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Joyce Geresy

Joyce passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born August 30, 1925 in Augusta, the daughter of Harry and Della (Cosgrove) Rowlson. Joyce graduated from Galesburg High School in 1943. She met John Geresy Jr, while bowling in 1950 and they were married June 9, 1951. Joyce worked at Kalasign from 1944 -1951 and had owned and operated John’s Trailer Sales with her husband from 1966 until her retirement in 1992.

Joyce loved traveling with her family and crocheting afghans, potholders and church dolls. She was a member of the Wheels of the Century Travel Trailer Club and Plainwell Seniors in Action. She very much enjoyed traveling with these groups.

Surviving is her son, William Geresy of Plainwell. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Richard; 10 siblings.

Friends may visit with Joyce’s family from 4:30-6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Burial will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 1:30 P.M. in Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Kalamazoo Scale Modelers, Otsego American Legion Post 84 or the Otsego Area Historical Society.

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norm hinga

May 6, 2022 at 10:07 am

My sincere sympathy and condolences to the Geresy family.


Pam Hopkins

May 6, 2022 at 5:51 pm

I’m so very sorry for your loss Bill. She lived a long and full life and I pray she had no lingering illness prior to her death. I have many fond memories of her and your Dad while participating in “Seniors In Action” activities. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.


Bill Geresy

May 7, 2022 at 11:04 pm

Dear Pam:

Mom and Dad both so enjoyed the trips you put together for the Plainwell Seniors in Action. Mom was heart broken when the school fired you. Mom often talked about the trip to New jersey and the fun they had in that trip.

After that trip, I had a long trip of my own. I had joined the MI Army National Guard in 2000. 2003-04 I was in Iraq. Thankfully, we all survived that in good shape! I retired from the Guard in January 2009.

It will be tough for a while without Mom. I will adapt. I am sure at times it won’t be easy. We took care of each other for the last 16 years.


Teri Tripp

May 22, 2022 at 2:51 am

Hello Bill, I was sure sorry when I learned that your Mom had passed. The times that I had the privilege of spending quality time with her were thoroughly enjoyed by me. I wish that I had had many, many more . I will treasure her crocheted creations, and enjoy the warmth she put into every stitch she made. And Thank You Bill for bringing her to me for those wonderful visits. I will miss her.

Sincerely, Teri Tripp


Margie (Adams) Diamon

July 23, 2022 at 8:51 am


I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I know it must be a difficult time for you.

I am also sorry you were unable to come to the ‘70, ‘71, ‘72 50th Class Reunion that was held on July 16 at the Gun River Conservation Club. I should have done a more thorough search but my health has not been good. Regardless, I’m so sorry you weren’t there.

Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of your Mom. I pray that time will lessen your grief somewhat. God bless you.


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