2004 OBITUARIES

 

 

CHARLOTTE SHOPPING GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Shopping Guide, Inc.

239 South Cochran

Charlotte, Michigan 48813


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiled by:

 

Kristine Bohn

July 23, 2010

 

 


 

Gail Aapala

   Gail Aapala, 52, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 after a battle with cancer, at her home surrounded by her family. Gail was born in Wakefield, the daughter of Clarence and Sylvia (Polley) Ryskey and had been a Charlotte resident since 1975. She was a 1969 graduate of Marenisco (Mich.) High School, was a graduate of Gogebic Community College and attended Northern Michigan University.

 Gail was employed as office manager for Dr. John B. Faust, orthodontist, of Lansing for 20 years. She was a member of Peace Luthern Church and the Charlotte Athletic Boosters. She will be remembered by those close to her as a strong, loving and caring person who touched many lives.

   Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Dick Aapala; two sons, Aaron (Katelyn) Aapala and Jason Aapala, both of Charlotte; her father, Clarence Syskey of Marenisco; four siblings, Gary Ryskey of Marenisco, Gloria (Mike) Keast of Orleans, Gwen (Mark) Piotrowski of Marenisco and Greg (Jessie) Ryskey of Marenisco; brother-in-law, Hank (Susan) Aapala of Wakefield; sister-in-law, Tuula (Dave) Cordy of Cedar River; mother-in-law, Maila Aapala of Marenisco; special friends, Elaine and Ben Thompson of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sylvia Ryskey, in August 2003.

   Funeral services were held July 31 at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Todd Bruning officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Athletic Boosters or Peace Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Phillip L. Abernathy

 

   Phillip L. Abernathy of Jamestown, Ky., formerly of Charlotte, went to be with the Lord, Feb. 15, 2004, at the age of 53, after a short illness.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Abernathy; father and mother, Joseph and Wilma Jester; brother, Duane Jester; and sister, Nina Lee. Surviving are his wife, Mary Abernathy; children, Heather Abernathy of Olivet and Steve (Jessie) Thompson of Wacousta; brothers and sisters, Jeff (Sandy) Jester of Coloma, Sam (Floyce) Abernathy, Richard (Mary) Abernathy, both of Charlotte, Deb (Walt) Ribby of Eaton Rapids, Lori Keyes (Kevin Frisbie) of Holt, and Lisa Wood of  Lansing; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held at his home in Jamestown, Ky., on Feb. 17. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jamestown, Ky. in memory of Phillip L. Abernathy. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Captain Johnny Ables

 

   Captain Johnny Ables, age 56, of Eaton Rapids, MI, formerly of Pensacola, FL, died Saturday, March 6, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. He was born Dec. 19, 1947 in Lake Wells, FL. Captain Johnny was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to travel. He was a former Sea Captain in Florida.

   Surviving are his wife of 4 ½ years, Florence C. of Eaton Rapids; children, Johnny (Claudia) Ables, Steve (Karen) Cummings, Laura (John) Stevenson, Carol (Marilyn) Reid all of Florida, April (Henry Centeno) Thomas, Mathew (Yvonne) Thomas all of Onondaga, Owen (Michelle) Thomas of Fort Hood; 12 grandchildren; 5 brothers, John (Berry-Lou) Vinciguerra of CA, Joe (Shelly) Keller of OH, John (Jean) Sutton of KY, Bob (Jean) Sutton of CA, Vernon (Robin) Sutton of FL; 1 sister, Jan (Jerry) Jodrey of OH; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Kelly Quinn of Holt.

   Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 12, 2004, 2:30 p.m. at the Shelly Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jeff Martin of Lighthouse Tabernacle, Pensacola, FL, officiating. Interment will follow at Onondaga Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Ele’s Place in memory of Capt. Johnny Ables.

 

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Mildred M. Adams

 

   Mildred Marie Adams, 91, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, March 5, 2004, surrounded by her family.

   Mrs. Adams was born in Kalamo on Nov. 18, 1912, the oldest daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Rowe) Keith. She was a life-long resident of Charlotte and Eaton County. On May 17, 1934 she married Donald Lyle Adams. They were together 51 years and spent many seasons at their northern Michigan hunting retreat. In 1941 they became members of the Congregational Church. She and her husband established an electrical and appliance business known as Adams Electric, in 1947. She was an active PTA member during her children’s school years, and after her children were grown she worked at Wilcox Gay and Eaton Stamping in Eaton Rapids, retiring in 1974. In addition to being a loving caregiver and excellent cook, she used her artistic talents in ceramics, sewing, knitting and crocheting. Mildred lover her children and was especially proud of her 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

   Those who preceded her into Heaven were her husband Donald; her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Keith; two sisters, Bernice Keith and Helen Rockwell; and a brother, Joseph Keith.

   Surviving family are four sons, Edwin (Jackie), Larry (Sharon), Robert (Sandra), all of Charlotte, and Philip (Janice) of Jackson; and daughter, Sharon (Ardon) Cronk of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held March 9 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Maple Hill Cemetery or the First Congregational Church.

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

 

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Alexander “Alex” Allan

 

   Alexander (Alex) Allan was born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 12, 1916, and immigrated, with his parents John B. and Isabella Allan, when he was 5 years of age. He graduated from Centerline High School near Detroit in 1932, in the depths of the great depression. In order to be able to attend college, he learned the barbering trade, became licensed in 1934, moved to Ypsilanti to attend Michigan Normal (now Eastern Michigan University) then transferred to and graduated from the University of Michigan, working his way through. In October 1935 he met Annie Davidson with whom he immediately fell in love and to whom he proposed marriage on their first date. He continued proposing until she finally answered, “Yes,” and they were married-secretly in December 1938, then “officially” in June 1939. Alex had a long and richly varied work career including G.M.-Turnstead Division, Nash-Kelvinator (Lansing), Cardy Jewelry Store (Lansing), Automobile Sales-ending up as Neal-Allan Motors in Eaton Rapids, Real Estate-with development of Burnside subdivision, and in 1958 Eaton Stamping company from which he retired in 1981, at age 65, in the position of Senior Vice-President. In addition to his work, Alex was active in several offices of the 1st Congregational Church of Eaton Rapids, and was involved in the Lions International Club-holding an office of District Governor. In his lifetime he made 15 trips to Scotland and England visiting his relatives and family members of his wife. Alex died on March 28, 2004 at the age of 87.

   He is survived by Annie, his soulmate and wife of 65 years; his four children and their spouses: Dr. Christopher (Mary Ellen) Allen of Marietta, GA; Alexanne (Richard) Whitney of Westerville, OH; Julie (Dr. Jack) Lawler of Knoxville, TN; and Kevin C. “K.C.” (Jeri) Allan of Eaton Rapids; grandsons Brian and Roger Allan; granddaughters Jessica and Jaclyn Lawler, Amber, Bridget and Elizabeth Allan, great-grandson Alexander Allan; great-granddaughter Ashley Allan; brother-in-law, Al Cowell; sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Davidson; special friend Sonja Seaks who lived with the Allans for a year, and many, many other friends. He will be sadly missed by many.

   Memorial services will be Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the First Congregational Church, Eaton Rapids Medical Center or to Alzheimer’s Association, in memory of Alex Allan. For online condolences, www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

Caroline Jenett Allen

 

   Caroline J. Allen, age 77, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, March 14, 2004 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte. She was born December 18, 1926 in Lansing, the daughter of Wayne and Ollie (LaRowe) Crippen. Caroline had worked for the Davidson Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids, was a former baker for Felpausch Groceries in Eaton Rapids, and had retired from Camp Highfields in Onondaga as a cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie in 1993 and her son, Lyle Allen in 1996.

   Surviving are 4 children, Chuck (Nancy) Allen of Eaton Rapids, Gary Allen of Colorado, Pat Allen of Colorado and Linda (Glenn) Benson of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; 8 brothers and sisters, Gordon (Marge) Crippen of Charlotte, Lloyd (Mearna) Crippen of Potterville, Joyce Love of Eaton Rapids, Leon Crippen of Marion, Lester Crippen of Marion, Eunice Frost of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nancy Crippen of Okemos and Wayne (Kathy) Crippen Jr. of Eaton Rapids; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

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Leora G. Allen

 

   Leora Gayle Allen, age 86, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004.

   Mrs. Allen was born Oct. 12, 1917 in Chester Township, the daughter of the late Harold Phillips and the late Ruby (Sprague) Phillips. She retired from the state of Michigan in 1979 after many years working in the attorney general and treasury departments. She was a wonderful mother who provided for her four daughters after her husband George died in 1959. She was known to family and friends as a crossword puzzle expert. She enjoyed outings with her family ranging from vacations when the girls were young to Sunday afternoons at nearby Thornapple Lake.

   She is survived by her four daughters, Jeanne (James) Baird of Charlotte, Jo Anne Bulmer of Charlotte, Jayne (Dan) Whitcomb of Bellevue, Judi (Dave) Baum of Charlotte; sister, Margaret Courtright of Charlotte; brother, Carroll (Marilyn) Phillip of Marshall; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held April 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Cecil R. Ames

 

   Cecil Robert Ames, of Charlotte, formerly of Munising, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004.

   Mr. Ames was born March 20, 1927 in Munising, the son of Henry Reuben and Alice (Chartier) Ames. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a retired electrician from G.E. He was an avid fisherman and hunter of bear, deer and birds. He loved his family and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. His great joy was watching football games and game shows. He also enjoyed watching the squirrels while relaxing on the deck.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary Ames of Charlotte; daughters, Kim (Bruce) Bailey of Charlotte, Elizabeth (George) Gustack of New Baltimore, Rose Ames and friend Lanny of Ortonville; son, Bill McQuaid of Covington, Ky.; mother, Alice Ames of Renton Wash.; brother, Douglas (Julie) Ames of Brenton, Wash.; sister-in-law, Evelyn Ames of Appleton, Wis.; brother-in-law, Arthur (Vivian) Normand of Munising; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Beauchaine of Ormond Beach, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his faterh, Henry Ames, and a brother, Harold Ames.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date in Munising.

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

 

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Donald H. Anderson

 

   Dr. Donald Hess Anderson, 91, of Holt, formerly of Portland, passed away at home Monday, Oct. 18, 2004.

   Dr. Anderson was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving as a physician in New Guinea; the Philippines, where he was awarded the Bronze Star; and South Korea. In 1946 he opened his family practice in Portland, and in 1980 he received a Distinguished Citizen’s Award from the Portland VFW Post 4090. He later received a special tribute from the Michigan Legislature and the Michigan State Medical Society for exceptional service and dedication to his profession. He was TRW’s plant physician for 40 years and also served as the Ionia County medical examiner for many years. He retired in 1991. He particularly enjoyed growing prize-winning irises and roses, traveling all over the world, fishing, and playing cards with friends. He loved being a part of the Portland community, caring for three generations of its families, and believed that “the greatest pleasure any person can have is knowing they are doing something good for others.”

   Dr. Anderson was preceded in death by his first wife, Faye (Hawley) Anderson, and a sister, Virginia Crandall.

   He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Jaclyn; two sisters, Dorothy Smith of Dallas, Texas, and Vivian Kinek of Portage; his children, Merlin (Sharon) Anderson of Charlotte, Richard (Beth) Anderson of Lyons, and Sandra (Ronnie) Owens of Plantation, Fla.; step-children, Teri (Jack) Rutter of Horsehead Lake, Craig Allen of Lansing, Cris (Julie) Allen of Eaton Rapids and Brian (Tama) Allen of Dimondale; six grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, six great-grandsons and two step-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association (Michigan Chapter), 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 117, Bingham Hills, MI 48025. Online condolences may be made at www.schrauben-lehman.com.

 

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Ruth Esther Andrews

 

   Ruth Esther Andrews, 84, of Bellevue, died Oct. 26, 2004 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. She was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Benton Harbor.

   She worked for Post Cereals for 32 years, and she was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

   Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Andrews in 2001 and her parents, the McClellans.

   Surviving are daughters, Debbie Steiner of Charlotte, Esther Ican of Bellevue; sons, Dan Andrews of Battle Creek and Mark Andrews of Olivets; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and sister, Thelma Decker of Olivet.

   Friends may call from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Shaw Funeral Home, Battle Creek. Graveside services will take place 2:30 p.m. Monday at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Doris M. Arnold

 

   Doris M. Arnold, age 101, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 5, 2004 in Dimondale. Doris was born March 13, 1903 in Fremont, IN, the daughter of Laucious and Geneva (Huss) Cowell. Doris was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church and former owner and operator of the Western Auto in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Arnold in 1992; twin brother, Dale Cowell, brother, Howard Cowell; 2 sisters, Ethyl Mae Byles, Madge Howard; niece, Doris Williamson and nephew, Dr. Vic Berglund.

   Surviving are her 10 nieces, Carol (Robert) Thompson of MN, Ann Berglund of Portage, Ernestine (Payson) Lincoln of CA, Barbara (Stan) Fleece of Niles, Sally (R.C.) Wingert of FL, Sue (Bill) Everett of Jackson, Betty (Phil) Campbell of Barryton, Nancy Burch of IN, Connie (John) Lowe of Reading, Mary Ann (Cleo) Swan of Hillsdale; 4 nephews, Dr. Tom (Jill) Berglund of Kalamazoo, Dan (Sue) Berglung of FL, Gary (Mary) Arnold of Bellevue, and Harry (Sonya) Arnold of Battle Creek.

   Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2004, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow with graveside services at 3:00 p.m. at Maple Wood Cemetery, Reading. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church in memory of Doris.

 

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Larry T. Arras

 

   Larry Thomas Arras, 62, of Springport, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004.

   Mr. Arras was born May 15, 1942 in Jenera, Ohio, the son of Orlen and Bonnie (Baughman) Arras. Larry served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He worked for Oldsmobile for 35 years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by his wife, Simone (Bonewits); daughter Theresa Arras of Charlotte, son Christopher (Marlena) Arras of Charlotte, daughter Laura (Kenneth) Coats of Springport, daughter Jeannette Arras of Marshall, son James Orlen Arras of Onondaga; six grandchildren; brother Ronald Arras of Lansing, sister Diana Goodrick of Nevada, brother Gregory Arras of Mason, mother Bonnie Arras of Mason, mother-in-law Jeannette Bonewits of Charlotte, father-in-law James Edwin Bonewits of Oregon.

   He was preceded in death by his father Orlen Arras and sister, Sally Arras.

   Funeral services were held May 29 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Kevin Hale officiating. Interment was at Jones Cemetery in Rives Junction.

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

 

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Daryl Morris Artz

 

   Daryl M. Artz, age 87 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, November 18, 2004 at the Sparrow/Dimondale Center after a lengthy illness. He was born September 23, 1917 in Bunkerhill Township, the son of Walter J. and Josie Mae (Walker) Artz. He attended school at Reaves where his mother taught and also at Dansville School. Mr. Artz worked in Guam as an airplane mechanic and a crane operator during World War II. He later drove for Howard Sobers out of Lansing, delivering trucks throughout the United States for 21 years, retiring in 1971. Daryl belonged to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, he enjoyed playing cards. His homes were in Eaton Rapids and Florida. He was a lawn and tree perfectionist.

   Surviving are a sister, Dorothy (Arnz) Nettleman; niece, Janice Dempsey; 2 great-nephews, Mark Dempsey and Brian Dempsey; 1 great-nephew, Matthew Dempsey. Preceding him in death were his parents; a niece, Christine Nettleman; a great-niece, Angelia Dempsey; and great-great-nephew, Mark Travis Dempsey.

   Memorial services will be at a later date with a burial of cremains in the Fairview Cemetery in Dansville. For online condolences go to skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Richard K. Aston

 

   Richard “Dick” K. Aston, 70, of Bellevue, died April 30, 2004 at home surrounded by family and friends.

   Dick was born Aug. 31, 1933 in Battle Creek to Arthur and Cleo (Burkett) Aston. He married June Roberts on Sept. 11, 1950; she survives. Dick worked for Michigan Carton-St. Regis for 33 years and moved on to Post Cereal for 11 years until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1995. He loved fishing, hunting and woodcarving. He also enjoyed photography, showing his classic Studebaker at local car shows, participating in Civil War re-enactments as a cannoneer and was an avid NASCAR fan. Dick was a member of the Battle Creek Balloon Club piloting Kandi II, which he owned, and the Post Sugar Bear Balloon from 1986 to 1992. He was also a member of the Leaning Tree Carving Club where he was actively carving until recently.

   Surviving are his wife, June; sons, Steve (Sharl) Aston of Bellevue and Jeff Aston of Hastings; daughters, Cindy (Stacey) Garrison of Hastings, Cathy Aston of Rome, Ga., Cherie (Oscar) Vanneste of Charlotte and Pam (Chris) French of Bellevue; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Deloris Richardson of Irons and Linda (Tom) Russell of Delton.

   Graveside services were held May 4 at Bell Cemetery in Assyria Township, with Jay Taylor of Thornapple Valley Community Church officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care or Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Orville C. Austin

 

   Orville Charles “Mike” Austin, 92, passed away in Charlotte on Tuesday, April 6, 2004.

   Mr. Austin was born March 3, 1912 in Lawrence, to Orrie and Martha (Johnson) Austin. He married Ruth Marie Campbell on Jan. 27, 1935 and lived on their Grand Ledge farm since 1947. Mike was a farmer and also worked for the state of Michigan, Charlotte Armory for a number of years. He loved to spend time with family, enjoyed gardening and fishing, and spending time at their trailer in Florida.

   Mike was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William and Leo (Pat) Austin; sisters, Helen McGowen and Catherine Phillips; son, Charles Austin; grandsons, Kyle Austin and Anthony Smith; and great-grandchild, Lance Austin.

   Surviving are his wife, Ruth; son, Phillip (Linda) Austin; daughters, Rosalie Austin and Diana Legler; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren; and many loving neighbors, family members and friends.

   Services were held April 9 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Pastor Lester DeGroot of Nashville Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Delta Center Cemetery.

 

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Dick Alvin Bailey

 

   Dick Alvin Bailey, age 67, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 19, 2004 at his residence. Dick was born March 16, 1937 in Lansing, the son of Harrison Leroy and Arvilla (Thompson) Bailey. He was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are his former wife, Beverly Jean Bailey of Eaton Rapids; 2 daughters, Shawn Marie Bailey of Pontiac, Sebrina Ann (David) Mathews of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, Ricky (Lisa) Bailey and Michael Lee Bailey both of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Jason, Matosha, Nicole, Mark, Kevin, Alisha; 1 great grandson, Mathew Lawless; 2 brothers, Lyle (Marge) Nevins of Holt, Jack (Donna) Bailey of TN; 1 sister, Nete (Casimer) Smolinski of Lansing and several nieces and nephews.

   There will be no services at this time. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

 

Madge Bailey

 

   Madge “Bunny” Bailey, age 86, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, died Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after a long illness.

   Mrs. Bailey was born in Plainwell, the daughter of John and Tillie Blanchard. She was an active member and lifetime deaconess at the South Baptist Church in Lansing.

   Surviving are one daughter, Beverly Fritz of Montgomery, Ill.; two sons, Robert (Donna) Bailey of Charlotte and Timothy Bailey of Lansing; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Richard Bailey in 1992.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

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

 

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Cynthia Kay Bair-Martin

 

   Cindi Bair-Martin, 51, passed away Jan. 2 at Charlotte.

   She was born at the residence where she lived Dec. 16, 1952 the daughter of Hazel Fern Smith and Alva Roy Bair. Cindi was an employee of Tractor Supply Company, Delta Township Store. She was a 1971 graduate of Grand Ledge High School. Cindi was a life-long resident in the Grand Ledge area. She grew up on a dairy farm, which was in the family for four generations. She was a very avid deer hunter, enjoyed sports and the outdoors with her horses, which she showed and went to parades with. She belonged to the Percheron Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Eaton County Draft Horse and Pont Club, Eaton County Sheriff Department Mounted Division, the Moose Lodge #288, Moose Motorcycle Club and the Grand Ledge Fire Department. Cindi was a member of the Bible Missionary Church of Grand Ledge.

   She was predeceased by her father, Alva Roy Bair in 1976 and sister, Bonnie Sue Bair in 1964.

   Survivors include her husband, Dan; sons, Nicholas Alva of Eagle, John Patrick of Grand Ledge; daughter, Melissa Ann of Grand Ledge; one grandson and one granddaughter; mother, Hazel Rose of Mason; brother, Stephen Charles Bair of Potterville; stepmother and stepfather, June (Bob) Conrad of Grand Ledge; half-sister, Jennifer Rose of Adrian, two half-brothers; and many, many special friends.

   Services were held Jan. 6 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge with Rev. Jack Shell of the Bible Missionary Church officiating. Interment followed at the Pioneer Cemetery, Oneida Township.

   Contributions to the Eaton Community Hospice would be appreciated.

 

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John Balger

 

   John Balger, 76, died Feb. 18, 2004 at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital of natural causes after a brief illness.

   Beloved and adored by his family and those who knew him, John lived his life according to Christian teachings, simply, truly and without fanfare. Retired after 42 years as a roll turner for Great lakes Steel, John spent his last years enjoying his grandchildren. A 1945 graduate of Lincoln Park High School, John particularly loved baseball, playing right field for his high school team and in the Detroit Federation of Baseball. A veteran of the U.S. Army, John served as a weapons platoon sergeant in the Korean War. John loved nothing more than celebrating life at family gatherings, surrounded by his loved ones, hoisting a few brews. When alone, he enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading.

   John was preceded in death by his father, Dan Balger, his mother Valeria (Ciontea) Balger, both natives of Romania, and his brother Dan Balger of Wyandotte and Sun City, Ariz. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Lavoie of San Rafael, Calif., and Miles (Eileen) Balger of Whitehouse, Tenn.; his beloved wife of 55 years, Shirley (Switzer) Balger; sister-in-law, Kay Balger of Sun City West, Ariz.; children, Dr. Jim (Sue) Balger of Charlotte, Barb (Morris) Byrd of Woodhaven, John (Yen) Balger of Southgate, and Debbie (Leo) Adami of Dearborn; grandchildren, Mike (Stephanie) Schuler, Tony Bonsall, Jennifer Byrd, Abbi Balger, Lisa (Mike) Kuszczak,, John Balger, and Joshua and David Adami; six great-grand-children and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 21 in state at 10 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 12250 Fort Street, Southgate.

 

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Margaret L. Ballard

 

   Margaret L. (Milbourn) Ballard, 88, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Ballard was born Nov. 30, 1915 in Windsor Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Virgil and Mary (Snell) Milbourn and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She was a 1935 graduate of Vermontville High School, was an avid gardener and loved flowers. She was always cheerful regardless of the situation.

   Surviving are her children, Larry Ballard of Olivet, June Benson (Bruce) of Perry and Carol Ballard of Lansing; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and special friends, Jean Proseus of Lansing and Barbara Morgan of Ionia.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Grayson Ballard, and brothers, Lawrence and Robert Milbourn.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 14 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Hattie Lear (Smith) Baribeau

 

   Hattie Lear (Smith) Baribeau, 94, of Grand Ledge, passed away Sept. 23, 2004.

   Hattie received a teaching degree from Ferris Institute (now Ferris State University) and a master’s degree from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University).

   In 1938, at the age of 29, as a result of a fall, Hattie suffered a serious brain injury and was left unable to talk, read, write, or even tell the time of day. After a lengthy rehabilitation, she became interested in helping the mentally challenged. Subsequently, Hattie and her husband, George, opened the first licensed boarding home for mentally handicapped children in the state. Thus began a lifetime of service to others. Hattie became director of the Woodhaven Center for Retarded Children in 1961, and upon its merge with the Beekman Center in Lansing, she became executive director of Beekman and the Greater Lansing Association for retarded Children, retiring in 1971.

   In retirement, she continued to serve as a consultant and promoter of legislation benefiting the mentally challenged. Hattie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Grand Ledge and was an enthusiastic worker on numberous projects until her health failed; she was also active in various youth and political groups and was a great supporter of Grand Ledge by taking part in many community activities, early in her career.

   Hattie served as the first full-time secretary for the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce. She was also a long-time member of the Country Club of Lansing. Ferris State University twice honored Hattie with Award, citing her statewide recognition as an authority in the education of handicapped people and for her courage and determination in overcoming a personal tragedy. At the time of her death, Hattie was the oldest living recipient of the Alumnus Award.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, George Lear and Dr. Charles Baribeau; parents, Ira and Reva Smith; and brothers Don and Glen Smith.

   Surviving are her son, Tom (Peg) Lear of Grand Ledge; daughter, Kathy (Rick) Hasselbring of Grand Ledge; brother, Elwin Smith of Charlotte; sister, Shirley Sleight of Farwell; sister-in0law, Thursa Smith and special friends Larry and Pam Lyon of Sunfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Hattie’s final act of helping others was to donate her body for research to the University of Michigan.

   A memorial service was held Oct. 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Ledge, with Rev. Molly C. Turner and Rev. William J. “Bill” Amundsen officiating. A graveside interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge will take place at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

 

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Marian A. Barnard

 

   Marian Alberta Barnard, 92, of Charlotte, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004.

   Mrs. Barnard was born May 17, 1910 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of James and Rachel (Webster) Rulison.

   She is survived by son Robert (Lou Ann) Barnard of Ocala, Fla., and granddaughter Diane.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Mirl John Barnard in 1958 and son Thomas James Barnard in 1997.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Marshall Barnard

 

   Marshall Barnard, 62 of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004. Mr. Barnard was born April 19, 1941 in Fowlerville, the son of Harry L. and Irene May (Blair) Barnard.

   He was a lift truck operator at Motor Wheel. He loved the old sitcoms, Eagle community dinners and enjoyed his friendships.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Barnard, parents, brothers, Harry, Darwin, Dean and sisters Dorene and Barbara.

   He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (Jeff) Hale of Inonia, step-son Kenneth (Cindy) Blanchard of Charlotte, sisters Marie Wilson of Charlotte, Norlene (David) Esterline of Cambria, brother, Alden Barnard of Charlotte, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at Five Corners Church with Pastor Marten Suanders officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until time of service.

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

 

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Edward J. Bartha

 

   Edward Julius Bartha, 67, of Bellevue, died Jan. 7, 2004 at home.

   He was born Feb. 3, 1936 in Leechburg, Pa., the son of Sigmund and Elizabeth (Orosz) Bartha. Edward graduated from Bethel College in Indiana and worked as a teacher at Harper Creek Schools for 13 years and retired from Excel Industries after 20 years in 1997. He served in the U.S. Navy as a PN3 from 1955-1959, in the Army National Guard, 110th Fighter Wing, as a tech sergeant from 1979 through 1996. Edward married Charlene Quick, who survives. He was a member of American Legion, Post 54. Ed coached and cooked hot dogs for Bellevue’s summer ball program.

   Surviving are his wife, Charlene; sons, Edward (Heidi) Bartha and Charles (Armina) Bartah, both of Bellevue; daughter, Lynda (Ron) Colvin of Kalamazoo; five grandchildren; and brothers, Ernest Bartha and Joseph Bartha of Elyria, Ohio, and Raymond Bartha of Apollo, Pa.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Zsigmund Bartha.

   Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 at Shaw Funeral Home in Battle Creek, where family will be present from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. Services will take place at noon Monday, Jan. 12 at the funeral home, with Dr. Kingery Clinginpeel officiating. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

   Memorials may go to First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ or Bellevue Youth Recreation Building Fund, c/o Bellevue Independent Bank. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Daniel L. Bassett

 

   Daniel L. Bassett, 53, of Assyria Township, died Monday April 12, 2004 at home.

   He was born Nov. 3, 1950 in Battle Creek to Donald and Patricia (Ellis) Bassett. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1970 and was employed 33 years with Owens-Illinois in Charlotte. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gun collecting.

   Surviving are his parents; sister, Jeanette (Paul) Graham of Bellevue; brother, Mark (Nancy) Bassett of Bellevue; three nieces, two nephews, two great-nephews and a great niece.

   Graveside services were held April 15 at Ellis Cemetery.

   Memorials may be made to the Bellevue Fire Department or American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Michael W. Baxter

 

   Michael W. Baxter, 45, of Baraboo, Wis., passed away peacefully at his residence Monday, Nov. 29, 2004.

   Michael was born Nov. 25, 1959 in Charlotte, the son of Wilbur and ZoeAnn (Stark) Baxter. He resided in Alaska with his father where he graduated from high school in 1977. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and specialized in EOC, Demolition Expert. After his tour of duty, he moved to Baraboo in 1983. Michael enjoyed Tuff Truck racing and was an avid outdoorsman.

   Survivors include his daughter, Fawn Faxter, age 21; son Michael Baxter, age 16; grandson, Hayden Gene Schroeder, age 9 months; his mother, ZoeAnn Baxter; and sister, Cindy Baxter, all living in Baraboo; aunt and uncle, Cy and Shirley Stark; cousins, Tom, Richard, John and Bob Stark and their families of Charlotte; and many friends and loved ones.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Kenneth Baxter; maternal grandparents, Norris and Dorothy Stark; paternal grandparents, Wilbur and Pauline Baxter Schafer; and his step-grandfather, Orville Schafer.

   A memorial service was held Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Rago Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve and Deb Ohrtman officiating. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville, with Rev. Michael Arnold officiating.

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

 

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Beverly A. Beals

 

   Beverly A. Beals, 72, of Potterville, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

   Mrs. Beals was born Feb. 28, 1932 in Lansing, the daughter of Herman and Dorothy (Dickerson) Durbin. She enjoyed gardening and the Senior Health chat room on her computer.

   She is survived by children, Nancy Sinabarger, Terri (Terry) Weikert and Susan Card, all of Grand Ledge, Jill (Randy) Martin of Potterville and Russell (Becky) Beals Jr. of Lansing; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Herman (Vi) Durbin and Harriet (Roy) Eitniear, both of Potterville, Dorothy (Jerry) Tegethoff of Eaton Rapids, Katheryn (Chuch) Tegethoff of Harrison, Aletha (Stanley) Beals of Charlotte and Jean Neubert of Lansing; and many other loving family members and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Beals in 1986; and a sister, Barbara Mathews in 1982.

   There will be a time of fellowship with the family at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8 in the Potterville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the Potterville United Methodist Church; envelopes will be available at the church.

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

 

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Carl M. Bennett

 

   Carl M. Bennett, age 90, of Eaton Rapids, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to heaven to join his loving wife, Claribel “Sally” Bennett, on Friday, December 31, 2004. Carl was born December 19, 1914 in Indiana, the son of Nellie Hanger Bennett and Bert Manley Bennett. Carl retired from Eaton Corporation of Jackson, Michigan (Aeroquip) in 1972. Carl was employed by Oldsmobile, Reo and Phillips Manufacturing as a Machinist during his working life. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Robert Bennett and his wife of 67 years.

   Surviving are his daughter, Barbara Lampson of Eaton Rapids and son, Brian Bennett of Carson City, MI; grandchildren, Valarie (Martin) Phillipich, Debora (Jason) Knight, Michael (Yon Kyu) Burros and Joseph (Brenda) Barros, Rebecca (Bill) Hoag, Wendy (Jeff) Moncada, Lisa (Frank) Pack and Susan (Allen) Dowell; step-grandchildren, Steven Lampson and fiancé, Kelly Malloy, Renee (Patrick) Dubois and Michelle (Paul) Nicholas; 17 great-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on January 3, 2005 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Carl M. Bennett. For online condolences go to, www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Clynis A. Benson

 

   Clynis A. Benson, 87, of Zephyr Hills, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 at Heartland of Zephyr Hills, in Zephyr Hills, Fla.

   He was born Dec. 20, 1916 in Rock Lake, N.D., the son of Eugene and Ada M. Miller Benson. He graduated from Charlotte High School with the class of 1934. He was a foreman at Minor-Walton Bean Co. for 23 years and retired in 1979 from the J.P. Burrough Bean Co. Clynis was a past member of the Charlotte Jaycees, Kiwanis, and the Charlotte Flying Club, and served in the Michigan National Guard, Charlotte City Council, and the Eaton County Board of Supervisors.

   He was married on May 21, 1966 to Ida May Scott in Belding, and she survives along with his children, Karl Benson of Stanford, Ky., Neil Benson of Red Wing, Minn., Duane and Elizabeth Benson of Niles, Cheryl Potrofka of Burgaw, N.C., Lora and Steve Dunham of Lone Tree, Iowa, and Tina Butterbaugh of Lexington, Ky. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gordon and Frances Scott of Alaska.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Fordyce and Ardyth.

   Memorial services are planned for the spring. Interment was at Alton Cemetery in Lowell.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alvah N. Belding Library. Arrangements were by Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Belding. Further information is available at www.jffh.com.

 

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Debra S. Berry

 

   Debra Sue “Debbie” Berry, 42, of Bellevue, died Dec. 20, 2004 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Debbie was born Jan. 28, 1962 to Corlis “Cork” and Carolyn (Clemons) Berry in Battle Creek. She attended Ann j. Kellogg, Doris Klaussen Center, Battle Creek Central and Bellevue schools. She enjoyed playing cards and table games.

   Debbie is survived by her parents of Bellevue; sister, Julie (Michael) Phillips of Georgetown, Ky.; grandmother, Ilo Berry; niece, Rachael Phillips; and nephews, Bradley and Todd Phillips.

   She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Lester Berry; maternal grandparents, Leroy and Marjorie Clemons; and sister, Dawn, at birth in 1963.

   Services were held Dec. 23 at Baseline United Methodist Church, with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating. Interment was at Bell Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Baseline United Methodist Church or the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activity Fund. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Mary L. Blake

 

   Mary “Blondie” L. Blake, age 77, of Nashville, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Blondie was born Nov. 15, 1926 in Vermontville, the daughter of John and Lena (Neff) Gaedert. She was raised in the Vermontville area and attended Bismark Country School through the eighth grade, then graduated from Vermontville High School. On Feb. 28, 1948 in Angola, Ind., she married Earl Blake. The couple spent their entire lives together in the Nashville area, where they raised their family. Blondie was employed at Hastings Manufacturing for 28 years before retiring in 1989. Along with her husband Earl, the couple enjoyed playing bingo and square dancing together.

   Blondie leaves behind many dear friends, as well as her son, Robert (Joyce) Blake; grandson, Travis Blake; great-granddaughter, Olivia Blake; brothers, Donald, Leo and Phil Gaedert; sister, Gleaner Rasey; and her beloved Labrador, “Bailey.”

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Earl.

   A memorial funeral luncheon was held Feb. 3 at the VFW Hall in Nashville.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Nashville Ambulance or Fire Department. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home of Nashville.

 

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Rebecca E. Bonilla

 

   Rebecca “Becky” Ellen Bonilla, 39, of Cheboygan, formerly of Potterville, died Aug. 27, 2004 at her home.

   Rebecca was born May 18, 1965 in Lansing, the daughter of Thomas and Cheren (Woodward) Skuse. She moved to Cheboygan four years ago from Potterville, and worked as a nurse’s aide and caregiver. Her hobbies included reading, fishing, camping and gardening. Becky enjoyed her large collection of cows – cow figurines, stuffed cows, etc. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and ability to love and laugh.

   Surviving are: companion of 12 years, Donald Rewerts of Cheboygan; daughters, Ashley Skuse (Corey Hogarth) of Potterville, Stephanie Bonilla of Cheboygan; son, Mark Bonilla (Nichole Chorey) of Cheboygan; infant grandson, Eathen Bonilla of Cheboygan; father, Tom and Peggy Skuse of Onaway; brothers, Kevin Skuse of Charlotte, Matthew Skuse of San Diego, Calif., Mark Fillmore of Mason; sisters, Jeanneen Dalos of Jerome, Idaho, Ann Skuse of Mason, Carolyn Brown of Mason; and grandmother, Ellen (Woodward) Palmer of Sarasota, Fla. Becky was preceded in death by her mother, Cheren Kay (Woodward) Skuse, and a son, Antonio Thomas Bonilla. Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at Chagnon Funeral Home in Onaway, with Elder Denise Pauly officiating. Interment was at Waverly Township Cemetery in Onaway.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Becky’s family, c/o Chagnon Funeral Home, P.O. Box 480, Onaway, MI 49765.

 

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William G. Boone

 

   William Gene Boone, 47, was born May 19, 1957 in Traverse City, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 28, 2004.

   Bill was a 1975 graduate of Charlotte High School, attended Ferris State University and has been a resident of Charlotte since 1971. He was employed with the state of Michigan as a correction officer at Jackson State Prison for 16 years. Bill was extremely involved with his children’s wrestling, football, basketball and cheerleading, and loved doing things for his family. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He enjoyed sharing his garden produce with his family and friends.

   Bill is survived by his wife, Tamela Ruth; son, Corbin Joseph; daughter, Erin Emily; parents, Wendell Gene and Lou Ann Boone; brother, Sscott Matthew Boone (Vicki) of Jackson, Miss.; sisters, Wendy Lou Fox (Michael) of Olivet, and Teresa “Terrie” Sue Halsey of Whitmore Lake; grandmother, Lucile A. Boone of Traverse City, and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Daniel Joseph Boone, Percy Roland Schepers and Geraldine Schepers-Caulkins; and aunt, Nancy Schepers-Coats. Funeral services were held July 31 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, 210 E. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for the children. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.preayfuneral.com.

 

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Hazel M. Booth

 

   Hazel May Booth, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at the age of 102.

   Mrs. Booth was born March 8, 1902 on the Laverty Farm in Eaton County, the daughter of George and Ella Margaret (Summers) Laverty. She worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge #68 of Charlotte.

   She is survived by nieces, Margie (Kenneth) McClurg of Jackson, Lucille (Norman) Hogle of Charlotte; nephew, Bill Ely of Jackson; and sister-in-law, Gladys Booth of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd B. Booth; her infant daughter; and brother, Don Laverty.

   Funeral services were held March 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Michalcewicz officiating. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

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

 

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Hal G. Boughton

 

   Hal G. “Bud” Boughton, 87, of Warren, formerly a longtime resident of Roseville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004 at his home. He was born Nov. 22, 1916 in Roxand Township.

   Mr. Boughton retired from the Bud Company, where he worked as a boiler operator. He served during World War II as a tank driver in Europe. Relatives said his price and joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   He is survived by his children, James (Dorothy) of Chelsea, Gary (Mary) of Clinton Township, Alen (Linda) of Warren and Patricia (Perry) Lutchinson of Warren; sister-in-law, Fran (Shaver) and her husband Bob Bigham; 11 granchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Clara (nee Shaver) on May 25, 1985; and parents, Lewis and Blanch Boughton.

   A funeral service was held Jan. 23 at Kaul Funeral Home in Roseville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

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Grace M. Boyer

 

   Grace M. Boyer, 81, of Bellevue, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004 at her home.

   She was born Aug. 10, 1923 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Roy and Maggie (Ingraham) Thomas. Grace was a longtime active member of Bellevue First Baptist Church.

   She was preceded in death by husband Fred S. Boyer in 1998, whom she married in 1939; son Brian David Boyer in 1975, and her parents.

   Grace is survived by her daughters, Clara (Ken) Williams of Drummond Island, Janice (Duane) Dingman of ellevue; son, Fred (Nancy) Boyer of Coloma; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

   A Celebration of Life service was held Sept. 24 at Bellevue First Baptist Church, with Pastor Donald Francis officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Joseph L. Boyer

 

   Joseph L. Boyer, 81, of Potterville, died Tuesday evening, June 29, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Mr. Boyer was born Jan. 4, 1923 in Lansing, a son of Joseph L. and Geraldine (Lundy) Boyer Sr. He was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School, an Army veteran of World War II (serving in Normandy), a life member of Potterville VFW Post 6043 and a retired state employee.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Edna; three sons, Wayne (Jan) Boyer of Clearwater Beach, Fla., Robert (Ann) Boyer of Brimley and Ronald (SueEllen) Boyer of Potterville; six grandchildren and one great-grandson; two half-sisters, Ann (Richard) Jones of Grand Ledge and Emmalene (Dr. Lynn) McConnell of Hastings; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Karen King.

   Services were held July 2 at Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale, with Pastor mark Slocum officiating. Military honors followed at Benton Township Cemetery by VFW Post 701. Pallbearers were Able Anzaldua, Mark Boyer, Wayne Boyer and Douglas Jones. Honorary bearer was Paul Jones.

 

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William D. Braden

 

   William D. “Bill” Braden, 58, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Braden was born July 7, 1945 in Battle Creek, the son of Albert Jay and Helen Marie (Steward) Ainsworth. Mr. Braden was an automobile painter in the automobile repair business and was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed painting cars, snowmobiling and bowling with his family.

   He is survived by his wife, Diana (Bowen) Braden; daughter, Dena (Jim) Meeker of Charlotte; son, Billy Braden of North Carolina; grandchildren, Teanne, Olivia and Lindsey; brothers, Dan (Bev) Ainsworth of Battle Creek, Randy Braden of Arizona; sister, Dawn Braden of Kentucky; father, Albert Ainsworth of Battle Creek; and mother, Helen (Andy) Branagh of Arizona.

   He was preceded in death by Moe “Homer” Braden and step-mother Rosie “PeeWee” Ainsworth.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Todd McLane officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township, Olivet.

   If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Anna E. Bradfield

 

   Anna E. Bradfield, born March 17, 1905, went home to be with her Lord and beloved husband, Jason, on Jan. 14, 2004, at the age of 98.

   Surviving are her daughters, Beverly Taylor; son, David (Sharon) Bradfield; grandchildren, Shelley (Daryl) Tarket, Don (Teresa) West, Leona (Steve) Keeler, Mike (Michelle) Bradfield, Chris (Tami) Bradfield, Brenda (Murice) Randall; 15 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

   Anne did many things in her life. She was in sales, and helped her husband with bookkeeping in Charlotte and Springport. She and Jason owned the Springport Health Center for many years. She was an aide, working for the Albion Library in the Children’s Room until she was 89. Anne loved music, and was a member of the Springport United Methodist Church and choir. She was also a member of the Tuesday Club and Eastern Stars. Anne’s greatest blessing was her family.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 17 at Robertson Funeral Homes, Springport Cemetery.

   For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Springport United Methodist Church, 127 W. Main St., Springport, MI 48284.

 

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John H. Bradley

 

   John H. Bradley, 56, of Springport, formerly of Olivet, died Friday, April 16, 2004 at Foote Hospital in Jackson.

   John was born Feb. 28, 1948 in Charlotte, the son of James and Dorothy (Loveless) Bradley and was a lifelong resident of the Olivet and Springport areas. He was a 1966 graduate of Olivet High School, and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he was awarded three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. He was a life member of the Big 9 Sportman’s Club at Polaski and a member of the MUCC. John was employed for 24 years at Pet Milk Co. in Charlotte and currently had been employed for 13 years at Spartan Chassis in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his daughter, Doria Bradley of Springport; sister, Judy Bradley of Payson, Ariz.; brother, Gil (Emma) Seger of Springport; nephew, Lance Seger of Springport; mother-in-law, Georgia Seger of Springport; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Patricia (Seger) Bradley on Dec. 25, 2001.

   Funeral services were held April 20 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ele’s Place or the hospice of one’s choice.

 

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Betty L. Brandon

 

   Betty Lou (Peters) Brandon, 76, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004.

   Mrs. Brandon was born May 5, 1928 in Charlotte, the daughter of Charles Elgin and Helen Marie (Spicer) Peters. She graduated from Olivet High School in 1946 and married Robert Loyd Brandon on June 22, 1946. She worked at Wilcox-Gay and Recordio Corporations for approximately 10 years, until they closed their doors in 1961. Betty went to work for Century Mutual Insurance Company as a receptionist and then claims secretary for the next 29 years, retiring in December 1990. Then in July 1994 Joe Pray called and asked her to work part-time at the funeral home, which she did until her health would not allow her the past couple of months.

   She belonged to Charlotte First Congregational Church, Mary Martha Circle, Charlotte Rebekah Lodge #68, Southside Mothers Club and a life member of the Eaton Area Senior Center.

   She is survived by two sons, Charles Robert (Barbara) Brandon of Charlotte, Kevin Lee (Kathy) Brandon of West Virginia; two daughters, Pamela Lynn (Gerald) Johnson of Olivet, Susan Marie (Larry) Pifer of Charlotte; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister, Sandra Jean Peters of Arizona; brother, Richard Duane (Marcella) Peters of Frankenmuth; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 51 years, Robert Brandon in 1997, and her parents.

   Funeral services were held June 4 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Thomas Jones officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the First Congregation Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Jeta J. Brewer

 

   Jeta Jean Brewer, of Denton, Texas, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 79, died Sunday, March 21, 2004 at the Denton Regional Hospital in Denton, Texas. Mrs. Brewer was born September 14, 1924 in Marengo, Indiana, the daughter of Norman and Rosalee (Rawlings) Key. Jeta married Ernie Brewer Jr. on December 16, 1944 in New Albany, Indiana and were married 56 years. She was a homemaker and she loved spending time baking, cooking, canning and in her younger years enjoyed fishing with her husband. She loved her “sweets” and to eat port chops thus achieving the nickname of “Porkchop”. Jeta loved to give away her homemade fudges and placemats. Preceding her in death were her husband, Ernie in 2000; sons, Joe Brewer and Ernie (Bud) Brewer; grandchildren, Patrick and Valary Brewer.

   Surviving are a son, Gary (Kathy) Brewer of Denton, Texas; daughters-in-law, Carolyn Brewer and Mary Brewer; special niece, Connie Allen; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, March 26, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Bill Steere, officiating. Interment followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Benton Brewer, Erik Heinz, Tanis Coolbaugh, Henry Smith, Ron Colley and Melvin Little, honorary bearer was Gary Brewer II.

 

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Sharolynn Brewer

 

   Sharolynn “Shari” (Ells) Brewer, 44, of Ann Arbor, formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, May 14, 2004 in Ann Arbor, after a long and courageous battle with illness.

   Mrs. Brewer was born Feb. 10, 1960 in Charlotte, the daughter of Willard and Sharon (Kiplinger) Ells. Shari served with the U.S. Army.

   She is survived by her husband, Danny; daughters, Brandy Swope and Kelsey Rachilla of Pennsylvania; her mother, Sharon (Ells) and Martin Rachilla of Charlotte; two sisters, Valerie Ells of Potterville, Tara Ells of Charlotte; and brother, Rick Ells of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

   Funeral services were held May 18 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Fred C. Britten

 

   Fred C. Britten, 73, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Charlotte and Bellevue, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 in Lansing.

   Fred was born March 21, 1931 in Eaton County, the son of Orbie and Mable (Chapman) Britten, and lived most of his life in Eaton County. He was a retired employee of Eaton Manufacturing in Marshall and was a frequent customer of Willie’s Restaurant in Charlotte.

   Surviving are three brothers, Joseph (Mary) Britten of Lansing, Floyd Britten of Bellevue and Edward (Genivive) Britten of Dimondale; and his long-time companion, Doris Oteney of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Britten in 1976.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation.

   Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20 at the Holt Assembly of God, 4973 W. Holt Road (corner of Holt and Eifert Roads), Holt, with Pastor Ron Arnett officiating. Interment of cremains was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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George H. Brownell

 

   George Harrison Brownell, age 86, of Lansing, passed away Jan. 1, 2004.

   Born March 23, 1917 in Plainwell, George and his wife of 59 years, Thelma, lived and worked in the Plainwell, Potterville and Lansing areas. George was a veteran of World War II in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant, and was awarded the Purple Heart in 1944. He was a life member of VFW Post 701 in Lansing and retired from Ingham Regional Medical Hospital – Greenlawn Campus. George loved his wife and family and enjoyed spending time with them. He loved boating, fishing, camping and hunting. His ideas to make life better were inspiring to his family.

   He is survived by his wife, Thelma; daughter, Patricia (Jack) Wardell of Charlotte; grandchildren, George, Paul, Robin, Jon and Nan (Sherman) and Russell, Julie and Jackie (Wardell); great- and great-great-grandchildren, along with in-laws and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, five sisters and one great-granddaughter.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

 

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Claire Aaron Brunton

 

   Claire Aaron Brunton, age 100, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, December 8, 2004 in Grand Ledge. He was born October 2, 1904 in Eaton Rapids Township, the only child born to John and Mildred (Brock) Brunton. Claire was a retired farmer and had served as Clerk for the Eaton Rapids Township for over 30 years. He was formerly involved with the Eaton County 4-H, as a member and leader; a member of the Eaton Farm Bureau; the Eaton Rapids Senior Center and the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. Preceding him in death was his first wife, Thelma Mae (Schofield) in 1965.

   Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Inez Brunton; 2 children, John (Ada) Brunton of Mass City, MI and Jean (Dan) Creyts of Charlotte; 6 grandchildren, Harley (Teenya) Brunton, Harold Brunton, Henry (Linda) Brunton, Ruth (Bob) Creyts/Abbott, Samantha (Dale) Gutzman and John Creyts; and 3 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, December 11, 2004 from the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery. The family was served by Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the First Baptist Church or the Bob and Becky Ministeries, in memory of Claire A. Brunton. For online condolences visit, www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Harold K. Burckholz

 

 Harold K. Buchholz, 79, of Grand Ledge, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2004 from injuries sustained in a two-car accident in Delta Township.

   Mr. Buchholz was born June 12, 1925 in Lansing, a son of Karl F. and Lena M. (Roth) Buchholz. He was a life-long farmer and a former Roxand Township trustee.

   Mr. Buchholz was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

   Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Betty; two sons, Vaughn (Debbie) Buchholz and Grand Ledge Vance (Kristine) Buchholz of Charlotte; and four grandchildren, Tracy, Michelle, Brad and Justin Buchholz.

   Services were held Sept. 24 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Jeff Gaskill of Grand Ledge Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in Needmore Cemetery.

 

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Margery D. Buckingham

 

   Margery D. Buckingham, age 87 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, October 14, 2004 at a Lansing Nursing Home. Margery was born August 6, 1917 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of DelMer and Carrie (Polper) Pierce. Margery was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church, the Farm Bureau Women’s Group, the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens, The Plains Road Birthday Club and she was an avid Spartan Fan. She was preceded in death by her brother Daniel Pierce and half brothers, Leo and Edward Florian.

   Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Henry; daughter, Barbara (Ronald) Ried of Mason and son, Roy (Carolyn) Buckingham of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Pamela (Edward) Downs, Michael (Tricia) Ried, Dennis (Maggie) Ried, Trudy (Dr. Will) Pendergraft, Brent Buckingham and J.P. (Jennifer) Buckingham; 5 great-grandchildren, Amanda Ried, Michelle and Tiffany Ried, Trevor and Logan Downs; sister-in-law, Grace Pierce and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, October 17th at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Marty Debown officiating. Burial followed at the Rosehill Cemetery. Active Pallhearers were grandchildren Brent Buckingham, Michael Ried, Dr. Will Pendergraft, J.P. Buckingham, Dennis Ried and nephew John Pierce. Honorary Pallbearers were Edward Downs, Robert Pierce, Carl Clorian, Richard Florian and Derrick Hartenburg. The family suggests memorial contributions to either the Robbins United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Historical Society for the preservation of the Plains Road Bible Church in Memory of Margery Buckingham. For online condolences, visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Betty Buell

 

   Betty Buell, 73, of Athens, Tenn., died Thursday, July 15, 2004 in Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Tenn.

   She was a native of Greensburg, Ind., and a former resident of Charlotte and Pickford in Michigan, and Harlingen, Texas. She had been a resident of Athens, Tenn., for the past year and a half. Betty was the daughter of the late Allied Mae (Thackery) and William McKinley Tellas. She was a former employee of Michigan Telephone Company and the School of Cosmetology in Harlingen, Texas.

   Her survivors are her companion and caregiver, Clifford Hunn of Athens, Tenn.; daughter, Barbara (Robert) Thomas of Athens, Tenn.; son Charles (Marcia) Buell of Potterville; two sisters, Shirley Ash and Mildred Boyles, both of Charlotte; two brothers, William Tellas of Pickford and Douglas Tellas of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; grandchildren, Denise Page (Thomas) of Cleveland, Tenn., Heather Ross (Buell) of Beavercreek, Ohio, Robert Thomas of San Diego, Calif., Melissa Buell of Lansing and Marcie Thurman (Thomas) of Atens, Tenn.; seven great-grandchildren and 18 nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Richard Buell, and her sister, Margie Maurer.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 7 at Evangel Christian Church, 1825 S. Cochran, Charlotte, with Rev. William Tate officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 313 Lansing Road, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Dorothy F. Bumstead

 

   Dorothy Frances (Adams) Bumstead, 71, of Sunfield, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004 unexpectedly at her daughter’s home.

   Dorothy was born Jan. 25, 1933 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the daughter of Francis Charles and Sara L. (Kaster) Adams.

   Mrs. Bumstead was preceded in death by her father, and a son, Dan Bumstead.

   She is survived by her mother, Sara Wohlford, of Mogadore, Ohio; three children, Tim Bumstead (fiancée Laurie Scheele and her children, Erin and Adam Scheele, and Erica Caruso), Dave (Linda) Bumstead of Grand Rapids, and Sara (Bill) Hildebrant of Sunfield; three grandchildren, Agela, Joshua and Jacob; two step-grandchildren, Jen Lake and Bill Hildebrant Jr.; four great-grandchildren; brother, Jack (Kathleen) Adams of California; sisters, Betty Gallo of Mogadore, Ohio, and Josie McKay, of Summit, Ohio.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 31, 2004 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Rev. Jeff Schrock of Sunfield United Methodist Church officiating.

   For more information, visit www.legacy.com.

 

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Juanita M. Burdette

 

   Juanita M. Burdette, age 79, of Nashville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004 at Battle Creek Health System in Battle Creek.

   Ms. Burdette was born Oct. 17, 1924 in Charleston, W.Va., the daughter of Samuel and Sylvia (Harper) Derrick. She spent her childhood years in the Charleston area and attended schools there. The family moved to the Nashville area in 1967. Ms. Burdette was employed at EPI in Battle Creek for several years, until her retirement in 1993. She enjoyed crafting, especially doing yarn projects, which she often gave to those she loved. She was also very fond of flowers and often spent time enjoying the beauty of her flower garden in the back yard.

   She is survived by her children, Jerry (Jackie), Jill, and Dale; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by one brother, Davey.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Ada I. Bush

 

   Ada I. Bush, 79, of Bellevue, formerly of Vermontville, died Thursday, June 3, 2004 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Bush was born May 24, 1925 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Burt and Viola (McCrimmon) Russell.

   She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Wright of Bellevue; grandchildren, James Wright and Sheila of Washington, Shane and Cindy Wright of Hastings; great-grandchildren, Justin and Jessica Wright of Nashville, Amber Wright of Teketah Wright of Vermontville and Eric Wright of Onondaga; great-great-grandchildren, Dylan, Logan and Nathaniel; two sisters, Harriet Cook of Tempe, Ariz., and Lola Boyer of Grand Ledge; brother, Arthur Russell of Vermontville; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard, and brothers, Harold and Norman.

   The will be no services.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in memorial of Mrs. Bush. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Charles M. Butler

 

   Charles Maynard Butler, 88, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004 at The Flower House outside of Nashville.

   Mr. Butler was born April 20, 1916 in Bellevue. Chuck graduated from Bellevue High School in 1934 and from Michigan State University, where he also received his reserve commission from the ROTC in the Cavalry. He entered active military service in January 1942 as a 2nd Lieutenant Cavalry, 772 Tank Battalion, and was discharged from active duty as a 1st Lieutenant in November 1945 as Company Commander. He landed in France in early 1945 and was in Austria when World War II ended.

   As a younger man, he worked in the family owned Bluebird Flour Mill in Bellevue. Later, he and his brother, Bob, owned and operated the Bellevue Milling Company. He retired in 1978. Chuck loved playing sports. He lettered four years in football but baseball was his passion, playing for years with his brother, Bob, for the Bellevue Independents. He was a long-time member of Hamilton Camp on the Taquahmenon River where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and storytelling with his family and friend and especially with his grandsons. He was also a lifetime member of the Bellevue Historical Society and an avid reader, relying heavily on books from the local library. In the last few years he spent time instilling in his granddaughter his love of gardening. His last months were spent at The Flower House, owned by his grandniece, Lisa Flower. There he received loving care in a country setting.

   Charles is survived by daughters, Ann Haden of Battle Creek, May Jane Hayner of Chicago, Susan Stibitz of Munising, and Nacy (Mike) Olmstead of Bellevue; special friend, Tom Stibitz of Munising; grandchildren, Brom (Youngsook) Stibitz, Abby Stibitz, Kory (Summer) Olmstead, Kyle Olmstead; great-grandson, Kenyon Olmstead; brother Robert (Helen) Butler of Nashville; and an interesting assortment of nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Carrie E. Mulvany Butler; his parents, Abram and Bessie Butler; sister, Helen Butler Gates; infant brother, Chester; and son-in-law, Bob Haden.

   Graveside services were held Aug. 14 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with Pastor Randy Stewart of Bethel Baptist Church, Battle Creek, officiating. Good friend, Ralph Robertson, also shared his thoughts.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Township Library or Barry-Eaton Hospice. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Glen B. Butler

 

   Glen B. Butler, of Charlotte, died Sunday June 27, 2004.

   Mr. Butler was born Dec. 31, 1916, the son of James and Edna (Pierce) Butler in Springport. Glen retired after many years in the logging business and was an avid gardener. He was a member of Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, Rebecca Lodge #68 and a former member of Grand Valley #31 Ladies Encampment Auxiliary.

   He is survived by his wife, Geneva (French); daughter Glenna Mae (Ronald) Curtis of Florida, son William B. (Amy) Butler of Charlotte, daughter Nancy J. (Colin) Davis of Charlotte, son Melvin Butler (Sandy Shaw) of DeWitt, daughter Shirley (George) Barker of Dresden, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by son James Butler in 1964.

   Funeral service was held June 30 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital or Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lyle Buxton

 

   Lyle Buxton, 92, of Charlotte, passed away Monday, Oct. 4, 2004.

   Mr. Buxton was born May 22, 1912 in Haslett, the son of Walter F. and Mabel (Benedict) Buxton. Lyle served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Many local folks will remember him as a loan processor for Farmers Home Association for many years until his retirement. Mr. Buxton was a former Boy Scout leader for many years, and was an active supporter of the Republican Party and number of community organizations, including First Baptist Church and Chester Gospel Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Jane (Oswald) Buxton; daughter, Sharon Bos of Virginia; grandson, Deron Bos of New York; step-children, Sharah Lynn Purdy of Spring Arbor, Robert Daniel Robison of Allendale, and Crystal Wierenga of Spring Arbor; and step grandchildren, Catharine, Ashley and Mickayla.

   Memorial services were held Oct. 8 at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Chester Gospel Church for various charitable organizations.

 

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Gerald G. Buyea

 

   Gerald G. Buyea, of Springport, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Saturday, May 22, 2004, at home under the loving care of his family, at the age of 72. Gerald was the former owner of the Stein Tavern and he retired from the VFW National Home for Children. He also worked for several years for Northwest Airlines.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Jackie, two sons, Jerry (Jill) of Lansing, and Michael (Debbie) of Idaho, one granddaughter, Vanessa Buyea of Marquette, one sister, Jan Whalls, of Linden, MI and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

   According to his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the Springport American Legion, Adams – Rockey Post #6056, on June 6, 2004, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Doner officiating. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home for Children. Arrangements by J.C. Adams Funeral Homes, Springport Chapel.

 

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Rev. W. Glen Campbell

 

   Rev. W. Glen Campbell, age 85, went to be with his Lord on June 15, 2004 at his home in rural Eaton Rapids surrounded by his family and supported by the caring members of the Eaton Community Hospice. He was born on March 19, 1919 on a farm near Lake Crystal MN to Ray and Grace (Buss) Campbell. Rev. Campbell and his wife spent 20 years in the ministry, pasturing Baptist Churches in Richfield, St. Paul and Delavan, MN and Orangeville MI. In 1967 Mr. Campbell became a pastor-counselor at the Radio Bible Class Ministries of Grand Rapids, MI and served until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Baptist Haiti Mission board and served as its president for 30 years. In 1999 he and his wife Marie Moved next door to their daughter Ruth and son-in-law Hank Benjamin in Eaton Rapids. They found a loving church home at Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte where he was a member. He had a great love of writing and compiled four collections of articles detailing his life on the farm, his travels during World War II, his years in ministry and the lives of his parents. He also wrote articles for the Eaton Rapids Community News under the title “Campbell’s Scoop”.

   Rev. Campbell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie, his daughters Ruth (Hank) Benjamin of rural Eaton Rapids, Susan (Bill) McConnell of Gales Ferry, CT, Linda (Art) Feingold of Raleigh NC, granddaughters Tamah (Micah) Winzeler of Eaton Rapids, Nicole McConnell of Brooklyn NY, and grandsons David (Ann) Foreman of Laingsburg, MI and Steven Feingold of Raleigh, NC, and three great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Marisa Foreman and Elora Winzeler. He is also survived by a sister Minnie (Bob) Buyse of Sacramento, CA and two sisters-in-law, Bonnie and Marcelyn Campbell of Lake Crystal, MN.

   Services were held at the Calvary Baptist Church, Charlotte, MI on Saturday, June 19, 2004. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice and/or Baptist Haiti Mission, Rockford MI. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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William M. Carl Jr.

 

   William Michael “Bill” Carl Jr., 40, died Oct. 22, 2004 as a result of an automobile accident.

   He was born Aug. 17, 1964 to William M. and violet “Dolly” (Billings) Carl Sr. in Battle Creek. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1982. Bill worked as a manager for several companies in the area, including Yesteryear in Marshall, Taco Bell at 11 Mile Road, Speedway in DeWitt and since February at the Quality Dairy in Lansing. Bill was very active while at Bellevue High School He played basketball, was involved with the follies, enjoyed woodworking and shop. He was voted best dancer, best dressed and the winter Homecoming King. He put together the Memory Reflections for his senior commencement. Bill was also a lead singer in several rock ‘n’ roll bands.

