Snyder, Dorothy L.

Dorothy L. Snyder

August 19, 1919 - September 16, 2020

KALAMAZOO - Dorothy joined her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Rose Arbor Hospice, surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 19, 1919 in St. Louis, Missouri and later moved to Kalamazoo. On June 19, 1937 she married John Wagner and had two daughters, Dori and Lois. In October of 1963 she married the love of her life Kenneth “Jim” Snyder who passed away in 1981. Dorothy loved golfing, bowling, playing bingo, trips to the casino and going out to eat. Surviving are her daughter Lois (James) Slaughter, 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter, Dori. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to Lutheran Church of the Savior in Kalamazoo.
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Trolard, Dee A.

Dee A. Trolard

April 24, 1970 - September 16, 2020

OTESGO - Dee passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born April 24, 1970 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Chuck and Norma (Fuller) Todd. Dee worked at the Goodwill in Plainwell. In her spare time she enjoyed coloring and shopping. She was an animal lover, especially her dog and cat. Dee had a kind heart and was always willing to help others. On April 13, 1990 she married Daniel Trolard who survives. Also surviving are her children, Jessy Trolard and Luke Trolard; grandson, Rowan and her brothers, Bill and Larry Todd. She was preceded in death by her parents and step-sister, Christine Jordan. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Dee may be made to the Goodwill. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Keech, Harold

Harold Keech

April 30, 1944 - September 15, 2020

KALAMAZOO - Harold passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at his home in Kalamazoo. He was born April 30, 1944 in Otsego Township, the son of Sam and Margariete (Rex) Keech. Harold was an iron worker and a member of Local 340 in Battle Creek. For 32 years he worked at Miller Davis and Roberts Steel Erection until his retirement. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood and gardening. Harold loved horses and was a skilled farrier. In 1987 in Otsego he married Vickie Augustine who survives. Also surviving are his children, Kelly Keech, Brian Keech and Brad (Barb) Keech; 2 step-children, Lisa (Micah) Ott and Steve (Ann) Filkins Jr.; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and brothers, Jerry Keech, Al (Joyce) Keech and Tink Keech. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott; granddaughter, Jenny Lynn and siblings, Renee, Eunice, Bob and 2 infant siblings. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Harold may be made to the Allegan County Humane Society.
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Lesman, Lucille

Lucille Lesman

February 14, 1928 - September 15, 2020

CLARKLAKE - Lucille was a devoted Christian, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday afternoon, September 15, 2020. Lucille was born February 14, 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Everett and Cora (Deurloo) Holland. She helped out in her parents’ dairy as a young girl and attended Otsego Public Schools. Lucille served alongside her husband in ministry at several churches and managed food services later in life. She attended a couple years at Bob Jones University. On June 30, 1947 she married her college sweetheart, Albert Hocking at her family home. They were married 30 years. Albert preceded her in death in March of 1978. She later married Bernard Lesman, who preceded her in death in June of 1991. They enjoyed travel and their Florida home to escape Michigan winters. Lucille (Lu) enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and Sunday luncheons with her church gals. She was an avid reader of mystery novels, adored her sweet dog, Misha and solving puzzles in her spare time. She prayed daily for her family and always let them know. Her great joy was her grandkids and her greatest joy was her love for the Lord. Her dear friend Linda (Kimble) whom she loved as a sister visited her weekly and kept her abreast of all the news. Lucille is preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved brother, Carl (Katie) Holland, son Albert Hocking, Jr. and her grandson Albert Hocking, III. She is survived by her children, Chuck (Marcia) Hocking of Sturgis, Kathy (Rick) LaFlamme of Jackson, 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, several step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will honor Lucille’s life at a graveside service at Alamo Center Cemetery in Alamo Township, Michigan, Friday, September 18th at 3:00pm, officiated by Reverend Jason LaFlamme. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. Bring a lawn chair for the service as no seating will be provided.
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Harper, Bonnie L.

