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Joann M. Kline

JoAnn passed away Friday, March 6, 2020, in Kalamazoo.

She was born May 1, 1923, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Henry and Effie (VanderVeen) VanOosten. For twenty-seven years she had served the mentally disabled at MRC Industries. In her free time she enjoyed flowers, gardening, being outdoors, and watching the birds. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. JoAnn was an active member of Twin Lakes Reformed Church in Kalamazoo.

On May 7, 1945, in Seattle, Washington, she married Robert Kline who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are her children, John (Judy) Kline of Kalamazoo, Mary Jean (Lou) Lotz of Hudsonville and Nancy (Greg) Jolliffe of Allegan; 6 grandchildren, Todd, Chris, Andrew, Meredith, Mike and Bill and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Ted VanOosten and Frances Krusinga.

Friends may visit with JoAnn’s family starting at 12:00 P.M., Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., with Rev. Lou Lotz officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of JoAnn may be made to

Kalamazoo Christian Schools

or to the

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation


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Stella Waller

March 6, 2020 at 8:48 pm

To all of the Kline family, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a very sweet lady, and was blessed by her wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort through Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Ron Lugten

March 6, 2020 at 9:57 pm

My sincere sympathy to JoAnn’s family. She was a very special lady and a faithful member of Twin Lakes Church for many years. I so much enjoyed my visits with her. She was a sweet, gentle, and wise woman. I was blessed to have been her pastor and to have known her as a friend. It will be hard for me to see dark chocolate without thinking of JoAnn!

Ron Lugten


Greg and Dory Hill (Chris Kline's inlaws)

March 7, 2020 at 3:13 pm

So sorry for your loss. Grandma Kline (the only name I ever had for her) was always so friendly. I always enjoyed her company. She will be missed.


Judith Hiemstra-Bronson

March 7, 2020 at 6:06 pm

So sorry for your loss. I remember Joann as a kind and caring person. The family lived on the same road that I grew up on. I loved to see their horses.


Sally Dam

March 7, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Nancy, So sorry for the passing of your Mom, HEAVEN has gained an Angel, prayers and hugs ! Sally


Wilma Nunemaker

March 7, 2020 at 7:04 pm

Nancy, I am so sorry to read that your Mother has passed away, my prayers go out to you, Greg and your family.


Sue Skytta (at the time I was Sue Groenland!)

March 8, 2020 at 5:52 pm

I was blessed to work with JoAnn at McKercher Workshop, 1968-1971 while I finished my special education degree.

JoAnn was always so kind and considerate toward our clients and all of us who worked with her; Louise, Doug and Franklin. We worked well together because JoAnn helped us to be our best selves serving our clients.

I just want you to know that after 50 years, I still feel a bond with JoAnn.

May love and cherished memories be with you, always.


Bob Miles

March 8, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Sorry to hear of the passing of JoAnn. Our thoughts are with you Nancy and Greg and your family


Emily Oele

March 9, 2020 at 9:22 am


I am saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. My heart is with you and your family during this time.


Paula & Mike Andrysiak

March 10, 2020 at 9:56 am


We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time.


Tom and Susan (Jerrett) Sawasky

March 29, 2020 at 7:54 pm

I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a sweet lady. I know you have many wonderful memories!


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