Mark A. McGowan Jr.

January 29, 2018

Mark A. McGowan Jr.

Mark passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018 surrounded by his family at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

He was born April 11, 1925 in Astoria, NY, the son of Mark Sr. and Anna (McCallister) McGowan. Mark proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII. For 40 years he had been a civil engineer for Tully Contracting in Flushing, NY and had worked on many construction projects in New York.

Mark was a member of the United States Neptune Power Squadron, The Moles, North Port Yacht Club and St. Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Church in Huntington Station.

He spent 53 wonderful years with his wife, Dorothea Curtis until her passing in 2005.

Surviving are his children, Mark A. III (Maureen) McGowan of VA, Michael McGowan of FL, Stephen (Therese Andrews) McGowan of Kalamazoo and Eileen (Stephen) Rufle of VA, 6 grandchildren, Matthew, Stephanie, Caitlin, Maura, Mark and Amanda and his close friend, Roxanne McDonald.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister, Eleanor.

Friends may visit with Mark’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with a rosary service at 7:30 P.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 1, 2018 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will take place in Queens, NY at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Mark may be made to St. Margaret Catholic Church.

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

Virginia Rose Kowall

January 28, 2018

Virginia Rose Kowall

Virginia R. Kowall, age 92, of Portage, Michigan passed away on January 27, 2018. She was surrounded by and in the care of her loving son, David, and his family, the wonderful staff of Vicinia Gardens in Otsego, Michigan, and Medical Team Hospice.

Ginny was born in Chicago, Illinois in January 1926, the daughter of George and Angelina Pohl. Raised in Chicago, in 1952 she moved to southwestern Michigan with the love of her life, Eugene, and their three small children. Ginny had a deep love of books, Broadway musicals, gardening, family and her dogs. She also enjoyed her world travels with Gene.

Virginia is survived by her children, Richard Kowall (Edward Maloney) of New York City, Janet (Timothy) Greeley of Marquette, David (Kathy) Kowall of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Emily (Brandon) Haugh, Theodore (Erika) Greeley, Patrick (Amy) Greeley, Melissa Kowall and Nathan Kowall; great grandchildren, Lucy Haugh and Virginia (Ginny) Greeley. She is also survived by her brother, Robert (Oleana) Stewart, of Los Altos, Ca.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 62 years, Eugene.
A private family gathering will be held this spring to honor & remember Ginny’s life.

James F. Hawkins Sr.

January 22, 2018

James F. Hawkins Sr.

Jim completed his life’s journey and graduated from his temporal earthly realm to the eternal heavenly realm Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born in Kalamazoo on January 30, 1935 the son of Hayward and Vera (Knapp) Hawkins. Jim was a 1954 State High graduate and had been a 4 year letterman in football, 3 year letterman in track and had been a member of the all city football team all 4 years. He had worked for KVP for 15 years and Fisher Body/GM for 30 years retiring in 1995.

Jim was an avid fisherman and in his spare time enjoyed going to antique car shows, attending southern gospel conventions, working in his vegetable garden and tinkering in his garage. His greatest joy was talking with people about his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He attended the First Baptist Church of Otsego. On June 20, 1957 in Plainwell at the United Methodist Church he married Charlene DeKam who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jim Jr. (Esther) Hawkins of Vicksburg, Matt (Darcy) Hawkins of Dorr and Jackie (Ric) Wiseley of Gobles; 5 grandchildren, Nancy Thompson, Jason Ainsworth and Lizzie, Abbi and Gabbie Hawkins; 7 great-grandchildren and his step-siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Betty Phillips and Dick Hawkins and his step-mother.

Jim is wearing his graduation robe as he sings with those that have gone on before and worships his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 6-8pm on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. On Friday, January 26, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Otsego friends may greet the family from 10am until the time of the funeral at 11am, Pastor Paul Laborde officiating. Burial will follow at West Cooper Cemetery in Cooper Township.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the First Baptist Church of Otsego, Wings of Hope Hospice or to the American Heart Association.

