2007 OBITUARIES

 

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Compiled by:

Kristine Bohn

January, 2011

 

 

Eleanor Lois Allen

 

   Eleanor Lois Allen, of Sunfield, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Eleanor was born June 23, 1924 on the family farm in Sebewa Township, Ionia County to Harold (Harry) A. and Mattie (Bailiff) Meyers. Mrs. Allen was under the loving care of her family at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Eleanor attended Sebewa Center School and was a graduate of Sunfield High School, Class of 1942. During these high school years she had to help on the family farm with chores as well as housework because her mother had died in 1939. She recalled that her father forbid her to learn to milk and take care of the dairy herd, because if he didn’t her brothers would try to get her to do these chores while they went to town! But she really thought he wanted he in the house so there would be a good hot meal ready. Actually her education was very important to her father and after graduation she worked at the Lansing Reo plant where she was an inspector on the "Bomb" Line. In 1945 she married Delbert (Bud) Vergeson and they were the owners of several gas stations in Lansing. One of the gas stations was a Marathon Station at 332 Shepard St. and a second was a Gulf Station in partnership with his brother-in-law, Harold Meyers at Hillsdale and Butler Streets. Eleanor would recall how she would clean spark plugs and do other small repairs while Bud would use the whole garage area to disassemble and automotive transmission, repair it and reassemble the whole thing in one day. Later they owned a Texaco Station in Portland until his death in 1969.

   Eleanor also worked for many years at the J & J Variety Store in Portland. In 1976, she married Al Allen, retiring to Harrison, Michigan where they both enjoyed traveling (she had visited 49 states), fishing, entertaining their children and grand children, as well as many friends, neighbors and other relatives. It is at this time at the age of 52 that she took up the game of golf and enjoyed many happy hours on the links and watching the "Pros" on television. Although she loved northern Michigan, Al's sudden death in 1987 caused Eleanor to return to Portland and several years later to her childhood hometown of Sunfield. It was at this time that she transferred her membership from the American Legion Auxiliary Harrison Post 404 to the Portland Unit 129. She loved reunions, get-togethers, church, luncheons, putting together jigsaw puzzles with the help from what she called her "puzzling friends," knitting and crocheting. She made many Afghans and Lap Robes for family, friends, and new babies and donating them to various charitable and veteran organizations and hospitals. She was also a member of the Sunfield Red Hat Society, Sunfield Senior Citizens and other local organizations.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Delbert (Bud) Vergeson and Almerian (Al) Allen; brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Leona Meyers; a nephew, Darrell Meyers; and also a niece, Patricia Meyers.

   She is survived by her brothers, Harold (Maxine) Meyers of Charlotte, Wesley (Lucille) Meyers of Sunfield and sister Ardell (Richard) Ward of Lake City and Harlingen, Texas. Also surviving are step-children, Deborah (Randal) Tooker, Jim (Sandy) Allen of Holt, Margaret Hill of Grand Ledge, Mary Abernathy of Jamestown, Ken., Sandra (Mike) Robinson of Rutherfordton, N.C. and Barbara (Mike) Lundy of Lakeside, Ariz. as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Reverend Jeffrey J. Schrock officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eaton County Meals on Wheels or the Sebewa Center United Methodist Church. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home, or mail to: 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 www.Legacy.com

 

                                   

 

 

Donna Anderson

 

   Donna M. Anderson, 62, of Charlotte, died Dec. 12, 2007. Mrs. Anderson was born Dec. 12, 1945 in Abltion, Michigan, the daughter of Gerard and Mildred (Sebolt) VanDriessche.

   Mrs. Anderson was an LPN at Sparrow Hospital. She enjoyed playing cards and reading. The thing that she loved the most was spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Kayla Anderson and father-in-law, Curley Anderson.

   She is survived by her husband, Larry; sons, Jeff, (Jodi) Anderson of Alaska, Todd (Melissa) Anderson of Colorado, Chad (Ali) Anderson of Charlotte and Troy (Angie) Anderson of Charlotte; daughters, Lanae Anderson of Charlotte and Joni Anderson of Charlotte; grandchildren, Skyler and Hana Anderson, Kayla and Amber Elders, Sierra and Haily Kuehn, Peyton, Brooke, Treven, Ellee and Adisen Anderson, Blake and Brecken Anderson, and Hayden and Gage Anderson; sister, Nancy Baumgardner of North Carolina; several aunts and uncles,; sister-in-law, Yvonne (Dennis) Moore and father and mother-in-law, Maxine (Pete) Callahan of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Eddie Anderson of Charlotte; brother-in-law and Chuck (Judy) Anderson of St. Johns.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 17, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Charles Jensen officiating. Interment will be at Hunt Cemetery, Duck Lake, MI.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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John Anderson

 

   John Edward Anderson, age 39, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Lincoln Park, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. John was born December 8, 1967 in Monroe. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as an EMT, and formerly employed with Ford Motor Co. in Wayne. John was active in the Eaton County SIREN Shelter and enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the children. He and his wife (soul mate) enjoyed hunting, skiing and working side-by-side in everything they did. John played softball for Abies, and Marla was in the stands for every game. They loved doing everything together as a “duo.”

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Pamela Jo Anderson in 2004 and mother-in-law, Helen Hebert in 2006. He was a wonderful husband and be4st friend to his wife, Marla; a loving father to 5 children, Brandon and Dylan Anderson, both of OH, Rachelle Hayward of OK, formerly of Eaton Rapids, Devin Gauna and Carmen Gauna, both of Eaton Rapids; father, Charles E. Anderson of Hanover-Horton; sister, Beverly Anderson of Rives Junction; grandparent, Virginia Baker of FL; father-in-law, John Hebert of Lansing; and several aunts and uncles.

   Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service.

   He was greatly loved and will be eternally missed. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Ruth  Anderson

 

   Ruth Jordan Anderson, 96, of Delray Beach, Fla., died Saturday, March 3, 2007. Mrs. Anderson was born Oct. 6, 1910 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Fred and Luella (Sprague) Jordan, who were both of Eaton County pioneer families.

   She was married to Ray Anderson for many years. They made their home in Vermontville where they were both active in community affairs. In 1971 the Andersons moved to make their permanent home in Boynton Beach, Fla. In 1989 she purchased an apartment in Abbey Delray, a life care community, where she retired until her death.

   She was a member of Jonathon Dickinson Chapter of the D.A.R. and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 65, both of Delray Beach. She was a member of the Auxiliary of Bethesda Memorial Hospital of Boynton Beach, having contributed over 3,000 hours as a volunteer worker. She was a life member of the Eastern Star Chapter #342 and the Historical Society, both of Vermontville. She was proud of her membership in the society of Flagon & Trenchers where eligibility for membership in the society requires having an ancestor who was a Colonial Tavern Keeper before the year of 1776.

   She is survived by friend Audrey Hartenburg and her family, including Julie Tews, Gretchen Pretty, Rachel Myers and Kurt Hartenburg; and friend Robert L. Beystrum of Kalamazoo.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23 at First Congregational Church of Vermontville, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Keith Arnold

 

   Keith H. Arnold, of Lansing, born in Dimondale Aug. 31, 1924 passed away on June 8 in Lansing at the age of 82.

   Mr. Arnold was a veteran of the US Army and served during W.W.II. He had been a resident of the Lansing area for over 65 years. Mr. Arnold worked as a truck driver for Associated Truck Lines and loved fishing, hunting and boating. He also enjoyed working with wood and creating things. Above all, he loved spending time with his family camping and at the cottage on Thornapple Lake.

   Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Arietta (King) Arnold; and brother-in-law, Robert Green.

   He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Grace (Slee); daughters, Shirley (Curt) Reed of Haslett and Sharon (Edward) Vanous of Lansing; sons, Keith (Connie) Arnold of Charlotte, Dale (Darla) Arnold and Barry Arnold, all of Lansing; grandchildren, Shane, Keith, Dale, Jr., Andrea, Cody, Kelley, Kyle, Nicholas and Brianna Arnold and Charles and Curtis Reed and Kelli Vanous; brother, Billy (Luella) Arnold; and sister, Dorothy Green.

   Funeral services were held June 12 at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing with the Rev. Stephen Ezop officiating. Interment will follow in Delta Center Cemetery.

   Those desiring may send a contribution to Heartland Hospice, 865 S. Cedar, Mason, MI 48854 in honor of Mr. Arnold.

 

                                   

 

Maynard E. Aungst

 

   Maynard E. Aungst, of Grand Ledge, born in Lansing  Feb. 4, 1940, passed away Dec. 21 at the age of 67.

   Maynard was a retired employee of General Motors with 30 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, spending time outside and riding around in his golf cart.

   He is survived by sons, David R. (Kelli) of Sunfield and Michael E. (Bridget) of Wacousta; grandchildren, David II, Zachary and Elizabeth; brother, Roger (Margo) of Grand Ledge; nieces, Marcy (Aaron) Baker and Marnee (Tim) McClung and special friend, Marge Evarian of Lansing.

   Services were held Dec. 27, 2007 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Interment followed at Sunfield Cemetery.

   Contributions may be made to the Breslin Cancer Center or Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Bertha Josephine Baker

 

   Bertha Josephine Baker, 78, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Lansing. Bertha was born April 19, 1929 in Lansing, the daughter of Andrew Brian and Lura Jeanette (Jones) Scott.

   She was preceded in death by two children, Max and Ricky.

   Surviving are, her husband of 58 years, Max Jr. Baker of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Sally Baker of Eaton Rapids; son, Bob (Karen) Baker of Eaton Rapids; seven grandchildren, Jenny, Robbie, Andy, Jamie, Brad and Chad Baker and Joey Reichstetter; nine great-grandchildren, Xavier, Dylan and Brooke Walker, R.J. and Madison Baker, Elijah Sutton, Tony, Trysta and Ashleigh Reichstetter; one brother, Fred (Mary) Scott of Lewiston and one sister, Sally Chaplain of Grayling.

   There will be no services for Mrs. Baker.

   Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Roger Baker

 

   Roger Vance Baker, 90, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Vance was born March 29, 1916 in Chester Twp. at the farm home of his parents, David and Grace (Rogers) Baker and was a lifelong Eaton County resident.

   He grew up on the farm and attended the former Smith Country School, then graduated from Charlotte High School in 1934. He married Neva (Lamie) in 1935. He worked at various jobs before starting to work for the former Leo I. Baker (no relation). He worked there until about 1942 when he started his own Baker Construction Co., which he and Neva together worked at for nearly 40 years. She was the bookkeeper and occasionally helped him on the job along with their son, Ronald Vance, who survives with his wife, Jean Ann. Vance had been a member of the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church since 1945, was a 60 year member of the Charlotte Lodge #120 F. & A. M., a member of the Knights Templar #37 and had served on the Charlotte Fire Department for 14 years.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Neva in 2003; brothers, Merton, David Pearl and Leo J. Baker; and sisters, Marguerite and Marian.

   Also surviving are his granddaughter, Carol (Jack) Wright of Bloomfield Hills; grandson, Douglas Vance (Karen) Baker of Caledonia; great-grandchildren, Erik, Charlotte and Keith Wright and Sierra Marie and Bradley Vance Baker; step-grandchildren, Scott (Laura) Reinsmith and Robin Reinsmith; and five step-great-grandchildren, Ashley and Jacob Reinsmith, Christine and Benjamin Clare and Emily Smith.

   Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. March 24 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Kendall Lewis and Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may go to the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Leone Baldwin

 

   Leone Baldwin, age 90, life resident of Onondaga died June 28, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

   Born Nov. 16, 1916 in Onondaga Township the daughter of Charles and Florence (Andress) Clark. Mrs. Baldwin worked alongside her husband Ralph on the family Centennial farm. She was a member of the Onondaga Community Church, Eaton County Farm Bureau and the Order of the Eastern Star formerly of Onondaga. She enjoyed bird watching and her cats and was a doting grandmother.

   Preceding her in death was her husband in 1995, Ralph Baldwin.

   Surviving are her daughters, Carol Buxton of Onondaga and Patricia Connell of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; grandchildren, Kara Sue Buxton of Leslie, Darcy (Ernie) Thilo of Onondaga, Jeffery Edward (Trasey) Buxton of Poquoson, Va., Brent Lee Connell of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Tedd Timothy (Stephanie) Connell of Carmel, Ind., and Beth Lynn (Roland) Mader of Maricopa, Ariz.; seven great-grandchildren; and special friend Rose Casler of Onondaga.

   Services were held July 2 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. William Muller officiating. Burial followed in the Onondaga Cemetery. Pallbearers were Herb Poleski, Warren Nobel, Bud Smith, Neil Sanford, Howard Haven and Robert Collins.

 

                                   

 

 

Earl Leo Bargy

 

   Earl Leo Bargy, 87, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. Mr. Bargy was born Jan. 2, 1920 in McKinley Township, the son of Lawrence and Emma (Kleinfeldt) Bargy.

   He was a crane operator for General Motors until his retirement in 1977. He loved hunting, camping, fishing and many outdoor activities. He was a World War II veteran and member of Eagles Aerie #3552 in Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Bargy in 1975; and second wife, Wilma Bell Bargy Jan. 4, 2007; son, Larry Donald Bargy; and brothers-in-law, Bill Masters and Vinton Perry.

   He is survived by son, Wayne (Charlotte) Bargy of Holt; step-daughter, Judy (Larry) Halsey; step-son, Ron (Sharon) Chalender, both of Charlotte; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; brother Don (Dorothy) Bargy of Potterville; sisters, Betty Masters, Ruth (Ed) Gierzak, both of Charlotte, and Peggy Perry of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Wilma Bargy

 

   Wilma B. Bargy, 82, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007. Mrs. Bargy was born March 3, 1924 in Chester Township, the daughter of Ola and Clara (Harmon) Uhl.

   Mrs. Bargy liked to go fishing and camping and she also enjoyed wildlife.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Theron Chalender; daughter, Belinda Hadsell; brothers, Bud and Orlo Uhl and sister Opal Gearheart.

   She is survived by her husband, Earl; son, Ron (Sharon) Chalender of Charlotte; daughter, Judy (Larry) Halsey of Charlotte; step-son, Wayne (Charlotte) Bargy of Lansing; grandchildren, Kerry, Scott, Brenda, Don, Shannon, Vicki, Lisa, Rita Ann and Diane; and 17 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Pray Funeral Home with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Milton Barlond

 

   Milton G. Barlond, 79, of Battle Creek, died July 27, 2007, at home. He was born Dec. 5, 1927, the son of Galen R. and Anna S. (Garms) Barlond in Pennfield Township.

   Milton served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. He retired from Te-Khi Truck Stop in 1990 after working 30 years as a truck mechanic. He also owned M&J Truck Specialties for six years in Battle Creek. He was a member of Springfield Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed waterskiing, fishing and playing the trombone.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lola Phillips.

   Milton is survived by his wife, Cora E. (Thomson) Barlond of Battle Creek; daughters, Betty Barlond of Anchorage, Alaska, Bonnie (James) Preston of Curtice, Ohio, Michelle Smith of Los Angeles, California; son, Robert Barlond of Parma; special nephew and niece Jon and Sue Orton of Battle Creek; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Wilda Hartshorn of Charlotte.

   Funeral Services were held Aug. 1 at the funeral home with Pastor Randy Brokaw officiating. Entombment took place at Memorial Park Mausoleum.

   Memorial donations may go to Springfield Assembly of God Church. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home. www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Florence Barnaart

 

   Florence Marie Barnaart, age 100, of Charlotte, died April 11, 2007. Mrs. Barnaart was born January 25, 1907 in Swea City, IA, the daughter of Charles and Katherine (Kirchner) Anderson.

   She married William Barnaart on April 7, 1930 and celebrated 47 years of marriage. Grandma had a great love for her family. She enjoyed traveling and had two bags packed at all times so she could be ready to go in five minutes. She loved to beach-comb and find shells and other treasures on the beaches of Florida. She mastered the fine art of tatting and proudly made gifts for family and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband William P. Barnaart; daughters, Billie Jean Barnaart, Ruth Ellen Barnaart, Martha Burns and Barbara Fuhrman.

   She is survived by her sons, William P. Barnaart Jr., Richard Charles “Chuck” (Betty) Barnaart; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

   A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on April 14, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Art Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. April 13, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Gerald (Bud) Lee Barnes Jr.

 

   Gerald (Bud) Lee Barnes Jr., age 76, of Springport died Tuesday, March 7, 2007 at his home. He was born on July 17, 1930 to Gerald Lee Sr. and Jessie (Aseltine) Barnes at home in Woodhull Township of Shiawassee County. Bud was a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 876. He worked in the electrical field for more than 50 years. His family and friends were very important to him. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed his mornings at the coffee shop discussing his passion for scrapping. He was an electrician by trade, but a junk man by heart. He traveled through various states, enjoyed fishing, gardening, and finding treasures in every place he stopped. He was preceded in death by both parents and sister Murz Woods.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Duffey); one son, David of Arkansas; daughters, Carol Sower of North Carolina, Bonnie Valerio, Terry (Gary) Isham, Sandra (David) Norton, Rosie Kuchmuk, Connie Freeman, and Susan (Lonnie) Ervin of Michigan, 212 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; and sisters, Helen  Alcenius, Artis Alcenius and Peggy Butler.

   A Memorial service was held on March 12, 2007 at the  First  Baptist church in Charlotte. The family is being served by  Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Contributions may be made to the Cancer Society or the family.

 

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Clyde Barnett

 

   Clyde Barnett of Eaton Rapids, age 84, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2007 in Dimondale. Clyde was born June 11, 1923 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. In his earlier years he was a farmer and coal miner. Later Clyde worked in the restaurant industry and at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Dud & Nora Barnett; 2 sons, Clyde Jr. and Larry Edward; 7 brothers, Walter, Tracy, Boyd, Claude, Lacey, Allan and Melas; and 3 grandchildren, Bradley O’Dell, Dana Maynard & Jennifer Sue Davis.

   Clyde is survived by 6 sons, Roger (Wanda) of Stockbridge, Isom, Eugene and Jerry all of Kentucky, Terry (Dawn) of Jackson, Douglas of Stockbridge; 7 daughters, Kathleen (Robert) O’Dell of Sumner, Minnie Fay (Jim Camp) Smith of Shelby, NC, Ruth Vanous of Jackson, Brenda Fay Runyon of Texas, Carolyn (David) Davis of Stockbridge, Katha (Bruce) Maynard of Concord, and Patsy (Shaun) Fortner of W. Virginia; 25 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and former wife, Ethel Poe of Kentucky.

   Funeral services were held December 29, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice in his memory www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Donald A. Barningham

 

   Donald A. Barningham, age 89 passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Don was born October 31, 1917 in Vermontville, MI. Don was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan (Bradley) Barningham; his parents, Arthur and Alice Barningham; brother, Walter Barningham; sister, Katie Culp.

   Don is survived by his sons, Michael L. (Rhea) Barningham of Boulder, CO, Douglas A. (Cyndi) Barningham of Green Valley, AZ, and Scott D. Barningham of Eaton Rapids; his grandchildren, Eric Barningham, Julie Brennan, Toni (Chris) Davis, David (Tara) Barningham, Jenna Barningham, Bradley Barningham and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Don was in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in WWII, receiving several honors during his service. After the passing of his wife Joan on September 6, 1962, Don focused his life on raising his 3 sons. He was an extremely dedicated father and grandfather. Don was very generous in making sure his family was always first priority. Don enjoyed being outdoors, woodworking, and camping with his family. Dons love of the outdoors will continue as his children and grandchildren share his same enjoyment.

   Funeral services were held September 8, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor John W. Metcalf of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Phyllis Barrett

 

   Phyllis J. Barrett, 73, of Charlotte, died June 19, 2007. Mrs. Barrett was born in Potterville, the daughter of Edward and Opal (Bashore) Heinze.

   Mrs. Barrett enjoyed spending time with family and going north mushrooming and on get-a-ways. She was known as Granny and had two Yorkie mixed dogs, Maggie and Molly.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ronda (Robby) Rosenbrook; six grandchildren, Kristi (Roy) Kunkel, Ben (Jeannine) Morris, Mindy Barrett, Michael (Beracah) Barrett, Joseph Barrett and Kristie Rosenbrook; seven great grandchildren, Kyleigh and Jacob Kunkel, Jayna and Jace Morris, Dillon, Sabrina and Derek Rosenbrook; brother, Ron (Mona) Heinze; sisters-in-law Jeannette (Bud) Tinkey, Donna Face and Virginia Barrett.

   Funeral services were June 22, 2007 with Charles Jensen officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mary Bartolacci

 

   Mary E. Bartolacci, 84, of Charlotte, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Mrs. Bartolacci was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Flint, the daughter of Kirk and Florence (Bates) Hemingway. Mrs. Bartolacci was a teacher and Principal at St. Mary's Catholic School. She was an active member of her community and was involved in St. Mary's Altar Society; St. Vincent DePaul, Charlotte Country Club and the GFWC of Charlotte. Mrs. Bartolacci enjoyed reading and playing Bridge with her Bridge Club friends.

   She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Diana) Bartolacci of Charlotte, James (Lou) Bartolacci of Mason and Jeffry (Debbie) Bartolacci of Tampa, Fla., and John and Sue Bartolacci of Charlotte; daughters, Mary Jo (Timothy) Bartolacci-Palmer of Indiana, Nora (Tony) Franzini of Tampa, Fla., Lisa (Jim) Jones of New Port Richey, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph in 1996; grandson, Jeffry Grier; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Bob Grier; grandson, Robert Grier; and great granddaughter, Kayla Grier.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Visitation was Thursday Aug. 2, 2007, from 6-8 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary Service at 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Bartolacci Education Fund or St. Vincent DePaul. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Harold Otis Barton

 

   Harold O. Barton, age 97 of Onondaga died Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. He was born August 28,1909 in Parma Township the son of Ira and Eva (Bardon) Barton. Harold was a likfe long farmer in the Onondaga area. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, farming or any activity outside and enjoyed Harness Racing. Preceding him in death was his wife Rose; daughter-in-law, Doris Bienz; 2 brothers, John and Lester Barton and a sister, Rumina Barney.

   He is survived by his stepson, DeWaine Bienz of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Diane Bienz of Eaton Rapids, Susan (Jim) Gray of Onondaga, Carl (Jill) Bienz of Eaton Rapids; 3 great grandchildren; great nephew, Carl (Margaret) Calhoun of Jackson and great niece Lori (Shane) Snavley of Albion and long time companion, Tess Dunlap of Onondaga.

   Funeral services were held on May 30, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Jude Joseph L. Bauer

 

   Judge Joseph L. Bauer, 96, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Feb. 7. 2007. Mr. Bauer was born April 5, 1910 in Jackson, the son of Louis and Salina (Ottney) Bauer and had been a Charlotte resident most of his life.

   He was a graduate of Charlotte High School and attended University of Michigan where he received his B.A. in literature and graduated from law school in 1936. He practiced law with his brother, Homer Bauer in Charlotte for many years, had served as an Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, and later was elected 56th District Judge from where he retired in 1984 after serving for 14 years. He served as a Captain in the U. S. Army Infantry during World War II and later during the Korean War. He was a member of the Michigan and Eaton County Bar Associations, the Charlotte Masonic Lodge, the Charlotte Lions Club and attended the First Congregational Church in Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha E. (Peters) Bauer; brother, Homer Bauer; and sister, Loretta Kirtland.

   Surviving are two sons, Robert M. Bauer of Charlotte and James L. Bauer of New Orleans, La.

   A service celebrating his life was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Judge Thomas Eveland, Judge Paul Berger and Attorney, David Smith officiating. Private interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Congregational Church. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris A. Beam

 

   Doris Alta (Mapes) Beam, 86, of Charlotte and formerly of Bellevue, died June 23, 2007.

   She was born July 2, 1920, the daughter of Lee W. and Josephine (Hamilton) Mapes in Assyria Township, Barry County. She attended Mayo country school and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1938. She married Darrold James Beam on May 7, 1938. He died in 1992. Doris and her husband spent 34 winters in Sarasota, Florida. Her later winters were spent with family in Tampa, Fla. Lucy, the cat, went south with Doris for several years and was her constant companion and friend.

   Doris was employed by the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek and Church's Market in Bellevue. She resided in Bellevue for 60 years before moving to Charlotte.

   Doris was a home person. She loved family and was close to all her grandchildren. She had many friends. Doris was an avid reader and letter writer and she also accomplished many hand crafts including the lost art of tatting. She loved the challenge of a good crossword puzzle and completed them daily.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrold J. Beam; her parents; brothers, Dene Mapes, and Dale Mapes; sisters, Beryl Murphy and Beulah Bland and grandson, Van Groner.

Doris is survived by her sons, Lee (Martha) Beam of Charlotte, Douglas (Ellen) Beam of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Carol (Gary) Marsh of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; brother, David (June) Mapes of Bellevue; and sister, Leah (Robert) Berkimer of Nashville.

   Services were held June 28 at the funeral home, Pastor Steve Olmstead, officiating. Interment, Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial donations may go to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Phillip Beard

 

   Phillip Beard, 69, of Bellevue, and formerly of Battle Creek, died April 17, 2007 after a long illness, surrounded by his family and friends, at his home where he wished to be. He was born November 23, 1937 in Nashville, the son of Harry and Rachael (Smith) Beard.

   Phil graduated from Nashville High School and served honorably in the U.S. Army. He was married to Elsie Vogt in the Congregational Church in Olivet on October 2, 1965. She survives. Phil retired from Clark Equipment Company in Battle Creek, after 29 3/4 years as a millwright. He also worked at the National Food stores and the Gamble Company. He was a former member of the Army Reserves and of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

   Phillip loved to do things with his family especially his grandchildren. He also loved to go out to eat with his friends, and go fishing and boating at Lacey Lake where he resided.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Beard.

   In addition to his wife, Elsie, he is survived by sons, Scott (Laurie) Beard of Victorville, California, Mark (Janet) Beard of Charlotte, and Jeff (Diane) Slocum of Woodland, Michigan; grandchildren, Lexie (Justin) Smith, Stacy Slocum, Kirsten Hayes, Zachary Beard, Matthew Beard, Abby Beard, Gabby Beard; and a great-grandson, Tristen Smith; his mother, Rachael Beard of Nashville; sisters, Kate Painter of Battle Creek, Barbara Sitzman of Ashland, Ohio, Betty (Butch) Hooghouse of Charlotte, and Janet (Jim) Jarman of Nashville. He is also survived by favorite nieces and nephews, Larry (Rae) Rollins, Harry (Sandy) Rollins, Lewis Hooghouse, and Gary (Char) Vogt.

   Learn more about this wonderful man by watching a slide presentation 10:00 a.m. May 5, 2007 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church, 122 West Capital Avenue in Bellevue. A memorial service in Phil's honor at will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, led by Pastor Virginia Heller. Private interment will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.

   Larry Rollins, Harry Rollins, Michael Rollins, Lewis Hooghouse, Gary Vogt, and Zachary Beard will be honorary pallbearers for Phil.

   Memorials may go to Bellevue United Methodist Church for the "barrier-free" fund. The family is being served by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. www.shawfuneralhome.com .

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth Allen Beardslee

 

   Kenneth Allen Beardslee, 76, of Milford, Ind., died March 5, 2007 at his home. Ken was born Dec. 7, 1930 in Woodville to Roy and Gladys (Miller) Beardslee.

   Ken married Marilene O. (Handy) Beardslee on Dec. 9, 1961 in Vermontville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He spent 25 years in professional baseball with the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a prep pitcher in Michigan, he set seven United States all-time records. In professional baseball, Ken won a total of 64 games with the Yankees organization while losing only 24. He then entered the Pittsburgh Pirates scouting department where he remained for over 20 years. During the course of his time with the Pirates, he became a scouting supervisor, handìhng alì9scouting operations in the Midwest. Ken also ran a summer baseball camp in Midland and at North Manchester College for over 18 years.

   Ken has five baseball books publishes, including his autobiography entitled, "Little Field on the Corner." Along with the baseball books, he has published three poetry books. Known for being a kind and gentle man, his joy came from his family, baseball, embracing the beauty of nature, writing his books, and of course, his beloved poetry. Ken Beardslee was a classy man who always wore a classy hat.

   He is preceded in death by both parents; a sister, Betty Beardslee, Michigan; and a brother, Keith Beardslee, Michigan.

   Surviving are his wife, Marilene; son, Cary Beardslee of Warsaw, Ind.; son, Craig Beardslee of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Beverly Beardslee of Grandville; and sister, Phyllis (Beardslee) Loucks of Charlotte.

   Services are private. Memorials may be sent to the Milford Public Library, 101 N. Main St., Milford, IN 46542.

 

                                   

 

 

Eldon Beckner

 

   Eldon H. Beckner, 85, of Bellevue, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at W. Drive North Assisted Living. Eldon, the son of Ira and Lydia (Heckley) Beckner, was born Sept. 24, 1921, in Bellevue.

   Eldon was a farmer and retired from Hoover Ball Bearing in Charlotte. He also worked as a sales clerk at Gambles of Bellevue and Aluminum Extrusions of Charlotte. Eldon was a member of Bellevue Commercial Club, Eaton County Farm Bureau, Michigan Milk Producers, the Whirlaways, and Methodist Men's Club. Until his death, Eldon's membership in Bellevue United Methodist Church was the longest of all active members. Eldon enjoyed camping, playing card games with family and friends, and daily visits to the Riverside Café.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dana; and a sister, Ilo Berry.

   On Aug. 21, 1943 Eldon married Elnora Ruth Barker, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Gilbert (Linda) Beckner of Bellevue and Tom (Marge) Beckner of Litchfield; a sister, Marjorie Otto of Texas, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

   A Memorial Service was held Aug. 16, at Bellevue United Methodist Church with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Bellevue United Methodist Church Barrier Free Elevator Fund.

   Arrangements are by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard J. Beilfuss

 

   Richard J. Beilfuss, 79, of Olivet, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007 in Lansing. Mr. Beilfuss was born Feb. 6, 1927 in Albion, the son of Herman and Thelma (Boldt) Beilfuss and had been a life resident of the Albion and Springport area.

   He was a graduate of Albion High School and had served in the US Navy during World War II. He was a meat cutter by trade, was a member of First Lutheran Church of Charlotte and was a member of the American Legion.

   He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. (Moening) Beilfuss; children, Richard P. Beilfuss of Homer, Brenda (David) Heselschwerdt of Homer and Ronnie Beilfuss of Charlotte; step-children, Richard (Phyllis) Fhaner of Dresden, Tenn., Ann (Jim) Neuman of Shelby and Carolyn (Russ) Carroll of Ludington; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Jan. 17 at the First Lutheran Church in Charlotte with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church for new hymnals.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Gina Ellen Belfiori

 

   Gina Ellen Belfiori of Eaton Rapids, age 48, passed away as the result of an auto accident. Gina was born September 9, 1958 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Joseph Francis and Helen Louise (Palmer) Belfiori. She was the owner and operator of Bel-Fiori’s Rose Shoppe in Eaton Rapids. Gina was a proud, kind and generous member of our Eaton Rapids community. Preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Evelyn Belfiori and Louise Ahlteen.

   Gina is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Grace Streeter; and son, Dolan Joseph “DJ” Waters, both of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Valerie (Thomas) Kunkel of Eaton Rapids and Maria (Paul) Clos of White Lake; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends and family on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. www.shellyodell.com.

Rev. Howard A. Belknap

 

   Rev. Howard A. Belknap, 89, of East Lansing, went home to be with his Lord on March 30, 2007. Howard was born to Edward and Grace Belknap Aug. 8, 1917 in Manistique.

   Howard graduated from Central High School in 1935 and played professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox organization from 1938 - 1941. Rev. Belknap pastored Graham Community Church in Lainsgburg and Walker Memorial Bible Church in Lansing. He assisted Dr. Sugden as a Minister of Calling at South Baptist Church. Howard never retired from doing the Lords work. Howard worked at Motor Wheel for 36 years, he was a board member of the Lansing City Rescue Mission and Lansing Christian School. Howard was a greeter for Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes. Howard's passion in life was to be a man of God that reflected the love of Jesus to each and every person that he met and to be a devoted family man that would pass on that heritage to generations to come. He loved sports and fishing and spending time outdoors.

   Rev. Belknap was preceded in death by three brothers, Rolland, Kenneth and Clinton.

   Surviving are his spouse of 65 years, Frances; daughter, Patricia Diane Mills; three sons, Roger (Lisa), Howard (Debbie) Jr., Stephen (Jo Ann); 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lyle (Marie) Belknap; and several nieces and nephews.

   The celebration of life was held April 3 at 11 a.m. at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing with the Rev. Don Denyes and the Rev. David D. Brooks officiating. Interment followed in Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Those desiring may make contributions to South Church, in memory of Rev. Belknap.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael Bennett

 

   Michael I. Bennett, age 55, passed away April 30, 2007 at Sparrow Hospital. Mike was born June 6, 1951 in Owosso, to the late Holly D. and Elinor (Martin) Bennett.

   Mike retired from Fisher Body in 2000 after 30 years and became co-chair of Local 602 retirees beside Dorothy Stevens, because he enjoyed helping others. Mike was also very active in Olds Outdoors Club, taught hunters safety because he strongly believed in the hands-on teaching method. He was also a member of the Charlotte Optimist Club and past president of Morrice Lions Club. Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and just being outdoors. He was always there to help and never ask for anything in return. Mike lived life to the fullest and always said not to worry about the little things, just enjoy it.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Cathy (Binkowski) Bennett; daughters and sons, Christopher, Kurt (Jill) and Makenzie, Mirsades, Mayse, Madison and Marisa; grandsons, Josh, Corey, Tristen, Nathan and Aleksander; sister, Vicky (James) Brewer; brothers, Dennis and James; parent-in-laws, Paul and Phyllis Binkowski; sister-in-law, Cindy Hiser and Paula Truax; brother-in-law, Keith Hiser; many cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews; special friends include, Dorothy Stevens, Dave and Tammy Duby, John Slee, Gary Hunt, Joe and Judy Williams.

   Funeral services were held May 3, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Reverend Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to your charity of choice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ruth Benward

 

   Ruth Arlene Benward, 79, Eaton Rapids, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007 in Lansing. Ruth was born Feb. 15, 1928 in Albion, the daughter of Clarence and Violet (Thompson) Shannon.

   An active member of her local church, Gospel Assembly, Ruth loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed her daily social visits at McDonald's in Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Benward on Dec. 6, 2005; her son, Philip James Benward on Dec.14, 2005; and two brothers, Charles and Richard Shannon.

   Ruth is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Greg) Cox of Eaton Rapids; her son, Jay (Sandy) Benward of Potterville; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her brother, David L. Shannon of Grand Rapids; four sisters, Dorothy Simmons of Reading, Leona Clougherty of Marshall, Leota Patton of Marshall, Mary Lou Lutz of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 5 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Graveside services followed at Albion Memorial Gardens, Albion.

 

                                   

 

 

Rhea Betcher

 

   Rhea May Betcher, 78, died March 11, 2007. She was born May 1, 1926, the daughter of Charles and Christine Heath of Eaton Rapids.

   She married Kenneth Betcher, who preceded her in death in 1959, and raised four children, Mike, Barbara, Mark and Kenny, who preceded her in death in 1992. Rhea always enjoyed time with Martin, Aunt Lois, Myrtle, Aunt Mary and Jim. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews and her grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   Special thanks from her family to Aunt Mary Heath, Nina, Kathy, Church and Uncle Mart; to the Eaton Country Hospice and staff; the A.F.C. Country Comfort Home where she lived the last year; and thanks to Joe and Katie Betcher along with Terry Rhode, who with their help, care and love, helped so much to make Rhea’s last year filled with love.

   Graveside services will be held April 21, 2007 at 11:15 a.m. at Felt Plains Cemetery. Immediately following service friends and family are welcomed to attend a luncheon at Felt Plains United Methodist Church, 3523 Meridian Rd., Leslie.

 

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Pearl Bigger

 

   Pearl E. Bigger, 85 of Charlotte, died July 3, 2007. She was born Aug. 21, 1921 in Blanchard, MI, the daughter of Loren and Effie (Ruthruff) Dickson. She married Vernon Robert Bigger on June 23, 1945. They spent 35 years together till his passing in 1980.

   She was a past member of the Holiday Rambler Club Michigan Chapter Capital Totems pulling her trailer alone for 10 years after her husband’s death. Pearl was an active and willing volunteer where needed, and worked the community dinners at the Eagles where she had many friends.

   She was a long time vender for Frontier Days having the same corner spot under the Big Oak Tree. No craft was impossible for her to make. Potluck carriers, baby bibs, toddler smocks, quilts, rugs, aprons, potholders and adult bibs. She also made doll quilts for the Charlotte Fire Department Christmas Kiddie program.

   Other interests were her flower beds and playing cards every Friday with the “Phase 10” card group at Bonnie Brook. She loved playing Bingo and dancing to polka music.

   She was known around town as the “Lady in the White Hat”.

   She was preceded in death by one brother Rudy Dickson.

   She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Roy) Rice, Alana (Mike) Root both of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Kimberly (John) Stoffer, Angela, Shannon and Taebin Rice, Lynette (Brian) Larkins, Aaron and (Jaki) Root and SGT Sarah Beth Root; five great grandchildren, Johnny Stoffer, Jackson Root, Rachel and Emily Larkins and Courtney Chapman; brothers, Lorenzo (Juanita) Dickson, Orland Dickson; sisters, Carrie Gleason and Stella (Gerrit) VanHeck; sister in law, Rita Dickson; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on July 9 at Pray Funeral Home. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

 

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Charles Bingham

 

   Charles Dale Bingham, 83, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 22, 2007. Mr. Bingham was born Dec. 15, 1923 in Charlotte, the son of Charles and Ina Bingham.

   Mr. Bingham was a farmer and the owner of C. Dale Bingham Farm Supplies. He would do much of his own mechanical and design work.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Bingham in 2002; sisters, Leola Leonard, Lucy Leonard and Mary Leonard.

   He is survived by his sons, Charles (Barb) Bingham of Bellevue and Michael (Delores) Bingham of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Michael J. Bingham, Christina (Luke) Ellsworth, Scott and Laura Bingham; sister-in-law, Norma Rice-Rodney; and brother-in-law, Fred Leonard.

   Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. March 24 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Darold Hill officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery in Clarence Township. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Donald Blackwell

 

   Donald Blackwell, age 80 of Eaton Rapids died Monday, August 13, 2007 at a Lansing hospital with family present. He was born September 12, 1926 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the son of Herbert and Alice (Hemiscey) Blackwell. After graduating from Eaton Rapids High School in 1944, he worked many years at Oldsmobile and as a mason tender, and retired in 1992 from LanDalet Manufacturing. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing reading, coin and plate collecting, and spending time with his family and friends. His mother and father, sister Jeannice Banks, brother Jim, and son Alan preceded him in death.

   He is survived by his sister Jeannette of Buchanan, Michigan, sons Gayle (Marty) of Eaton Rapids and Don (Deb) of Battle Creek, grandchildren Steve (Julie) of DeWitt, Jeff of Missouri, Rob (JJ) of Virginia, Sara of Battle Creek, Jason (Kellie) of Lansing, Andy of Jackson, and Amy of California, as well as 6 great grandchildren (Alex, Rachel, Evan, Austin, Katelyn and Jenna) and several nieces and nephews.

   Arrangements by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. There will be no funeral service. For those who so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Public Library in memory of Donald Gene Blackwell.

 

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Don A. Blick

 

   Don A. Blick, 91, of Charlotte, died Friday, Nov. 23 at the Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. Mr. Blick was born April 23, 1916 in Anna, Ill., the son of A. J. and Ora Belle (McLane) Blick and had been a Charlotte area resident for 80 years.

   Don worked as a shoe repairman, was a farmer and worked in the Maintenance Dept. for the Charlotte Public Schools from where he retired.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lulu M. (Aseltine) Blick and a grandson, Paul Blick.

   Surviving are his daughter, Laurie (Jerry) Knight of Charlotte; his son, David Blick of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Nathan Knight, Michelle (fiancé, David Brannan) Knight, Barrett (Lissette) Blick and Aaron Blick and one great-grandson, Tristan Blick.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 26 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Todd R. McLane of Faith Assembly of God officiating. Interment was at the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to go to the Lansing Teen Challenge, 510 W. Willow St., Lansing, Mich. 48906-4744.

 

                                   

 

 

Edward Bobcik

 

   Edward Bobcik, 77, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 26 surrounded by his loving family after a heroic battle with a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 18, 1930 in Carmel Township, Mich., the son of John and Helen (Harag) Bobcik.

   Edward's kindness, compassion and love for others will always be an inspiration to all who knew him. He was devoted to farming his entire life, initially raising beef and dairy cattle then later switching to a cash crop operation. He took pride in practicing farmland preservation and conservation. He had also worked as a milk truck driver in the mid-1950s and worked as an electrician. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends and taking family trips. He also enjoyed making maple syrup with his family. Mr. Bobcik was a member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau and former Superintendent of the Millerburg Country School in the late 1950's. He enjoyed restoring old tractors, fishing in the pond and felt that anything worth doing was worth doing well.

   He will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 53 years, Vivian; son, John (Connie) Bobcik; daughters, Karen Kieft and Linda Bobcik; grandchildren, James Bobcik and Jillian (Steven) Richardson; great-grandson, Ethan; sister, Lillian (John) Arnold of Delton; sister, Ilene (Tom) Wright of Belding and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Brian Kieft.

   Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 1 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Becky Morrison officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital or the Michigan FFA Alumni Scholarship Program. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred Bock

 

   Mildred Bock, 102, of Charlotte, formerly of Ann Arbor, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. Mrs. Bock was born Aug. 16, 1904 in Saline.

   Mildred attended Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. She loved dancing with Fred, her husband of 58 years, was an avid bridge player and traveled extensively.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, in 1985.

   She is survived by her son, Dale of Springport; daughter, Judith (Rex) Corbitt of Ft. Myers, Florida; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Washtenong Mausoleum in Ann Arbor. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor or Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly Bodell

 

   Beverly Ruth Bodell, age 77, of Cove, Arkansas, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away June 27, 2007 in Arkansas. Beverly was born in St. Joseph County, Indiana, the daughter of Floyd and Martha (Martins) Athony

   She was a former member of the American Red Cross, foster parent to 53 babies and volunteer at Lansing General Hospital.

   Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Wallace; and son, Dennis Bodell (1999).

   She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Thomas) Baker of AR; son, Wallace J.R. (Cherry) Bodell of Albion; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and aunt, Janette Joseph of Nashville.

   Services were held June 3, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids and interment followed at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Lansing. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Dale Boggs

 

   Burr Dale Boggs, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., formerly of Kentwood, was born Dec. 31, 1959 in Michigan and went to be with the Lord May 18, 2007 in Fountain Valley, Calif. He was 47 years old.

   Dale was most recently a General Manager at the Michigan Packaging Company, where he worked for 26 years but had moved to California with his wife and two youngest sons to pursue their dream of owning their own business.

   Dale was preceded in death by his father, Franklin “Burr” Boggs.

   Dale will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 17 years, Dorenda Boggs; daughters, Layla Sever and Lila Boggs; sons, Benjamin Boggs, Darion Boggs and Davion Boggs; mother, Fay Boggs; sisters, Anita Wheaton, Diane Newsome and Merry Reading; brother, Pat Boggs and grandchildren, Hailey, Tristen and Odin. Graveside services were held in California and memorial services were held on May 26 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Allan Boilore

 

   Allan Earl Boilore, 65, of Alanson, passed away Friday, July 6, 2007. Allan was born Aug. 10, 1941 in Alpena, the son of Earl and Rosalie (Homant) Boilore.

   He was a 1963 graduate of Michigan State University, earning a BA in Business Administration, and after graduation, owned and operated his company, Professional Consultants, Inc., in Lansing, until his retirement. He married Ilona Lackner on April 13, 1991 in East Lansing.

Allan was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, enjoying hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, and was a member of several outdoor/conservationist organizations. He served on The Foster Care Review Board of the Michigan Supreme Court, and served as past president of the Society of Professional Business Consultants.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Karen Boilore.

   Surviving are his wife Ilona; a daughter, Karen Abdella of Clawson; three sons, Brad (Lisa) Boilore of Traverse City, David (Melissa) Boilore of Owosso, and Jeff (Arlene) Boilore of Eaton Rapids; and five grandchildren, Nick, Sally, Kalon, Brevin, and Alex.

   Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, July 10 at the Cross in the Woods Catholic Church in Indian River with Rev. Paul Pare' officiating; burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Alpena.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alpena Cancer Center (1501 W. Chisholm St. Alpena, MI. 49707), and the LUNGevity Foundation (2421 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL. 60614).

 

                                   

 

                                   

William Bone

 

   William David “Dave” Bone Jr., 66 of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 at the Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing. Mr. Bone was born Nov. 2, 1940 in Memphis, TN, the son of William David Sr. and Edna (Tomlinson) Bone.

   He had been in the Lansing and Charlotte area since the age of four. He served in the United States Navy in the late 50’s and early 60’s and had been a Tinsmith in Skilled Trades at Fisher Body. He was a proud member of the UAW and the NRA and was an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman. He married his sweetheart, Judith M. Gladding, on his birthday in 1963 and she survives him.

   He is also survived by sons, Jeffrey D. (Cheryl) Bone of Holt, Stephen L. (Amy) Bone of South Lyon; daughter, Jennifer L. (Tod) Slack of Lansing; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   A memorial service was held Sept. 24, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Eulalie Pearl Bosworth

 

   Eulaie Pearl Bosworth, 93, Mulliken, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 at Tendercare West in Lansing. She was born July 1, 1913 in Lake Odessa, the daughter of Ray and Myrtie Candace (Lovell) Welch.

   Eulalie graduated from Lake Odessa High School, went to college in Ypsilanti, and later earned her Master’s degree from MSU (Go Green). She married John Lewis Bosworth, and the couple celebrated 50 years of marriage. John and Eulalie lived most of their life on a farm in Mulliken. She taught school for over 30 years in one room schools, then Vermontville, and for over 20 years at Sunfield High School. She loved to paint and ceramics. She retired from teaching early to be able to travel with John. Then spent their winters in Florida and took many trips together in the summer. Some of their travels took them to Hawaii, Alaska and a memorable cruise down the Mississippi.

