Richard J. Werner

December 30, 2016

Richard J. Werner

Richard passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born July 19, 1949 in Detroit the son of Florence Crittenton. Richard survived a hunting accident as a young boy because of the accident he was often delusional but had moments of clarity and was a sensitive man during those times. He had strong religious beliefs and enjoyed gardening and going to the drop in center to visit his friends. Richard had close friendships with his mental health worker, Jackie and his guardian, Lori Mills.Most recently Richard lived at Home Life Adult Foster Care where he was treated like family. 

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

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

Camilla J. Keith

December 30, 2016

Camilla J. Keith

Camilla passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born July 16, 1928 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Frank and Alice (Foote) Kellogg. For over 20 years she was a linotype operator for Beimer Printing and most recently for Doubleday Publishing. Camilla loved to clog and line dance she also enjoyed playing darts, doing puzzles, feeding the squirrels, traveling, camping, sewing and crocheting. She had been a member of TOPS for over 40 years. In September 1989 she married William Keith who passed away in 2009. Together they enjoyed spending time on their house boat on the Mississippi River.

Surviving are her children, Nancy Bryant of FL, Shelley Miller of Grand Rapids and Sindy Weathers of Plainwell; step-children, Linda Sue Keith and Dori Ann Keith; granddaughter, Renee (Aaron) Burke of Comstock Park; great-granddaughter, Allison Burke and sisters, Lois and Louise.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and step-son Meredith.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A gathering for friends and family will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. at the Church of Christ in Plainwell. 

Burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Camilla may be made to Allegan County Humane Society.

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

Alice J. Weber

December 28, 2016

Alice J. Weber

Alice J. Weber age 95 passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

She was born March 16, 1921 in Battle Creek the daughter of Seibert and Jessie (Thompson) Walter. Alice grew up in Coldwater and moved to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University. She had a business career and was a homemaker until the age of 40 when she then began teaching until her retirement at age 65. Alice was a member of the Michigan Education Association, helped form the Educational Community Credit Union, wrote history curriculum, specialized in geology and had been the head of the bicentennial in Comstock. She was an avid student all her life. In 1942 she married Earl Weber who passed away in 2005. They spent 63 wonderful years together traveling the world.

Surviving are their children, Jane DeMink of Indianapolis, IN and David Weber Shapiro of Berkeley, CA; 7 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Nancy and siblings, Rachel, Helen and James.

A member of the Methodist and Haven Reformed Churches, she was a fine Christian lady, loved and respected by her family, students and friends, and she will be deeply missed.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Alice may be made to The Pour House at thepourhouse.org.

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

A loving mother, inspiring teacher and a truthful sharing Friend. A touchstone of security in the hard times and mutual appreciative collaborator in the good times for all of us. A student of Life who always taught by example. Born to be a teacher because she was so interested in learning and she wanted to share. She challenged all of us to think for ourselves and trust ourselves no matter how frightening that can be. And to live our lives fully. She was courageous, truthful and loving. She said without her personal relationship with Jesus, her life in this way could never have been possible. We will miss her but look forward to what comes next.

Judson Breedveld

December 26, 2016

Judson Breedveld

Jud passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

He was born August 3, 1952 in Kalamazoo the son of Nicholas and Rose Marie (Baker) Breedveld. For many years Jud had worked for Cushman Construction and most recently had operated his own painting business. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, bowling, horseshoes with friends, trips to the casino, working on his yard, gardening, cooking and spending time in his garage. Jud was an honorary member of the Otsego VFW. On November 29, 1996 he married Louise Winfrey who passed away in 2014.

Surviving are his siblings, John (Shirley) Breedveld of Kalamazoo, Joan (Marty) Ruiter of Allegan, JoLynne (Dr. Robert) DeWinter of Grand Junction, Joel (Karen) Breedveld of Kentwood, Nick (Karin) Breedveld of Otsego and Zarlene (Ed) Main of Plainwell; several nieces and nephews including special nephew, Richie Main; Jud’s daughter by love, Jennifer (Michael) Gradwell; grandchildren, Meighan (Ryan) Taylor, Kyle Areaux, Tori Gradwell and Thomas Gradwell; great-granddaughter, Ellerie along with too many friends to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Scattering of ashes will take place at a later time.  

Contributions in memory of Jud may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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

Sharon L. Petrich

December 22, 2016

Sharon L. Petrich

Sharon Louise Petrich passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 21, 1951 in Watervliet, MI to John and Marguerite (Noack) Knox. For over 20 years Sharon had worked for AT&T and then at the Meijer in Plainwell until her retirement in February 2016. In her spare time she enjoyed attending events at the Barn Theatre and the Civic, doing Sudoku, puzzles, spending time at the beach, traveling up north, and touring wineries. Sharon was an avid reader, animal lover and liked bowling and golfing on many area leagues, most of all she liked being a sister and aunt. On October 27, 1973 in Coloma she married William Petrich who passed away in 1994.

Surviving are her sisters, Delores (Bill) Atkins of Pekin, IL and Roxann (Mike) Tustin of Richland; their children, Mikhale, Stosh and Regan; sister-in-law, Sally (Al) Reschke along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Friends may visit with Sharon’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 23, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 10:30 A.M. with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will take place at North Shore Memory Garden at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Sharon may be made to the Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training at barntheatreschool.org

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

Norma J. Stoneburner

December 21, 2016

Norma J. Stoneburner

Norma Jean Stoneburner age 79 passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born September 15, 1937 in Alamo Township the daughter of Milford and Goldie (Irwin) Tayer. For many years Norma had worked at V&V Lumber in Alamo retiring in 1995. She had also worked at First of America Bank. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, sewing, bowling and playing cards and bingo. Norma had been a 4-H leader and loved children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On June 23, 1956 at Alamo Congregational Church she married Harry Stoneburner who survives.

