David Chappell

May 29, 2015

David Chappell

David L. Chappell of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Kalamazoo. David was born August 15, 1927 in Kalamazoo to Floyd McNair and Margaret Marie (Kelly) Chappell. He graduated from St. Augustine High School and attended Western Michigan University. David was an Army Veteran of WWII serving as a radio operator in the occupational force in Japan. For many years he was employed with Local #357 Plumber Pipefitters and served as Superintendent during the construction of the Cook and Palisades Nuclear Plants. He was a former member of the Plainwell Lions Club and the Otsego Elks and had served as a St. Margaret School Board Member. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus #7796 and had served as Grand Knight and received the Knight of the Year award several times. Dave had built several of his homes and in his leisure time he enjoyed sailing on Lake Michigan and Pine Lake.

On September 30, 1950 at St. Augustine’s in Kalamazoo he married Marilyn Elizabeth Allen, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Gregory (Jodi Voss) of Yakima, WA, Jeff (Char) of Plainwell, Jennifer (Tim) Mitchell of Otsego, David (Gail Harmon) of Shelbyville, Nancy (John) Eaton of Kalamazoo and Joel (Cynthia) of Otsego; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle in 1984; a granddaughter, Erica Mitchell in 2009; a great-granddaughter, Audrey Mellis in 2011; and siblings, Robert, Betty Johnson, Richard, Paul, James, Fredric and Gerald.

Friends may meet with David’s family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, with a Rosary at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret Catholic Church Monday, June 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, Otsego, with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of David may be made to St. Margaret School, or Knights of Columbus #7796.

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

 

 

John Avery

May 26, 2015

John Avery

John F. Avery of Kalamazoo, MI passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 14, 2015 at his home in Kalamazoo. John was born August 18, 1948 in Kalamazoo to Willard and Goldie (Griffith) Avery and was raised by his grandparents Pauline and Forrest Griffith. John served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam and was honorably discharged as a decorated Corpral. John had worked as a bouncer for many years at Bresa del Rio, a local country line dance club and had also worked on the bull gang at Georgia Pacific. John enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and bird watching. In his spare time he was an avid gun collector and loved watching movies and spending time with his best friend and caregiver, Monica Henry and her family.

He is survived by his sisters Paula (Thomas) Brindley of Kalamazoo and Marchelle Poe of Alabama; several nieces and nephews and his friend, Monica (Mark) Henry and their children, Victoria and Makayla. He was preceded in death by his parents; step father, Richard VanAvery; aunts, uncles and siblings, Charles Robert LeRoy Sanders, Carl, Walt, Rosemary, Blanche and Charles.

Burial with military honors will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI at 1pm.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to his account at GoFundMe.

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

Penny L. Goodacre

May 14, 2015

Penny L. Goodacre

Penny went to be with her Lord and Savior suddenly on May 13, 2015.

Penny was born August 29, 1954 in Kalamazoo; the daughter of Donald and Georgia Young. A 1972 graduate of Otsego High School, Penny enjoyed reading mystery novels, had a passion for sewing, working crossword puzzles and gardening. She loved her first winter in Florida riding bikes and walking along the beach with the love of her life.  On October 4, 1975, Penny married her high-school sweetheart Robert Goodacre who survives.

Penny is also survived by her daughters Vanessa (Steve) Sawyer and Nicole (John) Wagner, her mother Georgia Young, her sisters and brother Susan Keyzer, Nancy Corradini, Theresa Summers, Ronald (Ruth) Young, Amy (Brian) Tetreault-Blok, 3 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Penny was reunited with her loving father Donald, mother-in-law Phyllis, father-in-law Robert Sr., and brothers-in-law Gary Keyzer, Sonny Fairfield, Dennis Corradini, John Summers and Shawn Tetreault, who preceded her in death.

