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John Martin Brifnek, age 77, of Allegan, Michigan, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by the love of family on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. He was born January 2, 1944, in Grand Haven, MI, to the late John Brifnek Jr. and Mary Maierhauser.

He married Berdean L. Karle  on September, 14, 1976. They celebrated 30 years of marriage together before Berdean passed away on November 29, 2006. John retired from Worden Furniture Company. He loved fishing, rocks, and just about anything outdoors that had to do with God’s beauty.

Survivors include Michael K. (Dena) Santini, David M. Santini; children, Monica A. (Paul) Schutte, Roberta M. (Kim) Delo, Donald A. (Shirley) Karle, Glenda J. Reinink, and Deanna L. Karle; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary; wife, Berdean; daughter, Kathleen T. Schutte; and sister, Joan M. Berry.

A celebration of life will take place in the spring.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Kim Bronkhorst on December 8, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family Deanna.

  2. Judy Borba on January 12, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Best Uncle ever! -Billy,Sissy and Brian

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