Also surviving are her 4 children, Louie (Gwen) Stoneburner of Pullman, Laurie Stoneburner of Battle Creek, Leslie (Colene) Stoneburner of Alamo and Lee (Susan) Stoneburner also of Alamo; 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Brooke, Dustin, Raymond, Jordon, Cordell and Cora; 4 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Grace, Kambree and Kailynn along with her sister, Mary Ellen Stoneburner.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Norma’s family from 5-8 P.M. on Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Tom Koning officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Norma may be made to Faith Chapel Ministries or to the Alamo Nursing Home.

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

Robert C. Lash

December 20, 2016

Robert C. Lash

Robert Charles Lash age 65 passed away Monday, December 19, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo with his family by his side.

He was born August 5, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Burtis and Dorothy (Wirt) Lash. Bob served his country in the US Army during Vietnam. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, remote controlled planes and playing pool. Most recently, Bob loved spending time with his daughters and granddaughter. On May 7, 1994 in Kalamazoo he married Sandra A. Williams who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Leah Williams and Nancy Lash; granddaughter, McKenzie Lash all of Plainwell ; mother, Dorothy Foster of Lake Placid, FL; siblings, Cindy Relich and Brian Relich; his mother and father-in-law; several brothers and sisters-in –law along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, sister, Debbie Perez-Keely, brother, David Lash and his step-father, Alan Foster.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Bob’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Otsego United Methodist Church until the time of the memorial service at 12:00 P.M. with Pastors Joe Shaler  and Pastor Ron Hansen officiating.

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

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.

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

Joyce A. Mills

December 19, 2016

Joyce A. Mills

Joyce Arlene Mills age 84 passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 17, 1932 in Otsego, to Herman and Fannie (Engel) Hummel. At the Plainwell Roller Rink she met the love of her life, Richard Mills as he was showing off for her, and they were married on July 27, 1951 in Otsego. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting and crocheting. Joyce loved Christmas and her cats but most of all loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As her health began to decline she moved in with and was cared for by her daughter Linda Froelich and her husband Dan.

Joyce is survived by her children, Tim (Debbie) Mills, Emily Mills, Linda (Dan) Froelich and John Mills, all of Otsego; 11 grandchildren, Cristin, Bryon, Katie, Tony, Karen, Tamaris, Nick, Rich, Monica, Lance and Alayna; 10 great-grandchildren, Klayre, Devon, Elaina, Carter, Corey, Chance, Cash, Raegan, Gabrielle and Croix; sisters, Marian Ray and Doris (Dick) Geiger;  sister –in-law, Florence (Jack) Violante; special cousin who was like a sister, Mary Ellen Woodstock, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; siblings, Elda VanFleet, Chas Hummel, Helen Houvener, Anna Mae Towne, Ben Hummel and Esther Hummel; and a great-grandson, Derrick.

In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and no service will be held.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the SPCA of Southwest Michigan.

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

Karen A. Lynch

December 19, 2016

Karen A. Lynch

Karen Ann Lynch age 72  passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at her home in Otsego.

She was born October 10, 1944 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Claire and Irene (Sennyes) Sootsman. Karen was a dog lover and enjoyed watching westerns, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and scrabble, listening to country music, Indian collectables and spending time with her family in Manistee.

Surviving are her children, Teresa (Byron Waldo) Rayburn, Donnie (Michelle) Smith both of Otsego and David Smith of Manistee; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mike (Connie) Sootsman of Galesburg, Dora Edmonson of Manistee, Eugene Sootsman of Kalamazoo and Claire “Butch” Sootsman of Comstock.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Sharon Baldwin; nephew, Sammy; brother-in-law, Dale Edmonson and ex-husbands, Don Smith and John Lynch.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Karen may be made to the ASPCA.

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

Mary M. Parsons

December 16, 2016

Mary M. Parsons

Mary Margaret Parsons age 55 passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at her home in Otsego.

She was born February 14, 1961 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Felix and Jeannette Grabowski. Mary was an Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. For many years she had worked at Harding’s Market in Otsego. In 1991 she married Ted Parsons.  In her spare time she enjoyed reading, watching old sitcoms and observing wildlife that showed up in her backyard, especially the turkeys. She loved spending the summers with Ted at Sandy Pines, always telling him how she had picked their spot. Most of all Mary loved spending time with her grandkids who loving called her Gramma Mary.

Surviving are her husband; son, Kenny Miller; Ted’s sons, Rob, Joe and Sam; grandchildren, Lenny, Reece, Aiden and Evylyn; 8 siblings, Edward (Mary) Grabowski of Webster, NY, Jean (Leighton) Dobbin of Richland, Patricia (Mark) Grisso of Wilmer, AL, Joseph (Eydie) Grabowski of Bloomingdale, Martha (David) Simmons also of Bloomingdale, Jim (Margie) Grabowski of Allegan, David Grabowski of Alamo and Carol Grabowski of Lawrence along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Barbara, Ann, John and Michael.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

 Private family services will be held at a later time.

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

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

“To me, she was more than my wife, she was my best friend. I miss you Pita, Love Me”

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