Judith A. Coburn

December 29, 2015

Judith A. Coburn

Judy passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 at the home in Allegan.

She was born May 22, 1942 in Allegan the daughter of James and Lois (Mellon) Newton. Judy had been the assistant dietitian at Ely Manor Nursing Home for 14 Years. In her spare time she enjoyed painting and had even sold some of her artwork, she also liked to go fishing and take rides on her golf cart as her animals followed behind. On September 1, 1961 in Otsego she married Clinton Coburn who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Julie Hatfield and Troy Coburn both of Allegan; grandson, Justin (Crystal) Hall; great-grandchildren, Alex Larriuz and Kane Hall and her mother, Lois Newton.

She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Jackie Newton.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at a later time.

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

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

Mary Lou Tucker

December 19, 2015

Mary Lou Tucker

Mary Lou passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born June 14, 1933 in Orangeville, MI to Clifton and Geraldine (Hildebrandt) Snyder. For a short time Mary Lou had worked at Pirroni’s and then Kal-Equip, she then spent 39 years working at Alamo Nursing Home until her retirement in 1993. In her spare time she enjoyed gambling, playing the slot machines, bingo, playing cribbage with her family, crocheting, cooking and painting ceramics. In September 1961 she married Melvin Tucker who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are her children, Trudy Groen, Mike (Marilyn) Tucker, Tina (Dave) Florian, Steven (Celeste) Tucker, Jack (Judy) Tucker, Jane Bullock, Diana Hall, Sally Cook, Skip Tucker and Lou (Chuck) Gilbert; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and her sisters, Janet Kronke and Lois Rickli.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sons-in-law, Gary Groen and Graham Bullock.

A private family viewing has taken place and cremation will follow.

 A memorial service and burial of ashes will take place at a later time.

Messages of condolence may be posted at

www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

David A. Newton

December 18, 2015

David A. Newton

David passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

He was born November 11, 1928 in Oshtemo Township to Carleton and Erma (Sanford) Newton. David was a 1947 Kalamazoo Central High School graduate and for many years he was a salesman for National Gypsum until his retirement in 1990. In his spare time David enjoyed gardening, golfing, playing tennis and dancing. On June 1, 2002 he married Helen Senhotlz who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Sandra (David) Hogan, JoAnn Warner and David Newton; many grandchildren, David was a 5th generation grandfather, his extended family Marilyn and Mike Meyers, David and Marie Senholtz along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Georgia Ann Newton.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held  Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Alamo Congregational Church.

Burial of ashes will take place at Green Bower Cemetery in Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.

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

Rosemary A. Pence

December 17, 2015

Rosemary A. Pence

Rosemary passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015 at her home in Gobles.

She was born September 25, 1927 in Hannah, MI to Frank and Katherine (Rahe) Weber. For many years she worked at Kal-Equip in Otsego. In her spare time Rosemary enjoyed painting and cooking. She was a life member of the VFW Post #3030 Ladies Auxiliary. On October 16, 1948 she married James Pence who passed away in 1992.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Judy) Pence of Pine Lake, Barb (Dick) Johnson of Otsego, Linice (Woody) Justice of Shelbyville and Janice (Michael) Cooper of Gobles; 10 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Helen, Marion, Kenny, Gerald and Stanley and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Michael and by her siblings, Albert, Francis and Bernie.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Margaret Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place Monday, January 11, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Rosemary may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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

Tyna Keith

December 17, 2015

Tyna Keith

As of December 16, 2015 Tyna is praising the Lord eternally as she walks, runs, sings and can hear.

She was born April 9, 1925 in Kalamazoo to Garrett and Anna (Jepkema) Veldt. Tyna loved to bake and was a skilled cake decorator. She enjoyed volunteering as a pregnancy counselor at the Dream Center. She had worked at many area businesses including Gibson Guitar and Honey Creek Christian Homes, where for a time she had worked with her husband. In 1946 she married George Rutgers who passed away in 1975. In 1983 Tyna married Henry Schipper who passed away two weeks later. She then married Louis Keith in 1986 until his passing in 2010. Tyna was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego. After hearing the song Blessed Assurance she spoke her last words “He safely takes me home”.

Surviving are her children, Virginia Rutgers, George Rutgers, Tom (Debbie) Keith, Denny (Patti) Keith, Kathy (Dan) Hughes, Char (Paul) Hammond and Jeff (Tanya) Keith; grandchildren, Rachael Rutgers, Aaron (Elly) Rutgers, David (Jamie) Rutgers, Hannah (Caleb) Grogan, Wendy Greene, Jonathon (Jennifer) Keith, Joshua (Aimee) Keith, Ben (Stephanie) Keith, Brian (Jillonne) Keith, Lori (Tim) Stricklin, Sean (Shanell) Hughes, Scott Hughes, Christie (Tod) Cole, Cory (Merideth) Hammond, Jeff (Meredith) Keith, Amy (Mark) Morey, Kenny Rose, Seth Rose, Eli Keith and Jasper Keith; many great-grandchildren; sister, Stena Bosma and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; siblings, Harm Veldt, Gerben Veldt, John Veldt, Anne McBride and Hilda Taft; sisters-in-law, Betty Keith and Dorothy Lancaster and by her brother-in-law, Richard Rutgers.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Tyna’s family from 6-8 P.M. on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

Burial will take place at Alamo Center Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Tyna may be made to Uncle Tim (ICBM).

