1998 OBITUARIES

 

 

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Charlotte Shopping Guide, Inc.

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Compiled by:

 

April Shaver

January 24, 2007

 

 


 

Carson B. Ackley

 

   Carson B. Ackley, age 70, died Tuesday, May 19, 1998 in Jackson.  Carson was born February 29, 1928 in Eaton Rapids the son of R C and Helen Louise (Crandall) Ackley.  He was a member of the St. Peter Church in Eaton Rapids and the Knights of Columbus, St. Peter Council #6534.  Carson was a veteran of WWII serving in the Navy SeaBeas.  He was preceded in death by his son, James C. Ackley, granddaughter, Carol Lynn Cowles, 2 brothers, Mike and Gary Ackley and Gary’s wife Sandy.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Phyllis J.; 5 daughters, Christine (Loren) Cowles of Springport, Cathy (Bud) Cowles, Carol (Steve) Clarke all of Eaton Rapids, Janice (Jim) Boice of Perry, Mary Ackley of Lansing; daughter-in-law, Sue Ackley Larson of Eaton Rapids, Joseph (Pam) of Charlotte; 25 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jerry (Jan) of Charlotte, Terry (Diane) of Potterville; 2 sisters, Joyce (Don) Miller of Olivet, Dorothy Spring of Springport and several nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed on Friday, May 22, 1998, at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids with Fa. Bennett Constantine as Celebrant.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were Carson James Ackley, Jonathon Carson Ackley, Christopher Thomas Ackley, Eric Edmund Ackley, Thomas Michael Ackley, Robert Okla Whipple and Stephen Marcus Cowles.  Those desiring may make    contributions    to   the    American    Heart

 

 

Association in memory of Carson Ackley.  Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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LaVance Aldrich

 

   LaVance Burnetta Aldrich, 81, of Vermontville, died Oct. 19, 1998, at Moore’s Adult Foster Care Home in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Aldrich was born March 24, 1917 in Vermontville, the daughter of Theodore and Lana (Williams) Northrup.  She married Leonard Aldrich Dec. 3, 1938.  She was a member of Vermontville Congregational Church and former treasurer of the church and former treasurer for the Woodlawn Cemetery Society.

   She is survived by two daughters, Judith (Robert) Starring of Vermontville and Linda Aldrich of Plymouth; two grandchildren, Beth (Doug) Knoll of Nashville and Jeff (Deb) Starring of Battle Creek; three great-grandchildren, Shayna Starring, Aaron Knoll, and Jessica Callender; many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in 1987.

   Services were held Oct. 21 at the Vermontville Congregational Church.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Maple Valley Scholarship fund.

 

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Jeannette M. Alverson

 

   Jeannette M. Alverson, 96, of Eaton Rapids died Jan. 24, 1998, in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Alverson was born Jan. 24, 1902 in Belgium, the daughter of Camiel and Leonna (VanCollie) VanSteelandt.  She was a retired registered nurse in the Eaton Rapids area.

   She is survived by one son, Donald (Joyce) of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Madeline Snow of Okemos; one brother, Oscar VanSteelandt of Grand Rapids; and one sister-in-law, Iva Foote of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Alverson.

   There will be no visitation or services.

   Interment of cremains will be in Ormond Beach, Fla.

   Arrangements were made by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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JoAnn Anderson

 

   JoAnn Anderson, 64, of Grand Ledge, died Oct. 22, 1998.

   Mrs. Anderson was born Jan. 13, 1934, in Greenville, the daughter of Ercil and Marvel (Sieber) Kortes.  She was a graduate of Central Michigan University and began her 41-year teaching career in 1953, teaching in Gowen, Nevins Lake, Stanton, and the Waverly School District, where she taught for 31 years at Colt Elementary School.  Since retiring, she continued to volunteer.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Grand Ledge.  During her more than 30 years of membership, she had served as Sunday School teacher, youth coordinator, wedding committee chair, finance committee member, and education committee chairperson, as well as volunteering in the church office.

   She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Richard; two daughters, Linda Bullen of Mason and Karen Anderson of Franklin, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Nickolas, Christopher, Bryant, Amanda, and Alison, all of Mason; one brother, Charles (Pat) Kortes of Lakeview; one sister, Jean (Bob) Kissel of Greenville; her father and mother-in-law, Clarence and Dorothy Anderson; one brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Nona Anderson, all of Stanton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

   Services were Oct. 31 at the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church.  Arrangements were made by the Peters and Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

 

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John Antico

 

   John Antico, 74, of Charlotte died April 6, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mr. Antico was born March 31, 1924 in Glassport, Pa., the son of Giovanni and Frances (Morabito) Antico.  He was a professor of English at Lansing Community College for 25 years.  He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a prisoner of war, but was able to escape.  He married Anna Mae Schaub in September 1996.

   He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae; two daughters, Carla Antico-Bumstead of Eaton Rapids and Mary Antico of Montreal, Canada; one son-in-law, Tony Bumstead of Eaton Rapids; one brother, Guy Cola of Florida; two sisters, Lucy Rosotti of Roseville and Rose Smith of Glassport, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

   Cremation has taken place.  There will be a private family service at a later date.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lansing Public Library.

 

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James E. Armstead

 

   James E. Armstead, age 63, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, July 27, 1998, in Lansing.  Jim was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Mishawaka, IN.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids and a member of the Brookfield Masonic Lodge #439.  Jim was preceded in death by his father, Harold Armstead.

   Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Barbara E.; daughter, Pam (Ken) Finegood of Huntington Woods; 2 sons, Michael Armstead of El Paso, TX, Doug Armstead of Charlotte; 5 grandchildren, Kevin, Eric, and Sarah Finegood, Elyshia Ann and Elijah Armstead; mother, Yetta Armstead of South Bend; 2 brothers, Bob (Debbie) Armstead of Edwardsburg, Ron (Vicki) Armstead of Lakeville, IN; a sister, Barbara (Larry) Crawford of South Bend, IN; several nieces, nephews, and special nieces, nephews, and special friend, Rick Ballentine.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 30, 1998, at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Evans and Pastors Char and David Minger officiating.

   Those desiring may make contributions to either the Robbins United Methodist Church Work Mission or the First United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of James E. Armstead.  Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Lois M. Arndt

 

   Lois M. Arndt, 76, of Grand Ledge died May 12, 1998, at her Oneida Township home.

   Mrs. Arndt was born March 23, 1922, in Danby Township, the daughter of Harold and Bertha (Phillips) Dean.  On May 8, 1942 she married Ernest L. Arndt.  She was an Avon representative for 20 years.

   She is survived by four sons, Harold (Dixie) Arndt of Charlotte, David (Doris) Arndt of Grand Ledge, Don Arndt of Vermontville and Robert Arndt of Grand Ledge; one daughter, Sandra Black of Wayne; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest.

   Services were May 15 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with the Rev. Robert E. Betts officiating.  Interment was in Danby Cemetery.

 

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James L. Ashley

 

   James L. Ashley, 74, formerly of Olivet, died April 17, 1998, in Lake City, Fla.

   Mr. Ashley was born July 22, 1923 in Virginia, the son of Marion L. and Anna Lee Ashley.  He grew up in Arkansas and Missouri.  He served a short time in the Army.  He married Ina G. Ashley in June of 1952, working for Binkies Construction.  He also worked for the City of Olivet and retired from Olivet College after working there for 14 years.

   He is survived by his wife, Ina G. of Lake City, Fla., two daughters, Catherine Voss of Potterville, and Mary Barlett of Olivet; son, Jim Ashley of Battle Creek; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

   Services will be May 7 at the Olivet First Assembly of God on Butterfield Highway.

 

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Harold Augst

 

   Harold Augst, 88, of Sunfield died Jan. 24, 1998.

   Mr. Augst was born Nov. 26, 1909, in Berlin Township.  He was a life-long farmer and had been employed at TRW in Portland for 19 years, retiring in 1972.

   He is survived by one stepdaughter, Judith (Charles) Olender of Fairfax, Va.; one son, John (Mary Ann) of Sunfield; four grandchildren; his aunt, Eileen Sutphen of Sunfield; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ellen McCormack.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, and one sister, Helen Williams.

   Services were Jan. 27 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ionia County Meals on Wheels program.

 

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Walter M. Babcock

 

   Walter M. Babcock, 76, of Charlotte died Feb. 26, 1998, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

   Mr. Babcock was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Eaton Rapids, the son of Martin and Ruth (Brininstool) Babcock.  He was a Navy veteran of World War II and had retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber of Jackson.  He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, and VFW Post #1283, Eaton Rapids.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Vivian; one daughter, Debra (Kevin) Spitzley of Charlotte; four sons, Jon (Laura) Babcock of Independence, MO., and Brian (Joyce) Babcock, Harry (Lori) Babcock, and Bryon (Pam) Babcock, all of Lansing; 13 grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Louise) Babcock of Potterville; sister, Pauline Babcock of Bellevue; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were March 2 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church.

 

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Daniel W. Backus

 

   Daniel Wayne Backus, 41, of Charlotte died July 10, 1998.

   Mr. Backus was born Aug. 19, 1956, in Charlotte, the son of Caryl and Patricia L. (George) Backus.  He worked for General Motors Buick-Olds-Cadillac as an experimental engine assembler. 

   He is survived by his wife, Laurie; one sister, Anita (Thomas) Pepper of Jackson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Services were July 13 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating.  Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Transplantation Society of Michigan.

 

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Clyde Bahmer Jr.

 

  Clyde Bahmer Jr., 71, of Olivet died Jan. 9, 1998, at the Trillium Hospital in Albion.

   Mr. Bahmer was born June 15, 1926, the son of Clyde and Julia Bahmer.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater.  He was a farmer all of his life and also worked for General Motors in Lansing for 43 years as a welder.  Mr. Bahmer was a member of the United Auto Workers.

   He is survived by one daughter, Kathy Johnson of Portland; four sons, Tim (Angie) of Charlotte, Tom (Amanda) of Olivet, Danny (Sandy) of Olivet, and Kevin (Cindy) of Marshall; 13 grandchildren; his mother, Julia Bahmer; one sister, May Brown of Lansing; and one brother, Dick Bahmer of Olivet.

   Services were Jan. 13 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Milioni and the Rev. Tom Duff.  Arrangements were made by Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels of Albion.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Judes Children’s Hospital or the Elk’s Crippled Children.

 

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Edith G. Baker

 

   Edith (Lightner) G. Baker, 91, of Battle Creek died Feb. 10, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System/Community Site.

   Mrs. Baker was born July 29, 1906, in Chester Township, daughter of Asa and Sylvania (Cobb) Lightner.  She lived most of her life in Battle Creek.  She attended County School and Charlotte High School.  She was employed as a sales clerk at the downtown Battle Creek J.C. Penny Store for 19 years.  She married Arno Greenman Oct. 2, 1925.  Also, she married Earl Baker on June 29, 1974 in Augusta.  She had a life membership in the VFW #7956.

   She is survived by her brother, Harold Lightner of Battle Creek; one step-son, R. Bruce Baker of Augusta; one step-daughter, Shirley Weaver of Watertown, Tenn.; and several step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

   She is preceded in death by two husbands, Arno Greenman and Earl Baker; her parents; one sister, Gena Benedict; and five brothers, Henry, Charles, Ralph, B.J., and Harry Lightner.

   Services were Feb. 13 with the Rev. Steven Eggers officiating.  Arrangements were made by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Augusta VFW #7956 or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Mary E. Barendregt

 

   Mary E. Barendregt, 93, of Springport died March 6, 1998 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Barendregt was born May 3, 1904 in Tiosa, Ind., the daughter of Henry Roudolph and Anna Rosella (Metzger) Hoover.

   She is survived by one daughter, Vivian L. (Harold) Wardius of Florida; five sons, Lewis E. (Elsie) Love, Glen A. (Rose) Love, Donald E. Love, John H. (Mitch) Love all of Eaton Rapids, and Robert A. “Jack” (Sharon) Love of Springport; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Howard L. Hoover of Oregon, Glendon V. Hoover of Florida, and Ralph H. Hoover of Gulliver; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Naomi R. Jones.

   Graveside services will be April 15 at the Springport Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Michael Barke

 

   Michael Alan Barke, 16, of Lake Odessa formerly of Olivet, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998.  Mr. Barke was born Sept. 20, 1982 in Charlotte the youngest son of Edward and Terri (Blatt) Barke.  He attended Olivet Public Schools through the eighth grade and attended high school in Lake Odessa.  He enjoyed and was an avid wrestler and football athlete.

   He is survived by his parents, mother, Terri Barke and Brian Correll of Charlotte and father, Edward Barke of Lake Odessa; sister, Melissa Blatt of Bellevue; brother, Matthew Barke of Lake Odessa; grandparents, Jean Barke of Allendale and Leah (Richard) Schofield of Charlotte; great-grandmother, Florabel Converse of Eaton Rapids; several aunts and uncles and cousins, including special aunt and uncle, Cindy and Raymond Davis.

   Preceding him in death are his grandfathers, Howard “Red” Blatt and Ruben Barke, Sr.

   Services were held Sept. 7 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Scott Brood of the Ainger Bible Church of Olivet officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in his memory.

 

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Glenn Barlond

 

   Glenn Barlond, 84, of Charlotte died May 28, 1998 in Lansing.

   Mr. Barlond was born Jan. 23, 1914 in Eaton County, the son of Everett G. and Zoa (Swift) Barlond.  He had been employed by Dana (Atlas) Drop Forge in quality control for 25 years, retiring in 1972.  He enjoys fishing, hunting, bowling, euchre, and traveling.

   He is survived by two daughters, Shirley McKellar and Karen Barlond, both of Lansing; one son, Everett (Jill) Barlond of Fife Lake; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Stadel of Bellevue and Genevieve Treadwell of Eaton Rapids; and one brother, Ray Barlond of Vermontville.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Alberta Parr.

   Services were June 1 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos.

 

 

 

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Visiting Nurse Hospice.

 

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Sally Barnhart

 

   Sally Lea Barnhart, 56, died peacefully Dec. 6, 1998.

   Mrs. Barnhart was born Sept. 24, 1942.

   She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Terry; two daughters, Susan (Phillip) Krill of Ill. and Meredith (Lee) Smith of Windsor Township; one son, William of Potterville; three grandchildren, Christy, Katie and Cassandra Krill; parents, Donald and Maxine Fedewa of Hastings; four sisters, Betty (Hank) Kaiser of Three Rivers, Peg (Joe) Oreskovich of Paw Paw, Linda (Larry) Palmer of Middleville and Maxine Krill of Otsego.

   Services were held Dec. 9 at the Grosline-Runciman Company Lansing chapel with the Rev. John Byers, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary, officiating.  Interment was in East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 913 W. Holmes, Lansing MI  48910.

 

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Edward Batterson

 

   Edward P. Batterson, 48, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, October 27, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.  He was born December 9, 1949 in Battle Creek to Jesse and Violetta (Saxman) Batterson.  He graduated from Pennfield High School in 1969 and was employed 29 years as an Engineering Technician at Eaton Corporation in Marshall.  He married Roxie Maxwell, December 2, 1995, in Bellevue, she survives.  Also surviving are former wife Sandra Inman of Bellevue, daughters, Heather (Tom) Morris, Renee Batterson of Bellevue; sons, Greg and Nick Winnie of Bellevue; sister, Charlotte (Mike) Hammond of Hastings; brothers, Tim (Linda) Batterson and Todd Batterson of Battle Creek; and two grandchildren.  He was a member of the Cereal City Cyclists Motorcycle Club and hauled the “Chuck Wagon” (portable roaster for pig roasts) to club events.  He was also a member of the Quarter Century Club at Eaton Corp and was actively involved in Eaton County 4-H.  He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and spending time with his kids and grandchildren.  Services was held 11:00 a.m., Friday at Shaw Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating.  Interment was in Bell Cemetery, Assyria Township, Michigan.  Memorial donations may be made to the Eaton County 4-H.

 

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Mary M. Battin

 

   Mary M. (Kirchmeier) Battin, 47, of Denison, Texas, formerly of Charlotte died Jan. 16, 1998.

   Mrs. Battin was born Oct. 20, 1950, in Lansing, the daughter of George and Patricia Kirchmeier.

   She is survived by one daughter, Heather (Rick) Steinhauer, of Charlotte; one son, Marcus, of Charlotte; four grandchildren; her parents, Patricia and George Kirchmeier; two sisters, Janean (Ted) Bumbaugh of Lansing and Kathleen (Jim) Sandusky of Albion; two brothers, Kevin of Arizona and Patrick of Charlotte; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ernie Shawadlenak  of Denison, Texas, Linda, Jan, and others from Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Debra Sue.

   Services were Jan. 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Pastor Larry Sandusky officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

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Francis Baum

 

   Francis L. “Vern” Baum, 71, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mr. Baum was born April 15, 1927 in Albion, the son of Daniel Leroy and Goldi B. (Gettys) Baum.  He married Nettie M. Lee Oct. 21, 1950 and worked as a foreman for the Eaton County Road Commission, retiring in 1995.

   He was a member of the American Legion, Charlotte Post #42 and the Eagles.

   He is survived by three sons, Harold L. Baum of Mason, Rex D. (Loraine) Baum and David A. (Judi) Baum, both of Charlotte; three daughters, Diane L. (Charles) Cutting, Joyce E. (Stewart) Taylor, both of Charlotte, Denise L. Pfiester of Bellevue; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, James Baum of Charlotte; and one sister, Betty Danku of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie in 1988 and a daughter, Debra F. in 1965.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 1998 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Scott Brood officiating.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Hamlin Township.  Visitation will be Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.

 

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Doris M. Beadle

 

   Doris M. Beadle, 76, of Battle Creek died Feb. 22, 1998, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

   Mrs. Beadle was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Lansing, the daughter of Harmon and Ella Mae (Crandell) Saylor.  She graduated in 1940 from Potterville High School.  She was a member of Hastings P.T.A., volunteer at the Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Cub Scout Den Mother and Campfire Leader, member of the Community Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Battle Creek.  She retired from Sears, working in Hastings and Battle Creek.

   She is survived by daughter, Nancy Siddall of Battle Creek; two sons, William Sherman and Michael Sherman both of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

   Services were Feb. 25 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dave Morton officiating.  Interment was in Benton Twp. Cemetery, Eaton County.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the United Scleroderma Foundation.

 

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Mary Elizabeth (Cole) Beard

 

   Mary Elizabeth (Cole) Beard, age 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at her residence following a long illness.  She was born June 7, 1913 in Lansing, the daughter of William and Alice (O’Connor) Thompson.  Mary was a retired Fisher Body employee in Lansing and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and Alter Society in Eaton Rapids.  Mary married Fred W. Cole in 1935 and had 2 children, William P. Cole and Patricia Ann Cole.  Mary’s parents and daughter passed away in 1953 and her husband of 21 years died in 1957.  In 1959 she met and married Edgar E. Beard who passed away 1 month before their 35th wedding anniversary on May 4, 1994.  Mary’s brother Fergus Thompson died in 1991.

   Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, William P. and Norma Cole of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Shannon Cole, Fred Cole, Kim Faggion, Lori Wiborn, Tami Byer and Scott Kirkland; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Rose Upton and brother, William Thompson; several nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on May 30, 1998 at St. Peter Church with the Rev. Fr. Bennett Constantine as celebrant.  Rosary was recited on Friday evening at the Skinner Funeral Home.  Burial was at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing.  Casket bearers were Dallas Strong, Scott Phillips, Ronnie Beard, Norman Beard, Larry Beard and Doug Beard.  For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to either the Barry-Eaton Visiting Nurses, the Eaton Community Hospice of the St. Peter Church in memory of Mary E. (Cole) Beard.

 

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Ruby G. Beaudin

 

   Ruby G. (Ward) Banta Beaudin, 91, of Battle Creek died Dec. 28, 1997, at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Banta Beaudin was born Sept. 16, 1906, in Vermontville Township, the daughter of Worth and Catherine (Green) Ward.  She came to this area in 1928 from Lansing.  She was a 1928 graduate of Charlotte High School and attended Lansing Business College.  She was employed by Kellogg’s in the 1930s and worked in both City Finance and Lakeview Finance, retiring from Lakeview in 1956.  She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and its Ruth Circle and a former member of the VFW Chapter #565 Auxiliary and T.O.P.S.  She married Carl Banta Sept. 16, 1928, in Battle Creek, and Nelson Beaudin Sept. 29, 1984, in Battle Creek.

   She is survived by her second husband, Nelson; two sisters, Myrtle Stillwell of Kalamazoo and Alice Conrad of Charlotte; and two nieces, Sue Hardy of Kalamazoo and Mary Williams of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl.

   Services were Dec. 31 at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home, Battle Creek, with the Rev. David Dryer officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club Sight Program or American Heart Association.

 

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Edith Benedict

 

   Edith Ella (Van Blarcom) Benedict, 84, of Vermontville passed away at her residence Nov. 25, 1998, surrounded by her family, after a battle with cancer.

   She was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Sunfield, daughter of Guy and Bertha (Gorham) Van Blarcom.  She was married to Harold Benedict for 64 years and lived on the family farm north of Vermontville.  She had eight children; 26 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.  Edith attended the Vermontville United Methodist Church, where she was mission chairman for many years.  She also attended and loved the Bismark United Methodist Church and the Sunfield Church of the Brethren.  She enjoyed membership in many clubs including the Vermontville Women’s Club and Eaton County Women’s Club Federation, Eaton County Farm Bureau Women, Bismark Farm Bureau Community Group, and the Bismark Community Boosters.  She was an officer in many of these groups.  Edith enjoyed farm and garden work, lawn care, antiques, reading, and worldwide travel, but most of all the company of friends and family.  As she thought about the prospect of death she “worried about all the books she’d never get read, all the places she’d never see, all the grandchildren she’d never get to love.”  She was interested in mission, concerned about the world’s hungry, homeless, helpless, hopeless “and didn’t know what to do about it, and she was sorry about that.”  She could hardly bear the senselessness of war and felt so lucky that Harold and her sons never had to go.

   She is survived by her husband, Harold, and their children, Bruce (Eunice) Benedict, Merial (Dr. Sunil) Das, Mary Jo (Robert) Brimmer, Iris (Leroy) Wion, Cherry Adams, Karen (David) Rishel, Brian (Lorraine) Benedict, and Brenda (Mitch) Gillons; siblings, Zelna Rose, Mabel Booher, Claude (Alice) Van Blarcom, and Josephine Cates; brother-in-law, Carrol (Barbara) Benedict; sister-in-law, Theresa Van Blarcom; 26 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Van Blarcom; sister, Glenna Coleman and her husband Rolland; sister-in-law, Helen Steward and her husband Evert; brothers-in-law, Leon Rose, Kenneth Cates, Russel Booher, and Albert Jones; son-in-law, Fred Adams; and grandchildren, Mari Helen and Robert Harold Brimmer.

   Services were Nov. 28 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Bowman of the Vermontville United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment followed at the Freemire Cemetery, Sunfield Township.  Arrangements were handled by the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.  Pallbearers were Dilip Das, Terry Benedict, Tim Wion, Tom Wion, Derek Rishel, Erik Rishel, Cinque Adams, and Quannah Adams.  Contributions may be made to the Vermontville United Methodist Missions, Maple Valley Scholarship Foundation, or the Bismark Community Boosters.

 

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Earl S. Benn

 

   Earl S. Benn, 82, of Mulliken died March 29, 1998 at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.

   Mr. Benn was born Aug. 22, 1915 in Jackson County, the son of Golden H. and Annie R. (King) Benn.  He was a retired year foreman at the Lumber Yard in Traverse City.

   He is survived by his wife, Arlene; two stepdaughters, Marlene (Harry) Smith of Charlotte and Pam (Doug) Lilly of Grand Ledge; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Been of S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Lelia.

   Private services were held.  Burial was in Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.  Arrangements were made by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

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Harley Eugene Bennett

 

   Harley Eugene Bennett, 74, of Charlotte, died June 24, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Bennett was born June 26, 1923, in Charlotte, the son of Roy C. and Blance M. (King) Bennett/McManus.  He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as Salvage Department Manager for Wilcox Gay and retired from Charlotte Chair Factory.  He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and had enjoyed model railroading, airplane modeling, painting and playing the guitar.

   He is survived by sister Alta Christenson of Charlotte; brother, Richard McManus of Charlotte; and two nephews, Galen (Dawn) Christenson of Vermontville and James Charles (Darlene) McManus of Cloverdale.

   Funeral services were Saturday, June 27, at Pray Funeral Home, with the Rev. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Diana P. Benson

 

   Diana P. Benson (also known as Bristol, Matonis, Bolin and Bolinski) died November 27, 1998.  She was born October 9, 1930.  She was loving grandmother to Ian, Jamie, Chelsea & Seth Matonis as well as great-grandmother to Kelsey and Devin.

   She is survived by her loving husband, Leslie, of Rive Junction; Garth and Ilene Matonis of Eaton Rapids; Jeff & Jennifer Matonis of Charlotte, NC; Gilman Bolin of Oscoda, MI; Nancy Bolin-Romanski of Annapolis, MD; and Dr. Stanley Bolin of McLean, VA.

   At her request, Diana’s body was gifted to MSU Medical Science Program, and there will be no burial service.  In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice in memory of Diana P. Benson.

 

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P. Arden Berry

 

   P. Arden Berry, age 84, of Houghton Lake, died July 30, 1998 at his home.  He was born Oct. 12, 1913, in Adrian, MI, the son of Frank Berry and Irene (Cheeseboro) Berry.  He married Doris Tingley on Aug. 8, 1936 in Jackson, MI.  He resided in Houghton Lake since 1957 when moving there from Pittsford, MI.  Mr. Berry worked as an inspector for the Michigan Department of Transportation and retired in 1976.  He was the Hillsdale County Road Commissioner for several years, a member of Addison United Methodist Church, a life member of the Elks in Hillsdale, Past Master and life member of the Masonic Lodge in Addison and Past Patron and life member of the Eastern Star.

   Surviving are his wife of nearly 62 years, Doris; a son, William (Lynn) Berry of Eaton Rapids; a daughter, Kay (James) Trosper of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, August 1, 1998 at Christler Funeral Home in Houghton Lake with the Rev. Bradford K. Lewis officiating.  Interment was at Roscommon Twp. Cemetery.

   Those desiring, may make contributions to either the American Heart Assoc. or Amicare Hospice in memory of P. Arden Berry.

 

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Stephanie G. Betterly

 

   Stephanie Grace Betterly, 18, of Eaton Rapids died Jan. 29, 1998.

   Miss Betterly was born June 27, 1979, in Lansing, the daughter of Steve and Mary Betterly of Eaton Rapids.  She was a senior at Eaton Rapids High School and employed by LSSM in Holt.  She was involved with numerous activities, including dance, go-carting, 4-H, dog breeding and showing, softball, color guard, band, and choir.

   She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Stacey and Sara Betterly; her grandparents, Shirley and Richard Slocum of Okemos and Wilfred “Radio” Betterly and Jean Rhodes, both of Lansing, Marilyn and Robert Evans of Oscoda, and William Jones of Otisville; her great-grandparents, Ruth Slocum of Perry, Mrs. Sanford Evans of Flint, and Mr. and Mrs. Irving Jones of Otisville; seven aunts, Cynthia Brown, Robin Chapman, and Lezlea Jones, all of Lansing, Melissa (Kirk) Chauncy of Holt, Ruth (Steve) Stedge of Las Vegas, Nev., Kristin (Tom) Gladney of Portage, and Tracey Moses of Eaton Rapids; two uncles, Mark Jones of Lansing and Shannon (Jamie) Jones of Flint; several grand aunts and grand uncles, including Lee and Beth Rockafellow of Perry and Keith and Linda Rockafellow of the Upper Peninsula; and two God uncles, Lon Carney and Jeffery Cornell.

   She was preceded in death by one uncle, Tony Jones in 1982, and her grandparents, Moose Evans and Russell and Mary Rockafellow.

   Services were Feb. 2 at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Mike Fretenborough, Pastor Dennis Perkins, and the Rev. Ron Judge officiating.  Interment was in the Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Leon Betz

 

   Leon “Joe” Betz, 97, of Charlotte, formerly of Narrow Lake for 38 years, died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998.

   Mr. Betz was born March 5, 1901 in Eaton County the son of Charles and Julia Betz.  He worked 25 years at the Wilcox-Gay Corporation in Charlotte, City of Charlotte, and Dowding Tool of Narrow Lake as a tool maker.  He was the oldest member of the Charlotte Eagles #3552 and was a veteran of World War II, U.S. Army.

   He is survived by two sons, Charles (Edna) Betz, of Bellevue and James, of Charlotte; three granddaughters, Tamyra (Leroy) Davis and Mary Jo Betz, both of Charlotte, and Barbara Betz; two grandsons, Timothy Betz and Rodney Betz of Nashville; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Wayne (Doris) Betz of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary (Bates) Betz in 1987; one sister, Beulah Anderson; and three brothers, Dale, Arthur, and Kenneth.

   Services were held Dec. 7 at the Pray Funeral Home with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was at the Needmore Cemetery in Eaton County.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Dorothy Binns

 

   Dorothy Mary Bins, 94, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998 at the Wilson Adult Foster Home in Ionia.

   Mrs. Binns was born Oct. 6, 1903 in Eagle Township, Clinton County, the daughter of Charles and Annie Rathfoot.  She attended Partlow Country School and graduated from Grand Ledge High School.  She married her husband, Orville, in 1924, and they farmed in the Mulliken and Sunfield areas.  She was a member of the Sunfield United Brethren in Christ Church and wintered in Fla., enjoyed five trips to Alaska, flowers and her gardens.

   She is survived by four sons, Dale (Darlene) of Mulliken, Gordon (Beverly) of Sunfield, Donald (Marjorie) of Charlotte, and Maurice (Faith) of Midland; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret Seavolt of Sunfield.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville, in 1994; and one great-grandson.

   Services were held Sept. 10 at the Sunfield United Brethren in Christ Church with the Rev. Harold Cherry officiating.  Interment was in the Danby Cemetery, Mulliken.  Arrangements were made by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunfield United Brethren in Christ Church or the Ionia County Hospice.

 

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Edna W. Birch

 

   Edna W. (Filbert) Birch, 89, of Charlotte died March 1, 1998.

   Mrs. Birch was born March 23, 1908, in Jewell, Iowa, the daughter of George Edward and Isabel (Cochran) Whitinger.  She worked as a homemaker and was a member of the First Lutheran Church.

   She is survived by her son, Chuck (Glenda) Filbert of Charlotte; and two daughters, Dorothy Shattuck of Charlotte and Donna (William) Tellas of Pickford; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother, George Whitinger of Lyons.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Filbert; her second husband, Lewis Birch; one daughter, Evelyn Cole; and three grandchildren.

   Services were March 4 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. John Bookshaw officiating.  Interment was in Center Eaton Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church.

 

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Hazel C. Blackburn

 

   Hazel C. Blackburn, 90, of Charlotte passed away Feb. 19, 1998, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility of Charlotte.

   Mrs. Blackburn was born Nov. 15, 1907, in Ashley, the daughter of Bert E. and Maude M. (Insley) Kimmel.  She married J.D. Blackburn on March 7, 1933.  She graduated from Acme Business College in Lansing as a stenographer and doing substitute teaching at a Detroit Public School, she was a homemaker.  Mrs. Blackburn was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lansing, but recently had membership in the Lawrence Avenue Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by her daughter, Nancy L. (Vance) Cheeseman of Vermontville; one grandchild, Penny L. (Ronald) Carrero of Charlotte; one sister, Edna (Laurence) Patterson of Largo, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Blackburn.

   Funeral services were Feb. 23 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Interment was in Deepdale Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Joyce M. Blakney

 

   Joyce M. Blakney, 60, of Olivet died Oct. 14, 1998.

   Mrs. Blakney was born in Union City, Tenn., the daughter of Doice and Ophelia (Ring) Perry.  She was employed at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.  She was a member of the Gresham United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by special friend, Charles Long; one daughter, Julie (C.J.) VanSyckle of Olivet; four sons, Don (Pam) of Vermontville, Tim (Terry) of Charlotte, and Steve (Laura) of Marshall; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Clinton (Carole) Perry of Charlotte; an aunt, Gladys Williams of Lansing; and an uncle, Dale (Mary) Perry of Panama City, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, John, in 1967.

   Services were Oct. 17 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery.

 

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Paul Boatman

 

   Paul Boatman, age 74, passed away on May 2, 1998, at his home in South Lyon, MI.  He was born May 16, 1923.  He was a retired power house engineer from Maxey Training School and a WWII Navy Veteran.  He was born and raised in Eaton Rapids, MI.

   Surviving are his wife Vonda; children, Joann Case, Michael (Nancy), Debra (James) Fader, David (Karen), James, Daniel, Donald (Theresa), Lisa (James) Brunette; 14 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, Phyllis (Norman) Tyer and Shirley Stoltz.

   Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at 10:00 a.m., at the O’Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI.  Burial will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.

 

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Leonard R. Bodell

 

   Leonard R. Bodell, age 73, of Vermontville, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, at his residence following a long illness.

   Born April 19, 1925 in Eaton County, the son of Roy Edward and Florence Anne (Alwood) Bodell.  Mr. Bodell had worked for Johnson Iron in Charlotte and had retired from Norco Windows in Marenisco, Mich.  He enjoyed farming, spending time with his family and taking his grandchildren fishing.  He spent many years at his residence at Lake Gogebic and in 1997, due to health, moved back to the area.

  Preceding him in death was a daughter, Anna May Bodell; and four brothers, Donald Sheets, Gerald Bodell, Robert Bodell and Thomas Bodell.

   Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Evelyn; five children, Larry (Verna) Bodell of Charlotte, Judith (Stephen) Turner of Eaton Rapids, Dennis (Sandra) Bodell of Eaton Rapids, Marian (Gregory) McClellan of Goodrich, and Roy (Judy) Bodell of Eaton Rapids; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Norma Jones of Charlotte, Athol (Lewis) Wood of Eaton Rapids, Verle Barnard of Charlotte, Marilyn Peters of Eaton Rapids, Marlene (Robert) Coffin of Ithaca, Bonnie (David) Springs of Charlotte and Janet Klaiss of Charlotte; two brothers, John Bodell of Lansing and Clyde (Marge) Bodell of Charlotte; mother-in-law, Edith Hodges of Cedarville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Monday, June 15, at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating.  Graveside services followed at the Brickyard Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were Phil Sheets, Jack Cahill, Darwyn Jones, Terry Ward, Leroy Davis, Leon Wood, Daniel Wood and Richard Elcoate.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Louis E. Bosworth

 

   Louis E. Bosworth, 87, of Portland passed away Dec. 31, 1997, in Lansing.

   Mr. Bosworth was born Nov. 24, 1910, in Roxand Township, the son of William and Jessie (Bale) Bosworth.  He farmed in the Charlotte area until the early 1940’s, and then went to work in Lansing ending up at Motor Wheel in 1944.  He retired from Motor Wheel after 27 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Valeta (Guy), two sons, Ned (Katherine) Bosworth and Mac (Barbara) Bosworth; two daughters, Doris (Harold) Swartz and Carolyn Joseph Quick; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lyle Bosworth of Florida.

   Services were Jan. 2 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. George Speas officiating.  Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

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Wayne D. Bradford

 

   Wayne D. Bradford, age 88, life resident of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, July 7, 1998.  Mr. Bradford was born April 11, 1910 in Hamlin Township the son of George H. and Maude (Matthias) Bradford.  He was retired from Aeroquip Corp. and a retired farmer.  He was an Army Veteran of World War II who fought at the “Battle of the Bulge”.  He was a member of the F&AM Lodge #63 in Eaton Rapids and a member of the NRA.  Mr. Bradford enjoyed nature, farming and hunting and was known for always having a pot of coffee on the stove for his friends.  He was preceded in death his wives, Mildred and Dorothy; and stepson, Duane Rosenbrook.

   Surviving are his three stepchildren, David Halsey of Eaton Rapids, Donald Halsey of Springport and Sue (Keith) Hiatt of Eaton Rapids; nine step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.

   Graveside services were held Friday, July 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Dr. Allen S. Malcolm of the First Congregational Church officiating.  Casket bearers were Keith Hiatt, Kirk Hiatt, Andrew Weaver, Cleo Parks, Colin Parks and Timothy Kikendall.  The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Viola E. Bradway

 

   Viola E. Bradway, 79, of Bellevue died April 5, 1998 in the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Bradway was born May 21, 1918 in Ann Arbor to Fred and Myrtle (Ryan) Mortimer.  She was employed by Kellogg Co. for 31 years as a line tender before retiring in 1980.  She married Lewis Bradway on Jan. 31, 1994.  She was a member of the Kellogg’s 25 Year Club, North Avenue Church of God and the Women of the Church of God Missionary Guild.  She was past member of the Calhoun County Cooperative Extension Galloping Gals Division.

   She is survived by her husband, Lewis; one daughter, Barbara Madry of Bellevue; three grandsons; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Pearl Wofford of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Mortimer.

   Services were April 10 at the North Avenue Church of God.  Arrangements were made by the Royal Funeral Home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the North Avenue Church of God.

 

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Florence J. Brandt

 

   Florence J. Brandt, 72, of Battle Creek died Jan. 3, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System following a long illness.

   Mrs. Brandt was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Grayling, the daughter of Moses and Ida (Roop) Collins.  She graduated from Grayling High School.  She has been a resident of the area since 1943.  She married Marvin J. Brandt July 25, 1953 in Angola, Ind.  Mrs. Brandt had been a homemaker; prior employment included the Corset Factory in Marshall, Marshall Laundry, and the Kellogg Company.  She was a member of the Dexter Lake Church of God, the Calhoun County Horse Breeders Association, and the Yesteryears Tractor Club.

   She is survived by her husband, Marvin; three sons, William Katz of Ekron, Ken., Michael Brandt and Douglas Brandt both of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Joan Hoffman of Marshall.

   She is preceded in death by her sister, Edith Palmateer.

   Services were Jan. 5 at the Craig K. Kempt Funeral Home with the Pastor Hurbert L. Rayburn.  Interment followed in Lyon Lake Cemetery.

 

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Frank Brandt

 

   Frank Brandt, 83, of Charlotte died Oct. 24, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mr. Brandt was born in Misawaka, Ind., the son of Vital and Leontina Brandt.  He was a farmer and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Pearl; four daughters, Mary (Marvin) Davis of Mulliken, Judy Hansen of Marshall, and Ann Marie (Dan) Martens and Teresa Hammond, both of Charlotte; three sons, Frank Jr. (Corrine) of Potterville, Floyd (Connie) of Charlotte; and John (Sussie) of Potterville; 21 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by one son, Victor Joseph Brandt.

   Services were Oct. 27 at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Shirley Williams Bridwell

 

   Shirley Williams Bridwell, 72, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Charlotte, died Sept. 12, 1998 in Arizona.

   Mrs. Bridwell was born in Alton, Ill.  She was a homemaker and member of Fountain of Life Lutheran Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Richard of Sun City, Ariz.; two daughters, Nancy Williams of Plymouth and Gwenda Rouhier of Plano, Texas; one stepdaughter, Darla Caldwell of Warden, Ill.; two sons, Kirby Williams of Albuquerque, NM; and Charles Williams of Waco, Texas; two stepsons, Richard Bridwell of Ballwin, MO and Gregory Bridwell of Zion, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Phyllis Hall, Sun Lakes, Ariz.; and Jean Mitchell of Alton, Ill.

   Services were Sept. 16 at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City, Ariz.  Arrangements were made by Sunland Mortuary and Cremation Center, Sun City, Ariz.

 

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Frank F. Briskie

 

   Frank F. Briskie, 87, of Olivet died April 12, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Briskie was born in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Ignatz and Cecilia (Zynda) Brzycki.  He was a lifetime resident of Olivet and worked in merchandising in the retail business, retiring from the Olivet Post Office last November.

   He is survived by his wife, Marie; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two half-brothers, Edward (Mary) Brzycki of Charlotte, and Zygmunt (Helen) Brzycki of Olivet; and sister, Hattie Freeburn of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by two sons, Donald and Douglas.

   Graveside services were April 15 at the Bosworth Cemetery with the Rev. Tom McLane officiating.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Robert Britton

 

   Robert Bruce Britton, O.D., 69, of Charlotte died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998.  Dr. Britton was born June 19, 1929 in Lansing, the son of Oscar & Lilah (Glumm) Britton.

   He is survived by wife, Lois; son, Scott (Ann) Britton; daughter, Judy (Lynn) Weaver; son, Kirk (Lori) Britton; daughter, Robin (John) Sherman, all of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren, Jacob Weaver, Emily weaver, Brandi Britton, Christopher Britton, Brook Sherman, Benjamin Sherman, Mat Sherman, Karli Britton, Paige Britton, Lindsay Britton; brother, Richard (Nel) Britton of Haslett; 2 sisters, Nancy (Frank) Parker of Lansing and Sherley (Roger) Hannay of Westerlo, N.Y.; aunt, Edna Hess of Port Clinton, Ohio; special cousins, Craig (Marilyn) Britton of Beaverton, Oregon, Dorothy Nogrady of Stanton; sister-in-law, Marian Brooks of Chapel Hill, N.C.; many nieces and nephews.

   Dr. Britton, a 1953 graduate of Ohio State University’s College of Optometry, practiced optometry in Charlotte from the time of his graduation until his retirement in 1992.  He was a past president of the Michigan State Board of Examiners in Optometry and Central Michigan Optometric Society.  Britton was among those most responsible for the establishment of the Ferris State University’s College of Optometry and served on the advisory committee.  He also served as a mentor for optometry students and sponsored or assisted 19 Michigan students for admission to professional school.

   In his community, Dr. Britton served as president of the Eaton County Intermediate School Board, vice president of the Charlotte Lions Club, president of Eaton Professionals, Inc. and as member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Charlotte Hospital Fund Drive Association, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Downtown Development Authority, and Charlotte Aviation Council.  Awards and honors received by Dr. Britton include the Optometrist of the Year Award of the Michigan Optometric Association, special commendations for service on the Michigan State board of Examiners in Optometry, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ferris State University, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Optometry.

   What he treasured most was his family and loving wife of 46 years, Lois.  He was blessed by having all of his children and grandchildren living nearby.  He treasured each and every moment spent with family.  He was lovingly known as “Bumpa” to his grandchildren and will always have a special spot in their hearts.  Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday, November 2, 1998 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Dr. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.  Interment will be in Maple Hills Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

 

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Catherine B. Brown

 

   Catherine B. Brown, 84, of Charlotte died June 8, 1998, at Tendercare West in Lansing.

   Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 19, 1913, in Chester Township, the daughter of Fred T. and Emma (Zimmerman) Wright.  She married Walter “Jack” Brown Dec. 22, 1936.  She was a housekeeper at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, and also worked as a nurse’s aide at Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   She is survived by her daughter, Deanna Lynn (William) Ireland of Charlotte; son, Wayne Eugene (Linda) Brown of Ada; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack.

   Services were June 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Geri Litchfield officiating.  Interment was in Springport Cemetery.

 

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Willie Brown

 

   Willie Brown, 66, of Christopher, Ill., formerly of Marshall died Sept. 29, 1998, at home following a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Brown was born June 26, 1932 in Canton, Ohio, the son of Jonathon and Amanda (Cole) Brown.  He was a self-employed mechanic in Ft. Pierce, Fla. and a member of the Eagles and Moose Lodge in Fla.

   He is survived by four daughters, Sally (Charles) VanDeMoortel of Olivet; Barbara (Richard) Buskirk of Ark., Linda (Michael) Hansen of Roscommon, and Wilma (Kenneth) Croff of Vermontville; son, Jimmy (Denise) of Florida; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Susie and Mary Jane; four brothers, John of Battle Creek, John Henry (Martha) of Georgia, Tom (Nicole) of Indiana and Richard (Connie) of Coldwater; and companion, Arlene Little of Illinois.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Billy in 1971, and two brothers, Jessie and George.

   Services were held at Bellevue Christian Center Church in Bellevue.

 

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David L. Burk

 

   David L. Burk, 73, of Potterville died March 28, 1998 at Ingham Medical Hospital.

   Mr. Burk was born in Hennepin Co. Minnesota, the son of Gustav and Verna (Hallett) Burk.  He was a Lansing area drywall contractor for 23 years.  He was a World War II veteran with the US Army and affiliated with the Lansing Lodge #33 F&AM, Potterville OES #413, VFW Post #2406, and American Post #269 (Haslett).

   He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; three daughters, Mary Ellen (Don) Woodworth of Lansing, Nonda Rock of Lansing, and Cyndy (Walt) Saxton of Perry; two sons, Raymond (Julia) Burk of Traverse City, and Gregory (Jackie) Robbennolt of Holt; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Woodrow Burk of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Grover Burk of Yucaipa, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were March 31 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Walter M. Saxton II officiating.  Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery.

 

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Grace V. Burkholder

 

   Grave V. Burkholder, age 77, of Dimondale, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 18, 1998 at her residence.  She was born July 26, 1920 in Missaukee County near Lake City, the daughter of Stowell and Minnie (Garn) Lawton.  Mrs. Burkholder was a retired Director of Nurses for Jackson State Prison for the State of Michigan, a life member of the American Red Cross and a member of the Faith Bible Church in Lansing.  She was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Paul Burkholder in 1965.

   Surviving are her husband, Paul; 5 daughters, Judy (Larry) Messer of Battle Creek, Jerilyn (Jerry) Wichert of Hamburg, MI, Connie (Randy) Harris of Fairview, Donna (Jeffery) Messer of Monticello, IN and Joyce (Charles) Wideman of Grand Rapids; 17 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Nye of Manton; brother, Verne Lawton of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. from the Faith Bible Church at 5211 W. St. Joseph Ave., Lansing MI.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.  Burial will be at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers will be Jerry Wichert, Randy Harris, Jeffery Messer, Charles Wideman, Mark Messer and Jonathan Messer.

   For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Gideon’s of Eaton County at P.O. Box 371, Charlotte MI  48813 in memory of Grace V. Burkholder.

 

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Virgil Burns

 

   Virgil Burns, 64, of Sunfield passed away Jan. 1, 1998 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mr. Burns was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Lansing.  He was employed with Leaseway Trucking (formerly C & J Trucking Co.), retiring after 30 years of employment.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army.

   He is survived by his wife, Bonita; four daughters, Rebecca Burns of Grand Ledge, Sarah Burns of Sunfield, Dawn (Phil) Evans of Oscoda, and Debra (Trip) Anway; one son, Dennis (Kathy) Burns of Petosky; twelve grandchildren; mother, Grace Wise of Lansing; two sisters, Lee Sackrider of Nashville and Laura Albert of Lansing.

   There will be no services.  Arrangements were made by the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

 

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Larry William Burt

 

   Larry William Burt, age 50, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 11, 1998.  Mr. Burt was born March 22, 1948, in Luray, Virginia the son of Glenn and Bertie Burt.  He worked in home construction as a builder, and was also a Vietnam Veteran.

   He is survived by his parents, Glenn and Bertie of Charlotte; a daughter, Heather (Tony) Rondi of Williamsburg, Virginia; granddaughter, Ali Rondi of Williamsburg, Virginia; five brothers, Allen of Charlotte, James of Eaton Rapids, Garry (Julie) of Mulliken, Fred of Vermontville, and Douglas of Bellevue; and five sisters, Judy (Don) Thornbill of Georgia, Sandy (Dean) Parish of Charlotte, Lois Kettner of Charlotte, Marlene (Mike) Davids of Georgia, and Margaret Burt of Olivet.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 14, 1998 at 2:00 p.m., at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Reverend Richard Mitterling officiating.

 

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Evelyn M. Bush

 

   Evelyn M. Bush, 81, of Onondaga died Jan. 30, 1998, in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Bush was born Aug. 15, 1916, in Tompkins Center the daughter of Clement and Hazel (Benn) Dack.  She was a lifelong resident of the Tompkins/Onondaga area.

   She is survived by two sons, Bill (Pamela) and Bob (Pansy), both of Onondaga; one granddaughter, Rachel Bush of Onondaga; three sisters, Pauline Samson of Rives Junction, Luella Fitzpatrick of Parma, and Aletha Richardson of Springport; two brothers, Floyd Dack of Springport and Wayne Dack of Parma; and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were Feb. 2 at the Tompkins Center Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Fugate officiating.

   Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Crystal I. Buxton

 

   Crystal I. Buxton, 87, of Delray Beach, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died June 1, 1998.

   Mrs. Buxton was born Jan. 17, 1911, on the Schad Homestead at Wayland, the daughter of Fred and Lottie (Thaler) Schad.  On Nov. 11, 1934 she married Henry Buxton.  She was a teacher, having taught in many schools in Allegan and Eaton counties.  She retired from Parkview Elementary School in 1975.  She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and Naomi Circle of the United Methodist Women.  She was a life member of Michigan O.E.S., Maple City Chapter #28, Association of Retired Schools Personnel, and Eaton County Association of Retired School Personnel.  Mrs. Buxton volunteered for Bluebirds of the Campfire Organization, Sunday school teacher, and Cub Scout leader.

   She is survived by her daughter, Joane Wiesenfeld of Orlando, Fla.; son, Edward (Frances) Buxton of Delray Beach, Fla.; six grandsons; two granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Henry; one grandson, Aaron Bartlett; five brothers; and two sisters.

   Graveside services were June 5 at Pine Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

 

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Grace M. Cade

 

   Grace M. Cade, 92, of Lansing, formerly of Holt and Charlotte, died July 8, 1998 at her residence.

   Mrs. Cade was born April 16, 1906 in Hillsdale County, the daughter of LeGard and Marian (Bunday) Convis.  She retired from the State of Michigan Social Services Department, Charlotte in 1975.

