Janice L. Keith

July 30, 2019

Janice L. Keith

On July 29th, 2019, Janice Lee (Wadsworth) Keith was called to heaven to be with her Lord. Janice was born January 20, 1961 in Kalamazoo.

She was proceded in death by her sister LuAnn (Hamm) Dekilder and step brother Roe Johnson. Jan is survived by her husband of 42 years John Ray Keith of Plainwell; her mother, Joann (Rocky) Johnson of Allegan; daughter Faith (William) Davis of Lennon MI; son John (Kerry) Keith of Allegan MI; 5 grandchildren; Daniell Davis, Charles Keith, James Davis, Amanda Keith and Alexander Keith; sister Rachel Wadsworth of Kalamazoo; sister Virginia Hopson of Fennville; sister Loretta Smith of Kalamazoo; sister Beth Hamm of Allegan; brother Michael Wadsworth of Springport and brother Dale Wadsworth of Otsego; step sister Carleen (Mike) Kyle of Virginia and step sister Alice (Chuck) Lossie, Paw Paw, MI.

She was a member of the Otsego High School class of 1980. Jan loved crafts of all sorts, woodworking, crocheting, knitting, jewelry making among others. As a licensed cosmetologist she was fascinated by the popular hair styles of the day. It was common for her to get calls for hair or dress help from young ladies before school dances -- she happily ‘saved the day.’

Jan drove a school bus for Plainwell Community Schools for many years. She loved her bus kids and they loved her for many reasons; from her fair treatment of their antics to her crocheting hats for each rider, her countless costumes for holidays and her ever present smile, to name a few. Jan’s endless love and support of her family is her greatest legacy.

Service and a celebration of  life will be held August 10th, 2019th at the Trowbridge Community Church, 355 26th St, Otsego, MI 49078, (269) 673-5502, officiated by Tim Marsh. Visitation begins at 10 am, service at 11am. Luncheon will follow.

The family has created a Facebook group to collect memories of those impacted by Jan’s warm heart. 

Darlene K. Rose

July 29, 2019

Darlene K. Rose

Darlene passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born January 21, 1941 in Kalamazoo the daughter of William and Ida (Abraham) Mills. Darlene devoted her whole life to her family, raising 6 kids with no driver’s license and her husband on the road during the week. For over 25 years she had operated a daycare in her home.

She enjoyed collecting beanie babies, playing bingo, taking golf cart rides, Elvis, camping, flower gardening, knitting, crocheting and two tracking in Mancelona. Darlene was the self –appointed park security at Royal Estates and part of the welcoming committee. Her door was always open for family and friends. On April 25, 1957 in Osceola, Indiana she married Jack Rose who passed away in 2000.

Surviving are her children, Debra (Fred) Cooper, Kimberly (Chris) Book, Jack Rose Jr., Mark (Scharon) Rose, Kenneth (Becky) Rose and Timothy (Amy) Rose; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and her brother, Bob (Lynda) Mills.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Shirley McComis and William “Sonny” Mills Jr.

A graveside service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

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

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

Marion A. Gray

July 26, 2019

Marion A. Gray

Marion A. Gray quietly passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Kalamazoo.

She was born January 2, 1926 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Ralph and Marguerite Ritsema. She attended the Washington Square Schools and graduated from Kalamazoo Central H.S. in 1944. She married Donald T. Gray on November 1, 1946, who preceded her in death in 2001.

She had an active life working as a medical assistant for several area physicians and spent much of her time with community activities such as president of the Liberty Street PTA, founder of the Liberty Street 4-H club and a long standing member of the Alamo Community Congregational Church.

She loved square dancing and playing cards especially Pinochle. She had a lifelong passion for music starting in her childhood and she passed that along to her children and grandchildren as well. Her life was devoted to faith, family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Permenter of Kalamazoo, Michael (Denise) Gray of Kalamazoo, Douglas ( Gail) Gray of Farmington Hills, Denise (Bill) Coe of Kalamazoo and Dale Gray of Kalamazoo; very special nephew, Gerald LeMahieu of  Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Amy (Joel) Bosscher, Jarrod Permenter, Kerra & Kyleen Gray and Brian (Kristen) Gray and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella Osborne and Boston Gray.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her siblings Madelyn Pittman and Duane Ritsema.

