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.

George L. Klaeren

April 18, 2018

George L. Klaeren

George passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 26, 1933, in Elmhurst, Illinois the son of Michael and Edna (Overocker) Klaeren.

As an athlete for Mendon High School, he earned All-State Honors in football. George proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan University where he lettered in football.

His professional career in education began in 1959 as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and most notably principal of Otsego High School. For 64 years, his biggest role was as a loving husband to Bea and a devoted family man to his eight children and 17 grandchildren.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing softball, boating, camping, traveling and attending academic and athletic events for his children and grandchildren.

On May 29, 1954, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Mendon he married Beatrice Ann Klein who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Michael (Sue Kelly) Klaeren, Theresa Calvin, Stephen (Laura) Klaeren, Lisa (Don) Walley, Patrick Klaeren, Kevin (Carol) Klaeren, Laura (Joe Miller) Henckel and Beth (Daryl) Zartman and 17 grandchildren, Katie, Thomas, Elizabeth, Kristen, Melissa, Rachel, George, Daniel, Mary, Matthew, Stephanie, Logan, Maxwell, Ryan, Nathan, Hunter and Jacob.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 6 siblings.

Friends may visit with George’s family from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Mendon, with Monsignor Thomas Martin officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Mendon.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to the Otsego Public Schools Foundation or the Mendon High School Athletic Boosters.

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

William J. “Jim” Dennis

April 11, 2018

William J. “Jim” Dennis

Jim passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born July 18, 1933 in Otsego, the son of Marshall and Helen (Coburn) Dennis. Jim proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and in the Army Reserves. For many years he had worked for General Motors until his retirement.

A lifelong resident of Otsego, Jim was active with the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion and the VFW Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and a past member of the Masonic Lodge. Jim was also active with the National Guard at Fort Custer. In his free time he enjoyed traveling and collecting stamps and coins.

On June 27, 1953 in Plainwell he married Winnifred Eddy who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Jim (Carol) Dennis of Cooper, Bill (Becky) Dennis of Plainwell and Kelly (Tina) Dennis of Otsego; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Charlene Brooks.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Otsego Elks Lodge.

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

Donald B. Moore

March 26, 2018

Donald B. Moore

Donald passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 surrounded by his family at his home in Otsego.

He was born May 17, 1928 in Chicago, IL, the son of Adelbert and Elizabeth (Masset) Moore. For many years Don had worked as the superintendent of machines at the Mead Corporation until his retirement in 1987.

In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, hunting, farming, working in his garden, Civil War history and antique tractors. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Otsego and a former board member of Christian Neighbors.

On July 29, 1950 in Otsego he married Rayma Fritz who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Donna (Russ) Philmon and Marilyn Moore; 9 grandchildren, Stephanie (Neil) Feltenberger, Tanya (Tim) Marsh, Rodney (Renee) Philmon, Abram (Amanda) Braden, Rachel (Adam) Todd, Jaime Braden, Camille (Alex) Dawson, Benjamin Arce and Micah (Abigail) Arce and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Rodney Moore; daughter, Nancy Braden and sister, Margaret Nichols.

Friends may visit with Don’s family from 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan.

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

Dolores I. Buffenbarger

March 23, 2018

Dolores I. Buffenbarger

Dolores passed away surrounded by her family, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.

She was born December 28, 1931 in Plainwell the daughter of Wendell and Irene (Kelso) Stephenson. For more than 30 years Dolores was the secretary to the superintendent of Plainwell Community Schools until her retirement in 1996.

In her spare time she enjoyed doing crosswords puzzles, reading historic novels, following sports, watching old movies, visiting with her friends, working with the election committees and area blood drives and making her famous potato soup for the Christian Neighbors soup suppers. Dolores was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Plainwell.

On September 8, 1951 in Plainwell she married Phillip Buffenbarger who passed away in 2005.

Surviving are her children, Sue Needham-Wood (Terry Wood) of Kalamazoo, Stephen (Terri) Buffenbarger of Plainwell and Martin (Carolyn) Buffenbarger of Texas; 7 grandchildren, Matthew Needham, Erica Needham-Rausch, Megan (Nick) Salazar, Molly (Nathan Root) Buffenbarger, Bryce (Elyse) Buffenbarger, Kelsey (Drew) Zahn-Melton and Forrest Buffenbarger and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Stan Needham; brother, Robert Stephenson along with many aunts and cousins.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Dolores’ life will take place from 2-5 P.M., Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Plainwell in the Fellowship Hall.

Contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to Christian Neighbors.

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

Terry A. Terhune

February 9, 2018

Terry A. Terhune

Terry passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 21, 1949 in Marion, Indiana, the son of Stephen and Lois (Seeger) Terhune. Terry graduated from Marion High School where he was class president. He went on to graduate from Purdue University where he served as president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Terry had owned and operated The Fireside Restaurant and Lounge in Otsego for 20 years until his retirement in 2013.

He loved golfing and spent many hours on the greens at Prairiewood Golf Course. He had been the president of the Prairiewood Neighborhood HOA for many years. Terry was a big sports fan and enjoyed following the Bears, Tigers and Blackhawks. He also enjoyed attending Purdue football games with his brothers, John and Steve.

