Doris M. Porter

April 19, 2018

Doris M. Porter

Doris passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018, surrounded by her family at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born June 20, 1922 at home on 8th Street in Alamo Township, the daughter of Sheldon and Emily (Greeley) Blanchard. Doris was valedictorian of the Otsego High School Class of 1940 and a lifelong resident of the area. She had attended Parsons Business School and had worked at JM Wilson Insurance Company in Kalamazoo.

In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, taking care of her house plants, canning, square dancing and traveling. Doris liked volunteering at Alamo Nursing home helping with bingo and raised money for the March of Dimes. Most of all she loved her family and had spent many hours helping to homeschool and care for her grandchildren. Doris was an active member of the Alamo Community Congregational Church.

On June 4, 1943 at her parent’s home in Alamo Township she married Leonard Porter who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are her son, Don (Loretta) Porter of Otsego; 5 granddaughters, Angela, Karla, Tracie, Melanie and Sarah and their spouses; 8 great-grandchildren with another due soon and her sister, Aloh McCabe of Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sheldon and Emily; husband, Leonard; son, Carl (Lori) Porter and brothers, Carlton, Rolla, Harold and Melvin Blanchard.

Friends may visit with Doris’ family from 4-6 P.M., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 23, 2018, with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Doris’s family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan and Stanford Lodge for the excellent care and compassion.

Contributions in memory of Doris may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

John DeBoer

June 2, 2017

In Memorial

John E. DeBoer of Kalamazoo passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 following a tragic accident. John was doing what he loved, working on his sailboat. He was born March 18, 1946 in Kalamazoo to John and Eleanor (DeLong) Deboer. John loved sailing and working on his boat but his true passion was farming.

On March 11, 1968 he married Patricia Leedy who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Virginia DeBoer and Spring DeBoer and 4 grandchildren, Kailey DeBoer, Joshua, Levi and Lilly DeBoer; brother-in-law David Leedy and sister-in-law, Sharon (Champ) Eisenhardt and many beloved friends. John was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings. According to John’s wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Gertrude E. Rohr

March 17, 2017

Gertrude E. Rohr

Trudy passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born March 18, 1934 in Menominee, MI, the daughter of Samuel and Gertrude (Jenkins) Martell. Trudy was a part of the Yaya Sisters and enjoyed playing cards and taking trips to the casino. She was also a member of the Workers of Mary and St. Margaret Catholic Church. Trudy was a great cook and loved spending time with her grandchildren. On October 8, 1955 in Menominee she married George Rohr who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Linda (C.A.) Bowen of AL, William (Kim) Rohr of Otsego, John (Marcia) Rohr of Paw Paw, Edward Rohr of Alamo, Adam (Kim) Rohr of Kalamazoo and Laura (Gerard) Moyer of Kalamazoo; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and brother, Loren Martell.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Charlotte Friedman and Laura Clumpner and brothers, Sam and Pete Martell.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Trudy’s family from 1-4 P.M. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a scripture service at 3:00.  A memorial service will take place Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, with Father Ben Huynh officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta at a later time.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Trudy may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Vera L. Kershaw

March 5, 2017

Vera L. Kershaw

Vera passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Life Care Center in Plainwell.

She was born February 2, 1923 in Alamo Township the youngest of 7 children born to John and Bertha (Ketchum) Black. For many years she had sold Stanley products and had worked at Kalamazoo College. In her spare time she enjoyed playing games especially bingo, going camping, fishing, traveling up north to the family cabin, taking motorcycle rides, snowmobiling and boating. Vera liked helping out with the Brownies and 4-H when her daughters were younger and had bowled on many area leagues. She was a wonderful baker and an accomplished seamstress. On January 15, 1943 she married Mark Kershaw who passed away in 2008.

Surviving are her daughters, June Kershaw of Walker, Linda (John) Blowers of Athens, Sandra Drobny of Otsego, Judy Bunker of Ionia and Susan (Al) Kuras of Portage; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Mildred Miller, Florence Lappin, Lucille Hewitt, Martin Black, Elmer Black and Garland Black.

