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Dorothy R. Landells

Dorothy passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at StoryPoint Senior Living in Portage.

She was born February 28, 1937 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Carl and Ruth (VerPlank) Bultema. For over 20 years she had been a teacher’s aide at Allegan Street School in Otsego, a job she loved and will be remembered for. She often talked of her playground escapades and would remember if you were naughty & placed on “the wall”.

Dot loved babies and all children. Her grandchildren & great-grandchildren were beyond special to her. She enjoyed knitting, reading, gardening and collecting beautifully illustrated children’s books. She was an avid colorer and guarded her stash of books and pencils with vigilance.

She also enjoyed volunteering with the adult literacy program through Otsego District Public Library where she was also the treasurer for many years. Dot will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humor and her kind heart. She was the life of the party and will be greatly missed.

In 1957 she married Colin Landells who passed away in 2016.

Surviving are her children, Joette and Gary Krusinga of Kalamazoo, Jill and Glenn Moore of Lowell and Jane and Randy Korthase of Boyne City; grandchildren, Erin (Joe) Licari, Shea (Ashley) Miller, Colin (Amy) Moore, Jake Krusinga and Charlie Krusinga; 2 great-grandchildren, Clara Ruth Moore and James Moore; siblings, Lois Offet and Gerald, Robert, James and John Bultema; many nieces and nephews and her well -loved pets, Penny and Nick.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, William Bultema and Phyllis Peters.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Dot’s life will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Dot’s may be made to Otsego Public Schools Backpack Buddies program.

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Jessica DiPerna

March 20, 2020 at 6:17 pm

So very sorry for your loss

Your family will be in our prayers


Bud and Jan Rogers

March 20, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Jill so sorry about your mother praying for you and family


Robert Galloway

March 20, 2020 at 6:40 pm

So sorry to of her passing. She was the sweetest lady I have ever met. Always a hug and a fun laugh whenever Dot was around.

Our sincere sympathy to her family.

Bobby and Teresa Galloway



March 20, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Heaven truly gained another angel. She had such a big heart and treated all kids like family. I remember her big mittens and holding her hand at recess when I was little. Such a giving spirit, she will be missed in the community. Prayers for her family.


Robin Lovett O'Connor

March 20, 2020 at 6:59 pm

So sorry for your loss. Dot was a wonderful woman with a big heart. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.


Melanie Kiger

March 20, 2020 at 7:07 pm

So very sorry for your loss.


Sue Bosma

March 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Dot’s passing! What a sweet, funny soul who loved those children even if they were naughty. We knew our boys were in good hands out on the playground with Dot and her faithful helper Linda . I’m so thankful to have worked with her for a few years. What a wonderful mentor to those of us who were watching her in action as we began our careers at Allegan Street School. Fred and Sue Bosma & Family


Barbara J Gulbranson

March 20, 2020 at 8:42 pm

I am so sorry for your loss Joe, Jill & Jane. Your mom was such a wonderful lady and loved by anyone that knew her. We did aerobics together and wouldn’t you know that the two left feet ladies we were got next to each other. More laughing than exercising. We even had the blessing of Jane babysitting for us with your mother’s recommendation. I still have my kitty pot holder. She loved you all dearly and I enjoyed hearing the latest Maudie stories each week. We always had a good time when Elaine, Kathy, your mom and I got together for lunch after retirement. Be comforted to know she is with your dad now. Love to you all.



Joyce Gilliland

March 20, 2020 at 8:46 pm

What a sweet soul, always with a smile on her face and merriment in her eyes. I enjoyed working with her for a time at school. My fondest memory of Dot was of her and Linde dressed as Elmer’s Glue bottles for Halloween. They were so clever with their costumes. With prayers and loving sympathy to their families. Sending hugs to all of you ❤️


Stacey Herchian

March 20, 2020 at 8:46 pm

Dear Jill, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I am so grateful for you that in recent posts she had adjusted and found joy at her senior living facility. I pray that that is a comfort to you


Tonya Topp

March 20, 2020 at 9:06 pm

We are very sorry for your loss as Mrs. Landells was the best playground teacher ever! We have so many wonderful memories of her in elementary school and yes we were put on “the wall.” Lol. We gave her a run for her money and she gave us nothing but love and kindness. Throughout our life we often talked about our playground days with one another and we would laugh at all of the mischief we would get into and Mrs. Landells ( and Mrs. Blanchard) would come a running! So many good memories. She was loved by all of us and we knew we were loved too. She will he missed greatly.

Tonya Allen, Leslie DePauw, Amy Predum and Jenny Hare


Jill M Moore

March 21, 2020 at 9:22 am

Jenny, she always counted her years at the school with how old you were….I think she started when you were in kindergarten. And I highly doubt you were put on “the wall”….


Jim & Jan Bultema

March 20, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Our love and sympathy to you all. We will miss her.


