June 11, 1932 - October 17, 2017
PLAINWELL - Mary passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Rose Arbor Hospice. She was born June 11, 1932 in Luverne, Alabama the daughter of Raymond and Maude (Wolf) Ballard. Mary had worked at J&J’s Clothing Factory in Otsego and at Nana’s Daycare until her retirement. She loved to sew and was a skilled seamstress. Mary also loved children and enjoyed making them smile. She was a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church. On February 16, 1946 in Troy, Alabama she married John Campbell who passed away in 1993. Surviving are her son, Edward (Cheryl) Campbell; 7 grandchildren, Michael, Amie, Katie, Kathy, Tracy, Robin and Jon; several great and great-great-grandchildren and many siblings including her close sisters, Pete and Helen. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and children, Mary Nell, Elaine and Steve. Friends may visit with Mary’s family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 2:00 P.M., Friday, October 20, 2017 with Pastor Thaddeus Stout officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township. Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the March of Dimes or 12th Street Baptist Church. Messages of condolence may be posted at
October 02, 1955 - October 17, 2017
OTSEGO - Joyce entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at her home in Otsego. She was born October 2, 1955 in Allegan the daughter of Neil and Shirley (Townsend) Marshall. Joyce had worked as the store manager at Sheffer's Cheese and had operated a daycare from her home for 14 years. Joyce also worked for Allegan Community Federal Credit Union for about 20 years. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, reading, tatting doilies and other lace creations, baking and cooking. But most of all, Joyce loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was slow to complain and always willing to help and serve others. Proverbs 31: 10-31 best exemplifies Joyce's life. She was extensively involved with the children's ministries at both Allegan Bible Church and Merson Church. On June 26, 1976 at Allegan Baptist Church she married Richard Smith Jr. who survives. Also surviving are her children, Daniel (Angela) Smith, Michael (Sarah) Smith and Richard III (Colleen) Smith; Sarah Ballast, who was like a daughter to Joyce; 7 grandchildren, Daniel, Noah, Andrew, Marshall, Caleb, Lucas and Olivia; siblings, Christine (Richard) Ballast, Lois (Harry) Nielsen and Amy (Mike) Staton; sister-in-law, Pamela (John) LaHuis along with 7 nieces and 4 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Merson Church, Gobles, MI with Pastor Alan Carson officiating. Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to RBM Ministries Inc. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
May 04, 1944 - October 14, 2017
OTSEGO - Larry passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Alamo Nursing Home. He was born May 4, 1944 in Kalamazoo the son of Joseph and Margaret (Gilligan) Fuss. Larry had worked at Parker Hannifin for almost 40 years. He had served on the Otsego Fire Department for 16 years and also taught CPR. He had coached rocket football and youth baseball for many years. In his spare time Larry enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading, bowling, following U of M Football, working in his yard and flower gardens and ice fishing and was always willing to share his catch. He also liked playing baseball and golf on Parker leagues over the years. Larry was a member of the Otsego Elks Lodge and an usher at Blessed Sacrament and St Margaret Catholic Churches. On May 29, 1965 at St. Margaret Catholic Church he married Kathleen Dobbin who survives. Also surviving are his children, Tracy (Luciano) Ienni of CA, Brian Fuss of Otsego and Shannon (Richard) Ingle of CA; 2 granddaughters, Rachel and Natalie; brother, Bob (Dagmar) Fuss of CA, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Leighton and Margaret Dobbin. Friends may visit with Larry’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a 7:30 P.M. scripture service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, Otsego. Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the Otsego Fire Department. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
September 07, 1938 - October 14, 2017
PLAINWELL - Bob passed away peacefully at home on October 14, 2017. He was born on September 7, 1938 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Clare and Edna (Wilson) Blanchard. After attending Liberty Street School thru the 8th grade, he attended Otsego High School where he met his sweetheart and life-long love, Katherine Root. They were married on July 18, 1959 at the Martin Methodist Church. They have three wonderful Sons whose families have been a great source of joy. Bob was a craftsman and artist working as a stone mason, carpenter and builder for his entire adult life. Bob and Katherine are known throughout the area for their beautiful flower gardens that they share freely with everyone. A hunter and fisherman, Bob loved outdoor sports and especially enjoyed following girls softball and the Detroit Tigers. Always known for his quiet demeanor and friendly smile, Bob had a servant’s heart and spent a lifetime helping others - young and old alike. Bob is survived by his loving wife Katherine (Root) Blanchard; Sons; Randy and Julie Blanchard of Houston, TX, Rodney and Beth Blanchard of Petersburg, MI, Rayman and Sherrie Blanchard of Brenham, TX; Grandchildren; Melissa, Robert (Keri), Ethan (Katrina), Caitlin, Shannan (Jose), Andrew, Alec, and Daniel; and great granddaughters Carter and Camryn. He is also survived by his Sister Evelyn Brown and several Very Special Nieces and Nephews. There will be no memorial service at this time as family and friends recently gathered for a grand reunion and celebration of life. Gifts and memorials may be directed to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, MI.
July 20, 1938 - October 14, 2017
ALAMO TOWNSHIP - 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.
