Karen S. Smith

January 28, 2016

Karen S. Smith

Karen S. Smith age 73 passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

She was born September 10, 1942 in Plainwell, the daughter of Wilbur and Ruby (Livingston) Allen. For many years Karen had done payroll for the Michigan Cottage Cheese Factory before going to work in the finance department for the Big Top Market until her retirement in 2011.Karen was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego and had been a scout leader when her sons were younger. In her spare time Karen enjoyed golfing, gardening, cooking and most of all she loved watching her children and grandchildren at all of their sporting events. On May 6, 1961 at the Otsego United Methodist Church she married Archie Smith who passed away in April 2015.

Surviving are her children, Rick (Kim) Smith of Orangeville, Randy (April) Smith and Gary Smith both of Plainwell; 8 grandchildren, Sydney, Taylor, Tyler, Jay, Mekala, Jordan, Elle and Connor and great-grandson, Aubrey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Dick Allen.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Karen’s family Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 2-5 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A memorial service will be held Monday, February 1, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Contributions in memory of Karen may be made to the Wings Home of Allegan or to Paws With A Cause.

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

Timothy J. Nowak

January 26, 2016

Timothy J. Nowak

Timothy J. Nowak age 53 passed away Monday, January 25, 2016 in Lakeside, MI.

He was born October 18, 1962 in Coldwater to Jerry and Kay (Somerlott) Nowak. He was a 1981 Otsego High School graduate and for 24 years had worked at Perrigo in Allegan. Tim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and mushroom hunting. He also liked playing golf and watching sports especially Notre Dame.

Surviving are his sons, Tyler Nowak and Matt (Lyndsey) Nowak both of Otsego; grandson, Bryce Nowak; parents, Kay (Jack) Trumbla of Plainwell and Jerry (Lyneta) Nowak of Otsego; siblings, Cindy (Scott) Musial of Lakeside and Lori Gale of Muskegon along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Friends may meet with Tim’s family from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Tim may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society

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

Alberta Mario

January 23, 2016

Alberta Mario

Alberta Mario age 94 passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Florida.

She was born January 14, 1921 in Battle Creek, and was raised from birth by her grandmother, Orpha May Bishop. Alberta graduated from Plainwell High School in 1939 and then from Cosmetology School in 1940. She had owned and operated Nu Mode Beauty Shop in Otsego and co-owned Mario’s Beauty Shop in Otsego with her sister-in –law, Linda Mario. Alberta enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting, and was very fond of her home on Pine Lake. On June 28, 1941 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Allegan she married Joseph Mario. They have now been reunited in Heaven after Joseph’s passing on January 15, 2016.

Alberta is survived by her two children, Andrea (Thomas) Cassidy and Joseph Michael (Penny) Mario; 4 grandchildren, Andrea (Shay) Adkins, Robert (Bonny)Mario, Tim Mario and Joey Mario; 6 great-grandchildren, Amanda and April Mario, Alyssa Mario, Gracie and Joe Mario and Mike (Melissa) Burke; her sister-in-law, Linda Mario and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Orpha May and several uncles.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Margaret Church in Otsego with Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler officiating.

Burial of ashes will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Alberta may be made to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park, Tavares, FL 32778.

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

Joseph Mario

January 23, 2016

Joseph Mario

Joseph  Mario age 96 passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at his home in Florida.

He was born October 31, 1919 in Otsego to Samuel and Frances (Congemi) Mario. Joseph was a 1938 Otsego High School graduate and Molar Barber School in Chicago, IL. He proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II. For many years he owned and operated the Otsego Barber Shop. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and his home on Pine Lake. On June 28, 1941 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Allegan, MI, he married Alberta Bishop who passed away on November 25, 2015.

Surviving are his two children, Andrea (Thomas) Cassidy and Joseph Michael (Penny) Mario; 4 grandchildren, Andrea (Shay) Adkins, Robert (Bonny) Mario , Tim Mario and Joey Mario; 6 great-grandchildren, Amanda and April Mario, Alyssa Mario, Gracie and Joe Mario and Mike (Melissa) Burke; sister-in-law, Linda Mario and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Alberta; his parents; four brothers, Sam, John, Tony and Frank and by his sister, Catherine.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego, with Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler officiating.

