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Hazel L. Mcpherson

Hazel L. McPherson, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away peacefully, Friday, February 2, 2018, with her loving family by her side at the Wings Home in Allegan.

Hazel was born October 6, 1917 in Otsego, the daughter of Harry and Hazel (Dymon) Brown. She was a lifelong resident of Otsego and graduated valedictorian from Otsego High School. She was the co-founder of McPherson Plastics. Throughout her life she did everything from running a machine to keeping her meticulous accounting ledgers, working until the age of 97.

Hazel was an avid quilter. She also enjoyed watching a variety of birds in her back yard, was a passionate reader, and loved traveling to Mackinac Island with her family. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego.  On January 22, 1939 in Bangor she married her junior high sweetheart, Bernard “Bud” McPherson who passed away in 2000.

Surviving are her children, Melinda (Bruce) Kling, Bud Jr. (denny) McPherson, Roger (Linda) McPherson and Tim (Diane) McPherson; 8 grandchildren, Beth Stewart, Gary Kling, Brian McPherson, Amy Pueblo, Lyssa McPherson, Mark McPherson, Sarah Selkirk and Mike McPherson; 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband and her siblings, Betty Cassidy, Harry Brown, Barbara Scott and Katherine Corder.

Friends may visit with Hazel’s family from 3-5 P.M. and 7-9 P.M., Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Hazel may be made to the

Wings Home of Allegan

or First Congregational Church of Otsego.

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Maryln Langeance

February 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Sorry for your loss. You all have a tough act to follow


Jihn & Duane Gkessner

February 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Dear McPherson family,

We are very sorry for your loss. Hazel was a model of graciousness for everyone. She was such a special friend and neighbor to my Aunt Wilma and I have find memories of her at the Cushman get togethers. We will be praying for you from Florida. With sympathy and love, John & Diane Glessner


Brenda Loviska

February 2, 2018 at 9:01 pm

So sorry for your loss.. HAZEL was a wonderful hard working person..


Judith Wrobleski

February 3, 2018 at 2:03 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Words can not express how Hazel will be missed. She was a very special woman. Her kindness and compassion for others was exceptional. She is actually the person that first got me interested in quilting. I saw the quilt she entered at the the fair and won the awards and talked with her about it. She encouraged me to give it a try. She was so sweet when I lost my father, coming to me to give me words of encouragement in private at work. She will be truly missed. Prayers to all the family at this time.


Jennifer Arendt

February 3, 2018 at 9:44 am

I’m so sorry for your loss


Scott Baldwin

February 3, 2018 at 9:59 am

My family and I have known Hazel for over 30 yrs mostly through family gatherings and special events. She was the prototypical matriarch of the McPherson clan and a true inspiration to those around her.

She will be missed.


Heather Vedmore

February 3, 2018 at 11:08 am

I enjoyed spending time with Hazel. Hazel is a very special woman and will forever have a place in my heart. I always enjoyed seeing Hazel and her smile and laughter was something that light up my day. I am so sorry for your loss.


Cheryl Buchino

February 3, 2018 at 11:22 am

So sorry for your loss. She will always be in your heart ❤️


Lois Nisdbet

February 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Melinda and Family,

Just saw this on facebook. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Your mom was a real sweetheart, and will be sorely missed.

Sorry I can’t make the funeral.

Lois and family


Darlene Lockwood

February 3, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Sorry for your loss!I think of her and the family often!All the good times at the shop!


Tim and Jennifer Mitchell

February 3, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Hazel was blessed to have a good, long life, and a wonderful family who loved her very much. What an example she set for the rest of us! She was a treasure who will certainly be missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers…


Diane Branch

February 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm

My thoughts and prayers to the family. I am sorry for your loss. Mrs McPherson was a very nice person


Dan Nulty

February 4, 2018 at 9:54 am

Mother Hazel was a quality person who in her quiet way commanded the respect of anyone who knew her. For those of us who had the opportunity to be around her we could only aspire to be of the same mold some day. She was and will continue to be an influence in all our lives. I am personally blessed to have known and to have had the opportunity to work with her.


joyce Newton

February 4, 2018 at 10:12 am

Daine so sorry about Hazle. She was a wonderful lady. To have lived for such a long was blessing to you.

Joyce Newton


Dave and Cindy Richardson

February 4, 2018 at 11:30 am

We are very sorry for your loss. I will always remember fondly my years growing up next door to the McPherson family and what a great lady Hazel was. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.


CJ Ashley

February 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Sincere condolences from your neighbors on 108th Ave.


Lorna Sisson

February 4, 2018 at 9:32 pm

Dear McPherson family

We are so very sorry for your loss. Hazel was an example for us all to follow. Love of family, hard work, such an amazing seamstress, and an unsinkable spirit. The last few times I saw her in the last few years she was still full of life And Her sweet smile was heart warming. She was always so kind to me. She has left a wonderful legacy in our community. So sorry we cannot be there for her service as we are in Florida.

Love, Lorna and Craig


Merry Kingsley

February 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you.


Darl and Joyce Gilliland

February 6, 2018 at 3:29 am

Dear McPherson family,

Sending our love and sympathy to all of you and your families. May the happy memories of your mom sustain you through the coming days. Her quilts were a work of art and she always had a smile on her face. God bless you. Love, Darl and Joyce


Jacque Jennings-Carter

February 6, 2018 at 9:07 pm

To the McPherson Family…

My sincere condolences for your family’s loss. What a wonderful life lived. What an example to all. My dad, Gilbert Jennings, had great respect for both Bud and Hazel, adored them both and cherished their friendship. I had limited experience with both of them but when I did have the opportunity, I can recall how kind Bud was and how gracious and loving Hazel was. Two amazing, hard-working, kind and generous people. I know my mom and dad are greeting them in Heaven.


John and Pam oisten

February 8, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Your mom and dad were great people they loved to talk to people she will be missed


Joan Walters

February 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm

Tim, Diane and McPherson family

So sorry to learn of Hazel’s passing. She was one of the “Grand Ladies” of Otsego. But what a wonderful long life she had. And what a good friend to my Uncle Elmer and Aunt Buke.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.



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