   She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Paul) Wright of Lansing; son, Richard L. Cade of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Cade of Mason; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harold; husband, Gerald Cade; one son, Robert W. Cade; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Cade; and grandson-in-law, Edmund F. Carne.

   Services were July 11 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. David Selleck officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society of the American Heart Association.

 

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Mary E. Carothers

 

   Mary E. “Betty” Carothers, 83, of Gun Lake died March 31, 1998 at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids.

   Mrs. Carothers was born June 23, 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Gordon and Alice (West) Bennett.  She was raised in the Cincinnati area and graduated from Withrow High School in 1932.  She attended Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in 1936 with a degree in sociology.

   She married Dr. Daniel Carothers on Aug. 18, 1936.  Mrs. Carothers was a member of the First Congregational Church of Charlotte, the Blanch Moyer Circle of the church, Gun Lake Women’s Club, Yankee Springs Golf Club, the Charlotte Country Club, and the Charlotte Medical Auxiliary.

   She is survived by one son, Gary (Bonnie) Carothers, of Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters, Sally (James Vogel) Baragar of Grand Rapids, and Jane Hill of Middleville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

   Services were April 3 at Wren Funeral Home, Hastings, with the Rev. Peter Brenner officiating.  Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Jay F. Carpenter

 

   Jay F. Carpenter, 91, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Olivet and Charlotte, died June 21m 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Carpenter was born July 29, 1906 near Stanton, the son of Benton and Celia (French) Carpenter, and was raised on a farm near Olivet.  He later resided in Charlotte for over 50 years, and then moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Mr. Carpenter was the owner of the Jay F. Carpenter Calendar Co. from 1927 to 1959.  He later became a partner in the C & B Silo Co. until retirement in 1981.

   He is survived by his two sons, Peter (Connie) Carpenter of Charlotte and Daniel (Linda) Carpenter of Parkland, Fla.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his longtime friend, Eda McCrary of Wilton Manors, Fla.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Evadene (Lake) Carpenter; sister, May Stevens; and brothers, Ray and Fay Carpenter.

   Services were June 26 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.  Interment was in the Lee Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lee Center United Methodist Church, or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Leola Cecial Carter

 

   Leola Cecial Carter, 85, of Charlotte passed away July 8, 1998, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mrs. Carter was born April 3, 1913, in Mecosta County, the daughter of Harrison and Lettie (Cool) Hutson.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte and a former member of Mary Murray Circle.

   She is survived by her husband, Donald G. Carter; son, Donald L. of Plainwell; two daughters, Rosalie (Larry) Demarest of Union City and Joan E. Lawrence of Lockhart, Texas; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by one daughter, Louise Masters; and granddaughter, Tonya Sipes.

   Services were July 10 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Booth officiating.  Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

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Elida D. Cassidy

 

   Elida D. Cassidy, 74, of Eaton Rapids died Jan. 26, 1998, in Lansing.

   Mrs. Cassidy was born Dec. 4, 1923, in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Grover and Ruby (Harris) Letts.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, and a founding director of the Heart & Hands program, having retired in 1997 after 16 years of service.  She was a former secretary and 20-year member of the CCAG Christmas Basket Project.  She retired from Eaton Stamping in 1981 after 23 years of service.  She earned Master Gardener certification through Michigan State University and had been involved with wildlife rehabilitation.

   She is survived by one daughter, Dee Cassidy of Eaton Rapids; special nephew, Scott (Julie) Newsome of Lansing; one sister, Alberta (George) Harris of Eaton Rapids; one brother, C. Paul Letts of Eaton Rapids; three brothers-in-law, Lloyd (Mary) and Don (Anita), both of Cleveland, Ohio, and Hal (Midge) of Florida; three sisters-in-law, Phyllis Letts of Rochester Hills, Mary Wilder of Florida, and Shirley (Tom) Adams of Georgia; 38 nieces and nephews; 81 grandnieces and grandnephews; and 32 great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar.

   Services were Jan. 31 with Pastor Tom Evans officiating.  Interment was in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Joseph Henry Caudill

 

   Joseph Henry Caudill, age 65, of Duck Lake, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, December 18, 1998.  Born August 10, 1933 in Blue Stone, Kentucky the son of Rollie and Melvina (Ingle) Caudill.  Mr. Caudill was a retired employee of Johnson Iron Industry in Charlotte.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Theresa.

   Surviving are his wife, Lillie; 3 daughters, Mary (Norman) Haddad of Lansing, Linda (Willy) Osier of Potterville and Alice Jordon of Charlotte; son, Joseph Eric (Mindy) Caudill of Nashville, MI; 7 step children; numerous grand and great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Arlie (Ethel Jean) Caudill of Charlevoix and John Raymond (Ramona) Caudill of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 22nd, at 1:00 p.m., from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Richard Garn of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Charlotte officiating.  Burial will follow in the Plains/Montgomery Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers will be Ray Caudill, Arlie Caudill, Vincent Caudill, Ricky Darnell, Leonard Kriescher and Paul McArthur.

 

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John Chambers

 

   John Chambers, age 67, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 1998 at his residence.  He was born July 25, 1930, in Wentzville, MO to Carolyn and Floyd Chambers.  He lived many years in the Triadelphia area of Wheeling, W.VA and came to the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids with his brother Ralph in 1947.  John graduated in 1948 from Eaton Rapids Senior High.  He attended Cleary College before joining the Army and served overseas during the Korean War in the Signal Corps.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1957 from Michigan State University.  John retired from Kopplin Co. in 1993 and resided at Duck Lake.  He was a member of the Brookfield Eaton United Methodist Church and served as Chairman of the Administrative Board for several years.  He belonged to the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM and Chapter #241 Order of the Eastern Star and held offices for many years. 

   John is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Gail Bresky; 2 sons, Burke Chambers, Scott (Samantha) Chambers; 4 grandchildren, Jerry, Becky, Kyle, Rebecca; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Ralph (Barbara) Chambers and several nieces and nephews.

   Interment of cremains was at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with a Memorial Service held on July 27, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   The family asks that tributes be made to the Eaton Rapids Masonic Temple Board or to Brookfield Eaton United Methodist Church.

 

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Carlos “Dan” Daniel Lozano Chavez

 

   Carlos “Dan” Daniel Lozano Chavez, 45, of Potterville died May 31, 1998 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Chavez was born Aug. 25, 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of Ruben and Lucinda (Lozano) Chavez.  He had been employed by the Potterville School System as a custodial engineer.  He enjoyed “hot rod” automobiles.  He was a devoted father, loving son, brother, uncle and Godfather.

   He is survived by his parents, Ruben and Lucinda Chavez of Potterville; one daughter, Deja Rene Chavez of Potterville; four brothers, Ruben L. Chavez of Charlotte, David L. Chavez of Delta, Armando L. Chavez of Charlotte, and Manuel (Margaret) Lozano Chavez of Delta; four sisters, Guadalupe (Don) L. Hoag of Potterville, Sylvia (Ray) L. Jolly of Marion, Mary-Helen L. Henry of Charlotte, and Catalina L. Chavez of Charlotte; and 17 nieces and nephews.

   Rosary service was June 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Services were June 3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

 

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Howard Chupp

 

   Howard R. Chupp, 71, of Bellevue, died at his home Sept. 22, 1998 after a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Chupp was born Nov. 19, 1926 in Reed City, the son of Rino and Sara Jane (Rawson) Chupp.

   He attended Battle Creek schools, served in the United States Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  He was employed as foreman at Clark Equipment Co.; prior to that, he worked for Hydreco in Galesburg.  He was married in 1947 to his wife, Barbara.  He was a member of Our Lady of Great Oak Catholic Church-Lacey, Bronson Chapter 2924 Knights of Columbus, Post 298 of the American Legion, Steelheaders Association, and Clark’s Retirees and Campers Club.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodcrafts.

   He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Wenger); five daughters, Terry Wiliford of Waterloo, N.Y., Lucy Potter, Gail Robinson and Laura Chupp, all of Bellevue, and Patti Blanchard of Clarkston; a son, Howard “Chip” of Bellevue; 18 grandchildren, and a brother, Henry Chupp of Coleman.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patricia Hamm; and two brothers, William and Art.

   Services were held at Our Lady of Great Oak Church-Lacey in Battle Creek with the Bishop Paul Donovan and the Rev. Fr. Richard Valls officiating.  Interment was at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements were made by Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Great Oak Church or to the Good Samaritan Hospice Care.

 

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Linda M. Clark

 

   Linda M. Clark, 41, of Bellevue died Feb. 28, 1998, at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.

   Mrs. Clark was born August 9, 1956, in Charlotte, the daughter of Robert and Edna (Olmstead) Spaulding.  She was a 1974 graduate of Bellevue High School and married Ronald Clark Nov. 28, 1975, in Bellevue.  She was a medical secretary in the heart catherization lab at Battle Creek Health System.  She was a member of the Bellevue First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School.  Mrs. Clark was a member of the Bunco group.

   She is survived by her husband, Ronald; one daughter, Bethany Clark of Bellevue; one son, Jason Clark of Bellevue; her mother, Edna Spaulding of Bellevue; one sister, Jean (Jay) Thorndyke of Bellevue; one brother, Larry (Judy) Spaulding of Bellevue; and her paternal grandmother, Eva Spaulding of Bellevue.

   Services were March 4 at the Bellevue First Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Francis officiating.  Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue First Baptist Church.

 

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Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D. Clark

 

   Newport Beach – Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D. Clark, U.S. Army, retired, age 66, died Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at Saddleback Memorial Hospital.  He was born November 17, 1931, the son of Dewey Edward Clark and Mary Shannon Rodgers.  LCol Clark graduated from high school in Eaton Rapids, MI, in 1950 and held a Business and Economics Degree from Michigan State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of Southern CA.  Colonel Clark was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in October 1956 and served as an aviator, both fixed wing and helicopters, until retirement in December 1982 after 26 years of service which included Korea and two Vietnam tours.  He was active in a number of veterans and service organizations which included the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Past President, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Joseph H. Pendleton Chapter, The Military Order of the World Wars, Michigan State Alumni Association, Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Retired Officers Association and the Helicopters Pilots Association.

   He is survived by “Sandy” Sandhoff, his significant other.

   A memorial service is planned for today, Tuesday, May 19, 1998, 11:00 a.m. at Melrose Abbey, 2303 South Manchester in Anaheim.  Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

 

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Bernice L. Clements

 

   Bernice Lucile (Wonser) Clements, 85, of Charlotte died Aug. 12 at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Charlotte.

   She was born Sept. 30, 1912, in Carmel Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Lee B. and Emma Lily (Parr) Wonser.  A lifelong Charlotte-area resident, Mrs. Clements had devoted her life to God, her family, and charitable works.

   She was a 1930 graduate of Charlotte High School, attended Huntington College in Huntington, Ind., from 1933 to 1935, and was a member of the South Cochran Church of God.  She was married to Robert G. Clements on July 19, 1936.

   Surviving are her husband, Robert; two daughters, Marilyn B. (Clarence) Shriver of Grand Ledge and Anna J. Grooms of Swartz Creek; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were Aug. 15 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.   Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the South Cochran Church of God.

 

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Larry R. Clements

 

   Larry R. Clements, age 54, died at his home on November 10, 1998.  He was born April 2, 1944, in Lansing.  Mr. Clements was employed as foreman in the Department of Public Works for the City of Eaton Rapids for the last 6 years.  For the previous 25 years, he was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #324 and worked for several local contractors.

   Surviving are his wife, Connie (Grandy); 1 daughter, Tina; 1 son, Jason; parents, Ron and Joane Clements; 4 sisters, Bonnie (Ernie) Baker, Vickie (Thomas) Derengoski, Carol (Herb) Baker, and Donna (Jim Lopez) Archer; and many cousins, nephews, nieces and aunts.

   Funeral services were held Friday, November 13, at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, with the Rev. David Selleck officiating.  Interment followed in Deepdale Memorial Park.

   Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 416 Frandor, Suite 104, Lansing MI  48912 or to Ingham Visiting Nurse Services, 825 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing MI  48912, in memory of Mr. Clements.

 

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Daniel Steven Coats Jr.

 

   Daniel Steven Coats Jr., age 21, life resident of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, November 18, 1998 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  Born August 25, 1977 in Eaton Rapids the son of Daniel and Gail (Bartlett) Coats Sr.  Dan was a construction worker for Designer Built Homes in Eaton Rapids and formerly employed with Mitch Towns Contracting.  Dan enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working on trucks and cars.

   Surviving are his soul mate, Becky Gibbs of Eaton Rapids; parents, mother, Gail Turner of Eaton Rapids; father, Dan Coats and Cheryl Hector of Eaton Rapids; brother, Kyle Curtis Turner of Eaton Rapids; grandparents, Donald and Irene Coats Sr. of Eaton Rapids and Doris Eaton of Mason; aunts and uncles, Donald Coats JR. of Onondaga, Diana Wait of Eaton Rapids, Kristine and Doug Koivu of Mason, Bradley Bartlett of Florida, Brian and Penny Bartlett of Morris and Lisa Southerling of Lansing; several other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, November 21, 1998 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Steven Klink officiating.  Graveside services followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  For those desiring a memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Daniel S. Coats Jr.

 

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Vance A. Cole

 

   Vance A. Cole, 77, of Charlotte died Aug. 13, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, after an extended illness.

   Mr. Cole was born in Walton Twp., Eaton County, the son of Blake and Maple (Porter) Cole and was a lifelong Charlotte area resident.  He was a lifelong farmer and had driven school bus for both the Charlotte and Maple Valley schools and was a former 4-H leader for the Chester Champions 4-H Club.  He was married to Dolores (Wheaton) Cole in 1941.

   He is survived by four daughters, Denise (William) Fennell of Olivet, Linette (David) Betts of Charlotte, Nadine (Dan) Rood of Saline and Corrine (Rod) McMillon of Vermontville; one son, Gerald (Paula) Cole of Charlotte; one brother, Robert (Phyllis) Cole of Olivet; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife on Dec. 27, 1990.

   Services were held Aug. 15 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. John Baumgartner officiating.  Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

 

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Gordon M. Colles

 

   Gordon W. Colles, 75, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, June 10, at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Kalamazoo to Phillip M. and Esther (Newton) Colles.  He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.  He was employed as an equipment operator at Post Cereal for 41 years.  He retired Feb. 1, 1983.

   He married Doris M. Jones; she survives.  Also surviving are son, Gary W. Colles of Charlotte; daughter, Linda L. Witt of Gobles; three grandchildren; half-sister, Mary Brandli of Delton; and stepmother, Mary Colles of Battle Creek.

   He was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church, Eaton County Amateur Radio Club, Post 25 Year Club and American Legion Post 225 in Charlotte.  He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and camping and amateur radio.

   Services were Saturday at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

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E. LeGrande “Lee” Collier

 

   E. LeGrande “Lee” Collier, 85, of Jonesboro, Tenn., formerly of Nashville, Mich., died July 10, 1998, in Northside Hospital, Tenn.

   Mr. Collier was born Dec. 8, 1912, in Sunfield, the son of Charles and Grace (Lovell) Collier.  He graduated from Sunfield High School and married Ola Cruttenden in 1941.  The marriage ended in divorce.  He married Evelyn Fox-Landon in 1977.  He worked in farming and carpentry and retired in 1977 from the old Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co.  Mr. Collier also served as sexton of the Freeport Cemetery.

   He is survived by two sons, Loren Collier of Charlotte, and Raymond Collier of Houston, Texas; daughter, Jeralee MacKenzie of Jonesboro, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three stepsons, three stepdaughters; two sisters, Van Loa Childs of Vermontville, and France Sebolt of Albion; and best friend, Maggie Jones of Jonesboro, Tenn.

   He was preceded in death by his second wife, Evelyn.

   Services were July 15 at the Freeport Cemetery, Tenn., with the Rev. Randall K. Hartman officiating.  Arrangements were made by Wren Funeral Home.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the Barry Community Hospice.

 

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Alberta M. Conant

 

   Alberta May Conant, 85, of Charlotte, died Sept. 24, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Conant was born Oct. 23, 1912, in Charlotte, the daughter of George and Estella (Barnes) Paine.  She was a clerk at the A&P between 1946-55; for former Brookfield Township clerk; and a member of the Nazarene Church.

   She is survived by two daughters, Carol Ann Gordon of Gilbert, S.C., and Corol McCallum of Charlotte; one son, Clarence (Ruth) Conant of Springport; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Zimmerman of Pleasant Lake; and one sister-in-law, Lucretia Paine of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; one sister, Bethel Conant; and one brother, Carl Paine.

   Services were Sept. 28 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Duane Royston officiating.  Interment was in the Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

 

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Matilda Corbin

 

   Matilda “Peg” Corbin, 94, went home to be with her Lord on June 15, 1998.

   Mrs. Corbin was loved and admired by many as a brave, generous and independent spirit.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald J.; and daughter, Margaret Anderson, and is survived by son, George (Betty) Corbin of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Rebecca (John) Jamros of Potterville, Donald (Michelle) Anderson of Ypsilanti, David (Charlene) Corbin of N. Canton, Ohio, and Georgette (Tim) Scheeser of Akron, Ohio; and eight great-grandchildren, Many and Jessie Scheeser, Sarah and John Jamros, Staci and Stephanie Corbin, and Trevor and Andy Rose.  The family will receive friends at a memorial service in their home on Sept. 27.  Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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LeRoy LaVerne Cousins

 

   LeRoy LaVerne Cousins, 62, of Nashville died July 14, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Cousins was born Feb. 10, 1935 in Cassopolis, the son of LaVerne and Thelma (Pierce) Cousins.  He was a self-employed truck driver and was a member of the local Teamsters Union.  He was also the former owner of LeRoy’s Bar in Vermontville.

   He is survived by four sons, Coy (Cecil) of Vermontville, Roy “Sparky” (Diane) of Nashville, Gary, and Burt (Angie), both of Vermontville; six grandchildren; brother, Herman (Nancy) of Charlotte; sister, Virginia Stanton of Greenfield; mother, Thelma Maybe of Hastings.

   Services were July 17 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.  Interment was in West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the Dialysis Center, Leila Hospital, Battle Creek.

 

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Mack Crannell

 

   Mack Crannell, age 93, of Olivet died Friday, June 12, 1998 at the Country Living Adult Foster Care Home, Olivet, where he had resided for about two months.

   Mr. Crannell was born in Olivet the son of Albert B. and Olive (Mack) Crannell, and had lived his entire life in the same home until moving into the foster care home.  He had been employed by the City of Olivet as superintendent of water works, from where he retired after 25 years of service.  Previously he had worked on road construction when U.S. 27 was build from Olivet to Lansing, had worked for Olivet College, had worked for the Olivet school system as janitor and school bus driver, had worked for Nash-Kelvinator during the war, had served as sexton of both the Bosworth and Olivet cemeteries, and had served as the Olivet village marshal.

   He was married to Edyth C. Nelson in 1937.  She preceded him in death on April 17, 1987.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Jones, in February 1998.

   Surviving are one son, Boyde (Eva) Cranell of Bellevue; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice Cassidy of Lansing.

   Funeral services were Tuesday, June 16, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Clark A. Hock officiating.  Interment was in Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Olivet Fire Department.

 

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Louise A. Crawford

 

   Louise A. Crawford, 72, of Charlotte died April 14, 1998 following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Crawford was born Nov. 16, 1925 the daughter of William R. and Eugenia H. (Henderson) Whitaker.  She was a seamstress at Savants Cleaners in Lansing for many years.  She was a past member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in Eustis, Florida, and a Humane Society volunteer while in Florida the past 20 years.

   She is survived by her husband, David; two daughters, Mary (David) Gardner of Lansing, and Shirley (Chuck) Lett of Charlotte; son, Rev. Peter (Kay) Crawford of Elkton; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Jane) Whitaker of Georgia; and sister, Susie Hill of Georgia.

   Services were April 17 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating.  Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham or Eaton County Humane Society.

 

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Henry C. Creyts

 

   Henry C. Creyts, age 89, died Monday, December 21, 1998, in San Benito, TX.  Born February 24, 1909, in Ingham County the son of Don S. and Bertha (Waite) Creyts.  Henry retired from Oldsmobile in 1971 as a Journeyman in Plant 1.  He was a member of Griffith United Methodist Church, rocking Chair Deserters, the Order of Odd Fellows and UAW Local 652.  Henry enjoyed fishing and spent his winters in Texas.  He and his wife were active walkers.  They were clowns since his retirement.

   Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Claribell; 2 sons, Glenn (Rosemary) of San Benito, TX and Lyle (Janice) of Eaton Rapids; 2 daughters, Nina (Kenneth) Reeve and Ava (Gary) Hector, both of rural Eaton Rapids; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren plus any little child that happened to be around.  He loved the kids!

   Cremation has taken place in Texas.  There will be no services at this time.

 

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Lucille R. Crites

 

   Lucille R. Crites, age 60, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, November 10, 1998, at her residence.  She was born April 24, 1938 in Traverse City, MI, the daughter of Erwin and Lucille (Stevens) Nichols.  Lucille was employed by Spartan Reclamation Center in Charlotte and was a member of the Community Christian Church of Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Donald; 4 children, Jackie Busick of Battle Creek, Robin Folgerty of South Carolina, Ralph Crites of Pentwater and Susie Northrup of California; 10 grandchildren; 2 sisters; 2 brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 14, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Steven Klink officiating.  Burial followed in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.  Casket bearers were fellow, Ray Graham, Dave Gillett, Mike Ells, Dale Hose, Roger Bennett and Robin Naville.

 

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Theo C. Cross

 

   Theo C. Cross, 73, of Pentwater, formerly of Charlotte, passed away July 7, 1998 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids.

   Mr. Cross was born Oct. 1, 1924 in Stanton, the son of Orla and Alta (Comden) Cross.  He was married Nov. 9, 1947 to Barbara Ball.  He worked at Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte for 38 years.  He was a member of the Pentwater Yacht Club and was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

   He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Steven L. (Brenda), Bryan W. (Joni); two daughters, Theo Jane Cross, and Lee Anne (Joseph) Gutierrez; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers, Howard (Ila), Gerald, and Earl (Betty); and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Loreen Novenske.

   Services were July 10 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with the Rev. Earl Cross officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or the Charlotte Public Library.

 

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Catherine Mary Culp

 

   Catherine Mary Culp, 83, of Charlotte went to be with the Lord July 1, 1998.

   Mrs. Culp was born May 9, 1915, in Vermontville, the daughter of Arthur L. and Alice I. Barningham.  She was a faithful wife for 58 years and a loving mother.  She was actively involved in the Free Methodist Church until she moved to the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center in 1997.

   She is survived by two daughters, Linda Jane (Clarence) Webb of Statesville, N.C., and Joyce Hopkins of Houston, Texas; one son, James Donald (Joan) Culp of DeWitt; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald Barningham.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; and a daughter, Carol Jean Culp.

   Services were July 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Charles Krueger officiating.  Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

 

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Sally J. Curtis

 

   Sally J. Curtis, 66, of Clio, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 26, 1998, in Grand Blanc.

   Mrs. Curtis was born June 21, 1931, in Eaton County, the daughter of Charles and Myrta (Ames) Conner.  She married Bernard Curtis Aug. 9, 1952, at Gresham United Methodist Church.  She had owned and operated various businesses throughout Michigan.

   She is survived by three sons, Clay (Kelly) Curtis of Clio, Tyson Curtis of Memphis, Tenn., and Dale Curtis of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Mildred Stimer of Grand Ledge, Peggy Swan of Traverse City, and Betty Gibbs of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard, and one brother, Charles Conner.

   Services were Jan. 29 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Dr. Terry Curtis officiating.  Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, Eaton County.  Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Violet M. Curtis

 

   Violet M. Curtis, 76, of Olivet died March 27, 1998 at Ingham Medical Hospital in Lansing.

   Mrs. Curtis was born in Watertown Township, the daughter of Clare W. and Elsie P. (Moffat) Miller.

   She was a 1939 graduate of Grand Ledge High School.  She was a homemaker and was affiliated with the Walton Garden Club.

   She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John; two daughters, Judy Curtis of Burlington, and Jean (Bob) Winnie of Marshall; one son, Clare (Mary) Curtis of Charlotte; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Marilyn) Miller and Ronald (Mary) Miller both of Ovid; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were March 31 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundations.

 

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Matilda Cutcher

 

   Matilda Cutcher, 90, of Nashville, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998 at Thornapple Manor, Hastings.

   Mrs. Cutcher was born June 10, 1908, in Lucas County, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Lottie (Shovar) Grosjean.  She married Robert Cutcher on Feb. 21, 1928 and moved to Orangeville and then to Nashville.  Her husband died March 1985.  She was a homemaker, a member of St. Cyril Catholic Church in Nashville, and the Nashville VFW Auxiliary.  She was a great cook, enjoyed gardening, and liked to watch her hummingbird and gopher.

   She is survived by her daughter, Dorene Dean of Hastings; a son, James Cutcher and his fiancé, Addie, of Wichita Falls, Texas; grandchildren, Marilyn (Glen) Wagner, Susan (Keith) Baker, and William (Nora) Dean; step-grandchildren, Jason (Candy) D’Onofrio, Vicky Haston and Mandy (Bruce) Hancock all of Texas; four great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Frances, Catherine and Margerie, all of Ohio; many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Fred.

   Services were held Dec. 18 at the St. Cyril Catholic Church in Nashville with the Rev. Charles Fischer officiating.  Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo.  Arrangements were made by Maple Valley Chapel.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

 

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Gregory M. Dane

 

   Gregory M. Dane, 19, of Charlotte died Feb. 19, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Greg was born Dec. 2, 1978 in Lansing, the son of Robert and Carol (Summer) Dane.  He was a 1997 graduate of Charlotte High School.

   He is survived by his parents; sister, Jessica; brother, Steven; grandparents, Carroll and Pat Dane of Charlotte; great-grandmother, Ruth Laugaugh of Hastings; several aunts and uncles.

   Services were Feb. 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Charles Krueger officiating.  Interment was in Perry Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Bertha P. Danks

 

   Bertha P. (Randolph) Danks, 63, of Charlotte, formerly of Lake Odessa and Grand Ledge, died Feb. 13, 1998, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Danks was born in Grand Ledge the daughter of William and Rose (Moon) Randolph.  She had been employed at the Charlotte Chair Co. and the Sebawing Sugar Beet Factory in Bay City.

   She is survived by three daughters, Mary (Mark) Pruden of Charlotte, Betty (Phil) Todd of Lake Odessa and Kathy Bowers of Lake Odessa; one son, Richard Danks of Orleans; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary Randolph of Hubbardston; and three brothers, Jerry Randolph of St. Louis, Raymond Randolph of Ionia, and Lawrence Randolph of Portland.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Danks; and several brothers and sisters.

   Cremation has taken place.  Services were Feb. 16 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.  Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge.

 

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Florence Davids

 

   Florence Davids, 93, of Charlotte died Nov. 23, 1998.

   Mrs. Davids was born Sept. 15, 1905, in Chester Township, the daughter of Charles and Bertha Hale.  She was known to many as a cook at Jay’s Sandwich shop and also at The Depot Restaurant in Charlotte.

   She is survived by two sons, Merle (Rose) Ackworth, Ga., and Larry (Sandy) of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Beulah Jensen of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard in 1962; her mother, Bertha Hale in 1977; one son, Donald in 1976; and her sister, Lottie Fetterman in 1998; and one brother, Darwin Hale in 1970.

   Services were Nov. 25 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Edwin Visscher officiating.  Interment was in the Needmore Cemetery, Chester Township.

 

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Donna M. Davidson

 

   Donna M. Davidson, 76, of Bellevue died March 5, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Davidson was born May 21, 1921, in Augusta, the daughter of Albert and Lulu (Gibson) Germain.  She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and married Virgil L. Davidson on March 14, 1941 in Bryan, Ohio.  She was employed in the packing department of Kellogg’s and worked as a clerk at Woolworth.  Mrs. Davidson also ran a resort, restaurant and party store in Munising from 1956-90.  She was a member of the Bellevue-Olivet O.E.S. Chapter #196.

   She is survived by her husband, Virgil; son, Ronald L. Davidson of Jackson; two grandchildren; sister, Helen Huntington of Bellevue; five step-brothers; and one step-sister.

   Services were March 7 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.  Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Donna Davis

 

   Donna Jean Davis, 71, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Potterville, died Dec. 18, 1998.

   Mrs. Davis was born Jan. 28, 1927 in Ingham County, the daughter of Paul and Valeria (Mullin) George.  She was a homemaker.

   She is survived by one daughter, Christina Lloyd of Grand Ledge; one son, David Davis of Charlotte; one step-daughter, Kay Roper of Sunfield; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Mary Ann Strahle and Frances Pasch, both of Lansing, Margaret Caldwell of Ga., and Delores Trader of Howard City.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon in 1976; one brother, Thomas George in 1989; and one sister, Patricia Backus in 1995.

   Services were Dec. 21 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Ionia.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Glenn P. Davis

 

   Glenn Patrick “Teddy Bear” Davis, 45, of Ludington died Aug. 16, 1998 at his home.

   Mr. Davis was born Nov. 10, 1952, in Pigeon.  He was a Vietnam War Veteran and a lifetime member of the VFW in Pigeon.

   He is survived by two daughters, Heather and Stephanie, both of Ludington; his parents, Bernice and Frank Vealey of Webberville, Carl and Darlene Davis of Charlotte; five sisters, Beth (Tom) Hoeffs of Dansville, April Fountain (Gene) Sebula of Webberville, Diane (Kevin) Webster of Williamston, Tracy (Dennis) Putman of Charlotte, and Joyce (Ryan) Goetz of Webberville; three brothers, Bob Davis (Lori Kinnick) of Howell, Tom (Cindy) Davis of Mason and Barry (Pam) Davis of Webberville; three step-brothers, Skip (Jamie) Clark of Lansing, Randy (Lisa) Clark of Charlotte, and Dan (Amy) Clark of Charlotte.

   Graveside services were held at Alchin Cemetery in Webberville with the Rev. Fr. Dan McKeon of St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating.

 

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Nancy (Jensen) Dawley

 

   Nancy (Jensen) Dawley of 7046 Firmament Ave., Van Nuys, CA  91406 (formerly of Eaton Rapids) passed away at Emino Hospital on November 23, 1998.  She was born June 9, 1946 and was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School.

   Surviving are husband, Richard; daughter, Carrie Dawley; son, Cory (Tatiana) Dawley; granddaughter, Melany Dawley all from Van Nuys, CA.

   No services were held.

 

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William F. Demmler Sr.

 

   William F. Demmler Sr., 74, of Charlotte died March 28, 1998, at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital.

   Mr. Demmler was born March 16, 1924, the son of George and Elizabeth (Neal) Demmler in Ashland, Ken.  He married Clara Burner in 1947.  He was a resident of Eaton Rapids, where he was a Scout leader for many years.  He took part in World War II as a member of U.S. Army.

   He is survived by one daughter, Karen (Walter) Krumm of Charlotte; one son, William Jr. (Deborah) of Richwood, Va.; six grandchildren; and close friend, Pearl Taylor.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara in 1981, and two sisters, Lucille King and Helen Brennan.

   Services were held in Ashland, with arrangements made by the Liverance Funeral Home, Fowlerville.

 

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Robert A. Denman

 

   Robert A. Denman, age 77, of Dimondale died Tuesday, December 1, 1998 at a Lansing hospital.  Born February 28, 1921 in Marion, MI the son of Robert J. and Pauline (Corwin) Denman.  Mr. Denman was a Navy Veteran of World War II.  He retired after 36 years of service with Associated Truck Lines of Lansing, was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids and the VFW Post #701 of Lansing.  He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edward.

   Surviving are his wife, Virginia; 4 children; Linda (Robert) Meyer of Woodville, OH, Pat (Tim) Oliver of Eaton Rapids, Robert Michael Denman of Lima, OH, and David John (Marie) Denman of Eaton Rapids; 16 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, William (Maxine) Denman of Lakeview and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral Mass was held Friday, December 4th at St. Peter Church in Eaton Rapids with burial at the Dimondale Cemetery.  A rosary was recited Thursday evening at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.  For those desiring, a memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Robert A. Denman.

 

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Lionginas Dieninis

 

   Rev. Father Lionginas Dieninis, 88, of Charlotte, formerly of Gaylord, died Oct. 17, 1998.

   Rev. Dieninis was born March 14, 1910 in Lithuania, and was ordained June 11, 1939.  He served in parishes in Grand Haven, Muskegon and Manistee of the Grand Rapids Diocese and the parishes of St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira and St. Ann in Harrisville, and Mission Churches St. Raphael in Mikado and St. Francis of Assisi in Glennie of the Gaylord Diocese of the Catholic Church, until his retirement in August of 1985.

   He is survived by two brothers, Petras and Juozas Dieninis; two nephews in Lithuania, and his special friends, Anna Drabczyk of Charlotte, Frank (Sandy) Drabczyk, Jr., and Anthony (Ann) Drabczyk of Grand Rapids and Diane Maihofer of Olivet.

   Services were held Oct. 20 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte with the Most Rev. Patrick Cooney of Gaylord celebrating.

 

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Maybelle M. Dillingham

 

   Maybelle M. Dillingham, age 98, born June 7, 1900 in Sioux City, Iowa died Sunday, November 15, 1998 at her daughter’s residence in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Maybelle married Ben Bradish in 1921, he preceded her in death.  Two sons preceded her in death, Robert Earl and Donald Edwin and one daughter also, Ruth Joyce Bradish Brown.  In 1942 she married Mark Dillingham, he preceded her in death in 1962.  Mrs. Dillingham had lived in the Eaton Rapids area from 1935 to the late 1960’s and most recently with her daughter in Fort Wayne.

   She is survived by her daughter, Joyce; and several grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren including granddaughter, Cathy Hendrickson of Eaton Rapids.

   Graveside services were held on Wednesday, November 18th, at the Munger Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids with Pastor Loris Allen officiating.  The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Vivian L. Dillingham

 

   Vivian L. Dillingham, age 63, died Wednesday, October 14, 1998, in Lansing.  Vivian was born June 22, 1935 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Ivan Forrest and Martha Mary (Depker) Baldwin.  She was a member of the Aurelius Baptist Church and the Eaton Rapids Senior Center.  Vivian was a Registered Nurse with the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and Greater Lansing Visiting Nurses.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 1996; daughter, Deborah K. Brantley, in 1995; 2 sisters, Mary Ellen Baldwin and Norma Kozma.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, June Young of Dimondale, Penny Griffin of Lansing; 2 sons, Mark (Lori) Dillingham of Holt, John D. Dillingham of Chicago; 7 grandchildren; brother, Bud (Ilo) Baldwin of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Deloras Hudson of Jackson, Arlene Love of Clinton and brother-in-law, James Kozma of Brighton.

   Funeral services were held Saturday October 17, at the Shelly Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Stephen Aikin, Pastor of the Aurelius Baptist Church officiating.  Those desiring may make contributions to the Aurelius Baptist Church in memory of Vivian L. Dillingham.

 

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Otto L. Dillon

 

   Otto L. Dillon, 65, of Baytown, Texas, formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 6, 1998, at the Diagnostic Center Hospital, Houston, Texas after a long illness.

   Mr. Dillon was born in Charlotte the son of Myrl and Effie (Shumaker) Dillon and had lived in Texas for about 40 years.  He had been employed as a Safetyman in the Building Construction Trade.

   He is survived by his wife, Morna (Farr) Dillon; four daughters, Dixie (Dick) Lobsinger of Grayling, Penney (Ed) Stevenson of Zephyr, Texas, Vicky Jackson of Baytown, Texas, and Candace Medeiros of Grayling; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanona (Bill) Hathcox of Arizona and Marlene (Ed) Brummette of Charlotte; and two brothers, Duane Dillon of Grayling and James (Judy) Dillon of Olivet.

   Services and Interment was Feb. 10 at the Deepdale Cemetery Chapel, Lansing, with Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Shelter of Crawford County, Grayling.

 

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Wilbur Dimond

 

   Wilbur “Elmer” Dimond, 70, of Charlotte, died Nov. 5, 1998.

   Mr. Dimond was born April 23, 1928 in Eaton County.  He was the son of Arlie and Adeline (Carter) Dimond.  He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his half-brother, Earl Carter of Eaton Rapids; niece and nephew, Linda Cruz of Potterville and Dan Carter of Eaton Rapids; cousins, Flora May O’Neil, Joyce Summer and Karen King, and several other cousins.

   Services were held Nov. 9 at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating.  Interment was at Needmore Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Frances Domangue

 

   Frances M. Domangue, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Nov. 21, 1998.

   Mrs. Domangue was born on July 7, 1920, in Battle Creek to William and Emeline Charland.

   Surviving are her husband, Leon (Tony); two daughters, Pam Slaughter of Lansing and Julie (Jerry) Fielder of Charlotte; one son, Mike of Granby, Colo.; one step-son, Wayne of Houma, La.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Edd and Williard; and a sister-in-law, Rose.

   No services were held.

 

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Madeline M. Donald

 

   Madeline M. Donald, 82, of Charlotte died March 8, 1998.

   Mrs. Donald was born June 19, 1915 in Lansing, the daughter of Hubert and Hanna (Glassbrook) Reed.  She worked as a stock clerk for Michigan Magnetics for 25 years, retiring in 1978.  She was a former member of the Nashville Baptist Church and formerly involved in Charlotte’s Grandma’s Bowling League.

   She is survived by her husband, John; two daughters, Nola (Harold) Whitaker of Nashville, and Pauline (Arthur) Adkins of Etowah, NC; two sons, Larry (Phyllis) Belcher of Vermontville, and Gary (Becky) Belcher of Nashville; two step daughters, Lyn (Gean) Sheets, and Glenda (Gary) Ruff both of Lansing; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and five step great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, LaVern Belcher; two brothers, Hubert Reed and Robert Reed; two sisters, Juanita Toman and Thelma Pangle; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

   Services were March 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating.  Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Chester R. Doty

 

   Chester R. Doty, 80, of Charlotte died Feb. 16, 1998.

   Mr. Doty was born April 28, 1917, in Alma, the son of Fenon and Laura Doty.  He was a mold maker at Johnson Iron Industry.

   He is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Ronald) Hyatt and Debra (Tim) Brown both of Lansing; three sons, Mike (Leora) Doty and Jerry Doty both of Charlotte, and Peter Doty of Lansing; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Martha Pennington of West Unity, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Nuncietta.

   Services were Feb. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Father Bill Lugger officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Heavenly Doty

 

   Heavenly Ann Doty, 20, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Wednesday, October 28, as a result of an automobile accident.  Miss Doty was born September 29, 1978 in Charlotte, Michigan, the daughter of Leon D. Doty and Tamara Butler.  She worked for Subway and attended the Church of Faith in God.  She is survived by her daughter Dakota, fiancé Kirk Newland of Charlotte; father, Leon (Louann) Doty of Kalamazoo; mother, Tamara (Dick Strickland) Webb of Charlotte; sister, Candy Doty of Jacksonville, NC; brother, Michael Webb of Charlotte; grandparents, Dale and Naida Doty of Charlotte, Lester and Shirley Brimmer of Charlotte; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 2, 1998, at 1:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Knauff officiating.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, MI.  Visitations on Saturday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

   Family has requested memorial contributions be made for Miss Doty’s daughter Dakota.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Kimberly K. Downey

 

   Kimberly K. (Sorenson) Downey, 37, of Columbus, Ohio, died Jan. 12, 1998.

   Mrs. Downey was born in Royal Oak, the daughter of Walter and Kay Sorenson of Charlotte.  She was employed by Columbus State.

   She is survived by her mother, Kay Sorenson of charlotte; father, Walter, (Beverly) Sorenson of Lansing; daughter, Heather Downey of Columbus, Ohio; son, Paul Downey of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Karla (Sean) Duffey of Jackson; brother, Kirk (Gilda) Sorenson of Grand Rapids.

   Services were Jan. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Mike Knauff officiating.

 

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Birtus “Bill” L. Dunbar

 

   Birtus “Bill” L. Dunbar, 81, of Eaton Rapids died March 6, 1998, in Lansing.

   Mr. Dunbar was born June 13, 1916 in Caldwell, Kent., the son of Birtus L. and Mary E. (Hazzard) Dunbar, Sr.  He retired from McLouth Steel in Detroit in 1978 after 33 years of service.

   He is survived in death by his wife, Susie of Eaton Rapids; one daughter, Dorotha (Tom) Meadows of Providence, Kent.; one step daughter, Marie (Terry) Thompson of Texas; one step son, Red (Lori) Adams of Eaton Rapids; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter, two step grandsons; one step granddaughter; three step great-grandchildren; and sister, Imogene (Cortez) Easley of Preston, Kent.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris.

   Services were March 8 at the Little Vinyard Church in Eaton Rapids and at the Melton Funeral Home in Providence, Kent.  Interment was at the Fox Cemetery, Kentucky.  Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Vivian Dye

 

   Vivian Irene Dye, 77, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998, following an incredible and courageous 19-month battle with cancer.

   Mrs. Dye was born Nov. 25, 1920 in Ann Arbor the daughter of George and Beatrice McKishnie.  She worked for Eaton Stamping retiring after 25 years of service.  She was a member of the Center Eaton United Methodist Church and Center Eaton United Methodist Women until it closed.  She then became a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte.  Vivian’s family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Carol Rapson; Nurse Karla Barker; volunteer, Frances Jamison; and Ingham Visiting Nurse Service Hospice personnel, Sheila, Brenda, Molly, Marty, Laura and Christie.

   She is survived by three daughters, Charlene (Brian) Hayes, Pat (John) Haley, and Martha (Donald) Klaiss, all of Charlotte; step-daughter, Lura “Susie” Grossman of Holt; grandchildren, David (Janet) Hayes, Tim Hayes and Dawn, Nadine (Fred) Klaiss, all of Charlotte, Pam (Rick) Taylor of Freeland, Jeff Haley and Heather, Paul Haley, Jennifer Klaiss and Amanda Klaiss, all of Charlotte, Amy Arnold of East Lansing; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence McKishnie of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Dye in 1985.

   Services were held Nov. 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. George and Rev. Edna Fleming officiating.  Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Visiting Nurse Service Hospice or Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church.

 

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Eunice G. Edson

 

   Eunice G. Edson, 89, of Charlotte died April 24, 1998 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Edson was born in Conway, the daughter of Fred and Grace (Britten) Beduhn.  She had been a Charlotte residence since 1934.  She was a 1927 graduate of Webberville High School.  Mrs. Edson was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, past member of the Charlotte O.E.S. #218, past member of the Charlotte Business Women’s Guild, and had been a member of the Laugh A Lot Club.

   She is survived by two daughters, Deonne (Edward) Towe of Woodinville, Wash., and Evonne Kettner of Charlotte; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Gladys Beduhn; and three nephews and two nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William DuRay Edson; and two brothers, Carlton and Forrest Beduhn.

   Graveside services were April 27 at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.  Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions go to the Hayes Green Beach Hospital of Charlotte.

 

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Clara N. Edwards

 

   Clara N. Edwards, 90, of Battle Creek died May 5, 1998 at home.

   Mrs. Edwards was born March 1, 1908 in Barry County, the daughter of Charles and Alice (Garms) Elmendorf.  She attended Bellevue area schools and graduated from there in 1926.  She married Theo C. Powers on December 27, 1926.  She married Ralph D. Edwards on Nov. 10, 1948.  She was employed at Kellogg Company from 1942 to 1948 and U.S. Register Company.  She was also employed by Sears in Ann Arbor from 1957 until retirement in 1970.  Mrs. Edwards was a member of the Bellevue Christian Center, formerly the Pentecostal Tabernacle Assembly of God.

   She is survived by two daughters, Alice M. St. John and Anna L. Woodmansee of Battle Creek; a son, Charles L. Powers of North Port, Fla.; two step-daughters, Gladys J. Aiken of Battle Creek and F. Marie Mullinax of Iberia, Miss.; two step-sons, Richard H. Edwards of Hastings and Ralph D. Edwards, Jr. of Jackson; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Maynard of Clearwater, Fla., Milburn of Springfield, MO., and Gerald Elmendorf of Nokomis, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Theo; second husband, Ralph; and two sisters, Irene Walker and Lucille Tanner.

   Services were May 8 at the Bellevue Christian Center, Bellevue, with the Pastor Stephen Covert officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the Good Samaritan Hospice Care.

 

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Harry A. Elliott

 

   Harry A. Elliott, age 90, of Eaton Rapids, died August 4, 1998.  He was born August 6, 1907, in Lansing and lived in Aurelius Township most of his life.  He was employed at Fisher Body in Lansing for 22 years, retiring in 1968.  He was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Walter, Clare, William and Frank Elliott.

   Surviving are his wife, Martha E.; one daughter, Helen (Richard) Bishop of Eaton Rapids and one grandson, Robert.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, August 8 at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel in Mason  with  the  Rev. Elliott Aspinwall, Pastor of

 

 

 

Chesaning Church of the Nazarene officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason.

 

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Marguerite Elston

 

   Marguerite Jane Elston, 73, of Charlotte, died Dec. 4, 1998 at her residence.

   Mrs. Elston was born in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of Frank and Margaret Papoi.

   Mrs. Elston is survived by her brothers, David (Karen) Papoi of Lansing and Dennis (JoAnne) Papoi of Okemos; nephews, Christopher Papoi of Grand Ledge, Jason  Papoi of Van Nuys, Calif., Craig Smith of Saginaw, and Benjamin (Catherine) Papoi of Lansing; nieces, Arionna Papoi of Chicago, Ill. and Sara Papoi of Tempe, Ariz.; and special friend Wanda Robinson of Stuart, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James and a brother, Richard Papoi.

   Services were held Dec. 7 at Pray Funeral Home with the Father Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment will be in Memorial Park in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Eaton County Humane Society.

 

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Robert F. Elston

 

   Robert F. Elston, 82, of Eaton Rapids died Feb. 4, 1998 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Elston was born April 14, 1915, in Holt, the son of Franklin and Rosetta (Norris) Elston.  He attended the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church and retired from Fisher Body in 1976 after 30 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Hilda I.; three daughters, Brenda Elston, Janice (Bert) Place, and Linda “Cook” (Gary) Brininstool all of Eaton Rapids; two sons, Herman Elston of Barryton and Bruce (Shirley) Elston of Eaton Rapids; 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Viola Agnes Holloway of Eaton Rapids and Myrtle (Fritz) Hinkle of Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by two sons, Douglas, Sr. and Jerry W. Elston.

   Services were Feb. 7 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Joyce Harriet Esch

 

   Joyce Harriet Esch, 90, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Charlotte, died June 7, 1998, at Bronson Methodist Hospital.

   Mrs. Esch was born Aug. 7, 1907, in Union City, the daughter of Frank and Ora Ashley.  She married Leo Fredrick Esch on Sept. 3, 1930.  They owned and operated Charlotte Appliance for 30 years, until 1979.  She was a member of the Charlotte First Congregational Church, U.C.C.; Order of the Eastern Star 413.

   She is survived by two sons, Francis (Sandy) Esch of Haverhill, Mass., and John W. (Barbara) Esch of Boynton Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Karen (Rod) Rambadt of Allegan; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo.

   Services were June 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter R. K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, U.C.C.

 

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Alberta Bebee Eschtruth

 

   Alberta Bebee Eschtruth of Dimondale, age 81, died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.  Alberta was born August 16, 1916 in Lansing, the daughter of Frank Benjamin and Bertha (Rost) Wing.  She lived in the area most of her life and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Dimondale.  Alberta retired from the Michigan School for the Blind in 1969.  she was preceded in death by her husbands, Grant Lee Bebee in 1955, William Eschtruth in 1991; and her grandson, Michael Shooltz in 1984.

   Surviving are 3 daughters, Virginia (William) Shooltz, Suzanne (Roger) Potter all of Eaton Rapids, Elaine Breininger of MN; 1 son, Stuart (Melody) Eschtruth of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, June 22, 1998, at 11:00 a.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.  Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing.

 

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James Edwin Fairchild

 

   James Edwin Fairchild, 80, of Harrison, formerly of Charlotte, died July 14, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Fairchild was born April 15, 1918, in Mio, Mich., the son of Harley Edward and Myrtle Ion (Snyder) Fairchild.  He served in the army during World War II and retired as a line repairman for Oldsmobile.  During that time, he was a UAW committeeman for 21 years.  He was a member of VFW Post 1075 in Harrison and a member of UAW Retirees.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Charles, in 1953.

   He is survived by two daughters, Lynn Fairchild of Harrison and Mary Fairchild Kitchen of Goetzville, Mich.; two grandchildren, Brent Earls and Shannon Earls; and sister, Marjorie (Harry) Bell of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were July 17 at Pray Funeral Home with the Rev. Z. William Colson officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Gaylord Fassett

 

   L. “Esther” Fassett, 90, and her son, Gaylord, 59, died Oct. 23, 1998, the same hour.

   Esther died Oct. 23, 1998, after an extended illness.  She was born Oct. 11, 1908, the daughter of Jasper and Emma (Rusk) Doty and was an elementary school teacher, having retired with 33 years of teaching.  She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, and its Naomi circle, the Eaton County Historical society, Eaton County Retired Teachers Association, Eaton Rapids Retired Teachers, Greater Lansing Doll Club, American Bell Association, Eaton Antique Club, and Eaton Art League.

   She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Kem) Charboneau of Pinckney; one son, Gary of Clancy, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Fassett in 1971.

   Gaylord was born Nov. 1, 1938, the son of Floyd and L. Esther (Doty) Fassett.  He was a 1956 graduate of Charlotte High School, a member of the Travel Trailer Club of Midwest, Appaloosa Horse Club, was a former Boy Scout and 4-H leader, and had coached Little League Baseball.  He was a self-employed, licenses electrician and had worked at Motor Wheel Corp. for 22 years.

