April 20, 2018
PLAINWELL - Herbert H. McHugh age 89, who passed away after a short illness on April 20, 2018. He worked as a Refrigeration Engineer for most of his life. He also served in the US Military in both WWII and the Korean War. He was also a member of the St. Margaret's Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by 2 son's Alan McHugh and Andrew McHugh. He is survived by his wife Marjory McHugh, 2 sons Scott McHugh and Terry McHugh, 1 daughter Peggy Vliestra. Per his life request cremation has taken place with internment to take place at a later date.
June 20, 1922 - April 19, 2018
OTSEGO - 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 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.
January 26, 1933 - April 18, 2018
OTSEGO - 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.
April 01, 1935 - April 16, 2018
OTSEGO - Warren passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born April 1, 1935 in Kalamazoo, the son of Clifford and Desdamona (Owen) McKinstry. Warren proudly served his country in the US Air Force. For many years he had worked in residential construction in Arizona and Arkansas and then returned to Michigan. He had also worked at the Dorgan’s Hardware in Plainwell and the True Value Hardware Store in Kalamazoo. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling, bird watching and visiting with his many friends. In July 1994 he married Audrey Gehring who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Kathy (Wes) Teall of Kalamazoo, 3 grandchildren, Heather, Chris and Greg; 3 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Dylan and Royce; brothers, Cliff (Micky) McKinstry of Plainwell and Loren (Ann) McKinstry of Richland; step-children, Ed Bennett, Connie (Paul) Brewster and Darrell Bennett, step-grandchildren, Scott Bennett, Amber (John) Haynes, Tyler Papesh and Mark Brewster and several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Gloria Ludeking. Friends may visit with Warren’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 20, 2018 until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Warren may be made to the American Cancer Society. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
July 15, 1951 - April 13, 2018
OTSEGO - Christine Ingles passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 13, 2018 at Plainwell Pines. She was born July 15, 1951 in Allegan, daughter of Willard (John) and Lorraine (Jensen) Mack. Chris was united in marriage on June 18, 1977 to Darrell Ingles who preceded her in death in March of 2004. For more than 55 years, Chris has been a devoted Elvis fan. She enjoyed Friday night football games and halftime shows at Bulldog Stadium. She loved cosmetology and worked as a hair dresser for many years. Most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are her children, John (Stephaney) Ingles of Plainwell and Heather (Scott) Phillips of Otsego; three grandchildren, Mackenzie, Robert and Alexis; her sister Dianne Decker and four nephews, Ralph, Derek, Bart and Eric; her best friend, Sue (Rex) Paolella and one granddog, Kai. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
July 18, 1933 - April 10, 2018
OTSEGO - 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.
November 04, 1972 - April 08, 2018
OTSEGO - Michael passed away unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning, April 8, 2018. He was born November 4, 1972 in Piqua, Ohio to Robert and Betty Jo (Hibberd) Wright. Mike was a diesel mechanic and passionate about his work. He loved the beach, traveling, camping, and listening to music. He is survived by his wife, Tara of Grand Junction; mother, Betty (John) Letts of Otsego, children Michelle DeLeon, Melissa Jo Rabinowitz, Dylan Minser Wright and Samantha Wright; 3 grandchildren, his sister Kimberly (Mark) Bemis and 2 step children, Breanna and Jack. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Wright and by his daughter Jessica. Friends may visit with Michael’s family on Thursday, April 12, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com
May 21, 1931 - April 07, 2018
LUNENBURG - Velta (Jirgens) Lyons was born May 21, 1931, to the late Eduards Ernest and Lida (Senbergs) Jirgens, in Engure, Latvia. She was 86. She died peacefully at home April 7, 2018 after a two-year battle with cancer. She resided in Lunenburg for the last 44 years. She is survived by seven children; Patricia Belliveau and her husband Kenneth of Moultonboro, NH, Brian Lyons of Gillette, WY, William Lyons of Lunenburg, Kevin Lyons and his wife Kim of Bluffton, NC, Rose Soubie of Lunenburg, Eric Lyons of Leominster and Marsha Lyons of West Hollywood, CA; eight grandchildren; Lauren Conrad, Dylan Soubie, Shawnna Lyons, Melissa Ford, Scott Lyons, Eric Lyons Jr, Maverick Lyons and Brandon Lyons. She always cherished her grandchildren and loved them dearly. Christmas was her favorite time with all her children and grandchildren gathering around her and her well stocked gifts under her tree. We will always miss her. She also leaves two brothers; Zigfrids Jirgens of Kalamazoo, MI and Peter Jirgens and his wife Barbara of Kalamazoo, MI; one sister, Maija Miller and her husband Conrad of Otsego, MI; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and her goddaughter, Debbie (Paeglis) Marr of Kalamazoo, MI.She is predeceased by her husband, Bernard S. Lyons in 1994 after 42 years of marriage. She also was predeceased by one brother, Imants Jirgens and two sisters, Arija Smith and Rita Paeglis.The family settled eventually to Alamo, MI, buying a farm, during that time Velta came to live in Boston, going to modeling school, and married Bernard Lyons, raising seven children, working at RCA in Needham, Digital for twenty years, retiring and working again part and full time at Horn Industries till she was 80. On behalf of the family, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Health Alliance Medical Oncology at the Burbank Campus for the Doctors and staff whom Velta was so kindly treated for in her early stage of cancer. Another very special thanks to the Health Alliance Hospital Home Health and Hospice care team and her nurses, Jackie, Gina, Peggy and Jen. Her home health care aids: Arlene and Tiffany for all their special care, compassion and support from the entire staff. Calling Hours were held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, Lunenburg, MA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Velta’s memory to sent to the funeral home.
September 14, 1983 - March 31, 2018
KALAMAZOO - Joseph passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his home. He was born September 14, 1983 in Kalamazoo to Sheila and Joseph Lee II. Joseph enjoyed the outdoors and worked trimming and felling trees. His job and his beard made him a natural lumberjack. Joseph was a motorcycle enthusiast and a loyal Lions Football fan. His greatest joy was hanging out with his sons. He is survived by his wife Melanie who he married July 4, 2014, sons, Evin, Jacob and Corbin; mother and stepfather Sheila and Ron Russell of Scotts, Michigan, father Joseph Lee II of Allegan; siblings Devon Stewart of Kalamazoo, Josh Lee, Jessica Crisman and Jaime Caldwell all of Allegan, many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is also survived by Dawn Paradise and Terry Stewart who treated him as a son. Friends may visit with his family beginning at 4:00pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 4 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego. Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 5 at the Winkel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made for the needs of the family. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
January 17, 1930 - March 27, 2018
KALAMAZOO - 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.