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Bartalameo B. Pirrone

Ben passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice.

He was born September 4, 1930 in Otsego the son of Jake and Anna (Badalamenti) Pirrone. A graduate of Otsego High School he attended St. Francis School of Art. Ben had worked as a graphic designer with Sugden Studios, Brown Company (James River), Merchant Publishing Company and Ben Pirrone Photography.

In his spare time he enjoyed painting and photography. Ben was a member of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and the Portage Senior Center. On March 25, 1950 he married Alice Wearmouth who passed away on February 11, 2004.

Surviving are his children, Christofer Michaels of Lansing, Teri (Larry Maycock) Coburn of Kalamazoo and Jeff (Sheryl) Pirrone of Otsego; four grandchildren, James (Erin) Coburn of Parchment, Crysta (Greg Pizzino) Coburn of Ypsilanti, Eric Pirrone of Otsego and Jena (Tony) Sposato of Wayland; 6 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, James (Merikay) Pirrone of South Carolina and Jock (Laurie) Pirrone of Middleville; sister, Josephine (Tony) Megna of Grand Haven; many nieces and nephews and his companion, Becca the cat.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son-in-law, Dave Coburn; brothers, Benjamin Pirrone and Joseph Pirrone and sister, Mary Marciniak.

Friends may visit with Ben’s family from 4-7 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017 with a rosary at 6:30 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017 with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Ben may be made to the

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

or the

American Heart Association


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Ashley Bergeon

December 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Dear Pirrone Family,

I am so very sorry to hear of this huge loss, especially during the Christmas season. I know your hearts are hurting and words won’t make it better. Please know you are in my constant thoughts and I will continue to pray for peace to flood your hearts as you walk through this loss.

My love to you all,

Ashley Bergeon – Fort Wayne, IN (Formerly Otsego, MI)


Scott Bowen

December 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family may God Bless you all


Deb Benjamin

December 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

Hi Teri and family.

I am so sorry for your loss. Warmest thoughts and prayers of comfort.

Deb Benjamin & family


Heather and Robert Ellis and Family

December 21, 2017 at 7:48 pm

We are so sorry to hear about your loss of what I had understood to be a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of loss and during Christmas.


Marge McKean

January 1, 2018 at 11:27 am

Dear Pirrone family

Ben was a friend from portage senior center and came to our art club periodically. We attended many art classes there in years past. We would miss him when he wouldn’t show up for awhile. We wondered what happened that he quit coming and didn’t know he was so ill. He will be missed Sympathy to all his family. He was such a nice man and good artist

Marge McKean


Marge McKean

January 1, 2018 at 11:33 am

Ben was an art friend of mine from portage senior center. He was a very nice man and good artist. We took many classes together I will miss seeing him coming in. So sorry to his family. I didn’t know he was so sick.

Blessings. Marge mcKean


Joanne Chapman

January 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

Dear Pirrone Family,

So sorry to hear of Ben’s passing. Also sorry we couldn’t attend the funeral. Ben and I grew up in the same neighborhood and attended school graduating together. My condolences to your family.


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