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Zarlene Main

Zarlene passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born May 15, 1955 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Nick and Rosemarie (Baker) Breedveld. Zarlene worked at Breedveld Shoes and later worked at Payless Shoes before retiring for medical reasons. In her free time she loved flower gardening and enjoyed spending time with people, especially her grandchildren.

In 1977 she married Lawrence Edward Main who survives.

Also surviving are her sons, Justin Edward (Amber) Main of Kalamazoo and Lawrence Richard (Katie) Main of Otsego; grandchildren, Ava, Aaden, Mason, Tinsley, Berkley, Alexa and Oakely and her siblings, John, Joan, JoLynne, Joel and Nick Breedveld.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jud.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Zarlene’s life will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Zarlene may be made to Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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Lori Burrows

March 25, 2020 at 12:21 pm

So very sorry for your loss. Zar was a beautiful person always had a smile and loved her customers. I could always count on a kind word and well wishes when I saw her. Prayers for the family.


Mary Smith (Connor)

March 25, 2020 at 12:43 pm

Sorry for your lost


Caren Kling

March 25, 2020 at 12:50 pm

The OHS Class of 1973 wishes to express our most sincere sympathies to the entire Breedveld/Main families.


carol Hover

March 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Our condolences to the family and loved ones of Zar. What an awesome lady she always was to all. A ready smile, a generous and grateful heart loved by many Will be missed by many

Our prayers to the family for peace and comfort during this difficult time

Russ & Carol Hover


Ed and Debi Sylvester

March 25, 2020 at 1:16 pm

Zar will be missed condolences to the Main and Breedveld families at this time.


Sarah Volker- Clemens

March 25, 2020 at 1:52 pm

I am so sorry to see this, May loving memories help to bring you all comfort and peace in the coming days- Zar was such a sweet soul!


Diana Clason

March 25, 2020 at 1:54 pm

So sorry to hear. She was a good friend for many years. It breaks my heart. Prayers to all of the family. Ik ow it will be hard for all of you. Remember all the good times and that no more pain for her. She is I. Gods hands now. If you need anything please let me know if I can help.


Marcia Vick

March 25, 2020 at 2:10 pm

My heart and prayers are with the Main and Breedveld families.

Thank you for teaching me how to crochet your kitchen scrubber’s.

Bless your heart.


Jan Jameson

March 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

My condolences to the family. Zar was good people,and i am blessed to have known her.


Eldon and Thea Main

March 25, 2020 at 2:27 pm

So sorry to hear of Zars passing. I always liked her quick wit. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Ken Craft

March 25, 2020 at 2:29 pm

Such a genuine person she was, in that she had great humor and a small filter when giving an opinion.

And always showed her love for you Ed when ever my wife Dawn and I were around you two.

We wish to express our regrets to her family that Zar could not be around longer, but she’s without pain now.


Kathy main

March 25, 2020 at 5:24 pm

Bob and I send our love and prayers❤️.All of our lives and 2020 will be a bit empty without you Zarlene.Dynomite comes in small packages is an understatement when it came to Zar.She loved with all her heart,and the three Main men in her life knew it.She had an enduring love for her grandbabies as well .She made the best brownies ever.She loved to laugh and would want you to.So smile when you remember her and continue Main breakfast gatherings.Friends of the Main family,we love you to & thank you for your prayers for Ed and boys as we remember Zarlene.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

March 25, 2020 at 2:54 pm

Oh dear, I am so sorry to see this! I loved Zar! She was always so nice to me when I brought the kids and grandkids into Payless to buy shoes! She was very knowledgeable! Rest in Peace, dear one, you are now a Heavenly Angel!



March 25, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Bye Zar, breathe easy.

Called home to God.


Lynne Livingston

March 25, 2020 at 3:41 pm

To Zar’s entire family, I am so sorry for your loss and for ours as well. What a good, funny, opinionated and kind person she was! Glad to have called her my friend. She will be SO missed but we know her new address! 🙂 You are loved.


Kathi fuss

March 25, 2020 at 4:07 pm

Have known Zar for many years! She helped me with shoes many times! We were neighbors of her parents for several years! My thoughts are with you all!


Sheryl White

March 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm

So sorry for your loss, I am also sorry that I didn’t get over to visit. I thought the world of Zar


Kathy main

March 25, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Bob and I send our love and prayers❤️.All of our lives and 2020 will be a bit empty without you Zarlene.Dynomite comes in small packages is an understatement when it came to Zar.She loved with all her heart,and the three Main men in her life knew it.She had an enduring love for her grandbabies as well .She made the best brownies ever.She loved to laugh and would want you to.So smile when you remember her and continue Main breakfast gatherings.Friends of the Main family,we love you to & thank you for your prayers for Ed and boys as we remember Zarlene.


Terri Parrish

March 25, 2020 at 5:35 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Zarlene was a sweet, loving, kind and friendly lady. She always care how everyone was doing. I loved visiting with her when we run into each other at the store. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Zarlene will be dearly missed. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss..


Charlene Service main

March 25, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Sorry for our loss. She is in a better place.will be missed.



March 25, 2020 at 5:42 pm

So sorry for your. List


Ken Coburn

March 25, 2020 at 6:29 pm

My thoughts are with you the family, so sorry. Goodbye to a friend. (73)


John and Diane Tobias

March 25, 2020 at 6:56 pm

Our condolences to Ed Main and family.A very beautiful soul has begin her new journey in the hands of God. Rest painlessly Zar,you will be missed.All our Love

John and Diane Tobias


Larry & Rose Hayes

March 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss Ed and boys and grandkids. So LOVED u all very much. You are in our thoughts LOVE, Larry and Rose Hayes


Carrie Tishhouse

March 25, 2020 at 9:16 pm

I’m so sad to hear this news. Zarlene was my child care provider for a couple of my kids when they were little. So sorry for your loss Breedveld and Main families.


