Richard D. Majewski

July 30, 2018

Richard D. Majewski

Dick passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 6, 1936 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Stanley and Martha (Nowak) Majewski. Dick proudly served his country in the US Air Force. He had worked at Hooker Motor Freight, Foreway Transportation and Allied Trucking until his retirement.

Dick loved to tinker around fixing things. He was a skilled carpenter and had built his own home. Dick was a parishioner of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego.

On May 4, 1957 in Traverse City he married Marilyn Tuller who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Therese (Bill) Holdeman of Plainwell, John (Susan) Majewski of Wayland, Cathy Dobbs of Kalamazoo, Stephen Majewski of Kalamazoo, Matthew (Tanisha) Majewski of Otsego, Elizabeth (Rick) Cornell of Chelsea and Janet (Kenneth) Lake of Pensacola, FL; 8 grandchildren, Andrew, Nathan, Matt Jr., Ryan, Ally, Collin, Connor and Alysa; 1 great-grandchild, Noah, sister, Rita (Maurice) DeWitte and family friend, James Hatfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and children, Tammy Johnston and Christopher Majewski.

Friends may visit with Dick’s family from 2-4 P.M., and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, August 1, 2018 with a rosary service at 7:30 P.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 2, 2018, at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, with Rev. Fr. Gordon Greene officiating.

Burial will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Dick may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.

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

Velma M Chisholm

July 29, 2018

Velma M Chisholm

Velma passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born March 9, 1937 in Cushing, Oklahoma, the daughter of Kenneth and Sadie (Fields) Matlock. For many years Velma had worked at the Kalamazoo State Hospital until her retirement in 1996.

In her free time she enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, bowling, and crocheting. Velma was a member of the Women of the Moose in Otsego.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Myra) Tullis of Gobles, Wesley Stratton of Decatur, James (Diana) Stratton of Comstock, Harley Stratton of Plainwell and Brenda (Mark) Adams of Plainwell; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and her sister, Faye Christine Wallace.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Velma may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Christian Neighbors.

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

Frederick W. Haddix Jr.

July 27, 2018

Frederick W. Haddix Jr.

Fred passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born November 26, 1940 in Grand Haven the son of Frederick and Jesse (More) Haddix. Fred proudly served his country in the US Air Force. For over 30 years he had worked for MDOT until his retirement in 2000.

Fred enjoyed fishing and deep frying pan fish, hunting, golfing and following NASCAR especially Dale Earnhardt Sr. On July 3, 1981 in Kalamazoo he married June Cary who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Joe (Glenda) Haddix of Otsego, Chris (Doug) Stone of Otsego, Jody (Allison) Haddix of Plainwell, Derek (Darlene) Cobble of Otsego and Brett (Chrissy) Cobble of Plainwell; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and sisters, Jan Addis and Maxine Nichols.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Jaryd Ford.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

A private family burial of ashes will be held at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Fred may be made to the Jaryd Ford Scholarship Fund at Martin Schools.

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

Scott N. Chamberlain

July 26, 2018

Scott N. Chamberlain

Scott passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 in Wisconsin.

He was born March 1, 1971 in Allegan the son of Eugene and Barbara (Kline) Chamberlain. For many years Scott had worked in construction until an injury forced him to retire in 2012. Scott loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all Scott loved spending time with his children.

On September 18, 2003 he married Carrie Schoneboom who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Samantha, Chloe, Lane and Caitlyn; sisters, Shelly (Brian) Chapman, Kim (Larry) Bean, Kelly DeRuyscher and Karry Covault along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Scott’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mattawan.

Contributions in memory of Scott may be made to his family for a college fund for his children.

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

Robert “Steve” Fergusson

July 25, 2018

Robert “Steve” Fergusson

Steve passed away Friday, July 20, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born August 24, 1948 in Plainwell the son of Robert and Mary Ellen (Sornbury) Fergusson. Steve was an Otsego High School graduate and proudly served his country in the US Navy. A lifelong resident of the area, he had worked at the Big Wheel and Auto Zone for many years.

Steve was a member of the Kalamazoo Kennel Club and had been a dog trainer, handler and show judge. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, traveling around the U.P., reading and watching old western movies. He married Linda Sue Smith who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jennifer (Chad) Starbuck-VanVoorst of Martin, Dennis (Jessica) Starbuck of Breedsville and Allison (Jay) Starbuck of Martin; 9 grandchildren, Andrew, Michael, Logan, Dominic, Steven, J.J., Natalie, Dayton and Skyler; his mother, Mary Ellen Woodstock; siblings, Laura (Kevin) Riddell and Mike Fergusson and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and by his sister, Karen.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at a later time.

Memorial donations in memory of Steve may be left to his family to help with final expenses. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Ethel Marie Bowers

July 18, 2018

Ethel Marie Bowers

Marie passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center.