Friends may meet with Vera’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, March 9, 2017 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Vera may be made to Reverence Home Health and Hospice or to Life Care Center of Plainwell Hymnal Fund.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Fern E. Enos

March 5, 2017

Fern E. Enos

Fern passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Alamo Nursing Home.

She was born April 10, 1914 in Kendallville, Indiana, the daughter of Perry and Didamie (Potter) Irwin. Fern had a lifelong ambition of starting a facility to serve as a nursing home, with particular emphasis on care for the aged. It was in November 1955 on a section of their family farm that Alamo Nursing Home was built and still serves the elderly today. State regulations required licensed personnel to be on staff so Fern went back to school and became an LPN and served as owner and Administrator for many years until her retirement.

She then went on to open and operate Fern’s Ceramics in Plainwell. She enjoyed porcelain making and had made many porcelain dolls for her family, even making the clothing by hand. She loved to fish and enjoyed crocheting and quilting and had also made several quilts for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Fern was very devoted to her family and would give the shirt off her own back if you needed it. She wanted to make life better for others. On November 26, 1927 she married Ray Enos who passed away in 1984.

Surviving are her son, Walter Enos, daughter-in-law, Betty Enos along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children, Perry Enos, Catherine Preston and Mary Lou Holdeman; grandchildren, Sandy Hughes and Barbara Croy and siblings, Otha, Cecil, Herbert, Ronald, Goldie, Norma, Arthur, Bertha, Martha, Alice, Allen, Katherine, Richard, Raymond and Paul.

Friends may visit with Fern’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the Funeral Service at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Greg Yarworth officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Fern may be made to the Alamo Nursing Home Activities Fund.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.winkelfuneralhome.com.             

Michael J. Mattison

February 7, 2017

Michael J. Mattison

Mike passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice.

He was born October 11, 1950 in Kalamazoo the son of Joseph and Edna (Goodhart) Mattison. Mike had worked for 18 years at the Brundage Co. in Kalamazoo and at Kalsec for over 30 years. As a young man he had been active with the Boy Scouts. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed refereeing soccer. Mike loved his family very much especially his granddaughter, Aubrey. On January 17, 1970 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church he married Bonnie Daniel who survives.

Also surviving are his son, Brian (Jenn) Mattison of Chelsea; granddaughter, Aubrey Grace; his sisters, Pat (Steve) Kaiser of Milwaukie, OR and Judy (Tony) Sanderson of Plainwell along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Mike’s family from 5-8 P.M., Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Alamo Community Congregational Church with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Cremation will follow.

According to Mike’s wishes please dress casual, leave your ties and sport coats at home.

Contributions in memory of Mike may be made to the Alamo Community Congregational Church or to Rose Arbor Hospice of Kalamazoo.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Donald D. Wilson

January 14, 2017

Donald D. Wilson

Don passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Kalamazoo. 

He was born February 10, 1959 in Plainwell the son of Donald and Eileen (Smith) Wilson. Don had been a snowmaker at Bittersweet when it first opened and had spent 25 years at Parker Hannifin Brass. He lived on his grandfather’s farm where he enjoyed riding horses. Don also loved riding motorcycles, getting muddy on his quads, camping, spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and line dancing with the Bresa Brats.  Don was always up for an adventure and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge, the Goble’s Drift Busters Snowmobile Club, the Kalamazoo Rod and Gun Club and had been a volunteer fireman like his dad, brother and son for the Alamo Fire Department. On July 30, 1983 in Allegan he married Denise Rowley who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Lorrie (Brad) Bush of Martin and Jeremy Wilson of Alamo; grandchildren, Blake, Ashley, Ethan and Alison; his parents; siblings, Clayton (Barbara) Wilson and Diana (Douglas) Leffring along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Don’s family from 6-8 P.M. Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Mary L. Brylowski

January 8, 2017

Mary L. Brylowski

Mary Louise Brylowski, bibliophile, world-traveler, educator, and bonafide spitfire, passed away January 6, 2017 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Mary was born in 1937 to Amy and Wellington Lewis in Orchard, Iowa and grew up there along with her brothers Jim and Bob. After graduating from Osage High School in 1954, Mary left for Grinnell College. Grinnell was a transformative time for Mary, and she would often talk of her time there. Mary made it a point to attend as many class reunions as she could.