   He is survived by one daughter, Denise Olson of Charlotte; two sons, Jeffrey of Vermontville and Bryan of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Joel and Lacey Fassett, Erica and Jenessa Olson, and Austin, Kevin and Stacey Fassett; one sister, Marilyn (Kem) Charboneau of Pinckney; and one brother, Gary of Clancy, Mont.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd in 1971, his wife, Gloria on Jan. 26, 1998, and his mother, Esther on Oct. 23, 1998.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

   Services were held Oct. 28 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Interment for Mrs. Fassett was at Barryville Cemetery.  Interment for Mr. Fassett was at West Carmel Cemetery.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home and Burkhead-Green Funeral Home both in Charlotte.

 

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Gloria J. Fassett

 

   Gloria J. Fassett, 56, of Charlotte died Jan. 26, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Fassett was born in Northville, the daughter of Ivan and June (Lentz) Becraft.  She had been a lifelong Charlotte area resident.  She was a 1959 graduate of Vermontville High School and had been a school bus driver for the Maple Valley School District for 29 years.  She was a member of the Travel Trailers of the Midwest Club and Michigan Appaloosa Horse Association.  She was a former 4-H Leader and had been in the Girl Scouts of America.

   She is survived by her husband, Gaylord; one daughter, Denise Olson of Charlotte; two sons, Jeffrey of Hastings and Bryan of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; her mother, June Becraft of Charlotte; one brother, Gary (Mary) Becraft of Fenwick; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her father.

   Services were Jan. 29 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Duane Royston officiating.  Interment was in the West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

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L. “Esther” Fassett

 

   L. “Esther” Fassett, 90, of Charlotte died Oct. 23, 1998, at Golden Days II Nursing Home, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Fassett was born Oct. 11, 1908, in Galveston, Ind., the daughter of Jasper and Emma (Rusk) Doty.  She was an elementary school teacher for 33 years.  Mrs. Fassett was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Eaton County Historical Society, Eaton County Retired Teachers, Greater Lansing Doll Club, American Bell Association, Naomi Circle, Eaton Antique Club and Eaton Art League.

   She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn Charboneau of Pinckney; one son, Gary of Montana; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd in 1971, and one son, Gaylord in 1998.

   Services were Oct. 28 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Interment was in Barryville Cemetery, Barry County.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Helen Imogene Fast

 

   Helen Imogene Fast, 74, of Charlotte died April 30, 1998 at the Ingham Medical Regional Center in Lansing.

   Mrs. Fast was born in Gleason, Tenn., the daughter of Bruce and Imogene (Wiseman) Montgomery.  She was an owner of Helen and Jeans Restaurant and had been involved with the Eagles in Charlotte.

   She is survived by two sons, Rickey (Kathey) Ross of East Tawas, and Lannie (Connie) Ross of Clarksville; one step-son, Gary (Kathy) Ross of Arizona; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph (Florie) Montgomery and Gene (Phyllis) Montgomery; two sisters, Barbara (Jim) Grenawalt of Charlotte and Dorothy (Vern) Swarthout of Manistee; and many nieces and nephews.

   There will be no visitation or services.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagles of Charlotte.

 

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Lloyd Faust

 

   Lloyd W. Faust, 97, of Vermontville, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.  He was born September 28, 1901 in Gibsonburg, Ohio, the son of Jacob and Wilhemina Frederica Yack.

   He was a resident of this area most of his life, coming to Michigan when he was two years old.  He attended the Wells Country School and married Merna Hawes in Sunfield on August 22, 1927.  He was a farmer, a fireman for steam locomotive on the Michigan Central Railroad in 1922, during World War II he was a tool & Die maker and a machine repairman, and in 1946 was a cabinet maker and carpenter, retiring in 1963.  He belonged to the Michigan Steam Engine Club, the Vermontville Congregational Church, and enjoyed antiques.  He was preceded by his wife, Merna in 1992, and two sisters, Blanche Minich and Florence Kilpatrick.  Surviving are one brother, Clarence Faust of Lake Odessa; sister, Dorothea Stall of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral was held Friday, 1:00 p.m. at the Maple Valley Chapel with Rev. Eric Lison officiating.  Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.  Memorial donations can be made to the Vermontville Congregational Church.

 

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Lottie M. Fetterman

 

   Lottie M. Fetterman, 88, of Charlotte died Feb. 23, 1998.

   Mrs. Fetterman was born Dec. 19, 1909, in Eaton County, the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Taylor) Hale.  She worded for Charlotte Chair Factory as an upholster.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Charlotte, and the Charlotte Senior citizens Organization; former member of the Bellevue Whirl-aways and the Charlotte Kitchen Band.

   She is survived by her two daughters, Ireta (Richard) Tate and Sandra (Jan) Skrip both of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Florence Davids and Beulah Jensen both of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; son, Glenn LeRoy.

   Services were Feb. 27 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Peter R.K. Brenner and Rev. Mark Booth officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lansing.

 

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Bailey R. Fletcher

 

   Bailey Rae Fletcher, 2, of Charlotte died Jan. 29, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Bailey was born Nov. 7, 1995, in Lansing

   She is survived by her parents, Diane Smith and Michael Fletcher of Charlotte; her grandparents, Dennis and Linda smith, Debbie and Jeff Scott, all of Charlotte, and Dawn and David Fletcher of Ionia; her great-grandparents, Aubrey and Kathlyen Smith of East Tawas, Doug and Cheri Rae Smith of Charlotte, Harvey Fletcher of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Virgil and Bev Ray of Charlotte; and her great-great-grandparents, Frances Overmyer of Charlotte, Dean Glasslee of Ohio, and Lena Fletcher of West Palm Beach.

   Services were Feb. 2 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Thomas Peters officiating.  Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Phyllis Jean Fletcher

 

   Phyllis Jean Fletcher, 71, of Farwell died May 24, 1998.

   Mrs. Fletcher was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Charlotte, the daughter of LaVerne and Clara (Goodnoe) Hack.  She was a member of O.E.S. Chapter in Clare and a life member of Job’s Daughters.

   She is survived by her husband, Douglas of Farwell; two sons, David (Laura) Fletcher of Flint, and Mark (Joanne) Fletcher of Mulliken; one daughter, Cheryl L. Wilkie of Traverse City; one sister, Beverly Howard of Ocala, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Donis (Clement) Miner of Owosso, and Frances DeBar of Lakeview, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

   Services were May 27 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Tom Ball officiating.  Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Phyllis Fletcher Memorial Fund.

 

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Douglas LeRoy Foreback

 

   Douglas LeRoy Foreback, 53, of Charlotte died July 1, 1998.

   Mr. Foreback was born in Lansing, the son of Maynard and Hazel (King) Foreback.  He was a cook at the Eaton Place Restaurant in Charlotte.

   He is survived by two sons, Dennis Foreback of Edmore, and Donald Scott Foreback of Sheridan; three brothers, Dennis, Danny Lee and David Foreback, all of Lansing; lifetime companion, Jerry Welsh; and three grandchildren.

   Services were July 6 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Richard Gleason officiating.  Interment was in Gunnison Cemetery.

 

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Gladys I. Fowler

 

   Gladys I. Fowler, 96, of Eaton Rapids died July 27, 1998 at her home.

   Mrs. Fowler was born July 19, 1902, in Lum, the daughter of the Rev. Archie and Addie (Sisson) Scott.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Charlotte and a former member of the Charlotte Country Club.

   she is survived by a son, R. Lynn (Shirley) Fowler of Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

   she was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, Rice Charles; and three sisters, Blanche, Jenny and Eva.

   services were July 31 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of the Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Beatrice M. Fox

 

   Beatrice M. Fox, age 98, died Monday, December 21, 1998.  Beatrice was born June 19, 1900 in Charlotte the daughter of Edward Haines and Lulu Belle (Reed) Leightner.  She was a long time resident of Eaton Rapids.  Mrs. Fox was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, in 1989.

   Surviving are her daughter, Winifred Sanders of Lansing; 2 sons, Dale (Mary) Fox of Eaton Rapids, Willard (Winifred) Fox of Dimondale; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 24, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, with Dr. Alan Malcolm officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.  Those desiring may make contributions to the Hamlin Twp. Fire Department in memory of Beatrice Fox.

 

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Joshuah Frost

 

   Joshuah W. Frost, 23, of Lee Township, Marshall, died in a single car accident on Thursday, Dec. 10, 1009 in Lee Township.

   Mr. Frost was born Nov. 9, 1975 in Charlotte to Kenneth Guy and Sandra (Cole) Frost.  He has lived in the Lee Township/Olivet area all of his life.  He was a 1993 graduate of Olivet High School and a member of the football team during his high school years.  He was married Aug. 16, 1997, in Charlotte to Courtney Sloan.  He has worked at Balkema Excavating in Kalamazoo for the past three months previously he was employed at Johnson Systems in Marshall for 3 ½ years.  He was a member of United Construction Workers Local #10, Christian Labor Association.  He most enjoyed being with family and friends.  He liked to play ice hockey, computer games, and did some hunting.  He also played in the Olivet City Coed Summer Softball League.

   Surviving are his wife, Courtney; a son, Jedediah Frost of Marshall; a sister, Kendra Frost of Marshall; two brothers, Kevin Frost and Keith Frost both of Olivet; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Mary Cole of Midland and Georgana Cole of Alma; a paternal grandmother, Helen Frost of Charlotte; a niece, Mika Kleinfeldt; and several aunts and uncles.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Frost in April 1992; a half-brother, Ben Pearce in 1991; paternal grandfather, Charles Frost, Sr.; and an uncle, Charles Frost, Jr.

   Services were held at the Kempf Funeral Home on  Dec.  14   with   the   Rev.  Richard  Collins  of

 

 

 

 

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church officiating.  Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson.

 

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Barbara A. Fuhrman

 

   Barbara A. Fuhrman, 64, of Charlotte died Feb. 20, 1998, at her home following a long battle with cancer.

   Barbara was born June 14, 1933 in Charlotte, the daughter of William P. and Florence M. (Anderson) Barnaart.  Following retirement from the Michigan Department of Social Services in 1992, she enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing and making crafts.  She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary.

   She is survived by three daughters, Cheryl R. (Don) Howe, Katherine A. (Jim) Martin, and Diane M. Pfeifer, all of Charlotte; son, Paul W. (Deb) Archer of Holland; mother, Florence M. Barnaart of Charlotte; six grandchildren; two brothers, William P. Barnaart, Jr. of Plymouth and Chuck (Betty) Barnaart of Vermontville; and brother-in-law, Ken Burns of Dimondale.

   She was preceded in death by her father, William P. Barnaart; sister, Martha L. Burns; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Barnaart.

   Services were Feb. 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment of cremains will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

 

 

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Band Booster or the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Neal W. Fuller

 

   Neal William Fuller, 36, of Potterville died Aug. 9, 1998.

   Mr. Fuller was born Nov. 4, 1961 in St. Johns, the son of Louis H. and Marion (Baker) Fuller.  He worked as a cable sub-contractor and thoroughly enjoyed life.

   He is survived by his daughter, Brandy of Georgia; father and stepmother, Louis (Dorothy) Fuller of Nashville; mother and stepfather, Marion (Bernard) Pelto of Escanaba; three brothers, Roger (Mary) of Lansing, Bruce Fuller of Mason, and Roy (Wendy) Fuller of Mason; sister, Lisa (Abel) Anzaldua of Potterville; stepbrothers, Randy Pelto and Ron Winters; stepsister, Susan (Bill) Vance; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Services were Aug. 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for his daughter.

 

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Rebecca L. Gaedert

 

   Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Gaedert, 26, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Sept. 2, 1998.

   Ms. Gaedert was born Feb. 10, 1972, in Lansing.

   She is survived by two sons, Che’ Anthony and his father, Wayne, and C.J.; and her father, John (Roxanne) Gaedert of Charlotte; her mother, Barbara of Mackinaw Island; stepfather, James (Melanie) Smith of Lansing; two sisters, Brinda (Gary) Ridenour of Charlotte and Cindy (Pat) Gaedert-Wing of Bellevue; two brothers, John Gaedert Jr. of Charlotte and James smith of Lansing; her grandparents, Don and Natalie Gaedert of Roscommon, Arthur and Beverly Belluomini of Grand Rapids, Dale (Eleanor) Cloar and Dolores Cloar, all of Florida, and Steve Gulch of Baldwin; one nephew, Gary Ridenour Jr.; and special friends, Linda and Wayne Woods and family of Lansing.

   Services were Sept. 5 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a fund established for her sons.

 

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Kenneth L. Garland

 

   Kenneth L. Garland, 53, of Olivet, formerly of Benton Harbor, died March 3, 1998 at his residence.

   Mr. Garland was born March 5, 1944, in Benton Harbor to Andrew and Faye (Head) Garland.  He had been employed at Superior Steel Casting, Benton Harbor; Whirlpool Corporation, St. Joseph; and Denso Manufacturing, Battle Creek.  He was a member of Coloma Masonic Lodge No. 162, Saladin Temple, Grand Rapids, Scottish Rite Valley of Grand Rapids, Berrien County Shrine, Coloma Eastern Star, Berrien Country Mini Bikers, and Berrien County Low 12 Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sirk; three sons, Kenneth (Valeri) Garland Jr. of Watervliet, Thomas Garland of Olivet, and Mark (Karen) Garland of Battle Creek; his mother, Faye Garland of Jonesboro, Ark.; four brothers, Wayne (Mary)Garland of Saint Amant, Louisiana, Lanny (Wendy) Garland of Belleville, and Jeff (Trudi) Garland and Robert (Pam) both of Jonesboro; one sister, Brenda (William) Overman of Davison; four grandchildren; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Mary Sirk of Alexandria, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Kathy (James) Phipps of Anderson, Ind., and Janice (Michael) Lowery of Sulphur Springs, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

   Masonic Rites by Coloma Lodge No. 162 were held March 7 at Fairplain Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Benton Harbor.  Burial was in Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

 

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Helen L. Gearhart

 

   Helen L. Gearhart, 80, of Sunfield passed away May 27 at her caregiver’s residence in Lake Odessa.

   Mrs. Gearhart was born Aug. 18, 1917, daughter of Herbert and Nina (Swick) Hyde.  She was employed at Hastings Manufacturing for 27 years, retiring in 1977.  She was a licensed telephone operator, also held a certificate for the training program for attendant nurses from the Michigan Department of Mental Health.  She married Floyd Gearhart.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; her mother and father; and one brother, William Hyde.

   Services were May 29 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. George Speas officiating.  Interment was in Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands or Home Nursing.

 

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Kurt Gemalsky

 

   Kurt Gemalsky, 76, of Charlotte, died Nov. 9, 1998, in Mount Dora, Fla.

   Mr. Gemalsky was born April 21, 1922 in Germany, the son of Julius and Emma (Keehn) Gemalsky.  He worked for Michigan State Treasury Department and was Executive Director Income Tax Division.  He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Normandy and German campaigns.  He was a member of the Charlotte VFW #2406 and Charlotte Country Club.

   He is survived by three sisters, Ella Ewing, Gertrude Norris, and Hildegarde Fink; and two brothers, Leon and Ronald.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 1997; one son, Neil in 1996; one sister, Leatha McKenzie; and two brothers, Gayhardt and Irvin.

   Memorial services are Friday, December 4, at 11:00 a.m., at the Charlotte VFW #2406 with the Rev. Duane Royston officiating.

 

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John D. “Jack” Gephart

 

   John D. “Jack” Gephart, age 75 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at his residence.  He was born July 2, 1922 in Lansing the son of Walter O. and Dora Belle (Miller) Gephart.  Jack was a retired electrician for Root Electric in Lansing and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Lansing.  An Air Force Veteran of World War II, Jack loved horses and was an active member of the Eaton County 4-H.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma (Smith) in 1986.

   Surviving are his wife, Lois; 2 daughters, Nancy (Dean) Fox of Wheatfield, IN and Carol (Bob) Kennedy of Eaton Rapids; stepchildren, Spencer (Sharon) Carroll of Grand Ledge, Penny (Dick) Johnson of Olivet, Connie Carroll of Eaton Rapids and Chris (Bill) Rogers of Lansing; 2 grandchildren, Troy (Dawn) Fox of DeMotte, IN and Tina (Ed) Harrington of Wheatfield, IN; 4 step-grandchildren, Stacy Suege, Starla Manchester, Deirdre Sisson and Stephanie Mikesel; 3 great-grandchildren; 3 step great-grandchildren; sister, Myra Lucille Tooker of Lansing; and 2 nephews, Larry and Ross (Pat) Tooker.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, April 25, 1998 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Bishop Dean Fitches officiating.  Graveside services followed in the Dimondale Cemetery in Dimondale.  Casket bearers were Troy Fox, Ed Harrington, Norman Lautzenheiser, Ross Tooker, Dick Johnson and Spencer Carroll, honorary bearer, Bill Rogers.  For those desiring, a memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Clinton Memorial and Sparrow, 304 N. Bush St., St. Johns, Michigan  48879 in memory of John D. Gephart.

 

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Francis E. “Gibby” Gibson

 

   Francis Eugene “Gibby” Gibson, 47, of Battle Creek died Aug. 24, 1998 at his home.

   Mr. Gibson was born Aug. 31, 1950, in Lansing, the son of Phillip Gibson Jr. and Esma (Drewyor) Smith.  He had been a production worker.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, member of the Eagles Aerie #3552, and American Legion Post #42 of Charlotte.

   He is survived by one daughter, Elisha of Vermontville; two sons, Shaun (Gracie Pena) of Vermontville, and Josh of Battle Creek; three brothers, David (Barbara) of Haslett, Tom (Martha) of Charlotte, and George (Sally); step-father, Ron Smith of Charlotte; two step-sisters, Diana (Ron) Moore of Kentucky and Terry (Steve) Deer of Montreal, Canada; and one step-brother, Ronnie Smith of Mason.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Services were Aug. 27 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with George Howe officiating.  Interment was in Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to his children.

 

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Marilyn Marie Smith Gibson

 

   Marilyn Marie Smith Gibson, age 46, of Springport, passed away July 16, 1998.  Ms. Gibson was an active member and current secretary of the Onondaga Sportsman’s Club.  She was also a graduate of the Springport High School Class of 1970.  Ms. Gibson fought a brave battle with lung cancer for 20 months and now rests in the House of the Lord.  She will be deeply missed.

   Surviving are her parents, Harold and Nona Smith; 1 daughter, Angi (James) Wollet; 1 son, Jesse (Aimee) Gibson; 2 brothers, Roger (Yvonne Whitaker) and Gary (Cindy) Smith; grandchildren, Katherine Marie , Rachell E. and Stephanie K. Wollet and Brock Joseph Gibson; 1 niece, April Smith; and 2 nephews, Jeff and Brian Smith.

   According to Ms. Gibson’s wishes, cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at the Pope United Methodist Church, Pope Church Rd., Springport, with the Rev. Merlin Pratt officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  After taking care of their expenses, the family will make a donation to the Mission of Hope, who helped Ms. Gibson through some very tough times.

 

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Pearl Gibson

 

   Pearl E. Gibson, 82, of Sturgis, died at Life Care Center, LaGrange, Ind.

   Mrs. Gibson was born Dec. 31, 1915 in Sturgis the daughter of Jesse and Rosa (Stevens) Shook.

   She was a lifelong resident of Sturgis and on Jan. 10, 1948 in LaGrange, Ind. she married Thomas Gibson.  She was a secretary for Formed Tubes Co. and Paramount Furniture Co. and was a homemaker.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sturgis where she taught Sunday School for many years.  She was a graduate of Sturgis High School class of 1934 and had been active with their children in Girl Scouts and 4-H.  She enjoyed playing bridge, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Thomas; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Gail Gibson of Anderson, SC; two daughters and son-in-law, Janis and Keith Tirrell of Charlotte and Cheryl McNew of Sturgis; eight grandchildren, Craig, Mark, and Stacey Gibson, Peter, Chelsea, Jeff and Grant Tirrell, Matthew McNew; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Evangeline McBride of Sturgis; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Ethel Niles and Mildred Griffis.

   Services celebrating her life were Nov. 2 at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with the Rev. Keith Treman and Pastor Robert Keim officiating.  Interment was at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Life Care Center of LaGrange.

 

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Ross Gilbert

 

   Ross Emerson Gilbert died at home on October 20, 1998 after a long illness.  Ross was born August 2, 1910 in Pleasant Lake, Ind., one of nine children of Shirley and Nettie (Deller) Gilbert.  Ross was a tool and die maker for General Motors, retiring in 1971 after 31 years.  He was a member of the GM Quarter Century Club, the Houghton Lake Elks, and a former member of the First Congregational Church in Charlotte, where he served as a deacon and sang in the choir.  After retiring, Ross and his wife Bernice divided their time between their homes in Venice, Fla. and Houghton Lake.

   He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bernice (Buffenbarger) ; 2 daughters, Linda (Harold) DeVore of Grand Ledge, and Janet (Jim) Remus of St. Johns; granddaughters, Lisa Rosenfeld of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandsons, Jeffrey VanderVeen of Denver, Colo., Scott (Missy) Remus of Laramie, Wyo., and Matthew Remus of Wixom; sister, Martha Tuttle of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and brothers, Ned (Helen) Gilbert of Auburn, Ind. and Harry Gilbert of Los Angeles, Calif.  Funeral services were held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Palmer-Bush Delta Chapel, 6020 W. Saginaw Hwy., with Rev. Casey Wells of Westminister Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  Those desiring may made contributions to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Gilbert.

 

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Dean Glasslee

 

   Dean O. Glasslee, 100, of Findlay, Ohio, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998 in Findlay.

   Mr. Glasslee was born Dec. 11, 1897 in Clare County, the son of Perry and Emma Glasslee.  While in Charlotte he was employed by the Aluminum Extrusions Division of Hoover from where he retired after about 30 years of service.  He had lived in the Barryton area for a number of years and was a member of the Barryton Church of Christ.

   He is survived by a daughter, Helen Glasslee of Royal, Iowa; a step-son, Wendell Woodward of Findlay, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister, Mildred Hammer of Utah.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; two daughters, Illa Loraine Glasslee and Shirley Wright; a son, Leonard Glasslee and a great-great-granddaughter, Bailey Rae Fletcher.

   Services were held Dec. 9 at the Burkhead-Green  Funeral  Chapel,  Charlotte  with  the  Rev.

 

 

 

Donald Ruff of the Barryton Church of Christ officiating.  Interment was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

 

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Leonard Glasslee

 

   Leonard P. Glasslee, 62, of Dowling died Sept. 19, 1998.

   Mr. Glasslee was born June 25, 1936 in Hastings, the son of Dean and Laura (Murray) Glasslee.  He served in the United States Army and worked for Eaton Manufacturing as a machinist.

   He is survived by a daughter, Laurie Helberg of Bellevue; a son, Lynn (Kim) Glasslee of Bellevue; three grandchildren; his father, Dean of Findlay, Ohio; a sister, Helen Glasslee of Iowa; and friend Mary Lou Powell of Dowling.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Committal services were held with R. Raymond Rossell officiating at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.

 

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Clyde R. Gordeneer

 

   Clyde R. “Lucky” Gordeneer, 88, of Charlotte died April 12, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mr. Gordeneer was born Nov. 5, 1903 in Chester Township, the son of Zackariah and Ella (Carter) Gordeneer.  He worked for Oldsmobile, retiring after 43 years of service.  He was a life member of the Eagles #3552.

   He is survived by his son, Dennis (Judy) Gordeneer of Charlotte; daughter, Brona (Harold) Kimmel of Jackson; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen.

   Services were April 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating.  Interment will be in Needmore Cemetery.

 

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Bernard Gordon

 

   Bernard A. Gordon, 72 of Kalamazoo, formerly of Olivet, died Sept. 20, 1998 at home following a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Gordon was born on Sept. 24, 1925, in Detroit the son of Francis and Mellie (Vabolis) Gordon.  He was a resident of the Olivet area most of his life, moving to Kalamazoo in 1988.  He was employed by the Kellogg Company for 30 years, farmed, worked for P&M Construction Co. of Battle Creek.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II.  In 1947, he married his first wife, Gayle Lou Shafe in Olivet.  In 1997, he married Geraldine “Geri” Morey-Voss in Tacoma, Wash.  He was a member of the Athens VFW Post 5219, the Kellogg’s 25 Year Club, the Lutheran Church, and a life member of the Olivet Masonic Lodge 584.  He enjoyed doing yard work, riding his tractor, and in his youth, deer hunting.

   He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; three daughters, Judy Grube of San Antonio, Texas, Jeannie Grimes of Arlington, Va.; and Janice Gordon of Westland; one son, Dennis “Denny” Gordon of Marshall; stepchildren, Thomas Morey, David Morey, Michael Morey, and Lori Horn, all of Battle Creek, Barbara Weeks of Union City, Julie Dearman of Sherwood and Sandra Ciba of Olivet; seven grandchildren; 22 step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Beatrice Voss of Athens; numerous aunts and uncles.

   Services were held at Kempf Funeral Home.  Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery with military honors provided by Athens VFW Post 5319.

   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Mary Edna Gordon

 

   Mary Edna Gordon, age 75, of Charlotte, died Friday, June 12, 1998.

   Mrs. Gordon was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Kenton, Ohio, the daughter of Victor and Lulu Hesser.

   She is survived by her husband, Charles Frederick “Fritz” Gordon; two daughters, Phyllis (Terry) Southerly of Potterville and Nancy ( Michael) Livingston of Eaton Rapids; one son, David (Kristine) Gordon of Lansing; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruth Botchlett, Helen Summey, Marie Brentlinger and Luella Richardson, and four brothers, Elmer Hesser, Earl Hesser, Charles Hesser and Paul Hesser.

   Funeral services were Monday, June 15, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Robert Palmer officiating.  Interment will be in Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

 

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Ethan Hayward Grant

 

   Ethan Hayward Grant, 66, of Charlotte was welcomed to heaven June 2, 1998.

   Mr. Grant was the son of Ethan C. and Barbara Clare (Kaesemeyer) Grant, and Al and Dorothy Easter.  He was proud to serve his country as a military officer in the Army.  He was a retiree of Michigan Bell, where he worked as a cable splicer.

   He is survived by his wife, Martha Jones; five daughters, Denise (Doug) Keyes of Lowell, Barbara Grant of Grand Ledge, Kathleen Grant of Charlotte, Dawn (Mike) Evans of Holt, and Erin (Paul) Wagner of Lansing; three sons, Ethan H. (Lisa) Jr. of Webberville, David of Oklahoma, and Josh (Elizabeth) of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Ruth Russell of Walport, Ore., and Kaye Elizabeth Peck of Port Huron.

   Graveside services were June 6 at Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

 

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Robert Otho Greenawalt

 

   Robert Otho Greenawalt, 80, of Bellevue died April 18, 1998 at the Eaton Co. Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mr. Greenawalt was born April 12, 1918 in Dola, Ohio, the son of Arthur G. and Mary A. Tressel Greenawalt.  He served the U.S. Army as Sgt. with the 507 Antiaircraft Battalion in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.  He married Dorothy E. Fett Nov. 9, 1940 in Newport, KY.  Mr. Greenawalt worked for 27 years at Post Division, General Foods retiring in 1976.  He was a member of the East Temple Baptist Church of Auburndale, Fla.  He was also a member of Post 25 Year Club, life member of Bellevue Lodge #83, F&AM, and Bellevue Olivet Chapter #196, O.E.S., member of Horace S. Maynard Chapter #82 Royal Arch Masons of Charlotte, Thornapple Valley Post #8260 VFW, and the Bellevue Conservation Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Karen Ostrander of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Kay Serven of Bellevue; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Greenawalt of Bellevue; and two sisters, Lucille Binkley of Lima, Ohio, and Betty Mruczkowski of Cleveland, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Arthur A. Greenawalt; and two brothers, Donald and Gerald Greenawalt.

   Services were April 21 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Donald Francis officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Temple Building Fund.

 

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Darleen E. Gregg

 

   Darleen Eleanore Gregg, 87, of Charlotte died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998, in Lansing.

   She was born Jan. 4, 1911, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of David and Gertrude (Tuttle) Finch.  She attended Charlotte High School.  Darleen was employed by Morris 5 & 10, Bos Bakery, and Charlotte Chair Co. from 1950 to 1987 with 36 years of service.  She married Murl Leon Gregg on April 29, 1929.  He preceded her in death Sept. 30, 1957.  Darleen was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Charlotte; member and founder of Northside Mothers’ Club; volunteer with Eaton County Genealogical Society.  She led a very active life and touched many lives with her encouragement.

   She is survived by her daughter, Norma (Calvin) Etson of Olivet; son, Larry Gregg of Battle Creek; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

   Graveside services were Aug. 15 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with the Rev. Scoot Brood officiating.  Arrangements were handled by Pray Funeral Home.

 

 

   The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Michigan Heart Association.

 

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Harold Gress

 

   Harold Gress, 92, of Springport, passed away Saturday, August 9, 1998.  He was a long time resident of Springport (about 48 years), and past president of the Senior Citizens Club in Springport for many years.  He also was a member of the Pope Church.  People in Springport will remember Harold taking pride in the care of his lawn and garden.

   Surviving are one brother, Kenneth Gress of Jackson and one sister, Gladys Hammond of Florida.  His wife Gertrude preceded Harold in death.

   Memorial service will be held at the Pope Church today, Tuesday, August 18, 1998, at 10:30 a.m.  Interment will be at a later date and time.  No visitation will be held at the funeral home.

 

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Ion Griffin

 

   Ion M. Griffin, 61, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Oct. 25, 1998, at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Griffin was born in Charlotte, the son of Guy and Bernice (Johnson) Griffin.  He was a lifelong Olivet and Charlotte area resident and a 1955 graduate of Olivet High School.  He had been employed by the Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, retiring in 1996 after 38 years of service.  Since retiring from Kellogg’s, he had been employed part time by the Olivet Community Schools.  He was a member of the Kellogg’s 25-year Club and the Marshall Moose Lodge.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary (Pierce); five daughters, Deanna (Phillip) Hebenstreit of Olivet, Darlene Griffin of Potterville, Dawn (Jerome) Howlett of Charlotte, Susan (Eugene) Smith of Orlando, Fla., and Christine Smith of Albion; four sons, Danny Griffin and David (Jane) Griffin, both of Portsmouth, Va., Daniel (Roseann) Smith of Sherwood, and Marty (Robert) Strong of Olivet; 24 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Lee of Olivet, Ted (Ann) of Roscommon, and Jon (Elizabeth) of Charlotte.

   Services were Oct. 29 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Ora Mae Griffin

 

   Ora Mae Griffin, 98, of Charlotte died Feb. 17, 1998.

   Mrs. Griffin was born Dec. 3, 1899 in Neosho, Miss., the daughter of William and Emma (VanPelt) Burdick.  She was a country school teacher, a member of West Carmel Congregational Church and West Carmel Ladies Circle.

   She is survived by two daughters, Jean (Richard) Priesman of Charlotte and Marilyn (Roger) Grove of Lansing; 6 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Theron W. Griffin.

   Services were Feb. 20 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.  Interment was in West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the West Carmel Congregational Church.

 

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James E. Griffith

 

   James E. Griffith, age 63, died Friday, October 30, 1998 at his residence.  Jim was born August 24, 1935 in Greenfield, TN the son of J. Dorman and Flocie E. (Williamson) Griffith.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids.  James was a member of the VFW Post #6986 and served honorable in the U.S. Navy aboard the Battleship Iowa from 1955-1957.  He retired from General Motors in January of 1997 after 42 years as a Skilled Trades Welder.  Jim also farmed in Hamlin Township and the surrounding areas for 31 years.

   Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Joyce E.; 3 sons, David A. (Laurie) Griffith of Eaton Rapids, Timothy J. (Linda) Griffith, Joshua and Daniel Rhodes, Christopher and Elizabeth Griffith, John, James, and Joseph Waite, Thomas and Alan Griffith; 5 great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, Henry Clark (Dorothy) Griffith of TN.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, November 2, 1998, at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating.  Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were Mark A. Griffith, David A. Griffith, Timothy J. Griffith, William T. Cochran, John Ghere, Robert Flory, Lynnette Griffith and Christopher Griffith.  Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Community Heritage Foundation (the James and Joyce Griffith Scholarship Fund), the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Jim.  Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Charles G. Grimwood

 

   Charles G. Grimwood, 74, of Nashville, formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Sept. 27 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital after a short illness.

   Mr. Grimwood was born in Lansing the son of Charles and Edith (Moore) Grimwood and had been a Nashville resident since 1979.  He had lived in Charlotte for 27 years prior to that.

   He served in the 3rd Raider Battalion 6th Division, United States Marine Corps during World War II and received the Purple Heart for his meritorious service.  He also served during the Korean War.  He was employed in the paint department for Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Lansing for 31 years.

   Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Anna (Henry) Grimwood; a daughter, Joann (Gerald) Taylor of Charlotte; three sons, Charles, Jr. (Linda) and Mark both of Charlotte, and Phillip of Sunfield; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Max (Irene) of Carson City; and a sister, Juanita (Harlan) Smalley of Camria, Wis.

   He was preceded in death by a son, John Michael in 1952; and three sisters, Lavonna, Marguerite and Genevieve.

   Services were Sept. 30 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Calvon Kidder officiating.  Military graveside services and interment were at Ferris Township Cemetery, Montcalm County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

 

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Steven Patrick Gruber

 

   Steven Patrick Gruber, age 34, died October 31, 1998 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia as a result of a helicopter accident.  Steve was born November 14, 1963 in Denver, CO.  He was a graduate, with high honors, of Littleton High School class of ’82 and Colorado School of Mindes, Golden, class of ’87 with a degree in Geology.  Steve was a Geophysicist with Western Geophysical of Houston, TX working in Bolivia.  He was a big, quiet, gentle man who loved his family.

   Surviving are his wife, Simone; 2 daughters, Issa Nikole Gruber age 11, and Ashley Mae Gruber age 6; parents James and Bernice (Gallagher) Gruber, Jr. of Littleton, CO; 2 brothers, Jeffrey Allen (Valerie) Gruber of Littleton, CO, Dr. James Vincent Gruber of Somerville, NJ; grandmother, Mae Gruber of Eaton Rapids; uncle, Gerald P. Gruber of Eaton Rapids; aunt, Evelyn (Basil) Johnson of Gross Pointe Farms and several nieces and nephews,

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton.  Interment will follow at the Littleton Cemetery in Colorado.  Those desiring may made contributions to the American Red Cross, 444 Sherman, Denver, CO designated for the Honduras Relief Fund in memory of Steven P. Gruber.  Local arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Effie Hackworth

 

   Effie Hackworth, 88, of Potterville, formerly of Charlotte, died March 13, 1998, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Hackworth was born in Middle Creek, KY., the daughter of Harrison and Izana (Richardson) Williams.  She had been a resident of the Charlotte and Potterville area for more than 40 years.  She was a homemaker and had been part owner, with her husband and son, Ray, of the Fairway Market, retiring in 1973.

   She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Aaron) Collins of Potterville; four sons, Adrian (June) Hackworth of South Dakota, Ray (Joan) Hackworth of Charlotte, Bob (Dee) Hackworth of Eaton Rapids, and Robert (Hazel) Hackworth of Charlotte; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three sisters; and one brother.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hackworth.

   Services were March 16 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Jeffrey Nunham officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Frances Dona Haff

 

   Frances Dona Haff, 84, of Potterville died April 27, 1998.

   Mrs. Haff was born July 9, 1913 in Vermontville, the daughter of Willis and Dona Baker.  She married Francis C. Haff on June 24, 1931.  She worked for the Secretary of State in the License Bureau.  She was a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Lansing.

   She is survived by her husband, Rev. Francis Haff; one son, Jon (Sandy) Haff of Potterville; one daughter, Gloria (Peter) Trumpower of Lakeview; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Hughes of Marshall.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jeanne.

   Services were April 30 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Lansing with the Rev. Donald King and Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene Missions.

 

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Ila M. Hager

 

   Ila Mae Hager, 87, of Lake Odessa went home to be with her Lord Oct. 22, 1998, in Hastings.  She was born March 22, 1911 in Ionia County, daughter of DeWitt and Erma (Howe) Munson.

   Mrs. Hager graduated from Belding High School and Central Michigan County Normal.  She taught in county schools until her marriage to Kenneth C. Hager in 1932.  The Hager’s owned and operated a farm equipment business in Sunfield for several years.  She was later employed by the state of Michigan for many years.

   Surviving are her children, Nancy Margosian of Lansing, Elaine (Dean) Nash of Ionia, Myrna (Wendall) Decker of Grand Ledge, William Hager of Woodland, Sarah (Wendell) Studt of Woodland, and Jackilyn (James) Hilliker of Jupiter, Fla.; extended family members, Ivona Rairigh and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Berry; 27 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and many cherished cousins and friends.

   Mrs. Hager was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, in 1986 and son, Dean C., in 1962.

   Services were Oct. 26 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher, Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. Brian Allbright of the Woodbury United Brethren in Christ Church officiating.  Interment followed in the Sunfield Cemetery.  The pallbearers were Lee Hager, Gary Hager, Aaron Margolian, Patrick Decker, Deanna Musbach, and Justin Hilliker.  Contributions may be made to the Lakewood Community Ambulance, the Mulitple Sclerosis Society, or Hospice of Eaton County.

 

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Grace B. Haigh

 

   Grace B. Haigh, 93, of Charlotte died Jan. 8, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Haigh was born in Benton Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Archie and Iva Walsh.  She was a lifelong area resident.  She graduated from Charlotte High School, Eaton County Normal, Eastern Michigan University of Ypsilanti, and Wayne State University of Detroit.  In Eaton County, she taught in Millet, Dimondale, and in several rural schools.  She also substituted and tutored under the direction of Leora Weymouth.  She was a past matron and life member of Potterville Order of Eastern Star #413 and the Michigan Retired School Personnel, and the Womens’ Guild.

   She is survived by one niece, Linda Collier; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; and four great-great nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis Barnhart; second husband, Lester; three sisters, Florence Gobrect, Mae Fuller, and Alice Maupin; and one brother, Tom Walsh.

   Services were Jan. 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Jerry Slivensky officiating.  Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Ruth M. Hall

 

   Ruth M. Hall, 81, of Eaton Rapids died March 25, 1998 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Hall was born in 1917 in Marlette, the daughter of Elmore H. and Edith L. (Wentworth) Coltson.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids.  She was a Past Noble Grand of the Rebekah Sunshine Lodge #142 of which she was a member for 50 years and a Past President of District #23.  Mrs. Hall was a Red Cross Volunteer at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and a Hospital Auxiliary member.

   She is survived by two sons, Richard S. (Sue) Hall, Jr. of Salem, Or., and William (Sue) Hall of Eaton Rapids; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Russell (Mary) Coltson of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Jan Coltson of Cheboygan and Mary Hall of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Hall.

   Services will be on March 30 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Dr. Alan Malcolm officiating.  Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to either the First Congregational Church or the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital.

 

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Theron A. Hall

 

   Theron A. Hall, 92, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mr. Hall was born in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the son of Arthur and Kitty (Fordham) Hall, and had been a lifelong area resident.  He was a farmer and had been employed by the Michigan State Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1971.  He was a member of the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene and was serving as president of the Resident’s Council at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   He is survived by two daughters, Ellen (Steven) Force of Fayetteville, N.C., and Gloria Armbrustmacher of Grand Ledge; two sons, Lee (Sandy) of Alpena, and Dennis (Nancy) of Grand Ledge; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Stasia (Holcomb) on Aug. 10, 1991 and by six brothers.

   Services were Sept. 9 at the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.  Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene or the American Cancer Society.

 

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Roger E. Hallifax

 

   Roger E. Hallifax, age 81, of Rural Eaton Rapids died Thursday, September 3, 1998.  He was born December 5, 1916 in Clinton, Oklahoma the son of George and Lois (Rogers) Hallifax.  Mr. Hallifax was a retired accountant for the Charlotte Public Schools, and Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Lansing Moose Lodge and a member of the National Model Railroad Association, Inc.

   Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Genevieve (Kohl); 5 daughters, Patricia (Donald) Buggia of DeWitt, Lois Hallifax of Lansing, Jan C. H. (Rodney) Vedder of Eagle, JoAnn (Lynn) Anderson of DeWitt and Julie “Casey” (Scott) Wooster of Chelsea; 5 grandchildren, Tammy & Jeffrey Anderson, Paige Vedder, Breanna & Carley Wooster; brother, Richard (Mary Jayne) Hallifax of Munising; sister, Betty (Dr. Wilford) Davis of Saline; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, September 5, 1998 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.  Burial followed at the Munger Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids.  For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Lung Assn. in memory of Roger E. Hallifax.

 

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Lorena F. Hammond

 

   Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, age 75 died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998 in her home at Sun Lakes, AZ.

   God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be.  So He put her arms around her and whispered “Come with me”.

   Mrs. Hammond was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Lansing to Ray D. and Bonnie M. Laverty.

   She and her family were devoted to dairy farming which took them from Michigan to Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii and Arizona.

   She was a leader in the Brookfield 4-H Club and a member of the Eaton County Extension Club.  She also worked at Motor Wheel, Montgomery Ward and Sears Catalog.

   Lorena’s Masonic affiliations were High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Charlotte in 1959-60.

  She was a life member of the Brookfield #352 Order of the Eastern Star, also being a member at Hickory Corners and a dual member in Chandler, AZ.

   She was President of Eaton County Association in 1961-62, Grand Committee of Michigan in 1962-63 and a past Matron of Brookfield in 1951-52.

   She was predeceased by her parents and husband of 49 years, Harold E. “Shorty”.  Surviving are three daughters, Hope E. (Charles) Smith of Charlotte, Faith L. (Galen) Higdon of Eaton Rapids, Shari T. (Dr. Gerald) Snider of Goshen, IN; one son, Charles P. (Dell) of Tucson, AZ; three granddaughters, Rachel (David) Rockafellow of Sonoma, CA, Nicole (Michael) Freeman and Bethany Hammond, both of Tucson, AZ; two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters; three sisters, Linda M. Davis and Sharon J. Miller of Hawaii and Charlene (Don) Moore of Weidman; special pet, “Blue”; several nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law.

   Mrs. Hammond requested cremation.  Memorial services will be held at the Brookfield Masonic Temple on Dec. 12, 1998 at 3 p.m.

   The family requested contributions to Brookfield OES #352 c/o Shirley Bryson, 2310 Swift Road, Bellevue, MI  49021 in memory of Lorena.

 

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Bertha Mae Harmon

 

   Bertha Mae Harmon, 79, of Vermontville died March 22, 1998.

   Mrs. Harmon was born April 15, 1918 in Chester Township, the daughter of Abie and Della (Mackmore) Ackley.  She had been a nurse’s aide.

   She is survived by two daughters, Donna (Walt) Wyskowski of Charlotte, and Linda (Alton) Olmstead of Vermontville; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Merritt (Goldie) Ackley of Coos Bay, Oregon; four sisters, Betty (Walt) Goff of Eaton Rapids, Lucille Sanders of Bellevue, Geraldine Kilborn of Vermontville, and Joyce (George) Hewitt of Assyria.

   Services were March 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in Freemire Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Mildred C. (Duncan) Harmon

 

   Mildred C. Harmon of Houghton Lake, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 95, died Thursday, July 9, 1998.  Mildred was born November 9, 1902 in Ashley, Indiana the only child of the late Frank and Maude Duncan.  She moved to Olivet in 1913 and graduated from Olivet High School and Western Michigan University.  She married the late Glennwood Harmon of Olivet in June 1926, and moved to Durfee Rd. in Eaton Rapids in 1940.  Mrs. Harmon retired with 15 years of teaching in the Eaton and Calhoun Counties in 1957.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, active in W.S.C.S., Eaton Rapids Rural Extension Club, Pioneer Club and the Senior Citizens Nutrition Club all of Eaton Rapids.  Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Glennwood; son, Kent; daughter, Thais Harmon-Griffin; grandsons, Gary Harmon and Glennwood (Woody) Fletcher; great-grandson, Kevin Pugh.

   Surviving are her daughter, Glenna (Leonard) Collins of Mason; grandchildren, Glenette (Steve) Pugh, Harry (Pam) Fletcher, Jerry Harmon, Larry Harmon, Blake (Jane) Griffin, Belinda (Jim) Gould, Brenda (A.C.) Bradley, Linda (Tom) Whipple, Lynn (Shannon) griffin, Loreen Wickens, Loren (Debbie) Griffin, Bic Thu Harmon; 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter,  Sydney.

   Funeral services were held Monday, July 13th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.   For  those   desiring,   a   memorial

 

 

 

 

contribution may be made to either the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Mildred C. Harmon.

 

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Burr Hartenburg

 

   Burr Hartenburg, 62, of Vermontville died Oct. 13, 1998.  Mr. Hartenburg was born May 31, 1936 in Lansing.

   He was a graduate of Michigan State University, class of 1959, receiving a masters and specialist degree.  In 1959, he commenced an education career at an agriculture teacher at Vermontville High School.  He went on to serve the Maple Valley School District with great pride over the next 39 years in a variety of positions, most notably as the junior and senior high principal retiring in 1998.  Mr. Hartenburg was very active with the Future Farmers of America and Boy Scouts.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Upholstering and woodworking occupied much of his time and he loved antiquing and gardening.

   He is survived by three daughters, Julie (Douglas) Tews of Dimondale, Gretchen (Keith) Pretty of Kalamazoo, and Rachel (James) Myers of London, Ohio; a son, Kurt Hartenburg of Waterford; the mother of his children, Audrey Hartenburg of Vermontville; six grandchildren, Jenna, Adam, Audra, Victoria, Kathryn, Thomas; parents, Lute and Maxine Hartenburg of Eaton Rapids; brother, Vern Hartenburg of West Lake, Ohio; sister-in-law, Renee Hartenburg of Eaton Rapids; and friend, Kay Wyble of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Hartenburg in 1990.

   Services were held Oct. 16 at Robbins United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marty Debow officiating.  Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation for the purpose of establishing a scholarship in his honor.

 

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Cecil J. Hartenburg

 

   Cecil J. Hartenburg, age 83, of rural Eaton Rapids and Mason area, died Saturday, April 18, 1998 at the Martin Luther Holt Home.  Cecil was born April 27, 1914 in Eaton Rapids the son of Carl and Cecile (Clarke) Hartenburg.  Mr. Hartenburg worked for Horner Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids and retired from Lindell Drop Forge in Lansing and spent most of his life farming.  Preceding him in death are his wife, Mable; daughter, Janet DeLano and 2 brothers, Donald and Lloyd Hartenburg.

   Surviving are 4 children: 3 sons, Cecil James (Sue) Hartenburg Jr. of Mason, Carl (Nancy) Hartenburg of Lexington, TN and William Hartenburg of Mason; daughter, Martha Bowen of Vermontville; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter; 2 brothers, Max (Enid) Hartenburg of Manistique and Willis (Helen) Hartenburg of Rapids River; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Bunker Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers will be Jerry Maurer, Don Edgar, Tom Thornton, Matt Brown, Harry Brown, and Larry Brown.  For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Martin Luther Holt Home in memory of Cecil J. Hartenburg.

 

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Forrest G. Haun

 

   Forrest G. Haun, 75, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 17, 1997, at his home.

   Mr. Haun was born March 1, 1922, in Bellevue Township, the son of Orlo and Amanda Haun.  He worked at Dale Baum’s service station, Fisher Body, Lenard Oil Co. before moving to Phoenix.  He retired from T.W.A. Airlines in Phoenix.  Mr. Haun was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Phoenix.

   He is survived by one brother, Lloyd; one sister, Wilene Smith; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Rosalie.

 

 

   Services were Green Acres Memorial Gardens.  He was buried in the Garden of Peace in Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

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Vivian Haun

 

   Vivian Edith Haun, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Mount Pleasant, died Oct. 22, 1998, at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.

   Mrs. Haun was born June 2, 1911, in Charlotte, the daughter of Frank and Evmae (Bates) McLaughlin.  She married Harold Haun June 2, 1936, and was a Latin and English teacher in the Ashley and Clare public schools.  She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Child Study Club, American Association of University Women, Mount Pleasant Women’s Club, Presbyterian Church of Mount Pleasant, and Mount Pleasant Hospital Auxiliary.

   She is survived by one daughter, Diantha (Charles) Hicks of Alma; one son, Macklin (Sue) of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Kenda (Jon) Tomes of Kansas City, MO, Demoree (Abdel) Abdalla of Alma, Joseph Hicks of Chicago, IL, Edward Hicks of Ann Arbor, James (Tanya) Haun of Beloit, WI, and Marie Haun of Charlotte; five great-grandchildren, Zacharia Abdalla, Sarah Abdalla, Samuel Javed, Adam Javed, and Aree Tomes; and one sister-in-law, Barbara McLaughlin of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985, two brothers, Ion McLaughlin and Leighton McLaughlin.

   Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Services are Monday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Peter Brenner officiating.  Interment is in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Margaret L. Hausch

 

   Margaret L. Hausch, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, November 9, 1998 in Charlotte, Michigan.  Mrs. Hausch was born October 10, 1913, in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Chancey and Bertha (Sibra) Smith.  Margaret and her husband owned and operated the Hausch Meat Market in Eaton Rapids.  They retired in 1974.  Margaret was a very active member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens and enjoyed playing Bingo.  Preceding her in death was her husband Ernest in 1982.

   Surviving are 3 children; James Bush of Eaton Rapids, Donna (Larry) Lusk of Oakwood, Ohio and Karline (Herb) Gates Jr. of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 12, from the Skinner Funeral Home of Eaton Rapids, with the Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were grandsons, Daniel Gates, Donald Johnson, Raymond Halliwill, Jeff Auvenshine, Steve Voshell and Allen Voshell.  For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, in memory of Margaret L. Hausch.