Bonnie L. Harper

September 12, 2020

OTSEGO - Bonnie passed away peacefully at home on September 12, 2020, after a long battle with diabetes and dementia (Alzheimer’s type). She was able to live out her life at home. According to her wishes cremation has occurred. Bonnie was a life-long resident of Southwest Michigan. She was born and raised in the Kalamazoo area and lived her adult life in Otsego. She was married to Willard E. “Buck” Harper Jr. in a ceremony on August 25, 1951. He preceded her in death in October of 2018. As a young woman she briefly had a job outside the home but after she married, she spent her lifetime as a wife and mother. She is preceded in death by her father, Harry Simington; mother, Hilda Harter; step-father, Morris Harter; brother, Jim Simington; sister, Joyce Stout; her grandson, Billie Harper; son-in-law, Carlos Campbell; son-in-law, Rob Caswell as well as family friend, Ivan Spencer. She is survived by her brothers, Bob Simington and Glenn Simington; brother-in-law, Alfred and sisters-in-law, Terri and Eleanor. She and Willard were married for more than 70 years when Buck passed away; they had 8 children. Terry who passed away as an infant, Shelly Campbell of Orangeville, Cheryl Caswell of Otsego, Bill (Patricia) Harper of Otsego, Vicky (Todd) Ziegler of Otsego, Steve (Mary) Harper of Otsego, Thomas Harper of Indiana and Tina Harper of Otsego. She had 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Holiday meals and Sunday dinners were always a proud moment for her, lots of food and even more family all in her house. She was an avid reader until her eyes would no longer let her. When she was younger she loved to play cards with friends. During the winter months she enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. As long as Buck was able to fish, she would go with him in the boat with their dog Rudy. She was known to take care of her grandchildren from time to time. She and Buck were very close to his brother, Bernard and his common law wife, Edna. They made many trips to buy fishing stuff for the guys and enjoyed going out to eat. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Bonnie may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Alzheimer’s Disease Research. A family gathering will be held at Northside Park in Otsego at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 19, 2020, led by Pastor Joe Shaler. Bonnie’s family would like to thank Pastor Joe Shaler of the Otsego United Methodist Church for his support of Buck and Bonnie through the years.
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Meert, Connor E.

Connor E. Meert

September 12, 1999 - September 12, 2020

PLAINWELL - Connor passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Kalamazoo. She was born September 12, 1999 in Kalamazoo. Connor was a 2017 Plainwell High School graduate and attended KVCC. Connor was full of spunk and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She was very social and loved shopping and hanging out with her friends. Connor was active in 4-H and liked showing cattle. Surviving are her parents, Brian and Karelyn (DeBoer) Meert of Plainwell, siblings, Brennen Meert, Leeah (Dani) Guarana and Breeana Colyer; grandparents, Tom and Marty Meert, Jerry and Janice DeBoer and Gloria Lowe; aunts and uncles, Ryan (Shannon) Meert, Kevin (Mindy) Meert and Kim (Larry) Morrell along with numerous cousins, extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dustan Colyer. Friends may visit with Connor’s family at Radiant Church in Richland starting at noon on Friday, September 18, 2020 until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Caleb Culver officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Connor may be made to
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Worden (Osborne), Jane Marie

Jane Marie Worden (Osborne)

September 28, 1939 - September 12, 2020

BLUFFTON - Jane passed away suddenly, Saturday, September 12, 2020, due to a fall. Jane was born September 28, 1939, in Douglas, Michigan, to Thomas and Winnifred Osborne. She was a devoted mother to four children. She loved her 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren. She loved knitting blankets for her family and friends, reading James Patterson books and riding on the golf cart. She is preceded in death by her parents, a twin sister (Jeannie Town), a son (William Trolard) and a grandson (Jeremiah Evans). She leaves behind three daughters; Kathy (Jerry) Pinks, Sally (Rick) Sapp and Connie Pierce; her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, a sister Sally (Carl) Harvey and several nieces and nephews. A memorial will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Agape Hospice, 1800 Paris Avenue, Port Royal, SC 29935. Serving the family
Simplicity: Lowcountry Cremation
& Burial Services of Bluffton, SC

