Koster, Lottie

Lottie Koster

June 10, 1927 - May 18, 2022

PLAINWELL - Lottie passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Lottie was born June 10, 1927, in Frankfort, IN to Floyd & Maude (Beard) Barnaby. She is survived by her daughter Sherry (Al) Selen; grandchildren: Brian (Meredith), Jessica (Paul), Matthew (Julie), Kyle (Stephine) and Hunter; five great grandchildren; her daughter-in-law Michelle as well as several nieces and nephews. Lottie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bud; her son Chris and her daughter Debra. Lottie loved to bake. She was the cookie baker for everyone and she made every holiday special for all of the family. Family was her greatest love. Lottie worked in the family owned five and dime store and loved working with the public. Following her wishes, cremation has taken place. Visit with family and friends on Monday, May 23 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 S. Woodhams St., Plainwell, MI, 49080. 269 685-5881. A graveside committal service will follow at 1:00 at Hillside Cemetery in Gun Plain Township. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice team that provided such great care: Centrica Care Navigators. Arrangements by
Avink, McCowen, Secord Funeral Homes

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Pearson, William "Bill" A.

William "Bill" A. Pearson

May 18, 1930 - May 13, 2022

KALAMAZOO - Bill passed away Friday, May 13, 2022 in Kalamazoo. He was born May 18, 1930, in Chicago, the son of Edward and Mary (Lahey) Pearson. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. For over 25 years he owned and operated Pearson Mechanical Services until his retirement in 2018. In his free time, Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting, tinkering, inventing and spending time in his shop. On July 11, 1953 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, he married Reba Root who passed away in 2019. Surviving are his son, David (Judy) Pearson of Plainwell; daughter-in-law, Mary Pearson of Dorr; grandchildren, Becky, Will, Tara and Erica and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Sam in 2020 and his siblings, Marion Charon and Donald Pearson. Funeral Services were held Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with celebrant, Mary Ann DeVries officiating. Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Arrangements by
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Bradshaw, George William

George William Bradshaw

June 24, 1929 - May 09, 2022

PLAINWELL - George W. Bradshaw died on May 9, 2022 at the age of 92 at his home surrounded by his family. George was born on June 24th, 1929 to George and Jessie Bradshaw in Orangeville, Michigan. George is survived by his loving wife, Frances (Chrisman) Bradshaw. They were married for 68 years. George is the father of George William Bradshaw III (Lee) and Sandra Kay Pillars (Joseph). He is the cherished grampa to Travis John Try (Abby) and Rachele Try-Angelo (Luke). He is the grandfather of Christopher James Bradshaw. He is “grampi” to his great- granddaughters, Morgan M. Try and Ella Frances Angelo. He is preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters and is the last member of the family from Orangeville to pass away. George and Frances lived in Plainwell most of their married life and later moved to Big Lake in the Martin area. George was a proud U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean war. George worked at Georgia Pacific for 21 years and later retired from the Plainwell Public Works Department. He was a single engine pilot when he was young until he clipped the power lines while buzzing his house. He loved telling that story and many more. Some stories were shared at show-and-tell by grandkids because they were believed to be factual, such as; Canadian Geese let the hummingbirds ride on their backs when they flew to Mexico for the winter because their wings are so tiny. He really enjoyed life with his wife, going out dancing with friends, playing cards, going on cruises and renting cottages at Gravel Lake. He lived life to the fullest and loved all the simple things. He was everyone’s favorite uncle, best friend, best grampa and most loving father and husband. He would always walk you to your car when you left or stand at the window and wave when you drove away. When his walk slowed down to a shuffle he would still try to beat his wife to a door so he could open it for her. He was a gentleman to the end and he battled the disease of Alzheimer’s until his very last breath. Military graveside services will be held on Monday, May 16th at 10:30 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Due to increasing Covid numbers we will not be having a reception after the service. Please join us at the lake over the summer to remember my dad and all that he meant to everyone that he met. His beautiful smile and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by his family, friends and very special neighbors that helped our family through his last battle. He was dearly loved. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.michigancremation.com

Keith, James B.

