Richard D. Pierce II

April 17, 2019

Richard D. Pierce II

Rick passed away Monday, April 15, 2019 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

He was born December 26, 1956 in Plainwell, the son of Richard and Joanne (Angell) Pierce. Rick had worked for Parker Hannifin and Prince Manufacturing. In his free time he enjoyed remote control airplanes, fishing and hunting.

On February 14, 1975 in Trowbridge Township he married Ann Hope who passed away in 1991.

Surviving are his sons, Rick Pierce III of Plainwell and Mike (Tanya) Pierce of Fennville; siblings, Chris of Texas and Cindy of Battle Creek along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Contributions in memory of Rick may be made to the charity of choice.

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

Beverly P. Reynolds

April 15, 2019

Beverly P. Reynolds

Beverly passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

She was born October 21, 1933 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of William and Harriet (Granell) Raven. In her spare time Beverly enjoyed flower gardening, working in her yard and fishing.

On April 16, 1955 she married Edward Reynolds who passed away in 2015.

Surviving are her children, Kathy Reynolds and Cindy Reynolds; 5 grandchildren, Tina Wentzel of Kalamazoo, Robert (Dora) Moll Jr. of Kalamazoo, Scott Reynolds of Ohio, Heather (Jason) Buckout of Pennsylvania and Jamie Cox of Kalamazoo; 9 great-grandchildren and her twin sister, Barb Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 10 siblings.

Cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later time.

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

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

George W. Rohr

April 13, 2019

George W. Rohr

George passed away Friday, April 12, 2019 at his home in Alamo Township.

He was born May 5, 1934 in Saint Marie, Illinois, to George and Ruth (Staley) Rohr. George served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In his spare time he enjoyed being outdoors and liked to fish, hunt, golf and watch old western movies.

On October 8, 1955 in Menominee he married Gertrude “Trudy” Martell who passed away in 2017.

Surviving are his children, Linda (C.A.) Bowen of Alabama, Bill (Kim) Rohr of Otsego, John (Marcia) Rohr of Paw Paw, Ed Rohr, Adam (Kim) Rohr of Kalamazoo and Laura (Gerard) Moyer of Kalamazoo; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Rohr of Holland and Michael (Michelle) Rohr of Kalamazoo and sisters, Carole Rohr of Indiana and Mary (Forrest) Laughlin of Gobles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, David Rohr and sister, Sharon Bartholomew.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with George’s family from 5-7 P.M., Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a rosary service at 7 P.M.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial of ashes will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

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

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

Sharon L. Schmitt

April 13, 2019

Sharon L. Schmitt

Sharon passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at her home in Otsego.

She was born September 13, 1942 in Allegan the daughter of Mac and Dorothy (Germain) Bailey.

Sharon enjoyed knitting, crocheting, going to craft shows and hunting for antiques and items for her family and friends. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed decorating her home. Sharon had a caring heart and always thought of others before herself.

On December 6, 1958 she married Joseph Schmitt who survives.

Also surviving are her daughters, Beth Ann (Ronnie Marks) Schmitt and Laurie (David “DJ” Babbitt) Schmitt, grandson, Asa (A’ndria Uherek) Lakeman; 4 great-grandchildren and her brother, Norman (Secrett) Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Joey Schmitt in 2016 and by her sister, JoAnn Gallagher.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Greg Carlson officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

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

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

Maurice A. Wuis

April 13, 2019

Maurice A. Wuis

Maurice passed away Friday, April 12, 2019 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

Morry was born September 22, 1927 in Otsego, the son of Leonard and Dorothy (Button) Wuis. He had been a machine operator for 37 years at Mac Sim Bar/Mead until his retirement in 1985.

Morry was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed hunting in Wyoming and Michigan. He also enjoyed classic cars and had won several trophies at different car shows over the years and always took part in the Creative Arts Festival car show.

On July 12, 1946 in Otsego he married Beryl Dalrymple who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are his daughter, Cindy (David) Richardson of Tennessee; grandson Scott (Stephanie) Richardson and their children, Karrah and Brennan and his sister, Lucille Lovett.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with Morry’s family from 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Morry may be made to Habitat for Humanity.

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

Ileta L. (Lober) Marsh

April 10, 2019

Ileta L. (Lober) Marsh

Ileta Lucille (Myers) Lober- Marsh passed away peacefully in her sleep, Monday, April 8, 2019 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

She was born January 22, 1926 in Hastings Hill, West Virginia, the daughter of George and Bonnie (Horner) Myers. Ileta grew up in Hastings Hill, Pine Grove and New Martinsville, West Virginia with her four sisters, Anita, Ethel, Leanore and Leah.

She married Floyd W. Lober who passed away in 1969. She resided in Martin, at the Lober’s dairy farm, Otsego, MI, then Pine Lake and then back to Otsego. On June 26, 1971 she married Leroy Marsh who passed away in 2002.

Ileta had worked at Otsego High School and at a nursing home in Plainwell. She was very active with the Otsego VFW Ladies Auxiliary for over 50 years and held all of the officer posts. She enjoyed being involved with TOPS for over 30 years and was a 4-H leader.

Ileta was a devoted loving mother and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. She had a very long, happy and productive life and lived by her favorite catch phrase “it is what it is.”

Surviving are her children, Shirley (Charles) Lober-Rumpf, Floyd “Randy” (Mary) Lober and Leslie Lober; grandchildren, Scott and Michelle Fris and Wilhelm, Georg (Kelley) and Sigmund Rumpf and great-grandchildren, Ruth Ann Fris and Merinna and Marcus Keller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and daughter, Sandra Fris.

