2005 OBITUARIES

 

 

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Charlotte Shopping Guide, Inc.

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Charlotte, Michigan 48813

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiled by:

 

Kristine A. Bohn

November 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saide “Cy” Abdo

 

   Saide “Cy” Abdo, 63, of Dimondale, died Nov. 26, 2005.

   Cy was born July 15, 1942 in Toledo, Ohio. He was devoted not only to his family, but also to his country. He was a man of integrity and honor who worked hard his entire life. Cy was a graduate of Northwood University, worked for the Lansing Police Department for eight years, and retired from Lansing Community College public safety as director. He served in the U.S. Navy on a submarine for seven years and was also a Vietnam veteran. Cy was a member of the Masonic Lodge and actively involved with American Legion Post 238. He was recently elected to the Eaton County Board of Commissioners.

   He is survived by his wife of 334 years, Carol; son, Jameel; daughter, Alys (nee, Abdo) Long; two granddaughters, Brennan and Bailey Long; identical twin brothers, Mahammaed “Butch” Abdo; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other dear friends.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment followed in Dimondale Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or the American Heart Association.

 

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Dale W. Ackerson

 

   Dale W. Ackerson, 78, of Mulliken, died Saturday evening, Feb. 26, 2005 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mr. Ackerson was born July 26, 1926 in Vermontville, a son of Earl R. and Grace V. (Shaw) Ackerson. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired from Diamond Reo and Atlas Drop Forge in Lansing. Following retirement, he worked with his son in Ackerson & Son Excavating. Mr. Ackerson enjoyed fishing and his Navy ship reunions.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin, and brothers, Kenneth, Keith and Donald, his twin.

   Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Eleanore; three sons, Kim (JoAnn) Ackerson, Kurt (Barb) Ackerson and Kris (Tracy) Ackerson; his daughter, Karen Ackerson; nine grandchildren, Andrea, Arica, Angela, Alyssa, Thomas, Tiffani, Joshua, Morgan and McKenzie; sister, Cindy (Robert) Canfield of Ionia; three brothers, Allyn “Jay” Ackerson of Vermontville, Robert (Bea) Ackerson of Bayonet Point, Fla., and Bruce (Marcia) Ackerson of Portland; numerous nieces and nephews, and his dog, “Buster”.

   Services were held March 2 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Milliken, with Pastor Judy Scholten officiating. Military honors were given at Meadowbrook Cemetery by Portland VFW Post 4090. Pallbearers were Dennis, Mark and Ronald Ackerson, Larry Bishop, Terry Canfield and Jessie McCoy. Honorary bearers were Gary Pung, Tim Skinner and Jim Wieber.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mulliken United Methodist Church or Portland VFW Post 4090.

 

 

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Mary Adams

 

   Mary Gore Adams, 81, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005 surrounded by family.

   Mary was born Oct. 11, 1923, the daughter of Philip and Rita Gore of Webster Groves, Mo. Her family moved to Michigan briefly where she met William Adams, whom she married March 9, 1946, her husband of 57 years. After William served in the Army in World War II, they became longtime residents of Royal Oak and Rochester Hills. She was a devoted wife and loving mother of three children, and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Royal Oak for 40 years. Mary enjoyed playing the piano, reading, gardening and the company of good friends. She will be missed for her kind spirit and love for her family.

   She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lynn (Brent) Wilcox of Brown City; sons, William Milton (Patricia) Adams Jr. of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Matthew Gore (Pamela) Adams of Bowling Green, Ky.; and six grandchildren, Jennifer, Christopher, Jacqueline, Patrick, Turner and Hayden.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William Milton Adams, in 2003.

   Graveside services were held Aug. 27 at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

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

 

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Michael Aitken

 

   Michael T. “Mike” Aitken, died Sunday, February 13, 2005 at the age of 63. Born July 20, 1914 in Lansing. He was the son of H.P. “Pat” and “Jean” Aitken. Mike was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School class of 1959 and a long time resident of Eaton Rapids. He attended Michigan State University and worked at the Lansing Post Office. Mike was the past president of the “River City Rats” and published the “River City Vietnam Newsletter”. He was known for his imaginative and humorous writing style along with keeping in touch with the men in combat.

   Survivors include: two brothers, James of Remus and Bob of Channing; one sister, Pat Banfield of St. Petersburg, Fla., along with many nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Mike will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

 

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Wesley A. Allen

 

   Wesley A. Allen, age 69, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, August 12, 2005 in Eaton Rapids. Wesley was born February 10, 1936 in Lansing, the son of Theodore Max and Esther Irene (Laycock) Allen. He was a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church, a veteran of the US Army (serving in Korea), and retired from the City of Lansing in 1995 after 27 years of service. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Allen, in 1993.

   He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Renee (Greg) Ramey of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, Kirk (Jill) Allen of Eaton Rapids and Kevin (Sherrel) Crawley of Davison; 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Theron (Mary) Allen of White Cloud and Doug Allen of Spring Arbor; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at the Wesleyan Church, 6044 S. Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions directed to his family in memory of Wesley Allen. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home. www.shelly-odell.com.

 

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Clara Anderson

 

   Clara Lambert Anderson, formerly of Kingsport, Tenn., died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005.

   She is survived by: a daughter, Judi (Jim) Herbert of Lansing; two grandchildren, Melissa Herbert of Jackson and Scott (Mary Ellen) Herbert of Texas; three great grandchildren, Courtney, Jessica and Kyle; and a sister, Ruby Lambert of Kingsport, Tenn. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport, Tenn., with a memorial service at Burcham Hills planned for a later date.

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

 

Charles F. Andler

 

   Charles F. Andler of Flint, age 56, died suddenly on Saturday, October 29, 2005. Chuck was born on June 12, 1949 and grew up in Eaton Rapids. Chuck graduated from Eaton Rapids High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He was a Second Vice President of Investments/Financial Planning Specialist with Smith Barney for over 15 years. Chuck was preceded in death by his father Chris Andler, sister, Barbara Andler and grandmother, Laura McNett.

   Chuck is survived by his mother Beatrice Andler, daughters Angela Mitchell and Emily Gondek, grandsons Daniel and Peter Mitchell, and brothers, Phil and Herbert Andler.

   Viewing will be at Swartz Funeral Home is Flint on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 and Wednesday, November 2. Services will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids on Thursday, November 3, at 11:00 a.m.

 

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Vernerd C. Andrews

 

   Vernerd C. “Bill” Andrews, 58, of Dimondale, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005.

   A true Michigan State University Spartan fan, his goodness, warmth and fun-loving personality touched and brought enjoyment to those he encountered on his active life’s journey. He will be remembered and missed by many.

   Bill was preceded in death by parents, Vernerd F. and Leta A. Andrews.

   Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Pat; daughter, Andrea, and granddaughter, Raven, who were the lights of his life; brothers, Don (Natalie) Andrews and Michael (Lois) Flynn, both of Charlotte; sister, Alice “Terri” Boyd of Dimondale; and his “son for a year”, Espen Parmann of Norway.

   A Memorial Mass was celebrated Sept. 23 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte.

   Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may request details on how to register to participate or sponsor a participant in a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society marathon in Bill’s memory by calling Robin Johnson at (517) 749-6524. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Raymond Archer

 

   Raymond Archer, 77, of Irving, Texas formerly of Charlotte, died Monday Oct. 10, 2005. Mr. Archer was born Jan. 8, 1928 in Lansing, the son of Lee and Cora Archer.

   Mr. Archer was a Charlotte High School graduate and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in landscaping. He was a retired truck driver.

   Surviving are his sister, Joyce Tower; son, Paul Archer; daughters, Kathy Martin and Cheryl Howe; and grandchildren Chad Richardson, Aimee Richardson, Kaitlyn Martin and Mari Howe.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas.

 

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Volney M. Arnold

 

   Volney M. Arnold, 93, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005 in Franklin, N.C.

   Volney was born April 24, 1912 in Ionia, the son of Melvin Eugene and Flora Leora (Hulliburger) Arnold. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids Kiwanis Club and Community Hospital building committee. He was the owner and operator of Arnold & Becklund IGA in Eaton Rapids. Volney retired from Capitol Business Service in 1977 and was past president of the Board of Directors of Ovenfresh Bakeries in Grand Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Leora.

   Surviving are children, Judy and Gary Davis of Franklin, N.C. and Jill and Terry Clone of Fishers, Ind.; four grandchildren, Lori (Brian) Robinson of Georgia, Lisa Rehkopf of North Carolina, Greg (Lori) Clone of Moreland, Ind., Jon (Marcy) Clone of Fishers, Ind.; 11 great grandchildren, Megan and Michael Robinson, Kyle, Lance and Abby Rehkopf, Bobby and Timmy Clone, Drew and Eric Teague, Abigail and Victoria Clone. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Kiwanis Club or First Methodist Church. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Winonah I. Arnold

 

   Winonah Inez Arnold, 69, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005.

   Mrs. Arnold was born Jan. 15, 1936, the daughter of the late Glen Shipman and the late Leontina (Grossman) Shipman. Winonah enjoyed crochet and traveling, and her grandkids were the apple of her eye.

   She is survived by her companion, Barry Hoyt; two daughters, Barbara (Chuck) Griswold Bingham of Bellevue, Bonnie (Michael) Griswold Kelly of California; four grandchildren; two sisters, Gwen (Allan) Newberry of Bellevue, and Beverly (Dale) Kucera of Colorado; and a brother, Orville (Winell) Shipman of Alabama.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Percival “Red” Arnold; sister, Dorothy Bowling; and brothers, Stan, Virgil, Keith and Vernon Shipman.

   A Family Affirmation Service was held Jan. 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund or the American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Vera Auzins

 

   Vera Auzins, 95, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005.

   Mrs. Auzins was born in Riga, Latvia, the daughter of Karlis and Anna (Polis) Rechtsprechers. She was a member of the Latvian Imeria Sorority and immigrated to the United States in June of 1950 from Europe.

   She is survived by daughter, Ieva (Douglas) Inglis of Charlotte; son, John (Daine) Auzins of Kokomo, Ind.; grandsons, Erik (Amy) Auzins, Kurt (Mary) Auzins, Normund (Bonnie) Auzins, Alex (Debra) Privert, Thomas (Rachell) Inglis; and great grandson, Nicholas Privert.

   She was preceded in death by her grandson, Peter Privert, in 1992. Family graveside services were held.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Brian W. Babcock

 

   Brian W. Babcock, age 56, of Lansing died Sunday, April 10, 2005. He was born August 5, 1949, the son of Walter and Vivan (Carter) Babcock. Brian served in the Army during the Viet Nam War and was currently employed with Michigan State University, serving 30 years working at the Kellogg Center.

   Surviving are 2 sons, David (Jennifer) Babcock of Lansing and John (Elena) Babcock of Chicago; 2 grandchildren, Hunter and Zoe; mother, Vivian of Charlotte; 3 brothers, John, Harry (Laura) and Bryon; sister, Debbie (Kevin) Spitzley; several nieces and nephews; loving partner Elizabeth Crampton and former wife, Joyce Torres.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery with military honors being provided by the American Legion Post #15. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. For online condolences, go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Dr. Cynthia Pastor Baker

 

   Dr. Cynthia Pastor Baker, 58, died July 15, 2005 in Cebu City, Philippines, following a short illness.

   Mrs. Baker was born July 31, 1947 in Cebu City, Philippines, the daughter of Florentino and Primativa (Bacayo) Pastor. She taught Spanish at Okemos High School until her retirement in 2002. She then moved to the Philippines with her husband, Dale Baker Sr., and continued teaching at Mater Dei College, Tubigon Bohol. She was most proud of her ability to help students learn and improve themselves.

   Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband, Dale Baker Sr. of Charlotte; her son Dale (Sherlyn) Baker Jr. of California; grandson, Jackson Baker, sister, Violeta Santos of Cebu City, Philippines; brother, Florentino  Pastor Jr. and his wife, Delia, and their children Joanna and Trisha, of Davao, Philippines; sister, Wilma Santos and her husband, Boy, and their children, Sherry, Russel, Monica, Michael and Gerard, of San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines; nephew, Pat Fuentes and his wife, Josie and their children Eric, and Jackie; great uncle, Dr. Pedro Pastor and his wife, Vering, of South Cotabato, Philippines; great uncle Pastor of Manila, Philippines; and many other relatives, friends and college colleagues in the Philippines.

   Funeral service was held July 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rick Martin officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Dr. Cynthia P. Baker for Educational Assistance to students in Tubigon Bohol, Philippines. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lillian L. Baldwin

 

   Lillian Lucille Baldwin, 60, of Lansing, died Sept. 7, 2005.

   Mrs. Baldwin was born Dec. 9, 1944 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Carl and Madonna Davis. She provided loving care as a nurse’s aide for more than 35 years.

   She is survived by son, Rick Baldwin of Charlotte; daughter, Tonda Roberts; brother, Larry (Lois) Davis of Grayling; six grandchildren and one great grandchild; and friend, Fred Rodriguez.

   Graveside service was held Sept. 12 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

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Alfa L. Ball

 

   Alfa L. (Frost) Ball, 93, of Brookfield Twp., Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, June 30, 2005 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Ball was born Nov. 21, 1911 in Charlotte, the daughter of Jason and Rena (Lown) Frost and lived most of her life in the Brookfield Twp/Eaton County area. She was a 1930 graduate of Charlotte High School, a member of Brookfield United Methodist Church and Brookfield Order of Eastern Star 352. She was employed at Eaton Stamping Co. in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving is: two sons, Phillip (Dana) Ball of Eaton Rapids and Ronald (Barbara) Ball of Gladstone; daughter-in-law, Loretta Ball of Charlotte; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Mertie Frost of Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Ball, in 1940; husband, Seward Ball, in 1991; son, Harwood Ball, in 1993; grandson, Michael Ball, in 1958; and a brother, Maynard Frost, in 1968.

   Funeral services were held July 2 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte; with Pastor Irene Vittoz of Brookfield United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Twp.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Brookfield United Methodist church or Brookfield Order of Eastern Star 352.

 

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Gary N. Ball

 

   Gary N. Ball, age 67, of South Boardman, formerly of Haslett, died Dec. 24, 2005 in Traverse City. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10 at1:30 p.m. at the Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Helen J. Banks

 

   Mrs. Helen J. Banks, 74, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Banks was born in St. Clair Shores on Feb. 22, 1931, the daughter of the late John A. and Edna M. (Willsie) Craner. Helen was raised in Ontario, Canada and attended schools there. She moved to Farmington, Mich. after finishing her schooling, where she met her husband, Howard. The couple was married Oct. 30, 1955 in Farmington. After being married, they relocated to the Charlotte area where they made their home and raised their family together. Helen was a Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years. She enjoyed canning and fishing with her husband, Howard.

   She is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years, Howard; sons, Gerald (Kathy) Banks, Keith (Laurie) Banks; sisters, Evelyn, Mary and Louise; a brother, John; six grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held April 4 at the Charlotte Assembly of God, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Hospice. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home. Nashville.

 

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Hubert L. Barbour

 

   Hubert Leonard Barbour, 91, of Charlotte, died Friday, May 20, 2005.

   Mr. Barbour was born May 13, 1914 in Erwin, N.C., the son of George L. and Tamesiah (Temple) Barbour. He was a retired sales representative for Walker Shoe Company.

   He is survived by his wife of 61 years, A. Louise (Griffin) Barbour; son, Kevin M. (Cathy) Barbour of Linden; daughter, Kimberly L. (Tom) Prudent of Charlotte; grandchildren, Michael Smith, Matthew Pruden, Paul Smith and Josh Pruden.

   He was preceded in death by sisters Beatrice Ward, Ethel Bowden and Thelma Wheeler.

   A memorial service was held May 23 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte; with Rev. Kendall A. Lewis officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, or Eagle Village, 4507 170th Ave., Hersey, MI 49639. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Kevin Barbour

 

   Kevin Barbour, 48, died July 13. There will be a short burial service for family and close friends at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte Aug. 6 to lay to rest Kevin and his father, Hubert Barbour, who died on May 20. There has been a tentative time set for 11 a.m. Please call Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte to confirm time next week.

 

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Ivan Barner

 

   Ivan Douglas Barner, 59, of Sunfield, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at a Lansing hospital.

   Ivan was born Jan. 12, 1946 in Mount Pleasant, the son of Dennis Barner and Vera Agnes (Hunter, Barner, Sabin). Ivan was a welder by trade in the Army from 1963 to 1965, with two years in the reserves. He was a member of Lansing FA & M Lodge 33, VFW Post 4909 and the American Legion. He enjoyed playing music - lead, rhythm and bass guitar, banjo, fiddle, drums, and mandolin little key board.

   Surviving are: his friend and wife of 39 years, Jill Ann (Meyers) Barner; son, Jonathan (Eileen) Barner of California; daughter, Tammy (Quentin) Blocker of Lansing; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; stepbrother, Richard (Tara) Sabin of Lansing; stepmother, Louise Barner of Mulliken; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Howard Meyers officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Landing City Rescue Mission, in care of Rosier Funeral Home, PO box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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Janet Jean Barnes

 

   Janet Jean Barnes, age 68, of Stanton, formerly of Onondaga, passed away Friday, June 3, 2005 at her home. Janet was born October 9, 1936 in Bessemer Twp, MI, the daughter of Carl and Ina (Kangas) Lahti. She retired from Eaton Stamping in Eaton Rapids in 1995 after 22 years of service. She was preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Elmer Esterline and Dean Jokela.

   Janet is survived by her husband of 48 years, Donald J.; 2 daughters, Norine (Ken) Moore of Springport and Peggy (Brian) Ross of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, Michelle, Sarah & Kim Moore and Spc. Ruben (Bethany) Pena, Sierra Pena, Rebekah & Samuel Ross; 1 brother, Carl (Capt. Terri) Lahti, Jr; 6 sisters, Elaine Esterline, El (Pete) Johnston, Donna (Larry) Pipkin, Sharon (Tom) Laabs, Karen (Bob) Conley, Darla Jokela; and several nieces & nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Tompkins Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial conations to Hospice of Michigan, Big Rapids in memory of Janet Barnes.

 

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Donis A. Barnett

 

   Donis Arlene Barnett, 86, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, May 24, 2005.

   Mrs. Barnett was born June 25, 1918 in Olivet, the daughter of Elmer Van and Florence (Porter) Bowser. She was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by son, Gary (Sandra) Barnett of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Judy (Dale) Barr of Olivet; son, Dennis (Susan) Barnett of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Barnett, in 1989; her parents; and a brother, Kenneth Bowser.

   Funeral services were held May 27 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or the Charlotte Public Library. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Leon R. Barnett

 

   Leon Raymond Barnett, 83, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005.

   Mr. Barnett was born June 3, 1921 in Illmo, MO, the son of Lee B. and Tressa (McLane) Barnett. Leon served in Italy with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II as a radar specialist. He returned form the war and worked as an inspector for Wilcox Gay. He was a TV technician working for various companies and retired form Barker Fowler Electric in Lansing. He was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and VFW Post 701 of Lansing. He enjoyed reading gardening, working with his hands and putting together models. He was past president of the Charlotte Band Boosters. After his retirement he enjoyed doing things for his family, including looking after his granddaughter Rebecca and his other grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Portia A. (Craven) Barnett; son, Jeffrey L. (Diana) Barnett of Simi Valley, Calif.; daughters, Joy (Jack E.) Cummings of Charlotte, Robin (Bernell) Morgan of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Leroy, Charles and Benjamin Barnett. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medial Care Facility. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Rev. Carl F. Barrett

 

   Rev. Carl F. Barrett, 76, of Eaton Rapids, died Aug. 10, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Carl was born May 10, 1929 in North Branch, the son of Cyrus Earl and Hazel (Butterfield) Barrett. He was a former pastor, instrumental in building the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church, and past president of the Eaton Rapids Kiwanis Club.

   Rev. Barrett was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth, and a sister, Thelma Bowman.

   Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Marya; three children, Donna (Rick) Sederlund of Charlotte, David (Laura) Barrett of Eaton Rapids, Denise (Scott) Berry of Scotts; seven grandchildren, Adam (Jenni) and Derek Sederlund, Marc, Amanda, and Carly Barrett, Lisha and Emily Berry; great granddaughter, Ellie; two brothers, Earl (Esther) Barrett of Burton, Alton (Dorothy) Barrett of North Branch; sister, Helen Worgess of North Branch; brother-in-law, Alvin Bowman of Flint; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church.

   Memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Everett F. Bartlett

 

   Everett F. Bartlett, 65, of Lorida, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005 at his home.

   He was born Aug. 29, 1939, to Henry and Ethel (Ankley) Bartlett, in Charlotte, and had been a resident of Lorida since 1994, coming from Charlotte. He was a factory worker for General Motors and a member of the Eagles in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his son, Richard Barlett of Sarasota, Fla.; sisters, Carol Garve of Michigan, Dorothy Winright of Florida, Shirley Bartlett of Michigan; and a brother, Roy Bartlett of Michigan.

   Cremation arrangements were by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Sebring, Fla.

 

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K. Strong Bateman

 

   K. Strong Bateman, a life-long resident of Eaton Rapids, age 75, left his family and friends on December 7, 2005. He was born on September 13, 1930 to Cyril K. and Florence (Strong) Bateman. He attended Wilcox Country School, M.S.U. and had graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1949. Strong enjoyed fishing, gardening and his winters in Florida. He was a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge #63 of Eaton Rapids and had retired from Lindel Drop Forge in Lansing. Strong indeed was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

   Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Eunice (Evans); 2 sons, David (Diane), Mark (Laurie); daughter, Kimberly (Dan) Smith; 8 grandchildren, Jennifer (Arthur) Schneider, Melissa, Andrew, Evan and Christopher Bateman, Ryan Perritt, Dan and Christina Smith and many cousins whom he loved to visit with. The Bateman family would like to thank the staff of Breslin Cancer Center, Ingham 5 North, and Sparrow Specialty Hospital.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 10, 2005, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at the Plains Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphomia Association in memory of K. Strong Bateman. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Martha E. Bauer

 

   Martha E. (Peters) Bauer, 85, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, March 8, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church UCC or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Charles R. “Dick” Bayes

 

   Charles Richard “Dick” Bayes, 68, of Six Lakes, formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, July 22, 2005 at his residence.

   Dick was born July 9, 1937 in Raeford, N.C., the son of Harlan Charles and Eva Mae (Bethune) Bayes. He was a member of St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Lakeview, a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, a board member of the Housing Services for Eaton County, a former member of the Charlotte Jaycees, and past president of the Charlotte Lions Club. After retiring as a service representative for Eastman Kodak in 1991, Dick pursued a career in sales, starting Software-n-More in Charlotte and Charles Bayes Co., distributing sporting goods, fishing equipment, etc.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Fredrick, in 1965, and a sister-in-law, Mona Bayes.

   He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara Jean (Moore) of Six Lakes; five children, Andy (Trina) Bayes of Olivet, Andrea (Rob) Jewett of Charlotte, Amber (Tim Thelen) Bayes of Westphalia, Brian Ferguson of Jackson, Kim Bayes of Potterville; eight grandchildren, Cameo and Jadelynn Bayes, Jordan Jewett, Lyle and Janelle Thelen, Emily, Ben and Eliza Thelen; two brothers, Allan (Sandy) Bayes of Spring Lake, Ronald B. Bayes of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed July 27 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids.

   Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

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Saralee “Sally” Beals

 

   Saralee “Sally” Beals, age 67, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday, August 19, 2005 in Lansing. Sally was born March 4, 1938 in Mancelona, MI, the daughter of William and June Leatha (Thomas) Schmidt. She and her husband, Morrie, were the former owners and operators of Beals’ Party Store in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving her are 2 sons, James William Beals and Stephen Jon Beals, both of Eaton Rapids; 1 grandson, Stephen Jon Beals II; 1 brother, Tom (Joyce) Schmidt and 1 sister, Bette “BJ” (Lee) Bragg, both of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews, with a thank you to her “special angel”, Lori Brochu.

   Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Tom Luttrell officiating. There will be time to visit with her family one hour before the service. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Sally Beals.

 

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Stuart Bearup

 

   Stuart J. Bearup, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte following a brief illness. Surrounded by his family including Jean, his loving wife of 60 years.

   Stuart was born June 2, 1917 in Okemos, the eldest of two sons of George and Edith (Hudson) Bearup. His father was an Ingham County deputy sheriff and his mother an English teacher at Okemos High School. A graduate of Okemos High School and Michigan State University, Stuart answered his country’s call to serve in January 1941 by enlisting in the U.S. Army.

   Following boot camp at Fort Brady in Sault Ste. Marie, he received advanced training at Camp Robinson (Arkansas), Fort Rucker (Alabama) and officers training at Fort Benning (Georgia) and Camp Blanding (Florida) before shipping overseas to the European Theater of operations in World War II. Stuart saw combat in the Brittany region of France while commanding an Infantry Cannon Company of the 66th Division. As a result of this action he was promoted to captain and received the Bronze Star. His division then moved cross-country to the German city of Bad Neuheim on the Rhine River.

   After V-E day he was reassigned as an aide de camp to Brigadier General Benjamin Lauer, who headquartered near Arles, France. While there he met First Lieutenant Jean Crooks, an Army Combat nurse from Durango, Colo., who was stationed with the 165th General Hospital. After a four-month courtship, Stuart and Jean were married on Oct. 16, 1945, first by the mayor of Marseilles and then by an Army chaplain at the general’s Chateau Legier headquarters in Font Veille. A weeklong honeymoon at the Hotel Carleton in Cannes followed. The two remained married for 60 years.

   Stuart was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 20 years, retiring at the attained rank of lieutenant colonel. During this period, he served as a summer instructor at various military installations around the country including Fort Benning, Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indiana), Fort McCoy (Wisconsin) and at the Army War College (Kansas).

   Beginning in 1947, Stuart and Jean made their home in Charlotte and were blessed with three children: Patricia (1947), George (1949) and Richard (1952). Stuart was the owner of Charlotte Insurance Agency Inc. from 1948 until his retirement in 1986. His community and civic service was significant. He was a member of the Charlotte Rotary Club from 1948 until his death, serving as president and later as a district governor of Rotary District 636 (southwest Michigan). He also served as the personal representative of various presidents of Rotary International to several other states. His service as a Rotarian was marked by many distinctions, including his local club’s Clyde Fulton Community Pride Award; the District Service Award; and the Service Above Self and Distinguished Service Awards – the two highest accolades conferred by Rotary International.

   Stuart was a member of the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Board for more than 25 years and a member of the Friends of Maple Hill Cemetery Board for more than 30 years. He was a leader in the establishment of a new community library, a past member of the Charlotte City Council, and a member of the city of Charlotte’s Economic Development Corporation and Board of Review. Stuart was one of the first general chairman of Charlotte Frontier Days. He was also a long-time lay leader at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and past commander of the Greenwalt-Flaherty American Legion Post.

   Stuart and Jean were constant companions and immensely enjoyed traveling together to visit their grandchildren, winters in Florida and Arizona, and took many international trips that included: Austria, the Caribbean, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

   He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Patricia (Gary) Webber of St. Cloud, Minn., and grandsons, Stuart and Grant; son, George (Patricia Jean) of Traverse City and granddaughter Brooke and grandson Jay; and Richard (Judy) of Charlotte and granddaughters Kathryn and Jessica (Abraham) and grandson Ted (Jodi). He is also survived by his nephew Stuart (Carol) Bearup of Twin Falls, Idaho.

   He was preceded in death by his brother Ross.

   Memorial services were held at Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to one or more of the following: Eaton Community Hospice, Friends of Maple Hill Cemetery, Hayes Green Beach Hospital, or the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Joan A. Beck

 

   Joan A. “Jo” Beck, 82, of East Lansing, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005.

   Mrs. Beck was born May 11, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Arthur and Helen (West) Van Epps.

   She is survived by sons, Vance (Kathy) McCrumb of Milan, Mich., and Mark I. McCrumb III of Charlotte; daughter, Linda Snitgen of Charlotte; half-brother, Norbert McKay; special close cousin, Betty Rennaker; special nieces and nephews and good friends, Dora Romig, Rosemary Huhn and Dale Behnke.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Mike Van Epps, and a sister, Zella Rademacher.

   There will be no services.

   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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Katie L. Bell

 

   Katie Louise Bell, 83, of Olivet, died Wednesday, May 25, 2005.

   Mrs. Bell was born Feb. 2, 1922 in Georgia, the daughter of Whit Ransom and Lillie (Boswell) Osborne. Katie had worked as a nurse’s aide and she loved flowers and walking.

   She is survived by daughters, Joyce (Terry) Parish of Chesaning, Katie (Larry) Curtiss of Olivet; son, Walt Bell of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren; sisters, Lola Pitts, Jennie Scoggins and Lucille Partin; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Bell, in 1989; and grandson David Brimmer in 1977.

   Graveside services were held May 27 at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet, with Pastor Marten Saunders officiating.

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

 

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Brian M. Bennett

 

   Brian M. Bennett, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away August 4, 2005 in Carson City. He was born May 18, 1940, the son of Carl and Sally Bennett and brother of Barb Lampson.

   He is survived by his wife Merry, daughters, Becky (Bill) Hoag, Wendy (Jeff) Moncada, Lisa (Frank) Pack and seven grandchildren. There will be no memorial service.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City.

 

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Charles E. Bennett

 

   Charles E. Bennett, age 83, of Lansing, died Tuesday, March 8, 2005. He was born May 21, 1921 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Timothy and Mary (Martin) Bennett. Chuck served in the Army during World War II, stationed in Germany, France and South Africa. He retired in 1987 with 32 years of service from Dard Plumbing & Heating in Lansing as a Plumber, Welder and Pipefitter. He was a member of the Plumber & Pipefitters Local #333.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years Dorothy; 2 sons Edward (Anne) Bennett of Lansing and James (Kelly) Bennett of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Christine (Manny) Medeiros of Lansing; 3 grandchildren, Marcy Warner, Angela and Katelyn Bennett; brother, James (Carolyn) Bennett of Palmetto, FL and sister, Mary Alice (John) Kovac of Ashburn, GA; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were on March 12 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Dorris Bennett

 

   Dorris Ethel Bennett, of Lansing, formerly of Bellevue, died Dec. 1, 2005 at Grandhaven Living Center in Lansing.

   She was born April 28, 1921 to Edmund R. and Ethel M. (Born) Fish in Clarendon Township. She graduated from Litchfield High School and Argubright Business College. Dorris worked as a bookkeeper for Bellevue schools for 22 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church, the Lioness Club and the Michigan School Employee Retiree Association. She taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir.

   She is survived by sons, Robert (Lynne) Bennett of Battle Creek, David (Marianne) Bennett of Grand Haven, James (Deborah Martens) Bennett of Mason; daughters, Barbara (Robert) Drake of Alexandria, VA, Colleen Drake of Lansing, Gail (John) Ostrowski of Battle Creek; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Lewis of Black Creek, N.Y.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister.

   Services were held Dec. 6 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue United Methodist Church or the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

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

 

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Nancy L. Bennett

 

   Nancy L. Bennett, 66, of Springport, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 24, 2005.

   Mrs. Bennett was born May 16, 1938 in St. Johns, the daughter of Glen and Violet Irene (Hessick) Teed. Nancy was a Avon representative and she enjoyed dancing, music and was an animal lover. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 2406.

   She is survived by daughter, Kally Jo (Ronald) Stoye of Springport, Deborah (Michael) Brehm of Huntley, Ill.; son, Donald W. (Leslie) Bennett of Bellevue; and five grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; and a brother, William Lay.

   Funeral services were held March 28 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Jay Phelps officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Harold Benward

 

   Harold Benward, 85, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Albion, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 at his home.

   He was born April 16, 1920 in Scarboro, W.V., to Robert and Olga (Romm) Benward, Harold served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. On Oct. 25, 1947 he married Ruth Shannon; she survives. He worked for several years at Union Steel, Albion Malleable Iron and also Sherer Gillett in Marshall. After retiring, he was the facility supervisor at McDonald’s in Albion for 10 years. Harold was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Lansing. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, hunting and fishing.

   Survivors include: his wife, Ruth Benward of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Bonnie (Greg) Cox of Hampton, Va.; sons, Harold Jay (Sandy) Benward of Potterville and Philip James Benward of Eaton Rapids; sister, Laura B. (Ellery) Morgan of Albion; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

   Preceding him in death were two sisters, Marie and Zouie; and four brothers, Bob, Buddy, Eddie and Billy.

   Funeral service was held Dec. 9 at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion, with Rev. Gregory Cox and Daniel Benward officiating. Interment followed at Albion Memory Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

 

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William D. Berkompas

 

   William D. Berkompas, 59, of Charlotte, died Sept. 10, 2005 as the result of an auto accident.

   Mr. Berkompas was born Oct. 2, 1945 in Grand Rapids, the son of Erwin and Donna (Williams) Berkompas. He was an avid railroad enthusiast and artist. Mr. Berkompas had been retired from Consumers Energy after 36 years and was a member of Charlotte First Baptist church, Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, and the Charlotte Optimist Club. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and owned Technical Press Limited-Railroad Drawings.

   Mr. Berkompas is survived by his wife, Dotti; daughter, Brenda (Dave) Tenison of Pittsburgh, Pa.; son, Phil (Jennifer) Berkompas of Charlotte; mother, Donna Berkompas of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren; Sarah and Brooke Tenison and Austin Berkompas; sisters, Cindy (Dave) Wolfert of Jenison and Peg (Sheldon) Wieland of Walker; sister-in-law, Kay McKim of Bad Axe; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon and Lee Swick of Clio; and several nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Berkompas was preceded in death by his father, Erwin Berkompas, in 1988.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at charlotte First Baptist Church, with interment following at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte First Baptist Church or Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso.

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

 

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Martha (Moore) Betz

 

   Martha (Moore) Betz of Springport, passed away Friday, November 4, 2005 after a several year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Martha was born August 31, 1925, in Elnora, Indiana, the third of four children born to Orville Herman Moore and Enid Mae Williams. Martha graduated from Holt High School in 1942. She then attended County Normal in Mason to become a certified teacher. Martha’s County Normal class recently celebrated their 61st reunion. Martha married G. Chester Betz on August 17, 1947. Two sons were born to this union, Tom in 1948 and Robert in 1956. Martha earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University in the mid-1960s. Martha taught school in one-room schools in the Aurelius area and near Albion. Martha taught in the Jackson Northwest Schools until retirement. Martha was active in Griffith United Methodist Church, UMW, Springport OES, Northwest Retired Teachers, and volunteered for Youth Haven Ranch. In OES, she was Worthy Matron, Grand Representative of Michigan, County Association President, and a Michigander member. In addition to her parents and husband, Martha is predeceased by sister Marcella Bell, brothers, Milton and Conroy Moore, daughter-in-law Linda Betz, grandson George Betz, and infant granddaughter Sheila Betz.

   Martha’s survivors include her much-loved sons Tom of Springport and Roger (Alice) of Eaton Rapids. She was a warm and loving grandma to Tammie (Dan) Peterson; Loren (Kelly), William, and Randy Betz of Springport and Melanie and Christopher Betz of Eaton Rapids. She especially enjoyed her great grandchildren Lurah and Tommy Peterson and Zachery and Luke Betz. Martha is also survived by her brothers- and sisters-in-law Joyce Moore of Dimondale; Ethel Betz of Annapolis, Maryland; Lorna Blair of California; Roscoe and Ophelia Betz of Dallas, Texas; and, Neil and Janet Betz of Ragland, Alabama.

   Martha will be greatly missed by all show knew and loved her. Visitation was held at the J. C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel on Monday, November 7, from 5 to 7 P.M. A memorial service will be held at Griffith United Methodist church, Springport, Today November 8, 2005 at 2:30 P.M. with Reverends Jack Fugate and Merlin Pratt officiating. An Eastern Star Memorial service will be held at the Griffith Church during the memorial service. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery. Her charities include Springport Are Foundation for Education and Griffith Church Building Fund.

 

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Grover A. Bibler

 

   Grover A. Bibler, age 60, of Springport, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2005 in Albion. Grover was born March 28, 1945 in Springport Twp., the son of Scott and Bertha (Taylor) Bibler. He was a retired co-owner of the Tip-Top Tree Service and formerly employed with Nelson Tree Service and Michigan Shade Tree. Grover enjoyed shooting pool (in two leagues), hunting, fishing, and was a big NASCAR fan. Grover was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Robert, Scott, and Billy; three sisters, Madge, Carol, and Doris.

   Grover is survived by his wife of 36 years, Pauline Bibler; children, William “Willie” (Brenda) Campbell of Parma, Sandy (Tim) Bunker of Springport, Allen (Bernadine Scott) Bibler of Eaton Rapids, Grover Bibler, Jr. of TX, and Jackie Bibler of TX; 12 grandchildren; three sisters, Louise Linton of TX, Alice (Dusty) Rhoades of Pleasant Lake, Peg (Eugene) Hunter of Albion; sister-in-law, Kathleen Bibler of Eaton Rapids; several nieces & nephews; and partner and friend, Calbert England.

   Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Springport Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Grover Bibler Memorial Fund in his memory. www.shellodell.com.

 

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Ida E. Bickel

 

   Ida E. (Lindsley) Bickel, 80, of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Battle Creek and Springport (Narrow Lake), died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005 at the Hospice of Volusia-Flagler in Port Orange.

   Mrs. Bickel was born in Aurelius, the daughter of Herman R. and Pearl (Manwarren) Lindsley.

   Surviving is: son, Paul R. (Claudia) Bickel of Port Orange, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill R. Bickel, in 1985; a son, Phillip E. Bickel, in 2000; and a half-brother, Harry W. Burch, in 1982.

   Graveside services and interment were held Feb. 18 at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens Chapel, Battle Creek, with Paul Bickel officiating.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Hilda M. Bienz

 

   Hilda M. Bienz, age 88, of Okemos, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away peacefully at her home with the loving care of her family and Hospice on Friday, June 3, 2005. She was born April 29, 1917 in Brookfield Twp., the daughter of Cecil and Kathryn (Arksey) Swan. Hilda and her husband owned C&H Tool & Die Co. of Jackson, retiring in 1977. She was a life member of the Eaton rapids Eastern Star #241, a Brownie Leader in Lansing and A Girl Scout Leader in Okemos. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Clifford Bienz, and her sister, Maxine Stebbins of Charlotte.

   Hilda is survived by two daughters, Karlee Kaye Best of Palm Coast, FL, Tonda Lee (Leonard) Gordon of Lansing; five grandchildren, James (Amy) Olmstead, Jason Best, David Gordon, Leslie Gordon, Karen (Weston) Wiler; three great grandsons, Brogan and Colton Wiler, Aden Olmstead; one brother, James (June) Swan of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. Although we will miss her, we take comfort in knowing she is at home with her husband, friends, and her Heavenly Father.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, June 6 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. An Order of the Eastern Star service was held on Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing in memory of Hilda Bienz.

 

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Anthony J. Bivins

 

   Anthony “Tony” James Bivins, 20, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 20, 2005.

   Mrs. Bivins was born Oct. 10, 1984 in Jackson, the son of John and Chyleene (Ambrose) Bivins. Tony attended the Charlotte Assembly of God. He loved sports, especially basketball.

   He is survived by his parents, brother Keith and sister Brandy; grandparents, Betty (Dan Doolitte) Ambrose, Keith and Carol Ambrose, Charles and Lora Standfell; great grandparents, Floyd and Bertha Davis; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held March 24 at Charlotte Assembly of God, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Frank Blanchard Jr.

 

   Frank F. Blanchard Jr., 69, of Charlotte, passed away Jan. 10, 2005 in Lansing.

   Frank was a retired heavy equipment operator with 35 years of service for the Operating Engineers Union Local 324 and loved his dog, Sam.

   He was predeceased by his parents, Frank F. Sr. and Berniece Mae (Graves) Blanchard.

   Surviving are his sons, Frank F. III (Brenda) of Mulliken and Todd R. of Charlotte; grandchildren, Todd V., Monique, and Dustin Blanchard, Brandon Myers, Justin Morris, Nicole Weller, Brady Myers and Kyle Myers; brother, Ronald Blanchard of Grand Ledge; and sister, Joyce Leonard of Grand Blanc.

   Services were held Jan. 14 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Rev. Robert Etzel of Independent Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at Union Cemetery, Oneida Township, Eaton County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Needmore Independent Baptist Church Building Fund or the Eagle Park.

 

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Earl Boehmer

 

   Earl W. Boehmer, 78, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Earl was born June 25, 1927 in Royal Oak, the son of Lewis and Monica (Henne) Boehmer. He was a 9145 graduate of Rochester High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, being discharged from the service upon the death of his father, returning home to care for his mother and sister. Earl was a lifelong farmer and a self-employed plumber. He had been employed in the Detroit Air Defense Sector, Vahs Standard Service and Top Notch Heating & Plumbing of Olivet, Behnke Plumbing and Hayes Green Beach Hospital of Charlotte, and Olivet College. With his wife, he owned and operated the former Bib-N-Tucker Restaurant in Olivet. He was a former Kalamo Township supervisor and assessor, was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Charlotte and the Eaton County Farm Bureau, and had been active in the Spaulding 4-H Club. He enjoyed going to McDonald’s for coffee.

   Surviving are his special friend, Frances Pease of Bellevue; five children, Mary Ann (John) Gehrig of Marshall, Robert (Mary) Boehmer of Bellevue, Earl (Kristin) Boehmer of Olivet, James (Spring) Boehmer of Olivet and Mark (Debora) Boehmer of Olivet; 18 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Boughton of Marshall.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 48 years, Thela Ann (DeLong) Boehmer, on March 12, 2001.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was held Nov. 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Fr. Douglas Osborn officiating. Interment was at Kalamo (Hillside) Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Bartolacci Scholarship Fund or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Steven Bohus

 

   Steven Alexander Bohus, 48, of Charlotte, passed away Nov. 23, 2005.

   Steven was born April 3, 1957 in Charlotte, the son of Stefan and Gloria (Pena) Bohus, and was a resident of Eaton County most of his life. Steven was passionate about ministry and traveled to Africa and South America as a missionary, and worked in conjunction with local and national governments to establish medical and dental clinics abroad. He cared deeply for the poor and worked to ease suffering wherever he saw it. After starting a nonprofit organization, International Family Care Services, Steven worked tirelessly to ship equipment and supplies to those who needed it most. Most recently he spearheaded a major relief effort for those suffering after the hurricanes in the south and filled a large container with equipment to be shipped to Iraq. Steven could liven any occasion with his sense of humor and booming laugh.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Stefan Bohus; mother, Gloria Bohus; and brothers, John and Michael Bohus.

   He is survived by his wife, Wendy (Parish) Bohus; children, Steven Bohus, Christine (Daniel) Schoettle and Leslie Bohus; sisters, Sandra Haman, Diana LaClair, Nancy Firlan, Carol Fox and Linda Strittmater; and a brother, David Bohus.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Glen Ellis officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to International Family Care Services.

 

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Darwin Bolles

 

   Darwin “Butch” Bolles, 59, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005.

   Mr. Bolles was born Oct. 3, 1945 in Muskegon, the son of Leonard and Florence (Palmer) Bolles. He was a machinist at Dart container and was the owner of Belles Cutter Grinding. He was family oriented and always had a shoulder available to lean on. Mr. Bolles enjoyed his model trains, rebuilding computers, reading and bird watching.

   He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sisters, Mary (Richard) Gargett of Lansing and Barbara (Martin) Greene of Spring Lake.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 28 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Becky Morrison officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Potterville United Methodist church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Gladys R. Booth

 

   Gladys Ruth Booth, 93, of Charlotte, died Friday, June 24, 2005.

   Mrs. Booth was born Dec. 18, 1911 in Arenac, the daughter of William Washington Edmonds and Zoa Glover. She is fondly remembered by generations as the “candy lady” at G.C. Murphy’s Dimestore in Charlotte, where she worked as a clerk until her retirement in 1975. She also previously worked at Wilcox Gay in Charlotte and during World War II, at the Eaton Corporation in Battle Creek. She was a Red Cross volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital and a member of Rebekah Lodge NO. 68 for 75 years, as well as a member of Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, and collecting rocks from around the country to border her flower gardens. She belonged to Calvary Baptist church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her daughter, Lucille Hogle of Charlotte; grandchildren, T.K. (Dan) Banks of Climax, Tammy (Kirk) French of Charlotte, Chuck (Shelley) Hogle of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.; great grandchildren, Melissa (Joe) Kane of Chicago, Ill., Andrew Banks of Climax, Tyler French, Ashley French and Amanda French, all of Charlotte, Austin Hogle of North Carolina, Megan and Cameron Hogle, both of Tennessee; and a brother, Clare Edmonds of Alabama.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Booth; son-in-law, Norman Hogle; and six brothers.

   Funeral services were held June 28 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Brad McLure officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill cemetery in 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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Norma Bosworth

 

   Norma A. Bosworth, 95, of Grand Ledge, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 26, 2005 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, following a short illness.

   Mrs. Bosworth was born Sept. 17, 1910 in Vermontville, a daughter of Douglas and Nora (Grant) McNabb.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Don E. “Stub” Bosworth, in 1994.

   Surviving are two daughter, Barbara Allen of New Port Richey, Fla. and Karen McGlaughlin of Charlotte; one son, Edwin (Ruth) Bosworth of Cadillac; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; loving companion, Max; very special friend, Pat Simpson; and her care-givers, Betty Davidson, Karen Halliwill and Holly Hartsuff.

   Services were held Oct. 29 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were LaVell Howe, Chantz Large, Don Rogers, Greg Simpson, Jeremy Williams and Marty Williams.

 

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Dorothy Elizabeth Bovee

 

   Dorothy Elizabeth Bovee, age 80 years, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, January 4, 2005 in Dimondale. Dorothy was born September 4, 1924 in Anderson, IN, the daughter of Paul and Dorothy (Lucas) Hoard, Sr. A faithful member of St. Peter church in Eaton Rapids, Dorothy also spent her life devoted to her two husbands, Don and Jacques, and raising her 8 children. She was a registered nurse, a member of the Eaton Rapids Library Board and the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary. Dorothy was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Rex Mohr in 1969, second husband, Jacques Bovee in 1976, son-in-law, Kenneth McCaleb in 2004 and sister, Virginia May.

   Dorothy is survived by 8 children, Jo (Phil) Vanderkarr of Kalkaska, Michael (Su) Mohr of Austin, TX, Dorothy McCaleb of Cookville, TN, Margaret “Peg” (Donald) Kowalk of Eaton Rapids, Patricia (Steve) Rojas of Lansing, Maureen “Mo” (Mike) Bivens of Battle Creek, Patrick (Amy) Mohr of Door and Donald (Amy) Mohr of Wayland; 26 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; 1 brother, Paul (Virginia) Hoard Jr. of Jackson; 1 sister, Louis (Robert) Duhan of Tecumseh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Resurrection was prayed on Friday, January 7, 2005 at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Dimondale Center Recreation Dept. or Island View Adult Foster Care in memory of Dorothy Bovee. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Charles P. Bowerman

 

   Charles P. Bowerman, 51, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005.

   Mr. Bowerman was born Dec. 26, 1953, in Lansing, the son of Weldon and Margaret (Draper) Bowerman. Charles was a Charlotte postal carrier, past commander of American Legion Post 42 of Charlotte, was a current member of Vermontville American Legion Post 222 and 40&8 Voiture 946 in Lansing. Charles enjoyed playing cards and was a member of the NRA and the Eaton County Buck Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Carrie; son, Michael Phillip of Charlotte; daughter, Carrie Belle (Steve) Crigier of Newberry; parents, Weldon and Margaret Bowerman and Stacey Lynne Bowerman of Potterville; mother-in-law, Frances Vandlen of Charlotte; sister, Pamala Bannick of Jenison; brother, William D. Bowerman; half-brothers, Vernon R. Bowerman and Jerry Bowerman; half-sisters, Debra Sanders and Lucille Hargrave; brothers-in-law, Merwin (Pam) and Dan (Sandy) Vandlen; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Gary) White; godson, Dale Allen White; 12 nieces and nephews and two great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Donald Boyer

 

   Donald Boyer, 78, of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Bellevue, died Oct. 16, 2005 in Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City, Fla.

   He was born Jan. 22, 1927 to Fred and Clara (Anderson) Boyer in Bellevue. During World War II Donald served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for more than 27 years as a meat cutter for A& P Grocery Store. Donald enjoyed all sports and just recently began playing golf.

   Donald married Eileen Evensen Jan. 19, 1946; she survives. Also surviving are sons, Ronald Boyer of San Francisco, Calif., Edward Boyer of Lakeland, Fla., Robert Boyer of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Donna Hartson of Sterling Heights, Lisa Bloom of Belleview, Fla., Cynthia Sherrill of Summerfield, Fla., Debra Grillo of Fishers, Ind.; 18 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and a brother, Ernest Boyer of Bellevue.

   Services were held Oct. 21 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Fr. William Koenigsknecht officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church and Alzheimer’s Association. Further information is available at www.shawfunerlahome.com.

 

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Daniel L. Bracy

 

   Daniel Leon Bracy, 50, of Bellevue, died Friday, April 15, 2005. Mr. Bracy was born June 18, 1954 in Battle Creek, the son of Leslie Junior and Dorothy Anne (Fleming) Bracy. He was a tool and die maker for 29 years for Progressive Dynamics in Marshall. He enjoyed fishing, movies, travel and family and friends.

   He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Beth” (Daly); son, Jerry (Jodi) Bracy of Charlotte; daughters, Laura Bracy of Bellevue and Carrie Dale of Bellevue; mother, Dorothy Fuller of Nashville; grandchildren, Brooke, Kirsten, Olivia, Chayne and Dalton; sisters, Margaret (Tom) Andreas of Olivet and Virginia Barrett of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Junior Bracy, in 1983. Funeral services were held April 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Battle Creek Health System Cancer Care Unit. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Joy Bradley

 

   Joy Bradley, 83 of Spring Hill, Fla., died Aug. 16, 2005 at home. She was born in Battle Creek and moved to Florida 43 years ago from Bellevue.

   Joy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Carleton (Milt) Bradley.

   She remained a loving and giving mother to the end to her two daughters, Gay (Arthur) Cash of Dunwoody, Ga. And Glee (Craig) Gates of Spring Hill, Fla. Other survivors include granddaughters Marla (Giuseppe) Prestigiacomo and Mandy (Kenneth) McMullin; great grandchildren, Margherita, Savannah, Paolo, Francesca and Antonio, all of Spring Hill; her sister, Edith Walsh of Battle Creek and several nieces and nephews.

   Joy was an auxiliary member to VFW Post 8681 and she held several offices including Worthy Matron in the Olivet Order of the Eastern Star. What she gave of herself to her family is priceless and the loss of her in our daily lives is immeasurable.

   Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 698 S. Broad St., Brooksville, Fla. 34601.

   A private burial at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue will take place at a later date.

   The family is being served locally by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. More information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Russell W.  Bradley

 

   Russell Wayne Bradley, 83, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005.

   Mr. Bradley was born April 14, 1922 in Chester Township, the son of the late Frank Bradley and the late Carrie (Whelan) Bradley. As a senior at Charlotte High School, Russell earned the state champion title in both cross-country and the mile run. He was a local farmer and also worked for Wilcox-Gay in charlotte. He continued farming until his passing, and had been a school board member for the old Quantrell School. His hobbies included bird watching, photography and woodworking. He particularly enjoyed the many family gatherings.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Schunemann) Bradley; daughters, Linda (Ray) Peterson, Sharon (John) Franks; sons, Dale (Jane) Bradley, Ivan (Beverly) Bradley; daughter, Connie (John) Bobcik; sons, Glen (Judy) Bradley, Roger (Lynda) Bradley; 14 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great grandsons; three sisters, Ruth Wright, Doris Kent and Esther Friel.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arthur, Paul and Elmer Bradley; and sister, Frances Canfield.

   Funeral service was held May 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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M. Jean Brand

 

   M. Jean Brand passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005.

   Jean was born Dec. 16, 1932 in Akron, Ohio. During her life, she served in the U.S. Navy and worked many years as an executive secretary in Lansing’s State Capital. In 1978 she moved from Lansing to Huntington Beach, Calif., where she resided until 2001 when she returned to Michigan to live near family.

   Jean is survived by three children, Cheryl Brand of Lansing, Tari Brand of Santa Ana, Calif., and Jeff (Tammie) Brand of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Addy and Madeline Brand-Rabinovitch, and Gina, John and Jeremy Brand; one brother, Richard (Betsy) Florence of Arizona; and one sister, Judy (Steve) Dobos of Florida.

   Cremation has taken place. A luncheon memorial celebrating her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. at 5397 Packard Hwy, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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James E. Briggs

 

   James Elwin Briggs, 71, of Ionia, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005.

   Mr. Briggs was born Dec. 5, 1933 in Charlotte, the son of Nyle and Ethelwyn (Ives) Briggs. He formerly owned Briggs Electric in Ionia until the early ‘70s. He was then employed at the Lansing State Journal for more than 20 years as a master electrician. In his spare time he enjoyed model trains, woodworking and boating.

   He is survived by sons, Rodney (Ronda), Bradley (Gailene), Dennis (Vicki), and Scott (Michelle) Briggs, all of Ionia; daughters, Teressa Briggs and Chris (Kim) Rowley of Ionia and Karen (Rich) Taylor of Byron Center; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; brothers, William (Judy) of Battle Creek and Joseph (Connie) of Charlotte; and a sister, Judy Hartgerink of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ardyce, in 2002.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Kenneth Harger officiating. Interment was at Kalamo Cemetery.

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

 

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James Edward Brininstool

 

   James Edward Brininstool, age 33, died July 20, 2005. He was born January 12, 1972 in Lansing, Michigan. He was the son of Howard & Terry Hector and Gary Brininstool of Eaton Rapids. Jimmy was a self-employed laborer. He loved NASCAR, Jeff Gordon, hunting, fishing, music and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his son Dillon Allen and Grandparents Bill & Betty Baker and Claude & Ella Brininstool.

   Surviving is his loving and devoted wife, Ronda Brininstool; Jimmy’s pride & joy – his children: Jacob, Joshua, Dakota & Jimmy Jr.; 7 brothers: Gary (Shelly) Brininstool of Detroit; Michael (Angela) Brininstool of Battle Creek; Jesse (Heidi) Brinistool of Eaton Rapids; Howard (Valarie) Hector of Leslie: Chad Hector of Eaton Rapids and Aaron Brininstool of Minnesota, 2 sisters: Cheryl Hector (Daniel Coats) of Eaton Rapids and Angela (James) Bills of Eaton Rapids. Special brother-in-law Chuck Pratt; nephews: Dustin, Gage, Michael, Justin, Jonah, Stephen, Howard, Steven & Michael. Nieces: Kelsey, Courtney, Ashley, Emily, Jenna, Ashlee, Shyann, Brooke, Nichole, Sonya, Crystal and McKenzie. Jimmy loved each & every one of his nieces & nephews with all his heart. He is also survived by several aunts & uncles. Jimmy will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. May he finally rest in Peace.

   Graveside services were held on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were by Skinner Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the family at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Mary M. Britton-Menold

 

   Mary Mae Britton-Menold, 73, of Olivet, died at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 28, 2005.

   Mary was born June 17, 1931 in Knobel, Ark. To George Taylor and Della (Archer) Fraine. She grew up in Knobel and graduated from Knobel High School in June of 1949. She was married Nov. 5, 1949 in Knobel to Joseph R. Britton. The couple moved to the Marshall-Olivet area that year. They returned to Arkansas for a short time, and moved back to the area in 1952. Mary was a homemaker. Mr. Britton preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1984. On Oct. 22, 2000 she was married to Russell J. Menold in Hesperia.

   She was a past member of Olivet Order Of The Eastern Star 685, and formerly attended the Marshall Church of God. Currently she attended Hesperia Presbyterian Church. Mary enjoyed the past nine winters in Florida, where she enthusiastically sought out garage sales and flea markets. She occasionally liked to fish, and had done a lot of sewing in the past.

   Surviving are her husband, Russell; three sons, Joseph R. Britton Jr. and Rickey D. (Rebecca) Britton, both of Olivet, and John T. (Sheri) Britton of Marshall; two daughters, Darlene (Scott) McNabb of Richland and Mary Beth (Timothy) Britton-Goff of Battle Creek; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; three step-daughters, Marcia (Gary) Woods of Hesperia, Linda (James) Reynolds of North Muskegon, and Judy (Joseph) Kennedy of Holt; seven step-grandchildren and 10 step-great grandchildren; a brother, Loie Franie of Knobel, Ark.; two sisters, Jenny (George) Chestnut of Nashville, Tenn., and Juanita (Max) Hoyal of Clamath Falls, Ore.; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   Services were held March 5 at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall, with Pastor Jeff Davis of Dexter Lake Church of God officiating. Scott L.W. McNabb, Scott L. McNabb, Richard Britton, John Britton, Chad Britton and Geoffrey Britton served as pallbearers. Interment followed at Oakridge Cemetery.

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

 

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Edna M. Brocker

 

   Edna M. Brocker, born Oct. 17, 1912 in Mishawaka, Ind., passed away Feb. 22, 2005.

   Edna worked 23 years for the Kellogg Company.

   Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Harold C. Brocker, who passed away Aug. 17, 1992.

   Surviving are her children, Jean and Gaylord Terwilliger of Caledonia, David and Pat Brocker of Livingston, Texas, and Dan and Lynn Brocker of Cape Coral, Fla.; seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; two sisters, Helen Majeski of Saginaw and Mildred Lehman of Grand Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Steve Covert officiating. Private family interment was held at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

   Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Marjory Bronson

 

   Marjory Deiter Bronson, of Charlotte, formerly of Okemos and Lansing, passed away Dec. 23, 2005 in her own bed, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

   She was born April 13, 1925 to Elton and Sara (Schafer) Hybskmann, joining a brother, Howard, and sisters, Beth and Frances, all of whom preceded her in death. Marjory married Dr. John Deiter in 1946. Together they raised five children until his death in 1968. They resided in Okemos.

   She was married to Richard Bronson in 1988 until he died in 1990. At the time of her passing, Marjory was living with Sara and Roger in Charlotte where she was cherished by her grandchildren, Amanda, Brinna, Christa, Randy, Laurel, Tabatha and Robert (all Deiter), Karen Mathes, and Meredith Schiebner.

   She was tenderly cared for by Candy Obrinski to whom the family is forever grateful. Until she was devastated by Alzheimer’s disease, Marjory dedicated her life to teaching the multi-handicapped at the Beekman Center, Plymouth Home, and Michigan School for the Blind. She continuously challenged the system to provide better care to the handicapped, as had her husband before her. The family expressed appreciation to Visiting Nurse’s Hospice, especially Kay and Heidi, for their exceptional care. Marjory loved life and her family.

   Marjory was preceded in death by: a daughter, Jane, in 1975; and a son, Jerry (wife Peggy, children John (Amy) and Kamela), in 1998.

   Surviving is: her daughters, Sara (Roger French) Deiter, Dr. Pamela Deiter-Sands (Joseph, David) and Philinda (Joe) McCracken (Abby, Jessica).

   A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Christ United Methodist Church in Lansing, where she was a member for many years. She will be interred next to her husband and daughter in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Easter Seals, Alzheimer’s Association or St. Vincent Home for Children. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Raymond Earl “Ray” Brooks

 

   Raymond Earl “Ray” Brooks, age 73, of Eaton Rapids, was released from this earthly place on Friday, July 22, 2005. He was born in Lansing on October 21, 1931, the son of Earl L. and Jennie (Francis) Brooks. Ray was a proud member of the Eastern High School class of 1949, senior class vice-president and later regularly participated in class reunion preparations and activities. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and, after returning from active duty, worked at Oldsmobile and attended Lansing Business University. Ray was a “people person” in every aspect of his life. He worked for nearly 40 years as a salesman in the steel supply industry, beginning with Jacklin Steel and retiring from Also Steel.

   Ray met his wife of 49 years, Jane F. (Hall), on a blind date in 1954 and they married in 1956. Also surviving are his children, Cathy (Joe) Demorest, Cristy Brooks, Ray W. Brooks; grandchildren, Jessica, Nicholas and Anthony Demorest, Samuel and Joseph Brooks; sisters-in-law, Sharon Stadt, Sue Brooks and Nancy Snyder; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Sue Norris and Larry Bibler.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Francis Brooks. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 25, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Sparrow Hospice Foundation. www.shellyodell.com. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.”

 

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Judith C. Brown

 

   Judith Claire Brown, 64, of Bellevue, died June 14, 2005 at home.

   She was born Jan. 15, 1941 to Lloyd Guy and Bertha Pearl (Jones) Roush in Charlotte. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1959 and worked 22 years as a teaching assistant for Bellevue schools. She was a member of Bellevue First Baptist Church and enjoyed cross-stitching. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and going to garage sales with friends.

   Judy married Ross Brown on March 7, 1962; he survives. Also surviving are son, Ross (Kathi) Brown Jr. of Tekonsha; daughters, Shannon (George) Rousseau of Belding and Autumn  (Brian) Zook of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; six grandchildren; and brothers, Donald Roush of Dayton, Tenn., and Jerry Roush of Lacey.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lloyd, Bill and Dickey Roush; and a sister, Norma Jean Newton.

   Funeral services were held June 18 at Bellevue First Baptist Church, with Rev. Don Francis officiating. Interment was at Bell Cemetery, Assyria Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Michigan Kidney Foundation. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Ruby S. Brown

 

   Ruby S. Brown, age 92, of Eaton Rapids, died May 7, 2005, surrounded by her family. Ruby was born July 23, 1912 in Eaton Rapids. God’s flower garden has been made more beautiful by the addition of Ruby Brown. Everyone’s life that she touched sensed a peace that only comes from knowing the Maker as she did all her life. There were times she wondered if she had done enough, but the final Judge knew she had. In all the pictures of our mother, not one has anything but a smile and a peaceful look for all observers. Ruby had suffered those last three years but due to the extraordinary sacrifices of her daughter Patricia, she was able to continue and inspire all of us. God was working through her daughter. Even amongst the physical pain, Ruby thought of others first. She taught her children how to play golf, how to get along, and ultimately how to live and love. You could never catch up on the local gossip from Ruby because she never had anything bad to say about anyone, choosing to either remember the good or remain silent. One of her favorite sayings was “If you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything.”

   She leaves behind only friends and loved ones. Included in her family are her daughter Patricia (John) Mercer and sons Edward (Judith), Roger (Johanna), and Steven (Valerie) and her precious 7 grandchildren, Kirstin, Gregory, Jack, Jonathan, Rebecca, Elisabeth, and Rachel. She now joins many loved ones including her father and mother (Frank and Mary Shopbell), husband Howard with whom she shared 50 years and with whom she showed extreme love and patience, and her sister Ava. She will always be amongst us, but for the present there surely exists a gaping hole in our lives. Thank you for always being there for us.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at Noon at Aurelius Baptist church, 4419 W. Barnes Road, Mason, with the Rev. Stephen Aikin, officiating.

 

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Virgie C. Brown

 

   Virgie C. Brown, 61, of Lakeview, passed away Monday, April 4, 2005 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids.

   She was born in Flint on Sept. 22, 1943, the daughter of Virgil and Juanita Mae (McGeathy) Jones. Virgie devoted her entire life to her loving family and dear friends.

   She is survived by her children, Kimberly (Corey) Newland of Lakeview, Daniel (Deena) Mahoney of Charlotte, Patricia (Joe) Sanders of charlotte, Jerry Brown (fiancée Amber) of Greenville, Tom Brown of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren and one great grandson; one sister, Loleita (Don) Winans of Burton; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Jones; mother, Juanita McLain; and a brother, James Jones.

   Services were held April 8 at Lakeview Baptist church in Lakeview, with Rev. Zane Abberger officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to her family. Arrangements were by Youngman-McCullough Chapel in Lakeview. To send a memorial, visit http://obits.plan4ever.com/virgibrown.

 

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Thelma I. Brownell

 

   Thelma I. Brownell, 84, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2005 in Lansing.

   She was born Sept. 10, 1920 in Shreveport, La. Thelma and George, her husband of 59 years, lived in the Plainwell, Potterville and Lansing areas; George preceded her in death in January of 2004. She retired after 34 years of service from Michigan Bell Telephone Co., where she was a night chief operator. Thelma enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

   She is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Jack) Wardell of Charlotte; grandchildren, George, Paul and Jon Sherman, Robin Maldonado, Nan Sherman, Russell Wardell, Jackie Putnam and Julie Poufcas; many great and great-great grandchildren; and in-laws, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Elder bill Kasten of the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses officiating. Interment followed at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township. Casket bearers were George Sherman, Paul Sherman, Jon Sherman, Scott Ferguson, David Sproul and Andrew Sherman.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Hurricane Relief Fund or Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Eaton Rapids. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Gene D. Brubaker

 

   Gene Duane Brubaker, 75, of Charlotte, passed away April 25, 2005.

   He was born Oct. 21, 1929 in Visalia, Calif., where he worked with his father on a dairy farm. He sold farm machinery in Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan, and was a prison guard for the Michigan prison system. Later he was a caretaker for Gloor Properties. Duane had attended First Baptist Church in Charlotte and Calvary Church in Grand Rapids. He was a kind man with a big heart who will be missed by his close friends in Charlotte; the Bryan VanSkike family, the Marlin Gloor family and the Duane Nichols family.

   Duane is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Vickie of Essex, Iowa; sister, Myrna (William) Mackie of Orange, Calif.; four nieces and two nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher, and his sister, Marian Clawson.

   Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at First Baptist Church of Charlotte, with Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment is in Shenandoah, Iowa.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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James H. Brugh

 

   James H. “Gerald” Brugh, 83, of Battle Creek, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at his residence.

   Mr. Brugh was born Sept. 2, 1922 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the son of William and Hazel (Perry) Brugh and had been a Battle Creek resident since 1961, coming from Charlotte. While in Charlotte, he was employed at Aluminum Extrusions and operated Brugh’s Heating. Since moving to Battle Creek, he had been a Star Route contractor for the U.S. Postal Service, was employed at Clark Equipment and was owner/operator of A-One Lawn Mower Sales & Service. He was a member of Calvary Baptist church in Battle Creek.

   Surviving are his wife of almost 60 years, Betty Jeanne (Payne) Brugh; three daughters, Janice (Gerald) Mills of Aurora, Ill., Penny (Michael) Decker of Battle Creek and Julie (Michael) Armstrong of Battle Creek; sis grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harry and Lawrence Brugh; and two sisters, Blanche Reed and Bertha Scott.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Brian Spencer officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Charles E. Brumm

 

   Charles E. Brumm, 61, of Vermontville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at Pennock Hospital, Hastings.

   Mr. Brumm was born in Kalkaska on July 31, 1943, the son of the late Clyde and Evy Rowley. When Charlie was just a baby he was adopted by Carter and Anna-Mae Brumm. He was raised in the Nashville area and attended are schools, graduating from Maple Valley High School.

   In June 1965 while Charlie was serving his country in the U.S. Army, he married Stawrula Giakousiklidou in Germany. When the couple returned to the United States they made their home in Vermontville, where they raised their family together. Charlie spent the majority of his working career as an over-the-road truck driver. He owned and operated his own truck for more than 20 years, until he retired in 2003. He enjoyed bowling, playing miniature golf and being on the road.

