as a tribute to Tyler.

Contributions in memory of Tyler may be made to the Otsego High School to benefit the Woods and Water Club.

Messages of condolence for his family may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Ruby Swinehart

September 23, 2013

Ruby Swinehart

Ruby Jewel (Ferguson) Swinehart of Otsego, MI passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013 at her home.  Ruby was born July 7, 1938 in Russell, AR the daughter of Oscar and Birdie (Udie) Ferguson. Ruby worked for Bronson Methodist Hospital for over 20 years. She enjoyed attending and working flea markets and she loved spending time with her grandchildren, especially having tea parties. In 1981 Ruby began seeing Kenneth E. Swinehart; on April 2, 1996 they were married.

Survivors include her husband, Ken; children, Robert Bowden of Otsego and Rickey Bowden of Kalamazoo; 22 grandchildren, including Jordan Levi Smith whom she raised as her son; 12 great grandchildren; siblings Viva Willis of WV, James Ferguson of Plainwell; step-children, Kaleen VanBuren, Terry Swinehart, Andrea Swinehart, Shara Swinehart; ex-daughter–in-law, Roberta Bowden and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Roman “Ben” Schrock and Kelli Jo Smith and siblings, Verda Lee “Dimples” Cox and William Ferguson.

Private family services will be followed with burial at Mt. Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

Donnavieve Westfield

September 16, 2013

Donnavieve Westfield

Donna (Reed) Westfield was born at home on December 8, 1921 to Walter and Florence (Julian) Reed. After dealing with the aftermath of a stroke for several months she joined the love of her life, Fred, in heaven on Sunday, September 15, 2013. While in high school Donna worked at Clyde Berry’s Grocery Store (later Dick’s Grocery) in Otsego. She enjoyed her work as cook and nanny while her husband Fred worked as handyman at the historic Bardeen family mansion. They lived in the carriage house there in their early years where their daughter Judy was born and five years later their second daughter Lorna came along. Donna worked at a fruit canning factory in Medford, OR during WW II and later worked at the Fram Company in Otsego (formerly Eady Shoe factory); the coating mill; the MacSimBar, folding egg filters and Span Brass. Donna enjoyed being a part of the Otsego UMC and helping with the Apple Dumplin’ Gang. Being a warm, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were her passions. She loved her flowers especially “Lilacs in the Spring”, working in her gardens and well-kept yard as well as watching and feeding the birds. She so enjoyed treating everyone who walked through her door with goodies and candy and playing cards, especially “horse and pony”. Her grandchildren and great grands were the joy of her life. Everyone called her the baby magnet. She was married to her loving husband Fred on July 19, 1941. They spent 67 years together until his passing on Christmas day in 2008.

Surviving are her daughters, Judy (Chuck) Kiel of Plainwell and Lorna (Craig) Sisson of Otsego; 5 grandchildren, Fred (Debbie) Kiel, Tim (Dana) Kiel, Angie (Mike) Galovan, Sarah (Mark) Rollandini and Stephen Craig (Abby) Sisson; 12 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Glenda Staley and Linda Clock and a brother Walt (Vivian) Reed; many well-loved nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, and sisters, Wilma Cushman, Peggy Rex and Maryann Reed.

Friends may meet with Donna’s family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego to celebrate her wonderful life on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Donnavieve may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Church or Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

 

 

Michael Haessig

September 16, 2013

Michael Haessig

Michael Haessig of Otsego, Michigan passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Allegan. Mr. Haessig was born October 28, 1923 in Kalamazoo, the son of Eugene and Melinda (Porter) Haessig. He was a Navy veteran of WW II. Michael worked at KVP, then Brown, then James River from 1941-1986, retiring as a foreman. He was a life member of the Otsego Elks, the Moose, the American Legion and the VFW Post #3030. He enjoyed softball, bowling, golfing, fishing, camping and traveling and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

On November 8, 1941 in Bloomingdale he married Gertrude Pauline Marks who preceded him in death in 2012. Surviving are 3 children, Lana (Daryl) Lucas of Ada, Patricia Crawford of Portage and Terri Bazzi of Vicksburg; 4 grandchildren, Steve, Scott, Mindy and Manal; 8 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a grandson Rex Ellis; 4 sisters, Margaret, Betty, Sara and Annie; 2 son-in-laws, Greg Crawford and Denny Babbitt.

