2003 OBITUARIES

 

CHARLOTTE SHOPPING GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Shopping Guide, Inc.

239 South Cochran

Charlotte, Michigan 48813


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiled by:

Kristine Bohn

2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William M. Adams

 

   William Milton Adams, age 81 of Scottsdale, Ariz., died at his residence Sept. 4, 2003.

   William, a long-time resident of Royal Oak and Rochester Hills, was a World War II veteran serving with the 10th Armored Division in Europe. After graduating from Michigan State College (University) in 1946 with a journalism degree, William spent his entire 34-year career in the field on industrial public relations and publicity. Eighteen of those years were spent with General Motors Public Relations. Bill and his wife were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak for over 40 years. Other past memberships included Sigma Delta Chi, Public Relations Society of Detroit, Detroit Press Club and the 10th Armored Veterans Association. He was born July 21, 1922, the son of the late Milton Pray Adams and Marian Adams of Lansing. He will be remembered for his love, quick wit and humanity.

   Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Gore Adams; a daughter, Mary Lynn (Brent) Wilcox of Brown City; two sons, William Milton (Patricia) Adams Jr. of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and Matthew Gore (Pamela) Adams of Bowling Green, Ky.; six grandchildren; and sister, Marilyn Britton of Beaverton, Ore.

   A graveside service was held Sept. 11 at Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation, 30161 Southfield Road, Suite 119, Southfield, MI 48076-9775. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

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Adele P. Ackley

 

   Adele P. Ackley, of Holt, formerly of Lakeland, FL, age 86, died Thursday, September 18, 2003 in Holt. Adele was born December 8, 1916 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Harold Raymond and Clara (Prusakiewicz) McArthur.

   Surviving are her sister, Dorothy (Bill) Allen of Holt; nephew, Kenneth Eaves of Mason; grandnephew, Nicholas Eaves of Ann Arbor; many cousins, including Richard & Betty McArthur of New Baltimore; companion of 23 years, Marvin L. Lang of Holt and his children, Leila (James) Matuscak of Durand, Peggy Foley of Texas, and JoAnn (John) Malaney of Belleville.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, Novi. Casket bearers were Bill Allen, Dale Lang, Matt Matuscak, Jason DeLong, Justin DeLong and James Matuscak.

 

                                   

 

 

Florence I. Allen

 

   Florence I. Allen, age 87, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Florence was born June 15, 1916 in Brookfield Township, the daughter of Jacob and Minerva (Midling) Powers Jr. Mrs. Allen was the former owner of Allen Packing Co. and a main street grocery store, both in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 1972, and her son Richard, in 1983.

   Surviving are her brother, Ernest (Arlene) Powers of Partello, and sister, Doris Oteney of Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial services were held Dec. 1 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Interment of cremains was at Rose Lawn Memorial Garden in Brownsville, Texas.

 

                                   

 

 

Gailen Phillips Allen

 

   Gailen Phillips Allen, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, July 3, 2002. He was born July 23, 1917 in Lansing, the son of James and Effie (Cross) Allen. In his younger years Gailen liked to fish and hunt and being out-of-doors, enjoying his garden and sharing with neighbors. He worked for the Board of Water and Light in Lansing before serving in the Army Air Force in 1943 and after 4 ½ years of service, he returned to work, retiring March 1, 1978. He married Loris A. Disler on August 20, 1949 and they have 3 sons. Gailen and Loris joined the Spiritual Episcopal Church in Lansing in 1954 and moved to Eaton Rapids in 1957.

   Surviving are his wife of 53 years Loris; 3 sons, Jimmie of Lansing, Gary and John of Charlotte; several nieces & nephews.

   Memorial services were Monday, July 7, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. from the Spiritual Episcopal Church, 141 Frost St., Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Rapids Spiritual Episcopal Church in memory of Gailen P. Allen. Arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

Victor Hartson Alt

 

   Victor Hartson Alt, age 96, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, October 11, 2003 in Lansing. Victor was born Sept. 30, 1907 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of John Thomas and Jane Marie (Hartson) Alt. Victor was a devoted Mason of the Eaton Rapids Lodge # 63 F&AM, Past High Priest of former Eaton Rapids Chapter # 24 and Past Worthy Patron of the Eaton Rapids Chapter #241 Order of the Eastern Star, he was the Past Director of 9th and 10th degrees in Scottish Rite, Valley of Grand Rapids. He was the recipient of the Eaton Rapids Lodge meritorious service award, Golden Spurs Award, Scottish Rite, Cornelius and Merit awards from Saladin Temple Shrine and the Gold Honor Award from York Rite College of North America. Additional affiliations are with the Leslie Chapter #100 Royal Arch Masons and Chapter #50 Royal and Select Masters, DeWitt Clinton Consistory, Scottish Rite Masons, Saladin Temple Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine Oasis of Grand Rapids, a plural membership in Wigton Lodge #251 of Hart and a life membership of all Masonic bodies. Mr. Alt was active in other community affairs in Eaton Rapids where he lived for 68 years.

   He was the owner of Alt’s Men’s Wear for 33 years, was past president of the Eaton Rapids Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club and the Alumni Association. He was a member of the Flying Club, the Civil Air Patrol during WWII and Business Men’s bowling league and golf league.

   Vic was a member of Scott Munn’s Band and played the trombone for 75 years. He also served four years on the City Council and served on various committees for charitable and community activities. In later years he was president of the Michigan unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club, and Airstream travel trailer club. Vic was active in the Congregational Church where he served as moderator and treasurer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Lucile in 1999.

   Beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather to his 2 daughters, Mary Strang of Eaton Rapids, Ginny (Dick) Huntington of Holt; 5 grandchildren, Vicki Lease, Janie (Mark) Fitzgerald, Aaron Huntington, Amy (Tom Parsons) Huntington, Ann (William “Butch”) Schultz; 4 great grandchildren, McKenna and Alek Parsons, Tyler and Madison Schultz; 2 sisters, Jane Kilgour of Mayville, Maxine Magle of Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Aaron Huntington, Mark Fitzgerald, Tom Parsons, William Schultz, Dick Gulliver and Jim Blauvelt. Honorary bearers will be Max Williams, George Pettit and Verlon Graham. Those desiring may make contributions to either Mid-Michigan Hospice House, First Congregational Church of Eaton Rapids, or the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM in memory of Victor Alt.

 

                                   

 

 

Nellie Andreas

 

   Nellie Andreas, age 84 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, February 16, 2003 in Dimondale. Nellie was born August 18, 1918 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Anthony and Bridgette Theresa (Holmes) Van Gilst. She was the owner and operator of Nellie’s Beauty Shop in Eaton Rapids, later was employed at Jarvis Acres as a cook and at age 75 went back to work at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital. Nellie was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicki Andreas in 1957; the father of her children, Gregory Andreas and her sister, Micky Clough.

   Surviving are her daughter, Judy Andreas of Lansing; one niece; 2 nephews and a long time friend, Onalee Kyser of Eaton Rapids.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Church in Eaton Rapids with Fr. Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:30 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Nellie Andreas.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Virgil O. Archer

 

   Virgil O. Archer, 75, of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 31, 2003.

   Mr. Archer was born March 4, 1928 in Assyria Center, the son of Carl Archer and Lora Dryer Archer. He was a lifelong farmer and retired from Fleet Carrier of Pontiac in 1992. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte and Moose Lodge in Marshall.

   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Katherine; sons, Carl (Linda) of Bellevue, Jerry (Sandra) of Charlotte, Lawrence (Janet) of Potterville, Charles (Suzanne) of Charlotte, Jeffrey Scot of Sarasota, Fla., and Donald (Karen) of Gig Harbor, Wash.; daughters, LuAnn Archer of Charlotte and Carolyn Archer of Kalamazoo; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Eugene; and sons, Kenneth in 1973, William in 1987 and Robert in 1997.

   Family graveside services were held at West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Phyllis I. Aseltine

 

   Phyllis I. Aseltine, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Aseltine was born Jan. 28, 1933 in Barryton, the daughter of David and Grace (Holmes) Ruthruff. She married John Aseltine, Jan. 29, 1954 in Lansing. Mrs. Aseltine was a member of VFW Post #2406 Auxiliary, and past president of the American Legion Post #42 Auxiliary. She also worked on the local election commission. Mrs. Aseltine was a big bingo fan and loved the outdoors and going to their cabin in Fairview to enjoy all the outdoors.

   She is survived by her husband of 49 years, John Aseltine; daughter, Cindy (Dennis) Stowell of Palo; two sons, John (Pat) Aseltine of Holt and Raymond (Lori) Aseltine of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, B.J. and Kate Parrish, Shaunie Aseltine, Jennifer Aseltine and Dallas Aseltine, Lisa, Jennifer, Christine Janz; one great-grandchild, Makala Brzezinski; five brothers, Donald Ruthruff of Las Vegas, Nev., Robert (Patsy) Ruthruff of Olivet, Carl (Ann) Ruthruff of Florida, Jimmy John (Marie) of Florida, and Ken (Diane) of Florida.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment will be at West Carmel Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Asher

 

   Richard “Rick” Clay Asher, 54, of Potterville died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003. Mr. Asher was born Feb. 11, 1949, in Barbourville, Kentucky, the son of Aubrey Clay and Miriam (Tappan) Asher.

   Rick was a Conservation Officer for the Department of Natural Resources for 29 years, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved outdoors, camping and reading.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol (Grahl), daughters Becky (Shawn Hope) Asher-Hope of Chicago, IL, Melissa Asher of Medford, OR, Amanda Asher of Potterville, mother Miriam Asher of Hope, MI, brothers Phillip (Toni) Asher of Houston, TX, Alan Asher of Southgate, MI, and sisters Joan (Stanley) Cieslak of Clarkston, MI, Jennifer (Dennis) Secord of Alan Park, MI.

   Memorial Service was Saturday, Aug. 30 at Potterville United Methodist Church with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the church, the American Cancer Society, or to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Harry L. Augustine

 

   Harry Lloyd Augustine, 93, of Bellevue, died Dec. 20, 2003 at home.

   He was born May 21, 1910 in Bellevue Township, the son of Asa and Emma (Chalender) Augustine. He worked as a farmer and also worked for 20 years for Bellevue Community Schools in the maintenance department, retiring in 1975. Harry married Margaret Burkett on May 23, 1931; she died Jan. 1, 1995. He was a member of the Bellevue Lions Club, Kalamo Chapter, F.& A.M., Order of Eastern Star, and the Bellevue Commercial Club. He enjoyed working with wood and macramé, making bird and bat houses. Harry also enjoyed square dance clubs and travel trailer clubs.

   He is survived by sons, James (Elaine) Augustine of Bellevue, Jerold (Mary) Augustine of Marshall; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by daughter, Marilyn Thornton in 1997; brothers, George and Stanley Augustine; and sisters, Martha, Mildred, Gladys, Doris and Hazel.

   Services were held Dec. 23 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund, Bellevue United Methodist Church or Bellevue Township Library. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

Julie S. Bahmer

 

   Julie Sophia Bahmer, age 101, of Olivet, died at her residence Nov. 12, 2003.

   Julia was born Jan. 19, 1902 in Springport, the daughter of Charles and Hattie (Nicholas) Sebastian. She married Clyde Mark Bahmer Sr. March 30, 1921; he preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1969. She was a life-long resident of the area. She enjoyed farming, gardening, cooking and visiting with her grandchildren.

   Survivors include her daughter, May A. Brown of Lansing; son, Howard Bahmer of Olivet; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy (Ralph) Locke of Springport, Lucille Stierley of Lansing and Hilda “Sally” Cooper of Albion; and a brother, William “Bud” Sebastian Jr. of Springport. She was preceded in death by a son, Clyde Bahmer Jr.; two grandsons, Richard and Jeffrey Bahmer; and five brothers and three sisters.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 14 at Lee Center Cemetery in Lee Center, with Rev. Mark Booth officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jackson – Oaklawn. Arrangements were by Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels – Albion Chapel. Further information is available at www.tidd-williams.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary M. Bair

 

   Mary Maxine Bair, 84, of Potterville, died May 16, 2003.

   Mrs. Bair was born Dec. 19, 1918 in Crawfordsville, Ind., the daughter of Charles and Nora Mae (Thomas) Johnson. Mary was a housekeeper for the Holiday Inn, Lafayette, Ind. and a cook for the Tippecanoe School District. She was a member of the Homemakers Club in Wea, Ind.

   She is survived by daughter, Judy (Leo) Zottneck of Dimondale; three grandchildren, Robin (Steve) Lett, Rod (Rebecca) Zottneck, Rana Morey (Mike Milbourne); four great-grandchildren, Jessica and Jordan Lett, Chelsea and Shelby Morey.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 1978.

   Funeral services were held May 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawfordsville, Ind.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Edwin Lee Baker

 

   Edwin Lee Baker, age 45 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, February 14, 2003 in Dimondale. Edwin was born July 29, 1957 in Anchorage, AK. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1975 and attended the University of Michigan. He was a manager with Barnes & Noble in Washington D.C. and Okemos for 20 years. Edwin was preceded in death by his father, Robert Baker.

   Surviving are his mother, Yoshie (Robert) Sattler of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Dale Baker of CA, Elbert (Darcie) Payne of Holt; 3 sisters, Monette Martin of Eaton Rapids, Patricia Payne of GA, Gail (Paris) Carpenter of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Those desiring may make contributions to the family in his memory. There will be no services. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

Leo J. Baker

 

   Leo James Baker, 89, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003.

   Mr. Baker was born June 21, 1913 in Chester Township, the son of David and Grace (Rogers) Baker. He married Margaret Powers Oct. 21, 1933, and they were married for 68 years before her death March 24, 2002. During his early years Mr. Baker was always ready to help out his neighbors with his excellent mechanical skills. He was a machinist at Reo Motors during World War II and then went into partnership with his brother Vance to form Baker Brothers Construction. He retired from his own contracting company, Leo J. Baker – Son Builder, and enjoyed his grandchildren. He was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

   He is survived by sons, L. Daryl (Mary Jean) of Charlotte and Doyle (Jackie) of Traverse City; daughters, Marcelyn (Sherman) Kelley and Darlene (Robert) Raymer, both of Charlotte, and Rosemary Kathleen (David) DeWaters of Texas; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister Marian Kline and brother Vance (Neva) Baker, both of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Merton Baker and Pearl Baker; and sister, Marguerite Satterly.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church, with Rev. Verne Summers and Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Neva B. (Lamie) Baker

 

   Neva B. (Lamie) Baker, 84, of Charlotte, died Thursday, June 12 at the Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte. Mrs. Baker was born in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Morgan) Lamie and was a lifelong Charlotte area resident. She was a 1935 Graduate of Charlotte High School, was a member of the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church and its Deborah Circle, was a member and past President of the G.F.W.C. Charlotte and had served as a Red Cross Volunteer at H.G.B. Hospital. She was co-owner with her husband, Vance Baker in the Baker Construction Co. for 40 years serving as bookkeeper and occasionally helping him on the job along with their son Roland. Prior to that had been employed at Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte and Standard Block and Supply co. in Lansing.

   Surviving are her husband, R. Vance Baker to whom she had been married for over 67 years; Son, Ronald (Jean Ann) Baker of Lansing; Granddaughter, Carol (Jack) Wright of Bloomfield Hills; Grandson, Douglas Vance (Karen) Baker of Caledonia; Great-grandchildren, Erik, Charlotte and Keith Wright and Sierra Marie and Bradley Vance Baker; step great-grandchildren, Ashley and Jacob Reinsmith, Christine and Benjamin Clare and Emily Smith.

   Neva was preceded in death by brothers, Carroll Lamie and George Lamie and sister, Neta Collins. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church, Charlotte with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment will be in the Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Sidney D. Baker

 

   Sidney D. Baker, age 73, of Charlotte, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003.

   Mr. Baker was born March 21, 1930 in Stratford, Iowa, the son of Howard and Myrtle (Updyke) Baker and had been a Charlotte resident for nine years, coming from Eaton Rapids. He was an active member of the Charlotte Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses; his association with Jehovah’s Witnesses started in 1941. Mr. Baker was a retired chef, having worked at various restaurants in the Lansing area. He was an avid lover of flowers and gardening, as well as cooking for friends and family.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Juliana (James) Baker; daughter, Dette (Gilbert) Kronenberg of Thedford, Ontario; son, Timothy (Judy) Baker of Mason; five grandchildren, Joseph Baker, Craig Baker, Emily Baker, Peter and Kurt Kronenberg; and two sisters, Marilyn Lawrence of Jonesville and Bonnie (David) Sousa of San Marcos, Calif.

   Graveside services were held Sept. 29 at Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids Township, with Elliot Eberhard officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or the World Wide Work of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Lell Banks

 

   Lell V. “Vicky” Banks, 79, of Nashville, formerly of Battle Creek, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Banks was born Dec. 30, 1923 in Alexandria, Va., the daughter of Harry and Lell (Hicks) Ginther. She was a member and past president of the Nashville VFW Ladies Auxiliary for over 50 years, a member of the Battle Creek Eagles, and enjoyed bowling and billiards. Her hobbies included fishing for blue gills, playing bingo, dancing and doing crafts.

   She is survived by daughters, Jayne Scott of Jacksonville, Fla., Elizabeth (Jack) Hughes of Ocochobi, Fla., Joyce (Denis) Sergent of Lansing and Kathleen (Gary) Morales of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sr. on Aug. 28, 1984; daughter, Elsie Yahn on Oct. 13, 1996; son, Robert “Bobby” on Nov. 15, 1955; and her parents, Harry and Lell (Hicks) Ginther.

   Services were held Jan. 9 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, or the American Cancer Society.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald H. Barker

 

   Donald Herbert Barker, 87, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 9, 2003.

   Mr. Barker was born Dec. 30, 1915 in Mulliken, the son of Herbert and Gretta Barker. He was a foreman for Oldsmobile for 30 years, retiring in 1972. He also delivered papers for the Charlotte Shopping Guide for 30 years.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy (Taylor) Barker; daughters, Barb Kelly and Donna Palmer, both of Lansing; step-children Renee (Rick) Smith of Marshall, John (Nancy) Holton and Ray Holton, both of Olivet, Sue Lundy of Lansing, and Kathy Holton of Texas; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

   No services are planned at this time. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Robert K. Barkley

 

   Robert Kenneth Barkley, 83, of Bellevue, died July 28, 2003 at home.

   He was born March 22, 1920 to Kirk and Mabel Barkley in Climax. He served in the Army Air Corps with the 85th Depot Repair Squadron as a sergeant during World War II. He worked for over 30 years at Clark Equipment as a machinist and supervisor. Robert married Mildred Hinds on Oct. 26, 1946; she survives. He was a member of Saladin Temple and several Shrine clubs and enjoyed hunting and county road trips.

   He is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughter Deborah Morgan of Dowling; stepdaughter, Marilyn (Doran) Quigg of Julian, Pa.; grandchildren, Robert (Martha) Morgan of Battle Creek and Cynthia (K.C.) Barlond of Battle Creek, Dawn (Doug) Taggart of Arvella, Ind., Melanie (Bob) Hall of Julian, Pa. and Karen (Ed) Todd of Selinsgroves, Pa.; several great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Lucas of Climax; and brother, Ed Barkley of Richland.

   He was preceded in death by brother, Kirk Barkley, and sister, Marion Gray.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Leon Rayburn officiating. Interment was at Hicks Cemetery in Pennfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners’ Hospitals. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

D. F. Barnard

 

   A memorial service for D. F. Barnard, son of Harry and Irene Barnard, will be held at Five Corners Family Worship Center in Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Martin Saunders will be officiating.

 

                                   

 

 

Darwin J. E. Barnard

 

   Darwin J. E. Barnard, 72, of Lasing, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, March 31, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. Barnard was born in Fowlerville, Feb. 19, 1931, the son of Harry and Irene (Blair) Barnard. Darwin served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the Marine Corps League. He had been employed by Wohlert Corporation, retiring in 1993.

   He is survived by daughter, Darlene Austin of Lansing; sons, Darwin Jay Barnard and Edward Darwin Barnard of Lansing; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Alden and Marshall of Charlotte, and Dean of California; two sisters, Marie Wilson-Saunders of Charlotte and Norlene Esterline of Cambia; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Viola on March 5, 2002; brother, Harry Jr.; sisters, Barbara Mann and Dorene Barnard.

   Funeral services were held April 4 at Five Corners Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Marten Saunders and Rev. Curtis Napier officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Charlotte L. Barrette

 

   Charlotte Lee Barrette, age 51, of Charlotte, died Sept. 13, 2003.

   Mrs. Barrette was born April 29, 1952 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Jack and Rosemary Wallace. She was a teacher’s aid at Eaton Intermediate School District and formerly worked at House of Ruth. Mrs. Barrette was involved in many aspects of special education in the Eaton area and was a Special Olympics volunteer.

   She is survived by her husband, Michael; sons, Kenneth “Ken”, Daniel “Dan” (fiancée Stephanie), both of Fenton, Joseph “Joe” (fiancé Faith) of Charlotte; daughter, Tammera “Tammy” of Fenton; Battle Creek; sisters, Marjorie Goins and Cindy Gilson and brother, Bryan Wallace, all of Tennessee.

   She was preceded in death by her father Jack Wallace in 1994.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Reverend Glenn Litchfield officiating. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Merle L. Barstow

 

   Merle L. “Muz” Barstow, 75, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Barstow was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Galesburg, Ill., the son of Randall and Marie (Blachley) Barstow. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Waverly School District as supervisor of transportation and building maintenance. Mr. Barstow was inducted into the Galesburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame in November 1999. He was a talented athlete in multiple sports, an avid golfer, and a wonderful husband and father.

   Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Rachel Anne (Holscher); daughters, Susan (Bill) Taylor, Jane (Ken) Barstow Boettcher, Nancy Leavell; sons, Jim (Tammy) Barstow, Dan (Stacie) Barstow, Ben (Dawn) Barstow, Matt (Linda) Barstow; 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; two brothers, Bernard (Lucy) and Russell (Carlene), both of Illinois. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diana Barstow. Graveside services were held Feb. 21 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Brian Sheen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Merle L. Barstow to the Salvation Army, c/o RFH P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen E. Bassett

 

   Helen E. Bassett, age 87, of Delta Township, passed away May 1, 2003 in Lansing. She was born July 13, 1915 in Bellevue, the daughter of Herbert and Grace (Stanton) Reynolds.

   Helen was a graduate of Bellevue High School and Eaton County Normal School. She taught at Dolly Varden School and was a long-time employee of the state of Michigan Treasury Dept., retiring in 1978, and was a member of the State Employees Retirees Club. Helen was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Trinity 50+ Club. She was also a member of West Delta Helping Hand Club, Farm Bureau, and was a life and gold certificate member of Grand Ledge Chapter #14 OES, where she served as worthy matron and was an organist for many years.

   She is survived by three sons, Arnold of Fife Lake, Gerald of South Boardman and Robert of Grand Ledge; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold Reynolds of Bellevue; many nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Jessie Chapman of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; daughter, Donna Bishop; and brothers, Don and Morris Reynolds.

   Funeral services were held May 3 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, with Pastor Jim Mort of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Delta Center Cemetery in Delta Township, Eaton County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Ledge Chapter #14 OES.

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William Bates

 

   William Edmund Bates, 82, of Central Lake, died May 22, 2003. Mr. Bates was born May 30, 1920 the son of Frank V. and Esther V. (Edmunds) Bates.

   He retired from the U.S. Navy and was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. He is survived by daughter Patricia (Paul) Roush of Charlotte, grandsons Wade E. Roush of San Francisco, CA. and James J. Roush of Fairbanks, Alaska.

   A memorial service will be held at Torch Lake at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Central Lake Township Library or the WWII Memorial Fund.

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

 

                                   

 

Leo Robert Baumer

 

   Leo R. Baumer, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, May 10, 2003 at a Lansing hospital. Born June 8, 1919 in Aurelius Township, the son of George and Jessie (Lambert) Baumer. Leo was a retired farmer who owned and operated the family farm in Aurelius Township. A member of the Robbins United Methodist Church, Life member of the F.&A.M. Lodge #63 and Life member of the O.E.S. #241 both of Eaton Rapids. Leon was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers and 3 sisters, Ivan and Paul Baumer, Lucille Baumer, Helen Veltman and Bernice Chapin and granddaughter Darcy.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years Mary (Bunker); 6 children, John (Charleen) Baumer of St. Cloud, FL., Alice Kelley of Mason, Paulette (Able) Arambula of Eaton Rapids, Duane (Sandy Sherman) Baumer of Leslie, Dennis Baumer of Eaton Rapids and Pete (Jeannine) Baumer of Eaton Rapids; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Kelley of Walled Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Bunker Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to Heartland Hospice, in memory of Leo R. Baumer.

 

                                   

 

 

Phyllis J. Baxter

 

   Phyllis J. (Stacey) Baxter, 65, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 19, 2003 at her residence.

   Mrs. Baxter was born July 26, 1938 in St. Louis, the daughter of Charles and Erma (Beuthin) Stacey and had been a Charlotte resident since 1969. She was a 1956 graduate of St. Louis High School, a retired Charlotte Public Schools secretary and enjoyed dressing dolls for the Charlotte Fire Department’s Christmas Kiddies program.

   Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Ted Baxter; two daughter, Kristy (James) Manning and Gerri (Eric) Steiner, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren; and three brothers, Duane Stacey of Alma, Gary (Jean) Stacey of Greenville and Neil (Pat) Stacey of St. Louis.

   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Sue Baxter, on Jan. 12, 1978; and a sister, Bette Huber in 2002.

   Private family graveside services were held at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Louis.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Mona Jean Bayes

 

   Mona Jean Bayes, age 65, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at her residence. Mona was born March 21, 1938 in Onondaga, the daughter of Roy Alonzo and Myrtle S. (Steel) Hill.

   Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Ronald; 5 children, Pam (Tom) Bowlin of NM, David (Joan) Manchester, Shirley Miller, Ronald Bayes all of Eaton Rapids, Jill (Bill) Martines of Potterville; 8 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter; 2 brothers, Morris McKessy of Onondaga, Maynard (Sylvia) McKessy of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Maxine Mintinc of Grand Rapids; Myrna (Arthur) Anderson of Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Sid Waldrop, Josh Manchester, Scott Decess, Kevin McNutt, Jeff Wilson and Keith Wilson. Those desiring may make contributions to the Breslin Cancer Center in memory of Mona Jean Bayes.

 

                                   

 

 

Catherine M. Bayly

 

   Catherine M. “Kay” Bayly, 67, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 at her home.

   She was born in Watervliet, N.Y., came here in 1971 from Torrington, Conn., and moved to Tarpon Springs in 2001. She was a caterer, and active in Bay Pointe Little League and Lakewood Junior Spartans football. She was Catholic.

   Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Barry; daughter, Kaylyn Bayly of Tarpon Springs; six sons, Barry Jr. of Torrington, Conn., Tim of St. Petersburg, Chris, Pace and Matt of Yuma, Ariz., David of Charlotte, and Jamie of Sanford; four sisters, Mary Muir of Watervliet, N.Y., Eleanor Cohen of Albany, N.Y., Betty McKeon of Surfside Beach, S.C. and Joan Prock of Poestenkill, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   Arrangements were by Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.

 

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Raymond J. Beals

 

   Raymond Jack Beals, 70, of Charlotte, died Nov. 8, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. Beals was born Nov. 17, 1932 in Charlotte, the son of Renold and Thelma (Wright) Beals, Sr. He was a janitor at Oldsmobile for 28 years until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of Charlotte American Legion Post #42, Charlotte VFW Post #2406 and Eagles Aerie #1049 of Lansing.

   He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Maryellen (LaFountain) Beals; sons, Jerry Lee and Jeffrey Joseph Beals, both of Charlotte; daughter, Julie (Charles) Jones of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Becky (Greg) Hettich, Matthew Jones, Brian Jones, Jesse and Donny Beals; two great-grandchildren, Kilee Hettich and Kollen Jones; brothers, Renold (Joyce) Beals, Jr. of Harrison, Stanley (Letha) of Charlotte, Roger (Yvonne) of Charlotte, Bruce (Elaine) of Ontario, Calif.; sisters, Shirley (Amos) Ellsworth of Lansing, Linda (Ray) Winters of Charlotte, and Judy (Leonard) Wisinski of Haslett.

   He was preceded in death by sisters Cathleen Murray and Rosemary Gould, and brother Russell Beals.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Harley K. Beatty

 

   Harley Katherine Beatty, age 2, passed away July 6, 2003.

   Born March 27, 2001 in Lansing, Harley will be remembered for her smile and loving nature.

   She is survived by her parents, Robert Beatty III and Kendra Fry-Beatty; her unborn brother, Jayce Matthew; grandparents, Robert and Carla Beatty, Kenneth and Georgia Fry; great-grandparents, Vernon and JoAnn Wieferich; great-grandmother, Mary Beatty; great-great-grandmother, Betty Sylvia “Grandma Florida”’; aunts and uncles, Gina and Bryce Madill, Georgina and Rick Hill, Kimm and Kevin Kutch and Sabrina and Carl Mazurek; many great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her uncle, Matthew David Beatty; and cousin, Richard James Hoisington.

   Funeral services were held July 9 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Leukemia Foundation, 29777 Telegraph Road, Southfield, MI 48034. Arrangements were by Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

Patricia M. Beisel

 

   Patricia Marie Beisel, 77, of Saginaw, died Dec. 17, 2003.

   Patricia was born Sept. 21, 1926 in Pinconning, the daughter of Howard and Gertrude (Coggins) Cross. She was a purchasing agent for Saginaw Machine and Tool Co. and a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Saginaw.

   She is survived by daughter, Kathy (Glenn) Gunser of East Northport, N.Y.; son, Mark (Maggie) Beisel of Stowe, Vt; daughter, Patricia (Robert) Muladore of Charlotte; son Christopher Beisel of Santiago Zamora, Guatemala; son, Michael (Patricia) Beisel of W. Linn, Ore; and son, Thaddeus (Soulayvanh) Beisel of Portland, Ore; eight grandchildren; and sister, Kathleen Obermiller of Bay City.

   She was preceded in death by husband John Beisel in 1993, and son John Gregory Beisel.

   A memorial funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004 at St. Stephens Catholic Church, 2711 Mackinaw St., Saginaw, with Rev. Fr. Pat O’Connor officiating. Interment will be in St. Andrews Cemetery in Saginaw.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Ursula Cecelia Bell

 

   Ursula Cecelia Bell of Eaton Rapids, our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the age of 85, in Charlotte. She was born December 24, 1917 in Hubbell, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Mary (McKay) Desrosier. Mrs. Bell had worked at one time for the local paper in Mason and later with the American Cancer Society in Charlotte. A member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids, a volunteer for St. Vincent Clothing Bank and was a member of the Altar Society. Preceding her in death were her husband Thomas Bell in 1984; two brothers, Hubert and Gervace Desrosier; sister, Margaret Kaza.

   Surviving are two sons, Stan (Carol) Bell and Michael (Theresa) Bell all of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandsons, James (Glenda) Bell, David (Debra) Bell and Thomas Bell all of Eaton Rapids; 4 granddaughters, Cindy Mussell of Mason, Annette (Donald) Calcaterra of Gross Pointe Park, Carrie Bell and Kathryn Bell both of Eaton Rapids; sister, Delores Pavwoski of Flint; 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Hill, Dorothy Hughes and Gladys (Lyle) Studer; 3 brothers-in-law, Johnny Bell, Harry (Midge) Bell and William (Betty) Bell; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, March 8, 2003 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine as celebrant. Burial followed in the Munger Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church in memory of Ursula C. Bell. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Claribell “Sally” Bennett

 

   Claribell Blanche “Sally” Bennett, age 89, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, September 21, 2003 at her residence. Born July 9, 1914 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Jessie (Hagel) and Walter Thomas Bartlett. Mrs. Bennett was an Eastern High School graduate, class of 1933, who had just attended her 70 year class reunion. She was retired from General Motors, Oldsmobile Division as a secretary in the Engineering Department, and was formerly an office nurse for Dr. Silverman’s office in Lansing. She was a Life member of the PILOT Club of Lansing and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens, where she spent countless hours knitting mittens and caps, for the organization.

   Surviving are her husband Carl M; daughter, Barbara (William) Lampson of Eaton Rapids; son, Brian (Merry) Bennett of Carson City; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and sister, Carol (Walter) Bush of Florida; special step-grandson, Steven Lampson and family of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Munger Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Sally Bennett.

 

                                   

 

 

Edward Karl Berthold

 

   Edward Karl Berthold, age 68, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, August 7, 2003 in Cadillac. Ed was born June 23, 1935 in Chicago, IL, the son of Robert and Helene (Schmidt) Berthold. He was an active member and served on various boards of the First Lutheran Church in Charlotte. Ed was a past president of the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club and was active in numerous educational administrative organizations. Mr. Berthold was a retired principal of Lockwood Elementary School in Eaton Rapids, former principal at St. Lorenz Lutheran in Frankenmuth and a teacher/principal at St. John Lutheran in Wheaton IL for 18 years. He was also instrumental in setting up Imagination Library. Ed was preceded in death by 2 brothers; 1 sister and daughter-in-law, Tara Berthold.

   Surviving are his wife of 12 years, Ann (Williams) of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, Robert Karl (Lisa) Berthold and daughter Alexandria of Fenton, Mark Edward Berthold and children Conner and Rebekah of Eaton Rapids; step daughter, Jennifer Clark and son, Ryan of Saginaw; father & mother-in-law, Ralph and Ethel Williams of Saginaw, 2 brothers-in-law, James (Linda) Williams of Traverse City, Robert (Barbara) Williams of Saginaw; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, August 11, 2003, at the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tim Olson and Pastor Dale Alschwede officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Dan Cupp, Russ Halsey, Stan Phinney, Duane Ross, Randy Siemon, Doug Stevens, Vic Wernette and Dan Wrubel. Honorary bearers were his friends from the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Medical Care or the Edward Berthold Scholarship Fund at Charlotte First Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Betty J. Betts

 

   Betty Jane Betts, 79, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003.

   Mrs. Betts was born Feb. 16, 1924 in Lansing, the daughter of Alexander Gemmill and Bessie (Moore) Gemmill. She was a homemaker and enjoyed art and crafts, gardening, cooking, baking, camping and traveling. She enjoyed cats and dogs over the years.

   She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Elmer Betts; sons, Bob (Brenda) Betts of Vermontville; daughter, Vickie (Stewart) Sorenson of Charlotte; and daughter-in-law Chris Betts of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her son Richard Betts in 2002; brother Loy and sister Crystal.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 28 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

Donnalee Bibler

 

   Donnalee Bibler, age 71, of Springport, passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2003. She was born October 16, 1932, in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Floyd and Ilah Wright. She married Samuel Albert Bibler on April 16, 1949. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, on January 16, 1999. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, Vertral and Cecil Wright, one sister, Betty Baker and one granddaughter, Tammy Riever.

   Surviving are five children, Linda (Bob) Riever, Berton (Robin) Bibler, Samuel (Tracy) Bibler, Larry Bibler, and Steven (Melissa) Bibler, 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Beatrice Lovell and Imogene Wright, one brother, Laverne Wright and numerous nieces and nephews. Donna was a great homemaker who raised five children; she loved to cook and to write poems. She worked at Tender Care Medical Care of Marshall for several years, where she was a past Employee of the Year.

   Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at the Springport Cemetery on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Bob Doner officiating. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Robertson Funeral Homes, Springport Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

June Billingsley

 

   June E. (McDermid) Billingsley, age 76, of Portland, formerly of Olivet, died Friday, May 23, 2003 after a short illness.

   Mrs. Billingsley was born June 23, 1926 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Hewitt) McDermid, and had been a Portland resident for five years, moving from Olivet. She was a former employee of Progressive Dynamics in Marshall and was currently a member of Portland United Methodist Church.

   Surviving are her children, Mary Ann (Ian) Beard of Lyons, Larry (Becky) Billingsley of Sunfield, Janet (Don) Robinson of Portland, and Duane (Jane) Billingsley of Merrillville, Ind.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Jean Baker of Battle Creek and Virginia Cooley of Mason; and two brothers, Charles McDermid of Florida and James McDermid of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey “Pete” Billingsley in 1979; son, Keith Billingsley in 1986; and a sister, Margaret McLaughlin.

   Funeral services were held May 28 at Portland United Methodist Church, with Rev. Scott Otis officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Portland United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Herbert R. Black III

 

   Herbert (Burt) R. Black III, 25, of Ann Arbor, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 as a result of complications from a congenital heart defect.

   He was a student in the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology, majoring in sports management and communication. While Burt’s heart, arm and brain worked differently, his indomitable and independent spirit was an inspiration to all. Burt was both a “Law and Order” and a University of Michigan football and hockey aficionado. He enjoyed his four years as the manager of the Huron High School hockey team (class of 1997), and working at the U of M Varsity Tennis Center. Burt if survived by his parents, Herb Black, Jr. and Chris Kahan Black; his brothers, Stephen and Kevin: his grandmother, Sophia Ayotte; his step-grandmother, Dorothy Haskins Black of Charlotte; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Herbert R. Black of Charlotte.

   Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Burt Black Memorial Fund (for disabled children) at 201 S. Main, Suite 501, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

                                   

 

Lulu M. Blick

 

   Lulu M. Blick, 81, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003.

   Mrs. Blick was born in Meridian Township, Ingham County, the daughter of Hardy M.J. and Mae (Sherman) Aseltine and had been a Charlotte resident for 57 years. She was a retired elementary school teacher, with 38 years of service, having taught in the Loucks, Smith & Wheaton rural schools and the Charlotte school system, from where she retired. Mrs. Blick was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, attended County Normal and began her teaching career at age 19. While teaching, she continued her education at Michigan State University, eventually receiving a master’s degree. Mrs. Blick was a longtime member of the Charlotte Pentecostal Church of God.

   Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Don Blick; daughter, Laurie (Jerry) Knight of Charlotte; son, David Blick of Charlotte; five grandchildren; and one sister, June Salyer of Bronson.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Elbern Householder of Charlotte Pentecostal Church of God officiating. Interment was at Maple Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Pentecostal Church of God.

 

                                   

 

 

Kay C. Bly

 

   Mr. Kay C. Bly of Charlotte, died Monday April 21, 2003.

   Mr. Bly was born Sept. 27, 1916 in Brookfield, the son of Charlotte and Jennie (Kay) Bly. He married Helen Grimes Oct. 24, 1941 and they had celebrated 61 years of marriage. Mr. Bly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and had been a foreman for many years with the Michigan Department of Transportation, retiring in 1980. He was a life member of Maple City VFW Post #2406 of Charlotte and Eagles Aerie #3552 of Charlotte, and was an expert gardener.

   Surviving are his wife, H Helen; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” (Richard) Fain of Lennon; son, John (Brenda) Bly of Charlotte; grandchildren, John (Lisa) Bly, Charles (Kelly) Fain, Elizabeth (Paul) Lee, Jim (Marisa) Bly; and five great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his sisters, Zella Rockey and Bernadine Mann.

   Funeral services were held April 24 at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Gloria Bohus

 

   Gloria Bohus of Potterville, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003.

   The joy of her life was serving her Lord and her dearly loved family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Stephan; two sons, John and Michael; and one brother, Tony.

   She is survived by her children, Steve and Wendy Bohus, Greg and Sandra Haman, David Bohus, Dan and Deanna LaClair, Nancy Firlan, Steve and Linda Srittmatter, Joe and Carol Fox; 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Lupe (Bonita) Pena; three sisters, Angelina Garcia, Carmen Escobedo, and deeply loved and adored sister, soul mate and best friend, Esther (Ronald) McKeever; and companions, Bob and Cookie.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Steven Bohus officiating.

 

                                   

 

 

Agnes E. Bolz

 

   Agnes Elizabeth Bolz, 81, of Bellevue, died April 12, 2003 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Bolz was born Oct. 3, 1921 to George and Gladys (Wooden) Faber in Pontiac. She worked at Robinson’s and in the packaging department at Kellogg’s, retiring in 1985. She married Walter Bolz June 27, 1942; he died March 24, 1997. Mrs. Bolz was a member of the Bellevue Assembly of God Church and taught Sunday school there. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, camping and fishing with her husband.

   She is survived by sons, Dan (Chris) Bolz of Battle Creek, Gary (Eleanor) Bolz of Oklahoma; daughters, Connie (John) Baker of Bellevue, Bonnie (Leonard) Barney of East Pointe; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and sister, Virginia Zinn of West Virginia.

   Services were held April 15 at Bellevue Christian Center, with Pastor Leonard Barney officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   


Mabel E. Booher

 

   Mabel E. Booher, 93, of Battle Creek formerly of the Vermontville area, passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 12, 2003.

   She was born in Eaton County on April 14, 1909 to Guy and Bertha (Gorham) VanBlarcom. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1927 and then attended Eaton County Normal and Western Michigan University to receive her teaching certificate. She went on to teach for four years before remaining home to raise her family. She married Russell Booher on June 1, 1929. For many years, Mrs. Booher was an active participant at the Vermontville Methodist Church, the United Women’s Club and Vermontville Historical Society. She will be remembered for making her extended family feel special and loved.

   She is survived by her sons, Vernon (Ann) Booher and Durwood (Jeanne) Booher; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Claude VanBlarcom; sister, Josephine Cates; sister-in-law, Theresa VanBlarcom; and many other relatives and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; her parents; son, Kerwin Booher; sisters, Glenna Coleman, Zelna Rose and Edith Benedict; and brother, Kenneth VanBlarcom. Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Koops Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emily Andrus Senior Residence Endowment Fund or Vermontville United Methodist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Leon C. Borgman

 

   Leon C. Borgman passed away Sunday, April 6, 2003 in Grand Rapids.

   He was born July 13, 1921 to Agnes and Henry Borgman of Olivet. Mr. Borgman was a farmer and lived his entire life in Olivet. He was a World War II veteran. The past six years he resided in the VA home in Grand Rapids.

   He is survived by one daughter; Cynthia (Rick) Borgman; two sons, Carl (Diane) of Mason and Roger of Olivet; one brother, Emert Borgman of Bellevue; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Borgman, three brothers and two sisters.

   Services were held at the Veteran’s Home April 9. A graveside ceremony was performed at Bosworth Cemetery.

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Jane Bosworth

 

   Jane Bosworth, 89 of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003. Mrs. Bosworth was born Aug. 9, 1914 in Wilkensburg, PA, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Hoover) Roberts.

   She is survived by step-daughter, Sonie Crockett of St. Paul, Minn., daughters, Mary (Scott) Palmer of Charlotte, Susan (Edward) Wollferum of Royal Oak, son Alan (Laurie) Bosworth of Charlotte, grandchildren, Kirk (Nicole) Palmer, Kraig (Chris) Palmer, Kasey Palmer, Jake Bosworth, Mary-Kate Bosworth, Alex Bosworth, Scot (Salley) Crockett, great grandchild, Meredyth Crockett, and brother Paul (Geraldine) Roberts of Washington, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, Auletus Bosworth, on March 11, 1993 and stepson-in-law David Crockett. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                               

 

 

Lyle and Esther Bosworth

 

   An avid fisherman, Lyle Bosworth passed away at the age of 86 on Jan. 4, 2003 in Cumming, Ga., where he had recently moved to be closer to his children. Formerly from Vermontville, Lyle and his wife, Esther (Wonser), lived on an 80-acre farm on Dow Road for almost 20 years. Esther died at the age of 87 on Jan. 30, 2000 in Lake Wales, Fla. The couple had been married for 59 years.

   Born in 1916 in Vermontville, Lyle was the son of Ole and Jessie (Bale) Bosworth. As a young man, he farmed for a few years before he began working at Motor Wheel Corp. in Lansing. He retired in 1976 as a set-up and experimental tool and die welder after working there for 41 years.

   Born in 1912 in Mulliken, Esther was the daughter of Ernest and Susie Wonser. She graduated from high school in Mulliken, and went on to study at the University of Michigan before meeting Lyle in 1939. The Bosworths married in 1941.

   A homemaker, Esther helped manage their family farm, sewed expertly, tutored students, and taught organ lessons. She received awards in sewing and writing competitions. Lyle and Esther were devoted outdoor sports enthusiasts who loved nature. They fished, hunted pheasants and deer, water-skied, and camped in Michigan and across the United States. Their children, nieces, and nephews remember their generous spirits, warm hospitality, wonderful sense of humor, love of learning, and sense of adventure.

   Lyle was preceded in death by his brother, Louis and sister, Illa Meyers. Esther’s six brothers and sisters have also passed away. They are Ruth who recently died, Lee, Roy, Cash, Floyd, and Esther’s twin sister, Mary.

   Surviving the Bosworths are their three children, Janet Dower of Burke, Va., Jack of Dawsonville, Ga., and Joseph with his wife, Ann, of Dawsonville, Ga.; their grandsons, Greg and Marc Bosworth, both of Atlanta, Ga., Matthew Dower of Burke, Va., and U.S. Marine LCIp. Kevin Dower of King’s Bay, Ga., plus many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service for the Bosworths will be held in the spring in Michigan with inurnment at Welch Cemetery in Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy by sending a brief note stating: 1) the gift is in memoriam to Lyle and Esther Bosworth (Account #10520353), and 2) is designated for the Michigan projects. The contributions with the note may be sent to Renee Marcoux, development coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, 101 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906. You may contact The Nature Conservancy at (517) 316-2271 (phone) or (517) 316-9886 (fax).

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred Bottomley

 

   Mildred English Bottomley, 94, of Portage, died peacefully at home Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003.

   Mrs. Bottomley was born Oct. 2, 1908, raised in Gratiot County, Washington Township and was the daughter of Henry and Cornelia English. In her lifetime, she worked in the family bed and breakfast in Pompeii, the 5 & 10 cent store in Lansing, and the dress department in Montgomery Ward in Dearborn. Before her retirement at age 82, she was co-owner and office manager for Bottomley School Equipment in Dearborn. She and her husband of 73 years, Harry maintained a family home in Dearborn for 60 years before moving to Portage in October of 2000. During her lifetime, Mrs. Bottomley enjoyed family, children, friends, travel, reading and gardening.

   She is survived by two sons and one daughter and their spouses, Robert and Edna Bottomley of Macedonia, Ohio, Roger and Robin Bottomley of Denver, Colo. and Donella and Ennis Laskowsky of Portage; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Eileen English of Lansing; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Harry and by four brothers.

   Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave. with the Rev. Richard Liggett officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Alice Boyer

 

   Alice Louise Boyer, 92, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003. Mrs. Boyer was born May 7, 1910, in Traverse City, the daughter of Lewis L. and Minnie (Shepler) Fuller.

   Louise was always available to look after family and friends in need. She was an office worker for the Stockyards for 30 years and spent her life farming with her husband on the family farm northwest of Charlotte. She is survived by daughters; Wilma Hogle of Charlotte, Lola Mae Smith of Jefferson, Georgia, Mary (John) Hall of Charlotte, Martha J. Swift of Sunfield, Donna Belle (Paul) Thayer of Plainwell, son Jorum J. (Jeannette) Boyer of Sunfield, 26 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren. She married Lowell Arthur Boyer on Sept. 22, 1928 who preceded her in death in 1979. She was also preceded in death by granddaughter Karen Thayer in 1989 and son Donald Boyer in 1941.

   Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Brian Sheen officiating. Interment will be in Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Pray Funeral Home.

   Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald R. Branch

 

   Donald R. Branch, 84, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003.

   Mr. Branch was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Royal Oak, the son of Archie and Matilda (Gouine) Branch. He was a cartographic draftsman for the state of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, retiring after 39 years in 1984. He fostered sportsmanship as a Little League coach years ago and was a two-time champion bowler for State Highway Bowling League.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth (Thompson) Branch; sons, Douglas (Dianne) Branch of Holt, David Branch of Dimondale and Thomas Branch of Lansing; daughter, Janice (Kevin) DeFrates of Ionia; son, Phillip Branch of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Jean) Branch of Zephyrhills, Fla. and Robert Branch.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Darrell Hodge officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Larry J. Brester

 

   Larry J. Brester, age 64, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003 at his residence after a six-month illness.

   Larry was born Nov. 10, 1938 in Laurel, Mont., the son of Fred and Lydia (Frickle) Brester. He was employed as a truck driver for motorcycle stunt driver Evil Knevil for many years and later was employed at the Maeward Couplings Co. in Olivet.

   Surviving are his wife, Cherri (Dowding) Brester; one son, Fred Brester of Olivet; two daughters, Lydia Brester and Kassie Brester, both of Olivet, three sisters, Sally Brester, Judy Pease and Betty Pease, all of Billings, Mont.; and three brothers, Dick Brester, Bob Brester and Kenny Brester, all of Laurel, Mont.

   He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jerry Brester on March 4, 2001.

   At Larry’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Sept. 8 at Olivet Congregational Church, with Rev. Roy Backus officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or the family. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Lynn R. Brown

 

   Lynn R. Brown, of Lansing, died Oct. 14, 2003.

   Lynn was born in Charlotte Nov. 6, 1936. He was known for his positive outlook and keen sense of humor. Lynn was grateful to the Pulmonary Transplant Team at Henry Ford Hospital for all the care, encouragement and assistance he received.

   Lynn was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth G. Brown.

   Surviving are his mother, Evan McBride Brown; his wife, Joyce Sindall Brown; children, Cheri (Rob) Fender, Linda (Ivan) Diersen, Lori (Paul) Devitt, Sandi Troutt, Wendy (Bill) Clancy and Mervin Brown; brothers, Bob, Dan and Jerry; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Lynn willed his body to the Michigan State University Medical School. There will be no services.

Arrangements were by Gorsline-Runciman Co. Lansing Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

Steve L. Brown

 

Steve L. Brown, 48, of Charlotte, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003.

   Mr. Brown was born Oct. 2, 1954 in Charlotte, the son of Robert and Pat A. (David) Brown. He was a bar tacker at Peckham Manufacturing.

   He is survived by his son, Peter Brown and Charity; son, Joseph Brown and Tracy; grandson, Kyle Brown; brother, Donald Brown; father, Robert and step-mother Susan Myers-Brown; mother, Pat. A. Brown; stepbrother, Kevin (Lisa) Myers; stepsister, August (Bob) Mellios; and four nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by twin brother, Stan Brown on Dec. 8, 2002.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 14, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands of Charlotte. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.  Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

Shirley A. Brumm

 

   Shirley A. Brumm, 80, of Vermontville, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003.

   Shirley was born Oct. 23, 1923 in Eaton County, the daughter of H. Dorr and Gertrude (Briggs) Andrews. She was the deputy Eaton County drain commissioner from 1977 to 1984 and the assistant to the Eaton County drain commissioner from 1985 to 2002. She was a member and past matron of the Vermontville O.E.S. Chapter 342.

   She is survived by son Roger Brumm and friend Norma, of Nashville; son, Chris (Penny) Brumm of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Agnes Lake of Vermontville; brothers, Edward Andrews of Charlotte and Ion Andrews of Vermontville.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 31 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating.

   Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

  Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Allyce D. Brunk

 

   Allyce D. “Ally” Brunk, age 4, of Grand Ledge, passed away Nov. 18, 2003 in Lansing.

   Though we’ll miss your smile and the joy it brings, our bravest angel now has wings. In four short years Ally taught us more about love, patience, sacrifice and the value of small success, than most learn in a lifetime.

   She was predeceased by her grandfather, Dean McConnell.

   She takes with her to heaven a piece of the hearts of all who knew and loved her, parents Dan and Julie Brunk; baby sister, Laynee; Nana and Papa, Philip and Dee Brunk; grandma, Mildred McConnell; grandfather, Jack O’Donnell; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends.

   Special thanks to the Dorian family of Potterville for all your loving care.

   “Run, play, laugh and sing Ally with Sarah, Poppy and Dinger – no more pain, Angel. We love you with all our hearts.”

