2002 OBITUARIES

 

 

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Compiled by:

 

April Shaver

January 24, 2007

 

 


 

Nora B. Adams

 

   Nora B. Adams, 86, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., formerly of Potterville, died Jan. 14, 2002.

   Mrs. Adams was born Dec. 1, 1915 in Manton, the daughter of Sol and Brenice (Burdick) Mishler. She was married to Thomas Adams, who died in 1989.

   She is survived by daughter, Sara (Roy) Adams of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; grandsons, Jeffrey (Paige) Adams of Ovido, Fla., Steven (Lonnie) Adams of Deland, Fla.; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Enid Geisenhaver of Potterville, Marian (Kenneth) Pfeister of Williamston; and brother, Carl Mishler of Florida.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Garden, Lansing.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Stella F. Adams

 

   Stella Francis (Cooley) Adams, 86, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 29, 2002 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Adams was born May 3, 1916 in Alpena, the fourth of 13 children of Stanley and Stella (Gutkowski) Toldsdors. She joined the workforce during World War II, earning the nickname of “Rosie the Riveter” because she worked on B-29 bomber wings at Oldsmobile in Lansing. Mrs. Adams retired from General Motors in 1966. She lived life to the fullest, always enjoyed her strawberries, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by daughter, Joyce Harrington (Bruce) Fillmore of Charlotte; sons, Ron Cooley of Wacousta and Robert (Sandy) Cooley of Harrison; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Harry (Phyllis) Tolsdorf and Leo (Dorothy) Tolsdorf, both of Alpena, and Edward Tolsdorf of Pinegrove, Calif; sisters, Eleanor Fry of Wacousta and Cecilia Panknin of Florida; and sweetheart, Forrest Cole of Mason.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Norbert Cooley.

   A Parish Rosary was recited July 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with a funeral mass celebrated July 3 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte. Interment was at Delta Center Cemetery in Delta Township.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Francis H. Albert

 

   Francis “Fran” H. Albert, 78, of Harbor Springs, died Friday, April 19, 2002.

   Mrs. Albert was born Oct. 21, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Frank and Hazel (Carrick) Higby.

   She is survived by her husband, Rob Albert; daughters, Barbara Lorenzen of Kalamazoo and Betty (Carl) Peterson of Lansing; grandchildren, Jason Peterson, Jody Peterson and Jamie Lorenzen; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Allison, Ryan and Kyle Peterson; and sister, Pat Endicott of California.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Bovill.

   Private services were held.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Iris Allen

 

   Iris L. Allen, 79, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002.

   Iris was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Edward G. and Ina Belle (Watts) Johnson.

   She grew up in Potterville, then moved to California at the age of 20. She returned to this area in 1966 and worked for Aluminum Extrusions for 30 years until her retirement.

   She is survived by son Michael (Kathy) Allen of DeWitt, daughters Annette (Mike) Greenwood and Deborah Long, seven grandchildren; Susan Werner, Gary Firestone, Jr., Brett Greenwood, Tiffany Allen, Taylor Allen, Sgt. Eric Long and Marisa Long, and seven great-grandchildren, brothers Richard (Penny) Johnson and Jack (Betty) Johnson.

   Funeral services were Saturday, November 23, 2002 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Pat Brooks officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the DeWitt Redeemer United Methodist Church Garden Fund or to Sparrow Home Hospice Services. Further information available at www.prayfuneralcom.

 

                                   

 

 

Walter H. Allen

 

   Walter H. Allen, age 93 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, August 22, 2002 in Dimondale. Walter was born October 25, 1908 in Eaton Rapids the son of Walter H. and Lillian (Shoup) Allen. In his earlier years he worked for Homer Woolen Mills, Reid Brothers Canning Co. in Lake Odessa, St. Lawrence Hospital as an orderly and operating room nurse, Oldsmobile, owned and operated the Eaton Restaurant in Eaton Rapids, managed the Guest Lodge and restaurant at the VFW National Home and retired from Michigan State University as the original head chef at Case Hall. Walter was a Past President, Vice President, and member of the board of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, Rocking Chair Deserters; very active in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows holding most positions including Grand Patriarch of Michigan, and was a life member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM. He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy (Krumm) and Mildred (Reed).

   Surviving are his sister, Florence Connelly of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Jo Ann E. Carpenter of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; son, Richard R. Allen of Kalamazoo; stepdaughter, Wilma Blatt of Florida; stepson, Russell Reed of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Bradley Webb, Susan Moose, Alan Webb, Ryan Webb; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Kay Krumm of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 24, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy, Pastor of the Eaton Rapids First Congregational Church officiating. Interment followed at Munger Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Walter Allen.

 

                                   

 

 

Martin “Marty” Ambs

 

   Martin W. “Marty” Ambs, age 62 of Berrien Springs, died Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at home after a brief illness. Marty was born June 30, 1940, in Orlando, FL, to Karl F. and Glenna M. (Tatro) Ambs. He was a graduate of Enosburg Falls High School in Vermont and attended Andrews University and Western Michigan University. He was a proud and loyal member of the Operating Engineers Local 324 where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. He retired in 1994 as a result of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He was an avid sportsman whose passions included both open water and ice fishing, and hunting. He loved woodworking and tinkering in his basement and garage in his spare time. HE was especially fond of his loyal dog, Daniel, who was his constant companion.

   On January 6, 1968, in Eaton Rapids, he married Marge K. McManus, who survives. Additional survivors include a son, Timothy (Lacey) Ambs of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Michelle (Elwin) Smith of Galien; grandson, Matthew Smith, at home in Galien; his mother, Glenna M. (Tatro) Ambs; a sister, Carol (James) Gradfield of Berrien Springs; his mother and father-in-law, Alden and Maudie McManus of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Jerry (Peggy) McManus of Eaton Rapids; and a number of nieces and nephews.

   A funeral service celebrating his life was held December 14, 2002, at Legacy Family Funeral Services – Matthew R. Purchase Chapel, Berrien Springs. Memorials in his memory may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert V. Anderson

 

   Robert V. Anderson, age 78 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, November 14, 2002 in Lansing. Mr. Anderson (known as Rob or Andy to his family and friend) was born October 8, 1924 in Muskegon, the son of Verner and Helen (Bangren) Anderson. At the age of 17, he joined the Marine Corp and was in squad VMF 451 in WWII and Korea. He was a sergeant when he was honorably discharged of which he was very proud and lived his life with the regimental training he received there, contributing to his being an excellent employee and mentor to his family and friends. He moved to Lansing in 1959 and worked for Oldsmobile in Product Engineering for 39 years, retiring in 1999. There was nothing mechanical that he could not fix, the bigger the challenge, the better he liked it. Robert was an avid skier and skeet shooter when health permitted. He belonged to the Capital Area Sportsmen Club and Chief Okemos. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed their vacation home on Chippewa Lake, all seasons, especially boating in the summer. At one time he was a Harley enthusiast. Rob was a victim of Myasthenia Gravis for nine years with several complications at the end. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Virginia Jastrzembski and Barbara Garzelloni of Muskegon and son-in-law, Alan Lager of Kent Washington. Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 20 years, Dolores; daughter, Loree Lager of Kent, Washington; brother, Kenneth (Catherine) Anderson of Muskegon; 2 stepsons, Jack Rose of Wallace, Idaho, Jeff (Brenda) Rose of Muskegon; 4 grandchildren, Katie and Jordan Lager and Jacob and Jeremiah Rose; step granddaughter, Leslie Lager; 1 step great granddaughter, Olivia Lager; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main, of which both he and his wife are members, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. A luncheon will follow the service for a time of remembrances. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, Humane Society, or Mid-Michigan Hospice House in memory of Robert V. Anderson. Rob will be greatly missed by his wife, family, friends and his dogs, for which he had great love. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Marie K. Applegate

 

   Marie K. Applegate, 91, of Charlotte, died May 9, 2002 in Holt.

   Mrs. Applegate was born April 30, 1911 in New Brunswick, N.J., the daughter of John William and Clara Feller. She worked for Somerville Tax Office for 40 years, retiring to Lauderhill, Fla., and then to Charlotte. She was a past matron of the Century Chapter #100 Somerville and the Tri-Gate Chapter #276 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

   She is survived by sister-in-law, Lillian Feller of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Sharon Mensing of Scotts Bluff, Neb., Jon Feller of Clinton, N.J., Jean Martin of Olivet, Chris Feller of Lead, S.D., and Susan Galloway of Florida.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Applegate.

   Funeral services will be held at a later date in Somerville, N.J. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia M. Atayan

 

   Virginia Margaret “Ginny” Atayan was born Dec. 31, 1936 in Highland Park and passed away on Oct. 10, 2002 in Lansing. She had been a long-time resident of Delta Township.

   Mrs. Atayan was chief executive officer of Davis Pontiac GMC of Charlotte from 1981 to the present. She received numerous awards over the years from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, and was an active board member of several industrial, real estate and financial companies. She was also passionate about helping others and proactively served the community in numerous activities: as an emeritus trustee of Sparrow Health System, she served with dedication for many years; as past president of Camp Highfields; as one of several founders of the Ararat Fund; and as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Lansing. Mrs. Atayan worked closely with many disadvantaged individuals and families on a private basis to help further their dreams and aspirations. She was a long-time parishioner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing, were she sang in the choir, served on the vestry and worked diligently to bring the works of the church into the community. She was also an avid gardener and physical fitness devotee. Mrs. Atayan graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in 1954 and from the University of Michigan in 1958 with a bachelor of arts in education. After graduation, she served as a schoolteacher in Saline and a substitute teacher in the Waverly School District for several years. She was also a swimming instructor and taught many adults and children, including those with special needs, how to swim. Mrs. Atayan was a strong believer that education was a life long activity and applied her educational and motivational skills throughout her business and charitable careers. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Leon Atayan; three sons, Christopher (Rene’) of Bronxville, N.Y., and Michael and Andrew, both of Lansing; two grandchildren, Alina and Ara of Bronxville; brother, Theodore (Sonya) Terzian of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews.

   A special funeral service with choral accompaniment in celebration of Ginny’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa in Lansing at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, with Rev. Dr. Gordon Weller officiating. Interment will be at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or the Sparrow Health Foundation. Further information is available at www.estesleadly.com. Arrangements were by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel in Lansing.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James E. Atherton

 

   James Edward Atherton, 82, of Charlotte, formerly of Gaines, died Friday, July 12, 2002 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mr. Atherton was born in Argentine in Nov. 16, 1919, the son of Samuel and Frances (Agnew) Atherton. He married Virginia Forshee in Gaines on May 25, 1940, and lived in the Charlotte area since 1968. Mr. Atherton was a member of Gaines United Methodist Church, a former board member and a Member of the Men’s Club, and sang in the church choir. He was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, a former member of the International Rotary, and a former school board trustee. Mr. Atherton was the owner of A&B Realty in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughters, Linda Atherton (Michelle Gellings) of Swartz Creek, Janet (John) Mischler of Sarasota, Fla., and Mary (Robert) Fiala of Charlotte; sons, James Atherton of Charlotte, Fla. and Dennis Atherton of Houghton Lake; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Louisa Roszman of Durand; and a niece and nephew.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel.

   Funeral services were held July 16 at Gaines United Methodist Church, Gaines, with Rev. Harlan Sorensen officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Gaines.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Gaines United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Streeter Funeral Home in Byron.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Forrest Babcock

 

   Forrest Babcock, Sr., 92, of Nashville, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2002 at Tendercare in Hastings.

   Mr. Babcock was born March 2, 1910 in Elk Rapids, the son of Horace and Sarah (Buckner) Babcock. He spent his early childhood years in the Traverse City area, attending local schools until the family moved to the Nashvillle area in 1926. He continued his schooling in Nashville and as a teenager, worked part-time at the old Star Theatre. Mr. Babcock was well-known businessman in the Nashville community, where he spent over 50 years as a businessman owner on Nashville’s Main Street. His career began more than half a century ago when he owned and operated the Standard service station at the intersection of North Main and Reed. When most would be considering retirement, Mr. Babcock remained employed and in 1992, at the age of 82, he was awarded Cappon’s “Employee of the Year” for his prompt, dependable and reliable service at Cappon’s Quick Mart on Main Street. He was a man of achievement whose life’s work contributed to the Nashville community. For 70 years Mr. Babcock lived in Nashville and during that time he gave 38 years of service to the Nashville Fire Department – 12 of those as the chief. He served four two-year terms on the Nashville Village Council, being a member of the Police, Public Works and Parks committees. He was also the founding member of the Meals on Wheels program in Nashville. Mr. Babcock was an inspiration to many, working for over 70 years in and for the citizens of Nashville.

He is survived by sons, Forrest “Tink” (Carolyn) Jr. of Lansing and Jim (Sharon) of Grand Rapids; sons from a previous marriage, Rev. Robert of Montana and Richard of Potterville; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Edna Edwards.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Kenyon; grandson, Kevin Babcock; and brothers, Ferrell, Ivan and Vercil.

   Services were held March 19 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville, with honors provided by the Nashville Fire Department. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Fire Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack I. Baggerly

 

   Jack Irving Baggerly, 63, of Pennfield Township, died Dec. 1, 2002 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Baggerly was born May 2, 1939 to Lloyd and Opal May (Green) Baggerly in Battle Creek. He worked as a head crane operator for Grand Trunk Railroad for 33 years, and married Beverly Tuttle on Dec. 17, 1994; she survives. Mr. Baggerly was a member of the Moose Lodge in Marshall, Battle Creek Sportman’s Club, and the Bird Gram Association. He was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, trapping and raising birds.

   Surviving are his wife, Beverly; son, Mike (Theresa) Baggerly of Battle Creek; daughter, Sally Baggerly of Battle Creek; step-daughters, Jeanne (Gordon) Rude and Barb (Robert) Burbank, both of Battle Creek; step-sons, Dale (Laura) Willbur of Portage, Jeff (Kim) Willbur of Louisville, Ky., and Doug (Linda) Willbur of Olivet; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and sister, Audrey Kader of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by brother, Jerry Baggerly and sister, Doris Brott.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Joe Graber of Dexter Lake Church of God officiating. Interment was at Hicks Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

 

 

 

 

Louis Bagi

 

   Louise “Louie” Bagi, 88, of Marshall, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002 in the care of his family at his home.

   Mr. Bagi was born Oct. 14, 1913 in Granite City, Ill., the son of John and Vilma (Gulyas) Bagi. He worked in the Granite City bakery prior to joining the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed at Ft. Custer in Augusta, where he served as a camp baker. While there, he met the girl who was to become his wife, Beatrice Cole. The couple married Oct. 2, 1943 at Kellogg Field in Battle Creek. Mr. Bagi lived in the Marshall area since his discharge from the Army. After his marriage, he worked as a baker for the former Galloway Bakery until buying the present “Louie’s Bakery” in downtown Marshall from the Williams family in November 1952. He and his family operated the bakery since then, and are well-known for “Louie’s Nut Rolls” and many other bakery favorites. Mr. Bagi worked from early in the morning each day with his family, preparing favored baked goods for the community until a week before his death. He was a member of West Eckford Missionary Church, and enjoyed his work, gardening and Tiger baseball. He was a Marshall High School Redskin fan and enjoyed football and baseball games for many years, especially when his sons played. His family was of most importance to him.

   He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; four sons, Kenneth (Jackie), David (Carol), Donald and John (Beth Morris), all of Marshall; two daughters, Delores Schoenborn and Lorraine (John) LaForge, both of Marshall; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Bagi of Battle Creek; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Mangi; three brothers, Julius, Albert and Ernest, all of Granite City, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Charles; grandson, Justin LaForge; brothers, John, Joseph, Charles and William; and a sister, Velma Shambro.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at Kempf Funeral Home, with Rev. David Nichols officiating. Interment was at Lyon Lake Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice; assistance with memorials is available at Kempf Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

William C. Bailey

 

   William C. Bailey, 81, of Vermontville, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 2002 at a Charlotte nursing home following a long illness.

   Mr. Bailey was born March 14, 1921 in Marion, a son of Benjamin and Maggie (Switzer) Bailey. During the 1930s he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was also an Army veteran of World War II, a former Boy Scout leader, and retired from International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker in 1983.

   Surviving are his wife, Janice; six children, Donietta Ramoro of Texas, Benjamin Bailey and William Bailey Jr., both of Muskegon, Edward Bailey, Thomas Bailey of California, and Daniel Bailey of Vermontville; nine grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services with military honors were held Dec. 13 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, with Rev. James Sherman officiating.

   Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home of Mulliken.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bertha A. Baird

 

   Bertha A. Baird, 82, of Charlotte, died Sunday, July 28, 2002 at the Mich. Masonic Home in Alma.

   Mrs. Baird was born March 22, 1920 in Ravenna, the daughter of Joseph and Teresa Prus, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1946. She was a 1939 graduate of Muskegon Heights High School, a member of the First Congregational Church UCC and its Mary Martha Circle, a member and past president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Charlotte, a member and past president of the Charlotte American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Charlotte Sunshine Club and the Pythian Sisters. She served many years as a Red Cross volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, was a leader in both the Brownies and Girl Scouts, was an avid Michigan State Spartans sports fan and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.

   She is survived by five children, Marcia (John Evangelisti) Baird of Denver, Colo., Christy Baird of Lansing, Alan (Cathy Snyder-Baird) Baird of Lansing, John (Suzanne) Baird of Evergreen, Colo., and Mark (Carolyn) Baird of Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren, John Shannon (Lisa) Splawn, Justin, Morgan and Lauren Baird, Leah Baird and Gavin Baird; two great-grandchildren, Cassidy Marie and Lily Shannon Splawn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Marie Baird; great-granddaughter, Jessica Noel Splawn; and former husband, Ralph Baird.

   Funeral services were held July 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Masonic Home in Alma.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret L. Baker

 

   Margaret Lucile Baker, 89, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 24, 2002 at her residence.

   Mrs. Baker was born Jan. 27, 1913 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Irvin Powers and Emma (Gehman) Powers. She was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and was affiliated with the church choir and Ruth Circle. She had been a music teacher as well as an organist at Pray Funeral Home for many years. She had also been a music volunteer at Eaton County Medical Care Facility and a member of the Just-A-Mere Club.

   She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Leo; two sons, L. Daryl (Mary Jean) of Charlotte and D. Doyle (Jackie) of Traverse City; three daughters, Marcelyn (Sherman) Kelley of Springport, Darlene (Robert) Raymer of Charlotte and Rosemary Kathleen (David) DeWaters of Texas; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and sister, Christine Rowley of Jonesville.

   Funeral services were held March 27 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Eaton Community Hospice or Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard Baker

 

   Richard Dean Baker, 66, of Nashville, Tenn., died Sept. 20, 2002.

   Mr. Baker was a former resident of Charlotte form 1980 to 1985 and was an employee of the state of Michigan.

   He is survived by his wife, Eunice Carol Baker of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Andrea Dawn Baker of Nashville, Tenn.; foster son, Rick McGrandy of Bay City; three grandchildren and one great-grandson; sister, Shirley Troub; and a brother, Michael David Baker.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements were by Woodbine Funeral Home, Inc., Hickory Chapel, in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

Ronnie L. Baldwin

 

   Ronnie Lynn Baldwin, 47, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, June 3, 2002.

   Mr. Baldwin was born July 4, 1954 in Carson City, the son of Kerry Baldwin and Janis Griswold.

   He is survived by his wife, Yon Hwa (Choe) Baldwin; son, Jimmy Baldwin (Jenny Moening) of East Lansing; three grandchildren, Japhett, Jaden and Jolie; father, Kerry (Cleo) Baldwin of Crystal; mother, Janis (Tom) Baldwin of Riverdale; sisters, Linda Kramer of Portland and Karen (Michael) Odenwald of Fenwick; one niece, two nephews, one great-niece, two aunts, one uncle, one great-aunt, and several step-sisters and step-brothers.

   Funeral services were held June 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Frieda Barker

 

   Frieda Barker, 90, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2002.

   She was born Sept. 28, 1912 in Windsor Township, the youngest of five children born to George W. and Viola Oblinger Sauntmon. She graduated from Dimondale High school in 1929 and retired from the Michigan Secretary of State Licensing Dept. She had resided for two and a half years at New Haven Foster Care Home in Dimondale. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Judith C. Bemis; and three husbands, James E. Smith Sr., Paul DeClercq and Lauren J. Barker.

   She is survived by one son, James (Doris) Smith Jr.; three step-son, Robert (Fran) DeClercq, Tom (Mary) Barker and Scott (Shirley) Barker; two step-daughters, JoAnn (Bob) Allman and Julie (Ed) Wood; one granddaughter, Patricia (David) Pendarvis; five grandsons, Michael (Deb) Smith, Jeffrey (Brenda) Melton, Todd Melton, Kevin Melton and Dan Melton; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Robert Palmer officiating. Interment followed at Dimondale Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Viola E. Barnard

 

   Viola E. Barnard, 63, passed away March 5, 2002.

  Mrs. Barnard was born Jan. 12, 1939 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Herman and Ruth (Donner) Weir. She enjoyed being outside, music and watching basketball.

   She is survived by her husband, Darwin Barnard; daughter, Darlene Austin; two sons, Edward Barnard and Darwin Jay Barnard; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister, Lillian Burton; one niece and three nephews.

   Funeral services were held March 8 at Five Corners Church, with Pastor Marten Saunders and Rev. Curtis Napier officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Five Corners Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bert Barnhart

 

   Bert L. Barnhart, 89, of Olivet died June 25 at his residence after an extended illness.

   He was born in Chicago, Ill. Oct. 23, 1912, was raised by Elizabeth Shook and lived in the Olivet area all his life.

   He was a welder by trade and had worked for the Oliver Corp. until it closed. He then worked for the Calhoun County Road Commission until his retirement in October of 1977. He spent some time traveling in the west with a rodeo, loved boxing and trained young fellows for the Golden Gloves. His life was filled with hard work and love for his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He liked country music and rodeos on TV as well as boxing. His marriage of 63 years was filled with love and compassion.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Shook.

   Surviving are his wife, Thelma (Goodrich) Barnhart to whom he was married on Jan. 7, 1939 in Albion, Ind.; two daughters, Lorain Sue Trudell of Hastings and Sally (Stan) Jeffrey of Olivet; four grandsons, one granddaughter, 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur (Joanne) Shook and sister, Naida (Dale) Doty.

   Funeral services were held June 28 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte with the Pastor Winford Collins officiating.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Lee Center Church or Lifespan-Good Samaritan Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Rande Barrett

 

   Rande Thomas Barrett, 48, of Charlotte died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 15, 2002. Mr. Barrett was born Aug. 5, 1953 in Charlotte, the son of Jack and Phyllis (Heinze) Barrett.

   He worked as a mechanic at Spartan Motors in Charlotte. He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Mindy Barrett of Kentucky, sons Michael and Joey Barrett of Kentucky, stepdaughters Lisa Simmons of Eaton Rapids, Heather Simmons of Lansing, mother Phyllis Barrett of Charlotte, four grandchildren, McKenzie, Brendon, Jordaine, and Maxwell, sister Ronda (Robby) Rosenbrook of Charlotte, niece Kristi (Roy) Kunkel, and nephew Ben (Jeannine) Morris.

   He was preceded in death by his father Jack in 1988 and brother Ron in 1972.

   Funeral services were Saturday, May 18 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes-Green Beach Hospital or to the Barrett children’s college funds.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Howard P. Battin

 

   Howard Paul Battin, 51, of Charlotte, died Friday, April 5, 2002.

   Mr. Battin was born Sept. 9, 1950 in Mason, the son of Earl D.C. and Louise Battin. He was a die maker for General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles for many years, as well as golf and classic cars.

   He is survived by his wife, Dixie; son, Marcus (Leslee) of Lansing; daughters, Heather (Rick) Steinhauser of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tricia Battin of Lansing; grandsons, Bobby, Skyler, Trent, Harley and Dylan; granddaughters, Adeana, Katelyn and Emily; mother, Louise (Bill) Every of Dansville; brothers, Earl (Karen) of Leslie and Gene of Lansing; and sister, Dottie Battin of Bloomsburg, Pa.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Earl; brother, Moe; and sister, Janet.

   Family affirmation services were held April 10 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling facilitating. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floyd Baum

 

   Floyd J. Baum, 72, of Springport passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26. He was a lifelong resident of Springport, born to Gaylord and Arda (Cowles) Baum.

   Mr. Baum served over 20 years on the Springport Schools Board of Education, he was a Springport Sports Booster, a charter member of the Geezer’s club of Springport, a Deacon of the First Church of Christ (Christian) of Jackson, on the Jackson County board of Commissioners serving Parma, Sandstone, Springport, and Tompkins Townships, a board member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau, a member of the Jackson County Agriculture Council, District Director of Michigan Milk Producers Association, member of Jackson County Soil Conservation Association and the Michigan Livestock Exchange.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Jan; children Dale (Joanne), Larry (Becky), Rob (Lori), Marsha (Eric) Marshall; eight grandchildren, Brandon, Mindy, Erik, Aaron, Ethan and Garret Marshall, and Lauren and Hanna Baum; two sisters, Loretta (Guy) Lincoln, Carole (Richard) Tymkew; one brother, Garold (Bev) Baum; many nieces and nephews, and mother-in-law, Ruth Christner. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Forest and two sisters, Donna Cooper and Nellie Hindes.

   Services for Mr. Baum are Monday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Springport High School gymnasium. Pastor Michael Mason and Reverend Robert Doner will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairview cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ (Christian), Springport Sports Boosters, Springport Academic Boosters or the Springport FFA.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Eva M. Bayes

 

   Eva M. Bayes, age 88 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, October 26, 2002 in Lansing. Eva was born June 26, 1914 in Raeford, NC, the daughter of William Lauchlin and Eva Briety (McFayden) Bethune. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church and the Esther Circle. Mrs. Bayes was preceded in death by her husband, Harland in 1993 and her son. Frederick Lynn Bayes in 1964.

   Surviving are her 3 sons, Dick (Barbara) Bayes of Charlotte, Allan (Sandy) Bayes of Spring Lake, Ron (Mona) Bayes of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Robert Betts officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandsons, Dave Bayes, Montie Bayes, Tim Bayes, Ron Bayes, Jr., and Andy Bayes. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice in memory of Eva Bayes.

 

 

 

 

Maurice D. “Morrie” Beals

 

   Maurice D. “Morrie” Beals, age 68 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, October 2, 2002, at his residence. Morrie was born January 19, 1934 in Eaton Rapids, the son of the late Earl Lewis and Nellie M. (Henry) Beals. He served in the National Guards from 1952 until 1961. Maurice worked at Beckland and Arnold IGA as a manager and at Schafer Bakery. In 1968, he and his wife, Sally, opened the Beal’s Party Store, which they operated until 1977. He returned to Schafer Bakery until his retirement in 1990; Maurice served as a voluntary fire fighter in the Eaton Rapids Fire Department from 1966 to 1981, was an Emergency Medical Technician from 1988 to 1990 and was credited with saving many lives. He also served as Captain in the Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department. Morrie bowled in the American Bowling League until earlier this year. He also bowled in the Peterson Classics in Chicago. He played golf, but only as a sport, and stated that his handicap was his drive. He was fondly nicknamed “one bullet Morrie” because he never shot his gun during the forty-five years that he deer hunted with the Eaton Rapids Fireman.

   Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Sally (Schmidt); his sons, James William Beals, Stephen (Karina) Beals all of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandsons, Stephen Jon, Jr. and Timothy Johnston; brother, Harry (Kaye) Beals of Milford, Pennsylvania; “special” mother-in-law, June (Francis) Kipp of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Thomas (Joyce) Schmidt of Fort Wayne, Indiana, “special” sister-in-law, BJ (Lee) Bragg of Eaton Rapids; numerous nieces and nephews, including his “special niece” Lori Brochu of Potterville. He was preceded in death by his 2 sisters, Ruth Robertson, Lois Smith and his father-in-law, Reverend William Schmidt.

   The family visited with friends and family and a Memorial Service was held at the Eaton rapids Church of the Nazarene on Monday, October 7th, with Rev. Dallas McFarland officiating. Contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Fire Department, Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department, Hamlin Township Fire Department or the American Cancer Society attention Lori Brochu at 1755 Abbey Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harry Beard

 

   Harry D. Beard, 92, of Nashville, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mr. Beard was born Sept. 4, 1910 in Nashville, the son of Francis and Nettie (Cazier) Beard. He was raised in the Nashville area, and married Rachel Smith on April 16, 1931. His employment included the former Lentz Table Company, Nashville Stamping Co., Randall Lumber Yard, E.W. Bliss Company, Maple Valley Schools, and the Post Office in Vermontville. Mr. Beard was an avid fisherman, enjoyed doing crafts, and years ago square dancing and “calling” square dances.

   He is survived by his wife, Rachel; daughters, Kathryn Painter of Battle Creek, Barbara Sitzman of Ashland, Ohio, Betty Lou (Earl) Hooghouse of Charlotte, Janet (James) Jarman of Nashville; son, Phillip (Elsie) Beard of Bellevue; grandsons raised by Harry and Rachel, Harry (Sandy) Rollins of Parma, Ohio, and Larry (Rae) Rollins of Nashville; 21 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Joy Lynn Hooghouse; brothers, Tom, George and Francis Beard; sister, Flossie Evans, Myrtle Moore and Ethel Rodriguez. Services were held Oct. 19 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville, with granddaughter Pastor Vickie Taylor officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery in Carmel Township, Eaton County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Harry D. Beard Memorial Fund.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Louise Marie Beck

 

   Louise Marie Beck, age 73 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002 in Charlotte. Lou was born January 26, 1926 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Clarence and Ella Lenora (Watkins) Dandurand. She was a member of the Island City Bowling Association, the Eaton Rapids and Onondaga Senior Centers. Mrs. Beck was preceded in death by her husband, C. Ray Beck in 1993; daughter, Shirley Cords in 1996 and grandson, Dean Harder.

   Surviving are her daughter, Jan (Michael) Phillips of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, Kenneth (Linda) Beck, Merle (Shirley) Harder, Jr. both of Mason; 4 grandchildren, Michael Phillips, Shawn Beck, Kristina Beck and Michael Harder.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 15, 2002, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Robert Betts officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Department in memory of Louise Beck.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard S. Beechler

 

   Richard S. Beechler, former owner of the Rapids Bowl in Eaton Rapids and Eaton Theatre in Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at his home in Venice, Fla. He was 75.

   Mr. Beechler was born Oct. 4, 1927 in Charlotte, and retired in 1990 to Venice, Fla., where he was a member of the Venice Yacht Club and a former member of the Venice Sailing Squadron. He was a U.S. Navy veteran from 1945 to 1947. He attended the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Venice.

   Survivors include his wife, Clara of Venice; two daughters, Amy Wolbert of Grand Rapids and Betsy King of Central Lake; two sons, Greg of New York City and David of Upper Montclair, N.J.; eight grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Guest of Perrysburg, Ohio and a brother, Cash of Gainesville, Fla.

   A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church in Charlotte on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Public Library or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangement were by Lemon Bay Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Faith Beiser

 

   Faith M. Beiser, age 95 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, May 30, 2002 in Dimondale. She was born August 23, 1906 in Flushing Township, MI, one of 9 children of Irving M. & Elsie M. (Batchelor) Vernon. Faith was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids and the Miriam Circle. She received the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital 25 Year Pin for serving as a Red Cross Volunteer. She was a charter member of the Garden Club, life member of the Eaton Rapids OES #241, a member of the U & I Club and a member of the Eaton County Retired Teachers Association, having taught a year in country schools. Faith was preceded in death by her husband, Mack J. Beiser in 1968.

   She was the best mom in the whole world to her daughter, Beverly J. (Jim “Dick”) Dison of East Lansing and son, Wayne E. (Nancy) Beiser of Lansing. Also surviving are 2 grandchildren, Terry Beiser of Jackson, Taune DeBolt of Jackson; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Paul Vernon of Petoskey, Wendall Vernon of Kalamazoo, Bruce (Barbara) Vernon of Sturgis; sister, Mary Tobey of Owosso; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans and Rev. Dr. Douglas Vernon officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. An OES service was held Sunday at 7 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to either the First United Methodist Church or The Eaton Rapids Medical Foundation in memory of Faith Beiser. “Heaven must be a better place with the arrival of our mom and best friend.”

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harold E. Benedict

 

   Harold E. Benedict, 92, of Vermontville, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2002 in the care of his family at his home.

   Mr. Benedict was born Aug. 25, 1910 in Sunfield Township, the son of Ernest and Etta (Walsh) Benedict. He married Edith Van Blarcom in 1934. Edith and Harold spent 64 years together at the family farm north of Vermontville on Round Lake Road until her death in 1998. Together they had eight children, 27 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Mr. Benedict attended Bismark United Methodist Church, then the Vermontville United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Bismark Farm Bureau Community Group and the Bismark Community Boosters. He enjoyed all aspects of farming and liked to travel. He was an accomplished carpenter, electrician, plumber and mechanic. Mr. Benedict had a practical and innovative approach to handling any problem. He was elected to the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame in 1994.

   He is survived by his eight children, Bruce (Carol) Benedict, Merial (Sunil) Das, Mary Jo (Robert) Brimmer, Iris (Leroy) Wion, Cherry Adams, Karen (David) Rishel, Brian (Lorraine) Benedict, Brenda Gillons; brother, Carroll (Barbara) Benedict; and dear friend, Madelyn Forest.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith; sister, Helen Steward; son-in-law, Fred Adams; and grandchildren, Mari Helen and Robert Harold Brimmer.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 12 at Sunfield United Methodist Church, Maple Valley Scholarship Foundation or Bismark Community Boosters. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, in Sunfield. Further information is available at www.legacy.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elizabeth T. Berchtold

 

   Elizabeth T. Berchtold, 86, of Charlotte, formerly of Harbor Beach, Mich. And Pennsylvania, died Sunday, May 12, 2002 at Hospice House of mid Michigan in Lansing.

   Mrs. Berchtold was born Aug. 2, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Arnold and Clara (Schellenberg) Tiernan. She had been employed as a newspaper reporter for the Delaware County News in Pennsylvania and also worked for the Catholic Cemeteries in Philadelphia, Pa. While in Harbor Beach, she was a member and Eucharistic minister of Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church and also served on the Altar Society. She was a member of the Harbor Beach Senior Group, the Garden Club, the Historical Society and an associate member of AM-VETS. She was currently a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by two sons, John (Brenda) Berchtold of Charlotte and William (Linda) Berchtold of Darby, Pa.; one daughter, Elizabeth (Harold) Laurence of Havertown, Pa.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William Berchtold; son, Vincent Berchtold; and daughter, Mary Anne Berchtold.

   At Mrs. Berchtold’s request, cremation has taken place. A memorial mass was held at May 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte District Library. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Markus L. Bergey

 

   Markus L. Bergey, 17, of Lansing, died June 29, 2002 after a long battle with cancer.

   Markus was born May 17, 1985.

   He is survived by his mother, Dawn Bergey; grandmothers, Nancy Sump and Grandma Bergey; one brother and sister; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, lots of friends and adopted family members.

   Funeral services were held July 2 at Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Dimondale.

 

 

 

Anna L. Best

 

   Anna Lucy Best, 90, of Battle Creek, formerly of Charlotte, died March 16, 2002.

   Mrs. Best was born Feb. 16, 1912 in Brookfield Township, the daughter of William and Elsie (Raymer) Clough.

   She is survived by sons, Bruce Best and Dan (Barbara) Best of Charlotte; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mable Clough of Charlotte; brother, Harry Clough of North Carolina; sister, Olivet Finch of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband George and grandson Richard.

   Mrs. Best wished to have her body donated to the Michigan State University Anatomy Department.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan State University Anatomical Gift Fund. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard L. Betts

 

   Richard “Dick” L. Betts, 48, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 after a battle with cancer.

   Mr. Betts was born Dec. 11, 1953, the son of Elmer and Betty (Gemmill) Betts. He was a truck driver, currently working for USF Holland. He drove well over one million accident-free miles and attended numerous professional-training courses and programs for which he received many awards. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.

   He is survived by his wife, Christine; daughter, Amy Lynn; his parents; brother, Robert; sister, Vickie; nephew, Rob (Amy) Harris, all of Charlotte.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to Mid Michigan Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary E. Bidinger

 

   Mary Elaine Bidinger, 62, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002.

   Mrs. Bidinger was born Nov. 2, 1940 in Eaton County, the daughter of John and Thelma (Crandall) Dorman. She worked for over 20 years as the word processing coordinator for Michigan Miller Mutual Insurance Company. She was a member of the Charlotte Assembly of God Church and very much enjoyed gardening and cats.

   She is survived by sons, Thomas of Charlotte, Charles (Patty) of Athens, Ga., and Stephen of Northville; daughters, Laura Kaminski of Albuquerque, N.M. and Melinda (Pedro) Vasquez of Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and brother, Carleton (Marilyn) Dornan of Scottsdale, Ariz.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Missions Program at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alma Bingham

 

   Alma (Stults) Bingham, 83, of Nashville, died Friday, June 28, 2002 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mrs. Bingham was born July 27, 1918 in Convis Township, Calhoun County, the daughter of Adelbert and Catherine (Shope) Stults. She lived in Battle Creek for 35 years before moving to Nashville, Barry County, in 1971. Mrs. Bingham attended four one-room schools; Porter, Striped, Kibler and Section. She graduated from Olivet High School in 1935 and married Elmer Bingham in 1937; he preceded her in death in May 1992. She retired from Kellogg Company in 1976 with over 30 years of service. She was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary in Nashville. She loved her family and enjoyed her home, friends, fishing, camping and playing euchre.

   She is survived by two sons, Charles (Gloria) Bingham of Battle Creek and James Bingham (Jocelyn Frankow) of the Netherlands; and two grandchildren, Charles Bingham of Battle Creek and Christopher Bingham of Grand Rapids.

   In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Edna Masters and Thelma Allen; brothers, Lewis “Mike” Stults, Leslie (Tim) Stults and baby Seth.

   Memorial services were held July 3 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Kathleen Bingham

 

   Kathleen Bingham, 81, of Charlotte, died Oct. 29, 2002.

   Mrs. Bingham was born Sept. 24, 1921 in Evart, the daughter of Harry and Beatrice (Montgomery) Custer. She was a partner in the family farm and trucking business, C. Dale Bingham Farm Supplies. She was also an active member of the Charlotte Free Methodist Church.

   She is survived by husband, Dale Bingham; sons, Charles (Barb) Bingham and Michael (Delores) Bingham, both of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Michael J., Christina, Scott and Laura; sisters, Norma Rice of Rodney, Helen Cotton of Mulliken, and Betty Pedersen of Evart.

   She was preceded in death by a brother, Forest Custer.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Paul Davis officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Christina M. Bird

 

   Christina M. “Birdie” Bird, 89, of Potterville, died Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 2002.

   Mrs. Bird was born May 12, 1913 in Cadillac, the daughter of William and Mary (Gregg) Jenkins. She was a member of the Potterville Church of the Nazarene, Williamston W.C.T.U. and a past member of the Holt Church of the Nazarene. She graduated from Williamston High School in 1930, and attended Wexford County Normal and the practical nursing program at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, J. William Bird.

   Mrs. Bird id survived by her children, Deana (Julius) Moore of Potterville, Jeanne Parker of Williamston, Bethel (Michael) Rickle of Potterville, and Richard W. (Edna) Wilson of Mabank, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Slocum officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Paul D. Bishop

 

   Paul D. Bishop, 90, of Charlotte, died Nov. 24, 2002.

   Mr. Bishop was born Dec. 2, 1911 in Eaton County, the son of Deloss and Lottie (Dean) Bishop. He was a schoolteacher for 30 years in Jackson County, eight years in Phoenix, Ariz., and 20 years in Charlotte, where he also served as a principal in Charlotte Public Schools. He served in the Army during World War II, with campaigns to Western Pacific and Southern Philippines.

   He is survived by nieces, Alyce Ann Holmes and Phyllis Bishop; nephews, Rex Dean (Cindra) Bishop, Steven Charles (Danette) Bishop, George David (Jane) Bishop and Paul Merlin (Joan) Bishop.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Clarice (Howey) Bishop; sister, Alberta Schaaf; and a brother, Rex Bishop.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Interment was at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harold O. Blackmer

 

   Harold O. Blackmer, 85, of Charlotte, formerly of Battle Creek, died Friday, April 12, 2002 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mr. Blackmer was born July 29, 1916 in St. Charles, the son of Oscar and Minnie (Frelizt) Blackmer and was a Charlotte resident for 20 years. He was a retired truck driver, having driven for Saginaw Transfer Co., Consolidated Freightways and Blue Arrow/Douglas Trucking Co., from where he retired in 1979. Mr. Blackmer was also an ordained minister. He was a member of Calvary Grace Church in Eaton Rapids, and a former member of the Charlotte Pentecostal Church of God. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and gardening.

   He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betty (Johnson); two sons, Matthew of Phoenix, Ariz., and David of Charlotte; stepson, Harry Lassen of North Carolina; brother, Gerald of Kalkaska; two sisters, Ilene Hill of Florida and Joyce Beckman of Chesaning; and children from a previous marriage, Karen, Joyce Ann ad Mark. He was preceded in by his parents; two sisters, Florence Weber and Geraldine Schenbelt; and two brothers, Robert and Charles.

   At Mr. Blackmer’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held April 15 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Rockney Wing Sr. officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Earl Blake

 

   Earl Blake, 79, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002 at his home.

   Mr. Blake was born Feb. 14, 1922 in Hastings, the son of Walter and Rena (Rose) Blake. He attended area schools. Mr. Blake served in the U.S. Army during World War II from Dec. 3, 1942 until Dec. 27, 1945 with the 301st Infantry. He married Mary Louise Gaedert on Feb. 28, 1948 in Angola, Ind. They settled in Nashville, where he was a lifetime member of the Nashville VFW post. Mr. Blake loved bingo and working at Mulberry Fore Golf Course. He enjoyed racing of all kinds, fixing up cars, trailers, snowmobiles and being in his garage.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary “Blondie” Blake; son, Robert Blake; daughter-in-law, Joyce Makley; grandson, Travis Blake; granddaughter, Melissa Barnhart; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Rena (Rose) Blake.

   A memorial luncheon was held Feb. 9 at the Nashville VFW post. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Della Mae Boatman

 

   Della Mae Boatman, age 78 of Eaton Rapids, went home to be with the Lord on December 2, 2002. She was born May 29, 1924 in Fosteria, Ohio, daughter of the late George and Mary Louise (Ritter) Graves. Della worked in 1953 for Davidson Woolen Mills for a time and had graduated in 1978 from the Eaton Rapids High School. She loved the out-of-doors, animals and traveling with her late husband. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witness. A highly spirited and very independent woman, who was very witty and full of wisdom, and will always be remembered. Preceding her in death were her husband of 37 years, Jean Royston Boatman; brothers, Bruce and Robert and sister, Mildred.

   Surviving are her 3 sons, Gary Lee Boatman of Ohio, Robert (Wanda) of Lansing, and Alex F. (Diane); daughter, Zephyr A. Boatman of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandsons, Jacob Jean-Conner Hughes and Zachary Brain-Jarrad Hughes of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Mary (Louie) Duran of CA, Miriam (Harold) Milan of Upper Sandusky, OH, Nancy (Sonny) Tyson of Oh; brothers, Harry of Hanibal, MO and Gene (Bonnie) of MO; and a large extended family of nieces and nephews and friends.

   Funeral services were Saturday, December 7, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Elder Bill Casten, officiating. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association, in memory of Della Mae Boatman.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Roxanne Kay Boatman

 

   Roxanne K. Boatman, age 43 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 15, 2002 following a long battle with cancer. She was born September 2, 1958 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Wendell and Ruth (Marquadt) Boatman. Roxanne was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1976, and attended the First Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Roxanne was an Operational Support Specialist with over 15 years of service with Michigan National Bank in the Merchant Credit Card Services Division. Her contributions helped the department in winning Quality Service Awards for the past 10 consecutive years. Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Kent.

   Surviving are her son, Sean Boatman; sister, Marie (John) Holcomb of Eaton Rapids and brother, Larry (Susan) Boatman of Clarkson; 2 nieces, Melissa and JoLynn Holcomb and 2 nephews, Keith and Derek Boatman; several aunts and cousins.

   Funeral services will be on Wednesday, June 19th at 4 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Roxanne Boatman Living Trust for an Educational Fund for her son, Sean.

 

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Jack E. Bobier

 

   Jack E. Bobier, 76, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away March 25, 2002. Mr. Bobier and his wife, after living in Charlotte for 32 years, moved to Fraser, Colo., where they spent 22 years. In 1999 they moved to Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Bobier loved life to its fullest and had no regrets.

   He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two sons, Mark and Brian (Beth); one daughter, Cynthia (Dave) Kettner; four grandchildren, James, Craig, Tricia and Shaun; two great-grandchildren, Adin and Drew; and one brother, Bob.

   Memorial services were held March 29 at Mariposa Gardens Chapel in Mesa, Ariz.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

John T. Boner

 

   John Thomas Boner, 66, of Charlotte, died Saturday, July 13, 2002.

   Mr. Boner was born Dec. 10, 1935 in Battle Creek, the son of Raymond and Jesse May (Houghtelling) Boner. He retired from Demmer Corp., was a government OAR inspector, and served in the Army during the Korean War.

   He is survived by daughter, Julie Harshey of Charlotte; son, Alan Wesley Hardy of Texas; brothers, Clifford Boner of Copper Harbor, Alaska, and Richard Boner of Acoa, Fla.; sisters, Peggy Hall of Battle Creek and Ann Thurman of Urbana, Ohio; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held July 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bernard J. Booyinga

 

   Bernard “Bernie” Junior Booyinga, 67, of Mason, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002.

   Mr. Booyinga was born March 10, 1934 in Dunningville, the son of Louis Bernard and Estella Mae (Thomas) Booyinga.

   He is survived by companion, Phyllis VanDeMoortel; cousins, Brian (Voni) Booyinga of Dansville, Sheryl Kletke of Holt, Joanne McGlocklin and Brent Booyinga, both of Battle Creek.

   Graveside services were held Jan. 18 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with rev. Jeff Bowman officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to Gresham United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.prayerfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Virginia F. Borgman

 

   Virginia F. Borgman, 75, of Bellevue, died July 7, 2002 at Battle Creek health System.

   Mrs. Borgman was born Oct. 8, 1926 in Bellevue, the daughter of Wesley and Hilda (Hughes) Brandt. She graduated from Bellevue High School and married Emert Borgman on Dec. 1, 1946; he survives. She was a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church and active in the kitchen committee, the Mission Committee, Esther Circle and United Methodist Women. Mrs. Borgman was also a member of the 20th Century Club and ETC Club, and volunteered as a Camp Fire leader. She was a homemaker, enjoyed family gatherings and going to their cottage at Leach Lake in Hastings. She also liked attending her grandchildren’s many activities.

   She is survived by her husband; daughters, Gloria (Eric) Slaughter of Holland, Mary Beth (Randy) Boehmer of Bellevue, Gayle (Simon) Lothamer of Jackson and Jean (Rand) Eaton of Bellevue; eight grandchildren; brother, Duane (Bobbie) Brandt of Bellevue; and sisters, Betty (Lowell) Cook of Charlotte and Elaine (Bill) Schroder of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by a grandson, Benjamin Lothamer.

   Services were held July 10 at Bellevue United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Johnston officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thomas “Tommy” Botsford

 

   FISHERA, Ind.- Thomas A. “Tommy” Botsford, formerly of Mason, died Dec. 13, 2002, at the age of 48. He was born Jan. 23, 1957 in Lansing.

   Tommy was the maintenance manager at Coopers Bowling Centers for the past four years, and was an AMA professional motorcycle road course racer. He was also a freestyle mountain climber. He was an accomplished guitar player beginning in youth and was very active in the Boy Scouts.

   Surviving are his father, Thomas C. Botsford of Eaton Rapids; mother, Charlene G. (Blasen) Hope of Okemos; one brother, Terry M. Botsford of Palm Coast, Fla.; one sister, Toni S. (Jim) Vandecar of Mason.

   Funeral services were held Friday at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel, Mason. Interment followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason. Those desiring may make contributions to the charity of their choice in memory of Tommy.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harry R. Bottomley

 

   Harry R. Bottomley, 94, of Portage, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday evening, July 9, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center Kalamazoo.

   Mr. Bottomley was born June 30, 1908 in Gridley, Calif., the son of Fred and Myrta (Nordstrom) Bottomley, and was raised in Charlotte. Before his retirement at the age of 82, he managed the Neisner Department Stores for 17 years; was a sale representative for Duro Decal; managed the 5 & 10 Woodworth Store in Plymouth; purchased tank parts during World War II; invented and patented the extended auto brake pedal and was owner/ operator of Bottomley School Equipment Company. Mr. Bottomley was a Boy Scout and a member of the Masonic Lodge and Detroit Westside Lions Club. He maintained the family home of 60 years in Dearborn before moving to Portage in October 2002. Mr. Bottomley enjoyed family, friends, travel, yard work, fishing, hunting and any good Challenge. On Feb. 2, 1929 he was united in marriage to his wife of 73 years, the former Mildred English, who survives.

