M. Ethel Koetje, age 97, of Kalamazoo, MI passed away Saturday afternoon, October 15, 2016. Ethel was born December 9, 1918 in Kalamazoo the daughter of the late Ivan and Nancy (Barrier) Drake. She enjoyed spending time with her family, going to church, and feeding the ducks at different locations. On March 30, 1944 she was united in marriage to her loving husband Jack, who preceded her in death on March 26, 1979. Ethel was also preceded in death by 6 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Judy (Harvey) Adams, Benjamin Koetje, Janet (Jeff) Sutherland, Marjorie Wright; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; a brother, George Drake; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate Ethel's life will be held at 11:00am Thursday, October 20 at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street. Interment will follow in Almena Cemetery. Friends may meet the family on Thursday from 10:00-11:00 prior to the service at the funeral home.