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Zuydwegt, Joan Eloise

Joan Eloise Zuydwegt

October 24, 1933 - September 11, 2020

PLAINWELL - Joan went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, September 11, 2020. Joan was born on October 24th, 1933, in Neptune City, New Jersey. She was the fourth of five children born to Jay Podell and Frances (Bergman) Podell. On June 13, 1962, Joan married the love of her life, Cornelius Zuydwegt, who survives. Joan went to nursing school in the states of New Jersey, Florida and Texas. She worked as an RN, at PIPP Community Hospital of Plainwell. She was also in the United States Air Force. Joan took pride in being a housewife and mother. She enjoyed flowers, spending time with her family and friends, reading books, horseback riding, roller skating and cooking. Joan was also an animal lover, giving many pets a loving home over the years. She bred toy poodles and beagles, and also had cats as pets. Joan is survived by her children: Dena (Dave) Conway (Zuydwegt), Cornelius (Jennifer) Zuydwegt, Bret Zuydwegt, and Marge Ullman. Eight grandchildren: Morgan Zuydwegt, Brea Zuydwegt, CJ (Cornelius) Zuydwegt, Autumn Zuydwegt, Richard Mullins, Arendena (Russ) McCleod (Zuydwegt), Charlie Flanagan, and Makenzy Flanagan. Siblings Barb Shear and her child, and Mel Podell and his children Kandy, Mark and Lori. Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Jay Podell and Frances (Bergman) Podell, and her two brothers Wayne Podell and Alfred Podell. According to Joan’s wishes, cremation has taken place at Simply Cremation and Funeral Care.

The family will get together on
September 27, 2020 from 1pm-3pm
at 111 S. Sunset in Plainwell, MI 49080.
(Flowers may be sent to this address)

Arrangements have been entrusted to
Simply Cremation in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Armstrong, Gerald "Jerry" Lee

Gerald "Jerry" Lee Armstrong

September 10, 2020

JACKSONVILLE - Jerry passed away at home on Thursday morning September 10, 2020. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan he was preceded in death by his parents James A. and Lula (Kniss) Armstrong; wife of 56 years, Carolyn A. (Morgan); brother James and son-in-law Matthew E. Bobola. Jerry is survived by his daughters, Julie Armstrong of Jacksonville, Suzanne Bobola of St Augustine, FL and Linda (Tim) Syfrett of Jacksonville; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Patsy Nyberg and brother, Jack (Ellen) Armstrong of Plainwell, MI. Jerry graduated from Plainwell High School in 1955. He then enlisted and served 27 years in the USMC retiring from the New River MCAS(H) as a MGySgt doing helicopter maintenance. His service included 3 tours in Vietnam. Upon retiring Jerry opened a business-Armstrong’s Alarm Service in Jacksonville for 32 years. Jerry’s passion was duck hunting. He brought the first Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (waterfowl habitat conservation) to Jacksonville and served as a Sponsor and NC State Chairman. His family will receive friends from 11-12 on Saturday, September 19 at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville, North Carolina. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited, American Cancer Society or Onslow Care Givers, Inc. Attn: Stacy Scruggs, 4024 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Smit, Marilyn L.

Marilyn L. Smit

December 19, 1931 - September 05, 2020

PLAINWELL - Marilyn left this world to be reunited with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Alamo Nursing Home. She was born December 19, 1931 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Robert and Enola (Spencer) Kelly. Marilyn enjoyed flower gardening and keeping up a nice home for her family. She was an active parishioner at First Baptist Church of Plainwell. On March 28, 1952 at Cooper Baptist Church she married Christopher Smit who passed away in 2013. Surviving are her children, Christopher (Anita) Smit of Maine, Laurel (Tim) Marsh of Kalamazoo and Lon Smit of Paw Paw; daughter-in-law, Nancy Smit of Battle Creek; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law, Lynn (Fred) Yager and Judy Smit. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Mark Smit. A private family visitation will be held. Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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