   Also surviving are two sons and one daughter, Robert (Edna) Bottomley of Macedonia, Ohio, Roger (Robin) Bottomley of Aurora, Colo., and Donella (Denis) Laskowsky of Portage; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; tow brothers, Wayne Bottomley and Gale (Beverly) Bottomley, both of Barryton; and several nieces and nephew.

   He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alfred, Forrest and Laurence Bottomley.

   A service celebrating Mr. Bottomley’s life was held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Research Fund, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1914 Taubman Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; or the Hydrocephalus Association, 870 Market St., Suite 705, San Francisco, CA 94102.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

William J. Brady

 

   William John Brady, 54, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, march 14, 2002 at Battle Creek Health System as the result of complications from an auto accident on Dec. 31, 2002.

   Mr. Brady was born May 18, 1947 in Battle Creek, the son of Neil Hulbert and Agnes Louise (Sietler) Brandy. He graduated from Bellevue High School and farmed and hauled livestock until going to work at Tenneco Automotive in Marshall a few years ago. He married Shirley Wernowsky in April 1980, which ended in divorce in Sept. 2001; she survives. Mr. Brady enjoyed going to farm auctions and driving the country roads around Shipshewana, Indiana. He collected hats and toy antique tractors.

   He is survived by son, Dallas; brothers Robert of Battle Creek and Joseph of Bellevue; sister, Janiece Wallace of Arizona; aunt, Olive Lewis of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Travis Jeffrey and Dustin James; nephew Steven Wallace; and great-nephew, David Wallace.

   Funeral services were held March 18 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Wendell Stine officiating. Interment was at Bell Cemetery in Assyria Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the children’s educational fund.

  

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Rev. LeahBelle Braley

 

   The Lord our precious mother Rev. LeahBelle Braley served all her life, took her to be with Him on Monday, September 30, 2002, at the age of 91, following a brief illness. LeahBelle was born in Gratiot County, Michigan on December 17, 1910, to loving and caring parents, Albert and Alta (Shaw) Moon. She was the third in a family of seven children; Lenora, died at 16 months old; Lillian (Marvin Peters) the oldest died in 1999; William Albert (Lucille) both deceased; Robert (Dorothy) reside at Isabella Lake; Basil deceased (Elaine Butler) resides in Grand Ledge; Ruby Moon is in Eaton Rapids; Maynard lives in rural St. Johns, wife Shirley deceased. LeahBelle married Hollis Parks in 1935 and to them were born three lovely daughters, Luella, married Donald Walters and lives in Curtiss, Wisconsin; Joyce Crosby, married Jerry Draper and lives in Navarre, Florida; Eleanor Pounds also lives in Navarre, Florida. LeahBelle married Gerald Braley in 1965 and he died in 1972. She had been blessed with 8 adorable grandchildren, 19 loveable great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and friends. Her church family at the Church of the Nazarene in Eaton Rapids, has been very loyal, supportive and caring for these many years. LeahBelle appreciated the many years the Lord had given her to serve Him. She was a retired nursing home administrator and owner, certified social worker, Sunday School teacher for many years and was a licensed practical nurse and ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.

   Interment of the body was on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. A memorial service in celebration of her life was held October 5th at the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dallas McFarland officiating, also assisting him were Rev. Harold Yochum, Rev. Wm. E. Naill and Rev. Gary Bright. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene 2225 S. Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, Heartland Hospice or a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Rev. LeahBelle Braley. Funeral arrangements were through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Ardyce Briggs

 

   Ardyce Briggs, 68, of Ionia, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002.

   Mrs. Briggs was July 25, 1933 in Eaton County, the daughter of Shirley and Hermina (Zemke) Southern. She loved to sew for her family and friends, and loved playing bridge.

   She is survived by her husband, James; sons, Rodney (Ronda), Bradley (Gailene), Dennis (Vicki) and Scott Briggs, all of Ionia; daughters, Teressa Briggs and Chris (Kim) Rowley of Ionia, and Karen (Rich) Taylor of Byron Center; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary jean Hadden of Wayland and Barbara Ann (Charles) Wilson of Williamston; aunt Elizabeth Stowe of Ionia; and brother-in-law, Nyle (Judy) Briggs of Battle Creek.

   Funeral services were held April 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family of future designation. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gale Briggs

 

   Gale Lee Briggs, Jr., 59, of Charlotte died Wednesday, July 3, 2002 in Lansing. Mr. Briggs was born Oct. 29, 1942 in Charlotte, the son of Gale and Gladys (Martin) Briggs.

   He was the owner and operator of Gale Briggs, Inc., the business his father began in 1930.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty (Swift) Briggs, daughters Julie Buckner of Charlotte, Laurie (Bruce) Dudley of Wacousta, Jenni Briggs of Ames, Iowa; sons, Steven (Lisa) and Robert, both of Charlotte, grandchildren Sasha (Frank) Kasey, Tyler, Adam, Cole, Chase and Noah, and sister Mary Alice (Glen) Tibbett of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were Saturday, July 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, contributions may be made to the Heart Association of the Arthritis Foundation.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lawrence J. “Mike” Briggs

 

   Lawrence J. “Mike” Briggs, age 69 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, March 30, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital. He was born September 7, 1932 in Lansing, the son of Charles and Ila (Blough) Briggs. Mike served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and served 20 years with the Department of Military Affairs at the Albion Armory for the State Of Michigan. Preceding him in death were his parents; 2 brothers, Charles Jr. and Robert Sr.; sister, Margaret Allen; 3 grandchildren, Jere Lyn Briggs II, Nichole Marie and Gerald Wallace Holbrook II.

   Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Elizabeth; 4 children, Jere (Sandy) Briggs of Round Lake, IL, Mikal (Stacy) Briggs of Eaton Rapids, Dawnna Briggs of Eaton Rapids and Suzanne (Gerald) Holbrook of Camden, TN; sister Carol Schalow of Lansing; brother, Melvin (Joan) Briggs of Ionia; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elmer G. Britten

 

   Elmer G. Britten, 83, of Howell, died Dec. 8, 2002 at the Hospice house of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Mr. Britten was born Feb. 17, 1919 in Eaton Township, the son of Mabel (Chapman) and Arbie Britten. He married Virginia Bradley; she preceded him in death Nov. 13, 1985. Mr. Britten was a member of First Baptist Church of Howell and American Legion Devereaux Post #141. He was a World War II Army veteran.

   He is survived by brothers, Floyd of Bellevue, Harold and Joseph, both of Lansing, Edward of Dimondale and Fred of Eaton Rapids; and seven nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by two sisters.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at MacDonald’s Funeral Home in Howell, with Dr, Gary Bruland and Rev. Donald E. Williams of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Brighton.

   Memorial contributions mat be made to First Baptist Church or American legion Deveraux Post #141.

Carl Brooks

 

   Carl A. Brooks, 81, of Potterville died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002. Mr. Brooks was born in 1921 in Grand Rapids. He is the son of Roy and Eva (Kridler) Brooks. He had lived in Potterville for over 60 years. He was a retired employee of the Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Lansing, where he worked for over 31 years. He enjoyed woodworking and crafts.

   He has surviving; tow daughters, Kay (Ed) Paige of Lansing and DeeDee (Bob) Hackworth of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Tracy Hicks, Kyle (Merrilyn) Hicks, Robert (Lynn) Hicks, Chad Hicks and Lisa Paige; great grandchildren, Tara Daily (Hicks), Saydie Hicks, Karlie Hicks, Kylie Hicks, Chase Hicks, Brent Hicks and Dyland McKay; sister, Maxine (Robert) Fhaner of Houghton Lake; Sister in–law, Joann Hickox of Lansing; dear friend, Marion Leiter of Charlotte and several nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, wife, Maybelle (Hickox) Brooks, Sister, Irma Kerr and Grandson, Doug Paige.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Tom Haynie officiating. Interment was held in the Potterville Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association or the Ingham Health Care Hospice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Bill Brown

 

   Rev. William E. Brown, 82, of Bellevue, died Jan. 21, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

   Rev. Brown was born April 28, 1919 to William and Sadie (Tull) Brown in Fibre – in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He graduated from Albion College in 1945, received a master of divinity degree at Northwestern University, Garrett Biblical Institute in Chicago, and a doctor of philosophy at The International Free Protestant Episcopal University in London, England. Rev. Brown served as a minister to Methodist churches in Kalamazoo, Montague, Bangor and Bellevue, the Methodist – Congregational Church in Ovid, and the West Carmel Congregational Church in Charlotte. He also served as a professor of sociology and anthropology at Olivet College for 18 years. Rev. Brown married Jean Richter Sept. 7, 1942 in Lansing; she survives. His memberships in community organizations included the Montague – Whitehall F & AM Lodge 198, Saladin Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Grand Rapids, Battle Creek Shrine Club, Bellevue Conservation Club, Bellevue Historical Society, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and was twice president of the Montague Rotary Club. Rev. Brown and his wife spent summers at their cabin on Trout Lake and winters in Florida. He enjoyed traveling, outdoor sports, reading and spending time with his family and friends.

   He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Teresa Alexander of Bellevue United Methodist Church. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Carol S. Brown

 

   Carol S. Brown, age 60 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, March 17, 2002 at the Hospice House of Lansing, following a long illness. She was born December 5, 1941 in Owosso, Michigan, the daughter of Verbel and Mildred (Vertro) Handcock. Mrs. Brown was a member of the West Columbia Church of the Nazarene in Mason.

   Surviving are her husband, Charles W. Brown, Sr.; 6 children, Timothy (Debbie) Brown of Lansing, Jerry (Marlena) Brown of Kentucky, Charlie W. Brown, Jr. of Eaton Rapids, Nena (Jim) Nelson of Eaton Rapids, Wanetta (Michael) Lamoureux of Eaton Rapids, and Sue (Butch) Matthews of Eaton Rapids; 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Leta Bosom of Bar Harbor, Maine.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor Jerry Garcia of the West Columbia Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Cremation will follow this service with a private burial of cremains in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

Stanley A. Brown

 

   Stanley Allen Brown, 48, of Bellevue, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002.

   Mr. Brown was born Oct. 2, 1954 in Charlotte, the son of Robert and Patricia (David) Brown. He was a medical health technician and was in the U.S. Army.

   He is survived by daughters, Jessica Bess of Vicksburg and Laura Brown of Battle Creek; son, Benjamin Brown of Toledo; father, Robert (stepmother Susan Myers) Brown of Charlotte; mother, Patricia Brown of Charlotte; grandchildren, Breanne, Bridgett, Brooke, Dezeray, Devon, Trinity and Makenzie; twin brother Steve Brown and brother Donald (Becky) Brown, both of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Dec. 13 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell facilitating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Helping Hands. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

H. Dean Bruce

 

   H. Dean Bruce, 67, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing after a short illness.

   Mr. Bruce was born June 18, 1935 in Charlotte, the son of Thomas and Minnie (Garland) Bruce and was a life-long Charlotte resident. He was a 1954 graduate of Charlotte High School, served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 and was a truck driver for Leaseway Motorcar Co., from where he retired in June 2000. Mr. Bruce was a retired member of the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department, with 42 years of service; and a member of Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552 and Maple City Post 2406 VFW in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Janette (Hicks) Bruce to whom he was married Aug. 19, 1960; one son David of Yuma, Ariz.; one daughter, Jodie Roux of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Nichole (Kenneth) Babcock, Daniel Pion and Ryan Patton; one great-grandchild, Ashley Elizabeth Babcock; one sister, Shirley Swan of Eaton Rapids; two brothers, Wallace (Myra) and Garry (Barbara), both of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Schmidt and Elaine Packard; and three brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Thomas Bruce.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 7 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling and the Charlotte Fire Department officiating. Cremation followed the services.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy A. Brugh

 

   Dorothy A. (Schulert) Brugh, 92, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, July 12, 2002 at the Sparrow Health System Dimondale Center after a short illness.

   Mrs. Brugh was born March 27, 1910 in Detroit, the daughter Oscar and Ruth (Sanford) Schulert. She was a 1928 graduate of Belleville High School, attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and received a registered nurse degree in Detroit. Mrs. Brugh served as a missionary nurse from 1939 to 1979 for the Latin American Mission in Costa Rica and Columbia. She was married to Lawrence Brugh in 1983; he preceded her in death in 1986.

   She is survived by two sisters, Louise Donaldson of Evansville, Ind. And Kathryn Jarboe of Bowling Green, Ky.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; and five brothers, George, Walter, David, Arthur and Sandy Schulert.

   At Mrs. Burgh’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held July 15 at the First Baptist Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Charles Moore officiating. Interment of cremains was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Latin American Mission. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dan B. Bryan

 

   Dan Bruce Bryan, 54, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 18, 2002 at his residence.

   Mr. Bryan was born Dec. 30, 1947 in Charlotte, the son of Ned and Shirley (Casler) Bryan and had lived most of his life in Charlotte, except 20 years when he lived in Soldotna, Alaska. He was a 1966 graduate of Charlotte High School, a US Army veteran serving during the Vietnam era, an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a member of Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3352. Mr. Bryan enjoyed spending time with his son and five grandsons target shooting and duck hunting.

   He is survived by his son, Dan (Charie) of Vermontville; five grandsons, Dan III, Ashtin, Blaze, Brandon and Brent Bryan; two brothers, William (Judy) of Charlotte and Art of Potterville; and his mother, Shirley Casler Bryan of Lake City.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Ned Bryan.

   Private family graveside services were held at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Jerry W. Bryant

 

   Jerry Wayne Bryant, 50, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 at his residence from natural causes.

   Mr. Bryant was born April 4, 1952 in Pike County, Ky., the son of Homer and Emma Jean (Mullins) Bryant and lived most of his life in the Olivet area. He had been employed as a lawn care worker and was a graduate of the Olivet Adult Education Program.

   He is survived by his wife, Judith (Williams) Bryant; nine children, Rhonda Michael and Jennifer Evert, both of Charlotte, and Lisa Gibson, David Evert, Laura (Mike) Rose, Tracy (Eric) Fuller, Nicole Bryant, Danielle Bryant and Chris Bryant, all of Olivet; 14 grandchildren; sister, Betty Payne of Olivet; brother, Ronnie Bryant of Potterville; and four step-brothers, Martin, Chuck, Rick and Bill French.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Collier of Faith Assembly of God officiating. Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Homer Buck, Jr.

 

   Homer A. Buck, Jr., 71, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002. Mr. Buck was born to his parents, Homer, Sr. and Olive Buck.

   Homer was employed at Green Bay Foods in Eaton Rapids for 30 years until his retirement in 1992. He enjoyed being an active member of the Potterville Benton Twp. Fire Department for 30 years.

   He is survived by his wife Sandra Buck; sons, Donald (Leanne) Buck of Potterville, Thomas Buck of Potterville and Floyd (Shawn) Buck of Manton; daughters, Rhonda Buck of Lake Odessa, Debra Buck of Lansing, and Sharon Buck of Grand Ledge; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Buck of Newaygo, and John (Shirley) Buck of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his mother in 1979, hid father in 1982 and son Randy Scott Buck in 1994.

   The family will receive visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Memorial services will be held at 2p.m. Monday at the Potterville- Benton Twp. Fire Station with Rev. Tom Peters officiating.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bertie F. Burt

 

   Bertie F. Burt, 78, of Charlotte, died June 27, 2002.

   Mrs. Burt was born Feb. 4, 1924 in Luray, Va., the daughter of George and Bertie (Nicholas) Corbin. She was a member of the South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Glen Burt; sons, Allen, Jim, and Fred (Cyndy), all of Charlotte, Gary (Julie) Mulliken, and Doug of Battle Creek; daughters, Judy (Don) Thornhill of Franklin, Ga., Lois Kettner and Sandy (Dean) Parish, both of Charlotte, Marlene (Mike) Davids of Acworth, Ga., and Margaret (Ed) Johnson of Grand Ledge; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by sons, Larry and Jerry, and a grandson, Garry Jr.

   Funeral services were held July 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

Julia C. Buxton

 

   Julia C. Buxton, 87, of Charlotte, died May 17, 2002.

   Mrs. Buxton was born Feb. 10, 1915 in Vermontville, the daughter of Daniel and Etta (Van Vleet) Smith. She had been a care-giver her entire life and had over 60 foster children she helped along the way. She attended Chester Gospel Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Lyle Buxton of Charlotte; daughters, Dianna Dye of Charlotte and Dixie Berg of Florida; sons, David Berg of California and Sharon Bos of Virginia; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Bessie Glossop of Grand Legde.

   Funeral services were held May 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Sandra J. Cain

 

   Sandra Jean Cain, 60, of Davenport, Fla., formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002.

   Mrs. Cain was born Dec. 30, 1941 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ion and Anna Baker.

   She is survived by sister, Gloria Smith of Hastings; sons, David Cain of Eaton Rapids and Doug Cain of Davenport, Fla.; daughter, Tammy Piper of Spring Lake.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Duane Royston officiating. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Glenn A. “Windy” Canfield

 

   Glenn Allen “Windy” Canfield, age 78 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, September 6, 2002 at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. He was born September 5, 1924 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Allen and Alma (Wells) Canfield. Windy was a retired employee of the Eaton Rapids Public Schools and had formerly worked for the Harris Oil Company in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Jean (Caldwell); 2 sons, Gregg (Lavina) Canfield of Marshall and Steven (LeeAnn) Canfield of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Matthew Allen Canfield, Curtis Lownsbery and Deana Lownsbery; sister-in-law, Janet White and nephew Carl White; several cousins.

   In keeping with his request, there will be no visitation or services. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center at 1500 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, in memory of Glenn A. “Windy” Canfield. Arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bradley K. Carpenter

 

   Bradley “Brad” Kent Carpenter, 45, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002.

   Mr. Carpenter was born Feb. 22, 1956 in Charlotte, the son of Bruce and Janet (Devenbaugh) Carpenter. He was a carpenter.

   He is survived by his parents; daughters, Samantha, Tina and Karen; grandparents, Theda and Maurice Devenbaugh; brothers, Steve and Darryl Carpenter; and many other family members.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Glenn Neal officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Daniel Carpenter

 

   Daniel J. Carpenter, 71, of De Bary, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died June 23 after a lengthy illness. He was born in New York on Nov. 24, 1930, the son of the late Constance Williams and Daniel J. Carpenter, Sr.

   Daniel served in the fire service for over 40 years, starting this lifelong career in the U.S. Navy and retiring from the U.S. Air Force on July 1, 1968. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, Fifth Air Force, June 8, 1967 to May 17, 1968. He was the former Fire Administrator and Chief Fire Marshall of Mecklenburg County, N.C., serving in this position from 1968-85. He received his associate degree in fire science technology from Central Piedmont Community College and his BS in law enforcement and administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and served on the Arson Committee and Arson Task Force from 1971-84. He was the international director for the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs from 1978-85, past President in 1977-78 as well as other positions. Other affiliations included the International Association of Arson Investigators Board of Directors, North Carolina Chapter of International Society of Fire Service Instructors; North Carolina Firefighters Association, North Carolina Fire Marshals Association of Fire Chiefs as a consultant for a project supported by the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Justice. He conducted fire and arson management studies with TRIDATA Corporation under contracted from the U.S. Fire Administration.

   He was a member of the Excelsior Ledge #261 AF &AM Scottish Rite Bodies and Oasis Temple of the Shrine. Dan lived in Charlotte, MI until moving to De Bary, Fla. with his wife in November 1996.

   Survivors include his spouse of 21 years, Anita “Jerry” Carpenter; daughters Constance Butler and Debra Carpenter; son, Daniel J. Carpenter, Ill; granddaughters Tiffany Hagler and Heather Carpenter; sister Diane Schaumburg, all of Charlotte, N.C.; stepdaughter, Ms. Debra Smedley of Lansing, stepsons Richard England of Elsie, and Michael Swan of Eaton Rapids, step-granddaughters Rachel McCune and Stacee Swan; step-grandsons R. Jerry England, Joshua England, Richard England, and Dillon Swan; sister-in-laws Mrs. Basil “Judy” Walker and Patricia Conard, both of Eaton Rapids, and brother-in-law James Manning of Oklahoma; three great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held June 27 at the McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel. Burial followed at Sharon Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Constance F. Carroll

 

   Constance Floy Carroll, 55, passed away July 17, 2002 at her home near Eaton Rapids.

   Constance was born Aug. 9, 1946 In Lansing, the child of Wayne Spencer and Lois Irene (Bronson) Carroll. She was employed by the state of Michigan, Bureau of Workers and Unemployment Compensation for 36 years, serving numerous years as the State Division administrator. She loved and appreciated her association with fellow co-workers, who brought much joy into her life. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 32 years, her testimony and life’s work was to exemplify the Savoir by serving others and continuing His work. As a member of the church, she was called as a full-time missionary of the gospel of Jesus Christ in Argentina, South America, from May 1973 to Nov. 1974. She served numerous callings, one of her favorites was working with the youth. Her life was one of dedicated service to the Lord through service to her family and friends.

   She is survived by her mother, Lois Carroll of Grand Ledge; one brother, Spencer (Elizabeth) Carroll of Grand Ledge; two sisters, Penny (Richard) Johnson of Olivet, and twin sister, Christina (William E.) Rogers Jr. of Lansing; two step-sisters, Carol (Bob) Kennedy of Eaton rapids and Nancy (Dean) Fox of Wheatfield, Ind.; two step-brothers, Fritz (Karen) Domres of Charlotte and Herbert (Joanne) Domres of Traverse City; four nieces, Deidre (Tony) Session, Stacy Carroll, Starla (Aaron) Manchester and Stephanie (Chad) Mikesell; three step-nieces, Tina, Stefani and Sheryl; six step-nephews, Troy Zachary, Derin, Andy, and Emmie; three grandnephews, Teiko, Max and Caleb; step-grandnieces and nephews; two aunts, Lorraine Bronson and Lucille Carroll; and numerous cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Carroll.

   Services were held July 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Holt, with President David Judd officiating. Interment was at Danby Cemetery. Pallbearers were Loyd Austin, Steve and Jacob Doty, Eugene Eschtruth, Les Grable and Tim Strickland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lansing Family History Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace E. Castleberry

 

   Grace Ellen Castleberry, 64, of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 16, 2002.

   Mrs. Castleberry was born Jan. 10, 1938 in Portland, the daughter of Ed and Neta (Alldaffer) Hillis. She helped take care of the elderly and individuals at Butternut Apartments.

   She is survived by husband, Calvin Castleberry of Charlotte; daughter, Cathy (George) Godwin of Fishkill, N.Y.; sons, Earl Wood Jr. of Lansing, Steven Wood of Charlotte, Michael Wood of Columbus, Ohio, and Patrick Wood of Grand Rapids; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Catherine (Alfred) Jardot of Charlotte and Jeane McCabe of Florida.

   Funeral services were held March 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alani B. Cates

 

   Alani Brendolyn Cates, newborn, daughter of Jason and Jill (Fedewa) Cates of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 15, 2002.

   Alani was born June 10, 2002 in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her parents; brother, Alexander; sisters, Alicia and Allie; grandparents, Ken and Donna Fedewa, and Dennis and Judith Cates, all of Charlotte; great-grandparents, Monte and Margaret Milliron of Livonia, Josephine Cates of Charlotte; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   A Mass of the Angels was celebrated June 18 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangement were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Charlotte Mae Charles

 

   Charlotte Mae Charles, age 85 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at the Sparrow/Dimondale Center. She was born March 16, 1917 in Kokomo, Indiana, the daughter of Charles and Lucy E. (Shay) Lancaster. Charlotte worked as a Nurses Aid in the early 60’s for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dude; and sister, Alberta Aeme.

   Surviving are her daughter, Patricia (Thomas) Swan of Duck Lake; 2 grandchildren, Charles Foults of Eaton Rapids and Cheryl (Thomas) Milligan of Charleston, S.C.; 3 great-grandchildren, Jonathan R. and Jason Foults and Jonathan T. Milligan.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, August 3, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

 

 

 

 

Donald H. Chase

 

   Donald H. Chase, 82, of Nashville, died early Saturday morning at Pennock Hospital, Dec. 7, 2002, from a fall he suffered earlier in the day at home.

   Mr. Chase was born Oct. 21, 1920 in Kalamo Township, Eaton County, to Ray and Mayme Chase. His parents were deceased early in his life so Lloyd and Evelyn Hill of Vermontville took him in and helped him through the balance of school years. Mr. Chase never forgot that huge act of kindness by the Hill family. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, having been stationed in several European countries, but primarily in England. He was a sheet metal worker with the 446th Bomber Group, Eighth Air Force Division. He especially enjoyed an opportunity to fly the “Big birds” whenever they were not in active service. After the war effort was completed, Mr. Chase returned home and went to work as a sheet metal fabricator at an Eaton Rapids factory, and later at the Owens Illinois glass plant, from where he retired 20 years ago. He was a past member of the Vermontville American Legion. The past two decades found him at home, enjoying the exotic pheasants and peafowl he raised and showed to anyone who visited his Maple Grove Bird Barn. He also loved to spend as much time as he could creating small wood working projects in his basement; bird houses were a particular specialty.

   Donald and Dora raised four sons between Vermontville and Charlotte. Surviving are David (Ginny) of Vermontville, Danny (Ann) of Columbia, Tenn., Dallas (Shirley) of Nashville and Donald (Barbara) of Bellevue; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Guest “Eddie” Traister and Leota Bradley of Battle Creek. Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Dora; she was his one true love until his death. One grandchild, Mayme Jean, passed away in 1988, and nephew Larry Anderson was lost in action during the Korean Conflict. Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Kenneth Vaught officiating. Interment was at Kalamo Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald R. Chase

 

   Donald R. Chase, 86, of Charlotte, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Chase was born June 20, 1916 in Carmel Township, Eaton County, the son of Arno Lane and Mable (Horn) Chase, and was a life-long area resident. He was a retired carpenter, having retired in 1979, and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local # 1004 in Lansing, Olivet Senior Citizens and the Cheerful Campers.

   He is survived by son, Donald (Loraine) Chase of Springport; daughter, Ramona Wonders of Charlotte; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren; and half brother, Leo Weeks of Grand Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Bradley) Chase on May 16, 1996.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Michael Arnold of Crossroads United Brethren Church officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beech hospital Home Health Care or Crossroads United Brethren in Christ Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Charles “Chuck” F. Cherry

 

   Charles “Chuck” F. Cherry, age 57 of Mulliken, died Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. He was born July 2, 1944 in Eaton Rapids, the son of John and Ruth (Meyers) Cherry. Chuck was retired from General Motors with 31 years of service, a member and former Committee Man with the U.A.W. Local #652, a member of the V.F.W., and retired charter member of the Brothers of the Ring in Mulliken. Chuck loved fishing and the Canadian Wilderness, he enjoyed repairing and building fly rods and fishing poles and was an avid Red Wings fan.

   Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Diana (Kapff); parents, John and Ruth Cherry of Dimondale; 2 brothers, Bruce (Nancy) Cherry of Eaton Rapids and Dan (Rosie) Cherry of Albion; 2 sisters, Carol Cherry of Olivet and Becky (Kirby) Tottingham of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews, aunt, uncles, and cousins.

    Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids, in memory of Charles F. Cherry.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Diana Lynn Cherry

 

   Diana Lynn (Kapff) Cherry, age 53 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. She was born January 14, 1949 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Frederick and Mary (Colgan) Kapff. Diana was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1967. She was a Licensed Registered Nurse (L.P.N.) with Lansing General Hospital, and due to health had to retire in 1996. Dee was an avid wildlife enthusiast, who especially enjoyed wolves and working in her garden by her husband of 33 years, Charles F. Cherry, who died on January 1, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her father, Frederick Kapff.

   Surviving are her mother, Mary Kapff of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Martin Kapff of Plymouth, MI and Steven (Cheryl) Kapff of Eaton Rapids; nephew, Matthew Kapff and great nephew, Julian Matthew Charles Kapff; several other nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were Saturday, November 16, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Lupus Foundation or the National Wildlife Foundation, envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Deborah E. Chingman

 

   Deborah Elaine Chingman, 48, of Owosso, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002.

   Ms. Chingman was born May 11, 1954 in Lansing, the daughter of Berton and Pauline (Palmer) Eaton.

   She is survived by her mother, Pauline of Charlotte; daughters, Melissa (Mike) Moon and Skeeter (John) Campbell, both of Jackson; sons, Andrew (Tammy) Chingman Jr. and Bryan Chingman, both of Mt. Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; sister, Sheila (Robert) Hall of Charlotte; brother, Kevin Eaton of Charlotte; uncle, Arlo Eaton of Charlotte; and aunt, Dolores McGee of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Jeff Williams officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alta M. Christenson

 

   Alta M. Christenson, 84, of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 9, 2002. Mrs. Christenson was born Jan. 14, 1918 in Charlotte, the daughter of Roy Bennett and Blanche (King) Bennett-McManus. She is survived by son, Galen (Dawn) of Vermontville; brother, Richard McManus of Charlotte; and nephew, James “Chuck” McManus of Cloverdale. She was preceded in death by husband, Einard Christenson in January 1959. Funeral services were held March 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Pat Sterling officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Chester Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Capital Area Humane Society; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alva Lee Clark

 

   Alva Lee Clark, Jr., infant son of Alva Clark and Jessica Bliss of Springport, passed away Aug. 7, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He weighed three pounds, 12 ounces.

   He is survived by grandparents, Robert and Debbie Bliss, and Terry and Lindy Clark, all of Springport, and Theresa and Richard Simons of Eaton Rapids; great-grandparents, Patty Gerry and Winona Haines; aunts, uncles, and one cousin, Tyler Smith.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 12 at Burdens & Sons Funeral Home in Jackson. Interment was at Pheren Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

Conrad Gene Clark

 

   Conrad Gene Clark, age 74 of Parma, Michigan, died March 10, 2002 at Foote Hospital, Jackson, Michigan. He was born April 9, 1927 in Mandale Ohio to Gladwin Paul and Nina Marjorie (Scott) Clark. He had lived in the Jackson County are for most of his life. He was self-employed as a Dairy Farmer, having registered Jersey Cows. He was a member of the Michigan Jersey Cattle Club and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness of Albion and Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol Giva, in 1986.

   Surviving are his wife, Janice A (Mitchell) of Parma; son, David Allen (Sheila) Clark of New Tazewell, TN; grandson, Micah David Allen Clark; 3 step-sons, Benjamin Mitchell of Jackson, Robert Mitchell of Jackson and Bryan Mitchell of Parma; 4 step-grandchildren, Glenda, Whitney, Deanna, Collin; 1 sister, Patricia Flower of Springport; numerous nieces and nephews.

   According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Memorial services at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness or to the Family. Arrangements by the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Phyllis J. Clark

 

   Phyllis J. (Peters) Clark of Charlotte passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 at her son’s home with family and friends at her bedside.

   She is survived by two sons, Steve (Carol) Clark and Scott (Jolene) Clark; five grandchildren, Emily, Amy, Melissa, Ethan and Jake; one sister, Jeanette (Jerry) Clark; one brother, Ronald (Judy) Peters; several nieces and nephews; and her caregiver for the last six years, Laura Ferman.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Ila Peters.

   Cremation has taken place. A private graveside memorial service will be held.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mildred Clements

 

   Mildred Clements, 91, of Lake Odessa, formerly of Charlotte, died March 8, 2002.

   Mrs. Clements was born March 29, 1910 in Olivet, the daughter of Charles and Ida Mae (Griffin) Royston. She married Paul Clements in 1928 and they enjoyed 64 years together. She and her husband were life-long residents and farmers in the community. Mrs. Clements was a member of Crossroads United Brethren Church and a volunteer at Eaton Manor from 1991 to 1996.

   She is survived by daughters, Wilma (Doug) Crossan of Lakeland, Fla., and Karen (Rick) Rickerd of Lake Odessa; sons, Harold (Donna) Clements and Darrell (Marlyn) Clements, both of Charlotte; 19 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Albright of Lyons.

   She was preceded in death by husband Paul in 1991, three brothers, two sisters, one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.

   Funeral services were held March 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Beers and Rev. Harold Cherry officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Brethren Church or the Ionia Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marjorie V. Clemons

 

   Marjorie V. Clemons, 83, of Bellevue, died April 26, 2002 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Clemons was born Feb. 6, 1919 in Vermontville, the daughter of Quinn and Cleta (Snider) Berry. She worked in packaging at Post Cereals for 27 years, retiring in 1975. She married LeRoy Clemons in 1933; he died in 1977. Mrs. Clemons was a member of the Post 25 Year Club, Eagles Aerie Eaglettes #299, Bellevue Conservation Club, Marshall Moose Lodge and Leila Auxiliary. She delivered for the Eaton County Meals on Wheels and was a participant for the senior citizens group in Bellevue and Olivet. She enjoyed bingo and visiting her daughter in Las Vegas.

   She is survived by a son, James (Duretha) Clemons of Bellevue; daughters, Carolyn (Corlis) Berry and Sharon (Al) Ballard, both of Bellevue, and Marilyn (Jim) Gordon of Las Vegas, Nev.; 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, and a brother, Charles Berry.

   Funeral services were held April 29 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment was at Assyria Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasantview Puppet Ministry or American Heart Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marie A. Cline

 

   Marie A. Cline, 98, of Charlotte, formerly of Port Huron, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002 at Eaton Manor Nursing Home in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Cline was born July 25, 1904 in Port Huron, the daughter of August and Elizabeth Schroeder, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1983, coming from Port Huron. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Huron, and while in Charlotte attended Peace Lutheran Church.

   She is survived by her daughter, Donna Russell of Charlotte; son, Roger Cline of Canterbury, Conn; five grandchildren, Christie (Michael) Gilliland of Holt, Diana (Michael) Roberts of Belding, Greg (Francine) Cline of Watertown, Mass., Vickie (Uni) Travena of Concord, N.C. and Beth (Dean) Gorman of Plainfield, Conn.; 10 great-grandchildren and fiver great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Frank Schroeder of Port Huron.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cline in 1983, and seven brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Noel Hall-Niemann officiating. Committal services were held Aug. 27 at Lakeside Cemetery Chapel in Port Huron.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Neil Cochrane

 

   Neil Harvey Cochrane, died peacefully in his sleep June 29, 2002.

   Mr. Cochrane was born July 25, 1926. He leaves a loving family.

   He is survived by his wife, Margaret Cochrane; daughters, Mary Jo (Danny) Goodwin, K.C. (Andy) Martin and Julie (Leighton) Shantz; one son, Patrick Cochrane; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Desgranges of Eaton Rapids, Phyllis (Menzo) Howe of Charlotte; and nieces and nephews in and around Charlotte.

   Cremation has taken place and private memorial services were held.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

John G. Coffman

 

   John Glenn Coffman, 76, of Dunellon, Fla., formerly of Nashville, Mich., passed away May 29, 2002.

   Mr. Coffman was born April 24, 1926 in Clarksburg, W.Va., to A. Glenn and Olive (Brand) Coffman. He had on brother, James (Ceceila); four sisters, Ileene (Hunter), Sue (James), Gretchen and Judy (Williams). Mr. Coffman was retired from Owen-Illinois glass plant in Charlotte and had formerly worked as a salesman and served in the United States Army during World War I. Friends and family will remember the kind heart he had and how they could count on him to be there if they needed help, a role model for young and old.

   He is survived by his wife Sue; children, Rosanne, John David (Elizabeth), Chris (William), Brian (Stacey), Brad (Julie), W. Glenn and Melissa (Michael); stepsons, Anthony (Gini), Kames, Rick, Randy (Tina) and Skip (Diane); 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Mary; infant sister Gretchen; and his parents.

   Graveside memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary B. Colby

 

   Mary Bertha (Sheppard West) Colby, 64, of Battle Creek, formerly of Charlotte, died March 7, 2002. Mrs. Colby was born march 20, 1937 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Herbert and Mary Bertha (Simms) Sheppard and foster brother, Bon West in 1998. Graveside services were held March 15 at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte, with Elder Richard Garn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lanore E. Cole

 

   Mrs. Lanore Emma Cole, 86, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002.

   Mrs. Cole was born May 21, 1916 in Barry County, the daughter of Vern Gilding and Vema Farnham Gilding.

   She is survived by sons, Wayne of Bellevue and M. Bruce of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Vern (Betty) Gilding of Charlotte, Don (Lela), Jen (Jean) and John, all of Clarksdale, Ariz.; sisters, Kate Crawford of Leslie, Geraldine Burrows of Mt. Clemons and Roberta Gilding of Kalkaska; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd in 1989, and great-granddaughter Shayna in 1992.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 26 at Gresham Cemetery.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Norma I. Cole

 

   Norma I. Cole, 84, of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 9, 2002.

   Mrs. Cole was born Dec. 12, 1917 in Charlotte, the daughter of Earl Paton and Inez (Newton) Paton. She was a former member of OES Chapter 218 of Charlotte, a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and the Bonnie Brook Association.

   She is survived by son, Jerry, Vermontville; daughters, Jan (Brad) Jones of Potterville, Jeanne (Rody) Hillary of Grand Rapids and Linda (Bob) Tolles of Hastings; daughter-in-law, Sharon Cole of Delton; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Josie Cole of Grand Rapids and Maxine Cole of Oglesby, Ill.; brother-in-law, Ned Walters of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Wayne C. Cole on March 9, 1994; son, Gary, daughter Jane, grandson Brent, five sisters and two brothers.

   Memorial services were held March 13 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the SIREN/Eaton Shelter; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lucille Colizzi

 

   Lucille Colizzi, age 91, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2002. Mrs. Colizzi was born April 29, 1911, the daughter of Roy and Luella (Lane) Sutton of Narrow Lake.

   She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1929, attended Eaton County Normal and Michigan State University, and was a school teacher for several years. Mrs. Colizzi had a tremendous history of volunteer service to the community of Charlotte; involving thousands of hours to her church, local clubs and organizations which includes her role as past president of the General Federation of Women’s Club-Charlotte, from which she received an honorary award in 1997 for 50 years of membership. She was active with the Camp Fire Girls, a member of the first class of Gray Ladies in 1954 (now called Red Cross volunteers) at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, and was honored for over 40 years of service. She was active in the hospital auxiliary: a member and past president of the Mary Martha Circle of First Congregational Church, where she served on several boards and committees, serving as the first chairperson of the Diaconate. Mrs. Colizzi was renowned for her leadership role in the success of the church bazaar. In 1980, she was honored by her fellow church members in recognition of over 40 years of dedication to the bazaar. Her loyalty and devotion to her church, community and friends was highlighted when she was honored in 1986 as the recipient of the Charlotte Rotary Club Community Service Award.

   She was preceded in death; by her husband, John Colizzi in 1970; her son, Douglas S. Baum in 1996 and grandson, Daniel Baum in 1988.

   Surviving are her grandsons, John (Shona), Michael (Christina) and Douglas (Sandra) Baum; daughter-in-law, Jan Baum; step-granddaughters, Vickie (Duane) Winter and Sherri (Tom) Harman; five great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at the First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was at Briley Township Cemetery in Atlanta, Mich.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Daniel J. Baum Memorial Scholarship Fund, 17226 Hwy. M-32, Atlanta, MI 49709 or First Congregational Church UCC, 106 S. Bostwick St., Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert Vernon Congdon

 

   Robert V. Congdon, age 80 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, March 23, 2002 at his residence following a long illness. He was born February 6, 1922 in Flint, the son of Phillip B. and Hattie L. (Baumgardner) Congdon. Mr. Congdon served in the Army during World War II, he had retired from General Motors in Flint with 30 years of service, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Eaton Art League and the Grand Blanc Huntsman Club. Preceding him in death were a son, Robert D. in 1989; granddaughter, Kimberly Breckenridge; step-daughter, Diane Green; step-grandson and daughter Michael D. Hoag and April L. England; sister, Iva VanKinkle; brother, Howard E. Congdon.

   Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Dorothy; step-son, Dennis (Shirley) Hoag of New Buffalo, MI; 4 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren; brother, Virgil R. Congdon of Beatty, NV; sister-in-law, Francis Congdon of Lapeer; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial gift may be made to either the Eaton Community Hospice or the Springport United Methodist Church in memory of Robert V. Congdon.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Geraldine L. Conley

 

   Geraldine L. “Jairie” Conley, 73, of Charlotte, passed away June 3, 2002 after a brief illness.

   Mrs. Conley was born May 26, 1929 in Lansing, the daughter of John and Lucy Bailey. She had been a resident of Charlotte since 1947 and also, for the past 17 years, a winter resident of Ruskin, Fla. She married Fred Conley Sept. 6, 1947. In 1981, Mrs. Conley retired from the state of Michigan. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Charlotte and attended First Baptist Church of Ruskin, Fla. during winter months.

   She is survived by her husband, Fred; daughters, Cynthia King of Lansing, Jan (Mark) Basarich of Dallas, Texas, and Jackie (Michael) Miller of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Jennifer King, Casey King, Andrew Miller and Brett Miller; two brothers, William Bailey and Donald Bailey; and two sisters, Judy Klont and Carol Borring.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lucy Bailey; four brothers, John Bailey, Kenneth Bailey, Daniel Bailey and Jack Bailey.

   Funeral services were held June 6 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Richard Wilford officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marjorie L. Constable

 

   Marjorie Leon Constable, 91, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 18, 2002 at Shore Haven Living Center in Grand Haven.

   Mrs. Constable was born March 6, 1911 in Charlotte, the daughter of Kenneth and Mable Clever, and married George Constable in April 1936. She was a homemaker and was formerly employed in retail sales and photography. She was a life-long member of Charlotte Congregational Church and she enjoyed being a mother.

   She is survived by two daughters, Pat Best of Spring Lake and Pam (Bernie) Ackerman of Southfield; brother, Jack (Ruth) Clever of Charlotte; granddaughter, Christine (David) Lee of Navarre, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, Briana Lee and India Lee.

   She was preceded in death by her husband George in 1996, and a brother, Neil Clever.

   Memorial services will be held for Marjorie and George Constable at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at First Congregational Church in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Ottawa. Arrangements were by Clock Funeral Home in Grand Haven.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Garry L. Cook

 

   Garry Lee Cook, 68, of Bellevue, died July 18, 2002 at Serenity Acres in Bellevue.

   Mr. Cook was born June 25, 1934 to Clarence and Martha (Cook) Cook in Bellevue. He worked as a laborer doing yard work for friends and neighbors. He enjoyed playing the banjo and flower gardening.

   He is survived by brothers, Lowell (Betty) Cook of Charlotte and Norman (Joanne) Cook of Bellevue; three nephews and one niece.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Services were held July 22 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Wendell Stine officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

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

 

 

 

 

Wilma M. Coplin

 

   Wilma M. (Taylor) Coplin, 83, of Battle Creek, formerly of Olivet, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002 at Mercy Pavilion in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Coplin was born Sept. 27, 1918 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Lester and Flossie (Chase) Taylor, and lived most of her life in the Ainger/Charlotte/Olivet area. She was a 1936 graduate of Olivet High School and was a founding member of Ainger Bible Church, where she taught Sunday school, worked with the youth group and the Awana children’s group.

   She is survived by two sons, Duane (Patricia) Coplin of Lansing and Marvin (Linda) Coplin of Dunkirk, Ind.; one daughter, Elaine (James) Baker of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald (Bonnie) Taylor of New Port Richey, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lansing Coplin on July 18, 1994.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ainger Bible Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Flossie B. Corey

 

   Flossie B. Corey, 80, of Vermontville, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002 at her residence. Mrs. Corey was born May 4, 1921 in Chester Township, the daughter of Lloyd and Edith (Smith) Case. She served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a bookkeeper for the Department of Military Affairs for 26 years, retiring in 1972. Mrs. Corey was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 399 of Kalamo, and American Legion Post 222 of Vermontville.

   She is survived by son, Roger Corey of Vermontville; sister, Frances Shetenhelm of Hastings; sister-in-law, Mary Weiss of Ft. Collins, Colo.; cousins, Helen Campbell and family of Angola, Ind., and Lynn Brooks and family of Auburn, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Corey on Aug. 27, 1997.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 9 at the Vermontville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Johnston officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville. Memorial donations may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Geraldine Cornwell

 

   Geraldine Cornwell, 68, of Olivet, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Cornwell was born March 19, 1934 in Morgan County, Ky., the daughter of Shermie and Virgie (Cole) Watson, and was a lifelong resident of Lee Township. She was a 1952 graduate of Olivet High School, a member of Faith Assembly of God in Olivet, and had been employed at Corning Glass in Albion, Schulers of Marshall, and at Olivet College for 15 years.

   Surviving are her daughter, Kathy (Robert) Lambka of Olivet; two sons, Greg Cornwell and Richard Alan Cornwell, both of Olivet; three grandchildren; her father, Shermie Watson of Miss.; brother, Woodie Watson of Alabama; three sisters, Fern Coats of Marshall, Jean Morrison of Charlotte and Joy Chambers of Ohio.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Cornwell in 1985; her mother, Virgie Watson; and two sisters.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Assembly of God. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mayn E. Cortright

 

   Mayn E. “Muscles” Cortright, 69, of Olivet, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002 at his residence. Mr. Cortright was born May 15, 1933 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Ralph and Juanita (Johnson) Cortright, and lived most of his life in Olivet.

   He was a U.S. Army veteran, had owned and operated a Gulf Service Station in Olivet, and worked at Owens-Illinois in Charlotte and Air-Way Mfg. in Olivet, from where he retired. He enjoyed mechanics and working on cars.

   Surviving are his wife, Marty (Pierce) Cortright; children, Clarence (Becky) Hebenstreit of Grand Ledge, Peggy (Roger) Canterbury of Olivet, Samuel Hebenstreit of Orlando, Fla., Phillip (Deanne) Hebenstreit of Olivet, Sally (Ralph) Moscoso of Orlando, Fla., and Michael (Iris) Hebenstreit of Olivet; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosalie (Edwin) Schneider of Charlotte and Juanita Brassell of Bronson; brothers, Ralph (Rose) Cortright of Olivet and Cleo Cortright of Charlotte; and half-brother, Kenneth (Ruth) Cortright of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Marten Saunders officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Helen J. Cotton

 

   Helen Jean Cotton, 77, of Mulliken, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002.

   Mrs. Cotton was born Dec. 26, 1924 in Evart, the daughter of Harry and Beatrice (Montgomery) Custer.

   She is survived by daughter, Helene (David) Larson of Eaton Rapids; sons, Harry (Brenda) Cotton of Montpelier, Ohio, and Howard Cotton of Mulliken; granddaughter, Michelle Larson; sisters, Norma Rice of Rodney and Betty Pederson of Evart. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; grandchildren, Dale, Becky and Susan Cotton; sister, Kathleen Bingham; and brother, Forest Custer. Funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Brain Sheen officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy G. Cox

 

   Dorothy Grace Cox, 87, of Delta Township, died Sunday, March 17, 2002.

   Mrs. Cox was born April 28, 1914 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of William Thomas Cavanaugh and Grace (Berry) Cavanaugh. She graduated from St. Alphonse Grade School, Creston High School and Grand Rapids Business College. She was a member of St. Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Naomi Circle, and Maple City Chapter 218 Order of Eastern Star.

   She is survived by daughter, Diane (Richard) Larder of Livermore, Calif.; three grandchildren, Debra Larder of Westbend, Wis., Richard Larder of San Francisco, Calif., and Jennifer Larder of Stockton, Calif.

   She was preceded in death by a husband of 57 years, Allen Cox in December 1996, and a brother, Donald Cavanaugh.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or Maple City Chapter 218 Order of Eastern Star; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

 

 

Ralph G. Crafts

 

   Ralph G. Crafts, 62, of Charlotte, formerly of Battle Creek and Agoura Hills, Calif., died Monday, May 20, 2002 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mr. Crafts was born July 9, 1939 in Adrian, the son of Harold and Nan (Gayar) Crafts. He was a 1957 graduate of Olivet High School and also attended some classes at the University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1961 and was stationed in Greenland. Mr. Crafts was a station manager for Union Pacific Railroad for 15 years and later was director of operations for Retix Corporation for 14 years, retiring in 1995.

   He is survived by twin sisters, Martha (Gary) Deuel of Lawton and Mary (Barry) Hart of Charlotte; brothers, Donald (Sue) of Stomping Ground, Ky., and Brian (Debra) of Benson, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held May 22 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, with Rev. Tim Gunderson officiating. Military honors were by Fort Custer Honor Guard.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Children’s Home Care of Lawton EMC, P.O. Box 909, Lawton, MI 49065 or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Farley-Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elaine Cramer

 

   In the presence of her husband and family, Elaine (Colthorp) Cramer, of Mattawan, Eaton Rapids and Lansing, went home to be with her savior on Wednesday, July 24, 2002.