She was born July 25, 1937 in Plainwell, the daughter of George and Betty (Leonard) Fletcher. Marie had worked at Checker Motors, General Motors and Perrigo. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and watching old western movies.

Surviving are her children, Steve Oetman of Allegan, Terry (Tami) Oetman of Kalamazoo, Larry Oetman of Otsego and Alan Oetman of Plainwell; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and her brother, George Fletcher of Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Tara Oetman and her siblings, Dean, Billy, Jack and Gail.

A graveside service will take place at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

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

Matthew P. Eshbaugh

July 17, 2018

Matthew P. Eshbaugh

Matthew Paul Eshbaugh passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home in Otsego.

He was born July 25, 1978, in Kalamazoo, the son of Brad Eshbaugh and Cindy (Bular) Patterson. Matt had most recently worked as a lift operator at Bittersweet Ski Resort. On July 14, 2003, he married Heather Stolworthy and they were able to share their 15th anniversary together before his death. Matt cherished his time with his dogs, Xena and Bruizer.

He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Heather Eshbaugh; children, Cameron and Cassia Baker; his mother, Cindy Patterson; father and step-mother, Brad and Julie Eshbaugh; his grandmothers: Nancy Eshbaugh and Luella Eshbaugh; his brothers and sisters: Kevin Slater, Andrew Eshbaugh, Michael Johnson, Joseph Johnson, and Dawn Johnson; several aunts and uncles and many nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Heather Michelle Marsh.

Matt was preceded in death by his sister, Michelle Johnson; step-father, Curtis Patterson; his grandfathers: Richard Bular and Ralph Eshbaugh; aunt, Pamela Mathis and a dear aunt, Tootie Guthrie.

The family will greet friends and family during a time to celebrate Matt’s life on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 12-3 PM at Robert Morris Park (8415 East H Ave, Kalamazoo) on Campbell Lake. A service to remember his life will be held at 12 PM during the gathering.

Contributions in memory of Matt may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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

Edward Jankowiak

July 13, 2018

Edward Jankowiak

Ed passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at his home in Wayland.

He was born May 10, 1952 in Saginaw, the son of Virgil and Bonnie (Hilliker) Jankowiak. Ed had worked at Carter Lumber and had been a truck driver for Best Way Disposal. In his spare time he loved riding motorcycles. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In 1990 he married Jessica Laws who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Amy Middaugh, Timothy Jankowiak, Bob Schultz, Amy Schultz and Angela Schultz; 21 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Armena (Mike) Pett and brother, Bill (Deb) Jankowiak.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Erica Reed and brothers, Ken, Virgil Jr and Wayne.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

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

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

Melvin Marschall

July 13, 2018

Melvin Marschall

Mel passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at Alamo Nursing Home.

He was born August 6, 1935 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Ortmann) Marschall. Mel graduated from Otsego High School in 1953, and went on to proudly serve his country in the US Army. For 35 years he had worked at Sears as a mechanic and had also worked 10 years at Otsego High School.

In his free time Mel enjoyed hunting, working in his vegetable garden, farming and watching football.

On September 29, 1956 in Kalamazoo he married Linda Scott who passed away in 2014. Mel and Linda loved their family very much and had been foster parents for 30 years.

Surviving are his children, Diane (Gene) Slater and Carl Marschall; grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Slater, Scott (Kim) Slater, Keri (Sean) Newton, Kevin (Laura) Slater, Kristy (Travis) Taylor, Jessica Brady, Cassie Marschall and Chelsea Marschall and a very special sister-in-law, Sue Marschall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Christopher in 1977 and brother, Chris Marschall.

Friends may visit with Mel’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Mel may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, Alamo Nursing Home or Alamo Community Congregational Church.

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

Barbara Burr

July 9, 2018

Barbara Burr

Barbara Burr of Plainwell, MI passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born April 12, 1938 in Allegan the daughter of Albertus and Cecilia (Janke) Hellenthal. Barbara earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University. She had worked for Allegan Co. Mental Health and also worked at Pipp Hospital in the Accounting Dept. Barbara volunteered with CASA as a court appointed advocate for abused and neglected children and for Christian Neighbors. She enjoyed spending time with her family at her home and at the lake and she liked working in her flower garden. More than anything she loved spending time with her grandchildren. On July 2, 1960 she married the love of her life, William Burr who preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Jeffery (Nancy) Burr of Otsego, Brian (Mary) Burr of Plainwell and Jennifer Burr of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, David, Gregory, Mason and Lauren Burr; her sister Shirley (David) Reed and her Aunt Beverly Predum.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Otsego United Methodist Church at 6:00 P.M. with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Home Cemetery at a later time.

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

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

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