Bax, Peter

Peter Bax

September 07, 1948 - August 09, 2019

OTSEGO - Pete passed away Friday, August 9, 2019 at Ely Manor in Allegan. He was born September 7, 1948 in Grand Rapids the son of James and Eva (Oliver) Bax. Pete proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and continued his service until his retirement. Pete loved cars especially Porsches and was lovingly known as Porsche Pete. In his free time he enjoyed metal detecting and treasure hunting. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Otsego. On January 6, 1974 he married Dorothy Throop who survives. Also surviving are his 4 daughters, Brenda (Jerald) Thomas of Texas, Lesa (Scott) Huffman of Bloomingdale, Sara (Jeremy) Grimes of Texas and Barbra (William) Hazlett of Texas; 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 4 siblings, James, Jeannie, Timothy and Sue. He was preceded in death by his parents and great-granddaughter, Olivia Newsome. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Contributions in memory of Pete may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Heilig, Nancy

Nancy Heilig

December 24, 1933 - August 08, 2019

PLAINWELL - Nancy passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Wings Home in Allegan. She was born December 24, 1933 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, the daughter of Adele Hyder. Nancy had owned and operated Western Michigan Financial Services for over 20 years. After retiring she started 2 non-profit organizations, Good Hands of Plainwell and Bridges of Hope of Allegan County. Nancy also assisted in starting Sylvia’s Place and Wings of Hope Hospice. She was a member of the DDA, Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church. On May 23, 1953 in Newport, North Carolina she married Jennings Heilig who survives. Also surviving are her children, Deborah Heilig and spouse Loretta Mossbarger of Arizona and Jennings Heilig of Arizona; half-brother, David Hampton of California and brother and sister-in-law, Kay and Susan Heilig of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her mother, Adele Hyder. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to Good Hands of Plainwell or Hope Lutheran Church of Plainwell. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Bigelow, David

David Bigelow

August 04, 2019

LANSING - David Bigelow passed away suddenly on August 4, 2019 in Lansing, MI.  Funeral services will be held in Lansing followed by a graveside service at a later date, at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell, Michigan. Arrangements are pending.

Doyle, Lawrence "Larry" Joseph

Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Doyle

October 09, 1944 - August 01, 2019

LAWRENCE - Lawrence passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at his home. He was born October 9, 1944 in Paw Paw, to the late Francis Doyle and Lucille (Austgen) Doyle. Larry worked as an optician for more than 40 years and owned his own optical lab. He enjoyed woodworking and working around his garage. He built the family home on Lake Cora, where he enjoyed time with his family, friends and neighbors. Larry loved the lake; he was a founding member of the Lake Cora Corporation. On July 18, 1970, he married Marilyn Riley Doyle who survives. He is also survived by his two daughters, Kristin (Pete) Caroselli and Holly (John) McCaw; four grandchildren, Anna Caroselli, Dominic Caroselli, Mackenzie McCaw and Sara McCaw; one sister, Marguerite "Peg" Rushmore. Lawrence was preceded in death by his brothers, Michael Doyle, Tom Doyle and his sister, Marian Haw. Services were held August 6 at Adams Funeral Home - Paw Paw with Rev. David Small officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center, American Heart Association or the Lake Cora Corporation.

Giles, Margaret "Maggie" H.

Margaret "Maggie" H. Giles

June 07, 1946 - July 31, 2019

PLAINWELL - Maggie passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at her home in Plainwell. She was born June 7, 1946 in Munising, the daughter of Paul and Henrietta (Rollain) Lukowski. Maggie had worked at Meijer’s in Holland for 15 years. In her free time she enjoyed painting, doing crafts, bowling, and decorating. Maggie loved spending time with her family and friends. Surviving are her children, Daniel (Teresa) Giles of Alabama and Sarah Giles of Plainwell; 5 grandchildren, Amber Gleason, Brianna Sparks, Kellie Giles, Nathan Giles and Seth Giles; 3 great-grandchildren, Payton, Chase and Colton Gleason; her siblings, Georgia, Jimmy, Della, Paul and Suzie and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, foster parents and 7 siblings. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Corner Bible Church in Allegan over Labor Day weekend. Contributions in memory of Maggie may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Pickett, William J.