   Born Elaine Joyce Edgar on Dec. 30, 1928 in Wells, near Escanaba, Elaine lived most of her life in Lansing and Eaton Rapids. On Dec. 1, 2001, Elaine married Gerry Cramer of Mattawan, and had a lovely eight-month honeymoon.

   Prior to that, married to Ted Colthorp, she raised seven children and the business, Tops in Toys Home Parties. Elaine’s faith in the Lord gave her strong moral values, which she imparted to her children. These same values made it easy for her to reach out in love to other women with children, who became part of the Tops in Toys Fun Family. Starting in the family basement in 1960, Tops in Toys moved to Eaton Rapids and eventually the business expanded over four states. Elaine has been a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church.

   Surviving are her husband, Gerald Cramer of Mattawan; sister, Mildred (Millie) Nuoffer, sister-niece, Barbara Hernly, both of Eaton Rapids; seven children, Terri Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Ricci (Mike) Wetzel of Kalamazoo, Todd (Michelle) Colthorp of Haslett, Tim (Jill) Colthorp of Grand Rapids, Jan Bozeman of Dimondale, James (Suzanne) Colthorp of East Lansing, and Elizabeth (Mark) Trawczynski of Eaton Rapids. Elaine also leaves behind 16 grandchildren, Jill and Jodi Johnson, Ross and Jori Wetzel, Drew, Ryan, and Jenna Colthorp, Andy and Christopher Martin, Nichole Niblock, Dustin and Lindsey Colthorp, Jon Bozeman, and Kristen, Kelly and Daniel Trawczynski. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Isaac David Pratt and Christian Scott Johnson.

   A memorial service in celebration of her life and successes is planned for Tuesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. at Community of Christ Church, 1514 W. Miller Rd., Lansing, MI 48911. A “Tops in Toys-style” luncheon will follow.

   Donations may be made to Elaine’s favorite charity, Outreach International, which serves needy children worldwide. The address is: Outreach International, P.O. Box 210, Independence, MO 64051.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gary L. Croff Jr.

 

   Gary Lee Croff Jr., 17 of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Vermontville, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002 in Charlotte.

   Gary, son of Gary Lee Croff Sr. and Peggy Jo Sanders, was born in Hastings on Oct. 27, 1985. He attended and enjoyed Maple Valley schools. His hobbies included jet skiing, wrestling, hunting and fishing.

   Surviving are his father, Gary (Tina) Croff Sr. of Ionia; mother, Peggy (Art) Maurer of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Amber Croff of Vermontville and Elisabeth Lincoln of Nashville; grandparents, Kenneth and Velma Croff of Ionia, Carol Croff and Clifford VanDeusen of Vermontville and Kathryns Munchbach of Charlotte; great-grandmothers, Mary Kerr of Ionia and Ruth Carrier of Vermontville; aunts and uncles, Kenneth (Wilma) Croff of Marshall, Dennis (Janet) Croff of Vermontville, Brian (Julie) Croff of Nashville, Janet (Cal) Riker of Petoskey, Mark (Nora) Sanders, Joe Sanders, CoCo (Bruce) Davis, Tanya Sager (Terry Harper) and Julie (Jimmy) Moonyham, all of Charlotte; and many cousins.

   No services were held. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville Township.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elizabeth C. Crozier

 

   Elizabeth C. Crozier, of Palmetto, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 13, 2002 after many years of care by her husband Lawrence.

   Mrs. Crozier was born May 13, 1911 in Eaton County. She was the eldest child of Phillip and Sadie Lula (Shumaker) Wehr. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1928 and the Lansing Business University. She married Lawrence Crozier, a farmer, on July 28, 1934 at Center Eaton Church. Mrs. Crozier held various bookkeeping positions during her working career. During the 1930s she worked at Wilcox-Gay in Charlotte. After taking 12 years off to raise her family, she returned to the workforce. During the 50s she again worked for a few years at Wilcox-Gay. Mrs. Crozier resided in Eaton County until her retirement from the Labor Department of the State of Michigan. A farm on Packard Highway was her home at 30 years. She was a former member of the First Congregational Church and its Mary-Martha Circle.

   She is survived by her husband of 67 years; daughters, Myrna Dehnert of Bradenton, Fla., and Ann Cobb (Preston) Aylesworth of Rockton, Ill.; granddaughters, Brenda (Jerry) Stanton and Janet Gearheart of Bradenton, Fla.; grandsons, Steven (SFC Katrina) Cobb of Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Andrew (Jeanne) Cobb of San Antonio, Texas; eight great-grandchildren and six great-great –grandchildren; sister, Doris (Cal) Fullerton; brothers, Rolland (Charlotte) Wehr and Maxon (Dorothy) Wehr, all of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by sister, Naomi Conard, brother Rex Wehr, son-in-law Douglas Cobb and grandson Bruce Cobb in 1990.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Susan I. Cupp

 

   Susan I. Cupp, age 51 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, June 30, 2002 in Eaton Rapids. Sue was born May 8, 1951 in Mt. Clemens. She was a member of the Bonnie View Ladies Golf League, a former member of the Island City Bowling League and a member of the Lansing Bowling Association. Sue had been active in the E.R. Community Theatre and was a para pro with Northwestern Elementary School, working as a learning disabilities aide.

   She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Leroy; 1 daughter, Krystal Cupp of Eaton Rapids; 1 son, Adam Cupp of Eaton Rapids; her father, Robert (Naomi) Wilkinson of Dimondale; mother, Mary Wilkinson of Lansing; 2 brothers, Lon (Sheila) Wilkinson of Grand Ledge and Aaron Ferret of TN; 2 step-sisters, Zetta Zechinato of FL and Martha Mae Babcock of Six Lakes, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment will follow at Brickyard Cemetery, 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 American Cancer Society in memory of Susan Cupp.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Teddy N. Cutter

 

   Teddy Nelson Cutter, 90, passed away Feb. 26, 2002.

   Mr. Cutter was born May 30, 1911. He was a happy, fun-loving person to know and have as a father and grandfather. He worked for Nash Kelvinator, Chore Boy Milkers and the Miller Road Bible Church.

   He is survived by son, Gilbert (Evelyn) of Charlotte; daughters, Carolyn Waterbury of Holt and Joyce (Woody) Rooker of Lima, Ohio; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

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

   Funeral services were held March 1 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with William Lobsiger officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte First Baptist Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Erma Dankenbring

 

   Erma Parr Dankenbring, 88, of Grand Ledge, passed away Sept. 9, 2002.

   Mrs. Dankenbring was born Dec. 31, 1913 in Benton Township, the youngest child of Charles William Parr and Hattie (Bartholomew) Parr. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte and active in the Fidelis Class and May Murry Circle. Mrs. Dankenbring graduated in the class of 1932 from Charlotte High School, and also Eaton County Normal. In her later years she volunteered for Hayes Green Beach Hospital for 26 years. Most of her life was spent on a farm wit her husband Clair in Oneida Township.

   She is survived by her son, David (Joyce) Dankenbring; grandson, Kent; brother, Robert Parr; sister-in-law, Luella Kemp; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Clair in 1985, and her brother Max Parr in 1977.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Robert Church officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Park in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard K. Darkey

 

   Richard Karl Darkey, 67, of Bellevue, died July 20, 2002 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Darkey was born Sept. 9, 1934 to Karl and Louise (Watts) Darkey in Sisterville, W.Va. He was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School in the class of 1953, and retired from Kellogg’s after 42 years. Mr. Darkey married Patricia Lapoint in Bellevue on Nov. 23, 1956; she survives. He was very active in the Boy Scouts, receiving an Eagle Scout Badge. He was also a Boy leader for many years in Bellevue and Battle Creek. His troop sponsored paper drives in the area and put out flags in downtown Bellevue on special occasions. Mr. Darkey was a member of the Bellevue Rescue Squad and was in charge of the band booth for many years that raised money for new uniforms. He was a member of the 110th Air National Guard stationed in Battle Creek and an instructor for the first Red Cross clown class in Battle Creek. He sponsored the Memorial Day parade for several years and delivered Meals on Wheels. Mr. Darkey began clowning at the Ann. J. Kellogg and the Doris Klaussen schools for children with special needs. His group, known as the Darkey Clowns, originated Clown Days and also performed at the Kellogg Christmas party put on by the employees. He and his wife Patty received Bellevue Citizens of the year in 1979. Mr. Darkey enjoyed Michigan Battle Cat baseball and Kalamazoo K-Wings hockey.

   He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Richard (Mary) Darkey Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., Linda Kay Darkey of Battle Creek, Gerald (Paula) Darkey of Orlando, Fla., and David Darkey of Bellevue; two granddaughters, Stacy and David Darkey of Orland Park; sister, Louise Walbridge of Gull Lake; and brother, Kermit Darkey of Denver, Colo.

   He was preceded in death by son, Charles Darkey; and brothers, James and Robert Darkey.

   Funeral services were held July 23 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Fire Department or Bellevue Good Samaritans.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Wilma E. Davidson

 

   Wilma E. Davidson, age 88 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002 in Dimondale. Wilma was born January 31, 1914 in Battle Creek the daughter of Edwin Walter and Stella (Willmarth) Horton. She was a very active member of the Eaton Rapids First Congregational Church, the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Auxiliary and the Eaton Rapids Garden Club. Her interest and hobbies included playing cards, travel, dancing, shopping, cooking, gambling, participating in church and hospital charities and spending time with her family. Wilma spent many winters in Vero Beach, Florida. She was loved by all who knew her. Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Davidson a former partner in Davidson Woolen Mills; 3 brothers, Walter, Herbert and Howard Horton.

   Surviving are her 2 sons, William (Francine) Davidson, Phillip (Priscilla) Davidson both of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Darcy (Michael) O’Boyle, Debra (James) Edsall, Rachelle (Scott) Wheeler, Nicole Davidson; 5 great-grandchildren, Lindsay Bristol, Nicholas and Joshua Norris, Bradley and Kayl Talboo; great-great granddaughter, Kylie Lewis; 3 sisters-in-law, Helen Davidson, Anne (Alex) Allan both of Eaton Rapids, Janet Horton of Battle Creek and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 3, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Dr. David D’Arcy officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation or the First Congregational Church in memory of Wilma E. Davidson.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James R. Davis

 

  James Russell Davis, 62, of Baraga, died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

   Mr. Davis was born Oct. 18, 1939 in Lansing, the son of the late Hallie and Mildred (Dalrymple) Davis. He grew up in Potterville, where he graduated from high school. Mr. Davis worked for Diamond Reo in Lansing for 17 years, and then owned and operated Village Brokers real estate company in Dimondale for several years. He moved to Baraga in 1989, where he enjoyed his retirement years. He married the former Diana Boerema Nov. 17, 2000 in Baraga. Mr. Davis enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and the outdoors.

   He is survived by his wife, Diana of Baraga; three sons, Ronald Davis of Eaton Rapids, Daniel (Janean) Davis of Holt and James Davis of Baraga; four daughters, Denise Wier of Holt, Roxanne (Jim) Pathfinder of Holt, Tracy Davis of Onemia, Minn., and Amy Davis of Baraga; one brother, Donald (Darlene) Davis of Potterville; aunt, Minnie (Jack) Tysman of Lansing; and eight grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Jacobson Funeral Home in L’Anse, with Rev. David Snyder officiating. Friends may sign Davis’ guestbook and send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Roy E. Davis

 

   Roy Edwin Davis, 72, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002.

   Mr. Davis was born Oct. 18, 1929 in Bellevue, the son of George and Minnie (Modlin) Davis. He was a life-time member of UAW Local 602 and worked as an inspector for General Motors for 31 years before retiring in 1978. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict, and was married to Reiko (Okano) on Dec. 2, 1954 in Tokyo.

   He is survived by his wife, Reiko of Charlotte; sons, Michael (Joyce) and Mitchell (Carol), both of Charlotte; daughter, Michella (Mike) Wheat of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Shawn, Scott, Dyanne, Marilyn and Rayce; and a great-granddaughter, Alaina.

   Family Affirmation Services were held Aug. 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lester W. Day

 

   Lester W. Day, 88, of Olivet, died Monday, May 6, 2002 at Tendercare of Marshall.

   Mr. Day was born Nov. 26, 1913 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the son of Lewis and Lela (Rolfe) Day and was a life-long farmer and had also worked at Masterbilt Products Co. in Olivet for four years.

   He is survived by one daughter, Margaret (Thomas) Shafe of Olivet; two sons, Buddy (Sandra) and Roger (Sheila), both of Olivet; nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, L.J. Day of Mason; and four sisters, Mary Murray of Marshall, Genevieve Crozier and Alice Williams, both of Charlotte, and Edith Tuttle of Howard City.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Talmage) Day in 1984; granddaughter, Sandra Starr; four brothers, Delmar, Ralph, Merlyn and Harold; and a sister, Ellen Shapley.

   Funeral services were held May 11 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Dave Burnett officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Doris A. Dean

 

   Doris Ann Dean, 61, of Charlotte, died Sunday, April 14, 2002.

   Miss Dean was born Jan. 13, 1941 in Charlotte, the daughter of Nyle and Lucille (Youngs) Dean.

   She is survived by a sister, Shirley (Vernon) Curtis of Nashville; stepmother, Janet Dean of Charlotte; stepsister, Nancy (Dan) Engel of Charlotte; and five nephews and three nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Graveside services were held April 17 at Millerburg Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Laura DeBolt

 

   Laura DeBolt, 68, of DeWitt, formerly of Vermontville, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002.

   Miss DeBolt was born Dec. 31, 1933 in Kalamo Township, the daughter of Clarence and Esther (Kellogg) DeBolt. She worked at Transitions North for the past eight years.

   She is survived by brother, Louis (Judy) DeBolt of Vermontville; sister, Eleanor (Gary) Kinnie of Dover, Tenn.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and caregivers at the DeWitt Home. She was preceded in death by brother Wesley in 2001. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Wes Emerson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Leona D. Decker

 

   Leona Delores Decker, 77, of Vermontville, died Saturday, Nov. 16 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Decker was born Sept. 15, 1925 in Bellaire, Ohio, the daughter of Jacob and Ruie (Bell) Powers. She was raised in the New Cumberland, W.Va., area and attended schools there. Mrs. Decker moved to the Charlotte area in 1970 from Ohio, lived in Nashville for a few years, and for the past 20 years at her home in Vermontville. She was a member of the Nashville VFW Auxiliary.

   She is survived by daughters, Barb (Fred) Patrone of Bellaire, Ohio, Betty Sparr of Martinsburg, W.Va., Kathy Russell of Vermontville, Ginny (Butch) Vessels of Shadyside, Ohio, Millie (Nicholas) Wells of Charlotte, Lorraine (Craig) Carter of Grand Rapids, Rose McMeen of Vermontville and Ruth Decker of Union City; sons, Albert (Gayla) Kienutske of Nashville, Lonny Kienutske of Jackson and LaVerne (Sherry) Decker of Battle Creek; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ray Powers of Weirton, W.Va. Preceding her in death were her parents, four husbands, two daughters, six brothers and two sisters.

   Respecting her wishes, private family prayers were conducted in the funeral home chapel. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Arnold J. DeGroot

 

   Arnold J. DeGroot, 94, of Olivet, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002 at his residence.

   Mr. DeGroot was born May 27, 1907 in Zeeland, the son of Arie and Nellie (Edding) DeGroot and had been an Olivet-area resident since 1929. Mr. DeGroot was a life-long farmer and member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte. He was married to Gladys Mary Welch on April 21, 1927.

   He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Gladys DeGroot; son, Merle (Janet) DeGroot of Olivet; two daughters, Joy (Joe) Mazurek of Maple Rapids and June (Don) France of Battle Creek; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Nelson (Dessie) DeGroot of Bellevue; and sister, Lillian Harmon of Mancelona.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Elmer, Earl, John, little Earl and LaVerne DeGroot; sister, Caroline Frisby; and three grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at Calvary Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Williard Desgrange

 

   Williard Desgrange, age 86 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, May 12, 2002 at the St. Lawrence / Dimondale Center. He was born March 3, 1916 in Pleasant Bend, Ohio, one of eleven children born to John Wesley and Ruth (Rowlader) Desgrange. Mr. Desgrange was a life long farmer, who began farming in Lake Odessa at the age of 12, and moved to the Eaton Rapids area to work the Webster Farm. Williard was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth (Hilliard) Shepardson Desgrange; son, William Shepardson; daughter, Cathy Haley; great-grandson, John James; sister, Laura Haney and brother, Lavon Desgrange.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Sandra (Chris) Lund of Eaton Rapids and Carol (David) Brown of Springport; 8 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; 5 brothers, Paul (Orpha) Desgrange of Lake Odessa, Clarence (Nancy) Desgrange of Lake Odessa, Elwood (Betty) Desgrange of Eaton Rapids, Aubrey “Bill” (Barbara) Desgrange of Lake Odessa and Glenn (Judi) Desgrange of Lake Odessa; 3 sisters, Aloma (Roger) Allen of Lake Odessa, Opal (John) Booher of Freeport and Arloa Lee of Williamston; sister-in-law, Dorothy Desgrange of Eaton Rapids; and many many nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Brickyard Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids with Minister Aaron Howard from the Church of Christ of Mason, officiating. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrow Home Hospice at 1210 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48915-1999, in memory of Williard Desgrange.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marian Dilger

 

   Marian Ruby Dilger, 86, of Charlotte, died Dec. 10, 2002.

   Mrs. Dilger was born Jan. 26, 1916 in Benton Township, the daughter of John and Ruth (Hale) McDaniel.

   She is survived by several nieces and nephews, and dear friend Joyce Webber.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Peter in 1974.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 16 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert Lynn Dockey, Jr.

 

   Robert Lynn Dockey, Jr., age 36 of Walled Lake, died Thursday, January 17, 2002 in Munising as a result of a snowmobile accident. He was born in Owosso, Michigan May 14, 1965 to Robert L. & Constance L. (Fitnich) Dockey. Mr. Dockey resided in Walled Lake for the past 4 years and had resided in Lake Orion before that. He married Mary Margaret Dyczkowski on October 23, 1999 in Farmington Hills. Mr. Dockey worked for Ironworkers Local 25 for 18 years.

   Surviving are his wife, Mary M. Dockey of Walled Lake; son, Theron Dockey; daughter, Sarah Dockey; parents, Robert & Cindy Dockey of Charlotte and Constance & Mike Lighthill of Oakley; 2 sisters, Jackie (Chris) Dockey Strauss of Lansing and Sandy Dockey of Eaton Rapids; brother, Scott Dockey of Rochester Hills; stepbrothers, Rod (Jennifer) Lighthill of Charlotte and Steve (Brenda) Lighthill of Owosso; grandmother, Frances (Izzy) Nowak of Flushing; nephew, Cory Hartman; niece, Aleyia Sutton; mother & father-in-law, Jerome & Noreen Dyczkowski; aunts & uncles, Steve & Mary Ann Ford, Barb & Tony Vargo, Mike & Kathie Fitnich; many cousins; special friends, Jack & Robin Kemp of Eaton Rapids. He was predeceased by brother, Jeffrey; grandparents, Clyde & Sarah Dockey and Matthew Fitnich.

   Funeral services were held at Jennings-Lyons Funeral Chapel, Owosso, on Monday, January 21, 2002 with Rev. Norman R. Beckwith, Sr. officiating. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to the Trust Fund for his children in memory of Robert Lynn Dockey, Jr.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Kathryn Dodgson

 

   Kathryn L. Dodgson passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, 2002.

   She was raised in Charlotte, the daughter of Addie Belle and Gordon Van McConnell, attended Olivet College and the Lansing Conservatory of Music.

   She moved with her husband Glenwood Dodgson to Grand Rapids in 1936 and had been a member of Park Congregational Church since then, where she was a member of the Dregge Ten, and played piano for the kindergarten. She was also a member of the Sallie Bender Guild of Butterworth Hospital and the Women’s City Club. She and Glenwood were also founding member of the GR Western Horse Club.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenwood Dodgson, owner of the Dodgson Beauty Salons; sisters, Mildred and Melverna Warren of Potterville.

   She is survived by her children, Jack (Sue Harnick) Smith, Michael (Alice) Dodgson, Yvonne Dodgson, John (Leslie) Dodgson and Gregory Dodgson; grandchildren, Gordon, Larry, David and Kathy Smith, Bill, JoAnn, Steve Dodgson, Susan Appenzeller, Katie Southwell, Jenny Cook, Dane Smith, Brett Dodgson, Liz Fetkenhour, Meg Clark and Ryan Dodgson; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruth A. Doolittle

 

   Ruth A. Doolittle, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 in Albion. Ruth was born June 21, 1918 in Holt, MI, the daughter of Wellington R. and Florence Katherine (Milligan) Leonard. She had previously worked at Horner Woolen Mills. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1977.

   Surviving are her daughter, Patricia (Dale) Brooks of Wakefield; granddaughter, Jessica (T.J.) Smith of Las Vegas; brother, John Leonard of Springport; niece, Norma Terry of Oroville, CA; and several grandnephews.

   Graveside services were held on Monday, April 1, 2002 at Rosehill Cemetery with Ronald K. Brooks, Pastor, officiating. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

 

 

Gladys Marie Dowding

 

   Gladys Marie Dowding, age 89 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at her son’s residence in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She was born February 18, 1913 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Eber and Lois (Ashley) Miller. Mrs. Dowding was a former Card Finisher for Davidson’s Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids. She was also a former member of the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene and a present member of the Calvary Bible Church in Narragansett. Preceding her in death were husband, Pat Dowding; brother, Robert Miller; 2 sisters, Ella Brininstool and Margaret Vincent.

   Surviving are her son, Victor Alden (Beverly) Snow Sr.; 3 grandsons; 6 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; 2 sisters, Jackie Harns of Eaton Rapids and Madeline Coffey of Allendale; sister-in-law, Dorothy Miller of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 7, 2002 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with nephews, Rev. Thomas Luttrell, officiating. Graveside services followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 313 Lansing St., Charlotte, MI 48813, in memory of Gladys M. Dowding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry A. Draper

 

   Larry A. Draper, 65, of Charlotte, formerly of Springport, passed away Monday, May 27, 2002.

   Mr. Draper was formerly employed at Spartan Motors, building engines for firetrucks and motorhomes. He also worked at Corning Glass in Albion for 21 years. He loved the outdoors, especially golfing, fishing and snowmobiling.

   He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Shelia; four children, Larry Draper Jr., Janet Winter, Timothy Draper and Julia Draper; two stepchildren, Zachary Norris and Melissa Norris; five grandchildren and one step-grandchild; three brothers, one sister, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Julia Draper; and a son, Tommy.

   Graveside services were held May 30 at Springport Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Robertson Funeral Homes, Springport Chapel.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary Droscha

 

   Mary Fanson Droscha, 101, passed away March 9, 2002.

   Mrs. Droscha was born Jan. 11, 1901 in Aurelius Township, the second of five children born to Fred and Eva (Isham) Fanson. She graduated from Mason High School in 1918, attended and graduated from Ingham County Normal in 1919, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1960. She married Harley Droscha on Dec. 24, 1920; they farmed in the Aurelius area for 43 years. Mrs. Droscha taught in several Mason area rural school districts and retired after 20 years of service while teaching second grade at North Aurelius Elementary School in Mason. She and her husband moved to Charlotte in 1968 after their retirement. Mary and Harley were married for 63 years. Mrs. Droscha remained in their home after Harley’s death in 1984 and lived on her own until December 2001. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and corresponding with family and former students. She was a life-time member of Aurelius Baptist Church. Through the years she taught Sunday School, was Sunday School superintendent, and active in the Baptist Women’s Organization. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Mary Murray Circle of First Baptist Church in Charlotte. Mrs. Droscha was devoted to her family and was an integral part of their lives. She will be missed not only for who she was but also for her wisdom and steadfast faith.

   She is survived by son, Robert (Phyllis) of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Mary of Davison; two granddaughters, Dana (Lynn) Green and Lynda (Jerry) Calvert; six grandsons, Jim (Denise), David (Susan), Brian (Tina), Keith (Denise), Mike (fiancé Kim Stemen) and Steve (Val); 13 great-grandchildren, David and Dustin Green, Sarah and Ty Michael Calvert, and Jeremy, Andrew, Katie, Kaelyn, Aaron, Beth, Whitney, Jacob and Adam Droshca; a new great-grandchild due any day; step-great-grandchildren to-be, Haley and Brook; sister, Blanche Jennings of Peru, Ind.; sister-in-law, Glenna Droshca of Mason; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and former students. She was preceded in death by her husband Harley; son Carl in 1995; her parents, sisters Beatrice Smith and Ida Baker, and brother William Fanson.

   Funeral services were held March 13 at Aurelius Baptist Church, Mason, with Rev. Stephen Aikin officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aurelius Baptist Church building fund or Hayes Green Beach Homecare Center. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Carol (Elsworth) Dubay

 

   Carol (Elsworth) Dubay, of Rives Junction, passed away Friday, May 17, 2002, at the age of 63.

   Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Frank; two daughters, Candy Ann Dubay and Theresa Ann Dubay; two grandchildren, Ronald Tulley Arris and Connie Lynn Jody Arris.

   Private graveside services will be held. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard B. Dull

 

   Richard Bruce Dull, 59, of Sturgis, passed away Dec. 9, 2002 at University Hospital in Ann Arbor.

   Mr. Dull was born Sept. 24, 1943 in Sturgis, a son of Thomas (Dick) and Dorthy (Brown) Dull and had been a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Sturgis High School, class of 1962. Mr. Dull was a plant manager for Skyline Homes in Howe, Ind. For several years and most recently was a carpenter for the Church of the Nazarene. He was a part of the family of the church, loved working with students, driving bus for special outings, running the scoreboard for sporting events, like stock care races and loved spending time with his grandkids. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a member of Sturgis Eagles Lodge #1314, a former member of Meridian Sun Eagle Lodge #49 F. & A.M. of Sturgis, Saladin Temple of Grand Rapids, and the Loyal Order of the Moose #574. He was proud that the Sturgis Christian School dedicated its yearbook to him in 2001-02. Mr. Dull also enjoyed driving a tractor and working on the farm of his son-in-law.

   Surviving are one daughter, Kary (Gary) Parr of Charlotte; son, Craig Dull of Sturgis; three grandchildren, Nicholas and Emily Parr of Charlotte, and Erica Dull of Sturgis; parents, Dick and Dorthy Dull of Okeechobee, Fla.; one brother, Gene (Sandra) McCurry of Sturgis; aunt, Beverly Frohreip of Sturgis; and several cousins.

   Cremation has taken place. Religious services were held Dec. 12 in the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. John Shoup officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sturgis Christian School or online at www.rosenbergschipperfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were by Rosenberg-Schipper Funeral Home Ltd. in Sturgis.

 

 

 

 

Frances H. Eaton

 

   Frances Helen (Welshon) Eaton, 78, of Charlotte and Venice, Fla., died Aug. 31, 2002 in New Jersey.

   Mrs. Eaton was born Oct. 2, 1923 in Jackson. She lived in Michigan most of her life, wintering in Venice, Fla. before moving to New Jersey last year. She was in the real estate, insurance and home-building business with her husband for many years, building many houses throughout Eaton County. Mrs. Eaton was also an avid Michigan State football fan.

   Surviving are daughters, Charla (Robert) Newland of Sewell, N.J., Holly Eaton of Attleboro, Mass., and Carol Patrick of Charlotte; son, Lloyd James Eaton III of Charlotte; five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and life-long friend, Clara Fast.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Lloyd J. Eaton, in 1999.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was private.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 715, Nashville, MI 49073. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dustin L. Ebert

 

   Dustin L. Ebert, age 20, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002 in Lansing. Dustin was born August 14, 1981 in Lansing. He attended Meadowview School and his charming smile and winning personality will be missed by those who cared for him. Dustin was preceded in death by his grandparents Lester and Elizabeth Proffer.

   Surviving are his parents Lanny & Diane Ebert of Eaton Rapids; 2 brother, Gary (Neo) Vannest, Benjamin Vannest; 2 sisters, Sara (Robert) Trew, Rhianon Mulholland; grandparents, Earl and Myrtle Ebert of Fowlerville; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jeff Nunham officiating. Interment followed at Brickyard Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Meadowview School in Memory of Dustin Ebert.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cleo D. Edgecomb

 

   Cleo D. Edgecomb, 65, of Haslett, died Sunday, May 19, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Mr. Edgecomb was born Feb. 6, 1937 in Simonsville, the son of Henry and Lila (Simons) Edgecomb. He was raised in the Holt/Mason area and attended area schools, and was a custodian for the Lansing School District for over 12 years. Mr. Edgecomb enjoyed traveling from house to house, visiting friends; he was always on the road. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

   He is survived by a daughter, Kelly Powell of Lansing; brother, Gerald (Joyce) of Nashville; and three grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Services were held May 22 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville, with Rev. James Hynes officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gertrude Edwards-Newsome-Gayheart

 

   Gertrude Edwards-Newsome-Gayheart, age 74 of Marion, Ohio formerly of Albion, died October 1, 2002 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, OH. She was born February 6, 1928 in Floyd County (Hi-Hat), Kentucky to Hales and Amanda (Smith) Edwards. Gertrude came to Michigan in 1954, she worked for several farms and was a homemaker. She liked gardening and flowers along with being a pet caretaker.

   She is survived by her husband, Bill Gayheart of Marion, OH; daughter, Barbara YBarra of Albion; sons, Jesse Newsome of Marion, OH, Frank (Lenore) Newsome of Eaton Rapids; Dale (Diane) Newsome of Marion, OH; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Minnie (Sis) Getter of Albion; brother, Sam Edwards of Albion; half-brother, Lawrence Edwards of West Virginia and a host of nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Kitchen and three brothers, David, Daniel and John Edwards.

   Funeral services were held October 4, 2002 at Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels with Rev. Earl Martin officiating. Burial was at Albion Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society in memory of Gertrude Gayheart.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Larry D. Eedy

 

   Larry Dean Eedy, 62, of Potterville, passed away May 4, 2002.

   He is survived by his wife, Nan; three daughters, Kris (Tom) Whipple of Potterville, and Carol and Laura Eedy, both of Petoskey; two sons, Jeff (Sue) Hubers of Holland and Greg Hubers of Gladwin; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Dick of Williamston and Bob (Dimples) of Jackson; several nieces and nephews; father-in-law, Leo (Hanna) VanDyke of Florida; sister-in-law; Sue VanDyke of Grand Rapids; and his dog Butch.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister and his mother-in-law.

   Funeral services were held May 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Hilda I. Elston

 

   Hilda I. Elston, age 81 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002 in Charlotte. Hilda was born July25, 1920 in Eaton County, the daughter of Bert and Delia (Weldon) Getter. Mrs. Elston was a member of the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church. She was a former manager of Haffners Dime Store and a cook at Westbrook Inn in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Elston to whom she was married in 1939 and 2 sons, Douglas and Jerry Elston.

   Surviving are 3 daughters, Brenda Elston, Janice Place both of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Gary) Brininstool of St. Clair Shores; 2 sons, Herman Elston of Evart, Bruce (Shirley) Elston of Eaton Rapids; 22 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; brother, Dale (Waneta) Getter of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Reva Peterson of Eaton Rapids, Eva Jankovic of Albion.

   Funeral services were held May 18, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Winford Collins officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Jason Elston, James Brininstool, Mark Slaght, Randy Slaght, Rocky Slaght, and Amber Elston. Those desiring may make contributions to the Michigan Lung Association in memory of Hilda Elston.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Nora A. Emenhiser

 

   Nora Alice Emenhiser, 81, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002.

   Mrs. Emenhiser was born March 5, 1920 in Brookland, Ark., the daughter of John Wesley and Essie Ethel (Robinson) Nelms. She was married to Delmer Emenhiser, who preceded her in death in 1984. She had been a cook at Dick’s Diner in Charlotte and Lillian’s Café in Eaton Rapids.

   She is survived by sons, James (Nancy) of Texas, Donald (Anna) of Charlotte and Gary (Sharon) of Union City; daughters, Linda (Jerry) Dunn of Charlotte, Patsy (Lee) Woodhams of Georgia and Gloria (Ed) DeLong of Bellevue; 27 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; brothers, Creed Nelms of Arkansas and Dean Nelms of Florida; and a sister, Lucille Sparling of Port Huron.

   She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Cierra Lopez.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Geraldine E. Emery

 

   Geraldine Evelyn Emery, 82, of Charlotte, died Jan. 15, 2002.

   Mrs. Emery was born March 2, 1919 in Flint, the daughter of Charles and Cora (Meade) Grundstrom. She enjoyed lots of volunteer work, watching children and sharing flowers with her neighbors. She was a “neighborhood gramma.”

   She is survived by husband, Thomas Emery; daughters, Kathi (Tom) Dominguez of DeWitt and Carmen Emery of Holt; sons, Thomas (Barbara) Emery of Charlotte, James (Nancy) of Land O Lakes, Fla., Eugene (Linda) Emery of Vermontville and Gerald (Donna) Lewis of Chicago, Ill.; and 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by daughter Charlene Lewis Vaughn.

   Family Affirmation Service was held Jan. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret Erwin

 

   Margaret Schram Erwin, 94, passed away Sept. 29, 2002.

   Margaret, daughter of Fred Schram and Flossie Campbell Schram, was born July 13, 1908 in Vermontville, where she lived for the first 20 years of her life. She married Clayton Coleman in 1932 and moved to Texas in 1940. This union produced two children, Carmen Coleman Keys of Houston and Frank Thomas Coleman of Mexico. She taught school in Michigan and Texas. For the last 10 years of her life, Margaret suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

   She is survived by Carmen, Frank, and two grandchildren, Marcus and Tresa Varner.

 

 

 

Harriet J. Estell

 

   Harriet J. Estell, 91, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 29, 2002 in Sebastian, Fla.

   Mrs. Estell was born Aug. 19, 1910 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Milton and May (Walton) Rix and had been a Charlotte resident for over 65 years. She was a 1934 graduate of Michigan State College, with a degree in liberal arts, and later earned a certificate in library science. Mrs. Estell was a retired director of the Charlotte Community Library, with 13 years of service, and was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and its Naomi Circle. She served as secretary of the Camp Frances Board of Directors, was a member of the Charlotte Civic Theatre, the Eaton County Historical Society, Friend of the Charlotte Public Library and the Bridge Club. Special honors received included: a Certificate of Dedication for outstanding service to Delta Kappa Gamma; Harriet Young Estell Day, Sept. 11, 1994, by proclamation of the mayor of Charlotte for service in promoting the growth and development of the Charlotte Public Library; charter founder, The American Family Immigration History Center, Certificate of Appreciation issued July 17, 1998; Merit of Recognition for outstanding service rendered to the city of Charlotte Dec. 4, 1971; and Theta Alpha Phi National Honorary Dramatic Fraternity.

   She is survived by her husband, Wilbur Estell; son, Lewis (Catherine) Young of Charlotte; daughter, Signia Rix Young (Stanley) Warner of Amherst, Mass.; grandchildren, Joel Young, Christine Young Menzie, Mitchell Warner, Heather Warner-Rice and Ingrid Warner Bryan; and great-grandchildren, Jennifer Young, Janelle Young, Alexandria Bryan, Riley Bryan, Renee Bryan and Samuel Menzie.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis Young; son, Charles D. Young; brother, James Walton Rix; and sister, Madra Rix Oliver Sletton.

   Funeral services were held April 4 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or the Charlotte Community Library. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dennis Evans

 

    Dennis Evans, 56, of Vermontville, died June 26, 2002 in Ann Arbor.

   Mr. Evans was born Sept. 25, 1945 in Lansing, the son of Theodore and Beatrice (Kill) Evans. He had been employed by Custom Classic Creation in Potterville and was a member of the Potterville Church of the Nazarene and Hasting Car Club. He served with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam.

   He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Judith (Powell) Evans; daughter, Teresa (James) Keel of Charlotte; son, Scott (Melissa) Evans of Delton; grandchildren, Wendy, Aleisha, Ryan and Amanda.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1984, his mother in 1968, and a granddaughter in 1991.

   Funeral services were held June 29 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Slocum officiating. Interment was at East Sebewa Cemetery in Sunfield.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy Evans

 

   Dorothy Ann Evans, 83, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002.

   Mrs. Evans was born Oct. 7, 1918 in Lansing, the daughter of Albert L. and Anna (Haak) Hart, the oldest of seven children. She attended Nashville Baptist Church. Mrs. Evans enjoyed arts and crafts and loved her children and grandchildren. She was very proud of her husband’s paintings.

   She is survived by sons, Howard (Connie) Evans of Dowling, Dean (Annie) Evans of Houghton Lake and Alan (Rose) Evans of Middleton; daughter, Judy (Calvin) Oles of Dowling; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; brother, Dayol Hart of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Darlene Cook of Dimondale; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Evans in 2000; grandson, Daren in 1986; her parents; and three brothers and one sister.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Lester DeGroot and Pastor Dino Lamphere officiating. Interment was at Union Home Cemetery in St. Johns.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Samuel Fajnor Jr.

 

   Samuel Fajnor, Jr., age 85 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, May 23, 2002 at his residence. He was born October 24, 1916 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Samuel and Katherine (Zovodny) Fajnor. Mr. Fajnor served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a Aircraft Mechanic and stationed in England from 1943-1945. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp. during the Roosevelt era, where he learned to love “The North” and nature. A farmer for most of his life, he farmed mint with his brothers and later had dairy cattle. While farming he was employed with R.E.O. for 10 years, until their closing. Sam loved flying and was an accomplished pilot who taught many including family how to fly. He had an airstrip on the property at the farm and his hobbies included rebuilding aircraft and building his retirement home at Grand Marais. He was a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge #439 and Past Patron of the O.E.S. #352 both of Brookfield. Preceding his min death were his parents; sons, Jerry and Sammy; grandson, Jeremy; brother-in-law, Maurice Wade.

   Surviving are his English Bride of 57 years, Florence; son, Robert (Roberta) Fajnor of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Katherine (Bobby Owens) Allen of Lansing; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Milton Fajnor of Eaton Rapids and Steve (Joyce) Fajnor of Charlotte; sister, Olga Vitovsky of Rantoul, Ill.; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, May 25, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans, officiating. Burial followed in the Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Samuel Fajnor, Jr.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Leo C. Farr

 

   Leo Charles Farr, 55, of Vermontville, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 at his residence.

   Mr. Farr was born in Charlotte, the son of Leo Charles and Betty (Pruden) Farr. He worked at Indu-Comm Construction of Battle Creek.

   He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Farr; five daughter, Tracy Farr (James Simons) of Hastings, Tina (Larry) Dawe of Wyoming, Mich., Bobbie Jo Welch of Hasting, Sgt. Charron Holcombe of Ft. Drum, N.Y., and Katheryne Holcombe of Monroe, N.C.; four sons, Marty Farr of Georgia, Freeman Holcombe of Fountain Inn, S.C., Leo Charles Farr III (Annette) of Monroe, N.C. and Shaw (Kris) Farr of Hastings; nine grandchildren; and four brothers, Walter Farr of Vermontville, Charles Farr of Texas, Roger McCartney of Lansing and Rick McCartney of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Jonathan H. Ferree

 

   Jonathan Howard Ferree, 26, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002 as the result of an automobile accident.

   Mr. Ferree was born Oct. 1, 1976 in Lansing, the son of Darrell and Julia (Gladding) Ferree. He was a customer service manager with Micro Tech Services in Holt.

   He is survived by his wife, Deidre (VanDyke) Ferree; 2 year-old daughter, Julia Rosemarie Ferree; his parents; stepsons, Nathan and Tyler Silverthorn; sister, Christy Ferree; and in-laws, Richard and Mary VanDyke.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastors Larry Yeagley and Michael Conley officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ferree family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Edward E. Ferris

 

   Ed Ferris was born to Ora (Shred) and Harry Ferris on August 29, 1909 at the family farm in Onondaga, Michigan. He was the only son of five children. His sisters were Helen (Barnes), Lucielle (Mangles), Harriett (Leach) and Frances (Hamling). After graduation from Eaton Rapids High School, he attended and graduated from Tri-State College in Indiana with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked his way through school as a ranger at Glacier National Park in Montana. It was here that he met his life-time sweetheart, Ruth (Salo) Ferris. They were married for 64 years and of that union came Betty (Sprague) Ferris and Richard Ferris. With their children, they moved back to Mason, Michigan where he became Ingham County Road Commissioner and later started his own road building business, The Ferris Company. With his interests in engineering and as an inventor, his entrepreneurial skills led him to land development in Florida. He also dabbled in prospecting and mining. A lifelong resident of Mason, Michigan he built a log cabin on the east side of town where he resided with is family for over 50 years. He dedicated his life to family and community. With his children and grandchildren, Markus, Scott and Craig Held, he farmed the land he grew up on, and developed an organic grain and bean business and Health Feed Distribution business (Harvest Time) where he worked until 3 weeks prior to his death. He also has a grandson through his son Richard, Nicholas. He was committed to his faith as he exercised his dedication to God in his daily life and as Deacon of his Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Lucielle and Helen and most recently his wife, Ruth.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2:00 p.m. at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Leslie. The family will receive friends at the Chapel Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to the Charity of their choice in memory of Mr. Ferris.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ray H. Firebaugh

 

   Ray H. Firebaugh, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, May 4, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. He was born June 8, 1924 in Detroit, the son of Samuel and Amie (May) Firebaugh. Mr. Firebaugh was an area farmer who worked on his farm until shortly before his death and was a member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau. He was raised at the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids and was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1944. Ray served as an M.P. in the U.S.A.R., ready reserve, and later in the Army Reserve from 1949 through 1954.

   Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Grace (Mock); daughter, Deb Tigner; son, Sam Firebaugh; granddaughter, Amanda Tigner all of Eaton Rapids; sister, Phyllis (Robert) Marklewitz of Okemos; brothers, William and Herbert both of California and 3 nieces.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the V.F.W. National Home, in memory of Ray H. Firebaugh.

 

 

Douglas K. Fletcher

 

   Douglas Kenneth Fletcher, 78, of Farewell, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002.

   Mr. Fletcher was born Feb. 5, 1924 in Charlotte, the son of J. Kenneth and Bernice (Trescott) Fletcher. He served in the Navy and was a member of Charlotte American Legion #42 and Farwell Masonic Lodge #335. Mr. Fletcher was a real estate salesman in Farewell.

   He is survived by sons, David (Laura) Fletcher of Flint and Mark (Joanne) Fletcher of Mulliken; daughter, Cheryl Lee Wilkie of Traverse City; five grandchildren; sisters, Donis Miner of Owosso and Frances DeBar of California; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Thomas Ball officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dena Marie Florian

 

   Dena Marie Florian, age 97 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, January 4, 2002. She was born May 20, 1904, the daughter of Harvey and Barbara (Lechler) VanDeusen. Mrs. Florian was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death were her husband Leo in 1996; and a brother Wesley “Ted” VanDeusen.

   Surviving are 2 sons, Richard (Marilyn) Florian and Carl (Marie) Florian both of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, January 7th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the First Congregational Church in memory of Dema M. Florian.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Virginia M. Florine-Dobberstein

 

   Virginia M. Florine-Dobberstein, age 65 of Grand Ledge and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, November 28, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. She was born October 10, 1937 in Hesperia, Michigan, the daughter of George and Gertrude (Robertson) Carson. Virginia owned and operated Florine’s Nursing Home in Eaton Rapids for many years. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Eaton Rapids for over 20 years. Preceding her in death were her husband, Art; 2 brothers, Calvin and Marvin Carson.

   Surviving are her husband, Earl Dobberstein; 3 children, Mark (Debbie) Lilly, Kenneth Lilly and Timothy Lilly; 3 step-children, Joyce (Dan) Docker, Cindy (Joe) Miller and Dale Dobberstein; several grandchildren and step grandchildren; 12 brothers & sisters; James Carson, Betty (Chuck) Hicks, Charles (Marge) Carson, Mary Ileen Bennett, Rich (Ruth) Scarborough, Clare Williard Carson, Norman (Joan) Carson, George (Lillian) Carson, John R. (Mary) Carson, Fred (Sue) Carson, Kit Carson, and Ivan (Alice) Carson; sister-in-law, Delores Carson; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, December 2, 2002 from the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dallas McFarland officiating. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Church of the Nazarene, in memory of Virginia M. Florine-Dobberstein.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Roland C. Frank

 

   Roland C. Frank, 88 of Odessa, Mo., formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 20 in Oak Grove, Mo.

   Mr. Frank was born Jan. 24, 1914 in Iosco County, the son of Chauncey Wellington Frank and Laura Cook Frank. He married Clara Ellen Shumaker of Charlotte on March 22, 1952. Mr. Frank was employed by Klaiss Electric in Charlotte in the early 1950’s, followed by employment with Trenton Steel Mill, Reo Motors, and Truck and Trailer Equipment Supply, until retiring in 1977. He and his family moved to Odessa in 1977. Mr. Frank was baptized at age 17 in the RLDS Church and served as a priest for RLDS – now the Community of Christ – where he held many offices. He is survived by his wife, Clara; son, Mark (Heather) of Oak Grove; two daughters, Shelly Frank of Independence, Mo., and S/Sgt. Rolana Frank of Kennewick, Wash.; two grandchildren, Briana and Aaron Frank; two brothers-in-law, Dale (Iris Lee) Shumaker of Bell City, Mo., and Gale (Joan) Shumaker of Charlotte; and three sisters-in-law, Ila Shumaker Klaiss, Betty Shumaker and Ethel Shumaker, all of Charlotte. Memorial services were Feb. 24 at Community of Christ Church, Odessa, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to Outreach International.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy B. Franks

 

   Dorothy B. Franks, 90, of Vermontville, died Thursday, March 14, 2002 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mrs. Franks was born on the Pease family farm on Pease Road in Kalamo Township on Sept. 11, 1911, the daughter of Edward Robert and Carrie (Bowen) Pease. She attended Bowen Country School and married E. Raymond Franks on Feb. 25, 1938 in Bellevue. They were life-long farmers in the community. Mrs. Franks was a past member of the Kalamo Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed spending time at her cottage at Middle Lake and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   She is survived by sons, Virgil (Kathy) Franks of Bellevue and Robert (Barbara) Franks of Vermontville; brother, Edward Pease of Charlotte; sister, Mary Eisenlord of Battle Creek; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Raymond Franks in 1999; two sisters and five brothers.

   Services were held March 16 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville, with Rev. Roger Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Janette Frey

 

   Janette Newland Frey, 89, died April 6, 2002 at Warren Memorial Hospital.

   Mrs. Frey was born Sept. 13, 1912 in Tekonsha, the daughter of the late Myrtle Margaret and Calvin Burton Newland. She resided in Charlotte most of her life, and moved to Front Royal, Va., in 1992 and lived in Ay-View. She was a resident at Royal Haven at the time of her death.

   She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Dr. Charles) Huber of Front Royal, Va.; granddaughter, Anne (Linwood Jr.) Gorham of Lorton, Va.; grandson, Charles (Stephanie) Huber of Denton, Md.; three great-grandsons, Linwood Gorham III, Charles Gorham and Calvin Huber.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Miland Frank Frey.

   Services and interment will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte at a later date.

  Memorial contributions may be made to The Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1000 N. Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630.

 

 

 

Frederick M. Friedley

 

   Frederick M. Friedley, age 83 of Columbus, Ohio, died April 30, 2002. He was born April 20, 1919 in Eaton Rapids. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1970. He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Harda.

   Surviving are 2 sons, Morris (Jennifer) Friedley of Kansas and Tom (Lori) Friedley; 2 daughters, Susan Kohler and her fiancé Tim Pfautsch and Shirley Barber; grandchildren Branden and Kyle Friedley, Timmy and Katie Koemer of Columbus and S/Sgt. Keith (Eden) Barber of Ft. Drum, NY: 2 sisters, Barbara (Neal) Rogers and Mildred (Cal) Richards both of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 3, 2002 at the Schoedinger East Chapel in Columbus. Burial was at Glen Rest Memorial Cemetery, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thomas L. Fritz

 

   Thomas L. Fritz, 65, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Marshall, passed away Oct. 1, 2002 in Fort Myers, Fla.

   Mr. Fritz was born Aug. 21, 1937 to Irene Hardenburg (Fritz) in Calhoun County. He was a former employee of the Calhoun County Road Commission, Eaton Manufacturing, Win Schuler’s Restaurant and Bostick, all located in Marshall. He owned a gas station in Marshall for a number of years in his earlier years and was a salesman for his remaining years.

   He is survived by three children, Randy (Sally) Fritz of Eaton Rapids, Constance (William) Owens of Lansing, and Laurie (Ron) Berry of Arlington, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Jeremiah Fritz, Elijhia Sue Fritz, Kurtis Fritz, William (Willie) Owens, T.J. Owens, Sean Owens, Sunny Faith Owens, Nicole Berry, Bethany Berry and Jonathan Berry; one step-grandson, Thomas Heisler; and one great-granddaughter, Audrey Dealmedia of Elsie.