   He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Stawrula; his daughter, Katrina Brumm; sister, Ingrid Simpson; and brothers, Vernon Brumm, David Rowley and Sunny Rowley.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Cora, who passed in 2005.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 17 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, with Pastor Sunny Rowley officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Charlie Brumm. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville.

 

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Inez Ruby Brunton

 

   Inez Ruby Brunton, age 98, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, July 14, 2005 at the Fairview Adult Foster Care Home in Grand Ledge. Inez was born March 28, 1907 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Frank and Maude (Farmer) Mapes. Mrs. Brunton was raised on a farm and for most of her life lived the life of a farmer’s wife. She was a member of the First Baptist church in Eaton Rapids and had been very active at the Eaton Rapids Senior Center and the Mad Hatters Band. She was preceded in death by three husbands, Clare Higdon, Vern Halifax and Claire Brunton.

   Surviving are 3 children, Robert (Peggy) Higdon of Lansing, Louis (Don) VanSluyters of DeWitt and Ronald Higdon of Charlotte; 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, July 18th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids Township, next to her husband Vern Halifax. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either, the Heartland Hospice, Fairview Adult Foster Care Home or the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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Mary L. Brzycki

 

   Mary L. Brzycki, 80, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at her residence after a short illness.

   Mrs. Brzycki was born May 3, 1925 in Kalamo Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Merlin and Essie (Baker) Rich and was a lifelong area resident. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren because they were most important to her. She enjoyed going to garage sales with her husband and liked gardening and her flowers.

   Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Edward Brzycki; five children, Barbra (George) Quillan of Morristown, N.J., Jim (Sandra) Brzycki of Charlotte, Jane (Jay) Cobb of Charlotte, Elaine (LeRoy) Cook of Bellevue and Rosalie (John) Conroy of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; sister, Helen Robinson of Shaftsburg; and half-brother, Jon Rich of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marilyn Baum in 1976; sisters, Bethel Reader and Madeline Wyble; and a brother, Albert Rich.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery.

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

 

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Howard K. Buck

 

   Howard Kendall Buck, known as “Kendall”, 91, of Hastings, passed away May 2, 2005 at Moore’s Adult Foster Care in Charlotte.

   Mr. Buck was born Nov. 10, 1913 in Barry County, the son of John Byington Buck and Anna (Shriber) Buck. Kendall graduated from Woodland High School. He later became a journeyman tool and die maker, working 42 years in machine shops, including more than 32 years at the E.W. Bliss Company in Hastings.

   Kendall married Ethel Alice Crook on Jan. 9, 1937, and together they raised five children on the family farm. They had been married 66 years when Ethel passed away in May of 2003. Kendall lived his entire life in the Hastings area, except for the last three years, which were spent living in Charlotte with his son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Nola Buck. When he was younger, he enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and working in his vegetable garden. The last few years he like to go out for lunch and then spend warm afternoons sitting on the back patio watching the birds, squirrels and bunnies enjoying their lives.

   Mr. Buck was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, Oscar Buck; grandson, Allen Buck; and several half brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are his five children, Doreen (John) Campbell of Charlotte, Douglas (Nola) Buck of Charlotte, Lawrence “Eddy” (Barbara) Buck of Hastings, Marjorie (Dennis) Weingardt of Denver, Colo., Roseanne (David) Beehler of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren< Joan (Michael) Brennan, Thomas Campbell, Kimberlee (Ruben) Mars, Stephanie Buck, Stacey Buck, Nicholas Weingardt, Laura Weingardt, Brandon Beehler, Ryan Beehler, Michelle Beehler; great grandchildren, Samuel, Patrick and Margaret Brennan, and Samantha and Carson Campbell and their mother, Laurie Campbell; two sisters, Orpha Enz-Desgranges and Ascsah Munson-Evrard; and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at Welcome Corners United Methodist Church, with Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Welcome Corners United Methodist Church, 3185 N. M-43 Hwy., Hastings, MI 49058; or the charity of one’s choice. Burial will be at Fuller Cemetery, following the luncheon at the church. Arrangements are by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.

 

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Robert J. Buffenbarger

 

   Robert J. Buffenbarger, 86, of Kalkaska, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005.

   Mr. Buffenbargar was born July 22, 1919 in Eaton County, the son of Emmon and Bertha (Lung) Buffenbarger. Robert retired from Maeward Coupling in 1981. He was a World War II veteran and served more than three years in the South Pacific. Bob loved music and played euphonium for the Central Michigan Area Concert Band for 14 years. In 2004 he performed as a guest artist with the 126th Infantry National Guard Band.

   He is survived by his wife, Elaine, of 60 years; son, Robert II (Pam) of Charlotte; daughter, Debra (Dion) Balliet of Kalkaska; brother, Frank “Budd” Buffenbarger of Segola; sister, Lile (Sam) Southern of Charlotte; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Gilbert.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Larry Brown officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Lemmer Scholarship Fund or Munson Hospice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Sandra Bullock

 

   Sandra Bullock, 64, of Bellevue, passed away June 1, 2005.

   She was dearly loved by her husband and three sons, who were her pride and joy. Sandra loved life to its fullest and loved everyone, especially her extended family. She respected and loved the personnel at Marshall Oaklawn Hospital, including Dr. Shin; they treated her like the lady she was.

   There will be no services.

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

 

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Elma G. Burch

 

   Elma Gene Burch, 80 of Sandpoint, Idaho, died Sept. 21, 2005. Elma was born Feb. 6, 1925 in Lansing. She was raised in Vestaburg, and has spent her last four years in Idaho. Elma was the daughter of Cornelius and Esther (Vibber) Nelson.

   Elma’s children were a main focus in her life. She was an avid seamstress, along with making all her square dance dresses and matching husband’s vests for the many dances they attended. She also made China Dolls, and enjoyed reading and gardening.

   She is survived by daughters, Janice (Gerald) Lovejoy of Eaton Rapids, Patricia Closson of Sandpoint, Idaho, Rebecca (William) Freeman of DeWitt and son Russell Burch, Jr. of Walnut Creek, CA; brothers, Jack (Fran) Gifford of Riverdale, Stan Gifford of Crystal and sister, Dolores Eymann of Lansing; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husband Russell J. Burch, Sr.; daughter, Karen Sue Burch; sisters, Viviane Nelson, Nila Nelson, Virginia Nelson and Betty Nelson and brother Bill Nelson.

   Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids with Reverend Father Bennett Constantine officiating. Interment will be at Ithaca Cemetery in Ithaca.

   Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a Hospice organization. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Isabelle M. Burkett

 

   Isabelle Marie Burkett, 90, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005.

   Mrs. Burkett was born July 8, 1914, the daughter of the late Harry S. Sellen and the late Maude E. (Folk) Sellen.

   She is survived by daughters, Flora G. Cousins of Bellevue, and Rachel (James) Clark of Lake Odessa; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Joni Burkett, Emeline Caroline Sellen and Fern Burkett, and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Holland Burkett, in 2001; daughters, Rosalie Burkett and Shirley Starkweather; and son, William H. Burkett.

   Graveside services were held Jan. 28 at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating.

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

 

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Mildred R. Burkett-Forent

 

   Mildred Rhea Burkett-Forent, 94, of Charlotte, died Friday, July 15, 2005 at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.

   Mrs. Forent was born March 9, 1911 in Lansing, the daughter of Frank and Ethel (McConnal) Proctor. She had been a nurse’s aide until her retirement.

   She is survived by children, Jackie MacDonald of Maryland, Robert (Mary) Burkett and Bonnie (Gary) Everhart of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Proctor, and a sister, Wilma Laing.

   Memorial services were held July 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Irma I. Burkhead

 

   Irma I. Burkhead, 93, of Traverse City, formerly of Charlotte and Olivet, died Friday April 22, 2005 in Traverse City.

   Mrs. Burkhead was born July 17, 1911 in Brownwood, Texas, the daughter of Charles and Etta (Pinson) Irish and had lived in Traverse City since 1990, coming from Charlotte. She was former co-owner, with her husband M. Donald Burkhead, of Burkhead ‘Funeral Homes of Charlotte and Olivet. She had been a member of First Congregational Church UCC, where she was a member of the church choir. While in Charlotte, she was active in many civic organizations and activities, enjoyed entertaining her friends and was an avid bridge player.

   Surviving are her son, M. Douglas (Marguerite) Burkhead of Williamsburg; three granddaughters, Sabrina (Kurt Feikert) Burkhead of Traverse City, Lizabeth (Barry) Riebow of Willamsburg and Danielle (Kevin) Kenworthy of Gallatin, Tenn.; two great grandsons, Spencer Burkhead Riebow and Keaton Kenworthy; and three great granddaughters, Taylor Riebow, Kailee Kenworthy and Kasside Kenworthy.

   Funeral services were held April 28 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Z. William Colson officiating. Interment was at Olivet Cemetery.

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

 

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Florence Carol Bush

 

   Florence Carol Bush of Dundee, Florida, age 78 died Tuesday, October 18 at the Haines City Health Care Center. She was born on January 9, 1927 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Walter and Florence (Roberts) Bartlett. She attended Eaton Rapids Public Schools graduating in 1946, after taking a year off to help her sick mother.

   Carol held a variety of jobs; telephone operator during WWII, secretary for Ken Powers Insurance, cashier for Hausch’s Meat Market and Sparky & Whitey’s Party Store, and press operator at Phillips Screw Manufacturing in Holt. Carol lived in Eaton Rapids until 1980 when she and her husband retired and moved to Dundee, Florida. She loved playing cards, was active on a bowling league for many years and enjoyed golfing several times a week until she became ill two years ago.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Sally Bennet of Eaton Rapids and Marion Youngs of Saginaw, MI; brother, Daniel Bartlett of Eaton Rapids. Surviving is her husband of 62 years, Walter L. Bush of Dundee, FL; son, W. Thomas (Ruth) Bush of Eaton Rapids; daughters, Linda Hoyland of Lansing and Laura (Charles) Andrews of Mason; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and at Carol’s request, there will be no service.

 

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Marion J. Bush

 

   Marion J. Bush, 62, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 at her residence.

   Marion was born Jan. 25, 1943 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Kenneth and Irene (Richardson) Ervin and had been a Charlotte resident for 36 years.

   Surviving are her son, Brian Sprague of Charlotte; and two sisters, Lawanda Jacks of Ohio and Joan Guerarro of Illinois.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bush; brothers, Eugene, Jack, James and Kenneth Ervin Jr.; and a sister, Ruth.

   A private memorial gathering has been held.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Agnes Butler

 

   Agnes M. (Davidson) Butler, 93, of Charlotte, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Mrs. Butler was born April 22, 1912 in Bellevue, the daughter of Walter and Jessie (Griffin) Davidson. She had been employed at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing and later at Aluminum Extrusions/Hoover in Charlotte for 11 years, from where she retired.

   Surviving is: one daughter, Susan (John) Brandt of Potterville, one son, David Butler of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Jackie Butler of Sunfield; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Allen Butler, and a daughter, Eileen Stevens.

   At Mrs. Butler’s request, cremation has taken place. No services will be held.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Ralph E. Byron

 

   Ralph Edward Byron, 87, of Newberry, died Friday, April 8, 2005.

   Mr. Byron was born March 27, 1918 in Saginaw, the son of Ernest and Mary (Walker) Byron. Ralph was a retired skilled trade pipefitter for General Motors. He enjoyed plumbing and was a licensed journey plumber and had worked for Luce County as a plumbing inspector. He loved nature and fly-fishing. In 1934 he was awarded a Hero’s Award by the Saginaw Chapter of Automobile Clubs of Michigan for saving a person from drowning.

   He is survived by his wife, Agnes (Richards) Byron; stepson, Carl (Lorraine) Burton of Charlotte; son, Ralph (Tina) Byron Jr. of Nevada; daughter, Carolyn (Merle) Anderson of Newberry; 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

   A private memorial service will be held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Carol A. Cain

 

   Carol A. Cain, 69, of Ludington, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005 at her home.

   Carol A. Whitney was born June 14, 1936 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Paul and Geraldine (Reed) Whitney. She grew up in Charlotte, where she graduated from high school with the class of 1954. She was married June 14, 1953 to Joe Cain; he survives. Carol had worked as a receptionist in a physician’s office for a period of time and then, following their move to Ludington, owned and operated Ventura Motel, along with her husband, from 1979 to 1987. During the 1980s, she was 3rd Ward commissioner. More recently, the couple wintered in Florida, where Carol was active in the BPOE. She enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, ceramics and travel.

   Surviving is one son, Mark (Lillie) Cain of Ludington; two daughters, Dawn Cain of Ludington and Diana Cain of Norton Shores; and Mike (Cindy) Parkinson of Bellevue, who was like a son to her. Also surviving are one sister, Marti (Gil) Hayward of Hudson, Fla.; and one brother, Paul (Phyllis) Whitney of Mears; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Robin Cain, who died in 1974.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 6 at Dorrell Funeral Home Chapel, Ludington, with Rev. James Schroeder of Our Savior Lutheran Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

 

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Kathleen E. Callahan

 

   Kathleen Elizabeth Callahan, 61, of Sunfield, died Thursday, May 12, 2005 at a Lansing hospital.

   Kathleen was born March 23, 1944 in Albion, the daughter of Robert Eugene and M. Emogene (Kaiser) Callahan. Kathleen attended Sunfield United Brethren Church, and the Sunfield United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society in Sunfield, and enjoyed her evolvement with the Sunfield Library. She was employed for more than 30 years with the state of Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Department of Corrections.

   Kathleen was preceded in death by both her parents.

   Surviving are her closest friend, Charlene Goff of Sunfield; brother, Dennis Callahan of New Hampshire; nephews, Michael (Christy) Callahan of DeWitt; niece, Jennifer (Ken) Bagwell of East Leroy; two grand nieces, Mackenzie and Olivia; and two grand nephews, Jack and Joe.

   A memorial service was held May 19 at Sunfield United Brethren Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunfield Library in memory of Kathleen, C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home in Sunfield. For the online obituary and more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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Jonathan P. Callender

 

   Jonathan Paul Callender, 63, of Dimondale, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, May 30, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Mr. Callender was born April 18, 1942 in Detroit, the son of Paul and Eleanor (Poupard) Callender. The family moved to the Charlotte area in 1945. Jon graduated from Charlotte High School, lettering in football, track and basketball. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1966, a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1969 and also attended Albion College. During college he developed an interest in stock car racing and was inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame of the National Hot Rod Association, in 1997.

   He first worked at Ford Motor Company as district manager until he took over his father’s business, Callender Sign Company. During this time he was recognized by the National Republican Congressional Committee as an honorary state chairman of their Business Advisory Council, in the Wall Street Journal. Jon started in the Simmental breeding business in the late ‘70s and went on to become one of the top Simmental breeders in America. He was named to the board of trustees of the American Simmental Association from 1982 to 1988. He operated this business from Singletree Farms in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his “Duchess”, Barbara, his loving wife of 25 years; his “favorite son,” Jonathan Paul II; his daughter, Kathryn Hayden “Mouse” Callender; his sister, Susan Callender; mother-in-law, Elinor Zielinski of Manistee; sisters-in-law, Martie (Ken) Cawthorne of Canadian Lakes, Mich., Jane (Bill) Forrester of Simi Valley, Calif.; brother-in-law, Bill (Cathy) Zielinski of Chicago, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 10 at Olivet Congregational Church, with Pastor Mike Fales officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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

 

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Judith A. Campbell

 

   Judith Ann (Short) Campbell of Olivet passed away Saturday, July 9, 2005.

   Judy was born Aug. 16, 1934 to Glenn and Edna Short. In 1952 she met and fell in love with Dave Campbell of Olivet. On June 12, 1954 they were married in Marshall and spent the next 51 years as best friends and lovers. Judy retired in 1998 from the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. She was an avid golfer, loved fishing, camping and singing. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bellevue, and was a choir member and past deaconess.

   She is survived by her husband, Dave; and eight children, Dave (Zig) and Irene, Tim and Maggie, George (Joe), Sally and Randy Fritz, Sonia and Jed Thorndyke, Steve and Cindy, Greg, and Mike and Tallie; plus 22 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn Short and Edna Schmanski; George E. Campbell; grandson, David Campbell Tuckey; and brother-in-law, Norman J. Campbell.

   Memorial services were held July 13 at First Baptist church in Bellevue, with Rev. Don Francis officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 122 S. Main St., Bellevue, MI 49021. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel in Charlotte.

 

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Richard G. Carnahan, Jr.

 

   Richard G. Carnahan, Jr. 53, of Sebring, Florida, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2005, in Sebring. He was born January 3, 1952, to Richard G. and Alitza (Goshorn) Carnahan, in Lansing, Michigan, and had been a resident of Sebring since 1988, coming from Eaton Rapids, Michigan. He was a Sergeant at Desoto Correctional Institute for 15 years and was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church & Knights of Columbus.

   Mr. Carnahan is survived by his wife, Barbara Jane Carnahan, of Sebring; sons, Richard G. Carnahan, III, of Sebring and Robert A. Carnahan, of Bedford, TX; sisters, Doris Bailey, of Michigan and Christine Carnahan, of Jackson MS; & 3 grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held Friday, February 18, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel in Sebring, with Father J. Peter Sheehan officiating. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, Florida.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 4418 Sun ‘N Lake Blvd., Sebring FL 33872 or ALS Clinics.

 

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Brenda Carpenter

 

   Brenda Carpenter, 42, of Nashville, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2005 at Thornapple Manor, Hastings.

   Brenda was born in Charlotte on Oct. 9, 1962, the daughter of Raymond and Charlotte (Eldrige) Carmoney. She was raised in the Nashville area and attended area schools there, graduating from Maple Valley High School in 1981. On March 25, 1989 in Grand Ledge she married Darryl Carpenter. The couple lived in the Nashville are for the early part of their lives together. They moved to the South Haven area for nine years before returning to the Nashville in 2004. Brenda enjoyed doing puzzles, reading, and visiting with her friends and neighbors. Together with her husband, Darryl, the couple enjoyed traveling to Maryland.

   Brenda is survived by her parents, Raymond and Charlotte (Eldrige) Carmoney; her husband, Darryl; daughter, April Carpenter; son, Derek Carpenter; stepdaughter, Heather (Dustin) Kamrowski; stepson, Dustin (Jessica) Carpenter; and her brother, Bruce (Kathleen) Carmoney. She is also survived by her father and mother –in-law, Bruce and Janet Carpenter, and her brother-in-law, Steve (Martha) Carpenter.

   Brenda was preceded in death by her grandparents, Eddie and Nellie Ramsey, and Lavern and Eloise Carmoney; her brother-in-law, Bradley Carpenter; and her cousin, John Jane Jr.

   Funeral services were held July 21 at Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, with Pastor Duane Royston officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Dorothy E. Carpenter

 

   Dorothy Ellen Carpenter, 72, of charlotte, formerly of Vermontville, died Sunday, June 5, 2005.

   Mrs. Carpenter was born Aug. 29, 1932 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of the late Carl Wood and the late Gladys (Norris) Wood. Dorothy retired from the housekeeping department of Eaton County Medical Care Facility in 1994. She enjoyed her grandchildren and family gatherings and cooking.

   She is survived by her daughters, Susan Carpenter of Greenville, Frances (David) Spencer of Vermontville; sons, Dale (Penny) Carpenter of Vermontville, Gary Carpenter and Debbie Thomason of Nashville; five grandchildren, Joseph Carpenter, Nathan (Christy) Carpenter, Matthew Spencer, Kyle Spencer, Katelynn Spencer; great granddaughter, Alainna Carpenter; special niece, Charlene (Al) Perkins; sisters, Betty (Bob) Dilday of DeWitt, Sharon (Russ) McManus of Eaton Rapids; and brothers, Oscar “Pete” Wood of Charlotte and Jerry (Shirley) Wood of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law, Donna Wood of Stanton; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Oren Carpenter, in 1995; and a brother, Lawrence Wood.

   Funeral services were held June 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Richard L. Thorp officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

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

 

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Rholland S. Carpenter

 

   Rholland S. “Archie” Carpenter, 90, of Charlotte, passed away June 21, 2005 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte. Mr. Carpenter was born July 17, 1914 in Evart, Mich.

   He was the son of Fran and Susan Agnes (Church) Carpenter and had been a Charlotte resident for 75 years. He was a 1935 graduate of Dimondale High School and was a member of the West Windsor United Brethren church. He had been employed in the horticulture department at Michigan State University, retiring in 1977 after 21 years of service and was a lifelong farmer.

   Rholland is survived by his son David (Diane) Carpenter and daughter, Carol Carpenter, both of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Holly (Jim) Shirley, Rebecca Wertz and Michael (Amanda) Carpenter; six great grandchildren; brothers, Edwin (Fran) of Potterville, John of Lake Odessa and Bruce (Janet) of Charlotte and sisters, Alice Brenton Echtenaw of Charlotte and Illah (Lyle) French of Nashville.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora E. (Bowser) Carpenter in 1999 and by eight brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Richard Thorp and Pastor Harold Cherry officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the West Windsor United Brethren Church or the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

 

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Judy G. Carter

 

   Judy G. Carter, 66, of Charlotte, died Sept. 25, 2005.

   Mrs. Carter was born May 24, 1939 in Charlotte, the daughter of Albert and Glenna (Pinch) Farquhar. Judy was a fabrication worker for AE.

   She is survived by her husband, Lyle W. Carter; daughters, Tessa (Ned) Stoltzfus of Charlotte and Tammy Lewis of Tennessee; brothers, Larry Farquhar of California; sisters, Louann (Robert) Barnard of  Florida, Janet (Regis) Michrina of Michigan; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Kyle Carter, and a brother, Glen Bemis.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Benjamin Cartwright

 

   Benjamin H. Cartwright, 75, of Charlotte, formerly of Urbana, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Mr. Cartwright was born March 27, 1930 in Lackie, W.Va., the son of Lewis and Mae (Parks) Cartwright and had been a Charlotte resident for 1 ½ years, coming from Urbana, Ohio, He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Airborne Division during the Korean War. He was a retired professional surveyor, having been employed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, and was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Urbana, Ohio.

   Surviving are: his wife, Janet (Hueston) Cartwright; two daughters, Rebecca (James) Stafford of Lake Odessa and Jennifer (Gerald) Busse of Wauseon, Ohio; four grandchildren, Karen (Aaron) Reed, Laura (Cliff) Weller, Benjamin Lewis Cartwright II and Mark Shaftner; two step-granddaughters, five great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd Cartwright of Page, W.Va.; and one sister, Joyce McPhee of Oklahoma.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan K. Cartwright, and a son, Benjamin Lewis Cartwright.

   Services were held Dec. 29 at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Urbana, Ohio, with Father Tim West officiating. Interment was at Oakdale Cemetery in Urbana, Ohio.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813. Local arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Jean Ellen Casault

 

   Jean Ellen Casault, age 77 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at the Sturgis Hospital surrounded by her family.

   She was born October 10, 1927 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan a daughter to the late Martin & Marie (Greiner) Hansen.

   Jean had resided in Sturgis since 1948, coming from Eaton Rapids. On June 24, 1950 she married Paul Casault at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. He died October 24, 1988.

   She was a graduated of Eaton Rapids High School and received her Bachelor and Masters Degree in Education form Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Jean retired from Sturgis Public Schools in 1988 after 40 years of dedicated employment. She taught primarily Kindergarten at the Fourth Street, Jerolene, Park, Wenzel, Congress and Wall Schools.

   Jean was an active member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis where she was a Eucharistic Minister, sang in the choir, taught CCD classes and was active in the HACCW. She also was a member of the Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary, Sturgis Women’s Club, her Pinochle Club and Bridge Club.

   Jean was always ready to volunteer. Some of the organizations she served were Thurston Woods Village, Sturgis Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. She was an avid sports fan and for several years she was a scorekeeper for the Sturgis volleyball games. For 23 years she and her husband ran the Sturgis Youth Center and she and Paul hosted 8 foreign exchange students. For their volunteerism she and Paul were awarded the 1984 Sturgis Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds and in 1994 she was named Sturgis Citizen of the Year. Jean was a dedicated mother and grandmother that cherished time spent with her family.

   She is survived by a daughter, Cathie (Mike) Thomasma of Sturgis, 6 sons, Christ (Melody) Casault of Bronson, Craig (Madelyn) Casault, Church (Debbie) Casault, Paul Michael (Betty) Casault and John Casault, all of Sturgis and Kevin (Kim) Casault of Seattle, WA, 23 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, a brother, Jens Hansen of Aitkin, SC, 4 sisters, Jane Rotier of Traverse City, Sally Stowe of Torrance, CA, Sue Harkness of Ashford, CT and Sandy Lyon of Pentwater and several nieces and nephews.

   Her parents, husband, 1 son, Jamie Casault and 1 brother, Christy Hansen preceded her in death. The family is being served by the HACKMAN-Foglesong Funeral Home of Sturgis. The Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Jean Ellen Casault was held on Saturday at Holy Angels Catholic church in Sturgis. The Rev. Fr. Richard Altine officiated. A graveside committal followed the Mass at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

   In lieu of flowers memorial donations would be appreciated to the Paul & Jean Casault Family Grant or the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The obituary is also at www.Legacy.com.

 

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Viola D. Casey

 

   Viola D. (Sandquist) Casey, 92, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005 at the Middlebelt-Hope Health Care Center in Livonia.

   Mrs. Casey was born Jan. 16, 1913 in Clarence, Ill., the daughter of Edward and Sigrid (Bylander) Sandquist. She had been a member of Gresham United Methodist Church.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Richard E. Casey, in 1962; and husband, Roger E. Casey, in 1985.

   Surviving are her daughter, Margaret (Wendell) Ryckman of Redford; three granddaughters and six great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Wendell “Joe” Ryckman (son-in-law) officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Ardith G. Castle

 

   Ardith G. (Corwin) Castle, 82, of Vermontville, formerly of Portland, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 peacefully at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Mrs. Castle was born in DeWitt on Oct. 9,, 1922, the daughter of the late Amiel and Ila (Parks) Seils. Ardith was raised in the DeWitt area and attended area schools there, graduating two years ahead of her calss from DeWitt High School. On June 30, 1942 in Fresno, Calif., she married Clarence Corwin, who was serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in California. Ardith traveled by train to California for the couple’s wedding. When Clarence was discharged from the Army, the couple moved back to the Mulliken area, where they owned and operated Corwin’s Market for more than 20 years, until it was sold in 1964. The couple had been married for 35 years when Clarence passed away in 1975. She had enjoyed square dancing with him. Ardith also enjoyed reading, putting puzzles together and watching birds and squirrels. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Portland and the Order of the Eastern Star.

   She is survived by her daughters, Jean (Bill) Meyer, Alice (John) McCliggot and Charlene Ladisky; sisters, June Detwiler, Bertha Seils; 16 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; second husband, Harrison Castle; son, Chester C. Corwin; daughter, Joyce Fye Haigh; two grandsons, Erick William Ladisky and Mathew James Corwin; and a sister, Nadene.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at Vermontville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Smith and Rev. Mason Corwin officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Marilyn Chaffee

 

   Marilyn J. Chaffee, 69, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 at her home in Maple Grove Township.

   Mrs. Chaffee was born July 2, 1936 in Hart, the daughter of the late Emil and Alice (Swift) Wahl. She was raised in the Hart area and attended Walkerville High School, graduating in 1954.

   She was the wife of Richard Chaffee, whom she married June 2, 1962 in Quimby. The couple lived in the Hastings area for several years, they moved to the Nashville area in 1967 where they raised their family together.

   Marilyn loved to dance, play cards and listen to music. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband, Richard; they especially enjoyed going on cruises together. The couple owned and operated the Nashville Locker. After 30 years in business, the couple retired in 1999. During that summer they traveled throughout the country and spent some very special time in Alaska. Richard and Marilyn have been married for 43 years.

   Marilyn is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Brian (Gale) Chaffee; sisters, Eunice Jones, Inez Lursema, Margie Watts and Shirley (Duane) Ward; grandson, Patrick (Annie) Chaffee; and granddaughter, Jessica Chaffee.

   She was preceded in death by her brothers, Herbert and Harold Wahl; and her sisters, Pear Pike and Olive Pyle.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the maple Grove Ambulance or Fire Department.

   Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville.

 

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Julius W. (Brother) Chahye

 

   One the 23rd day of April 2005, at the age 91, this faithful and loving servant of our Lord Jesus Christ was born into his eternal glory. This was the goal of (Brother) Julius Chahye’s entire life.

   Thousands of prayers were lifted to Heaven by Julius for those that passed through his life. His love for his fellow man was only exceeded by his immense and endless love, devotion and servant-hood to His Savior. His prayer, ever on his lips was the joy of salvation for all. His witness, love and joy touched hundreds of lives and hearts. He lived the true call and challenge of Christianity and walked the walk as well as spoke the Word.

   His recent home and last three years of his life were lived here in Eaton Rapids with his daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Bill Motz. His loving and welcoming church home during that time was Eaton Rapids Assembly of God church. Prior to this period of his life he lived in Lorain, Ohio, where he served Broadway Assembly Church for 52 years as: deacon, board member, Sunday school bus captain and teacher, hospital ministry, home-bound ministry, prison ministry and Evangelizing.

   He leaves behind two cherished and loving daughters: Anita (Larry) Garber of Mentor, Ohio, and Donna (Bill) Motz of Eaton Rapids; a beloved sister; three treasured grandchildren and four precious great grandchildren, and many priceless friends.

   A memorial and home-going celebration service will be held at Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church, Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 2764 S. Michigan Rd. from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with Pastor Jim Riley officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 in memory of Julius Chahye.

 

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Ruth Christian

 

   Ruth Elizabeth (Baas) Christian, died Jan. 10, 2005. Diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in August, Ruth faced her disease and death with grace, dignity and a sense of humor while savoring every last moment with her family and friends.

   Ruth was born to Richard and Gladys Baas on a farm in Eaton County on Oct. 31, 1919. While growing up, she developed a lifelong love for literature and poetry. Ruth went on to obtain an elementary education degree at Western Michigan University Prior to accepting a teaching position in a one-room school with eight grades near Charlotte. She later worked in public relations for the MSU Extension Service and maintained friendships and memories over the years.

   Ruth married the love of her life, Richard, 55 years ago in East Lansing on Aug. 19, 1949. The couple lived in Ann Arbor for five years and then, in 1956, moved to Ionia. A mother and homemaker, Ruth was also very active in the Ionia County Memorial Hospital Guild, the First United Methodist Church and other civic activities. She enjoyed reading, travel, golf, bridge and going to Lake Michigan, and was always seeking to spend time with her friends and family.

   In addition to her husband, Ruth is survived by her children, Susan Christian of Philadelphia, Pa., Pastor David (Gerri) Christian of Door, Barry (Nora Callow) Christian of Grand Rapids, and Brian (Susan) Christian of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Anna Rose, Abigail, Elizabeth, Sophie, David, William and Maya; brother, Russell (Pat) Baas; nieces and nephews and many friends.

   Memorial services were held Jan. 13 at First United Methodist Church in Ionia, with Rev. Marty Culver officiating. Burial will occur at a later date in Woodland Township Cemetery in Barry County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Foundation, 1401 Cedar NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or the Ionia Area Hospice, 117 N. Depot, Ionia, MI 48846. Arrangements were by Lake Funeral Home, Ionia. Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com.

 

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Edith Carol Clark

 

   Edith C. Clark, age 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at a Lansing hospital. Edith was born December 7, 1920 in Mason, the daughter of Joseph and Marie Hart. Mrs. Clark was a retired employee of General Motors in Lansing. She was a Mason High School graduate, class of 1939, and a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church. Mrs. Clark was an avid golfer, she enjoyed gardening and her retreats up to the lake. Preceding her in death was a brother, Allen Hart.

   Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Richard Clark; 4 children, Douglas (Dawne) Clark of Cadillac, Carol (Larry) Badura of Washburn, WI, Rick (Claudia) Clark of Levering, MI, and Janet (Randy Clark-Verus of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Monday, September 12th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Bunker Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation in memory of Edith Clark. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

Marilyn Ann Clark

 

   Marilyn Ann Clark, age 69, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2005 in Eaton Rapids. Marilyn was born June 9, 1936 in Traverse City, the daughter of Robert and Loraine (Moore) Murphy. She was the former Director of Nurses at Jarvis Acres and a Registered Nurse at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Marilyn was a member of the First congregational Church in Eaton Rapids, past president of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center and volunteered with Tri-Co (working with horses) in Charlotte.

   Marilyn was preceded in death by 1 sister, Wanda and 2 brothers, Dick Murphy and Jim Murphy. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, K. Dean Clark of Eaton Rapids; 2 daughters, Karen Clark of Eaton Rapids and Mary Jo (Clint) Austin of Lansing; 1 granddaughter, Susan Ann Foote; mother, Loraine Murphy; 1 brother, Leon Murphy; sister-in-law, Louise Murphy, all of Traverse City.

   Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at the First Congregational Church of Eaton Rapids with Dr. Rev. Jesse James officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to either the First Congregational Church or Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Marilyn Clark. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Mark J. Claypool

 

   Mark Jay Claypool, born Sept. 26, 2003, passed away Sept. 24, 2005.

   He was born a citizen of the Philippines and because of the foundation called “For the Children International Medical Mission,” he was brought to the home of the Claypool’s on April 26, 2005. He is the son of Roger and Renee Claypool and the brother of Ryan Claypool, age 6.

   Surviving also are grandparents, Roger and Norma Claypool, Roger and Bonnie Dingman; great grandma, Jean Withey; Aunt Barb, Uncle Rod, Aunt Trudy, Uncle Allen and many cousins. Special thanks to Mama Lita, Aunt Kathy Davis and Uncle Gary Davis from the family for offering them the opportunity to love both of these children.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 28 at South Baptist Church in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the mission responsible for helping bring Ryan and Mark to the Claypool’s, called “For the Children International Medical Mission,” or to Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville.

 

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Madalene M. Clemens

 

   Madalene Marie Clemens, 84, of Charlotte, died Sept. 4, 2005.

   Mrs. Clemens was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Charlotte, the daughter of Clara and Ben Williams.

   She is survived by her two daughters, Jayne (Robert) Watkins of Okemos and Sherry Russell of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren and one great grandchild; and one sister, Marian Williams of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Clemens, in 1993.

   Mrs. Clemens was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who will be missed greatly. She was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist church and Deborah Circle. After attending business college, Mrs. Clemens worked for Michigan National Bank for more than 30 years, retiring as vice president of personnel. She was a past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star from 1965 to 1966. She was a volunteer for Hayes Green Beach Hospital, a member of the HGB Auxiliary, and the Golden Key Club. She was also an honorary member of the Charlotte Country Club. Mrs. Clemens was also a former Campfire Girls leader and enjoyed many other activities such as bowling, golf, bridge, knitting and reading. Most of all, she loved being with her family.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

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

 

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Gaylord J. Clone

 

   On August 17, 2005 Gaylord Clone slipped the surly bonds of Earth, reached out his hand and touched the face of God. He was born on Christmas day, 1932, in Parma Township, MI. He was raised in Parma and Albion, graduating from Albion High School in 1951. He attended Albion College before entering the U.S. Army in 1952. He served in the Medical Corps, in Korea. He worked most of his life as an insurance adjuster third party administrator, retiring in 1994 from the ASU Group in Okemos. Following his marriage to Eunice Stanley of Onondaga in 1957, they lived in Jackson, MI; Vista, CA; Manhattan and Great Bend, KS, returning to Eaton Rapids in 1980.

   Gaylord is survived by his wife, Eunice; four children, Kevin Clone of Ponca City, OK, Kirk Clone of Eaton Rapids, Kathryn Clone of MT, and Kara (Jim) Barnhart of Eaton Rapids; sister, Twila Frank of Albion; eight grandchildren, Kenny, Kyle (Shaminy) and Kris Clone of Great Bend, KS; Jon and Jesse Stoken, Kurtis Clone, Kellie Parish, and Kirsten Barnhart, all of Eaton Rapids; three great granddaughters, Jayda and Madysen Clone and Kylee Stoken; three great grandsons, Kerry Clone and Damien and Domynick Clone, all of Great Bend, KS and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kerry Scott Clone; parents, Thera and Jesse Clone; two brothers, Kenneth and Wayne Clone; sister, Ilah Clone and daughter-in-law, Jodi Clone.

   Funeral services were held Monday, August 22 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth F. Clone Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Eaton Rapids Athletic Boosters.

Richard L. Closson

 

   Richard L. Closson, 59, of Olivet, died Monday, July 11, 2005 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Closson was born Aug. 2, 1945 in Coldwater, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Yeakey) Closson and had been an Olivet resident since 1987. He was a retired employee of Olivet College.

   Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Charlotte (Crapp) Closson; two sons, Matthew Closson of Olivet and Mark (Mary) Closson of Auburn, Ind.; 10 sisters and three brothers.

   Funeral services were held July 14 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor John Bailey and Steve Byrens officiating. Interment was at Leek Cemetery, Alaieden Twp., Ingham County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Medical Home Health Care and Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

 

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Donald S. “Jack” Coats, Sr.

 

   Donald S. “Jack” Coats, Sr., age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, February 19, 2005 at a Holt Nursing Home. He was born September 3, 1924 at Narrow Lake, Michigan, the son of Chester and Kathryn (Burkwalt) Coats. Jack was an Army Veteran of World War II and was a retired Truck Driver for Fleet Carrier in Pontiac. Jack was a life member of the Brookfield F. & A.M. Lodge #439 and the O.E.S. #352, a member of the Teamsters Union Local #614 of Pontiac and a Life Member of the D.A.V. and V.F.W. Preceding him in death was his wife, Irene; grandson, Daniel Coats Jr.; parents; brother, Floyd Coats and sister Lilly Ryan.

   Surviving are 3 children, Don Coats, Dan (Cheryl Hector) Coats and Diane Wait, all of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Nick (Crystal Turner) Wait of Eaton Rapids; granddaughter, Lisa (Steve) Brown of Ypsilanti; 2 great grandsons, Bradly Wait and Doug Britton, Jr.; sister, Leona (Bob) Prudon of Mason; brothers, C. Kenneth (Joyce) Coats of Narrow Lake and Robert Coats of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Thursday, February 24th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial of cremains following at the Clarence Center Cemetery at Duck Lake. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service time. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Jack Coats. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Lawrence E. Cody

 

   Lawrence E. Cody, 68, of Charlotte, formerly of Grand Ledge, died Thursday, March 17, 2005 at his residence.

   Larry was born Dec. 14, 1936 in Grand Ledge, the son of Edward and Ursal (Wilcox) Cody. He was a 1955 graduated of Grand Ledge High School, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958 and was employed in the printing industry for 36 years. Larry was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, where he worked on the church sponsored blood drives. He was a Mobile Meals volunteer and an avid supporter of Grand Ledge High School sports.

   Surviving are his wife, Sandra (Granger) Cody, to whom he was married on Jan. 14, 1956; his parents, Edward and Ursal Cody of Grand Ledge; sisters, Marian Kinnison of Grand Ledge and twin sister Lorrene Cody of Charlotte; brothers, Jerry (Sherril) Cody of Portland and Joseph Cody of Grand Ledge; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Phillis and Gene Montgomery of Charlotte, Sue and Gary Pruden of Charlotte and Carol and Charlie McGlaughlin of Whitehall; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, James Cody, in 2001.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held March 22 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Lucille Colestock

 

   Lucille Colestock, 98, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Monday, July 25, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Lucille was born March 18, 1907 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Paul Myron and Addie L. (Dalius) Kebler. She was a member of the Mad Hatters Eaton Rapids Senior Center Band and the Ricking Chair Deserters; a Red Cross volunteer, serving as a Gray Lady at Eaton Rapids Community Hospital for 20 years; a weaver at Horner Woolen Mills, and retired from Eaton Stamping in 1977 after 20 years of service.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, in 1969, and a brother, Myron Kebler, in 1977.

   Lucille is survived by two sons, Donald (Randi) Colestock and Lee Colestock, both of Eaton Rapids; seven grandchildren, John (Colleen) Colestock, David (Lois) Colestock, Joseph Colestock, Pamela Colestock, Dr. Denise Colestock, Linda Colestock and Shelley Scarborough; 14 great grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren; sister, Iladene Urban of St. Johns; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Graveside services were held July 28 at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Jesse James officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility or Eaton Rapids Senior Center. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Olive Collier

 

   Olive Helen Collier passed away Tuesday Dec. 13, 2005 at her residence in Mulliken, at the age of 83. Olive was born Jan. 5, 1922 in Campbell Township, the daughter of Roy Jennings and Ruth (Winey) McRoberts.

   She was a member of the Sunfield Church of the Brethren, the Ladies Aid, and the District Camp Board.

   Mrs. Collier was preceded in death by both her parents, husband, Ralph Sells, and husband, Gordon Petyanus.

   Surviving is her husband, Donald F. Collier, children, Robert Sells of St. Johns, V.I., Karen (Sheldon) Douglas of Muskegon, Roger Collier of Lansing, Dale (Ruth Ann) Collier of Vermontville, 14 grandhchildren, 9 great grandchildren, brothers and sisters, Howard (Betty) McRoberts of Rose, N.Y., Jean (Keith) Bergy of Caledonia, Marie (Duane) Deardorff of Lake Odessa, Roy (Geneva) McRoberts of W. Manchester, OH, D. Joe McRoberts of Caledonia.

   Funeral services and a graveside committal services were held Dec. 16 at the Sunfield United Brethern Church with Rev. Mark E. Ralph and Rev. Mary Gault officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Habitat for Humanity or the Disaster Relief Fund in memory of Olive Helen Collier C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   The family is being served by the independent family owned funeral home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home. For more information log onto www.legacy.com.

 

 

Allen C. “Pete” Cook

 

   Allen C. “Pete” Cook, age 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, February 6, 2005 at a Jackson Nursing Home. He was born September 20, 1920 in Eaton Rapids, the son of James W. and Laura L. (Owen) Cook. Pete served in the Navy during World War II and had retired in 1978 from Skill Trades for General Motors in Lansing. After retirement Pete resided in Mesick, MI until returning to Eaton Rapids. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, and the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens where he participated in many activities and helped prepare and serve the monthly swiss steak dinners. Pete was a former member of the Aurelius Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir and enjoyed helping in the kitchen, especially cooking breakfast at the Sunrise Services. Pete enjoyed traveling, being a Boy Scout leader and was an enthusiast of snowmobiling, square dancing, micro-midget racing, hunting, fishing, and in his earlier years golf and bowling. Pete enjoyed the camaraderie of the World War II Vets, he attended annual submarine conventions until he was unable to attend due to failing health. Pete enjoyed more than anything his family with canoe trips, golf outings and trips to visit his nieces.

   Surviving are his former wife, Jean; 5 children, Gary (Cheri) Cook of Ferris, Linda Cook of Mesick, Ronald Cook of Mogollon, NM, Patricia (Jim) Swanson of Traverse City and Mike (Cindy) Cook of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; 3 nieces, Darlin, Nancy and Susan; favorite cousin, Russ Owen & special friend, Millie Clark.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial with military honors followed at the Greenwood Cemetery in Aurelius. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veteran’s of America, in memory of Allen “Pete” Cook. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Barbara Cook

 

   Barbara Cook, 73, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 18, 2005.

   Mrs. Cook was born Jan. 20, 1932 in Big Rapids, the daughter of the late George Stephenson and the late Ruby (Ferguson) Stephenson. She was a teacher for 40 years, retiring in 1991. She taught for 30 years at Lockwood Elementary School in Eaton Rapids, and also taught at Country Evans School, Lamie, Pray and Petrieville Country Schools. She was a member of Chester Gospel Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She also taught for Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya. She was a member of the Holiday Rambler Club, West Chester Extension, and AARP. She volunteered at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, “Forgotten Man” Ministries at the Eaton County jail and at Eaton Area Senior Center. She also was a treasurer for the Eaton County Association of Retired School Personnel. In 1989 she was awarded the ABWA Woman of the Year.

   She is survived by her husband, DeVere Cook; two sisters, Kathryn (Ned) Bosworth of Charlotte and Norma (Richard) Willbur of Marcellus; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held March 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Barry Smith and Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Chester Gospel Church or Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Roger W. Cook

 

   Roger William Cook, 60, of Charlotte, died Feb. 27, 2005.

   Roger was born June 3, 1944 in Hastings, the youngest son of the late John W. and Doris (McBain) Cook. He received horticultural and turf management degrees from university of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He was passionate about golf. At the age of 10, he built a nine-hole course on the family farm, using soup cans for “cups” and baby food jars for tee markers. Roger played the game enthusiastically until health issues limited his play. He was “keeper of the greens” for five years at Riverband G.C. in Hastings, three years at the former Butternut Brook in Charlotte and for 34 years at Charlotte Country Club. He was never a boss but always a leader to the men he worked with and held in high esteem. Known for his integrity, dry sense of humor and willingness to “go the extra mile,” Roger will be missed.

   He is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 34 years; sisters, Marie Barnes of Delton and Pat (Paul) Lancaster of Hastings; brother, Richard (Marjorie) Cook of N. Ft. Myers; and sisters-in-law, Chris (Ted) Fitzgerald, Colleen (Kent) Anderson and Corine (Michael) O’Heran.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, John, in 1996.

   Memorial mass was held March 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating.

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

 

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Shane M. Copher

 

   Shane M. Copher, 43, of Lansing, died Friday, May 20, 2005 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mr. Copher was born Oct. 16, 1916 in Madrid, Spain, the son of James and Bonnie (Sharpe) Copher. He was a mail handler with the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Ledge #2565 and the Beer Can Collectors of America.

   He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Deborah (McMeen) Copher; stepson, Shawn Rosenbrook of Lansing; brothers, Faron of Mason, Scott (Dee) of Onondaga; and a sister, Lonnie (Kevin) Smith of Oscoda.

   A gathering of family and friends was held May 23 at Pray Funeral Home 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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Jeronima “Jerrie” C. Cortez

 

   Jeronima “Jerrie” C. Cortez, My Wife, our Mother, our Best Friend and our Angel, at the age 72, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 31, 2005 at a Lansing hospital. She was born September 30, 1932 in LaFeria, TX, the daughter of Pedro and Rita (Ortiz) Cruz. Mrs. Cortez was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by a brother, Fransisco Cruz.

   “Jerrie” is survived by her very devoted and loving husband of 53 years, Leopoldo; 4 children, Gloria (Tony) Valadez of Eaton Rapids, Miguel Cortez of Narrow Lake, Mary Lou (Tim) Sloan of Charlotte and Maria Cortez of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, Cynthia, Gloria and David Chavez, Krista and Natasha Cortez, Anthony and Michael Valadez; three great grandchildren; 5 sisters and 2 brothers; several nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Martha A. Cortright

 

   Martha A. “Marty” Cortright, 78, of Olivet died Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at her residence.

   Marty was born Dec. 10, 1926 in Joppa, the daughter of Leon and Fern (Mitchell) Pierce and had been an Olivet resident for 54 years. With her husband, Mayn, she owned and operated the Cortright Gulf Station in Olivet from 1958 to 1972 and later was employed by Olivet College from 1973 to 1992, from where she retired.

   Surviving are six children, Clarence (Becky) Hebenstreit of Grand Ledge, Peggy (Roger) Canterbury of Olivet, Samuel Hebenstreit of Orlando, Fla., Phillip (Danne) Hebenstreit of Olivet, Sally (Ralph) Moscoso of Orlando, Fla., and Michael (Iris) Hebenstreit of Olivet; 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Griffin of Olivet.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Mayn “Muscles” Cortright, on Dec. 28, 2002.

   Funeral services were held March 26 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Winford Collins officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

 

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Beverly E. Coulon

 

   Beverly E. Coulon of Eaton Rapids, age 64, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, December 31, 2005. She was born July 29, 1941 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Harland and Barbara (Weber) Kelley. Mrs. Coulon was a graduate of Leslie High School, class of 1959. She retired from Russell Business Forms in Lansing as an Administrative Assistant in 1991. A member of the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids and the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #5065 of Sheridan.

   Surviving are her husband of 15 years, Richard; 6 children, Barbara (Dave) Schneider of Eaton Rapids, Joe (Sheri) Mills of Eaton Rapids, Christian (Karen) Mills of Concord, Kim Sherman of Charlotte, Michael Mills of Middlesboro, KY., and Ted Mills of Eaton Rapids; 3 stepchildren, Craig (Robin) Coulon of Sturgeon Bay, WI., Ann (Len) Bean of East Lansing and Richard (Sheri) Coulon II of Atlanta, GA.; 24 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Dixie Drewett of Muskegon, Judy (Dan) Tink of Eaton Rapids and Merry Lou Scalzo of Freemont, CA.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 5th at 11:00 a.m. from the First Baptist church in Eaton Rapids at 9220 Kinneville Rd. with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the new Sparrow Children’s Pediatric Unit in memory of Beverly E. Coulon.

 

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Ronnie D. Craft

 

   Ronnie D. Craft of Eaton Rapids, age 59, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005 in Eaton Rapids. Ronnie was born August 14, 1946 in Tucson, AZ. He was a member and secretary of Faith Assembly of God Church in Leslie. Ronnie was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and later was a self-employed carpenter working along side his father for many years. Preceded in death by his sister, Elaine Craft.

   He is survived by his parents, Clyde and Roxie S. Craft of Eaton Rapids; 4 sisters, Paulette (Bob) Swartout, Janie (Terry) Eaton, Judy Craft and Dolores Craft, all of Eaton Rapids, 2 nephews, Mark Eaton, Bill (Tonya) Swartout; niece, Kimberly (Troy Westerhof) Swartout; 2 grandnephews, Austin Eaton, Brayden Swartout and 1 grandniece, Madison Swartout.

   Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Sam Steadman officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Faith Assembly of God Church in memory of Ronnie Craft. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Frederick A. Craig

 

   Frederick Arland Craig, 72, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005.

   Mr. Craig was born Jan. 7, 1933 in Rimersbury, Pa., the son of Frederick T. and A. Estella (Swartz) Craig. Fred loved the outdoors and enjoyed bird watching. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Owens Illinois as a machine operator.

   He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia K. (Larry) Jones of Charlotte; grandchildren, Shane Risher and Craig Jones; four brothers, Thomas (Fay) Craig, Robert (Betty) Craig, Dale (Trudy) Craig and Doyle (Martha) Craig, and sister-in-law Carol Craig, all of Pennsylvania.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Craig in 1979, brother, Ronald Craig and sister Beverly Craig.

   Family Affirmation Service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell facilitating. Interment will be at Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Pray Funeral Home. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Everett L. Cranson

 

   Everett Lee Cranson, 85, of Vermontville Township, died Friday, July 15, 2005.

   Mr. Cranson was born Feb. 10, 1920 in Highland Park, the son of Paul and Mary (Parsons) Cranson. He grew up mostly in the Detroit area and graduated from Ferndale High School in 1938. Mr. Cranson served four years in the Army Artillery during World War II, participating at Normandy Beach head (D-Day plus one) and the Battle of the Bulge, returning afterward to the Vermontville are where his parents had relocated. There he met the former Gloria Carey and they were married Dec. 19, 1947. He spent his married years as a dairy and crop farmer until his retirement in 1992. He was a faithful Christian and a member of Charlotte Church of Christ.

   Mr. Cranson was preceded in death by his parents; two small siblings, Paul Jr. and Barbara; and a sister Kathleen (Cedric) Root.

   He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughter, Julie (Tom) Haynie; son, Cary; son, Dennis; daughter, Rosemary (Doug) Lautzenheiser; and 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held July 19 at Pray funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Church of Christ or American Diabetes Association. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Brice G. Crawford

 

   Brice G. Crawford, 81, of Bellevue, died Aug. 15, 2005 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.

   He was born Dec. 30, 1923 to Orvis “Todd” and Bernadine (Flower) Crawford in Bellevue, and graduated form Bellevue High School in 1941. Brice served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He worked as a machinist for Oliver for 20 eyars and in quality control at Hoover Universal in Charlotte for 25 years. He was a member of the Bellevue Conservation Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

   Brice married Mary Pendley on Oct. 25, 1947; she survives. He’s also survived by sons, Gregory (Linda) Crawford and Brian (Sue) Crawford, both of Bellevue; grandchildren, Denell (Greg) Brooks, Cassie Crawford and Rachel Crawford; and great grandchildren, Kyle and Justin Brook.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stanley Crawford, in 1951; and a sister, Joan Ritter.

   A memorial service was held Aug. 18 at Bellevue First Baptist Church, with Pastor Don Francis officiating.

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

 

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Mary L. Crawford

 

   Mary L. Brenneman Crawford, 94, of Grand Ledge, died Saturday, March 19, 2005.

   Mrs. Crawford was born Oct. 6, 1910 in Rittman, Ohio, the daughter of Willard and Cora (Hoff) Brenneman. She married Porter Crawford in 1936. Then they moved to the Panama Canal Zone where Porter worked for the Canal Zone Company and Mary worked for the U.S. Army. When Mary retired she moved to Titusville, Fla., where she attended Temple Baptist Church. For the past two years she lived with granddaughter Elizabeth Lea and her husband, Tim, in Grand Ledge. She especially enjoyed the news. Reading, golfing, following sports on TV, and visiting with friends and relatives. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and sang with the Sweet Adelines.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Porter; her sisters, Wanda and Grace; and brothers, Paul and Elsworth.

   She is survived by two sons, James (Claire) of Dimondale, and Charles (Shannon) of North Carolina; six grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tim) Lea, Leigh (Michael) Howard, Cathy (Dean) Vredevoogd, Brent (Florence) Crawford, David (Audrey) Crawford and Jonathan (Mary) Crawford; great grandchildren, Brenneman, Claire and Andrea Lea, Ingrid and Jayne Vredevoogd, Branden Howard, Emma Crawford, Laura Ashley Crawford and Porter Crawford; sister, Margaret Williams; brothers, Bill (Carol) Brenneman and Richard (Martha) Brenneman; and many friends in Florida.

   Private memorial services were held at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Jim Mort officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 7533 W. St. Joseph, Lansing, MI 48917; or Haven House, POB 961, East Lansing, MI 48821. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Nancy E. Crippen

 

   Nancy E. Crippen, age 65 of Okemos and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at her residence in Okemos. Nancy was born February 16, 1940 in Leslie, Michigan, one of 12 children born to Wayne and Ollie Jennette (LaRowe) Crippen. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Caroline Allen and brother Kenndy Crippen.

   Surviving are brothers and sisters, Gordon (Marge) Crippen, Loyd (Merna) Crippen, Joyce Love, Leon Crippen, Eunice Frost, Lester Crippen and Wayne (Kathleen) Crippen, Jr.; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 13, 2005 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial followed in the Rowley Cemetery in Williamston.

 

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Donald B. Crisenbery

 

   Donald B. Crisenbery, 80, of Seguin and San Antonia, Texas, formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, May 4, 205 in the Hospice of San Antonio.

   Mr. Crisenbery was born Feb. 21, 1925 in Jackson, the son of Erte and Mildred (Beattis) Crisenbery. He was a retired plumber and pipe-fitter, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a past commander of the Seguin, Texas American Legion Post, was a former officer in the Civil Air Patrol, was a member of Plumbers Union in Jackson and was a private pilot for many years.

   Surviving are daughter, Kathleen hicks of Charlotte; son, Andy (Harriett) Crisenbery of Parma; two grandsons, Tim (Shawna) Crisenbery and Marc (Amy) Crisenbery; four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 9 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Michael Williams and Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. The family will receive visitors Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the hospice of one’s choice.

 

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Genevieve R. Crozier

 

   Genevieve R. Crozier, 82, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005.

   Mrs. Crozier was born Dec. 12, 1922 in Charlotte, the daughter of Lewis and Lela (Rolfe) Day. Genevieve was proud of her family, sold Avon, loved dancing, crocheting, knitting and flowers. She also enjoyed collecting plates and salt and pepper-shakers.

   She is survived by sons, Bill Crozier of Charlotte, Robert (Vicki) Crozier of Charlotte; daughter, Dorothy (Jim) Woods of Seabring, Fla.; son, Carroll E. “Jr.” (Linda) Crozier of Valrico, Fla.; sisters, Alice (Harold) Williams of Charlotte and Edith Tuttle of Howard City; nine grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Crozier, in 1982; and eight other siblings.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Dr. David R. MacDonald officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Leonardo Cruz

 

   Leonardo Cruz, 69, of Lansing, passed away March 17, 2005.

   Mr. Cruz was born Nov. 6, 1935 in Monte Alto, Texas, and retired in November 2001 as a heavy equipment operator. He loved music, dancing, fishing, cookouts, and outdoor activities with his family and friends. He was very proud of his family. Mr. Cruz was a member of the Latin-American Baseball League of Michigan. He was known to take people into his home and give them shelter and food, and help them find employment.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Lou Frenette; brother, Steve Cruz; and nephews, Angel Trejo.

   Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Maria; daughter, Josie Cruz, Tammy Cruz and Rebecca Cruz; sons, Miguel (Michelle), Dan (Pam), Henry (Marlene) and Lenny (Michelle) Cruz; 12 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two brothers and six sisters.

   The Funeral Liturgy was held March 22 at Gorsline-Runciman Co., Lansing Chapel, with Father Michael J. Williams officiating. The Rite of Committal followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Feed the Children Foundation.

 

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Joanne E. Cujar

 

   Joanne E. Cujar, 57, of Jackson, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2005 surrounded by her family.

   Mrs. Cujar was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish and assisted her husband on the family farm.

   Surviving are her husband, George; sons, Andy (Riki) Cujar and Kevin Cujar, both of Jackson, sisters, Marjorie (Dale) Dailey of Union Town, Ohio, and Janette Flood of Hastings; mother-in-law, Dorothy Mitchell; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and many friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Mary Palmer.

    A prayer service was held April 21 at S.D. Lauer Funeral Home in Jackson prior to Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, with Rev. James Shaver officiating. Interment was at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Church or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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John N. Curtis

 

   John N. Curtis, 82, of Olivet, died Monday, March 21, 2005 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

   Mr. Curtis was born July 7, 1922 in Lake Odessa, the son of Grover and Georgie (Follett) Curtis. He was a press operator for General Motors for 33 years until his retirement in 1984, and had been a farmer most of his life. He loved being with his family, and enjoyed dancing, traveling and cards.

   He is survived by daughters, Judy Curtis of Burlington, Jean (Bob) Winnie of Marshall; son, Clare (Mary) Curtis of Charlotte; grandchildren, John (Tamera) Curtis, Lyle Curtis, Warren Curtis, Tammy Winnie (Todd Westover), Eric (Tracy) Winnie, Curt Winnie; three great grandchildren, Collin and Kent Curtis, and Reagan Ann Winnie; sisters, Marjorie Hutchinson of Dimondale, Hazel Bauman of Leslie; brother, Willard (Celine) Curtis of Potterville; sister-in-law, Hazel Curtis of Brookfield Township; brother-in-law, Ron (Mary) Miller; brother-in-law, Jack (Marilyn) Miller; several nieces and nephews; and Sitka, his faithful companion Samoyed.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Violet May (Miller) Curtis, on March 27, 1998; and a brother, Robert Curtis.

   Funeral services were held March 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Len Schoenherr officiating. Interment followed at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township, Olivet.

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

Arloie E. Daly

 

   Arloie Edith Daly, 101, of Bellevue, died Nov. 7, 2005 at Cosmopolitan Adult Foster Care Home in Marshall.

   Arloie was born July 6, 1904 in Eaton County to Horace and Harriett (Lynd) Lane and graduated from Bellevue High School. Arloie celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends in July of 2004. Her grandparents were among the original settlers in Bellevue. She enjoyed cooking and working with her husband, Milo, on their farm.

   Arloie married Milo in November of 1922; he died in 1967. She was also preceded in death by her parents, son Maurice Daly, and four brothers.

   She is survived by daughters, Maureen Jenkins and Phyllis (Earl) Ball, both of Battle Creek, and Beverly (Wendell) Wood of Albion; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Daly of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren; and her dog, Pepper.

   Services were held Nov. 10 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

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

 

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Robert D. Damon Sr.

 

   Robert Duane Damon Sr., 76, died suddenly at his home in Bellevue April 1, 2005.

   Bob was born March 19, 1929 in Battle Creek to John and Luella (Hodges) Damon. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in Germany in the 154th Transportation Unit. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He worked at Kellogg’s and retired from Fisher Body in 1984 after 30 years of employment.

   Bob married Marian Van Syckle of Bellevue on May 24, 1951; she survives. His loving wife, Marian, along with his children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. Bob enjoyed watching NASCAR, going deer hunting, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and taking care of his “grand-dog” Harriet.

   Surviving are his wife, Marian; sons, Robert Duane (LuAnn) Damon Jr. of Marshall, Daniel (Peggy) Damon of Battle Creek; their daughters, Vickie Damon Pennington, Debra (Rick) Gardner and Pam Damon, all of Bellevue; grandchildren, Lindsay Gardner, Kilee Gardner, Dustin (Jessica) Damon, Douglas Robert Pennington, Robert Michael Damon and John Thomas Damon; great grandchildren, Douglas Gavin West and Lauren Elizabeth Damon; brothers, Kenneth (Shirley) Damon, John E. (Elaine) Damon and Dennis (Rosie) Damon, all of Marshall; sisters, Betty Harrison of Bellevue, Maxine (Don) Collins of Olivet and Sue (Paul) Coats of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Douglas Pennington.

   Services were held April 5 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Virginia Heller of Bellevue United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Lori Dangler

 

   Lori Dangler, 40 of Charlotte, died June 1, 2005.

   Mrs. Dangler was born January 9, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Lou (DePuy) Pepera. She was a member of the Charlotte Assembly of God Church and their choir, had been a volunteer at Galewood Elementary School and especially enjoyed outings with her kids.

   She is survived by her husband Darol; children, Nathan Delapaz of Holt, Melissa, Elijah and Alana Dangler, all of Charlotte; mother, Mary Lou Pepera of Highland Township; brothers, Tommy and John (Belinda) Pepera of Jacksonville, Florida, and sister Lynn (Billy) Hedler of Highland Township. She was preceded in death by her father and daughter Kimberly Delapaz in 1993.

   A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. If desired, memorial contributions maybe made to the family.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Daniel Dankenbring

 

   Daniel Dankenbring, 39, died Feb. 27, 2005.

   Daniel was a sergeant in the Army and served in Desert Storm. Members of his family include his daughters, Jacqueline Dankenbring, age 11, and Kayla Dankenbring, age 7, of Nashville; his beloved brothers, Gerald (Melanie) Dankenbring of Lansing and Robert of Detroit; sister, Cindy (Kevin) Burns of Ionia; stepson, Marc (Shenna) Landgraf of Dover, Del.; uncle, Larry (Phyllis) Belcher of Vermontville; cousin, Eddie Belcher of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.

   A funeral service was held March 1 at Fort Custer Cemetery in Battle Creek.

 

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Garold “Gary” C. Davenport

 

   Garold “Gary” C. Davenport, age 67, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 9th at his home in Eaton Rapids after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 22, 1937 in Flint, MI. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan. Gary retired from the State of Michigan in 1995 as a civil engineer and Director of the Construction Division. He forever enjoyed crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, tennis, dancing, snow skiing and flying. He was a private pilot and had flown for over 30 years. He had a second home in Mesa, AZ, where he and his wife Donna enjoyed spending winters with many special friends in an active retirement community. Gary had a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. Gary is loved and missed by those he has left behind. He was preceded in death by his father Clifford and brother Belvin.

   Gary is survived by his wife Donna; son Keith (Carol) of Williamston, MI; grandchildren Laris and Landon who called him “Airplane Papa”; son, Roger of Miami, FL; mother, Mildred Hall and brother David (Linda) of North Branch, MI; 2 stepsons; Rick Davis and Dave Davis of Eaton Rapids, 2 stepdaughters, Jane (Ken) Orr of Eaton Rapids, Marsha (Mike) Fowler of Geneva, IL; ten step grandchildren; Ricky Davis, Mike (Bonnie) Davis, Corey Davis, Kerry Davis, Ashley, Morgan and Anthony Orr and Alex, Christopher and Andie Fowler and many others whose live he touched.

   Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. For those desiring, donations may be made to the Ingham Visiting Nurse or Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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Helen Esther Davidson

 

   Helen Esther Davidson, age 96, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, June 30, 2005 at the Grand Haven Living Center in Lansing. Helen was born in Darke County, Ohio on November 18, 1908 to Harry and Effie Fernsler, the second daughter of eight children. The family lived on a farm north of Greenville, Ohio, where Helen attended Swampoodle School. Helen learned how to be self-sufficient in those days by working on the farm, making her own clothes, knitting, and cooking. The family then moved to Michigan and settled on a farm near Gresham, north of Charlotte. After finishing 8th grade at the Gresham School, Helen packed her belongings in a cardboard suitcase and made her way to Charlotte, determined to graduate from high school. She walked door-to-door in Charlotte looking for work as a maid so she could attend school. Helen found a job with the owners of Roseacres Greenhouse, where Helen cared for the children, cooked for the family and worked in the greenhouse. It was here she developed her lifelong interest in gardening. Helen graduated from Charlotte High School in 1927, moved to Lansing where she graduated from Lansing Business University, and enrolled at Michigan State College during the Great Depression. To support herself in college she worked as a secretary at the college’s medical clinic until she met John G. Davidson. She married “Jack” in 1932 and moved to Eaton Rapids where they had three sons John (Pat), Linton (Arlene), and James (Janet), six grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Helen was a member of the First congregational Church of Eaton Rapids, a Charter member of the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary, a golfer at Duck Lake Country Club, and a perennial bridge champion.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, July 3,2 005 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the First Congregational Church of Eaton Rapids or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Auxiliary.

 

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April A. Davis

 

   April Anne Davis, 20, of Charlotte, died Sept. 9, 2005.

   Ms. Davis was born Sept. 1, 1985 in Charleston, SC, the daughter of Robert J. Fones and Georgia Davis. She enjoyed driving her car, swimming, jogging and eating. She liked spending time with her sister, Whitney, and her friends.

   She is survived by her parents, Robert J. Fones and Georgia Davis; her sister, Whitney Davis of Charlotte; two stepbrothers, Joshua Strayer and Aaron Fones of New York; grandparents, Marjorie Ross and Dorothy McHenry; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ben and Ada Mae Davis, and Frank Fones.

   A memorial service was held Sept. 17 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Olive M. Daivs

 

   Olive M. Davis, of Onondaga, age 76, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, June 21, 2005, in Lansing. She was born November 9, 1928, in Detroit, the daughter of Albert K. Earl and Ethel (Harrington) Foster. Olive was an active member of the Mason VFW Jean R. Anderson Post 7309 Auxiliary. She will always be remembered for her love of bingo and garage sales. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 1 sister.

   Olive is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clyde W.; 4 children, Carol Tibbitts of Ovid, Jeanne (Fred) Davis, Douglas (Connie) Davis, and Daniel Davis, all of Onondaga; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 1 brother; 3 sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 24, 2005, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with interment following at the Onondaga Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association in memory of Olive M. Davis. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Jane B. Davis-Robinson

 

   Jane B. (Sherley) Davis-Robinson, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Tekonsha, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   Mrs. Robinson was born Dec. 29, 1917 in Catlin, Ill., to William and Dora (Cattrell) Sherley. She attended Homer Schools. On April 9, 1933 she married Elwyn Davis; he preceded her in death on July 6, 1982. She then married (Col.) Victor Robinson on Jan. 8, 1985; he preceded her in death in 1987. Jane worked for many years as a restaurant manager for the TeKon Truck Plaza in Tekonsha. She was a member of Marshall Moose Lodge No. 676, the Eastern Star in Tekonsha and the Eagles Lodge in Florida. Jane enjoyed playing bingo and poker. She liked to take trips to the casino, and also enjoyed fishing. She especially liked spending her winters in Florida and going on cruises, but Jane really loved spending time with her family.

