Cameron L. Madison

October 31, 2017

Cameron L. Madison

Cameron Lee Madison came into the world on the cold, white winter’s morning of December 27th, 2004. He was the third born child to bless his loving mother and father, Patricia Wheeler and Larry Madison, following his older brother and sister, Devonte and Kiersten. In addition to his immediate family, many grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends were instantly in love with the beautiful baby boy with the soft, curly hair. Cameron was followed by 3 more siblings, Aden, Adalynn and Adrian who he enjoyed both protecting and teasing almost equally.

As he grew, his personality, interests and obvious talents quickly developed. Cameron had a gentle spirit, yet was impressively athletic with never ending energy. He was a fast running, high jumping, skilled athlete. He excelled in every sport with a ball, and most without. Most recently playing as #16 for the Otsego Bulldogs Middle School Rocket Football team. He was also a wrestler and was coached by his step-father, Adam Campbell over the years. His father, Larry Madison, was proudly there to watch and congratulate his son on all of his efforts. When not practicing or playing competitively, Cameron was always surrounded by a group of friends, and enjoyed being a part of the “Jeffy Crew” also known as the “Flip Squad,” where he could do impressive flips and tricks that would leave those watching in disbelief. 

Even though he was a force to be reckoned with in any arena of play, Cameron loved nature and being covered in dirt. He enjoyed catching frogs, fishing, hiking and anything that involved spending time outdoors with his family.

Cameron will be remembered for his gentle eyes, sly Mona Lisa like smirk when he was planning something, and the way he could make people laugh out loud. When he really smiled, it genuinely came from somewhere so deep within, he couldn’t contain it, and the joy that spilled out of him was infectious. He loved to play a good joke, because in the end, he could have the whole room laughing, and bringing joy to his family and friends was what he really loved to do, besides loving them. Oh, how Cameron was a lover. He may have been the fastest on the field, but he could also be found enjoying a good cuddle on the couch with his mama. Cameron taught those who knew him how to love in ways they hadn’t before, and his big heart and easy going attitude are to be admired and emulated. 

Though those he left behind feel there were not enough days in his life, they know that his days were full of life. The joy he brought to everyone who knew him will live on forever in the broken hearts of his parents, gentle eyes of his grandparents, smiles and laughter of his siblings, cousins and friends and the memories held by all who knew him. He was a gift of love from Heaven to the world, and will be greatly missed. 

Cameron passed away unexpectedly October 30, 2017 at his home in Otsego.

Surviving are his parents, Patti (Adam)Campbell of Otsego and Larry (Kimberly) Madison of Allegan; siblings, Devonte and Kiersten Madison, Aden and Adalynn Campbell and Adrian Sevitts; grandparents, Gary Sr. (Julie)Wheeler  Lauree (Mike) Snelson, Marie (Redigo) Bailey, Toni (Donna) Campbell and Leo (Janice) Madison; great-grandparents, Eva Kidd and Mary Drainer; aunts and uncles, Gary (Jennifer) Wheeler, Jason (Brandy) Wheeler, Andrew (Melissa) Wheeler, James Wheeler, Michael Gudith, Amy Drainer, Amber Campbell, Abby Campbell, Chad (Jessica) Germain, James (Christina) Madison, Matthew (Irma) Madison and Brandy (Adam) Emmons along with many cousins.

Friends may visit with Cameron’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Otsego Church of God with Pastor Stephen Burrows officiating.

Contributions in memory of Cameron may be made to Gryphon Place of Kalamazoo.  

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

“Jesus took the children into his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” 

                                                                                                                            Mark 10:16

William M. Burr Jr.

October 30, 2017

William M. Burr Jr.

William M. Burr Jr. of Plainwell, MI passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 at Wings Home in Allegan. He was born January 18, 1938 in Plainwell the son of Thelma Nunley and William Burr Sr. William was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country overseas from 1957-1959. He attended Western Michigan University and received a degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. As an active member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, the Otsego United Methodist Church, William volunteered with Child Protective Services of Allegan County and was an advocate for environmental responsibility. He retired from Upjohn and Pharmoptima after 51 years. William devoted his life to his church, his wife, his children and grandchildren and was dedicated to serving others. On July 2, 1960 he married Barbara Hellenthal who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jeffery (Nancy) Burr of Otsego, Brian (Mary) Burr of Plainwell and Jennifer Burr of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, David, Gregory, Mason and Lauren Burr and sister, Sandra Burr.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church at 5:30pm with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial of ashes with Military Honors will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of William may be made to the Wings Home or to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

             

Connie B. Renoos

October 27, 2017

Connie B. Renoos

A beloved mother, daughter and sister, Connie passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born July 9, 1963 the daughter of Ronald and Barbara (Nicol) Katsma. Connie was a teacher for special needs children in the Gobles Public School System. She loved teaching and was very devoted to, and loved by her students and their families.