   She was preceded in death by both her parents; brother, PJ Welch and great grandson, Byron Raymond Hunault.

   Surviving are her children, Norvel (Carol) Bosworth of Sunfield, Cheryl  Robins of Lansing and Darrel (Barb) Bosworth of Mulliken; sister, Lois (Emory) Willson; sister-in-law, Betty Welch; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Nina Bosworth; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery. For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Lakewood Education Fund, or S.P.Y.,s C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, Mich., 48890.

   The family is being served by the independent, family-owned funeral home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Gregory Bottles

 

   Gregory Dean Bottles, born Feb. 2, 1955, passed into eternity Dec. 17, 2007. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Favero; two brothers, Jeffry (Phyllis) Bottles, Rick Bottles; and sister, Dixie Bottles. He was predeceased by his father, grandparents, three uncles and one aunt. Cremation has taken place.

 

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Gray Boudler

 

   Gray Allen Boudler, 44, passed away in his home on March 31, 2007. Gray was born in Cadillac on Oct. 5, 1926, to Gary and Charleen Boudler.

   He was a life-long resident of Charlotte, where he was a graduate of Meadowview School and worked at Peckham Vocational for 17 years. Gray loved cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, building model cars, animals, the outdoors and country music.

   He is survived by his mother, Charleen, of Cadillac, brother Mark, sister-in-law Annie and niece Brooke and Ashely of San Antonio, Texas; sister Laurie of Conway, Arizona, nephew Rian Mohre of Charlotte, sister Maggie, brother-in-law Brian Smith of Kalamazoo, nephew Dustin Scott of Benton Harbor; friend and caretaker, Sherry Dexter of Charlotte; grandmother Dorothy Boudler of Tawas; Aunt Joan Boudler of Kent City; Uncle Bernard and Aunt Jackie Adams of McBain; cousins Craig, Ellie, Dan, Kathy, Rick, Michelle, Jennifer, Rebecca and their families.

   Gray was preceded in death by his cousin Kevin Adams in 1971, grandfather Reginald Boudler in 1981, father Gary Boudler in 1997, grandmother Nora Jurkowski in 2002 and grandfather Henry Jurkowski in 2004.

   A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at the New Hope Community Church, 436 W Harris St, Charlotte, with Rev. Randy Royston officiating.

   Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home in Cadillac.

   Condolences to the family can be made to www.hitesmanholdship.com.

   Donations can be made to a memorial fund in Gray’s name at the Wexford County Credit Union, 1021 N Mitchell St, Cadillac.

 

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Betty Bowles

 

   Betty Jean Bowles, 83, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Mrs. Bowles was born July 27, 1923 in East Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Elias and Gladys (Sharp) Evans.

   She was married to Raymon Bowles December 27, 1947 in Millett, Michigan. She was very family oriented and loved family reunions.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymon Bowles, son, Michael Bowles, and brother, Theodore Evans.

   She is survived by her children, Prudence (Roy) Dingman of Pleasant Lake, Patricia (Juan) Pizano of Lansing, David (Bonnie) Bowles of Charlotte and Steven Earl (Sally) Bowles of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother Robert Evans of Santa Ana, California; and grandson Terri Lee.

   A funeral service was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Charles Jensen officiating. Visitation was 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activity Fund. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred Boyles

 

   Mildred L. Boyles, 83, of Charlotte, passed on to be with the Lord on Nov. 30, 2007. Mildred was born March 4, 1924 in Pontiac, the daughter of William and Allie (Thackery) Tellas and had been a Charlotte area resident for about 70 years.

   She was a retired farmer and had been employed at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility as a Nurse’s Aide. She was a life member of the Maple City Post #2406 V.F.W. Auxiliary and attended the Gresham United Methodist Church.

   Mildred was a loving grandmother truly adored by all of her grandchildren. She loved going to lunch with friends (especially her sister Shirley) and sharing stories of her younger years, shocking and delighting her friends and family with the outcome. She had many close friends at Butternut Apartments, especially Aggie Smith and Marge Milbourn.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Margie Maurer and Betty Buell.

   Surviving are two daughters, JoAnne (Thomas) Fogle and Judith (Gary) Walters both of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, Karen (David) Moon of Charlotte, Julie (Bob) Waddell of Frisco, TX, Paula (Rick) Holzheuer of Mason, Patrick, (Toni) Adams of Hasings, Douglas (Paulette) Fogle of Valparaiso, IN, Christopher (Debbi) Fogel of San Antonio, TX, Connie (Chris) Sharp of Nashville, TN, and Capt. Mark (Angelia) Fogle of Dayton, OH; 16 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one sister, Shirley (Clare) Ash of Charlotte and two brothers, William (Donna) Tellas of Pickford and Douglas (Janet) Tellas of Ft. Wayne, IN.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 4, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Kathy Smith of Gresham United Methodist Church officiating. At Mildred’s request, cremation will follow services.

   Memorial contributions may go to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

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Werlin E. Bradley

 

   Werlin E. Bradley, 87, of Charlotte, died Jan. 7, 2007. He was born March 18, 1919 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Bradley was a long-time local farmer, who was also employed at D.E. Wertz and later retired from Aluminum Extrusions. Mr. Bradley was a former member of the Northwest Walton Grange and was also a Thornton Country School Board member.

   He is predeceased by his wife, Maxine Bradley.

   He is survived by his children, Janet (Alan) Ruhl of Fowler, Linda (Terry) Rawson, of Charlotte and Darryl (Barbara) Bradley of Marshall; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; and special friend, Margaret Bishop.

   Funeral Services were held Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Eaton Co. Medical Facility.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Connie M. Brass-Spade

 

   Connie M. Brass-Spade of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 47, died Monday, March 12, 2007 in Lansing. Connie was born October 5, 1959 in Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are her parents, Donna and Bud Ramey of Eaton Rapids; spouse, Gary Spade of Lansing; 3 children, Cynthia Marie Spade, Erica Lynn Spade, Gary Lynn Spade, Jr. all of Lansing; 2 grandchildren, Anthony Robert Shearer, Andrea Annmarie Shearer; brother, Troy (Lorraine) Ramey of Fowlerville; 2 sisters, Kathleen Nevins of Eaton Rapids, Kimberley K. (Chad) Porter of Bath; and 5 nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, March 15, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids and interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Eddie Brewer

 

   Eddie E. Brewer, 84, of Charlotte, Michigan died April 15, 2007. Mr. Brewer was born March 2, 1923 in Martin, TN the son of Ottis and Nora (Forrester) Brewer.

   Mr. Brewer was a member and formerly Chief Steward of the local U.A.W. #724. He loved to tell stories, do crossword puzzles and play Solitaire. Mr. Brewer was a man who had a very strong conviction for what had to be done and would quietly take care of it. He was proud of his family and cherished his monthly dinners with his grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Lena Mae Brewer; and brother, Harold Thomas Brewer.

   He is survived by his sons, Eddie Ray (Jean Ann) Brewer of Summerfield, FL and Gary Dan (Henrietta) Brewer of Lansing; sister, Dorothy Sue Snyder of Chicago; brother, Melvin Duane Brewer of Martin, TN.

   Funeral services were held 2 p.m., April 19, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Leisman officiating. Interment was at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt. Visitation was held Wednesday, April 18, 2007 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy Briggs

 

   Dorothy E. Briggs, 100, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Mrs. Briggs was born June 23, 1907 in Eaton County, the daughter of Augustus and Mary Halbeisen.

   Mrs. Briggs was an employee of the Wilcox-Gay Corporation of Charlotte where she was union Local President. She was a very proud grandmother who loved and adored her grandchildren. Mrs. Briggs was very active in family genealogy where she traced back several generations.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carson; siblings, Max, Robert, Joe, Donald and Margaret.

   She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Briggs of Grand Rapids; son, Jon Briggs of Charlotte; daughter, Dorothy (Jean) Bramble of Grand Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 14, 2007 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Bennett Constantine officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Frank Brija

 

   Frank Brija, 84, of Grand Ledge died Sunday, Aug. 26. Mr. Brija was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Holly Hill, Florida, the son of Andrew and Mary Brija.

   Frank lived in Lansing or the surrounding area all of his adult life. Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. during WW II. After the war, he returned to Lansing to raise his family, and was employed by the Board of Water and Light as a senior foreman in the Maintenance Department. He retired in 1983 after 40 years of service.

   He was preceded in death by Irene, his wife of 58 years.

   He is survived by his children; Jerry (Judy) of Dimondale; George (Therese) of Reno, NV; Janine (Tom) Nierenberger of Charlotte; Darryl (Kim) of Potterville; six grandsons, one granddaughter and six great-grandchildren, and a sister, Julie Witt of Fla.

   He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. Funeral services were held Aug. 30, at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in Chapel Hill Cemetery located in Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Shirley J. Brimmer

 

   Shirley J. Brimmer, 77, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. Mrs. Brimmer was born Oct. 20, 1929 in Spencer, Ohio the daughter of Jay and Opal (Wertz) Guyer.

   Mrs. Brimmer was a member of Church of Faith In God in Charlotte. She was an excellent cook who loved to make pies. One of the most important things in her life was her family and grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Michelle Lamie; granddaughter, Heavenly Ann Doty; son-in-law, Ryan Sanders; sister, Wanda Davis; brothers, Russell Guyer, Clare Guyer, Stanley Guyer, Daley Guyer and Jack Guyer.

   She is survived by her husband, Lester; son, Dan Butler of Charlotte; daughter, Darlene Sanders of Charlotte; daughter, Dawn (Gerod) Funk of Texas; daughter, Dixie Burg of Florida; son, David (Joan) Butler of Blanchard; daughter, Tamara (Dick) Strickland of Charlotte; Sandra Bennett of Grand Rapids; William (Lorrie) Householder of Charlotte; Sheila (Bill) Hurtsbise of Muskegon; daughter, Bonnie Cary of California; son, Jay Lamie; 31 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard Guyer of Ohio and Bob Guyer of Florida.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Mike Knauff officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Iva Brock

 

   Iva (Willis) Brock, 97, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Brock was born July 12, 1909 at Thompsonville in Manistee County, the daughter of Truman and Clara (Bauer) Willis and had been a Charlotte resident since 1939.

   She had been employed at the former Dime Store and Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte and had worked as a cook for the Charlotte Public Schools from where she retired in 1972.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James N. Brock; son, James Brock; daughter, Billie Jean Johnson; and seven brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are one son, Terry Brock of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Glenna Criswell of Booneville, Miss. and Eva (James) Pyne of Lakeland, Fla. and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Burkhead-Green Funearl Home, Charlotte with Rev. Steven Johnson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Kalamo Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township. Memorial contributions may go to the Hospice of one's choice.

 

                                   

 

 

Alyce E. Brown

 

   Alyce E. Brown, age 80 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice with her family by her bedside. She was born October 8, 1926 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Claude and Maude (Bowers) Dillingham. Alyce retired in 1982 from the General Motors Corporation, Oldsmobile Division in Lansing. She was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652, Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, Michigan Women’s Bowling Association and USBC, Life member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Local 2406 Charlotte and a volunteer for the Eaton Community Hospice. Preceding her in death were her husband Victor; and 2 brothers, Ashley and Richard Dillingham.

   She is survived by her 2 children, Larry (Neva) Brown of Charlotte and Tamra (Rick) Hover of Hanover; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Aylor, Jill (Jason) Moore, Andrew Guizar and Jared Brown; 5 great grandchildren; sister, Leona Cadger of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on September 17, 2007, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Bobbie J. Weller of the Sunfield United Brethren Church, officiating. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Local #2406 Charlotte, in memory of Alyce E. Brown. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Dennis (Denny) P. Brown

 

   Dennis (Denny) P. Brown, born in Albion, MI on June 15, 1936, died in Tavares, FL on March 9, 2007. Denny graduated from Eaton Rapids High School and spent 8 years in the Air Force then worked full time for the Michigan National Guard for 20 years. Denny also served as Commander and held other offices for the American Legion Post 15. He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Stevens; step-father, Robert Stevens; father, Harry Brown; step-mother, Donna Brown; brothers, Lawrence (Larry) Brown and Ronald (Ronnie) Brown.

   He is survived by his wife, Constance (Connie) Brown; two daughters, Trudy Kopyc of West Gardiner, Maine, Traci Brown of Augusta, Maine; 3 brothers, Dale (Eva) Brown of FL, Donald Brown of FL, Robert (Doris) Brown of Kentucky; 1 sister, Ruth (Ken) Cortright of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held in Lansing on Friday, March 16, 2007.

 

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Geraldine Brown

 

   Geraldine Brown, 74, of Charlotte, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Mrs. Brown was born Feb. 28, 1933, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Frank B. and Julia J. (Sweet) Hunsaker.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis; and siblings Frank, Everett, and Dorothy.

   She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Reginald; sons Daniel (Amy), Darry (Gina), and David (Lori); grandchildren Tiffany (Jeff) Pfeiffer, Heather, Brittany, Tory, Allie and Coy Brown; great-grandchild Zachary Pfeiffer; sister Eva Ruperd; and brothers Elmer Hunsaker of Cheboygan and Bob Hunsaker of Las Vegas.

   Private family services will be held later.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and/or the University of Michigan Eye Bank. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Sue Brown

 

   Sue Brown, 59, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 in Lansing.

   Sue was a member of the American Legion Post #491 of Leslie and life member of VFW Post #7309 of Mason.

   She is preceded in death by her father, Arch Rogers Jr.

   She was the loving mother of four children, Shelly (Thomas) Smith of Mason, Mindy (Brock) Spayd of Eaton Rapids, Todd (Theresa) Matthews of Newnan, Ga. and Montie (Sandra) Matthews of Eaton Rapids; her very loved 10 grandchildren, Josh and Sammi Smith, Courtney Barnett and Alyssa Spayd, Kelsey, Nik and Cole Matthews, Andy (Jessie) Ogston, Theresa and Cody Matthews; and two great grandchildren, Dominic Morrison and Aliza Ogston; mother, Maxine Miller of Eaton Rapids; two brothers, Harvey L. (Shirley) Rogers of Duck Lake, Arch Rogers III (Judy) of Gilbertsville, Ken.; half brother, Chip; six step-brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 22, 2007 at the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Legion, Leslie, Post #491 Women’s Auxiliary in memory of Sue Brown. Her family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the wonderful people who helped Sue over the years.

 

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Allyn Bruch

 

   Allyn Leroy Bruch, 90, of Grand Ledge, died Jan. 2, 2007. Mr. Bruch was born March 6, 1916 in Dimondale, the son of Ervin and Nancy (Telfer) Bruch.

   Mr. Bruch loved his children and grandkids and would often be called "Old Timer" or "Old Faithful".

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Bruch; brother, Clarence Bruch; sisters, Ellen Dohnam and Marguerite Cramer.

   He is survived by his daughters, Christina (Dave) Dickerson of Potterville and Cynthia Bruch; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Terry LaDuke officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Bright Hope Bible Church.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Bruinsma

 

   Robert Bruinsma, of Charlotte, our loving husband, father and papa passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Oct. 29, 2007 and is now home with his Lord and Savior. He was born on Dec. 3, 1926 the son of Carl and Emma (Karkau) Bruinsma in Lansing.

   Mr. Bruinsma was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy during WWII where he participated in the battle of Okinawa. He was a very proud member of the crew of the Destroyer USS Ralph Talbot DD-390. He retired in 1991 from MSU where he served for 27 years as manager of the Union Building Store. He was a long time and faithful Spartan supporter. He was a member of VFW Post #701, Tin Can Sailors Association, Indianapolis Rescue and Recovery Association, the Kamikaze Survivor's Association, a lifetime member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, and a member of the Del-Hi-Hos Senior Band. He was an avid harmonica player, who was self taught. The family would like to thank the staff of Great Lakes Family Hospice for their marvelous and tender care.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Emma Bruinsma; sister, Eileen (Don) Hoehn and niece, Carol Hoehn.

   Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Natalie, who he married on May 15, 1954; son, Robert (Patricia); special grandson, Samuel and one grandchild on the way; sister-in-law, Jean (Tom) Johnson; nieces and nephews, Ray (Sandy) Buhl, Kathy (Dave) Kreiger, David (Jeanne) Buhl, Douglas Hoehn, Alan (JL) Hoehn; great nephews and niece, Christian Kreiger, Shaina Buhl and Kegan Buhl; special cousin, William (Romy) Bruinsma.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2727 W. Holmes Road, Lansing with the Rev. Jan G. Hite, officiating. Interment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing, MI.

   Those desiring may make contributions to Redeemer Lutheran Church in memory of Mr. Bruinsma.

 

                                   

Bonnie Sue May Bryant

 

   Bonnie Sue May Bryant, age 46, of Lynnwood, Wash., daughter of Ernest and Alberta May of Nashville, went to be with the Lord on June 18.

She was born in Lansing May 25, 1961 and graduated from Maple Valley School.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Alberta May, and sister, Daisy Joann May.

   Surviving are her husband, Mark Bryant; daughters, Marie (Ryan) Osborn, and Carolyn Bryant; son, Michael Bryant; father, Ernest May Sr.; brothers, Ernest May Jr., John May, Richard May, Roger May, Ed May, and Paul May; sisters, Julie Wells, and Tina Croff; an many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be held at the Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1.

   In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Nashville Baptist Church in memory of Bonnie Bryant.

 

                                   

 

 

Zygmunt Brzycki

 

   Zygmunt Brzycki, 83, of Olivet, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007 after an extended illness. Mr. Brzycki was born May 27, 1924 in Perrinton, the son of Ignatz and Magdalena (Wonska) Brzycki and had been an area resident since 1926.

   He served in the U. S. Marines from 1944 to 1947 during World War II on Iwo Jima. He was a retired co-owner of Eaton Monument Co. of Charlotte, was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church of Bellevue and was a member of the P.N.A. of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by siblings, Joseph, Adam, Stanley and Walter Kita, Edward Brzycki, Frank Briskie and Hattie Freeburn.

   Surviving are, his wife of 58 years, Helen (Maresh) Brzycki; five children, Michael (Jackie) Brzycki of Nashville, Richard (Linda) Brzycki of Olivet, Susan (Al) Patterson of Bellevue, Patricia (Brian Bridson) of Laingsburg and Diane (Kevin) Brewbaker of Williamston; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

   The funeral mass was held Sept. 5, 2007 at the St. Ann Catholic Church in Bellevue with Fr. William J. Koenigsknecht officiating. Interment was in the West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Henry Buckingham

 

   Henry Buckingham of Eaton Rapids, age 91, passed away Monday, December 31, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Henry was born January 23, 1916 in Aurelius Township, Ingham County, the son of Roy Orestas and Mary (Stout) Buckingham. He was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church , and former board member and officer of the Eaton County Farm Bureau Co-op. Henry was a life-long farmer and instrumental in starting local Farm Bureau groups in Ingham County. He was a board member of the Farmers Home Administration and also a former Aurelius Twp. Treasurer. Preceded in death by his wife, Margery, in 2004; half-brother, Leland Strickney and 2 half-sisters, Leta Swift and Mia Bell Humphrey.

   Henry is survived by 1 daughter, Barbara (Ron) Ried of Mason; 1 son, Roy (Carolyn) Buckingham of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Pam (Ed) Downs of TX, Michael (Tricia) Ried of Holt, Dennis (Maggie) Ried of Waterford, Trudy (Will) Pendergraft of NC, Brent Buckingham and J.P. (Jennifer) Buckingham, all of Eaton Rapids; 8 great grandchildren, Trevor & Logan Downs, Michelle & Tiffany Ried, Amanda & Sophia Ried, Camryn & Carter Buckingham; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held January 4, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to either Robbins United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation in memory of Henry Buckingham. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Kent Buffenbarger

 

   Kent E. “Buff” Buffenbarger, 58, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 at his residence. Kent was born April 26, 1949 in Charlotte, the son of Franklin “Budd” and June (Shumaker) Buffenbarger and had lived in Grand Ledge and Charlotte.

   He was a former General Motors employee, had operated Buffenbarger Plumbing and had served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War where he was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, June (Shumaker) Buffenbarger in 2001.

   Surviving are, two daughters, Rachel (John) Remy of Lansing and Jessica Buffenbarger of Grand Ledge; five grandchildren, Lauren Ostertag, Andrew Buffenbarger, Paige Remy, Alyssa Buffenbarger and Jonathon Remy; his father, Franklin “Budd” Buffenbarger of Sagola, MI and his sister, Cherry Buffenbarger of Menominee, MI.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 30, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with VFW Chaplain Gordon Phillips officiating. Interment with Military Honors was held in the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

 

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Dorothy M. “Buffy” Buffington

 

   Dorothy M. “Buffy” Buffington, 80, of Lansing, passed away Jan. 29, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 2, 1926 in Lansing, and had lived in Lansing all of her life.

   Mrs. Buffington was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, and had worked as a cashier for Lansing Community College for 25 years, retiring in 1992. She was a volunteer for 10 years as a cashier in the gift shop at Ingham Regional Medical Center and also volunteered with the Mint City Jammers in St. Johns. She, along with her husband, founded the Toe-Ticklers Square Dancing Club in Potterville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair in 1977; and by her parents, Violet and Jerry Ecker.

   Surviving are three sons, Bob (Pat) Buffington of Lansing, Tom (Dennise) Buffington of Charlotte and Jerry Buffington of Missouri; daughter, Susan (Bob) Hundt of Lansing; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

   The funeral service was held Feb. 1 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with The Rev. Neil Davis officiating. Interment followed in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in memory of Dorothy Buffington.

 

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Mary Lou Bugbee

 

   Mary Lou Bugbee of Mason, MI, age 56, died Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Mary Lou was born September 19, 1950 in Jackson, the daughter of Lewis and Elsie (Chatfield) Bugbee. She was an EMT for Hayes Green Beach ambulance and later worked as an orderly at Ingham Medical Center.

   She is survived by her mother, Elsie Bugbee of Mason; sister, Julie (Michael) Brandt of Eaton Rapids; brother, William (Marion) Bugbee of Mason; 2 nephews, Mike and Bill Brandt; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Services were held Monday, July 2, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Steve Aikin of Aurelius Baptist Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Aurelius Baptist Church in memory of Mary Lou Bugbee.

Bertha Belle (Lasley) Bullen

 

   Bertha Belle (Lasley) Bullen of Holt (formerly Eaton Rapids & Mason), age 91, died December 11, 2007. Born in Omaha, NE, on October 14, 1916, Bertha was the eldest child of William H. and Bernice B. (Humphrey) Lasley. Following her father’s death, Bertha and her 4 sisters came in 1928 to live at the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, MI. Bertha held a life-long gratitude to the VFW for their role in keeping the five Lasley sisters together. Bertha graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1936, and after receiving nurses training in Omaha, returned to Michigan to marry Fred E. Bullen of Mason in 1938. Bertha and Fred were in love for life, and shared this love with their five children. Bertha practiced nursing at Eaton Rapids Community Hospital for over 15 years. She will be remembered most for the love she gave her family, the care she gave her patients, and the warmth and humor she shared with everyone she met. Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Ruth Johnson and Wilma Davison, both of Eaton Rapids, her beloved husband Fred, and their son Fred Lewis.

   She is survived by two sisters, Josephine Rodosovich of Williamsburg, VA, and Wanda Price of Omaha, NE, four children, Joseph E. (Agnes) Bullen of Charlotte, Rex E. (Ruth) Bullen of Ontonagon, Bernetta (Michael) Olin of Wacousta, and Bertha Bullen (James Kruse) of Okemos, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held December 15th at the Skinner Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Bunker Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, family and friends may honor Bertha’s memory with a donation to the VFW National Home for children in Eaton Rapids, the Courts of Holt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Holt, or In-House Hospice Solutions in Southfield.

 

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Betty Butler

 

   Betty J. (Guthrie) Butler, 82, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Mrs. Butler was born March 18, 1925 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Frank J. and Vivian Marie (Nichols) Guthrie and was a lifelong Eaton County resident.

   She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; Husband, Thurman H. Butler; son, Rodney J. Butler and sister, Phyllis Guthrie.

  Surviving are, four daughters, Sherry L. (Don) Sampson of Olivet, Julie A. Reynolds of New Port Richey, FL, Suzanne McCulloch of Lansing and Carrie L. (Jeff) Shellenbarger of Eaton Rapids; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one brother, Robert (Nancy) Guthrie of Walhalla, MI.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Aug. 15, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte with Pastor Robert Crouch officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the First Baptist Church or the Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Samuel Wayne Byer

 

   Samuel Wayne Byer, age 73 of Holt and formerly of Eaton Rapids died Monday, March 12, 2007 following a terminal illness. Samuel was born October 21, 1933 in Eaton Rapids the son of Samuel Martin and Bertha Mae (Simpson) Byer. Sam was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School and served and retired from the United States Air Force as an Officer. He worked for the State of Michigan and retired as Director of Data Development. Sam was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a former member of the Eaton Rapids Little Theatre and a former member of the Eaton Rapids Barber Shop Quartet. Preceding him in death were his wife Julia (Norris) Byer; son, Christopher Byer; and 6 brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are 3 sons, Jeff Byer of Holt, Craig (Tomoko) Byer of Columbus, OH, and Scott (Fonda) Byer of Springport; daughter-in-law, Tami Byer of Holt; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, March 16, 2007 from the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery. The family was served by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Samuel Wayne Byer. For online condolences and to view the video tribute go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Mae E. Byers

 

   Mae E. Byers, 99, of Grand Ledge, passed away March 6, 2007.

   Born Feb. 27, 1908 in Sterlingville, Mich., she was the oldest living member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Grand Ledge.

   She was preceded in death by husband Arthur in 1987.

   She is survived by daughters, Jean (Russell) Brown of Grand Ledge, and Judith (Donald) Dobbelaire of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Theora Voss of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, Rev. John Baumgartner officiating.

   Memorial contributions to the Congregational Church would be appreciated. www.holihanatkin.com

 

                                   

 

 

Thelma Elizabeth Cameron

 

   Thelma Elizabeth Cameron of Eaton Rapids, age 81, passed away Friday, January 19, 2007 in Albion. Thelma was born September 8, 1925 in Paragould, Arkansas, the daughter of Charles Albert and Edith May (Ayers) Lee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester Cameron in 1990.

   She is survived by 3 children, Dee (Don) Kelly of Eaton Rapids, Darrell (Nolita) Cameron of Columbia, TN, Jeannette Sue (Ward) Tackett of Albion; 6 grandchildren, Teresa (Randy) Auge, Allen (Angie) Kelly, Candida (Scott) Hall, Derek Cameron, Angela Cameron, John Jankovic,; 5 great grandchildren, Ray & Brett Auge, Don Kelly, Chris & Nathan Hall; sister, Violet (Simms) Martin of Williford, AR; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. today, January 23, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Greg Steer of the Holt Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation in memory of Thelma E. Cameron. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Emma L. Campbell

 

   Emma L. Campbell, 71, of Dimondale, died Jan. 30, 2007 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing. Mrs. Campbell was born April 11, 1935 in Potterville, a daughter of George and Louise (Ellsworth) Proctor.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Campbell in 1981.

   Surviving are two daughters, Rose (Ed) Hodges of Charlotte and Sheri (Erica) Campbell of Lansing; grandson, Eric D. James; sister, Patricia (Jim) Lecato of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Feb. 3 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dave Campbell, Jim Lecato, Kemie Marciniak, Brahm Price, Dennis Sage and Travis Sage. Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Regional Medical Center - Chi Heart Department.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold L. Campbell

 

   Harold L. Campbell, 89, of Sunfield, passed away May 5 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Mr. Campbell was born in Roxand Township July 22, 1917 a son of Loren and Stella (Spalding) Campbell. He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired from Motor Wheel.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Allene Mullins; son, Loren Fred Campbell, and brother, Donald Campbell.

   Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Annie Margaret; daughters, JoAnne (Dennis) Clay of Charlotte and Patricia (Clair) Hewitt of Sunfield; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Maryetta Taylor of Sunfield; sister-in-law, Charlotte Ella Campbell of Sunfield; nieces and nephews.

   Services were held May 9 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Pat Arnold, Trey Graves, Joe Hewitt, Rob Hickling, Tim Morales, Jason Mullins and Dan Taylor.

   Contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, 1215 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48915.

 

                                   

 

 

Edward W. Carpenter

 

   Edward W. Carpenter, 81, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte died May 4.

   He was born in Missaukee County, Mich. Feb. 4, 1926 the son of Edward and Ethel (McCalmont) Carpenter and has been a Charlotte resident for 38 years before relocating back to Lansing eight years ago. He was a retired vice-president of Michigan National Bank, Charlotte, was a member of the Charlotte Rotary Club and a member of the First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte.

   He was predeceased by 11 brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Shirley J. (Feier) Carpenter; children, Kevin (Cindy) Carpenter of Columbia, Tenn., Lois (Rudi) Semen of Lansing and Leland (Susan) Carpenter of Whitehall; grandchildren, Katrina (Mike) Kutzleb, Jamie (Tom) King, Andrew Carpenter, Shawn Semen and Mark Semen and great-grandchild, Caleb King.

   Services were held May 7 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church Capital Campaign. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Terry L. Carpenter

 

   Terry L. Carpenter, 52, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 8, 2007. Mr. Carpenter was born June 10, 1954 in Lansing, the son of Harry and Evelyn (Good) Carpenter.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Harry; and grandparents, Gale and Inez Good.

   He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kriss; children, Jason (Denise) Carpenter of Grand Rapids, Christopher (Rebecca) Carpenter of Texas, Heather (Andy) Scrivens of Colorado and Trisha (Sean) Schwartz of Charlotte; brother, Tom Carpenter, who died March 9, 2007; sisters, Sheila (Jerry) Eldridge, Sandy Carpenter and Ron Betts and Sherry (Lewis) Eberly.

   Funeral services were held for Terry and his brother Thomas at 11 a.m. March 14 at Pray Funeral Home with Chuck Jensen officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

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Thomas Carpenter

 

   Thomas Carpenter, 46, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 9, 2007 as a result of an automobile accident. Mr. Carpenter was born March 6, 1961 in Charlotte, the son of Harry and Evelyn (Good) Carpenter.

   He was a home builder for Central Michigan Builders.

   He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Gale and Inez Good; and brother, Terry on March 8, 2007.

   He is survived by children, Darcey, Travis and Lynsey Carpenter, all of Charlotte; grandchildren, Cloee Englel, Ryan Engel, Olivia Gowell, William Carpenter, Mercadez Kelley; sisters, Sheila (Jerry) Eldridge, Sandy Carpenter and Ron Betts, and Sherry (Lewis) Eberly.

   Funeral services were held for Thomas and his brother Terry at 11 a.m. March 14 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chuck Jensen officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Betty Case

 

   Betty Case, 97 years young, of Olivet died Wednesday, April 11, 2007. Mrs. Case was born Elizabeth Jane Stout April 21, 1909 in Marshall, to Claude and Clara (Whitted) Stout.

   She was a 1927 graduate of Ann Arbor High School and graduated from the former Battle Creek College in 1931 with BS in foods and nutrition. She was senior class president of both her high school and college classes.

   In Marshall on Feb. 2, 1935 she married Herbert Roland Case, son of Drs. James T. and Helena (Kellogg) Case. Mr. Case preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1994. They raised four children. She was a career dietician and worked in visiting nurses and hospital organizations in Chicago, Ill.; Hawaii; Seattle, Wash.; Orange, Ca.; Battle Creek and Marshall as their family moved following her husband’s career.

   Upon retirement, they owned and operated a small dairy farm with their daughter and grandsons.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert R. Case; a granddaughter, Catherine W. Case; two sisters, Harriet Purcell and Margaret Easlick; and two brothers, William and Richard (Dee) Stout.

   She is survived by her son, Robert R. (Judy) Case of Puyallup, Wash.; daughters, Peggy Parrott and Mary McGuire, of Olivet; and Kay (Dennis) Rogers of Garberville, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

   Per Betty’s wishes she will be cremated. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Memorials may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice House, 2675 South Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813 in her memory.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

 

Mary Castner

 

   Mary L. Castner, 78, of Charlotte, died June 16, 2007. Mrs. Castner was born Aug. 4, 1928, in Saint Joe, Indiana, the daughter of Albert and Violet (Dermot) Moore.

   Mrs. Castner was a member of Chester Gospel Church. She was an active volunteer at the Charlotte Senior Center. She formerly worked at Wilcox-Gay and was a bottle inspector for Owens-Illinois until her retirement. She was a great cook. Mrs. Castner enjoyed sharing her talents as a cook and giving her crochet and knitted gifts to her many friends and family.

   She was preceded in death by her son Daryl in 1987. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Roscoe Moore in 2006.

   She is survived by Keith, her husband of 60 years; and son, Michael (Loralee) of Oakland, CA. Funeral services were June 20 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Laura L. Caterino

 

   Laura L. Caterino, age 96 of Eaton Rapids died Friday, May 11, 2007 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital in Greenville, MI. Born March 30, 1911 in Mt. Pleasant the daughter of Daniel and Alice (Crippen) Jones. Mrs. Caterino was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Patsy in 1983 and 2 sons, Frank and Bob.

   She is survived by a son, Richard (Ruby) Caterino of Stanton; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to Mass. Arrangements were through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Judith Challender

 

   Judith A. Challender, 62, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 16. Challender was born July 6, 1945 in Lansing, the daughter of Delbert and Ruth Ann (Gladys) Brown.

   She is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Bernard) Stambaugh of Charlotte; daughter, Barb Palomo; son, Jim Crawley of Bellevue; son, Todd Crawley of Lansing; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Don Brown of Lansing, Frank Brown of FL and Bud Brown of FL.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Lola Chenoweth

 

   Lola Chenoweth, 81, died Monday, March 19, 2007. Mrs. Chenoweth was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Geneva, Ind. the daughter of Theodore and Elizabeth (Koenig) Hendricks.

   Mrs. Chenoweth was the Eaton County Educational Credit Union Manager for over 20 years. Upon her retirement she traveled extensively with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlotte. Mrs. Chenoweth enjoyed sewing, canning food and upholstery. She was most proud of her family and children's accomplishments.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, George W. in 1994 and eight siblings.

   She is survived by her daughter, Julie Murray of Charlotte; daughter, Kathy (Doug) Fuehring of Hart; son, Bill (Linda Olivieri) Chenoweth of East Lansing; son, James (Carol) Chenoweth of Ann Arbor; nine grandchildren, Troy (Parrity) Murray of Charlotte, Shawn (Antonia) Murray of Charlotte, Stephanie, Jeffrey and Kristina Fuehring of Hart, Katie (Bill) Lopez of Houston, Ellen Chenoweth of East Lansing, Elizabeth and Michael Chenoweth of Ann Arbor; great-grandchildren, Athena and Adara Murray; brother, Jule Hendricks of Eaton, Ind.

   Funeral services were held March 22 at noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Karen Chin

 

   Karen Jeanne Chin, age 31, passed away March 29, 2007. Karen was born in Garden City, Michigan on Sept. 3, 1975 to Joseph and Mona (Albert) Chin.

   She graduated from Charlotte High School and attended Lansing Community College. Karen loved all kinds music and was employed by Mustang Agency, booking bands throughout the United States. Many of those bands will be holding a memorial concert in Karen's honor in Battle Creek on April 29, at Planet Rock.

   As a former member of the Charlotte Band, Karen continued to enjoy playing the flute and was teaching her daughter to play. She was a good cook and as a former restaurant manager, loved cooking for her family, school and church events. She was highly mechanical and took pride in being able to fix anything by herself. Her hobbies included anything to do with music, riding ATVs and water skiing with her children and watching movies with her family. Karen loved animals, especially her beloved terrier, Frankie.

   She enjoyed computers and became proficient at Web design and often created advertising and web sites for local businesses. Karen was a great fan of the Eaton Rapids High School wrestling team, attending every event. She also appeared on local television recently as a cohost of "On The Road," a show for campers. Karen married Dustin Graham in 1996 at St. Peter Catholic Church, where she was a member.

   She is survived by her daughter Catherine (Catie) Chin age 12, son Nicholas Graham, age 10 and son Cameron Graham, age 7; her parents Joseph and Mona Chin of Eaton Rapids; and her siblings, Catherine (Paul) Schwartz of Swansea, IL, Joseph Chin III (Laura), of Lansing, and Michael and Andrew Chin of Eaton Rapidds. She is also survived by her grandmother Maria Bustamonte of Jefferson City, MO and her dear friends, Uncle and Aunt David and Maryann Albert of Channahon, IL, dear friend Michael Ohm of Jackson, MI and Justin Garza of Eaton Rapids, who she called her "honorary brother". Karen dearly loved her neice Alexis and her nephews Joseph Chin IV and Tate Schwartz.

   A rosary and funeral Mass were held at St. Peter Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids and graveside services were at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, officiated by her pastor, Fr. Bennett Constantine.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Children of Karen Chin c/o National City Bank, Main Street, Eaton Rapids, MI. Att: Becky Teel.

 

                                   

 

 

James Myron Clarke

 

   James Myron Clarke of Onondaga MI, age 91 died Saturday, June 16, 2007. He was born February 20, 1916 in Aurelius Twp. to William J. and Minnie E. (Bateman) Clarke. James was a full-time farmer following the path of his father and grandfather. Reluctant to retire, he continued to do field work until this year when his health forced him to slow down. He was very active in his community serving on many boards and organizations, including; Eaton County Farm Bureau, Eaton Farm Bureau Co-op (18 yrs.), Tri-County Electric Co-op (23 yrs.), Mich. Electric Co-op Association (10 yrs.), Mich. Farm Bureau Services, Onondaga Twp. Board of Review, as well as a f-H Community and Handicraft leader (20 yrs.) and 4-H Council. In his younger days he loved to fish, hunt and trap. He enjoyed playing Dominoes with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters Aletha Clarke, Mary (Raymond) Stanke, and brother Herbert (Shirley) Clarke.

   He is survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Dorothy M. (Towns), daughter Carol (Kenneth) Janousek of Olivet, sons Carl (Rebecca) Clarke of Alpena, and Robert (Denise) Clarke of Eaton Rapids, 10 wonderful grandchildren; De3bra (Steve) Graeve, Mark (Rose) Janousek, Sandra (Joe) Costello, Christ (Beth), Theresa, John, Geoffrey, Leigh (Max) Sprauer, Joseph, and Alexander; 16 exceptional great grandchildren; 1 sister, Lita (Samuel) Gillett of Eaton Rapids and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday June 20, 1:00 p.m. at Griffith U.M. Church with interment following at Griffith Cemetery with Jack Fugate officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday June 19 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, and at the church prior to the funeral. Donations in his honor may be made to the Griffith U.M. Church building fund or the American Heart Association.

 

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David J. Clement

 

   David Joseph Clement, 60, of Charlotte, entered eternal life early Monday morning, Jan. 15, 2007, at his home. David was born Nov. 14, 1946 in Marquette, a son of Adlord and Bernice (Jolin) Clement.

   He was raised in Marquette and was a graduate of the Graveraet High School. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam era, being stationed in Korea. Following his honorable military discharge, David returned to Marquette where he was employed in the maintenance department at Northern Michigan University. He later moved to Texas where he opened and operated his own business, Brazos Valley Maintenance Masters, until 1986 when he became disabled. He moved back to Marquette where he resided from 1987 to 1990. He returned to Bryan, Texas, residing there until 2001 when he moved to the Lansing area. In his leisure, David greatly enjoyed being with his grandchildren, camping, coin collecting and adding to his vast collection of eagles. David was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Grand Ledge and the Charlotte VFW.

   David was preceded in death by his father, Adlord Clement; step-father, Alex Balwinski; father-in-law, Heydon Dixon; son-in-law, Dennis Wager; and nephew, John Clement.

   Survivors include his wife, Gayle K. (Dixon) Clement, whom he married July 14, 1990 at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Marquette; three daughters, Tina (Zane) Mackenzie of Houghton, Wendy Wager of Marquette and Karyn (Trent) Upchurch of Bedias, Texas; a son, Scott (Vivian) Goodreau of Negaunee; 11 grandchildren; his mother, Bernice Clement of Marquette; a sister, Kathy Goodreau of Marquette; and brothers, Richard (Cathy) Clement and Michael Clement, both of Marquette; his mother-in-law, Nancy Dixon of Kalamazoo; brother-in-law, Brian Dixon of Comstock; several nieces and nephews; and close friends, Mark and Sue Henry of Lansing and Ron Goodreau of Marquette.

   A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Jan. 19, with Rev. Jeff Johnson as celebrant. Escorts were Brian Dixon, Zane Mackenzie, Trent Upchurch, Dan Clement, Ron Goodreau and Mark Henry. A reception for family and friends followed in the church fellowship hall. Inurnment was made in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2372 Badger Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

   Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Jack Clever

 

   Jack O. Clever, 82, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. Mr. Clever was born Dec. 27, 1924 in Charlotte, the son of Kenneth and Mable (Blue) Clever.

   Mr. Clever retired from the city of Charlotte as the Building and Zoning Director. He served in the Army Air Corp in WWII and was a member of the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Mr. Clever was a former member of the Charlotte Lions Club and past President of the Eaton County Buck Club.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Margery (Wilmore) Clever; brother, Neil Clever and sister, Marjorie Constable.

   He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Steven Clever; daughter, Shannon Clever; step sons, Kevin (Patricia) Mead , Bradley (Cyndi) Mead and Lance (Laura) Mead; grandchildren, Joshua Clever and Elizabeth Clever; step-grandchildren, Brian Mead, Anthony Mead; Heather Mead and former daughter-in-law, Peggy (Scott) Paradise.

Funeral services were held Nov. 2, 2007 at the First Congregational Church, Charlotte, MI with Reverend Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church or Eaton Community Hospice House, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Clarence Junior Coldiron

 

   Clarence Junior Coldiron, 84, of Charlotte, died Feb. 11, 2007. Mr. Coldiron was born May 23, 1922 in Richmond, Ohio the son of Clarence and Lois Coldiron.

   He is preceded in death by his wife, Thora Coldiron; and his son, Charles Coldiron.

   He is survived by his daughter, Frances (Mack) Garner of Wyandotte; sons, James Coldiron of Olivet and Ralph Coldiron of Tennessee; grandchildren, Spencer, Stephanie (Christopher) Busenbark; Melanie, Nicole (Daniel) Laurel, Kevin, Craig, and Serena Garner; and six great-grandchildren.

   There will be no services.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Beverly Cole

 

   Beverly J. (Slider) Cole, 79, of Albion, formerly of Charlotte died Tuesday, Oct. 2. Mrs. Cole was born April 26, 1928 in Battle Creek, the daughter of John F. and Letia (Clever) Myers, Sr.

   Mrs. Cole worked in food preparation at Bill Knapps Commissary. She enjoyed making tea towels, crossword puzzles and reading Indian stories by Cassie Edwards.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Warren Slider in 1970 and second husband Ralph Cole in 1995.

   She is survived by her daughter, Linda Barrett (Bill Scott) of Albion; son, Fred (Debbie) Slider of Livonia; daughter, Jo-Ann Hankins of Holt; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and brother, John F. Myers, Jr. of Rives Junction. Funeral services were Oct. 5 at Pray Funeral Home with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery located in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Diane Cole

 

   Diane Jean Cole, 60, of Olivet died unexpectedly Monday, July 23, 2007 at Oaklawn Hospital. Mrs. Cole was born on Jan. 29, 1947 in Marshall to Curtis and June (Sundberg) Cole.

   Diane was a lifelong resident of this area and had lived in Olivet for the last 34 years. She had worked in the onion fields north of Marshall in her youth. She later had been employed by Progressive Dynamics, Fabricators and Barney’s Party Store. On Jan. 30, 1956, she married Jerry B. Cole Sr. at the Faith Assembly Church.

   Diane was a member of the Marshall Church of Christ. She enjoyed making crafts of all kinds and crocheting. She loved to go camping and fishing and was a familiar sight on the lakes near Tri-Lake Trails Camp Grounds. Diane loved animals and considered her two dogs, Buddy and Scooter, as valued family members.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and June Cole; and brothers, Jimmy Cole and Timmy Cole.

   She is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughters, Sondra (Ted) Snow, Lisa (Ron) Wolf and Tina Cole; sons, Jerry Cole Jr. and Eric (Angela) Cole; grandchildren, Leslie Getter, Jeffrey Getter, Stephen Getter, Jennifer Getter, Kristen Lewis, Jessica Yates, Angie Wolf, Rachel Wolf, Jason Morrison and Derrick Morrison; sisters, Linda Walter, Sharon Esterline; and brother, Glen Cole.

   A service to celebrate the gift of her life was held July 26 at the funeral home with Pastor Douglas Hammond of the Marshall Church of Christ officiating. Interment followed in Lyon Lake Cemetery.

   Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Diane J. Cole Memorial Fund. Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home. To leave a personal message and sign the online guest register, visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

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Rachael K. Cole

 

   Rachael K. Cole, age 71 of Allendale was called home by her Lord and Saviour. She was preceded in death by her brothers Perry and Jim and sister Roxie.

   She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Clifford Cole; her children, Katie & Bruce Harkness of Eaton Rapids, Mike & Kim Cole of West Olive, John & Julia Cole of Ravenna, Loretta & Dan Searles; 12 grandchildren, Michael, Rebecca, Chesney, Alicia, Bethany, Brittnay, Trenton, Candice, Nathan, Daniel, John & Benjamin; brother, Don (Marilyn) Waldron; sister Mary Hoffman; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Sunday at Ottawa Center Chapel, Coopersville with Rev. Robert Porterfield and Rev. Robert Searles officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Ottawa Center Chapel, 8991 Leonard Rd. Coopersville, MI, 49404 or Gideons International.

 

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Colleen Converse

 

   Colleen R. Converse, 47, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 8, 2007.  Ms. Converse was born June 24, 1959 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ron McDaniel and Patricia Crandell. 

