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Katherine "Kathy" Winchell

July 30, 1965 — April 21, 2022

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 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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Memorial Service

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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