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Madaleen Wilbor, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, July 6, 2013 at Our Place Cares in Greenville. The daughter of Clare & Velma (Brownell) Shotwell, she was born on August 8, 1920 in Oakfield Township. Madaleen retired from American Seating in 1981 and enjoyed wintering in Zephyrhills, Florida.

She had attended the Turk Lake United Methodist Church and was a member of the Princess Chapter No. 120 Order of the Eastern Star in Greenville, which consolidated into the Doric Chapter No. 75 Order of the Eastern Star in Belding.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-mother, Ethel (Richardson) Shotwell; four husbands, Glenn Albert Johnson, Forrest Gary Cooper, Harold C. Petersen, and Ogden Wilbor; two brothers, Hoyt Shotwell and Vernon Shotwell; and two sisters, Laura Amundsen, and Helen Edgerley.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, David A. & Belinda Johnson of Howard City, and Kendall Lee & Sandra Johnson of Greenville; four grandsons, Glenn & Chrissie Johnson of Howard City, Jimmie & Elizabeth Johnson of Cedar Springs, Samuel & Jamie Johnson of Howard City, and Lee & Melanie Johnson of Reed City; ten great grandchildren; eight step-children; a sister-in-law, Marie Jury of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday with long-time family friend Glenn Russell officiating and O.E.S. rituals performed by Doric Chapter No. 75. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens in Belding. Instead of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in memory of Madaleen to Our Place Cares, 10710 Roy Drive, Greenville, MI 48838. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Madaleen’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on July 6, 2013 at 12:00 am


    07/11/2013 –

    Ron & Cheryl Porter

    David and Belinda,
    So sorry to hear of Madaleen’s passing. She was a great lady and friend we liked the first day we talked to her. She said to Cheryl’s mom “You will like it here” (at the home). Always come up with a smile and some good conversation with us. We miss seeing her when we visit Verla. We have some wonderful memories of her and i’m sure you do too. Blessings to you and the family!
    Ron and Cheryl

    07/10/2013 –

    Jean Lause

    David and Kendall…I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and yours in prayer during this difficult time. Consider yourselves hugged. Love, Jean

    07/09/2013 –

    Marie Ann (Lause) Graff

    David, Kendall& family’s
    Just seeing this tonight. My thoughts, and prayers are with all of you. I have fond memories of living next door to you and your parents for several years. You both growing up with my younger siblings. What great memories Please know you are all in our thoughts. I will e-mail my siblings to let them know.
    Peace and love to all of you
    Marie Ann

    07/09/2013 –

    Bill Cornelisse

    We wanted to say we were sorry to here of your mothers passing. She was always a charming and elegant lady when we would see her in church. We will continue to pray for your family. In Christ, Bill and Chris Cornelisse

    07/09/2013 –

    Jane Hummel

    We will forever cherish our fond memories of Aunt Madaleen! She was the most beautiful, kind and gracious woman. Her legacy will forever live on in our hearts.
    With much love and sincere condolences from:
    Jim Kinney and family
    Steve Kinney and family
    Pat & Jane Hummel and family
    Tom & Kitty Lower and family
    Jeff & Becky Shotwell and family
    Scott & Teresa Shotwell and family

    07/08/2013 –

    Rick & Deb Petersen

    We are sad to hear of your loss, the world has lost a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, rest well Aunt Madaleen.

    07/08/2013 –

    Joe & Debbie Dyer

    So sorry to hear of Madlyn’s passing, she was a great lady and good friend of my mother (Leona Dyer). You are in our prayers.

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