Terry was strong- willed and a fighter, the strongest man his children ever knew. He had a great sense of humor and his one-liners will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his children, Trisha Gesmundo and her children, Canyon and Kaia; Stephen Nathaniel Terhune and Gina Terhune along with his siblings, Stephanie Bessett, Steve Terhune, Jane Ann DuLong and John Terhune.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 17, 2018, with a time of sharing memories starting at 12:00 P.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

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

Bartalameo B. Pirrone

December 20, 2017

Bartalameo B. Pirrone

Ben passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice.

He was born September 4, 1930 in Otsego the son of Jake and Anna (Badalamenti) Pirrone. A graduate of Otsego High School he attended St. Francis School of Art. Ben had worked as a graphic designer with Sugden Studios, Brown Company (James River), Merchant Publishing Company and Ben Pirrone Photography.

In his spare time he enjoyed painting and photography. Ben was a member of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and the Portage Senior Center. On March 25, 1950 he married Alice Wearmouth who passed away on February 11, 2004.

Surviving are his children, Christofer Michaels of Lansing, Teri (Larry Maycock) Coburn of Kalamazoo and Jeff (Sheryl) Pirrone of Otsego; four grandchildren, James (Erin) Coburn of Parchment, Crysta (Greg Pizzino) Coburn of Ypsilanti, Eric Pirrone of Otsego and Jena (Tony) Sposato of Wayland; 6 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, James (Merikay) Pirrone of South Carolina and Jock (Laurie) Pirrone of Middleville; sister, Josephine (Tony) Megna of Grand Haven; many nieces and nephews and his companion, Becca the cat.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son-in-law, Dave Coburn; brothers, Benjamin Pirrone and Joseph Pirrone and sister, Mary Marciniak.

Friends may visit with Ben’s family from 4-7 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017 with a rosary at 6:30 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017 with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

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

Contributions in memory of Ben may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Heart Association.

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

Phillip Largent

November 6, 2017

Phillip Largent

Phillip “Sam” Largent passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born May 22, 1942 in Plainwell the son of Herbert and Ruby (Stratton) Largent. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force. Sam was very handy and enjoyed building things. He also enjoyed reading and working as a forklift mechanic.

On July 10, 1993 he married Carolyn Avery who survives. Also surviving are his step-son, Michael Sullivan of Arkansas, brother, Michael Largent of Plainwell and his step-mother, Zelma Largent of Plainwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Judy, Tina and Linda and by his brother, Ralph.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4-6 P.M., Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

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

Joyce A. Blanchard

October 15, 2017

Joyce A. Blanchard

Joyce passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 surrounded by family and friends at Bronson Hospital.

She was born July 20, 1938 in Cooper Township the daughter of Clyde and Alice (Wilson) Rinehart. Joyce was a 1956 Mattawan High School graduate. She had been a caregiver and foster parent to many children over the years. Joyce was a tremendous cook and skilled cake decorator and had made several wedding and graduation cakes. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing.

Joyce was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego and a former member of Alamo Community Congregation Church. On September 8, 1956 at the Grange Hall in Oshtemo she married Dale Blanchard who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Laura Blanchard of Kalamazoo, Connie Blanchard of Benton Harbor; Gary (Denise) Blanchard of Plainwell and many foster children; grandchildren, Josh (Meagan), Derek, Olivia, Elizabeth and Michael; great-granddaughter, Kylie and siblings, Jerry Rinehart, Phyllis Forbes and Terri Rinehart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Lois Miner and James Rinehart.

Joyce’s family would like to thank Dr. Marcia Liepman of Allegan and Dr. John Byrd of Columbus, OH for the wonderful care she received.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with Joyce’s family from 6-8 P.M., Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from noon until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.  

Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to First Congregational Church of Otsego or to the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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

Moira S. Clark

October 6, 2017

Moira S. Clark

Moira passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 surrounded by her family at Allegan County Medical Care Community.

She was born April 17, 1924 in London, England the daughter of Stanley and Nellie (Mullens) Harvey. Moira had been in the British Military during WWII and met her husband, William Clark who was part of the US Army Military Police. They were married August 6, 1945 in London.

They returned to the US in September of 1946. Moria had worked for 10 years at Kal-Quip until her retirement. In her spare time she loved playing Bingo. Moira had been a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of Allegan since 1946 and was active in many church groups.

Surviving are her children, Elaine (Olin) Eggleston of Marcellus, John (Lylah) Clark of Allegan, Patricia “Trish” (Bruce) Adams of Allegan and Katherine Guerrant of Allegan; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Kath Ficken and Stan Harvey along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, John, Pat, Eileen and Margaret.

Friends may visit with Moira’s family from 6-8 PM, Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Allegan.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Moria may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

Next Page »

    This is a Widget Section

    This section is widgetized. If you would like to add content to this section, you may do so by using the Widgets panel from within your WordPress Admin Dashboard. This Widget Section is called "Right Post Sidebar"