Tadeusz “Tad” Gluchowski

June 9, 2018

Tadeusz “Tad” Gluchowski

Tad passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 in his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born November 7, 1951 in Drohiczyn Poland, son of Lucien and Michalina (Daniluk) Gluchowski. Tad immigrated to the US in 1978, where he met and married Sheryl (Foote). He co-owned and operated S&K Tool & Die Company in Kalamazoo for many years, and worked at Tengam Engineering at the time of his death.

Tad enjoyed his family, working, being outside or in his pole barn, auctions, and the company of his many friends.

Tad is survived by his wife Sheryl, children Aaron, Michalina and Elizabeth and grandchildren Tristen, Keegan, Aurora, Lochlan and Ezra, and numerous family members in Poland, including siblings Anna and Krzysztof, children Izabela & Rafal, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 14, 2018, 5-7 PM at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and Friday, June 15, 2018, 11 AM-Noon at Northbridge Church at 8824 Douglas Avenue. Funeral service will begin at Noon with the burial and a luncheon immediately following.

Gifts in memory of Tad will be divided between his favorite charities.

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

Joan R. Martin

June 8, 2018

Joan R. Martin

Joan passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at Vicinia Gardens in Otsego.

She was born August 26, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Alphonsus and Ruth (Bengtsson) Utt. Joan was a kind hearted woman who always thought of others before herself. She was an exceptional cook, baking being her specialty. Her Chocolate chip cookies were a particular favorite with family and friends. Joan was the happiest when she was surrounded by family at football games, traveling in the RV or parties. She married Donald Martin who passed away in 2011.

Surviving are her sons, Garry Martin of Portage, Greg (Jan) Martin of Otsego, Randy Martin of Portage and Rob (Michelle) Martin of Kentwood; 6 grandchildren, Sarah (Marc), Jenny (Devin), Andrew (Brandi), Zachary, Alex and Nathan; 3 great-grandchildren, Callen, Damen and Exander; sister, Jean Barringer and several special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM June 22, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 8047 Church Street, Richland, Michigan with Dr. Mark Jennings, Pastor officiating. A luncheon will follow. A private family burial of ashes will take place at Prairie Home Cemetery in Richland.

Contributions in memory of Joan may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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.

Richard E. Wiers

May 10, 2018

Richard E. Wiers

Richard went to be with the Lord surrounded by family Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Battle Creek.

He was born June 26, 1928 in Kalamazoo the son of Harold and Dora (Hamacher) Wiers. Richard proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. For many years he had worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1991.

In his free time he enjoyed dancing, roller skating, singing karaoke, bird watching, growing roses, playing cribbage and following the Detroit Tigers and NASCAR. Richard loved his family very much especially his grandchildren. He had been a member of the Comstock VFW and a life member of the Delton VFW Post #422.

In 1947 he married Frances Smith, they were together for 20 years. On May 19, 1973 he married Joan Hill who passed away in 2008.

Surviving are his children, Mary (Jim) Bouwer of Kalamazoo, Larry (Judy) Wiers of Galesburg and John (Shani) Wiers of Kalamazoo; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Gary Wiers and siblings, Barb Thiel, Donna Haggerman and Don Wiers.

Friends may visit with Richard’s family from 2-4 P.M., Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Terry R. McNees

May 10, 2018

Terry R. McNees

Terry passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell.

He was born October 9, 1947 in Plainwell the son of Howard and Agnes (Ockerman) McNees. Terry proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He had been a truck driver for many years and had driven over 3 million miles.

In his spare time Terry enjoyed old cars and motorcycles and farming with his companion, Lynette Collins. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Surviving are his sons, Tony McNees and Tim McNees both of Arizona; 4 grandchildren, Talia, Janeann, Lisa and Tim; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ron (Sandy) McNees of Otsego and Tom McNees of Kalamazoo; sister, Carol Pantzer of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews and his friend who was like a brother, Tim Brewster.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Terry.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5-7 P.M., at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030 or to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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

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.

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