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

Leonardo J. Pintarelli

January 22, 2018

Leonardo J. Pintarelli

Leo passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born April 29, 1981 in Grand Rapids, the son of John and Deborah (Reigler) Pintarelli. Leo was a graduate of Martin High School in 1999 and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He had worked at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, the Laurels and most recently at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

In his free time Leo enjoyed watching football, riding his bike and playing soccer with his daughter. On May 24, 2003 in Allegan he married Rebecca Crisman who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Kadence of Otsego; parents, John (Sharon) Pintarelli of Wayland and Deborah Davis of Shelbyville; siblings, Angelena (Dan) Anaya of Shelbyville, Johnathon (Jessica) Pintarelli of Kalamazoo, Krystal Pinks of Allegan and James Grammatio of Gun Lake along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John (Phyllis) Pintarelli.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Northbridge Church, 8824 Douglas Avenue, Kalamazoo.

Burial of ashes will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Leo may be made to his family for an education fund for his daughter, Kadence.

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

Edward Jr. and Terese Gorenz

January 21, 2018

Edward Jr. and Terese Gorenz

Edward and Terese Gorenz passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at their home in Covert.

Ed was born November 16, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Edward and Ruth (Silingo) Gorenz. For many years he had owned and operated a construction company. Ed enjoyed writing and composing music. Surviving are his mother, siblings, Arlene Donnelly, Andrew Gorenz and Terri Ann Wippo along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Diana Deliberto.

Terese was born November 27, 1957 in Evergreen Park, Illinois, the daughter of James and Carol Donnelly. Terese enjoyed spending time with her family and making people laugh. Surviving are her siblings, James Donnelly, Michael Donnelly, Cristina O’Connor and Carol Powell; step-father, William Mansell; her step-mother, Dolores Donnelly and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ed and Terese were married May 28, 1976.

Also surviving are their children, Edward III (Kim) Gorenz of Otsego, Heidi (Travis) Oliver of CA, Corinne (Jermaine) Lawshea of Kalamazoo and Jake Gorenz of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, ChanQuel Jackson, Davontae Lawshea, Traevon Lawshea, Tyson Oliver, Madisyn Oliver, Kaelyn Gorenz and Edward Gorenz IV.

Cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Ed and Terese’s family from 1-4 P.M., Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Following the visitation please join the family for food and fellowship at the Otsego Masonic Lodge, 135 E. Allegan St., Otsego. 

Contributions in memory of Ed and Terese may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Mahrijana Maya

January 15, 2018

Mahrijana Maya

Mahrijana passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 13, 2018 at her home in Martin.

She was born in Kalamazoo on August 13, 2000 the daughter of Efrain “Bobby” Maya and Nicole Bower. Mahrijana was a boisterous senior at Martin High School with a larger than life personality and an amazing sense of humor. She loved taking photos especially selfies and doing make-up and hair for herself and her friends. Mahrijana enjoyed choir and listening to country music. She was very close to her cousins and was loved very much by her family.

Surviving are her parents, Nicky Bower of Martin and Bobby (Brieanne) Maya of TN; grandparents, Charles and Geneva Bower; uncles, Jamie (Melissa) Maya, Jesse (Stephanie) Maya, Charlie (Christina) Bower; aunt, Brandy (Kevin) Jackson; her dog that she loved so much, Tucker; many cousins along with several extended family members and many friends and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Efrain and Kathy Maya.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4-6 P.M., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Private family burial of ashes will be held at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Mahrijana may be made to the Allegan County Animal Shelter.

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

Jack D. Howrigon

January 11, 2018

Jack D. Howrigon

Jack Dale Howrigon left his earthly home and exchanged it for his heavenly eternal home on Thursday, January 11, 2018. He was born November 1, 1929 in Plainwell, Michigan to Velma (Breck) and Leon Howrigon. In 1947 he lost his dad, leaving him and three younger brothers, Gene, Robert and Jerry at home.

In 1948 Jack graduated from Otsego High School and in 1949 he married his high school sweetheart, Clara Nimtz. On December 31, 2017 they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Jack had worked at Ingersol of Kalamazoo until moving to Hammond Machinery Builders, Otsego Plant in 1955, retiring in 1990.