November 09, 1922 - October 12, 2017
FORT WAYNE - Gertrude passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Indiana. She was born November 9, 1922 in Kalamazoo the daughter of William and Mary (Links) Groen. Gert was a member of First Congregational Church of Otsego. In her spare time she enjoyed reading. Surviving are her children, Linda Goodrich, Nancy Magi, Martin (Jo) Meyer, Barbara (John) Dermott, Richard (Michelle) Meyer and Tina (Dan) Raak; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jacob; son-in-laws, Ray and Seer and by her siblings. Friends may visit with Gert’s family from 6-8 P.M., Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 16, 2017 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park South, Kalamazoo. Contributions in memory of Gert may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Salvation Army. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
December 29, 1926 - October 12, 2017
OTSEGO - Catherine Sienna Pelfresne, age 90, passed away on October 12, 2017. Catherine was born in Templeton, Iowa on December 29, 1926 to Frank and Katie Fischer. In 1950, she married her loving husband, Robert Pelfresne, who is waiting to greet her in heaven. Catherine was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego, MI for many years. In her younger years, she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, golfing and scrapbooking but she will be most remembered by her family and friends for her love of cooking; no one ever left Catherine’s house hungry. Her greatest joy was keeping up with the lives and happiness of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and seeing them come together for holidays and other large family gatherings. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by her nine children, Lois (Gary) Herline, Robert (Karen) Pelfresne, Gary (Sue) Pelfresne, Nancy Pelfresne, Jim (Sarah) Pelfresne, Linda (John) Stegeman, Bill (Terri) Pelfresne, Lori (Dan) Baas and Janet (Brian) Vestergaard; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. One of 9 children, she is survived by a brother Otmar (Cookie) Fischer; sister, Dorothy (Frank) Youngblood; sisters-in-law, Eleanore Pelfresne, Dona Mae Pelfresne, Ann Sell and Maxine Heyd and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a grandson. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass was held October 18, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church. Burial of ashes will take place at 2:30 P.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery. If you would like to acknowledge Catherine’s love of flowers and participate in honoring her memory, please bring the stem of your choice to the memorial service. Contributions in memory of Catherine may be made to Saint Vincent de Paul Ministry of Otsego. Her generous spirit touched us; her prayers kept us safe
September 11, 1994 - October 11, 2017
PLAINWELL - Dustan Colyer, age 23 of Plainwell, won the battle against cancer surrounded by his loving family on October 11, 2017. Dustan was born on September 11, 1994 to Karelyn Meert and Jason Colyer. Visit with his family and friends on Monday, October 16 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Radiant Church; 8157 E De Ave, Richland, MI 49083. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Dustan’s family includes his parents Karelyn (Brian) Meert and Jason (Sara) Colyer; siblings: Leeah (Dani) Guarana, Breeana Colyer, Connor Meert and Brennen Meert; grandparents: Jerry & Janice DeBoer, Paul & Barbara Colyer, Tom & Martha Meert and Jeff & Sharon Stephens; his loving girlfriend Hailey Warner as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins and his DC Strong family. Dustan is the founding member and vice president of DC Strong. “Never give up, never lose hope, no one fights alone”. Please visit Dustan’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. Memorial donations can be made to DC Strong.
April 29, 1983 - October 11, 2017
ALAMO TOWNSHIP - Jesse passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from injuries sustained in a four wheeling accident. He was born April 29, 1983 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Darl and Lonna (Gingerich) Albrecht. Jesse owned and operated Albrecht Hardwood Flooring, which he started in 2001 at the age of 18. He was a member of Moorepark Community Church in Three Rivers. In his spare time he loved boating, riding jet-skis, snowmobiles and four wheelers. Most of all Jesse loved being with his family. On September 15, 2012 at Lakeland Reformed Church in Vicksburg, he married Lara Simonsen, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Heidi, 4, Elsie, 1 and another child due in April; his parents; brothers, Tyler (Erin) and son Hunter of Florida, Seth (Danielle) of Kalamazoo and Reid (Melody) of Kalamazoo; grandparents, Virg and Martha Albrecht of Vassar and Marlin and Nancy Gingerich of Iowa. Friends may visit with Jesse’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Sunday, October 15, 2017 First Baptist Church of Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 16, 2017, with Pastor Bud Granger officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Street Cemetery, Alamo Township. Those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Jesse are asked to bless his young family. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
May 06, 1942 - October 10, 2017
AUGUSTA - John passed peacefully on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at his home in Augusta, Michigan surrounded by family. John was born May 6th, 1942 in Indianapolis, IN to James and Dorothy (Thornton) Reitenour. John retired from General Motors in Kalamazoo, MI after 32 years. John enjoyed traveling, reading, wood working and spending time with his family. He is the oldest of eight siblings Jane, Judy, Janice, Jerry, Jean, Jeff and Julie. John is survived by his wife Peggy and their children Valerie, Michelle and Scot. John cherished his time with his grandchildren Adam, Samantha, Andrew, Daniel, Jon and Alayna and great-grandchildren Cory and Colin. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the United Methodist Church in Augusta, MI on Saturday, October 21st at 11 am. For more information please visit www.avinkcremation.com.