William J. Pickett

July 04, 1941 - July 31, 2019

PLAINWELL - Bill passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Otsego. He was born July 4, 1941 in Kalamazoo the son of William and Ethel (Shearer) Pickett. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a hard worker and for 30 years had worked at Consumers Energy where he was lovingly known as General Pickett until his retirement in 2002. Bill was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030, the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion of Otsego and the VFW Honor Guard. He enjoyed fishing, hunting deer and turkey, camping, swimming, spending time at Schnable Lake and antique cars. Bill was happiest when surrounded by his family and his many friends. On July 22, 1967 in Otsego he married Alice Curtiss who survives. Also surviving are his children, Natalie Pickett of Otsego, Kathy (Rick) Babbitt of Otsego and Beth (Chuck) Johnson of Plainwell; 7 grandchildren, Hope and Maya Pell, MacKenzie and Drake Babbitt, Hailey, Gavin and Whitney Johnson; siblings, Fran Pickett, Joan Webber and Margaret Sartin along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Cassandra Pell and siblings, Nancy Pagano, Mary Smalley and James Pickett. Friends may visit with Bill’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 5, 2019 at the
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with David Reed officiating. Burial will follow at East Cooper Cemetery in Cooper Township. Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030 and the U.S. Army. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the Disabled Veterans of America.
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Marquard, Margaret

Margaret Marquard

September 07, 1945 - July 30, 2019

PLAINWELL - Margaret Suzanne Marquard
        " Sue Brown"
Born Sept 7, 1945. Sue left us peacefully on July 30th, 2019, gaining her angel wings and joining our heavenly father, Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven. 
Sue was proceeded in death by her parents Paul and Maggie Brown, Grandmother Lilly Townsend, Grandson, Justin Syers and many others who are truly missed. 

Surviving her death, her beloved husband, Robert Marquard. Daughter, Lisa (George) Syers. Son Nathan (Pam) Harder. Son Jeb (Lucinda) Yoder, daughter Amanda (Chris) Nyenhuis. Two special Sisters, Pat (Al) Pressley and Joni Barger. Also surviving, are her beloved Grandchildren, Brandi (Mike) Workmon, Levi (Stacy)Hazen, Noah Hazen, Dillon Harder, Bill(Jobeth) Syers,Vanessa Syers, Gabbrielle Harder, Mikeala Forker, and Savannah Harder. Her Great grandchildren Sophia,Zayden,Maddie, Carter, Brennon,Dustin, Heather Jensen- Syers, Ray, Melissa, Bret, Allie and Blake. Many Aunts, Uncles,Cousins, Neices and Nephews also. 

Sue had so many wonderful friends in her life. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies, Lighthouse Baptist Church. She loved camping and seeing all the friends she had met at Schnable Lake Camprgound, the Allegan County Fair and Prairieville old fashioned farm days. Sue loved traveling, sewing, visiting with her girlfriends and sharing her wisdom and love for our Lord. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and Sue had some very special friends throughout life, including Sally and Cap Johnson, Ric and Rosie Sorrentino, Betty Harder, Janet Cassidy and Karen Mulder, just to name a few. Special thanks to Barb Bechtel, for everything she did to help Sue leave this Earth with dignity and respect. 

Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Life service will be held at Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sept 7th, 2019 at 11:00am with luncheon to follow. 

White, Frances J.