   She is survived by Gayle Shilling of Marshall, Elaine (Ivan) Powell of Tekonsha, Kenneth (Kay) Davis of Battle Creek, Larry (Eleanor) Davis of Burlington, Stan (Carol) Davis of Tekonsha, Bruce (Deanne) Davis of Charlotte and Ronald Davis of Union City. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; two sisters, Audrey Peterson of Belleville and Alberta Daniel of Arkansas; and two brothers, Charles and George Sherley, both of Arkansas.

   She was preceded in death by her two husbands, her parents, two infant daughters, grandson Tim Davis, and son-in-law George Shilling.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 7 at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice Home.

 

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Donald DeBolt, Sr.

 

   Donald DeBolt, Sr., age 89, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2005 in Lansing. He was born May 23, 1916 in West Branch, MI, the son of Lester and Lulu DeBolt. Don was a member of the Christian Community Church of Eaton Rapids and the Eaton Rapids Senior Center. He retired from Motor Wheel in 1976 after 32 years of service. He was preceded in death by his son, Danny Frederick.

   Donald is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evelyn W.; daughter, Linda DeBolt of Lansing; 3 sons, John (Mary) DeBolt, Don (Pat) DeBolt, both of Lansing, and Robert (Ilaree) DeBolt of St. Louis, MI; 1 daughter-in-law, Shirley Frederick of Lowell; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:0004:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to the Christian Community Church or Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Donald DeBolt. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Russell L. Deer

 

   Russell L. Deer, 78,, of Sunfield, passed away Friday, July 1, 2005 at a Lansing Hospital.

   He was born Nov. 11, 1926 in Sunfield Twp., the son of Reix and Gladys (Bosworth) Deer. Russell graduated from Sunfield School and lived on a farm in the area all his life. He worked at Fisher Body plant, General Motors, retiring after 33 years.

   Russell is survived by a sister, Beatrice (Deer) Claflin and her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held July 6 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Rev. Darrel Bosworth officiating. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the SPY’s Scholarship Fund: AKA Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth, C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. For more information log onto www.Legacy.com.

 

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Patricia DeFabio

 

   Patricia Marie DeFabio, 82, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005.

   Mrs. DeFabio was born Dec. 24, 1922 in Wyandott, the daughter of Andrew and Blanche (Cutcher) Alexia.

   She is survived by her husband, Louis DeFabio Jr.; sons, Luke (Paula) DeFabio of Charlottte, John DeFabio of Southgate; daughters, Penelope (Mike) Gibbons of River View, Shirley (Larry) Frederick of Wyandottte; sisters, Bernadette Springstead, Rita Sweeney, Doris Flint, Ozilda Saparov, Emily Barning, Catherine (Dale) Roush, Shirley (Dick) Lozon, Janet (Milford) Fitzpatrick, Grace Secon, Gladys Swift; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by parents Andrew and Blanche Alexia, and brother, Donald Alexia.

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

 

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LauraBell DeWaters

 

   LauraBell DeWaters, age 81, of Eaton Rapids, died on her birthday, Friday, May 13, 2005 in Lansing. She was born on Friday, May 13, 1924 in Lansing, the daughter of Charles and Mable Maude (Hopkins) McMann. Laura was a cook at several restaurants in Eaton Rapids including the Mascot, Whittmore and Baldy’s and helped her husband, Melvin operate the City Landfill for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin C. in 1986; daughter, Patricia Ann DeWaters in 1990; grandson, Lupe; 4 brothers, Melton, Norman, Alvin, Bob and sisters, Dorothy.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Dianna (Zak) Johnson, of Eaton Rapids, Lori (Bud) Mathews of Onondaga; 2 sons, Julius “Butch” (Irma) DeWaters of Charlotte, Herman Charles DeWaters of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, including the granddaughter she raised, Tanya-Kay; 12 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Mickey, Larry, George, Lon; 6 sisters, Ella, Pug, Deloris, Barbara Jean, Bonnie, Helen; sister-in-law, “Aunt” Vera; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 1:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Cancer Society in memory of LauraBell DeWaters.

 

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Duane M. Dietrick

 

   Duane M. Dietrick, 74, of Nashville, Mich., died Tuesday, June 28, 2005.

   Mr. Dietrick was born Aug. 28, 1930 in Charlotte, the son of Melvin and Ethel (Fisher) Dietrick. Duane served in the U.S. Air Force and had worked as a fuel station attendant. He enjoyed fishing, golf, tinkering with automobiles and traveling.

   He is survived by his wife, Nora L. (Atherton) Dietrick; daughters, Sue (Jack) Raymond of Hastings and Diana Dietrick of Nashville; five grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Dietrick of Leesburg, Fla., Elwyn Dietrick of Woodland; and sisters, Ruth Ann Fosnight of Dimondale and Marlene Helman of North Carolina.

   Graveside service was held July 2 at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Harold Dingman

 

   Harold Dingman, 85, of Bellevue, died Dec. 22, 2005 at his home.

   Mr. Dingman was born July 1, 1920 in Bellevue Township, the son of Ernest and Elsa (Reese) Dingman. He was a farmer and auctioneer, all of his adult life and lived within a quarter mile of his birthplace.

   Harold was well known throughout mid-Michigan as a general purpose and live-stock auctioneer, having sold the weekly livestock auctions in Charlotte, Hastings, Lake Odessa and Battle Creek until his retirement. Harold loved the farm and most of all his livestock. He raised Shropshire sheep from 1934 through 2004, when the sheep were moved to his granddaughter’s in Minnesota, milked cows through 1970, and in his later years enjoyed caring for and driving his Percheron horses.

   Mr. Dingman was an Eaton County Fair Board member for several years and served on the Bellevue Township board of trustees for 50 years, making him the longest-serving elected official in Michigan when he retired. He was a past president and longtime secretary-treasurer for the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association, a Dairy Herd Improvement Association board member and a 4-H leader for many years. Mr. Dingman received the MSB Service to the Sheep Industry Award in 1989.

   Harold will be remembered as a caring husband, loving father and spectacular grandpa. He was a mild-mannered, even-tempered man who loved people.

   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Velma Jean (Spotts); sons, Doyle (Renee) Dingman, Duane (Janice) Dingman and Dennis (Laraine) Dingman, all of Bellevue; daughter, Diane (Dennis) Kelly of Bellevue; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, Bellevue, with Rev. Kathy Smith officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice of Battle Creek. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ivan Dodge

 

   Ivan Dodge, age 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, November 30, 2005 in Charlotte. He was born January 2, 1923 in Windsor Township the son of Lake and Gladys (Berry) Dodge. Ivan was a retired Fisher Body Employee with 32.5 years of service and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #602. He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Leslie. Preceding him in death were his parents and 2 brothers, Roy and Francis Robert Dodge.

   Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Lillian; loving son and precious daughter-in-law, Jim and Patsy Dodge of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandsons, Jeremy (Emily) Dodge of Grand Blanc and LCPL Ron Dodge of Camp Lejeune, NC; 2 nieces, 1 nephew and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Monday, December 5, 2005, from the Bible Baptist Church in Leslie. Burial followed at the Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Okemos.

 

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Judy Lee Dodge

 

   Judy Lee Dodge, of Lansing, age 62, passed away Friday, October 28, 2005 in Lansing. Judy was born June 26, 1943 in Lansing, MI. She was previously employed with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. She was preceded in death by her son, Tim S. Dodge, sister, Mary E. Warren and father, Harry Wade.

   Judy is survived by her daughter, Christie (Dennis) Reynolds of Holt; 4 grandchildren; Amber, Desarae and Dallas Reynolds, Aaron Dodge; mother, Rudy Moon of Eaton Rapids; siblings, Larry (Shelly) Wade, Rick Wade, both of FL, Alice Davis of Lansing, Barbara (Clint) of FL, Peggy (Dave) DeCess of TN; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Ryan B. Donat-Wenzel

 

   Ryan Ben Donat-Wenzel, 22, of Stacy, Minn., died May 7, 2005 of diabetic complications.

   Ryan was a 2000 graduate of Charlotte High School and was employed with Healy-Ruff.

   He is survived by his parents, Robert Wenzel and Sandra Donat; sister, Melissa (Gabriel) Fienup; niece, Sophia; grandfather, Allen Wenzel; grandmother, Donna Donat; and many other family members and friends.

   Memorial services were held May 11 at First Memorial Waterston Chapel in Minneapolis, Minn.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

 

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Frieda Dow-Manta

 

   Frieda Joan Dow-Manta, 73, of Bellevue, died Dec. 21, 2005 at home surrounded by her family.

   She was born Nov. 13, 1932 the daughter of Fred and Fern (Hedges) Down in Morrilton, Ark. Joan graduated from Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., and received her nursing degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked as a nurse at Leila Hospital for 20 years.

   Joan served as president of the Battle Creek District of the Michigan Licensed Practical Nurses Association, she was named “Bellevue Citizen of the Year” in 1981 and volunteered for the Rescue Squad for 10 years. She was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church, served as the church secretary, was a member of the choir and served as president and vice president of the United Methodist Women. As a member of the Eastern Star, she served as worthy matron of Bellevue/Olivet Chapter 196 for three years and as a committee member in the Palmberg Dales Grand Family Order of Eastern Star of Michigan in 1988-89, and was currently a member of Kalamo Chapter 399.

   Joan loved to spend time with her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, bowling, and playing cards with her friends. She especially enjoyed her friends, laughter and her church family. Joan assisted others with home-bound medical care and she touched many lives with her mercy and compassion.

   Joan is survived by: her husband, Elie Manta; children, Victoria (Patrick) McEwan of Charlotte, Stephen (Valarie) Manta of Battle Creek, Virginia (Brent) Nesseth of Kalamazoo, Donald (Ruth) Manta of Sanborn, NY; grandchildren, Erica (Sean) Angelo, Austin and Holly Nesseth, Stephanie and Cameron Manta, Daniel, AnnaRuth, Timothy and Benjamin Manta; siblings, Julian (Richard) Hall of Texarkana, Ark., Francis (Eileen) Dow of Fullerton, Calif., Neal Dupre of Peachtree City, Ga.; special friends, Paul and Sue Haist of Bellevue; and many other family members and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care or Bellevue United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Dorothy M. Doxtader

 

   Dorothy May Doxtader, 78, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Friday, May 20, 2005.

   Mrs. Doxtader was born March 18, 1927, the daughter of Carl K. and Goldie I. (French) Towers. She was a member of the Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, sewing, and loved her family.

   She is survived by daughters, Donna Doxtader of Missouri , Rachel Nichols of Lansing, Kathy Doxtader of Stockbridge, Sandra (Richard) Holton of Potterville, Diana (Larry) McConnell of Marshall, Geraldine (George) Pope of Charlotte, Josephine Carnell of Potterville and Sada Thorp of Battle Creek; sons, Gordon (Martha) Doxtader of Stanton and Bernard (Joan) Doxtader of Charlotte; 15 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren; brothers, Wayne (Audrey) Towers and James Towers, and sister, Ella Bugbee, all of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Doxtader, in 1992; her parents; brothers, sisters and three sons-in-law.

   Graveside services were held May 25 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with Pastor Church Hanlon officiating.

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

 

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Jean L. Drew

 

   Jean L. Drew, age 87, of Jackson, formerly of Hollywood, FL, died Thursday, August 4, 2005 in Jackson. Jean was born July 16, 1918 in Ingham County, the daughter of Carl Keihm and Edna Blanche (Walton) Topliff. She was a member of Robbins United Methodist Church and very active in Broward Co. Florida Friends of the Library. Jean was a Past President of Vista Grande Villa Residence Council and was employed as the Director of Food Service at Albion College and public schools in N. Carolina and Florida. She was preceded in death b y 2 husbands, Richard Heinig and Clyde Drew.

   Jean is survived by 2 daughters, Kathleen Naylor and Judy (Darrell) Herriff, all of Eaton Rapids; 1 son, Larry (Mary Lou) Heinig of Lansing; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren 1 brother, Jerold (Maxine) Topliff of Eaton Rapids; 1 sister, Rhea (Leon) Carrier of Battle Creek, MI; several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held on August 20, 2005 at the Robbins United Methodist Church with Rev. Carolyn Spragg officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Robbins United Methodist Church in memory of Jean Drew.

 

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Emily J. Duits

 

   Emily Jo Duits, of Sunfield, passed away Oct. 11, 2005.

   Emily was born July 26, 1989, the second daughter of Jeff and Selena Duits of Sunfield. She was a junior at Lakewood High School. She loved Jesus Christ her Lord and attended Kilpatrick United Brethren Church and youth group. Emily’s biggest love was her friends; if she wasn’t at one of Lakewood’s sporting events with her friends she was at their home or they were at hers. She loved going to bonfires with them and constantly talked to her friends on her phone or MSN.

   Emily also loved music and dance and took classes at Center Stage dance academy. She was also a member of Ionia County Youth Advisory Committee. Besides loving her friends, she loved her family and extended family and was especially close to her sister Sarah and had found a brother figure in her life in Adam Wrubel. Her passion in life was being a part of Lakewood volleyball. The entire Rowland family was especially dear to her heart. She also played for FarOut Volleyball Club of Grand Rapids and was a member of the National Team and went to Salt Lake City, Utah, this summer to compete in the Junior Olympics.

   She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Selena; her adored sister, Sarah; brother in her heart, Adam Wrubel; grandparents, Bob and Joyce Boom of Hastings, Pamela Mix of Woodland, Ken and Diane Duits of Also; great grandma, Wilma Townsend of Lake Odessa; aunts and uncles, Greg and Tricia Duits of Woodland, Chris Duits of Sunfield, Eric and Peggy Boom of Sunfield; many great aunts and great uncles whom she adored; and many beloved cousins.

   Emily was preceded in death by her grandpa, Terry (Tate) Mix, and great grandpa, Frank Townsend.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Lakewood High School, Lake Odessa, with Pastor Darrel Bosworth officiating. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Alex Erickson, Brad Elliott, Gibby Johnson, Adam Wrubel, Kyle Butler, Ben Stowell, Isaiah Bosworth and Nick Wieland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Emily Duits Memorial Athletic Fund, c/o RFH, P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. For more information, visit www.legacy.com.

 

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Laura Dunkle

 

   Laura (Drake) Dunkle, 63, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at her residence, following a long battle with cancer.

   Mrs. Dunkle was born July 19, 1941 in Pompei, Mich., the daughter of Harley and Reva (Wood) Drake. Mrs. Dunkle was a member of West Windsor United Brethren Church and Women’s Missionary Society at West Windsor. She held a lay minister license and local conference license since 1986 and oversaw the local jail ministry programs for Ingham and Eaton counties from 1986 until 1993. She was a former Camp Fire Girls and Blue Birds Leader.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert Dunkle; two daughters, Lisa (Stanley) Munn of New Sharon, Iowa, Cynthia (Mark) Dawson of Lansing; her mother, Reva Drake of Lansing; five grandchildren, Samantha (James) Farnum. Stanley Robert Munn, Jason, Joshua and Justin Dawson.

   Funeral services were held at Crossroads United Brethren Church on June 17, with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Dimondale.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St., P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, Ohio 43699-0086. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Ila F. Dunn

 

   Ila Fern Dunn, 90, died March 23, 2005.

   Ila was born March 20, 1915 in Walnut Ridge, Ark. She was retired from the Michigan Department of Treasury personal income tax division.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Dunn.

   Surviving are sons, James R. Dunn, Jerry M. (Linda) Dunn, Jack M. (Sharon) Dunn, David M. Dunn; daughters, Virginia (George) Purcell, Carolyn Davis; 21 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2005 at First Christian Church, 1001 Chester Road, Lansing, with Rev. Rick Boyd officiating.

 

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Lola Dutcher

 

   Lola M. (Layer) Dutcher, 93, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005 at her residence.

   Mrs. Dutcher was born Feb. 8, 1912 in Fairgrove, the daughter of Frederick and Clara (Roller) Layer, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1960, coming form Alpena. She was employed at the Eaton County Treasurer’s Office, retiring in 1982. She was a member of First Congregational Church UCC and its Blanche Moyer Circle, and volunteered at American Red Cross blood drives and for Courthouse Square Association. She was honored as “Auxilian of the Year” at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in 2002.

   Surviving is: two sons, Thomas (Christi) Dutcher of Shelbyville and James (Missy) Dutcher of New Orleans, La.; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Doug) Reed, Rebecca (Bob) Elkins, Jason (Cassie) Danford and Jarrod Danford; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, D. Wayne Dutcher, in 1993; brother, Rolan (Gladys) Layer; sisters, Viola (Frank) Walden and Erma (Otis) Furman; and a good friend, Lawrence Perry.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte, with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Courthouse Square Association,, First Congregational Church UCC or Hayes Green Beach Hospital Home Health Care. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Llewellyn J. Edick

 

   Llewellyn James Edick, 83, of Lansing, passed away Jan. 23, 2005.

   Llewellyn was born July 16, 1921 in Charlotte, the son of Clarence and Winifred (Collins) Edick. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, class of 1939, and was employed at Michigan Bell for more than 39 years, retiring in 1981.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, C. Raymond Edick.

   Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Anita; three daughters, Karen (David) Bursley of Woodland, Linda (Raymond) Anderson of Westphalia, and Regina (Terry) Lyons of Perry; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Marietta Ripley of Charlotte and Marion Ames of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment followed at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 

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Vernie Edington

 

   Vernie E. Edington, 98, of Potterville, died Thursday Aug. 4, 2005. Mrs. Edington was born Jan. 9, 1907, in Shiawassee County, the daughter of Frank and Mittie (Atkin) Conrad.

   Vernie was active with the United Methodist Women’s group, belonged to the Eastern Star in Potterville and was A Meals on Wheels volunteer. Vernie also loved to travel and enjoyed different types of physical activity.

   After 30 years of service she retired form Carl’s Supermarket in Potterville in 1983. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Smith of Potterville, son Clyde E. (Carol) Edington of Myrtle Beach, SC and sister Eilene Labadie of Bancroft, 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Edington and son-in-law, Carl Smith Jr.

   Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday Aug. 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Reverend Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday Aug. 7 at Pray Funeral Home.

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

 

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Ryan J. Effner

 

   Ryan (Bryan) James Effner, 40, died April 18, 2005 in Burbank, Calif.

   Ryan was a gentle, old soul, seeking peace, truth and love in a world and business that were not always as positive and kind as he was. Ryan was a filmmaker, author and musician. He worked as a prop-maker, carpenter and construction coordinator on many movie sets.

   Ryan is survived by his mother, Judith Franklin of Oregon; sisters, Judi (Bill) Dillinger of Charlotte, Lori (Rytis) Balciunas of Pennsylvania, and fiancée of Los Angeles, Calif.; nieces, Jessica Dillinger and Darius Balciunas.

   He was preceded in death by his father, James F. Effner.

   A private memorial service was held in Los Angeles.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Sandra E. Eggleston

 

   Sandra Elizabeth Eggleston, infant daughter of Keith and heather (Collins) Eggleston of Charlotte, died Aug. 5, 2005 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   She is survived by her parents; her brother, Brandon; grandparents, Sandra and Billy Eggleston of Charlotte, Roger and Roxie Collins of Bellevue, and Jeri and Jim Atwell, also of Bellevue; and great grandparents, Don and Maxine Collins and Robert and Kathy Lambka of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Ron Hutson 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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Erna M. Elias

 

   Erna M. Elias, 77, of Charlotte, died Sunday, April 24, 2005 at the Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Erna Elias was born in Little Rock, Ark. On May 9, 1927, the daughter of Edgar and Hazel Rambeau, and the stepdaughter of Herman Buckley. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1945 and worked 20 years for the Eaton County Abstract Company. On March 25, 1967, Erna married Wallace Elias of Philadelphia, Pa. Together they ran their Watkins business in Charlotte for the past 30 years. Erna was a member of the Jackson Bible Students class.

   Erna is survived by her husband, Wally; son Nathan W. and daughter-in-law AnnG (Lin Hutchins); three grandchildren, Andrew, Will and Dan; brother, Edgar Buckley and sister-in-law Marquetta; three nieces and one nephew.

   Memorial service was held April 30 at Eaton Are Senior Center. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ilene M. Ellison

 

   Ilene M. Ellison, 69, of Saranac, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2005 after a brief illness.

   Mrs. Ellison was born July 4, 1935 in Charlotte, the daughter of the late Vern and Golda (Wyrick) Sharp. She and her husband were owners/operators of a party store for many years and enjoyed helping people. She was a member of West Berlin Wesleyan Church, the Wesleyan Women and the Church Choir. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles.

   She is survived by two sons, Bruce (Mickie) Ellison Jr. of Belding, Brian (Michelle) Ellison of Lowell; daughter, Bonna Berge of Saranac; and six grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bruce Ellison in 2004, and son-in-law Steve Berge.

   Graveside services were held May 9 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, 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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Kerry E. Epler

 

   Kerry Ellis Epler, 57, passed away May 6, 2005 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark.

   Kerry Epler was born March 14, 1948 in Lansing, the son of Elwin and ImoJean Harmon Epler. He married Brenda Hunter on Aug. 22, 1970 in Grand Ledge. He was ow3ner of a recycling plant and lived in Charlotte, prior to moving to Gassville, Ark. in 1989.

   He is survived by his wife, Brenda Epler of Gassville, Ark.; one son, Jason Epler of Elizbeth, Ark.; mother, ImoJean Schultz of Olivet; three grandchildren, Mark Reed Jr., Brett Reed and Gwendolyn Mero (Epler); four brothers, Kevin Epler of Olivet, Russ Epler of Bellevue, John Schultz of Charlotte and Andrew Schultz of Annaconda, Mont.; and two sisters, Sandi (Steve) Eishen of Olivet and Cindy (Mike) Pierce of Hart.

   He was preceded in death by his father.

   Funeral services were held May 9 at Kirby-Boaz Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Home, Ark., with Rev. Wayne Hurst officiating. Online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.kirbyboaz.com.

 

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Bernard Ernst

 

   Bernard W. “Bernie” Ernst, 80, of Galion, Ohio, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005 at home.

   Bernard was born April 21, 1925 in Galion, Ohio, the son of the late Clem Ernst and Melinda (Boehm) Ernst. He was a graduate of Galion High School in 1943 and was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. Bernard was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a life member of American Legion Scarbrough Post 243, a member of Galion Elks Lodge 1191 and Polk Township AMVETS Post 1979. While in high school, he started Galion High School’s first golf team. He played semipro football, first for he Galion team and when that team disbanded he played for the Bucyrus Hornets.

   He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Myers) Ernst, whom he married Dec. 28, 1946. Also surviving are three daughters, Jenny (James) Lamb of charlotte, Penny (Steve) Truitt of Columbus and Mary (John) Dioguardi of Athens; son, Paul (Donna) Ernst of Newbury; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Jim Ernst, and a sister, Dorothy Parris.

   At the request of his family, no funeral services were held. An anatomical gift has been made to the Ohio State University School of Medicine.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Parish School, Sports Program, 138 N. Liberty St., Galion, OH 48833. Arrangements were by Richardson-Davis Funeral Home. An online obituary and guest registry are available at www.richardsondavis.com.

 

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Elmer A. Etson

 

   Elmer A. Etson, 81, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005 at the Ingham Regional Medical Center Greenlawn Campus.

   Elmer was born March 19, 1924 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the son of Frank and Alta Louise (Turner) Etson and was a lifelong resident of the Olivet and Charlotte area.

   Surviving are his brother, Calvin (Norma) Etson of Olivet; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank Wesley, Albert and Quintin Etson; and his mother, Mildred A. Etson.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brood of Ainger Bible Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Dialysis Unit or the charity of one’s choice.

Judith K. Evans

 

   Judith Kay (Powell) Evans, 58, of Hastings, died March 26, 2005 at Thornapple Manor.

   Judy was born June 5, 1946 in Lansing, the daughter of Kenneth and Beulah (Pomeroy) Powell. She was raised in the Sunfield area and attended schools there, graduating in 1964 from Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and attended Potterville Church of the Nazarene.

   Judy was employed as a waitress in Vermontville for a few years and was an accomplished singer in a country and western band with her husband, Denny, for many years. She married Dennis R. Evans on May 15, 1965; he preceded Judy in death on June 26, 2002. She lived most of her married life in Eaton County, moving to the Hastings area in 1989 from Charlotte.

   Special appreciation was expressed for the people at Thornapple Manor and Personal Home Care for making her days as comfortable as possible.

   She is survived by a daughter, Teresa (James Jr.) Keel of Charlotte; son, Scott (Melissa) Evans of Delton; five grandchildren, Wendy Perrier, Aleisha Strong, Ryan Evans, Amanda Evans and Kaylee Evans; two brothers, Ralph (Beverly) Powell and Charles (Sally) Powell, both of Harrison; two sisters, Gloria Maden of Florida and Marilyn Currier of Bear Lake; sister-in-law, Yvonne Powell of Harrison; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, granddaughter Rebecca Perrier, and a brother, Wayne Powell.

   Funeral services were held March 30 at Wren Funeral Home in Hastings, with Rev. Mark Slocum officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Sebewa Cemetery in Ionia County.

 

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Marcia J. Feldpausch

 

   Marcia Jane Feldpausch, 50, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 following a lengthy illness.

   Marcia was born June 22, 1955 in Hillsdale, the daughter of Lyle and Ameliamarie (Gasper) Place. Marcia was a self-employed wallpaper installer. While she was in the hospital, she knitted items for Hurricane Katrina victims. She helped others with her “supplemental diet,” collected snowmen and china dolls. Marcia visited Disney World every April and especially enjoyed the Pirates of Caribbean. She always had her Christmas lights up first.

   She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Lynch of St. Johns; twin sons, Jeremiah and Nathaniel Grove of Charlotte; grandchildren, Austin, Liam and Marielle Lynch, and Marissa Grove; mother, Marie Place of Bellevue; sisters, Linda Place of Ann Arbor, Rita Clough of Bellevue; and a brother, Lyle Place Jr. of Eagle.

   Memorial services were held Oct. 15 at Nashville Baptist Church, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating.

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

 

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Charles Fellem Jr.

 

   Charles Edward Fellem Jr., 44, of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Vermontville, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005.

   He is survived by his mother, Delores Fellem of Vermontville; brother, Dennis (Cheryl) Fellem of DeWitt; sister, Cindy (Matthew) Feighner of Lapeer; nephews, Matthew Thatches and Mark Shook; grandnephews, Devon and Avery Shook; and grandniece, Kylee Shook. He was preceded in death by his wife, Robin Fellem, in 2005; and father, Charles Fellem Sr., in 1995.

   A private graveside service was held. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Kalamo United Methodist Church.

 

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Rita Ann Fernald

 

   Rita Ann Fernald, age 56, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Rita was born October 8, 1948 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Darwin and Betty (Snoke) Palmer. Rita was a life resident of Eaton Rapids and had graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1966. She had taken a medical retirement from working for FASCO Motors with over 20 years of service. Rita enjoyed antiquing, painting, gardening and decorating. She was preceded in death by her father, Darwin.

   Surviving are 3 children, Jon Fernald, Carrie (Scott) Twichell and Rhonda Bodell all of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Kylee Foote, Joeb Fernald, Kristin Twichell, Anthony Twichell, Stephen Bodell and Kathryn Bodell; mother, Betty Palmer of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Ray (Velda) Palmer and Ned (Teri) Palmer all of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Rita A. Fernald. To view the video tribute, go to http://jill.your-tribute.com/viewtribute.asp?fh=jill&mv=FernaldRita.html.

 

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Carolyn R. Fickes

 

   Carolyn Rose Fickes, 72, of Vermontville, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005.

   Mrs. Fickes was born Oct. 28, 1932 in Warsaw, Ind., the daughter of Russell H. and Layretta C. (Ransbotlom) Kelly. She was a member of Vermontville Bible Church and she loved her Lord and her family. She was a Health Care Facility administrator and sold Tupperware for many years.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Fickes; sons, Mark S. (Julie) Scott of South Bend, Ind., Robert A. (Myna) Scott of North Carolina; daughter, Cheryl Vanscoyk of North Carolina; 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Jeannie) Kelly of Utah, Larry (Linda) Kelly of California; sisters, Louise (Forrest) Dunnick of Indiana, Marlene (Jerry) Shand of Arizona, Alice (Wilmer) of Indiana and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial service was held April 30 at Vermontville Bible Church, with Pastor Chuck Steiner officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Bible Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Hildegard E. Field

 

   Hildegard Ernestine Field, 65, of Potterville, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mrs. Field was born Oct. 6, 1939 in Ascheffenburg, Germany, the daughter of Johann Ferdinand and Maria (Bauer) Otto. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the St. Mary Women’s Group. She was a seamstress and loved going to their cottage up north.

   She is survived by her husband, James A. Field; daughter, Pamela (Bill) Haviland of Bellevue; son, Edward James of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Jennifer Haviland and E.J. Field; brother, Theo (Hanna) Otto of Germany; and several nieces and nephews.

   A funeral mass was celebrated May 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at West Windsor Cemetery in Dimondale. 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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Darlene A. Finnie

 

   Darlene Alice Finnie, 56, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005.

   Mrs. Finnie was born April 8, 1949 in Woodstock, Ill., the daughter of Paul Murdock and Alice (Pierson) Murdock. Darlene was a nurse and an active member of Peace Lutheran Church. She was also a 4-H leader for 30 years.

   She is survived by her daughter, Shannon (Gerald) Chapman of Charlotte; sons, Alan (Lisa) Finnie of Hudsonville and Peter Finnie of Ann Arbor; one grandchild; companion, Bruce Milke; brothers, Dave (Judy) Murdock of Atlanta, Ga., and Kevin (Savitri) Murdock.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Finnie, and a brother, Paul “Buddy” Murdock.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 20 at Peace Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Rev. J. Todd Bruning officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Cindy Kay Fisher

 

   Cindy Kay (Bodell) Fisher, 53, of Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Potterville and Eaton Rapids, passed away on Thursday, June 16 with her family at her side.

   Cindy had fought hard for seven long years and through the love of her husband and her faith she was given time for family to enjoy her love, cheerfulness and guidance. Her strength through her struggle with cancer and the knowledge of natural medicine was an inspiration to the people she had met. Cindy had always been there for people in good times and in bad, protecting them from grief. She will forever be missed by her friends and family.

   Cindy was preceded in death by her father Thomas R. Bodell.

   She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister and is survived by husband James; mother, Helen Bodell; sons, Jeremy Moellering and Jason (Kathryn) Fisher; daughter, Stacey Fisher; sisters, Vicki (Chuck) Carey and Tammy (Ron) Howard.

   Graveside memorial services will be held Thursday, June 30 at 1 p.m. at the Brickyard Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids, with a gathering following at the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club.

   Memorial gifts may be made to Life Path Hospice at 3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573. For online condolences, go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Edgar R. Fleetham

 

   Edgar Robert Fleetham, 90, of Sunfield, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005.

   He was born Nov. 19, 1914 on the family farm in Sunfield, where he lived his entire life, the son of Floyd H. and Lilly Lauretta (Shaw) Fleetham. Edgar and Rosa were married 71 years. He considered his more than 71 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart and his family his greatest achievement and blessing. Mr. Fleetham was a lifelong member of Sunfield United Methodist Church and lived as a witness to his Lord. He was involved in many areas of church service. A few of his community activities include a 50-plus year member of the Sunfield Lions Club. He served 57 years as an elected local and regional official, some of which include: township supervisor and county commissioner for 38 years, 25-year member of the Barry/Eaton Health Department, served as acting director for 2 ½ years, 22-year member of the Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health board (chair for five consecutive terms), and always offered a helping hand to anyone in need.

   Surviving are his wife, Rosa (Beland) Fleetham; four children, Jeannine (Cecil) Rogers of Sunfield, Anne Merrill of Lansing, Floyd (Sheryl) of Grand Haven, Terry (Marsha) of Jonesville; 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; sister, Fern Bigelow of Indiana; and brother, Durwood of Arizona.

   Edgar was preceded in death by both his parents; a brother, George; and a sister, Lucinda.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at Sunfield United Methodist Church. Interment service followed at Sunfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brad Dow, Scott Dow, Cecil Rogers, Blane Rogers, Brian Fleetham and Eric Fleetham. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Fender, John Fisher, Tim Rumfield, Al Starr, Harold Hanna, Jerry Gilbert, Ray Wilcox, Marvin Rodgers, Bill Farman and Red James.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sunfield United Methodist Church, Sunfield Library, S.P.Y.’s, or the Lions Club. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield. For more information, visit www.legacy.com.

 

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Brittni Michelle Flynn

 

   Brittni Michelle Flynn of Lansing, our little Angel, went to be with The Lord, Sunday, June 19, 2005. Brittni was born Dec. 9, 2004, the daughter of Edna Adams and Justin Flynn.

   Brittni always had a smile on her face and brought more joy into our lives than she will ever know. She will be greatly missed by all.

   She was preceded in death by her uncle, Zachariah Adams; great grandfathers, Douglas Moore and Charles Darcy; great grandmother, Marilyn Doucette; great-great grandmother, Mary Lewis.

   Brittni is survived by her parents, Edna Adams and Justin Flynn; brothers, J.J. and Ethan Flynn; grandparents, Wesley and Debra Faust, Roxanne Flynn, Roy Darcy and Thomas Howse; one special friend, Randy Gallimore. Also surviving are many great-great grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 22 at the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Delta Chapel with Pastor Frances Dunn-Simon officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to J.J. & Ethan Flynn’s college fund in memory of Brittni. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.palmerbush.com.

 

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Billie Lee Foote

 

   Billie L. Foote, age 69, of Onondaga, died Saturday, February 12, 2005 at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. She was born November 15, 1935 in Onondaga, the daughter of Maurice and Cora Isabell (Crites) Glover. Billie was a Leslie High School graduate, class of 1953, a member of the Onondaga Community Church and a member of the Onondaga Township Bereavement committee. She was preceded in death by her brother, Butch Glover in 2003.

   Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Donald; son, Joel (Tina) Foote of Pleasant Lake and daughter, Gina Foote of Onondaga; 5 grandchildren, Aaron, Kylee and Nathan Foote and Michael Lafleur and Joeb Fernard; mother, Isabell Moyers of Onondaga; 3 sisters, Linda (Mark) Cervantes of Parma, Wanda Jarvis of Imperial Beach, CA, and Jean Doyle of Leslie; numerous nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 16th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Onondaga Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Onondaga Community Church Building Fund or the Onondaga Township Fie Department, in memory of Billie Foote.

 

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Amos M. Fox

 

   Amos Martin Fox, 83, a former resident of Vermontville, passed away Sept. 15, 2005 in Fremont.

   Amos graduated from Vermontville High School in 1939. He was the first president of the FFFA. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a lifetime member of the Nashville VFW. Amos worked in the beef cattle industry and attended Michigan State University’s short course in animal husbandry. He worked for MSU for 42 years and is best known for promoting quality in the beef cattle industry throughout the state of Michigan. He was beef cattle herdsman at MSU for 20 years, and shared his expertise in beef cattle by running the MSU Performance Testing Program for 22 years. He was a member of many beef cattle bred associations and a judge at county 4-H fairs in Michigan. Amos’ knowledge and love of the cattle industry helped to improve many herds throughout the state.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Amos Fox and Ruth Goldsmith Fox; brother, John Fox; Virginia Fox and son-in-law, Gordon White.

   He is survived by his children, Glenna Fox Thorn and Mary Fox White, both of Scottville, Judy Fox of Grand Ledge, and Larry (Dorothy) Fox of Vermontville; brother and sister-in-law, Art and Marilyn Fox of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Ruth Fox of Hot Springs village, Ark.; grandchildren, Ryan, Roger (Stephanie) and Russ Thorn, Nick (Kendra) Thompson, Kelly Lou Fox; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Kita, Camie Andler, Jeff (Jennifer) and Stephen White, and Kelly (Patrick) Duggan; great grandchildren, Abby, Gracie and Desiree Andler; nieces and nephews, Rob and Marty (Eileen) Fox, Marcy (Paul) Racine, Nancy Carey, Janet Fox (Kevin) Dooley, Kathy (Ben) Brainard, and John (Karen) Fox.

   Interment and a graveside service were held Sept. 20 at the Vermontville Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Amos Fox Livestock Industry Memorial Scholarship, 1250 Anthony Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824; or to the VFW in Nashville.

 

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Morrell O. Frantz

 

   Morrell Ora “Lefty” Frantz, 72, of Lorida, Fla., passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2005.

   Lefty was born Jan. 25, 1933 in Sunfield, the son of Ora and Opal (Green) Frantz. He attended and graduated from high school in Sunfield, and moved to Florida from the Hastings area. He was a journeyman welder and ironworker at Triplex in Sunfield, opened Lefty’s Sport Shop in Woodbury, owned Frantz Buick Chevrolet in Hastings, and was the owner/operator of a charter boat service in the Great Lakes and the Ocean/Gulf off the Florida Keys. Lefty was a member of AA for 37 years and retired master sergeant after 12 years in the National Guard. He belonged to the First Baptist Church of Lorida, where he served as music director and senior adult Sunday school teacher. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer.

   Morrell was preceded in death by his brother, Leland.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Jeannie; daughters, Deborah Frantz, Pamela (Dell) Kinney, Kathleen Frantz, Cindy (Mark) Pentecost, Laurie (Al) Hartley, Julie (Paul) Errichetti, and Gina (Tom) Digiacomo; step-children, David (Deb) Campbell, Melinda (Carl) Bunton, Mike Campbell, and Jim Campbell; 28 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

   Memorial contributions may be made to purchase Gideon Bibles, or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society, C/O RFH PO box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday July 6 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   For more information, log onto www.Legacy.com.

 

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Irene B. Frechen

 

   Irene B. Frechen, 90, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Mrs. Frechen was born Nov. 13, 1914 in Gratiot County, the daughter of Virgil E. and Florence (Smalley) Barnhill. Irene was a nurse and owned Bayview Nursing Home, retiring in 1953. She enjoyed life, especially reading, doing crafts, teaching ceramics, and playing SkipBo. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her children, Joanna (Paul) Hughes of Arizona, Betty (David) Crowner of Charlotte, Coletta (Jerry) Vaughn of Indiana and Barbara Moser of Florida; 18 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Lawrence Frechen, in 1975; and a son-in-law, Terry Moser.

   A Funeral Mass was held Oct. 4 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing.

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

 

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Clarice “Skoch” Frisell

 

   Clarice “Skoch” Frisell, age 71, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, August 6, 2005. She was born February 18, 1934 in Moscow, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Anna (Campbell) Carris. Mrs. Frisell had worked at many different occupations most recently with her husband at Stanley Stamping in Springport. She enjoyed cooking for her family and family camping trips, was an avid bowler on many leagues, and loved Bingo. Preceding her in death was a son, James in 1999; brothers, Richard and Bob Carris and sister, Betty Faulkner.

   Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Stanley; 3 children, Dennie (Tammie Platt) Frisell of Kinneville, Anna (Jeffrey) burrows of Holt, Trudy (Paul) Amburgey of DeWitt; 4 grandchildren, Matty Jo Six, Jennifer Pilot, April Frisell and Tomas Ellsey; 3 great grandchildren, Gabriel Six, Ashley and Jordan Plot-Frisell and step-great grandchild, Taylor Six; brother, Clarence “Butch” Carris of DeWitt and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Windsor Township. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Charlie Fry

 

   Charlie Fry of Eaton Rapids, age 73, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, October 24, 2005. Charlie was born January 22, 1932 in Crawfordsville, IN, the son of Charles and Georgia (Everett) Fry. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids. Charlie was in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving three times in the Philippines and was later a high school teacher in Xenia, OH and Eaton Rapids Public Schools, where he retired in 1986. Preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Dennis.

   Charlie is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary (McCampbell) of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, John (Bobbie) Sagraves of FL, Max (Lou Ann) Sagraves of Onondaga; 5 grandchildren, Theresa (Darin) Dodge, Micah (Trista) Sagraves, Jennifer (David) Dudgeon, Sheri (Steve) Ary, John Michael (Cori) Sagraves; 10 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Betty Proctor of Lafayette, IN, E. Sue Frey of Yuma, AZ, Sandra (James) turner of Darlington, IN.

   Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 2005 at the First Baptist church, 9220 Kinneville, Eaton Rapids. Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 28 at Woodland Cemetery, Xenia, Ohio. Those desiring may make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids in memory of Charlie Fry. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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James M. Fuller

 

   James M. Fuller,, of Eaton Rapids, age 91, died Wednesday, October 19, 2005 in Hillsdale. James was born April 6, 1914 in Lansing, the son of Jesse Hatfield and Vera Viola (Underwood) Fuller. He has been a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church since 1933, was a former mayor of Eaton Rapids in the early 70’s and retired from Oldsmobile in 1979. James was an avid golfer and a perennial student of life, economics, and his Lord.

   Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Effie M. (Seelye) in 2001 and daughter, Sarah Copp in 2003.

   Surviving are daughters, Georgia Beth (Homer) Bentley of Hillsdale, Marcia Lynn (David) Livingston of Eaton Rapids, Jeannie (David) Werkema of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren, Amy (David Harris) Bentley, Matthew (Yolanda) Bentley, Stephanie (John Weise) Bentley, Dacia (Jeffrey) Parker, Erin (Timothy) Lemke, Nathaniel (Fianceé Marcela Pilarova) Bentley, Jessica (Fianceé Benjamin Eysselinck) Livingston, Jacob (special friend, Abigail Richardson) Livingston, Omaira (David) West, Heather (Copp) (Eric) Beck, Heidi (Copp) David) Hamm, Jamie (Williams) (Robert) Ribby, Tiffany Williams; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; 1 sister, Betty Webb of Galesburg, and 2 nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, October 24, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Evans and Pastor Fred B. McGlone, Ill, officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Small Blessings at the First United Methodist Church, the New Covenant Christian School, or PNC at First Presbyterian Church in Hillsdale.

 

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Evelo M. Fulton

 

   Evelo M. Fulton, 84, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2005 at her residence.

   Mrs. Fulton was born July 17, 1920 in Flint, the daughter of Charles S. and Hazel A. (Berry) Michael and had resided in Charlotte since 1947. She was a 1938 graduate of Flint Northern High School, attended Flint Junior College for two years, and graduated from Albion College in 1942. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Mrs. Fulton taught in the Greenville schools from 1942 to 1947 and began teaching in Charlotte schools in 1947 and taught there until her retirement from teaching. She was employed at Fulton Lumber Co., where she also served as secretary of the board of directors until her retirement. She was a member of First Congregational Church UCC and its Blanche Moyer Circle, served on the board of trustees, was moderator, Christian Education superintendent, a member of the Women’s Fellowship and the Wedding Committee. Mrs. Fulton was coordinator of American Red Cross blood drives for 20 years, was a 50-year member of Hayes Green Beach Hospital Auxiliary, served as a Campfire Girls leader, was a member of the Charlotte Women’s Club, was a recipient of the Rotary Community Service Award, received a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship and received a city of Charlotte Cornerstone Award. She was seamstress for all the activities her children were involved in, from plays to weddings, as well being involved in many additional activities too numerous to mention.

 

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Vivian Kabler Garlinghouse

 

   Vivian Kabler Garlinghouse died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005 while surrounded by her family, after a year of battling a very aggressive cancer.

   Mrs. Garlinghouse was born in San Diego, Calif., in 1931, and lived in Florida, Tennessee, New York, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., the Philippines, Wisconsin, and Michigan during her well-traveled life, moving at last to Holland, Mich., to be close to her children. She was a resident of Freedom Village, where she enjoyed many close friendships, was active in the Freedom Follies, and participated in fund-raising efforts for a variety of good causes.

   Mrs. Garlinghouse served her country all her life as first the daughter, then the wife and finally the mother of Naval officers. She sacrificed a great deal in this service, and served in many social leadership roles within the many communities and service bases where she lived during her career. She was a hostess, a gourmet cook, a genial and witty host, an avid reader and gardener, and a fast and faithful friend to hundred of people she came to know and love during her life. Her family knows her best as a devoted, tireless and protective wife, mother and grandmother, whose maternal gifts extended to people and pets alike.

   She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Capt. Bruce B. Garlinghouse, USN Ret.; her children, Bill Garlinghouse and Mary Yocum, Bob and Diana Garlinghouse, Jack and Julie Ridl, and Carrie Andrews and Paul Fredrickson; and grandchildren, Chris and Joey Garlinghouse, Katherine and Allison Garlinghouse, and Meridith Ridl and Jason Kalajainen; and by Ranger, Zoey, Stafford, Charles, Idgy, Ruth and Millie.

   She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, where a mass was held in her memory on Sept. 20. A private interment service was held at the Garlinghouse family plot in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or the Alzheimer’s Association of West Michigan. Arrangements were by Notier Ver Lee Langeland Funeral Chapel, Holland.

 

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Delores Garrett

 

   Delores Garrett, 66, of Vermontville, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 19, 2005 at her home.

   Delores was born in Traverse City on Nov. 15, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Edna (Chandler) Ward. Her family moved to the Muskegon area shortly after Delores was born. She spent her childhood in the Muskegon area, where she attended area schools.

   Delores was the wife of Donald Garrett. The couple met in 1973, and were married one year later on March 8, 1974 in Muskegon. The couple built their home together in Vermontville, where they raised their family. They have been married for 31 years.

   Delores was an avid gardener. She enjoyed working in her flower garden; she especially enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren.

   Delores is survived by her husband of 31 years, Donald; daughter, Donna (Joseph) Allwardt; sons, George (Melanie) Garrett, Dale (Jolene) Garrett, and Don E. (Autumn) Garrett; sister, Arlene (Ronald) Schmuck; brothers, Dale (Anita) Ward, Richard (Sharon) Ward; and 11 grandchildren. Delores was preceded in death by her daughter Linda, and brothers, Robert Ward and Lawrence “Larry” Ward.

 

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Eugene L. “John” Garvie

 

   Eugene Lavern “John” Garvie, 75, of Vermontville, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Mr. Garvie was born March 22, 1930 in Lansing, the son of Harold Solon and Velma (Link) Garvie. John married Marie M. (Fuller) Garvie June 12, 1964. He was a member of Sunfield Church of the Brethren, and a board member. He retired from Oldsmobile after 30 years, semi-driver, and dispatch, and also was former sexton of the Sunfield Twp. cemeteries for many years.

   Mr. Garvie was preceded in death by both his parents, and three sons, Robert, Lonnie and James Garvie.

   Surviving is his wife, Marie M. Garvie; nine children, Neil (Jessie) Garvie of Angola, Ind., Johnny (Dora) Garvie of Lansing, Tonna (David) Grubb of Burr Oak, Sheila (Gilbert) Monroy of Battle Creek, Ricky Garvie, Kelly (Jesse) Bogard of Indiana, Tina Estrada of Three Rivers, Karen Garvie of Sturgis, and Scott Garvie of Vermontville; step-children, Jeannine (Larry) Ames of Blanchard, and Debra Lowe of Washington; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 4 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Rev. Mary Gult officiating. Full Navy military rites were performed at Sunfield Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers were Gilbert Monroy, Albert Monroy, Robert Monroy, Roy Monroy, David Grubb Jr. and Matthew Persing.

   The Garvie family expressed appreciation to everyone for their prayers, cards, flowers and calls.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society in memory of Eugene L. “John” Garvie, C/O RFH P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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Scott Garvie

 

   Scott Eugene Garvie, 42, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, March 1, 2005. Mr. Garvie was born Sept. 15, 1962, in Charlotte, the son of the late Clarence and the late Doris (Casler) Garvie.

   He is survived by daughter Charity Garvie of Potterville and son Jeremy Garvie of Alma, and one granddaughter, sister Cheri Cain of Olivet, and brothers Dale and Lynn Garvie, both of Charlotte.

   Memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

 

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Frances L. Gates

 

   Frances L. (Moore) Gates, 95, of Wauwatosa, Wis., formerly of Charlotte, passed away March 28, 2005.

   Mrs. Gates was born Feb. 11, 1910 in Lyons, to Hattie L. (Stanton) and L.G. “Garrie” Moore. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School and attended Olivet College for two years, studying art.

   At age 12, Mrs. Gates was one of the first six Campfire Girls in Charlotte. During the years she was married to Warren Hasemeier, she worked with and for Charlotte-area girls. In 1941, she helped start the Horizon club in Charlotte. It was her dream that Charlotte-area Campfire Girls, Girl Scouts and girls from other youth clubs have a recreation camp. As president of the Charlotte Girls Recreation Camp Board, she devoted many hours to organizing and fund-raising for that dream to become a reality. The original rustic log cabin was completed in 1954 at what is known as Camp Frances. That cabin burned in 1971 and was replaced by the present cabin.

   After leaving Charlotte, Mrs. Gates owned and operated a small beef cattle farm for several years near Charlottesville, Va. After moving to Florida she became an avid golfer. She married Willard “Doc” Gates and they enjoyed golfing and traveling together. A year ago she moved from Stuart, Fla., to the Milwaukee, Wis., area so her nephew William Moore could see to care. Her quick wit, sense of humor, laugh, sense of style and art work were enjoyed by those who knew her.

   She is survived by her sister, Ruth Landes of Charlotte; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and two special friends who helped care for her in Florida, Joanna and Lisa.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Doc; her parents; her brothers, Raymond Moore and Stanton “Pete” Moore; and a sister, Beatrice (Moore) Cass.

   Family members will visit Camp Frances Monday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. Anyone who knew her or is interested in Camp Frances is invited to join them.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Frances, c/o City Hall, 111 E. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813; donations may be made payable to Camp Frances.

   Arrangements were by Church and Chapel Funeral Home in New Berlin, Wis.

 

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Jakob Brett Gates

 

   Jakob Brett Gates was born November 7, 2001 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte, Michigan was called to heaven on March 11, 2005. Jakob was a sweet boy who brightened the lives of everyone who knew and loved him.

   Jakob is survived by his parents, Brett and Jennifer (Knapp) Gates of Lansing; grandparents, Ron and Beth Knapp of Eaton Rapids and David and Carol Gates of Eaton Rapids; great grandparents, Pete and Ardis Bates of Eaton Rapids and Mary Knapp of Grand Ledge; Aunts and Uncles, Brian and Kristen (Gates) Fell on Onondaga, Jim and Sheryl (Gates) Ayers of Lansing and Aunt Lindsey Knapp, of Lansing; and many cousins.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 17 at 1:00 in the afternoon. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until service time. The family is being served by Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For further information or for online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com. We miss you Cubby and we love you so much!

 

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Lila May Gayton

 

   Lila May Gayton of Eaton Rapids, age 87, died Monday, December 26, 2005 in Jackson TN. She was born January 19, 1918 in Jackson, Michigan the daughter of Charles and Lillie (Lutz) Standish. Mrs. Gayton was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. She served as a Librarian for the Union Street School in Eaton Rapids for 17 years retiring in 1983. Lila was a member of the Thursday Morning Lady’s Golf League at Bonnie View and an avid seamstress and walker. She was preceded in death by her husband Don Gayton; and brothers, Loyal and Chuck Standish.

   Surviving are her son, Bill (Phyllis) Gayton of Jackson, TN; 2 grandchildren, Jeffrey Gayton of Jackson, TN and Colleen (Greg) Dzurik of Plano, TX; sister, Helen Brockie of Jackson; sisters-in-law, Beulah and Ruth Standish; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, December 30, 2005, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at 1755 Abbey Rd. East Lansing. MI 48823.

 

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Rod Getter

 

   Rod Getter, age 45, of Howell, formerly of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, March 22, 2005 in Ann Arbor. Rod was born June 22, 1960 in Jackson, MI. He enjoyed his family, photography, landscaping and home remodeling. Rod was previously employed with Atlas Drop Forge and currently with Sodexho Campus Services at the University of Detroit. He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Robert Jr.

   Rod is survived by his daughter, Rebekah Getter of Eaton Rapids; life partner, Charles B. Middaugh of Howell; father, Robert Getter of Eaton Rapids; mother, Beverly Klink of Rives Junction; 2 brothers, Ted (Nicky) Getter of Eaton Rapids, Scott (Lisa) Getter of Marshall; sister, Laura (Michael) De Long of Eaton Rapids; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held on Friday, March 25, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Karl J. Gibbs, Sr.

 

   Karl J. Gibbs Sr., age 75, of Lake (formerly Eaton Rapids) passed away suddenly on June 16, 2005. Karl was born the son of Karl D. and Pauline N. (Shapely) Gibbs on August 8, 1929 in Bellevue. He had retired from Grand Trunk Railroad and moved to lake in 1990. Karl had served his country during the Korean War in the Army. He was a Life Member of the American Legion Post #15 in Eaton Rapids, and enjoyed Fishing and Hunting.

   Survivors include his wife Virginia, whom he married on September 4, 1989 in Eaton Rapids; his son Karl (Bernice) Gibbs, Jr. of Eaton Rapids; daughters Susan Gibbs of Lake, Neva (Joe) Lewis of TX, and Lucinda Dowding of Saginaw; step-sons Ralph Aleo and Robert (Pam) Aleo both of Eaton Rapids; Larry (Sue) Aleo of Bath, Michael (Karen) Aleo of TN, and Sam (Stacy) Aleo of WA; 5 grandchildren Karl Gibbs III, Charisma and Jericho Lewis, Charles Dowding and Crystal Emmons; 16 step grandchildren and 13 great step grandchildren.

   In keeping with Karl’s wishes cremation has taken place with no services being planned at this time. Memorials may be made to the Garfield Twp. Fire Department, P.O. Box 390, Lake, MI 48632. Arrangements were handled by the Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home, Inc. of Clare. Please sign the Gibbs family’s on-line guestbook at www.stephensonsyman.com.

 

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Kenneth W. Gilding

 

   Kenneth W. Gilding, 91, a retired building contractor, passed away after a long life March 11, 2005 in Cottonwood, Ariz.

   Born in Hastings on Dec. 23, 1913, Ken grew up on a farm near Charlotte and was the first of eight children born to Verne and Vema (Farnham) Gilding.

   Ken’s surviving brothers and sisters are John B. and Donald E. of Clarkdale, Ariz. and Kathryn L. and Geraldine J. of Michigan. He was preceded in death by brother Vern and sisters, Lanore E. and Roberta H., all of Michigan.

   After graduating from Charlotte High School in 1931, Ken enlisted in the Michigan National Guard. In 1934 he joined the Civilian Conservation Crops. The CCC, also known as “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” enlisted 100,000 young Michigan men to plant seedlings, fight forest fires, build roads, trails, towers and firebreaks in the national and state forests of Michigan. His contribution to the CCC effort helped revitalize the Michigan state park system and helped improve campgrounds in the national forests of Michigan.

   In 1936 Ken joined the U.S. Navy. His first enlistment ended just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ken dutifully re-enlisted and served in the Navy’s 1st Construction Battalion (SeaBees) throughout the South Pacific during World War II.

   After a lifetime of work in the construction industry in Michigan, Florida and Arizona, Ken retired in Cottonwood, Ariz. in 1986. He stayed active through his involvement with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 (past commander), doing volunteer work for the Verde Village Homeowners Association, and pursuing his lifelong hobby of gardening. Perseverance, loyalty, honor and truth were values he lived by and instilled in his three sons.

   Ken is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne (Swan); sons, Terrance R. (Jennie) of Charlotte, Gregory E. of Orlando, Fla., and John B. (Aimi) of Phoenix; four grandchildren, Shelene (David) Hahn, Marcy (Matthew) Billings, Deanna (Jason) Mallett and Teresa (Robert) Young; and 10 great grandchildren.

   The Gilding family expressed appreciation for Dr. Juneau Stump for 30 years of quality medical care, the staff of Verde Valley Medical Center, members of the Verde Rural Fire Department, and the many family members, neighbors and friends who provided comfort and assistance to Ken during his final years.

   Ken will be interred at sea, with full military honors, by the U.S. Navy out of San Diego, Calif.

 

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Eloise I. Gillette

 

   Eloise I. (Lettinga) Gillette, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died July 31, 2005 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

   She was born July 17, 1926 in Grand Rapids, the oldest of three children of the late John and Phila Lettinga. She graduated from Creston High School in Grand Rapids in 1945.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Michigan State University in 1949. She shared her love of education with junior high/middle school students for 32 years at Linden and Charlotte Public Schools. While in Florida retirement, she continued to teach adult education.

   She was a very active member of two churches, First Congregational Church of Charlotte, and Pilgrim United Church of Christ of Port Charlotte, Fla., in her adult life. She participated on various committees, including Christian Education and New Building Fund, and enjoyed singing in the choir. Eloise prized education and was a life member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Her fervent interests were playing and teaching cards, especially bridge, knitting amazing creations, worldwide travel, word searches, reading, letter writing/composition, and shopping for others.

   She married Leslie W. Tobin on Aug. 27, 1949 and had three children in 18 years of marriage, then divorced and married Maynard F. (Pat) Gillette in 1969 (now deceased). She was also preceded in death by infant son David Tobin, sister Gerry Crooks, grandson John Ben Tobin, niece Pamela Crooks, and nephew Geoff Crooks.

   She is survived by her brother, Howard (Joan) Lettinga of Sparta; brother-in-law, W. Dale Crooks of Whitehall; two sons, Daniel (Francy) Tobin of Hastings, and Fredrick (Sue) Tobin of DeWitt; six grandchildren, Jenny Tobin, Carolyn Tobin, James Tobin, Allison Tobin and Katy Tobin; and nieces and nephews, Eric Crooks, Howard (Dean) Lettinga, Cathy Huling and Angela Lettinga. Her family also includes Mike and Jeanette Gillette, Tom and Michelle Gillette, Tim and Mary Gillette, and Dan and Lois Gillette.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 4 at South Port Square Town Hall in Port Charlotte, Fla.; and Aug. 13 at Middleville United Methodist Church in Middleville. A summer picnic celebrating her life followed in the fellowship hall.

   Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to look at the educational needs of their closest school system and support it with their time and funds.

 

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Gerald E. Gladstone

 

   Gerald E. Gladstone, 57, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005.

   Mr. Gladstone was born June 2, 1947 in Lansing, the son of Lyle and Clara (Hulett) Gladstone. Gerald served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from General Motors in October of 1998 after 30 years as a forklift operator. He was a member of American Legion Post 42 in Charlotte and F.O.E. Eagles Aerie 3552 of Charlotte. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling, cribbage, euchre and woodworking.

   He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carol (Perron); daughter, Jennifer (David) Crippen of Eagle; son, Wayne (Rena) Bond of Olivet; daughters, Regina Compo and friend Marie Grzych of Whiting, Ind., Christina Valero and friend Jon Evert of charlotte, Deanna Vess and friend Rod Vandeusen of Elsie, and Corina Holder and friend Jack Kramer of Nashville; 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild; sister, Joyce Rennaker of Battle Creek; brother, Larry Gladstone of Alden; mother, Clara of Alden; mother-in-law, Roslyn Perron of Lake City; and several nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Gladstone was predeceased by his father Lyle, and father-in-law Joseph Perron.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens of Lansing. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pray Funeral Home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 42 or the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Betty E. Gleason

 

   Betty E. Gleason, 70, of Charlotte, passed away July 1, 2005.

   She was born Sept. 12, 1934 in St. Johns, and was a lifelong resident of the Lansing and Charlotte area. Betty was a member of the Lansing Seventh-day Adventist Church. She retired in 1984 from Lansing Fisher-Body after 32 years of service. She was a member of UAW Local 602, Charlotte Country Club Women’s Golf League, and VFW 706 Ladies Auxiliary in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her husband, Lynn Gleason; daughter, Denise Finizza of Lansing; son, Jeff (Anna) Toft of Lansing; step-daughter, Marge (Jock) McPhee of Lansing; step-son, Timothy (Marlene) Gleason of New York; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; three sisters, Hazel, Jean and Evelyn; four brothers, Al, Arnold, Daniel and Raymond; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held July 6 at Lansing Seventh-day Adventist Church, with Pastor Charles Davisson officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lansing Seventh-day Adventist Church. Arrangements were by Tiffany Funeral Home in Lansing.

 

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John H. Goff

 

   John Hugh Goff, 59, of Bellevue, died May 16, 2005 at home at Tri-Lakes Campground, Marshall.

   He was born Aug. 31, 1945 to George and Betty (Brainard) Goff in Charlotte. He graduated from Grand Ledge High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering from Ferris State University. John worked at Kellogg’s as a mechanical engineer for 23 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Bellevue Lions Club and a former member of the Harper Creek Optimists. He was an avid golfer and a history buff, especially regarding World War II.

   He married Carolyn Fox on March 13, 1965 in Eaton Rapids; she survives. Also surviving is: sons, Michael (Renee) Goff of Vienna, Virginia and Timothy (Mary Beth) Goff of Battle Creek; four grandchildren; brother, Thomas (Renee) Goff of Jackson; sisters, Peggy (Clare) Roth of Eagle, Sue Goff of Portland, and Kathleen (Michael) Shafer of Dudley, NC.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Services were held May 20 at First Congregational Church, Olivet, with Michael Fales of Olivet College officiating. Interment was at Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Grandchildren’s Education Fund. Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Sally A. Granger

 

   Sally Anne Granger, 60, of Hawthorne, Nev., died Jan. 18, 2005 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev.

   Sally was born June 15, 1944 in Hastings, the daughter of J.C. Fisher and Florence L. Lorenz, and had lived in Hawthorne for five years, coming from Charlotte. She retired in 1999 from Owens-Illinois. She volunteered at Hawthorne Care and Share.

   She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Norval and Scott Fisher.

   Surviving is her mother, Florence Lorenz of Hawthorne, Nev.; brother, Michael Fisher of Hawthorne, Nev.; sons, Jon, Marvin and Gene Granger, all of Charlotte; and grandchildren, Cassie, Amber and Brandon Granger.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Arrangements were by Gunter’s Funeral Home in Hawthorne, Nev.

 

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Eloise I. Thompson Grant

 

   Eloise I. Thompson Grant, 85, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005.

   Mrs. Grant was born Dec. 7, 1919 in Vermontville, the daughter of Oscar and Ida Bell (Wells) Stevens and had been a lifelong resident of Eaton County. She had been employed at the former Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte, at Fisher Body division of General Motors in Lansing for eight years, and at Aluminum Extrusions Co. in Charlotte for 13 years, from where she retired in 1979. She attended Chester Gospel Church.

   Surviving are her husband, Raymond Grant; one son, Robert (Emogene) Washburn of Sun City, Ariz.; three granddaughters, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Erma Maxine Beard of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle D. Thompson, in 1995; sisters, Marguerite Bunce, Doris Ranshaw and Hildred Bowser; and brothers, Murray Stevens, Merlin Stevens and Hubert Stevens.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 7 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston of Chester Gospel Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Chester Gospel Church.

 

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Deldee M. Grate

 

   Deldee M. Grate, 97, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 16, 2005 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Grate was born Jan. 28, 1908 in Lawton, the daughter of Mack and Alma (Palmanteer) Pearson. After her marriage to Willis Grate in 1934, which began a lifetime of 57 years together, the couple moved to Elkhart, Ind. where they ran an office supply store. In her 50s, she graduated with honors from Hinsdale School of Nursing, and worked as a licensed practical nurse in Elkhart until 1972 when she and her husband moved to Iron River. After her husband’s death in 1991 she moved to Charlotte to be closer to her daughter. She was a member of the Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church and especially enjoyed needlework, knitting and crafts.

   She is survived by her daughter, Betty (Donald) Claussen of Sunfield; grandchildren, Cheryl Canada and Douglas Claussen; and five great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Percy Pearson.

   Funeral services were held April 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, Ind.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lila Green

 

   Lila E. Green, 86, of Vermontville, died Jan. 2, 2005.

   Mrs. Green was born March 30, 1919 in Park Rapids, Minn., the daughter of James and Estella (Garbet) Flood. Lila was very proud of her family and loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, bingo and the “Price is Right.” Lila also belonged to a garden club; she enjoyed working with flowers.

   She is survived by: her daughter, Deborah (Jack) Zakora of Charlotte; son, Richard Green of Woodlawn; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Stanley Green, in 1975; daughter Laurie Hale in 1999; five brothers and three sisters. Gathering of family and friends was held Jan. 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Caryl Grier

 

   Caryl Grier, 75, of Lansing, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2005.

   Mrs. Grier was born April 2, 1930 in Lansing, the daughter of Roscoe and Agnas (Hinckley) Harte. Mrs. Grier was a secretary for the state of Michigan.

   She is survived by her nephew Michael Grier of Charlotte and niece Sue Grier of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by husband Bruce Grier in 1991.

   Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

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

 

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Mae F. Gruber

 

   Mae F. Gruber, age 100, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, May 19, 2005 at her home in Hamlin Twp. Mae was born Jan. 7, 1905 in Postorna, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Joseph and Magdelan (Gajdos) Jankovic.

   She attended St. Peter Catholic Church for 75 years, was the oldest member and was the first president of the Alter Society. Mae, her husband, James, and son, Jerry owned and operated Willowbrook Farms in Eaton Rapids and provided poultry, eggs and produce at the Lansing City Market for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1996; daughter, Stephanie Gruber; 3 grandsons, Michael, Steven and Paul Gruber; and 7 brothers & sisters.

   Mae is survived by her daughter, Evelyn (Basil) Johnson of Grosse Pointe Farms; 2 sons, James (Bernice) Gruber, Jr. of Littleton, CO, Gerald Gruber of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed on Monday, at St. Peter Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Interment followed at Brickyard Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the St. Peter School Fund or Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan (Hospice) in memory of Mae Gruber. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Robert L. Hackworth

 

   Robert L. Hackworth, 63, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005.

   Robert was born Nov. 5, 1941 in Floyd County, Ky., the son of John and Effie (Williams) Hackworth and had been an Eaton County resident for more than 40 years. He was a retired employee of charlotte Public Schools. In retirement, he was a distributor of baked goods in the area.

   Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Hazel (Combs) Hackworth; two daughters, Brenda (David) Wolcott and Pamela Hackworth, both of Charlotte; two granddaughters, Heather and Shauwna Wolcott; one sister, Sharon (Pat) Collins of Potterville; and three brothers, Bob (Dee) Hackworth of Florida, Ray (Joan) Hackworth of Potterville and Adrian (June) Hackworth of South Dakota.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor John Bailey officiating. Interment will be at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Janet Haff

 

   Janet Mary Alice Lightner Haff, 91, of Charlotte, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005.

   Mrs. Haff was born Dec. 31, 1913 in Sasketchewan, Canada, the daughter of John and Genevieve (MacGregor) Macdonald. Janet was one of the first Gray Ladies and later worked for Hayes Green Beach Hospital in housekeeping.

   She is survived by daughters, Audrey (Bud) Ommen of Vermontville, Margaret (Roy) French of Charlotte and Linda White of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and half-sister, Betty Huska and Jean Harder of Canada.

   She was preceded in death by Harry Lightner in 1976, Theodore Haff in 1973; sons, James Lightner in 2000 and Gary Lightner in 2003; brother, James MacAndrew; a half-sister, Mary; and a half-brother, Alan MacAndrew.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. A VFW Auxiliary service was held Dec. 11.