   She is survived by her parents, Patricia and Jerry Crandell and Ron and Dawn McDaniel; sons, Shane Dills of Lansing, Dustyn Converse of Eaton Rapids and daughter Nissae Converse of Charlotte; brothers, Mark and Jodi McDaniel of Eaton Rapids, Kevin McDaniel of Mason; sister, Kim McDaniel and Steve Fajnor of Bellevue; grandson, Devon Converse; grandmother, Myrtle I. DeLano; step-brothers, Kurt and Julie Crandell of Charlotte; James and Joyce Crandell of Eaton Rapids; step-sisters, Wendy and Lyle Bradford of Eaton Rapids, Teresa Grant of Fredricksburg, Va., Kathy Basano of Allendale, Sabrina Ferris of Richmond, Va. and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by grandfather, Rolland DeLano in 1999.

   Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Kurt “K.C.” Crandell, II officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Warren Cook

 

   Warren Jay Cook, 87, passed on July 10, 2007 at his home in Charlotte. He was born Sept. 17, 1919 the fourth of five children of Earl and Beulah Cook.

   Warren graduated from Traverse City High School at age 16 and farmed until World War II when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps serving in North Africa and Italy; became an engineering officer, finishing with a rank of Major in the 317th Fighter Unit. After the war, he and his wife started a family farm, but left the farm to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees from MSU in Soil Science. He then started work with MSU Extension in Calhoun County, moving to Oscoda County as County Extension Director.

   During his time in Mio, he helped institute the Great Lakes Forestry Exposition, and helped establish the Kirtland Warbler as an endangered species. He then moved on to Kalkaska County as County Extension Director and then moved finally to Eaton County, first as Agricultural Agent, and then County Extension Director, where he worked with the development of no-till farming. He retired in 1980 and took up farming fruits and vegetables just outside of Charlotte.

   He worked with his family, especially with his son Randy to run the farm and had finally retired to advisory status. He had a great love of learning and his family, and was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His humor, his insight and his strong love and support will be sorely missed by his family and community.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Hazel Alice (Bush); sisters, Jessie (Wayne) Moore and Elsie (Henry) Wright.

   He is survived by his five children; Warren Jay Cook, Jr. (Coco) of Kalamazoo, Denise (Ben) Bartlett of Chatham, Randy Cook of Charlotte, Rod (Carol) Cook of Olympia, WA, and Cindy (Bill) Straus of DeWitt; seven grandchildren Barb (Brian) Dartt DVM of Charlotte, Bridgette (Brent) Voisinet of Laingsburg, Benjamin (Jennifer) Bartlett of Cheboygan, Peter Cook of Kalamazoo, Rachel Cook of Seattle WA, Jay Cook of New York, NY, Davis Straus of DeWitt; and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Adeline (Burton) Griner of Traverse City and Faye Bradshaw of Traverse City.

   Memorial services were held July 14, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Dr. James Troust officiating. Interment was at the Grant Township Methodist Church Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Glenda S. Cooper

 

   Glenda S. Cooper of Springport went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 23, 2007 under the loving care of her family and Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan Hospice. Glenda was born on September 17, 1947. Glenda is survived by Alton, her husband of 43 years; daughter, Theresa (John) Bennett of Fowlerville; son, Randy (Angie) Cooper of Eaton Rapids; nine grandchildren; brother, Michael (Sue) Robertson of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews. Glenda was an active member of the Capitol City Baptist Church Deaf Ministry and was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She cherished her home and family and committed her life to their care. She loved the the outdoors, gardening, tending her lawn and flower beds, camping and walking in the woods. God blessed her family with an angel, and we now release her back into the arms of her loving Savior. We are not saying goodbye, but see you soon when Jesus returns to take His children home to Heaven. God bless her sweet spirit. She will always be in our hearts with golden memories of times gone by.

   “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Giver her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Rest now, my love, in the arms of Jesus until we meet again.

   A memorial service will be conducted for family and friends at the Capitol City Baptist church Deaf Chapel, 5100 Willoughby, Holt, Michigan on Saturday, June 30th at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Erwin Robertson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Glenda’s memory to the Capitol City Baptist Church Deaf Chapel. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Eunice Cornish

 

   Eunice Jo Cornish, of Nashville, passed away Thursday Oct. 11, 2007 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing at the age of 66. She was born Dec. 26, 1940 in Mulliken, the daughter of Leo George and Isa (Huffman) Davis.

   On Dec. 5, 1959, Eunice married Charles A. Cornish in Mulliken. The couple would have been married 48 years in December. Eunice was a stay at home mom while both her boys were growing up. When her youngest child started college, she decided to go also. She received her associates degree from Lansing Community  College, then went on to complete her Teaching Degree at Olivet College, and then was near completion of her Masters at Western Michigan University. Eunice was a High School English Teacher at Barry Co. Christian School for 10 years. She had a love for reading books, and Literature being her favorite. She also had a love of music, and her love for Gospel Quartets, and she was a member of the Choir at Nashville Baptist Church for years, and taught Sunday School, and was an accomplished seamstress.

   Mrs. Cornish was preceded in death by both her parents, two brothers, Kenneth Davis, and George Davis; sister, Dorothy Booher; nephew, Ralph Davis; niece, Rosie Grundy.

   She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Cornish; two sons, Cyle (Dyan) Cornish of Grand Ledge, and Ceven Cornish of Lansing; granddaughter, Crysten Cornish; two sisters, Elaine (John) Grundy of Lake Odessa, Geraldine Crist of Mulliken; nieces and nephews, Lisa of Ionia, Karen of Portland, Darlene of Lake Odessa, Frank Crist of Grand Ledge, and Doug Crist of Mulliken, Angie, Steve Davis, Geniese Breeden, Greg and Glen Davis, Joe Booher, and Keith Booher.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 16, 2007 at the Nashville Baptist Church with Rev. Deano Lamphere officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Barry Co. Christian School in memory of Mrs. Eunice Jo Cornish: C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book or obtain a copy of the obituary at www.Legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Edward Cory

 

   Edward D. Cory, 65, of Big Rapids, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born June 22, 1941, in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Edward and Frances (Hanna) Cory.

   As a child, he moved with his family to Negaunee, and graduated from Negaunee High School in 1959. Ed received his B.S. degree from Northern Michigan University in 1963, his M.S. from Iowa State University in 1964, and his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1974. He taught drafting at Washington Senior High School in Sioux Falls, SD, before joining the faculty at Penn State. Moving to Big Rapids in 1984, Ed spent the remainder of his career teaching in the graduate program in career technical education at Ferris State, retiring in January of 2004.

   Ed was a communicant of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Big Rapids, serving as a vestryman, a member of the Property Commission, and sang in the church choir. In 1963, he married the former Kathleen Ann Kittinger, who survives.

   Also surviving are their children, Kimberly (Christopher) Stoner of Lansing, Tamara (Jason) Belcher of Vancouver, WA, Christina (Matthew) Bell of Kiowa, CO, and Dana of Big Rapids; seven grandchildren; his sister Susan Becker of Fayetteville, NC; and dear friend Bethyne Hamelund of Big Rapids.

   Funeral services were held June 22 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Big Rapids, with Rev. Richard Shinn officiating. Burial was in the Negaunee City Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions in his name for St. Andrew's may be left at the church or funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Charles Coulon

 

   Richard Charles Coulon, age 76, of Eaton Rapids passed away on Friday, April 27, 2007 to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born in Adrian, MI on June 9, 1930 the son of George and Bernice (Zemlo) Coulon, deceased. Dick graduated from Adrian High School in 1948 where he was named Adrian High School Athlete of the Year. he graduated from Michigan State University in 1952 and later did post graduate studies at Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation, Dick was appointed second lieutenant in the US Army and served with distinction in the Korean War and was discharged as a Captain. Upon being discharged, he joined Consumers Power as a graduate student in training, and retired as Corporate Senior Gas Consultant (Gas Utilization) after 39 years of service. Dick was also very active in numerous civic and church activities. He served as the Lansing President of the Industrial Executives Club; Mason City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem; President of the Nevis Lake Home Owners Association; VFW All State Post Commander for the State of Michigan; Mason Kiwanis Club; and numerous other service organizations. Dick was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids, where he found great salvation. He was also preceded in death by his wife Beverly Coulon in 2005; aunts and uncles, Mike and Stan Zemlo, Alfred Coulon all of Adrian.

   He is survived by his daughter, Ann (Len) Bean of East Lansing; 2 sons, Craig (Robbyn) of Noblesville, IN and Rick (Sherri) of Cummings, GA; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; 6 step-children, Barbara (Dave) Scheider of Eaton Rapids, Kim Sherman of Eaton Rapids, Joe (Sherri) Mills of Eaton Rapids, Chris (Karen) Mills of Concord, Mike Mills of Middleville, KY and Ted Mills of Eaton Rapids; 16 step-grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren; one brother, Donald Coulon of Amana, IA.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at the First Baptist Church 9220 Kinneville Rd., Eaton Rapids at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with Full Military Honors provided by the VFW Post #6986 Onondaga. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service time at the church. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to either the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids or the University of Michigan Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, in memory of Richard C. Coulon.

 

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Doris Cox

 

   Doris (Wilson) Cox, 85, of Upland, CA, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. She was born Nov. 5, 1922.

   Doris was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Charlotte, American Legion Aux. #30, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2215, both of CA. Doris did volunteer work for the American Cancer Society and Meals On Wheels while living in Michigan.

   She was preceded in death by her current husband, Robert D. Cox; and former husband of 51 years, Herman R. Wilson; daughter-in-law, Sharon Wilson; son-in-law, Thomas Wiseman; brother, Richard Dahlhouser; and sister, Fran Jocobs.

   Surviving are her devoted caregiver, Judy Choat; two sons, R. Scott Wilson (Krystyna) of Charlotte and Walter “Bud” Wilson (Sally Jean) of South Bend, IN; daughter, Betty M. Wiseman of Jenison; two grandsons, Jeff Wilson and Eric Wiseman; two granddaughters, Carmen McDonald and Erin Parkin; and seven great grandchildren.

   Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or VNA Hospice of Claremont, CA.

   Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing. A memorial will be held at a later date.

Robert Cox

 

   Robert Dale Cox passed away Nov. 20, 2007 in Upland, CA. He was born in Charlotte on April 12, 1922.

   Bob jointed the Army at the beginning of WWII and was honorably discharged in 1943. After the war, Bob moved out to Pomona, CA in search of adventure. Bob was a man of many talents from engineer, gold prospector in the jungles of South America, gas station owner, to a farmer raising oranges, and was a carpenter in his father’s construction company. Bob owned his own engineering company called R.D. Cox, Inc., and was proud his company helped lead the aircraft industry with many of its advances in technology.

   Bob was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Edna Koller Cox in 1990.

   He is survived by his wife, Doris Cox; his caregiver, Judy Choat; his sons, Russell J. Kendall and Robert R. Kendall; and his step-children, Scott Wilson, (Walter) Bud Wilson, and Betty M. Wiseman.

   Private funeral services were held Nov. 28, 2007 at Pomona Cemetery in Pomona, CA.

   In memory of Bob, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and VNA Hospice of Claremont.

 

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Betty Lou Crabtree  

 

   Betty Lou Crabtree, wife, grandmother and great grandma went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007. Mrs. Crabtree was born June 13, 1934 in Eaton County, the daughter of Newton and Doris (Wright) Powers.   She was raised in Eaton County and lived in Charlotte throughout her life. She married Charles Darrah Crabtree June 27, 1949. They raised their five children in Eaton County. She retired after 25 years at Carefree in Charlotte.

   She will always and forever be remembered for her big heart and open door policy to help them in need.

   She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Charles; daughters, Sharon (Troy) Foster, Lou Ann (Tim) Primm; sons, Charles (Deb), Dale and Norman; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; brother, Richard Powers and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Clayton and daughter-in-law, Sonja.

   Funeral services at Pray Funeral Home will be 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25 with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Family. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Sonja R. Crabtree

 

   Sonja R. Blankenship Crabtree, 46, of Mason, died Jan. 2, 2007. Mrs. Blankenship Crabtree was born Feb. 25, 1960 in Lansing, the daughter of Larry and Deanna (Klingbeil) Foster.

   She is survived by her sons, Joshua and Jeremy Crabtree; fiancé, Dale Crabtree; brother, Sonny (Connie) Foster of Iron River; brother, Marty (Kathy) Foster of Stanwood; half-brother, Joe Wheeldon.

   Graveside services were held Jan. 5 at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Assembly of God. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Roxie Craft

 

   Roxie Craft, 84, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007.

   Roxie was born Aug. 22, 1922 in Breathitt County Ky., the daughter of Huey and Vada (Howard) Craft.

   Preceded in death by her daughter, Elaine Craft, and son, Ronnie Craft, Roxie is survived by her husband of 62 years, Clyde Craft; daughters, Paulette (Bob) Swartout, Janie (Terry) Eaton, Judy Craft and Dolores Craft, all of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and sister, Lolma Boatwright of Florida.

   Graveside services were held Monday, June 4, 2007 at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were handled by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Faith Assembly of God Church, Leslie, MI, in memory of Roxie Craft.

 

James Robert Crall

 

   James Robert Crall of Eaton Rapids, age 83, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. James was born June 21, 1924 in Hillsdale, MI, the son of Charles H. and Emma (Salisbury) Crall. He was a Master Sgt. with the U.S. Army during WWII and Korea and later a member of Charlotte VFW Post #2406. James retired from G.M. in 1986 after 33 years of service. He enjoyed cutting, splitting and selling firewood. Preceded in death by his son-in-law, Mike McCune; 3 brothers; and 1 sister.

   James is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy J. (Cowles); daughter, Teresa “Terri” McCune of Eaton Rapids; son, Michael (Lori) Crall of Pontiac; 7 grandchildren, Brandon McCune, Molly Crall, and Mindy Crall, Beth Kessler, Michelle Sweet, Leann Huntley, Nicolena Wojciechowski; 9 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ed Crall of Litchfield, George (Hazel) Crall of Homer; 2 sisters, Grace Brink of Hillsdale, Nina Wood of Jonesville.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Marty Debow, Pastor of the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Medical Center or the American Cancer Society in memory of James R. Crall. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Bess M. (Tran) Crandall

 

   Bess M. (Tran) Crandall, 83, of Charlotte died Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

   Mrs. Crandall was born Jan. 13, 1924 in Ann Arbor and had been a Charlotte resident since 1951 coming from Eaton Rapids. She was a graduate of DeWitt High School and had served in the U. S. Army during W.W.II. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church and it's Elizabeth Guild. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo with her friends at Kiwanis Manor.

   Surviving are three daughters, Diane (Ken) Stults of Charlotte, Carol (Ken) Hamilton of Charlotte and Sharon (Allan) Dimitroff of Haslett; one son, Bruce (Diana) Crandall of Broad Run, Va.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and dear friend, Richard "Dick" Misener.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; grandson, Daron; sister, Velma Kelly and brother, Lyle Tran.

   Memorial services were held Friday, Dec. 14 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Memorial contributions may go to the First Lutheran Church.   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Douglas L. Crandall

 

   Douglas L. Crandall loving husband of Leona; father of Suzanne (Bill), Timothy (Leslye), Tod (Susan) & Phyllis; 7 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren.

   Mass of Christian Burial was held on October 15, 2007. All services at Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Entombment to follow, Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 

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Arthur J. Creller

 

   Arthur J. Creller, 77, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007. Mr. Creller was born July 1, 1929 in Lansing, the son of Arthur and Ruth (Burkett) Creller.

   Mr. Creller was an employee of AE Hoover before retiring. He enjoyed gardening and canning the things he grew. Mr. Creller loved his family, one of his favorite things were going to his grandchildren's sporting events.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Arliss; daughter, Phyllis (Lawrence) Stevens of Bellevue; daughter, Nancy Chupp (Kyle Odette) of Bellevue; son, Steven (Lisa) Creller of Bellevue; grandchildren; Tracy Stevens (Eric Loveland), Tara Creller (Derrick Stanton), Arthur Chupp, Henry Chupp, Steven T. Creller, Austin Creller and Holden Creller; great-grandchildren; Lexy Loveland, Cole Creller-Joppie, Emilie Loveland, Ayden Stanton; and sister, Betty McLane.

   Funeral services were Feb. 3 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Bryce Feighner officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Leon L. Crippen

 

   Leon L. Crippen, age 70 of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at the Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. Born January 15, 1937 in Williamston one of nine children born to Wayne M. and Olive (LaRowe) Crippen Sr. Leon retired from Maintenance after 33 years of service with FASCO, formerly Eaton Stamping, in Eaton Rapids. After retirement Leon moved north to live with his brother, Lester, and together they won several trophies for their involvement in garden tractor pulls. Leon was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Caroline Allen and Nancy Crippen.

   Surviving are his son, Benjamin Crippen of Albion; 2 grandchildren, McKenzie and Maison Crippen; 6 brothers and sisters, Gordon (Marge) Crippen, Lloyd (Merna) Crippen, Joyce Love, Eunice Frost, Lester Crippen and Wayne (Kathleen) Crippen Jr.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held December 14th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen link officiating. Burial took place at the Plains Cemetery in Aurelius Township. Family suggest memorial contributions to be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Leon L. Crippen. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

Francis L. Crocker

 

   Francis L. Crocker, 75, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at home. He was born Oct. 3, 1931 in Boston, Mass.

   Francis served in the U.S. Air Force, 753rd AC & W Squadron from November 1950 until November of 1954 during the Korean Conflict. He earned a Bachelor's degree in economics from Michigan State University and worked as an independent insurance agent until retiring in 1996. Francis married Alice B. O'Connor Aug. 1, 1953 in Sault Saint Marie. She survives. Francis was a member of the Bellevue Lions Club, the Bellevue Conservation Club, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion and a member of the MSU Alumni Association.

   He enjoyed wildlife, yard work, hunting, traveling and especially spending time with his family and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Olive Lamb; and son, Jeffrey Michael Crocker.

   Also surviving are daughters, Debra (Ronald) Clift of Bellevue, Cheryl (Lawrence) Butkus of Grand Ledge; son, Stephen Crocker (Tina Little) of Lansing; grandchildren, Dr. Camy (Andrew) Chapin, Michael Clift, Courtney Clift, Jeffrey Butkus and Ryan Butkus.

   Mass of Christian Burial took place Jan. 6 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley, officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

Ronald L. Crosby

 

   Ronald L. Crosby, 64, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday Nov. 18 in Lansing. Ron was born May 1, 1943 in Lansing, son of Milo Emmerson and Rosaline Caroline (LaFever) Crosby.

   Ron was retired from the Olofsson Corporation in Lansing after 33 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and member of the Onondaga VFW Post #6986, the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club and the NRA. Ron especially enjoyed his association with the Mid Michigan Streetrod Association.

   Ron was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Lee Crosby, Jr. and two brothers, Donnie and Dennis Crosby.

   Ronald is survived by his wife of 44 years, Paulette (Jones) Crosby; daughter, Michelle Marie (David) Crosby-Wood of Eaton Rapids; son, Milo John Crosby of Marshall; seven grandchildren, Mathew (Rachael), Michael (Sarah), Ronnie and Taylor Wood, Jessica, Randy and Shelby Crosby; great grandson, Cameron Wood; sister, Cherilyn (Kevin) Kleinau of Howell; brother, Randy (Tina) Crosby of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews, including his nephew Tommy Henderson, whom he thought of as a son, and his two furry best friends, Toro and Rosie. A special thank you to Dr. VanDerJagt and the staff at Ingham Medical C.I.C.U.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Delta Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Association in memory of Ronald Crosby.

 

Howard Cross

 

   Howard "J" Cross, 87, of Potterville, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007. Mr. Cross was born July 8, 1920 in Stanton, Michigan, the son of Orla and Alta (Comden) Cross.

   Mr. Cross worked for General Motors for 30 years as a foreman. He was a member of the Potterville United Methodist Church and the Lions Club. Mr. Cross enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, fishing trips to Canada and traveling throughout the Bahamas, Canada and Mexico. He had farmed for 40 years.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ila in 2000; brother, Theo Cross; and sister, Loreen Novesky.

   He is survived by his sons, Richard (Nancy) Cross of Mears and Ronald (Connie) Cross of Modesto, CA; five grandchildren, Mike (Michelle) Cross, Tina (Mike) Walker, Kimberly Willis, Jennifer (Sam) Langpaap and Dena (Bryce) Colan; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald Cross and Earl (Betty) Cross; sister-in-law, Barbara Cross; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 31, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Becky Morrison officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Dennis Csondor

 

   Dennis E. Csondor, 59, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday June 25, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Dennis was born July 29, 1947 in Detroit.

   He was a member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM, Brookfield OES #352, Eaton County Shriner Club (Treasurer of the “Mini 50’s”), Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, RAM of Michigan, Charlotte Comandery #37 K.T. and Saladin Temple Unit Council Grand Rapids. Dennis was a HAM radio operator (WA8AFV) and retired as a Professor of Avionics at Lansing Community College and a former pilot.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Edward Csondor.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Edward Csondor.

   He is survived by his son, Andrew Csondor of Lansing; mother, Mary Csondor of Eaton Rapids and fiancée, Nancy Eedy of Potterville.

   There will be no services.

   Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Dean Cummings

 

   Dean Thomas Cummings, 50, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Aug. 30, 2007. Dean was born Feb. 23, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late Thomas Cummings and Barbara Cummings of Whitesboro, Texas. He is survived by his mother, his sons; Brent and Christ (Summer); grandson, Aiden; brother, Don (Denise) of Olivet; sisters, Debbie (Don) Trout of Whitesboro, Texas, and Diane (James)  Dunn of Centerville, Texas; nephews, Dereck (Erin) and Thomas (fiancé Donna Cripe) Cummings, Robbe Trout, JT Mitchell; and niece Coty Mitchell; and grandnephew, Hunter Cummings.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas, and stillborn daughter, Lindsey Rae. Dean loved to be outside, whether cutting wood, camping, with his farming buddies. He followed the Nascar races, the Tigers and MSU teams, loved to play Euchre and Poker. He was a hard worker, plowing snow in winter, mowing the grass in the summer and kept a house so clean you could eat off his floor. He took great pride in being a recovered Alcoholic with the AA program and helped chair meetings. Dean was very proud of his sons and grandson.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mary Current

 

   Mary Celine Current, 77, of Charlotte, died Nov. 17, 2007. Mary was born Dec. 8, 1929 in Detroit, the daughter of James and Catherine (Graham) Scanlan.

   As a homemaker, she raised her children with love and as they grew to adulthood she continued to receive great joy from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Current; sons, Robert (Beverly) Current of Vernon, VT, William (Cindy) Current of Johannesburg, and Jerry (Kathy) Current of Pasadena, CA; daughters, Ann (Jeff) Arnett of Hastings, Donna (Fred) Miller of Gregory, and Barbara (Rick) Platzer of Olivet; 33 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Irene Wheeler of Livonia.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 20, 2007, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Fr. Francisco Radecki officiating. Interment was in Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The Women's Center, Chicago.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Steven Cyphert

 

   Steven Randall Cyphert, 52, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

   He was born June 4, 1954 in Brookville, Penn., the son of Edward and Erma (Bigley) Cyphert. He was involved with band boosters, Community Theater, Frontier Days and Relay For Life, but his greatest treasure were his daughters and grandchildren. He was married to Carolyn Jean Hope on June 9, 1984; she survives him.

   Other surviving family members include; father, Edward “Jack” Cyphert and stepmother, Carole Cyphert; children, Starr (Hope) and Kenny Milligan, of Havelock, N.C., Kristina (Cyphert) and Brian Dimock, of Hales Corner, Wisc. and Tawna Cyphert, of Charlotte; grandchildren, Darious, Dominick, Kendra, Kaitlyn, Breanna, Megan and Cody; sister, Gwendolyn Jeanne (Cyphert) and Jason Dieter, of Charlotte and brother, Robert and Karen Schmader, of Hastings.

   Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Cyphert family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Florence Czechowski

 

   Florence A. (Zmitrewicz) Czechowski, 83, of Lansing, died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. Mrs. Czechowski was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Adolph and Ann (Kalenic) Zmitrewicz and had been a Lansing area resident since 2000.

   She was a member of the St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Lansing. (Delta Township).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry W. Czechowski; son-in-law, Gene Layman; brothers, Edward and Frank Zmitrewicz and sister, Stella Ciminelli.

   Surviving are, her daughter, Geraldine Layman of Lansing; her son, Henry E. (Mary Louise) Czechowski of West Senaca, NY; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Rita Spencer of Buffalo, NY.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Services were held Aug. 3, 2007, at the St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy., Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte MI 48813. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Dallas “Bob” R. Dalrymple

 

   Dallas “Bob” R. Dalrymple of Onondaga, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2007, at the age of 66.

   He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Nancy, five children, Michelle (Jerry) Weigel, Teresa Dalrymple, Annette (Joe) Mollette, Laurie (Charlie) Dalrymple, Dallas (Cathy) Dalrymple, Jr., two stepchildren, Debbie (LeRoy) Dowding, David Sorenson, 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, three sisters, Betty (Howard) Bodell, JoAnn Herrick, Joyce Croft, step-sister Debbi Cornell, step-brother, Butch Burke and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Dorothy (Smith) Dalrymple, one great grandchild, sister, Patricia Rae and step-father, Dawson Burke. Bob owned and ran the Dalrymple and Son Farm Service in Onondaga and was a member of the Onondaga Fire Department.

   Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Services of the Sparrow Foundation, PO Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909-9986. Arrangements are being handled by the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel.

 

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Joseph Daly

 

   Joseph Daly, 76, of Bellevue, died July 16, 2007 at Laurels of Bedford. He was born Feb. 17, 1931, the son of Ernest and Emelia (Ouellette) Daly in Salem, Massachusetts.

   Joseph served in the U.S. Navy from 1949 until retiring from the Navy in 1969. He also worked at Michigan Carton until 1982. Joseph enjoyed classical music and theater, holding season subscriptions to the Battle Creek Symphony and The Barn Theatre. He was also a passionate cribbage champion.

   Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Daly in 1996; and by his first wife, Carolyn Daly in 2000; brothers, Roland and Robert Daly; and step-son, Don Dilno. He is survived by his sons, Joseph (Catherine Coray) Daly of New York City, David (Donna) Daly of Charlotte, Stephen (Michele Cowan) Daly of Bellevue, Paul (Jodi) Daly of Marshall; daughter, Elizabeth Daly of Bellevue; step-children, Eric (Terry) Dilno of Battle Creek, Martin Dilno, Jan Clemens and Mary (Byron) Renfro, all of Texas; 22 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; brothers, Ernest and Roger Daly; and sisters, Lucienne Pelletier, Rita Bergeron and Lorraine Brown; and dear friend and companion, Rose Greene of Battle Creek.

   Graveside services were held July 20 at Riverside Cemetery, Monsignor Raymond Goehring, St. Ann Catholic Church, Bellevue, officiating.

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

 

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Marlene Sue Davids

 

   Marlene Sue Davids, 53, of Acworth, Ga., died April 26, 2007.

   Born in Charlotte, Mrs. Davids had worked in the cafeteria for the Cobb County School system for seventeen years. She was a wonderful wife, the best mom and mother-in-law. Her favorite role was that or “Grammy” to her grandchildren, Coral and Christian. She always told them “you’re my heart” and she meant it with every fiber of her being. A special thank you to her best friend, Ginger Suttles and her brother, Freddie Burt, for your support, love and friendship.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Bertie Corbin Burt; brothers, Larry Burt and Jerry Beahm.

   Survivors include her husband, Mike L. Davids; daughter-in-law, Leslie Lynn Davids; grandchildren, Carol and Christian Davids all of Acworth, Ga.; father, Glen Burt of Charlotte; brothers, Fred (Lisa) Burt of Crossville, Allan Burt of Charlotte, Gary (Julie) Burt of Mulliken, Doug Brut of Battle Creek; sisters, Sandy (Dean) Parrish of Charlotte, Lois Kettner of Charlotte, Margie (Ed) Johnson of Grand Ledge, and Judy (Don) Thornhill of Franklin, Ga.

   Memorial services were held at Branches of Christ in Acworth April 28 with Rev. Scott Crowder officiating. Arrangements were handled by Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home.

   Contributions may be made to the Marlene “Grammy” Davids Memorial Garden, 4205 Dustin Dr., Acworth, GA 30101 or Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Dr., Atlanta, GA 30319.

 

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Clyde W. Davis

 

   Clyde W. Davis of Onondaga, age 82, who would have turned 83 in June, passed away Friday, May 11, 2007. Clyde worked as a journeyman welder for Oldsmobile for over 35 years, retiring in 1981, and was a lifelong farmer, celebrating 50 years of owning “THE FARM”.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, was a life member of Jean R. Anderson VFW Post 7309 in Mason, Post Commander, belonged to Cootie-Pup Tent 73, and served as Post Chaplin. He married Olive Marie Earl on July 24, 1948, and they spent nearly 57 years together until her death in 2005. Preceded in death also by his parents, Elmer and Bessie (Skinner) Davis; brother, George; and sister, Gladys Maranka, Donna Goddard, and Dolly Reed.

   Clyde is survived by his children, Carol Tibbitts of Jackson, Jeanne (Fred) Davis, and Douglas (Connie) Davis, all of Onondaga, and Daniel Davis of Haslett; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy “Dot” David of Bellevue, Marion Lieberman of Live Oak, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518n S. Main, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Onondaga Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. He often told his children that he had a full life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Battle Creek Veteran’s Hospital or American Cancer Society in memory of Clyde W. Davis. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Darlene G. Davis

 

   Darlene G. Davis, 73, died Jan. 16, 2007 following a brief illness. She was born July 20, 1933 in Vermont.

   She was a GM retiree. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

   She is survived be her sons, Kenneth (Jamie) Clark, Randy (Lisa) Clark, Daniel (Kathy) Clark; daughter, Tracy (Dennis) Putman; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dick (Lorraine) Sanderson, Dave (Marsha) Sanderson; sister, Doreen Devenger; three step-daughters; and three step-sons.

   There will be no services. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in memory of Darlene Davis to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, Mich., 48813.

   A memorial service will be held in Vermont in the spring.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Romaine “Abe” L. Davis

 

   Romaine “Abe” L. Davis, 75, of Charlotte died Saturday, Dec. 15. Mr. Davis was born March 5, 1932 in Ithaca, the son of Lionel and Burneta (Schaub) Davis.

   Mr. Davis and Mrs. Kim Davis, his wife, operated a trucking business and Lake Pump Tavern in Lake Odessa as a husband & wife team. He was an avid motorcycle rider who rode Harley Davidson’s before buying his “Big Honda.”

   He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kim; son, Kim (Peggy) Davis of Eaton Rapids; daughter Roxanne (John) Ripley of Kalamo; son, Kim Davis of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Ryan Stubblefield, Russell Cox, Tyler and Corey Davis, Rachael, Kyle and Jessica Davis; three great grandchildren, Zakary and Breanne Stubblefield and Preston Gillman; mother-in-law, Shirley Casler; in-laws, Dan Casler, Lisa and Bill Green, Doug and Betty Miller, Clifton and Debbie Casler and Rick Monroe; he was loved and will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews; Ashley Casler, Jonathan, Michaela Walker, Nathan Miller, Joseph and Andrea Monroe, Lori Ann, Alex Green, Just, Jacob, Joshua, Jami and Jenni Casler.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Jacqueline Steward; step-father, Curly McClure, father-in-law, Clifton (Neil) Casler and sister-in-law, Lori Monroe.

   Funeral services were Dec. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, with Charles Jensen officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Carl W. Davison

 

   Carl W. Davison of Jackson, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away in the presence of his family and Great Lakes Hospice on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at the age of 86. Carl retired from Hayes-Albion Corporation after 30 years of service, was a Navy Veteran of WWII, an avid outdoorsman, and a well known fisherman. He also enjoyed golfing. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Donald and Robert; two sisters, Genevieve and Kathryn.

   He is survived by four sons, Roger Davison of Wichita Falls, TX, Bruce (Sheila) Davison of Lake Somerset, Craig (Diana) Davison of Jackson, Scott (Denise) Davison of Jackson; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held on March 17, 2007 at the Fellowship Baptist Church, Clarklake, MI, with Pastor Daniel White officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, they would be appreciated. Fellowship Baptist Church, 3200 Reed Rd., Clarklake, MI 49234. Arrangements by Desnoyer Funeral Home of Jackson.

 

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Julia Mae Dawley

 

   Julia Mae Dawley, age 85, of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, August 11, 2007 at a Lansing Hospital. Born July 4, 1922 in Aurelius Township the daughter of Joseph Henry and Everline (Rathbun) Owen. Julia retired from Lansing General Hospital in Housekeeping. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death was her husband of 36 years, Leo Dawly.

   She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Cheryl (Tom) Hanna of Eaton Rapids, Dick Dawley of California, Sandra (Ward) Orr of Eaton Rapids, Beverly (Leroy) Bouts of Eaton Rapids, Saundra (James) Scott of Eaton Rapids, Lorraine (Nathan) Clark of Eaton Rapids and Janet Kent of Grand Rapids; several great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers will be Jeff Sanders, Ward Orr, John Sanders, Leroy Bouts, Robert Schultz and Dick Dawley. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the Assembly of God Church or Gideons in memory of Julia M. Dawley.

 

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Billy Day

 

   Billy “Bill” J. Day, 75, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. Mr. Day was born Jan. 15, 1932 in Charlotte, the son of Harl and Florence (Chatfield) Day.

   Mr. Day had been a real estate agent for the past 20 years. He served as a US Marine during the Korean War and was employed by Diamond Reo for 20 years.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Dorance Day and brother-in-law, Robert McKee.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barb; son, Mark (Norma) Day of Charlotte; daughter, Kim Day of Potterville; special family friend, Evelyn Chambers of Potterville; daughter, Lisa (Ron) Price of Mulliken; two grandchildren, Zachary Price and Ruben Fletcher; sister, Eilene McKee of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 8, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Richard Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Sharon DeMull

 

   Sharon J. DeMull, 53, of Potterville died unexpectedly Feb. 15 at her home.

   She was born in Lansing June 16, 1953 a daughter of Peter and Darleen (Barnes) DeMull. A graduate of Grand Ledge High School, she was employed by the Michigan Secretary of State.

   Surviving are her brother, Gerald DeMull; sister, Gail (Steve) Thomson, all of Grand Ledge; nieces and nephews, Autumn DeMull, Carlyn Ross, Matt DeMull, Nathan Peel and Melissa Peel; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Services were held Feb. 19 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Rev. Gregory R. Wolfe officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Matt DeMull, John Esch, Nathan Peel and Chad Ross.

   Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Kurt DeMuth

 

   Kurt J. DeMuth, 26, of Charlotte, died, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. Mr. DeMuth was born May 13, 1981 in Charlotte, the son of James and Susan (Cooper) DeMuth.

   Mr. DeMuth was an H-VAC Specialist for a heating and cooling service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and sports. Mr. DeMuth was a wonderful husband, great dad and brother who was very proud of his family.

   He is survived by his wife, Heidi; son, Austin; daughter, Nevaeh; parents; grandparents, Richard & Lila Cooper, Carl & Barbara DeMuth; great-grandmother, Mary Cooper; sister, Kristin (Jason) Bowzer; nephews, Dreux and Brayden; brother-in-law, Jeremy Ames and sister-in-law, Amanda Ames.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 29, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to his children.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Donna Deuel

 

   Donna M. Deuel, 94, of Charlotte, died, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. Mrs. Deuel was born Nov. 11, 1912 in Needmore, MI, the daughter of Ray and Blanche (Kreig) Davis.

   Mrs. Deuel was a homemaker who taught Sunday School for 30 years. She was a volunteer for Hayes Green Beach Hospital and the Red Cross. Mrs. Deuel enjoyed collecting pottery and her proudest moments were of her family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; brothers, Martin Davis, Max Davis and Rex Davis; sisters, Doris Woods, Virginia Ranck and Arlene Schell.

   She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Love; son, Larry (Karen) Deuel; son, Lynn (Sharyn) Deuel; daughter, Karen Sanders; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and brother, Hallie Davis.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 18, 2007 at the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Bob Wisehart officiating. Interment was at the Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas Dexter

 

   Thomas "Tom" Dexter of Charlotte, died May 23, 2007. He was born on December 4, 1941, the son of Donald and Myrtle (Kilburn) Dexter.

   Mr. Dexter was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. The most important things in his life were his love and faith in God, his family and many friends. He was a police officer for the Charlotte Police Department for 32 years.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Dexter, Jr.; his sister, Carol Rowlee; and his parents, Donald and Myrtle Dexter.

   He is survived by his wife, Sandy; son, Tony (Chris) Dexter of Olivet; daughter, Kris Fetterman of Charlotte; and son, Kevin (Randi) Fetterman of Olivet; grandchildren, Tyler Dexter, Madie Dexter, Ezra Dexter, Cal Moultine, Pvt.David Bayly, Nikole Bayly, Konner Fetterman, Kollin Fetterman; his sister, Sandy (Skip) Brown of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held May 26 at Pray Funeral Home with Tom Raymond officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gresham United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Jack L. Dickerson

 

   Jack L. Dickerson OF Eaton Rapids, age 74, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Jack was born February 24, 1933 in Potterville, MI, the son of Silas Lynn and Bernice Belle (Lyons) Dickerson-Taylor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War, and a member of VFW Post 2406 in Charlotte. Jack retired as Dock Controller for GM Parts Warehouse after 37 years of service, but his life passion was farming. He was an avid bowler and President of Top of the Hill Bowling League in Charlotte. Preceded in death by his three sisters, Vivian, Norma and Helen.

   Jack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty L. Dickerson; 4 children, Debbie (Richard) Drewyor of VA, Jack (Montse) Dickerson of VA, Shelly (David) Waidelich of Eaton Rapids, Richard Dickerson of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brother, Don (Sandra) Taylor of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Don Miller of Potterville; several nieces and nephews; and his “best friend” Benjamin.

   Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at the Wesleyan Church, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Brickyard Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church in memory of Jack Dickerson. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Frank Dolman

 

   Frank Dolman, 84, of Potterville, passed away on Oct. 22, 2007.

   Frank was a member of the U.S. Army serving during WWII in the Philippines and retired from Fisher Body as a welder.

   Surviving are, his wife of 48 years, Esther (Helmker) Dolman; children, Ann (Chris) Brooks, Anita (Ron) Saba, Alan (Kim) Dolman and Arnold (Becky) Dolman; along with many grandchildren and other family members.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 26, 2007 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel with Pastor Danny Stoneham of Capitol City Church of God officiating. Interment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Donze

 

   Karl P. Donze, 71, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. Mr. Donze was born Nov. 13, 1935 in Detroit, the son of Paul and Irmel (Mathewson) Donze.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and half-sister, Marie (Susie) Monroe.

   He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Edna; son, Kevin (Diane) Donze of Mulberry FL; daughter, Tiffani Donze of Charlotte; step-son, Michael (Kari) McManus of Villa Rica, GA; step-daughter, Michelle “Shelly” (Jeff) Bowerman of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, Glenn (Sue Ellen) Donze of Springfield, MO; half-brother, Bruce (Doris) Raymond of Englewood, FL and nephew Karl (Lori) Monroe of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

   No services will be held.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Susan Dormer

 

   Susan Dormer, 65, of Vermontville, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2007 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Mrs. Dormer was born in Detroit on Aug. 9, 1942, the daughter of Howard and Iris (LeMunyon) Snook.

   She was raised in the Hillsdale and Colon, Michigan areas and attended area schools there graduating from Yale High School in 1960. She was the wife of Mr. Robert Dormer. The couple was married in Coldwater, Michigan on May 19, 1962. The couple lived in the Kalamazoo area until 1975 when they moved to Vermontville where they settled on the family farm.

   Susan loved her community and often used her time to volunteer in various capacities throughout the years. She was instrumental in starting the community center in Vicksburg, and volunteered at The United Methodist Churches in Vermontville and Vicksburg even serving as the “Teen Mom” while her children where in the youth groups. She continued giving her time volunteering at Maplewood Elementary as a “Room Mother” in her grandchildren’s classrooms.

   Susan was an artist; she loved to express her talents through her paintings and was especially fond of water color painting. She never used existing objects when she painted; she preferred to visualize the picture in her mind then create it on canvas. She also enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Her passion, however, was being a grandmother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Susan was a member of the Southwest Michigan Water Color Society in Kalamazoo and the Battle Arts Center.

   She was preceded in death by her brother Edward, and her mother.

   Susan is survived by her beloved husband Robert; her daughters, Julie (George) Khouri, and Robin (Rick) McKee; her sister, Sally (Larry) Moore; brothers, Patrick (Jane) Snook, James Snook, and Dan (Jackie) Snook; and her father, Howard (Janina) Snook. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Christopher Ripley, Christin Hoffman, Chelsea Khouri, and Sydney Khouri.

   Funeral Services were held Nov. 13, with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment followed the funeral service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Family requests donations to Eaton Community Hospice or Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

   Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Judith Trimble Dossin

 

   Judith Trimble Dossin, 60, of Cranbury Township, passed away Saturday at her home. She was born in Eaton Rapids, MI. Mrs. Dossin had been a resident of Cranbury since 1977. She was Chairman of Shade Tree for over 20 years and the Parks and Recreation Commission of Cranbury Township for 28 years. She and her late husband Donald, also started the Truckers Buying Guide magazine. Mrs. Dossin was a member of the Woman’s Club of Cranbury and enjoyed decorating, shopping and traveling.
A loving mother and sister, Judy was dearly loved and will truly be missed. Daughter of the late Maurice and Hortense Trimble, and wife of the late Donald J. Dossin, Jr.

   She was a loving mother to David James Dossin, Elizabeth Jean Dossin, and Meredith Jane Dossin and her husband Ryan Townsend. She is also survived by two sisters, Suzanne Trimble Griggs and Nancy Lynn Trimble; a sister-in-law, Tich Livne and family, and a brother-in-law, Walter Dossin.

   The Funeral Service will be Wednesday January 10 at the United Methodist Church of Cranbury, 21 North Main St., Cranbury, NJ with Rev. John M. Foster officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cranbury Township Parks Commission, 21A North Main St., Cranbury, NJ 08512, the Cranbury First Aid Squad, 68 Maplewood Ave., Cranbury, NJ 08512 or the Cranbury Fire Co., 2 South Main St., Cranbury, NJ 08512.

 

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Colonel Clyde J. Downey, Sr.

 

Colonel Clyde J. Downey, Sr. (USAF, Ret) 92, died at his home in Bentonville, Va. March 27, 2007.

   During his 27 year tenure in the US Air Force, Colonel Downey participated in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a life member of Potterville Masonic Lodge #367.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Freda (Spears), formerly of Potterville; children, Claudia Kardian of Bentonville, Va. and Jack Downey of San Antonio, Texas; grandsons, Todd, Scott, Trace and Lee and great-grandchildren, Shannon, Ryan and Erin. The family and his dog, Buster, will sorely miss him.

   Services were held at Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Va. with Chaplain Lt. Col. Wilton B. Thomas, USAF Ret. officiating. Interment followed at the Culpeper National Cemetery with full military honors.

 

                                   

Joan Doxtader

 

   Joan Irene (Reefman) Doxtader, 55, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. Joan was born Oct. 20, 1952 in Charlotte, the daughter of Richard J. and Laura R. (Southward) Reefman and was a lifelong Charlotte resident except for four years that she lived in Texas.

   She was a 1971 Graduate of Albion High School, was a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, Charlotte Branch, an active bowler, a member of the Charlotte Handicap Program and worked at the Charlotte Eagles Community Dinners.

   Surviving are her husband, Bernard Allen Doxtader; three sisters, Rose Melita Ross of Carlisle, OH, Donna May Orem of San Antonio, TX and Dora Louise Roberts of San Antonio, TX; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 2008 at the Charlotte Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with David Judd, Branch President officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Albion, MI.

   Memorial contributions may go to the family.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Reva Drake

 

   Reva Arlene Drake was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2007, after a battle with strokes and Alzheimer's. Reva was born on Aug. 15, 1922, the daughter of Charles and Laura Wood.

   Reva was the second child in a family of 11. On June 29, 1940, Reva married Harley D. Drake and they together raised one daughter, Laura Mae. She was employed at Oldsmobile for many years until her retirement and a member of UAW Local #652. She enjoyed going to garage sales, playing cards, fishing and working in her yard.

   Reva was preceded in death by her husband Harley; daughter, Laura; brothers, Charles, Bob, Bill, Lou, Butch and sisters Katherine and Lucille.

Reva is survived by her son-in-law, Robert Dunkle of Eaton Rapids; her sisters, Betty Thompson and Treva Drake; her brother, Jack Wood; two granddaughters, Lisa (Stanley) Munn, Jr. of New Sharon, Iowa and Cyndi (Mark) Dawson of Lansing; five great-grandchildren, Jason Dawson, Joshua Dawson, Justin Dawson of Lansing, and Samantha (James) Farnum of New Sharon, IA and Stanley Robert (Kim) Munn of Davenport, IA; two great-great-grandchildren, Alexa Mae Farnum of New Sharon, IA and Sam Michael Munn of Davenport, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 3, 2007, at the Crossroads United Brethren Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Michael Arnold officiating. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dimondale.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Family Matters Adult Foster Care Home. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

Billy S. Dunlap

 

   Billy S. Dunlap, 78, of Dimondale, died June 12, 2007 at his home.

   Mr. Dunlap was born May 3, 1929 in Greenfield, Tenn., a son of Marion and Nina (Stout) Dunlap. An Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he owned Dunlap’s Truck

Stop (Dimondale) for 16 years, retired from Motor Wheel with 35 years of service, was a Dart Bank employee for 22 years and belonged to the Coffee Club at Don’s Truck Stop.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers.

   Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Bessie; two daughters, Brenda Finch (Ed Gunn) and Barb Duncanson (Michael, deceased); grandchildren, Leroy (Erica) Finch, Anita Finch (Dave White), Diane Bottomley (Jerry Collins), Justin Gunn; great grandchildren, Holly, Codey, Franklin, Damien, Melissa, Ashley, Aiden, Amy, Karlie; brother, Marion (Ruby) Dunlap.

   Services were held Saturday at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Pastor Timothy Jackson officiating. Interment with military honors by DeWitt V.F.W. Post 6132 followed at Dimondale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Aaron Amyx, Tom Chapman, Dexter Finch, Leroy Finch, Justin Gunn and Steve Russell. Honorary bearers were Codey Finch and Franklin Ulrich.

   Contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice (Charlotte) or to the hospice of your choice.

 

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Frank J. Dryer

 

   Frank J. Dryer of Lansing, MI, age 66, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio. Frank was born August 1, 1941 in Jackson, MI, the son of Allen J. and Mary Evelyn (Howe) Dryer. He retired from Fisher Body and was a member of Local 602. For 17 years Frank was very active at the “GreenHouse” (the Local 602 Substance Abuse Center) which was dedicated to Frank for his loyalty and long house. Preceded in death by his sister, Clara Mae Fillmore; and 4 brothers, Bob, Duane, Richard, and Phillip Dryer.

   Frank is survived by his son, Clint Ray Parsons of Lansing; 3 brothers, Harley (Marilyn) Dryer of Clarksville, Bill (Carma) Dryer of Harrison, Melvin (Carol) Dryer of AZ; 5 sisters, Helen Smith of Jackson, Lois (Stan) Allen of AZ, Shirley (Gayle) Parsons of Eaton Rapids, Martha (Tom) Schwalbe of TN, Linda (Allen) Steele of Eaton Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Monday, October 22, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice in memory of Frank Dryer. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Eldon Dymond

 

   Eldon “Butch”  Dymond, 82, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007.  Eldon was born Aug. 11, 1924 in Lansing, the son of Alpha E. and Martha Jane (Lutz) Dymond.

   He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who put his family first. He was a Mason and Shriner, a 50-year Kiwanis member and served as Eaton County Commissioner. Mr. Dymond was a drummer for the Starduster’s Orchestra, playing Big Band 40’s era music. He owned and operated the Dymond Egg Farm and was also known for Dymond’s “Super Sweet” Sweet Corn. He was an all around sportsman, hunter and fisherman, enjoyed trapshooting and loved to golf.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis.

   He is survived by his wife Chere Dymond; children, Claudia Bartlett, Steven Dymond, both of Charlotte, Matt (Christie) Dymond of Livonia; grandchildren, Joshua Dymond, Lindsay Dymond, Hayley Dymond, Nate (Jessica) Raymond, Leslie (Damian) Wiesenfeld, Quentin Bartlett, Aaron Bartlett and Kayle Bartlett; great-grandchildren, Jayce and Alec Raymond, Reece and Layla Weisenfeld and Justin Michael Dymond.   

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s of Eaton County or American Cancer Society. 

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth Eaves

 

   Kenneth Raymond Eaves, 66, of Deming, NM, formerly of Lansing, went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2007.

   He was born August 12, 1940 in Detroit. Kenneth was a graphic artist at All Star Printing Company in Lansing, was a gunsmith, a champion at target pistol shooting and an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his partner developed a special target pistol gun sight which sold in the USA and internationally. Ken had been a resident of Deming for approximately 2 years and was a member of the Deming Moose Lodge No. 2088. He will be greatly missed by his many beloved friends in both Lansing and Deming and all who knew him.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Sue in 1999 and is survived by his parents, Dorothy and Bill Allen of Goshen, IN, formerly of Eaton Rapids; son Nicholas (Tera) K. Eaves of Holt; 2 grandchildren Brooke and Brianna Eaves.

   A memorial graveside service will  be held on June 9, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Leon W. Elston

 

   Leon W. Elston, age 75, of Eaton Rapids died unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 30, 2007. He was born March 6, 1931 in Delhi Township, the son of Charles and Beulah (Stanley) Elston. Leon was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1949 and a veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1995 from General Motors in Electrical Maintenance and was formerly employed with Diamond REO. Preceding him in death was a daughter, Kathy Adams and granddaughter Rebecca Adams in 1982.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years Renee; 3 daughters, Deb (Jim) Vincent of Mason, Jane (Steve) Wiborn of Eaton Rapids and Karen (Tim) Perkins of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren; Brandy Wiborn, Jessica (Steve) Dyer, Corey (Carie) Vincent, Scott Vincent, Brooke (Tony) Norton, Danielle Perkins and Myia Perkins, 6 great grandchildren; Madison Norton, McKenna  Vincent, Konner Dyer, Kyle Dyer, Stevie Dyer and Landon Dyer, mother, Beulah Leatherbery of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Charles (Mary) Elston of Lansing and Keith (Kathy) Elston of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law, Theda Busley of Mason and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held February 2, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, 201 ½ Hall St. Eaton Rapids 48827 in memory of Leon W. Elston.

 

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Larry C. Edwards

 

   Larry C. Edwards, ate 71, died on Saturday, January 6, 2007. He was an Army Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Cecila and son, Robert Edwards.

   Larry is survived by ex-wife and friend, Dawn Edwards, Larry Edwards Jr. (Jennifer) of Eaton Rapids, Kevin Edwards of Florida, George Deroshia of Eaton Rapids, Karen Aleo (Mike) of Tennessee.

   Services are today at the VFW Chapel. The family was served by Skinner Funeral Home.

 

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Dale Ellsworth

 

   Dale E. Ellsworth, 76, of Eaton Rapids, passed away May 1, 2007 in Lansing. Dale was born January 13, 1931 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Clyde and Bernice Ellsworth.

   He was an Eaton Rapids graduate, Class of 1949, attended Michigan State College and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Dale was very active in the Eaton County 4-H clubs and a leader for many years. He was a recognized member of both the State and National F.F.A. Dale retired from U.S.D.A. Poultry Research Lab in East Lansing in 1991 after 30 years of service. Since retirement, Dale enjoyed time with his children and grandchildren, and farming on the same farm he was raised on.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Roberta Gates; brothers, Hall and Door; and two grandchildren, Holli Tyler and Justin M. Ellsworth.

   Dale is survived by his wife of 52 years, Suzanne; seven children, Janice (Mark) O’Donnell, Jim (Theresa), Joe (Linda), Judy Bishop, John (Debbie), Jeff (Samantha), and Jill Ellsworth; sister, Mary Gates; sister-in-law, Beverly Ellsworth; very special nephew, David (Patty) Ellsworth; 22 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held May 4, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids and interment followed at Springport Cemetery, Springport.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, in memory of Dale Ellsworth. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Isa May Ellsworth

 

   Isa May (Fickes) Ellsworth, 75, of Lansing, died Nov. 24. Mrs. Ellsworth was born March 29, 1932 in Charlotte, daughter of William and Sarah Fickes.

   Isa’s many hobbies included genealogy, crocheting, gardening, and canning. She also took great pride in painting Arthur’s woodworking.

   Mrs. Ellsworth was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Jane, Ollie and Clarabell; brothers, William, Owen, George, Richard, Henry, Carl and Forest Fickes.

   She is survived by her husband, Arthur; daughters, Ruth (Dennis) Perkins of Bath, Sally May (Doug) McAdams of Lansing, son, David W. Ellsworth of Lansing; brother, Bob Fickes and many cousins.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Calvary Assembly of God in Lansing, with Pastor David Saglimbene officiating. Interment took place at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Assembly of God. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte; online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Carl Emenhiser

 

   Carl E. Emenhiser, 74, of Harrison, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. He was a retired electrician for the State of Michigan. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Landyn Emineth-Wood

 

   Landyn Joseph Emineth-Wood, 24 days, of Charlotte, died on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Landyn was born on Oct. 9, 2007 in Lansing, the son of Alicia Emineth and Mark Wood.

   He is survived by his parents, Alicia Emineth and Mark Wood.

   He will be missed by five loving sisters, August Wood, Amber-Mae Wood, Jahanessa Wood, Sara Wood, and Chloee Jo Emineth and by his grandparents, Daniel and Darla Emineth of Charlotte and Mary LaValley of Holt and Matthew Wood of Charlotte. He is also survived by his great grandparents, Paul and Laverne Gress; center, North Dakota; Agnes Emineth, Bismarck, North Dakota; Audrey and Dale Johnson of Charlotte; Bob and Karen Wood, of Charlotte; and Patricia LaValley of Grand Ledge.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 6, 2007, at Pray Funeral Home, with Mary Jo Belknapp officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dale Emmons  

 

   Dale Leroy Emmons, 73, of Bellevue, died Feb. 27, 2007 with his sister and friends at his side at Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. He was born April 25, 1933, the son of LeRoy Emmons and Pearl (Bryans) Emmons in Baltimore Township.

   Dale graduated from Bellevue High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1954. He worked as a brick mason at Milburn Davis Construction Company in Bellevue and he also worked at several gas stations in the area as well as Lothamers Market. Dale was a member of the Bellevue Historical Society and volunteered there until his health would not allow it. He loved growing plants both inside and outdoors and he really enjoyed raising birds. At one time he had over 100 birds. He always fed the wild birds year round.  

   He was preceded in death by his second wife, Shirley (Snodderly) Emmons in 1993; his parents; twin brothers, Dwight and Duane Emmons; and stepson, Gary Snodderly.

   Dale is survived by his daughters, Dalona Emmons of Michigan, Melissa Roubos of Holland; adopted son, Preston Emmons of Kalamazoo; stepchildren, Connie and John ; grandchildren, Steven, Amber, Ginger and Destiny, all of Allegan and Jessica Mikalah, Rebekah and Victoria, all of Holland; his first wife, Margaret VandeBiezen; his sister, Joyce Miller of Bellevue and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

   Graveside funeral services were held March 7 at Dowling Cemetery with Chaplain Richard Lee officiating. Memorials may go to a charity of one's choice.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Kurt Engler

 

   Kurt "Dugan" Engler, 34, of Mason, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 4, 2007 from natural causes. He was born on March 30, 1972 in Rochester to Kurt D. and Ella P. (Weddington) Engler.

   Kurt was an officer with the City of Jackson Police Department since April 1999. Dugan loved his family, fishing, hunting, traveling, and the beauty of nature, but above all he cherished his wife and dogs.

   He was preceded in death by grandfather, Adolph Engler of Tustin; grandfather and grandmother, Addison and Grace Weddington of West Liberty, Ken.

   He is survived by wife, Gina, and would have celebrated seven wonderful years on April 27, 2007. He leaves behind two loving Weimaraners, Willow and Aspen. He is also survived by his grandmother, Milly (Johnson) Engler of Tustin; father and mother, Kurt and Ella Engler of Lewiston; brother, Don (Kathy) Wilson and their children, Stephanie, Christopher, SarahJane, and Daniel of Livermore, Calif.; sister, Milly (Mike) King and their children, Heather and Jonathon of Panama City, Fla.; sister, Sally (Jeff) Shull, their children, Megan, Nicole, Rebecca, and Gretchen of Ada; sister, Ginny (Brad) Widger, their children, Grant and Lauren of New Hudson; sister, Vicky (David) Doubleday, their children, Erin and Richard of Jupiter, Fla.; sister, Shelley (Doug) Palmer, their children, Courtney, Danielle, and Spencer of Freeport; brother, Karl (Julie) Engler, their children, Jack and Grace of Grand Ledge; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Manuel and Angel Alfaro, their children, Leah (god-daughter) and Chris Felzke of Lansing; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Anna Rigg of Holt; sister-in-law, Mary Alfaro of Eaton Rapids; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tony and Margi Alfaro of Eaton Rapids. He also leaves behind myriad friends and coworkers that he cared for deeply.

   He is survived by wife, Gina, and would have celebrated seven wonderful years on April 27, 2007. He leaves behind two loving Weimaraners, Willow and Aspen. He is also survived by his grandmother, Milly (Johnson) Engler of Tustin; father and mother, Kurt and Ella Engler of Lewiston; brother, Don (Kathy) Wilson and their children, Stephanie, Christopher, SarahJane, and Daniel of Livermore, Calif.; sister, Milly (Mike) King and their children, Heather and Jonathon of Panama City, Fla.; sister, Sally (Jeff) Shull, their children, Megan, Nicole, Rebecca, and Gretchen of Ada; sister, Ginny (Brad) Widger, their children, Grant and Lauren of New Hudson; sister, Vicky (David) Doubleday, their children, Erin and Richard of Jupiter, Fla.; sister, Shelley (Doug) Palmer, their children, Courtney, Danielle, and Spencer of Freeport; brother, Karl (Julie) Engler, their children, Jack and Grace of Grand Ledge; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Manuel and Angel Alfaro, their children, Leah (god-daughter) and Chris Felzke of Lansing; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Anna Rigg of Holt; sister-in-law, Mary Alfaro of Eaton Rapids; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tony and Margi Alfaro of Eaton Rapids. He also leaves behind myriad friends and coworkers that he cared for deeply.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorris Eschtruth

 

   Dorris M. Eschtruth, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Grand Ledge, passed away March 2 at her home.

   She was born Oct. 24, 1923 in St. Johns to Edward and Pearl Greenwood.

   She was a graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School, St. Johns. Dorris married Walter Eugene Eschtruth June 21, 1941. In 1947 they moved to Grand Ledge, once there they joined the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, where Dorris began teaching Sunday School and taught for many years; an active member of the Methodist Women's Fellowship and served as an educational assistant.

   She was a former Cub Scout Den Mother and active in the Brownie and Girl Scout program. She was a long time member of the Grand Ledge Camera Club and a member of the Michigan State Holiness Assoc.. in Eaton Rapids; enjoyed and spent countless hours doing genealogy, painting and crafts, traveling to their home in Arizona and summer place in Eaton Rapids.

   She was predeceased by her parents and two infant brothers.

   Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Walter; daughter, Lucille Saling of Eaton Rapids; sons, Douglas (Lynne) of Haslett and Eugene (Ricci) of Grand Ledge; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

   Services were held March 5 at the First United Methodist Church, Grand Ledge, with Rev. Molly Turner and Tom Evans officiating. Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bath. Arrangements were handled by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

   Contributions may be made to the First Untied Methodist Church, Michigan State Holiness Assoc. or Great Lakes Hospice.

 

                                   

 

 

Calvin Etson

 

   Calvin J. Etson, age 81, of Olivet, MI, died April 12, 2007. Calvin was born June 1, 1925 in Walton Township, Eaton County, Mich., the son of Frank and Alta Louise (Turner) Etson and was a life resident of Walton Township. He was a retired General Motors employee retiring in 1985 after 31 years of service and was also a lifelong farmer. He attended the Ainger Bible Church, Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by, his parents; four brothers, Frank Wesley, Albert, Quintin and Elmer Etson; and sister, Mildred Etson.

   Surviving are, his wife of 53 years, Norma (Gregg) Etson; five children, Sandra (Peter) Rice of Johnson City, TN, Stephen Etson of Bellevue, Stephanie (Dave) Halliwill of Charlotte, Robin (Brian) Wells of Garland, TX and Gregory (Debra) Etson of Olivet; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   A funeral service was held on April 16, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may go to the Ainger Bible Church or to Youth Haven Ranch. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Stanley W. Ewing

 

   Stanley W. Ewing, 81, of Dimondale, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. He was born in DeWitt June 6, 1925 to Webster and Mildred Ewing.

   He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific. He joined the U. S. Post Office in 1948 where he started as a mail carrier and later held Postmaster positions in Okemos and retired as Postmaster in Charlotte. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, square and round dancing and watching the many deer and turkeys in the back yard of his home.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Betty (Van Patten) Ewing; two children, Ginger (Tom) Hills and Todd (Erin) Ewing; grandchildren, Greg, Travis and Derek Hills, James and Kayla Ewing; sister, Elaine (George) Krause of Williamston; brother, David Ewing of Arizona and sister-in-law, Marilyn Doerr of Holt.

   In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Kidney Foundation, Eaton Community Hospice of Charlotte or the Potterville United Methodist Church in memory of Stan Ewing. Funeral services were held at noon March 8 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was in the Dimondale Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

Oscar Face

 

   Oscar Philo "Ozz" Face, 78, of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice House, with his family by his side. Mr. Face was born June 10, 1928, the son of Philo Glenn and Fern (Mast) Face.

   He served during World War II in the U.S. Air Force and was a homicide detective specializing in handwriting analysis for the Lansing Police Department until his retirement in 1979. In that same year on April 14 he and Donna (Barrett) were married. Following that, he was the police chief in Olivet for six years. He also worked as a bondsman for 17 years for the Great Lakes Bond Company. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Charlotte, past president of the Olivet Rotary and Olivet Chamber of Commerce, past commander of the American Legion Post #42 and was a charter member of the Lansing F.O.P.

   His passion was golf and he was most proud of his hole-in-one at the Olivet Country Club. Ozz and Donna played Santa and Mrs. Claus for many of the local venues for many years. He was most proud of being an American, and an honest and fair police officer.

   He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Donna (Barrett) Face; children, Jeffrey (Sheila) Bisel, Debora Bisel, Stephanie (Thomas Rhines) Williams, all of Charlotte, William (Ann) Face of Lansing, Louann Davids of Georgia; grandchildren, Jeffrey Bisel Jr., Amy (Shanon) Brown, Tricia (Jason) Somers, Kristen VanDorpe, Alan (Heidi) Emerson, Chad Emerson, Deb (Bill) Lawrence, David (Kris) Williams, Art (Carrie) Williams, Garrick Williams, Sarah Face, Lonna Face and Clayton, Cheyanne and Dalton Shadduck; sister, Geraldine (Don) Sherburne of Kalamazoo; 22 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dogs, Fancy and Muffy.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. March 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Darold Hill officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or the Free Methodist Church.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Margaret Fast

 

   Mrs. Margaret Edith Fast, age 88, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. She was born May 11, 1919 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of the late John and Cleo (Miner) Kelley.

   Mrs. Fast was a retired secretary of Southridge School in the Charlotte Public School District and a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going to the lake, flea markets and Bingo. Mrs. Fast was a “sassy” woman who loved taking care of her household. Her parents owned the Needmore Store and she like dancing, playing cards, antiques and jewelry.

   She was preceded in death by her late husband Wilbur of 47 years and son Rodney Allen Fast in 2006.

   She is survived by her two sisters; Mrs. Hilda (Robert) Sparks of Holland, MI, Mrs. Pauline (Donald) Bottomly of Alma; granddaughters, Deborah (Jason) Terzis of Rockford, Kellene Fast of Potterville and Elizabeth Hale of Allegan; great-grandchildren, Madison and Jillian Terzis.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 14, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

Joseph M. Ferrell

 

   Joseph Michael Ferrell, Jr., 84, of Deland, Fla. died Tuesday evening, Nov. 27 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was born on January 21, 1923 in Detroit. He was the son of Joseph and Buenos (Pack) Ferrell, Sr.

   Joseph graduated in 1941 from North Muskegon High School in North Muskegon as valedictorian of his class. During World War II, he was a member of the United States Army serving in the 69th Infantry Division. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart Award. Following his discharge he graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering.

   Prior to his retirement Joseph was employed by the Brunswick Corporation where he worked as a metallurgical engineer. His involvement with the development of metal fibers brought him to Deland with the Technetics Division of the company. During his career he was a member of the American Society of Metals. In 1964-65 while chairman of the West Michigan Chapter he accepted the "First Place Operations Award."

   Joseph was a talented jazz musician and lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians. He played clarinet and saxophone in several dance bands throughout the Muskegon, Chicago and Central Florida areas. He was most recently a member of the Deltonans. He also attended the Lake Helen United Methodist Church where he was an active parishioner and member of the choir.

   Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Iris Cargo Ferrell, to whom he was married on August 6, 1949 in Houghton; two daughters, Patti Ferrell Carlson of Chesapeake and Virginia and Pam Ferrell Lutter of Mundelein, Ill.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Sally Ferrell Moxon of Hollywood, Fla., Lynette Ferrell Baker of Georgetown, Texas; four nieces and one nephew; 11 grand nieces and nephews; two cousins, Jean Lorenson and Ferrell Bower, both of Whitehall and one uncle, Glen Ferrero of Detroit.

   Services took place Dec. 3 at Lake Helen United Methodist Church in Lake Helen, Fla. Graveside services with military honors will took place Saturday, Dec. 8 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may go to Lake Helen United Methodist Church, 121 West Delaware, Lake Helen, Fla. Local arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Isabelle Field

 

   Isabelle N. (Paquette) Field, 93, of Petoskey went to be with the Lord March 9, 2007 from Bortz health Care of Petoskey. Mrs. Field was born Dec. 20, 1913 the daughter of Archille and Blanche (Fortin) Paquette in Manteno, Ill.

   She attended school in Eaton Rapids. In 1938 she married Harold Field. For several years they resided in Eaton Rapids. During WWII, they briefly lived in West Palm Beach Fla., where both were employed by the U.S. Air Transport Command at Morrison Air Field.

   They returned to the Eaton Rapids area where they owned and operated a grocery business until their retirement in 1968.

   They then moved to Wolverine, where they made their home. After the death of her husband Harold, Isabelle moved to Petoskey and lived with relatives for many years and later to Bortz Health Care in Petoskey.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Field; parents, Archille and Blanche Paquette; five brothers, Raymond, Melvin, Orville, Edwin, Jerome; four sisters, Genevieve, Bernadette, Anne and Rita.

   Survivors include her sister, Neola Paquette; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Memorial services and interment will be held in Eaton County and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Cheboygan.

   Arrangements were handled by Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey.

 

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Robert Finch

 

   Robert “Rob” Jay Finch, 45, of Eaton Rapids passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2007 in Eaton Rapids.

   Robert was born May 22, 1962, the son of Richard and Patricia Finch. He graduated from DeWitt High School and owned and operated the R & K Small Engine in Eaton Rapids.

   Preceded in death by his brother, Rick  Finch, Robert is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kendra L. (Anderson) Finch of Eaton Rapids; children, Kent Planck (serving in Iraq), Betsy Planck, Casandra Planck and Lyndsey Finch, all of Eaton Rapids; step-father, Pete (Bev) Pascalenos of Holt; mother and father-in-law, Sandra and Ken Anderson of Wyoming; sister, Shelee (Ash) Padhiar of Pennsylvania; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held June 19 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Kenneth Anderson officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to either the American Cancer Society or the VFW National Home for Children in memory of Rob. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Violetta “Vi” Finley

 

   Violetta “Vi” Finley of Eaton Rapids, age 72, passed away Monday, April 16, 2007 in Lansing. Vi was born July 25, 1934 in Topeka, KS. Vi was chosen as plant #3’s Employee of the Month in December 1988 at Eaton Stamping. She worked for 2 years in the late 70’s and then again in 1982 until she retired in 1999 after 212 years of service. Vi always went in early, stayed late and wore a smile as she worked as a dipper in the paint and machining area and loved her work. Vi always helped new employees and cared for others around her. She will be missed deeply and the families love and thoughts will be with her forever, God bless. Preceded in death by her grandson, Anthony Dumas in 2000.

   She is survived by two daughters, Shirley “Gerb” Finley of Hollywood, FL, Margaret “Maggie” Owens of Fefuniak Springs, FL; two sons, Rick Cady of TX and Mark Finley of FL; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Gonzels of KS, and Betty Messina of MO. There will be no services at this time.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice in memory of Vi Finley. www.shellyodell.com.

Beatrice Finney

 

   Beatrice Maybelle Finney, 83, of Charlotte, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at her home. Beatrice was born Feb. 27, 1924 in Tyrone, PA to Walter Franklin Ross (deceased 1981 in Altoona, PA) and Violet Mae McMullen (deceased 1952 in Altoona, PA).

   Beatrice graduated from Altoona Area High School in June 1942. On April 20, 1959 she married George Elmer Finney in Altoona, PA and stood by him until he passed away on April 12, 1980. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and Christian. She was a longtime member of Capitol City Baptist Church in Holt. She was a member of “Ladies Bible Class” and was class secretary for four years.

   Beatrice is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one brother, Richard (Gail) Ross; one nephews, Roderick (Rebecca) Rice; and one great grandson, David Andrew (Finney) Maier, still born on April 15, 2007.

   She is survived by two sons, Leon (Renee) Finney of Charlotte, and Larry (Wanda) Finney of Lansing; two daughters, Shirley (Edward) Carley of Midlothian, VA, and Marion (Jon) Griffin of Vermontville; 19 grandchildren, Nicole (Jeremy), Jessica, and Jeffrey (Paige) Finney, Jonathon (Danielle), Kristi, Amanda, and Michael Finney, Erik and Ashley Williams, Vanessa, Renee, and Jonathin Griffin, David, Rebekah, Bethany, Amelia, Georgeena, and Matthew Carley, Michele (James) Black; three great grandchildren, Noah Finney and Annie and Jimmy Black; two brothers, Russell (Dora) Ross and Gene (Jackie) Ross; two sisters, Gloria (Jack) Jackson and  Shirley (Wayd) Dunkle and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home on Dec. 5, 2007 in Charlotte with Pastor Jeffrey Dunkle (nephew) of Manheim Grace Brethren Church in Manheim, PA. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery immediately following the service.

   The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Beatrice M. Finney.

 

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Robert Fisher

 

   Robert E. Fisher, Sr. (Bob), of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, passed away due to heart failure on July 15, 2007, in Davenport, Fla., at the age of 69. He was the son of Virgil and Vivian Fisher.

   Bob belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He retired from Oldsmobile in Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by daughter Mary Elizabeth; parents, Virgil and Vivian; and brother, Charles.

   He is survived by Sharon Fisher, his loving wife of 44 years; sons, Richard and Robert, Jr.; daughters, Jackie (Mike), Kyre, Kim (Eric) Anderson, Cissy (Chad) Reindahl; grandchildren, Richard F., Maggie F., Jamie K., Cassie K., Jennifer F., Chris F., Zack A., Brittany A., Skylar A., Paizley A., Taylor R., Kelsey R.; great-grandchildren, Alex F., Jayden K.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   No service is planned. Cards may be sent to 1235 Birch Creek Dr., Orlando FL 32828.

 

                                   

 

 

Arvil E. Floyd

 

   Arvil E. (Pappy) Floyd, 80, of Charlotte, died Jan. 3, 2007. Mr. Floyd was born Feb. 18, 1926 in Burnside, Ken., the son of Velver and Lottie (Daniels) Floyd.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose Floyd; daughter, Cindy Blackburn; and second wife, Edna Floyd.

   He is survived by his sons, George (Sandy) Floyd of Dry Ridge, Ken., John (Nancy) Floyd of Jeffersonville, Ken., Glenn (Judy) Floyd of Martin, Ken., Rick Floyd of Jeffersonville, Ken.; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and loving friend, Doris Sternaman.

   A graveside memorial will take place at a later date.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mary Agnes (Cummins) Fogle

 

   Mary Agnes (Cummins) Fogle was called home to the Lord at sunset on Aug. 25, 2007. If there are angels on earth, she was one. She is reunited with her high school sweetheart and husband of 64 years, Glenn who passed away October 31, 2004.

   She is survived by nine children, daughters, Joyce and husband Dennis Page of Denton, TX, Mary Joan and husband David Roby, of Denton, TX; sons, James Fogle, David and wife Peggy Fogle, Michael and wife, Jill Fogle, all of Denton, TX, Thomas and wife JoAnne Fogle of Charlotte, MI, Anthony and wife, Linda Fogle of Tucson, AZ, Joseph Fogle of Grand Prairie, Stephan and wife Grace Fogle of San Antonio, TX; brother Art Cummins of Columbia City, IN; 15 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

   Mary was a woman of uncommon strength, indomitable spirit and extraordinary determination. No stranger to adversity, she lost her own mother at age 5 and helped her dad and six brothers and sisters on the family farm while going to school. At the age of 26, with four children at home, she watched as her husband enlisted in the Army to do his part in WWII. She supported his decision and more than held down the fort until he returned.

   Even in the darkest hours of illness or difficulties, she remained optimistic and never lost her sense of humor. Mom always wanted to know the truth of things, no matter what. When told of her final illness, she said, “well, that’s what you get when you get older … or just too good looking.”

   She was a favorite relative in our extended family and among our friends. No matter how many months she was already feeding, there was always room for one more, especially if they came armed with a quick wit and a sense of humor. More often than not she would not only do the cooking, but linger at the table to share in the fun.  Her smile was infectious. Her laugh brightened the room. Just having her there made the gathering so much more special. She  was quick to hug you but also quick to let you know when you were out of line. She loved you without reservation, but she also expected you to stand up and be counted: to do more than your share and to serve as an example of goodness, politeness and mercy. All things that exemplified her life.

   Deeply religious, her faith was the guiding light of her life. She was very active in church societies and only missed Mass when illness intervened.

   Mom loved all things small and beautiful: new born babies, baby goats, flowers, birds and the smell of new cut hay. We will miss her terribly, but are forever grateful to God for having given us the perfect mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend.

   A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father James Flynn officiating.

   Visitation was Friday, Aug. 31 at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, IN. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Kessler Cemetery in Chattanooga, OH.

   Memorials may be made to Denton Relay for Life – American Cancer Society, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae, Denton, TX 76201 or charity of choice.

 

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Thea Folsom  

 

   Thea Folsom, of Charlotte, beloved wife and mother, joyful grandmother and thoughtful daughter, sister and aunt joined the saints at rest on June 30, after a brave battle against cancer.

   Born in Holland, MI in 1949, Thea graduated from Charlotte High School in 1967, where she was the editor of the school yearbook and has since helped organize many class reunions.

   In 1970, she married Edward Folsom, Jr. and they were blessed with two children, son Clay and daughter, Sarah. Thea was heavily involved in both the life of the Charlotte Christian Reformed Church, serving as the organist for 45 years, and her community. For over 20 years she worked for the investment firm of Edward Jones, proving to be an outstanding branch office administrator and business associate. This past year, Thea's passion for her family was enriched by the arrival of a grandson, and the news of her son's pending marriage.

   Thea confessed Christ, loved all children, was an accomplished cook, excited traveler, Good Samaritan, and enjoyed all things beautiful and elegant.

She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Ed; son Clay (fiancée Stacey Friesner) of Brighton, MI; daughter Sarah (Ryan) Barrett of Lake Orion, MI; grandson Andrew Barrett; parents Albert and Marjorie Bytwork of Grand Rapids, MI; brothers Tom (Donna) Bytwork of Adrian, MI., Terry (Viola) Bytwork of Portland, OR., and Bill (Debbie) Bytwork of Hudsonville, MI., and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. July 5, at the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church followed by interment in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte 48813, or the Charlotte Christian Reformed Church, 421 State, Charlotte, 48813, in memory of Thea Folsom.

 

                                   

 

 

Vance Forshey

 

   Vance Barth Forshey, of Sunfield, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 in Grand Rapids, at the age of 66.

   The family received their friends on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. Funeral services were held Thursday Jan. 3, 2008 at the funeral home.

   Contributions may be made to Gilda's Club C/o RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at www.legacy.com.

   Funeral arrangements were made by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

                                   

Albert Foster

 

   Albert James Foster, age 97, of Hastings, died June 16, 2007. Mr. Foster was born February 14, 1910, the son of Andrew and Ethel (Cramer) Foster.

   He was a Navy Veteran with two tours of duty, South China Sea Patrol and WWII. He also worked for Lansing Fire Department #4 until 1953 and later served as a volunteer fireman in Charlotte until 1972. As an entrepreneur he opened Foster’s Bottle Gas Company in Charlotte where he worked until his retirement in 1972.

   He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bercie; daughters, Linda (Jim) Firebaugh of Union Hall, VA and Karen (Jim) Serrels of Bellevue; five grand children; 15 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held June 19, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Martin Saunders officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice or American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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John Fox

 

   John William “Jack” Fox, 83 of Potterville, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing. Jack was born June 22, 1924 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Floyd Swain and Bellma Rose (Lloyd) Fox. Jack had been a dairy farmer until 1966 and owned and op0erated the J & L Service Station and wrecker service for many years. He was most proud of the Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department and was a firefighter for 43 years and has been its Fire Chief for 27 years. He was a Past Pastor of the Leslie Masonic Lodge and was currently a member of the Masonic Lodge #70 of Mason, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Potterville Lions Club. Jack was a hard worker and worried about everybody else being taken care of, especially his wife, for whom he would drive across the county to get her something she wanted or needed.

   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lenore (Jones) Fox; daughters, Sharon (Phil) Knapp and Suzanne (Scott) McArthur; six grandchildren, John (Kerry) Scutt, Malissa (Anthony) Russo, Steven Scutt, Brad Heinze, Randy (Linda) Heinze and Michelle (Scott) Finkhouse and seven great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his son, David John Fox.

    Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at the Potterville High School with Rev. Paul F. Bailey officiating. Interment was in the East Rives Cemetery in Rives Junction, Mich.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Potterville Benton Township Fire Department Jack Fox Memorial Fund. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Mary Francisco

 

   Mary Jean Francisco, 65, of Eaton Rapids, died June 21, 2007 in Eaton Rapids.

   Born in Lansing March 31, 1942, Mary was an underwriter’s assistant for Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company in Lansing and had formerly worked at Akemi Plastics in Eaton Rapids. Mary was a very giving person, always there to help others, and her life revolved around her grandchildren.

   Surviving are her husband of 20 years, Barry Francisco; children, Renee (Craig) Briggs of Eaton Rapids, Grant (Michell) Goodnoe of Springport and Regina Bollin of Marshall; 12 grandchildren, Crystal, Shannon, and Brandan Goodnoe, Ben and Sara Thelsen, Jenna and Justin Briggs, Ashley Curtis, James and Robert Giffen, Jacob Stapleton and Bryant Lautzenheiser; sister, Sandy Lickert of Lansing, and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial celebration of Mary’s life was held June 25 at the  Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink officiating.

 

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Susie Frank

 

   Susie Frank, age 76, of Charlotte, passed away April 15, 2007. Mrs. Frank was born April 7, 1931 in Charlotte, Michigan, the daughter of Ernest Clyde and Elizabeth Irene (Collins) Rathburn.

   She was employed by Michigan Magnetics of Vermontville for many years. She also owned and operated Mac's Party Store in Vermontville for eight years with her husband, Forrest (Bud) Frank.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest (Bud) Frank; children, Jay Todd, Dennis Todd, Nancy Townsend, Mike Todd, William Frank; step-son, Steve Frank; and several brothers and sisters

   She is survived by children, Rex (Debbie) Todd of Charlotte, Tammie (Dave) Hurt of Lansing, Carol (John) Steele of Katy, Texas; many grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

   Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on July 29, 2007 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Kevin D. Freeman

 

   Kevin D. Freeman, 42, of Eaton Rapids died July 12, 2007 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

   Mr. Freeman was born in Lansing

April 15, 1965, son of Roger and Joyce (Closson) Freeman.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce, in 2001.

   Surviving are his wife, Cara; children, Corey (Jennifer) Freeman, Curtis Freeman and Christine Freeman, all of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Dominic Freeman; father, Roger (Kelly) Freeman of Charlotte; sisters, Kim (Dan) Rugg, Kelly Jo Freeman and Faith Freeman, all of Charlotte; brother, Garrett Freeman of Charlotte; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial services were held July 16 at  Crossroads Church of the United Brethren in Christ in Charlotte with Rev. DeAnn Dobbs officiating. Arrangements were handled by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

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Brenda Friar

 

   Brenda Friar, 52, of Charlotte, died May 10, 2007. Brenda was born July 24, 1954 in Lansing, the daughter of Lester and Bonnie (Shance) Wright.

   Brenda worked in food services for Charlotte Public Schools and helped on the family farm.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Lester, July 1, 1991.

   She is survived by her husband, Mark; daughters, Kimberly (Bo) Ewing and Tiffany (Ken Densmore) Friar; grandchildren, Annabelle Densmore and Kayla Ewing; mother, Bonnie (Linton Warner) Wright; brother, Gary (Patti) Wright; sister, Teresa (Robert) Lea; brother-in-law, Chris (Sharon Kay) Friar; sister-0in-law, Katrina (Jeff) Lyndsay; six nieces and seven nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 16 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Sharen Frith

 

   Sharen (Cochrane) Frith, 54, of Vermontville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 18, 2007. Mrs. Frith was born Aug. 23, 1952 in Hastings, a daughter of Robert and Rosemary Cochrane.

   A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

   She is survived by her mother, Rosemary; her husband, Russell Frith; children, Michael Dixon, Lynette Rider and William Frith; eight grandchildren and the extended families of both her and her husband, Russell.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date. Special thanks to Eaton Community Hospice for making her final days comfortable.

 

                                   

 

 

Mertie M. Frost

 

   Mertie M. Frost, 97, of Grand Ledge passed away Aug. 19, 2007.

   Mertie was a graduate of Charlotte High School Class of 1927 and also received a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan and a master's degree from Michigan State. Mertie taught in public schools for 42 years and retired from Grand Ledge Public Schools as the principal of Holbrook Elementary.

   Mertie was a member of the Grand Ledge First Congregational UCC, life member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Order of the Eastern Star Life and Gold member Grand Ledge #14, Pilgrim Circle, Charter member of the Michigan Reading Association and also received a Volunteer Leadership award for "outstanding volunteer service" to her community which was a statewide recognition.

   Mertie was preceded in death by her sister, Alfa L. Ball and brother, Maynard Frost.

Loving aunt of Phillip (Dana) Ball of Eaton Rapids, Ronald (Barbara) Ball of Gladstone, Loretta Ball of Charlotte, and the late Harwood Ball who passed away in 1993. Also survived by six great-nieces and nephews and eight great-great nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Aug. 23 at the Grand Ledge First Congregational United Church of Christ, Grand Ledge with the Reverend Patricia A. Stirling officiating. Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were handled by the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

   Contributions may be given to the Grand Ledge First Congregational UCC Endowment Fund. www.holihanatkin.com

 

                                   

 

 

Carol Fulghum

 

   Carol S. Fulghum, 65, of Lansing, died after an eight-year battle with cancer. Carol left us peacefully on Aug. 5, 2007. Mrs. Fulghum was born June 16, 1942, the daughter of Vernon and Gertrude (Newcomb) McCloy.

   Mrs. Fulghum worked at the Frontier restaurant and Sammy’s Lounge in Lansing. She was the National Youth Archery Champ at age 15 and enjoyed reading and going to casinos.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Leigh Ann Hall.

   She is survived by her companion of 18 years, Dick Randall; daughters, Toni (Rick) Nevins of Charlotte, Sue Fulghum of Charlotte, Sherry Granger of Charlotte and Bobbi (Chris) Putman of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 9, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Duane Royston officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lena F. Gambell

 

   Lena F. Gambell, 90, of Charlotte, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Jan. 15, 2007. Ms. Gambell was born July 21, 1916 in Aurelius Township, Ingham County, the daughter of William and Gayle (Davis) Kendall.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Slentz; and son, Gary Tyler.

   She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Warren of Holt, Karen Johnson of York, Pa. and Debra (Sisco) Cervantes of Charlotte; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 17 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary Gamble

 

   Mary E. Gamble, 67, of Lansing, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. Mrs. Gamble was born May 3, 1940 in Charlotte, the daughter of Isaac and Helen (Shaul) Bursley, Sr.

   Mrs. Gamble was a country music fan who loved to read books on history and enjoyed western movies. She liked genealogy and working on her family tree. Mrs. Gamble enjoyed her pets and was involved in 4-H when she was younger.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and former husband, Charles Gamble.

   She is survived by her daughters, Caroline Gamble of Lansing and Victoria Krulikoski of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; brother, Isaac (Terri) Bursley, Jr.; sisters, Dorothy Palmer, Barbara Bursley and Doris Andrews.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 18, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment will be at Hastings Township Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

Glen Gangwer

 

   Glen H. Gangwer, 68, of Mulliken, passed away Sept. 1, 2007. He was born Sept. 8, 1938 in Wyandotte, MI, the son of Ellsworth and Ida (Stone) Gangwer.

   He married Anna Leonard on Jan. 21, 1961 in Wyandotte, MI. He worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30 years. Glen was a Jehovah Witness.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister-in-law, Della Gangwer; and brothers, Garwayne and Emery.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Anna Gangwer of Mulliken; sons, Brian and Debra Gangwer of Woodbury, and Timothy and Robin Gangwer of Sunfield; brother, Ellsworth Gangwer of Croswell; step-sister, Joyce and Dale Pellot of Ft. Meyers, FL; and four grandchildren, Benjamin Gangwer, Danielle Gangwer, Eric Graham, and Casey Graham.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 7 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Grand Ledge on Benton Road, with Mr. Kyle Ripley officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice.

Arrangements by Lake Funeral Home of Ionia.   Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Hilda Gardner

 

   Hilda Olive Gardner, 95, of East Lansing and formerly of Bellevue, died April 3, 2007 at St. Lawrence Hospice in Lansing. She was born Sept. 28, 1911, the daughter of Paul and Sarah (Strait) French in Vermontville.

   She graduated from Vermontville High School. Hilda was a co-owner of a realty business in Bellevue. Hilda was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church, P.E.O, Chapter CR, the Marywood Country Club, the ETC Club and the 20th Century Club. She enjoyed playing golf and bridge, collecting antique glass and art, reading poetry and gardening.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence Gardner and brother, Vernon French.

   She is survived by daughters, Lana (Stephen) Wagner of East Lansing, Kay (Joseph) Kane of Houston, Texas and Sherry (John) Whalen of Chicago; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Harry French of East Lansing.

   Services took place at 11 a.m. April 5 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, Pastor Virginia Heller, officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may go to Bellevue United Methodist Church. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

John Garlow

 

   John Richard Garlow, 82, of Charlotte, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. Richard was born Sept. 7, 1925, in Fairmont, West Virginia, the son of John Dewey and Dorothy Mae (Moran) Garlow.

   He graduated from East Fairmont High School in 1943 and went to work for the Owens Illinois Glass Company, plant 03 in Fairmont. In 1963 he transferred to plant 05 in Charlotte where he worked until 1973, when he transferred to plant 06 in Winston-Salem, NC, retiring in 1985 with 42 years of service.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Rachel Ann Porter.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Marilyn; brother, Eugene (Shirley) Garlow of Poca, WV; sons, David of Charlotte, Tim of Lexington, NC, John R. II of Dallas, TX, Joe of Fowlerville; daughter, Mary Beth Hartline of N. Richland Hills, TX; son-in-law, Robert Porter of Lansing; stepsons, Robb (Vicki) Nevins and Rick (Toni) Nevins all of Charlotte; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Oct. 16, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Duane Royston officiating.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Glenna Garn

 

   Glenna E. Garn, 99, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 5, 2007. Mrs. Garn was born Feb. 29, 1908 in Dayton, TN, the daughter of Elmer and Etheline (Burchard) Shelton.

   Mrs. Garn was the first Special Education teacher in Eaton County after earning her Master’s Degree in teaching. She taught elementary education for 57 years in several country schools in Eaton County, for Charlotte Public Schools and Private Schools. She was an active member of her church, involved in the Farm Bureau Women’s Group and Kitchen Band and volunteered at Hayes Green Beach Hospital for 14 years. Mrs. Garn enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, making quilts and crocheting afghans. She loved spending time with her family and making sure that no one ever left hungry.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Marten in 1975; sister Dana Hardy; brothers, Paul and Austin Shelton.

   She is survived by her sons, Douglas (Rosemary) Garn of Alanson, MI, Richard (Mary June) Garn of Charlotte, and Roderic (Janice) Garn of Lacoma, MO; daughter, Marilyn Effner of Hastings, MI; 39 grandchildren; 112 great grandchildren and 47 great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held July 10, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Elder Marty Garn, Reverend Greg Gar and Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Joseph Garnecky

 

   Joseph Garnecky, 53, of Lansing, died Thursday, Nov. 15. Mr. Garnecky was born Sept. 2, 1954 in Lansing, the son of Edward and Josephine (Krancich) Garnecky.

   He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Edward Garnecky, Jr.

   He is survived by his mother, Josephine Garnecky of Lansing; sisters, Shannon (Hugh) Fuller of Charlotte and Cindy (Charles) Murine of Grand Ledge.

   Graveside service was held Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte; online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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David Edwin Gates

 

   David Edwin Gates, age 70, of Eaton Rapids died Friday, March 9, 2007 in Bandera, TX. He was born January 1, 1937 to Frank and Esther Gates in Gaylord, MI. David was retired from GM after 42 years of service. Dave enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as traveling. He was preceded in death by both parents, his sister, Nancy (Gates) Young; two brothers, Charles and Ray Gates and his grandson, Jakob Gates.

   He is survived by his wife, Carol (Jedele) Gates; his children, Sheryl (Jim) Ayers of Onondaga, Brett Gates of Eaton Rapids, Kristen (Brian) Fell of Onondaga; his grandchildren, Ehricka, Cody, James, Zachary and Kylea and one great grandson, Damion.

   A memorial service is being held on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at Holt Baptist Church at 12:00 noon, the family will greet friends at 11:00 a.m.

 

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Duane Eric Gault

 

   Duane Eric Gault, age 48 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday July 9, 2007. He was born November 30, 1958 in Saginaw, the son of Robert and Nancy (Harley) Gault. Duane was a Leslie High School graduate, class of 1977. He served his country in the Navy during the Iran/Contra Conflict. Duane was a Tool & Die Maker for Edsha Manufacturing for the past 15 years in Jackson. He was an avid out-doors-man who loved fishing, had a good sense of humor and was an excellent cook. Preceding him in death was his mother, Nancy; and a brother Danny.

   Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Laure; 2 children, Jessica (Justin) Wright of Eaton Rapids and Eric (Andrea Brewer) Gault of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Alyssa and Logan; father, Robert (Kathy) Gault of Wellston, MI; 4 brothers, David (Tammy) Gault of Leslie, Dennis (Dawn) Gault of Colorado, Ray (Sandy) Gault of Eaton Rapids and Gary Gault of North Dakota; sister, Robin Lohrke of Leslie; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made directly to the family in memory of Duane E. Gault. For online condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Enid Geisenhaver

 

   Enid Geisenhaver, 92, of Potterville, died Thursday, April 12, 2007. Graveside services were held Monday, April 16, 2007 at Windsor Cemetery in Dimondale. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Leon Jack Gemalsky

 

   Leon Jack Gemalsky, 66, of Eaton Rapids died June 18, 2007 at his residence following a terminal illness.

   Born in Aurelius Township Sept. 15, 1940 on of nine children born to Julius and Emma (Keehn) Gemalsky. Leon was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, Class of 1958 and served in the Army during the Viet Nam War. He was a retired optician for Lansing Cooperative Society. Leon enjoyed yard work, golfing, and going to the casino.