 

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Neil E. Hecox

 

   Neil E. Hecox, 84, of Marshall died Feb. 23, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System following a short illness.

   Mr. Hecox was born on Nov. 30, 1913, in Ontonagon, the son of Fred M. and Marguerite (Cockon) Hecox.  He was a graduate of Ontonagon High School and attended Eastern Michigan University.  He has been a resident of Marshall since 1957, moving from Bellevue.  He and his wife owned and operated a variety store in Marshall.  He was also employed by the Ford Motor Company of Plymouth for 10 years.  On July 5, 1941, he married Moreen Shaffer in Weston.

   He is survived by his wife, Moreen; daughter, Cheryl N. Roth of Virginia; two sons, Fred Hecox and Art Hecox of Marshall; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Nina Yauch and Maxine Michalski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services were Feb. 26 at  the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Inc.  Interment followed in Oakridge Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Marshall Fountain Clinic.

 

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Claude C. (Bob) Herber Jr.

 

   Claude C. (Bob) Herber, Jr., 74, of rural Bellevue passed away on May 9, 1998, at Whitehills Health Care Center, East Lansing.

   Mr. Herber was born on Nov. 18, 1923 in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Claude and Mary (Jordon) Herber Sr.  He attended school in Morrice and resided most of his life in the Morrice, Bancroft and Bellevue areas.  His lifetime work was farming.

   He is survived by three sisters, Frances (Raymond) Hazelton of Vernon, Betty (Martin) O’Toole of Okemos, and Emily Slagle of Florida; and one brother, Charles Herber of Marion.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Virginia; and one brother, Frank.

   Graveside services were May 12 at Hillsdale Cemetery, Kalamo, with the Rev. John Walworth officiating.

 

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Anna Herman

 

   Anna May Herman, 52, of Lansing, died Oct. 20, 1998 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mrs. Herman was born Aug. 19, 1946 in Charlotte, the daughter of Leslie and Caroline (Myers) Parker.  She married David Herman June 30, 1988.  She was a member of the Eagles of Charlotte and Holt.

   She is survived by her husband, Dave; two daughters, Caroline Grace Bolan and Katherine Ann Bolan both of Lansing; three sons, James (Kathleen May) Bolan Jr., John Michael Frederick Bolan, and Patrick Aaron Bolan, all of Lansing; four grandchildren, Zachariah, Britney, Ricky, and Chelsea; and a brother, William Parker of Lansing.  Services were held Oct. 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Don Weston officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Clyde W. Hess Sr.

 

   Clyde W. Hess Sr., 84, of Convis Township died Feb. 28, 1998 at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Hess was born Jan. 29, 1914 in Clarendon Township, the son of Frank and Maude (Gary) Hess.  He married Esther Manifold on July 31, 1938 in Angola, Ind.  He operated a sheep shearing business and worked at Marshall Furnace and Eaton Corporation in Marshall, Kellogg Company and Olivet Aviation.  He started Hess Roofing Co. in 1955 until retiring in 1991, it is now Hess Construction Company.

   He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Esther; two sons, Clyde W. Hess, Jr. and James Hess of Bellevue; two daughters, Janet Hughes of Assyria and Jean Ann Rigelman of Olivet; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Vera Kidd of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ella Jennings and Marie Kappis; and two brothers, Howard and Milford Hess.

   Services were March 4 at the Shawn Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, with the Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis officiating.  Interment was in the Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Emmett Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Calhoun County Cancer Society.

 

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Derek Byington-Lloyd Hibdon

 

   Derek Byington-Lloyd Hibdon, 10, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Vermontville, went to be with the Lord March 20, 1998 while visiting family in Lubbock, Texas.

   Derek was born Aug. 26, 1987 in Stuttgart-Badd Cannstadt, Germany.  He attended the Faith Baptist Church in Grand Rapids.  When in Vermontville, he attended the Vermontville Bible Church.  He enjoyed doing magic.

   Derek is survived by his mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Jurrill Hibdon of Grand Rapids; father and stepmother, David and Donna Lloyd of Ft. Mills, S.C.; sister, Jade, Jenaye, and Tonya; brothers, Kenny, Timothy, and Patrick; maternal grandparents, Philip and Peggy Byington of Vermontville; paternal step-grandparents, LeRoy and Joyce Hibdon of Lubbock, Texas; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Memorial services were April 4 at the Vermontville Bible Church.

 

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Mary R. Hice

 

   Mary Rose Hice, 91, of Charlotte died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998.

   Mrs. Hice was born Jan. 10, 1907, in Loda, Ill., the daughter of Samuel and Lillie (Patterson) Snyder.  She moved to Charlotte in 1920 where she graduated from Charlotte High School and Eaton County Normal.  She married her husband, Bernard in 1926.  They farmed in Carmel, Kalamo, and Brookfield Townships.  Mrs. Hice taught Sunday School for over 30 years in the Five Corners area.  She attended the Gresham United Methodist Church.

   Surviving are two daughters, Betty Jo (Don) Mathis of LaGrange, Wyo. and Ann (George) Hull of Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, Winton (Bette) and Kenneth (Sharon) both of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Joyce Hice of Pontiac; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; a son, Jerrold; two sisters, Helen Bess and Gladys Wilkinson; and two brothers, Raymond and Warren Snyder.

   Services were Sept. 28 at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Gresham United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity Eaton County, or Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange, Wyo.

 

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Kenneth Russell Higelmire

 

   Kenneth Russell Higelmire, age 74 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, November 7, 1998 at a Lansing Hospital.  He was born June 19, 1924 in Lansing, MI, the son of Clifford and Bertha (Welsh) Higelmire.  Ken was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School and the Owosso Bible College.  He worked at Mid-West in Owosso and Durrand and later Pastored in Missionary Churches in Tennessee and upon retiring he returned to farming in Eaton Rapids.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Betty, parents and brother, Charles.

   Surviving are his wife, Kathryn of Eaton Rapids; sister, Barbara (Merle) Wright of Eaton Rapids and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

   Ken’s wishes were that he be cremated and his ashes buried next to his first wife, Betty, in the Grovenburg Cemetery.  The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home of Eaton Rapids.

 

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George Hilliard

 

   George Hilliard, age 83, died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Charlotte.  George was born December 19, 1914 in Eaton Rapids the son of William and Susan (Brandon) Hilliard.  Mr. Hilliard was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1933.  He owned and operated the Hilliard Oil Co. for 40 years.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Elizabeth (Shepardson) Desgrange and son-in-law, Neil Jones.

   Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Dorothy (Spurlock) Hilliard; 2 daughters, Patricia Jones of Lansing, Ruth (Larry) Gooch of Eaton Rapids; son, Dick (Sharla) Hilliard of Onondaga; 6 grandchildren, Gregg (Lois) Gooch of Highland, Mindy Jones of Lansing, Kimberly (Brian) Willcutt of Onondaga, Joy (Kyle) Moulton of Eaton Rapids, Perry (Ann) Gooch of Grand Rapids, James Hilliard of Rives Junction; 5 great grandchildren, Joshua Terwilliger, Grant Gooch, Griffin Gooch, Andy Moulton, Dani Willcutt; his brother, John (Thelma) Hilliard of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, September 21, 1998, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Winford Collins officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Gregg Gooch, Perry Gooch, Kyle Moulton, Jim Hilliard and Brian Willcutt.  Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church in memory of George Hilliard.

 

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Flin Hillis

 

   Flin Hillis, 76, of Olivet died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall.

   Mr. Hillis was born June 18, 1922 in McMinnville, Tenn., the son of Oliver and Fluellar (Russell) Hillis.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a submariner in the Pacific Theater.  He achieved the rank of Electrician’s Mate First Class.  He was an electrician for over 50 years with Local #3443 IBEW, retiring in 1985.  He married Wanda (Walkinshaw) 50 years ago June 18, 1948.  He was a 50-year member of the IBEW, where he helped develop the apprentice program for the local union.  He was a scout leader and enjoyed camping.  In 1984 he built an underground house and owned a commercial and residential electrical business from 1964-67.  He designed and built solar panels to generate heat and water before they were common on the market.  He also completed a correspondence course in electronics.

   He is survived by his wife, Wanda; two daughters, Susan McDaniel of Brooklet, Ga. and Terilynn Hillis of Olivet; four sons, Steven Hillis of Grand Rapids, Douglas and David Hillis of Battle Creek, and Dana Hillis of Olivet; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lettie Tucker and Mary Ruth Carr of McMinnville, Tenn.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Lila Hale; and three brothers, Roy, Morgan and Wilmarth Hillis.

   Services were Dec. 2 at the Olivet First Assembly of God with the Rev. Doug Hammond officiating.  Interment was in the Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Emmett Township.  Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home-Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Battle Creek Health System Nephrology Center.

 

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Thelma A. Hisler

 

   Thelma A. (Sebastian) Hisler, 86, died Feb. 12, 1998, at the Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, after a short illness.

   Mrs. Hisler was born in Albion, the daughter of Louis P. and Fannie (Sowle) Sebastian and had been a lifelong area resident.  She was a graduate of Albion High School.  She was a member of the Brookfield Eaton United Methodist Church, the Duke Lake Endeavor Society, the Farm Bureau, and the Olivet Senior Citizens.  She married Henry Hisler on March 12, 1932.

   He is survived by two sons, Ronald (Nila) Hisler and Rodger (Janice) Hisler both of Charlotte; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by her husband, Henry.

   Services were Feb. 16 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Geri Litchfield officiating.  Interment was in the Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookfield Eaton United Methodist Church or to the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Albert Wesley Hogle

 

   Albert Wesley Hogle, 78, of Charlotte, died Sunday, June 14, 1998.

   Mr. Hogle was born Jan. 5, 1920, in Lakeview, the son of LeRoy and Grace (Tripp) Hogle.  He worked in road construction as a heavy equipment operator for Goodwin & Sons and Harris Brothers.  He was a life member of VFW Post 2406 of Charlotte and a member of Greenawalt Flaharty Post 42.

   He is survived by his wife, Wilma Jane (Boyer) Hogle; daughter, Linda Lamb of Antioch, Tenn.; sons, Neil (Patricia) Hogle of Lansing and Lowell Hogle of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; brother, Lee (Elnora) Hogle of Riverview, sister, Thelma Randall of Banning, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Wednesday, June 17, at Pray Funeral Home with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment will be in Fort Custer Cemetery in Augusta.

 

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Marian L. Hogle

 

   Marian L. Hogle, 75, of Olivet died Jan. 21, 1998, at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing.

   Mrs. Hogle was born in Augusta, the daughter of Lisle and Frieda (Arndt) Kellogg.  She was head of maintenance at Olivet College for 40 years, retiring in 1992.  She was a member of the Rebekahs until 1960.

   She is survived by one daughter, Mary (Clare) Curtis of Charlotte; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; special friends, Wanda Dailey and Doris Harrington; two sisters, Gwendola Johnson of Battle Creek, Vera (Jerry) Barnes of Leonidas; and two brothers, Glenn (Marilyn) Kellogg of Lansing, Lisle (Mary) Kellogg, Jr. of Battle Creek.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle.

   Services were Jan. 24 at the Pray Funeral Home, with the Rev. Winford Collins officiating.

 

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Ruth C. Holder

 

   Ruth C. Holder, 90, of Bellevue died Jan. 6, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System.  She resided at Patricia Foster Care Home in Bellevue since 1993.

   Mrs. Holder was born April 16, 1907, in Baltimore Township, the daughter of William and Lydia (Garrison) Bryans.  She graduated from Hastings High School in 1924 and Sheldon School of Business in Chicago in 1927.  She worked for several attorneys and insurance agencies in Hastings and Woodland, and worked for Kim Sigler who later became Governor of Michigan.  She married Harvey Myers in 1927, ended in divorce.  Then she married Harold Swanson in 1944, he died.  She married Clare Holder in 1952, he also died.

   She is survived by her stepson, Richard (Betty) Swanson of Rapid City; three nieces; and four nephews.

   She was preceded in death by three brothers, Bernard, Arthur, and Robert Bryans, and two sisters, Emma Keller and Pearl Emmons.

   Services were Jan. 9 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Wendell Stine officiating.  Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Hastings.

 

 

 

   Memorial contributions may be made out to the Barry Community Hospice or the Salvation Army.

 

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Orville Hollister

 

   Orville “Shorty” Hollister, 74, of Bellevue Township died April 10, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, after being stricken at home.

   Mr. Hollister was born August 5, 1923 in Assyria Township, to Charles A. and Virgie (Avers) Hollister.  He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in Florida and Hawaii.  He married Veretta Jean F. Riley on October 23, 1977.  Mr. Hollister was employed by Union Pump and the John Beam Company in Lansing, before starting Hollister Auto Parts in Bellevue, which he operated for 30 years.  He was a member of the Battle Creek Elks Lodge #131, and Eagles Aerie #299 where he was on the bowling team.

   He is survived by his wife, Veretta J. Hollister; three sons, Orville Hollister and Robert Hollister of Charlotte, and Charles Hollister of Bellevue; four daughters, Judy Jenkins of Bellevue, Paulette Fancher of Charlotte, Pam James and Deb Jaskie both of Battle Creek; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard of Florida and Bernard of Battle Creek; six sisters, Grace Smith of Texas, Elizabeth Gregg of Battle Creek, Luetta Bruin of Mason, Doris Overracker and Peg Pennington of Battle Creek, and Jennetta West of Oklahoma.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ernest; and two sisters, Marcella Hollister and Margaret Dempsey; and a great-granddaughter.

   Services were April 14 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Marvin C. Morgan officiating.  Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

 

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Mary Hosey

 

   Mary Hosey, 92, of Vermontville, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at Country Living Adult Foster Care.

   Mrs. Hosey was born March 23, 1906 in Eaton County, the daughter of Ira and Vera (Rolfe) Halsey.

   She is survived by three daughters, Ardella (George) Hall of Higgins Lake, Wilma (Glenn) Powers of Vermontville, and Mary Lou (Douglas) Faust of Charlotte; two sons, Melvin (Harlean) of Coopersville, and William (Marilyn) of Vermontville; one daughter-in-law, Kathleen Hosey of Nashville; six sisters, Luella Wonser of Eaton Rapids, Edith Hutchison, Vera Bracy, Ola Burnett, Ila Burnett all of Charlotte, and Gladys Thomas of North Carolina; three brothers, Floyd Halsey of Charlotte, Robert Halsey of Nashville, and Harold Halsey of Florida; 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Melvin Hosey in 1964; one daughter, Audra Reynolds; and one son, Roger Hosey.

   Services were Sept. 14 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

 

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Norma Housler

 

   Norma Maxine Housler, 90, of Charlotte, died Oct. 9, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.

   Maxine was born in Chester Township, the daughter of William and Edith (Green) Schrader.  She was a farmer’s wife and a loving mother and grandmother.  She was a lifelong member of Gresham United Methodist Church.  She was a well-loved and highly respected teacher for 30 years teaching in various country schools including the Morse and Valley Schools and the Maple Valley School System.  After retirement she worked at the Tot Spot and was fondly referred to as Grandma Maxine.  Recently Maxine celebrated her 90th birthday with an open house at the farm.  She enjoyed seeing friends and family at the gathering.

   She is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Larry) Adams of Charlotte, Rebecca Hunt of Kalamazoo, and Connie (Rex) Francis of Kentwood; and six grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon in 1995; and a brother, Bernard Schrader.

   Services were held Oct. 12 at Pray Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating.  Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Gresham United Methodist Church.

 

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Kathryn Howard

 

   Kathryn Laura Lehman Howard, 86, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 21, 1998.

   Mrs. Howard was born Oct. 18, 1912, in Charlotte, the daughter of Henry and Myrtie Lehman.  She moved to Gainesville from Charlotte to be near her family, but always wanted to return to Michigan.  She was lovingly called Gramma Cake.

   She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Marc) Edelstein; two grandsons, Bill (Michelle) Edelstein and Him Goodrich; two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Susanna Goodrich; two nieces, Diane Corrigan of Lansing and Sally Holmes of Charlotte; and one nephew, David Michael of Dimondale.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Charles Howard.

   Services were Dec. 24 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Joel O. Hummel

 

   Joel O. Hummel, 84, of Vermontville died Feb. 4, 1998, at Tendercare of Hastings.

   Mr. Hummel was born April 15, 1913, in Kalamazoo, the son of Earl and Lillie Ann (Sievers) Hummel.  He was raised by his grandparents, James and Mary Ann Hummel, and was a lifelong resident of the Nashville and Kalamo areas.  He planted trees in northern Michigan in the 1930s as part of the Civil Conservation Corps.  He was also employed at Lentz Table Co. of Nashville, Piston Ring Co. of Hastings. and retired from Post Cereals, Battle Creek in 1975 after 23 years of service.  He was a member of the Nashville Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years following in his grandfather’s (James Hummel) footsteps.  He was a lifetime member of the National Trappers’ Assoc., Southern Michigan Trappers’ Assoc., Upper Manistee River Assoc., and Bear Lake Township Improvement Assoc.

   He is survived by his wife, Gladys (Perkins) Hummel; two daughters, Mary (Bob) Wood of Nashville and Bonnie (Bob) Hanford of Hastings; two sons, Marvin (Gloria) of Grand Ledge and Jim (Mary Ann) of Nashville; two stepchildren, Jim Perkins of Nashville and Janice Bayha of Vermontville; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vada Mix of Nashville, Audrey Wynne of Florida, and Beatrice Galliday of Kalamazoo; and three brothers, Robert of Vermontville, Martin of Hesperia, and Earl of Paw Paw.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Belle; one grandson, Wesley Wood; and two sisters, Jennie Henry and Geneva Whitt.

   Services were Feb. 7 at the Maple Valley Chapel-Genther Funeral Home, Nashville, with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating.  Interment was in the Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Fire Department.

 

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Helen D. “Dottie” Hunt

 

   Helen D. “Dottie” Hunt, age 87 of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.  She was born February 23, 1911 in Lansing the daughter of Augustus and Viamette (Barbour) Montaven.  Mrs. Hunt was a retired sales clerk for Knapps in Lansing and was a former school bus driver for both Eaton Rapids and Grand Ledge.

   Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Donald “Bud” Hunt of Eaton Rapids; 5 children, Arlen (Phyllis) Ward of St. Joseph, MI, Sharon Shulick of Union Lake, MI, Annette Dutton of Indianapolis, IN, Karen Dunkel of Dimondale and Susie (Jeff) Morey of Westphalia; 12 grandchildren, Mike Ward, Debbie Gabrick, Dianna Wright, Sherri Kemp, Anne Shulick, Kevin Dutton, Brian Dutton, Martin Smith, David Smith, Trina Sperry, Todd Morey, and Greg Morey; 8 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 8, 1998 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Paul L. Hasselbring, Vicar of the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Eaton Rapids officiating.  Graveside services followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were grandsons, Martin Smith, David Smith, Todd Morey, Greg Morey, Kevin Dutton and Brian Dutton.  For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, 530 Beech Street, Charlotte MI  48813, in memory of Helen “Dottie” Hunt.

 

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Christopher M. Huser

 

   Christopher Michael Huser, 25, of Naperville, Ill., died Aug. 7, 1998.

   He was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., Nov. 16, 1982, the son of Klaus and Diane (Binns) Huser.  He was employed by Lyon Metal in Aurora, Ill., and married Christine Beerbower Dec. 30, 1995.

   He is survived by his wife, Christine K. Huser of Naperville, Ill.; parents, Klaus and Diane Huser of Ypsilanti; in-laws, Norman and Janet Beerbower of Kalamazoo; sister-in-law, Andrea Beerbower; and grandparents, Leona and Dale Binns of Mulliken and Ruth Huser of Dortmund, Germany.

   Services were Aug. 11 at the Sunfield United Brethren Church, with the Rev. Kevin Cherry officiating.  Interment was in the South Portage Cemetery, Portage.

   Arrangements were made by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

 

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Nancy Jane Hyde

 

   Nancy Jane Hyde, 81, of Charlotte died June 16, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Hyde was preceded in death by her husband, Francis.

   She was the daughter of William and Susan (Wargo) Aubrey.  She was formerly a teacher in the Rural School System and involved in local bowling leagues for many years. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and camping.

   She is survived by two daughters, Pat (Glenn) Briggs of Charlotte and Anita (Rodney) Rodgers of Gwinn; two sons, Steve Hyde of Springport and Michael Hyde of Tulsa, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Sue (Sheba) Haight of Higgins Lake; and brother-in-law, Orville Hyde of Byron Center.

   Funeral services were Saturday, June 20, 1998, at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in West Carmel Cemetery.

 

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Harry T. Idle

 

   Harry Thomas Idle, 72, of East Lansing, formerly of Independence Village, died Aug. 6, 1998, at the Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mr. Idle was born in Pen Argyl, PA, the son of the Rev. H. Franklin and Alice (Lobb) Idle.  He graduated from Georgetown University.  He was a member of the Charlotte Lions club, was a reader for the Radio Talking Book program at WKAR Radio, and was a volunteer at the Ingham Regional Medical Center Gift Shop.  He had been employed as an auditor for the U.S. government.

   He is survived by two stepbrothers, Max Hamilton of Portage, and Vance Hamilton of Holt; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Gyger; and two brothers, Jerry Idle and John Idle.

   Services will be Sunday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Ingham Regional Medical Center or the WKAR Radio Talking Book program.

 

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John C. Jackson

 

   John C. Jackson, 93, of Sunfield died Dec. 28, 1997, in Charlotte.

   Mr. Jackson was born Aug. 11, 1904, in Sunfield, the son of James and Florence May (Lippincott) Jackson.  He retired from Worthington’s Hardware, Lansing in 1964.  He was a member of the Sunfield United Brethren in Christ Church and the Michigan Centennial Farms Association of Eaton County.  Mr. Jackson helped to build and maintain the Centennial Acres Golf Course.

   He is survived by his wife of 71 years, son, LeRoy (Norma) Jackson of Sunfield; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his mother and father; one brother, Glen (Marie) Jackson; and one sister, Sue (Roy) Bishop.

   Services were Dec. 31 at the Sunfield United Brethren in Christ Church with the Rev. Mark E. Ralph officiating.  Interment was in the Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.  Arrangements were made by the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the United Brethren Church.

 

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Philip Ritter Jenkins

 

   Philip Ritter Jenkins, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, September 1, 1998 after a brief illness.  He was born November 29, 1926 in Berryville, VA, the son of Mary Virginia Smithey and Clarence Ritter Jenkins.  He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II.  Philip was very proud of his career as a professional engineer.  He traveled widely as a demolition expert for Hercules Powder Corp.  Mr. Jenkins was a building contractor for the State of Michigan Secondary complex and was also employed by the Lansing Housing Commission as a maintenance supervisor.  Upon retirement, he served as Deputy Drain Commissioner for Ingham County.  His interests included gourmet cooking, carpentry, antiques, and gardening at his farm.  Philip was an avid reader who loved books.

   Surviving are his devoted wife of 24 plus years, Manuela; 4 children, Philip Ritter, Jr., Paul Richard, Jane Marie and Catherine; several grandchildren and 1 sister, Virginia Jane Davison of Jacksonville, FL.  He will be sadly missed by his longtime friend, Herbert Wolfe.

   Burial services were private.  Visitation for family and friends were held Thursday, September 3, 1998, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Public Library, 200 S. Main, in memory of Philip Ritter Jenkins.

 

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Eileen M. Jenson

 

   Eileen Marie Jenson, 68, of Charlotte died Oct. 7, 1998.

   Mrs. Jenson was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Lansing, the daughter of Bruce and Rhoda (Bearsley) Siple.  She worked at the Charlotte chair Factory and Wilcox-Gay.  she was a life member of the Eagles and involved with many community activities.  She volunteered at the Wednesday night Community Dinners at the Charlotte Eagles hall and served as Inside Guard for the Eagles Auxiliary.

   She is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Blane) White and Cecil (Coy) Cousins, both of Vermontville, and Karen (LeRoy) Halliwill of Charlotte; four sons, Charles and Joseph (Terry) Jenson, both of Charlotte, Mitch Jenson of Lansing, and George (Tami) Stickles; one daughter-in-law, Peg Jenson of Vermontville; one sister-in-law, Beulah Jenson of Charlotte; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special family members Eugene Hayes and Donald Okinoweski.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Noel, in 1968, and one son, Neil in 1986.

   Services were Oct. 10 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson and Elder Richard Garn officiating.  Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery.

 

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Arlene M. Johnson

 

   Arlene M. (Simpson) Johnson, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Grand Ledge, died Feb. 16, 1998, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte, following a long illness.

   Mrs. Johnson was born May 2, 1910, in Chester Township, the daughter of Ralph E. and Mabel I. (Sweet) Newth.  She was a former volunteer with the American Red Cross, working with the blood bank; former manager of the gift store at Hayes Green Beach Hospital and former secretary with the National Farmers Organization.

   She is survived by two daughters, Mary (Roger) Ash of Charlotte and Katherine (Robert) Leonard Mulliken; four granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Martha Newth of Mulliken and Lulu Gregg of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands, Nelson Simpson and John T. Johnson; two sisters, Bernice H. Bailey and Gladys L. Cathcart; and two brothers, Emerson and Herbert Newth.

   Private interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of your choice.

 

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Doris Johnson

 

   Doris Lucille Johnson, 86, of Charlotte died Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998 at Eaton Rapids Community Hospital.  Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 27, 1912 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Frank and Leva (Gale) Whittum.

   She previously taught in the country school system, was an avid card player and former member of the Brookfield United Methodist Women.

   She is survived by her son, Larry (Sharon) Johnson of Olivet; daughter, Janice (Rodger) Hisler of Charlotte; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; her brother, Wayne (Virginia) Whittum of Albion, and her Aunt Marie Current of Jackson.

   Funeral services are Monday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Geri Litchfield officiating.  Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.  Visitation is Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the Brookfield United Methodist Church.

 

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James E. Johnson

 

   James E. Johnson, age 82, of Eaton Rapids died Monday, May 4, 1998 at his residence.  He has finished the race and heard his Father say: “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.  Mr. Johnson was a retired contractor for Primo Construction Company of Okemos and a member of the Michigan Carpenter’s Union Local 1449 of Lansing and a member of Emanuel Baptist Church in Lansing.  James is preceded in death by a sister Mozella Reaves and grandson Seth Page.  He is standing at the river of life with Seth his grandson who met him at heaven’s gate, fishing pole in hand, finding joy and peace beyond measure.

   A devoted and loving husband to Annie Mae (Trosper) Johnson; a strong and wonderful father to James M. (Joan) Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Herbert A. Johnson of Charlotte, Phyllis A. (Jim) Davison of Eaton Rapids and Judy Page of East Lansing; and a great grandpa to 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Eula Reed, Rosie Buttrey and Annie Lora Morgan and 1 brother, Elmer Johnson all of Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Floyd Hughes officiating.  Graveside services will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers will be Craig Johnson, Jim Johnson, Tory Page, Aaron Achors, Mark Wells and Bill O’Connell.    For   those    desiring    a    memorial

 

 

 

 

contribution may be made to the James Johnson Memorial Fund in care of Phyllis Davison, 8247 Five Point Hwy., Eaton Rapids MI  48827 in memory of James E. Johnson.

 

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Andrew Thomas Joostberns Sr.

 

   Andrew Thomas Joostberns Sr., 55, of Vermontville passed away July 6, 1998, at Sparrow Hospital after a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Joostberns was born April 12, 1943, in Allegan, the son of the late Gerrit and Florence Joostberns.  He was a senior supervisor for the Board of Water and Light, retiring in 1996.  He was a former chief of the Vermontville Fire Department, president of Vermontville Lions Club and president of the Maple Valley Athletic Boosters, as well as an avid supporter of athletics.

   Mr. Joostberns married Darlene Kay (Kizer) on Oct. 1, 1960.

   He is survived by his wife, Darlene; four sons, Andrew Jr. (Susan) of Las Vegas, Nev., Tony (Brenda) of Nashville, Randy (Joene) of Battle Creek, and Scott (Tina) of Fairborn, Ohio; one daughter, Debra, at home; 10 grandchildren; four sisters, Pearl Hunsberger of Bloomingdale, Shirley (Glenn) Kaylor, Donna Kaylor of Allegan, Charlotte (Orlin) Eberhard of Bloomingdale; three brothers, Gary (Caroline) of Grand Junction, Paul (Susan) of Grand Ledge, and Donald (Mary) of Portage; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were July 9 at the First Congregational Church in Vermontville, with the Rev. Eric Lison officiating.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Athletic Boosters.

 

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Jesse R. Jordan

 

   Jesse R. Jordan, 91, died Dec. 27, 1997, in Eaton Rapids.

   Mr. Jordan was born April 6, 1906, in Springfield, Ohio, the son of William and Laura (Pittro) Jordan.  He was a lifelong resident of the Eaton Rapids area and retired from Federal Drop Forge in 1966 after 30 years of service.

   He was survived by two daughters, Doris (Albert) Adams of Eaton Rapids and Barbara (Leo) Jones of Columbia, Tenn.; three sons, Jesse Jr. (Betty), Bill (Estella), and Steven (Shirley) Haskel, all of Eaton Rapids; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Arlene May of Charlotte.  There were no services.  Arrangements were made by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Marie E. Kappis

 

   Marie E. Kappis, 90, of Marshall died Feb. 11, 1998, at Marshall Manor following a short illness.

   Mrs. Kappis was born Nov. 7, 1907, in Clarendon Township, the daughter of Frank and Maude (Garry) Hess.  She was a lifelong resident of this area and was a graduate of County Normal.  She was a teacher and had taught at county schools in Homer/Eckford areas.  On June 30, 1931, she married George H. Kappis.  Mrs. Kappis was a charter member of the Eastern Starr, and was a Worthy Matron.

   She is survived by her sister, Vera Kidd of Battle Creek; brother, Clyde Hess of Bellevue; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, George; sister, Ella Jennings; and brothers, Howard Hess and Milfred Hess.

   Services were Feb. 14 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home.  Interment followed in Oakridge Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Roy E. Keeler

 

   Roy E. “Pa” Keeler, 80, of Eaton Rapids died Feb. 5, 1998, in Eaton Rapids.

   Mr. Keeler was born March 14, 1917, in Eaton Rapids, the son of Lloyd and Bertha Ella (Kikendall) Keeler.  He was the owner and operator of the Keeler Trading Post for 50 years.  He was a life member of N.M.L.R.A., N.R.A., Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Michigan Antique Arms Association, Eaton Rapids Conservation Club, and the 3 Fires Muzzleloaders Club.  He was a member of Chief Okemos Sportsmen’s Club, Michigan Schutzen Society, and the American Single Shot Rifle Association.  Mr. Keeler was the first inductee into the Muzzleloaders Hall of Fame in 1995 and the second member inducted into the Northwest Council in 1963.  For 25 years, Roy wrote “Pa's Powder Horn” for the M.U.C.C. Magazine.  He also taught.  He retired as a Millwright from Fisher Body after 32 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Margaret; two daughters, B. Jean (Richard) Brown of Eaton Rapids and Jo (Bruce) Gage of Albion; son, Bob (Dorie) Keeler of Springport; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; six brothers, Arthur (Pauline) Keeler of Port Huron, Howard Keeler of Eaton Rapids, Ron (Jean) Keeler of Hickory Corners, Chuck (Louise) Keeler of Springport, Dr. Van (Aino) Keeler of Shelbyville, and Bob (Erlene) Keeler of Spring Arbor; sister-in-law, Ellen Keeler of Allegan; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma “Ma” Keeler; two brothers, Forrest and Lewis Keeler.

   Services were Feb. 9 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.  Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Lee Kellogg

 

   Lee Anthony Kellogg, 22, of Cornersville, Tenn., died Oct. 18, 1998, following an automobile accident on his way to work.

   Mr. Kellogg was a native of Lansing, son of Dennis Kellogg Sr. of Eaton Rapids and Cindy Wallace Gilson of Cornersville.

   He was employed by the State of Tennessee Parks Department, was a student at Columbia State Community College and a member of the First Baptist Church of Pulaski and the Promise Keepers.

   He is survived by her parents; three sisters, Autum Kellogg, Spring Gilson, and Wynter Gilson all of Cornersville; a stepmother, Barbara Kellogg of Eaton Rapids, paternal grandmother, Laura Kellogg of Charlotte; maternal grandparents, Dan and Rose Frary of Battle Creek; and maternal great-grandmother, Goldie Vanocker of Battle Creek.

   Services were held Oct. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Dr. Charles Moore officiating.

 

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Jerome M. Kendra

 

   Jerome M. Kendra, 66, of Charlotte passed away March 15, 1998, in Punta Gorda, Fla.

   Mr. Kendra served in the Korean War as a Marine.  He was a member of the Charlotte Eagles #3552.  He was employed as a manager with A&P for 20 years and a foreman at General Aluminum for 15 years before retiring.

   He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn; two daughters, Pam (Lee) Dingwell, and Sandra (James) Brzycki of Charlotte; and two sons, Randy (Denise) Kendra of Charlotte, and Dennis (Gayle) Kendra of Miami, Fla.; 9 grandchildren; father, Stanley Kendra of Miami, Fla.; two brothers of Muskegon; and one sister of Williamston.

   He was preceded in death by his mother and brother.

   There will be no services at this time.

 

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Devin Lee Dre Kikendall

 

   Devin Lee Dre Kikendall, 6 months, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 13, 1998.

   Devin was born Jan. 7, 1998, in Lansing, the son of Steven Joe and Jennie (Zakora) Kikendall.  He is survived by his parents; brother, Dakota Joe; grandparents, Steven and Christine Kikendall of Eaton Rapids, Joe Zakora of Charlotte, and Jamie Southern of Olivet; great-grandparents, Theo Zakora of Charlotte, Richard F. Babcock of Olivet, and Robert and Rena Gillett of Eaton Rapids; great-great-grandmother, Dorothy Powers of Charlotte, and Mary Moore of Lansing; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Funeral services were Tuesday, June 16, 1998, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. William H. Brown officiating.  Interment will be in West Carmel Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

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Larry Kilbourn

 

   Larry L. Kilbourn, 35, of Bellevue, formerly of Olivet, Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System of natural causes.

   Mr. Kilbourn was born in Marshall the son of William and Barbara (Andrews) Kilbourn and had been a Bellevue area resident since 1991.  He was a graduate of Olivet High School and was employed at Spartan Motors in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Carol A. (Shook); his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Tary White of Bellevue; his father, William of Marble Hill, MO; four sisters, Robin (Doug) Hamilton of Olivet, Sandi (Kyle) Albrecht of Holly, Chris (Dennis) Deater of Grant, and Teresa (Rob Pardee) Saunders of Newago; two stepsisters, Anna (Delbert) Neff of Olivet and Janice White of Jackson; two stepbrothers, Kenneth (Traci) White of Albion and Michael (Mindi) White of Union City; numerous nieces and nephews and his father and mother-in-law, Fred and Anita Shook of Bellevue.

   Services were held Nov. 16 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte with the Rev. Ray Talmage officiating.  Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Mabel R. Kill

 

   Mabel R. Kill, 52, of Bellevue died March 29, 1998, at her residence following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Kill was born May 14, 1945 in Ionia County, the daughter of Earl and Lula-Belle Ely.  She worked as a housekeeper at the Eaton Manor Nursing Home for many years.

   She is survived by her husband, Allen; daughter, Tracy Lewis of Castilia, Ohio; two sons, Jeffery of Nashville, and Allen II of Bellevue; four grandchildren; one sister, Mary (Arnold) Preece of Freeport; one brother, Laverne (Carolyn) Ely of Woodland; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were April 1 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo.

 

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Florence L. Kilpatrick

 

   Florence L. Kilpatrick, 98, of Vermontville died July 11, 1998, at Thornapple Manor.

   Mrs. Kilpatrick was born Aug. 23, 1899, in Gibsonburg, Ohio, the daughter of Jacob and Wilhemina (Yack) Faust.  She had been employed by Bell Telephone for many years.  She was a life member of Kalamo OES #399 and the Vermontville Congregational Church.

   She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Phyllis Kilpatrick of Vermontville; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothea (Verle) Stall of Charlotte; and two brothers, Lloyd Faust of Charlotte and Clarence (Dorothy) Faust of Hastings.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland, and son, Russell.

   Services were July 14 at the First Congregational Church, Vermontville, with the Rev. Eric E. Lison officiating.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Mary King

 

   Mary Geraldine King, 88, of Holt, died Nov. 30, 1998.

   Mrs. King was born Sept. 23, 1910, in Crystal, the daughter of Marion and Susan (Caprin) Waldron.  She enjoyed playing the kazoo in the Del-Hi-Ho Band of Delhi Township, Holt.

   She is survived by one daughter, Aletha (Darwin) Lampman of Charlotte; two sons, Nelson (Dorothy) King of Mason and Walter (Laura) King of Mesa, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1975; a daughter, Mary Slocum in 1986; a son, Dwaine in 1987; and two grandchildren.

   Services were Dec. 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

 

 

 

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

 

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Vickie King

 

   Vickie Lynn King, 45, died Nov. 11, 1998 in Lansing.  Vickie was born Feb. 11, 1953 in Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, David.  Surviving are her daughter, April M. (Craig) King-Hodges of Elkton, KY; two sons, Jason King and Nelson King, both of Eaton Rapids; father, Frank H. (Mabel) Rahe of Holt; two brothers, Terry (Barbara) Rahe of Arkansas and Michael Rowley of Lansing; two sisters, Debra Harton of Potterville and Janis (Steve) Perine of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were Friday, Nov. 13, 1998 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dimondale.  Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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R. “Dale” Kiplinger

 

   Russell “Dale” Kiplinger, 85, of Charlotte died Oct. 21, 1998 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mr. Kiplinger was born April 25, 1913, in Lansing, the son of Clarence and Jessie (Weaver) Kiplinger.  He was a farmer, self-employed carpenter, and worked at Fisher Body.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Horace S. Maynard Chapter.

   He is survived by three sons, Jack (Doreen), Russell, and Bruce, all of Charlotte; two daughters, Sharon Ells and Nancy (Bill) Morales, both of Charlotte; 18 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert (Jean) Kiplinger.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ester (Jacobs) in 1992.

   Services were Oct. 24 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Charles Moore officiating.  Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

 

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The Rev. Damon J. Klinger

 

   The Rev. Damon J. Klinger, 27, of Eaton Rapids died March 7, 1998, after having bone cancer and leukemia.

   Mr. Klinger was born Dec. 24, 1970, to Jimmy “Lou” and Dianne Klinger in Lansing.  The family moved to Eaton Rapids in 1979.  He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1989 and Central Michigan University, majoring in political science, in 1993.  Mr. Klinger was MHSAA baseball umpire, coached baseball teams and golfers, and became pastor of Truth and Grace Chapel in Lansing.  He represented Primerica Financial Services and developed plans for a golf driving range.

   He is survived by his sister, Michelle; grandparents, Pastor Leonard and June Bowerman of Lansing and Eva Fackler of Leslie.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alonzo Klinger, and Claud and Gail (Smith) Wightman.

   Services were March 11 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Damon Klinger Memorial Fund.

 

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Anna I. Klont

 

   Anna I. Klont, 83, of Charlotte died Feb. 13, 1998 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Klont was born in Branch County, the daughter of Virgil and Anna (Huxley) Robison.

   She is survived by two step sons, Peter Klont and Rodney Klont both of Charlotte; one step daughter, Marian Jones of Sarasota, Fla.; numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Terri Suarez of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dale Van Dyke; and second husband, Frank Klont; and one sister, Lenora Thomas.

   Cremation has taken place.  Services were Feb. 17 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter R. K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Burr Oak Cemetery.

 

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Charlotte H. Knop

 

   Charlotte H. Knop, age 88, of Eaton Rapids died Thursday, November 5, 1998 in Mishawaka, Indiana.  Born February 21, 1910 in Koslin, Germany the daughter of Gustav and Marie (Runde) Wiebe.  Charlotte, a citizen of the United States, moved to Eaton Rapids in 1952.  She had worked for over 30 years for the Shimmin Drug Store in Eaton Rapids, a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens, an honorary member of the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary, and was always seen working at the booths during elections.  She was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1986.

   Surviving are her daughter, Ursula Pombier of Mishawaka, IN; 4 grandchildren, Catherine (John), Paul, Anne and John (Denise); 3 great-grandchildren, Meredith Clay, Jake and Lindsay Pombier; one brother, Gerhard (Gertrud) Wiebe; nephew, Karsten Wiebe; niece, Geertja Urgien all of Germany.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, November 7th from the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans officiating.  A private committal of ashes was done on Monday in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids next to her husband Paul.  The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Brenda J. Kot

 

   Brenda J. Kot, 43, of Charlotte died Jan. 3, 1998, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

   Mrs. Kot was born Aug. 18, 1954, in Bridgeton, N.J.  She spent most of her life in Charlotte and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1972.  She was employer by the State of Michigan for 23 years and a member of Christian Reformed Church of Charlotte.  She enjoyed going to church, reading, genealogy, and being with her family.

   She is survived by her husband, Joseph Kot; one daughter, Rachel D. Lowery; her parents, Victor and Frances Taverniti; three sisters, Beverly (Jerry) Davids of Charlotte, Barbara (Scott) Mann of Williamsport, Tenn., and Karla (Carl) Nowak of DeWitt; one brother, Timothy (Brenda) Taverniti of Charlotte; and nephews and nieces.

   Services were Jan. 6 at Pray Funeral Home with the Rev. Brett McAtee officiating.  Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Christian Reform Church and to the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Elton LaBare

 

   Elton “Al” Edward LaBare, 62, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998.  Mr. LaBare was born Aug. 17, 1936 in Charlotte the son of Lorrance and Lola (Ryan) LaBare.  He was a customer service representative for Pitney Bowes for 28 years until his retirement in 1996.  He had served 11 years in the United States Army Reserve and held membership in the American Legion of Lansing.  Mr. LaBare was a former active member of the Cereal City Lions Club, the Urbandale Planning Council, and Christ United Methodist Church in Battle Creek.  He was also actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America program for 24 years.  Mr. LaBare is currently a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte and was a leader for the Stephen Ministry program.

   He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter Amy Jo Davidson of Charlotte; son, Lynn Edward (Diana) LaBare of Marshall; four grandchildren; and stepsisters, Elyse Hook of Battle Creek and Peggy Master of Hixson, Tenn.

   Services were held at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church on Nov. 10 with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.  Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.

 

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Frances B. Lake

 

   Frances B. Lake, age 85, of Duck Lake died Sunday, November 29, 1998 at a nursing home in Jackson.  Born April 24, 1913 in Clarendon Township the daughter of Gilbert G. and Maude (Hollenbeck) Seckler.  Frances and her husband Don owned and operated the Don Lake’s Grocery Store at Duck Lake from 1940-1975.  She is preceded in death by her husband Donald Lake in 1988.

   Surviving are 1 son, Bernello Bud (Sue) Lake of Duck Lake; 3 grandchildren, Donald (Wendy) Lake of Duck Lake, Darcy (Les) Drake of Hanover-Horton and Steven Lake of Springport; 5 great-grandchildren, Ryan and Brett Lake, Carla Beemer, Trent and Shalee Drake; brother, Rex Seckler of California; sister, June Gillette of Albion; niece, Sharon Meler of California and nephew, Douglas Lake of Florida.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, December 3rd, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Lambert McClintic officiating.  Graveside services followed in the Clarence Center Cemetery at Duck Lake.  Casket bearers were Donald Lake, Les Drake, Steven Lake and Ryan Lake.

 

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Edna M. Lange

 

   Edna M. Lange, 90, of Charlotte died Feb. 19, 1998 at Eaton Manor Nursing Home.

   Mrs. Lange was born Dec. 29, 1907 in Charlotte, the daughter of R. Otis and Ada F. (Hill) Beals.  She was a line worker at Wilcox Gay Co.

   She is survived by her son, Max (Jo) McKenzie of Dimondale; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard Beals of Pena Valley, Calif.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. Lange.

   Services were Feb. 21 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Joyce DeToni-Hill officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Manor Nursing Home.

 

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Robert L. LaPoint

 

   Robert L. LaPoint, 78, of Olivet died May 11, 1998 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. LaPoint was born in Battle Creek, the son of Leo and Ruth (Wolkenhut) LaPoint, and was a lifelong area resident.  He was a graduate of Bellevue High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, had been employed by General Foods-Post Cereals Div. in Battle Creek, from where he retired in 1975 after 35 years of service.  He was a member of the Post Cereals 25 Year Club, the Marshall Moose Lodge, and was a former VFW member.  With his wife Iva, they had pony rides for kids that were held at carnivals, fairs, and local functions for many years.

   He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Iva (Norton) LaPoint; three sons, Danny (Romona) LaPoint and Denny (Vickie) LaPoint, both of Olivet, and David (Jayne) LaPoint of Eaton Rapids. eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alice Wenger of Battle Creek and Pat (Dick) Darkey of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dottie Lindsey and Marion Day; and two brothers, Floyd and Dale LaPoint.

   Cremation has taken place.  Services were May 15 at the Olivet First Assembly of God Church, Olivet, with the Rev. Douglas Hammond officiating.  Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Fireman’s Association.

 

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Jeanne LaTorre

 

   Jeanne LaTorre, 79, of Charlotte died Oct. 12, 1998 at Moore’s Adult Foster Care Home after an extended illness.

   Mrs. LaTorre was born in Lansing the daughter of John and Gladys (Bosworth) Freeman and was a longtime Charlotte area resident.  She had worked for many years at the former Wilcox-Gay Radio Co. and was active in both Auxiliaries of American Legion Post 42 and VFW Post 2406 in Charlotte.

   She is survived by friend, Art LeBlanc; two nieces, Sharon Copeland and Della Carpenter; and five nephews, Milton Freeman, John B. Freeman, Roger Freeman, Sheldon Freeman, and John Freeman.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rocco LaTorre; a sister, Delphine (Freeman) Braman; and a brother, John Freeman.

   Services were held Oct. 15 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.

 

 

 

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hayes Green Beach Hospital or the Charlotte Library Project.

 

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Florence C. Ledyard

 

   Florence C. Ledyard, 91, of Charlotte died Feb. 23, 1998 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Ledyard was the daughter of Otis V. and Carrie (Van Orman) Walker of Olivet.  She married Albert R. Ledyard of Charlotte on Sept. 22, 1934.  She was a retired schoolteacher of 43 years.

   She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marjorie Walker of Charlotte; two nephews; and three nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Albert Ledyard; one brother, Harry Walker; and sister, Grace Wood.

   Services were Feb. 27 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Duane Royston officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Olive LeVan

 

   Olive M. LeVan, 95, of Mulliken, died Sept. 18 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. LeVan was born in Roxand Township on Nov. 14, 1902, the daughter of Delorin and Mary (Lundquist) Boyer.  She was a church pianist at Charlotte Methodist Church, Grand Ledge and Mulliken.  In 1925 she married Oscar LeVan.  She was a country schoolteacher, helped with the farm, and gave music lessons.

   She is survived by four daughters, Marjorie (Neil) Southworth of Mulliken, Mary (Paul) Owens, of Grass Valley, Calif., Martha (Raymond) Szudzik of Cadillac and Freda Buzzard of Toledo, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar; her son, Delorin; and three great-grandchildren.

   Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.  Pallbearers were Clint Southworth, Armon Southworth, Brian Southworth, Mitchell LeVan, Dean Holzworth and Brian Horlings.

 

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Harold Lightner

 

   Harold W. Lightner, 83, of Battle Creek, and formerly of Charlotte died on Saturday, October 24, 1998 at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Medical Center.  Harold was born January 10, 1915 in Eaton Township, the son of Asa and Sylvania (Cobb) Lightner.  He lived most of his life in the Charlotte area where he attended country schools.  Harold was a farmer all his life, farming in the Charlotte area and also Bellvedere, IL, for several years before returning to Michigan.  He also worked at the Miller Dairy Farms in Eaton Rapids for 10 years.  He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Asiatic/Pacific European Theatre.  He enjoyed reading books, especially Westerns, following world news, hunting and fishing, and crocheting blankets.  Harold married the former Mary J. Bird on July 13, 1946.  She preceded him in death.  Also preceding him in death were brothers, Henry, Charlie, Ralph, Harry and B.J. Lightner; and sisters, Gena Benedict and Edith Baker.  Surviving him are several nieces and nephews, Audrey and Bernard Ommen and James and Lois Lightner of Vermontville, Margaret and Carl French, Linda White and Gary Lightner all of Charlotte, Sharon and Robert Smith and Richard Lightner all of Detroit.  Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Custer National Cemetery with Rev. Margriet Decker officiating.  Arrangements are by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek.

 

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Robert Keith Linnabary

 

   Robert Keith Linnabary of Jackson, age 53, died Monday, August 17, 1998 in Ann Arbor.  Robert was born November 17, 1944 in Detroit, the son of Earl James and Betty Jane (Moomaw) Linnabary.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

   Surviving are his stepmother, Barbara L. Linnabary of Springport; 2 brothers, John (Cynthia) Linnabary of Southgate and James Linnabary; stepbrother, Earl Linnabary of Springport; 3 stepsisters, Patricia Linnabary of Jackson, Angelia (Allen) Kelly and Amy Linnabary all of Eaton Rapids.