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

 

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Beatrice D. Haite

 

   Beatrice Dora Haite, 86, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, March 26, 2005 at her residence, with her family by her bedside.

   Mrs. Haite was born Oct. 1, 1918 in Howard City, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Julia Ora (Wolcott) Mesick. She had lived in the Eaton Rapids area since 1962, and formerly worked for the Hospital at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Charlotte.

   Preceding her in death were he husbands, John Freeman, Donald McNabb and Rollo Haite; son, Donald Freeman; and brothers, Harry and Harold Mesick.

   Surviving are her children, Della Carpenter of Prescott, Ariz., John (Gloria) Freeman of Howell, Roger (Kelly) Freeman of Charlotte, Milton (Patricia) Freeman of Hastings, Sharon (Danny) Copeland of Eaton Rapids, Sheldon (Tracy) Freeman of Eaton Rapids, Dennis (Dale) McNabb of Eaton Rapids, Richard Haite of Charlotte, Steven (Deb) Haite of Eaton Rapids and Judy Gerow of Onondaga; 28 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held March 30 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following at Delta Mills Cemetery.

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

 

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Bonnie Halbeisen

 

   Bonnie L. Halbeisen, 50, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 18, 2005. Mrs. Halbeisen was born June 3, 1955, in Lansing, the daughter of Moten and Ruth (Carpenter) Fielder.

   She was employed at Sparrow Hospital as a health unit coordinator for 20 years and in more recent years was a substitute paraprofessional for Charlotte Public Schools. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed crochet and embroidery.

   She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Dennis Halbeisen and her son Douglas Halbeisen. Also surviving are siblings Meredith (Robert) Kaiser of Duncanville, Texas; Gerald (Julie) Fielder of Potterville; Daniel Fielder of Largo, FL; Rebecca Cain of Potterville; mother-in-law Catherine Halbeisen; in-laws Stephen (Valli) Halbeisen, Katy (Doug) Shumaker, Ian Halbeisen and Mary Ann Halbeisen, all of Charlotte; and Alan (Linda) Halbeisen of Ada and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Bethany Renee in 1999 and her niece Heather Fielder.

   Funeral services were Wednesday, June 22 at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society and Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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George Hall

 

   George Z. Hall, 77, of Marshall, formerly of Charlotte, died, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005.

   Mr. Hall was born July 26, 1928 in Eaton County, the son of George B. and Mary Ethel (Andrews) Hall. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received a Bronze Service Star. He was a former member of the VFW of Charlotte and liked tinkering with automobiles. He worked for Beaches Manufacturing.

   He is survived by daughters, Carol Seedorff an Anita Shepherd of Marshall; son, David Beck of Olivet; and a sister, Pauline Bruce of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Ida French and Mary French.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at Pray Funeral Home, with Minister Steve Hyatt officiating. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

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

 

Arland Hammond

 

   Arland Hammond, 88, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005. Mr. Hammond was born Dec. 22, 1916 in Eaton County, the son of Alva and Violet (Terrill) Hammond.

   Arland was member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and along with his twin brother were the first young men to earn Eagle Scout in Michigan. He enjoyed fishing, family and going to the cottage in northern Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Edna of 66 years; daughters, Judith (Ron) Kolodica of Albion, Lynda (Cork) Sweezey of Charlotte; son, Kirk Hammond of Charlotte, six granddaughters and 11 great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his brother Arlo Hammond.

   Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Reverend Karen Wheat officiating. Internment will be at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

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

 

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Clara E. Hamp

 

   Clara E. Hamp, 81, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005.

   Mrs. Hamp was born Aug. 28, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Frances and Clarence Griswold. Mrs. Hamp loved her family and was generous with her children and grandchildren.

   She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth (Willie Brooks) Cepela of Grand Rapids, Lorraine (James) Meigs of Prudenville, Jean Ellis of Houghton Lake, and Barbara (Michael) Affholder of Charlotte; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. Hamp, in 1995.

   Private services were held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice organization. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Betty Lou (Hunt) Hanson

 

   Betty Lou (Hunt) Hanson, of Bay City, Michigan, died peacefully Sunday, October 16, 2005, with her family at her side. She was born to Lewis and Ethel (VanAken) Hunt on November 18, 1917, in Eaton Rapids, a place she always held dear in her heart and where she will be buried.

   Betty owned her own beauty shop in her youth and maintained her license for over 50 years. Her clients were always rewarded in the summer with fresh vegetables from her garden. She never ceased to admire curls and waves and a good head of hair.

   Betty had an active life and never had enough time to do the things she wanted to do. She was a member of the Bay City YWCA for 50 years and enjoyed her long-time friends form that organization. She attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church. She never tired of her flower gardening and later in life would spend from morning to dark working outside. She looked forward to watching The Lawrence Welk Show every week for many years. She was a lover of cats and always had a few, if not many, around. She would spend hours reading and re-reading her favorite novels. She never tired of visiting different McDonalds and had been a frequent customer since 1962.

   Betty was married in January 1948 to Carl John Hanson who preceded her in death in 1995. Also preceding her were her three beloved older brothers; Lawrence, Robert and Gilbert Hunt.

   She is survived by her three children, Carol Taberski of Traverse City, Lewie (Charlotte) Hanson of Alabama, and Mina (Rick) Robinson of Bay City. She has five granddaughters, Shelly Taberski, Niki Taberski (Ryan) Selby, Heidi and Tiffany Robinson, and Jessica Hanson; along with two step-grandchildren Tobi and Brian of Alabama, two great granddaughters, Claire and Ellen Selby; and four step-great grandchildren in Alabama.

   Betty never lost her sense of humor and even as her memory was failing, she still maintained her easy-going, good nature and made her family laugh.

   Funeral and Committal Services will take place Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Baptist church 3687 N. Euclid Bay City, Michigan 48706. Officiating will be Pastor John Wood with private interment in Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids, MI. Friends may call at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. Tuesday from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Betty will be taken to the church on Wednesday to lie in state from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. If you are unable to attend the visitation or funeral you may offer your condolences online at www.gephartfuneralhome.com.

 

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Roger Linkroum Harder, Jr.

 

   Roger Linkroum Harder, Jr., age 53, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans following a long illness. Roger was born July 30, 1951 in Patterson, New Jersey, one of six children of Roger and Consuelo (Casillas) Harder Sr. Roger’s family moved to the Eaton Rapids area following the death of his mother when his father became the distributor for the Hi-Klas Bottling Company in Lansing. He graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1969 and shortly thereafter joined the United State Army and served 2 Tours in Viet Nam. Roger from a young age acquired a good ethic and had continued that work ethic until the decline in his health. He was formerly the manager at the Golf Course and Country Club in Big Rapids and most recently a finance officer in automotive sales. During his decline in health he became a resident of the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans where he was very active with the Poppy Program and the President of the Rakin Building. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a nephew, Robbie Harder.

   Surviving are his mother, Barbara Harder of Lansing; 5 brothers and sisters, Robert (Julianna) Harder of Oceanside, CA, Peggy (Dale) Sattler of Lake Odessa, Ron Harder of the Largo, FL area, Sally Harder of Lansing and Connie Harder of Largo, FL; several nieces and nephews; Aunt, Uncles and Cousins; special friend, Betty Gryczan of Grand Rapids.

   Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial of cremains will follow with full military honors at the Delta Center Cemetery in Delta Township. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Vivian I. Hardin

 

   Vivian I. “The Old Bat” Hardin, 77, of Charlotte, passed away July 8, 2005 after a short battle with cancer.

   Vivian was born Dec. 22, 1927 in McBain and retired as an accounting manager.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal, in 1980; parents, Edward and Margaret DeBoer; sister, Jean; and a brother, Ronnie.

   Surviving are her three children, Nadine (Larry) Cook, Michael (Wanda) Hardin, and Kim Hardin; four grandchildren, Shellie (Mike) Kundrat, Scott (fiancée Joni) Cook, Neal Hardin and Autumn Hardin; great granddaughter, Elizabeth; sister, Helen Hardin; and many nieces and nephews.

   Per Vivian’s wishes, no services were held. The family expressed appreciation for the Barry-Eaton Home Health Hospice for the caring support during their mother’s final days.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Home Health Hospice or the Capital Area Humane Society Arrangements were by Tiffany Funeral Home in Lansing.

 

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Roger Leroy Hare

 

   Roger L. Hare, age 84, of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at a Lansing Hospital. Roger was born April 21, 1921 in Eaton Rapids the son of Clarence and Joy (Barrett) Hare. He was a lifelong farmer that worked his family’s farm. He retired with 23 years of service from the Eaton Stamping Co. in Eaton Rapids. A member of the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club and a driver for many years for Meals On Wheels. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Gerald.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Jackie; 4 children, Marilyn (David) Wilson of Eaton Rapids, Bud (Teresa) Hare of Eaton Rapids, Bill (Marta) Hare of Eaton Rapids and Sue (John) Connors of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, niece, Joy Thomas and nephew, Jay Hare.

   Funeral Services were held Saturday, December 3, 2005, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Genesis Hemo-Care Unit in memory of Roger Hare. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Melissa S. (Courter) Harju

 

   Our cherished daughter, sister, granddaughter, and aunt, Melissa went to be with our Lord on August 31, 2005, at age 29. Melissa was born on August 19, 1976, in Lansing, the twin of Mary and daughter of Margaret (Whiting) and Michael Courter. Melissa attended school in Eaton Rapids and Holt and graduated from the Eaton Rapids School District. Melissa was previously employed with Michigan National Bank. Melissa married her soul mate, Jason Harju, in May of 1998. Melissa will always be remembered by her loved ones for her warm and cheerful smile. Even now, through our tears, we remember how courageously she embraced each and every day. Melissa had a special place in her heart for children, cats and dolphins.

   Melissa will be dearly missed by her soul mate, Jason Harju; her parents, Margaret (Daniel) Yerke and Michael Courter; sisters, Shelly (Eric) Mazurek, Mary (Richard Sharp) Courter, and Stacey Courter; brothers, Kevin Yerke, David (Claudia) Lynch, and Chad Getter; grandparents, Lorraine and the late Elmer Whiting, Margaret and the late Robert Courter, Sr., and Patricia and the late Gerald Gleason; great grandparents the late Florence Teagan and Marjorie and the late Wilbur Tubbs; nieces and nephews, Chase and Shyanne Suntken, Emilie and Christopher Sharp, Makena and Zachary Mazurek, and Chloe Bristol; several step-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Special people in Melissa’s life included her Guardian Angel, Mr. Stiles (Jim) and his wife Chris; her Godparents, Clarice (Kenneth) Carl and Mark Floros; Jane Millbrook, Kris Courter, and many other friends.

   A celebration of Melissa’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2005, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 East Grand River, Lansing. Those desiring may make a contribution to the charity of their choice in honor of Melissa.

 

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Byron Harmon

 

   Byron Tracy Harmon, 45, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 in Lansing. He was born Dec. 21, 1959 in Charlotte, the son of Robert L. and Marie J. (Uhl) Harmon.

   He was a member of A.A.

   Surviving are his parents, Robert and Marie Harmon of Charlotte; brothers, Lonnie (Jane) of Minnesota, Jeffery (Mollie) of Arizona, and Dean (Cindy), Christopher (Lisa), and David, all of Charlotte; sisters, Penny (Robert) Granger and Dawn (James) Morse, both of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Robert,, Jack and Charlie and sister, Roxanne.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or services.

   Memorial contributions can be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green funeral Home, Charlotte.

Ella M. Harrington

 

   Ella Margaret “Meldy” Harrington, 88, of Marshall, died Jan. 28, 2005 at Country Living Adult Foster Care Home in Olivet.

   Margaret was born July 5, 1916 at home in rural Olivet to Elmer and Nina (Hicks) Young. She was a graduate of Olivet High School, class of 1935. On Jan. 8, 1938 she married John R. Harrington in Charlotte; he preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1986.

   Through the years, a variety of employers benefited from Margaret’s multiple skills and work ethic. During World War II, she worked at Rowan and Kunzel. Later she was employed by the Calhoun County Treasures’ Office, and finally sold real estate for Remus and then Belheer. After retiring, she drove patients to restorative care for social services and used the waiting time to crochet, knit and tat things for her family. Margaret belonged to St. Mary Catholic Church, Marshall Moose Lodge No. 676 and the Marshall Country Club. She served as chairperson of the Calhoun County Cancer Society for many years. She enjoyed bowling, playing bridge and golf.

   She is survived by a brother, Mike Earl (Dorothy) Young; sister, Esther (Stanley) Horn; sisters-in-law, Winnie Young and Rita Young; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by brothers, William, Robert and Joseph.

   A funeral Mass was held Jan. 31 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care. Arrangements were by Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall.

 

Madaline Harris

 

   Madaline Harris, 90, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005.

   Mrs. Harris was born Sept. 16, 1915 in Greenfield, Tenn., the daughter of Thomas Patrick and Adrian (Abney) Yeargin. She was a lifetime member of Eagles Aerie 3552 and enjoyed painting, crocheting and country music.

   She is survived by her son, Kenneth W. Harris of South Elgin, Ill.; grandsons, Kenneth Paul (Becky) Harris, Michael David (Theresa) Harris; and great grandchildren, Claire, Blake and Caylen.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, O. Dean Harris, in 1987; daughter, Janet Nighbert, in 2003; and granddaughter, Lisa Marie Harris. Funeral services were held Oct. 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. William Haggard officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids, followed by a meal at Charlotte Eagles Aerie 3552. 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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Jacquelyn M. Hartford

 

   Jacquelyn Mae Hartford, 62, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 9, 2005.

   Miss Hartford was born Sept. 25, 1942 in LaPorte, Ind., the daughter of Aurthur F. and Alice E. (Langman) Hartford. She had been a teacher at Parkview Elementary School in Charlotte for many years and recently had been a substitute teacher in Eaton Rapids. She enjoyed her pet dogs and crafts. She leaves many friends in the Charlotte area.

   Burial took place at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 16 at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or Charlotte Public Library. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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William “Bill” Sanford Hartwick

 

   William “Bill” Sanford Hartwick, age 68, Life resident of Eaton Rapids died Thursday, January 27, 2005. He was born February 8, 1936 in Eaton Rapids the son of William S. and Leta (Goyt) Hartwick. Mr. Hartwick worked for General Motors at the Fisher Body Division serving 34.8 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the U.A.W. Local #602 in Lansing. Bill enjoyed the out-of-doors with cutting wood and outdoor repairs. Preceding him in death was an infant sister, Leta Elaine Hartwick.

   Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Jean, 2 sons; Bill Hartwick of Lansing and Mike (Kelly) Hartwick of Springport, one sister Juanita (Cy) Goodnoe of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral Services were held Monday, January 31, 2005 from the Skinner Funeral Home with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice, 700 W. Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854 in memory of William S. Hartwick. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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LeRoy G. Harvey

 

   LeRoy G. Harvey, 93, of Gladwin, died May 21, 2005.

   Mr. Harvey was self-employed as a farmer.

   Funeral services were held May 24 at Hall Funeral Home in Beaverton.

 

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Steven Kenneth Hatch

 

   Steven K. Hatch, age 51, of Lansing and formerly of Leslie, passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 from complications due to Muscular Dystrophy. Steven was born June 23, 1953 in Lansing, the son of Levi Raymond and Dorothy (Ackerman) Hatch. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Levi and nephew, Richie Benn.

   Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Hatch of Owosso; grandsons, Gus and Preston; mother, Dorothy Hatch of Eaton Rapids; brother, Richard (Valerie) Hatch of San Diego, CA; sisters, Pam Hatch of Eaton Rapids and Sally (Rick) Benn of Parma; nieces, Kim & Lisa Hatch and Renee and James Benn; nephew, Levi Hatch and great nephew, Logan; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, and burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paralyzed Veteran’s of America at the McNamara Federal Building, Room 1233, 477 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48826. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Maurice W. Haviland

 

   Maurice William “Bill” Haviland of Charlotte died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005 at his residence, surrounded by his family.

   Mr. Haviland was born Oct. 9, 1932 in Bath, the son of Maurice and Helen (Phelps) Haviland. He was a member of Bright Hope Bible Church, an Air Force cook in the Korean War and worked in final assembly at General Motors. He enjoyed helping anybody at anytime and the outdoors, whether it was taking care of the farm or hunting with his boys.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Waneta M. (Rumbaugh) Haviland; sons, Mark William Haviland of Ionia, Michael Alan (Michelle) Haviland of Battle Creek, William Joseph (Pamela) Haviland of Bellevue, and Michael (Elizabeth) Atchley of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Kendall, Amber, Jennifer, Irene, Elizabeth and David Haviland, and Tony, Josh, Kaylee and Alison Atchley; brother, Dale (Yvonne) Haviland of DeWitt; and sisters, Lucille Stone of Lansing and Carol (Dan) Holdridge of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by sisters Leona Sellers, Doris Rauchenberger, Dortha Patterson and Francis Brown.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Terry LaDuke and Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Howard Healey

 

   Howard Benson Healey, 94, of Apopka, Fla., died Dec. 2, 2005. He was born March 14, 1911 in Boyne City. He worked as a carpenter and had a farm near Charlotte for 23 years. He moved to Apopka, Fla. in September 1971. Howard had been a member of Trinity Baptist church since 1972. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Majei Healey; son, David Healey of Mishawaka, Ind.; daughter, Mary Anne Hines of Apopka; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

   Howard was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Wanzer of Enid, Okla.; and a son, Gerald Healey of Dimondale.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 5 at Trinity Baptist Church with interment following at Glen Haven Memorial Park.

   Memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice, 100 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 15, Miami, FL 33131. Arrangements were by Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka Chapel, Apopka, Fla.

 

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Lois (Love) Heath

 

   Lois (Love) Heath of Eaton Rapids, age 71, died Wednesday, November 30, 2005, in Lansing. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 3, 2005, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to American Cancer Assoc. or the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Lois Heath. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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John G. Heller

 

   John Grant “Jack” Heller, 74, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 at Select Specialty Hospital, Battle Creek.

   Jack was born in Decatur, Ind., to Dick D. Heller Sr. and Martha Grant Heller. His family owned a newspaper there, “The Decatur Daily Democrat,” which greatly shaped his life and philosophy. Jack worked in the printing and newspaper business all his life, ending his work career at Ferris State University teaching printing management. The Grants are a Scottish clan and Jack loved all things Scot. He loved wearing kilts and teaching children about loving all people, especially those who lived, dressed or believed differently.

   Jack was an avid reader. He loved deep discussions on all issues. He would golf with the best and the worst of them. He got a hole-in-one once, but his favorite memories were when his oldest son got five birdies and his youngest son began to out-drive and even under-score him. Jack’s sermons always called his family to a deeper faith and to live out of that faith. His devotion to missions changed the lives of many.

   Jack is survived by his wife, Rev. Virginia L. Heller; his children, Stephen V. (Judy) Heller of Oak Park, Ill., Eric A. (Molly) Heller-Wagner of Australia, Patricia A. (Jim) Hill of Denver, Colo., and Jacob A. “Cody” Heller of Bellevue; eight grandchildren; and one brother, Dick D. (Jane) Heller Jr. of Mission, Texas.

   A memorial service was held Feb. 19 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dr. Claudette Haney leading the worship service. Cremation will have taken place and his ashes taken to the top of Pole Creek Mountain in Colorado (Jack’s place of refreshing and renewal with God) on July 24, 2005. His family expressed appreciation to everyone who loved him and cared for them during these last hard weeks.

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

 

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Susan Kay Hensley

 

   Susan K. Hensley, age 55 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, September 5, 2005 in Eaton Rapids. Susan was born September 4, 1950 in Lansing, the daughter of Martin and Melba (Williamson) Hildabridle. Susan was an employee for Merchandisers Corporation of America. She attended Everett High School in Lansing and enjoyed Shopping and Sewing and loved sewing for her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jack.

   Surviving are her husband of 21 years, Roland Hensley; 2 children, Sheryl (Eric) Doty of Bellville and Ryan Hensley of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Cathy (Denny) Morrison of St. Johns, Martin “Butch” (Jeanne) Hildabridle of Eaton Rapids, David (Rosemary) Hildabridle of Eaton Rapids and Sandra (Tony) Tupper of Eaton Rapids; Grandmother, Elsie Williamson of Breckenridge and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Friday, September 9, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Munger Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation in memory of Susan Hensley. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Tink Henry

 

   Tink Henry, 67, of Olivet, died Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Greenlawn Campus in Lansing.

   Tink was born Dec. 9, 1937 in Lansing, the son of Harold and Wilma (Struble) Henry and lived most of his life in Olivet. He was a 1955 graduate of Olivet High School, served in the Michigan Army National Guard and was a longtime member of Nashville Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon. Tink was a retired employee of General Motors/EDS with 38 years of service. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the MSU Spartans and Olivet Eagles sports teams.

   Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Davis) Henry; three children, Cheryl (Mark) Hunter of Grayling, Mark Henry of Olivet and Carrie (Perry) Mason of Olivet; five grandsons and one granddaughter; brother, Ronald (Nancy) Henry of Olivet; sister, Elizabeth (Robert) Yago of Fowlerville and sister-in-law Linda Henry of Olivet.

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

   A celebration of Tink’s life was held March 12 at Nashville Baptist Church, Nashville, with Rev. Lester DeGroot and Rev. Deano Lamphere officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Nashville Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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John E. Hickey

 

   John E. Hickey, 83, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005.

   Mr. Hickey was born June 12, 1922 in Nashville, Mich., the son of Daniel and Rosa (Maurer) Hickey. John was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and a lifetime member of VFW Post 2406 in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Norma; daughters, Janice (Bruce) Wilson of Hastings, Ann Winans of Hastings, Sue (Asa) Randall of Hastings and Marilyn (Jerald) Gilding of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; brothers, Louis Hickey of Nashville and Maurice Hickey of Lake Havasu, Ariz.

   He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Charlotte Randall; and a grandson, Robert Ross Wilson.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 28 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Internment was at Ft. Custer Cemetery in Augusta.

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

 

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Clarence A. Hillard

 

   Clarence A. Hillard, 81, of Bellevue, formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   Clarence was born Jan. 15, 1924 in Ionia, the son of Herbert and Ila (Doolittle) Hillard. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II and had been employed as a carpenter/painter for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the National Campers & Hikers Association and its Moving Monkeys Chapter 245, and a member of the Railway Carmen of America Local 638.

   Surviving are his daughter, Linda Sams of Battle Creek; two grandchildren, Karen (Douglas) Bates and Brian R. Sams; sisters, Vivian (Clair) Overley of lake, and Dagmar Smith of Bellevue; and brothers, Ronald Dukes of Stanton and Donald Dukes of Sheridan.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa (Smith) Hillard, in 1996; and sisters, Lorraine Slocum, Viola Parrish, Ilene Harnick and Lenora VerPorter.

   Funeral services were held Aug. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor John Shoup officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Berniece C. Hinderliter

 

   Berniece Carol “Bunny” (Clark) Hinderliter died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 at her home in Portage after a lengthy battle with cancer.

   She was born Jan. 9, 1937 in Charlotte, the daughter of Raymond L. and Mae J. (Roberts) Clark. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1955. Throughout her life, Bunny was what many call a “people person” – she seldom met a stranger she didn’t touch with her friendliness, sincerity, attentiveness, thoughtfulness and charm. Throughout her life, Berniece worked for the U.S. Navy, the Michigan Department of Agriculture, A&E, Omni, Charlotte Chair, and Gryphon Place, mostly as an accountant. Bunny’s dozens of hobbies included: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, stampin’up, bowling, gardening, cake decorating, ceramics, wood-burning, drawing and painting, reading, and her very favorite, shopping with and for her sisters, children, and grandchildren. Berniece married Ronald Olson on July 7, 1956. She married Phillip Hinderliter, on May 2, 1987. Bunny was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

   Surviving are her husband, Phillip; two children, Bryan Olson of Three Rivers and Kimberly (Ron) Applebey of Portage; three stepchildren, Kenneth Hinderliter of Lakeside, Calif., Katherine (Tim) Glasscock of Rockford and Michael Hinderliter of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jynell Ruggles of Kalamazoo, Nicholas Ruggles of Three Rivers, Erica and Jenessa Olson of Olivet, Morgan and Corban Olson of Three Rivers, and Deborah Hinderliter of Lakeside, Calif.; three sisters, Beatrice “Bea” Rickerd, Francis “Fran” Curtis, and Mary Jane Clark, all of Charlotte; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at chapel Hill United Methodist church, with Rev. Barry Petrucci officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Chapel Hill UMC, Gryphon Place, or American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel.

 

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Arnold H. Hirt

 

   Arnold H. Hirt, 95, of Charlotte, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, died Sunday, May 1, 2005 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mr. Hirt was born March 14, 1910 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Albert and Frieda (Mori) Hirt.

   Surviving are three sons, Allan A. (Shirley) Hirt of Charlotte, Geoffrey (Linda) Hirt of Chicago, Ill., and Donald (Andrea) Hirt of Santa Rosa, Calif.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia (Lehman) Hirt in July 2001.

   No local services are planned. Funeral services will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice of charlotte. Local arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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O. Norman Hogle

 

   O. Norman Hogle, 69, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Norman was born May 17, 1935 in Charlotte, the son of Loren and Doris (Weeks) Hogle, and lived most of his life in the Olivet and Charlotte area. He was a 1952 graduate of Olivet High School and a member of Grace Bible Church. Norman was employed by Oldsmobile in Lansing, retiring in 1985 after 31 years of service, then with his wife formed their own business called Consulting Vibration Analysis.

   Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Lucille (Booth) Hogle; daughters, T.K. (Dan) Banks of Climax and Tammy (Kirk) French of Charlotte; son, Chuck (Shelley) Hogle of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Melissa (Joe) Kane of Chicago, Andrew Banks of Climax, Tyler, Ashley and Amanda French of Charlotte, Austin Hogle with the U.S. Navy in North Carolina, Megan and Cameron Hogle of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.; two sisters, Mary (Ray) DeBar and Doreen (Dale) Weber, both of Grand Ledge; and his mother-in-law, Gladys Booth of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held March 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. William Barber officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

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

 

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Arline I. Hokanson

 

   Arline Inez Hokanson, 82, of Vermontville, died Sunday, March 13, 2005 at home.

   Arline was born Feb. 20, 1923 in Vermontville, the daughter of Herbert and Thelma Howe. She was married to Hale Hokanson on Feb. 14, 1942 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1992. Arline was a lady of many talents and names. She was “Toby” to the Hokansons and classmates, and “Toby” was the signature she used on her artwork. An accomplished artist in many fields, she loved and taught oil painting, acrylics and watercolors. Arline was also a seamstress and loved to create and maintain flowerbeds surrounding her home. Her most enduring name was “Grandma Heidi,” as all her grandchildren and great grandchildren called her.

   Arline is survived by children, Gary (Pat) Hokanson of Virginia, Paula (Gerald) Cole of Charlotte, Lyle (Mary) Hokanson of Vermontville and Loa (Ben) Kinyon of Mulliken; nine grandchildren, Amy (Jeff) Zemke, Joanna (Eric) Smith, Kristen (Derry) Bishop, Ryan (Kelly) Cole, Dana (Chris) Johnston, Luke Kinyon, Sara (Marc) Miller, Jay Hokanson, Erin Hokanson (Justin Campbell); 10 great grandchildren, Allison and Andrew Smith, Max and Sam Zemke, Madeline, Reece and Lydia Cole, Elijah Felzke, Cole and Ainsley Johnston; step grandson, O’Brien Miller; step granddaughter, Alyssa Clark; one sister, Virginia Fox; sisters-in-law, Neva Hokanson, Norma (William) Hosler and Lillian Patterson, and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is Ernest Lindberg, her faithful companion and loving caretaker.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother, Stanley Howe; and a sister, Pauline Healy.

   Memorial services were held March 16 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Joellen Hosler officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813; or the Vermontville Public Library, 120 E. First St., Vermontville, MI 49096.

 

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Gordon J. Hokonson

 

   Gordon Joseph Hokonson, 58, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005.

   Mr. Hokonson was born Jan. 15, 1947, the son of Burl Henry Hokonson and Verlee Marie (Davidson). He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, with honors. He was an accountant for the state of Michigan for 14 years, and also worked for Care-Free Philips Windows for about eight years. He enjoyed model airplanes and cars, loved reading science fiction and was a sports fanatic.

   He is survived by daughter Brandy and son Michael, grandson Bailey Scott Hokonson/Boatman, mother Verlee Gamble, and sister Valerie (Ron) Maggard all of Charlotte; and sister Darlene Cobern of Marshall.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Burl, in 1982.

   Funeral mass was held Feb. 28 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley 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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Kenneth C. Holden

 

   Kenneth “Mike” C. Holden, 61, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005.

   Mr. Holden was born Sept. 25, 1943 in Battle Creek, the son of Kenneth and Dortha (Outman) Holden. Ken was a member of the Free Methodist Church and a former member of the Charlotte Optimist Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling. Ken was proudest of his children and was a very giving person.

   He is survived by his wife, Marie; sons, Scott Holden of Charlotte, Mark (Amy) Holden of Olivet, Brian Holden of Charlotte; daughter, Amy Holden of Charlotte; mother, Dortha Whitman of Augusta; sisters, Pat (Mike) Flemming of Union City, Martha Lester of Battle Creek and Janice (Jerry) Dunn of Hastings; mother-in-law, Illa Steward of Nashville; sisters-in-law, Carol and Russell Atherton of Evart and Susan Steward of Delton; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at Pray funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Glen Neal and Rev. Russell Atherton officiating. Interment was at Bedord Cemetery in Bedford.

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

 

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Nomirece Holley

 

   Nomirece Holley, age 75 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, August 30, 2005 in Charlotte. She was born July 31, 1930 in Greenfield, Tennessee, the daughter of Roy and Lorraine (Gilmore) Sullivan. Nom was a former bus driver for the Eaton Rapids Public Schools. She was a loving mother and a wonderful grandmother, now she is with the love of her life, her husband George, who preceded her in death in 1999; and her sister, Anna Disler.

   She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Mark Belknap) Barrett of Mason; granddaughter, Jessica (Kenny) Doyle of Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Thursday, September 1, 2005 at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Nomirece Holley. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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William Holwig

 

   William George Holwig, age 85, of Inverness, FL, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Citrus Health & Rehab Center of Inverness. William was a native of Wiconisco, PA. He was born April 2, 1920 to Hal and Anna Holwig, and came to the area in 1994 from Eaton Rapids, MI. He was a Marine Corps veteran and was a retired repairman in the tool and die industry. He was a life member of the VFW and American Legion, 4th Marine Division Association, 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner and loved woodworking.

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

   Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Holwig of Inverness; son, Timothy Holwig and his wife, Lois, of Newton, UT; daughter, Sheila Clark and her husband, John, of Leslie, MI; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

   Funeral services for William were held in Florida. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held in Eaton Rapids at a later date.

 

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Delmar G. Hopkins

 

   Delmar G. “Dutch” Hopkins, 78, of Farwell, formerly of the Charlotte area, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2005 at his home.

   He was born the son of Gerald and Julian (Herrst) Hopkins, on Feb. 28, 1927 in Ypsilanti. He married Dorothy Banks on Sept. 5, 1967 in Ann Arbor. Following a career in the U.S. Navy, he had been apartment complex manager in Eaton Rapids and Waterloo, Ind. before retiring to the Farwell area three years ago.

   Dutch is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four stepsons, Robert (Melissa) McLeod, Richard  (Terry) McLeod, David (Dawn) McLeod and Duane McLeod; two brothers, Charles and Allen Hopkins; seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

   In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial was held April 14 at the Charlotte Eagles Club.

   Online condolences may be made at www.stephensonwyman.com.

 

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Mabel E. Horton

 

   Mabel Esther Horton, 83, of Eaton Rapids, died April 8, 2005.

   Mabel was born July 18, 1921 in Lexington, NC, the daughter of Cicero and Sarah Belle Wrenn.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold (Cy) Horton; brothers, Lee, Richard and Odell; sister, Ruth; and grandsons, Travis Troutner, Fred Malinoski and Daniel Fredrick Horton.

   Surviving are daughters, Cynthia Strine of Roxboro, NC, Jessie (Lafe) Troutner of Eaton Rapids and Raelene (Larry) Toth of Belding; sons, Tom (Viva) Horton and Bryan (Carla) Horton, both of Charlotte, and Mark (Jill) Horton of Corunna; 17 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; sisters, Edna Pearl Worly and Ruby Owens of Lexington, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 13 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Matthew Troutner, Tracy Troutner, Scott Horton, Bruce Horton, Jason Horton and Kevin Horton. For online condolences, visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Marie Horvath

 

   Marie B. Horvath, 88, of Owosso, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 at Memorial Healthcare.

   Mrs. Horvath retired from Memorial Healthcare in 1986 and had previously worked at Universal Electric Co.

   Marie was born Feb. 2, 1917 in Caledonia Township, the daughter of Stephen and Pauline (Pavlu) Zwolensky. On Aug. 1, 1936, she married Julius Joseph Horvath at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso; he passed away Jan. 19, 1985. She attended schools in Hazelton Township and received her GED from Owosso Public Schools. She resided all her married life in Owosso.

   Marie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was a former member of the choir. She was a member of the Altar Society, as well as First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, for which she served as an auditor and financial secretary for 57 years. She also volunteered at St. Joseph Catholic School at the school lunches.

   Survivors include: daughters, Virginia Phillips of Owosso and Anita (Tom) Brown of Owosso; sons, Philip (Linda) Horvath of Naperville, Ill., and Ronald Horvath of Charlotte; daughter, Mary (William) Hass of Owosso; grandson, Mark Brown; granddaughters, Tine (Marty) Ellis and Julie (Dean) Johnson; grandsons, Jeff Brown, Andrew (Rachel) Phillips and Justin Horvath; granddaughter, Jessica (Michael) Brock; grandsons, Philip Horvath and William Hass; great granddaughters, Morgan Ellis and Sarah Brown; brothers, Stephen (Glenna) Zwolensky, Richard (June) Zwolensky and Anthony Zwolensky; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Frank and Morene Horvath; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by: husband, Julius; brothers, Edward, John, Louis, Joseph, Ervin and Donald; sisters, Valeria, Catherine and Elizabeth; and son-in-law, Jerry Phillips.

   Services have been held. Interment was at St. Paul Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul or the Arthritis Foundation. Arrangements were by Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso.

 

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Beverly “Margaret” Hough

 

   Beverly “Margaret” Hough, 76, of Grand Ledge, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, surrounded by her family.

   Margaret was born Dec. 29, 1928 in Eaton County, the daughter of Luther and Dorothy (Wade) Hetterly.  She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Grand Ledge, and was very active at the Grand Ledge Senior Center. Margaret was young at heart and enjoyed gardening and doing crafts. She was a warm, loving person who cherished time with her family and friends.

   She was predeceased by a sister, Betty Hunt.

   Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Ronald; daughter, Sandy Sipes of Potterville; sons, Gary (Lori) of Crystal Falls, Steve (Cheryl) of Mulliken, Ron (Dora) of Charlotte; grandchildren, Stacy (Branden) Patrick, Chasity (Jeremy) Dawson, Chad (Sherie) Hough, Curt, Khara, Ron T. and Gary Hough; great grandchildren, Jenna Kay Patrick, Nicole, Jacob and Zach Dawson, Alexis and Avery Hough, Faith and Austin Hough; sister, Phyllis Jackson of California; brother, Merrill (Carmen) Hough of Grand Ledge; special friends, Bob and Vicki Worthy of Grand Ledge, and Theresa Hough of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Feb. 26 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, with Rev. Alan Leach officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Arrangements were by Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

 

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Eric A. Houghtalin

 

   Eric Allen Houghtalin, 29, of Portland, went home to the Lord on Sept. 17, 2005.

   He was born on Dec. 23, 1975 in Charlotte the son of Geoffrey and Mary Riddle. Eric loved the outdoors, including fishing, camping, canoeing and golf. He was an avid Michigan Fan, and was devoted to his family and friends. Eric worked with his father for Eastland Concrete for 12 years. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lee and Phyllis Wendel.

   He is survived by his mother, Mary Riddle and step-father, Cliff Hengesbach; father, Jeff Riddle and step-mother, Diana Riddle; sisters, Melinda (Andy) Claflin and Nicole (Chad) Guilford; step-sister, Amanda Bruce; grandparents, Bryce and Patricia Cranson of Portland, James Houghtalin of Hastings, and Bernard and Bernice Hengesbach of Fowler; nieces, Makayla Claflin, and Alexis, Madison and Reagan Guilford; nephew, Kaiden Claflin; special friend, Kristi Baker; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and his special uncle Ed.

   The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Wayne Compton, Pastor of Liberty Church, Grand Ledge on Sept. 22 at the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. Interment followed at Gresham Cemetery, Chester Twp.

   Online condolences may be made at www.schraubenlehman.com.

 

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Leona L. Howard

 

   Leona Lucinda Howard, 81, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mrs. Howard was born Aug. 7, 1923 in Six Lakes, the daughter of Howard and Lilah (Houghton) Royston. She was a loving wife and mother and was always there to help others in need. She had worked for Eaton Cleaners, Dunning’s Paint Shop, Aluminum Extrusions and Hayes Green Beach Hospital; had formerly the United Brethren Church and had been active in Charlotte Area Bowling Leagues.

   She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald; daughters, Yvonne (Gary) Roll of Mulliken, and Dianne (Winston) Johnson of Charlotte; sons, Ron (Tammy) Howard of Charlotte, and Bill Howard of Vermontville; 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; brother, Eugene Royston of Lake City; sisters, Colleen Gingrich of Charlotte, Virginia (Odell) Carlisle of Kalkaska, Pat (Jerry) Parsons of New Port Richey, Fla. and Jerry (Audrey) Crane of Six Lakes.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Gaylord Royston and C.H. Royston.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Steve Klink officiating. Interment was at Center Eaton Cemetery.

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

 

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Geneva F. Howe

 

   Geneva F. (Chapman) Howe, 49, died Saturday, July 30, 2005 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing.

   Geneva was born May 31, 1956 in Battle Creek and had been a Charlotte resident for 23 years, coming from Albion. She was a graduate OF Springport High School and Olivet College, and had attended University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She had been employed at Charlotte Community Library and Felpausch X-press Mart in Charlotte.

   Surviving is: her husband, Timothy Howe; her mother, Ramona Short of Albion; stepsisters, Betty (Neil) England of Albion and Anita (Mark) Jordan of Phoenix, Ariz.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Daniel (Alicia) Howe of Guyton, Ga.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Short; grandmother, Cornelia Chapman; and grandfather, William T. Short.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Burkhead-
Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery, Springport.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Gordon L. Howe

 

   Gordon L. Howe, 66, of Charlotte, formerly of Hastings, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005 at his residence.

   Gordon was born Nov. 18, 1938 in Hastings, the son of Arthur and Leona (Kinney) Howe and had been a Charlotte resident for 35 years, coming from Hastings. He was a graduate of Hastings High School, had been employed at Bliss Co. in Hastings for 11 years and at A.E./Hoover Co. in Charlotte for 15 years. He was later employed for a time at the Charlotte Country Club, First congregational Church and the Fuju Film Service at Wal-Mart.

   Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Judith (Warner) Howe; three sons, Timothy Howe of charlotte, Daniel (Alicia) Howe of Guyton, Ga., and Allen Howe of Kansas; two grandchildren, Kaylei and Griffin Howe; brother, Lynnwood (Joanne) Howe of Hastings; and two nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter-in-law, Geneva F. Howe, on July 30, 2005.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 11 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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McKenna M. Hoyt

 

   McKenna Margaret Hoyt made her entrance into the world on the afternoon of March 25, 2005.

   She had threatened to come earlier a time or two, so even though her arrival wasn’t supposed to be until April 6, everyone was eagerly anticipating her birth. Many family members were there when she was born, so McKenna was surrounded by love from the moment she entered the world. Her parents, Brian and Katie, were wonderful about sharing their beautiful daughter and there was never a time during a family gathering that people weren’t standing in line, waiting to hold and get to know the newest little family member.

   Maybe some of the proudest in the family were McKenna’s grandparents, Kathy and Ken Black and Doug and Marlene Hoyt. That the grandmas were a little stingy with their first grandbaby became a joke in both households. McKenna managed to capture the hearts of everyone who knew her, especially her Aunt Kelsie, Aunt Erin, and Uncles Kalvin, Marshall and Colin.

   On Sunday, April 24, 2005 God needed another beautiful angel in heaven.

   Surviving are her parents, Brian and Katie (Black) Hoyt; grandparents, Doug and Marlene Hoyt, and Ken and Kathleen Black; uncles, Marshall Hoyt, Colin Hoyt and Lance Corporal Kalvin Hough-Black; aunts, Kelsie Black and Erin Tait; great grandparents, Patricia and Robert Cass, Barbara and Lauren Hoyt, Bill and Sue Black, Rick and Sheila Whidden, Murray and Violet Hough; great-great grandmas, Bessie Cass, Shirley Brown; and many loving aunts and uncles and friends.

   The family expressed appreciation to everyone for the cards, calls, flowers, memorials, prayers and hugs.

   A graveside service was held April 28 at Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for the family, C/O RFH P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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June Hubbard

 

   June Hubbard of Springport, age 66, passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, November 9, 2005. Surviving are two children, Vickie (Chuck) Taber and Rick (Bebe) Hubbard, two grandchildren, Shannon and Kristen, two great grandchildren, Chance and Abby, four sisters, Joanne, Lillian, Jane, Phyllis, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Her parents and two sisters, Doris and Harriet, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport chapel on Sunday, November 13, 2005. Pastor Toby Teague officiated the service.

   Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

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Robert C. Hustwick

 

   Robert Clifford Hustwick, 88, of Battle Creek, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz. and Roswell, NM, passed away March 21, 2005 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

   Mr. Hustwick was born in Battle Creek, to Charles and Mary Ann (Wilson) Hustwick on Jan. 31, 1917. He was a long-time resident of Battle Creek and Delton (Fair Lake) with his first wife, Hazle (Zellers) Hustwick. He retired from Ralston Purina in 1980. Robert was a World War II veteran, serving his country by enlisting in the Navy and training to be a medical corpsman. He was stationed in Hawaii and was also called up for active duty during the Korean War. After retirement he traveled extensively with his second wife, Martha Dawn (Hartell) Hustwick, and resided in the Charlotte area. They later retired to Roswell, NM until her death. Robert moved to Phoenix in 2004. He was a member of the Bedford Volunteer Rescue Squad and a former member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Battle Creek. He was a founding member of the 25-year club at Ralston Purina and a member of Kiwanis. Robert’s hobbies included teaching reading to adults in the Roswell area and woodcarving.

   Robert was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha; sister, Madge Carpenter; and infant granddaughter, Jillian Louise Hustwick.

   He is survived by daughter, Rebecca J. (Dr. Michael) Fairfax of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sons, Rt. Rev. David T. (Susan) Hustwick of Hastings; daughter, Margaret E. (Dr. Mark) Curtis of Granger, Ind.; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   Robert’s remains were donated to Michigan State University for medical research.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Ss. Andrew and Matthias Anglican Church, 2415 McCann Road, Hastings.

   Memorial contribution may be made to Ss. Andrew and Matthias Anglican Church.

   Arrangements were by Shaw Funeral Home. Further information is available at www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Maxine T. Imhoff

 

   Maxine T. (Lovaas) Imhoff, 73, of Haslett, formerly of Grand Ledge, died May 10, 2005.

   She was born March 31, 1932 in East Lansing.

   Surviving are her husband, Gerald; daughters, Alice (Dana) Page and Sandra (Vic) Portincaso; sons, Steven Lovaas, Timothy (Patrice) Lovaas, Douglas (Jackie) Lovaas, Thomas Lovaas, Gary (Brooke) Lovaas, Randy (Barbara) Imhoff and Rod (Roberta) Imhoff; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by Leonard Lovaas, her mother, her father, and her sisters and brothers.

   Funeral services were held May 13 at Gorsline-Runciman Co. Williamston Chapel, with Rev. DeAnn J. Dobbs of Crossroads United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Payshere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

 

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Harold Isaacs Sr.

 

   Harold Dean Isaacs Sr., 70, of Summerville, Pa., died Nov. 1, 2005 at Clarview Nursing Center, Sligo, Pa.

   Mr. Isaacs was born Sept. 25, 1935 in Alton, Ill. He is the son of the late Walter James and Lucille Wilkinson Isaacs. On Sept. 18, 1965 he married Evelyn Louise Howell in Oak Lawn, Ill.; she survives. They have been married 40 years. Mr. Isaacs was a graduate of the class of 1953 from Alton High School. He retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Co. after 44 years of service. Harold was a member of Clarion Masonic Lodge 277 and a member of First Baptist church in Clarion.

   Survivors are his wife; two sons, Harold Isaacs Jr. of Clarion, Pa., and James (Amy) Isaacs of Yuma, Ariz.; one daughter, Kathy Moore of Alton, Ill.; one adopted daughter, Andi Baker of Summerville, Pa.; five grandchildren, Tristan Isaacs, Newman Isaacs, Mia Isaacs, Aubrey Isaacs and Amber Wells; two great grandchildren, Kelsie Wells and Brandon Wells.

   Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Charlotte Nordyke.

   Interment will be held Monday, Nov. 7n at 11 a.m. The family will receive visitors at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, at 10 a.m. before proceeding to Bosworth Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clarion VNA Hospice, Knox, Pa. Or to the First Baptist Church, Clarion, Pa. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Helen Jacobs

 

   Helen M. (Scott) Jacobs, 92, of Charlotte died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005 at Moore’s Adult Foster Care Home. Mrs. Jacobs was born Oct. 9, 1912 in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Ellis and Ora (Satterly) Scott and was a lifelong resident of Eaton County.

   She had been employed at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in the admitting department from where she retired with 10 years of service. She was a member of the Extension Club and the Chester Gospel Church. Surviving are her son, Mark (Cathy) Jacobs of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Tina Salisbury, Vicki (Carl) Martinez, Misty (Dusty) Seavolt and Chad (Brooke Moss) Jacobs; and five great grandchildren, Grant and Morgan Seavolt, Dustin and Jennifer Emenhiser and Cameron Martinez.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter Anita Salisbury and husband Donald W. Jacobs both in 1987.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Barry Smith officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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Phyllis Y. Jackson

 

   Phyllis Yvonne (Smith) Jackson, age 78, died Sunday, May 22, 2005.

   Mrs. Jackson was born Nov. 16, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Guy and Sherla (Morris) Smith. She was a licensed beautician for many years in Greencastle, Ind. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her sister, June (Smith) Crocker of Osgood, Ind.; two sons, Morris “Moe” (Cheryl) Jackson of Vermontville and Brice (Jane) Jackson of Greencastle, Ind.; daughter, Patty (Melvin) Grimes of Russellville, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Christina, Stacey, Jeffrey and John.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin K. Jackson, in 2003; an infant daughter, Brenda; and an infant grandson, Garrett.

   Funeral services were held May 25 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Following funeral services, Mrs. Jackson was taken to the Bittles and Hurt Funeral home in Greencastle, Ind. Interment was held May 26 at Fillmore Cemetery in Greencastle, Ind.

   Memorial contribution may be made to First Baptist church, 1110 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813; or Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Nicholas Richard James, Sr.

 

   Nicholas R. James, Sr., age 76 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, September 3, 2005 at a Lansing hospital. He was born June 11, 1929 in Lansing the son of Frank and Mae (Sanderlin) James. Mr. James retired from Lindberg Heat Treating Plant in Lansing after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids, and formerly worked 8 years for Long Bean and Grain Co. in Eaton Rapids and served 15 years as a volunteer Fireman for the City of Eaton Rapids. Mr. James was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate from the class of 1949 and after retirement enjoyed his woodworking. Preceding him in death were his father, Frank James; stepfather, Patrick Fitzgerald; brother, Harlow James; and sister, Delores James.

   Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Ilamae (Raines) James; 3 daughters and 2 sons, Susan (Larry) West, Julia (Tim) Seger, Nicholas (Annette) James Jr., John (Sandy) James, and Melissa (Bob) Leitch; 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; mother, Mae Fitzgerald; sister, Joyce McEvoy; brother, Melvin James and numerous nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, September 8, 2005 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine officiating. Burial followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Windsor Township. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in memory of Nicholas R. James.

 

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Lois E. Janousek

 

   Lois Elna Janousek, 92, of charlotte, died Nov. 7, 2005 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Lois was born June 6, 1913 to Merle J. and Leila Carline (Coleman) Branch in Kalamazoo. She worked in the Eaton County Clerk Register’s office in Charlotte.

   She is survived by her daughter, Virginia (Ronald) Sanders Sr. of Zephyrhills, Fla.; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren; and sisters, Jean (Earl) Scutt of Potterville and Dorothy Fales of Delton.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Gordon Branch.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 9, with Pastor William Tate of Evangel Christian Church in Charlotte officiating.

   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.

 

Marianna H. Jardot

 

   Marianna Hope Jardot, 28, passed away Friday, May 20, 2005. She was born July 18, 1976 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of jack and Mary (Rowlee) Jardot Sr. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School with the class of 1994. Following graduation, she entered the U.S. Air Force. She trained at Lackland AFB and graduated from the Air Force Pharmacy Apprentice course and began her career as a pharmacy technician at David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. She was an active volunteer in numerous programs both on and off base and recently received the rank of technical sergeant.

   She is preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Fern Jardot; Leonard Rowlee; and aunts and uncles.

   Marianna is survived by her daughter, Nadia; parents, Jack and Mary Jardot Sr. of Eaton Rapids; four brothers and three sisters, Tana Baty and Jack Jardot Jr., both of Eaton Rapids, Lori Shilling and Aarron Jardot, both of Charlotte, Harvey Montgomery of Lansing, Chip (Cristal) Montgomery of Jacksonville, Ark., and Marlena Jardot of Eaton Rapids; very special grandmother, Edna Rowlee of Eaton Rapids; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

   Funeral services were held May 27 at Skinner Funeral, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Humane society, 210 W. Main St., Potterville, MI 48876; or to a charity of one’s choice. For online condolences, go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com. To view a video tribute go to www.yourtribute.com/viewtribute.asp?fh=jill&mv=JardotMarianna.html.

 

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Barbara L. Jennings

 

   Barbara Louise Jennings, 70, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 in Lansing.

   Barbara was born Dec. 25, 1934 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Chester and Alberta Munson. She will be remembered for her laughter, gentle spirit, loving heart and courageous approach to life. She used her light most often when others were experiencing darkness in their lives. Barbara was a master gardener, who also enjoyed all wildlife, crafts, morel hunting and bowling. She found her greatest joy in her family.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Munson, in 1956.

   Barb is survived by her husband of 50 years, Alton D. Jennings; three children, Perry (Michelle) Jennings of Eaton Rapids, Becky (Brian) Terrell of Charlotte, Cindy (Karl) McCormick of Grand Ledge; one sister, Betty (Duane) Umphrey of Benton Harbor; and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Aug. 25 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Isabel E. Johnson

 

   Isabel Elizabeth Johnson, 100, of Charlotte, died Sunday, March 27, 2005.

   Mrs. Johnson was born June 3, 1904 in Loda, Ill., the daughter of the late Meddie LaBare and the late Margaret (Doyle) LaBare. She was a member of Olivet congregational Church and a member of the Amy Storr and Emma-Jo Circle and Women’s Fellowship at church. She was also a life member and past worthy matron of Brook field Chapter OES 352.

   She is survived by her daughters, Margaret “Peggy” (Carroll) Moon of Olivet, Patricia (Hans) Langmaack of Charlotte; sons, Leonard E. (Donna) Johnson Jr. of Charlotte, Richard J. (Marilyn) Johnson of Charlotte; brother, Raymond LaBare of Clearwater, Fla.; 19 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren; nephew, Donald (Mary) Eppelheimer, whom she raised, as well as many other nephews and nieces.

   She was preceded in death by husband Leonard E. Johnson in 1984, sister Arabel Krebs, brothers, Lorrance, Carroll “Casey” Johnson and LaVern LaBare.

   Funeral services were held March 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Michael Fales officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township.

 

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Sybil I. Johnson

 

   Sybil I. (House) Johnson, 85 of Charlotte, died Friday, March 25, 2005 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 26, 1920 in Rosebursh, the daughter of Albert and Pearl (Landon) House and had been a Charlotte resident for 50 years. She was a 1938 graduate of Lansing Central High School and in her early years in Charlotte had worked at numerous businesses in the area. She had been a member of First Baptist church in Charlotte for almost 50 years, actively serving in many areas of the church ministry, and had served as a Gray Lady volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Mrs. Johnson created Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, which she gave to children of family and friends. She enjoyed traveling in 20 retirement years to Europe, South and Central America, and lived in Columbia for two years because of her husband’s employment there. Her quick wit, sense of humor and cooking ability were enjoyed by many.

   Surviving is her husband of 64 years, John D. Johnson; son, Ronald R. (Cynthia Harrison) Johnson of Ludington and East Lansing; daughter, Janice (Robert) Wiltshire of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Jeff Hall, Christopher and Rebecca Johnson, and David and Daniel Wiltshire; five great grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren; brother, Max A. (Jan) House of Mason; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bernadine Arnst and an infant sister, and a brother, Francis House.

   Funeral services were held March 29 at First Baptist Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was a t Chapel Hill Cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Lyla L. Johnston

 

   Lyla L. (Vedder) Johnston, 81, of Olivet, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Johnston was born Feb. 12, 1924 in Jackson, the daughter of Robert E. and Verabel (Carver) Vedder and was a lifelong resident of Olivet. She was a 1941 graduate of Olivet High School, attended Olivet Congregational Church where she was a member of the Church Circle, a member of the Bellevue/Kalamo OES 399, attended Olivet Senior Citizens, and was active in the Meals on Wheels program in the Olivet area. She was known for her baking of birthday, wedding, anniversary and special occasion cakes. She enjoyed gardening, attending the Travelogues in Battle Creek, and was always there to help everyone else when there was a need. She was a very loving and devoted person to her family. Lyla was married to Leland E. Johnston on June 3, 1943 at her parents’ home in Olivet; he preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1983.

   Surviving are two daughters, Margie Lou (Richard) Montague of Olivet and Carol Lee (Mark) Lewis of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Michael Montague, Rick (Melanie) Montague, Christen and Matthew Lewis; four great grandsons, two step-great granddaughters and one step-great-great granddaughter.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland E. Johnston, and a brother, Gordon Vedder.

   Funeral services were held March 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor David Bandfield officiating. Interment was at Lee Center Cemetery.

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

 

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Paul Edward Jones

 

   Paul E. Jones, age 75, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, November 29, 2005 in Lansing. He was born August 3, 1930 in Ionia, the son of Lester and Nellie (Bogart) Jones. Paul was retired with 37 years of service from General Motors in Lansing, and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652. He was very active with the I.O.O.F. Lodge #114 in Eaton Rapids, the Rebekah Lodge #274 of Lansing, Grand River Valley Encampment and the Cantons. He also received the Grand Declaration of Chivalry. Preceding him in death were a son, Robert; brother, LeRoy and his parents.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Maxine; 3 children, Sandy (Martin) Bodell of Eaton Rapids, Clifford (Peggy) Jones of Charlotte and Michael (Donna) Jones of Big Rapids; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; uncle, Charles Jones of Grand Ledge and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 3, 2005, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at the Oakwood Cemetery. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing at 6035 Executive Dr. Ste 103 Lansing, 48911.

 

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Robert Brian Jones

 

   Robert Brian Jones, age 55, of Charlotte and formerly of Eaton Rapids died Thursday, February 10, 2005 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. He was born October 29, 1949 in Lansing, the son of Paul and Mavis (Lovejoy) Jones, Bob was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1969 and served in the Marine Crop during the Viet Nam War. He had worked as a Computer Technician for the State of Michigan, was a life member of the V.F.W. National Home and a member of the V.F.W. Post #2406 of Charlotte, and formerly called numbers for Bingo for the Eaton Rapids V.F.W. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mavis Jones.

   Surviving are his life partner, Mary; 6 children, Brian Coil, Tammy Jones, Jasen Jones, Charles (Lori) Coil, Dorlania Coil and Jeff Coil; 10 grandchildren; parents, Paul & Maxine Jones; sister, Sandy (Marty) Bodell of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Clifford (Peggy) Jones of charlotte and Michael (Donna) Jones of Big Rapids; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink, officiating. Burial will follow in the Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta will full military honors.

 

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Russell Joppie

 

   Russell W. Joppie, 84 of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Joppie was born April 23, 1921 in Vermontville, the son of Henry and Dorothy (Martin) Joppie. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre and had been employed as a supervisor at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, retiring in 1980 after 33 years of service. For the next 20 years following his retirement, he became known as “The Handleman,” designing and building handles for basket crafters throughout mid-Michigan. Russ also enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling and his cottage at Gun Lake.

   Surviving are his sons, Richard (Sharon) Joppie of San Antonio, Texas, Ronald (Diane) Joppie of Charlotte and Randy (Judy) Joppie of Belding; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; brother, Robert Joppie of Charlotte; two sisters, Maxine Harag of Charlotte and Phyllis Fenstamaker of Wacousta; and daughter-in-law, Lee Joppie of Vermontville.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Janice (Hadden) Joppie, in 1997; two sons, William and Jerry Joppie; and a brother, Earl Joppie.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 6 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Mary Lou Kamiensky

 

   Mary Lou Kamiensky, 80, of Lansing, formerly of Lake City, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005.

   Mrs. Kamiensky was born April 8, 1924 in Greene County, Ark., the daughter of Arthur A. and Neoma (Harris) Etherton. She previously worked at Fisher Body, and then owned and operated an A&W Drive Inn in Archibald, Ohio for many years. She was a dedicated wife who enjoyed traveling for many years.

   She is survived by seven grandchildren, Paul (Annette) Huffman of Arizona, Tom (Christine) Huffman of Florida, Cindy (Fred) Rich of Lansing, Warren (Tammy) Huffman of Olivet, Tim Huffman of Arizona, Michael Grant of Lansing and Lisa (Jesse Medina) Huffman of Florida, and 16 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Kamiensky, in 1997; daughters Judy in 1974 and Pamela in 1998.

   Funeral services were held Jan.17 at Vermontville Congregational Church, with Rev. Sally Nolen officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Congregational Church. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Robert “Bob” K. Kamp

 

   Robert “Bob” K. Kamp, age 83, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, January 9, 2005, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born July 19, 1921 in Grand Rapids, the son of Neal and Jennie (De Ridder) Kamp. He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving in WWII. He was preceded in death by 7 sisters and brothers.

   Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn; children, Judy (Leonard) Mohre of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Linda) Kamp Jr. of Florida, Bonnie Chaffey, and William Kamp both of Idlewild; one special granddaughter, Debbie Disler and 8 other grandchildren; many great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one sister, Dorothy Marshall of Grand Haven; and many brothers and sisters at the Kingdom Hall.

   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at the Eaton Rapids Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 8972 Holmes Road. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall or to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Robert Kamp. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Natalie Kebler

 

   Natalie Kebler, 88, of Potterville, died Saturday, May 7, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Kebler was born Nov. 7, 1916 in Lansing, the daughter of Steve and Sophia (Gorko) Bohucki. She married Dale Kebler Oct. 8, 1947; he preceded her in death in 1999. She loved playing bingo.

   She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Alan) Almy of Grand Ledge and Judith (David) Kerr of Portage; son, William (Cindy) Kebler of Parrish, Fla.; grandchildren, Andy (Kirstie) Almy, Erick (Jennifer) Almy, Paul Kerr, Mark Kerr, William Lee Kebler; great grandsons, Avery and Matthew Almy; and sisters-in-law, Velma Kebler and Ruth  Bohucki.

   She was preceded in death by brothers, Mirs Bohucki, John Bohucki and Steve Bohucki.

   Funeral services were held May 9 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Ray Raycroft officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   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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Elsie Keeny

 

   Elsie June Keeny, 84, of coldwater, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 at Community Health Center of Branch County.

   Elsie was born Dec. 30, 1920 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ward and Nora (Carpenter) Keeny. She was a member of First Baptist church of Coldwater and the Ruth Circle. She had been employed as a caregiver for the elderly. She is survived by two brothers, Jack Keeny and Kenneth Keeny; one sister, Elaine Lundstrum; four nieces, Ann Rowland of Indian River, Diana Hallman of Coldwater, Christ Knapp of Nashville and Cheryl Gibson of Atlanta, Ga.; three nephews, Mark Lundstrum of Coldwater, Lynn Lundstrum of Brighton and Guy Keeny of Hastings; and several great nieces and nephews, and several great-great nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Dec. 2 at Gillespie Funeral Home in Coldwater, with Pastor David Anderson of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Missions.

 

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Harold L. Kemper

 

   Harold L. Kemper, 35, of Charlotte, died Sept. 4, 2005.

   Mr. Kemper was born June 18, 1970 in Los Gatos, Calif., the son of Harold and Loretta Kemper.

   He is survived by his sons, David of Kinross and Ryan Kemper of Charlotte; daughters, Annastasia Kemper of Charlotte, Bethany Blanche of Florida, Rebecca Kemper of Charlotte; mother, Loretta Lombard of Alma; brother, Wayne (Serena) Kemper of Alma; sister, Cecelia Weis of Alma; half-sisters, Rebecca Walcher of California and Holly Pretzel of Charlotte; half-brothers, Jeffery Kemper of Charlotte, Albert Kemper and Randy Kemper; four nieces and one nephew; and former wife, Heather Kemper.

   Services were held Sept. 9.

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

 

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Rose M. Kempf

 

   Rose Marie Kempf, 61, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005.

   Mrs. Kempf was born July 30k, 1944 in Lansing, the daughter of Vernon and Mildred (Homola) Mesler. Rose enjoyed time spent with her children, grandchildren and travel. She loved to cook. Especially during the holidays when she could share it with her children, family and friends. Rose never forgot a birthday or anniversary; family and friends were very important to her.

   She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Michael; sons, Michael (Michelle) Kempf Jr. of Charlotte and Ron (Jill) Kempf of Vermontville; daughter, Roxanne (John) Moore of Charlotte; brothers, Vernon (Nan Jackson) Mesler of Lansing and Michael Mesler of Nashville; father-in-law, Richard Kemkpf of Lansing; and grandchildren, Shelby Moore, Michael Kempf III, Mindy Kempf, Jayce Kempf, John Michael Moore, Derrick Kempf, Heather Moore, Jerrod Kempf and Brandon Kempf.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph and David Mesler; and mother-in-law, Evelyn Kempf.

   Services were held Sept. 12, with Rev. Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

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

 

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James W. “Jim” Kendall

 

   James W. “Jim” Kendall, age 74, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, February 5, 2005 in Lansing. Jim was born September 3, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of William James and Gayle LaVern (Davis) Kendall. He was an officer with the Eaton Rapids Police Department, retiring in 1968 and retired from the Eaton County Road Commission in 1974. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ellis Kendall & Verle Kendall and 1 sister, Marguerite Slenz.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Myrtle “Myrt” Kendall of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Terri (Stanley) Swift of Eaton rapids; son, James (Bonnie) Kendall of Marshall; 3 grandchildren, Jere (Katie) Swift, Timothy Swift and Jamie (Daniel) Lease; sister, Lena Gamble of Dimondale; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Frank Klassen officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of James Kendall.

 

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Ann S. Kent

 

   Ann Shirley (Morehouse) Kent, 82, of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at her home.

   Ann was born Nov. 3, 1922 in Jackson, the daughter of Stanley and Mary (Dombrowska) Roseinski. She was formerly employed with Eaton Stamping in Eaton Rapids and Wilcox-Gay in Charlotte. Ann enjoyed bowling with the Half & Half League at Char-lanes in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her son, George Morehouse Sr.

   She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Gerald Kent; one daughter, Patricia Ann (Carl) Reese of Lake Odessa; two sons, Leo James (carol) Morehouse of Charlotte and Ronald Lee (Kathleen) Morehouse of Eben Junction; and nine grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held July 15 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Eaton County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Richard G. Kent

 

   Richard George Kent, 74, of Bellevue, died at his home on July 1, 2005.

   Mr. Kent was born Nov. 15, 1930 in Assyria Twp., Barry County, to Dick G. and Irene Johnston. He was a life-long resident of the area and attended Kellogg Community College. On Sept. 14, 1951 he married the former Patricia Irish in Ceresco Baptist Church.

   Mr. Kent was engaged in farming his entire life. He was a member of the Calhoun County Farm Bureau, Calhoun County Soil Conservation, and Michigan Milk Producers. He enjoyed farming and was very particular about what he did. He enjoyed his accomplishments. Richard enjoyed sports – especially the sports that his grandchildren participated in. He was a familiar sight at the many Olivet High School basketball and football games, never missing a game. He was an avid swimmer and enjoyed traveling with his wife.

   He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Judy (Gary) Webb of Bellevue and Susan (Steve) Wood of Carter, Ga.; son, Thomas (Kathy) Kent of Bellevue; grandchildren, Theresa Hoyt of Scottsdale, Ariz., Tyler Kent of Valparaiso, Ind., Dustin Kent of Battle Creek, Jason Webb of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Jeff (Shannon) Webb of Olivet; step-grandchildren, Donny and Logan Kyre; great grandson, Cameron Webb of Olivet; sisters, Jeanne Kent of Bellevue and Alice Davidson of Kansas; and a brother, James Lininger of Battle Creek.

   A memorial service was held July 5 at Bellevue United Methodist Church.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Sports Boosters, Bellevue Firefighters, or Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall.

 

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Robert H. Kidder

 

   Robert Harris Kidder, 57, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 18, 2005.

   Mr. Kidder was born June 11, 1948 in Lansing, the son of the late Clifford Laurel Kidder Sr. and the late Hettie Isma (Jones) Kidder. He was a material handler for General Motors before his retirement. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting, and loved people.

   He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Carole (Wolcott); step-sons, Jeff (Heather) Moore of San Diego, Calif., John (Roxann) Moore of Charlotte; step-daughter, Beth Moore; six step-grandchildren, Shelby, John Michael, Heather, Erin, Caitlin and Cydeny; sisters, Beverly (Leonard) Gregory of Lansing, Corky (Mike) Whittum of Charlotte; and a brother, Clifford (Peggy) Kidder Jr. of Ohio.

   Funeral services were held June 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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John Kijak Jr., MD.

 

   Dr. John Kijak Jr., husband of Carla (Reitsma) Kijak, age 54, well-known and highly respected physician who resided in Damascus, MD, died Wednesday, July 20 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

   Dr. Kijak was born June 5, 1951 in Neptune, NJ, the son of Mrs. Virginia Haliniak Kijak of Falling Waters, W.VA, and the late John Kijak, Sr. John graduated from Blue Mountain Academy in 1969. Three years later, he graduated with a degree in science from Andrew University of Berrien Springs, MI. He continued his education at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA, and graduated in 1976. John finished a family practice residency at Washington Adventist Hospital and went into family practice in Silver Spring with Dr. John Ford, MD. He held many positions at Washington Adventist Hospital, including Chief of Staff, head of Family Medicine, and attending physician for many years. For the last 29 years, John has served the Silver Spring and Damascus areas in family practice. He has become a beloved figure in the community, attending local games from pee-wee league up to his son’s State Championship in football in 2003. He was a sideline figure offering his medical services as well as his cheering for his own children as well as his patients and friends.