   He volunteered as a scout leader in Union City and more recently he’s been a supporter of DeWitt High School’s marching band and cross country team. He enjoyed camping, family time, watching NASCAR races, Monday night football and a family tradition of hunting at deer camp on the AuSable River in Mio.

   He is survived by his wife, Doris (Ormanovich) Carl of DeWitt; son, William Michael Carl III, at home; daughters, Danielle Kristina Lee Carl, and Emily Ruth, Michelle Carl, both at home; daughter, Alyssa Ashley Lynn Carl in McCaysville, Ga.; mother, Violet “Dolly” Carl of Kalamazoo; grandmother, Pauline M. (Morrison) Carl, Battle Creek; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Dean A. Carl, in 1961.

   Services were held Oct. 29 at St. Ann Catholic Church, Bellevue, with Monsignor William Fitzgerald officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

   Memorial donations may be made to his children’s college fund. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Albert L. Carnell Jr.

 

   Albert Lee Carnell Jr., loving, caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather, age 59, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing after a long illness.

   Albert was born July 28, 1944 in Battle Creek, the son of Albert Lee and Etta May (Welliver) Carnell. He was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in Vietnam for 13 ½ months on the USS Independence. He was employed at Owens-Illinois (Owens-Brockway) Glass Container Co. in Charlotte for 27 ½ years, retiring due to ill health, and was a member of GMP Union Local #202. Al was a member of the Charlotte Bowling Association and an avid bowler, having bowled in several leagues in the association.

   Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Josephine (Doxtader) Carnell; daughter, Sherrie (Jeff) Kent of Holt; sons, Albert Lee Carnell III of Holt, Jamie Nelson Carnell of Potterville and Michael Duane Carnell of Potterville; six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; sister, Beverly Elaine Carnell of Muskegon; mother-in-law, Dorothy Doxtader of Lansing; aunt, Dorothy Carnell of Augusta; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, June VanDam.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment with military honors was held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

 

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Clarence J. Carpenter

 

   Clarence Junior Carpenter, 73, of East Lansing, formerly of Dimondale, died Friday, July 2, 2004 at his home.

   Mr. Carpenter was born June 6, 1931 in Lansing, a son of Clarence and Rosamond (Stewart) Carpenter. He was a member of the UAW and a retired U.S. Postal employee.

   Mr. Carpenter was preceded in death by his wife, Denise, and his brother, Richard.

   Surviving are four children, Onahlee (David) Johnson of Carthage, Texas, Dave (Kristine) Carpenter of Vienna, Ohio, Rebecca Carpenter of Potterville and Jacquelyn Carpenter of Mason; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia Aderman of Florida; one brother, William Carpenter of New Hampshire; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held July 6 at Dimondale Cemetery.

   Arrangements were by Field & Leik Funeral Home of Dimondale.

Harry Carpenter

 

   Harry W. Carpenter, 74 of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 18, 2004. Mr. Carpenter was born March 12, 1930 in Grand Ledge, the son of Frank and Agnes Susan (Church) Carpenter.

   He played softball and was an All-American centerfielder. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Eagles Aerie #3552 in Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and one sister.

   He is survived by his wife Evelyn (Good) Carpenter, children Terry (Kriss) Carpenter of Charlotte, Sheila (Jerry) Eldridge of Woodland, Sherry (Lewie) Eberly of Sunfield, Thomas Carpenter of Charlotte and Sandy DePue and Ron Betts of Charlotte, 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, brothers Archie, John, Mick and Ed Carpenter, sisters, Allie Ecktinaw and Illah French.

   Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 22 at Gresham Cemetery with Chuck Jensen officiating. There will be no visitation. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research.

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

 

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Janet M. Celentino

 

   Janet Mary Celentino of Lansing, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away Feb. 13, 2004 at the age of 68, due to an extended illness.

   Born April 18, 1935 in Charlotte, Janet was a graduate of the Charlotte High School class of 1953. She married Arthur Celentino on Oct. 12, 1957 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. She worked for Michigan National Bank, retiring in 1996 after 22 years of service. She was a charter member of St. Gerard Catholic Church. Janet’s parents, Bruno and Theresa Spagnuolo, preceded her in death. She loved to travel with her family to Mackinaw City and Houghton Lake.

   She is survived by her husband, Arthur; son, Art (Amy); daughter, Cindy (James) Roath; twin sons, Victor and Richard; grandchildren, Phillip Celentino, James and Andrew Roath; three sisters, Rose Mary (Paul) Spagnuolo, Virginia (Pete) Spagnuolo, Mary Jane Dionise; and one brother, Sam (Patricia) Spagnuolo of Charlotte; best friend, Fran Muzillo; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

   The family expressed appreciation for the staff of Sparrow Hospital’s eighth floor and infusion center, Dr. Carol Rapson, and home care nurse Kathie for their care and compassion.

   Funeral Liturgy was held Feb. 17 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, with Fr. John Klein presiding. Rite of committal was held at St. Joseph Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Sam Spagnuolo, Nick Dionise, Al Dionise, Bob Spagnuolo, Paul Spagnuolo, Ken Spagnuolo, Ed Spagnuolo, Dan Spagnuolo and honorary pallbearer, great-nephew Dr. Tim Spedoske.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross – Lansing Chapter. Arrangements were by Fiffany Funeral Home.

 

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Mary M. Charlow

 

   Mary M. Charlow, 80, of Dimondale, formerly of Lansing, passed away Monday, May 3, 2004.

   Mary was born Dec. 3, 1923 in Charlotte, the daughter of Joseph and Karolina (Hrenac) Gregarek. She was a graudate of St. Lawrence School of Nursing and worked at both St. Lawrence Hospital and Ingham Medical Center. She was also a member of the Federated Polish Home.

   Mary was preceded in death by her son, Joe, in 1974, along with one sister and two brothers.

   Surviving are her children, Michael (Tanya) Charlow, Karol “Sue” Smith and Jere Charlow; five grandchildren, Kelsey and Kendra Smith, Rachael Charlow, Todd and Sara Sp[angler; brother, Floyd (Kay) Gregarek; and sister, Anne Porter.

   A funeral liturgy was held May 7 at Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, with Rev. Fr. Fred Thelen officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Lansing Food Bank or American Cancer Society. Family condolences may be made at www.palmerbush.com.

 

Ruth L. Cherry

 

   Ruth L. Cherry, age 79, of Dimondale and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, June 3, 2004 in Lansing. She was born November 22, 1924 in Dimondale, the daughter of Clarence and Mary (Smith) Meyers. Ruth was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Diane Cherry.

   Surviving are her husband of 61 years, John; 2 sons, Bruce (Nancy) Cherry of Eaton Rapids and Danny Cherry of Springport; 2 daughters, Carol (Mike Maynard) Cherry of Olivet and Becky (Kirby) Tottingham of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Inez) Meyers of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held June 7, 2004 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids and burial followed in the Dimondale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donavan Cherry, Brian Cherry, Jeremy Cherry, Kirby Tottingham, David Fellows, Marty Goodnoe, Mike Maynard, Ron Fellows and Frank Fellows.

   For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Ruth Cherry. For online condolences, go to skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Marjorie E. Childs

 

   Marjorie Elouise (Granger) Childs, 92, of Vermontville, passed away at home Sunday morning, Dec. 19, 2004, surrounded by loved ones.

   Marjorie was born May 28, 1912 in Vermontville, the daughter of Earnest and Adeline (Gehman) Granger. She graduated from Vermontville High School and then went on to earn as Associate of Business degree from Western Michigan University. Marjorie was a life-long resident of the Vermontville area and a member of Sunfield Church of the Brethren. Devotion to the family was the primary focus throughout her life, along with being active in the Bismark community and Ladies Aid.

   Mrs. Childs was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Childs; daughter, Elouise Dobner; daughter-in-law, Jama Childs; son-in-law, Ray Dobner; and two grandsons.

   Surviving are four children, Lynette Childs of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; Phillip (Sheri) Childs of Broadway, Va.; Ruth Ann (Dale) Collier of Vermontville; and David (Vicki) Childs of Georgetown, Ky.; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Sunfield United Brethren Church, with Pastor Mark E. Ralph officiating. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mitch Collier, Mick Collier, Nick Childs, Don Misner, Shannon Childs, Kevin Childs and Randy Sullivan.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sunfield Church of the Brethren, C/O RFH, P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home of Sunfield. For more information log onto,  www.legacy.com.

 

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Lyle A. Christiansen

 

   Lyle Arthur Christiansen, 69, of Vermontville, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004.

   Mr. Christiansen was born March 25, 1935 in Hastings, the son of Lawrence B. and Florence E. Matteson) Christiansen. Lyle married Catherine Beal on July 14, 1986 in Potterville. He was an electrician for Oldsmobile for 35 years before his retirement in 1990. He was very involved in Potterville, as a former police officer, volunteer fireman, head-timer for track at the school and a school bus driver for 16 years. He was a member of the Capitol Area Sportsman League and was an avid hunter and camper. He also enjoyed woodworking and helping his neighbors.

   He is survived by his wife, Catherine, son, William (Sharon) Christiansen of Potterville; daughter, Cindy (Greg) Cain of Grayling; sons, Dean (friend Tina) Christiansen of Lansing, Kevin (Regina) Christiansen of Potterville; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; step-children, Bruce Sherman of Charlotte, Robin (Melvin) Dixon of Pittsburg, Texas, Greg Sherman of Haslett, Camila (John) Grider of Vermontville, Julie (Larry) Julson of Potterville; twin brother, Nyle (Mary Lee) Christiansen of Delton; brothers, Leland (friend Sandy) Christiansen of Florida, Mason (Jeanie) Christiansen of Hastings; and sisters, Maxine (Duane) Jones of Dowling, and Louise (Ron) Cunningham of Hastings.

   He was preceded in death by daughter Valerie in 1992.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Roger Claypool officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Floyd J. Clark

 

   Floyd J. Clark, of Shelbyville, passed away May 30, 2004.

   Floyd was born Sept. 28, 1925 in Charlotte, the son of Floyd and Blanche (Freedman) Clark. He was a veteran of World War II, serving his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a self-employed logger for many years. Floyd loved to hunt, fish and mushroom, especially with his wife Norma Jean (Bailey), who preceded him in death in 1985. As a walnut tree buyer, Floyd was always looking for a good tree. He especially enjoyed and loved his family and grandchildren.

   He is survived by sons, Steven (Rebecca) Clark of Delton and Michael (Nadine) Clark of Hastings; stepchildren, Wayne (Deana) Patterson of Galesburg and Deborah Goderre of Allegan; brother, Henry (Laura May) Clark of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Floyd was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a stepson, Duane Patterson.

   Funeral services were held June 2, with Pastors Mike Risner and Rich Sheldon officiating. Interment took place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Orangeville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Williams-Gore Funeral Home in Delton.

 

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Howard E. Clay Sr.

 

   Howard Ernest Clay Sr., 80, passed away at Kings Daughters Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Tuesday, March 2, 2004.

   He was born April 11, 1923 in Charleston, W.Va., the son of the late Sumner Clay and Mamie Kessinger Clay. He had been a machine operator for Owens-Illinois in Michigan and had served in the United States Navy. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the C.B. radio. He collected guns and knives, and played the guitar, banjo and harmonica by ear.

   Besides his parents he was preceded in death by eight siblings.

   Survivors include his wife, Marie White Clay of Verona; three sons, H. “Ernie” (Joyce) Clay Jr. of Verona and Dennis L. (Joann) Clay of Charlotte and Jerald W. (Denise) Clay of Charlotte; a daughter, Betty L. (Charlie) Mock of Waynesboro; a brother, Curtis Clay of Yawkey W. Va.; three sisters, Josephine Conley of St. Angelo, Texas, Catherine White of Dunbar, W.Va., Anna Rollyson of Safety Harbor, Fla.; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

   A service was held March 7 at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Funeral Service, by Rev. Doug Henry. Burial followed at Augusta Memorial Park. Active and honorary pallbearers were the grandchildren attending the service.

 

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Marguerite Clegg

 

   Marguerite Clegg, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday January 2, 2004 in Marshall. Marguerite was born September 24, 1918 in Wesley, IA, came to Michigan in 1937 and married W. Wayne Clegg on April 4, 1941. She served on the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital Board for more than a decade, taught 4-H and Sunday school.

   She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Wayne, daughter, Paula (Terry Hood) Clegg of DeWitt; son, Will (Joni) Clegg of Wyoming, MI; 3 grandchildren, Jordan and Justin Clegg of Wyoming, Rachel Hood of Athens, GA; 3 brothers, Lowell (Audrey) Erdman of Decora, IA, Darrell (Charlotte) Erdman of Omaha, NE, Bernard (Madelyn) Erdman of Cedar Rapids, IA; 3 sisters, Donnell Robinson of Iowa City, IA, Carrell Smith of Chicago, IL and Madeline (Connie) Holben of Lansing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Olive Erdman of Wesley, IA.

   Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids followed with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation or the First United Methodist Church in memory of Marguerite Clegg. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Irvin J. Clements

 

   Irvin J. Clements, 96, of Holt, died March 17, 2004.

   Mr. Clements was born Aug. 29, 1907 in Charlotte, the son of John and Glycine (Stratton) Clements. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1929 and was the owner and florist for Clements Flower Shop in Holt. Mr. Clements was a member of Holt United Methodist Church. He loved bowling and bowled until his mid-60s.

   He is survived by his son, Randall Clements of Holt; daughter, Addie Mutch of Holt; granddaughter, Misty (David) Smaltz of Davison; and brother, Robert Clements.

   Graveside services were held March 20 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing Residence. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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James C. Clouse

 

   James Clarence “JC” Clouse, 79, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004.

   Mr. Clouse was born to Wm. Gus and Nanny Belle (James) Clouse on Oct. 21, 1924 in Springfield, Tenn.

   He is survived by his wife, Phoebe (Butler-Woodworth) Clouse, whom he married Aug. 6, 1953. He is also survived by one son, Robert Clouse of Vermontville; and two daughters, Susan (Dennis) Lea and Linda (Norman) Clark, both of Traverse City; two step-sons, James (Joanne) Woodworth and Robert Woodworth, both of Eaton Rapids; stepdaughter, Carol (Steve) Brooks of Springfield; 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

   Memorial services were held July 15 at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating.

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

 

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Maurice D. Cole

 

   Maurice “Mike” Dale Cole, 76, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004.

   Mr. Cole was born May 25, 1927 in Charlotte, the son of Earl and Myrtie (King) Cole. Mike was a millwright for General Motors for 38 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of United Auto Workers and the Eaton County Buck Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by daughter, Vikki of Oregon; grandson, Dan II (Charie) Bryan of Vermontville; five great-grandchildren, Dan III, Ashtin, Blaze Brandon and Brent; several nieces and nephews; and best friends, Larry Towe and Joyce Johnson.

   Family Affirmation Service® was held March 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment followed at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mildred S. Cole

 

   Mildred S. “Millie” Cole, 94, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004 in Lansing.

   Millie was born March 29, 1910 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of James Gordon and Nellie (Boatman) Colestock. Mrs. Cole was a yarn spinner and also worked in several businesses in Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVern Cole in 1968.

   Surviving is her son, Richard (Virene) Squires of Leesburg, Fla.

   A graveside service will be held Friday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make contributions to either the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society in memory of Mildred S. Cole. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Thelma I. Cole

 

   Thelma I. Cole, 85, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004.

   Mrs. Cole was born April 23, 1918 in Mason, the daughter of Vern and Vera Bell (Fetterman) Briggs. She worked at Owens-Illinois as a cavity checker until her retirement in 1980. Thelma was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the O-I B-liners Club.

   She is survived by sons, Gary (Ruth) Cole of Bark River, Richard (Lily) Cole of Holt, Carroll (Kay) Cole of Charlotte; daughter, Tanis Parks of Pueblo, Colo.; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley VanLoten of Charlotte; and brother-in-law, Maurice Cole of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by a brother, Duane Briggs; parents, Vern and Vera Briggs; husband, Robert E. Cole; brother, Pearl Briggs; and great-granddaughter, Joyce Hale.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice of Charlotte.

Florence Eileen Connelly

 

   Florence Eileen Connelly, age 91, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Lansing Residence on Friday, March 5, 2004. Florence was born April 15, 1912 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of William and Lillian (Shoup) Pollard. She married her husband, Nicolas, on June 15, 1931. She was employed at the REO Motor Corp. for 31 years, retiring in 1972. She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, Patricia Shaw, her brother, Walter Allen, one grandson and two great-grandsons.

   She is survived by her children, Charles (Judith) Connelly, William (Shirley) Connelly, and Elizabeth Jenkins; she had a special place in her heart for her 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; niece, Joanne Carpenter; nephew, Richard Allen; cousins, Beatrice Andler and Joyce Wright. She had many friends whom she chauffeured to appointments and for groceries, cooked for and checked in on. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting and reading.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home at 315 S. River St., Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center or a charity of your choice.

 

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Teddi Ann Cook

 

   Teddi Ann Cook, age 16, of Eaton Rapids, died July 23, 2004 as the result of an auto accident. Teddi was born September 12, 1987 in Lansing. She was a student at the Eaton Rapids High School, entering the 12th grade and was employed at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in the dietary department.

   Surviving are her mother, Ruby (Dan) Graham of Eaton Rapids; father, Barry J. Cook of Lansing; sister, Shelby Cook of Eaton Rapids; brother, S.Sgt. David (Karen) Cook of Louisiana; step-brother, Ben (Patty) Graham of Eaton Rapids, Chad Graham of Lansing, Dustin Graham of Eaton Rapids; grandparents, Harry and Maizie Cook of Lansing, Edward and Virginia Galvin of Mecosta; 2 aunts, Launa (Dennis Farmer) Cook of Lansing, Diane (Robert) Potts of Delaware; 2 uncles, Craig (Kaye) Galvin of Dimondale, Barry (Skye) Galvin of Walled Lake and several special nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2004, 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids. The family is being served by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids High School Girls Athletic Program in memory of Teddi Ann Cook.

 

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Phyllis D. Conroy

 

   Phyllis Darlene (Schlee) Conroy, 49, of Potterville, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004.

   Mrs. Conroy was born May 10, 1955 in Jackson, the daughter of Carl and Sally Schlee. Phyllis loved and spoiled her grandchildren. She enjoyed writing letters and always had a listening ear. She loved her cat, enjoyed dancing and crocheting Afghans.

   She is survived by her parents, Carl and Sally Schlee of Potterville; sons, David Hogarth, Frank Hogarth and Corey Hogarth; six grandchildren; brothers, William Schlee, Dennis Schlee, Kenneth Schlee and David Schlee; sister, Carol Schlee; and half-brothers, Richard and Mike Green.

   She was preceded in death by first husband, Rick Wagner; daughter, Alicia Wagner; biological mother, Barbara Van Epps; and a sister, Susan.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Care Free Medical Inc., P.O. Box 300, Mason, MI 48854. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Justin A. Converse Sr.

 

   Justin A. “Judd” Converse Sr., 83, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Converse was born Oct. 14, 1920 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Ray and Helen (Partridge) Converse. He retired in 1977 from Fisher Body in Lansing, and was a member of UAW Local #602 and the Lansing Moose Lodge.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie in 2000, and his son David in 1994.

   Surviving are two sons, Justin (Jan) Convese of Sante Fe, N.M., and Donald (Carole) Converse of Leslie; five grandchildren, Judd (Brenda) Converse, Tina (Jim) Brayton and Jackie Converse, all of Charlotte, and Shelly (Bob) Whipple of Leslie and Tammy Howe, both of Leslie; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Dulcie Morris of Lansing; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held June 21 at Glendale Cemetery in Okemos.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Loyd S. Cooper

 

   Loyd “Buck” S. Cooper, 82, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at Moore’s Country Living in Charlotte.

   Mr. Cooper was born June 14, 1922 in Missaukee County, the son of the late Leo Cooper and Abigail (Letts) Cooper. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an inspector at Oldsmobile before his retirement in 1987. He was a member of American Legion Post #42, and a former member of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, and enjoyed puttering around his home and trips up north.

   He is survived by special friends, Jack and Kimberly Stults of Charlotte; daughters, Sandra Ellen Trussell of Georgia and Kristie (Leon) Cooper Aldridge of Niles; brother, Loyal Cooper of Kalkaska; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette, in 1998.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Velma E. Coplin

 

   Velma E. (Whittington) Coplin, 96, of Sturgis, formerly of Olivet, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004 at LaGrange Community Hospital, LaGrange, Ind.

   Velma had been in the Life Care Center in LaGrange since April 18, 2004. She was born Oct. 8, 1908 in Casnovia, Mich., the daughter of Ernest and hazel (Moore) Whittington. She married Bernard Coplin on Dec. 6, 1930. She was a homemake and had been a librarian at Kimball Library of Battle Creek, and had worked at Post Cereals of Battle Creek during World War II. She was a graduate of Ferris State College.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Coplin, and two sons, Velburn and John Coplin.

   Surviving are son, Paul (Dorothy) Coplin of Sturgis; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Rob Van Engen officiaiting. Interment was at Bosowrth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Helen M. Corbin

 

   Helen Mary Corbin, 87, of Vermontville, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004 in Hastings.

   Mrs. Corbin was born July 3, 1916 in Burlington, the daughter of Frank and E. Ruth (Philips) Conine. She worked for the Battle Creek Sanitarium, Percy Jones Hospital, NuMode Hosiery and Corbin Orthopedic Appliance. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Vermontville and Kalamo Order of the Eastern Star #399.

   She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Bill) Mason of Vermontville; step-sons, Charles (Connie) Corbin and Robert (Sherri) Corbin, both of Battle Creek; two grandchildren, Tamira Lynne (Kurt) Mockridge and Rebecca Anne Mason (Barry Byington); great-granddaughter, Kylynne Taneil Mockridge; brother, Orval (Margaret) Conine of Delton; and nephews, Orval W. Conine and John A. Conine, both of Delton.

   She was preceded in death by husbands Franklyn Richmond in 1957 and Paul Corbin in 1981.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First congregational Church of Vermontville or the American Red Cross. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Margaret L. Courtright

 

   Margaret Leone Courtright, 89, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 13, 2004 at St. Lawrence Hospital.

   Mrs. Courtright was born July 6, 1915 in Charlotte, the daughter of A. Harold and Ruby (Sprague) Phillips. She had been a supervisor for the state of Michigan Treasury Department for many years, a member of the Charlotte Country Club for more than 50 years, and a member of the Congregational Church. She enjoyed bridge, cards, golf and bowling, and was an avid Tiger baseball fan.

   She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Lynne (David) Johnson of Haslett; son, John P. Courtright of Lansing; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and brother, Carroll (Marilin) Phillips of Marshall.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bruce Courtright, on April 21, 1997; and her sister, Leora Allen on April 21, 2004.

   A memorial service was held Dec. 17 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Ethlyn J. Cramer

 

   Ethlyn J. “Pete” Cramer, 79, of Mulliken, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 4, 2004 at an Eaton Rapids hospital.

   Mrs. Cramer was born March 25, 1924 in Sebewa Township, a daughter of Ernest and Zora (Ward) Johnson. She was a retired employee of Owens-Illinois in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her husband, William; daughter, Jan Cramer of Waverly, Tenn.; son, William Cramer Jr. of Hastings; three grandchildren; sister, Marlene (Sam) Collizzi of Richmond, Va.; brother, Gordon (Marguerite) Johnson of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Feb. 7 Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Pastor Judy Scholten officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

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

 

Patricia A. Crandall

 

   Patricia Ann Crandall, 69, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004.

   Mrs. Crandall was born July 6, 1935 in Charlotte, the daughter of the late Maurice Wilson and the late Josephine (Catey) Wilson. She was known to many students, as a home economics teacher at Charlotte High School for two years and as an English teacher at the Junior High School for the remainder of her 25 years with Charlotte Public Schools. She was a member of First Congregational Church, where she belonged to the Blanche Moyer Circle. She was an active member of the GFWC Charlotte, helping on the Mobile Meals program and singing in the Women’s Club Chorus.

   She is survived by her husband, James Crandall; daughters, Krystn (G. Scott) Waddell of Richardson, Texas, and Paige Crandall of Seattle, Wash.; sons, Eric (Eva) Crandall of Charlotte and Scott (Donna) Crandall of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and brother, Jim (Lola) Wilson of Charlotte.

   Memorial services were held Dec. 4 at First Congregational Church of Charlotte.

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

 

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Cathryn L. Crozier

 

   Cathryn Louise Crozier, 47, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004.

   Mrs. Crozier was a property administrator for Independent Village. She was a member of the Ladies of Harley and loved deer hunting and fishing ever since her grandfather taught her. She was also a founding member of Abundant Life Fellowship Ministries of Nashville. Mrs. Crozier was born Feb. 21, 1956 in Lansing, the daughter of Roland “Sonny” Brown and Pat (Fred) Zangmeister, who survived.

   She is also survived by her husband Bill Crozier; stepdaughters, Lisa (Russeel) Green of Bellevue, Laura (Mike) Fuller of Charlotte, Angela Cuff of Charlotte; 12 step-grandchildren and one great-step-grandchild; sisters, Debbie (John) Ward, Denise (Bob) Bishop, Sherry (David) Buis, Kitty (Gordy) Smith, Laura (Steve) Ballinger, Kim Swissler, Dee Brown; brothers, Lenny (Betty) Hiatt, Gary Hiatt, Steven Brown, Kevin (Kathy) Brown, Doug (Brenda) Brown; step-brother, Rocy Graham; step-father, Len Hiatt of Bath; mother-in-law, Genevieve Crozier; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

   Memorial service was held Jan. 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Dr. David MacDonald officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michigan Chapter or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Lawrence D. Crozier

 

   Lawrence D. Crozier, 95, of Palmetto, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004.

   Mr. Crozier was born March 4, 1909 in Eaton County, on a farm on Broadway Road next to the Miller School, the son of Dora Jane (Miller) and Charles Crozier. Lula Wehr, who would one day be Lawrence’s mother-in-law, was at the Crozier home the day he was born. Lawrence’s mother died when he was a year old and he went to live with his oldest sister and brother-in-law Pearl (Crozier) and Oren Egbert Shumaker.

   His father died when he was 4 years old. Most of his years growing up were spent on a farm on Five Point Highway. Lawrence helped raise money to start the first Charlotte High School band when he was in high school. One of the things they did was sell scrap metal. He graduated from CHS in 1927. He also played in the Charlotte Community Band for approximately 20 years. When he became of age (21), he received the proceeds of his parents’ trust. With the $1,700 he purchased a good team of horses, harnesses, farm wagon with rack, and six cows at $60, to go into farming. He married Elizabeth Wehr on July 28, 1934. They purchased the farm across the road from where Lawrence grew up. In 1942 they moved with their two daughters to a farm on Packard Highway. He farmed in Eaton County until the late ‘50s, raising registered Berkshire hogs. He never owned a milking machine. In the ‘50s he became a janitor working at Fowlers Dealership, the Congregational Church and part-time at Charlotte High School, where he became a school bus driver. He was much loved by the students. He was almost always a driver for the band when they attended football games, the Holland Tulip Festival, Interlochen Band Camp, etc. Lawrence and Elizabeth retired in 1972 and sold the farm in 1973. They moved to Florida full time in 1982. Lawrence had been very active. Until June he had shuffled three times a week, continued to play his clarinet, cooked his meals, drove his car, etc. He was nearly 90 when he first hired someone to change the oil in his car. For years he patiently, lovingly took care of his wife, which allowed her more years of quality life.

   He is survived by two daughters, Myrna Dehnert of Bradenton, Fla. and Ann Cobb (Preston) Aylesworth of Rockton, Ill.; grandchildren, Brenda (Jerry) Stanton and Janet Gearhart of Bradenton, Fla., Steven (SFC Katrina) Cobb of Lacey, Wash, Andrew (Jeanne) Cobb of San Antonio, Texas; his late wife’s siblings, Maxon (Dorothy) Wehr, Doris (Cal) Fullerton, and Roland (Charlotte) Wehr. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by Elizabeth, his wife, of 67 years, on Feb. 13, 2002; son-in-law Douglas Cobb on Feb. 13, 1986; grandson Bruce Cobb on Jan. 27, 1990; sisters Pearl Shoemaker and Mildred Price; brother Otto; and niece Juanita (Shumaker) Thompson, who was raised with Lawrence like a sister.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte High School Band Boosters. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lynn Darling

 

   Lynn Darling, age 51, passed away at home in Leslie on December 24, 2004 after a 2 year struggle with cancer. He was born on October 27, 1953 to Lloyd and Nancy (Ward) Darling. He graduated from Leslie High School in 1971 where he excelled in wrestling, football and baseball. He was raised on the family farm in Rives Junction where he worked until he left to do construction. He was a retired member of the Family Motorcycle Club. He was preceded in death by infant brother Robert, grandparents Ralph and Dariel Darling, Max and Helen Ward.

   He is survived by his daughter Rachel (John) Brown and grandson Raymond of Southgate, his best friend and companion Lori Valentine, her children Travis MacArthur, Alesha Valentine and Ethan, mother Nancy (Ward) Darling, father Lloyd (Joanne), brothers Philip (Penny), Gary (Lois), and Lloyd, sisters, Elaine Darling and Anita Neal, step-brothers Tim (Lecia0, Tom (Julie) Lamphere, all of Rives Junction and Troy (Jeanette) Lamphere of Jackson, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Arrangements are pending at J.C. Adams Funeral Chapel in Leslie. Donations may be made to Heartland Hospice of Mason, if desired.

 

Esten Davis Jr.

 

   Esten Davis Jr., 80, of Potterville, died Nov. 12, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Davis was born Dec. 28, 1923 in Beckley, W.Va., the son of Esten and Emma (Brown) Davis Sr. He had been a Michigan resident since 1964 and the Lansing area since 1966. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Davis was a former high school mathematics teacher while in West Virginia, and had been employed as a disability examiner for the state of Michigan, from where he retired.

   Surviving is his former wife, Mary Creager of Auburn Hills.

   At Mr. Davis’ request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Olivia R. Davis

 

   Olivia Rayne Davis, infant daughter of Jessica Coles and Nicholas Davis, died Feb. 13, 2004 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing. Olivia was a full-term baby who had complications prior to delivery.

   She is survived by her parents, Jessica and Nick of Charlotte; grandparents, Ray and Cindy Davis of Charlotte, Doug Coles of Marshall, Connie Reinhart of Marshall; great-grandparents, Robert and Donna Coles of Battle Creek, Mike and Mary Miller of Marshall, Robert Prough of Quincy, Richard and Leah Schofield of Charlotte, N.J. Davis of Farwell and Shirley Best of Ithaca; great-great-grandparents, Florabel Converse of Eaton Rapids, Virginia Root of Sherwood; aunts and uncles, Shelbie and Eric Dickinson of Olivet, and Joshua Coles of Marshall; several great aunts and uncles and close friends.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 18 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Roy Backus of Olivet College officiating. Burial of cremains will be held in the spring on the family plot at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made directly to the family in memory of Olivia Rayne Davis.

 

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Roger E. Davis

 

   Roger E. Davis, 84, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004.

   Mr. Davis was born Jan. 12, 1920 in Charlotte, the son of Leigh and Beatrice (Rogers) Davis King. He served in the U.S. Army under General George Patton in North Africa and Europe and was awarded a Purple Heart.

   He founded Davis & Sons Pontiac with his father and brothers, and later owned Davis Motor Sales Inc. until his retirement in 1986. He had a lifelong love of traveling and being outdoors. He also enjoyed cutting wood and panning for gold. Roger was a member of VFW Post 2406, the American Legion of Charlotte #42, and the F.O.E. Eagles Aerie #3552.

   He is survived by daughter, Rosemary (Michael) Long of Bailey; sons, Ralph (Susan) Davis and Paul (Laurie) Davis, both of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and half brother Larry King.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn “Kay” (Kulig) Davis in 1988; son David, brothers Richard and Robert Davis, and sister Barbara Paton.

   A Family Affirmation Service was held Dec. 16 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School or Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Sharon M. Davis

 

   Services celebrating the life of Sharon M. Davis, 61, a resident of Davenport, Iowa, were held March 14, 2004 at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. Burial was March 15 at Masonic Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

   Sharon died peacefully on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at her residence in Davenport following an extended and courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and many special friends at the time of her passing.

   Sharon Marie Hede was born Aug. 14, 1942 in Sparta, Wis., a daughter of Arnold and Martha (Larson) Hede. She was united in marriage to William E. “Bill” Davis on Dec. 1, 1962. She had been a long-time employee of Eagle Food Corp., where she had worked in the meat department. During her career she worked primarily at the Davenport East Locust Street location. Sharon enjoyed the outdoors and tending her garden, she had a special knack and a green thumb for raising roses. The time she cherished most was the time spent with her family; she was especially proud of being a grandma to her grandbabies. She was talented with craft projects and an accomplished cross stitcher.

   In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Eaton Community Hospice House. They extend their heartfelt thanks to all the caregivers from Beacon of Hope who provided the family and Sharon with tender loving care.

   Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Jo and Ivan Day, and Theresa Duyvejonck, all of Davenport, Iowa, and Shoun and Dr. Bob Rolle of Charlotte; grandchildren, Ryan, Trevor, Haley, Alexus, Logan, Scott and Jenny; six great-grandchildren; mother, Martha Hede; sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Neil Hede, and Gary and Joann Hede, all of Minnesota; and a host of extended family members and very dear friends.

 

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Elizabeth T. Dean

 

   Elizabeth “Betty” Theresa Dean, 82, of Olivet, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 1, 2004.

   Mrs. Dean was born July 23, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of John R. and Marguerite (Sacwright) Dean. She was a life member of VFW Post 2406 Auxiliary, a member of the Eaton County Historical Society, and was always devoted to her family.

   She is survived by her son, John L. Dean of Vermontville, grandsons, Shawn and Brian Dean; great-granddaughter, Josie, and great-grandson Dawson.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, on May 6, 1999; daughter, Roseann in 1958 and sister, Joan Smith in 1996.

   Funeral services were held July 5 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Art Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

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

 

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Gladys M. DeGroot

 

   Gladys M. DeGroot, 94, of Olivet, died Friday, April 23, 2004.

   Mrs. DeGroot was born Aug. 8, 1909 in Wayland, the daughter of Bert and Lottie (Norris) Welch and had been an Olivet-area resident since 1929. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte, had been a member of the former Dark Corners Extension group and loved going to Eaton Place Restaurant in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her son, Merle (Janet) DeGroot of Olivet; two daughters, Joy (Joe) Mazurek of maple Rapids and June (Don) France of Battle Creek; 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Adeline Shivley of East Jordan; and caregiver, Kathleen Faurot of Marshall.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold DeGroot, to whom she had been married for 74 years, on Feb. 15, 2002; and by sisters, Mary Mains, Fern Swisher and Garnet DeRocher.

   Funeral services were held April 27 at Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

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

 

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Helen C. DePue

 

   Helen Cleyone DePue, 95, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004.

   Mrs. DePue was born July 7, 1909 in Benton Township, the daughter of Harry and Lizzie (Austin) Larke. Helen enjoyed gardening, reading and crossword puzzles. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Farm Bureau, Needmore Cemetery Society, REA and Charlotte Saddle Club.

   She is survived by son, Dee “Terry” (Paulette) DePue of Charlotte; daughter, Linda (Phillip) Austin of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald “Johnnie”; grandson, Steven; great-grandson, Lance; sister, Jessie; and brother, Donald.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Reuben F. Detweiler

 

   Reuben F. Detweiler, 33, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004 as a result of a traffic accident near Gallatin, Mo.

   Reuben was born Oct. 31, 1971 to Freeman and Emma (Gingerich) Detweiler in Trenton, Mo. He was a resident of the Jamesport area. Reuben worked for DJK Construction for five years. He was an avid rodeo fan and could be found at rodeos across the country. He took much price in his bull-riding profession and was known for his ability to train horses. He was often referred to as the “local horse whisperer” and will be remembered for his kind and gentle way. Reuben’s daughter, Amanda, was the pride and joy of his life. Reuben was a member of Professional Bull-riders of America and the National Federation of Professional Bull Riders.

   Survivors include his parents, Freeman and Emma (Gingerich) Detweiler of Charlotte; companion, Katherine Gingerich of the home; daughter, Amanda Rose Detweiler of the home; five brothers, Johnny, Henry, Robert and Toby Detweiler of Charlotte, and Andy Detweiler of Jamesport, Mo.; five sisters, Betty Davis of Cookville, Texas, Sarah Ann Bontrager of Lee, Fla., Martha Yoder of Wichita, Kansas, Katie Mae Hostetler of Jamesport, Mo., and Anna Stutzman of Clarita, Okla.; and his grandfather, Tobe Detweiler of Jamesport, Mo.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 4 in the Tri-County High School auditorium in Jamesport, Mo., with Bro. Jesse Cass and Rev. Ron Ratliff officiating. Interment was at Pilot Grove No. 2 Cemetery in Jamesport, Mo. Pallbearers were David Kurtz, Mervin Beechy, Danny Joe Gingerich, Ezra Gingerich, Mervin Mast and Daniel Kauffman.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund set up for his daughter, Amanda, at Home Exchange Bank in Jamesport, Mo. Arrangements were by McWilliams Family Funeral Homes Inc. of Jamesport, Mo.

 

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Maurice E. Devenbaugh

 

   Maurice Edward Devenbaugh, 88, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 23, 2004 in the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mr. Davenbaugh was born Jan. 7, 1916 in LaPorte City, Iowa, the son of Walter and Lillian (Hansen) Devenbaugh. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from Skilled Trades at Oldsmobile in 1974 after nearly 34 years. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, a volunteer for Helping Hands, and was a former Boy Scout master in Grand Ledge.

   He is survived by his wife, Theda (Loveland) Devenbaugh; daughters, Janet (Bruce) Carpenter of Charlotte, Norma Jean (Albert) Sharp of Alma, June (Marshall) McIntire of Eaton Rapids, Jolene (Terry) McCullough of Lake Odessa, Kolene (Dennis) Dubendorf of Bradenton, Fla.; sons, Jerry (Candace) Devenbaugh of Grand Ledge, Joel (Deb) Devenbaugh of Lansing; 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Josephine Brown of Frederick.

   He was preceded in death by hi son Gary in 1950 and grandson Brad in 2002.

   Funeral services were held May 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastors Glenn Neal and Duane Royston officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Wilma D. DeWalt

 

   Wilma D. (Bloom) DeWalt, 94, a resident of Wesleyan Health Care Center and formerly a 20-year resident of Colonial Oaks Retirement Center, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004 in Wesleyan Health Care Center, Marion.

   Wilma was born May 15, 1910 in LaFontaine, Ind., the daughter of the late Edward Bloom and Pearl (Boswell) Bloom. She graduated from Marion High School in 1928. She was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church of Marion, participating in the Christian Women’s Fellowship, and served as a deaconess. She was a member of the former Phi Chi Epsilon Sorority and Hospital Auxiliary. She was a homemaker and a den mother for the Cub Scouts of America. Her hobbies included, sewing, fishing, cooking, flower gardening and playing bridge.

   Survivors include son, Ronald (Adelle) DeWalt of Erie, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Jean (Ballard) DeWalt of Charlotte; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Paul DeWalt; a son, Ivan DeWalt (husband of Jean); brothers, Dr. A. Ward Bloom and Therron Bloom; a sister, Roanna (Bloom) Clark; and a granddaughter, Janet DeWalt (daughter of Ronald and Adelle).

   Services were held Aug. 13 at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, Marion, Ind.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1970 N. Wabash Ave., Marion, IN 46952.

 

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John W. Dickinson

 

   John W. Dickinson, age 86, of Eaton Rapids died Saturday April 24, 2004 in Lansing. John was born September 16, 1917 in Calhoun Co, MI, the son of Wesley K. & Martha (Mason) Dickinson. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, for 58 years. John retired from 70 years of farming in 1998, was a former Eaton Rapids Township Supervisor (retiring in 1981), a life member of Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 and Past Patron of OES # 241. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and storyteller. John was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Stella Slade, Marion Morgan, Edith Bohn and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Dickinson.

   John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy L. (Knapp); children, John Duane (Barbara) Dickinson of Dayton NV, David J. Dickinson of West Covina, CA, Donald E. (Roberta) Dickinson of Flushing, Anne (Roger) Dickinson-Nurmi of Lapeer, foreign exchange student daughter, Kamal (Prakash) Gopwani Mahtani of Barbabos, West Indies; former daughter-in-law, Bette Stark; 8 grandchildren, Dick (Kimberly) Dickinson, James Dickinson, Julie (Martin) McClure, Diana Dickinson, Heather (Dan) Hundt, Gina Nurmi, Pryia (Varun) Maharaj Kiran Mahtani; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Jean) Dickinson of Spriong Arbor and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at 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 1:00-3:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church in memory of John W. Dickinson.

 

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Raymond G. Dickinson

 

   Raymond George Dickinson, 69, of Vermontville, passed away Friday May 7, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Dickinson was born May 11, 1934 in Vermontville Township, to his parents Glenn and Velma (Bosworth) Dickinson. Raymond became a friend to many in the area through his 32 years at Citizens Elevator in Vermontville, where he retired as the assistant manager. Raymond was an avid bowler in past years play8ing on the local Good Fellowship League in Charlotte for a number of years. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the countryside and especially enjoyed camping. He also enjoyed spending time building things in his woodworking shop, many of which were decorated as craft items y his daughter, Robin.

   Raymond is survived by his wife Ann (Aseltine); sons, Bradley (Paula) Dickinson of Middleville, Mark (Tami) Dickinson of Nashville; daughters, Joanne (Darrell) Clements Jr. of Nashville, and Robin (Chris) Miller of Hastings; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Mr. Dickinson was preceded in death by his first wife Faith (Walters) in 1989 and his brother Fred Junior in 1977.

   Funeral services were held May 10 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. George Spease of Lake Odessa officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family in memory of Raymond George Dickinson. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Anna Lou Disler

 

   Anna Lou Disler of Eaton Rapids passed away July 27, 2004. She was born Anna Lou Sullivan on March 1, 1925 in Greenfield, Tennessee, and later moved to Eaton Rapids where she met her husband George Disler.

   Anna was preceded in death by her husband George Disler, and her mother Lorine Gilmore.

   Anna is survived by one sister, Nomirece Holley of Eaton Rapids, and four children, Jery (Judy) Disler of Morley, MI, David (Carol) Disler of Battle Creek, MI, Mike (Debbie) Disler of Eaton Rapids, and Cindy (Leroy) Bashford of Lansing, MI and 9 grandchildren.

   Arrangements were made by Skinner Funeral Home. Graveside services were held July 29th at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids by Reverend Loris Allen.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Anna Disler.

 

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Ray “Big Diz” Disney

 

   Ray “Bid Diz” Disney, of Eaton Rapids, age 71, died January 27, 2004 in Eaton Rapids.

   There will be no services. The family was served by Gorsline-Runciman East Chapel East Lansing.

 

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Frances A. Dixon

 

   Frances Amelia Dixon, 71, of Bellevue, died April 13, 2004 at Select Specialty Hospital.

   She was born Oct. 22, 1932 to William and Dorothy (Stein) Schlyer in Plainwell, and she graduated from Bellevue High School. Frances married Robert Dixon in November 1951 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church; he survives. She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the St. Margaret Circle, and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. She enjoyed her grandchildren, reading, church activities and her Bassett hounds.

   Surviving are her husband, Robert; daughters, Marie Dixon of Springfield, Mo., Carol (Doug) McGavin of Ontario, G. Elizabeth (Rick) Ritchie of Battle Creek; sons, David (Joy) Dixon of Battle Creek, Charles Dixon of Bellevue, Andrew Dixon and his fiance’, Sabrina Lewis of Bellevue; six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and sister, Wilma (Richard) Meyer of Rialto, Calif.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and half-brothers, Thomas and Charles Stephens.

   Services were held April 16 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, with Rev. Joy Rogers officiating. Interment was at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

   Memorials may go to St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Lawrence A. Dolbee

 

   Lawrence “Larry” A. Dolbee, age 88, of Aurelius Township, died Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at the Martin Luther Holt Home. Born May 17, 1915 in Aurelius Township, the son of Orby and Maude (Davis) Dolbee. Mr. Dolbee was a Navy veteran of WWII, a member of the Aurelius Baptist Church, member of the F. & A.M. Ledge #70 in Mason, and a member of the Carpenters Union #1449 of Lansing. Mr. Dolbee had worked for Horner Woolen Mills, Miller Dairy Farms and later as a carpenter for Christman Construction and prior to retirement had worked for Michigan National Bank as a carpenter. Upon retirement he moved to Cheboygan and later returned to Aurelius. Preceding him in death was a daughter, Marilyn Merindorf; parents; sisters, Margie Swanson and Ruby Goris.

   Surviving are his wife, Muiretta of Holt; daughter, Carilyn (Claude) Slusser; son, Lawrence (Betsey) Dolbee Jr. all of Mason; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were Monday, January 26, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery in Aurelius Township. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Aurelius Township Park Fund at 1939 S. Aurelius Rd., Mason, MI, 48854, in memory of Lawrence A. Dolbee.

 

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Caroline C. Dooley

 

   Caroline Cecilia Dooley, 82, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004.

   Mrs. Dooley was born Dec. 7, 1921 in Winnepeg, Canada, the daughter of Karl Kirstian and Nagdalina Irene (Jung) Albert. She lived in Chicago, Ill., and met and married her husband, Daniel Vincent Dooley on May 5, 1945. She was an opera singer and both she and her husband performed with the Silo Singers in the Lansing area for many years. Before her retirement she worked for the University of Michigan technical services department at the Lansing Library. At the time of her death she was a resident of The Harbor at Charlotte. She is survived by daughter, Deborah (William) Drescher; son, Brian Dooley; grandchiulfren, Maia Cheli of Acadia, Calif. Justin Dooley of Lansing; two great-grandchildren; and loving nieces, Loretta (Carl) Rose of Glenview, Ill., Linda Koko of Cleveland, Ohio, and Nancy Prouse of Keysborough, Australia, as well as two nephews, Peter and Douglas Young of Illinois. Funeral service was hald Aug. 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rechtor Monique Ellison officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Delta Mills. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Margery K. Douma

 

   Margery K. (Holwerda) Douma, of Charlotte, died June 29, 2004. She was born Nov. 4, 1931.

   Margery was a dedicated mother and homemake for her husband Gerrit and their children, Susan Dixon of Kalkaska, Thomas (Mary) Douma of Charlotte, Karen (Fritz) Domres of Charlotte and Patricia (David) Christian of DeWitt, and loving grandmother of nine grandchildren. She was one of the original members of Charlotte Christian Reformed Church, where she devoted much of her time and energy from the 1960s through the 1980s before illness limited her involvement. She was a counselor for the Calvinettes, a young girls’ organization at the church. Serving as the head counselor for five years, she participated in the annual vacation Bible school for many years, played piano accompaniment for Sunday services and Wednesday-evening prayer meetings, and was always ready to plan and organize potlucks and other church functions. Margery was employed as manager of Jamestown Apartments during the late 1980s and early 1990s, was an Avon representative in the 1970s and provided loving childcare in her home for the children of working parents for a number of years.  She also participated as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and for the Helping Hands organization. Margery will be remembered by her family for the warmth and security of home she proved for over 50 years.

   She was preceded in death by her father, George Holwerda, and her mother, Margery Holwerda.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eatn Community Hospice or CRWRC.

   Funeral services were held July 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

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Raymond Alan Dove

 

   Raymond A. Dove, age 45, of Ann Arbor and formerly of Eaton Rapids and Chelsea, died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at his residence. He was born August 1, 1959 in Ann Arbor, the son of Harold and Lee Dove. Ray was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School class of 1977. He owned and operated a Hair Salon for several years in San Francisco. Currently he was an Assistant at Washtenaw Community College in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program and also worked for Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor.

   Surviving are his parents, Harold and Lee Dove of Eaton Rapids; 4 siblings, Robert (Eilene) Dove of Charlotte, Kathy (Ed) Greenleaf of Chelsea, Ken (Oksun) Dove of Eaton Rapids and Don (Mary) Dove of Mason; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, December 13, 2004 from St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids with Fr. Ben Constantine as celebrant. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Building Fund or to a charity of one’s choice. For online condolences go to skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Max Mills Dowker

 

   Max Mills Dowker, 81, of Charlotte, died Oct. 29, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Dowker was born March 17, 1923 in Charlotte, the son of Thomas and Lois (Mills) Dowker. He served his country in the Air Force during World War II and was a n automotive machinist and partner in the Bosworth-Dowker Garage, which later grew into Dowker Engines, currently operated by his sons. He was well known in racing circles and was a leader in the field for his work with titanium in racing engines. He had been inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame and had set many United States Auto Club (USAC) world half-mile circle track records.

   He is survived by his wife, Helen (Stukey) Dowker; sons, Duane “Butch” Dowker of Charlotte, Terry (Peggy) Dowker of Eaton Rapids; and a grandchild, Tony Dowker.

   He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers, Lynn, Lucille, Ray, Helen and Robert.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Sally Nolen officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Alfred E. Drewyor

 

   Alfred E. Drewyor, 73, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2004.

   Mr. Drewyor was born Dec. 10, 1930 in Tecumseh, the son of Elmer and Esther (Roberts) Drewyor. Alfred was a brick tender then an ironworker for Local #340. He loved making walking canes and fishing – especially ice fishing. He enjoyed camping with his wife and hunting mushrooms. He liked working in his yard and loved to tinker. He was an avid NASCAR fan of Ryan Newman #12.

   He is survived by his wife, Donna Drewyor; son, Richard (Debbie) Drewyor of Suffolk, Va.; daughters, Linda Card of Richmond, Va., Peggy (Steven) Palser of Nebraska, Patricia (Lawrence) Conarton of Holt; son, Stephen (Cheryl) Drewyor of Lansing; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Josephine Champaign of Nashville; brothers, Robert Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, and George (Marian) Drewyor of Martin.

   He was preceded in death by sisters, Esma June Smith and Mary Shafer, and a brother, Elmer Drewyor.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Charlotte Assembly of God, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Rebecca Ann DuBois

 

   Rebecca Ann DuBois, of East Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 29, died Thursday, December 16, 2004 in East Lansing. Rebecca was born October 13, 1975 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Karen Sue (Andreas) and Kip DuBois. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in the class of 1993 and was formerly employed at VanAtta’s Greenhouse. Rebecca was preceded in death by her father, Kip and her grandfather, John Andreas.

   She is survived by her mother, Karen; grandmother, Arlene Andreas, both of Eaton Rapids; grandparents, John & Jane Theverkauf of Florida.

   Funeral services were held Monday, December 20, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids and casket bearers were Stan Swift, Chad Woodman, Clinton Harmon, Ernie Woodman, Mark Higdon and Gregory Higdon.

 

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Alpha E. Dymond

 

   Alpha E. “Al” Dymond, 84, of Charlotte, died Sunday, May 23, 2004.

    Al was born Oct. 19, 1919 in Lansing, the son of Alpha E. and Martha Jane (Lutes) Dymond of Charlotte. He graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1937. He was a veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army with the 669th Engineer Topographic Company and 566th Engineer Company. He served in Hawaii, the Philippines and Japan. He also served in the Michigan National Guard for three years. Mr. Dymond was a partner throughout life with his wife, Ruth, and they owned and operated Al Dymond Color Service for 35 years until its’ closing. He was devoted to his home in the country and was a loving father and to his children and grandchildren. He was a life member of VFW Post 2406 and a member of the Lansing Area Printing and Graphics Club. At 15, he became a member of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and had a life-long love of music. He enjoyed gardening, his apple orchard and playing his accordion.

   He is survived by daughters, Diane and Cindy of Charlotte, Crystal Noecker of Lansing, Grace (Jeff) Ueberroth of Dimondale; son, Garry Dymond of Lansing; brother, Eldon Dymond of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Charles Spagnuolo of Lansing; grandchildren, Dawn (Chris) Sweet, Rachelle Noecker, Jason and Kyle (Sara) Dymond, Charlie and Maggie Ueberroth; great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Trevor Sweet.

   He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Faith Dymond, in 1990; his wife Ruth in 1999 and sisters Letha Denihan in 1990 and Nacoma Spagnuolo in 2000.

   Funeral services were held May 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with George Howe officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with full military honors.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 2406 or the Charlotte Public Library in memory of Mr. Dymond. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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John Durkovic

 

   John Durkovic, 84, of Grand Ledge, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004.

   Mr. Durkovic was born Aug. 15, 1919, the son of John and Katrina Durkovic. He was a farmer and a real estate agent. He had been a member of the Mint Association and a member of local chapters of the Czechoslovakian Society of America in Lansing and Owosso. Mr. Durkovic enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, gardening and dancing. He was also a life member of Potterville Lodge #346 F&AM.

   He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Emily (Tomecek) Durkovic; daughter, Kathleen (Les) Roberts of San Diego, Calif.; son, Jack (Linda) Durkovic of Citra, Fla.; grandson, Brent Durkovic of San Diego; granddaughter, Angela (Craig) Harrolson of Tampa, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held June 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating, and a Masonic service was also held.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Hospice or Potterville Lodge #367 F&AM. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lawrence E. Eggleston

 

   Lawrence Edward Eggleston, 77, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004.

   Mr. Eggleston was born Aug. 5, 1927, in Lansing, the son of Edward and Florence (Cowls) Eggleston. Lawrence served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for General Motors, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed working on small engines and loved his big garden and helping his neighbors.

   He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Nancy (Stricker) Eggleston; daughter, Nancy (Kevin) Wiltse of Charlotte; son, Dale (Jewel) Eggleston of Spring Hill, Fla.; son, Mark (Linda) Martin of Charlotte; daughter, Charlene (Dan) Thaxton of Charlotte; son, Wayne (Samantha) Moist of Lansing; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Diane) Eggleston of Texas, Garry Eggleston of Lansing; sisters, Marge (Dick) Krahn of Wisconsin, and Helen “Kay” Wells of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by brother, Donald Eggleston and sister, Pat Hammond.

   Memorial service was held Aug. 26 at First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

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

 

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Richard L. Eggleston Sr.

 

   Richard L. Eggleston Sr., 78, of Charlotte, formerly of Marcellus, passed away Friday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2004 at his residence.

   He was born July 25, 1926 near Marcellus, the son of Charles W. and Jennie M. (Swartz) Eggleston. On Oct. 13, 1944 in Marcellus, he married Vivian R. Deal, who preceded him in death Sept. 23, 1996. He had been a resident of Charlotte since 1966, and prior to that of Marcellus and Kalamazoo. He retired from the wGrand Truck Railroad after 39 years as foreman of the sexton crew.

   Surviving are one daughter, Donna (Donald) Brandon of Charlotte; two sons, Richard J. (Joyce Bogart) Eggleston and Billy D. (Sandra) Eggleston, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

   He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathleen Davis; one son, Keith L. Eggleston; one sister, Doris Trieber; and one brother, Kenneth Eggleston.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Mater Funeral Home in Marcellus, with Rev. Raymond Hess, pastor of Trinity Bible Church, officiating. Burial followed at Marcellus Cemetery.

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

 

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Joseph J. Eichinger

 

   Joseph J. Eichinger, 87, of Vermontville, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004.

   Mr. Eichinger was born March 23, 1917 in Kersey, Colo., the son of Joseph and Helen (Riffner) Eichinger. He grew up in the Nashville area, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war he worked for Proctor and Gamble in Chicago until returning to the Vermontville area to fulfill his dream of owning a farm. He was a local dairy farmer for most of his life. Joe was an avid bowler, participatingin many local leagues at Charl-Lanes over the years. He also enjoyed following Tiger baseball.

   He is survived by his daughter, Diana Eagleson of Pleasant Ridge, and a granddaughter, Elaine.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Wenc) Eichinger, in 1994.

   There will be no services. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ruby Mae Ekins

 

   Ruby Mae Ekins, age 84, of Onondaga, died May 9, 2004. Ruby graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1938, and married George Ekins on August 19, 1939. Ruby was a homemaker, she loved canning and baking. She also worked for Eaton Stamping for 23 years. After retirement, Ruby and George loved to travel to Florida each winter. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, George, and four brothers.

   Surviving are four sons, Richard (Eleanor), Larry (Diane), Steve (Suzanne) and Ronald (Sheila), one daughter, Donna (John) Kapustka; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces, nephews and cousin.

   A celebration of Ruby’s Life will be held at the Leslie Bible Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor William Chapman officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Aurelius Township. The family will receive friends at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Lala M. Elliott

 

   Lala Mae Elliott, 71, of Potterville, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

   Mrs. Elliott was born Nov. 20, 1932 in Cumberland County, N.C., the daughter of Lonnie and Cartha Jane (Edwards) Reaves. She always enjoyed taking care of her family and her flowers. She loved playing the piano and collecting angels.

   He is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gerald; daughters, Brenda Elliott of Potterville, Diane (Roger) Moening of Charlotte, Dawn Yvonne Powell of Harrison, Sherry Lynn (Jeff) Humes of Sunfield; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Eason of Branch County, N.C., Viola Warren of Smithfield, N.C., and Sarah Caffero of Safety Harbor, Fla.

   Funeral services were held March 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Lloyd Scharer officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mary Elliott

 

   Mary V. Elliott, 86, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004.

   Mrs. Elliott, affectionately known as “Aunt Mary”, was born July 2, 1918 in Culpepper, Va., the daughter of Wayne and Rose (Summ) Long.

   She was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and worked for Eaton Farm Bureau for many years. Aunt Mary was an avid sports fan, enjoyed playing cards and was known for her hardy laugh.

   She is survived by nephew Richard (Mary Lou) Schneckenberger of Charlotte, brother Fred Long of Charlotte, and other nephews and nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Guy, second husband, Carroll L. Elliott, and brothers, Charlie, Harry, Tony and Tom Long.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park in Woodland.

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

 

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Bruce L. Ellison

 

   Bruce L. Ellison, 70, of Saranac, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 after a brief illness.

   Bruce was born Aug. 13, 1934 in Lansing, the son of the late Loren Ellison and the late Marie (Loomis) Ellison. He was the owner/operator of a party store for many years and enjoyed helping people and working with his hands.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Ilene M. (Sharp) Ellison; two sons, Bruce (Mickie) Ellison Jr. of Belding, Brian (Michelle) Ellison of Lowell; daughter, Bonna Berge of Maryland; and six grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by younger brother Robert Ellison who died in the Vietnam War; and son-in-law Steve Berge.

   Graveside service was held at Maple Hill Cemetery on Oct. 9, with Pastor Mark Lipscomb officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Center of the West Berlin Wesleyan Church, 5110 W. Portland Road, Lake Odessa, MI 48849. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Glendora Mae Elston

 

   Glendora Mae Elston, age 95, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 5, 2004 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Glendora was born November 1, 1909 in Lansing, the daughter of Guy L. and Blanche (Birham) Disler. Glendora worked for Horner Woolen Mills for 11 years and the Eaton Stamping Co. for 29 years. Mrs. Elston attended the South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Lee Russell Elston on July 25, 1994.

   Surviving are four children, Lee R. (Shirley) Elston of Rome, Georgia, Barbara Elston of Albion, Kenneth W. (Delores) Elston of Jackson and Innis (Ronald) Eagen of Albion; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Irving Disler of Charlotte; two sisters, Lillian Lawrence of Battle Creek and Loris Allen of Eaton Rapids, special friends, Richard and Josie Efaw and special grandnephew, Jim Schnepp, along with nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held on Monday, November 8, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family was served by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran St., Charlotte, Michigan 48813.

 

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Michael D. Emenhiser

 

   Michael Dean Emenhiser, age 37, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.

   Mr. Emenhiser was born March 28, 1966 in Charlotte. He worked as a mechanic for UPS and was formerly employed with Spartan Motors for 10 years and as tool distributor, MATCO Mike, for five years. He enjoyed assisting with his children’s sports activities, custom welding, restoring and customizing his truck and was always helping others out.

   He is survived by his wife, Katie (Wright) Emenhiser; daughter Casey, son Mickey, and daughter, Tia; parents, Jackie (Nolan) Spotts of Charlotte, Gary (Sharon) Emenhiser of Union City; mother and father-in-law, Milo and Karen Wright of Charlotte; sisters, Marilyn (Randy) Campbell, Cheri (Mick) Paton, Teresa (Wes Redfield) Ells, all of Charlotte, Teresa (Brian) Wright of Rock, Ginny (George) Nobbe of Indianapolis, Ind.; brothers, John (Lisa) Emenhiser, Todd (Kathy) Spotts, both of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Cheryl (John) Miller, Carla (Gary) Firestone, both of Charlotte, Peggy (Jerry) Thacker of Springport; brother-in-law, Den (Foo) Wright of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rex and Dora Wehr, Delmer and Nora Emenhiser, and niece Cierra Lopez.

   Funeral services were held March 4 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family for the benefit of the children. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Linda J. Emery

 

   Linda Jean Emery, 48, of Vermontville, died Sunday, May 23, 2004.

   Mrs. Emery was born Aug. 18, 1955 in Hastings, the daughter of Richard Marshall and Helen DeMaio. She owned and operated Emery’s Adult Foster Care Home from 1992 until 2001, worked for Aluminum Extrusions/Hoover for 10 years and the Food Bank in Vermontville. She took care of her children and guided them with love and respect. She learned to play the mandolin beautifully and always retained her sense of humor.