   There will be no services.  Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Clarence B. Locke

 

   Clarence B. Locke, age 96, died Sunday, October 4, 1998, in Charlotte, he was born March 8, 1902 in Scriba, (Oswego Co.) New York to Vincent Lee and Mary Amelia (Bassett) Locke.  Clarence came to Michigan in 1920 and went to work at Horner Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids where he worked as a Maintenance Supervisor.  He will be fondly remembered by those who still knew him from Horner’s.  He was a life member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM and a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center where he will be remembered for the peanut butter fudge and pumpkin pies that he shared with everyone there.  He was a first-rate handyman, who could fix almost anything, and what he couldn’t fix, he’d build from scratch.  Clarence was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Adora (Bartlett) Locke in 1963; infant son, William Henry in 1931; second wife, Ruby B. (Welch) Locke; brother, Wilbur Locke; 2 sisters, Viola Locke and Delia Fitzgerald.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Mary Jane Terwilliger of Charlotte and Nadean Olney of Eaton Rapids; 3 sons, Harold “Richard” Locke, William (Mae) Locke, Lawrence (Beverly) Locke all of Eaton Rapids; sister, Mildred (Ed) Ottney of Huntington Quebec, Canada; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss him dearly.

   A Masonic Lodge service was held Tuesday evening.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Stephen Klink of the Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church officiating.  Interment followed at Brickyard Cemetery.  Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Clarence Locke.

 

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Doris Jean Lokken

 

   Doris Jean Lokken, age 63, of Eaton Rapids, died suddenly Sunday, September 13, 1998.  Born November 4, 1934 in Grayling, Michigan, the daughter of Oscar and Ethel (Waite) Horning.  Mrs. Lokken was a graduate of the Grayling High School Class of 1952.  She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family, bird watching, and the beauty of flowers.  She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.  She was preceded in death by a grandson Jason Lokken, and two brothers, Ted and Elery Horning.

   Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Allert; 4 children, Michael (Teresa) Lokken of Eaton Rapids, Terri (Fred) Bradley of Jackson, Traci (David) Underwood of Indianapolis, IN and Timothy (Bonnie) Lokken of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; 8 brothers and sisters, John Horning of Ft. Gratiot, MI, Bob Horning of Kentucky, Donna Gardiner of South Gate, MI, Ilene Hyslop of Mesa, AZ, Betty Cde Baca of Grayling, Oscar Horning JR. of Yuba City, CA, Irene Ribby of Mason, MI, and Shirley Rouse of Roscommon, MI; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 17th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Graveside services followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were Jason Blackwell, Andy Blackwell, Ron Falk, Bill Johnson, John Horning and Roy Gardiner.

 

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Olive F. London

 

   Olive F. London, 89, of Lakeview, formerly of Olivet and Battle Creek, died May 20, 1998 at the Kelsey Memorial Hospital, Lakeview after an extended illness.

   Mrs. London was born in Crawford County, Ind., the daughter of David V. and Bessie (Boyd) Sharpe.  She was a schoolteacher who taught in the Pennfield School System, retiring in 1970.  Also, with her husband, she had owned and operated the former State Theatre in Olivet.  Mrs. London was a member of the Sonoma Methodist Church in Battle Creek.

   She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn (Lotar) Wilke of Mary Esther, Fla.; and one son, Dr. John London of Lakeview.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl London; and one son, Richard V. London.

   Cremation has taken place.  Graveside services and interment will be May 23 at the Olivet Cemetery, Olivet, with the Rev. Clark Hock officiating.  Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the Calhoun County Humane Society.

 

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Ellen Jane Long

 

   Ellen Jane (Holmes) Long, age 84, died Thursday, August 13, 1998 in Grand Rapids.  Ellen Jane was born September 7, 1913 on the family homestead on Houston Road in Hamlin Twp., Eaton Co. MI.  The daughter of Frank Schyler and Mabel (Hoye) Holmes, she attended the Bay Window Country School and was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School Class of 1931.  Mrs. Long attended some horticulture classes at MSU, started Brookview Florist in 1946, and was employed with the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Legislative Service Bureau.  She joined the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church on Easter Morning of 1923 and was a Red Cross volunteer.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary G. Holmes and an infant brother.

   Surviving are 3 daughters, Mary Ellen (Ashton) Fredenburg, Janet Elaine (Richard) Fulton all of Kalamazoo, Annamarie (John) Pelham of Glen Arbor; 6 grandchildren, Lawrence Fredenburg, Robert (Sally) Fredenburg all of Kalamazoo, David (Linda) Fredenburg of Lansing, Susan Fulton Baird of Plainwell, Capt. Dick (Judi) Fulton, USAF, New Jersey, Heather Pelham of Petoskey; five great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Elizabeth Fredenburg, Roddy and Mark Baird, Taylor Fulton; and two cousins, Ardella Holmes of Iron River and Eleanor Labine of New Mexico.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, August 17, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating.  Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were her grandchildren.  Those desiring may make contributions to either the First United Methodist Church, Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, Clark Retirement Community or Hospice in memory of Ellen Jane Long.

 

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Rose Loomis

 

   Rose B. Loomis, 79, of Clare, formerly of Charlotte, died Oct. 6, 1998, at the Tendercare Nursing Home in Clare after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Loomis was born in Leota, the daughter of Ignatz and Goldie (Hoffman) Breyer.  She married Roby Loomis in 1957.

   She is survived by one son, Donald Austin of Elwell; one grandson, Stephen Austin; three sisters, Adeline Peters of Houghton Lake, Elsie Schnepp of Beaverton, and Susie Kenny of Prudenville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992.

   Services were Oct. 8 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte.  Interment was in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

 

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Betty M. Loveland

 

   Betty M. Loveland, 67, of Lake Odessa (Jordan Lake), formerly of Bellevue and Battle Creek, died Friday, August 21, 1998, at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Loveland was born in Bellevue, the daughter of Earl and Lucy Kelly and was a graduate of Bellevue High School.

   She is survived by her husband, Dale; two daughters, Beth Upton of Battle Creek and Trudy Lehman of Olivet; three sons, Lewis Pulsipher of Linden, N.C., James Pulsipher of Sterling, Va., and Michael Loveland of Charlotte; one sister, Louise Dolph of Bellevue; one brother, Vaughn (Dorothy) Kelly of Traverse City; and seven grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wayne Pulsipher in November 1962.

   Services were August 25 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dennis Dubendorf officiating.  Interment was in the Morgan Cemetery, Leroy Township, Calhoun County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Barry Community Hospice.

 

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Alvin “Al” Lung

 

   Alvin Lung of Eaton Rapids died at age 82 on July 16, 1998 at Lone Pine Foster Care Home in Charlotte.  Alvin was born on March 6, 1916 in West Plains, MO.  He was the youngest of seven children.  Alvin joined the U.S. Air Force and went to school to become an airplane mechanic.  After service, he moved his family to South Bend, IN and worked at Studabakers as a metal finisher until their closing in 1957.  He then moved to Eaton Rapids and worked at Allied Products until their closure.  Alvin then worked at the Oldsmobile plant in Lansing until retiring.  He was a life member of the American Legion.

   Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ethel; daughter, Beverly (Charles) Woods; grandson, Scott (Rachelle) Owen and great-grandson, Jesse Alvin Owen, all of Eaton Rapids and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on July 20, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Robert Betts officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Carl Kyser, George Canfield, Butch Hall, Norm Hyatt, Chuck Woods, Bill Owen and Scott Owen.

   Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte, in memory of Alvin Lung.

 

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J. Max Lynch

 

   J. Max Lynch, 70, of Charlotte died June 22, 1998, at his residence.

   Mr. Lynch was born Dec. 18, 1927 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., the son of Fred and Olive (Vance) Lynch.  He married Joyce Olmstead June 3, 1950, in Bellevue.  He worked as an administrative manager for Farhat, Story & Kraus, PC, until his retirement in 1993.  Mr. Lynch was a life member and Past Master of Kalamo Lodge 327, F&AM; past member of Lansing Accountant Association; past president of Lansing Chapter of Legal Administrators Association; member of Gold Wing Road Riders Association and the Michigan Two-Cylinder Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, Craig (Patti) Lynch of Coldwater, and Gary (Tammy) Lynch of Belmont; one daughter, Lori (Mike) Greengard of Ada; seven grandchildren; and “adopted” brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Jean Geist.

   He has been cremated.  A Family Affirmation Service was June 27 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the Eaton Community Hospice, American Diabetes Association, or Saladin Shrine Foundation for Children.

 

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Betty McCartney

 

   Betty May McCartney, 72, of Charlotte, died Oct. 5, 1998, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. McCartney was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Charlotte, the daughter of Walt and Beulah (Preadmore) Pruden.

   She was a supervisor for the Eaton County Historical Commission, retiring in August 1993.  She was a member of VFW Auxiliary #2406 and #6034.

   She is survived by five sons, Leo (Bonnie) Farr of South Carolina, Walter Farr of Vermontville, Charles (Jean) Farr of Texas, Roger McCartney of Crystal, and Ricky (Peggy) McCartney of Charlotte; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a step daughter, Carol Anderson of Gaylord; and three brothers, Mel (Ellen) Pruden and Roger (Jackie) Pruden of Charlotte and Roy (Dorothy) Pruden of Edmore.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, George McCartney in 1981.

   Services were Oct. 9 at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Martin Saunders officiating.

 

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Mildred McCormick

 

   Mildred McCormick, age 89, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in Dimondale.  Mildred was born March 15, 1909, in Webberville, the daughter of Henry D. and Arline G. (Gear) Matthiesen.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids and the Mariam Circle.  Mildred was a member of the Eaton Rapids Home & Garden Club, the U & I Club and volunteered with the American Red Cross at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital.  She was also a member of the L&L Club and the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell D. and sister, Christine Crandall.

   Surviving are her 3 sons, Richard A. (Marilyn) McCormick of FL, James R. (Betty) McCormick of Lansing, William D. (Wendy) McCormick of OR; 5 grandchildren, Denise Daiss, James (Cindy) McCormick II all of Eaton Rapids, Jill (Robert) Simon of DeWitt, Christopher and Cara McCormick of OR; 7 great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Christie and Tracie Daiss, James III and Megin McCormick, Katelyn and Kortney Simon; sister, Cleo Darnell of Dimondale; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 20, 1998, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.  Those desiring may make contributions to either the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in memory of Mildred McCormick.

 

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Georgia E. McCrimmon

 

   Georgia E. McCrimmon, 79, of Charlotte died May 12, 1998.

   Mrs. McCrimmon was born Jan. 28, 1919, in Paulding, Ohio, the daughter of Alford and Amy (Moore) Wolf.  She worked at Eaton Manor Nursing Home.

   She is survived by six children, Judy McCrimmon of Niles, James (Lorraine) McCrimmon of Louisiana, Janet Smith of Dimondale, Nancy White, Ronald (Sharon) McCrimmon, and Sue Thayer, all of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Virginia (Warren) Huss and Anita Salyer both of Camden.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy McCrimmon.

   Services were May 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Doug Hammond officiating.  Interment was in Kalamo Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

 

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Agnes McKean

 

   Agnes L. (Milbourne) McKean, 93, formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 24, 1997, at the Ingham County Medical Care Facility, Okemos.

   Mrs. McKean was born Marcy 21, 1904, in Lee Township, Calhoun County, the daughter of Harry and Aurabelle (Conant) Milbourne.  She had been a Charlotte resident from 1955-85 before moving to Lansing.  She was a retired dietary supervisor at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, with over 20 years of service.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Charlotte.  After retirement, she was a volunteer for the Michigan Heart Association and the Eaton County Unit of the American Cancer Society, driving patients to Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit for treatment.  She received awards and donated things to bazaars.  She married Leonard McKean Sept.11, 1925.

   She is survived by three daughters, Charlotte (Richard) Miller of Farwell, Alice (Warren) DeLong of Lansing, and Ruthmary McKean of Lansing; one son, Joe (Debi) of Hohenwald, Tenn.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, and one son and daughter-in-law, Dudley and Winnie McKean, in 1994.

   Services were Dec. 29 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Charlotte, Ingham County Medical Care Facility of Okemos, or a charity of one’s choice.

 

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Thomas McLane

 

   The Rev. Thomas R. McLane, 58, of Olivet died Oct. 19, 1998, in Gunnison, Colo., where he was stricken while on an elk hunting trip.

   The Rev. McLane was born in Charlotte, the son of Owen and Marguerite (Patrick) McLane.  He was the minister of the Faith Assembly of God, Olivet, where he has served for five years.  He had previously served the Pentecostal Church of God in Alba; Faith Tabernacle in Springfield, Ohio; Calvary Pentecostal Church of God, Bay City; Victory Tabernacle in Clio; and Grayling Assembly of God.  He had also served as camp director for the district office Assemblies of God at FA-HO-LO Camp at Grass Lake.

   He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Jalufka) to whom he was married Aug. 11, 1962, in Houston, Texas; three sons, Thomas (Marla) Luverne, Ala., Scott (Rachael) of Olivet, and Todd (Christa) of Olivet; a daughter, Kathy L. McLane of Shelby, N.C.; two grandsons, Alex and Andrew; five sisters, Jane Farley of Bellevue, Joline McLane and Lonna (Lester) Bruder, both of Tower, and Coralyn (Gordon) Sixberry and Julie (Bernard) Hall, both of Charlotte; six brothers, Patrick (Sarah) of Michigan City, Ind., Richard (Deloris) of St. Louis; Michael (Nancy) of St. Johns; David (Jody) of Rochester, Ind., and Carroll (Jean) and Terry (Louise), both of Charlotte.

   Services were Monday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Faith Assembly of God, 9800 S. Cochran Rd., Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Elwood G. McLeod

 

   Elwood Gordon McLeod, 74, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 3, at Sparrow Health System.

   Mr. McLeod was born May 22, 1924, in Woodland, the son of Gilbert and Lydia (Garlinger) McLeod.  He served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.  He was a supervisor for child support for the State of Michigan at the time of his retirement.  He was a member and past district governor of Lions Club of Charlotte; VFW Maple City Post; American Legion and Disabled American Veterans; Charlotte Country Club; and Lansing Elks Club.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis; one daughter, Martha (Richard) Neilsen of Grand Ledge; three sons, Brian (Jean) of Lansing, Scott (Kathy) of Charlotte, Kevin (Norma) of Potterville; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica and Jerrilyn McLeod of Lansing, Lindsay McLeod of Charlotte, Marci McLeod of Potterville and Matt Neilsen of Grand Ledge.

   Services were Sept. 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Peter Brenner officiating.  Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Charles R. McManamey

 

   Charles R. McManamey, 79, of Lake Placid died March 13, 1998.

   Mr. McManamey was born in Chicago, Ill., he had been a resident of Lake Placid for the past 15 years coming from Lansing.  He was the owner of a plastics company, and a founder of Spartan Motors of Charlotte.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nappanee, Ind., Masonic Lodge in Lansing, and past president of the Leisure Lakes Homeowners Association.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons, Jim of Woodbridge, Va., Ken of Nashville, and Don of Wichita, Kan.; three daughters, Cleo Aurich of Nunica, Petty Swigert of Albany, Ga., and Julie Lang of Webberville; brother, Marvin of Grand Haven; sister, Batty Weiss of Fruitport; 22 grandchildren; and 18-great-grandchildren.

   Services were March 17 from the chapel of Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid, with Chaplain Brian Pleasants officiating.  Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Placid.

 

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Sherry Ann McNary

 

   Sherry Ann McNary, 60, of Charlotte died May 5, 1998 at her home.

   Ms. McNary was born April 4, 1938 in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of Sherman E. and Kathleen B. (Nitkin) McNary.  She is a Plant 3 GM employee.

   She is survived by her mother, Kathleen B.; one brother, Shane (Beverly) McNary; five children, Connie Swander, Shawn (James) Mitchell, Michelle (Brian) Quinn, Cindy (Francis) McMillen, and Jason McNary; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   Services were May 9 at the Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with her brother, Shane, officiating.  Interment services followed at West Windsor Cemetery with Pastor Bill Tate officiating.

 

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Ernestine Madry

 

   Ernestine Madry, 64, of Bellevue died Aug. 18, 1998, at the Home of Hope Hospice, Grand Rapids, following a short illness.

   Mrs. Madry was born in Battle Creek and had lived most of her life in the Bellevue area.  She was a 1952 graduate of Olivet High School and had worked for Kellogg’s in Battle Creek for 15 years until 1968.  She married John Madry Jr. Jan. 19, 1952.

   She is survived by two daughters, Kay (Darrel) Johnston of Sebring, Fla., and Julie (Randy) Masters of Lansing; two sons, John III of Olivet and Trevor (Jodi) of Convis Township; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Donna (ray) Simbulan of Battle Creek, Laura (Roger) McKee of Vermontville, Pat Greenfield of Flint, and Pam (Gil) Hines of St. Louis, MO.; and three brothers, Ken (Mary) Betz of Bellevue, John (Sharon) Betz of Pennsylvania, and Jim (Jackie) Betz of Indian River.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sept. 19, 1995.

   Services were Aug. 21 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Rae Franke officiating.  Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Home of Hope Hospice or Butterworth Health Foundation, both in Grand Rapids.

 

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Edward Maggard

 

   Edward Maggard, 59, of Charlotte died Jan. 16, 1998, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, after an extended illness.

   Mr. Maggard was born in Whitesburg, Ken., the son of Isaac and Glesse (Thomas) Maggard.  He had been a Charlotte resident for 38 years, coming from Kentucky.  He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Eaton County Road Commission retiring due to ill health in 1989 after 29 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife, Robbie; five daughters, Linda (Frank) Satterlee and Debbie Maggard, both of Charlotte, Kathy (Ray) Webb of Hastings, Eva Edgecomb of Potterville, and Treva (Steven) Pennington of Oneida, Texas; one son, Tom of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; and three sisters, Thelma (Charles) Patrick of Nashville, Edna Mae Warner of Charlotte, and Polly Morton of Indiana.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cecelia, his parents, two brothers, Daniel and Ishmal; and one sister, Viola Combs.

   Services were Jan. 19 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Jeffrey Nunham officiating.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

 

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Lawrence E. Main

 

   Lawrence E. Main, 64, of Hastings died March 12, 1998, at the Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant.

   He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four sons, Ed (Zar) Main of Otsego, Tom (Tammy) Main of Wayland, Robert (Kathy) Main of Hastings, and Steve (Abbie) Main of Hastings; one daughter, June (Ron) Stall of Charlotte; one daughter-in-law, Diane Main; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

   Services were March 16 at the Wren Funeral Home, Hastings, with the Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Mary (Mace) Woolford Mapes

 

   Mary (Mace) Woolford Mapes, 81, unexpectedly passed away Feb. 15, 1998.

   Mrs. Mapes was born Aug. 20, 1916, in Cambridge, MD.  She attended St. Mary’s Seminary and graduated from Hood College.  She married W.H. Mapes on April 16, 1938.  She resided with her family in Munster, Ind. before retiring to Tequesta, Fla.  Mrs. Mapes was an  avid golfer and worked as a volunteer in the emergency room at the Jupiter Medical Center.

   She is survived by her daughter, Trary Bishop of Incline Village, Nev.; two sons, Reed Mapes of Bradenton, Fla. and Stephen Mapes of Charlotte; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband.

   A private family service is planned at Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MD.  Interment was in the Webb-Woolford Family Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

 

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Victor Marlow

 

   Victor Marlow, 92, of Mulliken died May 24, 1998 at his home.

   Mr. Marlow was born Feb. 12, 1906 in Lake Odessa, a son of Charles and Elsie (Parker) Marlow.  He was a retired elementary school teacher, operated the general store in Hoytville, and former Mulliken postmaster.  He was a member of the National Teachers Association and a life member of the Mulliken F&AM #412.

   He is survived by three children, Donald (Doris) Marlow of Harrison Township, June (John) Campanile of Lansing and Richard (Donna) Marlow of Charlotte; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.

   He was preceded in death by his wives, Ellen and Beatrice; and two sisters, Eva and Letha.

   Services were May 26 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with the Rev. Robert E. Betts officiating.  Masonic graveside services followed at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

 

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Esther Marsh

 

   Esther R. Marsh, 82, of Sunfield, died Saturday, Sept. 12, at Richardson’s Adult Foster Care.

   She was born Oct. 8, 1915 in Lyons the daughter of Alonzo and Edna (Vanderburg) Marsh.

   She is survived by one son, Gary (Carol) of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Lisa (Michael) Kavanaugh of Grand Rapids, Timothy (Julie) of Palo, and Jeffery of Portland; five great-grandchildren, Chad and Cory Kavanaugh, Timmy, Amanda and Jeremy Marsh; two sisters, Norma Marsh of Sunfield and Mary (Robert) Aspin of Mulliken; many nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Winston Lake; and two sister-in-laws, Helen Marsh, and Reva Marsh.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and a sister.

   Services were held Sept. 14 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. Donald Woolum of Sebewa Center United Methodist Church officiating.

 

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Harold E. Marsh

 

   Harold Edwin “Swampy” Marsh, 69, of Charlotte, formerly of Marshall, died Jan. 31, 1998, following a length illness.

   Mr. Marsh was born April 22, 1928, in Charlotte, the son of Frank and Virginia (Cox) Marsh.  He served in the US Marine Corps at the end of World War II and was called back into active duty during the Korean Conflict.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in combat June 23, 1951.  He was a life member of the Maple City VFW Post #2406 of Charlotte.  He had owned and operated fabric stores in Marshall and Eaton Rapids and had been a dispatcher for Consumers Power.  He had published a series of tall tales about pioneer life in mid-Michigan.

   He is survived by two daughters, Crystal Sumerix of Charlotte and Karla Marsh of Lansing; one son, Steve (Debora) of Ann Arbor; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Jean (Vern) Royston of San Benito, Texas.

   Services were Feb. 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Howard Marsh Sr.

 

   Howard (Pat) Marsh Sr., 80, died Jan. 21, 1998, at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing.

   Mr. Marsh was born July 9, 1917, in Portland, the son of Alonzo and Edna (Vanderburg) Marsh.  He was a supervisor for 33 years for Brown Brothers Construction.  After retirement, he had been a driver for Campus Ford for seven years.

   He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Reva; one daughter, Melinda Sue (Kelly) Hanson Napier of Lansing; four sons, Howard Jr. (Sandra) of Okemos, David (Marilyn, deceased) of Lansing, Fred (Sue) of Grand Ledge, and Dan (Melinda) of Lansing; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Esther of Charlotte, Norma of Sunfield, and Mary (Bob) Aspen of Mulliken; one brother, Fred of Grand Rapids; many nieces and nephews; and friends.

   Services were Jan. 24 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.  Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Jessiemae “Jackie” Marsh

 

   Jessiemae “Jackie” Marsh, 84, of Dimondale died March 24, 1998 at her home.

   Cremation services were held through Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorothy Hull Library – Windsor Township, 401 W. Jefferson, Dimondale.

 

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Wayne Marsh

 

   Wayne R. Marsh, 74, of Potterville, formerly of Grand Ledge, died at his home Sept. 29, 1998.

   Mr. Marsha was born on Dec. 22, 1923, in Lansing and was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army Air force as a radar mechanic.  He was a part-time Eaton County Deputy Sheriff for eight years, part-time employee of the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, grand Ledge.  He retired from Oldsmobile as a tinsmith after nearly 34 years of service.  He was a member and Past Master of Grand Ledge Masonic Lodge #179, member of the Grand Ledge O.E.S. Chapter #14, and member of the Eager Beaver Camping Club and National Campers and Hikers Assoc.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lorraine; two daughters, Charlene (Tom) Heiss of Vermontville and Sharon (Hal) Olsen of Delton; two sons, John (Sheila) Marsh of Vermontville and David (Peg) Marsh of Grand Ledge; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; one brother, Hugh Marsh of Shaftsburg; and one sister, Evelyn McGann of Martinsville, Va.

   He was preceded in death by one sister, Jean Parkhurst; three brothers, Roland, Paul, and Olen Marsh; and two half-sisters, Marjory Wyble and Dorothy Carpenter.

   Services were Oct. 2 at the Peters and Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with the Rev. Robert Betts officiating.  Interment was at the Deepdale Memorial Park in Lansing.

  

 

 

 

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Mary E. Martens

 

   Mary E. Martens, 77, of Bellevue died Feb. 18, 1998, at her daughter’s home in Pleasant Lake.

   Mrs. Martens was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Battle Creek, the daughter of Carl and Bessie (Whiting) Westcott.  She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School.  She married Roger D. Martens on Sept. 18, 1946 in Battle Creek.  She was employed 14 years as a billing clerk with Community Hospital, retiring in 1982.  She was a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church and it’s Rachael Circle and United Methodist Women.

   She is survived by two sons, Thomas D. Martens of Battle Creek and David C. Martens of Charlotte; one daughter, Kathleen E. Martens of Pleasant Lake; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and brother, James Westcott of Gull Lake.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Martens; and brother, Richard Westcott.

   Services were Feb. 21 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating.  Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Jackson.

 

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Arthur Joseph Martin

 

   Arthur Joseph Martin, 80, of Charlotte and Lakeland, Fla., died May 24, 1998 in Lakeland.

   Mr. Martin was born Feb. 19, 1918 in Fowler, the son of Bernard N. and Anna (Witgen) Martin.  He was a quality inspector for General Motors in Lansing.  He married Anita Rademacher on Jan. 31, 1942.  He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.  Mr. Martin was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte and the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lakeland.  He loved reading, walking, looking at new cars and eating out.

   He is survived by his wife, Anita; five sons, Paul A. (Sharon) of Traverse City, Thomas L. (Barbara) of Lansing, William E. (Sally) of Nashville, Richard J. and Brian J. (Ramona), both of Charlotte; five grandchildren; three brothers, Roman (Betty) Martin of Grand Rapids, Bernard (Dorothy) Martin of Holt, and Marvin Martin of Morley; two sisters, Rose (John) Winstanley of Grand Ledge, and Catherine Holman of Big Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Martin.

   Funeral Mass was May 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund.

 

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James H. Mason

 

   James H. Mason, age 74, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, May 23, 1998 at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital.  He was born April 27, 1924 in Chester, MI, the son of Orrin and Jessie (Chapman) Mason.  Jim was a Navy veteran of World War II, a 50-year member of the American Legion Harold Teeter Post #15 Eaton Rapids, and a member of the 40/8 Voiture #1332 Eaton Rapids.  Jim was a retired Repairman in the Piston Rod Assembly for General Motors in Lansing, a member of the Quarter Century Club and a member of the U.A.W. Local #652 in Lansing.  Jim was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and especially fishing.  Preceding him in death are his parents; 2 brothers, Cortland and Leon and 2 sisters, Edna Mason and Marjorie Puffenberger.

   Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Elaine; daughter, Sandra Mason of Eaton Rapids; adopted granddaughter, Lucida (Chris) Staszuk and their boys, Ryan and Ross all of Eaton Rapids; brother, Russell (Maxine) Mason of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Dorothy (Paul) Swan of Eaton Rapids and Esther (Dale) Koch of Homer; several nieces and nephews; extended family, Albert and Carole, Todd and Lisa, Chan and Bobby Jo Clark, Beverly DeLoach and families.

   Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, May 27, 1998 at 2:30 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Larry Nallett of the Eagle United Methodist Church officiating.  Graveside military services will be provided by the American Legion Post #15 at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in memory of James H. Mason.

 

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Marlin B. Masters

 

   Marlin B. Masters, 79, of Charlotte died April 29, 1998 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing after an extended illness.

   Mr. Masters was born in Leslie, the son of Charlie and Anna (Jeffers) Masters.  He had been a Charlotte resident since 1927.  He was a World War II Navy veteran.  He had been employed at the Wilcox-Gay Corp., the Michigan Magnetics Co., Krown Camper Co., and Masterbilt Products Co., Olivet from where he retired.  He was married to Mary A. Eggleston on June 1, 1946.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Randy (Julie) Masters of Lansing and Kim (Mary) Masters of Kentwood; one daughter, Karen Masters Burns of Lansing; five grandchildren; one brother, Lysle (Zella) Masters of Charlotte; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Masters of Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold Masters; and one sister, Eythel Black.

   Services were May 2 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte with the Rev. Clark A. Hock officiating.  Interment was at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Dorothy I. Matz

 

   Dorothy I. Matz, age 75, of Holt, died Friday afternoon, October 23, 1998 at Eaton Rapids Community Hospital.  Mrs. Matz was born March 2, 1923 in Lenapah, Oklahoma, a daughter of E.E. and Minnie (Thorpe) Young.  She was an Army veteran of World War II, retired accountant for the State, a member of the Haflinger Association and the State Employees Retirees Association.  Mrs. Matz was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and her son, George Cole.

   Surviving are her daughter, Zola (Ronald) Sipes of Holt; daughter-in-law, Cora Cole of Virginia Beach, VA; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

   Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Rev. John A. Toth of the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale officiating.  Interment will be in Dimondale Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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James N. Maxey

 

   James N. Maxey, 68, of Eaton Rapids died March 3, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Maxey was born May 1, 1929, in Manitowoc, Wis., the son of James and Florence (Kapitan) Maxey.  He was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, and Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM.  He was past treasurer for the Michigan Angus Association and a member of the American Angus Association.  He and his wife owned and operated Evergreen Angus Farms for 45 years and he retired from General Motors in 1987 after 37 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Clarabelle; two daughters, Sarah (Mark) Belokonny of Brush Plane, Wash. and Jane Maxey of Lansing; and three grandchildren.

   Services were March 7 at the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with the Rev. Marty Debow officiating.  Interment was in the Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Robbins United Methodist Church or Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM.

 

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David C. May

 

   David C. May, 71, of Seguin, Texas, formerly of Eaton County, passed away June 26 in Seguin.

   Mr. May was born April 23, 1927, in Guilford County, NC, to Guy and Lois May.  He had been a resident of Seguin for the last four years.  Previously, he had been a farmer in Eaton County and had retired as a captain from the Lansing Fire Department after 27 years of service.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a long-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

   He was predeceased by his parents and a son, Steven May.

   He is survived by his wife, Joanne; son, David (Sue) May of corpus Christi; brothers, Guy (Jean) May, Lewis (Edna) May and Bill (Brenda) May, all of Greensboro, NC, and John May of Kent, Wash.; sisters, Sue Tillman and Betty (John) Waters, both of Greensboro, NC, and Ruth (Fred) Brady of Mebane, NC.

   A memorial service was June 29 in the Goetz Memorial Chapel, Seguin, Texas.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice, in lieu of flowers.

 

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Vivan Wright Rolfe Meeder

 

   Vivan Wright Rolfe Meeder, age 89, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at the Eaton Co. Medical Care Facility.  Vivan was born February 16, 1909 at Chester, Eaton Co., MI.  She was a descendant of two Eaton Co. pioneer families, James Wright and Helen Augusta Hubbard.  She was one of twelve children born to Fredrick Thomas Wright and Emma Ann Zimmerman.  Her family consisted of brothers, Elgin, James, Fred and Ronald Wright; sisters, Leone Sweet, Beatrice Chapman, Helen Beals, Eunice Sweatland, Violet Shaver, all deceased.  One sister, Catherine Brown of Charlotte survives.  She had been married 25 years to Edward Meeder who dies in 1988 and they spent many happy years together at Drummond Island, Florida, Potterville and Dutton.  She had spent the last ten years in Eaton Rapids.  Vivan was a busy, energetic person, full of fun and always enjoyed company.  She had worked in the Potterville Post Office, Wilcox-Guay and Eaton Co. Medical Care Facility.

   She leaves a son, Dorr “Bud” (Betty) Rolfe of Eaton Rapids and their children, Cindy (Terry) Smith of Narrow Lake, Trudy Stoken of Eaton Rapids, Aaron (Casey) Rolfe of Lowell; a daughter, Doreen Lowe of Lansing; 2 deceased granddaughters, Arnea and Shereen Serrells; 11 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; step children, Jack (Arlene) Meeder of Mancelona, John (Ann) Meeder of Bellaire, Ann (Carl) Burley of Florida; many nephews and nieces one of whom was a special comfort, Doris (Tom) Moran of Eaton Rapids.

   At her request cremation had taken place and due to family illness, graveside services at Rosehilll Cemetery will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in memory of Vivan Meeder.  Arrangements by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Constance Lee Meredith (Hummel)

 

   Constance Lee Meredith (Hummel) was born on September 5, 1937, and died June 14, 1998.

   She was a nurse practitioner for the Women’s Health Center.  She also taught and competed in Ballroom Dancing for many years.  She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Hummel, and brother Larry Hummel.

   She is survived by her mother, Iceal Hummel; sisters, Elaine O’Connor, Kay (John) Lovell, Linda (A.J.) Monroe, Cindy Johnson; 4 beloved grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   Visitation will be held at the Gorsline Runciman Lansing Chapel on Wednesday, June 17, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and Thursday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on June 18, 1998, at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Nellie Mesarik

 

   Nellie Mesarik, 86, formerly of Leoni Township died Nov. 24, 1998, at the home of her daughter, Betty Whitaker in Charlotte.

  Mrs. Mesarik was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #612 Ladies Auxiliary and Women of the Moose.  She was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.

   In addition to Whitaker, she is survived by two daughters, Darlene (Eulin) Eastridge of Arizona and Joann Fracker of Tecumseh; one son, Bob (Rita) King of Indiana; 30 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, one grandson, Douglas Fracker, and one granddaughter, Jenny Stetler.

   Services were Nov. 27 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Michigan Center.  Interment was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, Michigan Center.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church.

 

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Gertrude (Borgman) Meyer

 

   Gertrude (Borgman) Meyer, 86, of Tampa and Dunnellon, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died April 21, 1998 at the University Village Nursing Center in Tampa after a long illness.

   Mrs. Meyer was born in Rome Center, the daughter of Porter A. and Mable S. (Knowles) Beal.  She was a Registered Nurse having worked for many years at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, where she retired.  She was a member of the Village Church of Rainbow Spring in Dunnellon, Rainbow Estates Hospital Association, Rainbow Lakes Estates Republican Club and Women’s Club.

   She is survived by her two sons, John R. (Jan) Borgman of Elkhart, Ind. and Milton H. (Sharon) Borgman of College Grove, Tenn.; two daughters, Carolyn (Emerson) Ray of Lutz, Fla. and Mafra (Ray) Young of Barron, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; four brothers, L. Charles Beal of Three Rivers, Edward Beal of Tecumseh, Chester Beal of Adrian, and R. Daniel Beal of Hudson; and three sisters, Marjorie V. Stubli of Hudson, Portia Coury of Troy and Lucretia Goodlock of Stockbridge.

   She was preceded in death by one son, Albert Borgman; first husband, Harold Borgman; and second husband, Everet Meyer.

   Graveside services and interment were held April 25 at the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet, with Pastor Tom Havens officiating.  Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Margaret Meyer

 

   Margaret (Holwig) Meyer, age 80, passed away August 9, 1998.  She was born December 1, 1917, to William and Mildred (Boody) Holwig.  She took her nurses training at Mercy Hospital, Jackson and worked at Hayes Green Beach Hospital until entering the Navy in WWII.  She served in North Africa where she met Lt. Harold Meyer.  They were married September 8, 1945.

   She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother Harry and granddaughter Heather McGaw.  Surviving are her husband Harold, son Jeff (Dee) Meyer, daughter Beth (Doug) McGaw, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, one great-grandson, brother Guy (Gretchen) Holwig, sister Mary (Myron) Montie and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held August 14 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Herron, MI.  For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, or Eaton Community Hospice, PO Box 636, Charlotte MI  48813 in memory of Margaret (Holwig) Meyer.

 

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Philip Michel

 

   Philip G. Michel, 62, of Olivet died at Sparrow Hospital, Sept. 9, after a battle with brain cancer.

   He was born March 7, 1936, in Charlotte, the son of Julius and Everil (Bush) Michel.  He attended Olivet College and the University of Michigan, earning a master’s degree in social work.  He worked at the central office of the Family Independence Agency for 30 years.

   He is survived by his wife, Genie; one stepdaughter, Maria; two stepsons, Michael and Matthew; his mother, Peg Michel of Charlotte; sister, Dolores Wendell of Charlotte; three grandsons, Jacob, Stephen and Joshua; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Sept. 15 at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte with the Rev. Clark Hock and the Rev. Peter Brenner officiating.  Arrangements were prepared by the Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet College, American Brain Tumor Association, or the Friends of Cooley Garden.

 

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Keitha J. Miller

 

   Keitha J. Miller, 66, of Clifford Lake, Stanton, formerly of the Lansing and Charlotte area, died at her home Jan. 18, 1998.

   Mrs. Miller was born in Portland June 5, 1931, to George and Procilla Gilmore.  She was a 1949 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School.  She was a life member of VFW Auxiliary #2406, Charlotte, and an active golfer in several Charlotte and Eaton Rapids leagues.  She married Francis Miller on April 19, 1969.

   She is survived by her husband, Ron; one stepdaughter, Deborah (Jim) Logan of Florida; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two uncles and aunts; and several cousins.

   Services were Jan. 21 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer society or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Linda D. Miller

 

   Linda Darlee (Holdcraft) Miller, 51, of Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., formerly of Olivet, died Dec. 14, 1998.

   Mrs. Miller was born July 24, 1947, and had been a bar tender at the American Legion in Fort Myers Beach.

   She is survived by three daughters, Dena (Skip) Shaw of Olivet, Michelle (Mike) Lee of Ft. Myers Beach, and Kara (David) Chase of Ft. Myers Beach; one grandson, Cameron Shaw; her mother, Inez Smiley of Muncie, Ind.; three sisters, Judy Ann (Randy) Pegg of Albany, Ind., Judy Lynn (Mike) McBeth of Albany, and Ronda Moreno of Muncie; and five nieces and nephews.  She also leaves her little dog, Ginger.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin “Jake” Smiley in 1991 and husband Orville Miller in 1996.

   Services were held at the American Legion at Ft. Myers Beach.

   Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post #247, 899 Buttonwood Drive, Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., 33931.

 

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Clara E. Milne

 

   Clara E. Milne, 93, of Charlotte died July 18, 1998, at the Eaton Manor Nursing Home in Charlotte after a long illness.

   Mrs. Milne was born in Delhi Township, Ingham County, the daughter of Solomon and Lena (Lemoreaux) Schnepp.  She had been a Charlotte resident since 1937, coming from Potterville.  She had been self-employed doing housekeeping for several individuals and businesses in the Charlotte area, including Burkhead Funeral Home.

   She is survived by two daughters, Janet Adams of Williamston and Joyce (George) Norton of Walled Lake; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Grace Higbie of DeWitt.

   She was preceded in death by her son, George Milne; and 10 brothers and sisters.

   Services were July 22 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Harold Cherry officiating.  Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

 

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Louise A. Misener

 

   Louise Anne (Croy) Misener, 72, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, died Aug. 13, 1998, at her residence.

   Mrs. Misener was born in Lansing, the daughter of Arthur and Bertha (Stinebower) Croy.  She had been a livelong Lansing resident until moving to Charlotte one and one-half years ago.  She was a 1943 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School and 1946 graduate of the Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing.  She was a registered nurse, having worked at Sparrow Hospital and Lansing General Hospital, was the clinic nurse at Gardner Middle School in Lansing, and worked for a time at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.  She had been a Girl Scout Leader for Troop #249 in South Lansing and was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by her husband, Richard; one daughter, Ricci (Eugene) Eschtruth of Grand Ledge; one son, Dean of Lansing; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

   Services were Aug. 17 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte.  Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing.  Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice or First Lutheran Church.

 

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Ella Mitchell

 

   Ella (Newsome) Mitchell, age 65, of Springhill, Fla., formerly of Harper Woods, Mich., died June 13, 1998 at the Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Fla., after a short illness.

   Mrs. Mitchell was born in Melvin, KY, the daughter of John B. and Matilda (McCoy) Newsome.  She had been a resident of Springhill for five years, moving there from Harper Woods.  She was employed as a news assistant for the Wall Street Journal of Dow Jones Co., having worked in Detroit.  She retired in 1989 after 30 years of service.

   Surviving are her husband, Kelzo Mitchell; four sisters, Vanecia Tackett of River Rouge, Mich., Virginia Crawford of Melvin, KY, Patricia Ann Martin of Langley, KY, and Mary Kathryn Bailey of Harold, KY; four brothers, Sterlon Newsome of Cowpens, SC, Archie Newsome of Springport, Otis Newsome of Charlotte, and Freddie Newsome of Charlotte; and her stepmother, Della Newsome of Melvin, KY.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Herbert, Forest, Cecil, Wm. Clifford, Arthur, Marcus and Roland, and sisters, Edith and Lillian.

   Funeral services were Friday, June 19, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Robert Doner officiating.  Interment was in the North Clarence (Hunt) Cemetery near Springport.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

 

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Jennie M. Moist

 

   Jennie M. Moist, 94, of Charlotte died Feb. 19, 1998 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Moist was born Oct. 16, 1903 in Gladwin County, the daughter of Henry and Marjana (Babcock) Nettleton.  She was a homemaker.

   She is survived by four sons, Bob (Ellen) Morrison, Harry (Ida Belle) Morrison both of Charlotte, Francis Morrison of Lansing, and Roger (Pat) Morrison of Saginaw; five daughters, Claudia Smith of Quincy, Janice (Donnie) Barnett of Bellevue, Sandra (Harry) Smith of Bronson, Dorothy (Earl) Young of Springport, and Carol Sue (Gordon) Bottomley of Olivet; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

   Services were Feb. 21 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.  Interment was in Hunt Cemetery, Calhoun County.

 

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William C. Moist

 

   William C. Moist, 65, of Convis Township died Feb. 11, 1998, at home.

   Mr. Moist was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Charlotte, the son of Myron W. and Vera Mae (Russell) Moist.  He married Jobie R. Silvas.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Mr. Moist was employed as a bus driver for Eatran in Eaton County.

   He is survived by his wife, Jobie; daughter, Gina Silvas of Charlotte; son, Donald R. Moist of Charlotte; four grandchildren; two brothers, Earl Moist of Charlotte and Robert Moist of Lansing; and sister, Margaret Ford of Grand Ledge.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Steven C. Moist.

   Services were Feb. 13 at the Shaw Funeral Home, with the Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating.  Interment with military honors was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice Care.

 

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Ashlyn L. Moon

 

   Ashlyn L. Moon, 8 months, of Bellevue died Aug. 16, 1998 at Bronson Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

   She was born November 28, 1997 in Battle Creek the daughter of Daniel and Angela (McCrimmon) Moon, Jr.

   She is survived by her parents; a sister, Anissa Moon, at home; grandparents, Penny McCrimmon of Bellevue, Bruce McCrimmon of Hardeeville, S.C., Daniel Moon and Peggy Andrews of Bellevue; great-grandparents, Fred and Myrtle Hinkle of Olivet and Wallace McCrimmon of Vermontville.

   Services were held at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel in Bellevue with Pastor Glenn Wegner officiating.  Interment was in East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to a charity of choice.

 

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Daniel Mooney

 

   Daniel F. Mooney, 77, of Bellevue, died Dec. 17, 1998 at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Mooney was born May 30, 1921 in Bangor, Maine, the son of Patrick and Mary (Shaughnessy) Mooney.  He graduated from St. John the Baptist High School in Bangor and attended St. Paul’s Prep School in Long Island, N.Y., on a football, basketball and baseball scholarship.  He attended Bodin College until he went to work as a civilian in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  He worked 30 years with Clark Equipment Company in Jackson and retired from the Battle Creek plant as a supervisor in 1977.  He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Bellevue, and the United Commercial Travelers.  He was Bellevue’s Citizen of the Year in 1983 and a member of the Good Samaritan’s.

   He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Glenn; two sons, Daniel (Janet) Mooney Jr. of Leslie and Michael (Carol) Mooney of Battle Creek; six grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Agnes Richard, Julia and Theresa Mooney of Bangor, Maine; a step-daughter, Evelyn (Gary) Whitcomb of Bellevue; and two step-sons, Glenn (Sharon) Fauser of Leslie and Robert (Sally) Fauser of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret, Catherine, and Josephine; and four brothers, John, Tom, Jim and Ed Mooney.

   Services were Dec. 21 at St. Ann Catholic Church with Deacon Jim Mathias officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Mary Arvilla Moore

 

   Mary Arvilla Moore, 88, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died June 19, 1998 at Pines Healthcare Center in Lansing.

   Mrs. Moore was born Feb. 18, 1910 in Woodland, the daughter of Demorest and Goldie (Mullenix) Early.  She married Henry Moore.  She was a country school teacher in Beaverton, operated a beauty shop in Bellevue, and was one of the first female airplane pilots.

   She is survived by four sons, Henry Jr. and William (Barbara), both of Florida, Floyd (Diane) of Luzerne, and Donald (Shirley) of Beaverton; seven daughters, Henrietta (Estel) Rice of Bellevue, Dorothy (Charles) Powers of Florida, Mary Ellen White of Lansing, Bertha (Robert) Rochester of Arkansas, Cora (Russ) Cain of Lansing, Tina (Jerry) Brophy of Florida, and Sarah Jean (Roger) Zimmerman of Arizona; 150 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Dick Babcock of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Carol Kidder of Charlotte; and an aunt, Tina Dean of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; one son, Jack; and one daughter, Lillian Babcock.

   Services were June 22 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Lansing with the Rev. Donald King officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Milford J. Moore

 

   Milford J. Moore, age 84, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in Eaton Rapids.  Milford was born December 7, 1913 in Eaton Rapids, the son of CJ and Grace (Collar) Moore.  Milford was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids.  He and his brother were co-owners and operators of Moore Implement Co. for 37 years.  Mr. Moore was a former Eaton Rapids City Assessor and former Chairman of the Eaton County Board of Commissioners.  He was a Past Master and Life Member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM, and life member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Grand Rapids.  Milford was one of the charter members of the Eaton Rapids Lions Club.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Merna in 1996.

   Surviving are his daughter, Dianne G. (Wayne) Clone of Eaton Rapids; son, Dennis (Gwen) Moore of Atlanta, GA; 4 grandchildren, Colleen (Will) Stephens, Carmen (Eric) Palmer, Michelle Moore, Eric Moore; 3 great-grandchildren, Brianne and Brendan Stephens, Hannah Palmer; brother, Murray (Laura) Moore of Eaton Rapids; aunt, Mildred Alder of IL; sister-in-law, Virginia (Floyd) Peacock of FL; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, June 19, 1998, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.  Those desiring  may  make  contributions  to   the   Eaton

 

 

 

Rapids First United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in memory of Milford J. Moore.

 

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Roy E. Moore

 

   Roy E. Moore, 85, of Eaton Rapids died March 9, 1998 at a nursing home in Charlotte.

   Mr. Moore was born Oct. 14, 1912 in Eaton County, the son of Edburt and Mattie (Shaw) Moore.  He was a retired Press-Operator for General Motors in Lansing.  He was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652.

   He is survived by one son, Edburt (Barbara) Moore of Mason; two daughters, Kay Baker of Eaton Rapids and Yvonne (Stan) Palmer of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, O.D. Moore of Florida; one sister, Margaret Noble of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Miller.

   Services were March 13 at the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with the Rev. William Houch officiating.  Interment followed at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

 

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Richard V. Morris

 

   Richard V. Morris, 76, of Parkersburg, W.Va., died July 14, 1998, at St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg.

   He was born in Charlotte.  He was retired from the GSA Federal Building and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the St. Andrews United Methodist Church and the VFW.

   He is survived by his wife, Hazel Nichols Morris; two daughters, Irene Morris-Crowder of Anaheim, Calif., and Wanda Fay Dawson of Parkersberg; five grandchildren, Douglas Richard Morris and Donald Ronald Morris, both of Parkersburg, Michael Wayne Allen and Melissa Renee Allen, both of Gilmore, Texas, and Danielle Renee Crowder of Anaheim; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack E. Morris of Charlotte; three sisters, Valdean Young and Ruth Cleavenger, both of Florida, and Mary Galvin of Manton, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Zesto Belle Courtright Morris.

   Services were July 17 at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Paul Russell officiating.  Interment was at the Sunset Memory Gardens, with military graveside services by the American Legion Post 15.

 

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Ruby F. Mott

 

   Ruby F. Mott, born July 12, 1930 in Tupelo, MS, died October 19, 1998 at the age of 68.  Mrs. Mott was formerly employed with Burton-Dixie and then with Ingham Medical, retiring in 1993.  She was loved by all.

   Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Eugene; 1 daughter, Linda Risk of Eaton Rapids; 2 granddaughters, Charissa (Tony) Rendon and Shawna Risk; 3 great-grandchildren, Keeley, Devin, and Taylin Rendon; 5 brothers; and three sisters.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, October 22, at the Gorsline-Runciman Co., Lansing Chapel, with Pastor Dennis Taylor of Delta First Baptist Church officiating.  Interment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 416 Frandor, Suite 104, Lansing MI  48912, in memory of Mrs. Mott.

 

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Dewey J. Musser

 

   Dewey J. Musser, 99, of Hastings died April 9, 1998 at Thornapple Manor.

   Mr. Musser was born Aug. 22, 1898 in Wood County, Ohio, the son of Johnathan and Electa (Robinson) Musser.  He was an automobile mechanic.  He farmed for many years.  He married Leah Viaches in 1930 and Mabel Brininstool in June of 1936.

   He is survived by three daughters, Elaine (Kenneth) Foote of Battle Creek, Anita Boutwell of Grand Ledge, and June (Don) Shellenbarger of Lake Odessa; three sons, Dewey L. (Elaine)_ Musser of Lansing, Lawrence (Barbara) Musser of Vermontville, and Arnold J. (Pat) Musser of Hastings; one step-daughter, Ruth (Mark) Roberts of Austin, Texas; 24 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leah Viaches; and second wife, Mabel Brininstool.

   Services were April 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Dansville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

 

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Alice M. Neff

 

   Alice M. (Shellenbarger) Neff, 97, of Charlotte died Feb. 8, 1998, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Neff was born in Sunfield Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Linus and Ruth (Bywater) Shellenbarger.  She lived most of her life in Eaton County.  She was a graduate of Olivet High School and attended Eaton County Normal.  She was a schoolteacher and later employed by G. C. Murphy Co. in Charlotte.  She was a member of the Charlotte Pentecostal Church of God and the Charlotte Senior Citizens group, where she had been a member of the Kitchen Band.  She won many ribbons and awards due to her involvement in the activities at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   She is survived by her son, Harold Neff of Polk City, Fla.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto Neff; son, Karl Neff; sister, Myra Mincey; and two brothers, North and West Shellenbarger.