   John was active in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and was instrumental in building sets for children’s Sabbath School classes, as well as bible study instructor. He was active in building programs for Hadley Acres Adventist School and most recently supported the growth and development of Olney Adventist Preparatory School in Olney. Dr. Kijak’s generosity led him to establish a scholarship fund at his alma-mater, Andrew University, to aid financially struggling students interested in any career.

   A family man with a hundred kids, John opened his home to all of his children’s friends. He was there to guide, nurture and occasionally yell if need be. He was known to most as “Dr. John,” and will be remembered by too many to count. He will be missed by all in medicine, at church, at the football field, in the office and most of all by his family and friends.

   Surviving besides his wife and mother are three children, Jenny Herman and husband Jason of New Market, John Kijak III and J.D. Kijak, both at home; one brother, Philip James Kijak, Ph.D., Pasadena, CA; father and mother-in-law Phillip and Mary Sherman; brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Peggy McManus, all of Eaton Rapids, MI, and nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 24 at the Damascus Grace Fellowship with Elder Rob Vandeman officiating. The family requests that memorials be made in memory of Dr. John to the American Diabetes Assoc., 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexander, VA 22311 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 308 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

 

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Bruce Kilbourn

 

   Bruce Kilbourn, 63, of Albion, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   He was born Aug. 28, 1942 in Big Rapids to Sylvester and Mae (Keiper) Kilbourn. He was a skilled trade worker for General Motors Oldsmobile in Lansing for 30 years. Previously he was employed at McGraw-Edison in Albion. On March 16, 1963 he married Shirley Cypret; she survives. Bruce was a member of Charlotte Assembly of God and enjoyed collecting and repairing antique tractors, hunting, and tinkering with his 1942 Studebaker truck. He was a jack-of-all-trades.

   Survivors include: his wife, Shirley Kilbourn of Albion; daughters, Shawn (Steve) Jaskolski of Grass Lake, Sherry (Troy) Eggers of Woodland; son, Steve and Lori Kilbourn of Lake Odessa; sister, Goldie Godden of Marion; brothers, Eugene Kilbourn of Marshall; Frank Kilbourn of Grand Rapids, Cecil Kilbourn of Marshall, Herman Kilbourn of Indiana; and seven grandchildren, Meghan, Zachery, Molly, Joshua, Emily, Riley and Isaac.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

   Funeral service was held Sept. 30 at the Charlotte Assembly of God, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment followed at Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Charlotte Assembly of God Church. Arrangements were by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion.

 

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Homer F. King

 

   Homer F. King, 81, passed away Feb. 27, 2005.

   Mr. King was born June 1, 1923 in Sidonia, Tenn., the son of the late Jack and Lockie (Perry) king. He was the owner of Jim’s Shoe Repair and a sub-contractor for Dalton Roofing. He enjoyed working with his longtime friend George Grabowski at Lansing Gardens.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Loudon; and his grandson, Joshua Dawson.

   Surviving are his children, Rev. Gaylon (Peggy) King of Alaska, Kenneth (Jaylene) King of Mason, Mavis (Ron) Smith of Mason, Tosha (Dennis) Fitzgerald of Charlotte and Cherrie (Gary) Dawson of Holt; 10 grandchildren, Jamie (Mark) Traver of Potterville, Eric (Sara) King of Alaska, Kimberly (Kevin) Thompson of Lansing, Joshua (Ali) Fitzgerald of Potterville, Christina (Tony) Gavin of Mason, Sara Fitzgerald (Robert Platte) of Potterville, Andrew Dutton (Alexis Delleree) of Lansing, Christopher (Ashley) Dutton of Charlotte, Danielle Dutton of Lansing, and Brice Dawson of Holt; 15 great grandchildren; four sisters, Lorraine (Jerry) Kanup, Wanda Staggs, Ruth (Glendale) Arnold, and Robbie King, all of Tennessee.

   Services were held March 2 at Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel in Mason, with Rev. Gaylon King of Immanuel Baptist Church and Rev. Bob Napier, associate pastor of parker Memorial Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

 

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Timothy D. King

 

   Timothy Dean King, 46, passed away June 14, 2005 in Amarillo, Texas.

   He was born June 24, 1958 in Eaton Rapids, and graduated from Eaton Rapids high School in 1976. He attended Lansing Community College and Amarillo College, and graduated from the South Plains Association of Governments Police Academy. Tim served as a police officer from 1981 to 1993. In 1993 he began working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Prisons. Tim was a lieutenant with the Wheeler-Formby unit in Plainview until transferring to the Amarillo-Clements Unit, where he worked until his death. He served as a church organist, and had worked with the youth program. Tim was a member of the Southwest Baseball Umpires Association, and an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed camping, fishing and baseball with his sons.

   Surviving are four sons, Jared (Laci) King, Jordan, Jacob and Jayden, all of Plainview, Texas; his parents, Lyle and Dorothy King of Dimondale; his brother, Robert (Jackie) King of Charlotte; two sisters, Julie (Don) McLain of Holt, and Lynnette (Mike) Mayotte of Grand Ledge; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held in Plainview, Texas, at First Assembly of God. Interment was June 20 at Plainview Cemetery in Plainview, Texas.

 

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June L. Schmidt Kipp

 

   June L. Schmidt Kipp, age 87, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in Charlotte. June was born February 12, 1918 in Mancelona, the daughter of James Elmer and Sarah Lida (Higgins) Thomas. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene. June was an LPN, retiring from Eaton Manor in Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her 2 husbands, William “Bill” Schmidt in 1960, Francis A. Kipp in 2004 and son-in-law, Morrie Beals in 2002.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Bette June Schmidt (Lee) Bragg and Sally Schmidt-Beals, both of Eaton Rapids; son, William Thomas “Tom” (Joyce) Schmidt of Fort Wayne, IN; 12 grandchildren, James William (Gail) Eastman, Patti June (David) Talik, Lori Ann Brochu, Thomas John Eastman, Sally Jo Wickman, James Beals, Stephen Beals, David (Liz) Schmidt, Debbie (Larry) Wild, Pam (Tony) McDaniels, Frank Bragg, Valerie (Jamie) Dornon; 19 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; brother, James (Eleanor) Thomas of FL; sister, Alyce Montgomery of Mancelona and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at the Shell-Odell Funeral home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of June L. Schmidt-Kipp.

 

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Margaret Kipp

 

   Margaret Kipp, 87, of Lansing passed away June 27 in Eaton Township, Eaton County.

   Margaret was a former employee of Eaton Rapids Public Schools, formerly of Eaton Rapids, Holt and Six Lakes, was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with her family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Donald. Surviving are her children, Jon (Donna) Kipp of Lansing, William (Laurie) Kipp of Nashville, and Lori (Edward) Weeks of York, SC; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Arlene (Jack) Keeny of Charlotte, and Hyacinth Kipp of Freemont, Ohio.

   At Margaret’s request there will be no visitations or services held. For those desiring, contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. The family was served by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

 

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Marian L. Kittle

 

   Marian L. Kittle, of Okemos, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, Jam. 2, 2005.

   Marian was born Nov. 23, 1915 in Charlotte. Her parents were John and Myrtle Locke. There were four children – two sons and two daughters – born to them, on a farm in Benton Township. Marian went to a country school and then attended Charlotte High School, graduating in 1934. She then attended Lansing Business University and was employed by Capitol City Wrecking Co. for nine years after graduation. In 1944, she left Lansing to go to Los Angeles, Calif., and worked there for a year. After returning to Lansing, Marian started to work for Paul Automotive Co. and worked there for 30 years. She also worked as a volunteer in East Lansing for an older adult program called Alpha. Marian married Howard Victor Kittle in August 1967. Both Howard and Marian liked to travel and enjoyed visiting many places.

   She is survived by her sister, Florence Locke of Lansing; brother, Maynard (Oda) Locke of Morrow, Ga.; niece, Leone (Donald) bust of Menominee; nephews, John (Judy) Locke of Charlotte and Duane (Sharon) Locke of Bellevue; 24 great nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two step-children, Richard and Bonita.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1991; step-children, Dale and John E. Kittle; brother, Rowland, in 1978; and a nephew, Elwin Locke, in 1994.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association or a charity of choice. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ila L. Shumaker Klaiss

 

   Ila Leona Shumaker Klaiss, 94, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice.

   She was born Oct. 1, 1910 in Olivet to Ralph and Celia (Edick) Shumaker. She married Don Klaiss on Dec. 17, 1930; he preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1961. Ila loved cooking and baking for her family and was famous for her dinner rolls. She enjoyed her cottage at Thornapple Lake and she especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She and Don owned Klaiss Electric in Charlotte and she worked for many years at Munger Hardware in Charlotte and Okemos.

   She is survived by her sons, Charles and Neil (Leila) of Charlotte; her grandchildren, Kelly Sherman of Charlotte, Melissa (Paul) Martino of Mobile, Ala., Libby Klaiss of Charlotte, Lee Ann Harvey of Riverview, Fla., and Brian Sheldon of Winder, Ga.; and her five great grandchildren, Kaylin and Regan Sherman, Noah and Victoria Martino and Matt Sheldon. They called her “grandma great.” She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Jan Klaiss (Barry Waiman) of Charlotte; her brothers, Dale (Iris Lee) Shumaker of Belle City, Mo. and Gale (Joan) Shumaker of Charlotte; her sister, Clara Frank of Odessa, Mo.; her sisters-in-law, Betty Shumaker and Kate Klaiss, both of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Joyce Elaine, on July 23, 1936; her great grandson, Adam Sheldon; four brothers, Arlo, Harley, Orland and Lowell; and three sisters, Effie Dillon, Lila Carroll and Velma Janousek.

   Funeral services were held April 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte; with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Art Salisbury officiated. Pall bearers were Brian Sheldon, Tony Hain, Randy Shumaker, Fred Klaiss, Eddie Brummette and Bernard Stambaugh. Honorary pall bearers were Cal Fullerton and Don Klaiss.

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

 

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James L. Klaiss

 

   James L. Klaiss, 64, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005 at his home.

   Jim was born Sept. 7, 1940 in charlotte, the son of Merle “Pete” Klaiss and Katheryn (Smith) Klaiss. He married Rebecca A. Halsey in April 1961; he later married Janice L. Hebner on Feb. 14, 1988 in Charlotte. Jim had various hobbies, such as woodworking, fishing, hunting and hardening. He especially enjoyed his family and helping others.

   He is survived by wife, Jan; children, Tammy (Ryan) Halsey, Tina (Tom) Dunsmore, Teresa Klaiss, Kellye (Joey) Youngs, Justin Hodges and Ryan Hodges; grandchildren, Sarah Packard, Cameron Youngs, Sebastian Youngs and Hayden Hodges; mother, Katheryn Klaiss; brothers and sisters, Don (Jean) Klaiss, Sue (Chris) Scott, Sally Starr, Jean Reed, Fred (Nadine) Klaiss, Stu and Ellie Hebner; mother-in-law, Rachel Hebner; and 19 nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Feb. 5 at Frankfort United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1010, 537 Crystal Av. Frankfort, MI 49635; Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St. Traverse City, MI 49684; or Wings of Mercy, 513 E. 8th St. Ste. 25, Holland, MI 49423.

   Arrangements were by the Frankfort Chapel of McElduff Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

 

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Bruno R. Kozicki

 

   Bruno Robert Kozicki, 82, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005. Mr. Kozicki was born Jan. 31, 1922, in Chicago, IL, the son of Valentine and Mary (Czernikivicz) Kozicki.

   He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a salesman for a pipe manufacturer.

   He is survived by his wife Mrs. Lorraine (Houska) Kozicki; two sons, David (Beth Ann) Kozicki and Kenneth Kozicki, six grandchildren; James, Jason, Erik, Bryan, Bobby and Elizabeth and sister Florence Rosen of Phoenix, AZ.

   He was preceded in death by daughter Linda Jean in 1973.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at the Thompson and Kuenster Funeral home in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Interment will be at Resurrection Mausoleum.

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

 

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Doris M. Kreps

 

   Doris Marie Kreps, 76, of Bellevue, died March 24, 2005 at home.

   She was born Sept. 20, 1928 to Carl and Martha (Wagenknecht) Brose in Ida. Doris married Cleo Kreps on July 21, 1951; he preceded her in death in 2001. Doris enjoyed playing cards, word-search puzzles and gardening.

   She is survived by son, Jerry Kreps of Ionia, Gary Kreps of Bellevue, Ron (Diane) Kreps of Bellevue, David (Tami) Kreps of Nashville; daughter, Linda Midguard of Charlotte; stepson, Steve (Sue) Kreps of Monroe; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Montri of Temprance and Mary (Lavern) Montri of Ida.

   Services were held March 28 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Donald Francis of Bellevue First Baptist church officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

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

 

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James A.C. Kring

 

   James A.C. Kring, 67, of Grand Ledge, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005.

   Mr. Kring was born Dec. 19, 1937 in Lansing, the son of Gerald and Lucille Kring. James loved collecting antique tools, harvesting honey from his bees and being active in the Carpenters Union.

   He is survived by his sons, Bruce Kring of Potterville, James (Bethany) Kring and Raymond (Tina) Kring, both of Greenville; brother, Tom Kring of Texas; sister, Carol Balckburn of Holt; grandchildren, B.J., Stormy, Camren, Brittney and Branden.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Frank Kring and sister, Maryellen Hanson.

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

 

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Lao Charles Kunkel, Sr.

 

   Lao C. Kunkel, Sr., age 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, May 9, 2005 in Lansing. He was born October 28, 1922 in Greytown, Ohio, the son of Fred and Laura (Blausey) Kunkel. Mr. Kunkel was the former Owner and Operator of Kunkel Onion Farms in Eaton Rapids. Lao was a charter member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Eaton Rapids, and an avid early Ford V-8 car enthusiast. Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Ellen “Jean” (Wright) Kunkel; 2 grandchildren, Tracy and Trixie Ripley; sisters, Lousia Nail, Mae Getter, June Johncock and Eleanor Vasquez; brothers, Ronald and Dale Kunkel.

   Surviving are 6 sons, Lao Jr. (Paula) of Eaton Rapids, Dewey (Joyce) of Leslie, David (Dawn) of Charlotte, William Sr. (Chris) of Eaton Rapids; 4 daughters, Karen (Forest) Ripley of Marshall, Eilene (Robert) Dove of Charlotte, Mary (Keven) Daily of Richmond, TX, and Angela (Scott) Holland of Eaton Rapids; 30 grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, May 12 at 110 a.m. from Calvary Lutheran Church in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church, in memory of Lao Kunkel. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Helen Lake

 

   Helen Mae Lake, 84, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005.

   Mrs. Lake was born Sept. 21, 1921 in Jackson, the daughter of Frank and Grace (Bolton) Hulbert. She lived at Kiwanis Manor and enjoyed playing bingo with other residents. She was a former member of the Charlotte Nazarene Church and a member of the Rebekahs of Charlotte. She loved her family and attending dinners and grandchildren’s activities.

   She is survived by daughters, Sally Rayburn of Toledo, Ohio, and Barb Hakeos of Charlotte; sons, Ben (Helen) Lake, Danny (Terri) Lake and Bob (Diana) Lake, all of Charlotte; brothers, Raymond Hulbert of Jackson, Richard “Dick” Hulbert of Jackson and Howard (Rena) Hulbert of Rives Junction; 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lake, in 1982; brother, Edward Hulbert; grandson, Jeff Hakeos; and a granddaughter, Amanda Rayburn.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury 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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Loy T. Lance

 

   Loy T. “Tom” Lance, 79, of Potterville, passed away May 17, 2005 after suffering a heart attack.

   Tom was a retired area farmer, retired from UAW 652 in 1991 and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lived in Eaton County for 41 years and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cooking and baking for his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father and granddad.

   Surviving are his son, Jim (Jeanine) Whipple of Potterville; daughters, Kathy Whipple of Potterville and Lorene (Joe) Crigier of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; one brother, John (Nadine) Lance of Dimondale; one sister, Laura Hanson of Bath; and his dear friend, Ruth Wilkes.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Beatrice; his parents; four sisters and three brothers.

   Funeral services were held May 20 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, with Rev. Michael Mauer officiating. Interment was held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Mason.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Thomas M. Larder

 

   Thomas Martin Larder, 92, of Chelsea, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005.

   Mr. Larder was born Oct. 16, 1912 in homer, the son of the late David Larder and the late Martha (Miller) Larder. Mr. Larder was a farmer in the Charlotte area for many years until 1968 at which time he took the position of head custodian for Waverly West Jr. High School. Thomas moved to Chelsea in 2002.

   He is survived by his five sons, Thomas William (Marlene) Larder of Chelsea, Richard Arthur (Diane) Larder of Livermore, Calif., James Michael (June) Larder of Charlotte, John Henry (Kathy) Larder of Deckerville, Lee Rollo Larder of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sisters, Jessie Marie Thurston of Jackson, Helen Faulkner of Sebring, Fla., Marie (Edward) Supinowski of Quincy, Betty Randall of Homer, Dorothea (Orville) Herbert of Jonesville; and brothers, Don (Helen) Larder of Battle Creek and Chuck (Pat) Larder of Bellevue.

   Mr. Larder was predeceased by his first wife Margery, second wife Marie, brother, Robert and sisters Margery, Viola and Dolores.

   Funeral services were held March 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

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Derrick E. Lashley

 

   Derrick E. Lashley, 38, of Charlotte, died Oct. 23, 2005.

   Mr. Lashley was born Aug. 25, 1967 in Battle Creek, the son of Jerry and Margaret (Stewart) Lashsley. Derrick loved his family, the outdoors and practical jokes, and he truly loved the Lord.

   He is survived by daughters, Britney Lashley, Briana Lashley, Lindsey Lashley and step-daughter Kalie Beckwith of Charlotte; parents, Jerry and Margaret (Stewart) Lahsley; sister, Lori (John) Weseman of Vermontville; and brothers, Jerry Lashley Jr. of Charlotte, James (Nancy) Lashley of Kentwood and Troy Lahsley of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 28 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Todd McLane officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery.

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

Eileen Latimer

 

   Eileen Latimer, 89, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005.

   Eileen was born Feb. 3, 1916. She was a graduate of Ionia High School and furthered her education by receiving her teaching credentials. She adored children and loved to watch them learn and grow. She dedicated 30 years to teaching elementary students, primarily first graders, in the Owosso, Holt and Charlotte school districts. She was a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church of Charlotte, which she attended regularly until moving to her home of the past 11 years, The Pines Healthcare Center in Lansing.

   She is survived by her family, cousins, Kenneth (Beverly) McNeilly of Holt and Dorothy Sherd of Carson City, as well as their children and many grandchildren who loved her dearly.

   Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, 206 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte. The family will receive visitors Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Pines Healthcare Center, 707 Armstrong Road, Lansing, in memory of Eileen Latimer.

 

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Thelma E. Laurie

 

   Thelma E. Laurie, 90, of Vermontville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005 peacefully at her home in Vermontville.

   Thelma was born in Hudson on Dec. 12, 1914, the daughter of the late Roy and Vica K. (Knisley) Sines. She was raised in the Hudson area and attended area schools there. In 1930 she married Abraham Laurie in Adrian. The couple moved to the Bellevue area in 1946 to establish their family farm and raise their family. Together the couple enjoyed traveling and spending time together. Thelma and Abraham were married 38 years when Abraham passed away in 1978. Thelma enjoyed quilting, shopping and traveling to the Mackinac Bridge with her family. One of Thelma’s legacies is having three generations of festival “queens” – her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter. Her greatest legacy, however, is her devoted love for her family.

   She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Mix, Patricia Degner, Sandra (Duane) McDonald, Sue (Bruce) Hunt; son, Marvin (Judy) Laurie; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Abraham; two infant children, Gary and Ricky; and two sons-in-law, Russell Mix and Roy Degner Jr.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 10 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastor Don Roscoe officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Kay J. Lawcock

 

   Kay J. Lawcock, 75, of Charlotte, died Sunday morning, Aug. 21, 2005 at her Chester Township home.

   Mrs. Lawcock was born Feb. 13, 1930 in Danby Township, the only child of Stanley and Dorothy (Root) Post. She was a life member and past matron of Mulliken OES 161 and enjoyed playing bingo.

   Mrs. Lawcock was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe, in 1982.

   Surviving are her son, Mark (Sharon) Lawcock of Mulliken; daughter, Melanie (Robert) Gill of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Margaret Little of Winter Park. Fla.

   Services were held Aug. 24 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Jody Scholten officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Mike Lawcock, Mike Pruden, Scott Tobias, Aaron Uhl, Seth Vance and Eric Wright.

 

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Lois J. Lawton

 

   Lois J. Lawton, of Springport, age 80, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 17, 2005. Lois was an active member of the Springport United Methodist Church, the Springport VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and the Springport American Legion. Lois loved her grandchildren and was a friend to everyone. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, parents, Charles and Helma Terpenning, granddaughter, Hannah Lawton, two sisters-in-law, Hester Pritchard and Donna Jean Chunko, and brother-in-law, Roland Yahnka.

   She is survived by two children, Bryan (Kelly) Lawton of Vandercook, and Pat (Mike) McCall of Springport, three grandchildren, Michael and Jason McCall, and Rachel Lawton, one great granddaughter, Katelyn, three brothers, William (Donna) Terpenning, Robert Terpenning of Holt, Roger (Rosie) Terpenning, numerous nieces and nephews, two sisters-in-law, Ida Mae (John) Stouffer, Nancy Yahnka, two brothers-in-law, Cecil (Dorothy) Lawton and Don Lawton.

   A celebration of Lois’ life will be held at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel, on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. with the Pastor Bob Doner officiating. Interment will follow at the Springport Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the Springport United Methodist Church or to the Springport VFW Post 6056.

 

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Asa R. Ledger

 

   Asa R. Ledger, 79, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Battle Creek.

   Mr. Ledger was born Jan. 24, 1926 in Louellen, Ky., the son of Luther and Nell (Miller) Ledger and had been a Charlotte resident since 1970. He was a 1944 graduate of Deputy, Indiana high School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had been employed as a manufacturer’s representative for women’s clothing and had owned and operated Peggy Kays Clothing Store in Marshall.

   Surviving are three daughters, Margaret (Mike) Kelly of Marshall, Susan (Roger) Phillips of Rutherforton, N.C., and Debora Ledger (Kevin) Wakeley of Grayling; one son, John M. Ledger of Ashville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Aaron (Angela) Ledger, Sarah (Kevin) Bushre, Emily Kelly and Stacie Joh; two step-grandchildren, Dale (Deane) Phillips and Cathy (Martin) Wall; one brother, Luke Ledger of Myrtle Point, Ore.; one sister, Lorraine Crider of Dayton, Ohio; and special friend, Charles Jenson of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Morris Ledger, in 1992; and a brother, Jack Ledger.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Community Library.

 

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Gary D. Lee Sr.

 

   Gary D. Lee Sr., 66, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 5, 2005.

   Mr. Lee was born May 17, 1939. He was a foreman for Lunderg Screw Products.

   He is survived by wife, Ramona (Jones) Lee of Charlotte; sons, Alan Lee and Ralph Lee, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and one great grandchild; sister, Betty (Chuck) Blulin, of Miss.; step-sons, David Jones, Scott Hubartt, Paul (Tina) Hubartt; step-daughter, Tracy (Robert) Hunter, Monica Hubartt, all of Charlotte; mothers-in-law, Helen Jones and Gloria Abernathy; sisters-in-law, Lisa Wood of Laingsburg, Lori Keyes (Kevin Frisbie) of Holt, Deb (Walt) Ribby of Tenn.; brothers-in-law, Sam (Floyce) Abernathy and Rich (Mary) Abernathy, both of Charlotte, and Jeff (Sandy) Jester of Coloma.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nina Lee, in 2002; daughter, Kelly Lee, in 2004; sons, Gary Lee Jr. in 1975, and Mark Lee in 1996.

   Funeral services were held July 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mearl Bradley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dorothy A. Lewellyn

 

   Dorothy Alberta (Jerome) Lewellyn, 88, of Perry, formerly of Charlotte, passed Saturday, June 25, 2005.

   Mrs. Lewellyn was born Oct. 18, 1916 in Lansing, the daughter of Gustav and Theresa (Bergen) Jerome. Dorothy loved animals, flower gardening, dewing, traveling and music – but most of all her family. She was a life member of OES Chapter 128 of Charlotte; a guardian for Jobs Daughter and formerly a member of the Charlotte First Congregational Church. She retired as a bookkeeper and worked for Wilcox Gay, J.W. Knapp and Clawson Floors.

   She is survived by two sons, Richard (Marlene) Lewellyn of Vermontville, James (Arlys) Lewellyn of Charlotte; daughter, Nancy (Terry) Moore of Kendallville, Ind.; step-daughter, Barbara (George) Radee of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Frederick Jerome of Missouri.

   Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, George Maynard Lewellyn, in 1990. At the time of his death they had been married for 54 years. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

   Funeral services were held June 29 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

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

 

 

Harvey Lewis

 

   Harvey S. Lewis, 71, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005.

   Mr. Lewis was born July 12, 1934 in Huntington, W.Va. and moved to Lakeland in 1996. He worked as a production manager for Owens-Illinois Glass Co. He attended Covenant Presbyterian Church, Lakeland.

   Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of 28 years, LouAnn Lewis; sons, Justin Lewis of Lakeland, Jeff Lewis of Fallon, Nev., Randy Lewis of Egg Harbor, N.J., Tim Lewis of Norwood, N.J.; sisters, Marilyn Bradley and Mariana Holley, both of Chesapeake, Ohio, Melinda Wilkes of Proctorville, Ohio; brother, Larry Lewis of Kenova, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.

   Services were held Dec. 29 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Fla.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 210 Poppell Drive, Lakeland, FL 33813; or Lakeland Christian School, 1111 Forest Park St., Lakeland, FL 33813.

 

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Mildred Lewis

 

   Mildred Lewis, of Saline, MI, formerly of Battle Creek, MI was born February 8, 1922 to Clyde and Martina Hands in Lansing, MI and died March 4, 2005 at the age of 83 in Saline, MI. She was preceded in death by first husband Hugh Shelton and second husband of 25 years, Wayne Lewis. Mildred always had something to say and everyone enjoyed her witty sense of humor. She spent several years in Florida before moving back to Michigan in 1972. Working for Rosewood Convalescent Home in Battle Creek, MI until retiring at age 70.

   Surviving are 4 children, Gary (Sharon) Shelton of St. Cloud, FL, Dorine (Neil) VanderHeide of Bradenton, FL, Donald (Marjorie) Shelton of Saline, MI and Kathleen (William) Mathis of Lansing, MI. Mildred was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Mae Walker of Eckford, MI. Visitation will be held March 10, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with service immediately following at Bachman-Hebble Funeral Home, 223 N. Bedford Road, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Interment will be at Springport Cemetery, Springport, MI.

 

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Loretta May Lincoln

 

   Loretta May Lincoln, age 79, of Springport, passed away Friday, August 12, 2005 in Marshall. Loretta was born May 2, 1923 in Marshall, MI, the daughter of Gaylord D. and Arda May (Cowles) Baum. She was a member of Pope Church, Springport, where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School and also was the Choir Director. Loretta belonged to the Springport VFW Auxiliary, sold Avon for over 40 years and was a member of the Avon President’s Club. She was a former 4-H leader and retired from the Springport Book Bindery. Preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra K. (1954); 2 brothers, Floyd and Forrest Baum; 2 sisters, Donna Cooper and Nellie Hines.

   She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Guy; 1 daughter, Helen (Dennis) Hyatt of Springport; 3 sons, Gaylord “Butch” (Linda) Lincoln, Paul Lincoln, both of Springport, and Dan (Linda) Lincoln of Marshall; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Garold (Bev) Baum of Rives Junction; 1 sister, Carolyn (Dick) Tymkew of Sturgis; brothers-in-law, George Hine, Roy (Brownie) Lincoln, and Carl (Sharron) Lincoln, all of Springport; sisters-in-law, Janice Baum and June Taber, both of Springport.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, August 15, 2005 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Interment followed at Springport Cemetery, Springport. Casket bearers were Shelly Gibbs, Chad Lincoln, Brian Lincoln, Brent Lincoln, Kraig Lincoln, and Jessica Hyatt. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to either Great Lakes Hospice or Pope United Methodist Church in memory of Loretta Lincoln. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Linda L. Little

 

   Linda Louise (Grein) Little, born April 20, 1943, passed away of natural causes on Feb. 15, 2005 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

   She graduated from Sexton high School in 1961 and Michigan State University in 1965. Linda taught at Eastern High School, Lansing Community College, and served as church secretary at First Lutheran Church in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Adelaide Grein.

   Linda is survived by husband by husband, Thomas R. Little; daughter, Wendy (Michael) Holden; son, Brian Little; sister, Joanne Brown; and granddaughters, Megan, Lauren and Darien Holden.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at First Lutheran Church in Charlotte.

   Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: First Lutheran Church; Joint Seminary Fund, Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod or the American Heart Association.

 

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Rose “Rosie” Lloyd

 

   Rose “Rosie” Lloyd, age 78, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 30, 2005 at a Battle Creek hospital. She was born November 24, 1926 in Traverse City, the daughter of Harold and Jennie (Holcomb) Stahl. Rose was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1945. She was a retired Glass Inspector for Owens/Illinois in Charlotte. Preceding her in death was her husband David Lloyd on August 24, 2000.

   Surviving are her grandson, Tim (Karen Smith) Lloyd of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Audrey (Emerson) Dillin of Bellevue and Melissa Stahl of Lansing; sisters-in-law, Alma Stahl of Eaton Rapids and several nieces & nephews.

   Graveside services will be Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until the graveside service begins. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made directly to grandson Tim Lloyd. Following graveside services a Pot Luck will be held at the family home, please bring a dish to pass.

 

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Ronald C. Lobert

 

   Ronald C. Lobert passed away July 24, 2005.

   Ronald was born Aug. 14, 1937 in Lansing, the son of the late Ralph and Anna (Helencamp) Lobert. He was an industrial hydraulic specialist for IMPCO.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce (McDaniel) Lobert; children, Doug Lobert, Brian (Tuesday) Lobert, Pam (Bob) Novello, Kim (Don) Wiseman, Scott (Kim) Weymouth and Shelly Campbell; 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild; sisters, Mary Cole and Ila Sommers; brothers, Wayne Lobert and Roger (Mary) Lobert; and sister-in-law, Jean Lobert.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Lobert.

   Funeral Mass was held July 27 at Holy Cross Church, Lansing, with Rev. Fr. Maurice Hayes officiating. Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing.

   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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Allert T. Lokken

 

   Allert T. “Sonny” Lokken, age 72, OF Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, January 5, 2005. He was born February 12, 1932 in Flint, the son of Allert and Irene (Williams) Lokken Sr. Mr. Lokken served in the National Guard and later joined the Army and served during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post #324 in Jackson. He retired from the Paint Department at Fisher Body in Lansing and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #602. Mr. Lokken was preceded in death by his wife, Doris in 1997.

   Surviving are 4 children, Michael (Teresa) Lokken of Eaton Rapids, Terri (Fred) Bradley of Jackson, Traci (Dave) Underwood of Indianapolis and Timothy (Bonnie) Lokken of Beaulaville, NC; 12 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Audrey (Fred) Cleeves of AZ and Anita Jensen of TX; brother, Richard (Dianne) Lokken of NM and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, January 8 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #15 of Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813, in memory of Allert T. Lokken. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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George Henry Long

 

   George H. Long, age 90, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, November 28, 2005 at his residence. He was born August 24, 1915 in Eaton Rapids the son of Clarence and Nellie (Goff) Long. George was a retired employee with 31 years of service with the Dana Corp. in Lansing. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids, a member of the Eagles Lodge #3563 of Holt, Moose Lodge #288 of Lansing and a member of the Farmers Hall of Fame of Delton. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kathlyn Bennett and brothers, Leon and Seymour.

   Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Beatrice; 3 children, Pat (Jerry) Slentz, Vic Long, and Dean (Shug) Long; son-in-law, Gary Bennett, 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, December 1, 2005 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the First Congregational Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of George H. Long.

 

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Mary A. Lord

 

   Mary A. (Shaw) Lord, 81, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Lord was born Feb. 16, 1924 in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Don and Minnie (Kline) Shaw and was a life-long Eaton County resident. She was a 9142 graduate of Vermontville High School. She had been employed at the former Wilcox-Gay Co., the Smith & Osborn Clothing Store, and Richey’s in Charlotte before opening MaryGene’s Children’s Apparel in Charlotte with her husband. She had been a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

   Surviving are her son, James (Linda) Lord of Charlotte; grandchildren, Connie Summer and Jason (Amy) Lord; great grandchildren, Tyler Summer and Cassidy and Chelsea Lord; niece, Diane Newman; and nephews, Robert Siple, Gordon Satterly and David Bennett.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Lord, in 1977; and sisters, Madeline Siple, Joan Bennett and Carrie Satterly.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Courthouse Square Association.

 

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Donald Eugene Love

 

   Donald Eugene Love, of Eaton Rapids, age 70, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2005 in Lansing. Donald was born February 8, 1935, the son of Lewis and Mary Ellen (Hoover) Love. He retired from Fisher Body in Lansing after 22 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, in 1991 and brother, Lewis.

   Don is survived by 3 daughter, Nancy (Peter) March of Lansing, Debra (Scott) Corey of Mason, Mary Lou (Joe) Joseph of Harper Woods; 3 grandchildren, Nicholas Prass, Kalee Corey and Jacob Joseph; 3 brothers, John (Mitch) Love of FL, Glen “Hoot” (Rosie) Love of Eaton Rapids, Robert “Jack” (Sharon) Love of Springport; 1 sister, Vivian (Harry) Wardius of FL.

   Graveside memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2005 at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Paul Pretzlaff officiating. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapid. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Werlin Love

 

   Werlin Alva Love, of Dafter, passed away Nov. 13, 2005 in Rudyard.

   Mr. Love was born May 13, 1918 in Carmel Township, Eaton County, to Alva and Eva (McWethey) Love. He was very outgoing and loved to visit with almost anyone. He enjoyed socializing at the senior dinners he frequently attended. Werlin was a 1937 graduate of Charlotte High School. Two years later he married Zada Root and after 53 years, she preceded him in death in 1993. In 1995, he married Burniece (Spencer) Day whom he had known since childhood; she preceded him in death in 2001.

   Surviving are his son, David (Elaine) Love of Dafter; grandchildren, Robert (Tina) Love of Rudyard and Scott Love of Bellevue; great grandchildren, James R. Love and Bobbie Ann Love, both of Rudyard; and a sister, Martha Adams of Post Falls, Idaho.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at Hovie Funeral Home, Sault Ste. Marie, with Rev. Alton Bennett officiating. Interment was at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to the Chippewa County Fair.

 

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Gayle L. Magoon

 

   Gayle L. Magoon, 83, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005.

   Mr. Magoon was born April 27, 1921 in Charlotte, the son of the late Charles Magoon and the late Bernice (Frank) Magoon. He was a member of The Salvation Army for 75 years and a Corps Sgt. Major for 60 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He retired Dec. 31, 1986 from Christensen’s Furniture after 20 years.

   He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Kermit) Ramey of Vermontville; son, Major Stanley (Lynda) Magoon of Kansas City, Kansas; sister, Emagene Pitcher; brothers, Edward (Lola) Magoon and Eric (Judy) Magoon, both of Charlotte; vie grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Magoon, in 2003.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Major David Corliss officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, Lansing, Michigan Citadel Corps. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dorothy Mahar

 

   Dorothy (Gardner) Mahar, 86, of Vermontville, passed away Friday, July 15, 2005 peacefully at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Mahar was born in Dowling on Aug. 9, 1918, the daughter of the late Donald F. and Cecile A. (VanSycle) Weeks. She was raised in the Dowling are and attended both Dowling and Martin Country schools.

   On Sept. 21, 1935 Dorothy married Howard Gardner in Hastings. The couple spent the early years of their marriage living in the Nashville and Hastings areas. They later moved to the Vermontville area where they raised their family. After Howard passed away in 1976, Dorothy married Robert Mahar. The couple was married for 17 years when Robert passed away in 1995. Dorothy was a member of First Congregational Church of Vermontville.

   She is survived by her daughters, Helen (Raymond) Bond, Shirley (Rodney) Harmon; sons, Robert (Lois) Gardner, Forrest (Elaine) Gardner, Roger (Diane) Gardner; step-daughters, Nora (Francis) Peake, Mary (Kenneth) Custer, Lois (Robert) Gardner, Janice (Everett) Swift, Lee (Bill) Joppie; step-sons, Darwin (Kay) Mahar, Michael (Jean) Mahar; sisters, Reatha (Charles) Humphrey, Mildred (albert) (Lawrence) Parrott Sixberry, Theda (Kenneth) Gardner, and Lila (John) Cochran; brother, Bernard (Norma) Weeks; grandchildren, Peggy Rathburn, Scott Bond, Pat Gardner, Cheryl Rathburn, Allan Gardner, Denise Scramlin, Karen Hulsebos, Steve Gardner, and Chris, Jason and Brandon Harmon; 19 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren.

   Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Howard Gardner, who passed away Oct. 29, 1976; her second husband of 17 years, Robert Mahar, who passed away June 13, 1995; and her sisters, Ora Johnson.

   Funeral services were held July 18 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, with Pastor Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Congregational Church.

 

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Martha Sue “Susie” Maiers

 

   Martha Sue “Susie” Maiers, age 83, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2005 in Lansing. Martha Sue was born December 19, 1921 in Booneville, KY, the daughter of mark and Sophie (Marcum) Bell. She retired from the Harley Hotel as a hostess of the banquet facility and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Lansing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin in 1995, grandson, Shawn Glassbrook and great granddaughter Kiera Glassbrook.

   She is survived by her daughter, Denise (Walter) Glassbrook of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Marc (Seana) Glassbrook of Springport, Enjoli Glassbrook of Eaton Rapids; 2 great grandchildren, Jullian Finch and Serina Finch.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, September 10, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

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John Maksymowski

 

   John “Jake” Maksymowski, 67, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 29, 2005.

   Mr. Maksymowski was born Dec. 19, 1937 in Grand Rapids, the son of Victor and Verna (Kozlowski) Maksymowski. Jack worked for Miejer for 46 years, beginning as a grocery bagger and retiring as a warehouse receiving clerk. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol (Jaglowski) Makwymowski; children, Nancy (Sam) Phillips of Dimondale, Diane (Kip) Malott of Lansing, John (LeighAnn) Maksymowski of Eaton Rapids, Sharon (Doug) Becker of Mulliken and Lisa Michels of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; sisters, Delores Golec and Sally (Tom) Hekker, both of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held July 2 at St. Mary Catholic church, Charlotte, with Father Max Frego officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery in Carmel Township.

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

 

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Leo E. Malcuit

 

   Leo Eugene Malcuit, 79, of Vermontville, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mr. Malcuit was born Dec. 1, 1925 in Eaton County, the son of Charles and Bertha (Ward) Malcuit. He had been a local farmer, loved making maple syrup, was a former Chester Township supervisor and loved nature, hunting, fishing, poker, and gardening, and was an avid Spartan fan. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Arizona in winter. He was a member of the Vermontville VFW, a charter member of the Maple Syrup Association and a Parade Marshal for the Maple Syrup Festival in 2001.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary (King) Malcuit; sons, Mark (Tracey) Malcuit of Mulliken and Joel Malcuit of Vermontville; grandchildren, Marcie (Logan) Southfield, and Travis, Lucas and Dylan Malcuit; sister, Justine (Raymond) Snyder; and a brother, Bruce (Mikayla) Malcuit.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Ward “Bud” Malcuit.

   Funeral services were held March 4 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Tim Olsen officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Dorothy F. Manning-Dennis

 

   Dorothy F. Manning-Dennis, age 91, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, January 28, 2005 in Charlotte. Dorothy was born Dec. 14, 1913 in Decater, MI, the daughter of Neil and Fern (French) Badger. She retired from the Secretary of State’s Office, was an honorary member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist church, a former member of the Eaton Rapids Garden Club and Eaton rapids BPW. Dorothy was preceded in death by her first husband, Jerry J. Manning in 1975, second husband, Paul Dennis in 1984, 2 sons-in-law, Bruce L. Conard in 1984 and Daniel J. Carpenter in 2002.

   Surviving are 3 daughters, Anita Jerrene “Jerry” Carpenter of Charlotte, Judith Ann “Judy” (Basil) Walker and Patricia “Pat” Conard both of Eaton Rapids; son, James W. (Brenda) Manning of OK; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; niece, Joan Bailey; 2 nephews, Buddy Bailey and Prof. Robert Payne.

   Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12:00 Noon until service time. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church, Eaton County Medical Care Facility or the American Heart Assoc. in memory of Dorothy Dennis.

 

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Ellen Frances Mapes

 

   Ellen Frances Mapes, age 89, formerly of Sunfield, passed away Dec. 10,2 005 in Naples, Florida.

   A memorial funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on June 19 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Hospice of Naples c/o RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, Mich. 48890.

   A graveside service and burial will follow the memorial service at the Sunfield Cemetery.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Keith D. Marlatt

 

   Keith Dale Marlatt, 83, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005 at his Chester Township home.

   Mr. Marlatt was born Nov. 23, 1921 in Hartwick  Township, near Evart, a son of Elisha J. and Grace A. (Norton) Marlatt. He was an Army World War II veteran and a retired carpenter, having worked with several construction companies, including Clark Construction.

   Mr. Marlatt was preceded in death by his brother, Richard, and three grandchildren.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Bettie; six children, Donald (Karen) Marlatt of Perrinton, Ken Marlatt of Florida, Marilyn Kocis of Middleton, Wis., James (Roseann) Marlatt of Mulliken, Linda Wallace of Potterville and Katherine (Kirk) Lavinge of Brighton; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two step-grandsons, two sisters, Clara Gardner of Harrison and Gladys Gardner of Adrian; one brother, Glen (Esther) Marlatt of Dimondale; and one sister-in-law, Virginia Marlatt of Howell.

   Private family services have been held. Inurnment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

Donald L. Marriott

 

   Donald L. Marriott, “The Popcorn Man,” 71, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Don was born Nov. 23, 1933 in Detroit, the son of Clayton Charles and Fannie Elvira (Hibbs) Marriott. He was a member of Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge No. 63 F & AM; and a very active member of the Eaton Rapids Athletic Boosters Club, attending all Eaton Rapids sports events. Don retired from GM in 1991 after 39 years of service and, after retirement, enjoyed golfing, delivering flowers for Hastay’s Greenhouse and refinishing furniture.

   Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Joanne (Dean) Marriott; two daughters, Donna (Steve Murray) Marriott of Eaton Rapids and Julie (Pat) Carey of Midland; two sons, Jeff (Sean) Marriott and Todd (Patti) Marriott, both of Eaton Rapids; four grandchildren, Valery (Ty) Halsey, Matthew and Meghan Marriott, and Michael Carey; two great grandsons, Trenton and Austin Halsey; two brothers, Bob Marriott of Florida and Bernie Marriott of Eaton Rapids; two sisters, Dorothy (Alden) Poyer of Eaton Rapids and Carrie (Mike) Buermann of Marcellus; brother-in-law, William (Pat) Dean of Virginia; sister-in-law, Rodda Gentille of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Aug. 10 at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church, with Pastor Frank Klassen and Pastor Tom Evans officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to either Eaton Community Hospice, the VFW National Home for Children or the Eaton Rapids Athletic Booster Club. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Ruth M. Martens

 

   Ruth Maxine Martens, 87, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mrs. Martens was born May 28, 1918 in  Charlotte, the daughter of Wilbur and Laura (Deer) Martin. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the St. Mary Altar Society and Bible Study group. Ruth was also active as a “Reading Grandma” for St. Mary School, a Hayes Green Beach Hospital gift shop volunteer, and as a member of the GFWC Charlotte Women’s Club and book club and Altruistic Bridge Club. She belonged to the Lady of Lourdes Church & Guild in Venice, Fla. for 10 years during the winter month. Ruth was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards every week at the Charlotte Country  Club where she was an honorary member.

   She is survived by her daughters, Mary Jean (Daryl) Baker of Charlotte, Patricia (Gene) Tidd of Eaton Rapids, Elizabeth “Jane” (Ronald) Davis of Sunfield, Nancy (John) Holton of Olivet, Charlene (Richard) Wagner of Grand Ledge and Margaret Ann Snyder of Shepherd; 18 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Kelley of Battle Creek and Wilda Bust of Marinette Wis.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charlie in 1993, son Michael John Martens in 1990, brothers Howard, Harold and Arlin Martin, and a sister, Agnes Cramer.

   The Funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 9 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley, and Rev. Fr. Thomas Nenneau co-celebrating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Church Building Fund or the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

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

 

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Betty J. Martin

 

   Betty J. (Seibly) Martin, 82, of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 5, 2005.

   Betty was born Jan. 25, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Frank and Laura (Ginter) Seibly. She lived in Charlotte before moving to Fairview, where she lived until 1986. She then moved to Potterville, where she lived until returning to Charlotte in 1992. Betty was a 1941 graduate of Dimondale High School, a member of Crossroads Church of the United Brethren in Christ, and served many years as a Red Cross volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

    Surviving are her sister, Mary Eitniear of Vermontville; brother, Richard Seibly of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her husband, Henry Martin, in 1982.

   Funeral services were held March 9 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Michael Arnold officiating. Interment was at Delta Center Cemetery, Delta Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

 

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Doris E. Masters

 

   Doris E. (Rundle) Masters, 77, of Olivet, died Monday, April 4, 2005 at Maplewood of Marshall.

   Mrs. Masters was born Jan. 18, 1928 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Claud and Letha (Brandt) Rundle and was a life resident of the Olivet area. She was a 1946 graduate of Olivet High School, a member of the Women of the Moose, Marshall 202, and a retired employee of Air Way Mfg. Co. of Olivet, with 19 years of service.

   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Judd, in 1980; a sister, Helen Crilly, in 1997; and her husband, Wayne “Hank” Masters, in 1999.

   Surviving are her son, Douglas D. (Renee) masters of Jonesville; two daughters, Jane E. (Bill) Steinke and Amy M. (Mark) Holden, both of Olivet; seven grandchildren; brother, Ellet (Pat) Rundle of Shelbyville, Ind.; and sister, Georgia Thomas of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held April 7 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Winford Collins officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Maplewood of Marshall Memorial Fund for Doris Master, 200 Westbrook Court, Marshall, MI 49068. The family expressed appreciation for the wonderful care she received at Maplewood of Marshall.

 

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Clarabell “Katy” Maxey

 

   Clarabell “Katy” Maxey, age 74, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005 in Lansing. Katy was born July 25, 1930 in Lansing, the daughter of Benjamin Ford and Millie Latoska (Beeler) Keeler. She was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, the Michigan Angus Association and the American Angus Association. Katy and her husband, Jim (now deceased), owned and operated the Evergreen Angus Farms in Eaton Rapids since 1953. They were a positive influence in the lives of many people, young and old. Katy and Jim loved mentoring and nurturing all who came into their lives and imparted the knowledge of good values, hard work and respect of others. A listening ear always awaited any visitor. Mrs. Maxey was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1998.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Sarah (Mark) Belokonny of Brush Prairie, WA and Jane (Joe) Buher of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Lisa (Rusty) Horton, Katy and David Belokonny and 1 sister, Dorothy (Roger) Markle of Mecosta.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 2, 2005 from the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jeff Nunham officiating. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Robbins United Methodist Church in memory of Mrs. Maxey.

 

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Mary “Pat” McCalla

 

   Mary “Pat” McCalla, 78, of Dimondale, died Friday, June 234, 2005 after a short illness.

   Mrs. McCalla was born July 21, 1926 in Laurium, the daughter of Charles and Ruth Marie (Cane) miles. She was a 1941 graduate of Ontonagon High School, and a graduate of St. Joe Mercy Hospital College of Nursing in Ann Arbor. She had been employed as a registered nurse, and with her husband had farmed in the Washtenaw/Ann Arbor area. She had been active in 4-H, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and was a former member of the Farm Bureau and the Grange.

   Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Morgan McCalla; seven children, Charles (Karen) McCalla of Sylva, NC, John Michael (Dawn) McCalla of Pinckney, Ann (James) Garvey of Charlotte, Mary Elizabeth McCalla of Twinsburg, Ohio, Allen (Tawnia) McCalla of Stockbridge, Patricia Stephens of Jackson, and Joseph (Christie) McCalla of North Branch; 22 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and a brother, Clint (Sue) Miles of Escanaba.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Mass of Christian Burial was held June 28 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Michael Petroski officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, March of dimes, or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Morgan C. McCalla

 

   Morgan C. McCalla, 84, of Dimondale, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005 in Lansing.

   Mr. Morgan was born May 11, 1921 in Ann Arbor, the son of Charles and Anna (Morgan) McCalla. He was a retired farmer and had worked in the construction trades. He was a World War II Army veteran, receiving decorations and citations including the EAME Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Blanchard (Mich.) American Legion Post, Maple City Post 2406 VFW in Charlotte, was a former Weidman (Mich.) Lions Club member, and was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Grange.

   Surviving are seven children, Charles (Karen) McCalla of Sylva, NC, John (Dawn) McCalla of Pinckney, Ann (James) Garvey of Charlotte, Mary McCalla of Twinsburg, Ohio, Allen (Tawnia) McCalla of Stockbridge, Patricia Stephens of Jackson and Joseph (Christi) McCalla of North Branch; 23 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; two brothers, Albert (Barbara) McCalla of marine City and William McCalla of Ann Arbor; sister-in-law, Elaine McCalla of Chelsea and brother-in-law Clint (Sue) Miles of Escanaba.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Mary “Pat” (Miles) McCalla on June 24, 2005; three brothers, Frank, Raymond and Ralph McCalla; and a sister, Carolyn Stump.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment with military honors was held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach hospital or VFW Post 2406, both in Charlotte.

 

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Ilene M. McCarthy

 

   Ilene Marian McCarthy, 54, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 in Eaton Rapids.

   Ilene was born April 6, 1950 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Herbert Lester and Marian Elizabeth (Tomlinson) Jackson. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1968, and retired from the state of Michigan Treasury Department as a general office assistant. Ilene was past noble grand of Sunshine Rebekah Lodge No. 142 and enjoyed shooting pool with the Good Times Pool League.

   She is survived by three brothers, Dean (Marcia) Jackson, Wayne (Karen) Jackson, both of Eaton Rapids, and Leroy (Karen) Jackson of Illinois; two sisters, Linda (Glen) Meyer of Charlotte, T. Joan (Paul) Barsdale of North Carolina; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews; special aunt, Betty Sharland of Jackson; her cats, Diane and Piglet; dear friends, Cathy Kowalk, Penny Munson, and fellow co-workers with the registration section at the Michigan Department of Treasury.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 8 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Chad Jackson, Corey Jackson, Dan Stanley, Greg Stanley, John Meyer, Ron Wilcox and Brian Wilcox.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Helen McClelland

 

   Helen McClelland of Viroqua WI, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 96, passed away on Nov. 8, 2005 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua, WI where she had resided for over six years. She was born Helen Elizabeth Pritchard, January 7, 1909 in Geneseo, IL. Helen was a graduate of Geneseo High School and Illinois State University. At Normal School she met her future husband Foster Kenneth McClelland of Harvard, Illinois. They married December 25, 1934 and lived in Gilman, Illinois and Valparaiso, Indiana before moving to Eaton Rapids, Michigan where they raised their family. Helen taught at King Street, Northwestern and Union Street elementary schools until retirement. Helen was involved in various professional groups in Eaton Rapids and was a member of the First Congressional Church. In 1993, Helen moved to Bethel Birchwood, Viroqua, Wisconsin and became a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Low Vision Support Group. Helen had a wonderful memory and enjoyed visits with family and friends. She will truly be missed.

   Helen is survived by one son, John F. (JoAnn Conrad) McClelland of Viroqua, WI, and two daughters, Janice Ann (Frank) Lucero of Holbrook, AZ, and Jean Carol (Michael) Leverenz of Rio Rancho, NM; six grandchildren, John Jr. (Wendy) McClelland, Juliene (Kevin) Sloane, Janelle (Robbie) Oldham, Joe (Darcy) McClelland all of Viroqua, WI, Brennan Leverenz of Los Angeles, CA, Quinn Leverenz of Phoenix, AZ, two step-grand children; 15 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Foster in 1973.

   A memorial visitation was held on Saturday, November 12, 2005. A graveside service was held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, IL. The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.

 

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Bryce MacDonald

 

   Bryce Lee MacDonald, 70, of Vermontville, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005.

   Mr. MacDonald was born July 27, 1935 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Vernon and Frances (Lent) MacDonald. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Oldsmobile as a cutter grinder and member of the UAW Local 652. He was a member of Vermontville Congregational Church, a life member and past master of the F&AM 255 of Nashville, past patron of OES 161 of Mulliken and past field staff and life member of FCRV Chapter 35.

   He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Amanda; daughters, Nika Hankins of Charlotte, JoDee (Tony) Pruden of Charlotte, Kelly (Scott) Hartman of Lansing; son, Kent (Teresa) MacDonald of Charlotte, six grandchildren, Cassie and Mark Hankins, Greg Pruden, Paddy MacDonald, Heather and Dallas Hartman; two great grandchildren; brother, Larry MacDonald of Clearwater, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Sue MacDonald of Kentucky.

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

   Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at Vermontville Congregational Church, with Rev. Sally Nolen officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. An OES service was held Dec. 9 at Pray Funeral home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Congregational Church, FCRV Wildlife/Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ricky D. McEwen

 

   Ricky D. McEwen, 34, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at Sparrow Specialty Hospital in Lansing. He had been involved in an auto accident on March 13, 2005 and had been hospitalized since that time.

   Ricky was born April 27, 1970 in Dallas, Texas, the son of James A. and Beverly J. McEwen and had been a Charlotte resident for two years. He had been employed as a truck driver.

   Surviving are his fiancée, Patricia Nelson of Charlotte; his mother, Beverly McEwen of Charlotte; two sons, Will and Danny McEwen, both of Texas; daughter, Chelsey of Lincoln Park; five brothers, Max, Kenny, Ronnie and Tom, all of Texas, and Mike of Taylor; and two step-grandchildren, Steve and josh Campbell.

   Funeral services were held April 16 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating.

 

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Samuel Frank McFarland

 

   Samuel Frank McFarland, age 86, of Eaton Rapids, died April 30, 2005. Samuel was born on October 22, 1918, in Brockton, Massachusetts, the son of Frank and Hazel McFarland. He was a World War II Army veteran and was employed at Oldsmobile in Plant Protection for over 40 years. He married Ruth Stroud in 1941. They were married for over 60 years before she preceded his death in 2001. Sam enjoyed golf and was an avid gardener. Many people have benefited from the bounty of his gardens over the years.

   He is survived by his daughter, Mary (Mike) Cline, Laurie (Bill) Kipp; son Samuel S. (Susan) McFarland; grandchildren Mike (Shannon) Cline, Nikaya Kipp, A. Elizabeth (Martin) Lyons, Shane, Amanda, Kyle, and Anna McFarland; great grandchildren Amarra Lyons, Katelyn and Carrie Ann Cline, and Peter Cline; brother, Jack McFarland of Florida; and sister-in-law, Dorothy (Don McFarland of Temple, MI.

   A memorial service to celebrate Samuel’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 7th at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. A luncheon will follow. The family will receive friends and family from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

   Donations may be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center or Hospice Home in Charlotte.

 

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Josephine McGlaughlin

 

   Josephine McGlaughlin, 85, of Potterville, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. McGlaughlin was born Feb. 10, 1920 in Staunton, Va., a daughter of George and Alice (Tillman) Maybush. She attended the Methodist Church and was a retired Michigan State University employee.

   Her husband, Raymond, died in 1984.

   Surviving are four children, JoeAnn (Thomas) Nehmer of Vermontville, Charles (Carol) McGlaughlin of White Hall, John (Penny) McGlaughlin of Lansing and Mary (David) Nelson of Newburgh, Ind.; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren; one sister, Stella sharp of Staunton, Va.; three brothers, Pete (Mary) Maybush, Bobby (Shirley) Maybush and Tommy Maybush, all of Staunton, Va.; and numerous nieces  and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 6 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, by Dimondale Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 363. Inurnment was at West Windsor Cemetery.

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

 

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Dorothy McKenzie

 

   Dorothy (Wirostek) McKenzie, 69, of charlotte, formerly of Oakley, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2005 in Charlotte.

   She was born Dec. 7, 1935 in Corunna, the daughter of Andrew and Katie (Tomalia) Wirostek. She was a special education teach for Eaton Intermediate School District and earned a master’s at Michigan State University.

   Surviving are her three children, Kathy (Karl) Dorshimer of Portland, Mark (Sandy) McKenzie of Dorr, Dan (Julie) McKenzie of Flint; 13 grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Mary (John) Jones of South Carolina, Emily Wirostek of Oakley, Ed (Peg) Wirostek of Oakley, Ernie (Helen) Wirostek of Oakley, and Irene (Duane) Ferry of Chesaning.

   Funeral Mass took place June 10 at St. Michael in Oakley, with Rev. Fr. Richard Bokinskie officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

   Arrangements were by Misiuk Funeral Home in Chesaning.

 

Maurice “Moe” J. McKessy

 

   Maurice “Moe” McKessy, age 86, of Onondaga, died Monday, May 30, 2005 in a Lansing hospital. Maurice was born December 1, 1918 to John and Myrtle McKessy. He retired in 1983 with 22 years of service as Machinist with Aeroquip in Jackson. He was a longtime member of the Onondaga Sportsman’s Club and a member of the Leslie American Legion. Preceding him in death was 4 sisters, Margaret Swan, Maxine Mentink, Marleen Buck and Mona Bayes; brother, Marvin McKessy; grandson, Aaron Green.

   Surviving are a brother, Maynard (Sylvia) McKessy; sister, Myrna (Arthur) Anderson; son, Roger McKessy of Spring Lake, 3 daughters, Sharla (Dick) Hilliard of Onondaga, Barbara McKessy of Lansing and JoAnn (Rueban) Green of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Tim (Barb) McKessy, Bill McKessy, Kandi (Steve) Barton, Kim (Brian) Willcutt, Jim Hilliard, Larry Merindorf, rick Merindord, Troy (Sandy) Green; 14 great grandchildren and many friends and several nieces and nephews.

   A Remembrance Gathering will be held Sunday, June 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. including a luncheon at the Onondaga Sportsman’s Club to honor the memory of Maurice McKessy. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Jean M. McKinstry

 

   Jean M. McKinstry, 89, of Hastings, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005.

   Mrs. McKinstry was born June 14, 1916 in Tonica, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Bessie (Patterson) Alleman. Jean was active as a Cub Scout leader when her sons were involved in scouting and she was a former member of the VFW 80&8 in Lansing. She enjoyed coordinating community activities in Thornapple Lake neighborhood and her bowling leagues.

   She is survived by daughter, Gail (Cliff) Perkins of Dimondale; sons, James (Janet) McKinstry of Hastings and Ronald McKinstry of Mason; eight grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward McKinstry.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Norm Burger officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Thornapple Manor or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lorraine H. McLaughlin

 

   Lorraine Helen McLaughlin died Oct. 31, 2005 in Harbor Springs.

   Lorraine was born Sept. 21, 1912 in Ann Arbor. She was born Lorrine Hinz and changed her name to Lorraine when she was 18 years old. She was a former resident of Charlotte, where she attended First Congregational church; and Vermontville, where she attended the Congregational Church. Her former places of residence included Parrott’s Point, Mullet Lake, Indian River, and Independence Village, Petoskey.

   She was active in the First Congregational Church of Cheboygan and the Vermontville Women’s Club, and was a life member of the Eastern Star. She married Neil McLaughlin on May 12, 1934; he was a local dentist who retired from Charlotte. Lorraine’s passion and love was her family. She enjoyed travel (visited all 50 states), and the beauty of nature. She was always an active cheerleader for all University of Michigan and Detroit athletic teams, and was a choir alto for all the churches she belonged to.

   She is survived by her four children, Margaret (Roy) Sjoberg of Indian River, Judith Waterman of Euless, Texas, James (Sally) McLaughlin of Corrales, New Mexico, and Fredric McLaughlin of Lansing; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Neil McLaughlin; sister, Margaret Struble; brother, Walter Hinz; and parents, Ernest and Matilda Hinz.

   Memorial service was held Nov. 2 at First  Congregational church of Cheboygan, with Pastors Ed Remaly and Gretchen Schupp officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermontville Congregational Church.

 

 

June Roselun McManus

 

   June R. McManus, age 79, of Eaton Rapids, Brookfield Township, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005. She was born June 8, 1925 in Dimondale, the daughter of William and Crystal (Huntington) Balduf. June was a retired U.S. Rural Postal Carrier from the Eaton Rapids branch, with 20 years of service. She formerly had worked 12 years as a Secretary at M.S.U. in the Veterinary Medicine Department. June was a Life member and Past Worthy Matron of the Brookfield O.E.S. #352. Preceding her in death were a grandson, Taylor McManus; sisters, Marion Miller and Beatrice Faber; and brother, Harold Balduf.

   Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Jack; 2 sons, Jeff (Susan) of Holt and John (Laurie) of Charlotte; 4 grandchildren, Nathan, Tessa, Jim and Steve; sisters, Margaret (Bill) Brodbeck of Lake Odessa and Helen (Menniffee) Miller of Hastings; brother-in-law, Clarence Miller of Sunfield; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on March 19, 2005 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township. There was an O.E.S. Memorial Service on Friday. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Brookfield O.E.S. #352, in memory of June R. McManus.

 

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Stanley L. McPhee

 

   Stanley Lee McPhee, 52, of Charlotte, died July 7, 2005.

   He was born March 31, 1953 in Charlotte, to Harold and Dorene (Hull) McPhee. Mr. McPhee attended school in Potterville and graduated from Potterville High School. He was a self-employed handyman.

   He is survived by his mother, Doreen, and siblings, Steven (Sherri) McPhee of Tennessee and Harold McPhee of Dimondale.

   A memorial service was held July 10 at Eagles FOE in Charlotte.

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

 

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Max E. McWhorter Jr.

 

   Max Elwood McWhorter Jr., 86, of Mulliken, passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005.

   Max was born Sept. 20, 1919 on the family farm, located on McWhorter Hwy. in rural Sunfield. He attended Dow Community  School, a one-room country school house, before moving to Sunfield, and later graduated from Sunfield High School in 1937. He enlisted in the Army in June of 1941 and was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ when the war broke out on Dec. 7, 1941. Max was eventually sent to the Pacific Theater and served in New Guinea, the Philippine Islands and finally mainland Japan. After leaving active duty in 1946, he served in the reserves until 1951. In 1947, he married the former Joyce L. Nelson and moved back to his boyhood farm in 1948. Max and Joyce lived on the farm he loved until his recent death.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce; son, Tom McWhorter of Williamston; daughter, Marsha Kincaid of Okemos; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a son, John L. McWhorter, in 1951.

   A private graveside service with full military honors was held at Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to either the Sunfield Library or Eaton Community Hospice House, C/O Rosier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. For more information, log onto www.Legacy.com.

 

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Annabelle R. Meeder

 

   Annabelle R. (LaTorre) (Hicks) Meeder, 82, of Belleaire, formerly of Potterville, died May 1, 2005.

   She was born April 15, 1923 in Charlotte. Mrs. Meeder loved crocheting afghans, gardening, ballroom dancing and, above all, being with her family.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Stephen Hicks and sister Adelaide LaTorre.

   Surviving are her husband, John Junior Meeder of Bellaire; three sons, Terry (Johnna) Hicks of Cleveland, Ohio; Heath (Lori) Meeder of DeWitt and Torre (Patti) Meeder of West Bloomfield; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

   Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services or visitation.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 403 Seymour Ave., Lansing, MI 48933-1179. Arrangements were by the Gorsline-Runciman Co. DeWitt Chapel.

 

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Clarence A. Miller

 

   Clarence Alvin Miller, 84, of Sunfield, passed away Monday, April 4, 2005 at his Sunfield home.

   Clarence was born Oct., 16, 1920 in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of Doyt and Hattie (Emerson) Miller. He grew up in the Van Wert, Ohio and Laingsburg area and graduated from Laingsburg High School in 1939. He then attended Michigan Agricultural College where he studied agricultural sciences before entering the service. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a supply truck driver in northern Africa, Italy and France. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

   Clarence married the love of his life, Marion (Balduf) miller, in January 1946. Together they had four children. Clarence is remembered as being a hard worker and making sure his family had everything they needed. He also did many of his own home improvement projects, while teaching his children the same “hands on” techniques.

   In addition to raising his family, he worked as a farmer in the Lake Odessa and Sunfield area for a number of years. He was also employed at Mapes Furniture Store in Sunfield where he installed floor coverings for 20 years. He also worked at the Lake Odessa Canning Factory. After his retirement, he then worked as a grounds keeper at the Centennial Acres Course in Sunfield for nearly 15 years. He continued to be active with Portland post of the  VFW until recent years, along with being active in church – most recently with Lakewood United Methodist Church.

   Clarence is survived by three children, Nona (Joe) Spackman of Allegan, Duane Miller of Mulliken and Kathleen Miller of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter-in-law, Dee Dye of Witchita, Kansas; grandchildren, Yvonne (Jay) Worsham of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Russell (Danielle) Miller of Plano, Texas; three great grandchildren, Katie, Trey and Summer; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters, Rose (Keith) Cantine of Eaton Rapids and Harriet Orr of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and brothers, Richard (Donna) Miller of Eaton Rapids and Wayne (Vickie) Miller of Clearwater, Fla.

   Clarence  was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Marion, in 2004; his parents; son, Maurice, in 1986; and sisters, Evelyn Acheson in 1995 and Mary Snyder in 2003.

   Funeral services were held April 8 at Lakewood United Methodist Church. Committal services and burial were held at Lakeside Cemetery in Lake Odessa. Pallbearers were Allen Cantine, Mark Hewitt, John McManus, Russell Miller, Mark Miller and Alan Harris.

   Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home in Sunfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakewood United Methodist Church, c/o RFH P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. For more information, visit www.legacy.com.

 

Duane N. Mishler

 

   Duane N. Mishler, 71, of Nashville, died Jan. 2, 2005 in Zephyrhills, Fla.

   Duane was born in Eaton County on April 26, 1933. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of Vermontville VFW and Charlotte Eagles, and retired from Fisher Body in Lansing.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margy; one daughter, Robin (Lynn) Houser of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Matthew Mishler of Farwell; three grandchildren, Aaron, Curtis and Lauren Trumley; one brother, Donald Mishler; and two sisters, Vera Heinze and Nan Lane; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Gladys Wing; and three brothers, Melvin Mishler Jr., Rex Mishler and William Mishler.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no services.

 

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Alice M. Mitchell

 

   Alice M. Mitchell, 97, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., formerly of Brookfield Township, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.

   Mrs. Mitchell was born April 30, 1907 in Charlotte, the daughter of Rolla and Olive (Ward) Cushing. She retired in 1957 and had worked at National Food Store and Michigan Bell Telephone in Charlotte. She and her husband, Delton Mitchell, were farmers. She had been a member of the Eastern Star #352 and West Carmel Church.