   She is survived by her husband, Eugene Emery; daughters, Lorraine Emery (fiancée Brent Fleck) and Janette (Jeremy) Shaffer; son Matthew Emery (fiancée Zanie Smith); grandchild, Alexandra Emery; mother, Helen (Frank) DeMaio of Charlotte; father, Richard (Carol) Marshall of Vermontville; brother, Scott C. (Laure) Marshall of Charlotte; niece, Amanda; and many aunts and uncles.

   Funeral services were held May 26 at Grace Community Bible Church in Nashville, with Pastor Larry Fulton officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

    If desired, 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.

 

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Rex F. Endsley

 

   Rex Frederick Endsley, 75, of Bellevue, died Sept. 6, 2004 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.

   He was born Dec. 6, 1928 to Russell and Marjorie (Dingman) Endsley in Maple Grove Township. He graduated from Nashville High School in 1948 and worked as a heavy equipment operator for Cheney Limestone, retiring in 1995. He loved his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and spending time with his wife of 55 years. He also enjoyed wood working, camping, fishing and working in the garden.

   Rex married Ivas (Manning) on July 30, 1949; she survives. Also surviving are children, Max (Connie) Endsley of Bellevue, Sue (Ray) Rintamaki of Riverton, Wyo., Jack (Betty) Endsley of Bellevue, Iris (Mike) Hebenstreit of Olivet, Eric (Janice) Endsley of Newberry and Penny (Paul) Crim of Bellevue; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Sept. 10 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Bob Homan officiating. Interment was at Wilcox Cemetery.

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

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Harry A. Eno

 

   Harry A. Eno, 74, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 28, 2004.

   Mr. Eno was born Aug. 16, 1929 in Lansing, the son of Thomas and Leola (Geller) Eno. He was a production line worker for Fisher Body for 35 years. He enjoyed his six grandsons, carving ducks, crossword puzzles, and playing Mexican rummy.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Genevieve (Wood) Eno; son, David (Carla) Eno of Lansing; daughters, Susan (Darin) Wilmore of Charlotte, and Jeanine Eno (Paul Wood) of Lansing; and six grandsons, Eric, Eron, Blake, Joseph, Justin and Cassidy.

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

 

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Louis S. Eppley

 

   Louis Stanley Eppley, 79, of Bellevue, died June 22, 2004 at home.

   Mr. Eppley was born June 1, 1925 to Otto and Louise (Garrett) Eppley in Morgan County, Ohio. He served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific, earning two Bronze Stars, and worked as a truck spotter at Owens Illinois for 26 years, retiring in 1990. After retiring he was a groundskeeper at the Medalist Golf Course in Marshall. Louis married Helen Daw on Aug. 3, 1946 in Greenup, Ky.; she survives. He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed fishing.

   Surviving are his wife, Helen, and son, Louis Wesley Eppley of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Herman Eppley, Dayton Eppley and Leonard Eppley; and sister, Dorothy Kirkendall.

   Services were held June 25 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Bellevue United Methodist Church. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Mildred A. Etson

 

   Mildred A. Etson, 89, of Olivet, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004.

   Miss Etson was born July 4, 1915 in Walton Twp., Eaton County, the daughter of Frank and Alta Louise (Turner) Etson, and had been a life-long resident of the Olivet/Walton Twp. Area. She lived her entire life on the same farm location where she was born. She was a 1934 graduate of Olivet High School and was a member of Ainger Bible Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She had served as a senior companion at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte for 14 years. During World War II, Miss Etson worked in Detroit as a riveter in a Defense Plant in support of the war effort.

   Surviving are two brothers, Calvin (Norma) Etson of Olivet and Elmer Etson of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Frank Wesley Etson, Albert Etson and Quintin Etson.

   Funeral services will be held at 3p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Bob Homan officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of services.

 

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Martha A. Evans

 

   Martha Allene Evans, 86, of Battle Creek and formerly of Bellevue, died Jan. 7, 2004 at Mercy Pavilion.

   She was born Jan. 30, 1917 in Texas, the daughter of Floyd and Ermon (Roberts) Curtis. Martha worked as the head of housekeeping at Howard Johnson’s, in charge of hospitality for the Women’s League and in housekeeping at Riverside Manor. She married William T. Evans in May 1930 in Tennessee; he died in 1989.

   She is survived by daughters, Jewell (Dale) Lindsay of Bellevue, Janie Swarthout of Ceresco; sons, Buddy (Jackie) Evans of Burlington, James (Shirley) Evans of Battle Creek and Charles (Dorothy) Evans of Longwood, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; brother, Albert Curtis of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters, Alma Lee Argo of Jacksboro, Tenn., Rhea Wheeler of Dayton, Ohio, and Helen Curtis of Spencer, Tenn.

   She was preceded in death by son, Bill Evans and sister, Fay Edwards.

   Services were held Jan. 13 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

   Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Jacqueline L. Eubank

 

   Jacqueline Lou “Jackie” (Ambs) Eubank, 65, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully at home Oct. 8, 2004.

   She was born July 26, 1939 to Lucas and JoAnn “Rose” Ambs in Battle Creek and was raised by her grandmother, Orpha (Lampham) Moore. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1957 and married John Allen “Jack” Eubank on June 28, 1959. Her employment included Bell Telephone Company, Kellogg’s, Pennfield Schools, Bellevue Schools, Fruin Pharmacy, the former Adventist Hospital, St. Philip Catholic School and Marshall Schools. She spent the last five years caring for her three youngest grandchildren.

   Jackie spent many years involved in various community activities. She will be remembered as the mom who never missed one of her children’s school events and the grandma who regularly attended events. She spent the most recent sport season as the Marshall High School girls swim team’s “Grandma”, helping to prepare meals before and after meets. She was always giving of herself and doing for others. In her last week of life, she and her husband had the opportunity to attend his 45th class reunion from BCCHS, she chaperoned a field trip, attended a soccer game and swim meet, and a school assembly. She was an avid frog collector and sold Avon. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

   She is survived by her husband, John Allen “Jack” Eubank; brothers, Eugene (Kathy), Michael (Mary), and Robert Ambs; children, David (Brenda) Eubank of Battle Creek, Becci Miller and Terri (Michael) Horn, both of Marshall, and Laura (Bill) Worth of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Brent and Alyssa Eubank, Kristi and Kayla Miller, Tyler, Taylor and Mackenzie Horn, and Elizabeth Worth; and one great-grandchild, Abbigail Casarez.

   Services were held Oct. 13 at Calvary Baptist Church, Pennfield, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue First Responders or to the family. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home. Further information is available at www.shawfunrealhome.com.

 

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Dorothy M. Farnsworth

 

   Dorothy M. Farnsworth, 94, of Charlotte, formerly of Holt, died Friday evening, Jan. 30, 2004 at a Charlotte hospital.

   Mrs. Fransworth was born Aug. 29, 1909 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, a daughter of Amos William John and Albertha (St. John) Gaul. She came to Michigan in 1919 at the age of 9. Mrs. Farnsworth was a member of Grovenburg United Methodist Church since 1939.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Bernard, Percy Barrett and Andrew Farnsworth.

   Surviving are her son, Donald (Orelle) Barrett of Traverse City; daughter, Nancy (Don) Hudson of Charlotte; vie grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marian Friday of Howell and Ruth Zook of Mt. Clemens; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Feb. 4 at Grovenburg United Methodist Church in Holt, with Rev. Richard Duffey officiating. Interment was at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Barrett, Brian Hudson, Casey Hudson, Corey Hudson, Zach Hudson and Donald Kelley.

   Arrangements were by Field & Leik Funeral Home of Dimondale.

 

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Shirley A. Farr

 

   Shirley Ann (Huff) Farr, 67, of Charlotte, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 10, 2004 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Farr was born in Lansing, the daughter of Joseph and Violet Isabel (Cole) Huff.

   Surviving are six children, Brenda (Dave Wendorff) Therrien, Mary E. French, Rebecca (Mark) Warner, Rodney (Karen) Farr, Jeffery (Sandra) Farr and Mike (Theresa) Farr; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Bev (John) Smith; and sister-in-law, Mary Huff.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harvey Huff.

   Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will take place at the Onondaga Cemetery.

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

 

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Dennis L. Fast

 

   Dennis Lee Fast, 63, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly in Alabama.

   Mr. Fast was born May 31, 1940 in Grand Ledge. Denny was raised by his adopted parents Albin and Helen (Brooks) Fast. He was a former mason and owned his own company AD&D Masonry, and later retired as a general maintenance worker for the Eaton County Physical Plant in 2002 and has since been affiliated with Fast Masonry. Denny held membership in Lodge #120 F. & AM, and enjoyed travel, photography and woodworking, along with many other outdoor interests, including hunting, fishing, camping and gardening.

   He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Bollman) Fast; daughter, Tamara Fast of  Charlotte; son, Timothy Fast of Chicago; brother, Douglas Fast of East Grand Rapids; biological mother, Yvonne Rodriquez of Grand Ledge; biological brothers, Joseph Riker of Portland, Ore., and Kenneth Smith of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; grandchildren, Derek Holmgren, Bryan Watson, Erick Watson; great-grandchild, Prestin Rochester; many step family members, nieces and nephews; his best friends, Tink Hicks and Gene Conley; his Samoyed dog, Siven; and countless friends.

   He was preceded in death by Helen and Albin Fast; his daughter, Teresa; and brother, Richard Fast.

   Funeral services were held March 5 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mary L. Ferguson

 

   Mary Lois (Wilbanks) Ferguson, 80, passed away Dec. 12, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Mary was born June 4, 1924 in Dresden, Tenn., the daughter of the late John B. and Bessie (Garner) Wilbanks. She loved sewing, quilting and crocheting, and was a very giving person. She was a lifetime member of the Nashville, Mich., Ladies Auxiliary and Immanuel Baptist Church in Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph N. Ferguson, and a brother, John W. Wilbanks.

   Mary is survived by three sons, Gerald (Paula) Ferguson, William (Debra) Ferguson and Robert (Judy) Ferguson; one granddaughter, Susan Kapp; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Relma (Paul) Adams; sister-in-law, Virginia Wilbanks; one niece and three nephews.

   The family expressed appreciation for the Hayes Green Beach Visiting Nurses and Eaton Community Hospice for their kindness and support.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at the Deepdale Memorial Gardens Chapel.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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John J. Finner

 

   John J. Finner, age 67, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 in Lansing. John was born September 30, 1936 in Almonte, Ont. Canada, the son of Charlie and Gertrude (Bolton) Finner. He retired from Oldsmobile in 1999 after 23 years of service. John enjoyed his friends, playing guitar, camping with his wife and working with his son in the garage.

   Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Ruth (they have known each other since the age of 14); daughter, Sue (Lynn) Ball of Dimondale; son, Larry (Carol) Finner of Dimondale; 3 grandchildren, Ande Ball, Jennifer and Joshua Finner; and 4 brothers. John was preceded in death by one sister.

   Private family services will be held in Almonte, Ont. Canada this summer. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823, in memory of John Finner. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

Grace Maxine Firebaugh

 

   Grace M. Firebaugh, age 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, January 8, 2004. Born Novemer 3, 1921 in Hamilin Township, the daughter of George and Mary (Price) Mock. Grace worked for Horner Woolen Mills prior to marriage and later for the Eaton Stamping Company both in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray on May 4, 2002, and a brother Neal Mock.

   Surviving are her 2 children, Debra Tigner and Sam Firebaugh; granddaughter, Amanda Tigner; brothers and sisters, Fern Caldwell, Kenneth Mock, Ruth Umbarger, Patty Trumble, Bonnie Beagle, Celia Ainslie, Becky Mock, Sharlene Winslow and George Mock; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, January 10, 2004 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Oakwood Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Grace Firebaugh.

 

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Lawrence A. Frith

 

   Lawrence A. Frith, 84, of Vermontville, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004.

   Mr. Frith was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Vermontville, the son of Fred F. and Margaret (Shetenhelm) Frith. Lawrence served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was the postmaster for Vermontville, retiring June 3, 1985. He was a member of the Vermontville Farm Bureau, lifetime member of the Vermontville American Legion #222, Masonic Lodge 232 and Masonic Lodge #255 F&AM, Royal Arch Chapter 171 of Nashville, National Association of Postmasters and National League of Postmasters.

   He is survived by his wife, Marville (Lindberg); daughters, Patricia (Gordon) Swan of Coldwater, Barbara (Jerry) Pixley of Augusta; sons, Russell (Sharen) Frith and Bart Firth of Vermontville; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Earl (Arlene) Frith of Lansing; and sister-in-law, Lillian Frith of Grand Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers Donald Robert Frith and Morris Fred Frith.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at Vermontville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Smith and Pastor David Johnston officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry County Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Nancy J. Fleck

 

   Nancy J. Fleck, age 48, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne. Nancy was born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and was employed at the Fort Wayne State Development Center for 27 years. Nancy was a loyal wife, daughter, sister, aunt and godmother, and was especially proud of her nephews Nicolas and Jacob. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte.

   Nancy is survived by her husband, Terry Fleck of Fort Wayne, Father Robert (Shari) Clough of Houghton Lake, Michigan and her sister Susan (Jeff) Grunewald of Rochester Hills, Michigan.

   Nancy’s service was held Sunday, April 4 in Fort Wayne at the McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Those desiring may make contributions to the Cancer Services of Allen County.

 

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Glenn E. Fogle

 

   Glenn E. Fogle of Denton, Texas, passed away the afternoon of Oct. 31, 2004, surrounded by his children and those he loved.

   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary A. Cummins; daughters, Joyce A. (Dennis) Page of Denton, Mary Joan (David) Roby of Denton; son s, James Fogle, David (Peggy) Fogle and Michael (Jill) Fogle, all of Denton, Thomas (JoAnn) Fogle of Charlotte, Anthony (Linda) Fogle of Tucson, Ariz., Joseph Fogle of Grand Prairie, Stephan (Grace) Fogle of San Antonio; sisters, Elvera Theurer of Portland, Ind., Esther Homan of Fort Recovery Ohio; 15 grandchildren and 22 grandchildren; and many other relatives.

   Glenn was born in Adams County, Indiana, on July 17, 1917. He attended high school in Portland, Ind., where he met his sweetheart and future wife of 64 years, Mary A. Cummins. They were married May 7, 1940. Glenn was in the retail business starting with the “Morris 5 & 10” and then with the G.C. Murphy Company. With four children at home, but insistent that he do his part, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, was assigned to the 707th Tank Battalion in 1994 and arrived in Europe for the last of the Battle of the Bulge. He was with the unit in Nuremberg on VE Day and returned home in late 9145. He would frequently say that the most important decoration presented upon his discharge, because it symbolized what was most important to him: he was returning home to his beloved wife and children.

   The following years brought more children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Glenn and Mary made life-long friend in every town to which they were transferred, and were very active in church and community activities. Glenn retired from the G.C. Murphy Company in 1975 to join a partnership to operate a convenience store in Kinderhook, Mich. In 1979 they moved to Texas to get warm, managed a large apartment complex and then finally retired to the country in 1985.

   Glenn will be remembered as a quiet family man with a dry, direct sense of humor. He loved his family and was truly interested in the lives of each of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Glenn was active in the Knights of Columbus, as an acolyte with the Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He had a warm smile and was always ready for a joke or two. His enduring legacy is captured by the phrase “the most important thing a father can do for his children, is to love their mother.” That he did, always.

   Rosary was recited Nov. 2 at DeBerry Funeral Directors. A Funeral Mass was held Nov. 3 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial was at Kessler Cemetery in Chattanooga, Ohio.

   Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae, Denton, Texas 76201; American Cancer Society Fort Worth Metro, P.O. Box 9652, Fort Worth, Texas 76147; or American Heart Association Texas Affiliate Inc., P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761.

 

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Frances E. Forell

 

   Frances E. (Bryan) Forell, age 85, of Charlotte, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Forell was born Feb. 20, 1918 in Eaton County, the daughter of Ralph and Ethel (Barr) Bryan, and was a life-long Eaton County resident. She was a 1936 graduate of Charlotte High School, had been a member of the WSCS at West Benton Church, the Home Extension Service Club, Eaton County Farm Bureau, and had been active in the PTA. She currently was a member of Gresham United Methodist church. Frances raised her children on their farm and was integral to the family canning business. Flower gardening and her many grandchildren were very special to her. Her special fit of painting was lovingly shared throughout her life with her devoted family.

   Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Jack Forell; four children, Karl Jack (Constance) Forell of Charlotte, Jon (Roberta) Forell of Charlotte, Jean Cheryl Forell of Flint and Lynn (Karen) Forell of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Virginia Dravenstatt of Potterville.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Naoma Thorburn; and brother, Donald Bryan.

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

   Memorial contributions may be made to Gresham United Methodist Church.

 

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James F. Foster

 

   James Frederick Foster, 69, of Portland, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2004 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mr. Foster was born Feb. 19, 1934 in Lansing, a son of Oscar and Ruth (Pixley) Foster. He was a retired test car driver for General Motors.

   Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, and son-in-law, Steve Fulkerson, both in 1993.

   Surviving are his wife, Joan, and her daughter Angle Selden of Portland; his children, Steven (Angie) Foster of Mulliken, Edward Foster of Battle Creek, Darlene (Tim) Spitzley of Lansing, Teresa (Ray) Heinlen of St. Johns, Lisa (Casey) Reynolds of Monmouth, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lillian (Tom) Connor of Dansville and Marianne Munson of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Jan. 20 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

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Margaret Francis

 

   Margaret Francis, 83, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004.

   Mrs. Francis was born June 18, 1920. She enjoyed playing piano, feeding the birds and her flowers. She was a member of the Charlotte Country Club and enjoyed many rounds of golf and Tuesday afternoon bridge games.

   Margaret is survived by son, Tim (Cindy) Francis of Charlotte; daughters, Molly Francis of Chicago, Judy Hackett (Dr. Paul Hyink) of Grand Rapids, Penny (Eugene) McGrath of Burke, Va.; eight grandchildren, Michael, Timothy and David McGrath, Jennifer Calhoun and Daniel Hackett, Lindsay and Scott Francis and Megan Villareal; and 10 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 1997, and infant daughter Shelley Jayne in 1944.

   Funeral services were held June 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   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.

Roger Earl Franke

 

   Roger E. Franke, age 65, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, July 2, 2004 at his residence. He was born May 9, 1939 in Springport, Michigan, the son of Stanley and Fern (Fink) Franke. Roger was a retired salesman for University Olds in Lansing and had worked for the Storey organization for over 30 years. He was fond of collecting tractors and loved spending time with his family. Preceding him in death was his wife, Sharon Lee (Graves) in 1993; son, David Mark Franke in 1968; brother, George Franke in 1965 and father, Stanley Franke.

   Surviving are 2 children, Roger W. (Sue McDaniels) Franke of Lansing and Stacey (Tim Capel) Franke of Cape Canaveral, FL; mother, Fern Kader of Alma; 2 sisters, Maxine and Mary Jo; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Marilyn L. Frankenstein

 

   Marilyn L. Frankenstein, of Bellevue, died March 12, 2004 at home.

   She was born April 19, 1929 to John and Edna (Borene) Van Steenbergen in Sioux Falls, S.D.

   She graduated from Prairie City, Iowa High School, and Drake University in 1952 and taught school in Belmont, Iowa, Dallas, Texas and Battle Creek.

   Marilyn married Waldo E. Frankenstein June 19, 1954 in Prairie City, Iowa. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this June. Waldo survives. Also surviving are daughters, Holl (Ron Baker of Middletown, Ohio, Bridgett (Glenn) Augustine of Bellevue; son, John (Terry) Frankenstein of Escanaba; four grandchildren; and sister, Mona Campbell of Waukon, Iowa.

   She was a charter member of PEO, Chapter CR, The Bellevue Village Council, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a board member of the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation and active in the Bellevue Village Players and made the sets for the school plays. Marilyn loved to sew, read, play golf and spend time at “da camp” in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

   Services took place March 16 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Battle Creek, with Rev. Gary Seifert officiating.

   Memorials may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund, 210 West St., Bellevue, MI 49021.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.om.

 

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Danny L. Frederick

 

   Danny L. Frederick of Lowell, formerly of Lansing and Perry, age 59, died Monday, August 9, 2004 in Lowell. He was born June 3, 1945 in Battle Creek, the son of Kenneth R.B. and Evelyn Wilma (Harper) Frederick. Danny was formerly employed with Motor Wheel for 20 years and currently was employed with Magna Donelly in Alto.

   He was a wonderful husband to his wife of 28 years, Shirley; a wonderful father to 4 daughters, Tassie (Marvin) McKenzie of Clarksville, Angela (Roy) Mathers of KY, Tracie DeGood of Lowell, Tammie (Darren) Partridge of Grand Ledge; 1 son, Terry (Chirsty Huhn) Frederick of Lowell and 8 grandchildren. Also surviving are his mother, Evelyn (Don) DeBolt of Eaton Rapids; 3 brothers, John (Mary) DeBolt of Lansing, Donald (Pat) DeBolt Jr. of National City, MI, Robert (Ilaree) DeBolt of St. Louis, MI; 1 sister, Linda DeBolt of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Dimondale. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan, Grand Rapids. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

 

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Stanley J. Freer

 

   Stanley J. Freer, age 87, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 25, 2004 in Charlotte. Stanley was born September 25, 1916 in Charlotte, the son of Frank Elisha and Mabel Dean (Newth) Freer. He was a farmer, a mechanic and retired as an office machine repairman for L.D.S. Office Supply. He was preceded in death by his wife, June E. in 1980, daughter-in-law, Donna, in 1977 and 2 great grandchildren, Ashley and Mackenzie.

   Stan is survived by 2 daughters, Vicki Freer of Eaton Rapids, Christine Sutherland of Lansing; 7 sons, Jack Freer, Richard (Vivian) Freer, Joe Freer, all of Eaton Rapids, Melvin (Claudia) Freer of Potterville, David Freer, Dennis Freer, Kim (Carol) Freer, all of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Pauline Sacraska of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Eugene (Jane) Layher of Grayling; sister-in-law, Dorothy Rowley of AZ.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2004 (the time is pending). Interment will follow at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1-3 & 6-8 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation (Building Fund) in memory of Stanley Freer.

 

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 Eve Messer Fugate

 

   Eve Messer Fugate, age 80, went home to be with her Lord, Friday, June 25, 2004, under the loving care of her family and hospice. She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Bill, two children, Richard Michael, and James Monroe, 3 grandchildren, Jonathan Mitchell, Medea Fugate, and Hillary Wren Flower.

   She is survived by seven children, Ruthann (James) Forner, Paul I (Debbie) Fugate, Reverend Jack (Nancy) Fugate, Frances (John) Barber, David (Glenna) Fugate, Kay (Brian) Raymond, Teresa (Rick) Regenold, 15 grandchildren 11 great-grandchildren, and good friend Bob Daniels.

   Eve was a member of the Pope United Methodist Church. She loved her family, gardening, watching her birds and was an avid quilter. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the Pope United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Jack Fugate and Pastor Steve Meszaros co-officiating. A private interment will be held at the Messer Family Cemetery in Gun Lake at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hospice of Jackson and Oaklawn or Pope United Methodist Church. Arrangements made by J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel.

 

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Claude E. Fuller

 

   Claude E. Fuller, 63, of Olivet, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004 at his residence.

   Claude was born Feb. 16, 1941 in Charlotte, the son of Claude C. and Mabell (Link) Fuller and was a life-long Olivet-area resident. He was employed by Eaton Manufacturing Co. in Marshall, retiring Aug. 12, 1992 after 31.8 years of service. He was a 1958 graduate of Olivet High School, a member of the Marshall Moose Lodge and a member of UAW Local #220 at Eaton Manufacturing Co.

   Surviving are his wife, Linda (Wilson) (Adams) Fuller, to whom he was married Aug. 12, 1991; one son, Cary Legr of Grand Rapids; three stepsons, Paul L. (Mary) Adams of Marshall, Gerald Russell (Tina) Adams of Bellevue and Douglas Jason Adams of Olivet; six grandchildren, Jessica Marie Adams, Hallie Leona Adams, Michael Vernon Adams, Gerald Russell Adams II, Mallory Kay Few-Adams and Anna Marie Adams; one brother, Bruce (Donna) Fuller of Olivet; one sister, Barbara (John) Farkas of Lake City; several nieces and nephews; and his dog companion “Susie.”

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Cletus.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Michael Fuller officiating. Interment was at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Battle Creek.

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

 

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Daron S. Fullerton

 

   Daron Sean Fullerton, 35, of Battle Creek, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004 at Battle Creek Health Systems after an extended illness.

   Daron was born July 8, 1969 in Eaton Rapids, and had been a Battle Creek resident for two years, coming from Charlotte. He had been employed by Care Free Products Co. in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his wife, Patti Fullerton of Battle Creek; mother and stepfather, Sharon (Crandall) and Allan Dimitroff of Lansing; grandmother Bess Crandall of Charlotte; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial services were held Nov. 29 at First Lutheran Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Dorothy L. Furgason

 

   Dorothy L. Furgason of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Jackson, age 93, died Tuesday, December 14, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. Dorothy was born January 30, 1911 in Jackson, the daughter of Charles and Ethel (Meeks) Pohl. She retired as a bookkeeper for A. C. Aukerman Cement Co. in Jackson and was a member of the Child Study Club of Jackson, the Jackson Civic Art Assoc. and the Continental Dancing Club. She was also a long time member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Claude in 1993.

   Surviving are her 4 sons, Charles R. (Linda) Furgason of Jackson, Leigh B. (Linda) Furgason of Pentwater, William (Holly) Furgason of Jackson, Thom Furgason of Phoenix, AZ; 7 grandchildren, Wendi (Rick) Walker, Todd (Rachel) Furgason, Chad (Amanda) Furgason, Kim (Ron) Pavlack, Brian (Teresa) Furgason, John Furgason; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Evelyn Murphy of Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. There will be a time to visit with her family one hour before the service. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Dorothy Furgason.

 

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Phyllis J. Garlinger

 

   Phyllis J. Garlinger, age 84, of Hastings, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings, surrounded by her family.

   Mrs. Garlinger was born March 25, 1919 in Freeport, the daughter of Burt and Jenni (Coleman) Long. She was raised in the Freeport/Hastings area and attended are schools, graduating from Hastings High School in 1936. In July of 1938 in Byron, Ohio, she married Phillip Garlinger. The couple spent their lives together raising their family in the Nashville area. Mrs. Garlinger was a devoted homemaker who loved her family dearly. Together with her husband, she enjoyed traveling, fishing and playing cribbage. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, whom she cherished. The couple enjoyed wintering in Florida until Phillip’s passing in 1989.

   She is survived by children, Janet (Kenneth) Hansen, Carole Garlinger, Nancy (Hugh) Moore, Jenella (Dean) Smith, Jerald (Charlotte) Garlinger; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Phillip; a son, Jack; a sister, Arlene Long; and a brother, Hubert Long.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Nashville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Dianne Bowden officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Nashville United Methodist Church or the Maple Valley Community Food Pantry. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Mary Gearhart

 

   Mary E. (Windon) Gearhart, 52, of Charlotte, formerly of Lake Odessa, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at the Battle Creek Health Systems after a long illness. Mary was born May 18, 1952 in Weston, West Virginia, the daughter of Buddy Harris and Ernesteen (Holcomb) Windon and had been a Charlotte resident for 24 years, coming form Lake Odessa.

   She was a 1971 graduate of Lakewood High School.

   Surviving are her husband, John Gearhart, twin daughters, Tammy (J.C.) Malish and Samantha Gearhart, both of Charlotte, dearest friend, Phyllis Goodrich of Hastings and her beloved puppies.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Douglas Windon (1960), mother, Ernesteen Windon (1997) and father, Buddy Harris Windon (2003).

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 4 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Donald Francis of Bellevue First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Robert N. Geisenhaver

 

   Robert Neil Geisenhaver, 63, of Potterville, after a lifetime of work and bringing joy to those who knew him, went to be with his Lord Jesus on Saturday, March 6, 2004.

   Neil was the beloved husband of Bonnie and son of Dale and Enid Geisenhaver; proud father to Cindy and Steve Selfridge, Joellen and Todd Wright, and Karen and Doug Garner; doting grandfather to Katie, Matt, Clint, Luke, Chad, Craig and Dale; brother to Denny and Mary Ellen Geisenhaver, David and Vickie Geisenhaver, Beverly and Charles Leonard, Myra and Dennis Little, Roger and Rose Broskey, Michael and Dixie Broskey, Francis Broskey, and Iva Broskey.

   Neil was very grateful to Moore – Trosper Construction Company for giving him a chance to make his life whole for the last six years. He worked for 24 years for V. A. Bliesener Construction, and farmed the land he loved and was born on. Neil leaves many nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts and cousins, and many friends that he enjoyed to the fullest.

   Funeral services were held March 9 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison, Rev. Tom Peters and Rev. Paul Bailey officiating.

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

 

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Dale Getter

 

   Dale Getter, age 90 of Jackson, MI, died Monday, November 22, 2004 in Jackson. Dale was born August 1, 1914 in Eaton County, the son of Bert and Delia (Weldon) Getter. He was a farmer and retired from Lindell Drop Forge in 1977 after 23 years of service.

   Preceded in death by his daughter, Emogene in 1937; granddaughter, Angelia; 3 brothers and 5 sisters, Dale is survived by his wife of 67 years, Waneta (Kemper) Getter of Jackson; 1 daughter, Ruth (Mark) Peters of Jackson; 4 sons, Larry (Frances) Getter of Mason, David (Evelyn) Getter of Concord, Rober (Mary) Getter of VA and Allen (Lana) Getter of ID; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Eva Jankovic of Marshall and Elsie Howe of FL; and several nieces and nephews.

   The family will receive family and friends today, November 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at the Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Mason of the First Church of Christ Christian, Jackson, officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Michigan Parkinsons Foundation in memory of Dale Getter.

 

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Thelma I. Gibbs

 

   Thelma Irene Gibbs, 79, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004 at her residence.

   Mrs. Gibbs was born Feb. 18, 1924 in Albion, the daughter of Harold C. and Mayta Wixon. She was a member of St. John Episcopal Church, where she was past president of the Alter Guild and past president of the ECW. Thelma was also an LPN. She also held membership in VFW Post 2406 Ladies Auxiliary and was past president and past noble grand of the Rebekahs Lodge.

   She is survived by sons, Thomas (Sand) Wixson, Patrick H. Gibbs and Michael L. Gibbs of Charlotte; brother Irwin “Bud” Wixson of Albion; sister, Ferna Weir of Killeen, Texas; and friend, Ernest Calvin.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Patrick Gibbs in 1966; son Kitchell S. Gibbs in 1969 in Vietnam; sisters, Leta Andrews and Joan Broxholm; brothers, Charles and Edward Wixson; and two grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at St. John Episcopal Church in Charlotte with Fr. John Walton officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 2406 Ladies Auxiliary in Charlotte or Eaton Community Hospice House.

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

 

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Robert L. Gidner

 

   Robert L. Gidner, 82, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004 at his residence.

   Bob was born June 9, 1922 in Eaton Township, Eaton County, the son of Leon and Lulu (Strickland) Gidner and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. He was a 1941 graduate of Charlotte High School, an active member of First Lutheran Church in Charlotte, a lifelong farmer and a retired employee of Eaton Rapids Community Hospital.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys (Bailey) Gidner in 1993 and son Roy Gidner in 1985. Surviving are his son, Bruce of Charlotte; daughters, Joyce and Alice, both of Charlotte; grandchildren, Ryan Gidner of Olivet, Michelle (Adrian) Kiss of Charlotte; great-grandson, Shane Gidner of Olivet; brother, Keith (Ellen) Gidner, and sister, Eleanora Jarrett, both of Charlotte; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Harry (Mary) Shawver of Portland, Ind.; nephew, Lyle (Kay) Gidner of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews of Michigan, Indiana and Texas.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson of First Lutheran Church officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Home Care & Hospice or First Lutheran Church.

 

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Homer W. Giffen

 

   Homer Walter Giffen, 89, of Olivet, died Sept. 5, 2004.

   Homer was born Aug. 4, 1915 to Bert and Lorial (Davis) Giffen in Traverse City. He served in the Army in the European Theatre during World War II, and worked for Valley Farm Lumber Company in Lansing as a mill worker for 30 years, retiring in 1979. Homer attended the Marian Burch Center and played cards at the Coach Light Inn in Olivet. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and playing the harmonica.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona (Spellman) Giffen, in 1997; his parents; brothers, Harvey Giffen and Edward Giffen; sister, Ida Rasho; and granddaughter, Melysa Baker in 1990.

   Surviving are daughter, Romona (Daneil) LaPoint of Olivet; sons, James (Wilda) Giffen Sr. of Lansing, Donald Giffen of DeWitt; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur Giffen of Lake City; sisters, Geneva Curtis of Coldwater and Lorial Wallis of Lansing.

   Services were held Sept. 9 at Olivet First Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Doug Hammond officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet Fireman’s Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Robert L. Gidner

 

   Robert L. Gidner, age 82, of Charlotte died Friday, August 27, 2004 at his residence. “Bob” was born June 9, 1922 in Eaton Township, Eaton County, the son of Leon and Lulu (Strickland) Gidner and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. He was a 1941 graduate of Charlotte High School, was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Charlotte and was a lifelong farmer and retired employee of the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys (Bailey) Gidner in 1993 and son, Roy Gidner in 1985.

   Surviving are: his son, Bruce; daughters, Joyce and Alice all of Charlotte; grandchildren, Ryan Gidner of Olivet, Michelle (Adrian) Kiss of Charlotte; great-grandson, Shane Gidner of Olivet; brother, Keith (Ellen) Gidner and sister, Eleanora Jarrett both of Charlotte; sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Harry (Mary) Shawver of Portland, IN; nephew, Lyle (Kay) Gidner of Nashville, MI and several nieces and nephews of Michigan, Indiana and Texas.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Timothy Olson of First Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may go to the Heartland Home Care & Hospice or to the First Lutheran Church.

 

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Donald Warren Gilby

 

   Donald Warren Gilby, age 72, was born August 28, 1931 and passed away on June 13, 2004 at his home in Eaton Rapids with his 3 surviving children by his side.

   Donald was the owner of South Lansing Plumbing and Heating for 38 years, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Lansing Moose Lodge for several years, was an avid sailor, and loved to restore old cars in his spare time. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years Harriet, and daughter Audrey Gilby.

   Donald is survived by his 3 children, 2 daughters, Rene Cline of Mason, Carol (John) Campbell, of Eaton Rapids, son Eric Gilby of Eaton Rapids, 3 grandchilren Erin & Christopher Cline, Jennifer Campbell, several nieces & nephews, brother James Gilby and close and dear friend Millie. Donald was a good father, husband and grandfather and will be missed dearly. There will be no funeral service. There will be a memorial service for family and friends (to be announced) with interment in Deepdale Memorial Cemetery. The family would ask, in lieu of cards & flowers, that contributions be made to Ingham Hospice in Donald Gilby’s name.

   Local arrangements were made through Skinner Funeral Home.

 

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Gerald H. Gillett

 

   Gerald H. Gillett, age 91, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, February 12, 2004 in Dimondale. Gerald was born January 14, 1913 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Herbert A. and Emmaline (Squires) Gillett. He was a member and former treasurer of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, scoutmaster and a former member of both the Eaton Rapids Lions Club and Kiwanis Club. Gerald served as the City of Eaton Rapids’ Clerk and Treasurer for many years and retired as the Eaton County Controller. Gerald was a past member of the City Council and was issued a Proclamation as the City Historian.

   Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Lillian (Loomis); 2 daughters, Barbara (Randy) Bartholomew of Denver, CO, Nancy (James) Gill of Fresno, CA; 5 grandchildren, Jeffery and Gregory Bartholomew, Heather, Amy and Jimmy Gill; sister-in-law, June Gillett of NM; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, February 16, 2004, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation or the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist church in memory of Gerald H. Gillett.

 

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Lillian J. Gillett

 

   Lillian J. Gillett, age 87, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, February 23, 2004 in Dimondale. Lillian was born May 9, 1916, the daughter of Charles William and Bessie Berl (Ford) Loomis in Hillsdale, MI. She was a life long resident of Eaton Rapids, graduated in the Eaton Rapids High School Class of 1933 (Class secretary) and was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church where she had been an organist since the 1960’s, also singing in the Chancel Choir. She had also been an organist at the First Baptist Church and First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids and was a long time member of the Tuesday Musicale. Lillian worked as a secretary for the Michigan Bell Telephone Co., the City of Eaton Rapids, the Wayne Gibson Ford Dealership of Eaton Rapids and the Eaton Rapids Medical Clinic.

   Preceded in death by he husband of 66 years, Gerald, on February 12, 2004, she is survived by 2 daughters, Barbara (Randy) Bartholomew of Denver, CO and Nancy (James) Gill of Fresno, CA; 5 grandchildren, Jeffrey & Gregory Bartholomew, Heather, Amy & Jimmy Gill; sister-in-law, June Gillett of NM.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, February 27, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home and interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center or the First Methodist Church in memory of Lillian Gillett.

 

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Paulette M. Glaspie

 

   Paulette M. Glaspie, 54, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004 as the result of an auto accident.

   Mrs. Glaspie was born Aug. 9, 1950 in Detroit, the daughter of Roy and Georgette Kraft and had been a Charlotte/Potterville-area resident since 1983. She was a member of the Mid-Michigan Mule & Donkey Association.

   Surviving is her husband of almost 24 years, John E. Glaspie; daughter, Barbara Nomecos of Charlotte; two step-daughters, Janine (Dave) Cauthon of Horton and Dale Ann (Lonnie) Pardue of Denver, Colo. Step-son, John G. Glaspie of Royal Oak; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her parents, Roy and Georgette Kraft of Southfield; and two brothers, Robert and David Kraft.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Jason Nomecos, and a brother, Donald Kraft.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was held at Roseland Memorial Gardens, Jackson.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Area 8.

 

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Kiera Makayla Glassbrook

 

   Kiera Makayla Glassbrook, age 21 months, of Springport, died Saturday, November 6, 2004 in Lansing. Kiera was born January 31, 2003 in Lansing.

   She was a very loving daughter to Marc E. and Seana M. (Finch) Glassbrook of Springport and a loving sister to Jullian and Serina Finch. She is also survived by 3 aunts, Legaia Houck, Bristol Finch, Enjoli Glassbrook; grandparents, Walter and Denise Glassbrook of Eaton Rapids, James and Tawnya Finch of Eaton Rapids; great grandparents, JB & Dulcie Finch of Holt, Martha Maiers of Eaton Rapids, Marcia Richards and Thomas & Susan Richards.

   The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Frank Klassen, Pastor of Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

   “She was the sunshine of our lives”.

 

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Martin D. Goodwin Sr.

 

   Martin D. “Marty” Goodwin Sr., 77, of Potterville, died Sunday, June 13, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Goodwin was born Dec. 25, 1926 in Bridgeton, NJ, the son of Alan and Tillie (Stevens) Goodwin. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of Chester Gospel Church, where he had served as trustee, VFW Post 23406 and American Legion #42. He retired from Owens Illinois Glass Company in June 1983 after 34 years of service. He enjoyed people, camping and collecting trucks and his John Deer Tractor.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Florence (Kiger) Goodwin; daughter, Peggy (David) Woodbeck of Charlotte; son, Martin (Janice) Goodwin Jr. of Potterville; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Candace Woodbeck; great-granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Woodbeck; brothers, Alan, Henry and Robert Goodwin; and sister, Ethel Dooley.

   Funeral services were held June 16 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment followed at Millerburg Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Chester Gospel Church, American Kidney Foundation or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Elaine N. Gray

 

   Elaine N. Gray, 66, of Bluffton, Ind., died Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at Lutheran Hosptial in Fort Wayne, Ind.

   Mrs. Gray was born July 5, 1937 in Charlotte, the daughter of Lester and Leeta Parr Royston. She married Bud Gray on Feb. 8, 1958 in Charlotte; he survives. Mrs. Gray was co-owner of the AAA Acceptance Corp. for 18 years and was also a cook with Northern Wells Community Schools from 1971 to 1981. She was a member of the Markle Church of Christ.

   Surviving are her husband, Bud; three sons, Kurt Gray of Markle, Bruce Gray of Tocsin and Michael Gray of Ossian; daughter, Denette Holmes of Bluffton; brother, Ernam Royston of Charlotte; two sisters, Anna Mae Conley and Sharon Miller, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   Services were held April 24 at Markle Church of Christ, with Pastors Mark Cleaveland, Gerald Moreland and Howard Cherry officiating. Interment was at Highland Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Ind.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Markle Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse St., P.O. Box 609, Markle, IN 46770. Arrangements were by Myers Funeral Home, Markle Chapel.

 

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Ruth M. Grier

 

   Ruth M. (Bryan) Grier, 93, of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 1, 2004 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Grier was born April 24, 1911 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Rex and Cecil (Hawley) Bryan and was a lifelong area resident. She was a 1929 graduate of Charlotte High School, attended Eaton County Normal and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. She was an elementary school teacher, having taught at the former Grammar and Southridge Schools in Charlotte, where she also served as principal, and was a social worker at Eaton Intermediate Schools in Charlotte, from where she retired in 1972 after 43 years of teaching. She was a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member and past matron of Maple City Chapter #218 OES, a member of the Antique Club and Eaton County Historical Society, was a former Carmel Township clerk, and was a member of First Congregational Church and its Mary Martha Circle. IN addition, she was a member of the Business Women’s Guild, a past president of Charlotte Women’s Club, a member of the HGB Hospital Golden Key Club and enjoyed playing bridge.

   She is survived by her brother, Bruce (Shirley) Bryan of Hastings and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Edman T. Grier, on Jan. 20, 2002; sisters, Beryl Wilkinson, Doris Byrns and Joan Bryan; and brothers, Dan and Ned Bryan.

   Funeral services were held May 4 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Philip Hobson officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church.

 

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Arthur M. Griffith Jr.

 

   Arthur Marshall Griffith Jr., 58, of Mulliken, died unexpectedly March 3, 2004 at his home.

   Mr. Griffith was born July 8, 1945 in Charlotte, a son of A. Marshall Griffith Sr. and Marie Kuball. He was a Navy Vietnam veteran, retired General Motors employee and a member of Brothers of the Ring.

   Surviving are his daughter, Joanne (Sam) Shaw, and son, Andrew (Patricia) Griffith, both of Lansing; two grandson, Sammie and Max Shaw; mother, Marie Griffith of Charlotte; brother, Bruce (Janet) Griffith of Charlotte; and two nephews, Blake Griffith and Matthew (Aimee) Griffith.

   Public visitation was held March 7 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken. In honor of his dad, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Erma M. Griswold

 

   Erma Maxine Griswold, 88, of Millett, died Saturday, March 27, 2004.

   Mrs. Griswold was born Nov. 10, 1915 in Kalamo Township, the daughter of Clarence and Ruby (Briggs) Porter. She was very independent and was known as an “Original Organic Gardner.” Among her various collectibles were wedding napkins and cameras. At Baker’s Akers Park in Zephyrhills, Fla., she was well known for her bocci ball and shuffleboard championship skills.

   She is survived by nephew and niece, Pat and Fran Weston; her beloved neighbor, Cindy Monroe; and several other nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Griswold in 1982; her infant son, James Frederic in 1936; dear friend, John Gregg of Williamston in 1991; and five brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held April 1 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Visiting Nurse & Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Joanna Grace Gruber

 

   Joanna Grace Gruber of Lansing, age 70, died Friday, November 12, 2004 in Charlotte. Joanna was born August 24, 1934 in Chicago, IL, moved to Banning, CA and graduated from Banning High School. In 1952 she attended Chaffee Junior College in Ontario, CA, receiving a degree in Accounting.

   She married Jerry Gruber in 1956, moved to Eaton Rapids and later retired as an Administrative Associate with the Dept. of Animal Science at Michigan State University. Joanna was preceded in death by her 2 sons, Michael in 1977, Paul in November, 2004; parents John and Mildred Bretscher.

   A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16 with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Joanna.

 

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Paul Martin Gruber

 

   Paul Martin Gruber, age, 40, of Lansing, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 5, 2004 in Lansing. Paul was born November 18, 1963 in Eaton Rapids. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School and from Central Michigan University (College of Bio-Medicine). Paul grew up working at the Lansing City Market (Willow Brook Farms) and was currently employed as a field engineer with Nucletron Corporation. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael and grandfather, James Gruber.

   Paul is survived by his mother, Joanna Grace (Bretscher) Gruber of Lansing; his father, Jerry P. Gruber of Eaton Rapids and grandmother, Mae Gruber of Eaton Rapids.

   The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with the Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. at the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. A memorial mass will be prayed at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 515 E. Knight St., Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Paul Gruber and in honor of his mother.

 

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Spencer William Gustafson

 

   Spencer William Gustafson was born May 25, 2003 and passed away January 4, 2004. Spencer came three months early and every day of his life was a miracle. He gave seven months of joy and love to everyone who saw him. The nurses who cared for him at Sparrow Hospital’s Neonatology Department grew to love him and treated him as one of their own family members. His mommy and daddy will miss him and said “Everyday with Spencer was a blessing, he was our life.” Spencer went through so much but kept fighting but after a seven-month battle Spencer grew tired and is now spending eternity with Jesus. He is survived by his loving parents Brad and Sarah Gustafson of Eaton Rapids and brother Mitchell of Grand Ledge, grandparents Gary and Pat Gustafson of Grand Ledge and Robert and Roseanna Jackson of Oregon, great-grandparents William and Laura Kahl and Bud and Ardis Jackson, both of Oregon, aunt Emily (Sam) Sang and uncles Eric and Mark Gustafson and cousin Tyshawn Sang. Visitation Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 p.m. with the Reverend Brian McLaughlin officiating at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

 

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Calla W. Hahn

 

   Calla W. Hahn, age 96, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, February 21, 2004 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte, where she had been living for the past 8 months. Born May 6, 1907 in Auburn, New York, the daughter of Martin W. and Cora B. (Brandenstein) West. Mrs. Hahn graduated from Northern High School in Detroit and had worked for the Park David Corp., the Chrysler Corp. and for WFR Radio, all as a secretary. She retired from working to be a homemaker for her family. Preceding her in death were her husband, William D. Hahn in 1991; brothers, Ralph and Orla West.

   Surviving are her son, Rodger (Jonnie) Hahn of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Christie Hahn of Detroit, Angela Hahn of Eaton Rapids; Thomas Hahn of Eaton Rapids and Christina Henley of Lansing; great-grandson, Kody Lankton of Eaton Rapids; brother, Carl West; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Thursday evening, February 26, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service time.

 

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Lionel E. Haight

 

   Lionel E. “Butch” Haight, 58, of Charlotte, formerly of Roscommon, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Haight was born May 28, 1945 in Ypsilanti, the son of Earl and Mary “Sheba” (Aubrey) Haight and had been a Charlotte area resident since 1969. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the occupation forces for 13 months in Korea, and was employed by the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors in Lansing for 31 years, retiring due to ill health. Mr. Haight was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3552, the Greenwalt-Flaherty Post #42 American Legion, and the Moose Lodge, all in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his wife, Sally (Overmyer) Haight; daughter, Staci (Rod) Baum of Eaton Rapids; two grandchildren, Taylir Baum and Mackenzie Baum; his mother, Sheba Haight of Roscommon; and brother, Glenn Haight of Roscommon.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Haight, and a brother, David Haight.

   An Eagles memorial service was held May 7, and graveside services were held May 8 at Roscommon Village Cemetery in Roscommon.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Humane Society, P.O. Box 81, Potterville, MI 48876. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Fred Ara Halsey

 

   Fred Ara Halsey, age 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 5, 2004 in Marshall. Fred was born January 17, 1920 in Walton Two., Eaton County, the son of Scott Alvin and Dana Leel (Conklin) Halsey. He attended the Wesleyan Church in Eaton Rapids, retired from Oldsmobile in 1981 after 28 years of service, was a member of VFW in Springport and especially enjoyed farming his land. He was preceded in death by his 2nd wife, Bernice Halsey, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

   Fred is survived by 1 daughter, Lana (Eddie) Layne of Albion; 1 son, Calvin (Ruth) Halsey of Eaton Rapids; 3 step children, Mary Ellen Prasil, Donald Bessette, Robert Bessette and their children; 4 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Alice (Ike) Pelton of Tompkins Center and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with a military service and interment following at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society in memory of Fred Halsey.

 

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Andrew D. Hansen

 

   Andrew Dean Hansen, 77, of Vermontville, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004.

   Mrs. Hansen was born Sept. 11, 1927 in Grand Rapids, the son of George and Carrie (Coleman) Hansen. Andrew served in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 1981 from the Lansing School District as a carpenter and locksmith. He was a member of First Congregational Church of Vermontville, Nashville Lodge #255 F & A.M., and American Legion Post #222 PM life member. He was also a member of an Antique Study Group in Charlotte and a Vermontville historical study group. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.

   He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan Lameta (Bennett) Hansen; daughter, Melissa (Elliot) Holden of Baldwin; son, Kim (Denise) Hansen of Nashville; daughter, Jeanne Hansen of Nashville; son, Michael (Linda) Hansen of Grayling; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Trappen of Grand Rapids, Caroline Johnson of Middleville, and Corrine Chambers of Tallahassee, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Jerome Hansen, Frederick Hansen, Harold Hansen and Stanley Hansen, and sister, Blanche Hummell and Florence Word.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at First Congregational Church of Vermontville, with Pastor Mark Jarvie and Sally Nolen officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Martha Jane Hansen

 

   Martha Jane Hansen, age 81, of Duck Lake, died Monday, May 17, 2004 at her residence following a terminal illness. Born January 23, 1923 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Kenneth A. and Ruby L. (Bateman) Maupin. Mrs. Hansen attended Michigan State University and Henry Ford Nursing School in Detroit and received a Registered Nurses Degree. Martha was the wife of a career naval officer, and was faithful to her responsibilities with distinction. Preceding her in death were 2 brothers, Tom and Kay Maupin.

   Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Jens Burnell “Bun” Hansen; 2 sons, Mark Foster (Diane) Hansen of Phoenix, AZ and Steven Peter (Kelly) Hansen of Corpus Christi, TX; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Carolyn (Mel) Tallon of Redlands, CA; sisters-in-law, Joyce Maupin and Verna Maupin; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service time.

 

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Leona A. Harmon

 

   Leona Alberta Harmon, 93,k of Bellevue died June 28, 2004 at Hospice House in Charlotte.

   She was born Feb. 7, 1911 to Albert and Lena Belle (Miller) Turner in Bellevue Township. She worked at Wilcom-Gay Radio & TV in Charlotte and also delivered the Battle Creek Enquirer in rural Charlotte. Leona married Elwin J. Harmon on Dec. 3, 1932; he died Nov. 19, 1983. Leona lived with her son and daughter-in-law at the same location in Bellevue Township where she was born. She was a member of the N.W. Walton Grange and attended Ainger Bible Church.

   She is survived by her sons, Jack (Ruth) Harmon of Autrain, Mich., and Joe (Joan) Harmon of Bellevue; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

   Services were held July 2 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Scott Brook officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ainger Bible Church of Hospice House of Eaton County.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bertha Ellen Harper

 

   Bertha Ellen Harper, age 92, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, August 16, 2004 at a nursing home in Lansing. Born June 2, 1912 in Brookfield Township, the daughter of Miles and Minerva (McQueen) Spaulding. Mrs. Harper was an Eaton Rapids resident for most of her life. She worked at Horner Woolen Mills for several years and retired from the Eaton Stamping Co. Mrs. Harper was very active with the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens, the Rocking Chair Deserters and the Mad Hatters Band. She loved crocheting of all kinds and lost her center vision in 1992 and had to give up her crocheting. In 1993 she started crocheting again by feel and crocheted pillow covers and made pillows for her grand and great-grandchildren for Christmas. Because of her lost eye sight she moved into Country Comfort Foster Care Homes in November of 1992 in Eaton County and was able to come and go as she wanted, but in 1998 she was admitted into the Pines Nursing Home in Lansing. Preceding her in death was her husband Ora Harper in 1972 and her daughter Gloria Jean Keehn in 2003.

   Surviving are 4 grandchildren, Don (Jan) Keehn, Carla (Ken) Mazur, Pam (Tom) Braatz and Larry Keehn; several great and great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Betty J. Harris

 

   Betty Jane (Isbell) Harris, 79, of Higgins Lake, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, Feb. 123, 2004 in Grayling.

   Betty was born March 20, 1924 in Cleveland Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Katheryn (Kedzie) Isbell. She loved singing and for many years she and her family made up the choir at First congregational Church in Eaton Rapids, where she was a member. Betty’s grandfather Kedzie had been a former pastor for the congregation. Betty was one of the original members of the Eaton Rapids Women’s Chorus. She had worked at Rod’s Bakery in Eaton Rapid, where she earned the name “Giggles”, and also worked in the high school cafeteria. She was a very active volunteer in the area, a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, past president of the Eaton County Association of the OES, a life member and past president of the VFW Auxiliary, along-time member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Forty Et Eight Las Society De Femme. Betty and Donald Kelly “Bucky” Harris were married in November 1939 in Cleveland and enjoyed 64 years of wedded bliss. Betty was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and companion. She and Don were blessed with four children, nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Ida Colgan; and brother, William “Bid” Isbell.

   Surviving are her husband, Don; daughters, Katheryn (Duane) Davidson, Donna Johnson and Nancy (Bruce) Cherry; son, Michael (Mary) Harris; all her grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ann Isbell; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in Rosehill Cemetery. An OES memorial service was held Feb. 15.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Dora D. Harris

 

   Dora D. Harris, 84, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004 in Charlotte.

   Dora was born Jan. 26, 1920 in Gladstone, Ill., the daughter of Walter D. and Josephine (Liggett) Robbins and had been an Olivet resident for 66 years. She was a 1938 graduate of Burlington (Iowa) High School, attended the Olivet Senior Citizen Dinners, had been a member of the Olivet Rebekah Lodge and was a member of Lee Center United Methodist Church, where she served as president of the Women’s Society and as Sunday school treasurer. She was a retired farmer and devoted housewife and mother.

   Surviving are six children, Leon (Alice M.) Harris of Battle Creek, Duane (Roberta) Harris of Olivet, Gary (Lydia) Harris of Nashville, Loretta (Samuel) Wood of Marshall, Neal (Michele) Harris of Battle Creek and Dianna (Timothy) Skidmore of Olivet; 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; brother, Walter Robbins of Iowa; and sisters, Evelyn Trosen, Louis Sherrill, Hazel Burgus and Agnes Hull, all of Iowa.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Harris, in 1962.

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

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

 

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George Ashley Harris

 

   George ome, arriHAshley Harris, age 78, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 4, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. He was born September 14, 1925 in Hong Kong, the son of Leon David and Marie (ToKiu) Harris.  George attended St. Andrews Mission Boarding School in Singapore from 1932 to 1941, was a WWII Merchant Marine Veteran, and later a Sunday school superintendent and member of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids. He was a life member of the Blue Lodge, a member of Eaton Rapids Conservation Club and Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #51. George retired from G.M. in 1980 after 33 years of service. He was preceded in death by a brother, David J. Harris in 1952 and sister, Marrietta Eliza Vincent.

   He was a devoted and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle to his surviving wife of 58 years, Alberta L. Harris; 2 daughters, Marietta E. (Francis) Schafer of Williamston, Susan D. (Grant) Hilts of Lansing; 2 sons, George I (Lucy) Harris of Eaton Rapids, Phillip L. (Barbara) Harris of Webberville; 8 grandchildren, Michael Laycock & Amanda (George) Musser, Ashley (Kelly), Andrew (Rachel) & Daniel Harris, Justin, Lee & Sean Harris; 4 great grandchildren, Jacob, Cassie, Serena & Hunter; special niece, Dee Cassidy and many other nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 8, 2004 at the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club in memory of George Harris.

John Richard “Jack” Harris

 

   John Richard “Jack” Harris, age 75, of Eaton Rapids and Duck Lake, died Monday, August 16, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. Jack was born September 12, 1928 in Lansing, the son of John Luman and Mable Anna (Brillhart) Harris. He owned and operated the Harris Oil Co. in Eaton Rapids for the last 52 years. Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Army, past president of the Duck Lake Country club, the Lansing Oilman’s Club and Eaton Rapids JC’s; and a board member of Michigan Petroleum Association.

   Preceded in death by 2 sister, Betty Putman and Neva Baumer, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jayne; daughter, Debra (Fred) Wager of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Samantha Valerio, Adam Bresky, and John Bresky; 3 great grandchildren, Amanda Reeve, Anthony Bresky and Vincent Ellsworth.

   Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation or Eaton County Humane Society in memory of Jack Harris.

 

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Carl Harrison

 

   Carl D. Harrison, 76, of Lansing, died Thursday, July 22, 2004. Mr. Harrison was born June 22, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of William G. and Elvera (Deidricks) Harrison.

   Carl was a screw machinist.

   He is survived by wife Juanita Harrison, daughters, Vera (Jack) Stewart of Florida, Theda Harrison of Michigan, Anna Nevarro of Nevada, Sarah Reich of Washington and son Theodore Harrison of Wisconsin and 10 grandchildren.

   Funeral services were Friday, July 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Mr. Burton Smith officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Robert A. Harrison

 

   Robert A. Harrison, 77, of Charlotte, died Thursday, April 29, 2004.

   Mr. Harrison was born Oct. 5, 1926 in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of Howard and Frances (Lawson) Harrison. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an accountant for Olivet College and the Eaton County Medical Care Facility until his retirement in 1989. Mr. Harrison was a member of the First Congregational Church in Charlotte, Photography Society of America and Friend of the Charlotte Community Library. He had been a Scout Master in Olivet for several years.

   Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Eileen; children, Jan (Michael) Dieterle of Novi, Robert A. (Patricia) Harrison of Kalamazoo, Patricia (Melvin) Smith of Arlington, Texas; six grandchildren, Stacey, Justin and Andrea Dieterle, Kerry Harrison, Colin and Brooke Smith; and sister, Phyllis (Felix) Montville of Conway, S.C.

   A memorial service was held May 1 at Charlotte First Congregational Church, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Burial will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery at a later date.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church or Parkinson Foundation. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Vernon E. Hart

 

   Vernon Eugene “Gene” Hart, 74, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004 at his residence after a battle with lung cancer.

   Gene was born April 2, 1930 in Murray, Ky., the son of Vernon V. and Verna Mae (Brown) Hart and had been a Michigan resident since 1936, and a Charlotte resident for 32 years. He was a 1948 graduate of Michigan State University, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte. He had been employed as a Right of Way manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation, retiring in 1985 after 30 years of service.

   Surviving are his wife, Shirley V. (Mohan) Hart, to whom he was married on Jan. 16, 1960; daughter, Catherine (Carol) Anderson of Lansing; son, Richard (Theresa) Hart of Charlotte; grandchildren, Rachael and Garrett Anderson and Matthew and Jenna Hart; and his sister, Judy (John) Parker of Murray, Ky.

   He was preceded in death by son, Michel Hart in 1978.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Eaton Community Hospice or Youth Haven Ranch.

 

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Lloyd B. Haun

 

   Lloyd B. Haun, 84, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 19, 2004 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital after an extended illness.

   Mr. Haun was born in Bellevue Township, Eaton County, the son of Orlo and Amanda (Chase) Haun and was a life resident of Eaton County. He was a lifelong farmer and had been employed at Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte for 20 ½ years. Previously he had worked at Atlas Drop Forge in Lansing and drove an oil truck for Frank Fleming out of Ainger. Mr. Haun had attended Ainger Bible Church and was a former Walton Township constable. He was a member of the Michigan Livestock Association, Eaton Farm Bureau and had been a member of the Northwest Walton Grange. He enjoyed traveling, camping and watching sports on television.

   Surviving are his wife, Barbara (Crilly) Haun, to whom he was married June 21, 1944; four children, Marilyn Haun of Charlotte, Joyce (Bill Welch) Van Syckle of Charlotte, Roger (Louise) Haun of Charlotte, and Ronald (Elizabeth) Haun of Olivet; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leland and Forrest Haun; and a sister, Wilene Haun Smith.

   Funeral services were held March 22 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brood of Ainger Bible Church officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

 

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Ialene L. Heath

 

   Ialene L. Heath, age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, October 5, 2004 in Charlotte. Ialene was born October 10, 1923 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Francis and Pearl (Raines) Harvey. She was preceded in death by her mother when she was 18 months old, 3 aunts, Cora Decker, Mary Miller and Sarah Pisel, (all who had a hand in raising her); husband, Donald L. Heath and great-granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth DuBois.

   Surviving are her 4 children, William (Diane) Baker, Sheri (Robert) DuBois, both of Eaton Rapids, Traci (Daniel) Chesney of Colorado Springs, CO, Linda Starks of Ypsilanti; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and very dear best friend, Maxine Miller of Eaton Rapids. During her life, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her the greatest joy; she always made time spent with them very special. At Christmas, she always made at least four different kinds of fudge, dozens of cookies, peanut brittle and the list went on. She always insisted that all her grandchildren or great-grandchildren must have enough to take home, regardless of what their parents said.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 7, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Ialene Heath.

 

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James R. Heath

 

   James R. Heath, 69, of Eagle, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, June 28, 2004 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

   James was born Nov. 14, 1934 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Charles and Verda (Frechette) Heath. He had been employed as a skilled tradesman for Oldsmobile in Lansing, retiring in 1988 after 35 years of service.

   Surviving are his wife, Mary (Polhamus) Heath; daughter, Nine Heath of Charlotte; grandson, Anthony Coppola of Buffalo, N.Y.; sisters, Joyce Carter of Sunnyside, Wash., Myrtle Gordier of Marshall and Rhea Betcher of Eaton Rapids; and brother, Martin Heath of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Reva Heath; and brothers, Donald and Richard Heath.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

 

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Iva L. Heinze

 

   Iva L. Heinze, 86, of Potterville, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004.

