Margie Lakeman

May 8, 2012

Margie Lakeman

Margie ‘Tootie’ Lakeman of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Monday, May 7, 2012, at Wings Home in Allegan. Mrs. Lakeman was born November 27, 1934 in Holland, Minnesota to Jacob and Anna Evink. On December 14, 1952 in Elkton, South Dakota she married Earl ‘Toby’ Lakeman and they moved to Michigan in 1955.

The main enjoyment in Tootie’s life was her family, having been raised with so many siblings. There was never a time that her home housed just her immediate family, there were always some other family members living there, whether it be nieces, nephews, grandparents, sisters or brothers. When her children were young there were family picnics at Brookside Park. Four of her siblings as well as her mother and father, who lived right next door, lived in Otsego at the time. There was lots of food and fun and always a baseball game – kids against the grownups, who would often intentionally throw the ball away, stumble and fall down to make the game fun for the kids.

Then there was her love of music; she loved to play her guitar. She was part of a few bands, one of which was The Happy Wanderers, which included her brother Ken, sister Harriet and sister Jane. If she wasn’t playing her guitar she would be up dancing to each and every song. For about 20 years Tootie and Toby went camping at Miles Cove, where Tootie was part of a band made up of campers who called themselves The Muskrat Ramblers. There were more nights than not that the sun would be near to coming up before the band would quit and go to bed. Many, many friends and happy memories came from those years.

Over the years, it seemed as though Tootie was always making something. She took ceramic classes and made many very nice pieces that her kids now have as keepsakes. She also worked with leather and made leather belts. Later on, she and Toby both did woodworking, Tootie started out and then Toby joined in. Toby would cut out the designs and sand them, while Tootie would stain or paint, then varnish. Eventually they worked on custom orders.

Surviving are four children, Gary (Cheryl Bailey) Lakeman of Otsego, Terri (Mike) Enos of Grand Haven, Debra (David) TenBusschen of Otsego and Kelley (Jim Jr,) Dendel of Otsego Twp.; 9 grandchildren, Asa J., Marisa, Joshua, Lisa, Robert, Nate, Kalyn, Trey and Madi; a special child, Heather; siblings, Angeline Larson of Dell Rapids, SD, Kenneth Evink of Flandreau, SD, Lois Wrigg of Elkton, SD, Jerold Evink of Rockford, IL, Jane Hoyt, Elmer Evink and Harriet Evink, all of Otsego; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl ‘Toby’ Lakeman on February 11, 2007; eight brothers; four sisters; an infant son, Danny Jay Lakeman; and a grandson, Alex William Dendel.

Friends may visit with Tootie’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, Pastor Stephen J. Burrow officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Tootie may be made to Wings Home.

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