   She is survived by her daughter, Anne (Butch) Netterfield of Land O Lakes, Fla.; sons, James (Dorothy) Wirt of California and Karl (Judy) Wirt of Tennessee; 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Delton Mitchell; sons, Jerrold Wirt and Delmonte Mitchell; grandsons, Scott and David Mitchell; and sister, Doris Wilber.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Judith Arlene Mitchell

 

   Judith Arlene Mitchell, age 67, of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, May 21, 2005 in Charlotte. Judith was born October 13, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of Bernard and Rose (Fisch) Lewi. She was very active in civic organizations, Women’s Club and Youth Friends at Lockwood Elementary while in Eaton Rapids and also Civic Club, Women’s Club and Jaycee Wives in California. Judy retired from Boeing Corp. and was formerly employed with BASF.

   She is survived by 1 daughter, Wendy (Bill) Zimmer of Eaton Rapids; 1 son, Edward Mitchell, Jr. of WA; 3 grandchildren; sister, Lois (Mike) Merritt of CA; several nieces and nephews; and former husband & friend, Edward Mitchell, Sr.

   Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Those desiring may make contributions to Capitol Area Humane Society in memory of Judith Mitchell. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, MI.

 

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Arthur B. Mix

 

   Arthur B. Mix, 77, of Lee’s Summit, Mo. died Oct. 19, 2005 after having Alzheimer’s disease for the past several years.

   Art was born in Nashville, Mich. And raised in Vermontville, a 1946 graduate of Vermontville High School. He was also a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind. and a seminary graduate. Art was a retired Methodist minister, having served churches in Indiana, New Jersey, Hawaii and Kansas.

   Survivors are his wife, Carol of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; sons, Douglas (Lois) Mix of Columbia Station, Ohio, Michael (Jan) Mix of Romania, Gregory (Trish) Mix of Troy, Mo.; daughter, Kathy (David) Dulinski of Chicago, Ill.; nine grandchildren; one sister, Helen (Clair) Wellman of Vermontville; four brothers, Albert (Ruth) Mix of Grand Ledge, James (Carol) Mix of West Virginia, David (Mary Lou) Mix of Dimondale and Tim (Linda) Shetenhelm.

 

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John Michael “Mike” Moncada

 

   In loving memory of John Michael “Mike” Moncada, age 36, of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids. Death caused by complications of pneumonia.

   Surviving are his parents Jean and Joe Moncada; siblings Jackie (Mike) Salazar, Jeff (Wendy) Moncada, Julie (Mike) Glassbrook, Joseph (Jennifer) Moncada, James Moncada, Juanita (Paul) Tyler, Michael Arens (Kelly); Grandmother Juanita Ledesma; many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Memorial services will me held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2005 at Chapel in the Pines Funeral Home.

 

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Johnnie W. Montgomery

 

   Johnnie Wilson Montgomery was born Jan. 25, 1919 in Gleason, Tenn.

   He was a Navy veteran of World War II and owned Monty’s Truck Stop in Charlotte in the ‘50s and ‘60s. After his time as a truck stop owner he moved on to the state of Michigan as a janitor and retired in 1994. He is remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and neighbor.

   He is left behind by his wife of 37 years, Joannie Montgomery; two sons, John G. (Sandy) Montgomery, Johnnie W. (Jennifer) Montgomery Jr.; four daughters, Martha (Jim) Skittenhelm, Beverly Whitney, Kim Humphrey and Sam, Jean (Paul) Montgomery-Kivela; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas (Harriet) Montgomery; sister, Opal Taylor, and sister-in-law, Dorothy Williams.

   Paul bearers were Don Harris, Johney Simmons, Tim Dises, Bruce Brainard, Jerry Williams, Roger Montgomery, David Shaull, and Joe Bristol.

   Services were held July 29 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Chuck Jenson officiating.

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

 

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Lois M. Moore

 

   Lois May Moore, 64, of Bellevue died July 20, 2005 at home.

   Lois was born Sept. 30, 1940 to Ray and Louise (May) Bullock in Mt. Clemens. She graduated from Utica High School in 1958. Lois worked as a technical writer for Tank Auto Command in Warren until retiring in 1985. Lois was a member of Bellevue Village Players and the Battle Creek Shuffleboard Club.  She enjoyed knitting.

   She married Thomas E. Moore on Oct. 29, 1983; he survives. Also surviving are her mother, Louise Rikley of Poulsbo, Wash.; sister, Betty (Jerry) McGinn of Clinton Township; brother, Eugene (Sandra) Bullock of Poulsbo, Wash.; cousins, Lois Day and Dan James of Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services will be scheduled at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may go to the American Heart Association.

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

 

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Lucile E. Moore

 

   Lucile E. Moore, 97, of Marshall, passed away June 19, 2005 at Tendercare of Marshall. She was born June 8, 1908 in Kalamo Township to Charles L. and Katherine (Dell) Wildt.

   She and her late husband, James C. Moore, operated a farm and implement business near Marengo for many years. Lucile and James were married in 1935 and did not have any children. They graciously opened their home to school children. James passed away in 1993.

   Lucile graduated from Bellevue High School in 1925 and received an A.B. degree from Olivet College in 1929, a M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1937 and a Ed.S from Eastern Michigan University in 1967. In addition, she did graduate work at Cleary College, Ypsilanti, Michigan State University and University of Chicago. She started teaching at Albion Public Schools in 1930 and retired after 41 years teaching reading and business skills.

   Lucile loved to read and was one of the organizers of the Calhoun County Reading Council. She was a former member of the Michigan Education Association, and the National Education Association, the Michigan Reading Association and the Calhoun County Reading Association. She served two years as State Treasurer for the American Agriculture Movement and as State Treasurer of Common Cause.

   She was a member of the West Eckford Community Church and had served as a Sunday School teacher for several years. Lucile enjoyed reading, music, amateur radio, and the call letters WA8GVM.

   Funeral services were held June 23 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home with Pastor David Nicholls officiating. Interment was at Oakridge Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the West Eckford Community Church.

 

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Warren E. ‘Mike’ Moore

 

   Warren E. “Mike” Moore, 83, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Mike was born May 18, 1922 in Ross. N.D., the son of Elmer and Minnie (Mitchell) Moore and had been an Eaton County resident for 65 years. He was a 1940 graduate of Charlotte High School, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in the European African Middle Eastern Theater of operations. Decorations and citations received included the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. He was the retired owner of Top Notch Heating and Plumbing Co. in Olivet, was a member of Maple City Post 2406 VFW and the First Lutheran Church, both in Charlotte. He was a member of the Olivet Lions Club, had been an Olivet volunteer fireman and a former member of the Marshall Moose Lodge.

   Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Ella (Heien) Moore; three children, Darlene Moore of Tampa, Fla., Chris Moore of Olivet and Charlene (Bob) Moore Miller of Traverse City; and two brothers, Howard (Phyllis) Moore of Charlotte and George (Addie) Moore of Donna, Texas.

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

   Memorial services were held Nov. 12 at First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Matthew H. Morales

 

   Matthew H. “Matt” Morales, 35, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, Sept 17, 2005 at Triangle Mobile Home Park.

   He was born Nov. 24, 1969 in Battle Creek, the son of Frank and Dora G. (Tonelli) Morales and was a 1987 graduate of St. Philip High School. He had been employed by Edgerton Glass Company, owned and operated Sharp Glass Company for seven years, and for the past year had been employed at Denso. He was married to Mellissa (Baker), and that marriage ended in divorce. Matt was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, enjoyed sports, fishing and helping others, and was a hard-working person and a good father to his daughters.

   He is survived by his parents; two daughters, Emily and Ashley Morales; 10 brothers and sisters, Lydia (Eric) Ivany of Battle Creek, Ben (Jeanne) Morales of East Leroy, Mary (Bill) Poillion of Houston, Texas, Anna (Roger) Antes and Ted (Mary Anne) Morals, both of Battle Creak, Frank (Jennifer) Morales Jr., of Climax, Trish (Mark) Kivin of Dowling, Angela (Darrell) Belson, Diana Morales and Joan (Dayton) Smith, all of Battle Creek; and many nieces and nephews.

   A Funeral Maas was held Sept. 22 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, with Rev. Father Joseph Thachet and Deacon Albert Patrick officiating. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be directed to an educational fund to be established for his daughters. Arrangements were by Richard A. Henry Funeral Home.

 

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Edward W. Morey

 

   Edward Warren Morey, 85, passed away June 15, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

   Ed was born June 5, 1920 in Lansing, the son of Glenn and Anna Morey. He married Grace A. Mohre on Dec. 28, 1946 and they had three sons, Gary, Lance and Kirk. Following graduation from Michigan State University, Ed served 24 years of active and reserve duty with the U.S. Army in both World War II and Korea, advancing to the rank of lieutenant colonel. On completion of active duty, Ed pursued a lengthy and successful career with New York Life. His contribution to the community of Charlotte were many and varied, as were his interests in life. He was an active Rotarian, chair of the city’s year-long centennial celebration, a general chairman of Frontier Days, and a member of the community chest and United Way. Ed was interested in preserving the 1885 Eaton County Courthouse long before the county moved from it and lobbied long and hard to maintain its historic integrity. He was the driving force in organizing Courthouse Square Association, Eaton County’s local history museum.

   Ed survived by his best friend and soul-mate, Grace; one sister, Claire Beechler; three sons and four granddaughters, Sasha, Heather, Alyxandria and McKenzie.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Julia.

   A memorial service celebrating Ed’s life will be held in the former Circuit Courtroom, Courthouse Square, 100 W. Lawrence, Charlotte, on June 25 at 2:30 p.m.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Courthouse Square Association.

 

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Philip R. Morgan

 

   Philip R. Morgan. 88, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 at Hospice of Lansing.

   Mr. Morgan was born July 10, 1916 in Metz, Ind., the son of George and Maude(Thompson) Morgan. He was a retired welder for the Planet Corp. in Lansing, and a retired farmer.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Helen Morgan, in 1963; and a step-daughter, Roberta Gustafson, in 1994.

   Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Bessie; four children, Phyllis Straight, Clare (Elaine) Morgan, Alberta (John) Chapin, and Doris (Tom) Eaton; two step-children, William (Gayle) Wight and Evelyn (Carl) Nosal; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Bertha Kelsey; and sister-in-law, Nadine Morgan. Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in Brickyard Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

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Nancy L. Morgenstern

 

   Nancy Louise (Kerekes) Morgenstern, 76, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Morgenstern was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Detroit, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Nagy) Kerekes. She was a 1947 graduate of Charlotte High School, and a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where she served on the Altar Guild and the Isabella Guild. She was a member of the Brookfield Birthday Club and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the HOSTS program at Fern Persons Elementary School in Olivet.

   Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Robert H. Morgenstern; four children David Alan (Patricia) Morgenstern or Middleville, Wendy (Jeff) Hoekje of Charlotte, Dennis (Debra) Morgenstern of Crossville, Tenn., and Sandra Morgenstern Ruge of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, Nathaniel Earl, Aaron and Lisa Hoekje, Patrick, Robert and Jaime Morgenstern and K.C. and Nancy Ruge; two brothers, Lois (Helen) Kerekes of Ludington and Paul (Barbra) Kerekes of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Donald Morgenstern of Holt; sister-in-law, Betty Kerekes of Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen Schindler; brother, Z. Joseph Kerekes; and sisters-in-law, Audrey Kerekes, Margaret Morgenstern, Berdina Kerekes and Ruth Gibson.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at Peace Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Rev. J. Todd Bruning officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society, or MSU College of Human Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Robert H. Morgenstern

 

   Robert H. Morgenstern, 83, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005.

   Mr. Morgenstern was born Aug. 26, 1922 in Wayland, the son of Roy and Henrietta (Brinks) Morgenstern and had been a Charlotte resident for 56 years. Her served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, mainly in the South Pacific. He was a retired employee of Aluminum Extrusions/Hoover, retiring in 1986, and was member of Maple City VFW Post 2406 and Peace Lutheran Church of Charlotte. Mr. Morgenstern enjoyed woodworking, the outdoors, mowing his lawn and feeding his birds. Most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren and spending time with them.

   Surviving are four children, David Alan (Patricia) Morgenstern of Middleville, Wendy (Jeff) Hoekje of Charlotte, Dennis (Debra) Morgenstern of Crossville, Tenn., and Sandra Morgenstern Ruge of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, Nathaniel Earl, Aaron and Lisa Hoekje, Patrick, Robert and Jaime Morgenstern and K.C. and Nancy Ruge; brother, Donald Morgenstern of Holt; brother-in-law, Lewis (Helen) Kerekes of Ludington and Paul (Barbara) Kerekes of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Betty Kerekes of Tennessee; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friend, Harry W. Lewis.

   He preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years Nancy (Kerekes) Morgenstern, on Aug. 11, 2005; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Bill Gibson; brother-in-law, Z. Joseph Kerekes; and four sister-in-laws, Helen Schindler, Audrey Kerekes, Margaret Morgenstern and Berdina Kerekes.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Peace Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Rev. J. Todd Bruning officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Peace Lutheran Church or Maple City VFW Post 2406, Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Daniel J. Morris

 

   Daniel J. Morris passed away July 26, 2005.

   Mr. Morris was born Jan. 24, 1949 in Battle Creek, the son of Jack and Frances (Merritt) Morris. He worked as a cabinet marker and enjoyed sailing, reading, genealogy and golf, and was also an artist.

   He is survived by his brothers, Paul (Fay) Morris, Timothy (Susan) Morris, and Mark Morris; a sister, Shirley Morris.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, David Stanley Morris.

   Funeral services were held July 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Mark Neil Mossholder

 

   Mark Neil Mossholder, of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids. Our beloved son, Mark Neil Mossholder, born in Hart, MI, May 10, 1956 has succumbed to the illness of the innocent, the brain disease Schizophrenia.

   In his earlier years, he was a delight and joy, good natured, good hearted and happy. He became a good student, graduating from Eaton Rapids High in 1974, a good Meijer Market employee, and then an engineering school hopeful. But to tell Mark’s next 30 year history of erratic journey would take too much print and tears. We feel grateful for the help of Community Health Services A.C.T. team of caring staff, and all others who so kindly made the nightmare easier. Schizophrenia robs promise hope. It steals, it murders, leaves bereft, despair, emptiness, and desolate recall of what might have been. With medications Mark’s generous personality was partially recovered in his later years, but there was a terrible physical toll. We do have many happy memories with our “Good Guy” Mark, and he never failed to tell us, after an outing together, “It was a good day!” Mark is missed by his parents, Royce and Margaret (Emery) of Eaton Rapids; four brothers, Roy (Kim) and daughters, Meagan and Monica of Florida, Brian (Deborah) and sons, Brandon, Kyle and Nicholas of Bloomfield Hills, Blake (Amy) and children, Jacob, Casey and Madison of Mason, and brother, Craig, of Lansing. Mark will be missed by many others who got to know and like him.

   Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Mark’s name to JIMHO (Justice In Mental Health Organization), a Lansing drop-in center for the mentally ill at 421 Seymour Ave, Lansing, MI 48933. Memorial services were held on Monday, February 21, 2005, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids.

   Dear son – God graced you with a kinder end.

   May your poor body and mind now finally mend.

   Go join the angels, your heart is like one.

   But we’ll always miss our kind, sweet son.

   We love you, Mom & Dad

 

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Lawrence W. Mott

 

   Lawrence W. Mott, 85, of Olivet, died Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   Lawrence was born May 12, 1919 in Walton Township, Eaton County, the son of Laurel B. and Etta (French) Mott and was a lifelong Olivet-area resident. He was a lifelong farmer and had also been employed at Wertz Implement Co., Olivet College, Wilcox-Gay Corp. and P & M Construction Co. He was a longtime 4-H club member and a member of Lee Center United Methodist Church.

   Surviving are two sons, William (Ilene) Mott of Battle Creek and Larry (Janet) Mott of Olivet; one daughter, Marie (Ronald) Collins of Olivet; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and one brother, Ivan (Pat) Mott of Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, H. Louise (Horn) Mott in 2001; sister, Phyllis Salisbury; and brother, Leslie Mott.

   Funeral services were held April 15 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Diane Stone officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lee Center United Methodist Church.

 

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Catharine Mudd

 

   Catharine Louise Mudd, 64, of Charlotte, passed away at Heartland healthcare Center of Ionia Oct. 18, 2005. She was born in Hillsdale Sept. 23, 1941, the daughter of Duane “Bud” and Audrey (Ennis) Hill.

   Catharine was a long-term resident of Charlotte until her illness took her to Ionia.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Chester Alfred Vermillion.

   Surviving are her children, Lisa (Loren) Piper, Roy (Jo-Ann) Wrenn of Eaton Rapids, Duane (Stacey) Wrenn of Rozet, Wyo., Steven (Jessica0 Wrenn of Charlotte, Wade Adam Vermillion of Eaton Rapids, Rebecca (Rusty Norton) Vermillion of Eaton Rapids; eight grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; two step-grandsons; one step-great grandson; brothers, James and Charles Hill; sisters, Patricia Baker of Muskegon, Janet (John) Kirby of Lowell and Pamela Kay Hill of  Charlotte; four nieces; two nephews; many grand-nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her special family Dotty and Victor Watson, Jr. of Olivet; two special granddaughters; three special great grandchildren; many close friends.

   Services were conducted by Pastor Carl Tsatalabidis Oct. 21 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ionia. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements were entrusted to the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Ionia. Online condolences may be made at www.schraubenlehman.com.

 

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Dora Mullins

 

   Dora Mullins of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Springport and Albion, age 65, passed away Friday, December 30, 2005 in Lansing. Dora was born September 19, 1940 in Floyd County, Kentucky, the daughter of Albert and Annie (Flannery) Marshall. She was formerly employed with  Corning Glass in Albion, a bartender at Hynies Corners, and enjoyed animals, gardening and being outside. Dora was preceded in death by her former husband, Woodrow “Woody” Mullins in 1999.

    She is survived by 4 children, Marie Mullins of Parma, Ed (Chris) Mullins of Springport, Janell Mullins of Eaton Rapids and Michelle Mullins of Warsaw, IN; 6 grandchildren, Clayton (Amanda) McGuirt, Whitney, Caitlin, Forester & Aaron Mullins, Danielle Hughes; 1 great granddaughter, Cadence McGuirt. Dora was born the youngest of 14 siblings and is survived by 2 brothers, Claude Marshall of IN and Ray (Biddie) Marshall of OH; 4 sisters, Alberta (Keith) Watson of OK, Louella A. Fincher of KY, Ethel Lovely, Grace Tincher; sand several nieces & nephews. Special thanks to Paul “Dad” Jardot of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Rev. Louis J. Musatics

 

   The Rev. Louis Julius Musatics was born July 4, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Hungarian immigrants who settled in Elkton, Mich. He left Michigan at the age of 38 to attend Fort Wayne Bible College, Fort Wayne, Ind., graduating in 1956. He was ordained into the ministry through the Church of the Nazarene in 1961 and was a member of the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene, Sturgis, Mich. He pastored churches in Eaton, Ind.; New haven, Ind.; Vicksburg; Milford, Ill.; Warren, Durand, Three Rivers and Eaton Rapids. Rev. Musatics was employed by Wedel’s Garden Center in Kalamazoo after retiring from the ministry. He moved to Granite City to be near his son in 1999.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophia, and parents, Frank and Geselle Musatics.

   He is survived by his son, Pastor Wayne (Sybil); grandchildren, Shari Niemann, Tami Bourland, Paula Petersen; and great grandchildren, Wayne Simons, Emily, Aaron and Andrew Niemann, and Bradley, Brett and Brock Bourland.

   A memorial service was held March 13 at Central Baptist Church in Granite City, with Pastor Wayne Musatics officiating. An additional service was held March 14 at RDMG Life Story Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel. Burial was March 15 at  Riverside Cemetery in Elkton.

 

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Dorothea Mutton

 

   Dorothea Mutton, 93, of DeWitt, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005 in Lansing.

   Miss Mutton was born Sept. 7, 1912 in Lansing, the daughter of Shirley and Ferol Vivian (Cook) Mutton. She is survived by nieces, Patricia (David) Arnold and Debbie Brezina; nephews, Robert Towner and Alan Towner; and great-nephew Matt Towner.

   She was preceded in death by brother, Jack Mutton, and a sister, Eleanor Towner.

   A memorial service was held June 15 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Becky Hiebert officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lester E. Myers

 

   Lester E. Myers, 66, of Battle Creek, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Les was born Oct. 1, 1939 in Montgomery, Mich., the son of Rex E. and Lucille (Wilson) Myers. He was a truck driver for 25 years, most recently driving for Schneider Trucking, and he loved to fish.

   Surviving are his wife, Ginger Myers; mother, Lucille Myers; three children, Tracy, Scott and Steve; three step-children, Patricia, Teddy and Michael; nine grandchildren; and two brothers, Theodore and Robert Myers.

   Les was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Gordon.

   Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held Nov. 19 at his home.

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

 

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Dorothy L. Napier

 

   Dorothy Lillian Napier, 65, of Bellevue, died Jan. 29, 2005 at home.

   Dorothy was born Dec. 31, 1939 to Willard C. and Ella Mae Flory in Indianapolis, Ind. She loved to spend time with her family and grandchildren.

   Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Napier, on June 26, 2003.

   Surviving are daughters, Barbara (John) Dunford of Bellevue and Cindy Chessman of Covington, Ga.; son, Fred (Mary Ellen) Napier of Swartz Creek; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; nieces whom she raised, Maeetta Sylvia of Beach Grove, Ind., and Michelle Williams of Middleburg, Fla.; and brother, Donald Flory of Mooresville, Ind.

   A memorial service will take place at a later date.

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

 

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Gertrude Dorotha Nellis

 

   Gertrude Dorotha Nellis, age 94, of Lansing, died Saturday, March 26, 2005 in Charlotte. Gertrude was born September 5, 1910, the daughter of Ernest and Fanny (Marshall) Voice. She was raised in Empire, on the shores of Lake Michigan and graduated from MSU in Home Economics in 1932. Gertrude taught in the Lansing Public Schools (Northwestern) for 10 years, retiring in 1964. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Lansing for 39 years (from 1946-1985) and a member of River Forest Garden Club. Gertrude was active in many church and community organizations. While residing in Florida for 17 years, she was a member of Tequesta Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred O. (1981); daughter, Sandra Corr-Jordan (2004); 2 sisters, Violet Voice, Alice Hainstock; 3 brothers, Merton, Clifford and Harold Voice.

   Gertrude is survived by 1 daughter, Judith (Tom) Hansen of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Julia (Scott) Barningham, Eric (April) Hansen, Jennifer Jordan, Jill Jordan; 5 great grandchildren, Jenna & Bradley Barningham, Mathew, Kaitlynn and Caleb Hansen; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church of Lansing (corner of Waverly & Delta River Drive) with interment following at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in memory of Gertrude Nellis.

 

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Virginia R. Nevins

 

   Virginia Nevins, age 81, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, March 28, 2005 in Eaton Rapids. Virginia was born May 14, 1923 in Dansville, the daughter of merle and Lena (Parsons) Miller. She loved to watch her grandsons race stockcars at Spartan Speedway and enjoyed playing card with her family.

   Mrs. Nevins was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Nevins and son, Lyle “Butch” Rinehart.

   Surviving are her 2 daughters, Beverly Bailey and Ruth Houghton, both of Eaton Rapids; daughter-in-law, Kathy Rinehart of Holt; 9 grandchildren, Rick (Lisa), Shawn, Michael Bailey and Sebrina (David) Mathews, Jeff (Susie Clair) Houghton and Michelle (John) Cokonougher, Teresa Linehart, Tammy and Tracy Rinehart; 20 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Ron (Marge) Miller of Edmore, Jack Miller and Tony Miller both of Woodland; sister, Bertie (Chug) Lownsbery of Houghton Lake and several nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place and a family memorial get-together is being planned for later. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Archie Newsome

 

   Archie Newsome, 70, of Springport, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 at his residence.

   Archie was born March 11, 1935 in Melvin, Ky., the son of John B. and Matilda (McCoy) Newsome and had been a Springport-area resident for 53 years. He had been employed at Johnson Iron in Charlotte for 28 years and later at Harvard Industries in Albion for 12 years. He was a member of Grace Freewill Baptist  Church of Albion and the Duck Lake Country Club. His lifetime hobbies and loves were his family and bluegrass music, which he loved performing.

   Surviving are his wife, Carol (Hale) Newsome of Springport; two daughters, Judy (Doug) Heisler and Debi (Randy) Hartley, both of Springport; one son, Danny (Lisa) Newsome of Springport; stepson, Jeffery (Kathy) Wireman of Terre Haute Ind.; four grandchildren, Casey Bartley, Jody and Archie Heisler, and Chance Newsome; two brothers, Otis (Vena) Newsome and Freddie (Nancy) Newsome, both of Charlotte; three sisters, Virginia Crawford of Melvin, Ky., Patricia (Lowell) Martin of Langley, Ky., and Katherine (Harold) Bailey of Herold, Ky.; and stepsister, Roberta of Cleveland, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leora (Prater) Newsome in 1999; and by several brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 10 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastors Earl Martin and Ellis Howard officiating. Interment was at North Clarence (Hunt) Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to benefit Crippled Children.

 

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Carl Roy Nichols

 

   Carl R. Nichols, age 65 of Lansing and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, August 10,2 005 at the Hospice House in Lansing. Carl was born April 21, 1940 in Lansing, the son of Howard and Nota (King) Nickols. Carl was a former farmer and mechanic in the Eaton Rapids area and for the last 15 years was a self-employed truck-driver. He was an avid airplane pilot and a motorcycle enthusiast. Preceding him in death was his father and twin sisters, Mary Lou and Carol Sue.

   Surviving are his wife, Kim; 9 children, 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and mother, Nota Banks of Lansing.

   Memorial services were held Monday, August 15th at the Felt Plains United Methodist Church in Leslie with Pastor Caroll Fowler, officiating. Arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Robert D. Nisse

 

   Robert D. “Denny” “The Music Man’ Nisse, 58, of Lansing, formerly of Potterville, passed away Friday, May 27, 2005 at his home.

   Mr. Nisse was born in Eaton Rapids, the son of Edward and Dora Nisse. He retired in 2001 from the state of Michigan, after 19 years. He loved street rodding, providing music at car shows, mowing his yard, grilling and playing with his grandson.

   He is survived by his wife of nine years and companion of 19, Kathy Nisse; his sister, Margie Mishler; his brother, Russell Nisse; sons, Scott Shockley (fiancée Heather), and Ryan (Jennifer) Shockley; daughter, Amy (Roger)  Wicks; stepdaughters, Stephanie (Shawn) Short and Rhonda (Rick) Snook; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, three grandsons and two granddaughters.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Nisse.

   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 in Lansing, at the Michigan Corrections Organization, 421 W. Kalamazoo Street (corner of Kalamazoo and Chestnut).

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

 

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Alpha Noble

 

   Alpha Noble, 83, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005 in Charlotte, of a long illness.

   She was the daughter of the late William Squire Allen and Nancy Stamper Allen, and the widow of the late John Brown Noble.

   She is survived by two daughters, Carol and Ray Hampton of Charlotte, and Diane and Ronnie Baker of Hamilton, Ohio; one son, Kenneth Ray Noble of Jackson; one sister, Lizzie B. Watts of Jackson; two grandchildren, Ronnie Wayne Baker and Tabitha Noel Baker of Hamilton, Ohio; and two great grandchildren; Abigail and Ashley Baker of Hamilton, Ohio.

   She was preceded in death by one son, Wayne Lee Noble; one daughter, Connie Sue Noble; seven brothers, Franch, Willie, Claude, Sid, Grover, Arthur and Fulton Allen; two sisters, Ella Gibbs and Clara Allen; and a host of nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Feb. 18 at Noble Family Cemetery at Quicksand, with Rev. Kenneth Noble officiating.

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

 

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Kendric L. Norton

 

   Kendric “Ken” L. Norton 57, of Bellevue, died Monday, march 21, 2005.

   Mr. Norton was born Nov. 14, 1947 in Charlotte, the son of Leo and hazel (Rowden) Norton. Ken retired from General Motors and enjoyed golfing, yard work, gardening, traveling and his home.

   He is survived by his wife, Julie; son, Christopher (Masami); two grandchildren, Shohei and Remi; his father, Leo Norton of Charlotte; sister, Addriett (Jim) Balgoyen; and a brother, Gregory (Sue) Norton of Charlotte.

   A Family Affirmation Memorial Service was held March 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell facilitating and Doug Vandlen giving the eulogy.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the American Cancer Society. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Amelia E. O’Brien

 

   Amelia Elaine “Mamie” O’Brien, 70, of Dimondale, died Friday, July 8, 2005 at Ingham  Regional Medical Center.

   Mrs. O’Brien was born May 25, 1935 in Lansing, the daughter of Norman and Bertha (Komm) Fulger. She retired from Auto Owners after 15 years of service and was a member of Potterville United Methodist Church. She was a fan of her grandchildren’s sports, loved flowers and gardening, and was famous for her big birthday gatherings.

   She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ronald; son, Randy O’Brien; daughters, Rene O’Brien and Kelly (Jim) Fiser; grandchildren, Rob Deller, Jamie Deller, Jason Fiser and Chris Fiser; sister, Lois (Jack) Callihan; and brothers, Norman (Elnora) Fulger, Daniel (Sheila) Fulger and Ronald (Joan) Fulger.

   Funeral services were held July 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Windsor Township Cemetery in Dimondale.

   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.

 

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Shirley A. Oliver

 

   Shirley A. Oliver, age 80, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, September 10, 2005. Shirley was born January 24, 1925 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Perry and Alma (Eckert) Watkins. Shirley was a former bus driver for the Eaton Rapids Public Schools, a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church and a Gray  Lady for the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. Preceding her in death were her husband Harold in 1985, daughter Cheryl Hamilton in 2003 and granddaughter, Kailee Oliver in 2003.

   Surviving are her 3 sons, Tim (Patti) Oliver of Eaton Rapids, Brad (Connie) Oliver of Eaton Rapids, Scott (Peggy) Oliver of Linden, MI; son-in-law, Rev. David Hamilton of FL; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brother, Winton Watkins; sister, June DeView; sisters-in-law, Mable and Joan Watkins and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m. from the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Frank Klassen and the Rev. Scott Boles officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church or to Hospice in memory of Shirley Oliver. For online condolences, go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Jack Lewis Olney

 

   Jack L. Olney, age 70, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at a Lansing hospital. Jack was born February 13, 1935 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Glenn and Laura (Koder) Olney Sr. and was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1954. Jack retired from General Motors in Lansing after 30 years of service and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652. He was currently employed as a Greens-keeper at Branson Bay Golf Course in Eaton Rapids. Jack was an avid golfer and bowler, a craftsman at woodworking and enjoyed helping others with repairing lawn mowers and tilling gardens for people. He enjoyed music and was a member of the :Classic Country Band,” playing the Hammer Dulcimer. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, William, Ray, Glenn and Jim; and sister, Ruby Ekins.

   Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Ruth; 3 daughters, Belinda (Bruce Glassford) Olney of Grand Ledge, Dawn (William) Livingston of Woodbury, New Jersey, and Jacqulyn (Van) Beauregard of Alanta, MI: 6 grandchildren, Eric, Ryan, Robert, Bambi, Angellyn and Kayla; brother, Tom (Mable) Olney of Eaton Rapids; 4 sisters, Enid Friess of Ohio, Jean Phillips of Eaton Rapids; 4 sisters, Enid Friess of Ohio, Jean Phillips of Eaton Rapids, Lauralee (Lennis) Sanders of Mason and Judy (Jim) Hall of Kentucky; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 14, 205 at 1:00 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Tom Evans officiating. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to the American Heart Association in memory of Jack Olney.

 

 

Dolores L. Osborne

 

   Dolores L. Osborne, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2005.

   Mrs. Osborne was born Oct. 17, 1918 in San Francisco, Calif., the daughter of Castle and Bessie (Ater) Young.

   She is survived by her daughter, Marsha (Steve) Blanchard of Lansing; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Osborne; three sisters, and two brothers.

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

 

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Dylan P. Ostrander

 

   Dylan P. Ostrander of Leslie, passed away at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice on Friday, march 18, 2005 at the age of 5.

   Surviving are his parents, Bill and Amie of Leslie; sister, Taylor of Leslie; maternal grandparents, Mike and Cindy Perry of Eaton Rapids; paternal grandparents, Paul Ostrander of Leslie and Linda Emmendorfer of Leslie; great grandparents, Carl and Phyllis Perry of Eaton Rapids, Joann and Lonnie Stone of Lansing and jack Lohrke of Leslie and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   A celebration of Dylan’s life will be held at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel, on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Toby Teague officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Dylan’s name.

 

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Betty Lorraine Palmer

 

   Betty L. Palmer, age 86 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, August 16, 2005. She was born March 8, 1919 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Loyt and Bernice (Lindley) Snoke. Betty was a retired Cook for Wonder’s Hall at the campus of Michigan State University. She formerly was a cook for the Eaton Rapids Public Schools at the High School cafeteria, a former member of the Eaton County Extension Group and the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens and a member of the Griffith United Methodist Church. Preceding her in death were her husband Darwin and a daughter, Rita Fernald.

   Surviving are her 2 sons, Ray (Velda) Palmer and Ned (Teri) Palmer, all of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Eric (Carmen) Palmer, Brian (Ashley) Palmer, Jeff (Mandy) Dassance, Jake (Kim) Rogers, Rhonda Bodell, Carrie (Scott) Twitchell, Jon Fernald, Rick Porter, Angela (Jim) Vergason and Erin (David) Lowenstein; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Jean Halsey and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held on Friday, August 19 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Interment of cremains will be later at the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the Griffith United Methodist Church or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Betty Palmer.

 

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Donna Palucki

 

   Donna Palucki, 76, of Potterville, formerly of Owosso, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005.

   Donna was born Jan. 11, 1929 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of William and Wilma (Deuel) Sayles. She was a waitress and restaurant owner in Shiawassee County for many years and also worked at ASC in Lansing until she retired in 1991. She loved to dance and party with her kids, loved her grandkids, playing darts and all kinds of music.

   She is survived by her daughters, Celinda “Cindy” (Tom) Potter of Grand Ledge, Sherry  Spears of Charlotte, Tina Marie Palucki of Potterville; sons, Terry (Vanessa) Eaton of Perry, Danny (Cindy) Eaton of Gaines, Frank Spears of Potterville; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; brother, Kendall (Pat) Sayles of Vermontville; half-sister, Maude Sheffer; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by sister Virginia (Sayles) Simek, and brothers, Graydon and Virgil Sayles.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

Kathleen Parker

 

   Kathleen Parker, 89, of Ludington, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005.

   Mrs. Parker was born April 18, 1916 in Brookfield Township, the daughter of Murl and Mildred (Sherman) Johnson. Kathleen enjoyed life, being with her children and grandchildren, traveling, sewing, cooking and loved painting. She was a payroll accountant for the state of Michigan.

   She is survived by daughter, Peggy (Butch) Hartley of Ludington; grandchildren, Randy (Karen) McConnell of Charlotte, Debbie (Bob) Kinney of Texas, James (Bev) McConnell of Eaton Rapids, Denise (Mark) Williams of Charlotte and Kent (Carrie) McConnell of Charlotte; 19 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

   She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1965.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Tendercare of Ludington, Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mary Jean Partridge

 

   Mary Jean (Owen) Partridge, 82, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Bellevue, Mich. Went home to our Lord on May 1, 2005. Mrs. Partridge was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Spring Prairie, Wis., the daughter of Martin and Eva (Lindsley) Owen.

   She married Vance A. Partridge on Oct. 20, 1946, and he preceded in her death in 1972. She enjoyed traveling and working in her flowers.

   She is survived by her four children, Reggie Juenker, Elsie (Carl) Holcomb, Vance Partridge, and Lyn (Rosa) Partridge, all of Bellevue, 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, two sisters, Shirley Norton of Charlotte and Betty Beck of Iowa, and a brother, George Owen of Iron, Mich.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and two brothers.

   Memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Pray Funeral Home, with Chuck Jenson officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Crime Victims Foundation, P.O. Box 16015, Lansing, MI 48901, or her children ask for you to “Save a Life, Plant a Tree”.

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

 

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Shirley Passick

 

   Shirley  Ann (Dixon) Passick, 69, of Springport, passed away surrounded by her family after a five-year fight with cancer.

   She was born Dec. 8, 1936 in Jackson, the daughter of Forrest and Marguerite (Billings) Dixon. Shirley belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3552 of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Passick, in 1958; and a grandson, Nathan Passick, in 2004.

   Shirley is survived by her former husband, James Passick, of Eaton Rapids; children, Luke (Kelly McCormick) Passick of Harrison, Theresa Clark and Michelle Mills, both of Grand Ledge, and Nolan (Tiffany) Passick of St. Joseph; six grandchildren, Chas Passick, Casey (Bernie) Smith and Tiffany Passick, Jennifer Clark, Bodie Joe and Gabrielle Mills; three great grandchildren; five brothers, Dale Dixon of  Belding, Henson Bilaski of Washington, Kevin (Cindy) Bilaski of Leslie, Scott (Lori) Bilaski of Florida, Robert (Cindy) Bilaski of Leslie; three sisters, Gloria Wallace of Holt, Bonnie (Bill) Hinton-birch of Florida, Debra (Charles) Bates of Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews; and a loving kitty, Sabrina.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jackson. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Jerry Z. Pastor

 

   Jerry Zolar Pastor, 90, of Bellevue, died March 27, 2005 at Summitt Park Assisted Living in Jackson.

   Jerry was born April 12, 1914 to Stephen and Helen (Balogh) Pastor in Detroit. He worked for more than 30 years in the maintenance division at Kellogg’s. After retiring in 1976 he moved to Marshall. He was a member of Kellogg’s 25 Year Club, the Moose Lodge and a snowmobile club. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and cooking.

   Jerry is survived by daughter, Patricia (Ken) Wheeler of Jackson; sons, Jerry R. Pastor of Longmont, Colo., James (Patricia) Pastor of Midland and David C. (Sue) Pastor of Oregon; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; and brother, Charles Pastor of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Ernie, Bill, Louis and Stephen Pastor and a sister, Helen Mulvaney.

   Services were held April 2 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

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

 

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Charles E. Patrick

 

   Charles E. Patrick, 72, of Nashville, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005 in Lansing.

   Charles was born Oct. 11, 1932 in Wes Coal, Ky., the son of Curtis and Mallie (Morgan) Patrick and had been a Charlotte/Nashville area resident since 1953, coming from Kentucky. He was a retired employee of Aluminum Extrusions Co. in Charlotte, with more than 30 years of service. He was well-known as a blue grass music performer and was a member of the Northern Indiana Blue Grass Association and attended Chester Gospel Church.

   Surviving are his wife, Carol Ann (Eaton) Patrick; three daughters, Connie (Paul Kirby) Somes of Charlotte, Penny (David) Ryan of Nashville and Charlene (Richard) Cooley of Nashville; stepdaughter, Earlene Jo (Terry) King of Vermontville; two stepsons, Kenneth (Andrea) Patrick of Hamstead, N.C., and Curtis (Missy) Patrick of Bath; and 12 grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Christine Sue Patrick; first wife, Thelma (Maggard) Patrick; and two brothers, Kenneth and Joe Patrick.

   Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 17 at Charlotte Assembly of God, 1100 E. Clinton Trail, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Richard Peck

 

   Richard Lewis Peck, 77, of Wapello, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 at the Wapello Nursing and Rehab Center.

   Mr. Peck was born June 27, 1927 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Everett C. and Anita (nee Richards) Peck. He graduated from Charlotte High School and attended Lansing Community College and Western Michigan University. he was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He came to Cotter, Iowa, with his parents in 1956. He had been a resident of the Odessa Residential Care Facility in Wapello.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and a niece, Nanette Pardee.

   Surviving are his sister, Elizabeth Fiedler of Freeburg, Ill.; three nieces, Barbara and Keith Rogers of Arlington, Texas, Liz Pardee and Gavin Matheny of Shiloh, Ill., and Mary and James Malan of O’Fallon, Ill.; two great-nieces, Kathryn Rogers and Megan Matheny; a great-nephew, Max Matheny; and a cousin, Ann Tobin Frymire of Marathon, Fla.

   Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held Monday, Feb. 21 at the Cambrian Cemetery, rural Columbus Junction.

   Arrangements were by Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, Iowa.

 

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Wayne A. Pennock

 

   Wayne A. Pennock, 82, of Nashville, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 at Battle Creek Health System, surrounded by his family.

   Mr. Pennock was born May 3, 1922 in Maple Grove Twp., Barry County, the son of Ralph and Gertrude (Hoffman) Pennock, and was a lifelong Maple Grove Twp. resident. He attended Beigh School, graduating in 1940 from Nashville High School. He later received certification in agricultural technology from Michigan State University. Wayne married Marian L. Cooley on Jan. 24, 1948. Mr. Pennock was a lifelong dairy farmer on the family centennial farm in Maple Grove Twp. He was also well known as a superior maple syrup producer.

   Mr. Pennock was a member of Nashville United Methodist Church and a former church board member, former board member of the Nashville Board of Education, former Maple Grove Twp. supervisor, former member of the Barry County Board of Commissioners, member and officer of Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Corp., member secretary/treasurer Barry-Eaton MMPA, advisory committee Barry Extension Group, board member Barry Soil Conservation, member of Nashville Masonic Lodge 255, long-time 4-H leader; and member, past president and board of directions for Barry County Farm Bureau. Mr. Pennock was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and brother.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Brian Lee Pennock, on Oct. 18, 1994; and brothers, Paul and Earl Pennock.

   He is survived by his wife, Marian; daughter, Loraine (Charles) Curtiss of Lapeer and Elaine (Jon) Manby of Battle Creek; son, Rodney Pennock of DeWitt; five grandchildren, Jacob (Sarah) Pennock, Zachary Pennock, Katilin Pennock, Aaron (Amanda) Manby and Jocelyn Manby; sisters, Grace (William) Barbet and Mary Pennock, both of Hastings; sisters-in-law, Clara Pennock of Battle Creek and Marjorie Pennock of Gladwin; special extended family, Linda Makela, Kurt and Connie Root; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

   Services were held March 5 at Nashville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dianne M. Bowden officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville. Casket bearers were Jacob Pennock, Aaron Manby, Zachary Pennock, Jocelyn Manby, Jon Manby, Kaitlin Pennock, Douglas Westendorp, Gary Roach, Steven Graham and Charles Curtiss.

   Arrangements were by Wren Funeral home of Hastings. Further information is available at www.wrenfuneral-home.com.

   Memorial contributions may be made at Nashville United Methodist Church, Barry County 4-H or Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Corp.

 

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Joyce Perkins

 

   Joyce (Patrick) Perkins, 78, of Charlotte, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 at Eaton County Medial Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Joyce was born March 9, 1927 in Bonnyman, Ky., the daughter of Oliver and Katherine (Caldwell) Patrick and had been a Charlotte resident for 35 years. Her employment included Chrysler Corp. in Lyons and Prestige Manufactured Homes in Charlotte. She was a former member of the Gospel Assembly Church in Lansing.

   Surviving are her brother, David “Tony” (Carol) Patrick of Charlotte; sisters, Lana “Janie” Patrick of Charlotte; several nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Wendell, James and Aaron Patrick.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 26 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

 

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Thomas Allen Peters

 

   Thomas Allen Peters, age 60, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, May 8, 2005 in Charlotte. Thomas was born July 30, 1944 in Lansing, the son of Delmer L. and Mary (Buncher) peters. He was a veteran in the US Army (serving in Vietnam), a member of the American Legion, Post #491 in Leslie, the VFW Post in Eaton Rapids and the Lansing Moose Lodge. He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Peters.

   Thomas is survived by his daughter, Robin Peters of Olivet; son, Littletom Peters of Charlotte; 5 grandchildren and his sister, Rosemary (Daniel) Norton of Eaton Rapids.

   A memorial service was held on Saturday May 14, 2005 at the American Legion Hall, Post #491 in Leslie. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Dorothy Jean Pettit

 

   Dorothy Jean Pettit, of Winter Have, FL, formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI, died on July 19 after a short illness. She was preceded in death by husband Merton R. (Dick) Pettit, brother, Wesley Smith and parents Rose and Forest Smith.

   Dorothy will be greatly missed by her 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

   In lieu of flowers, a donation to a hospice would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Ruth L. Pickett

 

   Ruth Lucille Pickett, 68, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

    Mr. Pickett was born Oct. 9, 1937 in Neenah, Wis., and had been an area resident since 1955.

   Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Roy J. Pickett; two daughters, Elizabeth (Mark) Gilbert of Florence, Ky., and Naomi (Dale) Hartman of Leola, Pa.; “special daughter,” Tonya (Mark) Cook of Vermontville; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Timothy Pickett, in 1960; and two sisters.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 15 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brook of Ainger Bible Church officiating. Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 

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Lucinda M. Piercefield

 

   Lucinda Margaret (Thocker) Piercefield, 32, of Potterville, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005.

   Mrs. Piercefield was born Aug. 27, 1972 in Lansing. She enjoyed fishing and R & B music.

   She is survived by her husband, Daniel Piercefield; son, Kenneth Messeroll of Lansing; step-daughter, Chelsey Piercefield of Potterville; parents, Robert Sr. and Evelyn Thocker of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Jeri Miller and Rachel Thocker; brother, Robert Thocker Jr.; mother-in-law, Ardith Piercefield of Charlotte; and father-in-law, Bartie Piercefield of Traverse City.

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

 

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Norma Pierpoint

 

   Norma Lea Pierpoint, 80, of Charlotte, died Monday Dec. 5, 2005.

   Mrs. Pierpoint was born Feb. 17, 1925 in Alma, W.Va., the daughter of Burkley and Elsie (Jones) Smith. Norma retired from Oldsmobile, where she worked on the assembly line; she also worked as a security guard at Owens Illinois in Charlotte for five years.

   She is survived by her grandchildren, Marc and Angela Gonzales of Charlotte; great grandchildren, Morgan and Marissa Gonzales; sisters, Virginia Draynple and Hilda Cunningham, both of West Virginia; and a brother, Allen (Lona) Smith of West Virginia.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Pierpoint, in 1987.

   Graveside memorial service was held Dec. 8 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating.

   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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Arthur D. Plaunt

 

   Arthur D. Plaunt, 70, of Charlotte, formerly of Nashville, died Thursday, May 12, 2005.

   Mr. Plaunt was born Dec. 16, 1934 in Mackinaw City, the son of James and Edith (McKinnon) Plaunt. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Nashville VFW. He was a fork truck operator for GM before retiring in 1992. He loved fishing, cards and pool.

   He is survived by his daughters, Dawn (John) McLean and Sally Mix (Ryan Jones) of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Samantha and Stephanie; brothers, Lawrence Plaunt of Hastings, Ralph Plaunt of Bellevue; three sisters, Meribel Warner of Alabama, Debbie Mullinix of Lake City, and Helen Kay of Florida.

   He was preceded in death by siblings, Cecilia, Elmer, Estella, Ava, James, Robert, Louis and Harriet.

   Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Visitation will be Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Edward G. Plumer

 

   Edward G. Plumer died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 in Brevard, N.C.

   He was born in Lawton, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University. In 1940, Ed married Lois Berke in Sioux City, Iowa. During Worked War II he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict, and was stationed at the Naval Training Center in Lansing. After leaving the Navy, Ed became the assistant manager, and then the manager of the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids. There he greatly enjoyed working with several hundred children between the years of 1952 and 1970. He participated in Rotary, the First Congregational Church, and other civic activities while living in Eaton Rapids. After leaving Eaton Rapids, Ed and Lois moved to Mecosta, and then retired in Brevard, N.C. There he spent many happy years golfing, traveling and reading. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., a Mason and a Shriner.

   He is survived by his wife, Lois, a daughter, Cheryl (William) Niehaus of Chelsea; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Niehaus of Ann Arbor.

   A memorial service was held in Brevard, N.C. on Feb. 8.

   Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s name to College Walk, Attn:  Library Fund, P.O. Box 1117, Brevard, NC 28712.

 

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Margaret Porter

 

   Margaret “Marge” Porter, 85, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Monday, July 11, 2005 at her residence.

   Margaret was born May 31, 1920 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of James I. and Ada (Henry) Howe. She was a member of Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids OES 241, Maple City VFW Auxiliary Post 2406 and was employed with Shelly-Odell Funeral Home for many years.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Paul Porter, in 1980; brothers, Harold, Henry, Arthur and Harry Howe; sisters, Hazel Sheader, Beatrice Brandt, Fern Bellinger, Myrtle Hilliard and Gladys Hinton.

   She is survived by one step-son, Don Porter; special niece, Beverly (Barry) McKessy of Eaton Rapids; and many other nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held July 13 at Rosehill Cemetery, with Pastor Tom Evans and Brookfield/Eaton Rapids OES 352 officiating. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Ina M. Post

 

   Ina M. (Thornton) Post, 94, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Post was born July 24, 1910 in Olivet, the daughter of Eaton and Vera (Whitbeck) Thornton, and was a lifelong resident of the Olivet/Ainger area. She was a 1928 graduate of Walton Township High School (now Olivet High School), had been a member of the Olivet OES and the Olivet Grange, and attended Ainger Bible Church.

   Surviving is: daughter, Bonnie Wampler of Bellevue; three grandchildren, Darrell (Janie) Wampler, Dawn (Ed) Hickey and Darren Wampler; five great grandchildren, Derek Wampler, Rudy Albarez, D.J. and Dustin George and Dara Wampler; and one sister, Joyce (Jack) Barkley of Olivet.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard J. Post, in 1964; grandson, Darwin Wampler III in 1978; great granddaughter, Darla Wampler in 1990; and brothers, Kenneth and Karl Thornton.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Burkhead-Greeen Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brook of Ainger Bible Church officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

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

 

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Elsie J. Potter

 

   Elsie J. Potter, 63, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005.

   Mrs. Potter was born March 10, 1942 in Battle Creek, the daughter of John and Genevieve (Merritt) Baas. She attended Chester Gospel Church, loved singing, had a beautiful voice and sang in the Michigan Concert Choir. She was proud of her work as a volunteer at the New Beginnings Pregnancy Center and for Hospice. Elsie also enjoyed reading.

   She is survived by her husband, Ray, of 42 years; daughter, Kathy (Gary) Hammond of Alaska; stepchildren, Susan (John) Boyles of Charlotte, Reggie (Virginia) Potter of Charlotte, Steve (June) Potter of Charlotte; brother, Orlo (Norma Jean) Baas of Battle Creek; sister, Wilma Woollard of Downers Grove, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by a stepson, Sam Potter.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Marc Livingston and Rev. Jerry Galloway officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in 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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Mark A. Potter

 

   Mark Alan Potter, 46, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005.

   Mark was born April 7, 1959 in Lansing. He was general manager of Dicker & Deal in Lansing. Mark graduated from Lansing Eastern High School, class of 1977. He was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, archery competition (placing 52nd in a national championship in the 980s) and was an inspiration to everyone he met. Mark was awed by the beauty of nature, which he portrayed in his paintings and art. Reveling in every sunrise and sunset, he enjoyed watching wildlife and exploring the great outdoors. Through all the adversities sent his way, he made people laugh, bringing joy to friends and family His faith in God’s plan never wavered.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois (Brockway) Potter.

   Mark is survived by his wife, Grace A. (Brown); “daughter,” Angie Jewell of Leslie; step-father and mentor to Michael (Wendy) Varrone of Springport; adored “Papa” to Kylee, Austin, Jake, Maddie and Rylee; brother, Gary (Dianne) Potter of Mason; sister, Sherie (Tom) Hewitt of Charlotte; 23 nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.

   Memorial services were held Nov. 12 at the Griffith United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Jack Fugate officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association.

 

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Velma C. Potter

 

   Velma C. Potter, 86, of Charlotte, died peacefully in her sleep April 4, 2005 at Moore’s Country Living Adult Foster Care Home, where she was recovering from a stroke.

   Mrs. Potter was born Sept. 17, 1918 in Battle Creek, to the late Vorhees and Leona (Pierce) Minor. She attended Bellevue schools and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1936. On Feb. 13, 1937 she married Lynn H. Potter. They were happily married for more than 56 years, until Lynn’s death on July 28, 1993. They lived in the Bellevue/Battle Creek area until they settled in rural Charlotte in 1945; they moved into the city of Charlotte in 1990.

   Velma was the consummate homemaker: She was an excellent seamstress, cook, baker and wallpaper hanger. She preserved produce from her extensive garden and was a tireless helper with farm chores. Her children were active in 4-H, and she supported them as a leader in sewing, canning, and home improvement. She was extremely patient and always offered encouragement to those who sought her advice and help.

   When her children established their own households, Velma became the ideal grandmother and then great grandmother. She always had time to assist tiny fingers, play patty cake or hide and seek. She was a tough competitor in croquet, and played softball until she was well into her 70s. She was an avid fan of crossword puzzles and deer hunting. After Lynn retired, they played a game of cards every morning after breakfast for more than 25 years.

   During the early 1990s, she selflessly devoted her time to nursing Lynn. After his death, she also devoted much time to the West Carmel Congregational Church, West Carmel Circle and the birthday club. She also traveled extensively, including a cruise and overland trip to Alaska. She also made many trips to California to visit her family, and she leaves many friends there too.

   She is survived by her daughters, Judith Smith of Napa, Calif., and Claire (Frank) Pruden of Dowling; her third daughter, Linda (Merle) Rochester, predeceased her on Feb. 8, 1983. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrea and Todd Smith, Scott (Carol) Pruden, Lori (Kenneth) Kleinfelt, Rick (Trisha) Pruden, Jeffrey (Carol) Rochester, Charles Rochester, and Christine (Todd) Garrison: great grandchildren, Jason Smith, Cody, Caitlin and Sage Pruden, Edward, Kenneth, Casey and Alexis Kleinfelt, James Pruden, Linda, Jeffrey and Mariah Rochester, and Abigail Garrison; two brothers, Sheldon (Phyllis) Harrison and William (Ann) Harrison of Bellevue; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Minor and Eldon Harrison; and four sisters, Wilma Drews, Madelyn Gjukis, Mertice Zimmerman and Harriet Legion.

   Funeral services were held April 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl from West Carmel Community Church officiating. The service was followed by burial at West Carmel Cemetery.

   A memorial fund at West Carmel Community Church ahs been established in her name. Her family expressed appreciation for Roxanne and John Moore, their staff (Claudia and Jackie) and their children (Shelby John, John Michael and Heather) for their help and care. They took her into their home and make her one of their family. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Betty Jo Powell

 

   Betty Jo Powell, age 65, of Eaton Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 30, 2005. Betty was born October 28, 1939 in Conway, SC, the daughter of Tracy Curtis and Mary Frances (Suggs) Cook. She was a member and minister at Christian Fellowship Church in Eaton Rapids and retired from GM in 1998 after 30 years. Betty was the precious wife of Donald L. Powell for 48 years; loving mother of Donald Dale (Irene) Powell of Lansing, Richard Lee (Cathy) Powell of Arkansas, Johnny Carl (Heather) Powell, Ronald Lynn (Tina) Powell, Rebecca Jo (Louis) Steel and her sister/daughter (raised her from age 7), Lisa “Peggy” (Floyd) Byron, all of Eaton Rapids; special grandmother to 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; beloved sister of Wayne (fiancée, Mary) Miller of Stockbridge, Evelyn (Dale) Hernandez, Frances Turner, Lisa “Peggy”, all of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contribution to the American Cancer Society in memory of Betty Powell.

 

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Edwin C. Powell

 

   Edwin Charles Powell, 67, of Manton, Mich., passed away June 18 in his home. Mr. Powell was born Oct. 16, 1937 in Lansing.

   He was the son of John W. and Nessie Mary (Evens) Powell. He worked as a bus driver for Greyhound in San Francisco, for CATA in Lansing and for BATA in Traverse City. He was a die hard San Francisco 49’ers fan. A member of Amalgamated Transit Union and was affiliated with the Mesick United Methodist Church.

   Edwin is survived by wife Bonnie Powell of Mesick; children Julie (Patrick) Vandal of California, Renee (Tony Smith) Bartlett of Charlotte, Lee Ann (Martin) Owens of Irons and Greg (Karen) Bartlett of Charlotte; grandchildren Brandon, Tyler and Julianna Vandal, Gretchen Bartlett, Stephanie and Chris Bartlett and Laura Owen; sisters, Sandra Hooper of Lansing, Brenda (Steve) Sander of Rapid City and Carolyn (Roy) Mulkey of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Joyce, and two brothers-in-law Dale H. and Jon C. Kittle.

   Funeral services were held June 22 at Mesick United Methodist Church in Mesick with Rev. Jack Conklin officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bonita Powell in care of the Mesick United Methodist Church.

 

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Ernest J. Powers

 

   Ernest J. Powers, 86, of Olivet, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005 at his residence.

   Ernie was born April 15, 1918 in Walton Twp., Eaton County, the son of Jakie and Minerva (Middling) Powers and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a lifelong farmer and a meat-cutter, having worked for Allen Packing Co. of Charlotte, the MSU Meat Department and Stanley Packing of Marshall. He enjoyed camping and traveling.

   Surviving are his wife of 62 years, W. Arlene (Hall) Powers; son, Bruce (Janet Washburn) Powers of Olivet; daughter, Phyllis (Allan) Ried of Dansville; four grandchildren, Kirt (Dawn) Powers, Kevin (Kristie) Powers, Matthew and Brian Ried; six great grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Oteney of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his step-mother, Bertha Herd; and a sister, Florence Allen.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with David Judd officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Hayes Green Beach Home Health Care.

 

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Sharon Ann Poyer

 

   Sharon Ann Poyer, age 57, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Thursday, February 24, 2005. She was born July 19, 1947n in Jackson, Michigan. She was a well-loved person at Dakkota Intergrated, where she was previously employed. She will be remembered for her funny, sweet demeanor and for her stubborn will. Her family will miss her dearly and her grandchildren will remember her love and kindness.

   Sharon loved Eaton Rapids, where she grew up and raised her son, and will be missed by her many friends there. She also spent 5 years living in Tennessee and worked as a nurse’s aid and cook and she loved the beauty of the land and the friendly people. She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Poyer.

   Surviving are her mother, Lorraine; sisters, Julie and Therese; brother, Dwayne; nephews, Brian and J.P.; niece, Jessica; and her only child Tim (Serene) Poyer and grandchildren, Shana and  Darvis.

   MAY SHE FLY LIKE A DOVE IN PEACE TO THAT RESTFUL PLACE IN GLORY!

   For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Marguerite Pozzi

 

   Marguerite Pozzi, 88, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away April 11, 2005.

   She was born April 27, 1916 in Benton Township. Mrs. Pozzi retired as a secretary from UAW Local 602 in Lansing and moved to Port Charlotte, Fla. in March 1983. She was a member of St. Charles Borromco Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, Fla.

   She is survived by her husband, Frank W. Pozzi Sr.; son, Alan (Connie) Upright of Charlotte; two stepsons, Bob (Maggie) and Bill (Jackie) Pozzi, both of Utica; one brother, Richard (Rose) Kasper of Oregon; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Upright, and brothers, Robert, Harold and Edward Williams.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Barbara E. Pratt

 

   Barbara Ellen Pratt, 66, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 after a battle with lung cancer.

   Barbara was born June 28, 1939 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Andrew George and Lillian May (Donovan) Charrette. She was formerly employed with  Kraft Foods (Sealtest) in Lansing, a member of the VFW and Friends of Bill W. Barbara was a very strong woman and loving mother with a great sense of humor.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Charrette, and a brother, Garry Charrette.

   She is survived by one daughter, Missy (Aaron) Achors of Eaton Rapids; two sons, Jim Pratt of Mason and Harold (Ruth) Pratt of Dickinson, Texas; one grandson, Joshua Achors; one great granddaughter, Alexis Pratt; mother, Lillian Charrette; brother, Jim (Sharla) Charrette; sister, Andre-Lynn Kingston, all of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; several nieces and nephews; and best friend, Lorretta Ball of Charlotte.

   A funeral service was held Oct. 15 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as celebrant.

   The family expressed thanks for the loving care given by volunteers at Eaton Community Hospice House. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community hospice in memory of Barbara Pratt.

 

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J.T. Primm

 

   J.T. Primm, 72, passed away July 14, 2005.

   J.T. was born Aug. 31, 1932 to  Rintha (Rae) and William Primm of Caraway, Ark. He married Jean Eldred of St. Johns on June 6, 1951. They lived in Vermontville for 30 years, where they owned and operated a successful business. They then retired to Union City. J.T.’s mission in life was to make people laugh and teach them every day.

   J.T. was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie Jean; his mother, father and step-mother, Clevie, of Lake City, Ark,; brothers, Willie D. and L.V. of Arkansas; and a sister, Cleatus of California.

   J.T. is survived by his wife, Jean; sons, Bill (Viki), Tom, Tim (Lou), David, Steve, Jeff (Karen), John (Nikki); brothers, Alvin (Nancy) of Michigan, Bruce (Joan), Macarthor (Gail), Donald Wayne (Jessie), Joe Kay (Ruby); sisters, Sherley (Jack), Shelby (Norman), and Pansey (Fred), all of Arkansas; 23 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and a very-loved cousin, Jewell (Cora) of Magnolia, Ark.

   A memorial service was held July 18 in Nashville, Mich., with Bruce, Tommy and Alvin Primm officiating.

   Cards of condolence may be sent to: Jean Primm, 1821 Case Drive, union City, MI 49094.

    Arrangements were by Spencer Funeral Home in  Athens.

 

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Betty Jane Pringle

 

   Betty J. Pringle of Eaton Rapids, age 80, died Sunday, October 30, 2005 in Lansing. She was born May 23, 1925 in Lansing the daughter of Russell and Ida (Bogart) Tripp. Mrs. Pringle was the Supervisor of Housekeeping and Laundry for the Eaton Rapids Medical Center, retiring in 1985. She enjoyed bingo, fishing, crocheting, playing cards and all types of board games. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marlene Garcia in 1981; two brothers, Bud and Bob and sister, Dorothy.

   Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Gail; two daughters, Darleen (Theodore) Huff of Charlotte and Diana Uhl of Eaton Rapids; two sons, Jack (Jody) Pringle of Eaton Rapids and Gene (Leslie) Pringle of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; sister, Helen Kowalk of AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, November 3, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 2, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

 

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Roger M. Pruden

 

   Roger M. Pruden, 77, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 13, 2005.

   Mr. Pruden was born Nov. 23, 1927 in Charlotte, the son of Walter and Beulah (Preadmore) Pruden. Roger served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Charles P. Cecil. He was a World War II veteran and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. He was a life member of Charlotte VFW Post 2406 and past commander of Potterville VFW Post 6034. He was also a member of Charlotte Eagles Aerie 3552 and retired from Lansing General Motors Operations. Roger enjoyed hunting, motorcycles, spending time in Northern Michigan, playing bingo with all his Kiwanis friends, and most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jackie Pruden; daughters, Doretta (Mike Cathcart) Malerba, Annette (Brian) Dais, Sue Rodriquez, and Susan (Rick) Wolcott, all of Charlotte; sons, Robert Pruden of Albion, Anthony (Tammy) Rodriquez of Charlotte, timothy Rodriquez of Charlotte, and Dean (Candice) Rodriquez of Holt; 28 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brothers, Roy (Dorothy) Pruden of Edmore, and Melvin (Ellen) Pruden of Charlotte; several nieces and nephews; and many friends at Kiwanis Manor.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty McCartney and Shirley Pruden; and a brother, Junior Pruden.

   Funeral services were held July 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor George Blanche officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the House of Ruth. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Elsie E. Ramsey

 

   Elsie Elizabeth (Quayle) Ramsey, 96, of Charlotte, died Sept. 24, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Ramsey was born June 1, 1909 in Lexington Village, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Fisher) Quayle. She married  Glen O. Ramsey in 1927 and they had five children. Elsie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whose life was her family and her church. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by children, Glen (Marilyn) Ramsey Jr., Doris (Cleo) Jacobs, Elizabeth Brenner, Claudette (Ted) Myers, David (Suzanne) Ramsey; 22 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren; sister, Gloria Fish; sister-in-law, Anna Quayle and Betty Quayle.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glen Ramsey; brothers, William, Jere and Bruce Quayle; sister, Barbara McDonald; son-in-law, Alfred Brenner; and grandson, Richard Ramsey.

   A Funeral Mass was held Sept. 28 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

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

 

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Emajean Randall

 

   Emajean “Jean” Randall, 66, of Duck Lake, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.

   She was born May 19, 1938 in Floyd County, Ky., to Earnest and Clara Roop. She married Larry Randall in 1954; he survives. Jean had been employed in home care for the elderly for many years. Her greatest pleasures were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Other enjoyments included yard sales and open-air markets. The first four years of her married life were those of an Army wife, with much of that time spent in Chinon, France, where two of her children were born. Jean was known as an excellent cook and was at home in any kitchen. On two occasions, her kitchens were in restaurants she owned.

   Survivors include Larry of Duck Lake; sons, Steven (Wilma) of Battle Creek, Phillip (Janet) of Albion, Paul of Duck Lake; daughter, Connie Sue McCall of Lansing; her mother, Clara (Roop) Tucker; good friend, Dewey Adams of Olivet; sisters, Mary Roop and Mildred (Fred) Tucker, both of Olivet; brothers, Earnest (Sandy) Roop of Battle Creek and Glen (Sue) Roop of Hanover; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Earnest Roop in 1982, and brother Jackie in 1940.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel, with Pastor Mike Donahue officiating. Interment was at North Clarence (Hunt) Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Theresa M. Randazzo

 

   Theresa M. Randazzo, 75, of Grand Rapids, passed away Sept. 22, 2005.

   She was born July 23, 1930 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of jack and Hedwig (Herrig) Stillwell. Theresa was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Grand Rapids. She will be remembered by many for her work at Canterbury Village Senior Community as a Resident Services provider for eight years until 2002.

   She is survived by daughters, Cynthia Miskura of Grand Rapids, Catherine Rose (Tim) Newsted of Hastings, Annamarie (Matthew) Heynen of Hopkins, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Remley of Belding; sons, Joseph Michael Randazzo of Albuquerque, NM, Michael Thomas (Ellie) Randazzo of Howard City and Peter James (Robin) Randazzo of Grand Rapids; sisters, Marie, Dorothy, Pat, Arlene; brothers, Michael and Thomas; 12 grandchildren; and former husband and friend, Joseph  Randazzo.

   A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at Bukowski Chapel on campus of Aquinas College.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice Home, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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

 

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Tommy Ray

 

   Tommy Jay Ray Sr., 59, of Haslett, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005.

   Mr. Ray was born March 5, 1946 in Hebberdsville, Ky., the son of John and Georgia (Collins) Ray. Mr. Ray like drinking coffee with friends and was a caring, kind and giving person.

   He is survived by sons, Tom (Tami) Ray Jr. of Grand Haven, Jason Ray of Minnesota, Eric (Adela) Ray of Mulliken; daughter, LeighAnn Reeder of Minnesota; and a sister, Emma Kopulos of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Ray.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 16 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with Pastor Florence Aungst officiating.

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

 

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Bethel Reader

 

   Bethel Graham Reader, 91 of Battle Creek, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, May 19, 2005 in Charlotte. Bethel was born Feb. 15, 1914 to Merlin and Essie (Baker) Rich.

   Bethel was an avid gardener and loved to travel. She also enjoyed golf, bowling and square dancing. Bethel was a former member of the Northwest Walton Grange. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Battle Creek.

