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Willa J. Dendel

Willa passed away, Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

She was born May 8, 1945 in Jackson, the daughter of Boyd and Mary (Delmater) Slack. For many years Willa owned and operated a daycare for many friends and family. In her free time she enjoyed oil painting, fishing, camping and hunting. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events. Willa was a member of the Otsego Church of God and currently attended North Avenue Church of God in Battle Creek. On February 8, 1963 at the Otsego Church of God she married James Dendel who survives.

Also surviving are her children, James Jr. (Kelley) Dendel, Eric (Doreen) Dendel, Tori (Jeff) Eckman and Tamara Bryant; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Scott; grandson, Alex; 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

Friends may visit with Willa’s family from 6-8PM, Monday, November 20, 2023 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and starting at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at the Otsego Church of God until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Jeff Eckman officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Willa may be made to North Avenue Church of God.

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Sherry Hanson ( Howrigon )

November 16, 2023 at 3:55 pm

Jim and family, my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your wife and mom. Prayers for Gods peace and comfort.


Deborah Moore

November 16, 2023 at 3:56 pm

Sincere condolences to the enter Dendel family. May God hold you close and give you comfort and peace during this grief journey.

Bruce and Debbie Moore


Jack and Sandy

November 16, 2023 at 4:51 pm

Jim and Family,

Our deepest condolences in the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother.


Marsha Milner

November 16, 2023 at 5:29 pm

Eric and family;

So sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave and Marsha


Eric & Doreen

November 23, 2023 at 1:27 pm

Thank you. It’s great to have friends like you.


Ruby (Conley) Rogers

November 16, 2023 at 6:50 pm

To the Dendal family- sadden to read that willa has passed but happy she’s now with the Lord. May the Lord surround you at this time and give you comforting memories.


Susan Russell

November 16, 2023 at 10:08 pm

So sorry. I wish to send our condolences to all of Willa’s family. May you feel the the papa God hugs comforting you. We will miss her dearly. Mike and I are just North of New Orleans and will not be able to be there. But our thoughts and prayers will be with each and every one of you. Mike and Sue Russell ❤️


Sue Densham

November 17, 2023 at 12:55 am

So sorry to hear this news. She will be missed!


Pat "Leonard" Clingenpeel

November 17, 2023 at 3:49 am

Jim & family, may the good Lord be with you during this time of loss. Willa is now with our Heavenly Father. God Bless you & the family.


Candy Boylan

November 17, 2023 at 5:58 am

My prayers to Jim and the whole family during this time of loss. She is is present of our Savior. May the Lord surround you with peace.


Larry and Fran Hill

November 17, 2023 at 6:01 am

We are so sorry for the loss of Willa to your family. She was a wonderful person and is now enjoying being with our Lord.


David Newhouse

November 17, 2023 at 7:54 am

So sorry for your loss Jim and family. I know she is with the Father in heaven and praising his glorious name. She will be missed, but we will see her again. May Our Lord comfort you and give you peace.


Leon harter jr

November 17, 2023 at 8:24 am

My condolences to all the family prayers ❤️


Lori Hostetler

November 17, 2023 at 8:53 am

I am so sorry for the loss of this great woman. I know she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. I hope you will find some peace knowing she is with God.


Dave Lantz

November 17, 2023 at 11:07 am

So sorry to hear of this loss. Praying for peace and strength for the entire Dendel and Eckman families.


Paula Carey

November 17, 2023 at 4:43 pm

So sorry the hear of this loss. She was a very nice and special person. My thought and prayers go out to the family during this time! She will be missed


Diane and Scott

November 17, 2023 at 4:43 pm

To the Dendel family,

Our deepest sympathies.

May you feel the comfort ,

Peace,and love from our heavenly Father


Robert Stevens

November 18, 2023 at 9:13 am

Jim and family, saddened to hear of your great loss, Willa was one of the kindest people I have had the privilege to know. Very kind and sharing , always looking to help and come along side those in need. I’m sure she is missed already, but know she has served an amazingly as a servant of the king. Her legacy will live on for us still here to grow by. Thoughts and prayers for you all during these difficult days. ❤️ Doc and Julie Stevens


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