He loved sports and was a big “Go Blue” fan. He also enjoyed golfing and small game hunting with his dog Duffy. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego, the Otsego Lions Club and the Otsego Elks Lodge. After his retirement Jack and Clara wintered in Gulf Shores for 18 years.

Surviving are his wife, Clara; their children, Sherry (Mike) Hanson of Otsego, Dave (Karen) Howrigon of Tennessee and Rick (Mary) Howrigon of Otsego; 6 grandchildren, Jaime (Shawn) Rogers, Ryan (Trisha) Howrigon, Sean (Megan) Howrigon, Megan (Chris) Brown, Abbie Hanson and Matt Howrigon; two international granddaughters, Nino and Maria and 13 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Robert and Jerry Howrigon; many nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend, Joyce Sheldon.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Velma Howrigon Whitney; his father, Leon; step-father, Frank Whitney; brother, Gene Howrigon and life time friend, Dean Sheldon.

So many earthly angels were present the last stretch of his life. He enjoyed all his company, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, friends and extended family. A special thank you to Marshall Howrigon and Kerry Smalla for the extra visits and sharing the word.

He was blessed to have Lisa and Nancy of Wings of Hope Hospice caring for him. They served him with grace, respect and humor, all traits Jack admired.

Friends may visit with Jack’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

According to his wishes cremation will follow.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Contributions in memory of Jack may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego or to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

Mark A. Pulver

January 10, 2018

Mark A. Pulver

Mark passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 26, 1955 in Plainwell the son of Robert and Dolores (Carruthers) Pulver. Mark was a 1973 Otsego High School graduate. He had owned and operated Pulver Construction for over 30 years. On May 18, 1979 at Westwood Christian Reformed Church he married Barbara Lingbeek who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Justin Pulver of Kalamazoo and Zachary (Katelynd) Pulver and their son Milo of Lowell; mother, Dolores; siblings, Penny (Lark) Baker, Craig (Pam) Pulver, Michele Pulver and Dixon Pulver; sister-in-law, Jayne (Kurt) Nendorf of South Carolina along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and by his nephew, Seth Browning.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Mark’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Otsego United Methodist Church until the time of the memorial service at 12:00 P.M., with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mark may be made to Christian Neighbors or the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference.

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

Richard K. Huff

January 9, 2018

Richard K. Huff

 

Richard left his earthly home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

He was born in Plainwell, on March 23, 1944, the son of John and Helen (Richards) Huff. Richard enjoyed attending Sunshine Camp, traveling, riding his bike, writing letters and making special handmade greeting cards and sending them to his friends. Before becoming a resident, he liked visiting the Life Care Center in Plainwell. He loved people and was friendly to everyone he came in contact with. Richard was a fantastic example of unconditional love, and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Richard loved his Lord and Savior and was a member of the Plainwell Church of Christ.

Surviving are his siblings, William Huff of Martin, David Huff of Bradley and Trudy (Ralph) Mead of Plainwell, several nieces and nephews and his many friends in Plainwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Richard’s family from 5-8 P.M., Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Plainwell Church of Christ with Pastor Douglas E. Kranenburg officiating.

Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Wayland.

Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Plainwell Church of Christ.

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

        

Helen Elaine Keith

January 6, 2018

Helen Elaine Keith

Helen Elaine Keith of Plainwell, MI (Formerly of Otsego) passed away Thursday January 4, 2018 at the Life Care Center of Plainwell. She was born March 4, 1926 in Three Rivers, MI to Harlo and Helen (Price) Perry. She graduated from the Fort Wayne Bible College in 1956 and had attended Western Michigan before graduating from Wheaton in 1960. Following graduation Elaine traveled to Belgium where she studied French before moving on to Ivory Coast where she helped to establish Ivory Coast Academy and stayed to be the first to teach English speaking children at the academy. Elaine served in the mission field for over 33 years before returning to Michigan.

On March 23, 1996 she married David Keith and spent 7 wonderful years together before God called him home.

Surviving are her brother, 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 and step-daughters, Beverly Tabler of IN and Janice (Jim) Carl.

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

Friends may visit with Elaine’s family on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego from 10 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dan Bowman officiating.

Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Elaine may be directed to a former student of Elaine’s who is building a school in her name, for additional information please contact the funeral home.

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

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