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Carey L. Burmeister

Plainwell - Carey passed away peacefully with her husband by her side, Friday, June 3, 2022, in Kalamazoo. Carey was born on July 16, 1964 in Chula Vista, California, to David and Donna (Kaiser) Hole. When she was 10 years old her family moved to Oklahoma where she grew up. In the mid 1980’s Carey moved to Michigan. Carey worked many jobs over the years. Her first job was at 13 years old as a waitress in her mother’s truck stop. She learned early in life the importance of working hard and making her own way. She also worked as a waitress, in retail management and as a property manager. She managed a 168 unit complex and knew all the residents by name. Carey was very outgoing and always the center of attention. She had an infectious laugh and never met a stranger. She was a scratch golfer and in the mid and late 90’s, she was club champion at Pine View Golf Course, in multiple seasons. Carey enjoyed gardening, landscaping, traveling, fishing, karaoke and her grandbabies. In September 1998, Carey met the love of her life while out for karaoke with friends. After she heard him sing, she walked right up to him and said, you are an awesome singer, would you marry me and sing to me the rest of my life? To which he said yes. Carey and Bill were united in marriage on June 7, 2003 on the 18th green at Pine View Golf Course. In 2012 Carey and Bill purchased family property in Plainwell. Carey retired from working and started gardening and berry picking. She sold her produce and berries at her road side stand. Carey had one son of her own and four step-children. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren. The kids loved gathering at the house on taco night. She could throw down some delicious tacos and fixins. It was always a poplar request from the kids, even for Christmas dinner. Carey is survived by her husband, Bill of Plainwell; son, Chris Bus of Kalamazoo; step-children, Bill Jr. (Kayla) Burmeister of Plainwell, John (Ashley) Burmeister of Grand Rapids, Jeff (Susan) Burmeister of Otsego and Katie (Justin) Steele of Alamo; 13 grandchildren; sister, Pam, Susie, Tammy and Kim along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, David. Cremation has taken place per her wishes. There will be no formal services. There will be a gathering of family and friends in August in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Carey may be made to Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. in Kalamazoo. Arrangements by
Winkel Funeral Home - Otsego
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Winkel Funeral Home
Winkel Funeral Home
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PO Box 165
Otsego, MI 49078