   Services were held Nov. 22 at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Carson City, with Rev. Kenneth Williamson officiating. Interment was held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Arrangements were by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

   Contributions may be made through Calvary Lutheran Church and in turn will be dispersed to children charities, which will include the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

 

                                   

 

 

Ethel A. Buck

 

   Ethel A. Buck, age 90, of Hastings, passed away May 22, 2003 at Moore’s Adult Foster Care in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Buck was born Sept. 13, 1912 in Bosler, Wyo., the daughter of Elam and Earea (Edwards) Crook. She graduated from Hastings High School and received a teacher’s certificate from Barry County Normal and taught at Hastings Center School and Fish School. She was a member of Welcome Corners United Methodist Church and the Ladies Aid Society, a Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader and 50-year member of Barry County Extension. She enjoyed gardening, canning, reading and traveling. Ethel married H. Kendall Buck Jan. 9, 1937.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Allen Buck, brother Sanford Crook, and sisters Rose Mary Messer and Frances Crook.

   Surviving are her husband of 66 years, H. Kendall Buck; children, Doreen (John) Campbell and Douglas (Nola) Buck, both of Charlotte, Lawrence Eddy (Barbara) Buck of Hastings, Marjorie (Dennis) Weingardt of Denver, Colo., Roseanne (David) Beehler of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren, Joan (Michael) Brennan, Thomas (Laurie) Campbell, Kimberlee (Ruben) Mars, Stephanie Buck, Stacey Buck, Nicholas Weingardt, Laura Weingardt, Brandon Beehler, Ryan Beehler, Michelle Beehler; and great-grandchildren, Samuel, Patrick, Margaret, Samantha and Carson.

   Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at Welcome Corners United Methodist Church on M-43, north of Hastings, with Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Interment will be at Fuller Cemetery following a luncheon at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Welcome Corners United Methodist Church of the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.

 

                                   

 

 

Kathryn W. Buck

 

   Kathryn Wonita Buck, 80, of Assyria Township, died March 26, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   She was born April 7, 1922 to George and Estie Mae (Rice) Bentz in Assyria Township. She graduated from Olivet High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Mrs. Buck worked as a clerk typist for the Michigan Employment Security Commission for over 17 years, retiring in 1986. She married Alvin James Buck Jan. 6, 1945 in Indiana; he died Oct. 9, 1999. Kathryn enjoyed quilting, embroidery, photography, reading, canning, traveling and attending garage sales. She also loved being outdoors gardening, walking, watching birds and other critters including bugs and snakes.

   She is survived by her daughters, Eloise Mae Taylor of Traverse City and Louise Pearl Buck of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Raymond Simmons of Mississippi.

   He was preceded in death by Sister Leatha Lucile Bentz, and brother George Bentz.

   Services were held March 31 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor George Gay officiating. Interment was at Bell Cemetery in Assyria Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Maple Grove Bible Church. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Jerry C. Bugbee

 

   Jerry C. Bugbee, of Onondaga, passed away at home under the loving care of his family and hospice on Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at the age of 61. Jerry was an original member of the Onondaga Gun Club. He started working at the gas station at the age of 11 and he then ran his own garage for almost 45 years. Jerry was a long time member of the Leslie American Legion and the Jackson Eagles 612. He was also one of the original Onondaga Firemen.

   Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Joan, five stepchildren, Steven Jones, Timothy Jones, Dennis Jones, Gregory (Cindy) Jones, and Susan Jones; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, three brothers, Bob, Jack and Jim; four sisters, Lillian, Esther, Sandra and Joan, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

   According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at the Robertson Funeral Homes, Leslie Chapel, on Friday, July 25, 2003. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the Onondaga Fire Department.

 

                                   

 

 

Louise Isabell Burk

 

   Louise Isabell Burk, age 72, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, December 26, 2003 in DeWitt. Born July 12, 1931 in Lansing, the daughter of William Fred and Emma Liddy (Lenon) Sherman. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Sherman and parents.

   Surviving are her husband of 54 years; Albert; 3 sisters, Violet (Dennis) Fox of Alpena, Thelma (Gerry) Swartz of DeWitt and Lullabell Croy of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Alice Burk of Lansing; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Monday, December 29, 2003 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice in Memory of Louise I Burk.

 

                                   

 

 

Norma J. Burke

 

   Norma J. Burke, age 82 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, January 12, 2003 in Lansing. Norma was born January 18, 1920 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Harold Raymond and Clara (Purse) MacArthur. Norma was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Carl C. Burke in 2000 and her niece, Sharon Ann Wynne in 1999.

   Surviving are her 2 sisters, twin, Dorothy (Bill) Allen, Adele (Marvin Lang) Akley; nephew, Kenneth Eaves; and grandnephew, Nicholas Eaves all of Holt.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

 

Karla Burkwalt

 

   Karla Burkwalt, 56, of Springport, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2003 at her home. She was born Aug. 11, 1944 in South Bend, Ind. to Robert and Phyllis (Lefler) Weaver.

   Karla was employed as a medical assistant in adult foster care and enjoyed playing bingo, flower arranging, fishing and helping others.

   Survivors include one daughter, Lisa (Danny) Newsome of Springport; two sons, Darin Kelley St. of Albion and Phillip Kuk of Eaton Rapids; one sister, Karen Williams of South Bend, Ind.; one brother, Raymond Weaver of Berrington; and six grandchildren.

   Her parents preceded her in death.

   Graveside services were held July 29 at Hunt Cemetery in Clarence Township, with Rev. Earl Martin officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family or American Heart Association. Arrangements were by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home of Albion.

 

                                   

 

 

Roberta L. Burleson

 

   Roberta “Robin” L. (Bosworth) Burleson, age 45 of Eaton Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 from her residence, peacefully with her family by her side. She was born December 11, 1957 in Lansing, the daughter of Wesley A. and Waneta J. (Carey) Bosworth. Robin grew up in the Sunfield area and had formerly worked for the State of Michigan and for General Motors in Lansing. Preceding her in death was her mother, Waneta and sister, Mary.

   Surviving are her husband of 16 years, Bill; daughter, Maryanna Burleson; father, Wesley (Gerry Franks) Bosworth of Fruitport; brother, Allen (Teddy Miller) Bosworth of Muskegon, twin brother, Raymond Bosworth of Muskegon; sister, Julia (Jim) Vedder of Mulliken; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor Glenn Shelton, officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Visiting Nurse Hospice in memory of Roberta “Robin” L. Burleson.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard A. Butler Sr.

 

   Richard A. Butler Sr., age 53, of Mulliken, passed away Aug. 29, 2003 in Charlotte.

   He was born Feb. 21, 1950 in Lansing, the son of Donald and Doris (Peiffer) Butler. Richard was a truck driver for Blazer Trucking, served in the U.S. Navy, was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors.

   He is survived by one son, Richard Jr. (Krista) of Portland; two daughters, Lisa (Josh) Burt of Potterville and Jennifer (Chad) Johnson of Perrinton; nine grandchildren; his father, Donald Butler of Grand Ledge; one brother, Jim (Karen) Butler of Perry; and one sister, Mary (Bob) Gidley of Grand Ledge.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Butler Memorial Fund.

 

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Julia Ann Byer

 

   Julia Ann Byer, age 70 of Holt and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at a Lansing hospital. Born December 7, 1932 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of John Wheeler and Clara Mable (Coats) Norris. Julia was a retired Executive Secretary for the Michigan Hospital Association. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, former President of the Eaton Rapids B.P.W. and the Eaton Rapids Welcome Wagon. Preceding her in death were a son, Christopher; parents; and brother, Robert Norris.

   Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Samuel Wayne Byer; 3 sons, Jeffery A. Byer of Holt; Craig (Tomoko) Byer of Columbus, Ohio and Scott (Fonda) Byer of Springport; daughter-in-law, Tami Byer of Holt; 7 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; 3 sisters, Maxine Ferguson of Eaton Rapids, Phyllis (Howard) Haven of Onondaga, and Janet (Clayton) Elston of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law, Gertrude Norris of Eaton Rapids and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Tom Evans, officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Mother Theresa House in memory of Julia A. Byer.

 

                                   

 

 

Thelma D. Calvin

 

   Thelma D. Calvin of Charlotte, was born Sept. 20, 1912 in Urbana, Ohio, and died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 at the age of 90.

   Mrs. Calvin retired from Oldsmobile in 1973. She had been a Lansing resident since 1919, and moved to charlotte in 1975. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte and a member of Bastogne Luzen VFW 8715 Auxiliary in Battle Creek.

   She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Ernest Calvin; son, Clyde Dietz; daughter, Norma Powell; step-son, Dennis Calvin; step-daughter, Donna Sebrell; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Skiles in 1993 in Springfield, Ohio.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the West Fund at Peace Lutheran Church, which helps people in need. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Norman J. Campbell

 

   Norman John Campbell passed away Aug. 21, 2003 after a battle with cancer.

   Norm retired from Oldsmobile as a Quality Engineer manager in 1988 after a 32-year career. Norm also served his country in the National Guard for 14 years and retired as battery commander of the Charlotte unit. Norm, and his wife Wilma of 47 years, had 15 healthy years of retirement together. They attended many memorable functions with family and friends during that time. They recently moved form their Florida home back to Charlotte and have spent a great deal of family time at their lakefront home near Gladwin. Norm had a great passion for golf and played many championship courses around the country over the years. He shared his love of the game with many of his family members and friends, as he was [a] great teacher of the sport. He also enjoyed fishing, which he learned from his father. He and four brothers enjoyed growing up on Pine Lake in his boyhood hometown of Olivet. Norm was always eager to engage in a good political discussion, or any other controversial subject that came about. He also enjoyed studying history, philosophy and Bible study. He was passionate about discussing his Christian life with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

   Norm was preceded in death by his father, George Campbell in 1995.

   Norm is survived by his mother, Beatrice Campbell of Olivet; his wife, Wilma of Charlotte; three children, Lori (Rex) Baum of Charlotte,

Andy (Cammi) Campbell of Eaton Rapids and Mary Jo Campbell Mills of Lansing; six grandchildren; Ryan, Patrick and Holly Baum, Corey and Kindra Campbell, and Jason Mills; four brothers, David (Judy) of Olivet, Gerald (Shirley) of Bellevue, Daniel of Lansing, and Brian (Sharon) of Gross Point Farms; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 25 at the First Congregational Church of Olivet, with Pastor Jack Skirvin and Dr. Roy Backus officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy Evelyn “Dottie” Carpenter

 

   Dorothy Evelyn “Dottie” Carpenter, age 71 of Charlotte died Saturday, November 29, 2003 in Lasing, Michigan. Mrs. Carpenter was born February 16, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Morris and Evelyn (Amaro) Gray, Sr. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a former school bus driver, and had been a volunteer for the Eaton Community Hospice, Helping Hands, the Siren Eaton Shelter and she and her husband were active in the Meals on Wheels program. They especially loved visiting lighthouses throughout Michigan.

   She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bruce R. Carpenter, daughters Catherine (John) Kallioinen of Eaton Rapids, Cris Carpenter of Battle Creek, son Michael (Diane) Carpenter of Asheville, North Carolina, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, brothers Donald Gray of West Greenwich, Rhode Island, Joseph Gray of Minden, Louisiana and sister Gertrude Gulyas of Juneau, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her brother Morris Gray, Jr.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Yeagley officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township, Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Elsie May Carroll

 

   Elsie May Carroll, 90 of Charlotte, died April 23, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Mrs. Carroll was born Feb. 17, 1913 in Charlotte, the daughter of John Henry and Mary Louise (Potter) Kellogg.

   She attended the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, enjoyed crocheting and her family. She is survived by sons Robert and Donald (Shirley) Carroll both of Charlotte, Leo (Margaret) of Nashville, daughters Barbara Rolfe of Vermontville, Doris Sherman of Allegan, and Pamela of Eaton Rapids, 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husband Claude in 1981 and son Richard in 1996, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

   Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Elsie May Carroll

 

   Elsie May Carroll, 90 of Charlotte, died April 23, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Mrs. Carroll was born Feb. 17, 1913 in Charlotte, the daughter of John Henry and Mary Louise (Potter) Kellogg.

   She attended the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, enjoyed crocheting and her family. She is survived by sons Robert and Donald (Shirley) Carroll both of Charlotte, Leo (Margaret) of Nashville, daughters Barbara Rolfe of Vermontville, Doris Sherman of Allegan, and Pamela of Eaton Rapids, 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Claude in 1981 and son Richard in 1996, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

   Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Mark Booth officiating. Interment will be in Kalamo Hillside Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

 

Raymundo Cena Jr.

 

   Raymundo Cena Jr., age 79, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2003. He was born Feb. 6, 1924 in Laredo, Texas, the son of the late Raymundo Sr. and Angela (Rodriquez) Cena.

   Mr. Cena was raised in Laredo, Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sergeant in the 555th Army Air Forces Base Unit, Army of the United States, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater, earning a Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After serving his country, he graduated from Kilgore College, studying mechanical engineering.

   He and his brothers were very proud of the fact that they all served their country in either World War II or the Korean War. After 42 years of service, Raymundo retired from the Olofsson Corp. as a tool and die maker in 1993, and was a member of UAW Local #724.

   He was a self-made mechanic who loved photography and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

   Raymundo was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Estella; brother, Armando; sister, Hortencia Garcia; and special uncle, Matias Rodriguez.

   Surviving are his loving wife of 37 years, Romaine; five children, Victor (Linda) Cena, Maria Patino, Jim Patino, Patty (Jeff) Rienstra, Theresa (Brian) Ross and Laura (Kurt) Doten; grandchildren, Michael, Angela and Rebecca Cena; Nathan and Nicholas Patino; Rachael Rienstra; Dillon and Gabriel Ross; siblings, Frank (Carmella) Cena, Angelina Pena, Ramiro (Irma) Cena and Ernesto Cena; sister-in-law, Inez Cena; half-brother, Javier (Yolanda) Cena; and half-sister, Maria Cena.

   A funeral mass was held July 28 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. John Fain as celebrant. Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Michigan Regional Dialysis Center  - Memorial Fund or Cristo Rey Community Center in memory of Raymundo Cena Jr. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmerbush.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Marilyn J. Charboneau

 

   Marilyn J. (Fassett-Starr) Charboneau, 68, of Pinckney, died Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2003 at her residence.

   She was born Oct. 6, 1934 in Maple Grove Township, the daughter of Floyd and Lillian Esther Doty Fassett. She married Clement “Kem” Charboneau Sept. 18, 1981 in Ypsilanti. Marilyn was a secretary for the Financial Dept. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

   She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Deborah Garrett of Georgia, Cynthia Marie Belville of Ann Arbor and Tamara Starr of Munith; one son, Michael Starr of Whitmore Lake; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gary Fassett of Montana.

   She was preceded in death by one brother, Gaylord Fassett.

   Funeral mass was held Sept. 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pinckney, with Rev. Fr. Kenneth Coughlin officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

   Arrangements were by Shelters Funeral Home of Pinckney. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.sheltersfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Gail Cheney

 

   Gail Robert Cheney, formerly from Nacogdoches, Texas, lived with is daughter Betty and her family in Chester Township, MI for two years prior to dying on Sept. 9, 2003 at the age of 83. He was born in Tekonsha, MI.

   After serving as an Army “eye in the sky” reconnaissance pilot in World War II, he completed graduate studies in education at Michigan State University. He taught in both the Laingsburg and Hillman school districts and finished his career as principal of Flushing High school.

   He was a proud member of the Lion’s Club, and while with the Airway Underwriter’s Association he ascended to the Million Dollar Club in 1968. He also enjoyed watching military planes fly in and out of Selfridge ANG Base near his home in Chesterfield.

   He is survived by his daughter, Betty (Richard) Puffer, son Steven (Anke) Cheney, brothers Gordon (Loretta) Cheney and Dr. William (Eleanor) Cheney, five stepchildren, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and his constant companion, Max the family’s dog.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean, second wife, Virginia, brothers Dr. Edward A. Cheney, Harold Cheney and sister Marian Herman.

   Memorial service will be held at Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing, on Sept. 27, 2003 at 3 p.m.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold A. Cheney

 

   Harold A. Cheney, 76, of Almira Township, Benzie County, died Monday, June 30, 2003 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

  Mr. Cheney was born July 15, 1926 in Tekonsha, the son of Albert and Allie (Grice) Cheney. After graduation from Charlotte High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Cheney had been a resident of Benzie County for the past three years and had previously resided in Bear Lake, Arcadia and Okemos. He retired in 1988 after serving 20 years as a technician for the state of Michigan in the Bridge Design Division. He was a member of Experimental Pilots Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Beulah. On April 12, 1969 in Okemos, he married Rose Essenberg.

   Surviving are his wife Rose; a son, Mark Dean (Jackie) Cheney of Beggs, Okla.; two daughters, Jolene Wyman of Dimondale and Barbara (Miguel) Cheney-Mata of El Segundo, Calif.; three stepsons, Alvin DeYoung of Austin, Texas, John (Imgard) DeYoung of DeWitt and Donald DeYoung of Anchorage, Alaska; 14 grandchildren; and three brothers, Dr. William (Eleanor) Cheney of East Lansing, Gail Cheney of Chesterfield and Gordon (Loretta) Cheney of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dr. Edward Cheney; and a sister, Madan Herman.

   Funeral Services were held July 3 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Beulah, with Rev. Thomas Nelson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the Michigan Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Rebecca A. Cherry

 

   Rebecca A. Cherry, 73, of Ellsworth, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 8, 2003.

   Mrs. Cherry was born April 14, 1929 in Lansing, the daughter of Albert and Esther (Kraft) Hurlbut. Mrs. Cherry had been a long time member of Crossroads Church of the United Brethren. She married Maurice Cherry, who preceded her in death.

   She is survived by sons, Eric (Gail) of Ellsworth and Calvin (Wilma Jo) of Charlotte; daughters, Linda (Tony) Reiff of Bluffton, Ind., Bonnie Cherry of Lansing, and Maurine (Tom) Bethke of Harbor Springs; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Marian Baker, Judith Cain and Rosemary Rowley; and brother, James Hurlbut.

   Funeral services were held March 11 at Crossroads United Brethren Church in Charlotte, with Harold, Herbert and Howard Cherry officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Brethren Church, Charlotte. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

James Chisholm

 

   James Chisholm, age 87 of Jackson, passed away on February 5, 2003 at Vista Grande Villa in Jackson. He was born August 28, 1915 in St. Andrews, Scotland, the son of David and Annie Chisholm. Jim served in the Army during World War II. He owned the Bonnie View Golf Course near Eaton Rapids for twenty-five years. His father was the first pro at Arbor Hills Country Club in Jackson.

   He is survived by sisters Doris (Frank) Schultz and Laura (Leo) Judy; brother William (Rose Mary) Chisholm; step-daughters Sarah (Bruce) Copp and Jeannie (David) Werkema of Eaton Rapids; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary and sister Mary Ankrom.

   According to his wishes, cremation had taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Vista Grande Villa, 2251 Springport Road, Jackson with Rev. Ed Ross officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Howard P. Chupp

 

   Howard P. “Chip” Chupp, 43, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings after a tractor turnover.

   Howard was born Sept. 27, 1959 in Battle Creek, the son of Howard and Barbara (Wenger) Chupp and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1977. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 13, 1977 to June 12, 1981, having served as a sonar technician on the USS Leahy and USS Exploit, with over three and a half years of sea service. Howard was employed by Summitt Polymers in Kalamazoo for three years with Hot Set, Hy-Lex, Millers’ Trucking and at Kalamazoo Regional Airport in Home Security with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).

   He married Nancy Creller on Oct. 15, 1983 at our Lady of Great Oak Catholic Church. Howard was a member of Our Lady of Great Oak Catholic Church, where he served as Eucharistic minister and sang in the choir. He was a 4-H leader, involved in shooting sports, and cannonry and black powder weapons. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed poetry.

   Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Creller) Chupp; sons, Arthur Patrick and Henry Joseph Chupp, both at home; mother, Barbara Chupp of Bellevue; sister, Terry Sue (Larry) Wiliford of Ottawa, Kansas, Lucy (Larry) Potter and Gail Marie (Tom) Robinson, both of Bellevue, Patti Ann (William) Blanchard of Clarkston and Laura Joy (Peter) Harris of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by father Howard R. Chupp on Sept. 22, 1998.

   Funeral mass was held Dec. 9 at Our Lady of Great Oak Catholic Church, with Rev. Father John Fleckenstein officiating. Burial was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Fort Custer National Cemetery Honor Guard.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard P. Chupp Children’s Education Fund at Independent Bank in Bellevue.

   Arrangements were by Richard A. Henry Funeral Home of Battle Creek.

 

                                   

 

 

Pearl Clark

 

   Pearl Clark, age 90, of Onondaga, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at her home. Pearl was born September 27, 1913 in Leslie, the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Leech) Miller. Pearl’s husband Clyde preceded her in death. She was a supervisor at the VFW National Home for 33 years before retiring.

   Mrs. Clark is survived by her daughter Yvonne (Richard) Dodge of Springport; 3 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several great great-grandchildren; sisters: Elmira Munro, and Margaret (Andrew) Lock; and a special, special friend Floyd Smith. Besides her husband, Pearl was preceded in death by 1 son Charles Clark; 2 granddaughters, Sarah Clark and Jessica Cummins; 1 grandson James Dean Clark and 3 brothers and 1 sister.

   The funeral was held Friday, October 24, 2003 at the Robertson Funeral Home, Leslie with burial in Onondaga Cemetery. Memorial may be made to Heartland Hospice.

 

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Jodi Clone

 

   Jodi Clone, daughter-in-law of Gaylord and Eunice Clone, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2003 in Ponca City, Oklahoma after a long illness. She was a native Oklahoman born June 23, 1971.

   She is survived by her husband Kevin, whom she married January 1, 2001; two sons, Sam and Jack; three stepsons Kenneth (Tarasa), Kyle (Shaminy) and Kristopher Clone; brother-in-law Kirk; sisters-in-law Kathryn and Kara (James) Barnhart.

   Funeral arrangements are pending in Ponca City.

 

                                   

 

 

Norine Maye Clone

 

   Norine Maye Clone, age 82 of Eaton Rapids, passed away on Monday, January 27, 2003 in Lansing, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Norine was born November 2, 1920 in Albion, MI, the daughter of Glenn David and Meda Amy (Snow) Adams. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids and retired from the Eaton Rapids School System in food service.

   Norine is survived by 1 daughter, Shari (John) Polansky of Belvidere, IL; 9 sons, Gary (Marcia) Clone of Williamsburg, MI, Wayne (Dianne) Clone of Eaton Rapids, Michael (Cindy) Clone of Eaton Rapids, Terry (Jill) Clone of Fishers, IN, Ron (Marguerite) Clone of  Brookfield, WI, Pat (Peggy) Clone of Onondaga, Phil (Laurie) Clone of Corona, CA, Al (Susan) Clone of Onondaga, Bob (Marianne) Clone of Holt; 21 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy (Ed) Carlson of Parma and Karen (Dan) Rayner of Honor.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in memory of Norine M. Clone.

 

                                   

 

 

Mable E. Clough

 

   Mable Eva Clough, 88, of Charlotte, died Thursday, May 15, 2003.

   Mrs. Clough was born Jan. 30, 1915 in Charlotte, the daughter of Orland and Lulu (Andrews) Winslow. She was a member of First Congregational Church. She was also a member of I Go U Go Club, 500 Club.

   She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Suzanne (Bob) Keehne of Shelby; granddaughters, Jackie (Doug) Miron, Kathy (Jason) Lewis; great-granddaughter, Abigale Sue Lewis; sister, Doris Holly of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Jeannie Collins, Kim Collins, Kevin (Melinda) Collins, Kathy (Bill) Andrews, Angie (Matt) Birk, and Molly Andrews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Clough in 1960, and nephew Rick Collins in 2000.

   Funeral services were held May 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Library for the Blind. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Irene Ann Coats

 

   Irene A. Coats, age 72 of Eaton Rapids, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and caregiver, lost a courageous battle against cancer, on Thursday, March 27, 2003 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing. Born March 16, 1931 in St. Johns, the daughter of John and Ann (Durkovic) Martis. Irene was a 1949 graduate of Olivet High School. She had worked 15 years for Schaffer’s Bakery in Lansing and had retired from the Eaton Stamping Co. in Eaton Rapids in 1996. As a life member of the Brookfield O.E.S. #352, she held the starpoint station of Esther; a position her mother-in-law held for many years, and was life member of the C.S.A. Preceding her in death were her parents and a grandson Daniel Coats Jr.

   Surviving are her husband of 53, Donald “Jack” Coats of Eaton Rapids; 3 children, Don “Cody” Coats, Dan (Cheryl Hector) Coats and Diana Wait, all of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Nick Wait of Eaton Rapids; granddaughters, Lisa (Steve) Brown of Ypsilanti; great-grandson Doug Britton; 2 sisters, Dorothy (Jim) Wirt and Betty (Jim) Dent all of CA; brother, John (Duane) Martis of Potterville; several nieces, nephews and special cousins and many friends.

   Memorial services will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial of cremains will follow in the Clarence Center Cemetery in Calhoun country. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Irene A. Coats.

 

                                   

 

 

Dennis W. Coffey

 

   Dennis W. Coffey, 58, of Hiram, Ga., formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Monday, July 14, 2003. He was born Oct. 16, 1944 in Charlotte.

   Dennis was a Vietnam veteran and was employed as a detention officer for the Smyrna Police Dept. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dennis enjoyed surfing the net and until recent years, hunting and fishing. He will be remembered for his sense of humor.

   Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Sandra; one daughter, Kelly (Dan) Robertson of Woodstock, GA.; four sons, Jack (Tammy) Coffey of Lansing, Phil (Kelly) Coffey of Smyrna, Ga., Bill (Deana) Coffey of Ithaca and Michael Coffey of Hiram, Ga.; three brothers, Steve (Teka) Coffey of New Hill, N.C., Tom (Vi) Coffey of Lansing, James (Jennifer) Coffey of Battle Creek; two sisters, Penny Coffey of Marshall and Jean (George) Makin of Lansing; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   Services were held July 18 by Castellaw Funeral Home in Smyrna, Ga.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 455 Abernathy Road NE, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30328.

 

                                   

 

 

Thelma Cogswell

 

   Thelma Cogswell, 89, of Charlotte, died May 19, 2003 at Marshall Manor in Marshall.

   Mrs. Cogswell was born Dec. 28, 1913 in Eaton County, the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Midland) Diamond. She was a clerk for 25 years with the G.C. Murphy Company in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her son, Donald (Donna) Cogswell of Charlotte; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leman; sons, Gary and Richard; brothers, Murray, Earl and Harley Diamond; and sisters, Bethel Robinson and Flossie Diamond.

   Funeral services were held May 22 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital and Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Betty L. Colby

 

   Betty L. Colby, 80, of Olivet, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003.

   Mrs. Colby was born Aug. 12, 1922 in Detroit, the daughter of Walsh and Lelia (Redwine) Williamson. She volunteered at SIREN/Eaton Shelter working with the food program.

   She loved her family and is survived by daughter, Sandra (George) Ohannesian of Taylor; son, Robert Colby of Battle Creek; two grandchildren, Michael (Nancy) and David (Joanne); three great-grandchildren, David Polidori, Emily and Erik Ohannesian; brother, Walsh (Lillie) Williamson Jr. of Kentucky; and niece, Joyce Ann.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Colby in 1994.

   Funeral services were held April 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Nancy Oliver officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to SIREN/Eaton Shelter. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Doris M. Colles

 

  Doris Marguerite Colles, 83, of Charlotte, died Nov. 22, 2003 at Tendercare in Marshall.

   She was born Jan. 11, 1920 to Mile and Avis (Waterbury) Jones in Bellevue. She graduated from Bellevue High School and worked at Post Cereals during World War II. Doris married Gordon Colles Dec. 6, 1941 in Bellevue; he died June 11, 1998. Doris was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Bellevue Garden Club, Bellevue United Methodist Church and the church circle. She was a 4-H leader and enjoyed quilting.

   She is survived by son, Gary (Sylvia) Colles of Charlotte; daughter, Linda Colles (James Whitt) of Gobles; grandchildren, Timothy (Jessica) Colles of Potterville, Matthew Colles of Ypsilanti, Gordon Lake (Mandy Mynhier) of Battle Creek; great-grandchildren, “JJ” and Robert; step-grandchildren, Stacie Allen and her son James of Knoxville, Tenn. and Windy Whitt and her daughter Calsey of Allegan.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

   Services were held Nov. 26 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or Alzheimer’s Association. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles W. Collins

 

   Charles W. Collins, 82, of Marshall, died March 20, 2003 in Harlingen, Texas.

   Mr. Collins was born March 12, 1921 in Ingham County to Orville and Laura (Baker) Collins and graduated from Bellevue High School. He served in the U.S. Army for two years in World War II. Mr. Collins owned and operated Collins Garbage Service for 42 years in Bellevue, Olivet, Pennfield and Emmett Townships, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Bellevue and Olivet Lions Clubs and Bellevue Conservation Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, travel, wintering in Florida and Texas and auto races. Charles married Ella Althouse May 30, 1950; she died Nov. 3, 1994.

   Surviving are sons, Carey Lee (Sarah) Collins of Marshall, Larry Collins and Keith (Patti) Halverson of Battle Creek; daughter, Linda (Jim) Tarmnel of Marshall; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Orla Collins of North Carolina; and companion Mona Moeckel.

   He was preceded in death by sisters, Bea French, Margaret Schroeder and Rachel Reed.

   Private family committal was held at Austin Cemetery in Convis Township. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Charles Hanlon of Marshall Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall Community Foundation’s Ella “Gwen” Collins Nursing Scholarship or the Bellevue-Olivet Lions Club. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary M. Collins

 

   Mary M. Collins, age 97, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, December 5, 2003 at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. She was born in Gleason, Tennessee on September 15, 1906 to Wesley and Mary Lomax. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman D. Collins in 1974 and grandson, Guy Lance Carlton in 1998.

   She is survived by 2 daughters, Rosie Fay Stewart of Eaton Rapids and Bobbie Sue Luken of Lansing; 5 grandchildren, Dr. Rick Carlton of Atlanta, GA., Robyn Flanders and Tad Carlton, both of Lansing, Judy Smith of Lansing and Peggy Kellman of California; sister, Imogene Beasley of Lansing.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Wednesday.

 

                                   

 

 

LuElla Cook

 

   LuElla Cook, 78, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 at Ingham Regional Assisted Living Center in Lansing.

   Mrs. Cook was born Sept. 13, 1924 in Lansing and had been a Charlotte resident since 1951. She was a graduate of Michigan State University and had been employed as a physical education teacher, occupational therapist and social worker at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. She had also served as a Girl Scout troop leader.

   Surviving are two sons, Fred (Mary) Cook of Indianapolis, Ind. and Dave (Teresa) Cook of Houston, Texas; and four grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell B. Cook in 1992.

   At Mrs. Cook’s request, her body has been donated to the Willed Body Program at Michigan State University. Private family memorial services were held at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Area Senior Center, Ingham Visiting Nurse and Hospice, or Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

 

                                   

 

 

Peter M. Cooper, Jr.

 

   Peter M. Cooper, Jr., age 49, of Springport, died Monday, October 27, 2003 at his residence. Peter was born May 2, 1954 in Jackson. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1972 and General Motors Institute in 1978. He was a US National Champion Boat Racer, a member of AOPA and loved flying with Volunteer Mercy Pilots. Pete was instrumental in starting Special Olympics in Eaton Rapids while president of the Kiwanis Club. He was a dealer with Cooper Chevy-Olds in Eaton Rapids and was a member of Michigan Auto Dealers Association, member of the Jackson and Lansing Board of Realtors and the Lansing Builders Association. Peter was formerly employed with Citizens Bank in Jackson and currently as a loan officer with Huntington Mortgage in Holt. He was preceded in death by his father, Peter M. Cooper, Sr. in 1989.

   Surviving are his wife, Wendi (Bemis); 2 sons, Ben (Amber) Cooper, Charlie Cooper, both of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandsons, Austin and Wyatt; mother, DeEtte Hilderbrandt of Homer; stepmother, Mary I. Cooper of Eaton Rapids; brother, John (Leighann) Cooper of Eaton Rapids; 4 sisters, Marlene (Andy) Stemaly of Tekonsha, Nanette (Bob) Rupinski of Laingsburg, Delores “DeeDee” (David) Behnke of Kansas, Wilhemina (Loni) Spence of Jackson and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on October 31 at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids, with Fr. Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family was served by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the family for their discretionary use in memory of Peter M. Cooper, Jr.

 

                                   

 

 

Lonnie L. Cords

 

   Lonnie Lynn Cords, age 57, of Parma, lost his fight with brain cancer May 13, 2003 at his residence.

   Mr. Cords was born June 28, 1945 in Charlotte, the son of Loyd Washington Cords and Florence Mae (Boyd) Cords. He married Karen Lee (Kreger) Spencer July 31, 1982 in Jackson. Lonnie had been a resident of the Olivet and Charlotte area most of his life prior to moving to the Parma area. He was an accountant for Johnson Lumber in Charlotte and Three Rivers, and Comerica Bank and Air Master Fan in Jackson. He attended MSU, JCC and Lansing Community College. HE was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era, and a member of DAV, William Sparks Chapter 4 – Jackson. Lonnie’s favorite hobbies were working around the house and building things, traveling, camping, family get-togethers, hunting, fishing, and helping others, but mostly Lonnie and his wife Karen could be found at their grandchildren’s sports games. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Karen Cords of Parma; son, Charles (Ginger) Spencer of Rolling Prairie, Ind.; daughter, Teresa (Robert) Lyon of Springport; grandchildren, Kala and Kristine Spencer of Concord, Zachery and Bo Lyon of Springport, Courtney Spencer of Rolling Prairie, Ind., Angela (Justin) Bird of Laporte, Ind. and Nicki Cook of Laporte, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Codee and Emilee Bird of Laporte, Ind.; brothers, Terry (Karon) Cords of Olivet and Jerry Cords of Charlotte; sister, Connie (James) Hiatt of Deming, N.M.; numerous nieces and nephews; ex-daughter-in-law, Michele Spencer; and his little Sheltie dog, Ginger Sue.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held May 16 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor James Waddell officiating. A memorial service was held at Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapel of Albion. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice of Jackson.

 

                                   

 

 

Irvin W. Covell

 

   Irvin William Covell, 73, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003.

   Mr. Covell was born March 6, 1929 in Osceola County, the son of Milo William and Anna May (Bennett) Covell. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for G.M. for 30 years as a rack repairman, retiring in 1982, and was currently a member of UAW 652 retirees.

Mr. Covell was a member of the Eaton County Draft Horse and Pony Club. He married Joyce Parks on Sept. 4, 1953 in Holt; she preceded him in death in February 1992.

   He is survived by daughters, Lois Sensat and Mary Jo Covell, both of Charlotte, and her special friend Larry Gillett; three grandchildren, Rick (Corie) Parker, Donna Parker and special friend Ramon Burns, and Jennifer Houseman; three great-grandchildren, Courtney and Sean Gagne, and Aryan Burns; brothers, Norman Covell of Charlotte, and Harry and Earl Covell of Okemos; sisters, Nellie (Russell) Bloom of Lansing and Norma (Howard) Bristol of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; brothers; James Covell and Donald Covell; and sisters, Betty Holmes, Gladys Westbrook, and Lila Epps.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Michael Knauff officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Michael R. Cowan

 

   Michael Robert Cowan, 49, of Battle Creek, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 at home.

   He was born Aug. 7, 1954 to Richard and Sandra (Coles) Cowan in Battle Creek. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1972. Michael served in the Army from 1972 to 1978 and the Army National Guard until 1982. He worked as a nursing assistant at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Southwest Michigan Rehabilitation Hospital and Visiting Nurses of Battle Creek. He most recently worked as a volunteer at the Battle Creek Walk-In Clinic. Michael loved the out of doors and performing in the theatre. He was an original member of West Street Players of Bellevue and the Bellevue Community Theatre.

   Michael is survived by his mother, Sandra Cowan of Bellevue; daughter, Autumn Cowan of Lakeland, Fla.; sister, Dr. Michelle Cowan Daly DVM of Bellevue; brother, Richard Cowan of Lynn Haven, Fla.; and two nephews, Patrick and Logan Daly, whom he loved dearly.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Cowan, and his grandparents.

   Graveside services were held Sept. 25 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, with Pastor Jim Mathias officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund or Salvation Army. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com

 

                                   

 

 

Scott R. Cozart

 

   Scott R. Cozart, 48, of Charlotte, died Thursday, May 8, 2003.

   Mr. Cozart was born Feb. 2, 1955 in Lasing, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cozart. He had been a resident of the Birch Hill Home for the Handicapped for 20 years.

   He is survived by many special friends.

   Funeral services were held May 13 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Alice M. Cronk

 

   Alice Mae (Ploof) Cronk, 88, of Charlotte, died Sunday, July 27, 2003.

   Mrs. Cronk was born Sept. 29, 1914 in Chester Township, the daughter of the late John Ploof and the late Lena (McLaughlin) Ploof. She was a member of Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552. Mrs. Cronk had worked at Wilcox-Gay, Michigan National Bank and retired from Lansing Candy Co., and was an avid bingo player.

   She is survived by daughter, Eileen Mund of Charlotte; son, Ardon (Sharon) Cronk of Charlotte; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Frances Ploof of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by husband Verdon Cronk in 1978, brother, James Ploof in 1977, and sister, Josepha Ploof in 2001.

   Funeral services were held July 31 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

Bruce L. Crothers

 

   Bruce L. Crothers, 93, of Vermontville, died at his home Sunday evening, Feb. 9, 2003.

   Mr. Crothers was born Aug. 14, 1909 in Fife Lake, to Miner and Cora (Battenfield) Crothers. He graduated from Lansing Central High School in 1930 and married Edna Gould, his long-time sweetheart, on July 14, 1935. They moved to their farm near Vermontville in 1945, where Bruce farmed until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Crothers had been a member of the Sunfield Fire Board for 19 years, a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau for 57 years, a long-time member of Woodland United Methodist Church, and an avid bowler all of his life.

   He is survived by Edna, his wife of 67 years; daughter, Joy Crothers Angel of Vermontville; daughter-in-law, Vera Crothers of Lansing; grandchildren, Bryce (Cheryl) Angel, David Angel, Ruth Ann Crothers and Ellen (Michael) Angel-Williams; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Bryce T. Angel, Claire and Jacob Angel-Williams, and Erin Crothers; and many other relatives and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roy Crothers; grandson, Bruce Archie Crothers; two brothers and two sisters.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lakewood Community Ambulance or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                               

 

 

Miles L. Crow

 

   Miles Louis “Joe” Crow, passed away March 15, 2003.

   Miles, or “Joe” as everyone knew him, was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and family man. He was a friend to all and there when he was needed. He was formerly employed by the Battle Creek Enquirer for 46 years, retiring in September 1997. Mr. Crow was a lifelong member of the Masons, Bedford Lodge 207 and a member of Eagles Aerie 299.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Shirley (Casebeer) Crow; daughter, Carla (Crow) Petch of Battle Creek; son, Russell Crow of Bellevue; grandchildren, Tasha Petch, Satena Petch, Dezzmundd Petch; great-grandson, Austin Petch; special niece, Linda Dunkelberger; and several great-nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Miles and Ruby Crow; brothers, Floyd, Robert and Russell Crow; sisters, Mary Kurth, Flora House and Idabelle Rogers; and nephew, Tony Dunkelberger.

   Services were held March 18 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Jeffrey Homan officiating. Interment was at Assyria Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Calvin Csatlos

 

   Calvin Peter Csatlos, 75, of Arvada, Colorado, died Jan. 2, 2003 after eight weeks of hospice care.

   Calvin was a retired commercial appraiser and Air Force Veteran of WW II.

  He is survived by his wife, Dale Anne Csatlos, daughter Laurie Painter; son Kevin Csatlos, step-son Jeff Rodewald and step-daughter Margo Price.

   Future arrangements will be by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                               

 

 

Kathleen E. Davids

 

   Kathleen E. Davids, 83, of Coolidge, Ariz., formerly of Charlotte, died Nov. 4, 2003.

   Mrs. Davids was born Nov. 2, 1920 in Sault St. Marie, the daughter of Wilfred and Pearl (Fletcher) Hembroff. Kathleen married Craig Davids on April 14, 1944 and they founded the Charlotte WCER Radio Station. She was a member of the Monday Nighters, Coolidge Community Presbyterian Church and a garden club.

   She is survived by nephew Roy Fonville of Coolidge, Ariz.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Craig Davids in 1990.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 12 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Ada Margaret Davis

 

   Ada Margaret Davis, age 79 of Eaton Rapids, formerly of California, died Friday January 24, 2003 in Lansing. Ada was born February 14, 1923 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Carl Fredric and Ada Mae (Allen) Dralle. She was a former member of the Eaton Rapids Baptist Church on Dexter Road, attended Eaton Rapids High School, worked at Horner Woolen Mills and, during WWII, worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant. In 1945 she made a health move to California and worked in Aircraft and Aircraft Electronics Manufacturing. In October 1996 she came home to Eaton Rapids and renewed her friendship with many friends and schoolmates. Ada Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1987, grandchildren, Danny L. Daniels and Kerry Betts.

   Surviving are her daughter, Dianne Davis of Eaton Rapids, her son, Michael R. Davis of Vallejo, CA.; 5 grandchildren, Jessica, Nicole and Amanda Davis, Shelly and Rick Betts; 5 great grandchildren, Tara, Danny Jr., Donovan, Michael, and Analycia.

   There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, MI.

 

                                   

 

 

Colleen L. Davis

 

   Colleen Lucile Davis, of Charlotte and Venice, Fla., died Sunday Aug. 31, 2003 at the age of 77.

   Colleen was born March 25, 1926 in Clifton, Ariz. to Colin and Lucile (Hill) McNeil. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II where she met her husband Richard Davis. They were married may 19, 1946 in Long Beach, Calif. and moved to Charlotte. Mrs. Davis was a member of American Legion Post #42 for 56 years, VFW Auxiliary for 46 years, a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeries #3552, and a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge of Venice, Fla. since 1991.

   She is survived by her son Colin (Nancy) Davis, granddaughter Angela Davis, grandson Colin II (Alain) Davis and great-grandson Blake Davis, all of Charlotte.

   A Family Affirmation Service was held Sept. 4 Pray Funeral Home.

   Contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Colleen. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

                                   

 

Linda M. Davis

 

   Linda Margaret Davis, 77, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away Jan. 6, 2003 in Honolulu.

   Mrs. Davis was born Feb. 4, 1925 in Potterville, to Ray and Bonnie Laverty.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert H. Davis; son, Dennis Leigh Davis; twin sister, Sharon (Ted) Miller; and sister, Lorena (Harold) Hammond.

   She is survived by son, Ronald (Linda) Davis of Hawaii; sister, Charlene (Don) Moore of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Roger Davis of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews. No services are planned. Interment beside her husband was held at The Punch Bowl Military Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

                                   

 

 

Connie L. Dean

 

   Connie L. Dean age 66 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, January 5, 2003 in Lansing. Connie was born July 29, 1936 in Midland Co., the daughter of Alfred William and Thelma Marie (Yager) Wolfe. Connie was a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church and she retired from the State of Michigan Treasury Dept. She was a very caring and giving person and enjoyed crafts and sewing. Mrs. Dean was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney, in 1997.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Penny Sue Dean of Concord, NH, Cathy (Jim McCracken) Dean of Olivet; son, Troy Dean of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Tara and Miranda; brother, Keith (Donna) Wolfe of Beverton; 3 sisters, Donna (Galen) Kitner of FL, Sharon (Gordon) Scarf of Canada, Karen (Robert) Rulison of Haslett; several nieces, nephews and her two cats, Spat and Miss Kitty.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 9, 2003, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to her grandchildren’s College Education Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

Glenn E. Debolt

 

   Glenn E. Debolt, age 51, of Charlotte, formerly of Fowlerville, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at his home.

   Mr. Debolt was born July 9, 1951 in Wyandotte, the son of Clarence Thomas Debolt and Florence Louise Watson. He married Catherine Westbay on May 11, 1974 in Taylor; she survives. Mr. Debolt was a supervisor at Pivot Maloy and worked at Meijer in Charlotte. He loved fishing, camping and their house in Florida. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, stationed in Korea.

   Surviving are his wife, Cathy; three children, Melody (Jason) Crannell of Charlotte, Sonja (Scott) Smith of Fowlerville and Glenn Arthur (Angela) Debolt of Charlotte; and eight grandchildren; sister, Joanie Debolt of Tennessee; three brothers, Gary of Haslett, Tom (Butch) of Romulus and Alan of Dearborn.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Ann Debolt, and his parents.

   Funeral services were held July 3 at Dillingham Liverance Niblack Funeral Home in Fowlerville, with Pastor Chris Savoie officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Hospice.

 

                                   

 

 

Henry E. DeClercq

 

   Henry E. DeClercq, 89, of Lansing, died Sept. 25, 2003. He was born Jan. 5, 1914 in Butler, Minn.

   Mr. DeClercq was a lifelong farmer in Eaton County and was formerly employed by Fisher Body.

   He was preceded in death by his wives, Lena Kussmaul and Dorothy Clever; two brothers and four sisters.

   Surviving are his daughter, Wilma Risner of Charlotte; sons, James (Elaine) DeClercq of Grand Ledge and William (Linda) DeClercq of Cheboygan; 10 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Martha Staes of Englewood, Fla.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at Gorsline-Runciman Co., Lansing Chapel, with Pastor Mark Eckert of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eaton Rapids officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility, 530 Beech St., Charlotte, MI 48813 or Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles H. DeLong

 

   Charles H. DeLong, 68, of Nashville, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2003 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

   Mr. DeLong was born Jan. 15, 1935 in Cessna Park, Ill., the son of George and Cora (Riley) DeLong. In 1942 his family moved to the Upper Peninsula where he spent his early childhood years. He attended area schools, finishing his education while in the Marine Corps. On Feb. 4, 1959 in Chippewa County, he married Virginia Johnson. Shortly after the wedding, the couple moved to the Nashville area to establish their permanent home. After moving to the Nashville area, Mr. DeLong began his career in the manufacturing industry. He retired from Lack Industries in 1997 as a quality-control manager. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and after retiring he spent his time enjoying his antique Farmall tractor, gardening and spending time with his grandsons.

   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Virginia; daughter, Joanne (Robert) Peurach; two grandsons, Mathew and James; sister, Marjorie (Art) Bennett; brothers, William (Norma) DeLong, Chet (Betty) DeLong; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by brother Walter Elzie, and sister Doris.

   Funeral services were held July 24 at Pleasantview Family Church, with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Daniel Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Tristan Wayne Dennis

 

“Superman”

  Charlotte

  Our time spent with you, our angel

  Loaned from God was so very precious to us.

  We only had you for a short time,

  But you taught us so much about love and life.

  We hold such cherished memories of you in our hearts.

  To us, you were more special than words could ever say.

  Jesus saw how tired you were and called you home.

  You will forever remain our “Superman.”

  We love you, our little angel

  Tristan.

 

   Tristan Wayne Dennis, infant son of Troy and Tamma (Krycinski) Dennis, was called home on April 6 [2003].

   He was born on April 18, 2002 in Lansing. Tristan spent all of his short life in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital.

   Surviving are grandparents, Jack and Helen Dennis of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Thomas and Annette Krycinski of Dimondale; great-grandmother, Tillie Lupato of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; aunts and uncles, Thomas (Denise) Krycinski of Charlotte, Matthew (Peggy) Krycinski of Potterville, Amy Edelen of Dimondale, Todd (Marcia) Dennis of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Lisa (J.B.) Harrison of Fort Wayne, Ind.; several cousins and great-aunts and uncles.

   Funeral Mass was celebrated April 10 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Robert McGraw officiating. Arrangements were handled by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

   We would like to give special thanks to Tristan’s special care givers, Bunnie, Patricia, Suzette, Tina and Wendy, the doctors, nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists at Sparrow Hospital. Also, a special thanks to the Ronald McDonald House, our second home for the past year.

   Contributions to the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth C. Densmore

 

   Kenneth C. Densmore, 77, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Kenneth was born Jan. 4, 1926 in Lansing, the son of Hugh and Freda (Newcomer) Densmore and had been a Charlotte resident since 1944, coming from Alma. He served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, and was employed by the Aluminum Extrusions/Hoover Group in Charlotte, retiring in 1988 after 30 years of service. He was also a lifelong farmer and a former member of the Marshall Moose Lodge.

   Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Helen (Sentes) Densmore; daughter, Shirley (Don) Moore of Beaverton and Marcia (Terry) Simpson of Mason; son, Michael (Lyuda) Densmore of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, Teresa Moore Colbry, Valerie Moore Korroch, Brian Moore, Andrea Willett Ott, Rayanne Densmore, Ken Densmore, Ruslan Kozhohar and Sara Densmore; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert (Leona) Densmore of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 19 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Chaplain Gary DeVries officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Donald T. DePriest

 

   Donald Truman DePriest, 66, of Charlotte, was reunited with his wife, Feb. 20, 2003.

   Mr. DePriest was born Sept. 29, 1936 in Cairo, Ill., the son of Truman and Irene (Collins) DePriest. He was a construction contractor and served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

   He is survived by son, Thaddaeus DePriest and fiancée Monica Perez, daughter, Lynn (Doug) Dickinson and daughter Terri (Stephen) Boyce, all of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Sara Jo Tate (John Maynard), Michelle, David, Danielle Dickinson, Zachariah and Andres Suarez; sister, Ruth Kissick of Florida and Doris Warren of Illinois, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie (Heinze) DePriest in 1996.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Slocum officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital or Potterville Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Renee S. DeWaters

 

   Renee Sue (Smith) DeWaters, of St. Johns, passed away Aug. 17, 2003 in Grayling due to a long series of heart problems.

   She was born Nov. 6, 1956 in Ft. McCellan, Ala. She was a military child in the U.S. Army and traveled the world abroad. She received a business associate’s degree from Kirtland Community College in Roscommon and a medical billing terminology certificate from Lansing Community College, and was previously employed by Windmill Truck Stop, Toys-R-Us, Clinton County Medical Center, SJPA Medical, DeWitt Women’s Health Care McClaren in DeWitt.

   Renee was preceded in death by a stepson, Matthew Aaron DeWaters on Sept. 20, 1995.

   Surviving are her husband, Steven E. DeWaters of St. Johns; son, Jason (Andrea) DeWaters of Potterville; stepdaughter, Angela (Sherwood) Jones of Nashville; parents, Retired LTC Laurence and Marva Smith of Grayling; sister, Virginia (Kim) Burnham of Eagle; brother, Larry D. Smith of Fowler; four granddaughters and four grandsons; four nieces and three nephews; sisters-in-law, Shari Horwath of holt and Susan Bergdolld of Chicago; mother-in-law, Phyllis (Chuck) Schmutte of Fort Meyers, Fla.; cousins and friends; and her pets, Zoe, Zues and Tootie.

   There will be a graveside memorial service at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m.

   Memorial contributions to the American Heath Association may be made in memory of Renee S. DeWaters.

 

                                   

 

Mary J. Dillin

 

   Miss Mary J. Dillin passed away Monday, June 2, 2003. She was born Jan. 5, 1912, the eldest daughter of George and Victoria (Oria) Dillin of rural Charlotte.