   Services were Feb. 12 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Department.

 

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Charles B. “Chuck” Nicholas

 

   Charles B. “Chuck” Nicholas of Eaton Rapids, died at age 70, on Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at his home.  Chuck was born on October 4, 1927, in West Union, W.VA.  He was raised at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids with his mother, brother, and sister from age 6 months to 17 years.  In 1945, Chuck attended and graduated from Coyne Electric School, then joined the US Navy where he served until 1949.  After the service he became a Master Electrician and founded Nicholas Electric in Eaton Rapids which he operated the rest of his life.  Chuck was a past President of the Eaton Rapids J.C.’s, and attained the position of JCI Senator VP.  Mr. Nicholas was the founding President of the Eaton Rapids Chamber of Commerce and was voted the “Young Man of the Year: in 1963, was a member of the Onondaga Masonic Lodge, and a past President of the Duck Lake Country Club.  Chuck was a Life Member of the Eaton Rapids VFW Post #1283.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Margaret; brother, William; and his mentor, John Bentley.

   Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Shirley; daughter, Kathy Ann (Don) VanderVeen of Mason; 2 sons, Kevin (Mary) Nicholas of Grand Rapids, Ken (Marsha) Nicholas of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, Tim, Trisha, Bethany, and Caryn Nicholas, Kailee, Jarred and Jenna VanderVeen; and 1 sister, Jackie (Ray) Johnson of CA.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 13, 1998 at the Shelley-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Robert Betts, officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Jack Harris, Ed Montello, Jim Kenoyer, Greg Southwell, Tom Swan, and Jim Cataline.  Honorary bearers were Bud Haley, Halley Pettit, George Pettit, Max Williams, Doug Furgason, Claude Basing, Doc Hastay and Ken Goodnoe.

   Those desiring may make contributions to either the American Diabetes Assoc. or the American Heart Assoc. in memory of Charles B. Nicholas.

 

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Evelyn Washburn Nielsen

 

   Evelyn Washburn Nielsen, age 85, of Avilla, Indiana formerly of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, October 17, 1998 at the Sacred Heart Nursing Home.  Born March 13, 1913 in Goshen, Indiana the daughter of Edythe and Delmer Washburn.  Evelyn moved with her family to Eaton Rapids from Goshen at the age of 13.  She had attended and graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School class of 1931.  Evelyn’s parents owned and operated Washburn Flower Shop located on Hamlin St. where she assisted them and from her efforts had received several State swards for various flower arrangements that were presented to her in Lansing.  Evelyn’s late husband Al Nielsen was the manager of Haffner’s Five and Dime in Eaton Rapids and in 1947 they had moved to Garrett Indiana.  She entered the Sacred Heart Home in 1992 where she resided until her death.  Evelyn was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids where she taught Sunday School and sang in the Church Choir.  Evelyn and Al had one child, a daughter, Mary Jo, born at the old brick hospital on Main St.  Preceded her in death are her parents and husband all buried in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are her daughter, Mary Jo Gillespie of Coyote, New Mexico; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; half-sister, Jane Stuart of Chicago, Ill.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be next to her husband Al in the Rosehill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

 

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Edward E. Oberlin

 

   Edward E. Oberlin, of Venice, Florida, age 83, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away on June 18, 1998.  He was born in Eaton Rapids on August 28, 1914.  He worked as a farmer and as a quality control inspector at Eaton Stamping before retiring and moving to Florida.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carrie Heisler.

   Surviving are his wife, Jean of Venice, FL; children, Richard (Tootie) Oberlin of TX, Sandra Deupree of Eaton Rapids, Stephen (June) Oberlin of Marshall, MI, Sally Warner of Eaton Rapids; step-daughters, Karole (Roy) Bartlett of Charlotte, MI, Barbara (James) Rieben of Clay, NY; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Elanore Anderson and Norma Dykster, both of Venice, FL; and 1 uncle, Harley Oberlin of FL.

   Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  There will be no funeral home visitation.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Edward E. Oberlin.  Arrangements made by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

 

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Elizabeth A. O’Brien

 

   Elizabeth A. O’Brien, 67, of Hastings, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 22, 1998.

   Mrs. O’Brien was born March 12, 1930, in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Edward and Fern (Sweet) Atherton.  She had worked most of her life as a nurse’s aid.

   She is survived by four sisters, Nora Dietrick of Nashville, Mary Lou Dean of Delton, Kathy Peterson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Eleanor Newcomer of Shelbyville; and five brothers, Edward Atherton of Grand Ledge, Robert Atherton of Portland, Ralph Atherton of Barryton, Michael Atherton of Lake City, and Clair Atherton of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James O’Brien.

   There will be no funeral service or visitation.  Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Louise M. Olmstead

 

   Louise M. Olmstead, 90, of Bellevue died Feb. 10, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Olmstead was born Jan. 31, 1908 in Assyria Township, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Case) Brandt.  She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1925.  She married Rex. S. Olmstead in Kalamazoo on August 3, 1926.

   She is survived by her son, Rex. E. Olmstead of Bellevue; daughter, Beverly I. Hess of Bellevue; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mildred Kokz of Bellevue and Irma Aronstein of St. Petersburg, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Olmstead; three sons, Allen, Gerald, and David; brother, Wesley Brandt; and sister, Leatha Rundle.

   Graveside services were Feb. 12 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.

   Arrangements were made by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Shirley J. Olsen

 

   Shirley J. Olsen, 74, of Des Plaines, Ill., formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Aug. 30 at the Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines.

   Mrs. Olsen was born in Detroit and lived most of her life in the Charlotte area.  She was a member of First Congregational Church United Church of Christ and it’s Blanche Moyer Circle.  She was a longtime volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, active in the Mobile Meals program, and interested in the restoration of the 1885 Eaton County Courthouse.

   She is survived by one daughter, Jeri (Mark) Papuga of Berwyn, Ill.; two sons, John (Kim) of Des Plaines and Karl (Laura) of San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren, Brandon and Kyle Olsen, Michael and Valerie Papuga, and Rachel and Angela Jeane Olsen; three nieces; and one nephew.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Karl; her parents Milo and Helen (Martin) Osborn; and one daughter, Jeane Olsen.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were Sept. 5 at the First Congregational Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Peter Brenner and the Rev. Z. William Colson officiating.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, the Eaton County Historical Society, or Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Maxine Olson

 

   Maxine Marie Olson, 68, of Eaton Rapids died Oct. 30, 1998.

   Mrs. Olson was born Sept. 24, 1930 in Charlotte, the daughter of Fred and Beatrice (Tripp) Raines.

   Mrs. Olson is survived by her husband, Hughes; two daughters, Deborah (George) Hosack of Springport, and Laura (Lee) Ferman of Eaton Rapids; three sons, David H. (Sherry) Olson of Eaton Rapids, Steven (Patricia) Olson of Harrison and Danny (Sharon) Olson of Port Huron; 19 grandchildren; three sisters, Ruby Smith of Grayling, Thelma Simons of Charlotte and Valeri Sue Ann Lass of Lansing; and one brother, John Raines.

   Services were held Nov. 3 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Mike Olson

 

   Mike Olson, age 47, of Eaton Rapids, died July 24, 1998 in Jackson.  Mike was born April 7, 1951 in Bay City, the son of Herbert William and Ivy Bonita (Krause) Olson.  He was a leader in Ingham Co. 4-H and a member of the Onondaga Sportsmen’s Club.  Michael was employed with McDonald’s in Eaton Rapids and had been employed with Heights Auto Parts and Dick’s Auto Service in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are his wife of 12 years, Florence C. of Eaton Rapids; 3 daughters, Dawn I. Sheldon of DeWitt, Deborah Olson of Lansing, April A. (Henry) Centeno of Lansing; 4 sons, Michael Olson, Leif Olson both of Lansing, Mathew (Yvonne) Thomas of Onondaga, Owen Thomas of Eaton Rapids and 2 grandchildren.

   Graveside services will be held today, Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Onondaga Cemetery with Rev. Tom Peters, Pastor of the Dansville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Casket bearers will be Mathew Thomas, Michael Olson, Leif Olson, Owen Thomas, Henry Centeno and Stephen Shelden.

   Those desiring may make contributions to either the American Diabetes Assoc. or the National Kidney Association.  Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Robert C. O’Neil

 

   Robert C. O’Neil, 66, of Potterville died May 1, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mr. O’Neil was born in Engadine, the son of George and Olga (Warner) O’Neil.  He worked at Oldsmobile for 30 years in final repair, retiring in 1996.

   He is survived by his wife, Elaine; three sons, Michael (Kristin) O’Neil of Charlotte, Brian (Charmin) O’Neil of Eaton Rapids, and Daniel O’Neil of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Sharon (Mark) Abel of Royal Oak and Kathleen O’Neil of Potterville; three grandchildren; two brothers, Edward (Betty) Mantei of Engadine, and Albert (Faye) Mantei of Crystal, Minn.; and mother-in-law, Rowena Soligny.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Terrance; and brother, John Simmons.

   A Memorial Mass was May 5 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. John Valier officiating.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Memorial Fund or the local Humane Society.

 

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Charles Otto

 

   Charles Otto died July 24, 1998 in Danville, Calif.

   Charles resided in Bellevue for 50 years prior to moving to Texas.  He served in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.  During that time he was employed with the Michigan Bell Telephone Co., he was presented with the Vail Award for Heroism.  He was an elected member of the Bellevue Community School Board for 12 years, and served as an active member of both the Bellevue Lions Club and the Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and an active volunteer in community activities.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and jeeping in Colorado, where he spent his summers after retirement.

   He is survived by Marjorie (Marge) Beckner Otto, wife of 52 years, of Mission, Texas; three sons, Stanley (Joyce) Otto of Otsego, Jeffery (Janice) Otto of Danville, Calif., and William (Kristine) Of Friendswood, Texas; two brothers, Bernard Otto and Richard Otto, and one sister, Mary Lou Vogt, all of Bellevue; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

   A memorial service will be held at the Bellevue United Methodist Church on Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. with interment at the Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Donations may be made in Charles Otto’s name to Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1883, Ouray, CO  81427; or to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation, 575 Love Road, Bellevue.

 

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Marion M. (Hine) Owen

 

   Marion M. (Hine) Owen, age 88, died Monday, December 21, 1998 in Lansing.  Marion was born June 7, 1910 in Charlotte the daughter of Josephus M. and Melvina I (Rice) Hine.  She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church since 1935 and also a member of the Pennway Church of God in Lansing.  Mrs. Owen and her husband were the Owners of Owen’s Market in Eaton Rapids and she retired from Consumers Power in 1972 after 15 years of service.  Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Owen in 1986; son, Dickie Lee in 1931; 3 brothers; 1 grandson Billie Owen and 1 great-granddaughter, Sheena Esper.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Shari (Robert) Clough of Eaton Rapids, Sharon Williams of Holt; 3 sons, Tom (Charlene) Owen of Eaton Rapids, Bill Owen of Lansing, David (Billie) Owen of Lansing; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 1998, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Richard Latham, Pastor of the Pennway Church of God, officiating.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home.  Those desiring may make contributions to either the Pennway Church of God or the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church in memory of Marion M. Owen.

 

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Mary A. Parish

 

   Mary A. Parish, 79, of Holt died Feb. 28, 1998.

   Mrs. Parish was born April 18, 1918 in Hillsdale, the daughter of Herbert and Mabel (Riggleman) Patton.  She worked as a cook and waitress in Jonesville.  She was a former member of the North Adams United Methodist Church and the Midwest Tool Collectors Association.

   She is survived by her son, Richard (Joan) Benn of Holt; daughter, Mary (Sterling) Bicket Smith of N. Carolina; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; and three sons, Robert, James, and John.

   Services were March 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Constance Parker

 

   Constance “Connie” Parker, 46, of Vermontville, died of natural causes Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998 at her home.

   Ms. Parker was born Oct. 28, 1952 in Lansing, the daughter of Neil and Alice (Martin) Parker.  She graduated from Maple Valley High School and worked for Michigan Association of School Administrators for over 25 years.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

   She is survived by father and step-mother, Neil (Marlene) Parker and step-sister, Kelly of Santa Maria, Calif.; brother, Dennis Parker of Victorville, Calif.; grandmother, Margie Joppie of Vermontville; niece and nephew, Dana and Derek Parker; aunt, Norma Viele of Vermontville; uncle, Don (Esther) Martin of Vermontville; aunt, Ilah (John) Sealy of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice Parker; and grandparents, Jay and Myrna Martin, Hugh Parker and Henry Joppie.

   Services were held Nov. 21 at Pray Funeral Home with the Rev. Eric Lison officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund or the Capital Area Humane Society.

 

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Trinity J.T. Patterson

 

   Trinity James Towery Patterson, 19, of Marshall died Jan. 30, 1998, as the result of being struck by a car on Pease Road, between Love Hwy. and Battle Creek Road, Eaton County.

   Mr. Patterson was born March 10, 1978, in Marshall, the son of Kenneth and Judy (Segar) Patterson.  He had attended MarLee School and was a 1997 graduate of Olivet High School.  While a high school student, he was a member of the wrestling team and sang in the school choir.

   He is survived by his mother, Judy of Marshall; his father, Kenneth of Hastings; one sister, Billie Jean Patterson of Marshall; his father, Larry Towery of Denver, Colo.; one half-sister, Kim Towery; two half-brothers, Larry Towery and Tony Towery; his grandparents, Glenn and Rena Segar of Bellevue, Willie and Joyce Patterson of Missouri, Mary Towery of Bellevue, and Donna Lundy of Dowagiac; two great-grandfathers, Fred Segar of Bellevue and Lloyd Lyttle of Battle Creek; and numerous aunts and uncles.

   Services were Feb. 3 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall, with Pastor Steve Segar officiating.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Patterson Memorial Fund.

 

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Wayne Loran Perkins

 

   Wayne Loran Perkins, 81, of Charlotte died May 21, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Perkins was born Aug. 10, 1916 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Ellsworth and Mae (Fowler) Perkins.  He worked as a foreman for Eaton Stamping Co. in Eaton Rapids.

   He is survived by his two sons, Lee (Linda) Perkins and Gerald Perkins; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Clyde Perkins of Springport.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae.

   Services were May 23 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Bob Betts officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Genevieve Perry

 

   Genevieve (Hooper) Perry, 78, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 1998, in Charlotte.

   Genevieve was born in Brookfield Township the daughter of Miles and Mina (Lamb) Hooper, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1940.  She was a 1937 graduate of Olivet High School, was a life member of the Bellevue/Olivet O.E.S., was a member and past president of the Charlotte American Legion Auxiliary and was a 50-year member of the First Congregational Church UCC and its Blanche Moyer Circle.  She had been employed as assistant controller in the Eaton County Controller’s Office, retiring in 1984 after 16 years of service.

   Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Lawrence Perry; two sons, Rowland (Marilyn) Perry and Neil (Lana) Perry, both of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Mitchell of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by one brother, Rowland Hooper, and four sisters, Bethel Imes, Ruth Sherman, Lois Carpenter and Mildred
Shrontz.

   Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter Brenner officiating.  Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Congregational Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Wallace “Wally” Peters

 

   Wallace “Wally” Peters, age 69, died Thursday, October 15, 1998 at his residence.  Wallace was born October 4, 1929 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Earlin Wallace and Edith Lula (Rose) Peters.  Wally retired from Fisher Body in 1987 after 32 years of service.  He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Flossie Nettleton, Geneve Moyers, Iva Sebastian and 1 brother, Delmar Peters.

   Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Iva Jean; 2 sons, Delmar (Shannon) Peters of Olivet, Gene (Jennifer) Peters of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Brittany and Dylan, Emily and Wyatt.

   Graveside services were held on Saturday, October 17, 1998 at Tompkins Cemetery, Tompkins Center with Rev. Tom Evans officiating.  Military honors were presented by Eaton Rapids American legion, Post #15 and VFW Post #1283.  Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society in memory of Wallace Peters.

 

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Blaine E. “Pete” Peterson

 

   Blaine E. Peterson, age 86, of Eaton Rapids and Vero Beach, FL, died Sunday, July 19, 1998 in Vero Beach, FL.  Blaine was born June 16, 1912 in Evansport, OH, the son of Erman M. and Clela V. (Hall) Peterson.  He was a member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Grand Rapids, and the Shrine (Eaton Co.).  Pete was a 54-year member of the Eaton Rapids Kiwanis Club with 45 years of perfect attendance.  He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids for over 62 years.  He was the owner and operator of Peterson TruValue in Eaton Rapids and had been a manager with A&P in Eaton Rapids.  Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Glennis L. (Cool) in 1994 and 2 sisters, Isabelle Peterson and Berna Deane Peterson, both in 1996.

   Surviving are his wife, Joy Ann; stepdaughter, Georgianna Patti and her fiancé, Duane Humby of Vero Beach; step-grandson, Anthony Patti; stepsister, Donna Balko of IN and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held July 23, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Dr. Alan Malcolm officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.  A Masonic Memorial service was presented by the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM on July 22.

   Those desiring may make contributions to either the Lodge or the Church in memory of Blaine E. Peterson.

 

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Shirley E. (Williams) Petsch

 

   Shirley E. (Williams) Petsch, age 64, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Charlotte and Chelsea, Mich., died Thursday, June 25, 1998 in El Paso.

   Mrs. Petsch was born in Charlotte, the daughter of Alfred and Dora M. (Hitner) Williams, and moved to Chelsea with her family as a young girl.  She was a graduated of Ann Arbor High School and received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas El Paso.

   Surviving are four children, Mark Petsch of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mary (Ron) Taylor of Midwest City, Okla., Michael (Sandra) Petsch of Tempe, Ariz., and Matthew (Rochelle) Petsch of Virginia Beach, Va.; six grandchildren; one brother, Alfred (Doris) Williams of Charlotte; and three sisters, Phyllis Spitzley of Lowell, Barbara (Orrin Randall) Bingham of Saline, and Martha (Thomas) Knaggs of Rowlett, Texas.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Funeral services were Tuesday, June 30, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.  Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Bradford J. Pierce

 

   Bradford J. Pierce, age 42, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, May 1, 1998 at his residence following a long illness.  He was born May 9, 1956 in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Robert and Carol (Selkeld) Pierce.  Brad was a supervisor for the Michigan Packaging Company in Eaton Rapids.  He began employment in 1973 as a janitor with M.P.C. and attained the level of Plant Superintendent before they moved to Mason.  Brad was a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church and a former Youth Director for the Eaton Rapids Baptist Church.  He enjoyed golf and was a member of many area golf leagues and was a member of the Motorvators Car Club of Lansing.  Preceding him in death are his parents, Robert and Carol Pierce.

   Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Wanda; daughter, Julia Pierce of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Robert J. Pierce of Eaton Rapids and Darryl (Vickie) Pierce of Stockbridge; 2 sisters, Denise (Darcy) Miller of Olivet and Renee Pierce of Jackson; nieces and nephews, Robert J. Pierce, Jacob, Sara and Erin Pierce, Derek and Adam Miller and Venice Pierce; special aunts and uncles, Shirley and Samuel Lane of LaHabra, CA and Jim and Lanie Selkeld of Petta Luma, CA.

   Funeral services were held Monday, May 4, 1998 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Dennis Perkins and Rev. Ron Judge officiating.  Graveside services followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Honorary bearers were Ben and Charlie Cooper; active bearers were Troy Peterson, Russell Peterson, Robert Pierce, Dale Sholty, Derek Miller and David Baker.  For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church building fund in memory of Bradford J. Pierce.

 

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Sherry L. Polhamus

 

   Sherry L. Polhamus, 37, of Charlotte died Feb. 4, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Mrs. Polhamus was born Oct. 17, 1960, in Lansing, the daughter of Stuart William and Shirley B. (Clark) Merrill.  She married Edward Polhamus.

   She is survived by her husband, Ed; two sons, Erik and Craig; daughter, Celeste; sister, Kimberly Jones of Bellevue; brother-in-law, Ricky McKellen of Bellevue; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Shirley Merrill; and one brother, Ricky Merrill.

   Services were Feb. 7 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Dorothy Powers

 

   Dorothy E. Powers, 86, of Charlotte died Nov. 26, 1998.

   Mrs. Powers was born Jan. 15, 1912 in Kent County, the daughter of Walter and Martha (Pinnock) Briggs.  She was a cook for Charlotte Public Schools.

   She is survived by one daughter, Carla (Dennis) Wertz of Charlotte; two sons, Richard (Pam) Babcock and Pastor Robert (Marvelyn) Babcock of Montana; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Kennith April 6, 1986.

   Services were Dec.1 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with her son, Pastor Robert Babcock, officiating.  Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

 

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Bruce Priddy

 

   Bruce Paul Priddy, 86, of Charlotte went home to be with his Lord Oct. 18, 1998 at Sparrow Health System.

   Mr. Priddy was born Jan. 27, 1912 in Indiana, the son of Lawrence and Mina (Farrell) Priddy.

   He married Carolyn Hatfield on May 21, 1932, his wife of 66 years.  He was a farmer on his own farm, a maple syrup producer for 25 years, a carpenter and was active in Bismarck Farm Bureau Group.  He attended Vermontville Bible Church and was an avid shuffleboard player and baseball fan.

   He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two daughters, Louise (Terry) McLane of Charlotte and Claudette (Darrell) Hamilton of Nashville; a son, Duane (Donna) Priddy of Midland; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Kimes of Arkansas and Beulah (Glendon) Flory of Ionia; two brothers, Lloyd (Eunice) Priddy and Kenneth (Dorothy) Priddy and Kenneth (Dorothy) Priddy both of Nashville.

   He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Fredline and Opal Heffley.

   Services were held Oct. 22 at the Vermontville Bible Church.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermontville Bible Church or Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

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Franklin L. Prindle

 

   Franklin L. Prindle, formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 19, 1998, at the University of Arkansas Medical Science Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark.

   He was the son of Jay and Harriet Prindle.  In 1942, he married Doris Dillin.  He had been a minister of the Gospel since 1943.  Both Prindle and his wife attended Lansing Bible Institute.  He first pastured at the Assyria Bible Church in 1949.  In 1954, the family moved to Chariton, Iowa, and the Chariton Bible Church.  In addition to ministering to the local church there, he also promoted evangelistic street meetings and a nursing home ministry.  In 1960, he returned to the Assyria Bible Church, where he continued until 1968.  His final active pastorate was in Dowagiac until 1973.  He and his wife managed the Highlander’s Motor Lodge and were members of the Elkhart, Ind., First Baptist Church, where he served as the director of a nursing home ministry for several years.  He later joined Larry Bratton and served as music directory at the Riverside Bible Church.  After retiring, he moved to Vandalia.  In 1996, he moved to Little Rock.

   He is survived by his wife, Doris; one daughter, Priscilla; and one son, Daryl.

   He was preceded in death by one daughter, Diane, and one brother, Luvan in 1992.

   Services were Feb. 25, 1998, with local arrangements made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Clara P. Pruden

 

   Clara P. Pruden, 87, of Charlotte died Dec. 29, 1997 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Pruden was born in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Augusta (Herida) and Carl Brandt.  She was employed at the Charlotte Hotel for a short time and had been a homemaker.

   She is survived by one daughter, Jean (Walter) Lorraine of Lansing, and four sons, Samuel (Arlene) of E. Hartford, Conn., James (Pat) of Arlington, Texas, Frank (Claire) of Dowling, and Edward of Jenison.

   She was preceded in death by one daughter, LouAnna, one son, Robert, and her husband, Henry.

   Services were Jan. 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. John R. Smith officiating.  Interment was in the Dimondale Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Barbara Puffenberger

 

   Barbara Puffenberger, special wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  Barbara (Green) Puffenberger ended her brave fight with cancer at her home on September 27, 1998.  Barbara was born on July 21, 1939 in Lansing to Ralph and Janet (McNaughton) Green.  She had been employed with the Dewitt City Police Department and the Flashes Shopper’s Guide & News in Eaton Rapids.  Barb’s many interests and talents were painting, flowers, cooking and caring for others.  Her positive attitude will be missed by all who knew her.

   Barbara is survived by her husband, Henry; children, John (Mia) Green of Shah Alam, Malaysia, Fred (Helen) Puffenberger of DeWitt, Karen (Bill) Miller of Ionia; grandchildren are Shawn and Stefanie Green, Amy, Eric and Alec Puffenberger and Ryan and Justin Miller.  She is also survived by her sister, Susan (Dick) Steffens of DeWitt; brother, Frank (Jean) Green of San Jose, CA; and many loved ones.

   Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 9220 Kinneville, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Scott Boles officiating.  Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the First Baptist Church, American Cancer Society or Sparrow Hospice in memory of Barbara Puffenberger.  Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Eva Quantrell

 

   Eva (Watson) Quantrell, 73, of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998 at her residence in Fla.

   Mrs. Quantrell was born in Philadelphia, Penn. the daughter of Frances and Eva (Eamer) LaGrossa.  She was a member of the Charlotte Eagles Auxiliary and the Charlotte American Legion Auxiliary.

   She is survived by two daughters, Eva Stiehm of St. Petersburg and Rosalie Kita of Charlotte; four sons, Thomas Watson, Dennis Watson, and Jean Quantrell all of Charlotte and Michael Watson of Parma; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jane Rosenberg of St. Petersberg.

   Graveside services and interment were held Dec. 11 at the West Carmel Cemetery with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Nenneau officiating. 

   Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Dortha Randall

 

   Dortha (Gildart) Randall, 90, passed away at her home Jan. 4, 1998.

   Mrs. Randall was born Sept. 26, 1907.  She taught school in Brookfield Township.  She was a Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.

   She is survived by two daughters, Audrey Mussell of Santa Maria, Calif. and Sharon Gierman of Mokena, Ill.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Randall.

   Graveside services were Jan. 7 at the North Clarence Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Robertson Funeral Homes.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Battle Creek.

 

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Murville K. Rathbun

 

   Murville K. Rathbun, age 88, of Eaton Rapids died Sunday, September 27, 1998 at the Mary Avenue Nursing Home in Lansing.  Born February 13, 1910 in Jackson, MI the son of Lewis and Mable (Harper) Rathbun.  Mr. Rathbun was retired after 30 years of service from the Dana Corp. formerly Atlas Drop Forge of Lansing and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids.  He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Rathbun in 1993 and 2 brother, Yale and Theron Rathbun.

   Surviving are his wife of over 71 years, Thelma; 4 children, Keith (Mary) Rathbun of Eaton Rapids, Jan (Kathy) Rathbun of Eaton Rapids, Patricia Rathbun of Eaton Rapids and Cynthia Dale of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Olive Rathbun of Eaton Rapids and sister-in-law, Florence Rathbun of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 1st at 1:30 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Tom Evans officiating.  Interment followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers were grandsons, John Rathbun, Joe Rathbun, Troy Dale, Joe Dale, Mike Rathbun, Shannon Rathbun, and Chris Rathbun.  For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the First United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens Rocking Chair Deserters in memory of Murville K. Rathbun.

 

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Josephine A. Ray

 

   Josephine A. Ray, 79, of North Carolina, formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 17, 1998, at the Hospice Solace Center in North Carolina after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Ray was a native of Big Rapids, the daughter of Magnus and Eva Vivian Stimson Jorgensen.  She married Orval Ray.  She had lived in Buncombe County, N.C., since 1981.  She retired from General Motors after 33 years of service.  She was a member of Mountain Sheba Baptist Church.

   She is survived by one daughter, Kay Rice of Weaverville; one son, William of Eustis, Fla., one brother, Burton Nostrant of Peru, Nev.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

   Services were Feb. 21 at the Anders-Rice Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Rhinehart officiating.  Interment was in the Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 16, Asheville, N.C.  28802.

 

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Clarabelle Theresa Reamy

 

   Clarabelle Theresa Reamy, 71, of Charlotte, formerly of Goodrich, died July 20, 1998, at the Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mrs. Reamy was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Detroit, the daughter of Milford Adrian and Sidneybelle (Hammond) Truesdale.  She worked out of her home as an antique dealer and did many antique shows.

   She is survived by one son, Michael S. Reamy of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Victoria E. Collins of Sturgis, and Jennifer M. (Thomas) Remington of Charlotte; two grandsons; two granddaughters; brother, Donald Truesdale of Florida; and sister, Patsy.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard.

   Committal service was July 24 at Riverside Cemetery, Vassar.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

 

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Lowell Reed

 

   Lowell R. Reed, 92, of Charlotte died Dec. 10, 1998 at the Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing, after a short illness.

   Mr. Reed was born in Carsonville, the son of Frank and Carrier (Ernest) Reed and had been a Charlotte resident since 1947.  He was a 1924 graduate of Carsonville High School, 1928 graduate of the Dana School of Music, Warren, Ohio, and attended the Winona School of Photography in Winona, Ind.  He had been co-owner, with his wife, Donna, of Reed’s Photography Studio in Charlotte since 1947.  Prior to that, he taught instrumental music at the W.K. and Ann J. Kellogg schools in Battle Creek.

   He was a member of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ of Charlotte, Charlotte Lodge #120 F&AM, Charlotte Lions Club, Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Michigan, Michigan Photographers’ Society and a founding member of the Triangle Photographers Association.  Prior to moving to Charlotte, he had been a member of the Battle Creek Lions Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Donna (Edmonds); one daughter, Dianne (N. William) O’Keefe of Grosse Pointe Shores; one son, John Norman (Janet) of Potterville; two grandchildren, Carrier (Matthew) Calcaterra and William Reed O’Keefe; and one great-granddaughter, Christina Calcaterra.

   Services were Dec. 12 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church UCC or Charlotte Lions Club.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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Rebecca Reed

 

   Rebecca Ann Reed, 48, of Sunfield, died Monday morning, Oct. 12, 1998 at a Lansing hospital following a long illness.

   Reed was born July 10, 1950 in Hazard, Kent., a daughter of Denzil Burton and Mary J. combs.  She was preceded in death by her son, Bill Reed, Jr. and her father Denzil Burton.

   Surviving are her husband, Bill, two children, Richard Butler, Jr. of Glendale, Ariz., and Lisa Hall of Potterville; eight grandchildren; her mother, Mary Burton of Lansing; step-mother, Rose Burton of Mulliken; daughter-in-law, Tambra Butler of Sunfield; mother and father-in-law, Cleora and Angus Berry of Grand Ledge; five brothers, Larry Burton of Lansing, Dennis (Lisa) Burton of Grand Marais, Minnesota, Ricky Burton of Durand, Troy and Todd Burton of Mulliken; one sister, Tammy (Tim) Kelley of Sunfield; special sister-in-law, Kay Leija of Texas and several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her caregiver Lisa Piercefield.

   Services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Wayne Compton officiating.

   Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

 

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Robert G. Reed

 

   Robert G. Reed, 79, of Charlotte died April 7, 1998 in Lansing.

   Mr. Reed was born Jan. 2, 1919 in Charlotte, the son of George W. and Elsie (Mason) Reed.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He married Blanche Brugh in Texas.  He was a lifelong land surveyor in Eaton County.  Mr. Reed was a member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion, VFW, Maple City Post #2406, Gideon’s, and the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors.  He retired from Lansing Board of Water & Light.

   He is survived by daughter, Audrey (Dale) Johnson; son, Robin (Sandy) Reed both of Charlotte; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; brother, Roger (Donna) Reed; sister, Peggy Welch both of Charlotte; and sister, Marian (Gerald) Terry of Grayling.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche; and daughter, Nancy.

   Services were April 10 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Dr. Charles Moore officiating.  Interment was in Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s.

 

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Minnie Marie Reiter

 

   Minnie Marie Reiter, 77, passed away July 21, 1998.

   Mrs. Reiter was born in Toluca, Ill. and lived in Charlotte for over 30 years.

   She is survived by her daughter, Donna Reiter-Sanders; brothers, Russell and Wilbur Stivers; and five grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric W. Reiter.

   Services will be Aug. 7 at the Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.

 

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William C. Richards

 

   William C. Richards, 66, passed away Aug. 9, 1998 after a brief illness.

   Mr. Richards was born Aug. 5, 1932, in Ionia, the son of Lester and Flora (Greenfield) Richards.  He owned Bill Richards Studio in Portland until 1985 and Richards Studio in Vermontville.

   He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Iona (Sprague) Richards of Vermontville; three sons, Dennis (Kristin) of Traverse City, Philip (Beth) of Lakeview, and Michael (Diann) of Nashville; six grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy McCracken of Carson City; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and four sisters.

   Services were Aug. 12 at the First Congregational Church of Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Hospice, or the Scholarship Fund at Maple Valley High School.

 

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Beverly J Ries

 

   Beverly Jean Ries, 57, of Lansing passed away Oct. 4, 1998, following a long and brave battle with leukemia.

   Beverly was a lifetime area resident and owned the Ceramics Cellar, where she taught ceramics.  She was a creative person who enjoyed crafts, the piano, and loved helping friends and caring for her family.  She was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church.

   She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Duane; son, Robert of East Lansing; daughter, Julie (Kevin) Chunn of Hart; grandchildren, Kacey, Keriann, and Dennis; mother, Marion (Roy) Carpenter of Lansing; sisters, Sharon (Ron) Olson of Charlotte, Deborah “Sue” (Ken) Decker of Vermontville, Patty Peterman of Lansing, and Marjorie (Eric) Clark of Waterford; and many nieces and nephews.

   Beverly was preceded in death by her daughter, Cindy Lou; granddaughter, Kellyann; brother, Lewis; and sister, Mary.

   Services were Oct. 7 at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Deacon Edwin Schneider officiating.  Graveside services took place Oct. 9 at Southern Cemetery, Central Lake.

   Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross or Leukemia Society of America.

 

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Oral F. Ripley

 

   Oral F. Ripley, 81, of Marshall died July 22, 1998, at his residence.

   Mr. Ripley was born in Lee Township, Calhoun County, the son of Harry F. and Olive (Anderson) Ripley and was a lifelong area resident.  He was a lifelong farmer and had also been employed at Corning Glass in Albion.  He was also employed for a short time at Gro-Pup at Kelloggs in Battle Creek.

   He is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Ripley of Marshall; three sons, Dwight (Mary) Ripley and Forest (Karen) Ripley, both of Marshall, and Elden (Phyllis) Ripley of Olivet; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline Ordiway of Kingsley, Joliet Sebastian of Charlotte and Julietta Cox of Albion.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Conley) Ripley; son, Beacher Ripley; three grandchildren; four sisters, Georgia Pierce, Virginia Long, Dorothy Aumick and Maxine Goodnoe; and three brothers, Orval, Arlo and Aaron Ripley.

   Services were July 25 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. David Litchfield officiating.  Interment was in Lee Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions in Mr. Ripley’s name may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Good Samaritan Hospice Care.

 

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Wendell J. Ripley

 

   Wendell J. Ripley, 69, of Charlotte died March 27, 1998 at his residence.

   Mr. Ripley was born in Charlotte, the son of James and Marie (Gates) Ripley.  He was an auto mechanic at his place of business Ripley’s Garage for many years.  He was affiliated with the First Congregational Church, Lodge #120, F&AM, and Hayes Green Beach Breathers Club.  Mr. Ripley was a former member of Eaton County Shrine Club, Charlotte Civic Theatre, and played tuba in the community band.  He served in the Army #486 Trans Truck Co.

   He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three daughters, Sarah Ripley of Charlotte, Kay (Kwadwo) Ekye-Addai of E. Lansing, JoAnn (Paul) Foster of San Antonio, Texas; three sons, James of Charlotte, Robert of Dallas, Texas, and Jon (Vicki) of Lansing; 11 grandchildren; sister, Mildred Bender of Brighton; and brother, Randy Ripley of Charlotte.

   Services were March 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church Bell Choir or Hayes Green Beach Breathers Club.

 

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Ruth M. Robinson

 

   Ruth Marie (DeMuth) Robinson, 92, of Charlotte died Aug. 27, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Robinson was born Oct. 31, 1905, in Dark County, the daughter of Ervin and Alice Neal.  She was a practical nurse for many years.

   She is survived by one son, Carl (Barbara) DeMuth of Charlotte; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Walter Neal of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Bert DeMuth and George Robinson.

   Services were Aug. 29 at the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Dr. Charles Moore officiating.  Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.  Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, 530 Beech St., Charlotte.

 

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Bertha Irene Rochester

 

   Bertha Irene Rochester, age 64, of Yellville, Arkansas, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died June 29, 1998.  She was born September 13, 1933, the daughter of Henry and Jennie Moore.  She worked at Eaton Technology of Eaton Rapids for 33 years.  She is preceded in death by brother, Jack Moore; sister, Lillian Babcock; and stepmother, Mary Moore.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; 2 daughters, Marie (Don) Principato of Mt. Home, Arkansas, Cindy (Mike) Canfield of Eaton Rapids; son, Rick (Cindy) Rochester of Charlotte; 6 grandsons, Rob (Steph) and Kevin Barnes, Eric and Mark (Amanda) Principato, Ross and Kirby Rochester; 1 great-grandson, Robbie Barnes; 5 brothers, Henry Moore, Jr., William (Barbara) Moore, both of Florida, Floyd (Diane) Moore, Luzerne, Donald (Shirley) Moore, Beaverton; brother-in-law, Richard Babcock, Charlotte; 7 sisters, Henrietta (Estel) Rice, Bellevue, Dorothy (Charles) Powers, Tina (Jerry) Brophy both of Florida, Mary Ellen White, Cora “Suzie” (Russ) Cain, both of Lansing, Sarah Jean (Roger) Zimmerman of Arizona, Sue (Jerry) Hansen of Midland.

   Funeral services were held July 3, 1998, at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township.

 

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Iva Rogers

 

   Iva (Weiler) Rogers, 88, of Charlotte and Bradenton, Fla. died Nov. 15, 1998 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

   Mrs. Rogers was born on July 27, 1910 in Vermontville Township, the daughter of William and Gertie Barnum, and enjoyed an active and healthy life, having been born the fourth of six children in rural Eaton County, two of which are still living.

   After graduated from Vermontville High School in 1928, she attended Eaton County Normal School, and commenced teaching in a one-room school in Bellevue Township, continuing the next two years at the Hallenbeck School in Vermontville Township.

   She was married to Walter Weiler in 1930 and to this union was born their only son, Larry, June 5, 1936.  While residing on their farm on Shaytown Road, the next ten years were very busy being crop, stock, and poultry farmers, and with Iva also maintaining a certified foster home for 16 different county and state dependent and neglected children for many years.

   In 1945, due to the scarcity of teachers during the war, Iva was reinstated in her teacher career, where she taught sixth grade at Vermontville Public School for thirty more years, until retiring in 1975.  It was during these years that she continued her education by correspondence classes, evening classes and summer school at M.S.U. for 10 consecutive years earning her Bachelor of Arts degree.

   After retiring from teaching in 1975, Iva married S.D. Rogers and enjoyed many pleasant years on the farm, traveling, bowling, fishing, gardening and spending winters in Fla.

   She had continued her community service as a member of Kalamo #399 Order of Eastern Star; member of American Association of Retired Persons; life member of Eaton County Association of Retired School Personnel; and life member of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.

   She is survived by her son, Larry (Joan) Weiler of Vermontville; grandsons, Jeff (Nicki) Weiler, and Robert (Christy) Weiler, both of Vermontville; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Bailey, Iva, and Brock Weiler and Chris Loveall; a stepdaughter, Katherine Hodgman of Charlotte; step grandchildren, Dianne Piepkow of Olivet and Phyllis Collins of Bradenton, Fla.; 7 step great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Alta (Vaughn) Williams of Ypsilanti and Ina Holton of Sunfield; many nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives.

   Iva was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Weiler June 20, 1973; and by her second husband, S.D. Rogers Oct. 7, 1993.

   Services were held Nov. 20 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Gresham United Methodist Church or Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

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Jonathan Perle Rogers

 

   Jonathan Perle Rogers, 91, of Hastings died June 18, 1998 at Tendercare of Hastings.

   Mr. Rogers was born July 30, 1906 in Charlotte, the son of George and Mary (Goodrich) Rogers.  He attended Benton School.  He married Pauline Pratt in December of 1934; she died in March 1935.  He married Leona Dies on July 28, 1940; she died Nov. 5, 1996.  He worked on the family farm, was employed at R.E.O. in Lansing as a machinist and for the Viking Corporation in the 1950s.  Mr. Rogers moved to Thornapple Lake, Hastings, in the mid-1940s.

   He is survived by one son, Forest G. (Betty) Rogers of Brookfield, Conn.; two daughters, Sharon DeWitt and Judy Joppie both of Hastings; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Pratt; his second wife, Leona Dies; and one sister, Gladys Hagh.

   Services were June 23 at the Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, with the Rev. Kenneth R. Vaught officiating.

 

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Harold N. Root

 

   Harold N. Root, 89, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Charlotte, died Sept. 23, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.

   Mr. Root was born April 21, 1909, in Charlotte, the son of Albert and Lulu (Mitchell) Root.  He worked as a farmer and was owner of Blue Ribbon Creamery and founder of Blue Ribbon egg farm.

   He is survived by his wife, Frieda; daughter, Janice (Tony) Oien of Charlotte; two sons, Ronnie (Patricia) Root of Columbus, Texas, and Phil Root of Nokomis, Fla.; stepdaughter, Nancy (Don) Dilley of Portland; sister, Addie Parr of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leona Messimer in 1973, children, Betty Jean, Sharon Kay and Robert Neil in 1945, brother, Lawrence Root, and sister, Elsie Parr.

   Funeral services were Sept. 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.  Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.

 

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Donald J. Rugg

 

   Donald Joe Rugg, 39, of Vermontville died Feb. 4, 1998, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mr. Rugg was born Dec. 2, 1958, in Battle Creek, the son of Donald and Sally Jo (McNees) Rugg.  He was a supervisor/trainer for the Michigan Department of Corrections.  He married Maureen Sullivan.  He headed the boys’ Pee Wee league and coached girls’ softball t-ball leagues in Vermontville.  He was an emergency medical technician for the Vermontville Fire Department.

   He is survived by his wife, Maureen; two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie; one son, Christopher; his mother, Sally Rugg of Vermontville; one sister, Tammy (Richard) Thompson of Charlotte; and two brothers, Keith (Allie) of Jackson and Tim (Jacquelyn) of Nashville.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Edward Rugg in 1990.

   Mass was held Feb. 7 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Fr. Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment was Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Rugg Children’s Trust Fund.

 

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Robert Elroy Rulison

 

   Robert Elroy Rulison, 86, of Hancock, formerly of Charlotte, died July 17, 1998 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where he had been a patient for five months.

   Mr. Rulison was born April 22, 1912, in Charlotte, the son of Herman and Pearl (Woodbury) Rulison.  He had been a resident of Hancock for four years and prior to that, lived for seven years in Tapiola, having moved there from Charlotte.  He was a 1930 graduate of Charlotte High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, having been stationed in Europe and the Philippines.  He had been employed by Meijer's Thrifty Acres in Lansing, from where he retired in 1977; previously had worked for the former Wilcox-Gay Corp. in Charlotte for 24 years and had attended the First Congregational Church UCC while in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Katherine (Shaw); two sons, David (Linda) and Richard Rulison, both of Pelkie; and two grandsons.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Rulison; his parents; and one sister, Marjorie Gruss of Battle Creek.

   Cremation has taken place.  The memorial will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at the American Legion Post 42, Charlotte.  Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Hancock, or the First Congregational Church UCC, Charlotte.

 

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Clara Rush

 

   Clara B. Rush, 96, of Charlotte, formerly of Lake Odessa, died Friday, Sept. 11, at Eaton Manor Nursing Home.

   Mrs. Rush was born Aug. 7, 1902, in Portland, the daughter of Clark and Mate Louise (Sterling) Adams.  She married Floyd Rush in 1920, was a retired beauty salon owner/operator and a charter member of the Faith Bible Church.

   She is survived by three daughters, Beatrice Fuller and Beverly Bennett, both of Lansing, and Deloris McGee of Marine City; 13 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Orva Adams of Lansing; a daughter-in-law, Pat Rush; many nieces and nephews; and friend Viola Holloway.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; son, Floyd Duane; and two grandsons.

   Services were held Sept. 15 at the Faith Bible Church with the Rev. Shane Lewis officiating.  Interment was in Deepdale Memorial Park.  Arrangements were made by Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Manor Nursing Home, Charlotte.

 

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Patricia Rush

 

   Patricia Joyce Rush, 68, of Charlotte died Oct. 11, 1998 following her struggle with brain cancer.

   She was a nurse at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte, Plant City Florida Hospital, and a volunteer for the SIREN/Eaton Shelter, retiring in the mid-1980’s.  She loved to play bingo.

   She is survived by three daughters, Linda Joyce (Vernie) Nichols of Charlotte, Lucille Joan (Donald) Shick of Tucson, Ariz., and Nanette Jean (Charles) Stokes of Hartford, Ark.; one son, Rev. Charles Wright of Charlotte; five stepchildren, Harold Rush and Luayne Sue (Jim) Furlong both of Lake Odessa, Laura Larich of Calif., Terry Rush of Ionia, and Sandy (Robin) Reed of Charlotte; 25 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters, June (Bob) Smith of Grand Rapids, Marylee (Gus) Rodeman of Charlotte, and Flora (Don) Gillette of N.M.; and a brother, Earl (Floy) Pratt of Springport.

   She was preceded in death by two husbands, Robert Wright and Floyd Rush, JR.; son, Thomas A. Wright; and two grandsons.

   Services were held at the Church of Christ in Charlotte on Oct. 15.  Arrangements were prepared by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Ruth K. (Botsford) Ryden

 

   Ruth K. Ryden, age 85, died Wednesday, October 7, 1998.  Ruth was born March 30, 1913 in Cadillac the daughter of Clinton and Emma Alberta (Werner) Halladay.  She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and was employed with the State of Michigan was a Librarian.  Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, Ceil “Lefty” Botsford, her second husband, Every W. Ryden and 3 sisters, Ellen Fauson, Donna Ernest and Irene Force.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Suzanne (Dale) Ellsworth of Eaton Rapids and Diane Botsford of Webberville; son, Thomas Botsford of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter; brother, Robert (Irene) Halladay of Reed City; sisters, Luella (Lawrence) Custion of E. Lansing and Marja (Allan) Dodrill of FL.

   Graveside services were held on Saturday, October 10, at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing, with Rev. Joseph Huston, Pastor of the Holt United Methodist Church officiating.  Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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William N. Sabin

 

   William N. Sabin, 65, of Battle Creek, died Aug. 18 at his home.

   Mr. Sabin was born March 3, 1933 in Battle Creek the son of Clyde and Viola (Rice) Sabin.  He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1951.  He was employed at various construction companies as a heavy equipment operator.  He served in the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps.  He attended Birchwood United Methodist Church.

   He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Goldie (Youmans); three daughters, Tina Marie Olcheske of Marshall, Tammy Ann Robbins of Bastrop, Texas, and Pamela Jill Zinsmeyer of Cedar Creek, Texas; three sons, Michael Sabin of Battle Creek, John Branham of Las Vegas and Rudolph Branham II of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Nelson Sabin of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Newton and Betty Anita Sabin and two brothers, James Sabin and Clyde Sabin Jr.

   Services were at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel with the Rev. Melanie Baker-Streevy officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care.

 

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Hayden C. “Sammy” Samson

 

   Hayden C. “Sammy” Samson, 84, of Olivet died March 9, at Battle Creek Health Systems Community Site after a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Samson was born Oct. 28, 1913 in Marshall, the son of Harry and Blanch (Boughton) Samson.  He graduated from Marshall High School in 1934.  He has lived in Olivet the past 49 years.  He worked on several Calhoun County area farms as a farm hand after high school.  He worked at Kellogg Company in Battle Creek.  Mr. Samson attended the Ainger Bible Church.  He married Donna L. Strasel Sept. 4, 1943 in Marshall.

   He is survived b y his daughter, Sue Beebe of Battle Creek; one son, Sam (Vikki) Samson of Naperville, Ill.; five grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Thomas, Mildred McLain, and Evelyn Hamilton all of Marshall; and nieces and nephews.

   Services were March 12 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall, with Pastor Scott Brood officiating.  Interment followed in Rice Creek Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ainger Bible Church.

 

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Helen L. Sanders

 

   Helen L. Sanders, 74, of Charlotte died Dec. 28, 1997, at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Greenlawn Campus, Lansing, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Sanders was born in Eagle, the daughter of Vern and Carrie (Wilcut) Groh.  She had been a Charlotte resident for 56 years, coming from Portland.

   She is survived by two sons, Scott and Ryan, both of Charlotte; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Roy Groh of Arizona and Earl Groh of Sunset Center.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.

   Graveside services will be held later at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Michael David Sanders

 

   Michael David Sanders, 34, of Charlotte died July 24, 1998 at the University of Michigan Hospital of Ann Arbor.

   Mr. Sanders was born April 27, 1964 in Charlotte the son of David M. and Marcella M. (Leik) Sanders.  He was a factory line worker.

   He is survived by his mother, Marcella Sanders; sister, Rebecca Malerba of Charlotte; a brother, Mitchell Sanders of Baldwin; grandmother, Dorothy Leik of Portland; two nieces and one nephew.  He was preceded in death by his father, David M. Sanders.

   Services were July 27 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Letha Savage

 

   Letha L. Savage, 83, of Mulliken, died Nov. 3, 1998 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mrs. Savage was born May 18, 1915 in Danby Township, a daughter of George and Nora (Ferris) Lunn.  She married Phil Savage on Oct. 25, 1936 in Grand Ledge.

