December 09, 1933 - October 06, 2019
OTSEGO - Carol passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Bronson Hospital. She was born December 9, 1933 in Mankato, Minnesota, the daughter of Rolf and Ruth (Peterson) Sorlie. Carol loved shopping and enjoyed trips to the casino, playing keno, golfing and playing cards at church on Tuesdays and with the ladies on Fridays. She was a member of the Otsego Elks. On May 24, 1952 she married James Forcier who passed away in 2013. Surviving are her children, James Forcier Jr. of Kalamazoo, Kathy (Kurt) Hatfield of Allegan, Tom (Jackie) Forcier of Plainwell, Jeff Forcier of Otsego and Mike Forcier of Martin; 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Gene Forcier and her dog, Mitzi. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, William Sorlie. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating. Contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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October 06, 2019
ALLEGAN - Annette Louise Ward of Allegan passed away on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 as a result of complications from a heart transplant. Annie was a member of the Allegan United Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling, crafting, woodworking, bird watching, crocheting and photography. Annie was born in Plainwell, MI and graduated from Plainwell High School. She is survived by her father, Berwin Henson, brother, Gordy Henson, son, Christoper Ward and daughter, Hannah Ward. There will be a memorial service for Annie at 1:00pm on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 at the Allegan United Methodist Church located at 409 Trowbridge Street in Allegan, MI
January 22, 1930 - October 05, 2019
KALAMAZOO - Zigfrids Sr, "Zig", of Kalamazoo, MI passed away peacefully October 5, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice. Zig was born in Latvia on January 22, 1930 to the parents of Eduards and Lida Jirgens. Zigfrids immigrated from Latvia in 1950 to Ellis Island with his parents and siblings. From there, the family settled in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Through his apprenticeship in machinery, in Germany, Zig was able to begin the groundwork of his successful career, which led him to be the owner of his own machine shop. While Zig was in Phoenixville, he met Elaine Kovatch, whom later became his wife of 60 years. In 1955, Zig and Elaine moved to Kalamazoo to help support the family farm, and continue his desire to live the American dream. In addition, Zig started his own business in his back garage, which was the building blocks to his successful business of Jirgens Modern Tool, which still continues to operate today. Some of the important work that he accomplished was being associated with the Latvian Church, Latvian Men's Choir, Garezers, Scout Master, Daugavas Vanagi, and the building of the Kalamazoo Latvian Heritage Center. Zig and Elaine put their heart and soul into seeing the Latvian Heritage Center be built which, fulfilled their love of the Latvian Community. Zig's role as President of the Daugavas Vanagi, gave them the opportunity to travel to places such as, Latvia Australia, Canada, England, and Germany. Outside of the Daugavas Vanagi, Zig and Elaine enjoyed traveling across the country and internationally with the family to seek out new adventures. Zigfrids was preceeded in death by his parents Eduards and Lida Jirgens (Senbergs); his beloved wife Eliane E. Jirgens; and his siblings: Velta Lyons, Arija Smith, Rita Paeglis, Imants Jirgens. He is survived by his children: William (Robin) Jirgens, Maija Jirgens, Ziggy Jirgens, Peter (Chris) Jirgens and Rita Jirgens. He is survived by grandchildren: Dana (Brian) Henige, Jennifer (Tim) Rayman, Ryan Blankenship, Chad Jirgens, Zoe Jirgens-Smalla; great-grandchildren: Morgan and Gavin Rayman and Mason Blankenship. Zigfrids is also survived by his brother Peter (Barb) Jirgens; sister Maija (Corky) Miller; brother-in-law Johnny Kovatch and several nieces and nephews. The visitation for Zigfrids will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. located at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S 9th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. The funeral service was held October 11, 2019. Zigfrids Jirgens and the cremains of his beloved wife Elaine E. Jirgens, who passed away in 2011, will be buried together at Riverside Cemetery during a Graveside service at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 following the funeral service.Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Zigfrids to The Latvian Heritage Center, the Daugavas Vanagi through the Latvian Hertiage Center, or to Rose Arbor Hospice.
Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Home Burial & Cremation Services - Kalamazoo. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.langelands.com
December 17, 1958 - September 29, 2019
KALAMAZOO - Cindy passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home in Kalamazoo. She was born December 17, 1958 in Plainwell the daughter of Merle and Marian (Wiggins) Hofacker. For many years Cindy had been a manager at Little Caesars Pizza until her retirement earlier this year. In her free time she loved watching cooking shows, especially the Pioneer Woman, Beat Bobby Flay and Master Chef. Cindy was a Detroit Lions fan and loved watching games whether they were winning or losing. She enjoyed shopping but not for clothing or make-up, Cindy preferred shopping trips to Lowe’s, Home Depot and Menards. She was happiest when she was taking her grandkids for golf cart rides to the pond, camping with Jenny and the kids, going to Chicago with Cody and Tennessee with John, getaways with her girlfriends, anything with Brooke and Shellie even clothes shopping and sitting on her porch with her dog Suri. Surviving are her children, Jonathon Berner, Jennifer (Daniel) Wierckz and Cody (Kayla) Hofacker; 7 grandchildren, Johnny, Kylie, Colton, Connor, Wyatt, Jaxon and Chase; siblings, Weston (Valley) Hofacker of Tennessee, Mark Hofacker of Parchment and Frank (Bobbi) Hofacker of Plainwell along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Warren Hofacker; sister-in-law, Vickie Hofacker and special cousin, Brian Wiggins. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Alamo Community Congregational Church. Weston Hofacker officiated. Cremation followed. Contributions in memory of Cindy may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com
October 29, 1929 - September 27, 2019
KALAMAZOO - Dick passed away September 27, 2019 at his home in Kalamazoo. He was born October 29, 1929 in Vinita, Oklahoma, the son of William and Jennie Mae (Williams) Mann. Dick proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had owned and operated his own painting business until his retirement in 1989. Dick enjoyed playing cards, building things, and working on cars. He was a member of the Elks, VFW, Scottish Rite, the Shriners and was a Master Mason. On November 3, 1973 he married Judith Greene who survives. Also surviving are children, Kathy Messimore, Richard (Melissa) Holland, Robert Holland, David (Janene) Lober and Alicia Ruiz; 24 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren and brother, Jack Mann of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard Mann Jr.; 3 brothers, Everett, Jim and Robert Mann and sister, Lula Walker. Funeral services were held Wednesday October 2, 2019. Pastor Steve Stark officiated. Burial took place at at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Contributions in memory of Dick may be made to First Church of God in South Haven or the Elks Major Projects. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com
October 03, 1979 - September 25, 2019
KALAMAZOO - Shaun passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Bronson Hospital. He was born October 3, 1979 in Plainwell the son of Ken and Patricia (Nyland) Todd. Shaun graduated from Otsego High School in 1998 and was the first golfer from Otsego to compete in varsity state competitions. He had worked at Prairie Wood Golf Course, M&S Landscaping and most recently on the maintenance crew at Willow Creek Apartments. Shaun loved playing sports of any kind, golf, softball, football and baseball. He also enjoyed coaching his sons teams in rocket football, t-ball and little league. He was a true competitor who was determined to excel in everything he did. Surviving are his sons, Preston “Presto” and Carson Todd; parents, Ken (Sylvia) Todd and Trish (Gary) Nyberg all of Otsego; brother, Kenneth (Betsy) Todd of Grand Blanc; grandmother, Velma Todd of Otsego; 2 nephews and a niece; step-siblings, Carrie (Tony) Borrello and Justin Daines along with many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Virginia Nyland and Mark Todd and great-grandparents, Ernest and Lois Burd. Friends may visit with Shaun’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 with Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Shaun may be made to Ken Todd for a scholarship fund for his boys. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
December 19, 1938 - September 24, 2019
OTSEGO - Gerald passed away Monday, September 24, 2019 at Ely Manor in Allegan. He was born December 19, 1938. Gerald had worked as a roughneck on the oil rigs and was a member of the Iron Workers Union. He had lived at River Court AFC Home in Otsego for several years. Gerald was handy with a hammer and in his free time enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, hunting and going to the movies. Surviving are his son, Bruce (Sue) Hersha; special friends and caretakers, Joe McIllwain, Brandy VanOrder and Beverly Kluzak who were like family to Gerald and his guardian, Lori Mills. Friends may gather for a time of visiting starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Celebrant MaryAnn DeVries officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Gerald may be made to the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
