2001 OBITUARIES

 

 

CHARLOTTE SHOPPING GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Shopping Guide, Inc.

239 South Cochran

Charlotte, Michigan 48813


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiled by:

 

April Shaver

January 24, 2007

 

 


 

William J. Ackley

 

   William Joseph Ackley, 44, of Haslett, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001 after a long struggle with diabetes.

   Mr. Ackley was born Feb. 17, 1957 in Lansing, the son of Harry and Jessie (Grandmason) Ackley. He was a press operator for Eaton Technologies in Eaton Rapids, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved to play the guitar.

   He is survived by son, Christopher (Paula) Ackley of Charlotte; daughter, Bethany Ackley of Muskegon; grandchildren, William and Adriana Ackley; and sisters, Karen (Jack) Faught of Charlotte and Pam Pearson of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Owen Clifford Adams

 

   Owen Clifford Adams, age 81 of Springport, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001. Owen was born August 7, 1919 in Springport Township the son of Don Oscar and Flossie May (Shorter) Adams. Mr. Adams was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army and was employed with Albion Malleable. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and 2 sons, Dale and Harold.

   Surviving are 4 daughter, Beverly E. (Tom) Shong of Rives Junction, Alice E. (Roy) Robinson of Texas, Margaret E. (Jon) Heflin of Springport, Sharon K. (Hank) Hoover of DeWitt; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 1 sister, Donna Schultz of Springport.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 31, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Bob Doner officiating. Interment followed at Pope Church Cemetery, Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Owen C. Adams.

 

                                   

 

 

Betty A. Albrecht

 

   Betty Ann Albrecht, 68, of Bellevue, died Dec. 18, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Albrecht was born April 26, 1933 to Albert and Elizabeth (Sleeper) Fleming in Battle Creek. She graduated from Climax High School and worked in the accounting department for American Marsha Pumps for several years. She married James Albrecht on Aug. 31, 1957; he survives. She and her husband delivered the Battle Creek Enquirer on a motor route for over 10 years.

   She is survived by daughter, Christine Albrecht of Marshall; grandsons, Jesse Albrecht and Dylan Albrecht-Cook of Marshall; one great-grandson, Anthony Albrecht of Marshall; and brother, Charles Fleming of Climax.

   Graveside services were held Dec. 21 at Austin Cemetery, Convis Township, with Pastor Herbert Rayburn of Dexter Lake Church officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy Allen

 

   Dorothy (Lux) Allen, 81, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Allen was born Aug. 2, 1920 in Marshall, the daughter of Harry and May Bayley, and had been a resident of the Eaton Rapids / Charlotte area since 1956. She was a 1938 graduate of Marshall High School, a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte and a former member of the Rebekahs.

   She is survived by her children, Lynne (Bob) Kimmel, Richard Lux and Barbara (Garry) Bruce, all of Charlotte, and Robert (Jo Hall) Lux of Grand Ledge; step-children, Bruce (Kathy) Allen and Judy (Carl) Pearson, both of Florida, and Barbara Allen of Illinois; eight grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; brother, George “Bud” Bayley of Marshall; and sister, Pauline Smee of Kentucky.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Donald Lux in 1965 and Lyle Allen in 2000.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg of St. John’s Episcopal Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Health Department Hospice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Patty D. Allen

 

   Patty Dale Allen, 57, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001.

   Mrs. Allen was born July 3, 1944, in Charlotte, the daughter of Eldon Stahr and Helen Powers Stahr. She was a general operator for Tenneco Automotive, and a member of the Grace Community Church in Nashville.

   She is survived by her husband, Bruce Allen; daughter, Cheril (Michael) Smith of Charlotte; son, Steven Steward of Vermontville; stepson, Clayton Allen of Potterville; three grandchildren, Robert, Carson and Kirsten Dalelynne; brother, Randy (Gloria) Rolfe of Charlotte; sisters, Dixie (Edwin) Collier of Olivet; father, Eldon Stahr of Kalamo; father-in-law, Karl (B.J.) Allen of Florida; and sister-in-law, Susan Allen of California.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 29 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Don Roscoe officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Church Building Fund; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

  

                                   

 

 

Phyllis L. Allerding

 

   Phyllis Lee Allerding, 68, of Cadillac, formerly of Hasting, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac.

   Mrs. Allerding was born July 25, 1933 in Hastings, the daughter of Glendon and Margaret (Barnhart) Silsbee.

   She graduated from Hastings High School in 1951, and married Theodore Dec. 21, 1957.

   She worked for Hastings Manufacturing Co., Ben Franklin Store, managed 1 hr. Martinizing, and worked for Baby Bliss in Nashville and Middleville for 22 years, retiring in 1988. She loved to sew, crochet and gardening.

   She is survived by her husband, Ted Allerding of Cadillac; daughters, Phyllis (Jack) Dawson of Cadillac, Teddy (John) Lancaster of Hastings, Ruby (Steve) Heinrich of Jessup, Pa., Gerrie Cochran of Hastings, Jackie (Jim) Lancaster; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; half brother, Pete Silsbee of Hastings; sister-in-law, Virginia Silsbee of Hastings; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by brother, Russell Silsbee, and a sister, Roberta Silsbee.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, with Rev. Alvin Yates officiating. Interment was at Fuller Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings.

 

                                   

 

 

Millie N. Ambler

 

   Millie Ambler, 88, formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 9, 2001 at the home of Judy and Dave in Corrales N.M. after suffering a stroke from which she did not recover. She was surrounded by family, including a special nephew, Layle Smith of Ewing, N.J.

   Mrs. Ambler was born Mildred Naomi House on June 29, 1912, the daughter of Henry and Mary Ellen House of Farwell. She was one of ten children, only one of whom – June Jones Fairview – survives. She graduated from Central Michigan University with honors and later received a master’s degree from Michigan State University. In 1931 she married Walter Thurow of Scottville, and their careers in agriculture and education took them to Fairview and Copemish, as well as to Charlotte and Au Gres. The couple had four children, the first of whom, Virginia, died at birth. In Charlotte, Mrs. Ambler taught seventh grade, and in Au Gres she taught math, science and journalism. She later moved back to the Charlotte Public School System to become a high school counselor. She retired in 1972 and married Fred Ambler of Brooklyn. The couple split their time between Michigan and Florida for several years until moving permanently to Venice, Fla., in 1982. Fred died in 1990, and in 1999, Mrs. Ambler moved to New Mexico where she lived independently until the last week of her life.

   She is survived by countless relatives who live throughout the United States.

   Cremation has taken place and the ashes will be scattered by her children. Friends and family of Mrs. Ambler are invited to share in a memorial celebration of her life Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Sue Miller of Ovid. Co-hosting will be Millie’s other children and their spouses including Judy Anderson, John and Joanne Thurow, Willard Verdun and Dave Goldstein. For further information and directions to the memorial celebration, call (989) 834-5711.

   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the hospice organization of one’s choice.

 

                                   

 

 

Bettie M. Ammerman

 

   Bettie Mae Ammerman, 79, of Bellevue, formerly of Toledo, died Dec. 16, 2001 at home.

   Mrs. Ammerman was born Aug. 26, 1922, the daughter of Pearl and Marie (Houseman) Hogston in Van Buren, Ind. She worked as a waitress in restaurants in Toledo, and married Robert Ammerman in 1960; he died in June 2000. She is survived by daughters, Sandra Hawkins of Bellevue, Connie St. John of Muncie, Ind., and Patricia Crampton of Florida; and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   No services will be held. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Timothy J. Ammon

 

   Timothy J. Ammon, 28, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. Mr. Ammon was born May 17, 1973 in Lansing, the son of David and Donna (Randell) Ammon, and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1991 graduate of Charlotte High School and had attended Lansing Community College and Saginaw Valley State University. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed mechanical things, studying the Bible and his Christian faith. He was employed as a truck driver for CCX of Mason. He is survived by his parents, David and Donna (Randell) Ammon of Charlotte; brother, James Ammon of Lansing; grandparents, Jacob and June Randell of Washington; aunt and uncles, Martha and Ray Lawrence of Charlotte, Roberta Johnson of Arizona, Gary and Patsy LaBree, Tim and Kathy Randell, and Joe and Joanie Randell, all of Washington. Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Jerry Slivensky officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial donations may be made to Ariel Ministries. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Emma Adelia Anderson

 

   Emma Adelia Anderson, age 89 of Springport, died Thursday, March 29, 2001 in Charlotte. She was born March 28, 1912 in Hamlin Township, the daughter of Robert and Cora (Fowler) Cockroft. Mrs. Anderson was a telephone operator for the Springport Telephone Company and formerly worked for Hoag Book Binding in Springport. She was a former member of the Griffith United Methodist Church. Preceding her in death were her husband Alvin; son, Richard; and two grandsons, Richard Lee (Ricky) and John Eric.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Virginia (George) Schmidt of Springport and Nancy (Calvin) Helzerman of Barryton; daughter-in-law, Greta Anderson of Battle Creek; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ivan (Ruth) Cockroft of Springport and L.J. Cockroft of Cleveland, OH; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, April 2, 2001 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. David Litchfield of the Springport United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial followed in the Springport Cemetery in Springport. Memorial gifts can be made to the Springport United Methodist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Leta A. Andrews

 

   Leta A. Andrews, 82, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at the Tendercare West Nursing Home in Lansing after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Andrews was born Oct. 29, 1918, in Albion, the daughter of Harold and Mayta (Seifert) Wixson, and had been a Charlotte resident since coming from Marshall in 1946. She was the retired owner/operator of the Yarn Shop and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, both in Charlotte. She had been a member of the American Legion and the Shrimp Boat Museum Club, both in Texas, and a member of the Horizon Club in Charlotte.

   She is survived by a daughter, Alice “Terri” Boyd of Dimondale; three sons, Michael (Lois) Flynn of Charlotte, Vernerd “Bill” (Pat) Andrews of Dimondale, and Donald (Natalie) Andrews of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Irwin “Bud” Wixson of Albion; and two sisters, Thelma Gibbs of Charlotte and Ferna Weir of Killeen, Texas.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, James Flynn in 1945 and Vernerd Andrews in 1980; sister, Joanne (Kenneth) Broxholm; and brothers, Ed and Charles Wixson.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was held March 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Jean L. Anciola

 

   Jean L. Anciola, age 73 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, September 28, 2001 in Lansing. Jean was born November 5, 1927 in Lansing, the daughter of Harold Alexander and Wilma Fern (Herrick) Kowalk. She was employed as a cook at the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center for many years. Mrs. Anciola was preceded in death by her husband, Rosendo Alvino Anciola; 2 sisters, Joan Traylor, Jerrene Tripp; and 3 brothers, Dale, Russell and Gaylord Kowalk.

   Surviving are her 8 children, Kenneth (Dorothea) Kowalk, Gretchen (Roy) Kunkel, Brian (Kris) Miller, James (Carolyn) Miller all of Eaton Rapids, Deborah (Craig) McDermott of Charlotte, Kurt Miller of Springport, Barrie (Stan) Latoski of Eaton Rapids, Yolanda Anciola of Springport; 21 grandchildren; sister, Jeannette Merwin of Leslie and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, October 1, 2001, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating.

 

                                   

 

 

David N. Ashley

 

   David N. Ashley, 71, of Battle Creek, died Oct. 12, 2001 at his home.

   Mr. Ashley was born Sept. 6, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Wilson and Minnie Ashley. He worked as a waste treatment officer at Corning Glass Works in Albion, and in maintenance for the Battle Creek Public Schools. He retired in 1993. Mr. Ashley married Alice Irene Biggs on Aug. 30, 1952. He served as union steward at Battle Creek Public Schools, and enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as woodworking.

   He is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters, Penny Lambka of Springport and Debra Pena of Bishop, Texas; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a brother, Carl Ashley of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.

   Services were held Oct. 18 at the Olivet Assembly of God, with Rev. Doug Hammond officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Olivet Assembly of God. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

 

                                   

 

 

William W. Babcock

 

   William Wallace Babcock, 75, of Battle Creek, died March 8, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System-Select Specialty Hospital.

   Mr. Babcock was born May 6, 1925, in Bellevue, the son of Wallace and Clara (Vahs) Babcock. He graduated from Bellevue High School, and worked for General Foods, Post Division, for 38 years. He was a member of BPOE #131, and he loved music and animals.

   He is survived by his sister, Dora (Fred) Nelson of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law, Lucille Babcock of Florida; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Margaret Hastings of Battle Creek. He was preceded in death by brothers, Christian and Walter Babcock, and sisters, Rhonda Colton and Beulah Lind.

   Services were held March 12 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Milton H. Backofen

 

   Milton H. Backofen, 78, of South Haven, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at the Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, Florida, after a short illness.

   Mr. Backofen was born in Eaton Rapids, the son of Royal and Fannie (Harris) Backofen, and lived most of his life in Eaton County before moving to Bloomingdale and then South Haven. He had worked as a self-employed machinist, and later worked for the Aluminum Extrusions Company in Charlotte. He attended school in Olivet and Charlotte, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member and past patron of the Charlotte OES, was a past master of the Charlotte Lodge #120 F. & A.M., was commander of the Charlotte Commandery, a past president of the Eaton County Shrine Club, and past president and long-time secretary of the Charlotte Lions Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Ellen (Farlin) Backofen; three daughters, Judy Ellen (Charles) Ball of Allegan, Linda Sue (Allen) Crawford of South Haven, and Nancy Jo (Kenneth) Lynam of Dunedin, Fla.; and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Myrna M. Baddeley

 

   Myrna M. Baddeley, 85, of Bellevue, died July 30, 20001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Baddeley was born March 4, 1916, the daughter of Alva and Marietta (Dibble) Kinsey. She graduated from Bellevue High School and worked as a waitress at the Post Tavern Inn for 20 years. She married Clayton “Smokey” Baddeley of Oct. 7, 1947 at the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek; he died Dec. 31, 1993. Mrs. Baddeley was a member of OES and enjoyed traveling.

   She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Willis Kinsey, and sister Fern Smith.

   Services were held Aug. 2 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Stephen Covert officiating. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold Bailey

 

   Harold “Pete” Bailey, 69, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

   Mr. Bailey was born Aug. 28, 1932 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the son of Harold and Harriet (Bush) Bailey, and was raised by his grandmother and step-grandfather. He was a lifelong Bellevue area resident. Mr. Bailey was a U.S. Army veteran and had been employed as a machinist by the Grand Trunk Railroad, from where he retired in 1985 after 17 years of service. He was married to his first wife, Vivian Ormsbee in 1952.

   He is survived by his wife, Coral Bailey; three sons, Harold “Ike” (Odie) Bailey of Battle Creek, Gary (Diane) Bailey and Joe (Linda) Bailey, both of Bellevue; four step-daughters, Judy Jarman of Nashville, Janet Abbott of Bellevue, Leslea Boyd of Marshall and Connie Underwood of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank and Buddy Bailey, both of Battle Creek; and a sister, Joan Hensley of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Loren Bailey; and a sister, Vonnie Kimbel.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Bellevue Conservation Club.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Fire Department for a thermal imaging camera. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Greene Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Marianna Baker

 

   Marianna (Nulf) Baker, 79, of Olivet, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at the home of her daughter in Vermontville after an extended illness. Mrs. Baker was born Nov. 28, 1921 in Geraldine, Mont., the daughter of Grover and Ethel (Kistler) Nulf, and was a lifelong Olivet-area resident. She had been employed by the former Wilcox-Gay/Recordio Corporation in Charlotte, and was a cook at the former Olivet Truck Stop Restaurant. She was married to Roger Baker on Nov. 10, 1945; he preceded her in death Dec. 2, 1983. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara (Robert) Dickinson of Vermontville; one son, Dan “Dick” (Kathy) Baker of Grayling; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; two sons, Donovan “Butch” Hotchkiss on May 18, 1972 and David Baker on March 5, 2001; sister, Delpha Anderson; and three brothers, Grover “Bud” Nulf Jr., Kenneth Nulf and Ray Nulf. Funeral services were held June 16 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Daniel Smith officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry-Eaton Health Department Hospice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Gerald E. Bandfield

 

   Gerald E. “Jerry” Bandfield, 73, of Nashville, died Sunday, April 22, 2001 in Dothan, Alabama.

   Mr. Bandfield was born Aug. 31, 1927 in Detroit, the son of John and Mary (Battle) Bandfield. He was raised in the Charlotte area, and attended area schools, graduating from Nashville schools. He served in the U.S. Navy from April 1945 to May 1948 and married Ethel VanGoethem in Charlotte in 1949. Mr. Bandfield was employed at Maple Valley High School as a custodian for 17 years, and owned and operated Jerry’s Tavern in Nashville for six years. He also served on the Nashville Fire Department in the 1960’s. He was a member of the Nashville VFW, serving as senior vice. He wintered in Bushnell, Florida, enjoying small engine and lawn mower repair, and watching sports.

   He is survived by his wife, Ethel of Nashville; son, Jeffery (fiancé, Gwen Boone) of Lansing; brothers, John (Carole) of Charlotte, Bill (Joan) of Vanderbilt, Bob (Phyllis) of Howell, and Sam (Ruth) of Six Lakes; sister, John Walker of Florida; sister-in-law, Joan (Dale) Pratt; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a son, James.

   Services were held April 27 at The Maple Valley Chapel, with Rev. Ward Pierce officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam Library or Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Arrangement s by Maple Valley Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

John E. Bandfield

 

   John “Jack” Edwin Bandfield, 76, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2001.

   Mr. Bandfield was born Aug. 14, 1924 in Detroit, the son of John Wesley and Mary (Battles) Bandfield. He was the manager of Eaton Theatre for 30 years, and a school bus driver for 13 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in both the Navy and Marine Corps.

   He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carole; two step-sons, Steve and Don Shults; four children, Corien (Charles) White, Jackie (Alan) Sinclair, Linda Bandfield and Mary Bandfield; nine grandchildren; brothers, Robert Bandfield of Howell, Sam Bandfield of Six Lakes and William Bandfield of Vanderbuilt; and a sister, Joane of Florida.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Bandfield. Funeral services were held June 1 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Father Denis Spitzley officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Lillian Elaine Barlow

 

   Lillian Elaine Barlow, age 57 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, October 10, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Lillian Elaine was born February 23, 1944 in War, West Virginia, the daughter of Harry Lee and Ruth Lucile (West) Barlow. She was formerly employed at Eaton Stamping and was currently a receptionist at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

   Surviving are her daughter, Penny Lee Unger-McMaster of Potterville; son, Richard Dale Medcoff of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren Daryle and Crystal McMaster; 1 great-granddaughter, Valerie McMaster; close and special friend, Wilbur O. Robertson of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Daniel and Donald Seigo; 6 sisters, Cora King, Harriett Dash, Connie Vilk, Debra Love, Denise Branch, Teresa Forbush; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Sunday, October 14, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Scott Boles of the Eaton Rapids First Baptist Church officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to the First Baptist Church in memory of Lillian Elaine Barlow.

 

                                   

 

 

Maria Barrera

 

   Maria DeLos Reyes Tirado Barrera, 91, of Charlotte died Sunday, April 29, 2001.

   Mrs. Barrera was born Nov. 10, 1909 in Escacena Del Campo, Spain, the daughter of Manuel Tirado Pichardo and Mercedes Barrera Pichardo.

   She is survived by daughter, Ana Maria (Bernard) Stambaugh; two grandsons, Bernard Russell Stambaugh, Joseph Anthony Stambaugh; two great-grandchildren, Meggin and Anthony Stambaugh; two nieces and one nephew in Spain.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Ana, and a brother, Antonio.

   Funeral mass was held May 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice or St. Mary Catholic Church. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

 

Ronald D. Barrett

 

   Ronald D. Barrett, 60, of Potterville, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, after a long illness.

   Mr. Barrett was born Feb. 14, 1941 in Vermontville, the son of Russell “Red” and Agnes (Palik) Barrett and was a lifelong area resident. He was a long-time employee of Fowlers/Team One Chevrolet & Oldsmobile in Charlotte.

   He is survived by two daughters, Tracey (Derrick) Lashley of Charlotte and Marcey (fiancé, Ronnie Burton) Barrett of Georgetown, Ky; six grandchildren, Kailie, Lindsey, Britney, Briana, Joanna and Tyler; one sister, Shirlee Kobiska of Holt; two nieces and two nephews; and numerous special friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Edwin L. Bassett

 

   Edwin L. Bassett, 79, of Pennfield Township, died Aug. 2, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Bassett was born June 8, 1922 to Leroy and Rhoda (Karcher) Bassett in Freeport. He worked as a pressman at General Motors in Lansing, and Eaton Manufacturing in Battle Creek, as a tree trimmer for the city of Battle Creek, and for Consumer’s Energy. He married Phyllis Face in 1945; she survives. Mr. Bassett was a member of the VFW in Nashville and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, car racing, motorcycles, horse racing and the dog races.

   He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; brother, Donald Bassett of Bellevue; seven nieces and nine nephews.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Keith and Richard Bassett.

   Private graveside services were held at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris M. O’Hearn Bates

 

   Doris May O’Hearn Bates, 80, of Torch Lake, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001.

   She was born March 4, 1921 in Watertown, N.Y.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Olive (Benson) O’Hearn, and her younger brother, Frank William Jr. (Sonny), who died in World War II.

   Doris’ life experiences exemplified her generation. A child of the depression, she worked in defense industries during World War II. She met her husband William while he was stationed at the Naval Hospital at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard in New York. After the war, William and Doris chose a naval career. They retired to Torch Lake in 1969.

   Doris was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

   She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William Bates; her daughter Patricia (Paul) Roush of Charlotte; her grandson Wade Roush and his partner Kevin Park of San Francisco; and her grandson Jamie Roush and his wife Jen Athey of Fairbanks, Alaska.

   A graveside service will be held Sunday, May 26, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery in Torch Lake Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Lake Township Library, P.O. Box 397, Central Lake, MI 49622, or to the Leukemia Society of America, Michigan Chapter, 21617 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080-2254.

   Arrangements were made by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

 

                                   

 

 

A. Dale Baum

 

   A. Dale Baum, 90, of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 in Lady Lake Specialty Care Nursing Home, Lady Lake, Fla.

   Mr. Baum was born Oct. 31, 1910 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the son of Andrew and Etta (Eaton) Baum and lived most of his life in Charlotte prior to moving to Florida in 1989. He graduated from Charlotte High School and owned and operated Baum’s Standard Service Station in Charlotte for 46 years. He served as a bailiff in the Eaton County court system. He was a life member of Charlotte Lodge #120 F.&A.M and the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. He is survived by daughter, Phyllis (Walt) Deuster of Lady Lake, Fla.; son, Jerry (Diane) Baum of Charlotte; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his wife, Magdalen (Campbell) Baum on April 6, 2001; brother, Charles Baum; and sisters, Esther Williams and Addie King.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or Charlotte Lodge #120 F.&A.M Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Magdalen K. Baum

 

   Magdalen K. (Campbell) Baum, 87, of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, April 6, 2001 in the Lady Lake Specialty Care Nursing Home in Lady Lake, Fla.

   Mrs. Baum was born April 28, 1913 in Jackson, the daughter of Clayton and Martha (Jantzen) Campbell and lived most of her life in Charlotte prior to moving to Florida ion 1989. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, attended Eaton County Normal, and taught school for a short time in the rural school system in the Charlotte area. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and the Charlotte Order of Eastern Star #218.

   She is survived by her husband, A. Dale Baum; daughter, Phyllis (Walt) Deuster of Lady Lake, Fla.; son, Jerry (Diane) Baum of Charlotte; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and two nieces.

   She was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Baribeau, and a brother, Kent Campbell.

   Funeral services were held April 11 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Reva Baxter

 

   Reva (Boyer) Baxter, 96, of Grand Ledge, passed away May 5, 2001 in her home.

   Mrs. Baxter was born March 21, 1905 in Roxand Township, the daughter of Owen and Bertha (Earl) Boyer. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Grand Ledge, the Blue Star Mothers, Grand Ledge “Ledges Livlies,” Grand Ledge Senior Center, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, and the Evening Belle’s Circle.

   She is survived by her daughters, Norma Marshall of Portland, Ore., and Carolee (Gary) Hart of Grand Ledge; sons, Vaughn (Harriet), Stanley and Larry, all of Grand Ledge; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Herman (Bea) Boyer; sister-in-law, Florence (Bob) Frayer; brother-in-law, Al Boucher; cousin, Doris Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Lyle; grandson, David; sisters, Leta Boucher and Betty Boyer; and son-in-law, Albert Marshall.

   Funeral services were held May 9 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Rev. John Baumgartner and Pastor Douglas Marshall (grandson) officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eaton Community Hospice, or the Grand Ledge Senior Center. Arrangements by Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

 

                                   

 

 

Joanie Beckwith

 

   Joanie Beckwith, age 66 of Parrish, Florida, passed Thursday, July 26, 2001 peacefully at home. She was born January 17, 1935, the daughter of Andrew and Stacia Frink. She retired from the Michigan State Police after 15 years of services and was owner of First Corporate Air Private Charter Company of Michigan. She was a member of Church on the Rock, National Rifle Association, Aircraft Pilot and owners Association, and was a certified private pilot. Joanie enjoyed life to its fullest, including flying, fast cars, adventure and a great appreciation of jazz music. She leaves behind many dear friends associated with each of these passions.

   Preceded in death by eldest son, Robert Allen Mitchell, she is survived by son, Garrison (Wendy) Mitchell and children Terra, Matthew, Chad and Dylan of Onondaga; daughter Kathleen Hackney of Florida; grandsons, Theodore and Ian Hackney of California; granddaughter Jennifer Mitchell of Lansing; many brothers and sisters, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

   She will be greatly missed, but remembered by her beauty, smile, big heart and the hugs she gave so freely.

   Memorial services were held Sunday, July 29, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Mansion Chapel, Ellenton, Florida. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to Church on the Rock, 1401 14th Ave. West, Palmetto, FL 34221 in memory of Joanie Beckwith.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris J. Beers

 

   Doris J. Beers, 64, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Beers was born Nov. 29, 1937 in Beechbluff, Tenn., the daughter of Samuel and Clemie Mae (Walker) Mattox. She was employed by several area restaurants, including the Hillcrest Restaurant in Marshall and the Tekon Restaurant in Tekonsha. She owned and operated the Country Style Restaurant in Bellevue from 1986 to 1992. Mrs. Beers enjoyed fishing, gambling, collecting knick-knacks, cooking, and especially Christmas time. She married Harold Beers on May 16, 1970; he survives.

   She is survived by son, Robert (Vera) Beers of Olivet and Jodi (Trevor) Madry of Convis Township; two grandchildren; and brother, Robert Mattox of Mason.

   She was preceded in death by a brother and five sisters.

   Memorial services were held Dec. 13 at Olivet Assembly of God, with Pastor Doug Hammond officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen Louise Belfiori

 

   Helen Louise Belfiori, age 69 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, April 27, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. She was born October 4, 1931 in Detroit, the daughter of George Anthony and Ethel Sarah Jane (Boden) Palmer. Helen’s family was her life and she opened her heart to others through volunteering with the Foster Grandparents Program. Knowingly, Helen entered into an Alzheimers Research Study (the Galantamine Study approved in March 2001 for Public use) for the benefit of others. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Belfiori, brother, John Palmer and her daughter, Evelyn Ruth Belfiori.

   Surviving are her 6 children, Joseph Belfiori of Eaton Rapids, Valerie (Thomas) Kunkel of Eaton Rapids, Maria (Paul) Clos of White Lake Twp., Carl Belfiori II of Ionia, Louise (Eric) Ahlteen of Galena, Ohio, Gina Belfiori of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren, Jeffrey Belfiori, Ian and Helen Kunkel, Amy Thickston, Cherie Scalf and Paul Clos, Jr., Brandon Walley and Chelsea, Carl and Benjamin Ahlteen, Dolan J. Walters and Evelyn Streeter; 6 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Alex, Bryant, Rebecca, Emily and David Paul; Brother, George (Sylvia) Palmer of Utica; 4 sisters, Evelyn Giordano of Detroit, Ruth Jester of Detroit, Katherine Bersine of Center Line, Louise (Louis) DeSanctis of Warren; sister-in-law, Victoria (Sam) Salomon of Warren; brother-in-law, Carl J. Belfiori of Sterling Heights and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

John W. Bellows

 

   John W. Bellows passed away September 25, 2001 in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Topeka, Kansas where he had been a patient for several months. John graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1966, and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Army. After duty in Vietnam and being honorably discharged from the army, he became a F.A.A. licensed mechanic to work on jet aircraft engines. John worked in the airline’s repair hangar in Phoenix, Arizona for many years. He loved to hunt and fish whenever he could.

   He is survived by his wife, Sonja, son Andrew and daughter Ami all of Copan, Oklahoma; parents Harry Bellows of Eaton Rapids and Audrey Bellows of Cottonwood AZ; brother Greg Bellows of Eaton Rapids; sister Jenny Bellows of Cottonwood, AZ.

 

                                   

 

 

John E. Bemis

 

   John E. Bemis, 64, of Owosso died Jan. 19, 2001 in Pittsburg, Penn.

   Mr. Bemis was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Detroit, the son of Carleton and Iva (Nash) Bemis. He married Carol Stradtner on Aug. 3, 1957 in Lansing. He was a member of the First Church of God. He was an Eagle Scout, Past Master of Owosso Lodge F&AM, an Ambassador to Promise Keepers, and Past Patron of Owosso Chapter #206, OES. He retired from the US Post Office in Lansing after 28 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife Carol; three daughters, Gayle (Michael) Smith of Charlotte, Lucille (Richard) Yancey of Elizabeth Town, Ken., and Karen (Scott) Case of Owosso; nine grandchildren; his mother, Iva Bemis of Southgate; a sister, Lois (A.D.) O’Connor of Alaska; two brothers, Robert (Virginia) of Ashland, Ohio, and David (Susan) of Southgate; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Carleton.

   Memorial services will be held at First Church of God on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. with Pastor John Miller officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

 

                                   

 

 

Irel R. Berryhill

 

   Irel R. Berryhill, 64, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001.

   Mr. Berryhill was born May 25, 1937 in Detroit. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing, and classic cars. He was a member of South Baptist Church of Lansing.

   He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, John (Seung) Berryhill of Lapeer; daughters, Johana (David) Breaun of East Pointe and Sarah (Robert) Clair of Sterling Heights; several grandchildren; brother, Richard Berryhill; and sister-in-law, Sally Leavy of Peoria, Ill.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Eric in 1984.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor David Brooks officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Further information is available at www.legacy.com.  Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy Irene Betz

 

   Dorothy Irene Betz, age 78 of Springport, died Thursday, August 23, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Dorothy was born May 22, 1923 in Calhoun County, Michigan, the daughter of Adrian A. and Amelia Belle (Cowles) Seger. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First Baptist Church. Mrs. Betz was preceded in death by her son Neil Owen Betz.

   Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Neil E.; daughter, Cathy Lee (Darrell) Conley of Concord; 4 sons, Hugh Michael (Karen) Betz of Rapid City, Eric Dean (Beth) Betz of Clintonville, WI, James Russell (Eilene) Betz of Springport, Dale Alan (Tammy) Betz of Springport; daughter-in-law, Gayle Betz of Eaton Rapids; 28 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Don (Barbara) Seger of KY, Jack (Ann) Seger of Eaton Rapids, Jay (Loretta) Seger of Laingsburg; 2 sisters, Emogene (Ron) Keeler of Hickory Corners, Carolyn (Jerome) Rahrig of Coldwater and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, August 27, 2001, at the Springport Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Terry Lytle of the Drive-In Ministries and Rev. Phillip Fitch of the Springport Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Tompkins Twp. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Drive-In Ministries, P.O. Box 12345, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, in memory of Dorothy Betz.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

David L. Blackmer

 

   David Lee Blackmer, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, September 8, 2001 at his residence. He was born February 22, 1918 in Sunfield, one of eight children born to William H. and Onia C. (Wescott) Blackmer. Mr. Blackmer served as a staff sergeant during World War II in the 45th infantry division, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Sharp Shooter, and the Expert Rifle medals. Upon returning home he continued his love for farming and family, while working as a machine repair millwright for Lansing Stamping and later the Dana Corp. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, D. Alan and Randall; his parents and all his brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Maxine; 7 children, Rick (Linda) Wilbur of Eaton Rapids, Lynn (Julie) Moss of California, Brad (Jan) Wilbur of Albion, Paull (Vicki) Wilbur of Tennessee, Patricia (Terry) Wing of Mason, Scott (Alyce) Blackmer of Eaton Rapids and Gloria (Robert) Shelton of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; 30 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 12th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor Steve Aiken and Pastor Fred Earles officiating. Burial with full military honors, provided by the American Legion Harold Teeter Post #15 of Eaton Rapids, will follow at the Chapel Hill Memory Gardens in Lansing. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Wava D. Blanchard

 

   Wava D. Blanchard, age 94 of Ossian, IN and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, April 22, 2001 in Ossian, IN. Wava was born September 4, 1906 in Noble County, Indiana. She was the 5th child of 6 born to parents Arthur William and Dilla Virokra (Locker) Blanchard. Wava graduated from High School in Rome City, IN and from Western Michigan University, Class of 1930. She taught first grade in Eaton Rapids Public Schools starting in 1945 and retired in 1972. Wava was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church and the U&I Club.

   Surviving are her niece, Rita Mitchell of Ossian, IN and nephew, John (Joan) Mitchell of Mobile, AL.

   Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 27, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Orange Cemetery, Brimfield, IN. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir in memory of Wava D. Blanchard.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruth Hamlin Blackenburg

 

   Ruth Hamlin Blankenburg, age 82 of Kissimmee, Florida, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001. Ruth was born in Eaton Rapids, August 6, 1918 to Fena and Howard Hamlin. Ruth was a Homemaker. Some of her many interests included gardening, arts and crafts, sewing and card playing – favoring bridge. Prior to moving to Florida in 1977, Ruth had worked at Davidson’s Woolen Mill and the National Bank of Eaton Rapids. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Ruth was preceded in death by Maynard “Stub” Blankenburg, her husband of 57 years, and her sister Marina Borgesen.

   She is survived by her sister Margaret Phillips of Bradenton, FL, son, Don (Sally) Blankenburg of Lansing, and several nieces and nephews.

   There will be no Funeral Services. Ruth chose to donate her body to The State Anatomical Board of Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Osceola County Counsel on Aging, Meals on Wheels at 1099 Shady Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744.

 

                                   

 

 

Esther L. Blodgett

 

   Esther Louise Blodgett, 84, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Wednesday, January 24, 2001. Mrs. Blodgett was born July 14, 1916, in Alma, Michigan, the daughter of Joseph and Leaffy (Cummins) Secord. She was a L.P.N. at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, member of the South Cochran Church of God and A.A.R.P.

   She is survived by son David (Sharon) Secord of St. Louis, Michigan, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister Harriett Gaumer of Cadillac, Michigan, sisters-in-law Alice Blodgett of Charlotte and Bernice Wheeler of. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Blodgett in 2000, brothers Francis Secord and William Secord, sisters Mildred Schuette, Edna Babcock, and Eula Hileman.

   Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27, 2001 at South Cochran Church of God with Rev. Tim Secord, Nick Mizer, Rev. Hugh Burger and Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Alma, Michigan. Visitation will be Friday 7-9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, Michigan.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to the South Cochran Church of God. Further information available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Jerome D. Boardman

 

   Jerome “Jerry” Dennis Boardman, 55, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001.

   Mr. Boardman was born Jan. 2, 1946, in Detroit, the son of Jerome Vincent and Evelyn Agnes (Reid) Boardman. He was an inspiration to many of those he was in contact with by the way he approached his illness. Some said Jerry “has taught us all how to die”. He concentrated on living each day in the best possible way and with the thought that what really matters are relationships with family and friends. He was the director of Special Education. He also held a private pilot’s license.

   He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Balint); daughter, Kristin; son, Jeremy; sister Gail and her husband Larry Goldman; four nieces, two nephews and two grandnephews.

   Funeral services were held June 16 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Dr. Diane McDonald’s Clinic Trials Office Fund, c/o Sparrow Health System, or the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Kent Lee Boatman

 

   Kent Lee Boatman, age 38 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, October 5, 2001. He was born March 9, 1963 in Eaton Rapids the son of Floyd Wendell and Mildred Ruth (Marquardt) Boatman. Kent had been employed as a System Analyst for the Michigan Accident Fund. He enjoyed pool, winning several trophies at different tournaments; listening to music; motorcycles and computer games. Preceding him in death were his parents, Wendell and Mildred Boatman.

   Surviving are 3 siblings, Marie (John) Holcomb of Eaton Rapids, Larry (Susan) Boatman of Clarkston, MI and Roxanne Boatman of Eaton Rapids; 5 nieces and nephews, Melissa and JoLynn Holcomb, Keith and Derek Boatman and Sean Boatman; several Aunts, Uncles & Cousins.

   Funeral services will be Friday, October 12, at 3:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Kent L. Boatman.

 

John L. Bodell

 

   John Lionel Bodell, 76, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001. Mr. Bodell was born Feb. 25, 1924 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Roy and Florence (Alwood) Bodell. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and World War II, and survived the attack on Pearly Harbor. He worked for May Ward Coupling.

    Surviving are his daughters, Charlene Kay (Albert) Perkins of Charlotte, and Clara Jane Goetschy of Laingsburg; four grandchildren, Candy Gore and Cindy Admire, both of Charlotte, Angela Bailey of Eaton Rapids and Scarlett Doyle of Laingsburg; eight great-grandchildren, Meagan, Jennifer, Richelle, Dalton, Desrea, April, Seth and Jake; brother, Clyde Bodell of Charlotte; sisters, Norma Jones, Verle Barnard, Bonnie Springs and Janette Klaiss, all of Charlotte, Athol Wood and Marilyn Peters, both of Eaton Rapids, and Marlene Coffin of Ithaca.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Roy Bodell; and brothers, Leonard Bodell and Thomas Bodell.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Ralph Courtright presenting the eulogy and Charles Jenson officiating.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Elizabeth Bodo

 

   Elizabeth “Betty” Bodo, 66, of Nashville, died Friday, May 25, 2001.

   She was born May 6, 1935 in Vermontville, the daughter of Gaylord and Nell (Hummel) Harvey. She worked for Eaton County Action Center and Capital Area Community Center in Lansing. She attended Charlotte Assembly of God, and enjoyed bingo, bowling, fishing and horses.

   She is survived by daughters, Tina Gable and Laura Harvey, both of Charlotte, and Nell Ann Harvey of Potterville; sons, Robert Bodo of Nashville and Shannon Bodo of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her mother; sisters, Ilene Collier and Donna (Ray) Olmstead, both of Nashville, Opal (Wes) Gillons of Hastings; brothers, Robert Harvey of Nashville and Joe (Jennie) Harvey of Vermontville.

   Memorial services will be held June 3, 2001 at American Legion Post #42, 1000 W. Lawrence Avenue, Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Woodbury and Chuck Jenson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mid- Michigan Hospice House. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Thela Ann (DeLong) Boehmer

 

Thela Ann (DeLong) Boehmer, 72, of Bellevue, died Monday, March 12, 2001, in the house in which she was born on May 18, 1928, to Clyde and Elsie (Mueller) DeLong of Bellevue.

   Mrs. Boehmer was preceded in death by her brother Charles, who died in service to our country, and a sister, Edna (DeLong) King. She married Earl W. Boehmer on July 25, 1953. Earl and Thela have five children; Mary Ann (John) Gehrig of Olivet, Robert L. (fiancé Mary) of Bellevue, Earl M. (Kristin) of Olivet, James M. (Spring) of Bellevue and Mark J. (Debora) of Olivet and 18 grandchildren.

   Her entire life was devoted to loving and caring for her family. After graduating for Olivet High School in 1945, Thela began her working career at Olivet Bank as a teller. She was later employed by Olivet College, first as a bookkeeper, and then moving into the Financial Aid Office. Thela began working for Olivet Community Schools as the Director of Business, retiring after 14 years of service. During retirement, Thela enjoyed helping her son, Earl Boehmer CPA  prepare taxes. She was deeply involved in 4-H as a sewing leader and as co-administrative leader of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte always willing to contribute time and efforts when called upon. She volunteered as a Read To Succeed mentor at Fern Persons Elementary School, Olivet.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2001 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment will be in the Kalamo Cemetery.

   Memorials may be made to the Mary Bartolocci Scholarship Fund or Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

 

Eduardo A. Botello

 

   Eduardo A. Botello, 72, of Charlotte, died March 13, 2001, at home.

   Mr. Botello was born Oct. 18, 1928, to Eulojio C. and Guadalupe (Aguirre) Correa Botello in Brady, Texas. He worked as a line operator at Oldsmobile in Lansing for 30 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the United Auto Workers, Local 652, and St. Ann Catholic Church. He married Betty Jane Morales in May of 1951. She died in 1987.

   He is survived by sons, Vico Botello of Lapeer, Ricardo Botello of Lansing, and Roman Botello of Ann Arbor; daughters, Maria E. Massey and Patricia Tichvon of Charlotte, and Anita Botello of Marshall; his mother Guadalupe Correa of Albion; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother Eduardo Ramirez of Buckeye, Ariz; and sisters, Cruz Cordoba of Austin, Texas, Concepcion Vasquez of Austin, Texas, Bacilla Martinez of Meridian, Texas, and Alicia Botello of Albion.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jean, stepfather Domingo Correa, and brother Cipriano A. Botello.

   Funeral services were held March 17 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bellevue, with Monsignor Raymond Goehring officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Hildred R. Bowser

 

   Hildred Rosalie Bowser, 85, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001.

   Mrs. Bowser was born July 15, 1916 in Vermontville, the daughter of Oscar and Ida Bell (Wells) Stevens. She was an upholsterer with the Charlotte Chair Company and a member of the West Carmel Congregational Church. She enjoyed her family and their activities, crossword puzzles and gardening. She like the senior citizen dinners in Charlotte and Olivet, and especially loved her trips up north to “the shack in Onaway.”

   She is survived by daughters, Sandra (John) Rollins of Marshall and Cheryl (Verlin) Franks of Olivet; son, Ronald (Virginia) Bowser of Olivet; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Eloise Thompson of Charlotte and Maxine (Zack) Beard of Battle Creek; brother, Merlin (Martha) Stevens of Sun City, Ariz.; and sister-in-law, Donis Barnett of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; and sisters, Marguerite Bunce and Doris Ranshaw; and brothers, Murray and Hubert Stevens.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet Senior Citizens, Eagle Community Dinners or West Carmel Congregational Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

Delbert O. Boyce

 

   Delbert “Jack” Oliver Boyce, 67, of Charlotte, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.

   Mr. Boyce was born Oct. 13, 1933 in Detroit, the son of Oliver and Dorothy (Mason) Boyce. He was a machine operator for Oldsmobile before his retirement in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons, David and Richard of New York, and Belinda Bowler of Seattle, Wash.; and stepson, Jerrold Llewellyn of Killeen, Texas; many grandchildren; sisters, Doreene Stahlin and Patricia Sears of Lansing; brothers, Gary of Lansing and Leroy of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Belica Boyce in 1988. Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

James R. Boyd

 

   James R. Boyd, age 70 of Lansing, died Tuesday morning, December 26, 2000, at his home following a long illness. Mr. Boyd was born August 9, 1930 in Plainwell, a son of Ralph and Mildred (Esseltine) Boyd. He served with the Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Boyd was a retired farmer, retired employee of the Lansing School District and a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Ralph Boyd in 1959.

   Surviving are his wife, Betty (Geisenhafer); two children, Royce Ann (Dan) Finegan of Manton and Mark (Robin) Boyd of Dimondale; four grandchildren, Michael, Jamie, Adam and Josh Boyd; two sisters, Marilyn Poff of Arkansas and Jane Bass of Kalamazoo; nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Services were held Friday, December 29th, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Lansing, with Rev. Geoffrey T. Boyer officiating. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church or Sparrow Home Hospice. Arrangements were entrusted to Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.

 

                                   

 

 

Lester Leroy Boyt

 

   Lester Leroy Boyt, age 82 of Eaton Rapids, passed away March 25, 2001 in Lansing. Lester was born June 11, 1918 in Essex, MO the son of Newton Issac and Ida Marie (Mahler) Boyt. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Boyt retired from Clark Equipment in Jackson. Lester was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Lee Boyt and son, Terry L. Boyt.

   Surviving are a son, William (Krystena) Boyt of Houston, TX; daughter, Patricia (Robert) Broughman of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

   A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 7:00 p.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions either to Eaton Regional Medical Center Foundation or Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing, in memory of Lester L. Boyt.

 

                                   

 

 

Patricia L. Bradley

 

   Patricia L. (Seger) Bradley, 50, of Springport died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001 at Foote Hospital in Jackson after a short illness.

   Mrs. Bradley was born July 16, 1951 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Rex and Georgia (Talbot) Seger, and was a life-long resident of the Springport area. She was a 1969 graduate of Springport High School and had been employed at Spartan Motors, Dowding Tool and most recently at Lee Truck & RV in Jackson.

   She is survived by her husband, John Bradley of Springport; daughter, Doria Bradley of Springport; her mother, Georgia Seger of Springport; brother, Gil (Emma) Seger of Springport; and nephew, Lance Seger of Springport; and sister-in-law, Judy Bradley of Payson, Ariz.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Rex Seger.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Ele’s Place. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

 

Glenn C. Brandon

 

   Glenn C. Brandon, 54, of Potterville, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001.

   Mr. Brandon was born Nov. 3, 1946 in Edmore, the son of Albert and Nellie (Johnson) Brandon. Mr. Brandon was a farmer.

   He is survived by brothers, Robert (Carol) of Vermontville, Vern (Susan) of Sheridan, and Ronald and Donald (Donna), both of Charlotte; sisters, Virginia (Reggie) Potter, Sandra (Billy) Eggleston, and Mary (John) Myers, all of Charlotte, Ruth (Fred) Lawcock of  Battle Creek, and Dixie (Raymond) Weaver of Barryton; special friend, Betty Speaks of Potterville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Pearl I. Brandt

 

   Pearl I. Brandt, 81, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001.

   Mrs. Brandt was born Feb. 21, 1920 in Charlotte, the daughter of Claude and Lucy Huffman Redfield. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She loved her entire family and enjoyed cooking, baking, her flowers and birds, and her dog Chico.

   She is survived by threes sons, John (Sue) and Frank Jr. (Corrine), both of Potterville, and Floyd (Connie) of Charlotte; four daughters, Teresa Hammond and Ann Marie (Dan) Martens, both of Charlotte, Judy Hansen of Marshall, and Mary (Marvin) Davis of Mulliken; 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, William of Marshall and Delbert of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in October 1998, her son Victor, and son-in-law Marvin.

   Funeral mass was held Dec. 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial donations may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Ernest Lee Brewer

 

   Ernest Lee Brewer, age 55 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at a Lansing hospital. He was born October 17, 1945 in New Albany, Indiana, the son of Ernest Jr. and Jeta (Key) Brewer. Ernie was a Press Operator for Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids and had formerly worked for Diamond R.E.O. and Demmer Corp. both in Lansing. He had been a member for over 25 years, and was a Past Ranger with the Independent Order of Foresters Court Wolverine #1229 of Lansing. Preceding him in death were 2 children, Valary and Patrick Brewer; father, Ernest Brewer Jr. and brother, Larry Joe Brewer.

   Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; 3 children, Benton (Emily) Brewer of East Lansing, Christy (Henry) Smith of Eaton Rapids and Shelby Brewer of Eaton Rapids; special granddaughter, Fiona Brewer; mother, Jeta Brewer; brother, Gary Lamarr (Kathy) Brewer and sister-in-law, Mary Brewer; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 25th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. William Steere of the New Hope Worship Center in Albion officiating. Burial followed in the Munger Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Ron Cooley, Carl Barkema, Mel Little, Terry Scott, Jerry Ainsworth and Jerry Zieger. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the New Hope Worship Center of Albion in memory of Earnest L. Brewer.

 

                                   

 

 

Phyllis Bridges

 

   Phyllis Bridges, 72, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001.

   Mrs. Bridges was born June 14, 1929 in Mulliken, the daughter of Phillip and Vera (Harrod) Hosey. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church and worked as a unit clerk at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.

   She is survived by daughters, Vickie (Richard) Czech of Ionia, Shelia (Richard) Stank of Lake Odessa and Dianna (Keith) Cooke of Atoka, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Harrod (Phyllis) Hosey and Eldon (Joann) Hosey of Grand Ledge, Archie (Florence) Hosey and Hal Hosey of Charlotte, and Stan (Darlene) Hosey of Vermontville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Bridges, and sons, Bruce and Bill McDiarmid, all in 1978; brother, Pat Hosey; and her dachshund, Peanut.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Noel Hall-Niemann officiating.

  Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery, Sunfield. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Darlene A. Briskie

  

   Darlene A. Briskie, 61, of Olivet, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Briskie was born Jan. 16, 1940 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Oscar and Helen (Worden) Frank and had been an Olivet resident since 1959. She was a 1957 graduate of Grand Ledge High School, an Avon representative and a member of its Presidents Club, and had served as chairperson of the Electoral Board in Olivet.

   She is survived by two sons, Donn (Cindy) Briskie of Jackson and David (Tami) Briskie of Olivet; one daughter, Dana (Rick) Holland of Olivet; five grandchildren, Tyler Briskie, Cody Briskie, Zachery Holland, Bobby Thomas and Linda Holland; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, John (Collette) Frank of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Briskie on Aug. 3, 1994.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Todd McLane officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Sclero-Derma Foundation or the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Grace M. Brooks

 

   Grace M. Brooks, 88, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001.

   Miss Brooks was born Feb. 26, 1912 in Eaton County, the daughter of Homer and Mona (Stamn) Brooks. She was a retired foster care worker.

   Surviving are six nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-niece and caregiver, Sherri Crandell.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, David Brooks; two sisters, Frances Griffin and Helen Fast.

   Graveside services will be held Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Hazel M. Brown

 

   Hazel M. (Stauffer) Brown, 75, died Thursday Aug. 2, 2001 at Spectrum Health Kent Community Hospital in Grand Rapids.

   Mrs. Brown was born May 5, 1926, and graduated from Hastings High School in 1945. She married Harry S. Brown Jr. on Nov. 28, 1951.

   She is survived by a daughter, Christy (Brown, Schantz) Newland of Potterville; three grandchildren, Michael Schantz, Levi (Tara) Schantz an Miriam (Todd) Raines, all of Nashville; and four great-grandchildren, Adam and Dillian Schantz, Jordan Raines and Andrew Cheeseman, all of Nashville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry on July 27, 1998; and a son, Harry III, on June 1, 1959.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held in spring 2002 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

 

                                   

 

 

Louise E. Brown

 

   Louise Ella Brown, 84, of Charlotte, died March 3, 2001.

   Mrs. Brown was born April 14, 1916, in Eaton County, the daughter of Rex Bottomley and Ruth Bingham Bottomley.

   She is survived by two sons, Robert (Susan) Brown of Charlotte and Dean (Shelia) Brown of Olivet; sister, Lucille Moore of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Brown, and a son, Larry.

   Funeral services were held March 7 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Mervin Jesse Brown

 

   Mervin J. Brown, age 70 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, June 22, 2001 at his residence. He was born January 14, 1931, the son of Rollin and Flossie (Campbell) Brown. Mr. Brown was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired Mechanic for Leeseway Trucking in Lansing and a member of the V.F.W. Post #701 in Lansing. Preceding him in death were his parents; twin brother, Martin and brother, Laurence.

   Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Doreen; 6 children, Gordon Wilson of Eaton Rapids, Wendy (Bill) Clancy, Linda (Ivan) Diersen and Donette Samson all of Colorado Springs, CO, Mervin Brown Jr. of Lansing, and Kathie (Chuck) Hendrickson of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers and sisters, Evelyn Swinford, Roland “Sonny” (Della) Brown, Basil (Jeanette) Brown and Donna (Marvin) Hall all of Lansing and Elsie (Hank) Raby of DeWitt; sister-in-law, Ann Brown of Lansing and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Monday, June 25th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed with full military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post #701 at the Munger Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

William C. Brown

 

   William C. Brown, 75, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001 at Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall.

   Mr. Brown was born Oct. 11, 1925 in Battle Creek, the son of William C. and Alma (Fruin) Brown, and was a lifelong resident of the Bellevue area. He was a 1945 graduate of Bellevue High School, and had been employed as a machinist and inspector at Eaton Manufacturing, Battle Creek, retiring in 1981 after 32 years of service. He was also a part-time farmer all of his life. He was a past member of the Bellevue Historical Society and his special interests included antique tractor collecting, gardening and wildlife preservation.

   He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Fox) Brown; one son, David (Susan Kay) Brown of Bellevue; one daughter, Margaret (Steve) Duff of Panama City Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and one sister, Enid Harrison of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Brown.

   At Mr. Brown’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial graveside services were held Sept. 25 at Bell Cemetery, Assyria Township, Barry County, with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Kressa A. Brummette

 

   Kressa A. Brummette, 97, of Charlotte, died June 24, 2001.

