December 23, 1948 - December 12, 2017
OTSEGO - Sally passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born December 23, 1948 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Henry and Alberdena (Vellinga) Rossman. Over the years Sally had worked at Gibson Guitar, Judy’s Restaurant, Weight Watchers and the Red Brick Inn. She had also co-owned Bruns Transportation in Allegan. Most recently Sally had worked at Perrigo, Allegan County Community Mental Health and at the VFW Post #3030. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, mushroom hunting, fishing, and going to the casino. Sally loved cooking large meals for her family and attending her grandchildren’s many activities. She was an active member of the VFW Post #3030 and the Otsego Moose Lodge. Surviving are her children, Dean (Lisa) Prowse of Portage and Jennifer Horrocks of Otsego; grandchildren, Zach, Rachel, Nick and William; grand dog, Burton; brother, Hank (Marilyn) Rossman of Indiana; niece, Cara; nephew, Matt along with several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Eric Rossman. Friends may meet with Sally’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a funeral service at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 16, 2017 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Cremation will follow. Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo at a later time. Contributions in memory of Sally may be made to the Michigan Special Olympics Area 11 or to the Salvation Army. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
January 03, 1938 - December 10, 2017
PLAINWELL - Alvin Predum, of Plainwell, passed away on December 10, 2017 at Borgess. Alvin's family includes his wife Charlotte; children, Rob Cronen and Tony (Amy) Predum; seven siblings: Treva, Russell, Roland, Dan Jo, Mike, Bonnie, Clare; one grandson Trever; as well as several nieces and nephews. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Adelia and Becky. A graveside service will be held on Friday, December at 1:00 at Hillside Cemetery in Gun Plain Township. There will be a gathering at Gun Plain Township Hall following the graveside service where you can visit with family and friends. Please visit Alvin's memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online.
August 22, 1940 - December 07, 2017
ALAMO TOWNSHIP - Jack passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born August 22, 1940 in Kalamazoo the son of John and Maxine (Pierce) Kubizna. For 30 years Jack had been a truck driver for ICX until his retirement. As a young man he had been a semi-professional pitcher and competitive bowler. Jack also enjoyed golfing and had been the manager at Hidden Valley Golf Course. In his free time he liked fishing, camping and following the Detroit Lions, Red Wings and Tigers. Most of all Jack loved spending time with his family. On September 28, 1968 he married Charlene Bourdo who survives. Also surviving are his children, David (Stephanie) Kubizna of Kentwood, Lawrence Kubizna of Kalamazoo and Erik Watkins; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; siblings, Perry, Mike, Debbie and Dorothy along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws and brothers, John and Gary. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later time. Contributions in memory of Jack may be made to St. Francis Church of Orangeville, MI. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
October 19, 1964 - December 04, 2017
PLAINWELL - Annette Bailey, age 53, passed away December 4, 2017, at home with her family at her bedside. Annette was born October 19, 1964 in Fremont, Ohio; the daughter of Paul and Mabel Rita (Lewis) Marshall. Annette enjoyed the outdoors and loved taking care of her family. Her dogs Reeses, Bentley, and Duke brought much joy to her life. On June 16, 1990, she married the love of her life, Timothy L. Bailey, who survives. Annette is also survived by her father, Paul Marshall, a son, Brandon Thomas Bailey, a daughter, Angel Ann (Tyler) Selby, a brother, Paul M. (Katie) Berry, sisters: Wanda Kay Niblick, Bonnie Sue Cornett, and Becky (Todd) Sealscott, and several nieces and nephews. Annette was preceded in death by her mother, and brothers: Russell Lynn Marshall and Paul Ray Marshall. Annette’s family will receive friends, Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Pastor Mike Sparks, Resurrection Power Ministries, officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be appreciated. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Annette’s family.
