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Carole J. Prolo

Carole passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in Kalamazoo.

She was born June 29, 1939 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Herman and Emily (Losey) VandenBosch. Carole enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo and going to the casino. She loved cooking and never let anyone leave her house hungry. Carole worked at Cunningham Nursing Home and Bridgewood Manor, now Life Care Center of Plainwell for over 30 years. On September 23, 1955 she married Gaylon Prolo who passed away in 2012.

Surviving are her children, Kimberli (Andy) Rybicki of Plainwell, Shelly (John) Balentine of Alabama and Jon (Ruth) Prolo of Plainwell; grandchildren, Kyle, Jessica, Andrea, Nikki, Clayton, Casey, John, Abby, Libby and Alana; great-grandchildren, Lily, Elouise, Abbi, Blaine and Octavia; siblings, Roger (Linda) VandenBosch and Robert VandenBosch along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Gaylon Prolo Jr.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Carol’s family starting at 10 AM, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Carole may be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan


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Lois Hull

September 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm

So very sorry for your loss. I never met your Mom but I am sure she was an awesome lady. I will be keeping you in my prayers as you traverse this most difficult of journeys.


Michael Chase

September 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm

Kim, I’m for the loss of your mother. My thoughts & prayers are for you & your family.


Kathy Arehart-Luster

September 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

So sorry for your loss Kim. It is so hard to lose a parent. May God help to heal your heart.


Vicky hiemstra (casarez)

September 1, 2021 at 7:59 pm

Kim I’m so sorry for the loss if your mom


Shelly Ballentine

September 1, 2021 at 9:31 pm

I’m greatful you’re not hurting or stressed any longer. I’m also comforted to know Dad is once again by your side, I love you Mom, I’ll miss our phone calls.


Donba Reed Hall

September 1, 2021 at 10:23 pm

I Am so sorry to hear of Carols’s Passing. I bet Carole at Bingo at St. Margaret’s, She was a Very nice lady! I had just said a few days ago I wonder if she will come to Bingo now that it’s open again. Her and Pearl. Then I see this.

Fly With The Angels Carole!!


Judy Osborn-Galloway-Smith

September 1, 2021 at 10:48 pm

Kim, Sending my condolences for the loss of your mom. Prayers for peace and comfort.


Brian Arehart

September 2, 2021 at 7:05 am

Kim sorry to read of you moms passing.


Erin Carlson

September 7, 2021 at 2:33 pm

Andy, Kim , Kyle, Andrea and family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Erin and Patty


Marilyn Noble Lamborn

September 22, 2021 at 9:44 pm

Kim and Family: I just heard that your Mom had passed. I am so sorry to hear this. My many thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the many memories.


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