Penny was a kind-hearted, passionate, loving wife and mother who always put her family first. Her loved ones fondly remember celebrating many holidays in her home, her meticulously hand-crafted baby clothes, and the unconditional love for her mother amongst many others.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 17th at 1p.m. at the Otsego Moose Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be accepted at the Otsego Moose Lodge 345 or VFW Post 3030, Otsego, MI.

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

Stephen C. Westin

May 14, 2015

Stephen C. Westin

Stephen Charles Westin was born in San Diego, California on March 18, 1944. At age 4 he moved with his grandparents to Freeport, Minnesota where he resided until age 14.  Freeport is a rural farming community and this is where Steve began his love for the soil and all things connected to the Earth. One of his favorite pastimes was walking through the fields in the spring collecting rocks and keeping the interesting ones to add to his collection. Steve was introduced to the fascinating world of astronomy by his neighbor who owned a telescope and loved sharing the mysteries of the universe with everyone.

Steve’s grade school training was at Sacred Heart and thanks to the Benedictine Nuns and under the guidance of a kind Benedictine Priest, Father Lionus, he learned the value of living a moral and ethical life and those same values have directed him throughout his life.

At age 14 Steve moved back to San Diego with his parents and attended University High and Grossmont High School.  Coming from a school with less than 100 children in the entire school to high schools with 1000’s in each grade was definitely a shock. Due to his upbringing, Steve was able to remain focused on his academics and embraced the different cultures. After high school Steve moved to Berkeley and worked with his father on moving vans learning 3D packing and loading. This is where he realized his ability to master space and saw it as a challenge and a mathematical puzzle.

Steve joined the Army and was trained in Helicopter Mechanics. He obtained the rank of SP5 and also served as a Flight Operations Specialist. While in Vietnam Steve visited the Buddhist monastery often, he was curious and wanted to learn more about the culture. While talking with the Buddhist Monks he asked if he could study under them, they told him to go out and “study his way first”.

Returning from Vietnam, Steve was stationed in Oklahoma in the Legal Department, JAG. One of his duties included serving papers to prisoners. On one of those occasions, a prisoner handed Steve a book by P. D. Ouspensky, “The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution”, which eventually led him to the discovery and studies of the Fourth Way developed by G. I. Gurdjieff.

Steve used the G. I. Bill to continue his education at San Diego State University where he majored in Geology.  His degree in Geology secured him a position with Megcobar a division for Dresser Industries. He received cutting-edge training in their Petro Division which earned him a certificate and title of “Mud Engineer”. Working on the first Geothermal and High Pressure wells in El Centro and Geyser areas he helped develop the method used for drilling these types of wells. After several years in the “field” Steve reached a pivotal juncture; he was very ill and the doctors had no real answers on what could be done to help him. It was at this time Steve took control of his life.

He met an elderly woman at a health food store that changed his life!  She introduced him to the teachings of Dr. Carey Reams. Steve continued working and attended many classes Dr. Reams presented in the 70’s and until Dr. Reams death. Steve is convinced that learning and living “Reams Biological Theory of Ionization” transformed not only his health, but his entire life.  Dr. Reams had inspired Steve not only to change his lifestyle but to share his knowledge of RBTI as taught to him by Dr. Reams.

Steve had been introduced to many other sciences such as;  Orgone by Wilhelm Reich, electricity by Nicola Tesla, color by Col. Dinshah, radionics by Peter Kelly, Body Electronics by Dr. Robert Becker, Iridology by Dr. John Ray, water by Viktor Schauberger and Johann Grander in Austria, ley lines by Ken Killik and many others.  Steve was fascinated with these sciences and wanted to dedicate more time to study and gain knowledge of their practical uses in everyday living. He then made the decision to resign from his position with Dresser Industries.