   She attended Maurer Country School and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1931. Mary did housework in several homes and then worked in two factories, including Wilcox-Gay, she took courses through Moody Bible Institute. God called her to be a missionary to boys and girls in the Ozarks in Arkansas. She spent 21 years teaching the Bible to children in the schools of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Then, God sent her home to Michigan to take care of her ill father until his death. Mary also sold Watkins Products for a number of years. From the time she returned to Michigan until her death, she had a mail ministry, mailing cards of sympathy and a gospel track to people who had lost a loved one. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Charlotte Gospel Church for many years and has attended Ainger Bible Church for 30 years. Here she served in many ways preparing the communion and flowers for the sanctuary. She took care of the nursery and sang in the choir. She served as president of her Sunday school then as secretary and treasurer for many years.

   She is survived by one sister, Doris Prindle; two nephews and four nieces. She is also survived by many grand and great grand nieces and nephews; special friends, Dixie Brand-Hegenauer and Maxine (Ernest) Kalis.

   Funeral services were held June 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Robert Clinton officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Robert E. Dishman

 

   Robert E. Dishman, 76, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003.

   Mr. Dishman was born July 17, 1926, in Marco, Ind., the son of Eric and Effie Mae (Bough) Dishman. He was saved in 1959 at Needmore Bible Church in Charlotte and had been an active member at Millett Bible Baptist Church in Lansing since 1964. He was a forklift driver for Lindell Drop Forge in Lansing and worked for Lansing Schools until his disability retirement in 1975.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father; son, Dana Dee Dishman in 1979; brothers, Hestin, Jim, Wilbert and Gilbert Dishman.

   He lived in Dugger, Ind., Florida and Michigan with his surviving wife of 51 years Virginia Boltz Hout Dishman. Also surviving is daughter, Sue Ann Hout Depue Browers and spouse Dale Bowers of Hastings; son, Larry Kent Hout and spouse Succoro Madina Hout of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Ronda Hout Beebe and spouse Frank Beebe of Marion, Donna Kay Hout Leonard Hannahs and spouse Gene Hannahs of Lansing, Catherine Y. Dishman Combs and spouse Rick Combs of Lansing; 24 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren; sister, June Keagy of Bloomfield, Ind.; and friends like family, Joe and Eloise Volz Bancroft and Renee Wabeke.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Needmore Bible Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Dale Billingsley officiating. Interment will be in Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Sunday 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Millett Bible Baptist Church or Needmore Bible Church. Arrangements are by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Tim Scott Dodge

 

   Tim Scott Dodge, age 29, of New Port Richey, FL, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, August 18, 2003.

   Surviving are his son, Aaron of FL; mother, Judy Dodge of Lansing; father, Gary (Pat) Dodge of FL; sister, Christie (Dennis) Reynolds of Lansing; grandmother, Ruby Moon of Eaton Rapids and fiancée, Kim Palys of FL.

   Graveside services were held on Monday, August 25, 2:00 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family was served by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions will be gratefully accepted by his family in memory of Tim Dodge.

 

                                   

 

 

Margaret C. Dowding

 

   Margaret Charlotte (Blanchard) Dowding, age 97, of Eaton Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, May 1, 2003 from the St. Lawrence/Dimondale Center. She was born at Lakeview, Michigan on July 8, 1905, the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Bishop) Blanchard. Margaret grew up in the Crystal, Michigan area, moving to Eaton Rapids in 1925, to work at the Horner Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids. She married Charles Dowding of the Brookfield area near Eaton Rapids, and from this union they had four children. Together they operated a local farm and attended the Wesleyan Church in Eaton Rapids for many, many years. Preceding her in death were her husband, Charles; grandson, Joel Converse; and daughter-in-law, Judy Dowding.

   Surviving are 3 daughters, Maxine Dowding Fuller of AZ, Barbara (Merle) Oliver of Dimondale, Catherine (Max) Converse of Howell; son, Donald Dowding of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, May 5, 2003 at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church at 11:00 a.m. with Pastors: Rev. Frank Klassen, Rev. Charlene Minger and Rev. Dallas McFarland all participating in the service. Burial followed in the Clarence Center Cemetery at Duck Lake in Calhoun County. Arrangements by Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to either the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church or the Eaton Community Hospice, in memory of Margaret C. Dowding.

 

                                   

 

 

Christopher A. DuBois

 

   Christopher A. DuBois, age 18, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, July 4, 2003 as a result of a drowning accident. Christopher was born Aug. 12, 1984 in Flint. He was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 2002, was a sophomore at Lansing Community College and was a swing manager with Subway.

   Surviving are his mother, Kathryn (Steven) Hanner of Tecumseh; father, Martin (Olga) DuBois of Eaton Rapids; 3 brothers, Jon, Aron, and Marty DuBois; 4 sisters, Julia DuBois, Erin, Dagny and Morgan Hanner; maternal grandmother, Mary F. Lauer of Swartz Creek; paternal grandparents, James & Nancy DuBois of Addison, Carolyn Smiley of Louisiana; birth family, father, Paul Shrader of Fl; 2 brothers, Paul Shrader, Jr., David Shrader; 2 sisters, Karen Folstad, Lisa Spencer.

   A memorial service will be held on Web, July 9, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Senior Center or Save The Island fund in memory of Christopher A. DuBois.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Berwell Duffey

 

   Berwell D. “Stub” Duffey, 73, of Charlotte died Sunday morning, Sept. 14, 2003 at the home of his daughter, Laurie Little, in Hastings.

   Mr. Duffey was born March 23, 1930 in Danby Township, a son of Burr and Hazel (Catlin) Duffey. He was a retired carpenter and had served with the Army during the Korean Conflict.

   Surviving are four children, Debbie (Vernon) Mallory of Levering, Steve Duffey of Charlotte, Laurie (Jeff) Little of Hastings and Anne (Troy) Woodman of Nashville, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and his sister, Maxine (Walter) Brown of Sunfield.

   His son, Jerry, died in the Vietnam War in 1971. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Bernard, in 2001.

   Services were held Sept. 16 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Gordon Binns officiating. Interment was in Danby Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy Duffy, Trent Mallory, Troy Duffey, Vern Mallory, Jeff Little Troy Woodman and Gehrig Tomlinson.

   Memorial donations may be made to Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

Phillip J. Duling

 

   Phillip J. Duling, age 35, of Eaton Rapids, Co-Owner of Windsor Steel in Potterville, died of natural causes on September 1, 2003. Born October 19, 1967 in Lansing, Phil was a 1986 graduate of Holt High School and a member of the Iron Workers Local #25. His 17 year welding career was highlighted with the honor of erecting a piece of metal wreckage that was salvaged from the New York World Trade Center at Lansing’s Wentworth Park on September 4, 2002. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball and had an endless love for farming. Preceding him in death was his mother, Cindy Bronga Duling in 1984.

   Surviving are the mother of his children, Lori Duling of Eaton Rapids and her parents, Verlon and Kathy Graham; son, Zachary Duling and daughter, Amber Graham, both of Eaton Rapids; parents, Bruce and Lois Duling of Holt; grandparents, Eugene and Donna Duling of Holt; brothers, Bill Duling of Lansing and Tom (Andrea) Duling of Mason; sister, Tammy (Bill) Sullivan of Lansing and Angie (Mike) Yankowski of Mason; special aunts and uncles, Steve & Peg Jenkins, Mark & Debbie Stahl, Larry & JoAnn Carpp, and Arnold & Beth Whitaker; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, September 4, at 11:00 a.m. from the Holt United Methodist Church, corner of Holt Rd. and Aureilus Rd. Burial will follow in the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Trust Fund for Zach at the Dart National Bank in Holt in memory of Phillip J. Duling.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Thelma B. Duncan

 

   Thelma Berendena Duncan, 83, of Bellevue, died Jan. 4, 2003 at the Laurels of Bedford.

   Mrs. Duncan was born Nov. 15, 1919 in Lansing, the daughter of Berend and Eltha (Quenby) Wormmeester. She worked as a secretary for the Bellevue Insurance Agency and also in the kitchen at the Bellevue Drive-In. She married Roland Duncan on Dec. 28, 1946; he died in 1993. Mrs. Duncan was a past master of the American Business Women’s Association, past president of the PTA, a Campfire Girl leader and a member of the Bellevue Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

   Surviving are her daughters, Dena (Max) Troutner and Mary Lynn (Lloyd) Miller, both of Bellevue; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and brother, Jason Wormmeester of Fine Lake.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland; and a brother, Orville Wormmeester.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Bellevue Baptist Church, with Pastor Robert Homan officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Chrystal A. Eaton

 

   Chrystal Ann Eaton, 15, of Charlotte, died March 10, 2003.

   Miss Eaton was born May 1, 1987 in Lansing. Chrystal was a Charlotte High School sophomore who participated in several sports, including senior high school softball, junior high school volleyball, and set records in track and field events in elementary through high school. She was on the honor roll, a member of the Naval Sea Cadets and a volunteer for the Courthouse Square Association. Chrystal loved music, played the guitar, sang and danced and was a student of karate, earning a purple belt.

   She is survived by her mother, Christine; grandparents, Arlo and Fran Eaton of Charlotte; uncles, Jim (Sharyn) Eaton of Duck Lake, Jack Eaton of Traverse City, and Tom Eaton of Florida; great-grandparents, Helen and Roy Grill of Lansing; and many aunts, uncles and cousins in the Grill, Leek, Nickerson, Hetchler, Eaton, Hubbel and Gunn families.

   Funeral services were held March 13 at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Courthouse Square Association. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald E. Eggleston

 

   Donald E. Eggleston, age 71, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility after a short illness.

   Don was born Feb. 25, 1932 in Lansing, the son of Edward and Saide Florence (Cowles) Eggleston and had been a Charlotte resident for seven years, coming from Holt. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, was a truck driver for Anchor Motor Freight, retiring in 1994 after 23 years of service, and was a member of Teamsters Union Local in Lansing.

   Surviving are three daughters, Cheryl Hill and Janet Eggleston, both of Lansing, and Cathy (Bruce) Buck of Jackson; loving companion, Marjorie Heisler of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Garry Eggleston of Lansing, Robert (Deanne) Eggleston of Mission, Texas, and Lawrence (Nancy) Eggleston of Charlotte; and two sisters, Helen Kay Wells of Charlotte and Margie Jean (Richard) Kraun of Juneau, Wis.

   He was preceded in death by four children.

   Cremation has taken place. Graveside memorial services were held Dec. 20 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Chapel in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Gilbert C. Eldred

 

   Gilbert “Gib” C. Eldred, 79, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 in Marshall.

   Mr. Eldred was born Feb. 22, 1923 in Napoleon, the son of Carlton Fred and Helen Bassett (Rummel) Eldred. He was a life-long dairy farmer in Brookfield Township and a member of Brookfield United Methodist Church and Brookfield Masonic Lodge #439 F & AM. He was also a member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau, Michigan Milk Producers Association and the National Farmers Organization. Mr. Eldred enjoyed attending auctions, golfing, fishing, boating, traveling and family gatherings.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna (Rusch); three daughters, Elaine (Jerry) Brown of Tawas City, Lynnette (Randall) Van Dyke and Myrna (Bradley Vahs) Wolter, both of Olivet; son, William “Bill” (Debra) Eldred of California; seven grandchildren, Damon, Leslie, Marcee and Aaron Brown, Sada and Derek Van Dyke, and Trevor Eldred; brother, LaVern (Lucille) Eldred of Leslie; four sisters-in-law, Lorna (Larry “Ernie”) Tripp of Mason, Virginia Weller of Kalamazoo, Madelyn (Nolan) Owen of Lansing, Joan (Kenneth) Matthews of Leslie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Kevin Hale of Brookfield United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Gene Therapy Research at the University of Michigan.

 

                                   

 

 

Martha E. Elliott

 

   Martha E. Elliott, age 83 died Sunday, May 25, 2003. She was born February 22, 1920 in Aurelius Township. Mrs. Elliott lived most of her life on the farm. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Elliott, in 1998.

   Surviving are her daughter, Helen I. (Richard) Bishop and grandson, Robert (Denise) Bishop, both of Eaton Rapids; and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury (Ret.), and Rev. Russell Marklund, Waverly Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Interment followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason. Those desiring may make contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, 107 Aprill Dr., Suite 1, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-1903, in memory of Mrs. Martha E. Elliott.

 

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Aletha C. Ells

 

   Aletha Clarica Ells, 95, of Charlotte, died April 21, 2003.

   Mrs. Ells was born Jan. 22, 1908 in Eaton County, the daughter of Andrew and Bertha (Garn) Root. She was a member of Charlotte Rebekah Lodge #68.

   She is survived by children, Maynard “Mickey” (Joyce) Ells of Lake Odessa, Marilyn (Carroll) Briggs, Edward “Ted” (Rosalie) Ells, and Don (Kathy) Ells, all of Charlotte; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Cooper of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by daughter Elaine Ells, son Willard Ells, husband William B. Ells, granddaughter Karen Elaine Ells, sisters Goldie Wright and Thelma Ash, and brother Carson Root.

   Funeral services were held April 24, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Maynard Ells

 

   Maynard “Mickey” Ells, 73, of Lake Odessa, died Aug. 19, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident.

   Mr. Ells was born Sept. 19, 1929 in Charlotte, the son of William and Aletha (Root) Ells. He was the store manager of Felpausch Food Center in Eaton Rapids for many years. Mickey was an avid bowler and a “semi-professional golfer.” He served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Jan White of Holt; three sons, Gary Ells of Grand Rapids, Steve (Laura Jo) Ells of Commerce Township and Kevin Ells of West Bloomfield; eight grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (Carroll) Briggs of Charlotte; two brothers, Edward “Ted” (Rosalie) Ells, Don (Kathy) Ells, both of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Ells in 1971; brother, Bill Ells in 1978; and sister, Elaine Ells in 1928.

   A memorial service was held Aug. 22 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas Alva Emery

 

   Thomas Alva Emery, 85, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. Emery was born Feb. 11, 1918 in Albion, the son of Clyde and Clarabelle (Shaffer) Emery. He was named after Thomas Alva Edison and there was hardly anything he couldn’t make or build. He was a tool and die maker and an avid reader. He served his country as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

   He is survived by his children, Tom (Barbara) Emery of Charlotte, Kathi (Tom) Dominguez of DeWitt, James D. (Nancy) Emery of Land O Lakes, Fla., Eugene (Linda) Emery of Vermontville and Carmen Emery of Holt; 25 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine in 2002, his parents, and brothers Richard and Donald.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 31 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Community Music School, Music Therapy Outreach Program, 841 Timberlake Street, Suite B, East Lansing, MI 48823; make checks payable to Michigan State University with a note “Community Music School.” This program provides classroom activities and a summer camp program to children with disabilities.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Richard English

 

   Richard L. English, age 76, of Hemet, Calif., formerly of Lansing and Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003 at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, Calif.

   Mr. English was born July 16, 1927 in Lansing and had lived in Hemet, Calif. for 10 years and Parris, Calif. for five years. He owned and operated restaurants in Michigan and Ohio for 15 years. While in Charlotte he owned and operated Dick’s Restaurant on East Lawrence Ave. In California he was active with the “Nostalgics” (a music group) in Hemet and was also a musician/songwriter with the Bing Crosby Organization and later evangelized with his music for many years.

   Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Clella Janet English of Hemet; sister, Eugenia Rae Davis of Charlotte and one niece and two nephews in Michigan.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Miller Jones Mortuary in Hemet, Calif. Graveside services were held Oct. 23 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. David McLane officiating. Local arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

                                   

 

Connie J. Hollandsworth Evans

 

   Connie June Hollandsworth Evans was born June 3, 1940 in Lansing, the Mary Elizabeth Odom and Olney Bartholomew Hollandsworth. She graduated from Williamston high school in 1958. Connie was active in the FHA (Future Homemakers of America), Bible Club, Drama Club and Camera Clubs while in high school. Connie and Howard were the “hit of the dance floor” anywhere they went: high school dances, wedding receptions and anniversary parties. On May 26, 1956, as a sophomore at Williamston High, Connie was crowned “Miss Williamston” at the city’s Spring Festival with a vote count of 28,600. Growing up, Connie was also active at the United Methodist Church of Williamston and sang in the church choir. Her favorite holidays were Easter, Christmas, and the Fourth of July celebrations. Connie married her high school sweetheart, Howard “Howdy” W.L. Evans on May 29, 1959.

   They have three children, Teresa (Ronald) Montague of Olivet, Todd (Cathy) Evans of Marshall, and Troy (Connie) Evans of Charlotte. She had nine grandchildren, Angela and Ricki Evans, Jamie and Kailee Montague, Cody and Casey Jo Evans, Cari Montague, Tabetha and Jacob Bess; great-grandchildren, Dakota King and Carlie Troutner; sisters, Bonnie (Bob) Morales of Saranac, Dorothy Mowers of Holt, Millie (Bob) Canavan of California; brother, Thomas (Audrey) Hollandsworth of Saranac.

   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and brothers Raymond and Jerry Hollandsworth.

   Connie worked at the Cunningham’s Drug Store and Soda Shop, then with Pediatrician Dr. Sanders, then Dairyland Insurance Company. In 1969 she began working at Lansing Automakers Federal Credit union. She worked as a teller then in the collections and loan departments. Connie represented Local #459 as a union steward for two years and was extremely proud to work in Lansing for this branch of the auto industry. As the patriotic person she was, she would always remind you to “Buy American” and might even tell you why. Most recently, Connie and Howard lived in Dowling, on Bristol Lake. After her hospitalization on Dec. 9, 2002, she was cared for at Select Specialty Hospital in Battle Creek, until she chose to return home on April 22. Her last days were enjoyed at home at the lake with her husband, family, friends and her special friend, Diamond, the Lab.

   Funeral services were held April 30 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Life Span Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

Edward A. Evans

 

   Edward A. Evans, 55, of Bellevue, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at home.

   Mr. Evans was born July 11, 1948 to Leonard and Marguerite (Polgar) Evans in Marshall. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1966 and attended Parsons Business School in Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University. He was also a member of the Army Reserves. Mr. Evans was a partner in H & W Timber Co., working as a timber appraiser. He was a member of the Bellevue Conservation Club and Lansing Chamber of Commerce, and enjoyed fishing for salmon and hunting.

   He is survived by son, Derek Evans of Bellevue; daughter, Amanda (Steve) Begley of Fort Wayne, Ind.; mother, Marguerite Evans of Bellevue; sister, Carol Ann (Gary) Adams of Madera, Calif.; nephew, Pete Adams of Bremerton, Wash.; niece, Angela Garcia of Madera and their families.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Evans Jr.; and brothers, Michael Evans and Leonard Evans III.

   Services were held Nov. 6 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bellevue. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund or C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0286. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Dale James Excell

 

   Dale James Excell, age 81 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003 in East Lansing. Dale was born March 29, 1921 in Lansing, the son of James Lewis and Elva Matilda (Wertenberger) Excell. He graduated in the Class of 1939 from

Perry High School. Dale was a veteran of the U.S. Army and employed at Duo-Therm in Lansing for 17 years. He and his wife were landlords in Eaton Rapids from 1963-1997, owned the Excell Grocery and operated a radio and television repair shop in Onondaga from 1958-1972. He was preceded in death by his sister, Eileen Gardner.

   Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Betty Ann (Delcambre); daughter, Betty (Sherman) Spidel of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Judy Preston of Charlotte, Robert Preston, Jr. of Eaton Rapids; 2 great-granddaughters, Marissa and Elizabeth Barker of Olivet; 2 sisters, Evelyn Excell of CO., Ermel Parshall of Potterville and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Dimondale, MI. Casket Bearers were Sherman Spidel, Robert Preston, Jr., and Jamie Grinage.

 

                                   

 

 

Ilah A. Faulkner

 

   Ilah A. Faulkner, 80, of Charlotte, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003 after a short illness. Miss Faulkner was born Aug. 22, 1923 on the family farm in Eaton County, the daughter of Ira and Ruby (Love) Faulkner.

   She worked as a secretary for Century Mutual and Farm Bureau Insurance, retiring in 1985 and was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by her twin sister, Alta Poskey of Potterville, sister Ivadean Dickinson of Charlotte, brothers, Hugh (Adalyn) Faulkner of Livonia, Lynn Faulkner of Lansing, Carrol “Pete” (Dorothy) Faulkner of Battle Creek, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services [are] at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Darold Hill officiating. Interment will be in West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Free Methodist Church or Eaton Community Hospice.

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

Doris M. Feasal

 

   Doris M. Feasal, 82, of Mulliken, died Thursday evening, Sept. 11, 2003 at her home, surrounded by her family.

   Mrs. Feasal was born April 12, 1921 in Roxand Township, a daughter of Edward and Lula (Winters) Vedder. On June 12, 1943 she married William Feasal and they resided in Roxand Township for all their married life. Mrs. Feasal enjoyed gardening, canning, folk art, family and friends. She was a former librarian with the Mulliken Library and was a life member and past matron of Mulliken OES #161.

   Mrs. Feasal was preceded in death by her infant son, Robert Terry Feasal; her parents; four brothers and three sisters, Lyle Vedder, Ella Vedder, Eva Smith, Harding Vedder, Loid Vedder, Vera Viele and Ward Vedder.

   Surviving are her husband of 60 years, William Feasal; three children, William (Jill) Feasal of Mulliken, Cheryl (Bill) Roll of Charlotte, Andy Feasal of Minneapolis, Minn.; six grandchildren; two sisters, Letha Bentley and Velma (John) Marsh, both of Mulliken; one brother, Keith (Roberta) Vedder of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Sept. 15 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Rev. Joseph Spackman officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Josh Roll, Andy Roll, Dwayne Vedder, Edd Vedder, James Vedder, Rod Vedder and Kendal Viele.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sunfield SPYS or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

                                   

 

 

Mae R. Fernsler

 

   Mae R. Fernsler, age 85, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after a long illness.

   Mrs. Fernsler was born Dec. 24, 1917 in Lapeer, the daughter of Nels and Clara (Owen) Sorenson and had been a resident of Chester Township since 1950. She was a retired secretary for the Eaton County Probation & Parole Office, with 20 years of service. She was a member of Gresham United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women, was a member of the Widow’s Club and a former Cub Scout den mother.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Fernsler; son, Brian Fernsler; brother, Don Sorenson; and sister, Eva Curtis.

   Surviving are her son, Doug (Cookie) Fernsler of Portland; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruby Tibbits of Columbiaville.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 6 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Kathleen Smith of Gresham United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Gresham United Methodist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Fetchkowsky

 

   Julia Fetchkowsky, 88 of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Ms. Fetchkowsky was born Oct. 18, 1915 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Ignatz and Mary (Koadotze) Matwyuk.

   She worked for an office cleaning service.

   She is survived by sister Mary Smith of Kentucky and brothers Steve Matwyuk of Georgia and Frank Matwyuk of South Branch.

   A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Oct. 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Fay H. Fisher

 

   Mr. Fay H. Fisher, age 93, of Nashville, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mr. Fisher was born Oct. 22, 1910 in Barry County, the son of Lester and Nellie Fisher. He was self-employed and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and spending time at his cabin in the Upper Peninsula, which he loved dearly.

   He is survived by his children, Gene and Mary Fisher of Vermontville, Rex and Barb of Nashville, and Vinita and Hugh Snow of Nashville; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy; his second wife, Doris; a brother, Donald; and two great-grandsons, Scott and Jesse Snow.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Alonzo Flores, Jr.

 

   Alonzo Flores, Jr., age 48, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in Eaton Rapids. Alonzo was born January 9, 1955 in Weslaco, TX. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1976, retired from Oldsmobile in 2001 and was a member of UAW Local 652.

   Alonzo was preceded in death by his father, Alonzo, and is survived by 1 son, Jaime Alonzo Flores of Lansing; mother, Maria Flores of Eaton Rapids; beloved fiancée, Dawn Robbins of Eaton Rapids; brother, David Flores of Lansing; sisters, Esther Flores of Olivet, Kris Flores of Lansing; 3 nephews, Jesse Halmich, Aaron Holmes and Levon Flores.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Fr. Fred Thelen from Cristo Rey Parish Church officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to the National Kidney Association in memory of Alonzo Flores, Jr.

 

                                   

Marvin F. Flower

 

   Marvin F. Flower passed away July 17, 2003 after a short illness.

   Marvin was born in Kalamazoo on April 1, 1920, the son of Altha and Delos Flower. He was a 1938 graduate of Delton-Kellogg High School, received a bachelor of arts degree from Western Michigan University and earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Flower served as a U.S. Army officer in the North African and European Theatres in World War II and was discharged as a captain from the 351st Searchlight Battalion. He taught industrial arts at Charlotte High School for 33 years.

   He was active in the Boy Scouts and a life member of the American Legion. Marvin was a founding member of the Eaton County Educational Credit Union, serving as its president for many years. An active member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, he was especially proud of his role in establishing the church’s Educational Unit. He enjoyed his summers and retirement years on the family farm in Barry County, where he indulged his loves of gardening, and especially working on outdoor projects with his brother-in-law, Richard Hoogenboom. Marvin and his wife Vivian traveled extensively and wintered in recent years in Brownsville, Texas.

   Marv was devoted to his family, friends and former students.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Genevieve Hoogenboom; and a daughter-in-law, Caterina Flower.

   He is survived by Vivian, his wife of 57 years; sons, Douglas, Raymond (Joy) and Frederick (Lisa); and grandchildren, Emily, Kristin and Stefano.

   Funeral services were held July 21 at Faith United Methodist Church in Delton. Interment was at Prairieville Cemetery. Arrangements were by Williams-Gores Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Lin Foote

 

   Casey Lin Foote, age 12, born August 26, 1991, passed into the loving arms of Christ Jesus, her Lord and Savior, at 4:55 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2003. Against all odds, Casey fought a valiant, courageous fight against brain and bone cancer for over two years. Brightly colored butterflies, rainbows, flowers and her animals adorn her artwork and represent a beautiful, loving child who joins her sisters, grandfather, and great-grandmothers in heaven.

   She is survived by her parents, Nathan and Peggy Foote, and her brother, A.J. of Grand Ledge; her grandparents, Kathie Foot of Eaton Rapids and Joan (David) Whitcomb of Lansing; aunt, Gayle Betz; and uncle, Ed Foote of Eaton Rapids; aunts, Linda (Dave) Cheplick of Falls Church, VA, and Kimberly (Dean) Dodge of Lansing and several cousins. The family is grateful for community support given, our Oneida Gospel Church family, good friends, and God’s grace.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 25th at 1:00 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alan Laing, Ed Foote, Alex Brooks and Ross Baker. The family is being served by The Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Contributions may still be made to Casey’s family for the purpose of meeting accumulated medical cost obligations. Checks can be made payable to the Casey Lin Foot Medical Fund, or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation if so desired, envelopes are available at the funeral home.

                                   

 

 

Kathleen L. Franks

 

   Kathleen L. Franks, 59, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Franks was born May 25, 1943 in Hastings. She was raised in the Middleville area, and attended Middleville schools, graduating in 1961 from Thornapple-Kellogg High School. She went on to attend Davenport College in Grand Rapids, where she received a secretarial associate’s degree. She was married to Virgil Franks on March 17, 1971. Mrs. Franks was employed at the former Orchard Industries in Hastings and spent 10 years as a secretary for Flex-Fab Corp. in Hastings. In her younger years, she participated in 4-H, and choir and band in high school. She enjoyed music and playing the piano, dancing, ceramics, sewing, cooking and gardening.

   She is survived by her husband, Virgil; son, Andrew Franks (and his companion Beth Balcom) of Bellevue; brother, Richard (Jean) Stager of Middleville; sisters, Patricia Portious of California, Ann (Frank) Bolton of Hastings and Jean (John) Dusseau of Kentucky; and nieces and nephews. Services were held Jan. 29 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville, with Pastor Glenn Branham officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Geraldine Fredenburg

 

   Geraldine “Jerre” Fredenburg, of Charlotte, passed away, Feb. 16, 2003.

    Mrs. Fredenburg was born Geraldine Jane Fulton on Aug. 29, 1923 to Clyde and Bess Whitcomb Fulton in Charlotte. She graduated from Charlotte High School with the class of 1941, attended Oberlin College and graduated from Michigan State in 1945 where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She taught music in both Charlotte and Portland public schools and played the organ at First Congregational Church for over 20 years. She was a part-owner of Fulton Lumber Co., retiring after 38 years. Mrs. Fredenburg was an active participant in the Charlotte community as a member of First Congregational Church since 1935, the Blanche Moyer Circle, city council member and enthusiastic participant in the development of the recycling center. Her love for people of all ages was demonstrated as she served Explorer Troop 45 with Dennis Kloko as advisor, volunteered in the Eaton Intermediate School adult program and supported the House of Ruth. Mrs. Fredenburg was active in the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary, gift shop, and was a member of the HGB President’s Club. She also served on the United Way Board and was a charter member of the board of directors of Courthouse Square Association. She leaves behind a legacy of dedicated service to her family, church and community – a friend to everyone.

   She is survived by her brother, Bob and his wife Evelo; daughter, Connie and her husband Robert Miller; granddaughters, Sarah Collick, Jennifer (Duane) Huff, their children and Sandy (EJ) Dymowski, their children; son, Wesley and his wife Joan Fredenburg; granddaughters, Kate and Hilary; nieces, Christi (Tom) Dutcher, Barbara (Richard) Butman and Kathie (Charles) Cook; and nephew, Mike (Janice) Fulton and their families.

   Services were held Feb. 19 at First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling and Rev. Z. Wm. Colson, minister emeritus, officiating.

   Memorial gifts in Mrs. Fredenburg’s honor may be made to First Congregational Church, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital or The House of Ruth, all in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

Laura A.M. French

 

   Laura Augusta Mae French, 98, of Bellevue, died Dec. 27, 2003 at Eaton Manor in Charlotte.

   She was born Feb. 16, 1905 in Mecosta County to Clarence and Pearl (Rathburn) Black. She owned her own business doing wallpapering and banking and decorating specialty cakes. Laura married Clair French on Feb. 17, 1923 in Battle Creek; he died in April 1984. She was a member of Heritage Hills Bible Church since 1944, and enjoyed crocheting, making afghans and gardening.

   She is survived by daughters, Carol (Edward) Whiting of Battle Creek and Arlene (Ken) Thompson of Orange Park, Fla.; sons, Gaylen (Melba) French of Charlotte, Keith (Barb) French of Springport and Clair (Bertha) French Jr. of Pierson; 23 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Mahlon Black of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by daughter Bonnie Wood in 2002.

   Services were held Dec. 31 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Jeff Homan officiating. Interment was a Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Hills Bible Church. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

David P. Friddle

 

   David Paul Friddle, age 52, of Nashville, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at his home.

   Mr. Friddle was born Dec. 9, 1950 in Hastings, the son of Paul and Jeanette (White) Friddle.  He was raised in Maple Grove Township, Barry County, and attended Maple Valley Schools, graduating in 1969 from Maple Valley High School.  He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 3, 1970 until his honorable discharge Feb. 2, 1976.  Mr. Friddle received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal and two Purple Hearts. He was married to Linda Lenneman on June 30, 1979. Mr. Friddle was employed by General Motors Corp. in Lansing for 30 years, retiring in 1999, and was also engaged in farming for many years. He lived at his present farm home in Nashville since 1973. He attended Mount Hope Assembly of God in Lansing, was an avid collector of Studebaker classic automobiles and Studebaker memorabilia, a long-time member of the Studebaker Drivers Car Club, and a collector of Minneapolis Moline Tractors. He was the recipient of the General Motors Service Award, a church bus driver for 11 years and especially enjoyed helping with children’s programs at church. He was well-known for his personal outreach to help neighbors, and was a member of the Purple Heart Association.

   Mr. Friddle is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Tammy Friddle of Battle Creek; granddaughter, Taryn Hollins of Battle Creek; grandson, Austin Neudeck of Hickory Corners; step-sons, Fred Meyers and Eric Meyers, both of Portland; mother, Jeanette Friddle of Nashville; brothers, Steve (Shanna) Friddle of Spokane, Wash., Mitchell Friddle and Martin Friddle, both of Nashville, Paul Lee (Rita) Friddle of Hastings, and Gary (Sherry) Friddle of Woodland; sister, Martha (Jerry) Larson of Missoulia, Mont.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Preceding him in death were his father, Paul Friddle and a nephew, Jason Friddle.

   Services were held May 10 at Grace Community Church in Nashville, with Pastors Darrel McKeel, John Patterson and Rob VanEngen officiating. Interment was at Wilcox Cemetery, with full military honors.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Hospice, Barry County Christian School, or Gilead Healing Center – Mount Hope Assembly of God in Lansing. Arrangements were by Wren Funeral Home on Hastings.

 

                                   

 

 

Paul E. Friddle

 

   Paul E. Friddle, 76, of Nashville, died Friday, March 7, 2003 at his residence.

   Mr. Friddle was born June 14, 1926 in Detroit, the son of Lawrence and Louanna (Bell) Friddle. He moved to the Nashville area as a child and attended the Moore Country School, graduating in 1947 from Hastings High School following his military service, and went on to attend Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. Mr. Friddle served in the U.S. Army from Oct. 17, 1944 until Aug. 9, 1946. He married Jeanette White on Oct. 11, 1947. His employment included Eaton Manufacturing Co. in Battle Creek, barn painting in Barry County for several years, and in 1966 he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Nashville, from where he retired. Mr. Friddle served as a Guard for nine years and was recently honored by Ft. Custer for outstanding service and devotion. He enjoyed woodworking, raising peonies, many of which found their way to area nursing hoes and the homes of his many friends. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed motorcycles and attended Nashville Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; sons, Steven (Shanna) of Spokane, Wash., David (Linda), Mitchell and Martin, all of Nashville, Paul (Rita) and Gary (Cherrie), both of Hastings; daughter, Martha (Jerry) Larson of Missoula, Mont.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and brother, Merrill of Sturgis.

   Preceding him in death were his parents, and a grandson, Jason Friddle.

   Respecting Mr. Friddle’s wishes, private family services were held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Leo H. Fulton

 

   Leo H. Fulton, 88, of Dimondale, died Thursday morning, March 6, 2003 at the home of his son in Harrison.

   Mr. Fulton was born Nov. 13, 1914 in Eaton Rapids, a son of Ray and Cecelia (Wing) Fulton. He was a former farmer and builder, and retired from Mejier. Mr. Fulton was a member of the Dimondale United Methodist Church.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ernest, George and Albert Fulton; and his sister, Ernestine Danielson.

   Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Ruth; son, James of Harrison; two grandchildren, Tracy (James) Reeves of Laingsburg and Troy Fulton of DeWitt; four great-grandchildren, Riley Reeves, Sarah, Jacob and Jordan Fulton; and nieces and nephews.

   Services were held March 9 at the Dimondale United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale.

 

                                   

 

 

Sheila Ann Galvin

 

   Sheila Ann Galvin, age 49, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at a Lansing Hospital. She was born August 29, 1954 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Richard and Phyllis (Squires) Strang. Sheila was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. She loved her friends at church and also enjoyed working with horses.

   Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Michael; son, Sam and daughter, Shawntell, all of Eaton Rapids; sister, Peggy (Craig) Cartwright of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Jeff Strang of Duck Lake and Mike (Diane) Strang of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Friday, September 5th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

 

                                   

 

 

Keith Garity

 

   Keith Alan Garity, 60, of Thompsonville, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 at The Maples – Benzie County Medical Care Facility in Franfort. He was born April 23, 1943 in Charlotte, the son of Carl and Viva (Holcomb) Garity.

   Keith grew up in southern Mcihigan, and in 1981 moved to Cleveland, Ga., where he resided until moving to Thompsonville in 2003. Keith was a self-employed carpenter throughout his life and loved [wood] working. He also loved hunting and fishing.

   On Nov. 2, 1960 in Olivet, Keith married Dorothea “Dodie” Lee Parker, who survives him. He is also survived by four children, Carmen (Jim) Simmons of Benzonia, Deanna Frye of Cleveland, GA, Steve Garity of Thompsonville, and Christine Garity of Cumming, GA; 10 grandchildren, Kevin and Katie McKeever, Zeke, Sarah, and Seth Frye, Derik, Ryan, Jessica, Jennifer and James Garity; one brother, Dave (Kay) Garity of Bellevue, one  sister, Barbara (Warren) Parker of Venice, Fla., his father-in-law, and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Lillian Parker, his best friend, Bill (Bonnie) Partrigde of Olivet, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, brothers in law, sisters in law and aunts and uncles.

   Keith was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were conducted Dec. 13 at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah, with Rev. Marilou J. Schlotterbeck and Rev. Harold Comer officiating. Interment was in Thompsonville Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Charles M. Garvey

 

   Charles M. Garvey, 88, of Hastings, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003. Mr. Garvey was born July 19, 1915, in Charlotte, the son of Bernard and Ethel (Parish) Garvey.

   He enjoyed gardening, decorating his home and his dogs. He served in the U.S. Army.

   He is survived by sister Arlene King of Hastings and two nephews; Ronald (Carol) Snyder of Delton and Charles (Joni) Snyder of West Branch. Private graveside services to be held at a later date.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Doris E. Garvie

 

   Doris Elaine Garvie, 76, of Bellevue, died Friday, May 2, 2003 at Sparrow Hospital.

   Doris was born Sept. 18, 1926 in Charlotte, the daughter of Gerald and Leona Casler. She had been a Bellevue resident since 1965, and was employed by Wilcox-Gay  and then Owens Illinois until her retirement. Doris enjoyed gardening, mushroom hunting, crocheting, playing bingo and her two Dobermans.

   She is survived by her children, Dale (Carol) Garvie of Charlotte, Cheri Cain of Olivet, Lynn (Carolyn) Garvie of Charlotte and Scott Garvie of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence (Jim) Garvie in December 2002.

   No funeral services were held. Interment was at Fort Custer Memorial Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Edith L. Gates

 

   Edith L. Gates, 97, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Miss Gates was born July 24, 1906 in Kent County, the daughter of Silas and Ottilie (Fechtenau) Gates. She was a member of Forest Hills Bible Chapel in Grand Rapids and served her lord and savior Jesus Christ for many years with Children’s Bible Clubs and at Jack and Jill Camp.

   She is survived by her sister, Rena Gates of Grand Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Lillie Conklin in 1999.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 15 at Fair Plains Cemetery in Grand Rapids, with Pastor Rick Larman officiating.

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

 

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Severo (Sam) F. Gauna

 

Severo F. Gauna, age 65 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at Sparrow Hospital. He was born September 26, 1937 in Melvin, Texas. He was the son of Juan and Rosa Gauna. He was retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and most of all, being with his family and friends.

   Survivng are his wife of 45 years, Margie Gauna (Hernandez); 3 children, Sam (Marla) Gauna, Eddie (Pam) Gauna, Terri (Scott) Rhoads, all of Eaton Rapids; 11 grandchildren; Quaqien, Kolya, Natasha, Rachelle, Devin, Carmen, Eddie, Alex, Phillip, Amanda, Scotty and 1 great grandson, Asai. Also surviving hime are 4 brothers, Manases, Ruben, Eliseo, Rae, and 3 sisters, Oralia, Alice and Rosa.

   A memorial service was held Monday, June 23, 2003 at the Chapel in the Pines Funeral Home, Lansing, MI. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Heart Association in the memory of Severo F. Gauna.

 

                                   

 

 

Lawrence A. Gee

 

Lawrence A. Gee, 78, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at his home.

   Mr. Gee was born Sept. 8, 1924 in Muskegon, the son of Jacob and Roberta (Kenyon) Gee. He worked as a supervisor at the Eaton County Road Commission, retiring in 1986. He married Marie Pratt in 1945 and she survives him.

   He is also survived by daughter, Pam (Richard) Martin of Tennessee; sons, Barry (Rose) Gee of Virginia Beach and Neal (Diane) Gee of the Upper Peninsula; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Hale (Betty) Gee of Spring Lake; and sister, Joyce Shue of Fairgrove.

   He was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.

   A memorial service was held Aug. 18 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing, with Rev. Rae Franke officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at [www.prayfuneral.com].

 

                                   

 

 

Lena “Beanie” Getter

 

Lena “Beanie” Getter, age 79, of Phoenix, AZ, died Sunday, May 11, 2003 in Peoria, AZ. Lena was born July 20, 1923 in Eaton Co., MI, the daughter of William Dewey and Anna Elnora (Harmon) Elston. She retired from Aluminum Extrusions in 1969 after 20 years of service. Lena was preceded in death by her husband, Merle in 1997 and her son, Stanley.

   Surviving are her daughter, Shirley (Andrew) Gambino of Phoenix, AZ; son, Richard (Joyce) Getter of DeWitt; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Clayton (Janet) Elston, Frank Elston and sister, Ethelda (Jim) Cataline all of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, May 16, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home. Internment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society in memory of Lena Getter.

 

                                   

 

 

Anthony David Gibson

 

   Anthony David Gibson, age 45 of Potterville, died Sunday, October 5, 2003 following an emergency heart bypass. He was born September 4, 1958 in Jackson, the son of Lillie Caudill and LeRoy DeBoe. Tony was a Bellevue High School Graduate, class of 1978. He was a Desert Storm Veteran serving in the Army and worked for the past 10 years with Spartan Motors in Charlotte. Preceding him in death was a brother, Kenneth Gibson in 2002.

   Beloved father, son, brother, uncle and friend, he is survived by his loving children, Maria (Andy) Hall, Jacob (Rose) Gibson and Paul Gibson; 4 grandchildren; mother, Lillie Caudill; brothers, Terry Gibson and Danny (Cici) Gibson; sisters, Margaret (Leonard) Kreischer, Delaine (David) Bria and Reatha (Dale)  Mayo; several nieces and nephews; Fiancee, Kathy Caudill and father LeRoy DeBoe.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

 

                                   

 

 

Emma G. Gilbert

 

   Emma G. Gilbert, age 91, of Charlotte, died Thursday, April 10, 2003 at her residence.

   Mrs. Gilbert was born Feb. 19, 1912 in Roxand Township Eaton County, the daughter of Charles and Kate (Gould) Goodrich, and had been a Charlotte resident for 12 years, coming from Olivet. She was married to Gordon Gilbert Nov. 19, 1932; he preceded her in death Jan. 7, 1990. Mrs. Gilbert was a member of both the Olivet and Charlotte senior citizen groups.

   Surviving are four children, Dexter (Lois) Gilbert of Sugarland, Texas, Carroll (Sue) Gilbert of Portland, Ore., Jerry (Barb) Gilbert of Pahrump, Nev., and Kathryn (Robert) Parkinson of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Smurr of Charlotte; and brothers, Charles Goodrich and Richard Goodrich, both of Washington.

   In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sister Anna Roth and brother Alfred Goodrich.

   No services were held. Internment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Area Senior Center in memory of Mrs. Gilbert. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

Vern Gilding Jr.

 

   Vern Gilding Jr., 81, of Charlotte, died Monday, May 5, 2003.

   Mr. Gilding was born Jan. 27, 1922 in Eaton County, the son of Vern Sr. and Vema (Farnham) Gilding. He served in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart for service during World War II. He returned from the war and worked at Oldsmobile from 1946 to his retirement in 1983. Vern also raised honey bees and enjoyed gardening. He married Betty Irene Wright on Jan. 29, 1944; she survives.

   He is also survived by son, David (Sandy) Gilding of Charlotte; daughter, Diana (Curt) Oglesby of Wacousta; son, Rod (Gloria) Gilding of Bellevue; daughter, Renee Carter of Nashville; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild; brothers, Kenneth (Jeanie) Gilding, John Gilding, Don (Lela) Gilding all of Arizona; sisters, Gerry Burrows of Detroit, Robert Gilding of Hubbardston, and Katherine Crawford of Onondaga.

   He was preceded in death by sister, Lanore Cole in 2002.

   Funeral services were held May 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Roy Backus officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Chester Township.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Howard B. Gillette

 

   Howard B. Gillette, 85, of Tawas City, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2003.

   Howard was born Oct. 3, 1917 in Charlotte, the son of Clarence and Mary Gillette. He was a veteran of World War II, during which he served as a lieutenant in the Military Police and was stationed mainly in the Asian Pacific. He had a strong interest in model trains, camping and traveling. Howard was also a Michigan State Police officer and was stationed at the Cadillac, Bay City and Mt. Pleasant posts. He left the police force after many years to pursue a career in construction and woodworking.

   He is survived by his wife, Doris, to whom he was married for 60 years; one daughter, Julie (Lee) Lockman of Tawas City; two grandsons, James Lockman of Big Rapids and Robert (Rachel) Lockman of East Tawas; one great-grandson, Jacob Howard; one sister, Beth Masters of Lansing, two nieces and one nephew.

   A graveside burial service was held July 14 at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Tawas City.

   Memorial contributions may be made to either Animal Humane Society, the Parkinsons Society, the American Cancer Society, or to the Tawas United Methodist Church.

   Arrangements were by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home of Tawas City.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Jay Goddard

 

   Robert Jay Goddard, age 69 of Eaton Rapids, died February 25, 2003. Mr. Goddard was born January 11, 1934 in Mason. He had retired from G.M.

   Surviving are his wife, Nancy; 1 daughter, Teresa Potter of Lansing; 3 sons, Roy (Darlene) Goddard of Leslie, George (Cathey) Goddard of Ithaca, and Dennis (Coleen) Goddard of Kentucky; 3 step-sons, Robert Dickerson and Gary Oberlin both of Eaton Rapids and Jeff Oberlin of Charlotte; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, George R. (Doris) Goddard of Eaton Rapids; 4 sisters, Mary Bachelder of Mt. Pleasant, Betty (Donald) Dunlap of Harrison, Jean (Vernon ) Burns of Mason, Rose Elaine (Ron) Cooper of Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services have been held with internment in East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos. Those desiring may make contributions to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Mr. Goddard. The family is being served by the Gorseline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel, Mason.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alta Goheen

 

   Alta Goheen, 96, of Frankfort and formerly of Grand Ledge, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003. She was born on July 9, 1906 in Stanton, the daughter of Henry B. and Minnie (Watson) Sedelmaier.

   Alta married Thomas Goheen on Sept. 30, 1928 in Gladwin. He died in March of 1971. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading and sewing. Alta was a member of the Charlotte Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

   Alta is survived by her daughters, Viva (Nelson) Fender of Frankfort, Nancy (Joe) Lang of West Branch, Emily (Gary) Hawks of Lansing, sons, Mark and Milford Goheen of Frankfort, Elrey (Dorothy) Goheen of Independence, Missouri, Isaac (Juanita) Goheen of Mesick, 20 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren, and son-in-law, Bob Gillis of Douglas.

   Her parents, husband, daughter, Leona Gillis and five brothers, and three sisters precede her in death. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Jan. 4 at the Charlotte Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Memorial contributions in memory of Alta Goheen may be made to The Maples, 210 Maple, Frankfort, MI 49635. The family was assisted by the Frankfort Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gayland Good

 

   Gayland Dean “Butch” Good, 56, died Aug. 11, 2003 in Marshall Hospital.

   Gayland was born Jan. 29, 1947, the son of Gale and Inez (Breidinger) Good. He grew up in Gresham and graduated from Charlotte, then enlisting with the Marine Corps.

   He is survived by tow sons, Robert and Dean; three daughters, Diane, Angel and Nicole; grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers.

   He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and two brothers.

   Graveside services were held at Fort Custer Cemetery in Augusta, near Battle Creek.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Inez Good

 

   Mrs. Inez Larena (Breidinger) Good, 91, of “Lacy Lake” Bellevue, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003. Mrs. Good was born June 24, 1911 the daughter of Dean Breidinger and Anna (Kirkey) Breidinger.

   Mrs. Good was the owner of the Gresham Store from 1958-72 and she loved traveling. She was e member of the Charlotte VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of Nashville Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her daughters, Evelyn (Harry) Carpenter of Charlotte, Lydia (James) Baker of Minneapolis, Minn., sons, Gayland Good of Marshall, Edward Lee (Linda) Good of Holt, Loren (Wilma) Evans of Muncie, IN., Ivan R. (Betty Lou) Good of Lansing, 34 grandchidlren, 65 great grandchildren, and many great great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Gale Good in 2001, son Clifton Wayne Good and Ardnold Good.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 20 at Pray Funeral Home, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Carl S. Gordon

 

   Carl S. Gordon, 83, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003 after a short illness.

   Carl was born Sept. 19, 1919 in Sunfield Township, the son of Charles and Libbie (Chatfield ) Gordon. He was a 1938 graduate of Charlotte High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Gordon was a retired Carter’s Food Stores manager with 30 years of service, and had previously worked for Kroger for 15 years. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, Charlotte Lodge #120 F. & A.M., and the Shrine. He was a former member of the American Legion, VFW and Charlotte Rotary Club, and a former president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

   Surviving are his wife, Leone (Haddix) Gordon; two daughters, Linda (Jack) Raymond of Kalamazoo and Debra (David) Townsend of Plainwell; two stepsons, John (Shirley) Cove of Bakersfield, Calif. And Douglas (Cyndy) Cove of Holt; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Stanke of Flint.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janette (Matson) Gordon in 1965.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or the First Congregational Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Louise Gracey

 

   Louise Gracey, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Del Ray Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003.

   Mrs. Gracey was born Jan. 30, 1916 in Pittsfield, Ill., the daughter of William and Laura (Surratte) Drummond.

   She is survived by nephews, Bruce (Joyce) Fillmore of Charlotte, James Boyer of Royal Oak; nieces, Carolyn Fillmore Wilson of South Lyons, Susan Fillmore of Columbia, Md.; and second cousins, William George and John George, both of Arizona.

   Louise was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Graham Gracey in 1981.

   Graveside service[s] were held Oct. 30 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mason, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ila L. Gray

 

   Ila L. (Jarrard) Gray, 91, a life-long resident of Maple Grove Township, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 a her daughter’s residence.

   Mrs. Gray was born April 10, 1911, the daughter of the late Lowell and Ethel (Hecker) Jarrard. She married Robert Gray on March 9, 1935 in Battle Creek. Mrs. Gray was a member of the Maple Grove Ladies Birthday Club, Farm Bureau, Norton Rural School Board and active in PTA events. Her hobbies included farming, crochet and needle point, and she also enjoyed flowers.

   She is survived by two daughters, Lucille Gay of Richland and Lois (Glen) Richardson of Byron Center; one son, Norman (Sue) Gray of Sunfield; one brother, Lawrence (Mary) Jarrard of Nashville; three sisters, Ena Johnson of Hastings, L.T. (Robert) Weeks of Freeport and Jesse “Joni” Burkett of Eaton Rapids; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one soon-to-be great-grandchild; and one sister-in-law, Pauline Gray of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert Gray in 1966; two brothers, Clayton Jarrard and Casey Jarrard; and three sisters, Thelma Cunningham, Therma Eddy and Iza Decker.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville, Interment followed at Wilcox Cemetery in Maple Grove Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to VNA and Hospice, 1401 Cedar St. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services, Borgess Health Alliance, 348 N. Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Donald M. Green

 

   Donald M. Green, 73, of Dimondale, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 3, 2003 at his home following a long illness.

   Mr. Green was born Dec. 28, 1929 in Vermontville, a son of Phillip and Gladys (Fox) Green. He was a 20-year Navy submariner and a cook at various restaurants.

   Surviving are his wife, Barbara; children, Gary (Linda) Green of Racine, Wis., and Betsy (Frank) Busby of Marinette, Wis.; stepchildren, Linda (Martin) Kubiak of Springport, Ralph (Kim) Piepkow of Brooklyn, Trina (Kevin) McGaffigan of Duck Lake, and Gavin (Sherry) Piepkow of Jackson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Belva Green of Tarpon Springs, Fla. Services were held Dec. 6 at Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale, with Rev. Dr. Margaret Zee Jones, chaplain of Ingham Visiting Nurse & Hospice, officiating. Military honors were provided by the Navy Reserve. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dr. Fred M. Gruen

 

   Dr. Fred M. Gruen, age 88, of Olivet, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003 at his residence.

