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Velma June Todd

Velma June Todd of Otsego passed away Saturday morning, April 2, 2022 at Ascension Borgess Hospital.

Velma was born July 22, 1929 in Orangeville, Michigan, the daughter of Ernest and Lois (Sanders) Burd. She was a hard worker beginning at a very young age. Her parents both worked and, as the eldest child, she filled in as mother to her five younger brothers. She began working at the Five and Dime at only 14 years old. Velma graduated from Otsego High School in 1948. On June 10, 1950 she married Mark LaRue Todd in Otsego. Velma was employed by Checker Motor Cabs, working on the assembly line and as a painter for 40 years. She was very industrious, working full time and raising her family. Velma processed and canned many of the vegetables grown in her garden, she was a great cook and her family never went hungry. She made the best Banana Pudding and her chocolate chip cookies never lasted long, even when she tried to hide them from her adoring children. She loved spending time at the lake, sun bathing, watching the water, and teaching her children how to swim. She enjoyed reading, antiquing, and adding to her collectables. She was a member of the Church of God in Otsego. Velma’s greatest joy was her family.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (Larry) Spitzner of Otsego, Kenneth (Sylvia) Todd of Otsego, Keith (Deb) Todd of Otsego, Ronald Todd (Chris Eskelinen) of Tampa, Lois Zimmerman of Otsego and Karen (Jon) Bush of Newaygo; 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and brothers, Jerry (Cheryl) Burd of Otsego and Richard (Jeanne) Burd of Ocala, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Lois Burd, her husband Mark, brothers, Robert, William and Melvin, grandsons, Shaun Todd and Kenneth Baker and her nephew Michael Burd.

Friends may meet with Velma’s family beginning at 10:00 am on Friday April 8, 2022 at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego until the time of services at 11:00 am on Friday. Reverend Stephen Burrow officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery.

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Patricia "Burd" Clingenpeel

April 2, 2022 at 7:39 pm

To the family of Velma J Todd…my heart goes out to all of you. I know your mom is in a happier place now. With your dad, her parents & her brothers. God Bless All of you…


Char Mason

April 2, 2022 at 9:00 pm

So sorry for your loss.

Velma was such a lovely lady. She was so kind and loving to me.

I love her truly


Dawn Doest

April 2, 2022 at 11:05 pm

I am so sorry Lois and family, my prayers are with you. I will always remember our trip to Florida, when we stopped at a gas station everyone flew out of the vehicle saying there was a mouse in the van, we started taking everything out of the van, luggage, pillows, blankets, all of a sudden Velma started laughing and telling us to stop, she made the whole thing up. Velma was funny and very loving and she surely will be missed.


Dennis &JennyTodd

April 3, 2022 at 12:50 pm

Dennis and I are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Velma!! She will be dearly missed!

We are sorry we won’t be able to make the memorial service as we are living in FL .

Please know we will be praying for peace as we all grieve!


Rhonda Walker

April 3, 2022 at 1:27 pm


I’m so sorry I hear of your mothers passing, there are no words to say for the pain your experiencing. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May Gods greatest comfort be with each of you during this time.


Ken Craft

April 3, 2022 at 1:57 pm

Dear Ken and Keith, So very sorry of the passing of your Mother. The both of you obviously got your sense of humor from her, it is so hard to have someone pass away that was so important in our lives. Your memories are there to comfort, and you were blessed to have her in your lives for so long.


Gary Burd

April 3, 2022 at 4:24 pm

Love and prayers to all of the family… peace to all of you. You’ll be missed Aunt Velma…❤️


Linda Stone

April 4, 2022 at 9:03 am

Velma always greeted me with a great hug. She had a warm loving soul that welcomed you! Condolences to her family and close friends


David Crawford

April 4, 2022 at 9:28 am

Pat and Larry, so sorry to see of your loss.


Richard Burd

April 4, 2022 at 10:16 am

Such a wonderful sister to be blessed with for so many years. Happy for her to be with all her loved ones in heaven. Sorry for all the loved ones left behind. She will be greatly missed by many. Rest in peace dear sister.


Don Stanfill

April 4, 2022 at 1:35 pm

Pat & Family

Jan & I are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our hearts and prayers ♥️


Don Stanfill

April 4, 2022 at 1:42 pm

Pat & Family,

Jan I are so very sorry for your loss. West keep you all in our prayers and hearts ♥️


Kathi Fuss

April 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm

Sending hugs and prayers to all the family at this time of loss


Kathy Plotts

April 5, 2022 at 8:02 am

Lois and Family

I am praying that you will find peace and comfort in knowing that your Mom is singing with the angels now.


Steve Denniston

April 7, 2022 at 7:12 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Velma’s passing. While not directly related (my uncle Bill was her brother-in-law), our families all knew each other. Enjoyed talking with her a couple of years ago at my aunt’s funeral. I always thought very highly of her. Prayers of comfort for the family.


Sandra (Sandy) Fleming

April 12, 2022 at 4:44 pm

Ken, and family, Sandy and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our deepest and most sincere sympathy to you and the entire family. Dan and Sandy Fleming


Donna & Ron Tharge

April 16, 2022 at 8:03 am

Larry & Pat

So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Keeping you all in our prayers.


Robert Hosack

April 18, 2022 at 11:08 am

My sincere condolences to the Todd family. Velma was such a hard working mon and loved her family. I was privileged to treat Velma over the years and I pray the family will remember her wonderful memories during their times of grief.

In Christ,

Robert L. Hosack DDS


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