Robert & Kim Rathbun

March 25, 2020 at 9:35 pm

Our hearts break with you and for you Uncle Ed, Justin ,Rich, Ladies, and grand babies and her furbaby Crush. such an immense loss of an illuminating soul…

May the days ahead fill you with the sweetest of memories to bring you peace in knowing she loved you and she knew you loved her.

Our hope for those of us with whom feels this tremendous loss can find a sense of peace and comfort in the smell of noxema, chocolate chip brownies, and home made raspberry wine…

Auntie Zar, may you rest in peace knowing the physical void you left behind will now be filled with cherished and even the not so cherished recollections of the full life you lived.

I consider myself fortunately blessed to have had her in my life and the lasting impressions that help make up a big part of who I am today, needless to say I will always and forever love her…


Mary Brewster Brennan

March 25, 2020 at 9:49 pm

So sorry to hear of Zara passing. I meant her when our boys were growing up (Richie & Devon Hicks). She was always so nice and great to talk with, I am glad I got to know her. My prayers are with your whole family.


Ruby Rogers

March 25, 2020 at 10:47 pm

Awwee so sad to see Grandma zar pass on. I called her grandma when she would come to dix street for her grandbabies. Heaven got a angel for sure. We will miss her bright smile and laughter.

May God comfort you at this time.


Monica cook henry

March 26, 2020 at 2:56 am

Eddie, mom and I are so very sorry for your loss! Zar will be greatly missed I remember having coffee at your table with my Dad(Bob Cook) after a tournament! If you need anything please call us!

Love always

Monica and Dawn Cook


Shelly, Camille, and Riley

March 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. She has touched so many lives, not just family, but so many others. Some of my favorite times were when we were all together at welcome woods, fun but competitive volleyball games, lots of food and laughter. You are now in a better place.


Tim & Linda Foreman

March 26, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Tim & Linda Foreman

So saddened to hear of Zar’s passing. She was a bright light for Otsego. Her smile for people around her will be missed. Prayers for the Main/Breedveld families as they treasure forever memories.


Lynne Cook

March 26, 2020 at 4:07 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, Karon and Nick. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.



March 27, 2020 at 11:26 am

So sorry to hear about Zar, what a funny wonderful person. Zar was beautiful in and out. Rest peace my friend.


Lou Hilton

March 27, 2020 at 1:25 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t see Zar very often but when I did run into her she always still made me feel like family


Rinda B

March 27, 2020 at 4:24 pm

Dear Ed, Justin, Rich and families. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Zar was so awesome! I have very good memories of her that I will cherish. I pray your memories will give you peace at this difficult time. Love, hugs and prayers,



Tom and Sally Herder

March 27, 2020 at 4:43 pm

Zar was a beautiful person. She loved everyone. Her husband, children and grandchildren each had their own VERY special place in her heart. She was positive and inspiring, hard working and giving, loving, compassionate, and self- sacrificing. She was always putting others needs before her own. She endured pain and suffering and through it all maintained a positive attitude and accepted each challenge with powerful determination to overcome. Ed, you were always by her side loving, supporting, helping and inspiring. The days ahead will be difficult and painful for you and your family as you each learn to maneuver through life without her. Remember to speak of her often. Remember the love, laughter and good times shared with her. Remember to preserve and advance her legacy as you welcome each new day. I pray that you will find strength in God as you move forward. Psalm 46:1 says, “ God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” Love and prayers to your whole family.


Lyn Shumaker

March 28, 2020 at 7:27 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. She was a great kind lady. She will be missed. RIP May lord be there to comfort you all. Lyn Dines Shumaker


Susan Comport

March 29, 2020 at 7:49 am

I love you,

I miss you,

More as everyday passes.

I can’t begin to tell your husband, and families, how very sorry I am, to have lost such a beautiful soul!

Til we meet again, you have a piece of my heart

Love, Susan, or Suzanna, as you say!


Steve pettit

March 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Ed, So Very Sorry to hear about your dear wife! I Pray God will wrap his loving arms around you and your family! May God Bless you and give you Peace and Comfort! Take Care, Steve.


Russ and Pam Rains

March 30, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Dear Justin, We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a nice person and always kind to all of us.


Charlie Kling

March 30, 2020 at 9:49 pm

So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God’s promises.


Tom and Pat Bentley...Amber's aunt and uncle

April 1, 2020 at 3:21 pm

We were indeed sorry to hear of the death of Zarlene especially at such a difficult time in history. She was always so gracious to us and the love she had for her husband, children grandchildren shone.

She and the family will be in our thoughts and prayers.


~Bill and Janice Thompson

April 3, 2020 at 5:40 pm

… Our Deepest Condolences To The Family Of Zarlene. Always a huge supporter of VFW Post 3030 and our Veterans.


Kym O’Neill

November 13, 2020 at 7:27 am

Ed, Justin and Rich,

I was so sorry to hear of the early passing of Zar. She was such a loving, fun, funny and welcoming person.

I will be thinking of you all during the holidays. I can’t imagine your home with out her and am sad thinking of all the moments and events that death has stolen for you all. Just know she meant so much to so many people.


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