Mary Jane ‘Bunny’ Cary

Mary Jane ‘Bunny’ Cary

Mary Jane ‘Bunny’ Cary of Otsego passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Bunny was born November 6, 1925 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Jefferson and Frances ‘Kitty’ Cummings. She graduated from Western Michigan University and taught in Dowagiac, Gobles and then for Otsego Public Schools for 35 years retiring in 1985. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing cards, bowling, ceramics and shopping.

On June 6, 1948 she married Paul ‘Pete’ Cary who survives. Also surviving are her children, Chris (David) Hicks of Springfield, IL, Peter (Laura) Cary of Otsego and Kevin (Melissa) Cary of Cedar Springs; her granddaughter Helena Cary.

Friends may visit with Bunny’s family from 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Bunny may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Messages of condolence may be posted at

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  1. sally Thaxton says:

    Love to you all, great memories

  2. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Family of Bunny,
    We send our love and prayers to all of you! Bunny was a very gracious lady! We have fond memories with her at the Elks. Please know that she is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!

  3. Nanci L Zeran says:

    To Bunny’s Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss and pray that you find comfort in knowing how much Bunny was loved by so many. I cherish my friendship of such a dear lady. I have over 40 years of beautiful memories of Bunny and Pete with our group of friends. I know she is now in Heaven with Gary, Al, and Claudia. (I’m sure there will be some pretty wild Euchre games between them!) I’ll miss seeing you Bunny in our gatherings. You were so very kind to me.

  4. Annette and Jerry Schwartz says:

    So sorry about your loss. Our thoughts are with you Chris and your family.

  5. Tim and Laurie Andrus says:

    Your family is in our thoughts at this difficult time.

  6. Nancy and Ron Feniger says:

    Pete, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We so enjoyed getting to know Bunny and we know she will be missed by many, many people. Our thoughts are with you.

  7. Bill and Janice Thompson says:

    … To Pete and the Cary Family,
    Our sincerest condolences … May our Lord God hold all of you in his loving arm during this difficult time …

  8. Lauri Stone says:

    Papa Pete, Chris & David, Peter & Laura, Kevin & Melissa and little Helena,

    My heart is truely broken:( I am so sorry to hear this news.
    Momma Cary was a wonderful, loving, caring, supportive, and giving women. She treated me as one of her own children, and I am truly blessed to have had her love, and will keep it close to heart for the rest of my days.

    I am keeping each of you in my heart, thoughts and prayers, and she will be missed by so many people.

    “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”

    All my love,
    Lauri (one of her many adopted children)

  9. Lauri Stone says:

    Papa Pete, Chri & Dave, Peter & Laura, Kevin, Melissa, & Little Helnea (The Apple of her Grandmothers Eyes)

    I am truly heart broken to hear this news:( Momma Cary (as I called her) was one the most gracious, caring, loving, thoughtful, generous, giving, and supportive women I know. She treated me as one of her own children, for that I deeply grateful and will carry that love in my heart forever.

    I am keeping all of you close in my heart, thoughts and prayers…she now is a beautiful angle above, watching over each of you…

    I love you all with all my heart….
    Lauri (One of her many adopted children)

  10. Mary says:

    My family has such wonderful memories of Bunny. She was a teacher for both of our daughters, a great co-worker of mine, and just a good friend all the way around. I will miss seeing her at Meijers and getting caught up on what our families were doing. Take care and our prayers are with all of you.

  11. Jill (VanEpps) Hess says:

    My brother Jim and I have so many memories of our mom and dad sharing wonderful times with “Pete and Bunny.” Pete, Chris, Peter and Kevin, your mom was a treasure to all. I hope that you are comforted in some way by the fact that I know she is playing cards in heaven with Marion and Ray.

    God bless you all.

  12. Greg Weaver says:

    I never had Mrs. Cary for a teacher back in the early 70’s, but she was never to busy to talk to me. I just thought the world of her, what a special lady she was. I am so sorry for everyone loss. Love you Mrs. Cary , I know i will see you in heaven someday you are a angel.

  13. Teri Laster says:

    So sorry for the loss of an amazing lady. My memories of Bunny & her mom are so special. Prayers for peace to her entire family & dear friends. May your beautiful memories bring you comfort.

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