   Preceding him in death were seven brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Judith; daughter, Lorraine (James) Larder of Eaton Rapids and sister, Gertrude Norris of Eaton Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services will be held Monday, June 25 at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contributions may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or Sparrow Home Hospice.

 

                                   

 

 

Karen S. Gierman

 

   Karen S. Gierman, 65, of Potterville died Wednesday, Dec. 5 at a Lansing Hospital. Mrs. Gierman was born May 24, 1942, a daughter of Kenneth D. and Elva R. (Dickerson) Ankney.

   She was a retired tour guide at the State of Michigan Capitol Building. Mrs. Gierman was also a member of Bretton Woods Lions Club.

   Surviving are her daughter, Heather Gierman of Potterville; two step-children, Gina (Harold)  Austin and James Michael (Becky) Gierman; six granddaughters, three great grandchildren; two sisters, Ellen Jones of Eaton Rapids and Vicki (Bill) White of Charlotte; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend, Diana Boyce; three sisters-in-law, Carol Ankney of Charlotte; Margaret Gierman of East Lansing and Marie Gierman of Grand Ledge and brother-in-law DuWayne Trimmer of Potterville.

   A celebration of life was held Dec. 8 at the Potterville United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Bretton Woods Lions Club or the charity of your choice.

 

Glendon H. Gifford

 

   Glendon H. Gifford of Spring Arbor formerly of Springport, went to be with the Lord May 23, 2007 while in the loving care of family and Arbor-Manor care-givers. He was born June 21, 1908 to Ethel (Butler) and Forrest H. Gifford in Albion, Michigan. Preceded in death by his wife of seventy years, Ruth, on May 29, 2006; deceased siblings, Alice Griffin, Everett, Robert, James, and Thelma Gifford.

   Glendon is survived by six children, Neil (Sonja) Gifford, Wayne (Sandra) Gifford, Janet (Dan) Mergener, Rose (Robert) Moore, Kaye (Fred) Herriff, David (Carol) Gifford; siblings, Gerald and Donald Gifford and Doris Deadman; 20 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; brother-in-laws, Henry Linn, and Bruce (Patricia) Klett; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. After graduation from Springport High School he attended Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, where he earned a provisional teaching certificate and later earned a BS and MA from WMU. Glendon retired from Harper Creek Schools, Battle Creek, after 30 years in education. He is a lifetime member of MEA-NEA-R, Michigan Association Retired School Personnel, and Calhoun County Association Retired School Personnel. He was an active member of the Springport United Methodist Church, loved to do woodworking and was a handy do-it-your-selfer. Glendon was a very avid reader and encouraged his grandchildren to read. He enjoyed a good political discussion, followed world events with great enthusiasm, was interested in genealogy, and was a contributing writer for the book, History of Clarence Township: Then and Now, published in 1994. Glendon was loved by his family and many friends, he will be truly missed by many.

   Services were held on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Clarence Center Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Springport United Methodist Church, P.O. Box E Springport, MI 49284. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Robert Gillett

 

   Robert August Gillett, 82, of Bellevue, died Feb. 25, 2007 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility. He was born March 27, 1924, the son of August and Julia (Sule) Gillett in Bellevue.

   Robert served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as an assemblyman at Clark Equipment Company for 40 years, retiring in 1982. Robert was a member of V.F.W. Nashville Post, and enjoyed fly fishing, deer and pheasant hunting. He also enjoyed farming when he was younger.

   Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Gillett in 1996; and his brother, Ed Gillett in 2006.

   He is survived by son, Gerald M. (Cathy) Gillette of Bellevue; daughter, Sandra Sherman of Leslie; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Gillett of Bellevue and sister-in-law, Evelyn Gillett of Bellevue.

   Services took place at 3 p.m. March 1 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastor Virginia Heller, officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township. Memorial donations may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice or Nashville VFW.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Ellen Goetz

 

   Ellen Goetz of Northridge, CA, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died on February 10, 2007, at the Brighton Gardens Retirement Home. She was 93 years old.

   She is survived by her son John Goetz (Bonnie) of Woodland Hills, CA, grandson Johnny Goetz (Heidi) of Mammoth Lakes, CA, grandson Jim Goetz (Assia) of Los Angeles, CA, granddaughter Krissie Goetz of Santa Barbara, CA, and great grandson, Nick Goetz of Los Angeles, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years in 2001, Ward Goetz, a son Danny and a daughter Kathy.

 

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Jasper Graham

 

   Jasper “Jap” L. Graham, 78, of Springport, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 in Jackson. Jasper was born March 20, 1929, the son of Jasper Arthur and Welthia Eliza (Webber) Graham.

   He was a member of Operating Engineers #324, life member of the Parma Outdoor Club, and very loyal NASCAR fan. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Douglas; and brother, Richard Graham.

   Jasper is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce (Taylor) Graham; daughters, Linda (David) Higelmire and Teresa (Bob) Hobbins, all of Onondaga; sons, Larry (Carleen) Graham of Springport and David (Sandy) Graham of Olivet; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald “Jake” (Barbara) Graham of Parma, Robert “Bud” (Christine “Jeannie”) Graham of Holt; sister, Margaret (Francis) Artz of Parma; sister-in-law, Nancy Graham of Springport; many nieces & nephews; and best friends, Ron and Susie Jakubas.

   Memorial services were held Friday, Aug. 31, 2007 at Pope Church, Springport. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life in honor of Brandy Hobbins and Sandy Graham, and in memory of Jasper Graham. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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James Grenawalt

 

   James Henry Grenawalt, 73, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 after a courageous battle with illness. Mr. Grenawalt was born Dec. 14, 1933, in Muskegon, MI, the son of James F. and Margaret (Barr) Grenawalt.

   He retired in 2001 from managerial positions in the dairy industry after 30 years of service. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He loved to be with his family, children, grandchildren and friends. He loved an audience, was a fan of MSU sports, and active in golfing and boating.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara.

   He is survived by sons, Mychal (Becky) Grenawalt of Haslett and Rick Grenawalt of Florida; daughter, Julie “Sis” Clayton of Higgins Lake; three grandchildren, Jessika Remackle, Travis James Clayton and Taylor Grenawalt; two great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Kay) Grenawalt of Charlotte; and sister, Marilyn (Ray) Feher of Haslett.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 14, 2007, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, Michigan, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   The family would like to sincerely thank Arshad Majid, M.D. for his compassionate care for their father.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Robert Grier

 

   Robert W. Grier, 32, of Sarasota, FL, died June 10, 2007. Mr. Grier was born Sept. 18, 1974 in Charlotte, the son of the late Robert and Ann (Bartolacci) Grier.

   Mr. Grier worked as a production manager at a fish oil manufacturing facility in Florida. He enjoyed walking Siesta Key Beach, writing poems and playing with his dogs, Khaki and Saydee. Mr. Grier was an adventurer who rode four wheelers and dirt bikes. He loved spending time, shopping with and making his daughter, Kayla Ann, the center of his life. Mr. Grier was a graduate of Charlotte High School class of 1993.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jeffrey Grier and daughter Kayla Ann.

   He is survived by his sister, Amy (Stephen) Ford of Sarasota, FL; brother, Richard (Krysti) Grier of North Port, FL; nieces and nephews, Sean Flowers, Kathryn Flowers, Mason Gray, Melany Grier, Skylar Ford, Brian Ford and Keith Ford all of Florida.

    Funeral services were held June 16, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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James Griffith

 

   James Griffith, 35, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. Mr. Griffith was born Aug. 22, 1972 in Coldwater, MI, the son of Roger Griffith and Wanita (Smith) Clark.

   Mr. Griffith was a carpenter who worked in construction. He enjoyed hanging out with friends, hard rock music, watching football and hockey and he was a U of M fan. Some of Mr. Griffith's most memorable times were with his daughter, playing cards and having BBQ's with his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Mackenzie Griffith; parents, Roger Griffith and Wanita (Arthur) Clark; sister, Cheri (Brad) Cook of Charlotte, brothers, David Griffith of Lansing and Travis Griffith of Charlotte; step-brothers, Travis Clark of Charlotte and Adam Clark of Detroit, step-sister, Kelly Clark of Charlotte; numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and special friend, Katrina Willoughby.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 3, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a fund for his daughter, Mackenzie's, education.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Merwin Grimes, PHD

 

   Merwin Grimes, PHD of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Califon, NJ, age 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 13, 2007 in Eaton Rapids, after a brief struggle with cancer. Merwin was born in Jackson County, grew up on a farm in Eaton Rapids, graduated from Eaton Rapids High School (Class of 1940), and pursued a higher education in biochemistry. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, married and began a family. Merwin received his Masters from Vanderbilt University (Nashville), and PhD from Michigan State University where he became a professor and researcher. He moved to University of Montana (Missoula) and was a Professor of Biochemistry. Merwin left academe in 1961 and moved to New Jersey to follow a career in research with Ortho Pharmaceuticals. He lived in Somerville and Bridgewater, later moved to Califon where he became the Mayor for 13 years. During retirement Merwin enjoyed painting houses. He returned home to Eaton Rapids in March of 207 and resided in Riverview Apartments. Preceded in death by his parents, David and Lela (Sova) Grimes; brothers, Anson and Max Grimes; sister, Vivian (Grimes) Parsons.

   Merwin is survived by 1 daughter, Peggy (Patrick) Wolf of East Lansing; 1 son, Jim (Roberta Martinez) Grimes of Pasadena, California; 4 grandchildren, Thomas & Theresa “Terry” Wolf, Kate (Matt) Eide, and Matthew Martinez-Grimes; 1 great granddaughter, Liliana Eide; brothers, Alfred Grimes of Lansing, Donald (Delores) Grimes of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Virginia (Leo) Gruesbeck of Perry, Minnie Klink of Saranac; special niece “daughter”, Hope Grimes; many other nieces & nephews; and former wife, Marya (Dzialowski) Grimes of East Lansing.

   Memorial services were Sunday, December 16, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to “Friends of the Island Park”, c/o Donald Grimes 1305 West St,  Eaton Rapids in memory of Merwin Grimes. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Charles W. Grove

 

   Charles W. Grove, 79, of Springport, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. Mr. Grove was born July 23, 1927, the son of William and Bernice (Matthews) Grove.

   Mr. Grove worked 46 years as an electrician until retiring in 1992 from Oldsmobile.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 1995.

   He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Shepherd of Springport; son, Charles (Donis) Grove of Manistique; daughter, Patricia (Jerry) Kopack of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Mary Prater of Marshall; daughter, Debra (John) Cauchi of Montrose; and son, Daniel Grove of Springport.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Bill Kastin officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jackson and Oaklawn.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Homer Lee Gullett

 

   Homer Lee Gullett of Lansing, went home to the Lord Jan. 18, 2007 surrounded by those who loved him at his home. Born May 26, 1926 in Harrod, Ohio, he was raised in southeastern Kentucky and considered it home.

   There he met his childhood sweetheart. They married Sept. 21, 1944 and renewed their vows on their 50th anniversary. Having worked in a CCC Camp during the Depression, he first came to Michigan in 1940. Working as a coal miner through the birth of his first two children, moved to Michigan for good in the late 40's. He obtained factory work and retired after 31 years from General Motors. He was a union man all his life.

   In the early 50's he learned the guitar and became an accomplished country singer. He performed for various functions including two radio shows he hosted out of Albion and Coldwater. He and his band were known then as, Smilin' Homer Lee & The Kentucky Rhythm Boys. He enjoyed singing right up to the end. In about 1950 he was instrumental in relocating Geneva's whole family to Michigan.

   His word was his bond and his strength. Integrity and courage commanded respect and admiration of all who knew him. Yet he was tender hearted and enjoyed a good joke or laugh. He spoke of his Kentucky days often when life was less complicated, but he never tired of letting his family know how much he loved us. Whenever any of us needed help he was there. Whether it was money, time or a rock to stand on he was there. He always worked with the hope that he could make life easier and better for his children than it was for him. He had a great big heart but it just wore out. He is and will be missed.

   He was predeceased by grandson, Brian Oliver.

   Homer is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geneva (Napier); son, Kenneth (Mary); daughters, Linda (John) Keyhoe, Dawn (Mark) Van Port Fleet, Carol (Mikell) Schneckenberger and Chrystal (Bob Becker) Gullett; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor David Burgett officiating. Interment was at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Lois DeWitt Guthrie

 

   Lois DeWitt Guthrie passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. She was born Nov. 3, 1927, in Jackson to George Willard and Wilma Willard McGrath.

   She attended Charlotte High School as well as Michigan State University. Lois married Ben DeWitt Oct. 11, 1947 and they moved their family to Nacogdoches, Texas in 1951. She and Ben were married for over 50 years until his death in April of 1997. Lois later married Bennett Guthrie. They were married for six years until his death in September of 2006.

   Lois volunteered her time and services in numerous organizations which included the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital as a Pink Lady, the Nacogdoches Treatment Center and Perritte Memorial Methodist Church. She also served as a dedicated Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader as well as being instrumental in organizing girls softball in the Nacogdoches area. The generous offer of her hand in friendship and love was extended to everyone. Giving was her gift.

   Lois enjoyed needle point, sewing and doing many kinds of crafts. She believed in living her life to the fullest. She loved and enjoyed her family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her.

   Lois is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Delores Story; brother, George Willard; husbands, Ben DeWitt and Bennett Guthrie and son, Ben DeWitt III.

   Survivors are her sister, Joanne Mohre; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Jane DeWitt of Nacogdoches and Bill and Beverly DeWitt of Nacogdoches; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and John Taylor of Nacogdoches, Elsa and Bill Sherrod also of Nacogdoches and Nancy DeWitt of Kingwood; grandchildren, Jeanna Quin, Christina DeWitt, John Taylor Jr., Byron Lawrence, Jo El Taylor, Brooke DeWitt, Chris Owens, Ryan DeWitt, Sherry Branton, Cody Sherrod, Tyler DeWitt, Robyn Sherrod, Trace Hamel, Megan Sherrod, Travis Hamel, Chelsey Sherrod, Will DeWitt and Ben Taylor; great grandchildren, Shelby Sanders, David Quin, Christian Garza, Timothy Branton, Clayton DeWitt, Vince Lawrence, Sydney Floyd, Chance Garza, Caden Floyd, Taylor Floyd, Mackenzie Owens, Victoria Burch, Julian Lawrence, Jaiden Branton and Julia Branton; a very special friend, Loraine Coussons; and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held at Perritte Memorial Methodist Church Jan. 10. Memorials may be made in honor of Lois DeWitt Guthrie to the charity of your choice or Perritte Memorial Methodist Church, 1025 Durst Street, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75964.

   Laird Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

                                   

 

 

Hubert Haag

 

   Mr. Hubert E. Haag, 94, of Potterville, died Oct. 25, 2007. He was born July 21, 1913 in Gratiot County, the son of Daniel and Bertha (Phillips) Haag.

   He is survived by his wife of 67 years Mrs. Harriette Louise (Hall) Haag; daughter, Judith L. (Ken) Loper of North Liberty Ind.; sons, Richard J. (Edda) Haag of League City, Texas; Michael D. (Marcy) Haag of Vermontville, and Timothy A. (Kim) Haag of Mason; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Stoffs of Breckenridge, Michigan.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 29, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lane Stark Haigh

 

   Lane Matthew Stark Haigh, of Charlotte, infant son of Matthew Haigh and Katlin Stark, passed away Friday, July 13, 2007.

   Surviving are his parents, Katlin and Matt; grandparents, Robert and Lisa Stark and Art and Candy Haigh, all of Charlotte; aunts, Kelly Stark (Josh Russell) and Kassandra Stark; uncle, Dylan Haigh; great grandparents, Bernie and Bev Urban of Florida, Cy and Shirley Stark of Hastings, Gary Haigh and Bonnie Porter of Charlotte and Tom Williams of Belding and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   He was preceded in death by Marge Haigh.

   A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 17, 2007. The family would like to thank everyone for all the love and support. No words can express our gratitude.

 

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Robert Haigh

 

   Robert D. Haigh, 83, of Mulliken, died Thursday morning, June 28, 2007, at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte following a long illness. Mr. Haigh was born June 17, 1924 in Eaton County, a son of Lester and Susie (Root) Haigh.

   He was an Army World War II veteran and an industrial model marker. Mr. Haigh was active in various organizations during his lifetime, including the Lions Club, Boy Scouts, Mulliken Fire Department and geneology.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Lena Lowe; and two brothers, Wayne and Donald Haigh.

   Surviving are his wife, Pat; son, Gale (Kendra) Haigh of Westlake, Louisiana; two daughters, Polly (Tom) Redmond of Tipton, Indiana and Maureen (Randy) Scholtens of Muskegon; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Macomber of Marion, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held July 2 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Kathy Smith of Gresham United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

Stanley Haigh

 

   Stanley George Haigh, 78, of Charlotte, died March 24, 2007. Mr. Haigh was born Feb. 11, 1929 in Eaton County, the son of Carson E. and Gladys I. (Rogers) Haigh.

   He was a farmer and a foreman at Care Free until his retirement and had previously worked at Wilcox Gay. He had a great sense of humor and was a very gentle and easy going man. He was a former member of the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cleone Burman; and brother, Amos Haigh.

   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Louise (Pratt) Haigh, whom he married Aug. 26, 1950 at the West Benton Church; his children, Marilyn Bliesener of Dimondale, Carolyn (Douglas) Armstead of Grand Ledge, Evelyn (Don) Kunst of Maple Rapids, Ronald (Linda) Haigh of Bellevue and Jacquelyn (Jerry) Mire of Potterville;13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Dimples.

   Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Homan and Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Dialysis Unit at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Judith “Judi” E. Haite-Gerow

 

   Judith “Judi” E. Haite-Gerow, age 56 of Onondaga and formerly of Eaton Rapids died Thursday, September 20, 2007 at a Lansing Hospital. Born January 23, 1951 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Rollo and Virginia (Kenyon) Haite. Judi lived in Eaton Rapids growing up and spent her senior year and graduated from the Charlotte High School. She went on and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Judi worked for the Felpausch Food Stores in Leslie. Preceding her in death were her parents, and step-mother Beatrice Freeman-Haite.

   She is survived by her fiancée, Donald Kidd Sr. of Onondaga; 5 sons, Eric (Tracy) Haite of Webberville, Chad Gerow of Onondaga, Paul (Tina) Gerow of Onondaga, Don (Yvonne) Kidd Jr. of Eaton Rapids, and James Kidd of Onondaga; 12 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Richard Haite of Charlotte and Stephen (Deborah) Haite of Eaton Rapids; 7 step-brothers and sisters, Della Carpenter, John (Gloria) Freeman, Roger (Kelly) Freeman, Milton (Patricia) Freeman, Sharon (Danny) Copeland, Sheldon (Tracy) Freeman and Dennis (Dale) McNabb; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, September 24, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Frank Klassen, officiating. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at Capital Area Service Center 3100 West Rd. Bldg. B-Ste 110 East Lansing, MI 48823. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Gaylord Hale

 

   Gaylord Hale, 88, of Grand Ledge, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Hale was born Oct. 2, 1918, in Evart the son of Oliver and Minnie (Compton) Hale.

   He was a self-made man of integrity and honesty who helped many people. In addition to being a National Acclaimed Horse Trainer, he was a member of the American Quarter Horse and American Haflinger Associations and Mule Assoc.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mabel in 1981 and second wife, Vida; sister, LaMoyne Shepherd; sister-in-law, Ruth Hamilton; and brother, Donald Hale in 2005.

   Mr. Hale is survived by sister, Betty Shumaker of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Edith Hale of Charlotte and Naomi E. Carver of Lansing; numerous nieces and nephews; best friends, Thomas and Claudine Kost; and friend and companion, Sally Brunette.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Rich Mitterling officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Anna M. Hall

 

   Anna M. Hall, 82, of Battle Creek died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Ms. Hall was born Dec. 29, 1924 the daughter of Edward and Hazel Chamberlain.

   Ms. Hall enjoyed bird watching, knitting, crocheting and taking care of the family farm in Homer.

   She was preceded in death by first husband, Frank Hall; and son, Nelson Hall.

   She is survived by her son, Frank (Ann) Hall of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Jeanie Hall; sister, Cleo King of Litchfield; four granddaughters, Erin, Carrie, Andrea, and Cassie and two great-grandsons, Evan and Collin.

   Visitation was held Jan.11. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Jimmy Hall

 

   Jimmy Hall, age 53, died Thursday, November 1, 2007 in Springport. Jimmy was born, February 24, 1954 in Drift, KY the son of Arthur and Magaline (Newsome) Hall. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel Mae Adams.

   He is survived by his brother, “Peanut” Elliott of Springport; 3 aunts, Ellen Arnold of Springport, Vinne Cooper, May (Will) Henson both of Indiana; 2 uncles, Dewey (Phyllis) Newsome of Kentucky, Estill (Thelma) Newsome of Springport; sister-in-law, Kathy (Greg) Moore of Springport; brother-in-law, Jerry Adams of Leslie; 3 nephews, Curtis, Michael and Christopher Moore and a special friend, Bruce Arnold.

   The family received friends on Sunday, November 4, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. There was no service. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Doris Hall-Oteney

 

   Doris L. Hall-Oteney, 93, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Charlotte and Olivet, passed away Monday, March 19, 2007 in Charlotte. Doris was born Oct.15, 1913, the daughter of Jakie and Minerva (Midling) Powers.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Geraldine Klaassen in 1980; twin granddaughters, Dawn and Denise Garity in 1978; first husband, Gerald "Bill" Hall; second husband, Claire Oteney; sister, Florence Allen; brother, Ernie Powers; and her step-mother (who raised her), Bertha Herd; and special friend, Fred Britten.

   Surviving are three daughters, Donna (Leo) Miller of Charlotte, Kittie "Kay" (David) Garity of Bellevue, Sheryl (Pat) Davis of Indiana; three sons, Eldon (Sandy) Hall of Kokomo, Ind., Gaylord (Mary) Hall of Tipton, Ind. and Lynn (Gussie) Hall of Lansing; son-in-law, Leonard Klaassen of Hudsonville; 22 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Arlene Powers.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, March 22 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Township. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association in memory of Doris Hall-Oteney.

 

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Christine Halloran

 

   Christine A. Halloran, 39, of Charlotte, passed away April 23, 2007. Ms. Halloran was born October 7, 1967 the daughter of Everett and Patrice (Rounds) Halloran.

   Ms. Halloran worked as a Calculations Assistant for the State of Michigan Department of Treasury. She enjoyed the computer, playing cards, U of M and spending time on the beach at Lake Michigan.

   She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents, R.G. and Gladys Rounds.

   She is survived by her daughters, Heather Tillitson of Portland, Holly Tillitson and Hailey Porter of Charlotte; sisters, Kim Rounds and Stephanie Amos of Grand Ledge; nieces and nephews, Ashley (Rob), Tyler, Tara, Tori and Corrie; 2 great nephews, Devon and Braylen. A funeral service was held April 27, 2007 with Pastor Kristine Beckman officiating at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to her children in care of Kim Rounds. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

F. Lucile Halsey

 

   F. Lucile (Randolph) Halsey, known to her friends as Lucy, passed away Monday, June 18, 2007, at the age of 90, with her family at her side.

   She was born in Ohio to Cora and Wellington Fitz Randolph. Lucile and her family moved to Michigan in the 1920’s.

   In 1977 Lucile was appointed Eaton County Drain Commissioner, and subsequently elected to this office in 1980, serving the people of Eaton County until she retired in 1984. Mrs. Halsey served as a Deputy Drain Commissioner for 15 years prior to that. Keeping costs down for the farmers was always her concern and goal. She was the first elected female Drain Commissioner in Eaton County and the third in the state of Michigan. Lucile was a life member of the Michigan Drain Commissioners Association.

   She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends for her love of flowers and her beautiful gardens, for the sunshine in her smile, her positive attitude and the wonderful afghans she crocheted. She had a special place in her heart for family and especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great granddaughter.

   Lucile is survived by four daughters: Charmane Bridges of Vermontville, Arlys (Jim) Lewellyn and Shirley (Richard) Rann of Charlotte, and Mina Loraine Halsey of Portage; grandchildren, Kelly (Tom) Williams, Beth (Randy) Green, Barry (Tammy) Lewellyn, Tamara (Pat) Landry, Kirk (Cindy) Llewellyn, Renae (Steve) Bartlett, and Jennifer Horn; 16 great grandchildren and one on the way; plus one great-great granddaughter.

   Lucile was a resident at Country Living  Adult Foster Care near Olivet, owned by Judy and Manny Fuentes. She loved them and their family as if they were her own.

   As she requested, her body has been donated to the Michigan State University Medical School for the advancement of medical science. She also requested there be no public service. Her family will gather privately to celebrate her life. Arrangements made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   For those who wish to, memorial contributions are suggested for the 1885 Eaton County Courthouse Museum. Checks may be made to Courthouse Square Association, P.O. Box 411, Charlotte, MI 48813, in memory of Lucile Halsey.

Linda Hamlin

 

   Linda Kay (Marsh) Hamlin, 59, of Rapid City, formerly of Lake Odessa died Thursday, March 29, 2007 at her residence. She was born on April 25, 1947 in Hastings, to Wilbur C. and Kay M. (Walker) Marsh.

   On Dec. 4, 1965 Linda married Alan Hamlin. She retired from the Secretary of State's office with the State of Michigan after 30 years of service.

   Linda was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Elk Rapids and the Juniper Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, needlework, painting, travel and spending time with her grandchildren.

   Linda is survived by her husband of 41 years, Alan, son, Mark (Cindy) Hamlin of Hastings; parents, Wilbur and Kay Marsh of Vermontville; grandchildren, Devin and Aaron; sister, Rebecca (Dennis) Marsh-Day of California; brother, Tom Marsh of Vermontville, and sister-in-law Jeanette Hamlin of California.

   She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Randy Hamlin.

   A memorial service will be held in Hastings at Grace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. A second memorial service will take place Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Elk Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Calvary Lutheran Church, 10180 Elk Lake Road, Elk Rapids, MI 49690 in memory of Linda. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

 

                                   

Mildred Hanes

 

   Mildred Hanes, 94, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Mrs. Hanes was born May 27, 1913 in Arthur Township, Clare County the daughter of Harry and Adeline (Spicer) Cleveland.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William John Hanes; sisters, June Mersman, Wilma Pasco; and brothers, Ernie Cleveland, Bernie Cleveland and Ferris Cleveland.

   She is survived by her sons, Earl and David Hanes, both of Charlotte; daughter, Lois (Michael) Wyatt of Carson City NV; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth (Ray) Owens of Clare, Ardeth Helbling of Oregon and Ella (Don) Goodbread of Ft. Mojave, AZ; brother, Archie Cleveland; sister-in-laws, Gertrude Higgins of Clear Water, FL; Leora Isanhart of Clear Water, FL; Pauline Hanes of Pt. St. Lucie, FL and Helen Cleveland of Mt. Pleasant.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 12, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Miller and Pastor Perry Purcell officiating. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Marvin Hankins

 

   Marvin George Hankins, 66, of Charlotte, died Friday, April 6, 2007. He was a retired Sergeant in the Army National Guard. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert L. Harmon

 

   Robert L. Harmon, 79, of Charlotte died Sunday, Feb. 11 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. Bob was born March 5, 1927 in Carmel Township, Eaton County the son of Cleve and Venus (Towe) Harmon and was a lifelong Carmel Township resident.

   He had been employed by the L. L. Johnson Lumber Co., Charlotte for 33 years, the Plywood Sale Co. of Lansing for 16 years and Fulton Lumber Co. of Charlotte. He enjoyed raising strawberries for sale on his farm.

   He was preceded in death by sons, Robert, Jack, Charley and Byron Harmon; daughter, Roxanne Harmon; and seven brothers and sisters.

   He is survived by his wife, Marie J. (Uhl) Harmon; seven children, Lonnie (Jane) Harmon of Minnesota, Penny (Robert) Granger of Charlotte, Jeffery (Mollie) Harmon of Arizona, Dean (Cindy) Harmon of Charlotte, David Harmon of Charlotte, Dawn (James) Morse of Charlotte and Christopher (Lisa) Harmon of Charlotte; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and sister, Martha (Wayne) Frey of Charlotte.

  There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may go to Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

Wayne B. Harrington

 

   Wayne B. Harrington, 84, of Olivet died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007 at his home. Mr. Harrington was born March 16, 1922 in Convis Township to Cashius and Mable (Flint) Harrington.

   He graduated from Olivet High School. Mr. Harrington served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. On April 29, 1947 he married the former Grace M. Sundberg in Marshall. She preceded him in death Oct. 26, 1991. Mr. Harrington worked for the Eaton Corporation for 32 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Claude E. Hale VFW Post #4073 and the Marshall Moose Lodge #676. Mr. Harrington enjoyed woodworking, making many toys for his grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. He also enjoyed word find books and being at home with his family.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a son, Michael W. Harrington in April 1999.

   He is survived by his daughter, Gina Harrington of Olivet; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Harrington of Onondaga; six grandchildren, Alexia Staelens, Kayle, Moriah, Hannah, Faith and Seth Harrington; and one great-grandchild, Noah Staelens. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Stults and Ellen McFarland, both of Marshall.

   Funeral services celebrating his life took place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home. Interment followed at Oakridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall Fire Fighters Ambulance Authority. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home. Leave a personal message for the family at www.kempffuneralhomecom.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald Harris

 

   Donald K. "Bucky" Harris, 86, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2007 in Lansing. Born in Belding, Michigan on Aug. 22, 1921 to Donald V. and Neva L. (Kelly) Harris. Married to Betty Jane (Isbell) Harris in 1939 in Cleveland, OH. In Feb. 2004 after over 64 years, Betty ascended to that celestial city in heaven to make a home for them.

   Next to the love of his life Betty and spending time with their family, Bucky enjoyed traveling, meeting people, hunting and fishing, along with the great outdoors.

   They were members of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. Bucky was retired from Michigan Bell Telephone Company in 1979 after 38 years of service. He attended the Citizen Military Training Camp at Camp Custer, MI. In 1937 and 1939 he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Southwest Pacific Theater of operation during WWII. He was a member of the Michigan National Guard for 24 years before retiring from the United Stated Army in 1981.

Some of his civic activities encompassed election to the Eaton Rapids City Council, elected to the Charter Commission and chaired the fire department study committee.

   His fraternal affiliations where; a life member and Past Master of Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F.&A.M. A life member and high priest of the Royal Arch Masons chapters 24 and 100, a life member and past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star chapters 241 and 352. A member of the Elks Lodge #548, and a life member of the honorable order of Kentucky Colonels.

   Bucky was interested in the welfare and care for all veterans who served honorable in the armed forces. He was active in several veterans' organizations. An honorary life member of the American Legion Post #15 and in 1984-85 was state commander for the Department of Michigan. An honorary life member of Voiture # 1332, the Society of the Forty & Eight and in 1980 was national Chef de Chemin de Gare. Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts 1243 and 2406. A life member of Amvets post 120. An associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion, branch 109. A life member of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada, United States Unit.

   He had one brother, Robert George Harris, deceased.

   Bucky is survived by their four children, Katheryn (Duane) Davidson, Michael (Mary) Harris, Donna Johnson and Nancy Cherry. All of whom he was very proud and enjoyed immensely. Along with their children they were blessed with nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services for Bucky were held Sept. 28 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice in honor of Bucky.

   For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

                                   

 

Michelle Harris

 

   Michelle Lynn Harris, 25, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Michelle was born June 26, 1981 in Lansing the daughter of David Q. and Jill (Miller) Harris.

   She was currently employed by Peckham Industries of Charlotte and was a member of the First Lutheran Church. She participated in Special Olympics and the Adult Handicap Program.

   She was preceded in death by her father, David Q. Harris.

   Surviving are her parents, Jill and Ben Vincent; her sister, Jennifer Harris of Charlotte; three nephews, Hunter, Jaysen and Parker; two grandmothers, Joyce Miller of Charlotte and Esther Harris of Eaton Rapids; and several aunts and uncles.

   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 17 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet. Memorial contributions may go the the First Lutheran Church or to the Special Olympics Area 8.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Carl William Hayden

 

   Carl William Hayden, 89, of Potterville, passed away Jan. 31, 2007 as a result of an auto accident in Lakeland, Fla. He was born in Eaton County June 2, 1917.

   Carl worked at General Motors for 35 years in skilled trades. After retiring, Carl and Orpha enjoyed traveling to warmer climates, making winter homes at The Gulf of Mexico in Brownsville, Texas, Gulf Shores, Ala. and Lakeland, Fla.

   He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army, World War II as a staff sergeant in the 32nd Division, Btry A 119th F.A. Carl enjoyed good friends, good times, playing cards, dancing, club-hopping, socializing, boating and fishing on Michigan inland lakes and walking on the beach. He really enjoyed shopping, finding a good bargain and saving a buck. He especially took pride in and enjoyed his immaculate cars and beautiful lawn.

   He was a member of UAW Local 652, VFW Post 701, American Legion Post 42 and Fraternal Order of Eagles. He also frequented VFW Post 2297 and American Legion Post 4 in Lakeland, Fla.

   Carl was preceded in death by parents, Claude Hayden, Ethel (Charles) Lamb; and siblings, Raymond, Larry, and Marguerite.

   Carl is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Orpha; two daughters, Connie (Chambre) Beauvais and Patricia (Clifford) Coffey; three granddaughters, Michelle Kowalski, Josie (Dennis) Jubb and Ashlee Beauvais; five great-grandsons Hunter, Mason, Wyatt, Zachary and Ty; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lola Hayden, Maxine (Earl) Cady, Verda Nightingale, Gloria Hickox, Russell (Mary Lou) Whitney and Nancy Vandenburg; and many nieces and nephews.

   In lieu of flower, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Graveside services were held Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Maplehill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Pastor Tom Peters officiating. A dinner followed the service at the American Legion Post 42.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Victor Heal

 

   Victor George Heal, Sr., 81, of Eaton Rapids, passed away April 27, 2007 in Charlotte. Victor was born July 9, 1925 in Davison, the son of George and Adaline Adelia (Hall) Heal.

   He retired in 1987 after 17 years with the Department of Transportation, State of Michigan. Victor was past president of the Docent Guild for the Michigan Historical Museum and former volunteer for the American Red Cross for many years.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois E. (Williams); four children, Victor G. (Kathy) Heal II of Albion, Peggy (Bob) Smith of Munith, Penny Williams of Jackson, Patty (Ken) Brier of Sterling Heights; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother, Gene (Pearl) Heal of Davison; sister, Joan Coe of Crystal; several nieces and nephews; and two dogs, Stormy and Gunner.

   Memorial services were held April 30k, 2007 at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Victor G. Heal, Sr. www.shellyodell.com.

Carol Wanda Hector

 

   Carol Wanda Hector, age 86, of Eaton Rapids passed away Sunday, October 7, 2007 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Born February 2, 1921 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Roy and Minnie (Perkins) Corbin. Carol graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School class of 1938, became a certified teacher, and taught for 2 years at the one-room Boody School west of Eaton Rapids. She worked at Davidson Woolen Mills, then Fisher Body in Lansing where she retired after 34 years of service. She always loved the peacefulness of the country and aspired to be a farmer after retiring from the factory. She purchased a farm north of Springport where she enjoyed watching the deer and birds from her front porch. She was a great listener and always found time to listen to you and discuss any issues. A big passion of hers was attending farm auctions all over the state to find a new treasure to buy, and driving her Ford truck to wherever she felt like she wanted to go. She will be remembered for her generosity and giving of flowers, plants and other items to family members in need. She is preceded in death by her sister Mary Dieon Corbin, brother, David Elwood Corbin and first husband Ronald William Hector.

   She is survived by her children Gary (Ava) Hector, Carolyn (Jim) Eaton, Danny (Wendy) Hector, and Steven (Jo Ann) Hector, all of Eaton Rapids, a sister, Hannah Beth Hunter of Jackson, 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral arrangements by Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, services will be Thursday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m. and visitation Wednesday, October 10th from 2-4 and 6-8. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of Eaton County or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

 

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Steven A. Hector

 

   Steven A. Hector, age 63 of Eaton Rapids died Sunday, December 16, 2007 at the University of Michigan Hospital following a courageous battle against Leukemia. Born October 25, 1944 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Ronald and Carol (Corbin) Hector. Steve was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters Degree from Michigan State University where he became an avid SMU sport fan. He served in the Marine Reserve during the Viet Nam War, but was not called up for active duty. A member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids, he served on several special committees as well as Chairman for Board of Trustees. Preceding him in death were his parents, Ron and Carol Hector.

   He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jo Ann; 3 children, Thomas (Michelle) Hector of Eaton Rapids, Andrew (Sarah) Hector of Grandville, and Rebecca Hector of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Ashlea and Brendon Hector Katie, Joshua and Jacob Hector; 2 brothers, Gary (Ava) Hector of Springport, Danny (Wendy) Hector of Eaton Rapids; sister, Carolyn (Jim) Eaton of Eaton Rapids; half-sisters and brothers, Jean Jackson, Joyce (Herb) Signor, Don (Chris) Hector and Barry Hector; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, December 20th at 11:00 a.m. from the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. John Metcalf and Rev. Steven Klink co-officiating. Burial will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to either the Eaton Community Hospice or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan in memory of Steven Hector.

 

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George Dean Hedges

 

   George Dean Hedges of Jackson, age 70, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2007 in Jackson. George was born March 4, 1937 in Jackson, MI, the son of Milledge Bertrum and Kitty (Albright) Hedges. He retired in 2002 from the Eaton Corporation after 43 years of service. George was a member of the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club and showed dogs for over 14 years. He was an avid hunter and a “Mr. Fixit”. Preceded in death by his son, Michael Allen, and sister, Myrtle Jane Kilburn.

   George is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lyrna (Mercer) Hedges of Jackson; son, Patrick Hedges of Colorado; daughter, Laura (Karl) Linsday; grandchildren, Jessica and Cody Linsday; sister, Katherine Hobbins of Onondaga; and many nieces & nephews.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the charity of your choice in memory of George Hedges. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Earl F. Heintz

 

   Earl F. Heintz, 77, of Eaton Rapids died Friday, Nov. 23 in Lansing. Earl was born Dec. 4, 1929, the son of John and Dora (Canfield) Heintz.

   Earl was a veteran serving in the Army, a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion Harold Teeter Post #15. He retired as a millwright for General Motors in the Oldsmobile Division with over 40 years of service and was a member of the U.A.W. local #652. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Lansing and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #3552. Earl was a faithful Detroit Lions fan, enjoyed bowling, golfing, was an avid hunter and fisherman as well as a member of the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club. Earl was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenneth.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred; six children, Terrell Heintz of Eaton Rapids, Annette (Mert) Spayd of Eaton Rapids, Jeffrey (Doreen) Heintz of Eaton Rapids, Debra (Brian) Waters of Eaton Rapids, Stephanie (Dan) Wright of Eaton Rapids and Susan (Donald) Root of Mulligan; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean Heintz Of Grand Junction, Colo. and Merton (Beverly) Heintz of Jackson; one sister, Doris (Albert) Ferrier of Lansing and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society or National Kidney Foundation in memory of Earl Heintz.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronald Heinze

 

   Ronald Lee Heinze, 76 of Portland, formerly of Potterville, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Mr. Heinze was born in Ingham County, the son of Edward and Opal (Bashore) Heinze.

   He had been the owner of Heinze TV Sales & Service in Potterville for 50 years; known to many by his CB handle, "Electron Ron." He had been a member of the Potterville Chamber of Commerce, and the Eaton Area Senior Center in Charlotte. He loved the fishing and camping outings with his family and always believed in and practiced the Golden Rule.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty (Roan) Heinze; second wife, Marilyn (Patterson) Heinze; and sister, Phyllis Barrett.

   He is survived by his children, Mike (Patty) Heinze of Potterville, Kathy DeGroot of Wolverine, Mark (Marsha) Heinze of Lynnwood, WA and Jeffrey Heinze of Potterville; grandchildren, Chad (Emily) White, Lisa (James) Whitten, Kristen (Bryan) Terry, Travis (Dawn) Heinze, Sara Heinze, Nicole Heinze, Tara (Luke) Harris, Trisha Caterino, Trever Heinze and Derek Willett; 16 great-grandchildren and life companion, Mona Rose.

   Funeral services were held July 15, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Duane Willett officiating. Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Area Senior Center. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Trever Heinze

 

   Trever J. Heinze, 22, of Potterville, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Trever was born on Nov. 21, 1984 in Lansing, the son of Mike Heinze and Patty Heinze.

   Trever was an avid outdoorsman and a traditional archer.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ronald and Betty Heinze, Minnie Sommer and Edward Sommer.

   He is survived by his daughter, Mackenzie Hart-Heinze; parents, Mike (Patty Willett) Heinze and Patty (Sommer) Heinze of Potterville; his sisters, Tara (Luke) Harris, Trisha Caterino and step-brother, Derek Willett; nieces, Gabrielle, Valerie, Aurora and nephews, Lucas and Cole; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Trever is also survived by Mackenzie's mother, Joanna Hart and close friend Lisa Smith.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 7, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Elder Mel Crowley officiating. Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

If desired memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for Trever's daughter Mackenzie.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Edith Heiser

 

   Edith Marie Heiser, 103, of Bellevue, died May 2, 2007 at the Laurels of Bedford. She was born December 26, 1903, the daughter of Edward and Daisey (Ferrell) Semer in Van Wert county, Ohio.

   Edith was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church and it's Debra Circle, the Young at Heart Club and the Historical Society.

   Edith was preceded in death by her husbands, Alton Hall in 1971 and Oris Heiser in 1977.

   She is survived by her son Robert B. Hall of Battle Creek; daughter, Donna J. Wilson of Indianapolis, Indiana; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services took place May 7 at the funeral home. Interment was at Kalamo Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Henderson

 

   Douglas Frank Henderson, age 79, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Monday, June 4, 2007 in Lansing. Doulas was born September 25, 1927 in Lansing, the son of Glen and Millicent (Uphold) Henderson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. Douglas retired from Centrifugal Fusing in 1982 after 38 years of service and enjoyed working for 20 more years with Rapids Tool & Engineering.

   Preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis (Merlington) Henderson; son, Larry Henderson; great grandson, Zane Gardner; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters, Doug is survived by his wife of 28 ½ years, Delphine “Buffy” (Stewart); son, Darrell “Kirk” (Barbara) Henderson of Marshall; daughter, Judith Gibson of Eaton Rapids; daughter-in-law, Lorene (Payne) Henderson of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren, Lori (Chad) Jones, Sheila (Bill) Poland, Lynette (Todd) Gardner, Tony (Kate) Henderson, Sandra Henderson Brewbaker, Nick (Anita) Henderson, Andrew (Andrea) Henderson, Kimerly Morgan, Adam Henderson, Shannon (Mark) Martin, Josh (Akemi) Struble, Caitlin Gibson; 212 great grandchildren; sister, Dawn (Thomas) Beachnau of Lansing; sister-in-law, Freda Henderson of Berrien Springs; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, June 7, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First Lutheran Church of Charlotte. www.shellyodell.com.

 

Richard Henline

 

   Richard Earl “Dick” Henline, 76, of Avon Park, FL, formerly of Vermontville, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. Mr. Henline was born May 11, 1931 in Battle Creek, the son of Ralph and May Henline.

   Richard retired from Olfson Tool and Die Corp. in Lansing. He had also worked for the Eaton County Sheriff Department, Charlotte Police Department, and had been a volunteer on the Charlotte Fire Department for several years.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and May Henline.

   He is survived by his wife, Marylin Henline of Avon Park, FL; brother, Harold Henline of Three Rivers; son, Gary (Anita) Henline of Charlotte; daughter, Cindy (Lloyd) Helder of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Susan (Scott) Cuttle of Charlotte, Kristy (AJ) Henline-Steele of Eaton Rapids, Dr. Timothy (Holly) Helder of Gowen, Debra (Jeffery) Saad of Chicago; seven great grandchildren, Alexzander and Zachary Cuttle, Jersey Steele, Avery and Nicholas, Jackson and Mari.

   A service was held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek on Nov. 15, 2007. He was laid to rest with full Military Honors.

 

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Catherine Ann Henry

 

   Catherine Ann Henry, born in Ingham County July 7, 1931, passed away April 13, in Zephyrhills, Fla. at the age of 75.

   She was a member of the Harrison V.F.W. Post 1075, Ladies Auxiliary and Michigan Travel Trailer Club (MTTC), enjoyed traveling with her fifth wheel and going to Florida.

   She was predeceased by her sons, Mike and Joe Henry; and grandson, David and Craig Henry and Travis Mishler.

   Surviving are her husband of 60 years, William M.; daughter, Jennie A. (Mark) Mishler of Charlotte; grandchildren, Andy Mishler, Jarrod Henry and Katy Henry; brothers, Louie (Trish) Hunt of Anitoch, Tenn., and Robert (Sherrie) Hunt of Potterville; sister, Joyce (Tom) Geyer of Marion.

   Services were held April 20 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Rev. Rebecca K. Morrison of Potterville First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Benton Township Cemetery.

   Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruth Arlene Higbie

 

   Ruth Arlene Higbie, age 80 of Eaton Rapids passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Friday July 6, 2007. Born March 22, 1927 Ruth was a lifelong resident of Eaton Rapids. She married Robert Randall Higbie on June 21, 1945 and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene. Preceded in death by her mother Doris (Jones) Smart and father Edward Smart; sisters, Evelyn Brazill, Ellen Reasoner, Norma Satterlee, Betty Marquardt.

   Her life revolved around her husband of 62 years and her five daughters, Sonja (John) Oatley of Lansing, Claudia (Dwight) Payne of SC, Nanette Doxsie (Terry Ranshaw) of Charlotte, MI, Theresa (Phil) Treadwell of Flushing, MI, Sherrel (Kevin) Crawley of Davidson, MI; 13 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; three sisters, Vera (Tom) Belen of Westphalia, MI, Helen (Jim) Harris of Schwartz Creek, Leota (Bob) Strobel of Eaton Rapids. Two brothers, David (Martha) Smart of Holt, Robert (Rosie) Smart of The Villages, FL.