   Mrs. Heinze was born June 10, 1917 in Kalkaska, the daughter of Edwin and Ida (Miller) Mills. She married William L. Heinze, who preceded her in death in 1972. Mr. and Mrs. Heinze owned and operated Heinze’s Sinclair Service Station in Potterville for many years. Mrs. Heinze was a member of the Potterville United Methodist church and United Methodist Women Group and had been the Benton Township Treasurer for over 17 years. She also worked at Charlotte Auto Parts from 1967 to 1984.

   She is survived by her son, William (Nancy) Heinze and two daughters, Shirley (Frank) Wright and Barbara (Larry) Reed, all of Potterville; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Reatha Loomis of Mt. Morris.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Heinze; a sister, Julia; and brothers, John, Russell, Orville, Ervin and Raymond Mills.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Becky Morrison officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church or Barry-Eaton Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dorothy C. Hendon

 

   Dorothy Charlotte Hendon, age 83, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Mrs. Hendon was born Oct. 4, 1920 to Nellie and Edwin Leisman in Gleason, Wis. She graduated from Muskegon Heights High School and the Chicago School of Music and was also a graduate of Taylor University in Indiana. Dorothy married Melvin Hendon on Sept. 7, 1946 on her parents’ front lawn in Bellevue and continued living in Bellevue for 43 years. She taught piano and organ in the Battle Creek and Marshall area and accompanied many choirs and soloists. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, and enjoyed knitting, driving across country, and the challenge of keyboard instruments.

   Dorothy is survived by her husband, Melvin; daughter, Charlotte (Don) Austin of Bellevue; sons, Tedd (Dena) Hendon of Charlotte, Bruce (Gayla) Hendon of Elgin, Ill., and David (Susan) Hendon of Bellevue; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services were held April 16b at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorials may be sent to the music department of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte. The family requests that no flowers be sent, but cards may be sent to Melvin Hendon, c/o Tedd Hendon, 1284 Stewart Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813. The family is being served by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Bradley J. Heniser

 

   Bradley J. Heniser, age 43 of Eaton Rapids, died November 19, 2004 in Lansing, MI. He loved to hunt, fish and snowmobile with his kids. Bradley was an avid outdoorsman and loved to build. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

   Surviving are his wife, Tammy; daughter, Jessica, sons, Joseph and Timothy; parents, Gerald and Eloise Heniser of Six Lakes, brothers, Steven Heniser of Grand Rapids, Kevin (Jackie) Heniser of Mason, Jeff Heniser of Eaton Rapids and Darrell Heniser of Lansing; sister, Cindy (Dennis) Herron of Rockford and many nieces and nephews. Bradley was preceded in death by his brother Randall in 1974.

   Funeral services will be held today, November 23 at noon at the Gorsline-Runciman Co., Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing with the Rev. Wesley B. Emerson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michigan Chapter, 1421 E. 12 Mile Rd., Bldg. A, Madison Heights, MI 48071 in memory of Bradley.

 

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George D. Hennings

 

   George Dale Hennings, 87, of Charlotte, died Monday, May 3, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Hennings was born May 28, 1916 in Charlotte, the son of Roy and Phebe (Sisson) Hennings. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a rural postal carrier for the post office, retiring in 1985, and a bus driver for Charlotte Public Schools for over 25 years. Many may remember him working at the Hennings family Standard Oil Station and grocery until 1965, at the corner of Merritt and Shepherd. He was always known as an honest, generous and helpful man. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a beekeeper, handling many “swarms” around the area. He especially loved gardening and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Wenger) Hennings; son; Richard (Sandy) Hennings of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Jerry Hennings and Roger (Pamela) Hennings; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Katelyn, Kristopher, Kevin and McKenzie; sister, Eileen Weaver of Sun City, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, 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.

 

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Carl R. Henry

 

   Carl R. Henry, 85, passed away April 22, 2004 at Porter Hills Nursing Home in Grand Rapids.

   Carl was founder and vice president of Aluminum Extrusions (AE) Inc. He was an honorary member of the MSU Coaches Club. He was very active in the community and on many boards while in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his beloved wife of 66 years, Louise; his daughters, Judy (Charles) O’Brian of Whitehall, Mikayla (Bruce) Malcuit of Charlotte; grandchildren, Scott (Lori) O’Brien, Elizabeth (Shaun) Holtgrieve, Beth Malcuit, Amy (Rich) Phifer, Barbara (Frank) Silvas, Charles (JoAnna) Malcuit; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Delta Raby; brother, Jack (Ann) Henry; sister-in-law, Frances Heald; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Ring.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte, the Parkinson’s Foundation, The American Cancer Society, Hospice of Michigan or a charity of one’s choice.

 

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F. Louise Henry

 

   F. Louise Henry (Bussell) passed away Sept. 15, 2004 at Porter Hill Nursing Home in Grand Rapids at the age of 83. She was born to John (Jack) and Ethel Bussell in Belding on Oct. 15, 1920. Surviving are children, Judy (Charles) O’Brien of Whitehall and Mikayla (Bruce) Malcuit of Charlotte; grandchildren, Scott (Lori) O’Brien, Elizabeth (Shaun) Holtgreive, Beth Malcuit, Amy (Rich) Phifer, Barbara (Frank) Silvas, Charles (Joanna) Malcuit; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Heald; and nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Carl R. Henry, in April 2004; and two brothers, Robert and Richard.

   A memorial service will be held at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte on Tuesday, September 21 at 11:30 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, American Cancer Society or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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June M. Hewitt

 

   June M. Hewitt, of Bellevue, died Aug. 9, 2004 at Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall.

   She was born March 31, 1917 to Ernest and Nellie (Tray) Wood in Detroit and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1935. June volunteered her time knitting for the Charitable Union and also enjoyed quilting.

   June was preceded in death by her husband, David M. Hewitt in 1993, one grandchild and a brother.

   She is survived by daughters, Sandra Barden and Janet Bawden; son, Brian Hewitt; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Aug. 13 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charitable Union. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Charles Hickok

 

   Charles Hickok, 67, of North Bend, OR, formerly of Olivet, died at home May 26, 2004 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born in Olivet on June 26, 1936 to Leslie and Minnie Hickok, and was a life-long resident of Olivet until moving to Oregon in June 2003 to be near his children.

   He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-58 and was employed by the Olivet School District in special education transportation for 27 years before retiring in 1998.

   Charles was preceded in death by his parents as well as a brother, Howard Hickok, who died in 1976.

   He is survived by his three children: Mashyl (Chris) Cook of North Bend, OR; Sarah (David) Laidlaw of Meadow Vista, CA.; and Troy Hickok of Glide, OR. He also leaves a sister: Ann Allen of Elmira, sister-in-law Shirley Weaver of Olivet, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Arrangements for a memorial service in Olivet are pending with interment in Bosworth Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Eaton County Genealogical Society at P.O. Box 337, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Gladys I. Hickok

 

   Gladys I. Hickok, age 98, of Vermontville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004 at Oakview Adult Foster Care in Quimby.

   Mrs. Hickok was born Aug. 21, 1905 in Charlotte, the daughter of Willard and Fanny (Horn) Wilson Chase. She was raised in the Charlotte area and attended area schools, graduating from Eaton County Normal in 1923. She went on to teach school for one year after graduating. On Feb. 2, 1924 in Olivet, she married Ward Hickok. Gladys and Ward spent most of their married lives together living on the family’s Centennial Farm in Vermontville.

   She is survived by her children, H. Hugh Hickok of Okemos, Dorothy (Robert) Betts of Nashville, Betty (Richard) Carr of Ceresis and Margaret (Dale) Owen of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Ward, who passed away in 1974.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 17 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

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

 

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Connie Lou Hicks

 

   Connie Lou Hicks, age 61, died on Sunday, June 27, 2004 at her home, surrounded by her wonderful and loving family. Connie was born December 4, 1942 in Charlotte and lived in the Charlotte/Eaton Rapids are her entire life. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church where she spent 13 years as the afternoon secretary and over 20 years as the church financial secretary. Connie belonged to the United Methodist Women and started two of the circles, was Chair of their Recreation Department, member of Sr. Chancel Choir and Orchestra. She accompanied on the piano for evening services and belonged to the Eaton Rapids Women’s Chorus. Connie shared her home and financial support in helping people. For over 20 years, she belonged to a women’s prayer/share group and they became friends forever. Her greatest joy was in serving the Lord and trusting Him completely.

   Preceded in death by her father, Wilbur Conard; brother, Bruce Conard; and step-father, Calvin Kohl; she is survived by her husband of 42 years, Wayne; children, Jeffrey (Anna) Hicks of Jackson and their children, Alexander and Nathan; Gregory (Stacie) Hicks of Eaton Rapids and their children, Anthony, William and Eric; Phillip (Carol) Hicks of Battle Creek and their children, Bradley, Paul, David, Megan and Abbey; mother, Mary Kohl of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law Patricia Conard of Eaton Rapids; step-sisters, Pam (David) Hawkins, Carla (Dick) Coats, both of Mason; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist church with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. There will be a time to visit with her family on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Connie.

 

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Jack C. Hicks

 

   Jack C. Hicks, 81, of Charlotte, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Jack was born in Charlotte, the son of Harold and Thelma (Miles) Hicks, and was the eldest of 11 children. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1942, joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the South Pacific.

   He graduated from Lansing Business University in 1953 and joined IBM Corp., where he made his career for 35 years. Jack was a life member of the Charlotte VFW post, and was a member of the American Legion, Eagles, Moose and Eaton County Buck Club. He was also a lifelong golfer.

   Surviving are his children, Terry (Johnna), Ronald (Bobbie-Jo), Thomas (Lorrie, deceased) and Renee (Don) Richardson; friend and companion, Margaret Strang; ex-wives, Barbara (Patterson) Hicks and Annabelle (LaTorre) Meeder; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard, Darrell, Dale, Jerry, Bob and Bruce Hicks; sisters, Phyllis Moore, Shirley Collins and Janette Bruce; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Duane Hicks and grandson Stephen Hicks.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Sept. 11 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Dexter R. “Dick” Hill, Sr.

 

   Dexter R. “Dick” Hill, Sr., age 74, of Oscoda, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 in Tawas City. Dexter was born Dec. 24, 1929 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Bryce Frank and Hilda Adina (Gilmore) Hill, Sr. He retired from the Olds Forge Plant in 1980 after 30 years of service and was a co-owner, with his wife, of Lulu’s Garden Restaurant in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou (Shinaver); 5 children, Dexter R. Jr. of Eaton Rapids, David E. (Debra) of Charlotte, Harvey D. of Eaton Rapids, Lori A. (Thomas) Rhodabeck of Eaton Rapids, Patti (Robert) O’Neil of Stanwood; 9 grandchildren, Jamie A., Crystal, Hilari L., Megan L., Dale E., Jared R., Caitlyn A., Abbey R., and Jacob R.; brother, Bryce F. Hill, Jr. of Clarkdale, AZ; half brother, John of Leslie; 3 half sisters, Jo Anne, Kay and Mary Jane; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, October 11, 2004, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to the Autism Society in memory of Dexter Hill, Sr.

 

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Jane E. Hill

 

   Jane E. (Carothers) Hill of Stanton died Monday, April 19, 2004 at Carson City Hospital.

   Mrs. Hill was born March 30, 1950 in Charlotte, the daughter of Dan and Mary (Bennes) Carothers.  She was raised in the Charlotte area and attended Charlotte schools, graduating in 1968 from Charlotte High School. She attended Ferris State University for one year and studied veterinary services. Mrs. Hill was a certified 911 dispatcher for a short time in Middleville and later became the receptionist at Codee Stamping in Hastings. She was a member of Greenville Community Church and Thornapple Valley Church. Jane maintained an interest in karate and loved playing with her dog Tasha. She is remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother and friend.

   Surviving are sons, Jamie Hill and Jarett Hill, both of Stanton; grandchildren, Kelly and Jamie Hill Jr.; brother, Gary (Bonnie) Carothers of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister, Sally (Jim) Berrager of Grand Rapids; lifelong friends, Mike Hill of Stanton; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Memorial services were held April 22 at Wren Funeral Home, with Chaplain Carla Smith officiating. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or the ALS Association.

 

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Verna D. Hobbins

 

   Verna D. Hobbins, age 83, of Onondaga, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004 in Lansing. Verna was born Dec. 14, 1920, the daughter of Daniel and Verna Grace (Zenker) Davis. She attended Pope Church, was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary Post # 767 and the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 313 both in Springport and was a member of the Clark Retirement Club. Verna was preceded in death by her sister and 3 brothers.

   She will be dearly missed by her husband of 53 years, Louis Reed Hobbins; her children, Beverly (Don) Smith of Springport, Daniel Hobbins of Lansing, Janice (Don Davis) Nolan of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Teresa) Hobbins of Onondaga; her 12 grandchildren, Donald, Tammy Kirby, Peggy (Jeff) Wallace, Daniel (Jody) Hobbins, Jr., Michael Hobbins, Jason Hobbins, John Hobbins, Hill (Alex) Hiesler, Janell (Tony Brown, and Janie (Jason Boatman, Fiancee) Cripe, Billy Hobbins, Brandy Neelis; 18 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Richard Hunter, Earl (Joanie) Hunter and Charles Hunter all of Perry; 2 sisters, Virgeline Bant of Perry, Mary Hunter of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Jack Fugate officiating. Interment followed at Tompkins Center Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Pope United Methodist Church in memory of Verna D. Hobbins.

 

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Clara M. Holcomb

 

   Clara M. (Fordham) Holcomb, 84, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004 at Golden Days #2 in Charlotte, where she had resided for the past year.

   Clara was born March 4, 1919 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Clyde and Sarah (Shrontz) Fordham and had been a life resident of Brookfield Township. She attended Watkins Grade School and graudated from Charlotte High School. Clara had been employed by the Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte for about 25 years and was an active participant in the Olivet Senior Citizens. She was married to Erman Holcomb; he preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1976.

   Clara is survived by her caregivers, Willard and Bessie Myers of Nashville; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Kevin Hale of Brookfield-Eaton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Doris M. Holcomb

 

   Doris M. Holcomb, 100, of Bellevue, died June 16, 2004 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Doris was born March 5, 1904 to James and Mabel (Merritt) Crawley in Baltimore Township, Barry County. She taught elementary school in Hastings and Barry County schools. Doris married Lawrence Holcomb on June 25, 1927; he preceded her in death in 1973. She was a member of Heritage Hills Bible Church and volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and treasurer since 1936. Doris was active in the Grange for over 60 years and with the County Extension Service. She volunteered with the 4-H from the 1940s through the 1970s, teaching. During World War II she knitted watch caps and scarves for the Army and Navy.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Holcomb; daughter, Bernita Smith; sister, Irene Bridleman; brothers, Kenneth Crawley and Dale Crawley; and grandson, Douglas Smith.

   She is survived by son, Bernard (Phyllis) Holcomb of Bellevue; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, sister, Verdie Sinclair; brother, Gerald (Ada) Crawley; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held June 21 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Jeff Homan officiating. Interment was at Ellis Cemetery.

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

 

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Theresa S. Homan

 

   Theresa Sue Homan, age 55, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004 at Hospice House of Mid Michigan surrounded by her family, losing a valiant three-year fight with ovarian cancer.

   Theresa was born Sept. 12, 1948 in Charlotte, the daughter of Jay Dale Sr. and Mary Angeline (Salter) Homan and was a life resident of Charlotte. She had been employed at Don’s Truck Stop, Peckham Industries, Holiday Inn West and most recently at McDonald’s on West Saginaw. She attended South Baptist Church in Lansing.

   Surviving are four sisters, Esther (Charles Clark) Homan of Marshall and Bushnell, Fla., Mary (James) Heath of Eagle, Betty Polhamus of Charlotte and Arlene (Earl) Frith of Vermontville; five brothers, twin brother, Thomas (Janet) Homan of Auburn, Wash., Jay Dale (Marsha) Homan Jr. of North Adams, James Polhamus of Charlotte, John (Ruth) Polhamus of Lyons and Eugene (Virginia) Polhamus of Paris, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Polhamus; and nephew, Joel Homan.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. David Brooks of South Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. Special thanks were expressed for Dr. Douglas Pugmire and his office staff for their care, and also to Sparrow Hospital and Hospice House of Mid-Michigan for excellent care and concern for Theresa and her family.

 

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James Herbert Hosack

 

   James Herbert Hosack, age 48, died Monday morning, December 13, 2004 at home. James was born February 8, 1956 in Eaton Rapids to Harry A. and Marion R. (Gettys) Hosack. James loved to garden. He would turn the soil with a shovel and watch his plants grow. That made him very happy, as well as spending time with his grandkids and dogs. He was a tool and die maker for many years. He worked hard to support his family and give them a good home.

   Surviving are his wife of almost 29 years, Cindy, his son James Jr., daughters Crystal and Haylee Joe; four grandchildren – Jasmin, Dakota, Cecilia and Dominec; mother and step-father Marion and Paul Smith, father Harry Hosack, two brothers, George (Deborah) Hosack and Todd Smith and one sister Terry Cummings (Herb Pierpoint); 3 step-sisters, Susan (Doug) Lilley, Julie (Scott) Steward, Amy (Mark) Matthias, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Services were held at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on December 17, 2004. Memorial contributions may be sent to the family at Terry Cummings, 7504 Houston Rd., Eaton Rapids.

 

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Dolores E. Hosler

 

   Dolores E. Hosler, age 92, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, March 19, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. Mrs. Hosler was born November 9, 1911 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of Frank and Matilda (Linker) Warner. She had worked several years for Dr. Bert VanArk and later worked alongside her husband Hugh on the family Turkey Farm on Griffith Road. Mrs. Hosler was a member of the Griffith United Methodist Church, a past Worthy Matron and Life Member of the O.E.S. #241 in Eaton Rapids and was active at the Onondaga Senior Center. She enjoyed bowling and had played on several different leagues and was an avid golfer. Preceding her in death was her husband, Hugh, sister, Miriam Raymer and son-in-law, Door Ellsworth.

   Surviving are 2 daughters; Beverly Ellsworth of Springport and Elizabeth (Richard) VanderMolen of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Julie (Steve) Pierce of Eaton Rapids, Chris (Dana) Ellsworth of Springport, Kevin (Gisela) Ellsworth of Florida and Jess VanderMolen of Eaton Rapids; 2 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jack Fugate and Rev. David McClintic, officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township. Pallbearers will be Chris Ellsworth, Kevin Ellsworth, Steve Pierce, Richard VanderMolen, Jess VanderMolen and Mel Uhlbeck. The Brookfield O.E.S. #352 conducted funeral services on Monday evening. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffith United Methodist Church in memory of Dolores E. Hosler.

 

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Esther Linda Howe

 

   On October 7, 2004, surrounded by her loving family, the Matriach of the Howe family left us to join her beloved husband, Harold; loving sons, Fredrick James Howe and Walter Earl Howe, daughter-in-law, Ellie Howe; sisters, Vivian Warnacke and Betty Chambers, and her parents who have preceded her in death. Esther will be dearly missed by her daughters, Linda (Keith) Pettifor of Indianapolis, Indiana, Teri Howe of Eaton Rapids and son Bill (Marie) Howe of Bath; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Esther took great pride in her family, which spanned five generations during her lifetime. She was especially fond and grateful for the smiles that each generation of children brought to her face. They were always a source of joy and comfort to her. While her passing has created a significant emptiness in all of our hearts, in time, that emptiness will give way to the wealth of fond memories we all had of her.

   Esther was born the daughter of Fredrick and Marvel Elizabeth (Wickham) Dana on April 21, 1915 in Lansing. Esther graduated from Eastern High School, Class of 1933. On April 29, 1933 she married the love of her life, Harold Howe. They were married for 57 years before his passing in 1990 and resided in Eaton Rapids all their lives. Esther was a Life member of the Brookfield Order of the Eastern Star Lodge. During her life, she was employed at the Horner Woolen Mills, Lansing Dual Therm, Davidson Woolen Mills, Eaton Rapids IGA, Webster Lumber and Coal Company, Rapids Lumber Company and Howe Distributing.

   Funeral services were held at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Monday, October 11, 2004 with interment following in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Our family wishes to express our heartfelt appreciation for the excellent care Esther received at the Sparrow Hospital Neurological Intensive Care and Rehabilitation Units as well as the Sparrow Hospice House. Their loving care made Esther’s final journey so much easier. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may want to consider the Sparrow Hospice House, Sparrow Foundation, P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909-9986, in memory of Esther L Howe.

   http://videos.phototributes.com/jill/Esther%20Howe.html For on line condolences visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Thomas E. Hughes Jr.

 

   Thomas E. Hughes Jr., 80, of Owosso, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004 at Sparrow Health Systems.

   Thomas was born July 26, 1924, the son of Thomas E. and Gertrude (Hyatt) Hughes Sr. and was raised in Charlotte. He is a graduate of Charlotte High School and attended Lansing Business College. He served in the 540th Engineer Regiment of the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Hughes was an accountant for Woodard’s, Redmond Motor Division, and Valley City Milling Company in Portland. On May 5, 1951 he married Mary Ciganick in Portland. Mr. Hughes was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion #57 of Owosso, Knights of Columbus #1139 of Owosso, and the National Association of Accountants ELA – Saginaw Valley Chapter.

   Survivors include his son, Gary R. Hughes of East Lansing; two sisters, Joyce Braithwaite Brickley of Traverse City, and Marlene (Bill) Needham of San Diego, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Lorna Hughes of Grand Ledge.

   He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, on March 24, 1996; parents; and brother, Charles Hughes.

   A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Fr. David Fisher officiating. Burial was at St. Paul Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul School Special Education Program. Arrangements were by Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso.

 

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Joseph O. Hummel

 

   Joseph O. Hummel, 39, of Cadillac, formerly of Nashville, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at Mercy hospital Cadillac.

   Mr. Hummel was born In Battle Creek on March 28, 1964, the son of James and Mary Ann (Hull) Hummel. He attended Maple Valley Schools and after graduating he continued his education at Denver Automotive & Diesel. He was employed as a heavy mechanical technician at 4 Seasons Ford (formerly Weigners) in Cadillac for over 19 years, beginning in 1985. During that time he received the Technician Mentor Award, which was granted by Ford Motor Company. Joe was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending time in the north woods hunting and fishing. His outdoor lifestyle he passed on to his beloved children, as they spent countless hours together enjoying nature. Joe was also a fan of auto racing, especially Sprint cars.

   He is survived by his parents, James and MaryAnn Hummel; sons, Joel O. Hummel II, William Hummel; daughter, ElizabethAnne Hummel; sister, Sherry Hummel; sister, Deborah (Michael) Clark; four aunts and uncles and eight step aunts and uncles; step-grandmother, Gladys Hummel; former wife, Candy Bogema; former brother-in-law, Jerry Brown; two nephews and several cousins; two former sisters-in-law and one former brother-in-law; former in-laws, Don and Diana Williams; and several special friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Sidney and Violet Hull; step-grandmother, Mildred Hill; grandparents, Joel and Clara Hummel; and special cousin, Wes.

   Funeral service was held at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville on March 20, with Rev. Malcolm Brown officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville immediately following the funeral service.

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

 

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Norma K. Hunsaker

 

   Norma Kay Hunsaker, 62, of Charlotte, died at her home.

   Mrs. Hunsaker was born Oct. 16, 1941 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Lyle and Rita (Smith) Dunn. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

   She is survived by daughter, Penny Hunsaker of Charlotte; sons, Bill (Teresa) Hunsaker of Arizona, David Hunsaker of Charlotte; grandchildren, Raquel Belosic, Sean, Cristina, Samantha and William Hunsaker; brothers, Jim and Ralph Dunn; sister, Barb Young; half-sisters, Doris and Joann; and half-brother, Lyle.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Hunsaker on July 11, 1996; her brother, Keith; half-brothers, Don, Lester and Lloyd; and half-sister Maxine.

   A memorial service was held Feb. 16 at American Legion Post #42 in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Max. J. Frego officiating. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Donald “Bud” F. Hunt

 

   Donald “Bud” F. Hunt, age 82, of Charlotte and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Bud was an Army Veteran of World War II and was a former Truck Driver for U.S. Truck Co. in Detroit.

   Surviving are his wife Patricia; 3 daughters, Karen Dunkel of Dimondale, Susie Morey of Canadian Lakes and Annette Holochar of Carmel IN.

   Memorial services were Monday, August 9 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with military honors provided by the American Legion Harold Teeter Post #15. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice House in memory of Donald “Bud” Hunt.

 

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Charles E. Imhoff

 

   Charles “Charlie” E. Imhoff, age 81, retired General Motors’ employee, passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004 at his home in Nashville, surrounded by his beloved family, after a short illness.

   Mr. Imhoff was born March 1, 1922 in Grand Ledge, the son of Howard and Florence (Burke) Imhoff Sr. He was raised in the Grand Ledge are and attended area schools there. On Feb. 2, 1942 in Grand Ledge, he married Shirley Corwin. The couple spent their first nine years of marriage living in Grand Ledge, but moved to the Vermontville area where they spent the majority of their lives together raising their family. Mr. Imhoff was employed at General Motors in Lansing for over 31 years, retiring in 1986. In his early years Charlie loved playing football and softball. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time in his garden, hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling. He was well known in the Nashville community for his Christmas spirit. Each holiday season Charlie would put together a beautiful display of Christmas lights at the couple’s Nashville home. He had a great sense of humor and was loved by many.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley (Corwin) Imhoff; daughters, Nancy (Wayne) Kent of Cadillac, Marilyn Frye of Portage, and Linda (Edgar) Boldrey of Nashville; two Eagle and Ruth of Florida; brother-in-law, Richard (Erma) Corwin of Harrisburg, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Gladys (Charles) Madry of Bellevue and Lois Cline of Venice, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard; and two sisters, Mary and Gretchen.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastor Alan Metler officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice or maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

 

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Lawrence G. (L.G.) Ives

 

   Lawrence G. (L.G.) Ives, age 91 of Eaton Rapids, passed away August 1, 2004 at his residence.

   He was born December 28, 1912 in Millbrook, Michigan, the son of Othel and Isabell (Douglas) Ives. Mr. Ives was a retired Supervisor in the Tool & Die Division at General Motors, Lansing with 42 years of service, retiring in 1972. He was a member of the General Motors Retiree Club, the Fraternal Order of Moose #1039 in Lansing and a member of the Loyal Order of Eagles #288 in Lansing. He was an avid supporter of the Art of Ballroom Dancing. An avid outdoorsman who planted over 70 thousand trees. He owned and operated an Arabian Horse Farm and also raised Peacocks on his farm in rural Eaton Rapids.

   Lawrence was preceded in death by his son, Lance in 2002 and a sister, Cuma Warner in 2003.

   Lawrence is survived by his wife of 38 years, Joan; daughter, Rhonda Ives of Coldwater, 3 grandchildren, Joni Martin, Krista Hasselbring and Jack Ives; 2 nieces, Kay Pierce and Susan Kirby.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Deepdale Memorial Park in Lansing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Hospice in memory of L.G. Ives. Online condolences may be made through skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Forrest Wayne Jackson

 

   Forrest Wayne Jackson, age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, January 31, 2004 in Jackson. Mr. Jackson was born April 17, 1923 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Andrew and Vera (Cole) Jackson. Mr. Jackson was an Army Veteran of WWII and had worked 30 years for the Mead Bros. Excavating Co. as a Crane Operator. He was a Life member of the International Operating Engineers Local #324, a Life member of the V.F.W. Adams Rockey Post #6056 in Springport, and a member of the Griffith United Methodist church in Eaton Rapids. Preceding him in death was his wife, Marie Blanche (Surprenant) in 1995; brother, Frederick Jackson; and sister, Marietta Hammond.

   Surviving are 4 children, Gerald (Judy) Mascoli of Lansing, Barbara (Roger) Pattersn of Jackson, Cindy (the late Gary) Smith of Springport and Ann (Gerald) Bartig of Pleasant Lake; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Jackson; sisters, Naida Pelton and Mary Bailey; sister-in-law, Mildred Jackson and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Springport Cemetery with military honors provided by the Springport V.F.W> Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. for those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the Activities Department at the Countryside Care Center in Jackson or a charity of one’s choice in memory of Forrest W. Jackson.

 

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Norma C. Jackson

 

   Norma C. (Davis) Jackson, of Sunfield, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 in Dimondale at the age of 75.

   She was born July 5, 1929 in Morrice, the daughter of Otto and Helen (Proudfoot) Davis. Norma had been a resident for the past 2 ½ years of the Dimondale Nursing Care Center. She retired as secretary of Lakewood High School after 23 years. She was mother, nurse, counselor and friend to hundreds of kids. Norma was a avid bowler, golfer, and loved to travel. She loved her five exchange students as her own. Norma was preceded in death by her mother and father, stepfather, infant brother and exchange student daughter.

   Surviving are her husband of 56 years, LeRoy; son Mike (Connie) Jackson, daughter Londa (Randy) Williams, brother Bill (Joyce) Davis, brother Larry (Edna) Davis, sister Shari (Jim) Musser; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 4 at Sunfield United Brethren Church, with Pastor Darrel Bosworth officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (SPY’s), or the Sparrow Hospice. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home in Sunfield. For more information visit www.legacy.com.

 

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Frances D. Jamison

 

   Frances Dorothy Jamison, 84, of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Frances is survived by sons, Jim (Pat) VanWormer of Charlotte, Dick (Faith) VanWormer of Indiana; daughter, Dorothy (Carl) Bushre of Mesick; grandchildren, Jeff (Karla) VanWormer, David (Patty) VanWormer, Amy (Gary) O’Hare, Kari (Nathan) Weller; great-grandchildren, Mattheu, Arrianne, Kyler, Kalyn, Kalyb, Austin and Brandon; sisters, Marion Jones of Lansing and Barbara (Jim) Jones of Cadillac.

   Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 11 at First Assembly of God, East Lansing, with Pastor Curt Dalaba officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813; or First Assembly of God, 2717 West Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Agnes C. Jefferies

 

   Agnes C. Jefferies, age 71, of Mason, formerly of Charlotte and Potterville, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   Agnes was born June 10, 1932 in Stanton, and in her early years attended school in Remus. She like to be with people, was affectionate, had a good sense of humor and was always cheerful and cooperative with others. She liked animals and had a collection of stuffed animals.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene (Clouse) Bostetter and step-father, Stanley Bostetter.

   She is survived by numerous caregiver and friends, including those at East Oak Residential in Mason.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Joshua Wilmoth of New Hope Community Church officiating. Interment was next to her parents at Deepdale Memorial Park in Lansing.

 

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Raymond R. Jenkins

 

   Raymond Richard Jenkins, 80, of Bellevue, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004 at home.

   Ray was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Bedford, to Arthur Cleveland and Bessie Mae (South) Jenkins. He attended Bellevue schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the American, Asian and Pacific theaters. He retired as a machinist from the American Fire Pump Company in 1979. Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an avid bowler and Detroit Tigers fan, and was a regular at Roger the Chef’s restaurant for more than 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Mae Jenkins, in 1900; his parents, and nine brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are sons, Charles (Gayle) Jenkins of Battle Creek and Richard Raymond (Jan) Jenkins of Mishawaka, Ind.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Virginia Smalley of New Jersey and Bessie Mae Stewart of Nashville; and brother, Clyde Jenkins of Bellevue.

   Services were held Oct. 19 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Virginia Heller of Bellevue United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice Care or American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Chris A. Jensen

 

   Chris A. Jensen, 77, of Vermontville, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004 in Lansing.

   Mr. Jensen was born Nov. 19, 1926 in Lakeview, the son of Albert and Marie Jensen. He married Phyllis Schultz, Dec. 1, 1951. Mr. Jensen had been an employee of Fisher Body for 34 years, retiring in 1989, and served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed a variety of interests including bingo, fishing, gardening and puzzles, and thoroughly enjoyed his family and life.

   He is survived by sons, Charlie (Lynn) of Sheridan, Ernest (Tammy) of Gowen, Larry, Michael (Marianne) and John (Janice) of Vermontville; daughters, Christine (James) Turner and Rebecca (Shawn) Scott of Vermontville, Susan (Jon) Villanueva of Tennessee, and Sally (Brian) Symonds of Nashville; 25 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Schultz) Jensen on May 4, 1997; and two sons Donnie and Patrick.

   Funeral services were held April 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Duane Royston officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   If desired, 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.

 

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Carroll Johnson

 

   Carroll (Casey) Johnson was born Oct. 30, 1932 in Charlotte and died July 29, 2004 at his home in Bradenton, Fla. Mr. Johnson retired as a Master Chief from the U.S. Navy in 1972 after 20 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Billie (Brock) Johnson, whom he married in Charlotte on Oct. 11, 1953. Other survivors are his daughter, Teri Sue Johnson; sons, Steven, Patrick and Curtis of Bradenton, Fla., and Larry of Utah; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was the son of Leonard Sr. (deceased in 1984) and Isabel Johnson. Also surviving are his sisters, Peggy Moon of Olivet and Pat Langmaack of Charlotte; and brothers, Leonard Jr. and Richard Johnson, both of Charlotte; mother-in-law, Iva Brock; sister-in-law, Lorna (James) Brock of Charlotte; and brother-in-law, Terry Brock of Wayland; and many nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place. Burial of cremains was held Aug. 4 in the rose gardens at Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans. Card may be sent to Billie Johnson, 2715 48th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34209.

 

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James William Johnson

 

   James William Johnson, age 67, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. James was born July 10, 1936 in Omaha, NE, the son of James R. and Ruth N. (Lasley) Johnson. Jim was a retired Service Technician for Highland Appliance in Lansing. A graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School Class of 1955, he joined the U.S. Air Force following graduation. He was an avid pool player and enjoyed frequenting Abie’s Bar. Preceding him in death was his mother Ruth and brother, Bud.

   Surviving are his Soul-mate of 27 years, Dawn Edwards of Eaton Rapids; 7 children, James, Ken, Jeff, Norman, David, Tammy Johnson and Kathy Andrews all of California; father, James R. Johnson of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; 5 sisters and a brother, Jayne (Jerry) Lane of Naperville, IL, Regina (David) Harwood of Ohio, Robert (Carol) Johnson of Texas, Michelle (Mike) Spense of Virginia and Carolyn Manns of Lansing; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Honorary pallbearers were George Deroshia, Gary Deroshia, Larry Edwards Jr., Robert Johnson, Jerry Lane and Mike Aleo. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice, in memory of James W. Johnson.

 

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Geraldine J. Jones

 

   Geraldine J. “Gerry” Jones, 76, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004 at Moore’s Foster Care Home in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Jones was born March 6, 1928 in Charlotte, the daughter of Elbridge and Irene Ruth (Hubbard) Harmon. She volunteered at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility for many years and enjoyed crocheting , playing cards, crossword puzzles, bingo, and lunch with cousins.

   She is survived by sons, Terry (friend Donna) Jones and Garry (Carla) Jones, both of Charlotte; daughter, Joyce Ann Hotchkiss of Las Vegas; step-son, Wayne L. (Cathy) Jones of Litchfield; step-daughter, Karen (George) Whitcomb of Olivet; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne C. Jones on July 31, 1981.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Chuck Jensen officiating. Burial was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Theo F. Jones-Martin

 

   Theo F. Jones-Martin, 89, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004 in Lansing.

   Theo was born Feb. 19, 1915 in Climax, the daughter of Francis and Elsie (Holt) Roe. She was formerly employed with Eaton Stamping in Eaton Rapids and spent her later years enjoying Northern Michigan.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Neil Jones; second husband, Charles Martin Sr.; son, Neil Jones Jr.; and brother, Harold Heritz.

   Theo is survived by one son, Dale D. Jones of Lansing; two daughters-in-law, Patricia Jones of Lansing, Sharon Jones of Grand Ledge; four grandchildren, Terry Jones, Brian Jones and Mindy Jones, all of Lansing, and Ted Jones of Grand Ledge; four great-grandchildren, Christopher, Joshua, Nicholas and Samantha Jones; one great-great-grandson, Anthony; brother, Frank (Margaret) Heritz of Indiana; sister, Violet Jarboe of Sterling Heights; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held July 5 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with interment following at West Pennfield/Hicks Cemetery in Calhoun County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society.

 

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Helen Karpi

 

   Helen Karpi, 89, of Charlotte, formerly of Dearborn, died Sunday evening, May 23 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte. Mrs. Karpi was born Feb. 14, 1915 in Vandergrift, PA, a daughter of John and Mary Sterbis.

   She retired fro Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn as a licensed practical nurse following 20 years of service and was a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church.

   Mrs. Karpi was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen, in 1984.

   Surviving are her daughter, Pat (Rene’) VanNeste of Charlotte, two grandchildren, Stephen VanNeste and Lisa (Ray) MacNamee, and two great-grandchildren, Jeff and Mac MacNamee.

   Memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte with Fr. Denis Spitzley as celebrant.

   Arrangements by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

James W. Keasler

 

   James W. Keasler, age 52, of Vermontville, went to be with his lord unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004 at his home.

   Mr. Keasler was born June 23, 1951 in Shreveport, La., the son of William and Jo (Vinson) Keasler. He was raised in the Shreveport area and attended area schools, graduating from Byrd High School. After graduating from high school, he continued his education at LeTourneau College in Texas. On Aug. 25, 1979 in Little Rock, Ark. He married Lynn Bytwerk. The couple spent the early part of their married lives in the Shreveport area, moving to the charlotte area in 1987. In 1995, Jim founded J & J Appliance in Lansing. He enjoyed playing basketball with friends, hunting deer with his family and collecting stamps. For the past 15 years, he met annually with his hunting companions to travel all over the country hunting whitetail and mule deer.

   He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lynn; his beloved children, Carissa, Micah, Meghan, Fawn and Savanna; his parents, Bill and Jo Keasler; brothers, Bob and Dan; and a sister, Joanne; and a large extended family, which he loved dearly.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at Grace Community Church in Nashville, with Pastors Don Roscoe and Douglas Bytwerk officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Spanish American Mission. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Verna M. Kelly

 

   Verna Marie Kellye is surH, born March 31, 1921 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Harry and Eva (Bradford) Thuma, went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 14, 2004.

   Verna was a student of the word of God and served the church as Sunday school superintendent, and taught adult Sunday school class for several years. She organized and taught women’s neighborhood Bible studies and had articles published in the monthly church magazine called the Gospel Banner at that time. Verna was a member of Mt. Hope Church in Lansing for the past 20 years and enjoyed a tour to Israel with her daughter and other members in 1994. Verna was also a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center and had written monthly articles for the Rocking Chair Deserters. Verna leaves behind to her loved ones and friends a legacy and spiritual heritage of her love, strength and devotion to God.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter Norma Smith in 1986, her parents, and brother Dean Thuma.

   Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Richard; son, Larry (Carol) of Leslie; daughter, Sharyn (Jim) Eaton of Duck Lake; and son, Rick (Dennise) of Victoria, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 20 great0grandchildren; sister, Arlene Towns of Jackson; sister-in-law, Betty Thuma of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 16 from Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Kevin Berry of Mt. Hope Church officiating. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids, with grandsons, Tag Kelly, Travis Kelly, Kris Gieske, Luke Kelly, Jacob Kelly, Kevin Kelly, Scott Eaton and Jim Eaton as pallbearers. Honorary bearers were Rocky Kelly and Matt Kelly.

   For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Hope Church in memory of Verna M. Kelly.

 

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Richard Y. Kim

 

   Richard Y. Kim died Jan. 27, 2004 at Home of Hope Hospice in Gaines Township.

   He worked at Airway Manufacturing Co. for over 32 years and graduated from Olivet College.

   Surviving is his wife, Grace Kim.

   Funeral services were held at Reyers North Valley Chapel in Grand Rapids. Interment was held at Plainfield Township Cemetery in Belmont.

 

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Caleb L. King

 

   Caleb L. King, 22, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004.

   Caleb was born Feb. 26, 1981 in Charlotte and was a lifelong Charlotte resident. He had worked in the building trades as a carpenter.

   Surviving are his mother, Brenda King-Thomas of Linden; grandparents, Fred and Jean King of Charlotte; brother, Jason (Holly) King of Linden; niece, Kiley King; nephew, Michael King; foster father, Orval Kenney; two best friends, Seth Beurmann and Jeremy Shook, both of Charlotte; and many aunts, uncles cousins and friends.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery Memorial. Contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Winifred King

 

   Winifred King, 94, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004.

   Mrs. King was born June 24, 1910 in Kalamo Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Raymond Sanford and Myrtle (Morgan Babcock) Sanford.

   She is survived by sons, Ivan Jr. (Melody) of Hastings, Robert E. of Charlotte, Dr. Vincent (Sharon) of Onondaga; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey (Ivan) in 1990, and son Richard in 1989.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Needmore Cemetery Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

Francis Adolph Kipp

 

   Francis Adolph Kipp, age 99 years, died Tuesday, December 7, 2004 in Charlotte. Francis was born April 30, 1905 in Croswell, MI and later lived in Garden City, Lake Ann, Memphis, TN and presently Eaton Rapids. He was a carpenter, retiring after 30 years. Francis was a member of the Eaton Rapids Nazarene Church and walked 5 miles a day until the age of 90 years. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Greta Kipp in 1961; daughter, Eleanor Kipp in 1947; and stepson, Maurcie Beals in 2002.

   Surviving are his wife, June L. (Thomas) Schmidt Kipp of Eaton Rapids; 3 daughter, Helen (Roland) Wolfaberger of Garden city, Sally Beals, Bette June (Lee) Bragg both of Eaton Rapids; 1 son, Thomas (Joyce) Schmidt of Indiana; grandchildren, LuAnn Sharp, Lennette Wolfaberger, James (Gail) Eastman, Patti (David) Talik, Lori Brochu, Thomas Eastman, Sally Wickman, Stephen Jon Beals I, David (Liz) Schmidt, Debbie (Larry) Wild, Pam (Tony) McDaniels; great grandchildren, Craig Sharp, Travis Sharp, Stephen Jon Beals II, Stephanie (Corey) Hudson, Sarah Eastman, Alexis Eastman, James Eastman, Joseph Eastman, Cody Wickman, Levi Wickman, Austin McDaniels, Madison McDaniels, Brayden McDaniels, Brittney Whittaker, Nickolas Wild, Steven Schmidt, Sarah Schmidt, John Michael Schmidt, Jaren Schmidt, Landon Schmidt; great-great-grandchildren, Aithea Eastman, Alex Eastman and Kaiden Eastman.

   Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 515 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Dallas McFarland officiating. Interment will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with Frank Bragg, Corey Hudson, Stephen Beals, Bruce Nettleman and Glen DePew as casket bearers. The family will receive friend son Friday fro 1:00-3:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Francis Kipp.

 

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Judith I. Klont

 

   Judith I. Klont, of Charlotte, passed away July 5, 2004 at the age of 68.

   Judith was born July 13, 1935 to her parents John and Lucy (Demond) Bailey in Lansing. She married peter Klont in 1955. She was trained in nursing and along with her husband operated Klonts Adult Foster Care Home for 20 years. After her retirement she operated K & K Concessions Wagon for two years at local events. Judy found her greatest joy in her family, especially her grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Peter E. Klont; three sons, Jeffrey (Debbie) of Eaton Rapids, Terry (Sondra) and Peter (Lauri) Klont, both of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; two brothers, William Bailey and Donald Bailey of Lansing; sister, Carol Borring of Six Lakes; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John Jr. and Daniel, both of Lansing, and Kenneth of Ludington; and sister, Geraldine Conley of Charlotte.

   At her request, no services will be held. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Phyllis A. Knowles

 

   Phyllis Allene Knowles, 90, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004.

   Mrs. Knowles was born Nov. 2, 1913 in Charlotte, the daughter of Charles Door and Mabel E. (Snow) Scott. She married Ralph William “Bill” Knowles June 25, 1935 in Angola, Ind. She was a beauty operator and was involved with arts and crafts.

   She is survived by daughter, Jackie (Neil) Twichell of Eaton Rapids; son, Blaine Scott (Cherri) Knowles of Oxford, Wis.; sister, Margaret Haysmer of Charlotte; granddaughter Ingrid (James) Benward and grandson Eric Twichell, both of Eaton Rapids; and great-grandchildren, Brody and Aubrie Benward.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1977.

   There will be a memorial service for family and friends at a later date.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral home of Charlotte. Further in formation is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

John Kohler

 

   John Kohler, 61, of Delton, passed away May 2, 2004.

   John was born Jan. 21, 1943 in Tullahoma, Tenn., the son of John and Marian (Bennett) Kohler. A graduate of Quincy High School, John served his country in the Army Airborne 82nd Division. Previously a drywall finisher and an employee of D & C Plumbing in Charlotte, John was most recently a loyal employee of Bond Supply, now Bertsch, US Flow, first in counter sales and then in designing floor heating systems. He enjoyed bowling, riding motorcycles, fishing and building golf clubs. He was also a history and geography buff and an avid music and Michigan State fan. A member of the American Legion in Quincy, John was also a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church of Delton. On Aug. 31, 1979, he married Ellen (Wierszewski) Hoffman, who survives.

   Also surviving are children, Jerry and Marci Kohler, Jeff Kohler and Missy Sidange, Sean and Pam Hoffman, Dawn and Mark Thrasher, Heather Hoffman and Duane Warnicke, Jason Hoffman, and Heidi and Bret Miller; brothers and sister, Pat and Judy Grady, Diane and Joe Buckness, Jerry and Jean Kohler, Jean and Dick Spears, Sharon and Sandy Sanderlin, Dalton and Donna Becker, Lana Srederick, Chris Forrester, Carlisle Becker and Roma Loveberry; grandchildren, Tiffany, Courtney, Alexis, Nicholas, Blake, Carson, Anna, Chelsea, Amber, Spencer, Dakotah, Autumn, Beret and Oakley; many special nieces, nephews and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 6 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Delton, with Father Carl Peltz as celebrant. Interment was at Cedar Creek Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may e made to Delton Library or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Williams-Gores Funeral Home in Delton.

 

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David R. Koning

 

   David Ross Koning, 81, died peacefully in his home Friday, Nov. 5, 2004.

   He was born in his family home in Beech Grove, Ind., on Oct. 25, 1923, the third of four children born to Claude William Koning and Bertha (VanderMoere) Koning. His parents took him to the Cradle Roll and Sunday school of the Dutch Reformed Church, located next door to their home.  The close bonds found in a loving family, the daily Bible readings, and the observances of Sundays and attending worship services instilled in him a love of family, church and strong faith. Early experiences of riding in a horse-drawn milk delivery wagon with his father, and helping nearby farmers with chores and plowing, walking behind a horse-drawn plow, created in him his life-long love of agriculture, cattle and horses.

   In June 1941, Dave graduated from Arsenal Technical Schools in Indianapolis. At the beginning of World War II, Dave was rejected by the armed forces because a severe bout of scarlet fever at the age of 8 had left him completely hairless, with no hair or beard, and no eyelashes or eyebrows to protect his eyes. So he began learning the tool and die trade like his dad. However, after the war years he went back to his early goals. In 1949, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and animal husbandry from Purdue University with high honor, and he was chosen for the Alpha Zeta Honor Society. He had earned his tuition by milking, morning and night, the Purdue dairy herd. Then, having been hired by the Pet Milk Co., he served as a dairy field-man for 19 years. Even though he was a bachelor, he bought a farm near Angola, Ind., and stocked it with diary cattle, pigs, chickens, a team of work horses and even some horse-drawn farm tools. He also planted a garden and built a milk house.

   In 1952, Dave was transferred to Pet Milk Co. in Hudson, Mich., where during a short hospital stay he met nurse Evelyn Myrtle DeMeritt Sears, a widow who had a 2-year-old daughter, Kathleen. They were married Sept. 20, 1952. Dave adopted Kathleen, who adored her “daddy.” With the births of Ross, Christine and Paul, the couple felt God had blessed them with the perfect family.

   The family’s final move to the Charlotte Pet Milk Co. in 1958 followed three years of working in Holgate, Ohio. Dave was very involved in family life and the life of their church, Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. He worked with the offering each week and the treasurer of the church. He painted Sunday school rooms and hallways. He also served as president of the Methodist Men, and was a long-time member of the Sunday Celebration Adult Sunday school class. He and Evelyn chaperoned the Charlotte Oriole Band to the World’s Fair in New York City. They also chaperoned the band to competitions in Mexico City. Dave was the den dad for Cub Scouts. The family enjoyed all the sporting events, music and drama presentations in the community. Each year the family vacation trips were camping across the country. Dave and Evelyn’s 50th wedding anniversary cruise and tour of Alaska was one of the highlights of their travels.

   After the Charlotte Pet Milk Co., relocated, Dave worked with Quality Farm and Fleet Stores in Lansing until his retirement in 1985. Since then, each Monday he visited shut-ins and delivered cassette tapes of the church service to them. He also delivered Meals on Wheels and was a life member of Eaton Area Senior Center. As a kazoo player and a solo whistler in the Charlotte Kitchen Band, he played for the pleasure of many groups. He square danced with the Star Twirlers Club and enjoyed pitching horseshoes with the Horseshoe Pitching Club. He is a past patron and life member of Maple City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Charlotte and a 50-year-plus member of Angola Masonic Lodge and had a life membership with them.

   Dave’s goal was to live each day with love, grace, dignity and a sense of humor. He genuinely loved people and seemed able to help each one feel special, valued and loved.

   Dave was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris (Karl Rahdert), and brother William (Bobbie) Koning.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Evelyn; four children, Kathleen (Craig) Moore of South Bend, Ind., Ross (Christine) Koning of Willimantic, Conn., Christine (Mark) Thiel of Plano, Texas; Paul (Kristen) Koning of San Jose, Calif.; grandchildren, Ben (Stacey) Thueme, Becky Thueme, Jeffrey Thueme, Sarah Thueme, Hans (Tanya) Koning, Katie Koning, Kurt Koning, Steven Thiel, Greg Thiel, Derek Koning, Devon Koning; great-grandsons, Jacob Thueme, Kyle Thueme, Jadyn Koning; sister, Betty (Warren) Houseman of La Jolla, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

   A memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, with dinner and fellowship after the service.

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

 

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Merlin Koos

 

   Merlin D. Koos of Charlotte, 67, died Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at his residence. Merl was born Feb. 1, 1937 in Oneida Center, Oneida Township, the son of George and Florence (Hoffman) Koos and had been a Charlotte resident for 51 years, coming form Grand Ledge.

   He was a 1955 graduate of Charlotte High School and was employed as a journeyman tinsmith for Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, retiring in 1995 after 40 years of service. He attended the First Baptist church and was an avid bowler and golfer.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Patricia (McConnell) Koos, one son, Kim D. (Paulette Sue) Koos of DeBerry, TX, three daughters, Kelly (friend Samuel) Chavez, Kristy (Brent) Fast and Kathy (Ron) Bristol, all of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren, Kevin and Mary Sue Koos, Charles Strong, Victorria and Tiffaney Chavez, Ashley (Keith) Ross, L’lainah (Chris) Smith, Amanda (James Thompson) Fast, Christopher Eggleston, Daniel Fast, Nathan and Bethanny Bristol; one great-grandchild, Bryce Ross; two brothers, Herman (Yvonne) Koos of Grand Ledge and Charles (Nikki) Koos of Charlotte, and two sisters, Betty Lou Zeigler and Melba Kohler, both of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held June 5 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte Pastor Robert Crouch officiating. Interment was in Center Eaton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist church of Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Judy K. Kozora

 

   Judy Kay (Rose) Kozora, 62, of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004.

    She was born Feb. 3, 1942 in Sturgis, to John and Juanita Rose. She was married to Andrew Kozora. Judy was a member of Five Corners Worship Center, retired from Owens-Illinois Glass and Care Free Products and had been an Avon representative.

   Surviving are her husband, Andrew Kozora; sons, Jody (Debbie) Homan of Ozark, Ala., and Jesse (Gabi) Homan of Ingelheim, Germany; stepson, Craig Kozora of Portage, Ind.; stepdaughter, Heather (Joe) Jose of Bourbanannise, Ill; her mother, Juanita Rose of Charlotte; brothers, John (Gladys) Rose of Olivet, Bruce (Karen) Rose of State Line, Calif., and Paul Rose of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Lena and Christopher Homan of Ingelheim, Germany, Celia and Casey Homan of Murray, Ky., and Corey and Shane Homan of Ozark, Ala.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Joel Homan; father, John Rose; and brother, David Rose.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Aug. 13 at Five Corners Worship Center, with Pastor Marty Saunders officiating. Inurnment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Alice Ann Kreger

 

   Alice A. Kreger, age 91, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, February 23, 2004 at a Lansing hospital. Alice was born February 15, 1913 in Hamlin Township, the daughter of Fred and Delia (Covey) Clarke. Mrs. Kreger graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School class of 1931 Summa cum Laude and was a graduate of County Normal. She taught for a few years at Bay Window Country School in Hamlin Township, and also worked in fund raising for the V.F.W. National Home. She enjoyed cooking as much as her family and church family enjoyed eating her cooking. Mrs. Kreger was a very active member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church. Preceding her in death was her husband, L.J. Kreger in 1977 and her brothers, Hugh Clark, Don Clarke and Lawrence Clarke; sisters, Marian Ramsey, Dorothy Williams and Doris Swan.

   Surviving are her daughter, Phyllis (James) Stillman of Whitmore Lake, MI; 3 grandchildren, Jon (Kim), Lee (Roxanne) and Nell and 4 great-grandchildren, Jenny, Holley, Amy and Jamie; sister-in-law, Mildred Clark; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 26, 2004 from the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church with Rev. Frank Klassen officiating. Burial followed on the family plot in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Allen Clarke, Gary Clarke, Don Clarke, James Stillman, Leon Stillman and Jon Stillman. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church in memory of Alice A. Kreger. The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Paul Kremke

 

   Paul Kremke of Charlotte, 67, died unexpectedly May 29, 2004 in Mitchell, S.D. Paul was born Dec. 1, 1936 in Papillion, Neb., the son of Louis and Stella (Oliver) Kremke.

   He had been a Charlotte resident for 32 years, coming from Coldwater, He was a 1954 graduate of Millard Nebraska High School and was a member of the Charlotte Country Club. He had been involved in auto sales for the past 20 years and prior to that had owned the former Kremke Meat Co. in Charlotte.

   Surviving is his wife, Norma J. (Pearson) Kremke; five children, Pam (Mike) Cappella of Coldwater, Missy (Don) Hutchens of Middleville, Marty Kremke of Charlotte, Tricia (Brian) Hilgendorf of Calendonia and Joel (Donelle) Kremke of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 18 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Adam, Paul and Benjamin Cappella, Kori, Kara, Christi, Andy and Nick Hutchens, Laura, Hillary, Zoe, Matt, Avery and Sam Kremke, and Tessa, Ian and Breenen Hilgendorf; and two brothers, Lou (Olga) Kremke and Bob (Charlene) Kremke, both of Omaha, Neb.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Andrew Kremke; two granddaughters, Michaella and Andrea Cappella; and his sister, Edna Kenworthy.

   Funeral services were held June 2 at the First Lutheran Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating.

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

 

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Leone Daniels Kring

 

   Leone Daniels Kring, age 90, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004 in Charlotte. Leone was born Oct. 31, 1913 in Salt Lick, Ky., the daughter of Emmit and Lulia Beatric (Hobbs) Daniels. She retired from Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in 1976 after 16 years as a cook.

   Mrs. Kring was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Clay Kring in 1985.

   Surviving are her two sons, Rodney Kring of Potterville and Harold (Judy) Kring of Homer; five grandchildren, Barbara (Robert) Lomax, Sandra Cole, Deborah (Terry) Lemley, James (Tracey) Kring, Douglas (Christy) Kring; seven great-grandchildren, Christopher Kring, Jessica Cole, Justin Feeney, Heather and Rachael Lemley, Jordan and Logan Kring; one great-great-grandson, Donavin Kring; one brother, Lawrence Daniels of Topeka, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Graveside services were held Jan. 27 at Sparta Cemetery in Kimmel, Ind.

 

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Stanislaw W. Kutek

 

   Stanislaw Kutek, 60, of Potterville, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004. Stan was born Jan. 1, 1944 in Wygnanow, Poland, to Aleksander and the late Wladyslawa (Golab) Kutek.

   He lived in Michigan for 23 years, most recently employed at Alro Steel in Potterville. Stan was happiest spending time with his family and also enjoyed photography and outdoor activities.

   He is survived by his wife Mrs. Elzbieta Alabuszew-Kutek; father Aleksander, sister, Elzbieta Orcyzk, son Rafal and grandson Michal Kutek, all of Sosnowiec, Poland, son Michal Kutek of Potterville, and stepdaughter Anna M. Drozd of Potterville.

   The family will receive visitors 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004 at St. Casimir Church 815 Sparrow Ave., Lansing, Michigan with a Memorial Mass at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service. Arrangements are being handled by Pray Funeral Home, 401 W. Seminary Street, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Floyd R. Laird

 

   Floyd R. Laird, 89, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004.

   Mr. Laird was born Jan. 29, 1915 in Madison County, Ark., the son of Arthur Daniel and Siothia (Dorsey) Laird. He was a journeyman machine repairman for Oldsmobile. He loved fishing, hunting and gardening with a huge flower garden.

   He is survived by his wife, Helen (Sikes); son, Gary (Pam) Laird of Overland Park, Kansas; daughter, Marjean (Charles) Chapman of Grand Ledge; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and sisters, Velma (Kenneth) Shepherd of Hinesville, Ark., Wanda Harrison and Helen Steinbarger of Huntsville, Ark.

   He was preceded in death by five brothers, Fay, Marvin, Arlis, Kenneth and Ray; and two sisters, Nona Eastep and Flora Hanley.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Chester Gospel Church, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Bohannan Cemetery in Huntsville, Ark.

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

 

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William "Bill" J. Lampson

 

   William (Bill) J. Lampson, age 68, of Eaton Rapids, died August 2, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House, after a valiant fight against cancer. Bill was owner/operator of Thermal Acoustics Company in Eaton Rapids for 35 years. Bill was a past President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Eaton Rapids and was awarded the Junior Chamber of Commerce Senator ship. He was a member of the Lansing Builder’s Assoc. and held numerous Union memberships. Bill loved NASCAR and at one time he sponsored a car at the local Spartan Speedway. Bill spent 10 years with the Grand Trunk Railroad out of Battle Creek, Michigan, and was a Diesel Engineer when he left the railroad in 1964. He was predeceased by his father, Roy Lampson and mother, Florence Lampson and brother, Charlie Lampson.

   Surviving is his wife, Barbara J. (Bennett) Lampson of Eaton Rapids; son, Steven R. Lampson (fiancée, Kelly Malloy) of Eaton Rapids; daughters, Renee (Patrick) Dubois and Michelle (Paul) Nicholas of CA; stepchildren, Valarie (Martin) Phillipich, Debora (Jason) Knight, Michael (Yon Kuy) Barros, Joseph (Brenda) Barros; 5 grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren; sister, Susan (James) Long.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice of Charlotte.

 

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Leon Lanstra

 

   Leon Lanstra, 74, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 2, 2004. Mr. Lanstra was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Grosse Point.

   He served with the U.S. Coast Guard for four years. He worked 25 years for the U.S. Post Office until he retired in 1972 and then he worked 20 years for First Federal of Michigan Bank until he retired in 1992. He attended the Charlotte First Baptist Church. He enjoyed golfing and collecting elephants.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lillian (Burgess) Lanstra, daughters Sherrill (John) Cape of Kalamazoo, Faye (Bruce) Patterson of Walled Lake, and Christina (Dan) VanGent of Thousand Oaks, California, five grandchildren, and twin sister Leonne Borders of Madison Heights.

   He was preceded in death by sister Audre’ Golenski and brother Larry. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 7 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment will be 1 p.m. Monday, at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan.

   Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Bill Graham Evangelistic Association and the Gideons International.

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

 

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Michael T. Larder

 

   Michael Todd Larder, 52, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Bellevue, died Sunday, July 11, 2004 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek.

   He was born Nov. 12, 1950 to Charles and Patricia (Todd) Larder of Bellevue. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1968 and attended Kellogg Community College. Mike served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant from 1970 until 1985. Since leaving the military he’s worked as a corrections officer in Milan and as a truck driver for J.B. Hunt. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf and hunting.

   Mike is survived by his son, Brian larder of Newport, N.C.; his parents, Charles and Patricia Larder of Bellevue; sister, Judy Larder of Kalamazoo; niece, Skyler Kerr; and several aunts and uncles.

   Memorial services were held July 15 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Robert Heine of Central Christian Church officiating. Interment was at Bell Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Brian K. LaValley Jr.

 

    Brian Keith LaValley Jr., 18, of Sunfield, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004.

   Brian was born Sept. 15, 1985 in Charlotte, the son of Brian Keith LaValley of Lansing and Lori Ann Parish of Sunfield, who survive.

   He is also survived by brothers, Dylan Ray of Lansing, Marvin Cecil Steward of Sunfield; sister, Jessica Marie Smith of Sunfield; grandparents, Alfred and Catherine Jardot of Eaton Rapids, Chester Alan LaValley of Lansing, Patricia Janneta Southard of Grand Rapids; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial service was held April 10 at Charlotte Assembly of God, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating.

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

Kelly R. Lee

 

   Kelly R. Lee, 44, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 20, 2004.

   Miss Lee was born Dec. 29, 1959 in Lansing, the daughter of Gary and Nine (Abernathy) Lee. Kelly was a production worker for Titan Products. She enjoyed drawing, photography and animals.

