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Barbara J. Chamberlain

Barbara passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo.

Barbara was born June 6, 1941 in Kalamazoo; the daughter of James and Mary (Garske) Kline. Barbara loved her family very much and liked hosting and attending family gatherings. She also enjoyed bingo, bowling, baking, crafting, and going to the casino. Barbara was previously married to Gene DeRuyscher and they had 3 daughters together; Kim (Larry) Bean of Martin, Kelly DeRuyscher of Otsego and Karry Covault of Otsego. On October 22, 1977 in Paw Paw she married Eugene Chamberlain and they had 2 children together; Scott (Carrie) Chamberlain of Montana and Shelly (Brian) Chapman of Otsego.

She is survived by her children, Kim, Kelly, Karry, Scott and Shelly; 10 grandchildren, Heather, Nikki, Daryn, Kyle, Samantha, Melissa, Kendylle, Chloe, Lane and Caitlyn; 5 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bette (Gordon) Manake; brothers-in-law, Roger (Bev) Chamberlain and David Chamberlain; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene Chamberlain; father, James Kline; mother Mary Jeanne Burnworth; step-father, Norman Burnsworth; brother, Jimmie Kline and sisters-in-law, Barbara Horn and Linda Keefer.

Friends may visit with Barbara’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 15, 2017 with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Mattawan.

Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to

Kairos Dwelling


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Vicki Miller Kline

November 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

Barb was a member of my class at Portage Central and I’m going to miss seeing her at our monthly breakfasts. Barb always had a smile for everyone and she is going to be missed. May God comfort all of you at this time. Sending my deepest sympathy. ~ Vicki



November 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Grandma I miss you so much already. Fly with your angels


John and Barbara Mohney

November 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Sorry to hear of Barbs passing. She,Gene,Scott and Shell were our first neighbors here in Mattawan. Had good memories of her. Prayers for the family.


June Kershaw

November 13, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Lived next door to Barb all our young growing-up years, and we were always friends – good memories. Haven’t seen her in a number of years, but am aware of her health struggles, Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. God Bless



November 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Aunt Barb,

Your health struggles are over and now you can be at peace with Uncle Gene and your parents. I’ll always remember how after someone commented on something and there would be a pause and then you would say “weeeellll” and then something funny and then laugh at your own comment. My prayers for your kids and grandkids that they can move forward knowing you are at peace. Love, Janice


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