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Nancy J. Oberlin

Nancy passed away, unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born April 16, 1957 in Allegan, MI, to Fred and Joan (Stegeman) Volker. Nancy was a 1975 Otsego High School graduate. She had worked for National City/PNC Bank in Oshtemo for over 20 years and then for JD Byrider in Kalamazoo for over 10 years.

Nancy was a single mother who raised her only son for many years on her own. He was the absolute pride and joy of her life. She was happiest when surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren.

Nancy enjoyed decorating her home absolutely beautifully, was a great cook and baker, loved to travel and thoroughly enjoyed life. She will be remembered lovingly by her family and friends for her generous heart and kindness to strangers. If you were blessed to have Nancy as a friend you knew she was always happy to be the Thelma to your Louise.

Surviving are her son, Ryan (Lydia) Oberlin; her grandchildren, Madison Rutledge, Grayson Oberlin and Everly Oberlin; her siblings, Jeff (Ellen) Volker of South Carolina and Sarah (Tom) Clemens of Allegan; several nieces and nephews and her sister-in-law, Jeannie Volker.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece, Lorie Volker.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be announced at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to her family for expenses.

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Penny Baker

August 24, 2023 at 4:40 pm

Jeff & Sarah, and families, I am so sorry, so shocked to hear of the loss of Nancy. Offering sincerest condolences.

Penny Pulver Baker

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 6:54 pm

Dear Penny~

Our family is so grateful for your kind words – each one we read brings so much comfort & peace to us.

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Mary Brennan

August 24, 2023 at 5:06 pm

Sarah and Tom

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 6:56 pm

Dear Mary~

Thank you for your sweet words of comfort to our family- it means so much .

Love,

Sarah & Tom

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Livermore David

August 24, 2023 at 6:04 pm

May her memories give you strength and comfort.

-David Livermore

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 7:01 pm

Dear David,

Thank you for your kind condolences to our family-we appreciate it very much.

Gratefully,

Sarah (Nancy’s sister)

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Fred and Sue Bosma

August 24, 2023 at 6:20 pm

We are so very sorry and saddened by Nancy passing and send our many prayers, hugs and love to all of her family. Fred& Sue bosma

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 6:59 pm

Dear Fred & Sue,

We are so blessed to have such beautiful & kind words spoken to help heal our hurting hearts- Love to you both.

Love,

Sarah

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Leon harter jr.

August 24, 2023 at 8:22 pm

So very sorry for all the family’s lose. My condolences and prayers ❤️

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 7:04 pm

Dear Leon,

Our family is so grateful for your kind words of comfort.

Sincerely,

Sarah (Nancy’s sister)

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Connie Rex

August 24, 2023 at 8:25 pm

Condolences to the family so sorry for your loss

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 7:10 pm

Dear Connie,

Thank you for your comforting words to our family- we appreciate it very much.

Sincerely,

Sarah (Nancy’s little sister)

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Buffy Welch

August 24, 2023 at 11:18 pm

I am at a loss for words other than heartbroken.

God saw her struggles and called her home.

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 7:13 pm

Sweet Buffy,

We are so -so devastated and seeing everyone’s kind words helps bring us comfort and peace.

Love, Sadie

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Kelley DePauw

August 25, 2023 at 1:47 am

Nancy and I became friends before kindergarten, I have so many fond memories. We lived together for a while after we graduated and there was never a dull moment with Nancy around! She always made me laugh about something and we had so much fun together. We didn’t see each other for quite a few years as we were raising our children and as I was coming back from Georgia visiting my kids she was coming back from her son’s wedding in Georgia and I heard someone yell to me in the airport as we were heading for our plane, only to find out we were on the same plane AND seated next to each other! God had a hand in that one I am sure! We started our friendship back up as though it never had a pause in it! I thank her for being my friend and “sista” for so many years and leaving me with so many fond and wonderful memories. Til I see you again Nanc I will miss you dearly. RIP

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 7:18 pm

Dear Kelley,

Hearing stories like this about my sister brings back so many beautiful memories that I do remember some but most are the special memories shared by Nancy & the memory holder now ~ YOU my DEAR SWEET KEL, were a VERY BIG piece of her heart & life and I know the LOVE she held in her heart for you!!

Love,

The little shadow

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Kelley DePauw

August 25, 2023 at 12:13 pm

Our prayers go out to the family in this time of grief, even though she’s in a better place and hurts no longer. It’s still hard to lose her.