   Dr. Gruen was born Feb. 4, 1915 in Fuerth, Germany, the son of Adolfe and Mety Gruenspecht and had been an Olivet resident since 1951. He was a professor emeritus at Olivet College, where he had served as professor of chemistry, retiring in 1992 after 41 years of teaching. He studied for his bachelor of science at University of Di Pavia, Italy and City College of New York, received his master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in East Lansing. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Olivet Lions Club.

   Surviving are two daughters, Evelyn (Ronald) Cortesi of Des Plaines, Ill. And Carol (James Cash) Gruen of East Lansing; and four grandchildren, Lauren and Nicholas Cortesi, and Rachel and Marissa Cash.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Gruen on April 24, 2003.

   Funearl services were held Nov. 21 at Olivet Congregational Church on the Olivet College campus, with Rev. Roy Backus officiating. Interment was at Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet College for the “Dr. Fred M. Gruen Endowed Professorship.” Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marianne Gruen

 

   Marianne (Marian) Gruen, age 85, of Olivet, died Thursday, April 24, 2003 at her residence.

   Mrs. Gruen was born Sept. 18, 1917 in Frankfort, Germany, the daughter of Siegfried and Emilie (Neumond) Schoenfeld and had been an Olivet resident since 1951. She began her formal education at Hunter College in New York and completed her bachelor of arts degree at Olivet College. She taught for one year for the elementary school in Springport, and later served as a substitute teacher in Olivet schools, where she also served as a playground supervisor. Mrs. Gruen was a member of the Olivet College Women’s Board and the Women’s Fellowship of the Olivet Congregational Church.

   She is survived by her husband, Dr. Fred Gruen; daughters, Evelyn (Ronald) Cortesi of Des Plaines, Ill., and Carol (James Cash) Gruen of East Lansing; and grandchildren, Lauren and Nicholas Cortesi, and Rachel and Marissa Cash.

   Funeral services were held April 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet College Women’s Board.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Roxana Mae Gunn

 

   Roxana Mae Gunn, age 72, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, May 4, 2003 at a Lansing hospital. She was born July 21, 1930 in Delhi Township, the daughter of Edward and Ida (Lathrop) Waldron. Roxie graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1949, and had worked as a Beautician for several years in Eaton Rapids. She married Clayton Gunn on May 1, 1952 and he and a brother, Robert Perry Waldron, preceded her in death.

   Surviving are 4 children, Melody (Kevin) Kemper of Eaton Rapids, Edward (Brenda) Gunn of Dansville, Wilda Gunn of Eaton Rapids and Patrick (Brenda) Gunn of Leslie; 4 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mary (Kenneth) Hoffman of Eaton Rapids and Rachel (Clifford) Cole of Coopersville; 2 brothers, James (Margaret) Waldron of Eaton Rapids and Donald (Marilyn) Waldron of St. Clair Shores; sister-in-law, Sharla Waldron of Eaton Rapids; brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Ruby Gunn; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, May 8, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends  at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Wanda M. Guy

 

   Wanda M. Guy, age 79, died Sunday, August 24, 2003 in Lansing. Wanda was born August 17, 1924 in Webberville the daughter of Walter Carl and Sylvia Irene (Harris) Oesterle. She was a registered nurse at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn and retired from the Eaton Rapids Medical Clinic. Mrs. Guy was preceded in death by her husband Richard L. in 1987.

   Surviving are 3 sons, Rodney (Linda) Guy of Mason, Ronald (Carol) Guy of Virginia, Gregory (Nichea) Guy of Grand Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Geoff, Stacie, Dan (Sallie), Jodie, Zachary, Ethan, Andrew and Emily Guy; sister, Virginia Wright of Williamston; 2 brothers, Rodney Oesterle of Williamston, Leland Oesterle of Webberville and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 30, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Mid-Michigan Hospice House in memory of Wanda M. Guy.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Frances L. Hall

 

   Frances L. Hall, age 101, died Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at residence where she lived for 79 years. Frances was born Dec. 16, 1901 in Hamlin Twp., Eaton County, the daughter of Louren Erving and Laura L. (Kikendall) Harshey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence P. Hall in 1991; daughter-in-law, Judith Florian Hall; 2 grandsons, Martin D. Hall and Mikel B. Cords and her sister, Velma Clark Swan.

   Surviving are her daughter, Virginia Strahan of Eaton Rapids; 3 sons, Bruce (Liela) Hall of Knoxville, TN. Edward (Doris) Hall, Neil Hall both of Eaton Rapids; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and special friend, Sue Jamison. Mrs. Hall was formerly employed at the VFW National Home for 20 years.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 29, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home. Internment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Hamlin Twp. Those desiring may make contributions to the Gideon’s Living Memorial Bible Plan in memory of Frances L. Hall.

 

Kenneth C. Hall

 

   Kenneth C. Hall, age 85, of St. James City, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, Olivet and Hastings, died Monday, June 2, 2003 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo after short illness.

   Kenneth was born in Bellevue Township, Eaton County, the son of Donald and Vera (Johnson) Hall. He was employed as a supervisor at Aluminum Extrusions Co. in Charlotte, retiring in 1978 after 21 years of service, and was also a farmer. Mr. Hall served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the Family Motor Coach Assn. and the Good Sam Travel Club. He was married to Pauline Fugate in December 1936 in the parsonage at Ainger Church.

   Surviving are his wife, Pauline; son, Bernard (Julie) Hall of Charlotte; three daughters, Bonnie (Daniel) Judd of Olivet, Beverly (William) Cahill of Polk City, Fla. and Betty (George) Banfill of St. James City, Fla.; 17 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thela Hewitt of Battle Creek and Arlene (Ernest) Powers of Olivet; and brother, Harold Hall of Delton.

   He was preceded in death by sister, June O’Teney.

   Funeral services were held June 6 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Roy Backus officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Herbert E. Halstead

 

   Herbert Edward Halstead, 91, of Lake, died Friday, May 30, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Halstead was born Nov. 2, 1911 in Calhoun County, LeRoy Township, the son of Ira and Pearl (Moore) Halstead.

   He is survived by his wife, Dora; children, Richard (Marie) Halstead of Olivet, James (Linda) Halstead of Missouri, Herbert (Jenny) Halstead, Jr. of Chicago, Ill., Roger Halstead of Sturgis, John (Paula) Halstead of Pickney and Geraldine Jaquez of Cheyenne, Wyo.

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

   A graveside service was held June 7 at Peeke Cemetery in Constantine, with Pastor Ron Schultz officiating. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cheryl Sue Hamilton

 

   Cheryl Sue Hamilton, age 59, of Beverly Hills, FL, died at home, Wednesday, September 17, 2003 under the care of her family and Hospice. A native of Lansing, MI, she was born Oct. 9, 1943 to Harold and Shirley Oliver. She came to Florida in 1987 from Verona, WI.

   As a teenager, Cheryl was a pastor’s secretary and was also a secretary at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. She loved children and was active in leadership in the AWANA youth ministry and teaching Sunday School in the churches that her husband pastored. Her love of music brought her to sing in the choir and share in a passion for southern gospel music. She also taught a young ladies’ Bible study and was president of the Ladies Fellowship of Heritage Baptist Church. She loved animals and had a Tennessee Walker horse with which she won several awards. Cheryl worked for more than a decade at Midway Animal Hospital of Crystal River.

   Survivors include her husband of 39 years, the Rev. David Hamilton of Beverly Hills; two sons, Robert Forrest (Cheryl) Hamilton of Tampa and Christopher Scott (Lisa) Hamilton of Ocala; her mother, Shirley Oliver of Eaton Rapids, MI; three brothers, Tim (Patti) Oliver and Brad (Connie) Oliver of Eaton Rapids, MI, and Scott (Peggy) Oliver of Cortland, Ohio; and one granddaughter.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

William H. Hamilton

 

   William “Bill” Harold Hamilton, 86, of Charlotte, died April 21, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mr. Hamilton was born Oct. 28, 1916 in Eaton County, the son of William Allen and Inez (Haywood) Hamilton. William graduated from Nashville High School. He worked at Wilcox Gay Radio factory and retired from Oldsmobile. He enjoyed fishing, boating, camping and traveling in his motor home. In his younger days he was an aircraft pilot and enjoyed motorcycles. Bill was a life member of the Kalamo Masonic Temple and Kalamo Eastern Star Chapter. He also belonged to the Charlotte Camper Club. He enjoyed the field trips taken with his friends at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   He is survived by his wife, Marion (Callahan) Hamilton; son, Richard; daughter, Betty (Dan) Gaffney; grandchildren, Holly Gaffney and Christopher Gaffney; 11 stepdaughters and their families, Betty Carl, Dwilda (Russell) Smith, Patricia (Chuck) Reed, Karen (Craig) Updyke, Laura (Ron) Avery, Phyllis (Robert) Homan, Virginia (Earl) Ryan, Charlene (Lynn) Preston, Maxine (Leonard) Pixley, Mildred (Rick) Whitmore, Neva (Steve) McMillon; friend and brother-in-law, Edward Pease; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Mabel (Pease) Hamilton and Beatrice (Rittenberg) Hamilton; sister, Pearl (Hamilton) Blodgett; brothers, Maynard, Maurice, Frank, Emmitt and Howard; and grandson, Mark Douglas Haywood.

   Funeral services were held April 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to either the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Fund, 530 Beech Street, Charlotte, MI 48813; or the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Rev. Donald L. Hancock

 

   Rev. Donald L. Hancock, of Eaton Rapids, age 70, died Friday, September 12, 2003 in Eaton Rapids. Don was born February 20, 1933 in Carterville, IL, the son of William Joseph and Jennie (Patrick) Hancock. He was a charter member of VFW Post #9233 in Mt. Vernon, IL and past Quarter Master. Don was a past member of the National Association of Independent Insurance Claims Adjusters and past member of Professional Adjusting System of America.

   Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Ruth A.; 2 daughters, Kezia Hancock and Elena Justine Hancock, both of Eaton Rapids; twin sons, David Z.Z. Hancock and Solomon P.Z. Hancock, both of Eaton Rapids; 1 brother, William G. (Florence) Hancock of Fremont, IN.

   Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. There will be a time to visit with his family from 10 A.M. Wednesday until service time. Interment and Military Honors will be held at 2 P.M at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the V.F.W. National Home in memory of Rev. Don Hancock.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Frederick C. Hansen

 

   Frederick C. Hansen, 82, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Mr. Hansen was born July 4, 1920 in Muskegon, the son of George and Carrie (Coleman) Hansen and had been a Charlotte resident since 1947. He was a retired dairy farmer and had worked for Battle Creek Schools, from where he retired after 20 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later served in the Michigan Air National Guard out of Battle Creek. Mr. Hansen was a member of Ainger Bible Church and Maple City Post #2406 VFW in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Marjorie (Linsley) Hansen; son, Scott (Pat) Hansen of Charlotte; daughter, Rae Ann (Larry) Rollins of Nashville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Dean Hansen of Vermontville; sister, Betty Trappen of Grand Rapids, Carol Johnson of Hastings and Connie Chambers of Talahassee, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by daughter, Kay Ann Hansen in 1951; brothers, Jerome, Stanley and Harold; and sisters, Blanch and Florence.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 6 at Ainger Bible Church, with Pastor Scott Brood and Pastor Richard Gordon officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to ainger bible Church, the Rural Bible Missions, or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ardith G. Harmon

 

   Ardith G. Harmon, 87, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 at Sparrow Dimondale Center.

   Mrs. Harmon was born Oct. 12, 1915 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Earl and Alice (Wilmont) Fry and was a long-time Charlotte resident. She was a 1934 graduate of Charlotte High School and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1939. She was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte and the Charlotte Business Women’s Guild. Mrs. Harmon was a retired employee of Michigan Bank Card in Lansing and prior to that had been employed by the former Newberry’s Dime Store and McNamara’s Drug Store, both in Charlotte.

   Surviving are one son, Jon (Sally) Harmon of Charlotte; grandson, Ryan Harmon of Ann Arbor; and granddaughter, Katie Harmon of Ludington.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harmon in 1955 and son David Harmon on March 18, 2001.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Earl Harmon

 

Earl Wayne Harmon died Monday, June 16, 2003, in Charlotte at the age of 92. Mr. Harmon was born Jan. 13, 1911, and was the last surviving child of William C. and Rosella (Van-Houten) Harmon.

   Earl was born in Eaton County where he resided most of his life along with his parents and siblings. He was a farmer in the Vermontville area for many years, probably one of the last area farmers to thrash grain and farm with horses at the tie of his retirement from farming. The Harmon’s were owners and operators of the “Hill Top Riding Stable” from 1969-87, located on Kelly Hwy, Vermontville. You always knew Earl from the cowboy hat that he always wore during his wakened hours. His large extended family, love of singing and whistling, along with horses, were a big part of his life, work and interest over the years.

   He is survived by sons Theo (Judy) Harmon of Vermontville, Clinton (Rosie) Harmon of Eaton Rapids, Wayne (Fran) Childs of San Diego, CA; daughters Maxine (Joe) Coan of Howell, N.J., Alice (Paul) Edwards of  Grand Ledge; (including step) 26 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren, sisters-in-law; Leona Harmon of Bellevue, Lillian Harmon of Bellaire, Violet Henry of Traverse City and Doris Rogers of Eaton Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death in 1973 by his wife Mabel A. Rogers-Childs-Harmon.

   Services for Mr. Harmon were June 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was in Freemire Cemetery in Sunfield Township.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Chalrotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

  

Raymond L. Harper

 

   Raymond Lindle Harper, 79, of Charlotte, passed away June 6, 2003.

   He was born in Benton, Ky. on Oct. 28, 1923, the son of Effie Jane and George Lindle Harper. He was raised in Gleason, Tenn., and was the third child of 10, with six brothers – Paul, James, L.C., Billy, George Jr. and William, and three sisters – Elawease, Faye and Shirley. He served in World War II, in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 on the USS Amick DE 168 ship. Raymond was recognized for his justice sensitivity, forgiveness and love, and was known as a good and giving person.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katie Jean (Summers) Harper; his parents; and two brothers, James and Paul Harper.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Bonita “Bonnie” and four children, Brenda Siefert, Ray Harper, Mary Harper, Geraldine “Geri” (Dan) Ziolkowski; three stepchildren, Gary (Patti) Wright, Brenda (Mark) Friar, Teresa (Robert) Lea; 19 grandchildren, Del Wright Jr., Deanna (Rick) Torres, Aaron Wright, Justin, Jared, Jami and Jenna Harper, Tiffany and Jason Ziolkwoski, Audrey Harper, Randi (Kevin) Fetterman, Heather (Josh) Coston, Jessica and Andrea Wright, Tiffany and Kimberly Friar, Robby, Christopher and Jason Lea; 12 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Erica and Rick Torres, Jordan Wright, Konner and Kollin Fetterman, Courtney Moore, Samantha and Joshie Coston, Haley and Paige Lea, and Karmen Villegas.

   Funeral service[s] were held June 10 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with burial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lansing. Casket-bearers were Dan Ziolkowski, Gem Harper, Gary Harper, Rick Torres, Aaron Wright and Jason Lea. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David F. Harrington

 

   David F. Harrington, 66, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Battle Creek, Climax and Kalamazoo, died of cancer at his Orlando home.

   Mr. Harrington was a graduate of Climax High School and Western Michigan University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a retired executive of Advanced Packaging in Jackson and was known as a loving and supportive father.

   He is survived by his mother, Louise Harrington of Greenville, S.C.; children, Stephanie Harrington, Kevin Harrington, Blake Harrington and Colin Harrington of Orlando, John Harrington of Dunedin, Fla. and Jesse Harrington of Ann Arbor; six grandchildren; and siblings, Sam Harrington of Big Canoe, Ga., Priscilla Reynolds of Greenville, S.C. and Eric Harrington of East Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Harrington.

   Services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 14 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, with Rev. Fr. Lawrence Delaney of St. Francis Catholic Church in DeWitt officiating. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com

 

Elson V. Harrington Jr.

 

   Elson V. “Joe” Harrington Jr., 59, of Olivet, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2003 at his residence.

   Mr. Harrington was born May 25, 1943 in Battle Creek, the son of Elson and Doris (Reid) Harrington Sr., and lived most of his life in Olivet, except several years when he lived and worked in Minneapolis, Minn. He was a 1961 graduate of Olivet High School, where he was in the school band and served as a drum major for four years. Mr. Harrington had been employed in research and development for Eaton Mfg. Co. in Marshall and Minneapolis for 30 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Michigan Army National Guard, from where he retired with the rank of first lieutenant. He held a black belt and was an instructor in tae kwon do.

   Surviving are his daughter, Lisa Diane (Douglas) Fox of Olivet; two grandsons, Mathew and Mark Fox; his mother, Doris Harrington of Olivet; and sister, Sharon Powell of Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Elson V. Harrington Sr. in 1987, and grandmother, Sylvia Norton in 1999.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held March 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Sam Bombara of Western Michigan Teen Challenge officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Western Teen Challenge, 440 Pontaluna Road, Muskegon, MI 49444.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Lyle “Mike” Harris

 

   Lyle “Mike”  Harris, age 88, of Eaton Rapids, passed away October 17, 2003 in Eaton Rapids, MI. Mr. Harris was a retired self-employed mechanic and former employee for McClure Farm Implement Co. He was a retired Springport Volunteer Fireman; lifetime resident of Brookfield Twp., where he lived his life on the family farm and enjoyed dancing, fishing and camping. Mr. Harris was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Eunice, brothers and sisters, and grandson, Todd.

  He is survived by 3 daughters, Joan (Dan) Rogers of Rives Junction; Judy (Rex) Twichell of Springport; Janet (Peg) Mahan of Nashville; 1 son, Roger “Butch” (Barbara) Harris of Eaton Rapids; numerous grandchildren, great and great great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   There will be no service held. The family will receive friends Thursday 7-9 p.m. at the Shelly Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, contributions made to the Springport Fire Department or Eaton Rapids Community Hospital would be greatly appreciated. The family is being served by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret Harris

 

Margaret Harris, age 92, of Olivet, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Margaret was born Jan. 18, 1911 in Biggsville, Ill., the daughter of David and Anna (Tarbox) liggett. At the age of 5 she moved with her family to Michigan. She was a 1928 graduate of Olivet High School and attended Ainger Bible and Nashville Baptist churches. She was a 42-year member and a past noble grand of the Olivet Rebekah Lodge. Margaret’s hobbies included traveling, reading, fishing, gardening and writing letters to friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh in 1967; one son, Wayne in 2000; three brothers, Shirley of California, Roy of Illinois and Elmer of Battle Creek; four sisters, Blanche Cochran of Illinois, Josephine Robbins of Iowa, Edith Liggett and Hazel Winegar of Olivet.

   She is survived by two daughters, Dorma Hisler of Narrow Lake and Myrna (Miles) Shrontz of Coral Springs, Fla.; and one son, Gaylord (Ardeth) Harris of Olivet; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, John (Lillian) Liggett of Olivet; sisters-in-law, Dora Harris of Olivet and Clotilda Liggett of California; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastors Deano Lamphere and Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles G. Hartig

 

   Charles Geoffrey “Jeff” Hartig, 59, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, June 21, 2003.

   Mr. Hartig was born Aug. 20, 1943 in Killeen, Texas, the son of Marshall and Eileen (Foster) Hartig. He was a meat cutter at Darrell’s Market in Mason for many years, known by many as the man behind the meat counter with the big smile. Mr. Hartig enjoyed drag racing and bowling. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 238, and a member of the Forty et Eight Chateau.

   He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sharon (Brown) Hartig; children, Tammy Brown (Thomas Farr), Shannon Hartig, Matthew Hartig and Rachel Hartig, all of Charlotte; mother-in-law, Delores Brown; brothers, Jon (Dawn) Hartig, David Hartig and Michael (Kimberly) Hartig, all of Holt; sisters, Carol Barish of DeWitt, Cheryl (James) Ordway of Holt and Christine (Thomas) Graham of Dimondale; sister-in-law, Toni Hartig of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Eileen Hartig, and brother Joe Hartig.

   Memorial services were held June 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Lynn Grimes officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Max R. Harvey

 

   Max R. Harvey, 82, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 in Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mr. Harvey was born July 2, 1920 in Carmen, Okla., the son of Edward and Lena (Jarnagin) Harvey, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1953. He was a retired manufacturers representative and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Harvey held memberships in the First Congregational Church, Charlotte Lodge #120 F.&A.M., Charlotte Commandery #37 K.T., R.A.M. #82, Maple City Chapter #218 O.E.S., Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte Lions Club and Maple City Post #2406 V.F.W. He was also a former board member of Eaton Area Senior Center.

   Surviving are his wife, Mary (Stevenson) Harvey; four children, Michael (Linda) Harvey of Wacousta, Cynthia (Tim) Francis, Susan (Dennis) Barnett and Richard (Nancy) Harvey, all of Charlotte; and nine grandchildren, Jennifer and Christopher Harvey, Lindsay and Scott Francis, Rheagan, Derek and Cassandra Barnett, and Rayanne and Kenneth Densmore.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Jones of First Congregational Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Charlotte, the District Library or Eaton Area Senior Center.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruth N. Hatfield

 

   Ruth N. (Bugbee) Hatfield, age 100, of Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Charlotte and Olivet, died March 30, 2003 in Dade County, Fla.

   Mrs. Hatfield was born Aug. 17, 1902 in Charlotte, the daughter of William and Elsie (Vickery) Huber and spend most of her life in Eaton County. She graduated from Charlotte High School and Western Michigan College at Kalamazoo, with an associate’s degree in business. She earned a master of arts degree from Michigan State University. Ruth taught for 31 years in rural schools, mostly in Walton Township School in Olivet. She was an elementary principal for 12 years. She married Oren Bugbee in 1923 and lived on a farm in Walton Township; Oren passed away in 1965. Ruth married Frederick Hatfield in 1968; he survives. Ruth was a member of Bradford United Church of Christ in Zephyrhills, Fla. and had been a member of the First Congregational Church in Charlotte for over 75 years.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Henrietta Baldwin in 1993.

   Memorial services were held April 4 at Bradford United Church of Christ in Zephyrhills, Fla. Additional memorial services will be held at 1 pm. Tuesday, June 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Jones of First Congregational Church officiating. Interment of cremains will be held at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bradford United Church of Christ in Zephyrhills, Fla.

 

Maxine L. Hawkins

 

   Maxine L. (Messimer) Hawkins, of Charlotte, passed away Aug. 12, 2003 at the age of 82.

   Maxine was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Detroit, the daughter of Howard and Bernice (Miller) Messimer. She spent all her life in the Charlotte and Hastings areas, retiring from Owens-Illinios in 1985. She was a devoted Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed good music, crocheting and playing cards.

   Ms. Hawkins was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Lee Lane; niece, Linda Mathis; and nephew, Dale Lamie.

   Surviving are four children, Roger (Yvonne) Wolfe of Bradenton, Fla., Sharri Phillips of Hastings, David (Brinda) Hawkins of Nashville, and Deborah Cogswell (Donald Stahl) of Rives Junction; six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Michigan Hospice House St. Lawrence Campus, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48915 or any United States Veteran’s Organization. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Howard Hayden

 

   Raymond H. Hayden, age 90, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, October 20, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte. He was born March 16, 1913 in Windsor Township, the son of Claud and Ethel (Sweet) Hayden. Ray has been a long standing member of the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marquirite in 1953 and a brother, Beyrl in 1932.

   Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Lola; step-children, Paula Jean (Bud) Crutsinger of Temple, Texas and Tom (Janet) Taylor of Escanaba, MI; one brother, Carl Hayden of Potterville, 7 step grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services are pending through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cecil J. Hayes

 

   Cecil James Hayes, 84, of Charlotte, died Monday, May 12, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. Hayes was born Sept. 15, 1918 in East Jordan, Michigan, the son of Frederick and Mary Ethel (Higby) Hayes. He worked in the lumber campus of the Upper Peninsula, at Wilcox-Gay, Earl Scott Roofing, Champion Prestige Modular  Homes, and Charlotte Public Schools. He served with the Michigan State Troops during World War II. He loved hunting, fishing, being outdoors and traveling with family. Mr. Hayes was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and Center Eaton Methodist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Jerine (Bradley) Hayes who he married Sept. 21, 1941; sons, James (Ruth) Hayes of Ypsilanti, Brian (Charlene) Hayes and Daniel (Alice) Hayes, all of Charlotte; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Gertrude Hayes of Rapid River; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Elmer and Lawrence; sister, Pauline; and an infant sister. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment will be at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   The family will receive friends 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a memorial dialysis fund for Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David L. Heilman

 

   David L. Heilman, of Grand Rapids, died at home Friday, Oct. 10, 2003.

   David was born June 3, 1971 in Charlotte. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in civil engineering in 1994, and worked for Earth Tech in Grand Rapids. David was active with the Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, going on mission trips to Albania and Okinawa, and holding Bible studies in his home. He also volunteering his time at Camp Beechpoint in Allegan and DeGage Ministries, a soup kitchen in Grand Rapids. His interests involved biking, camping, softball and snow skiing.

   Surviving are his parents, Stephen and Paula (Wiley) Heilman of Charlotte; sister,Krista (Rob) Sheldon of Nashville, Mich.; grandparents, Paul and Mavis Stults of Weslaco, Texas, and  Royal and Mildred Kirby of Ionia; aunts and uncles, Craig (Jean) Wiley of Georgia, Mark Wiley of Charlotte, Eileen (Troy) TenEych of Nashville, Mich.; RaeannVolkmann of Phelps, Wis., Sandra LaMont of Carson City, Mich., Valerie (Dan) Schmitz of Ionia, and Gail (Paris) Carpenter of Eaton Rapids; and several cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Nathan Wiley in March 1972 and Calvin Heilman in July 1993.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Doug Smith of Calvary Church officiating.  Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Beechpoint, 3212 125th, Allegan, MI 49010 or DeGage Ministries, 144 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; envelopes are available at the funeral home.  Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marilyn S. Heinze

 

   Marilyn S. (Warner) (Patterson) Heinze, 75, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 23, 2003.

   Mrs. Heinze was born Dec, 1, 1927 in Riverdale, the daughter of Harlow and Thyrza (Wiltshire) Parks.

   She is survived by her husband, Ron Heinze of Potterville;  two sons, Don (Janet) Warner of Plymouth and Tim (Nancy) Warner of Eaton Rapids; three daughters, Janet (Tim) Denton of Charlotte, Jane (Tom) Clegg of Charlotte and Candy (Gerry) Soldan of Grand Ledge; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four step-children.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Warner, second husband Jay Patterson, and brothers Dean and Dale Parks.

   Memorial service was held June 26 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marshall H. Helser

 

   Marshall H. Helser, age 86, of Charlotte, died Friday, May 2, 2003 at Sparrow Hospital Dimondale Center after an extended illness.

   Marshall was born June 15, 1916 at Maybe in London Township, Monroe County, the son of Christian Jacob and Mabel (Kohne) Helser and had been a Charlotte resident since 1958. He was a self-employed realtor and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Helser was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of First Lutheran Church of Charlotte.

   Surviving are his wife, Wanda (Schnurstein) Helser; son, Larry of Holt; two grandsons; and sister, Hallie Billmier of Monroe.

   At Mr. Helser’s request, no visitation or services were held.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

George Patrick Hendrickson

 

   George Patrick Hendrickson, age 55, of Indianapolis and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, December 28, 2003 at Indiana University Hospital. He was born April 13, 1948 in Eaton Rapids, the son of George Frank and Betty (Wyatt) Hendrickson.

   Surviving are 2 daughters; mother, Betty Hendrickson; 2 brothers and 1 sister; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   There will be no services. Arrangements are being made through Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisey Henry

 

   Daisey Henry, age 87, of Lansing, Mich., died Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Mich.

   Mrs. Henry was the daughter of Forrest and Anna (Lindsay) Sharp.

   She is survived by daughters, Donna Soloman of Lansing, Nancy (Bill) Rhode of Fairfax, VA; brother, Bruce Bumford of Lawrence, Kansas; grandchildren, Dion and Deann Morgan, Todd Tyler, Sarah and Ann Rode; and five great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Keith Henry in 1990 and Carl Twitchell in 1965.

   Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Monday, March 24, with Rev. Darryl Hartwell officiating.

   Arrangements are by Pray Funeral Home, 401 W. Seminary St., Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lori L. Henry

 

   Lori Lynn Henry, age 42, of Olivet, died Sunday, March 30, 2003 after a short illness.

   Lori was born Aug. 29, 1960 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ted and Evelyn (Henderson) Marshall and had been an Olivet-area resident for 12 years. She was an employee of Sodexho Food Service at Olivet College and a member of the Good Times Pool League.

   Surviving are her husband, Mike Henry; parents, Ted and Evelyn Marshall of Charlotte; one brother, Teddy Marshall of Charlotte; five sisters, Debbie Etheridge, Sindi Marshall and Tammy Johnson, all of Charlotte, Lisa Fields of Lansing and Beth (Terry) Peeler of Sour Lake, Texas; father- and mother-in-law, James and Arloa Henry of Marshall; five nieces, five nephews , one great-nephew and four great-nieces.

   Funeral services were held April 2 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan Hospice in Battle Creek.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Vera Heminger

 

   Vera Heminger, age 97 of Pleasant Lake formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, March 9, 2003 at Foote Hospital in Jackson. She was born March 1, 1906 in Springport Township, the daughter of George and Kathryn Miller. Mrs. Heminger was a high school graduate of Springport and later received her teacher’s certificate and had taught briefly. She married Roy Heminger and together operated Heminger Realty in Eaton Rapids for over 50 years, providing real estate, insurance and Pittsburg Paints. Preceding her in death was her husband, Roy.

   Surviving are 2 nieces, Ila Walker of Leslie and Eunice Friedewald of Alabama; sister-in-law, Helen Burns of Pleasant Lake and close friends George and Hallett Pettit families; and many many other people  of which she is known as “Aunt Vera”.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 709 p.m. at the funeral home. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Aunt Vera Heminger.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Larry G. Henderson

 

   Larry G. Henderson, age 56, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, March 22, 2003 in Lansing. Larry was born March 23, 1946 in Lansing, the son of Douglas Frank and Phyllis Joy (Merlington) Henderson. During his lifetime, Larry worked as a millwright at General Motors, die maker at Rapids Tool and Engineering, and was a dairy farmer for 11 years. Larry and his wife were owners of Country Acres and Island View Adult Foster Care Homes. He was a member of the Charlotte Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, and spending time at his cabin on Drummond Island. He was particularly fond of his grandchildren and loved being with them.

   Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Lorene (Payne) Henderson of Eaton Rapids; 4 daughters, Lori (Rock) Fraser of St. Charles, Sheila Henderson of Eaton Rapids, Lynette (Todd) Gardner of Eaton Rapids, Sandra Brewbaker of Mason; 1 son, Tony (Kate) Henderson of Phoenix, AZ; 10 grandchildren; father and stepmother, Douglas and Buffy (Stewart) Henderson, brother, Darrell Kirk (Barbara) Henderson of Marshall and stepsister, Judy Gibson of Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis (Merlington) Henderson and grandson, Zane Gardner.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 1:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Larry Yeagley officiating. Interment will follow at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or the Charlotte S.D.A. Church School, 1510 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ralph L. Hettich

 

   Ralph L. Hettich, 50, of Bellevue, formerly of Clarkston and Auburn Hills, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003 at home.

   He was born Sept. 27, 1952 in Pontiac to Clentis and Inga (Wiltfang) Hettich. He graduated from Clarkson High School in 1971. He was employed as a machinist and carman by Grand Trunk Western Railroad for 29 years and came to the Battle Creek area from Pontiac in 1988. Mr. Hettich married Jane Jackson on May 10, 1975; she survives.

   Also surviving are sons, Gregory (Becky) Hettich of Battle Creek and Jeffery Hettich of Bellevue; daughter, Michelle Hettich of Bellevue; granddaughter, Kilee Hettich of Battle Creek; parents, Clentis and Inga Hettich of Bellevue; and a brother, James (Cathy) Hettich of Olivet.

   A graveside service was held at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue, with Pastor Steve Covert officiating.

   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

                                                                                                                                               

 

Sharon Jean Hiatt

 

   Sharon Jean Hiatt, age 43, of Charlotte and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at the Santee Home in Benton Township, where she resided. She was born June 3, 1959 in Lansing, the daughter of Virgil and Irene (Cherpes) Hiatt. Sharon had graduated from a special program in Mount Pleasant. She enjoyed her music, singing and M&M’s. Sharon will be greatly missed by all her family and all involved in her life. She will also be especially missed by the staff of Santee Home, Charlotte, MI where she resided the last 13 years, by Emily, Cassie, Sharon and by others who may not haven been mentioned. She was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Hiatt.

Surviving are her mother, Irene Hiatt-Luscombe of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Keith (Sue) Hiatt of Eaton Rapids; 3 sisters, Vicki Christensen of St. Charles, Ill., Katie (Jon) Opdyke of Lansing and Laurie Gipson of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Elder Davis Allen, officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Melba Rose Hildabridle

 

    Melba R. Hidabridle, age 73, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, October 9, 2003 at a Lansing hospital. Born December 9, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Samuel and Elsie (Hornus) Williamson. Mrs. Hildabridle had a real love of life, making the most of every day, she enjoyed working in her flower gardens and especially enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband Martin in 1971 and a son, Jack in 2001.

   Surviving are her 5 children, Cathy (Dennis) Morrison of St. Johns, Martin Hildabridle of Eaton Rapids, David (Rosemary) Hildabridle of Eaton Rapids and Sandy (Anthony) Tupper of Mason; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; mother, Elsie Williamson of Breckenridge; brother, Robin (Cheryl) Williamson of Mt. Pleasant and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, October 13, 2003 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapid with burial following in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David W. Hillard

 

   David William Hillard of Muskogee, Okla. passed away Feb. 20, 2003 and was born Feb. 18, 1944 in Eaton Rapids, Mich., the son of Bernice (White) Hillard-Gettys and the late Robert Hillard.

   He grew up in Eaton County and served in the Army from 1962-1965. He married Ranae Rhines in 1966 and had their daughter, Suzanne, in 1967. Dave married Linda Hare on Sept. 26, 1980 and had twin daughters in 1983. He worked at Owens-Illinois in Charlotte and Owens-Brockway in Muskogee as a specialist. Dave loved sports, especially bowling. He achieved a perfect game of 300. His love of roller coasters earned him the nickname of “Roller Coaster King.”

   Surviving are his mother of Charlotte; his wife, Linda of Muskogee; three daughters, Suzanne (Michael) Wesley of San Clemente, Calif., and Misty and Melody of Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Thomas, Andrea, Jacob, Elizabeth and Sage, all of San Clemente, Calif.; two brothers, Richard Hillard of Charlotte and Tom Hillard of Lansing; and two step-sisters, Marion Smith and Maxine Green.

   He was preceded in death by his father Robert Hillard, step-father George Gettys and step-sister Marie Griffeth.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 24 at Bradley Belltower Chapel in Mukogee. Burial was in Fort Gibson Veterans Cemetery, Okla.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Raymond M. Hinckley

 

   Raymond M. Hinckley, 75, of Nashville, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at Pennock Hospital in Hasting, from complications of a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Hinckley was born April 16, 1928 in Nashville, the son of Merrill and Ona (Hummel) Hinckley, and graduated in 1946 from Nashville High School. He was employed at Oliver Corp. in Battle Creek until his induction in the U.S. Army in 1950. He served two years with the 46th Truck Transportation Corp., with one year in Germany.  Raymond was married to Susan Murphy of Nashville on Oct. 22, 1955 at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodland. They moved to Battle Creek where he continued to work for Oliver Corp. until the plant closed in 1962. He was then employed at Battle Creek branches of the Home Loan Co. of Muskegon until he was hired in 1967 by Security National Bank of Battle Creek. In 1972 Mr. Hinckley was named manager of the bank’s Nashville branch and he and his wife moved back to his hometown. He continued to work for SNB after it was purchased by Comerica Bank of Detroit, serving in various branches in Battle Creek. He retired in 1986 as manager of Comerica’s Bellevue branch. Mr. Hinckley was president of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce during the 1970s and served several terms on the Nashville Village Council. He was village president from 1990 to 1993; and was a member of the Riverside Recreational Development Corp., a volunteer group responsible for creating the ballfields and other improvements on village property west of the business district. He enjoyed fishing, reading, TV sports, and visiting with his “coffee buddies” in Palacios, Texas, where the couple had wintered since 1990. Mr. Hinckley was also interested in history. He was a direct descendant of Samuel Hinckley, an English immigrant who settled immigrant who settled in Massachusetts in 1635.

   Raymond is survived by his wife, Susan; sister, Petie Latta of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald; and sister-in-law, Wilma Hinckley. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam Library in Nashville or Barry County Humane Society in Hastings. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald C. Hoag

 

   Donald Clyde Hoag, 74, of Potterville, died Sunday, June 22, 2003 at his residence.

   Mr. Hoag was born May 5, 1929 in East Lansing, the son of Robert and Bertha (Clark) Hoag. He retired from General Motors in 1987, where he worked in material control. Mr. Hoag was a Korean Conflict veteran with the U.S. Army, and a member of American Legion Post 0221 in Frankfort. He loved camping, fishing, gardening and his second home on Lake Michigan in Frankfort.

   He is survived by sons, Donald (Guadalupe) Hoag Jr. of Charlotte and Gerald (Teresa) Hoag of Lyons; daughter, Emilee Hoag of Potterville; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter on the way; brother, Gerald (Barbara) Hoag of Grand Rapids; sister, Norma Moray of Lansing; and special friend, Irene Goldbeck of Frankfort.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; infant son, Richard; four brothers and two sisters.

   Memorial services were held June 25 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David Leonard Hodge

 

   David Leonard Hodge, age 61, of Portage, our loving husband, dad and grandpa passed away at home on Thursday, August 14, 2003. David was born May 31, 1942 in Grand Ledge, the son of Leonard and Minnie Hodge; and has been a Portage resident since 1989. He served in the U.S. Army. He was an avid football fan, coached football with Portage Rocket and West Middle School, and loved watching his sons play for Portage Central. As of late, he enjoyed watching his son Brad & son-in-law Jim coaching in Eaton Rapids. Most important in his life was his family and especially his grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his mother Minnie, father Leonard & sister Clara Miller. On July 6, 1974 he was married to Marcia Austin, who survives.

   Also surviving are his children, Tamara Risner, Trina (James) Jecks, Brad (Julie) Hodge, all of Eaton Rapids, Jackie Albert Revilla of Shelby, Jason Hodge of Portage; grandchildren Patricia Freeman, Joey, Manuel & Austin Revilla, Travis & Jacob Jecks, Cole & Carson Hodge; brother and sisters, Charles Hodge of Perry, Leona  Hodge of Boyne City [and] Doris (Lynn) Parks of Kingsley.

   In accordance with David’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, at Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church, 6044 S. Clinton Trail. Those desiring to make memorial contributions in David’s memory may direct them to the Family, Eaton Rapids Youth Football Program or the National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre St.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Edith M. Hodges

 

   Edith Marian Hodges, 99, of Davison, formerly of Charlotte, died Sept. 26, 2003.

   Mrs. Hodges was born Sept. 11, 1904 in Douglas, the daughter of Frank and Ella (Barnes) Conklin.

   She is survived by daughter, Evelyn Bodell of Eaton Rapids; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Hodges of Taylor; nine grandchildren, Larry (Vickie) Bodell of Charlotte, Judith (Stephen) Turner of Eaton Rapids, Dennis (Sandra) Bodell of Eaton Rapids, Marian (Greg) McClellan of Goodrich, Roy (Judith) Bodell of Eaton Rapids, Richard (Joan) Hodges of Florida, Randy Hodges, Jerry Hodges and Caroline (James) Buford, all of Taylor; 17 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Vera Conklin of Hickory Corners.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Hodges in 1981; son, Richard Hodges in 1998; granddaughter, Anna May Bodell in 1996; and son-in-law, Leonard Bodell in 1998.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating. Interment was at Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Walter Rhodes Hoenig

 

   Walter Rhodes Hoenig, known to all as “Spike”, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003 at age 91 in Zephyrhills, Fla.

   Spike was born in Riga, Mich., and graduated high school from Blissfield. He married Edna Daniels in 1937 and moved to Leslie. He had two children, Karen Humphrey in Michigan and Russ Hoenig in Pennsylvania. He worked in the farm seed industry for years and eventually purchased Spikes Lawn and Garden Center in Charlotte. Spike retired at age 70 and began his life in Florida, becoming an avid shuffleboard player. He was a lifelong member of the Masons.

   He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, three granddaughters, four great-grandchildren, and two brothers.

   Cremation took place in Florida.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the shuffleboard court of your choice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Kenneth Harro Hoffman

 

   Kenneth H.  Hoffman, age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, December 29, 2003 at a Lansing hospital. Born January 25, 1923 in Battle Creek, the son of Earl Clinton and Nellie Mae (Chafee) Hoffman. Ken served in the Army during World War II, receiving several service medals including 2 Purple Hearts and 3 Bronze Stars. He retired in 1980 after 30 years of service as a Master Craftsman for General Motors in Lansing. Ken was also a handyman who could repair most anything and spent his retirement years helping others. He was also a member of the Liar’s Club at the Old Mill Restaurant in Eaton Rapids. Preceding him in death was a daughter, Becky in 1973; a brother, Clinton Hoffman and sister, Iris Harter.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Mary; 3 sons, Robert (Jo) Hoffman of Eaton Rapids, and Charles Hoffman of Hampshire, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Marsha Hoffman of DeWitt; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Clifford (Marian) Hoffman of Battle Creek; sisters, Joyce Howe of Eaton Rapids and Doris Hudson of Colorado; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, January 2, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Paul Mergener and the Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial followed with military honors at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were grandsons, Nate, Chris, Greg, Joshua, Lance, Chad and Jason Hoffman with Kirby Shane and Owen Wilson as honorary bearers. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in memory of Kenneth H. Hoffman.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lulia L. Holgate

 

   Lulia L. Holgate, age 88, of Charlotte, died Nov. 21, 2003 at her residence.

   She was born Nov. 29, 914 (the 11th of 12 children) in Carbon, Ind. to Calvin LaFayette and Ellen (Purdew) Dowell. Lulia lived in Marquette for 31 years before returning to Charlotte in 1984.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern (formerly of Eaton Rapids) on May 12, 1977 and son, Gary on April 15, 1953.

   Surviving are two daughters, Christine Holgate of Marquette and Marcia Holgate of Charlotte; step-daughter, Jeanette Dempsey of St. Peter, Minn.; two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 24 at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Paul Mazur officiating. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home of Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Harley H. Hood Sr.

 

   Harley H. Hood Sr., of Lansing, died March 2, 2003.

   Mr. Hood was born Feb. 24, 1919 in Cadillac, the son of William and Hulda (Housel) Hood. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and is a member of the VFW Post 701 of Lansing and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He retired from General Motors in Lansing in 1984.

   Mr. Hood is survived by sons, Robert Hood of Illinois, Gilbert, Charles and Richard Hood of Charlotte, Tom Hood of Battle Creek and Steve Hood of Oregon; daughters, Anna Hood and Carol Knox of Texas; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eilene (Gilbert); son, Harley H. Hood Jr. in 2002; his second wife, Geraldine in 2000; his sister, Ellenora Hill in 1999; and two grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held March 5 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. George Rhye officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Judy A. Hook

 

   Judy A. Hook, age 58, of Nashville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2003 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.

   Mrs. Hood was born March 8, 1945 in Hastings, the daughter of Ermund and Betty (McClelland) Strong. She was raised on the family farm on Morgan Road and attended area schools, graduating from Nashville High School in 1963. After high school, she attended Wright Beauty Academy in Battle Creek. On Aug. 6, 1965, at the family farm in Nashville, she married Larry Hook. The two spent their lives together in the Nashville area, eventually purchasing a farm on Lawrence Road where they settled. She was employed with several local businesses throughout the years but her true passion was helping other folks in the community. Judy was the type of person who never met a stranger. She was well-known for her ability and willingness to seek those who needed a helping hand and then lend her assistance in any way possible. Through the years, Judy’s service to her community was recognized as she was decorated with awards including personal recognitions from Michigan’s governor. In her spare time, Judy enjoyed crocheting, doing crafts at her home and sharing time with her beloved pets, especially her dogs. For Christmas she spent countless hours making presents for all the dogs she cared for, and their owners. In her earlier years she and Larry enjoyed roller-skating and spending time together.

   She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Larry; one sister, Dianne Hildreth; sisters-in-law, Judy (Ken) Rogers, Nora (Ed) Hickey and Vicky (Bion) Eye; three nephews and four nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Ermund and Betty (McClelland) Strong.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville fire department or ambulance service.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert “Bob” J. Hopcraft

 

   Robert “Bob” J. Hopcraft, age 84, of Onondaga, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, in Jackson. Bob was born May 16, 1919 in Tompkins Twp. the son of Frederick Vern and Jessie (Sweeney) Hopcraft. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army Infantry. Bob retired from Clark Equipment in 1972 after 31 years of service. He was active in the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame, was an Administrative Leader for Jackson Co. 4-H and a member of the Onondaga Senior Citizens.

   Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Eva; daughter, Shirley (Lee) Hunter of Rives Junction; son, Don Hopcraft of Jackson; 6 grandchildren, Becky (Ron) Case, Lori (Marty) Dowding, Ken Hunter, Rhonda (Dale) McEldowney, Robin (Greg) Lucas; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Galen Grulke of Heart of the Sheperd Lutheran Church in Howell, officiating. Interment followed at Tompkins Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the Jackson Co. 4-H Foundation in memory of Robert J. Hopcraft.

 

 

 

 

Minnie M. Horn

 

   Minnie M. (Zook) Horn, age 106, died Thursday, Feb. 13 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Horn was born Nov. 3, 1896 in LaGrange, Ind., the daughter of George and Maude (Kremer) Zook and had been a Charlotte resident since 1915. She was a retired practical nurse, having received her training from Dr. Newmark in Charlotte. Mrs. Horn was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Charlotte Grange. She was married to Paul F. Horn on Sept. 1, 1917.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Horn on Apr. 24, 1956 and daughter-in-law, Esther Mae Horn on Apr. 28, 1999.

   Surviving are her son, Harold Horn of Charlotte; granddaughter, Shirley (Dale) Hice of Hastings; great-grandchildren, Dale (Doreen) Hice Jr. of Saranac and Dyanna Chesebro of Caledonia; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb17 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Phyllis J. Howe

 

   Phyllis J. (Cochrane) Howe, age 79, of Charlotte, died Thursday, May 15, 2003 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Howe was born March 11, 1924 at Kelly’s Corners in Sunfield Township, the daughter of Harry and Gladys (Lemmon) Cochrane, and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She was a 1942 graduate of Charlotte High School, and with her late husband, ahd owned and operated Menzo Howe Excavating in Charlotte. Previously she was employed at Wilcox-Gay Co., the Charlotte airport, and was a telephone operator in Charlotte. She was married to Menzo Howe on April 13, 1952 in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Janette (Steve) Smith of Charlotte and Jacalyn (Dale) Goodrich of Potterville; five grandchildren, Karen Smith, Shawn Goodrich and Laura Goodrich; and one sister, Dorothy Desgrange of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and two brothers.

   Funeral services were held  May 19 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with the Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Health Department’s Visiting Nurse Program.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Rodney L. Hoyt

 

   Rodney Lynn Hoyt, 59, of  Frederic, Wis., formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

   Rodney was born June 30, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of Elmer and Katherine (Willis) Hoyt and had been a Wisconsin resident for 23 years, moving there from Charlotte. He served in the U.S. Army from July 1, 1964 to June 30, !967, with duty in Germany. He was employed as an alcohol and other drugs guidance counselor.

   Surviving are his daughter, Deanna Lynn (Dirk) Gardner of Lake Odessa; grandson, Brendan Gardner; and two brothers, Barry Hoyt of Bellevue and Dave Hoyt of Franklin, Tenn.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary Hoyt.

   Cremation has taken place and memorial services were held Dec 19 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with the Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment of cremains was at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gary Hughes

 

   Gary Hughes of Forney, Texas, passed away Dec. 22, 2003.

   Gary was born June 1, 1958 and was a 1976 graduate of Charlotte. He was a member of the Forney School Board and the announcer for Forney High School football. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

   He is survived by his wife, Cindy Hughes; son, Greg Hughes; daughter, Courtney Hughes; parents, Jerry and Sandy Hughes; sister, Laurie Chapman; several brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28 at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyvale, Texas, with Rev. Rick Lemons officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Suite 146, Des Plaines, IL 60018. For more information visit www.newhopefh.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lillian Genevieve Hughey

 

   Lillian G. Hughey, age 94, of Onondaga, died Saturday, June 21, 2003. Born June 9, 1909 in Onondaga Township, the daughter of Floyd B. and Blanche (Goodnoe) Smith. Mrs. Hughey began her working career at the age of 16, working for Horner Woolen Mills, Heifetz Pickle Co. and Davidson Woolen Mills, all of Eaton Rapids. She received her High School GED in 1979 at the age of 70. Mrs. Hughey loved gardening, quilting, fishing and especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1997.

   Surviving are 5 children, Arthur (Denise) Hughey Jr. of Kentucky, Marlene (Bob) Colgan of Eaton Rapids, Max (Loyce) Hughey of Marshall, Carl (Linda) Hughey of Battle Creek and Donna (Allen ) Keller of Delton; 18 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren; brother, Leo Smith of Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in the Onondaga Cemetery. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to Heartland Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Lillian G. Hughey.

 

David Hunter

 

   David Hunter, 46, of Charlotte, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003. Mr. Hunter was born April 10, 1956 in Charlotte, the son of Allen Hunter and Dorothy (Russow) Coplin.

   He is survived by his mother, Dorothy (Paul) Coplin of Sturgis; father Allen (Linda) Hunter of Parma; daughter, Jane Cole of  Hillsdale; brother, Dale (Dorella) Hunter of St. Johns, and their children, Jennifer and Gale Hunter, Russ, C.J. and Nick Page; sister, Denise (Colby) Page of Charlotte and their children, Liz and Josh Cruz, and Odelia Sagredo Page.

   Services were completed by Pray Funeral Home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marvin K. Jackson

 

   Marvin Kendall Jackson, 79, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 28, 2003.

   Mr. Jackson was born Aug. 29, 1923 in Fillmore, Ind., the son of Henry and Ethel (Ogle) Jackson. He was an accountant with IBM and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Palmetto, Fla.

   He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Smith) Jackson; two sons, Morris “Moe” (Cheryl) Jackson of Charlotte, and Brice (Jane) Jackson of Greencastle, Ind.; daughter, Patty (Melvin) Grimes of Russellville, Ind.; four grandchildren, Christina, Stacey, John, and Jeffrey; and brother, Harold (Lillian) Jackson of Bloomington, Ind.

   An infant daughter, Brenda, preceded him in death.

   Funeral services were held March 31 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. A graveside committal service was held April 1 at Fillmore Cemetery in Fillmore, Ind.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard James

 

   Richard James, 71, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. James was born April 18, 1932 in Stevens Point, Wis. He was in the Navy and was a tax consultant.

   He is survived by his significant other, Sue Brown of Lansing; daughters, Karen Aguilar,  Cara James and Joni James; and several grandchildren.

   Services were held Aug. 15 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Leonard Brinkmoeller officiating.

   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

 

John Michael Janecke

 

   John Michael Janecke of San Diego, CA, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 52, died Saturday, September 20, 2003 in California. John was born September 23, 1950 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Fred William and Loraine E. (Heil) Janecke. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1968 and Grand Rapids Institute of Technology in 1970. John was a veteran of the US Air Force serving from 1971 to 1975 and was an electrical engineer in California. Preceding him in death was his sister, Mary Lou.