Steve’s next stop was Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he developed and implemented his years of study working with dairy farmers and turning that knowledge into the wisdom.  In the past 30 plus years Steve has built a reputation as a master teacher, lecturer and developer of products to bring soil, plant, animal (2 & 4 legged) to their highest genetic potential, Steve termed this process as ionic-bio plating. His ultimate prayer is to share his knowledge and understanding of healthy living and good food, providing the tools needed to help others understand that food must be grown/raised by a husband/wife of the soil.  The ancient ones engineered everything in their lives and practiced good science, which is why they lived for hundreds of years.

Steve resided in Otsego, Michigan with his wife Mare` and grown children, spouses and grandchildren. Steve has dedicated his life to these sciences and continues to develop and share his knowledge with others. He has been very busy teaching, lecturing, and working with people of all walks of life. Steve lectures on many types of sciences and teaches them purely with respect to each “Master” in their particular field. It is in the development and practical implementation that Steve uses the term “the harmonious development of art and sciences” in which he combines his knowledge of all the sciences and intertwines them to create a harmonious environment.

 

Stephen Charles Westin is survived by his wife, Mare (Wangerin) Westin; daughters, Brenda Conrad and Amanda (Conrad) Banas and her husband Anthony Banas; grandchildren, Zachary Conrad, Mackenzie Banas, Samantha Banas, and Meagan (Banas) Wolters and her husband Nick Wolters; great-granddaughter, Paige West; as well as close family friend thought of as a daughter, Debra Keeley and her Husband Glen Keeley along with their children Ryan and Jordan Keeley. Steve is preceded in death by his father, “Big “Chuck; his mother, Joan and a brother, Terry.  Stevie will be missed dearly by all that knew him and the knowledge that we will now have to work for.

A private family burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.  With Military Honors by Otsego American Legion Post #84.  A celebration to honor Steve’s life will be held later this summer. Please check his website www.stevewestin.com for dates.  Contributions in memory of Steve may be made to Mercury One, Judicial Watch, Freedom Works or to the American Legion Post #84, Otsego.  Messages of condolence may be posted at www.winkelfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Beldon

May 11, 2015

Mildred Beldon

Mildred M. Beldon  passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at her home in Trowbridge Township. She was born May 31, 1931 in Allegan the daughter of DeForest and Marion (Schuler) Myers.

For many years she owned and operated Millie’s Aloha Restaurant until her retirement in October 1993. In her spare time Mildred enjoyed gardening, sewing, scrapbooking to make cards, and all kinds of crafts from left over sewing projects. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

On December 18, 1948 at the Otsego Baptist Church she married Floyd Beldon who passed away in 1980. Surviving are her children, Joann (James) Lumbard, Jean (Don) Thompson, Judy (Dale) Thompson and Joy (Kenneth) Darby; 10 grandchildren, Kim Milbocker, James Lumbard II, Ryan Thompson, Ike Thompson, Sy Thompson, Jason, Anthony and Jonathan Beldon, Kathleen Emmons and Haley Emmons and by her 8 great-grandchildren, Dakota Milbocker, Jessica Lumbard, McKenzie Thompson, Ava Jo Thompson, Dade Beldon, Noah Beldon, Natalie Beldon and Andrew Beldon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd; son, Thomas Beldon in 2003; her infant daughter, Jill; and by her infant granddaughter, Jody.

Friends may visit with Mildred’s family Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6 PM-8 PM at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM with Pastor James Davis officiating. Honors by VFW Post #3030 Ladies Auxiliary. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Mildred may be made to 4-H Camp Kidwell.

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

 

 

Liliana M. R. Hughes

May 11, 2015

Liliana M. R. Hughes

Liliana passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

She was born February 2, 2015 the daughter of Kevin Temple and Roxanne Hughes. Surviving are her parents; siblings, Kira Hughes age 9, Tritin Hughes age 7 and Jasmine Hughes age 2; grandparents, Gregory and Susan Temple, Donna Ward and Chyanna Hughes; several aunts and uncles including, Eric and Rosanna Rittenhouse; several cousins.