   Bethel is survived by her son, Richard (Aundria) Graham of Bellevue; daughters, Diana (Elam “Ricky”) Rockwell and Nancy (Roger) Gusey, all of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; her sisters, Mary (Ed) Brzycki of Charlotte, Helen (Luther) Robinson of Shaftsburg; and brother, Jon (Linda) Rich of Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Graham, in 1966, and her second husband, Arthur Reader in 2004; her daughter, Sharon, in 1934; her brother, Albert Rich, and her sister, Madeline Wyble.

   The family will receive visitors at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte on Sunday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be Monday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Siefert officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

    Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Delbert M. Redfield

 

   Delbert M. Redfield, 80 of Charlotte, died Tuesday,  March 1, 2005.

   Mr. Redfield was born Nov. 2, 1924 in Charlotte, the son of Claude and Lucille (Huffman) Redfield. He served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre during  World War II and was a mechanic at Fowlers for many years.

   He is survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Claude, Jim and William, and sisters Pearl Brandt and Virginia Hayes.

   Graveside service was held March 3, with Chuck Jensen officiating at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, followed by military honors.

   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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Raymond Reed

 

   Raymond Allen Reed, 70, of Sunfield, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Raymond was born April 10, 1935 in Portland, the son of Raymond Orville and Margaret (Phillips) Reed. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from General Motors as a line-driver.

   He was preceded in death by: both his parents; step-dad, Arza Ward;; son, Timothy Reed; granddaughter, Samantha Reed; brother, John Reed; and three step-brothers.

   Surviving are: his wife of 47 years, Jean (Richmond) Reed, whom he married Feb. 8, 1958; children, Marilyn (Jim) Crater, Paul (Brenda) Reed, Mark Reed, Ray (Deanna) Reed, Melissa (Robert) Wendorf; grandchildren, Damon Reed, Catrina Reed, Stephanie Reed, James Reed, Anya Crater, Donny Crater, Ray McKelvey, John McKelvey, Amanda McKelvey, Eric McKelvey, Mark Reed Jr., Bret Reed, Joshua Reed, Ray Reed II, Robert Wendorf III, Alexandra Wendorf; seven great grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Georgia McGriff, Charlie Reed and Hazel Simmons. Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. Mark Patchett officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth Scholarship Fund (aka SPY’s Scholarship Fund), in care of Rosier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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Bernice Rice

 

   Bernice Pauline Rice of Sunfield passed away Monday Jan. 24, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte at the age of 81. She was born June 13, 1923 in Grand Haven, the daughter of Anthony K. and Margaret (Dreager) Holzinger.

   Bernice enjoyed gardening, needle point, crocheting, knitting, fishing, and hunting, but most of all loved being with her family.

   She was preceded in death by both her parents. Surviving are her husband, Eric A. (married 61 years), five children, Eric Jr. (Zella) of Sheridan, Leslie (Alice) of Lakeside, Kirk (Cheryl) of Bumpus Mills, TN, Stanley (Donita) of Lake Odessa, and Kelly (Gary) Glassnor of Grand Ledge, 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, three sisters, Joyce Miller of Grand haven, Doris (Donald) Franklin of Montegue, Peggy Vermeer of Grand Haven, brother-in-law, George (Mary) Thorp of Sunfield, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 28, 2005 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. Jeff Schrock of the Sunfield United Methodist Church officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice; c/o RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890 in memory of Bernice P. Rice.

   Interment will be in the Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. The family is being served by the independent family-owned funeral home in Sunfield, Rosier Funeral Home.

   For more information log onto www.legacy.com.

 

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Bernita E. Richardson

 

   Bernita E. Richardson of Harrison, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Feb. 27, 2005.

   She is survived by two daughters, Sonia Smith of Grand Rapids and Serenia (Anthony) Beals of Charlotte; one son, Earnest D. (Vicki) Richardson of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two sisters.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earnest E. Richardson, three sisters and three brothers.

   Services were held March 3. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Marion, where she rests beside her husband.

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

 

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Christy Ridenour

 

   Christy Lynn Ridenour, 34, of Belding, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005.

   Ms. Ridenour was born Jan. 14, 1971 in Mount Pleasant, the daughter of Robert Kuhn and Roberta Ridenour. Christy enjoyed camping with her son, sharing the holidays, summer barbecues, celebrating birthdays with her children, and liked country western music.

   She is survived by her daughter, Emily Ridenour of Charlotte; son, Roddy Jacobs of Kalamazoo; mother, Roberta Richards of Belding; sister, Jody (Mark) Root of Charlotte; brothers, Gary (Brinda) Ridenour of Onondaga, Troy (Becky) Ridenour of Jonesville; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor John Baily officiating. Internment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Michael H. Ritter

 

   Michael Hale Ritter, 64, formerly of Grand Ledge, died March 9, 2005 in Blacksburg, Va.

   Mr. Ritter was born Jan. 2, 1941 in Lake Odessa, the son of Maynard and Virginia (McDaniels) Ritter. Michael was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School. He served in the Navy as a Hurricane Hunter from 1959 to 1963 and then in the Army Reserves, completing 26 years of military service. He received bachelor and master’s degrees in geology from Michigan State University and worked as a geophysical explorationist for the petroleum industry in Houston, Texas. In June 2004, Michael retired to Blacksburg, Va.

   He is survived by his wife, Shannon Ritter; sons, Madison and Marshall Ritter of Blacksburg, Va.; daughter, Jennifer Ritter of Winthrop, Mass.; parents, Maynard and Virginia Ritter of N. Ft. Myers, Fla.; and brothers, Anthony Ritter of Charlotte, Tom Ritter of Roscommon and Tim (Renae) Ritter of New River, Ariz.

   A memorial service was held April 16 at Potterville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, Texas, 77210-4486 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts.

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

 

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Elam L. Rockwell

 

   Elam L. “Rocky” Rockwell, 59, of Charlotte, died Saturday, July 9, 2005.

   Mr. Rockwell was born Jan. 22, 1946 in Hastings, the son of Elam M. and Doris (Gusey) Rockwell. He worked as a pipe fitter for General Motors for 31 years until his retirement. He spent eight years on the Maple Valley School Board and was a member of Nashville Masonic Lodge 255 F & AM, Pheasants Forever and a committee member for Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed restoring tractors and attending tractor shows, and was especially interested in John Deere single cylinder “hit and miss” engines. He was an avid hunter and loved keeping his property and garden in immaculate condition. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

   He is survived by his wife, Diana (Graham) Rockwell; son, Kevin (Michelle) Rockwell; grandchildren, Travis and Heather; and sister, Audrey (David) Starr.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held July 12 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Bill Briggs officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

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

 

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Beatrice A. Rogers

 

   Beatrice A. Rogers, 81, died Monday morning, July 25, 2005 in her Chester Township home.

   Mrs. Rogers was born Sept. 5, 1923 in Woodland, a daughter of Robert and Ione (Pull) Barry. She attended Chester Gospel Church.

   Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her husband, Russel, and their young daughter, Bonnie.

   Surviving are her son, Donald Rogers (Jo Hayner) Of Powell, Wyo.; daughters, Dixie (Harold) Arndt and Darlene (George) Riddle, both of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

   Services were held July 28 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Barry Smith officiating. Inurnment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Home Health Hospice.

 

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Hubert N. Rogers

 

   Hubert Newton Rogers, 93, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 10, 2005.

   Mr. Rogers was born March 8, 1912 in Kentucky, the son of Joseph A. and Maudie Mae (Luther) Rogers. He loved Detroit Tigers baseball, trips to casinos, travel, square dancing and Pall Mall cigarettes.

   He is survived by step-daughter, Donna (Randy) Sebrell of Charlotte; step-son, Dennis (Jayne) Calvin of Ariz.; two grandchildren, Nathan and Jacob Sebrell; several nieces and nephews; special sister-in-law, Dorothy Lewellyn of Indiana; and special friends, Corky Knauff and Mert Henske.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Karleen, in 1976; and second wife, Martha, in 1996.

   Family Affirmation Service was held March 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

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

 

 

Leta A. Rogers

 

   Leta Ann Rogers, 81, of Charlotte, died Friday, April 22, 2005 in Nashville.

   Mrs. Rogers was born Feb. 22, 1924 in Bellevue, the daughter of Richard and Margaret (Jewel) Fruin. She was a great cook and loved cooking for her family and farm workers anytime they gathered. She was a member of Gresham United Methodist Church and had been head of the Crop Walk at church.

   She is survived by husband of 60 years, Forrest; children, Rebecca (Mike) Lord of Charlotte, Mary (Gary) Goris of Vermontville, David (Debi) Rogers of McMillan, and Richard “Dick” (Teresa) Rogers of Charlotte; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Shaffer of Okemos.

   Funeral services were held April 26 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Flower House AFC or Gresham United Methodist Church. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Virginia May Rogerson

 

   Virginia M. Rogerson, age 85, of Springport, died Saturday, May 14, 2005. Virginia was born November 10, 1919 in Marshall, MI, the daughter of William Henry and Elna Wirtz. Mrs. Rogerson retired after 25 years as a Secretary of Deepdale Burial Park Association in Lansing. She was preceded in death by her husband Willard Hoag in 1947 and by Robert Rogerson in 1967; brothers, Victor Wirtz of Marshall in 1987; and long time friend and companion, Homer Pollard in 1990.

   She is survived by her daughter, Toni Pahl of East Lansing; step-daughter, Patricia Scott of Fort Pierce, FL; 4 grandchildren, Krista Pahl of Lansing, James Pahl of Phoeniz, AZ, Kathleen Pahl of Holt and Daniel Pahl of Grand Ledge; several great grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

 

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Frank T. Rohdy

 

   Frank T. Rohdy, 88, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 at the Eaton Community Hospice House after a short illness.

   Frank was born Oct. 20, 1916 in Sears the son of Harry T. and Debbie May (Morgan) Rohdy, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1960. He had been employed as the service truck operator for the city of Charlotte, retiring in 1982 after 12 years of service. Prior to that he operated Rohdy’s Texaco Gas Station and had worked in construction. During the Depression times, he worked at a CCC Camp. He was a member of First Baptist church of Charlotte, where he was an originator of the Men’s Prayer Breakfast and also served as a church trustee and deacon. He was also a member of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club and was an avid roller skater.

   Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Alice (Rice) Rohdy (the former Alice Cornelius); daughter, Debbie (Bryan) Reid of Charlotte; three step-daughters, Judith (Martin) Willbur of Georgetown, Ky., Joyce Marie (Dewey) Kunkel of Leslie and Janice Lynn (Jerry) Vinson of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; and brothers, Ersil “Bud” Rohdy and Glenn Rohdy, both of Florida, and Lloyd Rohdy of Evart.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Donna Marie, and a brother, Don Rohdy.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Robert D. Rolfe

 

   Robert D. Rolfe, of Lansing, passed away July 26, 2005, surrounded by his loved ones.

   Robert was born Sept. 14, 1927 to parents Stanley and Fern Rolfe, and grew up in Charlotte. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II, but the past few years he fought the fight of his life. He gave 40 years of service to General Motors, retiring as a supervisor in 1986.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lorraine; daughters, Cathy and Judy; son, Bion (Nancy); grandchildren, Darcie, Todd, Elbert, Bobby, Jamie, Robin and Kelly; 14 great grandchildren; sisters, Suzanne, Connie and Charlene (Lawrence); sisters-in-law, Eleanor and Rose Ellen; brothers-in-law, Edward (Dot), Roderick and Claude; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was predeceased by his parents, Fern and Stanley; in-laws, Edward and Helen; sister, Kathleen; and brothers, Richard and Frederick.

   Funeral services were held July 30 at Pray  Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating.

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

 

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David James Rottenbucher

 

   David James Rottenbucher, age 44, of Eaton Rapids, loving son, brother and uncle, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 20, 2005 at his residence. He was born March 6, 1961 in Monroe, Michigan, the son of Pete and Donna (LaVigne) Rottenbucher. David was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School Class of 1979. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. David enjoyed his occupation as a Wood Cutter and was most recently employed with Wright Cut.

   Surviving are his parents, Pete and Donna Rottenbucher of Eaton Rapids, 4 siblings, Dianne VanAken and Peter Rottenbucher of Eaton Rapids, Denise (Robert) McKenzie and Kristin (Mark) Kleinfelt of Tampa, Florida; 8 nieces and nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral Mass was held March 28 at St. Peter Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Benn Constantine as celebrant. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association, envelopes are available at Skinner Funeral Home. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Donald V. Royston

 

   Donald V. Royston, 84, of Harrison, formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.

   Donald was born May 1, 1920 in Lake Odessa, the son of Leo and Freda (Sawdy) Royston. He had been employed by the Fisher Body Division of General Motors, retiring in 1982 after 30 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe, where he was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany for 26 months. He was a life member of Maple City Post No. 2406 VFW in Charlotte, was a member of Harrison Moose Lodge No. 2235 and a member of the Bayshore Post No. 317 American Legion in Bradenton, Fla.

   Surviving are his wife, Ila May (Lightner) Royston, to whom he was married Dec. 24, 1945 in Charlotte; one daughter, Donna (Gyles) Bayard of Bradenton, Fla.; two sons, Lyle (Rose) Royston of Charlotte and Ricky Royston of Bradenton; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; four brothers, Loren of DeWitt, Rex Jr. of Vermontville, Lyle of Clarksville and Gerald of Bradenton; and one sister, Fern Verplank of Sebring, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Ila Royston; and a sister, Leah Yoder.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 11 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment with military rites provided by VFW Post 2406 were held at Needmore Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the VFW National Home for Children.

 

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Pamela (Smith) Rucker

 

   Pamela Christine (Smith) Rucker, age 47. Our loving mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister has made her journey to be with the Lord and to reunite with her father, Billie Gene Smith. Her life began November 28, 1957 and was filled with love by all who knew her. On June 26, 2005 she left us but her love will always be with us.

   Surviving are her children: Christopher (Jennifer) VanDeventer, Stephenie (Juan) Garcia, Trisha VanDeventer, Stacey (John) White, and Kirstin VanDeventer; nine grandchildren; mother, Judith Smith; brothers, Billy (Linda) Faust, Mark (Karen) Smith; sister; Penny (Tim) Wise.

   You left us too soon, we miss you immensely.

 

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Rosemary Terres Ruggiano

 

   Rosemary Ruggiano of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Philadelphia, New Jersey and Florida, age 69, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005 at her residence. Rosemary was born Dec. 2, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA. She was a model and business partner with Celest Agency of Philadelphia and co-owner/secretary (with her husband) of Joe Ruggiano Roofing Contractors in Florida. Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph James Ruggiano, in 2000.

   She is survived by her daughter, Donnamarie Ruggiano of Eaton Rapids; son, Joseph James (Kimberly) Ruggiano of FL; 2 grandchildren, Monica and Alyssa Ruggiano; and uncle, Harold (Molly) Terres of FL.

   A memorial mass was prayed on Friday, December 9, 2005 at the St. Peter Catholic church, Eaton Rapids with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice House in memory of Rosemary Ruggiano. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Roger M. Rush

 

   Roger M. Rush, of Hastings, passed away July 4, 2005.

   Roger was born Oct. 3, 1924 on the family farm in Woodland, to Leo and Maepel Rush. He was a World War II veteran, serving in Europe.

   He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Rush of Hastings; four children, Kitty (Richard) Stanley of Charlotte, Roger (Vicki) Rush of Leroy, James (Connie) rush of Kentwood and Betsy (Dan) Spindlow of Belding; four great grandchildren, Stephen (Holly) Stanley of Lansing, Jennifer Stanley of Charlotte, and Anne and Christopher Rush of Leroy; and one great grandson, Vincent Stanley of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held July 8 at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.

 

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Neva I. Sackett

 

   Neva I. Sackett, 87, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Mulliken, died Tuesday morning, March 8, 2005 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Sackett was born June 23, 1917 in Roxand Township, a daughter of Charles and Edna Grace (Green) Bell. She was a life member and twice past matron of Mulliken OES Chapter 161.

   Surviving are her daughter, Amanda (Bryce) MacDonald of Vermontville; two sons, Bill (Chris) Sackett of Byron Center and Bob (Sue) Sackett of Grand Ledge; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Noble, and her daughter, Vanya Ackerson.

   Services were held March 11 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Alan Leach officiating. Interment was at Welch Cemetery. Eastern Star services were held March 10 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Dennis Ackerson, Randy Hankins, Scott Hartman, Ken MacDonald, Tony Pruden, Ben Sackett, Cory Sackett, Tim Sackett and Tim Ware.

 

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Mary M. Sandborn

 

   Mary Mae (Goodrich) Sandborn, 79, of Sunfield, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2005 in Ionia.

   Mrs. Sandborn was born Feb. 25, 1926 in Roxand Twp., Eaton County, the daughter of Alfred T. and Oma M. (Holbrook) Goodrich. On Aug. 19, 1941 she married Howard Sandborn. Mary was a proud member of the Sunfield United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker who loved working on family ancestry and working on crafts. She enjoyed going with her husband to his military reunions. Her hobbies were quilting, crocheting and sewing things for her grandchildren, traveling, playing cards with her card club and going to the casino. She also made quilts and donated them to cancer victims.

   Mary was preceded in death by her husband in April 2003; granddaughter, Kassandra Sandborn; both her parents; her brother, Byron Goodrich; and sister, Loretta Peabody.

   Surviving are her three sons, William (Arlene) of Lake Odessa, Robert, and Ed (Evelyn) of Sunfield; six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister, Orpha (Ted) Stiffler of Mulliken; two brothers, Stan Goodrich of Missouri and Alfred (Virginia) Goodrich of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 22 at Sunfield United Methodist Church. Interment was at East Sebewa Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the Heartlands Nursing Home, C/O RFH, P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. The family expressed appreciation for all who visited Mary and sent her cards and flowers. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home in Sunfield. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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Marilyn Sanders

 

   Marilyn Sue Sanders, 63, of Grand Ledge, died Sept. 7, 2005. Mrs. Sanders was born July 6, 1942, in Pikeville, KY, the daughter of George and Nellie Lyons.

   She is survived by sons, Michael Sanders of Grand Ledge, and Stephen (Angela) Sanders of Mason; granddaughter Emily Rae Sanders; sisters Theresa (Dale) Osborne of Georgetown, KY, Anita Justice of Georgetown, KY, brother Bennett (Marie) Lyons of Beckley, W.VA.

   She is preceded in death by her husband, Gary Reed Sanders in 1997 and sister, Alberta Pleasant of Shelbyanna, KY.

   Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a graveside service Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Benton Township Cemetery.

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

 

Virginia Ann Sanders

 

   Virginia Ann Sanders, age 69, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday, March 25, 2005 in Charlotte. Virginia was born June 1, 1935 in Leslie, MI. She was a member of the Brookfield United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl E. Beers and sister, Norma Canfield.

   Virginia is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” C. Sanders of Eaton Rapids; 2 daughter, Sheryl “Shey” (Steve) Zenker of Eaton Rapids, Pamela Tigner of Laurel, MT; son, Kevin Sanders of Kokomo, IN; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; mother, Dorothy Fisher of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Carl (Honda) Beers of Leslie, Norman (Marilyn) Beers of Mason; brother-in0law, Wilford John Canfield of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 2:0 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to  Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Virginia Sanders.

 

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Sharon Lee (Baldwin) Satterlee

 

   Sharon Lee (Baldwin) Satterlee, age 66, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at home with family and Hospice of Jackson County. Sharon was born February 12, 1939 in Onondaga, the daughter of Burton Jay and Erma Winifred (Bush) Baldwin. She lived a majority of her life in the Eaton Rapids area, working for Green Bay Foods until it closed. She lived the last ten years in Mesick, MI where she worked for AM Vets Post #120 and cared for her daughter. Sharon enjoyed traveling and working. She also loved spending time with family and friends.

   Surviving are her daughter, Ruth (Mike) Case of Springport; 3 sons, Scott (Lynn) Satterlee of Carlton, Brian Satterlee of Mason, Steven (Lynnette) Satterlee of Eaton Rapids; son-in-law, Robert Hurley of Mesick; 9 grandchildren, Casey Case, James Case, Josh and Nathaniel Satterlee, Kristina, Jessie Satterlee and Brian Satterlee Jr. Bobbie Sue Hurley, Audrey Ensley; 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Dutch (Dorothy) Baldwin of Holt, Butch (Eleanor) Baldwin of Kodak TN; 1 sister, Charlene Nowlin of Big Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. Jesse James officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to Munson Medical Center in memory of Sharon. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Teresa Sayre

 

   Teresa “Terry” Sayre, 76, of Charlotte, died Oct. 7, 205 at her home.

   Mrs. Sayre was born Sept. 26, 1929 in Detroit, the daughter of August and Teresa “Sally” Ricci. Terry was the founder of Reading is Fundamental in Eaton County, a member of the GFWC – Charlotte, the Book Club, the Eaton Area Senior Center and the Red Hat Society. Terry was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

   She is survived by her husband of over 52 years, Michael; daughter and sons-in-law, Melissa Sayre and Douglas Fast of East Grand Rapids, Kristin and Bill Harper of College Station, Texas, and daughter Liza of Charlotte and her special friend Jim Tamarelli. She is also survived by her mother, Teresa “Sally” Ricci of Harper Woods; brother, Roger Ricci of Grosse Pointe Woods; and four grandchildren, Mason, Tessa and Conner Fast, and Lucy Harper.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Trish Michelle Sayre, in 1974.

   A Memorial Communion Service was held Oct. 13 at St. Mary Catholic church. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Community Library or Reading is Fundamental of Eaton County. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Jody R. Scavarda

 

   Jody R. Scavarda of Mason, age 38, died December 19, 2005. She was born June 24, 1967 in Evanston IL. Jody loved sporting events with her children, boating, camping, quilting and knitting. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Mason, and played Bunko monthly with her group of friends. She will be missed by anyone that knew her, but especially by her husband.

   Surviving are her husband, Peter; 3 sons, Johnathon, Jacob and Justin; father, Thomas Callahan of Phoenix, AZ; mother, Samantha Sparks of Lansing; 2 sister, Cindy (Joseph) Vogelgesang of Kapolai, HI, and Shannon (Steven) Starkweather of Grand Ledge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   The Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, December 22, at St. James Catholic Church, 1010 S. Lansing Street, Mason, with the Rev. Alan J. Wakefield, Pastor and the Rev. Kenneth McDonald, officiating. The Rite of Committal followed at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing. Those desiring to make contributions for the children may do so with checks payable to: “Peter Scavarda / J-4 Fund,” c/o State Employee Credit Union, 438 E. Edgewood Blvd., Lansing, MI 48910 in memory of Jody.

 

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Howard B. Schafer

 

   Howard B. Schafer, age 78, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, May 30, 2005 in Lansing. Howard was born March 29, 1927 in Lansing, the son of George and Mona (Hastings) Schafer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII and retired from the State of Michigan, Department of Transportation in 1984 after 27 years. Howard was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church of Eaton Rapids, past president of Eaton Rapids Lion’s Club and an avid sportsman.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly E; 3 sons, Steven (Jody) Schafer of DeWitt, Douglas (Suzanne) Schafer of DeWitt and Jeffrey (Theresa) Schafer of Haslett; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, George Edward (Mary) Schafer of Indiana and Harold (Joann) Schafer of Gunn Lake & Florida; 2 sisters, Margaret “Alice” Lotoszinski and Ruth Marie (Glen) Beach, all of Lansing.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. The family will received friends on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation in memory of Howard Schafer.

 

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Elaine T. Scheidt

 

   Elaine T. Scheidt, age 86, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, September 8, 2005. Elaine was born November 15, 1918 in Waterloo, Iowa. A resident of Eaton Rapids since 1971, she was an avid gardener and collector of antique buttons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woody, and brother, John Daniel Wanamaker.

   Elaine is survived by three children, James (Barbara) of Payson, AZ, Sally Churchill (Dennis) of Lansing and Susan (Jack) Backofen of Ottawa, KS (formerly of Eaton Rapids); 7 grandchildren, Jeff (Carrie) Scheidt, Jeannie (Mike) Hollebrandts, Catherine (Marc) Bedy, Christina (Robert) Wyrick, Jared (Melanie) Churchill, Jessica and Jason Backofen; 16 great grandchildren; and brother, Lansing (Sheila) Wanamaker.

   Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Small Blessings Child Care at the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Band Boosters in memory of Elaine Scheidt.

 

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Laneane J. Scherer

 

   Laneane J. “Nene” Scherer, 51, died March 30, 2005.

   Laneane, aka the M&M Kid, was born Sept. 10, 1953 in Lansing. She moved to Richmond, VA. and then to Estero, Fla.

   She is survived by her mother, Betty Rodeman; twin sons, Warren A. Scherer of Milwaukee, Wis., and Wesley E. (Katie) Scherer of Murfreesboro, N.C.; four sisters, Jade (Jack) McIntyre of Bonita Springs, Sherry (Douglas) Robinson of Fruit Hurst, Ala., Debra (Larry) Chesebio of Bonita Springs and Donna Scherer of Lansing; brother, Kevin (Patricia) Scherer of Virginia Beach, VA; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

   Arrangements were by the National Cremation Society of Fort Myers, Fla.

 

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Gayla Schier

 

   Gayla Dills Schier, 69, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Charlotte, passed away July 5, 2005.

   She is survived by two children, Clark of Washington D.C. and Anna of New York City; a brother, Paul of Charlotte; a sister, Marilyn of North Muskegon; and many nieces and nephews.

   Arrangements were by Sullivan and Son Funeral Home, Royal Oak.

 

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Sallie Schmidt

 

   Sallie Schmidt, 75, of Charlotte, died Feb. 27, 2005.

   Mrs. Schmidt was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Charlotte, the daughter of Lindall and jack Hale. Sallie was a graduate of Charlotte High School in 1947. In 1949 she married Gordon Sparks, and they have four children. In 1978 Sallie married Harry N. Schmidt. Sallie was a supervisor in the Banking Control division of the State of Michigan Treasury Department until her retirement in 1987.

   She is survived by her husband, Harry Schmidt; her children, Steven (Maureen) Sparks of Nebraska, Shannon (Kevin) Cooksley of Nebraska, Gregory (Cindy) Sparks of charlotte, Kelly (Susan) Sparks of Texas and Harry E. Schmidt of Charlotte; two sisters, Sue (Jerry) Goodrich and Jacquelyn (Jack) Skirvin; nine grandchildren, Carmen Sparks Hobson, Steven Schad Sparks, Audra Sparks Parsons, Mari Sparks Calton, Leah Cooksley Peterson, Katrina Cooksley Gotschall; Casey Cooksley, Kelsey Sparks, Arron Sparks; five great grandchildren, Johnna Parsons, Isabelle Calton, Cameron Calton, Reid Parsons and Zeb Hobson, step-mother Wava Hale and step-brother Lonn-e Hill.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Rodney Hale, in 1952.

   Funeral services were held March 3 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Hastings Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Alice F. Schnieder

 

   Alice Faye (Vertz) Schneider, 66, of Charlotte, died July 1, 2005 at her residence.

   Alice was born Sept. 27, 1938 in L’Anse, in the Upper Peninsula, the daughter of Bruce Sr. and Bernadette (Roy) Vertz. Alice married Theophile “Frenchie” Schneider on July 6, 1957 in Greenville, and moved to Charlotte in 1960. She had five children, Mary Ann, John, Michelle, Mark and Renee, all born in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by son Mark Steven Schneider, husband Theophile, mother Bernadette Gallagher, and a brother, Bruce Vertz.

   She is survived by four children, Mary Ann (Dean) Bartlett-Erickson of Dimondale, John (Sherry) Schneider of Grand Ledge, Michelle (rick) Wireman of Springport and Renee (Mike) Johnson of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Shaun (Jennifer) Bartlett of Charlotte, Nikyta Schneider of Florida, Matthew and Steven Wireman of Springport, Nathan and Amy Schneider of Grand Ledge; two great grandchildren, Damon and Dakota Bartlett of Charlotte; a sister, Nelda Gallagher; nieces, Jen Vertz and Rena Steward; three great grandnephews, Jason Vertz, Cody Aper and Logan Stewart.

   Funeral services were held July 6, with Elder Jeff Teachout officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Bertha L. Scott

 

   Bertha L. (Brugh) Scott, 80, of Potterville, died Sunday, May 29, 2005 in Marshall.

   Mrs. Scott was born July 28, 1924 at Brookfield in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the daughter of William and Hazel (Perry) Brugh and was an Eaton County resident most of her life. She was a 1943 graduate of Charlotte High School, graduated from cosmetology school in Charlotte and for a short time operated a beauty shop in her home. She was a member of Northside Mother’s Club, was a former VFW Auxiliary member, a member of Brookfield OES, was a Red Cross volunteer, a member of Eaton Art League and a life member of Eaton Area Senior Center. She had served as an illiteracy mentor assisting adults in improving their reading skills.

   Surviving are: her husband of 58 years, Roy A. Scott; five children, Martha Jo (Robert) Hoffman of Eaton Rapids, Coralie Ann Jerick of Charlotte, Jeffrey R. Scott of Charlotte, Patricia (David) King of Marshall and Bradford Lee (Rebecca) Scott of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and a brother, Gerald “James” (Jeanne) Brugh of Battle Creek.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, April Aletta Scott; brothers, Harry and Lawrence Brugh; sister, Blanche Reed; grandson, Matthew Jerick; and great granddaughter, Bailey Rae Fletcher.

   Funeral services were held June 2 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Area Senior Center.

 

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Gerald Scott

 

   Gerald “Jerry” Scott, 64, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005 in Eaton Rapids.

   Jerry was born Oct. 7, 1940 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Ira Thomas and Myrtle Lucine (Huffman) Scott. He was self-employed as a brick mason and formerly employed with Nava Stone.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Sue Stoken, in 1988; and two brothers, Bob and Ira Scott.

   Gerald is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra K.; four daughters, Deb (Tim) Dalsing of Kansas, Bernadine (Al Bibler) Scott of Eaton Rapids, Melissa (Keith) Minaya of Charlotte, Christine Hinton of North Carolina; six sons, Daryl Stoken of Charlotte, Gerald Hinton of North Carolina, Richard Scott of Eaton Rapids, Ronald Scott of Charlotte, John (Halie) Scott of Charlotte, Rick Scott of Eaton Rapids; 16 grandchildren, including two he raised, Jon and Jesse; two great grandchildren, including Kylee, whom he raised “ninner bit”; two brothers, Ed (Gretchen) Scott of Ludington, Jim (Saundra) Scott of Eaton Rapids; four sisters, Beverly Miller, Marilyn (Leo) Kenyon, Phyllis (Norman) Love, all of Eaton Rapids, and Ruthann Wilbur of Ludington; several nieces and nephews; and a special “thank you” to Mike Raby, Donnie Blackwell, Paul Johnson and Margaret Kyser.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 24 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating.

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

 

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Edward J. Sears

 

   Edward John Sears, 80, of Potterville, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005.

   Mr. Sears was born Nov. 21, 1924 in Ravenna, the son of Max and Mary (Pacana) Sierkowski. Mr. Sears was a U.S. Army World War II veteran who earned The Purple Heart Award. He was a manager for the State of Michigan. He enjoyed dancing and creating stained glass pieces for family and friends, and other types of art.

   He is survived by his wife, Janith; sons, Michael (Amy) Sears and Phillip Sears; daughters, Karen (Ron) Moubray and Lynda Schneeberger; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by eight siblings.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Mark Wolfe officiating. Interment was at Windsor Township Cemetery in Dimondale.

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

 

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Emeline C. Sellen

 

   Emeline Caroline Sellen, 88, of Olivet, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at Tendercare Marshall in Marshall.

   Ms. Sellen was born Oct. 25, 1916 in Kalamo Township, the daughter of Sherman and Zadia (Rial) Garity.

   She is survived by children, Suzanne Taylor of Coldwater, JoAnn Bowser of Lansing, Kenneth (Susan) Sellen of Northville, Irvin (Marlene) Sellen of Marshall, Ricky (Brenda) Link of Burlington; 21 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren; siblings, Jean Carnell of Battle Creek. Lois Guthrie of Grand Rapids, Marian Goris of Nashville, Ardith Beauchamp of Chicago, Marylou Plaunt of Nashville, Huey (Ann) Garity of Bellevue; sisters-in-law, Audrey Garity of St. Louis, Mo., and Alice Garity of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Edith Kennison; son, Conrad Sellen; siblings, Thomas Garity, Carl Garity, Pierce Garity, John Garity, Lena Hughes, Alice Squires and Joyce Scott; and sister-in-law, Wilma Garity.

   Graveside services were held Sept. 26 at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

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

 

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Marie L.M. Shafe

 

   Marie L.M. (Gesse) Shafe, 94, of Olivet, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at the  Country Living Adult Foster Care Home.

   Mrs. Shafe was born Feb. 2, 2911, in Anchor, Ill., the daughter of Johannes F. and  Antke M. (Eilers) Suntken. She was known as a sweet lady who enjoyed whistling and was an accomplished musician.

   She is survived by several nieces and nephews and two step-daughters.

   Graveside services were held May 13 at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing, with  Rev. Courtney Suntken officiating.

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

 

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Audrey L. Shafer

 

   Audrey L. Shafer, 79, of Charlotte, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005 at Eaton community Hospice House.

   Mrs. Shafer was born March 26, 1925 in French Creek, W.Va., the daughter of Roy and Ruby Pearl (Murphy) Butcher. She was married in 1942 to Carl L. Shafer who preceded her in death in 1997. She loved golfing, enjoyed dancing and was an avid reader.

   She is survived by children, Pamela K. (Bob) Buffenbarger of Charlotte, Sandra L. (Norm) Ballas of New Mexico, Gerald L. Shafer of Colorado; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren; sister, Maggie Whitt of Florida; and brother, Wilbur Cook of Florida.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Francis Cole; brothers, Kenneth and Robert Cook and Marion Butcher.

   A Family Affirmation Service was held Feb. 10 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 Eaton Community Hospice House. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Marilyn H. Shaw

 

   Marilyn H. Shaw, 53, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing.

   Marilyn was born Oct. 27, 1951 in Lansing, the daughter of Lynn and Mary (Huntington) Shaw and had been a Charlotte-area resident most of her life. She was a 1970 graduate of Charlotte High School, a 1974 graduate of Alma College, was currently serving as vice president of the Eaton Community Hospice Board of Directors, and attended First congregational Church in Charlotte.

   Surviving are: her daughter, Mandi Dart of Okemos; two sisters, Harriett (Ronald) Converse and Connie Fast, both of Charlotte; two nephews; four nieces and several grand nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Funeral services were held July 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Philip Hobson officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Phillip Sherman

 

   Phillip N. Sherman, 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Sherman was born July 10, 1923 in Brookfield Township, the son of Harold and Florence (Wildren) Sherman. Phil was first employed in 1937 at Behrens & Rowe Drug Store in Charlotte at the age of 14 as a stock boy and soda jerk. A graduate of Charlotte High School in 1941, he attended the University of Grand rapids, the University of Michigan and graduated from Ferris Institute in s1949 with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. He then worked in Hastings for Taffee Pharmacy as a pharmacist and co-owner for 13 years and in 1962 moved to Eaton Rapids and married Mary Reitsma in 1963. Phil worked for Jack Shimmin at Shimmin Drug Store for 13 years and later worked for Leigh Furgason at Furgason Pharmacy for 13 years, retiring in 1988. Phil served in the U.s. Naval Reserve as a pharmacist mate during World War II. Phil was a dual member of the Hastings F.&A.M. Lodge 52 and Eaton Rapids Lodge 63. He was a life member of the Elks EPO Elks 1965 of Hastings and American Legion Post 15 of Eaton Rapids. He learned to play the violin at an early age and later the clarinet and saxophone. Phil played in several big bands during the Big Band Era in the ‘30s and ‘40s and because of his love of music he later played in small dance combos until around 1964.

   Preceding him in death were: a step-daughter, Jonnie Sue Reitsma; son-in-law, Dr. John Kijak; and two brothers, John V. and Jerry J. Sherman, both of Charlotte.

   Surviving are: his wife of 42 years, Mary; two children, Nancy Siddall of Lansing and William (Gloria) Sherman of Battle Creek; two step-children, Peggy (Jerry) McManus of Eaton Rapids and Carla Kijak of Gaitherburg, MD.; 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; sister, Jeane Scherrer of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Midge Sherman of Ft. Lauderdale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be held in the spring.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. For online condolences, visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

Velma A. Shilts

 

   Velma A. (Parrott) Shilts, 83, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005.

   Mrs. Shilts was born  April 5, 1922 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Shirlie and Maude (Seamen) Parrott. She was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, had been employed by the Charlotte Shopping Guide, and as a hairdresser, and was currently a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. She enjoyed growing and caring for her collection of violets.

   Surviving are her husband of almost 60 years, Ronald E. Shilts; sister, Bernita Spillane of Battle Creek; sister-in-law, Laura Leeser of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Charles W. Parrott and Lloyd Raymond Parrott.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

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

 

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Gary R. Sholty

 

   Gary R. Sholty, age 66 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, August 18, 2005 at his residence with his family by his bedside. He was born May 14, 1939 in Alma, MI, the son of Maxwell and Georgia (Romine) Sholty. Gary was a St4eam Fitter and was a member of the Lansing Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #333. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Maxwell “Skip” Sholty.

   Gary is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cynthia; 3 children, Dale (Kathy) Sholty of Freemont, Mike (Heather) Sholty of Springport and Lori (Duane) Wilson of Springport; 6 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Beverly Granger, Gwen Thompson and Shirley Hendy; sister-in-law, Nancy Sholty; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be held today, August 23, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contribution s may be made to the Heartland Hospice c/o HCR Manor Care Foundation, 333 N. Summit St., PO Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699-0086, in memory of Gary Sholty.

 

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Monica R. Siarny

 

   Monica Rose Siarny, 22, of Charlotte, formerly of Oak Park, Ill. has passed away.

   Monica was the loving daughter of William and Cynthia, nee Skarbek, Siarny; sister of Gerard B., David B. (Julie), Matthew A. (Michiko) Goto and Elizabeth M. Siarny; granddaughter of Herbert C. and Catherine B. Skarbek of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Ann E. and the late William D. Siarny Sr. of Chicago; loving nieces, cousin and friend of many.

   Mass was held April 8 at Ascension Church in Oak Park, Ill.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Michigan Brain Research Center, 1914 Taubman Center, Box 0316, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0316.

   Arrangements were by Columbian Chapels/Gamboney & Son Directors. Local arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Evalyn Simpson

 

   Evalyn Simpson, 89, passed away March 9, 2005 in Charlotte.

   She was born Feb. 4, 1916 in Glenside, Pa. She spent her life caring for others, volunteering her services and using her many talents. She loved poetry, music, art and teaching and was a good friend with a heart for God.

   She is survived by four daughters, Charlotte (Francis) Williams, Evalyn Hamlin, Audrey Simpson, Roberta Clodfelter; nine grandchildren, Jodi (Michael) Lunghi, Cristi (Neal) Glazebrook, Kari (Michael) Reaume, David Hamlin, Gordon Hamlin, Cory Williams, Camilla (Daryl) Targosz, Melissa Hamlin, Jamie Hamlin; five great grandchildren, Kelleigh Rey, Morgan Reaume, Austin Blakney, Kennedy Targosz, Ella Lunghi; sister, Aliene (Sam) White; brother, Louis (Joyce) Wingfield; and special friend, Gen Conley.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.

   Services were held in Roseville, where she spent most of her life. Memorial contributions may be made to a children’s charity of choice.

 

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Rachel L. Sinclair

 

   Rachel L. (Speck, Summers) Sinclair, 64, of Lansing, died March 19, 2005.

   Rachel was born Dec. 29, 1940 in Portland. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She had many children of her heart.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Edward (Doc) Summers.

   Surviving are her daughter, Shannon E. Speck of Saginaw; sons, Scott (Holly) Speck and Staccy Speck, both of Dansville; grandchildren, Amber, Jessica, Alex and Ashley Speck; mother, Ruth Ann Summers; three brothers and four sisters.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 2095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906; or to the American Heart Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

 

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Zola B. Sipes

 

   Zola B. (Cole) Sipes, 53, of Holt, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2005 in Holt.

   Zola was born Dec. 31, 1951 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Young) Cole. She has been employed with the Michigan Secretary of State for 25 years. Zola was active in the Eaton and Ingham County 4-H, loved showing, breaking and training horses, and was a member of GLHA. She enjoyed gardening, baking and wood working (building).

   Surviving her are her husband of 36 years, Ron Sipes; two daughters, Ida (Edward Corbett) Glassbrook of Leslie, Randy (Brian) Zimmerman of Holt; was a loving “Nana” to seven grandchildren, Brandon Glassbrook, Bethany, Jamie and Michael Slater, Veronica Zimmerman, Parker and Courtney Corbett; and two step-grandchildren, Samantha and Charlene Zimmerman.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Hospice in memory of Zola Sipes.

 

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Robert Sloan

 

   Robert H. Sloan, 68, of Elmira, formerly of Boyne City and Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005.

   He was born Sept. 13, 1937 in Lansing, the son of Leo and Lena (Petrie) Sloan. Robert was an air-conditioning and refrigeration technician until his retirement and had also worked at Boyne Mountain. He married Donna J. Hitchcock on Dec. 5, 1959; she survives.

   Robert is also survived by his daughters, Cindy Hess of Petoskey, Sherry (Monte) Follette of Boyne City and Robin (Tim) Potter of Bellaire; grandchildren, Robert Hall, Monica Fernatt, Ammie Follette, Jennifer Hall, Pamela Sloan, Ruthie Follette, Angela Potter and Kayla Hess; and great grandchildren, Spencer Fernatt, Tearsa Ritch, Jayde Fraser, Jennifer Jenkins, Jacob Lacy, Clowie Lynn Wicoff and Savannah Kroondyk.

   Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruth Towsley and Lela Winters; and a brother, Donald Sloan.

   Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sloan & Ketter Cancer Society for Renal Cell Research through Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

 

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Garth Slocum

 

   Garth Slocum, 90, of Hudson, formerly of Nashville, passed away at his residence on May 12, 2005.

   Mr. Slocum was born Oct. 31, 1941 in Castleton Township, Barry County, to Shirley D. Slocum and Arlie Aspinall Slocum. He grew up on a farm outside of Hastings, and attended Martin Corners Country School and Hastings High School. After his schooling, he farmed, worked at E.W. Bliss, General Motors, Jareki Machine and Tool, Oliver Corporation Outboard Motor Division and Aluminum Extrusions, and operated Colfax Manufacturing until his retirement in 1977. Upon retirement, he returned to farming until the age of 80. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed reading, wood and metal work, tinkering with automobiles, gardening and traveling, but most of all he enjoyed his family and grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Karrar; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 20 at Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Congregational Church, Hernando-Pasco Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.

 

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Genevra I. Smith

 

    Genevra I. Smith, age 88, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, September 14, 2005 in Charlotte. Genevra was born April 27, 1917 in Necedah, WI, one of nine children born to Roland and Ruby (Huntley) Smith. Mrs. Smith was a member and Sunday School Teach of the Assembly of God Church in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden in 1961, and 7 brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are her 5 children, Howard (Patricia) Smith of Rives Junction, Elsie (George) Ehara of Costa Mesa, CA, Alden (Betsy) Smith of Olivet, Gerri Brooks of Eaton Rapids and Susan (Butch) Pike of Georgetown, KY; 17 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren; sister, Mable Gmazel and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 17th from the Skinner Funeral Home with the Rev. Max McCloud, officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Alden Smith, Josh Bambach, Scott Steele, Jason Bartley, Brian Ehara and Greg Prost. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Genevra I. Smith.

 

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Ilo ‘Joann’ Smith

 

   Ilo “Joann” Smith, 79, of Lansing, died with her family by her side, Saturday, May 28, 2005, from complications of open-heart surgery at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   She was born Sept. 26, 1925 in Fort Wayne, Ind., the only child of Nelson and Florence Mae (Porter) Arter. She and her parents moved to Lansing when she was 14 years old and she attended Eastern High School, class of 1943. She married Frederick “Fred”  L. Smith on Dec. 14, 1945.

   Joann had many friends; the Lansing Mall folds were especially important to her, as were her friends in Alanson, where she and her husband had spent the past 16 summers. The family expressed appreciation to: Christ, Liz and Tasinda, Ingham Nurses for their kindness; Rev. Rick Story of Shiawassee Harvest Ministries in Corunna; and Rev. Karen Wheat and Rev. Ken Lewis of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist church, for their spiritual guidance and love.

   She was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Sandra.

   Surviving are her husband, Fred; three daughters, Marsha (Al) McDonald of Charlotte, Vickie (Sam) Raleigh of Corunna, and Jackie (Lynn) McLean of Troy; seven grandchildren, Kurt Kesler, Sidney McDonald, Kristi McDonald, Amme Knight, Dylan Shaffer, Melanie Garden, and Kyle McLean; 11 great grandchildren, Joseph and Jordan Head, Blaine and Jerriell Kesler, Seth, Jaron and Rachel Bowden, Caleb and Peyton Shaffer, and Lauren and Sam Knight; brother-in-law, Jim (Emma) Smith; sisters-in-law, Nelda Wardell and Norma (Loyal) Shepler; and loved cousins-in-law, Harold and Millie Harrison.

   Per her wishes, cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were held June 9 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, 210 E. Lawrence Avenue, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements were by Estes-Leadley, Greater Lansing Chapel.

 

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Isabelle M. Smith

 

   Isabelle M. Smith, 90, of Jenison, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005 at Breton Manor Hospice in Kentwood.

   Mrs. Smith was born March 7, 1915 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Bertis and Stella (Tew) Shreve and had been a Jenison resident since 1992 coming from Charlotte. While in Charlotte, she had been employed at Farm Bureau Insurance, served as Carmel Township Treasurer for 27 years, was an active member of First Congregational Church UCC where she served on many committees, was a member of Eaton County Farm Bureau where she was selected as “Woman of the Year,” and enjoyed traveling with her husband. She was currently an associate member of the Hudsonville Congregational Church UCC.

   Surviving are two daughters, Janice (Jerry) Elve of Grand Rapids and Mary (Larry) Humphrey of Hudsonville; grandson, Kirt (Jani) Wilson; two great grandsons, Cameron and Nolan Wilson; step-grandchildren, Jill (Mike) MacKellar, Sarah Elve, Larry (Patti) Humphrey, Lora (Ken) Post and Dennis (Lori) Humphrey; many step-great grandchildren; sister, Eva Randall of Ann Arbor; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Vidian J. “Vid” Smith, in 1999.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Eric Thorsen officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte, the Hudsonville Congregational Church UCC, or the Hospice of Holland Home in Grand Rapids.

 

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Raymond K. Smith

 

   Raymond K. Smith, age 74, of Eaton Rapids died, Tuesday, January 25, 2005. He was born February 15, 1930 in Lansing, the son of Elvin J. and Jessie Marie (Hall) Smith. Mr. Smith worked in the field of construction as a driver and has lived in this area all his life. A member of the F. & A.M. Lodge #284 of Springport and a member of the Teamsters Local #580 of Lansing.

   Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Shirley Anne Smith of Eaton Rapids; sons, Ronny (Krisanna) Smith of Eaton Rapid and Keith (Jennifer) Smith of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Jenay, Brandon, Ryan, Jenessa Smith and Kaitlyn and Jaden Maus and many friends.

   Funeral services were held January 29 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, and burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery. A Masonic memorial service was held, conducted by the Springport Masonic Lodge.

 

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Wendell A. Smith

 

   Wendell A. Smith, 90, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Mr. Smith was born Aug. 18, 1914 in Charlotte, the son of Orville and Millie (Stevens) Smith and was a lifelong resident of Charlotte. Wendell had worked on the engine line at Oldsmobile in Lansing, retiring more than 25 years ago after 32 years of service. He was an avid antique car lover; he loved his Willys Knights and Packard’s. Wendell had been a member of the Willys Overland Car Club, the Packard Car Club and the Capitol City Old Car Club. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandpa.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Gertrude (Harmon) Smith, in 1979.

   Surviving are three children, Bruce I (Vigilia) Smith of Marshall, Edgar A. (Phyllis) Smith of Charlotte and Mary A. (James) Rogers of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held May 25 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Olan Thomas of Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Michael L. Snyder

 

   Michael L. Snyder, 56, of Potterville, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

   Mike was born in Nashville, Mich., on Nov. 24, 1948, the son of Max R. and Wanda J. (Converse) Snyder. Mike grew up in the Nashville area and attended school there, graduating from Maple Valley High School. After graduating from high school, Mike served his country during the Vietnam War. In the early 1980s, Mike began working at Schaffer Bakeries in Lansing, and was employed with Schaffer for more than 25 years. Mike was a member of the Local Teamsters Union.

   Mike was the husband of Ruth (Keusch) Snyder. They were married April 7, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple spent their lives together living in the Potterville area. He and his beloved wife, Ruth, enjoyed traveling together. They visited places like Mt. Pleasant, the Bahamas, and Cancun, Mexico, but they especially enjoyed their time together vacationing in the Las Vegas area.

   Mike is survived by his mother, Wanda; his wife, Ruth; daughters, Linette Snyder and Dana  Snyder; step-sons, Tony (Jennifer) Patino and Jason Patino; eight grandchildren, Kira, Anthony, Dominic, Dakota and Antonette Patino, and Austin, Mariah and Taylor.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Max, and his brother, Max “Butch” Snyder.

   Funeral services were held June 7 at Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, with Pastor Rob VanEngen officiating.

   Graveside services with full military honors will be held at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

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Samuel Southern

 

   Samuel Clark Southern, 87, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Mr. Southern was born Sept. 12, 1918 in Kalamo Township, Eaton County the son of William and Lulu (Shields) Southern and was a life resident of Eaton County. He was employed by Fisher Body in Lansing, retiring in 1975 after 31 years of service, and had also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

   He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lile (Buffenbarger) Southern; son, Phillip (Sandy) Southern; grandchildren, Lori (Raymond) Aseltine, Rick (Becky) Southern, Sue (Tim) Olmstead and Brian Southern; and great grandchildren, Justin, Shania,  Brock, Amy and Sarah.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Varner, in December 1994; sister, Elizabeth Stowe; and brothers, Shirley, Pete (William) and Jack Southern.

   At. Mr. Southern’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service was held.

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

 

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Eva B. Spaulding

 

   Eva Belle Spaulding, 94, of Bellevue, died March 25, 2005 at Flower House Assisted Living in Nashville.

   She was born March 28, 1910 to Elwood and Minnie (Cary) Kelly in Hartford. She worked part-time for Fruin Pharmacy and also at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital. Eva enjoyed playing bridge with her bridge club, as well as bowling and playing golf.

   Eva married Morris Spaulding in 1929; he preceded her in death July 1, 1994. She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Spaulding, and a granddaughter, Linda Clark.

    She is survived by daughter, Carol Pierce of Bellevue; daughter-in-law, Edna Spaulding; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and 17 great-great grandchildren.

   Services were held March 29 at Bellevue First Baptist Church, with Pastor Don Francis officiating. Interment 3was at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue First Baptist Church or the 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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Nicholas M. Spotts

 

   Nicholas Michael Spotts, 32, of Olivet, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2005 in Lee County, Fla.

   Mr. Spotts was born Nov. 24, 1972 in Charlotte, the son of Michael and Patti (Schneckenberger) Spotts. He was a carpenter and also worked for Tip Top Tree Service and Airway Manufacturing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing pool, and was a NASCAR fan.

   Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Spotts of Olivet; two daughters, Katelynn Spotts and Krista England, both of Olivet; two sons, Mikey Spotts and Joey Spotts, both of Olivet; mother, Patti (Gary) Wright of Charlotte; father, Michael (Chris) Spotts of Olivet; grandparents, Richard and MaryLou Schneckenberger of Charlotte, and Ozell Spotts; half-sister, Renee Spotts of Olivet; and half-brother, Ryan Spotts of Olivet.

   No services will be held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for the children of Nicholas Spotts. Arrangements were by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion.

 

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Freda Janet Stahl

 

   Freda J. Stahl, age 80 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, August 26k, 2005 at Select Speciality Hospital in Battle Creek. She was born February 19, 1925 in Fall River, Minnesota, the daughter of Nathan and Mary Abdow. Mrs. Stahl had formerly worked for the Horner Woolen Mill Co. in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death was her husband, Edgar H. Stahl. Sr. in 2003; two infant children, Margaret and Norman; brothers Eddie and Dukie.

   Surviving are three children, Mary (Michael) Carter of Belgrade, M N, Jennie (David) Hollister of Bellevue, and Edgar H. Stahl of Hudson, FL; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; two brothers and one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Private family graveside services will be Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Raids. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Freda Stahl. Arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bethel Stambaugh

 

   Bethel Ione Stambaugh, 91, of Sunfield, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 at a Lansing Hospital.

   She was born Dec. 29, 1913 in Sunfield, the daughter of George LeRoy and Almira Lucina (Flint) Richard. Bethel was a former Sunfield telephone operator. She belonged to the Eaton Extension group which met once a month and worked on crafts. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking.

   Mrs. Stambaugh was preceded in death by her husband, Cale Stambaugh; son, Richard Stambaugh; sister, Hester Estep; brothers, Wayne Richard and Clifton Richard; and her mother and father.

   Surviving are her three sons, Lynwood Stambaugh, LeRoy (Ramona) Stambaugh and Freddie (Jennie) Stambaugh; daughter, Janet Stambaugh; five grandchildren, Lori Martinez, Randy Stambaugh, Tici Stambaugh, Chris Stambaugh and Bethany Shettler; and four great grandchildren, Randi and Nicole Martinez, Dana and Audin Stambaugh.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth Scholarship Fund, AKA S.P.Y.’s c/o RFH P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

 

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Elizabeth Stansbury

 

   Sara Elizabeth “Lizzy” (Mills) Stansbury, 93, of Olivet and Bellevue, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005.

   She was born May 24, 1911 in Garfield, Ark., the daughter of James Robert and Laura Mae Mills. She was the third oldest of nine children and had been a resident of Olivet and Bellevue since 1936, coming to Michigan from Fairview, Mo. She was primarily a housewife, but had worked in the Olivet school cafeteria and retired from the housekeeping department for Calhoun  County.

   Elizabeth will be remembered by family and friends for her Sunday chicken dinners where there always seemed to be company, but nobody went hungry; the gathering of family and friends for the “fun” card and silly games; her love of bingo; the enjoyment of her grandchildren, from the oldest to the youngest, and the pride she had for each. There were also special times spent with her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Elizabeth married Kelly Justin Stansbury on Aug. 15, 1931. They celebrated 53 years of marriage prior to his death in 1984.

   Elizabeth is survived by children, Billy (Bonnie) and Shirley Link (Bob) Weers, both of Bellevue, and Kelly (Dee) Stansbury of Naubinway; sisters-in-law, Alice Mills of Charlotte and Muriel “Jean” Mills of Potterville; 37 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Carrol; a great grandson, Brandon; her parents and eight brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice of Jackson, the Resident Activities Fund at Marshall Manor, or the charity of one’s choice.

 

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Carrie L. Stanton

 

   Carrie LeAnn Stanton, 43, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2005 after a fight with cancer.

   Mrs. Stanton was born April 23, 1962 in Albion, the daughter of John Bailey and Jean Kemp. She was an office manager for an advertising company.

   She is survived by her husband, Eric Stanton; sons, Derrick and Deven; daughter, Megan; father, John Bailey of Marshall; mother, Jean Kemp of Charlotte; mother-in-law, Vonda Stanton of Charlotte; sisters, Mellissa (Charley) Craig of Indiana, Martha (Scott) Richard of Charlotte, Janice Bailey of Marshall; brothers, Mark Holbrook of Coldwater, John (Betsy) Bailey of Olivet, Tom (Barbara) Bailey of Olivet, Donnie Bailey of Marshall and Paul (Kristin) Holbrook of Marshall.

   Funeral services were held July 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating.

   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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Bethel Steele

 

   Bethel Ann Steele, 72, of Parma, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 at Arbor Wood Assisted Living in Jackson.

   She was born June 21, 1933 in Eaton Rapids, to  Gerald and Rudy (Twitchell) Eitniear. Bethel married Robert L. Steele on April 14, 1951 in Eaton Rapids; he preceded her in death. Bethel was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. She was a member of North Parma Church and Eastern Star Chapter 270 of Parma-Springport, and enjoyed sewing, crocheting and knitting.

   She is survived by her six children, Susan (Dennis) Urene of Shepherd, Linda (Bob) Everett of Parma,

Tom (Peggy) Steele of Parma, David (Sandy) Steele of Houghton Lake, Karen (John) Trumble of Horton and Julie (Shawn) Newton of Wheeler; 14 grandchildren, Jill, Rebecca, James, Emily, Nicole, Robert, Amy, Lauren, Mary, Ginny, Grace, Sarah, Kaitlyn and Lindsey; three great grandchildren, Jordyn, Rylee and Zachary; sister, Judith Miller of Newburg, Ore.; daughter-in-law, Robin (Doug) Saleau of Jackson; and special friends, Pat and Greg Wyble of Jackson and Marshall and Judy Farley of Parma.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry, in 1994; and a brother, Jim Eitniear.

   Eastern Star Service was held Dec. 7. Funeral service was held Dec. 8 at the Parma Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with Pastor Michael Baker-Streevy officiating. Burial was at Plains Cemetery in Aurelius Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to North Parma  Church or Hospice of Jackson-Oaklawn. Further information is available at www.tidd-williams.com.

 

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Eileen Stevens

 

   Eileen Joy Stevens, 62, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005.

   Mrs. Stevens was born Dec. 18, 1942 in Lansing, the daughter of Cecil and Agnes (Davidson) Butler. She was a former member of the Lions Club of Charlotte, on the Charlotte Library Board, involved in fund-raising for the Charlotte senior center and was a co-founder of the Charlotte Area Recycling Center and a member of the Charlotte Optimist Club. Eileen shared her love for travel in Europe by sharing it with grade school children. She worked for the city of Charlotte for 23 years.

   She is survived by her son, Christian Stevens of Charlotte; daughter, Lisa Stevens of Berkley; grandchildren, Tara and Emily Stevens; mother, Agnes Butler of Charlotte; sister, Susan (John) Brandt of Potterville; brother, David Butler of Charlotte; and sister-in-law, Jackie Butler of Sunfield.

   She was p[receded in death by her husband, Jerry Stevens, in 1986; a son, Andrew Stevens, in 1994; and a brother, Allen Butler, in 2004.

   Graveside funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton “Township, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.

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

 

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Shirley May Stevens

 

   Shirley May Stevens, age 92, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, April 7, 2005 in Eaton Rapids. She was born December 12, 1912 in Jackson County, the daughter of Harry and Lula (Davison) Harrington. Shirley was a bookkeeper for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital for many years and after retiring moved with her husband Max to Luzerne, Michigan. After Max’s death in 1995 she moved back to Eaton Rapids to be close to cousins and friends.

   She is survived by cousins and friends and her close friend Donald “Deke” Miller.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 11, 2005 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Deke Miller, Dennis Stevens, Roger Beattie, Tony Fedewa, Ben Holwig and William Holwig.

 

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William George Steward

 

   William G. Steward, age 73, of Eaton Rapids formerly of Springport, died Tuesday November 22, 2005. He was born March 29, 1932 in Athens, Michigan the son of Glen and Hazel (McNeal) Steward. Mr. Steward spent his life farming with his two brothers in rural Springport. He was an avid restorer and collector of antique tractors and a member of the Antique Tractor Club.

   Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Mildred; 3 step-children, David Grover of Lansing, James (Theresa) Grover of Jackson, and Diana Tammen of Holt; 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kristine, and Gabrielle Grover, 2 brothers, Phillip (Margery) Steward, Glen (Carolyn) Steward and sister, Mary (Milton ) Shultz, all of Springport; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, November 26, 2005 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton Community Hospice or Lansing Visiting Nurse Hospice in memory of William G. Steward.

 

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Jack W. Stone

 

   Jack W. Stone, 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005 in East Lansing.

   Jack was born March 22, 1923 in Higbee, Mo., the son of Joseph Riley and Evelyn Henrietta (Clark) Stone. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp, Division 1, First Artillery, during the Asian Campaign in World War II and retired from Oldsmobile in 1987 after 25 years of service.

   Jack was preceded in death by his son, Jack W. Stone Jr.; his daughter, Kristina Coleman; and two brothers, Joe and Bill.

   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maxine (Pitcher) Stone of Eaton Rapids; seven daughters, Judy (Orville) Bartley of Charlotte, Donna (John) McLaughlin of Lansing, Diana (Mark) Crises of East Lansing, Jo Johnson of Mason, Joni (Doug) Singletary of Lansing, Annette Adams of Lansing, Gloria McFadden of Lansing; 32 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 8 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment with military honors followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

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

 

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Conner J. Strader

 

   Conner J. Strader, Age 63 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at a Lansing Hospital. Conner was born April 5, 1942 in Ypsilanti, the son  of John and Joan (Wilcox) Strader. Mr. Strader served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652. He had retired in 2002 as a Pinter for General Motors in Lansing. He formerly had worked for Speedway in Eaton Rapids and was currently Nigh Manager at the Dimondale Quality Dairy. Preceding him in death was a son and his parents.

   Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Vickie; 4 children, Johnette Sue Edward of NC, Laurie (Duane) Gault of Eaton Rapids, Elizabeth “Sis” (Mike) Atchley of Eaton Rapids and Tom (David Michael) Wood of Dimondale; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother, Guy (Rocky) Strader of WV; numerous nieces and nephews and mother-in-law, Mary “Squeek” Steele of Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial services will be held Tuesday, September 13 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to T.J.’s Rescued Angels at 5786 Kinneville Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI, 48827 in memory of Conner Strader. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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D. Bruce Stratton

 

   D. Bruce Stratton, 70, of Dimondale, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005 at his home.

   Mr. Stratton was born Sept. 21, 1934 in Lansing, the son of Robert and Christine (Dewar) Stratton. He owned Stratton Sports Cars and was formerly active in auto racing through the  Sports Car Club of America. He was a real estate broker and built condominium projects in the Lansing, Grand Rapids and Harbor Springs areas, as the chairman of Continental Acquisitions in the 1970s. He was also a board member of the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and a docent at the Michigan History Museum. Bruce spent his spare time flying and exploring the islands of Lake Michigan.

   He will be missed by his wife, Charlyn 9levernier); daughters, Christine ()James) Rowe of Nome, Alaska, Lauren Noble of Midland, N.C., Kellyn (John) Sliwinski of Anchorage, Alaska; sons, Matthew (Lisa) Stratton of Dimondale, Stephen (Mary Ann) Stratton of Livonia, Andrew (Jenne) Stratton of Acworth, Ga., and Nathan (Nora) Stratton of Sausalito, Calif.; and 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Jimi Youngblood.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale. Interment was at Ohioville Cemetery, Burt Lake.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Burt Lake Christian Church, Burt Lake, MI 49717. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Steven Eugene Stucker

 

   Steven Eugene Stucker, age 49, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Palmyra, MI, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2005 in Eaton Rapids. Steven was born November 30, 1955 in Adrian, the son of DeArle Eugene and Joyce Elaine (Bierley) Stucker. He graduated from Blissfield High  School in 1973, served on the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Dept. from 1973 until 1988, has been employed by the City of Lansing Fire Department as an engineer/paramedic since 1990 and also was a  Real Estate Associate for Conner Realty of Eaton Rapids. Steve was an active member and served on the church board of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church.

   Steve is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 29 years, Nancy (Thompson); 4 daughters, Lindsey, Katie (Jere) Swift, Ashlyn and Alyse, all of Eaton Rapids; parents, DeArle & Joyce (Bierley) Stucker of Blissfield; 2 brothers, Robert (Leigh Ann) Stucker of Howell, Douglas (Patty) Stucker of Temperance; 1 sister, Brenda (Andy) Hummell of AZ; 6 nieces and nephews; and the wonderful brothers and sisters of Lansing Fire Department.

   Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church, 6044 S. Clinton Trail, with cremation to follow. Casket bearers will be Matthew Holzhei, Dennis Miller, Bryan Epling, David Boomer, Steven Mazurek and Jeffery Hanna. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Steven Stucker Memorial Fund in his memory. Arrangements are by the  Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Doris M. Squires

 

   Doris Marie Chenault Squires, 77, a retired elementary reading specialist for Charlotte Public Schools, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., following an accidental fall on March 18, 2005.

   Doris was born April 4, 1928 in Detroit, to John Ryland Chenault and Ruby Marie Alexander Chenault. She moved between Detroit and King & queen County, Va., throughout her teen years, graduating from Marriott High School in King & Queen County, Va., at the top of her class on May 29, 1944, at the age of 16.

   Doris then embarked on six years of theological education, in preparation for foreign mission work. She attended Mars Hill College, in Mars Hill, N.C., graduating with an Associate of Arts in 1946. She then attended Columbia Bible College, in  Columbia, S.C., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts of Biblical Education in 1949. Doris completed her formal theological education at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., graduating with a Master of Religious Education in 1952.

   Doris married a fellow Northern Baptist Seminary student, John William Hubley, in 1952. Peter was born in 1955 and Paul in 1958. Doris and John served Baptist churches in Saginaw, Davison and Port Huron.

   Doris began her public school teaching career by substitute teaching in Davison and then, as her family moved, to Port Huron and Ann Arbor. While also raising her two boys, she entered Michigan State University night and summer schools, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1968. Doris moved her two boys to Charlotte in 1971 where she became an elementary school reading teacher with Charlotte Public Schools. Doris continued her night and summer education, receiving a Master of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 1973.

   In November 1977 Doris married Douglas Squires, of Eaton Rapids.

   In October 1981 Doris was inducted into the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the honorary professional society of women educators, in recognition of her achievements as a reading specialist for both elementary school students and night school students for English as a second language.

   A highlight of Doris’ education career was a two-week trip to Japan as part of the 1983 Goodwill Mission to Shiga Prefecture. She experienced Japanese hospitality in various elementary schools and homes, taking letters from then-Governor William Milliken and then-Superintendent of Schools Elwood Larsen to their Japanese counterparts.

   Doris and Doug traveled extensively in the United States, and also accomplished one of Doris’ dreams by traveling throughout Europe.

   Doris retired from the Charlotte Public School District in 1987, completing 22 years in public school education.

   From 1994, Doris and Doug resided in Tucson, Ariz., where she fell at a gas station of March 18, 2005. Doris was en route to visit Doug, who has resided in an Alzheimer’s care home since 2001. Doris was immediately airlifted from Tucson to Phoenix’s Good Samaritan Hospital where she passed away on April 5, 2005 from complications related to her fall.

   Doris is survived by her husband, Doug Squires; and his children, Maurica Brown, Ralph Squires, Annette Nealey, Robert Squires and Sally Whaley; and her two sons, Peter Hubley and Paul Hubley.

   A memorial service was held in Tucson, Ariz., on March 11, 2005.

   An additional memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 9220 Kinneville Hwy., Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Scott Boles leading the service.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial fund established with the Alzheimer’s Association – Southern Arizona, 5132 East Pima Street, Tucson, AZ 85712. Checks should be made payable to “Alzheimer’s Association – Southern Arizona Chapter”; please note that the contribution is in the memory of “Doris Squires” and mail directly to the above Tucson address.

 

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Mildred Sumerix

 

   Mildred Sumerix, 85, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 13, 2005.