   A very loving and caring brother and friend, John is survived by 3 brothers, Robert E. (Linda) Janecke of Williamston, Don D. (Liz) Janecke, Paul R. (Sherry) Janecke both of Eaton Rapids, Nancy (Dan) Teapolt of AZ, Susan E. Hazelton (Neal) of Lansing, Linda D. (Barry) Crites of Eaton Rapids; uncle, Harry Heil; several nieces, nephews and a loyal life partner David Rutt.

   Those desiring may make contributions to either AIDS Awareness or Hospice at 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA, 92111 in memory of John M. Janecke. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Maxine Johansen

 

   Maxine Johansen, a long-time resident of the Milford and Union Lake area, died at Huron Valley Hospital Saturday morning, Nov. 15, 2003 after an extended illness. She was 70 years old.

   Born Nov. 27, 1932 in Eaton Rapids, she was the daughter of Howard and Hazel (Raines) Miller. The family lived in Charlotte and Maxine graduated from Charlotte High School. Soon after that she met and fell in love with Donald J. Johansen, a construction supply salesman. They were married Nov. 6, 1953 and made their home in Charlotte until the early ‘60s when they moved to North Oakland County to go into business with Carefree Carports in Drayton Plains. Together they raised a son and five daughters in Waterford and Union Lake and after retirement, in the early ‘90s, they move to Milford. Like her husband, Maxine was an avid golfer and a long-time member of Twin Beach Country Club. She also loved bridge, euchre, and gin rummy, and when her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 1991, it was her regular card games with family and friends that helped her get through the difficult years of his illness and her own failing health. She is remembered by those close to her as a strong woman whose love bound family and friends together.

   Her husband  of nearly 50 years preceded her in death in February 2002.

   She is survived by a son Charles W. Johansen of Ann Arbor; and five daughters Sally Ingles of San Diego, Diann (Tom) Simone of Whitmore Lake, Margaret (Dave) Cremeans of Longwood, Fla., Barbara Johansen of Highland, and Lori (David) Johansen of Hartland; sister, Doris Sternaman; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   Arrangements were by Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors of Milford.

 

                                                                                                                                               

Edna M. Johnson

 

   Edna M. Johnson, 90, of Potterville, died peacefully in her home Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003.

   Mrs. Johnson was born Jan. 20, 1913, the daughter of Earl and Elma (Roberts) Lovejoy. She was a loving, caring and hard-working beautician. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Robert Johnson, on May 8, 2002. They had participated in local square dancing and loved hosting many square dance gatherings at their home. She was the proud owner of many beauty shops in the Lansing and East Lansing area including Polly Prim, Bruce’s Beauty Shop and Marionettes in the former Olds Plaza Hotel.

   She is survived by step-daughter, Ann (Harry) Wiersma of Grand Ledge; grandchildren Marie Edna (Jeff) Nelson, Rebecca (Randy) Boone and Deborah (Paul) Piotrowski; four great-grandchildren; sister, Vera Adams of Okemos; brother, Ron (Veralee) Lovejoy of Florida; sister-in-law, Edrian “Pat” Hanley; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Robert; brothers, Clifford, Cortes, Clyde, Robert, Wayne, and Carl Lovejoy; and sisters Nina Grim and Laura Hamilton.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Interment will be at Dimondale Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice or American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Estill “Buddy” Johson, Jr.

 

   Estill “Buddy” Johnson, Jr. age 55 of Olivet, formerly Eaton Rapids, died Friday April 18, 2003 in Lansing. Buddy was born April 2, 1948 in Floyd Co., KY, the son of Estill and Lora Jane (Thacker) Johnson, Sr. He was formerly employed with Greenbay Foods and Michigan Packaging.

   Surviving are his wife of 2 years, Jane; daughter, Angel Watson of Hanover; 3 sons, Buddy J. Johnson of Olivet, Timothy Johnson of KY, Billy Johnson of Jackson; 11 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Zestill “Zak” (Diana) Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Jack Lee Johnson of OH; 5 sisters, Ellen Lee (Phil) Beam of Eaton Rapids, Loretta “Ready” (Ken) Miller of Eaton Rapids, Judy Anne (Clinen) Slone, Lora Jane “Tootsie” Lone bothe of IN, Phyllis Marie Scott of Lansing; several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. unto 1:30 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers will be Buddy Johnson, Pat Newsome, Jonny Metcalf, Tom Metcalf, Roy Gamblin, and Ron Bryant.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Norma Zentmyer Johnson

 

   Norma J. Johnson, age 62 of Farmington Square Road, Granger, died peacefully at 5:02 p.m. Thursday March 6th in her home, surrounded by family and friends, after fighting a courageous nine year battle against ovarian cancer. Norma was born on October 28, 1940 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to Harry & Anita (Bradley) Zentmeyer who preceded her in death. She married Richard S. Jonson on June 24, 1961 in East Lansing, Michigan.

   Norma is survived by her husband Richard; a son Brian (Alicia) Johnson of Warsaw, MO; two daughters, Susan (Alex) Callender of Olympia, WA, Diane (Jeff) Wirth of Granger, IN; six grandchildren, Aaron and Meghan Callender, Katie and Jake Wirth, Maliki and Navi Johnson. Also surviving are two brothers, Milton Zentmyer of Santa Fe, NM and Errol Zentmeyer of Delray Beach, FL.

   Norma was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church. She was involved in Little Flower’s cancer support group, “Angels of Hope,” and the support group “Life Goes On.” She was an inspiration to the many members of these groups. Throughout her illness she always had a smile on her face and words of encouragement for others. Norma was also retired from Saint Mary’s College, where she was an assistant in the athletic department.

   Norma found great joy in her life from family and friends. She was a loving wife for forty-one years to Richard. She was an incredible mother to her three children, and her six grandchildren were the lights of her life. We will carry her love with us forever.

   The family of Norma Johnson would also like to express their sincerest thanks to the staffs of Saint Joseph Visiting Nurses’ Association and Michigan Hematology and Oncology. The support, help, and kindness extended to Norma and her family during her illness is truly appreciated.

   A memorial service will be held for Norma at Little Flower Catholic Church at noon on March 29, 2003, with Father Don Dilg, C.S.C. officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Bubb Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN 46635 or St. Margaret’s House, 117 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Bernice Jones

 

   Bernice Jones, 95, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Formerly of Bellevue, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 in Lake Havasu City.

   Bernice was born July 5, 1908 to Henry and Katie (Tompkins) Spinney in Chesaning. She married Victor Jones in 1927; he passed away in 1982 after 55 years of marriage. Bernice enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

   Surviving are son, Albert A. Jones of Bellevue; daughter Madelyn Jones of Lake Havasau City; and four grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; son, George P. Jones; twin sister, Beatrice Seely; grandson, Paul A. Jones; and 10 brothers and sisters.

   Services were held Oct. 23 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. James D. Hill officiating. Interment was at  Assyria Cemetery.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cindy Lou Jones

 

   Cindy Lou Jones, age 31, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003 in Lansing. Cindy was born December 6, 1972 in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Squires; grandparents, Russell Moffitt, Earl and Annie Jones.

   Surviving are her parents, Earl and Carol (Moffitt) Jones of Eaton Rapids; foster mother, Cathy Owens and family of Portland; brother, Jeff (Dee) Squires of Eaton Rapids; 3 sisters, Robin (Terry) North of North Carolina, Debbie (Steve) Jecks, Lisa Franco both of Eaton Rapids; grandmother, Lillian Moffitt of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 27, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Joe Robbe of Mt. Hope Church, Portland. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Jack Jardot, Russell Moffitt, Brent Satterlee, Darrell Aldaffer, Dallis Squires and Dennis Moffitt.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Frederick E. Jones

 

   Frederick Edwards Jones, 94 of Bloomfield Hills, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 in Marshall.

   Mr. Jones was born Dec. 27, 1908 in Barrow In Furness, England, the son of Albert and Mary Jane (Parkinson) Jones. He was the assistant vice president of the National Bank of Detroit until his retirement in 1974. Mr. Jones was a past master of Trinity Blue Lodge #502 in Detroit and a former member of Metropolitan Methodist Church in Detroit.

   He is survived by his son, David Jones of Bloomfield Township; daughter, Lynda (Richard) Otto of Olivet; brother, Albert (Nell) Jones of Hendersonville, N.C.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Adele (Henderson) Jones Feb. 18, 1990.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Hamilton Funeral Home in Birmingham, with Rev. Roy Backus of Olivet Congregational Church officiating. Interment was at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Masonic Home in Alma. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Sarah M. Jones

 

   Sarah Michelle Jones, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2003.

   Sarah was born Nov. 1, 1984 and was a lifelong resident of Potterville. She was valedictorian of her 2003 senior class at Potterville High School and enjoyed participating and supporting school athletics. Sarah was also on the National Honor Society and the Potterville H.S. Youth Advisory Council. She enjoyed participating in athletics, loved crafts of all kinds and adored young children. Sarah had been accepted at Grand Valley State University to study special education.

   She is survived by parents, Ashley and Arlene (Wieber) Jones; bother, Mark; sister, Jannette; grandfather, Arnold Wieber of Fowler; numerous aunts, and uncles and cousins; special friends in the Potterville community and schools, George Danford, and her beloved pet Lacey.

   She was preceded in death by grandparents, Ashley and Helen Jones; grandmother, Dorothy Wieber; and nephew, Jacob Villarreal.

   Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Rev. Father Denis R. Spitzley April 19 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte. Rite of Committal was held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 2520 W. Willow Street, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Potterville Athletic Boosters. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Tim Jones

 

   Timmerman J.”Tim” Jones, 48 of Dimondale, died Sunday afternoon, May 11, 2003 at Lansing hospital.

   Mr. Jones was born Feb. 16, 1955 in Charlotte, a son of William and Margaret (Mason) Jones. He was a 1973 graduate of Charlotte High School and an employee of GM Service and Parts Operation.

   Surviving are his mother, Margaret Jones of Dimondale; brother, Thomas (Kathy) Jones of Charlotte; several aunts and uncles; an numerous cousins.

   Services were held May 14 at Field & Leik Funeral Home of Dimondale, with Rev. John Toth officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Fred Antes, Roger Bastien, James Jones, William Jones, Dave Washburn and Stacey Zinn.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Hoy Jordan

 

   Hoy “Butch” Jordan, age 53, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

   Mr. Jordan was born in July 19, 1950 in Allegan, the son of Derald and Gladys (Bailey) Jordan. He was raised in the Orangeville area, but moved to Nashville at the age of 13 to live with his foster parents Frank and Nora Sessions. He attended area schools, including Nashville High School. On Aug. 9, 1969 in Hastings, he married Vicki Allen. The couple spent their entire married lives together in the Hastings/Nashville area. In 1972 he began work at Bradford White, where he was employed for over 31 years in the press room. He enjoyed being outdoors, washing his truck and mowing the lawn. He also enjoyed spending time visiting area casinos and listening to classic rock and older country music.

   He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Vicki; daughters, Vera (Jerry) Samis and Amy (Rich) Ward; son, Jason (Kim) Jordan; brother, Sid (Toni) Jordan; sisters, Carol Leonard, Kathy (Mike) Risner, Marsha, Jean and Connie; grandchildren Adam, Keshia, Letitia, Shelby, Kayley, Olivia, and Jenna.

   He was preceded in death by his brother Brian, and sister Pam.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastor Mike Risner officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assosciation.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald P. Joseph, Sr.

 

   Donald P. Joseph, Sr., age 79, of Nashville, passed away Sept. 24, 2003 surrounded by family at his home.

   Born April 1, 1924 to Charles and Ozelma Joseph in Canton, Ohio, Don was raised in Detroit and move to Potterville  in the 10th grade. He went to welding school in Missouri and returned home when World War II started. Don entered the  Air Force in 1942 and after basic training he served 27 months on Attu Island. He and his brother, Charles Joseph (who preceded him in death), became partners in the family business, Carl’s Supermarket. In 1971, the opened up another store in Nashville. Don was a life member of VFW Post #8260 in Nashville, Potterville Masonic Lodge #367, and Eastern Star #413.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeannette; four sons, David (Lana) Joseph of Lansing, Robert Joseph of Potterville, Donald (Jean) Joseph, Jr. of Potterville and John Joseph of Hastings; one sister, Yvonne Chapman of Elkhart, Ind.; sister-in-law, Rita Joseph of Potterville; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and his dog, Sandy.

   Per Don’s request, no services were held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Hospice, the Nashville Fire Dept., or Putnam Library. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alvin E. Kader

 

   Alvin Earl Kader, 66, of Bellevue, died May 27, 2003 at home.

   He was born May 15, 1937 to Alvin and Mildred Kader in Detroit. Alvin graduated from Bellevue High School and served for 13 years in the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant during the Vietnam War. He worked for Grand Trunk Western as a supervisor in the Electrical and Rebuilding departments. He retired in 1997. Alvin married Audrey “Bunny” Baggerly on Jan. 21, 1983; she survives. He was a member of Eagles Aerie #299. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife Audrey; daughters, Suzan Kader and son Ashlen Blythe of Bellevue, Jeanne (Jim) Leonard and children, Britt and Brett of Nashville, Karen Kader of Bellevue; son, Michael Kader of Georgia; stepsons, Mark (Diane) Thompson and children Travis and Whitney of Battle Creek; and stepdaughter, Vicki Thompson and her friend Larry Appleton, Wis.; sisters, Barbara Lust of Marshall, Betty Kader of Guyton, Ga., Janet (Bruce) Worthington of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Peggy (Bill) Blimline of Murray, Ky.; brothers, Dick Kader of San Antonio, Texas, and Terry (Kim) Kader of  Sanger, Texas.

   Services took place May 30 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Belle J. Kanillopoolos

 

   Bell Jane Kanillopoolos, age 77, of Villa Park, Ill. formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 10, 2003 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

   Mrs. Kanillopoolos was a resident of Villa Park for 35 years. She was born and raised in Charlotte, and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1943. She attended Michigan State University and studied voice. She was a former soloist at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, a former member of the Civic Opera Guild of Lansing, and was also an artist.

   She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Thomas; two daughters, Jane (Richard) Gregory of Lombard, Ill., and Mary (Michael) Ciardiello of Carol Stream, Ill.; three grandchildren, Teadra Gregory of Lombard, Christina Ciardiello of Carol Stream and Richard Gregory of Lombard.

   She was preceded in death by her brother Sebert Willett of the U.S. Navy, killed in action at Normandy during World War II; and her parents, Ray and Ada Willett.

   Funeral services were held May 13 at Brust Funeral Home in Lombard, Ill., with Rev. Patrick Boomhower of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church officiating. Interment was held May 14 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1749 S. Naperville Rd., Suite 202, Wheaton, IL 60187. Local arrangements were by Burkehead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Brandon T. Kay

 

   Brandon Thomas Kay of Vermontville, born of Thomas Patrick and Linda Sue (Baird) Kay Oct. 6, 1982, at 20 years of age passed away July 4, 2003. Brandon was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and paintball. He also loved anything with wheels and was happy to help his friends with autos and small engines. Brandon was also a fan of computer games; however, Brandon’s favorite role will always be known as “uncle” to his niece Lillian.

   He is survived by parents, Thomas and Linda Kay of Vermontville; brother, Jonathan (Robin) Kay and niece Lillian Kay of Grand Rapids; auntie, Paulette Croghan of Ypsilanti; uncle, Robert (Judith) Baird of Lowell; aunt, Jeanette Kay of Maryland; cousins, Lora Chapman of Ypsilanti, Paul Croghan of Howell, Paul Baird and Nina Baird of Lowell, David Kay and Christopher Kay of DePere, Wis.; and grandmothers Louella Baird of Ypsilanti and Doris Kay of Vermontville.

   Funeral services were held July 8 at Grace Community Church in Nashville, with Dr. Richard Currier and Pastor Rob Van Engen officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Helen A. Keefer

 

   Helen A. Keefer, 91, of Mulliken, died Monday morning May 19, 2003 at her home.

   Mrs. Keefer was born Feb. 27, 1912 in Greenville, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Thomas) Savage. He was a long-time area resident and a former Loucks District School Board member.

   Mrs. Keefer was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her daughter, Betty; an infant son; her sister, Flossie Hammond; and her brother, Phil Savage.

   Surviving are her son, Maynard (Ronalda) Keefer of Mulliken; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

   Services were held May 22 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Interment was a Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brittany Keefer, Craig Keefer, Dean Keefer, Denise Keefer, Maegan Keefer, Jared McConnon, Shaine McConnon and Cheryl Perry.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ronnie Keefer

 

   Ronnie Keefer, 27, of Sunfield, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 in Kalkaska.

   Ronnie was born Feb. 26, 1976 in Lansing, the son of Ronald and Janet (Abbott) Keefer. He was raised in the Sunfield area and attended area schools, graduating from Lakewood High School in 1994. After graduating form high school, he continued his education at Ohio Auto Diesel in Cleveland, Ohio, where he gained proficiency in small engine repair. This knowledge he readily applied to helping friends work on their motorcycles. After college, Ronnie returned to the Lakewood area where he was employed as an autobody technician for Tri-County Autobody in Woodbury. Ronnie’s true passion was found in riding motorcycles and playing softball. He was the type of individual who naturally inspired the young children in his life. He combined his passions for motorcycle riding and playing softball by coaching youth baseball and instructing young riders. During the summer months he played both co-ed and men’s softball on various leagues throughout the area, participating in tournament games as often as possible.

   He is survived by his mother, Janet (Abbott) Keefer; father, Ronald Keefer; sister, Aimee (Alvin) (Keefer) Hawley; grandmother, Lettie Keefer; grandfather, Philip (Mary) Abbott; and four special nieces and nephews, Jared, Benjamin, Nathan and Cassandra.

   He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Scott Keefer.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 22 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronnie Keefer Memorial Fund. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gloria “Jean” Keehn

 

  Gloria “Jean” Keehn, age 71, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, October 27, 2003 in Lansing. Born September 6, 1932 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter on Ora and Bertha (Spaulding) Harper. Jean was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids and a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carleton in 1994.

   Surviving are her 4 children, Donald (Jan) Keehn Jr., Carla (Ken) Mazur, Pam (Tom) Braatz and Larry Keehn; mother, Bertha Harper; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; half sister, Connie (Mitchell) Jenkins and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held October, 30th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Tony Gordon, Leon Bartlett II, Bradley Keehn, James Ohmar, John Vincent, and Donald Keehn, Jr.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marilyn Keehne

 

   Marilyn C. Keehne, 83, of Bellevue, died July 25, 2003 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   She was born Aug. 10, 1919 to John and Kitty Dodd in Eaton County, and graduated from Vermontville High School. She married Edward Keehne; he died Dec. 12, 1975. Marilyn was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church and the Esther Circle, and the VFW Auxiliary, former Post 6689.

  She is survived by sons Edward Keehne of Evart and William (Helene) Keehne of Zeeland; granddaughters, Angie Gross of California, Nicki Gross of Oklahoma and their mother Suzanne Keehne of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Mitzi Keehne of Washington, Ronda Keehne of Arizona and their mother Connie; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; and two sisters.

   Services were held July, 30 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Louise Keeley

 

   Louise Marian Keeley, 91, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 14, 2003. Mrs. Keeley was born Sept. 30, 1911 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Gustav and Grace (Holdeman) Schleicher.

   She was a homemaker who always enjoyed her family. She is survived by her son James (Nancy) Keeley of Charlotte, 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and sister Helen Hendrix of Corunna.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Charles in 1983 and daughter Barb Sharp in 2002.

   Memorial services were held Thursday June, 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Charles Dalton officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Grove Church of Crystal, Michigan or American Diabetes Association. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Milo “Mike” Keesler

 

   Milo “Mike” Keesler of Onondaga, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, December 1, 2003 at home under the watchful eye of his loving wife, Donna, of 61 years. Mike was a life member of the Springport VFW Adams-Rocky Post #6056. He was a Boy Scout leader from 1931 to 1954 at Charlesworth, MI and also at Onondaga. He was a World War II veteran in the Pacific Theater. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Jackson in 1980.

   He was the father of four wonderful sons, Michael (Carol) of Leslie, Norman (Lorrie) of Quincy, Thomas (Maureen) of Byron Center, Donald (Linda) of Gregory, three beautiful daughters, Karen (Douglas) Gibbs, Karri (Andrew) Howe both of Leslie, Billie Jo (Troy) Grivet of Jackson, 25 grandchildren, one brother, Marion Keesler of Springport, and one sister Marilyn (Ed) Wolf of Albion and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Ilah Keesler of Eaton Rapids.

   A service celebrating Mike’s life was held at Robertson Funeral Homes, Leslie Chapel on December 5, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Rocky Wing officiating. Interment followed at Onondaga Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Grace Church of Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elizabeth May Rogers Kellogg

 

   At age 100, Elizabeth M. Kellogg of Eaton Rapids, died on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 in Dimondale. Mrs. Kellogg was born March 17, 1902 in Eaton Rapids Twp., the daughter of Sydney Morris and Maud May (Place) Rogers. Elizabeth graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1920, and worked at the Michigan Bell Telephone Office in Lansing. Her interests centered around her family and neighbors, and she wrote four books about them. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids for over 67 years and was very proud of the fact that her great grandmother, Sevina (Lowell) Rogers was a charter member of the church. Most of her life was spent on the Rogers Centennial farm north of Eaton Rapids. Her great grandfather, James Ingalls Rogers moved to Michigan from New York state in 1838 and she was reared on stories of pioneer days with Indians and wild animals figuring prominently. She was a bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast. In 1933 she was married to Herschel J. Kellogg, who was from Plainwell, MI and he preceded her in death in 1971. Her stepson, Rollin E. Kellogg also preceded her in death in 1992.

   Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Heron of FL; 2 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; several cousins, including Doris Rogers, who helped care for Mrs. Kellogg. Cleo, Doris’s husband, worked her farm for many years before his death in 1992.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 22, 2003. At the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids Twp. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Elizabeth M. Kellogg.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Jeannette J. Kikendall

 

   Jeannette June Kikendall, 73, died July 13, 2003.

   Mrs. Kikendall was born June 20, 1930 in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Earl Harold and Lydia Myrtle (Betts) Wells. She had been living for the past three years in Columbia, Tenn., with her daughter and son-in-law. She retired from Hayes Green Beach Hospital as an LPN several years ago and was a member of First Congregational Church of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Bud Kikendall; daughter, Cheryl Kay Kikendall; son Michael John Kikendall.

   She is survived by son, Charles Earl (Claudia) Kikendall; daughter, Cindy Lou (Kevin) Carpenter; five granddaughters, Missy (Courtney) Suntken, Kattie Kikendall and Garrick Williams, Katrina (Michael) Kutzleb, Jamie (Tom) King, and Elizabeth; one grandson, Andrew Carpenter; three great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held June 16 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Courtney Suntken officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Futher information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary L. Kikendall

 

   Mary Lorraine Kikendall, 68, of Charlotte, died Dec. 15, 2003.

   Mrs. Kikendall was born Jan. 22, 1935 in Port Huron Township, the daughter of Alvin and Dorothy (Alcorn) Moore. Mary  was a former Roller Derby Queen for the Port Huron Rockets and a former Powder Puff Demolition Derby contestant.

   Mary is survived by her husband, Dale Kikendall of Charlotte; daughters, Carolyn (Larry) Siefert of Springport, Julia Schamehorn (Doug Foreman) of Olivet; step-daughters, Kelly (Gary) Fowler of Springport, Anita (Brady) Robertson of Jackson; 13 grandchildren, Christopher, Juan, Jessica, James, Charles, Christina, David, Jacob, Joey, Austin, Nikki, Cheyanne and Hunter; brother, Alvin (Maraleen) Moore; and sister, Carolyn Basnaw, all from Port Huron; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her son Barry Frasier in 1977.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Donald Green officiating. Interment was at Lakeport Cemetery in Port Huron. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruth Mary Kikendall

 

   Ruth Mary Kikendall, age 76 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at her residence. She was born August 22, 1926 in Hamlin township, the daughter of George and Vera (Thuma) Egan. Mrs. Kikendall was a former nurses aid and had worked in several nursing homes in the area. She was a member of the Griffith United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club, and the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame. She was a former 4-H leader and a former Brownie Leader. She was preceded in death by her husband Francis “Corky” Kikendall on August 13, 2002 and a son, Kenneth J. Kikendall at the age of 6.

   Surviving are 4 children, Frances Penny (Thomas) Parsons of Eaton Rapids, Georgia Marie (Robert) Stapleton of Eaton Rapids, Charles Arthur Kikendall of Eaton Rapids and Lois (David) Colestock of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a sister Rachel Eagan of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 8, 2003 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Jack Fugate, officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be make to the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club in memory of Ruth Mary Kikendall.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alfred W. Kill

 

   Alfred Wayne Kill, 70, of Charlotte died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003.

   Mr. Kill was born Nov. 26, 1933 in Missaukee County, the son of Henry and Grace (Dinguss) Kill. He worked for Johnson Iron for 23 years.

   He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley (Burger) Kill; daughters, Sharon (Ed) Lettermore and Penny (Roy) Therrien, both of Charlotte; sons John (Gari) Kill of Mulliken, Jeff Kill of Dimondale, Martin (Connie) Kill of Olivet; daughter, Amy (Pat) Gardner of Charlotte; son, Steve (Lisa) Kill of Nashville; daughter, Lisa Meyers of Charlotte; 32 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; sisters, Timmer Chartrand of Portland and Vi (Bud) Hiar of Grand Ledge.

   He was preceded in death by sisters Beatrice Evans and Marie Hiar.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Vicki Hill officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Isabelle L. King

 

   Isabelle Loretta King, 81, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003.

   Mrs. King was born Nov. 12, 1922, in Lansing, the daughter of Edward and Bertha (Piper) Griswold. She worked for Aluminum Extrusions.

   She is survived by daughter, Candice (Ernie) Woofter of Charlotte; sons, Paul (Sunun) King of Charlotte and Terry (Earlene) King of Vermontville; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Milo (Ruth) Griswold of Greenville; and sister, Margaret Stevens of Cadillac.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Kind in 1972.

   A graveside service was held Oct. 11 at Maple Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Tamara E. King

 

   Tamara E. King, 48, of Charlotte, died Thursday, May 22, 2003.

   She was born May 17, 1955 in Pikeville, Ky., the daughter of Annie (Pishner) and Kendall Gibson. She was a loving mother and best friends to her daughters, and special to those she held dear.

   She is survived by daughters, Vanessa King of Olivet and Valerie King of Charlotte; brothers, Robert David (Ethel) Whitaker and Joseph Vincent (Melissa) Whitaker, both of Charlotte; stepfather, Kendall Gibson of Kentucky and former husband Calvin King.

   Funeral services were held May 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Jeffery Robideau officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald Kipp

 

   Mr. Donald Kipp, age 89, formerly of Eaton Rapids and Six Lakes, passed away October 28, 2003 at his home.

Donald was a retired employee of Detroit Motor Wheel with 39 years of service, life member of Six Lakes Mason Lodge #454 F.& A.M. and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bird watching.

  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret, 3 children, Jon (Donna) Kipp of Lansing; William (Laurie) Kipp of Nashville; Lori (Edward) Weeks of York, SC; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sister Arlene (Jack) Keeny of Charlotte; sister-in-law Hyacinth Kipp of Fremont, OH.

   Funeral services were held Friday, October 31 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Masonic Services conducted by the Six Lakes Masonic Lodge; Rev. Lyle Heaton of the Wacousta Community United Methodist Church  officiating. Interment followed at North Eagle Cemetery, Eagle Twp., Clinton Co. For those desiring, contributions can be made to the Eaton County Hospice in memory of Donald Kipp.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Cynthia L. Kita

 

   Cynthia “Cyndi” Lou Kita, 43, of Bellevue, died Sunday, April 13, 2003.

   Mrs. Kita was born July 27, 1959 in Hastings, the daughter of Herbert Jake and Viola Mae (Allen) Miller.

   She is survived by her husband, John Kita; son Eston Lee Kirby of Olivet, daughter Casey Lynn Lampman of Charlotte, and son Derek Desoto Lampman of Charlotte; sister, Kathy Johola of Charlotte; and brother, Jim Miller of Charlotte.

   Funeral mass was held April 16 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley as celebrant. Interment was at West Cemetery in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Florence M. Kline

 

   Florence Marian Kline, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 8, 2003 at Kelsey Memorial Health Center in Lakeview. Mrs. Kline was born Aug. 12, 1908 in Chester Township, the daughter of David and Grace (Rogers) Baker. Marian married James Ferguson Aug. 29, 1928; he preceded her in death Aug. 5, 1972. She then married George Dean who preceded her in death, and then George Kline who also preceded her in death. Marian had been a member of OES #218 Maple City Chapter, and Ruther Circle at church. She had worked in Children Services of Probate court for many years.

   Surviving are three sons, Carlton (Mary) of Greenville, Wendell (Joan) of Waterloo, Iowa, and John D. (Jo) of Mesa, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Vance (Neva) Baker of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held March 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

Fred Koning, Jr.

 

   Fred Koning Jr. of Hudson, Fla., formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2003 in Pownal, Vt. at age 48.

   Mr. Koning was born May 28, 1954 in Grand Rapids to his parents Fed and Evelyn (Reil) Koning.

   He is survived by his three children, Fred Koning III of Nashville, Heather Koning of Freeport and Brooke Koning of Grand Rapids; one granddaughter, Jaelynn Purdum of Freeport; his mother Evelyn Koning Charlotte; sister, Kim Schneider of Charlotte; and former wife, Jane Jones of Freeport.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Koning Sr., in 1989.

   Family Affirmation Services were held March 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

James Koops, Jr.

 

   James P. Koops Jr., 61, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, Grand Rapids, and Grant, died Friday, July 25, 2003 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Mr. Koops was born in Grand Rapids, the son of James Peter and Christine (Laban) Koops Sr. He was a retired mail handler for the U.S. Postal Service in Lansing, with 15 years of service, and we a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as Military Police sentry dog handler. Mr. Koops was a 1960 graduate of Olivet High School and a 1964 graduate of Olivet College. He was a member of Olivet Congregational Church, the DAV Chapter in Howell and the Headquarters Co. of the American Legion in Lansing.

   Surviving are his mother, Christine (Laban) Koops of Charlotte; and two sisters, Marcia LaFraugh of DeWitt and Jean (Ed) Cihla of Marblehead, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his father, James Peter Koops Sr. on June 22, 1981.

   Funeral services were held July 29 at Burkehead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Roy Backus of Olivet Congregational Church officiating. Interment with military honors was held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Congregational Church or Eaton Community Hospice for the new Hospice House.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donna B. Krummrei

 

   Donna Belle (Claflin) Krummrei passed away Aug. 30, 2003.

   Donna was born April 18, 1916 near Charlotte, the daughter of Roy and Vera Claflin. She attended Quantrel Grad. School, Charlotte High School and Western Michigan Normal in Kalamazoo, where she earned a teaching degree. Donna taught in several Charlotte-area country schools, and lived most of her life in the Charlotte and Lansing areas. After she married Bud Krummrei, she lived on Cisco Lake near Watersmeet in the Upper Peninsula. Together they owned a fishing resort and store there. Donna was a resident of a nursing home in Ironwood for several years before her death.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Doris E. Lange

 

   Doris Elaine (Cove) Lange, of Kalamazoo, died peacefully Saturday, May 10, 2003 at Wood Hills after a four month illness.

   She was born Jan. 10, 1915 to Adeline (Paine) and Louis Cove. She lived most of her life in Charlotte until moving to Kalamazoo in 1990. She attended Charlotte Public Schools and graduated from the Saint Lawrence School of Nursing in Lansing in 1936. She worked as a registered nurse until her retirement in 1981. On April 17, 1937, she was united in marriage with Frederick Lange, who preceded her in death. Two daughters, Sally and Susan were born to their marriage. Doris had many interests throughout her long life, including reading, gardening, traveling and sewing, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Many children received gifts of her handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the PEO Sisterhood and had been a member of the Kalamazoo Garden Council, Eaton County Historical Society and the Order of Easter Starr.

   In addition to her husband and parents, her bother Robert preceded her in death.

   She is survived by her daughters, Sally (Gary) Padley of Kalamazoo, Susan (David) Simmonds of Lowell; five grandchildren, Susan (Mark) Davis of Birmingham, Steven (Suzanne) Padley of Royal Oak, Melissa (Brad) Bosker of Kalamazoo, and Richards Simmonds and Aaron (Dolores) Simmonds of Lowell; great-grandchildren, Margaret and Robert Tomas Davis, Kyle and Steven Socia, Matthew and Jacob Bosker, William Padley II, and Ashley Simmonds; five step-great-grandchildren, Rachael, Fred, Robert, Tony, and Monica Vigil; two nephews and a number of cousins, including a special cousin, Virginia Zimmerman; and many friends.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 315 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo, with Rev. Mary Beth Sarhatt officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Youth Projects, Loaves and Fishes of the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Calvin J. Lanning

 

   Calvin J. Lanning, 51, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2003 at his residence.

   Calvin was born Jan. 28, 1952 to parents Melvin and Frances Lanning of Dimondale, where he lived until he moved to Charlotte in 1972. He was a member of the U.S. military in the late 1960s and was also a boxer involved in the Golden Gloves program in Dimondale in the mid-1960s. Calvin worked at Mae Ward Couplings in Olivet until the plant closed. He was also employed at St. Regis in Charlotte, and most recently at Decra-Loc in Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alexis Lanning of Vermontville; mother, Frances Lanning of Sheridan; two brothers, Leo (Patsy) Lanning of Six Lakes and George (Diane) Lanning of Holt; and many nieces and nephews.

   Private family services will be held at a later date.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Owenda M. Larner

 

   Owenda M. Larner, 78, of Zephyrillis, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at Largo Medial Center in Largo, Fla.

   She was born Aug. 19, 1925 in Wiley Township, Ark., to Earl and Mamie (Cypret) Foster. She married Murrel Larner in November 1966; he preceded her in death in 1992.

   Owenda was employed at Corning Glass and Fabricators in Marshall. She enjoyed her dogs, flower gardening, the beach and shopping.

   Survivors include two daughters, Shirley and Bruce Kilbourn of Albion and Gerri Whitmore of Zephyrhillis, Fla.; step-daughters, Bonnie (Art) Gregory, Judy (Ron) Mattson and Merlene (Clinton) Chadwell, all of Lansing; son, Charles (Nancy) Cypret of Springport; son-in-law Dalmer Murphy of Albion; step-son, Rocky (Marsha) Larner of Lansing; sister, Hazel (Charles) Gray of Crooked Lake, Ind.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Foster of Albion; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; and a daughter, Phyllis Murphy.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marie Victoria Lea

 

   Marie “Vicki” Victoria Lea, 55, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003. Ms. Lea was born Sept. 18, 1948 in Charlotte, the daughter of Robert and Marie (Bisel) Lea.

   Ms. Lea enjoyed the local Grange dances, round dancing, square dancing, knitting and crocheting.

   She is survived by her father Robert, brother Robert (Teresa) Lea Jr. of Charlotte, nephews Robert Lea III, and his fiancée Rene Boynton, Christopher Eugene Lea, and Jason Carroll Lea and his girlfriend Tonya Patterson, great nieces Halie Michelle Lea and Paige Marie Lea.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie in 1955.

   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday Oct. 6, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Pray Funeral Home.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Hubert H. Lee

 

   Hubert H. Lee, age 74, of Hastings, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

   He was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Newton, Ala., the son of Wade and Loni (Smith) Lee. Hubert moved to Charlotte, Michigan in 1946 and then to Hastings in 1969. He was employed at General Motors in Lansing for 37 ½ years, retiring in March 1988. He was a member of Local 652. He married Elodia Quintanilla Jan. 5, 1995. Hubert loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, playing baseball in his younger years, auto repair and heating-cooling repair.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, three brothers, son-in-law and a step-son.

   Surviving is wife, Elodia Lee of Hastings; daughters, Cathey Bennett of Spring, Texas, Camey Lee of Hastings, Loni Lee of Nashville, Angie Gonzales of Lansing, Maria Gonzales of Texas, Gloria Gonzales of  Lansing; son, Mario Gonzales; 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne (Barbara) Lee of Alabama, Fred Lee of Alabama; sister, Melba (Gay) French of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings, with Rev. Stan Parker officiating. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Maxene E. Leedy

 

   Maxene Eileen Leedy, age 75, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte and Flint, died Saturday, June 7, 2003 at the Pleasant View AFC Home in Lansing.

   Miss Leedy was born Dec. 17, 1927 in Nashville, the daughter of Azor Jacob and Lela Gertrude (Frank) Leedy. She was a retired school teacher having taught for many years at Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint.

   Surviving is a brother, Leon Leedy of Battle Creek. At Miss Leedy’s request, cremation has taken place. Interment of cremains was at Kalamo Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township, Eaton County. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Percy Lehman

 

   Percy Lehman, 93, of Roscommon, died July 11, 2003 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

   Mr. Lehman was born in Charlotte Sept. 26, 1909, to William and Erta (Waddell) Lehman. He married Ruth Owen Oct. 25, 1931; she died May 28, 2001. Mr. Lehman moved to Roscommon from Pontiac in 1945. He worked in banking for 51 years, retiring in 1979 as chairman of the board of Roscommon State Bank, where he was president from 1970 to 1974. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and the Roscommon Area Historical Society, and acharter member of the Houghton-Higgins Elks Lodge.

   Surviving are two sons, Richard (Carol) Lehman of Lansing and Gerald (Dyna) Lehman of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Kevin (Donna) Lehman, Karen Byford, Julie Lehman, Raelee (Ron) Edgar, Lisa (Kevin) Chapin and Pamela (Dale) Nutt; and 12 great-grandchildren, Ben and Emily Lehman, Jennifer and Gregory Byford, Danielle, Nicholas and Connor Chapin, Matthew and Brianne Edgar, and Tyler, Keegan, and Mitchell Nutt.

   Services were held July 16 at the First Congregational Church in Roscommon, with Rev. James Beinke officiating. Interment was held at Pioneer Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church. Arrangements were by Walsh Funeral Home in Roscommon.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

David Leightner

 

   David (Del) Leightner of Springport, passed away at home under the loving care of his family and the Heartland Hospice, on Tuesday, April1, 2003 at the age of 88. He was born August 18, 1914, the son of Harry J. and Mardel (Conner) Leightner. Del married Donna Lonsbery on June 15, 1934. Surviving are his wife, a son, Larry (Alta) Leightner and daughter Linda (Fred Rogers) all of Springport, eight grandchildren, Terri Bartel, David (Jackie) Leightner, Donald & Scott Leightner, Kevin, Willams, Steven & Chad Rogers, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 niece, 3 nephews and 3 cousins.

   Del served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was Past Commander of Adams Rocky VFW Post # 6056 and a life member of the Springport Masonic Lodge #287. Del retired from the Michigan Dept. of Corrections after 30 years of Service.

   A service celebrating Del’s life was held at the Robertson Springport chapel on Friday, April 4, with Pastor David Blair officiating. Interment in the Springport Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Irene J. Lennon

 

   Irene Julia Lennon, 76, of Bellevue, died Oct. 2, 2003 at home surrounded by her family.

   She was born Jan. 6, 1927 to Anthony and Anna (Lendval) Sulyok in Bellevue, and graduated from Bellevue High School. Mrs. Lennon worked for 17 years at Kellogg Company. She married Wayne Lennon on June 23, 1951; he survives. Irene’s parents were founding members of Bellevue’s St. Ann Catholic Church, where she was a lifelong member. She was also a member of the St. Ann Quilting Club and volunteered for many acts of service at St. Ann’s. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

   Surviving are her husband, Wayne; sons, James (Linda) Lennon of Elmhurst, Ill., Michael (Karen) Lennon of Delton; daughters, Deborah (Steve) Green, Connie Lennon, Martha (Don) Otto, all of Bellevue, and Mary (Dan) Moreland of Augusta; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister, Rose (Ed) Shehane of Ft. Smith, Ark.; and sister-in-law, Rose Kormos of Mesa, Ariz.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, brother James Kormos, and sister Anna Sebo.

   A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 6 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bellevue, with Monsignor Raymond Goehring officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church or the Secular Order of Franciscans. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gordon Leonard

 

   Gordon W. Leonard, 61, of Bellevue, died Aug. 5, 2003 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

   Mr. Leonard was born Aug. 9, 1941 to Donald and Doris (Kelser) Leonard in Nashville and graduated from Bellevue High School. He worked as an electrician for IBEW Local 445 and then with General Motors in Lansing in the maintenance department. Gordon married Linda Greenfield on Aug. 6, 1960; she survives. He was a member of the Bellevue Conservation Club, Gold Wing Road Riders Motorcycle Association, BPOE 131, and the Centerline Gun Club.

   Surviving are his wife, Linda; sons, Daniel Leonard and Jeffery (Lynn) Leonard, both of Battle Creek; four grand-children and one great-grandchild; his father Donald Leonard of Nashville; brothers, Norman (Lois) Leonard of Westphalia, Roger (Jane) Leonard of Battle Creek and Neil (Janice) Leonard of Lacey; and sister Mary Campbell of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Leonard, and son, Allen Leonard.

   Services were held Aug. 8 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Haven of Rest in Battle Creek. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joan C. Lett

 

   Joan Charlotte Lett, 70 of Potterville, died Aug. 8, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Lett was born March 1, 1933 in East Lansing, the daughter of Shirl and Charlotte (Chase) Leathers. She graduated from Central Michigan University and enjoyed her family, grandkids and church.

   She is survived by sons, Jerry (Patty) Lett of Lansing, Steve (Robin) Lett of Potterville, Chuck (Ann) Lett of  Charlotte; daughter, Janice (Rick) Dortch of Virginia; 10 grandchildren, Janson Endres, Jennifer Endres, Rick Dortch, David Lett, Nicholas Lett, Brent Hanes, Jessica Lett, Jordan Lett and Shane Bozack; brothers, Ed Leathers of Dimondale and Donald Leathers of Wisconsin; sisters Barb Gulick of Laingsburg, Mary Canfield of Bath, Kay Dugan of Bath; many nieces and nephews; and her faithful dog, Bear.

   She was preceded in death by husband Ralph J. Lett in 1997.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Potterville United Methodist Church or the Capital Area Humane Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

C. Paul Letts

 

   C. Paul Letts, age 91 of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, March 8, 2003 at his home. Paul was born April 17, 1911 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Grover Claude and Ruby Edna (Harris) Letts. He was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, a life long Boy Scout and active scout leader and senior advisor. In 1929, Paul received the first Eagle Scout award in Eaton Rapids and also received the Silver Beaver in 1969. Mr. Letts was a teacher and principal for 22 years at King Street School in Eaton Rapids retiring in 1975. In the mid 1970s, Letts Field, in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada, was named in honor of Paul for his involvement in International Camporee. He was preceded in death by his wife Isabelle Marie in 1992; son, Cornelious Paul Garth Letts in 2002; brothers, Carrol W. Letts, 1972, David D. Letts in 1983 and sister, Elida Cassidy in 1998.

   Surviving are 4 daughters, Paulita Marie Louise (Gary Lee Coudron) Lucky of Eaton Rapids, Corya Ruby Jane (Estill, Jr.) Johnson of Olivet, Georgia Rose Luree Moore of Eaton Rapids, Gene Carrol Germaine Mollitor, of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, John Rolfe Sergei (Betty) Letts of Otsego, Dennis “Pete” Scott Perry (Helen) of Lansing; 2 daughters-in-law, Lisa Letts of Wayne, Alice Standish of Pleasant Lake; 35 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; sister, Alberta Louise (George) Harris of Eaton Rapids and 11 nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Chief Okemos Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America in memory of C. Paul Letts.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Gary A. Lightner

 

   Gary “Stubby” Arno Lightner, of Charlotte, passed away June 7, 2003 in Charlotte at the age of 57.

   Gary was born in Carmel Township Nov. 26, 1945, the son of Harry and Janet (Macdonald) Lightner.

   He is survived by his mother, Janet (Lightner) Haff; three sisters, Audrey (Bud) Ommen of Vermontville, Margaret (Roy) French and Linda White, both of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Lightner was predeceased by his father Harry Lightner in 1976, and his brother James Lightner in 2000.

   Graveside services were held June 10 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lewis O. Link

  

   Lewis Orville Link, 69, of Howell, died Tuesday Feb. 4, 2003.

   Mr. Link was born May 8, 1933 in Maple Grove Township, the son of Andrew Frank and Vonda Grace (Elleston) Link. He was a supervisor at General Motors and a member of VFW post 8260.

   He is survived by son, Robert (Barb) Link of Manistee; grandchildren, Susan Vettese, Mark Vettese, and Angie Hagadorn; step-grandson, Tom  Darling; step-granddaughter, Kim Frisbie; and sister, Louise Starkweather of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Eloise Ion “Weebe” Link.

   Family and friends are invited to share in the Family Affirmation Services at 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Arrangements are by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

Bernarda V. Littich

 

   Bernarda (Bernie) V. Littich, passed away Aug. 12, 2003 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Bernie was born March 17, 1917 in Marceline, Mo., the daughter of Blasé and Mary Sporer. Her last employment was with the state of Michigan. Bernie was a member of St. Mary’s Church since 1947, and active member of the choir, past president of the Rosary Altar Society, a Liturgist, member of the “Happy Years Club” and a Reading Grandmother at St. Mary’s school. She was also a volunteer at the Hayes Green Beach Gift Basket and Meals on Wheels. Her hobbies were crocheting, bingo, crossword puzzles, music, and her beloved cat, Tawni.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Loyd D. in 1987; her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

   She is survived by three daughters, Michele LeBrun (John), Melanie Clark (Steven), and Maraloy Thomas; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral mass was celebrated Aug. 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley as celebrant. Rite of Commitment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Education Trust Fund in memory of Bernie. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorr H. Love

 

   Dorr Horace Love passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. of pulmonary fibrosis.

   Born March 26, 1920 in Vermontville, to parents Warren and Delilah (French) Love, Dorr was one of nine children including four brothers, Lawrence, Clarence, Horace and Lloyd; and four sisters, Gertrude, Bertha, Vivian and Marie. He  loved sharing his fond memories of life on the farm growing up in Charlotte. Mr. Love attended Frobel Grade School and Charlotte High School, where he was an award-winning track star. He went to Alma College, and graduated from Michigan State University’s School of Agriculture. A devout MSU alumni and passionate golfer, Love was often spotted on the golf course with a MSU flag blowing in the wind from his cart.

   Dorr served in World War II as a U.S. Navy Pharmacist First Class while stationed in New Caldonia. While working for the Cherry Brill Co., he met Martha Earlene Tiem, the love of his life and future wife at the Wilcox Gay Radio Co. in Charlotte, where she worked. They married June 18, 1948 and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year. Dorr’s career took advantage of growing up on a farm and his agricultural education. He went from a position with the Michigan Milk Producers in Imlay City, to being vice president of London’s Farm Dairy Co. in Port Huron. Dorr later owned and operated the Western Auto and IGA stores of North Branch.

   Dorr and Martha made their home in Port Huron and Tucson, Ariz. for several years before adopting Tucson as their permanent home in 1994. Love was a member of the Casas Adobes Congregational Church in Tucson, Ariz. and a former member of the Lakeshore Presbyterian Church of Port Huron and a member of the Michigan Masons since 1950. He received special recognition from former Michigan Governor George Romney for his work as the regional chairman of Michigan Week. He was also recognized for his service to the Blue Water Council of Boy Scouts and by the North Branch Area Ambulance Volunteers.

   He is survived by his wife, Martha Love of Tucson, Ariz.; son, Mark Horace Love and daughter-in-law, Lynne  (Hrisca) Love and their children, Sarah and Mara Love, all of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christopher Eddy, his wife, Barbara Eddy, and Alyssa Eddy, all of Gilbert Ariz.

   Mr. Love was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela “P.J.” Prentice, his parents and eight siblings.

   A private service for family members was held in Tucson, Ariz. and a memorial service to honor him is planned for July 2004 in Port Huron.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Masonic Home Charitable Fourndation, 1200 Wright Ave., Alma, MI 48801.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Maurice A. Lumbert

 

   Maurice A. Lumbert, age 73, of Palatka, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Ind.

   Mrs. Lumbert was born in Lansing, the daughter of Milo and Arloa (Cook) Marcham and lived in Charlotte for many years prior to moving to Palatka, Fla. While in Charlotte, she was employed at many places including Hi-Lo Restaurant, Dick’s Restauraunt, T.G.&Y. Store, Alpine Bar, One Hour Martinizing, and Washington Elementary School. Mrs. Lumbert was a member of the local senior citizens group in Palatka, Fla.

   Surviving are four daughters, Terrie (Elmer) Anglemyer of Waukarusa, Ind., Patricia Dunham of Omaha, Neb., Brenda (Gerald) Morvant of Groves, Texas, and Denise Handziak of Charlotte; five step-children, Virginia (Ron) Plockelman of Reno, Nev., Archie (Terry Bashore) Lumbert III of Potterville, Barbara Jerome of Reno, Nev., Peter (Nancy) Lumbert of Gobels and Steve (Lynda) Lumbert of Munith; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Carl Marcham of Satsuma, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Lumbert, Jr. in 1999; granddaughter, Courtney Lynn Lumbert in 1989; and grandson, Joshua Paul Hanziak in 1999.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Darold Hill of Charlotte Free Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Winona Lumbert

 

   Winona “Pat” Lumbert, 69, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003.

   Mrs. Lumbert was born Feb. 17, 1934 in Athens, Mich., the daughter of John and Arlene (Ling) Watson, Sr. She worked as a nurse’s  aide at Eaton Manor, enjoyed her great nieces and nephews and was a proud member of the Potawatomi Tribe of Michigan.

   She is survived by her husband, Arthur Lumbert; brother, Frank (Mary) Watson of Scotts; sister, Wanetta Watson of Fulton; nephew, Claude (Sue) Hine of Vermontville; niece, Lorie (Roger) Smith of Vermontville; and nephew, Larry Watson of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by sisters, Ramona Hine, Barbara Watson and Beverly Watson; and brothers, John Watson and Jim Garvie.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Russell officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneralhome.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard Lundeen

 

   Richard Lundeen, age 59, of Grant, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003 at United Memorial Hospital in Greenville after a three-month illness.

   Mr. Lundeen was born May 30, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of Theodore and Dorothy (Allen) Lundeen. He was raised in Charlotte and graduated in 1962 from Charlotte High School. He spent the last 22 years in Newaygo County.

   He is survived by his sister Florence (Robert) Donley; two brothers, William (Cecelia) Lundeen and James (Alice) Lundeen, all of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda Fisher.

   Memorial services were held Nov. 8 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Lux Funeral Home of Alma.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Helen Magoon

  

   Helen B. Magoon, 79, was promoted to glory when the Lord summoned her home on Feb. 21. Helen was born on Feb. 10, 1924 to Archie and Harriet (Pullman) Thompson in Nashville, Michigan.

   She and Gayle Magoon were married on Dec. 26, 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma where Gayle was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. Helen had been Probate Register at the Eaton County Probate Court, retiring on her 65th birthday after 20 years of service. Helen visited nursing homes for 55 years and volunteered for The Salvation Army in Charlotte for 33 years and for the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Gift Shop for 12 years.

   Helen is survived by her husband Gayle of 60 years, one son, Stanley (Lynda) Magoon of Chicago, one daughter, Linda (Kermit) Ramey of Vermontville, two brothers, Harold Thompson of Bellevue and Earl (Tracy) Thompson of Sunfield, two sisters, Barbara June Shaver of Napoleon, Ohio and Sharon (John) Milbourn of Mass City, Michigan, three grandsons, Tim (Paula) Ramey, Brett (Cass) Ramey both of Vermontville and Greg (Michelle) Magoon of Chicago, two granddaughters, Amanda (Dave) Martin of Charlotte and Erin Magoon of Chicago, five great grandsons and one great granddaughter.

   Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Major David Corliss and Capt. Kevin Cedarvall officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army.

   Further is information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Florence I. Mahan

 

   Florence I. Mahan, age 94, of Charlotte, died Monday, May 12, 2003 after a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Mahan was born July 27, 1908 in Deleware County, Ind., the daughter of Henry David and Mary Elizabeth (Crooks) Kirkwood, and was a lifelong Charlotte-area resident. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte and Brookfield OES #352. She was married to James Henry Mahan on April 2, 1930; he preceded her in death Dec.1, 1977.

   Surviving are her daughter, Marilyn (Bruce) Monroe-Hart; son, James (Regina) Mahan; brother-in-law, E. Dale (Audrey) Mahan; granddaughters, Gina (Steve) Abbot and Lynne Mahan; great-grandson, Dominic; and compassionate caregivers, Dr. Thomas Sainz and the Fuentes family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Richard Gene in 1942; an infant daughter in 1944, and two adult granddaughters, Michelle Monroe and Pamela Carpenter.

   At Mrs. Mahan’s request, there was no funeral home visitation. Graveside services were held May 15 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Brookfield OES #352.

   Arrangements were by Burkehead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ione B. Mahan

 

   Ione B. (Alspaugh) Mahan, age 71, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at her residence.

   Mrs. Mahan was born Aug. 26, 1932, the daughter of Vernon and Luella (Mack) Alspaugh and had been a Charlotte resident since 1946. Over the years she had been employed at Andy’s Restaurant, Dick’s Restaurant, Michigan Magnetics, Jumpin’ Jeans, Care Free Products, Ownes-Illinois, Charlotte schools and the Doll Shop. She was an avid collector, especially of dolls and bears.

   Surviving are one daughter, Jolinda (Frank) Harmon and one son, Randy Merrill, both of Charlotte; two step-daughters, Julia (Bob) Crosslan of Marionette, Wis., and Gerry (Jack) Holbrook of Eaton Rapids; one step-son, John Mahan of Grand Rapids; four foster daughters, Vevia (John) Beaulieu of North Ft. Myers, Fla., Verna (Ron) Rader of Branch, Elizabeth (Herb) Cross of Scottville and Luella (Steve) King of Harrison; 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ruben Mahan on Jan. 31, 2003; sister, Sharon Ann Sedlecky; and grandson Ronson Robert Rader.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Ronnie Calhoun of Purpose Outreach Ministries officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruben E. Mahan

 

   Ruben E. Mahan, 84, of Charlotte, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing.

   Mr. Mahan was born May 24, 1918 in Jackson, the son of Oren and Julia (Carpendall) Mahan, and had been a Charlotte resident for 66 years, coming from Eaton Rapids. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a medic in the U.S. Army Infantry, and was a retired employee of Aluminum Extrusion/Hoover Group, retiring in 1983 after 32 years of service. Mr. Mahan was a former member of the Charlotte Eagles and had been a Little League coach. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling, and was mechanically inclined.

   Surviving are his wife, Ione (Alspaugh) Mahan; daughters, Julia (Bob) Crosslan of Marionette, Wis. and Gerry (Jack) Holbrook of Eaton Rapids; son, John Mahan of Grand Rapids; step-daughter, Jolinda (Frank) Harmon of Charlotte; step-son, Randy Merrill of Charlotte; four foster daughters, Vevia (John) Beaulieu of North Fort Myers, Fla., Verna (Ron) Rader of Branch, Elizabeth (Herb) Cross of Scottville and Luella (Steve) King of Stanton; 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty (Anthony) Proctor of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Bonus and Florene Butler; brothers, Clifford, George and Clayton; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Abbott, Nicole and Gerald Holbrook; and first wife, Roberta Mahan.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 4 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Charles Hanlon officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

W. Edith Maki

 

   W. Edith Maki, age 90, of Olivet, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003 in Ann Arbor.

   Mrs. Maki was born Nov. 23, 1912 in Dostonville, Tenn. the daughter of Frank and Nellie (Carter) Smith and was a long time Olivet resident. She had been employed at Woodland Metal Products in Marshall, had owned and operated the Olivet Truck Stop and the Bib’N’Tucker restaurants, both in Olivet, had been employed by Olivet College in the Food Service Dept. and had operated an upholstery shop in her home. She was a member of the Cora Sexton Circle, the Charlotte VFW Auxiliary, attended Olivet Senior Citizens and was an avid gardener.

   Surviving are her son James Harris of Olivet; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Roy Janousek in 1950 and Arthur Maki in 1977; son, William Frank Harris in 1966; and a brother, John Smith in 1990.

   Funeral services were held April 4 at Burkehead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Interment was at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan/Good Samaritan Hospice or the Lions Club Blind and Sight program.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Myrtle I. Mapes

 

   Myrtle Irene Mapes, 88, of Bellevue, died Oct. 25, 2003 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Myrtle was born Aug. 4, 1915 to Silas and Minnie (Boorer) Dull in Barry County. She married Walter Mapes on March 24, 1932; he died in 1984. Myrtle was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church and the Maple Leaf Grange. She regularly attended Bellevue and Olivet senior citizen groups and was the original member of the Evans-Mayo Birthday Club. She enjoyed gardening and selling her home-grown produce.

   She is survived by daughters, Barbara Colburn of Bellevue, Winifred (Ernie) Granfors of Jackson; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Lavona Majeski of Shelby and Cecile Anderson of Nashville; and brother Hubert Dull of Nashville.

   She was preceded in death by brothers, Guy, Loring, Lester, and Dewey Dull; and sisters, Olive Sears and Doris Martin.

   Services were held Oct. 28 at Bellevue Baptist Church, with Pastor Don Francis officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility of Bellevue Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Nellie Marks

 

Nellie Marks, age 89, of Albion, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2003 at Tendercare Nursing Home of Albion. She was born August 2, 1914 in Clarence Township, Michigan, to August Custer and Hattie Walters. She was married to Richard Marks on February 24, 1934 in Angola, Indiana. He preceded her in death in 1970. She was a life resident of the Albion-Prairie Lake area, she was a Homemaker, and she also worked at the Pagoda Restaurant in Albion for 8 years. She enjoyed sewing and had made over 100 Monkey Dolls.

   She is survived by a daughter, Joan (Richard) Hoag of Springport, 2 sons, Richard (Eileen) Marks of Albion, Frederick (Sandra) Marks of Albion. 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. One sister Mabel Stone of Allen. She was preceded in death, besides her husband, 10 brothers and sisters, a brother-in-law Edward Marks, 2 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 1 great-great-grandchild.

   Friends and family may call at the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Graveside Funeral Series will be Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Clarence Center Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Doner officiating. Memorials may be made to Donors Choice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Margaret Marshall

 

   Margaret “Maggie” Marshall, age 26, of Charlotte, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident.

   Maggie was born in Orlando, Fla. and had been a Charlotte resident for about 10 years. She was recently employed by Burger King Restaurant in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her daughter, Monique Marshall of Charlotte; son, Cody Pruitt of Florida; mother, Sindi Marshall of Charlotte; father, Charles Hull of Florida; brother, T.J. Marshall of Charlotte; grandparents, Ted and Evelyn Marshall of Charlotte; grandmother, Ruth Hull of Florida; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Roberta J. Marshall

 

   Roberta J. Marshall, 64, of Olivet, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing.

   Mrs. Marshall was born Feb. 3, 1939 in Albion Twp., Calhoun County, the daughter of Charles L. and Frieda B. (Grunderman) Winchell and had been an Olivet area resident for 35 years.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred W. Marshall in 1990.

   Surviving are: four children, Russell Marshall of Olivet, Darla (Lee) Wethington of Kalamazoo, Dawn (Ted) Kiser of Hagar Shores, MI and Fred (Shannon) Marshall II of Olivet: five grandchildren, Chris Boyer, Misty Boyer, Tadd Kiser, Trevor Marshall and Autumn Marshall; eight brothers and sisters, Carol Bailey, Lawrence Winchell and Alice Ormsbee of Bellevue, Percilla Morris, Joanne Burkett and Suzie Swift of Vermontville, Joyce White of Florida and Kathy Winchell of Charlotte.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. Roy Backus officiating. Interment will follow at the West Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Helen E. Mathis

 

   Helen E. Mathis, age 75, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Helen was born Dec. 16, 1927 in Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Pollak) Balsan, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1955, coming from New York. She was employed in the housekeeping department at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, from where she retired in 1985 after 19 years of service.

   Surviving are two daughters, Mary Wilson and Barbara Raborn, both of Battle Creek; one son, Kenneth (Yvonne) Mathis of Battle Creek; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Rudy Balsan of Florida; and one sister, Margie Murphy of Alabama.

   Funeral services were held May 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Elder Mel Crowley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Humane Society, American Heart Association or American Lung Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Arthur W. Matthews

 

   Arthur W. Matthews, age 89, of Ionia, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2003.

   He was born July 3, 1913 in Jackson, the son of William and Leatha (Clark) Matthews. Mr. Matthews was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II, and a member of Ionia VFW Post #3732 and the Ionia Moose Lodge. He married the former Donnabelle Bennett on Jan. 11, 1948; she preceded him in death June 17, 1990, along with a daughter, Lorna Gayrit in 1978. Mr. Matthews was an avid horseshoe player, winning many championships over the years, and also bowled for many years. He was involved in Little League in Ionia and also drove school bus. Mr. Matthews managed the Farmers Gas and Oil for two years, worked as a mechanic for Pesche Meat Packing Co. in Ionia of 10 years, worked for 12 years at Standard Supply and Lumber in Ionia, and also worked for Sids Flower Shop in Ionia as a delivery man.

   Surviving are five sons, David (Karen) of Ionia, Paul (Marilyn of Orleans, Wayne of Muir, Steve of Ionia and William (Terri) of Ionia; two daughters, Neola Gereau of Gladstone and Marlene (Alan) Housler of Manistique; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Verna) Matthews of Brookfield, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 2 at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Cook Chapel, Ionia, with Rev. Marvis Hale officiating. Interment followed at Orleans Cemetery. Military honors were provided at the cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Moose Charities. Online condolences may be made at www.schraubenlehman.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harold R. Maurer

 

   Harold Richard Maurer of Olivet, age 84, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully Nov. 27, 2003.

   Harold was born May 26, 1919 in Eaton County and was a lifelong farmer in the Charlotte/Olivet area. Harold also owned Maurer Farm Canter, and agribusiness that provided area farmers with fertilizer, chemicals, grain drying and handling equipment. Later in life he worked at Sam’s Club in Lansing where he was known as “Harold the Farmer.” His other activities included helping start Junior Farm Bureau in Eaton County. He was a state of Michigan sheep-sheering champion and sheered sheep to produce wool for aviator flight suits in World War II. He had operated the Miller Dairy Ice Cream Store in Hastings, was a past 4-H leader, a member of the Eaton County Fair Board, Olivet Community Schools PTA, was a Walton Township supervisor and a member of the Emma Grange.

   Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Parley and R. May (Powers) Maurer; brother, Howard Maurer; first wife Lucile (Dingman) Maurer; and a daughter Marlene.

   He is survived by his wife, Marion (Denny) Maurer; children, Karen (Larry) Haigh, Marvin (Tammy) Maurer, Martha (Alan) Scott, Aaron Maurer, Darlene (Roger) Conley and Carla (Brian) Wilmore; 13 grandchildren, Lynn Haigh, Lachelle (Haigh) Reist, Cory Maurer, Brandan Maurer, Shannan Maurer, Alanda Scott, Logan Scott, Kavan Scott, Bethany Maurer, Kristina Conley, Ryan Conley, Thomas Wilmore and Andrew Wilmore; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Iva Jean (Loren) Wilmore.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thelma Maybee

 

   Thelma (Pierce) (Cousins) Maybee, age 90, of Hastings, died Sunday, July 20, 2003 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mrs. Maybee was born Oct. 4, 1912 in Hastings, the daughter of Merlin and Elizabeth Pierce. She worked as a kitchen aide at Borgess Hospital for several years, and was a member of the Eagles Aerie and the Moose Lodge in Hastings.

   She is survived by her son, Herman Cousins of Charlotte; daughter, Virginia Stanton of Muncie, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions can be made to West Carmel Congregational Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.

Verna Irene McCarrick

 

   Verna Irene McCarrick, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003 in Eaton Rapids. Verna was born October 4, 1917 in Windsor Twp., the daughter of Fred and Martha Florence (Skinner) Twichell. She retired in 1983 from the Eaton Rapids High School Food Service Dept. where she was a supervisor. Preceding her in death were her husband, Irving, in 1978, her granddaughter, Patricia Norris in 2001, 2 sisters and 5 brothers.

   She is survived by 5 children, Charles (Rosetta) McCarrick of Eaton Rapids, Barbara Adams of FL, Robert (Nancy) McCarrick of OH, Richard (Diane) McCarrick of Lansing and Sharon McCarrick of Eaton Rapids; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Harley (Arlene) Twichell of Gladwin, Harvey (Doreen) Twichell of KA; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, May 2, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the March of Dimes in memory of Verna McCarrick.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Myrtle I. McCuaig

 

   Myrtle I. McCuaig, 87, of Marshall, died Sunday Feb 23, 2003 at Marshall Manor, where she had been a patient since Friday.

   Mrs. McCuaig was born April 2, 1915 in Bellevue to Alvin and Mary (Secore) Day. She was a lifelong resident of this area and graduated from Charlotte High School. She received her teaching certificate in 1956 and a master’s degree in 1959 from Western Michigan University. Mrs. McCuaig had been employed as a teacher in the Homer Public Schools for 27 years, retiring in 1977. Prior teaching positions were held in Marshall and Albion schools. On May 23, 1942 she married Charles “Doug” McCuaig in Charlotte; he preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1997. Mrs. McCuaig attended Lyon Lake United Methodist Church and was a member of the Michigan Education Association. She enjoyed playing golf and making small crafts.

   She is survived by nieces, Olive Derrick of Ceresco, Marilyn Howard of Florida and Karla Beagle of Midland; nephews Ed Collins of Olivet, Kerry Collins of Midland and Albert Day of Danville, Calif.; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and a great-great-niece and nephew.

   Services were held Feb. 28 at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall, with Pastor Richard Schlee officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Barbara J. McDiarmid

 

   Barbara J. McDiarmid, 75, of Mulliken, died Friday morning, April 4, 2003 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mrs. McDiarmid was born Feb.3, 1928 in Grand Ledge, a daughter of Earl and Nina (Clark) Bigford. She was a member of Yahweh’s House of Prayer. Her first husband, Maurice Taylor, died in 1973, and her sister, Marge Brace, died in 1997.

   Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Bill; one son, James Taylor of Mulliken; one daughter, Shirley (Jesse) Freeman of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Shelia (Rick) Stank of Lake Odessa and Vicki (Rick) Czech of Ionia; 11 step-grandchildren and 13 step great-grandchildren; one brother, Dick (Ellie) Bigford of Grand Ledge; and nieces and nephews.

   Services were held April 7 at Barker-Leik Funeral home in Mulliken, with Pastor Michael Abbaduska officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg and Mark Bigford, Troy Black, Randy Brace, Ron Edwards, and Heath Peterson.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Geraldine M. McIntyre

 

   Geraldine M. McIntyre, 94, of Grand Ledge, died Friday morning, Jan. 24, 2003 at her home following a long illness.

   Mrs. McIntyre was born May 17, 1908 in Coldwater, a daughter of Franklin Johnson and Ursula Blake. She had been a resident of Roxand Township for many years.

   Preceding her in death was her husband, Harley; son, Dennis; infant son, Harley Jr.; and three grandsons, Gary Nash, and Harley and Darin Dotson.

   Surviving are four daughters, Jean LaPierre of Grand Ledge, Joyce Middaugh of Nashville, Maryann Dotson of Charlotte and Betty Jane Nash of Vermontville; three sons, Vincent McIntyre of Grand Ledge, Vernon McIntyre of Grand Rapids and Barry McIntyre of Grand Ledge; 31 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and much valued caregiver, Marcia McIntyre. Services were held Jan. 28 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Good, Brian LaPierre, Jim Middaugh, Mike Middaugh, Rob Nash, and Robby Rich.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lawrence McKishnie

 

   Lawrence McKishnie, 88, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday Dec. 16, 2003.

   Mr. McKishnie was born June 15, 1915 in Charlotte, the son of Ed and Maude (Stidwell) McKishnie. Mr. McKishnie loved life on his dairy farm.

   Lawrence is survived by four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence in 1995, son Melvin in 1953 and step-daughter Bonnie Van Valkenburg.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Ione E. McNamara

 

   Ione E.McNamara, 80, of Olivet, died Thursday, July 17, 2003 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mrs. McNamara was born Oct. 20, 1922 in Lansing, the daughter of Albert and Leah (Stevens) Miller and had been an Olivet resident since 1967 except for a period of time she lived in Oklahoma. She had been a self-employed farm produce retailer, often operating out of Beach Market in Charlotte.

   Surviving are seven children, Wand Rosser of Calhoun, Ga., Susan (Jessie) Cullom of Checotah, Okla., Sandra (Rick) Harmon of Olivet, Edward (Mary) McNamara of Olivet, Frank (Cindy) McNamara of Mason, Danny (Debbie) Click of Charlotte and Ione (Dan) Ormsbee of Bellevue; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert Miller Jr. of Holt and Glen Miller of Lake Odessa.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Channing Trowbridge; one sister and three brothers.

   Funeral services were held July 19 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was a Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Daniel S. Menovske

 

   Daniel S. Menovske of Charlotte, formerly of Mason, passed away June 6, 2003 at his residence at the age of 66.

   Mr. Menoveske was born Aug. 12, 1936, the son of Stoyan and Minnie (Green) Menovske in Lansing. Daniel worked for the Real Estate Division of the Michigan Department of Transportation until his retirement. He enjoyed reading, woodworking and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, and was an avid University of Michigan fan. Mr. Menovske held membership in the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #288 of Lansing and was a former Pop Warner Football League coach in Lansing.

   Daniel is survived by his children, Carole Jo Brunner of St. Johns, Stephen Menovske, Denise Menovske and Matthew Menovske, all of California, Dawn (Rodney) Ching of Hawaii, Debbie Schueller of Charlotte, Joseph (Marea) Menovske of Elsie; eight grandchildren, Matthew and Christa Schueller, Chelsea, Joey and Kelli Ching, Levi Menovske, Bonnie and Tyler Menovske; and his sister, Mary (Wendell) Parker of Traverse City.

   Daniel was predeceased by his parents Stoyan and Minne, and his sister Helen West.

   Funeral services were held June 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Community Library or the Mason Library. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                                                                                                                               

Donald Merren

 

   Donald A. Merren, 60 of Bellevue, wnet to be with the Lord, April 1, 2003. Mr. Merren was born Dec. 23, 1942 in Kent County, the son of John Henry and Leora Jane (Brownyard) Merren.

   Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He worked for Tucker, Inc. and Contract Supply Inc. He was a member of Carpenter’s Union Local 1004.

   He is survived by his wife Janet (Campbell) Merren, son, Scott of Charlotte, three daughters, Loretta (Mark Lee) Betts of Hulbert, Kimberly Ann Rounds (Pat) of St. Johns, and Deanna Barnum (Louis VanElsacker) of Northland, 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, his mother and step father, Leora and Albert P. Smith of Marshall, brother, John Edward (Patricia) Merren of Toledo, sister, Mary (Charles) Crosby of Marshall and sister-in-law, Dorene Bearndt, mother-in-law Francis Campbell of Lansing, In-Laws: Barb and Leroy Cole of Axamsville, TN, Pauline and Grover Bibler of Springport, Marlene Stravos and Paul Ulrich of Vermontville, Paul and Linda Campbell of Charlotte, Gale & Cathy Campbell of Jackson, and Kay & Andrew Pray of Vermontville.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip in 2000, brother, William in 1977, his father, John, in 1962, father-in-law Milo D. Campbell in 1988 and brother-in-law Gerald M. Campbell in 1967.

   Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Roy Atherton officiating. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary J. Merriman

 

   Mary Jane Merriman, 73, of Bellevue, passed away Jan. 30, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Merriman was born Sept. 21, 1929 to George and Margaret (Collins) Wiegand in Battle Creek. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1946 and attended Argubright Business School. Mrs. Merriman worked on the packaging line at Kellogg’s for eight years. She married Walter “Fred” Merriman on Nov. 14, 1947. She enjoyed spending time with her family, painting at Burnham Brook and going to the casino. She also attended the Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center. Surviving are her husband, Fred; son, David (Robin) Merriman of Battle Creek; daughter, Darlene (Lawrence) Bolen of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Roy Wiegand of Florida; sisters, Gladys Root of Florida and Judy Otney of Marshall. She was preceded in death by sons Dan and Richard Merriman, and brothers Ken and Richard Wiegand. Services were held Feb. 3 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Donald Francis of First Baptist Church in Bellevue officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com

Beatrice L. Michael

 

   Beatrice Laura Micael, 85, of Dimondale, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003.

   Mrs. Michael was born June 12, 1918 in Findley, Ohio the daughter of Chester and Sadie (Hardwick) Eitinear. Mrs. Michael was the manager of the Waters Shoe Store in Charlotte for 25 years. She attended Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed crocheting and was a wonderful cook, famous for her peanut butter fudge and potato salad.

   She is survived by her husband, Julius Jay Michael; sons, Gary Michael of Olivet, Douglas (Helen) Michael of Olivet, Gerald (Dianne) Michael of Ocqueoc, and James (Jean) Micael of Evart; daughter, Marilyn (Niles) Beardslee of Arizona; 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and sister, Geraldine Steers of Indiana.

   Private family services were held.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Willard L. Mikesell

 

   Willard L. Mikesell, 78, of Charlotte, died Sept. 30, 2003, surrounded by his family at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mr. Mikesell – “Mike” as he was known by his family and friends – was born April 18, 1925 to George Edward Mikesell and Marie Laura (Wilson) Mikesell in Charlotte. He graduated Charlotte High School in 1942, University of Michigan, 1950, Wayne State University Law School 1953, admitted to the State Bar Association of Michigan 1953, Assistant Attorney General State of Michigan 1953 to 1955, Special Deputy Highway Commissioner State of Michigan 1956 to1960, entered private practice in Charlotte in 1960, Eaton County Prosecutor 1965 to 1968, eledted 5th Circuit Judge for Barry-Eaton counties 1970, and re-entered private practice in 1977. Mike’s Naval career began in July 1943 as a Navy Carrier pilot, Sr. Reserve Officer, Naval War College 1968, and retired as a full commander form the Naval Air Cops in 1974.

   Mike was a member of many organizations including Eaton County Bar Association (past president), American Trial Lawyers Association, Michgian Judges Association, Eaton County Republican Party (past chairman), VFW Post # 2406 (past commander), American Legion (past commander), Charlotte Lodge #120 F.& A.M., 32nd Degree Mason, Eaton County Shrine Club – Saladin Temple (past president), Eaton County Buck Club, Lions International, Eagles, B.P.O. Elks, Charlotte High School Alumni (past president), First Congregational Church, Reserve Officer Association of U.S., and the Naval Reserve Association.

   Mike loved to have his family around him. Whether it was a big dinner, watching his grandchildren play, hunting, ice fishing, playing cards or working on the farm.

   He was a huband to Neva for 45 years and a father to Jim (Susan) Mikesell, Terri (Brad) Morton, Ann Mikesell-Ringrose, Tom (Traci) Mikesell, Kathy (Jeff) Vigue and Carol (Larry) Fields; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen Fowler; and granddaughter, Cara Ann Morton.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 4 at Charlotte First Congregational UCC Church.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Children’s Home or Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Martin Douglas “Doug” Miller

 

   Martin Douglas “Doug” Miller, age 51, of Parma, died May 22, 2003 at the University of Michigan Hospital. He was born in Eaton Rapids July 30, 1951, the son of Robert and Beulah (Manchester) Miller. Mr. Miller was a resident of the Jackson County area, and graduated from East Jackson High School. He was a carpenter, doing home construction. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. He was married to Dawn Marsh in Jackson, Michigan on April, 4 2001, and was preceded in death by his brother Charles.

   Surviving are his wife Dawn, a daughter, Amber Wadsten, Vicksburg, MI, stepchildren, Marissa Banner, Matt Banner and Mitch Banner, all of Parma, 2 grandchildren, Geoffrey and Sheldon Wadsten, Vicksburg, MI, parents Robert and Beulah Miller, 2 brothers, Gregory Miller of Parma and Michael (Lana) Miller of Jackson, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

   Funeral services will be held Friday, May 30, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapel in Parma with Father Bennett Constantine officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Cemetery. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and his family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the service time at the chapel. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society of charity of one’s choice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elizabeth Mitchell

 

   Elizabeth “Betty” Mitchell, 83, formerly of Charlotte and Midland, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Mitchell was born Oct. 21, 1919 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of Frederick Alexander and Elizabeth May (Devine) Forney. She attended Colorado Springs High School, graduating in 1937. Mrs. Mitchell attended the University of Denver and University of Michgian and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority where she held several offices. She married J. Ernest Mitchell on July 17, 1939, who prededed her in death in 2001. Mrs. Mitchell lived in Midland for 41 years and during those years was active in the Red Cross, Midland Hospital Auxilary; AAUW, past president of the Zoe Club and was a distinguished woman of Northwood University. She was Michigan Library League Chairperson, greeting and helping entertain guest speakers and entertainers and was chairperson of Town and Campus and helped start up the Northwood Gallery. While in Charlotte, Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the Charlote Women’s Club and attended St. John Episcopal Church. She and her husband spent their retirement years until 1995 between Torch Lake, Mich. and Sun City, Ariz.

   Surviving are her son, John Mitchell; daughter, Shirley Potts; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 at St. John Episcopal Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating. Interment will be at Midland Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Northwood University. Arrangements are by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Terrence “Tate” David Mix

 

   Terrence “Tate” David Mix, 50, of Woodland, Michigan died Wednesday, March 5, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Mix was born February 17, 1953, Chicago, Illinois, the son of Louis and Eva (Shereyk) Mix. Tate was Principal of Alternative Education for Maple Valley Schools and Director of the Second Chance Program thru Eaton County Probate Court. He was a member of the Michigan National Guard, Nashville Masonic Lodge # 255 F&AM, and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife Pamela (Townsend), sons Jeff (Selena) Duits of Sunfield, Greg (Tricia) Duits of Woodland, Chris Duits of Sunfield, 5 grandchildren Sarah, Emily, Hannah, Austin and Sophie Duits, sister Vicki (David) Thompson of Vermontville, brother Jeffery Mix of Ohio, brother Kevin (Linda) Mix of  Wacousta, his parents Lois and Eva Mix of Vermontville, sisters-in-law Peggy (Ron) France of Lake Odessa, Barbara (Darrel) Bosworth of Mulliken, Shelley Steward of Woodland, mother-in-law Wilma Townsend of Lake Odessa and many nieces and nephews. Terry was predeceased by his father-in-law Jeff Steward and nephew Lucas Steward. Terry was a loving and compassionate man. The love he gave was returned by all those whose lives he touched. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2003 at Grace Community Church, Nashville, Michigan with Clark Volz – Superintendent of Maple Valley Schools, Pastor Douglas Reichenback and Pastor Darrel Bosworth officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery in Woodland, Michigan. A Rosary Service will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. The family will receive visitors Thursday 6-8 p.m., Friday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Robert W. Moist

 

   Robert Ward Moist, 76, of Lansing, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003.

   Mr. Moist was born July18, 1926 in Grand Rapids, the son of Myron and Vera (Russell) Moist. He was a retired drop forge worker at Motor Wheel, a former member of the State of Michigan Special Police in Lansing; he held the 1st State of Michigan license, owned “Bob’s Tatooing” on Lansing Road, and painted several murals throughout the Lansing area.

   He is survived by sons, Robert Moist of Grand Ledge and Jerry (Connie) Moist of Eaton Rapids; daughters, Robin (John) Sigourney and Charlotte (Dan) Thaxton, both of Charlotte, Karen King of Potterville and Debbie Waugh of Lansing; 11 grandchildren; brother, Carl Moist of Charlotte; and sister, Margaret Ford of Grand Ledge.  

   Graveside services were held Jan.9 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Andrew Monroe

 

   Andrew Scott Monroe, 18, of Olivet, died Dec. 17, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident. Andrew was born Oct. 30, 1985 in Parkersburg, WV.

   He was a senior at Olivet High School and the Battle Creek Tech Center where he was studying to become an automotive service technician. He enjoyed fishing and camping.

   Andrew is survived by his parents Gerald “Jerry” and Cynthia “Cindy” (Seagraves) Monroe, sister Jessica Monroe, all of Olivet, grandparents Ray and Wanda Brink of Mt. Pleasant, James and Naidra Monroe of Webberville, Peggy Duncan of DeWitt and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday Dec. 22 at Olivet Congregational Curch in Olivet. Visitation will be Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Aiden’s Arms or the Stephen Ministry at the Olivet Congregational Church.

   Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard Mooney

 

   Richard J. “Dick” Mooney, born March 25, 1938 in Lansing, the son of Jack and Hilda (Sargent) Mooney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor at age 65.

   Dick was a man with a great passion for everything he did or was involved in – whether it was his petroleum business, and in the later year of his life, the real estate investment field; his love of downhill skiing and golfing; his loyalty to the Michigan State University sports teams; and his great love, admiration and dedication to his family.

   After graduating from Lansing Sexton High School and serving in the U.S. Army for two years, Dick borrowed money from his father to buy an oil delivery truck and he then drove for Ashland Oil out of Mason. This is how it all began. In 1977, he founded Mooney Oil Co., and his stations in the mid-Michigan area were known for great products and great services. During his career, he was very active in the Michigan Petroleum Association and was a past president of the Central Michigan Oilmen’s Club.

   Dick served his oil profession well. He was very active in his community as a member of the Rotary Club of Lansing, the Michigan Dyslexia Institute and the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing. He was also te founding sponser of the “Michigan Parades into the 21st Century Parade” which then evolved into the “Michigan Parade” – now one of the state’s most popular parades. Dick loved to ske, play golf, bowl and play poker and played all with great enthusiasm and passion, but most important of all was the fun he had with friends in these activities.

   Dick and his family spent some time in Florida and Utah in his later years, but he did not like to miss watching his beloved Spartan football, basketball and hockey teams play. Despite his failing health from myelodysplastic syndrome blood disease in the last 16 years, Dick never gave up fighting, determined to beat a disease that his doctors said would prove fatal within three to five years.

   Dick also very much enjoyed spending time with his grandkids – particularly skiing and golfing with them – but his best golf partner was his wife, Cheri. Dick, affectionately known by many of his friends as “Moons” was a man for all seasons, who loved to work and play hard and yet would always find time to help others not so fortunate in our community. Once he met you, he never forgot you; he has an incredible memory. Dick’s legacy: great friends, great businesses and great family. He spent his lifetime smelling the roses – for others and himself.

   Surviving are his wife, Cheri; four children, Terrie (Dale) hall, Brian, Brad (Cindy) and Todd (Shery); two stepsons, Michael and Anthony (Tiffany) Del Duca; 14 grandchildren, Lindsey and Aaron Pike, Amber and Nicholas Hall, Alison Hall, Matthew, Megan and Mark Mooney, Ryan and Andrew Mooney, Brooke Mooney, Brock Olejniczak, Brynn and Brooke Del Duca; the mother of his children, Karen Mooney; and a brother, Donald (Mary) Mooney.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 10 at the MSU Kellogg Center, with Pastor Roger Straub of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Dyslexia Institute, 532 E. Shiawassee, Lansing, MI 48912. Arrangements were by Palmer Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel, Lansing.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Dorothy M. Morgan

   Dorothy M. Morgan, age 90, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at Maple Knoll Manor in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Morgan was born May 22, 1912 in Charlotte, to James and Verda Leak. She lived in Charlotte all her life and was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

   Survivors include her daughter, Frances (Noble) Wirt of Charlotte; three grandsons, Paul (Dena) Lahr of Charlotte, Pete Lahr of Olivet and Brian (Holly) Lahr of Charlotte; six great-grandchildren, Denise Lahr, Rebecca Lahr, Dustin Lahr, Paige Lahr, Cassidy Lahr and Alley Lahr.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Morgan on March 8, 1996, and one son, Kirby lee Morgan on April 3, 1989.

   Graveside services were held May 9 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Eaton Community Hospice, all of Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robert S. Morrow

 

   Robert S. Morrow, age 74 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at his residence with is family by his side, following a long illness. He was born July 16, 1928 in Lansing the son of Stanley and Edna (Bondurant) Morrow. Bob was a retired Supervisor for General Motors in Lansing, with 34 years of service. He enjoyed the out-of-doors, was an avid hunter and fisherman, played softball, bowling, and was a devoted family man. Preceding him in death was his parents; son, Steven; grandson, Kevin and brother-in-law Bruce Smith.

   Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Lorraine; 3 children, Julie (Roy) Hammond of Mason, Tim (Kelly) Morrow of Eaton Rapdis and Connie (Dan) Warner of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; 5 sisters, Jerry (Louie) Smith of Manistee, Betty Smith of Eaton Rapids, Thelma Leece of Lansing, Carol (Stan) Bell of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Ernie) Warner of Leslie; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Saturday, March 15, 2003 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Ingham Hospice or a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Robert S. Morrow.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Eva Julia Mosure

 

   Eva Julia Mosure, of Ames, Iowa, formerly of Onondaga, Eaton Rapids, Detroit, MI and Port Charles, FL, age 87, died Friday May 2, 2003 in Amese, IA. Eva Julia was born April 8, 1916 in Onondaga the daughter of Leon and Orpha (Willis) Sammons. Mrs. Mosure was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1933. She graduated from Albion College, Oberlin College in Ohio and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Eva Julia was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mason. She was a member of the Detroit Public Schools for more than 20 years.

   Surviving are her 2 daughters, Elizabeth (Walter) Haussner of Apple Valley, MN, Margaret (James) Torrie of Ames, IA; 4 grandchildren, Heather (Gus) Mather, Heidi and Theodore Haussner and Melanie Torrie.

   Funeral services will be held on Saturday noon, May 24, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, MI with Rev. William Muller, Pastor of the Onondage Community Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Onondaga Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sat. from 11 a.m. until service time at the Funeral Home.  Those desiring may make contributions to either the Order of the Eastern Star of Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Eva Julia Mosure.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

H. Edwin Mullins Jr.

 

   H. Edwin Mullins Jr., age 66, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Mullins was born Dec. 10, 1936 in Lansing, the son of Henry Edwin and Nettie (Helderop) Mullins and was a life resident of Lansing, Potterville and Charlotte area. He was a 1955 graduate of Potterville High School and was a farmer. He was employed as an instructor for the Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship Program Local #324 in Howell and was a member of Chester Gospel Church.

   Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Mary (Seegraves) Mullins of Nashville, Michael (Lori) Mullins of Charlotte and Daniel (Barbara) Mullins of Lansing; four grandchildren, Bradley, Staci, Kelsey and Jacob Mullins; his mother, Nettie Mullins of Mason; one brother, James (Ann) Mullins of Nashville; and three sisters, Judy (James) Cook of Leslie, Betsy (Ken) Thelen of Salem, Ore. and Debra (Leo) wantor of Mason.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Edwin Mullins Sr. and a brother Charles Mullins.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Marc Livingston and Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Cemetry in Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to Chester Gospel Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Max Baggerly Mulvany

 

   Max Baggerly Mulvany, of Charlotte, formerly of Bellevue and Olivet, passed away March 4, 2003 as a result of pulmonary fibrosis, at the Hospice House in Lansing.

   He was born Aug. 12, 1921 in Calhoun County to Raymond and Carrie (Baggerly) Mulvaney. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1939 and started working in the Bellevue State Bank. He was a World War II veteran, enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and became a member of the 9th Photo Reconn Squadron serving in India, Burma and China. After serving nearly four years in the service, he returned and worked in banks in Battle Creek, Bellevue and Albion before joining the Olivet State Bank in 1958 where he became president. He retired from that bank in 1984, which then merged with Independent Bank SW. While at that bank, he served on the board of directors of the Michigan Bankers Association for several years. Max was very active in community affairs and was a member of the Olivet Development Corp., an original co-owner of Tevilo Industries, served as president of the Olivet Community School Board. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, 35-year member of the Lions Club, Cub Scout leader, and managed Little League ball teams. Max was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed traveling along with hunting and fishing trips in Michigan, Canada, Alaska and Florida. However, the most important part of his life was his family. He was a dear husband, father, grandfather and friend.

   Surviving are his wife, Joy (Dowding/LaPointe), with whom he was married 56 years ago; two sons, Donald (Lisa) Mulvany of Vermontville and Joseph (Debra) Mulvany of Montrose; seven grandchildren, Casey Mulvany and Jeremy (Carrie) Mulvany of Charlotte, Jason (Joy) Mulvany of Lansing, Elizabeth and Patrick Mulvany of Vermontville, Becky and Jennifer Mulvany of Montrose and one great-grandson, Bretten Max Mulvany of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth, Robert and Raymond; and sisters, Isabel, Pauline, Carrie and Marian.

   There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Fneral Home, 206 W. Lawrence Ave. Charlotte, with Rev. Roy Backus of Olivet Congregational Church officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 313 Lansing Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ruby J. Morris

 

   Ruby J. Morris passed away Feb. 11, 2003.

   Mrs. Morris was born May 3, 1934 in Lansing, the daughter of Lester and Leta Howard. She loved and enjoyed her family and friends, and the trainsee and her friends at the Mid-Michigan R.R. Club at Turkeyville in Marshall.

   She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Irvin Morris; sons, Steven (Chris) Morris of Charlotte, Edward (Debbie) Morris of Lansing; grandsons, Cory Morris, J. Wes (Teresa) Redfield, Edwards Morris II; great-grandchildren, Britnee Redfields, Saige Ells, Dallas Redfield, Chandler Morris; sister, June Bailey; sister-in-law, Charlene Howard of Lansing; friends, Pud, Bob, and Gert Hopkins of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Gerry Wood; brothers, Vonnie, Richards and Jessie Howard; and her beloved cat, Aggie.

   Services were held Feb. 15 at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home in Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Garner A. Morton

 

   Garner A. “Mort” Morton, age 69, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 9, 2003 in Charlotte.

   Mort was born Nov. 26, 1933 in Charlotte, the son of Ernest and Marian Morton and was a lifelong Charlotte resident. He was a 1952 graduate of Charlotte High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He owned and operated the former Morton Photo Studio for many years, he was currently the owner/audiologist of Tri-County Hearing Center in Charlotte and was a member of the Charlotte Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie #3552. he was an avid bowler with a 300 game  to his credit and was recently inducted into the Charlotte Bowling Association Hall of Fame and played softball for many years.

   Surviving are two daughters, Julie (Eugene) Sharp of Harrison and Tami (Steve) Senger of LaGrange, Ky.; one son, Guy Michael Morton of Battle Creek; four grandchildren, Phillip Sharp, Jessica Sharp, Brock Morton and Alyssa Senger; his mother Marian Collins of Kentwood; sister, Joy (Carl) Lancaster of Kentwood; special friend, Melba Kohler of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held June 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Martin L. Nagengast

 

   Martin L. Nagengast, 60, of Charlotte, died Oct. 17, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. Nagengast was born April 22, 1943 in Ft. Benton, Mont., the son of Christopher and Lillian (Steinbacher) Nagengast. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked as an electrician of General Motors for 31 years, retiring Oct. 1, 2003. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Local 602 of UAW. He was a model airplane enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and raised standard bred race horses.

   He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Stegenga); son, Daniel; daughters, Anita, Sonja and Victoria; step-children, Jerry (Catie) Hamm of Olivet and Marie (Sean) Brisson of Marshall; 11 grandchildren; brother, Tim (Gail) of St. Charles Ill.; sisters, Judy Blenkarn of Ft. Benton, Mont., Pam (Noel) Davidson of Big Sandy, Mont., Nancy (Wayne) Monroe of Colorado Springs, Colo., Becky (Dale) Stone of Geraldine, Mont., and Lorna (Morten) Antonsen of Plano, Texas.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Mike and Henry.

   Funeral mass was held Oct. 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Patrick Murphy officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township, Olivet.

   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.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Tommy L. Nance

 

   Tommy Louis Nance, age 62, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003.

   Mr. Nance was born July 24, 1940 in Cairo, Ill., the son of Elmer and Meddie (Aton) Nance. He was a pipefitter and a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Mr. Nance served in the U.S. Navy. In past years, he was an active leader in Boy Scouts of America and loved working in his yard to create an outdoor environment that all could enjoy.

   He is survived by his wife, Judy (Sheppard) Nance; two sons, Daniel Nance of Waterford and Tommy (Glenda) Nance of Ypsilanti; his father, Elmer Nance; and grandchildren Desiree, Daniel and Chelsea Nance.

   A memorial service was held Feb. 28 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Hazel F. Nerone

 

   Hazel F. (Burge) Wiles/Nerone, age 87, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 30, 2003 at Eaton Manor Nursing Home after a long illness.

   Mrs. Nerone was born April 28, 1916 in Coe Township of Isabella County, the daughter of Ernie and Rose (Ingrasol) Burge.

   She had been employed in the office at the former Behnke Plumbing in Charlotte for many years.

   Surviving are three half brothers, Delbert David of San Marcos, Texas, Larry stone of Greers Ferry, Ark. and Harley Burge of Perry; granddaughter, Jacklyn Rose Guevara of California; and three great-grandsons.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Oliver Joshua Wiles in 1970 and Frank Nerone in 1996; daughter, Joslyn Martin; sisters, Alice and  Pearl Burge; brother, Robert Burge; and half-sister, Wilma Adams.

   Funeral services were held July 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor William Tate of Evangel Christian Church officiating.

   Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Nettie M. Newland

 

   Nettie M. Newland, 85, of Nashville, passed away Monday, July 21, 2003 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Ms. Newland was born March 26, 1918 in Lowell, the daughter of Alcid and Lotta (Stauffer) Newland. She was raised in the Hastings area and attended local schools, graduating from Hastings High School in 1936. On May 2, 1940 in Hastings, she married Clayton Newland. Shortly after their wedding, the couple settled on the family farm in Maple Grove where they raised their family. Nettie was a homemaker who cared deeply for her family. She faithfully worshipped at Nashville Baptist Church for over 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and knitting.

   She is survived by brothers, Arthur (Beulah) Stauffer and Robert Stauffer; son, Dwayne (Judy) Newland; daughter, Audrey (Gale) Wetzel and Joyce (Edward) Lockman; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a niece, Christy Newland.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Newland; three brothers and three sisters.

   Funeral services were held July 23 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam Library. Arrangements were by Danields Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Esther Nichols

 

   Esther “Carolyn” Nichols, 95, of Charlotte, passed away Feb. 14, 2003.

   Mrs. Nichols was born Sept. 11, 1907 in Olivet, the daughter of George and Mariette (Robertson) CorSette.

   She was a telephone receptionist for Tranter Manufacturing for 23 years until her retirement in 1969 an dhad worked for the State Journal from 1933 to 1943.

   She is survived by daughter-in-law, Colleen Beach of Lansing; grandson, William (Trudy) Beach of Mt. Clemens; granddaughters Debra Gibson of Lansing and Diane Winkler of Grand Ledge; eight great-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and niece, Gloria Wilson.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Mahlon Nichols; daughter, Barbara Beach; son, Ramon Beach; grandsons, Robert and David Beach; sister, Jane Turrell; and stepson, Clyde Nichols.

   A Family Affirmation Service was held Feb. 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing or the charity of choice.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Burrell F. Nickerson

 

   Burrell Floyd Nickerson, 74, of Bellevue, died Jan. 25, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Nickerson was born April 14, 1928 to Wellington and Hilda (Elfler) Nickerson in Bellevue. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for American Door Factory in Bellevue, was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator, and owned the truck stop in Olivet. Most recently he built and ran the Bellevue Mobil Home Park for 10 years. Mr. Nickerson married Jeanne Cogswell on July 4, 1948. He was a charter member of the Michigan Pinto Horse Association and Green Arrow Horse Club, and raised horses for many years. He was also a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association. He enjoyed fishing and camping, and played the banjo, mandolin, and spoons. He and his wife Jeanne wintered in Kissimmee, Fla. for 20 years.

   Surviving are his wife, Heanne; sons, Terry (Denise) Nickerson of Bellevue and Kevin Nickerson of Ann Arbor; daughter, Patricia (Paul) Mullett of Lynchburg, Va.; and sister, Ruth DeSantis of North Port, Fla.

   Services were held Jan. 29 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Wendell Stine officiating.

   Further information is available at www.shawfuernalhome.com.

Janet K. Nighbert

 

   Janet Kay Nighbert, 61, of Charlotte, died Thursday Sept. 11, 2003.

   Janet was born April 7, 1942 in Lansing, the daughter of O’Dean and Madaline (Yeargin) Harris.

   She is survived by nephews, Ken (Becky) Harris of Delton and Michael (Theresa) Harris of Charlotte; mother, Madaline Harris of Charlotte; and brother Ken W. Harris of Illinois.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 13 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. William Haggard officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Betty L. Norton

 

   Betty L. Norton, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Albion, MI, died April 16, 2003. She was born January 2, 1933 to Claude and Clara (Cox). She was 1 of 11 children, including her twin brother Billy from Phoenix, Az. Also surviving are brothers Donald and Claude Cox from Jackson, MI. She lived in Albion the majority of her life until moving to Texas in 1991. She was married to the late Rolland O. Norton, who was the father of her four children. Her son James Rolland Norton also preceded her in death, along with 4 grandchildren, Jodi Dassance, Tyrone and Jaime Rogers and Zachary Norton.

   She is survived by 3 children, Teresa (Ned) Palmer of Eaton Rapids, David Norton of Homer and Paul Norton of Texas. Nine grandchildren, Jeff (Mandy) Dassance, Jacob (Kim) Rogers, Dave, Craig, Brooke, Gage & Talissa Norton, Eric (Carmen) Palmer and Brian Palmer. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held at Community Christian Church on Friday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Klink officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Community Christian Church building fund in memory of Mrs. Norton. The family is being served by Skinner Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Clyde W. Oberlin

 

   Clyde W. Oberlin, age 83, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, January 30, 2003 at his residence. Clyde was born January 25, 1920 in Eaton Rapids the son of Clyde Eugene and Grace Mabel (Epley) Oberlin. He was employed with A.M. Smith Packing Co., Woods Brothers Trucing Co. and retired from the City of Eaton Rapids after 30 years with 14 years as Sexton at Rosehill Cemetery. Oberlin Drive at Rosehill Cemetery was named after Clyde.

   Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Donna M. (Schultz); 2 daughters, Susan (Larry) Orbell of Eaton Rapids, Debra (Tim) Snow of Olivet; 3 sons, Mark (Tammie) Oberlin, Steven (Penny) Oberlin, Stanley Oberlin all of Eaton Rapids; step son, Charles Snyder of Toledo, OH; 24 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; numerous step-great-grandchildren; brother, Warren (Marilyn) of Neopolian; 2 sisters, Geraldine Williams of Eaton Rapids; Josephine Caldwell of Toledo, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Warren Oberlin

 

   Warren Oberlin, age 72, of Napoleon, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, May 15, 2003 in Jackson. Warren was born August 4, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Clyde Eugene and Grace Mabel (Epley) Oberlin. He retired from Jackson Manufacturing and Deing in 1987 and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Marilyn Marie (Porter); 4 daughters, Vickie Smith of Napoleon, Sandra (Thomas) Baker of Eaton Rapids, Sharon (Richards) Calkins of Jackson, Karen (Steve) Gordon of  Leslie; 3 sons, Terry Porter of  Ludington, Gerald (Kim) Oberlin of Springport, Larry (Debbie) Oberlin of Eaton Rapids; 17 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Geraldine “Red” Williams of Eaton Rapids, Marion E. Campbell of Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to the family in memory of Warren Oberlin.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Anthony Michael Ocampo

 

   Anthony “Tony” Michael Ocampo, age 18 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, October 4, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born July 2, 1985 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Darlene Miller and William Kim Warner. Tony was currently employed at Meijer’s in Mason and had previously worked for McDonald’s in Eaton Rapids. Tony was an adamant lover of animals, very patriotic and a fan of M.S.U., he loved working on his car and enjoyed helping others.

   Surviving are his mother Darlene Miller of Eaton Rapids; step-father, William Kim Warner of Goshen, Indiana; sisters, Angie (Jim) Rawson and Crystal Ocampo all of Eaton Rapids; 2 nephews, Zachary Rawson and Matt Ocampo; Fiancee, Lucinda Owen of Eaton Rapids; grandmother, Betty Holtsclaw of South Bend; grandparents, Hugh and Ann Warner of Coldwater, FL; great-grandmother, Ruby Warner of South Bend; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society in memory of Tony Ocampo, envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family is being served by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

Lynn Oberlin-Ogburn

 

   Lynn Oberlin-Ogburn, 39, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg of cancer.

   Lynn enjoyed collecting junk jewelry, Ruby Flash glassware, tending her plants and riding her bicycle.

   She is survived by her husband, Steve Ogburn; two stepsons, Eric and Demian Ogburn, both of St. Petersburg; her parents, Gerald and Jean Oberlin of Ormond Beach; sister, Jill Oberlin Tully of Daytona Beach; brother, Scott Oberlin of Eaton Rapids; and her cat, Tiger.

   In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions in her name to their local humane society. Arrangements were by Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center – Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg, Fla. An online guestbook is available at www.andersonmcqueen.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Hal S. Olmstead

 

   Hal S. Olmstead, age 80, passed away Sept. 9, 2003 in Clifton Springs, NY. He was born Oct. 29, 1922 in Carson City, the son of Paul and Hazel (Bowen) Olmstead.

   Hal moved to Eaton Rapids in 1966 and had been a resident there until moving to Clifton Springs in 2002. He was an employee for 35 years of the John Henry Printing Co., retiring in 1986. He was a graduate of the American Bible Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline; two sons, Alan (Pamela) Olmstead of Eureka, Calif. And Evan (Tammy) Olmstead of Eaton Rapids; three daughters, Lynnette (David Banta) Witwer of Watsonville, Calif., Merrille Olmstead of Palmyra, N.Y. and Jannelle Olmstead (Joe) Guarnere of Palmyra, N.Y.; 11 grandchidren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Charlene) Olmstead of Linden; and one sister, Joanne (William) Pietcher of Caseville.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 13 at the Eaton Rapids United Methodist Church, with Pastor Thomas Evans officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by Peters & Murray Funeral Home of Grand Ledge.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Paula Oomen

 

   Paula Oomen, 61, of Charlotte, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003.

   Mrs. Oomen was born May 24, 1942 in Jurkovac, Yugoslavia, the daughter of Heinrich and Maria (Sumunia) Keller. Paula was a leaser of the Millerburg 4-H Club in Eaton County for 10 years.

   She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Nicolaas Oomen; daughters, Marie Oomen and Wendy Oomen, both of Lansing, Alice Oomen of Charlotte; sisters, Anna Hilz of East Lansing and Ava Schweitz of Lyons, N.Y.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery on Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital of the charity of one’s choice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Olive B. Osborne

 

   Olive B. Osborne, age 93, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing after a short illness.

   Mrs. Osborne was born July 22, 1910 in Mendota, Mo., the daughter of Josepha and Muriel (Jones) Bramhall and had been a resident of the Portland and Charlotte areas for over 60 years. She attended high school in Missouri, where she played basketball and baseball. With her husband she operated a family shoe repair business in Charlotte. She also assisted with Girl Scouts and attended First Baptist Church in Charlotte. She was a great seamstress, a good southern cook and had a strong faith in her Lord.

   Surviving are her daughter, Cecelia (William) Lundeen of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and half-sister, Dixie Thomas of Tulsa, Okla.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Osborne in 1963; sons, Jerry Osborne in 1940, Jack Osborne in 1989 and Billie Osborne in 2001; and two brothers, Warren and George Bramhall.

