Suzanna M. “Sue” Martin

January 31, 2017

Suzanna M. “Sue” Martin

Sue passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center.

She was born November 27, 1965 in Wisconsin the daughter of Eugene Spears and Sharon Jager. As a teenager Sue moved to Michigan and was a Plainwell High School graduate. For 10 years she had worked for McPherson Plastics in Otsego. Sue loved animals and had taken in many strays over the years. Quilting was her passion along with doing crafts and baking and enjoyed surprising her family with new recipes. On October 6, 1991 in Allegan she married Jeff “Katje” Martin who survives.

Also surviving are her parents; sons, Anthony “AJ” (Laura) Foote of Martin and Chad (Sami) Martin of Battle Creek; 2 grandchildren, Shailyn Foote and Emily Martin; siblings, Kristy, Geneva, Cami, Kimmy, Christopher, Donald, Mitch and Eugene; mother-in-law, Marilyn Katje; sister-in-law, Kim; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Sue may be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance of Allegan County.

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

Norman E. Monroe

January 30, 2017

Norman E. Monroe

Norm passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born March 8, 1935 in Detroit. Norm enjoyed bowling, following the Detroit Tigers, horse racing, his dogs and especially spending time on the family farm with family and friends.

Surviving are many sisters and brothers-in law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Delbert Monroe and longtime companion, Norma Freeman.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Norm’s life will be held in the spring at the family farm.

Contributions in memory of Norm may be made to the Wings Home of Allegan.

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

Daniel L. Hurlbut Jr.

January 30, 2017

Daniel L. Hurlbut Jr.

Dan passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at his home in Otsego.

He was born March 29, 1961 in Boise, Idaho the son of Daniel and Mary Sue (Confer) Hurlbut. Dan enjoyed going to craft shows, reiki, studying religions, growing flowers and working on his lawn.

Surviving are his parents; daughters, Maurisa Leslie of Allegan, Natesha Hurlbut of Kalamazoo and Shenea (Jeff Leslie) Hurlbut of Allegan; grandchildren, Chloe Leslie, David Bosma, Matthew Jackson, Kiara Young, Riley Young, Bentley Young, Domanick Leslie, Myla Young, Lucas Leslie and J-Lynn Leslie and his brother, David (Marta) Hurlbut.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held from 2-4 P.M., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Otsego Church of God in the fellowship hall.

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

Contributions in memory of Dan may be made to the Otsego Church of God.

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

Paul E. “Pete” Cary

January 27, 2017

Paul E. “Pete” Cary

Pete passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 surrounded by his family at the Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born May 10, 1924 in Allegan the son of Harry and Jennie (Barton) Cary. He served his country in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division during WWII and was part of the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Market Garden. Pete celebrated his 21st birthday in Paris on the day the war ended.

He had worked at Michigan Cottage Cheese for 25 years, owned and operated Skogmos Department Store and Bernea Foods until his retirement in 1986. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and playing cards. Pete was a life member of the Otsego Elks Lodge and the Otsego VFW Post #3030. On June 6, 1948 he married Mary Jane “Bunny” Cummings who passed away in 2015.

Surviving are his children, Christine (David) Hicks of Springfield, IL, Peter (Laura) Cary of Otsego and Kevin (Melissa) Cary of Cedar Springs; granddaughter, Helena Cary of Rockford; brother, Ronald (Lee) Cary of Otsego and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and siblings, Maxine Branch and Harry Cary. 

Friends may visit with Pete’s family from 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Pete may be made to Wings Home of Allegan.

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

Eileen J. Hogue

January 26, 2017

Eileen J. Hogue

Eileen passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

She was born April 2, 1937 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Alfred and Eva (Stoughton) Hagen. Eileen was an Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. For many years she had been a nurse’s aide and enjoyed caring for the residents at the Life Care Center in Plainwell and running the activities in the recreations room. In her spare time she enjoyed growing flowers, doing yard work, taking camping trips up north, playing her lowrey organ and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Steve (Martha) Hall, Terri Long and Mike (Karla) Hogue; grandchildren, Lindsay (Nick) Umsted, Ashley (Erik) Prins, Matt Long, Tylor (Cali) Bailey, Michelle (Dillon) Hogue and Brooke Hogue; 6 great-grandchildren along with her brothers, Richard (Shirley) Hagen and Ken (Marge) Hagen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, William Warner and sisters, Alfreida Scamehorn and Dorothy Wilkins.

Friends may visit with Eileen’s family from 6-8 P.M., Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 28, 2017 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

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

Contributions in memory of Eileen may be made to the Wings Home of Allegan.

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

Charleen Perry

January 23, 2017

Charleen Perry

Charleen passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice.

She was born May 19, 1929 in Kalamazoo to Harlo and Helen (Price) Perry. For 47 years she had worked at Pearson Rumble Insurance Company in Plainwell. Charleen enjoyed doing word searches, watching sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers, traveling and fellowship with her friends at church. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Plainwell and Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo.