   Mrs. Sumerix was born Aug. 3, 1919 in Eaton County, the daughter of Charles and Katherine (Gould) Goodrich. Mildred had worked as a clerk for Gittlemans Clothing and the Charlotte Shopping Guide. She was a member of the Northside Mother’s Club and member of the Charlotte Eagles Aerie 3552. She loved reading and gardening.

   She is survived by daughter, Loraine Chase of Narrow Lake; son, Wayne (Sue) Sumerix of Grand Rapids; son, Lynn (Carol) Sumerix of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Linda Sumerix of Charlotte; sons, Carl (Marti) Sumerix of Mason and Dale Sumerix of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers, Charles and Richard Goodrich of Seattle, Wash.; and a loving relationship with her step-family.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Elmer Sumerix, in 1974; and second husband, Elston Smurr, in 1984.

   Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Ed Linsley officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Community Library. Arrangements are by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Arlene Suntken

 

   Arlene Suntken, 86, of Olivet, died Monday, March 7, 2005.

   Mrs. Suntken was born April 17, 1918 in Johannesburg, Mich., the daughter of Jacob and Gertrude (Shaffer) Guy. She collected teapots and cookie jars, enjoyed painting, canning and flowers, and was blessed with a green thumb. She also raised Boston bull terriers and Siamese cats.

   She is survived by her sons, Lawrence (Jill) Suntken of charlotte, Lavern (Marilyn) Suntken of Olivet, Loyal Suntken of Howell, LaGrand Suntken of Charlotte; seven  grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; and sister, Alma Smith of Woodland.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Suntken, in 2002; sisters, Neva Kantner, Reva Neunfeldt and Valetta Bosworth; and a brother, Myron Guy.

   Services were held March 10 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brook officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Marvin M. Sutton

 

   Marvin M. Sutton, age 79, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2005 while wintering in Arizona City, AZ. Marvin was born August 9, 1925 in Marion, IL, the son of Harry Marvin and Annabel (Crain) Sutton. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School after serving in the Navy (Pacific Theatre) during WWII and was a member of the Eaton Rapids American Legion Post #15. Marvin was a retired CEO of Jet Die Company in Lansing (now known as Barnes Aerospace Group) and became known as the “Titan of Titanium” when he developed Super Plastic Forming in 1971 and later researched & developed his Sutton Core Processes in the late 1980’s. Being a humble man, he always referred to himself as a “metal bender”. His favorite hobby was plowing his fields and raising beef cattle.

   Preceded in death by his brother, James and 2 sisters, Dorotha Williams & Reba Fuller, Marvin is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sylvia A. (Raymo) Sutton; 3 daughters, Rev. Marcia Sutton of OR, Beatrice (Les) McMann and Sybil Sutton, both of Eaton Rapids; 3 sons, Harry (Judith) Sutton of IN, Marvin (Jane) Sutton, Jr. and Mark (Cathy) Kirkey, both of Eaton Rapids; 15 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Max Williams of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Alice Miller of Eaton Rapids, Shirley Cude; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at the Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids Twp. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice or Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Marvin Sutton.

 

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Ruby E. Sutton

 

   Ruby Ellen (Johnson) Sutton, 80, passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2005 at Lansing Ingham Medical Center, following heart bypass surgery.

   Ruby was born Oct. 12, 1924 in Sumner, the daughter of John Leslie and hazel E. (Wing) Johnson, then residents of Elm Hall. She graduated from Alma High School in 1944 and attended Central Michigan University. Ruby married Don Sutton in June of 1947. She taught elementary school for many years throughout Michigan – Vanderbuilt, Muir, Pewamo, Portland, Charlotte and Bellevue – before retiring in the late 1970s. Ruby was an avid reader and letter writer. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting.

   Ruby is survived by her husband, Donald Sutton; daughters, Patty (Dave) Snyder of Charlotte, Janet (Wendell) Holt of Elwell; sons, Charles (Patricia) Sutton of Charlotte, Mike (Cheryl) Sutton of Ninilchik, Alaska; 10 sisters and brothers; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, James Leroy Johnson; and grandson, David Charles Sutton.

   Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Portland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Youth Haven Ranch or Family Life Radio. Arrangements were by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home.

 

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Shirley Ann Swan

 

   Shirley Ann Swan, age 73, of Eaton Rapids passed away peacefully at her home with the loving care of her family and Hospice at her side on June 7, 2005. Shirley was born June 12, 1931 in Charlotte, Michigan one of nine children born to Thomas and Minnie (Garland) Bruce. Shirley was the co-owner of Swan Realty and retired in 2000 from Felpausch Food Center after many years of service where she was known by all the children who frequented the store with their parents as “The Gum Lady”. She participated many years in the Ladies Monday Nite Bowling League, enjoyed golfing and relaxing in Grand Haven with friends. Her grandchildren and most recently her great grandchild were her prize possessions. She enthusiastically attended many soccer, football, basketball, baseball and volleyball games showing her pride and encouragement.

   Preceding her in death were a son, Thomas J. Swan; grandchildren, Daniel and Amy Smith; brothers, Kenneth, Robert, Thomas and Dean Bruce; sisters, Betty Schmidt and Elaine Packard.

   Surviving are her two daughters, Roxann (Tom) Smith and Tami (Rodney) Hector and daughter-in-law, Becky Swan all of Eaton Rapids; two brothers, Wallace (Myra) Bruce and Garry (Barb) Bruce both of Charlotte; 7 grandchildren, Bill (Kim) Smith of Okemos, Kendall Rusco of East Lansing, Joe Ritchey-Hector, Kate Hector, Michael Smith, Sara Swan and Rachel Swan all of Eaton Rapids; great grandson, Brysen Thomas Smith of Okemos and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Although we will miss her, we take comfort in knowing she is at home with her son, grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters and her Heavenly Father.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 10 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to either the National Kidney Foundation, The Sparrow Visiting Nurse Hospice or Ely’s Place in Memory of Shirley A. Swan. To view the video tribute go to http://jill.yourtribute.com/viewtribute.asp?fh=jill&mv=SwanShirley.html.

 

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Richard D. Sweet

 

   Richard D. Sweet, 54, of Vermontville, died Sept. 3, 2005.

   Mr. Sweet was born Feb. 3, 1951 in Lansing, the son of Joyce and Carl Sweet.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Gleason); his daughter, Regina (Jr) Visgar of Nashville; his sons, Richard Sweet of Freeport, Harley (Erin) Sweet of Nashville, Albert (Amy) Sweet of Olivet and Dan (Melissa) Hammond of Nashville; sisters, Kathy (Don) Dulyea of White Cloud and Sherry (Dick) Shaneck of Hastings.

   A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2732 N. Ionia Road, Vermontville.

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

 

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Mary Swift

 

   Mary Swift, 84, of Charlotte, died Friday, April 1, 2005.

   Mary was born March 1, 1921 in Eaton County, the daughter of Burley and Hazel (Olds) Swift. She was formerly employed at Eaton Manor Nursing Home as a laundry attendant before her retirement.

   She is survived by two sisters, Leora Phelps of Lansing and Verl Swift of Charlotte, and a brother, Victor Swift of Marshall.

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

 

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Gertrude M. Teeley

 

   Gertrude Mary (Kaucheck) Teeley, born 92 years ago on Nov. 15, 1912 in Plainfield, NJ, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 1, 2005 after a long bout with numerous illnesses.

   She was born to Leo and Mary (Bishop) Olick. A long resident of the Detroit area, Gertrude was employed in the banking field for many years.

   Known for her great sense of humor and one-liners, Gert was a fine seamstress, and over the years donated many hand-crocheted afghans to friends and the needy.

   She also loved to bake fancy cookies and was an avid reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast. She was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte. She will be missed by those who knew her best.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Kaucheck. Many years later she married second husband, Al Teeley, also now deceased.

   She is survived by her sister, Irene (Everett) young of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Madeline Kaucheck and Julie Kaucheck; brother-in-law, John Kaucheck; nephews, Rev. Father Kenneth Kaucheck, Larry Kaucheck, and Robert E. (Gloria) Stark; niece, Kathy Stark; and many distant nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

   Funeral mass was held March 5 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at Grosse Pointe Woods, with Rev. Father Kenneth Kaucheck officiating. Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

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

Richard C. Tharp

 

   Richard C. Tharp passed away March 31, 2005.

   Richard served in World War II in the U.S. Coast Guard, was a retiree of Regional Transit Service after 41 years, an avid bowler and golfer, involved in junior bowling for 20 years, and volunteered for the ARC bowling program for 25 years.

   He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Roy Tharp; and brothers, Clare and Maurice.

   He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Marilyn; sisters, Celia (Jack) Krieg and Rachel (Devon) Wiley, both of Michigan; brothers, Ion (Kate) of Missouri and Carroll (Diane) of Michigan; sister-in-law, Anne Tharp of Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fred (Gloria) Zettlemoyer of South Carolina; many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

   Services were held April 3 at Crawford Funeral Home in Rochester, NY.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.CrawfordFuneralHome.com.

 

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Richard Thomason, Jr.

 

   Richard George Thomason, Jr., 46, of Vermontville, passed away June 21, 2005 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Mr. Thomason was born Nov. 24, 1958, in Charlotte.

   He was raised in the Kalamo area and attended the Bellevue school system. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast with a special fondness for hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed tinkering with automobiles and playing with his grandchildren. He was raised by his loving parents, Montie and Percilla Morris of Kalamo.

   Richard is survived by his parents; daughter, Chalo (Roberto) Jimenez of Battle Creek; Kyra Jean, and son Joshua Richard. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Isabel, Dawn and Roberto Jimenez; brothers, Robert Thomason of Olivet; Ray Thomason of Hastings; Montie Morris, Jr. and Jerret Morris, both of Nashville; sisters, Frieda Rounds of Charlotte; Jean Morris of Fort Wayne, IN; Tonia Tellas of Ionia; and grandmother, Dorothy Morris of Stayton, OR.

   funeral services were Friday, June 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   Further information available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Tony D. Thompson

 

   Tony Daniel Thompson, 29, of charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005 in Charlotte form injuries received in an auto accident.

   Tony was born in Battle Creek and had been a lifelong area resident. He was a graduate of Olivet High School and was employed by TWNA in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his father, Mike (Susie) Thompson of Charlotte; mother, Karen Starr of Charlotte; two sisters, Katelyn and Kylie Thompson of Charlotte; brother, Paul Starr of Olivet; two step-sisters, Beverly Yandes of Battle Creek and Barbie Starr of Marshall; grandfather, Harold Thompson of Bellevue; and grandmother, Marjorie Thompson of Dimondale.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 25 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment as at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

 

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Lavern “Barney” Thuma

 

   Lavern Thuma of Eaton Rapids, age 81, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2005 in Lansing. Lavern was born March 10, 1924 in Brookfield Twp, the son of Claude Lavern and Ida Gladys (Kikendall) Thuma. He was formerly employed with McClure Implement Co. in Springport and retired from Michigan Packaging Co. in 1990. Barney was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Tracy Ervin.

   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donna Jeanne (Edwards) Thuma of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Cheri Lin Thuma Ervin of Lansing; son, Rick (Glenda Knight) Thuma of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, David (Cindy) Thuma, Derrick Thuma and Kelly Thuma; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Gladys (Doug) Mohler of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 5, 2005 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice in memory of Lavern “Barney” Thuma. www.shelly-odell.com.

 

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Opal G. Thuma

 

   Opal Grace Thuma, 96, of Sunfield, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 at Ovid Healthcare Center.

   Mrs. Thuma was born June 25, 1908 in Lebanon Twp., Clinton County, the daughter of Fred and Cora (Patterson) Benjamin. In December 9f 1939 Opal married Clyde Thuma in Woodland. The couple has lived all their married life at the farm on Bippley Road. Opal was proud to be a farmer’s wife and a homemaker, a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Portland, and a member of the Ionia County Farm Bureau.

   Mrs. Thuma was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, Clyde, in 1979; brothers, Gerald, Howard and Vernon Benjamin; and an infant brother, Donald Benjamin.

   She is survived by her brother, Eugene (Donna) Benjamin of Fowler; sisters-in-law, Margaret (John) Wilson of Portland, Naomi (Orlin) Besgrom of Florida, and Bernita Benjamin of St. Johns; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held March 1 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. Interment was at East Sebewa Cemetery.

   For more information, log onto www.legacy.com.

 

Eugene H. Tinkey

 

   Eugene H. Tinkey, 85, of Potterville, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005.

   Mr. Tinkey was born July 4, 1920 in Hibbing, Minn., the son of George and Hazel (Bartlett) Tinkey. He was a member of the Potterville VFW, enjoyed woodworking, fishing and archery. He liked traveling to Florida and enjoyed tinkering with small engines in Tinkey’s tinker shop. Eugene retired at 55 years old from a skilled trades position with General Motors.

   He is survived by his sons, Roger of Potterville, James (Janet) of Potterville and Dwayne of Charlotte; sister, Margaret (Gordon) Peltier of Florida; brother, Clifford “Bud” (Jeanette) Tinkey of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurabelle, in 1996.

   Memorial services were held for Mr. & Mrs. Tinkey on Aug. 29 at Potterville United Methodist Church, Potterville, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

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

 

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Helen Torbet

 

   Helen Torbet, 61, of Beaverton, died Friday, June 10, 2005.

   Mrs. Torbet was born May 15, 1944 in Lansing, the daughter of Carl Max and Katherine Lucille (Eicher) Guernsey.

   She is survived by her husband, Craig; son, Kevin Dotson; sisters, Karlene Noverr of Santa Clara, Calif., and Sue (Jerry) Bengry of DeWitt; and seven nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Carl Guernsey Jr.

   funeral services were held June 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jensen officiating.

   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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Eldred P. Toutant

 

   Eldred P. “Tout” Toutant, 85, of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 7, 2005 at his residence.

   Mr. Toutant was born Dec. 11, 1919 in Onaway, the son of Phillip Joseph and Lillian (James) Toutant. He was a beloved teacher and administrator in the Charlotte School system for more than 43 years. He was an active supporter of adult education as the Charlotte Community Education director. As a tireless supporter of the youth in the community, he founded the Charlotte Summer Recreation Program and Summer Baseball Leagues, and the Charlotte Seventh Grade Camp Program. He was a member of First Congregational Church, Charlotte Ledge 120 F & AM, the Eaton County Shrine Club, and VFW Post 2406. Tout was also past commander of American Legion Post 42, and past president of the Charlotte Rotary Club with a total of 44 years of perfect attendance.

   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Wilker) Toutant; daughters, Linda King and her husband Ed Hall of Denton, Texas, Amy (Andrew) Smith of Charlotte; son, David (Sally) Toutant of Battle Creek; and grandchildren, Ellie Toutant, Phil Toutant and Austin Smith.

   Funeral services were held May 10 at First Congregational Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte First Congregational Church UCC, or the Seventh Grade Camp Scholarship Fund of the Charlotte Public Schools. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Hester Tuckey

 

   Hester Tuckey, 84, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.

   Mrs. Tuckey was born March 21, 1920 in Lansing, the daughter of Bert and Irene Lucy (Wight) Farrier. She was a loving mother and wonderful homemaker and enjoyed watching and tracking sandhill cranes with her husband, Duane, of 64 years. They often went antiquing as well as taking rides through the countryside. She was an avid sewer and was exceptional at needlepoint, lace making and quilting. Hester was presented blue ribbons by Princess Grace of Monaco for a quilt and needlepoint coats of arms that she made for a Monaco American and International Guild competition in 1974. Hester and Duane were longtime members of the Eaton County Antique Study Group and she was also a member of the Capital Area Lace Makers. She had a great love of music and played the piano by ear. She was blessed by a very strong belief in God and that God exists in everything. She loved her family and was always giving of her time and sharing her talents.

   She is survived by sons, David Duane Tuckey and Jamie Alen Tuckey, both of Vermontville; grandchildren, Curtis Duane Tuckey of Chicago, Christopher David Tuckey and David Alan Tuckey, both of Lansing, Jamie Alen Tuckey II of Hawaii, Jim (Sherry) Haviland of Mt. Morris; great granddaughters, Britiany Tuckey of DeWitt and Heather Haviland of Haslett; sisters, Carla (Edward) Dunning, Marcia (Leroy) Miller, and Sharon (Raymond) Ruthruff, all of Charlotte; nieces, Collette (John) Frank, Nanette (Jerry) Podany, Diana Bosworth; nephews, Terry Miller, Robin Miller and Brandon (Amy) Ruthruff; and 18 grand-nephews and grandnieces.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Duane Tuckey, on Jan. 29, 2005; sister Nancy Jane Rose in 1991, brother-in-law Harold Rose in 1990, and nephew Paul Jean Dunning in 2001.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Reverend Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Girard Township.

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

 

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James Tuckey

 

   James “Duane” Tuckey, 89, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005 at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center.

   Mr. Tuckey was born Sept. 10, 1915 in Battle Creek, the son of Earl Zahn and Helen Mae (Bartlett) Tuckey. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, stationed in Washington D.C., and the body shop manager of Fowlers Inc. for 35 years before his retirement. He was a prolific woodworker and furniture maker, and a man of integrity who was respected by his family, friends, and others who knew him. He loved his family and gave freely of his time, talents and things he made.

   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Hester Irene (Farrier) Tuckey; sons, David Duane Tuckey and Jamie Alen Tuckey, both of Vermontville; grandchildren, Curtis Duane Tuckey of Chicago, Christopher David Tuckey and David Alan Tuckey, both of Lansing, Jamie Alen Tuckey II of Hawaii, Jim (Sherry) Haviland of Mt. Morris; great granddaughters, Britiany Tuckey of DeWitt and Heather Haviland of Haslett; nieces, Lucille Tuckey of charlotte and Rachel Tuckey of Florida; and seven great nephews and three great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Zahn and Violet Tuckey; nephews, Joseph Tuckey and Zahn Tuckey Jr.; and great nephew, Danny Tuckey.

   funeral services were held Feb. 2 at Pray Funeral Home,  Charlotte, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Girard Township.

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

 

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Orlo J. Uhl

 

   Orlo J. Uhl, 71, of Rossville, Ga., died July 31, 2005.

   Mr. Uhl was born Oct. 4, 1933 in Charlotte, the son of Ola and Clara (Harmon) Uhl. Mr. Uhl was a graduate of Nashville High School, class of 1951. He joined the Navy in 1952 and retired in August 1989 in Rossville, Ga., with his wife and family. The couple celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on April 21, 2005. Mr. Uhl was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by a large family of nieces, nephews and cousins, in-laws and friends.

   Mr. Uhl was preceded in death by his brother, Willard Bud Uhl of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Opal Gearhart of Gladstone; mother, Clara Harmon Cobb; father, Ola Uhl; and stepfather, Murle S. Cobb.

   He is survived by his wife, Inez L. Uhl of Rossville, Ga.; daughter, Patricia G. Uhl of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandson, Shaun; granddaughter-in-law, Deidre Uhl; and granddaughter, Lillian Grace Uhl, all of Three Rivers; and a sister, Wilma Chalender Bargy of Vermontville.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at Lane Funeral Home, South Chapel, Rossville, Ga., with Chaplain Pat Davis officiating. Funeral services were also held Aug. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, conducted by Rev. Arthur Salisbury.

   Mr. Uhl had requested a donation be made to one’s favorite charity in lieu of flowers being sent. Arrangements were by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Charles Urie

 

   Charles D. Urie, 54, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Urie was born July 3, 1951 in Charlotte, the son of Charles and Marjory (Bryner) Urie and was a Charlotte resident most of his life. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Greenawalt-Flaherty Post 42 American Legion in Charlotte. He was employed at Owens-Brockway Glass Co. in Charlotte, with almost 37 years of service.

   Surviving are his daughter, Nicole (Allen) Kirby of Lindale, Ga.; two grandsons, Jamie and Eric Kirby; his parents, Charles and Marjory Urie of Charlotte; three sisters, Sharon Lilly of Charlotte, Holly (Terry) Pentecost of Charlotte and JoAnn (Dan) Starr of Adrian; and one brother, Jack (Roberta) Urie of Greeley, Colo.

   At Mr. Urie’s request, cremation has taken place and private family services were held.

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

 

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Millie Miller Vanherweg

 

   Millie Miller Vanherweg, age 83, passed away on July 11, 2005 in Bakersfield, CA.

   Millie is survived by one daughter and two sons; 10 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Donald “Deke” miller of Eaton Rapids and Bob Miller of Jackson, MI.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice and her parents, Ruth and Frank Miller.

   Millie was a graduate from Eaton Rapids High School Class of 1940.

 

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Daisy Vielhaber

 

   Daisy May Vielhaber, 4, of Charlotte went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 18, 2005. Daisy was born May 25, 2001 in Lansing, the daughter of Matthew Vielhaber and Sharon Magyar.

   Daisy’s favorite things to do were singing, dancing and playing with her brother and sisters, her kitties, and the family dog, Duke. She is survived by her father, Matthew of Lansing, her mother and step father, Sharon and Jeffrey Magyar, a brother Devin Vielhaber, sisters, Alyssa Vielhaber and Jessica and Dannillie Magyar, all of Charlotte, grandparents Harold and Mary Vielhaber of Harrison, Elizabeth Van Wormer of Lansing, Don and Nancy Magyar of Kalkaska, Peggy Rabineau of Holt, and great grandmother Elizabeth Roberts.

   She was preceded in death by her grandfather Charles Hatcher.

   Funeral services were June 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Bob Homan officiating.

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

 

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Vivian Vierk

 

   Vivian Vierk, 83, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005.

   Mrs. Vierk was born Nov. 1, 1921 in Freeport, the daughter of Forrest and Luvada (Karcher) Buehler. Vivian worked at the Cadillac Hospital, Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte then at the Montgomery Ward in Hastings and Charlotte before retiring in 1984. She enjoyed gardening, mushrooming, fishing, baking and cooking for family, and any get-togethers with family. She was active all her life.

   She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Martin Vierk of Charlotte; son, David M. Vierk of Charlotte; daughter, Joan (Joel) Brenke of Nashville; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren; brothers, Milton and Keith (Nyla) Buehler; sisters, Velma (Robert) Humphrey and Betty Usborne, all of Freeport; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society or Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Florence M. Vincent

 

   Florence Marie Vincent, 84, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005 in Eaton Rapids.

   Florence was born March 18, 1921, the daughter of Lester Benjamin and Bessie Irene (Best) Holley. She worked at the VFW National Home, Eaton Rapids, and was a seamstress for Sears Drapery Department.

   Florence was preceded in death by her husband, George Vincent; grandson, Rick Hubbard; step-grandson, Rick Soules; and two brothers, George and Ronal Holley.

   She is survived by three daughters, Bessie (Harry) Rummins of Barryton, Rosemary Shong (Ernie Baker) of Eaton Rapids, Alma Baker of Lansing; son, Stanley (Terri) Swift of Eaton Rapids; one step-daughter, Barbara (Merrill) Bishir of Marion, Ind.; two step-sons, Douglas (Donna) Vincent of Muskegon, Richard (Beverly Jean) Vincent of Eaton Rapids; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; five brothers, Chester (Mildred) Holley, Ottmar (Donna) Holley, Lester (Martha) Holley, all of Eaton Rapids, Harrison (Lois) Holley of California; and sister-in-law, Nomirece Holley.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Emery S. Wakley

 

   Emery S. Wakley, 79, of Vermontville, formerly of Sunfield, died Thursday morning, Aug. 25, 2005 at his home.

   Mr. Wakley was born May 3, 1926 in Portland, a son of Orville R. and Lila M. (Brady) Wakley Sr.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel, and a son, Michael, both in 2001.

   Surviving are nine children, Dennis (Lynnell) Wakley of Marshall, Mary Lou Wakley of Crystal, Karen Amon of Lansing, Sandra (Jeff) Carpenter of Nashville, Steven Wakley of Vermontville, Terry Wakley of Hickory Corners, Jane (John) Haycook of St. Louis, Jeff Wakley of Nashville and Julie (John) Bodenmuller of Nashville; 29 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rosie Gregg and Jean  Barnikow; two brothers, Richard and Raymond Wakley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Aug. 29 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Wilfred R. Baker of Central Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Kenny and Troy Amon, Reinhold Bodenmuller, Keith Carpenter, and Denny and Tyler Wakley.

 

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Marian L. Walsh

 

   Marian L. Walsh, 91, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2005.

   Mrs. Walsh was born Sept. 19,, 1913 in Charlotte, the daughter of Allen and Ethah (Challender) Chapman. Marian enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and music.

   She is survived by daughter, Phyllis D. Miller of Charlotte; sister, Betty Homminga of Mesick; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by sons, Vernon and Gary Garnsay; great grandsons, Dennis R.J. Miller and Naithan R. Miller; three brothers and a sister.

   Services were held Sept. 1 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Andrew Ford officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Weldon R. Wagoner

 

   Weldon R. Wagoner, 89, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 10, 2005.

   He was born in Carmel Township, Eaton County, to Rudolph and Lura (Lane) Wagoner on June 4, 1915 and moved to Sarasota, Fla. in September 1978. Prior to serving in the U.S. Army in World War II he worked five years at Wilcox-Gay Radio Factory. He served in the U.S. Army from May 19, 1941 to Oct. 23, 1945. He was in five major campaigns - Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe and was on Omaha Beach on D Day 6 and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned four decorations and citations and was honorably discharged Oct. 23, 1945. He retired after 30 years at Fisher Body in Lansing and was owner of Fred A. Richey Co. with his wife Mary Maxine from 1965 to 1977 when the business was discontinued. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist church in Charlotte and affiliated with Bethel Community Church in Sarasota. In June 1950 he married Mary Maxine Richey, who survives. Other relatives are: sister-in-law, Margie Grant Wagoner; niece, Elizabeth (Charles) Swift, their three daughters and four grandchildren; Donald D. Richey Jr., Debbie Richey Schmaltz of Cromwell, Conn. and Doris Richey Newton of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grand nieces and two grand nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1967, his mother in 1981, and his brother, Wayne Wagoner, in 1991.

   Funeral services were held in Sarasota on Jan. 13 at Wiegand Funeral Home.

 

 

Martha A. Walker

 

   Martha Ann Walker, age 93, of Charlotte, died Thursday, April 28, 2005.

   Mrs. Walker was born June 12, 1911 in Maumee, Ohio, the daughter of the late Purley Everingham and the late Carrie (Shafstall) Everingham. She owned and operated Martha’s Café in Vermontville and Dick’s Restaurant in Charlotte. She enjoyed crocheting and crafts.

   She is survived by her husband, William Walker; daughter, Tillie (Thomas) Kilgore of Kalamo; sons, Donald (Rose) Thompson of Vermontville, Harold (Pug) Thompson of Hastings, Junior (Rosie) Thompson of Tennessee; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by sons, Robert Thompson in 1955, Ray Thompson in 1992, daughter Joyce Joppie in 1994, a brother and two sisters.

   Funeral service was held May 2 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Robert G. Clinton officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ned L. Walters

 

   Ned L. Walters, 79, of Charlotte, died July 3, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Mr. Walters was born Oct. 10, 1925 in Benton Township, the son of Glen Dale and Elizabeth Fay (Griffith) Walters. He worked for Consumers Power Company for 40 years before his retirement in 1987. He enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing, and was a member of Charlotte Masonic Ledge 120 F & AM, Eagles Aerie 3552 and the Central Michigan electric Association.

   He is survived by daughter, Cheryl (Doug) Pressler of Harbor Springs; sons, Perry (special friend, Patty) Walters and Dan Walters, both of Charlotte; grandchildren, Kyle (Victoria) Pressler, Carey Pressler and Nikki (Bill) Thomas; great grandchildren, Ella Pressler, Phebe KathLynne and Travis Michael Robinson; brother, Glenn “Bill” Walters of Lansing; and niece, Jan Jones of Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Lynn J. Walters, and his wife, Beverly (Paton) Walters.

   Funeral services were held July 7 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. James Carey officiating.

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

 

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Bernice I. Warner

 

   Bernice I. (Sherd) (Rice) Warner, 100, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 at Family Matters Adult Foster Care Home in Olivet.

   Mrs. Warner was born Nov. 21, 1904 in Charlotte, the daughter of Joseph and Myrtle Horn, and was a lifelong Charlotte resident. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, attended Eaton County Normal and Eastern Michigan College in Ypsilanti. She was a retired school teacher, having taught at Valley School, Millett School and the Old Washington School in Charlotte. She was a member and past president of American Legion Post 42 Auxiliary in Charlotte.

   Surviving are two sons, James (Naomi) Sherd of Seffner, Fla., and Charles Sherd of Pavilion, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Sabra S. Warner

 

   Sabra Sue (Sanders) Warner, of Sunfield, formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away Jan. 11, 2005.

   She was born June 6, 1942 in Terre Haute, Ind., to the late Waldo and Laura Sanders. As a teenager, Sabra accepted Christ as her Savior while attending church in Terre Haute. Sabra consistently supported her three boys by educating them in their toddler years, being a Boy Scout den mother, and attending their sporting events. Her influence made an important and lasting difference in their lives. Sabra was a faithful church member. She was a dependable worker and very good at her job, which was usually in the medical field.

   Sabra is survived by her three sons, John Gartrell, Brett (Sarah) Gartrell and Grant Victoria) Gartrell; two granddaughters, Annelise Gartrell and Savannah Gartrell; a sister, Janet Hirsch, and a brother, Charles (Joanne) Redmond.

   Funeral services were held Na. 14 at Faith Bible Church, Lake Odessa, with Pastor Bruce Barker officiating. Interment was at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Terre Haute, Ind.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Christian School. Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield. For more information, visit www.legacy.com.

 

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Mary J. Warren

 

   Mary Jane Warren, 87, of Dimondale, died Wednesday evening, April 6, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Warren was born March 24, 1918 in Lansing, a daughter of William Daniel and Agnes Gertrude (Turner) Hoover. She was a former employee of Auto-Owners and Beurman Marshall, then retired in 1983 from the state Department of Social Services.

   Mrs. Warren was preceded in death by her husband, Lester J. Warren, in 1995, and her son, William L. Allen, in 1986.

   Surviving are two daughters, Linda Lou Matson of Charlotte and Dawn (Chuck) Diggings of Page, Ariz.; two sons, Dennis (Diane) Warren and James Warren, both of Dimondale; 15 grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren; and her beloved dog, “Jake.”

   Services were held April 9 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Pastor Al Deutsch officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Buck DeWitt Allen, David Allen, Adam Matson, Dennis Warren and Nicolas Warren.

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

 

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Woodroe Watson

 

   Woodroe “Woody” Watson, 69, of Oxford, Ala., died Wednesday, Aug. 3,2005 at Stringfelllow Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ala.

   Mr. Watson was born Sept. 30, 1935 in Kentucky, to Shermie and Vergie (Cole) Watson. He moved to Michigan as a child with his family and was a 1954 graduate of Olivet High School. Woodroe and his family moved to Oxford, Ala., and lived there for the past 26 years. He was a dairy farmer and also worked at Sunshine Skate Center.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty Watson of Oxford, Ala.; three children, Kelvin Watson of Saks, Ala., Stanley Watson of Eastaboga, Ala., and Carla Mitchell of Lincoln, Ala.; father, Shermie Watson of Crawford, miss.; three sisters, Fern Coats of Marshall, Jean Morrison of Charlotte and Joy Chambers of Mantua, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Heather Watson, Jordan Watson, Dalton Watson, Kaleb Watson and Dylan Mitchell.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Vergie (Cole) Watson; three sisters, Geraldine Cornwell, Eydie Darby and Jan Davis; and a granddaughter, Ashley Mitchell.

   Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 6 at Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

 

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Paul Way

 

   Paul E. Way, 84, of Grand Ledge, died Dec. 6, 2005 near Charlotte.

   Mr. Way was born March 24, 1921 in Gratiot County, a son of Frank and Fannie (Vandenbergh) Way. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1939 and from Acme Business College. He was a life member and past master of Mulliken F&AM 412, a life member of Mulliken OES 161, a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. Paul was a retired farmer and comptroller for C&B Silo and Tri-State Silo. He and his wife were members of the Foxy Squares Dance Club and active as officers in many square dance associations and square dance travel clubs.

   Mr. Way was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose (Mosotti), and a brothers, Keith Way.

   Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Lori; children, Rhoda (John) Greenhoe of Grand Ledge, Dennis and Michael Way, both of Clarksville, Harry Way of Mulliken; step-children, Larry (Bev) Jenks of Troy, Jim (Mary) Jenks of Grand Ledge, David (Tammy) Jenks of Shelby Twp., Jean Huss of Chandler, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan (Harry) Foster and Janet Brandsen, both of California; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Services were held Dec. 9 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Hutson officiating. Masonic services were under the auspices of Mulliken F&AM 412. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robin Boucher, Bob Clevio, Darrell Dixon, J.J. Jenks, Evan Way and Michael Paul Way.

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

 

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Amos Weaver

 

   Amos Weaver, 71, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Mr. Weaver was born March 4, 1934 in Charlotte, the son of Robert and Dorothy (Kingman) Weaver. He earned the State Farmer Degree and the American Farmer Degree from the Future Farmers of America (FFA), was a former president of the local chapter of FFA, state sentinel for FFA, and dedicated 4-H leader. He was a respected fairy farmer.

   He is survived by his children, Tim (Cindy) Weaver of Charlotte, Karl (Pamela) Waver of Olivet, Julie (John) Getts of Charlotte, Jeff (Shelly) Weaver of Marshall, Chris (Mindy) Weaver of Charlotte, Larry )Paulette Remster) Weaver of Eaton Rapids, Lori (Fred) Dumas of Columbus, Ohio, Andy (Erin) Weaver of LeRoy, NY, Wendy (Marc) Sinclair of Olivet, Kurt (Michelle) Weaver of Charlotte; siblings, Charles (Marion) Weaver of Charlotte, Roy Weaver of Charlotte, and Jane Weaver of Dallas, Texas; 22 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and special friend, Pat Rist.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, in 1985; and a son, Mark, in 1959.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Elder Richard Garn and Elder Mel Crowley officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

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

 

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Harold Weaver

 

   Harold Sprague Weaver, 86, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005 after a brief illness.

   Born in Charlotte, Harold was a loving husband for 57 years to Julia (Grier) Weaver, who continues to reside on the farm he bought in 1938 and farmed all his life.

   He is survived by a brother, Eric (Eileen) Weaver of Palm Springs, Calif. (known earlier as Clare); brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Barbara Nelson; eight nephews and seven nieces.

   A lifelong resident of Benton Township, Harold was also a surrogate grandfather to the many children who grew up along Otto Road, imparting to them the wisdom of his years, the knowledge of the land he knew so sell, and a gracious, kindly nature that made everyone feel at ease. Harold was born Feb. 25, 1918 to Roy and Irma (Sprague) Weaver. He embraced the changing nature of agriculture over the course of 70 years, able to provide detailed information on field drains dug by hand as well as the latest in combine technologies. He was a member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau. His active mind was constantly inquiring and his morning drives gave him detailed knowledge of neighborhood activities. An avid traveler, Harold and Julia have visited almost every state in the nation, and he spent many winters in Alabama.

   Harold gave back to the community by serving on the Charlotte School Board and the Benton Township Zoning Board. He was a member of the board of directors of the Eaton and Barry Insurance Company, which later became Century Mutual. Harold was also a long-time member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities including as Sunday school superintendent.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

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

 

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Shirley Webb

 

   Shirley Ann Webb, of Albion, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005.

   Mrs. Webb was born Dec. 25, 1942 in Edmore, the daughter of Nora and Dean Ashbaugh. She had been a foster mother. She loved animals, dolls, ceramics and garage sales.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Webb, in 2003. She is survived by her adopted children, Pat and Robby; one grandson, Dante; sisters, Delores Brown of Charlotte and Donna Loomis of Weidman; brother, Larry Ashbaugh; many nieces and nephews; and her best friends, Pat and Jerry Kopack.

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

 

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Olive R. Welch

 

   Olive Ruth Welch, 93, of Bellevue, died May 9, 2005 at the East Lansing Health Care Center.

   She was born Jan. 6, 1912 to Glenn and Sarah (Shetenhelm) Miller in Ingham County. She attended Bellevue High School and worked at  Lawrence Ceramic in Bellevue.

   Ruth married George W. Welch on March 29, 1930; he died May 17, 1963. She was also preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Nina Miller, Bertha  Lawrence and Thelma Tobey.

   She is survived by her daughter, Grace (Carl) Lawrence; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brother, Phineas Wayne Miller of Bellevue; and many nieces and nephews.

   Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Services will be held Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Mitchell Galbraith officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

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

 

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Howard . Wells

 

   Howard L. Wells, 77, of Bunker Hill, Ill., died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005 at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton, Ill.

   Howard was born Jan. 18, 1927 in Carmi, Ill., to the late Elmer E. and Lilly (Young) Wells. He married Juanita Maynard on Dec. 4, 1946 in Morganfield, Ky. Howard was employed as an engineer at Owens Illinois in Alton, Ill., retiring in 1982. He was a member of Bunker Hill American Legion, Bunker Hill Masonic Lodge AF & M #151 and the AARP. He was also a World War II  veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Infantry.

   Surviving are his wife, Juanita; one daughter, Sharon Wells of Bunker Hill, Ill.; three sons, Marvin (Neva) Wells, Gary (Barbara) Wells, and Ivan (companion Annette) Wells, all of Charlotte; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; five sisters, Dorothy McGehee of Evansville, Ind., Grace Morris of Eldorado, Ill., Hazel Hayden of Evansville, Ind., Mildred Cornwell of Henderson, Ky., and Ruth Brown of Eldorado, Ill.; and five brothers, Virgil Wells of Carbondale, Ill., Hayward Wells of Fairfield, Ill., Harold Wells of Tucson, Ariz., Thomas Wells of Evansville, Ind., and Dean Wells of Jacksonville, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and brother. Services were held Jan. 20 at Landers Funeral Home in Bunker Hill, Ill., with Rev. Gary Cook officiating. Interment was at Bunker Hill City Cemetery.

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

 

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Nella E. Wells

 

   Nella E. (Firestone) Wells, 87, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

   Mrs. Wells was born Feb. 20, 1917 in Calhoun County, the daughter of Orval and Bertha (Wise) Graham and was a lifelong area resident. She had been employed at the AC Spark Plug in Flint, Wilcox-Gay Co., Michigan Magnetics and Charlotte Public Schools. She had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her children, Pat (Tom) Mahar of Lake Leelanau, Betty (Toby) Miller of Traverse City, Linda (Gail) Brovont of Hudsonville and Gary (Lee) Firestone of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Whitmore and Sydonna (Arden) Schantz; brother, Lester Graham, and sister-in-law, Gertrude Graham.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John E. Firestone and James Wells; brothers, Kenneth, Arlo and Robert Graham; sisters, Vella (twin) Graham, Margery Walker, Annabelle Moreland and Ellen Neff; son-in-law, John Reitsma; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

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

 

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Cathy J. West

 

   Cathy Jo West, 47, of Potterville, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005.

   Cathy was born in Eaton Rapids on June 5, 1957, the daughter of James and Marian (Schulz) Morris. Cathy was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1975, and was employed for the past 17 years with Adtek Graphics in Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Marian Morris, in April of 2004.

   surviving are her husband, Matt West, of Potterville; son, Kenneth Combs of Potterville; father and step-mother, James and Chris Morris of Eaton Rapids; two brothers, Paul (Amy) Morris of Eaton Rapids and David (Dorothea) Morris of Eaton Rapids; sister, Teresa Niemeyer of Papillion, Neb.; grandmother, Mary Morris of Charlotte, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed at Pherdun Cemetery, Sandstone Township, Jackson County.

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

 

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Hazel Whelpley

 

   Hazel R. (Smith) Whelpley, 80, of Charlotte, formerly of Pennsylvania, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Whelpley was born in Penfield, Pa., the daughter of George and Mary Jane (Coon) Smith. She was a member of Delta Haven Free Methodist Church in Lansing.

   Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Robert Whelpley Sr.; five children, Robert (Norma) Whelpley Jr. of Penfield, Pa., Alan (Sue) Whelpley of Elizabethtown, Pa., Gary (Duane) Whelpley of Lansing, Sharon Keupfer of Charlotte and Donald (Gwen) Whelpley of Holt; 20 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; sister, Helen Kerr of Warren, Ohio; and a brother, Ballard Smith of Erie, Pa.

   At Mrs. Whelpley’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to Delta Haven Free Methodist Church in Lansing or Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Gordon L. White

 

   Gordon L. White, 76, of Scottville, passed away Monday, May 2, 2005 at his home surrounded by his family.

   He was born Nov. 26, 1928 in Kalamazoo, the son of the late Glenn Amos and Christena (Sundberg) White. Gordon attended Western State High in Kalamazoo, graduating with the class of 1947. He married Mary Fox on Aug. 12, 1983 in Charlotte, at the United Methodist Church. Gordon worked for Warren Transport as an independent truck driver for 23 years before retiring in 1995. He enjoyed boating, water skiing, football and big band music.

   Gordon is survived by his wife, Mary White of Scottville; daughter, Kelly (Patrick) Duggan of Kalamazoo; two sons, Stephen White of Dallas, Texas and Jeffery (Jennifer) White of Waterford; granddaughter, Sarah Marie White of Waterford; his golden retriever and best friend, Sadie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Glenn White; and two sisters, Ruby Smith and Maxine Warren.

   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Oshtemo United Methodist Church in Oshtemo, with Rev. Suzanne Kornowski officiating. A celebration of Gordon’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Gordon and Mary’s house in Scottville. Final interment will be in the Gennesse Prairie Cemetery in Oshtemo.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeshore Animal Friends in Ludington or the Jeff White Family Fund attn: Richard W. Paige, 3001 W. Beaver Rd., Suite 600, Troy MI 48084.

   Arrangements were by Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Ludington.

 

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Laura E. White

 

   Laura Esther White, 86, of Eaton Rapids, passed away April 5, 2005.

   Esther was born June 29, 1918. She was a records clerk for the Michigan State Police, retiring in 1982, and was a life-long member of the  Assembly of God church.

   Surviving are her four children, William (Barbara) White, Barbara Wolever, Michael (Linda) White and Rebecca (Bruce) Long; 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanne (Gene) Terry of Carthage, Mo. and Jane (Jim) Devers of Kansas City, Mo.; and dozens of nephews and nieces.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Charles, in 1955; parents, Charley and Della May Snider; four brothers, Charles, Richard, Millard and Columbus, all of Aurora, Mo.; three sisters, Dora Crowell, Leola MacWilliams and Barbara Scott, all of Aurora, Mo.; and son-in-law DeOren Wolever of Branch.

   Funeral services were held April 9 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences, visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Nancy J. White

 

   Nancy Joe White, 59, of Swansboro, NC, formerly of Charlotte, died May 13, 2005.

   Nancy was born Nov. 19, 1945 in Charlotte, the daughter of Roy and Georgia (Wolf) McCrimmon. She retired from Eaton County Community Mental Health, where she worked as a secretary/receptionist for 36 eyras. She was a real people person and a friend to everyone. She especially enjoyed quilting, needlepoint and flower gardening, but the loves of her life were her son and grandchildren.

   She is survived by her son, Paul “Todd” (Sandra Kay) McCrimmon; grandchildren, David, Kyera and Danielle McCrimmon; sisters, Judy McCrimmon, Sue Thayer and Janet Smith; brothers, Jim (Lorraine) McCrimmon and Ronnie (Sharon) McCrimmon; and best friends, Linda Gold, Sondra Baroski and Veta Woods.

   A memorial service was held June 1 at Olivet First Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Doug Hammond officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Continuum Home Care & Hospice, 3391 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28546; or Olivet First Assembly of God.

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

 

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Hildred G. Whittum

 

   Hildred G. Whittum, 79, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Hildred was born July 2, 1925 in Lansing, the daughter of Hallie Leon and Hilda Allmeria (Tompson) Harkness. She retired as the bookkeeper for Whittum Gravel Co. in Eaton Rapids, was a member of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Auxiliary and loved to quilt and read.

   She was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Bob and Hallie Harkness.

   Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Horace; two sons, James W. (Diane) Whittum of Springport, Thomas C. Whittum of Washington, D.C.; two grandsons, Jeremy Whittum of Eaton Rapids, Jim (Beka) Whittum of Eaton Rapids currently serving in Iraq; four great grandchildren, Cody, Katy, Donavan Whittum and Brittany Whittum; four brothers, Bill (Eldez) Harkness of Pennsylvania, John (Janet) Harkness of Eaton Rapids, Fred (Norma) Harkness of Florida, Rex (Sue) Harkness of Connecticut; sister, Patricia of Utah and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial visitation was held at the  Eaton Rapids Senior Center on Feb. 19 to remember Hildred.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center in memory of Hildred Whittum. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Madaline Wilbur

 

   Madaline Wilbur, age 84, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Springport, died Thursday, March 31, 2005 in Lansing. Madaline was born Sept. 24, 1920 in Springport, the daughter of Elmer and Myrtle (Smith) Losey. She was a former member of the Springport VFW Auxiliary, a member of the Eaton Rapids Women’s Bowling League and the Eaton Rapids Senior Center. Madaline was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Wilbur, Jr. in 1980.

   She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Joe) Nash of Louisville, KY; niece, Beverly (Richard) Eis of Albion and several other nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 4, 2005, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Kink officiating. Interment followed at Springport Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to either the National kidney Association or the McRee House in memory of Madaline Wilbur.

 

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Dorothy L. Williams

 

   Dorothy Louise Williams, 73, of Potterville, formerly of Nashville, died of Lung Cancer Feb. 15, 2005 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Dorothy was born in Chicago on Oct. 9, 1931, to Gustof and Anna (Mott) Frank, part of a very close, loving family with three brothers and two sisters. Her brothers and sisters were very close, often having family gatherings where the family played cards late into the night, just enjoying being a family. Brothers were: Bill Frank of Coloma, the great hunter/fisherman; David Frank of Greenwood, Ark., the family clown, and John Frank of Hartford, the family’s big thinker. Sisters were: Mary Ann Sloan, beautiful and living with the Lord, and Margett McCoy of Coloma, a loving and passionate sister.

   Dorothy belonged to Potterville United Methodist Church and was a bowler for 50 years, belonging to the Tea Time team at Char-Lanes in Charlotte. She was a very caring mother and grandmother, and always had something to give to her family.

   Dorothy and her husband, Paul, had four children, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; daughters, Lois (Keith) Bosworth of Nashville and Judy Williams of Potterville; sons, George (Michelle) Williams of Hastings and Paul R. (Pamela) Williams of Potterville; grandson, Shannon Bosworth of Ypsilanti, Sean Fortier of Grand Rapids, Aaron Fortier of Hastings, James (Jennifer) Williams of Charlotte, and Robert Williams of Potterville; granddaughters, Shelby (Alan) Coston of Portland, Katie Williams of Honolulu, Hawaii, Courtney Fortier of Hastings, and Lynn and Anna Williams; great granddaughters, Breanna and Paige Coston; and great grandsons, Jonathan and Sean Williams.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Paul Williams, whom she married June 15, 1951 in Coloma.

   Services were held Feb. 19 followed by a graveside service at Maple Grove Township Cemetery. Rev. Rebecca Morrison of Potterville United Methodist Church officiated.

   Arrangements were by Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville.

 

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Gordon Lewis Williams

 

   Gordon L. Williams, age 73, of Lansing and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, July 15, 2005 at the Hospice House of Lansing. Gordon was born August 14, 1931 in Jackson, the son of Charles and Flossie (Vinton) Williams. Mr. Williams served in the Army as a Paratrooper and Master Sergeant and was also a Prisoner of War during the Korean War. He was a retired Tool and Die expert who had worked for Trumark that was formerly in Lansing. Mr. Williams loved the out-of-doors and was an avid hunter. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Williams.

   Surviving are his 3 daughters, Vickie (Ken) Simons of Laingsburg, Janis Williams-Marciniak of Eaton Rapids and Debra (Pat) Bueche of Chesaning; step-daughter, Kathy (Bob) Hood of Lansing; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Cy Clark.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 19 at 11:0 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lansing in memory of Gordon Williams.

 

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Ralph Williams

 

   Ralph Williams, 82, of Charlotte, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005 at his residence.

   Mr. Williams was born May 27, 1923 in Tembo, Ark., the son of Wally Benjamin and Nancy (Redman) Williams and had been a Charlotte-area resident since 1986, coming from Hartland. He was a retired auto transport driver and a member of the Apostolic Faith Temple in Battle Creek. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

   Surviving are his daughter, Doris (Randall)  Douglas of Charlotte; son, Kenneth (Diana) Williams of Nashville; six grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; sisters, L.C. Jonas of Farmington Hills and Fay (Harold) Hicks of Pine Bluff, Ark.; three brothers, Paul (Sandra) Williams of Jamestown, Tenn., and Jerrill Williams and Ray Williams, both of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 30 at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth, with Pastor Mark Dunlap of the Apostolic Faith Temple of Taylor officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Apostolic Faith Temple in Taylor.

   Local arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Alberta Willis

 

   Alberta Willis, 64, of Bellevue, died April 26, 2005 at home.

   She was born Feb. 12, 1941 to Harold and Velma (Green) VanSyckle in Battle Creek. Alberta attended Bellevue United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing bingo, visiting casinos, bowling and doing crafts.

   Alberta married Robert Jon Willis in March of 1965; he died Feb. 11, 1992. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Gladys Atkins; brothers, Ronald and Roger VanSyckle; and brother-in-law, Robert Damon.

   she is survived by her daughter, Robin Crane of Bellevue; grandson, Ross Crane of Bellevue; sisters, Shirley (Paul) Seeley and Marion Damon, both of Bellevue; and brother, Harold W. (Bonnie) VanSyckle of Pinconning.

   Services were held April 29 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Bellevue Fire Department, Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund or 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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Arlene Grace Wilson

 

   Arlene G. Wilson, age 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, September 28, 2005 in Charlotte. She was born May 3, 1923 in Laingsburg, Michigan, one of Eleven children born to Glen and Clara (Hemstead) Case. Mrs. Wilson was a farm wife who with her husband Max bought the “Eaton Acres” in 1945. She had taught Sunday School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. She spent much of her life raising her 5 children and taking care of her son Gary. Preceding her in death were her husband, Max; and 2 sons, Gary and Robert.

   Surviving are her 3 children Dorothy (Howard) Hisler of Eaton Rapids, David (Marilyn) Wilson of Eaton Rapids and Thomas (Sue) Wilson of Las Vegas; 16 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; sister, Marian (Hudson) Downing of Owosso and brother, Ed (Mona) Case of Corruna; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Saturday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Brickyard Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons, Gregg Wilson, Scott Wilson, Adam Wilson, Robert Wilson, Jim Palmer and Jeff Palmer. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton County Medical Care Facility or the First United Methodist church in memory of Arlene G. Wilson. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Elma Wilson

 

   Elma Wilson 50, of Lake Odessa, passed away early Friday Morning, June 24, 2005.

   Elma was born in Ionia County on June 10, 1955 to Keith and Wilma (Usborne) Wilson. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1973 and continued her education at Western Michigan University and became a speech therapist. Elma continued her education with two master’s degrees and later worked as a home teacher/consultant for pre-primary impaired children at their homes and schools. Most recently she had been employed by Eaton Intermediate School District. Elma loved her Lord, her family and all children; she was always ready to baby-sit her great-nieces and nephews. She was a pianist and choir accompanist for her church and also played the dulcimer and autoharp. Elma’s love and devotion extended to her family when she left her job in Wisconsin and returned to Michigan to care for her parents and continued to take her mother and aunts on various summer vacations. She was always ready to help on the family farm with milking and feeding calves. Elma’s patience and kindness touched many lives.

   She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Mary Anne Wilson, Victor (Kate) Wilson Tom (Christine) Wilson, Anita (John) Barcroft, Jane (Gary) Mazie and Janet (Paul) Kudirka; 13 nieces and nephews; and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

   Elma was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Jeanette Barcroft.

   In keeping with her wishes, a private family service was held at Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa. Interment was at Fuller Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Living Stone Counseling Center, 631 Second St., Kalamazoo, MI 49004; or Lake Odessa Grace Brethren Church 2720 Vedder Road, Lake Odessa, MI 48849.

 

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Thomas Winegar

 

   Thomas J. Winegar, 46, of Vermontville, died Dec. 14, 2005. Mr. Winegar was born July 12, 1959 in Grand Rapids, the son of Homer and Joan (Moore) Winegar.

   Thomas was employed at General Motors in Lansing for 26 years. He was a big sports fan cheering for the Spartans, Pistons and Lions, who were his favorite teams. Thomas also enjoyed woodworking and loved Chinese food.

   He is survived by sons, Adam (Sara) Winegar of Nashville, Aaron (Jen) Winegar of Hastings and Austin Winegar of Arkansas; two grandchildren, his parents, Homer and Joan of Vermontville; and brothers, Larry (Diane) Winegar of Parish, Fla. and Richard (Shelley) Winegar of Hastings.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Vermontville Bible Church, Vermontville with Pastor Bill Briggs officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund or the Vermontville Bible Church.

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

 

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Donald J. Wiser

 

   Donald James Wiser, 62, of Lake Odessa, passed away at his home surrounded by his family and friends on Monday, April 18, 2005.

   Don was born March 20, 1943 in Vermontville, to Rufus B. and Mary (Sowers) Wiser. He was raised in Vermontville and graduated from Vermontville High School. Don married Alice Martin on June 5, 1965 at Vermontville Bible Church. In 1969 they moved to lake Odessa. Don served in the National Guard and retired from the city of East Grand Rapids. he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling, and was a Michigan Sate Spartans fan. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and loyal friend to many.

   He is survived by his wife, Alice (Martin); son, Donald (Renee) Wiser; grandchildren; Lindsey, James, Jackie, Jaden and Jonathan; sisters, Arlene Sargent, Janet Jordan, Betty  Carpenter, Laura (Robert) Depuy, Marilyn McMullen and Irma (Lyle) Tyler; his beloved dog, Bucky; and many members of the extended Wiser and Martin families.

   Don was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Mary; sisters, Shirley Gonzales and Jeanette Symonds; and brothers, Leonard and Marvin Wiser.

   Funeral service was held April 21 at Lakewood United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa. Private family interment was at Lakeside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ionia Area Hospice. Arrangements were by Koops Funeral Chapels Inc. of Lake Odessa.

 

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Edwin Wolf

 

   Edwin Louis Wolf, 85, of Albion, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005 in Jackson. Edwin was born May 13, 1920 in Blue Island, Ill., the son of Frederick and Minnie (Ebert) Wolf.

   He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving with the 813th Aviation  Engineer Battalion in the Philippines, Guam, Okinawa, Adak and Amchitka in the Aleutian Island, Alaska. Ed was a life member of the Springport VFW Post 6056, life member of the VFW National Home and a member of the Springport American Legion 313. He belonged to the sheet metal union, worked at the Springport Elevator and Mayes Orchard in Parma.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Wilde and four brothers, Fritz, Willard, Shorty and Leroy.

   He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn (Kessler) Wolf; daughter Sheila (Roger) Day of Olivet; three sons, Steve (Diane) Wolf of Eaton Rapids, Sam (Diane) Wolf of Albion, and Sandy (Deb) Wolf of Springport; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters, Wilma Newman of Olivet and Viola (Max) LeFevre of Eaton Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Aaturday, May 14 at the Shelly-Odell Funeal Home in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice in memory of Edwin Wolf.

 

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Shirley A. Wolf

 

   Shirley A. Wolf, 70, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday, July 1, 2005 at her residence in Eaton Rapids Twp.

   Shirley was born March 7, 1935 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Merle and Edith (Tomlinson) Knickerbocker. She was formerly employed with Eaton Stamping in Eaton Rapids, Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte, and retired form 21st Century Plastics in Potterville. Shirley and her husband resided in Bullhead City, Ariz., for six months of every year since retirement.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Pettis.

   She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Jerry; daughter, Cindy Kikendall; sons, Timothy Kikendall and Todd Wolf; granddaughter, Bobbi Olinger, all of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Jerry (Jane) Knickerbocker of Osseo and Larry Knickerbocker of Olivet.

   Graveside services were held July 8 at Springport Cemetery, Springport.

   Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeal Home, Eaton Rapids. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Marjorie A. Wonser

 

   Marjorie A. Wonser, 79, of Mulliken, died Wednesday afternoon, July 27, 2005 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Wonser was born Feb. 15, 1926 in Roxand Township, the daughter of Maurice C. and Opal M. (Hiar) Doolittle. She loved playing cards, working jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles, rock collecting and neighborhood activities.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee, in 2002.

   Surviving are her daughter, Hope Wonser; son, Michael (Linda) Wonser; and granddaughter, LeeAnne Wonser, all of Mulliken.

   Services were held July 30 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Judy Scholten officiating. Interment was at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Gary Fetzer, Bob Hudson, Mike Lewis, Bradley Stover, Ralph Eugene Stover and John West.

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

 

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Ruth Wood

 

   Ruth Wood, 78, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, died May 8, 2005 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Wood was born Nov. 9, 1926, the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Parnham ) Collin. She was a homemaker and foster parent to 85 children.

   She is survived by her husband, “Pete” Oscar Wood; sons, David (Michelle) Pepera of Grand Haven, Kevin Pepera of Holland, Jeff (Melinda) Wood of Charlotte; daughter, Julie (Jeff) Balch of Charlotte; grandchildren, Chelsea and Lexie Balch, Chase, Tyler and Shannon Pepera, Jason Baker, Chris Day, Samantha and Uriah MacDonald, Devon, Bailey and Marissa Wood; sister, Elaine Collin of Albion; and her beloved dog, Chancy.

   She was preceded in death by twin brother, Robert Collin, in August 204; and brother, John Collin in October 1993.

   Funeral service was held May 11 at Pray Funeal Home, Charlotte. Interment was at Munger Cemetery.

 

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Ernest C. Woodman

 

   Ernest C. Woodman, of Leslie, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at the age of 80.

   Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Audrey, four children, Julie (Jim) Trudell of Taylor, TX, Ernest (Nancy) Woodman, Jr. of Eaton Rapids, Laural (Larry) Carpenter of Hillsdale, Cindy (Jerry) Wyman of Onondaga, 15 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, two brothers, Charles (Dottie) Warfield, Scott Mascho, five sisters, Sharon (Guy) Gunder, Shirley Stemen, Margarette (JB) Brotherton, Diane (Tim) Clemens, Sueann McElwee, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Ernie was preceded in death by his parents Helen B (Snow) Mascho, and Claude E. Woodman, one son, Neil L. Woodman, three sisters, Helen (Maxine) Wilson, Mary Etta File, Dorothy Winsett, and one brother, Frederick (Tiny) Warfield. Ernie was a WWII veteran who served on the USS Nevada while on the North Atlantic Convoy Duty. He also served on the USS Missouri when the peace treaty was signed. Ernest like to read and spend time on the farm working. He was very happy and proud of his family, which was his life. He also enjoyed going to the Grace Lutheran Church.

   A service celebrating Ernie’s life was held at the Grace Lutheran Church, Leslie, on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 with Rev. James Keat officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, with military honors. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made by J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel.

 

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Isaac A. Worden

 

   Isaac Albert Worden, infant son of Douglas and Heather (Gumper) Worden of Charlotte, passed away Sept. 2, 2005 at Sparrow Hospital.

   He is survived by his parents; sister, Abby; grandparents, Deborah McGee of Potterville, Rick and Sarah Gumper of Jackson, and Fred and Terry Worden of Springport; great grandparents, Leland and Elsie Bowman and Ruth Coley of Jackson; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Private graveside services were held Sept. 6 at East Liberty Cemetery in Jackson, with Rev. Vaughn Jensen officiating.

   Arrangements were by Wetherby Funeral Home in Jackson.

   Further information is available at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Barbara J. Wright

 

   Barbara Jean Wright, 84, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 in Lansing.

   Barbara was born March 4, 1921 in Mason, the daughter, of Clifford Henry and Bertha May (Welsh) Higelmire. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte, a former member of the Eaton Rapids Business & Professional Women’s Club, a member of Island City Piece Makers Quilting Guild and was an accomplished artist. Barbara was a retired co-owner, along with her husband, of Xpert Electronics in Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles C. Higelmire and Kenneth R. Higelmire.

   She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Merle B.; two sons, Clifford Ray (Rachel) Cole of Allendale, Thomas Lee (Janita) Terwilliger of Crossville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Katie (Bruce) Harkness, Mike (Kim) Cole, John (Julia) Cole, Loretta (Dan) Searles, Kyle (Diane) Terwilliger, Kent Terwilliger and Kurt Terwilliger; sister-in-law, Helen Wright of Eaton Rapids; and two special friends, Joan Harris and Vera Cronk.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at Calvary Baptist Church, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or Sparrow Hospice. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Further information is available at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Pamela Sue Wright

 

   Pamela Sue Wright, age 50, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday Sept. 27, 2005 at her residence. Pamela was born July 8, 1955 in Lansing. She and her mother were partners with Wright Tax Service in Eaton Rapids. Pam was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Wright in 2000.

   Surviving are her mother and best friend, Joyce Wright of Eaton Rapids; brother, Greg Wright of Eaton Rapids; 3 sisters, Jody (Josh) Wright-Tenenberg of Tacoma, WA, Teresa (Steven Peters) Wright of Sedalia, CO, Jackie Garcia of Alhambra, CA; 3 nephews, Jeff Wright, Bret Wright, special nephew and his family, Aric (Tanya) Wright and their children Adam and Kathrine.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery with Mike West, Dan Blanchard, Jim Lown, Bob Lundberg, E. Mark Risner and Alan Bresky as casket bearers. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community  Hospice in memory of Pamela Sue Wright.

 

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Rev. Cline F. Young

 

   Rev. Cline Fredrick Young, 78, of Lansing, and Laveen, Ariz., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 in Phoenix, Ariz.

   Rev. Young was born Nov. 29, 1926 in Bonnymon, Ky., the son of Harlan and Julia (Patrick) Young and was a resident of Lansing for 35 years. As a young man, he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps and later went into military service during World War II. Rev. Young was employed by the Fisher Body division of General Motors in Lansing for 33 years. He attended Seminary School of Theology in St. Louis, Mo., and was ordained into the ministry in 1961. He was a pastor at Gospel Assembly Church in Lansing for 18 years and in six other churches in three states over a period of 18 years. He was dedicated to the work of the Lord and was known as a loving compassionate pastor.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Joan (Copeland) Young, formerly of Lake Odessa; three children, David (Christine) Young of charlotte, Anita Stevens of Uniontown, Ohio, and Pamela (Mil) Hills of Phoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; four brothers, Claude and Harlan (Sharon) Young, both of Charlotte, Jim (Sue) Young of Holt and Clyde Young of Lansing; four sister, Lena Peterson< Margaret Ewing and Pat Staley, all of Charlotte, and Virginia (Melvin) Gosnell of Grand Ledge; and sister-in-law, Doris Young of Charlotte.

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

   Funeral services were held Feb. 4 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Jack Ross of Louisville, Ky., officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the hospice of one’s choice.

 

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Richard C. Young

 

   Richard C. Young, 65, of Leslie, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2005.

   As a child, Richard was a Boy Scout. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years and was a member of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church. Richard was an avid steam engine show, swap meet and gardening enthusiast. He also loved to ride his motorcycle and to build toys for his grandchildren.

   Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Charlene; four children, Sheila (William) Hurtubise, Russ (Christina) Young, Michael Young Sr. and Todd Young; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild; two sisters, Pam young and Linda (Tom) Ralph; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Alice Young; one brother, Rusty Young; and one sister, Beverly Jewett.

   Mass of Christian Burial was held April 30 at Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church, with Fr. Michael Petroski presiding. Interment followed at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel.

 

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Frank E. Zakora

 

   Frank Eart Zakora, 60, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, passed away April 14, 2005 at his home.

   Mr. Zakora was born Aug. 11, 1944. He was a Vietnam veteran, having served two and a half tours while serving his country. He received the Purple Heart twice, as well as many other medals.

   He is survived by his wife, Judy; five step-children, Rosa (Edmond) Millier, Judy Ann, Joey, Candie Arce, all of Miami, Fla. and Lori Stewart of Sarasota, Fla.; five granddaughters, Brianna, Adronna, Mercedes, Maggie and Milissa; his mother, Theo Zakora of Charlotte; sisters, MaryAnn Allen of Bellevue, Penny (Jack) Rider of Nashville, Iris (Floyd) Stadel of Florida; brothers, Joe (Millie) Zakora, Jack (Deb) Zakora, Larry (Judy) Zakora, all of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Bohumil (Pete) Zakora, and son-in-law Jay Stewart. Per Frank’s request, no memorial services will be held. Family members in Michigan will honor Frank by having a luncheon for family and friends Saturday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at his sister’s home, 102 E. Ellsworth, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to cancer research in his name.

 

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Auldra M. Zeitz

 

   Auldra M. Zeitz, age 88, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, January 21, 2005 at her residence following a long illness. Auldra was born November 30, 1916 in Albion, the daughter, of Leslie and Cecil (Scott) Schultz. Mrs. Zeitz was a retired Nurses Aid for the Eaton Rapids Medical Center and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, canning and was an excellent cook. Preceding her in death was her husband, William in 1967.

   Surviving are her sister, Garda Houston of Eaton Rapids, several nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Carol Oliver of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held January 24, 12005 from the skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery. For those desiring g, memorial contributions may be made to the Grey Ladies at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Auldra M. Zeitz.

 

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Patricia Nobach-Zillgitt

 

   Patricia Nobach-Zillgitt of Eaton Rapids and Gaylord, MI, passed away suddenly at the  Gaylord Memorial Hospital on Friday, August 26, 2005. She was surrounded by her loving husband of 7 years, Ray Zillgitt, Sr., her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Patricia was born in Lansing the 3rd child of 9 children to Horance and Bernice Merlington. She married Gordon A. Nobach in 1950 and moved to their farm in Eaton Rapids, where she lived for 55 years. Her husband Gordon passed away in 1995. They were married for 45 years.

    Patricia is survived by her adoring husband Ray Zillgitt, Sr., her 5 children and their families: Rick and Charlene, Steve and Sue, Randy, Kelly, Shann & Tracy (Nobach) Spence; her stepson Ray Jr., and Casey Zillgitt.

   There will be a Memorial Mass held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul or St. Jude. Cards will be available at the church.

 

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Allen Zorn

 

   Allen Zorn, age 47, of Owen, WI, died Wednesday, January 19, 2005, at his home.

   He was born June 5, 1957 in Eton Rapids, MI to Alford and Joyce (Parks) Zorn. He worked for Dart container Corp., Mason, MI, before moving to Wisconsin in 1983. He was a supervisor for Abbotsford Produce for the past 15 years. Mr. Zorn enjoyed playing his guitar, fishing and playing darts.

   Survivors include his fiancée, Angie Freeman, of Owen; his children, Leah Zorn, Athens, Curtis Zorn, Owen, and Brandon Butler, MI; one step-son, Joshua Rychtik, Athens; his mother, Joyce Crosby, Lansing, MI; a sister, Jeanne Crosby, Lansing, MI; and his Aunt and Uncle Don and Luella Walters of Curtiss, WI.

   He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jack Crosby and grandmother Rev. LeahBelle Braley.

   Funeral services were held January 21 at Maurina Funeral Home, Owen, WI with the Rev. Carl Swarr presiding.

 

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