Mary Brewster Brennan

March 20, 2020 at 9:29 pm

My prayers are with your family, Dot was a wonderful woman. She would always make me smile when I would see her. God received an Angel.


Kim Mcallaster

March 20, 2020 at 9:48 pm

Heaven gained a wonderful lady today. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.


Dan Bonnie Schanz

March 20, 2020 at 10:11 pm

So sorry for you girls & familys. We just got home and was looking forward to see ing Dot and her new place. We talked on the phone she was excited with visits and Clara’s visits. Her and Collin were great neighbors and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan & Bonnie Schanz


Scott Doherty

April 5, 2020 at 10:07 am

While we never met, we have enjoyed the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Landells, and Mr. and Mrs. Shanz, as well as many of your other neighbors. Our horses live with and are cared for by Greg Howard and our best rides with Greg have always been when Greg was able to connect with you all and we were able to ride through the trails and fields and woods on your beautiful contiguous properties.

I can’t adequately express what that has meant to us and how much we appreciate the kind nature of these people.

We have always felt … by extension to be connected to your community of neighbors… Galloway’s, Weber’s, Landells, Radke, Shanz,….. just through their collective kindness.

We are very sorry to hear of Mrs. Landell’s passing but wanted to express to her family and friends our thanks. May God provide you with peace and comfort during this sad time.

Scott and Jane Doherty

Portage, MI


Sue Lovett

March 21, 2020 at 9:55 am

Joey Jill and Jane so sorry to hear about Mom. She was a special gal and everyone loved her. We had so much fun with your Mom and Dad in the years. John loved to tease her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know what you all are going through.


Carol and Donald VerHage

March 21, 2020 at 10:52 am

We remember Dot with wonderful happy memories. One favorite of ours is when I had taken our granddaughter, Jillian to Meijers grocery shopping. Jillian loved to dress to fit her personality of the day or moment. She had a Peter Pan outfit on and Dot spotted her in the grocery cart and stopped and complimented her on how beautiful she was. Jillian was taken with such joy and smiles that just filled her heart. Most people looked and laughed, but Dot took time to make Jillians day.

We are sorry for your pain and will always think of her with smiles and her love for children.

Carol and Donald VerHage


Deb Lovett- Seekman

March 21, 2020 at 10:53 am

So sorry Joey, Jill & Jane and families. Dot was a great lady. I’m sure my dad is talking to her and Colin. Calling her Dorothy and laughing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


John and Wendy Lovett

March 21, 2020 at 3:27 pm

John and I are so sorry to hear of Dot’s passing. She was such a special lady and will be remembered by so many whose lives she has touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.


Clara Howrigon

March 21, 2020 at 3:47 pm

So sorry to hear of Dot’s passing. For several years I and several friends exercised with her at Otsego Family Fitness. We met early in the morning and several times after exercising we went to Judy’s restaurant for coffee and a treat after exercise. A lot of fond memories of Dot.

RIP Dot,

Your friend,

Clara Howrigon


Amy Nieuwenhuis

March 21, 2020 at 6:42 pm

I started at Allegan Street right after Dot retired, but was lucky enough to get to know her when she’d come in for lunch with Elaine Figel. She had a great sense of humor and was such a wonderful woman. So sorry for your loss!


Debbie Anderson

March 21, 2020 at 7:51 pm

I worked with Dot on the playground at Allegan Street after Linda retired and then Linda’s replacement had surgery. Oh the fun times we had. She truly loved all the children on the playground and was always giving out her hugs freely to every child that wanted one. She always felt bad when she had to send a child to the “wall” for punishment for doing something they weren’t suppose to do, but knew that they needed it and would learn their lesson most of the time from their time they spent on the wall….Elaine Figel and her were quite the pair and could always make you laugh no matter how rough your day might be. A woman with so much compassion and love, and a sense of humor and contagious laugh that gave you so much joy to be around her. I credit Dot with my job at Otsego Public Schools because when I worked with her she told the principal I really enjoyed the children and would love to fill a position at the school. I did eventually work into a classroom aide. Upon Dot’s retirement I will never forget her wanting to ride a Harley so Nick Hayes came her last day with a Harley to give her a ride. He took her out to her house so her dear Colin could see her on that Harley. Her whole face lit up when they came back from their ride on the Harley. A GREAT retirement indeed!!!! I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy I had the pleasure of knowing Dot, admiring her and loving her with my whole heart. Rest In Peace my friend. Deb Anderson


Sally & Bill Oge

March 22, 2020 at 10:06 am

So sorry for your Family’s lose, she was a great neighbor and is missed very much.


John and Diane Glessner

March 22, 2020 at 11:28 am

I enjoyed working with Dot for many years. She was very dedicated to the children of our community. I have so many special memories of her and her sense of humor! She was so fun to play tricks on!♥️ She always had a positive, caring attitude and our hearts and prayers go out to her family and her good friends.