A private visitation and service will be held with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Liliana may be made to Fatty Oxidation Disorder Support Group, PO Box 54, Okemos, MI 48805.

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

Leonora ‘Lee’ Opperman

May 9, 2015

Leonora ‘Lee’ Opperman

Leonora ‘Lee’ Opperman passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Lee was born December 25, 1934 in Kalamazoo to Eric and Esther (Roekle) Puschel. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1952 and Bronson School of Nursing in 1955. Lee worked at the Kalamazoo County Health Dept. for over 30 years and was a long time member of Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego. In her leisure time she enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing pinochle, knitting, crocheting and being ‘Grandma’ to so many. On April 17, 1971 she married Kenneth Opperman who preceded her in 2006.

Surviving are her sisters, Phyllis Curtis of Plainwell and Amalia (Ronald) Steljas of Round Rock, TX; a brother Paul (Jeanette) Puschel of Kalamazoo; and a sister-in-law, Bette Puschel of Northport, MI; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband; a brother Mendel Puschel; a sister Vera VanLoo and brother-in-law, William Curtis. Friends may meet with Lee’s family Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6 -- 8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church, Otsego with Pastor Josh Olson officiating. Burial will take place at West Cooper Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

Robert E. Cook

May 7, 2015

Robert E. Cook

Robert passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at his home in Kalamazoo.

Bob was born January 20, 1953 in Kalamazoo, the son of Clarence “Cookie” and Roberta “Bobby” (Roebuck) Cook. For many years he was a hog farmer, then became a truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Local 406 in Grand Rapids. He played guitar in many area country music bands and was a semi-pro bass fisherman. In his spare time Bob enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, gardening, bowling, morel mushroom hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his daughters, Stacey (Rick) Glenn of Oklahoma and Monica (Mark) Henry of Kalamazoo; his grandchildren, Ashley Staggs, Victoria Henry, Makayla Henry and Brodey Glenn; his brother, Richard (Joni) Cook; his ex-wife, Dawn Cook; his mother-in-law, June Stull; parents, Bobbie and Cookie; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Patty Sue Cook and Roger Cook and by his father-in-law, Ron Stull.

Friends may meet with Bob’s family Friday, May 8, 2015 from 5 PM-8 PM at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at noon with Celebrant Molly Wieber officiating.

The family encourages everyone to wear their favorite flannel, fishing or hunting apparel for the visitation.

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

Barbara A. (Main) Faust

May 5, 2015

Barbara A. (Main) Faust

Barbara passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 5, 1933 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Ralph and Elsie (Williams) Rozema. Barbara was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many.

Surviving are her husband, James Faust; her children, Lawrence Edward (Zarlene) Main, Robert (Kathy) Main, Steven (Abbie) Main and Diane (Greg) Main-Branch; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her step-daughters, Juliana “Julie” (Keith) VanAlstine, Juliet “Jody” (Lenny) Hughes and Rose (Richard) Formaz and her siblings, Charlotte Belleu, Pat Hartman, Ralph Rozema and Nancy Rich.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence Main; her sons Ronald and Thomas and by her daughter, June.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time.

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

Wendy H. Beelick

May 3, 2015

Wendy H. Beelick

Wendy passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born December 29, 1949 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Harold and Una (Whitney) Cole. For several years Wendy worked at Parker Hannifin. She enjoyed hunting for morel mushrooms, camping, flowers, going to the casino, playing at the roulette table and making jewelry. On September 15, 1966 she married Dale Beelick who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Gale Beelick and Kevin (Laurie) Beelick; her grandchildren, Jeremy, Kirstin, Benjamin, Austin, Corine and Skylar; great-grandson, Tanner, and by her siblings, Jean Borgais, Lois Hammond, Gina Cole, Victor Cole and Brenda Cole.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Beelick, and brother, Jefferson Cole Sr.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place and a gathering for family and friends to celebrate Wendy’s life will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at her home in Plainwell.

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

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