All our loving thoughts are with you

Rick and Kelley

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Sarah Clemens

August 25, 2023 at 7:21 pm

Dear Kelley & Rick,

Our family loves & appreciates your kind words of comfort at this difficult time.

Much Love,

Sadie

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Jeanne Lewis

August 25, 2023 at 5:34 pm

Nancy will surely be missed by all who met her. May She Now Rest In Peace!

Kevin, Jeanne & Kennie Lewis

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:08 pm

Dear Jeanne, Kevin & Kennie,

Hearing kind and loving words from our loved ones surly brings much comfort and peace.

Thank you,

Sarah

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Kathleen Snyder Fisher

August 25, 2023 at 7:05 pm

So very sorry for.your loss. Praying for God’s peace to surround you at this difficult time.

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:10 pm

Dear Kathleen,

Thank you so much for the kind and comforting words in our time of sorrow.

Sincerely,

Sarah

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Diane Tobias

August 25, 2023 at 9:04 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. Always looked forward to seeing her posts on facebook.Our sincere condolences to Jeff and Sarah and families. Hugs John and Diane Tobias.

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:13 pm

Dear John & Diane,

Heartfelt thanks for your kind words on my sisters passing.

Sincerely,

Sarah

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Ronnie Marks

August 25, 2023 at 9:05 pm

I have known Nancy since grade school and I always felt fortunate to call her a friend. It was a delight to cross paths with her after we left school, she always had a smile and a few funny lines. My heart goes out to Ryan, Jeff, Sarah, and all of Nancy’s family members and friends. May we all find comfort in our pleasant memories of Nancy and hold them forever dear to our hearts. Rest In Peace, Nancy.

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:18 pm

Dear Ronnie,

I always enjoyed hearing about all of the fun stories from from my sisters past- and hearing them now just makes them that much sweeter! Bless your kind heart for remaining a dear friend into her adult life! She definitely adored the “Group of Great Friends/Classmates “ that I heard about often! Thank you for your kind condolences.

Sincerely,

Sarah

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Sherry Schumaker

August 25, 2023 at 9:20 pm

The Otsego Class of 1975 lost a gem. Nancy was beautiful inside and out. My condolences to all of the loved ones who are missing her and finding life difficult without her. Nancy, you are now pain free and in heaven with loved ones you have been missing. ✝️❤️

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:21 pm

Dear Sweet Sherry,

Thank you for your thoughtful and kind condolences to our family -each thought, kind word, & memory shared brings us much comfort & peace.

Thank you,

Sarah

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Karen Howrigon

August 25, 2023 at 11:29 pm

Jeff, Sarah, Ryan and families,

So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She loved you all dearly and was always posting about her grand babies. I worked with Nancy years and years ago. She was so much fun to be around.

Thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time.

Karen and Dave Howrigon

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:23 pm

Dear Karen,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sweet condolences to our family in the sudden loss of my sister. We find such joy & comfort in seeing each thoughtful post!

Sincerely,

Sarah

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James Harvey, USAF Retired

August 27, 2023 at 2:00 am

Our loss is Heaven Gain, Nancy will be a great Angel.

She will continue to watch over her family and friends.

My your faith be strong in this time of sorrow and share your faith with those around you. My God Bless Nancy’s family and all her many friend’s. She will be missed!

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:29 pm

Dear James,

First May I say a HEARTFELT THANK YOU for your service to our country. It is deeply appreciated! Second, I thank you so very much for your kind words of condolence to our family ~we find GREAT PEACE knowing our Nancy is most definitely resting & FULLY RESTORED in Heaven waiting to welcome us all with her open arms!!

Sincerely,

Sarah

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Doug and Cindy Wesler

August 27, 2023 at 10:54 pm

Dear Jeff & Ellen, Sarah & Tom, Cindy and I are so sorry for the loss of your sister, Nancy. May the Lord comfort you and your families during this time.

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Sarah Clemens

September 2, 2023 at 2:31 pm

Dear Doug & Cindy,

Bless your hearts for your sweet words of condolences we are so grateful for each one!

Sincerely,

Sarah

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Julie B.

September 6, 2023 at 9:53 pm

My heartfelt condolences to all of Nancy’s family and friends. Sending Hugs and healing prayers.

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Kim

September 7, 2023 at 6:48 pm

Remain praying for the family. Such fond memories of growing up as neighbors.

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