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Edward Jr. And Terese Gorenz

Edward and Terese Gorenz passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at their home in Covert.

Ed was born November 16, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Edward and Ruth (Silingo) Gorenz. For many years he had owned and operated a construction company. Ed enjoyed writing and composing music. Surviving are his mother, siblings, Arlene Donnelly, Andrew Gorenz and Terri Ann Wippo along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Diana Deliberto.

Terese was born November 27, 1957 in Evergreen Park, Illinois, the daughter of James and Carol Donnelly. Terese enjoyed spending time with her family and making people laugh. Surviving are her siblings, James Donnelly, Michael Donnelly, Cristina O’Connor and Carol Powell; step-father, William Mansell; her step-mother, Dolores Donnelly and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ed and Terese were married May 28, 1976.

Also surviving are their children, Edward III (Kim) Gorenz of Otsego, Heidi (Travis) Oliver of CA, Corinne (Jermaine) Lawshea of Kalamazoo and Jake Gorenz of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, ChanQuel Jackson, Davontae Lawshea, Traevon Lawshea, Tyson Oliver, Madisyn Oliver, Kaelyn Gorenz and Edward Gorenz IV.

Cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Ed and Terese’s family from 1-4 P.M., Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Following the visitation please join the family for food and fellowship at the Otsego Masonic Lodge, 135 E. Allegan St., Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Ed and Terese may be made to

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


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Sarah Clayton

January 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Jacob, your mom was such a sweet person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


LaJuonna Sirk

January 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

I always liked Teri and Ed and enjoyed spending time with them.One of my favorites was the Thanksgiving we spent at his Momma’s house and Brianna’s birthday at their house.My heart aches for Heidi,Jake,Corinne and Ed.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, LaJuonna – Granny


Brian and Lisa Bugg

January 21, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Ed, Kim and family… we are so incredibly sorry for your loss…


Trenton Bulat

January 21, 2018 at 4:56 pm

I worked with Terese at Harding’s Friendly Market in Coloma, and she was the epitome of “friendly,” she was all smiles— always. A jovial woman with a dear heart. My heart goes out to all her family, just as her heart touched so many.


Lori Mundt Davis

January 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Terese was such a beautiful person in side and out. She was always loving,giving and always could be uplifting if you needed it.

She touched so many hearts.

Terese you’ll be missed, RIP my friend.


miki gearhart

January 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm

my heart is breaking and you will sadly be missed . some of the best people I ever met and I was happy to call friends . Heartfelt love and peace to the family and prayers for healing comfort to you


John and joni frazier

January 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm

No words could fill the void of your loss ever

We loved your mom and dad

They were always just a phone call away as we were for them

we could always reach out to each other .


Shirley Ashey/ Kener

January 21, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Heidi and all the family,

Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your parents passing. John and I send our sincere sympathies to you and your family.

We pray the love of God enfolds you during this difficult time

Hugs to all,

Shirley and John Kener


Gale Morales

January 21, 2018 at 6:58 pm

I so enjoyed seeing Terese at Hardings. She was so friendly and happy all the time. Made you feel like you were her best friend. Always interested in what was going on in your life. I loved conversing with her. Will miss her SO MUCH! She was one of a kind.


Wanda Dellar

January 21, 2018 at 8:21 pm

So sorry for the loss of your loved one.there are no words to relieve the pain. Knew them through Jacobs friend Trip Boone. God is a great source of comfort. May you find comfort to ease the pain.


Victoria Dean

January 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm

I know that Ed and Terri were two of a kind and they loved each other oh so much. Terri Always was talking about how she loved her husband and children. They were the ones who motivated her kept her going. Ed he showed his love for Terri and the children through the things he did. I remember one time he was working on this float for a parade and it was coming nicely together. So Everything these two people did was in love for each other and their children. I know that at a time like this our words my sound like jumbled altogether just know, We Love All Of You. Please find strength in each other that is what Terri and Ed would want you to do. They Both Love You Kids Very Deeply. Sincerely, Aunt Vicky & Uncle Leonard Dean- Mississippi


Mrs. Chyrell Sexton and family

January 21, 2018 at 10:29 pm

I enjoyed getting to know your mom and dad over the years, watching you and your siblings and my children grow up. Your parents will be greatly missed. If there is ever anything I can do for you and your family please feel free to ask.


Rich Ryan

January 21, 2018 at 10:33 pm

Will miss my cousin Terry in ways I’ll never be able to put in words. She had a personality and a voice and a laugh you could here for miles. Nothing seemed to bother her. I’ll listen for that voice and laugh when it’s my time to go. Love Rich.


Mary Beth Creeden

January 22, 2018 at 12:16 am

I worked with Terese at Coloma Harding’s and I will truely miss this wonderful lady. I am sure I speak for many when I say she was a bright spot in my day. Her smile always welcoming and her laugh was contagious. She had a sense of humor that kept us all going, and she sincerely cared about all of us. I will forever miss her “Hi Honeyyy” greeting each time I saw her. I pray that God wraps his loving arms around all of you to comfort and console you, her family, as you grieve the loss of this amazing woman.


