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Winifred P Like

Winifred “Winnie” Like, passed away May 11, 2020 at the age of 87. Winnie was born on August 6, 1932 to Don and Rosa (Councell) Cochran in Kalamazoo Michigan. Winnie worked for Parker Hannifan until 1978, when she became part-owner of the Redwood Tavern in Augusta until her retirement in 1995. In the 1990’s, Winnie followed her dream of using her beautiful singing voice and she became a popular Karaoke DJ. For the rest of her life, she continued to bring joy and entertainment to Karaoke venues throughout southwest Michigan She won many singing contests as well as winning hearts everywhere she went. On August 2, 1952 Winnie married Duane Schultz. In 1997, she married Ralph Like. Her kind heart and sweet smile are greatly missed by her survivors, her special friend and companion of 18 years, Ken Blair; her only son Denny (Sharrin) Schultz, her pride and joy grandson Blake Schultz and honorary granddaughter Kennedy Rupert; one sister Marge Bird of Florida; one brother Jim (Jeanette) Cochran of Richland; two step daughters Christine Hale and Louise Dyer, both of Otsego; and several nieces and nephews, step grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends. Winnie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane, husband Ralph; sisters Donna and Marla, one brother Roy and stepdaughter Cathy. A small visitation will be held Friday, May 15th from 11-12:30 at the Marshall Gren Chapel. A celebration of life memorial is being planned for a later date. Per Winnies request memorials may be made to Christian Neighbors in lieu of flowers. While visiting Winnie’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Winnie’s family is being cared for by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Marshall – Gren Chapel, 120 Woodhams St., Plainwell, MI 49080 269-685-5881.

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Guestbook

A candle was lit in memory of Winifred Like

Madeline & Marc Sep 11 2020 10:24 PM

Grandma Winnie was the best grandma ever and I still cry sometimes to this day

Blake Schultz Jul 17 2020 11:58 AM

Thank you

Blake Schultz Jul 17 2020 11:53 AM

Worked with Winnie at Parker in the 70's. One of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. A classy lady and charm to match!

Bernie Betke May 15 2020 7:35 PM

Aunt Winnie, Thanks for being the bestest Aunt a person could have. You will always be my most favorite Aunt. Denny& sharrin& Blake I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always miss Aunt Winnie. I will love her forever. I am so every blessed to have had her as my Aunt. I am glad she is in a better place & longer in pain. I will never stop missing her cause she is in my heart. Till we meet again. One of my earliest memories is her cutting my hair outside. I cherish that memory.

Marsha Deater May 15 2020 6:52 PM

Winnie has been our neighbor for over 20 years and she was a kind and special person. She was always interested in what my sons and their families were up doing. Winnie had a special connection with all animals, both domestic pets, birds and wild animals of our neighborhood - squirrels would line up in her garage like they were auditioning for a Disney movie waiting for her to come out and offer them a treat. My dog has no human that she is more fond of than Winnie and she would jump for joy whenever Winnie showed up outside. Winnie took in more than one stray cat and cared for them. I think these animals all picked up on Winnie's kind soul. I was also always inspired by Winnie's positive outlook on life. We will miss Winnie. Phil and Julie Kechele

Phil Kechele May 15 2020 4:39 PM

I had the pleasure of knowing and singing with Ms. Winnie for over 20years. She was always smiling and happy. She would always ask me to sing with her on a special duet that she really liked, of course I would sing with her lol afterall, who could tell her no lol I would always refer to her as "Winnie the Pooh" to which she would just smile and laugh. She will be greatly missed. Heaven gained one special angel....

Ryan Taylor May 14 2020 7:35 PM

Denny and family so sorry to hear about your MOM. Our prays to to you and your family.Terry and I will be thinking about all of you at this time. Lori and Terry

Lori Steele May 14 2020 11:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Winifred Like

Corey Brink May 13 2020 10:48 PM

I knew Winnie most of my life. She was a very special person. She will be missed by all. She joined our family 25 years ago. Love you Winnie.

Christine Hale May 13 2020 9:38 PM

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