   She is survived by father, Gary Lee; brothers, Alan D. (Annette) Lee of Vermontville, Ralph D. Lee of Eaton Rapids; eight nieces and nephews, Jamie, Aaron, Andrea, Dillon, Aaron, Brianna, Brandy and Jaden; aunts, Debbie (Walt) Ribby of Eaton Rapids, Lisa Wood of Lansing, Lori Keyes (Kevin Frisbie) of Holt, Mary Abernathy of Kentucky; uncles, Sam (Floyce) Abernathy of Charlotte, Rich (Mary) Abernathy of Charlotte, Jeff (Sandy) Jester of Coloma; and grandmother, Gloria Abernathy of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her mother Nine Lee in 2002, brothers Gary Lee Jr. in 1975 and Mark E. Lee in 1996.

   Funeral services were held July 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Merle Bradley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Animal Shelter. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Robert “Bobby” James Lee

 

   Robert “Bobby” James Lee, age 19, of Eaton Rapids, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, July 3, 2004. He was born July 31, 1984 in Austin, Texas, the son of James and Sonja (Bailey) Lee. He had a wonderful full sense of humor and was a joy to be around. He loved to laugh and tease his friends and family and loved his music, customized cars and pretty girls. Bobby will be truly missed; he has been through so much the past 2 years and has touched many lives. Now Bobby is at peace and at home with the Lord.

   Surviving are his father and buddy, Jim Lee; mother and best friend, Sonja Lee, 2 siblings, Mathew Skyler and Desiree Afton Lee; grandparents, Fred and very special grandmother, Minnie Pifer of Eaton Rapids; Richard and Bonnie Bailey of Walker, MI; Bob and Sybil Lee; great-grandma, Bessie Campbell; aunts and uncles, Bill and Pat Campbell, his very special aunt, Glenda and Bud Walters, Brian and Rhonda Kozumplik, Pam and Donovan Greene, Rommie and Linda Bailey, and Harold Campbell; several cousins and many friends, including special friend Dustin Norris and Lewis Kidder of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will e held Wednesday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

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Leilani K. Leik

 

   Leilani K. Leik, 56, of Mulliken, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2004.

   Leilani was born April 5, 1948 in Hastings, a daughter of Gayle L. and Letha R. (Vedder) Bentley. She was a graduate of Lakewood High School and Calvin College. Leilani was the Roxand Township clerk for the past 14 years and was active in her church and various Roxand Township activities.

   She was preceded in death by her father in 1978.

   Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Donald; four children, Jerry Leik of Mount Pleasant, Jonathon Leik of aurora, Ill., Charles Leik of Lansing and Jennifer (Jason) Smith of Mulliken; granddaughter Elizabeth Marie Smith, mother Letha Bentley, brother Gale Bentley, and nephew Nicholas Bentley, all of Mulliken; three aunts, Velma (John) Marsh of Mulliken, Onalee (Reuben) Olsen of Owosso and Lucille Wint of Alma; one uncle, Keith (Roberta) Vedder of Charlotte; and several cousins.

   Services were held Oct. 19 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Droste, Bill Feasal Jr., A.J. Marciano, Bill Roll, Jason Smith and Dana Traub.

 

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Gwenith Lewis

 

   Gwenith “Gwen” (Goodenough) Lewis, 66, of Portland, formerly of Charlotte and Bellevue, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at her residence after an illness of 14 months.

   Gwen was born June 6, 1938 in Lake Odessa, the daughter of Howard and Serena (Dillenbeck) Goodenough. She was a 1956 graduate of Vermontville High School, where she was a member of the high school band. She was the retired owner/operator of Oaklawn Adult Foster Care Home in Bellevue, which she had operated for 21 years. Prior to that she had been employed by Lloyd Eaton, the Ingham County Probate Court, the state of Michigan, the Michigan Conference of Seventh Day Adventists and Ren Plastics in Lansing. She was a member of the Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed flowers and flower arranging.

   Surviving are her husband, John H. Lewis, to whom she was married on Feb. 16, 1958; son, Michael Lewis of Jenison; daughter, Victoria (Jeffrey) Rick of Jackson; grandchildren, Justin and Ashley Lewis and John and Rachael Rick; two sisters, Helen (William) Swiger of Charlotte and Jackleen Hill of Colorado Springs; and three sisters-in-law, Ruth Lewis of Charlotte, Betty Goodenough of Huntsville, Ala., and Juanita Goodenough of Colorado Springs.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Louis and Larry Goodenough.

   Visitation will be held Sunday, June 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, 206 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte.

   Funeral services will be held Monday, June 14 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastors Charles Hanlon and Olin Thomas officiating. Interment will be at West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist School, Jackson Seventh Day Adventist School or Great Lakes Hospice. The family expressed appreciation to Dr. Robert Rolle and Kathy Wilson and staff at the Natural Health Center in Charlotte, and to Denise Colestock of Eaton Rapids.

 

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Anna Mae Lewis – Siegrist

 

   Anna Mae Hine Lewis – Siegrist, 92, formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 at her daughter’s home in Tucson, AZ. She was born Dec. 30, 1911, in Flint, the daughter of Howard and Elizabeth “Marie” (Van Tuyl) Hine. Anna Mae had a lifelong enjoyment and dedication to music, from being trained for the concert stage to having her own studio, as well as giving private piano lessons. A 1930 graduate of Charlotte High School, she furthered her education at Rockmont College of Denver, and Julliard Conservatory in Chicago. During WWII she attended St. Lawrence School of Nursing in Lansing, and served with Ship’s Service in Portsmouth, VA. Her business career allowed her to serve as Human Resources Manager for Sears Roebuck in Holland and later as administrative assistant for Magnavox Furniture Division, Holland/Andrews N.C. She is survived by a son H. William D. “Bill” Lewis of Fremont, and a daughter Marilee Lewis of AZ, nine grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and six great great-grandchildren. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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John D. Liggett

 

   John D. Liggett, age 86, of Olivet, died peacefully in his family’s loving arms Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   He was born April 26, 1917 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the son of David and Anna (Tarbox) Liggett and was a lifelong resident of Walton Township. He had served as manager of the Charlotte Country Club, was employed at Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte, and most recently worked in the Trucks Dept. at Post Cereals in Battle Creek, from where he retired in 1978 after 32 years of service. He was a member of the Post 25 Year Club, was president of the Travel Trailer Club of Midwest and had wintered with his wife, Lillian, in Weslaco, Texas, for 20 years. What he loved to do was share the stories of his life.

   Surviving are his wife, Lillian (Weakley) Liggett, to whom he had been a devoted husband for 65 years; two daughters, Carolyn (Ron) Campbell of Olivet and Janis (Jim) Anderson of Battle Creek; one son, Larry (Kathy) Liggett of Marshall; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Margaret Irish of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by five sisters; Blanche Cochran, Josie Robbins, Hazel Winegar, Edith Liggett and Margaret Harris; and four brothers, Elmer, Shirley, Roy and Rollie Liggett.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Matt Rohdy officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Beverly M. Locke

 

   Beverly M. Locke, age 70, of Eaton Rapids died Sunday, March 14, 2004, in Eaton Rapids. Beverly was born, Nov. 3, 1933 in Springport Twp. the daughter of Philo M. and Bethel Beatrice “Betty” (Chesley) Squires. She graduated from Leslie High School in 1952 and worked for a short time for the State of Michigan before starting her family. Beverly was very devoted to her husband and family. While raising her children she belonged to the Child Guidance Group. She was also employed with W.R. Thomas and Toys for Tots for a short time. Beverly loved to square dance with the Bucks and Does Club. While her husband was a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver for 22 years, she was very active with the Eaton Rapids Volunteer Fireman’s Women’s Auxiliary. She was a volunteer for the Union St. School and then worked for the Eaton Rapids Middle School as a lunchroom aide. Beverly was a member of the Genealogy Society in Charlotte.

   Preceded in death by her brother, Jack Squires in 1958, she is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lawrence L. of Eaton Rapids; children, Deborah Hartwell, Wayne Locke, Kenneth (Julie) Locke, James (Ann) Locke all of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Stacey Locke, Nicole and Jason Locke, Josh, Amanda, Michael and Kristen Locke, Andrew and Camren Locke; great grandson, Marcell Locke-Ketchum; and one brother, Bob Squires.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Frank Klassen, Pastor of the Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the City of Eaton Rapids Fire Department in memory of Beverly Locke.

 

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Phyllis M. Lovell-Pettis

 

   Phyllis M. Lovell-Pettis, age 72, died July 9, 2004 in Florida. Phyllis was born Oct. 14, 1931 in Wyandott, the daughter of Merle and Edith (Horrock) Knickerbocker. She retired from the State of Michigan, Dept. of Agriculture in 1990 after 23 years of service, and resided in Fort Myers, Florida for the past 15 years, moving there from Lansing.

   Surviving are 3 children, Susie (Billy) Bergdolld of Evanston, IL, Steven DeWaters of Grand Ledge, Shari Horwath of Holt; 5 grandchildren, Jason (Andrea) DeWaters, Joshua Horwath, Jamie Horwath, Tamara Edelstein, Angela (Sherwood, Sr.) Jones; 5 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jerry (Jane) Knickerbocker of Osseo, Larry Knickerbocker of Olivet; sister, Shirley (Jerry) Wolf of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2004, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Father Bennett Constantine officiating. Interment of cremains will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Those desiring may make contributions to Hope Hospice of Fort Myers, FL in memory of Phyllis M. Pettis.

 

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Brandy A. Lowe

 

   Brandy Autumn Lowe, 21, of Potterville, died Oct. 11, 2004 in Lansing.

   Brandy was born Sept. 25, 1982 in Lansing. In her younger years she loved her dance classes and Brownies. She attended Potterville High School where she enjoyed her involvement in sports – volleyball, softball, basketball, cheerleading and PAL’s. She had been a summer employee at 21st Century Plastics in Potterville. Brandy was currently enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and had hoped to work in pediatric nursing. She was a member of the Potterville United Methodist Church.

   Brandy is survived by her father David W. (Joan) Lowe; mother, Terry Lowe; brother, Lance William Lowe; grandparents, Virginia Lowe and Gloria Hickox; uncle, Richard (Olivia) Lowe; aunt, Candy (John) Vertalka; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by grandfathers, William C. Lowe and Robert L. Hickox, uncles Kevin R. Hickox and Charles A. Lowe, aunt Mary Margaret Lowe and cousin Elizabeth “Betsy” Lowe.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison and Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Elizabeth M. Lowe

 

   Elizabeth “Betsy” Mary Lowe, 24, of DeWitt, formerly of Potterville, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004.

   Betsy was born Sept. 22, 1980 in Kalamazoo. She was currently attending Lansing Community College and had been a sales clerk for Burlington Coat Factory. She collected purses, enjoyed reading, loved spending time with her family and recently enjoyed a family trip to Las Vegas. She was always trying to help others.

   She is survived by her parents, Candy (John) Vertalka and Richard (Olivia) Lowe; brothers, Alex (Staci) Lowe, Matt Lowe, Joe Vertalka; sister, Calli Lowe; grandparents, A.G. and Linda Twitchell and Virginia Lowe; aunts, Carrie (Kent) McConnell, Connie (Scott) Dueweke and Terry Lowe; uncles, Chris (Sharon) Twitchell and David (Joan) Lowe; and many cousins and friends.

   The family would like to acknowledge the special friendship that Betsy enjoyed with her friend and cousin, Brandy Lowe.

    She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William Lowe.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Peters and Rev. Becky Morrison officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

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

 

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Floyd V. Lown

 

   Floyd (Corky) V. Lown, 75, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 3, 2004.

   Mr. Lown was born Feb. 6, 1929 in Battle Creek, the son of Ross and Eva (Wright) Lown. Floyd married Mary M. Imes, Aug. 29, 1955; she preceded him in death July 5, 2000. Mr. Lown served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and the Korean Conflict and had been employed by Fisher Body as a welder, retiring in 1978. He enjoyed harness racing, hunting, fishing and trips to the casino.

   He is survived by sons, James Lown of Eaton Rapids, Jeffrey Lown of Lansing, Jerry Lown of Hastings and Joey (Dawn) Lown of Door; daughters, Joanne (Harvey) Metzgar of Eaton Rapids, Janet (David) Pitts of North Carolina and Joyce Lown of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jennifer Sackrider, Bradley Pitts and Brittany Lown; sister, Betty Stoothoof of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and William Lown.

   Funeral services were held April 6, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Burial followed at Millersburg Cemetery.

   If desired, 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.

 

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Arthur L. Lumbert

 

   Arthur Lorenzo Lumbert, 76, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 7, 2004.

   Mr. Lumbert was born Nov. 16, 1927 in Portland, the son of Harvey and Helena (Meyers) Lumbert. He married Winona “Pat” Watson, June 11, 1965 and she preceded him in death Oct. 20, 2003. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a truck driver for Eaton County  Road Commission and a school bus driver for Charlotte Public Schools.

   He is survived by daughters, Peggy (Rodney) Sellen of Bellevue, Penny Steketee of Haslett; son, Robert (Vickie) Lumbert of Nashville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; sister, Helen (Harry) McDaniels of Mulliken; niece, Lorie (Roger) Smith of Vermontville; nephews, Claude (Sue) Hine of Vermontville, Larry Watson of Charlotte, Ron (Leslie) Hodges of Mulliken and other nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Russ, Ken and Bill; and his sisters, Marion and Lorraine.

   Funeral services were held March 10 at Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte, with R. Raymond Russell officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Claude A. “Lum” Lumbert, Sr.

 

   Claude A. Lumbert, Sr., of Sunfield, formerly of Kalkaska, age 83, died April 2, 2004. Mr. Lumbert was born June 1, 1920 in Detroit, a son of Claude J. and Gladia (Sayers) Lumbert. Mr. Lumbert was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. Before moving to Sunfield a few years ago, Mr. Lumbert was a resident of Kalkaska for 40 years, where he was well known for setting up and maintaining ball diamonds and as an avid girl’s baseball enthusiast. He was a member of Sunfield United Methodist Church, V.F.W., Kalkaska American Legion and a former member of Garfield Country United Methodist Church.

   Surviving are three sons, Thomas (Elizabeth) Lumbert, Charles (Marilyn) Lumbert, both of Eaton Rapids, Claude A. (Kathie) Lumbert, Jr. of Lansing, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his long-time companion and friend, Rita Jo Ward.

   Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 17, 2004 at Sunfield United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brain Sheen officiating. Military honors will follow at East Sebewa Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

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Velma J. Lundy

 

   Velma Jane Lundy, 72, of Charlotte, died Sunday, June 20, 2004.

   Mrs. Lundy was born April 19, 1932, in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of George Wilford and Beulah Lorusa (Wiseman) Thuma. She was a member of VFW Post 2406 Auxiliary, American Legion Post 42 Auxiliary, a volunteer for Eaton County Genealogy Society and a lifetime member of the Charlotte Senior Center.

   She is survived by sons, Barkley J.W. (Nita) Lundy Jr. of Rapid City, S.D., and Wilford John (Patrice) Lundy of Charlotte; daughter, Marie Ann (Jon) Brower of Sebring, Fla., Bonnie Kay (David Sr.) Bowles, Mary Jane (Robert) Anderson and Annette Louis Ferguson, all of Charlotte; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and sister, Yvonne  Elizabeth Thuma (Gilbert) Somers of Phoenix, Ariz.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Barkley J.W. Lundy, and son, Harold W. Lundy, both in 1995.

   Funeral services were held June 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Charles Jenson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and Charlotte Lions Club.

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

 

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Donald W. Lupini

 

   It is with great sadness that we inform our family and friends of the death of Donald William Lupini, age 55, of Eaton Rapids, who died on February 28, 2004 in the arms of his loved ones. He was blessed with a wonderful son, Douglas Dino (Lisa) Lupini and his adored granddaughters, Claire and Sophia. Don was loved and cared for by hi smother, Rosetta Wilkinson Cochran; his sister, Diana Gail (Richard) Johns; brother, Dean Edward (Laura) Lupini and sister, Judy (James) Potter. He was a favorite uncle to Lisa (Kyle) Campbell, Darin Lupini, Dawn (Keith) Kunkle, Kristina and Stacy Meredith. Donald was a great uncle to Nathan and Antoinette Foster, Rachel and Annamarie Campbell.

   He will be missed by his best friend, Larry Orbell. Don would like to say a final farewell to his good friends, Joanne Baker, Tom and Nancy Jecks and all his good buddies at the local coffee shop. A very skilled third generation craftsman, Don trained in the European tradition as a marble and tile setter, built several local homes and passed his craft on to his son, and together they formed Euro Tile. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, especially out West with his brother Ed. In his memory, Doug and Ed will make on e more fide with Don. Although his life was short, he left his family many fond memories and a great legacy of dignity and pride in work and life. We will miss him.

   A memorial service was held on Friday, March 5, 2004 at Grace United Methodist church with Pastor Gary Bekofske officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to either Hospice of Lansing or the American Cancer Society in memory of Donald W. Lupini. Arrangements by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Edward A. McAllistar

 

   Edward A. McAllistar, 88, died July 16, 2004.

   Mr. McAllistar formerly lived on Plain Street in Eaton Rapids, and graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1934. Most of his years in forestry were in Colonial Heights, VA.

   Surviving are a son, Edward, and daughter, Nancy K. Bishop of Thailand, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

   This notice was written by classmate, Roberta Murphy.

 

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William H. McAttee Sr.

 

   William Holmes “Billy Mac” McAttee Sr., age 65, of Ten Mile, Tenn., formerly of Grand Ledge, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, 2004 at Roane Medical Center in Harriman, Tenn.

   Mr. McAttee was retired from Oldsmobile after 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

   He was preceded in death by his father, John McAttee, and stepfather, Whitey Hodgson.

   He is survived by two sons, Randall McAttee and William H. McAttee Jr.; one daughter, Kimberly McAttee Fisher; his mother, Muriel Helen Hodgson; two brothers and sister-in-law, Jack and Kay McAttee, Alan and Yvonne McAttee; five grandchildren, Amanda and Caleb McAttee, Alexis Burgan, Tra and Christopher Fisher.

   A memorial service was held Jan. 17 at East Lawn Memory Gardens Chapel in Okemos. Graveside services followed with Pastor Norm Burger officiating.

   Arrangements were by Davis Funeral Home in Harriman, Tenn.

 

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Floyd R. McCrimmon

 

   Floyd R. McCrimmon, 72, of Charlotte, died Friday, July 16, 2004 at his residence after a long illness.

   Floyd was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Marion, the son of Charlie and Halla (Hartzog) McCrimmon and had been Charlotte resident for almost 26 years, coming from Nashville, Mich. He was a graduate of Marion High School, serviced in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and was a life member of Nashville VFW Post #8260. He had been employed at the AE/Hoover Group in Charlotte for 33 years and then for six years was an independent owner/operator truck drive for Crandell Brothers Trucking in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his wife, Violet (Crandell) McCrimmon, to whom he was married April 28, 1979; one son, Floyd (Donna0 McCrimmon of Lake Ann; five stepchildren, Susan (Donald) Knight of Potterville, Duane (Kathy) Thompson of Charlotte, Karen (Keith) Tropp of Potterville, Ranee (Randy) Wickwire of Ionia and Carla (Donald) Nighbert of Olivet; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Wallace McCrimmon of Vermontville and Irvin McCrimmon of Marion.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant sisters.

   Funeral services were held July 19 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Darrell Clements officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Barry-Eaton District Health Department Hospice.

Harold P. McGinnes

 

   Harold Proctor McGinnes, MD, 84, of Bloomington, Ill., died Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at McLean Co. Nursing Home in Normal, Ill.

   Dr. McGinnes was born April 24, 1920 in Charlotte, the son of Harvey Proctor McGinnes and Aura Edna Munroe. He married Elizabeth Jeanette Stubbs July 11, 1942; she survives. He attended Heartland Community church in Normal, Ill., and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1948, obtaining the rank of captain. Dr. McGinnes was a retired physician and surgeon in Bloomington and Normal, Ill. He had served on the staffs at Brokaw Hospital, Mennonite Hospital and St. Joseph’s Medical Center. He was a surgeon with Surgical Associates in Bloomington. Dr. McGinnes graduated from Charlotte High School in 1938. He graduated from Michigan State College in 1942 and University of Michigan Medical School in 1945. He was a member of Fellow of American College of Surgeons, a nonresident member of Chicago Surgical Society, a founding member of Midwest Surgical Association, a member of Illinois Surgical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi, Kappa Phi, diplomate of American Board of Surgery, American Medical Association and McLean County Medical Associations. He had also been a member of the Bloomington Rotary since 1956.

   Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, Paul Richard (Cynthia) McGinnes of Palm Beach, Fla., and James Robert (Judy) McGinnes of Bloomington, Ill.; one daughter, Sue McGinnes of Bloomington, Ill.; one sister, Louise Clay of Charlotte; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   A service celebrating his life will be held at a later date at Heartland Community Church in Normal, Ill. His body was donated to medical science. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Care Clinic, 902 N. Franklin Ave., Normal, IL 61761 or Heartland Community church, 1811 N. Linden St., Normal, IL 61761. Arrangements were by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington, IL.

 

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Roger D. McKee

 

   Mr. Roger D. McKee, 68, of Vermontville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 peacefully at his home.

   Roger was born Sept. 15, 1936 in Charlotte, the son of the late Talvas and Marion (Bronnell) McKee. He was raised in the Vermontville area and graduated from Vermontville High School. He was employed as a forklift drive at A/E (Hoover) for 28 years until the company shut down in 1989. Roger then began working at Spartan Engineering until approximately 1996 when he retired. Shortly after retiring, Roger started working part-time taking care of Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   On April 10, 1956 at the Congregational Church in Olivet, he married Laura (Betz) McKee. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to the Vermontville area where they spent their lives together raising their children. The couple has been married for 39 years.

   Roger was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and working in the garden; his true passion however, was fishing. It was not uncommon for Roger to be gone fishing two or three days during the week. Along with his beloved dog, Chevelle, he would spend hours exploring the best fishing spots in the area.

   Roger is survived by his beloved wife, Laura; daughter, Lisa (Steve) Briggs; sons, Bradley (Brenda) McKee, Rick (Robin) McKee; sister, Connie (Joe) Briggs; five grandchildren, Adam, Steven, Cole, Austin and Chase; and several nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Leslie (Briggs) Schantz.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Richard.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, with Rev. Courtney Suntken officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery, Chester Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Joseph McKeon

 

   Joseph Francis McKeon, 79, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   He was born Oct. 2, 1924 to William J. and Estelle R. (Johnson) McKeon in Somerville, Massachusetts.

   He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Lexington in the Pacific Theatre. Joseph was a truck driver for Central Transport for 32 years, retiring in 1986.

   Joseph married Marie Josephine Anderson formerly of East Jordan on June 6, 1952 in Lansing. She survives. Also surviving are sons, Clinton (Tammy) Bates of Silver City, New Mexico, Michael (Lynn) McKeon of Bellevue; daughters, Pamela (Bill) Dixon of Boyne Falls, Nancy (Ron) Feher of Lansing; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and sister, Florence Noonan Holly of Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William McKeon.

   He was a member of the VFW 8260 in Nashville and the Bellevue-Olivet American Legion.

   Joe loved his family, his dogs and sitting outdoors in the shade. He loved music, playing his guitar and writing a song entitled, “Joe’s Blues.”

   Friends may call 2 until 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. No services are scheduled.

   Memorial donations may be made to Michigan Lupus Foundation or Bellevue First Responders and Bellevue Fire Department.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

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Barbara McLaughlin

 

   Barbara Davis McLaughlin, 92, passed away peacefully in her cherished home in Charlotte, Friday, June 18, 2004, only two blocks from where she was born.

   She was born Feb. 25, 1912, the daughter of Doremus and Hazle (McWilliams) Davis. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she was the director of her own residential school for mentally challenged children, Tanglewood School. In 1937, during the Depression, she and her husband, the Honorable Ion C. McLaughlin, built their dream home, and raised their three children there. She was proud to be a Mayflower descendant and had a lifelong passion for dolls.

   She is survived by her three children, Barbara Suzanne Izzo, James C. McLaughlin and Mary Ann Hobbs; six grandchildren, Victoria Izzo Gutierrez, Alexander Izzo, David Hobbs, Anne Marie Hobbs Stallings, Frank McLaughlin and Kevin McLaughlin; three great-grandchildren, Rene, Felicia and Barbara Gutierrez; sister, Ann Meyer; five nieces and eight nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband in August 1990.

   Graveside services were held June 26 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Courthouse Square Association or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Aiden R. McLendon

 

   Aiden Ross McLendon, 4 days old, of Charlotte, passed away at University Medical Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004.

   Aiden was born Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, the son of Curtis and Amanda McLendon.

   He is survived by two sisters, Michaela Maree Stahl and Faith Kathryn McLendon of Charlotte; grandparents, Michael and Alana Stahl of Charlotte, Sally Stahl of Eaton Rapids, Karen McLendon of Potterville and Rex McLendon of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating.

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

 

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Nora M. McPhee

 

   Nora M. McPhee, 96, of Charlotte, died Thursday evening, Aug. 19, 2004 at Hospice of Lansing Residence.

   Mrs. McPhee was born July 25, 1908 in Eaton County a daughter of Stephen and Catharine (Pearl) Crosslan. A long-tine Windsor township resident, she was a former member of the 39ers.

   Mrs. McPhee was preceded in death by her husband, Evan H. McPhee in 1977; her son, Harold E. McPhee in 1991; her daughter, Katherine L. Gaines in 1996; her grandson, John P. Gaines in 1995; and her son-in-law, Lloyd LaValle in 1999.

   Surviving are two daughters, Dona LaValle of Harrison and Merna (Loyd) Crippen of Dimondale; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Dorene McPhee of Charlotte.

   Services were held Aug. 23 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Final resting place is at West Windsor Cemetery. Honorary bearers were Mark Crippen, Lon Konkus, Lloyd LaValle, Loren LaValle, Bill Moening and Russell Morris.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing Residence, 3411 Stoneleigh, Lansing, MI 48910.

 

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Kathryn L. Mahan

 

   Kathryn L. Mahan, 66, of New Port Richey, Fla., died Sept. 9, 2004 at her residence.

   Kathryn was born in Lansing and moved to Florida 10 years ago, coming from Charlotte. She was employed in corporate sales and was a member of Magnolia Valley Golf Club and Eastern Star in Michigan. She attended St. Marks Presbyterian Church.

   Survivors include her husband, Patrick; one son, Mark Barnett of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter, Gale Geech of Phoenix, Ariz.; two stepsons, Shane Mahan of Agora Hills, Calif. And Christopher Mahan of Marietta, Ga.; three sisters, Beverly Trumley of Charlotte, Joyce Derks of Bozeman, Mont. And Carol Thompson of California; one brother, Harry James of Venice, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.

   A memorial is planned in New Port Richey on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church.

 

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Joyce A. Marietta

 

   Joyce Ann Marietta, 71, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Oct. 18, 2004 in Lansing.

   Joyce was a lifetime area resident, a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1952; was co-owner of Miller’s Old Mill Restaurant and an avid BMX bicycle racing fan.

   She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Paul; four children, Tom (Teresa) Marietta, Kathy (Vance) Saunders and Debbie Canfield, all of Eaton Rapids, and Steve Marietta of Flint; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon (Terry) Perkins of Chippewa Lake and Phyllis (Thomas) Murray of Grand Ledge; one brother, Duane (Linda) Harris; one sister-in-law, Esther Harris; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Marietta of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Steve Klink officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Hamlin Township, Eaton County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Gertrude L. Marshall

 

   Gertrude L. Marshall, 92, of Bellevue, left this world peacefully to join her Lord Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   She was born July 8, 1911 in LaPort, Ind., the daughter of Verne and Lois (Woodard) McKee. She graduated in 1929 from Lee High School in Grand Rapids and attended Grand Rapids Junior College and Olivet College. On Sept. 10, 1932 she married C. Earl Marshall, in Angola, Ind. They moved to the Bellevue area in 1938 where she resided until her death. She and Earl owned and operated a farm. Gertrude was active in the Convis Township government and was a former township supervisor and treasurer. She also served as a school census taker. She owned and operated the Stock Yard Restaurant at the Michigan Livestock Exchange in Battle Creek from 1960 to 1971, when she retired. She and her husband operated a foster care home for children at their residence from the 1940s through the 1970s. She was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau since 1948 and AARP. She enjoyed hooking rugs, knitting, crocheting, making quilts and gardening. She wintered in Sebring, Fla., since 1979.

   Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband Earl on Dec. 20, 1986; her parents; sister, Bea Lee; and brothers, Vern, Roger, James, Maurice and Richard McKee.

   Surviving are sister, Dorma Hocket of Sebring, Fla.; nieces, Rosemarie McKee of Bellevue, Lois (Clark) Hillaker of Florida, Ann (Tom) Dennis of Colorado, Ruth Lee of Belmont, Marijoan (Howard) Corey of Florida, Joyce (Ray) Sobota of Tennessee, Judy (Ron) Holcomb of Jonesville, and Audrey (Bob) Wesner of Battle Creek; nephews, Larry Lee (Laverne) of Rockford, Kenneth Carpenter of Florida, Dale (Jackie) Spotts of Newaygo, David (Barb) MeKee of Marshall, Neil (Joan) Spotts and Bill Spotts, both of Michigan, and many other great nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Jan. 27 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Interment was at Austin Cemetery in Convis Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue United Methodist Church. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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June V. Marple

 

   June V. Marple, 88, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004.

   Mrs. Marple was born June 15, 1916 in Charlotte, the daughter of Clarence and Augusta (Palmer) Roberts. Mrs. Marple was a receptionist for Dr. Joseph Riley and for the Public Library in Charlotte. She was a member of the Charlotte Congregational Church, the Mary Martha Circle, Southside Mother’s Club, and the Eaton County Medical Assistance Association. She enjoyed needlework and playing the organ.

   She is survived by son Donald W. Marple of Holt, son Robert D. Marple of Charlotte, daughters Elaine M. (Norman) Milbourn of Charlotte and Joyce A. (William) Scott of Eaton Rapids, and son Kenneth L. Marple of Eaton Rapids; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Harriet Roberts of Jackson.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorance W. Marple, in 1976; brother, Lester Roberts in 2002; daughter-in-law, Michelle Marple in 2000; and grandson, Matthew Scott in 2002.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Anita T. Martin

 

   Anita Theresa Martin, 84, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 17, 2004 surrounded by her loving family.

   Mrs. Martin was born Feb. 23, 1920 in St. Johns, the daughter of Herman and Josephine (Schafer) Rademacher. She served for many years as a customer service representative with Michigan National Bank, retiring in 1980. She married her husband Arthur Jan. 31, 1942, who preceded her in death in 1998. She had been a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Ladies Guild. She worked on the St. Patrick Day dinners and enjoyed gardening, dewing, her angel collection, and shopping.

   She is survived by sons, Paul (Sharon) Martin of Traverse City, Thomas (Barbara) Martin of Lansing, William (Sally) Martin of Vermontville, Richard Martin and Brian (Romona) Martin, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernadine Fedewa of Grand Ledge, Mary Dingler of Lansing; brothers, Richard (Martha) Rademacher of North Carolina and Robert (Catherine) Rademacher of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews.

   A funeral mass was celebrated April 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. William Lugger as celebrant. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   If desired, 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.

 

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Ina Mauney

 

   Ina (Willis) Mauney, 90, of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2004.

   Mrs. Mauney was born March 2, 1914 in Charlotte, the daughter of Truman and Clara (Bauer) Willis and was a devoted mother and grandmother who touched the lives of all she knew with her love and caring. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

   Surviving are her son, Martin (Laura) Mauney; daughters, Clara Fast and Linda (David) Stafford; nine grandchildren, David (Ronda) Stafford, Meaghan Stafford, Sherri (Rand) Crandell, Micki Smith, Kim Fast, Tracy Symonds, Michael (Darie) Mauney, and Josh (Sue) Mauney; 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Iva Brock, Evelene (James) Pyne and Glenna Crisswell; two sister-sin-law, Lorene Willis and Irma Willis; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Martin Mauney in 1983; brothers, Forrest, Homer, Alton and infant Clinton Willis; and sisters, Violet, Belva and Lillie.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 17 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with John Bailey, minister of Charlotte Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will be at Hillside (Kalamo) Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Church of Christ or Eaton Community Hospice. Visitation with the family will be held Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

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Myrtle E. May

 

   Myrtle E. May, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 4, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. Myrtle was born December 25, 1918 in Aurelius, the daughter of Roy and Irma (Ellsworth) Hyatt. Myrtle and her husband Waldo owned Longacres Dairy Farm for over 35 years. Myrtle was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church and the Eaton County Farm Bureau. She was the Eaton Rapids Township Treasurer for 34 years, a member of Michigan Townships Association and was instrumental in establishing the Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department in 1988.

   Preceded in death by her husband, Waldo E. May in 1974, daughter, Charlene Hice and granddaughter, Connie Hice, Myrtle is survived by 1 son, Marvin (Patty) May of Bybee, TN; 2 grandchildren, Ryan May and Carol (Brian) Anderson; 2 great grandchildren, Ben and Connie; and several nieces and nephews. Very special thanks to Terry and Michelle of Country Comfort AFC for the wonderful care given to Myrtle over the past 5 years.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday July 7, 2004, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Interment will follow at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive family and friends on Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Robbins United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Assoc. in memory of Myrtle May.

 

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Elizabeth Mellon

 

   Elizabeth A. Mellon, 77, “Betty” to her myriad friends, professional colleagues and family, passed away early morning on Jan. 12, 2004, following a short illness. Betty was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 29, 1926, to Sherman H. and Hazel (Duncan) Palmer.

   A 1944 graduate of Rock Springs, Wyoming High School, she earned her BS degree (home economics) in 1948 at Iowa State University. Her further studies included a fellowship at Merrill Palmer Institute (BS in early childhood education 1949) and MA, Michigan State University (family and child services/special education, 1967). In spite of suffering devastating early adult polio attach and continuing post polio syndrome resulting in a long-time struggle with personal health, she retained an exceptionally keen and active sense of humor. She was an avid and dedicated children’s advocate, serving the Girl Scout movement, for some 25 years, active in early childhood education, cooperative nursery schools (a founding member of Charlotte’s Cooperative Nursery School) general education early elementary teaching (1st grade), special education/consulting, and teaching hospital/homebound and learning disabled children. She devoted a total of 28 years in special education as teacher and consultant, retiring after serving as one of Michigan’s initially trained and designated special education curriculum resource consultants (Eaton Intermediate School District).

   Throughout her adult years, she developed an active and studied interest in “antiquing”, with a special interest and study of miniature antique dolls and collecting glass figurines. She long held active memberships in the Eaton Antique Club and the Greater Lansing Area Doll Club. Other professional associations (educational) included the Michigan and National Education Associations (MEA/NEA) included also as a retiree.

   Betty is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, William E. Mellon, sister Deon Palmer Smith (Wyoming), son Martin S. Wilcox (New Mexico), daughter Mary Wilcox Whitson (Maryville, TN), Douglas Whitson (son-in-law - Maryville, TN), Sylvia Dawson, (daughter-in-law Bernalillo, New Mexico) and grandchildren, Christopher B. Wilcox (Ann Arbor), Cayenne Wilcox (Flint), Robyn and Hannah Wilcox (Bernalillo, New Mexico), Caleb (Melia) Whitson (Knoxville, Tennessee), Jared Whitson, Isaac (Emily) Whitson and Ezra White (Nashville, Tennessee), Levi, Abigail and Naomi Whitson (Maryville, Tennessee), Lara (Troy) Hudson (Aurora, Colorado) and great-grandchildren, Olivia R. and Ian C. Whitson (Knoxville, Tennessee).

   A memorial will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 201 W. Shepherd, Charlotte at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 with the Reverend Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte or to the Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte in Betty’s name.

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

 

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David L. Metzmaker

 

   David Lynn Metzmaker, of LaPorte, Ind., formerly of Potterville, died Friday, June 25, 2004 in Indiana.

   Mr. Metzmaker was born Aug. 7, 1951 in Lansing, the son of Raymond Howard and Dora (Raines) Metzmaker. David was employed by Whittaker Woods Community Resort. He loved dirt track racing at Mid-Michigan Raceway in Muir, his Harley and his work.

   He is survived by five children, Andrea (Patrick) Miller of Grand Ledge, David Lynn (April) Metzmaker Jr. of Potterville, Kari (Lance) Kilpatrick of Alabama, Kelly (Jennifer) Metzmaker of Lansing, Howard Metzmaker (Ebani Bassage) of Bath; nine grandchildren; his father and his wife, Howard and Diane Metzmaker of Potterville; mother and her friend, Dora Metzmaker and Darwin Lamoreaux of Potterville; two brothers, Rick of Jasper, Rodney of Potterville; and his sister, Kristy of Texas.

   A memorial service was held June 30 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Becky Morrison officiating.

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

 

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Julius J. Michael Jr.

 

   Julius Jay Michael Jr., of Lansing, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004.

   Mr. Michael was born Sept. 13, 1921 in Brookfield Township, the son of Julius Jay and Elizabeth (Toogood) Michael. He was a World War II veteran and a die maker at Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte, retiring in 1985 after 21 years. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Lansing.

   He is survived by sons, Gary Michael and Douglas (Helen) Michael, both of Olivet, Gerald (Dianne) Michael of Ocqueoc, James (Jean) Michael of Evart; daughter, Marilyn (Niles) Beardslee of Arizona; 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

   A graveside service was held Feb. 10 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dimondale, with Rev. Jim Mort officiating.

   If desired, 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.

 

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Betty R. Miller

 

   Betty R. Miller, 74, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

   Betty was born Jan. 17, 1930 in Lansing, the daughter of Glenn and Marybelle (Balmer) Miller. She was a 1948 graduate of Charlotte High School and had been a member of the Charlotte Church of God. She had been emp0loyed by the former G.C. Murphy Dime Store and F. & J. Vending Co., both in Charlotte, and most recently was employed by the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. in Charlotte and then in Lakeland, Fla., from where she retired in 1990.

   Surviving are her brother, Leroy (Marcia) Miller of Charlotte; sister, Harriett A. Miller of Charlotte; and nieces and nephews, Diana Bosworth of Charlotte, Terri Miller of Texas, Robin Miller of Florida, Wesley Miller and Larry Miller, both of Charlotte, Lynn Jensen of Sheridan, Ann Kiss of Florida and Pam Wendorf of Florida.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Al Miller.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Church of God.

 

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Helen M. Miller

 

   Helen Maxine Miller, 81, of Potterville, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004.

   Mrs. Miller was born April 12, 1922 in Charlotte, the daughter of Silas and Bernice (Lyons) Dickerson. She worked as a stock person for Carl’s Grocery Store in Potterville for many years, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Helen loved to knit, crochet and enjoyed working on crafts.

   She is survived by her husband, Donald Miller; daughters, Carole Brown of Woodland, Bonnie (Dwayne) Barber of Dimondale; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; brother, Jack (Betty) Dickerson of Eaton Rapids; and half-brother, Don (Sandy) Taylor of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by grandson Andrew Schultz and sisters Norma White and Vivian Shotwell.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Loretta Miller

 

   Loretta Miller, age 59 of Eaton Rapids, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother went to be with God on Wednesday, June 16, 2004. An avid bingo lover and gambler, she was also devoted to her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lora Jane “Goody” Johnson (Thacker), her father, Estill Johnson, and her brother, Estill “Buddy” Johnson, Jr.

   She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Ken; 3 children, Janet (Fred) Davis of Eaton Rapids, Jimmy (Heather) Miller of Eaton Rapids, Jason (Margaret) Miller of Charlotte; 8 grandchildren, Justin, Jordan, Radian, Addison, Christopher, Autumn, Holden, and Drake; 4 sisters, Judy (Buddy)n Slone of Arizona, Tootsie Metcalf of Indiana, Phyllis (Dick) McCormic of Lansing, Ellen (Phil) Beam of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Zestill Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Jack Johnson of Detroit and many very close personal friends.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 21, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

 

Marjorie M. Miller

 

   Marjorie M. (Powell) (Bauer) Miller, 93, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Mrs. Miller was born May 9, 1911 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Clarence and Mary Edna (Ball) Powell and was a lifelong resident of Eaton County. In her early years, she served as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. in Charlotte, until 1947. She was a member and past president of the Charlotte Women’s Club a member of First Congregational Church and its Mary Martha Circle, and for years shared her ceramic hobby with friends and neighbors.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Homer Bauer and Frank Miller; daughter, Peggy Cowling; son-in-law, Charles Cowling Sr.; and brother, Maynard Powell.

   Surviving are six grandchildren, Charles (Darlene) Cowling Jr., Mary (Dwight) Miller, Debbie Cowling, Nancy (Kurt) Jones, Pauline Frost and Sue (Mark) Norris; great-grandchildren, Matt Norris, Brian Miller, Melissa Miller, Abby West, Jason Cowling, Shannon Brown and Amanda Hurst; great-great-grandchildren, Emily Norris, Ethan Norris, Kirklyn Miller, Jaden Miller, Brayden Cowling, Gregory Cowling and Noah West; niece, Sandy (Tom) Dexter; special friends, Jennie Norris, and Robert and Jeanne Carpenter; and special companion, “Kitty”.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 17 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darold Hill officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Department.

 

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Roger L. Miller

 

   Roger Lee Miller, 65, of Springport, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2004.

   Mr. Miller retired from Spartan Motors in 1997. Prior to that he was employed at Diamond Rio. Roger enjoyed NASCAR races, traveling, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He was a member of Springport United Methodist church and a lifelong member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Norma Miller; a sister, Marsha Miller; and a brother, Denny Miller.

   Surviving are his wife, Eloise; children, Brett (Cyndi) Miller, Brian Miller, Ronda (Scott) Parish, Teresa (Bob) Morales, Charles (Irma) Cox, Barbara (John) Dukeman, Jacqueline (John) Claybaugh, Eloise Lundy, Edward (Irene) Lundy, Bonny (Brian) Weston, William (Ann) Lundy, Connie (Richard) Doty; 32 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held June 25 at J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel, with Pastor Keith Laidler officiating. Interment followed at Springport Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Springport United Methodist Church.

 

Wilfred V. Miller

 

   Wilfred “Pete” Vincent Miller, 88, of Charlotte, died Thursday, June 10, 2004.

   Mr. Miller was born July 15, 1915 in Avoca, Mich., the son of Simon and Clare (Fenlon) Miller. He was an iron worker and 55-year member of Local 25, Detroit. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte. He enjoyed woodworking flower gardens and keeping busy by cutting the grass and clearing snow at Bonnie Brook.

   He is survived by daughter, Joyce (Louis) Lenart of Detroit; step-son, John “Jack” (Dicey) Crabtree of Westland; seven grandchildren, 10n great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and brother, Donald Miller of Atlanta, Mich.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne “Smoke” Miller in 2002, and son Gordon Gerald “Buzzy” Crabtree in 1982.

   Memorial services were held June 14 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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William E. Milligan

 

   William E. “Bill” Milligan, 66, of Vermontville, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2004 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte after a lifelong struggle with physical adversity and pain.

   Mr. Milligan was born in Lansing on Jan. 20, 1938, the son of the late Clyde and Violet (Spilitte) Milligan, and graduated from Pine Lake School in 1959. He was the husband of Phyllis (Herriman) Milligan, whom he married in 1960 in DeWitt. The couple made their home in the Sunfield/Vermontville area, where together they raised their family. The couple had been married 44 years. Bill began his working career with Sears, where he worked in the watch and jewelry repair area until he was hired at Diamond Reo Trucks in 1960. He was employed for 13 years at Diamond Reo, where he worked as an engine test inspector until his retirement in 1973. Bill was a lifetime member of Nashville Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman who truly loved being outdoors.

   In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Aleina; son, Joe; daughter, Kelly; granddaughters, Samara, Danielle, Charlie Lynn; brother, Larry (Charleen) Milligan; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held March 30 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Rev. Lester DeGroot and Rev. Deano Lamphere officiating.

   Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home of Nashville.

 

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Myrtle Rice Monroe

 

   Myrtle Rice Monroe, 97, of East Lansing, died Sunday, March 14, 2004.

   Mrs. Monroe was born Aug. 18, 1906 in Kenton, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Sadey (Anderson) Rice. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Lansing, and was affiliated with the Sparrow Hospital Auxiliary Escort Service for over 40 years.

   She is survived by her son, Leon (Carol) Monroe II of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Gertrude Coleman of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon, in 1987; sisters, Edna Lantzer and Blanche Graf; and brothers, Carl Rice and William Coleman.

   Funeral services were held March 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Philip Hobson officiating. In addition, a memorial serviced was held March 18 in the Ada Whitehouse Room at Burcham Hills Retirement Center. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell.

   Memorial contributions may be made to House of Ruth, 716 Pleasant St., Charlotte, MI 48813; Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center, 444 Horatio, Charlotte, MI 48813; or the charity of one’s choice.

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

 

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Marian E. Morris

 

   Marian Elaine Morris, age 67, of Jackson, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, April 8, 2004.

   She was born April 5, 1937 in Jackson, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Parr) Schulz-Bartels. Marian was retired from General Motors in Lansing with over 30 years of service, and was a member of UAW Local #652. She was a very caring mother who gave her all for her family, and she enjoyed gardening.

   Surviving are her four children, Paul (Amy) Morris of Eaton Rapids, Teresa Niemeyer of Papillion, Neb., Cathy (Matt) West of Potterville and David (Dorothea) Morris of Eaton Rapids; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Delores (Kenny) Elston of Jackson; brothers, Jimmy (Marge) Schulz of Bay City and Harold (Marsha) Schulz of Silver Springs; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 13 from Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in the Pherdun Cemetery in Sandstone Township. Pallbearers were Kenneth Combs, David Morris, Jeremiah Morris, Jason Romero, Dale Elston and Kenneth Elston.

 

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Wilma O. Mott

 

   Wilma O. (Oteney) Mott, 83, of Olivet, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004 at her residence.

   Mrs. Mott was born March 17, 1921 in Clarence Township, Calhoun County, the daughter of William and Veva (Estelle) Oteney and had been an Olivet-area resident for 63 years. She had been employed by the Kellogg Co. and Wilcox-Gay/Recordio Corp, managed the former Bib’N’Tucker Restaurant in Olivet and worked for the state of Michigan FIA, from where she retired after 21 years of service. She was a past worthy matron of the Brookfield OES, had been active in the Eaton County Democratic Party and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960.

   She was married to Leslie D. Mott on Sept. 26, 1937; he preceded her in death Nov. 22, 1999. Also preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Cedric Oteney.

   Surviving are her children, Shirley (Gerald) Campbell of Bellevue, Tone (Sheila) Mott of Olivet, Laurel (Eleanor) Mott of Olivet and Richard (Susan) Mott of Bath; nine grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place. Graveside services and inurnment was held Sept. 29 at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

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

 

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Janis K. Mugford

 

   Janis K. Mugford, 50, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 8, 2004 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Mugford was born Dec. 14, 1953 in Charlotte, the daughter of Rex and Bettie (Moening) Morrissey. Janis was a certified health unit coordinator for many years and enjoyed crafts.

   She is survived by husband, David Mugford; daughter, Sadie Mugford of Lansing; son, Zeb Mugford of Charlotte; daughter, Abbie Mugford of Lansing; her mother, Bettie; brothers, John (Cindy) Morrissey of Charlotte, Tom (Vickie) Morrissey of Lansing and Matt (Julie) Morrissey of Kalamazoo.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Rex, in 1991.

   A small memorial service will be planned at a later date.

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

 

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Terry B. Mullins

 

   Terry B. Mullins, 50, of Charlotte, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004.

   Mr. Mullins was born Sept. 30, 1953 in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of Bee and Louise (Gabbard) Mullins. Terry worked as a carpenter and was a former Marine recruiter. He was a member of the Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552.

   He is survived by sons, Jason Mullins of Sunfield and Richard Mullins of Detroit; and two grandchildren and many friends.

   A memorial service was held Jan. 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Terry’s memory (c/o Micki Smith). Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Edith R. Murray

 

   Edith Ruth “Edie” Murray was born in a sheepherder’s wagon in Mutton Hollow, Mont., on Aug. 9, 1933 in Turner, Mont. Edith’s father was William Campbell and mother Ruth (Mord) and stepfather Merrill C. Hood.

   Mrs. Murray enjoyed music of many kinds, in her earlier years she learned to play the accordion and joined in with the music with other family members during their gatherings. Edith like dancing, crafts and had written a novel based on life growing up in Montana in the 1930s, which had not yet been published. Edith had most recently attained her real estate license and worked as a local real estate agent.

   She is survived by her husband, Thomas Wilson Murray; daughter, Bunny (Kenneth) Sweet of Washington state; son, Thomas Patrick (Luann) Murray of Charlotte; daughter, Laurie (Larry) Butner of Washington state; three grandchildren, Todd Sweet of Idaho, Tommi Leigh Butner and Brad Butner of Washington state; brother, Duke Campbell of California and sister, Connie Pursley of Montana.

   Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Doris Myers

 

   Doris Beatrice Myers, 99, of Olivet died Thursday, March 4, 2004. Mrs. Myers was born July 4, 1904, in Chester Township, Michigan, the daughter of Guy Eugene and Laura (Lamie) Ash of the Chester area.

   She attended the Lamie School, married Lionel (Scotty) Myers and lived most of her life on the farm in the Five Point and M-78 neighborhood. Doris was a member of the West Carmel Congregational Church and belonged to the Church Circle. Over the years she has made many friends in the rural Charlotte and Olivet neighborhood. In the past she helped many shut-in-friends and in return has been helped by family and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents Guy and Laura Ash, her husband Lionel (Scotty) Myers in 1973, two brothers, Clare Sr. and Clark Ash, sisters-in-law Eva (Curry) Ash and Thelma (Root) Ash, and great grandniece Kristin Ash.

   Doris is survived by nephews Clare (Shirley) Ash Jr. and Roger (Mary) Ash all of Charlotte, Kent and Dennis Ash and niece Susan (Ash) Custer all of Florida, and special cousin Louise Clay.

   Funeral services were Saturday, March 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was in Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Leta G. Nagle

 

   Leta G. Nagle was born Sept. 4, 1901, the sixth daughter of Andrew and Emma Green. She passed away Oct. 22, 2004.

   She was raised and lived in the Vermontville area all her life, graduating from Vermontville High School in the class of 1981. On Aug. 29 of that same year, she was united in marriage with William Northrup. Both worked in downtown stores for many years. To that union there were three daughters, Kathryn (Lloyd) Bartholomew of Mecosta, Barbara (Leslie) Harrison of Winter Haven, Fla., and Phyllis (Merle) Haines, also of Winter Haven; one granddaughter, Diana Bennett; and six grandsons, William Haines, merle (Brad) Haines, Mark Haines, John Haines, Peter Haines and Dale Walter; a host of great-grandchildren and four “great-greats”.

   Leta was the oldest and had the longest continuous membership in the Vermontville Congregational Church where she sang in the choir for many years. Widowed in 1946, she served as the village clerk and township clerk for many years. Leta then married the Rev. Dow D. Nagle, who preceded her in death in 1956.

   Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Vermontville Congregational Church, with Rev. Sally Nolen officiating.

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

 

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Janice J. Neal

 

   Janice J. Neal, 64, of Charlotte, died Nov. 13, 2004.

   Mrs. Neal was born April 10, 1940, the daughter of Alice and Valmore (Fhaner) Becktel of Charlotte. She worked in anodizing at Hoover Universal until they closed, and then enjoyed taking care of children in her daycare for 16 years.

    She is survived by her mother Alice Becktel, son Kevin Neal, sister Judy Peters, and niece Dianna (Pat) Ruthruff, all of Charlotte; nephew Jeff (Debra) Peters of Albion, and good friend Melba (Gay) French of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Valmore Becktel.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 18 at Maple Hill Cemetery with Reverend Philip Hobson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, American Cancer Society and Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Jason A. Nelson

 

   Jason “Jake” Arden Nelson, 30, of Charlotte, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004.

   Mr. Nelson was born Feb. 4, 1974 in Lansing, the son of James O. Nelson and Sue (Miller) Johnstone. Jake was a fan of country music, and watching the television series Dukes of Hazard. He enjoyed riding along on a golf cart, and his many trips to Cedar Point.

   He is survived by his mother Sue and stepfather Dave Johnstone; brother, Jim (Neana) Nelson Jr.; sisters, Ronda (Bill) Alsip, Dondi Hall, Tish Nelson; brother, Chris (Sheri) Johnstone; sister, Jackie (Jon) Spitzley; aunts, Ardis (Pete) Bates of Eaton Rapids, Cindy Nelson of Union City; uncle, Larry Nelson of Wimauma, Fla.; nieces and nephews; and special teach, Loretta Ott.

   He was preceded in death by his father, James O. Nelson, on March 7, 2004.

   Memorial service was held Sept. 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the United Cerebral Palsy Association or the House of Ruth. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Cynthia M. Nevins

 

   Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Nevins, 40, of Charlotte, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and best friend, passed away, Friday, July 23, 2004 after a brave battle with cancer.

   She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and caring ways. Cindy was born Aug. 31, 1963 in St. Johns, the daughter of Owen and Veronica (Eiseler) Feldpausch.

   She was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School and a departmental technician for the state of Michigan, Office of Public School Retirement. She loved to support those around her and was an avid Charlotte Orioles fan.

   She is survived by her husband Robert “Robb” Nevins II, son Grant Nevins, daughters Becky Nevins, Rikki Nevins and Robbyn (Michael) Hamilton, granddaughter Jade Annmarie Hamilton, all of Charlotte; sister Tammy (Jack) Coffey, mother Veronica (John) Davis, brother Larry (Kathy) Feldpausch, all of Lansing; brothers-in-law Rick (Toni) Nevins, mother-in-law Marilyn Royston Garlow and husband Richard, father-in-law Bob Nevins, stepmother-in-law Jeanette Nevins, all of Charlotte; as well as many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her father Owen Feldpausch and brother, Lynn Feldpausch.

   The family expressed appreciation to the staff and volunteers at Eaton Community Hospice House for their wonderful care.

   Funeral services were held July 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Tim Olson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Sue Ann Nevins

 

   Sue Ann Nevins, on Aug. 9, 2004, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother peacefully passed away in her home in Mesa, Ariz., after a brief illness.

   Sue was born Nov. 14, 1935 in Charlotte. She was the next to youngest child of five to Delmar Everett and Flora Della (Mileham) Steinman. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1954 and was also names the basketball queen that year. She was united in marriage to Rex Harris Nevins on Aug. 20, 1954 in Charlotte. She held many employment positions throughout her life, but her most fulfilling work was being a wife and mother. She loved her roses, hummingbirds and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sue will be greatly missed by the many lives she touched.

   Sue is survived by her husband, Rex h.; daughter, Wendy (Mike) Pratley of Frankfort, Pam (Charles) Hoaglin of Salem, Ohio; sons, Randal (Laurie) of Concord, Brian (Lori) of Marshall, Rex (Jaye) of Three Rivers, Mike (Kris) of Homer; 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Russell of Palmetto, Fla., Edwin (Dorothy) of LaGrange, Ill., Frances of Indianapolis, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Ray (Mary) Nevins of Tustin, Roy Nevins, Robert Nevins of Charlotte, and Gerald Fetterman of Springport; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by a son David Lee, parents, and her sister Lorene.

   A Celebration of Life will be announced with date and location at a later time.

   Memorial donations may be made to any local hospice organization or The American Diabetes Foundation.

 

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Rex D. Newberry

 

   Rex D. Newberry, 74, of Battle Creek, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004 at home.

   He was born Dec. 5, 1929 in Bellevue to Daniel and Florence (Weatherbee) Newberry. He attended Bellevue High School and served in the U.S. Army in the 23rd Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. He owned his own plastering business and worked in the Battle Creek area. Rex was a member of Nashville VFW Post 8260, American Legion Post 298 and the 2nd Infantry Association. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going to the Soaring Eagle Casino and going to horse races around the state with his close friends. Rex married Carol Ann Berry Sept. 24, 1953; she survives. They celebrated their 50th anniversary last fall.

   Also surviving are son, Dale Newberry of Delton; grandson, Aaron (Kelli) Newberry of Hastings; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Aaron and Kennedy Newberry; sisters, Mildred Angus of Bellevue and Joan Evans of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Newberry; brothers, Maurice and Junior Newberry; and sisters, Maxcine Palmer, Jessie White, Ardis Morrison, Norma Witcheterman and Elaine Newberry.

   Services were held Feb. 16 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Glenn Wegner of Baseline United Methodist Church officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care and the V.A. Medical Center. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Shirley Ann Nicholas

 

   Shirley Ann Nicholas, age 70, died Friday, November 5, 2004 in Lansing. Shirley was born August s18, 1934 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Oliver and Olive Alphea (Baker) Goodrich. She and her husband, Chuck, who preceded her in death in 1998, owned and operated Nicholas Electric in Eaton Rapids for 49 years. Shirley started the first “Welcome Wagon” in Eaton Rapids, was a charter member of the first women’s JC’s Auxiliary, a member of First United Methodist Church and Junior Women’s Club.

   Surviving are 1 daughter, Kathy Ann (Alan) Bungart of Mason; 2 sons, Kevin Nicholas of MN, Ken (Marsha) Nicholas of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, Tim (Robin) Nicholas, Trisha Nicholas, Bethany (Spc. Ruben) Peña, Caryn Nicholas, Kailee, Jarred and Jenna VanDerVeen; 1 great grandson, Kyle Nicholas; 1 sister, Sharon (David) Southwell of Eaton Rapids; 2 nephews, Gregory and Geoffrey Southwell; sister-in-law, Jackie Johnson of CA; 3 adopted daughters, Tina, Rocky and Leslie.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, November 8, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids and interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions of Eaton Community Hospice or the Eaton Rapids Historical Society in memory of Shirley Nicholas.

 

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Mary E. Nichols

 

   Mary Elizabeth Nichols, 19, of Middleville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004 in an automobile accident in front of the church she loved.

   Mary was born June 6, 1985 to Harold and Sarah (Wood) Nichols. She graduated from Thornapple-Kellogg High School in 2003 and was currently attending GRCC. Mary was an active member of First Baptist Church of Middleville and was a huge part of the youth ministry. Mary’s love of the Lord was evident in everything she did.

   Mary is survived by her parents; brothers, Jim and Bill; grandmother, Donna Wood of Charlotte; aunts and uncles, Dale Nichols of Middleville, Mary (Ralph) Dewald of Washington, Larry (Bridgette) Nichols of Missouri, Frances Bouchard of Florida, Ruth Beard of Middleville, Janet Nichols of Hastings, Patricia Nichols of Rockford, Bob (Sandy) Wood of Potterville, Norm (Jackie) Wood of Dimondale, Nancy (Chuck) Adams of Hastings, Will (Deb) Wood of Grand Ledge, John (Nichol) Wood of Grand Ledge, Edgar Wood of Charlotte; special family friends, Dick and Joanne Raymond, Irving; and special cousins, Carol, Alesse, and many cousins and friends.

   Mary was preceded in death by grandparents, Eltha and Philip Nichols, James Wood and Uncle Bill Nichols.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 6 at First Baptist Church in Middleville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the FBC Youth Ministry. Arrangements were by Beeler Funeral Home in Middleville.

 

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Dean Noble

 

   Dean Noble, age 88, of Onondaga, died Tuesday, December 7, 2004 in Charlotte. Dean was born February 16, 1916 in Onondaga and lived there his whole life. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army and receiving a Silver Star, and a member of the VFW in Mason. Dean retired from Wyeth, Inc. in Mason in 1980 after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Onondaga Community Church, Past Master & Life Member of the Onondaga Masonic Lodge #197 F & AM, Leslie Chapter #100, Leslie Council #50 and Jackson Commandry #9, Jackson York Rite College  #3, Mason Chapter OES #150 and the Order of the High Priesthood. Dean was involved in Onondaga Township government of 41 years, serving as Justice of the Peace for 6 years, Township Treasurer for 17 ½ years, Planning Commission for 12 years and Board of Review for 6 years.

   Surviving him are his wife of 59 years, Joyce (Osborne) Noble of Onondaga; 1 daughter, Janece (George “Biff”) Rockey of Berrien Springs; 2 sons, Warren (Becky) Noble of Onondaga, Robert (Joanie) Noble of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Nora (Eddie) Cash, Jeffery Rockey, Erin (Chip) Muller, Peter Noble, Tim (Mary) Noble, Troy Noble, Tricia Noble, Leslie Berneske, Molly Berneske, Abbey Berneske; 2 great-grandchildren, Connor Noble and Sydney Muller; and several nieces & Nephews.

   Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518n S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. William Muller officiating. Interment will follow at the Onondaga Cemetery, Ondaga, MI. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Onondaga Community Church Building Fund or Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Dean Noble.

 

Dale L. Norris

 

   Dale L. Norris, 71, of Lansing, died July 8, 2004.

   Mr. Norris was born June 11, 1933 in Charlotte, the son of Joseph and Jessie (Claflin) Norris. Dale was a postal worker. He volunteered at Ingham County Family Independence Agency and loved his four dogs and eight cats.

   He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Norris of Lansing; daughter, Josephine Norris of Lansing; adopted daughter, Jeanette Eleanor Norris of Lansing; four stepchildren, Richard (Wendy) Vance of Lansing, Ronald (Shirley) Vance, Eva (Joseph) Hay of Bangor, and Elaine (Jon) Snyder of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; sister, Betty Neeb of Clarksville; brother, Bill Norris of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.

   Funeral mass was held July 12 at St. Casmir Catholic Church in Lansing, with Rev. Fr. William Lugger officiating. Interment was at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Okemos.

   Memorial contribution may be made to the Friends of Felines. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Virginia C. Nowell

 

   Virginia C. Nowell, 73, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2004.

