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Pauline E. Channells

On December 22, 2017, Pauline Elizabeth (Troff) Channells passed away at Stanford Lodge Assisted Living in Plainwell, MI.

Pauline was born on April 7, 1932 in Kalamazoo to Joseph and Jessie Troff.  A caregiver from the start, Pauline helped care for her four younger siblings before making her career.  She worked as a nurses’ aid for the Plainwell Sanitarium, a home caregiver for Kalamazoo Senior Services, and ran an adult foster care home for a number of years.

Pauline married George Channells on February 25, 1949 and the two made their home in Martin, MI.  There the couple raised their children, built their home, and Pauline helped George design and build their dream home, a log cabin they had both loved.

An avid animal lover, Pauline was quick to take in any stray animal needing a home, and she was rarely without a cat or dog in the house.  She loved to cook, and was known for the wedding cakes she would make for family.  Mostly, Pauline loved her family.  She was the host of almost all family gatherings, and was always the most excited when a new baby was expected.

Pauline is survived by her sister, Shirley Johnson; her brother, Harm Troff; her children, George (Catherine) Channells, Brook Kievit, Rodney Channells, Joseph Channells, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Pauline is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Channells; son Todd Channells; son-in-law Tom Kievit; sisters Minnie Gordon and Sharon Blankenship; and step-father David McClendon.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 13

, 2018

at 2p.m. at the South Martin Cemetery, with refreshments to follow at 851 E. 112


Ave., Martin, MI.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan


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Jerry and Marilyn Fenner

December 23, 2017 at 9:18 am

Condolences to the family.


Pamela Haynes

December 23, 2017 at 8:19 pm

So sorry for your loss.


Jim and Joyce Boss

December 23, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Remember all the good times. They last for years.


Jane Kling

December 24, 2017 at 12:42 am

Brooke and Kiley,

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and grandmother. May her memory bring you joy and comfort in the days to come.

Thinking of you.

Jane Kling


Blair & Dawn Markus

December 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Shirley & Brooke,

Heartfelt sympathies…


Christopher and Kelly Troff

December 25, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Thinking of the many cousins and extended family at this time. Deepest of sympathies.


Chris & Lynne Kelsey

December 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm

So sorry for your loss Joe. Prayers to you and all your family


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