   Funeral services will be today, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. from the Church of the Nazarene at 2225 S. Michigan Rd. Eaton Rapids. Visitation was held at the church Monday evening from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene. For online condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Robert Hillard

 

   Robert J. Hillard, 47, of Lansing, passed away after losing his battle with leukemia on June 28, 2007. Robert was born July 5, 1959, the son of Thomas and Leona (Disbrow) Hillard.

   He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School and Michigan State University. Robert was the Food Service Manager at Otto Middle School and was a member of Riverview Community Church. He loved to read.

   Surviving are his wife, Brenda (Young), married in Grand Rapids in 1983; three children, Lindsey of Jackson, Kelli and Eric of Lansing; his father, Thomas (Brenda) Hillard of Lansing; mother, Leona (Bob) Barker of Eaton Rapids; two brothers, Everett and William; three sisters, Janice Lambrix, Jeri Garcia, and Erin Hillard; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, and interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Aurelius.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to American Cancer Society or Ingham Hospice in memory of Robert Hillard.

 

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Robert Allen Hipps, I

 

   Robert (Bob) Hipps, age 76, of Radford, VA, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22 in Lansing. Robert was born July 13, 1931 in Morganton, NC.

   Bob was a retired electrical engineer from Kollmorgen Corporation in Radford, VA and formerly of Eaton Stamping in Eaton Rapids. His education included a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology. He was a distinguished Korean War Veteran, serving with both the United States Navy at the NATO Support Headquarters in Naples, Italy, and with the Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force.

   Preceded in death by four brothers and one sister, he is survived by two daughters, Teresa (Timothy) Miller of Potterville and Angela (Carl Towne) Hipps of New Hudson; two sons, Bob (Doris) Hipps II of Eaton Rapids and James Hipps of FL; four grandchildren, Kristopher Miller, Amy Hipps, Allen Hipps III, Carrieann Towne; one great grandson, Jason Miller; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Bonnie Alexander.

   Memorial services were held Monday, Nov. 26 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the NASCAR Foundation – Victory Junction Gang Camp in memory of Bob Hipps. Life is a gift, that’s why it is called “the present.”

 

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William Franklin “Bill” Hoag Sr.

 

   William Franklin “Bill” Hoag Sr., 79, a lifelong resident of Springport, passed away Tuesday, February 20, at his home surrounde4d by his loving family. Bill was born June 9, 1927 to William Alonzo and Velma (Myers) Hoag and was the oldest of their seven sons. Bill graduated from Springport High School in 1944 and went to work for Lonergan’s in Albion. In 1945 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, staying on active duty until the end of WWII and inactive duty until 1953 teaching basic engineering for the U.S. Naval Reserves in Jackson. Bill worked at McGraw-Edison in Albion as the Technical Service Supervisor until 1967 when he left to begin his own business, Hoag Enterprises. Bill served as Clarence Township Trustee from 1974 – 2000. He was a member of the Adams  Rockey VFW Post #6056 and a very active member of Springport United Methodist Church. Bill was a real people person who enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and especially music. At home on leave from the Navy on August 29, 1945, he married his sweetheart, Thelma Marie Slone, who survives him. Theirs was a lifetime love, enjoying over 61 years together.

   Along with his wife, Bill was blessed with three children; sons William F. (Connie) Hoag Jr. of Springport, Daniel H. (Nancy) Hoag of Clearwater FL and a daughter, Velma Sue “Suzi” (Charles) Merritt, also of Springport. Also grandsons William F. “Billy” (Becky) Hoag III and Charles E. “Chuck” Merritt Jr. of Springport; granddaughters, Wendy L. Hoag of Newport Richey FL, Lori Beth “Steve” Calandro of Eaton Rapids, Jenny Scavelli of Safety Harbor, FL and Carisa Marie (Casey) Rawson of Albion; great grandchildren, Tricia, Katie and Sammy Hoag of Springport, Cole Scavelli, FL, and Jude Rawson; three brothers, Jerry (Kay) Hoag, Richard (Joan) Hoag and Gene (Marion) Hoag, all of Springport; sister-in-law Yvonne Hoag of Lake Odessa and many loving nieces, nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Carl, Wayne and John Hoag and father and mother-in-law, Tracy and Sulla Clifton.

   A Funeral Service was held February 23, at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, with Pastor Diane Stone officiating. Interment followed at Clarence Center Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Springport United Methodist Church.

 

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Mark Hochstetler

 

   Mark Wayne Hochstetler, 28, died in a car accident and went to be with Jesus on July 2, 2007. He was born June 20, 1979 in Bremen, IN the son of Wilbur and Susie Hochstetler.

   He was a loving father and husband and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Manasses and Amelia (Bockholder) Hochstetler and Jerry and Emma (Eash) Hostetler and step-mother, Mary Ann Hochstetler.

   He is survived by his wife of seven years, Anna Rose; daughters, Jessica Lynnette, Karla Sharon and Erica Shannon; parents, Wilbur and Susie Hochstetler of Charlotte, MI; brothers, Alan (Sue) Hochstetler of Rome City, IN, James (Alberta) Hochstetler of Charlotte and Marlin (Katherine) Hochstetler of Charlotte; sisters, Judith Ann Hochstetler of Warsaw, IN, Suetta Hochstetler of Nappanee, IN, Emma Jean (Andy) Coblentz of Farwell, MI and Amelia (John) Overholt of Wellman, IA; parents-in-law, Joseph and Laura Overholt; seven sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law and 29 nephews and nieces.

   Funeral services were held July 5, 2007 at Bowne Mennonite Church in Clarksville with Pastor Lavern Swartz officiating. Interment was at Bowne Mennonite Cemetery in Clarksville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Mark Hochstetler Memorial Family Fund. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Isabel Hoge

 

   Isabel M. Hoge, 83, of Charlotte, died Sunday, July 29, 2007. Mrs. Hoge was born Nov. 22, 1923.

She is survived by her son, Craig Hoge of Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Capri and Marie Hoge of Grand Ledge.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Bryan Fred Hollandsworth

 

   Bryan Fred Hollandsworth, born Feb. 16, 1943, passed away April 13 in Englewood, Fla.

   He was a resident of Charlotte for 45 years and worked at General Motors.

   He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane; sons, Eric of Englewood, Fla., David, Northport, Fla.; Geff of Muskegon; grandchildren, Kyle, Chris, Sarah; brother, Wayne Hollandsworth of Florida; sister, Mary Hollandsworth Hewlett of Charlotte; and sister-in-law, Sandra Gonzer of New Baltimore, Mich.

   Arrangements were handled by the National Cremation Society, Port Charlotte, Fla.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold D. Hollicker

 

   Harold D. Hollicker, age 75 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Born January 3, 1932 in Eaton Rapids the son of Vern and Grace (Summers) Hollicker. Harold was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W. He retired from General Motors Oldsmobile Division as a truck driver and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652. Harold was a member of the Eaton Raids Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah Witnesses and was very supportive of local charities, including the Humane Society. Preceding him in death was his father, Vern.

   Harold is survived by cousins, Doris Adams, Mary Cluney and Donald Bunnell; close relatives, Denise Adams and June, special friends, Shirley Smith, Julia Gentile, Sally Taylor, Janette Sibley and Richard Gulliver.

   Funeral services were held Monday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink, officiating. Burial followed with Military Honors at the Tompkins Cemetery in Tompkins Center. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Harold D. Hollicker. For online condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Harold “Harry” C. Holt

 

   Harold “Harry” C. Holt, age 74 of Dimondale and formerly of Shelbyville, TN died Saturday, May 26, 2007 at his residence following a terminal illness. Born October 15, 1932 in Medford, MA the son of Robert and Velma (Bedell) Holt. Mr. Holt served 10 years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he spent 5 years in the restaurant business in California, and retired after 28 years of service with American Airlines. Preceding him in death was his first wife,  Shirley.

   He is survived by his wife, Carol Marciniak-Holt of Dimondale; 4 sons, Randy (Sandy) Holt of Kiefer, OK, Jeff (Betty Jean) Holt of Anchorage, AK, Brian (Anna) Holt of Floresville, TX and Robin Holt of Shelbyville, TN; daughter, Kimberly (Mike) Marcoulier of Shelbyville, TN; 6 step-children, Carol (Jim) Miller, Mary (Steve) Groves, Annette Cyphert, Sal Marciniak, Lori (Claude) Saynes and Vivian (Everett) Hillard; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with grandson Rev. Brian Marcoulier, officiating. Family suggests for those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice Advantage at 801 S. Waverly Rd. Lansing, MI in memory of Harold C. Holt. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Merlin Holton Jr.

 

   Merlin J. Holton, Jr., 79, of Mesick, died Aug. 3, 2007 at Munson Hospital in Traverse City. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall in Charlotte.

 

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Henry Hoort

 

   Henry H. Hoort, Jr., of Lake Odessa, went to be with his Lord Wednesday June 13, 2007 in Ionia, MI at the age of 89. Henry was born September 17, 1917 in Ogilvie, MN, to Henry and Grace (Minnema) Hoort.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ethel, daughter-in-law Sharon Hoort, great grandson, Travis, Levi Hoort, sister, Alice, brother, Louis, August, Joe, Allard, Tuny and Anton.

   Surviving are his children, Sandra (Richard) Heyboer of Portland, Larry and Gerri Hoort of Sunfield, Randy of Lake Odessa; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren; brother, Calvin Hoor; brother-in-law, Edward Botts of Grand Rapids.

   Funeral services were held June 18, 2007 at the LeValley United Methodist Church in Ionia, MI with Rev. Peter Adams of the Grace United Reformed Church in Alto officiated.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   For more information and to express your thoughts and memories in the online Guestbook: www.Legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Ethan Hoover

 

   Ethan L. Hoover, 2 1/2 months, died April 9, 2007. Ethan was the infant son of Justin Hoover and Tabitha Rasmussen.

   He was preceded in death by his grandfathers; Karl Hoover, Sr., Bruce Rasmussen, Sr. and great grandmother, Gwenda Powers.

   He is survived by his parents; sister, Mollie Hoover; grandparents; Trudy and David Hummel and Natalie and Don Brocieus; great grand parents, Richard Powers, Carol and Ed Akin and Robert and Emily Rasmussen; many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

   A funeral service was held on April 14, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery.

   Visitation was held April 13, 2007 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

Gretchen Ann Holwig

 

   Gretchen Ann Holwig, age 83 formerly of Eaton Rapids and Livonia, Michigan died Saturday, May 26th, 2007 after a long respiratory illness. Born to Lloyd L. and Iva E. (Wilcox) Carr at Fort Dodge in Dodge City Kansas on August 9, 1923. Orphaned at the age of 11, she and her brothers, Bill, Bennie and Bruce Carr relocated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home in Eaton Rapids. After graduating from Eaton Rapids High School class of 1941 she attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine graduating in 1946 and returned to work at the VFW Hospital and the local Eaton Rapids Hospital. She met and married Guy M. Holwig of Brookfield Twp., Eaton Rapids on August 6, 1949. Her and Guy with their two children relocated to Livonia where she continued her 40 year career as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s Mercy and Garden City Hospitals where she managed the kidney dialysis units and worked in surgery. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Guy J. Holwig in 2001 with whom she enjoyed life to the fullest and experienced travels throughout the U.S., Canada, Hawaii, China and Amazon jungles of Venezuela. She and Guy were active in the Livonia Community as original founding members of the Livonia YMCA and team nurse for the Livonia Junior Athletic League along with her husband during his 16 year tenure as LJAL League President as well as members of the Livonia Elks Club. They both were avid outdoor enthusiasts enjoying snowmobiling, fishing and golfing as members of the Alpena Country Club. After retirement in 1986 they moved to their home on Beaver Lake, Michigan.

   Gretchen is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, William Martin C(Christine Carol) Holwig, Bennie Paul (Colleen Ann) of Livonia, her grandchildren, William Guy Holwig, Julie C. Potvin and Michael E. Potvin. She was deeply loved by many friends and family and she will be missed by all of us.

   Funeral services will be held at the Skinner Funeral Home at 315 S. River Street, Eaton Rapids, MI. Visitation will be Wednesday May 30 from 2-4 and 6-8. Funeral services will be Thursday May 31 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Gertrude M. Hopcraft

 

   Gertrude M. Hopcraft of Onondaga, age 93, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2007 in Jackson. Gertrude was born September 2, 1914 in Springport, MI, the daughter of Gerald and Maude (Orrison) Osmun. She was a member of the Parma Rebekah Lodge #430, a 4-H leader for many years, and a member of the neighborhood Cackle Club. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Hopcraft in 1992 and son, Jim Hopcraft in 2004.

   She is survived by 2 daughters, Sharlene Hopcraft and Mary Ellen (Frank) Andrews, all of Springport; son, Jerry (Carolyn) Hopcraft of Springport; 9 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 2 great-great granddaughters; sister, Minnie LaVerne Nicols of Jackson; sister-in-law, Ruth Cockroft of Springport; and 1 niece and 1 nephew.

   Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Tompkins Cemetery, Jackson County.

 

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Harold Horn

 

   Harold P. Horn, 87, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids after a short illness.

   He was born Oct. 31, 1919 in Carmel Township, the son of Paul and Minnie (Zook) Horn and had lived most of his life in Eaton County. He was a graduate of Charlotte High School, had served in the U.S. Navy during WWI and was a life member of the Maple City Post #2406 VFW in Charlotte. He had been employed as an electrician for General Motors in Lansing, retiring in 1981 after 30 years of service.

   Surviving are: his daughter, Shirley A. (Dale) Hice, of Hastings; three grandchildren, Danyle (Jonathan) Schiefla, Dannette Hice and Derek Hice and one great-grandson, Tanner Schiefla.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Esther Mae (Jaaquette) Horn in 1999.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may go to the charity of one’s choice.

 

                                   

Carey Hosey

 

   Carey L. Hosey, 40, of Mesa, Arizona, has died. Mr. Hosey was born November 5, 1966 in Charlotte, Michigan the son of Myron and Ida (Byrd) Hosey.

   Mr. Hosey was a painter who enjoyed golf, fishing and sports. His children were the pride of his life.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Myron in 1983; mother, Ida in 1988; and sister Donna Kay Hosey in 1997.

   He is survived by his daughters, Jamee LeAnn Hosey of Florida and Ida Lee Hosey of Belding; and son, Myron Patrick Carey Hosey of Belding; sisters, Kandy Eldred, Jodie (Pat) Malloy and Marion Galante; brother, Patrick Hosey and several nephews and nieces. Funeral Services were held 10:30 a.m. April 21, 2007, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Travis Nightengale officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Carey's children.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Ron Howard

 

   Ron "Howie" Howard, 54, passed away peacefully after a long illness in New Orleans, La., on Sept. 12, 2007. Ron was born on July 22, 1953 in South Bend, IN, and lived most of his life in Charlotte.

   Ron will be sadly and forever missed by his family and friends.

   Surviving are his father, Richard Howard; mother, Patricia Rinck (Bill); daughter, Holly Brzycki (Jeremy); grandson, Alex Brzycki; son, Devrin Beebe; brothers, Reg Howard (Lanai), Randy Howard (Sandy); sisters, Cheryl Bolt (Tom), Kathy Verhage (Todd); eight step-brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held at the Vermontville Bible Church on Sept. 22, 2007.

 

                                   

 

 

Neil Hudson

 

   Neil Hudson, 85, of Charlotte, formerly of Jackson, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007. Mr. Hudson was born in Saginaw, the son of Kenneth Hudson and Pam Brown.

   He is survived by his son, Glenn (Delores) Hudson of Martin, Tenn.; son, Bryan Hudson of Michigan Center; and daughter, Beverly (Dr. Robert) Hudson-Schneider of Paris, Texas.

   There will be private family services at a later date.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Betty Hughes

 

   Betty M. Hughes, 76, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 19, 2007 in Lansing. Mrs. Hughes was born Jan. 14, 1931 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of John and Julia (Sheffler) Wright and had been a Charlotte resident for 20 years.

   She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Hughes in 1993.

   Survivors include, two daughters, Linda (Willard) Michaud of Charlotte and Vicki (David) Motsinger of Grass Lake, MI; one son, Frank (Cindy) Hughes of Manitou Beach, MI; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Ann Dunkley of Dexter, MI, Joan Deplanty of Holt, MI and Judy Metty of Belleville, MI.

   Memorial Services were held June 23, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Melinda Halom officiating. Interment of cremains was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Diabetes Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Rita Lucile Hunting

 

   Rita Lucile Hunting, 77, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Kennesaw, Ga., passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 in Lansing. Rita was born Aug. 7, 1929 in Detroit, the daughter of Fred and Rose (Simond) Chauvin.

   She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joe Hunting; three sons, Greg Hunting of West Bloomfield, Keith Hunting of Grand Rapids and Douglas Hunting of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Eric and Sarah Hunting and Michelle, Nicolle, Abbie and Holly Hunting; three sisters, Cora Carmichael of Farmington Hills, Marcella Dyck of Port Richey, Fla. and Janet (Frank) Cosens of Loudon, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity or church of your choice in memory of Rita Hunting.

   Arrangements by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Lorena E. Huntoon-Lindahl

 

   Lorena E. Huntoon-Lindahl, nee: Spencer, 95, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at the Hayes-Green Beach Hospital. Mrs. Lindahl was born Sept. 18, 1911 in Pontiac, the daughter of Walter A. and Lodema (Beach) Spencer and had been a Charlotte resident since 1936.

   She was a graduate of Bellevue High School and the Battle Creek School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse having served as head surgical nurse at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, from where she retired in 1972 after 27 years of service. She was a member of the First Congregational Church UCC and its Blanch Moyer Circle, was a member of the Charlotte Business Women’s Guild, the GFWC-Charlotte, the Courthouse Square Association, had served as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and had been involved in many other activities in the community.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands, Almond B. Huntoon in 1955 and Carl Lindahl in 1983; daughter, Mariana M. Love/Towers and step-son, Raymond Lindahl.

   Surviving are three grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) Jackson of Sunfield, Michael (Jane) Love of Charlotte and Loren (Barbara) Love of Eagle; six great grandchildren; step-son, Charles (Patricia) Lindahl of Webster, NY; step-daughter, Dorthea Lewis of Edmond, OK; step-daughter-in-law, Bonnie Lindahl of San Francisco, CA; 10 step-grandchildren; numerous step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 17 at the First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested tot eh First Congregational Church UCC or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Ray Rondald Hutchings

 

   Ray Ronald Hutchings, age 64 passed away on July 31, 2007. He was born July 6, 1943 in Eaton Rapids and graduated there in 1961. Ray was a member of the Marine Rescues from 1961-1966. In his younger days Ray enjoyed playing pool at Pick’s Pool Hall in Eaton Rapids. He also enjoyed fishing, socializing, attending auctions, riding motorcycles, drawing, solving crossword puzzles and traveling. Some of Ray’s numerous occupations included: meat cutter, working for Warner-Swazy, John Bean and Century 21. He was a driver for Michigan National Bank and for Neighbor Care Pharmacy in Lansing. He also owned and operated a camp ground in Ludington, MI. Ray was preceded in death by his parents Nelson and Hattie Hutchings who were known in the Eaton Rapids community for their future business (Hutchings Furniture Co.).

   Ray was a very gentle and caring individual who will be missed greatly by his family: sister, Beverly Hutchings, nieces Julie (Eugene) Sharp and Tami (Steve) Senger; great nephew, Phil Sharp; great nieces, Jessica Sharp and Alyssa Senger, as well as many friends from school, work and fellow neighbors.

   A memorial service is planned for Sunday August 19th at 2 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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James R. Isham

 

   James R. Isham of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Leslie, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, January 22, 2007 at the age of 56.

   He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Lisa, five children, Sarah Isham, Ellen (Chad) Ankney, Paul Orta, Melissa Orta, and Maria Orta, three grandchildren, Ethan Brodberg, Emily Hicks, Alex Ankney, mother, Noreen Isham, three brothers, Gene (Peggy), Russ (Char) and Dan (JoAnn) Isham, five sisters, Martha (Roger) Ott, Kathy (Fritz) Whitman, Ruth Thibault, Esther (Richard) Wilson, Becky (Ted) Sawyer, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie, and brother-in-law, David Thibault. Jim worked at Len Industry for 27 years, and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church.

   A service celebrating Jim’s life was held at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church on January 26, 2007 with Pastor Frank Klassen officiating. Interment followed at Walker Cemetery. For those how wish memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s or to the family.

 

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Darren Ives

 

   Darren Patrick Ives, 40, of El Cajon, Calif. died Monday, April 2, 2007 after a 20-year coma that was brought on by injuries sustained in a traffic accident. Mr. Ives was born April 4, 1966 the son of Michael and Lynda Ives.

   Darren served in the Marine Corp. Reserve at Marine Corp. Air Station Miramar, CA.

   He is survived by his mother, Lynda Ives of El Cajon, CA; father, Michael Ives of Lansing; brother, Shane Ives; sister, Kimberley Ives; brother, Jason Ives all of CA; grandparents, Jack (Betty) Johnson of Charlotte; and grandmother, Phyllis Ives of Lansing.

   The Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. April 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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LaDonna Ives

 

   LaDonna M. Ives, 85, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. Mrs. Ives was born Sept. 3, 1922 in Eaton County, the daughter of Elmer and Luella (Schaffer) Stacey.

   Mrs. Ives was very involved in her community, she was a part of the Northside Mothers Club, an active member of Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church as a member and in the Women’s Auxiliary, a Campfire Leader, she was on the Butternut Creek Residence Council, a member of the American Business Women’s Association and a part of the Charlotte Business Women’s.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred “Bill” Ives.

   She is survived by her daughters, Joyce (Charles) Porter of Mecosta, MI and Janice Miller of Mason; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; brother, Herbert (Gladys) Stacey.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 15, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Karen Wheat officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, MI. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church Bus Fund or the American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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James Houston Ivey III

 

   James Houston Ivey III of East Lansing, MI, age 70, died April 16, 2007. He was born August 9, 1936 in Troy, AL to James H. Ivey, Jr. and Ida Glover Cross. Jim was my lover, best friend, comforter in times of trouble. He was a true intellect and gentleman. He was respected by all who knew him for his integrity, compassion and humor. He enjoyed reading and swimming.

   He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Joena; daughters, Elizabeth Bland Ivey Piper, Kimberly Jean Ivey, Adrienne Simone Ivey; sons, James Houston Ivey IV; step-daughter, Philena Beth Foote Norton; step-son, Richard John Smith; grandchildren, Joshua Ivey, Ashleigh Hampton, Courtney Ivey, Katelyn Ivey and Matthew John Norton; sister, Mary Jean Simmons.

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 20, at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Avenue, East Lansing with the Rev. Albert Simmons, officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to their favorite charity in memory of Mr. Ivey.

 

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Marion Louise Jackson

 

   Marion Louise (Charboneau) Jackson, born August 4, 1940 in Centerline, MI died May 22, 2007 in Charlotte, at the home of her sister after a brave fight with scleroderma and pulmonary hypertension.

   Marion moved to Fairbanks, AK in 1968 and worked for the Culinary Union in several restaurants and bars. She met her husband and best friend, Jack Jackson, in 1972. They married and moved from Fairbanks, AK to Central, AK in 1976, where they lived until Jack died in 1997. Marion moved back to Fairbanks shortly after that time to be closer to friends and family after spending a winter in Cheboygan with her sister, Carol Soumis.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Jackson; her parents, Leon, Lillian and Toni (step-mother) Charboneau; brother, Donald Charboneau; sister, Carol Soumis; and brother-in-law, Dennis Hawkes.

   She is survived by brothers, Harvey (Delores) and Ralph (Sherran) Charboneau, both of Cheboygan; sisters, Gayle Hawkes of Cheboygan and Janice (Gary) Shall of Charlotte; step-son, Kirk (Thursha) Jackson of Fairbanks, AK; step-daughter, Kim Steiks of Ninnilchek, AK; three grandsons, Garrett and Jake Jackson and Ian McArdle; and she was the favorite aunt to many nieces and nephews.

   Marion requested no services. Donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Ruth Janousek

 

   Ruth Ione Janousek, 96, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. Mrs. Janousek was born Aug. 7, 1911 in Vermontville, the daughter of Fred and Esther (Cairns) Briggs.

   Ruth grew up in the Vermontville area and married Austin Janousek Feb. 17, 1934. Together they owned and operated Janousekís Service Station in Vermontville. Mrs. Janousek was one of the founders of the Maple Valley Riding Club in the mid-forties. She enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses. Mrs. Janousek was a member of the Dirty Dozen Card Club and her neighborhood Birthday Club. Following the death of her husband in 1965, Ruth went to work for the State of Michigan, Income Tax Division until her retirement in 1976.

   She was preceded in death her husband Austin and two sons, Douglas and Darrell.

   She is survived by her daughters, Rosella "Suzie" (Larry) Schulze, Dawn Jones, Darlene (Stanley) Hosey; son, Terry Janousek; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 13, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

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

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

Leona Jobin

 

   Leona (Sigler) Jobin, 98, formerly of River Rouge, passed away on Dec. 14.

   Leona was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Jobin, the loving mother of Eleanor (the late Dewain Vallie, Sr.), Bernadette (James) and the late Dorothy and Raymond.

   Also surviving are Reg Smith, Doris Jobin, 23 grandchildren and their children.

   Send memorials to the Capuchian Soup Kitchen, Detroit or to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Bellevue.

 

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Josephine Johnson

 

   Josephine "Jo" Johnson, of Charlotte, passed away quietly on April 26, 2007, shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday with her family. Born the second daughter of Lew and Alice Richard in Grand Ledge, Michigan on March 14, 1907.

   Josephine attended Grand Ledge schools and Albion College where she met her husband, Darrel E. Johnson. They were married in 1929 and settled in Charlotte, carrying on the family business, L. L. Johnson Lumber Mfg. Co., a hardwood lumber manufacturing and distribution company that continues to operate today under family direction. She was always civically active, as a Cub Scout leader, volunteered for the American Red Cross, American Cancer society, member of the Charlotte Women's Club (GFWC), Eaton County Historical Society, Olivet College Auxiliary Board, Michigan Week committee, and The First Congregational Church, receiving many recognitions for her leadership roles.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrel E. Johnson, a brother and two sisters.

   She is survived by three sons, Richard D. (Donna) Johnson, Robert W. (Marian) Johnson and Edward L. (Ingrid) Johnson; eleven grandchildren; twenty nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were 2 p.m. April 28, 2007 at the First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Congregational Church Capital Campaign. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home and at the Church. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Noveda Jones

 

   On Jan. 16, 2007, Noveda Jones (Wood), much beloved family matriarch, left this world and is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and is reunited with her loving husband, the late Orval Jones. 

   Noveda was born on April 20, 1912 in Michigan, to parents Burr and Ruth Wood. Her sweet smile and loving spirit were a great blessing to her family and friends, and to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She loved in deed, not just in word. She was tireless in her efforts to give of her time and her wisdom. Noveda loved to crochet, and to bless others with the works of her hands. Fiercely independent to the end, she could be ever so gentle, or ever so strong, as need be. No one better emulated the “Virtuous Woman,” spoken of in Proverbs chapter 31, summed up in verse 29: “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Her presence will forever be greatly missed by her loving family. 

   Noveda was preceded in death by her husband Orval; her daughter, Ilene; sisters, Phyllis Richardson, Oral Pruden; brothers, Lewis, Leon and Victor Wood. 

   She is survived by her daughter, Vada (Merl) Kenney and her son, Erwin Jones; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 24 great great grandchildren; sisters, Feleniece Miller, Genevieve Eno and Joan Jones; many nephews and nieces; special friends, Apostle Francis and Valerie Odai and family of Ghana, West Africa. 

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Terry LaDuke and Walter Miars officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Power Mission. Arrangements made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia Jones

 

   Virginia B. (Schragg) Jones, 86, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007. She was born Sept. 15, 1920 in Newton Township to Dora (Brenner) Schragg and John Schragg.

   Virginia grew up on a farm and attended the county school in Marshall. Virginia met and married Williams Jones on Jan. 27, 1940. Together they established their first farm in 1951 and raised their two children DeWayne and Garry. Lonnie, their third child, would come along 15 years later. Virginia worked along with Bill, farming, milking cows, driving tractor and, of course, raising three boys. Virginia and Bill moved to a farm in Olivet where they spent the remainder of their time farming, until Bill’s health became poor and they moved to a ranch home on Bellevue Highway in Olivet.

   Virginia was very active in her community as a 4-H leader, holding various offices. She joined the Extension Club and Dark Corners township chapter in Marshall in 1949 and spent many hours crafting, cooking and performing community service. She also belonged to the 25 Year Club for Post General Foods.

   Virginia and Bill enjoyed traveling together and were members of the Travel Trailer of America Club. They camped in many places throughout the country, often taking their youngest child, Lonnie with them. They had a cabin in the Upper Peninsula near Manistique where they enjoyed fishing and winter deer hunting. Virginia spent her winter retirement years with Bill in Brownsville, Texas until Bill’s failing health. Virginia remained active after Bill’s death in 1987. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-granddaughter. She loved feeding her family at family gatherings and trying new recipes out on everyone and simply spending time with all of her family. She visited her family’s churches at Pleasantview Family Church in Dowling and Charlotte Church of Christ.

   Virginia was the fifth of 12 children and was preceded in death by her husband, William Jones and by four brothers, Charles, William, Wayne and Johnny and three sisters, Neva, Beverly and Julia.

   Surviving are her brothers, Calvin, Melvin and Henry and sister, Geraldine Smith and sister-in-law, Genevieve Rathbun and children, DeWayne and Peggy Jones of Dowling, Garry Jones of Olivet and Lonnie and Julia Jones of Charlotte. Surviving are also are her nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor John Bailey officiating. Interment will be in Newton Township Cemetery in Calhoun County.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Dora Keller

 

   Dora I. “Dorie” Keeler, of Eaton Rapids, age 85,  passed away April 14, 2007 in Lansing. Dorie was born September 4, 1921 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the daughter of Roy and Irene Black.

   She was the first Pharmacy Tech at Sparrow Hospital and retired in 1985 after 33 years of service. Dorie was a member of the National Muzzle loading Association.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Keeler; and sister, Naomi Cotton.

   She is survived by her dearest friend and “sister” of 40-plus years, Beulah (Ron) Norris of Lansing and their family, Mike (Jackie) Allred of Crystal, Monte (Brenda) Allred of Greenville, Ronda (Dave) Norris of Stanton; brother-in-law, Jim Cotton of Kent, OH; numerous nieces, nephews and “little ones.”

   A funeral service was held April 17, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Ingham County. A special thanks toes out to her neighbors, friends and Meals On Wheels for all of their help.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Tri-County Meals On Wheels in memory of Dorie Keeler.

 

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Doris Kelley

 

   Doris Marjorie Kelley, 88, of Charlotte, MI, died Friday, April 20, 2007. Mrs. Kelley was born July 31,1918 in Eaton County, the daughter of Willard and Minnie (Ranney) Shaver.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Kelley; brothers, Merlin, Merton, Arlo, Dale, and Lloyd; sisters, Gladys and Ruby.

   Mrs. Kelley is survived by sons, Larry (Yvonne) Kelley and Randy (Debra) Kelley all of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, Kyle Kelley (Kelli), Teri (John) Price, Jennifer Wright (Sheldon), Travis Kelley (Stacy), Sean Kelley (Amanda), Amber (Marv) Argersinger, A.J. (Ali) Preston; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Verlin (Virginia) Shaver; sister, Mildred Griest; sisters-in-law Deloris Shaver and Merna Miller. A funeral service was held April 24, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI with Pastor Deano Lamphere officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Marshall Kelly

 

   Richard Marshall Kelly, 90, went home to be with his Lord on Nov. 28. He was born Dec, 13, 1916 in Charlotte, the son of Frank Max and Bessie (Loveland) Kelly.

   Richard (Dick) attended Charlotte High School, graduating in 1936. There, he participated in wrestling, boxing, basketball, baseball and varsity football. He received "All State and All Conference" honors in football in 1936. Dick was an avid outdoorsman, having enjoyed fishing and hunting since he was a teenager. He hunted in Newfoundland bagging three moose and successfully hunted bull elk and mule deer in Idaho and antelope in Montana. He also enjoyed pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

   Dick married the love of his life, Verna Thuma in 1940. He was a devoted husband and father, working their 80 acre farm at Duck Lake while also working for Eaton Corporation in Battle Creek, until retiring in 1975.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Verna in 2004; his daughter, Norma (Kelly) Smith in 1986; his parents; three brothers, Frank, Jr., Elwood, Jack and one sister, Esther Gould.

   Surviving are his sons, Larry of Jackson, Rick (Denise) of Victoria, Texas; daughter, Sharyn (Jim) Eaton of Duck Lake; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Kate (Ed) Priesman of Bellevue; sisters-in-law Audrey Kelly of Bellevue, Arlene Towns of Jackson, Betty Thuma of Eaton Rapids and special friend, Grace Pierce.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 3 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris May Kimmel

 

   Doris May Kimmel, age 80, passed away March 20, 2007 at her residence in Sahuarita, Arizona. She was born in 1926 in London, England one of 13 children born to Albert and Rose Dunn. She was formerly of Eaton Rapids and Lake Odessa and had lived in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area for the past 18 years. She moved to the United States in 1946 as a war bride to James Squires, who preceded her in death in 1951. Doris was a longtime resident of Michigan, working as a Secretary for the Eaton Rapids High School for more than 20 years. She married Bob Kimmel in 1967and spent winters in Arizona until becoming a full-time resident in 1989. Doris enjoyed her family, bowling and knitting. Preceding her in death were her husband Bob Kimmel in 1988.

   She is survived by her children; Kathy Squires, Steve (Nadine) Squires and Judy Squires; step-children, Stan (Sue) Kimmel, Dick (Sharon) Kimmel, Harold Kimmel and Pat Hearld; 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink, officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service time. Burial of cremains will take place at a later date in Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulligan next to her husband Bob. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Odyssey Hospice, the American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.

 

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Ava Annette Kirby

 

   Ava Annette Kirby, died April 30, 2007 in Charlotte.

   Ava was the daughter of Corey Kirby and Monica Rundle.

   She is survived by her parents; sister, Imogyn; brother, Ethan and sister, Emma; grandparents, Joe and Dawn Copeland and Jerry (Annette) Hennessy.

   Funeral services were held May 3 with Pastor Kurt "K.C." Crandell, II officiating. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

George Kirchmeier

 

   George Kirchmeier, 77 of Charlotte, passed away Friday, April 6, 2007, at home with the loving and special care from his family and hospice. George was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Webster, SD, the son of John and Lena (Meyer) Kirchmeier.

   He was in the Army and came home on leave with Mavin C. Henrys, Jr. to Lansing, where he met the love of his life, and soon married Patricia Lou Henrys in 1950. They had six children.

   George was a millwright for General Motors and retired after 40 years in 1992. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, his family, and grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by daughters, Deborah Sue and Mary Magdalene Battin; several brothers and sisters, and his parents.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Kirchmeier; children, Kathleen (Jim) Sandusky of Albion, Janean (Ted) Brumbaugh of Lansing, Kevin Kirchmeier of Albion, and Patrick Kirchmeier of Charlotte; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Esther) Kirchmeier of Vista, CA and a sister Loretta from Webster, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 11 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Chaplain Ron Hutson officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Anna Kiss

 

   Anna Kiss (Heinze), 52, of Polk City, FL, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2007.

   Anna was a survivor of life and is now in perfect peace with her Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. Her bright smile and candid humor will be missed.

 

                                   

 

 

Rodney Klink

 

    Rodney William Klink, 51, a longtime resident of Eaton Rapids, passed away peacefully this day in the year of our Lord, Aug. 21, 2007. Words cannot express the sadness and joy that comes with saying goodbye to this father, brother, and friend to all who had the privilege of making his acquaintance. Sadness in saying goodbye and never again being able to sit and talk on a quiet summers night. Joy in knowing that the commitment he made in giving his life to the one who is able to save, will indeed give him an eternal peace that “will pass all understanding.”

   Rodney was an excellent athlete who truly loved playing the sport of baseball and softball. This talent was seen at an early age with his being elected to the Little League Hall of Fame in Georgia in 1968. Rodney’s love of playing ball continued throughout the years playing in various softball leagues in the Eaton Rapids area with both family and friends. Those that had the pleasure of playing with Rodney will always be able to reflect and think on what a great player he was, but also on what a wonderful example he was for sportsmanship to those he was in opposition. If you did not have the pleasure of playing ball with Rodney, you surely must have been a partaker in his profession of cooking.

   For many years, Rodney could be found early in the morning cooking and serving to many of the Eaton Rapids residents at various eating establishments throughout the area. Having been a partaker of Rodney’s cooking, he was always eager to inform that he had “added something new to the menu!” It was all good. Not only did he serve in the kitchen, he also served others when he started his own painting business a number of years ago. One could always be assured that if you hired Rodney to paint you were going to get a fair price and was going to be done to the best of his ability. Rodney’s life was a life exemplary of service to others in all that he did. His life of humility and kindness would be a hard act to follow.

   He is survived by one daughter, Frankie Lynn Reynolds of Eaton Rapids; step-mother, Rose Klink of Lansing; brothers and sisters, Sherry King of Eaton Rapids, Michael (Beth) Klink of Middletown CT, Randy Klink of Eaton Rapids; step-brothers and sisters, Darrell Garnsay of Narrow Lake, Dorothy Garnsay of Eaton Rapids, Jason (Amy) Garnsay of Eaton Rapids, Bud Garnsay of Enid, OK, Curt (Linda) Garnsay of Nashville, TN; and several nieces & nephews.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 at the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids.

   In closing, Rodney’s family would like to express their deep and heartfelt thanks to all who helped giving of their time and effort during his brief, but devastating illness. It is hard to fathom what the family would have done without the unselfish love and concern given to one who only cared about doing for others. A special thanks goes out to one young woman that brought an enormous amount of joy to Rodney these past years. That woman is his daughter, Frankie. If Rodney were able to write one final goodbye to anyone, it would be to Frankie. So Frankie, this writer, based on past conversations with Rodney, wants you to know that your father says goodbye to you and he loves you with an eternal love. He thanks you for doing the very best that you could in his time of need and only hopes the best for you. You were, and are, the love of his life.

   Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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William Klink

 

   William Charles Klink, age 72, of Lansing, died Sunday, February 25, 2007 in Lansing.  William was born October 23, 1934 in Eaton Rapids, the son of John Luman and Luella Ann (Spalding) Klink. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving in both the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam. Bill worked as both an aircraft mechanic and a farmer.

   Preceded in death by his brother, Robert, he is survived by his wife, Rose (Thornton) Klink children, Sheryl Lynn King, Rodney William Klink both of Eaton Rapids, Michael Charles (Beth) Klink of Middletown, CT, Randall Gene Klink, Dorothy Whiting, Darrell Garnsay, Jason (Amy) Garnsay, all of Eaton Rapids, Gary “Bud” Garnsay of MS, Curt (Linda) Garnsay of TN; 14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brother, David (Donna) Klink of Lansing; 2 sisters, Elizabeth (Richard) Wright of Mason, Edith (Jim) Zeitz of Stockbridge; sister-in-law, Carolyn Klink of TX and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Feb. 28, 2007, at the Community Christian Church, 317 W. Knight Street, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. A luncheon followed at the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Geraldine Knapp

 

   Geraldine Knapp, 96, of East Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Lansing after a long and fruitful life. Geraldine was born Sept. 27, 1911 in Windsor Township.

   She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School as Valedictorian in 1929. With honors, she earned her AB degree from Albion College in English, French and Speech. She was involved in the East Lansing Child Study Club as treasurer and president, Women of People’s Church as president and treasurer of her Circle, University Club and Faculty Folk of MSU as treasurer. Gerry will be remembered for her loving and kind ways and her thoughtfulness.

   Preceded in death by her husband, Gerald (Gerry) Knapp on January 28, 1993, she is survived by her two daughters, Linda Schnake and Willa (Norm) Kersten; grandchildren, David (Michele) Schnake, Joy (J Edward) Knowles, Lisa (John) O’Keefe, Steve (Carolyn) Kersten; and 13 great grandchildren.

   A memorial service was held at the family home on Dec 2. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the People’s Church Endowment Fund.

 

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Joyce Knoll

 

   Joyce Ann Knoll, 68, of Bellevue, died Nov. 15, 2007 at Select Specialty Hospital in Battle Creek. She was born July 18, 1939, the daughter of Leon and Sarah (Stine) Cook in Kalamo.

Joyce worked at A. E. Hoover Universal in Charlotte as a painter for 22 years and then worked at Flex-N-Gate as a machine operator for 10 years, retiring in 2001. Joyce enjoyed all holidays, but especially Halloween; she enjoyed working in the garden and in her yard; she also liked drawing and oil painting. She also enjoyed garage sales, antiques, traveling, sailing and hunting and fishing.

   Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Dawn Hayes; granddaughter, Amy Jo Bursley; stepsons, Tim Knoll and Norman Knoll and three brothers.

   She is survived by her children, Terrie (Ike) Bursley of Bellevue, Candy Carroll of Hastings, Philip Mead of Mancelona and Thomas (Shannon) Mead of Battle Creek; step daughter, Debbie Armstrong of Sun City, California; step sons, Lowell Knoll of Ogden, Utah, Richard Knoll of Mesa, Arizona; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Gerald) Augustine of Marshall and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves a special friend, Charles Barry of Bellevue.

   Interment at a later date at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may go to the American Lung Association.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Ada Rogers Kottkamp

 

   Ada Letha Rogers Kottkamp passed away April 29, 2007 surrounded by her family at her residence in Lake Odessa, at the age of 89. She was born March 13, 1918, daughter of Harvey and Bertha (Clark) Snyder.

   Ada was a member of the Sunfield United Methodist Church. She loved to fish and especially loved Ice fishing.

   She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husbands, Clifford Rogers, and Fred Kottkamp; three brothers, Clare, Murel, and Ralph Snyder; son in law, Wayne Powell; son, Charlie Kottkamp.

   Surviving are children, Cecil (Jeannine) Rogers of Mulliken, Yvonne Powell of Harrison, Duane (Dorothy) Rogers of Bullhead City, AZ, Dale Rogers of Lake Odessa, Jim Rogers of Charlotte, Janet Bedwell of New Whiteland, IN, Carol Unversaw of Moorseville, IN, and Kenny (Connie) Kottkamp of Franklin, IN; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; sister, Glenna Eldred; sister-in-laws, Ruby, Irene, and June Snyder.

   Funeral services were held May 2, 2007 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church. For those wishing, contributions may be made to: S.P.Y.âs Scholarship fund (Fund for Youth), or Sunfield United Methodist Church; c/o RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at www.legacy.com. The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield, Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Beth Kozicki

 

   Beth Ann Kozicki, 41, of Charlotte, MI, died April 19, 2007. Beth Ann (also known to many as Babe, Mama, Mom, Beulah, Miss BetAnn and Beth the great!) was born on May 19, 1965 and made her transition to the other side on April 19, 2007.

   We know and believe as a family that she was welcomed with open arms by God and our ancestors. Beth Ann was quite a dame while she walked on this earth. She nurtured and fed many people along the way. She had immeasurable strength and love for those she touched. Her soul-mate, friend, lover, husband, Dave; sons Bryan and Bobby; and daughter Elizabeth will truly miss her physical presence in their lives. She was the best sister anyone could ask for to Dawn and Robin. Her mother, Nadine, will always be proud of her strength. Ma-Lorraine will be forever grateful for the gift of sharing with Beth. Those to the east, south, west and north who were touched by her dynamic presence will forever have Beth Ann stories. For that, we will all be grateful for having been touched by such a beautiful individual that she was. Look out for us down here. Thank you for your love and strength.

   A memorial service was held on April 28, 2007 at the Five Corners Church, 4012 Marshall Rd. in Charlotte, with Reverend Marten Saunders officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lorene O. Kreischer

 

   Lorene O. Kreischer, 87, of Springport, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 under the loving care of her family and hospice.

   Lorene was a wonderful mother and grandmother who worked for 20 years as a waitress.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James; one sister; and three brothers.

   Surviving are her five children, Milo (Inez), John (Mabel), Robert (Mary), Leonard (Margaret) Kreischer and Linda (Kenneth) Cook; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 South Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

   Arrangements are being handled by the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel.

 

                                   

 

 

Edna Krizek

 

   Edna Ruth Krizek, 92, of Charlotte, formerly of Ithaca, N.Y., passed away Feb. 23, 2007 in Charlotte. She was born June 17, 1914 in Concord, N.Y.

   Edna graduated from the South Otselic Central High School in 1932. Edna enjoyed many family activities including homemaking and gardening.

   She was the daughter of the late Grace and William Fuller of DeRuyter, N.Y. Her brothers Jim, Ned, Ross and John and her sister Margaret predeceased her. Her husband, Tony Sr. died in 1995.

   Edna is survived by her three children, Tony (Sheri) Krizek Jr. of Roscoe, Ill. Allen (Amy) Krizek of Charlotte and Sally Beebe of Copiague, N.Y; and five grandchildren.

   Contributions in Edna's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice, including the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Foundation. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the E. C. Wagner Funeral Home in Ithaca, N.Y. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca, N.Y. when weather conditions allow.

   Local arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael James Kundrat Jr.

 

   Michael James Kundrat Jr. of Hohenwald, Tenn., formerly of Potterville, died April 30, 2007.

   He was born in Osage, W. Va. the son of Michael and Mary (Jakubik) Kundrat Sr. Mr. Kundrat worked for General Motors until his retirement. He was an army veteran serving in Korea and Vietnam.

   He was preceded in death by an infant son; his parents; and sisters, Mary Tichnell, Ruth Thomas and Iileen Siel.

   Survivors include his wife, Betty (Fife) Kundrat of Hohenwald, Tenn.; children, Patrick (Karen) Kundrat of Potterville, Martha (John) Reid of Lowell, Lana (David) King of Woodbridge. Va., Bruce Kundrat of Jackson and Mike (Shellie) Kundrat of Charlotte; step-children, Kimberly (Jack) Stutts of Charlotte, Debrah Barr of Baltimore, Md., Dale (Debra) Barr Jr. of Olivet and Brett (Angela) Barr of Holt; brother, William Kundrat of Dimondale; sisters, Christine (Harry) King of Osage, W. Va., Kay Denny, and Betty Ward, both of Lansing; five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

   Services were held May 4 in Hohenwald, Tenn. Arrangements were handled by the McDonald Funeral Home in Hohenwald.