   Private family services will be held at a later date.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert Fuller Jr.

 

   Robert Marvin Julian Fuller, Jr., 43, of Mulliken, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002.

   Mr. Fuller was born June 22, 1959 in Lansing, the son of Robert Marvin Julian Fuller Sr. and Patricia (Drown) Fuller. He was an assembly worker at B.O.C. in Lansing until his retirement in 1993. Mr. Fuller’s interests included computers, books on tape, and playing with his two dogs. HE was a long-term patient of the kidney dialysis unit at Mid Michigan Dialysis Center and appreciated the care and kindness of the many doctors, nurses and staff there.

   He is survived by his wife and caregiver, Deborah; daughter, Tara; son, R.J.; father, Robert Sr.; brother, William Fuller and fiancé Sue Tice of Lansing; sister, Janice (Robert) Brewster of Indiana, nine nieces and five nephews; and many friends and family.

   He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia in 1990.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association, Brass Works Bldg., 648 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 004, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Edith E. Furlong

 

   Edith E. Furlong, 61, of Nashville, died Monday, April 29, 2002 at her home.

   She is survived by her husband, Frank Furlong of Nashville; sons, Edward Gorodinski and Frankie Furlong; daughters, Elaine (Jeff) Geiger, Sharon Whitaker (Joe Kubek) and Barbara (Jeff) Sharritt; brother, Sam (Betty) Rose; sisters, Mary Reed and Judy (George) McNitt; 12 grandchildren; and mother and father-in-law, Richard and Carolyn Furlong.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Marie (Miller) Rose, and a son, Joey Gorodinski.

   Services were held May 2 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Pastor J. Andrew Fry officiating. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park in Woodland Township.

 

 

 

 

Judith E. Furlong

 

   Judith E. Furlong, 62, of Nashville, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   She was born Aug. 7, 1939 in Hastings, the daughter of Arthur and Gladis (Wilkins) Keeler, and attended Hastings schools, graduating from Hastings High School in 1957. She was employed at Maple Valley Implement for 30 years, where she held the position of vice president until her retirement in 1992. She enjoyed collecting Precious Moments collectibles, reading and knitting. Her favorite hobby was her travels to Hawaii, California, Spain and Europe with her sisters and special friends. She especially enjoyed her cats. Although she was somewhat confined, she enjoyed the care she received from some very special friends.

   She is survived by sons, Randy Furlong and Cory (Jackie) Furlong, both of Nashville; brothers, Don (Betty) Keeler of Hemlock, Kenneth Keeler of Hastings and Charles Keeler of Middleville; sisters, Janice (Stewart) Day of Hastings and Linda (Harry) Garrison of Freeport; granddaughters, Charleen Furlong and Kaytlin Furlong; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Keith Keeler; and nephews, Jack Keeler and Gary Keeler.

   Funeral services were held May 24 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park in Woodland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

Corbin A. Gardner

 

   Corbin A. Gardner, 14, of Nashville, died Monday, July 22, 2002.

   Corbin was born Nov. 27, 1987 in Charlotte, the son of Forrest Allan Gardner and Gail (Miller) Gray. He was a student at Maple Valley School and loved to hunt and fish. He raised ducks and geese and was a Bobby LaBonte fan.

   He is survived by his father, Forest Allan and step-mother, Patty Gardner of Nashville; mother Gail Gray of Battle Creek; sisters, Courtney and Hana; brother, Jacob; grandparents, Lee Joppie of Vermontville, Roger and Diane Gardner of Vermontville, Robert Miller of Texas; great-grandmother, Dorothy Mahar of Vermontville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

    Family Affirmation Services were held July 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville fire and ambulance departments. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruth E. Gardner

 

   Ruth Elaine Gardner, of Maple City, passed away Dec. 10, 2002 at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family.

   Mrs. Gardner was born in Flint on Feb. 23, 1924 to Roy and Fern Woodrow Ormond. On Oct. 25, 1946 she married Paul M. Gardner in Traverse City. Together they had three children. She served as a WAVE during World War II and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego.

   She is survived by her children, Michael, Thomas (Barb Zupin) and Katie (Dave) Taberski, affectionately known as Mully, Bit and Kitty; and sisters, Barbara Ormond and Ann Engebresten. At her request, there will be no services and cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686, where she found her loyal companion, Buttercup. Arrangements were by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Zane Alexander Gardner

 

   Zane Alexander Gardner, age 3 years of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, February 11, 2002 in Lasing. Zane was born November 12, 1998 in Lansing. His beautiful smile and winning personality will be missed by his loving parents, Todd and Lynette (Henderson) Gardner and his brother, Wyatt age 5.

   Also surviving are his grandparents, Larry and Lorene Henderson, Wilmena “Billie” Gardner all of Eaton Rapids; great grandparents, Delbert and Birdie Payne, Doug and Buffy Henderson, Millie B. Summer all of Eaton Rapids, Eve “Bama” Lyons of Lansing, Leona Gardner of Shelby Twp., Opal Righter of MO; 2 uncles and 5 aunts; and several cousins. Zane was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ray Gardner, Jr. and Herbert Riemann.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, February 15, 2002, at the Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor David Kobliska officiating. Interment followed at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Fetal Diagnostic and Therapy at Vanderbilt or March of Dimes in memory of Zane A. Gardner.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Betty Garvey

 

   Betty Jane (Stewart) Garvey, 76, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002 in Leesburg, Fla.

   Mrs. Garvey was born June 30, 1925 in Lansing, the daughter of Henry and Thelma (Schnepp) Stewart. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1944 and married her high-school sweetheart, Bernard Junior Garvey, on Jan. 30 of the same year. In 1946, after Bernard returned from World War II, they bough their life-long home in Nashville and moved in with their newborn daughter Diana. They then added to their family, daughters Brinda and Nancy, and son Bernie.

   Mrs. Garvey enjoyed entertaining and cooking for family and friends; playing the guitar and singing with her twin sister Barbara; collecting dolls; sewing; being a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Eastern Star and Young Mother’s Club; wintering in Florida; and The Wheel of Fortune. Together, Mrs. Garvey and her family spent summers at their cottage, and winters snowmobiling, square dancing, micro midget racing and spending time together.

   She will be remembered as a dedicated and loving, wife, mother, grandma and friend, and especially for the care she gave Bernard in his time of need.

   She is survived by her children, Brinda and Dave Hawkins, Nancy and Richard Byrd, and Bernie and Donna (Decker) Garvey, all of Nashville; grandchildren, Heather (Allen) Bross, Stacee (Scott) English, Marcee (Brian) Charterdon, Retha (Steve) Fox, Mindy (Dennis) Downing and BeeGee Garvey; great-grandchildren, Alex and Colyn Reed, and Jacob Bross; her twin sister, Barbara (Raymond) Barlond; brothers, Harold (Bessie) Stewart and Bill (Anita) Stewart; sister, Judy (Bob) Bigford; and sisters-in-law, Melva Turner and Marie Garvey.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Garvey Jr.; parents, Henry and Thelma (Schnepp) Stewart; and daughter, Diana Garvey.

   Services were held Feb. 17 at Nashville Baptist Church, Nashville, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

   Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ella Marie Garvey

 

   Ella Marie Garvey, 71, of Nashville died June 22 at her home. She was born Jan. 5, 1931 in Vermontville, the daughter of Rex and Myrtle (Heaven) Hampton.

   She was raised in the Vermontville area and attended areas schools. On May 11, 1948 she married Raymond “Jack” Garvey in Nashville. The couple lived several years in Texas, as Jack served his country at Shepard Air Force Base. After Jack’s retirement from the service in 1965, the couple returned to the Nashville area where Marie began her work at the Barry County Medical Facility. She retired in 1988 after serving 23 years as nutrition specialist and dietitian. During her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, painting the hand-crafted wood projects that Jack created, watching movies and reading. In April 1972, Marie gave her life to the Lord.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond “Jack” Garvey, grandson Aaron McIntyre, parents Rex and Myrtle (Heaven) Hampton and brother, Pete Hampton.

   She is survived by daughters Linda (Hugh) Wolcott, Kirsti (Darwin) McIntyre, Rex-Ann (Dion) Rasey, all of Nashville, Kathy (Rock) Ludwick of Bronson, son Raymond (Char) Garvey of Nashville, brothers, Lavern (Bev) Hampton, Norman Hampton, sisters Crystal (Rex) Walters, Donna (Tom) Salik, June (Dick) Dickinson, sisters-in-law Marge (Russ) Bennett and Melva Turner, 16 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many special nieces, nephews and special friends.

   Funeral services were held June 25 at the Nashville Assembly of God Church. Burial followed in Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

   Arrangements by Maple Valley Chapel.

 

Raymond Garvey

 

   Raymond “Jack” Garvey, 77, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002 at his residence in Nashville.

   Mr. Garvey was born Jan. 12, 1925 in Lansing, the son of Bernard and Orpha (Barnum) Garvey. He spent his childhood in Lansing, later moving to the Nashville area. He attended area schools and earned a GED while serving the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945. Mr. Garvey married Ella Marie Hampton on May 11, 1948 in Nashville. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 until his retirement 18 years later in 1965, retiring with the rank of E-5 staff sergeant. After his retirement, the family left Texas and returned to Michigan. Mr. Garvey then engaged in the plumbing business and spent many years doing woodworking, hunting, fishing and gardening. He walked at least four miles each day, rain or shine.

   He is survived by his wife, Ella of Nashville; daughters, Linda (Hugh) Wolcott, Kristi (Darwin) McIntyre and Rex-Ann (Dion) Rasey, all of Nashville, and Kathy (Rock) Ludwick of Bronson; son, Ray (Charlene) Garvey of Nashville; sister, Melva Turner of California; sister-in-law, Betty Garvey of Nashville; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Orpha (Barnum) Garvey; brother, Bernard “Junior” Garvey; and a grandson, Aaron Lee McIntyre.

   Services were held Jan. 19 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Pastor Glenn Branham officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Clarence Garvie

 

   Clarence Max Garvie, 81, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002. Mr. Garvie was born November 15, 1921, in Lansing, the son of Virgil and Arlene (Ling) Garvie.

   He retired from the assembly line work at Oldsmobile, then was a truck driver for Maeward until his retirement.

   He is survived by his wife Doris (Casler), son Dale (Carol) Garvie of Charlotte, Michigan, daughter, Cheri Cain of Olivet, Michigan, son Lynn (Carolyn) Garvie of Charlotte, son Scott Garvie of Bellevue, daughter Gail Alvarez of Florida, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, sister Pat (Art) Lumbert of Charlotte, brother Frank (Mary) Watson of Augusta, Michigan, and sister Wanita Watson of Athens, Michigan. Interment will be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Further information available at www.prayfuenral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Matthew Phillip Gewain, II

 

   Matthew Phillip Gewain II, age 81 of Lincoln, NE, died Thursday, May 16, 2002. He was born to Matthew Phillip & Marie Emma (Flosbach) Gewain on July 13, 1920 in Fanwood, New Jersey. He was a World War II Air Core Veteran completing 26 missions as a Bombardier in England. He worked as a salesman for Farmland Industries from 1969-1981 and was business manager for MPG, Inc. He was a member of VFW 131 and former member of Eaton Rapids Michigan Masonic Lodge and Kiwanis. Matt was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He married his teenage sweetheart, Jane Blake, and they were married 59 years. His four grandchildren, Kim, Blake, Lexie, & Grant were the loves of his life and his reason for living. He could be found at all types of sporting events and was the 5th grade boys Fastbreakers YMCA Basketball team’s number one fan. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, watching sports and keeping in touch with family and friends with the long lost art of handwritten letters. Matt had even conquered the internet and had begun corresponding with his oldest granddaughter, via e-mail, while she was away at college. Matt had an intense love of people and made it a point to greet others by name. He will be remembered fondly for his generous soul & warm sense of humor.

   Survivors include wife, Jane (Blake) Gewain of Lincoln, NE; sons, Matthew P. (Gail) Gewain of Tehachapi, CA and Dr. William J. (Sharon) Gewain of Lincoln; daughter, Susan J. (Jonathan) Bohling of Lincoln; grandchildren, Kimberly M. Gewain, Blake M. Wewel, Alexandra J. Bohling, Grant M. Bohling all of Lincoln; brother Richard G. (Jeanne) Gewain of Olney, MD; sister, Lois Johnson of Lakewood, NJ. He was preceded in death by his parents and uncle & aunt, Wilhelm & Maria Flosbach.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th Street, Lincoln, NE. Burial to be at Lincoln Memorial Park. Military honors by Ft. Riley Kansas Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Methodist Children’s Hospital Cardiac Unit, Omaha, NE.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Betty J. Gibbs

 

   Betty Jane Gibbs, 76, of Grand Ledge, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002.

   Mrs. Gibbs was born March 3, 1926, in DeWitt, the daughter of Charles M. and Myrta (Ames) Conner.

   Betty had been employed by Ideal Medical – Puritan Bennett Co. in Lansing retiring in 1984 and had lived in Eaton Country most of her life. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Grand Ledge. She enjoyed reading, world puzzles and music.

   She is survived by son Karl Jr. “Gabe” (Bernice) Gibbs of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, daughters Susan Gibbs of Grand Ledge, Neva (Joe) Lewis of Texas, four grandchildren; Soloman Reynolds, Karl Gibbs, Charisma and Jericho Lewis, sisters Mildred Stimer of Grand Ledge, Peggy Swan of Traverse City, and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by sons Terry Wilbur in 1952 and Martin Wilbur in 1972 and daughter Shelia Wilbur Thomas, parents, brother, Charles, and sister, Sally.

   A memorial service will be held in the spring at Gresham Cemetery. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Annie I. Gibson

 

   Annie Isabel “Grannie” Gibson, 74, of Charlotte, died Oct. 4, 2002. Mrs. Gibson was born Nov. 17, 1927 in Wheelright, Ky., the daughter of James and Angeline (Orretta) Pishner. She was a loving and caring person. She loved people, embroidery, collectibles and macramé.

   She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Kendall Gibson of Charlotte; Robert David (Ethel) Whitaker, Joseph Vincent (Melissa) Whitaker and Tamara Ellen King, all of Charlotte, Brenda (Leslie) Cox, Phillip (Lema) Gibson of Mousie, Ky., Geraldine (Herbie) Stamper and Clem (Don) McDaniels; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dolores Harries and Vena (Otis) Newsome, both of Charlotte, and Victoria (Colombus) Martin of Bevinsville, Ky.

   She was preceded in death by sister, Mary Ellen Nance; and brother, Joseph Rossi.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Father Robideau officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

 

Kenneth Eugene Gibson

 

   Kenneth Eugene Gibson died November 24, 2002 as a result of a fall at his home in Stockbridge. Kenneth was born September 23, 1946 in Jackson, Michigan. He attended high school in Eaton Rapids. He spent many happy years as a youth in Eaton Rapids and had many friends here. He served in Germany during the Vietnam War. As a result of illness contracted in the service, he spend most of his adult life in Adult Care Homes. In recent years he appreciated much loving attention from his Mother and brother Terry.

   He will be sadly missed by his mother, Lillie Caudill; 6 brothers and sisters, Margaret (Leonard) Kreischer, Terry Gibson, Delaine (David) Bria, Reatha (Dale) Gibson, Dan (CiCi) Gibson, Anthony (Kathy) Gibson; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces & grand nephews.

   Arrangements are pending at the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thomas J. Gibson

 

   Thomas J. Gibson, 79, of Sturgis, died Saturday, April 6, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Mr. Gibson was born Jan. 1, 1923 in Albany, Ga., a son of Thomas Brady and Viola (Chancey) Gibson. He had been a Sturgis resident since 1940, coming from Georgia. On Jan. 10, 1948 he married Pearl Shook in LaGrange, Ind.; she died Oct. 29, 1998. He retired from Addressograph Multigraph of Atlanta, Ga., after more than 20 years of employment. Mr. Gibson had also been employed by Taylor Produce and Paramount Furniture Co., both in Sturgis. For several years he was a flight instructor at Sturgis Airport, and piloted the first night flight at the airport. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, serving as a bomber pilot and earning the rank of major. Mr. Gibson enjoyed fishing, woodworking, horseback riding, yard work, landscaping and time spent with family.

   He is survived by one son, David (Gail) Gibson of Anderson, S.C.; two daughters, Janis (Keith) Tirrell of Charlotte and Cheryl McNew of Sturgis; eight grandchildren, Craig Gibson, Mark Gibson, Stacey DiMarco, Peter Tirrell, Chelsea Tirrell, Jeff Tirrell, Grant Tirrell and Matthew McNew; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ernestine Hinton and Janis Johnson, both of Macon, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held April 9 at the First United Methodist Church, Sturgis, with Rev. Keith Treman and Rev. Robert Keim officiating. Interment was at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Borgess Medical Center Cardiac Critical Care Unit. Personal messages of support may be left for the family at www.legacy.com. Arrangements were by Hackman-Fogleson Funeral Home in Sturgis.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Donna T. Gilkerson

 

   Donna T. Gilkerson, 64, of Eaton Rapids, died July 31, 2002.

   She was born July 1, 1938 in South Arm Township (Charlevoix County) to Claud and Bertha (Sloop) Gilkerson. She was a school teacher for over 36 years at public schools in Springport and Eaton Rapids and spent one year teaching Navajo children in Cuba, New Mexico. She was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Eaton Rapids, a Sunday School teacher, CYC director, Sunday School superintendent and church pianist for many years. Her life was teaching and her students were her life.

   She is survived by sisters, Ina Slough of East Jordan, Lena Brown of Roseville and Kay (Jim) Spence of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Claude (Jean) Gilkerson of Bellaire, William (Donna) Gilkerson of Granville, Ohio, and Dean (Marlene) Gilkerson of Fostoria; 27 nieces and nephews, 54 great-nieces and nephews and five great-great-nieces and nephews; and several close friends, including Doris Wonser with whom she shared a home, and third-grade teacher-buddies Cindy Holm and Gina Rocca.

   Donna was preceded in death by her brother Wayne in 1940, her father in 1971, her mother in 1990 and her sister Ella in 1998.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Frank Klassen officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan on Monday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the North-western Elementary School nature project in Eaton Rapids.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ivan H. Gillett

 

   Ivan H. Gillett, 86, a resident of Sandia Park, NM since 1957, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002. Ivan was born in Eaton Rapids, MI to Herbert and Emmaline Gillett in 1915. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1933. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1935. Ivan married June Carpenter in 1936. He retired from the Navy in 1956 as a Lieutenant Commander. Ivan was employed by the Sandia National Laboratories as a Staff Associate in the Weaponry Department for 21 years, retiring in 1978.

   He leaves his wife of 66 years, June; daughter, Carolyn McBane and husband, Robert, of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Mary Scales and husband Stephen, of Colorado Springs, CO; son, John Gillett, and wife Elaine, of Estancia, NM; daughter, Kathleen Esquibel, and husband, Arthur, of Albuquerque, NM; son, Daniel Gillett, and wife Katherine of Albuquerque, NM; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald Gillett, and wife Lillian, of Eaton Rapids, MI

   Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, Inc., PO Box 9, Belen, NM, 87002. Arrangements were by French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel.

 

 

 

Robert C. Gingrich

 

   Robert C. Gingrich, 76, of Charlotte, died Feb. 10, 2002.

   Mr. Gingrich was born Nov. 20, 1925 in Chester Township, the son of Lee and Lita Marie (Bottomley) Gingrich. He was a farmer, truck driver and timber logger for Johnson’s Lumber. He is survived by his wife, Colleen (Royston) Gingrich; sons, Roger (Claudia) of New Hampshire, Larry (Vickie) and Darrel (Debbie), both of Charlotte, and Randall (Bonita) of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother, John (Kay Dawn) of Charlotte; and sisters, Bonnie (Ed) Simek of Charlotte and Ellen (Wayne) Dunn of Bellevue. Memorial services were held Feb. 14 at Gresham United Methodist Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Gresham United Methodist Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lt. Joy Ann Goe

 

   An abundant source of joy was lost to us when our dear daughter, sister, mother, friend, cousin, and co-worker, Joy Ann Warriner Goe, of Eaton Rapids died on November 2, 2002, after a courageous struggle with cancer. Joy was born on April 16, 1963 and spent a lifetime delighting us with her wit, captivating us with her charm, and invigorating us with her smile. She had a rare zest for life which enriched those who came to know her. She also had a god-given gift for leadership. Her spirit will live on in our precious memories of her. Joy grew up in Lasing, attended Moores Park School, Walter French Jr. High, and graduated from Everett High School in 1981. She obtained her BA form Norfolk State University, Virginia. Joy served her country in the United State Navy for over 19 years, attaining the rank of Lieutenant and earning numerous distinctions including the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 times), Navy Achievement Medal (5), good Conduct Medal (2), and the National Defense Medal (2). She was stationed all over the world, most recently in Detroit at the Naval Recruiting District, Michigan where she became a great favorite among her peers.

   Joy is survived by her children, Max (14), and Michael (5); her ex-husband, Kevin Goe; her parents, Gary Warriner (Yvonne) and Janet Julian (Ernie); her brothers, Craig (Mary), Scott (Karen) and Keith (Kathy); in addition to many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and loving friends, all of whom will never forget her and will se her in the hereafter.

   The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, November 6th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids, with the Rev. Bennett Constantine, officiating. The Rite of committal will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing with Military services provided by the U.S. Navy. The family will receive friends at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to Hospice of Lansing, 6035 Executive Drive, Suit 103, Lansing, Michigan 48911 in memory of Joy. The family would like to thank health care workers who made Joy’s final days more peaceful and extend a very special thanks to the men and women of the Naval Recruitment District Michigan, especially Commanding Officer Jim Knapp and Executive Officer Bing Lenygel for the incredible amount of support and assistance they have provided to Joy and the family.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Walter J. Goff

 

   Walter Jay Goff, 84, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Assyria, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at his home.

   Mr. Goff was born Aug. 10, 1917 in Battle Creek, the son of Rellow and Ida (Munn) Goff. He attended Springfield High School. Mr. Goff was a machine operator for 25 years at Federal Mogul, a custodian at Bellevue schools in retirement, and armed in the Bellevue area. He married Betty Ackley on July 5, 1947: she survives. They resided in Assyria for 49 years and moved to Eaton Rapids five years ago. He was a life member of VFW 2406 Dad’s Post in Charlotte and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and yard work.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Garry of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Barry (Michelle) Goff of Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Grant and Paige Goff of Charlotte; and brother, Melvin (Eleanor) Goff of Wausau, Wis.

   Services were held March 30 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was at Hicks Cemetery in Pennfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Arlie C. Goforth

 

   Arlie C. Goforth, 80, of Nashville, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002 at Carveth Village in Middleville.

   Mrs. Goforth was born May 27, 1921, the daughter of Jack and Lora (Stokes) Reneau in Decator, Tenn. She moved to the Nashville/Hastings area and attended Briggs School, graduating from Hastings High School in 1936. She married Paul Goforth Dec. 17, 1937; he preceded her in death in July 1999 after 62 years of marriage. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by daughters, Delphia (Elgin) Totten, Mary Ann (Wes) Erwin, Lorraine (Lester) Altoft, Kathy (Leo) Hine, Bernice (Dan) Shilling and Brenda (Ron) Armour; sons, Paul (Mary Jo) Goforth Jr., Joe (Gayle) Goforth and Tom Goforth.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Goforth Sr.; parents, Jack and Lora Reneau; sister, Ruby Skidmore; brothers, James Reneau, Arundal Reneau and Edward Reneau; step-grandson, John Altoft.

   Services were held Jan. 16 at Nashville Baptist Church with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Wilcox Cemetery, Maple Grove Township, Barry County.

   Memorial donations may be made to Carveth Memorial Gardens or Activity Center or the Nashville Baptist Church Youth Parsonage. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Larry Goodenough

 

   Larry Goodenough, 59, passed away Jan. 12, 2002.

   Mr. Goodenough was born Aug. 21, 1942 in Lake Odessa, to Howard and Serena (Dillenbeck) Goodenough. He graduated from Vermontville High School in 1961 and served in the United Stated Air Force until he received an honorable discharge in 1963. He worked at AE in Charlotte before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1976. Mr. Goodenough worked with his brother-in-law installing ground sprinklers and later became a certified welder and pipefitter. He had worked for Band L Plumbing for the past 20 years. He loved photography, the outdoors and fixing things. He found great enjoyment in visiting flea markets to find great bargains.

   He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Juanita; daughter, Lorie Sue Limbaugh of Fountain, Colo.; sons, Christopher of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bradley of Lansing; stepdaughter, Carolyn Kelly of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and sisters, Gwenith (John) Lewis of Portland, Jackie Hill of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Helen (Bill) Swiger of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Betty Goodenough of Huntsville, Ala; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Serena Goodenough; brother, Louis Goodenough; and stepdaughter, Susan Frederick.

   Memorial services were held Jan. 18 at the First Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Blanche Mildred Goodnoe

 

   Blanche M. Goodnoe, age 80 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, May 24, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. She was born July 10, 1921 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Joshua and Mildred (Huttle) Seafort. Mrs. Goodnoe moved to Eaton Rapids to live at the V.F.W. National home in 1928, at the age of 7. She was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1940. Mrs. Goodnoe owned and operated Blanches Beauty Shop in Eaton Rapids for 10 years. Her hobbies included oil painting, traveling and gardening. Preceding her in death were her parents; 2 brothers, Rev. George and Grant Seafort and sister, Madge King.

   Surviving are her husband of 62 years, George; 5 children, Nancy (Ralph) Craft, Ronald (Helen) Goodnoe, George (Diane) Goodnoe Jr., Jerry “Butch” Goodnoe all of Eaton Rapids and Lonnie “Bones” Goodnoe of McDoue, Georgia; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many many close friends.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 28, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Charles F. Gordon

 

   Charles Frederick “Fritz” Gordon, 81, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002.

   Mr. Gordon was born Jan. 27, 1921 in Winamac, Ind., the son of Charles and Nellie (McCoy) Gordon. He was an electrician for Fisher Body. Prior to moving to Michigan, Mr. Gordon owned and operated Kenton Electric Motors in Kenton, Ohio. He was a member of Kenton First Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge and Lawrence Valley Grange. He was also a Boy Scout leader.

   He is survived by daughters, Phyllis (Terry) Southerly of Potterville and Nancy (Michael) Livingston of Eaton Rapids; son, David (Kristine) Gordon of Charlotte; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth (Andrew) Morton of Richmond, Va., and Lois Bowers of Rochester, Ind.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Hesser) in June 1998; and brothers, Robert and Harry.

   Funeral services were held April 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Chaplain Robert Palmer officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Arthur W. Goudie

 

   Arthur W. Goudie, 79, of Charlotte, formerly a long-time resident of Clare, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Goudie was born Sept. 11, 1922 in Clare, the son of Philip and Ruth Marie (Archbold) Goudie, and had been a Charlotte resident for one and a half years, coming from Florida. Mr. Goudie was a retired mechanic for Dow Chemical Co., having retired in 1980 after 32 years of service. He was a member of Holt Christian Church and was a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ethel (Atkinson) Goudie; son, Arthur (Janet) of South Lyon; daughters, Janet (Doug) Orton of Lansing, Nancy (Neil) Brickner of Charlotte, Jill Crane of Davenport, Fla., Jane (Barry) Merritt of Holland, Ohio, and Susan (Tim) McNea of Lansing; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Phil (Janet) of Clare and Alex (Judy) of Lansing. He was preceded in death by a sister Meredith Nuss. Funeral services were held March 15 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Greg Steere officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Holt Christian Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

L. Marjorie Graham

 

   L. Marjorie Graham, 91, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2002 at the home of her daughter.

   Mrs. Graham was born Dec. 8, 1910 in VanWert, Ohio, a daughter of Ernest and Josephine (Conley) Hire. She was a member of the Assembly of Yahweh, a Windsor Township historian and wrote poems for different faith magazines. She was a licensed practical nurse at Ingham T.B. Sanitorium and Eaton Rapids hospital. Her husband, Wilbur Graham, died in 1981.

   She is survived by three sons, Samuel (Connie) Graham and Daniel (Joyce) Graham, both of Eaton Rapids, and John (Carolyn) Graham of East Lansing; one daughter, Sarah Bristol of Eaton Rapids; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, William (Dottie) Noone of Glen Ferris, W.Va.

   Services were held Feb. 8 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with her son Samuel Graham of the Assembly of Yahweh officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Sally A. Graham

 

   Sally A. Graham, 31, of Lansing, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at her residence.

   Miss Graham was born Sept. 28, 1970 in Hastings, the daughter of Harold and Lynda (Carpenter) Hubka.

   She is survived by her mother, Lynda Sales; uncles, aunts and cousins; and fiancée, Ryan of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter and grandparents.

   Memorial services were held March 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Minister of Gospel Jerry Carpenter officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Esther A. Grant

 

   Esther Arlene Grant, 74, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002.

   Mrs. Grant was born May 3, 1928 in Chester Township, the daughter of Donie and Veda (Larabee) Wright. She was a member of Chester Gospel Church and worked at Scheib Industries until she and her husband Ray started Grants Woodshop in 1972, retiring in 1991.

   She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Raymond Grant; son, Paul Grant of Charlotte; daughter, Pam (Nelson) Appelman of Nashville; son, Don (Marcia) Grant of Vermontville and Rob (Wendy) Grant of Vermontville; daughter-in-law, Cindy Grant of Charlotte; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Betty (Vern) Gilding of Charlotte, Phyllis (Stanley) Bothwell of Fountain and Patty (Max) Butler of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Wendall (Dema) Wright of Vermontville and Larry (Pattie) Wright of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Ray) Harper of Charlotte, Alice (Paul) Edwards of Grand Ledge and Barbara Wright of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by son, Randy; daughter, Sandy; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and brothers, Carroll, Dewayne and Lester.

   Funeral services were held May 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Chester Gospel Church Camp Fund or Youth Haven Ranch. Further information is available at www.prayfunearl.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Aaron R. Green

 

   Aaron R. Green, age 37 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, August 25, 2002 as a result of an automobile accident. Aaron was born May 18, 1965 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Harold Reuben and JoAnn (Zukowsky) Green. He was employed at Fasco D.C. Motors. Aaron loved all sports and was active in coaching girls’ youth soccer in Eaton Rapids for many years and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Florence McKessy.

   Aaron was a loving, caring and “awesome” father to the love of his life, his daughter, Chelsea Green. Also surviving are his father, Reuben Green; mother, JoAnn Green both of Eaton Rapids; brother, Troy (Sandy) Green of Elgin, IL; grandparents, Harold and Mary Green of Bonita Springs, FL; grandfather, Maurice McKessy of Onondaga; aunts, Sharon (Lynn) Brown of Grand Ledge, Carol (Tom) Werner of Monticello, IN, Evelyn (Kim) Livingston of Portland, Sharla (Dick) Hilliard of Onondaga; 1 niece, Lisa; 3 nephews, Alex, Brad, Ryan and several cousins.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy Pastor of the Eaton Rapids First Congregational Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Athletic Boosters Club in memory of Aaron Green.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lulu S. Gregg

 

   Lulu Susie Gregg, 89, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Mulliken, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2002 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mrs. Gregg was born Jan. 30, 1913 in Eaton County, a daughter of George Burton and Cermantha Ann (Bennett) Seavolt. She was a member of the Grand Ledge United Pentecostal Church. She loved people, especially children.

   She is survived by daughter, Birta (Garry) Cline of Grand Ledge; 10 grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Lehman, Susie (Marty) Debler, Brad (Karen) Lehman, Greg Lehman, Edward (Tammy) Piercefield Jr., Lisa (Victor) Martinez, Denise, Kathryn and Sky Simpson, and Kevin Cline; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-granddaughter; many step-children and step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Lois Seavolt of West Virginia.

   She was preceded in death by three husbands, Ion Simpson, Maynard Seybold and Frederick Gregg; son, Edwin Simpson, and a baby daughter.

   Services were held Feb. 23 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Garry Cline officiating. Interment was as Gresham Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marty Debler, Michael Lehman, Victor Martinez, Edward Piercefield Jr., Trever Piercefield and Dennis Watson. Honorary bearers were Travis Debler, Jerald Irish, Brad Lehman, Greg Lehman, Bruce Pratt and Daniel Urdal.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert E. Gregory

 

   Robert E. Gregory, 78, of Charlotte, died Monday, April 22, 2002.

   Mr. Gregory was born Nov. 18, 1923 in Girard, Kansas, the son of Thomas and Leona (Smith) Gregory. He was a member of the Jehovah Witnesses.

   He is survived by daughter, Deborah (Larry) Gretzner of Charlotte; granddaughters, Aimee (Cole) Cain of Lansing, and Sara and Elissa of Charlotte; brother, Thomas Jr.; and sister, Virginia Zuck.

   Memorial services were held April 26 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Charlotte.

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

 

 

Barbara J. Grenawalt

 

   Barbara Jean Grenawalt, 66, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 27, 2002.

   Mrs. Grenawalt was born April 28, 1935 in Lansing, the daughter of Marvin Bruce and Mable Imogene (Wiseman) Montgomery. She was a former office manager for the Charlotte Shopping Guide until 1986 when she went to Adtech Plastics Systems Corporation, retiring in 2000.

   She is survived by husband, James Grenawalt; daughter, Gina (Rick) Wagner of Constantine; son, Dr. Jeffrey (Rebecca) Russell of Marshall; five grandchildren; stepsons, Mychal (Becky) Grenawalt of East Lansing; stepdaughter, Julie (Todd) Clayton of Cincinnati; three step-grandchildren; brothers, Joe (Flora Mae) Montgomery and Gene (Phyllis) Montgomery, both of Charlotte; and sister, Dorothy (Vern) Swarthout of East Lake.

   Funeral services were held April 30 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ann C. Grier

 

   Ann Christine Grier, 54, of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 23, 2002 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

   Mrs. Grier was born Dec. 9, 1947 in Charlotte, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Hemingway) Bartolacci. She was a personnel director for Owens Illinois Glass Plant in Charlotte for 34 years, and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Charlotte Women’s Bowling Association.

   She is survived by daughter, Amy (Jim) Flowers of Battle Creek; sons, Richard of Cedar Park, Texas, and Robert (Jamie) of Sarasota, Fla.; grandson, Sean Patrick Flowers of Battle Creek; granddaughter, Kathryn Ann Flowers of Battle Creek; mother, Mary Bartolacci of Charlotte; brothers, Jeffry of Tampa, Fla., James (Lou) of Mason, John (Sue) and Joseph (Diana) Bartolacci, both of Charlotte; sisters, Lisa (Jim) Jones of New Port Richey, Fla., Nora (Tony) Bartolacci-Franzini of Tampa, Fla., and Mary Jo (Tim) Bartolacci-Palmer of Indiana; brother-in-law, Mike (Connie) Grier of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Grier on March 1, 2000; son, Jeffery in November 1984; and father, Joseph Bartolacci in August 1996.

   A funeral mass was celebrated March 26 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Edman T. Grier

 

   Edman T. Grier, 83, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 after an extended illness.

   Mr. Grier was born April 4, 1918 in Carmel Township, Eaton County, the son of Paul and Velma Lenore (Edman) Grier, and was a life-long Carmel Township resident. He was a 1936 graduate of Charlotte High School, a life-long farmer, had been a school bus driver for Charlotte schools, and was a rural mail carrier for the Charlotte Post Office. Mr. Grier was a member of the Charlotte Lions Club, a life member of Charlotte Lodge #120 F. & A.M., a member and past patron of Maple City Chapter #218 OES, and a member of Charlotte Commandery #37, Knight Templar, Grand Chapter RAM of Michigan, the Saladin Shrine Temple and Eaton County Shrine Club.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruth (Bryan) Grier; two sisters, Barbara (Joe) Nelson and Julia (Harold) Weaver, both of Charlotte; and nieces and nephews, Linda (David) Rulison, Rosemary (John) Welch, Gloria (Bruce) Griffith, Sandra (Mitch) McGarvey, Katie (Paul) Goudreault, John Nelson, William (Sue) Nelson, Pat (Charles) Rowles and Bradley Anderson.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Donald and James Grier.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Allen L. Gross

 

   Allen Leo Gross, 85, of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002 at Tendercare South Nursing Home in Lansing after an extended illness.

   Mr. Gross was a retired employee of General Motors Institute in Flint with over 30 years of service.

   Surviving are his daughters, Nell Marie Bartley of Lansing and Karen Suzanne Rogers of White Lake; son, Bruce (Linda) Gross of Charlotte; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and other family members, friends and loved ones.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Pearl (Nix) Gross on June 17, 2002. A small quiet private service was held.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ernest H. Gross

 

   Ernest Howard Gross, 53, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Friday, May 10, 2002 at his home after a long battle with cancer.

   Mr. Gross was born July 4, 1948 in Hastings, the son of Ernest and Caroline (Newman) Gross. He was raised and attended school in Freeport, and served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Mr. Gross was a trained jeweler and worked at Gilmore’s in Hastings as well as in Florida and Nevada. He owned his own transmission shop in Las Vegas, where he had lived for the past 21 years. He loved hunting, fishing, archery and especially playing pool.

   He is survived by his wife, Eryn Gross of Las Vegas, Nev.; son, Ernest Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Diana Lavoie of Alabama; grandchildren, Teresa and Tyler Lavoie of Alabama; stepchildren, Monica and Richard; mother, Caroline Gross of Nashville, Mich.; sister, Shirley Dexter of Nashville, Mich.; and brothers, Gordon of Anaheim, Calif., and James of Freeport.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest “Bud” Gross in 1998.

   Services were held May 16 at Barryville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Susan Trowbridge officiating. Interment was at Barryville Cemetery.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ida P. Gross

 

   Ida Pearl Gross, 83, of Charlotte, passed away Monday, June 17, 2002 at Ingham Medical Hospital of numerous complications incurred after a fall and broken hip late last year.

   She is survive by her husband, Allen Leo; daughters, Nell Bartley of Lansing and Karen Rogers of White Lake; son, Bruce (Linda) of Charlotte; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and numerous family members, friends and loved ones.

   A small, quiet private service will be held. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Susan K. Gutchess

 

   Susan Kay (Latta) Gutchess, 53, of Clackamas, formerly of Nashville, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at her home after a long battle with cancer.

   Services will be held in Nashville at a later date.

   Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel of Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Valerie (Herm) Hackel

 

   Valerie (Herm) Hackel, age 39, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Saginaw, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing after a lengthy illness. Valerie Ann Herm was born November 24, 1962 in Saginaw, the daughter of George and Sharon Herm. She graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School with the class of 1980. She then graduated from Ferris State University in 1986. Valerie enjoyed music and concerts but most of all she enjoyed time spent with her daughter Amy. They were best friends.

   Surviving besides her daughter Amy are her father George C. Herm Jr. and his wife Barbara of Saginaw; one brother, Rev. Trevor Herm and his wife Carol of Burton; two nephews, Matt and Brad Herm; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Valerie was predeceased by her mother Sharon Herm in 1985.

   Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at the W.L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw. Rev. Scott Boles will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the chapel from 2-5 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Emma L. Halbisen

 

   Emma L. Halbisen, 91, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Mrs. Halbisen was born Feb. 7, 1910 in Ionia, the daughter of William and Harriet (Jaynes) Cassel and had been a Charlotte resident since 1938, coming from Portland, Mich. She was a retired employee of the Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Lansing and was a self-employed seamstress. Mrs. Halbisen and was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by son, Arthur (Aoy) Halbisen of Chaing Mai, Thailand, and one grandson.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Halbisen on April 28, 1992.

   At Mrs. Halbisen’s request, cremation has taken place. Graveside services were held Jan. 31 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joyce M. Hale

 

Joyce May Hale, 2-½ month old daughter of Steven and Lisa (Cole) Hale of Ionia, died unexpectedly Monday morning, Sept. 2, 2002.

   Joyce was born June 9, 2002 in Grand Rapids.

   In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers, Triston, Richard and her twin, Charles; grandparents, Julie and Ken McArthur of Lake Odessa, Richard and Lilly Cole of Lansing, Richard Hale of Gladwin and Janet Niemeth of Saginaw; great-grandparents, Joyce Middaugh of Nashville, Thelma Cole of Charlotte and Lorn Hale of Gladwin; great-great-grandmother, Geraldine McIntyre of Grand Ledge; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Graveside services were held Sept. 6 at Meadowbrook Cemetery, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken.

 

 

Norton L. Hall

 

   Norton LeRoy Hall, 90, of Lake City, passed away Monday, June 10, 2002 at his home.

   Mr. Hall was born March 1, 1912 in Aetna Township, Missaukee County, to Parker and Nellie (Gordon) Hall. He married Mable Lucile Snyder in Aetna Township Oct. 21, 1940; she preceded him in death May 5, 2001. Norton and Mable lived in Lake City, Grand Rapids, Detroit and Vasser, and settled in Eaton Rapids in the early 1950’s. In 1990 they moved from Eaton Rapids to their childhood home of Lake City. Mr. Hall retired from General Motors in 1978, where he worked on the presses, and before retiring, as a sweeper operator, spending most of his time in Plant 3. He enjoyed working in his garage during his early years and later in life enjoyed reading, playing cards and doing word-find puzzles.

   He is survived by his children, Edwin (Alice) Hall and Lester (Alta) Hall, both of Eaton Rapids, Bernice Paul of Lake City and Shirley (Joe) Place of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Boven; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 60 years, Mable; brother, Lyle; and sisters Frona Belle Coleman and Donna Mae Christie.

   Funeral services were held June 13 at Aetna Christian Reformed Church, with Rev. Brad Center officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Young Funeral Home in Lake City.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Arlo E. Hammond

 

   Arlo E. Hammond, 84, twin brother of Arland Hammond, passed away Dec. 20, 2001 in Plano, Texas.

   Mr. Hammond was born Dec. 22, 1916 in Eaton County and was raised in Charlotte. He became an Eagle Scout in Troop 45 in 1933, and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1935. On July 2, 1937, he married Ann Colizzi; in 1941 they moved to Jackson. Mr. Hammond helped with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for quite a few years and was also very active in Junior Achievement and various other clubs, including The Loyal Order of Moose in Jackson and the Michigan Retail Hardware Association. His family were members of Calvary United Methodist Church in Jackson. Mr. Hammond and chief inspector of Hancock Manufacturing Co. until he and his wife became owners of Hammond Hardware (formerly Burch Hardware) in 1956. They sold the hardware business to sons John and James before retiring to North Fort Myers, Fla., as full-time residents in 1986. Arlo and Ann were members of Grace United Methodist Church of Cape Coral until moving to Plano, Texas in February 2000.

   He is survived by his wife, Ann of Plano, Texas; five children, Mary Rude of Plano, Texas, Kathryn (Michael) of Decatur, John (Susanne), James (Nancy) of Jackson and David of Plano, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two brother, Arland (Edna) of Charlotte; two nieces and one nephew and their families; and two special cousins.

   He was preceded in death by granddaughter Pamela Sue Rude, and parents Alvah and Violet (Terrill) Hammond.

   Memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 NW 9th Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136.

 

 

Dennis J. Hammond

 

   Dennis James Hammond, 37, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002 in Lansing.

   Mr. Hammond was born July 19, 1965 in Charlotte, the son of Archie and Lillie May (Reiner) Hammond and had been a Lansing resident since 1996 coming from Jackson, and prior to that, Charlotte. While in Charlotte he had been employed for a short time at Peckham Industries and attended the Eaton Intermediate Schools. He had also attended the Beekman Center in Lansing. He was an avid Lansing Lugnuts baseball fan, attending most of their home games, and enjoyed playing video games.

   He is survived by his father, Archie (Julie) Hammond of Mason; three sisters, Diane Wilson of Lansing, Dawn (Shawn) Jenks of Haslett and Dolly Hammond of Joplin, Mo.; one brother, David Hammond of Wyoming; two nieces, Sage Wilson and Katie Hathcox; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie May (Reiner) Hammond on Sept. 24, 1986.

   Funeral services were held July 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Wilfred Baker officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marieta Kaye Hammond

 

   Marieta Kaye Hammond, age 64 of Eaton Rapids, passed away to be with the Lord and those who preceded her in death on January 23, 2002. She was born on April 1, 1937 and married Willard Hammond on April 23, 1970. Marieta found great pleasure in her grand children, the neighbor children and all of her friends and family. She enjoyed reading, crosswords, signing and had a great appreciation of life.

   Surviving are her daughter, Kristina Kaye Hammond-Walker; stepdaughters Geneva Tymow, Doxie Hammond and Wiladene Tidwell; stepsons, William Hammond and Jerry Hammond; sisters, Naida Pelton and Mary Bailey; brothers, Forrest Jackson and Larry Jackson and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held at Skinner Funeral Home on January 28, 2002. Marieta Kaye Hammond will be greatly missed.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Virginia M. (Church) Hammond

 

   Virginia M. (Church) Hammond of Springport, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at the age of 71. Ginny enjoyed quilting, birds and flowers. She was also a former Girl Scout leader and a Sunday School teacher. Ginny was a super mom and grandma. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

   Surviving are her husband of 48 years; John; three children, Patti Sauber, Joni (Ed) Ledvina, and Vickie (Brian) Maurer; and Barry Rudloff. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy Rudloff, one brother & one sister. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, two brothers, five sisters, & many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at the Springport United Methodist Church on March 15, 2002 with Pastor David Litchfield officiating. Interment followed at Springport Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Robertson Funeral Homes, Springport Chapel. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Springport United Methodist Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Hubert Hanley Jr.

 

   Hubert Hanley Jr., 79, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Hanley was born July 22, 1923 in Durand, Shiawassee County, the son of Hubert and Ethel (Clymer) Hanley Sr., and had been a Charlotte resident since 1970. Mr. Hanley was a 1941 graduate of Durand High School, attended the University of California-Davis Agriculture School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired Michigan State Police detective lieutenant, retiring in 1974 after 25 years of service. He was a life member of Maple City Post #2406 VFW, Greenwalt Flaherty Post #42 American Legion, the Charlotte Country Club, a charter member of the Charlotte Optimist Club, and a member of the of Saladin Shrine Temple of Grand Rapids, and a former Charlotte Fire Department inspector.

   He is survived by his wife, Caryl (Arthur) Hanley, to whom he was married in 1950; daughter, Joyce (Roger) Emrick of Parkersburg, W.Va.; son, Patrick (Rebecca) Hanley of Dimondale; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Aug. 7 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Optimist Club.

  

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Doyle F. “Jeff” Harris

 

   Doyle F. “Jeff” Harris, age 72, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. He was born March 29, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Chester and Rhoda (Winters) Harris. He was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1948. Mr. Harris was a retired employee of 34 years with Aluminum Extrusion of Charlotte and a retired farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood cutting and any kind of football games.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Esther (McManus); 5 children, Donald (Michelle) Harris of Charlotte, Sheila Chambers, David (Seana Sada) Harris, Cheryl (James) Allen and Jim (Karen) Harris all of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Joyce (Paul) Marietta and Sharon (Terry) Perkins all of Eaton Rapids and Phyllis (Tom) Murray of Grand Ledge; brother, Duane (Linda) Harris of Eaton Rapids; uncle, Mike Harris of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Saturday, September 14, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society or the Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Eunice L. Harris

 

   Eunice L. Harris, age 86 of Eaton Rapids, passed away July 4, 2002 at her residence. She was born October 2, 1915 to Charles and Reba (Carter) Davenport. Eunice was married to Lyle Harris on June 18, 1938 and lived in the Eaton Rapids and Duck Lake area all her life. She worked at Green Bay Pickle Co. until she retired at the age of 71. She was a devoted mother, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma. She enjoyed dancing, fishing and going to garage sales and was a member of the Springport V.F.W. Auxiliary.

   She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lyle; 4 children, Joan (Dan) Rogers, Judy (Rex) Twichell, Roger (Barbara) Harris and Janet Mahan; 8 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, 1 sister, 2 brothers, 1 grandson and 1 son-in-law.

   The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 9th from 6-8 p.m. at the Shelly Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. There will be no service held. For those desiring, contributions may be made to the Springport V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary or Hartland Hospice in memory of Eunice Harris. Arrangements by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home Grand Ledge.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Verna M. Hart

 

   Verna Mae Hart, 93, of Charlotte, formerly of Flint, passed away Friday, April 5, 2002.

   Mrs. Hart was born June 25, 1908 in Murray, Ky. She lived most of her adult life in Flint, where she retired as a seamstress from St. Joseph Hospital in 1973. She was a member of the Berean Baptist Church in Flint and later attended Calvary Baptist Church after moving to Charlotte.

   She is survived by her daughter, Julia (John) Parker of Murray, Ky.; son, Vernon (Shirley) Hart of Charlotte; grandchildren, Catherine (Carl) Anderson of Lansing and Richard (Theresa) Hart of Charlotte; four great-grandchildren, Rachel and Garrett Anderson, and Matthew and Jenna Hart; sister-in-law, Helen Carpenter of Saginaw; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Vernon Hart; and grandson, Michael Hart.

