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Beverly J. Gauthier

The Lord whispered to Beverly, “Good and Faithful Servant enter into the joy of your Lord” on March 25, 2019, one week shy of her 81



Beverly was born March 31, 1938, the 9


child of Carl and Helen (Thompson) Barber. She graduated from Otsego High School in 1956. Beverly met and fell in love with Joseph Gauthier and they were married on July 28, 1956 at St. Margaret Catholic Church.

Together they built what will always be “home” on Washington Street and out of love and commitment began to fill their home with 10 children. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but Beverly made it look easy. She even took in neighbors, boyfriends, girlfriends, nieces and nephews. Her table always had room for one more. Nobody went away hungry from her home.

Beverly lost her husband in 1996, which opened a new chapter in her life. She met Gene Cronkite who had also recently lost his partner. Together they enjoyed the last 20 years having fun. She enjoyed her time getting to know his family and became close with his daughter, Lori (Mike) Bartz and son, Kelly Cronkite. Beverly was happiest when she was surrounded by family and enjoyed having lunch every Thursday with her siblings.

Surviving are her children, Kim (Glenn) Merica, Suzanne Burmeister, George (April) Gauthier, Gary Gauthier, Sherry Gauthier, Natalie Gauthier, Jackie (Rob) Bryan; Sally (Bill) Sunnerville and Diane Edney; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren along with her siblings, Mildred Bos, Doris Schuiteboer and Beatrice Gauthier.

She was preceded in death by her husband and son, Joseph Gauthier.

Friends may visit with Beverly’s family from 5-7:30 P.M., Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a rosary service at 7:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Contributions in memory of Beverly may be made to St. Margaret Catholic School, St. Vincent de Paul Ministry of Otsego or

Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan


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Tom and Paula Holmes

March 26, 2019 at 11:55 am

Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing.


Sue Zylstra

March 26, 2019 at 1:07 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. We all lost a very sweet lady. I always liked to see and visit with your Mom. She always had a smile on her face. I could tell how much joy and Love in her heart for her family. Prayers and Love to you all, Gary and Sue Zylstra


Terry Sapinski

March 26, 2019 at 1:58 pm

So sorry for your loss. Sounds like you all have plenty of good memories.


Lee and Diane Boysen

March 26, 2019 at 3:55 pm

Doris and families, We are so sorry to hear you lost your sister Beverly. Please accept our most sincere sympathies.


Don & Sherri Ferguson

March 26, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Kim & Glenn

Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


Cindy and Phil Banner

March 26, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Expressing our sympathies at this time of loss. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. Cindy & Phil


Louise Thompson

March 26, 2019 at 5:54 pm

So I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom sending big hugs and prayers to you and your family.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

March 26, 2019 at 6:39 pm

Dear Family of Bev,

We are praying for all of you and we send our love! Bev was so nice to us and she had a vibrant personality. Hang onto to your memories, please know that she is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!


CindyandGreg Horton

March 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family Love you


Steve and Mary Schuiteboer and family

March 26, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.


Enos Family

March 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm

Our family is so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing Kim … may the Lord be with you and your family in this time of loss. God bless.


Bill Burmeister Sr

March 26, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Thinking of you all in your time of sorrow. Bev was one special lady, she will be missed by many. There are plenty of good memories to keep her close in your hearts.

I am glad I had a chance to visit with her a couple times before she passed. Gonna miss her.


Bill and Carey Burmeister

March 26, 2019 at 7:36 pm

We are thinking of you all in your time of sorrow. Bev was a special lady. She will be missed by many.

I’m glad I took the time to visit with her a couple times before she passed. I’m gonna miss her.


Diana Clason

March 26, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Prayers are with your family at this sad time. I remember the times in an out of the house growing up. You were just another one of the kids everyone was always treated so nice. So very sorry for your loss.


Diana Clason

March 26, 2019 at 8:37 pm

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My prayers are with your family.


Tim &Ronda Beeke

March 26, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Sorry for your loss


Tammy Page-Dussia

March 26, 2019 at 10:06 pm

I am so sorry for your lost.. Loved spending time at your house after school and spending the night with Sherry. It was like another home to me. Glad to have known your Dad & Mom and your entire family. Lots of great memories… I’ll always remember. Love, hugs and prayers to each and everyone of you.. ✝


Deacon Jim Bauer

March 26, 2019 at 11:25 pm

Sherry and Natalie,

My prayers for you and your whole family, may the God of mercies and compassion be with you all at this time.

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace


Ann & Todd Bilyeu

March 27, 2019 at 5:02 am

So sorry for your loss. Lots of hugs and prayers sent to you from Grayling michigan. Love you


Bob and Loree Bagley

March 27, 2019 at 5:25 am

Eternal rest grant onto her Dear Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen

Prayers for God’s peace and strength to you all.


Jonette Kent

March 27, 2019 at 6:23 am

Thoughts and prayers to the family.


Steve & Nancy Motter

March 27, 2019 at 8:36 am

Sorry for the loss of a wonderful lady she’ll be missed greatly by all who knew her. Our sincere condolences to the entire family and friends. Go rest in peace Bev and watch down on all your loved ones.


Dinah and Jerry Howrigon

March 27, 2019 at 10:11 am

So sorry to her of your loss. I am praying for your whole family.


Emily Mills

March 27, 2019 at 12:59 pm

I’m so sad to hear about Bev’s passing. I have many fond memories of visiting the Gauthier home as kids and always being able to find someone willing to play with you. Bev was so special and she loved all of you so much. Knowing her since I was a child has made me a better person. Love to everyone


Karen Koehn

March 27, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Jackie, my family & I want to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. May God give you peace & strength in this time of loss, may your memories help you through this now & always. Blessings to you all.


Denny & Diane Woodhams

March 27, 2019 at 2:41 pm

She was a beautiful lady and will be missed by everyone.


Steve & June Anson

March 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm

Kim & Glenn,

So sorry to hear your Mom passed away. Our thoughts are with you.


Kim Steele Schaafsma

March 27, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Prayers for comfort and peace as gather to celebrate Beverly ‘s life amazing woman.


Lynne Cook

March 27, 2019 at 10:24 pm

George and April, sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Dee (Phelps) Spring

March 28, 2019 at 12:34 am

Sorry to hear of your family’s loss.

Always had a fun time with the Gauthier family. Bev was part of the village that looked after all the kids in the neighborhood! Sending you all wishes of comfort and wonderful memories

~ The Phelps family


Joyce Van Atta

March 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

Kim & Glenn, Jackie, Sherri & Gary and to the rest of the family. I really didn’t know that she was ill. So very sorry for your loss. She was a fun loving individual and always ready to enjoy whatever. We had great times together back in our days. She raised a fun loving family. I am in Florida so will be unable to attend the services.

My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. She is with Joe now, the love of her life. May God be with you all.


Terry & Char Bonnell

March 28, 2019 at 4:46 pm

To the Gauthier family – I will always have fond memories of us growing up as neighbors. So sorry for your loss. May God’s love surround you all during this difficult time.


Charles Barrons & Juanita Merica

March 28, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Kim & Glenn, and the rest of the family. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. We know she must be happy to be with your dad now. All our love & prayers to the family. Uncle Chuck & Aunt Juanita.


Rick steinke

March 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm

So sorry to hear about Bev . She was a great thoughts and prayers are with the family


Bobbie Bulthuis

March 31, 2019 at 11:40 am

May your memories comfort you and bring you peace.


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