Frances J. White

May 26, 1925 - July 30, 2019

PLAINWELL - Frances passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Life Care Center in Plainwell. Fran was born May 26, 1925 in Cadillac, Michigan to Allen and Josephine (Mordhorst) Curry. She went back to school and graduated from Plainwell High School in 1980. She had worked at the Canning Company, Kessler’s and the K-Mart in Kalamazoo. In her spare time, Fran enjoyed bowling and trips to the casino. She loved children and animals. On December 29, 1945 she married Raymond White who passed away in 1995. Surviving are her children, JoAnn (Russ) Stratton of Plainwell, Ben (Sheryl) White of Otsego and John White of Delton; daughter-in-law, Nancy White of Martin; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and sister, Laura Wohlfeill. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Craig White; great-granddaughter, Sarah and siblings, Evelyn, Alice, Dorothy and Bob. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Contributions in memory of Fran may be made to Life Care Center of Plainwell.
Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Keith, Janice Lee

Janice Lee  Keith

January 20, 1961 - July 29, 2019

PLAINWELL - On July 29th, 2019, Janice Lee (Wadsworth) Keith was called to heaven to be with her Lord. Janice was born January 20, 1961 in Kalamazoo. She was preceded in death by her sister LuAnn (Hamm) Dekilder and step brother Roe Johnson. Jan is survived by her husband of 42 years John Ray Keith of Plainwell; her mother, Joann (Rocky) Johnson of Allegan; daughter Faith (William) Davis of Lennon MI; son John (Kerry) Keith of Allegan MI; 5 grandchildren; Daniell Davis, Charles Keith, James Davis, Amanda Keith and Alexander Keith; sister Rachel Wadsworth of Kalamazoo; sister Virginia (Bruce) Hopson of Fennville; sister Loretta Smith of Kalamazoo; sister Beth Hamm of Allegan; brother Michael Wadsworth of Springport and brother Dale Wadsworth of Otsego; step sister Carleen (Mike) Kyle of Virginia and step sister Alice (Chuck) Lossie, Paw Paw, MI. She was a member of the Otsego High School class of 1980. Jan loved crafts of all sorts. Woodworking, crocheting, knitting, jewelry making among others. As a licensed cosmetologist she was fascinated by the popular hair styles of the day. It was common for her to get calls for hair or dress help from young ladies before school dances - she happily ‘saved the day’. Jan drove a school bus for Plainwell Community Schools for many years. She loved her bus kids and they loved her for many reasons; from her fair treatment of their antics to her crocheting hats for each rider, her countless costumes for holidays and her ever present smile, to name a few. Jan’s endless love and support of her family is her greatest legacy. Service and a celebration of life will be held August 10th, 2019 at the Trowbridge Community Church, 355 26th St, Otsego, MI 49078, (269) 673-5502, officiated by Mr. Tim Marsh. Visitation begins at 10 am, service at 11am. Luncheon will follow. The family has created a Facebook group to collect memories of those impacted by Jan's warm heart.

Rose, Darlene K.

Darlene K. Rose

January 21, 1941 - July 29, 2019

KALAMAZOO - Darlene passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at her home in Kalamazoo. She was born January 21, 1941 in Kalamazoo the daughter of William and Ida (Abraham) Mills. Darlene devoted her whole life to her family, raising 6 kids with no driver’s license and her husband on the road during the week. For over 25 years she had operated a daycare in her home. She enjoyed collecting beanie babies, playing bingo, taking golf cart rides, Elvis, camping, flower gardening, knitting, crocheting and two tracking in Mancelona. Darlene was the self–appointed park security at Royal Estates and part of the welcoming committee. Her door was always open for family and friends. On April 25, 1957 in Osceola, Indiana she married Jack Rose who passed away in 2000. Surviving are her children, Debra (Fred) Cooper, Kimberly (Chris) Book, Jack Rose Jr., Mark (Scharon) Rose, Kenneth (Becky) Rose and Timothy (Amy) Rose; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and her brother, Bob (Lynda) Mills. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Shirley McComis and William “Sonny” Mills Jr. A graveside service took place August 1, 2019 at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Darlene may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Hospice Care of South West Michigan.
Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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