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Memorial Service

First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo
Sunday May 15th, 2022

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Katherine "Kathy" Winchell

Kathy Winchell of Kalamazoo Michigan, age 56, was prayed to heaven on April 21, 2022, with family at her side. She is out of pain and suffering, and though her physical presence will be missed, the person she is will be with us forever.

Kathy was born on July 30, 1965, in St. Joseph, Michigan, the daughter of Virginia (Parry) and Ronald Bedunah. Kathy grew up in the community of Stevensville where, as a youthful thespian, she spent time on the stage in school, church, and community musical theater productions. Moving to Kalamazoo after high school, Kathy continued her formal education at Western Michigan University, studying History and English. While a student at WMU she began her editing career working at The Western Herald.

Kathy was a lifelong United Methodist, actively loving church music, singing in the choirs, and ringing handbells. She was frequently asked to sing solos or in small groups during church services, which she willingly did as her illness allowed.

Kathy filled her free time at home knitting gifts for family and friends, reading, and playing games with her children. She also rang in the Kalamazoo Ringers, a community handbell ensemble and was a member of book clubs with friends throughout her lifetime.

Kathy is survived by her children, Colin Winchell and Emma Winchell; her mother, Virginia Bedunah; and her sister Christine (Bill) Landreville. She was preceded in death by her father, Ron Bedunah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo for Helping Our Neighbor (HON) phone project or Music Ministry. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service at First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2pm.

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Kathy's guestbook and/or share a memory with her family.

The Winchell family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. (269)679-5622.

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I met Kathy in Mackinaw City when she and her family would come visit. I always thought she has such a beautiful smile and disposition. I am very sorry for you loss and will keep you family in our prayers.

Pam Mellish Apr 26 2022 5:44 PM

Robin and I are so fortunate to have many fond memories of Kathy. Our dear friend will be deeply missed.

Robin and Wendy Willis Apr 26 2022 12:09 PM

Sending love and prayers to the Winchell family. Kathy was a beautiful person inside and out. She will truly be missed.

Kalinda Williams Apr 26 2022 8:34 AM

Christie, I am so sorry for your loss! I am praying you and your family!
My favorite memories are of game night at church!

Jackie Nowland Apr 26 2022 7:36 AM

Christie, thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Prayers for comfort and strength

Michelle Grinder Apr 25 2022 9:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Katherine Winchell

Doug Rainey Apr 25 2022 7:04 PM

Love and prayers for the Winchell and Landreville families from the VanOrder family

Linda VanOrder Apr 25 2022 6:42 PM

We started attending Westwood right when Emma was born, Kathy and Christy's families were the first people we met. I loved the many church game nights we attended together. I loved her laugh and sense of humor. I know she will be deeply missed.

Annette Hoppenworth Apr 25 2022 9:23 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Katherine Winchell

Jim and Holly (Parks) Rohrbach and Rebecca Apr 25 2022 1:07 AM

We spent part of our book club gathering today remembering Kathy and her lively curiosity and thoughtful discussions of our books over the years. We will dearly miss her. Sending peace and comfort to her family.

Jane Baas Apr 24 2022 6:28 PM

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