   Mrs. Brummette was born Dec. 18, 1903 in Traverse City, the daughter of Charles and Minnie (Van Valkenburg) Calhoun. She was a member of the Charlotte Pentecostal Church of God and the Charlotte Area Senior Citizens. She married Earl Brummette, who preceded her in death Feb. 26, 1977.

   She is survived by sons, Douglas (Joann) Brummette, Eddie (Marlene) Brummette, and Richard (Janet) Brummette, all of Charlotte; daughters, Barbara Bodell, Joy Hicks and Shirley (Richard) Crosslan, all of Charlotte, and Beverly Geiser of Phoenix, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren , and four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, June Morse of Phoenix, Ariz.

   She was preceded in death by son William in 1933.

   Services were held June 27 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing, with Rev. Elbern Householder officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Hayes Green Beach Home Health Care. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert J. Bryan

 

   Robert John Bryan, 83, of Dimondale, formerly of Mecosta, passed away with his family by his side on Feb. 21, 2001.

   Mr. Bryan was born Aug. 2, 1917, to Howard and Ethel Bryan in Charlotte. After 35 years of service at Oldsmobile, Bob and Eleanor retired to Pretty Lake where he enjoyed their lakefront property. He loved to share his home with frequent family gatherings that included pontoon rides, fishing, bonfires, and teaching his grandchildren to swim. Winter weather would be enjoyed by snowmobiling and ice fishing. Bob was also an avid hunter and looked forward to deep camp every year.

   He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Ronald) Norman of Potterville; grandchildren, KaSandra DeFeyter, Kate and Todd Stanton; Laura Norman and Jack Norman; great-grandchildren Jacob DeFeyter, Tabitha, Samantha and Zane Stanton; brother and sister, Dale (Jean) Bryan of Seattle, Wash., and Martha Gates of Bellevue; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Angie Joseph.

   He was preceded in death by wife, Delores Rose Bryan in 1967; daughter, Judy Rose Medlock; and wife, Eleanor Bryan in 1998. Services were held Feb. 24 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to Ingham Hospice and Home Care Services.

 

                                   

 

 

Shirley O. Bryan

 

   Shirley O. Bryan, 88, of Haslett, formerly of Hastings, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001 at Granny’s Pad in Haslett.

   Mrs. Bryan was born in Detroit on July 21, 1913, the daughter of Frederick and Geraldine (Sheldon) Crittenden. She was raised in Detroit, Saline and Olivet, graduating from Olivet High School in 1931. She married Dan Bryan on June 17, 1932. She moved to Hastings in 1960, from Allegan, and had previously lived in Boyne City and Charlotte. Mrs. Bryan worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses during her working life. She moved from Hastings to Haslett in 1999.

   She is survived by daughter, Danya (Douglas) Liverance of Williamston; grandsons, Shawn (Laura) Liverance of Walker; great-grandchildren, Krista, Justyne, Cody and Hailey; and a sister, Desolyn Ross of Hastings.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dan Bryan on March 10, 1999; and a brother, Gerald Crittenden.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Wren Funeral Home, Hastings, with Rev. Kathy Brown officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Hastings.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Granny’s Pad Adult Foster Care, 2077 Haslett Road, Haslett, MI 48840. Arrangements were by Wren Funeral Home, Hastings.

 

                                   

 

 

Marlene Joyce Buck

 

   Marlene Joyce Buck, age 67 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, May 28, 2001 at her residence. She was born February 9, 1934 in Onondaga Township, daughter of John and Millie (Steele) McKessy. Marlene was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1952. She was formerly employed at Eaton Stamping and later for Quality Dairy both in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death was her husband, John Buck, in 1978 and a sister, Margaret Swan.

   Surviving are her daughter, Linda (Roger) McNutt of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Kevin McNutt of Eaton Rapids and Scott (Sharon) Decess of Seattle, WA; great-grandchild Nicole Decess of Seattle; 6 brothers and sisters, Maxine Mentink of Grand Rapids, Maynard (Sylvia) McKessy of Eaton Rapids, Maurice McKessy of Onondaga, Marvin McKessy of Jackson, Mona (Ron) Bayes of Eaton Rapids, and Myrna (Art) Anderson of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Lawton Swan of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers will be Scott Decess, Kevin McNutt, Art Anderson, Ron Bayes, Dennis Swan and Rick Wilbur.

 

                                   

 

 

June M. Buffenbarger

 

   June Marie Buffenbarger, of Sagola, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 at her home.

   Mrs. Buffenbarger was born May 2, 1927, the daughter of Arlo and May (Jones) Shumaker in Charlotte. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1944, and married Frank “Budd” Buffenbarger on June 8, 1945. She and her husband owned and operated Buffenbarger Plumbing and Heating in Charlotte for 28 years, then moving to Crystal Falls, where they continued the business for 11 more years. Upon retirement, they moved west to Sagola, where they reside. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, visiting and corresponding with family and friends, and gardening (both flowers and vegetables). She liked cooking and baking, and was active in Grace Presbyterian Church of Sagola.

   She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Budd; a daughter, Cherry Buffenbarger of Menominee; son, Kent Buffenbarger of Charlotte; two granddaughters, Rachel and Jessica Buffenbarger; and one great-granddaughter, Lauren Ostertag of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and a brother, Donald Shumaker.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 26 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Marquette General Home Health and Hospice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Lydia C. Burchett

 

   Lydia C. Burchett, 97, of Nashville, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 at Thornapple Manor.

   Mrs. Burchett was born Feb. 6, 1904 in Nashville, the daughter of William and Eva (Robart) Guy. She was raised in the Nashville/Dowling area and attended area schools. She graduated from Nashville School and continued her education at Barry County Normal, where she prepared for a career as a country school teacher. She married Howard Burchett in 1927 at her parents home in Nashville; he preceded her in death after 72 years of marriage. Mrs. Burchett received a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University in 1964. She loved being a teacher and retired after 23 years as a country school teacher in several Barry County country schools and Delton Kellogg Elementary. She loved to fish, and enjoyed camping, singing and crocheting. She was a member of the Barry County Teachers Association, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, Vision Impaired People, and the Farm Bureau.

   She is survived by sons, Jack (Hope) Burchett of Dowling, James schools and Delton Kellogg Elementary. She loved to fish, and enjoyed camping, singing and crocheting. She was a member of the Barry County Teachers Association, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, Vision Impaired People, and the Farm Bureau.

   She is survived by sons, Jack (Hope) Burchett of Dowling, James (Joyce) Burchett of Edmore and Richard (Mary) Burchett of Grand Rapids; daughters, Betty (Malcolm) Young of Augusta, Marguerite (Owen) Sult of Dowling and Barbara (L.D.) Becker of Battle Creek; 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Howard; three brothers, Jessie, Byron and Howard; and son-in-law, Elton Norris.

   Services were held Dec. 12 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Holland H. Burkett

 

   Holland Herbert Burkett, 92, of Bellevue, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001 in Hastings.

   Mr. Burkett was born May 4, 1909 in Eaton County, the son of Claude and Florence (Griffith) Burkett. He was an avid fisherman, loved fishing with his son-in-law and friends, and tinkering in the garage. He always had gum for everyone.

   He is survived by his wife, Isabelle; daughters, Flora Cousins of Bellevue and Rachel (James) Clark of Lake Odessa; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Robert (Fern) Burkett.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert C. Burkett

 

   Robert Charles Burkett, 74, of Bellevue, died Dec. 16, 2001 at home.

   Mr. Burkett was born Oct. 24, 1927, the son of Claude and Florence (Griffith) Burkett in Kalamo Township. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1945, farmed all his life, and was the owner/operator of Burkett Excavating for over 35 years. He married Fern Berry on Sept. 3, 1949. Mr. Burkett was on the Kalamo Township Board of Review for 30 years, a 4-H leader and on the Eaton County 4-H Council. He enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his family.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Fern (Berry) Burkett; daughters, Helen (Gary) Vedder of Charlotte, Sally (David) Bivens and Mary (Jeff) McKillop, both of Bellevue; sons, Glen (Elberta), Kenneth (Debby) and David (Barbara), all of Bellevue; and 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Holland and Gaylord; sisters, Margaret Augustine and Kathryn Stamm; and a great-grandchild, Even Burkett.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeff Homan of Heritage Hills Bible Church officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Fire Department, the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Susan Jewel Burns

 

   Susan J. Burns (Anderson), age 44 of Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday, December 28, 2001 after a 4 year battle with Cardio-Myopathy. She was born June 17, 1957 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Earl and Jewelene Anderson. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1976 and later from Ross Medical Center with a certificate in Phlebotomy, and was a former Valley Residential Group Home Worker. Preceding her in death were her father, Earl; grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Elliott Risner and Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Anderson.

   Surviving are a daughter, Jennifer Burns; mother, Jewelene Anderson; 2 brothers, Don (Debra) Anderson of Eaton Rapids and Dave (Paige) Anderson of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; 3 nieces, Amy (Bob) Wojcik of Jacksonville, FL, Mechelle (Rich) Montgomery of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Cathy Anderson of Eaton Rapids, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Monday, December 31st from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Mark Eckert of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Eaton Rapids officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Jeff Carter, Jimmy Byron, Steve Jecks, Mark E. Risner, Joe Jecks and Brian Love. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the Calvary Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association, in memory of Susan J. Burns.

 

                                   

 

 

Edward Busch

 

   Edward Busch, 64, of Lansing, passed away May 22, 2001.

   Mr. Busch was born Nov. 9, 1936 in Mt. Clemens, the son of Walter and Kathryn Busch. He grew up in Manistique, worked on the ore boats and served in the Army prior to making a career with the Michigan State Police. IN the Michigan State Police, he began as a trooper, transferred to the Canine Unit and finished his career in the forensic lab Latent Print Unit. He retired after 32 years of service. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Busch enjoyed the simple life, his family, friends, and nature. He loved to travel up to his camp in the Upper Peninsula, where he spent much of his time. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Claire; four children, Brad Busch (special friend Donna Smith) of Stanton, Stephen Busch of Houghton Lake, Lisa Busch and Jennifer Busch of Lansing; brother, Louis (Ina) Busch; stepbrother, Butch (Jeanie) Lindle; three grandchildren, Megan, Joshua and Timothy Busch; and, numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral mass was celebrated May 26 at the Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. William Koenigsknecht as celebrant. Arrangements were by Palmer-Bush Lansing Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

Carrie E. Butler

 

   Carrie Elizabeth “Winnie” Butler, 84, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   Mrs. Butler was born June 12, 1917 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Raymond and Carrie (Baggerly) Mulvany, and lived in the Bellevue area most of her life. She was a graduate of Bellevue High School in 1934, and a graduate of Western State Teachers College in 1939. She taught in the Bellevue school system until retiring in 1974. She married Charles on Aug. 7, 1940 in Bryan, Ohio. Most recently she was a member of the Bellevue Historical Society and the Eaton County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. Mrs. Butler most enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends.

   She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles; daughters, Ann Haden of Battle Creek, Mary Jane Hayner of Chicago, Susan Stibitz of Munising, and Nancy (Mike) Olmstead of Bellevue; special friends, Tom Stibitz of Munising and Summer Parks of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Brom Stibitz of South Korea, Abby Stibitz of Houghton, Kory and Kyle Olmstead of Kalamazoo; brother Max (Joy) Mulvany of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Helen Mulvany of Oregon; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kenneth, Robert and Raymond Mulvany; sisters, Isabel Maute, Polly Larkin and Marian Hill. Graveside services were held at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with Rev. Glenn Wegner, Yvonne Robbins and Patty Corning officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Bellevue Township Library. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Christopher John Byer

 

   Devoted husband and father, beloved son, Christopher John Byer of Holt, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 9,2001 at the age of 41. He was born November 4, 1960 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Samuel Wayne and Julia Ann (Norris) Byer. Chris was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1979. He served in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1988 with the 10th Mountain Commando Unit and was employed by Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Music was an important area in Chris’s life, he was a drummer for many local bands, most recently “Backwoods” with special friends Leon Clark and Georgie Lawrence. Chris touched many lives and his love and awesome sense of humor will be greatly missed.

   Surviving are his wife of 19 years Tami (Kirkland); daughter, Sami; parents, Sam and Julia Byer; brothers Jeff, Craig (Tomoko) and Scott (Fonda); mother and father-in-law, Norma and William Cole; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were Monday, November 12th from the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans and Rev. Scott Boles, officiating. Burial was in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Fred Cole, Leon Clark, George Heyman, Jon Cataline, Stacey Sutfin, Neal Sanford, Andy Beck and Ben Colestock. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Sami Byer College Fund in memory of her father, Christopher J. Byer.

 

                                   

 

 

Cordelia Callahan

 

   Cordelia Callahan, 93, of Charlotte, formerly of Texas, died Monday, June 11, 2001.

   Mrs. Callahan was born Jan. 14, 1908 in Bradford, Pa., the daughter of Elmer and Bessie (Irvin) Cole. She was a home health care worker with UpJohn, and had been a lifelong member of the Southside Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. She is survived by son, Tim (Shirley) Callahan of Perry; three grandchildren, Sterling (Theresa) Jennings, Timothy Patrick and Gregory Scott (Kim) Anderson; four great-grandchildren, Cody and MacKenzie Callahan, and Nicholas and Morgan Anderson.

   She was preceded in death by daughter, Patricia Joann.

   Funeral services were held June 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Agnes Campbell

 

   Agnes Campbell, 95, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001.

   Miss Campbell was born Oct. 14, 1905 in Urbana, Ill., the daughter of Sam and Alta May (Canaday) Campbell. She attended business college in Urbana, and owned Campbell’s Grocery in Champaign, Ill. Following that, she was on staff at the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music, and later served on the staff of Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange, Wyo. She finished her missionary career with the Child Evangelism Fellowship in Montana. She was currently a member of the Chester Gospel Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by nieces, Phyllis (Harold) Smuts of Charlotte, and Barbara (H. Albert) Sundberg of Indian River; and nephew, Lawrence (Beverly) Campbell of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Samuel Clifford, Clarence, and Ralph.

   Funeral services were held June 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. H. Albert Sundberg officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana, Ill.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Frontier School of the Bible, LaGrange, Wyo. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Peter P. Cantine

 

   Peter P. Cantine of Lansing, vice president and general manager of Lansing Community Newspapers, died Feb. 22, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He was age 56.

   Born Nov. 12, 1944 in Albion, Pete was the son of Walter and Georgene Cantine, who preceded him in death.

   Pete began his work career as a typesetter for his mother and father when they owned the Grand Ledge Independent. In 1969, they sold the newspaper to Milliman Communications, which in turn sold the publication, along with others, to Suburban Communications, in 1980. Pete was involved in the newspaper business his entire working life, except for a brief period when he and his wife owned PJ’s Party Store at the corner of Mt. Hope and Marcy Road in Lansing.

   Pete was a graduate of Ferris State University. He was named vice president and general manager of the Lansing-are newspaper chain, now known as Lansing Community Newspapers, in 1984.

   He married Joann Titmus on Nov. 8, 1969, and she survives him. Also surviving are a daughter, Stephanie J. Cantine of Lansing; a brother, Jerry (Donna) Cvitkovic of Bellevue; two sisters-in-law, Kristine (John) Loeffler of Lansing and Nancy Titmus of Lansing; and nieces, nephews and many friends.

   Funeral services will be held at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home at 900 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing this Wednesday, Feb. 28 at noon. Rev. Dr. Susan K. Weier, pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC of Lansing, will officiate.

   Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Peter P. Cantine.

 

                                   

 

 

Gretchen Carman

  

   Gretchen “Kelly” Carman, 52, of Wall Lake, Delton, died Friday, July 6, 2001 at Borgess Medical Center.

   Mrs. Carman was born Jan. 10, 1949 in East Grand Rapids, the second of three daughters born to Wayne and Nila (Bluemly) Dreger. She grew up in East Grand Rapids and Charlotte. In 1967, she graduated from Charlotte High School and attended Olivet College and then the Goodman Institute in Chicago, where she studied performing arts. Life then took her to St. Joseph where she did news broadcasting for a local radio station. At that time on the air she became known as “Kelly Wright” and the name “Kelly” stuck with her ever since. Kelly moved to Battle Creek in the early 1970’s to do weather and news casting for Channel 41. While working in Battle Creek she met Keith Carman, and on Jan. 26, 1973 they were married. The Carmans traveled throughout the country as entertainers. In 1977 their son Christopher Wayne was born and the family moved to Wall Lake, Delton in 1982. Mrs. Carman returned to college and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in education and integrated arts from Western Michigan University. She then taught elementary school in Kalamazoo and during that time earned a master’s degree in reading and English from EMU. Unfortunately her teaching career was cut short because of serious illnesses. In recent years, the Carmans were able to travel both in the U.S. and abroad. She also is remembered for activity with the Wall Lake Association.

   She is survived by her husband, Keith; son, Chris; mother, Nila Dreger; sisters, Diane (Greg) Penix of Grand Ledge and Candice (Ronald) Roeder of Wall Lake, Delton; 13 nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her father.

   Private family services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to WMU Foundation-Kelly Carman Scholarship Fund. Mrs. Carman’s personal web page may be visited at www.rdmg.com, where visitors may read her complete life story, make a memorial donation, or share a memory with her family. Arrangements were by Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

John T. Carpenter

 

   John Thomas Carpenter, infant son of David L. and Kristine M. (Donlin) Carpenter of Lansing, died Jan. 22, 2001.

   He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Marilyn Bollock of Hessel, Clarence J. Carpenter of Lansing, and William and Patricia Donlin of Twinsburg, Ohio; great-grandparents, Leo and Helen Teachout of Courtland, Ohio; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Graveside services were held Jan. 26 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with Marie Hackworth officiating.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Atha B. Carter

 

   Atha Belle (Lawhead) Carter, 87, of Charlotte, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001 at Claire Bridge of Delta Assisted Living Home.

   Mrs. Carter was born Aug. 12, 1914 in Charlotte, the daughter of Wm. Roscoe and Bessie Belle (Love) Lawhead. She attended Charlotte schools, graduating in 1931. She also attended Eaton County Normal, and graduated from Western Michigan College in 1954. After teaching in the rural school system, she was an elementary teacher (first grade) in the Charlotte Public School System for 30 years, retiring in 1976. In 1952, in addition to teaching, Mrs. Carter supported and encouraged her husband Theo in his decision to purchase a local grocery store and begin his career as an independent businessman. She was able to watch their efforts develop into a Michigan chain of 23 stores, known as Carter’s Food Centers. Mrs. Carter was a member of the First Congregational Church, GFWC-Charlotte, Daughters of the American Revolution, and a life member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, as well as the Eaton County branch.

   She is survived by a daughter, Connie (Keith) Bazaire of Charlotte; grandsons, Jeffrey (Holly) of Petoskey, Kevin of Charlotte, N.C., and Michael (fiancé Michelle) of Lansing; and great-grandchildren, Allison and Carter Bazaire of Petoskey.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Theodore; daughter, Carol Ann Gray; sisters, Alta Ree Frace and Fern deZeeuw; and brother, Harley Lawhead.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Charlotte, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in Charlotte, or the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald G. Carter

 

   Donald Guy Carter, 86, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

   Mr. Carter was born March 17, 1915 in Eaton County, the son of Guy and Pearl (Doane) Carter. He bottled milk for 25 years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church and Men’s Prayer and Breakfast Group. He was known around Charlotte as the downtown window cleaner.

   He is survived by son, Donald Lee Carter of Plainwell; daughters, Rosealie (Larry) Demarest of Union City and Joan Lawrence of Texas; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond (Harriet) Carter and Lyle (Judy) Carter; sisters, Marie Nunhimer, Maxine (Clarence) Carnes, Mable (Clarreton) Cortright, Florence (Lyle) Jeffery; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Leola (Hutson) in 1998; daughter, Louise Masters; granddaughter, Tonya; and brothers, Merwine and Ivery.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Richard Wilford officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Earl J. Carter

 

   Earl J. Carter was born on January 13, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and died on January 11, 2001. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the South Pacific on a ship during World War II. He got out and worked at Diamond R.E.O. as a welder then re-entered the Navy during the Korean Conflict and retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1968. He relocated back to Eaton Rapids and started a mobile welding business, finally retiring in 1992. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren, having family cookouts and picnics, being the pitcher at the family ball games and telling his many interesting Naval stories spanning the world. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

   He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia; his son, Daniel (Kathy) of Eaton Rapids; his daughter, Linda Cruz (Martin Straney) of Potterville; 4 grandsons, Shane Wilshire, Daniel Carter Jr., Kevin Cruz and William Cruz; 1 granddaughter, Krysta Carter; and 4 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Monday, January 15th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy officiating. Burial with full military honors followed at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Mid Michigan Chapter Huntington’s Disease Society of America at 601 N. Waverly Rd., Lansing, Michigan 48918-2851, in memory of Earl J. Carter.

 

                                   

 

 

Kyle Carter

 

   Kyle Carter, 38, of Muir died Feb.3, 2001.

   Mr. Carter was born Nov. 11, 1962 in Charlotte, the son of Lyle and Judy Carter. He was a corrections officer for the State of Michigan, Ionia Maximum Facility for 12 years, and was a former firefighter for the Muir-Lyons Fire Department.

   He is survived by his wife Karen (Hamilton); son, Josh; daughter Alicia; his parents Judy and Lyle Carter of Charlotte; sisters, Tessa (Ned) Stoltzfus of Charlotte and Tammy Lewis of Florida; brother-in-law, Russ (Shelly) Hamilton of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Cindy (Bill) Fabijancic of Lansing, and Carrie (Scott) Hansen of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Steve Hamilton of Lansing; father-in-law, Russell (Susan) Hamilton of Lansing; and mother-in-law, Nancy Hamilton of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for the children; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Terry Lynn Carter

 

   Terry Lynn Carter, age 43 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, March 26, 2001 in Charlotte. Terry was born September 3, 1957 in Lansing. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1976.

   Surviving are her mother, Nancy, of Eaton Rapids; father, Bruce, of Montana; brother, Jeff (Nan) and sister, Cathy McQuay both of Eaton Rapids; beloved nephews and nieces, Michael and Matthew McQuay, Carli and Alison Bauknecht; grandmother, Pansy Cooke of Dimondale and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, March 30, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the Janet Porritt Fund for special needs children in memory of Terry Lynn Carter.

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas W. Cash

 

   Thomas W. Cash, 56, of Battle Creek, formerly of Lansing, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001. Mr. Cash was born March 6, 1945 in Battle Creek, the son of William and Thelma (Burns) Cash, and had been a Battle Creek resident for nine years, coming from Lansing. He was a graduate of Battle Creek Lakeview High School, and was employed as a civilian employee of the Michigan National Guard in Lansing, retiring in 1992 after 10 years of service. He is survived by one brother, Stephen Cash of Battle Creek; one sister, Mary Ann Miller of Eaton Rapids; and one nephew, Joseph Miller of Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma (Burns) Cash in Feb. 1997; his father, William Cash in Oct. 1997; and a brother, John Charles Cash in July 1991. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Stuart C. Chalker

 

   Stuart Charles Chalker, 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, July 20, 2001.

   Mr. Chalker was born May 10, 1917 in Lansing, the son of Charles and Hazel (Smith) Chalker. He was a boiler control repairman for the Lansing Board of Water and Light for 30 years. He served with the Army Air Force during World War II, and was a member of the Masons and the American Legion.

   He is survived by daughter, Sharon Chalker of St. Johns; stepdaughters, Mary Lou Lohr of San Diego, Calif., and Kathy (Robb) Dickerson of Rogers, Ark.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Marle S. Clark

 

   Marle Spencer Clark, 76, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001.

   Mr. Clark was born Aug. 13, 1925 in Lansing. He served in the Navy during World War II on the Aircraft Carrier USS Belleau Wood, and retired from the Lansing Fire Department in 1980. He was an avid Winston Cup and Indianapolis racing fan.

   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Grace (Zimmerman); daughters, Connie (James) Parker and Donna (Dennis) Brendahl; five grandchildren, Pamela Kline, Earl Parker, and Derrek, Darren and Denise Brendahl; and four great-grandsons.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenard and Ruby (Spencer) Clark, and a sister Janice Myers.

   Family Affirmation Services were held Oct. 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Nelson C. Clark

 

   Nelson C. Clark, 78, of Charlotte died Jan. 10, 2001.

   Mr. Clark was born Oct. 20, 1922 in Brandtford, Canada, the son of Clifford and Mary (Wilson) Clark. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1948 and served with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, where he earned the Sliver and Bronze stars. He attended the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and had been a self-employed sales representative for many years. He is survived by his wife, Norma (Smith); two sons, David of Charlotte and Gary (Karen) of Peoria, IL.; one granddaughter, Jennifer of Peoria; one sister, Irene Willard of Charlotte; one brother, James of Niles; and several nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the LAUMC. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Milton E. Colburn

 

   Milton E. Colburn, 56, of Lansing, died Saturday, March 17, 2001 in Kalkaska.

   Mr. Colburn was born May 30, 1944 in Lansing, the son of Leland and Edith (Hill) Colburn. He was employed at BOC of Lansing as an electrician for more than 38 years, where he trained many electrical apprentices. He was also an avid snowmobiler and bowler.

   He is survived by son, Tim of Potterville; daughter, Michelle Tyler of Charlotte; granddaughter, Ashley; grandsons, Andrew and Shelby James; brothers, James (Barbara) Colburn of Wacousta and Fred (Penny) Colburn of Potterville; sisters, Elma “Rusti” (Bill) Peters of Charlotte, Mabel (Mae) Martin and Betty Bush, both of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Robert Martin in Jan. 2000; brothers, Robert in 1985 and Albert in 1939; and a sister, Mary in 1929.

   Funeral services were held April 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Lyle Heaton officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Lawrence “Larry” J. Conarton, Sr.

 

   Lawrence “Larry” J. Conarton, Sr., age 64 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 16, in Iosco County. Lawrence was born June 1, 1937 in Lansing. Larry was a retired accountant, served on the Eaton Rapids City Council and was an avid MSU Spartan fan.

   Preceded in death by his father, Kyran C. Conarton, he is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nadien (Haskin); 4 daughters, Gwendolyn Conarton of Lansing, April Conarton of Eaton Rapids, Renee (Carl) Richards of Holt, Amy Conarton of Florida; 3 sons, Lawrence (Patricia) Conarton, Jr. of Holt, Timothy C. Conarton of Eaton Rapids, Christopher (fiancée, Shelby Watts) Conarton of Florida; 7 grandchildren, Brian, Lawrence III, Charles, Timothy Jr. And Katie Conarton, Brenden and Jerika Richards; 1 great-granddaughter, Amber Conarton; mother, Gwendolyn M. (Porter) Conarton of Charlotte; 4 brothers, William (Judy) Conarton, Sr., K.C. (Sandy) Conarton both of Dimondale, David (Pauline) Conarton, Sr. of Lansing, John Conarton of DeWitt; 3 sisters, Barbara (John) Mahon of Onondaga, Susan Lemon of Dimondale Rebecca (John) Bell of Lansing; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 4:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Lawrence Conarton, Sr.

 

                                   

 

 

Bernice Mae Connor

 

   Bernice Mae Connor, age 94 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, June 24, 2001 at the Hospice House of Mid Michigan in Lansing. She was born August 19, 1906 in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of William E. and Fannie Mae (Compton) Douthit. Mrs. Connor was an active and devoted member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. She was a former Sunday School Teacher, a teacher of Ceramics and a doll maker, and had formerly worked for the Horner Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death were her husband Kenneth in 1978 and a daughter, Margaret Pfister.

   Surviving are 3 children, 2 daughters, Mary A. (Norman) Burtraw of Lansing and Virginia M. (Frederick) Traill of Ovid; son, Kenneth W. (Bonnie) Connor of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy (Harold) Johnson of Sullivan, Indianan; son-in-law, James Pfister of Potterville and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, June 28th, at 11:30 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy of the First Congregational Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the First Congregational Church in memory of Bernice Mae Connor.

 

                                   

 

 

Rev. James E. Cook

 

   Rev. James E. Cook, age 71 of Lake Isabella, died Wednesday, December 21, 2001 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born May 22, 1930 in Benton Harbor, MI to Emory N. and Rosa Hosbein Cook. He married Anne Gurr on June 28, 1958 in Benton Harbor and resided the last 6 years in Lake Isabella. Rev. Cook was a pastor for the United Methodist Church. He served 11 churches in the Western Michigan Conference: from 1982-1985 Burnips-Monterey Center United Methodist Church; 1985-1986 Dowling-Banfield United Methodist Church; 1986-1991 Fenwick-Vickeryville-Palo United Methodist Church; 1991-1995 Trinity-Countryside United Methodist Church; 2000-2001 Barryton-Chippewa Lake United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1954. He was a member of the Western Michigan Conference, a former Sunrise Rotarian, a member of the Isabella County Soup Kitchen Board starting when the Kitchen moved to the Trinity UMC, and the Wesley Foundation board.

   Rev. Cook is survived by his wife, Anne of Lake Isabella; children, James Cook of Traverse City, Cynthia (Rick) McClure of Eaton Rapids, and Marsha Cook of Milwaukie, OR; four grandchildren, Robert Grimes, Branden, Michael, and Christina McClure; four brothers, Charles (Nancy) Cook of Stevensville, Don (Debbie) Cook, and Ray Cook of Benton Harbor, and Tom (Joan) Cook of Holiday, Florida; and a sister, Donna Thomas of Benton Harbor. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Timothy; and one sister, Thelma.

   Services were held Monday, December 17, 2001 at the Weidman United Methodist Church in Weidman with Rev. Craig Adams officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions may be made to Pardee Cancer Fund or the Isabella County Soup Kitchen. Envelopes are available from Helms Funeral Home, 330 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. Please see www.legacy.com for an on-line obituary and register book.

 

                                   

 

 

Paul D. Cooley, Jr.

  

   Paul D. Cooley, Jr., age 19 of Perry, MI, died Wednesday, December 26, 2001 as the result of a snowmobile accident in Gaylord, MI. Paul was born September 3, 1982 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Paul Sr. and Vivian (Smith) Cooley. He graduated from Perry High School and attended the San Diego Golf Academy of Arizona. Paul resided most of his life in Perry and attended the Community Bible Church, Shaftsburg. His hobbies included playing golf, baseball and football.

   Surviving are his mother, Vivian Kenney of Perry; father, Paul Sr. of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Renee Cooley and Katherine (Rick) Davis both of Eaton Rapids; brother, Scott (Jennifer) Freeburn of Perry; niece & nephew Brittani & Casey Jones; grandmother, Anita (Pat) Smith of Litchfield; and lots of aunts, uncles, cousins & friends. Paul was preceded by grandparents, Harry Jr. & Mable Cooley and Marion Smith and uncle, Tom Wilmer.

   Funeral services will be held at the Watkins Brothers Funeral Home (Larowe Chapel) in Perry on Monday, December 31st at 11 a.m. with Pastor Herb Smith officiating. Interment will be at Oak Plain Cemetery, Shaftsburg. You may make contributions to the Bump Lardie Memorial Fund in memory of Paul D. Cooley, Jr.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert “Bob” Coolidge

 

   Robert “Bob” Coolidge, age 58 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, November 3, 2001 in Ishpeming, Michigan. Bob was born June 18, 1943. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy. In 1998, Bob retired from G.M. and had continued consulting with them since them. He was an avid outdoorsman. Preceding him in death were his son, Brad, in 1970 and his mother, Florence (Meyer) in 1988.

   He was a loving husband and father to his wife, Beverly, and children, Scott (Erica) Coolidge of Charlotte, Tim (Deana) Coolidge of Eaton Rapids, Craig (Michelle) Coolidge of Charlotte, Robert (Jamie) Coolidge of Ishpeming; proud grandfather to 6 grandchildren, Nick, Dylan, Nolan, Isaac, Madison, Morgan; also surviving are father, Marshall Coolidge of Higgins Lake; 2 brothers, Rick (Doris) Coolidge of Eaton Rapids, Tom (Sally) Coolidge of MN; 1 sister, Sandra (Bob) Pfaffenberger of TX.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte with Father Dennis Spitzley as celebrant. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday 2-4 & 6:30-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers will be Rick Coolidge, Tom Coolidge, Bob Pfaffenberger, Jorge Ramirez, Ken Orr and Jerry Orr. Honorary bearers will be Nick Coolidge, Nolan Coolidge and Isaac Coolidge. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Bob Coolidge.

 

                                   

 

 

Duane Coon

 

   Duane Coon, 57, of Charlotte died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001.

   Mr. Coon was born Aug. 4, 1944 in Lakeview, the son of Neil and Burnetta (Gill). He was a driver for General Motors Company until his retirement in 1998. He enjoyed many interests including drag racing, tractor pulls, and more recently, computers and fishing.

   He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Dani (Leon) McAdams of Dewitt and Jenny Coon of Charlotte; son, Charles (Patti) Coon of Charlotte; granddaughters, Marcy and Keeley Coon; and his mother, Burnetta Coon of Lake Odessa.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Neil, and a brother, Beryl Coon.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Jerry Slivensky officiating.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Clyde W. Cooper

 

   Clyde Ward Cooper, 90, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001.

   Mr. Cooper was born April 24, 1911 in Battle Creek, the son of John and Clara (Ward) Cooper. He worked for Charlotte Auto Parts, was a cabinet maker for Charlotte Chair Company until his retirement in 1973, and was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church. He especially enjoyed his horses and ponies, and was involved with the Eaton County 4-H Fair for over 50 years.

   He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gracelynna “Sally” (Ryan) Cooper; son, Robert of Charlotte; daughters, Barbara (David) Lahr of Charlotte and Joyce (Bill) Gavaldon of Potterville; seven grandchildren, Jon, Joe and Jim Pell, Derric and Darrin Harmon, Deena (Dan) Mahoney and Ryan Cooper; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosa Potter of Charlotte and Helen Campbell of Florida.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Pat Sterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church U.C.C. or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

David E. Corbin

 

   David E. Corbin, age 76 of Kalamazoo and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, September 15, 2001 at his residence. He was born August 30, 1925 in Eaton Rapids, the son of LeRoy and Minnie (Perkins) Corbin. Dave was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate class of 1943 and a graduate of Western Michigan University Class of 1956. Dave served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he was an aerial gunner for the B-17 Liberator Bomber and a former prisoner of war. Dave owned and operated Daves Tree Service in Kalamazoo for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Dion Corbin.

   Surviving are 2 sisters, Carol Hector of Springport and Hanna Beth Hunter of Napoleon, MI; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, September 20th at 1:30 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors provided by the Harold Teeter Post #15 at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

 

                                   

 

 

Beulah I. Costlow

 

   Beulah Isabelle Costlow, 80, of Charlotte, died, June 27, 2001.

   Mrs. Costlow was born July 17, 1920 in Morgantown, W. Va., the daughter of Charles and Dora (DeWitt) Casteel. She retired from Sterling Faucet Company after 32 years of service.

   She is survived by daughters, Jean LaBare of Charlotte, Joan (Tom) Holloway of Eutis, Fla., Judith Gifford of Tampa, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Freda O’Haver of Stevensville.

   She was preceded in death by brother Everett, and sisters Agnes Curtis and Deloris Jean Shannon.

   Funeral services were held July 2 at Jenkins Funeral Home, Morgantown, W.Va., with Pastor Alfred Reed officiating. Interment was at East Oak Grove Cemetery, Morgantown, W.Va.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Kathleen E. Couke

 

   Kathleen Ella Couke, 85, of Charlotte, passed away Oct. 28, 2001.

   Mrs. Couke was born June 7, 1916 in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Dennis and Clinda (Lamie) McCormick. She attended Hubbard School, graduated from Charlotte High School, and from Western Michigan University in 1938, and did graduate work from the University of Michigan. She taught elementary grades in Jackson and Alma before retiring form Charlotte schools. In June 1940 she married Arthur Couke of Grand Blanc and Jackson, an experimental engineer who passed away in 1989. It was a great joy for Mrs. Couke to work with children in school and church. She received a state of Michigan license to organize and be a supervisor of a day care center in her church, where she also taught Sunday school for years. She had a talent for writing skits and plays to present to the public. During her lifetime, Mrs. Couke was a member of the First Congregational Church, Mary Martha Circle, Women’s Club, Care, Salvation Army Board, and Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She was a golden Key member of the Hayes Green Beach Hospital and its auxiliary. She was also a member of teacher group[s, MARSP and treasurer of ECARSP for Eaton County. She was a community volunteer in other areas. She is survived by daughter, Amy Couke; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Carroll Wayne Courtright

 

   Carroll Wayne Courtright, age 87 of Duck Lake, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at the Eaton Manor Nursing home were he had been a resident for one year. He was born January 31, 1914, in Clarence Township, Calhoun County, the son of Ray and Rena (Starks) Coutright. He operated the family centennial farm and worked in Albion factories. He was a groundskeeper at Duck Lake Golf and Country Club until his retirement. A life member of the Springport Masonic Lodge #284, and a member of the Brookfield/Eaton United Methodist Church. In his younger days, he was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, belonging to several motorcycle clubs. Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Eva Mae Starks; granddaughter; great-granddaughter; and special niece.

   Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Maxine (Reeve) Courtright; son, Kenneth (Judy) Courtright of Gwinn, MI; 2 daughters, Carole Lynn (Bob) Hovey of Eaton Rapids and Lorraine Courtright of Albion; 7 grandchildren and 2 step-grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren and 3 special nieces and their families.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 26th at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Kevin Hale officiating. Burial will follow in the Clarence Center Cemetery at Duck Lake. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to either the Springport Masonic Lodge #284, Springport, MI 49284, or the Brookfield/Eaton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 430, Charlotte, MI 48813 or the Eaton Community Hospice, 313 Lansing St., Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Carroll W. Courtright.

 

                                   

 

 

Peggy J. Cowling

 

   Peggy J. Cowling, 68, of Charlotte, formerly of Potterville, died Friday, July 27, 2001 at her residence.

   Mrs. Cowling was born Feb. 16, 1933 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Harold “Skinny” and Marjorie (Powell) Field, and was a life-long resident of Eaton County, having lived most of her life in the Potterville area.

   She is survived by five daughters, Sue (Mark) Norris of Potterville, Pauline Frost of Downey, Calif., Nancy (Kurt) Jones of Perrinton, Debbie Cowling of Charlotte and Mary (Dwight) Miller of Olivet; two sons, Charles (Darlene) Cowling Jr. and Wayne (Pat) Galloway, both of Midland; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Abby, Jason, Brian, Melissa, Brien and Shannon; three great-grandchildren, Emily, Ethan, and Gregory; and her mother, Marjorie Miller of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cowling Sr. on March 2, 1989.

   Funeral services were held July 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Elder Richard Garn officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville-Benton Township Fire Department EMS or the Hayes Green Beach Hospital EMS. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Claude Crandall

 

   Claude Crandall, age 79 of Charlotte, died Friday, May 25, 2001 after a lengthy illness. Claude was born July 6, 1921 in Eaton County the son of Claud D. and Nora (Gunnell) Crandall and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II having participated in the Invasion of Normandy. He had been employed in Building Construction and by Charlotte Public Schools from where he retired in 1979. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Greenwalt-Flaherty Post #42 American Legion and former member of the Eaton Rapids V.F.W. He was married to Bess Tran on November 30, 1945.

   Surviving are his wife Bess; 3 daughters, Diane (Ken) Stults and Carol (Ken) Hamilton both of Charlotte and Sharon (Allan) Dimitroff of Lansing; 1 son, Bruce (Diane) Crandall of Broad Run, VA; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Douglas (Lee) Crandall of Wheatridge, CO and sister-in-law, April Crandall of Denver, CO. He was preceded in death by brothers, Hazen, Donald and Joseph and sisters, Thelma, Helen, Bessie, Dorothy and Madeline.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Monday, May 28, 2001 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Lutheran Church or the National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Leroy E. Craun

 

   Leroy E. Craun, “The Hardware Man”, age 91 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 7, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Leroy was born August 8, 1909 in Eaton County the son of Ira Leroy and Temperence Florinda (Gillett) Craun. Mr. Craun worked at Horner Woolen Mills during his High School years and at the A&P Store where he “delivered” groceries among other responsibilities. Leroy retired as Manager of Peterson’s Hardware with over 50 years of service and went on to pursue his love of woodworking and cabinet making. He was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church and an active member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center. Leroy was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy in 1992.

   Surviving are his wife, Alberta (Dodge); 3 stepsons, John (Evelyn) McClung of Mason, Bill (Beverly) Dodge of Lansing, Bob (Jan) Dodge of Holt; stepdaughter, Shirlyn (Dick) Russell of Lansing; several step-grand and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends one prior to the service. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church or the Senior Center in memory of Leroy Craun.

 

                                   

 

 

Carleton Creyts

 

   Carleton “Jake” Creyts, 89, of Charlotte, passed away Feb. 21, 2001 in Lansing.

   Mr. Creyts was born Nov. 11, 1911 in Watertown Twp., Clinton Co., the son of Daniel and Ruth (Critchett) Creyts. He was a graduate of Lansing Central High School, class of 1932; a former dairy farmer and draft horse breeder; life member of the Belgian Draft Horse Corp. of America; member of the Michigan Draft Horse Breeder’s Association; former director of the Eaton County Federal Land Bank; former board of the Grand Ledge Produce Company; former member of the Eaton County 4-H Fair Board, and was the horse superintendent of that fair for many years. West Meadow Farms Belgian horses were exhibited at many Michigan county fairs, including the Ingham County Fair for 37 consecutive years. He was also a member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau.

   Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Fritz) Creyts; one son, Daniel (Jean) Creyts of Charlotte; one daughter, Carlene (Donald) Davis of Lansing; five grandchildren, Ruth Creyts, John Creyts, Douglas Davis, Laura (Rodney) Pillars, and Mary Davis; one great-grandson, Austin Pillars; and one sister-in-law, Gladys Fritz of Grand Ledge.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 24 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Delta Mills.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice or to the MSU Draft Horse Endowment Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

Max L. Crim

 

   Max L. Crim, 63, of Bellevue, died Dec. 6, 2001 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Crim was born Dec. 21, 1937, the son of George and Muriel (Roberts) Crim in Chicago Heights, Ill. He graduated from Bloom Township High School in Illinois, and worked for Terminex and Interbake Foods, retiring in 2000. He married Marjorie Paul on Nov. 5, 1960; she survives. Mr. Crim was a member of Emmanuel First Lutheran Church in Lansing. He was a great sports fan and was considered a sports trivia buff.

   He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; son, David Crim of Lansing; daughters, Karen Lundquist and Joyce Mann of Battle Creek, Evle Hart and Margie Crim of Bellevue; 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; brother, Dick Crim of Crete, Ill.; and sister, Jean Johnson of Lowell, Ind.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Teske; and brothers, George and Charles Crim, and Jack Crim in infancy.

   Services were held Dec. 10 at Shaw Funeral home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastors Daniel Buske and Paul Lindloff officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel First Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Jenny A. Riehm Crissman

 

   Jenny “Jane” Arlene Riehm Crissman, 90, passed away May 19, 2001 at her home.

   Mrs. Crissman was born Dec. 26, 1910 in Hillsdale, the daughter of Will Church and Maude Arilla (Johnson) Riehm. She married John Dale Crissman May 1, 1935; he preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. Crissman was raised in Hillsdale, and attended Michigan Agriculture College. She raised her family in Charlotte, and retired to Lake City in 1962. She was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church, and was a long-time member of the Eastern Star.

   She is survived by son, John Crissman, M.D. of Grosse Pointe Park; daughter, Carol Ann Ardis of Lake City; four grandchildren, Steve and Kevin Ardis, and John and Allison Crissman; and two great-granddaughters, Madeline and Makalu.

   She was preceded in death by her husband John, and one sister, Mary Fowler Wilson.

   Funeral services were held May 22 at United Methodist Church, Lake City, with Rev. Edrye Eastman Sealey officiating. Interment was at Lake City Cemetery.

   Arrangements were by Young Funeral Home, Lake City.

 

                                   

 

 

Marguerite Cummins

 

   F. Marguerite Cummins, 74, of Bellevue, died March 28, 2001 at Trudy’s Home in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Cummins was born Dec. 21, 1926 to Elmer and Marjorie (Laird) Decker in Tiptonville, Tenn. She attended Tiptonville High School and moved to Muskegon in 1944. She was a homemaker. She married C. Wallace “Wally” Cummins on June 21, 1947 in Muskegon; he died April 4, 1996. She was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church, a bridge club, a book club, and a charter member of both the Etc. Clubs and the Old Mill Co-op.

   She is survived by daughters, Nancy Edwards of Bellevue and Lynn Keller of Battle Creek; sons, Donald Cummins of Battle Creek, and William and Murray Cummins of Bellevue; eight grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; brother, Bruce Decker of Muskegon; and sisters, Ellen Grant of Lexington, Ky., and Joyce Anne Yoder of Santa Ana, Calif.

   Services were held March 31 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Wally Cummins Fund at Binder Park Zoo, Alzheimer’s Association, Bellevue Public Library, Bellevue United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund, or to Good Samaritan Hospice Care.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Verda L. Cunningham

 

   Verda L. “Gale” Cunningham, 77, of Charlotte died Jan. 18, 2001, at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mrs. Cunningham was born June 20, 1923 in Muncie, IN, the daughter of Roscoe and Alta (Carpenter) Gale and had been a Charlotte resident for about 25 years. She was a 1941 graduate of Royerton (IN) High School and a retired employee of Aluminum Extrusion Division of Hoover Group, Charlotte. She was a member of Charlotte Eagles, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.

   She is survived by five sisters, Naomi Hurry of Lynn, IN, Margaret Garver of Warsaw, IN, Deloris Nichols of Muncie, IN, Imajean Brown of Bedford, IN, and Reba Shorter of North Fr. Myers, FL; two stepdaughters, Judith Campbell and Janie Hole; one stepson, Billy Cunningham; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert “Bill” Cunningham in 1987; two sisters, Opal Talbert and Dorothy Eromo; and two brothers, Emery Gale and Donald Gale.

   Services were Jan. 22 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Glen Neal and Charles Jenson officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Eagles, VFW Auxiliary or American Legion Auxiliary.

 

                                   

 

 

Gladys M. Curtis

 

   Gladys Marie (Kelley) Curtis, 81, of Charlotte, died May 30, 2001.

   Mrs. Curtis was born March 18, 1920 in Clare, the daughter of George and Dora (Miller) Highlen. She was a member of the Congregational Church in Charlotte, an avid square dancer, and enjoyed gardening and traveling. She is survived by daughters, Charlotte (Kelly) Custer of Edwardsburg, Betty Feintuch of Okemos, Janet (Ron) Baker of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Dick) Feldpausch of Holt and Tammy (David) Sercombe of Hanover; son, Leonard Kelley of Arizona; daughter-in-law, Gwen Kelley of Arizona; 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Fern Jenkins of Lansing; and close friend, Ray Burley of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Fred Kelley; brother, George Highlen; and sister, Flossie DeBarr. Funeral services were held June 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Donald O. Phillips officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Needmore Cemetery or the charity of one’s choice. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Connie L. Darling

 

   Connie Lorraine Darling, 60, of South Lyon, died Friday, March 2, 2001.

   Mrs. Darling was born April 21, 1940, in Vermontville, the daughter of Thomas and Eloise (Hadden) Seitz.

   She is survived by her husband Frank Darling of South Lyon; son, Thomas (Kris) Darling of Howell; daughter, Kim (Jim) Frisbie of Howell; grandchildren, Tara and Nicole Darling, and Mickey and Jamie Frisbie; and mother, Eloise and step-father, Lewis Link of Howell.

   Funeral services were held March 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

Verdan P. Davenport

 

   Verdan P. Davenport, 88, of Grand Ledge, died Thursday evening, June 21, 2001 at a Delta Township nursing home.

   Mr. Davenport was born Sept. 30, 1912 in Portland, a son of Perry and Tacy (Peacock) Davenport. He was a World War II Army veteran, a farmer and woodworker. He attended the Grand Ledge Senior Citizens group.

   He is survived by daughter, Carol Conley of Grand Ledge; son, Roger (Marie) Davenport of Mulliken; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Kyte of Grand Ledge; two brothers, Sheldon Davenport and Harold (Sally) Davenport, both of Lansing; and special friend, Marion Humphrey.

   He was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Kinney and Lucille Avendshein.

   Services were held June 26 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Steven Bohus officiating. Cremation followed the services. Interment will be held at a later date at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

 

                                   

 

 

Laura L. Davidson

 

   Laura Lawless Davidson, 93, of Grand Ledge died Jan. 27, 2001.

   Mrs. Davidson was born March 7, 1907, the daughter of Peter and Ana Huhn. She was a lifelong area resident and member of St. Michael Church for 70 years.

   Surviving are sons, Leo (Shirley) Lawless and Don (Mary) Lawless, both of Grand Ledge; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Arthur Lawless and husband, Leslie Davidson; and a daughter, Carol Edwards.

   Funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 at St. Michael Catholic Church, With Fr. Robert McGraw as Celebrant. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

   Arrangements were by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ladies Alter Society of St. Michael Church.

 

                                   

 

 

John M. Davis

 

   John M. Davis, 86, of Olivet, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001.

   Mr. Davis was born in Battle Creek on Jan. 5, 1915. He moved to Eaton County in the early 1930s and lived there for over 70 years. He married Clara Hungerford on Oct. 31, 1936, and was a life-long farmer, residing at Tanglewood Farm since he was 13 years old. Mr. Davis applied many innovative practices to farm management that were written up in numerous farming publications, including cover stories in Successful Farming, Capper’s Farmer and Nation’s Agriculture. He received numerous agricultural awards, including Michigan Milk Producers Association “Fieldman of the Year” in 1978. Mr. Davis was the first farmer to speak at Michigan Farmers Week at MSU in 1952, and he subsequently made many public appearances, always incorporating humor to emphasize his point. He served on the board of directors of the Michigan Milk Producers Battle Creek local for 12 years, and served his community on the Olivet School Board for 21 years. Mr. Davis shared his love of horses with the community by giving sleigh and wagon rides.

   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Clara; sons, Aaron (Dorothy), Don (Pam) and Jon (Linda); daughter, Hazle (Fred) Nurnberger; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara McLaughlin of Charlotte and Ann Meyers of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

   Per his request, Mr. Davis’ body was donated to MSU for medical research. Memorial services were held Dec. 13 at Olivet Congregational Church, with Rev. Roy Backus officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Marvin Davis

 

   Marvin Davis, 61, of Mulliken, Michigan died Tuesday, September 18, 2001.

   Mr. Davis was born May 11, 1940, in Charlotte, the son of Warren and Esther (McCormick) Davis. He was a machine repairman for BOC in Lansing, an avid deer and game hunter and a solid supporter of the NRA.

   He is survived by his wife Mary (Brandt), daughter, Kelly (Jack) Spinner of Grand Ledge, son Jeffrey Davis of Elkhart, Indiana, 3 grandchildren, Shane, Jacqualyn and Shanandua Rust.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.

 

                                   

 

 

Ora E. Davis

 

   Ora E. Davis, 90, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System. Mrs. Davis was born Sept. 28, 1911, the daughter of Harley and Ethel Johnson in Johnstown Township. She attended Hastings High School, worked as a cook at Northside Manor and Sunset Acres, and retired from Shranks Cafeteria. She married Merle Davis Aug. 17, 1931 in Banfield; he died in 1995. She was a member of the Sunshine Club, the National Rifle Association and the Pleasantview Family Church. She enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, crocheting, gardening, snowmobiling and traveling. She especially loved seeing her many grandchildren, and her church. She is survived by sons, Milburn (Pat) Davis and Donald Davis of Bellevue, Neil (Marie) Davis of Dowling, and Marvin (Bernadette) Davis of Deland, Fla.; daughters, Jean (Bob) Ashdon of Hastings, Nancy (Clyde) Wallace of Bellevue, Janet (Floyd) Fender of Vermontville and Carolyn Davis of Dowling; 30 grandchildren, and 86 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Nina Cartwright of Scotts, Ada (Gerald) Crawley and Bernice Johnson of Battle Creek. She was preceded in death by sons, Darrell and Norman Davis; daughter, Gloria Davis; and brother, Lyle Johnson. Services were held Nov. 27 at Pleasantview Family Church, with Rev. Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment was at Ellis Cemetery, Assyria Township. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Pleasantview Family Church. Arrangement were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Wesley DeBolt

 

   Wesley DeBolt, 71, of DeWitt, formerly of Vermontville, died Nov. 16, 2001.

   Mr. DeBolt was born Nov. 16, 1930 in Kalamo Township, the son of Clarence and Esther (Kellogg) DeBolt. He was an employee at Transitions North of Lansing, where he made many friends.

   He is survived by a brother, Louis (Judy) of Vermontville; sisters, Eleanor (Gary) Kinnie of Dover, Tenn., and Laura DeBolt of DeWitt; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and caregivers at the DeWitt Home.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Ed Linsley and Pastor Wes Emerson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Earl Decker

 

   Earl R. Decker, age 63 of Melbourne Florida and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, October 19, 2001. He was born in East Chicago, IN. He married Carole (Rishel), both were 1956 graduates of Eaton Rapids High School where he set records in basketball for many years.

