Joyce M. Leffring

May 23, 2018

Joyce M. Leffring

Joyce passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

She was born February 26, 1928 in Muskegon, the daughter of Ward and Eleanore (Weidner) Bordeaux. Joyce was a 1946 Muskegon High School graduate and had attended the Muskegon School of Business. In 1949 she opened and operated the J & L Variety Store. In 1953 she sold the store, and in 1961 with her husband and son, moved to the Otsego Area.

Joyce was a member of the First Baptist Church in Otsego and was active with the choir, taught Sunday school, was a church hostess and part of the True Blue Class. She was also active with many senior groups and Friends of the Library.

In her spare time she enjoyed music, golfing and following the Detroit Tigers.

On January 24, 1953 in Muskegon she married Edward Leffring who passed away in 1990.

Surviving are her son, Doug (Diana) Leffring of Otsego; grandchildren, Matthew Leffring and his fiancé, Amber Harkness of Kalamazoo and Lisa (Larry) Peloquin of Otsego; great-grandchildren, Derek (Alexandria) Peloquin, Mackenzie Peloquin and Gage Peloquin; great-great-grandchildren, Carter and Kya Peloquin and niece, Lynn Parnell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Bill Bordeaux; nieces, Debra Snyder and Patricia Sweet.

Friends may visit with Joyce’s family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 25, 2018 with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

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

Elaine A. Klein

May 21, 2018

Elaine A. Klein

Elaine passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo.

She was born October 29, 1930 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of John and Loretta (Gebert) Ackerman. Elaine enjoyed gardening, reading, doing crossword puzzles, traveling with her husband and meeting her friends at Baraga Manor for lunch. Most of all she loved taking care of her children and spending time with her grandchildren.

On March 31, 1951 in Cincinnati she married Howard Klein who passed away in 2001.

Surviving are her children, James (Debra) Klein of Akron, OH and Kathy (Chuck) Wolthuis of Allegan; 5 grandchildren, Justin, Nathan, Andrea, Josh and Dana; 2 step-grandchildren, Caleb and Corrie Wolthuis and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, John and William Ackerman and Jean Otting.

Friends may visit with Elaine’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at St. Margaret Catholic Church, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Elaine may be made to Kairos Dwelling.

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

Rodney L. Channells

May 14, 2018

Rodney L. Channells

Rodney Lynn Channells was born on May 15, 1956 to George P. Channells II and Pauline E. (Troff) Channells. The third of five children, Rod grew up in Martin, MI where he fell in love with the country life and small town living.

Rod graduated from Martin High School and started work as a heavy truck mechanic.  There never seemed to be a vehicle that Rod didn’t know how to fix, and his skills in mechanics helped a great number of family and friends. His skills with tools were also put to work when helping his parents build the log home of their dreams. He would later marry his wife, Cathie Brown, in that home.

An avid outdoorsman, Rod loved to hunt and fish, finding himself in the woods or on the water every chance he got. Rod also loved animals entirely; he was almost never without a dog at his side, or in his car or truck.

Rod passed away at home on April 30, 2018.

Rod is survived by his brothers, George (Catherine) Channells III and Joseph Channells, sister Brook (Channells) Kievit, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by both parents, George and Pauline Channells, brother Todd Channells, brother-in-law Thomas Kievit, and wife Cathie (Brown) Channells.

Per Rod’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

A private burial will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Richard E. Wiers

May 10, 2018

Richard E. Wiers

Richard went to be with the Lord surrounded by family Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Battle Creek.

He was born June 26, 1928 in Kalamazoo the son of Harold and Dora (Hamacher) Wiers. Richard proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. For many years he had worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1991.

In his free time he enjoyed dancing, roller skating, singing karaoke, bird watching, growing roses, playing cribbage and following the Detroit Tigers and NASCAR. Richard loved his family very much especially his grandchildren. He had been a member of the Comstock VFW and a life member of the Delton VFW Post #422.

In 1947 he married Frances Smith, they were together for 20 years. On May 19, 1973 he married Joan Hill who passed away in 2008.

