Dorothy E. Drake

February 29, 2016

Dorothy E. Drake

Dorothy passed away Monday, February 29, 2016 at Alamo Nursing Home.

She was born July 10, 1947 in Martin, MI the daughter of Ernest and Leva (Camfield) Drake. Dorothy was a 1965 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. She had worked at the drive-in restaurant in Allegan, was manager at Fanny Farmer Candies in Kalamazoo, had owned and operated a small dairy farm for several years and had also worked at K-Mart and Wal-Mart in Otsego. Dorothy enjoyed drawing and sewing, and loved all animals especially dogs and horses.

Surviving are her sisters, Beverly Ransler of Gobles, Marilyn (John) Hiscock and Martha (Harold) Lindsey both of Otsego along with several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Dorothy’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 4, 2016 with Pastor Greg Carlson officiating.

Burial will follow at Earl Cemetery in Gobles.

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

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

Esther M. Bouwman

February 29, 2016

Esther M. Bouwman

Esther passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Allegan County Medical Care.

She was born March 10, 1928 in Zeeland, MI to Gradus and Doris Schrotenboer. Esther had owned and operated Bill & Esther’s Restaurant in Allegan. She had also worked for over 20 years at the Hardings Market in Allegan until her retirement. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, cooking and working in her flower gardens. Esther was a member of the Dunningville Reformed Church. On December 13, 1950 in Zeeland she married Willis Bouwman who passed away in 2007.

Surviving are son, Garry (Diane) Bouwman of Allegan; grandchildren, Willis (Esther) Bouwman and Chad (Megan) Bouwman; 4 great-grandchildren, Shane, Kahlan, Spencer and Ellyanna; sister, Gladys and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 7 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at East Saugatuck Cemetery in the spring.

Contributions in memory of Esther may be made to Hospice of Holland.

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

Loretta O. LaFountain

February 28, 2016

Loretta O. LaFountain

Loretta passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born in Toledo, OH on November 11, 1917 the daughter of Gilbert and Hattie (Newman) Drewyor. Loretta lived through some hard times including the great depression. As a young girl she worked in the onion and potato fields. Later she had worked at Angle Steel for more than 25 years. On October 9, 1933 in Allegan she married Merlin LaFountain who passed away in 1965. Loretta was known as the “cookie grandma” and had always cared for others and her family. She wasn’t afraid to be plain spoken and was always ready to entertain. She enjoyed sitting on the porch in Kentucky and waving and talking with friends.

Surviving are her children, Lucille Bacon of Orangeville, Dick (Darlene) LaFountain of FL, Terry (Nancy) LaFountain of Plainwell and Lester LaFountain of KY along with well over 100 grand, great-grand, great-great-grand and great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Lilly Johnson; daughters-in-law, Darlene LaFountain and Lucille LaFountain; son-in-law, R.V. Bacon, many brothers, sisters and other close family members.

Friends may visit with Loretta’s family starting at 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M. with Minister Duane Ellinger officiating.

Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Orangeville.

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

Gaylord B. Stockwell Jr.

February 26, 2016

Gaylord B. Stockwell Jr.

Gaylord passed away Thursday, February 25, 2016 at his home in Cooper Township.

He was born August 6, 1952 in Plainwell the son of Gaylord Sr. and Carolyn (Titus) Stockwell. Gaylord proudly served his country in the US Air Force and was a lifelong resident of the area. For more than 20 years he had been a greeter at the Meijer on Gull Road until his retirement in 2012. In his spare time Gaylord enjoyed watching the birds and fishing in many of the local streams. On January 11, 2003 at the Family Worship Center in Kalamazoo, he married Pamela Ellis who survives.

Also surviving are his brothers, Terry (Bert) Stockwell and Mike (Pat) Stockwell both of Kalamazoo along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Dar and by his aunt, Hattie Titus.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Burial of ashes with Military Honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI in the spring.

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

Mable L. Holmes

February 25, 2016

Mable L. Holmes

Mable passed away Thursday, February 25, 2016 at her home in Otsego.

She was born June 8, 1926 in Allegan the daughter of George and Josephine (Harper) Kurtz. Mable was a lifelong resident of the area. She had worked at Fram Filters and then for 28 ½ years had worked at Delanos Print Shop in Allegan until her retirement in 1988. In her spare time Mable enjoyed crocheting and doing puzzle books. On November 13, 1943 in Allegan she married Earl Holmes who passed away in 2003. Mable had been a member of the Trowbridge United Methodist Church for many years.

Surviving are her sons, Donald (Eileen) Holmes of FL, Russell (Marsha) Holmes of FL and Steve (Marie) Holmes of Plainwell; daughter –in-law, Lindy Holmes of Otsego; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Luella  Holmes; sister-in-law, Glenna Kurtz along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Kendall Holmes; great-granddaughter, Ilah Sturgis; siblings, Charles and Gilbert Kurtz and brother-in-law, Merle Holmes.

Friends may visit with Mable’s family from 6-8PM Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Mable may be made to Reverence Home Health & Hospice or to the Trowbridge United Methodist Church.

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

Nancy L. Cox

February 25, 2016

Nancy L. Cox

Nancy passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center.

