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Lucinda “Cindy” Berner

Cindy passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born December 17, 1958 in Plainwell the daughter of Merle and Marian (Wiggins) Hofacker. For many years Cindy had been a manager at Little Caesars Pizza until her retirement earlier this year. In her free time she loved watching cooking shows, especially the Pioneer Woman, Beat Bobby Flay and Master Chef. Cindy was a Detroit Lions fan and loved watching games whether they were winning or losing. She enjoyed shopping but not for clothing or make-up, Cindy preferred shopping trips to Lowe’s, Home Depot and Menards.

She was happiest when she was taking her grandkids for golf cart rides to the pond, camping with Jenny and the kids, going to Chicago with Cody and Tennessee with John, getaways with her girlfriends, anything with Brooke and Shellie even clothes shopping and sitting on her porch with her dog Suri.

Surviving are her children, Jonathon Berner, Jennifer (Daniel) Wierckz and Cody (Kayla)Hofacker; 7 grandchildren, Johnny, Kylie, Colton, Connor, Wyatt, Jaxon and Chase; siblings, Weston (Valley) Hofacker of Tennessee, Mark Hofacker of Parchment and Frank (Bobbi) Hofacker of Plainwell along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Warren Hofacker; sister-in-law, Vickie Hofacker and special cousin, Brian Wiggins.

Friends may visit with Cindy’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church with Weston Hofacker officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Cindy may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Carolyn E. Jordan

September 30, 2019 at 5:05 pm

My heart aches for Cindy’s family & all who knew & loved her. She was always a hard worker- never gave less than 110%. She was a good friend in school- we were classmates- always true & faithful. There are no words to take away the pain being experienced during this time of great sorrow. I ask that God comfort her family & friends today, tomorrow & in all the days to come. Cindy will not be forgotten but held in the hearts of everyone she loved.


Debbie Smith

September 30, 2019 at 5:44 pm

Many thoughts and prayers for the family and friends as well. Cindy was my best high school friend. I loved seeing her in the stores. I’m sure going to miss her. Very kind beautiful woman, one of the strongest women I’ve ever met. May you forever R.I.P my friend until we meet again


Ralph Gates

September 30, 2019 at 5:48 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of Cindy. Cindy is an inspiration to everyone that has ever met her! Very cheerful, positive Lady! Sorry for the loss of Cindy from this earth may the memories of her last forever!. Prayers to the family and friends.


William & Lynn Mollitor (Family)

September 30, 2019 at 6:31 pm

To the family of Cindy Berner:

Sending you all our heartfelt condolences…. may the love and laughter remain in your memories as you remember her beautiful spirit. She will be missed and fondly thought of…


Diane Veldt

September 30, 2019 at 7:19 pm

Frank and Bobbi,

Condolences for you and your family on this tragic loss. My prayers are with you.


Michael Chase

September 30, 2019 at 7:47 pm

To Cindy’s family,

I’m sorry for the passing of your mother, grandmother and friend. I’ve known Cindy since grade school at Starr Elementary, she was funny and a determined girl in those grade school days. Cindy was a good friend, mother, grandmother and general manager at the business she worked. Prayers & Thoughts for her family. She’ll be missed.

RIP Cindy


LaRayne Sweet

September 30, 2019 at 7:52 pm

So sorry to hear of Cindys passing, I will miss her upbeat, cheerful personality, prayers to you all.


Lori Snyder-Steele

September 30, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Cody and Family so sorry for your loss. Your Mom will be missed.


Linda Mccormick

September 30, 2019 at 8:31 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of your sister, mom & grandmother. I remember Cindy from growing up in the same neighborhood, such a sweet & kind girl. My deepest condolences to the family.


Jeremey Rowe

September 30, 2019 at 8:51 pm

Im sorry for the loss. My deepest condolences to you all.


Jim Niemi

September 30, 2019 at 9:03 pm

John and Cody,

My thoughts and prayers are with both of you. Many memories with John and Cindy. She was a good gal. Hang in there John.


