Elaine A. Klein

May 21, 2018

Elaine A. Klein

Elaine passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo.

She was born October 29, 1930 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of John and Loretta (Gebert) Ackerman. Elaine enjoyed gardening, reading, doing crossword puzzles, traveling with her husband and meeting her friends at Baraga Manor for lunch. Most of all she loved taking care of her children and spending time with her grandchildren.

On March 31, 1951 in Cincinnati she married Howard Klein who passed away in 2001.

Surviving are her children, James (Debra) Klein of Akron, OH and Kathy (Chuck) Wolthuis of Allegan; 5 grandchildren, Justin, Nathan, Andrea, Josh and Dana; 2 step-grandchildren, Caleb and Corrie Wolthuis and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, John and William Ackerman and Jean Otting.

Friends may visit with Elaine’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at St. Margaret Catholic Church, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Elaine may be made to Kairos Dwelling.

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

James A. Endres

March 28, 2018

James A. Endres

James passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 17, 1930 in Covington, KY, the son of William and Hennrietta (Foremeyer) Endres and grew up on the family farm in Independence, KY. Jim proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. For 34 years he had worked at General Motors until his retirement.

In his spare time he enjoyed working on the farm, hunting, fishing and traveling the country in his motorhome. Jim was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego and a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.

On September 11, 1954 in Ludlow, KY he married Marilyn Mershon who preceded him in death in 1999.

Surviving are his children, Bill (Diane) Endres of Kalamazoo, Jim (Laura) Endres of Kalamazoo, Bob (Margie) of Davisburg, Cathie (Paul) Matlock of Kalamazoo, Connie Endres of Kalamazoo and Jack (Mary Layne) Endres of Kalamazoo; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister –in –law, Joan Endres and his companion, Bea Gauthier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marilyn in 1999, son, Bart Endres in 1986; brother, Delbert Endres and sister, Betty Kesler.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a rosary service at 7:30 P.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Rev Fr Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Margaret Catholic Church Endowment Fund.

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.

Valerie I. Davis

May 2, 2016

Valerie I. Davis

Val passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family Friday, April 29, 2016 following a courageous battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).

She was born July 24, 1968 in Grand Rapids the daughter of John and Marcia (Fancher) Manke. Val attended St. Stan’s Catholic School until the 8th grade and was a 1986 Hopkins High School graduate. She then went on to attend Chic Cosmetology College in Kalamazoo. On October 14, 1989 at St Stan’s Catholic Church in Hilliards she married James Davis. Val had worked at salons in Dorr and Otsego before opening her own salon in her home once she began her family with Jim. In 2006 she started a daycare out of her home and had taken care of many area children over the last 10 years.

Val loved attending her children’s sporting events and was always the loudest cheerleader in the stands. She had been involved with 4-H, post prom, went on many field trips and had helped with the wrestling club.Val helped with all the chores on the farm and was a great cook. She enjoyed going to garage sales, camping every father’s day weekend in Mackinac, collecting shoes and purses, celebrating Christmas with her family; going to the fair, especially  to see the animals and concerts and loved indulging her sweet tooth with peeps and jelly bellies. Val always had a huge smile on her face and loved life.

Surviving are her husband; children, Trevor (Beth Hill) of Parchment, Alyssa of Kalamazoo and Hailey and Alex; her parents of Hilliards; siblings, Linda (Mike) Heppe of Hilliards and John (Kandi) Manke of Hopkins; Jim’s parents, Dick (Sylvia) Davis of Otsego; his siblings, Rick (Tina) Davis, Vicky Kent, Sheri O’Reilly and Julie Kubiak; his grandmother, Anne Davis and her best friend, Kelly Smart.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Friends may visit with Val’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Father Donald Klingler and Deacon Russ Pogodzinski officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Val may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or to the CJD Foundation.

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

David Chappell

May 29, 2015

David Chappell

David L. Chappell of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Kalamazoo. David was born August 15, 1927 in Kalamazoo to Floyd McNair and Margaret Marie (Kelly) Chappell. He graduated from St. Augustine High School and attended Western Michigan University. David was an Army Veteran of WWII serving as a radio operator in the occupational force in Japan. For many years he was employed with Local #357 Plumber Pipefitters and served as Superintendent during the construction of the Cook and Palisades Nuclear Plants. He was a former member of the Plainwell Lions Club and the Otsego Elks and had served as a St. Margaret School Board Member. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus #7796 and had served as Grand Knight and received the Knight of the Year award several times. Dave had built several of his homes and in his leisure time he enjoyed sailing on Lake Michigan and Pine Lake.

