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Carey L. Burmeister

Carey passed away peacefully with her husband by her side, Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kalamazoo.

Carey was born on July 16, 1964 in Chula Vista, California, to David and Donna (Kaiser) Hole. When she was 10 years old her family moved to Oklahoma where she grew up. In the mid 1980’s Carey moved to Michigan. Carey worked many jobs over the years. Her first job was at 13 years old as a waitress in her mother’s truck stop. She learned early in life the importance of working hard and making her own way. She also worked as a waitress, in retail management and as a property manager. She managed a 168 unit complex and knew all the residents by name.

Carey was very outgoing and always the center of attention. She had an infectious laugh and never met a stranger. She was a scratch golfer and in the mid and late 90’s, she was club champion at Pine View Golf Course, in multiple seasons. Carey enjoyed gardening, landscaping, traveling, fishing, karaoke and her grandbabies.

In September 1998, Carey met the love of her life while out for karaoke with friends. After she heard him sing, she walked right up to him and said, you are an awesome singer, would you marry me and sing to me the rest of my life? To which he said yes. Carey and Bill were united in marriage on June 7, 2003 on the 18


green at Pine View Golf Course.

In 2012 Carey and Bill purchased family property in Plainwell. Carey retired from working and started gardening and berry picking. She sold her produce and berries at her road side stand. Carey had one son of her own and four step-children. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren. The kids loved gathering at the house on taco night. She could throw down some delicious tacos and fixins. It was always a poplar request from the kids, even for Christmas dinner.

Carey is survived by her husband, Bill of Plainwell; son, Chris Bus of Kalamazoo; step-children, Bill Jr. (Kayla) Burmeister of Plainwell, John (Ashley) Burmeister of Grand Rapids, Jeff (Susan) Burmeister of Otsego and Katie (Justin) Steele of Alamo; 13 grandchildren; sister, Pam, Susie, Tammy and Kim along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, David.

Cremation has taken place per her wishes.

There will be no formal services. There will be a gathering of family and friends in August in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Carey may be made to

Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. in Kalamazoo


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Steve & Nancy Motter

June 6, 2022 at 3:31 pm

We’re so Sorry for your loss of Carey and our Sincere Condolences to the entire family and friends. I was happy when I got to meet my beloved sister in-law and she’ll be missed greatly by all that knew her. Our Love and Prayers to the entire family


Deniece Green

June 6, 2022 at 6:10 pm

We have had a lifetime of fun and friendship, we have made so many memories to last several lifetimes. I will love and miss you endlessly Carey Lucille.


Lisa Nail

June 6, 2022 at 7:36 pm

I will miss your laugh the most!!! You and I had a ton of them. I still have a huge box full of all the letters we wrote each other in jr. high and high school (back before texting was a thing) haha

So many fun memories

Love you Carey

Rest In Peace


Scott & Mary Warner

June 7, 2022 at 5:56 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. We pray that God will comfort all of Carrey’s family and friends. She was a beautiful lady and we know she will be greatly missed.


Bonnie Howard

June 9, 2022 at 10:42 am

Such a beautiful lady. Prayer’s your way


Pamela Silagy

June 15, 2022 at 11:24 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Carey was always so sweet to everyone, she was loved by the entire Jr high and high school, all that knew her.

I haven’t seen or spoke to her in many years, but I often look back at the year books reflecting on those years.

One memory I have was running in the hall way at school with Carey and all of us silly girls! We were trying to beat the bell , if we were late for Mr Tucker’s class he would send us to the principle’s office most of the time.

In the urgency to get in and sit down people would fall on each other try to fit several in at one time, lots of giggling , you can imagine. By the time we all got in the door Carey was already in her seat, just smiling.

The rest of us were like .. wait what you were in the back of the line! Small but fierce! We loved that about her!

I know all of you will miss her, I pray for your strength, she’s is with you for all eternity. God bless you all.


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