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

Eugene D. Watson

December 15, 2015

Eugene D. Watson

Gene passed away Monday, December 14, 2015 at his home at Lake Doster.

He was born March 26, 1925 in Riverdale, MI to Ernest and Ethel (Alward) Acker. Gene was preceded in death by his father as a young boy, his mother remarried and he was then adopted by Ira Watson. Gene proudly served his country in the US Navy. On March 30, 1946 in Hickory Corners he married Dorothy Reardon. Together they owned and operated the Dairy Bar in Edmore, MI until1955. They went on to purchase and operate Dot & Gene’s Trailer Court, which they continued to grow until his retirement in 1971. Following his retirement he sold the business to his sons. Gene had also developed two plats, one as Watson Estates on Riverview Drive in Plainwell and the other as Star Estates on 102nd Avenue also in Plainwell, where his sons built the homes. Gene and Dot were members of the Arizona Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association and enjoyed attending motor home rallies. In his spare time he liked to go dancing with Dot and golf. Gene was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego, VFW Post #3030 and the Elks Lodge #1711. Gene was a loving husband; his largest accomplishment was raising a family he has always been proud of.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years; children, Douglas (Sharon) Watson, Kenneth (Gail) Watson and Dennis (Liz) Watson; 6 grandchildren, Jason (Gina) Watson, Lori (Wayne) Layman, Rick Watson, Scott (Meagan) Watson, Jessy (Chad) Doxtator and Jenny (Jeff) Doychich; 11 great-grandchildren and his sister, Annie Pryor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Robert, Arlene and Jim.

Friends may visit with Gene’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell with Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Gene may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego, Reverence Home Health & Hospice of Kalamazoo, Otsego Elks or the Otsego VFW.

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

Lisa M. Brown

December 14, 2015

Lisa M. Brown

Lisa passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born August 24, 1966 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Charles and Joan (Hope) Graves. Lisa had been a bartender at Ozzie’s in Otsego and for the last 22 years had been the deli supervisor at the Harding’s Friendly Market in Otsego. In her spare time she enjoyed needlepoint, relaxing with a beer and cigarette along with listening to Kid Rock and Nickelback. Lisa was a wonderful mother, grandmother and wife, over the past 10 years her grandchildren have become her pride and joy. In 1995 in Allegan she married Kenneth Brown who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Kenneth Brown of AZ, Charlene (Russell) King of SC and Jeffery Brown of Otsego; 3 grandchildren, David, Collin and Noah; her mother and her siblings, C.J. Graves and Dana Ponder.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Friends may visit with Lisa’s family Friday, December 18, 2015 starting at noon at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Lisa may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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

Andy T. Kawakami

December 13, 2015

Andy T. Kawakami

Andy passed away Saturday, December 12, 2015 at his home.

He was born December 22, 1967 in Kalamazoo to Edward and Aurora (Olivares) Kawakami. Andy served his country in the US Army in the Middle East. He had lived in Cape Canaveral where he was a chef and enjoyed watching the rockets go off.  After returning to the area he had worked at Plainwell Paper, Bell’s Brewery and most recently at Clausing Industrial, Inc. Andy loved taking care of people and was a supporter of the Wounded Warriors Program and had earned his black belt and many trophies in Tae Kwon Do. In his spare time he enjoyed the outdoors, following NASCAR and traveling with his special nephew Ethan, they recently had taken a trip to Disney and had gone on many camping trips.

Surviving are his children, Thomas Kawakami and Kayla Kawakami both of Otsego; granddaughter, Alannah; mother, Aurora; siblings, Edward Kawakami of Shelbyville, Tammy (Tim Lane) Maurer of Plainwell, Betty (Michael Brooks) Blackburn of GA, and Penny (Bryan Smith) Kawakami of Otsego; friends, Doug Wood and Patty Blakemore along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; sister, Tsuruko Kawakami; nephew, Travis Pickett and by his brother-in-law, Larry Penny.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Otsego on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11am with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating. 

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Andy may be made to his family for expenses.

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

Thomas J. Clark

December 8, 2015

Thomas J. Clark

Thomas passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at his home in Otsego.

He was born November 4, 1945 in Kalamazoo the son of Merle and Mary (Renbarger) Clark. Tom had worked at KTS Industries, had done some logging up north and for several years had been employed by the City of Kalamazoo in the wastewater department. He loved target shooting, was a member of the NRA and enjoyed following Fox News.

Surviving are his sisters, Mary L. Clark and Nancy (Roger) Kortokrax both of Otsego along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Paul and Merle “Jim” Clark.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family from 4-7 P.M.  on Thursday, December 10, 2015 with a rosary at 6:30 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Fr. Donald Klingler officiating.

Burial will follow at the Eden Township Cemetery in Irons.

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

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