   Mr. Decker came to Brevard County in 1985 from Colorado Springs, CO. He was a retired ordained minister and businessman. In the Melbourne area, he worked with his son in DeckAire, the family air conditioning business. Mr. Decker was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Palm Bay. He was a graduate of the Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, NY, with a Bachelors in Theology and from Hillsdale College with a B.A. For the next 25 years he pastured churches in Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, and New York. He was also a talented golfer and fierce competitor.

   Mr. Decker is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carole; sons Bruce (Kim) of Parker, CO, David (Natalie) and Steven, both of Melbourne; two grandchildren, Jessica and Mitchell; and three brothers, all of Florida.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard J. Decker

 

   Richard James Decker, 77, of Lansing, formerly of Bellevue, died Oct. 16, 2001 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Mr. Decker was born May 3, 1924 in Highland Park, the son of Richard and Anna (Hamilton) Decker. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1942 and from Michigan State College in 1950. He worked as a mechanical engineer for General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He also farmed.

   He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His marriage to Pearl Witherow ended in divorce. He married Joan Walter on June 19, 1981. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and dogs.

   He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, James (Jane) Decker of Prescott, Ariz; daughters, Patricia (Norm) Byers and Nancy (Paul) Byers of Bellevue, and Karen (Bill) Black of Bay City; stepdaughter, Robin (David) Greiner of Dimondale; and 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Marian Giddings.

   Graveside services were held Oct. 20 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with Pastor Steven Covert officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Pauline E. Dedafoe

 

   Pauline E. Dedafoe, age 84 of Dimondale, died Tuesday evening, May 29, 2001 at a Lansing hospital. Mrs. Dedafoe was born June 5, 1916 in Windsor Township, a daughter of Ford and Myrtle (Howe) Hilliard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, a son, Carl, and two grandchildren. Mrs. Dedafoe was a member of S.E.R.A.

   Surviving are two daughters, Karen Kemper of Grand Ledge and Gertrude Switzer of Holt; three sons, Kenneth (Barbara) Dedafoe of St. Helen, Joseph (Helen) Dedafoe of Grayling and Ronald (Nancy) Dedafoe of Onondaga; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lee Hilliard of Dimondale and Lloyd Hilliard of Marshall; one sister, Darlene Taul of Lansing; several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Saturday, June 2nd, at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Rev. John A. Toth officiating. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

James Lee Degg

 

   James Lee Degg, age 47 of Grand Ledge and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 30, 2001. He was born October 16, 1953 in Bay City, the son of Matthew Lee and Delores Marie (Preston) Degg. Jim was a carpenter and was currently working for Jim Smythe Construction Company in Okemos. He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Surviving are his wife, Rebecca (Tottingham) Degg of Eaton Rapids; son, James Degg; 3 step-children, Jon Shaw of Mason, Tracie Schnepp of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Patiance Marie Degg, Blake Shaw, Jakob Guy and Sydney Shaw; sister, Genny (Al) Blanchard of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date. The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Russell W. Detering

 

   Russell W. Detering, 79, of Dimondale, died Aug. 8, 2001.

   Mr. Detering was born April 4, 1922 in Lansing, the son of Fred and Elizabeth Detering. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired as a first lieutenant with the Lansing Police Department, having served from 1945 to 1978. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing and traveling with his wife Lynne in their motorhome.

   He is survived by two daughters, Linda (Tim) Griffith of Springport and Gail (Michael) Scott of Dimondale; one son, William Detering of Ionia; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve “Lynne”, whom he married on Oct. 21, 1944.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capitol Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906, or the Dimondale Library. Arrangements were by Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

Ivan J. DeWalt

 

   Ivan J. DeWalt, 66, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, after an extended illness.

   Mr. DeWalt was born Jan. 9, 1935 in Marion, Ind., the son of Paul and Wilma (Bloom) DeWalt and had been Charlotte resident since 1965, coming from Marion, Ind. He was a 1953 graduate of Marion, Ind., high school attended the Chicago Baking School, was a retired police officer for the city of Charlotte, with 18 years of service, and was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, and its Adult Choir and Men’s Club. Mr. DeWalt was also a member of Spencer Avenue United Methodist Choir, SPEBSQUA (barbershop quartet) and the Grant County Volkswagon Club, all in Marion, Ind. He was also a member of Charlotte Lodge #120 F & AM, a member and “exhausted rooster” of the Charlotte and Marion, Ind., Jaycees, was a Charlotte Fire Department volunteer, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and was a Charlotte Bethel #1 Job’s Daughters Associate Guardian. His hobbies included his grandchildren, fishing, camping, photography, bird watching and feeding, singing, keyboard playing, woodworking, lawn care, baking and cooking. He was married to Loretta Jean Ballard on April 3, 1955 in Marion, Ind.

   He is survived by his wife, Loretta; two daughters, Kathleen Marie (Timothy) Pruden of Charlotte and Ronda Lee (Brian) Decker of Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren, Michael, Tiffany and Andrew Pruden, and Alexis, Sydney and Shelby Decker; his mother, Wilma DeWalt of Marion, Ind.; one brother, Ronald (Adelle) DeWalt of Erie, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Barbara (John) Buxton of Festus, Mo., and Patricia Ballard of Marion, Ind.; cousin, Rev. Edwin Clark of Warsaw, Ind; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and special friends, Dennis and Sandra Fast of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Paul DeWalt, and a niece, Janet DeWalt.

   Funeral services were held June 29 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming, Rev. Edwin Clark and Charlotte Lodge #120 F & AM officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church Adult Choir for new robes and music holders, or to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Linda Lou Dickey-Goins

 

   Linda Lou Dickey-Goins, age 57 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 23, 2001 at her residence. She was born July 21, 1944 in Hudson, MI, the daughter of Otha and Minnie Mae (Smith) Moyer. Linda retired in 1999 after 30 years of service for General Motors, Lansing, and she was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652. Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Sherry Jacoby in 1983; and a brother, Jim Moyers.

   Surviving are her husband Donald Goins Jr.; 2 children, Michael Jacoby of Eaton Rapids and Nicole (Dale) Harris Jr. of Horton, MI; 4 step-children, Craig Goins of Lansing, Elizabeth (Donald) McClure of Lansing, Brian (Josi) Goins of Dimondale and Scott (Lisa) Goins of Grand Ledge; 11 grandchildren; 9 brothers and sisters, Doris (Roger) Lambright of Hillsdale, Walter “Butch” (Cindy) Moyer of Litchfield, Ray (Nellie) Moyer of Allen, Barb (Albert) Waldron of Camden, Mary (John) Pate of Litchfield, Betty (Kenneth) Hargrove of Missouri, Cathy (Victor) Bustillos of Arizona, Carolyn Norris of Litchfield and Dee Dee (Ira) VanDussen of Holland; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 28th at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Morna Dillon

 

   Morna (Farr) Dillon, 67, formerly of Charlotte, died June 13, 2001 in Baytown, Texas.

   Mrs. Dillon was born March 8, 1934, along with her twin sister Lorna, to Charles and Genevieve Farr. She married Otto Dillon on May 6, 1950 in LaGrange, Ind. She worked in Charlotte at the A & P store before moving to Grayling to run the Circle “D” Riding Stable and Ice Cream Parlor. She later moved to Babytown, Texas, where she did computer set-ups for area hospitals. She loved children, and helped raise several who will miss her deeply.

   She is survived by four daughters, Dixie (Dick) Lobsinger, Penney (Ed) Stevenson, Vicky Jackson and Candace Medeiros; sister, Inez (Bob) Gould of Eaton Rapids; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and several brothers and sisters, including her twin sister, Lorna Brummett on June 29, 1976.

   Memorial services will be held June 30 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens Chapel, Lansing, at 1 p.m., with Elder Kristine Beckman of the Community of Christ Church in Charlotte officiating. Further information is available at www.BuzzingNeen@webtv.net.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald C. Dilno

 

   Donald C. Dilno, 46, of Charlotte, formerly of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2002. Mr. Dilno was born June 12, 1955 in Bellevue, the son of Edson and Juanita (Mead) Dilno, and had been a Charlotte resident for nine years, coming from Bellevue. He was a graduate of Bellevue High School, was employed as a machine operator for the Grand Trunk Railroad for 22 years, and was a member of Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552. Mr. Dilno was an avid Harley-Davidson man as well as an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Robin Anne (Siefert) Dilno; three children, Jimmy, Kendra and Brooke, all at home; two brothers, Eric of Battle Creek and Marty of Texas; two sisters, Mary Renfrow and Jan Clemens of Texas; and step-father, Joe Daly of Bellevue. Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Internment may be made to Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Arlie B. Dimond

 

   Arlie B. Dimond, 80, of Charlotte, died Aug. 11, 2001.

   Mr. Dimond was born Sept. 15, 1920 in Hastings, the son of Walter and Flossie Dimond. He was past commander of VFW Maple City Post #2406 and a member of American Legion Post #42. He was in the Military Police during World War II and served in the China-Burma-India Theatre. He retired from Lansing Electric Motors in 1980 after 33 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife, Maurine; sons, David (Sandy) and John (Joyce), both of Charlotte; daughter, Sandra of Charlotte; stepdaughter, Sandra Bassett of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepson-in-law, Richard (Janet) Brummette of Grand Ledge; two grandsons, Matt (Karla) Dimond and Jason Dimond; two granddaughters, Shelly (Jeff) Kyle and Jennifer (Scott) Shockley; one great-grandson, Hunter Dimond; one great-granddaughter, Ashley Kyle; five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter; three step-great-grandsons; five step-great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean in 1980; a sister, Mildred Carter; and a brother, James.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Carol Spangenburg officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Unah E. Dingman

 

   Unah E. Dingman, 84, of Nashville, died Thursday, June 28, 2001 at Tendercare in Hastings.

   Mrs. Dingman was born July 23, 1916 in Lakeview, the daughter of William and Grace (Patterson) Stewart. She was raised in southern Michigan and attended area schools. She was married to Howard Dingman in November 1935 in Lansing. In 1943 the couple moved to the Nashville area to pursue dairy farming. Mrs. Dingman was a devoted spouse who was committed to her family. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as music, playing the piano, doing word searches, and putting together puzzles.

   She is survived by sons, Neal (Annetta) Dingman of Hastings, Loren (Margaret) Dingman of St. Ignace and Roger (Bonnie) Dingman of Nashville; daughter, Lois (Bill) Browne of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in by her husband, Howard; brothers, Henry Steward, Garald Stewart, Mylo Stewart and Leo Stewart; and an infant brother, Carl Stewart.

   Services were held July 2 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Rev. Stutts officiating. Interment was at Wilcox Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Clara M. Dossett

 

   Clara Marie Dossett, 91, of LaMesa, California, formerly of Charlotte, died, Friday, June 1, 2001.

   Mrs. Dossett was born Aug. 14, 1909, in Eaton County, the daughter of John and Zora (Gidner) Holmes. She was a secretary for Civil Service in the San Diego County Health Department for approximately 30 years.

   She is survived by brothers, Kenneth Holmes of Lansing, Wayne Holmes of Ridgewood, N.J.; sisters, Irene Hart of Fullerton, Calif., and Gladys Coats of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Forrest in 1934, brother Ivan Holmes, and sister Della DuBois.

   Funeral services were held June 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Gary G. Douglas

 

   Gary G. Douglas, 59, of Battle Creek, died Oct. 16, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Douglas was born April 15, 1942 in Potterville, Calif., the son of Phillip and Gladys (Phelps) Douglas. He served in the U.S. Navy during the early 1960’s. He worked as a journeyman electrician for Eaton Corporation for 14 years, and retired from General Motors in 1996 after working for them for 12 years. Mr. Douglas married Ada Saylor Nov. 22, 1979. He was an avid reader and loved to learn new things. He enjoyed baseball, fishing, hunting, woodworking, cooking, learning geography and history. He coached Little League in Battle Creek. In addition to raising his own children, Mr. Douglass and his wife Ada opened their home to many people in need. They served as foster parents, taking in disabled children and Vietnamese refugee children who had come to the United States without parents. They also worked closely with the Eaton County Shelter Program, an agency that placed homeless individuals and families in private homes between 1988 and 1994. Mr. Douglas assisted dozens of homeless individuals, helping them get on their feet and make a fresh start in life.

   He is survived by his wife, Ada; daughters, Dawn (Doug) May, Lisa (Michael) Lemons and Karin Lee of Battle Creek; sons, Bobby Middleton and Joe Middleton of Battle Creek, and Ha (Be) Van Lee of Lansing; and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Scott Douglas. Services will be held Monday, Oct. 22 at Shaw Funeral Home in Battle Creek. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Memorial donations may be made to the SIREN/Eaton Shelter in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Battle Creek.

 

                                   

 

 

Stephen M. Douglas

 

   Stephen (Eagle) M. Douglas, 52, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001.

   Mr. Douglas was born May 13, 1949 in Charleston, W.Va., the son of Woodrow Wilson and Wanita (LaFon) Douglas. He was an electrician for Owens Illinois and Spartan Motors.

   He is survived by daughters, Michelle (Dennis) Kowalski of Lansing and Josette (Dennis) Jubb of Bath; grandsons, Mason and Hunter; father, Woodrow of Bath; and several cousins, aunts, uncles, and many life-long friends in the Charlotte area.

   Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Hepatitis Foundation International or Alcoholics Anonymous. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Keith M. Dowding

 

   Keith M. Dowding, 53, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, May 3 at home.

   Mr. Dowding was born Aug. 11, 1947 in Charlotte, to Raymond and Mildred (Greenfield). He graduated from Olivet High School, and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, and served in the Army National Guard for several years. He was employed by Campbell Soup Company in Marshall.

   He is survived by daughters, Nicole Schultz of Jackson, Lisa Upton of Battle Creek, and Maegan Dowding of Bellevue; two grandchildren; and brother, Bruce of Olivet. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald. Services were held May 8 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with Pastor B. Mason Shambach officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard D. Doxtader

 

   Richard D. Doxtader, age 64 of Jackson and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died October 8, 2001. He was born March 12, 1937 in Kinneville, Michigan. Mr. Doxtader was an avid garage saler and friend to everyone he met. He had a kind heart and was generous and giving to everyone.

   He is survived by his children, Bonnie Hernandez, Brenda Brooks, Richard Paul Doxtader, Rosanna Domschot, Roxanna Garland, Richard Duane Doxtader Jr., and Raymond Doxtader; 13 grandkids, Ernesto, Joshua and Anthony Doxtader, Ashley Domschot, Bobbie and Kirsten Garland, Sunny and Denise Domschot, Casey Lou Doxtader, Andre Hernandez, Richard, Benito and Zachary Doxtader; great-grandchildren, Donavan and Katelyn Doxtader; brothers and sisters, Morris Doxtader, Dale Doxtader, Merwin Doxtader, Martha Bogart, Bobbie Bunker, Darlene Bristol, and Joyce Dernfield; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held October 11, 2001 from the Woodland Cemetery-Chapel with Rev. Sam Steadman officiating. Place of interment was Woodland Cemetery, Jackson, Michigan. Those desiring may make contributions to Faith Assembly of God, 129 Church, Leslie, MI 49251 in memory of Richard D. Doxtader.

 

                                   

 

 

Paul J. Dunning

 

   Paul Jean Dunning, 53, of Pentwater, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001.

   Mr. Dunning was born March 6, 1948 in Charlotte, the son of Edward VanBergan and Carla (Farrier) Dunning. He was a cartographer for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He and his wife Donna owned and operated Schatze Manor Bed and Breakfast before moving to Pentwater. He was an avid woodcarver-craftsman and artist. He was a member of the Charlotte Optimist Club and on the board of directors for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Donna Jean (LeClair); son Aaron Wesley (Christine) Dunning of Fruitport and daughter Aimee HeeBoon Dunning of Lansing; sister Nanette (Gerald) Podany of Charlotte and his parents.

   Funeral services were held May 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Charles Moore and Bill Courter officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Optimist Club.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Arthur L. Duty

 

   Arthur L. Duty, 76, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mr. Duty was born Oct. 9, 1924 in Monroe, the son of Wesley and June (Strubel) Duty. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a retired employee of General Motors in Lansing.

   Surviving are one brother, Wesley Duty of Monroe; and one sister, June Hatt of Grayling. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Lipp) Duty in 1982.

   At Mr. Duty’s request, there were no services held. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

John Vernon Dziewiatkowski

 

   John Vernon Dziewiatkowski, age 31 of Lansing and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, November 12, 2001 at a Lansing hospital. He was born December 25, 1969 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the son of John Thomas and Pamela Jean (Cusick) Dziewiatkowski. John was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1988. John was an unforgettable man, in both stature and persona. His outward appearance gave strangers pause, but on closer inspection, his eyes displayed his humor in shocking others, and his smile, a glimpse into the kindness and love he offered to all. The generosity of his heart was matched only in beauty by his Irish tenor. To hear John sing was to experience the gentle purity of the person within. He was an artisan, a gentleman, and a friend in the truest sense of the word, for all those whose lives he touched were enriched. He will not be forgotten by his classmates, wrestling companions or his friends of the renaissance.

   John remains living through his grandmother, Adeline; mother, Pamela; father, John; sisters, Katina and Shannon; brothers, Jason and Joshua; niece, Mekenna; nephews, Tate and David James; fiancée Isebela and her son Micah; loving aunts, uncles and cousins, and a lifetime of special friends.

   Memorial services were held on Saturday, November 17th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Alan Wakefield of St. James Catholic Church in Mason as celebrant.

 

                                   

 

 

James F. Effner

 

   James F. Effner, 61, born May 30, 1939 in Joliet, Ill., passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001.

   Mr. Effner retired from Fisher Body, was a Korean War veteran, a 1973 Michigan State University graduate and a leader in the woodworking industry for 25 years. He was also the technical editor of FDM magazine and co-owner with his wife, Marilyn of Welcome Woods Campground in Hastings.

   He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Judi (Bill) Dillinger of Charlotte and Lori (Rytis) Balciunas of Pennsylvania; son, Ryan of California; step-children, Marty Titmus and Sheri Whitaker, both of Charlotte, Steven (Julia) Titmus and Linda (Paul) French, both of Hastings, Sally (Dean) Cronkright of Zeeland, Mike (Mary) Titmus of Florida, and Robert (Wendy) Titmus of Ohio; brothers, Ron of Sparta and Wesley of Florida; sister, Ruth Robbins of Florida; and 24 grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Lavern Sneary and James Effner and brother, John Effner.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Sadie M. Eitniear

 

   Sadie Mae Eitniear, 104, of Forth Wayne, Ind., died May 21, 2001 at Arbors at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Ind.

   Mrs. Eitniear was born Feb. 26, 1897 in Putnam County, Ohio, the daughter of Frank and Laura (Eagle) Hardwick. She was a homemaker, and she and her husband ran a truck farm near Eaton Rapids and sold produce at the Farmer’s Market in Lansing. She was a member of the Woodview Church of God in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and a former member of South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte.

   She is survived by daughters, Beatrice Michael of Lansing and Geraldine Steers of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 28 great-great-grandchildren, nine great-great-great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester in 1965, and a daughter, Erna in 1932.

   Services were held May 25 at the South Cochran Church of God, Charlotte, with Pastor Donald Kinser and Pastor Hugh Burger officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodview Church of God in Ft. Wayne, Ind., or the South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte. Arrangements were by the Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

 

                                   

 

 

John C. Engel, Sr.

 

   John C. Engel, Sr., 81, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at his home at Higgins Lake.

   Mr. Engel was born May 10, 1920 in East Lansing, the son of Charles and Ruth (Butler) Engel. He was a World War II veteran and a lifetime member of Tin Can Soldiers, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Potterville, Post No. 6034.

   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edith Mae (Harris) Engel; daughters, Barbara (Roger) Zerba of Olivet, Patricia (Kenneth) Hancock of Mulliken, and Joan (Elton) Crowe of Charlotte; son, John Engel, Jr. of Eaton Rapids; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; and sister, June Wirt of Lansing.

   Cremation has taken place and interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Arrangements made by Christler Funeral Home, Inc., of Houghton Lake.

 

                                   

 

 

George Dwight Farr

 

   George Dwight Farr, age 88 of Eaton Rapids, died September 10, 2001 in Battle Creek. George was born May 10, 1913 in Alma, the son of Charles Summer and Ida Mae (Church) Farr. Mr. Farr was a retired self employed painter and decorator and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (Denbow) Davis Farr; 6 sisters, Florence Allbee, Helen DeCamp, Daisy Wilkenson, Dorthy and Emma Farr, Ardella Jenks; 4 brothers, Frank, Ansel, Charles and Martin Farr.

   Surviving are his 4 step daughters, Donna (James) McBride of Eaton rapids, Bess (Ed) Wiggins of Farwell, Mona Miller and Irene (Al) Howe both of Florida; step son, John R. Davis of Arizona; step granddaughter, Brenda (Harlan) Harvey of MA; 3 step great-grandchildren, Hannah, Halle and Hattie Harvey, many other step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Bebout of West Branch; several nieces and nephews including, Donna Carlson, James Farr, Jim and Marilyn Holland all of Riverdale, Sharon Morgan of Sumner and Ivan and Berniece Gillis of Alma.

   Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2001, 2 p.m. at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. Those desiring may make contributions to either the VA Medical Facility in Battle Creek or Tri-County Office on Aging for Meals on Wheels in memory of George D. Farr. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

James E. Fasnaugh Sr.

 

   James Edward Fasnaugh Sr., 67, of Baldwin died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001.

   Mr. Fasnaugh was born May 8, 1933 in Charlotte, the son of Barney and Eva (Draper) Fasnaugh. He retired as an inspector for Oldsmobile and served on the Potterville-Benton Township Fire Department and the Potterville Police Department for many years.

   He is survived by his wife Shirley (Hite); sons, Thomas (Shelley) of Charlotte and James Jr. of Potterville; grandson, Tyler; and granddaughter, Teddy Jo.

   Funeral services were Feb. 14 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard A. Fast

 

   Richard Albin Fast, “The Oldest Soldier”, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. Mr. Fast, the son of Albin Fast and Helen (Brooks) Fast, was born Jan. 30, 1933 in Charlotte. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1951. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Homer Brooks, and father, Albin Fast, he apprenticed in the masonry trade, receiving his journeyman’s card in the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. Mr. Fast was an accomplished and master stone and brick mason, a craftsman who took pride and perfection in his work. In May 2001, he was recognized for 50 years of service to his trade. He was founder and co-owner of Fast Masonry Systems – a masonry support supply company that sold the product he invented and patented in his early retirement years. Mr. Fast loved to travel and his adventures often led him to Florida, Texas and New Mexico. He was also a long-time member of Eagles Aerie #3552 of Charlotte. His family, friends, and puppy dogs were the heart of his life. He is survived by daughters, Sherri (Randy) Crandell, Micki Smith, Kim Fast and Tracy Symonds; grandchildren, Chad, Nicole, Jeromi, Jared, Tyler, Kate, Ryan and Emily; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Cole, Evan and Nolan; brothers, Dennis (Sandy) Fast and Doug (Missy) Fast; childhood partners in crime and lifetime friends, Darrell Hicks and Ken Sherman; loving cousin, Marilyn Smith, and several other cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held Nov. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Public Library or Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Frances H. Faurot

 

   Frances Helen Faurot, 70, of Marshall, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2001 at Oaklawn Hospital.

   Mrs. Faurot was born June 18, 1931 in Marshall, the daughter of William and Elinor (Thornton) Courtright. She was a lifelong resident of the Marshall and Olivet areas. She had been a cook for many years in the Olivet area, and owned and operated Fran’s Family Restaurant in Olivet until her retirement in 1991. On April 23, 1947 she married Max Leroy Faurot in Angola, Ind. That marriage ended in divorce. Mrs. Faurot enjoyed playing bingo, watching sporting events and game shows – especially Jeopardy – on television. She treasured the time she spent with her family and friends.

   She is survived by daughters, Linda Purucker of Battle Creek, Deb (Joe) Mulvany of Montrose, Kim Lassen of St. Louis, and Kelly (Greg) Alberda of Marshall; sons, Robert of Olivet and Bryan (Patty) of Nashville; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Florence (Vic) Watson of Olivet and Doris (Dennis) Pombier of Springport; and a brother, Richard Courtright of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William and Raymond Courtright; and a grandchild.

   Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Arrangements were by the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall.

 

                                   

 

 

Wayne M. Figg

 

   Wayne M. Figg, 82, of Dimondale, died Oct. 14, 2001 after a long illness.

   Mr. Figg was born Oct. 23, 1918, the son of Edgar and Pansy Figg, on their farm near Dimondale – a place he always loved. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1939 and was proud to be a Spartan. He was a sports fan, especially of football and hockey, and he and his wife Norma attended several bowl games. Mr. Figg met the former Norma Jean Phelps when both joined the Lansing Symphony Orchestra as violinists. They were married Oct. 23, 1946 and were the first couple to have met there and married. They were with the orchestra for 20 years. Mr. Figg loved working the farm and growing things. He also worked for Kroger, and like to say he had been in the food business from the growing to selling of it. He was an avid stamp collector and also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. After his retirement from Kroger, he and Norma traveled throughout several states and European countries, where they were able to trace some family roots. A special trip was made to the Holy Land, guided by their minister, Rev. John Toth. Mr. Figg was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale, and had served as a deacon.

   He is survived by his wife, Norma; two sons, Lynn (Dee) Figg of Sterling Heights and David (Jill) Figg of Lansing; one granddaughter, Jennifer Figg of Sterling Heights; sister-in-law, Evelyn Figg; and special cousin, Ella (Donald) Campbell.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Basil Figg. Funeral services were Oct. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale, with Rev. John Toth officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Edwin John Fillingham

 

   Edwin John Fillingham, age 98 of Columbia, TN, died May 27, 2001 in Columbia. Edwin was born April 7, 1903 in Shante Bay, Ontario, Canada, the son of Joseph and Maggie (Crittenden) Fillingham. He was retired from the State of Michigan Purchasing Department where he worked as a Senior Buyer for 20 years. Edwin was a member of the Odd Fellows and the United Methodist Church.

   Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Judith; 5 daughters, Leatha (James) Van Dyke of Annandale, VA, Brenda Birdsall of Mason, Kathy (Cliff) Dye of Eaton Rapids, Debra (Larry) Harrison of Eaton Rapids, Pamela Piper of Charlotte; 3 sons, Joseph (Mary Ellen) Fillingham of Olivet, Ronald (Eileen) Fillingham of Paris, AR, Claude William Fillingham III of Columbia, TN; 24 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2001, 1:00 p.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Edwin J. Fillingham.

 

                                   

 

 

Janith M. Fisher

 

   Janith M. (Bartlett) Fisher, 75, of Olivet died Jan. 8, 2001 at the home of her son in Graford, Texas, following an extended illness. Mrs. Fisher was born in Charlotte, the daughter of Arthur and Emma (Johnson) Bartlett and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She had been the owner of the former Bib’N’Tucker Restaurant in Olivet and had been a school bus driver for the Olivet School District. She was married to Ralph H. Fisher April 6, 1947.

   She is survived by one daughter, Denise Thorman of Stockbridge; one son, Steve (Cherrie) of Graford, TX; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in by her husband, Ralph May 9, 1997. Services were Jan. 15 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Douglas Hammond officiating. Interment was in the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of North Texas or American Cancer Society.

 

                                   

 

 

Iva Vye Foote

 

Iva Vye Foote, age 94 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 30, 2001 and now is asleep with Jesus. Iva Vye Alverson (I.V.A.) was born the youngest of 3 children on August 12, 1906 in Rives Junction, the daughter of Floyd and Elizabeth Alverson. Iva was married to Eddie J. Foote of Eaton Rapids on December 29, 1926. She was a lifelong resident and vital part of this growing Eaton County community and a member of the First Baptist Church for over sixty years. Many will recall visiting “The Best Gas Station in Michigan by a Dam Site,” Foote & Custer Standard Service, for gas, candy and conversation. Iva was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie J. Foote, in 1960; her son, J.B. Foote, D.D.S. in 1977; her great grandchildren, Brandon J.D. Wyse in 1980 and Carly Gayle Foote in 1990.

   Surviving are her son, Wayne E. (Margot) Foote of St. Ignace; daughter-in-law, Kathie Foote of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Iva entered into the presence of our Redeemer and Lord Jesus on June 30, 2001. She will be remembered most of her love and dedication to the lives and souls of her family and friends. Through encouragement and unconditional Christlike love, she taught humility and contentment. Her harvest is an eternal security, in Jesus our Savior. Proverbs 31:25-28 states “Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to some, she opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed…”

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 9220 Kinneville Rd., Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. until service time at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to either the Youth Haven Ranch, First Baptist Church or the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Iva Vye Foote. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

Marjorie M. Force

 

   Marjorie Mae Force, 82, of Ann Arbor, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 26, 2001.

   Mrs. Force was born July 25, 1918 in Eaton County, the daughter of Wellman and Mabel (Rogers) Wilson. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling for many years. She married Carrol Force who preceded her in death in 1991.

   She is survived by daughter Sue Force and her husband Jerry Emmitt of Ann Arbor.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Maxine Bradley in 1997.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronney D. Fox Jr.

 

   Ronney Dale Fox Jr., 37, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing. Mr. Fox was born in Charlotte, the son of Ronnie Sr. and Carol (Peterson) Fox, and was a life-long Charlotte resident. He was a 1982 graduate of Charlotte High School and attended Lake Superior State College. He was an employee of the Woodland Townhouse Restaurant and was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. He had boxed in the Golden Gloves while in school. He is survived by four children, Ashley Fox, Ronney Fox III, Emily Fox and Robbey, all of Eaton Rapids; his parents, Ronney and Carol Fox of Charlotte; one sister, Tracey (John) Knaggs of Charlotte; one brother, Bradley (Jennifer) Fox of Jackson; grandmother, Lena Peterson of Charlotte; and numerous, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Richard Workman officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken. Memorial contributions may be made to his children for their education. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Verna M. Frederick

 

   Verna Mae (Woodbury) Frederick, 95, of Vermontville, died June 18, 2001 at Robinson’s Adult Foster Care, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Frederick was born Oct. 27, 1905 in Eaton Township, the daughter of Archie and Lillian (Burrows) Wonser. She was raised in the Charlotte area and attended Santee School and Charlotte High School. She married Oswell Woodbury on Aug. 24, 1933. She and Oswell owned and operated a gas station/store in Rosebush, then moved to a farm in Vermontville after 1951. Mrs. Frederick was a member of the United Methodist Church at Gresham, the Vermontville Sunshine Club, Senior Clubs or Battle Creek, and attended Nashville Baptist Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crafting, gardening and was involved in Eaton County 4-H.

   She is survived by sons, Boyd (Barb) Woodbury of Potterville, Lester (Norma) Woodbury of Vermontville, and Wayne (Mary) Woodbury of Delta Junction, Alaska; daughter, Phyllis (Edgar) Smith of Charlotte; sister, Edith (Donald) Hale of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Virginia Wonser of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Lillian (Burrows) Wonser; husbands, Oswell “Ossie” Woodbury and Deo Frederick; brother, Pearl Wonser; sister-in-law, Luella Wonser; brother, Robert Wonser; sister, Mildred David Smith; brothers-in-law, Frank David and Harold Smith.

   Services were held June 21 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Hospice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Rodney M. Frei

 

   Rodney Manning Frei, 29, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001 as a result of a motorcycle accident.

   Mr. Frei was born Oct. 13, 1971 in Lansing, the son of Dennis and Nancy (Budziak) Frei. He worked in the Technical and Facilities Maintenance Department, College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. He was a loving and devoted father to his daughters, and a great and loyal friend to many. He was an avid motorcycle fan and raised money for the St. Vincent Home for Children through the Survivors Motorcycle Charity Run.

   He was survived by daughters, Chelsie, Mackenzi and Hannah; his parents; sister, Courteney Frei; and grandfather, John Budziak. Funeral mass was held Aug. 13 at St. Mary Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Dennis Spitzley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent Home for Children. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Ida G. French

 

   Ida G. French, age 70 of Charlotte, died June 16, 2001 at Ingham Medical Hospital. Mrs. French was born in Eaton County, the daughter of George B. and Mary Ethel (Andrews) Hall.

   She is survived by daughters, Charlotte (Tom) Donaldson of Scottville, Mary E. ( Norman) Stadel of Bellevue, Georgia Farr of Charlotte, Ruth French of Onondaga and Wilma (Dan) Ketchum of Linden; sons, Charles French of Onondaga, Martin (Lisa) French of Charlotte, Richard (Monica) French of Marshall, and William (Kim) French, Jr. of Onondaga; 40 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, George Z. Hall of Charlotte; sister, Pauline Bruch of Kalkaska and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; former husband, William Sr.; sister, Mary (Leonard) French; and grandchildren John Pontz and Tom Van Horn; and beloved friend Homer Bryant.

   The family will receive visitors from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at the Pray Funeral Home. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association. Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Frederick F. Frith

 

   Frederick Francis Frith, 99, of Vermontville died Feb. 14, 2001 at Pennock Hospital.

   Mr. Frith was born in Vermontville Twp., Eaton Co., the son of Joseph Allen Frith and Mary Etta Dean. He worked for Fisher Body 18 years, Eaton Co. Road Commission of 12 years, and was township supervisor for 12 years. He was the oldest living member of the Vermontville Methodist Church.

   He is survived by three sons, Lawrence (Marville) of Vermontville; Morris Fred (Lillian) of Grand Rapids; Earl Richard (Arlene) of Lansing; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by son, Donald Robert, in World War II; and wife, Margaret in 1983.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Vermontville Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeff Bowman and Rev. David Johnston officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Taylor R. Fritz

 

   Taylor Rose Fritz, infant daughter of Robert and Debby (Kantola) Fritz of Bellevue, died at birth, Jan. 24, 2001 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

   Surviving are her parents and brother, Anthony Trainor of Bellevue; maternal grandmother, Rosemary Kantola of Marquette; paternal grandparents, Douglas and Betsy Fritz of Manistique and paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Rose Fritz, and paternal great-grandfather, Julius (Bud) Siegert, all of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandfather, Laurie Kantola. Memorial services will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Hazel I. Fruin

 

   Hazel I. (Ziegler) (Terry) Fruin, 91, of Bellevue, formerly of Charlotte, Battle Creek and Lansing, died Thursday, May 3, 2001 in Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Fruin was born June 10, 1909 in Walton Township, the daughter of Frank and Millie (Shrontz) Ziegler, and attended Butterfield Rural School in Brookfield Township. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1926, and attended Argubright Business School in Battle Creek. She worked at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, the Directory Co., and Postum in Battle Creek. She operated the Charlotte Pharmacy with her first husband, John Terry, until 1949, and later purchased Terry Drug Store in Lansing in 1950, selling it in 1958 after her husband’s death. Mrs. Fruin also worked for Rauser Drug Co. for four years, Michigan National Bank for two years, and the Michigan Department of Education Rehabilitation for 15 years, retiring in 1979. She moved to Bellevue in 1989. She married John Terry on June 30, 1949; he died June 30 1957. She married Hollis Fruin on March 22, 1989; he survives. Mrs. Fruin was a member of the Jobs Daughters while in Charlotte; Charlotte OES #218 and the White Shrine; a member and past president of the Ingham County Pharmacy Association; a member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lasing and president of its Women’s Fellowship; and a past president of the Sparrow Hospital Service Auxiliary, with 25 years of volunteer service.

   She is survived by her husband, Hollis; a cousin, Clara Holcomb of Charlotte; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held May 7 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Patrick Shelley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Plymouth Congregational Church, or the Charlotte OES #218. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Hollis B. Fruin

 

   Hollis B. Fruin, 96, of Bellevue, died Aug. 16, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Fruin was born July 18, 1905 in Bellevue Township, the son of Arthur and LoVira (Baldwin) Fruin. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1924 and attended Argubright Business College. His paternal grandparents came to Bellevue in 1843, settling on the farm where Arthur was born and lived for many years. Mr. Fruin worked for Eaton Manufacturing as a machine operator and supervisor until 1945. In 1938 he formed a partnership with Myrlon Dunbar to create the Dunbar – Fruin Ford Agency Sales & Service. He bought out his partner in 1962 and operated Fruin Ford in Bellevue, retiring in 1968. He married Frances Cook in 1938; she died Sept. 26, 1988. He later married Hazel Zeigler Terry in 1989; she died this year. He was a charter member of UAW Local 196 at Eaton Manufacturing; a life member of Bellevue Lodge #83 F. &A.M., where he was past master and a Royal Arch Mason in 1936, and Knights Templar #33; first president of Bellevue Chamber of Commerce in 1947; a member of Lions Club, Chief Lion in 1966; past president of Bellevue Commercial Club in 1966; chairman of Eaton County Zoning Board and Board of Appeals in 1956, and the Bellevue Township Board of Review; chairman of Eaton County Republicans in 1960’ and served on the Ford District Council. At the time of his death he was the holder of the “Golden Cane,” given to Bellevue’s oldest citizen. He was an avid golfer.

   He is survived by 10 nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by two wives, a sister, Florence Hughes, and brothers, LaVerne and Alden.

   Services were held Aug. 20 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Morton officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society-Calhoun Area. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Frederick Fuhr

 

   Frederick Fuhr, 93, of Hastings, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids.

   Mr. Fuhr was born Feb. 19, 1908 in Hope Township, Barry County, the son of Frederick and Tina Bell (Hall) Fuhr. He was raised in the Delton area and attended rural schools there. He lived most of his life in Barry County. Mr. Fuhr married Gertrude Todd in 1928; the marriage ended in divorce. He married Mercile Day in 1944; she died in 1988. He remarried Gertrude in 1989; she survives. Mr. Fuhr’s employment included farming, the old Bookcase & Chair Co. in Hastings, the former Hastings Aluminum Products Co., Eaton’s in Battle Creek, and was a professional race car driver for many years. He was a racecar enthusiast and a formerly well-known driver in midget car competition. His racing career spanned the years from 1939 to 1950, and in 1949 he was honored as “ The High Point Driver of the Year” in midget cars. He traveled extensively, winning numerous honors in racing. He was a life member of the Windchester Speedway in Indiana, and a long-time member of the “Old Timers Race Car Club.” He was an avid collector of race cars and his experience and expertise was often solicited by enthusiasts from around the world. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He raised and trained hunting dogs for many years, and was a former member of the Nashville Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; two sons, Gordon (Willo) of Hastings, and Frederick (Kathleen) Jr. of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Patricia Fuhr of Hastings; and two half-brothers, Keith Lechleitner of Grand Rapids, and Clarence Lechleitner of Sun City, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mercile; son, Franklin “Frank” in 1988; two sisters and three brothers. Services were held April 20 at Wren Funeral Home, Hastings, with Pastor Ryan White officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, Barry County Animal Shelter, or the Hastings Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

 

David L. Fuller

 

   David LeRoy Fuller, of Olivet, passed away Sept. 29, 2001 at his home on Pine Lake.

   Mr. Fuller was born Nov. 30, 1934 at home in Lake Odessa, the son of Carlton Arunah and Frances (Darling) Fuller and had been an Olivet resident since 1959. He graduated from Lake Odessa High School in 1952, with many awards in sports. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1952, serving in Germany for about two years, where he earned the Army of Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Fuller also served on the U.S. Army basketball team, winning games in Europe. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan in 1959, majoring in industrial arts and physical education/coaching, and received a permanent teaching certificate in secondary education in 1959. He taught industrial arts and coached all sports at Olivet High School for 30 years. Mr. Fuller was a member of the Olivet First Assembly of God and its Men’s Fellowship Group, was a member of the 700 Club, the American Center for Law & Justice, supported Family Life Radio and the Billy Graham Crusade, served as song leader at Nashville Baptist Church for 17 years, was a member of the Promise Keepers, and enjoyed traveling. He was married to Judith Altenhein Hollenbeck on July 29, 1967 at the Olivet Congregational Church by Dr. Morris Boucher.

   He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judith; six children, Karen Sue Petersen of San Antonio, Texas, Daniel Lynn (Sylvia) Fuller of Battle Creek, Christine Hollenbeck of Ovid, Sheila Beth Terry of Helendale, Calif., Eric David (Tracy) Fuller of Olivet and Erin Judith (Gregory) Bliss of Olivet; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Marc and Hannah Petersen, Jeremy and Jamie Fuller, Rebekah and Daniel Gibson, Rainey Hare, Christopher Terry and Cameron David Fuller; brother, Robert Eugene (Patricia) Fuller of Hastings; and sister, Carlene (Clifford) Shooltz of Dewitt.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at the Olivet First Assembly of God, with Rev. Douglas Hammond officiating. Interment was at the Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Effie M. Fuller

 

   Effie M. Fuller, age 89, died Wednesday, December 5, 2001 in Delta Twp. Effie was born July 30, 1912 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Jay Morris and Alice Leora (Miller) Seelye. She was a life member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, former President of the Eaton Rapids School Board and the business manager for the Eaton Rapids Medical Clinic from 1964 to 1979. Mrs. Fuller was preceded in death by her brother, George Seelye.

   Surviving are her husband of 65 years, James; 2 daughters, Georgia (Homer) Bentley, Marcia (David) Livingston both of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren, Amy (David) Harris, Matthew Bentley, Stephanie (John) Bentley-Weise, Dacia (Jeffrey) Parker, Erin (Timothy) Lemke, Nathaniel Bentley, Jessica Livingston, Jacob Livingston, Omaira (David) West; 2 great-grandchildren, Samuel Weise, Chloe Weise; sister-in-law, Betty Webb of Galesburg; she was a special grandmother to Sarah Copp, Jeannie Werkema and their families.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, December 10, at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Effie Fuller. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Lewis L. Fuller

 

   Lewis L. Fuller, 94, of Charlotte, died Sunday morning, Sept. 16, 2001 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte, following a short illness.

   Mr. Fuller was born Jan. 29, 1907 in Traverse City, a son of Lewis and Minnie (Schepler) Fuller. He was a life member of Eaton Rapids F & AM #63, a life member of the Elks and a retired employee of Lansing Drop Forge.

   He is survived by a granddaughter, Ann Brignole of Colleyville, Texas; three great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Boyer of Sunfield; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice in 1984.

   Services were held Sept. 19 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Masonic rites were conducted by the Eaton Rapids Lodge. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken. Pallbearers were E.J. Bowers, Lewis Fuller, Dewaine Gee, Jim Gee, Robert Gee and Burleigh Wellman.

   Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

                                   

 

 

Ramona A. Fuller

 

   Ramona Alice Fuller, 72, of Olivet, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001.

   Mrs. Fuller was born April 28, 1929 in Charlotte, the daughter of Herman and Minnie (Tripp) Cooper. She was a “grandma” to just about everyone, and enjoyed baking and cooking.

   She is survived by sons, Tim Nelson (Debra) Snow of Olivet, Jerry (Valerie) Snow of Springport and Theodore Snow of Olivet; daughters, Sylvia (Kip) Austin and Alice Snow, both of Battle Creek, and Connie (Daryl) Bryner Jr. of Charlotte; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes Haywood of Lasing; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; son, Chuckie; and a brother, James Cooper.

 Memorial services were held Nov. 14 at the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God, with Pastor Sandra Carpenter officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth W. Furlong

 

   Kenneth W. Furlong, 70, of Vermontville, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001 at Pennock Hospital, Hastings.

   Mr. Furlong was born May 19, 1931 and graduated from Nashville High School in 1949. He married Virginia LaFleur (Cox) in 1950 and married Sandie Koehler-Fuller in 1970. He served in the Korean War. Ken and Sandie owned Vermontville Hardware for 10 years. He drove a gravel truck, was part owner of Furlong Brothers and K & S Landscaping, and retired to care for a special grandmother. Mr. Furlong enjoyed racing micro midgets, watching Nascar, supporting local softball teams, fishing and “tinkering.” He especially loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting events.

   He is survived by his wife, Sandie of Vermontville; sons, Ross (Debbie) Furlong of Vermontville, Scott (Jackie) Furlong of Charlotte and Jim (Joyce) Fuller of Charlotte; daughters, Linda (Ron) Hannink of Evart, Cindy Grant/Taylor (Tom) and Teresa (John) Thomas, both of Vermontville and Debbie (Randy) Vandiver of Lansing; step-daughter, Chris Carpenter; 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Russ (Irene) Furlong of Nashville and Richard (Caroline) Furlong of Woodland; sister, Mabel (Neil) Wilson of Lake Odessa; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Walter Furlong; brother, Danny Furlong; an infant daughter, son-in-law, Randy Grant; nephew, Johney Furlong; and special grandmother, Lilian St. Clair.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 15 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Rev. Ken Vaught officiating. Interment was at Woodland Cemetery, Woodland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Bettie Futrell

 

   Bette Futrell, age 80 of Eaton rapids and formerly of Jackson, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000 in Dimondale. She was born April 19, 1920 in Jackson the daughter of Arthur John and Mary Christine (Strohmer) Hann. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, retired from Northlawn Hospital in Jackson and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting Association.

   Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Jack; daughter, Mary Jo (David) Evans of Texas; son, Charles Bert Futrell of Belleville; 4 grandchildren, C.J. Futrell, Wendy Killian, Richard Nicholls, Cheri Bedford and 9 great-grandchildren.

   A memorial service will be held January 20, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 19, 2001, from 2-4 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting Association or the First United Methodist Church in memory of Bette Futrell.

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Mabel N. Gamulis

 

   Mabel N. Gamulis, 94, of Charlotte, formerly of Howard City, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001 in Charlotte after a long illness.

   Mrs. Gamulis was born Oct. 18, 1907in Fillmore, Mo., the daughter of Newton and Clara (Taylor) Planalp. She had been a resident of Charlotte for six and a half years, coming from Howard City. She had been employed by Children’s Bureau of Washington, D.C., the California Department of Labor, Continental Baking Co., and Unistrut of Wayne, Mich. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3306 in Howard City and was an avid golfer and bowler.

   She is survived by two daughters, Helen Kay (William) Schneider of Charlotte and Mary Alice (James) Schmiede of White Lake; and one brother, Everett Planalp of St. Joseph, Mo.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gamulis on June 21, 1995.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Department. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Wilma A. Garity

 

   Wilma A. (Struble, Henry) Garity, 89, of Olivet, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001 at Tendercare of Marshall.

   Mrs. Garity was born Jan. 13, 1912 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Dennis and Grace (Hewitt) Struble and had been an Olivet resident since 1950. She was a former Olivet city clerk, retiring from that position in 1977. She was a 1930 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and was a member of Ainger Bible Church.

   She is survived by two sons, Ronald (Nancy) Henry and “Tink” (Shirley) Henry, both of Olivet; one daughter, Elizabeth (Robert) Yago of Fowlerville; daughter-in-law, Linda Henry of Olivet; 10 grandchildren and 14  great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bea Campbell of Olivet and Thyra Healy of Kalamazoo; one brother, Ray Struble of Battle Creek; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Henry in 1965; second husband Carl Garity in 1997, and a son, Gordon Henry on Nov. 5, 2000.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at the Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may be made to Ainger Bible Church or the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Lawrence Roy Garner

 

   Lawrence Roy Garner, 77, of Charlotte died Sunday, March 11, 2001.

   Mr. Garner was born May 22, 1923, in South Dakota, the son of Lewis and Lucille (Kindhart) Garner. He was an electrician for 33 and a half years at Oldsmobile and an Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Charlotte VFW Post #2406.

   He is survived by his wife Waltraud (Wilhelm); daughters Judy (Roy) Bodell and Vicky Davis, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Shannon Vecchio, Kimberly Hufnagel, Leslie Hunter, Jodie Bodell, Shawn Davis and Scott Davis; five great grandchildren; brothers, Ray Garner of Charlotte, Lloyd Garner of South Dakota, and John Garner of Illinois; and sisters, Clara Hoover of Arizona and Florence Omer of Florida.

   Funeral services were held March 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post #2406. Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Norma L. Gaut

 

   Norma Louise Smith Gaut, 87, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 23, 2001.

   Mrs. Gaut was born April 16, 1914 in Kalamo Township, the daughter of Rue and Hortense (Kelley) Swift. She was a cafeteria worker for Charlotte High School.

   She is survived by daughter, Virginia (Wallace) Wollpert of Mulliken; sons, Richard (Anne) Smith of Sacramento, Calif., and Stanley (Judy) Smith of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna Wood of Charlotte, Vera Ramsey of Pleasant Lake, Rosemary Perkins of Kalamo, and Sylvia Craun of Vermontville.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bernard Smith; second husband, Phyllip Gaut; and daughter, Shirley Wollpert.

   Funeral services were held June 28 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Donald Woolum officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Charlotte Congregational Church. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Susie N. Gaw

 

   Susie Naoma Gaw, 92, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001.

   Mrs. Gaw was born Sept. 1, 1908 in Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Delbert and Effie (Sowers) Mourning. She was a sales clerk at J.C. Penney in Lansing for many years.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, on Dec. 20, 1994, after 49 years of marriage.

   Friends and family are invited for visitation starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, with memorial services beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Leslie William Gibbs Jr.

 

   Leslie W. Gibbs Jr., age 83 of Eaton Rapids, passed away at his home, November 23, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Les was born September 9, 1918, in Perry, MI. He served 2 years in the United States Army in the 81st Air Borne Division, Anti Aircraft Battalion. In 1980, Les retired from Jackson Prison. He was an avid golfer, softball pitcher, bowler and played horseshoes. Preceding him in death were his mother, Daisy Galligan (Willie) in 1965 and his father, Leslie W. Gibbs.

   He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Jane Gibbs; 7 children, Gary Gibbs, Pat (Norm) Hyatt, Bonnie DeLano, Carol (Pat) McNamara, Bill (Diannia) Gibbs, Dick Gibbs all of Eaton Rapids, and Sandra Gibbs of Lansing; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Roen of Empire, MI; sister, Judith Fillingham of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held November 26th from the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family would like to thank McLaren Home Care Hospice who provided love and support during his illness.

 

                                   

 

 

Emma V. Gibson

 

   Emma V. Gibson, age 91 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, in Charlotte. Emma was born May 20, 1909 in Livingston County, the daughter of J.B. and Greta E. (Weller) Munsell. She has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids since 1940 and the Miriam Circle. Mrs. Gibson graduated from Michigan State College, Class of 1936 and was a charter member of AAUW for many years. Emma was an active member of the Eaton County Republican Party, the first teacher and driving force behind the creation of the Humpty Dumpty Nursery School in Eaton Rapids and a member of the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne E. in 1978; 2 brothers, Silas and Glen Munsell and sister, Margaret Markenson.

   Surviving are 2 sons, David (Sandra) Gibson of Augusta, Paul (Earline) Gibson of Arcadia, IN; 5 grandchildren, Richard (Paula) Gibson, William Gibson, Jeffery (Christina) Gibson, Sara (Michael) Shelton, Rachel (Jeff) Barth; 4 great-grandchildren, Hailey, Regan Emma and Kendall Gibson, MacPherson Shelton; 2 step great-grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Shelton; brother, Hugh (Jayne) Munsell of Ann Arbor; 3 sisters, Vera Charleton of Texas, Fern (William) Schadel of Fowlerville, and Jean (George) Polich of Crystal Falls.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 26, 2001, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church or the AAUW Scholarship Fund in memory of Emma Gibson.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred V. Gidner

 

   Mildred V. Gidner, 96, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Gidner was born Feb. 20, 1905 in Silver Leaf, N.D., the daughter of Fred and Sarah Ann (Lord) VanVleck, and had been a resident of the Potterville/Charlotte area since age 13. She was a 1923 graduate of Potterville High School and had attended Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. Mrs. Gidner was a retired school teacher, having taught at West Windsor, Potterville and Sunfield schools.

   She is survived by three sons, Richard (Grita) of Renton, Wash., Ramon (Roxanna) of Kalamazoo and Clark (Jill) of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Lewis in 1960 and her husband, Ralph Gidner in 1993.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Thomas Peters officiating. Inurnment will be in the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Orl “Bud” Gillaspie

 

   Orl “Bud” Gillaspie, 79, of Vermontville, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001 at his home.

   Mr. Gillaspie was born April 13, 1922, in Lacy, Mich., the son of Harvey and Lucy (Clark) Gillaspie and attended Briggs School. He married Beatrice Ball in 1941 in Indiana. He was an entrepreneur and inventor who owned a redi-mix business and the Ponderosa Campground in Vermontville. He enjoyed farming and was a square dance caller for “Bud’s Duds.”

   He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Gillaspie of Vermontville, three sons, Bruce (Margaret-Ann) of Louisiana, Bernard of North Carolina and Brad (Barbara) of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Betty Gillaspie, brother Irl Gillaspie and sister Mildred Willison.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at the Vermontville Bible Church, Vermontville, with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Vermontville Bible Church. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Janette K. Goelz-Comstock

 

   Janette Kay Goelz-Comstock, 59, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001.