Burial of ashes will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Joseph may be made to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778

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

Gene E. Taylor

January 23, 2016

Gene E. Taylor

Gene E. Taylor age 91 passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

He was born May 11, 1924 in Kalamazoo to Ralph and Beulah (Morris) Taylor. Gene proudly served his country in the US Army in the Pacific during WWII. He had worked at the recycling center in Cooper and for over 20 years had cleaned the carpool lot on D Avenue. Gene had also worked at Gibson Guitar and KVP Sutherland and most recently for the City of Kalamazoo with the Metro Transit System. He was a people person and loved talking with people whether he knew them or not. To stay busy he sold burning barrels and enjoyed playing dominoes, collecting wheat pennies, and listening to hymns. Gene was a member of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo. On December 9, 1949 in Kalamazoo he married Jean Pyle who survives. Gene was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Also surviving are his daughters, Carol (Jim) Dennis of Plainwell and Sandra (Phillip) Harpootlian of Simpsonville, SC; grandchildren, Aaron (Rebekah) Dennis, Nathan Dennis, Ryan Dennis and Andrew Harpootlian; great-grandchildren, Alex, Hannah, Addison and Jasmine Dennis; and sisters, Eleanor Bunce and Lucille (Merle) Hamblin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ralph Jr., Robert and Louie.

Friends may  visit with Gene’s family Tuesday, January 26, 2016 starting at 3:00 P.M. until the time of the funeral service at 4:30 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A private family burial will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park North in Kalamazoo at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Gene may be made to the Immanuel Fellowship Church of Kalamazoo or the charity of choice.

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

Eleanor M. (Minor) Tubergen

January 22, 2016

Eleanor M. (Minor) Tubergen

Eleanor Tubergen age 98 passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Butterfly Oasis Home in Kalamazoo.

She was born May 3, 1917 in Sturgis the daughter of James G. and Wanda F. Blanchard. Eleanor was the oldest of three children and spent her childhood in the Klinger lake area. She was a graduate of Sturgis High School and Western State Teachers College. In the 1960’s Eleanor then obtained her Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University. On October 6, 1939 in the home of her parents at the Blanchard Hotel near Klinger Lake, she married Emerson B. Minor who passed away in 1996.  For thirty years Eleanor had taught school in various communities including Starr Elementary School in Plainwell from which she retired in 1979 after fourteen years of service. Among other things, Eleanor enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing, crocheting, planting vegetable and flower gardens, tending to her house plants as well as sending cards and writing notes of encouragement to others. On May 27, 2000 she married James L. Tubergen who survives.

Also surviving are her five children, Tad (Carol) Minor of Traverse City, Martha (Robert) Reeves of Portage, Tom (Melinda) Minor of Tecumseh, Rev. Dan (Jolene) Minor of Otsego and Mary (Steve) DeMann of Martin; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rev. Emerson B. Minor and brothers, Donald H. Blanchard and Dick E. Blanchard.

Friends may visit with Eleanor’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, 207 E. Allegan St., Otsego.

A Service of Thanksgiving for her life will be held Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Otsego United Methodist Church, 223 E. Allegan St., Otsego, with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell, a luncheon will follow.

Contributions in memory of Eleanor may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Church for the new piano fund.

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

Elwood G. Schwartz

January 21, 2016

Elwood G. Schwartz

Elwood passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in Wyoming, Michigan.

He was born February 28, 1924 in Sparta the son of Conrad and Clara (Kraft) Schwartz. Elwood was a 1942 Hopkins High School graduate who grew up and spent his adult life in Hopkins.  As a young man he had worked doing construction in Grand Rapids until he purchased his parents’ dairy farm in 1957 and worked until his retirement in 1990. Elwood enjoyed playing basketball and following both high school and college sports. He loved following girls softball and had attended almost every Hopkins High School football game. He was an avid bowler in many leagues over the years. Elwood was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego.

Surviving are his children, Bette (Jim) Stewart of VA, David Schwartz of Hopkins, Shirley (Robert) Smith of VA and Cindy (Howard) Hunt of Otsego; 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eleanor in 2007; son, Richard and siblings, Howard, Evelyn Brenner and Harlow.

Friends may visit with Elwood’s family from 2-5 P.M. on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego.

A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego with Pastors Steve Otto and Andrew Martens officiating.

Private family burial will take place at Maplewood Cemetery in Hopkins.

Contributions in memory of Elwood may be made to Peace Lutheran Church.

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

Betty L. Kellogg

January 20, 2016

Betty L. Kellogg

Betty passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in Kalamazoo.