Kathy Arehart-Luster

September 30, 2019 at 9:03 pm

So sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing. I knew her from high school. She was a year ahead of me, but I graduated with Frank. I pray for healing hearts and that you have fond memories of her life here on Earth. She is now with our Heavenly Father and what a glorious reunion that must be.


Laurie Travis

September 30, 2019 at 9:49 pm

She was a beautiful person..she will be greatly missed .prayers to family.


Janice Chapman Dyer

October 1, 2019 at 4:02 am


I am so sorry for your loss. I truly wish that your next trip to the old hometown had been for less painful reasons. My most sincere condolences to you all.


Terri Steele / Greyson Steele

October 1, 2019 at 7:35 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cindy’s family . I met her on the first day our little boys entered school . She was always a bright light and her kindness was felt each and every time we would run into each other. Always asking about each others boys as they were growing up . Her dedication to her children was something I admired most of her. God Bless You Cindy


Barbara DeKam

October 1, 2019 at 9:38 am

So sorry to hear of Cindi passing. She was a very sweet woman. She was my neighbor at one time and I also knew her brother. Cindi was a caring person and loads of fun! Prayers to your family, we will see her again someday.


Kathy Moss

October 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm

I knew Cindy her family all through school. Very kind and polite


Jason Stuart

October 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm

My heart goes out to the family. Cindy and her children were my neighbors for a long time. Have very fond memories.



October 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Sending my condolences to cody and his family


Sarah buchino

October 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm

Jenny cody and john

So sorry for the lost she was a 2nd mom to me as me and Jenny was good friend back and school thanking of you guys in time of your lost


Laurie and Tim Andrus

October 1, 2019 at 7:47 pm

Our hearts are saddened at Cindy’s passing. She was always working hard and making people laugh. She was a fighter against her cancer and I admire her for that as I am a survivor myself. Cindy will be missed by many.


Robin Flora

October 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

I knew Cindy from school and we were always running into each other, which is inevitable in Plainwell.

I admired her spunk, respected her deep love for her family and loved her sense of humor. You made a difference in this world and that’s so rare. You will be missed but not forgotten.


Rose Sharrard

October 2, 2019 at 10:46 am

Prayers to the family. Cindy was a great person and will be missed by so many. She was a special gal.


Ruth Grevenstuk

October 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm

My condolences to Cindy’s family and friends. Cindy was a fun loving girl. Loved her positivity. We were always happy to see each other although not alot of time spent. Never forget our days together at PHS and in band! Those were the days! R.I.P. my dear classmate and friend. You will be missed.


Judy Gates Hayes

October 2, 2019 at 3:23 pm

Keep her memories close to your heart and she will be with you always. So blessed that God allowed Cindy to be in my life through out the years. Amazing person that I will never forget. Until we meet again Cindy.. Love Mary aka Judy lol


Brenda Berner

October 3, 2019 at 2:20 am

I’m sorry for your loss. Cindy will be missed by so many. My condolences to all of her family and friends. Hugs and love John, Jenny and Cody.

Aunt Brenda


Janice Parker

October 4, 2019 at 8:58 pm

Cindy was a lovely girl and I had a chance to know her well. The family lived next to my in laws and my daughter went over to play all the Darlin. time. She was a feisty little girl and so fun to be around. Always ready to help or just do something fun. Little girl you will be missed by all that knew you. I’m glad I will have the memory of you in my heart and my mind. Save a spot for the rest of us because we will all be there someday. Bless you darlin.


Tony Shumaker

October 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Cindy was a truly friendly person. Nothing fake about her. I see it as a privilege to have grown up with her.

Rest well friend.


Rod and Diane Evink

October 6, 2019 at 9:55 am

So sorry for your lost.


Barbara Nichols

October 9, 2019 at 10:13 am

Weston and Valley, nobody could find a current address for you! I did want to tell you that I sorrow with you on the loss of your sister. I didn’t know Cindy, but I knew your Mom, Weston, and wonder if Cindy was like her, so full of zest for life. May our heavenly Father fill your lives with love and joy, even as you sorrow for her loss. In Christ’s love, Barbara


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