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Colleen P. (Powers) Koestner

Colleen P. (Powers) Koestner
  • October 1, 1931 - October 31, 2016
  • Portage, Michigan
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Ann Cathloic Church
    12648 East D Avenue
    Augusta, MI 49031
  • Ministry with Community
    500 N. Edwards Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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“I am very very sorry for your loss! I'm going to miss Colleen so much, we shared family stories, book reviews and life experiences! She was such a...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Judy Willy - Vicksburg, MI

“Colleen and I have been neighbors for thirty years, as we both were original buyers at Parkshore Landings. we also shared a membership atat Williams...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: MaryJo Bryant Bryant - Naples, FL

“Helen & I were saddened to hear about the loss of your mother, Colleen. She was so sweet and such a classy person. We will all miss her in Naples....Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: David & Helen McBurney - Naples, FL

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you during this sad time. Your mother will be very missed. Carol Lukeman ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Carol Lukeman - Bonita Springs, FL

“I am so sorry for your lose. I am so glad I had the chance to meet her and take care of her. She was an amazing woman and the short time I was with...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Kristy Reynolds - Shelbyville, MI

“I loved this woman. She will missed. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Christina Filbrandt - South Haven, MI

“To Colleen's family, I so enjoyed knowing Colleen as a neighbor @ Oakland Hills. I will miss her walking through the neighborhood... Just a lovely...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Kay Lennon - Portage, MI - Friend

“Nancy, I am so saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I have such fond memories of your mom while spending time at your house during high school. ...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Debbie Healy Punnett - Richland, MI

“Laura, I'm so sorry to read of your mother's passing. May you be blessed with many fond memories of her and the knowledge of her resting in peace. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Philip Cummings - Dawsonville, GA

“Dear family -I worked with Colleen at Ministry with Community... she was a faithful and a true gift to the people we served. My deepest sympathy...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Judy Markusse Paget - Kalamazoo, MI

“Laura, Larry, John, Amy, Liz, Randy,Nancy, John and families, Tim and I send our love and sympathy at such a big loss! Your mom's passing to eternal...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Joni Knapper - Ruchland, MI

“Dear Koestner cousins - Laura, John, Liz and Nancy,Our family once again mourns the passing of a beautiful woman, your mother. We are honored to...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Priscilla and Tom Swiat - MI

“Dear Koestner cousins - Laura, John, Liz and NancyOur family once again mourn the passing of a beautiful woman, your mother. We are honored to attend...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Colleen Koestner FamilyYou all have lost your life time supporter. She is now with Hr Jim but, her spirit is with all of you forever. Colleen...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Sam Dolfi - Naples, FL - Neighbor

“Laura, John, Liz and Nancy, we are so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. May beautiful memories of her sustain you in the time to come. Love,...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO THE KOESTNER FAMILY. YOUR MOM IS IN A BETTER PLACE NOW AND REUNITED WITH YOUR DAD. SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL, AS SHE WAS A...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: DIANA SMITH - GALESBURG, MI

“Your Mom will be with You in Spirit every day,Iam so sorry for your Loss.May God comfort you all in this difficult time,my thought's & prayers are...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: LINDA SCHULTZ - Albuquerque, NM

“Our thoughts and love are with your family. We are so glad we had the opportunity to know your mom. She will be missed. Such a lovely lady and a...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Caryl and Brian Eller - MI

“My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother and grandmother, Colleen. Nothing quite ever prepares one on how to handle the pain of such...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Jeanne IMACH - St joseph, MI


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Colleen P. (Powers) Koestner of Portage, MI

Colleen, age 85, died Monday afternoon, October 31, 2016 at her residence with her loving family by her side.

Colleen, the daughter of Harry J. and Gay B. (Conroy) Powers, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on October 1, 1931. She faithfully served her church and community for many years. Colleen was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ministry with Community, the Arimathean ministry of the Catholic Church and always shared her faith with those she encountered.

Colleen was united in marriage to James W. Koestner at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kalamazoo, MI in 1952; he preceded her in death in 2007. Surviving are her four children Laura (Larry) Huggett, John (Amy) Koestner, Elizabeth (Randy) Walbridge and Nancy (Brian) Wells and seven grandchildren, Ashley and Charley Huggett, Lauren (Ethan Milner) Walbridge, Kyle Koestner, Evan (Chelsea) Walbridge, John and Grace Wells. Colleen was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Richard Powers.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 12648 East D Avenue, Augusta 49012 with Father John D. Fleckenstein and Father Christopher J. Derda, Con-Celebrating and Deacon Michael A. Carl, Assisting. Family and friends will continue Colleen's life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon immediately following the Mass in the Church Social Hall. Interment will be in East Hickory Corners, Barry Township. Colleen's family will greet friends on Thursday, today from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church Social Hall and where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Memorial contributions in Colleen's honor may be directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in care of St. Ann Catholic Church or the Ministry with Community, 500 N. Edwards Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Colleen's family with her arrangements.