Eleanor M. (Minor) Tubergen, 98

Eleanor M. (Minor) Tubergen, 98, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the Butterfly Oasis Home in Kalamazoo. She was born May 3, 1917, in Sturgis the daughter of James G. and Wanda F. Blanchard.
Eleanor was the oldest of three children and spent her childhood in the Klinger Lake area. She was a graduate of Sturgis High School and Western State Teachers College. In the 1960s, Eleanor then obtained her master's degree from Western Michigan University.
On Oct, 6, 1939, in the home of her parents at the Blanchard Hotel near Klinger Lake, she married Emerson B. Minor who passed away in 1996.  
For 30 years, Eleanor had taught school in various communities including Starr Elementary School in Plainwell from which she retired in 1979 after 14 years of service.
Among other things, Eleanor enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing, crocheting, planting vegetable and flower gardens, tending to her house plants, as well as sending cards and writing notes of encouragement to others.
On May 27, 2000, she married James L. Tubergen who survives. Also surviving are her five children, Tad (Carol) Minor of Traverse City, Martha (Robert) Reeves of Portage, Tom (Melinda) Minor of Tecumseh, the Rev. Dan (Jolene) Minor of Otsego and Mary (Steve) DeMann of Martin; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, the Rev. Emerson B. Minor; and brothers, Donald H. Blanchard and Dick E. Blanchard.
Friends may visit with Eleanor's family on Monday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.  at Winkel Funeral Home, 207 E. Allegan St., Otsego. A service of Thanksgiving for her life will be Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at Otsego United Methodist Church, 223 E. Allegan St., Otsego, with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. A luncheon will follow.
Contributions in memory of Eleanor may be made to Otsego United Methodist Church for the new piano fund.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.



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