   Funeral services were held April 9 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Internment was at City Cemetery in Murray, Ky.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Teen Ireland Mission Trip.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Joe Hartig

 

   Joe Hartig, 55, of Charlotte, died June 22 at his residence. Mr. Hartig was born June 16, 1947 in Lansing, the son of Marshall and Eileen (Foster) Hartig.

   He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was employed as an Enforcement Officer for Eaton County Friend of the Court and a deputy with the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department.

   He is survived by his wife, Toni (Munson), sons Dan (Pam) Hartig of Eaton Rapids, Joe Hartig III of Ft. Jackson, S.C., Justin Hartig of Charlotte, daughters Lori Schroeder of Holt, Julie Hartig of Charlotte, Amy (Mike) Mollitor of DeWitt, eight grandchildren, Hailey, Nicholas, Alexis, Mara, Skyler, Dylan, Tyler and Jayden, mother, Eileen Hartig, brothers, Jeff (Sharon) Hartig of Mason, Jon (Dawn) Hartig of Lansing, David Hartig, Mike (Kim) Hartig, both of Holt, sisters Carol Barish of DeWitt, Cheryl (Jim) Ordway of Holt, and Chris (Tom) Graham of Dimondale.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Joe, Jr. and father, Marshall.

   Funeral services were June 26 with Pastor Joseph D. Huston officiating.

   If desired, contributions may be made to a charity of choice in the name of Joe M. Hartig.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Nellie Harvey

 

   Nellie Harvey, 90, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mrs. Harvey was born July 29, 1912 in Odessa Township, the daughter of Marion and Mabel (Eldridge) Hummel. She retired from Fisher Body in Lansing. Nellie enjoyed playing bingo and cards, traveling, family parties, and being with her family. She was a member of the Nashville VFW Post 8260.

   She is survived by daughters, Dorothy Ilene Collier of Nashville, Donna (Ray) Olmstead of Nashville, and Opal (Wesley) Gillons of Hastings; sons, Joe (Ginny) Harvey of Vermontville and Bob Harvey of Nashville; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Rosie (Donald) Thompson of Vermontville; several nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Norma Hummel and Betty Hummel.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayle Harvey in 1955; daughter, Elizabeth Bodo in 2001; brothers, LeRoy Hummel, Allen Hummel, Glen Hummel and Dick Hummel; sisters, Ella Walton, Reta Erridge, Joyce West, Elaine Laiben and June Wellman; and infant brothers, Raymond, Burt and Charles Hummel.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 8 at Sunfield Cemetery. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

David M. Hathcox

 

   David Mark Hathcox, 43, of Lansing, died March 28, 2002. Mr. Hathcox was born Aug. 31, 1958 in Charlotte, the son of George and Shirley Ann (Martin) Hathcox. He is survived by his parents; brother, Richard of Carson City; sisters, Pamela Lynn Rohr and Lori Ann Wagner, both of Angola, Ind.; and step-grandfather, Winfred Gilbert of Lawrence, Kansas. No services are planned at this time.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elwood R. Hawkins

 

   Elwood Raymond “Duke” Hawkins, 88, of Grand Ledge, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 in his residence.

   Mr. Hawkins was born Sept. 19, 1914 in Vermontville, the first child of Ray and Hattie (Bale) Hawkins. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8260 in Nashville, and retired in 1974 after working more than 30 years at Motor Wheel Corp. in Lansing. He was a farmer in Grand Ledge for many years as well. After retiring, he enjoyed 19 years of fishing every day possible. He was known as a loving and devoted husband and father.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Idabelle (Graham); his brother, Lawrence; and recently his sister, Anna Mae (Hawkins-Schaub) Antico. Surviving are two sisters, Lucille Carroll of Portland and Eleanor Rawson of Grand Rapids; daughter, Gloria McCoy (Gerald Fay); grandson, Pat (Tina) McCoy of Lansing; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, in Sunfield. A military graveside service followed at Sunfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the cancer or Alzheimer’s fund, c/o Rosier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Keith Hayter, Sr.

  

   Keith Hayter, Sr., age 76 of Sear, Michigan, formerly of Onondaga, Michigan, died Thursday, March 28, 2002. He was born April 16, 1925 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan the son of Willy and Doris Hayter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn, his parents, one granddaughter, Heidi Hayter, and one brother, Leslie.

   He is survived by three children, Keith (Diana) Hayter, of Eaton Rapids, Dixie (Bill) Vincent of Jackson, and Harold (Shirley) Hayter, of Sears, Michigan. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

   Services were held at Corey Funeral Home, Evart, Michigan on Saturday, March 30, 2002.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Francis Hector

 

   Albert F. Hector, age 77 of Springport, died Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. He was born October 25, 1924 in Springport Township, Jackson County, the son of William and Mable (Baller) Hector. Al served in the Army Air Corp during World War II in the European Theatre. He was an Old Fashioned Farmer, enjoying working the ground, helping his neighbors and being a good and honest friend. Al had kept busy all his life, and right up to the end, you could have found him at his Produce Stand in Eaton Rapids or in Jackson. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Edward and Harold; a brother, Ronald and a sister, Edith Eldred.

   Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Arlene (Dotson); 7 children, Howard (Terry) Hector of Eaton Rapids, Ruth (Richard) Bradley of Albion, Audrey Leach of Lowell, Nancy (Vance) Marsh of Eaton Rapids, Cynthia (Dave) Johnson of Charlotte, Allen (Helen) McCarty of California and Barry Hector of Springport; 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; brother, Dean (Mary) Hector of Onondaga and sister, Gladys Merrifield of Vandercook Lake; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held August 31, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Burial followed in Tompkins Cemetery, Tompkins Center. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made directly to family or to the Salvation Army in memory of Albert F. Hector.

 

                                                                                                                                               

Lois Heinze

 

   Lois Jackson Heinze, 87, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Lansing, died Thursday, May 23, 2002.

   Mrs. Heinze was born Aug. 31, 1914 in Eaton County, the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Jackson) Fast.

   She is survived by daughter, Sandi (John) Bement of Eaton Rapids; granddaughters, Holly (Ron) Lott of Eaton Rapids and Michelle (Michael) Endres of Grand Ledge; and great-grandchildren, Cody and Chelsi Lott.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Leon Heinze in 1975, brother Bruce Fast and sister Esma Vance. Funeral services were held May 25 at Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Park in Lansing. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Rick E. Helferich

 

   Rick E. Helferich, age 43, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002 at his residence.

   Rick was born April 10, 1959 in Lansing, the son of William and Anna Louise (Culham) Helferich. He was a framer/carpenter with Holbrook Construction in Lansing; was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved the great out-of-doors.

   Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Anna, and his sister, Marilyn.

   Surviving are his fiancée, Kacie Byron of Eaton Rapids; two daughters, Darcy Cain of Onondaga and Korie Byron of Lansing; son, William “Billy” Joseph Helferich of Portland; three granddaughters, Shonie Lynn Norton, Katelynn Kildea and Gabrielle Kildea, all of Lansing; brother, Ron (Nancy) Helferich of Lansing; sister, Sherry (Walter) Edwards of Dimondale; four step-brothers, Russ, Mark, Tim and Harry McQuay; and one step-sister, Karen McQuay.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 1, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Casket bearers were Steven Mercer, Jimmy Mercer, Mike McDaniel, Jason McDaniel, Oscar Dickson and Rick Sharp.

   Those desiring may make contributions to the William Helferich Scholarship Fund in memory of Rich Helferich.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Charlotte Abfalter Henry

 

   Charlotte Abfalter Henry, 92, of Charlotte, died June 4, 2002.

   Mrs. Henry was born June 8, 1909 in Greenfield.

   She is survived by her children, John (Pauline) Abfalter of Lansing, Mary (Arthur) Allen of Charlotte, Roger (Linda) Abfalter of Tennessee, Bill Abfalter of Lansing, and Merle (Barbara) Abfalter of Grand Ledge; 38 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands, John “Chris” Abfalter and Richard Henry; son, John “Pete” Abfalter; granddaughter, Kathy Arreguin; and 12 brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held June 7 at Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel. Interment was at Glendale Cemetery in Okemos.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marian E. Herman

 

   Marian E. (Cheney, Emigholz) Herman, 74, of Port Royal, S.C., formerly of Charlotte, died Nov. 1, 2002 after a short illness.

   Mrs. Herman was the daughter of Albert and Allie Cheney. She attended Olivet College, Albion College and the University of Michigan School of Dental Hygienist. She had been handicapped by polio for 50 years.

   She is survived by brothers, Dr. William (Eleanor) Cheney MD of Lansing, Gale Cheney of Chesterfield, Gordon (Loretta) Cheney of Charlotte and Harold (Rose) Cheney of Interlochen; sister-in-law, Maggie Cheney of East Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Steven Emigholz in 1991; husbands, Lt. Lawrence Emigholz USNR in 1952 and David Herman in 1995; and a brother, Dr. Edward Cheney DDS in 1998. A memorial service was held Nov. 7 at her River Oaks Home in Port Royal, S.C. An additional memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Visitation will be immediately following the service at the church. Arrangements are being made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James E. Hicks

 

   James Edward Hicks, 64, of Conroe, Texas, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002.

   Mr. Hicks was born Feb. 26, 1938 in Lansing, the son of Jesse and Edna (Palmer) Hicks.

   He is survived by his wife, Jackie; daughters, Jodi (Jim) Lincoln of Charlotte and Kim (Jim) Owen of Sheridan; sons, Rod (Lisa) Hicks of Charlotte and Ed (Murielle) Hicks of San Antonio, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and brother, William (Mary Lou) Hicks of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held May 31 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary M.  Hill

 

   Mary Margaret Hill, 83, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 26, 2002.

   Mrs. Hill was born Sept. 25, 1918 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Franklin Sylvester Hubbell and Marie Elyane (Bone) Hubbell. She was a 33-year member of the Charlotte Country Club and worked at Kellogg’s for 25 years, retiring in 1977.

   She is survived by husband, Merritt; daughters, Sue Ellen (Roger) Haughey of Battle Creek, Sandra (Roger) Grundmann of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Mary (Jim) Johnson of Cedarburg, Wis.; son, John (Robbie) Hill-Otto of Saugatuck; six grandsons and two great-grandsons.

   Family affirmation services were held May 28 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or Eaton Community Hospice; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Blanche L. Hisler

 

   Blanche L. (McDonald) Hisler, 99, of Springport, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002 at Eaton Manor Nursing Home in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Hisler was born Jan. 22, 1903 in Charlotte, the daughter of Thomas and Susan (Ferris) McDonald, and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She attended Eaton County Normal School and taught school at the VerPlank and Butterfield Rural schools.

   Surviving are three daughters, Kathryn Stevens of Bellevue, Charlotte Dowding and Virginia (Darrell) Hicks, both of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Dorma Hisler of Springport; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Hisler on Oct. 28, 1950 and her son, Harry “Bud” Hisler Jr. on July 31, 1999.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at Burkhead-Green, Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Jerry Carpenter, Minister of The Gospel, officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte District Library, Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Eaton County Meals on Wheels.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Clarence J. Hodges

 

   Clarence J. Hodges, 72, of Charlotte, died Thursday, April 11, 2002.

   Mr. Hodges was born Sept. 18, 1929 in Lansing, the son of John Cloyce and Lottie (Sullivan) Hodges. He worked for Oldsmobile in the main plant for over 30 years, retiring in 1980. He was a former member of VFW 701 and 1632 in Lansing, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

   He is survived by his wife, of 50 years, Dorothy; son, Ed (Rose) of Charlotte; and sister, Novella LaTourette of Spring Lake. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy in 2000.

   Funeral mass was held April 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

Mildred A. Holcomb

 

   Mildred A. (Rouse) Holcomb, 71, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing and West Virginia, died Saturday, March 23, 2002 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing.

   Mrs. Holcomb was born in Lansing, the daughter of Mahlon and Marjorie (Dixon) Rouse and had been a Charlotte resident for three years, coming from West Virginia.

   She is survived by son, Leonard (Kathy) Lutz of Charlotte; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother, Harry (Joan) Rouse of West Virginia; and three sisters, Kimm (Thomas) Griffin of Lansing, Helen (Donald) DeBie of Florida and Frances Rouse of Florida.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin Holcomb; daughter, Jeannette Lutz; brothers, Mahlon Rouse and Milton Brown; and stepfather, Francis Stump.

   Funeral services were held March 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Cremation followed the services.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry-Eaton Health Department Home Health Care/Hospice program.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Edna M. Holton

 

   Edna Mae (Gullett) Holton, 78, of Charlotte, formerly of Mulliken, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Holton was born Aug. 18, 1923 in Kentucky, the daughter of Kelly and Goldie (Patrick) Gullett and had resided in Michigan since 1944.

   She is survived by three daughters, Donna (Dan) Darrow of Onondaga, Debbie (Rich) Carlson of Mason and Vicki Phillips of Alabama; son, Vance Courser of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; sister, Faye Baldwin of Marshall; and brother, Homer Gullett of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Winford Collins officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harley Hood Jr.

 

   Harley H. Hood Jr., 54, of Charlotte, died July 29, 2002.

   Mr. Hood was born Nov. 26, 1947 in Pontiac, the son of Harley Harry Hood Sr. and Eilene Gilbert.

   He is survived by his wife, Lettie Hood; sons, Harley Hood III and Russell Hood, both of Charlotte; brothers, Gilbert, Charles and Richard, all of Charlotte, Tom of Battle Creek, Robert of Illinois and Steve of Texas; sisters, Anna and Carol of Texas; grandson, Ryan Daniel Hood of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Father Bill Lugger officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family or VFW Post #2406; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard A. Hoover

 

   Richard A. Hoover, 72, of Charlotte, died Thursday evening, March 21, 2002 at his home.

   Mr. Hoover was born Dec. 12, 1929 in Charlotte, a son of Levi and Louise (Class) Hoover. A one-armed bass player and vocalist, he was a member of the Federation of Musicians, played many benefit concerts and performed on WJIM and WLIX TV.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary; two sons, Dan of East Lansing and Rich of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held March 25 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Pallbearers were Dan and Rich Hoover, Ben and Randy Battisfoe, Mark Lewis and Ted Sevrey.

   Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Clare Harvey Householder

 

   Clare Harvey Householder, 66, of Kalamazoo, died March 30, 2002.

   Mr. Householder was born Dec. 11, 1935 in Charlotte, the son of Mayford and Verna (Roach) Householder.

   Funeral services were held April 5 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Grant Butler officiating.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joyce O. Houseman

 

   Joyce O. Houseman, 80, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002 at Heartland Health Care in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Houseman was born Oct. 1, 1921 in Bellevue to Joseph and Olive (Evans) Nicholson, and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1938. She was a legal secretary for an Ann Arbor attorney for 15 years and retired as secretary to the president of Economy Baler Co. in 1976. She married Raymond Houseman on March 23, 1940 at her parent’s home in Bellevue; he died Oct. 31, 1998. She was a member of the Bellevue Chatter Club and Battle Creek Moose Lodge, and enjoyed playing the organ and oil painting. Mrs. Houseman also enjoyed her nieces and nephews and going to their cabin at Lake City. She attended the Bellevue Alumni Banquet in May 2000 with her three sisters.

   She is survived by sisters, Jean LaPoint of Lake City, June (Warren) Johnston of Marble Falls, Texas, and Joan Ruell of Haslett; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Barbara Nicholson.

   She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Nicholson, and brother-in-law, Leslie Houseman.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, in Bellevue. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund, Humane Society-Calhoun Area, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Sara Delite (Tolleson) Hovorka

 

   Sara Delite (Tolleson) Hovorka, age 68, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died May 8, 2002 in Leesburg, Florida. She was born in Rainsville, Alabama and was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Hovorka Kantor and her parents William and Ethel Tolleson.

   She is survived by her husband, Milton, of The Villages, Florida; son, Milton Jay (Louanna) of Charlotte; daughter, Angela (Ted) Levendoski of Holt; son-in-law Joseph Kantor of Minnesota; and seven dear grandchildren.

   Mrs. Hovorka moved to Florida in 2001. Services were conducted in Lady Lake, Florida.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Paul J. Hudson

 

   Paul (Skip) Joseph Hudson, Jr., 64, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002.

   Mr. Hudson was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Paul Earl Hudson and Mary Portia (Hutting) Hudson. He grew up in the Lansing area and was employed at B.O.C. in Lansing until his retirement in November 1999. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Charlotte, U.A.W. Local 652, and a driver for the Meals of Wheels program. He was interested in photography and genealogy.

   He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Alex of Charlotte; daughters, Mary (Pete) Hudson-Mack of Holland, Chris (Timothy) Pratt of Grand Rapids, Stephanie (Scott) Hall of Grand Rapids, and Carrie (Rae) Dennison; five grandchildren, Lauren, Ethan and Ryan Pratt, and Ellis and Tate Mack; sister, Janet (Bob) Schuster of Little River, S.C.; brothers, Dick of Greenville, Bill of Sun City, Fla., John (Debbie) of Cadillac, and Mike (Carolyn) and Martin (Judy), both of Lansing.

   Rosary service was held Dec. 17 at Pray Funearl Home in Charlotte. The funeral mass was held Dec. 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Fr. Denis Spitzley as celebrant. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Shirley A. Hughes

 

   Shirley Arletta (Bellows) Hughes, 78, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002 at her residence.

   Mrs. Hughes was born March 1, 1924, the daughter and eldest child of Arthur and Mabel (King) Bellows of rural Eaton Rapids. Mrs. Hughes is a daughter of the American Revolution and a member of the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution, having been accepted into membership April 12, 1958 into Thomas Lee Chapter in Virginia. On Aug. 8, 1988 she was accepted into membership of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century, Shenandoah Chapter, Virginia. Because of the importance of those she loved, she devoted her life to the preservation and accuracy of her family’s lineage and leaves a rich heritage to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   She is survived by her husband, Paul Hughes and former husband, Fred Smoke; two children, William (and Jing) Smoke of Pace, Fla., and L. Kathy (David) Pelino of Alexandria, Va.; five grandchildren, Amy Smoke, Stacie (Freddie) Maldonado, Mary J. Smoke, Matthew (Kristine) Pelino and Meredith Pelino; six great-grandchildren, Justen, Alyssa and Shaina Maldonado, Ethan Pelino, Cody and Jacob Pelino; two brothers, George (Martha) Bellows, and Harry Bellows brother of Eaton Rapids; two nephews, Allan Bellows and Greg Bellows; and three nieces, Jenny Bellows, Susan Heyboer and Debbie Charles.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Darlene Hull

 

   Darlene (Crane) Hull, 61, of Nashville, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mrs. Hull was born Feb. 8, 1943 in Leslie, the daughter of Forrest and Mary (Stidd) Madison. She attended area schools and graduated from Dansville High School in 1960. She worked as a nurse’s aide, provided child care and was employed at Emery’s Adult Foster Care Home in Vermontville. Mrs. Hull was a member of the Nashville Nazarene Church. She enjoyed birds and owned several parrots. She liked socializing, crocheting, crafting and traveling to Holland for the Tulip Festival and to Frankenmuth.

   She is survived by her husband, Philip Hull of Nashville; sons, Chris (Janice) Crane of Nashville and John Crane of Hastings; sister, Betty Jordan; 19 grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Mary Madison.

   Services were held May 17 at Kalamo Methodist Church, with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Eric Jon Hunt

 

   Eric Jon Hunt, of Milan, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 31, died Monday, July 8, 2002, in Milan. Eric was born October 13, 1970 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Jon Gilbert and Thelma Marie (McNinch) Hunt. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1989, and was employed with Huron Valley Center as a Corrections Officer. Eric loved to ride his motorcycle and hunting. He was preceded in death by his father, Jon.

   Surviving are his wife, Karri (Vargo) Hunt of Saline; mother, Thelma “Teri” Hunt of Eaton Rapids; brother, Kirk (Lisa) Hunt of Grand Rapids; sister, Pamela Marie Hyde of Anoka, MN; half brother, Jonathan Hunt; half sister, Courtney Hunt.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, July 12, 2002 at the Herring Lake Baptist Church in Frankfort. Interment followed at the Blain Twp. Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kirk Hunt, Rod Hunt, Charles Hunt and Brian Hunt. The family was served by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alice Huntoon

 

   Alice Huntoon, 72, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 31, 2002.

   Mrs. Huntoon was born Jan. 3, 1930 in Detroit, the daughter of Fred and Emaline (Magoon) Janes. She worked at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility for 17 years.

   She is survived by her husband, Claude “Bill” Huntoon; daughter, Linda Stubblefield of Charlotte; sons, Ted of Charlotte and William (Heather) of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Angela (Marc) Gonzales, Missy Stubblefield, and Jacque and Zachary Houseman; and great-grandchildren, Morgan and Marissa Gonzales, and Thomas Copeland.

   Funeral services were held April 3 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Bill McKay officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Maurice J. Hyatt

 

   Maurice J. Hyatt of East Tawas, (formerly of Eaton Rapids) MI, went to sleep in death on September 12, 2002 at 73 years of age. Morris was a retired tool and die employee with General Motors in Lansing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.

   He was a beloved husband for 53 years to Joan Lee Hyatt; dear father of Steven (Diana) Hyatt of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Dave) Siple of Eaton Rapids and Tamara (William) Otis of Charlotte; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Barbara Norton of Eaton Rapids.

   A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2002 at the Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witness, 7798 Bellevue Hwy., Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were entrusted to the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home (989) 728-2571.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Orville A. Hyde

 

  Orville Amos Hyde, 76, of Charlotte, formerly of Byron Center, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002.

   Mr. Hyde was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Grand Rapids, the son of Stephen and Hattie (Piper) Hyde. He was a laborer for Reynolds Aluminum in Grand Rapids until his retirement in 1981. He served in the Army Air Corps and was an avid model train collector.

   He is survived by nieces, Patricia, (Glenn) Briggs of Charlotte and Anita (Rodney) Rodgers of Gwinn; nephews, Michael Hyde of Tulsa, Okla.; and many great nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Frances Hyde.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 1 at Cato Cemetery in Lakeview, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Steven Hyde

 

   Steven Hyde, age 61 of Springport, Michigan, died Thursday, January 10, 2002. Mr. Hyde was born September 27, 1940 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Francis and Nancy (Aubrey) Hyde. He was in quality control for Eaton Metal Products and was an avid fisherman.

   He is survived by sister, Anita (Rodney) Rodgers of Gwinn, Patricia (Glenn) Griggs of Charlotte; brother, Mike (Tiana) Hyde of Tulsa, Oklahoma; special fiend, Teresa Hammond and her daughters Tammy, Tina (Tony) and Shannon of Charlotte; her four grandchildren; Uncle Orville Hyde; Aunt Sheba Haight; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held Monday, January 14, 2002 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Breslin Cancer Center or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Naomi L. Ingram

 

   Naomi L. Ingram, 77, of Olivet died Sunday, April 21, 2002.

   Mrs. Ingram was born April 7, 1925 in St. Johns, the daughter of Cort and Delia (Simpkins) Wardwell, and lived most of her life in Olivet. She was a 1942 graduate of Olivet High School and a former OES member in Olivet. She was a retired employee of Olivet College and previously had been employed by Recordio Corp. in Charlotte and Beutins Dime Store and Air Way Mfg., both in Olivet.

   She is survived by two sons, Stephen (Kathleen) Ingram and Michael (Elizabeth) Ingram, both of Olivet; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Zelma Thorton of Olivet.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Ingram in 1963, and a son, Larry in 1972.

   At Mrs. Ingram’s request, cremation has taken place. Private family services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet Fire Department Medical First Responders. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Stephen W. Ingram

 

   Stephen W. Ingram, of Olivet, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Ingram was born Jan. 26, 1950 in Battle Creek, the son of Wayne and Naomi (Wardwell) Ingram and was a life-long Olivet area-resident. He attended Olivet Public Schools and was married to Kathleen Harmon on March 14, 1970. He had been employed for a time operating a portable feed grinder for Cal Tevelde and later worked as a fork life driver for Owens-Illinois Glass in Charlotte, from where he retired in 1975 due to disability resulting from an auto accident. Mr. Ingram was an avid pool player, enjoyed riding dirt bikes and loved fishing.

   He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two daughters, Candace (Larry) Kelley of Charlotte and Lori Ingram of Olivet; one son, Wayne (Rose) Ingram of Marshall; seven grandchildren; one brother, Michael (Elizabeth) Ingram of Olivet; one sister, Katherine Jeffery of Olivet; and father and mother-in-law, George and Ann Harmon of Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Ingram in 1963; brother, Larry Ingram in 1972; and mother Naomi Ingram on April 21, 2002.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service for family and friends will be held for Stephen and his mother Naomi Ingram on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. at Bosworth Cemetery on Stine Road in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Fire Department Medical First Responders. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Virginia J. Jamros

 

   Virginia Joyce Jamros, 82, of Potterville, died Jan. 4, 2002.

   Mrs. Jamros was born Oct. 10, 1919 in Detroit, the daughter of John and Susan (Knight) Treganowan. She retired from the state of Michigan after 17 years as a treasury clerk. Mrs. Jamros was a member of the Potterville United Methodist Church and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. She married Edwin Jamros in 1941.

   She is survived by her husband, Edwin; sons, John (Becky) of Potterville and William of Odessa, Texas; daughters, Susan (Daniel) Holcomb of Battle Creek and Judith (Martin) Hannah of Okemos; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 23 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the local Salvation Army. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

Esther E. Janousek

 

   Esther Elizabeth Janousek, 86, of Bellevue, died April 26, 2002 at Heartland Health Care Center in Battle Creek.

   Mrs. Janousek was born Oct. 8, 1915 in Ludell, Kansas, the daughter of Mathias and Clara Belle (Rowland) Hafner. She was the youngest of seven children and grew up on various farms in and around Herndon, Kansas. She was 14 when her mother passed away. She married Alfred Janousek on April 11, 1933. They farmed in Herndon, where Nola and Alfred were born. In 1940 they moved to Michigan and bought a farm on Lacey Lake Road, east of Bellevue. Lois and Dennis were born there. Mrs. Janousek was an excellent cook, working in restaurants in Bellevue and Olivet. Alfred retired from Post Cereals in 1970 and the couple then spent their winters in Florida. They sold their farm in 1981 and Alfred passed away in 1983. Mrs. Janousek continued to winter in Florida and live at her son’s home in Bellevue during the summers until she moved to assisted living homes. Mrs. Janousek enjoyed traveling, taking care of her dog Penny, fishing, camping, playing cards and her friends and family.

   She is survived by sons, Dennis (Sue) of Bellevue and Alfred (Sally) of Charlotte; daughters, Lois (Dale) Wight of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Nola Jean (Garland) Handley of Battle Creek; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, three grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters.

   Funeral services were held May 1 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elaine E. Jarvis

 

   Elaine Ellen Jarvis, 59, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 3, 2002.

   She was born June 9, 1942 in Lansing, the daughter of Charles and Irene (Danny) Jarvis.

   She is survived by son, Carey (Alexis) Jarvis of Lansing; and brother, Duane Jarvis of Charlotte.

   Memorial services were held June 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Ricardo Torres officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lillian Eleanore Jennings

 

   Lillian Eleanore Jennings, age 93 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, January 21, 2002 at the Martin Luther Memorial Home in Holt. She was born March 22, 1908 in Toledo, Ohio the daughter of Johann and Anna (Hessler) Riehle. Mrs. Jennings and her husband were store owners in Aurelius Center from 1932-1962 and later moved to Eaton Rapids. She was a former Clerk in the Sales Room at Horner Woolen Mills, a member of the First Congregational Church, and a Gray Lady at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital. Preceding her in death were her husband, Fred; and son, Lawrence “Dutch”.

   Surviving are 2 sons, Dr. Edward (Monica) Jennings of Holt and Skip (Ann) Jennings of Grand Rapids; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 23, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Portland or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Lillian E. Jennings.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald J. Johansen

 

   Donald J. Johnson , 73, of Milford, formerly of Union Lake, died Feb. 3, 2002.

   Mr. Johansen was a co-owner of Carefree Carports in Drayton Plains and later worked for Cadillac Carports in Lake Orion. He was a honorary member of Twin Beach County Club and past president. He was an avid golfer and tennis player, and a veteran of the United States Navy.  He was a multiple myloma survivor of 11 years, along with having diabetes.

   He is survived by his wife, Maxine; children, Charles Johansen, Sally Ingles, Diann (Tom) Simone, Margaret (Dave) Cremeans, Barbara Johansen and Lori (David) Johansen; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held at Lynch & Sons Richardson-Bird Chapel in Milford.

   Memorial donations may be made to The Karmanos Cancer Institute. For more information call (248) 684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

B. DeEtta Johnson

 

   B. DeEtta Johnson, 92, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002 in Charlotte.

   She was retired from many years of service with the Spartan Corp.

   She is survived by two sons, Ronald (Bonnie) Johnson and Ora Duane “Buck” Johnson; daughter, Royetta McGilvra; daughter-in-law, Grace, the widow of Alan Dean; 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lucille Maxson, Dorothy Ford and Glenola Riker; and brother Claude (Lois) Hey.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Roy; son, Alan; and daughter-in-law, Mairlyn.

   Services will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at Wetherby Funeral Home, 402 Wildwood Ave., Jackson. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Wesleyan Church, 620 Robison Road, Jackson, MI 49203.

 

 

 

Evelyn M. Johnson

 

   Evelyn M. Johnson age 77 of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, June 22, 2002 in Eaton Rapids. Evelyn was born April 21, 1925 in Lansing the daughter of Loyd and Fern Harriett (Henderson) Bennett. She attended St. Peter Church and was a member of B.P.W. Michigan State Club, “SERA” State Employee Retirement Association, Eaton Rapids Medical Center Auxiliary. Evelyn was a volunteer for Mobile Meals and an avid bridge player. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence J. Kingsley; second husband, Dr. Harry P. Johnson and her grandson, Lawrence J. Kingsley II.

   Surviving are her daughter, Mary Ann (David) Whidden of Grand Blanc; 2 sons, James L. (Sharon) Kingsley of Holt, Donald J. (Joanne) Kingsley of Williamston; 8 grandchildren, Timothy (Paula) Whidden, Marcia (Kevin) Bravata, Angela (Russell) Regan, Stephanie Kingsley, Nicole (Dan) Heur, Donald Kingsley II, Amy (Steven) Clark; 9 great-grandchildren, William & Danielle Kingsley, Audrey & Ryan Regan, Julia & Samual Bravata, Rachel Whidden, Ryan Heur, Jacob Kingsley; and very special fiends, Doc and Pat Hastay.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, June 27, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Leukemia Society of America, American Heart Association or Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Evelyn Johnson.

 

 

Robert Johnson

 

   Robert L. Johnson, 83, of Potterville, passed away May 8, 2002.

   Mr. Johnson was born Feb. 15, 1919 in Thief River Falls, Minn., the son of Alfred and Emma (Anderson) Johnson.

   He was a Seaman first class in the U.S. Navy, the retired business owner of Johnson Furniture and was employed by Clark Foundation Company until his death.

   He is survived by his wife, Edna; daughter Ann (Harry) Wiersma of Grand Ledge; sister, Edrian Hanley; brother, Lloyd Johnson; granddaughters, Marie Nelsen of Florida, Rebecca Boone of Mississippi and Deborah Piotrowski of New York, and four great-grandchildren.

   No services are planned at this time.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Trauma Unit at Sparrow Hospital.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruth D. Johnson

 

   Ruth D. Johnson, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Linden, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at the home of her daughter in Charlotte. Mrs. Johnson was born Jan. 1, 1915 in Detroit, the daughter of Harry David and Mae Adeline (Kuhle) Brown, and had been a Charlotte resident for seven years, coming from Linden. She had resided in linden for 49 years prior to coming to Charlotte. While in Linden she served for many years on the Genesee County Election Board for Fenton Township. She was currently a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by son, Paul (Deborah) Johnson of Rochester; daughters, Ruth (John) Breithart of Charlotte, Margot (Al) Gomez of Sterling Heights and Christiana Thomas of Burton; grandchildren, David and Leigh Johnson, Evan and Marisa Breithart, Kelly and Lindsay Breithart, Ashley and Andrew Thomas and Kerri Gomez.

   At Mrs. Johnson’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held April 6 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Dialysis Unit, 321 E. Harris, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Vivian E. Johnson

 

   Vivian E. (Bowles) Johnson, 87, of Charlotte, died Sunday, June 16, 2002 at Alive Hospital Care in Nashville, Tenn. After an extended illness.

   Mrs. Johnson was born May 16, 1915 in Dotsonville, Tenn., the daughter of Marcus and Etta Mae (Williams) Bowles and was a long-time Charlotte-area resident. She was a retired employee of Murphy’s Store in Charlotte, had been employed by Wilcox-Gay/Recordio Corp. in Charlotte, and was a member of Gresham United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by one daughter, Clara Perritt of Nashville, Tenn.; son-in-law, Jack Cooper of Eagle; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Frank (Dorothy) Bowles of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Swan Johnson on Feb. 13, 1996; and daughter Regina Cooper on Oct. 30, 1994.

   Funeral services were held June 20 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Jeffery Bowman officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Gresham United Methodist Church, Alive Hospital of Nashville, Tenn., or the charity of one’s choice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alta M. Jones

 

   Alta Mae Jones, 80, of Lansing, died Wednesday morning, March 6, 2002 at her home.

   Mrs. Jones was born July 23, 1921 in Danby Township a daughter of John Alton and Mary (Robison) Merryfield. She graduated from Grand Ledge High School, class of 1939, and worked for Wilcox Gay in Charlotte, the state of Michigan Highway Department and retired from Grand Ledge Public Schools in 1978.

   She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Charles Jones; son, Don (Laurel) Jones and daughter, Pat (Steven) Bowen, both of Charlotte; granddaughter, Deborah (Brad) Rinckey and their children Blake and Ben of Eagle River, Alaska; grandsons, Dean Jones of Charlotte, Steve (Shawna) Bowen and their children Parker and Riley of Battle Creek, and Matthew (Kaisha) Bowen and their daughter Samarah of Potterville; sister, Leta Wirth of Mulliken; two brothers, Keith (Reva) Merryfield of Sunfield and Kenneth (Elaine) Merryfield of Mulliken; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held March 9 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Dr. Randall Rucker officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken. Pallbearers were Bert Anway, Matthew Bowen, Steve Bowen, Dean Jones, George Mellios and Richard Pearl.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene Memorial Fund.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Leonteen Jones

 

   The angel of death visited the Jones family and bore away the soul of their beloved mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Leonteen Jones passed from this life to the promise of eternal rest on Sunday, October 27, 2002 at the Ingham Medical Center. She was attended by those who were closest to her in this life. Her passing marked the end of a brief but courageous fight with cancer. Leonteen entered this life on September 24, 1930 at Sturgis, Kentucky, the fifth child of Lester Brantley and Nonie O’Neal. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to Duard “Casey” Jones on September 15, 1949. To this union was born four children: three sons and one daughter. All of whom survive, except one son who died in infancy.

   Leonteen was best known for her gift of hospitality, and many of this community have been guests at her table. She never knew at stranger and never turned away the visitor who was treated as if they were the angelic visitations to Abraham. She reveled in being able to demonstrate what she knew to be the role of mother and grandmother. In a time when families seem to have lost sight of the traditional role that mother have played throughout history, she worked hard to keep that tradition alive.

   Surviving are her children, Most Reverend David Jones of Excelsior Springs, MO, Rawleigh Jones and Mrs. Nonie Vsetula both of Lansing; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

   A memorial service will be celebrated at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday, October 30th, at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends at the chapel during the hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Innocent Orthodox Church, Excelsior Springs, MO.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marvin T. Kage

 

   Marvin Thomas Kage, 59, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002.

   Mr. Kage was born Oct. 7, 1943 in Mt. Clemens, the son of Marvin and Flora (Wilbrett) Kage. He married Joyce Carr on July 1, 1988 in Cadillac, and was employed as a construction contractor. He was a member of Pheasants Forever and loved to hunt, fish, the out of doors and enjoyed woodworking.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce Kage; son, Matthew; his parents of Utica; brothers, Michael Kage of Madison Heights and Mark Kage of Potterville; sister, Myrna (Richard) McLaren of Sunnyvale, Calif., Marlene (Al) Mayo of Utica, and Mary Lee (Ted) Jerzy of Washington, Mich.

   Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Bret McAtee officiating. Following the service there will be a time of reflection and hope in the Community Room of First Baptist Church in Charlotte. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for Matthew’s education. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert Lloyd Keeler

 

   Robert Lloyd Keeler, age 64 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, April 18, 2002 at his residence. Robert was born April 9, 1938 in Lansing, the son of Roy “Pa” Edwin and Thelma Grace (Ellis) Keeler. Formerly employed at Sparrow Hospital, he was the owner and operator of Keeler Trading Post II in Eaton Rapids. Bob served in the U.S. Army for 16 years and the National Guard, and was a member of the Bath American Legion. He was a life member of both the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association and the NRA. He was a member of the Three Fires Muzzleloading Club, the Vice President of the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club and an avid hunter and fisherman.

   Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Dorie; 2 sisters, Jean (Dick) Brown of Eaton Rapids, Jo Ann (Bruce) Gage of Albion; niece, Julie Jordon of Eaton Rapids; 2 nephews, David (Violet) Jordan, Bruce (Tobi) Jordan both of Eaton Rapids; 2 step sisters, Linda Caudill of Eaton Rapids, Carol (Melvin) Dryer of AZ; 1 step brother, Gary (Luann) Williams of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandnephews, Adam and Cody Lentz; several step nieces and step nephews; 5 uncles, Howard, Ron (Jean), Chuck (Louise), Van (Aino), and Bob (Erlene) Keeler; and many close friends including Beulah and Ron Norris and Dick and Shirley Robbins. Robert was preceded in death by 2 uncles, Forest and Lewis Keeler.

   A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2002, 6:30 p.m. at the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Norma J. Kelley

 

   Norma J. Kelley, age 84 of Owosso and formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away at her home Sunday, April 21, 2002.

   There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a future date.

   Family was counseled by Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Owosso in association with Mowen Funeral Home.

 

Ila G. Kelsey

 

   Ila Grace (Talbot) Kelsey, 89, of Waterford Estates, Hazel Crest, Ill., died May 24, 2002.

   Mrs. Kelsey was a member of Women of the Moose, Elks, Eagles and First Baptist Church of Mattoon.

   She is survived by children, Michael (Pam) Kelsey of Powder Springs, Ga., Janice (Dennis) Johnson of Flossmoor, Ill., Karin (Tony) Smith of Aurora, Ohio, and Lowell (Janice) Kelsey of Olympia Fields, Ill.; seven grandchildren; sister, Nora Versaci of Trevose, Pa.; ad numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Graveside services were held May 29 at Resthaven Cemetery in Mattoon, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross or Salvation Army. Arrangements were by Tews Funeral Home, Inc. of Homewood, Ill.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gladys L. Kenney

 

   Gladys L. Kenney, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2002.

   She is survived by her children, LeRoy (Barbara) Kenney, Paul (Stephanie) Kenney, Mary (David) Montgomery, Ruth (Dennis) Orr, Richard (Charlene) Kenney and Lois Kenney; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elaine Bohjanen.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Estes Kenney; brother, Russell Warner; and sister, Mildred Hull.

   Funeral services were held April 30 at Riverbend Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, with Pastor David Piell and Pastor Scott Brood officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Riverbend Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Ainger Bible Church in Olivet, or Gideons International. Arrangements were by Zaagman Memorial Chapel in Grand Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Audrey Kerekes

 

   Audrey Jean Kerekes, 65, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002.

   Mrs. Kerekes was born June 19, 1937 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Clare and Doris (Clarke) Swan. She attended the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids, and enjoyed genealogy.

   She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Paul Kerekes; two sons, Steve Kerekes and Mike (Donna) Kerekes, both of Charlotte; daughter, Kelley Smith of Hobe Sound, Fla.; four grandchildren, Christy, Jennifer, Matt and Nathan Yager; “sister” Joyce Swan of South Haven; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Howard Swan in 1999.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Lawrence Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Francis Kikendall

 

   Francis Arthur “Corky” Kikendall, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2002 at his residence following a long illness.

   Born Aug. 2, 1917 in Dimondale, Michigan, the son of Arthur and Vesta (Brininstool) Kikendall. Corky was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1936, and served in the Army during World War II. Corky was a retired driver and ice cream maker for Miller’s Dairy in Eaton Rapids, and after retirement went to work for Carter’s IGA in Charlotte. He was a member of American Legion Post #0313 of Springport, a 10-year past president of the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club, a member of Griffith United Methodist Church and the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame, and a 4-H leader for many years in Eaton County.

   Preceding him in death was a son, Kenneth Kikendall in 1962.

   Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Ruth Mary (Egan) Kikendall; five children, Frances Penny (Thomas) Parsons, Georgia Marie (Robert) Stapleton, Charles Arthur Kikendall and Lois (David) Colestock, all of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roger (Bethel) Kikendall of Eaton Rapids and Ronald (Joyce) Kikendall of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 16 from Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club in memory of Francis A. “Corky” Kikendall.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Carl M. King

 

   Carl Max King, 75, of Forest Hill, La., formerly of Charlotte and Hastings, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002 in his residence.

   Mr. King attended St. John Episcopal Church in Oakdale and was an active member of the Glenmora Friends of the Library. He was employed for more than 20 years as a credit manager for Hastings Aluminum Products and National Aluminum.

   He is survived by his wife, Leola Perry King of Forest Hill, La.; two daughters, Terry Lee King of Mancelona and Mary King of Forest Hill, La.; and five grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Hortense King, and one sister, Caryle Lord.

   Memorial services will be announced at a later date by Rush Funeral Home in Oakdale, La.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

David H. King

 

   David H. King Sr., 42, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2002.

   Mr. King was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., living most of his life there until moving to Moniac, Ga., in recent years. He was happiest under the hood of a car with a wrench in his hand. He will be missed by his family for his cooking and practical jokes.

   He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Manzanillo King; his wife of 18 years, Judy King; son, David Jr.; daughters, Christy “Charlie” Boswell and Crystal King; brothers, Raymond, Thomas and Kenneth; sister, Sharron Waters and Debra Loun; granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Boswell; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

   Funeral services were held May 13 at Town & Country Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Fla., with Chaplain Bob Loy officiating. Interment was at Riverside Memorial Park.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marian A. Kinzie

 

   Marian A. Raths Kinzie, 92, of Charlotte, died Thursday, June 6, 2002.

   Mrs. Kinzie was born Feb. 20, 1910 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Clifford and Florence (Chapman) Holley. She was a school teacher at the Grammar School and Eaton Rapids Public Schools, retiring in 1975. Mrs. Kinzie graduated from Detroit Central High School, earned a bachelor of science degree from Michigan Agriculture College in 1932 and a mater’s degree from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1952. She was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and its Naomi Circle. She was also a member of the Eaton County Retired Teachers Association and MSU Alumni Association.

   She is survived by sons, Charles (Eleanor) Raths of Nashville, Tenn., Donald (Virginia) Raths of Downers Grove, Ill., and Herbert (Lisa) Raths of Charlotte; daughter, Martha Raths of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert John Raths in 1953.

   Funeral services were held June 10 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Sarnia, Ontario.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Duane L. Klepper

 

   Duane L. Klepper, 54, of Bellevue, died Monday, July 8, 2002 after a battle with cancer.

   Mr. Klepper was born April 27, 1948 at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, the first son of Jean (Mapes) and Donald Klepper. He attended Bellevue High School, graduating in 1966 and going to work at Kellogg’s after graduation. He married Cindy Chase in January 1974. They had three children. Mr. Klepper was very proud of his family and all their accomplishments. He enjoyed hunting, golf and coin collecting. After retiring from Kellogg’s in 1999 with over 30 years of service, he went to work part-time at Gull Lake View Golf Course for two years.

   He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy; sons, Troy of Florida and Benji of Bellevue; daughter, Rebecca of Bellevue; two sisters, Iva (Bill) McKeown of Battle Creek and Kay (Arthur) Woody of Charlotte; and two brothers, Walter (Marty) of Dowling and Donald of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Klepper in 1984 and his mother Jean Klepper in 2001.

   Memorial services were held July 11 at Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek. Interment was at Floral Lawn Gardens in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Hellen B. Klont

 

   Hellen B. (Page) Klont, 79, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Greenlawn Campus Lansing.

   Mrs. Klont was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Ellis and Alice (Fetter) Page. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, attended Argubright Business College in Battle Creek and had been employed as a bookkeeper for Fowler’s Inc. in Charlotte.

   She is survived by one son, Douglas (Linda) Klont of Eaton Rapids; two daughters, Denise (John) Geiger of Woodstock, Ga., and Barbara Klont of Birmingham; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerrit Klont on July 4, 1987.

   At Mrs. Klont’s request, no visitation or funeral services were held.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert W. Koyl

 

   Robert W. Koyl, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 1, 2002 in Dimondale. He was born March 7, 1919 in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan, the son of Clarence Leslie and Pearl Mae (McDowell) Koyl. Bob served four years with the 229th Division Army Signal Operations Company in Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He earned a BA and MA in Music Education (Voice and Instrumental) from the University of Illinois. He taught in Chicago Hgts., Paxton, and Lawrenceville, IL before coming to Eaton Rapids in 1956. Mr. Koyl was an educator in the Eaton Rapids Schools for 29 years, retiring in 1985. He taught K-12th grade band, and started High School Choir in 1959. Mr. Koyl also taught Alternative Education, Social Studies, and Math. He was the Choir Director for the First United Methodist Church for 34 years. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Glen, sister, Mildred Stenberg, niece, Patricia Stenberg and nephew Eugene Koyl.

   Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Evangeline Vincent Koyl; children, George (Ida Shaker) Koyl of Goodrich, Eileen Koyl of New York, NY, David (Vicki) Koyl of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Mark Shaker of Flint, Abigail (Gregg) Matheny of Lansing, Olivia, Hannah, Zion, and Shiloh Koyl all of Eaton Rapids; great granddaughter, Tianna Matheny; nephew, Jack (Marilyn) Stenberg and niece, Joyce Koyl.

   Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, November 5th at 3:00 p.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery, and memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Pastors Tom Evans, Dallas McFarland and W. Robert palmer officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to the Music Dept. at the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church in memory of Robert W. Koyl.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elizabeth M. Kruger

 

   Elizabeth “Bette” Madeline Kruger, 84, of Grand Ledge, passed away Sunday evening, May 26, 2002 at her home after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Kruger was born Oct. 7, 1917 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of the late Will and Myrtie (Howe) Kebler. She worked for many years in Lansing for Consumers Power Company, and after her marriage to Fred Kruger of Muir in 1945, they purchased the family farm in the area. As working partners, they ran a dairy and raised their family. Mrs. Kruger was an avid reader, piano player, concert goer, and until recent years, horseback rider. After raising her family she returned to work at Spartan Village School at Michigan State University, where she retired after 13 years.

   She is survived by her husband, Fred; sister, Geneva Wiskemann of Lansing; daughters, Patricia (Derrill) Coger of Auburn and Suzanne (Gordon) Cornwell of Traverse City; five grandchildren, Marcella (Brook) Fisher of West Palm Beach, Fla., Stacey (Andrew) Hasse of Traverse City, James (Dulcie) Rice of Grand Ledge, Wesley (Sheri) Cornwell of Traverse City and Sarah Cornwell of Marquette; seven great-grandchildren, Andrew Cornwell, Nicholas Tafelsky, Maya Kedmi, Emily Hasse, Tyler Cornwell, Blake Fisher and Garrett Rice.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Vaughn Kebler.

   Funeral services were held May 30 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, with Rev. Lyle Heaton officiating. Interment was at Niles Cemetery in Eagle.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Devos Children’s Hospital of Grand Rapids or American Heart Association; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David E. Kunz

 

   David Ernest Kunz, 40, of Charlotte, died Monday, April 22, 2002.

   Mr. Kunz was born Feb. 27, 1962 in Livonia, the son of Richard Allen and Patsy (Fonville) Kunz. He was a member of the Wednesday Night Bowling League at Char-Lanes in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; son, Aaron; daughters, Emily and Elizabeth; mother, Patsy Kunz of Howell; sister, Pamela Baumkratz of Howell; and brother, Roger of Salt Lake City, Utah.

   Funeral services were held April 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Wade Gillespie officiating.

   More information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

George R. Kyre

 

   George Ray Kyre, 67, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002.