   Graveside services were held Dec. 12 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Pastor William Tate officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Steven R. Otto

 

   Steven R. Otto, 45, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born Dec. 2, 1957, the son of Bernard and Joyce (Oaster) Otto. He enjoyed horses, campng, church activities, home renovations and football. He was the owner of GLN Fundraising in Bellevue and was known as the ultimate “candy man.”

   He is survived by his wife, Becky (Hart); daughters, Tammi, Wendy, Lori and Sarah; sons-in-law, Forrest and Kirk; granddaughter, Alizabeth; his parents of Bellevue; brothers, Michael (Mary) Otto of Charlotte and Donald (Marty) Otto of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by brother, Gary Otto in 1989.

   Memorial services were held at Calvary Baptist Church in Pennfield, with Pastor Brian Spencer officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Battle Creek Health System Cancer Center or the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund. Arrangments were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

Leo W. Page

 

   Leo W. Page, 77, of Hastings, MI, formerly of Potterville, MI, died Wenesday June 11, 2003 at his residence. Leo was born Dec. 16, 1925 in Eaton Rapids Township to son of Francis and Meta (Jacox) Page and had been a Hastings area resident since 1983 coming from Potterville. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a retired Chief Engineer and Vice President of Michigan Magnetics and held many patents in the electronics field. He was a life member of the Potterville Masonic Lodge, member of the O.E.S. and the V.F.W. in Potterville and the D.A.V. in Lansing. He had served in Potterville as Treasurer, Assessor and on the Planning Commission.

   Surviving are his wife, Barbara (Van Loton) Page; 2 daughters, Debra Chavez of Traverse City and Christine (Charles) Means of Charlotte; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and 2 brothers, Harry (Mary) Page of Baldwin and Garry (Marsha) Page of Sault Ste. Marie. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Frances Hill.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 16 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Thomas Peters officiating. Interment in Deepdale Memeorial Park, Lansing. Memorials may go to the American Cancer Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Addie Parr

 

   Addie L. Parr, 92, of Charlotte died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Mrs. Parr was born March 20, 1911 in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Elbert and Lulu Belle (Mitchell) Root.

   She was a lifelong Eaton County resident and had been a member of the former Emma Grange.

   Surviving are one son, Jerry Parr of Jackson, three daughters, Shirley Hayter, Valean Jaquette and Linda Brown, all of Charlotte, 20 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Frieda Root of Grand Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorr L. Parr, in 1981, two brothers, Lawrence and Harold Root, and sister, Elsie Parr.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 20, 2003 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor William Tate of Evangel Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Evah D. Parr

 

   Evah D. Parr, 98, of Charlotte, died Saturday, July 19, 2003 after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Parr was born March 1, 1905 in Vermontville Township, the daughter of Fred and Cora (Steves) Rawson, and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She was a member of the Chester Extension Group and Eaton County Farm Bureau, and had been employed for a short time at the former Wilcox-Gay Co.

   Surviving are eight children, Wayne (Marian) Parr of Dade City, Fla., Jean Davis of Eaton Rapids, Venice (Jack) Martin of Hastings, Shirley (Bruce) Bryan of Hastings, Nona Osborne, Dick (Sharon) Parr, Sharon Bayes and Linda Garrison-Kehres, all of Charlotte; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carson Parr; grandson, Michael Parr; and granddaughter, Stephanie Rand.

   Funeral services were held July 22 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Kathy Smith officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlote.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald Passick

 

   Donald Passick, age 72, of Eaton Rapids, loving husband, father, papa and friend, died Friday, September 26, 2003 to be with the Lord. Don was born Aug. 12, 1931 in Albion, the son of John and Frances (Rogers) Passick.

   Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Maxine (Napier); children, Mark, Donald and Amy Passick; stepchildren, Brenda Cowles, Sharon Gullett, Jacqueline Gullett and Chryl (Dr. Dan) Jackson; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Ken, Jim and Harold and “My son” Russall Jolly. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Michael Gullett and sister, Irene Dawson.

   Donald loved God, enjoyed his family, friends and church. We will miss his smile and great sense of humor. “Rest in peace my darling, I love you. If love alone could have kept you here you would never have died.” He was my wonderful husband and friend. My memory of his smiling face and kindness will live on forever. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Don was a retiree of Local 333, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and served as a Sgt. In the Korean War (1952). He was head usher of Life Christian Church. A special thank you to Great Lakes Hospice of Jackson for all their help and kindness shown.

   A memorial service was held on Monday, September 29, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home. Interment of cremains will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those desiring may make contributions to Great Lakes Hospice, Jackson, in memory of Donald Passick. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Earl N. Pearson

 

   Earl N. Pearson, age 80 of Forest Lake, Minnesota, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died July 2, 2003. He was an army veteran of WWII. He was preceded in death by son Andrew and daughter Kim.

   He is survived by his wife Mildred; sons, Brian (Sandy), David, and William; daughters, Carol (Horst) Peterson, Jill (Steve) Lemmer, Martha (James) Ackerman; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

   A memorial service was held Saturday, July 5, 2003 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, Minnesota. Private interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The family was served by Mattson Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mildred R. Pearson

 

   Mildred R. Pearson, age 79, of Forest Lake, MN, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died on July 2, 2003. She was preceded in death by her son, Andrew; daughter, Kim; and husband, Earl.

   She is survived by sons, Brion (Sandy), David, & William; daughters, Carol (Horst) Peterson, Jill (Steve) Lemmer & Martha (James) Ackerman; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

   A private memorial service was held Friday, August 22, 2003 at Mattson Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Ronald W. Peters

 

   Ronald W. Peters, 67, of Charlotte, died Aug. 16 at 12:30 a.m. at his home, surrounded by his family, after a five-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

   Ronald lived and worked at the family farm for 67 years, which he loved.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle; mother Ila; and sister, Phyllis.

   He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy (Becktel); sister and borther-in-law, Jeanette and Jerry Clark; mother-in-law, Alice; sister-in-law, Janice; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Deb; daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Pat Ruthruff; two grandchildren, Jessica and Michelle; special friends, Nolan and Jackie SPotte, Ted and Pat Herber, and Pat and Floyd Burley; two special children in his life, Nicholas and Allen; numerous nieces and nephews; and a large list of friends.

   Graveside services were held Aug. 21 at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Marie L. Peterson

 

   Marie Louise Peterson, 81 of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 19, 2003.

   Mrs. Peterson was born March 7, 1922 in Algrange, Moselle, France, the daughter of Jacque Martin and Marie Barbe (Drui) Zenner.

   She is survived by daughters, Marie Ann  (Brian) Callahan of Medfield, Mass.and Michelle Kay Peterson of Charlotte;  grandchildren, Shane, Kendra and Brian Jarrett; sister, Jacquelene of Basse Yutz, France; a niece and four nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald H. Peterson on June 3, 2001.

   A Family Affirmation Service for family and friends was held April 21 at Pray Funeral Home, with R. Raymond Rossell facilitating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

George L. Pettit

 

   George L. Pettit, age 82, life resident of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003. He was born October 5, 1921 in Eaton Rapids, the son of George and Mildred (Chapel) Pettit. George was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1940. He was a former member of the Eaton Rapids Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce. George was the owner and operator of Pettit Hardware in Eaton Rapids, a family owned business that served the Eaton Rapids community for the past 117 years. He was a member of the Old Mill Restaurant “Liars Club.” He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth “Sis” Pares; and twin brother, Hallett Pettit.

   Surviving are his four children, Mari Lin Pettit of Midland, Annette Pettit and friend Gary Johnson of Lansing; Michael (Judith) Pettit of Eaton Rapids and Susan (Michael) Arrington of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Eliott and Taylor Pettit and Adrienne and Alex Arrington; sister-in-law, Donaldeen Pettit of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Friday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Nick and Custance, Kenny Kendall, Jim Schnepp, Elliott Pettit, Jack Pettit and Hal Pettit; Honorary bearers were, Murray Moore, Woody Smith, Cy Goodnoe, Cliff Hoffman, Leon Hoppes and Gary Johnson. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Booster Club or to a charity of one’s choice, in Memory of George L. Pettit.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Coralee M. Pierce

 

   Coralee M. Pierce, 92, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003.

   Mrs. Pierce was born Dec. 23, 1910 in Tilbury East, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Joseph and Florence (Campbell) Simpson. She was a resident of Jackson for 35 years, until 1974. She was involved in various art groups and she and her husband owned Pierce Hardware in Jackson for many years.   Mrs. Pierce was a teacher in the Jackson Public Schools from 1956 until her retirement in 1971.

   She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Charles) Zwick of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Duane (Cynthia) Zwick of Charlotte, Kristina Zwick of Lansing and Eric (Stephanie) Zwick of Houseton, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Caden Zwick of Houston, Texas.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank H. Pierce in 1979.

   Graveside services were held Oct. 28 at Highland Cemetery in Brooklyn, Mich. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at ww.prayfuneral.com.

 

Helen J. Plew

 

   Helen Jean Plew, 76, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing.

   Mrs. Plew was born June 26, 1926 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Tom and Anna Dzioba. She was a retired clerical worker for Midwest Bridge Construction Co. and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   Surviving is her husband, Jerry Plew of Charlotte.

   No funeral services were held. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Allison J. Polhamus

 

   Allison Jean Polhamus, age 80, of Charlotte, died peacefully July, 23, 2003.

   A lifelong resident of Charlotte, she was born Aug. 28, 1922 in Ann Arbor. An avid cook, she enjoyed sharing her homemade goodies with family and friends. Her lifelong passion was playing bingo, particularly at the Fraternal Order of Eages Aerie 3352, where she was a lifetime member. She also enjoyed gardening and everyone admired her beautiful flower displays. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hale McDaniel and Grace Novis McDaniel.

   She is survived by one sister, Virginia (Maynard) Ritter of Alma; four children, Gary (Sue) Crews of Charlotte, Sandra (Wes) Miller of Charlotte, Alan (Judy) Crews of Holt, and Elizabeth (Paul) Forsberg of Lansing; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held July 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hille Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Leo Poskey

 

   Leo Poskey, 81, of Potterville, died March 28, 2003.

   Mr. Poskey was born Jan. 1, 1922 in Lansing, the son of John and Anna (Schaulas) Poskey. He was a farmer, retired from Oldsmobile after 33 years, and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran with the 97th Division.

   He is survived by his wife, Alta May (Faulkner) Poskey; sister, Minnie Grihorash of Dearborn Heights; step-sister, Mary Taylor of Redford; step-brother, Henry Lukas of Lake Leelanau; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Becky Morrison officiating. Interment was at West Windsor Cemetery in Windsor Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church or Hospice House of Mid Michigan. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Futher information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Cecil C. Powers

 

   Cecil C. Powers, age 80, of Charlotte, died at his home Saturday Nov. 22, 2003.

   Mr. Powers was born July 31, 1923 in Bellevue, the son of Zina Clare and Irene Delven (Harrison) Powers. He served with the U.S. Army, Company E., 26th Infantry, 1st Division, Company E, during World War II. Cecil fought in both the Battle of the Bulge and Huertgen Forest, earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He worked in residential construction and he was a farmer. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Purple Heart Club, Society of the 1st Infantry Dicision and the Lansing S.D.A. Church.

   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ursie (Kullik) Powers; son, Gene (Trudy) Powers of Sebastopol, Calif.; daughter, Martha Sue (Mike) Gross of Vermontville; five grandchildren, Jenny Powers of Colorado, Rebecca Gross of Michigan, Cecily Powers of New Zealand, Jonathan Gross of Michigan and Zachary Powers of California; brothers, Knox (Nelda) Powers of Michigan and Mark (Delores) Powers of Nevada; sisters, Anita (Bill) Weise of Alabama, Myriel (Ken) Akershoek of Michigan, and Clarys (Bill) Howell of California.

   He was preceded in death by sisters Delvan Irene and Jeane Harriet.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Bill Weise officiating. Interment was at Hillside (Kalamo) Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Lansing S.D.A. Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Steven E. Preadmore

 

   Steven Earl Preadmore, 27, of Potterville, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident.

   Steven was borno Feb. 19, 1976 in Lansing, the son of Larry and Kathy Preadmore. He was a carpenter with Creative Construction and enjoyed playing pool and golf. Steven always showed enourmous pride for his daughters Ashley and Vanessa, and was always available when someone needed a friend or a hand. He always enjoyed being with his family, friends, and walking his dog. He will always remain in our hearts forever.

   He is survived by daughters, Ashely and Vanessa Preadmore; his parents; brother David (Shan) Preadmore of Lansing; sister, Bethann (John) Lundy of Charlotte; nieces, Haley and Elizabeth; nephews, Wesley and Nathan; grandmother, Betty Greenlee; and special friends Amanda Clark and Dannette Axel; and his beloved pet, Brooklyn.

   He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Earl Greenlee.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Mel and Deb Crowley officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for his daughters Ashley and Vanessa. Arrangments were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Diane Priesman

 

   Diane K. Priesman, 50, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003.

   Mrs. Priesman was born Dec. 9, 1952 in Hastings, the daughter of Lawrence and Barbara (Joppie) Musser. She worked in the sales department of Spartan Motors until May 2001. She enjoyed gardening and had a wonderful sense of humor.

   She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Lynn Priesman; daughters, Rachel (George) Shook of Olivet, Autumn (Scott) Thomas of Montague; three grandchildren, Joshua, Cameron, and Brennon; her parents, Lawrence and Barbara Musser of Vermontville; brothers, David Musser of Vermontville, Garry  Musser of Texas; sister, Brenda (Kelly) Lynch of Texas; and special friends, John and Ann Mathews.

   She was prededed in death by brother, Larry Neil Musser.

   Funeral services were held May 30 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Marten Saunders officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Richard V. Priesman

 

   Richard “Dick” Vaughn Priesman, 74, of Charlotte, died Jan. 4, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. Priesman was born Dec. 15, 1928 in Mulliken, the son of Fred and Lillian (Wagner) Priesman. He was a welder for Oldsmobile until his retirement in 1981. Mr. Priesman was a former private pilot and enjoyed smelt dipping and spending time in the U.P.

   He is survived by his wife Wilma “Jean” (Griffin) Priesman; sons, Richard “Rick” Priesman of Olivet, Daniel Priesman of Charlotte and William Priesman of  Grand Marais; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Teresa Craft of Lansing, Debra (Phil) Fisher of N. Guilford, Conn., and Trudy (Rod) Lea of Charlotte; step-son, Randy Schultz of Charlotte; eight step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat (Sam) Spagnuolo of Charlotte and Betty Smith of Harrison; and borther, Ward “Ed” (Kate) Priesman of Bellevue.

   Memorial services were held Jan. 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Linda E. Pullen

 

   Linda E. “Lindy” (Halliwill) Pullen, 50 of Olivet, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003 at her residence.

   Mrs. Pullen was born Dec. 23, 1952 in Vermontville, the daughter of Lowell and Marlys (Brown) Halliwill. She worked at McDonald’s in Charlotte and Marshall for many years, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post #280. She was an excellent bowler and loved her dogs, Champ and Smoke, and Pete, her parrot.

   She is survived by her husband, William; son, Arty of Olivet; step-son, Billy Pullen of Grand Ledge; step-daughters, Linda (Tim) Kirchen of Olivet, Lori Ann Pullen of Florida; sister, Mary (Loren) Lehman of Nashville; brothers, Bob (Patsy) Halliwill, Ed (Donna) Halliwill, Leroy (Karen) Halliwill, David (Stephanie) Halliwill, all of Charlote, Jim (Maggie) Halliwell, Ramond Halliwill, both of Nashville, and Ernie (Caroline) of Curtis.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ken Halliwill in 2001.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township, Olivet.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice at American Legion Post #280.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Walter L. Pullen

 

   Walter L. Pullen, 60, of Marshall, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Pullen was born April 8, 1933 in Pennfield Township to Frank and Ethel (Brewster) Pullen. He was a lifelong resident of the Tekonsha and Marshall areas. Mr. Pullen was self-employed as a mechanic and truck driver in the Tekonsha area. Through his work he became very connected with several area law-enforcement agencies. He had also delivered papers for the Enquirer News for many years. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Pullen was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Marshall Moose Lodge. He enjoyed following sports and going to watch the Detroit Tigers with his sister. He was an avid fisherman and was a familiar sight on the area lakes in his fishing boat in the company of his dogs.

   He is survived by daughters, Marlene James of Cowpens, S.C., Carol Jackson of Spartanburg, S.C. and Marsha Gay of El Cajon, Calif.; sons, Dale Pullen of Boston, Mass. and Greg Pullen of Coldwater; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother, William Pullen of Olivet; sister, Greta “Susie” Smith of Marshall; half-sisters, Elsie Scroggins and Ruth Woods; half-brothers, Robert Spaulding and Duane Spaulding; special friend, Cinty Baker.

   He was preceded in death by half-brothers and half-sisters, Dale and Frank “Jim” Spaulding, Winnona and Glanadine Travis, Violet Higgins, June Youngblood; and step-brother, George Spaulding. Services to celebrate Mr. Pullen’s life were held Feb. 7 at Craig K Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walter L. Pullen memorial fund.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Jerry W. Putman

 

   Jerry Wayne Putman, 66, of Caruthersville, Mo., formerly of Lansing, died Dec. 19, 2003 following a brief illness.

   He was born Dec. 15, 1937. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

   Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Barbara; sons, Dennis (Tracy) of Charlotte, Donald of Lansing; daughters, Patricia (Bruce) Cotter of Eaton Rapids, Elizabeth (Larry) Wolcott of Sand Lake, Jerrie Sue (Jeff) App of Wichita Falls, Texas; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Lena Mae Winn of Memphis, Tenn., Betty (Jim) Bouck of Atouck, Tenn.; brothers Earlie (Della) Putman Jr. and Bill (Sally) Putman, both of Lansing.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004 at 1 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church, 4691 S. Hull Road, Leslie.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Darlene E. Ransom

 

   Darlene E. Ransom, 70, of Lansing, formerly of Holt and Charlotte, died Saturday July 5, 2003 at Sparrow Hospital.

   Darlene was born Oct. 17, 1932 in Charlotte, the daughter of Kenneth and C. Roline (Willis) Ransom and was a 1950 graduate of Charlotte High School.

   Surviving are two brothers, John (Leona) Ransom of Stockbridge and Maynard “Mickey” (Nancy) Ransom of Holt; two sisters, Joyce (Kendall) Steele of Lake Odessa and Janet (Jeffrey) Rowe of Madisonville, Tenn.; aunts, Louise Ransom of Grand Rapids and Martha Stevens of Sun City, Ariz.; uncle and aunt, Bruce and Madaline Hinckley of Coldwater; nieces and nephews, Kenneth (Brenda) Steele and James Steele of Lake Odessa, Jeane Steele of Rockford, Peggie (Chuck) Anson of Coopersville, Pattie (Roger) Messner of Munith, Kenneth Ransom of Stockbridge, Pennie (Don) Ward of Gregory, Kyle Ransom of Hell, Kimberly (Jeremy) Adcock of Williamston, Jennifer (Joel) Steward of Morrice, Jeffery Rowe of Tennessee, Teresa Young of Charlotte and Michael (Heidi) Ransom of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Ransom in 1986 and her mother, C. Roline (Willis) Ransom in 1994.

   Funeral services were held July 8 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Billy G. Reed

 

   Billy G. Reed, 54, of Charlotte, died Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2003 at Lansing hospital.

   Mr. Reed was born Aug. 27, 1949 in Lansing, a son of Elmo and Cleora (Shinevar) Reed. He was a carpenter, a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Grand Ledge American Legion post.

   Preceding him in death were his first wife, Rebecca Reed; son, Billy Gene Reed Jr.; two grandchildren; two brothers, Loren and Robert Reed; and one sister, Rose Marie Burton Enness.

   Surviving are his wife of two years, Judy Mae (Moore) Reed; four daughters, Lisa (Joshua) Burt of Potterville, Jeanette (Charles) Hoo of Grand Rapids, Janet (Ken) Booth of Remus, Samantha Grummett of Six Lakes; two sons, Richard (Chris) Butler, Jr. of Portland, Jerry Smith of Charlotte; 18 grandchildren; his mother, Cleora Reed of Grand Ledge; four brothers, Lloyd (Judy) Reed of Dimondale, LaVerne (Judy) Reed of Charlotte, Ron (Anne) Reed of Petoskey, Jim Reed of Riverdale; one sister, Kay (Rudy) Utter of Butternut; and nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Oct. 29 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Rev. Wayne Compton officiating. Interment was at Meadobrook Cemetery.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Katherine Rehkopf

 

   Katherine Rehkopf, age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday Aug. 13, 2003 in Mason. Katherine was born October 15, 1922 in New York City, the daughter of Othon and Gertrude (Dyer) Kopulos. She was formerly employed with Heifets Foods in Eaton Rapids. Katherine was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

   Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Chester R.; 2 daughters, Sandy (Dennis) Bodell of Eaton Rapids, Babe (John) Wingo of Lansing; 2 sons, Chester (Judy) Rehkopf of Eaton Rapids, Richard (Susan) Rehkopf of FL; 6 grandchildren, Todd Rehkopf, Sheila Richards, Kristina Newsome, Sean Bodell, John and Mechelle Ackley; 4 great grandchildren, Nicholas Richards, Joshua Ackley, Tyler and Dylan Newsome; 5 brohers, Theodore Kopulos of Flint, George Kopulos of TN, William Kopulos, Don Kopulos both of Springport, Pete Kopulos of Lansing; 3 sisters, Patricia Mate of CO, Ornea Kopulos of Nashville, Leona Kopulos of Lapeer and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Stanley B. Reid

 

   Stanley B. Reid, age 68, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 18, 2003 at his residence after a short illness.

   Stan was born May 5, 1935 in Millington, the son of Frank and Leona (Kolinski) Reid, and was a 1953 graduate of Arenac Eastern High School. He had been employed as a sales representative for Northern Concrete Pipe for 25 years and then Pre-Marc Corp. for eight years, from where he retired in 1995. Mr. Reid was a charter member and past president of Charlotte Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3552. He had played slow-pitch softball, was an avid sports fan and fisherman, and enjoyed traveling. He was married to Kay Dearden on March 10, 1956 in Bay City.

   Surviving are his wife, Kay; one son, Bryan (Debbie) Reid; one daughter, LeAnn (Richard) Stark; four grandchildren, Corie (Jerry) Davis, Crystal Stark, Dustin and Morgan Reid, all of Charlotte; sister, Constance Reid of Omer; aunt, Agnes Kolinski of Omer; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Reid of Standish; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Reid.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held May 21 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson and Charlotte Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie # 3552 officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donald E. Renault

 

   Donald E. Renault, age 76, of Charlotte, formerly of Alton, Ill., died Dec. 13, 2003.

   Mr. Renault was born June 30, 1927 in Jacksonville, Ill. He retired from Owns Illinois in 1983 after 40 years of service. He transferred from Alton to Charlotte in 1962 as part of the original team that opened the new O-I plant. He love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and enjoyed many years spending time with family and friends in the Upper Peninsula. Mr. Renault was a devoted animal lover and pet owner all his life, and a strong supporter of humane organizations and nature conservancy.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Esther; son David (Kay) Renault of Mansfield, Mass.; son, Donald Renault of Houston, Texas; daughter, Dawn (Stephen) Allen of Grosse Pointe; son, Roger Renault of Alton, Ill.; granddaughter, Tracy Renault of Mansfield, Mass.; sister Margaret Barth of Meredosia, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place, so no visitation will occur. A memorial service for family and close friends will be held at a later date.

   In liew of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association of the Michigan Humane Society.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Clarence H. Richardson

 

   Clarence Henry Richardson, born and raised in Ionia County, died Dec. 13, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

   He was born March 10, 1921, to William Richardson and Adelia Brecheisen Richardson. He married Mary Gladys Shaw in 1941 and they had three children, Paul Richardson, Sue Skeen, and Cheryl Thomas, all surviving. He was a veteran of World War II, in the Pacific. Clarence spent his career in the furniture industry, working in management at eh Grand Ledge Chair Factory in Grand Ledge and as a manufacturing manager at the Charlotte Chair Factory in Charlotte and Superior Furniture in Lowell. He was an artist, as a furniture maker, and made many pieces for relatives and occasionally others. He loved to fish and hunt. He, Paul and Louis (Rusty) Tasker would go ice fishing most Saturdays each winter. Other hobbies included searching for agates, traveling the United States and puttering around his workshop. He and Gladys lived in Grand Ledge at 8817 S. Hartel Rd. for many years and then moved to Morrison Lake. Gladys died in 1977. He married Mae Freese in October 1981. They lived at Higgins Lake for 18 years after he retired and Florida for about a year and a half before finally moving to Idaho to live with Sue.

   In addition to his children, he is survived by grandchildren, Shannon Wilson, Mark and Craig Richardson, Sarah, Rebecah and Amanda Skeen, and Tina Colon; two great-grandsons, Logan and Blake Wilson; and current wife, Mae Richardson.

   A memorial service will be held on Memorial Day, May 26 at Central United Methodis Church in Lake Odessa, at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at Lake Odessa Cemetery.

   Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the American Lung Association.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Lillian Richman

 

   Lillian Richman, age 94, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mrs. Richman was bron Dec. 22, 1908 in Sudbury, Ontario, the daughter rof Nickolas and Rose (LeDuc) Butler. Lillian and her family moved to Michigan when Lillian was a young girl. She attended local schools in the Pontiac area. After high school, Lillian continued her education by pursuing a degree in cosmetology. On Oct.7, 1926 athe First Methodist Church in Pontiac, she married Marvin Richman. They spent their married lives together in the Detroit area, until their retirement years when they moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Lillian moved back to the Nashville area to be close to her family in the early 1990s. She was employed as a secretary at Allegany Steel Co. in Detroit for over 20 years, retiring in the early 1980s. In her earlier years, she enjoyed hunting and fishing. Lillian was known for her abilities as a cook and seamstress. She also enjoyed gardening; whire in Florida she grew the sweetest pineapples in her garden.

   She is survived by a sister, Mary Jane (Melvin) Norberg of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin, who passed away in April 1977; and a brother William.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at Daniels Funeral Home of Nashville, with Pastor Daine Bowden officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Nashville United Methodist Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Charles H. Rickerd

 

   Charles Harold Rickerd, 80, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct.13, 2003.

   Mr. Rickerd was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Charlotte, the son of Merton and Edith Mae (Seavolt) Rickerd. Charles was a production worker for Oldsmobile for 34 years, retiring May 31, 1983. He attended Crossroads United Bretheren Church and was a member of UAW Local #652. He was married for 57 years to Beatrice Clark Rickerd, who survives him.

   He is also survived by his son, Harold “Rick” (Karen) Rickerd of Lake Odessa; daughter Charlene Sparks of Charlotte; and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by daughter Barbara Jeanne in 1972, granddaughter Tricia in 1975, and brother Donald in 2002.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte, with Pastor Richard raab and Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Joan J. Ritter

 

   Joan J. Ritter, 73, of Bellevue, died July 5, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System. She was born Sept. 3, 1929 to Orvis and Bernadine (Flower) Crawford in Bellevue. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1948 and worked as a communications specialist for the federal government until reitiring in 1992. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, reading, looking for mushrooms in the spring, playing cards and going on fall color tours.

   She is survived by son, Michael (Gladys) Schroder of Charlotte; daughter Mary (Bryan) Jones of Bellevue; grandchildren, Jeff Schroder of Marshall, Rob Schroder of Homer and Bailey Jones of Bellevue; and brother, Brice (Mary) Crawford of Bellevue.

   Services were held July 9 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue Community Library. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Amos R. Robins

 

   Amos Riley Robins, 79, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003.

   Mr. Robins was born Feb. 9, 1924 in Eaton County, the son of James and Alfredetta (Smith) Robins. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked at Johnson Iron, Johnson Lumber and Gale Briggs, Inc., retiring in 2002. Mr. Robins was an excellent welder and never was afraid of work.

   He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bernadine (McKnight); sons, Ronald (Christine) Robins of Middleville, Dennis (Judy) Robins of Grand Ledge, Barry Robins of Charlotte and David Robins of California; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Royal (Ginnie) Robins of West Windsor; sisters, Edna McDermid and Esther Wyble, both of Charlotte; and sister Marvel Wyble of Nashville.

   He was preceded in death by son Lanny Robins 1990, grandson Bryan Hunault in 1991, brother, James Robins in 2002 and sister, Mabel Boehmer in 1976.

   Graveside service was held Dec. 27 at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Area Public Library. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Harold L. Robison

 

   Harold Lee Robison, 38, of Lansing, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003.

   Mr. Robison was born Aug.19, 1964 in Lansing, the son of Roscie Walter and Nancy Lee (Gage) Robison, Sr.

   He is survived by his wife, Tina T. (Dolph) Robison; son, Harold Lee Robison, Jr. and daughter, Roxanne Marie Robison, both of Crawfordville, Fla.; brother Roscoe (Tracy) Robison Jr.; two sisters, Roxanne (Marlon) Hudson and Kimberly (James) Cantrell, both of  Crawfordville, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Vaughn of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mitchell Bean officiating. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Eustaquio L. Rodriguez

 

   Eustaquio “Rod” Landen Rodriguez, 78, of Charlotte died, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003.

   Mr. Rodriguez was born April 19, 1925 in New Braunfels, Texas, the son of Reyes and Maclovia (Landin) Rodriguez. He was best known for his music “The Rod Rodriguez Band,” “Los Embajadores” and “Trio Los Amigos.” He worked as a parts manager for Charlotte Ford dealerships and retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Charlotte American Legion #42, VFW #2406, Eagles Aerie #3552 and Knights of Columbus. After a whirlwind romance, Rod swept Bertha Bosquez off her feed and two weeks later they were married on May 20, 1954.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bertha; sons, Joe Rodriguez, Ricardo (Darlene) Rodriguez; daughters, Linda Fox, Delia McGregor, Alicia (Douglas) Wilcox, Rosario (Ken) Debler; seven grandchildren, Gabriel Fox, Veronica Rodriguez, Stephanie Fox, Martin Rodriguez, Brianna Rodriguez, William Rodriguez, and Kegan McGregor; sister, Jobita Tamez; brother, Antonio Rodriguez; sister, Juanita Wells; and brother, Anselmo Rodriguez.

   He was preceded in death by son-in-law Stephen Fox in 1987 and daughter-in-law Patricia Rodriguez in 1995.

   Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Frederick Thelen as celebrant. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Family will receive visitors Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Communty Hospice of Mid-Michigan Regional Dialysis Center. Arrangements are by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Thomas J. Rogers

 

   Thomas J. Rogers, age 72, of Battle Creek, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away at the Mercy Pavilion Healthcare Center in Battle Creek Wednesday afternoon July 23, 2003. He was born October 11, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, before moving to Battle Creek. He wzs a veteran of the Korean War, and was a self-employed painter/carpenter. Preceding him in death was his father Arch W. Rogers, mother Marguerite (Moultan) Rogers, and brother Arch W. Rogers, Jr. He enjoyed a lifelong love of hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by five sons, Tom Rogers (Cindy) of Grass Lake, Dale Rogers (JoAnn) of Rives Junction, Richard Rogers (Kim) of Rives Junction, Mark Rogers (Lee) of Onondaga, and Ken Rogers of Jackson. 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Military honors and interment in Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Care. Arrangements be Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.

 

                                                                                                                                               

Maxwell Ross

 

   Maxwell Lee Ross, 80, of Sarasota, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003.

   He was born Nov. 4, 1922, son of Walter Clair Ross and Isabella (Todd) Ross in Unionville and moved to Sarasota 21 years ago from Charlotte. Mr. Ross attended Michigan State University, ws a U.S. Army veteran who served with the 18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized in Europe in World War II. He received the Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge. He was active in the oil business, serving as a corporate officer of S.T. and H Oil Co. of Bad Axe and Todd and Ross Oil Co. of Ionia. Later he was in real estate stales in both Bad Axe and Charlotte. He was a member and past president of Bad Axe Rotary and a member of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club. He was active on the Bad Axe School Board, in civic affairs, in musical groups, and in Presbyterian Men’s organizations. A member of Sarasota’s Church of the Palms-Presbyterian, Mr. Ross was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for over 45 years. He has been a long-time choir member in his various church affiliations.

   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, (Margaret) Ann; two daughters, Connie (Robert) Schutlz of Findlay, Ohio, and Jane (Richard) Murdock of Charlotte; a son, Scott (Margo) Ross of Charlotte; and two grandchildren, Glenn and Tamara Ross.

   He was preceded in death by one brother, Todd Andrew Ross.

   A memorial service will be conduced at 11 a.m. Monday Feb. 17 at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, Fla., 34239. In leiu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Music Program of Church of the Palms or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Frances D. Rossman

 

   Frances D. Rossman, age 85 of Eaton Rapids, went home to be with the Lord and join her loved ones on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born August, 25th, 1917 in Granger, Indiana, one of seven children born to Milo and Mabel (Butts) Odiorne. Frances worked for forty-four years at the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids, retiring at the age of 75. Her retirement was celebrated with a hot air balloon ride. She said she wanted to keep working so she could enjoy the travels, which gave her such joy. Some of those travels included the Holy Lands, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia / New Zealand and the British Isles. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapid and served many years as a church treasurer. She was also active in the B.P.W. Rebekah Lodge #142 and the Eaton Rapids Medical Hospital Auxiliary. Frances married Maurice P. Rossman on October, 3 1936 and he preceded her in death January 24, 1973, also preceding her in death were two brothers, Earl and Dean Odiorne and sister, Alice Rabbit.

   Surviving are three children, Richard L. (Margot) Rossman of Duarte, CA, Kate Rouse of Woodland Park, CO, and Gayle (Jack) DeYoung of Kalamazoo; four grandchildren, Rick A. (Lauren) Rossman, Denise Rouse, Glee (Mark) Shelley and Ross Wilbur; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jerry Williams, Hilda (Larry) Murphy and Maxine Aldrich; sister-in-law, Mary Ordiorne and numerous nieces and nephews and very dear friend Sue Schultz.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. from the First United Methodist church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans, officiating. Burial will follow in Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. To honor Frances, memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist church or the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Alton (Al) L. Roth

 

   Alton L. Roth, 70, of Marion passed away at home surrounded by family on Aug.7. He fought a long battle with cancer and his gracious Lord saw fit to bring him home.

   He is survived by his wife of 50 loving years, Babette; children Pat (Den) Graeber, Larry (Julie) Rother, Ken (Susan) Roth, Judy (Loren) Tombaugh, Margie (Joe) Skeltis, Kathryn (Scott) Yeske; brother, Don (Esther) Roth; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   Services are planned for Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken. Arrangments by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. “Our prayers have all been answered, I finally arrived. The healing that had been delayed has now been realized.”

   Contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 3 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT 06840.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Mary M. Roth

 

   Mary M. Roth, 85, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

   Mrs. Roth was born May 1, 1917 in Wynn, Pa., the daughter of John and Mary (Sedlak) Pepa and had been a Charlotte resident since 1988, coming from Bunker Hill Township. Prior to that she lived in Union Town, Pa. Mrs. Roth was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte the the Greek Catholic Union Lodge in Pittsburg, Pa.

   Surviving are one daughter, Priscilla “Patti” (Jason) Wahl of Charlotte; two daughters, Lisa (Mitch) Dula and Linda Underwood; three great-grandsons; and brother, John Butula of Macomb. She was preceded in death by her husband Stephen Roth in 1989; sister, Anna Brinca and brother, Mike Butula. Mass of the Christian Burial was held Feb. 4 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. Masses may be directed to St. Mary Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Gaylord Royston

 

   Gaylord “Whitey” Royston, 71, of Moorestown, died Feb. 27 at his home.

   Mr. Royston was born Jan. 25, 1932 in Charlotte. He was known as “HA HA” by his CB friends, and he worked for 30 years at Fisher Body in Lansing before retiring to Moorestown.

   He is survived by children, Linda (Clyde) Grant, Sharon (Dick) Singer and Donna Maxwell; sisters and brothers, Leona (Don) Howard, Eugene Royston, Colleen Gingrich, Virginia (O’Dell) Carlisle, Patricia (Jerry) Parson and Jerry Crane; aunt, Bertha Caswell; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lilah; wife, Rught (Spink); brother-in-law, Robert Gingrich; and son, Rick Royston.

   Services were held March 3 at the Moorestown-Stittsville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jay Kendall officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Park.

   Arrangements were by Young Funeral Home in Lake City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moorestown-Stittsville United Methodist Church.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Katherine M. Rulison

 

   Katherine M. “Katy” Rulison, 82, a former resident of Lakeview Manor in Honcock, died Friday, Feb 14, 2003 at Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming, where she had been a resident patient for the past three weeks. She was also a former resident of Chassell and Charlotte.

   Mrs. Rulison was born Oct. 21, 1920 in Charlotte, a daughter of the late Grand and Katie (Severns) Shaw. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1937 and Kalamazoo State Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. She worked in nursing for over 40 years, including local office nursing, 18 years at Hayes Green Beach, and retiring after 17 years from Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in 1983. Mrs. Rulinson was also the first director of nursing at the then new Eaton County Medical Care Facility in 1966. She was married to Robert Rulison in August in 1944 in Charlotte; he preceded her in death July 17, 1998. Mrs. Rulison was a long-time volunteer for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly inhancock. She was a current Advisor Committee member of Superior Home Nursing in Hancock and did extensive volunteer work for the American Heart Association in the past. She loved flowers and music and will be remembered for playing the keyboard at Lakeview Manor with her music.

   Surviving are two sons, David (Linda) Rulison and Richard Rulison, both of Pelkie; two grandchildren, Jesse of the United States Marine Corps and Adam of Pelkie; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Daniel, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969; and brothers and sisters.

   A memorial service and fellowship was held Feb. 18 at Little Brother Friends of the Elderly in Hancock.

   An additional memorial service will be held Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m. at American Legion Post #42, 1000 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte. Inurnment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 527 Hancock St., Hancock, MI 49930. Arrangments are being handled by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Donna J. Russell

 

   Donna J. Russell of Charlotte passed away Friday, March 21, 2003 following a short battle with cancer and renal failure.

   Donna was born Aug. 7, 1926 to Charles and Marie Cline in Port Huron. She had lived in Charlotte since 1979. She was dedicated to her family, her students and her church. Donna retired rom Charlotte Public Schools after 28 years of service, but continued to tutor students. She loved to laugh and enjoyed a wide range of activities from bridge to MSU sports and the symphony. Even during her illness she continued to display her upbeat attitude and contagious smile. Donna was a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, wher she served as a Sunday school teacher, superindendent, choir member, council member and on several fellowship committees.

   She is survived by two daughters, Christine (Michael) Gilliland of Holt and Diana (Michael) Roberts of Belding; brother, Roger (Patricia) Cline of Connecticut; two grandchildren, Patrick (Lisa) Gilliland and Stacey (Mark) Stiles, both of Holt; five great-grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew and many friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Marie Cline.

   Memorial services were held March 25 at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, with graveside services following at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Donna had requested that donations be made in her memory to the Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund or any charity. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

G. Franklin Russell

 

   G. Franklin Russell, age 84, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003 at his residence after a long illness.

   Mr. Russell was born Oct. 16, 1918 in Ogden Township of Lenawee County, the son of Irvin and Bertha (Shannon) Russell and had been a Charlotte-area (Brookfield Township) resident since 1954. He was a lifelong farmer and also worked for the Willys Corp. in Toledo, Ohio and Johnson Lumber Co. in Charlotte. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Ainger Bible Church, where he served for several years as the missions treasurer.

   Surviving are his wife, Rosemary (Loser) Russell; four children, Gail (Roy) Chandler of Charlotte, Cheryl Lynn Wildbahn of Monmouth, Ill., Lance (Sharon) Russell of Colorado and Janice Louise (Jim) Hunter of California; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Elizabeth Konopka of Paulding, Ohio and Lucille Hodgins of Blissfield.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Russell.

   At Mr. Russell’s request, creamation has take place. Memorial services were held Oct.12 at Ainger Bible Church in Olivet, with Pastor Scott Brood officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ainger Bible Church, Far East Broadcasting or Dayspring. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Maxine B. Salisbury

 

   Maxine B. Salisbury, age 86 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, January 30, 2003 in Eaton Rapids. Maxine was born January 23, 1917 in Ionia Co. the daughter of Franklyn Hypaleous and Nellie Mae (Hunt) Balluff. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church and in 1995 received the UMW Special Missions Membership Award. Mrs. Salisbury was very instrumental in the success of her husband’s ministry through her devotion and talents. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Gerald Salisbury; 2 grandchildren, Lucas Osborn and Emily Salisbury and sister, Jean Diehm.

   She was a loving mother to her daughter, Mary Ann (Bob) Osborn of Eaton Rapids and 4 sons, Stephen (Susan) Salisbury of Muskegon, Michael (Rebecca) Salisbury of Eaton Rapids, David (Debra) Salisbury of Orchard Lake, Mark (Debra) Salisbury of Dimondale. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren (the light of her life); 3 brothers, Frank (Sally) Bluff of Eagle, Robert (Sue) Malluff of Connecticut, Richard (Patti) Balluff of Arizona; brother-in-law, Stuart Diehm of Lansing and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to Habitat for Humanity in memory of Maxine B. Salisbury.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Elijah Sampsel

 

   Elijah Sampsel, infant son of Chard and Alicia Sampsel of Charlotte, passed away Nov. 30, 2003 shortly after his birth.

   Elijah is survived by his parents, Chad and Alicia (Ferguson) Sampsel; his half brothers, Brandon and Raymond Sampsel; grandparents, Max and Nancy Sampsel of Charlotte, Elmer Ferguson of Niles, and Pat Ferguson of Charlotte; great-grandparents, Willard and Etta Gleason of Atlana, Mich.; and four uncles and aunts.

   Graveside services were held Dec. 3 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

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

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Helen E. Sampson

 

   Helen E. Sampson, 90, of Winona Lake, Ind., died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003.

   Mrs. Sampson was born Aug.12, 1913 in Liberal, Kansas, the daughter of Earl and Eva Galusha.

   She is survived by daughters, Lucene (Richard) Harstine of Claypool, Ind., and Ellen (George) Harton of Glann Dale, Md.; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Leon Sampson in 2000.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Robin L. Sampson

   Robin L. “Robbie” Sampson, age 56, of Olivet, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003 at his residence after a short illness.

   Robbie was born in Charlotte, the son of Fred and Mildred (Woodcock) Sampson and was a lifelong resident of the Olivet area. He was an employee of Care Free Products in Charlotte and previously worked at the former Aluminum Extrusions Co. in Charlotte. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

   Surviving are his daughter, Tina Sampson; son, William (Heather Copeland) Sampson; and brother, Don (Sherry) Sampson, all of Olivet; two nephews, two great-nieces and two great-nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Sampson in 1972.

   A family graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Georgia F. Satterlee

 

   Georgia Faye Satterlee, 79, of Holland, formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003.

   Mrs. Satterlee was born March 24, 1924, in Lansing, the daughter of Burr Clifford Wright and Muriel Grace (Mullins) Wright. She was a homemaker and enjoyed making quilts and teddy bears. She was also active in projects to support the missionaries of Chester Gospel Church.

   She is survived by her daughters, Dawn (Michael) Green of Holland and Deana (David) Chance of Ypsilanti; brothers, Charles (Betty) Wright of Charlotte, Burr Spencer (Sondra) Wright of Grandville and Lowell Patrick (Dorothy) Wright of Flint; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Satterlee in 1989 and six brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Merrit Johnson officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons or Child Evangelism Fellowship.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Marjorie J. Saurer

 

   Marjorie June Saurer, 87, of Columbia S.C., formerly of Charlotte, died July 6, 2003 in Columbia, S.C.

   Marjorie was born to Oscar and Vella Matson (nee Metzler) in Pleasant Lake, Steuben County, Ind. on Aug. 21, 1915. Marjorie and Reuben lived and raised their family in Charlotte. She enjoyed a family reunion held in her honor for her 87th birthday in August 2002. The following address was read for her birthday:

   Four score and seven years ago our forebears, Oscar and Vella Matson, brought forth upon this continent a new baby girl, Marjorie June, conceived in Pleasant Lake, Indiana, and dedicated to the proposition that “I’m better.” Now we are engaged in a great family reunion, testing whether that little girl, or any little girl so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. And she sure can, as we are met here on the great 87th birthday of Marjorie June. We have come to dedicate a portion of her birthday cake and ice cream and the blaze of 87 candles as a tribute to Marjorie. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this cake and ice cream. The children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Marjorie and Reuben who came here, will enjoy it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but we will never forget what we did here. It is for us, the progeny of Marjorie and Reuben, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work, which she has, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from her humble beginnings we take increased devotion to that cause for which she here gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that Marjorie shall not have struggled in vain; that this family shall have a new sense of closeness; and that the progeny of Marjorie and Reuben and the extended family shall reunite again, enjoy blueberry pie and declare that “I’m better!”

   Surviving are sons, John Saurer, Richard Saurer and Robert Saurer; grandchildren, Cylinda Haskins, Craig Saurer, Christie deNichola, John Saurer, Mark Saurer, Jill Turnier, Nanette Justice; great-grandchildren, Taylor Haskins, Spencer Haskins, Michael Saurer, Leslie Saurer, Kaley deNicola, Theodore deNicola, Christopher John deNicola, Anna Marjorie Saurer, Dori Turnier, Sydney Turnier, Lauren Justice, Hannah Justice, Tara Justice, and Tanner Justice; and two brothers, Clark Matson of Avilla, Ind. and Donald Matson of Kendalville, Ind.

   Her husband, Reuben Saurer, preceded her in death in 1977.

   Services are planned for late August at Burkhead-Green Funeal Home in Charlotte.

 

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Arlene L. Schell

 

   Arlene L. Schell, 72, of Cottonwood, Ariz., died Jan. 2, 2003.

   Mrs. Schell was born Feb. 6, 1930 in Roxanne Township. She was a homemaker and also worked for Babbitt’s Department Stores in Flagstaff, Ariz. from 1962 to 1973.

   Surviors include daughters, Cathie Fisher of Morristown, Ariz. and Jean Sanchez of Flagstaff, Ariz.; son, Paul Schell of Houck, Ariz.; sister, Donna Deuel of Charlotte; brother, Hallie Davis of Moberly, Mo.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy “Jerry” Schell in 2001.

   A graveside service for both Mr. and Mrs. Schell, who were cremated, was held Jan. 11 at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale, Ariz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2929 S 48 St. Tempe, AZ 85282. Arrangements were by Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood, Ariz.

 

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R. Hugh Schram Jr.

 

   R. Hugh Schram Jr., age 80, of Nashville, died Friday, June 27, 2003 at Hospice House of Mid Michigan.

   Mr. Schram was born March 7, 1923 in Detroit, the eldest son of Roy Hugh and Flora Leah Schram, and lived in Eaton County since 1956. He graduated from Farmington High School, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which he attended EMU, earning a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1948. He went on to earn a master of arts degree at the University of Texas in 1950. Mr. Schram’s 25-year teaching career began in 1949 at Waterfor Township High School. He then taught freshman and sophomore English at the University of Texas as a student fellow until 1951. In 1951 he began reporting kfor the Daily News Digest in Texarkana, Texas, becoming the managing editor in 1952 of their affiliate in Charleston, W.Va. That same year he began working for the MEA Journal as the director of publications until 1958 when he became the editor of the Michigan Tuberculosis Association’s magazine, Health. Mr. Schram returned to teaching in 1959 at Portland High School, where he taught English and Latin until 1961. He began teaching at LCC in 1961 and held the position of chairman of the Department of Language Arts from 1964 to 1974. He retired from LCC in 1980 in order to operate hes orchard, Apple Schram Orchard in Charlotte. Mr. Schram retired from apple growing in 1987. In 2001 his autobiographical book Tip’s Brother was published. He was an avid lifelong gardener and sang and played guitar. He loved entertaining his friends and family with his extensive repertoire of songs.

   He is survived by his bride of 57 years, Lenore (Putnam) Schram; sister, Kathlyn “Tip” Bush of Farmington Hills; daughter, Jodie K. Jenks of Lansing; son, Timothy (Kathy) Schram of Luzerne; grandchildren, Debra Sisco, Scott Laakso, Ira Schram and Emily Schram; five great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Wallace Schram.

   Funeral services were held July 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Beth Monteith officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid Michigan in Lansing.

 

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Connor D. Schultz

 

   Connor Douglas Schultz, infant son of Jarrod and Casey Schultz of Bellevue, died at birth May 15, 2003.

   Survivors include his parents and brother Spencer at home. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Thomas R. Seltenright

 

   Thomas R. Seltenright, 53, of Gulliver, formerly of Marshall, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003 after being stricken at his home.

   Mr. Seltenright was born Dec. 9, 1949 in Marshall, the son of Allen and Virginia (Riser) Seltenright. He was a graduate of Bellevue High School and entered the U.S. Army following graduation, serving in the Vietnam War. He had been employed by the V.A. Hospital and Eaton Corp., both in Battle Creek. For the last several years, Mr. Seltenright was the principal caregiver for his mother. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He owned and raised raccoon dogs and loved spending time with them in the woods and fields.

   He is survived by his daughters, Camille Seltenright of Kalamazoo and Virginia Seltenright of Phoenix, Ariz.; mother, Virginia Seltenright of Gulliver; sisters, Katherine Stewart of Battle Creek, Ellen Flynn of Manistique, Cheryl Burge of Bellevue and JoAnee Stewart of Jackson, Tenn.; brothers, Frederick Seltenright of Tabaras, Fla., Timothy Seltenright of Gulliver, Charles Seltenright of Marshall, Richard Seltenright and Russell Seltenright, both of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Allen in 1997; brother Charles in 1967; and sister, JoAnne in infancy.

   Services to celebrate Mr. Seltenright’s life were held Jan. 13 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall.

   Memorial contributions many be made to the Thomas R. Seltenright Memorial Fund; assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home.

 

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Carl E. Shafe

 

Carl Edward Shafe, 94, of Bellevue, died Dec. 10, 2003 at the home of his som Duane Shafe in Lakeland, Fla.

   He was born Jan. 30, 1909 in Lee Township, one of nine children born to Edward and Minnie (Wing) Shafe. He enjoyed raising a garden each year, selling rhubarb, mushroom hunting , coon hunting and working on his farm. He also enjoyed sitting in his swing during the summer and having friends come and visit with him. Mr. Shafe was a member of the Baptist Church and a member of the Travel Trailer Club of Michigan. In his early years he worked at Fort Custer building as a foreman for the floor layers. He had also worked at the Veterans Hospital as a coal passer and a fireman for the boilers and a boiler repair man. He then went to work for the Duplex Printing Co. in the carpenter shop. In 1943 he went to work for Clark Equipment Co. of Battle Creek in the machine shop and also worked on the the assembly line until retiring in 1970.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Beatrice “Betty” Larison who passed away April 23, 1980; brothers Graden Fred and half-brother Charley; sisters, Lucille Babcock, Hazel Kibbles, Dora Vosburg, Maude Lott and half-sister, Mable.

   He is survived by his two sons, Llewellyn “Wally” of Bellevue and Duane of Lakeland, Fla; brothers, Norris Shafe of Olivet and Raymond Shafe of Goodrich Lake; six grandchildren, Jack Shafe of Kentucky, Larry Shafe of Battle Creek, Judy McMillan of Bellevue, Ginnie Lucier of Greenville, Cindy Knowles of Florida and Tina Bohannon of Battle Creek; 12 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; and special friend of 12 years, Zelma Thorton.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

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Lloyd D. Sharp

 

   Lloyd D. Sharp, age 77, died Monday, April 28, 2003. A WW11 veteran, Lloyd served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a distributor for Hi-Class Canada Dry for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Alleen Jo, two sons, Charlie and Mike, a daughter, Vickie, and brother, Devere.