   She is survived by two sons, Theo (Laurie) Savage and Bruce (Carmella) Savage, both of Mulliken; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her brother, Leo Lunn of East Lansing; and her aunt, Ella Musson of Cheboygan.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Phil, in 1996; and a sister, Erma Bacon, in 1989.

   Services were held Nov. 5 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating.  Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery.

 

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Loren W. Sayer

 

   Loren W. Sayer, 67, of Sunfield passed away May 22, 1998 at his home in Lake Odessa.

   Mr. Sayer was born February 26, 1931 at home in Sunfield, the son of Layton, L. and Lula Irene (Cheal) Sayer.  He spent four years in the United States Air Force, one of those years in Africa.  He farmed with his father, and then bought a farm on Eaton Highway, Sunfield.

   He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Claryce; one son, David (Sue Ann) Sayer of Sunfield; two daughters, Linda (Tony) Childs of Grand Ledge, and Dorene Barnum of Hastings; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his father, Layton Sayer; brother, Dean (Margaret) Sayer; two nieces; and aunt, Ila Cheal; many cousins; and special friends, Gary and Cathy Borsons of Ohio, Steve and Ruby Stevenson of El Paso, Texas, and Bill and Pat Rogers of Washington State; plus many other friends and good neighbors.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lula; and one son, Larry Sr.

   Services were May 26 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Reverend Hoekwater.  Interment was in the East Sebewa Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Ionia Co. Hospice or the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth Scholarship Fund.

 

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Jack F. Saylor

 

   Jack F. Saylor, 69, of Charlotte died June 10, 1998, at his residence after a short illness.

   Mr. Saylor was born in Lansing, the son of Frank and Vera (Schriber) Saylor, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1966, moving here from Texas.  He had been employed as a foreman and horse trainer on a horse ranch in Texas before moving to Charlotte, where he was employed by the Owens-Brockway Glass Container Division, retiring in 1990 after 32 years of service.  He was a member of the Mid-Michigan Draft Horse and Pony Club.

   Surviving are his wife, Rebecca (Halsey) Saylor; one son, Gary (Audrey) Saylor of Charlotte; two daughters, Sharon (Russ) Worden and Jody Saylor, both of Charlotte; three step-daughters, Tammy Packard of Charlotte, Tina (Tom) Dunsmore of Canada, and Teresa Klaiss of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Keith (Phyllis) Saylor of Haslett and Roger (Cheryl) Saylor of Holt; and three sisters, Betty Dahlhouser of Hastings, Phyllis (Ron) Sanders of Haslett and Delores Hartwick of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Dale.

   Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 15, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Chuck Moore officiating.  Interment will be in the West Carmel Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

   The family will receive visitors Sunday, June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

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Mina Anna Schenck

 

   Mina Anna Schenck, 98, of Charlotte died April 23, 1998 at Richardson Adult Foster Care.

   Mrs. Schenck was born April 15, 1900 in Eagle.  She was a life member of Charlotte Eagles Auxiliary.

   She is survived by her daughter, Millie Nowall of Charlotte; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; and two sons, Lester Smalley and Leonard Smalley.

   Services were May 3 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing, with Chuck Jenson officiating.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Dale Allen Schnepp

 

   Dale Allen Schnepp, age 67, of Lansing, died Wednesday, July 15, 1998 in Lansing.  Dale was born Aug. 22, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Leonard and Helen Marie (Baumer) Schnepp.  He was formerly a member of the Lansing Credit Management Association, Lansing Accountants Association, Builders Exchange, Lansing Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Coaches Club.  After retirement as General Manager for Barker-Fowler Electric, Dale enjoyed creating with stained glass and continued his love of golf.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in the Korean Conflict.  Dale was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanette Grimes.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Mickey; 2 daughters, Vickie (Silvestre) Escobar of FL and Cindy (Bryce) Bollwahn of Hartland; 5 grandchildren, Jeremy Werner, Shana Scarborough, Brandon, Aaron and Ashley Bollwahn; brother, Lawrence (Mary) Schnepp of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters-in-law, Kay (Bill) Love of Delton and Sheila (Jim) Gilpin of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers-in-law, Larry (Ruth) Gooch of Eaton Rapids and Max Grimes of TN and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on July 18, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Robert Betts officiating.

   Those desiring may make contributions to Motor Neuron Disease Research Fund, University of Michigan (Lou Gherig’s Disease) in memory of Dale Schnepp.

 

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Myron Schroeder

 

   Myron Schroeder, 81, of San Diego, Calif., died May 6, 1998.

   Mr. Schroeder attended Michigan State, the University of Virginia, and the University of Michigan.  He was an Army captain for four years, and medical administrator.  He was a self employed nurseryman/horticulturist/realtor.

   He is survived by four children and four grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet.

   Services will be at 5 p.m. June 1 at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte.  A reception will follow at American Legion Hall.

 

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Albert C. Schumacher

 

   Albert C. Schumacher, 68, of Charlotte passed away Aug. 10, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Schumacher was born Jan. 18, 1930, in Glandorf, Ohio, the son of Wilford and Erma (Scheeter) Schumacher.  He married Edna Brennan on Jan. 25, 1963, in Mason.  He was a foreman for Oldsmobile, retiring in 1982.  Mr. Schumacher was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church, National Trappers Association, and of the National Rifle Association.

   He is survived by his wife, Edna; four daughters, Mary (Vincent) Smith, Theresa (Brian) McIntyre, Gloria (Edwin) Forest, and Michelle Schumacher all of Charlotte; three sons, Timothy (Terri) of Lansing, Richard (Tracy) Plotnick of Las Vegas, Nev., and Steven (Linda) Plotnick of Florida; 17 grandchildren; two brothers, Nicholas and Roger; and four sisters, Rita (sister Mary Cleophas), Angela Seyfferle, Eileen Schumacher, and Barbara Galluccio.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Richard.

   Funeral Mass was Aug. 13 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Rosary was Aug. 12 at Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Esther J. Scott

 

   Esther J. Scott, age 66, of Englewood, Fla. died Sunday, August 9 at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was born February 3, 1932 the oldest daughter of Roy and Fern Twichell.  Mrs. Scott retired from Felpausch in Eaton Rapids, MI.  She was active in the Polynesian Village Chorus, several card clubs and enjoyed many art & craft activities.  Her “laugh” will be missed by her family and friends.

   She is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Tracy Freeman of Eaton Rapids and Sally Scott of Eastlake, OH; 4 grandchildren, John and Jill Freeman, Ben and Bridgette Swan; and one great-granddaughter, Danielle Freeman who resides in Colorado; 3 brothers, Rex, Neil and Tom Twichell and 1 sister, Florence Twichell.

   A memorial will be held in Florida at a later date.  Tributes can be made to the Hospice of SW Florida, 220 Wexford Blvd., Venice, FL  34293 or the Hospice Organization of your choice.

 

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Vern A. Scott

 

   Vern A. Scott, 77, of Eaton Rapids died Jan. 4, 1998, at a Lansing hospital.

   Mr. Scott was born Feb. 28, 1920 in Charlotte the son of Clair A. and Marble A. (Smith) Scott.  Vern served in the Air Force during World War II and had successfully flown 16 missions as a Gunner over Europe.  He retired from General Motors in Lansing after 21 years of experience.

   He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Coleta; daughter, Pamela (Doug) Smalley of Potterville; one grandson and granddaughter; five great-grandchildren; five step children, Terrence (Sherin) Sailor of Crystal, Rosanne (Chris) Barrett of Summerset Center, Kathryn (Stan) Bolinger of Lansing, Kenneth (Nora) Sailor of Lansing, and Timothy Sailor of Lansing; numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Rena Halsey of Charlotte; two brothers, Archie (Beatrice) Scott of Charlotte and Sherman (Virginia) Scott of Vermontville; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by one brother, William Earl; and one sister, Sadie.

   Services were Jan. 7, 1998.

   He was a wonderful father, husband, grandpa, and friend who will be missed dearly.

 

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Ilah Sellen

 

   Ilah H. Sellen, 87, of Bellevue, died Oct. 21, 1998, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Sellen was born Jan. 15, 1911, in Lansing, the daughter of Rue and Hortense (Kelley) Swift.  She came to Bellevue from Charlotte in 1917.  She married Clelle Sellen Nov. 14, 1929, in Angola, Ind.  She was a member of Bellevue Christian Center.

   She is survived by one daughter, Clella Sellen of Bellevue; four sons, Merlin of Battle Creek, and Ronald, Rodney and Charles, all of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Norma Gant and Donna Wood, both of Charlotte, Vera Ramsey of Pleasant Lake, and Rosemary Perkins and Sylvia Craun, both of Vermontville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988; and four brothers, Dr. Lyle Swift, Wayne Swift, Clayton Swift, and Burton Swift.

   Services were Oct. 24 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Stephen Covert officiating.  Interment was in the Hillsdale Cemetery, Kalamo.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue Christian Center or Eaton County Meals on Wheels.

 

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May B. Sexton

 

   May B. Sexton of Elberton, Georgia, formerly of Eaton Rapids and Haslett, age 78, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998 at her residence.  May was born March 26, 1920 in Ft. Seybert, West Virginia the daughter of John C. and Verdie L. (Roadcap) Branner.  She was retired from the State of Michigan Department of Treasury and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in East Lansing.  She also was a housemother at the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids between 1954 and 1966.  She is preceded in death by a brother, James Branner and sister, Annie Reese.

   Surviving are five children, John (Susan) Sexton of Elberton, GA, Kay McGarry of Eaton Rapids, Barbara Ann (Steve) Ross of Louisville, KY, Marie (Bill) Howe of Bath and Christina Hope (David) Bellows of Weidman, MI; ten grandchildren, Johnny Sexton of Elberton, GA, Sandy (Kurt) Griffin of Louisville, KY, Susan (Donald) Short of Louisville, KY, John (Heidi) McGarry of Eaton Rapids, Steven (Karie) McGarry of Vancouver, WA, Ann (Mark) Griffith of Onondaga, James (Michelle) Robert McGarry of Eaton Rapids, Philip McGarry of Olivet, Timothy H. Howe of Alpharetta, GA, and Christopher J. Howe of Alto, MI; fifteen great-grandchildren, Kaylee Griffin, Athena and Nathan Short, Molley and Megan McGarry, Kelsy, Sean and Alex McGarry, Thomas and Alan Griffith, Salli, Michael and Elizabeth McGarry, Jacob and Meredith Howe; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, July 11th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.  Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Bishop Richard Holcomb of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiated.

 

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John H. Shaffer

 

   John H. Shaffer, 83, of Olivet and Palmetto, Fla., died Jan. 31, 1998 in the Palmetto Guest Home.

   Mr. Shaffer was born in Bellevue and has lived in the Charlotte and Olivet areas all his life.  He was a 1930 graduate of Charlotte High School and worked for Michigan Bell Telephone for 30 years.  He served on the board of education for the Olivet Public Schools, was a trustee of the Olivet Congregational Church, and a long-time member of the Olivet Lions Club.  He had wintered in Manatee County, Fla., since 1986.

   He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three daughters, Ann Wade of Okemos, Jean Blair of Baltimore, MD, and Julia Corneil of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held in Olivet at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Congregational Church, 125 College St., Olivet MI  49076.

 

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Rev. Clarence J. Shaver

 

   The Rev. Clarence Joseph Shaver, 90, of Charlotte died Jan. 31, 1998.

   Mr. Shaver was born May 14, 1907, in Charlotte, the son of Orville and Bessie (Perry) Shaver.  He was married to Harriet Rauch from 1930 until their divorce.  In 1939, he married Lola Belle Richardson, who died in 1981.  He was then married to Ethel King from 1981 until her death in 1993.  He served in the Army National Guard’s 119th Field Artillery and was a pastor in churches in Charlotte, Lansing, Coldwater, and in Indiana and Ohio.  He was employed at Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte for several years until his retirement.  Following retirement, he purchased the Morrel Country Stove north of Charlotte, operating it until the 1970s.  He was active in the Charlotte Area Senior Citizens organizations, for which he received the Governor’s Award in 1981 for Outstanding Service.  He was also a life member of the 119th FA Veterans’ Association in Lansing.

   He is survived by two sisters, Cordie (Henry) Felder of East Tawas and Hazel Lasky of Jackson and one brother, Merlin (June) of Marshall.

   He was preceded in death by three brothers, Marcus in 1939, and Kenneth and Orville, both in 1996, and two sisters, Edna in 1919 and Glenna Baker in 1987.

   Services were Feb. 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Richard Mitterling officiating.  Interment was in the Mason Cemetery, Coldwater.

 

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Melvin Shaver

 

   Melvin E. Shaver, 74, of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., formerly of Kalamo, died Aug. 23, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Shaver was born in Charlotte.  He was a retired home builder, a United States Navy Veteran of World War II, director of the Lake Panasoffkee Water Association, past president of Lake Panasoffkee Library Association, life member of Kalamo Masonic Temple, and member of the American Legion, Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; one daughter, Penny Rosenburg of Lake Panasoffkee; one son, Dennis of Lansing; one sister, Gerry Martenies of Michigan; three brothers, Ralph and Neil both of Lansing, and Duane of Arkansas; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Cremation has taken place.

 

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Ruth Shepard

 

   Ruth Shepard, 91, of Charlotte died Dec. 26, 1997.

   Mrs. Shepard was born Oct. 5, 1906, in Charlotte, the daughter of William and Bessie (Brace) Dodgson.  She taught school in Rural Eaton County and Charlotte Public Schools, from which she retired in 1970.  She had been a member of the Michigan Centennial Farms Association, Vermontville Historical Society, and Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church, Charlotte.

   She is survived by her two daughters, Dorothy (Quentin) Bosworth of Charlotte and Phyllis (Matthew) Spiro of Fort Thomas, Ken.; and four grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; one granddaughter, and one great-grandson.

   Services were Dec. 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Flemming officiating.  Interment was in the Kalamo Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Emma Liddie Sherman

 

   Emma Liddie Sherman, age 90, of Eaton Rapids went to be with the Lord from her residence on Monday, November 9, 1998.  She was born August 9, 1908 in Lansing the daughter of Claude and Emma (Tonney) Lenon.  Mrs. Sherman was preceded in death by her husband William in 1977.

   Surviving are 4 daughters and one son, Violet (Dennis) Fox of Alpena, Lula Belle Croy of Ionia, Louise (Albert) Burk of Eaton Rapids, William (Neitta) Sherman of Leslie and Thelma Fox of Potterville; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Irene (George) Post of Trufront, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 11th, at 2 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Okemos.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.  For those desiring, a memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in memory of Emma L. Sherman.

 

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Mildred A. Shrontz

 

   Mildred A. Shrontz, 92, of Olivet died July 7, 1998, at the Country Living Adult Foster Care Home where she had resided for more than two years.

   Mrs. Shrontz was born Nov. 20, 1905, in Clarence Township, Calhoun County, the daughter of Miles F. and Mina (Lamb) Hooper.  She was a lifelong area resident.  She married Clair M. Shrontz on Dec. 17, 1924.  She was a member of the Brookfield United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Olivet Rebekah Lodge.

   She is survived by three sons, Miles (Myrna) Shrontz of Coral Springs, Fla., Dean (Esther) Shrontz of Olivet and Darrel (Suzie) Shrontz of Elgin, Ill.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Genevieve (Lawrence) Perry of Charlotte and Dorothy Mitchell of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair; one brother, Rowland Hooper; and three sisters, Bethel Imes, Ruth Sherman and Lois Carpenter.

   Services were July 21 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Winford Collins officiating.  Interment was in Clarence Center Cemetery, Clarence  Township.   Memorial

 

 

 

contributions may be made to the Brookfield United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Berton A. Shultz

 

   Berton A. Shultz, 87, of Augusta died March 25, 1998 at his home.

   Mr. Shultz was born Jan. 7, 1911 in Lee Township, the son of Simon and Tina (Sanders) Shultz.  Before serving in World War II, he was employed by the Battle Creek Police Department as an investigative and motorcycle officer.  He was a builder and inspector in the construction business, retiring in 1969.  He was also a partner with Ben White at Kalamazoo Implement Co.  He married Nora Ada Hunt on July 13, 1964.

   She is survived by his wife, Nora; son, Clifton (Susan) Shultz of Schoolcraft; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Clifton K. Shultz of Battle Creek.

   Services were March 28 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Father Thomas Nenneau officiating.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Kalamazoo.

 

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Florence E. Siegel

 

   Florence E. Siegel of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Lansing, died April 25, 1998 at the age of 93.  Mrs. Siegel was born January 7, 1905 in Webberville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard P. in 1971; grandson, Douglas Gehrholz in 1992; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Colleen (Jack) Webb of Eaton Rapids and Jackie (Richard) Caughey of Muskegon; 1 son, Keith (Helen) Siegel of Florida; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

   The Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, April 30, 1998 at the Church of the Resurrection, Lansing, with Rev. William J. Koenigsknecht, Pastor, officiating.  The Rite of Committal was held in Deepdale Memorial Park.  Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 416 Frandor, Suite 104, Lansing, 48912, or Eaton Community Hospice, 313 Lansing Rd., Charlotte, 48813, in memory of Mrs. Siegel.  The family was served by Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel.

 

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Sandra A. Simmons

 

   Sandra (Sandy) A. Simmons, 63, of Olivet, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998.

   Mrs. Simmons was born Oct. 24, 1934, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to William and Alta (Nixon) Taylor.  She was a member of the West Carmel Congregational Church, Charlotte.

   She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Women’s Bowling Association.  She collected stuffed animals as a hobby.

   She is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Sherry Halsey of Eaton Rapids, Jackie Simmons and Brenda (Jack) Hopkins, both of Olivet; and Kim Simmons of Howell; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother, Rick Taylor of Florida; sisters, Ellen English of Battle Creek and Deborah Kesson of Lansing.

   A memorial service was Tuesday, Feb. 17, at West Carmel Congregational Church with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.  Pray Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

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Matthew R. Slaght

 

   Matthew R. Slaght, age 30, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, as the result of an automobile accident.  Matt was born November 24, 1967 in Eaton Rapids.  He was a night supervisor at Fasco in Eaton Rapids, an avid hunter and NASCAR race fan.

   Surviving is his wife of 5 years, Teresa Lynn (Williams) Slaght.  He was a wonderful father to his son, Thaddeus Matthew Slaght, age 20 months and daughter, Alisha LeAnn Wyman, age 12 years of Mason.  Also surviving are his parents, Thaddeus “Butch” (Joanna) Slaght of Mason and Brenda Elston of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandmothers, Thelma Slaght, Hilda Elston both of Charlotte, Flora Baca of CO; mother-in-law, Nancy Williams of Eaton Rapids; 3 brothers, Kevin Slaght of Parma, Mark Slaght of Houghton Lake, Chad Elston of Mason; 3 sisters, Kimberly (Bill) French, Bonnie Wright, Christina Greenshield, all of Eaton Rapids; 1 brother-in-law, Jim (Carol) Williams of Vermontville and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Harris Hoekwater, Pastor of the Sunfield United Methodist Church officiating.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.  Those desiring may make contributions to the family in memory of Matt.

 

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Thelma Sarah Slaght

 

   Thelma Sarah Slaght, age 88, died Monday, November 16, 1998 in Charlotte.  Thelma was born September 1, 1910 in St. Johns, the daughter of Frank D. & Lillian Alma (May) McCullough.  She was a member of the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene and a former member of the Eaton Rapids Order of the Eastern Star #241.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry in 1979 and her son, Henry Jr.

   Surviving are 5 daughters, Maxine Letts of Midland, Linda Crippen of Leslie, Joyce (Don) Clarke of Eaton Rapids, Donaldean (Vince) Evans of TN, Loretta (Daryl) Steele of Eaton Rapids; son, Thaddeus “Butch” (JoAnna) Slaght of Mason; 33 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Mary) McCullough of St. Johns; sister, Dora Jean (Hank) Sheldon of Ovid and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on November 18, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Tom Evans, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.  Casket bearers were Kevin Slaght, Daryl Steel, David Crippen, David Clarke, Thomas Clarke and Michael Clarke.  Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Thelma S. Slaght.

 

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Linda A. Slayton

 

   Linda A. Slayton, age 46, passed away Sunday, October 4, 1998 the victim of Systemic Lupus, the prescription drugs used to treat it and depression.  She was born October 3, 1952 in Flint.  Linda was devoted to her children and family.  She was a kind, gentle, loving person.  Linda loved children and thoroughly enjoyed teaching reading at the Weymouth Elementary School in Charlotte, working with first, second and third grades.  She was a beautiful, quiet, shy, gracious, loving wife, mother, and friend to many.  Through God’s mercy, Linda now resides in Heaven.  Mrs. Slayton was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  Other memberships include the Michigan Reading Teachers Association, Michigan Lupus Association and Phi Kappa Phi.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Don Palmer.

   Surviving are her husband, Ken; son, James; 2 daughters, Barbara and Kendra; parents, Robert and Alice Palmer of Sheridan, WY; brother, James (Marilyn) Palmer of SC; and sister, Susan (Dan) Spencer of Syracuse, NY.

   A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 8, at 1 p.m. at the Robbins United Methodist Church, 6419 W. Bunker Road, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marty Debow officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Those desiring may make contributions to either the Robbins Education Memorial or to the Michigan Lupus Association in memory of Linda Slayton.  Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Maurine S. Smalley

 

   Maurine S. Smalley, 58, of Potterville died April 22, 1998 at a local hospital.

   Mrs. Smalley was born on July 23, 1939, the daughter of Hazel O. Green.  She was a lifelong resident of Potterville. 

   She is survived by four daughters, Marquitta (Pete) Warren of Detroit, Michelle Lachapelle of Lansing, Corless (Rick) Bernidini of Illinois, and Ericka Vanhouten of Illinois; two sons, Loren (Patti) Smalley Jr. of Potterville, and Brent Warr of South Carolina; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

   Services were at the Tiffany Funeral Home with the  Rev.  Kirklin  Hall  Sr.  officiating.   Interment

 

 

will be in the volt of her true love, which we all know was Mr. James Lachappelle.

 

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Dolores M. Smallwood

 

   Dolores May Smallwood, 98, of Charlotte died Aug. 21, 1998, at the Marshall Manor Nursing Home.

   Mrs. Smallwood was born May 20, 1900, in Gladwin, the daughter of Lewis and Sarah (Brown) VanValkenburg.  She married Charles Smallwood in 1926.

   She graduated from Central Michigan University and taught second grade at Washington and Froebel Schools in Charlotte for 35 years.  She had been President of the Charlotte Library Board; charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma; member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and Ruth Circle.

   She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Straight and Carolyn (Jack) Hazel, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband in Nov. 1997.

   Funeral services were held August 25, 1998 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Flemming officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Public Library or Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

 

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Arlington Harvey Smith

 

   Arlington Harvey Smith, 90, of Holiday, Fla., formerly of Nashville, died March 12, 1998.

   Mr. Smith was born Nov. 16, 1907, in Kalamo Township, the son of Daniel and Etta (VanVleet) Smith.  He married Frances Beryl Suggate on June 23, 1944.  He owned and operated a mechanic shop in Vermontville for many years before going to work for Standard Oil.  He also had a welding shop on his farm.  Mr. Smith was a member of the Moose Lodge #288 in Lansing.

   He is survived by two daughters, Arloa L. Gallup of Hastings, and Arlene (Richard) Bradley of Holiday, Fla.; two sons, Arlie (Emogene) Smith of Barton City, and Tom (Janet) Dupuis of Hastings; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one great-great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Julie (Lyle) Buxton of Charlotte, Hazel Ainsley of Holt, and Bessie (Howard) Glossip of Grand Ledge; and one brother, Raymond Smith of Holiday, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances.

   Services were March 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Dr. Charles Moore officiating.  Interment was in Kalamo Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the “Tarpon Springs Hospital Foundation Memorial”, Attn:  Terry Smith, Helen Ellis Home Care, 1395 S. Pinellas Ave., P.O. Box 1487, Tarpon Springs, FL  34688-1487.

 

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Hazel L. Smith

 

   Hazel L. Smith, 93, of Charlotte died March 14, 1998.

   Mrs. Smith was born April 12, 1905 in Seneca County, Ohio to John and Bertha Walters.  She lived in Eaton County most of her life.  She was a member of West Carmel Congregational Church.

   She is survived by one son, Roger L. (LaRae) Smith of Charlotte; one grandson; one granddaughter; one step-granddaughter; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Zenith Edwards of Clifford Lake, and Inez (Donald) Shrontz of Lake Odessa; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Cloman O. Smith; and one brother, Stanley E. Walters.

   Services were March 17 at the Maple Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the West Carmel Congregational Church.

 

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Louise Y. Smith

 

   Louise Y. Smith died December 23, 1998 at her home in Naples, Florida, attended by her husband of 43 years, Charles J. Smith and her daughters, Annette Miller Williams of Santa Fe, NM and Sara Louise Miller of North Salem, NY.  She was born Sarah Louise Young in Charlotte, the daughter of Mary and Bertrand Young.  Louise was a violinist with a Bachelor of Music from Olivet College, Class of 1929.  She was the mother of 3, Annette and Sara (who survive) and Chalmers (who died in 1940) and the widow of Charles D. Miller of Eaton Rapids who died in 1946.

   Louise’s life is celebrated by her husband, Charles J.; daughters; her stepson, Charles J. Smith, Jr. and 5 grandchildren, Heather, Dennis and Eric Williams, Andrew and Lynnette Smith.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, December 28, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Thelma I. Smith

 

   Thelma I. Smith, 82, of Charlotte, died July 25, 1998.

   Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 23, 1915 in Midland, the daughter of Thomas and Ethel (Southham) Parks.  Thelma was a retired custodian for Owens-Illinois in Charlotte.

   She is survived by a son, Harry (Marlene) Smith of Charlotte; grandchildren, Del (Suzy) Smith of Connecticut, Dayton (Joan) Smith of Battle Creek, Dane Smith of Charlotte, and Kelly Wicker of New Jersey; a brother, Wilbur Parks; and a sister, Mary Sly, both of Midland.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Smith in 1982.

 

 

 

 Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Wilene R. Smith

 

   Wilene R. Smith, 70, of Charlotte died June 9, 1998 in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Eaton County, the daughter of Orlo and Amanda (Chase) Haun.  She married Leland F. Smith in 1947.  She and her husband had a poultry business for 14 years.  She was a teacher’s aide in Charlotte for 10 years.  Mrs. Smith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by her husband, Leland; one daughter, Margaret (Loren) Dingman of St. Ignace; two sons, Randy (Claudine) Smith of Battle Creek and Richard (Christine) Smith of Nashville; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, Lloyd B. Haun of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Ruth; and two brothers, Leland D. Haun and Forrest G. Haun.

   Services were June 12 at the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Charles Moore officiating.  Interment was in Bosworth Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Gull Lake Bible Conference.

 

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Lance R. Sobleskey

 

   Lance Raymond Sobleskey, 10, of Nashville died Sept. 30, 1998.

   Lance was born May 5, 1988, in Lansing, the son of Paul and Lou (Sebolt) Sobleskey.  He attended Kellogg Elementary School in Nashville and was a fourth grade Lions nose guard and tight end with the Maple Valley Youth Football League.

   He is survived by his father, Paul (Jackie) of Nashville; his mother, Lou Sobleskey of Holt; two sisters, Courtney and Blair of Holt; a twin brother, Ryan of Nashville; grandparents, Joann (Almon) Sebolt, Ellen Sobleskey, and Richard (Elaine) Sobleskey, all of Charlotte; his great-grandmother, Alta Hamilton of Nashville; 10 aunts and uncles; and 23 cousins.

   Services were Oct. 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Rob VanEngen officiating.  Interment was in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dimondale.

 

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Lorna L. Soule

 

   Lorna L. Soule went to be with the Lord on December 2, 1998.  Lorna was born in Dike, IA, and was a resident of Eaton Rapids for many years.  Most recently, Lorna was a resident at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.  She was very active in Theater when she was younger.  Lorna had a strong faith in the Lord, which had sustained her through her life, and was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  She will be missed for her love of children and her sense of humor.

   She is survived by her four children, Betty Wilson, Jon C. Murray, Ronald L. (Diana) Soule, and Donald L. (Paulette) Soule; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  Lorna is also survived by her sister, Lois Krillenberger and brother, Don (Bea) Cook.

   A service of Celebration and Victory in Christ was conducted Saturday, December 5, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, with Roger Niekerk, Lay Minister, officiating.  Interment followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason.  Friends were received at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel on Friday.  Those desiring may make contributions to the Tuition Assistance Fund c/o St. Matthew Lutheran School, 2418 N. Aurelius Rd., Hold, MI  48842 in memory of Mrs. Soule.

 

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Marian L. Sours

 

   Marian L. Sours, 84, of Olivet died May 21, 1998 at the Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Sours was born in Battle Creek, the daughter of Don G. and Mabel (Day) Smith.  She had been an Olivet resident since 1939 coming from Battle Creek.  She was a 1932 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School.  Mrs. Sours was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church and its Amy Storr-Emma Circle, 50-year member of the Olivet-Bellevue O.E.S., Charlotteers and the Moving Monkeys Camping Clubs and attended the Olivet Senior Citizens meetings.

   She is survived by daughters, Sharlot A. Sours of Nashville, and Linda (Harley) Krauss of Olivet; and one grandson.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Elliott F. Sours; one grandson, Douglas Krauss; two sisters, Dorothy Latta, and Doris Gibbs; and one brother, C. Chester Smith.

   Services were May 25 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Clark A. Hock officiating.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the Tri-County Office on Aging or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Edward C. Stankiewicz

 

   Edward C. Stankiewicz, age 73, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Friday, July 31, 1998.  Mr. Stankiewicz served as a Sergeant with the 84th Infantry Division Railsplitters during World War II and had fought at the Battle of the Bulge.  A University of Michigan graduate class of 1950, he was a retired salesman from Clarke Equipment Co., a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids, a charter member of Knights of Columbus and a Past Grand Knight in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Patricia of London, England and son, Daniel of Lake Orion, MI; 2 sisters, Betty VanderLaan and Barbara (Kelly) Butler all of Grand Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral Mass will be held today, August 4th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter Church.  A Rosary was recited Monday evening at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.  Military Honors will be provided at the gravesite at Holy Cross Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

 

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Lance Stanton

 

   Lance E. “Pete” Stanton, 56, of Potterville died Nov. 15, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Mr. Stanton was born in Charlotte, the son of Clare and Betty (Beals) Stanton.  He worked on production at Coffax Manufacturing Co.

   He is survived by a companion, Linda Coger; daughter, Kimberly (Lynn) Glasslee of Bellevue; son, Patrick Stanton of Westland; three grandchildren; and a sister, Delores Stanton of Charlotte.

   Services were held Nov. 18 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor David Kobliska officiating.

   Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Pearl M. Staup

 

   Pearl M. Staup, 79, of Nashville died Aug. 8, 1998, at Pennock Hospital, Hastings.

   Mrs. Staup was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Nashville, the daughter of Philip and Gertrude (DeLile) Penfold.  She was employed at Nashville Stamping Company, the Barry County Medical Facility, and the Hastings Provincial House.  She married LeRoy Staup.  She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Nashville and attended the Nashville Baptist Church.  She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and was an excellent cook.

   She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl (Steve) Jones of Charlotte; stepson, Bob Staup of Ohio; two granddaughters; and several step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; stepson, Paul Staup; four sisters, Lucille Hill, Velva Bitgood, Ruby Kane, and Halley Penfold; and brother, Glen Penfold.

   Services were Aug. 11 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.  Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam Library, the Diabetes Association, or the Cancer Association.

 

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Harold L. “Bud” Stoughton

 

   Harold L. “Bud” Stoughton, 73, of Midland, died Monday, August 10, 1998 at his home.  He was born June 15, 1925 in Gull Lake Saskashewan to the late Floyd and Bessie (Hill) Stoughton.  He married the former Barbara Almstead Burhans in Eaton Rapids on September 15, 1973.  Mr. Stoughton attended Paw Paw schools and later graduated from the School of Pharmacy at Ferris State University.  He was a practicing pharmacist for over 30 years, retiring in 1980.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WWII.  He was a founding member and past president of the Eaton Rapids Little Theatre where he was also an actor and director.  He enjoyed spending time at the David Russell Senior Citizens Center at the Community Center and was an avid outdoorsman and naturalist.

   Mr. Stoughton is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Julie Stoughton of Pontiac and Mark A. Stoughton of Pensacola, Fla.; stepchildren, Bronwen (James) McKenzie of Boston, Mass., Clinton S. Burhans, III of Detroit, Michael R. Burhans and fiancé Michelle of Midland, and Jeffrey L. Burhans of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Elwin, Wayne, and Roy Stoughton.  He will be missed by many treasured friends.

   A memorial service was held Thursday, August 13, at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Rev. G. Charles Ball of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment was in the Midland Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Mid-Michigan Hospice.

 

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Harold W. Strank

 

   Harold W. Strank, age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, August 9, 1998 at a Lansing nursing home.  He was born May 18, 1918 in Lansing, the son of Herbert and Gladys (Markley) Strank.  Mr. Strank was an Army Infantry Veteran of World War II receiving the Purple Heart.  He was retired from Causie Construction Co. and a retired farmer.  At one time he owned and operated a roofing company in Ferndale, MI.  Mr. Strank was a member of the Lansing Disabled American Veterans.  Preceding him in death were his wife, Emily in 1993; son, Kenneth and half sister, Eleanore Damren.

   Surviving are his 3 children, Fredrick Strank of Eaton Rapids, Virginia (Robert) Hurd of Eaton Rapids and Patricia Strank of Charlotte; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Wendell Strank of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 12, at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Plains Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids.

 

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Jarrett Stubblefield

 

   Jarrett “Red” Stubblefield, 70, of Roscommon, formerly of Potterville died Nov. 29, 1998.

   Mr. Stubblefield was born April 6, 1928, in Union City, Tenn., the son of Thomas and Martha (Littrel) Stubblefield.  He worked for Fisher Body in Lansing for 30 years before retiring in 1983.  He was a Navy veteran of World War II and member of Grayling Moose Lodge #1162.

   He is survived by his wife, Mae (Pierce); one daughter, Sharon (Bill) Christiansen of Potterville; one daughter-in-law, Linda Stubblefield; grandchildren, Angie (Marc) Gonzales, Ryan (Brandi) Stubblefield, Melissa Stubblefield, Bill and Cheri Christiansen; and great-grandchildren, Morgan and Marissa Gonzales, and Zakary and Breanna Stubblefield; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by one son, Tom in March 1996.

   Services were Dec. 2 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with  the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Eleanore I. Sulpher

 

   Eleanore I. Sulpher, age 75, died Saturday, December 19, 1998 in Lansing.  Eleanore was born June 22, 1923 in Cadillac the daughter of John Forrest and Frances Amelia Christina (Foreman) Oliver.  Mrs. Sulpher retired as a secretary for the Lansing School District in 1997 after 22 years of service.  She was an avid gardener and reader.  Eleanore enjoyed walking, needlework and baking.  Preceding her in death were her husband of 56 years, Richard R., in 1998 and her sister, Dorothy Bennett.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Jayne (Bill) Krawczynski of Harrison, Barbara (Alan) Herman of Lansing; 2 sons, Dennis (Neva) Sulpher, Jack D. (Betty Jo) Sulpher all of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Conor, Amanda, Richard, and Elizabeth Sulpher, Andrew and Jason Krawczynski, Samuel and Anna Marie Herman; brother, Floyd “Bud” (Ann) Oliver of CA; sister, Karen (Michael) Waterman of Commerce; and special niece and nephew, Autumn and Matthew Waterman.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 1998, noon, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids.  The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home one hour prior to service time.  Those desiring may make contributions to either the American Cancer Society or to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Eleanore J. Sulpher.

 

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Clarence Sumner

 

   Clarence “CJ”, “Jerry” Sumner, 91, of Eaton Rapids died Feb. 12, 1998 in Eaton Rapids.

   Mr. Sumner was born June 20, 1906 in Darien Center, NY, the son of Jerome and Clara E. (Hutchinson) Sumner.  He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Charlotte.  He was a graduate of the Union Springs Academy in New York and the Atlantic Union College in Mass.  Mr. Sumner worked 44 years for various state conferences of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and retired as an Assistant Treasurer of the Michigan Conference.  He was co-owner, with his wife, of Story Book House and Story Book Acres in Eaton Rapids for 35 years.

   He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Millie B.; two daughters, Miladean (Ben) Leifermann of Florida and Lorene (Larry) Henderson of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

   He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Sumner, Iva Furnival and Olive Walling.

   Services were Feb. 15 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church with the Pastor Larry Yeagley officiating.  Interment followed in Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.  The family was served by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Hospice or the Three Angels Broadcasting Network.

 

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Kathlyn E. “Kay” Swain

 

   Kathlyn E. “Kay” Swain, 74, of Lansing passed away March 12, 1998.

   Mrs. Swain was born April 12, 1923 in Holt and has been a resident of the area most of her life.  She was a member of the Wacousta Chapter #133, O.E.S.

   She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Clair; three daughters, Ruth Benninger of Portland, Marilyn Sutliff of Portland, and Diane (Steve) Wytkewicz of Sarasota, Fla.; five stepchildren, Ruth Ann (Bob) McKeon of Dimondale, Steve Swain of Olivet, Bill Elliott of Olivet, Nancy Jenks of Mason, and David (Kathy) Swain of Martinsburg, W.V.; 15 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Shirley Benninger and Jayne Jones both of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Bruce Jones; and her first husband, David Benninger.

   Services were March 16 at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with the Rev. M.E. Walworth, Jr.  Interment was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lansing, American Cancer Society, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

 

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Sanford H. Swanson

 

   Sanford Houston Swanson, 66, of Potterville, died Thursday, June 11, 1998 at his home.

   Mr. Swanson was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Switzerland County, Ind., the son of Jonas and Helen (White) Swanson.  He married Alice Hammons Oct. 31, 1955.  He was an Army paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and then worked at Exhibit and Display for Oldsmobile for 36 years.  He was a member of the American Legion, Post 237 in Lansing.

   Mr. Swanson is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters, Sandy (Jay) Holmes and Cindy (Scott) LaFave, both of Potterville; son, Steve Swanson of Naperville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Jake LaFave, Matt LaFave and Alexandra Holmes; three sisters, Shirley (William) Cook of E. Enterprise, Ind., Ramona (Roy) Titkeyener of Hamilton, Ohio, and Sharon (Doug) Harlow of Bear Branch, Ind.; three brothers, Carroll (Daisy) Swanson of Bennington, Ind., Miles Swanson and Kenneth (Irene) Swanson, both of Rising Sun, Ind.

   He was predeceased by a brother, Henry, and a sister, Gloria.

   Funeral services were Monday, June 15, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Thomas Peters officiating.  Interment was in Deepdale Memorial Gardens.  Memorial contributions may be made to Potterville Community Playground Project.

 

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Clifton Simpson Swift

 

   Clifton Simpson Swift, age 91, died August 2, 1998, in a Bradenton, Florida hospital.  Mr. Swift was formerly of Mason.  He was born January 14, 1907, to Cortz and Philena Swift in rural Ingham County.  He retired from Motor Wheel in 1972 after 37 years.  He also tended his 160-acre farm in rural Mason.  He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 57 years, Florence (Kime); and two grandchildren, Cheryl Swift and Craig Swift; three brothers and a sister, Charles, Cleo, Clair and Hattie.

   He is survived by eight children, James (Lila) Swift of Leslie, Barbara Rodocker of Sarasota, Treva Canfield of Clearwater, Ivan (Gail) Swift of Alabama, Forest (Linda) Swift of Dayton, Eleanore Rossow of Bradenton, Ruth (Mike) Johnson of Flushing, Charlene (Andy) McCallum of Okemos; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

   The family is being served by Skinner Funeral Home of Eaton Rapids.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m. at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church with interment in Rosehill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home.

 

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Sharon Ann Talbot

 

   Sharon Ann Talbot of Okemos, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 51, died Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in Lansing.  Sharon was born December 15, 1946, in Stanwood, MI, the daughter of Merle and Dorothy (Darling) Williams, her adopted parents were Durwood and Gladys (Oberlin) Pierson.  She was a member of the Springport VFW Post.  Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Talbot.

   Surviving are her daughter, Melissa (Larry) Browers of Okemos; brother, Oscar (Bertine) Pierson of Eaton Rapids; sister, Nancy Harrington of Mt. Morris; 3 brothers-in-law, Bob (Delynn) Talbot of Eaton Rapids, Jay (Janice) Talbot and Tony Talbot, all of Springport; sister-in-law, Janet (Junior) Risner of Ohio.

   Memorial graveside services will be held on Thursday, July 9, 1998, at 11:00 a.m. at the Springport Cemetery with Rev. Bob Donner officiating.  Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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George H. Taylor

 

   George H. Taylor, 72, of Athens died Jan. 8, 1998, as the result of a highway accident.

   Mr. Taylor was born June 5, 1925, in Charlotte, the son of Freeman and Bell (Cook) Taylor.  He joined the Army Sept. 26, 1946, and was stationed at Ft. Knox, Ken., and in Japan.  When discharged, he went to Flint and worked for General Motors, he moved to Athens.  He attended the Seventh/Day Adventist Church in Burlington.

   He is survived by two daughters, Laura Taylor of Mesa, Ariz., and Sharon Ansett of Lapeer; four sons, George Taylor of Burton, David Main and Arthur Main, both of Grand Blanc; and Michael Taylor, stationed in Germany; and one sister, Melvina (Don) Wolodko of Grand Ledge.

   Services and military honors were Jan. 15 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery with the Rev. Delmer Case officiating.  Arrangements were made by the Spencer Funeral Home, Athens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the George Taylor Memorial Fund.

 

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Naomi Taylor

 

   Naomi Taylor, 69, of Escanaba died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998 of a heart attack in Valdosta, GA, while driving to her retirement home in Florida.  She was born Oct. 6, 1929 in Detroit, the daughter of the late attorney Alger W. Strom and the former Helen Lempio.

   As a child she grew up in Gladstone.  She graduated from Gladstone High School in 1947 as valedictorian.  She married Albert E. Taylor on Aug. 6, 1949 and moved to Escanaba where they have since resided and raised their three children.  For the past seven years she and her husband have wintered in Florida.  In her early years of her marriage she worked at the Delta Hardware and also for Citizens Mutual Insurance Co.

   She was a member of the St. Patrick Church of Escanaba, the Escanaba Country Club, the Elks Auxiliary and an avid bridge player and golfer.

   She is survived by her husband, Al; one son, Gary (Margaret) Taylor of Charlotte; two daughters, Lori (Dr. Helmut Jungschaffer) Taylor of Oberlin, OH, and Gail Taylor of Salinas, CA; one brother, Alger H. (Mary) Strom of Gladstone; one sister, Tina (Richard) L’Heureux of Sun city Center, Florida; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Oct. 23, 1998 at the Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home in Escanaba with Fr. Ron Skufca officiating.  Entombment was in Gardens of Rest Mausoleum.

   Memorial should be directed to the Order of Saint Francis, Bay de Noc Hospice at 3401 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI  49829.

 

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Cheryl C. Tewksbury

 

   Cheryl C. (Savage) Tewksbury, 50, of Comstock Park, died March 3, 1998 at her home.

   Mrs. Tewksbury was a member of the Honda Riders and the Gold Wing Road riders Association.
   She is survived by her husband, Darwin Tewksbury; two daughters, Rebecca Savage and Carrie Savage, both of Charlotte; one son, Philip (Christine) Savage of Lake Odessa; three stepchildren, Patty, Lorrie, and Mike; six grandchildren; two sisters, Karen (Skip) Dowding of Springport and Sue (Larry) Mead of Mulliken; and one brother, Mark (Gloria) Norris of Pensacola, Fla.

   Services were March 6 at the Reyers North Valley Chapel.  Interment was in Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

 

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Grace Thomas

 

   Grace H. Thomas, 84, of Olivet, died Friday, Sept. 4, 1998.

   Mrs. Thomas was born Nov. 21, 1913, in Eaton County, the daughter of Ira and Vera (Rolfe) Halsey.  She was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church; charter member of the Garden Club of Charlotte; and had volunteered at the Oak Chest in Olivet.

   She is survived by three sons, Harry (Connie) of Grand Ledge, R. Jerry (Sue) of Eastpointe, and John A. (Corky) of Virginia; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nine sisters, Luella Wonser of Eaton Rapids, Mary Hosey of Olivet, Gladys Thomas of Mountain Home, Tenn., Edith Hutchinson, Vera Bracy, Ola (Joel) Burnett, and Ila Burnett, all of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Rena Halsey of Charlotte; and three brothers, Floyd (Shirley) Halsey of Charlotte, Robert (Peg) Halsey of Vermontville, and Dean (Dorothy) Halsey of Ft. Pierce, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, in 1992.

   Services were Sept. 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with the Rev. Clark Hock officiating.  Interment was in Perry Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet Congregational Church.

 

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William E. Thompson

 

   William E. Thompson, 63, of Antonia, MO, died Jan. 9, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Thompson was born Oct. 28, 1934, in Kalamo Township, the son of Everett Allan and Eva Thompson.  He attended Charlotte Public Schools.  He was a self-employed craftsman, manufacturing muzzleloaders, and Mr. Thompson was an outdoor enthusiast.

   He is survived by his former wife of 21 years, Joan; two daughters, Tina (Wes) Thompson of Delton and Amy (Mark) Young of Charlotte; three sons, Terry (Robin) of Arnold, MO, Jerry (Becky) of Odessa, Texas, and James of Antonio, MO; one sister, Mary Lou (Kevin) Eddington of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and one son, William.

   Cremation has taken place in Missouri.  Services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Jack Thornton

 

   Jack E. Thornton, 66, of Bellevue, died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998 at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born Dec. 31, 1931 in Battle Creek the son of Ray and Orpha (Green) Thornton.  He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Army in Korea from April 1951 to April 1957.  He married Marilyn Augustine on July 1, 1951.  He retired from Atwood Automotive in 1994.  Previously, he worked at Fowler’s Implement, Bellevue Equipment Company and Snyder’s Gravel Pit.  In retirement he delivered the Battle Creek Enquirer in the rural Marshall area for 4 ½ years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working with heavy equipment and spending time with his family.

   He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a daughter, Angela Winters of Bellevue; three sons, Jack Douglas Thornton of Thereau, New Mexico, Dennis Thornton of Jackson and Mark Thornton of Battle Creek; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Buster Thornton in 1969 and a granddaughter, Emily Thornton in 1982.

   Services were held Dec. 8 at Shaw Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.  Arrangements were made by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church or the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

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Kenneth Thornton

 

   Kenneth Thornton, 85, of Boerne, Texas, formerly of Olivet, died Sept. 10, 1998.

   Mr. Thornton was born Nov. 12, 1912.

   He is survived by one daughter, Connie Reid of Boerne, Texas; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ina Post and Joyce Barkley, both of Olivet.

 

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Marilyn Thornton

 

   Marilyn L. Thornton, 65, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Thornton was born Jan. 22, 1933 in Battle Creek to Harry and Margaret (Burkett) Augustine.  She attended Bellevue High School and graduated from Corunna High School.  She was employed by Battle Creek Motor Parts as an office manager for 19 years.  She was previously employed by Church’s Grocery in Bellevue, which became Felpausch.  She was an active member in the Bellevue Community, member of the PTA, taught sewing class for 4-H and a member of the American Business Women’s Association.  She and her husband delivered the Battle Creek Enquirer in rural Marshall for 4 ½ years.

   She married Jack Thornton on July 1, 1951.  He died last Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1998.

   Surviving are a daughter, Angela Winters of Bellevue; three sons, Jack Douglas Thornton of Thereau, New Mexico, Dennis Thornton of Jackson and Mark Thornton of Battle Creek; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; father, Harry Augustine of Bellevue; and brothers, James Augustine of Bellevue and Jerold Augustine of Marshall.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; a granddaughter, Emily Thornton in 1982; and her mother, Margaret Augustine in 1995.

   Services were held Dec. 14 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.  Arrangements were made by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel.

 

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Mary Elizabeth Thornton

 

   Mary Elizabeth Thornton, 78, of Three Notch, Ala., formerly of Olivet, died April 22, 1998.

   She is survived by her son, Ray (Becky) Thornton of Union Springs, Ala.; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, and son, John.

   Graveside services were April 26 in Beale Eagle, Tenn.

 

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John William Tiemeyer

 

  John William Tiemeyer, 72, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.  Tiemeyer was born Sept. 25, 1926 in Grand Rapids, the son of Peter and Ella (Byleveld) Tiemeyer.

   He served in the infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Lansing Capital City Group.  He married Bernice A. Visscher on July 30, 1946.  They have been married for 52 years.  Together they attended the Crossroads Church of the United Brethren in Charlotte.  He was manager of White Haines Optical Company in Lansing.

   He is survived by his wife, Bernice; six daughters, Judith Ann (Donald) Steenwyk of Zeeland, Joy Ellen Tiemeyer of Traverse City, Beth Jo (Terry) Jungel of Ionia, Kathy Jean (Ron) DeGroot of Sioux Center, Iowa, Nancy Kay (John) Garity of Eaton Rapids, Carol Lynn (Steven) DeJong of Holland; one son, John William (Katrina) Tiemeyer, Jr. of Mason; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William Tiemeyer, of Grand Rapids and Bert Tiemeyer of Columbus, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie Willemstein, Effie Bazan and Katherine Westra.

   Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, 1998 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Marc Nelson officiating.  Interment will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Floral View Cemetery in Jenison.

   Visitation will be Thursday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.   In  lieu  of  flowers,  memorial contributions

 

 

 

may be made to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI  49560.