James B. Keith

June 19, 1931 - May 07, 2022

SHELBYVILLE - Jim passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022, at his home in Shelbyville. He was born June 19, 1931 in Plainwell, the son of Walter and Dorothy (Beckwith) Keith. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. For 40 years he worked at Michigan Gas Utilities as a service man until his retirement in the spring of 1994. Jim loved being outdoors. He enjoyed spending time at the cabin he built with his wife, collecting traps, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego, North American Trap Collectors Association and the Otsego American Legion Post 84. On October 9, 1954 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids he married Ruth Stankey who passed away in 2015. Surviving are his children, Janet (Rodney) Kivell, Dan (Sherry) Keith, Sam Keith and Sarah (Stephen) Pope; grandchildren, Heidi (Todd) Campbell, Tonya (Brandon) Traxler, Andrew (Nicole) Pope, Joshua Keith, Ashley (Jamie Smith) Kivell-Boardwine, Bailey Kivell and Ian (Jess) Pope; 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Charles (Deann) Stankey along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; his brother and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego, with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann officiating. Burial took place at Elmwood Cemetery in Wayland. Military Honors by Otsego American Legion Post 84. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego or Wings of Hope Hospice. Arrangements by
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Geresy, Joyce

Joyce Geresy

August 30, 1925 - May 05, 2022

PLAINWELL - Joyce passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022 at her home in Plainwell. She was born August 30, 1925 in Augusta, the daughter of Harry and Della (Cosgrove) Rowlson. Joyce graduated from Galesburg High School in 1943. She met John Geresy Jr, while bowling in 1950 and they were married June 9, 1951. Joyce worked at Kalasign from 1944 -1951 and had owned and operated John’s Trailer Sales with her husband from 1966 until her retirement in 1992. Joyce loved traveling with her family and crocheting afghans, potholders and church dolls. She was a member of the Wheels of the Century Travel Trailer Club and Plainwell Seniors in Action. She very much enjoyed traveling with these groups. Surviving is her son, William Geresy of Plainwell. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Richard; 10 siblings. Funeral services took place Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Winkel Funeral Home. Burial followed at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to Kalamazoo Scale Modelers, Otsego American Legion Post 84 or the Otsego Area Historical Society. Arrangements by
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Glass, Sharon

Sharon Glass

October 24, 1956 - April 28, 2022

PLAINWELL - Sharon passed away, Thursday, April 28, 2022, at her home in Plainwell. She was born October 24, 1956 in Allegan, the daughter of James and Donna (Joostberns) Kaylor. Sharon enjoyed gambling, hosting Halloween parties and caring for her family. On June 17, 2000, in Plainwell, she married Phillip Glass who survives. Also surviving are her children, Terri (Denny) Ricketson of Caledonia, Phillip Jr. (Melinda) Glass of Plainwell, Shannon Jones of Kalamazoo, Rickie II (Meghan) Jones of Allegan, Sharon “Sissy” (Mike) White of Plainwell and Joey (Stacy) Jones of Allegan; 18 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Doug (Sally) Kaylor, Florence (Dan) VanDyk, Jamie (Ed) Madalinski; sister-in-law, Shirley (John) Kelley along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Contributions in memory of Sharon may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Moulder, Joseph A.

Joseph A. Moulder

March 04, 1946 - April 28, 2022

OTSEGO - Joseph A. Moulder, passed away, Thursday, April 28, 2022 as a result of a long battle with Hashimoto’s disease. He was born on March 4, 1946, in Newberry, Michigan. He graduated from Newberry High School in June of 1964. He attended Northern Michigan University for one year and transferred to Western Michigan University in September of 1965. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in June of 1967. He served with the First Calvary Division in Vietnam (’68-69’). Upon discharge, he returned to WMU and mercifully received a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Arts Degrees. His education was generously financed by the American Public through the GI Bill. Not one time, ever, was he disparaged for his Vietnam War participation. He received VA health care until his death. The care at the Battle Creek VA was always superior. So when people said, “Thank you for your service” he would reply, “You already have thanked me many times over.” He taught high school science (of all ilks) at Wyoming Lee High School (Godfrey Lee Public Schools). He was very active in Science Olympiad locally, statewide and nationally. He was on the State Science Olympiad board for many years. After retirement, he taught physics at Cornerstone University and calc-physics labs at Grand Valley State University and worked briefly as a hazardous waste chemist. He enjoyed living sober for a long time. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret Moulder and sister, Ann; he is survived by wife, Harriet, daughter, Gretchen, son, Thadius (Susie), 5 grandchildren and loving sister Dorothy. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Joe’s family from 1-4 PM, Sunday, June 19, 2022 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A celebration of Joe’s life for his family and close friends will be held from 12-4 PM, Sunday, August 21, 2022 at his home in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Joe many be made to Michigan Science Olympiad or Godfrey Lee Public Schools scholarship for science. In lieu of flowers please plant a tree in memory of Joe.
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Smith, Franklin "Frank" S.

