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Phyllis E. Forbes

Phyllis passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Monday, July 22, 2019 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 1, 1937 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Clyde and Alice (Wilson) Rinehart. Phyllis was a 1954 Otsego High School graduate. She had worked at Shakespeares/Glassmaster Controls from 1969 until her retirement in 2013.

In her free time Phyllis loved gardening, cooking, camping, taking care of her dog and spending time with her friends. On June 26, 1954 she married Bruce Forbes who passed away in 1999.

Surviving are her children, Gail Forbes and Billy Joe (Shelley) Forbes both of Gobles; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Terri Rinehart of Battle Creek along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons; Mike and David; grandson, Jason; son-in-law, Squire “Mac” Burns and siblings, Jerry Rinehart, Lois Miner, Joyce Blanchard and Jim Rinehart.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Phyllis’ family starting at 11:00 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at noon, Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest North at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Phyllis may be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan


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Stella Waller

July 23, 2019 at 2:42 pm

To the family of Phyllis, she was one of the sweetest ladies I knew. I camped with her at Miles Cove Campgrounds and could always count on her for a conversation. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Ellen Newton Carpenter

July 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm

I am so sorry to hear this news. My parents were good friends with Bruce and Phyllis. I have so many childhood memories that included Phyllis. Gail and Billy, I am so sorry for your loss.


Cindi Rinehart

July 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Aunt Phyllis I will always remember the fun times at Grandma’s, you camping at the Allegan fair and your smiling face. Love you always and forever. Always remembered, Never forgotten.


Bob T.

July 24, 2019 at 6:53 am

Thoughts and prayers out to the family. I will never ever forget the smell of Phillis setting by the campfire every time I got that precious hug from her. Loved to her and Billy Joe singing and yodeling. Always uplifting and smiling. You will be missed dearly.


Bob and Cindy

July 24, 2019 at 8:10 am

We are so very sorry for the loss of Phyllis…..she was an incredible woman, always the sweetest, always with a kind word, and loving heart. Loved her hugs and the lingering scent of her perfume…. Remembering all the times the “Forbes Group” came to camp at Miles Cove, and the eventual season campers they all became. Such wonderful memories to cherish and hold onto.

Each of you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We can all warmly smile knowing she is in heaven running around pain free, enjoying time with family and friends, and, not to mention yodeling her heart out….

Heaven gained another great angel…..

Hugs and love to you all……


Wes and Jerri Sinkler

July 24, 2019 at 2:49 pm

So sorry for ur loss. Loved her dearly. Praying for family & friends.


Jennifer Martin

July 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Phyllis was such a wonderful and friendly lady. I’ll never forget you Phyllis and may God watch over the family during this time. You may be gone but you’ll never be forgotten ❤️


Connie ogan (rinehart)

July 24, 2019 at 3:54 pm

I will always remember our christmas we spent together and camping with you fail and Jesse at allegan fair you will always be remembered


Lorna Sisson

July 25, 2019 at 11:16 am

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all in your loss. May her memories flood your hearts and give you His peace.

Love ya

Lorna and Craig


Terri Long

September 13, 2019 at 11:52 pm

I was blessed to meet Phyllis when I started working at Glassmaster’s In Kalamazoo. She was the most beautiful soul I think I’ve came in contact with in a long time. She could always pull you out of your darkest day and give you a reason to laugh and smile. Sending prayers out to her family. She will always be with you.


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