 

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Helen M. Todd

 

   Helen M. Todd, 89, of Nashville died Feb. 10, 1998, at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mrs. Todd was born Nov. 7, 1908, in her parents home in Nashville, to Joseph A. and Mary Etta (Dean) Frith.  She was a member of the Vermontville United Methodist Church; charter member of the Vermontville Historical Society; and championed handicapped education in Eaton County.  She graduated in 1926 and then went to Bronson School of Nursing.  She served as a nurse first at Masonic Home in Alma, then around Vermontville for many years.  She married Robert L. Todd on Sept. 11, 1932.

   She is survived by her brother, Fred Frith of Vermontville; husband, Robert; daughter, Ruth Ann; son, Richard (Louise) Todd; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

   Services were Feb. 13 at the Vermontville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jeff Bowman officiating.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermontville United Methodist Church or the Charlotte Christian School.

 

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Barbara Tomlin

 

   Barbara Patricia Tomlin, 59, of Taylor, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998.

   Ms. Tomlin was born March 11, 1939 in Ecorse, the daughter of Roy and Gladys Hood.

   She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Hensley of Charlotte; four sons, Samuel Hensley of Taylor, Gary Hensley of Dearborn, Darryl Hensley and Waylon Hensley both of Detroit; two sisters, Brenda Eversole of Monroe and Beulah Baldridge of Woodhaven; and a brother, John Hood of Vermontville.

   Services were held at Oakridge Cemetery in Flat Rock with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Helen Tower

 

   Helen I. Tower, 72, of Lansing, formerly of Grand Ledge, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998 in Meridian Township.

   Mrs. Tower was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Lansing the daughter of Claude and Tena (Ommen) Myers.  She was a retired employee of Michigan State Seed Company of Grand Ledge with 17 years of service, and was a former employee of several other Grand Ledge businesses.  She was a graduate of the Grand Ledge High School class of 1944.

   She is survived by two daughters, Tamara (Jerry) Hebert of White Pigeon and Tena (Alex) Tower-Walacavage of Lansing; three sons, Tim Tower of Grand Ledge, Thomas and Gary Tower both of Lansing; six grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Lois) Myers and Robert Myers all of Vermontville; one sister, Sharon Davis of Nokomis, Fla.; one step-brother, Roland (Audrey) Myers of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and a brother, Burdette.

   Services were held Nov. 17 at the Peters and Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge with the Sister Maxine McGee of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, White Pigeon, officiating.  Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the G.L.E.A.P.

 

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Mariana Towers

 

   Mariana M. Towers, 56, of Charlotte, died Dec. 5, 1998 at Ingham Medical Hospital, Lansing.

   Mrs. Towers was born in Charlotte, the daughter of Almond and Lorena (Spencer) Huntoon.

   She was an avid horse lover.

   She is survived by her husband, Terry E. Towers; a daughter, Lisa (Kevin) Jackson of Sunfield; two sons, Mike Love and Loren (Barbara) Love of Charlotte; mother, Lorena Huntoon Lindahl of Charlotte; and six grandchildren.

   Services were Dec. 8 at the First Congregational Church of Charlotte.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Lilah J. Towner

 

   Lilah J. Towner, 82, of Sunfield passed away Feb. 2, 1998, in Clare.

   Mrs. Towner was born July 8, 1915, in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Arthur and Julia (Kirk) Challender.  She was employed at the Oldsmobile Paint Plant for 13 years, local 652.  She was a member of the women’s bowling league “Wednesday Afternoon Loafers” of Lake Odessa, the Lioness Club of Sunfield, Singles Club of Woodland, and a volunteer of Ionia Co.

   She is survived by her two stepsons, Robert R. Towner of Grand Ledge and Howard E. Towner of California; three daughters, Bernice J. Gilliam of Biloxi, MC, Ardella Allen of Lake George, and Carol-Jean Towner of Belding; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous step grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Burt Towner; sister, Lena Harmon; brother, Lavern Challender; both her parents, Arthur and Julia Challender; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

   Services were Feb. 6 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. Richard Cross officiating.  Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

 

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Shawn D. Trimmer

 

   Shawn Dickerson Trimmer, 40, of Potterville died July 11, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Trimmer was born Sept. 5, 1957, in Lansing, the son of DuWayne and Gretchen Trimmer.  He lived in Potterville his entire life.

   He is survived by his father, DuWayne, of Potterville; two brothers, Kenn of Nampa, Idaho, and Joe (Paula) of Potterville; two sisters, Becki (Paul) Hornbaker of Boise, Idaho, and Amy Peters (John Houston) of Lansing; four aunts, Ellen Jones and Karen Gierman, both of Lansing, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Gretchen, and infant sister, Debbie.

   At Mr. Trimmer’s request, there will be no services.  Arrangements were made by Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.

 

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Fern E. (Allen) Twichell

 

   Fern E. (Allen) Twichell, age 85 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, May 2, 1998 at her residence following a long illness.  She was born July 12, 1912 in Windsor Township, the daughter of Eugene and Emma (Thompson) Allen.  Mrs. Twichell was preceded in death by her husband Roy A. Twichell in 1971, a brother, Don Allen and a sister, Lena Allen.

   Surviving are 5 children, Esther (Richard) Scott of Florida, Rex (Judy) Twichell of Springport, Neil (Jackie) Twichell of Eaton Rapids, Florence Twichell of Eaton Rapids and Tom (Deborah) Twichell of Eaton Rapids; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Francis Allen of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating.  Graveside services will follow at the Dimondale Cemetery.  Casket bearers will be Wayne Twichell, Phillip Twichell, Scott Twichell, Eric Twichell, Aaron McCullough and Claude Murray Jr.  For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Hospice of Lansing, 6035 Executive Dr., Ste. 103, Lansing, MI  48911-5338 in memory of Fern E. Twichell.

 

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Mona A. Valero

 

   Mona A. Valero, 55, of Charlotte died Jan. 27, 1998.

   Mrs. Valero was born Feb. 23, 1942 in Charlotte, the daughter of Vaughn and Vivian Griffin.  She married Geraldo L. Valero on Jan. 21, 1967, and had worked at Aluminum Extrusions and Jansko Manufacturing, both of Charlotte.  She was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #42 and a former charter member of Eagles Aerie #3552.

   She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Luis; one daughter, Kerrie Lynn of Charlotte; one son, Tony (Tina) Valero of Charlotte; one brother, Gary Griffin of Flint; and three grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Eva T. Veeder Haskell VanAken

 

   Eva T. Veeder Haskell VanAken, age 98, died Wednesday, August 26, 1998 at the St. Lawrence/Dimondale Facility.  Eva was the youngest of three daughters born to Willard and Mary Veeder on December 20, 1899.  Her early years were spent in Mt. Pleasant and Clare, Michigan, where she graduated from high school and received a life certificate from Central Michigan Normal School.  After three years of teaching in Owosso she married Gerald F. Haskell and they moved to Lansing where he started practicing law and she became a buyer and manager of several departments at Sprowl Brothers.  In 1938 they moved to Eaton Rapids where they remodeled an old farmhouse and became “City Farmers”.  In 1941 Steven Thomas and Barbara Jean became their son and daughter and Eva was busy raising a family.  She became active in 4-H and Extension clubs.  In 1956 Eva started teaching in the Eaton Rapids Public Schools and completed her education at Michigan State University where she received a B.A. Degree in education.  She taught the fourth grade in Eaton Rapids for eleven years before retiring in 1967.

   After her retirement she became active in community affairs.  She was a starter member of the Eaton Rapids Retired Teacher’s Club, became an honorary member of the Hospital Auxiliary, a Life member of E.R.C.H., a member of the U & I Club for over 20 years and belonged to several bridge clubs and the L.L. Club.  She was a friend of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Miriam Circle.  Her husband Gerald F. Haskell of 41 years passed away on September 20, 1966.

   Surviving from this marriage is one son, Steven T. (Shirley) Haskell of Lansing; and daughter, Barbara Jean (Leo) Haskell Jones of Columbia, Tennessee; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; plus 6 step great-grandchildren.

   In 1969 she married Herbert M. VanAken and they lived in her home until his death in 1977.

   Surviving from this marriage are seven stepchildren, Elaine (Jerry) Cowan of Okemos; Alice (Claude) Bonta of Roscommon; Herbert K. (Barbara) VanAken of Eaton Rapids; Charles (Barbara) VanAken of Eaton Rapids; Dorothy (Merlin) Spitzbergen of Oakland; John (Adrienne) VanAken of Lompoc, CA; and Ruth Ann (Jamie) Abbott of Nepean Ontario, Canada; 24 step-grandchildren; numerous step great-grandchildren; three nieces, Marjorie Jean Derby of Ithaca, Pat (Vic) Stapleton of Ithaca, Mary Lou (Dick) Schneckenberger of Charlotte; one nephew, Wayne (Lynn) Terwilliger of St. Paul, MN; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

   Eva had requested Cremation with a small family gathering held in her honor.  For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens or the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital Vision 2000.  The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Janet L. Vanderpoorten

 

   Janet L. Vanderpoorten, 82, of Dearborn, formerly of the Olivet/Springport area died July 1, 1998, at the Garden City Hospital, Garden City, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Vanderpoorten was born in Springport, the daughter of Lewis E. and Pearl K. (Hill) Landon.  She resided in the Detroit area since 1937.

   She is survived by many friends and loved ones.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen A. Vanderpoorten.

   Private services have been held.  Interment was in the Springport Cemetery, Springport.  Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Leader Dog School at Rochester, or the Michigan Humane Society.

 

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George W. Velte

 

   George W. Velte, 61, of Olivet, formerly of Middletown, Ohio, died April 6, 1998 at the Ingham Regional Medical Center, Greenlawn Campus, Lansing after a short illness.

   Mr. Velte was born in Middletown, Ohio, the son of Hubert R. and Frances (Sharpf) Velte.  He was a 1955 graduate of Middletown High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-59.  He has been employed by the U.S. Postal Service having served as Postmaster of the Loveland, Ohio Post Office, retired after 34 years of service.  He was currently serving as an Olivet City Councilman, serving as Board Chairman of E.A.T.R.A.N. and was a member of the Olivet Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Velte held memberships in the Kalamazoo Corvette Club, and Moose Lodge, the D.I.A. and was a retired past President of the Ohio Postmasters Association.

   He is survived by three sons, Chad (Lyn) Velte of Franklin, Ohio, Derek (DaLisa) Velte of Snow Flake, Arizona and Craig (Elizabeth) Velte of Aurora, Ohio; seven grandchildren; one brother, David Velte of Dayton, Ohio; and dear friend, Becky Perry of Olivet.

   Services were April 11 at the Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home in Middletown.  Interment in the Woodside Cemetery, Middletown.  Local arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Memorial Tree Fund.

 

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Mary B. Verhelle

 

   Mary B. Verhelle, age 79, of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, September 19, 1998 at her residence.  Born July 30, 1919 in Charlotte, the daughter of Adiel and Alieda (Saey) VanDeMoortel.  Mary was raised in Charlotte, she and her husband, Albert have lived on the family farm in rural Eaton Rapids since 1949.  Mary was an avid fisherman, visiting many local lakes, she and her husband enjoyed many years at their cabin in Luzerne, MI.  She was well known for her love of baking and cooking.  Mary was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids.  Preceding her in heath are her parents; granddaughter, Theresa Verhelle; sister Augusta VanDeDriessche; 3 brothers, Achiel, Vic and Henry VanDeMoortel.

   Surviving are her husband of over 60 years, Albert; 3 children, Robert Verhelle of Eaton Rapids, Richard (Lois) Verhelle of Eaton Rapids, and Margaret (Roger) Creighton of Charlotte; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial is Tuesday, September 22, 10 a.m. at St. Peter Church with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine as Celebrant.  A Rosary was recited on Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township, Eaton Rapids.  Casket Bearers are Wayne Verhelle, Joe VanDenDriessche, Bill Cole, Roger Franke, Bill Palmer and Bernie Booyinga.  For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to one’s choice in memory of Mary B. Verhelle.

 

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Loren F. Vogt

 

   Loren F. Vogt, 60, of Bellevue died Wednesday, June 3, 1998 as a result of a farming accident.

   Mr. Vogt was born June 8, 1937, in Battle Creek, the son of Loren Henry and Bertha Viola (Sisson) Vogt.  He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1955 and then married Ruby Hatt on July 1, 1955.  He worked for Walker Manufacturing.

   Mr. Vogt is survived by his wife, Ruby; three children, Tammy (Jeff) Belprez of Dimondale, Gary (Kim Smith) Vogt of Marshall, and Lena Marie (Jeff) Magoon of Cumming, Ga.; nine grandchildren; brother, Denis W. (Louise) Vogt of Helena, Mont.; sister, Elsie May (Phillip) Beard of Battle Creek.

   Cremation has taken place.  There will be no services at this time.  Arrangements were prepared by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Beatrice E. Vols

 

   Beatrice Edith Vols, 85, of Charlotte died May 26, 1998 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Vols was born Jan. 22, 1913 in Shawano, Wis., the daughter of Herman and Clara (Wolfgram) Hample.  She was a bartender at “The Lounge” in downtown Charlotte.

   She is survived by her son, Richard James of Lansing; three granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

   Services were May 28 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with the Rev. John A. Bookshaw officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Byron C. Waddell

 

   Byron C. Waddell, 74, of Olivet died Sept. 1, 1998, at his home.

   Mr. Waddell was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Chester Township, the son of Vernon and Vera (Smuts) Waddell.  He was a 1943 graduate of Olivet High School, lifelong farmer, auctioneer, Walton Township Trustee, and attended the Faith Assembly of God.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene (Bauer), and one son, Ron.

   Services were Sept. 5 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Thomas McLane and the Rev. Garry O’Dell officiating.  Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Faith Assembly of God.

 

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Joyce A. Wagner

 

   Joyce A. Wagner, age 66, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday morning, June 15, 1998 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mrs. Wagner was born July 16, 1931, in Grand Rapids, a daughter of Lellwin F. and Ruth Ann (Plumber) Jones.  She was preceded in death by her son, Richard, and granddaughter, Alicia Wagner in 1975.

   Surviving are her husband of 51 years, James; 2 sons, James Wagner Jr. and Chris Wagner, both of Eaton Rapids; 1 daughter, Ruth Ann Wagner of Lansing; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 sister, Jane Gray of Old York, Illinois.

   Services were held Thursday at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Rev. John A. Toth officiating.  Interment was in Munger Cemetery.

 

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Frances M. Walaskay

 

   Frances M. Walaskay, 73, of Bellevue died Dec. 16, 1998, at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Walaskay was born July 18, 1925, in Owosso, the daughter of Anton and Marie (Janicek) Ozvalda.  She graduated from Owosso High School and married George Walaskay Aug. 15, 1953.  She was a member of the Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers Auxiliary and an assistant Bluebird leader with Camp Fire.

   She is survived by her husband, George; one daughter, Susan Ernsberger of Bellevue; one son, G. Tom of Bellevue; two grandchildren; three sisters, Beth Phillips of Owosso, Ann Sulek of St. Charles, and Marie Panik of Lansing; three brothers, Frank Oswald of Owosso, Tony Oswald of Cheboygan, and Joe Oswald of Corunna.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Toni Miller.

   Services were Dec. 19 at the St. Ann Catholic Church, Bellevue, with Rev. Fr. Jaya Rao Polimera officiating.  Interment was in the Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.

  

 

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Lynn Walters

 

   Lynn Jeffery Walters, 48, of Charlotte died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998 at his home.  Lynn was born May 7, 1950 in Charlotte, the son of Ned and Beverly (Paton) Walters.  He was a member of the Eagles Aerie #3552 FOE.

   He is survived by his daughter, Nikki, of Florida; father, Ned Walters of Charlotte; two brothers, Dan Walters of Lansing and Perry Walters of Valdosta, Georgia; and his sister, Cheryl Pressler of Harbor Springs.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly, in 1996.

   There will be an Eagles Service Monday at 7 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with visitation to follow until 9 p.m.

   Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. James Carey officiating.  If desired memorial contributions can be made to the Eagles.

 

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Carl Warren

 

   Carl Warren, 53, of Charlotte died Aug. 27, 1998, in Bronson.

   Mr. Warren was born Oct. 30, 1944, in Battle Creek and was a 1962 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School.  He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, was a member of Maple City Post #2406 VFW in Charlotte, and a member of the Mish Mash and Suburban bowling leagues.  He was a truck driver for the L.L. Johnson Lumber Co.

   He is survived by three sons, Harry Jr. (Debbie) of Lansing, Michael (Amy) of Iowa City, Iowa, and Carl of Stanwood; four grandchildren; and companion Grace Lussmyer of Charlotte.

   Services were Aug. 31 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Richard Garn officiating.  Interment was in the Hickory Corners Cemetery, Barry County.

   Military graveside services were provided by the Maple City Post #2405 VFW of Charlotte.  Local arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Richard C. Webber

 

   Richard Charles Webber, 53, of Charlotte died April 6, 1998 at Sparrow Hospital.

   Mr. Webber was born Dec. 21, 1944, in Ithaca, the son of Charles and Vivian (Cole) Webber.

   He worked in Trim Repair at Fisher Body, retiring after 28 years.  He was a member of the Capital City Custom Truck & Car Club.

   Richard was known as Cadillac Dick by many people.  He was a car enthusiast who had worked on and restored many.  His last project was a 1958 Chevy Impala.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Debbra (Darrell) Teeter of St. Louis; three sons, Robert A. Webber of Alma, Paul D. Webber of Chicago, and Randall E. Webber of Alma; four stepdaughters, Teresa Dollahan of Saranac, Tammi (Charles) Kenney of Lake Odessa, Tracy (Ron) Rutherford of Alton, Ill., and Terri Webb of Lansing; one stepson, Louis Webb III of Louisiana; three brothers, Ray Webber and Reg Webber, both of Ithaca, and Gary Webber of Pennsylvania; and 11 grandchildren.

   Services were April 10 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Randy Royston officiating.  Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Lucille M. Weiland

 

   Lucille M. Weiland, 85, of Charlotte died April 27, 1998 at the Clark Retirement Community, Grand Rapids.

   Mrs. Weiland was born Nov. 26, 1912 in Hesperia, the daughter of John and Estella (Matthews) Mahan.  She has been a Charlotte resident since 1940.  She was a 1931 graduate of Hesperia High School, attended Newago County Normal and later Olivet College.  She has been a rural schoolteacher for a time in Oceana County.  She was a member of the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary and was a member of the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church, where she had served as Director of Christian Education retiring in 1989 after 40 years of service.

   She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Bill) McKay and one son, Melvin Weiland, both of Reno; eight grandchildren; one sister, Ruth (Robert) Curtis of Monroe; 44 nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert H. Weiland; and five brothers, L.D., Matthew, Mort, Marshall and her twin brother, Frank Mahan.

   Services were May 1 at the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.  Interment was at the Hesperia-West Cemetery in Oceana County.  Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church.

 

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Nancy R. Wells

 

   Nancy Ruthann Wells, 60, of Mulliken died Sept. 29, 1998, at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing.

   Mrs. Wells was born Nov. 28, 1937, in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Arthur and Beatrice (Holten) Eastman.  She married Roger Wells March 3, 1954.  She was a quality engineer for Michigan Magnetics in Vermontville, former children’s foster care parent, former bus driver for Maple Valley Schools, and member of Kalamo Eastern Star #399.

   She is survived by her husband, Roger; two daughters, Kimberly (Garry) Bakos and Toni (Steve) Cambric, both of Stanton; one son, Timothy (Lynda) of Vermontville; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold (Marie) Eastman and Arlo (Dolna) Eastman, both of North Carolina; his mother and stepfather, Beatrice (Virgil) (Eastman) Hock of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur, in 1963.

   Services were Oct. 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Wesley Emerson officiating.  Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Phyllis Wendel

 

   Phyllis E. Wendel, 69, of Charlotte died Sunday, June 14, 1998, at her residence.

   Mrs. Wendel was born in Charlotte, the daughter of Fay and Lucille (Caplinger) Goodrich, and had been a lifelong Charlotte-area resident.  She was a 1947 graduate of Charlotte High School, was a member and past president of the Maple City Post #2406 VFW Auxiliary, and was employed by the Eaton County 56th District Court, retiring in 1996 after 28 years of service.  Surviving are three sons, George (Darlene) Riddle Jr., Geoffrey (Diana) Riddle and Dale Lee (Shelly Wiser) Wendel, all of Charlotte; daughter, Denise Riddle of Douglas, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Karole (Roy) Bartlett of Charlotte and Barbara Jean (Jim) Rieben of Clay, N.Y.; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and one brother, Jerry (Sue) Goodrich of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland G. Wendel on Sept. 13, 1995.

   Funeral services were Thursday, June 18, 1998, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter R. K. Brenner officiating.  Cremation followed services.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, or the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Judy L. (Loomis) Wesley

 

   Judy L. (Loomis) Wesley, 45, of Charlotte died Feb. 22, 1998.

   She was born Dec. 30, 1952, in Paw Paw.  She was employed by Michigan State University in building services.

   She was preceded in death by one grandson, Christopher VanScyco; one brother, Duane Spaulding; and her mother, Betty Golladay.

   Surviving are her husband, Mark; one daughter, Susan Davis of Columbia, Tenn.; one son, Richard Loomis of Lansing; two grandchildren; her father, Louis Golladay (Rena Boedeker) of Grand Ledge; two sisters, Yvonne Martin of Laingsburg, and Patricia Wilson of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were Feb. 26 at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge with the Rev. Fr. Robert McGraw officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Response Effort, 3400 S. Cedar, Lansing MI  48910.

 

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Beatrice F. Wheaton

 

   Beatrice F. Wheaton, 88, of Charlotte, died Sept. 18, 1998.

   Mrs. Wheaton was born June 28, 1910, the daughter of Allie and Fern (Snoke) Baker.  She married Myrle Wheaton in 1932.  She was a nurse’s aid at the Holiday Home and Eaton County Medical Facility in Charlotte and was an avid gardener.

   She is survived by a daughter, Janet (Dean) May; a son, Phillip (Eleanor); six grandchildren, Bryon, Adam, Julie, Denise, Carla, and Ronda; five great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, June Satterly of Nashville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Myrle; a son, Stanley; and two brothers, Leonard Baker and Rolland Baker.

   Services were held with the Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating.  Interment was in Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Gresham United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Ollie Whitaker

 

   Ollie Whitaker, age 86, went to his heavenly home on September 23, 1998.  Ollie was born July 3, 1912 at Boone’s Camp, West Van Lear, Johnson Co., KY.  He was the youngest of nine children born to the late George and Emma (Bolin) Whitaker.  He was raised and lived on Abbott Road, bonanza, Bloyd Co., KY until 1935 where he worked in the coal mines and farmed.  Moving to Ohio and then to Michigan, he has lived in the Eaton Rapids area for over 56 years.  He retired from Lindell Drop Forge in 1973 and attended the Old Regular Baptist Church.  Ollie was preceded in death by one son, James Whitaker; 3 brothers, A.J., Lum, and Buddie Whitaker; 4 sisters, Lulie Prater, Ocie Music, Dixie Nichols and Lucy Hackworth.

   Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Clarinda Williams Whitaker; 6 sons, Axley (Claudia) Whitaker of Eaton Rapids, George (Donis) Whitaker of Brownsville, TX, Oliver (Kay) Whitaker of Lansing, Russell (Becky) Whitaker of Springport, Richard (Betty) Whitaker of Charlotte, Glen (Jill) Whitaker of Eaton Rapids; 2 daughters, Wanetta (Chester) Ramey of Eaton Rapids and Joyce (Mike) Martin of Mason; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; 4 step grandchildren; 9 step great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Bertha Pierce of Romulus, MI.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, September 25, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.  Mr. Whitaker has been taken to the Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, KY, where services were held on Saturday, September 26.  Interment followed at the Whitaker Family Cemetery in Bonanza, KY.

 

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Erica Elaine White

 

   Erica Elaine White, 18, of Vermontville died May 16, 1998 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

   Erica was born in Hastings, the daughter of Brad R. White and Pamela K. (Heinze) White.  She was a student at Maple Valley High School, member of Spanish Club, FFA and Student Aid at Maple Valley and would have graduated May 31.

   She is survived by her mother, Pamela K. White of Polk City, Fla.; father, Brad White of Vermontville; brother, T.J. Richard White of Polk City, Fla.; grandparents, Melvin and Flora White of Vermontville, and Joyce Miller of Polk City, Fla.; aunts and uncles; step-mother, Patty Mussen of Vermontville; step-brothers, Johnny and Devin Musser of Vermontville; step-sister, Missy Musser of Vermontville; and best friend, Jennie Forque.

   Services were May 19 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Eric E. Lison officiating.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

 

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Jo Whitinger

 

   Jo Whitinger, 65, of Charlotte died April 29, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Mrs. Whitinger was born Nov. 25, 1932 in Kawkawlin, the daughter of Harley and Mary (Hurd) Edwards.  She had dealt with antiques for the past 30 years.  She married Glenn L. Whitinger on June 25, 1953 in Angola, Ind.

   She is survived by her husband, Glenn; three sons, Dan J. Whitinger of Lowell, Jeffery Alan (Peggy) Whitinger of Sunfield, and Steven G. (Marilyn) Whitinger of Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and one half-brother, Paul (Marilyn) Thornton of Colorado.

   Services were May 2 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Deacon James Mathias officiating.  Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Charles E. Whitson

 

   Charles Edward Hadley Whitson IV “Charlie’s Angel”, 3 months, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998.

   Charles was born June 13 in Lansing.  He was the son of the late Charles Edward Hadley III and Amanda Dawn Whitson of Olivet.

   He is survived by his mother, Amanda; grandparents, Jeffrey and Charles and Tiva Hadley II of Tennessee; great-grandparents, Eli and Edith Rayon of Carp Lake, Marlene Carendas of Vermontville, Clare and Joyce Wilmore of Charlotte, Charles and Beverly Hadley of Baldwin, and Joe and Millie Zakora of Charlotte; a great-great-grandmother, Anna Wright of Charlotte; aunts and uncles, Jenel Piepkow, Nate Whitson, Rebecca Whitson, Priscilla Whitson, Jeremiah Hadley; Tia Hadley, Ty Hadley, Matt Feldpausch and Ryan Feldpausch; and cousin, Trenton Piepkow.

  

 

 

 

   Services were Sept. 29 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. John Bookshaw and the Rev. Scott Loughrige officiating.  Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

 

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Edward H. Wichman

 

   Edward H. Wichman, age 71, of Lake George, MI (formerly of Lansing) passed away on November 23, 1998.  He was born June 8, 1927 in Detroit, Mi.  Ed, along with his brother and sister, spent most of their youth at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from the State of Michigan, Financial Institutions Bureau, in 1989.  Ed was a talented woodworker, enjoyed golf and especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren.  Ed was a member of the VFW Post 701, Masons – Lodge 33, Moose Lodge #2235, Eagles #1039, American Legion Post 404 and the Elks Club of Lake Wales, FL.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward W. and Lena T. Wichman.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Loretta (Rita); his sons, Gary (Cheryl), Michael (Mary); grandchildren; Justin, Jamie, Matt, Amy, Bethany & Erin Wichman, and Jim and Amy Deline; brother, Gerald (Joyce) of Lansing and sister, Carole (Jack) of Holland; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-laws, Donna Culliton & Betty Olcott of Haslett, Marian Estok of Lansing, and Joan (Steve) Capella of Iowa.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, November 28, from Chapel in the Pines in Lansing, with Pastor Thomas Evans officiating.  Larry Skinner, of Skinner Funeral Home, coordinated all arrangements.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Kidney Foundation or Community Heritage Foundation of Eaton Rapids, 902 Raeburn, Eaton Rapids, MI  48827 in memory of Edward H. Wichman.

 

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Earl L. “Tex” Wilburg

 

   Earl L. “Tex” Wilburg, 94, of Olivet died Sept. 28 at his home after an extended illness.

   Mr. Wilburg was born Aug. 26, 1904 in Cherokee Nation, now known as Woodward, Okla., the son of George and Susan (Childers) Wilburg and had been an Olivet resident since 1933.  He served in the United States Coast Guard and retired from Olivet College as a general equipment manager and trainer after 16 years of service.  At Olivet College, he was honored by being named honorary member of all fraternities and sororities and by having the “Oaks” yearbook dedicated to him.

   He is survived by two daughters, Kay Ferguson of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Jane Hare of Olivet; a son, Bart Wilburg of Marshall; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice Carmody of Texas.  Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

 

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James Robert Williams

 

   James Robert Williams, age 69, life resident of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, August 5, 1998 at his home.  He was born May 25, 1929, the son of Donald and Harriet (Robinson) Williams.  Jim was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he loved the people of the Eaton Rapids community and served them for over 35 years as owner and operator of Rapids Carpet Service in Eaton Rapids.  Preceding him in death were a daughter, Christine Shadduck; brother, Richard and sister, Betty.

   Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Betty; daughter, Constance (Stephen) Snyder; son-in-law, Chuck Shadduck; grandchildren, Skylar, Kelsey, Emmalise Snyder, Jennifer Latunski, Guy Block and great-granddaughter, Aspen Latunski; brothers, Don, Chuck and Keith; sisters, Millie and Janet; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be held today, Tuesday, August 11 at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Robert Betts officiating.  Honorary pallbearers were the P.H.I. founders, Charles Seaks, James McLaughlin, Gene Hoag, William Babbitt, Eber Sherman, Max Skinner, and Roger Greenhoe.

   For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at P.O. Box 636, Charlotte, MI  48813 in memory of James Robert Williams.

 

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Donna Marie Wilson

 

   Donna Marie Wilson, 81, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998.

   She was born July 15, 1917, in Lansing, the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Keefer) Dutcher.  She was a member of the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church.

   Donna is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Roy) Hall of Auburndale, Fla., and Kayla (James) Schmalbach of Potterville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Gwen Hanes of California; and brother, Glen Dutcher of Lansing.  She was predeceased by one brother, Robert Dutcher.

   Graveside services were Thursday, Aug. 6, at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken with the Rev. Phil Olson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements were prepared by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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James Russell Wilson

 

   James Russell Wilson, age 70 of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, March 15, 1998 at his residence in Lansing.  He was born October 21, 1927 in Eaton Rapids the son of Frank and Mabel Wilson.

   Surviving are his wife of 25 years, June Wilson of Lansing; brothers, Dawn Wilson of Eaton Rapids, Vern (Marie) Wilson of Bellevue and Robert (Patricia) Wilson of Hamlin, KY; sisters, Louise Harris of Lansing, Emily McFarland of Middleburg, FL and Penny Zimmerman; beloved children, Gordon J. Wilson of Eaton Rapids, Gayla (Quentin) Colby of Woodland, Billie (James) Andjewski, Scott Wilson, Cindy (Sonny) Hartley, Doug (Beth) Wilson all of Grand Ledge, Lisa (Steve) Courser of Sunfield and Michelle (Michael) King of Leslie; 3 stepsons, Randy, Rick and William Merritt and their respective families of the greater Lansing area; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Geoffrey Boyer officiating.   Military graveside services followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing with the Edwin J. Leyanna VFW Post #671 of DeWitt conducting honors.  For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 271 Woodland Pass, Suite 110, East Lansing, MI  48823 in memory of James Russell Wilson.

 

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Marylan J. Wilson

 

   Marylan J. Wilson, 64, of Eaton Rapids died Feb. 20, 1998 at her residence.

   Mrs. Wilson was born Aug. 18, 1933, in Lansing, the daughter of Harold and Nora T. (Norris) Wilson.  She was a long time resident of Eaton Rapids and loved to fish.

   She is survived by four sisters, Audrey (Wayne) Towers of Eaton Rapids, Barbara (William) Wenzlick of Eaton Rapids; Patricia (Harold) Pierson of Mason, and Sharon (Rex) Heintzelman of Eaton Rapids; two brothers, Harold Wilson and Richard (Laurie) Wilson all of Eaton Rapids; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

   Services were Feb. 23 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with the Pastor Tom Evans officiating.  Interment followed at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation.

 

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Mary A. Wimberely

 

   Mary A. Wimberely, age 79, of Eaton Rapids, died June 2, 1998 at home.  Mary was born August 15, 1918 in Rives Junction, the daughter of Erlon James and Mary Gertrude (Luke) Burnett.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin “Pete” Wimberely in 199 and her sister, Leatha B. Alverson in 1997.

   Surviving are her daughter, Carol (Charles) Boumiea of Eaton Rapids; son, Michael (Kay) Shaw of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Leola B. Gray of Eaton Rapids and cousin, Bonnie Bodrie of Mason.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 4, 1998 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.  Interment followed at Onondaga Cemetery.

 

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Wilma B. Wing

 

   Wilma B. Wing, 97, of Bellevue died March 4, 1998.

   Mrs. Wing was born April 30, 1900, in Climax, the daughter of Frank and Carrie (Watkins) Meek.  She graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1917.  She married Howard T. Wing on April 30, 1935 at Baseline United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Wing was a member of the Baseline United Methodist Church and its Women’s Society.  she also served as Youth Group Leader and also was a 4-H leader.

   She was survived by her son, Paul T. Wing of Bellevue; four daughters, Martha Erwin of Walnut Creek, Calif., Norma Greg of Dowling, Roberta Oakley of Albion and Ardith Rutz of Marshall; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Greta Hoskins of Evergreen Manor; and niece, Ruth Nelson of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; one daughter, Mary Woldvogel; and one sister, Pearl Adams.

   Services were March 7 at the Baseline United Methodist Church, with the Pastor Glenn R. Wegner officiating.  Interment was in Bell Cemetery, Assyria Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Baseline United Methodist Church, Battle Creek.

 

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Charles B. Wixson

 

   Charles B. Wixson, 78, of Charlotte died unexpectedly on May 4, 1998.

   Mr. Wixson was born in Albion, the son of Harold and Mayta (Seifert) Wixson.  He had been a Charlotte residence since 1991 coming from Eaton Rapids.  He had been employed as a machinist at Union Steel Co., Albion, where he retired in 1982 after 35 years of service.  Mr. Wixson was a member of the Michigan Association of the Deaf both in Lansing and Battle Creek.

   He married Julia K. Andrews on Dec. 17, 1949.

   He is survived by his wife, Julia K. Wixson; two daughters, Karen Foster of Daytona, Fla. and Carol Culley of Pasco, Wash.; one son, William Oteney of Hillsdale; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Irwin “Bud” Wixson of Albion; and two sisters, Thelma Gibbs of Charlotte and Ferna Weir of Texas.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sue Ann Shepard; brother, Edward Wixson; and sister, Joan Broxholm.

   At his request, cremation has taken place.  There will be no visitation or funeral services.

   Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Alberta Womble

 

   Alberta P. Womble, formerly Avis, 81, of Charlotte entered heaven’s gates Nov. 20, 1998 surrounded by her family.

   Mrs. Womble was born Jan. 13, 1917 in Lansing.  In June, 1937 she wed Edgar Avis.  Living on their farm in West Windsor Township for over 30 years; until his death in 1973.  In 1981 she married John Womble, together enjoying winters in Fla. and summers in Mich.; until his illness and death in 1995.  Peggy as she was often called, had worked at J.C. Penney’s, J.W. Knapp’s, and finally at Sears until her retirement.  Her family remembers her as a very strong woman in the face of adversity.  She loved to fish, tend to her yard and flowers, and be with her family.  she left a legacy of love and forgiveness, harboring no bitterness, always having room at her table.

   She is survived by her four daughters, Annette Noecker of Arcadia, Fla., Terrie (Zane) Thomas of Potterville, Carolyn (Ray) Putney of Charlotte, and Natalie (Lloyd) Sharpes of Vermontville; three siblings, Lewis Arnold (Harriet) Kraner of Grand Ledge, Douglas (Barbara) Kraner of Gobles and Dorothy (Don) Woolever of Montoursville, Penn.; special friends, John and Connie Hong and family and Barbara Gibson; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

   In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Pearl Kraner; a grandson, Kendall Wilson; and four half-siblings, Fred and Ferris McMichael, Hazel Binkley, and Nellie Smith, whom she especially loved.

   Services were held Nov. 24 at Pray Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Moore from First Baptist Church officiating.  Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or First Baptist Church.

 

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Ruth S. Wood

 

   Ruth S. Wood, 92, of Charlotte died May 14, 1998, at Illa’s Tender Care A.F.C. home where she resided for about two years.

   Mrs. Wood was born in Springport, the daughter of Thomas and Oleva (Reniger) Shelton.  She had been a lifelong resident of the Lansing, Olivet and Charlotte areas.  She was a former elementary school teacher.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church UCC and its Ella Barber Circle, the Charlotte Women’s Club, and the Eaton Art League.

   She married Lawrence E. Wood of June 17, 1926.

   She is survived by her two sons, Rodney Wood of Charlotte, N.C., and Charles (Bernell) Wood of Fenton; two daughters, Marian (Robert) Johnson of Charlotte and Eleanor (Mario) Scibetta of Eric, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence.

   Services were May 16 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Mrs. Wood’s grandson, the Rev. Lawrence Wood, officiating.  Interment was in Lee Center Cemetery in Lee Township, Calhoun County.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital Project 2000 or the Molly Wood Educational Foundation.

 

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Alice E. Woodard

 

   Alice E. Woodard, 91, of Charlotte died April 29, 1998 at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.

   Mrs. Woodard was born June 4, 1906 near North Adams, the daughter of William A. and Sydney (West) Daniels.  She graduated from North Adams High School in 1922 and E.M.U., Ypsilanti in 1924.   From 1929 to 1969 she taught elementary schools in Dimondale, Mason, Millett and Charlotte.  In 1983, she married C. Earl Woodard.  Mrs. Woodard served as president of C.E.A., Eaton Co. Association of Retired School Personnel and Mary Martha Circle of the Congregational Church.  She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, Business Women’s Guild and MARSP; also the Eaton County Historical Society.

   She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Violet Daniels of North Adams and Marion Hetrick of Eaton Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl.

   Services were May 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Peter Brenner officiating.  Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be given to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or the First Congregational Church.

 

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Audrey Wright

 

   Audrey J. Wright, 10 months, of Bellevue died Oct. 13, 1998, at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   She was born Nov. 21 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Harold and Lisa (Pufpaff) Wright.

   She is survived by her parents; one brother, Benjamin; her grandparents, Gene and Virginia Colter of Bellevue, and Joyce Wright, and Pete, and Cathy, all of Traverse City; her great-grandparents, Ken and Elva Pufpaff of Bellevue, Ray and Virginia Dollison of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Gus and Arlene Simko of Allen Park.

   She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Karl Pufpaff.

   Services were Oct. 6 with Pastor Robert Homan officiating.  Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel in Bellevue.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Dewayne J. Wright

 

   Dewayne J. Wright, 73, died Sept. 9, 1998, at his farm home in Kalamo Township, Vermontville, where he had lived for 47 years.

   Mr. Wright was born in Chester Township Oct. 10, 1924, the son of Don and Veda (Larabee) Wright.  He was a 1942 graduate of Charlotte High School and a veteran of World War II, with the 2nd Armored Division.  He was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, from 1949 to 1950 and with the Korean Conflict from 1951-52 with the 196th Infantry at Camp Carson, Colo.  He married Barbara Boyd Sept. 12, 1950, at Angola, Ind.  He retired from Fisher Body in Lansing in 1977 after 30 years of service.

   He was a past member of the Michigan Pony Pullers’ Association and Michigan Dynamometer Horse Pullers.  He was also a member of the South Dakota 196th Regimental Combat Team Association.

   He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four daughters, Linda (Mike) Kenyon of Nashville, Debra Wright of Spring Lake, and Cindy (Rick) Rochester and Denise (Randy) Kendra, both of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Sarah and Patrick Kenyon, Ross and Kirby Rochester, and Eli, Zachary, and Lexi Kendra; four sisters, Betty (Vern) Gilding and Esther (Raymond) Grant, both of Charlotte, Phyllis (Stanley) Bothwell of Fountain, and Patty (Max) Butler of Eaton Rapids; two brothers, Wendall (Dema) of Vermontville and Larry (Patti) of Charlotte; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Ray) Harper of Charlotte and Alice (Paul) Edwards of Grand Ledge; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, J. Patrick Kenyon; and two brothers, Carroll and Lester.

   Services were Sept. 12 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.  Interment was in the Kalamo Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry County Hospice.

 

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Marion Wright

 

   Marion Wright, 79, of Woodland, died Oct. 24, 1998.

   Mrs. Wright was born Feb. 26, 1919, in Eaton County, the daughter of Ben and Sarah (Taylor) Butler.  She and her husband, Bill, owned and operated The Lounge and Bill’s Bar in Charlotte.

   She is survived by two daughters, Vivian (Donald) Schultz and Connie (James) Garrison, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, June (Richard) King of Charlotte; and two sisters-in-law, Elaine Butler of Grand Ledge and Wanda Butler of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” in 1988; and three brothers, Thomas Butler, William Butler, and Phillip Butler.

   Services were Oct. 28 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Carl Litchfield officiating.  Interment was as Center Eaton Cemetery in Eaton County.

 

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Phyllis K. Yeomans

 

   Phyllis K. Yeomans, 80, of Bellevue died May 26, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Yeomans was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Bellevue, to Earl and Lucy (Taylor) Kelly.  She graduated from Bellevue High School and Cleary Business College.  She was employed at the U.S. Post Office in Bellevue for 20 years, retiring in 1978.  She married Myrl N. Yeomans on June 16, 1940.  Mrs. Yeomans was a long-time member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church and its Esther Circle.  She was also a member of Bellevue Good Samaritans and the Chatter Club.

   She is survived by her husband, Myrl of Bellevue; one daughter, Sharene Wilbur of Bellevue; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by one son, Barry Alan Yeomans.

   Services were May 28 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church, Bellevue, with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.  Arrangements were made by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church.

 

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Adina Yerkes

 

   Adina Yerkes, 90, of Charlotte died Feb. 15, 1998 at her home.  She had been cared for by her granddaughter, Belinda.

   Mrs. Yerkes was born March 29, 1907, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of John and Emma (Neilson) Seurbom.  She was a member of the Northwest Carmel Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church in Charlotte.  She enjoyed crafts and gardening.

   She is survived by her son, William (Carol) Yerkes of Charlotte; daughter, Shelby J. Rowan of Bryan, Texas; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Arthur Seurbom of Chicago, Ill.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Yerkes.

   Services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Geneva Young

 

   Geneva (Flick, Lewis) Young, 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep June 23, 1998, after a long illness.

   A native of Ohio, she graduated from Kent State College, taught in the Ohio school system, and married the Rev. E. Lewis.  After his death, she and a stepson, Robert Lewis, moved to Michigan.  She became a social worker in the Macomb and Eaton County areas, and moved to Charlotte.  She married J.P. Young in 1952.  After his death, she remained in Charlotte until moving to a Delaware retirement center several years ago.

   Surviving are stepson Everett (Irene) Young; stepdaughter, Ellen (Vaughn) Hill; step grandchildren, Kathleen (Kim) Snyder and Everett (Pamela) Hill; and stepson, Robert Lewis in Florida.  The Hill and Snyder families reside in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.  She also is survived by great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews in Florida and Ohio.  Louise (Jim) Hogan preceded her in death two years ago.

   Mrs. Young was a longstanding member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, its choir, and Deborah Circle.  She also was a member of the Business Women’s Guild.

   Memorial services and burial were at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, Del., 19806.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made there or to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church here.

   A chapel memorial will be July 10 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

 

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Julia (Patrick) Young

 

   Julia (Patrick) Young, 92, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died March 1, 1998 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Young was born in Perry County, Ken., the daughter of Hamilton Kearny and Genoa Bell (Haney) Patrick.  She moved to the Charlotte/Lansing area in 1943 and had been a Lansing resident for over 36 years.  She was a member of the Gospel Assembly Church in Lansing.

   She is survived by six sons, Carl (Doris) Young of Charlotte, Rev. Cline (Joan) Young of Lansing, Claude (Ollie) Young of Charlotte, Jim (Sue) Young of Holt, Clyde Young of Lansing and Harlan (Sharon) Young, Jr. of Charlotte; four daughters, Lena Peterson and Margaret Ewing both of Charlotte, Pat (Jerry) Staley of Carson City and Virginia (Melvin) Gosnell of Grand Ledge; 32 grandchildren; and over 70 great-grandchildren & great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lillie Campbell of Virginia.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Young.

   Services were March 4 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Robert E. Young

 

   Robert E. Young, 83, of Jackson, formerly of Olivet and Nashville, died June 7, 1998, at his residence after a long illness.

   Mr. Young was born in Portland, Ore., the son of Elmer and Nina (Hicks) Young.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  He was a life member of the Nashville Lodge 255 F&AM, VFW Post 8260 in Nashville and a former 1OOF member.  He married Winifred Rennard on Jan. 6, 1944, in Skipton, Yorkshire, England.

   He is survived by his wife, Winifred; two sons, Robert A. Young of Romulus and James E. Young of Munith; one daughter, Martha A. Wolfe of Wayne; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Harrington of Marshall and Esther (Stanley) Horn of Charlotte; and one brother, Earl “Mike” Young of Springport.

   He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald E. Young; and two brothers, Joseph Young and William Young.

   Services were June 11 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Ethel Stears officiating.  Interment was in Lee Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Jackson County.

 

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Melvin C. Yerxa

 

   Melvin C. Yerxa, age 67, of Mecosta, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, September 11, 1998.  Born February 20, 1931, in Detroit the youngest of 5 children born to Guy and Esther (Lettlefield) Yerxa.  Mel was a member of the Michigan National Guard and served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.  He married Joyce Twichell during his military career at Ft. Gordon, Georgia and on September 1st of this year celebrated 47 years of marriage.  Mel retired from General Motors in Lansing after 30 years of service and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652 of Lansing.  Upon retirement they moved to their home in Mescosta and had lived there 12 years.  After retirement he was active in Square Dancing, joining the Chippewa Chiefs & Squaws Square Dancing Club, an accomplished woodworker and musician who loved hunting and fishing and had a Jewelry Business setting and cutting stones he had found along his many travels.  Preceding him in death are his parents and 4 siblings, LeRoy, Felton and Phillip Yerxa and Florence Hunter.

   Surviving are his wife Joyce; son, Steven (Rose) Yerxa of Lynnville, TN; and daughter, Pam (Ron) Morrow of Girard, IL; 8 grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Yerxa of Eaton Rapids, brother-in-law, Floyd Hunter of Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 15th at 1:00 p.m. from Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Marty DeBow of the Robbins United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment to follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.  Casket bearers are Steven Yerxa, Ron Morrow, William Morrow, Joe Yerxa, Dick Taylor and Jason Burgess, honorary bearers are, Steven Morrow and Cecil Burgess.  For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 271 Woodland Pass, Suite 110, East Lansing MI  48823-2060 in memory of Melvin C. Yerxa.

 

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Richard Zeis

 

   Richard Zeis, 62, of Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Charlotte, died Oct. 26, 1998.  Mr. Zeis was born March 1, 1936 the son of Ralph and Clara Zeis.

   He is survived by his wife, Stella; three children and three grandchildren, all of Amarillo; a sister, Helen Albin and a niece, Judy Liepins of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dora Mitchell and Dorothy Versluis Blain; and a brother, Lester.

   Services were held in Amarillo, Texas, Oct. 30, 1998.

 

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Donald Zimmer

 

   Donald E. Zimmer, 58, of Charlotte, died Dec. 21, 1998 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Zimmer was born in Ypsilanti, the son of Chester and Wanda (Bartuzal) Zimmer and has been a Charlotte resident since 1967 coming from Lansing.  He was a self-employed attorney and involved in private law practice in Charlotte since 1966.  He was a 1958 graduate of Belleville High School, 1962 graduate of Michigan State University, 1965 graduate of Wayne State University Law School, and was a Michigan Supreme Court Law Clerk for Justice Harry Kelley from 1965-66.  He was also an assistant Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney from 1966-68 and elected the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, serving from 1968-72.  He was a member and past president of both the Eaton County Bar Association and Michigan Tree Farm Association.

   He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Robson); two daughters, Gwendolyn (Dr. David) Freestone of Ithaca and Jennifer Zimmer of Battle Creek; one son, Donald (Beth) of Vancouver, British Columbia; one grandson, Caleb Freestone; his mother, Wanda Zimmer of Belleville; two brothers, Robert (Helen) of Burt Lake and Richard (Lillian) of Belleville; and one sister, Treva (Tim) Bazzett of Odenton, MD.  He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Zimmer.

   Services were Dec. 24 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Z. William Colson, Judge Thomas Eveland and Attorney William Davis officiating.  Interment was in the Tyler Cemetery, Belleville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Community Foundation Donald E. Zimmer Fund.

 

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Sheila Zimmer

 

   Sheila M. Zimmer, 53, of Maumee St. Jonesville, MI, died Wednesday, October 28, 1998, at her home.  She was born November 25, 1944, in Charlotte, MI, to Lemel H. and Clarise E. (Lipsey) Rhodes.  Sheila graduated from Charlotte High School and Central Michigan University.  On August 24, 1968, she married Richard J. Zimmer in Marne, MI, and her survives.  Sheila retired from teaching after many years, at the Emily Williams Elementary School in Jonesville.  She was also a member of the Delta Capa Gama Retired Teachers Association.  In addition to her husband Richard, she is survived by one daughter, Katrina Bower and her husband Craig of Jonesville, MI, one son, Nicolaus Zimmer and his wife Skarleth of Honduras, one sister, Judy Silvis and her husband Don of Lowell, MI, one brother, David Rhodes and his wife Barbara of Charlotte, MI.  She was preceded in death by her parents.  Funeral services were held Saturday, October 31, 1998, at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Jonesville, with Rev. Nelson Ray & Rev. Riva Hawke officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Hillsdale or the American Cancer Society.

 

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Obituaries compiled by Marlena Arras

From the Charlotte Shopping Guide

June 2001