Franklin "Frank" S. Smith

August 26, 1960 - April 28, 2022

KALAMAZOO - Frank passed away, Thursday, April 28, 2022, surrounded by his family, following a brief battle with cancer. He was born August 26, 1960 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Walter and Marcia (Montague) Smith. Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He worked at several area businesses. He loved farming and had worked on Belden Smith’s farm in Alamo and a watermelon farm in Schoolcraft. For the last 23 years he was employed with the City of Kalamazoo as a waste water operations maintainer. In his free time Frank loved to go fishing and ride motorcycles. On October 19, 2003 in Kalamazoo he married Tina Thompson who passed away April 19, 2021. Surviving are his mother, Marcia Bontrager; siblings, Dennis (Jill) Smith of Portage, Michele (John) Finch of Plainwell, Stephanie (Gerard) Gobeil of Otsego and Steven Smith of Plainwell; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; father-in-law, Danny Thompson; sister-in-law, Corie Shireman and by his many friends, including Belden Smith and Rob King. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter and wife, Tina. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at a later time. Burial of ashes with Military Honors will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Frank may be made to the SPCA of Kalamazoo or the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Smith (Bommer), Helen Jean

Helen Jean Smith (Bommer)

July 17, 1958 - April 28, 2022

PLAINWELL - Jeanne, as she was known to friends and family, who didn’t dare call her Helen, was deeply loved and admired for her absolute dedication to family. Jeanne defined family in the broadest terms, making sure everyone felt loved, seen, and like they belonged. Her home was the center of the family, hosting countless holidays, baby and bridal showers, grad parties and other celebrations. She adored kids and kids adored her; she was always ready to babysit or open her home to any loved one needing a place to stay. Jeanne will always be remembered for her generosity, strength of character, boundless energy, and incurable sweet tooth. Born July 17, 1958, in Allegan, Michigan, Jeanne was the oldest daughter of Frances Stineback (Wiggins) and Russell Bommer. She grew up in Plainwell, Michigan, where she returned to raise her three children. She was preceded in death by her father Russell Bommer, her stepfather Earl Stineback, and her beloved big brother Russel R. Bommer. She is survived by her mother Frances Stineback (Wiggins); siblings Dennis Bommer, Franny (Jerry) Laster, Sally (Tony) Bommer Hicks; half-siblings Bambi Langon and Robin Hoyt; step-siblings Tresa Hinton and Ronnie Simmons; son David James Smith II; daughters Jennifer Lee (Silvano) Vanegas and Sarah Jean Bommer; granddaughters Launa and Calista; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Stunningly beautiful, always fashionable, exceptionally smart and resourceful, Jeanne could do anything she put her mind to. She was renowned as a consummate hostess, and never met a home project she couldn’t conquer. She loved garage sale-ing with her sisters and traveling with her children, especially to warmer climes. She was kind, strong, fiercely independent, an extraordinarily hard worker, and a friend and mentor to so many. She will be remembered for her kindness, compassion, indomitable spirit, and chronic overpacking. Jeanne passed away at Bronson Hospital on April 28th from complications related to throat cancer. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Avink McCowen Secord Funeral Home; 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell, with visitation beginning at 11:00 am and the service at 12:00 pm. Refreshments will follow at Jeanne’s house. All who knew and loved Jeanne are welcome.
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Hoekstra, Marlene A.

Marlene A. Hoekstra

September 03, 1940 - April 27, 2022

MARTIN - Marlene passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at her home in Martin. She was born September 3, 1940 in Delton, the daughter of Orville and Lefa (Jones) Boniface. For many years she owned and operated Marlene’s Hair Boutique in Martin until her retirement in 1985. In her spare time Marlene enjoyed playing cards, traveling, golfing and spending time in Florida with her husband. On January 16, 1960 at the Martin Methodist Church she married Sierd “Butch” Hoekstra who preceded her in death in 2018. Surviving are her sons, Randy (Dawn) Hoekstra of Shelbyville and Todd (Sheila) Hoekstra of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Tracy (Raigen) Blake, Scott (Katlynn) Hoekstra, Trevor Hoekstra, Jeni (Andy) Grabau, Rick (Sarah) Hodges and Jason (Brad) Cope; great-grandchildren, Lilliana Hoekstra, Aubree Hodges, Daniel Grabau and Raven Grabau and sister-in-law, Gert Hoekstra. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; daughter-in-law, Barbara Hoekstra and brothers, Gale and Dale Boniface. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with Marlene’s family from 3-6 PM, Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Private family burial of ashes will take place at East Martin Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Marlene may be made to Centrica Care Navigators formerly Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
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