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Patricia L. Chapman

Patty passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born on November 14, 1952 in Allegan the daughter of Eugene and Eva (Garrison) Rector. Patty was a 1970 Otsego High School graduate. She had been a tutor at Otsego Public Schools for many years until her retirement in 2007.

Patty enjoyed camping, boating, riding motorcycles and spending time in Florida. She was a member of the Alamo Community Congregational Church.

On May 5, 1972 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego she married Mark Chapman who survives.

Also surviving are her daughters, Kim (Jason) Jacobs of Alamo, Cindy (Justin) Gut of Wisconsin and Jenny (Matt) Begeman of Alamo; grandchildren, Owen, Leah, Carly and Ryan Jacobs, Alex, Liam and Bryce Gut, and Melody and Raegan Begeman; her mother and sisters, Phyllis Gary, Nancy Zeluff and Gail VanderWeele.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Friends may visit with Patty’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Friday November 16, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will take place at 2:00 P.M. at Alamo Center Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Patty may be made to the Alamo Community Congregational Church.

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Jennifer Mitchell

November 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Patty was such a neat lady—a wonderful wife and mom. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.


Colleen Ziemer

November 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Patty’s passing. I remember her from school as being a very nice, friendly and funny lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Lori Chapman

November 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

My thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time.


Ron and Nancy Feniger

November 12, 2018 at 6:09 pm

Eva and daughters, Mark and family, we are so sorry to hear of Patty’s passing. She was a warm and caring woman of God. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.


Nate Kokmeyer

November 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm

“Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.” -Emerson

My prayers are with the family during this time.


Martha Stout Vermeulen

November 12, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Patty could fill a room with positive energy and her contagious laughter, even in high school. Mark and family, I extend my condolences. May memories sustain you and faith uphold you.


Karen Krusinga

November 12, 2018 at 7:36 pm

Kim, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Loved your Moms smile and ability to work with the kids at school. They all loved her so much and that’s a real testament to her love for children. Her cheerfulness and outlook always made me smile in the hallways of Alamo Elementary. I’m sorry I can’t be there to pay my respects. My family and I will be praying for you all at this time.


Crista Simmons

November 12, 2018 at 7:36 pm

My heart is so broken for all of you. I am so very, very sorry. I keep hearing your mom’s laugh all day. My heart is richer because of how she touched my life. Earth lost an angel and Heaven gained a saint.


Lorie K Ward

November 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

So very sorry for your loss she was an amazing lady my kids love her at Alamo and at Alamo Church.


Suzanne Peck (Nichols)

November 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm

I am truly sorry for your loss she was a very special person.


Ruth Stauffer

November 12, 2018 at 8:20 pm

It is hard to imagine life without Patty. She brought so much joy to everyone around her. May God bring you comfort and peace and hope knowing you will see her again.


Jim & Janice Rice

November 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm

There can be no doubt that Patty was greeted at Heaven’s gate with the words ” Well done good and faithful servant….” For many, many years she used her many God given talents of music, leadership, and Christian faith to do the works of our Lord here on earth.

Of course, we all feel that she was taken from us much too soon! We do, however, celebrate the fact that she has received the Gift that we all desire, Eternal Life with Jesus Christ.

We will pray for strength, comfort, and reassurance for her loved ones!


Linda Hughes

November 12, 2018 at 8:40 pm

So sad to hear this.

I remember her to always be a friendly girl with a beautiful smile

Praying God wraps his loving arms around her family


Chuck and Joy Garridon

November 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Chuck has many fond memories growing up with Patty on the Farm. As cousins they were very close. I know that words don’t help, but please know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers. May God hold you in his loving arms and give you his love, his peace and his comfort.


Kathy & Jim Stewart

November 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

We are so heartbroken for the entire Chapman family. Patty had a smile and kind word for everyone she met and exemplified Christ’s love every single day. I have so many wonderful memories of Patty at Alamo Church – Kid’s Club, nursery, bible study, Christmas plays and so much more. She was a true friend to so many and will be greatly missed.


Joan Walters

November 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

Mark and family

I am so sorry to hear of Patty’s passing. She was a wonderful person and the ideal mate for my Sunday School buddy. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Have faith, you all have an angel in heaven watching over you.


Tonya Bronson

November 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm

I am just in shock. I cant believe it. I have known u my entire life. Babysat your girls when they were little. You always had a smile on your face and such a kind heart. You will be missed by so many. Mark, Jenny,Kim and Cindy my prayers are with you. I pray for comfort for you all.


Kevin and a Jeanne Lewis

November 12, 2018 at 9:48 pm

So very sorry to hear of Patty’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and the family! May She Rest In Peace!


The Alamo Carpenters

November 12, 2018 at 10:17 pm

Mark, Kim, Cindy and Jenny: we are so sorry for your loss. Patty was a dear person to my children, Kari and Ben when they attended Alamo Elementary. She will be sadly missed by many.


Bonnie Mott Ketchum

November 13, 2018 at 1:02 am

Dear Mark and Family,

I was stunned to hear Pat has passed, her laugh and that big sunny smile are two of the things remembered from the old days. I hope you can find some comfort in the memories of the life you shared.


Bill & Lynn Pike

November 13, 2018 at 8:11 am


when I heard the news this morning at work my heart broke for you. Things like this cause me to wonder at our Awesome God and His ways, but I know Whom I have believed in and am persuaded …

As I drive to my first job this morning I’m asking God to be strong on your behalf.


Jeanette Coleman

November 13, 2018 at 8:39 am

Patty’s sense of fun, laughter and love of adventure will be missed.


Mike Mulligan

November 13, 2018 at 8:45 am

Mark it is shocking and sad to hear this news. Mark you had a wonderful 46 years of marriage together and I pray to god you will stay strong through this time of sorrow.


