John E. Jaeger

September 5, 2018

John E. Jaeger

John passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 18, 1945 in Chicago the son of Elliott and Virginia (Sims) Jaeger. John proudly served his country in the US Marine Corp in Vietnam in communications from 1967 to 1970. John loved to run. He attended DePaul University with a track and field scholarship and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He had worked at Pipp Hospital in Plainwell and at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek until his retirement in 2009.

He was an accomplished artist and loved to paint and draw. Many of his paintings have been shown locally and he has a piece in this year’s Art Prize in Grand Rapids. John enjoyed following the Chicago sports teams especially the Cubs and also Michigan State University.

On November 20, 1992 at the United Methodist Church of Otsego he married Judy (Stoneburner) Hunt who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Bill Jaeger of Coldwater, Tim (Ruth) Jaeger of TN, Becky (Ryan) Gottried of NC, Ruth Rozankovich of Kalamazoo and Charlie (Blair) Hunt of Wyoming; grandchildren, Ty, Hannah, Nolan, Micah, Abigail, Roseanne and Reuben; sister, Sue (Cliff) Miller of Ann Arbor and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with John’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018, at the United Methodist Church of Otsego until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the American Heart Association or to the United Methodist Church of Otsego.

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

Bramuel “Hayes” Belcher

August 20, 2018

Bramuel “Hayes” Belcher

Hayes passed away peacefully Sunday, August 19, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Otsego.

He was born in Moberly, Missouri, the son of Bramuel and Ethel (Munden) Belcher. Hayes proudly served his country in the US Marines. He had owned and operated Belcher Welding until his retirement. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, being outside watching nature, working in his vegetable and flower gardens and doing yard work.

Hayes loved his country and enjoyed participating in many parades with the Marine Corp. For many years he volunteered his time driving veterans to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. He was a member of the DAV, Kalamazoo Detachment Marine Corps League, Military Order of Purple Heart, VFW, American Legion, NRA and the AMVETS.

Hayes married Virginia “Ginny” Williams in Kalamazoo and they spent 58 wonderful years together.

Surviving are his wife; children, Dave (Gail) Perrin of Colorado, Dan (Sally) Perrin of Kalamazoo, Linda Perrin of Florida, Carol Dykstra of Plainwell, Steven (Rene) Belcher of Vicksburg and Bruce (Jan) Belcher of Canada; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and several cousins including a special cousin, JoAnn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Hayes’ family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 9:30 A.M., Friday, August 24, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Hayes may be made to the U.S. Marine Corp League or to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan.

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

Lucile W. “Jerry” Nyberg

August 8, 2018

Lucile W. “Jerry” Nyberg

 Jerry passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Allegan County Medical Care Community.

She was born September 28, 1917 in Allegan the daughter of Martin and Pearl (Durand) Akom. Jerry was a 1935 Allegan High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. She attended Mahar’s Business College and as a young woman had worked as a secretary for the County Road Commission.

On April 7, 1940, at her parent’s home in Allegan she married her high school sweetheart, Lawrence Nyberg. They were married for over 50 years and together they operated Nyberg Funeral Home in Allegan from 1940 -1980.

Jerry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Allegan and the Lady Lions. She enjoyed snowmobiling and waterskiing at Miner Lake, playing bingo, eating candy and spending the winters in Florida. She was happiest when surrounded by her family and helping others.

Surviving are her daughters, Sandra (Douglas) Grabe of Kalamazoo and Sally (Michael) McCall of Hastings; 5 grandchildren, Kimberly (Paul) Chaffin, Kelli (Michael) Smith, Kristen (Jeff) Chaffin, Chris Grabe and Melissa (Ed) Mohlman and 11 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence in 1991; brother, Wilbur “Bill” Akom and sister, Thelma Stratton.

A graveside service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Hudson Corners Cemetery with Pastor Nathan Smith officiating.

Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to the First Baptist Church in Allegan.

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

Jodi L. Cook

August 4, 2018

Jodi L. Cook

Jodi passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born August 16, 1971 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Thomas Kruithoff and Cheryl (Adams) Case. Jodi was a 1989 Plainwell High School graduate and as a young woman had worked at Spencer Gifts and had also done children’s photography. Most recently she had worked at Phoenix Properties and McDonalds.

Jodi was always happy, enjoyed making people laugh and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She liked playing cribbage and cards, doing crossword puzzles and hanging out with her lifelong friends from 12th Street. She spent the last 15 amazing years with her Lovey, fiancé, Terrance Sistrunk. Jodi loved her family dearly.

Surviving are her children, Katie Earl of Plainwell and Jackson Cook of Kalamazoo; grandson, Chance Lee; fiancé, Terrance; her parents; siblings, Leah Darrow, Cy Kruithoff and Jonah Metzer along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Judy Kruithoff; brother, Scott Kruithoff and her grandparents.

Friends may meet with Jodi’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Tom Davenport officiating. 

Cremation will follow.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Jodi may be made to her family for a scholarship for her grandson.

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

Velma M Chisholm

July 29, 2018

Velma M Chisholm

Velma passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born March 9, 1937 in Cushing, Oklahoma, the daughter of Kenneth and Sadie (Fields) Matlock. For many years Velma had worked at the Kalamazoo State Hospital until her retirement in 1996.

In her free time she enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, bowling, and crocheting. Velma was a member of the Women of the Moose in Otsego.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Myra) Tullis of Gobles, Wesley Stratton of Decatur, James (Diana) Stratton of Comstock, Harley Stratton of Plainwell and Brenda (Mark) Adams of Plainwell; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and her sister, Faye Christine Wallace.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Velma may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Christian Neighbors.

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

Scott N. Chamberlain

July 26, 2018

Scott N. Chamberlain

Scott passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 in Wisconsin.

He was born March 1, 1971 in Allegan the son of Eugene and Barbara (Kline) Chamberlain. For many years Scott had worked in construction until an injury forced him to retire in 2012. Scott loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all Scott loved spending time with his children.

On September 18, 2003 he married Carrie Schoneboom who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Samantha, Chloe, Lane and Caitlyn; sisters, Shelly (Brian) Chapman, Kim (Larry) Bean, Kelly DeRuyscher and Karry Covault along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Scott’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mattawan.

Contributions in memory of Scott may be made to his family for a college fund for his children.

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

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.

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