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Carol J. Drake

Carol J. Drake of Plainwell, MI passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born December 25, 1938 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Robert and Bertha (Meints) Rose. Carol was dedicated to her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Carol was employed at Borgess Medical Center for 32 years until her retirement in 2000. In her spare time Carol enjoyed gardening, doing crossword puzzles and baking. She was known for her famous pumpkin rolls.

Carol liked going to second hand stores looking for the best deals.  She had an eclectic taste in music and enjoyed playing the piano. Carol loved all animals especially cats.

On July 15, 1983 in Otsego she married James Drake who survives. Also surviving are her children, Dawn (Greg) Seiler, Luanne (Bob) Karabensh and Andrew (Debbie) Rysenga; step-sons, Jim (Tammy) Drake and Mark Drake; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Dar) Rose and 2 nieces, Cathy and Susan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Carol’s family from 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017 with Celebrant Molly Wieber officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

To honor Carol’s love for children and animals memorial contributions may be made to the

Ronald McDonald House


Wishbone Animal Rescue


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Rich & Judy Haugh

October 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Our condolances to you all! We will not be able to attend visitation or service but willl be with you in thought and prayer. So happy to have seen Carol this week to give her our love and say goodbye. She was a Special lady and is leaving many happy memories.


Peggy Thompson

October 22, 2017 at 11:30 pm

My thoughts & prayers are with you at this time… may all the great memories help you through the rough times…

I will always remember her as a sweet lady that made you feel welcomed…. she was so easy to sit & visit with and her smile would would warm your heart…



October 23, 2017 at 8:48 am

Carol will be so missed here with us <3 her always positive attitude her "million dollar smile" on my worst day 3 words from Carol would make my day so much better. I loved her like family, she was my friend <3 her love for animals was always really sweet to see <3


Tara england

October 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm

It was a pleasure to be able to know and take care of this precious women may you spread your wings and fly angel!


Karen Wysong

October 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm

My thoughts are with Dawn and your entire family. You were such a good daughter to your mom! So glad you had such good, quality time together. Hold those memories close to your heart. NEVER easy –

letting go… Love you!


Ruby Rogers

October 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm

Jim and Tammy-

I’m so sorry for the loss of your momma Jim, and your mother n law Tammy, I know you guys will miss her dearly. May God comfort you both at this time.


Kaye Herbert

October 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



October 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Carol was such a kind and gentle soul. Her sweet smile was contagious. She will be missed dearly. Love to you and your family.


Jerry and Judy Shumaker

November 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Our thoughts and sympathy are with you.


Terri Hogue-Long

November 8, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Jim and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Carol. My prayers go out to you and your family. I hope that God will help you find the peace and comfort that you need through your difficult time. My mom Eileen has known Jim for many years and always asked about Carol and how she was doing. Unfortunately we lost mom January 25th. So I definitely know the pain I can only pray that you find some serenity through your darkest times.

With Love,

The family of Eileen Hogue


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