Friends may meet with his family on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 10-11 A.M. until the time of the service at 11:00 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Kevin Sullivan officiating. Military Honors will be presented by VFW Post #3030 and the Navy Reserve. Burial will follow at 2 P.M. at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo.

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

Messages of condolence for his family may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Dorothy Digby

September 11, 2013

Dorothy Digby

Digby,Dorothy360Dorothy L. Digby of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Allegan. Mrs. Digby was born June 30, 1940, in Chicago to Larus and Ethel (Rumpf) Gislason.

She was employed with Angle Steel, then the AFC Home in Plainwell and then as a driver for the Allegan County Mental Health van. Her favorite leisure activity was horseback riding. She also enjoyed playing pool and yard sales. Most of all Dorothy loved being with her family.

On August 14, 1982, in Otsego she married Kenelm Digby, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Jim (Carol) Virnala of Delton, Dean (Trina) Madonia of Nashville, TN and Lori (John) Hostetler of Greenville, MI; seven grandchildren; three step-children, Mark Digby, Terri (Rick) Brumm and Chellie Digby, all of Otsego; 14 step-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Durkee of Minneapolis, MN; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two step-daughters, Penny Digby and Deb Cornell, and a sister, Judy Temp.

Friends may visit with her family from 10-11am Monday, September 16, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

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

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

Dorothy J. Martin

September 8, 2013

Dorothy J. Martin

Dorothy J. Martin passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Dorothy was born December 7, 1921 in Duncombe, Iowa the daughter of Lawrence and Geneva (McClain) Crouse. She had worked for Plainwell Paper for 30 years and in her leisure time enjoyed reading, gardening, homemaking and traveling. Dorothy was a member of the Otsego Church of God and enjoyed going to church and Sunday school. She was married to Bob Belden in 1940, they were together for 25 years.

In 1969 Dorothy married Theron “Butch” Martin. Butch and Dorothy had 36 years together before Butch preceded her in death in 2005. Dorothy is survived by her son Jeffrey (Tonnie) Belden; step-children, Kim Kanet and Jeff Martin; grandchildren, Andrea, Andrew, Brooke, Colleen, Chad and A.J.; 6 great-grandchildren; a half-sister, Reba Braswell and many close special friends. She was preceded by her husband Butch; son Douglas and siblings, Melvin, Carl, Nova, Ethel and Patricia.

Friends may meet with Dorothy’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, Pastor Jim Lemen officiating. Burial will follow at East Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland. Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Otsego Church of God or Christian Neighbors.

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

Donald Himelrick

September 4, 2013

Donald Himelrick

Donald C. Himelrick, Sr. of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in Allegan. Mr. Himelrick was born August 4, 1930, to Earl and Lillian (Chalmers) Himelrick.

Don graduated from Northeastern University and Burdett College, both in Massachusetts. For many years he was employed as comptroller/treasurer, first with Cabot, Cabot and Forbes in Boston, MA, and later with Meyer C. Weiner of Kalamazoo. Don loved his family. In his leisure time he enjoyed photography, cooking, camping, fishing, swimming and collecting toy trains. He had helped to establish the Kalamazoo Toy Train Co. Don was a member of the Assembly of God, Plainwell, where he served as church treasurer and director of the church’s homeless shelter.

On May 8, 1955 in Middleton, MA he married Loretta Luzinski, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters and a son, Joyce (John) Davis of Otsego, Sharon Dolfin of Bloomingdale, Lauren (Mark) Witsaman of Grand Rapids and Donald Chalmers (Bernadette) Himelrick, Jr. of Plainwell; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Angela, Danita, Nathaniel, Casey, Catherine, Donald III, Lillian, Blaise, Mara and Conrad; siblings, Robert (Carolyne) Himelrick of Florida, David Himelrick and Gail (Peter) Smith, both of Massachusetts; several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place . A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the Plainwell Assembly of God Church, 202 S. Sherwood Ave., Plainwell, Michigan. Don’s family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 11 A.M.  A luncheon immediately following the service will be at the Plainwell Community Center.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

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

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