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Sally Krohn

June 27, 1933 — December 23, 2022

Plainwell, MI

Sally Krohn passed away on 12/23/2022 in her hometown of Kalamazoo.  Sally was born 06/27/1933 to Howard and Lola (Sims) Kurtz in Cook County Illinois during the heart of the great depression.  Shortly thereafter her family left the bustling city when Howard and Lola packed up and moved Sally and her older sister Nancy (Roberts) to Kalamazoo where Howard had found work at a papermill.

Kalamazoo quickly became home for Sally.  She grew up being very close with Nancy. She was a social butterfly and eager learner, graduating from Western State High.

In 1952, Sally went on a double date with a friend and met a young sailor, Eugene Krohn.  The two fell in love and when Eugene returned from deployment in the Korean War, he brought back a diamond ring and a marriage proposal, which Sally gladly accepted.

The next few decades would be busy for Sally and Gene as they were blessed with three children, Nanette, Katherine, and Kristopher. While Gene pursued education and work, Sally held a variety of jobs working at a Bakery, Michigan Bell Telephone, Plainwell Paper, Parker Hannifin, and Pipp Hospital.   Sally, who was an avid reader, found her most satisfying work when she became the co-owner and co-operator of Books-N-Things in Downtown Otsego.

Sally cherished her family and friends and always spent her spare time engaged in activities that involved both.  Many nights and afternoons were spent camping, playing cards, quilting, or playing with the bell choir at the First United Methodist Church in Plainwell.  Upon retirement, Sally and Gene took many trips to Florida, usually accompanied by family and friends.

Sally had a legendary sweet tooth and was known for frequent visits to Plainwell Ice Cream and a well-stocked candy dish which was frequently hidden from Gene and her grandchildren.

Most notably, Sally was known for being a warm and loving wife, mother and grandmother who adored her family and would unselfishly support and help her family in any way that she could.

Sally is survived by her children: Katherine (Dennis) Hageman of Plainwell and Kristopher (Katherine) of Louisville Kentucky as well as her four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, daughter Nanette (Guyon) and Eugene, her husband of 58 years.

A memorial service will be held at the Avink, McCowen & Secord funeral home; 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell on May 15th, 2023. Visitation at 10:30 with the service following at 11:00 A.M.  The family would like to invite all who wish to attend.  For those looking to make a memorial in honor of Sally, the family suggests the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Westwood United Methodist Church (538 Nichols Road, Kalamazoo MI 49006).

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Sally's webpage and/or share a memory with the family.

The Krohn family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, 120 South Woodhams, Plainwell, MI 49080 (269) 685-5881.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Gathering

Monday, May 15, 2023

10:30 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Plainwell

120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

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Memorial Service

Monday, May 15, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Plainwell

120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

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