   She was a native of Cedar Grove, N.C. and had been a resident of Williamsburg since 1954, and living with her daughter, Patricia Priesman, in Olivet for the past eight years. Mrs. Nowell attended East Carolina College in Greensville, N.C. She was married to William Nowell Sr. in 1955; he preceded her in death in 1978.

   Surviving members of her family include her three sisters, Berniece Baker, Zelota Berry, Francis McDaniel; brother, Oscar (Geri) Compton; brother-in-law, Jimmy (Shirley) Nowell; six children, William (Cheryl) Nowell, Oscare (Danece) Nowell, Darryl (Lisa) Nowell, Patricia (Richard) Priesman, Pauline (Jade) Harrelson, James Nowell and his fiancée Melinda; 12 grandchildren, William III, Brandon, Joseph, Erin, April, Richard, Tiffany, Christopher, Michael, Kristina, Travis and Emily.

   A chapel service was held April 3 at Nelsen Funeral Home in Williamsburg, Va., with Rev. Bill Cashman presiding. Interment followed at Williamsburg Memorial Park.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte. MI 48813. Condolences may be registered online at www.nelsenfh.com.

 

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Albert L. O’Connell

 

   Albert L. O’Connell, 71, of Bellevue, died Sunday, April 18, 2004 at home.

   He was born Sept. 26, 1932 in Athens to Lawrence and Genevieve (Fredenberg) O’Connell. He served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, retiring from active duty in August 1971 with the rank of Engineman First Class (Subsurface). He served on several submarines during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Following retirement from the Navy he was employed as a machinist for Grand Trunk Western Railroad, retiring in 1997.

   Albert married Nadine A. Hale on Nov. 3, 1961; she survives. Also surviving are daughter, Sherry Linker of Battle Creek; sons, Lawrence (Karen) O’Connell of Oklahoma, Richard (Linda) O’Connell of Oklahoma, David (Lucia) Thomas of Lansing, Stephen Thomas of Ohio and Terry (Cheryl) Thomas of Sherwood; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene Bernard, Marcia Sosinski, Sandra Summers, Judy Meskel and Mary Pruitt.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Ardith Michaels and Linda Reece.

   The family would like to give special thanks to the following people: the considerate staff of Battle Creek Health System for their care, smiles and gentle tough; friends and neighbors in Bellevue for their love and support during happy time and trying times; and Al and Dee give honorary thanks to Jenny Hollister for all the labors, love and kindness she offered to the family.

   A memorial service was held April 21 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Deacon Bernard Mileski of St. Philip Catholic Church officiating.

   Burial with military honors was held April 22 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

   Memorials may go to Battle Creek Health System, Medical Oncology Unit. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Flora M. O’Neil

 

   Flora M. O’Neil, 72, of Potterville, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 at the Eaton County Hospice House.

   Flora was born Nov. 18, 1931 in Eaton County, the daughter of Donald and Celia (Carter) King.

   She is survived by sons, Ronald (Micki) O’Neil and Alan (April) Alleshouse of Okemos, Randy (Martha) Alleshouse of South Carolina; daughter, Cyndi O’Neil of Potterville; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce (Tim) Summer of Springport and Karen King of Potterville, four nieces, two nephews and one great-nephew.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Nicolaas Oomen

 

   Nicolaas Oomen, 78, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly Jan. 12, 2004.

   Mr. Oomen was born Aug. 15, 1925 in The Netherlands, the son of Hendrikus and Arendje (Wieringa) Oomen. Mr. Oomen had worked for General Motors for 38 years, retiring in 1989. He farmed his entire life and was enjoyed by all who knew him.

   He is survived by three daughters, Marie A. and Wendy J. of Lansing, Alice Paula of Charlotte; and a sister in the Netherlands.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Paula (Keller) Oomen on Dec. 26, 2003.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at Pray Funeral Home with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or the charity of your choice.

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

 

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J. Roy Osborn

 

   J. Roy Osborn, 97, died at his home in Brandeton, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2004.

   Mr. Osborn was the former owner and operator of Millett Elevator and lived in Florida for 30 years. He was a member of Westside Christian Church of Brandeton, Fla. And the Music Lovers Club. He played bass with the Mellow Tones and the Brandeton Bunch bands. He was also a former member of the Suncoast Mummers Band.

   Survivors include his wife, Grace of Bradenton, Fla.; sons, Lee (Joyce) Osborn of Dimondale, Lawrence (Donis) Osborn of Charlotte, Thomas Osborn of Lansing; daughter, Patricia Mishler of Charlotte and Bethel (Roger) Page of Olivet; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; brother, I. Lawrence (Kay) Osborn of Ashley; sister, Norma Nelson of Alma; three stepdaughters, Podie Dixon, Sharon Abbotts and Denise Dodson; six step grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Homer and Lynn Osborn; his first wife Myrtle and mother of the children, second wife Ruth infant son William Mishler. Visitation will be held at Field Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, Sunday, Sept. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held Monday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Westside Christian Church of Bradenton, Fla., or Dimondale Lodge No. F & A.M.

 

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Dennis Lee Park

 

   Dennis Lee Park, age 53, formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California due to complications of a double lung transplant. He was born on August 31, 1951 in Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents Ty and Joyce Park. He was employed by Hewlett/Packard in Sacramento, California and had lived in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia during earlier parts of his life.

   Dennis is survived by his brothers, Doug (Tena) Park of Eaton Rapids, David (Marilyn Gilbreath) Park of California, and nieces and nephews, Trisha (Paul) Brady, Paul Park, Elizabeth (Jason) Custis, Justin Park and great-niece and nephew, Kathleen and Jack Brady.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association or to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Dennis Park.

 

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Phillip L. Parker, M.D.

 

   Doctor Phillip L. Parker, temporarily of Battle Creek, formerly of Charlotte and Sarasota, Fla., died at his home Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 after a long illness.

   He was born in Charlotte on April 23, 1938, the son of Walter A. and Maxine E. (Warner) Parker. Phillip graduated from Charlotte High School in 1956 and continued his education at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he graduated in 1965. After graduation, he worked as a medical doctor in Holland for 10 years. He then worked in medical record research in the Lansing area for five years. Phillip and his family then moved to Sarasota, Fla., where he was a professor at the Florida College of Natural Health. It was there he was the inspiration for the Phillip L. parker Humanitarian Award, which is now presented at the school. Phillip enjoyed motorcycles, racing, reading traveling and spending time with his family and three cats.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Chris (Wolfe) Parker; and son, Phillip W.W. (Rebekah) Parker of Battle Creek; two daughters, Michelle (Gary) Estep of South Carolina, Leslie (Michael) Borden of Fennville; three granddaughters and one grandson; a brother, Thomas W. (Jean) Parker of East Lansing; two nieces and three nephews.

   At the request of the family, creation has taken place and no services are being planned.

   Arrangements were by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be left at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

 

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Carroll L. Parr

 

   Carroll L. Parr, 80, of Burlington, formerly of Bellevue, died Saturday, April 10, 2004 at Tendercare Riverside Manor in Battle Creek.

   He was born June 1, 1923 in Walton Township to Forrest and Edith (Vaha) Parr. He enjoyed antique tractors and gardening.

   Graveside services were held April 13 at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue, with Pastor B. Mason Shambach officiating.

   Memorial donations may go to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Walter D. Payne Jr.

 

   Walter Dee Payne Jr. 45, of Bellevue, died Monday, March 15, 2004 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

   He was born Sept. 13, 1958 to Walter D. and Lorraine (Hallock) Payne in Battle Creek. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1976 and worked for Twin Valley Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician for 28 years.

   Walter is survived by his wife, Carlotta (Madry) Payne, who he married on Sept. 20, 1997. His first marriage to JoAnn (Ehrlich) Payne of Battle Creek ended in divorce. Also surviving are daughters, Courtney Payne and Lisa Payne of Battle Creek; stepsons, Mitchell Eggerstedt, D.J. Eggerstedt and Kevin Eggerstedt, all of Bellevue; father, Walter-Payne Sr. of Battle Creek; sisters, Debbie (Asa) Kempton of Marshall and Joan (Thomas) Gray of Indiana; brother, Bob (Pauline) Dermyer of Addison.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Payne and sister, Patricia Swain.

   He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Sons of the American Legion, a previous member of the Battle Creek Bass Casters, the Michigan Steel Header Association and Michigan Pharmacists Association. He volunteered at the Battle Creek Hot Air Balloon Championship for 14 years. Walt enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and bowling. He loved his family most of all. He was a great father and stepfather, the best friend anyone could ever have, and a very supportive husband.

   Services were held March 20 at the Bellevue Christian Center, with Pastor Steve Covert officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorials may be made to the family. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Hildred L. Kelsey Peabody

 

   Hildred Louise Kelsey Peabody, 88, of Vermontville, died Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mrs. Peabody was born Aug. 12, 1915 in Sunfield, the daughter of Clare and Ethol May (Gearhart) Figg. A life-long resident of Vermontville, Hildred graduated from Vermontville High School in 1933. She attended Eaton County Normal and began her lifelong career as a teacher in 1935, teaching at the Chance and Brown country schools. IN 1940 she took a break from teaching to raise a family and help her husband run a small-town medical practice in Vermontville. She returned to her teaching career in 1958 at the Lamie Country School and began working on her bachelor’s degree and eventually earned a master’s degree in elementary counseling at Western Michigan University. From 1960 until her retirement in 1980 Hildred taught third grade and was the elementary counselor/special education coordinator for Maple Valley schools. An active and dedicated supporter of her community, Hildred served on the Vermontville Community Schools Board of Education and Vermontville Village Council. She was a founding member and past president of the Vermontville Historical Society, a founding member and past president of the Vermontville Woman’s Club, a member and past worthy matron of Vermontville chapter of Eastern Star, and past president of United Methodist Women. She was also an active volunteer in the annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, serving in many roles over the past 60 years including festival princess, past chair of the children’s parade, program chair, and chair of the Vermontville arts and crafts show. Recognized for her contributions to the festival, she was selected as the Syrup Festival’s Honored Citizen in 1986. She was very involved in the Republican Party, serving on the Republican State Central Committee during the 1950s, and had been president of the Eaton County Republican women. She was a past district president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an active member and past president of the Upsilon Chapter in the Delta Kappa Gamma (Honorary Teachers) Sorority.

   She is survived by daughters, Nancy (John) Leindecker of Lexington, Ky., Becky (Paul) Strange of Libertyville, Ill.; son, Douglas C. Kelsey of Vermontville; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many close nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. L. Donald Kelsey in 1958, and second husband R. Kenyon Peabody in 1981.

   Funeral services were held March 16 at Vermontville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Maple Valley Scholarship Fund or the Vermontville United Methodist Church.

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

 

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Ada M. Pegg

 

   Ada M. Pegg, 66, of Marshall, formerly of Bellevue, died Oct. 22, 2004 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   She was born Jan. 3, 1938 to Russell and Martha (Hallax) Stevens in Battle Creek. She graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1958 and worked as a nurse’s aide in Battle Creek and Fort Wayne, Ind. She enjoyed being outdoors and knitting.

   Ada is survived by daughters, Debbie (Tom) Critchlow of Marshall, Laura (Thomas) Whitworth of Fort Wayne; son, Michael (Ronda) Gosnell of LaGrange, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; mother, Martha Stevens of Battle Creek; sisters, Nancy Magrum, Elizabeth Hartson and Christina Chadwick, all of Battle Creek; and brother, John Stevens of South Carolina.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Russell Stevens, and a sister, Ruth Stevens.

   Services were held Oct. 26 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Virginia Heller, Bellevue First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was at Hicks Cemetery.

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

 

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Carla M. Pentecost

 

   Carla Marie Pentecost, 75, passed away Monday, March 22, 2004 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

   Carla is formerly from Vermontville, where she retired from the Eaton County School District as a legal secretary. She attended Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville.

   She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Ron Taylor of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughter, Nicole Myers and twin grandson, Adam and Aaron Myers, all of Nashville, Tenn.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Humane Society. Arrangements were by Phillips Robinson Funeral Home in Nashville, Tenn.

 

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Constance L. Peterson

 

   Constance L. “Connie” Peterson, 61, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004.

   Connie was born March 26, 1943 in Ingham County. She was a long-time employee of CVS Pharmacy as a photo coordinator who enjoyed serving her customers.

   Connie is survived by her husband of 37 years, Wayne Peterson; sons, Tom (Carol) Pell of Charlotte and Russell Peterson of Sunfield; daughter, Janine (Don) Thompson of Nashville; grandchildren, Jeremy Pell, Josh Pell, Crystal Thompson, Jatana Hisler, Amy Thompson and Sam Thompson; great-grandchildren, Gracie, Gaven and CJ; and four sisters, Betsy, Judy, Carolyn and Kayti.

   Services will be held at a later time.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Peterson family at 341 N. Bostwick, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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James E. Pettis

 

   James E. Pettis, age 55, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday October 6, 2004 in Lansing. James was born Aug. 13, 1949 in Saginaw. He was the son of William Arthur and Helen Elizabeth (Nelson) Pettis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines serving in View Nam, a life member of the VFW Post 1283 and retired from the Lakeland Correctional Facility. He was preceded in death by 2 grandsons, Michael and James Tamlyn.

   Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Victoria; 5 daughters, Tammy Holloway, Lisa (Tony) Benavidez, Michelle (Steve) Roper, Amanda Albin all of Lansing, Christina Stefanick of Elgin AFB; 2 sons, Jay Pettis of Lansing, Art Tamlyn of Webberville; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Sue (Bob) Little of Alma, Ann E. (Larry) Drake of Flint; several nieces, nephews and foster mother, Mary Gates of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, October 8, 2004, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Dr. Jessie James officiating. Interment and military honors followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Breslin Cancer Center in memory of James.

 

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Donaldeen Pettit

 

   Donaldeen Pettit, age 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, October 25, 2004 at a Lansing Hospital. Donaldeen was born March 15, 1922 in Springport, Calhoun County, the daughter of Ladd and Eva May (Courtright) Starks. Donaldeen had attended grade schools at Springport and Clarence Center and graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1940. In 1945 she married Hallett E. Pettit and resided in California where he was stationed in the Navy. After military service they moved back to Eaton Rapids and worked and co-owned the Pettit Hardware which has been in their family for well over 100 years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church and a volunteer for the Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Hospital Auxiliary. Preceding her in death was her husband Hallett Pettit on June 8, 2001; sisters, Fidema Higdon and Betty Webb.

   Surviving are her 3 children, Hal C. Pettit of Eaton Rapids, Jack (Susan) Pettit of Lansing and Pamela (Charles) Torossian of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Brenda (Phillip) McGarry, Scott (Terri) Pettit, Jennifer (Michael) Carducci and Valerie Torossian; 6 great-grandchildren, Cameron Alfrey, Chad LaJoice, Olivia Pettit, Ellie, Adam and Emma McGarry; sister, Sharon (Jack) Love of Springport; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the First Congregational Church, Make A Wish Foundation of Michigan (Cameron Alfrey), or to a charity of one’s choice. For online condolences visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Florence A. Phillips

 

   Florence A. Phillips, 80, of Lacy, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mrs. Phillips was born July 15, 1923 In Battle Creek, the daughter of Harley and Amy (VanWagner) Abbott. She was raised in the Battle Creek area and attended area schools there. She spent most of her life in the Lacy area, where she raised her family. She was employed as a dietary aide at The Martin Luther Holt Home until her retirement in the early 1980s. After her retirement, Florence enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching soap operas during the day. But she found true happiness in the time spent with her beloved children and grandchildren.

   She is survived by he children, Karold (Marilyn) Lake, Kenneth (Melinda) Lake, Kathy (Art) Simmons, and Kerry (Jill) Lake, Kent (Carol) Lake; brother, John Abbott; sister, Louise Keltner; 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands, Karold Lake Sr., who passed away in 1969, and Marion Phillips, who passed away in 1983; two brothers, Ernst and Albert; and one sister, Martha.

  Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastors Kerry Lake and Kenneth Lake officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Foundation – Thornapple Manor Fund.

 

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Ronald Gordon Phillips

 

   Ronald Gordon Phillips, age 69, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, October 28, 2004 at his residence. Ronald was born October 6, 1935, in Deckerville, Michigan, the son of the late Elmer and Ethel May Phillips. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1960 and received his Master degree in 1964. He taught high school math of 20 years, 18 at Eaton Rapids High School where he also assisted as a football and basketball coach for a number of years. He served 2 years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

   Ron is survived by his wife of 39 years, Barbara; daughter, Gwendolyn, of Cheboygan, MI; son, Clinton (Diane) and grandsons, Spencer and Mitchell of Catasauqua, PA; sister, Violet Whittaker of Salem, OR; brothers, Allan (Carmen) of Mayaguez, PR, Roger (Barbara) of Avoca, MI, and Gerald (Barbara) of Sugar Land, TX; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Yurick of Latrobe, PA and Joan Kozar of Ft. Walton Beach, Fl; special niece and nephews, Chris & Dr. Russ Piper, Nathan, Zachary & Sean of Washington, PA; along with many other special nieces & nephews.

   It was a hard battle Ron fought against Multiple Sclerosis that lasted over 35 years. He was an avid sports fan and followed his favorite teams on television and in the newspaper. Go Greyhounds, Spartans, Tigers, Cubs, Lions and Army!

   We would like to thank the many people who gave him encouragement and provided care so he could remain at home. Thank You to Dr. Courtnage and staff; Dr. Curry and Pam; Barry-Eaton Home Health/Hospice, especially PEG, DEBBIE and JOYCE; Eaton Community Hospice; Gene from Hair Care; Otto Harns; and friend, Joe Honsowitz.

   Cremation has taken place and a Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. from the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran St., Charlotte, MI 48813 or envelopes are available at the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Online condolences may be made through www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Phillip Pickett

 

   Phillip Wayne Pickett, 55, of Charlotte, died Oct. 13, 2004. Mr. Pickett was born Aug. 25, 1949, in West Branch, the son of L.L. and Georgia (Kackley) Pickett.

   Phil was a member of the Ainger Bible Church where his life was Christ centered and he was a teacher, Board member, song leader, and giving of his time maintaining the facilities and serving the Lord. He was also a member of the V.F.W., DAV, and Teamsters. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, football and sports. He was a truck driver and worked 16 years for Gra-Bell Trucking and for Behnke Trucking in Battle Creek for the past eight years. He is survived by his wife of 34 years whom he loved, Joann (Davis) Pickett, his dog Hannah, his parents; Buck and Georgia of Whittemore, sisters Juanita (Barry) Tippett of Livonia, Marion Bigelow of Hillman, Althea (Ron) Heldt of Barron, Wis., brothers, Larry (Janette) Pickett and Stephen (Bonnie) Pickett of Whittemore, five sisters-in-law, six brothers in law, many nieces and nephews, and many friends.

   Funeral service was Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004 at Ainger Bible Church, Olivet, with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment is 2 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Valley Cemetery in Twining.

 

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Beverly J. Pierce

 

   Beverly J. Pierce, age 66, of Jackson, formerly of Leslie, died Tuesday, October 26, 2004 in Jackson. Beverly was born August 24, 1937 in Eaton Rapids. She was a cook at Camp Highfields and Felskey’s Restaurant in Leslie. Beverly was preceded in death by her father, Robert M. Root and former husband Frank Pierce.

   Surviving are her nephew, Kody Bergman of Jackson; 4 sons, Bob, Doug and Frank Pierce all of Leslie, Dale Pierce of Pleasant Lake; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; mother, Josephine Caldwell of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Roberta (Clyde) Bergman of Jackson,  Pauline Liner of Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held on Monday, November 1, 2004, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society in memory of Beverly J. Pierce.

 

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Roberta J. Plummer

 

   Roberta Joan (Zibbell) Plummer, 90, of Olivet, died Monday, March 8, 2004.

   Mrs. Plummer was born March 25, 1913 in Chico, Calif., the daughter of Robert and Cordelia (Skinner) Zibbell and had resided in Olivet since 1948. She attended Ionia High School, graduated from Holland High School, attended Hope College in Holland and graduated in 1936 from Western Michigan Teacher’s College in Kalamazoo. She taught school and coached for 40 years in Montague, Belding and Olivet Community Schools, from where she retired. She was a member of the Olivet Rotary and Olivet  Fire Department auxiliaries, a member of Olivet congregational Church and its Women’s Fellowship, the Marshall Moose Lodge, the Olivet College Women’s Board and the Olivet Community Schools HOST (help One Student Succeed) program. She enjoyed bowling with friends, was a former Red Cross swimming lifeguard, a beautiful seamstress and owned and raised springer spaniel and schnauzer dogs. She enjoyed attending Olivet High School sporting events, where she had her own personal parking spot at football games, and with her husband had taken many trips in their motor home, camping, fishing and Florida.

   Surviving are her children, Rachel (Ronald) Harvitt of Charlotte, Robert Plummer of Olivet and Martha (Richard) O’Dell of Olivet; grandchildren, Deborah (James) Wells of Charlotte, Pamela (Craig) Coombs of McGraw, N.Y., Michael (Lori) Harvitt of Grand Haven, Jeffrey (fiancée Katie Conley) O’Dell of Olivet and Gregory (Anna) O’Dell of Olivet; 10 great-grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Leon Plummer in 1999, and son David Plummer in 1959.

    Funeral services were held March 11 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte, with Rev. Roy Backus officiating. Interment was at  Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet Congregational Church or the Roberta Plummer Athletic Fund at Olivet Schools.

 

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Douglas H. Pennington

 

   Douglas H. Pennington, 47, of Bellevue, died suddenly Jan. 25, 2004 in Bellevue.

   He was born on April 14, 1956, the son of Raymond and Pearl (Skip) Pennington in Battle Creek. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1975 and worked as a construction worker for Laborers Union Local 355 since 1979. Doug married Vickie Damon of Bellevue on Feb. 23, 1980. He was a devoted husband and father and will be missed by his wife, Vickie, son, Douglas Robert, and dog, Harley. Doug loved to go morel mushroom hunting and asparagus picking every spring. He enjoyed being outdoors and loved to hunt and fish.

   Preceding Doug in death was his mother, Pearl Pennington in 1991.

   He is survived by his wife, Vickie; son, Douglas Robert Pennington of Bellevue; father, Raymond Pennington of Bellevue; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Marian Damon of Bellevue; brothers, David (Amy) Pennington of Bellevue, Darrel (Becky) Pennington of Galesburg; sister, Debbie (Earl) Slack of Battle Creek; brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane (LuAnn) Damon of Marshall, Daniel (Peggy) Damon of Battle Creek, Rick (Debra) Gardner and Pamela Damon, both of Bellevue; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Jan. 28 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund or American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Lawrence L. Perry

 

   Lawrence L. Perry of Charlotte, age 87, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004 at John and Roxanne Moore’s Country Living AFC Home.

   Lawrence was born April 4, 1916 in Olivet the son of Stanley and Rhea (Krebs) Perry and had been a Charlotte resident since 1940. He was a 1934 graduate of Olivet High School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired mail carrier from the Charlotte Post Office. He was past commander and life member of the Greenwalt-Flaherty Post #42 American Legion, held life memberships in the Charlotte Lions Club, Olivet Masonic Lodge #267 and Charlotte Masonic Lodge #120, Charlotte Commandery #37 K.T., Horace Maynard Chapter #82 R.A.M., the Scottish Rite Valley of Grand Rapids, the Saladin Shrine of Grand Rapids and Eaton Area Senior Center. He was a member of the Eaton County Shrine Club, the Eaton County Mini 50’s, the Eaton County Buck Club, long time member of the Charlotte First Congregational Church and the Duck Lake Association.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Genevieve (Hooper) Perry in 1998; brother, Vinton Perry in 1999; brother-in-law, Milton Briggs in 1999 and daughter-in-law, Sandra Perry in 1989.

   Surviving are sons, Rowland (Marilyn) Perry and Neil (Lana) Perry, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; special friend, Lola Dutcher; brother, George (Ruth) Perry of Olivet; sister, Delores Briggs of Grand Rapids; and sister-in-law, Martha “Peggy” Perry of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating, and a Masonic memorial service was held Jan. 20. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry-Eaton Health Department Hospice or the Shiner’s Children’s Hospital; envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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William L. Piepkow

 

   William Lee “Willee” Piepkow of Olivet, died Tuesday May 18, 2004 at the age of 5 years.

   Willee was born July 21, 1998 in Marshall, to his parents Travis and Heather (Chaney) Piepkow. He had endured a number of health challenges over the past three years until his passing on Tuesday in Foote Hospital in Jackson. Willee enjoyed being around his many family members and especially loved the excitement of family card parties, and tagging along while his dad and grandpas played golf. He was thrilled to watch the animals in the barnyard of the family farms and was overjoyed Tuesday when he caught his first fish all by himself.

   Willee is survived by his mother and father; his brother Mason and sister Brooke; his paternal grandmother, Carol Davis of Olivet; paternal grandfather, William and Melanie Piepkow of Olivet; maternal grandparents, Carol and Terry Chaney of Charlotte; great-grandparents, Paul and Blanche Piepkow of Charlotte, and Robert and Winona Davis of Battle Cree; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his best friend, a Black Lab named Buddy.

   Funeral services were held May 21 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Keith Laidler officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the “Willee Fund” at Eaton Federal Savings Bank. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

Patricia J. Pierce

 

   Mrs. Patricia Joan Pierce, 63, of Potterville, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2004 at Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Dade City, Fla.

   Patricia was born June 16, 1940 in Urbana, Ill., to Lawrence and Naomi Thompson. She married Robert H. Pierce on Sept. 7, 1968 in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was a loving wife, mother, friend and homemaker and enjoyed doing crafts, playing games and spending time with friends and loved ones.

   She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Robert H. Pierce of Potterville; daughters, Sondra (David) Savage of Buford, GA., and Theresa Thomas; stepson, Robert Pierce of Holt; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Beverly, Sharon and Shirley; mother-in-law, Frances Pierce; brothers-in-law, Gene, Sambo, Merle, Gary, Steve and John; sisters-in-law, Bonnie, Kathy, Joanie and Jean, and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and her father-in-law.

   Funeral services were held May 22 at Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens, with Pastor Robert Zuhl officiating. Memorials in Patricia’s name may be directed to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 37300 Royal Oak Lane, Dade City, FL 33525.

 

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Alta M. Poskey

 

   Alta M. Poskey, 81, of Potterville, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004.

   Mrs. Poskey was born Aug. 22, 1923 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Ira M. Faulkner and Ruby (Love) Faulkner. She served her country as a nurse in the U.S. Navy and continued her nursing career at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte and Fisher Body in Lansing until her retirement in 1979. She enjoyed the farm and gardening.

   She is survived by brothers, Hugh (Adalyn) Faulkner of Livonia, Lynn Faulkner of Lansing, and Carrol (Dorothy) Faulkner of Battle Creek; sister, Ivadean Dickinson of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Minnie Grihorash of Dearborn Heights; nephews, Robert Schang of Williamson and Doug Dickinson of Charlotte; and many other nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Poskey, and a sister, Ilah Faulkner.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at West Windsor Cemetery in Windsor Township.

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

 

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Meghann J. Pouch

 

   Meghann Jo Pouch, 15, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004.

   Ms. Pouch was born June 7, 1988 in Lansing, the daughter of Russell Pouch and the late Melanie (Mills) Pouch. She was a sophomore at Charlotte High School, recently attaining honor roll status during the fall and winter quarters. She worked as a teacher’s aide for a Weymouth Elementary School fourth-grade class for two years.

   She is survived by her father, Russell (Barbara) Pouch of Charlotte; brother, Sean Pouch of Charlotte; step-sisters, Sherri (Jeff) Ide of Grand Ledge, Sheli Zakora of Lansing; step-brother, Michael Middaugh of Charlotte; aunts, Michele Godlewski of Potterville, Laura (Bruce) Jennings of Battle Creek; grandmothers, Anna Wiles and Muriel Mills of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her mother Melanie and grandfather Granvile “Jiggs” Mills and uncle Dick Mills.

   Funeral services were held May 1 at Charlotte Assembly of God, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Christine Wonch Creative Writing Award Fund in Care of Charlotte High School. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Melanie J. Pouch

 

   Melanie J. (Mills) Pouch, 45, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004.

   Melanie was born July 23, 1958 in Charlotte, the daughter of Granvil “Jiggs” and Muriel (Patterson) Mills. She enjoyed reading crossword puzzles, and loved to laugh. She looked forward to spending time with her kids. She worked for Clients for Life as a coordinator.

   She is survived by son, Sean Pouch; mother, Muriel; and sister, Michele (Ed) Godlewski.

   She was preceded in death by her father Granvil “Jiggs” Mills; brother, Dick Mills; and daughter, Meghann Pouch.

   Funeral services were held May 1 at Charlotte Assembly of God, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Gwenda I. Powers

 

   Gwenda Irene Powers, 67, of Charlotte, died July11, 2004.

   Mrs. Powers was born Jan. 11, 1937 in Clarkton, Mo., the daughter of Thomas A. D. and Dorothy I. (Harrison) Miller. Gwenda worked at Michigan Magnetics of Vermontville, from where she retired as a quality control manager. Mrs. Powers was active with her many interests over the years. Whether it was sewing clothes for her children when they were young, baking wedding cakes for many local brides, or traveling the country with her husband and family. She especially loved time-spent snowmobiling, fishing and camping through the years. She was a great fan of country music and especially loved the music of Elvis Presley.

   Gwenda is survived by her husband, Richard Lee Powers; sons, Dwight M. and Ritchie (Billie Joe) of Indianapolis; daughters, Natalie (Don) Brocieus of Charlotte and Annette (John) Stocklass of Ferndale, Wash.;’ brothers, Russell, Billy Dean and Vernon Ray; sisters, Norma Jean Hathaway of Potterville and Deborah Cheeseman of Charlotte; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by brothers Gary and Wilbur, and a sister, Nina.

   Funeral services were held July 14 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chuck Jensen officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund, Eaton Community Hospice or the Lupus Foundation.

 

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Eugene J. Poyer

 

   Eugene Joseph “Jeep” Poyer, 82, of Bellevue, died April 27, 2004 at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born March 1, 1922 to Ignatz and Julia Poyer. He graduated from Bellevue High School and attended Cleary College. Jeep worked on the assembly line at Clark Equipment Company for 35 years, retiring in 1979. He married Dorothy (Lewis) Reese on Oct. 15, 1970; she survives. Jeep enjoyed family gatherings, golf, fishing trips, weekly board meetings, travel and summers at Thornapple Lake.

   He was preceded in death by wife, Betsy in 1976; sons, Brian Poyer in 1995 and Bruce Poyer in infancy; brothers Joe, Julius, Louis and Ignace Poyer.

   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Jan Poyer of Charlotte; sons, Eugene “Butch” (Marilyn) Poyer Jr., Tom (Denise) Poyer, and daughter-in-law, Rite Poyer, all of Bellevue; sisters, Julia Kauffman of Battle Creek and Helen Poyer of Bellevue; grandchildren Jodi Poyer, Kim (Joel) Madsen, Ron (April) Poyer and Paula (Tim) Underwood; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren in his extended family.

   Services were held April 30 at the Bellevue Christian Center, with Pastor Stephen Covert officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorials may go to the Bellevue Athletic Association. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Clyde Prater

 

   Clyde Prater, 86, of Olivet, passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   He was born Feb. 15, 1918 in Floyd County, Kentucky, to Bob and Lula (Whittaker) Prater. On Sept. 3, 1938 he married Clora (Risner); she preceded him in death on Oct. 24, 1999. Clyde was employed by Union Steel Products, Lonergans, McGraw Edison, Albion Malleable Iron, and was self-employed in the trucking business. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, and sold many of his vegetables. He also enjoyed hunting, going for long rides, and especially his grandchildren.

   Survivors include: daughters, Thelma (Charles) Burkwalt of Springport, Jerlene Prater of Marshall, Lois Prater of Springport, Emma Damron of Olivet and Janice Kay (Steve) Jackson of Charlotte; son, Bob Prater of Olivet; daughter-in-law, Mary Prater of Marshall; sister, Nancy Manuel of Prestonsburg, Ky.; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Clayton Prater; daughter, Manda Prater; five brothers, one sister and seven grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion, with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Interment followed at Hunt Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Oaklawn Hospital or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

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Emma M. Pray

 

   Emma Marian Pray, 85, of Dimondale, died Friday morning, June 18, 2004 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mrs. Pray was born April 26, 1919 in Lansing, a daughter of William and Esther (Kelly) Taylor. On Oct. 14, 1947 she married George Andrew Pray. Mrs. Pray was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, George, and a brother, John Taylor.

   Surviving are six children, Georgina Pray of Dimondale, Ruth Pray of Dimondale, Linda (Donald) Edgar of Mason, Andrew (Kay) Pray of Dimondale, Henry (Sandra) Pray of Eaton Rapids and Joseph Pray of Euless, Texas; seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughter; brother, William (Dorothy) Taylor of Mecosta and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held June 21 at Field & Leik Funeral Home of Dimondale, with Pastor David Braak officiating. Interment was at Pray Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Chamberlain, Scott Chamberlain, Ralph French, Jon Pray, Nathan Pray and Sara.

 

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Mary L. Price

 

   Mary Louise Price, 94, of Bellevue, died Oct. 16, 2004 at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing.

   She was born Jan. 18, 1910 to Alexander and Gertrude (Hodges) Hamilton in Kalamo Township. Mary worked at Olivet College as a secretary in the Physics Department, retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Nashville VFW Auxiliary, the Bellevue United Methodist Church and its Rachel Circle and a past matron of Bellevue-Olivet OES 196. She loved the outdoors.

   Mary was preceded in death by husbands, Manville Dexter in 1951 and Clarence Price in 1958. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ellen Rugg, on Sept. 16, 2004; sisters, Sarah Martins, Millie Reams, Helena Turner, Josephine Mapes, Leah Hamilton and Lucy Olmstead; and brothers, Mark, Karl, Harry and Ellis Hamilton.

   She is survived by her son, John Dexter of Bellevue; daughter, Alexandra (Carroll) Smith of Nashville and Nancy (Gary) Minich of Concord; son-in-law, Earl Rugg, Jr.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Oct. 20 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Bellevue United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choice.

 

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Carolyn A. Priddy

 

   Carolyn A. Priddy, 94, of Charlotte passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004.

   Mrs. Priddy was born to Claude and Leila Hatfield on Nov. 18, 1909. She married her husband, Bruce, in 1932 and they celebrated 66 years of marriage before his death in 1998. She and Bruce lived in the Vermontville area until they retired, then moved to Charlotte and wintered in Zephyrhills, Fla. for about 20 years. Mrs. Priddy was a 1927 graduate of Vermontville High School, a 1928 graduate of Eaton County Normal and a 1963 graduate of Western Michigan University. She taught for 22 years in Eaton County rural schools and for 10 years in Nashville and Vermontville elementary schools. She was a life member of Eaton County National Education Association and Michigan Association of Retired Teachers. She was a member of First Congregational Church in Vermontville for 52 years, where she served as a choir member; secretary and Sunday school teacher. Carolyn and Bruce attended Vermontville Bible Church for the last 20 years. Carolyn loved flowers, making afghans for her loved ones and playing games with her grandchildren.

   Surviving are three children, Louise (Terry) McLane of Charlotte, Claudette (Darrell) Hamilton of Nashville and Duane (Donna) Priddy of Midland; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; two brothers, Frederick Hatfield of Zephyrhills, Fla. and Howard (Edna) Hatfield of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 15 at Vermontville Bible Church. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, on State Road west of Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Bible Church or Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Esabelle Mary Pull

 

   Esabelle Mary Pull, age 94, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Springport, died Thursday, August 26, 2004 in Charlotte. Esabelle was born September 2, 1909 in Richland, the daughter of LeRoy James and Vera Dawn (Clair) Stevens. She was a member of the Springport Senior Citizens and graduated from lake Odessa high School, Class of 1923. Mrs. Pull was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson J. Pull, Sr. in 1968 and her grandson, Emerson J. Pull III in 1979.

   Surviving are her daughter, Morita Jane (John) Wesanen of Redford; son, Emerson J. (Twila Darlene) Pull, Jr. of Springport; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, August 30, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Jack Fugate officiating. Interment followed at Pope Church Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Pope Church in memory of Esabelle M. Pull.

 

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Lydia Pulter

 

   Lydia Pulter of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 94, died Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Lansing. Lydia was born in Russia, the daughter of Henry and Emelia (Ratzloff) Nickols. She was a lifetime member of Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansing and a long time Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Pulter was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel; daughter, Josephine; 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

   Surviving are her 2 daughters, Donna (Dave) Klink of Delta Twp., Isabell (Dick) Pratt of Okemos; son, Walter (Maxine) Pulter of Taylor; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Stanbaugh of Sunfield; and sister-in-law, Doris Nickols of East Lansing.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2004, 1:00 p.m. at the Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol, Lansing with Rev. Paul Lindloff and Rev. Timothy Buelow officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Jessie B. Putney

 

   Jessie Belle Putney, 83, of Charlotte, formerly of Dimondale, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004 at the Connie Hong-Angel Adult Foster Care Home.

   Mrs. Putney was born Aug.. 24, 1921 in Eagle, the daughter of Otto H. and Esther (Beam) Buckley. She loved her cats, and was a great gardener who enjoyed her plants, flowers and produce.

   She is survived by her son, Ray (Carolyn) Putney of Charlotte; grandchildren, Rebecca (Jason) Parrish of Alton, Ill., and John Putney of Charlotte; great grandchildren, Brendan and Benjamin Parrish; and half-sister, Eunice Coolman of Swartz Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Putney, on Sept. 3, 2000; brothers, Scott, Harold and Marvin; and a half-brother, Dewey.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 2005 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Hospice of Great Lakes or the Lansing City Rescue Mission. Special thanks to Connie, Chantel and Amber of Angel AFC for their tender and loving care during the time Jessie was with them.

 

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E. Ruth Ramsay

 

   E. Ruth Ramsay, 92, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004.

   Mrs. Ramsay was born Dec. 10, 1911 in Sandusky, Mich., the daughter of Bowen and Lillian May (Scott) Scouten. Ruth was an elementary school teacher in Corona, Calif., from 1959 to 1976.

   Mrs. Ramsay is survived by sons, John S. Ramsay of Charlotte, W. Kent (Carol) Ramsay of Rogue River, Ore., Dan (Jean) Ramsay of Epworth, Ga.; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

   Ruth was preceded in death by her husband John Ramsay in 1993, four brothers, and two sisters.

   A memorial service will be held at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside, Calif., on Feb. 23.

   If desired, 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.

 

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Naomi M. Raven

 

   Naomi Margaret Raven, 90, of Grandville, died Jan. 14, 2004.

   Mrs. Raven was born Jan. 23, 1913 in Gypsum, Iowa, the daughter of William and Maggie (Watt) Bashford.

   She is survived by daughter, Rhea (Jim) Ferrier of Nashville, Mich.; son, Peter (Brigitte) Raven of Greenfield, Ind.; seven grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dimple Raven, Lorna Raven, Mary Bashford of Iowa, Betty Bashford of Kansas; brother-in-law, Walter Raven of Iowa; and former sister-in-law, Char Raven of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Raven in 1987, sister Laura Gutherie, and six brothers, Jim, Mac, Bill, Gene, Vern and Frank.

   Funeral service was held Jan. 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Michael Arnold officiating. Interment was at Rest Haven Cemetery in Belding. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Theodore J. Rawson

 

   Theodore “Ted” John Rawson, 83, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004.

   Mr. Rawson was born Feb. 8, 1921 in Vermontville, the son of Cleo and Edith (Northrup) Rawson. He served with the 94th Infantry Division of Patton’s 3rd Army during World War II. He married Gertrude Snoke, who preceded him in death March 27, 1993. Mr. Rawson was a member of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club and the Wellness Center at Hayes Green Beach Hospital. He was an avid MSU and Detroit Red Wings fan and also enjoyed the sport of harness racing, and was well known in the Charlotte area as a genuine old-fashioned good neighbor to everyone.

   He is survived by his son, Vaughn (Stephanie) Rawson of Mason; daughter, Jo (Robert) McCausey of Mulliken; grandson, Cam (Amy) McCausey of Mulliken; and great granddaughter, Alexa.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and William; and sister, Meredith.

   Family Affirmation Service® was held March 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

 

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Clarence E. Reid

 

   Clarence E. Reid, age 89, of Nashville, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mrs. Reid was born Aug. 25, 1914 in Gaylord, the son of Fred and Eva (Cowling) Reid. He was raised in the Gaylord and Battle Creek areas and attended school there. The family moved to the Nashville area during his teenage years. On June 4, 1944 at the Methodist Church in Bellevue, he married Margaret Robinson. The couple lived in Kalamo during their early years together, then moved to the Nashville area where they established their family farm and raised their family. Clarence was employed at Kellogg’s in Battle Creek for over 25 years as a cereal processor, retiring in 1976. He loved farming and raising live-stock, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Clarence was always doing something; after retiring, he kept himself busy fixing bicycles for area children. In his later years he enjoyed putting puzzles together, spending time on the pontoon boat and spending time with his grandchildren, whom he especially enjoyed as babies.

   He is survived by his wife of 59n years, Margaret; children, Darwin (Tammie) Reid,  Vernon (JoAnne) Reid, Anetta (David) Tredinnick, Darrel (Karen) Reid, Vaughn (Dianna) Reid, Ardie (Sue) Reid, Jerry (Jacky) Reid; 23 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters and a grandson, David.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Grace Community Church, with Pastors Don Roscoe and Rob VanEngen officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Grace Community Church or Nashville Ambulance Service. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Maria E. Reyna

 

   Maria Ellena Reyna, 30, of Charlotte, died Monday, May 3, 2004 at her residence.

   Miss Reyna was born June 8, 1973 in Lansing.

   She is survived by her mother, Mary Solis of Charlotte; brothers, Jose (Amy) Reyna Jr. of East Lansing, Marcos Reyna of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; sister, Jessica (John) Lewis of Charlotte; and grandmother, Maria Velasquez.

   She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Guillermo Velasquez.

   A funeral mass was held May 6 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Timothy Byrnes as celebrant. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Joseph D. Reynolds

 

   Joseph Daniel Reynolds, 50, of Lansing, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004.

   Mr. Reynolds was born Oct. 5, 1953 in Jackson, the son of Dan and Arleta Joy (Lemke) Reynolds.

   He is survived by his parents and sister Vicki Reynolds of Lansing.

   Graveside services were held Aug. 12 at Oakwood Cemetery, Hamlin Township.

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

 

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Maxine M. Reynolds

 

   Maxine M. (Lynd) Reynolds, 86, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 15, 2004 at the Harbor of Charlotte after a long illness.

   Mrs. Reynolds was born Nov. 25, 1917 in Bellevue, the daughter of William and Ethel (Green) Lynd and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She had been employed for a time at the former Wally Hanson’s Store, Jerrolds, Richeys and the Dime Store.

   She was married to Howard A. Reynolds on Aug. 19, 1936; he preceded her in death on April 6, 1994. Also preceding her in death was a son, Robert Reynolds; granddaughter, Susan Freeman; and brothers, Lyle and Frederick Lynd.

   Surviving are one daughter, Joyce (William) Freeman of Charlotte; one son, Allyn (Rena) Reynolds of Stanton; seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several step great grandchildren; and two sisters, Pauline Dies of Nashville and Doris Masters of Charlotte.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 19 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Charlotte. The family will receive visitors Sunday, July 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

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Rondle R. Richardson

 

   Rondle R. Richardson, age 86, of Tompkins, died Saturday, June 12, 2004 in Jackson. Rondle was born August 14, 1917 in Tompkins Twp. the son of Roy Richard and Josephine Arlene (Chappell) Richardson. He retired from Sears Service Department in Jackson in 1983 after 38 years of service. Being a charter member of the Triangle Hunting Club, Rondle was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Richardson.

   Surviving are his life companion, Betty Curran of Springport; daughter, Connie (Bill, Jr.) Hoag of Duck Lake; 2 grandchildren; Bill (Becky) Hoag III of Narrow Lake, Lori (Steve) Calandro of Eaton Rapids; 3 great grandchildren, Tricia, Katie, and Sam Hoag; niece, Virjean (Preston) Parr of Onondaga, grand nephew, Chad (Rochell) Parr of Onondaga, grandniece, Erica (Chris) Ward of Onondaga; 2 great grandnieces, Kahley and Morgan Emens; and 1 great grandnephew, Eric Parr.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Merlin H. Pratt officiating. Interment will follow at Tompkins Cemetery. 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 Pope United Methodist Church in memory of Rondle.

 

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Julie Ann Ringo

 

   Julie A. Ringo, age 45, of Eaton Rapids, died Easter Sunday at her residence following a terminal illness. She was born January 14, 1959 in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Robert David and Janet (Munch) Streeb. Mrs. Ringo was a loving and devoted mother who also enjoyed her horses. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Leah Ringo, father, Robert David Streeb and brother, Daniel Streeb.

   Surviving are her 6 children, Shannon, Lindsay, Noelle, Jessie, Nikki and William Cody all at home; Goddaughter, Bonnie Jones of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Mariah and Alexandra Simons and Justine Ringo; longtime companion, Butch Siple of Eaton Rapids; ex-husband, William Ringo of Lansing; mother, Janet Streeb of Whitmore Lake; brother, Russell Streeb of Miami, FL; sister, Linda Kenney of Atlanta, GA; nephews, Ian and Ryan Streeb and Jacob Kenney.

   Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 17, 2004 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday and Friday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. For online condolences and time of service contact: Skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bernadine D. Robins

 

   Bernadine Deloris Robins, 78, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.

   Mrs. Robins was born March 7, 1926 in Charlotte, the daughter of Herman and Doris (Hine) McKnight. She enjoyed her family and was an avid collector of dolls, radios, magnets, roosters and salt and peppershakers.

   She is survived by sons, Ronald (Christine) Robins of Middleville, Dennis (Judy) Robins of Grand Ledge, Barry Robins of Charlotte and David Robins of California; eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren; brothers, Milford McKnight and Delvin Hinton.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Amos on Dec. 23, 2003, her son Lanny in 1990, and great grandson Bryan in 1994.

   Graveside services were held Oct. 28 at West Carmel Cemetery, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

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

 

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Ella J. Rogers

 

   Ella Jean Rogers, 85, of Mulliken, died Friday, May 7, 2004 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Rogers was born Jan. 17, 1919 in Roxand Township, a daughter of Howard and Eithel Mae (Greenwood) Cramer Sr. She attended Gresham United Methodist church.

   Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; son, James; granddaughter, Becky Rogers; sister, Vanietta Barnhill; and brother, Howard M. Cramer Jr.

   Surviving are her son, John Rogers of Mulliken; daughter, Judith (Lloyd) Reed of Dimondale; eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; niece, Beth (Dave) Booher of Belleville; and nephews, Tom (Tina) Barnhill of Mason and David (Sandi) Barnhill of Lansing.

   Services were held May 11 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Pastor Kathy Smith and Rev. Gene Moore officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dan Daly, John Reed, Greg Rogers, Jeff Rogers, Jimmy Rogers and Kevin Rogers.

 

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Jeana Rae (Fagan) Rogers

 

   Jeana Rae (Fagan) Rogers, age 43 of Springport, passed away unexpectedly in a house fire January 25, 2004. She was born February 29, 1960 in Coldwater, MI.

   Surviving are her children, Annie (Greg) Snyder of Albion; Burdette Pombier Jr. and Travis Pombier, both of O’Fallon, MO; Danielle Pombier of Springport; Charlie Rogers and Summer Rogers of Springport and Tami Johnson of Lansing; husband Kevin Rogers of Springport, and stepfather Richard “Fuzz” (Sandy) Tennant of Onondaga. Grandchildren, Matthew Berg of Grand Rapids, Analiese and Madison Snyder of Albion, Autumn Rogers and Levi Rogers of Springport. Sisters, Joleen (Ken) Bills of Onondaga; Dorci (Mike) Franks of Eaton Rapids, Kari (Fagan) King of Tekonsha. Brothers, Darr Hoag of Tompkins Center, Kyle (Lori) Fagan of Eaton Rapids, nephews, Jeff (Teresa) Brown and Tony (Janell) Brown of Springport; Shawn Patton and Shane Fagan of Eaton Rapids. Nieces, Krystal Hoag of Jackson, and Xanna Fagan of Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by a husband, Burdette Pombier Sr. in 1988, her father Raymond Fagan in 1996 and her mother Waunette “Een” Tennant in July 2003.

   Funeral arrangements are being made through Robertson Funeral Home in Springport.

 

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Neal W. Rogers

 

   Neal W. Rogers, age 77, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, May 17, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. Neal was born April 24, 1927 in Lansing, the son of Claude and Hattie (Sprague) Rogers. In 1978, after 31 years of service, Neal retired from Oldsmobile as a toolmaker and years later retired from dairy farming. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy and was a life member of the Onondaga VFW Post #6986. Neal was a former Eaton County 4-H leader, member of the County Fair Board and member of the Moose Lodge. Mr. Rogers was former Executive Vice-President of the American Agriculture Movement, Inc. He was famous for his chicken barbequing expertise. Neal was preceded in death by his brother and 3 sisters.

   Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Barbara Ann (Friedley); children, Mark (Priscilla), Roy (Gwen), Russell (Shannon), Maurica Brown, Marcia (Brian) Kemper, Ralph Squires, Annette (Norman) Nealey, Cathy (Harold) Wuerfel, Neal M. (Teann), Noel, Nola (Mark) Auernhamer; special nephew, S/Sgt. Keith (Eden) Barber now serving in Iraq; 24 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Julia Rogers; 2 nephews; 1 niece and his beloved dog, Rosie.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday May 20, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Jack Fugate and Rev. Mark Auernhamer officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery. Casket bearers were his sons and nephew; honorary bearers were the Hamlin Township Firefighters. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Griffith United Methodist Church Building Fund, the Hamlin Township Fire Department of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Neal W. Rogers.

 

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Linda K. Rolfe

 

   Linda Kay Rolfe, 42, of Katy, Texas, formerly of Charlotte, passed away June 26, 2004.

   Surviving are her sisters, Jerri mastren of Texas, and Laura Howe; one aunt, three nephews, six nieces, three great-nieces, one great-nephew, and her cat Crackers.

    She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Art and Madonna Rolfe.

    After cremation she will lie in rest with her parents.

 

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Marlene J. Rood

 

   Marlene J. Rood, 68, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004.

   Mrs. Rood was born March 3, 1936, in Lansing, the daughter of James Trahair and Pearl Christensen. She was a manager at Circle K Convenience Store and owner of Marty’s Limousine Service in Dunedin, Fla. She was known as one of the “3 Musketeers” of Kiwanis Manor in Charlotte.

   She is survived by daughters, Kim (Donald) Trader of Olivet, Carolyn (Steve) Cyphert of Charlotte and Vicky Good of Olivet; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothea Maggard of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Edmund L. Rood; son, Steven Rood; brother, James; her parents; and her stepfather, Harold Smith.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Doug Hammond officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Lupus Foundation or American heart Association. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Berneda June Ross

 

   Berneda June Ross, age 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, August 11, 2004 in Lansing. She was born February 25, 1920 in Evart, MI, the daughter of Cleveland H. and Eva Mable (Hayward) Williams. Berneda was a member of the Cedarway Free Methodist Church in Lansing and attended the Wesleyan church in Eaton Rapids.

   Preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 1979, she is survived by 2 daughters, Eva Mae Johnson of Leslie and Janice Fuller of OK; 1 son, Duane (Connie) Ross of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Brian (Peggy) Ross, Kimberly (Matt) Cooper, Andrea Glynn, Jim Johnson, Kipann (Jim) Gottman, Chad (Rebecca) Reeve; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Doris Cook of Mt. Pleasant; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 14, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Frank Klassen officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Berneda Ross.

 

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Liam A. Ross

 

   Liam Allen Ross passed away Sept. 6, 2004 in Nashville, Tenn. At the tender age of 11 months, due to a rare heart defect called hypoplasty left heart.

   Liam was born on Sept. 25, 2003 in Dover, Tenn.

   He is survived by his parents, Micah (formerly of Webberville and Potterville) and Mandi Ross of Clarksville, Tenn.; his big sister, Bailey, also of Clarksville; grandparents, Rodney and Elise Ross of Potterville and Rhonda and Jeff Rahls of Dover, Tenn.; great-grandparents, King and Janell Paige of Dover, Tenn. And Velma Ross of Williamston; Aunt Diane and Uncle Brian with cousins Andrea and Ross Kemp of Bellevue; Aunt Sarah with cousin Morgan Priddy of Jackson; Uncle Brandon Earhart of Shepard Air Force Base, Texas; and special Great Uncle and Great aunt Roger and Dimple Sills, also of Dover, Tenn. He is also survived by numerous great aunts and uncles and cousins from all over Michigan.

   Liam was preceded in death by his great-grandpa, Harry Ross, and great great grandparents, Esther and Bob Jones.

 

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Barbara A. Rosser

 

   Barbara Ann Rosser, 50, of Charlotte, died July 22, 2004.

   Barbara was born March 15, 1954 in Reed City, the daughter of Donald and Lois (McLachlan) Rohdy.

   She is survived by son, Corey Rosser of Webberville; daughters, Kelly (Bryon) Marsh of Evart and Bailey Rosser of Charlotte; sister, Carol (Randal) Reedy of Evart; brothers, Steve (Pam) Rohdy of Charlotte, Donald (Karen) Rohdy of  Barryton, Richard (Kendra) Rohdy of Manistee and Gary (Amy) Rohdy of Farwell.

   Funeral services were held July 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Forest Hills Cemetery in Evart.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Oriole Band Boosters. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Alice J. Roush

 

   Alice Josephine Roush, who lived most of her life in Charlotte, died  Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at Munson Hospital in Traverse City. She was 83 years old and was born April 11, 1920 to Maynard and Nellie Oldt. Jo had only recently moved to Eastport, to live closer to family.

   Jo was an accomplished artist and a founding member of Eaton Art League. She and her husband, Don, lived in Charlotte most of their married life. Don was the founder and owner of LDS Office Supply in Charlotte until his retirement. The business was then continued to their son, Paul, until 2003.

    Don preceded her in death in 1996.

   Jo is survived by her four children and their families: David and Rebecca Roush of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and their children, Denise, Jennifer and Mathew; Paul and Patricia Roush of Central Lake, and their children Wade and James; J. Michael Roush of Greenwich, Conn.; and Christine and Herbert Brail of Dearborn, and their children Laura and Kathryn.

   A memorial service is being planned for family and friends to be held in May at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Further notice will be made for the date and time of the service.

   Contributions made in honor of Jo may be sent to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, 210 E. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Deborah L. Rozell

 

   Deborah L. (McCoy) Rozell, 55, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2004 while in the company of family members at her residence.

   Mrs. Rozell was born in Battle Creek on July 6, 1948, the daughter of Charles and Elanor LaWave (Gallihugh) McCoy. She grew up on the Battle Creek area and attended local schools there, graduating from Harper Creek High School. On Oct. 17, 1964 she married Richard Rozell. The couple lived in the Battle Creek area for several years after they were married, until moving to Nashville in October 1972. The couple was married for over 39 years. Debby was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved being with her family and friends. She also loved camping, traveling and going to the casino. She was a lifelong member of St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Nashville and Women of the Moose.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, LaWave McCoy; daughter, Teresa (Glenn) Rozell-Katz; son, Richard Rozell; brother, Cahrles McCoy Jr.; and eight grandchildren, Adam and Kerri Timm, Tahnee Katz, Casey, Erika, Paige, Alex and Roman Rozell.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Charles McCoy Sr., and a sister, Louis Ann Walling.

   A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Nashville on March 26, with Father Mike Stafford officiating. Interment was at Floral Lawn Cemetery in Battle Creek.

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

 

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Mary Rugg

 

   Mary Ellen Rugg, 60, of Bellevue, died Sept. 16, 2004 at Laurels of Bedford. She was born March 8, 1944 to William and Mary (Price) Dexter in Bellevue.

   She graduated from Bellevue High School and worked at Schuler’s and Moonraker’s. She enjoyed attending auctions.

   Mary is survived by her husband, Earl J. Rugg, Jr.; daughter, Tina Rugg of Bellevue;’ sons, Dean (Kim) Rugg of Marshall, William (Tracy) Rugg of Battle Creek and Bradley Rugg of Bellevue; 11 grandchildren; brother John Dexter of Bellevue; sisters Alex Smith of Nashville and Nancy Minich of Concord.

   Friends may call after 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue where family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Pastor Dawin Kuhl, officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

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Sherman A. Rugg

 

   Sherman A. Rugg, 83, of Bellevue, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004 at Dimondale Nursing Center.

   He was born May 28, 1921 in Bellevue, to John and Margaret (Sly) Rugg, and attended Bellevue Schools. Sherman worked many years for the village of Bellevue and later was a groundskeeper for Riverside Cemetery. He married Theresa L. Creller; she died in 1983.

   Surviving are daughter, Josephine (Richard) Rabideau of Olivet; stepdaughter, Chrystal (Robert) Collins of Battle Creek and Joyce Harley of Georgia; brother, Jay Rugg of Bellevue; sister, Bessie Fair of Centreville; stepsister, Eva Ackley; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Burt Rugg, and several half-brothers and sisters, four stepsons and a stepdaughter.

   Graveside services were held Dec. 20 At Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Fred Sampson

 

   Fred Sampson, 86, of Olivet, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 at his residence.

   Fred was born Nov. 1, 1918 in Flippen, Ky., the son of William and Fannie (Green) Sampson, and had been an Olivet resident since 1936. He was a lifelong farmer and had worked for the Olivet College Maintenance Department, from where he retired in 1979. He was also a former Star Route mail carrier. He was an active member of Ainger Bible Church, having served on the church board and in other offices.

   Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Mildred M. (Woodcock) Sampson; son, Donald (Sherry) Sampson of Olivet; four grandchildren, Dana Floyd, Chris Sampson, Tina Sampson and William Sampson; five great grandchildren; brother, Everett Sampson of Illinois; sister, Mary Merritt of Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Sampson in 1972 and Robin Sampson in 2003; and four brothers, Carl, Comer, Ray and Earl Sampson.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Ainger Bible Church in Olivet, with Pastor Scott Brook officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ainger Bible Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Madeline L. Sandborn

 

   Madeline Lee “Mindi” Sandborn, 52, of Erlanger, Ky., passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004 at St. Luke Hospital-West in Florence, Ky.

   Mindi was born Sept. 15, 1952 in Ft. Clayton, Panama Canal Zone, the daughter of Richard Lee and Kathleen Mae (Kleismit) Weaver Sr. She was born with cataracts, when her dad was serving in the Air Force. Her mother and father waited to have the eye surgery; when performed in the early 50s it was unsuccessful and she was left with very limited vision. The family moved to Battle Creek, where she was one of the first students to attend the Ann J. Kellogg School for handicapped children. The program expanded, she graduated from Battle Creek High School and then attended Olivet College. She met Bruce Sandborn and they were married. Later in her life they discovered she had diabetes and a debilitating arthritis condition, both of which she struggled with. Mindi and Bruce had been living at their home in Erlanger, Ky., prior to her visits to the hospital.

   Mindi was preceded in death by her mother; brothers, Jack and Paul, and a nephew, Zebulan.

   Surviving are her husband, Bruce G. Sandborn; daughter, Heather A. Smith; grandson, Bryan M. Sandborn; father, Richard L. Weaver Sr.; sister, April L. Salyers; brothers, Richard L. Weaver Jr., and Charles B . Weaver; `11 nieces and nephews, Cory, Angela, Jeremy, Brandon, Natalie, Charles, Walter, Jennifer, Meagan, Laura and Shawn.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 30, 2003 at Rosier Funeral Home, Maples-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Rev. Darrel Bosworth of Kilpatrick United Brethren Church in Woodland officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Breast Cancer Research. For more information, visit www.legacy.com.

 

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Carrie E. Satterly

 

   Carrie Estella Satterly, 83, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 17, 2004.

   Mrs. Satterly was born Sept. 4, 1920 in Chester Township, the daughter of Don and Minnie (Kline) Shaw. She loved being with her family and had volunteered and had served on the board of directors with Eaton Community Hospice for many years.

   She is survived by her son, Gordon Satterly of Harrison Township; daughter, Diana (Joe) Newman of Charlotte; grandchildren, Steven (Karen) Newman and Mary Jo (Brian) Hosey; great grandchildren, Kaitlin, Megan and Kelsie; sister, Mary Lord of Charlotte; and nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Don Satterly, Jr. on May 17, 1982.

   Funeral services were held April 21 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Elder Richard Garn officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

Florence M. Saylor

 

   Florence Mural Saylor, 92, of Lansing, formerly of Potterville, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004.

   Mrs. Saylor was born Sept. 15, 1912, the daughter of Frank Clarence and Bertha Anne (Smith) Sheldon. Florence was a homemaker and was a sales lady for Avon, Tupperware, Park Lane Jewelry and a set of China. She was a member of Potterville United Methodist Church and Lioness Club, active in Boy Scouts and coined the Potterville slogan “City of Helping Hands.”

   She is survived by five sons, Richard (Eva) Saylor of Messick, Robert (Linda) Saylor of Las Vegas, Nev., Ross (Karla) Saylor of Davenport, Fla., Roger Saylor of Battle Creek, Jim (Alison) Saylor of Lakewood, Colo.; two daughter, Bertha (Darwin) Maas of Lansing and Janice (Douglas) Kinney of Lansing; 48 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and many great great grandchildren; and sister, Frances Brezenski of Amhearst, Ohio.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Saylor; brother, Ike Sheldon; and sister, Clara Jenkins.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 7 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Potterville United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

Audrey A. Schaefer

 

   Audrey Ann Schaefer, 71, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004 in Grand Rapids.