God bless you! John and Diane Glessner


Deb Somers

March 22, 2020 at 12:02 pm

We were very sorry to hear of Dot’ s passing. In the little time we knew her she made us feel like we had known her for years. Such a warm, funny and loving person. We greeted each other with hugs and said good-by with more hugs. We will miss her.


Anna Marie McPherson

March 22, 2020 at 2:11 pm

Jane I am Sorry for your families loss! You will be in my thoughts in this difficult time.


Carol Hover

March 22, 2020 at 6:08 pm

We send our condolences to Dot’s family for their loss. We will remember her for her quick wit, kindness and love for children and others. Hugs and prayers to each of you. Russ and Carol Hover


Melanie Figel-Rice

March 22, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Dot was the most caring and sweet lady!!! She was my playground aide at Allegan Street!! I remember loving being around her during recess!! Then, Dot became one of my mom’s best friends!! I loved going out to lunch with Dot and my mom!! I have lots of wonderful memories!! Dot was the sweetest and such a wonderful friend to all!! I feel so blessed knowing her for so many years!!! I am thinking about and praying for Dot’s friends and family!!! She was such a special person and will be missed by everyone!!! I am so sorry for her loss!!! Rest In Peace Dot!!! You were loved by many!!!


Kelly (Hare) Sherwood

March 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm

Thoughts and prayers to all….I am so sorry for your loss.


Lori Burrows

March 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I loved Dot and she loved all of us kids right back. Great memories of a wonderful woman.


Rita Mitchell

March 22, 2020 at 10:34 pm

Sweet Dot, what a special lady. I worked with her at Allegan Street Elementary for just a couple years before her retirement. Her sense of humor was the best and her love for all the children as they played made her a special lady to have at the school. I loved hearing her and Elaine Figel laughing together. Rest in Peace dear Dot. My sympathies to her family.


Ray Fuller

March 23, 2020 at 8:53 am

My deepest condolences to Dorothy’s family. No doubt she will be missed, but she is with Ed now and in a better place for sure. I got to know Dot years ago working with Ed also for years. Dotty was a pleasure to be around, always a smile and happy, always nice things to say and for us to hear. It was a real pleasure to know her.

God bless her and now she will live in peace forever with Ed.

Ray & Judy Fuller


Al & Linde Blanchard

March 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Joey, Jill, Jane and families, I am so sorry for your loss of Maudie, she was my very best friend! I worked with her for twenty years at Allegan St. We solved many a problem sitting at our desks across from each other in the Aides Room. We laughed so much about our lives and the almighty playground, but that also includes crying sometimes. I always said ” we should have written a book about the playground” but somewhere down the line we would have gotten in trouble! We loved Halloween, the costumes were amazing for us and watching the kids was the best day ever. I miss her so much already. Love to all of you.


Bob & Carol Dalton

March 23, 2020 at 1:19 pm

You can’t imagine my shock when I saw Dottie’s obit in the paper. I hadn’t seen her since last summer when I stopped by one day and we were able to catch up. We had many good times with Colin (we called him Ed!) and Dotty. Enjoyed many Saturday night meals out with them. They always liked Fazoli’s. How she loved her girls and grand children. And was so proud the the great grand babies. Always had a picture to show me. I will miss her and her wonderful sense of humor. Dottie was such a loving, sweet lady. Pray for God’s blessings on all the family. Yes, God received a beautiful Angel in Heaven.


Tim, Angie and Matthew Geis

March 23, 2020 at 2:42 pm

We are sad to hear of Dot’s passing. She was a wonderful neighbor with a big heart and was always willing to accept our walk-over unannounced visits. She shared her love of Dot-to-Dots with our son, Matthew and was like a “Bonus Grandma” that was right next door. Dot was full of stories of times past and of the times she was spending with her great-grandchildren.

Our condolences to her family. May God give you all comfort during this time.

The Geis Family

Tim, Angie and Matthew


Keith Miller

March 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Keith & Mary Miller

We will miss Dot. I was Tom Landells son in law for a time. I thought of him as my dad, and Colin and Dot as aunt and uncle. I still do. I miss them all.



March 23, 2020 at 7:53 pm

The absolute best part of Allegan St. Elementary was Mrs. Landells. Loved her always warm hands that we fought to hold onto. She loved all of us making sure we were safe and behaving. 😉 Sympathies and love to all her family.


Mary and John Leland

March 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm

We were sorry to hear of Dottie”s passing. She was as great a person as you could know. And what a sense of humor. She was such an influence on the students at Allegan Street School. On the playground she had a knack for solving problems in such a way that the students both won. She treated them as people not just someone who did something wrong-she gave them lessons for life. Students who knew Dottie often returned in their later school years to visit to

talk to her. She will truly be missed.



November 22, 2020 at 3:59 pm



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