Connie was an active member of the Encounter Church (formerly Plainwell Assembly of God) and had been a Sunday school teacher and part of the worship team. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time up north, hiking, camping, gardening, reading and hunting for rocks on the seashore.

Surviving are her children, Joshua (Lindsey) Renoos of Galesburg and Audrey Renoos of Plainwell; mother, Barbara Katsma of Plainwell; siblings, Karen (Max) Raymond of Hickory Corners and Kristi Katsma of Detroit; niece, Tia (Kevin) Cox of Richland along with several extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Katsma.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Connie’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Encounter Church with the memorial service following at 11:00 A.M., Pastor David Alderman officiating.

Contributions in memory of Connie may be made to the Encounter Church.

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

Mark J. Pobocik

October 23, 2017

Mark J. Pobocik

Mark passed away surrounded by his family Monday, October 23, 2017 in Brighton.

He was born May 3, 1953 in Flint the son of Joseph and Dolores (Tahash) Pobocik. Mark proudly served his country in the US Air Force. Rather you knew him during his Vietnam service, his days fishing and motorcycling in Oscoda, hunting with his dogs in Grawn, diving, hiking and camping in Hawaii, kayaking in and around the Great Lakes, teaching students in Midland, deer hunting in Luzerne or traveling and camping all over the earth, Mark was always busy raising 3 sons, growing as a person, spreading Aloha, and living life the way he wanted to live it.

Surviving are his children, Jacob (Andrea) Pobocik, Peter Pobocik and Luke (Jennifer) Pobocik; 6 grandchildren, Sadie, Nickolas, Kaia, Brooke, Nickolas and Olivia; his mother; siblings, Kathy, Becky, Matt, Paul, Chris, Rita and Andy along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Victor.

Friends may visit with Mark’s family from 4-7 P.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Sharp Family Funeral Home, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd, Swartz Creek, MI, and from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Blanc.

Cremation will follow.

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

Carol J. Drake

October 22, 2017

Carol J. Drake

Carol J. Drake of Plainwell, MI passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born December 25, 1938 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Robert and Bertha (Meints) Rose. Carol was dedicated to her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Carol was employed at Borgess Medical Center for 32 years until her retirement in 2000. In her spare time Carol enjoyed gardening, doing crossword puzzles and baking. She was known for her famous pumpkin rolls.

Carol liked going to second hand stores looking for the best deals.  She had an eclectic taste in music and enjoyed playing the piano. Carol loved all animals especially cats.

On July 15, 1983 in Otsego she married James Drake who survives. Also surviving are her children, Dawn (Greg) Seiler, Luanne (Bob) Karabensh and Andrew (Debbie) Rysenga; step-sons, Jim (Tammy) Drake and Mark Drake; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Dar) Rose and 2 nieces, Cathy and Susan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Carol’s family from 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017 with Celebrant Molly Wieber officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

To honor Carol’s love for children and animals memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or Wishbone Animal Rescue.

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

Joyce L. Smith

October 18, 2017

Joyce L. Smith

Joyce entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at her home in Otsego.

She was born October 2, 1955 in Allegan the daughter of Neil and Shirley (Townsend) Marshall. Joyce had worked as the store manager at Sheffer’s Cheese and had operated a daycare from her home for 14 years. Joyce also worked for Allegan Community Federal Credit Union for about 20 years.

In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, reading, tatting doilies and other lace creations, baking and cooking.  But most of all, Joyce loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was slow to complain and always willing to help and serve others. Proverbs 31: 10-31 best exemplifies Joyce’s life. She was extensively involved with the children’s ministries at both Allegan Bible Church and Merson Church.

On June 26, 1976 at Allegan Baptist Church she married Richard Smith Jr. who survives. Also surviving are her children, Daniel (Angela) Smith, Michael (Sarah) Smith and Richard III (Colleen) Smith; Sarah Ballast, who was like a daughter to Joyce; 7 grandchildren, Daniel, Noah, Andrew, Marshall, Caleb, Lucas and Olivia; siblings, Christine (Richard) Ballast, Lois (Harry) Nielsen and Amy (Mike) Staton; sister-in-law, Pamela (John) LaHuis along with 7 nieces and 4 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Merson Church, Gobles, MI with Pastor Alan Carson officiating.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to RBM Ministries Inc.

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

Mary L. Campbell

October 17, 2017

Mary L. Campbell

Mary passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice.

