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Betty A. Mclaughlin

Betty passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Kalamazoo.

She was born at home on October 14, 1927 to Isac and Daisy (Fouts) DeKilder, the youngest of four children. Betty enjoyed playing both card and board games, reading, going to garage sales and flea markets, watching movies and collecting Hummel figurines. On June 26, 1944 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church she married the love of her life, Kenneth McLaughlin who passed away in 2006.

Surviving are her daughter, Sandy Zantello; son-in-law, Mike Pearson; 3 grandchildren, Terri (Brad Smith) Zantello, Amy (Bill) Wood and Mike (Dima Madaj) Pearson; 5 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ken; daughter, Patricia Pearson; son-in-law, Gary Zantello; granddaughter, Debra Zantello; sisters, Dorothy Boerman and Rosie McLaughlin and brother, Donald DeKilder.

A private family funeral service will be held.

Burial will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to

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Joyce & Dan McClellan

January 23, 2022 at 6:52 pm

Our deepest sympathy to all. Prayers for comfort at this difficult time.

Joyce & Dan McClellan


Kathi Fuss

January 23, 2022 at 7:18 pm

So sorry for the loss of your mom, Sandy. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you. Your mom was so very sweet. Love to all


Sherry Hanson

January 24, 2022 at 9:34 am

Mike, we just spoke of your dear mother in law a few weeks ago. My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

Sherry Hanson


Susan E Browne

January 24, 2022 at 1:10 pm

Sandy I am so sorry to see you have so much on your plate. Stay strong through faith. Please know that you have friends to lean on. We love and care so much for you.

My prayers are with you.

Much love,



Tammy Leonard

January 24, 2022 at 11:27 pm

Sandy and Family ~ mere words can not take away all your heart break. Please know Greg and I send our sincere condolences and pray life calms down a bit for you. Hugs


Janice E. Gerhart

January 25, 2022 at 6:13 am

Dear Sandy and family, Sooo sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I hope all the wonderful memories you have will help you thru this difficult time.

Jan (Meacham) Gerhart


Janice (Meacham) Gerhart

January 25, 2022 at 8:26 am

Dear Sandy and Family. So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing! I hope all the wonderful memories you have of her will help you thru this difficult time!!

Lotsa Love, Jan (Meacham) Gerhart


Greg Vansparrentak

January 25, 2022 at 11:31 am

Dear aunt Sandy and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother passing she was a sweet lady

Keep your memories of her close to your heart and she will always be with you

Greg and Janet


Jan Crandall

January 25, 2022 at 3:22 pm

Dear Sandy,

I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was liked by everyone that met her. You have my sincerest sympathy.


Paul David Mathis

January 26, 2022 at 5:58 am

Sandy , Sorry to hear of your loss ,Life has many obstacles for us to go through keep your faith and god will be be with you , Our prayers are with you and the family .


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