After college, Mary moved to Michigan, purchased ‘Sir Gallahad’ her Triumph TR3, and began her teaching career in Battle Creek. It was during this time that Mary met her future husband Arthur Brylowski, when they both raced cars in the local sports car circuit. Ice racing on Gun Lake was something they both enjoyed, even after Mary intentionally dumped Art’s car into a snowbank after a disagreement one afternoon. Mary and Art were married in 1961 and moved to Alamo Township.

After spending several years home with her children, Mary returned to teaching at Alamo Elementary where she taught third grade for Otsego Public Schools for over 20 years. Mary loved teaching and was always looking for new ways to bring the best from her students. She was instrumental in starting local participation in Odyssey of the Mind, and volunteered as a judge at the local and state level many times. The friends Mary made during her career remained her cohorts and companions for many years.

After retiring, Mary embarked on travels around the world as a Global Volunteer. Mary rocked babies in Romanian orphanages, painted school buildings in the Cook Islands, caught fish in South Africa, and taught English to teenagers in Italy. She saw the Northern Lights in Iceland, kangaroos in the Australian Outback, nomadic herdsmen on the Mongolian steppes, glaciers in New Zealand, walked on the Great Wall in China and saw polar bears in Greenland and more.

In-between her journeys abroad, Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, crafting with her friends, enjoying the occasional glasses of wine, shopping for interesting gifts, and volunteering in her grandkids’ elementary schools.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jim and her husband, Arthur. She is survived by her daughter, Amy and her children, Abigail, William and Margaret; her son, Phillip (Sara) and their children, Catherine, Owen, Liam, Gavin and Eleanor; her son Andrew (Kim) and their children, Jacob and Natalie; her son, James (Jennifer) and their children, Cameron and Kristen; her brother, Bob (Ann); and several nieces and nephews.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A private graveside service will take place at Alamo Center Cemetery at a later date.

Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Messages of condolence may be left at WinkelFuneralHome.com

Norma J. Stoneburner

December 21, 2016

Norma J. Stoneburner

Norma Jean Stoneburner age 79 passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born September 15, 1937 in Alamo Township the daughter of Milford and Goldie (Irwin) Tayer. For many years Norma had worked at V&V Lumber in Alamo retiring in 1995. She had also worked at First of America Bank. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, sewing, bowling and playing cards and bingo. Norma had been a 4-H leader and loved children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On June 23, 1956 at Alamo Congregational Church she married Harry Stoneburner who survives.

Also surviving are her 4 children, Louie (Gwen) Stoneburner of Pullman, Laurie Stoneburner of Battle Creek, Leslie (Colene) Stoneburner of Alamo and Lee (Susan) Stoneburner also of Alamo; 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Brooke, Dustin, Raymond, Jordon, Cordell and Cora; 4 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Grace, Kambree and Kailynn along with her sister, Mary Ellen Stoneburner.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Norma’s family from 5-8 P.M. on Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Tom Koning officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Norma may be made to Faith Chapel Ministries or to the Alamo Nursing Home.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Harold McGoldrick Jr.

August 13, 2016

Harold McGoldrick Jr.

Harold ‘Midge’ McGoldrick Jr. of Alamo passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at home.

He was born January 16, 1932 in Kalamazoo to Harold and Helen (Roderick) McGoldrick. He had worked at North American Aluminum and was a welder and mechanic at Kalamazoo Speedway. Midge was also an avid NASCAR fan.

In 1971 he married Alice McGoldrick who preceded him. Surviving are 3 daughters, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 sister and 2 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter and a brother.

Friends may visit with Harold’s family from 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 11:00AM with Pastor David Ives officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post 3030.

Donations in memory of Harold may be made to Oak Grove Bible Church.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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