She was born June 11, 1932 in Luverne, Alabama the daughter of Raymond and Maude (Wolf) Ballard. Mary had worked at J&J’s Clothing Factory in Otsego and at Nana’s Daycare until her retirement. She loved to sew and was a skilled seamstress. Mary also loved children and enjoyed making them smile.

She was a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church. On February 16, 1946 in Troy, Alabama she married John Campbell who passed away in 1993.

Surviving are her son, Edward (Cheryl) Campbell; 7 grandchildren, Michael, Amie, Katie, Kathy, Tracy, Robin and Jon; several great and great-great-grandchildren and many siblings including her close sisters, Pete and Helen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and children, Mary Nell, Elaine and Steve.

Friends may visit with Mary’s family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 2:00 P.M., Friday, October 20, 2017 with Pastor Thaddeus Stout officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the March of Dimes or 12th Street Baptist Church.

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

Mary E. Curtiss

October 16, 2017

Mary E. Curtiss

Mary passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center.

The oldest of 11 children, she was born June 1, 1942 in Lobelville, Tennessee to Ernest “Paul” and Alma (Sisk) Mannon. Mary had worked at Parker Hannifin for over 25 years.

In her spare time she enjoyed playing bingo and going to the Gun Lake Casino and playing the slot machines and was always willing to share her winnings. Mary could never pass up a bargain and liked going to flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores looking for the best deal.

She enjoyed decorating for the holidays especially Christmas. Mary collected Disney, M&M and Coca Cola memorabilia along with snowbabies and country music records. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

On September 28, 1963 at the Otsego United Methodist Church she married Leonard Curtiss who survives. Also surviving are her sons, Randy (Carrie) Curtiss, Rick (Teressa) Curtiss, Cary (Nickie) Curtiss and Gary (Susie) Curtiss; grandchildren, Tyler (Rashelle), Jon (Chelsea), Haylie, Hanna, Holly, Devon and Jarred “turkey butt”; 3 sisters, Deb, Dovie and Paula and 4 brothers, Roy, Mike, Henry and Gary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, George, Jim and Jack.

Friends may visit with Mary’s family from 4-8 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 20, 2017 with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to American Legion Post #84.

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

Joyce A. Blanchard

October 15, 2017

Joyce A. Blanchard

Joyce passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 surrounded by family and friends at Bronson Hospital.

She was born July 20, 1938 in Cooper Township the daughter of Clyde and Alice (Wilson) Rinehart. Joyce was a 1956 Mattawan High School graduate. She had been a caregiver and foster parent to many children over the years. Joyce was a tremendous cook and skilled cake decorator and had made several wedding and graduation cakes. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing.

Joyce was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego and a former member of Alamo Community Congregation Church. On September 8, 1956 at the Grange Hall in Oshtemo she married Dale Blanchard who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Laura Blanchard of Kalamazoo, Connie Blanchard of Benton Harbor; Gary (Denise) Blanchard of Plainwell and many foster children; grandchildren, Josh (Meagan), Derek, Olivia, Elizabeth and Michael; great-granddaughter, Kylie and siblings, Jerry Rinehart, Phyllis Forbes and Terri Rinehart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Lois Miner and James Rinehart.

Joyce’s family would like to thank Dr. Marcia Liepman of Allegan and Dr. John Byrd of Columbus, OH for the wonderful care she received.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with Joyce’s family from 6-8 P.M., Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from noon until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.  

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to First Congregational Church of Otsego or to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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

Larry J. Fuss

October 14, 2017

Larry J. Fuss

Larry passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Alamo Nursing Home.

He was born May 4, 1944 in Kalamazoo the son of Joseph and Margaret (Gilligan) Fuss. Larry had worked at Parker Hannifin for almost 40 years. He had served on the Otsego Fire Department for 16 years and also taught CPR. He had coached rocket football and youth baseball for many years.

In his spare time Larry enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading, bowling, following U of M Football, working in his yard and flower gardens and ice fishing and was always willing to share his catch. He also liked playing baseball and golf on Parker leagues over the years.

Larry was a member of the Otsego Elks Lodge and an usher at Blessed Sacrament and St Margaret Catholic Churches. On May 29, 1965 at St. Margaret Catholic Church he married Kathleen Dobbin who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Tracy (Luciano) Ienni of CA, Brian Fuss of Otsego and Shannon (Richard) Ingle of CA; 2 granddaughters, Rachel and Natalie; brother, Bob (Dagmar) Fuss of CA, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Leighton and Margaret Dobbin.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a 7:30 P.M. scripture service.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the Otsego Fire Department.

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

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