Sally D. Bruns

Sally D. Bruns

Sally passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born December 23, 1948 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Henry and Alberdena (Vellinga) Rossman. Over the years Sally had worked at Gibson Guitar, Judy’s Restaurant, Weight Watchers and the Red Brick Inn. She had also co-owned Bruns Transportation in Allegan. Most recently Sally had worked at Perrigo, Allegan County Community Mental Health and at the VFW Post #3030.

In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, mushroom hunting, fishing, and going to the casino. Sally loved cooking large meals for her family and attending her grandchildren’s many activities. She was an active member of the VFW Post #3030 and the Otsego Moose Lodge.

Surviving are her children, Dean (Lisa) Prowse of Portage and Jennifer Horrocks of Otsego; grandchildren, Zach, Rachel, Nick and William; grand dog, Burton; brother, Hank (Marilyn) Rossman of Indiana; niece, Cara; nephew, Matt along with several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Eric Rossman.

Friends may meet with Sally’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a funeral service at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 16, 2017 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Sally may be made to the Michigan Special Olympics Area 11 or to the Salvation Army.

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  1. Pam Nyhof says:

    Rachel and family,
    I am so hard to hear of your loss. Prayers for peace and special memories left behind. Blessings to all of you.

    • Rachel Prowse says:

      Thank you Pam, thinking of your family as well. ❤️

  2. Ron and Bev Esterline says:

    Jennie ,Dean and Family and also Hank and family, We want to offer our condolences to you at your sudden loss. We also feel deep pain and will remember always our long friendship with Sally and the family. May she Rest in Peace in God’s arms. Ron and Bev

  3. Sheri Pambin says:

    Sorry for your loss. I feel as if she was my other sister. We had a lot of good times together over the years. She can finally rest and have peace in her life. Condolences to the family

  4. Ken & Cathy Pardee says:

    Jennifer, Dean and family and Hank and family too. We are so sad for you to lose your mom, sister, and grandmother. She was all about family, we sure enjoyed all of the graduations, parties, card parties, Sally was always a gracious hostess. We had so much fun with weekend getaways, and all the family get together’s. Sending our love to all of you at this very sad time. Ken & Cathy Pardee

  5. Terry Clark says:

    Sadness is all I can say about Sally. We were childhood friends all the way through school. She will be greatly missed! RIP Sally.

  6. Tammi and Jake Sheldon says:

    Jen and Dean
    Just remember all those wonderful memories she left you with. She was a very special lady with a contagious laugh!! And who could forget her thousands of tomatoes!!
    She’s smiling at you and was very proud of both of you..
    Love you!!

  7. Deb Hodgemire says:

    Dean and Jen and family. There are no words to say how sorry I am. Your mom was a great friend for over 30 years. She has been here for me the last year and I am so grateful. All the years I have known her she always worked so hard at every job she had. I was always saying to her she needed to slow down, but that was not her way. I will carry the outings we had when all are kids were young and we went tricker treating in the rain, took all of you to lake Michigan. She is the one that got me the job at the Unwinder (my favorite job). She is a very special person. I will miss her more than I can say. God Bless you all.

  8. Anna Guzdzial says:

    Jen my heart aches for you and your family! God bless you during this difficult time !

    Ann Guzdzial

    • Anna Guzdzial says:

      Jen my heartaches for you and your family. God bless you all during this difficult time .

      Ann Guzdzial

  9. Bill and Janice Thompson says:

    … To Sally’s Family … So very sorry to hear of her sudden passing. Our sincerest condolences and may our Lord God hold all of you in his loving arms during this very difficult time.

  10. Rene Stanlake Bush says:

    I remember Sally fondly, from Hillside Jr High School. I picture her with a beautiful smile and twinkling eyes. So sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family.

  11. Kristina Turner says:

    Sorry for your loss Jen and family.

  12. Wendy says:

    So sorry Jen for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Sending hugs!

  13. Bruce Moran says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sally was a wonderful lady whom I have knowing for many years. She would bend over backwards for people. She always made us feel like family. She will be missed greatly. God has received an angel for sure.

  14. Cathy Boysen says:

    Dean, Jenn, Hank and family

    It is with great sadness hearing of the passing of your, Mom, Grandma and
    No words can adequately express the generosity and graciousness that Sally gave to so many people throughout her life. She was a lady of her word and a very hard worker to make life better for others.
    Keep close to your hearts all those lifetime precious
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  15. Cathy and Bob Jensen says:

    Our condolences to your families. Hearing of Sally’s sudden passing broke my heart. Having just seen her 3 months ago at our 50th class reunion, it is difficult to believe she is gone on to our Heavenly Father. Her smile, personality, kindness and special hugs came easy for her. She will always be remembered in our hearts.

  16. Dan Faber says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this very sad time. Sally was a wonderful lady and was always so thoughtful of others. I truly enjoyed knowing her and working with her for years. She will truly be missed. I am thankful for having her be part of my life.

  17. Alice Bradford says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss. I have only known Sally a few short years but I loved her and enjoyed her company and sisterly advice at work. This is a great loss for all of us at Perrigo. She will be remembered and missed dearly.

  18. Joanne Krcatovich says:

    Many prayers for her family and friends. She will be missed by her Perrigo family, always had a smile for everyone.

    God Bless

  19. Ray &mary Lou Hoogenboom says:

    R.I.P Sally, you went to soon.

  20. We were so sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  21. Jerry & Judi Prowse says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we have you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jerry and Judi

  22. Garry & Terri Parrish says:

    Jenn and family
    Our deepest sympathy . We were so saddened when we heard the news of Sally. She was a sweet lady and we had alot of good times and laughs together. She was so caring and loving to everyone. She will be very sadly missed.

  23. Dan and Sandy Fleming says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. Sally was such a wonderful friendly person. My husband and I both first got to know Sally when we all worked at Gibson Guitar. And had many fun times while working there. And then we would see her many times at the VFW in Otsego. Sally would always have a smile on her face and loved to kid with you. And we had a common interest in playing the slots at the casino. We want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to her family. R.I.P. dear Sal.

  24. J.E says:

    So sorry to read of Sally’s passing. May you be comforted by the words at Isaiah 57:15 as you face challenging moments.

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