Surviving are her siblings, Elaine Keith of Plainwell and John (Dawn) Perry of CA; niece and nephews, Sherman (Karen) Couk of Vicksburg, Crystal (James IV) Bennett of CA and Michael (Theresa Choi) Perry of CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Norma (Charles) Couk.

Friends may visit with Charleen’s family starting at 1:00 P.M. Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Greg Bishop officiating.

Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Charleen may be made to the Northeastern Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.

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

Barbara J. Pratt

January 22, 2017

Barbara J. Pratt

Barbara passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born February 5, 1935 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Russell and Vivian (Revoir) VanAntwerp. For many years Barb had worked at Parker Hannifin until her retirement. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, crocheting and going on senior casino trips. On August 18, 1997 in Plainwell she married Bernie Pratt who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Crystal (Jim) Veldt of FL, Arthur Roebuck of Plainwell and Steve (Robin) Folk of Otsego; step-children, Shirley (Bill) Sutton, Kenton Pratt, Julie Yarbrough and Peggy Ratulowski; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with her sisters, Carol (Harold) Dunlap of Allegan and Erna (Lonnie) Vincin of Kalamazoo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard, Robert and Russell; sons, Douglas, Austin and Marty and step-son, Kennith Pratt.

Friends may visit with Barb’s family from 2:00-4:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Cremation will follow.

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

Contributions in memory of Barb may be made to Reverence Home Health and Hospice.

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

Cheryl Littlejohn

January 18, 2017

Cheryl Littlejohn

Cheryl passed away December 6, 2016 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born January 13, 1944 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Clarence and Doris (McVicker) Walmer. For many years Cheryl worked as an RN at Bronson Hospital until her retirement in 1999.

Surviving are her children, SuAnne (Raheem) Elhabrush of IN, Forrest “David” Owen of Otsego and Loraine (Joshua) Stephens of Plainwell; 9 grandchildren, Eric (Samantha) Owen, Nicholas (Katie Himmelein) Owen, Seth Owen, Yusef, Qasim and Nuri Elhabrush, Joshua and Chad Cowels and Carissa Stephens; great-grandchildren, Michael, Payton, Willow and Dexter Owen and a special foreign exchange student, Rogelro Lemus.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

No services will be held at this time.

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

Donald D. Wilson

January 14, 2017

Donald D. Wilson

Don passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Kalamazoo. 

He was born February 10, 1959 in Plainwell the son of Donald and Eileen (Smith) Wilson. Don had been a snowmaker at Bittersweet when it first opened and had spent 25 years at Parker Hannifin Brass. He lived on his grandfather’s farm where he enjoyed riding horses. Don also loved riding motorcycles, getting muddy on his quads, camping, spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and line dancing with the Bresa Brats.  Don was always up for an adventure and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge, the Goble’s Drift Busters Snowmobile Club, the Kalamazoo Rod and Gun Club and had been a volunteer fireman like his dad, brother and son for the Alamo Fire Department. On July 30, 1983 in Allegan he married Denise Rowley who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Lorrie (Brad) Bush of Martin and Jeremy Wilson of Alamo; grandchildren, Blake, Ashley, Ethan and Alison; his parents; siblings, Clayton (Barbara) Wilson and Diana (Douglas) Leffring along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Don’s family from 6-8 P.M. Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

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

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

Patricia R. Pearson

January 11, 2017

Patricia R. Pearson

Patty went home to be with her Lord, to lie in the grass and look up at the blue sky and to see her daddy’s face, on her 47th wedding anniversary, Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

She was born in Plainwell on July 9, 1952, the daughter of Kenneth and Betty (Dekilder) McLaughlin. Patty had worked at several area businesses including, Boulter’s Gifts in Otsego, Bright World in Kalamazoo, Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo and had also sold Avon and taught aerobics. In her spare time Patty loved going shopping in Shipshewana and decorating for Halloween and Christmas. On January 10, 1970 at St. Margaret Catholic Church she married her grade school sweetheart, Michael Pearson who survives.

Also surviving are their 2 beautiful children, Amy Arlene and Michael Kenneth who were her strength to live every day; her loving grandsons, Joshua and Jacob Wood who kept her life happy every day; her wonderful son-in–law, Bill Wood who rescued her from time to time; her mother, Betty McLaughlin; sister, Sandy (Gary) Zantello; her in-laws, the Pearson family who always supported and prayed for her; special friends, Sharon Watson, Debbie DeYoung, Elizabeth Zadney and Ted Martin, without their support she wouldn’t have gotten through many days and her beloved kitty, Callie Mae.  

She was preceded in death by her father and many extended relatives.

Friends may meet with Patty’s family from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego with Rev. Fr. Ben Huynh and Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler officiating.

Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Watson Township.

Contributions in memory of Patty may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan or St. Margaret Catholic School.

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

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