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May 22, 1937 - March 13, 2019

Muriel will be laid to rest privately with Ron and baby Bruce at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park. A memorial service to honor her life will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 10 AM at Faith Chapel Ministries, 7736 West G Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Our family wishes to express our love and appreciation to the staff at Park Place Assisted Living with a special thanks to Kanika. A memorial gift may be made to Park Place Assisted Living online at or by mail. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at

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Age 81, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI, on May 22, 1937, the daughter of the late William and Helene (Ruster) Penning. She enjoyed horseback riding with her father, who bought her a Tennessee Walker at auction; she named him Gay-Feathers. They both also competed together at the state fair and 4-H events with Corriedale sheep. Her brother, Bill Jr, heroically served in the army and died serving our country in World War II. Muriel graduated from Plainwell High School and attained a Licensed Practical Nurse Certification from Bronson Hospital. On April 18, 1957, she was united in marriage to Ronald W. Kloosterman who preceded her in passing in 2015. Her father was the founder and owner of the Tot Shop, which later became The Tot to Teen Village. Muriel’s other brother, Robert, later purchased the business and her husband, Ron, served as the renowned Manager for many years. Muriel has blessed countless friends, family and those in need with her arts and crafts talent. Her creativity was a common thread throughout her entire life and gave her great fulfillment. Muriel is preceded in passing by her infant son, Bruce, and her brothers’ Bill Jr and Robert. She is survived by two sons, James (Ronda) and Mark; four grandchildren, Lindsey Seitz (Jonathan), Connor (Carissa), Kellie and William; four great grandchildren, Lincoln, Grayson, Riley and Annie.