On September 30, 1950 at St. Augustine’s in Kalamazoo he married Marilyn Elizabeth Allen, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Gregory (Jodi Voss) of Yakima, WA, Jeff (Char) of Plainwell, Jennifer (Tim) Mitchell of Otsego, David (Gail Harmon) of Shelbyville, Nancy (John) Eaton of Kalamazoo and Joel (Cynthia) of Otsego; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle in 1984; a granddaughter, Erica Mitchell in 2009; a great-granddaughter, Audrey Mellis in 2011; and siblings, Robert, Betty Johnson, Richard, Paul, James, Fredric and Gerald.

Friends may meet with David’s family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, with a Rosary at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret Catholic Church Monday, June 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, Otsego, with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of David may be made to St. Margaret School, or Knights of Columbus #7796.

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

 

 

Gilda ‘Jill’ Campbell

February 20, 2014

Gilda ‘Jill’ Campbell

 

Gilda ‘Jill’ Campbell age 91 of Otsego passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at her home.

Mrs. Campbell was born July 21, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA to Joseph and Antoinette (Christiand) Berardi.  Jill met Fred Campbell when her brother Tony brought him home on a two day leave and they were married April 24, 1946.

Jill worked at the Nulty Insurance Agency for 25 years. She and Fred were active members at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church where Jill worked many fund raisers, funeral dinners and helped build the school. She was an active volunteer with the VFW, Otsego Library and participated in many Senior programs and activities.

In her early retirement she loved to travel; knit and crochet donating many of the items she made to Christian Neighbors; play board games and read. Most of all she loved to give hugs and have her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around her.

Surviving are her husband of almost 68 years Fred; her children, George ‘Andy’ Campbell, Diane Campbell, Anna Schulz, Thomas (Jan) Campbell and David (Arlene) Campbell; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her brothers, Anthony and Francis and a great granddaughter, Breanna. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church Friday with a Rosary at 12 Noon followed by the Mass at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler celebrant. Burial will take place at a later time at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jill may be made to Otsego District Public Library or Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

Linda DeBoer

October 8, 2013

Linda DeBoer

Linda DeBoer of Plainwell passed away Thursday October 3, 2013 at Life Care Center of Plainwell. Linda was born February 28, 1947 in Fort Payne, AL to Walter and Dorothy (Hartwell) Burroughs.

She was a very compassionate, giving woman with a great sense of humor. Linda worked at Ely Manor and an area adult foster care home as an LPN for 15 years. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, shopping, dancing and she loved cats. For many years she was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church of Otsego.

Surviving are her children, Ruth Wolf of Plainwell, Anthony Burroughs of Jackson, Melanie Fuller of MI; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; siblings, Denny Burroughs of Kalamazoo, Steve Burroughs, and Beverly Burroughs both of Iowa. Preceding her in death are her parents, Walter Burroughs and Dorothy Wagner; a brother, Walter Ronald Burroughs, and her grandparents.

Cremation has taken place and no services have been scheduled at this time. Contributions in memory of Linda may be made to ASPCA, P O Box 96929, Washington, D. C., 20090-6929. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

George Pearson

August 26, 2013

George Pearson

George A. Pearson of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013, at his home. Mr. Pearson was born December 4, 1919, in Plainwell to Arnold and Anna (Dewispelaere) Pearson and was a lifelong resident of the area.

In 1937 he graduated from Plainwell High School. For many years George and his brothers owned and operated Pearson and Sons Marathon in Plainwell. In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling and was an avid Plainwell football fan.

On July 9, 1949, in Otsego he married Hazel Keene, who passed away in February. Also preceding him in death were a daughter-in-law, Kelene Pearson; four brothers, Jack, Joe, Jim and Arnie Pearson; and a sister, Shirley Hileski.