   Ann was born Jan. 9, 1933 in Lansing, the daughter of Charles and Linda (Moulton) Schaefer.

   She was preceded in death by her father on Oct. 21, 1983 and her mother on Aug. 13, 2000. She is survived by her brother, Charles Schaefer II of Charlotte. Cremation has taken place and private services were held at Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Frances Schneider

 

   Frances Irene Schneider, 70, of Charlotte formerly of Grand Rapids, died Thursday, April 15, 2004. Frances was born Oct. 11, 1933, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Dick and Lillian (Spencer) Ryskamp.

   She had been a sales associate with Dayton Hudson’s retiring after many years of service.

   She is survived by son Donald (Sandra) Schneider of Bakersfield, California, Daniel (Kim) Schneider of Charlotte, Mark Schneider of Lakeland, FL, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, brothers Myron (Dorothy) Ryskamp of Leroy, MI, Fredric (Jean) Ryskamp of Door, MI, sister Gloria Wahmhoff of Fennville, MI, sister-in-law Dorothy Ryskamp of Grand Rapids, stepbrother Hank (Marcelle) Baker of Grand Rapids, and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by brother Richard Schneider, sister Florence Phillips, brother-in-law Robert Phillips, and stepsister Rose Baker. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20 at South United Methodist Church 4500 S. Division Ave., Wyoming, MI with Pastor Robert Stover officiating.

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

 

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Theophile Schneider

 

   Theophile “Frenchie” Schneider, 74, of Charlotte, died at his home Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004.

   Mrs. Schneider was born April 25, 1930 in Epping (Moselle) France, the son of Jean Pierre and Anna (Frumholz) Schneider. Frenchie came to America on Nov. 11, 1952 on the SS United States and went to Saranac, Mich., to help relatives on their farm. He went to work for Fisher Body in Lansing on March 17, 1953 and retired from General Motors May 1, 1992. He married Alice Faye Vertz of L’Anse Mich., on July 6, 1957. They had five children, Mary Ann, John, Michelle, Mark and Renee. He lived in Charlotte since 1959 and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

   He was preceded in death by son, Mark Steven Schneider of Charlotte; his parents; a brother, Albert Schneider; two sisters, Therese Marshall and Claire Brobst; a nephew, Ashille Hemmert; and a niece, Sylvaine (Schneider) Donner, all of France.

   He is survived by his wife, Alice (Vertz); and four children, Mary Ann Bartlett (fiancé Dean Erickson) of Dimondale, John (Sherry) Schneider of Grand Ledge, Michelle (Rick) Wireman of Springport, Renee (Mike) Johnson of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Shaun (Jennifer) Bartlett of Charlotte, Nikyta Schneider of Florida, Mathhew and Steven Wireman of Springport, and Nathan and Amy Schneider of Grand Ledge; two great grandchildren, Damon and Dakota Bartlett of Charlotte; sisters, Elise Hemmert and Anna Schoepp; brother, Jean Schneider; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral Mass was held Aug. 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

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William R. Schreiner

 

   William R. Schreiner, 66, of Elgin, Ill., formerly of Charlotte, passed away Jan. 2, 2004 at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Ill.

   He was born Jan. 18, 1937, the son of Ronald and Leida (Oberly) Schreiner.

   Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Nancy (Burger); two grandchildren, Henry Ronald Jr. and Katlyn Schreiner; three sisters, Connie, Joyce and Edith; a brother, James; a half-brother, Robert; a great grandchild; his “adopted daughter,” Andrea Bass; and his dog, Buddy.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Henry Ronald Sr. and Michael Ernest; one brother, Reid; and two sisters, Cora and Evelyn.

   A memorial service was held May 1 at 1 p.m. at Crossroads United Brethren Church in Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Madison Funeral Home in Elgin, Ill.

 

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Clyde H. Schrock

 

   Clyde H. Schrock, 86, of Battle Cree, formerly of Bellevue and Keystone Heights, Fla., died Sunday, July 18, 2004 at home.

   He was born Jan. 24, 1918 in Elkhart County, Ind. To Harry and Florence (Archer) Schrock and graduated from White Pigeon High School in Michigan. As a young man he played high school football, baseball and fought Golden Gloves Amateur boxing competition. He was athlete of the year his senior year at White Pigeon High School. Clyde served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a Radioman Second Class on the D.E. George A. Johnston in the American, European and Asiatic theaters. He was awarded two Philippine Liberation Medals. He served as the postmaster of Bellevue from 1962 to 1972. He also farmed and ran a tree nursery during the same period. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Christian Missionary Alliance. He was a singer with a beautiful voice and played guitar. He also enjoyed travel, his family and golf. Clyde marred E. Geraldine (Babcock) Potter on Jan. 1, 1974; she survives.

   Also surviving are sons, Dr. Roger (Linda) Schrock of Mendon and Lyle (Sue) Schrock of Rockwall, Texas; daughter, Dr. Joyce (Philip) Bruton of Rockwall, Texas, also Ron (Jill) Potter of Ann Arbor, Dena (Jim) Miller of Nashville, Ed (Ramona) Potter of Bellevue and Nancy (Jimmie) Hughes of Georgia; 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and sister, Irene Oldenburg of White Pigeon.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Venice Rogers and brothers, Reno and Archie Schrock.

   Graveside services were held July 24 at White Pigeon Cemetery, with Pastor Don Francis officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue First Baptist Church, Bellevue, MI 49021.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bonnie C. Sears

 

   Mrs. Bonnie C. Sears, 64, of Vermontville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004 in Vermontville.

   Mrs. Sears was born in Vermontville, on Sept. 9, 1940, the daughter of the late George R. and Rita C (Kimmel) Thomason. She was raised in the Vermontville area, and attended the B School for years, but finished her education in the Augusta area. In 1957 in Charlotte, she married Robert Sears. The couple spent their early year’s together living in the Nashville area until settling at their current residence in Vermontville in 1975, where they raised their family.

   Bonnie enjoyed spending time with her family. Along with her husband, Robert, the couple enjoyed their winters together in Bowling Green Florida at the Wagon Wheel RV Park. While in Florida, Bonnie would pursue her love of bingo by visiting the Seminole Indian Reservation, as well as participating in various bingo events at their park. She was also very fond of yard sales, where she would purchase knickknacks of all different types for her collections. She was a member of the Nashville VFW #8260.

   Bonnie is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Brenda (and special friend Dennis Ward) Sears, Lori (and special friend Dean Denning) Tobey, Ronnie (Jayne) Sears, David (Lyndy) Sears; sisters, Beverly (Adolf) Roth, Barbara (Joseph) Jones; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her four brothers, Royal, Richard, Larry and George, and her granddaughter, Jennifer Louise McKelvey.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

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Thorgny J. Segerlind

 

   Thorgny J. “TJ” “Carl” Segerlind, 101, died Sunday, May 16, 2004 in Delta Township.

   Mr. Segerlind was born in Halsingborg, Sweden, on Jan. 11, 1903 to Ludwig and Thelma Segerlind. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1916 and grew up in Worcester, Maine. He worked at many different occupations before coming to Michigan in 1930 to work on the Hardy Dam near Newaygo for Consumers Power. He ended up, however, working for the same company in Grand Rapids. He married Bessie Bennett in 1931. They purchased a farm near Grand Ledge in 1938 and started raising registered Holsteins. Mr. Segerlind retired from dairy farming in 1963 and from the state of Michigan in 1966. They lived on the farm for 45 years before moving to grand Ledge. He was superintendent of Partlow Country School for several years and served on the Clinton County School Board. After the age of 90, he became known for cutting fireplace wood for family and friends using a carpenter’s saw. Mr. Segerlind was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 75 years and was very active in several local lodges. He was a member and past master of Mulliken Masonic Lodge #412, F & AM. He was a member of the Grand Ledge Chapter #85 of the Royal Arch Masons, the Mulliken Chapter #161 OES, the Shriners, and a 32nd degree Mason.

   Thorgny was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bessie; a sister, Anna; and a brother, Henry.

   He is survived by a brother, Warren of Houston, Texas; four sisters, Helen Harvey of Lowell, Mass., Esther Hanson of Jupiter, Fla., Elsie Tipton of Springfield, Ore., and Virginia Sills of Kelseyville, Calif.; three sons, Ronald (Joan) Segerlind of Dallas, Texas, Larry (Donna) Segerlind of Okemos and Gerald (Joyce) Segerlind of Portland; nine grandchildren, Yasmina (Bud) Walker, Alexis Segerlind, T Johnson (Sarah) Segerlind, Karen (Robert) Baum, Brian (Mary Beth) Segerlind, Nathan (Li) Segerlind, Adam Segerlind, David Segerlind and Sarah Segerlind; five great grandchildren, Rachel and Hillary Walker, Matthew Segerlind, heather and Keith Baum; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 20 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Rev. George Grettenberger, associate pastor of Okemos Community Church, officiating. Interment followed at Union Cemetery in Oneida Township. Pallbearers were Robert Baum, Adam Segerlind, Brian Segerlind, David Segerlind, Nathan Segerlind and T Johnson Segerlind.

 

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John (Bill) Selleck

 

   John W. (Bill) Selleck of Holt passed away March 26, 2004. Burial services will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich., at 1 p.m. on May 6.

   Mr. Selleck was born July 28, 1924 in Otter Lake, Mich. He grew up during the depression era on the Selleck farm with brother, Russell, and sisters, Ruth and Marian, where strong family values were modestly established; a theme that was never forgotten as his opportunities broadened. Excelling in basketball and baseball were Otter Lake High School accomplishments before entering the Pre Law program at Michigan State College.

   Mr. Selleck voluntarily entered the military in 1943, and graduated from pilot training at Ft. Sumner, N.M. He was assigned to the 462nd Bomb Group, 770th Bomb Squadron, and 58th Bomb Wing. His memories included flying missions from India over the Hump, bailing out over China after being hit over Omura, Japan on December 19, 1944, and time spent on the islands of Tinian and the Marianas. He flew 35 combat missions in B-29s and was decorated with Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with three Oak Clusters, and two Air Force Commendation Medals.

   He returned to civilian life graduating with B.A. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State, teaching at the University of California-Berkley, and working for the State of Michigan’s Civil Service Department. He reentered the military in 1953 making a career flying with the Air Force. He served with the 70th Strategic Recon Wing, the 379th Bomb Wing, and SAC Headquarters. Major Selleck served as a B-47 and B-52 instructor pilot. He flew several B-52 missions during the Cuban missile crisis near Russian air space. In 1969, he retired from the Air Force to rejoin the Civil Service for that State of Michigan.

   Mr. Selleck worked on a variety of capacities including small government administration. He served as personnel officer with the Michigan State Police for six years.

   The legacy of making the best of troubling situations, looking toward higher goals, respecting nature, and seeking your own path in life were some of the greatest gifts passed on to his survivors. His devoted wife, Newanna of Holt, and children, Margo (Rod) Clickner of Dansville, William (Ann) Selleck of Charlotte, and the late Hugh Selleck and grandchildren.

   Bill was actively involved with St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Mason for over 30 years. He volunteered as a driver for the Red Cross. The American Red Cross has received donations in his memory.

 

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Della Serene

 

   Della Serene, 43, of Vermontville, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at her residence.

   Della was born July 22, 1960 in Charlotte, the daughter of Allan and Teresha (Morehouse) Serene. Della graduated from Michigan State University and had been a freelance writer for Web sites. She was a member of the Writer’s Build and thoroughly enjoyed being with children.

   She is survived by her mother Teresha and stepfather Thomas VanAuken of Vermontville; her sister, Dena (Paul) Lahr of Charlotte; two nieces, Denise and Rebecca Lahr of Charlotte; grandmother, Idella Morehouse of Vermontville; step grandparents, Don and Aleta VanAuken of Vermontville; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her father Allan in 1969, fraternal grandparents, maternal grandfather, two aunts and an uncle.

   Funeral services were held May 14 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Jeff Swift officiating. Interment followed in Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Ingham Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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William R. Servis

 

   William Richard “Bill” Servis, 75, of Pennfield Township, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2004 at home after a long illness.

   He was born Oct. 4, 1928, the son of Harley and Verna Mae (Finley) Servis in Cadillac. He graduated from Mesick High School in 2002 during a special graduation ceremony. Bill left school at age 17 to join the Navy. He served as a Seabee during World War II and the Korean War in Guam, Cuba and the Aleutian Islands. When he left the service he went to work for Kellogg’s and retired after 32 years. He was a member of the Kellogg’s 25 Year Club and enjoyed growing Rose of Sharon bushes and working in his yard. His other hobbies included woodworking and hunting.

   Bill is survived by his wife, Marjorie Mae (Stevens) Servis. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 30, 2004. He is also survived by sons, Michael (Christine) Servis and Brian Servis, both of Savannah, Ga.; daughter, Judy Mae Lawton of Battle Creek; son-in-law, Robert Lawton; grandchildren, Jennifer Mae Lawton and Joshua William Servis; sisters, Maebell Strahl, Kathryn Krueger and Donna McKian, all of Sun City, Ariz., Dixie Gilbert of Glendale, Ariz., and Mildred Hinsley of Hillsdale; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by sister, Marian Dean; and brothers, Clyde Servis and Johnny Servis.

   Services were held July 1 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Don Francis officiating. Entombment was at Memorial Park Mausoleum in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Howard E. Shaffer

 

   Howard Elbert Shaffer, 79, of Charlotte, formerly of Haslett, died Thursday, April 8, 2004.

   Mr. Shafffer was boron Sept. 13, 1924 in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of George Delmer and Georgia Viola (Coats) Shaffer. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He was a member of the Royal Arch Mason #117, Royal & Select Masons Chapter 64 in Williamston. Mr. Shaffer was a foreman for Oldsmobile in the Experimental Engineering Department, retiring in 1992 after 42 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards.

   He is survived by daughters, Michele Shaffer of Charlotte, Robin (Robert) Conn of Williamston, April Duffy of Haslett; sister, Mabel Wilborn of Lake; and former spouse, Joan Shaffer of Haslett.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment will be at East Lawn memory Gardens in Okemos.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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George W. Shaw

 

   George W. “Old Man”, Shaw, 78, of Charlotte, passed away June 7, 2004 in Charlotte.

   George was a retired employee of Grand Ledge Clay Products, a World War II veteran, serving in the U.s. Navy, and enjoyed gardening and fishing.

   He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara J. (Wells); brothers, Robert and Ray Shaw; sisters, Joyce Ackley and Lula Pallas; and his good friend, Mary Litchfield.

   Surviving are his children, Linda (Ernie) May, Leanne (Richard) May, Laura (Ed) May, Lyle Shaw, Leon (Karen) Shaw; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a brother, Ralph Shaw Jr.

   Services were held June 10 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Rev. Terry LaDuke of Bright Hope Church in Potterville officiating. Military services followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the Grand Ledge VFW.

 

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Ivan D. Sheets

 

   Ivan D. Sheets, 57, of Olivet, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 27, 2004 at the Jackson Harness Raceway in Jackson.

   Ivan was born Jan. 20, 1947 in Charlotte, the son of Howard and Violet (Weeks) Sheets and had been a lifelong Olivet resident. He was a longtime teacher and coach for Olivet Community Schools, with 33 years of service, receiving many awards for his accomplishments as both boys and girls basketball coach. He was a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, a founding member of Olivet Sports Boosters, held memberships in the Harness Horseman Association, the United States Trotting Association, the Michigan Standard bred Breeder’s Association and the Michigan Pont Club, in which he was recently inducted into its hall of fame. Ivan founded Team Camps, Inc. at Olivet College and most recently co founded and operated Eagle Country Stables in Olivet, pursuing his second career as a horseman. He was a member of the Olivet Education Association, and the Michigan and National Education Associations.

   Surviving are his wife, Patricia (Champion) Sheets, to whom he was married Dec. 27, 1969; one daughter, Heather Sheets of Olivet; one son, Jason Sheets of Lansing; brother, Alan Sheets of Charleston, Ark.; three sisters, Patricia Latham of Lansing, Marilee Metters of Lansing and Betsey (Dr. Thomas) Mulvaney of Burke, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 31 in the Olivet High School gymnasium, with Rev. Doug Hammond and Rev. Thomas Peters officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ivan D. Sheets Memorial Scholarship Fund through Olivet Community Schools. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Margarette Louise Sheff

 

   Margarette Louise Sheff, age 73, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Utica, died Saturday, July 10, 2004 in Lansing. Margarette was born on May 4th, 1931 in Shannon, GA, and was an Eaton Rapids, resident for the past 15 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Alvin, in 2000.

   She is survived by son, Bernard, of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Denise (Dale) Toumari of Redford; and grandsons, Benjamin Patrick Sheff and James Douglas Sheff.

   Marge was the consummate mother, a constant support to her children and grandchildren, including secretarial/accounting in recent years for Sheff and Sons Engineering, P.L.L.C., Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will be held at the Columbia Road Baptist Church, Mason (corner of Eifert & Columbia), Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor John Hayden officiating. Interment will follow at the Fowler Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Columbia Rd. Baptist Church in memory of Margarette Sheff.

 

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Frances E. Shetenhelm

 

   Frances E. Shetenhelm, age 93, of Vermontville, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Frances was born April 13, 1910 in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Lloyd and Edith (Smith) Case. She was reared in Chester Township and attended school there. She married Earl Shetenhelm on Jan. 7, 1933 in Angola, Ind. Frances and Earl lived all their married life in the Vermontville Area. Frances was a longtime member of the Vermontville First Congregation Church. She enjoyed cooking, was an avid reader, crossword puzzle enthusiast, enjoyed watching sports on TV and was a member of the local garden club and Eastern Star.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Earl on Oct. 18, 1975; three brothers and two sisters.

    She is survived by daughter, Mary (Duane) Wolfe of Charlotte; granddaughters, Jackie Janousek of Charlotte and Judi (David) Lemon of Potterville, great granddaughter, Mardi Hill of Lansing; and several step grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the Vermontville First Congregational Church, with Rev. Eric Lison officiating. Burial was at  Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Fist Congregational Church or the National Kidney Foundation.

 

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Arthur R. Shook

 

   Arthur R. “Archie” Shook passed away Jan. 13, 2004 at Battle Creek Health System. He was 80 years old. He was born Feb. 20, 1923 in Calhoun County, the son of Arthur E. and Esther (Jaquay) Shook.

   Mr. lived in the Olivet and Bellevue area for many years before moving to Union City in 1985. He married Joanne Thorp on April 1, 1988; she survives. Mr. Shook retired from Clark Equipment in Battle Creek. He raised and rode paint horses and was a member of the American Paint Horses Association.

   Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Susan Shook of California and Sandy Wagerman of Georgia; three grandchildren and one great grandchild; one sister, Naida (Dale) Doty of Charlotte; and two sisters-in-law, Thelma Barnhart of Olivet and Anita Shook of Bellevue.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sadie Louise Shook in 1992; two brothers, Elmon Shook in December 1998 and Bert Barnhart in June 2002.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Putnam Funeral Home of Union City.

 

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Ethel M. Shumaker

 

   Ethel Mae Shumaker, 80, of Charlotte, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004.

   Mrs. Shumaker was born Dec. 26, 1923 in Senecaville, Ohio. She loved traveling and enjoyed dancing in earlier years.

   She is survived by sons, Bernard (Ana Maria) Stambaugh, Jeff (Daneen) Shumaker, Doug (Katy) Shumaker all of Charlotte; daughter, Linda Lee (Gene) Russell of Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bernard Russell Stambaugh, in 1947 and second husband, Orland Egbert Shumaker, in 1987.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Tim Olson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Robert P. Simon

 

   Robert p. Simon, 76, of Pewamo passed away at home Aug. 3. He was born in Pewamo May 5, 1928 the son of William and Julia (Smith) Simon. Robert married Helen V. Smith on June 6, 1953 in Portland and together they shared 51 years of marriage. Bob owned and operated Williams Farm Machinery in Charlotte and was also a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pewamo. He was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army, and was a member of the Fowler-Pewamo-Westphalia VFW Post #3733. He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick G. Simon on May 3, 2000; grandchildren, Renee Ferris and Katie Miles; and infant brother, Reynold. Surviving are his wife, Helen V. Simon of Pewamo; children, Cathy (Mike) Miles of Portland, Diann (Pete) Pintacura of Grand Ledge, Rita (Rex) Ferris of Soap Lake, Wash., Bill (Jeanne) Simon of Grand Ledge, Amy (Mike) Droste of Westphalia, Donna (Al) Droste of Pewamo, and Bob Simon of Pewamo; daughter-in-law, Judy Simon of Pewamo; 22 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; siblings, Hilda (Fran) Killen, Stan Simon, Gerald “Jake” (Jo Ann) Simon, Isabel (Charlie) Hewitt, Mary Ellen (Terry) Burns, Joan (Jay) Schafer and Donna (Ken) Fedewa. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Charlon O. Mason, Pastor Aug. 6 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pewamo. Rite of Committal followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Pewamo with Military Honors provided by the Fowler-Pewamo-Westphalia VFW Post #3733. Arrangements were handled by the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. Contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the American Diabetes Association. On line condolences may be made at www.schraubenlehman.com.

 

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Ronald Edgar Slocum

 

   Ronald E. “Ron” Slocum died at sunrise on July 18, 2004 at the age of 65, following a prolonged illness. He was born on February 22, 1939 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Clyde Jr. and Elizabeth “Beth” Slocum (both deceased), and graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School in 1957. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1964, he enrolled at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. In June of 1965 he took a position as an assistant pastor at a small storefront church in the Westside Christian Parish of Chicago until a knee injury forced him to leave in March of 1966. He moved back to Michigan, and that May he joined the Department of Social Services until his retirement in 1998. In 1976 he and his family moved to his hometown of Eaton Rapids, and he loved singing with The Third Person, a gospel music group of fellow church members. Ron enjoyed music, reading, fishing, in his younger days, and playing cards, especially bridge, competing in tournaments and winning one in 1992.

   He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary; 2 daughters, Rachel of Mason and Rebecca of Eaton Rapids; sister, Judy (Leon) Gemalsky of Eaton Rapids and niece, Lorraine (James) Larder.

   A memorial celebration of Ron’s life will be on Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids, or a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Ronald E. Slocum, envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Francis J. Smalley

 

   Francis J. “Smokey” Smalley, 79, of Potterville, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004 at his residence.

   Smokey was born Aug. 2, 1925 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Kenneth and Merna (Greene) Smalley, and had been a Potterville resident for 77 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was a service manager for Fowler’s Chevrolet/Olds in Charlotte, retiring in 1986 after 26 years of service. In 1990, with his son, Doug, started Smoke-N-Dougs Auto Repair in Potterville. He was active as a Boy Scout master in the 1950s, had been a member of the Potterville Lions Club, served on the Potterville Board of Review and was an avid supporter of Potterville Vikings athletics.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley (Butler) Smalley; sons, James F. (Kate) Smalley of Candello, Australia, and Douglas D. (Pamela) Smalley of Potterville; daughter, Linda L. Amey of Potterville; eight grandchildren, Scott A. (Yasuko) Smalley, Heather (David) Skogerson, Thomas A. Smalley, Kenneth (Cinnamon) Prudden, Melissa Crawford, Joshua J. Smalley, Christian V. (Danielle) Amey and Matthew J. (Lisa Tossey) Amey; 12 great grandchildren; brother, John (Betty) Smalley of Potterville; and a sister, Jo Ann Teichman of Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Smalley; and a sister, Bernadine Raines.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 2005 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Potterville United Methodist Church or Heartland Hospice.

 

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Eileen Anne Smith

 

   Eileen Anne Smith, 45, of Houston, Texas, died June 6, 2004. Eileen was born on July 10, 1958, in Eaton Rapids, MI and graduated as President of the Class of 1976. She was the daughter of Paul M. Smith, Eaton Rapids, and the late Kathryn (Southwell) O’Neal of Houston, Texas. After graduating form Michigan State University in 1980, she went to work for subsidiaries of FMC Technologies, Inc. as a purchasing manager in the oil industry. She excelled in her field and in 1987 was named Purchasing Manager of the Year by the Society of Purchasing Managers. She traveled internationally in her work and made friends wherever she went.

   Eileen is survived by her husband, Ahmed Al-Essa; three sisters, Susan (Douglas) Lilly of DeWitt, Julie (Scott) Stewart and Amy (Mark) Matthias of Houston; and a stepbrother Todd Smith, of Eaton Rapids; and special aunt, Martha Smith of Mt. Pleasant. She was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt with eight nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly and who will miss her. Her Scotty dog Max, also survives, as do countless friends in Michigan and Texas.

   Services were held June 11 in Houston. Educational trust funds have been established to benefit Eileen’s nieces and nephews, a memorial tree fund has been established at MSU (contract University Development) or person’s whishing may make a donation to the charity of choice in memory of Eileen.

 

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Gladys Rose Smith

 

   Gladys R. Smith, age 85, of Eaton Rapids died Friday, June 18, 2004 at a Lansing nursing home. Gladys was born September 22, 1918 in Lansing, one of nine children born to Edward R. Retzloff and Rose (Hoyt) Retzloff Meyers. Mrs. Smith enjoyed playing bingo and making crafts. Preceding her in death are her husband, Bernard W. Smith on May 2, 1994; grandchildren, Brent and JoDee Arras and her 8 brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are 7 children, Virginia (Fred) Tamblyn of Lansing, Sharline Stiles of Jackson, George (Pat) Smith of Jackson, Ronald (Joan) Smith of Florence, AL, Bonnie (Dean) Preston of Potterville, Vicki (Thomas) Ackley of Eaton Rapids and Pamela (Theodore) Reed of Eaton Rapids; 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in the Jones Cemetery in rural Jackson County. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

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Jessica J. Smith

 

   Jessica June (Day) Smith, 81, of Kalkaska, formerly of Charlotte, passed away June 26, 2004.

   Jessica was born Feb. 21, 1923 on a farm between Bellevue and Charlotte, the daughter of Anna and Arthur Day. She was the youngest of four sisters, Georgia, Louis, and Margaret.

   She and her husband Don raised a son and daughter in Charlotte before retiring to Baldwin, Mich. In 1974. Besides being a homemaker, she worked in the Sears-Roebuck catalog office and later drove a school bus for special education students.

   She is survived by a son Rockne Smith in Gibraltar, Mich., daughter Sheila Airola in Kalkaska, Mich., five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Don P. Smith.

   A memorial service was held at Burcham Hills Retirement Center in East Lansing, June 29.

 

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Ruby A. Smith

 

   Ruby A. Smith, 77, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004 at the Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility in Harbor Springs.

   Ms. Smith was born Feb. 24, 1927 in Charlotte, the daughter of Fred Eugene and Beatrice A. (Tripp) Raines. She was a housekeeper for Holiday Inn.

   She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Miranda Dickinson; sisters, Fern Hastings of Lansing and Maxine Olsen of Eaton Rapids, and brother. Harley Raines of Charlotte.

   She is survived by children, Annetta (Skip) Penix of Nashville, Kathy (Duane) Thompson of Charlotte, Kay (Doug) Babcock of Indian River; son, Joseph (Margie) Smith of Gaylord; sisters, Thelma Simons of Charlotte, Valerie Lass of Lansing; brother, John Raines of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Sept. 29 at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ruth I. Smith

 

   Ruth I. Smith, age 83, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, March 7, 2004. Ruth was born September 6, 1029 in Jackson County, the daughter of Ora and Nine (Adams) Furgason. Mrs. Smith was the former Secretary of Hoag & Sons Book Bindery in Springport and later worked for the Eaton Rapids Medical Clinic as a Billing Clerk. She was a member of the Griffith United Methodist Church and had frequented the Onondaga Senior Citizens luncheons and enjoyed bingo and cards and traveling. Preceding her in death are her husbands, Ivan Austin in 1960 and Forrest Smith in 1976.

   Surviving are her 2 daughters, Janice (Charlie) Bibler of Jackson, and Connie (James Peter) Plotts of Columbia, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, Douglas Peters, Cash Peters, Melissa Fowler, Amy Jenkins and Jason Clinkingbeard; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Doris (Dewaine) Beinz of Onondaga; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Springport Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home of Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be to the Griffith United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Ruth I. Smith.

 

Vicki M. Smith

 

   Vicki Marie Smith, 57, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004.

   Mrs. Smith was born July 25, 1947 in Lansing, the daughter of Fen and Elizabeth (McDonald) McCrimmon. She was a member of Chester Gospel Church, liked traveling and camping, and loved kids.

   She is survived by her husband, Phil Smith; brother, Michael (Susan) McCrimmon of Muskegon; sisters, Mary (Bob) Hamilton of Marion, Faye Charlene (Paul) Zionskowski of Kingsley, Frances (Tony) Maddox of Marion, Teresa (Ron) VanAssche of Evart, and Judy (John) Hatfield of Marion; several aunts and uncles, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 30, 2004 at Chester Gospel Church in Charlotte, with Pastors Marc Livingston and Barry Smith officiating. Burial was at Millerburg Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Chester Gospel Church, Sparrow Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Woodroe F. Smith

 

   Woodroe “Woodie” F. Smith, 87, passed away Aug. 20, 2004 after a lingering illness.

   Woodie was an Army veteran, serving in World War II. He retired from Ingham Regional Center in 1986, and was also an auctioneer in Eaton County. He enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his friends at Miller’s Restaurant.

   Surviving are his wife, Ethel; on e daughter and two grandsons; two stepdaughters and three stepsons; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was lovingly cared for by his wife, stepdaughter Dorothy Reeser, stepson Nick Reeser and stepson Brian (Vicki) Chaney, who remained by his side until the very end. Woodie also leaves behind two very special friends, Brian Niznak and Steve Rose; wonderful and caring neighbors, Pete and Lisa Wilson, Chuck and Maxine Robertson, and Bill and Marilyn Sweet. Thank you to his doctors, Bill Jordon and John Morlock, and heartfelt thanks for the tender loving care provided at Eaton Community Hospice Home in Charlotte, and Great Lakes Home Health Care for the loving care and assistance.

   Memorial services will be held Sunday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 5754 W. Toles Road., Eaton Rapids. Chaplain Craig Britton of Great Lakes Hospice will officiate the service at 1 p.m.

   For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2765 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813, in memory of Woodie Smith. Arrangements were by Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Russell L. Sparks

 

   Russell Lisle Sparks, 86, of Frankfort, Ind., died March 25, 2004 at Dove Health Care Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

   He was born April 11, 1917 in Lansing, the son of William Harrison and Ilza Elnora (McArthur) Sparks. He married Myrtle Irene Laverty on Nov. 6, 1937; she passed away July 5, 1999. Mr. Sparks was the owner of Sparks TV & Appliance, worked at Lewis Ford in sales from 1964 to 1982, and also manager Morris 5 & 10. He was a Center Township trustee from 1952 to 1960. He helped with the formation of the VFW and was club manager for two and a half years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946 and attended Woodside Christian and First Christian Church. Mr. Sparks was a member of Frankfort Lions, where he was president in 1978, and a member of the Moose Lodge since 1957, Delphos Ohio Masonic Lodge #214, American Legion and VFW.

   He is survived by three daughter, Janice (James) Reno of Frostproof, Fla., Suzanne Sparks of Frankfort, Ind., and Laurel Sparks of Lafayette, Ind.; three brothers, Robert (Hilda) Sparks of Holland, Gordon (Joann) Sparks of Frostproof, Fla., and Kenneth (Joyce) Sparks of Charlotte; one sister, Betty (Cecil) Sutfin of Frostproof, Fla.; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Sparks.

   Services were held March 31 at Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort, Ind., with Rev. Chuck Burgen officiating. Burial was at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Virginia L. Spicer

 

   Virginia Ida Spicer, 86, of Hastings, formerly of Vermontville, passed away Dec. 29, 2004 at Thornapple Manor Nursing Home, with her family by her side.

   She was born in Fort Collins, Colo., on Dec. 14, 1918, the daughter of Herman and Edith (Merrifield) Huffman. The family moved from Colorado to Grand Ledge when Virginia was 7 years old. She attended Oneida Center School and Grand Ledge Public Schools and was formerly employed by the furniture factory in Grand Ledge.

   Virginia married Albert D. Spicer on Feb. 2, 1940. Together they operated the family farm until his death in December of 1978. She had a passion for gardening, quilting and playing the piano, but her greatest passion was her family.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Albert, on Dec. 18, 1978; infant daughter, Josephine, in August of 1943; granddaughter, Virginia E. Spicer, in February of 1969; her parents; and a sister, Florence Koos, in February of 1994.

   Surviving are her sons, Lawrence of Charlotte, Carrol of Bellevue, Jim (Cathy) of Mason and Harold of Nashville; daughter, Beverly (Dieter) Kortman of Grand Rapids, Mary (Larry) Gattner of Charlotte, Delores (Alvah) Holmes of Eaton Rapids and Judy (Rick) Williams of Vermontville; 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Frances Spicer of Grand Ledge and Lavern Spicer of Lansing; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bill and Joyce Verhoeven of Eagle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

 

Dorothy J. Spring

 

   Dorothy J. Spring, 74, of Jackson, formerly of Springport, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2004 at Arbor Manor in Spring Arbor.

   She was born March 12, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, to R.C. and Helen (Crandall) Ackley. She married Leonard Spring; he preceded her in death in 1993. Dorothy was a homemaker and also a bookbinder for Hoag & Sons Book Binders in Springport for 10 years. She was a member of North Parma Women’s Club, North Parma Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, reading, history, crafts, fishing and especially her grandchildren.

   Survivors include her daughter, Connie (Steve Katz) Jusick of Jackson, Cindy (Jim) Heisler of Springport; sons, Jeff (Becky) Hughey of West Branch, Mike Hughey of Springport; sister, Joyce Miller of Olivet; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   Preceding her in death were her parents, and two brothers, Carson Ackley and Mike Ackley.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion, with Rev. Bob Doner officiating. Interment followed at Campbell Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

 

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David Springs

 

   David Bruce Springs, 68 of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at his residence. Mr. Springs was born March 13, 1936 in Corunna, the son of Hubert and Iscah (Swihart) Springs.

   He was a machinist at Aluminum Extrusions for 30 years and then retired from Franchino Mold and Engineering of Lansing in 1999. Among the great joys of his life were hunting, fishing gardening and playing euchre.

   He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bonnie (Bodell) Springs, children, Julee (William) Emenhiser of Sunfield, David (Brenda) Springs of Brooklyn, Michigan, Cliff Root of Charlotte, and Lisa (Gary) Hamilton of Olivet, 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and brother, Roy (Maxine) Springs of Corunna.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Horton Springs, who died in 1984.

   Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, May 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Tim Olson officiating. Interment will be in West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

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

 

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C. Donald Squires

 

   C. Donald Squires, 87, formerly of Bellevue, died Thursday, May 6, 2004 in Hartford.

   Don was born June 23, 1916 in Eaton Rapids, to Claude E. and Anna (Houseman) Squires. He married Virginia M. Day on Dec. 25, 1935 in LaGrange, Ind.; she survives. Don worked for Oliver Corp. in Battle Creek for 30 years and then moved on to John Bean Company in Lansing for 12 years. He loved fishing, hunting and outdoor sports and was affiliated with Odd Fellows Encampment.

   Don is survived by his wife, Virginia; son, Larry (Jeanne) Squires of Hartford; daughter, Bonnie Lee Hodges of Anderson, Ind.; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; half-brother, Richard Sylvester of Mendon; and half-sister, Wilhelmina “Billie” (Paul) Oly of Alma.

   Preceding him in death were brothers, Robert, Wayne and Kenneth Squires; half-sister’s, Dorothy Boatman and Bonnie Campbell, and half-brother, Peter Sylvester.

   Services were held May 10 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Don Francis of First Baptist Church of Bellevue officiating. Interment as at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Thelma I. Stadel

 

   Thelma Irene Stadel, 86, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004.

   Mrs. Stadel was born Feb. 21, 1918 in Charlotte, the daughter of Everett and Zoa (Swift) Barlond. She worked in quality control for Recordio and as a cook for Eaton County Farm in Charlotte. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, hardening and an active life.

   She is survived by son, Norman (Mary) Stadel of Bellevue; daughters, Ruth (Floyde) Walker of Charlotte and Linda (Dean) Clarke of Bellevue; 12 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Barlond of Vermontville; sister, Genevieve Treadwell of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

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

   Funeral services were held April 16 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Reta Stahl

 

   Reta Stahl, 76, of Albion passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born Oct. 18, 1927 in Charlotte to Frank L. and Beverly (Hedges) Bracy.

   She married Richard T. Stahl on Sept. 15, 1959. For 30 years, Reta worked for Dr. Spencer and for several years she was the owner and broker for John Sharp Real Estate. She was a member of Albion Rotary, E.L.T. Club, Chamber of Commerce, a former school board president, chairman of the Calhoun County Jury Board for 25 years, and a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed antiques and her family.

   She is survived by her husband, Richard, daughter Janine (Lynn) Stahl Brown of Albion, sons Tom (Kathryn Brautigan-Shedd) Stahl of Owendale, Eric (Denise) Stahl of Albion, and Jim (Betty) Stahl of Albion, sister, Bonnie Lofgren of Elk Rapids, and brothers, Robert Payne of Florida and Frank Bracey, Jr. of Three Rivers, as well as seven grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held June 5 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion with the Rev. Bill Steere officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the E.L.T. Club.

   Tiffaney Chavez, Ashley (Keith) Ross, L’lainah (Chris) Smith, Amanda (James Thompson) Fast, Christopher Eggleston, Daniel Fast, Nathan and Bethanny Bristol; one great grandchild, Bryce Ross; two brothers, Herman (Yvonne) Koos of Grand Ledge and Charles (Nikki) Koos of Charlotte, and two sisters, Betty Lou Zeigler and Melba Kohler, both of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held June 5 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte Pastor Robert Crouch officiating. Interment was in Center Eaton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Mary Staley

 

   Mary “Opal” Staley, 81, of Olivet, formerly of Albion, died May 18, 2004 at Tendercare of Marshall.

   Opal was born June 26, 1922 in Walnut Ridge, Ark., The daughter of Thomas and Virgie (Bell) Cypret. She married William Curtis Staley in 1939 in Dyess, Ark.; he preceded her in death on April 4, 2000. Opal came to Albion in 1944 and worked at Albion College for 17 years in housekeeping. She was also a resident of Duck Lake for over 20 years. Opal was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Albion and Charlotte, and a former member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Charlotte. Opal enjoyed gardening with her husband.

   Surviving are two sons, Curtis (Joyce) Staley of Coldwater and Donnie (Cheryl) Staley of Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters, Vicki (Tom) Browning of Olivet and Lynette Caldwell of Lansing; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; three sisters, Lola McClelland of Homer, Jean Rucker of Missouri and Oweda Few of Albion; and on brother, William Cypret of Sunset, Utah.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Cypret and Paul Cypret; two sisters, Sue Combs and Ann Devois; and two grandchildren, Tim Staley and Bobby Staley.

   Funeral services were held May 21 at the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with Pastor mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Albion Memory Gardens.

 

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Ron Standley

 

   Ron Standley, age 59, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday February 9, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. Ron was born September 7, 1944 in Pittsburg, KS. He attended the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, was a former member of the Capitol City Corvette Club, member and past president of the Eaton Rapids Lions Club and member of Eaton Rapids Athletic Boosters. Ron was an avid supporter of MSU Basketball and Hockey and a member of the MSU Blue Line Club. Most recently Ron was employed with the Eaton Rapids, Medical Center as Director of Information Systems. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Standley.

   Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Mary; 2 daughters, Kelly (Kim Wolbrink) Parks of Eaton Rapids, Kris (Tim) Hill of Brighton; 3 sons, Pat (Jennifer) Standley of Owosso, Mike Standley of Haslett, Andy Standley of Flint; 2 grandchildren, Travis and Emily Hill; mother, Betty Standley of NC; 2 brothers, Terry (Gloria) Standley of NC, Tim (Norma) Standley of Mason; 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 12, 2004, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Graveside services followed at the Lyon Lake Cemetery, Marshall. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation or the Eaton Rapids Lions Club (LCIF) in memory of Ron Standley.

 

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Donald W. Stanke

 

   Donald W. Stanke, 82, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004 in Charlotte.

   Don was born Jan. 10, 1922 in Reed City, the son of Walter and Erma (Tetslof) Stanke, and had been a Charlotte resident for 64 years. He was a World War II Army Infantry veteran, having served in Rhineland and Central Europe, earning two Bronze Stars. Don was a life member of the VFW. He had been employed at the former Aluminum Extrusions Inc. and was a truck driver for Graybell Truck Lines, from where he retired. He was married to Della M. (Fisher) Stanke on Dec. 18, 1941; she preceded him in death on April 18, 2004.

   Surviving are three daughters, Sandi (David) Dickerman of Everett, Wash., Suzanne (James) Marry of Stanwood, and Suzette (Rod) Weaver of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; special friend, Dorothy Stobert of Ionia; sister, Delores (Ron) Brown of Whittier, Calif.; and his faithful dog, Chico.

   Graveside services and interment were held Nov. 3 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Merle D. Stanke

 

   Merle David Stanke, 82, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2004 in Lansing.

   Mr. Stanke was born Oct. 10, 1921 in Hallsboro, N.C., the son of Carl and Mary Stanke. He was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Charlotte, the Three Fires Flint Lock Gun Club, MUCC, Eaton Rapids, Conservation Club, and was a retiree from UAW Local 602. He proudly served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater and was a member of the VFW Post #4090 of Portland. Merle was also a member of the Two Cylinder Club of Mulliken and was past vice president on the Keefer-Olmstead Cemetery Board.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elsie; sister, Fanny; and several half-sisters and brothers. Surviving are his children, Dennis (Alice) Stanke of Portland and Karl Stanke of Charlotte; grandchildren, Abrum (Jenny) Stanke and Chris Proctor, both of Portland; great grandchildren, Shelby and Daniel Stanke, both of Portland; several nieces and nephews and many good friends.

   Funeral services were held April 5 at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home in Portland, with Rev. Richard Garn officiating. Military honors were provided by VFW Post #4090 at Keefer-Olmstead Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in memory of Mr. Stanke.

 

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Dorothy M. Stegenga

 

   Dorothy M. Stegenga, 80, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Stegenga was born June 11, 1924 in St. Charles, Mich., the daughter of Walter and Cora (Gould) Sanderson. She received her nursing degree from St. Mary School of Nursing and worked at Hayes Green Beach Hospital for over 30 years. She loved gardening, horses and playing Yahtzee.

   She is survived by her husband, Richard; her children, Charles (Margaret) Stegenga of California, Katherine Nagengast of Charlotte, James Stegenga of Bellevue, Mary Stegenga of Charlotte and Sally (Joe) Latta of Florida; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and brother, Ralph Sanderson of California.

   She was preceded in death by brothers, Roy, Howard and Lawrence; sister, Marjorie Sanderson; and son-in-law, Marty Nagengast.

   A funeral mass was held July 9 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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John (Herb) Stemler

 

   John Stemler, 90, of Portland/Lyons, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2004 at his daughter’s home in Arizona.

   He was born Feb. 15, 1914. John married Edith in 1941 and they had their 63rd wedding anniversary June 12. John served in the Army and was in the Pacific during World War II. He was a machinist at John Bean (FMC) Corp. in Lansing and retired from there. Afterward he worked for Meijer Inc. in the pet and garden department. His hobbies included organic strawberry farming, woodworking, woodcutting and brisk daily walks. He also enjoyed singing, reading, and writing poetry. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Portland and will be remembered for his great sense of humor and love of life.

   He was preceded in death by his brother and sister, Kenneth Stemler, Dorothy White, Vera Eastman and Margaret Shortz, and his granddaughter, Amanda.

   He is survived by his wife, Edith; children, Carole Mckay, Dan Stemler, Jeanette (Robert) Ragen, Sue (Pat) Dickson, Terry (Patrice) Stemler and Walt (Sheila) Stemler; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chaple, Sunfield, with Rev. Chris James of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Interment followed at Danby Cemetery.

   Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home of Sunfield. For more information, visit www.legacy.com.

 

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Donald M. Stewart

 

   Donald Mazrine (M) Stewart, 83, of Charlotte, died July 10, 2004.

   Mr. Stewart was born Sept. 6, 1920 in Vandergrift, Pa., the son of John and Helen (Chapman) Stewart. He graduated in 1938 from Vandergrift High School and served in the Army in the European Theatre during World War II. He worked for A & P in Vandergrift for 40 years as its produce manager. He was a member and former treasurer, Sunday school superintendent and teacher of the Highland Free Methodist Church in Natrona Heights, Pa.

   He is survived by son, Donald (Vicki) Stewart of Florence, S.C.; daughters, Lanette (Frank) Peiffer of Ottsville, Pa., and Sheryl (Dennis) DeMond of Charlotte; sisters, Margy Fleming of Greensburg, Pa., and Nancy (Bill) Buchholtz, of Apollo, Pa.; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, in December 2003.

   Funeral services were held July 14 at Highland Free Methodist Church in Natrona Heights, Pa., with Rev. Michael Campbell officiating. Interment was at Mount Airy Cemetery in Natrona Heights, Pa.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Dimondale Center Activities Dept., 500 N. Michigan Road, Dimondale, MI 48821. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral home, Inc., Charlotte.

 

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Jimmy L. Stewart

 

   Jimmy Lee Stewart, 69, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Mr. Stewart was born Sept. 1, 1934 in Dayton, Tenn., the son of James and Gladys (Dotson) Stewart. He was a crane operator at General Motors until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post #42, and the Holy Roller bowling league, and other Char Lanes leagues in his earlier years. Mr. Stewart loved gardening, hunting, fishing and afternoons on his pontoon boat at Thornapple Lake. He was very proud of his cooking and loved to have people enjoy his food.

   He is survived by daughters, Karla (Randy) Hettinger 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 grandkids and six great grandkids; brothers, William (Lorena) Stewart and Emmett “Dewey” (Elaine) Stewart, both of Battle Creek; sisters, Margaret (Jerry) Lashley of Charlotte, Martha (Jack) Shay of Hastings and Margie (Don) Dunn of Cadillac. He was preceded in death by son Jay Stewart in 1995, and wife Wanda Stewart in 2003.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jensen officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Wendell R. Stine

 

   Wendell R. Stine, 68, of Bellevue, died Saturday, March 6, 2004 at home.

   He was born April 26, 1935 at home in Assyria Township, to David and Eunice (Pitt) Stine. After a variety of jobs, in 1957 he decided to enter the ministry. At this juncture he moved to Texas where he attended Texas Wesleyan College in Ft. Worth. In 1959 he began serving as a student pastor in the Central Texas Conference of the Methodist Church. In 1965 he earned a master of divinity at Garrett Evangelical Seminary. In 1968 he was transferred to the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church and served as pastor in Saugatuck, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Rockford, Grand Rapids and Wayland for 36 years.

   From a marriage with Marilyn Eccles in December 1956, four children were born and survive; Cynthia (Garry) Human of Crown Point, Ind., David Stine of Kalamazoo, Wendell Stine Jr. of Wonder Lake, Ill. And Bellevue, and Rebecca (Russell) Taylor of Parchment. The marriage ended in divorce.

   In June 1977 he married Jean McDonald Deal; she survives. Also surviving are stepchildren, Rebecca (James) Culver of Grand Rapids, Heather Deal of Vancouver, British Columbia and Deborah (David) Berndt of Grand Rapids; 15 grandchildren and a new granddaughter have enhanced the family circle.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Stine, and is survived by brothers Gordon and Art Stine.

   Wendell enjoyed animals, farming, travel and politics. In his professional work he especially enjoyed peace education in urban ministries. He spent 19 years in inner-city parishes.

   Memorial service was held March 10 at Bellevue United Methodist Church.

   Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International through the Bellevue United Methodist Church.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wilma H. Story

 

   Wilma H. Story, 97, of Hastings, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004 at Woodlawn Meadows in Hastings.

   Mrs. Story was born Sept. 19, 1907 in Barry County, the daughter of William and Anna (Davis) Knickerbocker. She was raised in the Hastings area and attended Hastings schools, graduating in 1926 from Hastings High School. She was married to Lyle C. Story on June 25, 1926 in Alto. They lived in Hastings, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, returning to Hastings in 1937. Mrs. Story was employed as a bookkeeper for the former Mark’s Stores in Hastings, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo for 29 years. She was also employed as a bookkeeper for State Farm Insurance Co. in Hastings for several years before her retirement. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Hannah Ruth Circle of the church, a long-time chairwoman of the church’s annual rummage sale, a long-time volunteer at Pennock Hospital, a Thornapple Garden Club and a member of the BPW Association in Hastings.

   Mrs. Story is survived by a son, Gordon Story of Charlotte; daughter, Joann (Ray) Miller of Hastings; six grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, on Feb. 4, 1989; sisters, Mildred Benner and Alice Benner; and daughter-in-law, Dolores Story, affectionately known at “Pooie”.

   Services were held Nov. 29 at Wren Funeral Home in Hastings, with Rev. Dr. C. Jeffrey Garrison and Pastor Emeritus Willard Curtis officiating. Interment was at Hastings Riverside Cemetery. Honorary casket bearers were: Seth Sherman, Tyler Sherman, Justin Story, Jared Jones, William Renner, Scott Renner and Thomas Renner.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.wren-funeral-home.com.

 

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Charles F. Sweet Jr.

 

   Charles Frederick “Charlie” Sweet Jr., 63, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Sweet, also known as “Sandbagger” by his friends, was born Nov. 21, 1940 in Bath, the son of Charles and Mary Katherine (Thompson) Sweet. He was the owner and driver for Sweet’s Trucking. Everyone who knew Charlie lived him for his great sense of humor and friendly personality. He shared his kind and caring side to many throughout his years and was always there to help friends and anyone who was in need. He started his trucking career in California and finally settled in Michigan, working for Spartan Asphalt for over 30 years. He had a passion for old cars and collecting, and a talent for painting and drawing. Charlie seldom missed a NASCAR race and even did his own racing in his younger days. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and good buddies. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie 3552 of Charlotte, the Loyal Order of Moose of Charlotte, Blues Brothers Car Club of Charlotte, Cal-Rods of SanGabrielle, Calif., and the Mid-Michigan Street Rod Association of DeWitt.

   He is survived by his wife, Donna (Wester) Sweet; children, Terri (Manuel) Catano of Bay City, Tina (Brandon) Bunker, Thomas Sweet and Connie Sweet, all of Potterville; son-in-law, Richard Kesson of Lansing; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren; brothers, William (Marilyn) Sweet of Eaton Rapids, Doug Sweet of Perry; sister, Nan Palmer of California and sister-in-law Jackie Sweet of Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tamera Kesson, and a brother, Jeff Sweet.

   Funeral services were held June 14 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing.

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

 

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Charles Lawton Swan

 

   C. Lawton Swan, age 81, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, January 26, 2004 at a Lansing hospital. Born June 19, 1922 on a farm ½ mile from where he lived his entire life. He was the son of Dorr Dean and Irene Margaret (Williams) Swan. Lawton was a life-long cattle farmer and loved his horses, dogs and hunting. A graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School class of 1940, an active member of the 4-H, Life member of the F. & A.M. Lodge #439 Brookfield, Life member of the O.E.S. #352 Brookfield and a member of the Leslie R.A.M. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (McKessy); son, L. Charles Swan; sister, Cleo Keehne and step grandson, Michael J. Reid.

   Surviving are his son, Dennis (Kathi) Swan of Eaton Rapids; step granddaughter, Angie (Keith) Morrison of Eaton Rapids and step granddaughter-in-law, Rebecca Reid; 4 step-great-grandchildren, Donald R. Bailey, Shawna M. Bailey, James D. Morrison and Thomas M. Reid and many great friends.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink, officiating. A Masonic memorial service was conducted by the Brookfield Lodge #439 F. & A.M. in conjunction with the funeral. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton rapids. Pallbearers were William Hass, Michael Foster, Robert Siegrist, Matthew Miller, Keith Morrison, Gene Peters, Josh Foster, and Mike Lyons. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the Brookfield Masonic Lodge in memory of C. Lawton Swan.

 

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Willis “Bill” Carl Swift

 

   Willis “Bill” C. Swift, age 74, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 3, 2004 at a Lansing hospital. Bill was born June 27, 1930 in Bellevue, one of 11 children born to Len and Mable (Miles) Swift. Mr. Swift had retired in 1985 from the Department of Transportation for the State of Michigan and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by brothers, Alonzo, Boyd and Richard.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Laura; 4 children, Lynn Swift of Littleton, CO, Nancy (Charles) Allen of Eaton Rapids, Lon (Janice) Swift of Baraga, MI and Luann (Gary) Williams of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, John (Marlene) Swift of Reed City, Big (Linda) Swift of Irons, MI; 4 sisters, Gen Funk of FL, Ruby Menta of FL, Ann (Lawrence) Thomson of Vermontville, Edna (Harry) Vozar of FL and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

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Jobita Tamez

 

   Jobita Tamez, 75, of Charlotte, died Monday, July 5, 2004 at her residence.

   Mrs. Tamez was born Feb. 10, 1929 in New Braunsville, Texas, the daughter of Reyes and Maclovia (Landin) Rodriguez. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by children, Mary Fisher of Lansing, Irene (David) Campbell of Marshall, Irma (Chris) Guerra of Lansing, Ilda (Stephen) Tamez-Williams of Holt, Michael I.R. Tamez Jr. of Wayland, and Melody White of Charlotte; 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sister, Juanita Wells of Florida; brothers, Tony Rodriguez of Charlotte and Chemo Rodriguez of Okemos.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Israel Tamez in 1995; brother, Rod Rodriguez in 2004; brother-in-law, Doug Wells; and nephew, David Wells.

   A funeral mass was held July 8 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   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.

 

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C. Brad Taylor

 

   C. Brad Taylor died at home Sunday, March 21, 2004 in Glendale, Ariz.

   Brad was born Aug. 30, 1952. He was formerly from Charlotte and graduated with the Charlotte High School class of 1970.

   Surviving are his mother, Chris Taylor of Charlotte; father, Don Taylor of Florida; brothers, Steve (Kristy) Taylor of Olivet, Jerry (Joann) Taylor and Stu (Joyce) Taylor, both of Charlotte; three nieces, two nephews, two great nieces and three great nephews.

   After cremation, memorial services were held at Chapel of the Chimes in Glendale, Ariz.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte City Hall (Bennett Memorial Park Fund) in memory of Brad Taylor. A park bench will be placed in the memorial tree garden in Brad’s name.

 

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Donald LaRue Taylor

 

   Donald LaRue Taylor, 79, of Charlotte and Saint Cloud, Fla., passed away Sept. 26, 2004 at the backside of Hurricane Jeanne.

   Donald was born I Charlotte on Dec. 25, 1924. He worked many years as a self-employed milk hauler, owned Yankee Supply Company, drove a bus for Charlotte Public Schools and later worked as a corrections officer for the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department, from where he retired.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bernice Taylor; his brother and best friend, James R. Taylor; and son, C. Brad Taylor.

   Donald is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Laura (Hamilton); sister, Joyce (Robert) Zona of Eaton Rapids; brother, Allan of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; sister-in-law, Margene Taylor of Normal, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Elsa of Glendale, Ariz.; three sons, Steven (Kristy) of Olivet, Gerald (Joanne) and Stewart (Joyce) of Charlotte; three daughters, Robbin (Robert) Jones of Rives Junction, Lorie (Bryan) Fliegel of West Virginia, and Lisa Coffey of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren, Kathy, Terri, Troy, Nikki, Zebulon, Natalie, Caleb, Tobias, Zachary, Jordan, Laura, Ben and Jonathan; five great grandchildren.

   Don enjoyed his life with Laura’s family and told almost anyone he talked to that it was the best thing that ever happened to him; he was always happy being a part of the Hamilton Clan. He spent a great deal of time with his brothers-in-law, Russ, Ron and Clyde, who were by his side at the time of his death, along with his wife. He enjoyed spending his spare time cutting wood with his grandsons and sons and enjoyed the beauty of nature. He would look out the windows in his winter home in Florida and be amazed at the beauty of the clouds and blue of the sky. Donald was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Charlotte, served 10 years as an elder, was active in Bible studies and attended Grace Lutheran in Saint Cloud until his health failed him.

   A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at First Lutheran Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Lutheran Church Building Fund, 550 E. Shepherd St., Charlotte, MI 48813; or Starr Commonwealth, 13725 26 Mile Road, Albion, MI 49224-9910. Local arrangements are by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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James A. Tebo

 

   James A. Tebo, age 72, of Hastings, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 at Tendercare in Hastings.

   Mr. Tebo was born Jan. 26, 1931 in Plymouth, the son of James and Zerepha Winkler.

   James was raised in the Plymouth area and attended area schools there. On July 15, 1977 in Woodland, he married Bonnie Courtney.

   The couple spent most of their married lives together in Florida, but relocated to the Charlton Park area seven years ago to be closer to family.

   Mr. Tebo enjoyed deer hunting and doing carpentry projects around the couple’s home.

   He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Bonnie; five daughters, Jean, Janet, Julie, Sheila and Debbie; two stepsons, Michael and Christopher; stepdaughter, Kimberly; two brothers, Donald and Larry; two sisters, Marilyn and Beverly; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cheryl; and a grandson, Charles.

   Cremation has taken place and the family is planning a private memorial service in his honor.

   Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home of Nashville.

 

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Virginia M. Tenney

 

   Virginia Marie (Hunter) (Anthony) (Epler) Tenney, formerly of Battle Creek, moved to Geneva, Ala., in 1985. She was born March 17, 1933 in Battle Creek, to Earl and Lodema (Baldwin) Hunter. She passed away Sunday, Dec. 12 after a brief illness.

   She married Elwin (Gene) Epler April 15, 1967. Her home church was Harris Chapel in Gritney, Fla. She enjoyed taking people to doctors, hospitals, grocery stores and shopping, helping through grieving times and traveling. She also loved to dance, and spend time with her friends and loved ones, always greeting them with a big hug and kiss – and she never failed to say, “I love you” to any of them.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Carry Loren Anthony, in Germany in 1977, followed closely by her father. Also, her husband Elwin (Gene) Epler, her mother Lodema, a sister Janet (Hunter) Weaver, and her very special friend Roy Legear in 2000.

   Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Anthony) Waling and husband Lloyd of Kalamazoo, Christy (Anthony) Rose and husband Ellery of Battle Creek; two sons, William (Bill) Anthony and wife Alene of Tennessee, and Dennis Anthony and wife Cece of Geneva, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Dustin Waling and Brandy (Waling) Nelson, Ginger (Rose) Bonney and Ellery Rose, Billy Anthony and Katie (Anthony) Norris, Stephannie (Airhart) Howard and Nichole Airhart, Olivia Anthony, and Nicole Thoma, and eight great grandchildren with two more on the way. Also surviving are three sisters, Irene Riley of Arkansas, Jeanie Wells and husband Bob of Indiana, Brenda Epler and husband Kerry of Arkansas; two brothers, Norman Hunter and wife Susie of Battle Creek, and Kent Hunter of Washington state, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Dec. 17 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Art Salsbury officiating. Burial was at West Penfield Cemetery in Battle Creek.

 

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Lillian Teubert

 

   A precious heart stopped beating and busy hands stopped working Jan. 30, 2004 at Eaton County Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Lillian Ruth Teubert, age 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior. She was born the third child to Richard and Phoebe Hamilton on March 17, 1914 in Hillsdale County. On April 2, 1931, Miss Lillian married Edward Teubert in Hillsdale. They were married 55 years until his death May 14, 1986. Ed and Lillian had five children. For many years Lillian was a “World War Mother”, making countless pies and dinners for veterans. She was a member of Allen United Methodist Church. Lillian always kept a beautiful lawn and flower gardens and was once honored by the Hillsdale Daily News for the most beautiful yard in Hillsdale County. Lillian was always available to anyone who needed her. She took the best care and dearly loved every grandchild, doting over each one and making each feel like they were her “special” one.

   Mrs. Teubert was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Harriet Ruth; a son, Larry Teubert; her parents; four brothers, Kenneth, Bill, Paul and Dick Hamilton; two sisters, Anna Daglow and Dorothy Thomas.

   Surviving are children, Ed Jr. (Phyllis) Teubert of Allen, Charlotte Ann (Charlie) Barnes of Bellevue, Mary Jane (Alan) Durham of Charlotte and Carole Jean Teubert of Allen; 16 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren; sisters, Ethyl Blatchley of Jonesville and Kitty Quigley of Tecumseh; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at Allen United Methodist Church, with Pastor Craig Pahl officiating. Interment followed at Sunset View Cemetery in Jonesville.

   Those desiring may donate to the Eaton County Hospice House or Allen United Methodist Church. To send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.

 

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Essie M. Thompson

 

   Essie M. Thompson, 86, of Lansing, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004.

   Mrs. Thompson was born May 13, 1918 in Morgantown, Ky., the daughter of Henry and Inez (Allen) Bratcher. When World War II broke out, Essie worked making propellers for U.S. fighter planes. She later worked at Leon’s Catering Service and was also a health care provider for many years. She enjoyed making porcelain dolls from start to the finishing touches of dressing the dolls.

   She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy (Ralph) Moore of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren; sister, Mary McKinnon of Indiana; and two brothers, George E. (and companion, Pat) Bratcher and Chester (Lois) Bratcher, both of Kentucky.

   She was preceded in death by husband William (Roy) Thompson in 1977, daughters Betty in 1971 and Margie in 1975, and sister Mable Bridwell.

   A Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 14 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lansing, with Rev. Fr. John Byers officiating. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt.