May 19, 1941 - December 03, 2017
PLAINWELL - Roy passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Wings Home in Allegan. He was born May 19, 1941 in Tyronza, Arkansas, the son of Benjamin and Myrtle (Qualls) White. Roy proudly served his country in the US Army. For over 30 years he had worked as a heavy equipment mechanic at Rieth-Riley Construction and had worked for 5 years at Kenworth retiring in 2016. In his spare time Roy enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, gardening, camping, working around his house and yard, raising chickens, driving trucks and following NASCAR especially Bill Elliott. Most of all Roy loved spending time with his family and giving golf cart rides to his grandchildren and his best friend Dixie his beloved lab. Roy attended the Shelbyville United Methodist Church. On November 3, 1962 he married Nancy Schultz who survives. Also surviving are his children, Shawna (Tod) Steele of Kalamazoo, David (Laurie) White of Hickory Corners, Patty (Steve) Hover of Plainwell and Stacy (Jeff Laylon) Simpson of Plainwell; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Ann Vaughn, Christine Grant, Martha McClellan; many special nieces and nephews and his dear friends, Lyle and Mary. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and a niece. Friends may visit with Roy’s family from 5-8 P.M., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Shelbyville United Methodist Church with Pastor Sean Kidd officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Roy may be made to the Wings Home in Allegan. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
September 21, 1935 - November 25, 2017
PLAINWELL - Cora Lee (Corky) Greenburg, age 82 of Plainwell, Michigan passed away on November 25, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Corky was born at the William Crispe Hospital on September 21, 1935 to Leo and Mary Alice Watters. The building was later repurposed as the William Crispe Community House, an assisted living facility, where Corky had been staying since 2012 until the time of her passing. The family thank the staff and board members of William Crispe and her caregiver Anthony Bender for the excellent care she received in her later years.
Corky graduated from Otsego High School in 1953 and from Albion College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Corky was a well known figure in the Plainwell community. She taught 7th grade Life Science at Plainwell Middle School for 28 years and retired in 1997. As testimony to her love of teaching, she remained a part-time substitute teacher for several years afterward. Corky was also the cheerleading coach for Plainwell High School for many years and taught swimming lessons for local youth at her home pool. She also opened up her home not only as a foster home but also as a Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescue home for dogs. She was a member of the Plainwell First United Methodist Church for much of her life and a devout Christian.
Corky is survived by her two daughters, Kathi Greenburg and Susan Hall (married to Robert), and her son Michael Greenburg (married to Kimberly), her grandchildren April Bender, Darian Weaver and Margaret Hall and her great-grandchildren Chloe and Brody Bender, and Eli and Adaline Weaver.
A celebration of Corky's life will be held in the Spring of 2018 at the Plainwell First United Methodist Church, 200 Park Street, Plainwell, Michigan, 49080. More detailed information on the life celebration will be posted online at www.lifestorynet.com soon.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to a memorial fund. The memorial fund will be used to help cover her medical and living expenses with the remainder going to the Boy Scouts of America. Corky was a proud supporter of the Boy Scouts and her father Leo had been a notable scoutmaster. Donations to the memorial fund can be made by check or money order payable to "Cora Lee Greenburg Estate" and mailed to Michael Greenburg, 4023 SE 48th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97206.
June 22, 1929 - November 24, 2017
PARCHMENT - June passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Butterfly Oasis in Parchment. She was born June 22, 1929 in Rockland, Maine the daughter of Leslie and Virginia (Reardon) Barton. June grew up in Maine and graduated from high school in 1947. On June 28, 1947 in Limestone, Maine she married Donald Robbins. She moved to the Flint area in 1950 and then to Kalamazoo in 1965. June spent the next several years raising her 8 children and doing thousands and thousands of loads of laundry. She was very active with the Girl Scouts of America starting with her oldest daughter and continuing through with her youngest daughter. She loved being an outdoor trainer and spent many weekends making memories at Camp Merrie -Woode with the girls. June had also spent a season as camp cook and then as a counselor. She was also camp Director at Camp Bogstone in the Manistee National Forest. June served as neighborhood Chairman and District Manager Leader of the Glowing Embers Girl Scout Council. She even persuaded her husband to volunteer. After raising her children she had worked in retail and had also worked for her daughter at Ice Cream Etc. in Kalamazoo. June had served as President of the St. Vincent de Paul Ministry for 3 years and more as a volunteer in the food bank. June loved birding and