Dana greer

January 22, 2018 at 12:52 am

They both were great people. Both of them always had a smile and made other smile.


Barry & Marsha Fields

January 22, 2018 at 7:52 am

You all are have special places in our hearts. We loved having you as our family/neighbors when you were growing up. We had a blast sitting in the screen house laughing with your parents when they visited your aunts and grandma. Your parents will be missed and remembered as the sweethearts they were. God bless and comfort you kids during this most difficult time. Love Barry & Marsha.


Sheena Northern

January 22, 2018 at 8:39 am

Corinne, Heidi and family I am so sorry for your loss! I met your parents so many years ago and they always welcomed me into their home! They were always so nice and treated me like family! All you guys are in my thoughts and prayers and please remember God is there holding your hands thru this very hard time! Love you all!!


Debra Cunningham-Mahone

January 22, 2018 at 9:03 am

Heidi and Corinne, my heart and prayers go out to you. Praying that God will give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Cindy Ditchie

January 22, 2018 at 9:50 am

I, too, worked with Terese at Coloma Hardings, and am deeply saddened to learn of her passing. There are so many wonderful ways to describe Terese…but iconic comes to mind. She stood out, in all the best ways. She touched the hearts and lives of all those who knew her. She had a beautiful spirit, and will be so greatly missed by many. Sending my deepest condolences to her family. Rest easy, and farewell my friend ♡


Jenine Hinkle

January 22, 2018 at 11:01 am

Heidi – our hearts go out to you, your siblings, and all of the kids. You’re in our thoughts. — Jenine, John II, John III, and Enzo



January 22, 2018 at 12:14 pm

That laugh, those smiles. Eddie, Heidi, Corinne and Jacob, I am just praying for peace for all of you, and all the family. They were special cousins. They will be missed. May God comfort you in this time.

Love always, Cousin Mo


Tabitha Allerman

January 22, 2018 at 1:53 pm

I grew up with Heidi, Corrine & Ed, some of the nicest people I know. I am very sorry for the loss of your parents, I know there are no words that truly make any of you feel better, but know we are here for you. I always admired how close your family is (like mine) & that sibling love will get you thru anything. Love you all!


Dan and Brenda Mezak

January 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm

We have been neighbors for the past 17 years. Your father’s smile and kindness will be forever remembered. Your mother’s laughter will echo across our yards forever. No words can fill the voids you feel. Keep close to each other and fill those voids with the good times and memories. We are next door if you should need anything at all. May you all find peace and comfort.

Dan and Brenda Mezak


Scott and Sonnie Salters

January 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Ed and Kim,

We are so sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all


Deborah Lawson

January 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm

I am so very sorry, Corrine, to hear of your parents passing. I cannot imagine what your going through but just know I am thinking of you and keeping you and your family in my prayers.


Debbie Ashley

January 23, 2018 at 12:43 am

Your mom was special person and well love sorry for your loss prayers for you all


Liz Perysian

January 23, 2018 at 6:54 am

Corinne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Corinne, I always enjoyed hearing of the silly stories you told about your parents. I am thinking of you, and you all are in my prayers.


Marie Osler

January 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm

God is LOVE ❤️ so he is with them. They showed each of us what to aspire to have in marriage, life and friendship. They were so welcoming with there home. They both were ones who taught. That laugh of your moms was contagious: you will find joy in remembering it. We once went on a trip with our moms and she cracked us up from beginning to end. Their both gone but never forgotten.


Cris hinkle

January 23, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Heidi and family,

I pray that the Lord God of all creation shines His love and grace on you.

May He fill you with His peace and comfort only He can supply.

May The Holy Spirit fill you with strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

Trust the Lord, walk in faith, seek Him and you will find rest and peace that transcends all understanding.

All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.

My heart is heavy for you and my prayers go up to Heaven for you

Hold fast to Gods love… don’t let go… He never does


Tom Wiese and Family

January 23, 2018 at 8:33 pm

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Donnelly and Gorenz Family. I had the privilege to spend many weekends in Michigan at your family home where I was always made welcome and part of your family. At times like this feel comfort not in the loss but in the presence you and your family have made in others lives especially as you read the wishes here.


Kenetha Harrington

January 23, 2018 at 10:18 pm


I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.


Carol Hartman Strezo

January 25, 2018 at 1:06 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. We had some good times when we were younger. I will miss them.


Aldo Marchetti

January 26, 2018 at 11:32 am

Kind , caring souls. A love few couples ever attain. I don’t ever remember seeing them not smiling.


Clara Hinkle Morris

January 26, 2018 at 10:43 pm

Heidi and Family,

May God’s comfort and grace be with you all. Lean on Him for the strength and guidance you all need at this time. May God Bless the Family with His Peace and Love. Amen.


Val Clarkson and Family

January 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Family, my prayers and love are with you. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.


Mrs. Sledge

January 28, 2018 at 11:11 pm

I can just say God is in total control. Your mom was so supportive during your elementary school years. They both were wonderful parents. Comfort to the entire family.


Beth Knox

January 31, 2018 at 10:41 am

My heart goes out to the entire Gorenz Family❤️


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