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Janice L. Leonard

Janice went home to be with her Lord, Saturday, December 11, 2021 in Delton.

She was born January 15, 1942 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Sam and Winifred (Stapert) Smith. In her free time Janice enjoyed bowling and had been on many area leagues. She also enjoyed traveling to Israel.

She was a member of Bradenton Bible Baptist Church and Cooper Baptist Church and had attended the Merson Church. On October 20, 1974 in Cooper Township she married James Leonard who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Deb (Dennis) Merlau of Delton, Sheri (Joe) Fountain of Virginia and Larry (Joyce) Zuiderveen of Otsego; step-sons, Mike (Julie) Leonard of Allegan and Randy (Annette) Leonard of Kalamazoo; 20 grandchildren, Denise, Daniel, Diana, Dustin, Benjamin, Jonathon, Melissa, Jacob, Josiah, Joel, Abbie, Lisa, Nicole, Jimmy, David, Emily, Lindsey, Tony, Amy and Dravin; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Kay (Willy) Gesch of WA, Barb (Chuck) Michaels of FL and Brenda (Mike) Perton of Grand Haven along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and step-daughter, Sue Ann Curry.

Friends may visit with Janice’s family from 5-8 P.M., Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 15, 2021 with Pastor Greg Bishop officiating.

Burial will follow at West Cooper Cemetery.

Masks are recommended for indoor services.

Contributions in memory of Janice may be made to

Kalamazoo Right to Life


Alternatives Care Center of Kalamazoo


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Becky and Russ Deaton

December 11, 2021 at 7:50 pm

What a wonderful, Godly woman Jan was. It warms my heart to know she is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God Bless all who will keep her close in memory.


Christina Abney

December 11, 2021 at 10:17 pm

Janice was loved by many and blessed to be so well-cared for by her children. Our hearts grieve with you , yet celebrate her heavenly reception. Much love, prayers, and hugs.

Corey and Christina Abney


Uncle Glen & Aunt Beverly

December 12, 2021 at 7:32 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the tragic loss of your loving mom!

May our Precious Heavenly Father uphold your family in His loving arms and grant you His amazing peace!

What a comfort knowing mom is resting safe in the precious arms of Jesus!

God is in control and He is forever faithful!


Jane Pierpont

December 16, 2021 at 8:47 am

What a precious testimony….

I did not see this Obituary until this morning after I saw you post of her testimony. Praise the Lord that she is rejoicing in heaven.

Ken and Jane Pierpont


Alice Zuiderveen

December 17, 2021 at 2:34 pm

So very thankful to know your sweet, godly mom is now rejoicing with her Savior and Lord, never again to suffer on this earth. So happy for the wonderful godly heritage she left behind for all of you, her dearly loved family. I’m thankful for her friendship God gave us and times of fellowship we had as sisters in Christ. My prayers continue to all of you who loved her so dearly, as you adjust to waiting to see her again next when you join her in heaven. What a glorious reunion we will all have there!!!


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