She was born October 25, 1953 in Charlotte, MI the daughter of Aaron and Dorothy (Wilson) Ripley. Nancy enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and crocheting. On June 17, 1972 in Mattawan she married Marvin Cox who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Jessy (Mindy Cooper) Cox of Kalamazoo, Rebecka (David) Collard of Plainwell and Tanya Markley of Otsego; 7 grandchildren, Ericka, Saprena, Shelby, Jordan, Hannah, Savannah and Blake; 4 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jaiden, Adalynn and Kenny Jr. and sister, Rhonda Ripley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Nora and Norma.

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

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. at the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Messages of condolence may be posted  www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Pauline G. Powers

February 24, 2016

Pauline G. Powers

Pauline passed away Friday, February 19, 2016 in Florida.

She was born January 30, 1936 in Allegan the daughter of Guy and Erma (Morris) Foote. Pauline was a lifelong resident of the area and for many years had worked at Parker Hannifin. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting, bowling on area leagues, playing cards especially mahjong, taking care of her many flower gardens, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On October 7, 1955 at the Otsego Church of God she married Ronald Powers who survives. They spent 60 wonderful years together and after Pauline’s retirement they enjoyed spending the winters in Florida.

Also surviving are their children, Ron (Patty) Powers, Rick (Cheryl) Powers, Robin (Greg) Smith and Rhonda (Joe) Lesman; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Dale (Sharon) Foote and Geraldine “Jeri” Hartwell and sisters –in-law, Linda Noyes, Joyce Foote and Sharon Fitzpatrick along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in-law; siblings, infant brother, Carl, Leroy Foote, Jack Foote and Betty (Jim) Lutes and brothers-in-law, Chuck Powers and Archie Fitzpatrick.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. 

Contributions in memory of Pauline may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Harm D. Meyer Jr.

February 22, 2016

Harm D. Meyer Jr.

Harm passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born March 6, 1958 in Kalamazoo the son of Harm Sr. and Barbara (Dee) Meyer. For many years Harm had done roofing and siding work. In his spare time he enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, having cookouts, camping, playing family games of basketball and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his woman, Julia DeGryse; children, Jenny (Brian) Klein of Otsego, Andrew (Noemi) Meyer of Dorr Township, Mathew Meyer of Grand Rapid; step-daughters, Jessica DeGryse of Alamo and Tonia DeGryse of Plainwell; grandchildren, Joey, Dawson, Lily, Drew, and C.J.; mother, Barbara Roy and siblings, David, Cindi, Lauri, Ben and Vikki.

He was preceded in death by his father, sister, Terri Meyer and grandparents, Charles (Virginia) Dee and Ben (Gladys) Meyer.

Friends may meet with Harm’s family Wednesday, February 24, 2016 starting at 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Harm may be made to his family for expenses.

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

Frances E. Krusinga

February 19, 2016

Frances E. Krusinga

Frances (Fran) passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016 in Kalamazoo.

She was born December 16, 1933 on her family’s celery farm in Alamo Township to Henry and Effie (VanderVeen) VanOosten. As a young girl, Fran went to a one room schoolhouse near her home where she had fond memories of sledding down the 6th Street hill in the winter during lunch. She graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1950, and later went on to Bronson Hospital School of Nursing and became a LPN graduating at the top of her class in 1964.  On May 25, 1951, in her parents’ living room in Alamo, she was married to Merwyn Krusinga.  Fran and Merwyn had four children together.  After graduation from nursing school, Fran initially worked for Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, and later for several medical offices in Otsego and Plainwell. Fran also served for many years as the bookkeeper for the family business, Krusinga Plumbing.

Fran enjoyed many Saturday afternoons getting together with relatives for swimming and playing horseshoes at Minkler Lake and Osgood Lake. Fran loved being outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening and caring for animals. Fran enjoyed the time she had caring for her family and spending summers at the family camp on Drummond Island. She was a member of Twin Lakes Reformed Church and later, Third Reformed Church (now Centerpoint Church) in Kalamazoo.

Surviving are three sons and a daughter, Greg (Margaret) Krusinga of Bellevue, Becky (Dennis) VanDelfzijl, Gary (Joette) Krusinga and Jeff (Karen) Krusinga all of Alamo Township; eight grandchildren, Sarah (Dale) Ehinger, Rachel (Ian) VanHover, Joshua VanDelfzijl, Jacob Krusinga, Charles Krusinga, Ryen Krusinga, Kayla Krusinga and Samantha Krusinga and her sister, JoAnn Kline of Alamo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merwyn in 2006, and by her brother, Theodore VanOosten.

Friends may visit with Fran’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A private family funeral service will be held on Tuesday.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery in Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Fran may be made to SPCA of Southwest Michigan or to the Drummond Island Library.

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

Sandra D. Tackett

February 15, 2016

Sandra D. Tackett

Sandy passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born November 11, 1951 in Allegan, the daughter of Merl and Addie (Parsons) Mason. Sandy was a 1970 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, decorating her home for the holidays, playing with her dogs and traveling out west. She was a member and past president of the Gun River Conservation Club and was active with the Allegan County East Relay for Life. What Sandy loved most was spending time with her family and hosting many family gatherings over the years. On October 24, 1970 at the Otsego Church of God, she married Harold “J.R.” Tackett Jr., who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Stephanie Tackett of Otsego and Chad (Andrea Ehlert) Tackett of Portage; her siblings, Roger Mason, Kitty Rop, Ken (Sherry) Mason, and Bob (Deb) Mason along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law, Don Rop and nephew, Jonathan Mason.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Sandy may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

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