A family service will take place.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

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

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

Linda L. Mario

April 9, 2019

Linda L. Mario

Linda passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. Mario was born April 23, 1920, in Allegan, Michigan, to Ira and Verna (Platt) Morris. On January 6, 1940, she married Anthony “Tony” Mario, who preceded her in death in 2011. In 1974 Linda and Tony moved from Otsego to Pine Lake, where she loved spending time with her family.

For over 25 years, Linda owned and operated the Mario Beauty Salon, along with her sister-in-law, retiring in 1971. After their retirement, Linda and Tony began wintering in Florida.

She is survived by her children: Brenda Neupert of Belleville, Sally (Bill) Pallett of Plainwell, and Tom (Nancy) Mario of California; her grandchildren: Jody (Bruce) Gielinski, Jill Hammond, Cheryl (Gordon) VanderPloeg, Chris (Jackie) Pallett, and Tim (Tammy) Pallett; her great-grandchildren: Phillip and Alyse Hammond, Carter (Jillian) and Carlee Pallett and Cassie Pallett; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Tony, an infant son Anthony Thomas Mario, and her son-in-law Phillip Neupert.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 8, 2019 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial of ashes will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery.  

Contributions in memory of Linda may be made to Arbor Hospice.

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

Karen Gentile

April 5, 2019

Karen Gentile

Karen Margaret Gentile died unexpectedly in her home in Plainwell, Michigan on Tuesday, April 2nd.  Karen was born on April 5, 1946 in Muskegon, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Schaefer) Gassman.  She graduated from Muskegon High School in 1964 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Michigan State University in 1967.  On July 8, 1967, she married Joseph F. Gentile in the MSU Alumni Chapel in East Lansing.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter Kristen (Richard) Workman of Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, David (Paula Veverica) Gentile of Belleville, Michigan; five grandchildren – Kaitlyn, Christopher, and Abigail Workman, and Alexander and Eva Gentile; a brother, Dennis Gassman of Salt Lake City; a sister-in-law, Judith (Kenneth) Bunge of San Juan Capistrano, California; three nephews, one niece, three grand nephews, four grand nieces, and several cousins.  She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Carolyn (Hensler) Gassman.

During her very active life, Karen was passionate about the arts and all things natural.  She dedicated her life to raising and supporting her children in their many interests – and then rededicating her life to bond with her grandchildren.  Since retiring to Plainwell with her husband in 2003, she was an active member of the Western Hills Garden Club, Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the National Wildlife Foundation.  She served in several executive positions in these organizations, including President, District III Director (with responsibility for over 20 western Michigan Garden Clubs) and Fourth Vice President.  In these capacities, she received several awards and commendations including being named a Life Member of the Michigan Garden Club and a Life Member of the National Garden Club.

Karen loved all sports, but particularly hockey, figure skating, football, baseball, and college basketball.  She was a voracious reader and a creative writer.  She completed a biography of her husband’s paternal immigrant grandmother, several narratives about her extensive travels, and was finishing her autobiography at the time of her death.  She also was an accomplished artist, specializing in water colors.  Her favorite paintings depict the flora and fauna of the Lake Doster area.

The family will receive friends from 2 PM until 7 PM on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 (and from 10 to 11 AM the next day for those traveling long distances) at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego, Michigan.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Karen’s name to the charity of your choice, or to the Western Hills Garden Club, 89 South Lake Doster, Plainwell, Michigan  49080.  Please include in the memo line “Karen Gentile Memorial”.  Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Danny Oxford

April 1, 2019

Danny Oxford

Danny Oxford, 67, of Allegan passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home with his wife by his side. Danny was born February 15, 1952 in Missouri to Ebert and Lois Oxford. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. Danny was a truck driver and a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge 345 for many years. He is survived by his wife, Vickie; sons, Dustin Oxford, Danny Oxford Jr., Bobby Oxford, David Oxford and Donald Oxford; daughters Lisa Null and D. Chantay Vincent; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Terry and Barbara Oxford; sister Alma Bowen; and his brother Jimmy Duke. He is preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego followed by the Funeral Service at noon Saturday. Memorials may be made to the Allegan Cancer Center, 555 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010 or to the West Michigan Cancer Center, 200 Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Shannon M. Dever

April 1, 2019

Shannon M. Dever

Shannon passed away Friday, March 29, 2019 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born July 19, 1973 in Plainwell to David and June (Main) Dunklee. Shannon attended Martin High school. She married Daniel Dever on December 5, 1998 in Hopkins, Michigan. She was a bundle of energy and determination, which served her well while raising their 4 children and earning her GED. They were stationed in Arizona and Colorado for most of Dan’s Military career. She served right alongside him through 4 deployments while raising their children and being a Mom and mentor to many of the younger Soldiers. She and Dan were active with the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association 35-4. She was also a terrific baker, a talented seamstress, enjoyed embroidery, and was an avid U of M football fan. Above all else Shannon loved her role as wife, mother and grandmother. She was great at bringing all her family together. Survivors include her husband Dan; children, Dylan Dunklee (Stephanie) of Hastings, Erik Dever of Hastings, Chelsie Dever of Gobles and Mickayla Dever of Gobles; grandchildren, Liam, Gracelynn and Jaxxon; her father David Dunklee (Peggy) of Allegan; and siblings, Kim Rathbun (Robert) of Hastings, Shaun Dunklee (Brandy) of Otsego, Missy Rodriguez (Elvis) of Otsego, Shandy Evink (Daniel) of Kalamazoo and Brandon Rantz (Adam) of Kalamazoo. Her mother preceded her in death. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a college fund for her daughter Mickayla. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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