Juanita P. Ballay, 87

Juanita P. Ballay, 87, of Otsego passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born in Kalamazoo on Feb. 16, 1931, to Spencer and Millicent (Smith) Sherwood.

She had worked at the Kalamazoo Sled Company, as a realtor in Otsego and had owned and operated Hilltop Adult Foster Care Home.

Juanita loved to dance and sing. She enjoyed music and square dancing with her family as a young girl. Juanita had a green thumb and could grow anything. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed working in her garden and hunting.

She was a lifetime member of the Otsego Moose Lodge.

Surviving are her daughters, Melodie Sue (Robert) Dobbins and Judy Langford, both of Allegan; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Zonna Kridler of Allegan and Lynette Coleman of Otsego; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Millicent Ballay; son Joseph Ballay Jr.; and siblings, Wanda Collins, Linda McEwen, Skip Sherwood and Buddy Sherwood.

Friends may visit with Juanita’s family starting at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Pastor Greg Carlson will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Juanita may be made to the Wings Home of Allegan.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.



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