Bessie LaCross

 

   Bessie E. LaCross, 80, of Lansing, passed away March 4 in Lansing.

   Bessie was a secretary at Beekman Center for many years, member of Delta Mills United Methodist Church and active with the Women's Society. She enjoyed painting in canvas and ceramics. Bessie always put others first and will be dearly missed.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Norman, and grandson, Matthew Woodruff.

   Survivors include her sons, Gary (Carol) of Charlotte, Ronald (Sally) of Grand Ledge and David (Carol) of Lyons; daughter, Susan (Russell) Woodruff of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Laurene (Ty) Stine and Ann (Jim) Samman; brother, Bernard (Audrey) Ommen and her special K-9 friend, Zach.

   Services were held March 7 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Pastor Keith Laidler of the Delta Mills United Methodist Church officiating.

   Contributions may be made to the National Leukemia Society or Delta Mills United Methodist Church. www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com

 

                                   

 

 

Bernard LaDuke

 

   Bernard "Bernie" LaDuke, 83, of Potterville, passed away suddenly on Aug. 4, 2007. He was born July 7, 1924, in Pinconning, Michigan and lived most of his life in the Lansing/Potterville area, graduating from Central High School in 1942.

   Bernie worked for Oldsmobile for over 30 years, much of that time in the Exhibit and Display department, retiring in 1980. He was a life member of VFW 701 and a UAW 652 retiree. He loved his job, and enjoyed all the friends he accumulated over the years, but most of all, Bernie loved his family. He was a devoted husband and a loving father. With a long and healthy retirement, he indulged his love of woodworking, hunting, fishing, reading and riding his tractor. He was always happiest when at home, the place he liked best. He was a devoted son, husband, father, brother and uncle who loved his friends, life, and never met a stranger he didn't like. He will be missed.

   He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Cecil and Emil; and his sister and brother, Elaine and Gerald.

   He leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, Alice (Billye); daughter, Donna; and son Bernard, Jr. (Sadie); three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lila Snow and Dorothy Trippler; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

   A memorial service for Bernie at Chapel In The Pines, 101 W. Jolly Road, Lansing was held on Aug. 10, 2007 to help celebrate his life and recall the memories of those who loved him.

   In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the charity of your choice or plant a tree in his memory.

 

                                   

 

 

Leon LaFave

 

   Leon Gary John LaFave, 71, of Fowler, formerly of Potterville and Bay City, died at home Saturday, Oct. 13 surrounded by family, after a long illness. The youngest son of Edmund and Flossie (Julian) LaFave, Leon was born on May 26, 1936 in Bay City. He graduated from Visitation High School, Bay City in 1954, after which he enlisted and served in the U. S. Army (1954-1956).

   Leon was passionately committed to the community of Potterville. He served on the Potterville City Council for 15 years and was mayor for 15 years. He orchestrated the first major renovation of the city's park and the installation of the tunnel under M-100 so that Potterville children could safely walk to school. Leon worked for Northern Concrete & Pipe for 42 years before retiring in 1998 as superintendent of its Lansing plant.

   Detroit Tigers baseball was one of Leon's passions; He rarely missed a radio broadcast or televised game. He cherished the baseball signed and given to him by Ernie Harwell during his visit to Comerica Park for his 65th birthday. Leon was a proud father and doting grandfather. His children and "grandbabies" were the true joys of his life.

   Leon was preceded in death by brother, Ernest LaFave; sister-in-law, Cathrine McIllaney Martinez; sister, Evelyn Hubbard; brother-in-law, Emmet McIllaney; niece, Carol DeWyse Greathouse and nephew, Jody Hubbard.

   Leon is survived, and will be greatly missed, by his wife of 49 years and the love of his life, Dolores (McIllaney) LaFave; son, Scott (Cindy) LaFave of Lansing; daughters, Denise LaFave Smith (Dr. George Smith), Carrie (Commander Dan) Gahagan of Woodbridge, Va. and Shawn (Brett) Smith of Fowler; grandchildren: Jake and Matt LaFave, Heather LaFave Nostrant, Holly Smith, Danielle Dahlgren, Christine, Anna, and Michelle Gahagan, Brette Elizabeth, Brayden, Brenden, and Emma Grace Smith, Tristen (Cory) Berkhausen, Cortney (Abe) Van Etten; great-grandchildren: Austin and Dalton Smith, Curyn and Carter Nostrant, Hannah and Keegan Western and Madison and Callie Berkhausen. Leon is also survived by his brother, Jerry (Rusty) LaFave; sisters, Barbara (Ron) Gulczinski and Ceil (Gene) DeWyse; sister-in-law, Dorothy LaFave; brother-in-law Richard (Cathrein) McIllaney; sister-in-law, Mary Joles; foster son, Rick Bergau and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was in Deepdale Memorial Gardens located in Lansing.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen R. Laird

 

   Helen R. Laird, 85, of Charlotte, died May  22, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Mrs. Laird was born Oct. 28, 1921 in Madison County, Ark., the daughter of John and Cora (Berney) Sikes.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Laird in 2004; brothers, Arnold, Carl, Bill, Lonzo, Mack, Jim and sister, Hazel.

   She is survived by her son, Gary (Pam) Laird of Overland Park, Kan.; daughter, Marjean (Charles) Chapman of Charlotte; grandchildren, Todd (fiancé, Ginny Scott) Chapman, Renee Chapman, Aaron (Kathy) Blosser and Kristen Lair; great grandson, Drew Chapman; sisters, Margie Smittle and Marie York.

   Services were held May 24 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Darryl Johnston officiating. Interment will be in Bohannan Cemetery in Huntsville, Ark.

   Contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Goerge Albert Lambert

 

   George Albert Lambert, age 83 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at his residence following a terminal illness. He was born August 15, 1923 in Eaton Rapids the son of Henry and Evelyn (Parks) Lambert. George served in the Army during WWII and retired from Fisher Body in Lansing after 42 years of service. He was a member of the U.A.W. Local #602 and a member of the American Legion Post #15. George was an avid fisherman and bowled on many different leagues in Eaton Rapids.

   Preceding him in death were 3 sisters, Rose Marie, Maxine and Lucille and a brother, Roland. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Beverly; 4 children, Stanley Lambert of Bellevue, David (Patricia) Lambert of Nashville, Kathy (William) Oakley Sr. of Onondaga and Brenda Richardson of Eaton Rapids; 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Rena) Gillett of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following at Rosehill Cemetery. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Ruth Landes

 

   Ruth Jeanette Landes, 94, of Charlotte, peacefully went to be with her Savior, Jesus, on Friday, July 13, 2007. Mrs. Landes was born Sept. 24, 1912 in Bellevue, the daughter of Lloyd and Hattie (Stanton) Moore.

   Ruth set a calm and loving example trying to make life better for others. She was most proud of her family's achievements including her older sister's founding of Camp Francis. She cared for many foster children and was actively involved at West Carmel Church. She also belonged to MSU Extension-Family Community Education Services and was named State Home Maker of the Year in 1986. She was a 4-H leader for many years. She served on the West Carmel Church Board and helped out with various clubs and fund raising projects for her community including Cancer Fundraiser.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Orley after 60 years of marriage and four siblings.

She is survived by her daughters, Jeanette "Jan" (Rick) Anderson, Julie (Ray) Lutz and Beverly (Kim) Flintoft of Munith; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchild and cousin, Norman (Nyla) Stanton; many nieces, nephews, and friends

Funeral services were held July 17, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was in West Carmel Cemetery. If desired, family wishes are memorial contributions may be made to West Carmel Church or Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Mary Lou Larkins

 

   Mary Lou Larkins, age 71 of Eaton Rapids died Friday, March 2, 2007 at the Banner Baywood Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She was born July 20, 1935 in Benton Harbor the daughter of Lewis and Hazel (Peterson) Raypholtz. Mary Lou graduated from Benton Harbor High School and Lansing Business University. She married Ronald Larkins in 1959 and moved to Eaton Rapids to raise their family. Mary Lou retired from the State of Michigan after 33 years of service. She enjoyed traveling, her church, family and friends. She was a former member of the Eaton Rapids Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, member of the First Congregational Church and the TOPS Club #433. Preceding her in death were her father, James Ryder and mother, Hazel Escher.

   Surviving are her husband Ron Larkins; 2 sons, Gordon (Amy) Larkins of DeWitt and Gregory (Tammy) Larkins of Spring Arbor; 4 grandchildren, Samantha, Jarrett, Gabrielle and Sarah; 2 brothers, James (Ruth) Ryder and Lewis (Gail) Ryder; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Friday, March 9, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Dr. Jesse James and Pastor Lily James officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church in memory of Mary Lou Larkins. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Cpt. (R) Rev. Merton Wilson Leak

 

   Merton Wilson Leak of Webberville, MI, formerly of Lansing, has been greeted by those who passed before him and Jesus, his friend.

   Wilson and his wife of 61 years Lois Leak (deceased July 20, 2007), have 5 amazing children, Ruth Heuer (Rob Jones), Millie (Roger) Fortin, and Denise (SGT Gary (Iraq)) Oller, Larry H. Leak (deceased) and Tony L. Leak (deceased). He also had 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Wilson was a 6 year WWII South Pacific Army Veteran with the 639 Quarter Master, plus 20 years in the Michigan National Guard with the 119th Field Artillery, a retired State of Michigan employee, and a member of the following: Capitol City Lodge, Pride of Ingham Rebekahs Loge, Grand Lodge, Grand River Valley Encampment #31, Grand Encampment Past Grand Patriarch, VFW Sheridan Post #5065 Life Member, Captain C.U.T.T. for the Lansing Police Department, R.S.V.P., NUIA, Spiritual Episcopal Church, and the Circle of Light Church.

   Memorial services will be held on Monday, November 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the Dansville United Methodist Church, 1317 Mason Street, Dansville to celebrate his passage into a new life. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and condolences may be made to Hospice or Circle of Light Church, P.O. Box 285, Webberville, MI 48892.

 

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Charles Leatherbery

 

   Charles Merwin Leatherbery, age 73, of Charlotte, passed away June 7, 2007 after a short illness. Charlie was born Aug. 10, 1933 in Aurelius Twp., Ingham County, the son of Charles Clesson and Bernadine E. (Peck) Leatherbery and was a life-long resident of Eaton County.

   He had been employed at the former Aluminum Extrusions/Hoover Group and later at Spartan Reclamation, both in Charlotte. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and held memberships in the Charlotte American Legion Post 42 and the V.F.W. Post 2406 both in Charlotte. He enjoyed Wildlife Photography, his early morning "cruises," Breakfast at Sharon's and Willie's, running errands for the Amish, helping at the Charlotte Fire Department, Hanging at Henry's Farrier Shop, attending Draft Horse Shows in Michigan and Indiana and enjoyed being Anyone's/Everyone's Any Time Taxi.

   Surviving are, his dear friend, Evonne Kettner; four children, Peggy (Tom) Waldron of Carson City, Tim (Lonnie) Leatherbery of Ft. Leonardwood, MO, Laurie (Robert) Christmas of St. Leo, FL and Jane (Mike) Bowens of Amherst, OH; five grandchildren, William Leatherbery of Ft. Myer, VA, Heather Bowens of Amherst, OH, Shannon & Kyle Christmas of St. Leo, FL and Tyler Leatherbery of Ft. Leonardwood, MO; sister, Sharon (Rodger) Garnant of Eaton Rapids; brother, Lyle Leatherbery of Delta Township; and extended family, Dana Montford of Charlotte, Diana (Marc) Petersen of Dorr, MI, Joshua Petersen and DuRay Petersen of Dorr.

   At Charlie's request, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A graveside memorial service with Military Honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township, Eaton County. Memorial contributions may go to the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Gertrude Leick

 

   Gertrude Leick, 85, of Sunfield, formerly of Portland and Lansing, died Monday evening, Jan. 8, 2007 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte. Mrs. Leick was born Nov. 4, 1921 in Germany, a daughter of Anton and Elizabeth Sanger.

   She was a registered nurse and operated a nursing home in Lansing for a number of years.

   She is survived by her daughter, Bonita Burns of Sunfield; two sons, Robert (Diane) Leick of Charlotte and Timothy (Lenora) Leick of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maria and Ann, both in Germany; and several nieces and nephews.

   In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Inurnment was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lansing.

   Arrangements by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

                                   

 

 

Judith A. Lenhard

 

   Judith “Judy” A. (Foster) Lenhard, 54, of Potterville, died Saturday, Dec. 15. Judy was born Feb. 2, 1953 in Lansing, and is a graduate from Waverly High School. She is the daughter of Joseph and Beverly (Bailey) Foster.

   Judy worked with day care children at Frobel School before becoming a homemaker. She was loved by all, very family oriented, and always lent a helping hand to anyone. Judy was also known for her terrific baking and cooking skills.

   She is survived by her companion of 20 years, Scott Hadley; son, Tim Lenhard; mother, Beverly Foster; step-daughter, Jessica Hadley; sisters, Virginia Challender and Lori (Wayne) Versola; brother-in-law, Richard Westfall; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Foster in 1996 and sister, Sandra Westfall in 2003. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 22 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Paul Bailey officiating. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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David Lewis

 

   David Lewis, 42, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. Mr. Lewis was born April 27, 1965 in Charlotte, the son of Donald and Shirley (Boyer) Lewis.

   Mr. Lewis was a Heavy Equipment Operator for the gravel industry and had been a logger for several years. He was a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader and worked for the FFA parking crew at local football games. Mr. Lewis was an avid hunter and sportsman. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and practical jokes.

   He is survived by his wife, Amy; daughters, Justina (Joe) Felice, Christin Lewis and Felicia Lewis; son, Kaiden Lewis; parents, Don and Shirley Lewis of Vermontville; brother, Donald (Marcia) Lewis of Sunfield; cousins, Seth, Dalton, Dayna (Nick) Miller of Charlotte, Donnie, John (Kerry) Lewis of South Carolina and mother-in-law, Meg (Ed) Hill of Charlotte.

Funeral services were held Nov. 17, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for his children, checks made to Amy Lewis.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. MI.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

John Lietzke

 

   John "Dawg" E. Lietzke, 47, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007 as a result of an automobile accident responding to an emergency call for the Olivet Fire Department. Mr. Lietzke was born Sept. 4, 1960 the son of LaVern Lietzke and Sandra (Richard Bromley) Revenaugh.

   Mr. Lietzke was a Master Plumber and a volunteer for the Olivet Fire Department. He was an avid Spartan Fan, liked to travel and sing Karaoke. Mr. Lietzke was involved with the Olivet Marching Band, you would know him when he pulled in with the "food trailer." He enjoyed bowling, golf and body building. Mr. Lietzke was passionate and very proud of his girls.

   He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Ayla and Meagan; stepson, Ryan Wills (Jody Campbell) of Lansing; grandson, Alexander; parents-in-law, Richard and Luella Hoskins; sisters, Joan (Barry) Waite of Bath, Judith (Larry) McNair of Charlotte and Amanda (James) Kirby of Nashville; many other loved ones.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 29, 2007 at Charlotte Assembly of God Church with Pastor Shane Bryant officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Harry Arthur Limauro, Jr.

 

   Harry Arthur Limauro, Jr. of Charlotte, Birmingham, MI and Daytona Beach Shores, FL, died June 5, 2007 at his home in Charlotte.

   Private family services will be held in Michigan and in Georgia.

   Mr. Limauro, Vice President of Operations at Highland Appliance, moved to Daytona Beach Shores in 1990 from Birmingham, MI. He returned to Michigan in 2007 to be closer to his children.

   He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife of 60 years, Ruth Watson Limauro in Georgia.

Survivors include his seven children and their spouses, Barbara Regan of Romeoville, IL, Louis of Toledo, OH, Joseph (Melissa) of Lebanon, NH, Cynthia Limauro (Christopher Popowich) of Pittsburgh, PA, Harry (Robin) of Troy, MI, Michael (Martha) of Charlotte, and Thomas of Daytona Beach Shores; one brother, Louis; three sisters, Claire Lebrun, Adelaide Emmett and Lenora Richards; 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

   Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan - Hospice of Lansing, 825 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Robert Lipsey

 

   Robert “Bob” James Lipsey, 81, local Marshall Businessman died Monday morning, Sept. 3, 2007 at Oaklawn Hospital.

   Robert Lipsey was born on Nov. 2, 1925 in Charlotte to Thomas “Ned” and Stella (Bowlock) Lipsey. He was a graduate of Charlotte High School. During WWII, he served in the United States Army, being stationed in Italy. On August 19, 1949, he married the former Charlotte Anne Lautenslager in Marshall.

   Returning from the war, Bob had been employed by the Morris Five and Dime Variety  Stores, as a traveling Relief Store Manager. He soon became the permanent Marshall Manager. Bob then took a job as the manager of the old Kendall Hardware Store in Marshall, until the store moved to the Mar-Creek area. In 1954, he received the distribution rights for Maytag appliances for this area. His father-in-law operated the local Studebaker Auto Dealership at that time and allowed Bob to display his appliances along one wall in his showroom. In 1959, Bob, Robert Lautenslager and Mrs. Lautenslager formed the corporation, Lautenslager-Lipsey Inc., selling appliances in this area. They opened a store in Marshall and then later owned one in Albion. Bob has remained active in the stores daily operation.

   He was a member of the Claude E. Hale V.F.W. Post #4073, the American Legion Post #79, the Marshall Moose Lodge and the Exchange Club. Bob had been a member of the Marshall Country Club, since joining in 1948. He loved to hunt and fish and in his youth had played softball in the Marshall leagues. He had also enjoyed bowling and bowled in the Marshall American League where he served as league secretary for several years. Bob loved his community and enjoyed supporting the Marshall High School sporting teams. He was a familiar sight at the home basketball games.

   In 2006, Bob and Charlotte were honored by being asked to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Christmas Parade.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Charlotte; sons, Ross Lipsey and Richard Lipsey both of Marshall; grandchildren, Jason Lipsey, Ashley Lipsey, Carrie Lipsey, Todd Lipsey, Jason Wright and Christina Wright; sister, Beverly Lipsey of Charlotte; and brother, Martin Lipsey of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Knight.

   A funeral service to celebrate the gift of his life was held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall with Celebrants Christina Wright and Bob Doner officiating. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Marshall Fountain Clinic. Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home. To leave a personal message and sign the online guest book, please visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

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Terry Locke

 

   Terry L. Locke, 62, of Marshall, died May 12, 2007, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Mr. Locke was born on May 3, 1945 in Charlotte to Harold R. and Shirley L. (Roth) Locke.

   He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1963. Mr. Locke served four years in the U.S. Navy from 1964-68.

   He continued to serve his country in the Navy Reserve for 16 years, retiring in 1992.

   On June 20, 1970 he married the former Doris Walter in Marshall at the Marshall Wesleyan Church. She survives.

   Mr. Locke worked for 32 years for Owens-Brockway Glass in Charlotte. He retired in 200. After his retirement, he worked part-time pumping gas for customers at the Admiral Gas Station in Marshall.

   He enjoyed his job at Admiral. He was able to meet new people and catch up on all the town news.

   Mr. Locke was a member of the Marshall Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed taking care of his family animals.

   He was preceded in death by his mother and two grandchildren; Dominic Myles and Alexandria Locke.

   He is survived by his wife Doris of Marshall; three daughters, Ann (Walter) Myles of Olivet, Becky Locke of Illinois, and Shirley Locke of Marshall; a son, Richard Locke of Marshall; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his father, Harold Locke of Eaton Rapids; and a sister, Carol Preston of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services celebrating his life were held May 15 at the Marshall Wesleyan Church with Reverend Dennis Croy officiating. Interment followed at Albion Memory Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the Marshall Wesleyan Church. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

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William Locke

 

   William “B” Locke, 75, of Eaton Rapids died peacefully at home on Nov. 14 after a long and courageous battle with diabetes. He was born in Eaton Rapids to Clarence and Ruth Locke.

   Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17 (during the Korean War) and went aboard the Destroyer USS Warrington DD843, the type of ship he would come to love (with others to follow). After one tour, he returned to Eaton Rapids to finish his education and worked at Allied Products for several years. Bill re-enlisted in the Navy, and along with his wife and children, spent the rest of his 20 year career at various locations. The favorite was the Naval Air Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While there, he was promoted to Machinist Mate Chief and finished his military career at Great Lakes Naval Station, Ill., teaching propulsion engineering. Graduating from LCC with a degree in HVAC, he went on to work at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek for 10 years, which completed 30 years of federal service.

   Most people knew Bill for his love of rocks (and his pipe, which he reluctantly gave up). All the staff at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, who took such great care of him for many years, knew him as their beloved “rock man.” Their names are too many to mention, but the greatest is his endocrinologist, Dr. Roger Grekin. With his unending vigilance, compassion and professionalism over the last decade, Bill was able to enjoy much more of life than otherwise. Many, many thanks also go to the visiting nurses who so compassionately helped care for him, especially his RN, Joan and aide, Missy. Constantly at Bill’s side for prayer and comfort has been his beloved Chaplain, Reverend Tim Olson of First Lutheran Church, whose support has been immeasurable.

   Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jane Terwilliger (Navy Wave).

   Bill is survived by his wife, Mae; two children, son, Paul (Korina) Locke and their children, Ashley, Shane (and his little daughter Ella), and Matthew; and daughter, Sonja (Jeff) Stoner and their children, Cody, Nicholas, and Katelin; 2 brothers, Dick and Larry Locke; sister, Nadine Olney and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Nov. 17 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tim Olson officiating.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in memory of Bill Locke. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Frederick Ray Long

 

   Frederick Ray Long, 95, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Mr. Long was born in Culpepper County, Va., July 31, 1911 the son of Wayne and Rose Long. He was an elevator manager of Farm Bureau for over 35 years and was married to Frances Louise McCartney in 1939. He belonged to the Civilian Conservation Corp. in the Upper Peninsula where he planted trees and prepared new roads from 1936 until 1939.

   He is survived by his wife, Frances; sons, Jack (Carol) Long of Newaygo, and Paul (Belinda) Long of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Kristin Long, Jason (Julie) Long, Robert (Stacy) Long, Jeanne Long, Sarah Long, and Katherine Long; great-grandchildren; Jason's children, Justice, Jaylee, Jaxi and Josiah Long; and Robert's children, Anthony and Gracie Long.

   Funeral services were held May 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Lake Odessa.

   Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Donna Lownsbery

 

   Donna J. Lownsbery, 80, of Potterville, died May 13, 2007. Mrs. Lownsbery was born November 8, 1926 in Lansing, the daughter of William and Grace (Miller) Barnhart.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; and four siblings.

   She is survived by daughter, Sharon Perrine of Houghton Lake; daughter, Patricia Hedin of Potterville; son, John (Julie) Lownsbery of Mt. Pleasant; son, Roger (Donna S.) Lownsbery of Lansing; son, Mark (Janet) Lownsbery of Potterville; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Terry Barnhart of Potterville and brother Mike (Merry) Barnhart of Potterville.

   Funeral services were held May 17 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Brian Blount officiating. Interment was at Ft. Custer Cemetery in Battle Creek. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Diamond Luka

 

   Diamond Grace Luka, the infant daughter of Jeffery and Valerie (King) Luka, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   She is survived by her sister, Angel; and brother, Devilin Luka; grandcparents, Abbie and Don King of Charlotte; grandmother, Jennifer Remington of St. Joseph; grandfather, Bud Aves of Grand Ledge; great grandparents, Mary Ellen and LaVerne Aves; great grandfather, Raymond Hutchins and great grandmother, Wanda King.

   Fuenral services were held July 16, 2007 at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Lila Lumbert

 

   Lila V. (Weir) Lumbert, of Lansing, formerly of Portland, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to the Lords Rose garden on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007 after a long battle with Alzheimer's at the age of 91. Lila was born Nov. 9, 1915 in Alto, MI, the daughter of Elmer Simon and Cora Edna (Harris) Weir.

   She graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1933. Lila worked as an inspector for Chrysler Corp. in Lyons, where she retired in 1974. Lila loved traveling, sewing and going to her children and grandchildren's sporting events where you could hear her yelling.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her son, Wayne; both her parents; and one brother, Sid; and sister, Ruth.

   Surviving are, her children from a previous marriage: sons, Sonny (Ellen) of Lansing, Jim (Martha) of DeWitt, Clifford of Sunfield, Jerry (Merlene) of Palo, Bob (Dawn) of Mulliken and Larry (Sandy) of Oakdale, Conn. Her daughters, Gladah Thelen of Fowler, Jean Lumbert of Lansing, Wendy (Lin) Mater of Mulliken, and Cindy (Dennis) Russell of Lake Odessa; 28 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers, Jim Weir of Grand Ledge, Elmer Weir of Grand Ledge, Eldon Weir of Lansing; and sisters, Tret Cornell of Owosso, Orcelia Matz of Lansing, and Martha Pease of St. Johns. She also has numerous nieces and nephews who will morn her.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 18, 2007 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Pastor Barbara Flory officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's association in memory of Mrs. Lila V. Lumbert. C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook and print a copy of the obituary at www.Legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Ethel Bessie Lung

 

   Ethel Bessie Lung, age 91, of Eaton Rapids died Thursday, April 5, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. She was born March 16, 1916 in Salem, Arkansas, the daughter of Henry and Clara (McGonigal) Stuart. Ethel married Alvin Lung on September 7, 1943 while Alvin was in the Military Service. Following the War he worked for Studebaker in Southbend and after their closing worked for General Motors and moved to Eaton Rapids. Ethel enjoyed gardening, was a good cook and loved making quilts. Preceding her in death were her husband, Alvin on July 16, 1998 and her daughter, Beverly Woods on March 2, 2004.

   She is survived by her grandson, Scott (Rachelle) Owen of Eaton Rapids; 2 great grandsons, Jesse and Joshua Owen; son-in-law, Chuck Woods of Eaton Rapids, and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held on April 9, 2007 at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. John Metcalf of the First Congregational Church officiating. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Charlotte, MI 48813. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton  Rapids.

 

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Naomi Main

 

   Naomi Main, 77, of Charlotte died, Monday, Dec. 17. Mrs. Main was born August 16, 1930 in Jackson, Miss., the daughter of William Samuel and Lottie Viola (Wilson) Bolen.

   Mrs. Main’s career as a nurse’s aide at Immanuel’s Nursing Home and Eaton Manor in Charlotte fulfilled her passion for taking care of others. She was a happy-go-lucky person and enjoyed playing Yahtzee and Cribbage, gardening, quilting and singing. Mrs. Main loved to be on the go, going to garage sales, fishing and visiting her favorite restaurant, Ryans. One of her most enjoyable things were her grandchildren. The sound of her laugh will be greatly missed.

   She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Thomas A. III) Ogston of Lansing; granddaughter, Sami Jo Forbess; Vicky (Matt) Carpenter of Nashville; grandchildren, Ashley (Robert), James, Darnell, Jenna, Zane, Trishawn, Trent, Margaret’s children, Amanda and Dakota; great grandchildren, Alysun, Larissa, Dallas and Kevin, Jr. and many nieces and nephews that loved her; sisters, Katie Bertha Arnold and Lottie Mae Smith; brother, Samuel Bolen.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Willard Tyria, Jr.; second husband, Carl Main and daughter, Margaret Young. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 22 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s’ Research Group or Hospice House of Mid Michigan. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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William Malone

 

   William Leroy "Chip" Malone, Jr., 23, of Bellevue, died Oct. 13, 2007. He was born June 13, 1984, the son of William L. and Maureen (DePue) Malone, Sr. in Marshall.

   Chip worked for Love's Truck & Travel Stop in Marshall doing maintenance. Chip loved playing instruments in a band and rock'n'roll music. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

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

   He is survived by his wife, Chelsey M. (Hess) of Bellevue; daughter, Elizabeth Malone, stepdaughter, Ashleigh Simon and stepson, Cameron Simon, all at home in Bellevue; father, William Malone, Sr. of Bellevue; sister, Wendy Dalton of Texas; brothers, Michael Swarmes of Bellevue, Tim Swarmes of Battle Creek, Tom Swarmes of Kalamazoo, Todd Swarmes of Galien, Michigan, Leon L. Malone, Keith Malone, and Russell Malone, all of Newberry and Quinton Malone of Battle Creek; father and mother-in-law, Scott and Peggy Roop of Olivet; brothers-in-law, Chase Roop, Tom Smith and Logan Roop all of Olivet.

   Services were held Oct. 18 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue with Pastor Don Francis officiating.

   Memorial contributions may go to the family.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Betty Marquardt

 

   Our precious mother and grandmother, Betty Jean Marquardt, went peacefully to be with her Lord on July 2, 2007 at the age of 81. She was born in Eaton Rapids in 1925 to Edward and Dorris Smart.

   They owned and operated a dairy farm in Brookfield Township together throughout their married life. Her love for God and her family were the joys of Betty's life. She was a fabulous cook and enjoyed all who came to share her table. Mom gave unselfishly to anyone in need and will be sadly missed by her loving family and many cherished friends.

   She was preceded in death in 1986 by Earl, her husband of 41 years. Three sisters also preceded her in death, Ellen Reasoner, Norma Satterlee and Evelyn Brazill.

   Surviving are her daughters, Sharon (Ken) Hice and Diane Porter of Charlotte; Judy Sullivan of Olivet; one son, Terry (Deb) Marquardt of Charlotte; grandchildren, Chris (Shawnda) Hice, Jennifer (Matt) Hunter, Angela (Dan) Porter-Corralez, Trevor Marquardt and Jonathan Hodges all of Charlotte, Kirk (Darylyn) Hice of Macon, GA, Curtis Marquardt of Rapid City, SD and Derek Marquardt of Allendale; great-grandchildren, James and Collyn Hunter and Parker, Kennedy, and Sydney Hice. She is also survived by sisters, Vera Belen, Ruth Higbie, Helen Harris, and Leota Strobel and two brothers, David and Robert Smart.

   Funeral services were held July 6, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House in Betty's memory. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael Marshall

 

   Michael J. Marshall, 35, of Woodland, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. Mr. Marshall was born July 15, 1971 in Charlotte, the son of Keith and Carol (Billingsley) Marshall.

   Mr. Marshall was a lifelong truck driver. He loved to take care of the seven acre farm and loved horses especially his pony "Patches." He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing and was a real "do it yourselfer."

   He was preceded in death by his step-sister, Linda Emery; father, Keith Billingsley and grandfather, Robert Cronk.

   He is survived by his daughters, Ariel and Ashlee Marshall; parents, Richard and Carol Marshall; sister, Ruth (Adam) Jackson; girlfriend, Denise Decker; step-brother, Scott Marshall and grandmother, Vera Cronk.

   Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Chris Cronk officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Hospice House.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Clarence Martens

 

   Clarence L. Martens, 89, of Bellevue, died peacefully on May 31 at home. He was born July 19, 1917, in Bellevue to Rupert and Louise (Gasser) Martens.

   He attended Bellevue Schools and served as a air crew chief in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. Following the war he returned to Bellevue and purchased a family farm. He also clerked for local auctions, was a school bus driver and hauled agricultural lime. Clarence also served as the Bellevue Township supervisor and treasurer for many years.

   He was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church and it's Men's Club. He was also a member of the Bellevue Conservation Club; a past member of Bellevue Lions Club and Masonic Lodge. He was an avid golfer and formed the Bellevue Golf League in 1972. He scored a hole-in-one in St. Ignace in 1998. Clarence also enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

   He married Beverly Burt on August 26, 1947, she survives. Also surviving are son, Jim (Eva) Martens of Bowling Green, Kentucky; daughters, Susie (Alvin) Butler of Nashville and Cindy (Mike) Parkinson of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

   A Celebration of his life took place June 4 at Bellevue United Methodist Church with Rev. Virginia Heller, officiating. Interment, Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue with military honors.

   Memorials may be made to Bellevue United Methodist Church or the charity of one's choice.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Daniel Leigh Martens

 

   Daniel Leigh Martens, 62, of Charlotte, died Jan. 7, 2007. Mr. Martens was born Feb. 21, 1944 in Marshall, the son of Keith and Florence Martens.

   Mr. Martens retired in 2004 from GM after 41 years as a skilled tradesman. He loved his family, nature and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was especially proud of his grandchildren. He was a willing helper to anyone who needed it.

   He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Terri (Frank) Combs of Olivet; son, Keith Martens and his fiancé, Sue Ruab of Charlotte; mother, Florence McAllister; granddaughters, Shawdai and Kailee Combs and Kari Martens; and sister, Anita (Jerry) Dowell of Battle Creek.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 10 at St. Mary's Church in Charlotte with Father Denis Spitzley officiating. If desired, contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Heartland Hospice, 865 S. Cedar St, Mason, MI 48854.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Edith V. Martin

 

   Edith V. Martin, 91, of Charlotte, died May 28, 2007.

   She was born in Marbone, Ky. June 2, 1915 the daughter of Billy and Clare (Bevins) Martin. Mrs. Martin was an adventurer, she loved to ride the roller coasters at Kings Island, going camping, being a sports enthusiast and spending time in the great outdoors. She enjoyed working in her garden growing flowers and vegetables and crocheting, she crocheted Micki's wedding dress.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Frank Bartrom.

   Surviving are her daughter Micki (Mauricio) Anzaldua; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and brother, Charles Smith.

   Memorial services were held June 1 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Charles Mast

 

   Charles Orlando Mast, of Vermontville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 at the Dimondale Nursing Care Center in Dimondale at the age of 86, where he had resided for the past three years. He was the first born to the late Orlando Jeremiah and Christina Lena Weber Mast of Kempton, Illinois on Dec. 6, 1920.

   Charles graduated from Sunfield High School in 1940 and entered into the Army July 1942, where he was a Private with the Detachment Quartermaster Corps (K-9) Division where he trained dogs for special assignments during WWII. He was stationed at Panama Canal with his unit at this time.

   Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Lucille Elsie Larson Mast and daughter, Virginia Ann Weatherbee.

He is survived by his son, Warren Charles and Yvonne Marsh Mast; daughter, Loretta Faye Henigan, and daughter, Charlotte Sue Mast; grandchildren, Malinda Henigan and Javier Ruperto, Tracy Sidles, Brian Mast and Tammy Heifner, Bobby Mast and Elshia Pratt; great-grandchildren, Madison Sidles, Michael Hall, Miriana Ruperto, Lanicia Laguerre, and Bonnie Mast; brothers, Durwood and Madeline Mast of Beaverton, MI, Donald and Shirley Mast of Lake Odessa, MI and many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.

   The family would like to extend a very warm thank-you to the Nursing Staff that cared for our father while he was at Dimondale and all of the staff that visited, picked on and teased him to make it his home. Thank you Gwen Storm and Jennifer Roberts for the long encouraging talks to keep all of our minds at ease. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and neighbors. We love you Dad!

   A memorial service was held Nov. 19, 2007 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, MI with Rev. Bobbie Weller officiating.

Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.Legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Beatrice Aline McCarthy-Morley

 

   Beatrice Aline McCarthy-Morley went to be with her Lord and Savior July 2, 2007 just 27 days before her 96th birthday. She was born July 29, 1911 to Edwin Earl and Hattie Aline (Angell) Wheeler in Battle Creek, Mich. She was married to Ross W. McCarthy in 1928. She resided from 1937 on a farm Northwest of Leslie, MI with her husband and girls.

   She is survived by 3 daughters, June (James) Swan of Eaton Rapids, MI, Loraine (Walter) Murphy of Dandridge, TN and Carol (Donald) Vandeventer of Michigan Center, MI. Eight grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren. One brother, Edwin Earl Wheeler Jr. of Traverse City, MI. Also many nieces and nephews. She worked 23 years for the State of Michigan and retired in 1967. Then worked for Dart National Bank until 1973. Preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Richard Dale Wheeler, and one sister, Donna Marie Chadwell. Husband Ross W. McCarthy in 1969 and husband Robert L. Morley in 1976 also two infant grandsons. She was a life member of the Order of The Eastern Star Mason Chapter #150. A member of the South Lansing Christian Church. She loved all types of cards, bingo and dancing and received many trophies and plaques for ball room dancing. She spent 18 happy winters in Mesa, Arizona. She loved her large family.

   Services were held at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Thursday. The Reverend Steve Klink gave the service. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Eaton Community Hospice of

Charlotte, MI or any organization of your choice.

 

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Woodrow McCoy

 

   Woodrow McCoy, 94, of Charlotte, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. Mr. McCoy was born Feb. 13, 1913 in Arkansas.

   He was a crane operator and was involved with the Engineers Union.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marillee Kruck of Phoenix, Arizona.

   He is survived by his wife, Dolores; son, Stanley (Kathy) McCoy of Charlotte; daughters, Wanda (Lynn) Nemeth of Southbend, IN, Waneeta (Denny) Ott of Galien, Faith VanDyke of Edwardsburg, Hope (Bill) Dean of Baroda, Virginia (Jack) VanderStreek of Longwood, FL; stepson, Dr. John (Barbara) Thiel of Charlotte.

Funeral services were held Sept. 5, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Sarah Friesen-Carper officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael McCune

 

   Michael A. “Mike” McCune, 62, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Mike was born Feb. 21, 1944 in Moline, Ill., the son of Albert Richard and Donna Leah (Ryan) McCune.

   He and his father went into partnership to help run WestWood Implement, which was a John Deere Dealership in Grand Ledge in the 1960’s. Mike retired in 2004 after 36 years with G.M., was an active Great Lakes boater, loved fishing and hunting in Texas and Wyoming, and just loved the “great out-of-doors.” He was very involved with his grandchildren’s activities.

   He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Teresa A. (Crall); four daughters, Beth (David) Kessler of Bath, Michelle (Patrick) Sweet of Eaton Rapids, LeAnn Huntley of Bath, Nicolena (Kevin) Wojciechowski of Detroit; one son, Brandon Crall-McCune of Eaton Rapids; nine grandchildren; father and mother-in-law, James and Dorothy Crall of Eaton Rapids; sister, Holly Beth McCune of Arizona; brother-in-law, Mike (Lori) Crall of Pontiac; and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held later. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Sparrow Hospice in memory of Mike McCune.

 

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June Ann McGeachy

 

   June Ann McGeachy of Eaton Rapids, MI. July 19, 1923 – Aug. 31, 2007. June was born to the parents of Wilma and Robert Simpson. She was a fantastic person that lived life to the fullest. A wonderful wife, mother, grandma, aunt, and true friend with great wit and optimistic views that made everyone want to be around her. Her cinnamon rolls, fun and laughter will always be remembered, and she will be missed by all. The lord knows he has a beautiful angel.

   She is survived by her husband Bud (Harold) of 61 years. Children, Jill McGeachy, Jan Lynch, Gail (Raymond) Thompson, grandchildren, Micah (Erica), Luke McLaughlin, Vanessa, Garrison Thompson, great grandson Asher.

   A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th, 2007 at Robbins United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids MI. Minister Marty Debow officiating. Family will receive friends at the church 1 hour prior to memorial. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Robbins United Methodist Women’s Society at 6419 Bunker Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 44827. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Dolores “Dee” A. McGee

 

   Dolores “Dee” A. McGee, age 71 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice with family at her bedside. She was born September 5, 1935 in Charlotte the daughter of Ernest and Aletha (Nichols) Palmer. Dee was a former waitress at the Keg Bar in Eaton Rapids. She enjoyed going to garage sales with her sister and loved coffee time with her friends. She was most happy during hunting season cooking wild game for her boys. Preceding her in death was a son, Bugsy and daughter, YoYo; sister Irene Vlick and brother, Robert Palmer.

   She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Chuck McGee; 7 sons, Frank (Renee) Cervantes of Caruthersville, Missouri, Tony (Linda) Cervantes of Eaton Rapids, Rick (Cheryl) Cervantes of Cottage Grove, Tennessee, Marc (Julie) Cervantes of Phoenix, Nick Cervantes of Owosso, Tino Cervantes of Charlotte and Paul (Beverly) Wandel of Mulligan; 39 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren; sister Pauline Eaton of Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on June 2, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Ben Constantine, officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with her sons as pallbearers. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Dee McGee.

 

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Kenneth McKellen

 

   Mr. Kenneth L. McKellen, age 72, of Nashville (Formerly of Spring Lake, Langston, MI) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 at his home in Nashville, MI. Mr. McKellen was born in Muskegon Sept. 26, 1933, the son of the late Myron and Beatritis (Sheehy) McKellen.

   In 1953 he married Joyce (Bissell) McKellen in Greenville. The couple began their married lives together in Greenville, but moved to the Charlotte area where they raised their family. Kenneth was employed as a Lineman and Manager for Bell Telephone/At&T for over 32 years. After retiring in 1986, he and Joyce moved to Langston, where they purchased a home on Spring Lake, Kenneth's "heaven on earth." For the past 20 years Kenneth has spent his time pursuing his love of the lake and the outdoors. He loved to fish, ride the paddle boat and hunt in the area, It didn't matter whether summer or winter he loved being on the lake. He was also an avid woodworker. Most of all Kenneth loved his family. He cherished his beloved wife Joyce and took very seriously the responsibly of caring for his children and grandchildren. Joyce and Kenneth have been married for 53 years. He served in the U.S. Army as a PFC (T) during the Korean War as a Marksman and received the National Defense Service Medal. He was also a member of the Lakeview Fire Board, and Pine Township Board of Review.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Rick John MeKellen, who Kenneth grieved daily; and his brothers, Ben and Don McKellen.

   Kenneth is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce; his daughter, Leigh Ann Curtis; son-in-law, Wayne Talbert Curtis; his sister, Beverly Bateman; brothers, Jim and Rod McKellen; his grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Curtis, Sean Kenneth, Curtis, Jessica Sue Curtis, and several nieces and nephews.

   Burial was held at Riverside Cemetery, in Lancaster at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22. Memorial contributions can be made to the Barry Community Hospice.

   Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Eva Ward McKim

 

   Eva Ward McKim, 93, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2007 at her home. Eva was born May 9, 1913 in Lansing, the daughter of Ernest Herschel and Valerie Belle (Holley) Ward.

   She was proud of belonging to a pioneer Lansing family, which settled in the area about 1842. She was a 1931 graduate of Lansing Central High School, and a 1936 graduate of Michigan State College. Eva was a lifelong Spartan supporter and was recently featured on a local radio program as "Grandma Greenblood." She loved swimming and was on swimming teams in junior high, high school and college. During her 20-year teaching career, which began in Portland and ended in Eaton Rapids, she taught homemaking to junior high, senior high, and adult night school students. She was a charter member of Eaton Rapids AAUW, life member of Eastern Star, active in Alpha Gamma Delta and past president of the Lansing Alumnae chapter. Eva was an officer in the Eaton Rapids Retired Teachers Association and Eaton County Retired School Personnel Association, served two terms on the Eaton Rapids Community Chest, three terms on Eaton Rapids Library Board, and was a volunteer in the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital gift shop.

   She delivered Meals on Wheels, drove patients for kidney dialysis, was a Girl Scout organizer/leader in Sandusky, Mich. and Eaton Rapids, and was a member of Greenpeace, being especially concerned with the conservation of American wildlife and natural resources. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, woodworking, metal working, oil painting and target shooting. She was an accomplished photographer, winning several awards in international competitions. Eva had several collections of antiques, ranging from eye cups to corn and potato planters, and including a 1931 Model A Ford, which she helped restore, and a 1965 red Mustang convertible. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Eva enjoyed traveling and was a member of two travel clubs, visiting all 50 states and all Canadian provinces, usually with a motor-home. She also traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Northern Europe and England. For some years she raised and sold apricot poodles, but her companion to the end was a little poodle named Buffy that came to her as a stray.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl in 1976; second husband, Lewis Knaggs in 1996; brother, E. Clinton Ward in 1999; sister, Edna Ward in 1917; and great-grandson, Michael James Tinning in 1993.

   Eva is survived by three daughters, Sara (Sam) Oakland of Portland, Ore., Martha (Bill) Marshall of Lansing and Valera (Jeff) Hartnell of Westerville, Ohio; step-children, Anne (Ron) Bancroft of Buckley, David (Connie) Knaggs of East Lansing, Robert (Mirlena) Knaggs of Clarkston; seven grandchildren, Andy Oakland, Sasha (Michael) Tinning, David (Sarah) Marshall, Colleen (Eric) Reeve, Ben (Molly) Hartnell, Nate (Katy) Hartnell, Sarah (Joey) Ortiz; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Amy Wilson and Valerie Winans, both of Lansing; two sisters-in-law, Beverly Ward of Lansing and Alice McKim of Ypsilanti; brother-in-law, George (Jean) McKim of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, April 7 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids and interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Capital Area Humane Society in memory of Eva Ward McKim.

 

Nelson J. McLeod

 

   McLeod, Nelson J., a real estate broker, passed away Dec. 19 at Ingham Regional Medical Center. He was born April 2, 1933.

   Surviving are his wife, Marlene; son, Jeff McLeod of Douglas; daughters Jami McLeod of Lansing and Jennifer (Gregg) Clark of Marietta, Ga.; grandson, Zac; sisters, Joanne (Tom) Clark, Natalie (Jim) Milum and Cynthia Lewis; brother James (Mitzi) McLeod and several nieces and nephews.

   No services will take place. A special thanks to all the doctors and nurses at Ingham Regional Medical Center, including the visiting nurses from Lansing Hospice.

   The family suggests donations to the American Heart Association.

 

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Vera Belle (DeWaters) McMann

 

   Vera Belle (DeWaters) McMann of Eaton Rapids, age 82, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007 in Charlotte. Vera was born October 18, 1925 in Eaton Rapids Twp., the daughter of Melvin Curtis and Margarette Gertrude (Brininstool) DeWaters. She retired from Eaton Rapids School System in 1982 after 20 years as a cook. Vera touched many lives by opening her door to anyone at anytime. Preceded in death by her husband Alvin C.; 2 sons, Alvin Jr., and Rickie; 4 brothers, Melvin, Marion, Floyd and Les DeWaters.