   Mr. Kyre was born Nov. 9, 1934 in Fairmont, W.Va., the son of Galen and Pearl (Smith) Kyre. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was an accountant for Owens-Illinois Glass Division before retiring in 1996. He was an avid fan of West Virginia University sports, and helped Gordon Story keep statistics for local sporting events for the Charlotte Shopping Guide. Mr. Kyre was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and the Charlotte Country Club. He coached Little League baseball for many years and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife, Shirley (DeWitt) of Charlotte; sons, Mike (Jackie), Jon (Shannon) and Russell, all of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, Jamie Rae, Cassi Ann, Jon-Eric James, Jordan Gabriel, Donald Jacob, Carly Rae, Logan Alexis and Aubrey Victoria; and a brother, Galen Smith (Joann) Kyre of Marysville, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, David and Kenneth.

   Funeral services were held Jan 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to The V (Jimmy Valvano) Foundation for Cancer Research, 100 Towerview Court, Cary, N.C. 27513. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Carroll A. Lamie

 

   Graveside memorial service for Carroll A. Lamie of Nashville were held June 22 at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Pearl C. Latchaw

 

   Pearl C. Latchaw, 104, of Macon, Ga., died April 18, 2002 at Peake Healthcare Center in Macon, Gal., following a brief illness.

   Mrs. Latchaw was born Feb. 3, 1898 in Summitville, Ind., the daughter of Roy and Ella (Ritchie) Cunningham. She lived several years in Charlotte with her late son and daughter-in-law, Bernard Dale and Margaret Latchaw, and the last 10 years with her daughter-in-law in Macon, Ga. Mrs. Latchaw was a sales clerk at McMahan Hardware Store in Summitville, Ind. for several years. She had been a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Summitville and was past worthy matron. She found great pleasure in creating quit tops and crocheting. Mrs. Latchaw was a member of the First Christian Church in Summitville, Ind.

   She is survived by daughter-in-law, Margaret Latchaw of Macon, Ga.; four grandchildren, Nancy (Phil) Wells of Macon, Ga., Stephen (Mary) Latchaw, Roger (Rosemary) Latchaw and Martin (Sue) Latchaw, all of Charlotte; eight great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred Latchaw in 1951; and son Bernard Dale Latchaw in 1990.

   Graveside services were held April 26 at Vinson Memorial Cemetery in Summitville, Ind., with Rev. Nathan Lutterman officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 176, Summitville, IN 46070. Arrangements were by Owens-Noffze Funeral Home in Summitville, Ind.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lucille Lawe

 

   Lucille Law, age 64 of Jackson, passed Thursday, January 17, 2002 at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor. She was born June 4, 1937 in Mud Creek (Hazard County), Kentucky to Lafey & Azel (Johnson) Caudill. She married John Lawe. She was a homemaker most of her life and lived in the Springport and Eaton Rapids area. Lucille enjoyed bingo, helping other and raising several foster children.

   She is survived by her mother, Azel Caudill of Albion; 2 daughters, Rena (Jon) Flowers of Eaton Rapids and Cindy Lawe of Jackson; 3 sons, Marcus (Margaret) Lawe of Springport, Craig (Lisa) Lawe of Springport, and Kevin (Imajean) Lawe of Jackson; 7 sisters, Shelby Newsome of Springport, Emma LaRoe, Clotine Caudill, Holean McCullough and Patty Fausz all of Albion, Betty Sue Neufer of Indiana, and Kelly Hartwick of Springport; 2 brothers, Jack and Ron Caudill both of Albion; special friend, Charlie Ackers of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; husband; 3 sons, Richard, Darwin and Keith; brother Don & Ochel Caudill and one grandson, Justin Allen Lawe.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr., Albion, with Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Interment will follow at Albion Memory Gardens. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Nina Lee

 

   Nina J. Lee, 61, of Charlotte died June 21. Mrs. Lee was born Sept. 30, 1940 in Harrisburg, Ill., the daughter of Ralph J. and Wilma K. (Reynolds) Abernathy.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Gary Lee, Jr. in 1975 and Mark E. Lee in 1996.

   She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Gary Lee, daughter Kelly R. Lee of Charlotte, sons Alan D. (Annette) Lee of Nashville, Ralph D. (Kate) Lee of Kalamazoo, seven grandchildren, Jamie, Aaron, Andrea, Dillon, Aaron, Brianna and Brandy, sisters, Debbie (Walt) Ribby of Eaton Rapids, Lisa Wood of Lansing, Lori Keyes (Kevin Frisbie) of Holt, brothers, Sam (Floyce) Abernathy and Rich (Mary) Abernathy, both of Charlotte, Phil (Mary) Abernathy of Illinois, Jeff (Sandy) Jester of Coloma, stepmother Gloria Abernathy of Eaton Rapids, and stepfather Joe Jester of Benton Harbor.

   Funeral services were held June 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Merle Bradley officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy L. Lefler

 

   Dorothy L. Lefler of Charlotte, formerly of Midland, age 92, died Dec. 31, 2002.

   Ms. Lefler was born July 10, 1908 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Thomas and Laura Briggs. She was a registered nurse, receiving her degree from Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids in 1930. Mrs. Lefler was employed with the Public Health Department of Nursing in Detroit for many years and retired from the Midland County Health Department of Nursing after 20 years of service.

   She is survived by step-daughters, Grace Costly, Gladys Fahlsing, Genevine Kohlz and Lucille Lefler (daughter-in-law), all of Midland, and Ila (Neil) Fahlsing of Bismark, N.D.; step-son, Leslie (Linda) Lefler of California; caregiver/niece, Beverly Kane of Charlotte; and many step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Ms. Lefler was preceded in death by husband, Harold Vern Lefler; step-son, Harold Lefler; sisters, Beryl Tucker, Lena Babcock and Mildred Snyder; and brothers, Alvaro, Frank, Roger, Clarence, Cecil, Stanley and Norman Briggs.

   Arrangements for cremation were by Estes-Leadley Funeral Home in Lansing and Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. There will be no service.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Home Health Care in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gerald E. Leiby

 

   Gerald E. “Jerry” Leiby, 73, of Charlotte, died Oct. 8, 2002.

   Mr. Leiby was born Nov. 27, 1928 in Lansing and was a life-long resident of Lansing and Charlotte. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member and officer of American Legion Post #42 of Charlotte. Mr. Leiby was employed with Feldpausch for many years and enjoyed bowling, golf, and most of all, his grandchildren.

   He is survived by four daughters, Theresa (Keith) Windes of Nashville, Michelle (Chris) Peterson of Peoria, Ariz., Jackie Fox of Charlotte and Tammy (Mike) Teceno of Eaton Rapids; three sons, Don (Stacy) of Charlotte, Mark (Rebecca) of Grand Ledge and Robert (Jeri) of Charlotte; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother, Carl (Betty) Leiby of Florida; sister, Rachel (Bob) McCutcheon of Newberry; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 11 at Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel, with Chris Peterson officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice Service, P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert A. Leik

 

   Robert A. Leik, 79, of Charlotte, formerly of Sunfield, died Sunday morning, Aug. 25, 2002.

   Mr. Leik was born Feb. 28, 1923 in Westphalia Township, a son of John and Mary (Aldredge) Leik. He was a retired TRW (Portland) employee.

   He is survived by six children, Donald (Leilani) Leik of Mulliken, Connie Leik, Evelyn Leik and Roberta Leik, all of Charlotte, Sarah Jane (Delbert) Dryer of Vermontville, and Carolyn (Steve) Wilson of Portland; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, Ervin (Leona) Leik of Westphalia; two sisters, Louise Hernandez of Lansing and Anna Ponder of Ovid; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Mary in 1977; second wife, Joyce in 1999; two sisters, Lillian Fernholz and Viola Hale; and three brothers, Elmer, Frederick and Joseph.

   Christian Wake service was held Sept. 3 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Rev. Fr. Shamaun officiating. Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 4 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Portland, with Rev. Fr. Charles Hall as celebrant. Interment was at Danby Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Jeremy, Jonathon, Charles, Dustin, Laura and Jennifer Leik.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mabel M. Leslie

 

   Mabel M. (Holmes) Leslie, 88, of Olivet, died Sunday, June 16, 2002 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Leslie was born Feb. 14, 1914 in East Tawas, the daughter of William and Ellen (Hayes) Holmes, and had been an Olivet-area resident for 66 years. She was retired employee of Olivet College and had attended the Olivet First Assembly of God and Charlotte Assembly of God.

   She is survived by two daughters, Betty Barnard of Charlotte and W. Roberta Wilson of Bellevue; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William Leslie in 1980, and a granddaughter, Lynn Williams in 1985.

   Funeral services were held June 20 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Assembly of God or Olivet First Assembly of God.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

John W. Letson

 

   John William Letson, 72, of Inverness, Fla., died at home Saturday, June 15, 2002 under the care of his family and hospice.

   Mr. Letson was a native of Clinton County, Michigan. He was born Nov. 9, 1929 to the late William and Mary Walters Letson. He had been a winter resident in Inverness, Fla., from Bellevue. He was a retired farmer and a member of First Baptist Church of Citrus Springs, Fla. and Crossroads United Brethren Church in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Carlson Letson of Inverness, Fla., and Bellevue; one son, Roy (Karen) of Potterville; two daughters, Eloise (Dale) Berry of Freeport and Joyce (Larry) Wait of Lake Odessa; one brother, Harold of Bayfield, Colo; two sisters, Ardith Knop of Middleville and Laura Lennox of Wyandotte; and seven grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Crossroads United Brethren Church in Charlotte. Interment of the urn will follow at a later date.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Brethren Church. Arrangements were by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, Fla.

 

Cornelious Paul Garth “Boze” Letts

 

   Cornelious Paul Garth “Boze” Letts, age 51, died January 6, 2002 in Westland, Michigan. He was born September 1, 1950 in Eaton Rapids. He was a dedicated soldier of the United States Marine Corps and the National Guard for twenty-five years.

   He is survived by his wife, Lisa Letts; 2 sons, Cornelious Dan and Nathan; 3 daughters, Stacey, Katiebelle and Isabelle; father, Cornelious P. Letts; 4 sisters, Paulita Coudron, Jane Johnson, Georgia Moore, Gene Mollitor; 2 brothers, John Letts and Dennis Letts; 32 nieces and nephews; 41 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Isabelle Letts.

   Funeral services were held at the Uht Funeral Home, January 9, 2002 with Rev. Neil Cowling officiating.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Barbara A. Lewis

 

   Barbara A. Lewis, age 58 of Olivet, Michigan, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Battle Creek Health Systems after a brief illness. Barbara was born October 14, 1943 in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of Leon and Gladys (Lamoreaux) Mathias. She enjoyed reading and her grandchildren.

   She is survived by daughters Debbie (Anthony) Massimino of Bellevue, Christine (Timothy) DePue of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Jake (Mary) Mathias of Bellevue, Jim (Mary) Mathias of Napolean, Ohio, Ed David of East Tawas, Michigan, Walter Davis of Canton, Ohio; sisters, Phyllis (Bill) Rhoades of Charlotte, and Mary Bursley of Ft. Myers, Florida. She was preceded in death by brother Lowell Mathias and sisters Margaret, Lucille, Leona and Rosetta.

   Family and friends attended a Family Affirmation Service on Saturday, March 9th, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Justin H.B. Ley

 

   Justin H.B. Ley, of Springport, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 15, 2002 at the age of 10. He was born June 11, 1992, the son of Keith and Sherry Ley. Justin had just completed the 3rd grade at Island City Academy. He was involved with basketball, baseball, soccer and karate in Springport and Eaton Rapids, Justin was an avid outdoorsman, he especially loved fishing.

   Surviving are his parents, one brother, Ryan Ley; one sister, Sara Ley; paternal grandmother, Mary Ley; maternal grandparents, Wayne (Sandy) Pylant and Curt (Kathy) Boyd; great-grandchildren, Stallard (Mae) Williams; 12 aunts and uncles and numerous cousins. Justin was preceded in death by a paternal grandfather, Kenneth Ley and a great-great-grandmother, Laura Hamilton.

   Funeral services will be held at the Robertson Funeral Homes, Springport Chapel, on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Chris Bigg officiating. A private interment will follow. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to the Island City Academy. Justin’s mischievous smile will be missed by all who knew him.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marian L. Link

 

   Marian Lucille Link, 74, of Vermontville, died June 14, 2002 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Link was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Nashville, the daughter of Raymond and Stella (Swift) Dingman. She graduated from Nashville High School in 1945 and worked as a cashier for Garden Fresh Store in Charlotte for 12 years, retiring in 1986. She married William Link on April 5, 1947 in Hastings; he died in 1996. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and bowling.

   She is survived by grandchildren, Karey Burnett, Jeremy Tamez-Link and William Link, all of Charlotte, and Babette Burnett of Florida; four great-grandchildren, and sister Ilah Martz of Hastings.

   She was preceded in death by sons, Craig and Rodney Link; daughter, Luanne Link of Charlotte; brother, Howard Dingman; and sisters, Leona Freese and Marjorie Endsley.

   Funeral services were held June 17 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Kalamo Cemetery.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Eloise I. Link

 

   Eloise Ione Link, 82, of Howell, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002. Mrs. Link was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Vermontville, the daughter of Earl and Irene (Hager) Hadden.

   She is survived by her husband Lewis; grandson, Thomas (Kristina) Darling of Howell; granddaughter, Kimberly (James) Frisbie of Howell; stepson, Robert Link of Manistee; two sisters, Norma Atanasoff and Mary Ohlemacher, both of Lansing; and son-in-law, Dr. Francis Darling.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Darling, on March 2, 2001.

   Family Affirmation Services were held Aug. 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Earl J. Linsley

 

   Earl Junior Linsley, 76, of Charlotte, formerly of Battle Creek, died Thursday, March 28, 2002 at his residence after a short illness.

   Mr. Linsley was born Sept. 25, 1925 in Kalamo Township, Eaton County the son of Earl M. and Esther (Damm) Linsley and had lived in Charlotte for four years coming from Battle Creek.

   He had been employed at Bliss Manufacturing in Hastings and was a lifelong farmer. He had served in the Michigan Air National Guard and later in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

   Surviving are two sisters, Marjorie (Fred) Hansen of Charlotte and Betty Rockford of Vermontville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lulu Linsley.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Reverend George Fleming officiating. Interment was held at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary A. Litchfield

 

   Mary A. Litchfield, 88, of Mulliken, died Tuesday evening, April 2, 2002 at a Lansing hospital following a short illness.

   Mrs. Litchfield was born April 6, 1913 in New England, N.D., a daughter of John and Pauline (Schindler) Debler. She is survived by two brothers, Robert Debler of Lansing and Albert “Jim” Debler of Sunfield; special friend, George Shaw; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Niles in 1963. Services were held April 6 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Delbert and Lynn Arnold, Kenny and Tommy Debler, and Bill and Gary Roll.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald Clare Lockwood

 

   Donald C. Lockwood, age 74 and life resident of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, May 13, 2002 at a Lansing hospital following a long illness. He was born June 26, 1927 in Eaton Rapids, the only child born to Clair J. and Meroe (Chatterton) Lockwood. Don served in the Navy during the end of World War II. He graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1945, was a graduate of M.S.U. with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1952 and his Master’s Degree in 1962. He began his career in education as a teacher for 6 years, them became Principal, and retired with 34 years of service to the Eaton Rapid Public Schools. He was a life member of the F.&A.M. Lodge #63 in Eaton Rapids, member of the First United Methodist Church, the M.S.U. Alumni Association, and a past president and board member of the Eaton Rapids Alumni Association. He was preceded in death by his son James Donald Lockwood in 1977.

   Don was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his loving family. His wife of 49 years, Joan; son, Stephen Clare (Sally) Lockwood of Mansfield, TX; daughters, Cathie Jo (Larry) Webb of Lansing and Kristi Lynne (Todd) Bolitho of Cadillac; 3 grandchildren, Shannon Webb, Jeremy Webb and Julie Bolitho; great-grandson, Nathan Shotwell; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, May 17th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jeffery Schrock officiating. Burial followed in Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Donald C. Lockwood Elementary School c/o Eaton Rapids Public Schools, in memory of Donald C. Lockwood.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joan M.  Loughan

 

   Joan M. Loughan, 71, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 8, 2002.

   She was born Aug. 25, 1930, the daughter of Walter and Keitha (Silver) Ball. She was an avid Dale Earnhardt and auto racing fan, enjoyed bingo and watching wild animals. She had been an inspector at Owens Illinois for 25 years.

   She is survived by sons, Dan (Debra) Loughan of Charlotte and Michael Loughan of Mason; daughters, Cindy Logan and husband Lyle Thompson of Charlotte, and Kathy Terrill of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara Cross of Pentwater and Marian (Chuck) Weaver of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by son-in-law, Allen; and long-time companion, Dennis Miller.

   Funeral services were held March 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital for a dialysis unit. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lucille Love

 

   Lucille Love, 80, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Love was born March 2, 1922 in Bellevue, the daughter of Oscar and Leona (Terwilliger) Pierce. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1940 and married Wilber Love in 1940; he died March 4, 1957. Mrs. Love was employed for many years as a cafeteria worker at Bellevue High School, retiring in 1986. She enjoyed reading, shopping and making Christmas candies.

   Surviving are daughters, Ione Love, Iris (John) Huggett and Lois Love, all of Bellevue, and Beth Thornton of Nashville; son, Roger (Sheila) Love of Bellevue; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Roy Pierce of Marcellus, Robert Pierce of Battle Creek, James Mark Pierce of Nashville, and Dwight Pierce of Charlotte; and a sister, Betty Seume of Irons.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Foye, Milo and Gordon Pierce; and a grandson, R. Alan Love Jr. in 2000.

   Family services were held Dec. 31 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor David McDonald officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Evelyn J. Lovell

 

   Evelyn June Lovell, 83, of Houghton Lake, formerly of Houghton/Hancock, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

   Mrs. Lovell was born March 5, 1919 in Houghton, the daughter of Chester and Grace (Marlor) Karr. She married Ellis Ray Lovell of Vermontville on June 17, 1942.

   She is survived by daughters Judy (Larry) Swartz of Port St. Lucia, Fla. and Jeanne (Richard) Pray of Ann Arbor; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother, Nathan Karr of Hancock; brother-in-law, Gordon Lovell of Lake; and sister-in-law, Ruth Wright of Potterville.

   She was preceded in death by husband Ellis in November 1991.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Bryan Thompson officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation or American Lung Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Gary Allen McConnell

 

   Gary A. McConnell, age 51 of Lansing and formerly of Onondaga, died Sunday, June 2, 2002. He was born December 12, 1950 in Jackson, the son of Leland and Doris (Dowding) McConnell. Gary was a graduate of Springport High School, class of 1969. He was a manager of Michigan Highway Signs, Inc. of Holt with 32 years of service. Preceding him in death were his parents; brother-in-law, Robert Magiera and step-mother, Helen (Thomas) McConnell.

   Surviving are a brother, Douglas McConnell; 2 sisters, Vickie Magiera and Verna (Walter) Smith all of Onondaga; nieces and nephews, Gerald P. Magiera, Robert (Laura) Magiera Jr., Anthony J. (Theresa) Magiera, Tammie (Thomas) Oates, Teresa (Marc) Heisler; great nieces and nephews, Alexandra, Jacob, Kiel, Taylor, Alyssa and Madelyn; aunt, Bethel Esch; and many special friends.

   Memorial services were held on Friday, June 7, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Robert Betts officiating. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Gary A. McConnell.

 

                                   

 

 

Gertrude L. McConnell

 

   Gertrude L. (Reams) McConnell, 88 of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Friday, July 12, 2002 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. McConnell was born June 22, 1914 in Bellevue, the daughter of John and Millie (Hamilton) Reams and was a life-long Eaton County resident. She was a 1931 graduate of Bellevue High School, a member of Charlotte Rebekah Lodge #68, and a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church where she had been a member since 1925.

   She is survived by five daughters, Virginia (Pastor Robert) O’Kane of Rowland, Calif., Joyce (Arthur) Black of Burlington, Gladys (John) Rose of Olivet, Rosemary (Earl) Wood of Charlotte and Darlene (Don) Davis of Potterville; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Ada Whipple of Sacramento, Calif., Ruth Harden of Battle Creek and Rachel Hebner of Dimondale.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harold McConnell in 1994; and brothers, Lee Reams and Robert Reams.

   Funeral services were held July 17 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Pastor Wendell Stine, Pastor Robert O’Kane and Charlotte Rebekah Lodge #68 officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Rebekah Lodge #68 or to Bellevue United Methodist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Gabriel M. McDaniel

 

   Gabriel Malachi McDaniel, infant son of Christopher and Stacey McDaniel of Charlotte, died at birth Aug. 3, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital.

   He was preceded in death by grandfather Dennis McDaniel in 1993 and great-grandfathers Frank Maynard in 2000 and Nathan McDaniel in 1994.

   He is survived by his parents; brother Logan; sisters, Kelsey, Bailey and Avery; grandparents Bob and Cheryl Snyder, Clark Gidner, and Jill Gidner, all of Charlotte; and great-grandparents Jerry and Barb Gibbs of Okemos, Phyllis McDaniel of Eaton Rapids, and Dawn Maynard of Potterville.

   Cremation has occurred.

   Donations in Gabriel’s name, if desired, may be made to West Windsor United Brethren Church in Dimondale or Sparrow Hospital.

 

                                   

 

Frances A. MacDonald

 

   Frances A. MacDonald, 89, of Freeport, formerly of Charlotte and Vermontville, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2002 at the home of her daughter-in-law, of natural causes.

   Mrs. MacDonald was born May 28, 1913 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of J. Milton and Adella (Loomis) Lent. She spent her youth between Chicago and Vermontville, graduating from Vermontville in 1930. She married Vernon MacDonald of Chicago in 1933, and the family moved from Chicago to her family farm in rural Vermontville in 1946. After the passing of her husband in 1985, Mrs. MacDonald moved to Charlotte. She spent 27 years being a snow bird at Ramblers Rest Resort in Venice, Fla., either with Vernon or friends/companion Claude Troyer. She was a past matron and life member of Kalamo OES #399, a long-time member of Vermontville First Congregational Church, the Ladies Christian Association and Women’s Club, and was active in many other organizations (Band Boosters, Bismark Community Boosters, Bismark Ladies Fellowship, etc.) over the years.

   She is survived by two sons, Bryce (Amanda) of Vermontville and Larry of Clearwater, Fla.; two daughters-in-law, Kate MacDonald of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Susan MacDonald of Freeport; six grandchildren, Nika (Randy) Hankins, JoDee (Tony) Pruden, Kent (Teresa) MacDonald, all of Charlotte, Kelly (Scott) Hartman of Lansing, Jason and Rachel MacDonald of Pinellas Park; two step-grandsons, David MacDonald of Chicago, Ill. and Terry Lee Ranshaw of Charlotte; eight great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Mark, Padraic, Heather, Gregory, Dallas, Haley and Meira; a step-great-grandchild, Kristin; and one great-great-grandchild, Jeffery.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws, husband Vernon in October 1985, and youngest son Scott in December 1999.

   An Order of Eastern Star memorial services was held July 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, under the auspices of Kalamo Eastern Star Lodge #399. Funeral services were held July 25 at Vermontville Congregational Church, with Rev. Eric Lison officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Heartland Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Velma L. McElvaine

 

   Velma L. McElvaine, 85, of Clarksville, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002 at Tendercare in Hastings.

   She is survived by sons, Richard (Vicki) McElvaine of Saranac and Floyd (Marva) McElvaine Jr. of Parker, Colo.; daughter, Penny (Peter) Hoffman of Diablo, Ariz.; brother, Ray Joppie of Texas; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd McElvaine on July 5, 1984, and a son, Gerald McElvaine in 1974.

   Graveside services were held Aug. 16 at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville, with Pastor Rich Wollan officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Louis E. McGee

 

   Louis E. “Mike” McGee, 75, of Charlotte, died Jan. 2, 2002.

   Mr. McGee was born July 13, 1926 in Northville, the son of Leland and Clara McGee. He was a TSgt in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years, serving during three wars before retiring in 1983. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Wanda Jean (Dean); sons, James Michael of Casco, Maine, and Joseph Randall of Petoskey; daughter, Janice Marie (McGee) (Thomas) Newhouse of DeWitt; grandchildren, Charlie McGee, Jason McGee and Rachelle Weaver; brother, Robert (Deloris) and sister, Mary Ann (Arnold) Seigel; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral mass was celebrated Jan. 5 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Inc.; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Edward P. McKinstry

 

   Edward Potter McKinstry, 86, of Hastings, died Aug. 5, 2002.

   Mr. McKinstry was born April 21, 1916, the son of Vern and Katherine Potter. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and completed 10 years of serving his country. He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed bowling and golf for many years. Mr. McKinstry had been a civil engineer with the city of Lansing for 15 years, retiring in 1974.

   He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Gail (Cliff) Perkins of Dimondale; two sons, James (Janet) of Hastings and Ronald of Mason; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Dohr of Portland.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 9 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor C. Greene officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Iris Ann McPhall

 

   Iris Ann McPhall, age 65 of DeWitt and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, January 31, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. She was born April 12, 1936 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Fred and Geneva (Wilkins) Michael. Iris was a retired Postal Clerk for the U.S. Government, serving over 30 years, with many of them at the Eaton Rapids Branch. She was preceded in death by 3 children, Brent McPhall, Sheryl Imler and Scott McPhall; brothers, Marvin & Fred Michael; sister, Hilda Thomas.

   Surviving are 3 children, Alan (Susanne) McPhall of Bath, Randy McPhall of Whitman, AZ and Connie McPhall of Stockbridge; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn (Durwood) Sickels of Fremont, IN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, February 4th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Iris A. McPhall.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

John Russell McQuay

 

   John R. McQuay, age 31 of Eaton Rapids and formerly of Lansing, died Sunday, October 20, 2002 in Onondaga Township, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born May 28, 1971 in Lansing, the son of Russell and Linda (Adkins) McQuay. John was employed with U.S.A. Clean Team and enjoyed his music and was an avid watcher of World Wrestling Federation.

   Surviving are his wife of 7 ½ years Tami (Olney) of Eaton Rapids; 3 children, Tyler, Rebecca and Corey; parents, Russell and Linda McQuay of Lansing; brother, Richard (Valerie) McQuay of Lansing; grandparents, Richard & Lorraine Adkins of Arizona; niece and nephew, Julia and Robert Cooper; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Frank Klassen of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church, officiating. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for the children, in care of Tami McQuay.

 

                                   

 

 

Marilyn E. Manicom

 

   Marilyn E. Manicom, 78, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility after a long illness.

   Mrs. Manicom was born Nov. 13, 1923 in Charlotte, the daughter of Allen and Pearl (Parsons) Orr, and lived most of her life in Charlotte. She was a 1941 graduate of Charlotte High School and had been employed at Young’s Jewelry Store in Charlotte, from where she retired. She was a member Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary.

   She is survived by her children, A. Dale (Norma Santa Cruz) Manicom of San Diego, Calif., Diana Lenahan of Fredericksburg, Va., and Delsa (James) Joppie of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Michele Ducharme, Kelly Lenahan and Sean Lenahan; two great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Beverly) Orr of East Tawas; and sister-in-law, Jayne Orr of Nashville, Tenn.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Manicom, and a brother, Carrol Orr.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

 

                                   

 

 

Ross J. Markle

 

   Ross J. Markle, 81, of Charlotte, died Monday, March 11, 2002 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings. Mr. Markle was born March 9, 1921 in Bad Axe, the son of Wallace and Katherine (Graham) Markle. He attended area schools and graduated from Bad Axe High School in 1938. After graduation he began a career as a bus driver for Indian Trails. After his retirement form bus driving he moved to Arizona, where he married Marjorie Graham in 1987 in Bullhead City, Ariz. They moved back to the Charlotte area in 1996. Mr. Markle enjoyed golf, fishing, walking the dogs, driving bus and being a driver for the Amish in the area. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Markle of Charlotte; son, David (Faith) of Hartsville, S.C.; daughters, Megan Markle and Trudy Arrigoni, both of San Francisco, Calif.; sister, Pauline Houston of Port Huron; stepson, William (Donna) Hess of Charlotte; stepdaughter, Robin (Bob) Keech of Lakeview; and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Katherine (Graham) Markle; sister, Irene; and brothers, Ray and Earl. Memorial services were held March 16 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Nashville Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

John R. Matthews

 

   John Robert Matthews, 63, of Grand Ledge, passed away July 11, 2002.

   Mr. Matthews was born May 7, 1939. He was a 1957 East Lansing graduate and received a master’s degree from Michigan State University. He worked for the state of Michigan Department of Public Health. In 1970 Mr. Matthews taught school for Charlotte Public Schools, from which he retired in 1995. He was also a driver’s education instructor for numerous school districts. He enjoyed most sports, and his farm, and loved people and doing things for others.

   He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Shirley; son, Seth of Sunfield; daughter, Amber of Grand Ledge; and his beloved pet, Willie.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Louise (Brown) Matthews in 1998.

   Memorial services were held July 20 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Lansing, with Father David Pike officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. David’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements were by Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge.

 

                                   

 

 

Thelma Mayne

 

   Thelma Madaline Mayne, 94, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002. Mrs. Mayne was born July 13, 1908, in Charlotte, the daughter of Fred L. and Emma (Shaw) Hall.

   She is survived by son, Dennis (Marian) Mayne of Charlotte, five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Mayne in 1984 and three sons, Jimmy, Edward and Donald.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 23, 2002 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte with Rev. Richard Wilford officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Meadowview School/Eaton Intermediate School District where Thelma was a volunteer grandmother for many years. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Edna I. Meeder

 

   Edna Ines Meeder, 94, of Potterville and Battle Creek, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002.

   Mrs. Meeder was born Dec. 24, 1907 in Shepherd, the daughter of Ladd and Laura (Stuart) Fenby. She was a registered nurse at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte, a secretary for Potterville United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by two grandsons, Leslie Frye of Battle Creek, and Thomas and his wife Nola Frye of Battle Creek; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marian Howell of Zephyr Hills, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Don Meeder in 1978, daughter Kaye in 1999, grandson Donald in 1986 and son-in-law Louis in 1999.

   Services were held Jan. 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

 

                                   

 

 

Sheldon E. Mesecar

 

   Sheldon E. Mesecar, 92, of Grand Ledge, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mr. Mesecar was born March 10, 1910 in Campbell Township, Ionia County, a son of Bert and Mildred (Hess) Mesecar. A former resident of Mulliken and Clarksville, he was a retired G.M. employee and a member of First United Methodist Church of Grand Ledge.

   Surviving are two daughters, Janet (Richard) Timm of Camarillo, Calif. and Marlene Jaquette of Grand Ledge; 14 grandchildren; four sisters, Leona (Donald) Thompson and Martha (Burkette) Timm, both of Hastings, Madeline (Ed) Pierce of Fenton and Wilma (Jim) Sheehan of Alto; three brothers, Leon (Leta) Mesecar of Woodland, Elwood (Barbara) Mesecar of Alto and Bert Mesecar Jr. of Hastings; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wives, Mabelle and Lois; daughter, Wanda Guilford; two brothers and two sisters.

   Services were held Dec. 2 at First United Methodist Church of Grand Ledge, with Rev. W.J. “Bill” Amundsen officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Grand Ledge or the Roxand Service Club Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home of Mulliken.

 

                                   

 

 

Marion E. Middaugh

 

   Marion E. Middaugh, 69, of Nashville, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

   Mr. Middaugh was born March 17, 1932 in Buckley, a son of Vernon and Ursula (Clark) Middaugh. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a retired employee of Oldsmobile.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce; one daughter, Julia (Kenneth) McArthur of Lake Odessa; two sons, Michael (Julie) of St. Johns and James (Rena) of Charlotte; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Floris (Everett) Miller and Alice Faye Dukes, both of Lansing; one brother, William (Marci) Middaugh of Fowlerville; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held March 8 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Minister William Horton officiating. Interment was at Delta Center Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lester Altoft, Richard Cole, Cory Hale, Kenneth McArthur, Mark Middaugh, Don Wiggins and Randall Wooley.

 

                                   

 

 

Dolores C. Miller

 

   Dolores C. (Rasmussen) Miller, 74, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 at her residence.

   Mrs. Miller was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Breckenridge, the daughter of Helgo and Emma (Jenneman) Rasmussen, and had been a Charlotte resident for 52 years. She was a retired Charlotte Public Schools secretary; a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was a member of the choir; and a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary.

   She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ralph C. Miller; five children, Mark (Kathy) Miller of Indianapolis, Ind., Jeffrey Miller of Dowagiac, AnnMarie (Mark) Anderson of Bloomington, Minn., Susan Miller of Battle Creek and Greg Miller of Lawrence; 10 grandchildren, SSGT Michael Miller, Audrey Miller, LT Erica Fletcher, Trista Kay Miller, Michelle Miller, Molly Miller, Rebecca Miller, Tony Miller, Gregory Anderson and Krista Anderson; great-grandchild, Micaela Gilliam; and three sisters, Mary Maha, Joan Peterson and Lorraine Scarane.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was held Sept. 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society of Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Yvonne Miller

 

   Yvonne “Smoke” Miller, 85, of Charlotte, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002.

   Mrs. Miller was born May 25, 1916 in Lawson, Colo., the daughter of Carl and Ida Mae Carlson. She was a bank teller at First Federal of Michigan in the Livonia area before her retirement in 1977.

   She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Wilfred “Pete” Miller; son, John “Jack” (Dicie) Crabtree of Westland; daughter, Joyce (Louis) Lenart of Detroit; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and sister, Bev Hochstedler of Colorado.

   She was preceded in death by son, Gordon “Buzzy” Crabtree in 1982.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating. Interment was at Spring Hill Cemetery in Deckerville.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Shirley A. Misch

 

   Shirley A. Misch, 67, of Bellevue, died May 9, 2002 at Southwest Rehabilitation Hospital.

   Mrs. Misch was born June 20, 1934 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Darrold and Betty (Scott) Spaulding. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1952 and was employed with Transamerica Insurance in Battle Creek as a secretary and adjuster, retiring in 1991. She married Gerald Misch in February 1967. Mrs. Misch enjoyed knitting, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Gerald; daughters, Lori (Steve) Rogers, Patti (Dennis) Vantrease and Sharon (Mark) Burkart, all of Bellevue, and Helen (Gene) Reid of White Cloud; sons, Mike King and Scott (Deidre) Misch of Bellevue; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Gary (Andrea) Spaulding of Battle Creek.

   Memorial services were held May 11 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Glen Wegner officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue First Responders.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Misener

 

   Robert Misener, 80 of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Vermontville and Lansing, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002 at his residence.

   Mr. Misener was born May 20, 1922 in Grand Ledge, the son of Elmer Sr. and Liddie (Griswald) Misener. He was a brick mason for many years with Bricklayers Local #31.

   He is survived by sons, Robert L. (Doreen) Misener, Jr. of Marshall and James (Helen) Misener of Lansing; daughters, Gloria Gilding (Rod) of Bellevue and Rosiland (Richard) Emery of Albion; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother, Elmer Misener Jr. of Grand Ledge; sister, Mary Kelly of Grand Ledge; companion of many years, Kay Billis and daughters Bev and Dorothy and families.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Avis in 1976.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Dr. Roy Backus officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Florence Mitchell

 

   Florence Mitchell of Springport, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, July 16th, 2002 at the age of 73 years. Her greatest loves were her family, Dan Hubbard, bingo and bird watching. She was a Rebekah member.

   Surviving are six children, Paul (special friend Mona) Mitchell, Janice Clark, Nancy (Jack) Fugate, Lance (Diane) Mitchell, Jeff (Lisa) Mitchell, and Greg (Hugh Tomlinson) Mitchell; 14 grandchildren, Heather (Jonathan) Sims, James Mitchell; Kim Mitchell, Ben (Tina) Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, Brian Mitchell, Jennifer (Brett) Pothoof, Natasha (Mike) Nelson, Cain Williams, Amy (Devon) Nace, Jeffery Mitchell, Eric King, Adam Saed, and Nathan Saed; great-grandchildren, Deanna Mitchell, Collin Mitchell, Jayden Pothoof, Ryan Pothoof, Quentin Nace, and Kobe Nace and soon expecting two special great-granddaughters, Clarissa Sims and Alanna Nelson; two nieces; and a special granddog “Fanny.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob H. Mitchell; two grandchildren, Jonathan Mitchell & Hilary (Mike) Flower; parents, Raymond and Elva Thomas; and one brother, Earl Thomas.

   According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Monday, July 22nd at the Springport VFW 6056 Hall, with Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Those who wish may make contributions to the charity of one’s choice.

 

                                   

 

 

Abby S. Monroe

 

   Abby Sue Monroe, infant daughter of Joe and Ashley (Deater) Monroe of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002.

   She is survived by her parents; brother, Kaden; grandparents, Danny Deater, and Robin and Mark Wiers, all of Bellevue, and Richard Monroe of Charlotte; great-grandparents, Barb and Tary White of Bellevue, Ken and Judy Deater of Fremont, Shirley Casler of Charlotte, Sam Monroe of DeWitt and Nancy Wiers of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lori Monroe in 1992.

   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dimondale.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Annette M. Monroe

 

   Annette Marie Monroe, 47, of Charlotte, died Nov. 2, 2002.

   Mrs. Monroe was born April 19, 1955 in East Chicago, Indiana. She grew up in Highland, Ind. where she attended Our Lady of Grace grade school. She then moved to Battle Creek in 1967. Mrs. Monroe was the owner of Flowers by Annette in Charlotte and brought a lot of beauty into the lives of many brides, sweethearts, family and friends through her floral artistry. She enjoyed bowling, doing crafts and especially loved her Yorkie, “Radar.”

   She is survived by her husband, Mike; one daughter, Krista (Scott) Roberts of Olivet; stepsons, Chris Monroe of St. Petersburg, Fla., Dave Monroe of Pensacola, Fla., and Andy Monroe of Dearborn; grandchildren, Grant Roberts, age 9, and Jenna Roberts, age 8; mother, Anna (Deistler) Wiles of Charlotte; father, Thomas Pouch of Illinois; sister, Laura (Bruce) Jennings of Battle Creek; brother, Russell (Barb) Pouch of Charlotte; sister, Suzanne St. Johns of Jackson; and five nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 6, 2002 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. The eulogy was given by Dr. Tom Woodward. Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mid Michigan Hospice or Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

John Ralph Moore

 

   John Ralph Moore, age 83, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday April 8, 2002 at his residence. He was born October 30, 1918 in Delhi Township the son of Clifford A. and Lena M. (Towers) Moore. John worked at Davidson’s Woolen Mills, enjoyed plowing gardens in the spring and drove his John Deere tractor all around Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Albert Gleason.

   Surviving are his stepbrother, Willard (Eta) Gleason of Atlanta, MI; aunt, Bertha Pullman; 5 cousins, Wayne (Audrey) Towers, James Towers, Dorothy Doxtader, Ella Bugbee, Elaine Mason and caregivers, Penny and Steve Oberlin.

   Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 10, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Melvin K. Moore

 

   Melvin K. Moore, 88, of Vermontville and Hastings, died Sunday, April 7, 2002.

   Mr. Moore was born Oct. 25, 1913 in Gratiot County, the son of Harry and Olive (Price) Moore. He was a millwright for General Motors, working at Oldsmobile Plant 2. He was a member of the UAW Local Union 1618 and attended Vermontville Bible Church. Mr. Moore was active with the Olivet Senior Citizens and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and games.

   He is survived by daughters, Joan (Homer) Winegar of Vermontville and Nancy (Bill) Ostergren of Nashville; son, Keith (Martha) Moore of Vermontville; brothers, Alvah Moore and Harry “Duane” Moore of Holt; eight grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Marrison), and sister, Helen Smythe.

   Funeral services were held April 11 at Vermontville Bible Church, with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermontville Bible Church or Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Fund. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Florence A. Morales

 

   Florence Ann Morales, 70, of Hastings, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002.

   Mrs. Morales was born Oct. 19, 1931 in Charlotte, the daughter of Cleve and Venus (Towe) Harmon.

   She is survived by daughter, Rosemary (Roger) Latchaw of Charlotte; sons, Robert (Bonnie) Morales of Saranac, Bert Morales of Hastings and James Morales of California; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Martha (Wayne) Frey and Bessie Morales, both of Charlotte; and brother, Robert (Marie) Harmon of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Morales in 1992.

   Graveside services were held Feb. 9 at Millerburg Cemetery, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

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

 

James Ward Morris

 

   James Ward Morris, age 87 and life resident of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, January 2, 2002. He was born January 26, 1914, the son of Donald L. and Donna M. (Todd) Morris. Mr. Morris retired, after 31, ½ years of service for General Motors, in 1977 and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652. He enjoyed traveling, was an amateur gemologist who cut and polished stones to make beautiful works of art, and was a member of the Jackson Gem & Mineral Society.

   Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Mary; 4 sons, James (Chris) Morris of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Evelyn) Morris of Grand Ledge, Jack (Diane) Morris of Midland, George (Lynn) Morris of Orlando, FL; 1 daughter, Donna (James) Nail of Marshall; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, January 6th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of James W. Morris.

 

                                   

 

 

Cathleen D. Murray

 

   Cathleen Diane Murray, 63, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002.

   Ms. Murray was born May 8, 1939 in Charlotte, the daughter of Reynold and Thelma (Wright) Beals. She had been employed by Hayes Green Beach Hospital for 22 years, retiring in June 2000. She is survived by daughters, Cathleen (Bruce) Carmoney of Ionia and Lynn Redfield of Charlotte; son, Alfred (Annie) Murray of Decatur, Miss.; six grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Shirley (Amos) Ellsworth of Eaton Rapids, Reynold (Joyce) Beals of Florida, Bruce (Elaine) Beals o California, Roger (Yvonne) Beals, Raymond (Mary Ellen) Beals, Stanley (Leetha) Beals and Linda (Ray) Winters, all of Charlotte, Judy (Len) Wisinski of Haslett; and sister-in-law, Beverly (Russell) Beals of Potterville. She was predeceased by her brother Russell Beals, and sister Rosemary Gould. Memorial services were held Dec. 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Hugh Burger officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice House of Mid Michigan. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Chad E. Music

 

   Chad Earl Music, 28, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 as a result of an automobile accident.

   Mr. Music was born May 25, 1973 in Eaton Rapids. His parents are Gabrielle (Jones) LaBelle of Springport and Earl Franklin Music. Mr. Music was a cook at Sharon’s Café in Charlotte and enjoyed kids – most of all his daughter Victoria. He also enjoyed fishing and playing golf.

   He is survived by parents, wife, Angie (Culp) Music of Charlotte; daughter, Victoria Bobbi Music; brothers, Tim and David Music; sisters, Erica, Amber and Lauren Abosamra; grandmother, Ila Sommer of Lansing; parents-in-law, Robert and Barbara Culp of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Robbie Culp; sisters-in-law, Shannon Culp and Holly (Bryan) Culp/Stout; nieces, Logan Culp, Madison Music, Brook Giuliani; and nephew, Josh Giuliani.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to a trust fund for his daughter Victoria. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Diane L. Myers

 

   Diane Louise Myers, 54, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 25, 2002.

   Mrs. Myers was born Nov. 19, 1947 in Charlotte, the daughter of Boyd and Jacquelyn (Royston) Welsh.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Michael of Charlotte and Kevin (Barb) of Lansing; daughter, Lori of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and one and a half great-grandchildren; mother, Jacquelyn Welsh of Charlotte; brothers, Gerald Welsh of Lansing and Kenneth Welsh of Charlotte; and sister, Joyce (Dave) Lilly of Charlotte.

   Memorial services were held July 31 at Mrs. Myers’ home in Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Harold E. Neff

 

   Harold E. Neff, 81, of Charlotte, formerly of Oak City, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Neff was born May 13, 1921 in Lakeland, Fla., the son of Otto and Alice (Shellenbarger) Neff. He had been a Charlotte resident prior to moving to Oak City, Fla., where he was a resident for 17 years. He returned to Charlotte two and a half years ago. Mr. Neff was a skilled tradesman at the Fisher Body Division of General Motors, from where he retired in 1985 after 17 years of service. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and held memberships in the VFW and American Legion posts in both Charlotte and Lakeland, Fla.

   Surviving are one son, Terry Neff of Charlotte; one daughter, Joy Neff of Auburndale, Fla.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen (Graham) Neff in 1984 and daughters, Sally Ann and Susan E. Neff.

   At Mr. Neff’s prior request, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Nov. 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Charles-Jensen officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

Hazel C. Nelson

 

   Hazel Christine (Eriksen) Nelson, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002.

   Mrs. Nelson was born Jan. 3, 1908 in Greenville, the daughter of Erik and Ella (Hansen) Eriksen. She attended Greenville High School and Ferris Institute. She married Marvin Nelson on June 25, 1929 and celebrated 71 years of marriage before his death on June 2, 2001. They made their home in Stanton, where Marvin was county abstractor until 1947 when they moved to Charlotte. Their last years together were at Independence Village in Grand Ledge. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson were charter members of Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, and Mrs. Nelson enjoyed the Isabelle Circle. She was well-known for her beautiful handiwork. She was a life member of the Eastern Star and belonged to the Pythian Sisters, organization and Charlotte Women’s Club.

   She is survived by a daughter, Jeanette (Fred) Kogge of Hastings; son, Roger (Jane) Nelson of Duck Lake; grandchildren, Steven (Sumire) Kogge, Scott (Rose) Kogge, Sandra (Gary) Ragan, Stuart (Kathie) Kogge, Judy (Matthew) Wineinger, Robin Nelson and Michael (Kathleen) Nelson; step-grandchildren, Sarah and Sam Kellogg, Andrea and Derek King; and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Erma Sheaha of Santa Barbara, Calif.; sister-in-law, Evelyn Strobridge of Greenville and Frances Eriksen of Grand Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, and a brother, Lester in 1964.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Noel Hall-Niemann officiating. Interment was at South Sidney Cemetery, Montcalm County.

   Memorial donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church of Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael Nemeth

 

   Michael Nemeth, 88, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002.

   Mr. Nemeth was born Feb. 10, 1914, in Mishawaka, Ind., the son of Francis and Theresia (Horvath) Nemeth. He was a farmer.

   He is survived by sisters, Helen (Albert) Vanacker and Mary Nemeth, both of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by sister, Theresa Goodrich; brother, Frank Nemeth; and twins, John and Mary Nemeth.

   Funeral mass was held Nov. 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Medical Visiting Nurses or Heartland Hospice.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Leonard J. Newcomb

 

   Staff Sgt. Leonard James Newcomb, 48, passed away Friday, April 5, 2002.

   Mr. Newcomb was born June 12, 1953 in Sault Ste. Marie. He retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service and spent his time after that driving semi trucks. He was an avid hunter and loved spending time with his family.

   He is survived by three children, Michael Newcomb of Port Huron, and Angel Newcomb and Tiffany Lamb, both of Potterville; five grandchildren, Kimmy, Kyle, Michael Jr., Shelby and Kyrsten; 11 brothers and sisters, Frieda, Fred, Bob, Barbara, Donald, Joe, Mark, Mary, Francis, Michael and Andy.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Ira Newcomb, and mother, Martha Newcomb.

   Services were held April 9 at the Gorsline-Runciman DeWitt Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

Mae E. Nichols

 

   Mae Edna Nichols, 86, of Springport, formerly of Lansing and Potterville died Tuesday, May 21, 2002.

   Mrs. Nichols was born May 11, 1916 in Mecosta, the daughter of John Roy and Grace (Thorne) Hart. She was head of the hot lunch program at Potterville Schools, taught Vacation Bible School and was a member of Oneida Gospel Church.

   She is survived by sons, Donald Gilman of Springport and Douglas Gilman of St. Petersburg, Fla.; stepson, Dick Nichols of Minnesota; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Oberlin of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Nichols in 1996.

   Funeral services were held May 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Larry Schrauger officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Oneida Gospel Church or Hospice of Jackson. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Andrew S. Nicolaou

 

   Andrew S. Nicolaou, 87, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 3, 2002 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mr. Nicolaou was born Feb. 27, 1915 in Palekythro, Cyprus, the son of Savva and Eleni Nicolaou, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1950. He was married to Enola Adams Jan. 26, 1944. He was a retired restaurateur, having owned and operated Andy’s Charlotte Café from 1950 to 1961, and Andy’s Restaurant on Lansing Road from 1961 to 1977. Mr. Nicolaou served in the U.S. Army’s 102nd Infantry during Word War II, receiving the Bronze Star in the Battle of the Bulge. He had attended Central Michigan University, was a member of Charlotte Lodge #120 F.&A.M., had been a member of the Knights Templar, Maple City Post #2406 VFW and the Charlotte Rotary Club. He was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lansing and AHEPA Greek fraternal organization.

   He is survived by his wife, Enola (Adams); four children, Peter (Anne) of El Paso, Texas, Gregory (Diane) of Cedar, Eleni Nicolaou-Sparks of Charlotte and A. Phillip (Elizabeth) of Orinda, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Andrew and Michael Nicolaou, Elitza Nicolaou, Schad Sparks, Mari Calton, Matthew, Alex and Claire Nicolaou, Amy Campbell and Steven Powell; and three great-grandchildren, Kirsten and Noah Campbell and Isabelle Calton.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

   The Trisagion was held June 6 and was followed by funeral services at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Eleni Nicolaou-Sparks

 

   Eleni Nicolaou-Sparks, 50, of Charlotte, died Sept. 16, 2002 at her home.