   Mrs. Goelz-Comstock was born March 26, 1942 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of George and Mary (Weiderman) Goelz. She was a supervisor for the state of Michigan, Department of Treasury in Lansing, retiring in 1992, and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Charlotte. Her hobbies included playing cards with her friends, and she was a former member of the Laugh-A-Lot Club.

   She is survived by son, Jason Comstock; brother, Gordon (Gail) Goelz of Lansing and Harold (Janet) Goelz of Charlotte; step-daughters, Kim (Randy) Hansen and Sandra (Charles) Washburn; step-son, Eugene Comstock, three step-grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Glen Neal officiating. Interment was at Danby Cemetery, Danby Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice or the Nazarene Church of Charlotte; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

Janie (Torres) Gonzales

 

   Janie (Torres) Gonzales, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, April 21, 2001 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan following a terminal illness. She was born April 9, 1924 in Austin, TX, the daughter of Ralph and Eugloria (Orta) Soriano. Janie was a Nursing Attendant for many years in the Eaton Rapids area. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Isabell Ruiz.

   Surviving are 8 children, Jim Torres of Florida, Ray Torres of Lansing, Connie King of Harrison, Lynn Torres of Eaton Rapids, Joyce Torres of Lansing, Linda Miller of Allen, MI, K.C. Torres of Lansing, and Natalie Norton of Eaton Rapids; 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe Cervantes of Eaton Rapids and Sisco Cervantes of Charlotte; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held April 24, 2001 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. David Ames of the Assembly of God Church in Charlotte, officiating. Burial will follow in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Gale C. Good

 

   Gale C. Good, 85, of Charlotte, died September 16, 2001.

   He was born April 18, 1916 in Isabella County, Michigan, the son of Clarence A. and Julia May (Ingersoll) Good. He had immense compassion for his family and took care of his wife for the last five years. He was a very honest man with a fantastic sense of humor. He loved fishing on Lacy Lake and playing shuffleboard. His love of travel took him to every state except Hawaii and Alaska. He was a retired truck driver for the Dana Corporation.

   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Inez (Breidinger), sons Gayland D. Good of Charlotte, Edward Lee, and Ivan L. Good of Lansing, Loren A. Evans of Muncie, Indiana; daughters Evelyn (Harry) Carpenter of Charlotte, Lydia (James) Baker of Minneapolis, Minnesota; brothers James Good of Zephyr Hills, Florida, Paul Good of Charlotte, 34 grandchildren, 65 great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Clifford W. Good and Ardnold Good, and by brother Ira Good.

   Services were Sept. 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth E. Goodnoe

 

   Kenneth E. Goodnoe, 71, of Olivet, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   Mr. Goodnoe was born Oct. 8, 1929 in Lansing, the son of Walter and Blanche (Soul) Goodnoe and had been an Olivet resident for 64 years. He was a 1947 graduate of Olivet High School, a lifelong farmer, and a retired employee of Maeward Couplings in Olivet, retiring in 1987 after 30 years of service. Mr. Goodnoe enjoyed bowling and fishing and was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan.

   He is survived by one son, Duane (Jean) Goodnoe of Rib Lake, Wis; three daughters, Donna Piepkow of Albion, Susan (Michael) Thompson of Charlotte and Peggy (Dennis) Milbourn of Olivet; 10 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother, Karl (Thelma) Goodnoe of Williamston; and one sister, Louise Hastings of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine (Ripley) Goodnoe on Aug. 25, 1996; brother, Donald Goodnoe; and sister, Ellen May Goodnoe.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Robert Doner officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Glen E. Gordon

 

   Glen E. “Gene” Gordon, 75, of Mulliken, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, July 14, 2001 at a Jackson hospital following a heart attack.

   Mr. Gordon was born Oct. 25, 1925 in Mishawaka, Ind., a son of Gilbert and Nellie (Perkins) Gordon. He was a World War II veteran and graduated from Michigan State University. He was a member of Capital City Church of God, the NRA, and was a Mulliken Village clerk. He retired from the Tri-County Office On Aging.

   He is survived by his wife, Gail; four children, Glen G. Gordon of Delton, Therese (Joe Jr.) Stubblefield of Williamston, Dwayne (Martha) Gordon of Charlotte and Angela (Andy) Carr of Mulliken; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

   Services were held July at Capital City Church of God, Lansing, with Pastor Danny Stoneham officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

   Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

                                   

 

 

Lydia B. Gould

 

   Lydia B. (Moccardine) Gould, 29, of Nashville/ Lansing, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001.

   Mrs. Gould grew up in the Nashville area and attended Nashville schools. On April 1, 1998 she married Terry Gould in Leslie. She was employed by General Motors in the Oldsmobile plant for the past five years. Mrs. Gould enjoyed cooking and reading. She was known for her big heart, giving personality, loving her children and being very meticulous.

   She is survived by her husband, Terry Gould of Mason; children, Stephanie Moreno, Leslie Moreno and Rusty Moccardine; sisters, Tina Moccardine of Nashville and Rebecca Langford of Dewitt/St. Johns; brothers, Bob Thompson and Jimmy Moccardine, both of Nashville; father Jim (Marion) Moccardine of Wisconsin; mother, Lydia (Gary) Harris of Nashville; stepmother, Kimberly Langford of Dewitt; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Hazel L. Grable

 

   Hazel L. Grable, 77, of Nashville, died Saturday, May 26, 2001 at Thornapple Manor, Hastings.

   Mrs. Grable was born Nov. 24, 1923 in Owosso, the daughter of George and Maurine (Sawyer) Goslow. She was raised in the Owosso area and attended area schools. She married Orrin Grable in 1955 in Battle Creek, and was employed as a waitress at various area restaurants for many years. She enjoyed cooking, and spending time at her home.

   She is survived by her husband, Orrin Grable of Nashville; sons, Edward Grable and Kenneth Grable, both of Nashville; daughter, Donna Jean Grable; brother, Leonard (Betty) Goslow of Grand Blanc; fiver grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Russell Goslow.

   Services were held May 29 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Pastor Alan Metler officiating. Interment was at West Haven Cemetery, Owosso.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Sharrin M. K. Grace

 

Sharrin M. K. Grace, 55, of Charlotte, died Oct. 3, 2001 at the Ingham County Medical Care Facility in Okemos.

   Mrs. Grace was born Dec. 8, 1945 in Cheboygan, the daughter of George and Genevieve (Gendron) Hulla, and had been a long-time resident of Charlotte. She was a graduate of Rochester High School, attended Oakland University, received an associate’s degree from Lansing Community College, and graduated from Michigan State University in 1982. Mrs. Grace was a librarian in the Potterville elementary and middle schools, was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, the Michigan Education Association, and had volunteered at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   She is survived by two sons, William Grace of East Lansing and Christopher Grace of Howell; two sisters, Judith (Bud) Spring and Karrie (Robert) Osowski; brother, Robert (Mary) Hulla and her father, George Hulla.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Genevieve in Feb. 2001 and a brother, Ralph Hulla in Oct. 1987.

   At Mrs. Grace’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, 210 E. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Inurnment of cremains will be in Cheboygan.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or U. of M. Medical Center. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Elinore J. Graham

 

   Elinore J. Graham, 83, of Nashville, died Saturday, July 14, 2001 at her home.

   Mrs. Graham was born June 2, 1918 in Flint, the daughter of George and Nettie (Ackett) Graham, and was raised in the Nashville area. She attended area schools, graduating in 1936 from Nashville High School. She was married to Wallace Graham in 1937 in Nashville, and was employed as a child care provider in the Nashville area for over 20 years. Mrs. Graham was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, United Methodist Church junior superintendent for the Sunday School Choir, a member of U.M. Women’s Club, and band boosters, and was a Cub Scout leader for many years.

   She is survived by three sons, Stewart (Linda) Graham of Ada, Ohio, Steven (Debra) Graham of Nashville and Stanley (Marabeth) Graham of Vermontville; stepdaughters, Amanda (Christopher) Rowland of Smithfield, N.C., and Aimee Knell of Ada, Ohio; a sister, Wilma (Eldon) Day of Nashville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Graham; brothers, Albert Parrott, Clayton Parrott and Forrest Parrott; sister, Villia Marie; and an infant son, Steffan Graham.

   Services were held July 17 at Nashville United Methodist Church or the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Herald C. Graham

 

   Herald Chester Graham, 84, of Charlotte, died June 22, 2001.

   Mr. Graham was born Oct. 14, 1916, in Nashville, Michigan, the son of Seth and Alice (Graves) Graham. He was a machine operator for Motor Wheel and a farmer. He also served in the Air Corps during World War II.

   He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Rounds); sons, Darian Graham of Charlotte and Kal (Tiera) Graham of Grand Ledge; daughters, Alicia (Don) Haynes and Terrie (Mike) Ramsey of Lexington, N.C.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Mary Wanda Hamblin of Sparta, Tenn.

   He was preceded in death by daughter, Michelle Marple; brother, Wallace Graham; sister, Cora Teeple; and half-brother, Richard. Funeral services were held June 25 at Bowman officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte. Further information available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruthe M. Green

 

   Ruthe M. Green, 84, of Saginaw, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001 at Covenant Medical Center-Cooper.

   Mrs. (Stanton) Green was born March 17, 1917 in Bellevue.

   She married Franklin Green on March 25, 1938; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Green and her husband were former owners of G.W. Heating for many years.

   She was a member of the Bridgeport Country Club, Alamo Country Club and the Charlotte Country Club, where she was an avid golfer. Mrs. Green was a volunteer with Elf Khurafeh Temple and a member of the Eastern Star.

   She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Dale) Brooks of Saginaw and Jackie (Robert) Freeman of California; nine grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; four sisters, Dorothy McLaughlin of Berrien Springs, Kathleen Reed of Battle Creek, Josephine Morse of Charlotte and Clara Squires of Falmouth; and two brothers, Harry Stanton and William Stanton, both of Charlotte.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Vanbocxlaer; and two brothers, Clare and James Stanton.

   Per Mrs. Green’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were held Dec. 1 at Bridgeport Community Church, Bridgeport, with Rev. Donald Ashmall officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Elf Khurafeh Shriners Children’s Hospital.

   Arrangements were by The Deisler Funeral Home, Saginaw.

Brittie L. Greenawalt

 

   Brittie L. Greenawalt, 83, of Bellevue died Feb. 11, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Greenawalt was born April 18, 1917 to Byrd and Ilo (Grant) Mathewson in Ada, Ohio. She graduated from Lafayette, Ohio High School. She worked as a physical therapy aide and retired from Southwest Rehabilitation. She also worked part time as an aide in Naples, Florida from 1969 to 1973. She was a member of the Bellevue First Baptist Church, and enjoyed sports, playing cards, reading, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She married Gerald Greenawalt on Sept. 4, 1936; he died in Jan. 1972.

   She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn (Eugene) Waterbury and Sue (David R.) Campbell of Bellevue; son, Steven (Lucia) Greenawalt of Brighton; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Greenawalt of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death her husband, Gerald; daughter, Charlene; and brothers, Nick, Oren, Dana, Park, Phil, and Charles Mathewson.

   Services were held Feb. 14 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Francis officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, Bellevue.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Bruce E. Greenshields

 

   Bruce Edward Greenshields, 70, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Charlotte and Mason, died Dec. 24, 2000.

   Mr. Greenshields was born Aug. 16, 1930, and had retired from the U.S. Navy Seals Team 2 after 20 years of service. He had also retired from the Ingham County Sheriff Department after 20 years of service.

   Surviving are three sons, Christopher Greenshields and fiancée Melissa Cuthrie, Shawn (Laura) McNamara and Bud (Jill) McNamara; four daughters, Debbie Teachout, Robin (Kevin) Armstrong, Amber (J.B.) Croke and Heather (Todd) Hunt; numerous grandchildren; three sisters, Beverly (Richard) Trumley of Charlotte, Kathryn (Pat) Mason and Carol Thompson; and, one brother, Harry Janes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan in 1996; and two daughters, Maureen and Brenda. Services are Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building, 700 E. Ash St., Mason. There will be no visitation. Local arrangements were made by the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel, Mason. Memorial contributions may be made to the U.D.T. SEAL Association, P.O. Box 5365, Virginia Beach, VA 23471.

 

                                   

 

 

Van R. Groner

 

   Van R. Groner, 42, of Sandusky, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 at Port Huron Hospital.

   Mr. Groner was born Sept. 29, 1959 in Battle Creek, the son of Carol Marsh of Charlotte and the late Robert Groner. Mr. Groner was the manager of the Sandusky Family and Farm Supply Center in Sandusky.

   He is survived by two sons, Brandon Groner and Austin Groner, both of Sandusky; mother, Carol Marsh of Charlotte; one brother, Alan (Jan) Groner of South Carolina; four sisters, Joni Briggs of Potterville, Cara James of South Carolina, Anne (Jesse) Kemp of Virginia and Roberta Groner of Hastings; one uncle, Arthur (Pam) Groner of Bellevue; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Hacker Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Hacker Funeral Parlors, Sandusky, with Pastor Mark Morningstar officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, on Dec. 12.

   Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of Brandon Groner, 62 Austin St., Sandusky, MI 48471.

 

                                   

 

 

Evanelle Elizabeth Hackett

 

   Evanelle E. Hackett, age 85 of Eaton Rapids and formerly of Higgins Lake, died Sunday, March 18, 2001 at St. Lawrence Homeward Bound Rehabilitation in Dimondale. She was born in Iowa August 29, 1915, the daughter of Logan and Ina (Clark) Stingley. She co-owned and operated Donn-Elle Electric and Donn’s Electric and Plumbing at Higgins Lake. She was an activist in the establishment of labor unions and a fighter for women’s rights. She was a member of ST. Michaels Parish of Roscommon. Preceding her in death was her husband of 51 years, Donn Hackett.

   Surviving are daughter, Judi Coolidge and her husband David Walter; grandchildren, Joan Coolidge, Laura and David Barrett, Mike and MaryAnn Coolidge, Steve and Susan Coolidge; great-grandchildren, Marc, Amanda, Carly, Cody, Echo Clayton and Cady; her sister, Jean Martelletti Gaskin and husband Roy; special niece Mary Fisher Cook; also many other special loved nieces, nephews and their families.

   Evanelle was one of the first heart peacemaker patients in the 1960’s and wanted her body donated to medical research at M.S.U. The family wishes to thank Dr. Gupta and his office staff, Eaton Rapids Medical Center, especially the nurses – you were wonderful. Thanks to the entire staff at St. Lawrence Dimondale’s Home-ward Bound Program, you were wonderful. Also, the Leonard Street neighbors, Wendi’s Hallmark, Felpausch, Rottenbuchers and Eaton Federal Bank.

 

                                   

 

 

Clair Hager

 

   Clair “Pat” Hager, 90, died April 17, 2001.

   Mr. Hager was born in July 1910. Many in the community will remember him from his employment as a car salesman in Charlotte, and for showing horses at horse shows for many years.

   He is survived by a sister; and one son, Robert “Bob” of South Carolina.

   No services were held. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Betty J. Haley

 

   Betty J. Haley, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, March 3, 2001 in Lansing. Betty was born December 28, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Clarence Harold and Gladys (Sheffield) Davis. Mrs. Haley’s greatest love was for her family. She was formerly employed at Felpausch in Eaton Rapids and her hobbies were square dancing and playing bingo. Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Davis, and sister, Ileta Clouse.

   Surviving are her husband of 59 years, James M.; 2 sons, Jerry L. (Kristine) Haley of Charlotte, Richard (Nancy) Haley of Springport; 7 grandchildren, Fonda Byer, Kevin Haley, Stephen Terry, Tony Haley, James Haley; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2001, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Internment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Mid-Michigan Hospice House in memory of Betty Haley.

 

                                   

 

 

Mable L. Hall

 

   Mable Lucile (Snyder) Hall, 80, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001 in her home in Lake City.

   Mrs. Hall was born Dec. 21, 1920 in Aetna Township, Missaukee County, the daughter of James and Cecil May (Cain) Snyder. She married Norton LeRoy Hall on Oct. 21, 1940 in Aetna Township, Merritt. They have four children together: Edwin (Alice) Hall, Lester (Alta) Hall and Bernice Paul, all of Eaton Rapids, and Shirley (Joe) Place of Charlotte. The Halls lived in Detroit, Flint and Vassar, and settled in Eaton Rapids in 1952. In 1990 they moved from Eaton Rapids to Lake City. Mrs. Hall retired from the Pickle Factory in Eaton Rapids in the late 1970s, where she was a pickle packer. She was a kind-hearted soul who was loved by all who knew her and will be missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.

   She survived by her husband of 60 years, Norton Hall; four children, eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Dorman Snyder of Cadillac; sister, Dorothy Fraser of Lake City; and, nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Victor, Stuart, Ward and Ivan; and sisters, Polly Hatt and Hazel Duncan.

   Funeral services were held May 8 at Young Funeral Home, Lake City. Interment was at Aetna Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions maybe be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Young Funeral Home, Lake City.

 

                                   

 

 

Peggy S. Hall

 

   Peggy Sue Hall, 42, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, after an extended illness.

   She was born October 6, 1958 in Albion, and was a lifelong resident of the Charlotte area. She had been employed by Dymond’s Hatchery, Eaton County Medical Care Facility, and Green Bay Foods.

   She is survived by one daughter, Misty Dawn Cripe of Eaton Rapids; one son, Ralph Lynn Hall of St. Johns; three grandchildren; her mother and stepfather, Stella and Les Emard of Charlotte; her father, Jackie Eugene Hall of Kentucky; and four brothers, Timothy Lee Hall of Vermontville, Robert Eugene (Sheila) Hall, Jimmy Dean Hall, and Frederick Lee Hall, all of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held May 25 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte. Interment was at Rick Creek Cemetery, Lee Township, Calhoun County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth D. Halliwill

 

   Kenneth D. Halliwill, 42, of Nashville, died Monday, June 11, 2001 at his residence.

   Mr. Halliwill was born Jan. 9, 1959 in Charlotte, the son of Lowell and Marlys (Brown) Halliwill. He was raised in the Nashville area and attended area schools, graduating in 1977 from Maple Valley High School. He then continued his education at State Technical College in Plainwell, where he studied to be a machinist. After completing his education, he accepted a position with Twin City Foods in Lake Odessa, from where he retired in 1994. He was known as a diligent worker who enjoyed “tinkering” with electronics, auto racing, music, and his truck.

   He is survived by seven brothers, Bob (Patsy), LeRoy (Karen) and David (Stephanie), all of Charlotte, Jim (Maggie) and Raymond (Tamie), both of Nashville, Ed (Donna) of Eaton Rapids, and Ernie (Caroline) of Curtis; two sisters, Linda (Bill) Pullen of Olivet, and Mary (Loren) Lehman of Nashville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Marlys (Brown) Halliwill. Services were held June 14 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Rev. Don Roscoe officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald S. Halsey

 

   Donald S. Halsey, age 63 of Springport, passed away September 25, 2001. He was born April 15, 1938 in Hastings, Michigan to Edward & Dorothy (Knickerbocker) Halsey.

   Survivors include brother David Halsey & sister Sue (Keith) Hiatt both of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Wayne Bradford.

   Per his request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. The family was served by Sherwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Grass Lake, Michigan.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Geraldine Hammond

 

   Geraldine “Cherry” Hammond, 70, of Nashville, died Friday, June 29, 2001 at VA Medical Center in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Hammond was born April 16, 1931, the youngest daughter of Leeland and Agnes (Kinnie) Weaks. She was raised in the Nashville area and attended area schools, graduating in 1950 from WK Kellogg School. She then continued her education in the U.S. Army, where she served as a nurse. It was during her years in service that she met her husband, Daniel Hammond; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Hammond spent most of her time as a mother and homemaker. Her hobbies included fishing, bowling and bingo. She was a member of the Nashville VFW.

   She is survived by sons, Michael Hammond, Daniel Hammond and Patrick (Nancy) Hammond of Hastings; five grandchildren, Cal, Taylor, Brandie, Christopher and Jasmine Hammond; sisters, Mildred Houghtaling and Virginia Mainard, both of Houston, Texas, and Barbara Todd of Hastings; and, special caregiver and visitor, Luella Falkner.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel.

   Services and internment were held July 3 at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center, Battle Creek. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

 

 

 

Terry M. Handricks Jr.

 

   Terry Michael Handricks Jr., 29, of Bellevue, died Dec. 18, 2001. Mr. Handricks was born Sept. 5, 1972, the son of Terry Handricks and Sue (Cleveland) Handricks in Battle Creek. He attended Bellevue High School in 1990. Mr. Handricks worked 10 years in construction as an iron worker for Ironworkers Union Local 340 in Battle Creek. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and deep sea fishing.

   He is survived by a daughter, Jade Lesley of Battle Creek; sons, Terry Handricks III and Tyler Handricks of Jacksonville, Fla.; his father, Terry Handricks and mother, Sue Handricks, both of Bellevue; paternal grandmother, Alice Handricks of Albion, and maternal grandfather, Stanley Cleveland of Detroit.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Wendell Stine officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

David R. Harmon

 

   David R. Harmon, 54, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 18, 2001 at his residence after a short illness.

   Mr. Harmon was born Feb. 13, 1947 in Lansing, the son of Robert and Ardith (Fry) Harmon, and was a lifelong resident of the Charlotte area. HE was a 1965 graduate of Charlotte High School, had served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and was a member of Maple City Post #2406 VFW in Charlotte.

   He is survived by a son, Ryan Harmon of Ann Arbor; daughter, Katie Harmon of Ludington; his mother, Ardith (Fry) Harmon of Charlotte; and brother, Jon (Sally) Harmon of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Elmer Harmon.

   Graveside services with full military honors were held March 21 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Harriet K. Harris

 

   Harriet K. (Leigon) Harris, 72, of Battle Creek, formerly of Bellevue, died Saturday, April 28, 2001 at Dosca Home.

   Mrs. Harris was born March 22, 1929 in Convis Township, the daughter of Charles and Leona (Pierce) Harrison. Her marriage to Ralph Leigon Sr. in 1947 ended in divorce. She then married Brooks Harris in 1976; he died in 1982. She was employed many years in the packaging department at the Kellogg Company, and later worked as a short-order cook at several restaurants in Bellevue, Olivet and Battle Creek including Hosh’s and Vello’s in Battle Creek. She also worked as a dietitian at the VA Medical Center. She was an active volunteer with the American Red Cross and the VA Medical Center. She spend a great deal of time assisting the elderly and enjoyed playing bingo and being with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by daughters, Orlanda (Stephen) O’Connor of Wheaton, Ill., Robbin Leigon of Battle Creek, Julie Douglas of Bellevue and Tracy (Adam) Wheeler of Olivet; son, Ralph (Connie) Leigon of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Sheldon Harrison and William Harrison of Bellevue, and Willard Minor of Colon; and sister, Velma Potter of Charlotte.

   Services were held May 1 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Harold King officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Association or Heartland Hospice. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Janice R. Harris

 

   Janice R. (Persons) Harris, 66, of Olivet, died Monday, May 7, 2001 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Harris was born in Battle Creek, the daughter of Clifford and Nina (Campbell) Persons and was a lifelong Lee Township/Olivet area resident. She was a 1952 graduate of Olivet High School and devoted her life to loving and caring for her family and friends. She married James Harris on Feb. 25, 1953 in Olivet.

   She is survived by her husband, James; two daughters, Becky (Scott) Ramage and Tina (Mark) Rudolph, both of Olivet; a sister, Paula (Skip) Kunkel of Eaton rapids; mother-in-law, Edith Maki of Olivet; sister-in-law, Donna Persons of Olivet; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dick Persons; and stepmother, Mary Persons. Funeral services were held May 9 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. William Barber officiating. Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery, Lee Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice or the American Lung Association. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Pearl L. Harrison

 

   Pearl L. Harrison, 91, of Pennfield Township died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001 at Mercy Pavilion in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Harrison was born Feb. 15, 1909 in Kalamo Township to Newman and Addie (Clark) Sabin. She attended Bellevue High School and was employed in the packaging department at Kellogg Company for 24 years. She retired in 1974. She later worked in the cafeteria at reunions, watching Wheel of Fortune, playing cards, dancing, bowling, and cooking. She married Clifford Harrison on April 11, 1925, in Bellevue; he died in 1972.

   Surviving are sons, Richard Harrison of Bellevue and Frederick Harrison of Gilbert Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Nelson of Eaton rapids; daughter-in-law, Betty Harrison of Bellevue; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by son, Robert Harrison in 1986 and daughters, Marjorie Cannon in 1969 and Sally K. Harrison in 1994; brothers, Claud, Kenneth, Clyde, Clifford and Paul Sabin; sister, Rosie Sabin; one grandson and two great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Feb. 3 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Stephen Covert officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

                                   

 

 

Vernon V. Hart

 

   Vernon V. Hart, 93, of Charlotte, formerly of Flint, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2001.

   Mr. Hart was born Jan. 7, 1908, in Murray, Ky. He lived most of his adult life in Flint, where he retired from Otto P. Graff Ford in 1970. He was a member of the Berean Baptist Church in Flint and later attended Calvary Baptist Church after moving to Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Verna Mae; daughter, Julia (John) Parker of Murray, Ky.; son, Vernon (Shirley) Hart of Charlotte and Catherine (Carl) Anderson of Lansing; four great-grandchildren, Rachel and Garrett Anderson, and Matthew and Jenna Hart; sister-in-law, Helen Carpenter of Saginaw; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by one grandson, Michael E. Hart.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the City Cemetery, Murray, Ky.

 

                                   

 

 

Elizabeth L. Hatfield

 

   Elizabeth L. “Bette” Hatfield, 82, formerly of Olivet, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua, Wis.

   Mrs. Hatfield was born Jan. 25, 1919. Her parents were Joseph and Lillie (McCartney) Fenske. She served in the United State Army during World War II. She was a member of the auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans and an active member in the auxiliary of the Eagles in Viroqua, Wis.

   She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Buford (Tom) Hatfield; son, Thomas Hatfield of Charlotte; daughter, Karen (Hatfield) Shoemake of Charlotte; grandchildren, Travis (Elsa) Shoemake and David Shoemake, both of East Lansing, and Jennifer Shoemake of Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Yessika and Joaquin Shoemake of East Lansing; siblings, Anna Marie Shier, Katherine Tarr and Paul Fenske, all of Weirton, W.Va.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Services were held Sept. 21 at Sime Funeral Home, Reedstown, Wis. Interment was at Bear Creek Cemetery, LaFarge, Wis.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles H. Head “Honest Charlie”

 

   Charles H. “Honest Charlie” Head of Eaton Rapids, loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at the age of 69. He was born November 10, 1931 in Lansing, the son of Aubrey and Helen (Logan) Head. Charlie retired from Jet Die Engineering in Lansing after 38 years of faithful service. He served with the 11th Airborne during the Korean Conflict, was a member of the F. &A.M. Lodge #63 in Eaton Rapids and the Moose Lodge #282 in Lansing. Charlie enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. Preceding him in death was his son-in-law Wayne Newberry and his parents.

   Surviving are his wife of 49 years Wanda L. (Jones); 4 daughters, Pennie Newberry, Bobbie Wells, Charla (Craig) Boatman and Kaye (John) Mueller; sister, Dorthea (Paul) Burke; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, November 9th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Charles H. “Honest Charlie” Head.

Donald L. Heisler

 

   Donald L. Heisler, 79, of Olivet, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at Tendercare of Marshall Nursing Home.

   Mr. Heisler was born Jan. 15, 1922 in Marshall, the son of Fred and Myrtie (Caldwell) Heisler, and was a lifelong Olivet-area resident. He had been employed by Eaton Manufacturing Company in Battle Creek, from where he retired in 1985. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a former member of the Marshall Moose Lodge.

   He is survived by two sons, Fred (Dee) Heisler of Olivet and Leroy (Cheryl Whitehead) Heisler of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Sherrie Case, Michael Heisler, Tammy Heisler, Melissa King and Tiffany Whitehead; six great-grandchildren, Kayla Case, Kayti Case, Andre McCormack, Amanda McCormack, Ethan King and Devin King.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian (Miller) Heisler on Aug. 17, 1999; daughter, Margaret Julia Heisler in 1944; five sisters, Carrie Oberlin, Sylvia Wilber, Freda Murphy, Jessie Sharp and Delia Key; and four brothers, Cecil, Andrew, Gerald and Kenneth.

   Funeral services were held June 2 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan, or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

 

 

 

Michael G. Hennessey

 

   Michael Gerard Hennessey, 46, of Charlotte, died April 23, 2001.

   Mr. Hennessey was born Oct. 4, 1954 in Lansing, the son of Carlyle “Cal” and Dorothy (Jonas) Hennessey. He was the owner of Pine Tree Cabinets.

   He is survived by sisters, Torre Bolus and family Anne-Marie Bolus; great-niece, Dorothy Ava-Marie “Dottie,” and great-nephew, James “Cal” Carlyle; Loraine (Gary) Shaver and family, Jason, Ben and Matt Shaver; brother, Jerry (Annette) Hennessey and family, Corey David Kirby, Stephanie Hennessey of Charlotte; sister, Lois (Roger) Horchner of Reed City; sister-in-law, Judy Huebener of Sterling Heights; fiancé, Nancy Bennett and family, Kally (Ron) Stoye, Lorissa Newman, Sam Stoye; Debbie (Mike) Brehm, Josh and Sara; and Don Bennett.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Hennessey.

   Funeral mass was celebrated April 26 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan; envelopes are available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvin C. “Bud” Henrys Jr.

 

   Marvin C. “Bud” Henrys Jr., 68, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 9, 2001 after a long illness.

   Mr. Henrys was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Lansing, the son of Marvin and Mary (Parks) Henrys. He was a brick mason all his life and loved to hunt and fish.

   He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Sharon (Shannon) Johnson, and Kathleen (Aaron) Henrys-Whitmore, both of Charlotte; stepchildren, Tom (Brenda) Armstrong of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Julie (Jay) Vincent of Lansing; 10 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, five step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia (George) Kirchmeier of Charlotte, Beverly (Patrick) McClain, and Mary (Ron) Wilcoxson, both of Coloma; brothers, Michael (Leah) Henrys of Lansing, and Norm (Lorraine) Henrys of Pentwater; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his mother in 1986; his father in 1995; and a niece, Mary Magdalene, in 1998.

   Funeral services were held March 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Larry Sandusky officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association or to the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

Alice J. Herrick

 

   In honor of Alice Jean Margaret (Bayntun) Herrick, 82, of Olivet, who died Dec. 19, 2000, a memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at Olivet College.

   Memorial contributions may be made to United Way, Olivet College or Olivet Congregational Church. Assistance with memorials is available at Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall.

 

                                   

 

 

Virgil Hiatt

 

   Virgil Hiatt, age 73 of Eaton rapids, died Sunday, December 9, 2001 in Charlotte. Virgil was born March 8, 1928 in Lansing, the son of Oran Hiatt and Celia May (Gonder) Hiatt. Virgil was a member of the Teamsters Local #580 and was employed for 35 years as a truck driver with Howard Sober, C&J Haul-Away and Lease Way. He loved to garden and enjoyed the great out of doors. Virgil was preceded in death by his brother, Glen Hiatt and sister, Helen Billips.

   Surviving are his 4 daughters, Vicki (Dale) Christensen of IL, Kathie (Jon) Opdyke of Okemos, Laurie (Bill) Gipson of Eaton Rapids, Sharon Hiatt of Charlotte; son, Keith (Dylite) Hiatt of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Kari and Klint Christensen, Austin and Ryan Opdyke, Holly Halsey, Kirk & Ariel Hiatt, Temple (Kevin) Parker; 4 great-grandchildren, Elijah Opdyke, Skylar Yeager, Kelsi Weaver, McKenzie Caksaekkar; 2 brothers, Gordon Hiatt of Irons, Raymond (Margaret) Hiatt of Rives Junction. Also surviving are his former wife of 22 years, Irene.

   Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Gary L. Hickey

 

   Gary Lee Hickey, 34, of Battle Creek, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2001 at his residence.

   Mr. Hickey was born May 12, 1967 to Robert hickey and Shirley Mae (King) Hickey in Battle Creek. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1985.

   He is survived by his mother, Shirley Hickey of Battle Creek; brother, Steven (Carrie) Hickey of Battle Creek; twin sister, Traci (Duane) Borgman of Olivet; two nephews, Christopher Bayman of Olivet and Matthew Clark of Burlington; and one niece, Jessica Clark of Burlington.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Hickey in 1987; and one nephew, Brandon Bronson in June 2000.

   Graveside services were held June 11 at Burlington Cemetery, Burlington, with Rev. Dr. Roy Backus officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

   Arrangements were by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens.

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Higdon

 

   Faith Lorene Higdon, age 55 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, December 29, 2001 at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, surrounded by her family. She was born Faith Lorene Hammond on June 25, 1946 in Lansing to Harold and Lorena (Laverty) Hammond. She was raised on the family farm at Narrow Lake, active in 4-H, and graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1964. Faith was a member of the Order of Eastern Star holding many offices at Brookfield Chapter serving as Worthy Matron five times, President of Eaton County Association, and participated at state levels.

   She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Galen Higdon of Eaton Rapids; a son, Cal (Holly) Hartline of Melbourne, Florida; a daughter, Rachel (David) Rockafellow of Sonoma, California and four wonderful grandchildren, Leah and Jacob Hartline and Alicia and Zachary Rockafellow. Faith also had three step-grandchildren. She leaves sisters, Hope Smith of Potterville and Shari (Dr. G.W.) Snider of Goshen, IN and brother Charles (Dell) of Tucson, AZ. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held on January 20, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eaton Rapids Masonic Temple. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Brookfield Chapter OES, c/o P.O. Box 505, Potterville, MI 48876.

 

 

 

 

 

Fern M. Hill

 

   Fern Mary Hill, 81, of Lansing, died May 30, 2001.

   Mrs. Hill was born June 8, 1919 in Charlotte, the daughter of Earl and Helen French. She is survived by a son, Norman (Kay) Hill of Lansing; sisters, Donna Fast of Eaton Rapids, Elaine Brookes of Okemos, Shirley Walters of Ionia and Margie (Bob) Eckhart of Onondaga; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Hill, June 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Ralph Barton officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Jimmy Hill

 

   Jimmy Hill, 64, of Vermontville, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001.

   Mr. Hill was born May 21, 1937 in Paris, Ky., the son of Robert and Marjorie (Rose) Hill. He was an electrician.

   He is survived by son, Wesley, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; brothers, Ray (Vicki) Marion, Terry and Tony; and three grandchildren, Jenni, Larry and Andrew.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Wicker) Hill in 1999.

   Funeral services were held at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard W. Hill

 

   Richard W. Hill, 81, of Cambridge, Ohio, died Friday, June 22, 2001 at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

   Mr. Hill was born March 7, 1920 in Piqua, Ohio, the son of J. Warren Hill and Stella Gustin Hill. He was employed as a cooperative extension service 4-H agent in Guernsey County and Eaton County. He was a member of Center United Methodist Church, and served during World War II in the United States Air Force. Mr. Hill sang in the choir at Center Methodist Church and was a member of “I Can Cope” at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center. He volunteered at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, and was a member of the Lions Club in Charlotte. He was an avid bicyclist, gardener and basket weaver. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Ohio State University, and doctor of philosophy degree from Michigan State University.

   He is survived by his wife of 60years, Mildred Hill of Cambridge, Ohio; daughter, Rita (Kenneth) Warnock of Kimbolton, Ohio; sons, Richard (Audrey) Hill of Redman, Ore., and James Hill of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Scott (Melanie) Hill of Redman, Ore., Todd Hill of Lansing, Ill., Ron (Vicki) Warnock of West Lafayette, Ohio, Duane (Natalie) Warnock of Grove City, Ohio, Rich Warnock of Antrim, Ohio, and Don Warnock of Kimbolton, Ohio; step-grandchildren, Travis Cook and Austin Cook, both of Redman, Ore.; great-grandchildren, Madison, Meagan and Myranda Hill of Redman, Ore., Anna Marie and Nathan Warnock of Grove City, Ohio, and Kaylie and Nicholas Warnock of Cambridge, Ohio; brothers, Robert (Mabel) Hill of Troy, Ohio, Joseph Hill of Areanum, Ohio, and Fredrick (Vesta) Hill of Franklin, Ohio.

   Services were held June 26 at Bundy-Law Funeral Home, Cambridge, Ohio, with Rev. Dennis Nelson and Rev. Mark Smith officiating. Interment was at Northwood Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Center United Methodist Church or Guernsey County Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Bundy-Law Funeral Home, Cambridge, Ohio.

 

                                   

 

 

James W. Hillard

 

   James W. Hillard, age 88 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, August 7, 2001 in Lansing. Jim was born January 20, 1913 in Hamlin Twp., Eaton County, MI, the son of Thomas and Kate Hillard. Mr. Hillard was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church and served as Hamlin Twp. Supervisor for 13 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle in February 2001.

   Surviving are his daughter, Karen (Keith) Abrahamson of Eaton Rapids; granddaughter, Amanda.

   Funeral services were held on August 10, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery. Those desiring may make contribution to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation or the First United Methodist Church in memory of James Hillard.

 

                                   

 

 

Myrtle C. Hillard

 

   Myrtle C. Hillard, age 91 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, February 17, 2001 in Lansing. Myrtle was born March 19, 1909 in Eaton Township, Eaton County, Michigan, the daughter of George Elton and Nellie (Andrews) Whitaker. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hillard had been a telephone operator for Michigan Bell for 15 years when she made a decision to work side by side with her husband on the family farm south of Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her sister, Laura Little and brother, Harold Whitaker.

   Surviving are her husband of 60 years, James W.; daughter, Karen (Keith) Abrahamson of Eaton Rapids and granddaughter, Amanda.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2001, 3 p.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Myrtle Hillard.

 

                                   

 

 

Frederick D. Hinkle

 

   Frederick Donald Hinkle, 75, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001.

   Mr. Hinkle was born Sept. 9, 1926 in Delton, the son of Albert and Gladys (Coffey) Hinkle. He worked as an electrician and served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict.

   He is survived by daughters, Patricia Ann and Diane; son, James Alan Hinkle of Battle Creek; two stepdaughters, Penny Coffey of Bellevue and Jean Makins of Holt; three stepsons, Dennis Coffey of Georgia, Steve Coffey of North Carolina and Tom Coffey of Dewitt; 15 grandchildren; brother, Arthur Hinkle of South Dakota; and a sister, Elizabeth Fansler of Allendale.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle (Elston) Hinkle.

   At his request, Mr. Hinkle’s body was donated to the University of Michigan Medical School. No services will be held.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary M. Hipshire

 

   Mary M. Hipshire, age 67 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, October 27, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Mary was born December 9, 1933 in Wyandotte, the daughter of Edward Felix and Marion Delight (Moore) Mayville. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hipshire in 1981.

   She was a loving mother to 3 daughters, Jordan Knickerbocker aka Kathy, of California, Charlotte Hipshire of Georgia, Kellie Hipshire of Eaton Rapids; 3 sons, William Hipshire of Chicago, Carl Hipshire and John Hipshire both of Eaton Rapids. She was a loving grandmother to 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother, Allen (Elaine) Mayville of Wyandotte and 2 nephews and one niece.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2001, 3:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Bernadine L. Hoffman

 

   Bernadine L. Hoffman, 82, of Charlotte died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001 at the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, Ind. after an extended illness.

   She was born Apr. 15, 1918 at Six Lakes, the daughter of Andrew and Ida (Roush) Hoffman and had a lifelong commitment to both education and foreign missions. Bernadine was a 1936 graduate of Charlotte High School and went to Huntington College in 1936 to prepare for a career in teaching. After three years, she transferred to and graduated from Western Michigan University. Following college she taught elementary school in Lansing, Bath and Charlotte. Sensing a call to missionary service, she went to Sierra Leone, West Africa, in 1944, where she was assigned as a teacher to the Minni Mull School for Girls. Later she served at the Dansville School, the Bumpe Bible Institute, and at the Centennial Secondary school. Having begun various Christian education projects, she developed the post of Secretary of Christian Education, a position she held until retirement. During her 39 years of consecutive missionary service in Sierra Leone, longest of any missionary in United Brethren schools history, she was instrumental in developing a Bible knowledge syllabus for all United Brethren schools, elementary through secondary levels. She developed the Annual Women’s Institute, Christian Endeavor for youth through their schools and/or churches, quizzing, and annual youth camps. She was currently a member of the Crossroads United Brethren In Christ Church in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her foster son, Rev. Joseph C. (Matenneh) Abu of Claymont, Del.; three grandchildren, Peter and Patricia Abu and Jodi Jusu; nephews, Raymond (Bethel) Stambaugh of Sunfield, and James (Marda) Hoffman, of Huntington, Ind.; and sister in–law, Amy Hoffman of Huntington.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Ronald A. Hoffman and Rowland Hoffman, and a sister, Lucille Stambaugh.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at Crossroads United Brethren In Christ Church, Charlotte. Interment was in Browne Mennonite Cemetery, Browne Twp., Kent County.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crossroads United Brethren In Christ Church, Charlotte, or the Mt. Zion United African Church, Philadelphia, PA.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Gerald W. Holbrook II

 

   Gerald Wallace Holbrook II, 13, of Camden, Tenn., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, as the result of a house fire.

   Gerald was born Nov. 2, 1988 in Lansing, the son of Gerald Wallace Holbrook and Suzanne Briggs Holbrook. He was a seventh-grade student at Camden Junior High School and a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, Tenn.

   He is survived by his parents; sisters Autumn Sue Holbrook and Kendra Sue Holbrook, both of Camden, Tenn.; grandparents, Lawrence and Elizabeth Briggs, and Jack and Gerry Holbrook, all of Eaton Rapids.

   Services were held Jan. 2 at Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church, Camden, Tenn., with Elder Derrick Jowers officiating.

   Arrangements were by Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home, Camden, Tenn.

 

 

 

 

Nicole M. Holbrook

 

   Nicole Marie Holbrook, 16, of Camden, Tenn., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, as the result of a house fire.

   Nicole was born March 31, 1985 in Eaton Rapids. She was an 11th-grade student at Camden Central High School and a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, Tenn.

   She is survived by her parents; sisters, Autumn Sue and Kendra Sue, both of Camden, Tenn.

   She was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Holbrook II.

   Services were held Jan. 3 at Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church, Camden, Tenn., with Elder Derrick Jowers officiating. Interment was on family property.

   Arrangements were by Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home, Camden, Tenn.

 

                                   

 

 

Nancy J. Holder

 

   Nancy Jane Holder, 69, of Bellevue, died Oct. 13, 2001 at her home after a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Holder was born June 19, 1932 in Pontiac, the daughter of Chester and Elsie (Preston) Bennett. She attended school in California and graduated from Athens High School and Kellogg Community College in Business. She then worked for the Kellogg Company and the Federal Center. She married Lloyd Ray Holder on July 17, 1981. She was an active member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church, and a member of Eagles Aerie #299. Mrs. Holder enjoyed reading, gardening, crafts, cooking and baking, and taught ceramic classes at home and for the 4-H. When she was a child in California, she did talent dance numbers for The Little Rascals. Mrs. Holder loved children and having her family around her. She also enjoyed her hobbies, and generously shared them with others.

   She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; grandsons, Josh, Tim and Chuck West of Battle Creek, and Matthew West of Potterville; and one great-grandson, Douglas Gavin West; sister, Barbara Matlock of California; adopted daughter, Bonnie Jean Brown of Battle Creek; and adopted grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Ray West; and a sister, Carolyn Krakow.

   Services were held Oct. 18 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church or the Arthritis Foundation. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Viola A. Holloway

 

   Viola Agnes Holloway, 95, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001 in Charlotte.

   Agnes was born Dec. 23, 1905 in Dart County, Ohio, the daughter of Franklin and Rosetta (Norris) Elston.

   She is survived by her dear friend, Ialene Heath of Eaton Rapids; three stepdaughters, Nellie Balzer of Lansing, Norma Towns of Eaton Rapids and Violet Kappa of Livonia; step-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Glendora Elston of Eaton Rapids and Hilda Elston of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Robert Carpenter officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Eaton Manor Nursing Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Wayne Ira Holmes

 

   Wayne Ira Holmes, age 92 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, December 30, 2001 in Dimondale. Wayne was born January 14, 1909 in Clarence Twp., Calhoun County, MI the son of William Hiram and Mary Dahlia (Faulkner) Holmes. MR. Holmes was a member of St. Peter Church in Eaton Rapids and also a member of St. Vincent Society, Knights of Columbus and the Eaton Rapids Kiwanis Club. He retired from Speaker-Hines and Thomas after 45 years of service, owned and operated Holmes Printing for 40 years and was a member of the International Typographical Union of over 60 years. Wayne was preceded in death by his brother, Dale Holmes and sister, Ruth Merrifield.

   Surviving are his wife, Cecelia; 6 children Richard (Donna) Holmes of Daytona Beach, FL, Mary Ellen (Burt) Bentley of Lapeer, Jean (William) Hanshaw of Hastings, John (Mila) Holmes of Scottsdale, AZ, Thomas (Nancy) Holmes of Williamston, Sarah (James) Anderson of Spring, TX; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed on Friday, January 4, 2001 at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Marty McNamara, Anthony Kruzel, John Magner, Richard O’Connell, Ron Miller and Robert Kirkpatrick. Honorary bearers were Paul Holmes, Patrick Holmes, Brent Bentley and Jamie Hanshaw. Those desiring may make contributions to St. Vincent Society, St. Peter Building Fund or Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Wayne I. Holmes.

 

                                   

 

 

Guy Martin Holwig

 

   Guy M. Holwig, age 76 of Lachine, MI, died Monday, November 12, 2001 at his residence following a long illness. He was born August 26, 1925 on the family centennial farm in Brookfield Township, the son of William H. and Mildred (Boody) Holwig. Guy was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1952. He served in the Army during World War II and had received many citations including a Purple Heart. Guy retired from Wolverine Tractor in Southfield, as a Heavy Construction Equipment Salesman and has lived in Lachine for the past 15 years. A founding member and past president and board member of the Livonia Junior Athletic League, and a founding member and the 1st president of the Wilson Acres Home Owners Association, and a member of the Elks Lodge of Livonia. Preceding him in death were his parents; and three siblings, Margaret Meyer, Harry “Zeke” Holwig and Mary Montie.

   Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Gretchen; 2 children, William M. (Christine) Holwig of Livonia and Bernie P. (Colleen) Holwig of Livonia; 3 grandchildren, Julie and Michael Potvin and William Guy Holwig; sister-in-law, Helen Holwig; brothers-in-law, Hal Meyers and Myron Montie; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Friday, November 16th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Margaret J. Horne

 

   Margaret Jane Horne, 84, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001.

   Mrs. Horne was born June 4, 1916, in Mayport, Pa., the daughter of James William and Jane (Nichols) Burkey. Mrs. Horne had jobs in a steel mill, a hospital, and a pottery factory during her lifetime.

   She is survived by daughter Sally (Danny) Skelton of Charlotte; stepson, Richard Horne of Byromville, Ga.; sister, Annie Price of Wampum, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Horne, son, James, and a brother, John Burkey.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at noon at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Chester Gospel Church, American Cancer Society, or Eaton Community Hospice.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles J. Horstman

 

   Charles J. Horstman, 82, of Olivet, died April 24, 2001 at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Horstman was born Sept. 8, 1918 in Detroit. He grew up in Detroit and attended school there. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot during World War II. On Jan. 12, 1944 he married the former Roberta Martin in Detroit; she preceded him in death Dec. 4, 1990. In 1945, the couple moved to Petoskey and helped run the family motel – the Paradise Lake Motel at Carp Lake. He then went to work for Montgomery Ward as a salesman in the early 1950’s, and worked there until 1970. The couple then moved to Orlando, Florida, where he worked at Disney until 1986 when they moved to Olivet, where he had lived since. Mr. Horstman loved to golf, and was a member of the American Legion and the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.

   He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn (Michael) Lauer of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Melissa Lauer of Brooklet, Ga., and Patrick Lauer of Manchester.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Dale in 1970.

   Funeral services were held April 30 at Stone Funeral Home, with Rev. David Behling officiating. Interment was at St. Francis Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Owen K. Hotchkiss

 

   Owen K. Hotchkiss, 78, of Charlotte, died Dec. 29, 2000.

   Mr. Hotchkiss was born April 11, 1922 in Rice Creek, Calhoun County, the son of Harry and Bertha (Krenerick) Hotchkiss. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1940, and spent three years in World War II in the 8th Air Force, stationed in England, after which he went to aircraft school in California for one year. He worked for Lorenz Bros. Buick dealer for 17 years, and for General Motors for 22 years, retiring in 1987. He belonged to the VFW in Charlotte, and took an active role in Boy Scouts and 4-H when his children were young. Mr. Hotchkiss loved to square dance and work on his neatly kept farm which he and his wife, Tressie, owned for 41 years. He married Tressie Stanham on June 1, 1946; she survives.

   Also surviving are one son, John; two daughters, Debra (Darrel) Gingrich and Karen (Timothy) Mikesell; four grandchildren, Kimberly and Heather Gingrich, and, Chelsea and Garrett Mikesell, all of Charlotte; one brother, Marvin (Margaret) Hotchkiss of Ohio; and, nieces, nephews and many friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Lee and Duane.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Dave Selleck officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Courthouses Restoration, the VFW, or the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruth Covey Hovis

 

   Ruth Covey Hovis, age 82 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 3, 2001 in Holt. Ruth was born June 10, 1918 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Charles and Ema (Squires) Terrill. She attended the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids, was a member of the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital Auxiliary, and a member of the Alpha Guild. Ruth retired from the Michigan National Bank in 1982 after 20 years of service. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Covey in 1963 and her second husband, Bob Hovis in 1981.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Jan (E. Mark) Risner, Mary (Kent) Bartz both of Eaton Rapids; 4 step daughters; 3 grandchildren, Mark E. (Tamara) Risner of Eaton Rapids, Troy A. (fiancé, Michele Hiatt) Bartz of Richmond, V.A., Amy M. (John) Haight of Lake Odessa; 5 great-grandchildren, Michael and Lacey Risner, Patricia Freeman, Chance and Cameron Haight; brother, Keith (Joy) Terrill of Green Valley, AZ; sister-in-law, Dorathea Manger of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, November 5, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Island View Adult Foster Care, Country Acres Adult Home and Martin Luther Holt Home. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation or the First Congregational Church in memory of Ruth Hovis.

 

                                   

 

 

Garland M. Howe

 

   Garland Milton Howe, 78, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001.

   Mr. Howe was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Allegan, the son of Chester and Beulah (Rice) Howe. He was a mechanic for Beacon Sales in Charlotte, U.S. Navy World War II veteran, Charlotte VFW Post 2406 Adjutant from 1964-1993, and head of the Post 2406 Honor Guard.

   He is survived by brothers Menzo (Phyllis), Bart (Lillian), Eldon (Pat), all of Charlotte, and Louis of Olivet; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1997.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte VFW Post 2406. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Walter Earl Howe

 

   Walter E. Howe, age 65 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, July 26, 2001. He was born November 2, 1935 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Harold “Punk” and Esther (Dana) Howe. Walt was the retired owner/operator of the Howe Distributing Company in Eaton Rapids. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1953. He was a member of the F.&A.M. Lodge #63 in Eaton Rapids and was a former Jaycees. Preceding him in death was his wife Elinor; father, Harold; and brother, Jim.

   Surviving are 2 sons, Douglas (Mary) Howe of Eaton Rapids, and Michael (Margie) Howe of Richland; 6 grandchildren, Larry, Loni, Daniel, Dustin, Michael and Matthew; mother, Esther Howe of Eaton Rapids; brother, Bill (Marie) Howe of Laingsburg; 2 sisters, Linda (Keith) Pettifor of Indianapolis and Teri Howe of Eaton Rapids; special friend Dorothy Davis of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, July 30th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society in memory of Walter E. Howe.

 

                                   

 

 

Inez O. Hughes

 

   Inez Opal Hughes, 96, a lifelong resident of Charlotte, died Nov. 12, 2001 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, with her sister Sylvia Brown and her daughter, Joyce Braithwaite Brickley at her side.

   Mrs. Hughes was born Nov. 1, 1905 in Ostrander, Ohio, the daughter of Lewellen and Eva (McDowell) Johnson, and married Thomas Edward Hughes in 1931 in Indiana. She cared for many children in her home for many years, and attended First Congregational Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by her children, Joyce Braithwaite Brickley of Traverse City, Marlene (William) Needham of San Diego, Calif., and Thomas Hughes of Owosso; grandchildren, Kevin Braithwaite of Charlotte, Todd Braithwaite of Haslett, Derek Needham of San Diego, Calif., and Gary Hughes of Lansing; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Braithwaite of Charlotte and Brianne Needham of California; daughter-in-law, Lorna Hughes of Grand Ledge; and a sister, Sylvia Brown of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas; son, Charles; grandson, Jeffery Needham; daughter-in-law, Mary Hughes; son-in-law, James Brickley; and by four sisters and one brother.

   Memorial services will be held in Charlotte at a later date. Inurnment took place at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Charlotte chapter of the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.