She was born March 17, 1931 on St. Patrick’s Day in Hornersville, Missouri to Emma and Albert (Doc) Abraham. She has gone on to meet her husband Bobby, daughter Debbie, granddaughter Kim, mom and dad, her sister and 3 brothers and the many other people that she touched in this life. Betty dedicated her life to a handicapped son, but there was always room in her life for every family member that needed her. Her family was a world of people whose lives she touched. Her house was an open door and a cup of coffee and if you were hungry she would add a cup of water to the beans and make another pan of cornbread. She also had a great love for sewing the perfect garment for some occasion, the dancing she so loved to do whether she was garage dancing or at the club with her sisters. We that are left will miss her every day for the patience, beauty and peace that she brought to the world.

Betty is survived by her children, Dixie (Jack) Helms of Otsego, Dennis Kellogg of Plainwell, Darrell Kellogg of Plainwell and Donna (Mike) Morrisette of Kalamazoo; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; her brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Betty’s family from 4-7 P.M. Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral service will take place Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastors Mike Risner and Rick Sheldon officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Nada Sweet

January 20, 2016

Nada Sweet

Nada D. Sweet of Otsego passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in Kalamazoo. Nada was born May 28, 1946 in South Haven the daughter of John and Geraldine (Pratt) Nilsen. She loved reading and enjoyed volunteering with the Friends of the Otsego Library. Nada had worked at Kal-Equip and Upper Crust.

On September 30, 1966 in Otsego she married Alvin Sweet who survives. Also surviving are her children, LaRayne (Schmitt) Sweet, Genni (Tom) Plyley, Beth Try (Bob Randall) and John (Danelle) Sweet; her grandchildren, Patricia Sweet, Ryan (Alyssa) Goodacre, Tamara Goodacre, Adam Sweet, Devon Plyley, Jenna Collins, Amanda Lawrence, Jordan Kellerman, Dana Plyley, Alexis Schmitt, Xander Sweet and Zane Sweet; 14 great grandchildren and her sister Pati (Don) LaRowe. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother John K. Nilsen.

Friends may visit with Nada’s family from 5-7 P.M. Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral service will take place Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dave Alderman officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Nada may be made to Otsego District Public Library.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Larry J. Myers

January 19, 2016

Larry J. Myers

Larry passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 at his home in Otsego.

He was born July 4, 1947 in Allegan to Clifford and Lois (Sweet) Myers. The youngest of 11 children he grew up on the family farm in Trowbridge Township. Larry was a 1965 Allegan High School graduate and joined the US Army in 1966 serving in Vietnam. After returning home in 1968 he met Jan Ellwood in Saugatuck, MI and they were married February 14, 1969 in Otsego at the United Methodist Church. Larry started working for General Motors in December of 1968 at the Comstock plant and was transferred to the Marion, IN plant in 1993 where he worked for four years before returning to the area. In 2006 after 37 ½ years he retired from the 34th St. plant in Grand Rapids. In 1998 he went to work part time for Winkel Funeral Home until 2015.

Larry was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Stephany in 1970 and Stacey in 1972. He loved his family and always worked hard to provide for them. Helping his girls sneak a snack after their mom said they couldn’t have one was one of his biggest jobs. He was an avid bowler having bowled a perfect game in 2011 and also enjoyed golfing. One of his greatest loves was the Detroit Tigers. He was always willing to take the girls fishing with him and they always talked baseball. Larry was a hard worker who loved big hugs and smiles. He enjoyed woodworking and made several pieces of various furnishings for his home and took pride in the wooden cradles he made for each of his grandchildren along with the memorial flag boxes he made for the funeral home, friends and family. Larry served proudly for 15 years on the Otsego Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Jan; his daughters, Stephany Rose of Richland and Stacey (Gregory) Herman of San Francisco, CA; grandson, Nathan Campbell of Plainwell; granddaughter, Michela Rose of Richland; his siblings, Bertha Miller of Allegan, George Myers of FL, Irene Miller of Kalamazoo, Eugene Myers of Plainwell, Leslie Myers of FL, Marion Myers of Holland, Lucille Harrington of Comstock and Kathleen Groth of Martin; his nephew who was like his brother, Jerry Myers of Allegan and several nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Elton Myers and his oldest brother, Vernon Myers.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 5-8 P.M on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego, with Celebrant Bill Rose and Pastor John Moore officiating. Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the American Cancer Society, Otsego VFW Post #3030, Otsego Fire Department or to Reverence Home Health & Hospice.

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

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