   Eleni was born April 8, 1952 in Charlotte, the daughter of Andy and Enola Nicolaou, and was a resident of Charlotte her entire life. She was a mainstay at Carl V. Reck Jewelers on Main Street for the past 28 years. Eleni loved her community and was an active and visible part of it every day. She was a 1970 graduate of Charlotte High School, a past officer of the Optimist Club, active in the Alter Guild, a lay reader, and a member of the Episcopal Church Women at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte. She was also very involved in a number of capacities for the Chamber of Commerce, and was the first woman to receive the Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award by the Charlotte Jaycees.

   She is survived by her mother, Enola (Adams) Nicolaou; faithful companion, Darryl Hale of Vermontville; two children, Schad Sparks and Mari (Tom) Calton, both of Charlotte; one grandchild, Isabelle Shea Calton; three brothers, Peter (Anne) Nicolaou of El Paso, Texas, Gregory (Diane) Nicolaou of Cedar and Phillip (Elizabeth) Nicolaou of Orinda, Calif.; and 10 nephews and nieces, Andrew and Tonya Nicolaou, Michael and Emily Nicolaou of San Antonia, Texas, Elitza Nicolaou, Amy Campbell and Steven Powell, Matthew, Alex and Claire Nicolaou.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Andrew S. Nicolaou.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at First Congregational Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg of St. John’s Episcopal Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Optimist Club, St. John’s Episcopal Church or Charlotte High School Band Boosters. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Herman H. Nieters

 

   Herman Henry Nieters, 90, of Dimondale, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002.

   Mr. Nieters was born Nov. 8, 1911 in Rockville, Minn., the son of Bernard Nieters and Mary (Jaskin) Nieters. He worked as a machinist for Olofsson Specialty Products in Lansing until retirement.

   He is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Jerry) Beasley of Dimondale and Linda Martinez of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jeffrey Beasley, Rebecca Briggs, Bernard Andrews, Anthony, Stephen, Kenneth and Rhonda Martinez; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Allie Nieters of Minnesota and Ted (Angie) Nieters of Colorado; and sister, Margaret Thole of Ionia.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline in 1987.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Windsor Township Cemetery in Dimondale.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Beverly Nighbert

 

   Beverly Olive Nighbert, 61, of Charlotte died June 25 in Battle Creek. She was born July 11, 1940 in Limestone, the daughter of Roy and Pearl (Roy) Johnson.

   She had been employed for many years at Eaton Manor as a nurse’s aid. She loved to sew, tend her flowers and to help anyone who needed her help.

   She is survived by sons Randy Pelto of Vermontville and Ron Winters of Scandia, daughter Sue (William) Vance of Bellevue, grandchildren Tabitha and Billi Jean Vance , and Ramsey Winters, mother Pearl Tweedale of Chatham, brother Ron Johnson of Lansing, sisters Loretta Peterson of Marquette, Sandy Laukkanen of Chatham and Norma Larson of Negaunee, and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held June 28 at the Free Methodist Church in Charlotte with the Rev. Paul Davis officiating.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Irene L. Nisse

 

   Irene L. (Bryant, Rutter) Nisse, 72, of Tampa, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002 at her home.

   Mrs. Nisse was born March 3, 1929 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., the daughter of Alvie and Alice Bryant. Before moving to Florida, she lived in the Charlotte and Potterville area. Mrs. Nisse was a former admitting clerk at Ingham Medical Hospital before retiring and moving to Tampa, Fla. She was a 1947 graduate of Charlotte High School and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

   She is survived by her husband, Duane Nisse; son, Ed Rutter; daughters, Linda Lake and Nancy Bliesener; stepson, Duane Nisse Jr.; stepdaughters, Kathy, Dawn, Debra and Rena; four grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; and one sister, Mildred McCoy.

   Visitations were held Jan. 7 at Adams Jennings Funeral Home, Tampa, Fla. Memorial donations may be made to the America Lupus Society, 260 Maple Court, Suite 123, Ventura, CA 93003-3512.

 

                                   

 

 

Melba Jean Noblit

 

   Melba Jean Noblit, age 72 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, December 11, 2002 in Charlotte. Melba was born July 8, 1930 in Hillsdale, the daughter of Everett and Myrtle (Clingerman) LeVan. She was formerly employed with the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and Green Bay Foods. Melba was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Noblit in 1965.

   Surviving are her 2 daughters, Diana (Joanne Comer) Hann of Grand Ledge, Debra Jibson of Potterville; stepdaughter, Irene Dryer of Jonesville; 2 sons, Bob Little of Pinconning, Russell “Rusty” Noblit of Reno, NV; 2 stepsons, Lawrence Noblit of Richland, Gary Noblit of Hillsdale; 7 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren and 1 sister, Wanda Kruger of Alpena.

   Graveside services were held on Saturday, December 14, 2002 at the Reading Cemetery in Reading, MI. Casket bearers were Russell Noblit, Debra Jibson, Bob Little, Matthew Jibson, Christopher Jibson and Jeff Blackman. Those desiring may make contributions to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in memory of Melba J. Noblit. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

James R. Norton

 

   James R. Norton of Dallas, Texas, formerly of the Lansing area, passed away after a lengthy illness on July 6, 2002. He was born June 19, 1954, the son of the late Rolland O. Norton and Betty L. Cox of Dallas.

   He is also survived by his sister Teresa (Ned) Palmer, brother David (Carleen) Norton of Vermontville, MI, and brother Paul Norton of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 pm at Community Christian Church, 219 E. Knight St., Eaton Rapids with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the Community Christian Church Building Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

Anne E. Nuckolls

 

   Anne Elizabeth Nuckolls, 93, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2002.

   Mrs. Nuckolls was born April 2, 1909, in Yale, Michigan, the daughter of William and Mary (Ohmer) Beers.

   She is survived by daughter, Beverly (Jack) Short of Charlotte; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   No services are planned.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

John H. Oblak

 

   John H. Oblak, age 84 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, April 12, 2002 in Okemos. John was born October 23, 1917 in Highland Park, the son of Matthew and Antonette (Cades) Oblak. Mr. Oblak was a member of St. Peter Church in Eaton Rapids, the Knights of Columbus and the Croatian Fraternal Union of America. In 1980 he retired from both the Excello Company and the A&P in Detroit. He was preceded in death by his sister, Genevieve Hartmen.

   Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Elfrieda T.; daughter, Diane (Carl) Wilks of Southgate; 2 sons, John D. (Ivanka) Oblak of Novi; Michael Oblak of Canton; stepdaughter, Gwen (Paul) Albright of Eaton Rapids; 2 stepsons, Lyle (Marie) Huettner of Plymouth, Ronald Huettner of Belleville; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 1 brother, Matthew Oblak of Farmington Hills.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed Monday, April 15, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to either the St. Peter Church Building Fund or to Mother Teresa House in memory of John Oak.

 

                                   

 

 

Alton A. Olmstead

 

   Alton A. “Al” Olmstead, 57, of Battle Creek, died Feb. 14, 2002.

   Mr. Olmstead was born Aug. 19, 1944 in Lansing, the son of Chester and Ruth (Abbott) Olmstead. He was a truck driver and loved to hunt and fish.

   He is survived by his wife Linda (Harmon) Olmstead, daughter Barbara (Stephen) Forest, son David (Anna) Olmstead, and stepdaughter Wendy Piffer, all of Vermontville; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Richardson of Mulliken; and half-sister, Illa Cogswell of Manton.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Chester Olmstead in 1996.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 18 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Frank R. Olszewski

 

   Frank Raymond Olszewski, 71, of Charlotte died Saturday, March 30, 2002.

   Mr. Olszewski was born March 12, 1931 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Frank Martin and Dora (Burkowski) Olszewski. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, a mechanical engineer, and a member of the VFW in Elk Grove Village, Ill.

   He is survived by daughter, Cathleen (Tom) Johnson of Charlotte; son, Scott Raymond Olszewski of Chicago; grandson, Jackson Johnson; and granddaughter, Cydne Johnson of Charlotte.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline (Arnold) Olszewski on April 1, 1990.

   Graveside services were held April 3 at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles, Ill.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy I. Osborne

 

   Dorothy I. Osborne, age 70, of Potterville, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002.

   Mrs. Osborne was born Nov. 28, 1932 in Rego County, Ind., the daughter of Bayless and Lillian (House) Fancher.

   She is survived by daughters Kathy Spitzley of Potterville and Tammy (Larry) Landers of Charlotte; son, Michael Osborne of Potterville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sisters, Maxine Pitman of Bedford, Ind. and Polly Seitz of Ohio.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Osborne in 1997; grandchild, Channing Trowbridge; and brother John Riley.

   Memorial service will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 2002 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, Michigan with Pastor Dick Grosnickle officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

 

                                   

 

 

Leonard G. Overmyer II

 

   Leonard “Len” G. Overmyer II, 60, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002 at his residence.

   Leonard was born Sept. 8, 1941 in Flint, the son of Bruce Darrell and Lillian Marie (Metevia) Overmyer. He was employed with General Motors for 23 years. Len was a veteran of Vietnam serving in the 101st Airborne Division, former commander and life member of Eaton Rapids American Legion Post #15 and a member of Eaton Rapids VFW Post #1283 and the Amvets. He served as the American Legion state commander from 1995 to 1996.

   Len was preceded in death by his sister, Gale Melton.

   Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Betty (Colosi) of Eaton Rapids; three daughters, Leann (Richard) Owen of Eaton Rapids, Sherri (T.J.) Castor of Oklahoma and Ginger (Dave) Boerkircher of Nebraska; three sons, Leonard (Jill) Overmyer III of Grand Rapids, S. Bear Overmyer of Pennsylvania and Jack (Claudia) Overmyer of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren; mother, Lillian Marie Overmyer of Montrose; two brothers, Bruce (Hikmit) Overmyer of Pickford and Gerald (Joyce) Overmyer of Mesick; sister, Kay Wagner of Montrose; brother-in-law, Ken Melton of Copemish; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday evening, Aug. 30, 2002 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Graveside services were held Saturday at Cleon Township Cemetery near Copemish.

   Those desiring may make contributions to the VFW National home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 in memory of Len Overmyer.

 

                                   

 

 

Patsy L. Overton

 

   Patsy “Pat” Overton, 52, of Charlotte, died Feb. 1, 2002.

   Mrs. Overton was born Jan. 4, 1950 in Greenville, N.C., the daughter of George Leonard and Mary Aletha (Waters) Williams. She worked with the Eaton County Courthouse and was a member of the Charlotte Pentecostal Church of God.

   She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Gary Overton; daughter Sara Ellis, son Jordan Ellis, step-daughter Nicole Overton, stepson Andrew Overton, and step-grandson Dominic Macias, all of Michigan; and brother, Steve (Mary) Williams of Greenville, N.C.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Elbern Householder officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

                                   

Sheila M. Palmiter

 

   Sheila Mae Palmiter, 54, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002.

   Mrs. Palmiter was born June 27, 1948 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of John and Jessie (Parish) Everett. She had been a member of Potterville VFW Auxiliary despite many health problems. She made the most of life and loved bingo.

   She is survived by her husband, Larry Palmiter, married Aug. 6, 1978 in Potterville; daughter, Jodie Hunter of Eaton Rapids; three grandchildren, Britnie, Brandon and Briana; stepchildren, Theresa, Nina, Angela, Paul and Larry Jr.; 11 step-grandchildren; and brother, Don Everett of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Gerald “Joe” Everett in 1991.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Marten Saunders officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy O. Partridge

 

   Dorothy O. Partridge, 81, of Charlotte, died March 9, 2002.

   Mrs. Partridge was born Feb. 24, 1921, the daughter of Herman and Erma (Mitchell) Gillihan. She enjoyed her family, grandchildren and Leslie Wells. She also enjoyed painting.

   She is survived by sons, William (Bonnie) Partridge of Olivet and Ronald (Sharon) Partridge of Charlotte; special friend, Leslie Wells; 11 grandchildren and spouses, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred (Jerry) Fase of Lansing; and numerous cousins.

   She was preceded in death by husband Seth in 1983.

   Funeral services were held March 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Thelma J. Patrick

 

   Thelma J. Patrick, 67, of Nashville, formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, May 24, 2002 at her residence after a short illness.

   Mrs. Patrick was born June 2, 1934 in Van, Ky., the daughter of Ike and Glessie (Thomas) Maggard, and had been a Charlotte and Nashville-area resident since 1952, coming from Kentucky. She was married to Charles Patrick July 3, 1954 in Charlotte, and was employed by Wilcox-Gay Co., Crozier Container Co. and Owens-Illinois Glass Container Division, all in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her husband, Charles Patrick; three daughters, Connie (Paul Kirby) Somes of Nashville, Penny (David) Ryan of Nashville and Charlene (Richard) Cooley of Rodney; six grandchildren; two sister, Edna Warner of Charlotte and Polly Morton of Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by infant daughter, Christine Sue Patrick; brothers, Ishmail, Daniel and Edward Maggard; and sisters, Viola Combs and Belvie Maggard.

   Funeral services were held May 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry-Eaton Health Department, Home Health and Hospice.

 

                                   

 

 

Eliseo G. Pena

 

   Eliseo G. “Al” Pena, 70, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002.

   Mr. Pena was a 1968 honor graduate of Charlotte High School. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years and worked for Hayes Green Beach Hospital as a lab technician for 29 years. In 1982 he worked for the Roy Miller Post Office until his retirement. He was very active in the American Legion Post #42 in Charlotte as a commander, and also belonged to American Legion Post #364 Colored Guard in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was also a very active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mr. Pena was an avid golfer and loved his putter. He also belonged to the Men’s Senior 60 Golf Association of Corpus Christi, Texas. He enjoyed being a spectator of baseball.

   He is survived by his wife, Rosalinda; children, Rosa Ann (Marten) Saunders, Eliseo (Janet) Pena Jr. and Robert (Sue) Pena, all of Charlotte, Mark (Lisa) Pena of San Antonio, Texas and Andrea Pena of Potterville; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maria Garza and Bernarda  Hernandez; and one brother, Andres Pena; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Calixtro and Ramona Pena; two brothers and three sisters.

   Funeral mass was held Sept. 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Corpus Christi. Entombment followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

   Arrangements were by Memorial Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

                                   

 

 

Matthew J. Pennington

 

   Matthew John Pennington, 22, of Nashville, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids.

   Mr. Pennington was born May 27, 1979 in Battle Creek, the son of John and Katherine (Buckland) Pennington. He was raised in the Nashville area and attended Maple Valley school, graduating in 1997 from Maple Valley High School. He was married to Melissa Reynolds on Sept. 22, 2001. He was employed at Pennington’s Bobcat and Backhoe Service in Nashville. Mr. Pennington attended Charlotte Assembly of God and was a long-time 4-H participant, receiving numerous awards, including the Jesse Snow Memorial award. He was an FFA member, receiving the Star GreenHand award, was an avid outdoorsman, participated in ninth-grade baseball, and enjoyed working with tools and various equipment.

   He is survived by his wife, Melissa; an unborn child, due in September; parents, Kathy and John Pennington of Nashville; sisters, Jessica and Amy Pennington of Nashville; grandparents, Mary and Gary Buckland of Dowling; great-grandparents, Marciel and Wayne Buckland of Dowling; mother- and father-in-law, Diane and James Reynolds of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Stephanie, Michelle and Jessica Reynolds; aunt and uncles, Marlowe and Suzanne Burns, Glen and Julie Stoneburner, Patrick and Cindy Buckland; Gerald “Jack” and Gloria Pennington, James and Pat Pennington, Steven and Jeri Powell, and Gordon and Janet Miller; many cousins; and grandmother by marriage, Catherine Rowden of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Madelon Pennington.

   Services were held March 30 at the Charlotte Assembly of God, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry County 4-H or the Matthew John Pennington Memorial Fund. Arrangements were by Wren Funeral Home of Hastings.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Lee Perkins

 

  Lee Wayne Perkins, 57, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002.

   Mr. Perkins was born May 17, 1945 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Wayne and Dorothy (Tripp) Perkins. He was a production worker for Owens Illinois for 22 years, and an avid Nascar race fan.

    He is survived by his wife, Linda (Root); sons, Loran (Terri) Perkins of North Carolina and Lonnie (Beckey) Perkins of Charlotte; daughter, Loretta (Jerry) Smith of Vermontville; 10 grandchildren, Brandon, Chris, Tierra, Ryan, Ronnie, Taylor, Kade, Jesse, Austin and Owen; and brother, Gerald Perkins.

   Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 18 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

William Petro

 

   William “Merle” Petro, 88, of Nashville, passed away Sunday, April 28 at his home, with his family at his side.

   Mr. Petro was born March 2, 1914 in Madison County, Ind., the son of Clare and Emma Petro. He graduated from Swayzee High School and served his country in the United State Navy during World War II. He married Ada Kelly in Indiana on Aug. 7, 1936. Mr. Petro was well-known as a carpenter in Swayzee, Ind., where he also purchased land and built and sold houses. He brought his family to Michigan in 1954, settling in the Hastings area. He worked as a registered nurse at Kalamazoo State Hospital for over 20 years, retiring in 1976. Mr. Petro eventually moved to the Bloomingdale area where he developed and sold lots on Little Eagle Lake, later moving to the Delton area where he continued developing and selling land. After retiring, he and his wife enjoyed spending winters in Bradington, Fla. He loved fishing in the rivers and bays surrounding the Bradington area. He also found a new passion while in Florida when friends invited him to bingo. After his first experience, Mr. Petro was hooked and could be found many evenings in his favorite “lucky” chair at local bingo games. He also became a champion shuffleboard player and was proud of the many trophies that line his shelves. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending countless hours hunting and fishing. Many nights were spent following his coon hound, and he once appeared on the Michigan Outdoors TV show with antlers from the 12th largest deer taken in Michigan that year.

   He is survived by his daughter, Carylen (Gene) Spidel of Nashville; grandchildren, Sherry (Scott) Russell of Battle Creek, Karen Ackley of Nashville, Jerry (Mary) Fager of Delton; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death in 2000 by Ada, his wife of 64 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

   Funeral services were held April 30 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Pastor Deno Lamphere officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry County Hospice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Margaret Phalen

 

   Margaret (Spears) Phalen, 87, of Norwalk, Ohio, formerly of Potterville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002.

   Mrs. Phalen was the oldest daughter of Carmi and Marjorie (Fordham) Spears. She graduated from Potterville High School in 1934. She married John “Jim” Phalen and made their first home in LaGrange, Ohio, later moving to Jeromesville, and then Norwalk, Ohio, after retiring from the farm. Mrs. Phalen was a farm wife, mother, mail carrier, school bus driver, a great cook and always on the go.

   She is survived by son, John (Cheri) of Pueblo West, Colo.; two granddaughters and their husbands; one great-grandson; sister, Freda (Clyde) Downey of Bentonville, Va.; brother, Frank (Sandy) Spears of Cahokia, Ill.; and nieces and nephews and their families.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Jim in 1987; brothers, Clarence and Fred Spears; and twin sisters, Ruah and Ruby Spears.

   Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at the Potterville cemetery. Arrangements were by Evans & Groove Funeral Home in Nowalk, Ohio.

Howard B. Pierce

 

   Howard B. Pierce, age 87 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, October 20, 2002 in Lansing. Howard was born April 9, 1915 in Harlowton, Montana the son of William H. and Agnes E. (Hogan) Pierce. He retired from the Eaton County Road Commission. Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret in 1988 and his daughter, Agnes.

   Surviving are several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on October 24 at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Pierpoint

 

   Robert E. Pierpoint, 63, of Charlotte, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002.

   Mr. Pierpoint was born in Redstone, Pa., the son of Elsie and Christine (Cobb) Pierpoint. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was currently employed as a truck driver for Schultz-Snyder/Steele in Mason.

   Surviving are his wife, Mary (Riordan) Pierpoint; two sons, Donald Pierpoint of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Douglas (Michelle) Pierpoint of Garden City; five grandchildren, Ashley, Ian, Alex, Heather and Henry Pierpoint; one sister, Betty Laudenbach of Ashland, Ky.; and one brother, Herbert Pierpoint of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn Marie Pierpoint; and a brother, John Pierpoint.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was held Dec. 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Annie M. Porter

 

   Annie M. Porter, 72, of Nashville, died Monday, March 18, 2002 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mrs. Porter was born Jan. 12, 1930 in Sandusky, the daughter of Peter and Isabella (Innis) Ferguson. She attended Deckerville Schools and graduated from Hastings. She married Howard Porter in Jackson on May 14, 1950. She moved to Nashville in 1971 and worked at the Bahs Dairy Farm and Kentwood Packing in Grand Rapids. Mrs. Porter was a past member of the Nashville VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing games and spending time with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by daughters, Ruth (Ron) Smith), Mary Fueri, Mildred (Walt) Thurlby and Brenda Downing, all of Nashville, Janice White of Smiths Creek, Karen (Rodney) Wallace, Cherly (Tony) Woodmansee and Flora (Al) Thornton, all of Hastings; sons, Howard Porter Jr. of Iona and Bill Porter of Nashville; brother, James Ferguson of Kansas City, Mo.; son-in-law, DJ White; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Porter in 1987; son, Arthur Porter; grandson, Kenny Wallace in 2000; and brothers, Keith and Kenneth.

   No services were held. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Russel C. Potter

 

   Russel C. Potter, 86, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002.

   Mr. Potter was born Oct. 20, 1915 in Jamestown Township, the son of Arthur and Cora (Walton) Potter. He graduated from Lee High School in Grand Rapids in 1935 and had been employed by N.Y. Central Railroad in Albion. He then owned and operated a gas station in Albion for several years. Mr. Potter enjoyed fishing and camping.

   He is survived by his wife, Mae (Eldridge) Potter; son, Tom (Ruth Ann) Potter of Grand Rapids; daughters, Ardis Perkins of Union City, Carolyn (David) Fenley of Albion, Joyce (William) Ewing of Montgomery, Ala.; step-children, Raleigh Eldridge of Charlotte, John Eldridge of Albion, Dorlis Tooker of Georgia and Phyllis Eldridge of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce (Edwin) Smith of Cedar Springs, Avis Stoffels of Wyoming, Mich., and Anita Gay of Greenbriar, Tenn.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Johanna (Koopman) in 1986; brother, Clifford Potter and sister, Thelma Dannenberg, both in 1997.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Georgetown Cemetery in Hudsonville.

   Memorial donations may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital Memorial Hospital EMS or the Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Lorraine Kay Powers

 

   Lorraine Kay Powers, age 88 of Lansing, died January 9, 2002. She was born October 26, 2002 in Lodi, Illinois, Mrs. Powers was very active in the P.T.A., school activities and boy and girl scouts in the early years while raising her family. In later years, Lorraine worked for Arbaugh’s and Knapp’s Department Stores, retiring from Knapp’s after 15 years of service. Lorraine greatly enjoyed traveling, especially to visit her children and grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered for her adventurous spirit and dedication to her many friends. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Powers in 1980.

   Surviving are her children, William P. (Sharon Rouse) Powers of Boulder, CO, Janet R. (Ronald S.) Perrin of Missoula, MT and Richard F. Powers of Denver, CO; 3 grandchildren, Bonnie J. (William W.) Thompson of Butte, MT, Ronald S. (Corie M.) Perrin of Bozeman, MT and Polly Powers of Los Angles, CA; 3 great-grandchildren, Bailey M. and Brooke N. Thompson and 1 great-grandchild due to arrive in August; 2 brothers, Samuel F. McFarland of Eaton Rapids and Jack J. McFarland of Georgetown, FL; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, January 12, at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel with Rev. Jane Duffy, Pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment followed in Plains Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Calvary United Methodist Church, 1919 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing 48910 or Hospice of Lansing Residence, 3411 Stoneleigh, Lansing, MI 48910 in memory of Mrs. Powers.

 

                                   

 

 

David L. Pratt

 

   David Laverne Pratt, 60, of Owosso, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002.

   Mr. Pratt was born Sept. 5, 1941 in Lansing, the son of Paul and Violet (Hatton) Pratt. He was a general laborer.

   He is survived by sons, David (Angela) Pratt and Wayne (Brenda) Pratt of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; sister, Barbara Carter of Vermontville and Margaret McLouth of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1982, mother in 1992, and brother William in 1996.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Neal F. Priesman

 

   Neal Frederick Priesman, 81, of Charlotte, died Friday, May 10, 2002.

   Mr. Priesman was born Nov. 7, 1920 in Eaton County, the son of Frederick and Lillian Priesman. He was a machinist at Aluminum Extrusions, and the former owner of Farmers Gas and Oil in Charlotte. He served as an Army staff sergeant in the Aleutian Islands in World War II, was a former gunsmith with his own shop, and a life-long member of the National Rifle Association.

   He is survived by daughters, Suzanne (Richard) McClure and Angela Priesman, both of Charlotte, and Sandra (Robert) Wells of Engadine; sons, Lynn (Diane) and Jack, both of Charlotte, Rodney (Annie) of Hawaii and Gary (Kris) of Hastings; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Kate) Fritz, and Richard (Jean); sisters, Betty Smith and Patsy (Sam) Spagnuolo.

   He was preceded in death by wife, Leah on Jan. 9, 2001, and brothers John and Larry.

   Funeral services were held May 14 at Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte, with Martin Saunders officiating. Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Warren O. Priesman

 

   Warren O. (Fritz) Priesman, 80, of Lansing, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002.

   Mr. Priesman was born June 4, 1922 in Mulliken, the son of the late Frederick and Lillian (Wagoner) Priesman. He was a veteran of World War II, serving his country proudly with the U.S. Army. He retired from General Motors after 27 years of service as a skilled tradesman.

   He is survived by two daughters, Judy (Vern) Reed and Cindy (James) Shaver, both of Charlotte; son, Michael (Kathy) of Eaton Rapids; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Jean) of Charlotte and his twin, Ward (Kate) of Kalamo; sisters, Betty Smith of Harrison and Patsy (Sam) Spagnuolo of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharlene; three brothers, Neil, John and Larry; one half-brother, Murle Mann; and one half-sister, Ruth Earl.

   Services were held Aug. 6 at Palmer-Bush Delta Chapel, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl of West Carmel Congregational Church officiating. Interment was at Mulliken Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, the VFW National Home or American Cancer Society, in memory of Warren O. Priesman.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronald L. Price

 

   Ronald Lee Price, 38, of Charlotte, passed away June 10, 2002, riding the Harley that he loved.

   Mr. Price was a free-spirited man who loved the outdoors and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

   He is survived by his mother, Rita Price of Grand Ledge; one sister, Debbie (Andy) Olmstead of Grand Ledge; three brothers, Carl and Roy (Amy), both of Grand Ledge, and Donald of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandparents, Julius and Dien Heuer of Lansing; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many cousins.

   Memorial services were held June 29 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, with Rev. W.J. “Bill” Amundsen officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald Price Memorial Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

Bertha M. Pullman

 

   Bertha M. Pullman, age 90 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, August 25, 2002 at the Eaton Manor Nursing Home in Charlotte. She was born May 12, 1912 in Vermontville, the daughter of Ralph A. and Mary (Butler) Towers, Bertha and her husband Vic, were both employed at one time for Gulliver’s Hatchery in Eaton Rapids. She is preceded in death by her husband Victor Pullman on March 4, 2002 and an infant daughter, Evelyn Brininstool, as well as her parents.

   Surviving are several nieces and nephews and cousins including, nephews, Wayne and Jim Towers of Eaton Rapids; niece, Ella Bugbee of Eaton Rapids and Dorothy Doxtader of Lansing.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 28, at 1:00 p.m., from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Stephen Klink officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Victor M. Pullman

 

   Victor M. Pullman, age 87 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at the Eaton Manor Nursing Home in Charlotte. He was born February 16, 1915 in Vermontville, the son of Hiram and Amy (Lowe) Pullman. Victor served in the Army during World War II, receiving 2 bronze stars, while in Europe. He was employed at Minor, Walton, Bean Co. in Charlotte, employed as a custodian for the Eaton Rapids Public Schools and worked as sexton with Rev. Sylvester Baker at many of the rural cemeteries in Eaton County.

   Surviving are his wife, Bertha (Towers) Pullman; sister-in-law, Ruth Towers; 18 great nieces and nephews including Wayne Towers and James Towers.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, March 8, 2002 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church, officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

James M. Purdey

 

   James M. Purdey, 60, of Woodland, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 at Pennock Hospital.

   Mr. Purdey was born June 30, 1942 in Ann Arbor, the son of Henry and Lorna (Yates) Purdey. He was raised in the Weidman area and attended schools there. He married Sharon Imes on March 30, 1963. The couple lived in Charlotte and Vermontville before moving to their present home in Woodland. Mr. Purdey was employed at the former Johnson Iron Industry in Charlotte for 25 years. For the past several years he was self-employed as a wood cutter and scrap metal hauler. He was a loving husband and father, and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. His dog “Bear” held a special place in his heart. Mr. Purdey was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying all of nature’s wonders.

   He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Patricia Purdey of Woodland, Sue (Charles) Sawdy of Freeport and Kathy (Nick) Dulyea of Morley; sons, Jeff of Saranac and Hank of Cancun, Mexico; one grandson and five granddaughters; brothers, Jay of Flint and Walt of Weidman; sisters, Delores Purdey of Clare and Stella Haugh of Barryton; and nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Samantha Jo Dulyea; and sisters, Irene Jones and Viola Sheppard.

   Respecting Mr. Purdey’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements were by Wren Funeral Home in Hastings.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Charles W. Quick

 

   Charles Wendall Quick, 84, of Bellevue, died July 1, 2002 at his home.

   Mr. Quick was born April 3, 1918, the son of George and Rae (Price) Quick in Battle Creek. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1935 and married Dorothy Jeffery on July 10, 1939; she survives.

   Also surviving are daughters, Charlene (Ed) Bartha of Bellevue and Eleanor (Wayne) Peterson of Brainard, Minn.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen Hodges of Milan.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers William and Herbert.

   A private family committal took place at Memorial Park Mausoleum.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred V. Radee

 

   Mildred V. “Millie” Radee, 95, of Charlotte, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002.

  Mrs. Radee was born March 22, 1907 in Indiana, the daughter of George and Edna (Turner) Duguid. She had owned and operated a Charlotte restaurant for many years.

   He survivors include son, George (Barbara) Radee of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Florine Radee of Lansing; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and half sister, Genevieve Robins of Harrison.

   She was preceded in death by husband Erick Radee in 1955, son Irvin in 1982, brother Fred Duguid and half brothers Howard, Dudley and Charles.

   A memorial service was held Nov. 22 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred M. Ranshaw

 

   Mildred M. Ranshaw, 81, died Saturday, July 27, 2002 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Mrs. Ranshaw was born Sept. 24, 1920 in Eaton County, the daughter of Leroy and Laura (Stevens) Shaul. She married Laroy Ranshaw in Eaton County on Nov. 2, 1968 and had been a member of the United Methodist Church of Leesburg, Fla. She enjoyed gardening and her grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Laroy; two sons, Henry (Sandra) Wright Jr. of Oklahoma and Jack (Carol) Wright of Bloomfield Hills; three daughters, Joan Banner of Charlotte, Karen (Tony) Huesca of Lake Mary, Fla., and Karolyn (Gonzalez) of Holt; step-daughter, Julie Ranshaw of Charlotte step-son, Terry Lee Ranshaw Sr. of Charlotte; 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her son, James Wright, and her sister, Helen Bursley.

   Funeral services were held July 30 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospital; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Thelma Marie Rathbun

 

   Thelma M. Rathbun, age 90 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, March 18, 2002. She was born April 14, 1911 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Roy and Nellie (Gillette) Hoag. Mrs. Rathbun was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens and the Rocking Chair Deserters, and the Rebekah Sunshine Lodge #142 in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Murville in 1998 and son, Kenneth in 1993.

   Surviving are 4 children, Keith (Mary) Rathbun, Jan (Kathy) Rathbun and Cindy Dale all of Eaton Rapids, Patricia Rathbun of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Olive Rathbun of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Fern Conklin and June Serwack both of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 23, 2002, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial donations may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Thelma M. Rathbun.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy S. Reed

 

   Dorothy S. Reed, 86, of Potterville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 10, 2002 in Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing following a long illness.

   Mrs. Reed was born Feb. 5, 1916 in Momence, Ill., the daughter of Forney and Rosa (Schuette) Storey. On Oct. 21, 1944 in Cassopolis, she married John L. Reed, who preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 1980. She formerly lived near Vandalia and Three Rivers. She was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church of Constantine. She had also been employed at Elgin Watches in Elgin, Ill.

   She is survived by two daughters, Deann (Joseph) Ross of Potterville and Marilou (Jim) Cochran of Albuquerque, N.M.; four grandchildren, Loren Ross of San Diego, Calif., Sarah McCallum of Charlotte, James Anthony Cochran and John Reed Cochran, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Louella Lamb; and one brother, Chester Storey.

   Funeral services were held July 13 at Mater Funeral Home in Marcellus, with Rev. Mark Erbes officiating. Interment was at Poe’s Cemetery in Jones.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Constantine.

Gertrude Louise Canedy Reese

 

   Gertrude Louise “Trudie” Reese, age 58 of Edinboro, PA, died Thursday, August 29, 2002 at her home after a long illness. She was born in Mason, Michigan on September 18, 1943, the daughter of the late Floyd and Leona Barto Canedy. She enjoyed gardening, gourmet cooking, reading, entertaining and hosting parties. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clare Charles Canedy.

   Survivors include her husband, Richard Reese; two sons, Samuel (Donna) Reese and Joseph Reese; two sisters, Rachel (Tom) Spencer and Sue (Robert) Allen, both of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law, Sally Canedy; mother-in-law, Doris Reese; and two grandchildren.

   Services were held in Edinboro, PA on Monday, September 2nd. Memorials may be made to East Green Presbyterian Church, 10200 Wales Road, Erie, PA 16510 or to Great Lakes Hospice, 1527 Sasafras St., Erie, PA 16502.

 

                                   

 

 

Myrtle M. Reid

 

   Myrtle M. Reid, 88, of Nashville, died Monday, July 22, 2002 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mrs. Reid was born Aug. 30, 1913 in Bedford, the daughter of Alexander and Hazel (Hunt) Ellsworth. She was raised in the Bedford area and attended area schools. She married Claude Reid July 26, 1930 in Battle Creek. Mrs. Reid was a life-long resident of Nashville, attended the Nashville Church of the Nazarene and was a member of the Modern Pioneers Club. She enjoyed vacationing in the Upper Peninsula with family members, traveling with her husband Claude throughout Michigan on covered wagon trips, camping, horses and being with her grandchildren. Mrs. Reid also enjoyed gardening, especially her roses.

   She is survived by sons, Lyle (Diane) and Gordie (Vickie), both of Hastings, Charles (Frankie) of Nashville and Duane (Mary) of Charlotte; daughters, Barbara Mann of Nashville, Carol (Ervin) Gaskill of Ludington, and Claudine (Mike) Hill and Claudette (Rocky) Adams, both of Nashville; brother-in-law, Clarence (Margaret) Reid; sisters-in-law, Orpha Reid and Ruth Reid; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Reid, and a great-great-grandson, Tyler.

   Services were held July 25 at the Nashville Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Alan Metler officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

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

 

                                   

 

 

William R. Resseguie

 

   William R. Resseguie, 74, of Nashville, died Monday, March 18, 2002 at Ingham Regional Medical Facility in Lansing.

    Mr. Resseguie was born Oct. 26, 1927 in Flint, the son of Freeman and Achsah (Mead) Resseguie. He attended Flint schools and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from Sept. 4, 1952 until Sept. 3, 1956. He married Ella Jane Bennett on Jan. 25, 1958 in Flint. He worked at the Buick plant in Flint for 10 years and AE Hoover in Charlotte for 31 years. Upon moving to the Vermontville/Nashville area, he served as an assistant scout master for 11 years in Vermontville. He was a member of the Nashville VFW Post and Nashville Assembly of God. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, working in his shop at home, fishing and deer hunting. He dearly loved his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife, Ella of Nashville; daughters, Linda (Lyle) Hill of Hastings and Lois (Skip) Thornsbury of Nashville; son, Dale (Tammy) Resseguie of Vermontville; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Freeman and Achsah (Mead) Resseguie; son Patrick Resseguie; grandson, Adam Wrigglesworth; mother-in-law, Nora Hine; sister, Phyllis Houle; and brother, Freeman Jr.

   Services were held March 21 at the Nashville Assembly of God, with Pastor Glenn Branham officiating. Interment was at Patterson Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family or the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Betty Lou Reynolds

 

   Betty Lou Reynolds, age 64 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002 in Lansing. Betty Lou was born June 18, 1937 in Hamlin Twp., Eaton County, the daughter of Lansing Ray and Genevieve Bernice (Williams) Powers. She was formerly employed with Green Bay Foods in Eaton Rapids. Betty was preceded in death by son, Floyd “Fuzzy” Reynolds on April 6, 2002; 2 brothers, Jacob & Melvin Powers and her sister, Goldie Putnam.

   Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Elmer; 2 daughters, Bernice (Gabe) Gibbs, Floria (Mike) Franklin both of Eaton Rapids; daughter-in-law, Tina Cotton of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, John Willett, Larry Dunlap both of Leslie; 5 grandchildren, Cinnamon Reynolds, Michael Paul Franklin, Soloman Reynolds, Samantha Cotton, Tiffany Franklin; 2 great-grandchildren, Jerica and Dylan Lashley; siblings, Gloria Siefert of Duck Lake, Bethal (Bill) Kaiser of Arizona, Wayne (Shirley) Powers of Duck Lake, Lansing (Becky) Powers of Marshall, Christina (Ron) Richardson, Martha (Bob) Proteau both of Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, May 17, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Interment followed at Forest Lawn. Casket bearers were Solomon Reynolds, Michael Paul Franklin, Davey Reynolds, Dougie Reynolds and Butchie DeWaters.

 

                                   

 

Floyd H. “Fuzzy” Reynolds

 

   Floyd H. “Fuzzy” Reynolds, age 40 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, April 6, 2002 in Lansing. Floyd was born September 19, 1961 in Eaton Rapids. He owned and operated Fuzzy’s Lawn Care in Eaton Rapids, loved to hunt, fish, ride his quad, and spend time with his grandchildren.

   Surviving are his soul mate, Tina Cotton; 2 daughters, Cinnamon Reynolds of Bellevue and Samantha Cotton of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Jerica and Dylan Lashley; parents, Elmer and Betty (Powers) Reynolds; 2 sisters Bernice (Karl) Gibbs of Eaton Rapids; Floria (Michael) Franklin of Eaton Rapids; niece, Tiffany Franklin; 5 nephews, Soloman Reynolds, Michael Paul Franklin, Terry, Blade and Gary DeWaters.

   Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Winford Collins officiating.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald E. Rickerd

 

   Donald E. Rickerd, 86, of Lincoln, died Friday, June 26, 2002.

   Mr. Rickerd was born in Bellevue Township, the son of Merton and Edith Rickerd.

   He is survived by one brother, Charles Rickerd of Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Gillies Funeral Home in Lincoln. Further information is available at www.prayfunearl.com.

John Rinehart

 

   John Rinehart, 61, of St. Cloud, Fla. passed away July 26, 2002.

   Mr. Rinehart was born Dec. 5, 1940 in Saginaw, the son of Forrest and Erma Rinehart. He lived in Charlotte for 30 years, and retired from BOC after 30 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife, Judy Rinehart; son, Jeff (Evie) of St. Cloud, Fla.; daughter, Janel Rinehart of Eaton Rapids; grandsons, Konnor Rinehart and Justin Gleason and Brittany Ramey.

   Cremation has taken place.

 

                                   

 

 

James D. Roberts

 

   James Dale Roberts, 60, of Nashville, passed away at home Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002.

   Mr. Roberts was born Jan. 22, 1942, the son of the late Charles and Laura (Huffmon) Roberts. He married Mary Louise Ledbetter on Sept. 20, 1964 in Aikin, S.C. Mr. Roberts spent his last few years with Myrt Hager. He loved country music and had a great passion for songwriting and singing, especially at Prairiville.

   He is survived by three children, Kathryn (Jeremie) Modine of Columbia, Tenn., Teresa Roberts of Witchita Falls, Texas, and Terry (Julie) Johnson of Ionia; grandchildren, Scott and Amber Hamilton, and Rayven Modine; two sisters, Kathy Roberts of Greenville and Dana (Tim) Estep of Sunfield; and two brothers, Herb (Barb) Roberts of Hastings and Chuck Roberts of New Paris, Ind.

   Memorial services were held Dec. 18 at Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Inurnment was at North Eagle Cemetery in Eagle.

   Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel of Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Lester V. Roberts

 

   Lester Vern Roberts, 82, of Jackson, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002.

   Mr. Roberts was born April 3, 1920 in Charlotte, the son of Clarence and Augusta (Palmer) Roberts. He was retired from the Jackson County Road Commission and was formerly a television repair specialist.

   He is survived by his wife, Harriet; two sons, Charles (Marguerite) and Douglas (Robin); three grandchildren, Gregory, Darlene and Tyler Roberts; three great-grandchildren; sister, June Marple; two nieces, Elaine (Norman) Milbourn and Joyce (William) Scott; three nephews, Donald Marple, Robert Marple and Kenneth Marple; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

   Private services and interment were held in Potterville. Arrangements were by Burden & Sons Funeral Home of Jackson.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil C. Robinson Sr.

 

   Cecil Clinton Robinson Sr., 90, of Bellevue, died Nov. 3, 2002 at the Laurels of Kent in Lowell.

   Mr. Robinson was born July 20, 1912, the son of John and Lola (Dudgeon) Robinson in White Cloud. He worked at Michigan Carton Company as a pressman, retiring in 1977. He married Audrey Krugs; she died in 1978. He married Audrey Wortman in 1980 in Greenville; she survives. Mr. Robinson was a member of the Bellevue Conservation Club and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming.

   He is survived by his wife, Audrey; son, Cecil Robinson Jr. of Bellevue; step-children, Lucienna (Ronald) Brown of Greenville, Donald (Francis) McCusker of Saranac, Donna Barrett of Ionia and Mary (Roger) Thomas of Saranac; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and several step-great-great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Nov. 6 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson of Bellevue United Methodist Church officiating.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Margery M. Robinson

 

   Margery M. Robinson, 81, of Bellevue, died April 4, 2002 at Eaton Manor in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Robinson was born April 20, 1920 in Bellevue, the daughter of George and Hilda (Martens) Griffin. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1937 and from Cleary College in 1938. Mrs. Robinson worked as a bus driver and secretary in the transportation department of Bellevue Public Schools from 1966 to 1986. She married Donald Robinson Nov. 29, 1941 in Bellevue; he died in February 1988. She was a member of Baseline United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a youth fellowship leader. She was also a 4-H leader with the Baseline 4-H. Mrs. Robinson was a member of the Bellevue Historical Society and Eaton County Retired School Personnel. She enjoyed reading, traveling and playing bingo at Burnham Brook.

   She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Jeff) Stanton and granddaughter Christine (John) Klipfer, both of Bellevue.

   Services were held April 9 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastors Melanie Baker-Streevv and Don Francis officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Richard E. Robinson

 

   Richard E. “Dick” Robinson, age 85 of Northport, died May 8, 2002 at Leelanau Memorial Hospital. He was born July 31, 1916 to Rev. William and Anna Robinson in Middleton. ON September 28, 1941, he married the former Jean Hahn, who preceded him in death in 1998. Dick graduated from Michigan State College and University of Michigan Law School. He served his country honorably as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for heroism. He continued to serve in the Selective Service and retired as a colonel. Dick practiced law in Eaton Rapids until his election to the 5th Circuit Court in 1967. He served Eaton and Barry Counties as a circuit court judge until his retirement in 1982, when he and Jean moved to Northport.

   Dick is survived by one sister, Elizabeth (George) Randall, of Santa Clarita, CA; three sisters-in-law, Margaret Fumcy of Traverse City, Edith Robinson of Hastings and Charlotte Robinson of New York; three children, Ann (William) Hotchkiss of Washington, MI, Patrick Robinson and Linda Robertson of Eaton Rapids, and Jane Ives of Berrien Springs; two grandchildren Peter and Annie Ives of Berrien Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   A memorial services was held on Saturday, May 11, 2002 at Trinity UCC of Northport. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity UCC of Northport, Munson Hospice, Northport Friends of the Library or ShareCare, Inc. Arrangements were handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris I. Rockwell

 

   Doris Ilene Rockwell, 90, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 15, 2002.

   Mrs. Rockwell was born Feb. 8, 1912 at the family home in Vermontville, the daughter of Herman and Sylvia (Briggs) Gusey. She retired from the state of Michigan Personnel Office in 1975, was a homemaker and assisted on the family farm. Mrs. Rockwell was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kalamo.

   She is survived by son, Elam “Rocky” (Diana) Rockwell; daughter, Audrey (David) Starr; grandchildren, Kevin Rockwell, and Shawn and Damian Starr; and great-grandchildren, Heather and Travis Rockwell, all of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Elam in 1982.

   Funeral services were held June 18 at Vermontville Bible Church, with Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Interment was at Hastings Township Cemetery in Barry County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen F. Rockwell

 

   Helen F. Rockwell, 80, of Marshall, died while at her doctor’s office in Kalamazoo on Monday, April 22, 2002.

   Mrs. Rockwell was born Dec. 1, 1921 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Rowe) Keith. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1939. She was married Oct. 12, 1940 in Charlotte at her sister Mildred’s home to Robert Rockwell; he preceded her in death Aug. 17, 1996. Mrs. Rockwell was a homemaker and had worked at Eaton Stamping in Eaton Rapids and the American Discount Store in Marshall. She enjoyed flower gardening, camping, knitting, crocheting and cooking. She was an avid QVC fan and loved her dog Otis as well as reminiscing about times from her childhood with her family. She will be remembered for the care she gave her husband Robert for 17 years, from the time of his stroke until his death, enabling him to enjoy a good quality of life.

   She is survived by six daughters, Linda (Albert) Hansen of Bedford, Colleen (Jerry) Greenhoe of Bellevue, Rosemary (Michael) Fuller of Three Rivers, Kathleen (Larry) Masters of Charlotte, Trish (Rick) Hydon of Marshall and Sandy (James Faulkner) Rockwell of Battle Creek; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Mildred Adams of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, sister Berniece Keith in infancy, and brother Joseph Keith.

   Services were held April 25 at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Levy officiating. Interment was at Oakridge Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Calhoun County Humane Society; help with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorr J. “Bud” Rolfe

 

   Dorr J. “Bud” Rolfe, age 75 of Eaton Rapids, passed away on February 27, 2002 at his home, with his family present, after a long illness. He was born May 6, 1926 in Potterville to Dorr and Vivan (Wright) Rolfe. Bud served and was in 10 battles in the Pacific Theatre. He was married September 20, 1944 to Betty Shiels of Charlotte and they lived in Eaton Rapids all of their married life. He was an Eaton Rapids Fireman, a master mechanic of Fords, car salesman and worked 10 years at the VFW National Home. Mr. Rolfe was a charter life member of the Onondaga VFW Post 6986 and former member of the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his brother, Maynard Rolfe and sister, Nettie Hunt.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty; 2 daughters, Cindy (Terry) Smith of Narrow Lake, Trudy (Norman) Cascaddan of Eaton Rapids; son, Aaron (Cassandra) Rolfe of Lowell; 9 grandchildren, Jeff (Kathi) Smith, Jarrod Smith, Timothy Smith, Stacia (Clement) Beckman, Jason (Maggie Collins) Comer, Joshua (Jessica) Comer, Jessica (Jason Hicks) Comer, Erin Nicole and Lyndsy Rolfe; 13 great-grandchildren, Andrea, Derek and Jordan Smith, Amanda, Christine, Stephanie, Tyler and Logan Smith, Lane and Ariel Henderson, Savannah Gibbs, Colin Ryan Comer; 1 great-great-granddaughter, Makenzie Gibbs.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the First Baptist Church, Eaton Rapids will Rev. Scott Boles officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the First Baptist Church in memory of Bud Rolfe. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Jean M. Root

 

   Jean Marie Root, 84, of Charlotte, passed away Jan. 13, 2002 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Root was a retired employee of the state of Michigan, serving with the State Police for several years and also with the School for the Blind. She was a long-time resident of the Delta Mills area and a former member of Delta Mills United Methodist Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Root was also a former 4-H leader and member of Gresham United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her son, Peter Root of Lasing; daughter, Mary Lou Bignall of Charlotte; four grandchildren, James Root, Merritt (Sherri) Root, Eric (Jan) Bignall and Dena (Troy) Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Meghan Bignall and Bryce Bignall; and one sister, Marian Pearson of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, James; and brothers, William and Robert Pearson.

