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

Donna M. Carroll

March 31, 2014

Donna M. Carroll

Donna M. Carroll of Allegan, formerly of Otsego, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan.

She was born May 18, 1932 in Allegan, to Ivor and Ruth (Coppock) Coburn. Donna was a 1950 graduate of Allegan High School and for 19 years was a nurse’s aide at Alamo Nursing Home. In her leisure time she enjoyed bowling, reading and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Donna was a very talented seamstress who adored children and loved cats.

Surviving are her children, Mary Louise (Frank) Carroll-Bylo of Plainwell, Patricia (Keith) Dillon of Hopkins, Daniel (Mary) Carroll of Plainwell and Marcia (Robert) Willover of Allegan; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Beverly “Cobe” (Mary) Coburn of Otsego and Mary (Ray) Gingrich of Oscoda; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Donna’s family Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 9 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. Celebrant Tim Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at the Hudson Corners Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Donna may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Messages of condolence may be posted at


Pearl Gibson

January 24, 2012

Pearl Gibson

Pearl Gibson of Decatur, TN (formerly of Otsego) passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Brookewood Nursing Center, Decatur, TN. Mrs. Gibson was born November 26, 1909, in Hopkins, MI to Jay and Rose (Wise) Nichols. She was a graduate of Otsego High School and for 86 years was a resident of Otsego. Pearl was a devoted homemaker; a loving, caring person who was completely selfless. Her wonderful example will always be indelibly etched in the memories of her family and friends.

Surviving are three sons, John B. (Jeanne) Gibson of Austin, TX, Frank H. (Janice) Gibson of Greenfield, TN and Floyd A. (Connie) Gibson of Cleveland, TN; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Maxwell of Glenn, MI; a sister-in-law, Paula Lutes of Plainwell, MI; a brother-in-law, Archer Woodstock of Otsego, MI; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Gibson, in 1986; and by eight brothers and sisters.

The Gibson family is thankful to Caris Healthcare professionals for loving attention to Mom’s comfort and needs during the past couple years and for keeping the family apprised of her condition during the times that they were unable to be there.

Friends may meet with her family from 10:00 A.M.until the time of the funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with funeral celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Pearl may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.

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