Surviving are his children, Mary (Jim) Bouwer of Kalamazoo, Larry (Judy) Wiers of Galesburg and John (Shani) Wiers of Kalamazoo; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Gary Wiers and siblings, Barb Thiel, Donna Haggerman and Don Wiers.

Friends may visit with Richard’s family from 2-4 P.M., Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Terry R. McNees

May 10, 2018

Terry R. McNees

Terry passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell.

He was born October 9, 1947 in Plainwell the son of Howard and Agnes (Ockerman) McNees. Terry proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He had been a truck driver for many years and had driven over 3 million miles.

In his spare time Terry enjoyed old cars and motorcycles and farming with his companion, Lynette Collins. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Surviving are his sons, Tony McNees and Tim McNees both of Arizona; 4 grandchildren, Talia, Janeann, Lisa and Tim; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ron (Sandy) McNees of Otsego and Tom McNees of Kalamazoo; sister, Carol Pantzer of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews and his friend who was like a brother, Tim Brewster.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Terry.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5-7 P.M., at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030 or to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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

Brenda E. Snyder

May 8, 2018

Brenda E. Snyder

Brenda passed way Sunday, May 6, 2018 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born November 7, 1959 in Plainwell the daughter of Vurl Snyder and Eileen Wilkins. Brenda was a hard worker and had worked at several area factories until her retirement in 2012.

She had a green thumb and in her spare time enjoyed gardening, making crafts, writing poetry, feeding and watching the birds, cooking, baking, scrapbooking and collecting antiques. Brenda was an animal lover and liked taking care of her cat, Bacon and dog, Mary.

Surviving are her son, Derek (Melinda) Snyder; 5 grandchildren, Erica, Robbie, Aubreigh, Trenton and Rylee; companion of 26 years, Eric Burnham and 2 brothers, Robert Maze and Wilee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Damien; daughter, Sara Graff and brother, Michael Snyder.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration will be held from 2-4 P.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Life Changing Ministries, 3932 E Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of Brenda may be made to her family for expenses or to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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

Barbara J. Pickard

May 5, 2018

Barbara J. Pickard

Barbara went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 4, 2018 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born July 6, 1939 in Sparta, the daughter of William and Nina (Merritt) Jordan. Barb had worked at Life Care Center of Plainwell for several years.

In her spare time she loved to shop and enjoyed bowling, traveling up north to Mackinaw City, working in her yard in her flower beds, taking care of her dogs and spending time with her friends and family. She was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell.

On August 28, 1967 she married Lawrence Pickard who passed away in 2003.

Surviving are son, Larry (Tina) Pickard of Plainwell, grandchildren, Amanda (Eric) Ramsey of NC and Todd (Bridgett) Cronkhite of Plainwell; great-grandson, Emmett Cronkhite and brothers, Ed (Diane) Jordan of Allendale and Dick (Arlene) Jordan of Marne.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, William and sister, Judy.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell with Pastor Steve Smail officiating.

Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

Margaret M. Wells

May 4, 2018

Margaret M. Wells

Margaret passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Richmond, Indiana.

She was born February 6, 1932 in Defiance, Ohio, the daughter of James and Ella (Gallent) Bailey. For many years Margaret had been a nurse’s aide at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting and quilting.

On May 27, 1951 in Plainwell she married Dale Wells who passed away in 2013.

Surviving are her children, Harry Wells of Delton, Rick (Marcia) Wells of Plainwell, Christine Branch of Ohio, Linda (Steve) Earl of Indiana, Connie Stanley of Indiana and Deborah Wells of Indiana; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Dale, Gordon and Thomas; grandson, Skyler Branch and many siblings.

Friends may visit with Margaret’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 P.M.

Burial will follow at East Martin Cemetery.

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

Frank J. Krivsky

May 2, 2018

Frank J. Krivsky

Frank Joseph Krivsky of Otsego, formerly of Delton and Illinois, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

He was born July 17, 1923 in Lisle, Illinois, the son of Frank and Antonia Krivsky. Frank proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII.

Surviving are his family members and his friends at Vicinia Gardens.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Illinois.

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

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

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