   Graveside services were held Jan. 15 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing, with Rev. Jeff Bowman officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Gresham United Methodist Fund. Arrangements were by Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Myron S. Root

 

   Myron S. Root, 88, of Mulliken, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002 at his home, surrounded by his family.

   Mr. Root was born Jan. 8, 1914 in Eaton Rapids, a son of Julius and Cora (Wood) Root. A retired farmer, Mr. Root was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed the outdoors. His passion was bowling.

   Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Myrtie; one son, James (Betty) Root of Mulliken; two daughters, Judy (Danny) Carpenter of Mulliken and Joyce (Gary) Black of Vermontville; 10 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Arthur (Mary) Root of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Nov. 27 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum of Mulliken United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael and Mitchel Carpenter, Don Case, Jason Charon, Larry Clark, Ben Hall, David Root and Rick Stank.

 

                                   

 

 

Dale C. Roscoe, Jr.

 

   Dale C. Roscoe Jr., 84, of Bellevue, died Feb. 8, 2002 at home.

   Mr. Roscoe was born May 29, 1917 to Dale and Pearl (Caley) Roscoe, Sr. in Battle Creek. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked as a millwright at Eaton Manufacturing for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He married Helen Munger in 1967; she died in 1975. Mr. Roscoe enjoyed building and making things, boating, fishing and camping.

   He is survived by daughters, Nancy (Richard) West of Free Soil and Virginia Foutch of Eaton Rapids; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Kader of Portage.

   He was preceded in death by son David Roscoe, his wife Helen, and four brothers and one sister.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 13 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Interment of ashes will take place at Riverside Cemetery at a later date.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Roger Lee Roth

 

   Roger Lee Roth, 72, loving husband, father and grandpa, passed away at his home in Oneida Township, where he was a lifelong resident.

   He worked on his farm and was formerly employed by G.T.E., Fisher Body, Diamond-Reo Co., and his son’s excavating business. He enjoyed helping others, including repairing items for neighbors and friends.

   He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Wilma; sons, Roger (Martha) of Sunfield, Douglas of Mulliken, Steve (Eilene) and Andrew of Grand Ledge; daughters, Susan (Duane) Lilly and Karen (Dave) Miller of Charlotte, Carlene Heasley of Midland, Texas, Sandra Carter of Mulliken and Jannell Roth of Grand Ledge; 23 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Flora Mae) Roth of Grand Ledge and Howard  (Molly) Roth of Three Rivers; sister Donna Ito of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by daughter Julie Ann Rosebaum, son Wesley David, brother Glen and grandson David.

   Funeral services were held June 17 at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                   

 

 

Melvin L. Royston

 

   Melvin Lyle Royston, 45, of Durant, Okla., died Saturday, April 6, 2002.

   Mr. Royston was born July 31, 1956 in Charlotte, the son of Lyle Sheldon and Shirley Jane (Bursley) Royston. He loved fishing and worked yard maintenance for a landscaping company.

   He is survived by his parents, Lyle and Shirley of Clarksville; son, Shelby Royston and stepson, Jeremy Foreman of Cartwright, Okla.; sister, Yvonne (Gary) Stults of Bellevue; niece, Laura Bracy; nephew, Jerry Bracy; two great-nieces, Kerstin Linn and Brooke Bracy.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo and Freda Royston, and George and Elsie Reed.

   Funeral services were held April 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Brethren Church Missions. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Harry Salter

 

   Harry A. Salter, 92, of Three Rivers, formerly of Charlotte, died June 26 in Three Rivers. Mr. Salter was born March 16, 1910 in Kalamazoo, the son of George S. and Maude R. (Keyes) Salter.

   He had been a grocery store manager all of his working life.

   He is survived by his long-time companion, Hazel Boudo, two sons, Richard H. of Hayward, Calif. and James H. of Battle Creek, two grandchildren, and a sister, Dorothy Gilmore. Also surviving are Hazel’s eight children.

   A graveside committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

Anna Mae Schaub-Antico

 

   Anna Mae Schaub-Antico, 84, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002.

   Anna Mae was born Sept. 6, 1918, in Vermontville, the daughter of Ray and Hattie (Bale) Hawkins. She enjoyed weaving and bingo with her “nickels” she won going to her grandkids.

   She is survived by sons, Larry (Barbara) Schaub of Charlotte and Jack (Cathy) Schaub of Nashville; daughter, Patricia (Larry) Wright of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Elwood Hawkins of Grand Ledge; sisters, Eleanor Rawson of Byron Center and Lucille Carroll of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John and brother Lawrence Hawkins.

   Memorial services were held Nov. 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Don Palmer officiating. A family graveside service was held at Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes. Information if available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Harriet A. Schmitz

 

   Harriet A. Schmitz, 83, of Lansing, formerly of Charlevoix, died Saturday, March 16, 2002.

   Mrs. Schmitz was born May 24, 1918 in Braeburn, Penn., the daughter of Andrew and Kate (Peters) Copin.

   She is survived by husband, William Schmitz; daughters, Ellen (Barry) Ewing of Grand Ledge, Linda (Rex) Bebee of Oak Harbor, Wash.; son, Eugene (Mona Raye) Towsley of Charlevoix; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; stepson, William Lee Schmitz of Grand Ledge; brothers, Andrew Copin of Grand Rapids, John Copin of Florida and James Roach of Pa.

   Family affirmation services were held March 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Brookside Cemetery in Charlevoix.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Raymond M. “Rip” Schmitz

 

   Raymond M. “Rip” Schmitz, 74, of Westphalia, passed away April 28, 2002.

   Mr. Schmitz was born in Westphalia Sept. 30, 1927, the son of Michael and Regina (Feldpausch) Schmitz. Hew as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Society.

   He is survived by his wife of 48 ½ years, Wilma; children, Susan (Gary) Ballard of Lansing, Raymond Jr. (friend Cindy) of St. Johns, Marie (Robert) Badder of Ionia, Connie (Jim) Southwell of St. Johns, Tony (Martha) of Pewamo, Craig (friend Roxanne) of Westphalia, Carl (Pam) of Portland, Denise (Mark) Droste of Westphalia, Dennis (Cindy) of Ionia, and Stephanie (Tom) Morgan of Grand Ledge; 29 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Frederick (Rose) Schmitz of Pewamo, Aloysius Schmitz of Muir, Edward (Joan) Schmitz and Michael (Hilda) Schmitz, both of Westphalia; sister, Marjory Platte of Westphalia, Jeanette Thelen of Ovid, Wilma Bambrick and Alice Hoover, both of Lansing, Gertrude (Jerome) Schafer of DeWitt; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by grandchildren, Rebecca Badder and April Southwell; brothers-in-law, Jim Thelen, Frances Platte, Fred Bambrick and David Hoover, Sr.; and sister-in-law, Joyce Schmitz.

   The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 2 at Rev. Cecilio Reyna, with Rite of Committal following at St. May’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.

 

                                   

 

 

William L. Schmitz

 

   William Leo “Bill” Schmitz, 88, of Lansing, died Sunday, March 31, 2002.

   Mr. Schmitz was born Feb. 25, 1914 in Bloomington, Ill., the son of Henry and Ora (Holland) Schmitz. He was employed by Morris Auto Parts in Lansing and formerly worked for the Lansing Police Department and C&J Transport.

   He is survived by son, Lee “Spike” (Arlinda) Schmitz of Grand Ledge; stepson, Eugene (Mona Raye) Towsley of Charlevoix; stepdaughters, Ellen (Barry) Ewing of Grand Ledge and Linda (Rex) Bebee of Oak Harbor, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Marvin of Farmer City, Ill.; sisters, Wanda (Kenneth) Cook of Normal, Ill., and Ione Utter of Clinton, Ill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriett (Copin) Schmitz on March 16, 2002.

   Family Affirmation Services were held April 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell facilitating. Interment was at Brookside Cemetery in Charlevoix. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Lansing. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Douglas Schultz

 

   Douglas Schultz, 70, of Charlotte, died October 24, 2002 at his residence. Mr. Schultz was born May 20, 1932 in Chester Township, Michigan, the son of Arthur G. and Elaine (DePue) Schultz.

   He was a blacksmith and owner of Chester Blacksmith Shop in Chester. He was a former 4-H leader of the Circle C. Riders and former President of the Michigan Pony Pulling Association.

   He is survived by daughters Debbie (Phil) Fisher of North Guilford, Connecticut, Trudy (Rod) Lea of Charlotte, Terri Craft of Dansville, son Randy Schultz of Chester, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brothers Arthur “Sam” of Ceresco, Dorwin “Dade”, Donald, Darrell “Joe” Schultz, all of Charlotte, and Dee of Pickford, and sisters Dorreen “Susie” Kiplinger of Bellevue, and Doris (Michael) McCrimmon of Battle Creek. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.

   Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Gary R. Schultz

 

   Gary R. Schultz, 53, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday evening, Nov. 8, 2002 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mr. Schultz was born Aug. 29, 1949 in Lakeview, a son of Clair and Thelma (Jacott) Schultz. He was a B.O.C. employee and a member of UAW Local 652.

   He is survived by three children, Brad, Adam and Brittany Schultz, all of Eaton Rapids; two grandchildren; three sisters, Linda Fanslau of Harrison, Fern David of Dimondale and Debbie Boren of Arlington, Texas; and one brother, Jerry Schultz of Dayton, Ohio.

   Services were held Nov. 12 at Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale, with Rev. Dr. C. Lee Filker officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Davis, Ron Davis, Kirt Eschtruth, Todd Eschtruth, Adam Schultz and Tom VanDerWoude. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Chad M. Schwartz

 

   Chad Michael Schwartz, age 18, died Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at his residence in Eaton Rapids. He was born December 12, 1983 in Eaton Rapids. Chad was a student at Meadow View School in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his mother, Juanita Schwartz of Eaton Rapids; brother Sean (Trisha Carpenter) Schwartz of Charlotte; grandparents, Lester and Martha Holley Jr. of Eaton Rapids; aunts and uncles, Joyce (Dan) Doxtader of Charlotte, Cyril (Sherry) Schwartz of Ashley, Michael Schwartz of Elkhart, Ind., Joseph (Liz) Schwartz of Lansing, Joan (James) Lester of Mason, Janice Schwartz of Eaton Rapids, Christine (Steve) Goddard of Lexington, KY, Diane Schwartz of Eaton Rapids and April (Jay) Frost of Pinckney; numerous cousins and special friends; special teacher Jan Wiltshire.

   Funeral services were held Monday, August 12th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine, officiating. Burial followed at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Meadow View School or Crippled Children Foundation in loving memory of Chad Michael Schwartz.

 

                                   

 

 

Matthew J. Scott

 

   Matthew J. Scott, age 11 of Eaton Rapids, died from accidental drowning on Saturday, July 6, 2002 in Eaton Rapids. Matthew, the son of William (Joyce) Scott of Eaton Rapids and Sandra Lein of North Carolina, was born September 16, 1990 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He had just completed the 6th grade at the Greyhound Intermediate School in Eaton Rapids and played saxophone in the band there. He loved playing soccer, skateboarding, basketball, baseball and hockey.

   In addition to his parents, he is survived by 3 brothers, John Liepins of Eaton Rapids, Adam Stiver of Florida, Eric Stiver of Charlotte; 2 sisters, Stephanie Scott of Eaton Rapids, Michelle Gross of Lansing; grandparents, Joseph & Diane Scott of Eaton Rapids, June Marple of Charlotte, John & Judy Hopkins of Florida; great-grandmother, Maria Szakovits of Hungary; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer “Relay for Life” Program in memory of Matthew Scott.

 

                                   

 

 

Irene M. Seamark

 

   Irene Mable Seamark, 91, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002.

   Mrs. Seamark was born June 8, 1911 in Manchester, the daughter of Irving and Elizabeth (Sarah) Knickerbocker. She was an active member of the Ruth Circle of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Mrs. Seamark was a production worker for R.E.O. and Wilcox Gay and worked as a clerk for Murphy’s Dime Store in Charlotte. She also enjoyed traveling.

   She is survived by daughter, Jean Broskey of Charlotte; son-in-law, Jay (Donna) Lea of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Rick Lea, Randy (Cheryl) Lea, Jeryl Powers, Rodney (Trudy) Lea, Tim (Liz) Lea, Karen Lea, Christopher (Jennifer) Broskey and Heather (Ben) Kestner; 14 great-grandchildren; special friend, Dorothy Lewellyn; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Fay Seamark in 1992, daughter Patricia Ann Lea in 1984, and sister Beulah Gertrude Marshall.

   Funeral services were held July 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronald H. Sellen

 

   Ronald “Ronnie” H. Sellen, 64, of Nashville, died July 1, 2002.

   Mr. Sellen was born June 23, 1938 in Bellevue Township, the son of Clelle and Ilah (Swift) Sellen.

   He is survived by his wife Ava (Hyatt) Sellen of Nashville; sons, Timothy and Colon of Nashville, and Wade of Charlotte; daughter, Robin Poyer of Battle Creek; brothers, Merlin of Battle Creek, and Rodney and Charles of Bellevue; and sister, Clella of Bellevue.

   Funeral services were held July 5 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Kalamo Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Fred L. Shafe

 

   Fred L. Shafe, 95, of Olivet, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002 at Tendercare of Marshall.

   Mr. Shafe was born Dec. 1, 1906 in Lee Township, Calhoun County, the son of Edward and Minnie (Wing) Shafe and was a life-long Lee Township resident. He was a self-employed carpenter and farmer, and was a former member of the Olivet I.O.O.F. Lodge.

   He is survived by his son, Thomas (Margaret) of Olivet; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; three brothers, Carl of Bellevue, Raymond of Colon and Norris of Olivet; and one sister, Lucille Babcock of Clearwater, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (Harris) Shafe; daughter, Gayle Gordon; granddaughter, Sandy Starr; sisters, Maude Lott, Hazel Kibler and Dora Vosburg; and brother, Graydon Shafe.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Pastor Douglas Hammond officiating. Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

Heavenly Anne Shelden

 

   Heavenly Anne Shelden, age 3 of Lansing, died Friday, August 30, 2002 in Minneapolis, MN. She was born April 22, 1999 in Charlotte. Heavenly was preceded in death by 3 grandfathers, George Morehouse, Merrill F. Shelden and Michael Olson; grandmother, Luz Marie Shelden.

   Surviving are her parents, Stephen Shelden and Deborah Olson of Lansing, brother, David Shelden of Lansing; 2 half brothers, Stephen (Virginia) Shelden II, William Shelden both of Eaton Rapids; half sister, Katina Shelden of Holt; grandmother, Deborah Morehouse; great-grandparents, William and Connie Oakley of Weidman, MI; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins.

   Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2002, 11:00 a.m., at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, Those desiring may make contributions to Heavenly’s Hope, c/o Deborah Morehouse, Trustee, 712 N. Sycamore, Lansing, MI 48906.

 

                                   

 

 

C. Royce Shepard

 

   C. Royce Shepard, 67, passed away March 13, 2002.

   Mr. Shepard was born April 8, 1934 in Assyria, the son of Bernard and Lucille (Turner) Shepard. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1952 and worked for and retired from Kellogg’s in the late 1960’s. He founded, owned and operated C & R Clock Shop, a nationally and internationally recognized antique clock shop. Mr. Shepard was a member of the National Watch and Clock Collectors Association, and Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc. He was considered an expert on John Deere antique tractors, engines and memorabilia. He worked with Belcher Spaulding Auctioneers as an appraiser, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Pennfield. Mr. Shepard enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and flower and vegetable gardening. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in a variety of sports, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dotty Lois (Bush) Shepard of Battle Creek; sons, Steven (Beth), Joseph (Denis) and Ronald (Dawn), all of Battle Creek, and Robyn (Denice) of Bellevue; 10 grandsons, seven granddaughters and four great-grandchildren; mother, Lucille; sister, Joyce Hakes; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard on Jan. 15, 1992; and son David on Jan. 26, 1999.

   Funeral services were held March 15 at Calvary Baptist Church in Pennfield, with Rev. Jim Luedeman officiating. Interment was at Assyria Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Betty A. Sherman

 

   Betty Ann (Smith) Sherman, 67, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, after a 24-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

   Mrs. Sherman was born Sept. 27, 1934 at Valley Farms, the daughter of Jack and Florence (Proctor) Smith, and lived most of her life in Charlotte. She had been employed by Wrigley’s Market, Charlotte Public Schools and Hayes Green Beach Hospital, retiring due to poor health. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Eaton County MS Support Group, and had been active in the Eaton County Democratic Party. She was known as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and a friend whose strength and courage inspired many.

   She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Kenyon Sherman; four children, Vickie (Larry) Gingrich and Kristy (Brian Sinclair) Kenyon, both of Charlotte, Sonya (Bob) Ghastin of Holt and Kirk (Sandra) Sherman of DeWitt; eight grandchildren, Brad and Blake Gingrich, Lindsey and Chelsea Ghastin, Tyler and Gabrielle Sherman, Brian Harag and Shelby Kenyon; two brothers, Marvin Smith of Vermontville and Andrew “Doc” Smith of Lansing; and two sisters, Rose Davids of George and Helen Casey of Dimondale.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack Smith, and sister Florence Davids.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary Ann Sherman

 

   Mary Ann Sherman, 52, of Charlotte, loving and dedicated wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend passed away Jan. 25.

   Mary Ann was a graduate of Pewamo-Westphalia High School and attended Michigan State University. She attended Sisters of Christian Charity for two years while in high school and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her husband of 33 years, William Sherman of Charlotte; children, Scott Lee (Debra) Sherman of Battle Creek, William “Kim” Sherman of Vermontville, and Carolyn “Carrie” Marie (Matthew) Burns of Eaton Rapids; parents, Gerald and Caroline Piggott of Westphalia; siblings, Duane (Lorraine) Piggott of St. Johns, Alan (Patty) Piggott of Westphalia, Roy (Arlene) Piggott of Pewamo, Philip Piggott of St. Johns, Ginny (Duane) Weber of Westphalia, Judy Piggott of Pewamo, and Stan Piggott of Mulliken; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

   The Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by the Rev. Cecilio Reyna, Pastor Jan. 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Westphalia with Rite of Committal following at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Westphalia.

   Arrangements were handled by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.

   Contributions may be made to the Children’s Leukemia Society.

 

                                   

 

 

Walter James Shiels

 

   Walter James “Jim” Shiels, a long time writer, statistician, media rep. and author of eight manuscripts on auto racing for tracks in the central California area, passed away Dec. 23, 2002 from a long battle with colon cancer.

   His condition was worsened by many additional medical problems that accompanied the cancer. Since developing Type II diabetes in 1988, which resulted in the loss of his left leg below the knee, he recently received the unpleasant news that the same would occur to this right leg, and that news was given to him on his birthday.

   Mr. Shiels was born Dec. 21, 1943 in Charlotte, to parents Walter Earl and Beulah (Carey) Shiels. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1962 and continued to live in the area until 1973 when he relocated to California. After enjoying a full-time career in newspaper circulation form the age of 16 to 40, Jim decided in 1978 to take up the sport of auto racing in the only way he could, as a writer and statman for Stockton 99 Speedway. HE later assumed similar duties and responsibilities at Delta Speedway for 10 years and in 1995, at Altamonte Raceway Park.

   He is survived by wife Jo Shiels of Snelling, caregiver and companion of 12 years; four sisters, Betty (late “Bub”) Rolfe of Eaton Rapids, Pat (Fred) Chapman of Missouri, Marilyn (Art) Fox of Charlotte and Mary Ann (Jim) Orrison of Florida; 54 nieces and nephews; two daughters, Suzanne (Henry) Frahm of Ukiah, Calif., and Tammy (David) Marlow; son, Robert Shiels of New Orleans; and grandchildren, Destiny, Daniel, Monica, David, Iona, Kenneth and John Marlow. He was preceded in death by his father Walter Earl in 1961, and his mother Beulah Shiels in 1971.

   A memorial foundation fund is being set up at Bank of Stockton Carson Oaks Branch Ben Holt & Pacific Ave., Stockton, Ca. 95207 acct. #2242027409. Arrangements were under the direction of Stratford Evan Merced Funeral Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

Gerald L. Shoup

 

   Gerald L. Shoup, 86, of Nashville, died Monday, March 25, 2002 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mr. Shoup was born Oct. 21, 1915 in Battle Creek, the son of Roy and Jessie (Webb) Shoup. He attended schools in Reading and Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Shoup worked at American Marsh Pump in 1937. On Sept. 3, 1939 he married Jane Spark. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945 and upon his discharge, settled in Urbandale. He moved to the Nashville area in 1950 and worked at Clark Equipment until his retirement in 1974. Mr. Shoup served on the planning commission for many years and had several hobbies, including working on clock and watches and making model steam engines. He was a self-taught woodcarver and played several musical instruments. He enjoyed summers at his cottage near Traverse City.

   He is survived by his wife, Jane Shoup of Nashville; sons, David of Woodland and Steven (Brenda) of Nashville; daughter, Marilyn (Eric) Wright of Vermontville; brother, Orley (Betty) Gardner of Interlochen; sister-in-law, Rose Shoup of Battle Creek; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Jessie (Webb) Shoup; stepfather, William Gardner; a granddaughter and a brother.

   Services will be held Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville, with Rev. Alan McCrimmon officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam Library. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Archie E. Slocum

 

   Archie Eugene “Gene” Slocum, 73, of Potterville, formerly of Belding and Cadillac, passed away Nov. 4, 2002 in Lansing. He retired as head custodian at Belding Public Schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He attended the Potterville Church of the Nazarene.

   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara; sons, Stephen, Keven and Keith, all of Belding, and Mark (Toni) of Potterville; 16 grandchildren; brother, Howard (Renee) Slocum of Cadillac; and sister, Helen Snell of Cadillac.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 7 at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, with Rev. Kirk Starkweather officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

Arlene L. “Peggy” Smith

 

   Arlene L. “Peggy” Smith, age 80 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, April 6, 2002 after a long illness. She was born May 8, 1921 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Eugene and Edith (Sayles) Cambric. A life resident of Eaton Rapids, she had worked at the V.F.W. National Home and had retired from the Eaton Stamping Co. both in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death were her husband, Richard Smith, in 1976 and a brother, Charles Cambric. Peggy was a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens and enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and her home and garden. She enjoyed a very special friendship and relationship with her best friend, Mr. Daryl Arntz.

   Surviving are 3 daughters, Janet (Robert) Lee, Charlene Smith, and Patty Harrison all of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Saturday, April 20, 2002 at the Eaton Rapids Senior Center at 201 ½ Grand Street, Eaton Rapids, at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton Rapids Senior Center or the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Arlene L. “Peggy” Smith. Arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Bruce F. Smith

 

   Bruce F. Smith, age 71 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at his residence. He was born December 9, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Louis and Opal (Baker) Smith. Bruce retired after 37 years of service with Consumers Power as a Supervisor with the Gas Line Department. He was also a former secretary and 2nd Vice President of Consumers Power Local Union #123 in Lansing, a member of the Community Christian Church in Eaton Rapids, and was involved with Meals on Wheels in the area. Bruce grew up in Eaton Rapids and was known and loved by many, he faced many challenges this last year with courage and optimism. He enjoyed R.V. travels with his family and friends, woodworking, bowling, fishing, golfing and hunting. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Preceding him in death were his parents; grandchildren, Daniel Thomas Smith and Amy Michelle Smith; sister, Elizabeth Pettit.

   Surviving are his wife of 51 year and love of his life, Betty; 3 children, Tena (Doug) Park, Tom (Roxann) Smith and Ricky (Deb) Smith all of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Trisha (Paul) Brady, Paul Park, Bill Smith, Mike Smith, Elisabeth Smith and Steve Smith; great-granddaughter, Kathleen Brady; 3 brothers, Louie (Jerry) Smith of Manistee, George (Shirley) Smith of Owosso and Harold Rose of Dimondale; sister, Linda (Cliff) Kevinen of St. Paul, MN; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, January 4th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Jim Smith, Eric Smith, Mike Pettit, Pat O’Neill, Jamie Bell and Tim Morrow. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church in memory of Bruce F. Smith.

 

                                   

 

 

Carl Smith Jr.

 

   Carl Smith Jr. of Potterville died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002.

   Mr. Smith was born June 11, 1930, the son of Carl and Sylvia Smith Sr.

   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce; children, Anne (Allen) Aseltine, David (Grace) Smith, Brian Smith, Jill (Philip) Roehl, Judy (Larry) Zakora, Gary Smith (special friend Karen Vallance), Debbie (Todd) Mannor, Jerry (Nikki) Smith; 24 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Myles (Ruth Anna) Smith; sister, Alice Mills; mother-in-law, Vernie Edington; brother-in-law, Clyde (Carol) Edington; and nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Special Day Camps for children with cancer in Lambertville, Mich. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy M. Smith

 

   Dorothy Marie Smith, 81, of Grand Ledge, passed away Oct. 21, 2002.

   Mrs. Smith was born July 18, 1921 in Ionia, the daughter of Ferdinand and Augusta Tafel. On Aug. 28, 1948 she married Raymond Smith, making their home in the Grand Ledge area. A devoted wife and mother, she was a full-time homemaker and worked along side her husband, farming their land and helping tend their livestock. Mrs. Smith was a devoted Christian all her life, attending the Lutheran Church in Ionia. In her later years, she often attended with her husband the Oneida Gospel Church in Grand Ledge.

   She is survived by two daughters, Annette Rae (Lester) Shugars of Orleans and Barbara Jean (Greg) Gibson of Vermontville; four grandchildren, Andrew (Joey) Gibson of Cynthiana, Ky., Tabatha (Gene) Baker of Charlotte, and Danny and Justin Shugars of Orleans; two great-grandchildren, Shelby and Madison Gibson of Cynthiana, Ky.; one sister, Anita (Larry) Tempe of Chicago, Ill.; and one brother, William (Loraine) Tafel of Florida.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond on Sept. 21, 2002; brothers and sisters, Margaret, Edward, Evelyn, Florence, Lorraine, Ferdinand Jr., Nora, Raymond, Esther, Gerald, Arthur and Richard.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Belding.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Elsie M. Smith

 

   Elsie Mary Smith, 73, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 14, 2002.

   Miss Smith was born Dec in Ionia, the daughter of Ferdinand and Augusta Tafel. On Aug. 28, 1948 she married Raymond Smith, making their home in the Grand Ledge area. A devoted wife and mother, she was a full-time homemaker and worked along side her husband, farming their land and helping tend their livestock. Mrs. Smith was a devoted Christian all her life, attending the Lutheran Church in Ionia. In her later years, she often attended with her husband the Oneida Gospel Church in Grand Ledge.

   She is survived by two daughters, Annette Rae (Lester) Sugars of Orleans and Barbara Jean (Greg) Gibson of Vermontville; four grandchildren, Andrew (Joey) Gibson of Cynthiana, Ky., Tabatha (Gene) Baker of Charlotte, and Danny and Justin Shugars of Orleans; two great-grandchildren, Shelby and Madison Gibson of Cynthiana, Ky.; one sister, Anita (Larry) Tempe of Chicago, Ill.; and one brother, William (Loraine) Tafel of Florida.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond on Sept. 21, 2002; brother and sister, Margaret, Edward, Evelyn, Florence, Lorraine, Ferdinand Jr., Nora, Raymond, Esther, Gerald, Arthur and Richard.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Belding.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Elsie M. Smith

 

   Elsie Mary Smith, 73, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 14, 2002.

   Miss Smith was born Dec. 4, 1928 in Benton Township, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Anna (Vrbensky) Smith. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1946 and earned a degree from Lansing Secretarial School. Miss Smith was a bank teller for Union Federal Savings and Loan in Lansing before she retired in 1981. She was a former member of the Denise Business Sorority and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She took an interest in all of her great nieces and nephews.

   She is survived by her mother, Mary A. Smith; sisters, Frances Madry of Charlotte, Anne (Gerald) Kent of Nashville and Mary (Donald) Wadsten of Southfield; nieces and nephews, Mary (Glenn) Shook, Kristine (Jeff) Hynes; Teresa (Tom) Gloden and John (Denise) Kent; great nieces and nephews, Joseph and Glenn Shook, Stephanie and Kelly Hynes, Rebecca and Jennifer Kent, and Kiel and Brett Gloden.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Smith in 1957; and brother-in-law, Louis Madry in 2000.

   Funeral mass was held March 18 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Father Denis Spitzley celebrating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Trevor John and Devon John Smith-Hayter

 

   Trevor John and Devon John Smith-Hayter of Onondaga, twin sons of Katina Lee Hayter and Travis John Smith, were born and died on April 18, 2002 in Lansing. Also surviving are their grandparents, Keith and Diana Hayter of Eaton Rapids, Freda and Barry Lindsay of Onondaga, John Smith, Jr. of Mason; great-grandparents, Kenneth Maitland of Holt, Dixie Kunce of Richmond, KY, Fern VerPlank of Sebring, FL; aunts and uncles, Kevin (Kaelene Medeiros) Hayter of Eaton Rapids, Kyle Hayter of Onondaga, Joshua Hayter of East Lansing, Michelle (Tim) Davis of Mason, Randy (Jackie) Smith of Port Charlotte, FL; cousins, Kaelen and Katarina Medeiros, Ashley and Kaylyn Davis, Jennifer and Jessica Howell.

   Graveside services were held on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at the Onondaga Cemetery with Pastor Marty DeBow of the Robbins United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Lawrence Charles Snitgen

 

   Lawrence “Larry” Charles Snitgen, 56, of Charlotte, passed away March 26, 2002 at home with his wife by his side.

   Mr. Snitgen was born Nov. 6, 1945. He retired as a 1st sergeant from the Army in 1986, after 22 years of service. Mr. Snitgen’s Army career included two tours as a combat tracker in Vietnam with his War Dog, Goldie. His career also included several years in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. He held many positions after retiring from the Army, the last of which was with the Eaton County Sheriff Department, working as an Animal Control officer and corrections officer until his death. His love of animals was known by all who knew him.

   He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Allison Salazar; son, Larry Carl Snitgen; five grandchildren, Diana Salazar, Nick Salazar, Amanda Salazar, Miranda Salazar and Phelix Lauth; brothers, Robert Snitgen Jr., Jody smith and Dick Rush; sister, Peggy Burr and Sue Crain; mother-in-law, Joan Beck; father-in-law, Carl Beck; and brothers-in-law, Vance McCrumb and Mark McCrumb III.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty; and stepfather, Lionel Smith.

   Family affirmation services were held March 29 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Travis Sybrowsky facilitating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam War Dog Memorial Fund or Sparrow Home Hospice Services. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael A. Sparks

 

   Michael A. Sparks, 38, of Vermontville, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mr. Sparks was born March 12, 1963 in Florence, Ala., the son of Henry and Ann (Gautney) Sparks. On May 11, 1981 he married Jacqueline Norrell in Houston, Texas. Five years later the couple moved to the Vermontville area to be closer to their family. After completing high school, Mr. Sparks was employed as an iron worker for many years while he pursued his college education. In 1995 he earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Kellogg Community College and then began a career as the director of nursing for an area long-term care provider. Mr. Sparks was an avid hunter and fisherman who also enjoyed coaching hockey and softball. He was known as a great friend and a great father.

   He is survived by his wife, Jackie Sparks and daughters, Tiffany Sparks and Stephanie Sparks, all of Vermontville; mother, Ann Symonds of Killen, Ala.; sister, Tammy Yates of Morristown, Tenn.; step-brothers, Bill Symonds, Mike (Beth) Symonds and Brial (Sally) Symonds; step-sister, Sharon (Richard) Craven; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Sparks; brother, Marlon Sparks; and step-father, John Symonds.

   Services were held Feb. 18 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with Pastor Don Roscoe officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in  Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael A. Sparks Memorial College Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth H. Spencer

 

   Kenneth H. Spencer, age 92 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, February 7, 2002 in Charlotte. Kenneth was born May 23, 1909 in Hamlin Twp., Eaton County, Michigan the son of Rufus H. and Annette Mable (Onderdonk) Spencer. He was a barber for many years and a veteran of WWII. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of Operations where he was the recipient of 2 Bronze Stars. Kenneth began his Masonic life journey and received his 32nd degree in the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F.&A.M. and was a life member and Past Master of Grand Ledge Masonic Lodge #179 F.&A.M., an honorary member of the Charlotte Lodge #120, Wacousta Lodge #359 and the Olivet Lodge #267, and a former member of the DeWitt Consistory and Saladin Shrine. Ken was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Eva (in 1989); second wife of one year, Nona (Brandon) Spencer (in 1993); and his sister, Evelyn Randall in 1990.

   Surviving are his daughter, Kay Krumm of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Steven (Jane) Krumm of Grand Ledge, Susan (Phillip) Bruce of Eaton Rapids; 3 great-grandchildren, Michael, John and Jennifer Decker.

   Funeral and Masonic Memorial services were held on Monday, February 11, 2002, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Kenneth Spencer.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris I. Southward

 

   Doris I. (Moon) Southward, 77, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Southward was born Oct. 31, 1924 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the daughter of James and Jennie (Tompkins) Moon, and was a life-long Eaton County resident. She had been employed as a laundry attended at the Felpausch Laundromat in Charlotte.

   She is survived by son, Dennis Southward of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Jean Ann (Lester) Lake of Charlotte; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sister, Edna Tomlinson of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Southward in 1995; daughter, Janet Colburn in 1985; and brothers, Harold and Leonard Moon.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Eckert officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Township.

   Memorial donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Josephine Clara Squires

  

   Josephine Clara Squires, age 69 of Crystal River, Florida, died Sunday, January 20, 2002 at Woodland Terrace in Hernando, Florida. She was born March 20, 1932 in Holly Township, Michigan to Floyd and Stella (Schrette) Graves, she moved to Florida 5 years ago from Eaton Rapids. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness in Crystal River.

   Survivors include two daughters, Lori (Robert) Hosmer and April Janye Aalfs both of Eaton Rapids; one sister, Betty Tommrell of Rosscommon, Michigan and 8 grandchildren.

   Arrangements were made by the Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, Florida.

 

                                   

 

 

Ken “Tim” Squires

 

   Ken “Tim” Squires, age 41, died Saturday, July 27, 2002 after being stabbed to death in front of the downtown business plaza he patrolled late at night as an unarmed security guard. Ken loved golfing, fishing and woodworking. He was a member of a Baptist Church in Tucson and sang in the choir. He was active in helping the homeless in Tucson. Ken was preceded in death by his grandfather Russell Moffitt.

   Surviving are his wife, Wendy; daughter Chandra (Cameron) Squires-Smith of Vandercook Lake; son, Timothy Squires of Rockmart, GA; mother and father, Carol and Earl Jones of Eaton Rapids; brother, Jeff (Dee) Squires of Eaton Rapids; 4 sisters, Robin (Terry) North of SC, Debbie (Steve Jecks) Lewis, Lisa (Nick) Franco both of Eaton Rapids, Cindy Jones of Portland; grandmother, Lillian Moffitt of Eaton Rapids; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2002, 2 p.m. at the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene, 2225 S. Michigan, with Rev. Dallas McFarland officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Catherine Sorenson

 

   Catherine “Grandma Kay” Sorenson, 67, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 12, 2002 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after a long illness.

   She was born Nov. 24, 1934 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of William and Donna Gene (Kaiser) Jensen and had been a Charlotte resident since 1974. She was raised by foster parents, Jerry and Kathleen Hammond, and was a retired school teacher and librarian in the Lansing School District, retiring in 1997 after 22 years of service. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte Lions Club, Charlotte Kiwanis Club, Eaton Area Senior Center Board of Directors, Eaton County Writer’s Forum, Charlotte District Library Advisory Board and Charlotte Storytellers Group. She was a reader for the Radio Talking Book at WKAR Radio and tutored in reading at the Eaton County Juvenile Detention Center.

   She is survived by one daughter, Karla Rae (Sean) Duffey of Rives Junction; one son, Kirk (Gilda) Sorenson of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Shannon Duffey, Heather Downey, Paul Downey, Cole Sorenson and Emma Sorenson; two sisters, Barbara (Michael) Risco of Lowell and Mary Sue Kellum of Jacksonville, N.C.; and brother, Floyd Pontius of Bradenton, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by daughter, Kimberly Kay Downey on Dec. 26, 1997, and a brother, William Jensen.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass was held May 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to SIREN/Eaton Shelter in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Della M. Stanke

 

   Della M. (Fisher) Stanke, 80, of Charlotte, died Thursday, April 18, 2002 after a long illness.

   Mrs. Stanke was born Sept. 16, 1921 in Nashville, the daughter of William and Nellie (Bartholomew) Fisher and lived most of her life in Charlotte. She was a secretary, having worked in the Public Work Department for the city of Charlotte, with 25 years of service.

   She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donald Stanke; three daughters, Suzanne (James) Marry and Suzette (Rod) Weaver, both of Charlotte, and Sandi (David) Dickerman of Everett, Wash.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

   Graveside services were held April 22 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Delores Y. Stanton

 

   Delores Yvonne Stanton, 62, of Charlotte, died Aug. 12, 2002.

   She was born March 2, 1940 in Charlotte, the daughter of Leonard and Betty (Beals) Gitchell. She loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar and organ. She raised two of her grandchildren, Andrea and Mia Williams.

   She is survived by her 15-year companion, James Haley of Charlotte; sons, Daniel Griffin and David (Jane) Griffin, both of Portsmouth, Va.; daughters, Deanna (Phillip) Hebenstreit of Olivet, Darlene Griffin of Hastings, Dawn (Jerome) Howlett of Charlotte and Ariane (Daniel) St. Johns of Grand Rapids; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Florence E. Steinke

 

   Florence E. Steinke, 89, of Charlotte, formerly of Big Rapids, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2002.

   Mrs. Steinke was born June 28, 1912 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Herman and Minnie (Goltz) Keitzmann. She attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School and graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1930. On Nov. 15, 1931, she married Walter Steinke, who survives as her husband of over 70 years. She was nearly a life-long member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

   She is survived by her husband; two sons, Bill (Jane) of Olivet and Ron (Peggy) of Saline; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice; son, Philip; three brothers and four sisters.

   Funeral services were held March 15 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Interment will be at Highland View Cemetery in the spring.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 408 W. Bellevue, Big Rapids, MI 49307. Arrangements were by Rogers-Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Merlin Stevens

 

   Merlin D. Stevens, 91, of Sun City, Ariz. died June 18, 2002. He was born Feb. 11, 1910 in Vermontville.

    He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1930. He was a lifelong resident of Charlotte, and owned a farm on Valley Highway.

   He is survived by his wife, Martha (Ransom) Stevens, son Richard (Evelyn) of Ellicot City, Maryland and grandson Richard, and two sisters, Irma Beard of Battle Creek and Eloise Thompson of Charlotte.

   Cremation has taken place.

 

                                   

 

 

Clare E. Steward

 

   Clare Ellwyn Steward, 80, of Charlotte, died Thursday, April 11, 2002.

   Mr. Steward was born Dec. 3, 1921 in Ionia County, Sebawa Township, the son of Charles and Edna (Blood) Steward. He was a truck driver for over 30 years, working 25 years for Howard Sober and five years for Fleet Carrier. Mr. Steward enjoyed playing cards, bowling, cribbage, and collecting John Deere tractors, and miniature trucks and tractors. He attended Sunfield United Brethren Church.

   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Audrey (Satterly) Steward; son, Lester (Linda) of Charlotte; daughters, Nina Mae (Raymond) Glasscock of Florida and Gayla (Albert) Kienutske of Nashville; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Francis (David) Fast of Hutchison, Kansas; and brother, Wayne (Mary Jean) Steward of Sunfield.

   He was preceded in death by brother, Mercade, and sister, Irene Foltz.

   Funeral services were held April 15 at Sunfield United Brethren Church, with Pastors Mark Ralph and Darrel Bosworth officiating.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Roger D. Stine

 

   Roger David Stine, 74, of Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002 at Pinawa Hospital in Pinawa, Manitoba.

   Mr. Stine was born Sept. 20, 1927 and grew up on the family farm in Assyria Township. In his early school years he attended Bell School, graduated from Bellevue High School and attended Michigan State University. During his school years, Mr. Stine was active in 4-H and FFA; he was recognized by the FFA as a state farmer. He lettered in all high school sports and started a baseball team in Assyria. In 1958 he moved with his family from Mt. Clemens to Lac due Bonnet, Manitoba, where his wife’s parents had been early settlers. Mr. Stine went into business with his father-in-law, later worked in maintenance for Windigo Resort and retired from the Tanco Mining Corp. in 1992. He built the home in which his children grew up. He was a member of the Lions Club and a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross. He organized and coached youth baseball in Lac du Bonnet, and he enjoyed beekeeping, gardening, carpentry and the outdoors. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Mr. Stine’s caring nature, humor and zest for life will be remembered by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Sid (Karen) and Ed (Andrea); grandchildren, Mark, Jennifer and Daniel; brothers, Gordon (Mary), Wendell (Jean), Arthur (Susan) and their families; and brother-in-law, Don (Frances) Lagsdin and family.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Lac du Bonnet, with Pastor Ingthor Isfeld officiating. Interment was at Lettonia Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or sent to Helen Stine, Box 5, Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba R0E1AO, for designation. Arrangements were by Russell Funeral Home Ltd. of Lac du Bonnet in Manitoba, Canada.

 

                                   

 

 

Terry L. Stiver

 

  Terry Lee Stiver, 50, of Holt, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2002.

   Mr. Stiver was born Nov. 3, 1951 in Lansing. He was a life-long resident of the Lansing area, served in the U.S. Army, and was employed as a professional painter.

  He is survived by two sons, Seth and Joel Stiver; his former wife and best friend, Sue (Aleshire) Stiver; brother and sisters, Ray (Judy) Stiver of Port Richey Fla., Betty Combs of Lansing, Nancy Hartley of Charlotte, Linda Stiver (John Sciotti) of Tawas City; aunts, Ann Stiver and Jo Willoughby, both of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Barbara Stiver.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 2 at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with Pastor Robert Carpenter Jr. officiating.

 

                                   

 

 

Margaret Leona Storer

 

   Margaret Leona Storer, age 84 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, January 1, 2002 in Charlotte. Margaret was born October 20, 1917 in Manton, MI, the daughter of Ole C. and Bessie Laura (Holbrook) Swanson. She was employed with Horner Woolen Mills and Heifitz Pickle Co. for many years. Margaret was preceded in death by her daughter Helen Miller.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Barbara (Gail) Lownsbery, Lucille (Ray) Grables both of Eaton Rapids; son, Loren (Jackie) Worden of North Carolina; son-in-law, Tony Miller of Woodland; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 1 brother, Mel (Audrey) Swanson of Mason.

   There will be no services. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

Thelma May Storey

 

   Thelma May Storey, age 74 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at a Lansing hospital. She was born May 29, 1927 in Muskegon, the daughter of Amie and Neva (Wilder) Carrier. Mrs. Storey had worked 28 years for the Eaton Stamping Company in Eaton Rapids and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Preceding her in death were her husband, George, in 1994 and brother, Lloyd and Leo Dawley.

   Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl (Tom) Hanna of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren, John (Kris) Sanders, Jeff (Yvette) Sanders, Robin (Brian) Macomber, Wendy (Bobby) Schultz, Katie Hanna, Christopher Hanna all of Eaton Rapids, April Hanna of Lansing, Becky (Neil) Hogan of Vermont, Keith Hanna of Indiana and several foster grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Earl Dawley of Traverse City; sisters and brother-in-law, Julia Dawley of Eaton Rapids, Marion Doxon of Mason, Dorothy and Clyde Van Luven of Mason; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, March 22, 2002 from the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans officiating. Burial followed in the Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to either the Giddeons or the First United Methodist Church in memory of Thelma M. Storey.

 

                                   

 

 

Elizabeth A. Story

 

   Elizabeth Aldine Story, 78, of Stella, Mo., died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002 at Northwest Medical Center Hospital in Springdale, Ark., after an illness.

   Mrs. Story was born Jan. 1, 1924 in Lakeland, Fla., the daughter of Leroy and Agnes (Phillips) Turner. She lived in Stella, Mo., for three years, coming from Florida. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the First Baptist Church in Pineville, Mo., where she taught Sunday school. She was also a square dancer. She married Samuel Story on Jan. 1, 1942; he survives. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

   She is also survived by three sons, Bill Phillips of Fort Worth, Texas, Dean Story and Sammy Story, both of Ocala, Fla.; daughter, Nancy Gibson of Waynesville, N.C.; a sister, Virginia Lewis of Boca Raton, Fla.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at the First Baptist Church, Pineville, Mo., with Rev. Frank Crosby officiating. Interment was at Lake Wells Cemetery, Lake Wells, Fla.

   Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church in Pineville, Mo., or Gideons International, in care of Ozark Funeral Home, Pineville, Mo.

 

                                   

 

 

Edward W. Strobel

 

   Edward W. Strobel, 77, of Windsor Township, died Wednesday evening, March 13, 2002 at the Dimondale Center following a long illness.

   Mr. Strobel was born May 31, 1924 in Windsor Township, a son of Henry and Ida (Stiefel) Strobel. He was a retired farmer, former justice of the peace, and former member of the Grand Paraders.

   He is survived by three daughters, Debra Hoover (friend Philip Gapske) of Dimondale, Diane (Gregory) Shaw of Grawn and Tammy (Timothy) Church of Dimondale; stepdaughter, Carol Monroe (friend Mike Alden) of Lansing; stepson, Paul (Debbie) Smith of Mason; seven grandchildren; sister, Irene Leslie of Charlotte; and dear companion, Dorothy Dwyer.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret in 1977.

   Services were held March 16 at Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale, with Rev. Dr. Lee Filker and Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Alden, Tim Church, Philip Gapske, Gregory Shaw, Paul Smith, Brian Nesbitt and Jim Sentell.

 

                                   

 

 

Jerry E. Strong

 

   Jerry E. Strong, 60, of Olivet, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

   Mr. Strong was born March 5, 1942 in Battle Creek, the son of William and Ardeth (Walter) Strong. He graduated from Olivet High School in 1960, and served with the U.S. Air Force for 23 ½ years, retiring in 1984 with the rank of master sergeant. After his military career, Mr. Strong was employed by Kellogg Community College for 10 years. He married Joan Coller on Aug. 25, 1981 in England; she survives. He was a life member of the VFW, American Legion Post #298, Moose Lodge and Eagles. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Gary of Carlsbad, N.M.; daughter, Jerilynn Strong of Lubbock, Texas; stepson, Robert Greenfield of Spring, Texas; four grandchildren; and brother, William Strong and sister Rachel Bishop, both of Olivet. Services were held March 15 at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice or Paralyzed Vets.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronald L. Sullivan Sr.

 

   Ronald Lee Sullivan Sr., 64, of Delton, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002.

   Mr. Sullivan was born April 16, 1938 in Ingham County, the son of James and Florence LaVina (Lempr) Sullivan. He was an employee of General Motors Oldsmobile division for many years before retiring in May 1991, and served in the U.S. Army.

   He is survived by sons, Ronald (Kathy) Sullivan of Dimondale, Robert Sullivan of North Carolina and Richard Monroe of Charlotte; daughter, June (Lou) Esch of Tennessee; six grandchildren; brother, Robert Sullivan of Woodland; and sister, Donna Pickett of Ohio.

   A Memorial Affirmation Service was held Oct. 18 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Edward J. Suntken

 

   Edward Johannes Suntken, 96, of Olivet, died Monday, July 29, 2002 at his residence.

   Mr. Suntken was born Sept. 10, 1905 in Mason County, Ill., the son of Johannes and Mary (Eilers) Suntken. He was an avid deer hunter and trapper until his 93rd birthday, and enjoyed many years farming north of Charlotte. Mr. Suntken was also employed at Motor Wheel until his retirement in 1966.

   He is survived by his wife, Beulah (Guy) Suntken; sons, Lawrence (Jill) and LaGrand, both of Charlotte, Lavern (Marilyn) of Olivet and Loyal of Brighton; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Shafe of Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, William, George, Paul and Victor.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Ainger Bible Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas James Swan

 

   Thomas J. Swan, age 44 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at his residence. He was born October 25, 1957 in Charlotte, the son of James and Shirley (Bruce) Swan. Tom was the Purchasing Director for the past 13 years for the Cooley Law School in Lansing. He was a former girls soccer coach for many years, for A.Y.S.O. and U.S.S.F. leagues in Eaton Rapids and enjoyed hunting.

   Surviving are his wife of 16 years, Beckie; 2 daughters, Sara and Rachel both at home; parents, Shirley Swan of Eaton Rapids, and James (June) Swan of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Roxann (Thomas) Smith of Eaton Rapids and Tami (Rodney) Hector of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, 2002 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor Marty DeBow of Robbins United Methodist Church, of