Charlene Ann McKinnon, 84

Charlene Ann McKinnon, 84, of Hopkins was called to her heavenly home Sunday morning, June 23, 2019, at Allegan County Medical Care Community.

Born April 12, 1935, in Dorr, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Nora Ann (Lynch) Gensler. She married Robert McKinnon on June 22, 1957, and they just celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Charlene had worked as a medical assistant prior to retirement. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Watson Township. In her spare time, Charlene enjoyed gardening, painting and crafting.

Charlene was a loving woman who thoroughly enjoyed taking care of others, not just her family but anyone in her community. Whether the need was for food or to have some laundry done, Charlene was there to meet their needs.

Some say that she was the local food truck before meals on wheels was established. If someone had a life-changing event (i.e., a new baby, a death in the family, a new home, etc.), Charlene was there to provide food for them and never just a little food but making sure there was enough for everyone and anyone!

Her tenderness and generosity of spirit will be missed by all those who knew her.

In addition to her husband Robert, Charlene is survived by her children, Timothy (Beverly) McKinnon, Roderick (June) McKinnon, Brian (Karen) McKinnon, Lisa (Mark) Evans, Michael (Carolyn) McKinnon, Julie (Scott) Paxson and Cory McKinnon (fiancée Lisa Friend); sister Helen Barr; sister-in-law Vivian (Don) DeVos; brother-in-law Ron Bockheim; 16 grandchildren, Gerid (Denise) Adams, Justin (Andrea) Adams, Staci (Jim) Heppe, James (Rachael) McKinnon, Michele McKinnon, Christopher McKinnon, Joseph McKinnon, Marie (Jackson) Conner, Jacob McKinnon, Emmalee McKinnon, Nick (Barb) Evans, Nora Evans (fiancé Bryan Cramer), Mitchel (Samantha) Evans, Tyler VanderMoore (Jackie Korteway), Collin VanderMoore, Clint VanderMoore (Rylee Foster), Skylar Recker and Robbie Friend; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Milo (Dolores) Gensler and Robert Gensler; sisters, Phyllis (Don) Brocker and Betty Bockheim; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Herbert) Hill and Marcia (Harrison) Wilson; and brothers-in-law John Barr, and Ron VanderMoore.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Gorden Funeral Residence, Hopkins Chapel with Rosary taking place at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Christopher Derda officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Charlene’s name to the Allegan County Medical Care Community or Sacred Heart Altar Society.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Allegan Medical Care Community for the love and care shown to Charlene.


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