 

                                   

 

 

Michelle Hughson

 

   Michelle Hughson, 35 of Jackson, Michigan, died September 17, 2001 in Jackson.

   Ms. Hughson was born June 19, 1966 in Lansing, the daughter of James Michael and Sandra (Fetterman) Skrip. She was a Radiologist Technician for 12 years at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. She loved making oil candles.

   She is survived by sons Lance and Luke of Mason, mother Sandra (Jan) Skrip of Apache Junction, Arizona, father James (Jean) Michael of Evart, Michigan, brother Russ Michael of Charlotte, half brothers Jon (Dawn) Skrip and Steve Skrip of Charlotte.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 20 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Bert Walker officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lance and Luke Hughson Trust.

 

                                   

 

 

Iceal “Ike” June Hummel

 

   Iceal “Ike” June Hummel, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, March 8, 2001 at the Mother Teresa House in Lansing. She was born May 12 1917 in Williamston, the daughter of Albert and Bessie (Daley) Pierce. Ike was a graduate of Central High (Eastern High) School in Lansing. She had worked for Dr. Scheid and for many years worked for the State of Michigan both in Lansing, and was a faithful homemaker. Ike was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Eaton Rapids and was a very active member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center. Preceding her in death were her husband, Paul H. Hummel; children, Lawrence P. (Butch) Hummel and Constance L. (Connie) Merideth (Finkbeiner, Hummel); grandchildren, Teresa Hummel and Jon C. Lovell; sister, Vertia Gardner; brothers, Rex, Burr, Vern and Max Pierce.

   Surviving are children, Elaine L. O’Connor, Kay F. (John) Lovell and Linda J. (A.J.) Monroe; daughter-in-law, confidante, helper and best friend, Cindy Johnson and daughter, Rebecca Waters; grandchildren, Larry (Gretchen) Knight, Paula Sawhill, Danny (Becky) Knight, Kathy (Dan) Hettinger, Lisa Lebtick, Julie Finkbeiner, David Finkbeiner, Sean (Michelle) Hummel, Chad Hummel, Erick Lovell, Dianna Lovell, John (Mary) Monroe, Karen Cease and Andy Monroe.

   Funeral services were Monday, March 12th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Mark Eckert officiating. Burial followed in the Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the Mother Teresa house of the Ingham Hospice in memory of Iceal “Ike” J. Hummel.

 

                                   

 

 

Charley E. Isham, Sr.

 

   Charley E. Isham, Sr., of Leslie, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the age of 74. Charley was born July 19, 1926 to Walter and Esther (Beers) Isham. He lived his entire life at the family farm on Walker Road in Leslie. Charley was a member of the Grand River Community Church/Leslie Free Methodist Church. He retired as a millwright from General Motors, Oldsmobile Division in July of 1980. His parents, two sisters, Helen (Arthur) Smith and Florence (Alton) Cook and one granddaughter, Christi Isham, preceded him in death.

   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Noreen (Dexter) Isham, two sisters, Lula (Kenneth) Brooks of Zephyr Hills, Florida and Thurza (Fay) Wright of Mason; Nine Children, Charley Eugene (Peggy) Isham of Leslie, Martha (Roger) Ott of Denver, Colorado, Kathy (Fritz) Whitman of Blissfield, Jim (Lisa) Isham of Leslie, Ruth (David) Thibault of Leslie, Russell (Char) Isham of Eaton Rapids, Daniel (JoAnne) Isham of Leslie, Esther (Richard) Wilson of Springfield, Missouri and Becky (Teddy) Sawyer of Eaton Rapids; 31 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at the Grand River Community Church / Leslie Free Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 7, 2001, 11:00 a.m. Internment will follow at the Walker Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Robertson Funeral Home’s Leslie Chapel on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Fund, envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Gregory L. Johnson

 

   Gregory Leroy Johnson, 54, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2001 at Northfield Place, Whitmore Lake.

   Mr. Johnson was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Hastings, the son of Clayton and Marion (Snow) Johnson. He was a 1965 graduate of Charlotte High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the 9th Infantry Battalion, and is a Vietnam veteran. He was fond of his horse, Johnny, and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast.

   He is survived by his son, Heath Johnson, serving in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in California; brother, Winston (Dianne) Johnson of Charlotte; sisters, Deanna (Gerry) Becktel of Cloverdale, and Christine Johnson and her husband Larry Reynolds of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Todd Becktel, Barbara Jeffery, Troy Becktel, Bradley Johnson and Deena Hollister.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Marcella, and his parents.

   Graveside services were held Oct. 23 at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville, with Rev. Al Metler officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled Veteran Fund. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Leon Johnson

 

   Leon Johnson, age 52, died Wednesday, September 26, 2001 in Lansing. Leon was born September 28, 1948 in Halo, KY, the son of Johnathan and Margaret (Johnson) Johnson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and was the recipient of 2 Purple Hearts and the Commendation Medal, among many others. Leon was a Past Commander of the Eaton Rapids VFW Post #1283 and active in the American Legion. Mr. Johnson was employed with Michigan Packaging Co. in Eaton Rapids and Mason for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Johnson in 1961 and his brother-in-law, Franklin “Burr” Boggs in 1997.

   Surviving are hid wife of 19 years, Nancy M. (Crocker); 4 daughters, Raquel (Andy) Hicks of Lansing, Tanya Johnson, Kimberly Wyskowski, Jessica Stevens all of Eaton Rapids; 3 sons, Lyle (Lisa) Wyskowski of Holt, Ben (Rhonda) Wyskowski, Tracy Leon Johnson both of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Hugh “Bono” Washington, Ryan Cain “Dabber” Heathcock, Kyle Benjamin “Buda” Wyskowski, Austin Jay Walter “Stretch” Wyskowski, Savannah Jade “Banna” Davis, expecting Baby Johnson; 4 brothers, James (Elsie) Johnson of Eaton Rapids; Joel (Dorothy) Johnson of Leslie, John (Diane) Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Curt Johnson of Florida; 2 sisters, Fay Boggs, Nell (Glenn) Miller both of Eaton Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Elder Estill Hamilton of the Little Vineyard Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids with Military Honors by the Eaton Rapids VFW Post #1283. Those desiring may make contributions to Gift of Life in memory of Leon Johnson.

 

                                   

 

 

Patsie L. Johnson

 

   Patsie L. Lewis-Johnson, age 75 of Safford, Arizona and formerly of Eaton Rapids and Lansing, died Sunday, February 11, 2001 in Ft. Thomas, Arizona. She was born August 30, 1925 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Raymond and Ethel (Wright) Lewis. Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Charlotte High School, class of 1944, and had attended the nursing program at St. Lawrence. She began working with the visiting nurses association, then worked as plant nurse for Atlas Drop Forge in Lansing, and later worked as a surgical nurse for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital. Her last 20 years of nursing was done at two nursing home, Thornapple of Hastings, and Mountain View of Safford, Arizona, where she and her husband of 43 years lived. Preceding her in death are a son, Henry Lawrence “Bud” Johnson and 2 brothers, Tom and Richard Lewis.

   Surviving are her husband, James Reginal “Reggie” Johnson; 7 children, James William “Bill” (Dawn) of Eaton Rapids, Jane Elizabeth (Jerry) Lane of Naperville, Ill., Carolyn Dianne Manns of Lansing, Robert S. (Carole) Johnson of Saudi Arabia, Darlene D. (Dave) Neithamer of Woodland, Gina J. (Dave) Harwood of Ionia, Michelle R. (Mike) Spence of Powatan, Virginia; 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; 2 brothers, Bob and John. Patsie will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

   Memorial services will be Saturday, February 24th, at 2 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Cards of sympathy may be sent to 5836 Durwell Dr. Lansing, MI 48911, in care of the Johnson family. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Salvation Army at 525 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing in memory of Patsie L. Johnson.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth G. Jones

 

   Kenneth Glen Jones, 84, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Jones was born March 22, 1917, in Lee Township, Calhoun County, the son of Cap Mitchell and Lydia Marian (Jackson) Jones. He was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Mr. Jones was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, a life member of the VFW Charlotte Post #2406 and American Legion Post #42, and a member of the Charlotte Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. He was a retired postmaster in Charlotte for 16 years and a member of the Postmasters Association.

   He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Charlotte; daughter, Kay Jones of Virginia; two grandsons, Herbert and Kenneth Jankowsky of Sterling Heights; and several nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Jones was preceded in death by siblings, Harold Asa, Carleton, Sylvia, Earl, Lydia “May,” Mildred, Carroll and Donald.

   A memorial service was held June 8 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or the Hayes Green Beach, Hospital. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Thelma D. Jones

 

   Thelma D. Jones, age 92 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, February 28, 2001 in Orleans, MI. Thelma was born August 31, 1908 in Birchwood, WI, the daughter of George A. and Julia (Knudson) Walter. Mrs. Jones taught school for 46 years and the last 29 years were in Eaton Rapids (first grade). She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids and the Esther Circle, Eaton Rapids Teachers Association, Eaton County Retired Teachers Association, AAUW, the U & I Club, OES #241 and the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, in 1970.

   Surviving are her stepdaughter, Adele Miller of Howard City; stepson, John (Dorothy) Jones of Sheridan; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and her niece, Margaret E. Christ.

   A memorial service graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Ferris Center Cemetery, Vestaburg. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Thelma Jones.

 

                                   

 

 

William R. Joppie

 

   William Russell Joppie, 58, of Vermontville, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2001 at his residence, surrounded by his family and friends.

   Mr. Joppie was born Feb. 23, 1943 in Charlotte, the son of Russell and Janice (Hadden) Joppie. He worked as a supervisor for General Motors for 34 years, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a member of Eagles Aerie #3552 and the Seney Social Club.

   He is survived by wife, Lee; sons, Tim of Nashville and Steve of Vermontville; daughter, Marcy (Chad) Gross of Vermontville; his father, Russell Joppie of Charlotte; grandchildren, Strom and Savannah, Matt and Donny, Hutch and Hadley, Cortney, Corbin, Jacob, Amanda, and Matthew; step-son, Allan (Patricia) Gardner of Nashville; stepdaughter, Denice (Rod) Scramlin of Nashville; brothers, Ron (Diane) Joppie of Charlotte, Rick (Diane) Joppie of San Antonio, Texas, and Randy (Judy) Joppie of Rockford.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy in 1992, his mother, brother Jerry, and his second wife, Joyce.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Castleton, Maple Grove, Nashville Ambulance or Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Vera I. Keefer

 

   Vera I. Keefer, 91, of Charlotte died Jan. 19, 2001 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Miss Keefer was born July 10, 1909 in Roxand Township, a daughter of Robert Glen and Lura (Dickinson) Keefer. She was a member of South Cochran Church of God.

   Surviving are three sisters Ial Fuller of Brighton, Vena Wren of Georgia, and Bethel (Robert) Baker of Arizona; and, numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers Lyle and Scott, and one sister Ruie Smith.

   Services were held Jan. 22 at the Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Hugh J. Burger officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility or the South Cochran Church of God, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Margaret E. (Williams) Keeler

 

   Margaret E. (Williams) Keeler, age 81 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, October 7, 2001 in Charlotte. Margaret was born December 16, 1919 in Rives Twp., the daughter of Clinton A. And Florence Ethel (Friend) Watson. She enjoyed knitting, cooking, bird watching and sewing, including Pa’s costumes for muzzle loading. Margaret was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Williams; her second husband, Roy “Pa” Keeler; son, Joseph Williams, Jr.; and a sister.

   She was the best mom in the world to surviving daughters and son, Linda Caudill of Eaton Rapids, Carol (Melvin) Dryer of Arizona, Gary (Luann) Williams of Eaton Rapids. Also surviving are 2 step-daughters, B. Jean (Richard) Brown of Eaton Rapids, Jo (Bruce) Gage of Albion; step-son, Bob (Dorie) Keeler of Eaton Rapids; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; 6 brothers0in-law, Arthur (Pauline) Keeler, Howard Keeler, Ron (Jean) Keeler, Chuck (Louise) Keeler, Dr. Van (Aino) Keeler, Bob (Erlene) Keeler; sister-in-law, Ellen Keeler; several nieces and nephews including care givers Connie Mulder and Carolyn Shumaker.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 1:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral home, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Twp. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to either the American Cancer Society or the American Red Cross New York Fund in memory of Margaret E. Keeler.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy I. Kelley

 

   Dorothy Irene Kelley, 73, of Charlotte died January 13, 2001.

   Mrs. Kelley was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Potterville, the daughter of Henry and Nila (Allen) Horn. She was a homemaker who enjoyed making Raggedy-Ann dolls and attending craft shows. She married Lester Kelley June 26, 1948.

   She is survived by her husband, Lester; three daughters, Yvonne (Harry) Foster of Sunfield, Ann (Gary) McCune of Charlotte and Doreen Kelley of Grand Ledge; three sons Steve (Frances) of Mt. Pleasant, Duane and his friend, Donna, and Terry, both of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 16 at the Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Vernon Matanick officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery.

 

 

Ellis “Ken” Kendall

 

   Ellis “Ken” Kendall, formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI and Shrewsbury, MA, died June 16, 2001 at the age of 81 in North Ft. Myers, FL. He was born August 5, 1919, in Aurelius, MI, the son of William and Gayle Kendall. He was a Navy veteran, member of Whittall Masonic Lodge, Artemas Ward Chapter #220 O.E.S. and Germania Social Club of MA and Araba Shrine Temple, Ft. Myers.

   Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Rose; children, Ellis Kendall of Florida, Ozina Frederick of North Ft. Myers, Lori Kendall-Taylor, Patricia Dehnam, Donna McLain and Robert D. Kendall of Massachusetts; several grandchildren; brothers, Verle of Traverse City and James (Myrt) of Eaton Rapids; and sister, Lena Gambell of Charlotte. Preceding him in death are his parents and sister, Marguerite Slentz.

   Funeral services have been conducted in FL. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 12502 N. Pine Dr., Tampa, FL 33612.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen M. Kenefick

 

   Helen May Kenefick, 92, of Charlotte, formerly of Detroit, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001.

   Mrs. Kenefick was born July 8, 1909 in Chelsea, Mass., the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Mienhardt) Mundt. She retired as a clerk from F.W. Woolworth Company.

   She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank Kenefick; son, Frank Kenefick of Peoria, Ariz.; daughter, Judy Telfer of Charlotte; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by brothers, Fred, Gus, Harold, Frank and Herbert Mundt, and a sister, Hazel Hunter.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Noel Hall-Niemann officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Barry-Eaton District Health Department Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

F. Evelyn Kiessling

 

   F. Evelyn Kiessling, 89, of Olivet, died May 14, 2001.

   Mrs. Kiessling was born March 4, 1912 in Fremont, Ohio, the daughter of Oscar and Lottie Stierwalt.

   She is survived by son, Richard (Brigitte) Kiessling of Olivet; one grandson, Jeff (Lisa) Kiessling; one great-granddaughter, Logan; brothers, Don Stierwalt of Fremont, Ohio, and Jack (Harriet) Stierwalt of Columbus, Ohio.

   She was preceded in death by husband, George; granddaughter, Jennifer; and sister, Mildred.

   Memorial services were held May 17 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Carol Spangenburg officiating. Interment was at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, Ohio.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruth A. Kikendall

 

   Ruth A. Kikendall, age 90 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, August 20, 2001 in Charlotte. Ruth was born June 19, 1911 in Walton Twp., Eaton County, MI the daughter of Scott Alvin and Dana Leal (Conklin) Halsey. Mrs. Kikendall taught school in the Spicerville and Bradford Country schools. She was an active member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church. Ruth enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She crocheted doilies, afghans, and baby clothing. She played the piano all her life and enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. Gardening and cooking were some of her talents and she spent many years camping with her family. In 1990, Mrs. Kikendall was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Walter; 4 brothers, Edward, Allen, Russell and Dana Halsey; 2 sisters, Jane Evans and Mary Ida Halsey.

   Surviving are her daughter, Rosemary (Dick) Allen of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, Robert Allen Kikendall, Terry Lee (Penny) Kikendall both of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Mark David (Sheila) Allen, Laura Jane (Curt) Gamsay, Eric Michael Kikendall, Daniel James Kikendall; 5 great-grandchildren, Alicia Rose Gamsay, Curt Douglas Gamsay II, Wyatt James Allen, Justin William Kikendall, Marcy Jean Burch; brother, Fred Halsey of Eaton Rapids; sister Alice (Ike) Pelton of Onondaga; 3 sisters-in-law, Jean Halsey, Lois Halsey, Mary Kikendall; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, August 24, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Carl Barrett officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church in memory of Ruth A. Kikendall.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold G. Kimmel

 

   Harold George Kimmel, 94, of Bellevue, died July 19, 2001 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mr. Kimmel was born Jan. 6, 1907 to Fred and Cora Bell (Shaw) Kimmel in Charlotte. He worked as a supervisor at Wilcox-Gay Corporation in Charlotte and at the Baker Chair Factory in Grand Rapids. He was also a business owner in the Charlotte and Bellevue area. Mr. Kimmel married Patricia Lagios on May 17, 1952 in Charlotte; she died Feb. 10, 1993. He enjoyed woodworking and remodeling.

   He is survived by a son, Robert of Charlotte; daughter, Larry. Graveside services were held at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice Care. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

 

Alice M. King

 

   Alice M. King, 89, formerly of Caledonia and Vermontville, died Sunday, June 3, 2001 at Carvath Village in Middleville.

   Mrs. King was born Sept. 15, 1911 in Caledonia, the daughter of John and Harriet (Heintz) Smith. She was raised in the Caledonia area and attended Caledonia schools, graduating in 1930. She then continued her education at Western State College in Kalamazoo in 1931. She married Kenneth King on April 11, 1932 in Caledonia. The couple lived on their 40-acre Caledonia farm, where they raised seven children. In 1963, Mrs. King began working at Gehl Restaurant in Caledonia until moving to their 30-acre farm in Vermontville. She was a life member of the Eastern Star #97 of Caledonia and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 8260 of the VFW in Nashville. She was known to many at the VFW as “Ma King.” She enjoyed working VFW suppers and playing bingo.

   She is survived by sons, Richard of Lexington, Ky., James (Beverly) of New Orleans, La., Peter (Diane) of Centerville, Tenn., and John (Audrey) of St. Joseph; daughters, Karolyn (Raymond) Blocher of Woodland and Joan (Jim) Bode of Newaygo; 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Calvin and Vera Brawer of Alaska, Mich.; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; a son, Charles; a grandson, Michael; and two brothers. Services were held June 6 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Rev. Ben Herring officiating. Interment was at the Alaska Cemetery, Alaska, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen L. King

 

   Helen L. King, 83, of Potterville, died July 2, 2001 at the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center after a long illness.

   Mrs. King was born April 11, 1918 in South Haven, the daughter of Don and Ida (Zessin) Youngs. Mrs. King was a life member of the VFW Post 6034 in Potterville for many years, and was a member of the American Legion in Dimondale.

   She is survived by son, John King; daughter, Sally Clarke of Wellston; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl (Beth) Youngs of Charlotte and Charles (Marjorie) Youngs of Potterville; brother-in-law, Robert Ray of Sunfield; and nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Dale E. King in 1973, granddaughter Lori Beth Clarke in 1996, nephew Ray Youngs in 1996, great nephew Don Youngs in 1995, sisters Audrey Estep in 1996 and Frances Ray in 2001.

   Funeral services were held July 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

 

June King

 

   June King, 87, of Charlotte, passed away Aug. 27, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, after a brief but difficult illness.

   Mrs. King was born June 9, 1914 to Ben and Sarah (Taylor) Butler. She enjoyed a very active life including deer hunting, turkey hunting, fishing, boating, playing cards, gardening, canning and spending time with her many friends and relatives. She was a dynamic person and will be missed very much by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. In her younger days, she was an avid bowler and worked in the health care field in Detroit. She and her husband also owned King’s Bar in Dexter for 21 years.

   She is survived by son, Randy (Adele) King of Pinckney; granddaughters, Michelle (Brooke) Plantz of Ann Arbor and Stephanie King of Jenison; sisters-in-law, Elaine (Bill) Butler of Grand Ledge, Wanda (Phil) Butler of Lansing and Myrtle (Paul) King of Glendale, Ariz.; nieces and nephews including Vivian (Donald) Schultz and Connie (Jim) Garrison of Charlotte; many great-nieces and nephews including Rachael (Scott) McLane, Andrea Ostrander and Cana Garrison.

   She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend for 39 years, Richard in March 2000; her parents; brothers, Bill, Phil and Tom; and sister, Marion (Bill) Wright.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Todd McLane officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

Neva C. King

 

   Neva C. King, 92, of Bellevue, died Aug. 24, 2001 at Tendercare in Marshall.

   Mrs. King was born June 11, 1909 in Bellevue, the daughter of Henry and Alma (Garms) Shipp. Her family were pioneers in Bellevue, immigrating from Germany. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1927 and from Western State Teachers College. She taught in several one-room schools, and then for the Bellevue Public Schools. She married Merle King on Sept 2, 1934; he died Jan. 24, 1978. She was a member of the 20th Century Club, Bellevue United Methodist Church, Esther Circle, Bellevue Historical Society, Eaton County retired teachers, and several community bridge clubs. She enjoyed her family, her grandchildren, flower gardening, making cookies, spending time at Wall Lake, knitting, entertaining and playing cards.

   She is survived by daughter, Jean King of Marshall; son, Robert King of Crossville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, and fiver great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by twin brothers George and Frederick Shipp.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

 

 

 

Mary J. Kiplinger

 

   Mary Jane Kiplinger, 80, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 after an extended illness. Mrs. Kiplinger was born June 5, 1921 in Charlotte, the daughter of Otis and Helen (Rulison) Carman, and lived most of her life in Charlotte. She was a 1939 graduate of Charlotte High School, and had been employed as children’s registrar in Eaton County Probate Court for 15 years, and at Owens-Illinois Glass Co. for 10 years. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and its Deborah Circle, served as a Red Cross volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, was a member of the Charlotte OES #218 and an avid knitter.

   She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Kiplinger; daughter, Judith (Duane) Vernon of Lansing; son, Harold Charles (Kathleen-Pearson) Kiplinger of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren, JoAnn (Thomas) Klein, Mary Jane Botsford, Amy Fox, Daniel Charles (Melinda) Kiplinger, Kristine Marie Kiplinger and Michael John Kiplinger; three step-grandchildren, Richard (Marie) Vernon, Nancy (Thomas) Olenski and Mary Jo (Perry) Paquette; and 10 great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Sarah and Emily Klein, Douglas and Dean Vernon, Erica, Ryan, Brooke and Matthew Olenski and Sydney Paquette.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Duane Carman. Memorial services were held Nov. 5 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saladin Shrine Foundation. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Kristin Marie Kleehammer

 

   Kristin Marie Kleehammer of Eaton Rapids, age 2 years and 10 months, died at her home on Wednesday, June 13, 2001. She was born August 19, 1998, the daughter of Edward and Judith (Rust) Kleehammer. Kristin had attended and completed the Eaton Intermediate School Districts, “Early On Program”.

   Surviving are her parents, Edward and Judy Kleehammer of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Jacob and Michael Kleehammer of Eaton Rapids; grandparents, George and Donna Rust Sr. of Eaton Rapids, Willard Kleehammer of New Orleans, LA, Carolyn Kleehammer of Kalkaska; great-grandparents, Mildred Frydel of Kalkaska, and Rachel Glenellen Eva of Lansing; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 16th, from the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Scott Boles officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Intermediate School District, Early On Program, in memory of Kristin M. Kleehammer. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Jean E. Klepper

 

   Jean E. Klepper, of Long Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 at Evergreen Manor after a year-long illness.

   Mrs. Klepper was born Sept. 26, 1922 in Kalamo Township, the daughter of Plenty and Sarah (Hamilton) Mapes. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1941. She married Donald Klepper Jan. 9, 1944 in Eaton County; he died June 1, 1984 in Battle Creek. Mrs. Klepper was employed at the Kellogg Company from 1941 to 1945, and then returned from 1955 to 1975 when she retired. She enjoyed traveling with the seniors from Burnham Brook Center, playing bingo, sewing and crocheting.

   She is survived by two daughters, Kay Ann (Arthur) Woody of Charlotte and Iva (Bill) McKeown of Battle Creek; three sons, Duane (Cindy) Klepper of Bellevue, Walter (Marty) Klepper of Dowling and Donald Klepper, Jr. of Long Lake; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Glycene Robinson of Battle Creek and Harriett Winters of Long Lake.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and a brother, Walter Mapes.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, with Pastor Robert Zuhl officiating. Inurnment of cremains will be at Lacey Cemetery at a later date.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Burnham Brook Center or the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia R. Kloppe

 

   Virginia Rose Kloppe, 78, an eight-year resident of Narrow Lake, Springport, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, June 16, 2001.

   Mrs. Kloppe was born Aug. 28, 1922 in Charlotte, the daughter of Dale and Pearl (Wilson) Betz. She was a member of the Char Lanes Bowling League, a former Campfire and Boy Scout leader, and a tutor for local children.

   She is survived by daughter, Linda Kloppe of Narrow Lake; son, David (Linda) Kloppe of Jenison; sister, Dolliedale (Charles) Rohrbacher of Texas; grandchildren, Steven, Ryan and Sarah Kloppe of Jenison; great-grandchild, Camille of Jenison; and special friends, Sharon Belka, and Sue and Dana Ferguson of Narrow Lake.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Kloppe in 1983, and a brother, Dale Betz.

   Funeral services were held June 20 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Bob Doner officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility or the American Cancer Society; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Letha I. Knickerbocker

 

   Letha I. Knickerbocker, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, December 12, 2001 in Dimondale. Letha was born August 10, 1918 in St. Johns, the daughter of Harvey and Effie E. (Stewart) Geisenhaver. She retired from the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital as a dietician and loved gardening, flowers, and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clare Rockwood and stepson, Doug Rockwood.

   Surviving are her husband, Merle; 2 step daughters, Phyllis Pettis of Fort Meyers, FL, Shirley (Jerry) Wolf of Holt; 2 stepsons, Jerry (Jane) Knickerbocker of Osseo, Larry Knickerbocker of Olivet; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 1 brother, Ray (Dee) Smith of Saugatuck.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Bryan Knickerbocker, Scott Knickerbocker, Tim Kikendall, Josh Horwath, Steve Rockwood, and Andy Rockwood.

 

                                   

 

 

Merle D. Knickerbocker

 

   Merle D. Knickerbocker, age 92 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, December 28, 2001 in Dimondale. Mr. Knickerbocker was born April 11, 1909 in Eaton County, the son of Ernest and Ruby (Harshey) Knickerbocker. He retired in 1972 from Miller Plastics, Howell, and loved fishing and gardening.

   He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Pettis of Fort Meyers, FL, and Shirley (Jerry) Wolf of Eaton Rapids; two sons, Jerry (Jane) Knickerbocker of Osseo and Larry Knickerbocker of Olivet; 12 grandchildren/step-grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren/step-great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith, second wife, Madge, and third wife, Letha who passed away December 12, 2001.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Cleo D. Kreps

 

   Cleo D. Kreps, 73, of Bellevue, died Friday, March 30 at his home. Mr. Kreps was born Feb. 16, 1928 in Ida, to Earl and Ada (Carney) Kreps. He served in the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mr. Kreps was a professional truck driver for many years with Gra-Bel and several other trucking companies. He married Doris Brose on July 21, 1951; she survives. He was a member of Teamsters, and enjoyed farming and baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers.

   He is survived by sons, Steve (Sue) Kreps of Monroe, Jerry (Linda) Kreps of Ionia, Gary Kreps and Ron (Diane) Kreps, both of Bellevue, and Dave (Tami) Kreps of Nashville; daughter, Linda (Andy) Midtgard of Charlotte; brother, Hubert (Ilene) Kreps of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sister, Janice (Harold) Springer of Georgia; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Kreps Jr., and his parents. Services were held April 3 at Shaw Funeral home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Don Francis officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Lucile E. Krusel

 

   Lucile E. (Bullock) Krusel of Belleville, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Ill.

   Mrs. Krusel was born August 4, 1905 in Boston, Mass. She retired as a librarian for the City of Charlotte, and was a life member and past worthy matron with the Order of the Eastern Star in Charlotte.

   Surviving are one son, Winn (Sally) Pardee of Shiloh, Ill.; a daughter, Mary (David) Hadley of Vermontville; three grandchildren, Barbara (Keith) Rodgers of Arlington, Texas, Elizabeth Pardee of Shiloh, Ill., Mary (Jim) Malan of McCord AFB, Wash.; two great-grandchildren Maxwell Matheny and Kathryn Rodgers; daughter-in-law, Eleanor Krusell of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Lewis S. (Margaret) Bullock of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and her extended family in Michigan, Arizona, and California.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilding Krusell; one son, Hilding Krusell; and her parents, Henry and Annette (Lewis) Bullock.

   Memorial donations may be made to St. Ann Episcopal Church in Caseyville, Ill., or to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc.

   Graveside services were held Feb. 28 at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill., with Rev. John C. Bettmann officiating.

   Arrangements were by Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.

 

                                   

 

 

Winston B. Lake

 

   Winston “Bill” Brown Lake, 86, of Granbury, Texas, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001. Mr. Lake was born May 31, 1914 in Vermontville, the son of Benjamin and Blanche (Hart) Lake. He was a tool crib attendant for A.E./Hoover Manufacturing in Charlotte.

   He is survived by daughter, Helen Holder of Granbury, Texas; granddaughters, Lori Stephenson of Mason; Lisa (Stuart) Corder of Houston, Texas; great-grandson, Jeremy Begley; great-granddaughters, Sarah and Shelby Corder.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Opal (Marsh) Lake in 1996.

   Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment will be in Sunfield Cemetery in Sunfield. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Pray Funeral Home. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Gertrude P. Landers

 

   Gertrude Pauline Landers, 87, of Charlotte, died May 2, 2001 at Houghton Lake.

   Mrs. Landers was born in Charlotte, the daughter of Howard and Cathrine (Lightner) Clever. She was employed at Hayes Green Beach for 10 years.

   She is survived by three daughters, Kay Mishler of Houghton Lake, Roxanne (Jim) Albaugh of Mulliken, and Sally (Allen) Cantine of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Gary Landers of Florida; 20 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda in 1995, husband Ben in 1977, son Howard in 1975, and son Jerry in 1935.

   Funeral services were held May 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Donald Woolum officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Leonard L. Larson

 

   Leonard L. Larson, 82, of Charlotte, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2001 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek.

   Mr. Larson was born June 8, 1919 in Radcliffe, Iowa, the son of Martin and Louisa (Bly) Larson. He served in the U.S. Army as a medical technician during World War II, in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Larson worked for several years as an independent truck driver. He married Betty Richey on June 24, 1949.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Beverly Boden of Potterville; son, Robert Larson; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Leo Larson of Buckeye, Iowa, and Arnold Larson of California.

   He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

   Services and interment were held Sept. 19 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with military honors.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Earl F. Lauck

 

   Earl F. Lauck, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, November 8, 2001 in Lansing. Earl was born February 28, 1924 in Wellsburg, West Virginia, the son of Robert and Cecelia (Black) Lauck. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army and was a Past Commander of the Eaton Rapids VFW Post #1283. Mr. Lauck retired from Pettit’s Hardware Store. Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Florence in January 2001 and his son, Harvey Swan in 1996.

   Surviving are 4 daughters, Debbie (Richard) Collins of Alabama, Janis (Steve) Ambs of Onondaga, Jacki (Jim) Barnes, Tracey (Pat) Mahoney both of Eaton Rapids; 5 sons, Doug (Placida Lyn) of Las Vegas, Burt (Wanda), Curtis, Randy, and Fred (Kim) all of Eaton Rapids; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Bobby, Dick (Maxine), Tommy (Doris), Howard (Margaret) all of West Virginia; 4 sisters, Margaret (Toss) Diserio, Betty (Ed) Trimmer, Dorothy Greene and Ruth (Ed) Stein all of West Virginia.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Earl Lauck.

 

                                   

 

 

Florence M. Lauck

 

   Florence M. Lauck, age 76 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, January 14, 2001 in Lansing. Florence was born April 14, 1924, the daughter of Oscar Arthur and Viola (Hoover) Bunker. She was a member of the Monday Night Ladies Bowling League in Eaton Rapids and past president of the Eaton Rapids VFW Auxiliary. Florence was preceded in death by her first husband, Ivan Bateman; son, Harvey Swan; stepmother, Clorah Bunker; 2 sisters, Estina Disbrow, Lillian Darnell and stepbrother, Elmer Flaugher.

   Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Earl F.; 4 daughters, Debbie (Richard) Collins of Alabama, Janice (Steve) Ambs of Onondaga, Jackie (Jim) Barnes, Tracy (Pat) Mahoney all of Eaton Rapids; 5 sons, Doug (Placida Lyn) Lauck of Florida, Bert (Wanda) Lauck, Curtis Lauck, Randy Lauck, Fred (Kim) Lauck all of Eaton Rapids; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Daniel (Betty) Bunker of Williamston, Ruhl (Elaine) Bunker of Dansville, Ivan Bunker of Aurelius; 2 sisters, Carolyn (George) Hertzfeld of Jackson, Darla (Wayne) Tody of Traverse City; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2001, 3:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundations or the American Heart Association in memory of Florence Lauck.

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Cynthia Lavengood

 

   Cynthia “Arlin” Lavengood, 97, of Lansing, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2001.

   Arlin had been living at the Grandma’s Pad Adult Foster Care Home during the last years of her life. Although small in stature, she was mighty in service to God. At the age of 17, Arlin accepted Christ as her Savior in an Evangelical church in Eureka. In 1931, she joined the First Church of the Nazarene in Lansing, where she worshipped and faithfully served in the teaching ministry for over 60 consecutive years. She had been a Sunday School teacher of third-grade boys, treasurer of the Missionary Society for 24 years, and served on two church boards. Her steadfast devotion to Christ also shines in her testimony:

   “I could not live without the love, care and protection of my Heavenly Father. Jesus is real to me and the Hold Spirit is my guide each day! He is my all in all.” Her favorite scripture was Mathew 10:29-32, and her favorite song was “Living for Jesus.” Many children and adults have been influenced tremendously and can bear witness to her life as their Christian teacher and friend.

   She is survived by her sister, Irma Overmyer of Toledo, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Lavengood, who died recently.

   Funeral services were held April 16 at Gorsline-Runiciman Co. Lansing Chapel, with Rev. Dr. E. Donald King, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, officiating.

   Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth E. Lavengood

 

   Kenneth E. Lavengood, 85, of Holt, died Sunday, March 25, 2001.

   Mr. Lavengood was born Dec. 20, 1915 in Winamac, Ind., the son of Joseph and Anna Alberta (Stepp) Lavengood. He was a State Farm Insurance Agent in Albion for 26 years, retiring in 1978. He served three years in Army Air Corps during World War II.

   He was a life member of: Mural Lodge #14, Albion Chapter, Albion Counsel, and Charlotte Commandery #37. He was also a member of the American Legion in Albion, the VFW in Albion, Royal Order of Moose in Sparta, Order of Eastern Star in Albion, and Central United Methodist Church in Lansing.

   He is survived by a daughter, Anita Cook of Grand Rapids; son, Gary Lavengood of South Bend, Ind.; sisters, C. Arlin Lavengood of Lansing, and Irma Overmyer of Toledo, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Delma Lorene (Steinman) in 1998.

   Funeral services were held March 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. John Boley officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                   

 

 

Verna E. Lawrence

 

   Verna E. (Binning) Lawrence, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Alton, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001 at Eaton Manor Nursing Home in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Lawrence was born Aug. 24, 1914 in East Madison, Ill., the daughter of Roscoe and Rebecca (Shaw) Snider. She had been a Charlotte resident for 34 years, coming from Illinois, and had been employed in the Housekeeping Department of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, retiring in 1978.

   She is survived by four children, Gerald (Betty) Binning of Charlotte, Clemeth (Barbara) Binning of East Alton, Ill., Connie (John) Clark of Cottage Hills, Ill., and Ronnie (Shirley) Binning of Potterville; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; special companion, Richard Haite of Charlotte; twin brother, Virgil Snider of Affton, Ill.; three half sisters, Josephine Cathorall of Bethalto, Ill., Henrietta Fitzgerald of Moro, Ill., and Virginia Wiekhorst of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and a half brother, Thomas Keiser of Moro, Ill.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Everett Binning and David Lawrence; two sons, Richard Binning and Vernon Lawrence; two daughters, Joyce and Sharon Binning; and a brother, Bill Keiser.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at Elias-Smith Funeral Home, Alton, Ill., with Rev. I.T. Beard officiating. Interment was at Upper Alton Cemetery, Alton.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Local arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia R. Lea

 

   Virginia Rose Lea, 80, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001 after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Lea was born Sept. 17, 1921, the daughter of Max Nye and Dorothy Kirk Robinson. She was a life resident of Charlotte, a 1939 graduate of Charlotte High School and had been employed by the State of Michigan Treasury Department, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the State Employees Retirement Association, a member and past officer of the Eaton County Historical Association and a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and its Ruth Circle.

   She is survived by a daughter, Rosemary Lea of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lea, who was superintendent of Charlotte’s Maple Hill Cemetery for 46 years, in which he was assisted by his wife.

   Cremation has taken place and committal services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church of Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Orval H. Lee

 

   Orval Howard Lee, 66, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001.

   Mr. Lee was born Nov. 3, 1935 in Coldwater Township, the son of Howard and Lavina (Champlain) Lee. He had been employed by Diamond Reo, for 15 years and was a well-known regular at McDonald’s in Charlotte. He served with the U.S. Air Force, volunteered for Charlotte athletic programs for 18 years, and attended New Hope Community Church in Charlotte.

   He is survived by Florence Lee of Charlotte; daughter, Jodi McLean (fiancée Rex VanGuilder) of Olivet; son, Jay Howard Lee of Charlotte; daughter, Sue Ann Lee of Charlotte; grandsons, Matthew McLean and James Lee; granddaughter, Christine Wilson; brother, Sterling (Lora) Lee of Grand Ledge; sister, Pat (Leo) Youngs of Fowler; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Esther L. Lentz

 

   Esther L. Lentz, age 85 of Onondaga, died Monday, June 25, 2001 in Jackson County. Esther was born October 4, 1915 in Elberta, MI the daughter of Thorby David Scofield and Freida Augusta Agnes (Latteau) Boughfman. She was a member of the Onondaga Community Church, a Registered Nurse with the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital Emergency Room for 15 years, retiring in 1976 and a volunteer with the Leslie Ambulance Service. Mrs. Lentz was preceded in death by her husband, Ward, in 1996.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Martha Jane (Jon) Noll of Seattle, WA, Rebecca (Warren) Noble of Onondaga; 2 sons, Rodney (Nancy) Lentz of Rolla, MO, Riley (Patricia) Lentz of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson and sister, June Riley of Manistee.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, June 28, 2001 at the Onondaga Community Church with Rev. William Muller officiating. Graveside services were also held June 28th at the Joyfield Cemetery, near Frankfort. The family was served by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Onondaga Community Church in memory of Esther Lentz.

 

                                   

 

 

Lucy M. Leonard

 

   Lucy M. Leonard, 87, died Dec. 30, 2000.

   Mrs. Leonard lived at Linda Manor in Leeds, Mass., for the past eight years. She was born in Eaton County on March 5, 1913 to Ward and Ina Bingham. She was married to the late Sylvester “Vet” Leonard, a retired treasurer of Washtenaw County, for 50 years. Long-time residents of Michigan, Mrs. Leonard and her husband retired to Florida in the 1980’s. After her husband’s death in 1992, she moved to Massachusetts to be near her daughter.

   Survivors include a brother, Dale Bingham of Charlotte; daughter, Ellan Cole of Brookfield, Vt.; three sons, Robert of Williston, Robin of Fairfax, Va., and Ralph of Milan; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Jan. 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Residents’ Activity Fund, Linda Manor, 349 Haydenville Rd., Leeds, MA 01053.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

 

 

David F. Letts

 

   David Franklin Letts, age 47, died Aug. 17, 2001 at his home after lengthy battle with cancer.

   Mr. Letts was born Dec. 10, 1953 in Lansing, the son of Harry and Oleta (Smith) Letts. He was a repair technician for Lazy Boy. He served in the U.S. Army with active duty in Vietnam, was a member of the American Legion #42, and coached Little League baseball. Mr. Letts enjoyed karaoke singing, bowling, hunting, MSU sports, and his seasonal home at Lighthouse Village Resort.

   He is survived by his wife Debora (VanLiew); sons, Jeremy of Haslett, Jammie of Lansing, and Lucas of Dimondale; stepdaughter, Dayna Lewis of Charlotte; stepson, Donald (Kim) Lewis of California; grandson, Noah Letts; stepgrandson, Dalton Lewis; mother, Oleta (Richard) Cook of Lake; brothers, Vern (Karen) Letts of Lake, Joe Letts of Lansing; sisters, Susan Smith of Bath, Rena Barrix of Lansing, Erma May-Letts of Florida, Michelle (Jeremy) Cole of Lansing, Nona Letts and Agnes Letts of Lake.

   He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Vanessa.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 20, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Charlotte; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

 

 

Robert D. Lewis

 

   Robert D. Lewis, 79, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Lewis was born Aug. 21, 1922 in Grand Rapids, the son of Raymond and Ethel (Wright) Lewis, and had been a resident of the Charlotte area for 64 years, coming from Grand Ledge. He was employed at the Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte, and then at John Bean FMC in Lansing, from where he retired in 1972. After his retirement, he worked at Roseacre Greenhouse and Mike’s Automotive, both in Charlotte, and had been a member of the Buck Club.

   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Murray) Lewis; one son, Duane (Betty) Lewis; four daughters, Charlotte (Erwin) Walker, Roberta (Jon) Forell, Arletta (Mike) Lahr and Diana (James) Wietzke, all of Charlotte; 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; brother, John (Gwen) Lewis of Portland; and special family friends, Hazel and Ron Hamilton of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Tom and Richard Lewis; sister, Patsy Johnson; half brothers, Clarence and Paul Lewis; and half sister, Dorthea Haskitt and Alberta Kenny.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Darrell Hodge officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

 

 

Robert Samuel Lightner Jr.

 

   Robert Samuel Lighter Jr. “Cowboy Bob”, age 47 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, July 19, 2001 as a result of an automobile accident in Hamlin Township. He was born November 21, 1953 in Lansing, the son of Robert and Doris (Esch) Lightner Sr. Bob was a machinist for Enprotech in Lansing for 28 years, a Charlotte High School graduate, class of 1972, and a member of the Wednesday and Friday night bowling leagues in Charlotte. He enjoyed golfing, camping, fishing, hunting and his family. Preceding him in death was his father, Robert S. Lightner Sr., in 1992.

   Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Peggy (Clarke); 2 children, Samantha Goldsberry and Daniel Lightner both of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Chandra & Ryan Goldsberry of Eaton Rapids; mother, Doris Lightner of Lake Conroe, TX; grandfather, Harold Wineland of St. Johns; 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Peggy Jane Lightner of Jackson, David (Kathy) Lightner of Eaton Rapids, Lisa (Rod) Hicks of Lake Conroe, TX and Neil (Sheryl) Lightner, of Eaton Rapids; special friends, Alice and Don Rockey of Albion; several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Monday, July 23, 2001 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Burial followed in the Bosworth Cemetery near Olivet. Pallbearers were Dennis Geisenhaver, Tony McCumber, Ed Brown, Clint Sears, Wally Gardner and Bill Boutin.

 

 

 

Anne Lindeman

 

   Anne (Wensley) Lindeman 68, died of a heart attack Tuesday, June 5, 2001 in Phoenix, Ariz.

   She was a 1950 graduate of Charlotte High School. A widow since 1962, she was well-known and influential in Arizona politics. She spent two terms as a state representative, and fiver terms as a state senator during which time she served as chairman of the Education Committee. She was the force behind establishing Arizona State University West. President Reagan appointed Lindeman to his Advisory Committee on Federalism, and in 1984 she was a delegate to the GOP National Convention. Before retiring last year, she served for six years as executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Aging. In this role, Lindeman was a fierce advocate for better care of the elderly, and created a statewide commission to improve end-of-life care.

   She is survived by three sons, Robert, Kurt and Kristopher of Phoenix, Ariz; five grandchildren; and one brother, Jim Wensley of Los Angeles.

   Memorial services and interment were held June 18 in Phoenix, Ariz.

 

                                   

 

 

Luanne S. Link

 

   Luanne Sue Link, 51, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001.

   She was born July 12, 1949 in Hastings, the daughter of William and Marian (Dingman) Link. She was a payroll administrator in various companies, most recently with Civil Constructors of Holt, until 1998. She was known to many people through her business, Luanne’s Crafts.

   Surviving are two daughters, Karey Burnett of Charlotte and Babette Burnett of Lansing; two grandchildren, Charla Burnett and Devon Mann; and her mother, Marian Link.

   She was preceded in death by her father, William Link in 1998; two brothers, Craig Link in 1987, and Rodney Link in 2000.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 9 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Noel Hall-Nieman officiating. Interment was at Kalamo Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Danny H. Linn

 

   Danny Harley Linn, 45, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000.

   Mr. Linn was born Jan. 17, 1955 in Lansing, the son of Darrell and Betty (Meeder). He was the former owner of Kemco Inc. of Charlotte. For the past seven years, he enjoyed his hobby of raising white tail deer. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Deer Breeders Association.

   Surviving are sons, Chad, Thomas, Micah and Andrew; daughter, Natanya; brothers, Randy of Charlotte and Larry (Marlene) of Tennessee; mother, Betty Kerekes; sisters, Merry Jo Kerekes of Lansing, Kathy Tyson of Orlando, Fla., and Susan Alexander of Indianapolis, Ind.; and brother, Tim Kerekes of Kalamazoo.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Laura D. Little

 

   Laura Dell Little, 94, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000.

   Mrs. Little was born May 13, 1906 in Charlotte, the daughter of George and Nellie (Andrews) Whitaker.

   Surviving are one daughter, June Grundstrom of Lansing; three grandchildren, Charles (Jan) Grundstrom, Sandra (Robert) Kirk, and Randy Grundstrom, all of Charlotte; seven great-grandchildren, Margaret (Robert) Holycross of Ann Arbor, Eric Grundstrom of Jackson, Sarah Grundstorm of Charlotte, Angela (Joseph) Martino of Long Island, N.Y., Tia Kirk of Charlotte, Anthony (Courtney) Grundstrom of Charlotte, and Randy (Susan) Grundstrom of Grand Rapids; three great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Connor Grundstrum of Charlotte, and Isabella Martino of Long Island, N.Y.; one sister, Myrtle (James) Hillard of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Harold Whitaker.

   At Mrs. Little’s request, no services were held. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Betty J. Livingston

 

   Betty Jean Livingston, 70, died Saturday, June 16, 2001 at Mercy Medical Facility in Daphne, Ala.

   Mrs. Livingston was a native of Dansville and a resident of Summerdale, Ala.

   She is survived by four daughters, Wanda Kay (Steve) Lahr of Duck Lake, Janet Lee Kruskamp of Clare, Dawn Annette (James) Collier of Summerdale, Ala., and April Gay Livingston of Robertsdale, Ala.; four sons, Robert L.V. Livingston of Hastings, Melvin W. (Beth) Gleason of Dansville, Olin Edmund Gleason of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Timothy D. Livingston of Foley, Ala.; two sisters, Martha Garred and Jessie Hollister, both of Jackson; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Graveside services were held June 22 at Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Duane Leroy “Doc” Livingston

 

  Duane Leroy “Doc” Livingston, age 72 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, January 18, 2001 at a Lansing hospital. He was born December 31, 1928 in Elk Point, South Dakota, one of 10 children born to Leroy Ralph and Daisy Isabell (Scott) Livingston. Duane served in the Army following World War II, and was stationed in Germany during its post war occupation. He retired from the City of Eaton Rapids, working for years as a mechanic. He was a member of the Capital City D.A.V. Post #8 in Lansing and was an avid golfer and fisherman.

   Surviving are his wife 52 years, Margaret; son, Michael (Nancy) Livingston and daughter, Diana (Larry) Pearson both of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Jon and Wesley Livingston, Christian (Cheryl) Pearson, Carrie and Justin Pearson; 2 great-grandchildren; 7 brothers and 2 sisters; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held January 22, 2001 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the American Cancer Society or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Duane L. “Doc” Livingston.

 

                                   

 

 

Patricia M. Long

 

   Patricia Mae Long, 69, of Bellevue, died April 23, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Patricia was born Dec. 15, 1931 to Richard and Ivah (Heist) Coy in Owosso. She graduated from Durand High School, and worked for United Technologies in Boyne City for 25 years, and for Boulder Park Nursing Home in Charlevoix. She enjoyed her family and friends, knitting and crocheting afghans, and had just begun china painting. She was a member of Burnham Brook.

   She is survived by daughters, Lynda (Randy) Busick of Bellevue, and Kendra (Terry) Kennedy of Lansing; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Jeremy and Kaitlin Kennedy and Joshua, Jesse, Kayla and Trisha Busick; her mother, Ivah Fuller of Bellevue; and sisters, Carolyn (Dick) Fournier of Prudenville, and Monta Jean (Stanley) Robertson of Byron.

   Services were held April 26 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Ronald Hackworth officiating. Interment will be at Norwood Township Cemetery, Charlevoix, at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Burnham Brook.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Burniece A. Love

 

   Burniece A. (Day) Love, 83, of Charlotte, died Aug. 17, 2001 at her residence.

   Mrs. Love was born April 16, 1918 in Sacramento, Calif., the daughter of Milo and Emma Gladys (Walling) Spencer. She was a librarian for the Charlotte Public Library and an active member of the community. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Northside Mother’s Club, Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Mrs. Love had been a leader in the Scouts, Blue Birds, and Camp Fire Girls.

   Surviving are her husband, Werlin; sons, Merlyn LeRoy (Yoko) Day of San Jose, Calif., Randy (Virginia) Day of Charlotte; daughters, Rebecca Day of Manistee, Cindy Eaton (and fiancé, Darrin) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; step-son, David (Elaine) Love of Dafter; and, two step-grandsons and two step-great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by second husband, Merlyn, son, Terry Day, and granddaughter, Dedrea. Funeral services were held Aug. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. George Fleming and Arley Nelson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Public Library or Hayes Green Beach Hospital; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Ellen I. Love

 

   Ellen I. (Roberts) Love, 87, of Climax, formerly of Bellevue, passed away June 9, 2001 at her home.

   Mrs. Love was born May 17, 1914 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Clair Harlan and Lizzie Idumea Roberts. The family moved to Olivet in 1925, where she attended Olivet schools, graduating in 1931. She continued her education at Western State College in Kalamazoo. She married Owen Ely Love on Dec. 31, 1937; her preceded her in death Jan. 6, 1996. Mrs. Love and her husband were farmers near Bellevue, until moving to Climax in 1950, where they continued farming. She was a charter member (50 years) of the Prairie Baptist Church of Scotts, where she served in many positions. She was also active with farming operations. She and Owen traveled with farming groups to other countries to see how they operated their farms.

   She is survived by a son, Robert Love of Kalamazoo; daughter, Edith (Darell) Pestrue of Marietta, Ga.; two sisters, Pauline Henion of Crofton, Md., and Vera Cronk of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by a sister, Greta Roberts and a brother, Gerald Roberts.

   Services were held June 14 at Langeland Funeral Home, Climax, with Pastor Thomas Harrison officiating. Interment was at Prairie Home Cemetery, Climax.

 

                                   

 

 

Linda S. Lovejoy

 

   Linda S. Lovejoy, 50, of Grand Ledge, died June 6, 2001.

   Mrs. Lovejoy was born Nov. 29, 1950 in Ft. Worth, Texas, the daughter of Luther and Winnie (Bottoms) Hill.

   She is survived by sons, Mickel Carmoney and Brian Carmoney-Shive; daughter, Pam Carmoney; four grandchildren; brothers, James Hill and Donald Hill of Texas, and Wendell Hill of Lansing; and sister, Billie Hughes of Texas. She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Tommy.

   Graveside services were held June 11 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Elsie B. Lubitz

 

   Elsie Bryle Lubitz, 78, of Vermontville, passed away Monday, April 16, 2001 at E.W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mrs. Lubitz was born Oct. 27, 1922 in Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond Howard and Ester Elizabeth (Oaks) Hinch. On Sept. 18, 1939 she married Ervin Arthur Otto Lubitz at the Corliss Lutheran Church, Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. They were married 61 years. Mrs. Lubitz was born in Iowa, moved to Minnesota as a child, married in Minnesota, moved to Lansing in 1939, moved to Sunfield in October 1957, moved to Horsehead Lake, Mecosta in 1986, and moved to Vermontville in 1998. She had various places of employment including Oldsmobile in Lansing, Marigold Restaurant in Sunfield (owned and operated), Welch Hardware in Sunfield, and Hanna’s Locker in Sunfield. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting, crafts of all kinds, and especially helping dad in his woodworking shop. She loved to read, bowl, fish, cook for her husband and family, and was always ready and willing to help everyone she could. Her hands were never quiet.