In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Kiva Auditorium at Friendship Village.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Friendship Village or Alamo Community Congregational Church.

Messages of condolence may be made at www.winkelfuneralhome.com.

Carol H. Meles

July 24, 2019

Carol H. Meles

Carol passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born November 15, 1931 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Thomas and Helen (Byland) Fishleigh. Graduating in l949 from Grand Rapids South High, Carol went on to earn her nursing degree from Chicago Presbyterian Hospital.

Her marriage to Robert Meles on September 12, 1959 brought the blessing and challenge of raising 3 young children and a new career with Bob’s Hardware, all embraced with devotion and enthusiasm.  Carol loved life and most especially when in the company of her family and friends.

She enjoyed following Michigan sports teams, traveling, sailing and giving of her time to others. Marco Island held a special spot in Carol’s heart and she spent many happy retirement years in her Florida home.

A dedicated member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 62 years, she was proud to organize Chapter ED, Otsego in 1980. She held dual membership in the Otsego Congregational Church and the United Church of Marco Island and was a member of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club.

Surviving are her children, Catherine (Martin) Hill, James Meles, and Bruce (Connie) Meles; grandchildren, Dan (Ashley) Hill, Katy (Kevin) Cox, Jon (Leslie) Hill, Aaron (Kim) Meles, and Nathan Meles and 11 great-grandchildren. A niece, Michelle Barsamian, also survives.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 38 years, and her brother John Fishleigh.

Friends may visit with Carol’s family starting 9:30 A.M., Friday, August 2, 2019 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego until the time of the memorial service starting at 10:30 A.M., with Carol’s family officiating.

Please join the family for lunch following the service.

According to her wishes, cremation will take place and burial will occur at a later time at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego or The United Church of Marco Island, Florida.

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

Phyllis E. Forbes

July 23, 2019

Phyllis E. Forbes

Phyllis passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Monday, July 22, 2019 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 1, 1937 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Clyde and Alice (Wilson) Rinehart. Phyllis was a 1954 Otsego High School graduate. She had worked at Shakespeares/Glassmaster Controls from 1969 until her retirement in 2013.

In her free time Phyllis loved gardening, cooking, camping, taking care of her dog and spending time with her friends. On June 26, 1954 she married Bruce Forbes who passed away in 1999.

Surviving are her children, Gail Forbes and Billy Joe (Shelley) Forbes both of Gobles; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Terri Rinehart of Battle Creek along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons; Mike and David; grandson, Jason; son-in-law, Squire “Mac” Burns and siblings, Jerry Rinehart, Lois Miner, Joyce Blanchard and Jim Rinehart.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Phyllis’ family starting at 11:00 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at noon, Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest North at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Phyllis may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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

Renee Hatten Sutherland

July 20, 2019

Renee Hatten Sutherland

Renee Hatten Sutherland died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Renee was born September 30, 1953 in Allegan, Michigan to Wilbur and Alice (Holloway) Hatten. She was a cook for many years at Pine Lake Diner. Although she was a little scared of motorcycles, a friend convinced her to ride on the back of his Harley. After that experience, she loved Harley’s and enjoyed when someone would offer her a ride. She painted ceramics in her free time and did not like to miss an episode of General Hospital on the TV. Renee will be missed by her family, friends and by her little dogs Molly, Toby and Dolly.

Survivors include her children, Robert (Stacie) Sutherland; T.J. Sutherland Jr., Michael Sutherland, Kevin Sutherland and Matthew Sutherland all of Allegan, and Connie (Art) Keller of Three Rivers; siblings, Richard Hatten of Delton, Theresa Hatten of Delton, Mary (Doc) McDole of Tennessee, Michael Hatten of Delton and twins Kevin and Karen Applegren of Kalamazoo, many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her baby daughter Mary Sue, brother Bobby and by her former husband and lifelong companion, Tom Sutherland Sr.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. 

