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Charlene H. Hawkins

Char passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Saturday, January 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at Alamo Nursing Home in Kalamazoo.

She was born June 29, 1937 in Plainwell the daughter of Charlie and Helen (Kelly) DeKam. In the 70’s Char had been a lunchroom mom at Cooper Elementary School. She was a skilled cake decorator and had made many cakes for different occasions over the years. Char also enjoyed sewing, knitting, bird watching and traveling.

On June 20, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Plainwell she married James Hawkins. They spent 60 wonderful years together until his passing in January 2018.

Surviving are their children, Jim Jr. (Esther) Hawkins of Vicksburg, Matt (Darcy) Hawkins of Dorr and Jackie (Ric) Wiseley of Otsego; 5 grandchildren, Nancy (Bret) Thompson, Jason (Stephanie) Ainsworth, Lizzie, Abbi and Gabbie Hawkins; 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters, Joyce (Aapko) Nap and Marie Horak.

Friends may visit with Charlene’s family from 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 9, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Burial will follow at West Cooper Cemetery in Cooper Township.

Contributions in memory of Char may be made to First Baptist Church of Otsego or the

American Cancer Society


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Ruby Rogers

January 5, 2019 at 9:47 pm

Dearest Jim and Esther, Jackie and Ric, Matt and Darcy –

Thank you for sharing your Mama with me, I wasn’t just her caregiver but I felt just like one of the family, I will miss her but know she is with the Lord and sweet hubby Jim, I enjoyed my morning with her reading her psalm 121 and talking to her about her calendar she got for Christmas and her blanket with all the pictures, and about Jim and so many other happy funny times we shared for 2 years, she was a silent testimony and built my faith so strong in lots of ways and gave me tougher skin to keep going in my walk with the Lord and for caregiving. Thank you all again and I love you all. I’m praying for each of you.

Be still ..

She heard him call and say be still …

She raised her arm she hasnt raised in so long, without thought she took her first steps she eagerly wanted for the last few years… His voice so perfect and pure the light so bright, she feels the all loving warmth and feels so healthy and new, as a tear drops from her face her heart beats at the perfect pace, the gate opens she completed her race, tender kisses touch her face she smiles and feels joy as she deploys in the loving arms of God, and her husband and all the matters now is she is in a perfect place with no pain or sadness, as she tastes heavens air with her sweet lips she smiles down and says be still…


Dan & Judy k Terpstra

January 5, 2019 at 9:48 pm

So sorry for your loss Matt, hold on to the sweet good memories, and the Blessings will flow ……



January 6, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Sorry for your loss, but she has now received her reward


Marilyn (Noble) Lamborn and Family (Brett, Brooks and Bruce)

January 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Dear Jackie, Jim, Matt and Families:

We are so sorry for your Mom’s passing.

Charlene and I go back some 70 years when I moved to Cooper Center, we only lived about a mile apart. Both attended and graduated from P.H.S. in 1955. Then when married and raising our children lived about two miles from each other.. Shared friendship and many memories with her and your Dad (Jim).

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mom is now at peace with Dad and God by her side!


Jim and Julie Brown

January 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve. Knowing she is in Heaven is a great comfort I am sure.

We praise the Lord for both of them they were a great example of being a child of God.

Love you


Judith Counterman

January 8, 2019 at 2:48 pm

Char..was a blessing to be part of your life and take care of you…prayers for your family..Judith Counterman


Jason, Stephanie, and family

January 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Grandma you will be missed. I will always remember your kindness and how welcoming you and grandpa were. Thank you for living a life that has been a positive example. Peace and healing to those that remain on earth. I know you are with grandpa in heaven and feel blessed to have had you in my life.


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