   She is survived by her husband, Ervin Arthur Otto Lubitz of Vermontville; four children, Eugene (Jan) Lubitz of Woodland, Janice (Les) Sedore of Grand Ledge, Ervin Jr. (Laurie) Lubitz of Sunfield, and Gary (Chris) Lubitz of Corpus Christi, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers and sisters, Donald Hinch, Joseph Hinch and Dorothy Taylor. Graveside services were held April 20 at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the S.P.Y.’s Scholarship Fund (Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth), P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. Arrangements by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes – Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Lean G. Lynd

 

   Lena Grace (Bennett) Lynd, 94, of Delton, passed away Dec. 7, 2001.

   Mrs. Lynd was born Jan. 5, 1907 in Vermontville Township, the daughter of Warren and Ruth (Hallenbeck) Bennett. On July 12, 1926 in Charlotte, she married Lester Lynd; her preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1979. She farmed and was active in the Vermontville and Charlotte area for 20 years. She was a life member of Order of Eastern Star Kalamo 399, and a member of the Congregational Church of Vermontville. She moved to Delton with her husband in 1965, where she was active in the Baptist Church, Dorcas Society and Boy Scouts. For the last five years she resided at Thornapple Manor in Hastings, where she was president of the Residents Council. She also played an active role on the Nutrition Committee as well as other special activities.

   She is survived by children, Pat (Cleo) Prescott of Vermontville, Robert (Joyce) Lynd of Charlotte, Margaret (Fred) Winans of Phoenix; daughter-in-law, Sharon Lynd of Delton; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Coltson of Battle Creek and Elizabeth (Al) Huizenga of Hastings; sister-in-law, Grace Bennett of Allegan and Louise (Howard) Philo of Port Richey, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Rene Julierat of Albion.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Lynd on Feb. 14, 1996; brothers, Wayne, Phillip, Don and Russell Bennett; and a sister, Esther Julierat.

   Memorial services were held Dec. 15 at Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton, with Fr. David Hustwick officiating. A private interment was held at Bellevue Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton.

 

                                   

 

 

David C. Lyons

 

   David C. Lyons, 67, of Charlotte, passed away July 1, 2001 after a battle with cancer.

   Mr. Lyons was born Oct. 20, 1933 to John and Helen Lyons. He served in death U.S. Navy, was a journeyman plasterer, served as an Ingham County sheriff’s deputy and retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation after 33 years. He was also a former member of the Michigan National Guard and the Eaton County 4-H Fair Board. He earned his solo pilot’s license in 1996.

   He is survived by his wife, Sue (Peltier); daughters, Deb (Larry) Nakfoor of Grand Ledge and Shantel (Jim) LoFiego of Grand Rapids; son, Rick (Debbie) Lyons of Florida; sisters, Elaine Fabiano of Lansing, Pat Gray of Mason, and Kathleen (Steve) Edwards of North Carolina; and grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held July 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Father Denis Spitzley officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

John Jack “Bobby” McCook

 

   John Jack “Bobby” McCook, age 52 of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Lansing, has made his journey to heavenly Home, to be with the “Big Guy”, our Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, May 4, 2001.John was born in Lansing on December 31, 1948. He served his country in the Navy during the Viet Nam War and had been employed at the Mejiers Distributing Center in Lansing for the past 21 years. John moved to Eaton Rapids in 1989. His kind and gentle nature, his laughter and humor and his green and white spirit will be remembered and missed by those who knew and loved him.

   From his Heavenly Home, he is watching over his family, whom includes his wife, Toni (Poppe) McCook; 6 children, Jennifer (McCook) Stepper, Jacqueline McCook, Brandi McCook, Joanna McCook, John McCook, and Melissa McCook; father and mother John and Elsie McCook of lake Odessa; brother, Jim; sisters Judy and Joanna; 6 grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica, Dion, Stephanie, Mandy, Matthew; many nieces and nephews and friends.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 8, 2001 at 2 p.m. from the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dallas McFarland officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Lansing. Pallbearers will be Don Poppe Jr., Don Poppe III, Danny Crampton, Nick Caccadan, John Monroe and Randy Monroe. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene on behalf of John and his family. Arrangements were by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

 

 

Joyce C. McElrath

 

   Joyce Carroll McElrath, 70, of Dimondale died Sunday, Feb.11, 2001.

   She was born July 11, 1930 in Lansing, the daughter of Floyd Allen and Ethelene Nimphie.

   She is survived by daughters, Patti McElrath of Potterville, Peggy (Rodney) Sellen of Bellevue, and Penny Steketee of Haslett; son, Robert (Vickie) Lumbert; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at Prey Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Lawrence Hospice House. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruth Elizabeth McFarland

 

   Ruth Elizabeth McFarland, age 87 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, June 18, 2001 at her residence. She was born December 1,1913, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Ryan) Stroud. Mrs. McFarland was a 1931 graduate of Manistique High School, she had attended a Business College, and during World War II, worked as a Meter Maid in Chicago. In 1941 she worked for the State of Michigan, at the Capital, for the Secretary of State, as a Stenographer. In 1947, she left her job to raise her family. Preceding in her death were her parents and a brother, Robert Stroud.

   Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Samuel; 3 children, Mary (Michael) Cline of Big Rapids, Laurie (William) Kipp of Nashville, MI, and Samuel (Susan) McFarland of Ada, MI; 8 grandchildren, Michael (Shannon) Cline, Christopher (Machelle) Cline, Nicole Kipp, A. Elizabeth (Martin) Lyons, Shane McFarland, Amanda McFarland, Kyle McFarland and Anna McFarland; 2 great-grandchildren, Katelyn Cline and Amarra Lyons; sister, Mary (Maurice) Goodreau and brother, John Stroud; several nieces and nephews.

   At Mrs. McFarland’s request, there will be no funeral service. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 313 Lansing St., Charlotte, MI 48813, in memory of Ruth E. McFarland. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold H. McKenzie

 

   Mac, age 86 of Clearwater, FL formerly of Charlotte, died September 14, 2001 in Clearwater, FL. Harold was born August 26, 1915 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Alexander B. and Mea Irene (Ball) McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Letha (Gemalsky) in 1975. Mr. McKenzie was a life member and 32 degree Mason of the Charlotte Masonic Lodge #120 F&AM and retired from General Motors in 1976 as a tool and die maker. He was a very loving husband and father and was always there if we needed him. Harold always looked forward to going to Spider Lake every year for 2 weeks when Dick and Dottie were small along with Ella, Jack and all the girls. Harold was in the Bath School disaster when it was blown up.

   Surviving are his daughters, Dorothy M. Getter of Holt; son, Richard McKenzie of Utica; 2 grandchildren, Troy and Tami Getter of Holt; 2 great-grandchildren, Kyle Getter of Holt and Aaron Getter of Charlotte.

   Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2001, 2 p.m., at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Neil McLaughlin

 

   Dr. Neil McLaughlin, 91, of Indian River, formerly of Charlotte and Vermontville, died August 4, 2001 at Cheboygan Community Memorial Hospital.

   Dr. McLaughlin was born July 11, 1910 in Vermontville, where he was also raised. He attended Michigan Technological University and Olivet College, and graduated in 1933 from the University of Michigan as a doctor of dental surgery. Dr. McLaughlin practiced dentistry in Vermontville, Nashville, and Charlotte until his retirement in 1975. He taught himself to be computer literate, which remained his passion. He was instrumental in starting the Vermontville Lions Club, was a life member of the Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge, an originator of the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, and a longtime member of the Vermontville School Board. He was active in church, where his love of music was shared by playing the piano and organ and singing in the choir. He was a deacon and trustee in the Bradenton, Fla., and Vermontville churches, and a lifelong member of the Congregational church, most recently of the First Congregational Church of Cheboygan.

   He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorraine Helen (Hinz); daughters, Margaret Lee (Roy) Sjoberg of Indian River and Judith Anne Waterman of Euless, Texas; sons, James Neil (Sara) McLaughlin of Farmington, N.M. and Fredric Lee McLaughlin of Lansing; five grandchildren, two step grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services were held August 7 at the First Congregational Church, Cheboygan, with Rev. Edwin Ramaly officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund, c/o Dorothy Rose Carpenter, 7068 Vermontville Highway, Route 2, Vermontville, MI 49096.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Rickie Lee McMann

 

   Rickie Lee McMann, age 50 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, November 24, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Rickie was born January 1, 1951 in Eaton Rapids. He was formerly employed with Motor Wheels as a press operator and currently employed with McMann Dockside Services. Rickie was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Combat Engineers Unit. Preceding him in death was his father, Alvin Charles McMann, Sr. in 1984 and his brother Alvin Charles McMann, Jr. in 1967.

   Surviving are his daughter, Jennifer (Desmond) Dan of Oklahoma; son, Joe (Mandy) McMann of Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Judy (Lloyd) Switzer of Perry; 3 grandchildren, Desmond, Jr. and Brenden Dan, Sydni Re’Ann McMann; Mother, Vera B. (DeWaters) McMann of Eaton Rapids; brother, Leslie (Beatrice) McMann of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Vicki Lynn (David) Mathews of Tennessee, Barbara Richardson of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, November 30, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dan McMann, Randy Richardson, Rocky Ackerman, David Mathews, Chad McMann and Jason McMann.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Scott N. McPhall

 

   Scott Norman McPhall, 39, of Phoenix, Ariz. formerly of Potterville, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001.

   Mr. McPhall was born March 23, 1962 in Hillsdale, the son of Lyle and Iris (Michael) McPhall. He had formerly attended Eaton Rapids High School, and had worked as a carpenter in this area for 17 years. He lived in Phoenix, Ariz., for the past three years.

   He is survived by his fiancée, Lisa Mitchell of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, Brent McPhall of Phoenix, Ariz., and Chad McPhall of Charlotte; mother Iris McPhall of Potterville; two brothers, Alan (Sue) McPhall of Bath and Randy McPhall of Stockbridge; and several nieces, nephews, and special friends in Charlotte and Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Brent Edwin McPhall; sister, Sheryl Imler; and father, Lyle McPhall.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 28 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Tom Evans of the First Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Mike VanFossen, Bret Miller, Lance Jones, Ken Ripley, Brandon Bunker and Tom Sweet. Honorary bearer was Jerry Baker.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marion Louise (French) Magoon

 

   Marion Louise (French) Magoon age 87 of Battle Creek, Michigan, died Thursday, January 4, 2001. She was born December 4, 1913 in Battle Creek, the daughter of William A. and Mable (Spiller) French. She was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek graduating from Battle Creek Central High School and was employed by the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek as a packager for 30 years, retiring in 1974. She was a member of Burnham Brooks; Kellogg 25 year Club; AARP; and American Diabetes Association. She enjoyed making crafts, playing bingo, playing cards, fishing, travel and time with friends and family. She was preceded in death by spouse, Harold Magoon, father, William French, mother Mable Spiller and her fist husband, Kenneth Brown.

   Surviving are children Kenneth Brown of Battle Creek, MI, Keith Brown of Irons, MI, Nancy Brown of Charlotte, MI, Michael Brown of Tucson, AZ, and Ronald Brown of Battle Creek; sister Beatrice Dawson of Paris, MI; step-daughter, Jeanie Mooney and Kay Shaw both of Eaton Rapids; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 9,200 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, Battle Creek. Officiating will be Rev. Larry L. Fulton of the Bedford Bible Church. Interment will be at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford Township, MI. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret H. Mahaffy

 

   Margaret Helen Mahaffy, 97, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 20,2001 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Miss Mahaffy was born March 4, 1904 in Morning Sun, Iowa, the daughter of John and Lena (McCaughan) Mahaffy and had been a Charlotte resident since 1934. She was a 1925 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and was a member of the U. of M. Alumni Association. She served as administrator of Hayes Green Beach Hospital from 1934 to 1961, and worked as a medical transcriber in the Radiology Department at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing from 1963 to 1978. She has been a member of the First Congregational Church UCC since 1947, and held memberships in the Altruistic Club, the Charlotte Country Club, and the Business Women’s Guild.

   She is survived by two nieces, Nary (Merl) Bowker of Duluth, Minn., and Betsy (Ed) Loague of Arvada, Colo.; one nephew, John (Nan) Mahaffy of San Mateo, Calif.; three great-nieces and one great-great-niece.

   Funeral services were held May 23 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling of First Congregational Church officiating. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary Theresa Maher

 

   Mary T. (O’Mara) Maher, age 79 of Eaton Rapids, entered eternal life at home, April 19, 2001. Mrs. Maher was an active member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids for thirty years. The most important part of her life was her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael; grandson, Matthew; and sister, JoAnn Teel.

   Surviving are her nine children, Daniel (JoAnn) Maher of Bakersfield, CA, Mary Ellen Maher of Dearborn, Ann Maher of Eaton Rapids, Maureen (Gregory) Matfey of Novi, Patricia (Douglas) Cook of Milford, Michael (Michele) Maher of Eaton Rapids, Catherine (Glenn) Smith of Eaton Rapids, Joan (Edward) Raymond of Grosse Pointe Woods; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Kathleen, Virginia, and Patricia O’Mara and brother, Daniel O’Mara all of Port Sanilac; several nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, April 21st at St. Peters Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael G. Maher, Edward Raymond, Martin Cook, Christopher Matfey, Michael J. Maher, and Michael Raymond. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the St. Peter Catholic Church on the memory of Mary T. Maher.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bertha Malcuit

 

   Bertha Malcuit, 98, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001.

   Mrs. Malcuit was born August 25, 1902, in the Chester Township, Eaton Co., the daughter of Frank and Mattie (Davidson) Ward. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and played the violin for 40 years with a local dance orchestra in the Eaton County area.

   She is survived by sons Leo (Mary) Malcuit of Vermontville, Bruce (Mikayla) Malcuit of Charlotte; daughter, Justine (Raymond) Snyder of Charlotte; sister, Bethel Keller of Manistique; 10 grandchildren, Janice (Gary) Frace, Cathy (Alan) Baird, Michael (JoDean) Snyder, Michelle (James) Mitchum, Mark (Tracy) Malcuit, Joel Malcuit, and Beth Malcuit; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Charles Malcuit and son Ward “Bud” Malcuit.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming and Dr. James Mitchum officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Department.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Barbara Mann

 

   Barbara Mann, 67, of Charlotte, died Dec. 29, 2001.

   Mrs. Mann was born Jan. 4, 1934, the daughter of Harry and Irene (Blair) Barnard.

   She is survived by daughters, Sharlene (Terry) Thuma of Charlotte and Joyce Pierpoint of Lansing; sons, Harry (Carol) Kelley of Charlotte and Leslie (Grace) Mann of Grand Ledge; sisters, Marie Wilson of Charlotte and Noralen (Dave) Esterline of Hillsdale; brothers, Darwin (Viola) Barnard of Lansing, Alden Barnard Sr. and Marshal Barnard, both of Charlotte and Dean (Donna) Barnard of California; grandchildren, Tamera Thuma of Charlotte, Troy (Stacey) Thuma of Wisconsin, Brian Kelley of Royal Oak, Lacey Kelley and Nathan Kelley, both of Charlotte, Damian Mann and Sabrina Mann, both of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death a sister, Dorene Barnard, and a brother, Harry Barnard Jr.

   Funeral services were held at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Martin Saunders and Rev. Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dimondale.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Betty M. Margeson

 

   Betty M. Margeson, 76, passed away in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Saturday, Sept.1, 2001.

   Mrs. Margeson was the daughter of Donald and Bessie (Bivens) Scovill, and was a native of Charlotte, graduating from Charlotte High School. She attended Denise Business School in Lansing and was then employed by Lyle D. Hepfer CPA in Lansing. Mrs. Margeson was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the National Association of retired Federal Employees.

   She is survived by her husband, George; two children, two grandchildren, and four sisters.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 6 in California. Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sebastopol, Calif.

    Memorial donations maybe made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817; or the Blossom Campaign of the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.

   Arrangements were by Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home, Santa Rosa, Calif.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lysle D. Masters

 

   Lysle D. Masters, 85, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 after an extended illness.

   Mr. Masters was born April 22, 1916 in Reading, the son of Charles and Anna (Jeffers) Masters. He worked at Youngs Jewelry as a watch repairman for 11 years, and for Aluminum Extrusions, from where he retired after 30 years of service. Mr. Masters was a former member of the Jaycees and was an avid bowler. He enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting.

   He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Zella (Kelley) Masters; four sons, Philip (Marilyn) of Northville, Bruce (Diane) of Charlotte, Gordon of Lansing and Rick (Debra) of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; six grandchildren, Todd, Kim, Bruce, Chris, Brett and Journey; six great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Mary Masters and Phyllis Masters.

   He was preceded in death by his Parents, brothers Harold and Marlin, and sister Eythel.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

L. Olean Matheney

 

   L. Olean Matheney, 84, of Charlotte, died Friday, July 13, 2001.

   Ms. Matheney was born Sept. 17, 1916 in Saffel, Ark., the daughter of Alonzo and Minerva (Hybarger) Matheney. She had been a resident of Charlotte since 1975, and attended First Baptist Church in Charlotte. She loved bowling, needlework and interacting with children and animals—especially Tiffney, or “Baby” her dog, and “Kitty” her cat.

   She is survived by sisters, Wanda Wells of Charlotte, Ruth (Ralph) Tucker and Bernice Skaggs all of Tuckerman, Ark.; brother Bill (Virginia) Matheney of Alameda, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by sister Freeda Wells of Newport, Ark., and brother Clifford  Matheney of Charlotte.

   Services were held at Graceland Cemetery in Tuckerman, Ark., through Dillinger Funeral Home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or First Baptist Church of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Local arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret A. Mead

 

   Margaret Alexander Mead, 96, of Traverse City, died Friday, June 8, 2001.

   Mrs. Mead was a previous resident of Otsego from 1906 to 1925, Charlotte from 1926 to 1965, then retired to the home she shared with her husband on Elk Lake in 1966. She was born on Oct. 5, 1904, in Chicago, the daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth (Herrmann) Miller. On June 13,1926, in Otsego, she married Earl V. Mead. She was deputy superintendent for the Eaton County Intermediate School District, and a member of Elk Rapids United Methodist Church, and Maple City Chapter #218 Order of the Eastern Star in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her daughter, Mary Rose of Traverse City; a son, Earl (Bette) Mead of New Bern, N.C.; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl on April 23,1982; and three sisters, Wilma Stratton, Dorothy Ford and Henrietta McDonald. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions maybe made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were by the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James J. Merrill

 

   James J. Merrill, 76, of Grand Ledge, died Tuesday May 29, 2001 at the Hospice House of Mid Michigan, Lansing.

   Mr. Merrill was born Aug.7, 1924 in Potterville, the son of Joe and Iowa (Wright) Merrill, and lived most of his life in the Potterville area. He was valedictorian of his class. He was a lifelong farmer, and worked for the Aluminum Extrusions Company in Charlotte for 21 years, and worked for the Potterville schools for eight years, from where he retired. He married Mary Gorman Nov. 26, 1943. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Gorman) Merrill; one daughter, Julie Ann (Earl) Perkins of Grand Ledge; one son, James Merrill Jr.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanne Kay Nevins on May 22,1996.

   Funeral services were held June 1 at Burkhead- Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Thomas Peters officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery (Potterville). Memorial contributions may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Jason Lavern Merrill

 

   Jason Lavern Merrill, age 71 of Eaton Rapids, went home to be with the Lord on June 10, 2001. He was born March 29, 1930 to Robert and Thelma Merrill in Hillsdale, Michigan. Jason “Henry” was raised in the Hillsdale are and graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1947. He serves in the Navy from1948 to 1956. He met and married June G. Larsen of Brooklyn N.Y. in 1952. The father of four children returned to Hillsdale where he continued in the occupation of mechanic, truck driver and heavy equipment operator. Relocating to Eaton Rapids in 1970, he worked for C.& J. Transport where he retired in 1985. He continued his education at Lansing Community College, completing HVAC certificates with honors. He remained active in retirement with various part-time positions as HVAC mechanic, realtor, landlord and driver. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and woodworking. He was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W.

   He is survived by his wife June and their four children, Susie (Bob) Pollmann-Antaya of Taylor Michigan, Joyce Sullivan of Eaton Rapids, Jean (Bob) Squires of Eaton Rapids and Jim Merrill of Eaton Rapids. Also his Aunt Cynthia Lape of Eaton Rapids, stepfather and friend Max VanCamp of Reading, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father in 1965, mother in 1993, and grandson Jordan in 1985.

   The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with services to be held Wednesday, June 13, 2001, 2 p.m., also at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Nathan J. Meyer

 

   Nathan James Meyer, 16, of Bellevue, died July 30, 2001 in Assyria Township as a result of an out accident.

   Nathan was born Sept.19, 1984 to Robert and Ellen (Rogers) Meyer in Battle Creek. He completed his sophomore year at Bellevue High School and would have been a junior this fall. He was a member of the track, golf, basketball, and cross-country teams at Bellevue High School. Nathan was named to the all-conference team in cross-country and track, and was a 400-meter/ 800-meter distance runner. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, and was a member of the Bellevue Community Players.

   He is survived by his parents; brothers, Robert L. Meyer Jr. of Olivet and Lance Ford Meyer of Charlevoix; sister, Leanne Meyer of Bellevue; maternal grandparents, Rex and Myra Rogers of White Cloud; nephew, Isiah Penny of Bellevue; and niece, Drew Meyer of Olivet. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Chester and Pauline Meyer. Services will be held Aug. 3 at Bellevue Christian Center, with Pastor Stephan Covert officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial donations may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Arlyne M. Miller

 

   Arylne M. Miller, 63, of Nashville, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 at her home.

   She was born in 1938 in Detroit, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Christy) Miller. She was raised in the Detroit area and attended area schools, graduating in 1956. She was employed as a nurse’s aide at Thornapple Manor for many years, retiring in 2000. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, gardening, shopping and caring for her pets- especially her cat “Squeeky.”

   She is survived by her father, Albert Miller of Nashville; daughters, Patricia Cook of Nashville and Collyne (Dale Barnard) Ruedisueli of Sunfield; son, Christopher (Marcia) Ruedisueli of Vermontville; and five grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Edna (Christy) Miller; son, Michael Ruedisueli; and uncles, Reggie Christy, Clifford Christy, and Alex Christy.

   Private family graveside services were held Oct.30 at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville, with Pastor Rob VanEngen officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Barry Community Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dennis Miller

 

   Dennis Miller, 62, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 18, 2001.

   Mr. Miller was born May 29, 1938 in Olivet, the son of Robert and Norma (Peterson) Miller. He was a machine operator for the Owens Illinois for 27 years, retiring in 1992. He loved to play bingo and watch local stock car races. He enjoyed watching and identifying birds. He also faithfully watched game shows such as The Price Is Right, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune.

   He is survived by his longtime companion, Joan Loughan; daughters, Valerie (Harold) Peck, Jr. of Charlotte, Victoria (Ernest) Miller Jr. of Welcome, N.C.; sons, Ronald (Kim Roberts) Miller of Elkhart, Ind., Steven Miller of Olivet; daughters, Linda Miller of Charlotte and Jane (John) Beck Jr. of Winston Salem, N.C.; sons, Dan (Deb) Loughan of Charlotte, Mike (Sandra) Loughan of Mason; daughters, Cindy Loughan (Lyle Thompson) of Charlotte, Kathy (and the late Allen) Tirrell; brothers, Lavon Miller of Havelock, N.C., Roger (Eloise) Miller of Springport; sister, Janet Bartlett of Charlotte; 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1992, his mother in Dec. 2000; sister, Marcia Bartlett in 1988; and a grandson, Dennis R.J. Miller 1979.

   Funeral services were held March 22 at Prayer Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Further information is available by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Donald C. Miller

 

   Donald C. Miller, 84, of Sun City, Ariz., died Nov. 2, 2001. Mr. Miller was born Aug. 16,1917, the son of Claud and Jessie (Dodd) Miller in Eaton County. He was an armed veteran, wounded severely in Salerno, Italy, on Sept. 16,1943 and disability discharged on Oct. 1,1944. He obtained a bachelor and Master of Science degree from Michigan State University, and was on the faculty from 1948 to 1956. Mr. Miller later taught agricultural education at Midland High School. He retired in 1970 to Hillman, and was a winter resident of Arizona for many years before becoming a full-time resident. He was a farmer at heart, in Eaton and Midland counties. Mr. Miller was a member of the Congregational Church of Sun City and the Sun City Handicapables Club, and a life member of DVA, TROA, Bellevue, #83 F. &A.M., Charlotte, #82 RAM Midland, and #121 OES.

   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ula; daughters, Barbara (R.P.) Miller of Marquette and Dawn of Santa Ana, Calif.; sons, Douglas (Bonnie) of Midland and Duane (Jan) of Leawood, Kansas; six grandchildren; brother, James (Cleone) of Olivet; and sister, Margaret (J.B.) Fisher of Charlotte.

   A memorial celebration was held Nov. 13 at the Congregational Church of Sun City, Ariz. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich. Memorial donations may be made to the Congregational Church of Sun City, 18401 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, AZ 85373, or the Handicapables  Club of Sun City, P.O. Box 1715 Sun City, AZ 85372.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gisela Miller

 

   Gisela Miller, 71, of Potterville, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Miller was born in Detroit, the daughter of Rudolph and Gretchen Flamme, and had been a Potterville resident for 15 years, coming from Charlotte. She was a graduate of Leslie High School, and a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lansing. Mrs. Miller was employed for 18 years as a dietary supervisor for Ingham Regional Medical Center, from where she retired. Prior to that, she had been employed by Lansing Public Schools in the Dietary Department.

   She is survived by her husband, Maurice Miller; one son, Paul (Leona) Miller of Georgetown, Texas; one daughter, Terry Miller of Whitehouse, Texas; three grandchildren, Aaron, Kristen and Bethany Miller; one sister, Florence Russell of Jackson; and two brothers, Walter Flamme of Mason and Karl Flamme of Leslie.

   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Courter; first husband, Charles Courter; and a sister, Hilda Woods.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 6 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lansing, with Rev. Roger Straub officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Homer D. Miller

 

   Homer D. Miller, 78, of Cheboygan, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001 at his home.

   Mr. Miller was born May 30, 1923 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Howard and Hazel (Raines) Miller. He grew up in Eaton Rapids and attended Eaton Rapids Public Schools. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army in the European Theater. On Sept. 16,1946 he married Maxine Frank in Eaton Rapids. The couple made their home in the Charlotte area. Mr. Miller had been employed at the Aluminum Extrusion Co. in Charlotte for 17 years. In 1966 the Miller family moved to Wolverine. Mr. Miller retired in 1988 as a foreman at Van’s Manufacturing in Vanderbilt. He and his wife continued to make their home in Wolverine until 1997 when they moved to Cheboygan. Mr. Miller loved spending time with his grandchildren. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing the fiddle, and hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Wolverine Congregational Church, a life member of the Cochran- Roberts VFW Post in Indian River, a member of the Robert Vrooman American Legion Post in Wolverine, and a member of the W.A.R.P.

   He is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughters, Donna (Dennis) Wells of Charlotte, Linda Babcock of Wolverine, Sharon (Frank) Peters of Lexington, Mo., Patricia (Cliff) Peters, and Anna (Ken) Billings, all of Wolverine; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris Sternaman of Charlotte and Maxine Johanson of Milford.

   He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Dan Babcock, and a brother, Herbert Miller.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at Lintz Funeral Home, Indian River, with Rev. Leroy Sutfin officiating. Interment was at Sliver Lake Cemetery, Wolverine.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Wolverine Congregational Church or the Hospice of the Straits. Arrangements were by Lintz Funeral Home, Indian River.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Lynn Miller

 

   Lynn “Bud” Miller, 83, of Eaton Rapids, died June 3, 2001.

   Mr. Miller was born April 24, 1918 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Gordon and Hazel (Oberlin) Miller.

   He is survived by a daughter, Jean Riley of Killeen, Texas; sons, Douglas (Sara) Miller of Covington, Ga., and Richard Miller of Rockledge, Fla.; stepdaughter, Betty Wainright of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine in January 2000.

   Funeral services were held June 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Norma Miller

 

   Norma Miller, 86, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Miller was born May 23, 1914 in Jennings, the daughter of Herman and Flossie (Dennis) Peterson.

   Surviving are a daughter, Janet Bartlett of Charlotte; sons, Roger (Eloise) of Springport, Dennis (Joan) of Charlotte, and Lavon of Havlock, N.C.; 24 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1992, daughter Marcia in 1988, and great-grandson, Dennis Miller.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Melva E. Minnie

 

   Melva Elizabeth Minnie, age 76, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday afternoon, August 12, 2001 at Eaton Rapids Medical Center after a short illness. She was born April 10, 1925 at the family farm house in Brockway Township. She was the daughter of the late William and Grace Phelps Dudley. Melva was a 1943 Yale High School graduate and lived most of her life in Yale until 1995 when she moved to Eaton Rapids to be close to her daughters and grandchildren. She enjoyed activities at both the Yale and Eaton Rapids Senior Center.

   Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law Ann and Ron Quinn and Sharon and Pete Benton; grandchildren, Ryan and Bradley Quinn and Brooke and Payton Benton; sister and brother-in-law Lucille and Glenn Fletcher Sr. of Lewiston; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Fran Dudley of Florida; brother-in-law Robert and June Minnie of Yale and a sister-in-law Ann Minnie of California. Melva was also loved and will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husbands, George Bartow and Richard Minnie and siblings, Virginia, Harold and Kenneth Dudley.

   A funeral ceremony in appreciation of the life, family and friends of Melva was celebrated on Thursday, August 16 at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale. Rev. Jack Allen, pastor of Yale United Methodist Church officiated with committal in Elmwood Cemetery, Yale. Memorials are suggested to Eaton Rapids Senior Center.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy I. Mitchell

 

   Dorothy I. Mitchell, 87, of Bellevue, died Friday, April 20 at Hilltop Manor in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Mitchell was born July 13, 1913 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, to Miles and Mina (Lamb) Hooper. She attended the Butterfield School in Olivet. She married Vincent Mitchell July 5, 1930; he died Feb. 18, 1994. Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church, and a life member of the United Methodist Church Women and Rachel Circle. She enjoyed cooking, especially baking cookies.

   She is survived by daughters, Mona Stanley of Battle Creek and Beverly Mitchell of Olivet; son, LaMoin Mitchell of Nashville; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by brother, Rowland Hooper; sisters, Bethel Imes, Lois Carpenter, Mildred Shrontz, Ruth Sherman and Genevive Perry.

   Services were held April 23 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

J. Ernest Mitchell

 

   J. Ernest “Mitch” Mitchell, 83, of Charlotte, died June 18, 2001.

   Mr. Mitchell was born Sept. 5, 1917 in Littleton, Colo., the son of J. Ernest and Nellie (Gill) Mitchell. He worked at Dow Chemical Company in Midland. During World War II, he worked on the synthetic rubber program, and then served in the Physical Research Lab. He was assistant manager of the Plastics Department and then served with Economic Evaluation. He had also been general manager of Inorganics and Solvent and director of Functional Materials. He retired as director of Corporate Planning in 1981. Mr. Mitchell served as president of the Dow Foundation for six years. In 1968, he was selected as an outstanding engineering alumnus of the University of Denver, and was listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. He served on the Midland Planning Commission and was a member of St. John Episcopal Church of Midland, the Midland Country Club, the Lakes Club of Sun City, Ariz., Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, numerous scientific and business publications and the Midland Rotary Club.

   He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty; son, John Mitchell of Lansing; daughter, Shirley Potts of Sun City, Ariz.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Private family services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

John C. Moncrief Sr.

 

   John Carl “Jack” Moncrief Sr., 59, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 9, 2001.

   Mr. Moncrief was born June 11, 1941 in Salem, N.J., the son of Daniel and Mary (Schmidt) Moncrief.

   He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Deborah Mary (Ray) Fluegeman; granddaughters, Jessica, Stephanie and Danielle; mother, Mary (Merlin) Guilford; brothers, William (Joanne) Moncrief of North Carolina, Daniel (Judy) Moncrief of Fennville; sisters, Anna (Jim) Mathis-Mullins of Nashville, Katherine (Jerry) McCormick of Maine, Ruth (Gary) Cole of Escanaba, Kay (Carroll) Cole of Charlotte; brothers-in-laws, Charles (Caron) Brown of Hayesville, N.C., David (Bev) Brown of Baltimore, Md.; one stepbrother and three stepsisters; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1972; and sons, John Carl Moncrief Jr. 1965 and John Daniel Moncrief in 1991.

   Funeral services were held March 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Jeff Brown officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James E. Montross

 

   James E. Montross, age 56 of Daytona Beach, FL formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, September 10, 2001 in Daytona Beach. Jim was born January 14, 1945 in Charlotte, MI, the son James Edward and Josephine Alice (DeFrates) Montross. He was a former employee with the Motor Wheel in Lansing and Robinson Bike Shop in Daytona Beach. James was a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Army Honor Guard. He was preceded in death by his 2 brothers, Billy Lee and Jerry Allen.

   Surviving are his sister, Janet (Claude “Skip”) Murray, Jr. of Eaton Rapids; 2 nieces, Michelle (Ken) Murray-Brochu of Commerce, MI and Rene Murray- Nobert of Jackson.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2001, 11 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Heart Association in memory of James Montross.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David Daniel (Danny) Moore

 

   David Daniel (Danny) Moore, age 35 of Eaton Rapids, died December 23, 2000. He has climbed the stairway to Heaven, after battling Bronchial Asthma all of his life. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1984. Dan loved nature and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors.

   He had a big heart and left behind many who loved him – his mother, Patricia Miller; stepfather, Bernie Miller; father, David ‘Bud” Moore; sister, Jennifer (David) McCormick; grandparents, Evelyn (Alonzo-deceased); Nieces, Tricia, Emily, and Allison; nephews, Kevin Jr., Tyler, Ashton, and Devin; several aunts, uncles, cousins and beloved dog, Dodge.

   Memorial services were held December 28, 2000 at Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home with Rev. Erwin Robertson of Capitol City Baptist Church officiating.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Raymond C. Moore

 

   Raymond D. Moore, 92, of Charter House, Rochester, MN, died Jan. 8, 2001 at the Charter House Health Care Center, Rochester.

   Mr. Moore was born Dec. 12, 1908 in Ada. He attended Michigan State College for Agriculture and Applied Sciences in East Lansing for two years. In 1934, he moved to Minnesota and was employed by Montgomery Ward in St. Paul before transferring to Rochester in 1942. On July 6, 1940, he married Edna Priebe in Adrian. From 1944-45, he served with the 575th Automatic Weapons Battalion, 3rd Division, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. After his discharged, he and Eddie Klopp opened World Travel Bureau. In 1947, he became the first officially appointed travel agent in Rochester and was often referred to as Rochester’s “Mr. Travel.”

   At the time of his death, Moore was associated with Carlson Wagonlit Travel. In 1960 he helped organize the Association of Independent Agencies, which serves southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin, served as the organization’s executive secretary for 33 years and served on the board of the Travel Planners Program of Minnesota State Vocational Technical Colleges for 10 years.

   HE was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and its chancel choir for more than 50 years, member of the American Legion, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 50-year member of the Rochester Rotary Club, for which he served as sergeant-at-arms and had several years of perfect attendance. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America in both Charlotte and Rochester. He received a certificate for 6 years of national scouting and over 50 years of service to the scouting program in Rochester.

   He is survived by his wife, Edna; one son, William F. (Dianne) of New Berlin, WS; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Frances Louise Gates of Stuart, FL, and Ruth Jeanette Landes of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Services were Jan. 13 at the Vine Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ronald K. Moore

 

   Ronald K. Moore, 86, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 13, 2001 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after an extended illness.

   Mr. Moore was born Jan. 10, 1915 in Washington, Iowa, the son of Roy and Jessie (Hunt) Moore, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1987, coming from Modesto, Calif. He was a retired sales manager for the Interstate Bakers Corp. of Los Angeles, Calif., and had been a member of the Masonic Lodge while in California. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed boating, and camping with his motorhome.

   He is survived by a daughter, Dorothy (Gary) Lobsinger of Charlotte; a son, Ronald Moore of California; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Moore on Oct. 18, 1992; and a brother, Robert Moore.

   At Mr. Moore’s prior request, cremation has taken place. Private services will be held. Inurnment of the cremains was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Optimist Club, P.O. Box 70, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joyce R. Morgan

 

   Joyce Rosemary Morgan, 68, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001.

   Mrs. Morgan was born Aug. 28, 1933 in Charlotte, the daughter of Henry and Ina (Baker) Sumerix. She had been a keypuncher and data processor for Hoover/Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte.

   She is survived by daughters, Tena (Philip) Rolfe of Charlotte and Karen Linden of Ft. Smith, Ark; three grandchildren, Cory, Becky and Heath; great-granddaughter, Kalie Ann Marie Rahe; brother, Lyle (Barbara) Sumerix of Buchanan; sister, Marilyn (Charles) Rutter of Olivet; sisters-in-law, Joan Sumerix of South Carolina; and brother-in-law, Harold Ross of St. Louis, Mo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zack Morgan in 1978; sister, Betty Ross, and brother, Harry Sumerix.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 10, 2001 at Charlotte First Baptist Church, with Pastor Richard Wilford officiating. Per her request, Mrs. Morgan’s remains were donated to the University of Michigan Medical School.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Eaton Community Hospice, or the State of Michigan Talking Books program. Further information is available at www.prayfunearl.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

Harry D. Morrison

 

   Harry Duane Morrison, 73, of Charlotte, passed away Dec. 29, 2001.

   Mr. Morrison was born Oct. 2, 1928 in Bellevue, the son of John and Jennie (Nettleton) Morrison. He retired from Fisher Body in 1986, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife of 53 years, IdaBelle (Weldon) Morrison; sons, Larry (Terry Sue), Brain (Kami) of Charlotte and Keith (Angie) of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Karen (Chris) Miles of Holt; six grandchildren and two step-great- grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Egbert (Ellen) Morrison, Dorothy (Mike) Young, Francis Morrison, Claudia Smith, Janice (Don) Barnett, Sandra (Harry) Smith, Roger (Pat) Morrison and Sue (Gordon) Bottomley.

   He was preceded in death by son, Douglas; parents, John Morrison and Jennie Moist; sister, Jeanette Gruhl; and a brother, Ernest Morrison.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4,2002 at Prey Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

   Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, INC., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Clarence G. Morse

 

   Clarence G. Morse, 90, of Bellevue, died Monday, January 16 at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born September 20, 1910 in Bellevue Township to Emry James and Ruth Elizabeth (Garms) Morse. He graduated from Bellevue High School and attended Michigan State University.

   He served in the U.S. Navy from 1932 to 1936 and served aboard the USS Langley (CV-1), the Navy’s first aircraft carrier. He obtained the rank of Gunner’s Mate Third Class.

   He was a full-time diary framer in Bellevue for many years and worked part-time at the Emmett Street Livestock Exchange. He later farmed part-time and went to work at Grand Trunk Western Railroad full-time, retiring in 1975 after 25 years. He was known around the railroad as “Big Daddy” because he worked on large diesel engines.

   He married Ruth Agnes Steeby, on November 25, 1937, she died November 10,1982. He later married Josephine (Stanton) Ward on November 14, 1987, she survives.

   Also surviving are sons, James Clarence Morse of Fremont, Jack Lawrence, Morse of Harrison and John David Morse of Muskegon; daughter, Sally Ann Morse of Bellevue; step-daughter, Carol Frey of Gaylord; 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; six step-grandchildren and four step-great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Max and Cecil Morse.

   He served on the Bellevue School Board for many years and was very active in the Bellevue and Eaton County 4-H. He was a member of Farm Bureau, and the Bellevue United Methodist Church and Men’s Club.

   Friends may call after 3 p.m., Thursday at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Family will be present from 4-8 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at Bellevue United Methodist Church, Pastor Mark Thompson, officiating. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial donations may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church Camp Scholarship Fund or the Bellevue High School Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cara A. Morton

 

   Cara A. Morton, infant daughter of Bradley and Teresa Morton of Charlotte, died Aug. 9, 2001.

   She is survived by her parents; twin sisters, Kay Lynne; sisters Renae Jenn and Shawna Marie; grandparents, Willard and Neva Mikesell, and Coy and Jean Morton, all of Charlotte; aunts, Kathy (Jeff) Vigue of Whitmore Lake, and Ann (Eli) Ringrose of East Hampton, Conn., uncles, Thomas (Traci) Mikesell of Naperville, Ill., James (Susan) Mikesell of Indianapolis, Ind., Brian (Tracy) Morton of Dowagiac, and Brent Morton of Charlotte; great-aunts, Linda (Roger) Garrett of Lawrence, Kansas, and Carolyn (Dennis) Benjamin of Holt; great-great-aunts Jessie Mick of Dimondale, and Doris (Robert) Cox of Upland, Calif.; and numerous cousins.

   Private family services will be conducted. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Louis F. Mosier

 

   Louis Francis Mosier, 85, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 11, 2001.

   Mr. Mosier was born Feb. 13, 1916, in Vermontville, the son of Lynn and Mary (Arntz) Mosier. He was a layout inspector for Oldsmobile before retiring in 1977, and farmed most of his life in the Eaton County area. He was a member of Potterville Masonic Lodge #367 and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #413.

   He is survived by son, Lynned Mosier of Charlotte; daughters, Kim (Mark) LaCount and Sibyl (Mike) Moreno, both of Charlotte, and Linda (Steve) Donley and Suzan Woodhams, both of Potterville; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Ward of Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Riedl) in 1996.

   Funeral services were held June 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Masons or the Eastern Star. Further information available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Christopher E. Mullen

 

   Christopher Eugene Mullen, 18, of Charlotte, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. Mr. Mullen was born Dec. 22, 1982 in Pontiac. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 2001, was a member of the National Honor Society and National Vocational Honor Society, and had been awarded and academic scholarship to Ferris State University. He was a member of the Mid Michigan Roller Hockey Association and the Douglas J. Phantoms. He was also a black belt in TaeKwonDo. He is survived by his father, Patrick Mullen; mother, Debra (Foote) Mullen; sister, Erin Mullen step-father, Martin Comer; maternal grandfather, Eugene Foote; and paternal grandmother, Betty Mullen. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Jackie Foote; and paternal grandfather, Eugene Mullen. Funeral mass was held Nov. 5 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the McCarty Cancer Foundation. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marjorie E. Munn-Thorne

 

   Marjorie E. Munn-Thorne, 81, of Bellevue, died Sunday, July 22, 2001.

   Marjorie was born June 13, 1920 in Howell, the daughter of Lester and Elsie (Miller) Huff. She was a retired secretary from Charlotte Public Schools, and was a past member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church, Eaton County Retired Secretary’s group and NLARSP.

   She is survived by daughters, Margie (Douglas) Murphy of Bellevue and Vicki Porter of Battle Creek; son, Lynn Patrick McKee of San Francisco, Calif.; step-children, Jack and Janet Munn, Carol Pixley and Charles Munn; five grandchildren, Aaron and Amanda Murphy, Amy and Andrew McKee, and Jeffrey Porter Rogers; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Murphy and Jacob Smith; brothers, Robert Huff of Howell and Kenneth Huff of Chico, Calif.; and a sister, Phyllis Gehringer of Avon Park, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Don McKee, L.V. Porter and John Munn; and a brother, Gerald Huff.

   Funeral services were held July 26 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Rev. Wendell Stine officiating. Graveside services were held at Lakeside Cemetery, Howell.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or Bellevue United Methodist Church. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dominic-Allen E. Myles

 

   Dominic-Allen Emmanuel Myles, 5, son of Walter Allen and Ann Marie (Locke) Myles II of Marshall, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Dominic was born Oct. 5, 1995 in Jackson. He attended kindergarten classes at Fern- Parsons Elementary School in Olivet. He was a member of the Challenger 4-H Club in Marshall and the American Rabbit Breeder Association. He attended Marshall Wesleyan Church and attended Sunday School classes there. Dominic enjoyed bowling and participating in the Snack and Bumper league with his brother at Marshall Lanes.

   He is survived by his parents; brother, Matthew George; sister, Lydia-Katherine Michelle; maternal grandparents, Walter and Bertha Myles Sr. of Westville, Ohio; maternal great-grandparents, Katherine Walter of Marshall and Harold Locke of Eaton Rapids; aunts, Becky Traxler, Becky Locke and Shirley Locke; an uncle, Richard Locke; six immediate cousins; and numerous other relatives.

   Funeral services were held March 26 at the Marshall Wesleyan Church. Interment was at Albion Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesleyan Church; assistance available at the funeral home.

   Arrangements by Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Inc., Marshall.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald W. Neil

 

   Donald Wesley Neil, 85, of Charlotte, formerly of Livonia, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001.

   Mr. Neil was born April 30, 1916 in Detroit, the son of James and Louise (Williamson) Neil. He retired from Livonia Public Schools as a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church and owned a cabin for 24 years at Lake James. He was a former member of the St. Priscilla Catholic Church in Livonia for 32 years.

   He is survived by wife of 62 years, Eleanor (Brown); children, James (Diane) Neil of Houston, Texas, Barbara (Leonard) Bochenek and Marge McKeon, both of Charlotte, Jack (Pat) Neil of Tecumseh, Pat (Cal) Underwood of Sarasota, Fla., and Fred (Cathy) Neil of Brighton; 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille Petry of Lafayette, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ward of Farmington Hills and Marie (Nick) Aninos of Port Richey, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Robert (Liz) Brown of Tucson, Ariz.

   Funeral services were held July 6 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marvin J. Nelson

 

   Marvin J. Nelson, 96, of Charlotte, died June 2, 2001.

   Mr. Nelson was born Dec. 19, 1904 in Sidney Township, Montcalm County, the son of Albert and Marie (Pedersen) Nelson. He attended Muskrat County School and Greenville High School, and graduated from Sheridan High School. He also attended Ferris Institute. Mr. Nelson married Hazel (Eriksen) on June 25, 1929. He was a county abstractor in the Montcalm County Abstract Office in Stanton for 25 years before purchasing the Eaton County Abstract Company in Charlotte in 1947. He was joined in partnership by his son in 1958 and sold the business in 1986 to First American Title Company. He and Hazel moved to Independence Village in Grand Ledge in 1999. Mr. Nelson has held memberships in Michigan Land Title Association, American Land Title Association, Charlotte Lion’s Club, Charlotte Yacht Club, Michigan Tree Farmer’s Association, and was a Lifetime Mason. He was also active in boy scouting. He and Hazel were charter members of Peace Lutheran Church, where he served as treasurer for many years.

   He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Hazel; son, Roger (Jane) Nelson of Duck Lake; daughter, Jeanette (Fred) Kogge of Hastings; grandchildren, Steven (Sumire) Kogge, Scott (Rose) Kogge, Sandra (Gary) Ragan, Stuart (Kathie) Kogge, Michael (Kathleen) Nelson, Judy (Matthew) Wineinger and Robin Nelson; step-grandchildren, Sarah and Sam Kellogg, and, Andrew and Derek King; great-grandchildren, Lauren Kogge, Katherine and Erik Ragan, Kyle and Connor Kogge, Abby and Megan Wineinger, and Olivia Nelson; sister, Evelyn Strobridge of Greenville; sister-in-law, Frances Eriksen of Grand Rapids and Erma Sheaha of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Arnold (Donna) Nelson and Clifford (Leona) Nelson; brothers-in-law, Elmer Strobridge, Peter Sheaha and Lester Eriksen.

   Funeral services were held June 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Noel Hall-Neimann officiating. Interment was at South Sidney Cemetery, Montcalm County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Wayne Ernest Newberry

 

   Wayne Ernest Newberry, age 59 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 16, 2001 at his residence. He was born December 10, 1941 in Big Rapids, the son of Leslie and Eva (Troupe) Newberry. Wayne was a Tool & Die Maker for Barnes Aerospace in Lansing. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #288 in Lansing and was preceded in death by his parents.

   Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Pennie; 7 children, Charles Newberry, Wanda Newberry, Eva (Don) Clother, Melody (Richard) Sawdy, Dennis and Heather Hurd, and Keith Barber; 10 grandchildren, Mackenzie, Trent, Felicia, Patience, Miranda, Ty, Trista, Tia, Kelly and Justin; father & mother-in-law, Charles & Wanda Head; 8 sisters, Anna Pearl (James) Westover, Patricia Taylor, Donna (Mike) Jones, Terry (Jeff) Morey, Val (Jack) Becker, Bobbie Wells, Kaye (John) Mueller and Charla (Craig) Boatman; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald B. Newland

 

   Donald B. Newland, 86, of Bellevue, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, May 28, 2001. Mr. Newland was born Oct. 20, 1914. He was a retired meat cutter at Carter’s in Charlotte. He and his wife Dorothy owned Newland’s Grocery in Charlotte for many years. He was a 75-year member of the First Baptist Church, and still attended regularly. He was a member of the Eaton County Buck Club, and looked forward to the twice-yearly meetings. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge and Charlotte Commandery K.T. He was a past member of the Lions Club and Charlotte Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

   He is survived by two sons, William (Linda) Newland of Bellevue and Robert (Charla) Newland of Sewell, N.J.; one daughter, Nancy Jewell of Delton; one sister, Janette Frey of Front Royal, Va.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy in 1987. Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1110 South Cochran, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Endowment Fund, 1110 S. Cochran, Charlotte.

 

 

 

Mary Ellen Norris

 

   Mary Ellen Norris, age 98 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 23, 2001 at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. She was born June 3, 1903 in Aurelius Township, the daughter of Daniel and Hattie (Hall) Purcell. Mrs. Norris was a retired Custodian for Green Bay Foods in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband Iven in 1973; twin sons, Daniel and David, sons, Leo and John Norris and daughter, June Ellen Norris; sister, Maude Marquardt; brother, John Purcell.

   Surviving are 7 children, Lucille Green of Eaton Rapids, LeRoy Norris of Charlotte, Iven “Ike” (Janet) Norris of Onondaga, Oma (Raymond) Hollinworth of Kalamazoo, Don Norris of LaGrange, IN, Duane “Duke” Norris of Eaton Rapids and Ronald “Ronnie” (Beulah) Norris of Lansing; 29 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 47 great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Glassbrooke of Dansville; several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be Tuesday, June 26th at 3 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Aurelius Township. For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Mary Ellen Norris. Arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Anne Norris

 

   Sgt. Patricia Anne Norris, U.S. Army, age 27 of Fort Campbell, KY formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, June 10, 2001 as a result of a motorcycle accident in Tennessee. She was born June 1, 1974 in Lansing. Patty was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, enlisting in 1992 and was currently serving in the 584 Combat Support Maintenance at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School Class of 1992 and was an animal lover.

   Surviving are her son, Chandler Nelson of Texas; mother, Sharon McCarrick of Eaton Rapids; father, David (Ronda) Norris of Stanton; brother, Eric (Dana) McCarrick of Springport; sister, Valerie (Jeff) Weeks of Eaton Rapids; 2 stepsisters, Tiffany and Sara; grandmother, Verna McCarrick of Eaton Rapids; grandfather, Leroy Norris of Charlotte; great-grandmother, Mary Norris of Eaton Rapids; aunts, uncles, nephew, niece, cousins and many close personal friends including Jeni McVay and Wendy Whipple.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, June 18, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason. Those desiring may make contributions to the Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River, Lansing, in memory of Patricia A. Norris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard J. Norton

 

   Richard J. Norton, 76, of Battle Creek, formerly of Nashville, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001 at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Norton was born June 1, 1925, in Battle Creek, the son of Maurice & Ruby (Mayo) Norton and attended Battle Creek Schools. He spent his working career as a truck driver for the Behnke Trucking Company. He had many friends and was well known at the Battle Creek restaurant owned by “Roger the Chef.”

   He is survived by his brother Donald (Marianne) Norton of Battle Creek and sister Barbara Hart, also of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert Norton.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 6, at Wilcox Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard L. Oberlin

 

   Richard Lee Oberlin, 65, of Fredericksburg, Texas, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at his residence.

   He is survived by his wife, Gwen Wilbur Oberlin of Fredericksburg; three daughters, six sons and their spouses; Carrie and Jason Roemer of Austin, Texas, Lisa and Michael Clore of Battle Creek, Ronald and Jennifer Oberlin of Bear Lake, Robert Oberlin of Interlochen, Dian and Brad Brummette, and Mark and Missy Hisler, all of Charlotte, Richard Jr. and Kandi Oberlin, Phillip and Kelli Oberlin, and James and Jodi Oberlin, all of Eaton Rapids; 26 grandchildren; sisters, brother and their spouses: Sandra “Sandy” Duepree of Barryton, Stephen and June Oberlin of Marshall, and Sally and Brian Geisenhauer of Bath.

   Memorial services were held May 19 in the chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home, Fredericksburg, Texas, with Rev. Jeff Carpenter officiating.

