Dolores I. Buffenbarger

Dolores I. Buffenbarger

Dolores passed away surrounded by her family, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.

She was born December 28, 1931 in Plainwell the daughter of Wendell and Irene (Kelso) Stephenson. For more than 30 years Dolores was the secretary to the superintendent of Plainwell Community Schools until her retirement in 1996.

In her spare time she enjoyed doing crosswords puzzles, reading historic novels, following sports, watching old movies, visiting with her friends, working with the election committees and area blood drives and making her famous potato soup for the Christian Neighbors soup suppers. Dolores was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Plainwell.

On September 8, 1951 in Plainwell she married Phillip Buffenbarger who passed away in 2005.

Surviving are her children, Sue Needham-Wood (Terry Wood) of Kalamazoo, Stephen (Terri) Buffenbarger of Plainwell and Martin (Carolyn) Buffenbarger of Texas; 7 grandchildren, Matthew Needham, Erica Needham-Rausch, Megan (Nick) Salazar, Molly (Nathan Root) Buffenbarger, Bryce (Elyse) Buffenbarger, Kelsey (Drew) Zahn-Melton and Forrest Buffenbarger and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Stan Needham; brother, Robert Stephenson along with many aunts and cousins.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Dolores’ life will take place from 2-5 P.M., Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Plainwell in the Fellowship Hall.

Contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to Christian Neighbors.

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  1. Joey Klumpp says:

    My dear sweet Dee Dee. She had a heart of gold and always had time to listen. She love the Tigers. We went to a game together and had a wonderful time . There is so many things we did together that I will have a life time of memories. Thank you Dee Dee for being so good to me. Love and hugs. Joey Klumpp

  2. Danet says:

    Aunt Dolores has and will always be a very classy lady. Rest In Peace.

  3. Nancy Green says:

    Mrs. Buffenbarger was a sweet soul. I know she is rejoicing in heaven.

  4. Ken & Dianne Burkhart says:

    Sue and Family,
    So sorry for your loss of your lovely Mother.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  5. Steve and Mary Schuiteboer says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  6. Marcella (Clapper) Eidson says:

    Sue, So Sorry to hear about your mom. Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family.

  7. Karen Gustafson says:

    Marty & family,
    Thinking of you. Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. You will continue to be in my prayers.

  8. Scott Kenyon says:

    Sue, Steve, Marty and families: I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers…………..Sincerely Scott Kenyon and family.

  9. Kathy James-Sparks says:

    Steve, Sue, Marty & family,
    Sorry for the loss of you Mom! Thoughts and Prayers.

  10. Matt Weaver says:

    Marty, Steve and Sue,
    Very sorry to hear about the passing of you mother. I will always remember the fun times at your house. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  11. Mary Hampton-Jackson says:

    Love and prayers. to Steve, Marty, Sue and the entire Family on the death of your dear Mom

  12. Brian Arehart says:

    Marty & Steve,

    Sorry to hear of you moms passing.

  13. William Stephenson says:

    Thoughts, prayers and blessings to all your family !!!!!

  14. Barbara Haffner Nichols says:

    Dolores was a good friend to me in high school. When I won a trip to Girls’ State in Lansing, she joined with other friends to buy me some new clothes for the week there. She was always fun to be with, and later in life an enjoyable companion.

  15. Pam and Tim Roush says:

    Sue and family, So sorry for the passing of Dee. She was an amazing woman. Prayers are said for all of you

  16. Michael Chase says:

    Sue, Steve, & Marty :
    To all three siblings and their families, I’m sorry to hear the loss of your mother. She was a great mother and grandmother. An amazing women. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Always, Michael Chase

  17. Marilyn Noble Lamborn and Family says:

    To the Buffenbarger Family:

    Our many thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time. What a nice person Dolores was. She is in God’s hands now in a better place.

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