   Surviving are his three daughters, Sharon (Butch) Fedewa, Connie (Al) Alana and Diane (Ken) Pierce; loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Tim Fedewa, AJ (Renee) Skylar and Ryan Alana, Andy (Shawntel) Alana, Charlie ( Kayla) Alana, Aaron Alana, Chad (Tricia) Kyle Sharp; and loving companion Barb Harder.

   Services to honor his life were held on Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at the Community of Christ Church in Marion, (three miles south of Marion on M-66) with Rev. Robert Keeler, officiating.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services/Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

 

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George W. Shaull

 

   George Warren Shaull, 72, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003.

   Mr. Shaull was born Jan. 30, 1931 in Charlotte, the son of Robert and Inez (Uhl) Shaull. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. George was a diesel mechanic for Gra-Bell. He traveled the USA on motorcycle and was private pilot and loved traveling.

   He is survived by daughters, Trisha (Eric) Pruden of Charlotte, Debra Stone of Texas, Robin Oliver of Arizona; son, Steve Shaull of Charlotte; 20 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; step children, Janet Pena, Joanne Kita, Mark McIntire, Brian McIntyre, Kathy Juhola and James Miller.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife Susan (Pettit) and second wife Viola (Allen), daughter Melissa, stepdaughter Cindy, sister Dorothy Pruden and brother Robert Shaull.

   Funeral services were held April 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Lawrence Lloyd Shaull

 

   Lawrence L. Shaull, age 85, of Onondaga, died Saturday, December 27, 2003 at a Lansing hospital. Born November 25, 1918 in Lansing, the son of Herbert and Florence (Smith) Shaull. Mr. Shaull served in the Navy during World War II,  and was a retired Die Tryout for General Motors in Lansing, serving 30 years of service. A member of the F.& A.M. Lodge #197 Onondaga and Lodge# 63 Eaton Rapids, a Life Member of O.E.S. Lodge #133 Onondaga and a member of the Rainbow Girls. Mr. Shaull was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth (Hall) on March 31, 1999.

   Surviving are 6 children, Judith Lopez of Lansing, Dawn Marie (Don) Breault of Freeland, Chester (Janet) Shaull of Onondaga, Jo Ellen (David) Coven of Indian River, Harriett Elizabeth (Dan) Armstead of Lansing and Lawrence Marshall (Roxann) Shaull of Lansing, several grand and great grandchildren; brother, Burdean Shaull of Meridian Township.

   At the request of Mr. Shaull there will be no services and interment of cremains will be placed next to his wife at Onondaga Cemetery. The arrangements were made through Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Esther M. Shaver

 

   Ester Mary Shaver, 69, of Huntsville, Ark., formerly of Kalamo, died April 12, 2003 at her daughter’s residence.

   Mrs. Shaver was born in Orangeville, Barry County, the daughter of Elmer Drewyor and Ester Roberts Drewyor. She helped out on the family dairy farm, and belonged to the Ladybug sewing club in Huntsville. Mary formerly helped in the family business in Kalamo, and also worked at General Aluminum in Charlotte. She was an avid fisherman.

   She is survived by husband, Duane Carrol Shaver; daughters, Katheryn Heisler of Vermontville, Jackie (Jerry) Goddard of Nashville, Jody (Rich) Little of Vermontville; five grandchildren, Kim (John) May of Georgia, Jerry Goddard Jr. of Nashville, Maria (Nate) Johnson of Westland, Angela Little of Vermontville, Nick Little of Vermontville; and six great-grandchildren with one on the way; three brothers, Bob Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, Alford (Donna) Drewyor of Charlotte, and George (Marian) Drewyor of Martin; sister, Josephine (Richard) Champaign of Nashville, and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her mother Mimmi and father Pippi Drewyor, brother Elmer Drewyor and sister Esma Kie Smith.

   Funeral services were held April 16 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Eaton-Barry County Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Ralph D. Shaver

 

   Ralph D. Shaver, 77, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 25, 2003 in Lansing.

   Mr. Shaver was born Sept. 1, 1925, the son of  Clinton and Jessie (VanOrman) Shaver. He served in the U.S. Army duing World War II, and retired from Fisher Body, Lansing, after 39 ½ years of service. He married Lois Masters, June 26, 1949 in Olivet. Ralph was a member of Maple City VFW Post #2406, American Legion Post #42, and had been vice president of the Michigan Fiddler’s Association. He was also a member and past president of the Original Michigan Fiddler’s Association, former fire chief of the Potterville Fire Dept., and past president of the Potterville School Board. He coached Little League baseball and basketball for many years.

   He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, Gary (Loraine) Shaver and Terry (Debbie) Shaver, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Jason, Benjamin, Matthew, April and Andy, all of Charlotte; two brothers, Neal (Alta) Shaver of Flint and Duane Shaver of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Patricia Kay; brother, Melvin; and a sister, Geraldine.

   Funeral services were held May 28 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association or Hayes Green Beach Hospital; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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Roger S. Shaver

 

   Roger Sherman Shaver, 50, of East Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 31, 2003.

   Mr. Shaver was born May 22, 1953 in Charlotte, the son of Orville and Audra (Romine) Shaver.

   He is survived by his sister, Donna Kay Shaver of Olivet; uncle, Merlin (June) Shaver of  Marshall; aunts, Hazel Lasky of Michigan Center and Cordie Felder of Charlotte; cousin and guardian, Patricia Dunn; and many other cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister Shirley Shaver.

   No services are planned at this time.

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

 

William D. Sheldon

 

   William D. Sheldon, 64, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly at his home May 18, 2003.

   Mr. Sheldon was born April 27, 1939 in Grandville. He was a service repairman for Montgomery Ward.

   He is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Sue) Sheldon; son, William Sheldon; daughters, Stacey and Thierry Beaud and Amy Sheldon, Pam and children Dennis and LeAnn Gay, Larry Gay, Randy Gay, Charles (Ed) and Marianne Gay, Penny Gribi, close nephew and niece, Roy and Carol Wisner; brother, Charles Sheldon; sisters Shirley and Lynn Fowler, Betty and Victor Ford; eleven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 22 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Paster Mark Slocum officiating.  Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery 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

 

Keith Herbert Shelly

 

   Keith Herbert Shelly, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, April 17, 2003 in Dimondale, Keith was born Oct. 16, 1917 the son of Frank H. and Hydia Jane (Cooper) Shelly. After graduating from Grass Lake High School, Class of 1936, he went on to graduate from Wayne State College of Mortuary Science Class of 1941. Keith retired from the Shelly Funeral Home, which he and his wife owned and operated from 1968 until 1988. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, Kiwanis Club, receiving the Hixon Fellow Award in 2000, a 60 year member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 and the Royal Arch Mason #100. Mr. Shelly was a former Chairman of the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital Board of Directors, Chairman of the M-99 Improvement Project, the first Island Improvement Committee and former board member of Jarvis Acres. He chaired the Kiwanis Special Olympics Committee for several years and he was a former member of the First United Methodist Church Building Committee.

   Keith was preceded in death by his twin brother, Kenneth and granddaughter, Cathie VanDenBerg. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Doris M. (Wardwell); children, Drs. Robert (Ann) Shelly of Athens, OH, Phillip (Chris) Shelly of Wayne, Linda (Curt) VanDenBerg of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Lisa (Charley) Sims of PA, Rev. Marshall “Mark” (Laura) Shelly of NJ, Elizabeth Shelly of NC, Lynn Shelly of Wayne, Curt (Sally) VanDenBerg, Jr. of East Lansing; great grandchildren, Haley and Hannah Sims, Whitney and Casey VanDenBerg; sister, Ruth Botimer of AZ; sister-in-law, Margaret Shelly of FL, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2003 at the United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at the Grass Lake Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center, The First United Methodist Church or Heartland Hospice in memory of Keith H. Shelly. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

Mary Jo Shisler

 

   Mary Jo Shisler, age 92, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of South Bend, died Monday, April 7, 2003 in Eaton Rapids, MI. Mary Jo was born February 7, 1911 in South Bend, the daughter of Severin and Anna (Stasinski) Lewinski. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in South Bend and attended St. Peter Church in Eaton Rapids. Mrs. Shisler retired from Versals Wheel Chair Factory in South Bend. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Browning; second husband, Milton Shisler; son-in-law, John Dutrieux and granddaughter, Nancy Dutrieux.

   Surviving are her daughter, Joyce (John) Dutrieux-Magner of Eaton Rapids; 4 granddaughters, Mary (Matthew) Whybra of Lansing, Michelle (Vasili) Russis of Lake Zurchi, IL, Lori (John) Manning of Fishers, IN, Patrice (Scott) Finch of Scott AFB, IL; 5 great-grandchildren, Meghan and Morgan Whybra, Nicholas Russis, Vincent Manning, Trenton & Julia Finch.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, April 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Church, Mishawaka, with Fr. Robert Yeast as celebrant. Interment followed at Highland Cemetery, South Bend. Those desiring may make contributions to Heartland Hospice, 700 W. Ash, Mason, MI 48854 in memory of Mary Jo Shisler. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

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Beulah A. Shook

 

   Beulah A. Shook, 80, of Montrose, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003 at her residence.

   Mrs. Shook was born Jan. 2, 1923 in Montrose, the daughter of the late Nelson and Eliza (Hoskins) Cooper. She married Carl Shook Aug. 17, 1939; he preceded her in death April 29, 1984. Mrs. Shook resided in Charlotte from 1965 to 1990 before moving back to her hometown of Montrose. She was formerly employed at Minor Walton Bean Co. for 12 years, Shook Bros. Mill Wright Co. for 10 years, and Lintz Mobile Homes. She was a current employee of Dr. Larry Alton and the Montrose After Hours Clinic.

   Surviving are 11 children, Carl (Barbara) Shook of Montrose, Kathryn Woodward of Columbiaville, Bruce (Nancy) Shook of Monatrose, Carlene (Al) Crowley of Harbor Beach, Beulah (Larry) Eggleston of Astoria, Ore., Erma Pottruff of Arvada, Colo., Dale Shook of Flint, Glenn (Mary) Shook of Charlotte, Darryl (Betty) Shook of Vermontville, Linda Hughes of Brush, Colo., and Marlene (Mark) Yzaguirre of Arvada, Colo.; 39 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna (Homer) Vette of Montrose. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael; son-in-law, Orrin; three brothers, one sister, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 14 at O’Guinn Family Funeral Home in Montrose, with Rev. Richard Phillips officiating. Interment was at Montrose Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cenesys Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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Gloria Siefert

 

   Gloris Siefert, 77, of Olivet, died March 31, 2003 at her residence.

   Mrs. Siefert was born March 17, 1926 in Eaton County, the daughter of Ray and Jennovee (Williams) Powers. She especially enjoyed her grandkids, playing card and bingo.

   She is survived by sons, Tom (Vicki) Siefert of Jackson and Terry (Susan) Siefert of Springport; daughters, Barbara (David) Reynolds of Olivet, Darlene (Randy) Moore of Albion, and Roxanne (Denny) Hayes of Olivet; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne Powers of Olivet and Lansing Powers of Marshall; and sisters, Bethel Kaiser of Arizona, Martha Proteau and Christina Richardson, both of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Siefert in 1976; son Patrick in 1992, and siblings Betty Lou, Goldie, Melvin and Jacob.

   Funeral services were held April 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Duane Rayston officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Huron Valley Ambulance in Albion. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Clara May Simpson

 

   Clara May Simpson, age 92 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, January 10, 2003 at the Sparrow-St. Lawrence Health Care Center in Dimondale. She was born May 17, 1910 in Clarksville, Michigan, the youngest of four children born to Jacob and Emma (Wrung) Woods. Clara began working for the Eaton Rapids National Bank, she later began working as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business at the City Service Gas Station in Eaton Rapids, and later worked at the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids for 15 years. A member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lansing and a former Gray Lady at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph on October 3, 1988; son, David on April 15, 1990; sister, Viva and brothers, Bob and Clarence.

   Surviving are a son, Paul (Judy) Simpson of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Jane (Joseph) Scaravilli of Sand Lake, Michigan; 6 grandchildren, Gary (Cynthia) Cox, Randy (Lori) Cox, Kathy (Roger) Anderson, Joan (Shaun) Reiser, Renau (Todd) Davidson and Tom (Erin) Simpson; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor Charles Davisson of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Lansing, officiating. Burial will be later in the year at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Clara May Simpson.

 

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Else A. Sleater

 

    Else A. Sleater, wife of Richrd Murray Sleater, mother of Raymond, Jacqueline (Sharp) and Kimberly (Gonzalez), grandmother of Taylor, Connor, Ryan and Benjamin, entered into eternal life Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003. She is also survived by her sister Christa Rieger and nephews Max and Daniel, and niece Claudia.

   Else was born May Day 1931 and grew up in the Bavarian Alps in Germany. She moved to the United States in 1953 to begin a family. She kept family traditions alive for her children and grandchildren and brought love, joy and laughter to her family and friends. She loved gardening, cooking, baking, reading, and especially loved her family and German heritage. She had many friends through Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, and her volunteer work, particularly with the American Red Cross and her work in customer service at Michigan National Bank in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Murray  Sleater in 1995, and brother Franz Rieger.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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David P. Sloan

 

   David Paul Sloan, 44, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 in Charlotte.

   David was born Sept. 26, 1958 in Albion, the son of Eugene and Sarah (Chamberlain) Sloan. He married Colleen Tirrell, Sept. 14, 1985 in Charlotte and was an avid outdoordsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and golf. He had worked for Lansing Board of Water and Light.

   Surviving are his wife, Colleen; two children, Christopher and Anna; two sisters, Diane (Doug) Bradley of Springport and Laurie (Tim) Hamisfar of Jackson; brother, Tim (Shelly) of Albion; half-brother, Don Sloan of Dorr; half sister, Barb Sloan of Hastings; and grandmother, Roberta Brown of Spring Arbor.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

   Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for the children or the charity of one’s choice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Charlotte K. Smith

 

   Charlotte Kay Smith (nee Coats) of Narrow Lake went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.

   She was born Aug. 15, 1955 in Eaton Rapids. Charlotte worked for 15 years at Fisher Body in Lansing and enjoyed eight years working with preschoolers at Eaton Rapids Child Care Center. She loved the outdoors and being surrounded by nature. Charlotte was very active in her children’s classrooms and many extra-curricular activities, and devoted to her family and her preschool students.

   Surviving are her cherished children, Courtney age 14, Dylan age 12, Dalton age 12, Hannah age 10, and Landon age 8; mother Phyllis (James) Whidden of Holt; sister Shawn Towsley of Eaton Rapids, sister Kim (Dave) Earup of Elsie, brother John (Carol) Coats of Narrow Lake, and sister Shantell Coats of Eaton Rapids; former husband Gary Smith; stepsons Michael and Derek Smith; and family friend Joan Glasgow of Eaton Rapids.

   Her father, E. John Coats of Narrow Lake, preceded her in death in 1992. She will be missed by numerous friends, colleagues and extended family members.

   Memorial services were held Thursday, Dec. 4 at Robbins United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Charlotte Smith Trust or the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, c/o Shawn Townsley, 208 King St., Eaton Rapids.

 

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Edith D. Smith

 

   Edith Diane Smith, 48, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003.

   Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 27, 1955 in Germany, the daughter of John Didsbury and Marjorie Grant. She loved her Indian heritage, crafts and animals. She collected key chains.

   She is survived by her husband, Daniel Smith; sons, Isreal (Angie) Hansen of Lansing, Joshua Hansen and Daniel Smith Jr.; and daughter, Dawn Smith; father John (Frances) Didsbury of Lansing; mother, Marjorie Fronckel of Lansing; and good friend, Eldonna Horvat of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Art Foster officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Futher information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Jimmy D. Smith

 

   Jimmy Dale Smith, 53, of Bellevue, died Oct. 18, 2003 at home.

   He was born March 20, 1950 to Winslow and Henrietta (Rugg) Smith in Calhoun County. He worked as a machinist for over 20 years at Airway in Olivet and Marshall Brass in Marshall, Clark Equipment and Rockwell International in Battle Creek, and Parker Hanifin in Holt. Jimmy married Sherry Whitney on May 17, 1980; she survives. He enjoyed hunting, motorcycles, cars, home improvement, playing cards and spending time with his family.

   He was preceded in death by his father.

   Surviving him are daughter, James (Jon) Rich of Alto; sons, Daniel and Jordan Smith, both of Bellevue; grandson, Jordan Smith Jr.; stepson, Kevin Heisler of Bellevue; mother and stepfather, Henrietta and A.F. Hamacher of Battle Creek; brothers, Dan (Sue) Smith of Bellevue and Robert (Terri) Smith of Marshall; sisters, Victoria Zuidema of Kalamazoo and Janice Hamacher of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Oct. 22 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Steve Doty of Mt. Olivet Church of  Christ officiating. Interment was at Porter Cemetery in Convis Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com

 

 

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John C. Smith Sr.

 

   John Carl Smith Sr., 52, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003.

   Mr. Smith was born Jan. 1, 1951 in Grand Rapids, the son of John D. and Julia (Muller) Smith. He was a contruction worker.

   He is survived by sons, John Smith Jr. of White Cloud and Brian Smith of Nashville; daughters, Tammy Smith and Nannette Smith of Texas; four grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Schofield of Nashville and Beverly (Shane) McNary of Charlotte; and half-brother, Dave Smith of Bellevue.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 10 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Vickie Hill officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Roxand Township.

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

 

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Margaret D. Smith

 

   Margaret “Dicky” Smith, 65, of Bellevue, died April 12, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Dicky was born March 5, 1938 to Patrick and Margaret (Satterley) Vowels in Vine Grove, Ky. She moved to Bellevue in 1955 upon her marriage to Robert Lyle Smith, whom she met during his service at Fort Knox; he survives. Dicky retired from Carfree manufacturing in Charlotte in 1998. She was an active member of Heritage Hills Bible Church and enjoyed quilting and watching her 19 grandchildren participate in various school sports.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Robert E. (Cherise Brandell) Smith, and their children, Brian and Kevin Smith, and Greg Fuesz; son, Rus (Stacy) Smith and their children, Valerie and Joce; daughter, Patricia (Ray) Benjamin and their children, Preston and Shelby; son, Barry (Sue) Smith and their children, Ramsey, Lacey, Karley, Brayden, Shaylee and Kaylee; daughter, Linda (Gary) Bivens and their children, Shane, Jenna and Kelsey; son, Phil (Sarah) Smith and their children, Courtney, Coty and Kenyan; sisters, Dorothy Morris and Patty Sims; and brother, Estle Vowels, all of Vine Grove, Ky.

   She was preceded in death by sister Shirley Lingo and brother Tommy Vowels.

   Services were held April 14 at Heritage Hills Bible Church, with Pastor Jeff Homan officiating. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Dicky Smith Memorial Fund at Heritage Hills Bible Church, 13015 S. M-66, Bellevue, MI 49021. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com

 

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Marvin F. Smith

 

   Marvin F. Smith, 80, of Nashville, died Monday, March 10, 2003 at his residence. Mr. Smith was born March 4, 1923 in Potterville, the son of Joseph and Florence (Proctor) Smith and was raised in the Potterville area, attending Valley Farms School. He married Ruby Raines in 1943, with the marrage ending in divorce. He married Betty (Huss) Hummell April 29, 1977. He moved to Nashville in 1987 from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where he had lived for nearly 10 years. He previously lived in the Charlotte area for many years. His employment included working for Charlotte Public Schools and the city of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Mr. Smith was a life member of the Charlotte Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed woodworking, craft painting and playing bingo.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Joseph (Marjorie) Smith of Gaylord; daughters, Annetta (Irwin) Penix of Nashville, Kathy (Duane) Thompson of Charlotte and Kay (Douglas) Babcock of Indian River; stepsons, Dannie Hummel of Charlotte and Stewart Hummel of Battle Creek; stepdaughters; Sally (Charley) Powell of Mesick and Crystal (Joel) TeVelde of Nashville; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Andrew (Geisla) Smith of Lansing; and sisters, Helen (Jack) Casey of Dimondale and Rose (Merle) Davids of Ackworth, Ga.

   Respecting his wishes, a memorial gathering will take place Saturday, March 15 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Charlotte Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, 116 Lansing St., Charlotte.

 

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Mary Alice Smith

 

   Mary Alice Smith, age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Thrusday, March 20, 2003 in Charlotte. Mary was born June 23, 1922 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Loren Plew and Margaret Gertrude (Dempsey) Simmons. She was an active member of St. Peter Church and a den mother back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Smith, III in 1983; sister, Helen Souers and a brother, James Simmons.

   Surviving are 4 sons, Loren (Shirley) Smith, George (Maureen) Smith both of Florida, Daniel (Kimberly) Smith of Eaton Rapids, Michael (Julie) Smith of Lansing; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed on Monday, March 24, 2003, at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids, with Fr. Bennett Constatine as Celebrant. Graveside services followed at Moore Park Cemetery, Three Rivers. Those desiring may make contributions to either the St. Peter Church Building Fund or Alzheimer’s Disease in memory of Mary Alice Smith. The family was served by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Mary A. Smith

 

   Mary Anna Smith, 95, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003.

   Mrs. Smith was the eldest child of Frank and Josefa (Pospisil) Vrbensky, born Feb. 11, 1908 in Clarkson, Neb. She and her husband Joseph F. Smith, who preceded her in death in 1957, were Charlotte-area farmers. She was a member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau and St. Mary Catholic Church.

   She is servived by her daughters, Frances Madry, Mary (Donald) Wadsten and Anne (Gerald) Kent; four grandchildren, Mary (Glenn) Shook, Kristine (Jeffrey) Hynes, Teresa (Thomas) Gloden, John (Denise) Kent; and eight great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Elsie in 2002; son-in-law, Louis Madry in 2000; brothers, Frank, Joseph and John; and a sister, Ann.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 13, 2003 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Building Fund, Eaton County Medical Facility Activities Fund or Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Richard F. Smith

 

    Richard Floyd Smith, 67, of Sunfield, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003.

   Mr. Smith was born Aug. 17, 1936 in Charlotte, the son of Leon R. and Elizabeth (Dean) Smith. He worked in construction as a cement finisher and roofer.

   He is survived by his wife, Debra (Hartin) Smith and 16 children.

   There will be no services. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Alice Marie Snow

 

   Alice M. Snow, age 78, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, July 10, 2003 at a Lansing hospital. Born November 21, 1924 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Ralph and Elsie Raymer. Alice was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids and was a former Red Cross Volunteer. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry in 1995.

   Surviving are 3 children, Kathy (Steve) Bryce of St. Meyers, FL., Gary (Linda) Snow of Grand Rapids and Jayne (Kirk) Orr of Wixom; 8 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Deke Miller of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were Monday, July 14th at 11:00 a.m. from the Robbins United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Nunham, officiating. Burial followed in the Bunker Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Robbins United Methodist Church, in memory of Alice M. Snow.

 

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Harold E. Snow

 

   Harold E. Snow, age 68 of Eagle Point, Oregon formerly from Eaton Rapids, died February 19, 2003. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Barbara, three sons and three daughters; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 4 sisters, Jeannine Smith of Eaton Rapids, Joyce Favero of Charlotte, Flora (Dick) Alwood of Delton, Evelyn Sisco of Dimondale; 2 brothers, Bill (Polly) Snow of Tompkins Center and Sam (Jane) Snow of Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother.

   A memorial service was held February 21, 2003 at Lake Creek, Oregon.

 

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Harold N. Snow

 

   Harold N. Snow, 81, of Olivet, died April 14, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Snow was born Jan. 9, 1922 in Nashville, the son of Willis and Christiana (Brown) Snow. He was raised in the Nashville and Middleville areas and attended schools there, graduating from Middleville High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps/Paratroopers during World War II. He lived in the Olivet area for the past 50 years. Mr. Snow was employed at Eaton Manufacturing Co. in Battle Creek for 30 years, retiring in 1981. He was also engaged in farming for many years. He fought in the featherweight division of the Golden Gloves Boxing Association as a young man, winning numberous fights and honors.

   He is survived by sons, Tim (Debra) Snow and Ted Snow, both of Olivet, and Jerry (Valerie) Snow of Springport; daughters, Sylvia (Kipp) Austin of Battle Creek and Alice Snow of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grand-children; brothers, Homer (Mary) Snow and Hugh (Pug) Snow, both of Nashville; sister, Marguerite Wallace of Nashville; and nieces and nephews.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Chuckie Snow; brother, Howard Snow; and sister, Marian Johnson.

   Services were held April 18 at Maple Valley Chapel in Nashville, with Rev. Kenneth Vaught officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville, with military honors.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation.

 

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Gene Snyder Sr.

 

   Gene Carl Snyder Sr., age 66, of Charlotte died May 24, 2003.

   Mr. Snyder was born July 2, 1936 in Hannah. He was a former member of the Charlotte Lions Club, Charlotte Area Senior Center, Charlotte American Legion Post #42, and attended St. John’s Episcopal Church. He had been employed for 15 years at St. Lawrence Hospital, from where he retired due to ill health. Mr. Snyder was an avid euchre player.

   He is survived by his wife, Judy Snyder; sons, Gene (Renee) Snyder Jr. of Brighton and Carl Snyder of Charlotte; step-son, James (Wendy) Dillion of Charlotte; grandchildren, Nickcole (Cameron) Bulock and Teia Snyder of Charlotte, Grace and J.D. Galloway of Jackson, Claire, Sam and Lilly Snyder of Brighton, Travis and Jackson Dillon of Ohio; brothers, Richard (Lula) Snyder of Kingsley and Donald (Joanne) Snyder of Traverse City; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and beloved pets, Boucer and Yorkie.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held May 29 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Paul R. Sobleskey

 

   Paul Raymond Sobleskey, 44, formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, May 9, 2003.

   Paul was born Nov. 26, 1958 in Ionia, the son of Richard and Ellen (Asher) Sobleskey. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1977 and worked for several years at Callender & Dornbos, Inc. and then later as a driver for Midwest Carpet Brokers of Potterville. He was recently employed by EATRAN Bus Line. He was an avid deer hunter and loved watching fooball and NASCAR with his son, Ryan.

   He is survived by two sons, Ryan and Kyle; two daughters, Courtney and Blair; grandson, Hayden; mother, Ellen Sobleskey of Charlotte; father, Richard (Elaine) Sobleskey of Charlotte; three brothers, Rick (Carrie) of Grand Ledge, Allen (Branda) of Diamondale, Kevin (Cheryl) of Charlotte; four sisters, Carolyn (Rick) Barrera and Marcia (Tim) Ralya, both of Grand Ledge, Laurie (Paul) Davis of Charlotte and Kris (Matt) Petrelles of Hagerstown, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Lance, Sept. 1, 1998.

   Private family services were held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for the family, in care of Ellen Sobleskey. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Richard “Rick” Soules II

 

   Richard “Rick” Soules II, age 37, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, April 27, 2003. Rick was born September 22, 1965 in Charlotte. He was formerly employed with the Grand Rapids Sash & Door Co. in Holt. Rick was an avid fisherman, enjoyed cooking and spending time with his 3 boys.

   Surviving him are his wife, Elizabeth Fran (Wells) Soules; 3 sons, Adam Lee, Andrew Richard, and Alex Wayne; mother, Beverly Jean (Richard) Vincent of Eaton Rapids; father, Richard (Julie) Soules and Lansing; grandparents, Austin & Lola Soules of Charlotte; grandmother, Norma Soules of Traverse City; sister, Tracy Soules of Eaton Rapids; 2 nephews, Jason & Tyler Bliss; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 1, 2003 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the support of Rick’s children in memory of Rick Soules II. Envelopes may be mailed to the funeral home.

 

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Wayne E. Southward

 

   Wayne E. “Joe” Southward, 78, of Olivet, died Monday, March 10, 2003 at Oaklawn Hospial in Marshall.

   Joe was born March 31, 294 in Brookfield Towship, Eaton County, the son of Earl and Melita (Wight) Southward, and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. He attended the Mulvany Rural School and Bellevue schools, and graduated in 1944 from Charlotte High School.

   Mr. Southward was a retired mechanic, having worked for the Starks & Goodrich Ford dealership in Olivet for 22 years, and then the Grand Trunk Railroad, from where he retired June 30, 1986 after 20 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army occupation forces in Japan at the end of World War II.

   Mr. Southward was a member of the Boilin’ T’s Club and attended Olivet Congregational  Church. He was married to Jane Hubert on March 29, 1953 and they were going to celebrate their 50th anniversary March 29 this year.

   Surviving are his wife, Jane (Hubert) Southward; one nephew, Dennis Southward of Eaton Rapids; five nieces, Jean Lake and Joan Doxtader of Charlotte, Rose Ross of Carlisle, Ohio, Dora Roberts and Donna Orem, both of San Antonio, Texas; and several great-nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, John, Francis and Edward; and sisters, Theresa Wood and Laura Reefman.

   Funeral services were held March 14 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Roy Backus of Olivet Congregational Church officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet Congregational Church, the American Heart Association or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Athalia C. Spelbring

 

   Athalia Catherine Spelbring, 87, of Cordova, Tenn., formerly of Sebring Fla. and Charlotte, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

   Mrs. Spelbring was born Oct. 30, 1915 in Charlotte, the daughter of Floyd and Gladys (Wile) Waddell. She was a gradutate of Charlotte High School and Jackson Business University, and was a retired legal secretary. She enjoyed jacing, traveling and camping. Surviving are her husband, Leonard Spelbring of Cordova; daughter, Roberta “Bobbie” Joyner of Cordova; son, Douglas Barnhill Sr. of Parma; stepsons, David Spelbring of Glendale, Calif. And Daniel Spelbring of Uniontown, Ky.; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rena Spelbring of Terre Haute, Ind.; and brothers-in-law, Stanley Spelbring of Sebring, Fla. and Ross Spelbring of Indiana. She was preceded in death by husbands, Robert Barnhill and Nelson Mohr. Funeral services were held Feb. 21 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Jack Fugate of Pope United Medhodist Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Horace G. Stafford

 

   Horace Gilbert “Bud” Stafford, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 11, 2003 after a long illness.

   Mr. Stafford was born June 17, 1922 in Berkley. He served in the 38th Infantry Regiment during World War II and saw service in Burma, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. He received serval medals, including one from Russia and one from China, and was a former commander of the DAV and American Legion, and a member of the CBI (China, Burma, India) Association. Mr. Stafford graduated from Central Michigan University and taught for 31 years (25 in Charlotte) in English, biology, ddrafting and woodworking. He operated ABAT Gun Shop in Charlotte and was a member of the Masons. Mr. Stafford was a long-time member and past senior warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He enjoyed travel, camping, skiing, music and woodworking.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary; one sister, Ruth McDaid; three sons, William (Nancy) Katon, Martin (Mary Beth) Katon and Stephen (Deborah) Stafford; one daughter, Cynthia (Todd) Lowe; two step-daughters, Susan Stuart and Karen (Timothy) Endres; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Bertha (Hodgkinson) Stafford and his sister, Helen Humphrey.

   Private burial was held at Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 201 W. Shepherd St., Charlotte. Friends and former students are invited to attend the service to share in remembering “Old Dad Stafford.”

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Arrangements are by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Edgar Harold Stahl Sr.

 

   Edgar Harold Stahl Sr., age 78 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, February 14, 2003. He was born May 27, 1924 in Traverse City, the son of Harold Edgar and Jennie (Holcomb) Stahl. Mr. Stahl served in the Navy during World War II and was a former member of the Eaton Rapids V.F.W. He retired as a Supervisor for Motor Wheel in Lansing. Preceding him in death were two children, Margaret and Norman; two brothers, Fred and Charles and parents.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Freda; 3 children, Mary (Michael) Carater of Belgrade, MN, Jennie (David) Hollister of Bellevue and Edgar H. Stahl of  Hudson, FL; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 3 sisters, Audrey (Emerson) Dillon of Kalamo, Rosemond Lloyd of Eaton Rapids and Melissa Scutt of Lansing; sister-in-law, Alma Stahl of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Ben Constatine as celebrant. Arragements were by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Edgar Harold Stahl Sr.

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Dorothy M. Stark

 

   Dorothy Mildred Stark, 92, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003.

   Mrs. Stark was born May 20, 1911 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Ralph and Grace (Jex) Hoag. She enjoyed following her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to their sports and band activities. She was a member of Crossroads Church, Kitchen Band of Charlotte, Grandmother’s Bowling League, Brookfield Extension and superintendent of Senior Citizens Open Class Booth where she displayed her needle work and crafts as the oldest exhibitor at the Eaton County Fair. Dorothy was also a member of the former Center Eaton United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by son, Norris “Cy” (Shirley) Stark of Hastings; daughter, Zoe Ann Baxter of Baraboo, Wis.; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris Stark in 1977.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Eilene Starr

 

   Eilene Starr, 72, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003.

   Mrs. Starr was born May 4, 1931 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Ray and Helen (Robinson) Tanner. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, active in the Alter Society and a 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed painting, knitting, ceramics and crafts.

   She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jerry; children, Denis (Karen) of Olivet, Kathy (Jim) Pion of Olivet, Tim (Sherry) of Charlotte, Mark (Cheryl) of Charlotte, Karen (Tony) Southward of Charlotte, Daniel (JoAnn) of Adrian, Chris (Shelly) of Charlotte, Mary (Doug) Campbell of Olivet, James (Lisa) of Eaton Rapids; 28 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Norma (Fran) Schmidt of Florida; and brother, Larry (Faith) Tanner of Sutton Bay.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Audrey Kendall, and brother, Kendall Tanner.

   A funeral mass was celebrated Dec. 24 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment followed at West Carmel Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association 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

 

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Margaret E. Stetler

 

   Margaret E. Stetler, age 88, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 at the Martin Luther Holt Home.

   Mrs. Stetler was born April 5, 1915 in Olivet, the daughter of George and Bessie (Mellor) Bradley and returned to live in the Charlotte are in 1978. She was a graduate of Olivet High School who enjoyed traveling.

   Surviving are her daughter, Shirley (Ted) Hanlon of Grand Ledge; two grandchildren, Trish (Matt) Lichon of Rockford and Michael Hanlon of Chicago, Ill.; and her exceptional caregivers at Country Acres AFC Home and Martin Luther Holt Home.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Stetler in 1993; twin sister, Mary Chase; and sister, Virginia Jean Morgan.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Martin Luther Holt Home, Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Great Lakes Hospice.

 

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Jo Steward

 

   Jo Steward, 68, of St. Louis, Mich., died Sunday, June 29, 2003 at Schnepps Healthcare Center in St. Louis.

   Mrs. Steward was born May 6, 1935 in Sunfield, the daughter of Leonard and Irma (Ward) Joppie. She graduated from Vermontville High School with the class of 1953 and married Doug Steward in Vermontville on June 12, 1954. She lived in St. Louis for the past 37 years. Mrs. Steward was a devoted associate at JC Penney’s in Alma for 30 years, retiring Oct. 31, 1996. She loved horses and all of her animals and was known as a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved to spend time with her family.

   Surviving are her husband, Doug Steward of St. Louis; four children, Cheryl (Gary) Havenstein of Maryland, Ron (Deb) Steward of Alma, Michele (Rich) Patterson of Mason and Jon (Erin) Steward of Ithaca; seven grandchildren, Melissa Jo Steward, Kenzie Marie Steward, Ashley M. Patterson, Holly Mrie Havenstein, Jeff Steward Havenstein, Robby Steward Havenstein and Thomas Jon Steward; three sisters, Leona (Bob) McNally of Marshall, Louise (Charles) Viele and Barb (Larry) Musser, both of Vermontville; one brother, Bud (Tina) Joppie of Nashville; and good friends, including Jackie Croton and Sue Daly.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Neil Joppie.

   Funeral services were held July 2 at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis Chapel, with Pastor Lillian French officiating. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery in Sunfield.

 

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Herschel “Red” Stewart

 

   Herschel “Red” Stewart, 83 years of age, died peacefully at his home. He had lived in Eaton Rapids over thirty years, formerly of Lansing, retiring from construction. Mr. Stewart served in WWII as a Corporal in the 66th Armor Regiment (Infantry). His decorations included the Purple Heart, American Defense Ribbon, European-African Middle Eastern Theatre with five Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Ribbon.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Faye; mother-in-law, Mary Collins; daughters, Judy Smith and Peggy Kellman; three grandchildren, Justin Smith, Rachel Smith, and Tim Yeomans; five great-grandchildren; sisters Virginia Davis, Mavis Terry; brother, Gordon Stewart and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed as a devoted man to his family and country.

   Services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen F. Ezop of the Heartland Home Care & Hospice officiating. Interment will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice. Memorials are available at the funeral home.

 

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Wanda Stewart

 

   Wanda Delores “Mama” Stewart, age 66, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003.

   Mrs. Stewart was born Jan. 22, 1937 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Glenn and Olga (Showers) Goehler. She was a cook and kitchen helper for G & G Catering and worked for Oldsmobile. She was a member of American Legion #42 Auxiliary, where she loved to play bingo while the family worked in the kitchen, and was a former member of the Char Lanes bowling league.

   She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Stewart of Charlotte; daughters, Karla (Randy) Ettinger of Olivet and Barbie (Joe) DenHerder of Charlotte; sons, Kim Stewart of Charlotte, Jimmy (Louise) Stewart Jr. of Jackson and Joe Stewart of Charlotte; 21 grandchildren and four great-grand-children; sisters, Lorena Lyman of Battle Creek, Merna Grim of Olivet and Norma (Jack) Ryan of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by son Jay Stewart in 1995.

   Funeral services were held aug. 8 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Michael G. Strang

 

   Michael Gene Strang, 61, lifelong Charlotte resident, recently of Spring Hill, Fla., died April 21, 2003.

   Mr. Strang was born March 8, 1942 in Lansing, the son of Walter and Bernice (Cramer) Miner. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as an electrician through IBEW Local 665 until his retirement. He belonged to VFW Post 6132 in Lansing and Harley Owners of America.

   He is survived by sons, Troy (Jody) Strang of Olivet, Travis (Jennifer) Strang of Dexter; five grandchildren, Trevor, Trent, Paige, Alex and Colin; mother, Bernice Miner of Lansing; sisters, Debbie Fossum of Onondaga, Candice (Hugh) Meinema of Grand Rapids, Marjorie Osborn of Kentwood, Diane Lynagh of Kalamazoo; special friends, Carolyn Manns and Doug Thompson; and former wife of 27 years, Melody Eschtruth of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his father Walter “Fritz” Miner and his half brother John Strang.

   Funeral services were held April 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Kevin Hall officicating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

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

 

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Millie B. Sumner

 

   Millie B. Sumner age 96, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, December 26, 2003 in Lansing. Millie was born July 21, 1907 in West Philadelphia, PA the daughter of Mark and Gertrude (Peet) Bush. Mrs. Sumner was an LPN, teacher and owner of Ivy Manor Adult Care Home of Story Book Acres. She was very active in her church, holding several leadership positions.

   Millie was preceded in death by her husband, C.J. Sumner; great grandson, Zane Gardner; son-in-law, Larry Henderson; sisters, Margaret Mondics, Anabel Schneider, brothers, Earl, Vernon & Kenneth Bush.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Miladean Leifermann of Florida, Lorene Henderson of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren; brother, Francis Bush of Florida; sister, Nancy Patterson of NC.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Larry Yeagley officiating. Interment will follow at Munger Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the charity of your choice in memory of Millie B. Sumner.

 

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Dewey Lee Sundberg

 

   Dewey Lee Sundberg, 66, of Marshall died on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 at his home. Mr. Sundberg was born on March 14, 1937 in Marshall to Hiram H. and Leatha A. (Dewey) Sundberg.

   He was a lifelong resident of the area. On Feb. 19, 1954 he married Phyllis Lindsey in Kentucky. She survives. Mr. Sundberg worked most of his life as a heavy equipment operator. Most recently he had worked for Leydens Excavating. He had also formally worked at Advanced Paving in Lansing.

   Mr. Sundberg enjoyed his free time as a member of the Marshall Moose. His main hobbies were, fishing, muchroom hunting, working on lawn mowers and tractors, and spending time with his family. His family described him as “a practical joker. He was always playing a joke on someone in the family.”

   He is vurvived by his wife Phyllis of Marshall, sons, Junior sundberg of Battle Creek, John (Diane) Sundberg of Lewiston, Michigan, Mark (Carla) Sundberg of marshall, Keith Sundberg of Marshall, Kevin (Cathy) Sundberg of Marshall, 11 grandchildren, a sister, Norma Hindenach of Battle Creek, sister-in-law, Zella Sundberg of Marshall, a brother-in-law, Wayne Harrington of Olivet, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Gladys Scarborough, Grace Harrington, June Cole, and brothers, DeWayne Sundberg and Clifford Sundberg.

   Visitation for Mr. Sundberg will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home.

   The family will be present to receive visitors from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services celebrating his life will take place on Monday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. George Luciani officiating. Interment will follow at Oakridge Cemetery. Mr. Sundberg’s 11 grand-children will be serving as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. Those who wish may make memorials to the American Lung Association. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home.

 

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Max D. Sutherland

 

   Max Dorr Sutherland, age 78, of Grand Ledge, passed away March 19, 2003 at his home.

   Max was a graduate of Charlotte High School, class of 1942; a retired Hall of Fame farmer, owning three Centennial Farms; and a member of Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church and Eaton County Farm Bureau. He and his wife Vi were host parents of a foreign exchange student from Japan (Lisa Morita) for seven years.

   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Viola; one son, Scott Sutherland of Linden; one daughter, Sara (Brian) Meyer of Grand Ledge; four grandchildren, Ross Meyer, Samantha Meyer, Mason Meyer and Reanne Sutherland; three sisters, Nettie Woodworth of Charlotte, Joyce (LeRoy) Flessner of Woodland and Charlotte MacMann of Tuscon, Ariz.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Caughey.

   Funeral services were held March 22 at the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, with Rev. W.J. “Bill” Amundsen and Rev. Kathy Kursch officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements were by Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge.

 

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Viola Sutherland

 

   Viola “Vi” Sutherland, 75, passed away July 16, 2003 at her home.

   Mrs. Sutherland was a gradute of Olivet High School, class of 1947 and Western Michigan University. She was a former school teacher for 19 years; a member of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church and Grand Ledge Chapter #14 OES; and was known for her cooking. Vi and her husband Max were host parents of a foreign exchange student from Japan (Lisa Morita) for seven years.

   She is survived by one son, Scott Sutherland of Linden; one daughter, Sara (Brian) Meyer of Grand Ledge; four grandchildren, Ross Meyer, Samantha Meyer, Mason Meyer and Reanne Sutherland; and one sister, Violet (Clyde) Ray of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Max, on March 19, 2003; and three brothers, Albert, Victor and Fred Nelson.

   Funeral services were held July 19 at Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Molly Turner and Rev. Kathy Kursch officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements were by Peters & Murray Funeral Home of Grand Ledge.

 

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Irma G. Swan

 

   Irma Gail (Lawhead) Swan, age 81 of Charlotte, died Monday, May 5, 2003.

   Mrs. Swan was born June 20, 1921 in Ingham Township, the daughter of Guy and Etta (Hance) Walker. She was a 1940 graduate of Dimondale High School and Western Michigan University in 1966. She was a teacher for more than 20 years in and around the Vermontville area. Irma Gail loved horses and was an accomplished equestrian, a member of Midwest Dressage Association and the owner of Freedom Winds Farms of Charlotte.

   Surviving are sons, Jack (Darla) Swan of Colorodo, David Lawhead of Onsted, Dennis (Olivia) Lawhead of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Dorothy Parsley of Florida; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Laverty of Potterville.

   Funeral services were held May 9 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery in Dimondale.

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

 

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Milton C. Taber

 

   Milton C. Taber, age 81 of Springport, passed away January 27, 2003 at his home. He was born November 22, 1921 in Springport to Charles & Hazel (Smith) Taber. In 1951 he married Maxine (Easton). For 27 years, Milton was employed at Miller’s Tool and Die and for 22 years he was a tool and die maker for Oldsmobile. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of V.F.W. Springport #6056 and enjoyed mowing his lawn, activities, hunting, fishing and his grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, one sister and two brothers.

   Survivors include his wife, Maxine Taber; daughters, Christin Taber of Boston, MS, Luann Pesonen of Denver, CO, Carol Taber, Linda Klein-Schmidt and Sue Taber all of California, Brenda Roy of Mt. Pleasant, MI and Stephanie Forner of Jackson, MI; sons, Bill Taber of Colorado and Todd Taber of Springport; sister, Madeline Jenson of Las Vegas, NV; special friend Bobbi Mead; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

   A memorial service was held Friday, January 31, 2003 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion, with Rev. Bob Donor officiating. Memorials are suggested to Jackson & Oaklawn Hospice or Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

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Virginia Irene Tague

 

   Virginia Irene Tague, age 83 of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003. Miss Tague was born in Switzerland County in Jefferson Township, graduating from Vevay High School in 1938. She attended National College in Kansas City, Missouri, receiving her Major in Sociology & Social Work in 1943. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology & Education in 1956, from Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA. She later attended Emory University, receiving degrees in Social Work, attending YWCA National Training Institute at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio in 1956, later attending YWCA Administrators Seminar, National Board YWCA in New York City in 1966. She moved to Eaton Rapdis, Michigan in 1979 and served as the Director of Senior Citizens Affairs until she retired in 1981. She maintained her own home in Eaton Rapids at 606 Outer Drive, enjoying the beauty of nature around her home, Virginia became ill in November 2002 and moved to Dayton, Ohio to be close to family members.

   A funeral was held on Friday, July 11 at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, Indiana with interment in Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.

 

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Edith Taylor

 

   Edith Taylor, 76, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003.

   She was born March 30, 1927 in Frankfort, Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Sophia Erna (Smith) Froeber. Edith was a war bride, married 52 years to Harold A. Taylor, who passed away March 1, 2003. She was known for being a wonderful wife and mother.

   She is survived by two sons, Roy (Nilsa) Taylor of Huntsville, Ala. And Randy Taylor of Battle Creek; daughter, Patricia (David Hahn of Norfold, Va.; and three grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

 

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Harold A. Taylor

 

   Harold A. Taylor, 75, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, March 1, 2003 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Taylor was born Jan. 11, 1928 in Charlotte, the son of Mark and Leone (Strickland) Taylor, He graduated from Walton Twp. Unit High School in 1946, and made a career of the military, serving in the Army from April 1, 1946 until he retired as a master sergeant April 30, 1966. Mr. Taylor married Edith Froeber Sept. 3, 1951 in Frankfort, Germany.

   Surviving are his wife, Edith (Froeber) Taylor; sons, Roy (Milsa) Taylor of Huntsville, Ala. And Randy Taylor of Battle Creek; daughter, Patricia (David) Hahn of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren; and sisters, Marjorie Mills of Battle Creek, and Shirley Casler and Dorthea Barker, both of Charlotte.

   Services were held March 6 at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek, with Rev. David Dryer officiating. Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, with military committal by the Ft. Custer National Cemetery Honor Guard.

 

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Waunetta “Een” Tennant

 

   Wauneta “Een” Tennant, 75, of Onondaga (formerly of Springport) passed away from cancer on Monday, July 14, 2003 at her home. She was being cared for by Richard Tennant, her husband of 23 years, and family members. Een married Harold “Bud” Hoag in 1949 and moved to Springport to help run the family business, Hoag & Sons’ Book Bindery. Bud preceded her in death in 1957. Een continued to work at the bindery as Operations Manager for 52 years until her health forced her to stop. She was married to Raymond Fagan, Jr. from 1959 until 1973. Raymond preceded her in death in 1996. In 1979 Waunetta married Richard Tennant, who survives her.

   Een dedicated her life to her work and her family. She enjoyed fishing, garage sales, Las Vegas and bowling. She unselfishly shared all that she had with her family and friends. There are many who considered her a second mom. Words could never express the qualities she possessed or the appreciation her family has for her, she is already dearly missed.

   She is survived by her children: Joleen Hoag (Ken) Bills, Onondaga; Darr Hoag, Tompkins; Dorci Hoag (Mike) Franks, Eaton Rapids; Jeana Fagan (Pombier) Rogers, Springport; Kyle (Lori) Fagan, Eaton Rapids; Kari Sue Fagan, Tekonsha; Charlie Patton, Springport; Robert Brown, Springport; Rebecca Tennant (Jim) Phillips, Jackson; Robert (Alison) Tennant, England; Daniel (Veronica) Tennant, Onondaga. Grandchildren: Jeff Brown, Tony Brown, Krystal Hoag, Shawn Patton, Etahn Franks, Burdette Pombier, Annie Pombier Snyder, Travis Pombier, Danielle Pombier, Charley Rogers, Summer Rogers, Tami Stout, Xanna Fagan, Shane Fagan, Drew Tennant, Josh Tennant, Bradley Tennant. Great-Grandchildren: Kati, Alisha, Michael, Michelle, Brittany, Cody, Savannah, Christifor, Matthew, Analiese, Madison, Autumn.

 

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Leslie A. Thies

 

   Leslie August Thies, 82, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003.

   Mr. Thies was born Sept. 19, 1921 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of August and Gladys Thies. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a former chief of the Oldwick Fire Co. in Jew Jersey and was parts manager for the Holland Hitch Company. He enjoyed woodworking, reading western novels and loved horses.

   He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lillian (Johnson); daughter, Cheryl (Bryan) Steele of Unadilla, N.Y.; sons, Leslie (Carolyn) Thies and Richard Thies, both of Franklin, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Jean Martin and Sharon (Carol) Mensing of Scotts Bluff, Neb.; step-sons, Jon Feller of Clinton, N.J. and Chris Filler of Lead, S.D.; six step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife Mildred in 1981 and two grandchildren. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Gale L. Throne

 

   Gale L. Throne, 83, of Lansing, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 26, 2003.

   Mr. Throne was born June 13, 1920 in Pioneer, Ohio, the son of Guy and Lulu (Masters) Throne. Gale was a long-time member of the South

Baptist Church in Lansing, an active volunteer in Ingham Regional Medical Center, a member of the Breton Woods Garden Club, and served during World War II in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. Prior to retirement, he was self-employed as a designer/salesman of home remodeling.

   He leaves behind his wife, Virginia; daughter, Rebecca Throne of Lake Placid, Fla.; son, Darrell (Nancy) Martin of Hinton, W.Va.; daughter, Karen (Rodney) Randall of Charlotte; and daughter, Susan (Steven) Griggs of Centennial, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter, and brother, Rex (Erma) Throne of Pittsburgh, Pa.

   He was preceded in death by sister Lorine Benton.

   Funeral services were held De. 30 at South Baptist Church in Lansing, with Pastor Don Denyes officiating. Interment was at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer, Ohio.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice House or Ingham Regional Medical Center Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Stanley L. Thornton

 

   Stanley Lynn Thornton, age 40, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003 at his residence from natural causes.

   Stanley was born May 18, 1963 in Lansing, the son of Wayne and Bernadine (Hammond) Thornton and had been a Charlotte resident since 1971, coming from Lansing.  He worked as a maintenance man in the Lawrence Manor Trailer Park and was an avid Nascar fan, with Dale Earnhardt Sr. being his favorite driver.

   Surviving are his wife, Dawn (Lawrence) Thornton; daughter, Patricia Shaffer of Battle Creek; son, Billie Sandborn; grandchildren, Jordan James Olin and Ashley Shaffer; two sisters, Bonnie Bennett of Lake Odessa and Pamela Wood of Lansing; mother and father-in-law, Dixie and Mike Thompson of Battle Creek; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Harold Hathaway of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 12 at the Charlotte Assembly of God, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating.

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

 

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Virginia E. Thornton

 

   Virginia E. Thornton, 84, of Charlot