   A memorial service will be held Friday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hill County Memorial Hospital Hospice, the American Cancer Society, or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Schaetter Funeral Home, Inc., Fredericksburg, Texas.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bonnie M. Ohm

 

   Bonnie Mae (King) Ohm, 59, of Nashville, die June 7, 2001 in Kalamazoo.

   Mrs. Ohm was born April 22, 1942 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ward Beecher and Gladys Irene (Disbrow) King. She was an underwriter for Century Mutual Insurance and an underwriter trainer for Auto Owners Insurance Company. She was a graduate of Vermontville High School, class of 1960, and served as class secretary and active alumnus.

   She is survived by her husband, Richard; two sons, Kevin Ohm of Kalamazoo and Aaron Ohm of Nashville; and sister, Diane (Bob) Stoddard of Kalamazoo.

   Funeral services were held June 11 at First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alton R. Olmstead

 

   Alton R. Olmstead, 90, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001.

   Mr. Olmstead was born June 1, 1911 in Bellevue, the son of Leo and Effie (Dibble) Olmstead. He grew up in the Assyria area and lived with his aunt and uncle, Helen and Frank Rodeman. He worked at Wilcox Gay and was a Pinkerton security guard at Owen Illinois. He was a member of Crossroads Church of the United Brethren for over 50 years, and especially enjoyed hunting with the rest of his family.

   He is survived by son, Kenneth (Marie) Olmstead of Burbank, Calif.; daughters, Mary (Stephen) Crandell-Hundt and Suzanne (William) Brenton, both of Charlotte, and Evelyn Chapman of East Leroy; grandchildren, Daniel (Tammy) Crandell, Randy (Sherrie) Crandell and Angie (Rick) Tate, all of Charlotte, Debbie (Max) Collin of Grand Rapids, Cherie (Ken) Betke and Marvin Chapman, both of Battle Creek, Denise (John) Chapman of Owosso, Michelle (Steve) Lance of Palmdale, Calif., Annette (Alan) Baxter of Oregon, Tammy (Matt) McMearty of Texas, Melissa (John) Mater of  Nashville, Bill (Syna) Brenton of New York City and Melinda Brenton of Ann Arbor; sister, Opal Olmstead of Lansing; half-sister, Betty Lou Hutchings of Bolivar, Mo.; 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Ruth (Turner) in June 2000; two sons, Cecil and John Olmstead; sons-in-law, Darrell Crandell and Lawrence Chapman; and sisters, Lucille Spacth and Margaret Dibble.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at Crossroads Church of the United Brethren, Charlotte, with Pastor Michael Arnold officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Church of the United Brethren. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Roy H. Olson

 

   Roy H. Olson, of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for veterans in Marquette.

   Delta Co. Veteran’s Memorial services were held Aug. 25 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Escanaba. Funeral services followed at the funeral home, with Rev. Bo Lange officiating. Arrangements were by Anderson Funeral Home, Escanaba.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Billie J. Osborne

 

   Billie J. Osborne, 71, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001 at the Eaton County medical Care Facility after a long illness.

   Billie was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Willie and Olive (Bramhall) Osborne, and was a longtime Charlotte resident. He was a graduate of Charlotte High School and served in the U.S. Army Paratroopers during the Korean War. He was one of the original employees of the Aluminum Extrusions Division of Hoover Group, from where he retired after 40 years of service.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Nona (Parr) Osborne; three daughters, Terresa Ann (Jeff) Dickerson of Bonita Shores, Fla., Justina Kaye (Jack) Caughey, and Tamara Jo Osborne, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren; one sister, Cecelia (William) Lundeen of Charlotte; and his mother, olive Osborne of Grand Ledge.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Osborne, and two brothers, Jack and Jerry Osborne.

   Memorial services were held on Feb. 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mich. Chapter, Inc., 21311 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48376-3911.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dolly I. Osbourn

 

   Dolly I. Osbourn, 83, of Brunswick, Ga., formerly of Lansing and Charlotte, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001 in Georgia.

   Mrs. Osbourn was a retiree of Michigan School Supply and a former member of the Women’s Bowling Congress.

   She is survived by her son, Ronald Wilson of Brunswick, Ga.; Franchot Dean Wilson of Howell; and a daughter, Laraine Dolly Crawford of Las Vegas.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 12, 2001 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Robert Besemer of Delta Mills United Methodist Church officiating.

   Arrangements were by Tiffany Funeral Home, Lansing.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

John A. Osterling

 

   John Arthur Osterling, 92, of Grand Ledge, died Feb. 22, 2001.

   Mr. Osterling was born Oct. 13,1908, in Grand Rapids, the son of Henry and Clara (Van Poppering) Osterling. He was the last of seven brothers and sisters, and was a retired school teacher from Redford Union School District in Redford. He was a Chapter Member of Sahib Temple Shriner, a Mason, was active in the Michigan Federation of Teachers and University of Michigan Alumni Club.

   He is survived by daughter, Linda (James) Garlick of Grand Ledge; son, John Larry (Carol) Osterling of Saline; five grandchildren, Michelle Garlick and Jonathan Garlick, Scott (Kelly) Osterling, Sara and Steve Osterling; sisters, Gertrude Kluiter, Lila DeKorte, Jenny Burken, and Frances Norris.

   Graveside services were held Feb. 26 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Bristol, Ind., with Pastor Jim Tuttle officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.  Arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Glenn Ostrander

 

   Glenn Ostrander, 89, of Charlotte and Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001.

   Mr. Ostrander was born March 16, 1912 in Hillman, the son of Lewis and Julia Belle (Kirk) Ostrander. As a young man, he was deeply influenced by the life and teachings of Alfred Lawson, an engineer and humanitarian who originated the Direct Credit Society, then later the Humanity Benefactor Foundation, the University of Lawsonomy and the Lawsonian Religion. He spent his entire life living out the motto: “Serve humanity; take nothing from anybody; give everything to everybody; harm nobody.”

   Mr. Ostrander was a building engineer for Galewood School for 10 years, and a volunteer for 17 years with handicapped children and the Special Riding Program in Eaton County. He was also active as a volunteer in the Big Brother/ Bid Sister, Eaton County 4-H programs, RSVP volunteer, and Boy Scout of America.

   He is survived by a nephew, Albert Palmer of Clarkston; a grand-nephew, Tony Palmer; a grand-niece, Allison Palmer; and special friends, Melvin and Margaret Bisel.

   He was preceded in death by sisters, Olive Ostrander and Erma Palmer; and brother Jay Ostrander.

   Memorial services were held May 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Dr. Rev. Carol Spangenberg officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Special Riding Volunteer Association. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Frances M. Overmyer

 

   Frances M. Overmyer, 86, of Charlotte, died Dec. 29, 2001.

   Mrs. Overmyer was born Oct. 18, 1915, the daughter of Laurits and Amelia (Jorgensen) Pedersen. She was a beautician for many years in Charlotte.

   She is survived by daughters, Sally (Butch) Haight and Cheri (Douglas) Smith of Charlotte, and Judy Latchaw of Coldwater; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Overmyer in January 1995, and great-great-granddaughter, Bailey Rae Fletcher.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 3, 2002 at Chappell Funeral Home, Fenneville. Interment was at Fenneville Cemetery, Fenneville.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lucretia J. Paine

 

   Lucretia J. Paine, 82, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 at the home of her daughter in Burlington after a short illness.

   Mrs. Paine was born march 18, 1919 in Homer, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Sellers) Goodrich, and was raised by Albert and Daisy VanGeisen. She had been a Charlotte resident since 1970, coming from Marshall. Mrs. Paine was a graduate of Marshall High School. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Charlotte, the Charlotte OES, and the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary, working in the gift shop.

   She is survived by three children, Fred (Janette) Hamilton of Grand Ledge, Mary (Ken) Eyre of Burlington and Doc (Pat) Hamilton of Grand Haven; stepson, Rick Paine of New Port Richey, Fla.; stepdaughter, Chris Gillette of Lafayette, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Bill Goodrich of Burlington, Ed and Earl Goodrich, both of Marshall, and Duane Goodrich of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Bernard Hamilton in 1969, Ed Allen in 1975, and Carl Paine in 1993; brother, Ken; and three sisters, Margaret Wright, Eleanor Love and Edna Goodrich.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Burkhead- Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was at Porter Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may be made to the VFW Auxiliary.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Viola I. Papoi

 

   Viola Irene Papoi, 88, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001.

   Mrs. Papoi was born June 25, 1913 in Charlotte, the daughter of Arthur and Sena (Peterson) Horn. She worked with her husband at Papoi Automotive Services for many years, and had also worked at Wilcox Gay, Heyfeitz Manufacturing. She enjoyed bowling and playing bingo.

   She is survived by sons, Robert Papoi of Gadsden, Ala., and Michael (Peggy) Papoi of Charlotte; daughter, Jeanette Brondstetter of Mt. Pleasant; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony in January 1992.

   Graveside services were held Oct. 31 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

Alberto Pardo

 

   Alberto Pardo, age 72 of Eaton Rapids, died May 6, 2001 in Lansing. He was born April 10, 1929 in Luling, TX the son of Manuel and Isidore (Rodriguez) Pardo. Alberto retired from Fisher Body in 1980 after 32 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea and was a member of the Onondaga VFW Post #6986. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Agnes; 3 daughters, Kathleen (Jack) Lynch of Eaton Rapids, Diane Arrington of Jackson, Elizabeth Shields of Eaton Rapids, 2 sons, Daniel and Patrick Pardo both of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Chad, Stacy, John, Olivia, Sam, and Ty; great-grandson, Joshua; 2 brothers, Rudy (Barbara) Pardo of Eaton Rapids and Mike (Gloria) Pardo of Lansing.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Homer W. Parish

 

   Homer W. Paris, 78, of Hastings, died Saturday, April 14, 2001 at his residence.

   Mr. Parish was born Feb. 6, 1923 in Charlotte, the son of Roy and Marjorie (Root) Rapids, He served in the United States Army for 25 years, retiring in 1967 with the rank of master sergeant. He served during World War II with assignments in England, France and Germany. In 1961, he was sent to Korea; in 1965, he was assigned to Japan; and in 1967, he served in Vietnam for eight months before retiring. He married Joan Squires on June 30, 1956. Mr. Parish worked for the city of Charlotte for 12 years, retiring March 1, 1983. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, feeding the birds, hunting, fishing, camping, and repairing various things for anyone who asked.

   He is survived by his wife, Joan of Hastings; one son, Steven (Kim) of Lake Odessa; daughters, Karen (Steve) Coplin of Nashville, Wendy (Steve) Bohus of Potterville, and Lynne (Brian) Baker of Charlotte, Janice (Steve Gardner of Vermontville; 16 grandchildren; brothers, George (Dorothy) of Potterville and Roy (Dixie) of Greenville; sisters, Madeline (Ray) Krompitz of Lansing and Betty Roberts of Laingsburg; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Vera Parish; and a brother, Blake Parish.

   Memorial services were held April 20 at the Nashville Baptist Church, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joyce Delores Park

 

   Joyce Delores Park, age 75 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, March 18, 2001 at the Eaton Manor Nursing Home in Charlotte. She was born January 10, 1926 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Harry and Hattie (Greening) Ball. Joyce was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids, the Mizpah Guild and a member of the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary. Preceded her in death were her husband, Dr. Ty Park, on October 29, 1997 and a brother, James Ball in 1998.

   Surviving are 3 sons, Douglas (Tena) Park of Eaton Rapids, Dennis Park of Roseville, CA and Dr. David (Dr. Marilyn Gilbreath) Park of Ukiah, CA; 4 grandchildren, Trisha (Paul) Brady, Paul Park, Elizabeth Park and Justin Park; one great-granddaughter, Kathleen Brady; brother, Richard (Arlene) Ball; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, March 22nd at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the First Congregational Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Joyce D. Park.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Wayne Woodrow Parsons, Sr.

 

   Wayne Woodrow Parsons, Sr., age 87 of Eaton Rapids, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 7, 2001. He was born August 22, 1913 in Spring Arbor, the son of Tom and Alma Agatha (Boatman) Parsons. Mr. Parsons was a retired Eaton Rapids School employee, farmer and carpenter. He would do anything for anybody. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Maxine and brother, George Parsons.

   Surviving are 4 sons, Wayne (Linda), Gayle (Shirley) Dean, Thomas (Penny) Parsons all of Eaton Rapids; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Marvelmae Steele of Eaton Rapids and caregiver, Gary Newborn of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 11, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Jack Fugate officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Jay E. Patterson

 

   Jay Edward Patterson, 82, of Potterville, died Friday, June 22, 2001 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Patterson was born July 9, 1918 in Grand Rapids, the son of Guy and Alyida (Jasperse) Patterson. He was employed by Michigan Bell in 1940 as a repair technician and retired in 1975. He farmed for over 20 years, and had also managed the Country Club Manor. Mr. Patterson was a lifetime member of Telephone Pioneers of America, a past president of the Ionia Hunting and Fishing Club, and a former member of the Ionia Sheriff Posse.

   He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Marcia (Carl) Rickert of Saranac; son, Bruce Patterson of Ionia; stepchildren, Janet (Tim) Denton, Jane (Tom) Clegg of Charlotte, Donald (Janet) Warner, Jr. of Plymouth, Candice (Jerry) Soldan of Grand Ledge, and Tim (Nancy) Warner of Eaton Rapids; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and many step-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Eilene Simmons in 1969.

   Graveside memorial services were held June 27 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thelma M. Pauley

 

   Thelma M. Pauley, 89, of Jonesville passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Pauley was born Jan. 20, 1912 in Midland County, to Elmer and Rosella (Kendall) Hock. She married Walter Pauley; he preceded her on Sept. 17, 1983. Thelma spent the majority of her life in Jonesville and attended the Bird Lake Wesleyan Missionary Church.

   She is survived by her daughter, Pauline Gordon of Charlotte, N.C. and son, Skip Pauley of Charlotte, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, son Bud in 1996, four brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home, Jonesville, with Pastor Max Masters and Rick Maloyed officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bird Lake Bible School, 7880 S. Bird Lk. Rd., Osseo, MI 49266. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Adele M. Pearson

 

   Adele M. Pearson, 97, of Charlotte died Friday, June 29, 2001 at her residence.

   Mrs. Pearson was born Sept. 21, 1903 in Bruning, Neb., the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Lubben) Carstens, and had been a Charlotte resident for 19 years coming from Papillion, Neb. While in Nebraska, she worked as a secretary for the County Extension Office and the Beautiful Savoir Lutheran Church in Omaha, and taught China painting. She had been a member of the First Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb., First Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb., and was currently a member of the First Lutheran Church in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her daughter, Norma (Paul) Kremke of Charlotte, 8 grandchildren, Richard Pearson, Robert Pearson, Suzy Budinger, Pam Cappella, Missy Hurchens, Marty Kremke, Tricia Hilgendorf and Joel Kremke; several great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Ebener of Omaha, Neb.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester in 1988; son, Richard Pearson in 1964; two grandsons, Donald Pearson and Andrew Kremke; and six brothers.

   Funeral services were held July 3 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

Clifford H. Pease

 

   Clifford H. Pease, 92, of Kalamo, died Aug. 3, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Pease was born March 15, 1909 to Edward and Carrie (Bowen) Pease in Kalamo Township. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1927 and attended Argubright College. He worked as a farmer, and a school bus driver, and was briefly employed at Kellogg’s. He married Gertrude Balley on June 30, 1940; she died Oct. 29, 2000. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #327 in Kalamo and was the Kalamo Township supervisor for eight years.

   He is survived by daughters, Helen (Ernest) White of Quincy, Sharon (Paul Sr.) Franklin of Nashville and Barbara (Charles Sr.) Schutt of Algonac; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Pease of Charlotte; sisters, Dorothy Franks of Vermontville and Mary Eisenlord of Battle Creek; and good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Fletcher of Kalamo.

   Services were held Aug. 7 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Carol-Sue Borkholder officiating. Interment was at Hilside Cemetery, Kalamo.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Lodge #327 in Kalamo. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velma A. Pease

 

   Velma A. Pease, 76, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001. Mrs. Pease was born March 9, 1925 in Kalamo Township, the daughter of Howard and Athel (Pitt) Oaster. Mrs. Pease attended the Kalamo United Methodist Church and was a 50-year life member and past matron of the Kalamo O.E.S., Chapter 399. She was past president of the Eaton County Association O.E.S., a member of the Association for Retarded Children, and a board member of the EBI Breakthrough. She was valedictorian of the Bellevue High School class of 1943, and graduated from Western Michigan University. Mrs. Pease taught school at Portland and Vermontville Schools, Myers Country School and was a substitute teacher for many years.

   She is survived by her husband, Edward; daughters, Carolyn (Gary) LaCross, Cheryl Pease and Christine Pease; grandchildren, Jason LaCross (fiancé Melissa Kleeman and her son Tray Hammer) and Jill (Adam) Potter; sister, Joyce (Bernard) Otto; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Eldora Anderson, in 1975. Funeral and O.E.S. memorial services were held Oct. 25 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Further in formation is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Harland Orland Peck

 

   Harland Orland Peck, age 87 of Hillman, Michigan and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, September 3, 2001 at the Hillman Nursing Center. He was born November 11, 1913 in Jones County, Iowa, the son of Leland and Mable (Orr) Peck. Harland was employed at Clark Equipment Company in Jackson before becoming caretaker at the Turtle Lake Hunting Club near Hillman, retiring in 1977 after 25 years of dedicated service. He was an Army Veteran of World War II with Company M of the 186 Infantry on the Pacific Front. He was also a member of St. John Lutheran Church and a past member of the Atlanta V.F.W. Post. Harland enjoyed airplanes, bowling, fishing, hunting, food, traveling, hard work, draft horses and many good friends. Preceding him in death were his wife, Viola C. (Steele) in 1976; son, Steven in 1959; and grandchild, Barbara Zentmyer in 1958.

   Surviving are 3 children, Donna Jean (Robert) Zentmyer of San Diego, CA, Terry (Dale) Swetland of Grass Lake, MI and Larry (Cindy) Peck of Hillman, MI; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Leland Peck of Eaton Rapids; special friend, Betty Crawford and the Steele family that accepted him as a brother.

   Funeral services will be Friday, September 7, 2001 at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor John Schreiber officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 3-9 p.m. at the funeral home. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Hillman Nursing Center or the St. Johns Lutheran Church in memory of Harland O. Peck.

Charles William Penhorwood

 

   Charles William Penhorwood age 81 of Eaton Rapids, died at his home on June 6, 2001. He was born September 19, 1919 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Otto and Marie Penhorwood. After attending Marshall University, Charles enlisted in the Air Force, during World War II, where he served as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator in the European Theatre of Operations. In 1958, he and his family moved to Eaton Rapids where he traveled as a pharmaceutical representative for Strausenburg Laboratories. Shortly thereafter, he began working for Devereaux Furniture and eventually Old Mills Furniture from which he retired.

   A devoted husband and father, Mr. Penhorwood is survived by 5 daughters, Paula (LeRoy) Nelson of Eaton Rapids, Brenda Fransisco of Honolulu, Hawaii, Teresa (David) Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Barbara (Stacy) Sutfin of Eaton Rapids, and Sandra Leeper of Mishawaka, Indiana; 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda and Jennifer Nelson, Benjamin Camp, Michael Fransisco, Brain, Claire, and Blake Johnson, and Erin and Shelby Sutfin; brother, Richard (Marian) Penhorwood of Huntington, W. Virginia and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Joyce.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 11th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Aphasia Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Darwin D. Persons

 

   Darwin D. Persons, 46, of Olivet, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Persons was born in Battle Creek, the son of George “Dick” and Donna (Gary) Persons, and was a lifelong Lee Township resident and lifelong farmer. He was a 1973 graduate of Olivet High School, was a member of the NRA, has been active in Future Farmers of America and 4-H activities, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by his wife, Shari (Strang) Persons; two daughters, Michelle Waterhouse and Mandi Persons, both of Olivet; two granddaughters, Sara and Taylor Waterhouse; his mother, Donna Persons of Olivet; brother, Douglas Persons of Olivet; and three nieces and two nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, George “Dick” Persons. Memorial services were held Aug. 13 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Douglas Hammond officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan/ Good Samaritan Hospice Care. Arrangements were by Burkhead- Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elma R. Peters

 

   Elma Ruth (Colburn) Peters, 66, of Charlotte, passed away Dec. 13, 2001 at her home in Charlotte after a battle for three years with lymphoma. Mrs. Peters was born July 21 1935 in Cambridge, Ohio. She spent most of her life in the Lansing area, graduating from Eastern High School in 1952. She loved bowling and her dolls, and was a volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Mrs. Peters retired from Care Free Products as an administrative assistant. She is survived by her husband, William; three children, Brenda Martin, Cindi (Dick) Hettinga and Jeff Peters; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Mae Martin and Betty Bush, both of Lansing; and brothers, James (Barbara) Colburn of Wacousta and Fred (Penny) Colburn of Potterville. She was preceded in death by her parents Leland and Edith Colburn; brothers, Milton Colburn and Robert Colburn; brother-in-law, Robert Martin; sisters-in-law, Janet Colburn and Mary Colburn. Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Lyle Heaton officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet. Memorial donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald H. Peterson

 

   Donald H. Peterson, 76, of Charlotte, died Sunday, June 3, 2001.

   Mr. Peterson was born April 3, 1925 in Lincoln Park, the son of George and Mable (Hubbard) Peterson. He was an electrician for Ford and GM for many years. He was a retired member of the UAW and DAV, and 3rd Armored Division. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre.

   He is survived by his wife, Marie Louise (Zenner); daughters, Marie Ann (Brian) Callahan of Boston and Michelle Kay Peterson of Charlotte; and grandchildren, Shane, Kendra and Brian Jarret. A scripture service was held June 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Eaton County Humane Society. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Helmer R. Petersen

 

   Helmer R. Petersen, 93, of Olivet, died Sunday, May 6, 2001 at the Tendercare of Marshall Nursing Home after an extended illness.

   Mr. Petersen was born in Mount Pleasant, the son of Soren and Clara (Hansen) Petersen and had been an Olivet resident since 1945. He was a 1925 graduate of Greenville High School, had attended Olivet College in the 1930’s, where he studied music, and attended Davenport Business College in Grand Rapids. He married Larida Scott on July 13,1940 in Decatur. He was an accountant, and had been employed as an assistant purchasing agent for Gibson Refrigerator Co. in Greenville. He was an accomplished violinist. Mr. Petersen was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church, where he served as treasurer for many years, a member and past president of the Olivet Lions Club, a former Olivet city councilman, and a member of the Phi Alpha Pi fraternity at Olivet College. He is survived by his wife, Larida; four sons, Michael (Marcia) of Ames, Iowa, Stephen (Janice) of Decatur, Francis of Hillsdale and John (Lisa) of San Antonio, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and one sister, Agnes Rogers of Tuscon, Ariz. Funeral services were held May 10 at the Olivet Congregational Church, with Rev. Roy Backus officiating. Interment was at Keeler Cemetery, Van Buren County. Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Congregational Church or the Olivet Lions Club. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Twila L. Place

 

   Twila L. Place, age 89 of Charlotte, died Thursday, October 11, 2001 at the St. Lawrence/ Dimondale Center. She was born December 8, 1911 in Springport, the daughter of Roy and Ethel (Sherman) Greenslade. Mrs. Place, for many years, was an Avon Representative and worked as a Realtor for 15 years for Sarah Bucher Realty in Eaton Rapids. A very active member if the Brookfield/ Eaton United Methodist Church, she was a past member of the board of trustees. Preceding her in death were her husband, Howard; 2 children, Herrold Place, and Zelmadene McHaney; grandson, Jeffery Scott Place; 2 brothers, LaVerne Greenslade and Lester Ford.

   Surviving are 8 children, Norma Jean (Charles) Cribley of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Darlene) Place of Lakeview, Phillip (Laurie) Place of Marshall, Merlyn (Sandi) Place of Olivet, Ronald (Laura) Place of Battle Creek, Daryl (Shirley) Place of Olivet, Shelia (Richard) Heisler of Olivet and Kevin (Judy) Place of Olivet; daughter-in-law, Dora Place of Eaton Rapids and son-in-law, Jim McHaney of Springport; 41 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Monday, October 15th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Brookfield United Methodist Church in memory of Twila L. Place.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert E. Polhamus Sr.

 

   Robert E. “Bob” Polhamus Sr., 75, of Union City, Tenn., died Nov. 18, 2001 at his home. Mr. Polhamus was born in May 1926 in Lansing, the son of James and Mary (Salter) Polhamus. He married the former Martha Sue Morris on Aug. 8, 1975; she survives. He was a retired supervisor for the Ashby Saw Mill in Fulton, Tenn., where he was employed for 20 years. He was a member of Johnson Grove Baptist Church near South Fulton, Tenn., and Jones-Walker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4682 in Union City, Tenn. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by daughter, Laura Polhamus of Charlotte; three sons, Robert (Jackie) Polhamus Jr. of Tecumseh, Doug (Christine) Polhamus of Eaton Rapids and Edward Polhamus of Charlotte; step-daughter, Robin (Jacky) Baker of Savannah, Tenn.; step-son, Randy (Judy) Stroud of Union City, Tenn.; five sister, Arlene Frith of Lansing, Mary Heath of Eagle and Ester Hale, Betty Polhamus and Terie Holman, all of Charlotte; five brothers, John Polhamus of Lyons, James Polhamus of Charlotte, Eugene Polhamus of Paris, Jay Homan of North Adams and Tom Homan of Auburn, Wash.; nine grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were held Nov. 24 at White-Ranson Funeral Home, Union City, Tenn., with Rev. Robert Joe Johnson officiating. Interment was at Obion County Memorial Gardens in Tennessee.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Forest E. Potter

 

   Forest E. potter, 89, formerly of Charlotte and Woodland, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 9, 2001.

   Mr. Potter was born May 2, 1912 in Hastings the son of Clifford and Elsie (Higdon) Potter. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1931 and then completed an agricultural short course at Michigan State University. Together with his brother, Donald, he owned the Dowagiac Bottling Works from 1938 to 1949. He later worked as a toolmaker for the E.W. Bliss Company in Hastings, and was proud to be a farmer. Mr. Potter was a past master with the Woodland Masonic Lodge and had been a long-time member of the Woodland United Methodist Church. In 1938, he married L. Jean Jackson; she preceded him in death July 6, 1985. He married Katheryn Braden in 1987; she preceded him in death in 1995.

   He is survived by sons, Jack (Inez) Potter of Muskegon, Thomas (Linda) Potter of Bellevue, and Alan (Julie) Potter of Parma; step sons, Ronald (Connie) Braden and Terry Braden, both of Charlotte, and James (Carol) Braden of Ft. Myers; niece Jill (Donald) Lea of Charlotte; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Gerald and Donald Potter; and sisters, Dorothy Fox and Elizabeth Potter. Funeral services were held June 13 at Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation or the Woodland United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gordon A. Potter

 

   Gordon A. Potter, age 73 of Springport, died Sunday, January 21, 2001 at his residence. Gordon was born February 17, 1927 in Holt, MI, the son of john R. and Agnes Potter. He retired from Federal Drop Forge and enjoyed working at Felpausch in Eaton Rapids during his retirement. Gordon was preceded in death by his daughter, Rosalena in 1975.

   Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Roberta; 2 daughters, Linda L. Losey and Wanda Driscoll both of Springport; son, Bruce (Evangeline) Potter of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, Kelly Christopher and Jeffrey Losey, Anne and Spencer Potter, Randy Lape, Autumn Driscoll; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

   Funeral services will be held in Wednesday, January 24, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1-3 & 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Gordon Potter.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

June A. Potter

 

   June A. Potter, 90, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 at Carveth Village in Middleville.

   Mrs. Potter was born March 24, 1911 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Charles and Julia (Barry) Brown. She spent time growing up in Hastings, and later in Vermontville and Nashville. She graduated from Nashville High School in 1930, and on April 4, 1931 married Charles Wendell Potter; he preceded her in death in December 1977. From 1937 to 1967 she enjoyed being a homemaker on their family dairy farm. For 34 years, Mrs. Potter looked Forward to and enjoyed spending winters in Donna, Texas, where she played bingo and cards. She also liked reading and crossword puzzles and belonging to the Mayo-Evans Birthday Club.

   She is survived by daughters, Nianne Jarrard of Nashville and Vanessa (Larry) Carpenter of Bellevue; sons, Charles Potter of Huntington Beach, Calif., nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wendell Potter.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 12 at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville, with Rev. Gail Patterson officiating. Memorial Donations may be made to the Nashville Putnam Library, Maple Valley Scholarship Fund or Barry Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cedi Prater

 

   Cedi Prater, 85, of Springport, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001 at Eaton Rapids Medical Center after an extended illness. Mr. Prater was born July 4, 1916 in Floyd County, Ky., the son of Robert and Lula (Whitacer) Prater, and has been a Springport area resident for 55 years, coming from Kentucky. He had been employed at Hayes-Albion Corp., retiring in 1970 after 33 years of service. Mr. Prater was a member of the Grace Freewill Baptist Church of Albion, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth (Woods) Prater; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother, Clyde Prater of Olivet; and sister, Nancy Manual of Prestonsburg, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Leora Newsome on June 9, 1999; four brothers, Levi, Press, George and Charley Prater; and one sister, Mandy Prater.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Earl Martin officiating. Interment was at North Clarence (Hunt) Cemetery, Clarence Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Freewill Baptist Church in Albion. Arrangements were by Burkhead- Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorene Pratt

 

   Dorene Pratt, 81, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 9, 2001 at Moore’s Adult Foster Care Home after a long illness.

   Mrs. Pratt was born Aug. 21, 1919 in Eaton County, the daughter of Leon and Zella (Williams) Loveland. She worked as a bookkeeper and cashier for A & P Stores. She enjoyed sewing for her family, crafts, traveling, and her home by the lake in Cadillac.

   She is survived by daughters, Brenda (Jerry) Heisler of Olivet and Linda (William) Newland of Bellevue; four grandchildren; brother, Dale Loveland of Lake Odessa; sisters, Theda Devenbaugh and Lois Thompson, both of Charlotte, and Fran Carpenter of Potterville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by two infant children, and brothers Don Loveland and Eugene “Dutch” Loveland.

   Funeral services were held June 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Charlotte 4-H Sewing Club; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Leah J. Priesman

 

   Leah June Priesman, 76, of Charlotte died Jan. 9, 2001.

   Mrs. Priesman was born Jan. 30, 1924 in Lansing, the daughter of Clay and Flossie (Lamb) McMillen.

   She is survived by her husband, Neil; three daughters, Suzanne (Richard) McClure of Charlotte, Sandra (Robert) Wells of Engadine and Angela (Marty) Grove of Charlotte; four sons, Lynn (Diane) of Charlotte, Rodney (Annie) of Hawaii, Mary (Kris) of Hastings and Jack of Leslie; two sisters, Mabel Klepper of Charlotte and Florence Friend of Bath; a half sister, Rosemary McMillen of Lansing; three brothers, Charles McMillen of Laingsburg, Clay McMillen of Mason and Max McMillen of Florida; a half brother, Buddy McMillen of Lansing; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

   Graveside services were Jan. 12 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta with Pastor Clyde Harris officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrow Dimondale Center, attention of the activity department.

 

 

 

Alma L. Purcell

 

   Alma L. Purcell, 68, of Mulliken, died Monday morning, Sept. 17, 2001 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, Lansing, following a long illness.

   Mrs. Purcell was born March 3, 1933 in Delhi Township, a daughter of John and Pearlie (Brown) Purcell.

   She is survived by five sisters, Anna Lewis of Charlotte, Thelma (Bruce) Eastman of Oscoda, Georgia Enness of Lansing, Sonya (Robert) Schmidt of Joliet, Ill., and Nancy (Ralph) Roland of Newburg, N.C.; one brother, Harold Purcell of Mulliken; and nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Sept. 21 at Barker-Lewis Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Steve Weinberger officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken. Pallbearers were Robert Aseltine, Richard David, Charles Ennes, Clarence Ennes, Forest Lewis and Mike Sharrah.

   Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bernadine M. Raines

 

   Bernadine May Raines, 69, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001. Mrs. Raines was born July 30, 1931 in Potterville, the daughter of Kenneth and Myrna (Green) Smalley. She worked in a variety of jobs, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, country music, and loving her grandchildren.

   She is survived by daughters, Cindy (Ted) Tokar of Grand Ledge, Sally Raines of Saranac, Sandy Davis of Charlotte; son, Brian (Debbie) Raines of Destin, Fla.; six grandchildren; brothers, Francis (Shirley) Smalley and John (Betty) Smalley, both of Potterville; sister, Joann Teichman of Dimondale; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Raines in 1988; daughter, Paula May; brother, Kenneth Smalley; and sister-in-law, Mary.

   Funeral services were held April 7 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Carol Ingells officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Pines Nursing Home in Lansing, or the Alzheimer’s Association. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret “Maggie” Ramey

 

   Margaret “Maggie” Ramey, age 94 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, October 3, 2001 in Lansing. Mrs. Ramey was born July 22, 1907 in Wilder, TN. The oldest of seven and last surviving daughter of Charlie and Almira C. (Hicks) Copeland. She was a member of the Little Vineyard Church in Eaton Rapids since 1970. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eric Clements, and second husband, Kermit Ramey; daughter Catherine; son, Emanuel; 3 sisters, Leanor, Lena and Dorie; 2 brother, Walter an Sammie.

   Surviving are her daughter, Cora Branham of Bevinsville, KY; 4 sons, Milton “Bud” (Donna) Ramey, Kermit (Linda) Ramey, Jr. of Vermontville, William “Chester” (Wanetta) Ramey, Curtis “Paul” (Lola) Ramey both of Eaton Rapids; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

   Funeral Services were held on Saturday, October 6, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Troy Ramey, Greg Ramey, Laryl Branham, and Ronnie Branham. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Heart Association in memory of Margaret Ramey.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Stephanie A. Rand

 

   Stephanie Ann (Martin) Rand, 51 of Vermontville, died Monday, April 16, 2001.

   Mrs. Rand was born Sept. 6, 1949 in Lansing, the daughter of Jack and Venice (Parr) Martin. She was a lifelong area resident and was a 1967 graduate of Charlotte High School. She worked six years for Messa, two years at Michigan Farm Bureau, two years for the American Cancer Society, and several years as a nurse’s aide.

   She is survived by her husband, Tim; daughter, Autumn; one sister, Sandra Gilding of Charlotte; one brother, Jeffery Martin of Pentwater; her parents, Jack and Venice Martin of Hastings; grandmother, Evah Parr of Charlotte; four nephews, Scott (Becky) Gilding of El Cajon, Calif.; Matt (Kathy) Gilding of Charlotte; Ryan Gilding of Richmond, Va., and Jessie Gilding of Holland; mother-in-law, Delores Rand of Lansing; three brothers-in-law, Kirk (Vickie) Rand of Decatur, Randy (Jane) Rand of Grand Rapids and Shawn Rand of Lansing; and sister-in-law, April (George) Mochmar.

   She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Lloyd Martin, grandmother, Doris Martin and grandfather, Carson Parr.

   At Mrs. Rand’s prior request, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held April 20 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Robert McGraw of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Ledge, officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Autumn Rand’s education fund, or to Ingham Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lindene E. Randall

 

   Lindene Ellen Randall, 47, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001.

   Miss Randall was born Aug. 3, 1954 in Hastings, the daughter of Ion and Margery (Cole) Randall. She graduated from Charlotte High School, Ferris State School of Pharmacy and Cooley Law School, and was the office manager for the Clean Water Action Group of Lansing for 10 years.

   She is survived by her mother, Margery Randall; brother, Rodney (Karen) Randall of Charlotte; and nephews, Jason and Adam Randall. She was preceded in death by her father, Ion Randall.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial donations may be made to the Clean Water Action Group of Lansing. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Florence Opal Rathbun

 

   Florence Opal Rathbun, age 93 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, July 23, 2001 at a nursing home in Hastings. She was born August 10, 1907 in Hamlin Township, the eldest child of Homer and Bertha (Simpson) Mitchell. Florence was a Life Member of the Sunshine Rebekah Lodge #142 in Eaton Rapids, holding Noble Grand and Chaplin offices. She was also a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens and the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. Florence worked for Horner Woolen Mills and Heifetz Pickle Company both in Eaton Rapids. She volunteered as a Grey Lady for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital for many years and enjoyed oil painting and embroidering. Florence will be best remembered as “Grandma” to every child in her neighborhood, no matter where she lived. Preceding her in death were her husband, Theron; sisters, Helen Stanley and Mattie Lena Harper/ Conner; brothers, Roland Mitchell and Cliford Mitchell.

   Surviving are her son, Ned (Donna) Rathbun of Vermontville; 3 grandchildren, Thomas Rathbun and partner John Letson of Jackson, Daniel (Amber) Rathbun of Nashville, MI and Andrea (Robert) Pitcher-Gaum of Fowler; 12 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Samuel Wayne (Julia) Byers of Lansing; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 28th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy, officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Florence O. Rathbun.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joyce K. Reed

 

   Joyce K. Closson Freeman Reed, 57, of Pinellas Park, Fla., formerly of Mulliken, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Baldwin.

   Joyce was born Aug. 12, 1943, in Lansing, the daughter of Stanley and Rita (Carter) Closson.

   She is survived by son Kevin (Cara) Freeman of Eaton Rapids; two daughters, Kim (Dan) Rugg and Kelly Jo Freeman, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Kisha, Corey, Curtus and Christine Freeman and Matthew Rugg; brother, Gary (Pat) Closson of Stanton; sister, Jan (Steve) Lawrence of Palmetto, Fla.; and special great-nephew, Hunter Lawrence.

   Funeral services were held March 8 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Joe Hilyard officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

 

Lola M. Reese

 

   Lola M. Reese, 74, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, April 20, 2001 at her residence following a long illness.

   Mrs. Reese was born Feb. 20, 1927 in Charlotte, the daughter of William and Georgia (Langdon) Livingston.

   Surviving are two daughters, Gail (David) Strank and Vicki (Marvin) Ellsworth, both of Eaton Rapids; eight grandchildren, Laura and Peter Strank, Debra (Nick) Tupper, Douglas (Bonnie) Ellsworth, Daniel (Karie) Ellsworth, Shad Ellsworth, Luke Ellsworth and Elizabeth Ellsworth; 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruthe Gibbs of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; grandchildren, Wayne and Wendy Strank; parents, William and Georgia Livingston.

   Funeral services were held April 23 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Re. Stephen Klink officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Edward P. Rennaker

 

   Edward P. Rennaker of Eaton Rapids was born December 17, 1919 in Marion, IN and died July 3, 2001 at the age of 81. Mr. Rennaker was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army, and had retired from Federal Drop Forge after 36 years of service. He was preceded in death by 2 daughters, Betty Lou and Kathleen.

   Surviving are 1 daughter, Amy (Harold) Hath of Webberville; 2 sons, Dan (Brenda) Rennaker of Grand Ledge and Larry (Jane) Rennaker of Springport; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Wellman (Mildred) Rennaker; and 1 sister-in-law, Betty Rennaker.

   Funeral services were held Friday, July 6, at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel, Lansing. Interment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Those desiring may make contributions to the charity of their choice in memory of Mr. Rennaker.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cecelia A. Reynolds

 

   Cecelia A. Reynolds, 88, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.

   Mrs. Reynolds was born July 15, 1913 in St. Charles, the daughter of Minor and Jennie (Nelson) Stevens and had been an Eaton County resident for 65 years. She was a graduate of St. Charles High School, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and a retired employee of the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte. She had also worked at the former Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte.

   She is survived by two sons, Harry (Phyllis) Reynolds of Olivet and James (Sally) Reynolds of Stockbridge; one daughter, Vivian (William) Carpenter of LaSalle; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Loris Reynolds in 1986, and five grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harry M. Reynolds

 

   Harry M. Reynolds Sr., 64, of Olivet, formerly of Lansing and Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001 at his home after an extended illness.

   Mr. Reynolds was born Oct. 13, 1937 in Lansing, the son of Loris and Cecelia (Stevens) Reynolds, and had been an Olivet resident for 10 years, coming from Lansing. He was a 1955 graduate of Charlotte High School and a bricklayer by trade. He was a member of Lansing Local #9 Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Union and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Mt. Pleasant.

   He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (McCoy) Reynolds; five children, Sharon (Jack) Irons of Mendon, Harry (Tracy) Reynolds Jr. of Olivet, Terry Gruhn of Lansing, Michael (Linda) Reynolds Sr. of Olivet and Sheila Hinken of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; brother, James (Sally) Reynolds of Stockbridge; and sister, Vivian (William) Carpenter of LaSalle.

   He was preceded in death by two children, Mary Reynolds and Michael Gruhn; father, Loris Reynolds on March 3, 1986; and his mother, Cecelia Reynolds on Oct. 25, 2001.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to those affected by the Sept. 11 World Trade Center tragedy. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Evelyn M. Rhodes

 

   Evelyn Marie Rhodes, 59, of Vermontville, died Monday, July 9, 2001 at her home.

   Mrs. Rhodes was born Dec. 10, 1941 in Mason, the daughter of William and Ruby (Purdy) Ward. She attended Maple Valley Adult Education, graduating in 1985. She was married to Russell Rhodes in November 1959, in Leslie. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing solitaire on the computer and working with plastic canvas.

   She is survived by her mother, Ruby (Purdy) Ward of Stockbridge; sons, Russell (Susan) Rhodes II and Daniel Rhodes, both of Vermontville, and Christopher Rhodes and Robert Rhodes, both of Nashville and Crystal Rhoades of Vermontville; brothers, James Ward of Leslie and William Ward of East Lansing; sister, Judy Taylor of Florida; and 20 grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her father, William Ward; husband, Russell T. Rhodes; brothers, George Ward and Richard Ward; daughter, Theresa Rhodes; and a grandson, Andrew Wymer.

   Services were held at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Rhodes family. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thelma M. Rice

 

   Thelma Mae Rice, 96, of Charlotte, formerly of Bellevue, died July 24, 2001 at Tendercare West in Lansing.

   Mrs. Rice was born Feb. 2, 1905 to Howard and Beulah (Bradley) Chushing in Bellevue Township. She married Otis Rice on June 21, 1923; he died July 3, 1978. She was a member of the Assembly of God in Charlotte. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by son, Estel Rice of Bellevue; daughters, Leatrice Lattavo of Boyton Beach, Fla., and Aileen Hartney of Bradenton, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by sisters, Alma Wintchell and Hazel Cortney; and a brother, Lloyd Chushing.

   Graveside services were held July 27 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with Pastor Wendell Stine officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice Care. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Justice W. Richardson

 

   Justice W. Richardson, infant son of Thomas James “T.J.” and Wendee Sue (Niblack) Richardson of Potterville, passed away April 30, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   He is survived by his parents; sister, Danielle; brother, Noble; grandfathers, Stewart Niblack of Hillsdale and Lonny Richardson of Florida; great-grandmother, Lucille Williams of Hudson; great-grandfather, Jack Richardson of Florida; aunts and uncles, Bob Richardson of Pennsylvania, Bill (Darcy) Niblack of Adrian, Scott (Kim) Niblack of Fowlerville, Denise (Jim) McCormack of Holland, and Shawn (Carol) of St. Charles, Mo.; great aunt, Lois Williams of Hudson; and many cousins.

   Services were held May 4 at St. Peters Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids, with Father Ben officiating. Arrangements by Dillingham Liverance Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Phyllis B. Richardson

 

   Phyllis Beryl Richardson, 87, of Springport, died Saturday, March 17, 2001.

   Mrs. Richardson was born Dec. 9, 1913 in Jackson County, the daughter of Burr and Ruth (Gamble) Wood. She was former owner, from 1966 for 32 years, of Camp Arrowhead in Grayling. She also enjoyed deer hunting with her sons and was an excellent homemaker and mother.

   She is survived by daughter, Joyce (Charles) Coats of Springport; sons, Victor (Joan) Richardson of Concord, Jack (Kathy) Richardson of Eaton Rapids; and daughter-in-law, Terry Richardson of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Noveda Jones, Feleniece Miller, Oral (Jack) Pruden, Genevieve (Harry) Eno, Joanne (Barton) Jones, all of Charlotte; and brother, Lewis Wood of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Richardson in 1985; son, Carroll Richardson in 1993; and brother, Leon Wood.

   Funeral services were held March 20, with Kevin Hale officiating. Interment was at Draper Cemetery, Rives Twp.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Sylvia E. Richardson

 

   Sylvia E. Richardson, age 85 of Charlotte and formerly of Jackson, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte. She was born May 11, 1915 in Bordon, IN, the daughter of Jessie and Fannie (Morris) Clark. She had worked as a Bookkeeper for many years before retiring from Casler’s Hardware in Jackson. Mrs. Richardson was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter #389 of Jackson since 1957. Preceding her in death were 3 sisters and 1 brother.

   Surviving are her daughter, Connie (Bill Jr.) Hoag of Springport; 2 grandchildren, Bill (Becky) Hoag III of Springport and Lori (Steve) Calandro of Eaton Rapids; 3 great-grandchildren, Tricia, Katie and Sammy Hoag all of Springport; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Eunice Richardson of Onondaga.

   Graveside services will be Wednesday, March 14th at 11 a.m. at the Tompkins Cemetery in Tompkins Center. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday, March 13th from 6-8 p.m. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Sylvia E. Richardson.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Randy L. Rizor

 

   Randy L. Rizor, 47, of Battle Creek, formerly of Bellevue, died July 30, 2001 at Borgess Medical Center.

   Mr. Rizor was born Jan. 8, 1954 in Charlotte, the son of Robert Lee and Phyllis (Ruell) Rizor. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1972 and attended Kellogg Community College. He worked as a mechanic at Ralston Purina in Battle Creek for 28 years. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, mushrooming, playing cards and gardening.

   He is survived by daughters, Lindsay Rizor of Grand Rapids and Kristin Rizor of Bellevue; son, Matthew Rizor of Battle Creek; special friend, Linda Keeler of Battle Creek; sisters, Jean Otto, Joyce White and Sue McClelland of Bellevue; brothers, Duane Rizor of Bellevue and Gary Rizor of Hastings; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents. Services were held Aug. 2 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard D. Roan

 

   Richard D. Roan, 69, of DeTour Village, passed away Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2001 at his home.

   Mr. Roan was born Nov. 7, 1931 in Lansing. He graduated from Michigan State University with a master of arts degree in education. He moved to DeTour Village in 1963, where was employed by DeTour Area Schools as head of the English Department, teaching senior English for his entire career. He was the athletic director for many years and coached many students in all sports. He became the school principal in 1967 and served in that position until his retirement in 1997. His dedication to education lead to his involvement in the State Rules Committee for Education, the Michigan High School Association, the Upper Peninsula High School Association and the Athletic Association. He was named the athletic director of the year in 1994. He was a member of Potterville Masonic Lodge #367 F.&A.M., served in the U.S. Navy and was an avid reader.

   He is survived by his wife, Rachel (Heinze), whom he married in Angola, Ind., on Dec. 20, 1949; son, Patrick (Tina) of DeTour Village; four grandchildren, Danna Rae Schmitter, Matthew Barrett, Ryan Roan and Devin Roan; two step-grandchildren, David Moser Jr. and Matthew Moser; three great-grandchildren, Hayden and Gabrielle Schmitter and Alexander Moser; sister, Beverly (Robert) Cooper of Charlotte; and brother-in-law, Ronald Heinze of Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline on June 24, 2000; sister, Betty Heinze; and his parents, Harold and Edna Roan. Memorial services were held Oct. 27 in the DeTour Area School gymnasium. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James W. Robins

 

   James W. Robins, 84, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2001.

   Mr. Robins was born April 28, 1917 in Chester Township, the son of James and Alfaretta (Smith) Robins. He was a sergeant of Battery B 232nd Field Artillery Extrusion for 27 years, and raised rabbits to sell and for research. He was also a member of the IOOF for 64 years, VFW Post #2406 and American Legion Post #42.

   He is survived by brothers, Royal (Jennie) Robins of Harrison, Amos (Bernadine) Robins of Charlotte; sisters, Edna McDermid and Esther Wyble of Charlotte; two grandsons, James and Matthew Robins; step-granddaughter, Melissa (James) Falk; and many nieces and nephew.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances in 1982; son, Lawrence Robins on April 29, 2001; and sister, Mable in 1975.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Bob Wyant of the International Order of the Odd Fellows and Pastor Pat Sterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Odd Fellows or the Rebekahs. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lawrence J. Robins

 

   Lawrence J. “Rabbit” Robins, 50, of Charlotte, died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, after a short illness.

   Mr. Robins was born June 14, 1950 in Charlotte, the son of James and Frances (Crossian) Robins and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. He was a 1968 graduate of Charlotte High School and had been employed for many years at Carefree Products in Charlotte.

   He is survived by two sons, James (fiancé, Kathy Dershem) of Flint and Matthew of Charlotte; stepdaughter, Melissa (Jim) Falk of Charlotte; three step-grandchildren; and father, James Robins of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances (Crossian) Robins and an infant brother.

   Funeral services were held May 2 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Steven Bohus officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Carl Rochester Jr.

 

   Carl Rochester Jr., 78, of Charlotte, died April 17, 2001.

   Mr. Rochester was born April 21, 1922. He will be remembered for his service to the community for over 230 years as a State Farm insurance agent. He also was a long-time member of the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department, commander of VFW Post #2406, a member of the JCC’s, and Masons. He received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ralph Levan Memorial state service officer award, as well as being Charlotte JC past man of the year and state director.

   He is survived by his sister, Martha Sudberry; seven children; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Lee.

   A small service was held April 20 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Chapel in Grand Rapids. Memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elena S. Rodriguez

 

   Elena S. Rodriguez, 87, of Charlotte, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001.

   Mrs. Rodriguez was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Pescadia, Mexico, the daughter of Estanislado and Mari Elena (Cirio) Saenz. She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church.

   She is survived by daughters, Amelia (Alden) McBride of St. Johns and Juanita (Ernest) Means of Charlotte; son, Jose “Joe” (Sandra) Rodriguez; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan; daughter, Angelita; and three brothers.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Father Bennett Constantine officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy Elizabeth Rogers

 

   Dorothy Elizabeth Rogers, age 87 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001. Dorothy was a life-long resident of Eaton Rapids, a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and active with the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens. She was a former Nurses Aid and later an Administrative Assistant at the Senior Center. Preceding her in death were her husband, Arch W. Rogers; son, Charles W. Rogers; and step-son, Arch W. Rogers Jr.

   Surviving are her son, Gary (Julie) Rogers of Mason; beloved grandchildren, Andrew, Allison, Bethany and Zachary Rogers; step-daughter-in-law and dear friend, Maxine Miller of Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 1st, at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center or St. Peter Catholic Church in memory of Dorothy E. Rogers. Envelopes are available through the Skinner Funeral home in Eaton Rapids and will be available at the Memorial Mass.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James B. Roher

 

   James Bartholomew “Jimmy” Roher, 22, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001 from complications of a lengthy illness. Mr. Roher was born March 15, 1979 in Lansing, the son of James and Bonnie (Warner) Roher. He was a student at Meadowview School in Charlotte, and attended First Assembly of God Church of Greater Lansing with his family. He will be remembered by his family as a great kid who lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his parents, James and Bonnie; brother, Jason; and grandparents, James and Thelma Roher of Lansing, and Dayl and Marilyn Warner of Holt. Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at the First Assembly of God Church of Greater Lansing, East Lansing, with Pastor Curt Dalaba officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lansing Area Parents Respite Program or to Sparrow Children’s Miracle Network. Further information is available at www.prayfunerl.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Wilford H. Rohlfs Sr.

 

   Wilford H. Rohlfs Sr., 92, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, after an extended illness.

   Mr. Rohlfs was born April 24, 1908, in Fairgrove, the son of Diedrich and Maud (Turner) Rohlfs. He was a Charlotte resident from 1937-41 and from 1950 to the present. He was an independent sales representative in agriculture hardware for 28 years until his retirement. He had previously taught agriculture in Shepherd, Dundee, Bay Port and Charlotte and special education in Marlette and Charlotte. He was a former Farm Bureau Insurance salesman and field man for the Michigan Sugar Co., Lansing.

   He was a 1927 graduate of Fairgrove High School, 1932 graduate of Michigan State College, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1936. He was a Patriarch of Michigan State University as well as an avid fan of its football and basketball teams. He headed tours to Detroit Tiger baseball games for several years. He was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and its Methodist Men’s Club as well as being a former Scout Cubmaster, committeeman and post advisor for Troop #46. He was a life member of the Farm Bureau, member of the Eaton County and Michigan Retired Teachers’ Association and the Michigan Retired Agricultural Teachers Association.

   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nina  Maxine (Hover); four sons, Wilford (Marie) Jr. of Ormond Beach, FL, Richard of Kalamazoo, Robert (Sandy) of Saginaw and Ronald (Chris) of Holt; six grandchildren; Theresa (Staten) Putnal of Atlanta, GA, Tammy (Paul) Bement of Dallas, TX, Robyn (Phillip) Murphy of Redondo Beach, CA, Erin Rohlfs of Saginaw, and Michelle and Laurie Rohlfs of Holt; and one great-grandson, Benjamin Bement of Dallas, TX.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Beatrice Rohlfs.