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

Thomas J. Miller

July 16, 2019

Thomas J. Miller

Thomas J. Miller died Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 4, 1962 in Pontiac, Michigan to Dick and Peg Miller. Tom’s proficiency in math and his determination to learn how things work, led to an education at GMI where he earned his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed at GM in Lansing for 25 years. Tom and Will then joined Lisa at their bed and breakfast in Omena where he enjoyed preparing breakfast and conversing with guests. He also was the Quality Manager at EaglePicher Technologies in Traverse City, and most recently, was a Quality Director at MEC in Byron Center, Michigan. It was while working in Lansing that he met and fell in love with Lisa. They were married September 20, 2001 in Las Vegas. He enjoyed doing home improvement projects, shopping at Menards and researching anything that caught his fancy. He loved spending time with his friends and family most of all. He would share his photography, cook great meals, vacation, and relax, all while being surrounded by his friends and family. He adored his dogs and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings. He had a great sense of humor and lived his life to the fullest.

Survivors include his wife Lisa; son William, of Kalamazoo; siblings, Mary Ann Sens (Don) of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Martha Theilmann (Richard) of Wayzata, Minnesota; Kate Snodgrass of Dayton, Ohio; Beth Miller (Cal Entinger) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Margaret DeWitt (Scott) of Marietta, Georgia and Bob Miller of Three Oaks, Michigan; many nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law Linda Hallett of Plainwell; sister-in-law, Jodi Giltrop of Plainwell and brother-in-law Kevin Scott (Vicky) of Plainwell. He was preceded in death by his mother Peg. His father Dick passed July 16, 2019.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 pm. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Margaret Church in Otsego. Private burial at Hillside Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Esophageal Cancer (ECAA), PO Box 55071 #15530, Boston, MA 02205-5071 .

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

Morris R. Stoughton Jr.

July 13, 2019

Morris R. Stoughton Jr.

Morrie passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at his home in Otsego.

He was born December 11, 1930 in Otsego, the son of Morris Sr. and Audrey (Edson) Stoughton. Morrie graduated from Otsego High School in 1949. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Morrie enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, chopping wood and gardening.

He had a very strong faith and was a hard working Christian man. Morrie was happiest when surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always where he was needed whether they knew it or not. On March 3, 1951 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, he married Jeanette Curtis who passed away in 2002.

Surviving are his children, Lee (Vicki) Stoughton, Robert (Judy) Stoughton, Gregg (Laurel) Stoughton, Robin (Kevin) Boulter and Jerry (Christine) Stoughton; grandchildren, Kyle, Chris, Jason, Jessica, Paul, Sarah, David, Samantha, Erick, Brandi, Trevor and Garret; 14 great-grandchildren and his siblings, Betty Galloway, Eva Belding and Linda Clark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, Don and Marv Stoughton and Shirley Campbell.

Friends may visit with Morrie’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with Carol Hoeve officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

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

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

Josephine V. Daggett

July 2, 2019

Josephine V. Daggett

Josephine passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

She was born September 6, 1921 in Knoblick, Missouri, the daughter of Jonah and Martha (Watkins) Clark. Josephine enjoyed gardening dancing, traveling and fishing. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Kalamazoo Antique Automobile Club.

Surviving are her children, Madonna (Don) Steele and Mike (Cindy) Daggett; grandchildren, Jeff Steele, Wendy (Mike) Wallace; Russell (Christina) Steele and Dawn (Rick) Baad; 9 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Russell; brothers, Sanford; Dan and Roy Clark; sisters, Flora, Eliza, Lettie, Lora, Opal, Minnie, Esther and Eleanor.

A private family graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of Josephine may be made to the Humane Society.

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

Kathryn M. Briese

June 27, 2019

Kathryn M. Briese

Kathy passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born June 10, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur and Dorothy (Marshall) Gee. Kathy enjoyed trips to Wal-Mart and being part of the PTA when her children were younger. She was lovable and “real” and enjoyed her community activities, being grandma Katie and making people laugh.

Surviving are her children, Jerry (Molly) Gee of Colorado, Joe (Jessica) Ablan of Richland and Bridgit Ablan of Missouri; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and her brother, James.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Mike Briese; son, Gregory; grandson, Justin and siblings Gary, Tom, Pat and Florence.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Kathy’s family from 1:00 P.M., Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the memorial service at 3:00 P.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

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

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