Surviving are seven children, Michael (Patricia) Pearson of Otsego, James (Janet) Pearson, Kathleen Loughead, George Pearson, Jr. and David (Jenann) Pearson, all of Plainwell, Lisa (Paul) Pearson of Kalamazoo and Mark Pearson of Plainwell; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with George’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, August 29, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where the Rosary will be recited at 8:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2013, at St. Margaret Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Brian Stanley and Rev. Fr. Don Klingler Celebrants. Burial will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Margaret Church, 766 S. Farmer St., Otsego, MI 49078, or Southern Care, Inc., 4341 S. Westnedge Ave., #2100, Kalamazoo, MI  49008..

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

 

Joyce Berner

June 17, 2013

Joyce Berner

Joyce A. Berner of Kalamazoo (formerly of Otsego) passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Kalamazoo. Mrs. Berner was born October 9, 1942 in Plainwell to Wayne and Louise (Mollitor) Livingston.

She was a 1960 graduate of Otsego High School and had attended Western Michigan University. Joyce began her career at Kal Equip in Otsego and then stayed home to raise her three children. Later in life she was the proud owner of Looks in Hair Design, a full service salon in Plainwell, for 20 years.

Her main and most joyful purpose in life was her family. She loved being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her love of travel took her and Phil all over the world. Joyce loved her kitties and almost always had a Siamese cat. She also was an avid flower gardener with beautiful roses and other perennials. Sons, Sean and Brent, remember baking cookies with her all the time. Chocolate chip was their favorite. In 1976 Joyce nominated her mother-in-law, Catherine Berner, for the Mother of the Year Award through WAOP radio in Otsego. She submitted a letter explaining how wonderful and giving Catherine was to her family and others. She raised 6 children and worked full time as a registered nurse. Catherine won the contest and Joyce went on the radio to read the letter that earned her the award.

On July 22, 1962 in Kalamazoo she married Philip Berner. They were longtime residents of Otsego, having lived for 50 years across the street from Leighton’s Mill Pond and currently residing in Royal Estates, Kalamazoo. In 1992, Joyce was reunited with her first son, Todd Albright. This included his wife and two daughters. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Otsego. In September 2011, 49 years after they first pledged their love to each other, Phil and Joyce renewed their vows at St. Margaret’ s Church.

Surviving are her husband, Philip Berner; daughter, Laurie (Berner) and Tim Andrus; sons, Sean Berner, Brent and Merri (Germain) Berner, Todd and Loyale Albright; grandchildren, Cameron and Marissa Andrus, and Lauren Albright; special cousins, Barb and Wayne Davis; and special friends, Mary and Rick Beauchamp, Bob and Sharon Lombardini.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Elizabeth Albright.

Friends may visit with Joyce’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday June 18, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where the Rosary will be recited at 5:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Fr. Gordon Greene celebrant. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Southwest Michigan Alzheimer’s Association, 350 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. #20, Kalamazoo, MI  49007.

Joyce’s family would like to thank the staffs at the Alamo Nursing Home and Borgess Medical Center for their compassionate care.

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

William Brown

July 30, 2012

William Brown

William J. “Bill” Brown of Allegan (formerly of Kalamazoo) died peacefully Monday, July 30, 2012, in Kalamazoo, surrounded by family. Mr. Brown was born December 26, 1922 to Howard and Louise (Noteboom) Brown and was a lifelong resident of the area.

Bill, who was married to Gladys Ball for 64 years, was a farmer, operating his own farm, and also ran Brown’s Farm Equipment with Gladys from the late 50s to early 70s. In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting trips out west, bowling and dancing, especially to polkas. He also enjoyed his dog, Sparky. His family was very important to him and he most enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a generous man.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Gladys in 2010; a son, Don Brown; a granddaughter, Michelle Brown; two grandsons, Scott Brown and Doug Brown; a brother and a sister, Howard Brown and Mildred McGuire. Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Gary (Deidre) Brown of Kalamazoo, Dolores ‘Laurie’ (Robert) Augustine of Otsego, Beverly ‘Bev’ (Ken) Jacobs of Parchment and Carl Brown of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Brown of Hopkins; and a sister, Eleanor Priest, of Hopkins; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may meet with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, Fr. Gordon Greene celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery.

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

Messages of condolence for his family may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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