   Services were held Jan. 8 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Brookside Cemetery, Fairgrove.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the LAUMC, 210 E. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Fay L. Root

 

   Fay “Bud” Lewis Root, 88, of Charlotte, died Oct. 10, 2001.

   Mr. Root was born Feb. 14, 1913 in Flint, the son of William and Anna Marie (Sorenson) Root.

   He is survived by a nephew, John (Ann) Brandon of Charlotte; nieces, Carol Ann Sumerix of Eaton Rapids, Sharon Weaver of Olivet, Sally Porter of Colorado, Bonnie Vincent of Manistique, Brenda (Bill) Apt of Bellingham, Wash., and Joann Tinsley of Dallas, Texas.

   He was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Fisher and Nona Brandon; and brother, Lyle Root.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Virginia P. Ross

 

   Virginia P. (Baker) Ross, 68, of Olivet, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001.

   Mrs. Ross was born Feb. 1, 1933 in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Aaron and Beatrice (Jignac) Baker and had been Olivet resident for 16 years. She had worked many years as a waitress, and was a homemaker. Mrs. Ross was a member of the Olivet First Assembly of God, had volunteered with the Olivet Good Neighbor Program and the Walk For Warmth Program, and had attended the Singles Group at First Assembly of God.

   She is survived by one daughter, Sharon (Charles) Mead of Olivet; two sons, Jay (Kathy) Ross of Pennington, N.J., and Vincent Ross III of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren, Shane Wells, Amy (James) Reynolds, Jeffery Ross and Sara Ross; four brothers, Robert, William and Donald Baker, and David Starling; and four sisters, Dolly Harrison, Ruth Marcello, Sharon Baker and Alice Baker.

   She was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Sylvester Baker.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Douglas Hammond officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joseph C. Rounds

 

   Joseph Corey Rounds, 48, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, July 7, 2001.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Michael E. Rounds

 

   Michael Edward Rounds, 58, of Lansing died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001.

   Michael was born August 26, 1942, in Springport, the son of Marion and Mabel Louise (Tunwell) Rounds.

  He is survived by daughters, Diane Miller of Fowlerville, Karen (James) Lampani of Dimondale, and Sharon (Michael) Winans of Lansing; three grandchildren, Brian Miller, and Tony and Angelina Lampani; ex-wife Loretta Gay; and life-long friend Bianca.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling facilitating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruth M. Royston

 

   Ruth M. (Lett) Royston, 77, of Vermontville, died Friday, May 4, 2001.

   Mrs. Royston was born March 7, 1924 in Potterville, the daughter of Ralph and Mary (Shaver) Lett. She was a farm wife, and had been married to Rex for 57 years.

   She is survived by her husband; sons, Rex Duane Jr. (Kay) of Vermontville and Gary (Kieran) of Lansing; daughters, Nancy (Dennis) Carpenter of Vermontville and Sue (Mark) Fawley of Nashville; brother, Allen (Lois) Lett of Lansing; sister, Laura Herde of Florida; sister-in-law, Joan Lett of Potterville; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Mat 7 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Hillsdale-Kalamo Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital Home Health Care; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Vernon L. Royston

 

   Vernon L. Royston, 70, of San Benito, Texas, formerly of Flushing, died Jan. 18, 2001 in Texas.

   Mr. Royston was born in Charlotte on March 9, 1930, the son of Lester and Leeta (Parr) Royston. He married Jean Marsh on July 16,1949 in Auburn, Ind. He Royston was a Flushing policeman from 1960 to 1985. He served as chief of police for 21 years until he retired. He served as a volunteer fireman in Flushing from 1951 to 1957. He was the first volunteer to hold the president position in the Genesee County Fireman’s Association. He was a member of the Michigan Police Chief Association, Fraternal Order of police, and first United Methodist Church of San Benito, Texas. He was a member and past president of the Flushing Lions Club.

   Surviving are his wife Jean of San Benito, Texas; children, Star (Harry) McPhilimy, Marlin (Pamela), April (Charles) Hellinger, all of Flushing, Amy (Tim) Deerr of Avon Ind.; grandchildren, Dr. Scott McPhilimy of Fort Gratiot, Kelly McPhilimy, Kyle, Kevin and Eric Royston, and Lindsay Cantrell, all of Flushing, Colt Cantrell of Clio, Roderick and Rachel Deerr of Indiana; great-granddaughter, Kaylyn McPhilimy of Flushing; step-grandson and great- grandson Charles and Cody Hellinger; and many other relatives and friends.

  Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was conducted Jan. 25 at Rossell Funeral Home, with Rev. Kenneth Sharp officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte on Jan. 26.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of San Benito, Texas, or the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements by Rossell Funeral Home, Flushing.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Monta L. Rugg

 

   Monta Lou Rugg, 62, of Battle Creek, died April 3, 2001 at home in Convis Township.

   Mrs. Rugg was born June 16, 1938 to Agnes (Fleweling) Heintz in Lansing. She attended schools in Lansing and Vermontville. She was a homemaker, and married Max Rugg on Nov. 21, 1960; he survives. She enjoyed playing bingo and cards, and flower gardening.

   She is survived by daughters, Beth Rugg of battle Creek and Annette Morris of Charlotte; grandchildren, Robert Morris, Nicki Rugg, Joshua Tracey, Becci Thompson, and Rachael Tracey; one great-grandchild, Logan Rugg; brother, Albert Heintz of Lansing; and sister, Olga Clark of Jackson. Services were held April 6 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with pastor Stephen Covert officiating. Interment was at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary E. Russ

 

   Mary E. Russ, 81 of Charlotte died Jan. 9, 2001.

Mrs. Russ was born Oct. 14, 1910 in Carmel Township, the daughter of Floyd and Eva R. (Granger) Amspacher. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and its Deborah Circle.

   She is survived by one son, Lee; in granddaughter, Chelsea Russ of Charlotte; and many special friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison in 1991 and one daughter, Linda in 1993.

   Services were Jan. 12 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the LAUMC or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

George Sabolish

 

   George Sabolish, age 50 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at the home of his parents. Mr. Sabolish was born in Canonsburg, PA on July 12, 1950. He was a 1972 graduate of the University of Michigan – Flint, member and past President of Michigan Environment Health Assoc., Institute Food Technicians, member and served on the Board of Directors Michigan Professional Employees Society, and past President of Analytical Chemists.

   He is survived by his 3 children, David Sabolish, student of University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Leanne and Jordan Sabolish, both of Eaton Rapids; parents, Emil and Virginia Sabolish of Flint; 2 brothers, Emil (Nancy) Sabolish of Grand Rapids, Jeff (Laura) Sabolish of Fenton; 2 sisters, Joyce Cook of Grand Blanc, Susan (James) Mick of Royal Oak; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, April 18th, 2001 from St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. William Wegher officiating. Burial followed at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Friends desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were made by the Dodds-Dumanois Funeral Home in Flint, MI.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Anna R. Samarco

 

   Anna Rose (Burnett) Samarco, 51, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at St. Mary’s Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids.

   She was born May 24, 1949 in Tuscumbia, Ala., the daughter of Chester Leo and Ezsie Rose (Lawson) Burnett. She grew up at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, and attended Eaton Rapids High School.

   She is survived by her mother, Ezsie Lawson; seven brothers and sisters, Curtis Burnett of Paw Paw, Chester Burnett of Converse, Ind., Ron Burnett, Michael Burnett, and Patricia (Jay) Thuma, all of Charlotte, Jimmy Burnett of Virginia, and Sheila Doxtader of Florida; and, several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her father, and a brother, Robert Burnett.

   Graveside services were held May 14 at Rosehill Cemetery, in the VFW section, in Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were by Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lucille I. Sanders

 

   Lucille I. Sanders, 89, of Bellevue, died Oct. 4, 2001 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Sanders was born July 25, 1912 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Able and Della (MacMore) Ackley. She attended school in Battle Creek, but lived most of her life in Bellevue. She recently lived at North Point Woods. She married Clendee Sanders on June 4, 1929; he died in March 1976. Mrs. Sanders was employed at Kelloggs for 15 years. She volunteered as a dispatcher for the Bellevue Rescue Squad for a number of years, and belonged to the Young at Heart Senior Citizens of Bellevue. She loved working in her garden and yard, and also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, playing cards and doing crossword puzzles. She also loved spending time with her family and having family dinners at her home.

   She is survived by a son, Ronald (Ginny) Sanders of Bellevue; a daughter, Joan (Dale) Goss of Battle Creek; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Walt) Goff of Eaton Rapids and Geraldine Kilborn of Battle Creek; and brother, Merritt (Daisy) Ackley of Little Rock, Ark.

   She was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.

   Private family committal services were held at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may be made to the charity of ones choice. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Velma A. Sanders

 

   Velma A. Sanders, 81, of Jackson, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001 in Ann Arbor.

   Mrs. Sanders was born June 22, 1920 in Jackson, the daughter of George Courtright and Mildred McCarn Courtright. She retired from Hoover Manufacturing and enjoyed crocheting and cake decorating.

   She is survived by daughters, Lillian (Harry) Belieu of Yakima, Wash., and Sandra Kay (Jerry) Andrus of Grass Lake; son, Jack E. (Karen) Sanders of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren, Donald and Glen Belieu, Velma Amundson, Jeff, Greg, Todd and Eric Sanders, Carl and Michael Warren, Jennifer and Jilene Andrus; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Leona Puffenberger of Lakeland, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Connie Courtright of Murfreesboro, N.C.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1957, and son, Jerry in 1949.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Charles McNeil officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery, Chester Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Assembly, Lansing, or Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Sharon K. Savercool

 

   Sharon K. Savercool, age 57 of North Port, Florida and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, December 12, 2001. She was born December 17, 1943 in Lansing, the daughter of Clare and Ginger (Salmon) Loudenslager. Sharon was an Okemos High School graduate, class of 1961. She was formerly employed at the Eaton Stamping Company in Eaton Rapids and retired from Michigan State University. Her greatest love were her grandchildren and her closest and best friend, her husband, Jake. Sharon enjoyed traveling, walks on the beach and to have fun in everything she did. Preceding her in death were her parents.

   Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Jake; 3 children, Jodi (David) Clough of Houghton Lake, Ginger Richardson of Eaton Rapids and Jamie Savercool of Seattle, WA; 4 grandchildren, Chelsea and Brenin Richardson, Garrett and Gavin Savercool; 2 sisters, Charmaine Loudenslager of Livonia and Dawn (Ron) McDaniel of North Port, FL; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 18th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society in loving memory of Sharon K. Savercool.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lucile J. Schneider

 

   Lucile J. Schneider, 89, of Charlotte, died Monday, March 5, 2001.

   Mrs. Schneider was born Sept. 22, 1911, in Springport Township, the daughter of Frank and Anna Belle (Johnson) Myers.

   A graveside service was held March 8 at Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hill, Mich., with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Schriver

 

   Raymond “Shorty” Schriver, 81, of Vermontville, died Sunday, March 25, 2001 at his home.

   Mr. Schriver was born Sept. 23, 1919 in Michawaka, Ind., the son of Emiel and Elisabeth (Guethals) DeSchryver. He was raised in Woodland, Indiana, and attended area schools. He married Dorothy Schelter on Dec. 5, 1943 at Lake Odessa, and was employed at General Motors Oldsmobile plant in Lansing for 30 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the U.S. Army, serving as a military policeman in the states during World War II. One of his primary duties included working prisoners of war on area farms. He was a kind-hearted and simple man who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mowing his lawn.

   He is survived by a son, Raymond (Mary) Schriver of Vermontville; a daughter, Luanne (Ray) Betts of Lansing; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. Arrangements were by the Maple Valley Chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Lee Scutt

 

   Richard L. Scutt, age 68, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, August 13, 2001. He was born January 6, 1933 in Dimondale. Dick was a Self Employed Business Entrepreneur. He was in the Marines for four years serving in the Korean War. Following service he served in the National Guard.

   Surviving are his wife, Maxine; two sons, Richard (Ricky) and wife Kim, Rex and wife Andrea; two daughters, Michelle (Charles) McGeehan, Cheryl (Jeff) Ellsworth; stepchildren, Sandra and David Strzempek, Susan and Kenneth Kandell, Bobby and Lori Schoen, Steve and Beth Schoen; 14 grandchildren, Lee, Jason, Clayson and Kody Scutt, Amy and Kadeigh McGeehan, Elizabeth, Evan and Emily Ellsworth, Angela Dillingham, Brody, Zac, Garrett and Shelby Schoen; one great-grandchild, Cheyenne Scutt. He is also survived by one brother Donald (Jean) Scutt and one sister Olive Mason.

   Services were held Thursday, August 16 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Military Graveside Services at Greenwood Cemetery in Aurelius. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Richard L. Scutt. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Frances Marie Sebastian

 

   Frances Marie Sebastian, age 76 of Springport, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at her residence. She was born December 23, 1924 in Albion, the daughter of John and Lovina Marie (Crosier) Adams. Frances was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids and the Altar Society. Mrs. Sebastian was an active member of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Auxiliary, Past President of the Springport VFW Auxiliary and retired from Eaton Stamping in 1989. She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Rowe; 3 brothers, John, Robert, and William Adams; 1 grandchild, John Adam Smith and 2 great-grandchildren, Cameron and Haley Sebastian.

   Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Charles “Bud” Sebastian, Jr.; 5 children, Tom (Marlene) Sebastian, William (Christina) Sebastian both of Springport, Kathleen (T.L) Brooks of Arkansas, Linda (James) Fuller of Eaton Rapids, Charles Frederick “Buddy” Sebastian III of Albion; 8 grandchildren, Jason T. Sebastian, Carrie (Steve) Davis, William Charles (Anjala) Sebastian, NayThanuel (Kimberly) Sebastian, Anthony (Staci) Sebastian, James Chad (Alissa) Fuller, Nicole Marie Fuller, Charles F. Sebastian IV; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 brother, Fred (Donna) Adams of Marathon, FL.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed on Saturday, August 4th, at St. Peter Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Interment followed at Springport Cemetery. Rosary was prayed on Friday at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to either St. Peter Catholic Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Frances M. Sebastian.

 

 

 

Anna M. Sebo

 

   Anna Marie Sebo, 89, of Bellevue, died June 8, 2001 at Mercy Pavilion after a long illness.

   She was born August 13, 1911 to James and Anna (Lendval) Kormos in East Chicago, Ind. She worked at Leila Hospital and Post Cereals, and married Steven Sebo, Jr., on July 12, 1947; he died in 1964. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and enjoyed needlework.

   She is survived by sisters, Rose (Ed) Shehane of Fort Smith, Ark., and Irene (Wayne) Lennon of Bellevue; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by a brother, James Kormos of Chicago, Ill.

   Services were held June 12 at St. Ann Catholic Church. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral home, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Keith F. Seitz

 

  Keith Frank Seitz, 96, of Vermontville, died June 28, 2001 in Hastings.

   Mr. Seitz was born Nov. 21, 1904 in Eaton County, the son of Frank and Sarah (Deuel) Seitz. He was a lifelong farmer in the Vermontville area, and a former member of the Woodlawn Cemetery Board and the Eaton County Farm Bureau.

   He is survived by step-daughter, Beverly (Bill) Lindberg of Lake Odessa; stepson, Edward “Jim” (JoAnn) Zemke of Vermontville; seven step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren; nephew-in-law, Frank Darling of South Lyons; great-nephew, Tom (Kristina) Darling and great niece, Kim (Jim) Frisbie, both of Howell; and a host of step-great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife Josie in 1975, second wife Isabelle in 1987, step-daughter Sarah Ames in 1997, brother Donald Seitz in 1954 and niece Connie Darling in March 2001.

   Funeral services were held June 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Eric Lison and Mark Jarvie officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Woodlawn Cemetery. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Willis A. Selden

 

   Willis Arthur Selden, 81, of Olivet, died Sunday, May 20, 2001 at his residence after a long illness.

   Mr. Selden was born Jan. 1, 1920 in Pontiac, the son of Arthur Willis and Florence (Seeley) Selden, and had been an Olivet resident since 1974, coming from Virginia. He was a 1941 graduate of Olivet College, earned his master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1980 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a journalist and public relations specialist, having served as editor of the Midland, Minn., Co-Operator and had worked for the Justice Department as a media relations specialist. When he came to Olivet, he set up the Journalism Department and the college radio station at Olivet College, and had also taught English. He attended the Olivet Congregational Church, was a member of the Olivet Lions Club and the Society For Professional Journalists of America.

   He is survived by three daughters, Elisabeth Selden Cakir of Izmir, Turkey, Anne Selden Berry of Olivet, and Caroline Selden Barnett of Falls Church, Va.; one son, Ramsay William Selden of Alexandria, Va.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard of Charlottesville, Va., and Charles of Florence, Ore.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Elisabeth Ellen (Storm) Selden on June 12, 2000.

   Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held in June. Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

W. Franklyn Shaler III

 

   W. Franklyn Shaler, III, 86, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of Bellevue, died Aug. 7, 2001 in Quail Haven Village, Pinehurst.

   Mr. Shaler was born Dec. 26, 1914 in Texas, to W.F. and Eula (Fuller) Shaler. The family moved to Bellevue when he was about 2. He lived in the family home on Vine Street in Bellevue for 82 years before moving in December 2000 to Pinehurst to be near his sister. Mr. Shaler worked as a bookkeeper for many years, and served as Bellevue village clerk from 1967 to 1974. He was an active Mason, named Mason of the Year by Bellevue F & AM Lodge in 1985, and served the lodge five times during 54 years of membership as worshipful master. He was active in the community and church, serving as treasurer of Bellevue United Church for three years, treasurer of Bellevue Historical Society, and secretary-treasurer of the Commercial Club. Mr. Shaler was also active in the senior citizen programs in Bellevue and Olivet.

   He is survived by a sister, Betty Thompson of Southern Pines, N.C.

   Local memorial services with Masonic honors will take place at a later date. Interment was at Grass Lake Cemetery, Grass Lake.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alice E. Sharp

 

   Alice Eunice Sharp, 78, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001 at her home. Mrs. Sharp was born March 4, 1923 in Charlotte, the daughter of Darwin and Helen (Johnson) Jaquette. She was a food service employee for Olivet School District and Olivet College and belonged to the Union Church of Five Comers. She is survived by four daughters, Wanda (Bryan) Kleinfelt of Charlotte, Deborah Bradley of Tulsa, Okla., Barbara Stauffer of Kalamazoo and Carolyn (Gary) Baker of Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth (George) Perry of Olivet; two sisters-in-law, Camilla Jaquette and Valdean Jaquette, both of Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy E. Sharp in 1995, and two brothers, Arthur Jaquette and Robert Jaquette. Funeral services were held Nov. 8 at Union Church of Five Comers, Charlotte, with Marten Saunders and Robert Homan officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Walton Township, Olivet. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Church of Five Comers, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert S. Shaull Jr.

 

   Robert Shirley Shaull Jr., 72, of Potterville, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001.

   Mr. Shaull was born Nov. 30, 1928 in Charlotte, the son of Robert Sr. and Inez (Ule) Shaull. He was an upholsterer, working at various upholstery shops including J.W. Knapps. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and enjoyed fishing.

   He is survived by son, David Shaull of Potterville; former wife, Mary (Foote) Shaull; and a brother, George Shaull.

   Memorial services will be planned at a later date.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanore “Ellie” Shaw

 

   Eleanore “Ellie” Shaw, age 72 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, September 30, 2001 in Lansing. Ellie was born July 21, 1929, the daughter of Gordon Theodore and Alice Harriett (Rood) Twitchell. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict and retired from Felpausch in Eaton Rapids. Ellie was a member of Abie’s Bowling Team, golfed with the Monday Night League at Bonnie View and was an avid bingo player. She was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Ashley and 2 sisters, Irene Twitchell and Jeannie Lampman.

   Surviving are her daughter, Rosa (Robert “Alan”) Hector of Mason; 3 grandchildren, Leslie (Dan) Smith, Mike (Kim) Hector, Melissa (Jeff) DeView; 6 great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Dylan and Kassidy Smith, Miranda and Clayton Hector, Victoria Denny; sister, Eva (Ellis) Sanders of Eaton Rapids; nieces and nephews, Steve (Ann) Sanders, Rick (Jackie) Sanders, Julie (Jim) Hannon, Patricia (Greg) Martin, Dalynne (Jim) Preston, Koral (Ken) Nelson, Gordie (Sue) Lampman; grand nieces and grand nephews, Allison and Kelsey Sanders, Stephanie Grant and Gabrielle Sanders, Jessica and Zach Hannon; and dear friend Horace.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2001, 1 p.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, with Rev. Dallas McFarland officiating. Interment will follow at Dimondale Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to Hospice House of Mid Michigan in memory of Ellie Shaw.

Shirley A. Shaw

 

   Shirley A. Shaw, 70, of Charlotte, died Jan. 1, 2001.

   Mrs. Shaw was born Sept. 13, 1930 in Charlotte. She was a member of the F.O. Eagles Aerie #3552 and the American Legion Charlotte #42, and she enjoyed volunteering and helping others.

   Surviving are a daughter, Janette (John) Burzan of Charlotte; son Jason Crannell of Bellevue; grandchildren, Harmony, Caleb, Jared, Jacob and Shayana; her mother; Beulah Engelter of Springport; brothers, Wendell Engelter of Cadillac, Elwyn Engelter of Allegan, and Knowle Engelter of Parma; and, several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Shaw in November 1959.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson and Rev. David Ames officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eagles Aerie #3552 of Charlotte.

  

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thomas R. Shaw

 

   Thomas R. Shaw, 65 of Battle Creek, president and third-generation owner of Shaw Funeral Homes of Bellevue and Battle Creek, long time professional and community leader and member of one of Battle Creek’s oldest families, died Jan. 20, 2001, at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Shaw was a funeral director since 1959 and owned and operated the Shaw Funeral Home since 1966. He purchased the Lehman Funeral Home in Bellevue in 1975 and has operated it as the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel since.

   He was born April 2, 1935, in Battle Creek, the son of Franklin E. and Elizabeth (Balles) Shaw Jr. He attended Battle Creek Central High School and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1953 where he played football under Rolla Anderson. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University’s Department of Mortuary Science in 1969 when he became a licensed funeral director. He served for four years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was an Eagle Scout an ardent supporter of scouting through the years. He married Esther M. Smith of Athens June 27, 1959. He was an avid supporter and fan of the University of Michigan, member of the Alumni Association and Victor’s Club. He organized the annual Michigan Day Golf Outing in Battle Creek from 1969-98. He was a season football ticket holder for more than 45 years and attended many Rose Bowl and other bowl games in which Michigan played.

   Shaw took over the operation of the funeral home upon his father’s death in 1966. The business dates back to 1866, as Battle Creek’s first funeral home. His grandfather, Franklin E. Shaw, purchased the funeral business in 1909 and operated the business on South Avenue in Battle Creek. His father, Franklin E. Shaw Jr., purchased the former H.B. Sherman residence at 121 Capital Ave., N.W., in 1949 and the business operated from that site until the funeral home moved to its present located at 2838 Capital Ave., S.W., in 1988. Professionally, he was a past directory of the Michigan Funeral Directors’ Association and served on many committees. He was awarded a MFDA 40-years licensee certificate recently. He was past state chairman of the Order of the Golden Rule, an international Association of Independent Funeral Homes.

   Locally, he was past president of the Battle Creek Rotary Club (1971-72) and a Paul Harris Fellow; member of the Ira A. Beck Lodge #503, F&AM; Saladin Temple and Battle Creek Shrine Club, where he took part in the Mini-500 Patrol; member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry and in many committees; past Calhoun County Chairman of Ducks Unlimited; past president of Goodwill industries; active with the United Way; former member of Battle Creek Jaycees; and past Michigan Week Chairman. He served a term on the Battle Creek Planning Commission and participated in the fund drive to build the present-day Y-Center. He was a member of the Battle Creek Country Club, former Athiestan Club and Knife and Fork Club. He was a car enthusiast and bought and sold many classic cars through the years. He attended nearly every Detroit Auto Show the past 40 years and enjoyed waterfowl hunting, decoy collecting, playing golf and U of M athletics.

   He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Esther (Smith); one daughter, Elizabeth L. (John) Gescheidle of Lake Forest; and two brothers, Franklin “Pete” III of Battle Creek and J. Michael of Gull Lake.

   Services were Jan. 24 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with Rev. Joy Rogers officiating. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Battle Creek Community Foundation Thomas R. Shaw Scholarship Fund or St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Arthur J. Sheets Jr.

 

   Arthur Jack Sheets Jr., 56, of Bellevue, died Sunday, April 8, 2001 at his home.

   Mr. Sheets was born July 1, 1944 in Marion, the son of Jack and Vera Lucille (Owens) Sheets Sr. He graduated from Homer High School. He served in the US Navy, having been stationed in Newfoundland. Mr. Sheets was employed with Malleable Iron Co. of Albion for a brief period. He was also employed with the Charlotte Police Department and the Eaton County Sheriff Department, and worked undercover with the Lansing State Police. He retired from General Motors at the Lansing Oldsmobile Plant, working in plant protection. He was employed there for over 23 years, and retired due to disability. He married Pam Fitts on July 21, 1962 in Albion; they later divorced. Mr. Sheets was a volunteer firefighter and paramedic with Charlotte Emergency Rescue; a member of the UAW Local Lansing, AA and AARP. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   He is survived by two daughters, Tammera Marie Sheets of Potterville, and Tracy Jean (Tom) Crooks of Lake Worth, Fla.; four brothers, Carlton, Thomas (Becky) and John, all of Hillsdale, and Tim of Detroit; sister, Donna (Fred) Johnson of Decatur, Ala.; grandson, Donovan Sheets of Potterville, and granddaughter, Lauren Shea Crooks of Lake Worth.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son and daughter.

   Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service was held April 13 at The Lyon Family Funeral Home Chapel, Marshall.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements by The Lyon Family Funeral Home, Marshall.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David G. Sherman

 

   David G. Sherman, 33, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, March 13, 2001.

   Mr. Sherman was born Sept. 13, 1967 in Lansing, the son of Gary and Shirley (Meredith) Sherman, and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a 1985 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School and had been employed as a die maker for Dowding Industries. He was also an avid snowmobiler.

   He is survived by his wife Kim (Mills) Sherman; daughter Kendra Marie and son, Kirk David, all of Eaton Rapids; his mother, Shirley Sherman of Charlotte; brother, Douglas (Susan) Sherman of Eaton Rapids; sister, Dawn (Robert) Edison of Lansing; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Sherman in 1990. Funeral services were held March 17 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Scott Boles of First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Twp.

   Memorial contributions may be made to his children’s educational fund.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Betty Shinsky

 

   Betty Shinsky, 74, of Holland, formerly of Dearborn and Charlotte, died Friday, April 27, 2001 at her home.

   Mrs. Shinsky was a member of the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church.

   She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Richard; children, Gary (Karen) of Saginaw, Tim (Marlene) of Nunica, Cathy (Kevin) Quigley of Holland, and Robert (Kathy) of Zeeland; daughter-in-law, Lynda Shinsky of Holland; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Rick in 1983, and her sister, Joyce in 1994.

   Funeral services were held April 30 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, Holland, with Pastor Rodney Otto officiating. Interment was at Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or the Ottawa Shores Humane Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

June M. Shirely

 

   June M. Shirely, 74, of Lake George, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2001 in Midland.

   Mrs. Shirely was born July 1, 1926 in Fenton, the daughter of Charles and Thelma (Runyan) Norton. She married Delbert Shirely on July 6, 1944 in Albion; he died June 3, 1990. Mrs. Shirely graduated from Albion High School. She lived in the Lake George area for about 10 years, having moved from the Charlotte area. She had been a member of the VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking and her family.

   She is survived by three sons, Delbert (Cecile), Thomas, and James (Holly); three daughters, Nancy (Edward) Emerson, Ann Gessner and Susan (Kenneth) Johnson; siblings, John Norton, Nancy Barnes and Sandra Guilloz; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, and brother, James and Roland.

   Services were held June 6 at Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home, Clare, with Rev. Margaret Vredeveld officiating. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home, Clare.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Otto D. Shortz

 

   Otto Dale Shortz, 90, of Mulliken, died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2001 at his home.

   Mr. Shortz was born Aug. 4, 1911 in Chester Township, a son of Henry and Edna (Earl) Shortz. He was a retired GM employee and Roxand Township fireman.

   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maxine; three sons, Frank (Linda) Shortz of Portland, Marvin Shortz of Springville, Calif., and Gary (Nancy) Shortz of Portland; four grandchildren, Michelle, Michael (Sonia), Sara and Calvin Shortz; two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Cameron Shortz; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Oct. 15 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum of the Mulliken United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were James O’Brien, Rob Piercefield, Jon Sharp, Calvin Shortz, Michael Shortz and Andrew Sunstrum.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Roxand Township Fire Department. Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bethany J. Shumaker

 

   Bethany “Beth” Joanne Shumaker, 52, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001.

   Mrs. Shumaker was born Aug. 29, 1948, in Lansing, the daughter of Robert and Alice (Doebler) Ott. She was the secretary for the athletic director at Olivet High School, and an active parent and supporter of the Olivet High School Athletics and Band programs. She was a former 4-H leader and a member of the Michigan Brown-Swiss Association.

   She is survived by her husband, David Shumaker; son, John Shumaker and his fiancé, Amanda Daniels, and son Robert Shumaker, all of Bellevue; and foster daughter, Donna (Jack) Graham of Monroe.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter Allyson in 1980.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 19 in the Olivet High School gymnasium, with Pastor Roy Backus officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany Shumaker Scholarship Fund at Olivet High School, Olivet High School Band Boosters or Sports Boosters, or the American Cancer Society.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Juan R. Silvas

 

   Juan R. Silvas, 72, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Silvas was born may 13, 1929 in New Braunfels, Texas, the son of Pedro and Felictas (Rodriguez) Silvas, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1955, coming from Texas. He was a retired janitor, having worked for Meijer and the Charlotte Masonic Temple. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Manuela (Vera) Silvas; one son, Rolando Silvas of Charlotte; six brothers, Frank (Cruz), Sid (Dora), Matt (Linda), and Bruce (Sherrie), all of Charlotte, Pete (Maria) and David (Theresa) of Lansing; two sisters, Mary (Leonard) Cruz of Lansing and Jobie Moist of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian burial was held Oct. 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Manuela V. Silvas

 

   Manuela Vera Silvas, 75, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Dec. 26 at the Hospice House of Mid Michigan in Lansing.

   Mrs. Silvas was born Jan. 8, 1926 in New Braunfels, Texas, and had been a Charlotte resident since coming from Texas in 1955. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her son, Rolando Silvas of Charlotte; four sisters and two brothers, all in Texas; and her special friend Rosa Rice of Chicago.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan R. Silvas, on Oct. 8,2001 and by a brother.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with a Scripture/Rosary Service at 7 p.m. Memorials may go to the Family. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Carl Dale Simons

 

   Carle Dale Simons, age 76 of Onondaga, died Sunday, December 2, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Carl was born March 17, 1925 in Mason, the son of Charles and Bertha Simons. Mr. Simons was preceded in death by his wife, Ardena L. Simons.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Jackie (Clark) Howe of Mason, Shirley (Alex) Mueller of Michigan Center; 6 sons, John A., of Onondaga, Charles of Eaton Rapids, Carl D., James C. both of Onondaga, Mitchell (Evelyn) of Eaton Rapids, Richard (Sheryl) of Leroy; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Margaret K. Banks of Lansing; brother, Leon Simons; sister, Eva Brown.

   Services have been held. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Betty J. Smith

 

   Betty Jane Smith, 73, of Bellevue died Feb 2, 2001 at Evergreen Manor. Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 27, 1927 to Arthur and Bessie (South) Jenkins in Battle Creek. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1945, and worked as a waitress at several restraints in Bellevue and the Gambles store in the 1970’s. She enjoyed bowling and cards. She married Charles Good on Dec. 12, 1945; he died November 1972. She married Dale Smith on April 26, 1977; he died in May 1981.

   She is survived by sons, James and Joseph Good of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Bessie Mae Stewart of Nashville, and Virginia Smally of Piscataway, N.J.; and brothers, Lloyd and Raymond Jenkins of Battle Creek, and Clyde Jenkins of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by sisters Beatrice Struwin, Eloise Barber, and Alma Erskine; and brothers, Floyd, James “Bill”, Robert, Kenneth, and Harold.

   Services were held Feb. 6 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Doug Hammond officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Hilda G. Smith

 

   Hilda G. Smith, 84, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2001 at the home of her son and his wife, Russell and Hazel Gibbs, in Grand Junction.

   Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 22, 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and moved to California as a youngster. In 1937 she married Ross Gibbs and they lived in Olivet from 1948 to 1964; he preceded her in death in 1971. She married Bruce Smith in 1972 and they owned Smith’s Hearing Aids in Decatur, Ill., until 1995 when they moved to Naples, Fla. He preceded her in death in 1998.

   Surviving in addition to her son and his wife are four grandsons and three great-grandchildren; four stepsons; numerous step-grandchildren; and three sisters.

   Funeral services were held March 21 at D. L. Miller Funeral Home, Bloomingdale. Interment was at Breedsville Cemetery, Columbia Twp.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lyle W. Smith

 

   Lyle W. Smith, 92, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, March 6 at Marshall Manor in Marshall.

   Mr. Smith was born Aug. 16, 1908 in Eaton County to Eli and Mae (Dolph) Smith. He married Fern Kinsey; she died Nov. 9, 1988. Mr. Smith was employed for 47 years by Eaton Manufacturing in Battle Creek and Marshall, retiring in 1973. He was a member of the Eaton Quarterly Century Club, and worked with Civil Defense during World War II. He was an active member of the Bellevue Christian Center and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed outdoor sports and wood cutting.

   He is survived by daughters, Alvetta Lea and Myrna Avery of Bellevue; sons, Robert and Richard Smith of Bellevue, and Carroll Smith of Nashville; 24 grandchildren and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Smith; and a sister, Vinie Gibbs.

   Services were held March 9 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Stephen Covert officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Christian Center.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Roger L. Smith

 

   Roger Lee Smith, 70, of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 12, 2001.

   Mr. Smith was born in Grand Ledge, the son of Cloman and Hazel (Walters) Smith. He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years, a member of American Legion Post 42, the Eaton County Buck Club, and the Eagles Aerie, and had been a volunteer fireman in Charlotte. He served with the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

   He is survived by his wife, LaRae (Beck); sons, Greg (LeeAnn) Smith of Charlotte and Phillip Long of Lansing; daughters, Valerie Campbell of Battle Creek and Shelli Long of Eaton Rapids; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   Funeral services were held May 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 12284, Lansing, MI 48901. Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

 

 

 

 

Marcella R. Southerling

 

   Marcella R. Southerling, age 80 of Holt, died Saturday evening, April 14, 2001 at an East Lansing nursing home. Mrs. Southerling was born May 29, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a daughter of William and Mable (Collette) Chandler.

   Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Robert, six daughters, Dottie (Ed) Hansen, Barb (Bill) White, Karen (Wayne) Jackson, Nancy (Dave) Price, Diane (Russ) Miller, and Cindy (Leon) Black; three sons, Robert (Becky) Southerling, Jr., Brent (Laurie) Southerling and Bill (Jan) Southerling; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Wednesday, April 18th, at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Rev. Kathy Kursch officiating. Interment was in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Holt.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert E. Spotts

 

   Robert Edward Spotts, 77, of Charlotte, formerly of Montague, died Friday, August 31, 2001 at the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center after a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Spotts was born Aug. 10, 1924 in Charlotte, the son of Ray and Gladys (Casler) Spotts. He was the owner and operator of Insty Prints in Muskegon until he retired in 1994. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, the Brookfield Masonic Lodge, Maple City VFW Post 2406 and the American Legion Post #42 in Charlotte. Mr. Spotts served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

   He is survived by sons, Randy of Charlotte and Brad (Carey) of Florida; daughter, Cindy (Steve) Lowing of Muskegon; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, and a sister, Velma (Harold) Dingman of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol (Stratton) on Aug. 30, 1995.

   Graveside services were held Sept. 5 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret Berniece (Barnes) Sprague

 

   Margaret Berniece (Barnes) Sprague, age 92 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, January 13, 2001 in Eaton Rapids. Berniece was born July 12, 1908 in Onondaga, the youngest of three children of Seward and Grace Lucretia (Styles) Barnes. She graduated form Eaton Rapids High School in 1927 and Albion College in 1931. She married Donald H. Sprague in 1936 and he preceded her in death in 1964. Mrs. Sprague taught elementary school for many years, retiring in 1973. She enjoyed retirement and traveling in every state (except two) also the countries of Spain and Canada. She was active in the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, Eaton county Antique Club, the Charlotte Business Women’s Guild and the Eaton Rapids County Retired Teachers Association. Berniece made ceramics, worked in porcelain, collected dolls, enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking.

   Berniece is survived by three daughters, Sue Dunn and husband Bill of Denver, CO., Jane Sprague of Minneapolis, MN, Jacki Sprague of Eaton Rapids; 2 step grandchildren, Diane Dunn, Lawrence (Anne) Dunn; sister-in-law, Mary Alexandra Barnes of Florida; nephew, Jan Barnes of Lansing; and cousin, Jane Galvin of Traverse City.

   A memorial service was held on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at the First Congregational Church, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Memorial Garden Fund at the First Congregational Church in memory of Berniece Sprague. He love of life and her generosity to others will be well remembered. She will be greatly missed.

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Kathryn L. Spear

 

   Kathryn L. Spear, 86, of Lansing, died Thursday, May 3, 2001 at her home.

   Mrs. Spear was born July 13,1914 in Gowen, the daughter of Frank and Janette Baird, and was a lifelong Lansing resident.

   She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Charles) Wright of Charlotte; her son, Clair Ferris Jr. of Lansing; five granddaughters, Debra (Gary) Gearhart, Candy (Jim) Patterson, Sandra (Dan) Vandlen, Renee (Gerald) Bellon and Robin (George) Blanche; one grandson, William Wright; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Spear in 1997.

   Funeral services were held May 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with George Blanche officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Church of Christ. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 June Stair

 

   June Parkinson Stair, 93, of East Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 23, 2001, at the East Lansing Health Care Center after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Stair was born June 1, 1907, in Vermontville, the daughter of Roy and Cora (Chatfield) Hager, and was a graduate of Vermontville High School. She had been employed as an assistant secretary/treasurer for the Borg-Warner Corp. in Auburn, Ind., from where she retired with 33 years of service. While in Charlotte, she attended the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by a son, William (Shirely) Parkinson of Cadillac; two grandsons, Matthew Lee Parkinson of Rochester Hills and Michael Lee Parkinson of Mt. Pleasant; one great-granddaughter, Meghan Ann Parkinson; a brother, Patrick Hager of Vermontville; and a sister, Phyllis Kilpatrick of Vermontville.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Chester Parkinson and Jerry Stair.

   At Mrs. Stair’s request, cremation has taken place. Private family services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the East Lansing Health Care Center Activities Fund.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Verle Stall

 

   Verle Stall, 92, of Charlotte, died June 27, 2001 at Marshall.

   Mr. Stall was born Sept. 9, 1908 in Chester Township, the son of Clyde and Grace (Simpson) Stall. He owned and operated his own farm, and was a member and former board member of Eaton County Farm Bureau, formerly on the Eaton County Board of Commissioners and the Chester Township Board of Review, and was a member and former trustee of Gresham United Methodist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Dorathea; son, Douglas (Evelyn) Stall of Charlotte; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and nine step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Nelson Stall of Charlotte. Funeral services were held June 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

William J. Steele

 

   William J. Steele, age 80 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at his residence. He was born July 4, 1920 in Onondaga Township, the son of Cyril and Climena (Strang) Steele. Bill served in the Army during World War II, he was a retired Driver/Machinist for Goodnoe Tool Products in Eaton Rapids. Preceding him in death was a daughter, Versavene Steele; 3 brothers, Basil, Harold and Robert Steele; 1 sister, Viola Peck.

   Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Mary B. “Squeak” Steele; 5 children, Vickie (Conner) Strader of Eaton Rapids, Cyril Steele and friend Julie of Eaton Rapids, William (Betty) Steele of Eaton Rapids, Gordon Steele of Jackson, and Allen (Linda) Steele of Eaton Rapids; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, John Steele of Onondaga; 2 sisters, Arlene Clarke and Marion Slusser both of Eaton Rapids; sisters-in-law, Reva Steele, Bethel Steele and Marvel Mae Steele; brother-in-law, Harland Peck; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 20th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Burial followed in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society in memory of William J. Steele.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ernest R. Sterzick

 

   Ernest R. Sterzick, 96, of Potterville, passed away Feb. 21, 2001, in Charlotte.

   Mr. Sterzick was a retired employee of B.O.C. after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene and former member of the Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene, where he was past Sunday school supervisor and singer.

   He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Robert) Studt of Potterville; sisters-in-law; Margery Twinning of Hudsonville and Mary Mellish of Lapeer; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hulda (Twining), in 1996. Funereal services were held Feb. 24 at the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Glen Neal officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene “Church Growth Fund.”

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Bernard F. (Bud) Stevens

 

   Bernard F. (Bud) Stevens, age 85 of Eaton Rapids and formerly a longtime Rice Creek resident, died at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center October 3, 2001. Mr. Stevens was born March 10,1916, in Springport to Clare and Edna (Gauss) Stevens. He graduated fro, Springport High School. He lived in Rice Creek for many years, until moving to Eaton Rapids in 1994. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. Stevens retired from Bostick Corporation in Marshall. He formerly had worked for Corning Glass in Marshall, and also had farmed, painted barns, and worked at the local auto dealerships in their body shops where he was responsible for much of the painting. Out of high school, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, working at the Roscommon County Camp. He was married on March 2, 1935 in Constantine to Jean L. Vanvoorhees. She preceded him in death on November 21,1984. Mr. Stevens married Ruth M. Blake Hyatt on March 10, 1994 in Bradenton FL. He was a longtime member of Marshall Moose Lodge No. 676. He was a talented dancer. He loved to fish, and had also hunted for many years. He enjoyed winters in Florida.

   Surviving are his wife Ruth; a son, Clair (Nyla) Stevens; a daughter, Carol (Gilbert) Weaver of Albion; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; tow step-sons, Norman (Pat) Hyatt of Eaton Rapids and Richard (Jenny) Hyatt of Punta Gorda, Fl.; a step-daughter, Janet (James) Davidson of Richmond, IN; four step-grandchildren; three sisters, Barbara (Dixon) Voorhees and Peggy Stevens all of Rogue River, Or; and June Raymer of Springport; and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son, Gordon Stevens, in infancy.

   Funeral services celebrating his life were held on October 5th at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall with the Rev. David D’Arcy of Eaton Rapids First Congregational Church officiating. Clair Stevens, Ron Hisler, Gary Baklund, and Craig Kempf served as pallbearers. Interment was in Rice Creek Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Mooseheart. Assistance with memorials is available at Kempf Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Wendell R. Strank

 

   Wendell R. Strank, age 80 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, May 3, 2001 at his residence. He was born August 27, 1920 in Aurelius Township, the son of Herbert and Gladys (Markley) Strank. Wendell was an Eaton Rapids High School Graduate, Class of 1938. He retired from Lindell Drop Forge in Lansing and Farming. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Wayne and Wendy Strank; brother, Harold Strank; sister, Eleanor Damren.

   Surviving are 3 sons, Gary (Carol) Strank of Iowa City, Iowa, David (Gail) Strank of Eaton Rapids, and Barry Strank of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Rebecca, Shannon, Daniel (Danielle), Alicia, Laura, and Peter Strank; several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held on Monday, May 7, 2001 at the Plains Cemetery in Rural Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorials contributions may be made to the Ingham Hospice in memory of Wendell Strank.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

A. Roberta Strouse

 

   A. Roberta “Bert” Strouse, age 81 of Onondaga, died Sunday morning, July 29, 2001, at her home of cancer. Mrs. Strouse was born on October 25, 1919 to Guy and Mae (Smith) Leach. She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband, Anthony; two brothers, Melving and Eugene Leach and one sister, Dorothy Haag. Mrs. Strouse worked in factories during World War II until her husband returned home from the war, and continued working while he was being treated at V.A. hospitals. In 1951 they moved to Michigan. She then worked as a waitress, sales person, and also at John Henry and Diamond Rio. In 1955 the family moved to a gas station-restaurant on the corner of Holt Road and M-99, just east of Dimondale. They continued in that business for about thirty years until the State Highway Department constructed the four lanes, creating the divided highway that is there now. After this, they moved into an apartment built on the Dedafoe home by their son-in-law to stay close to their family near Onondaga.

   Surviving are her only daughter, Nancy (Ronald) Dedafoe; two granddaughters, Dawn Dedafoe of Onondaga and Amy Dedafoe of Dummin, GA; five sisters, Lois McGowin and Beatrice (Donald) Marshall, both of Reynoldsville, PA, Phyllis (William) Utzinger and Donna Ellenberger, both of DuBois, PA, and Sandra (Norman) Hatten of Grampian, PA; one brother, Vernon (Doris) Leach of Luthersburg, PA and many nieces and nephews.

   Mrs. Strouse’s wish was for no viewing of funeral. A private family graveside service was held July 31, 2001 at Greenwood Cemetery near her home. Arrangements were handled by Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale. The family would like to thank the Tri-County Area Agency on Aging for their help and guidance, the Ingham Hospice for all their help and support and “Friends who Care,” and also for friends and neighbors who gracefully gave of their time to make things go smoother.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ralph J. Sullivan

 

   Ralph James Sullivan, 83, of Charlotte, died May 5, 2001.

   Mr. Sullivan was born Feb. 21, 1918 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of James Sullivan and Rose Smith Sullivan.

   He is survived by sons, Donald (Molly) of Houston, Texas, and Larry (Kathryn) of Toledo, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Myrna of Charlotte; sister, Gertrude; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Eldora in 1996; and son, Philip in 1994.

   Funeral services were held May 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, or the American Lung Association; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

 

                                                                       

 

 

Rev. Carl Sundermeyer

 

   Rev. Carl Sundermeyer, age 56 of Dimondale, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 29,2001 in Lansing. Carl was born July 22, 1945 in Detroit, the son of Herbert and Margaret (Hatch) Sundermyer. Rev. Sundermeyer was the Co-Pastor of the Mayflower Congregational Church in Lansing and the former Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids and a state Moderator for the Michigan Conference for the CCC. He was a member of the Dimondale Lions Club and the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM. Carl served in the U.S. Navy where he participated in the Bay of Pigs and was stationed with the John F. Kennedy family during his tour of duty. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Carl was a former police officer with the Detroit Police Department.

   Carl was the loving husband for 13 years to his surviving wife, Kathleen; also surviving are his daughter, Susan Hope Dundas of Ann Arbor; son, James David Dundas of Austin, Texas; 2 sisters, twin sisters Carol (Doug) Birnbaum of Milford and Janet (Tom) Majares of Texas.

   A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at the Mayflower Congregational Church, 2901 W. Mt. Hope Ave. Lansing, with Rev. David Bandfield officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic Service on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make a contribution to either the Mayflower Congregational Church of Mid-Michigan Hospice House in memory of Carl Sundermeyer.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Frank B. Sutherland

 

   Frank B. Sutherland, 86, of Potterville, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001 after an extended illness.

    Mr. Sutherland was born June 28, 1915 in Lansing, the son of Floyd and Lenora (Rose) Sutherland, and had been a Potterville/ Windsor Township area resident for 56 years, coming from Lansing. He was employed by General Motors in Lansing, retiring in 1979 after 29 ½ years of services, and was an avid bowler and golfer.

   He is survived by his wife, Doris (Criss) Sutherland; three sons, William (Charlene) Sutherland of Charlotte, Dick (Janet) Sutherland of Coldwater and Bradford Sutherland of Grand Rapids; one daughter, Dorene (James) Woolworth of Mecosta; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Peggy Shier of Lansing. Memorial donations may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital for a proposed kidney dialysis unit. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

William C. Swiger Sr.

 

   William C. Swiger Sr., 86, of Nashville, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mr. Swiger was born Feb. 18, 1915 in Lake Odessa, the son of Jay and Carrie (Spiecher) Swiger. He grew up in the Lake Odessa area, attending area schools and graduating from Lake Odessa High School in 1934. He married Margaret Hummel in 1938 and the couple lived in Nashville area for over 55 years. Mr. Swiger was employed as a machinist at E.W. Bliss Company for over 36 years, retiring in 1977 at the age of 62. He was an avid fisherman, and was known for his ability to “fix anything.”

   He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Nashville; daughters, Janet (Cecil) Valdick and Joyce (Don) Hummel both of Vermontville; son, William (Helen) Swiger Jr. of Charlotte; brothers, Richard (Shirley) Swiger of Lowell; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Crystal Rogers.

   Services were held Dec. 31 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Rev. Jim Hynes officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville. Memorial donations may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard M. Taylor

 

   Richard M. Taylor, 82, of Mulliken, died Wednesday evening, June 27, 2001 at a Charlotte hospital.

   Mr. Taylor was born March 21, 1919 in Ionia, a son of Bert and Laura (Allen) Taylor. He was a well-known area carpenter/contractor.

   He is survived by his son, William Taylor of Mulliken; two daughters, Beverly (John) Abbaduska of Marseilles, Ill., and Sandy (John) Munger of Clinton Township; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Towe of Charlotte and Marian Peabody of Arizona; one brother, Lehman Taylor of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held June 30 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken. Pallbearers were Craig Taylor, Gordon Schray, Rob Piercefield, Scott Pettit, Marc Green and Brian Briggs.

   Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Opal L. Tew

 

   Opal L. Tew, 85, of Bellevue, died March 9, 2001 at home.

   Mrs. Tew was born July 21, 1915 in Battle Creek, the daughter of William and Dessie (Knapp) Varin. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1935, and Kellogg Community College nursing program in 1963. She was employed by the Community Hospital as a nurse for 6 ½ years, retiring in Oct. 1980. She married Shirley Tew in Sept. 14, 1935; he died in 1993. She was a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church, Martha Circle and the Bellevue Historical Society. She enjoyed gardening, collecting Beanie Babies, knitting and traveling.

   She is survived by daughters, Ellen (William) Schottle of Newark, Ohio, and Sharon (Lee) Coltson of Bellevue; sons, Albert (Barbara) Tew of Midland, and James (Bertha) Tew of Hopkins; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Schumacher of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, William and Omar Varin.

   Services were held March 13 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care, or Bellevue United Methodist.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Albert E. Thomas

 

   Albert “Al” Ernest Thomas, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001.

   Mr. Thomas was born May 9, 1922 in Iron Mountain, the son of Thomas and Mary Rose (Mottard) Thomas, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1955, coming from Swartz Creek. He was a 1941 graduate of Lansing Central high School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945. Mr. Thomas retired from Grand Trunk Railroad in 1983 after 35 years of service. He started on the Railroad on the spare board and retired as the freight agent in Lansing. Upon retirement, he drove a bus for Eatran and was presently employed at Felpausch Express. Mr. Thomas loved all aspects of the railroad and spent hours creating a beautiful H-O gauge train board. He was a people person and delighted in telling stories to all who would listen, and giving them hard candy. He enjoyed woodworking and making items for his family. He married Helen Jean Lett on Dec. 22, 1942.

   He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Helen Thomas; two children, Kathleen (Michael) Lincoln of Vernon and William (Barbara) Thomas of Ishpeming; four grandchildren, Peggy (Brian) Bauer, Beth (Andy) Reichert, and Holly and Eric Thomas; one great-grandson, Alex Bauer; two sisters, Mary Emma Smith of Colorado and RoseMarie (Dennis) McDonald of East Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lesley Thomas; grandson, Ricky Thomas; and brothers, Victor and Henry.

   At Mr. Thomas’ request, cremation has taken place. A graveside memorial service was held Dec. 14 at Deepdale Memorial Park Chapel, Lansing, with Rev. William McBride officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to WKAR Radio Talking Book, 283 Communication Arts Bldg., MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

Gladys Thomas

 

   Gladys (Halsey) Thomas, 89, died Dec. 24, 2000.

   Mrs. Thomas was born in Eaton County, the daughter of Vera and Ira Halsey. She married Arthur Thomas, lived in the Charlotte area for many years, and was an active member of the Charlotte Adventist Church.

   She is survived by four children, Janet (Gordon) Weidemann, Jim (Charlene) Thomas, Anita Ratliff, and Dennis Thomas; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. ay Needmore Bible Church, located on West Needmore highway just off North Cochran. Mrs. Thomas’s children will be traveling to Michigan from North Carolina, Virginia and Florida and look forward to greeting friends, neighbors and relatives. Light refreshments will be served in the basement fellowship area of the church immediately following the service. Interment of cremains will be at Needmore Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Clara M. Thrun

 

   Clara M. Thrun, 89, of Pewamo, formerly of Vermontville, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at Ovid Healthcare Center.

   She was prec