July 22, 1929 - September 23, 2019
KALAMAZOO - Burt passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at his home in Kalamazoo. He was born July 22, 1929 in Ypsilanti, the son of Roy and Mae (Warboy) Smith. Burt had worked for Consumers Energy for 35 years until his retirement. He had served on the Board of Directors at the Consumers Credit Union and was a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church. In his free time Burt enjoyed golfing. He had a strong faith and was a member of the Sowers and loved traveling the world serving God. On May 1, 1948 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego he married Rachel Rouse who survives. Also surviving are his children, Sue (Richard) Gorton of Kalamazoo, Bruce Smith of Otsego and Jim Smith of Fennville; 8 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Shari (Marc) French; siblings, Ilene Publiski and Carl Smith along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Russell Smith; 3 great-grandchildren and siblings, Robert, Bernard, Ruth and Ivy. Friends may visit with Burt’s family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego and starting at 1:30 P.M., Friday, September 27, 2019 until the time of the service at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Thaddeus Stout officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Burt may be made to Ethnos 360 or Wycliffe Bible Translators Inc. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
March 01, 1943 - September 22, 2019
OTSEGO - Bud passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at his home in Otsego. He was born March 1, 1943 in Plainwell to Bernard and Hazel (Brown) McPherson. Bud graduated from Otsego High School, the Big O in 1961. He had worked at Dick’s Grocery and Hapman Conveyor and had owned and operated McPherson Plastics for over 50 years. Bud enjoyed collecting duck decoys, taking trips to Mackinac Island and for the last 26 years loved spending the weekends with denny in Saugatuck where they could be found at Phil’s Bar and Grill enjoying good food and conversation with their many friends. Bud was happiest when surrounded by his family and loved giving rides to his grandchildren to their sporting events. He was a board member of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce for many years and enjoyed running his business and taking care of his family. On May 14, 1966 at the Otsego Congregational Church he married Denise ‘denny’ Chappell who survives. Also surviving are a son Brian (Lynette) McPherson of Otsego; daughter Amy (Roy) Pueblo of Otsego; 10 grandchildren, Paul (Jemille), Chase (Cassie) and their baby due in March, Drew (Molly) and their daughter Nellie, Jake (Alyssa), Shane, Luc, Lia, Ella, Maria and her daughter Hailey, Matt (Julie) and their children, Nya, Lexi, Lucas and Kylie; his siblings, Melinda (Bruce) Kling, Roger (Linda) McPherson and Tim (Diane) McPherson along with several nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Robert Pueblo. Friends may meet with Bud’s family Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Contributions in memory of Bud may be made to the Otsego Public School Foundation or Wings of Hope Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
June 24, 1925 - September 22, 2019
KALAMAZOO - Gloria passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Alamo Nursing Home. She was born June 24, 1925 in Comstock, the daughter of Roy and Irene (Pease) Knight. Gloria had worked at Kalamazoo Stationary and Angle Steel. In her free time she enjoyed shopping, bowling, fishing and watching sports, especially football. In 1957 she married Clyde Ritchie who passed away in 2009. Surviving are her children, Steve (Linda) Grybus of Gobles, Cindy Boulter of Plainwell and Rick (Colleen) Ritchie of Otsego; grandchildren, Tina Grybus, Tracy Grybus and Eric Boulter; great-grandchildren, Conor Buchkowski and Mina Buchkowski; sisters-in-law, Joyce Patterson, Vivian Ritchie and Reva Knight; brother-in –law, Walt Ritchie and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clyde, many siblings and son-in-law, Dean Boulter. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Gloria’s family from 5-8 P.M., Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Burial of ashes will take place at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 27, 2019 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta for those who would like to attend. Contributions in memory of Gloria may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center or charity of your choice. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.