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

 

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Howard E. Thompson

 

   Howard E. Thompson, 82, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Howard was born June 26, 1922 in Benton Township, Eaton County, the son of Joy and Katie Mae (Upright) Thompson and was a life resident of Eaton County, except for three years and four months served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Eaton Area Senior Center and Greenwalt-Flaherty Post #42 American Legion.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Pauline (Baas) Thompson; six children, Terry (Gary) Collier of Hope Mills, N.C., Edith (Bob) Mertens of Coleman, Dean (Marcia) Thompson of Caledonia, Dale (JoNesta) Thompson of Charlotte, Donna (Mark) Morgan of Bonaparte, Iowa, and James (M. Sue) Thompson of Cedar Springs; 17 grandchildren and five great grandsons; and three sisters, Pauline Grier of Chassell, Mildred Sherman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Rosalie (Tom) Nitzche of DeWitt.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Erica Dawn Thompson, brother Ivan Thompson and sister Dorene Kinnee.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Leslie E. Thompson

 

   Leslie Thompson, 77, of Pikeville, Tenn., formerly of Nashville, Mich., died July 1, 2004.

   Leslie was born in 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years, where he learned the skilled trade of pipefitter. Leslie was a hard worker for his family and enjoyed the outdoors, old western movies and cribbage, among other interests. One of the most treasured memories is of the long journey he made to Michigan in early June of 2004 to visit his children one last time.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Nanny Thompson; his wife of 38 years, June C. Thompson; sisters, Bernice, Nat and Jerry; and a brother, Bill.

   Surviving are his wife, Wanda Thompson; sons, Greg (Jean) Thompson and Brad (Beth) Thompson; daughters, Carol Baker, Nancy (Steven) Strong and Kellie (Ken) Criscoe; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

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V. Lucille Thompson

 

   V. Lucille “Lou” Thompson, 74, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004.

   Mrs. Thompson was born Feb. 28, 1930 in Dresden, Tenn., the daughter of Willie Franklin and Dessie Pearl (Bolton) Dilday.

   She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Billie Lyle Thompson; daughters, Barbara (Ray) Fountain of Lansing, Sherry (Gene) Spitz of Charlotte, and Cathy (Ken) Jones of Eaton Rapids; son, Steven (Sandy) Thompson of Battle Creek; sisters, Hazel Ward of Lansing and Bonnell Crabtree of Denver, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Charles Bolinger officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery, Eaton Township.

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

 

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Arlouene M. Treadwell

 

   Mrs. Arlouene Marie (Furu) Treadwell, 84, of Olivet, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004.

   Mrs. Treadwell was born Nov. 14, 1919 in Detroit, the daughter of a Norwegian immigrant, the late Haakon Furu and the late Bessie (Gleason) Furu. She was a faithful member of Lee Center United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities over the years. She was also a member of the Olivet College Women’s Board. Mrs. Treadwell was a Hayes Green Beach Hospital Red Cross volunteer and an avid bridge player. She was married to Sterling Treadwell in 1938 and together they cared for Sterling’s parents in their tidy farmhouse, along with raising two children, Rosalie and Lawrence. She truly enjoyed her role as grandmother and great grandmother to her grandchildren and many others. Arlouene was a trusted neighbor who could be counted on to lend a hand to those in need.

   She is survived by her husband, Sterling Treadwell; daughter, Rosalie (Leonard) Eishen of Sturgis; son, Lawrence Treadwell and fiancé Karen Strickland of East Lansing; two sisters, Julie (Don) Rush and Dorothy (Richard) Nichols both of Ft. Myers, Fla.; brother, Eric (Joyce) Furu of Marshall; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and three step great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley and brothers Wardhal and Donald.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Diane Stone officiating. Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery in Lee Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lee Center United Methodist Church or Eaton Community Hospice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Zahn B. Tuckey Jr.

 

   Zahn B. Tuckey Jr., 77, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Battle Creek and Charlotte, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 at his residence.

   Mr. Tuckey was born March 31, 1927, the son of Zahn B. Sr. and Violet Jean (Metternick) Tuckey. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II, serving in the Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees). He worked as an engineer for Michigan Bell Telephone until his retirement and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Haines City.

   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rachel J. Tuckey; sons, Joel (Kathleen) Tuckey of Encinitas, Calif., Kevin (Nancy) Tuckey of Jackson, and Philip (Stacey) Tuckey of Carrsville, Va.; four grandchildren; and sister, Mary Tuckey of Lansing.

   Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 104 Scenic Hwy., Haines City, Fla.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 104 Scenic Hwy., Haines City, FL 33844.

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

 

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William C. Tullis

 

   William C. Tullis, 88, of Bethany Place, formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, May 7, 2004 at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio.

   Mr. Tullis was born Jan. 13, 1916 in Charlotte, to the late Clemons and Hettie (Parrot) Tullis. He graduated from Charlotte High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, with many decorations awarded to him, including the Silver Star, Distinguished Unit Citation and Distinguished Service Cross. William worked for many years for the Burroughs corporate headquarters in Plymouth, working with computers and adding machines. He had also worked in real estate for Century 21 for many years. On March 9, 1946 he married Elisabeth Morris at Camp Robinson, Ark.; she survives in Fremont, Ohio.

   Also surviving are sons, Larry Tullis of Fremont, Ohio, and John Tullis of Michigan; grandsons, Christopher and Joshua Tullis, both of Fremont, Ohio; nieces, Suzanne Young of Holt, Cindy Meyers of Michigan; nephew, Greg Tullis of Michigan.

   He was preceded in death by sisters, Isabelle Cook, Cynthia Schroth, Florence Boo, Clemy Brown; and brothers, Max and Watson Tullis.

   William was a previous member of the Charlotte Elks, Old Timers Club of Plymouth, Annapolis Hospital Board in Wayne, Garden City School Board, treasurer of Garden City Presbyterian Church and coached Little League baseball in Garden City. He loved to golf and bowl, and enjoyed baseball.

   Memorial services were held May 13 at Bethany Place Dining Room in Fremont, Ohio, with military rites performed by the Premont (Ohio) American Legion and VFW. Burial will be held at a later date at Ft. Custer Cemetery in Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Fremont, Ohio.

 

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Agatha Mae Turner

 

   Agatha Mae Turner, Eaton Rapids, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Sun day, February 22, 2004. She was born in Eaton Rapids on January 17, 1941. Agatha was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte, was formerly employed with Sparrow Hospital in the Admitting Department and retired from the State of Michigan in 1998 after 18 years of service.

   Preceded in death by her father, Basel Steele, in 1987, she is survived by her husband of 44 years, William J.; 1 daughter, Tammie (Mike) Newhouse of Middleville; 2 sons, Tim (Stephanie) turner of Texas, Tom (Kelly) Turner of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Justin & Ian Turner, Samantha Turner, Matthew Newhouse; mother, Marvelmae Steele of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Daryl (Loretta) Steele and Bernard (Gale) Steele, both of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. with interment to follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. There will be a time to visit with her family on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1-3 & 6-8 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Agatha Turner.

 

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R.D. Twitchell

 

   R.D. Twitchell, 87, of Dimondale, died Sunday morning, Feb. 15, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte, fighting a long and courageous battle with a debilitating illness.

   Mr. Twitchell was born Oct. 13, 1916, living his entire life in Windsor Township. R.D. enjoyed his family and friends, was an avid MSU hockey fan and spent many happy hours fishing at his cottage near Gladwin. R.D. was a farmer, Fisher Body employee and retired from the state of Michigan Department of Management and Budget. He also had time for membership in Eaton County Farm Bureau, Forget-Me-Not Club and was a leader of the Windsor Winners 4-H Club. He will be remembered for his blasé sense of humor.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Harriett (Serrels) Twitchell; and brothers, Malcolm and Robert Twitchell. Surviving is his wife and caregiver, Helen (Sally) Twitchell, whom he married Feb. 16, 1939 and with whom he was planning to celebrate their 65th anniversary. Also surviving are his daughter, Roxanna (Ramon) Gidner of Kalamazoo; son, Roger (Jennie) Twitchell of Lansing; five grandchildren, Cathy (David) Worthington of Olivet, Rodney (Lorinda) Gidner of Charlotte, Cindy (Robert) Martell of Illinois, Wayne (Raven) Twitchell of Iowa, Janine (David) Eastman of Dimondale; 10 great grandchildren, Tristan, Hannah and Emma Twitchell, Nicholas and Derek Worthington, Cameron and J.T. Martell, Craig Gidner, William and Elizabeth Eastman; brother, Paul Twitchell of California; sisters-in-law, Doris Twitchell of Lansing, Mary Twitchell of Eagle; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Mosher of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Feb. 18 at Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale, with Pastor David Braak officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 825 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912; or Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Frances C. Uhl

 

   Frances “Fran” C. Uhl, 86, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, March 9, 2004.

   Mrs. Uhl was born Feb. 26, 1918 in Charlotte, the daughter of John and Letia (Clevers) Myers.

   She is survived by son, Larry of Cloverdale; son-in-law, Ed Williams of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Pat Uhl of Lansing; five grandchildren and several great grandchildren; brother, John Myers Jr. of Olivet; and sister, Beverly Cole of Springport.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Uhl in 1993, daughter Charlene S. Williams in 2001, and son Charles R. Uhl, Jr. in 1975.

   There are no services planned at this time.

   If desired, 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.

 

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Kenneth C. Uhl

 

   Kenneth C. Uhl, 59, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, May 24, 2004 at his residence.

   Ken was born Aug. 30, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of L.J. and Myrtle (Howard) Uhl. He was currently employed as a concrete finisher for Kessler Concrete Construction Co. in Lansing. Ken enjoyed fishing, liked to collect gadgets, was a NASCAR fan and like to “kid around”.

   Surviving are his partner in life, Carroll Bailey of Lansing; one son, Kenneth Uhl Jr. of Detroit; one stepson, Heath Miller with the U.S. Army in Iraq; one stepdaughter, Tara Bailey of Kalamazoo; two brothers, Larey (Diana) McConnell and Al McConnell, both of Marshall; and special friends, Ted and Mary Harte and family, Kiz and Mark Kessler, and Jim and Sharon Childs.

   Funeral services were held May 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

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Ion C. Upright

 

   Ion C. Upright, age 97, of Charlotte and Punta Gorda, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 at his residence in Punta Gorda.

   Ion was born Aug. 3, 1906 in Benton Township, Eaton County, the son of Ray and Maude (Tidd) Upright and was a lifelong resident of Benton Township. He was a lifelong farmer and a former Benton Township trustee, having served that position for 17 years.

   Surviving are his wife, Leona (Lempke) Upright; one son, Paul (Sharon) Upright of Charlotte; two grandsons, Scott Upright of Marlette and James (Cindy) Upright of Charlotte; five great grandsons, Jacob Ion Upright, Christopher Jay Upright, Garrett James Upright, Mitchell Lee Upright and Harrison Jon Upright; and one brother, Carroll Upright of Arizona.

   At Mr. Upright’s request, cremation has taken place, with private family services to be held at a later date.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Leona L. Upright

 

   Leona L. (Lempke) Upright, 92, of Charlotte, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004.

   Mrs. Upright was born Feb. 7, 1912 in Imlay City, the daughter of William and Sarah (Ennis) Lempke. She graduated from Imlay City High School in 1929, received a teaching certificate from Lapeer County Normal and in 1943 received a bachelor of science from Eastern Michigan University. Leona taught rural schools for five years and taught 18 years for Lansing schools, including Main Street and Verlinden schools.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ion Upright; her father, William Lempke; mother, Sarah (Ennis) Lempke; and sister, Velma Lempke.

   Leona was loved deeply and survived by her grandson, James (Cindy) Upright and her five great grandsons, Jacob Ion, Christopher Guy, Garrett James, Mitchell Lee and Harrison Jon of Charlotte; cousins, Michael (Kathleen) Ennis and their three children, Jacob, Allie and Joshua of Flint. Leona will also be missed by many other family members and friends.

   At her request, cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will take place.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Dewain J. Vallie Sr.

 

   Dewain Joseph Vallie Sr., 69, of Olivet, died Aug. 20, 2004 at home.

   Dewain was born April 13, 1935 to Willard and Virginia (Pilon) Vallie in Ecorse. He graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in River Rouge and attended Henry Ford Community College. He worked as an electrical supervisor for Great Lakes Steel, a division of National Steel in Ecorse. He retired in 1984 and operated Sherwood Forest in Olivet from 1984 to 1996. Dewain was the Sacristan at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, a former member of the Knights of Columbus in River Rouge and a current member of St. Mary’s Council in Charlotte, and was active in Walton Township government. He also enjoyed woodworking and working with his hands.

   Dewain married Eleanor Jobin on May 15, 1954; she survives. Also surviving is son, Dewain Vallie Jr. of Olivet; daughter, Mary Jo Warner of Green Forest, Ark.; two grandson, Joshua and Jared Warner, and “Papa” to Tori Griffin of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; brothers, Edward (Linda) Vallie of St. Peters, Mo., Thomas (Suzanne) Vallie of Manchester, Robert (Ruth) Vallie of River Rouge, and Elmer Vallie of Florida.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and five brothers.

   Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 24 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. William Koenigsknect officiating. Interment was at Franklin Cemetery, Franklin.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Borgess Spiritual Care or Borgess/Bronson Hospitality House. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Donald R. VanAlstine

 

   Donald Roy VanAlstine, age 86, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Mr. VanAlstine was born Dec. 1, 1917 in Grand Ledge, the son of Carl E. and Bernice (Thompson) VanAlstine. He was employed by Motor Wheel as a millwright until his retirement. He was a member of Moose Ledge, Eagles and Loners on Wheels.

   He is survived by his four daughters, Jeannette Bruce, Elizabeth Gullett, Olive Kennedy and Mary (Rocky) Marsh; seven sons, Keith (Julie) VanAlstine, Leonard (Vicky) VanAlstine, Ernest (Vicky) VanAlstine, Stewart (Karen) VanAlstine, John (Jodi) VanAlstine and Phillip VanAlstine; brothers, Albert VanAlstine, Bill VanAlstine and Ken VanAlstine; sister, Wanda (Louis) Marcellus; 26 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis VanAlstine in 1977 and son Jerrold VanAlstine in 1958. Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Fred Geobert officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Gay Vance

 

   Gay Vance, 72, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004.

   Mrs. Vance was born June 14, 1931 in Lorrie, W.Va., the daughter of Carlin and Sudah (Gillenwaters) Kessinger. Mrs. Vance was a member of the Eagles of McArthur, Ohio.

   She is survived by son, William (Sue) Vance of Bellevue; daughters, Terri (Joe) Jenson of Charlotte, Brenda (Chuck) Tomlinson of Charlotte, Rita Poyer of Bellevue, Chris (Steve) Morris of Charlotte, Sue Vance (Pat Pung) of Dimondale; 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Carnella Adkins, June Morgan, Mary Atzec, Geraldine Thomason, Wanda Taylor and Jean Herner.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Clarence Vance in 2001; brothers, Joe Kessinger, Michael Kessinger; sister, Goldie Smith; and son-in-law, Brian Poyer.

   Funeral services were held Jan.2 1 at Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte; with Rev. Karen Wheat, Jim Vance and Dennis Vance officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or to the family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Margaret F. VanGelder

 

   Margaret Fern VanGelder, 81, of Charlotte, died Sunday, July 11, 2004.

   Ms. VanGelder was born Nov. 30, 1922 in Walton Township, the daughter of Enos and Fern Estelle (Burlingame) Cooper. She worked for many years as a baby-sitter and an Avon dealer. She loved her backyard birds, collecting elephants and was a huge Elvis fan.

   She is survived by daughter, Yvonne French of Charlotte; sons, Jake (Dawn) VanGelder of Charlotte and Greg VanGelder of Vermontville; and eight grandchildren.

   A graveside service will be held at a later date.

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

 

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Edwin W. VanSickle

 

   Edwin William VanSickle, 94, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004.

   Mr. VanSickle was born Nov. 234, 1909 in Lansing, the son of Edwin and Maude (Bell) VanSickle. Ed was involved in various enterprises over the years, including a grocery in Potterville and theaters in Ovid and Manchester. Ed was known to most people as a real estate agent with a generous heart.

   The city of Charlotte was the benefactor of Mr. VanSickle’s generosity. Among his many gifts to the community were the Charlotte Fire Department thermal imager unit, blacktop of Maple Hill Cemetery, and the senior center building, which has been a great addition to the city, thanks to Ed’s vision and assistance. He also enjoyed woodcarving and painting.

   He is survived by a brother, Walter (Gloria) VanSickle of Kalamazoo; companion, Bettie Morrissey of Charlotte; nieces, Peggy VanSickle of White Bear Lake, Minn., Vicki (William) Bilyk of Kalamazoo, Margaret (David) Wade of Detroit, Nancy (Rich) Pawlicki of Florida; nephews, Richard (Lynda) Geahan of Phoenix, Ariz., Ronald (Judy) VanSickle of Maryland., Edgar (June) Fremody of Charlotte and Herbert (Ellen) Allen of Traverse City.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Veda M. VanSickle, in 1994; niece Teri Lynn VanSickle; nephew Fred VanSickle; brothers Fred VanSickle, Rulison “Doc” VanSickle, Oliver Jerome VanSickle and Robert Preston VanSickle; and a sister, Ethel.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. David Hustwick officiating. Interment was at Male Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Area Senior Center in Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Nellie G. VanSickle

 

   Nellie G. (Turner) VanSickle, 88, of Bellevue, died peacefully, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 at her daughter’s home.

   She was born Nov. 26, 1915 to Guy and Helena (Hamilton) Turner in Bellevue. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1933. In 1934, Superintendent Wayne Berry asked her to come work as his secretary. She served in this capacity until 1939. Nellie married Vaughn VanSickle on Dec. 10, 1938 in her parents’ home. They operated the Turner and VanSickle farms. In the mid 1950s, Nellie worked at the Bellevue Gazette as a line-o-type operator. She served on the Bellevue School Board for seven years, and returned to work as secretary to the superintendent of Bellevue Schools for 23 years. She and her husband, Vaughn, lived on the family farm until his health failed and they moved into their daughter Mollie’s home. After his death in 2001, she was unable to live alone. Nellie then moved in with her son Jim and his wife, Joan, for about two years, living again at her childhood home. When her health became poor, she returned to live at her daughter’s home.

   Surviving are children, James (Joan) VanSickle, Marvin (Elizabeth) VanSickle, Nyle (Linda) VanSickle and Millie (Doug) Stevens, all of Bellevue; brother, Rex (Olga) Turner of Lansing; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; two nieces, three nephews and their families.

   She was preceded in death by a great great granddaughter, sister-in-law Leah Turner, and nephew  Stephen Turner.

   Nellie worked on school committees for her children and attended her grandchildren’s school events. She was a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church and Women’s Circle. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge since 1934, participated in the Eaton County Farm Bureau Women’s Group and the Welcome Farmers’ Community Action Group. Nellie and Vaughn took modern square dance lessons and loved camping and fishing at Lacey Lake. For 23 years they visited their daughter and son-in-law’s cabin in the Upper Peninsula. She also enjoyed traveling to Colorado to visit her grandson, Jack, and his family. Nellie took pleasure in going to and listening to Old Time Music, attending senior citizen luncheons in Bellevue and Olivet, as well as Retired School Teachers’ luncheons. She most enjoyed spending time with her family and close friends, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Rodeman, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Near, and all her friends at the Old Time Music locations.

   Services were held Feb. 10 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may go to Eaton Community Hospice, Bellevue United Methodist Church, or the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shwafuneralhome.com.

 

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Ronald C. Van Vleet

 

   Ronald Charles Van Vleet, 58, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004.

   Mr. Van Vleet was born June 17, 1946 in Battle Creek, the son of Robert and Eva (Rice) Van Vleet. He was employed at Airway Manufacturing and had been a Salvation Army volunteer.

   He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sharon (Betz) Van Vleet; brothers, Robert (Donna) of Coldwater, David (Violet) of Battle Creek, and Gerald (Shirley) of Charlotte; sister, Ruby Van Vleet of Coldwater; nephews, John Van Vleet of Vermontville and Jeremy Van Vleet of Wisconsin; nieces, Kathy Caudill of Potterville, Diana Lake of Charlotte, Becky Reed of Eaton Rapids, and Marjory of Quincy.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1984 and his mother in 1994.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

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

 

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Nina M. Vinkle

 

   Nina Mae Vinkle, 91, of Ashley, formerly of Perry and Charlotte, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004 at Ashley Care Center.

   Mrs. Vinkle was born July 15, 1913 in Harbor Springs, the daughter of Roy and Florence Vinkle. While living in Charlotte, she attended the Charlotte Assembly of God.

   Surviving are daughters, Betty Ruth Perkins of East Lansing and Pat Woods of Cottonwood, Calif.; three sons, Marc Scott of Olivet, Sam Slusher of Pellston and Richard Kellogg of Muskegon; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. James Knell officiating. Interment was at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt.

 

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Bruce N. Vrogindewey

 

   Bruce N. Vrogindewey, 84, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 at Alterra Clare Bridge of Delta in Lansing.

   He was born Sept. 6, 1920 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Abram L. and Lessie M. (Kenneda) Vrogindewey. Bruce married Beatrice E. Walker on Feb. 7, 1942, and they celebrated 57 years together prior to Bea’s passing in October 1999. After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo, he immediately went to work for Western Electric Company and retired as a supervisor after 36 years. During that time he supervised a defense site on the DEW Line at the Artic Circle from 1956 to 1957. He was a member of the Western Electric Pioneer Retiree organization, the American Legion, and a member of the VFW. Bruce enjoyed being a “gentleman” farmer, his horses and dogs, and his four girls and their families. Bruce served in World War II in the Army Air Corp. He was stationed in the Pacific Theatre during his tour of duty.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, sister Dorothy Kistler, and half-brother C. Edward LeGron.

   Surviving are daughter, Joan (James) Culp of St. Johns, Joy (Richard) St. John of Charlotte, Jill (Stephen) Alflen of Hastings, Jean (Rick) Reniewicz of DeWitt; 12 grandchildren, Jodi (Scott) Gratson, Lisa (James) Hoyt, Petra (John) Hinkle, Steven (Wendy) St. John, Heath (Jenifer) Alflen, Sara (Brad Thornell) St. John, Trevor (Cyrena) Alflen, Nathan (Andrea) Reniewicz, Daniel (Ariane) St. John, Amanda (Ron VanEttan) Reniewicz, Brian St. John, and Stephanie St. John; 12 great grandchildren, plus two more due in May 2005; sister, Eileen (Robert) Alexander of Cameron Park, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Girbach Funeral Home in Hastings, with Pastor Dan Currie and Assistant Pastor Dave Wood officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice of Mason.

 

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Daryl Walker

 

   Daryl Walker, 52, of Carsonville, died in his home Saturday, May 29, 2004 after a battle with cancer.

   He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nona; daughter, Tara (Dave) Wilkinson of Adrian; son, Eric (Renee) Walker of Fenton; mother, Wilma Walker of Marshall; three sisters, Elna Womack, Marcene (Dave) Hudson and Dorene Smith, all of Battle Creek; mother-in-law, Ila Burnett of Olivet; sister-in-law, Sherry (Steve) Landers of Missouri; brother-in-law, Toby (Cindy) Burnett of Olivet; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Loron Walker, and his father-in-law, Jack Burnett.

   Daryl was born Oct. 13, 1951 in Marshall and attended Olivet schools. He married Nona Burnett on May 19, 1969. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University and an education specialist designation from Wayne Sate University. Daryl began his career in public school education at Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School, where he taught math and coached basketball and football for 12 years. He continued his career in the Fast China School District. He taught and coached at Marine City High School, then became assistant principal of Marine City Middle School. He finished his 16 years with East China as principal of Saint Clair Middle School, where he was MAMSE Region 6 Administrator of the Year in 1999. Daryl concluded his service in public education as superintendent of Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools. He was a member and officer of the Port Sanilac and Region 8 Jaycees, a member and officer of the Sanilac Masonic Lodge, and a supporter of Relay of Life and Hooked on Fishing, not on Drugs. Daryl was also an avid athlete and outdoorsman, enjoying basketball, golf, hunting and fishing.

   Memorial services were held June 4 in the Daryl Walker gymnasium of Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Daryl Walker Scholarship Fund through the Sanilac County Community Foundation, United Hospice of Marlette, or an East China Middle School Fund to be named later. Arrangements were by Pomeroy Funeral Home in Croswell.

 

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Olive I. Ward

 

   Olive Iva Ward, 87, of Lansing, formerly of DeWitt, died May 12, 2004.

   Born July 10, 1916 in Lansing, Mrs. Ward was a member of Lansing Eagles Lodge Aerie #1039 and worked for Rosevale Meat Packing of DeWitt in the ‘30s through the ‘50s.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor in 1973, whom she married Oct. 8, 1934; and four brothers, Harvey, Rex, Ford and Robert Whipple.

   Surviving are two daughter, Margie Lotre of DeWitt and Peggy (Gerald) Longcor of Dansville; three sons, Ed (Marsha) Whipple of Charlotte, Gerald Ward of Lansing and Rex (Waneta) Ward of Gladwin; 21 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and 22 great great grandchildren; and one sister, Maxine Hankins of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held May 15 at Gorsline-Runciman Co. DeWitt Chapel, with Chaplain George Howe of VFW Post #2406, Charlotte, officiating. Interment followed in DeWitt Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, Hospice Services, P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909-9986 in memory of Mrs. Ward.

 

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Edna M. Warner

 

   Edna Mae (Maggard) Warner, 74, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Warner was born June 6, 1930 in Isom, Ky., the daughter of Isaac and Glesse (Thomas) Maggard. She was a retired Aluminum Extrusions Co. employee and was also employed by the former Ferndale Greenhouse. She was a member of the Maple City Post #2406 VFW Auxiliary, Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552 Auxiliary, and Charlotte Rebekahs #68.

   Surviving are two sons, Harold Combs of Rodney and Carroll Combs of Florida; seven grandchildren; sister, Polly Morton of Fairland, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Combs in 1996; husband, James Warner in 1997; brothers, Ishmale, Daniel and Edward Maggard; and sisters, Thelma Patrick and Viola Combs.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Jeffrey Nunham officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Maxine Warner

 

   Maxine Warner, age 85, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. Maxine was born Dec. 5, 1918 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Homer William and Olive Belle (Puffenburger) Speer. Mrs. Warner was a life long resident of Eaton Rapids, formerly employed at Horner and Davidson Woolen Mills as well as various restaurants and in 1983 retired from the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital after 15 years in the Dietary Department.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, George Warner, whom she married on Aug. 14, 1937; daughter, Kay (Warner) Draper; sister Shirley Corts; brother, Dale Speer; granddaughter, Kelly Parish, and is survived by her daughter, Rae Marie Parish; 3 sons, Larry D. (Lynette) Warner, Robert G. (Anita) Warner, Dan K. (Connie) Warner all of Eaton Rapids; 17 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Honorary casket bearers were her grandson, Mitchell Parish, Mark Warner, Matthew Parish, Jason Warner, Michael Parish and Darren Warner. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Beulah Irene Washburn

 

   Beulah Irene Washburn, age 79, of Eaton Rapids, passed away on March 1, 2004 at her home with her children by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Washburn in 1992.

   Surviving are her daughters Irene Morgan (Larry), Suzanne Dexter and Pamela Bunker (Larry); her sons James Washburn, Lloyd Washburn (Sue), Raymond Washburn (Darlene), Terry Washburn, Kenneth Washburn and Thomas Washburn; 28 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; brother LeRoy DeMond (Cathelen).

   Beulah was a devoted and loving mom who will be very missed and loved by everyone. She loved many things like crocheting, ceramics, puzzles, and animals, but most of all she loved her family.

   Cremation and placement will be at Chapel Hill Memorial where she will be placed with her husband Lloyd whom she married in 1940. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

   Those who know the Lord: this is not good-bye forever, just a good-bye till we meet again with her in Heaven.

 

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Roger B. Waterbury

 

   Roger B. Waterbury, 51, of Olivet, formerly of Lansing, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004.

    Roger was born June 3, 1953 in Springport, the son of Glen and Bernadine (LeSeney) Waterbury. He was a 1971 graduate of Olivet High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was co-owner of the Printing Center in Olivet.

   Surviving are two sons, Michael (Lisa) Waterbury of Leslie and Joseph (Julie) Waterbury of Lansing; five grandchildren; his mother, Bernadine Waterbury of Olivet; and brother, Michael Waterbury of Punta Gorda, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kathryn Waterbury, in 1995; and his father, Glen Waterbury, in 1999.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Jan. 3, 2005 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chaplain Michael Fales officiating. Interment of cremains was at Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Okemos.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

 

Vicki Jo Watson

 

   Vicki Jo (Wilmore) Watson, 50, of Charlotte, passed away suddenly, May 14, 2004 as the result of an automobile accident. Vicki was born on January 13, 1954 in Charlotte, the daughter of Norman and Joan Wilmore.

   Vicki was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother, who touched the lives of all she knew with her love, humor and caring. She worked for Farm Bureau in Charlotte for the past eight years and was a member of the Gresham United Methodist Church, where she served as a trustee and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed cooking and gardening and her two special grandchildren. She will be greatly missed, always loved and always remembered.

   She is survived by her parents, Norman and Joan Wilmore, husband, James “Jim” Watson, daughters, Jessica (Jason) Hettich Parrott, Meghan Hettich, and Jamie (Rob) Watson Grier, grandchildren, Jackson Parrott and Kayla Grier, sisters, Connie (Chuck) Corbin, Karen Scott, Pam (Fred) Todd, brother Kirby (Kate) Wilmore, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends and members of the Watson and Hettich families. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Hettich.

   Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 17 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment will be in Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Gresham United Methodist Church, 505 Mulliken Road, Charlotte, Michigan 48813 in memory of Vicki Watson. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Victor M. Watson

 

   Victor M. Watson, 72, of Olivet, died Sunday, May 2, 2004 at his residence.

   Vic was born Oct. 16, 1931 in Stringham, Ohio, the son of Clarence and Lillie (Stone) Watson and was a life resident of the Lee Township/Olivet area. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a self-employed auto mechanic, operating Vic’s Garage in Partello, and had also operated the former Vic’s Grocery, also in Partello. Vic was a member of the VFW in Albion, the American Legion in Charlotte, the NRA, the AARP and the Coon Hound Club. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and had raced stock cars in his younger years.

   Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Florence (Courtright) Watson; two sons, Victor (Dot) Watson and Jeffery Watson, both of Olivet; one daughter, Kay (Eugene) Howell of Olivet; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and two sisters, Wanda Dailey of Olivet and Linda Crouch of Arizona.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Nora Watson; and five sisters, Marion, Barbara, Thelma, Anna and Ella.

   Funeral services were held May 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Winford Collins officiating. Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

 

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Kendal K. Wellman

 

   Kendal Keith Wellman, 64, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18 at Tendercare in Hastings.

   Mr. Wellman was born May 3, 1940 in Sunfield Twp., the son of Keith Melbourne and Geraldine Mae (Richard) Wellman. Kendal enjoyed camping, golfing, bowling, and barbecuing. He was a member of the Optimist Club of Charlotte, and the Happy Camper Trailer Club.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Byrd) Wellman; mother, Geraldine Wellman; and two brothers, Raymond and Greg Wellman.

   Surviving are his children, William (Dawn Haight) Wellman, Wendy (Robert) Grant, and Waverly (David) Wilcox; grandchildren, Anthony Wilcox and Tiffany Wilcox; father, Keith Wellman; and a sister, Myrna Bartlett.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 22 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Rev. Lester DeGroot of Nashville Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bill Wellman, Anthony Wilcox, Dave Lightner, Randy Wellman, Jay Bartlett and Pat Hosey. Honorary pallbearer was Tim Bartlett.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Optimist Club, or for the wishes of the family. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home in Sunfield. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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John A. Welsh

 

   John A. Welsh, 75, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004.

   Private family memorial services have been held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or St. John’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Pauline Strong Wernette

 

   Pauline Strong Wernette, 78, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004 in Lansing.

   Pauline was born July 31, 1925 in Isabella County, the daughter of Roy and Veda (Maine) Strong. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her husband, Victor; four children, Myron (Delores) Wernette of Hudsonville, Gail (Janice) Wernette of Elmhurst, Ill., Karen (David Cushman) Wernette of Lake Zurich, Ill., and Alan (Julie) Wernette of Muskegon; 10 grandchildren, Valerie, Nathan and Sarah Wernette of Hudsonville, David, Nora and Linnea Wernette of Elmhurst, Ill., Alex and Kevin Cushman of Lake Zurich, Ill., and Phillipe and Andrew Wernette of Norton Shores.

   Also surviving are three brothers, Alson Strong of Remus, Leroy Strong of Grand Rapids and Paul Strong of Ann Arbor; two sister, Lavonne Stamm of Belmont and Louise Henretty of Eagle.

   Pauline attended a one-room rural school in Broomfield Township before attending Remus Consolidated High School, and then attended Central Michigan University. She began her career in the fall of 1945, teaching all eight grades at Fouts School in Mecosta County. The following three years (1946 to 1949) she taught second grade at Remus Consolidated Schools. Pauline married Victor Wernette Feb. 5, 1949 and spent the next 15 years being a wife, mother and homemaker. In the mid-1960s, she returned to teaching and completed a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University. She taught fifth and sixth grade at Union Street School in Eaton Rapids for 17 years, retiring in 1981. Pauline loved children and was loved by them. She was a gifted teacher, believing strongly in public education and dedicating her life to that end. Christian education was also important to her and she served as chairperson of education for the Lansing District and West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church and as educational director of Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church. Pauline was active in the American Association of University Women, Friends of the American Historical Commission, MEA/NEA, Vivian Society of the BOC Elks 196, Apple Blossom Club at CMU, Child Study Club of Eaton Rapids, Rural Extension Club of Eaton Rapids, Eaton Rapids, 4-H Club, Lansing are Les Danseurs and Eaton Rapids Medical Centre Auxiliary. She was loyal to family and friends, always willing to do whatever needed to be done. Pauline was enthusiastic and loved life, was intelligent, creative, hard-working and a crusader for whatever she believed in.

   Funeral services were held July 3 at University Methodist Church in East Lansing, with graveside services at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Pauline Wernette Educational Scholarship of East Lansing University United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Phillip A. Wheaton

 

   Phillip Allen Wheaton, 67 of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004 in Lansing.

   Mr. Wheaton was born Dec. 11, 1936 8in Chester Township, the son of Myrle and Beatrice (Baker) Wheaton. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1955. His years as a child on the farm developed into a love of farming that lasted his entire life. He was a former 4-H leader and was happiest when he was behind the wheel of his truck or his tractor, or spending time with his family. He drove for 45 years for Allen Packing Company, Community Oil and D & L Fuel.

   He is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Eleanor Mae (Wright) Wheaton; sons, Bryon (Carol Ann) Wheaton, and Adam (Donyaellie) Wheaton of Charlotte; daughter, Julie (Tim) Meyers of Sunfield; grandchildren, Erin, Kristyn, Glen and Matthew Wheaton; and sister, Janet (Dean) May.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Stan Wheaton, in 1993.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

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

 

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Bernieta Ruth Wheeler

 

   Bernieta Ruth Wheeler of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Houghton Lake, age 91, died Saturday, December 18, 2004 at her daughter’s home. Bernieta was born June 17, 1913 in Onaway the daughter of Michael and Rosetta (Knapp) Rowe. Mrs. Wheeler taught school in Onaway at the North Allis one room school and in Gregory before retiring from Eaton Rapids in 1973. She was a member of the MEA, Eaton County Retired School Teachers Assoc. and the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church. Bernieta was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carmon in 2004.

   Surviving are her daughter, Joanne (Ron) Byerly of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Kimberly Byerly, Kaye Byerly, Pamela (David) Wigent, Jody (Rick) Strank; 8 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandsons.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, 11:00 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Mrs. Wheeler.

 

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Carmon W. Wheeler

 

   Carmon W. Wheeler, age 93, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, April 25, 2004 in Charlotte. Carmon was born March 10, 1911 in Onaway, the son of Edney Wesley and Adeliah Jeanette (Russell) Wheeler. He was a former owner and operator of Byerly and Wheeler Garage in Eaton Rapids. He was a life member of the NRA, past member of Chief Okemos Gun Club and life member (joined in 1956) of the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club. Carmon was a flying member of the Civil Air Patrol during WWII.

   Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Bernieta (Rowe); daughter, Joanne (Ron) Byerly of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Kim Byerly, Kaye Byerly, Pamela (David) Wigent, Jody (Rick) Strank; 8 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandsons; sister-in-law, Florence Wheeler of Florida; sister, Enid Glee (Mick) McAdams of Onaway and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2004, 11:00 a.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at ‘Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church or the Hamlin Twp. Fire Dept. in memory of Carmon Wheeler.

 

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Clarinda Whitaker

 

   Clarinda Whitaker, age 87, of Mason, died Monday, February 2, 2004 in Lansing. Clarinda was born April 4, 1916 in Prestonsburg, KY, the daughter of Harrison and Izania (Richardson) Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie in 1998 and her son, James.

   Surviving are 2 daughter, Wanetta (Chester) Ramey of Eaton Rapids, Joyce (Mike) Martin of Mason; 6 sons, Axley (Claudia) Whitaker of Eaton Rapids, George (Donis) Whitaker of Texas, Oliver (Kay) Whitaker of Lansing, Russell (Becky) Whitaker of Springport, Richard Whitaker of Ohio, Glenn (Jill) Whitaker of Eaton Rapids; 18 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; 1 step-grandson; 2 sisters, Revis Kritz of OH and Dorothy Lyons of IN.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday February 5, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids and in Prestonsburg on Friday at the Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg KY. Interment followed at the George Whitaker Cemetery in KY.

 

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Roberta Whitbeck

 

   Roberta E. Whitbeck, 88, of Battle Creek, died Thursday Dec. 16, 2004 at Battle Creek Health System. She was born Nov. 26, 1916 to Lear F. and Edith M. (Sheldon) Mains.

   Roberta graduated from Olivet High School and Olivet College. She was employed in the sales department at Kraft/General Foods/Post Cereal Division of 35 years, retiring in 1981.

   Surviving are cousins, Jack (Velma) Sheldon, Philip Mains, Ruth Niver, Robert Surdez, David Surdez, Lois Ellison, Katherine Nikolaou, John Nikolaou; their families, numerous other relatives, close friends and her caregiver, Carol Antes.

   Roberta was a member of the First Congregational Church, its Women’s Fellowship Group, and the Post 25 Year Club.

   Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, in the library at the First Congregational Church with services following in the Miller Chapel.

   Her cremains will be interred next to her parents, at Bosworth Cemetery in Eaton County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church Library Fund, 145  Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Arrangements were by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.

 

Anne H. White

 

   Anne H. White, 88, of Olivet, died Sunday, May 9, 2004 at her residence.

   Mrs. White was born May 4, 1916 in L’Anse, the daughter of Ferdinand and Margaret Stiglich, and had been an Olivet resident since 1978, coming from Gary, Ind. She was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught at Holy Angels School in Gary, Ind., and then in the Gary Public School System. Mrs. White was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshall and the Eaton County Bulb and Blossom Garden Club.

   Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Lawrence E. White; two sons, Claude White of Indianapolis, Ind., and Charles (Margery) White of Farmington Hills; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Ridley of Sun City West, Ariz.; and two brothers, Martin (Ruth) Stiglich of Plymouth and Frank (Lucy) Stiglich of Farmington Hills. She was preceded in death by brothers, George, Fritz and Anton Stiglich.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was held May 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshall, with Fr. Stephen Naas officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet College. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Clarence H. White

 

   Clarence H. White, of Hastings, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 82, died Thursday, November 11, 2004 in Hastings. Clarence was born October 4, 1922 in Colbran, CO, the son of Bert E. and Laura L. (Tryon) White. He retired from Kemco Inc. and was a member of Robbins United Methodist Church and the Eaton Rapids Lion’s Club.

   Surviving him are his wife of 56 years, Aletha; 2 daughters, Suzanne Marie (Brian) Pufpaff of Hastings and Cynthia Joyce (Bryan) Wade of Holt; 4 grandchildren, Nathan (Amy) Pufpaff, Kristin Pufpaff, Timothy Wade, Alison (Aaron) Todd and 1 niece, Linda Massaro of Phoenix, AZ.

   The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 1:00-3:00 & 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. If desiring memorial contributions may be made to Robbins United Methodist Church or Eaton Rapids Lion’s Club in memory of Clarence.

 

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Melvin R. White

 

   Melvin Richard White, 72, of Vermontville, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004.

   Mr. White was born Nov. 14, 1931 in Mt. Morris, the son of Gordon William and Iva (Teets) White. He was a heavy equipment operator, and a great horseman who enjoyed horse and pony pulling competitions and was a member of the Mid Michigan Horse Pulling Association. He also loved deer hunting and rabbit hunting with his hunting dogs.

   He is survived by sons, Brad Richard White and Blane (Sharon) White, both of Vermontville; daughters, Judy (David) Lemon of Potterville and Jackie Janousek of Charlotte; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Phyllis) White of DeWitt; sister, Beulah MacSoud of Sterling Heights; and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by granddaughter Erica White in 1998.

   Funeral services were held March 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Nancy S. White

 

   Nancy S. White of Charlotte died peacefully in her sleep Friday, Dec. 24, 2004 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Nancy was born in South Bent, Ind., on Nov. 11, 1928, to Dr. Charles Justice Steiner and Ernestine (Fox) Steiner, who both preceded her in death. Nancy attended Grand Rapids Junior College, where she met and later married William “Bill” White on Aug. 20, 1949. In addition to being a wife, mother, grandma and friend, she was also a dental assistant, retail manager, school, community and hospital volunteer, managed the operations of the Masonic Temple and was Santa’s wife. She was a long-time member of First Congregational Church in Charlotte, where she was actively involved in Christian education and served on many committees in the church, including wedding organizer, the bazaar, funeral dinners and the Blanch Moyer Circle. She was a member of Eastern Star, loved to play cards, go to Sharon’s Café, tell jokes and spend time with her family.

   Surviving are her husband, Bill; children, James (Bobbie) White of Lowell, Elizabeth (Rod) Fuller of St. Johns and Susan Klassen of Duck Lake; grandchildren, Jason (MaryAnne) White of Troy, Ryan (Heidi) White of Pasadena, Calif., Lisa and Alex Fuller of St. Johns, Paige, Janna and Drew Klassen of Duck Lake; great grandchildren, Abby and Emma White of Troy; sister, Kay (Rex) Bignall of Arizona; brother, Charles (Marie-Dominique) Steiner of Bilhac, Fla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ford and Marge Byars of Florida and many special friends.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 28 at First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte, with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Richard Q. Whitehair

 

   Richard Quenton Whitehair, age 85, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 at Veterans Medical Center in Battle Creek.

   Mr. Whitehair was born April 30, 1918 in Monogah, W.Va., the son of Winfield and Henrietta Whitehair. He was married to Grace (Staup) Heney on Aug. 30, 1956 in Watson, W.Va. The couple was married for 43 years when Grace passed away. Mr. Whitehair served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1939 to 1945 as a rifle marksman. His service began with a station in Iceland from July 1941 through March 1942. He participated in action against the Japanese at Bougainville, British Solomon Islands, from Nov. 17 through Dec. 15, 1943. He also served in the Pacific area from February 1943 until August 1944. He was employed at Standard Stamping in Nashville for over 20 years when he retired in 1983. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #8260 in Nashville. He enjoyed bowling fishing, hunting, bird watching, playing cards and other games, including Yahtzee and crossword puzzles. He also enjoyed playing pool.

   He is survived by his sister, Etta; stepsons, Tom Heney and James (Sue) Heney; stepdaughter, Mary Alice Montgomery; nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 43 years, Grace; seven brothers; and two sisters, Opal and Mary.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek.

 

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Bonita L.M. Whitfield

 

   Bonita Lynn Marie “Bonnie” Whitfield, 48, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, the result of an accident.

   Bonnie was born March 12, 1956 in St. Ignace, the daughter of Henry and Georgenia (Burton) Wartella. She was a nursing assistant at the Dimondale Center, which she enjoyed very much. She was proud of her beloved daughter who is currently serving in the United States Air Force in Iraq, grandkids and family.

   She is survived by her daughter, Abby (Rod) Curry of Delaware; grandchildren, Anthony and Caleb; sisters, Shelby Wartella of Charlotte, Diane (Al) Young of Virginia and Patrice (Jerry) Hernley of Sunfield; brothers, Roger (Melissa) Wartella of Gladstone and Dennis (Sherry) Wartella of Portland.

   She was preceded in death by brothers, Bob LaRose, Sheldon Wartella and Douglas Wartella.

   A funeral mass was recited Dec. 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Moran at a later date.

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

 

Margaret Pearl Wilbur

 

   Margaret P. Wilbur, age 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. She was born June 26, 1919 in Perry, MI, the daughter of Clifford and Pearl (Cole) Wilbur. Mrs. Wilbur had retired from Heifetz Pickling Co. in Eaton Rapids with 25 years of service, retiring in 1981. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland, in 1981.

   Surviving are 3 children, Gwen Oberlin of Texas, Rodney (Kay) Wilbur of Eaton Rapids and Michael (Janice) Wilbur of Connecticut; 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; brother, Wendell Wilbur of Charlotte and niece, Terry Richardson of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery, also in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Margaret P. Wilbur.

 

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Chief Rick L. Wilbur

 

   Chief Rick L. Wilbur, age 56, Eaton Rapids died Sunday, March 28, 2004 in Eaton Rapids during fire ground operations. Rick was born March 26, 1948 in Jackson. He retired in 2002 as an Electronics Meter Specialist for the Board of Water & Light after 32 years. Rich was an EMT for the Eaton Rapids Area EMS; joined the Eaton Rapids Fire Department in 1987 and became Chief in 2000. He was a member of the Michigan Firefighter Instructor Assoc. and owner & operator of R.L.W. Photography in Eaton Rapids. Some of Rick’s passions were camping, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Preceded in death by his fathers, David Blackmer & Clyde L. Wilbur and his brothers, D. Allan Blackmer & Randall Moss.

   Rick is survived by his wife of 21 years, Linda M.; sons, Thomas (Peggy) Wilbur of Mason, Robert (Becky) Wilbur of Charlotte; daughters, Saunci (Rodger) Steele of MO, Teresa Wilbur of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren; mother, Maxine Blackmer of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Brad (Jan) Wilbur of Albion, Lynn (Julie) Moss of CA, Paull Wilbur of TN, Scott (Alyce) Blackmer of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Kelli (Halsey) Sites of OH, Patricia (Terry) Wing of Mason, Gloria (Rob) Shelton of OK; special friends, Chief Roger & Linda McNutt of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be prayed at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2004 at the St. Peter Church, 515 E. Knight St, Eaton Rapids with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. There will be time to visit with Rick’s family on Tuesday and Wednesday form 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Shelly Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St, Eaton Rapids where a Vigil Service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department in memory of Chief Rick Wilbur.

 

 

Ardis Y. Wilkins

 

   Ardis Y. Wilkins, 65, of Hastings, passed away Monday, March 22 while in the company of family members at her residence.

   Mrs. Wilkins was born in Hastings on April 19, 1938, the daughter of Cecil and Oneta (Edwards) Wilkins. She was raised in the Nashville area and attended school there. On April 7, 1956 she married Earl Wilkins. The couple moved to the Hastings area shortly after their wedding. They were married for over 47 years. Ardis and her husband Earl would frequent Richies Coffee Shop in Hastings to gather with good friends for a cup of coffee. Ardis loved “just being home”, where she could be close to her beloved family. She enjoyed doing puzzles and collecting monkeys, but was best-known for her terrific sense of humor.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons, Robert (Shire) Wilkins, Willie (Lisa) Murray, John (Sandy) Wilkins, Tim Wilkins; daughters, Carla (Garry) McKelvey, Darla (Scott) Schantz; brother, Robert (Carol) Harris; and sister, Sharon (Frank) Crist.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Oneta (Edwards) Harris; stepfather, Virgil Lawrent; son, James Wilkins; sister, Arleen McCrimmon; and a granddaughter, Angela Schantz.

   Funeral services were held March 26 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Entombment was held at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

 

 

Robert W. Wilkinson

 

   Robert W. Wilkinson, age 84, of Dimondale and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died at his residence following a terminal illness on Sunday, October 10, 2004. Robert was born August 15, 1920 in Owosso, Michigan, the son of Frank and Ethel M. (Goodknecht) Wilkinson. Bob w3as a graduate of Grand Ledge High School and attended Michigan State University. He served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Marines during World War II. A member of the Lansing Carpenter’s Union  #1104, former member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens and the First Congregational church. Bob worked over 40 years for Hauel-Vance Construction Company in Lansing as a carpenter. Preceding him in death were two daughters, Zetta Zechinato and Susan Cupp.

   Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Naomi; sons, Lon (Sheila) Wilkinson of Lansing and Erin Ferrett of Union City, TN; daughter, Martha (Michael) Babcock of Six Lakes; son-in-law, LeRoy Cupp of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Katherine Wilkinson of Grand Ledge and Martha Burleson of Eaton Rapids.

   Graveside services will be Saturday, October 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Craig Britton, Chaplain for the Great lakes Hospice, officiating. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Great Lakes Hospice at 103 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

Dodge P. Williams

 

   Dodge Philip Williams, 82, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004.

   Mr. Williams was born Oct. 15, 1922 in Battle Creek, the son of the late C. Dodge Williams and the late Clara (Guide) Williams. He attained his education at Sherman School, Charlotte High School and Albion College. He married Marcella Jean Minnig in Riverside, Calif., in 1947. He was proud to be a farmer and businessman in Eaton County. He was a dairyman for 50 years and sold Grade A milk for 35 years. He was past president of Eaton County rural Youth, former board member of Union Church of Five Corners; life member of Brookfield Chapter OES #352 for more than 60 years; past director of Charlotte Rural Fire Association; and a member for more than 60 years of the follows: Charlotte Lodge #120 Free & Accepted Masons, Horace S. Maynard Chapter #82 Royal Arch Masons, and Charlotte Commandry #37 Knights Templar.

   Mr. Williams is survived by two sons, Dodge (Victoria) Williams and Marshall (Gail) Williams, both of Charlotte; two daughters, Susan Mack of Hart and Patty (Gerard) Petzer of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Christopher Dodge Williams, Emily Williams, Taylor Williams, Patrick Philip Retzer and Alana Retzer.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, C. Dodge and Clara G. Williams, and by his wife of More than 50 years, Marcella Jean Williams.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

Klyda Ann Williams

 

   Klyda Ann Williams, age 79, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004 at the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, Ariz., where she was spending the winter.

   Mrs. Williams was born in Arkansas, the daughter of Edward and Dorsie (Myers) Dawson and had been a Charlotte resident since 1986, coming from Hartland. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting.

   Surviving are her husband of almost 63 years, Ralph; one daughter, Doris (Randall) Douglas of Westland; one son, Kenneth Eugene (Diana) Williams of Nashville; six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; three half brothers, Paul Williams of Tennessee, Gerrill Williams of Alaska and Ray Williams of Alaska; half-sister, Fay Hicks of Alaska and 42 nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services and interment were held Jan. 23 at Washtenong Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel in Ann Arbor, with Pastor Mark Dunlap officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or American Heart Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Audra L. Williamson

 

   Audra L. (Stadel) Williamson, 87, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of New Port Richey, Fla., and Charlotte, died Monday, April 19, 2004 at the Waters Nursing Facility in Indianapolis.

   Mrs. Williamson was born Aug. 17, 1916 in Freeport, one of seven children of Warren and Jessie (Helmer) Stadel. She was a retired beautician, having worked in or owned a beauty salon all of her working life. She loved flowers, her family and friends. Mrs. Williamson was an avid bowler, having bowled five days a week in the year prior to her stroke, and had bowled a 200 game at age 78. At age 17 she was married to Paul Williamson; he preceded her in death March 2, 1996.

   She was also preceded in death by her son, Phillip Williamson, on April 18, 2004, one day before her own death.

   She is survived by her daughter, Arbutus “Boots” Horn of Indianapolis; daughter-in-law, Anna Williamson of Dowagiac; six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 12 adopted great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held April 23 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Steve Matthies officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Shut In Tape Ministry at Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46237.

 

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Max Eugene Wilson

 

   Max Eugene Wilson, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, November 14, 2004 at home. Max was born December 26, 1920 in Eaton County, the son of Charles and Ethel (Mitten) Wilson. Max was a farmer all his life and bought the “Eaton Acres” farm in Eaton Rapids in the Spring of 9145. He was an Eaton Rapids Public Schools bus driver, and was well thought of by many students. He was a member of the First United Methodist church, Eaton Farm Bureau, and served on the Eaton Rapids Township Board of Trustees. Preceding him in death were two sons, Gary and Robert.

   Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Arlene; daughter, Dorothy (Howard) Hisler and son, David (Marilyn) Wilson, all of Eaton Rapids, son, Thomas (Sue) Wilson of Las Vegas, NV; 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; sister, Jane Walters of Charlotte, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids Township. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday form 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either, Eaton Rapids Medical Center, the First United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Max E. Wilson.

 

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Alfred E. Wittman

 

   Alfred E. Wittman, age e84, of Eaton Rapids died Friday, January 9, 2004 in Charlotte. Alfred was born May 4, 1919 in Graytown, OH the son of Edward George and Laura Augusta (Blasey) Wittman. Mr. Wittman was a life long onion farmer and retired in 1992. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene in 1997 and his half-sister, Elnora Vasquez.

   Surviving are his 2 sons, Ronnie Wittman of Eaton Rapids, Jerry (Tammy) Wittman of Charlotte; 3 half-brothers, Lao Kunkel, Dale Kunkel, Ronald Kunkel all of Eaton Rapids; 3 half-sisters, Louisa Nail of Marshall, June (Robert) Johncock of Olivet and May (Harvey) Getter of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, January 12, 2004, at the Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Eaton Rapids and Pastor Mark Eckert officiated. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Fern Irene Wolfe

 

   Fern Irene Wolfe, age 86, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, November 29, 2004 in Eaton Rapids. She was born October 9, 1918 in Columbia City, IN, the daughter of Joseph and Lavina (Meinika) Hawk. Mrs. Wolfe enjoyed her life on the family farm with her husband, Frosty. She loved gardening, taking care of the livestock and cooking for her family. A devoted Christian, she enjoyed reading and studying her Bible. She was preceded in death by her son Dannie in 1984 and her husband, Forest “Frosty” in 2003.

   Surviving are 5 children, Lonnie (Grace) Wolfe of Charlotte, Betty Merriott of Eaton Rapids, Janet (Pete) Sherman of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Joseph) Shihady of Dayton, OH and Dennis (Janie) Wolfe of Hollis, OK; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; 3 sisters and several nieces and nephews.

   Mrs. Wolfe’s request was to be cremated and the burial of cremains will be at a later date. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to your local Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Fern I. Wolfe.

 

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Nellie Wollpert

 

   Nellie Wollpert, 92, of Charlotte, died Friday, April 16, 2004.

   Mrs. Wollpert was born Jan. 27, 1912 in Greenville, the daughter of George and Fern (Bliss) Jones. She attended Gresham United Methodist Church and was a member of the Laugh A Lot Club and the Farm Bureau. Over the years she enjoyed doing crewel embroidery, and baking cookies.

    She is survived by sons, Wallace (Ginny) Wollpert of Mulliken and Duane (Charlotte) Wollpert of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Merrill Wollpert in 1991; 13 siblings; and daughter-in-law, Shirley.

   Funeral services were held April 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Judy Shulton officiating. Interment was a t Union Cemetery in Oneida Township.

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

 

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Lawrence E. “Woodie” Wood, Sr.

 

   Lawrence E. “Woodie” Wood, Sr., age 67 of Stanton, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, August 22, 2004 in Grand Rapids. Lawrence was born April 7, 1937 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Carl and Gladys (Norris) Wood. He was a retired “Broom Brother” Fisher Body employee and an avid bowler, hunter, fisherman and woodworker.

   Preceded in death by his grandson, Justin James Ward in 2001, Woodie is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna; 3 daughter, Kathy (Randy) Ward of Leslie, Kim (Larry) Keith of Leslie, Kelly (Jeff) Donaldson of Mason; 5 sons, Lawrence and Terry both of Lansing, Steve of Lainsburg, Doug (Beth) of Mason, Richard “Rich” (Jennifer) of Onondaga; 10 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; 2 brothers, Oscar “Pete” (Ruth) Wood and Jerry (Shirley) Wood both of Charlotte; 3 sisters, Betty (Robert) Dilday of DeWitt, Dorothy Carpenter of Charlotte, Sharon (Russ) McManus of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 26, 2004 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Onondaga Cemetery.

 

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Douglas C. Woodley

 

   Douglas C. Woodley, 55, of Charlotte, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004.

   Mr. Woodley was born Nov. 21, 1948 in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Olin and Geraldine (Gottman) Woodley. He was an OTR truck driver for 34 years and was also employed by M.C. VanKampen of Grand Rapids. He was a member of a VFW in Missouri and enjoyed oldies music, channel surfing and farming.

   He is survived by his wife, Connie (Bartlett) of Charlotte; daughters, Tamera (Rich) Murachek of Lewisville, Texas, Robin and Crystal Woodley of Norman, Okla., Lisa Woodley of Waynesville, Mo.; stepson, Edward (Rebbecca) Bruce of Vermontville; five grandchildren, and sister Virginia Haven of Rolla Missouri.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 9 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Tom Raymond officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

Beverly Sue Woods

 

   Beverly S. Woods, age 57, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 following a courageous 2 year battle with cancer. Beverly was born November 4, 1946 in Memphis, TN, the daughter of Alvin and Ethel (Stew2art) Lung. Beverly moved with her family to Eaton Rapids at the age of 9 and graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1965. She enjoyed traveling, cycling, snowmobiling, kayaking, woodworking, cross stitching, antique shopping and spending time with family and her two dachshunds. Beverly was the manager of Woods Properties and was a member of Jack Daniels Tennessee Squires Club. She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Lung.

   Surviving are her husband of 23 years, Chuck; son, Scott (Rachelle) Owen of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Jesse and Joshua Owen; mother, Ethel Lung of Dimondale and her dachshunds, Ruby and Molly.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Norm Hyatt, Harold Hall, John Hoffman, Roger Merrill, Al Randt and Dave VanCovering. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Beverly S. Woods. For online condolences contract www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Mildred I. Woodworth

 

   Mildred Irene Woodworth, 94, of Charlotte, died July 9, 2004.

   Mrs. Woodworth was born April 21, 1910 in Shiawassee County, the daughter of Lee and Belle (Edward) Sanders.

   She is survived by daughter Janet Dean of Charlotte and Bernitta Carpenter; five grandchildren and many great grandchildren; sister, Viola Austin of Durand; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by husband Don Woodworth in 1976, sisters, Opal and Sylvia, and brothers, Lester and Clarence.

   Funeral service was held July 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Douglas Edward Wyzlic

 

   Douglas Edward Wyzlic, age 54, of Eaton Rapids, passed away suddenly on February 17, 2004 in Miami, Florida. Doug was born May 29, 1949 in Fullerton, CA. The son of Donald and Shirley (Slater) Wyzlic. He served with the US Marine Corps in Vietnam form 1967 to 1969. For the past 31 years, Doug worked as an industrial electrician for General Motors in Lansing. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald, in 1974; brother; Kenneth in 1964 and his stepfather, Alfred Ball in 2003.

   Doug is survived by his loving wife, Pamula: children, Casey (Melissa Wyzlic and Autumn (Jeremy) Lawson of Laingsburg; mother, Shirley Ball of Lansing; three stepchildren, Jonica (Scott) Means of Southfield, Jesica Wyzlic of Laingsburg and Kyle Wyzlic of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers; Donald (Denise) Wyzlic of Daleville, AL and Steven (Gina) Wyzlic of DeWitt; three sisters; Laurie Rittenburg of Howell, Gayle (Phil) Smith of Morrice and Wanda (Rod) Hiatt of Mulliken; four grandchildren, Andrew, Riley, Lucas and Harleigh. Doug was an avid fisherman, loved playing golf and pool, as well as spending time with family and friends. A loving son, husband, father, grandfather and good friend will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Love you babe.

    Funeral services were held Monday, February 23, 2004, at the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Delta Chapel, 6020 W. Saginaw, Lansing, Michigan, with Pastor Steven Brown officiating. Interment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Marine’s Toys For Tots program in memory of Doug. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.palmerbush.com.

 

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Catherine Young

 

   Catherine Young lost her three-year battle with cancer Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 63 years old.

   Catherine, born Oct. 16, 1940, was raised in Charlotte and returned after college to serve the Eaton County community as a registered nurse for more than 40 years. Before retiring in February 2001, she held the position of registered nurse at Olivet Medical Center for 28 years.

   Catherine is survived by her husband, Lewis Young of Charlotte; brothers, Charles (Leah) Sparks of Charlotte and Russell (Sharon) Sparks of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Joann Sparks of Lebanon, Ind.; son, Joel (Brenda) Young of charlotte; daughter, Christi (Nathan) Menzie of Lansing; and grandchildren, Jennifer, Janelle, Samuel and Gabriel. Catherine will be remembered for her strength and wisdom, her wit and generosity. She lived her life in service of her community, her church and her family. All who knew her witnessed her faith, perseverance and selflessness. Services were held March 23 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Charlotte.

 

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Bert Zavitz

 

   Bert Zavitz, age 92, of Ft. Meyers and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 in Fort Meyers, Florida. Born August 29, 1911 in Detroit, Michigan. Bill was in the Eaton Rapids High School graduating class of 1928. He retired as an Engineer for General Motors in Lansing in 1973.

   Surviving are his son, Thomas Zavitz of Lansing and daughter, Kayda (Sam) Selby of Ft. Meyers; brother, Bill Zavitz of Ft. Meyers, and niece, Linda Stapp of Ft. Meyers.

   With his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Bert Zavitz. Local arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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