volunteered at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary as a guide. She enjoyed her yearly trip to Point Pelee in Canada with her family and friend, Margaret Black to watch the seasonal bird migrations. June enjoyed traveling and had visited all 48 continental states and collected patches for each one. She liked walking the Mackinac Bridge with her last crossing during the 50th Anniversary. June was known by her family as the energizer bunny, going and going always in a constant state of motion. She was early to rise but not always so early to bed. Surviving are her children, Jamie Wallace, Stacy Kiser, Lesley Robbins, Toby Spinner, Kelly Bates and Kerry Robbins, grandchildren, Mike, Matt, Wendy, Jennie, Carl, Becky, Brian, Robert, Tia, Sharron, David, Tori, Miranda, Anthony, Heather, Autumn, Ashley, Katie and Kelsy; several great-grandchildren and sister, Connie Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Donald Robbins Jr and Brian Robbins; siblings, Goldie Robinson and Tim Barton and special friends, Nyda and Ethel. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with June’s family from 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7:30 PM. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Rev Fr Simon Manjooran officiating. Burial of ashes will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery. Contributions in memory of June may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Ministry of Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
January 17, 1944 - November 22, 2017
OTSEGO - Carolyn Caswell was welcomed by the Lord November 22, 2017. The daughter of a farmer and nurse, Carl and Nellie Bierema, she graduated from Plainwell High in 1962, married in ’63 and had 3 daughters Vicki, Amy and Jenny. Carolyn was a dedicated employee at Big Top and Harding’s Market for decades. In her spare time she enjoyed working in her flower garden, playing dominos, knitting for others, hosting baby and wedding showers, and working out at her brother’s Repz Gym. Carolyn also spent many weekends with her grand children attending various seasons of sporting events for Ally and Nolan, camping, as well as visiting her daughter and grandchildren Noah and Micah in sunny Florida. Carolyn lost her daughter Amy in 1998 and husband Theron “Butch” Caswell in 2007. Her daughter Vicki Hawkins resides in East
Lansing and Jenny (Brian) Smith in Ponte Vedra Beach. Carolyn’s surviving brothers and sisters are Rich Bierema, David Bierema, Janet Hoag, Joe Bierema, Anne Cetas, Jerry Bierema, Lenny Bierema, Becky Wright, and deceased brother Carl Jr. Friends and family may visit with Carolyn’s family at the Otsego United Methodist Church (223 East Allegan Street) starting at 10:00am, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00am, Saturday, December 2, 2017. Lunch will be provided following. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
January 06, 1934 - November 15, 2017
OTSEGO - Went to be with his Lord Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. William was born January 6, 1934 in Kendall, the son of the late Lloyd and Maude Akright. William had many jobs through this life with the most recent being driving for Allegan County Community Mental Health. He was a faithful member of the Church of God. William loved his Lord, church and especially his family. Surviving is his wife of 66 years Barbara; 3 children, Dixie Lea (Luis) Rivera, Diana Lynne Reed, William "Billy" Daniel (Diane) Akright; 8 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Louella (Mort) Westcott and Susan (Gary) Pelfresne. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Betty Lingle and Marilyn Akright.
Services were held at Allegan First Church of God, Pastor Steve Starks officiating. Interment followed in Kendall Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Allegan or South Haven First Church of God or Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan. Arrangements entrusted to the Gobles Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com.
July 13, 1948 - November 15, 2017
OTSEGO - Dale passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born July 13, 1948 in Allegan the son of Clayton and Marion (Esseltine) Oisten. After high school Dale joined the Army and proudly served his country in Vietnam. He then went on to serve in the Army National Guard. Dale had worked as a press operator at Haworth for 18 years until he medically retired in 1994. Dale enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was thought of as grandfather to all. He enjoyed giving them tractor rides and playing cards. In his spare time he liked doing yard work, fishing, and hunting and was active in his church. Dale was a life member of VFW Post 3030 and American Legion Post 84. On June 22, 1983 in Douglas he married Candy who survives. Also surviving are his children, Sheldon (Sarah) Lambert of Ohio, Tracy Counterman of Bay City, Jodi (Rob) Stille of Holland, Dale Oisten Jr. of West Olive and Michelle (Sean) Evans of Allegan; 17 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and siblings, Grace (Jim) Richardson and Peggy (John) Kraak. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Tim Counterman and by his sister, Judy Massie. Friends may visit with Dale’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 20, 2017 with Pastor Austin Kreutz officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.