Patricia Chapman

November 13, 2018 at 9:06 am

Mark so sorry for your loss Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Stephen and Patricia Chapman


Crystal Overhuel

November 13, 2018 at 9:44 am

Jenny and family,

I am sending love, healing and prayers to you all in this difficult time.

-Crystal Overhuel


Mrs. Jim (Patti) Hewitt

November 13, 2018 at 9:46 am

Dear Mark and family,

Just simply stunned, shocked and saddened when I heard the news. So very sorry for you all. Such a vibrant lady gone much too soon. Am at a loss for words as I can relate to the painful loss of a much loved spouse, and relative. So gut wrenching. The world goes on, but you feel stuck in the realm of viewing the world around you thru a veil of tears.


Charlie/Lyn Shumaker

November 13, 2018 at 9:48 am

Mark and Family, so so sorry for your loss. I’m just lost for words!!


Cherie LaPalm

November 13, 2018 at 9:52 am

My deepest condolences to family and friends Patty will be missed by all who new her. God will be with Patty and he will comfort everyone. God be with. Cherie


Diane & Tim McPherson

November 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

Mark and family

Our deepest sympathies and prayers . What a deep loss of a wonderful lady . Listen carefully and you will always here her voice and laughter around you.


Mike and Brenda Hills

November 13, 2018 at 10:57 am

Mark and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We are holding you all in our hearts.


Marlene Stevens Davis

November 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Mark, so sorry to hear of Patty’s passing. Prayers and hugs sent to you and her family


Cheri Govier

November 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Jen and Matt,

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all during this difficult time.


Melissa Mullick

November 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm

The Chapman Family is in my heart and prayers during this time. Aunt Pat was always such a special lady to me and all of her family and I know I will always treasure the memories I had with her. Sending Much Love and Hugs.


Pam Piersma

November 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm

The world just won’t be the same without this wonderful lady! What can I say about Patty…she was always such a joyful, sunshiny lady. When my family came to Otsego many years ago, she was one of the most welcoming people we knew. She always had room for everyone in her circle of friends. My whole family adored her…she would read my kids books as she waited for Jenny to have her flute lessons. Ryan loved her obsession with trombone:) I am so glad I will see her again in heaven one day. Hugs to all of you dear family members. Sending love and prayers your way


Kathy vansparrenta

November 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm

So sorry for the loss of your sister Gail, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Love Kathy


Allan Holden

November 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm

So very sorry to hear about your loss Mark. If there was any one couple in our class meant for each other, it was you and Patty for sure. I was shocked to hear about your loss, but, so thankful to learn of her love for the Lord who as you know is our blessed hope.


Jerry & Christy Petill

November 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Mark and family, so sorry to hear of Patty’s passing. May you find comfort in your loving memories.


Sherry (MEACHAM) Hurlbut

November 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Dear Eva, Phyllis, Nancy & Gail: So sorry to learn of Patty’s passing. It’s been many years since I’ve seen the Rector girls, but I have many great memories of when we got together. My heart goes out to each of you, as well as Patty’s family! May your many memories help you get through the difficult times. Sending my love.


Dorothy Timmerman

November 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

My sincere sympathy to all of Patty’s family. I have known them all for several years. Patty was always so sweet and always had a smile. Love & prayers to all. Dorothy Timmerman


Larry &Rose Marie vena

November 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Jason, we’re so sorry to learn your Aunt Patty passing. Are Hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.gods speed! We send are love


Laura Schafer

November 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm


Although I only had the pleasure of meeting your Mom once, she must have been a fine women as she raised you. She surely taught you how to love and honor Jason and how to embrace being the mother that you are to Owen, Leah, Carley and Ryan. I’m so sorry for the sudden passing and you and your family will remain in our prayers.


Duane VerHage

November 15, 2018 at 9:27 pm

Mark and family.

So sorry to hear of Pats passing. May The Holy Spirit comfort you and your family.


Rick and Joanne Rector

November 15, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Mark, Kim, Cindy, Jenny and Family, Aunt Eva, Phyllis, Nancy and Gail, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Patty. When remembering Cousin Patty my first thoughts go back to when we would see each other as children each summer during our annual visit to the farm. I always remember the happy smiling, outgoing Patty. Our thoughts go to all of you for your loss.


Linda Cole

November 16, 2018 at 7:13 am

Mark, Gail and family, So sorry to learn Patty passing. May the Comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family.


Linda Cole

November 16, 2018 at 7:21 am

Gail, Sorry to hear of Patty passing. May the Lord be with you and your family during this time. Prayers of comfort to the Chapman family.


Hayes Family

November 16, 2018 at 9:15 am

So sorry to hear about Patty, your mother and grandmother. She’s one of a kind and was so honored to know her. Please keep her memories close to your heart and she will be there always. Keeping you in our prayers..


Joanne Krcatovich

November 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Heartfelt condolences to Patty’s family, many, many prayers offered up . God Bless


Tammy Pfau Leonard

November 16, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Mark and Family~ Prayers for comfort and Joy in the upcoming months/ years…. Never forget the Love and Pass it on to others in sweet Patty’s memory❤️ GOD BLESS you all


Fred and Sue Bosma

November 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm

We are so very sorry to hear of Patty’s passing! Our love , prayers and thoughts we send to each and every one of Patty’s family. I have always admired Patty’s wonderful ability to fill a room with much Joy, fun and positivity!


Phyllis Gary

December 14, 2018 at 8:58 pm

All the messages you have written here mean so much to me as Patty’s sister. I miss her every day. No longer hear her voice or her contagious laugh, but I have many memories to hold onto which helps to get through her loss. I know she is in heaven with our earthly father and our Heavenly Father. I look forward to the day I will see her again. I love you sister Patty.


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