   Vera is survived by 2 daughter, Vicki (David) Mathews of Sparta, TN; Barbara Richardson of Eaton Rapids; son, Les (Beatrice) McMann of Eaton Rapids; 17 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; brother, Homer (Phyllis) DeWaters of Potterville; sister, Louise (John) Cousino of Olivet; 2 sisters-in-law, Helen DeWaters of Eaton Rapids, Dorothy DeWaters of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held December 21, 2007, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Jim Riley officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Vera Belle McMann. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Bernestine A. McNamara

 

   Bernestine A. McNamara, 87 of Charlotte, died June 28, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte.

   Mrs. McNamara was born Jan. 15, 1920 in Portland the daughter of Nelson and Johanna (Treweiller) Densmore.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas in 1996 and daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Thomas Griffin; son, Ronald McNamara; 5 grandchildren, and son-in-law, Craig Harton.

She is survived by children, Gary McNamara of Mt. Hood, Ore., Jeanine Harton Soma (Jim) of Dade City, Fla., Dennis (Julie) McNamara of Venice, Fla., Jeannette (Robert) Fullerton of Charlotte, Raymond (Sandra) McNamara of Potterville, Jennifer McNamara of Chatham, N.J., Timothy McNamara of Charlotte, and Patrick (Lisa) McNamara of Cincinnati, Ohio; 30 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.

   A funeral mass was held July 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing.

   Donations may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice House of Charlotte or the Cerebral Palsy Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

David E. Megyesy

 

   David E. Megyesy, 64, of Charlotte died Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte.

   Mr. Megyesy was born March 15, 1945 in Massillon, Ohio, a son of Michael and Phyllis (Herman) Megyesy. He was a former employee of Fascor D.C. Motors in Eaton Rapids.

   Mr. Megyesy was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Geraldine Neeley.

   Surviving are his wife, Carol; sister, Sharyll Herrington of Lake Worth, Fla.; brother, Richard (Patricia) Schmidt of Vermilion, Ohio; nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Memorial services were held Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Charlotte with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Arrangements were handled by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

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Reverend Paul N. Mergener

 

   Paul N. Mergener, age 95 of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Born March 26, 1912 in Grand Haven, MI the son of Joseph and Maude (Sherwood) Mergener. Paul served several churches in the surrounding area which includes: West Olive, Paris, Shepard, Bath, South Bath, Potterville, Robbins, West Benton, Grovenberg, Lee Center, Springport, Onondaga and Vermontville. Paul was the minister at the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids for many years and was currently the Pastor Emeritus. He was also a teacher and principle at Eaton Rapids. Paul was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 1983 and daughter, Sally Hoag in 1979.

   Surviving are his children: Richard (Della) Mergener, Judy (Dan) Parsons and Dan (Janet) Mergener all of Eaton Rapids; son-in-law, Vernon Hoag of Grayling; 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

   Visitation for Paul was October 12th at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with a private family funeral service Saturday. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice 2675 South Cochran, Charlotte, Michigan 48813 or the First congregational Church 300 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 in memory and in honor of the Rev. Paul N. Mergener. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Robert Meyer

 

   Robert Lee Meyer, Sr., 61, of Rapid City and formerly of Bellevue, died Nov. 14, 2007 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born Nov. 27, 1945, the son of Chester and Pauline (Haan) Meyer in Muskegon.

   He graduated from Pennfield High School in 1964. Bob owned and operated Brunner Optical of Battle Creek from 1982 to 1995. Most recently he worked as store manager for Kent Optical of Battle Creek and as an optician for Twin City Optical in Traverse City. Bob married Ellen Rogers on July 28, 1967. She survives.

   Bob was preceded in death by his parents; son, Nathan James Meyer; brother, John Meyer; nephew, Jordan Meyer and brother-in-law, Rex Rogers.

   Bob will be dearly missed by his wife, Ellen Meyer of Rapid City; sons, Rob (Wendy) Meyer, Jr. and their children, Drew and Brady, all of Olivet, Lance (AaronSue) Meyer and their children, Marshall Nathan, Whitney Jordan and Carson Mitchell of Mancelona; daughter, Leanne (Brandon) Wilkins and their son, Isiah C. Penny of Traverse City; brothers, Jim (Donna) Meyer, Gary (Robin) Meyer; sister-in-law, Linda Meyer; nephews, Steve (Jennifer) Meyer, John (Rachel) Meyer and Jeff (Amy) Meyer. He is also survived by his in-laws, Rex and Myra Rogers, Candy Rogers, Laura and Dennis Lohr, Klayton Rogers, Tiffany and Dan Appleton and Aimee and Frank Kern and families.

   Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a master hunter of the elusive morel mushroom and an eBay power seller.

   A memorial service took place Nov. 17 at Bellevue Christian Center, Doug Hammond, officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to Dream Catchers, USA.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Douglas Michael

 

   Douglas Michael, 59, of Olivet, died Sunday, March 11, 2007.  Mr. Michael was born May 28, 1947 in Charlotte, the son of Julius and Agnes (Cooper) Michael.

   Mr. Michael was a purchasing manager for Union City Industries. He enjoyed fishing, video games, lawn care, science fiction shows and guitar. Mr. Michael was most of proud of his family, children and grandchildren. 

   He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Michael in 2004 and mother, Agnes Cooper Michael Haywood in 2006.   

   Mr. Michael is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter Susan (Mike Patrick) Michael of Olivet and son Robert (Amy) Michael of Olivet; six grandchildren, Joey, Tory, Tammy, Chase, Maggie and Carley; brothers, Gary Michael, James (Jeanne) Michael, Gerald (Diane) Michael, Martin (Lynn) Haywood, Charles Haywood, Jr., Robert Haywood, Ronald Haywood and sister, Marilyn (Niles) Beardslee.

    Funeral services were held  at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating.  Interment was in Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Everil “Peg” Michel

 

   Everil “Peg” Michel, 99, of Charlotte, died Monday Dec. 17. Mrs. Michel was born Dec. 6, 1908 in Trevor, Wis., the daughter of Wayne and Lillian (Frank) Bush.

   Mrs. Michel was a homemaker who was a member of the First Congregational Church where she was involved in the Mary & Martha Circle. She was an honorary member of the Charlotte Women’s Club for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Charlotte Country Club and Child Study Club. She received numerous community service awards where she served in several positions as an officer. Mrs. Michel loved to go shopping in New York and would enjoy eating out where she would eat a “little” dinner so she would have plenty of room for “chocolate desserts.” Some of the most enjoyable moments of her life were spending summer visits with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by her daughter, Dolores Wendell of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Genie Michel; grandchildren, David Wendell, John Wendell, Carol Kostyshyn, Paul Wendell, Peter Wendell and Laura Wendell-Henn; three great grandchildren, Mira Kostyshyn, Julia and Jacob Henn.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Sr. in 1991; sons, Julius, Jr. and Philip.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Charlotte Congregational Church, Charlotte. Interment will be at the Olivet Cemetery in Olivet. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Stanley Mikesell

 

   Stanley Bruce Mikesell, of Portland, passed away April 26, 2007 at his residence in Portland at the age of 73. He was born January 25, 1934 in Lansing, the son of Junior Eugene and Annie (Burgess) Mikesell.

   Stanley graduated high school in Grand Ledge in 1951. On December 3, 1955 he married Betty Jane Mosher. He served in the U.S. Army, 1956-1958 and was honorably discharged. Was Self-employed with a Milk Route, 1958-1964, retired as a City Driver for ANR Truck Lines in 1993 after 30 years.

Stanley took pride in his kids, and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching sporting events that involved his grandchildren. He took pride in his lawn, vehicles, and going to the casino. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, which he loved to share.

   He was preceded in death by both his parents, and a sister, Dorothy (Mikesell) Catey.

   Surviving are his wife, Betty Jane, children, Karen (Ryan) Morris, Katherine Mikesell and fiancé Dennis Yacks, Terry (Connie) Mikesell, Tim (Karen) Mikesell, and Kris Rinckey and fiancé Kurt Scheurer, grandchildren, Daniel and Patrick Morris, Zach Danneels, James Heiler and Travis Mikesell, Chelsea and Garrett Mikesell, and Tyler Rinckey, siblings, Annie Miriam (Andy) McLean, Richard (Kathy) Mikesell, Brother-in-law, John Catey, many loving nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.

   There will be no services.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Sparrow Home Hospice - Carson City Team, Sparrow Regional Cancer Center, American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association in Memory of Stanley Bruce Mikesell, C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guestbook at www.legacy.com Where Life Stories Live on.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield, Rosier Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Billy Miller

 

   Billy Dean Miller, 63, of Charlotte, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Mr. Miller was born Feb. 18, 1944 in Watervliet, MI, the son of Thomas A.D. and Dorothy (Harrison) Miller.

   Billy Miller was an employee at Peckham Industries for the past 10 years.

   He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Dorothy Miller; sisters, Gwenda Powers, Nina Miller and brothers, Gary and Wilbur Miller.

   He is survived by his sister, Deborah Cheeseman of Charlotte; brother, Russell T. Miller of Battle Creek; twin sister, Norma Jean Hathaway of Potterville; and brother, Vernon Ray Miller of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 6, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the Eaton Intermediate School District Adult Handicap program., c/o Linda Cobb.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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David Miller

 

   David E. Miller, 64, of Charlotte, died Sunday morning, March 11, 2007 at a Lansing hospital. Mr. Miller was born April 6, 1942 in Ionia, a son of August and Isabelle (McBrayne) Miller.

   He was an Army veteran of Viet Nam, retired G.M. employee, was a member of the U.A.W. #602 and the Ionia Moose Lodge. Mr. Miller loved bowling, golf, fishing and enjoyed driving the local Amish community on various trips.

   He was preceded in death by an infant son, David Emory Miller; his father, August Miller; and two brothers, Douglas and Gordon Miller.

   Surviving are his wife, Karen; two sons, Steven of Vermontville and his special friend, Hannah Pierce and her children, Marrisa and Kolten Pierce; Scott of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Garrett and Bryce Miller; mother, Isabelle Tyson of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Herman (Mickey) Miller of Jacksonville, Fla., Fred (Sharleen) Miller of Ionia and Lawrence (Virginia) Miller of Griffen, Ga.; two half-sisters, Donna Miller and Joyce (Tim) Bolema, both of Muskegon; two half-brothers, August (Targa) Miller of Eaton Rapids and Robert (Lisa) Miller of Fruitport; a step-sister, Alberta (Mike) Leary of Ionia; two step-brothers, Glenn (Ann) Tyson of Belding and Orin (Davee) Tyson of Lansing; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services were held March 14 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Judy Scholten officiating. Military honors were provided at Meadowbrook Cemetery by the Michigan National Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to his son's (Scott's) college fund.

 

                                   

 

 

David Miller Jr.

 

   David B. Miller Jr., born April 22, 1929, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007.

   He was a son to Lois and David Miller of Eaton Rapids. He was born on the family farm on Canfield Road in Eaton County. He attended school at the Brickyard School House in Eaton County. A bit later he married Beverly Scott (later divorced). They built a home next to his mom and started a family, having eight children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He worked mostly as a truck driver delivering sand, gravel and concrete for many years, He was also known to have a laid a block or two and placed some concrete in his day.

   He enjoyed a cold Drewrys from time to time and the rich robust taste of a Lucky Strike. Dad will be missed but never forgotten by all that knew him. Farewell for now, breathe easy my friend. We will see you soon. Love always, your entire family.

 

                                   

 

 

Feleniece Miller

 

   Feleniece E. Miller, 91, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Mrs. Miller was born Jan. 6, 1916 in Jackson County, the daughter of Burr and Ruth (Gamble) Wood.

   Her house always smelled of fresh baked food and she was named "Homemaker Of The Year" in 1978. Mrs. Miller was the home economics caseworker for the Eaton County Extension Office. She also taught cooking and sewing in 4-H and belonged to the Charlotte Jaycees, Southside Mother's Club and Laugh Alot Club. She also enjoyed cards, campfires, mushroom and deer hunting and was most proud of her grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley; son, Murl; granddaughter, Sue Ann Miller; sisters, Phyllis Richardson, Oral Pruden and Noveda Jones; brothers, Leon and Lewis Wood; and son-in-law, Carl Spencer.

   She is survived by daughters, Karlene Spencer of Marion, Ind., Julene (Clarence) Humphrey and Leora (Michael) Doty of Charlotte, Cindy (Bill) Russell of Eaton Rapids; son, Dudley (Jody) Miller of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Sharon (Lewis) Miller-Young of Charlotte; sisters, Joan (Barton) Jones and Genevieve Eno, both of Charlotte; 26 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   Services were held at 2 p.m. March 24 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Hospice or American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Henry Miller

 

   Henry J.L. "Jim" Miller, 88, of Battle Creek, died Friday morning, Dec. 28, 2007, at Battle Creek Health Systems, following a brief illness. Jim was born on Sept. 7, 1919 in Brookfield, Michigan and was the son of Bolton and Clara (Lewis) Miller.

   He retired in 1980 from Eaton Corporation as a machine repairman after 40 years of faithful service. Jim was a member of the Bellevue Christian Center and a former member of the AFL-CIO. He volunteered at the Missions for Bibles in Battle Creek for many years. Jim was active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed square dancing, woodworking and gardening especially raising violets, but his greatest pride and joy was his family and grandchildren.

   On June 28, 1940 in Battle Creek, Jim was united in marriage to the former, Hazel K. "Katie" Bradd, who preceded him in death on July 7, 2000. Jim was also preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Joyce I. Miller and Jean I. Witmer; a grandson: Martin D. Miller, Jr. and by two sisters, Mary Pugh and Mildred Bolton.

   Surviving are two daughters, Joanne I. (Phil) Camp and Jeanette I. (Jerry) Barve, both of Battle Creek; two sons, James A. (Sharlene) Miller of Bellevue, and Martin D. (Charlene) Miller of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and a sister, Florence Miller of Battle Creek.

   The funeral service to celebrate Jim's life was held on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 at the Bellevue Christian Center, 734 W. Capital Avenue, Bellevue with the Rev. Steve Covert, of Lafayette, IN, officiating. Interment followed at Hicks Cemetery, Pennfield Township.

   Memorial contributions in Jim's honor may be made to the Bellevue Christian Center. Personal messages for the family may be left at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Linda Miller

 

   Linda Miller, of Delta Township, passed away Jan. 28, 2007. She was born Jan. 1, 1943 in Pueblo, Colo. to the late Robert L. and Kathleen J. (Wilson) Frank.

   She retired as a principal with the Maple Valley School District. Linda was more than a principal and a mom, she was also an artist. For example, Linda was the owner and operator of the Colonial Flower shop in Portland and she truly loved to express herself through painting and artwork. Linda not only painted herself, but wanted to share her love and talents by teaching at Michael's Arts & Crafts in Delta Township, as a licensed art instructor.

   She was the beloved mother of Scott (Valerie) of Charlotte, Jeff (Jolene) of Portland, and Steve of Lansing; loving grandmother of Amber, Michaela, Robert, Payge and Gwendolyn; sister of Sharon (Greg) Johnson of Farmington Hills. She is also survived by nephews Matthew and Danny. She also will be missed by her Yorkshire-poodle, Molly.

   Memorial services were held Feb. 2 at the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge with the Rev. Rick Yancey, officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Maurice Miller

 

   Maurice L. Miller, 77, of Potterville, died Saturday, March 10, 2007. Mr. Miller was born July 17, 1929 in Napoleon, the son of Delbert H. and Bertha (Aiken) Miller.

   He was a retired custodian for the Lansing School District.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Gisela (Flamme) Miller; and by brothers, Gerald and Virgil Miller.

   Surviving are his son, Paul (Leona) Miller of Copperas Cove, Texas; daughter, Terry Ann Miller of Waco, Texas; three grandchildren, Aaron, Kristen and Bethany all of Texas; sister, Bernadine Riley of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 14 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 W. Saginaw, Lansing, with Pastor Rogeò!K. Straub ofæèbiating. Interment was in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

   Arrangements by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Donis Miner

 

   Donis C. (Fletcher) Miner, 85, of Owosso, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. Mrs. Miner was born July 22, 1922 in Charlotte, the daughter of J. Kenneth and Bernice (Mary) Trescott Fletcher.

   She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1941 and attended Ferris State University for a year before marrying Clement Eugene Miner Dec. 1, 1944. They lived on a farm south of Owosso since 1955, interrupted by a move by the Bendix Corporation to Chester, Massachusetts for 1 ½ years, followed by a move to Andres, Indiana where they retired and moved home to the Owosso farm.

   She was preceded in death by brother, Douglas Kenneth (Phyllis Jean) Fletcher.

   She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Clement; son, Lynn Douglas (Caren) Miner; grandson, Matthew Eugene Miner and Aaron Francis Miner and sister Frances Ruth DeBar.

   A graveside service was held Nov. 10, 2007 at Gresham Cemetery, with Rich Mitterling officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.pryafuneral.com.

 

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Louis Mix

 

   Louis H. Mix, 82, of Vermontville, died Thursday, March 15, 2007. Mr. Mix was born Sept. 20, 1924 in Kalamo Township, the son of Paul and Nellie (Malone) Mix.

   His family was very important to him as was his community. Mr. Mix was a veteran of World War II and served on the USS North Carolina. He enjoyed serving his community and was a member of U.A.W. Local 602, Happy Years Club, Charter Member St. Mary Knights of Columbus Council #11875 and Lifetime Member of VFW Nashville Post #8260. In 1985 he retired from General Motors/Fisher Body as a forklift operator. He was an excellent judge of character, looking at people from the inside out.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Terry "Tate" in 2003.

   Louis was a beloved husband, loving father and grandfather. In 1945 he married Eva Shereyk and had sons, Jeffrey of Vermontville, Kevin (Linda) of Grand Ledge and daughter, Vicki (Ron Dean) of Hastings. He is also survived by daughter-in-law, Pam Mix. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Maria, Jeffrey, Renee, Lisa, Jason, Aaron, Nathan and Stephen; great-grandchildren, Skylar and Nathan; and brother, Azel (Elaine) Mix of Wyoming, Mich.

   Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. March 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township. Rosary Service was held March 19 at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Eaton Community Hospice or to the St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Lillian Moffitt

 

   Lillian Moffitt, age 85 of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2007 in Lansing. Lillian was born August 27, 1921 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Raymer) McGilvra. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids Nazarene Church and a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell E., Sr.; 2 grandchildren, Tim Squires and Cindy Jones. Lillian is survived by 3 daughters, Deanna (Darrell) Alldaffer of Eaton Rapids, Carol (Earl) Jones of Eaton Rapids, and Bobbie Felkey of Howell; son, Russell, Jr. (Ruth) Moffitt of Eaton Rapids; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and sister, Maxine Miller of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Dallas McFarland officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Nazarene Church of Eaton Rapids, in memory of Lillian Moffitt. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Linda Momany

 

   Linda (Vitale) Momany died in her home in Peoria, Ariz. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 after a long and very courageous battle with inflammatory breast cancer. She was born Dec.15, 1944 in Charlotte.

   She was predeceased by first husband, Michael Hill in 2006.

   She is survived by her five children, Michael Vitale, twins, Jeffery and Diana Hill, and twins, Stacie and Kristi Momany; future son-in-law, David Rivera; five grandchildren, Travis Hill, Michael Chavez, Roman Vitale, Collin Momany and Alex Momany; brothers, Robert and Mark Vitale; sister, Vicki (John) Bradford; former husband, Dana Momany of Arizona; and by her good friends and extented family, Junie and Lonnie Hinkley and family, Shelly and David Rivera and family and Ace Archer.

   Linda's life was celebrated on Sunday, Feb. 28 with a beautiful memorial service in Peoria, Ariz. Linda brought joy and laughter to all her family and friends and she will be so greatly missed by all those who loved her.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles Elwin Mooney

 

   Charles Elwin Mooney, age 92, died Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. he was born on December 19, 1914 in Howe, Indiana the son of George and Inez (Plank) Mooney. Mr. Mooney was a Brighton High School graduate class of 1933 and in 1936 married Ruth Lehmer. They moved to Adrian shortly after WWII started and had lived there for the past 65 years. Charles was a retired Machinist, serving 35 years, with Tecumseh Products in Adrian. He and his wife Ruth had been members of the First United Methodist Church in Adrian for the past 60 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth in July of 2006; a daughter, Linda Mooney in September of 2006; brother, George Mooney Jr. and sister, Evelyn Gadsen.

   He is survived by a son and his wife, Norman and Jean Mooney of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Me4thodist Church at 1245 W. Maple Ave. Adrian, MI 49221. Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow in the Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Charles E. Mooney. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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April Ann Moon

 

   April Ann Moon, 38, of Lansing, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. Ms. Moon was born April 1, 1968 in Charlotte, the daughter of Douglas Moon and Judith (Beals) Wisinski.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Douglas Moon; grandfather, Milton Moon; brother, Doug Moon; aunts, Cathy Murray, Rosemary Gould and Beverly Beals; and uncles, Ray Beals and Russell Beals.

   She is survived by her parents, Leonard and Judy Wisinski; grandmother, Rowena Moon; step-brother, Kenny (Linda Dientefass) Wisinski; step-sister, Patricia (Cliff) Thretheway; aunts, Linda (Ray) Winter, Robin Moon, Shirley (Amos) Ellsworth, Mary Ellen Beals and Debbie; uncles, Stanley (Aletha) Beals, Roger (Yvonne) Beals, Bruce (Elaine) Beals, Renold Lawrence (Joyce) Beals; nephews, Michael and Zackary; niece, Melissa; many cousins and special friend, Bernard Bacon.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb.13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Perry Purcell officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Rocco Moore

 

   Rocco Ray Moore, 52, of Charlotte, passed away Dec. 21, from an apparent heart attack. Rocco was born March 31, 1955, in Charlotte, the son of Donald and Charlene (Laverty) Moore.

   Rocco was an outstanding basketball and football player at Charlotte High School, and went on to play offensive lineman for Western Michigan University, where he was named All Mid-American Conference.

   In 2005, Rocco was honored by being named to the Western Michigan University All-Century team. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1977 and in 1980 he wore #71 for the Chicago Bears.

   After returning to Charlotte, Rocco Became a mortgage broker, owning Big Roc Funding and Rocco Moore Mortgage Specialists.

   Rocco leaves behind his loving wife, Lisa; sons, Colton and Sam; and daughters, Savhanna and Cheyenne; his adoring parents, Don and Charlene Moore, his sisters, Connie Burgess, and Candy (Ron) Karr; and many nieces and nephews.

   An affirmation service was held Friday, Dec. 28 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center to celebrate the gift of Rocco's life.

   A memorial trust fund has been set up at National City Bank for the benefit of Rocco's children.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Bonnie Kay Morales

 

   Bonnie Kay Morales, 64, of Bellevue, died June 17, 2007.

   Mrs. Morales was born April 4, 1943 the daughter of Olney and Mary (Odom) Hollandsworth. Mrs. Morales was a registered nurse, attended the Olivet Congregational Church and was a member of the Michigan Nurses Association. She enjoyed camping, bird watching and flower gardening. Mrs. Morales loved spending time with her family, was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing for family gatherings, and loved her new home. Bonnie was an avid NASCAR fan.

   She was preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond and Jerry; sisters, Connie Evans in 2003 and Dorothy Mowers in 2007.

   She is survived by her husband Bob; son, Robert Ryan Cooper; her friend Casey; stepson, Robert (Joey) Morales; stepdaughter, Lisa (Kent) Rudlaff; six grandchildren; sister, Millie (Bob) Canavan; brother, Thomas (Audrey) Hollandsworth; brother-in-law, Howard Evans; two nieces; five nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 22 at the Olivet Congregational Church, Olivet, with Greg Morrison officiating. Interment will  be at Porter Cemetery next to her sister Connie.

   Contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Carol Sue Morrison

 

   Carol Sue Morrison, 64, of Albion, passed away May 8 at her residence.

   She was born in Olivet Jan. 18, 1943 to John E. and Jennie (Nettleton) Morrison. September of 1961 she married Robert B. Farlin in Charlotte. He preceded her in death.

   Carol worked for St. Lawrence Diamond-Dale Nursing Home in Lansing, retiring in 1996. She enjoyed crocheting and the Home Shopping network.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janette Gruel; brothers, Ernest, Harry and Egbert Morrison.

   She is survived by sons, Robert Farlin of Albion, Gregory Farlin of Litchfield; daughters, Tammie Parks of Albion and Barbara Farlin of Angola, Ind.; sisters, Clauda Smith of Quincy, Janice (Don) Barnett of Olivet, Sandra (Harry) Smith of Coldwater; brothers, Francis Morrison of Lansing, Roger (Pat) Morrison of Saginaw; sister-in-laws, Ida (Belle) Morrison, Ellen Morrison, both of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Earl (Mike) Young of Springport; 13 grandchildren;; and six great-grandchildren.

   According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be services held at a later date.

   Arrangements were entrusted to the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, Albion.

 

                                   

 

 

Victor E. Moss

 

   Victor Earl Moss, age 89, of Bushnell, died Friday, July 20, 2007 in Wildwood. He was born in Springport, MI. He was a farmer in agriculture, and worked at Eaton Stamping.

   He is survived by his wife, Marjorie C. Moss of Bushnell; son, Ronald Kent (Cheryl) Moss of Bushnell; daughter, Laurali Kaye Dack of Hickory Corners, MI; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

   Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.

 

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Craig Forrest Mossholder

 

   “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” That Special Olympics oath befits our son, Craig Forrest Mossholder of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, who was born Jan. 4, 1964 and passed Dec. 14, after a lifetime of both physical and mental debilitation and challenge, at the age of 43.

   To “win” is given new meaning by special needs folks. In his early days it meant to have some appetite, sleep well and have less pain. Craig learned the meaning of courage early. This never dulled his positive nature of trust in others. In later years, Craig left home to adjust to numerous Community Mental Health group homes, and new staff and friends to kids. As a big Beatles and Elvis fan, he was always eager to share his enthusiasm. Quick witted and empathetic, he gave of himself as he could best; spreading smiles.

   We are so grateful for the chance to know an indomitable spirit. But also grateful to the army of good people who have eased Craig’s bumpy path, such as the Eaton Rapids school system, CMH staff and workers, the Special Olympics opportunities, the Sea Cruisers Band friendship, the Transitions North workplace, as well as family, friends and many others. So much of this crazy world is good. You could say Craig lived (as in the Beatles song, “The long and winding road”), but (unlike their “All you need is love”) Craig’s life took a great deal of work as well. Thank you and may God bless you, everyone.

   Who will crack jokes with me now? Who will ask me “Mom, how are you?”

   Craig is survived by his parents, Royce and Margaret “Maggi” Mossholder of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Roy (Kim) Mossholder and children, Meagan & Monica of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Brian Mossholder and children, Brandon, Kyle & Nicholas and their mother, Deb, all of Bloomfield Hills, Blake (Amy) Mossholder and children, Jacob, Casey & Madison of Mason; and uncle, Neil (Nancy) Mossholder of Ala.

   He was preceded in death by his brother Mark Mossholder in 2005. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be directed to Special Olympics, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859, in memory of Craig Mossholder. Dear son, you were brave in the attempt. We will miss you. Go in peace at last. Always loving you – Mom, Dad and family.

 

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Walter Martin Mulkey

 

   Walter Martin Mulkey of Eaton Rapids, age 97, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2007 in Lansing.

Born in Oklahoma on September 12, 1909, Walter Mulkey farmed with his family and neighbors before traveling to Michigan where he worked many jobs before opening a used car lot, which quickly progressed into a new car lot, selling Plymouth and Desoto cars. Soon he expanded his business to include farm machinery, home appliances, real estate, etc. After many years of successful business, he sold the business and became a Stock Broker in Lansing. Walter retired to his farm in Eaton Rapids where he continued to divide and sell property. Our beloved father and grandfather will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his son, Gene Mulkey (1994); brother, Joe Mulkey; and sister, Eunice Selvey-Mulkey.

   Walter is survived by 1 daughter (with Ruby), Dorothy Mulkey, M.D. of Flushing; 1 son (with Joyce), Jeff Mulkey of East Lansing; 2 grandchildren, Douglas and Charlie Mulkey of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral service will be held 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Interment will follow at Brickyard Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Dick Mulvaine

 

   James Richard “Dick” Mulvaine, 70, of Olivet, died Nov. 7, 2007 at Battle Creek Health System. He was born Oct. 12, 1937, the son of Donald H. and E. Margaret (Walsh) Mulvaine in Battle Creek.

   Dick worked as a cook at Olivet College for 22 years.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Judith Gay Mulvaine.

   He is survived by his siblings, Susan (David) Crilly of Burlington, Donna (Bernard) Jettner of Battle Creek, Sandy (Kurt) Koch of East Leroy, David (Diane) Mulvaine of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Deonna Loughman of Sidney, Montana, Trecia (Scott) Gillett of Hawaii, and Todd (Mary) Mulvaine of Ceresco, He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

   Dick’s Irish heritage was very important to him and he enjoyed his travels to Ireland. He loved to cook for his family and was known for his kindness and generosity to everyone and his love for children.

   Funeral services took place Nov. 12 at the funeral home with Pastor David Mulvaine, First Baptist Church, Woodridge, Illinois, officiating. Interment, Memorial Park Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may go to NPR through WMUK, Kalamazoo or WKAR, East Lansing.

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

 

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Scott Music

 

   Scott Music of Litchfield, MI formerly of Springport, age 79, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2007 in Marshall. Scott was born September 20, 1927 in Bonanza, KY, the son of Jesse and Ocie Leigh (Whitaker) Music. He operated his own auto body shop in Brunswick, GA, and later worked for Red’s Body Shop in Litchfield. Preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann (Gibbons), and son, Larry Scott Music.

   He is survived by 1 daughter, Brenda Kay Jolin of Litchfield; 1 son, Terry Lee Music of Coldwater; 5 grandchildren, Jason and Angie Music, Michelle Music, Phillip Music and Darwin Eubank, Ill; 9 great grandchildren; brothers, George Music of Eaton Rapids, Jeff (Henrietta) Music of Marshall; sister, Genoia “June” Lawson of Clifford, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, August 6, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Barbara Myers

 

   Barbara Ann (Yocum) Myers left this world on July 30, 2007, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Basking Ridge, NJ.

   She was born July 10, 1915, in  Royal Oak, daughter of Elizabeth and Oliver Yocum. her father died of TB when she was three and her mother when she was 9. She was lovingly raised by Lee and Clover Rumsey at their dairy farm in West Windsor. She loved them and had a wonderful childhood. She always considered how very fortunate she was to have such a caring family raise her as their own. She always considered herself a Rumsey and genuinely loved her sister, Ozelma.

   She attended West Windsor School through the eighth grade where Ozelma was the teacher and then went to Lansing to West Junior High School where she met her life-long friend, Peg Powell. She graduated in 1932 at age 16 from Lansing Central High School. Barbara was accepted at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, but was too young to attend; so she enrolled in Lansing Business School, completing two years in one. She accepted a position as secretary to Murray Van Wagoner, State Highway Commissioner. One of her memorable missions in that position was to escort President and Eleanor Roosevelt on their train ride through Lansing.

   Barbara married A. W. Myers, the local Potterville doctor, on New Year’s Eve 1937 and moved to Potterville with Marilyn, daughter of his deceased first wife. They summered at Duck Lake until 1948 and then she and “Doc” built a home at Mullet Lake where all the members of the family visited and had great times together. She preceded her husband in getting her pilot’s license in 1946 and they flew all over the Midwest and Florida as members of the Paul Bunyan Clan, a group of like-minded pilots. She was a very accomplished aviatrix and never suffered a flying incident.

   Her sons, David and Jim, were her entire life and they were always there for her. Barbara lived in Potterville from 1937 through 1978 until “Doc” retied. After a short while in Charlotte, she moved first to Lansing and then lived in Haslett until 2004. After her sons went to college, Barbara resumed working for the State of Michigan, specifically Senators Guy VanderJagt and Gill Bursley, Representative Remer VanTil. During those years, she was actively involved with the Eaton County Red Cross, the Michigan Cancer Society, and served as president of the Eaton County Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Eaton County Medical Auxiliary, and was president of the State Medical Society Auxiliary. Barbara went with the Michigan Delegation to the World’s Fair in 1964 as part of the Michigan Committee accompanying then Governor George Romney. During that visit she had an o-opportunity to meet Arthur Godfrey and Danny Thomas as part of her hosting for Michigan. In the later years of state service, she shared responsibilities with Phyllis dell, as the personal secretary of Governor William G. Milliken.

   She renewed many Capitol friendships when she moved to Lansing and Haslett and traveled extensively with her dear friend, Peg Powell, to Europe and Scandinavia. One of her favorite trips was to China just after it was opened to travelers. She continued actively golfing until she was 85 and was an expert bridge player throughout her life.

   She was predeceased by her husband, A. W. “Doc” Myers; her beloved sister, Ozelma Lockwood; and stepdaughter, Marilyn Payne of Kalamazoo.

   Surviving are her sons, James W. Myers MD (Dorothy) of Houston, Texas and David M. Myers, MD (Sue Ellen) of Mendham, NJ; grandchildren, Gregory Myers of Ashland, Mass., Bradford Myers of Ashland, Mass., Holly Gauthier of Andover, Mass., Courtney Miglietta of Norwood, NJ and Dana Myers of Houston, Texas; great grandchildren, Alessandra, Giovanni and Madison Miglietta, Carter and Logan Cauthier, Reed Huffmeyer, and David Myers II. She was blessed with two wonderful nieces, Lee Ann (Wolford) Kendall, and her children, Robert and Adam, plus Autumn (Wolford) Zick and her daughters, Erica and Andrea. Her nieces and their children greatly enriched her life. Also surviving are Marilyn’s children, Gordon, Larry and David Smith of Grand Rapids; Barbara and Deborah Janosek of Kalamazoo, and Gainesville, Fla. respectively, and Alice and Ray Brown of Cooper, Mich. and Rio Rancho, NM respectively, and many great grandchildren from Marilyn’s family. She also leaves her profoundly loved niece, Clover Lee (Wolford) King of East Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing. Interment followed at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. She was laid to rest with Ozelma. Out-of-state arrangements were handled by the Bailey Funeral Home of Mendham, NJ.

 

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Liam Myers

 

   Liam Evan Myers, 6, of Charlotte, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. Liam was born Sept. 27, 2001, in Chicago, IL, the son of Christopher and Michelle (Paladino) Myers.

   During his young life he loved to listen to music and children's voices. Liam also loved being held and being read to.

   He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elaine Myers.

   He is survived by his parents, Christopher and Michelle; brother, Aiden Myers; grandparents, Lauraine and Larry Weicht and Phyllis and Larry Myers; uncles and aunts, Mark and Lisa Myers, Dave and Sue Paladino, David Weicht and Sherin Troub, Kimberly and Shawn Weicht, Mike Weicht and Steve and Patti Weicht; special friends, Anne Blackport, Sheila Hamblin and Kelli Louth. He will also be remembered by many, many other family members and countless friends.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 31, 2007 at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Melinda Halom officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice or Peace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

                                   

 

 

Thelma Myers

 

   Thelma L. (Brendahl) Myers, 78, of Olivet, formerly of Lansing, died Oct. 10, 2007 at Battle Creek Health Systems. Mrs. Myers was born July 7, 1929 in Lansing, the daughter of Carl and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Brendahl and had been an Olivet resident for 55 years.

   She was a graduate of Lansing Sexton High School and before raising her family had been employed at Post Cereals in Battle Creek. She had been a Cub Scout Den Mother while her husband was Cubmaster. She enjoyed playing Bingo and an occasional trip to the Casino.

   She was predeceased by 11 siblings.

   Surviving are, her husband of 55 years, Robert D. Myers; three sons, Gordon (Tess) Myers of Glendale, AZ, Glen (Lynne) Myers of Olivet and Gary (Deborah) Myers of South Haven; eight grandchildren, Edward, Chadwick & Jordan Myers, Jason & Justin Myers, Phillip Hebenstreit, Kristy Huber and Kari Hebenstreit; nine great-grandchildren and one brother, Donald Brendahl of Owosso.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 13, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may go to the American Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice.

 

                                   

 

 

Jerry Dewitte Nagle

 

   Jerry Dewitte Nagle, 64, of Sunfield, passed away Friday Nov. 23 at Hayes Green Beech Hospital in Charlotte. He was born Nov. 16, 1943 in Coldwater.

   Jerry had a tremendous gift with wood working, and he loved to buy and sell antiques. He also was past owner/operator of J & M's party store, and was previously employed by Clark Equipment in Battle Creek as a Foreman.

   Jerry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Leta and Dow Nagle.

   He is survived by his three daughters Kim Baklund of Springdale, Ariz., Tracy Pittman of Lawrence, and Wendy (Jeff) Scott of Witter, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Bobby Baklund, Krista Baklund, Bryan Nagle, Bo McLiechey, Amanda McLiechey, Christopher Scott and Ashley Scott; and two great-grandchildren, Caden Pettz and Abby McLiechey. Also surviving is his ex-wife, Mary Ann Nagle.

   A two hour visitation was held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the Sunfield Library, PO Box 36 Sunfield, Mich. 48890. Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at www.legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Eleanor Neil

 

   Eleanor Lucille Neil, 88, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at the home of her daughter Margaret. Mrs. Neil was born March 19, 1919 in Detroit, the daughter of Louis W. and Mary R. (Ritter) Brown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Neil in 2004; sisters, Dorothy Ward and Marie Aninos, and brother, Edward Brown.

   She is survived by her children, James (Dianne) Neil of Houston, Texas, Barbara (Leonard) Bochenek of Charlotte, Jack (Sandy) Neil of Charlevoix, Michigan, Patricia (Cal) Underwood of Sarasota, Florida, Frederick (Cathy) Neil of Brighton, Michigan and Margaret (Jim) Smith of Lansing; former daughter-in-law, Patricia Neil of Tecumseh; and brother, Robert (Elizabeth) Brown of Safford, Arizona.

   A funeral mass was held Oct. 5, 2007 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Leo Nichols

 

   Leo C. Nichols, 75, of Charlotte, died March 31, 2007 following a lengthy illness. Mr. Nichols was born Nov. 3, 1931 in Blue Creek, W.V., the son of Irving and Katherine Nichols.

   Leo worked for Durham Construction in Elkview, W.V. before working for Owens Illinois, transferred to the Charlotte area in 1967 and retired after 36 years. He loved his work as a sub-contractor, building several executive homes in the Charlotte area. Mr. Nichols served as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War.

   He was preceded in death by his son, David Leo Nichols and his parents.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jackie; son, Thomas (Peggy) Cobb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Patti (Jeffrey) Ross of Charlotte; sisters, Ora (Woodrow) Workman of Ohio, Irene Cummings of Blue Creek, W.V., Rada Moore of St. Albons, W.V., Thelma Carte, of Pinch, W.V.; brother, Weldon (Mary) Nichols of Elkview, W.V.; grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Ziehr, Tammi (Chris) Klaiber, Justin and Travis Ross; great-grandchildren, Bailey and Sidney; sisters-in-law, Lois (Gay) Barker and Janice (Bobby) Kinder of Charleston, W.V.

   The family gives special thanks to Pastor and Mrs. Charles Bolinger and dear friends, Don Hummel and Charley Hadley.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. April 4 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Emeritus Charles Bolinger officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Patricia Nichols

 

   Patricia A. "Grandma Pat" Nichols, 82, of Olivet, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007. She was born April 26, 1925 in Detroit, the daughter of Robert and Henrietta (Goulette) Cale.

Mrs. Nichols was raised in Royal Oak where she met the love of her life, Roy and married him in 1944. After raising her family and retiring in 1986 she went to work at the Eaton Intermediate School District where she was very proud of being a Foster Grandparent.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; and daughter Maureen.

   She is survived by her sons, Bruce Nichols of Charlotte, David (Carol) Nichols of Sparta, Scott Nichols of Charlotte and James (Cindy) Nichols of Charlotte; daughter, Laura (Bryan) Thompson of Olivet; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many extended family members and friends.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 26, 2007 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a local Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary M. Nieburger

 

   Mary M. (Nicol) Nieburger, 84 of Laughlin, Nev. died Monday, March 26, 2007 at her home. She was born in Charlotte March 8, 1923 to the late L. Ray and Cora Nicol.

   The family moved to Holland, Mich. in December 1933. Mr. Nicol worked at Baker Furniture in Allegan and when it moved to Holland, so did the family. She attended Washington and Maplewood schools. She worked as a waitress at different restaurants in Holland. She also did baby sitting. While in Laughlin she attended the Baptist Church. She was the historian for many years for the Laughlin Senior Center.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Cecil Van Dyke; her second husband, Edward Nieburger; her parents L. Ray and Cora Nicol; and her brothers and their wives, Lenard and Mary Nicol, Roger and M. Janet Nicol, Richard Nicol, Jesse Nicol and Roy and Gretchen Nicol.

   Surviving are her son and his wife, Gordon Sr. and Janice Van Dyke of Laughlin, Nev.; two grandsons, Gordon Van Dyke Jr. of Missouri and Greg Van Dyke of Laughlin, Nev.; her sister and husband, June and Donald Hein of Holland; and many nieces and nephews.

   Burial was in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Holland. No services are planned at this time.

   Arrangements are by the Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 East 16th St. Holland, Mich. An online registry is available at www.notierverleelangeland.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Alberta “Bertie” Jane Noecker

 

   Alberta "Bertie" Jane Noecker, of Grand Ledge, passed away April 14 in Lansing at the age of 90. She was born in Greenville Sept. 2, 1916.

   Alberta was a retired employee of General Motors, Oldsmobile Division Labor Local 652, with 30 years of service and a longtime area dairy farmer. She was an avid fisherwoman and enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, art show and theater.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Murrel; sister, Jennie (Glen) Baxter; brother, George (Roberta) Smith and nephews, Larry Smith, Nathan Hause and Jerry Grove.

   Surviving are her sister, Leona (Robert) Densmore of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Natalie Hause and Carole Charles, both of Holt, Lynette (Larry) Warner of Eaton Rapids, Janice Baxter of Lansing, Janet Grove of Rose City, Daryl (Carol) Baxter of Wellston, Gary (Patty) Baxter of Texas, Sheila (Dell) Baker of Washington, Terry (Cindy) Smith of Eaton Rapids, Greg (Misty) Smith of Indiana, and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

   Services were held April 18 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Rev. Lyle Heaton of the Wacousta Community United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge.

   Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Lung Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Shirley Norton

 

   Shirley Gail (Owen) Norton, 80, of Charlotte, went to be with our Lord on March 11, 2007. Shirley was born April 14, 1926 in Sterling, Ill. the daughter of Martin and Eva Owen.

   Shirley was an avid reader, enjoyed spending time with her two close daughters and their families. She also took pleasure in doing crafts, crossword puzzles, watching her friends play cards and enjoyed the holidays with her family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Birchard; sons, Allen, Richard and Larry Owen; her mother and father;10 siblings; and two grandchildren, Daniel Kent Williams and Toni Leigh Osman.

   Shirley is survived by her children, Gail Williams, Kathleen Jones, Mary Osman, Duane, Bonnie, and Leria; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Betty Beck and a brother, George Owen.

   Funeral services were held March 14 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home with Pastor Lester DeGroot presiding. Shirley was laid to rest next to her husband, Birchard, at the West Carmel Township Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Shirley's name at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles Novak

 

   Charles Edwin Novak, 80, of Charlotte, passed away April 29, 2007. Mr. Novak was born August 29, 1926, in Brighton, Missouri, the son of Thomas J. and Mary (Kroutil) Novak.

   He loved farming and was a long-time farmer in the Charlotte area. He retired from Oldsmobile after 31 years.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann, in August, 2006.

   He is survived by sons, Bruce (Janine) Novak of Brighton and Mark Novak of Charlotte; brother, James (Marie) Francka of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Marie Mullican of Springfield, Missouri, Blanche Kincaid of Portland, Michigan and Helen (Lee) Hart of Carlsbad, California; and sister-in-law, Jean (Ardell) Anderson of Springfield, Missouri.

   A funeral service was held May 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte with Rev. Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery in Chester Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Jane O’Dell

 

   Jane O’Dell, 74, of Eaton Rapids formerly of Albion, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Tendercare West in Lansing.

She was born Aug. 25, 1933 in Corning, Ohio, the daughter of Herschel and Edna (Dodson) Wilder.

   On June 29, 1952 she married Vernon O’Dell. Jane worked at Corning Glass for several years and also worked at Marchand Enterprises.

   She was a member of Faith Assembly of Olivet.

   She enjoyed gardening, canning, and daylilies. Jane especially enjoyed her family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, daughter Verna Sprouse, son Larry O’Dell, granddaughter Stacy Sprouse, grandson Jeremy O’Dell and granddaughter Melonie O’Dell.

   She is survived by a daughter, Laurie (Keith) Banks of Eaton Rapids, three sisters; Jean Wright of Menton, Edna Gemmel of Streetsborough, Ohio and Marleen Cleveland of Kalamazoo, two brothers; Herschel Wilder of Sturgis and Art Wilder of Ariz., one half-sister; Lou Wilder-Uphold of Coldwater, one half-brother; Herbert Wilder of Coldwater, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 28 at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion, with Pastor Winford Collins officiating. Interment was at Albion Memory Gardens.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Richard Ohm

 

   Richard Thomas Ohm, 66, of Nashville, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007 at his residence. Richard was born June 23, 1940 in Lansing, the son of Arthur and Margaret (Brennan) Ohm. He had been a carpenter and had worked at Aluminum Extrusions.

   He is survived by sons, Aaron Ohm of Nashville, Kevin (Stephanie) Ohm of Battle Creek; granddaughter, Piper Elizabeth Mitchell; brother, Ralph Ohm, and sister-in-law, Diane (Robert) Stoddard of Kalamazoo.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Mae (King) Ohm in June 2001, and his parents. 

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 at the Nashville Baptist Church, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

Willis Ottinger

 

   Willis “Glenn” Ottinger, 60, of Eaton Rapids, surrounded by his family, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007.

   He owned and operated Colonia Custom Homes. Glenn enjoyed bowling and was a real outdoorsman who loved golfing and fishing.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet.

   He is survived by his wife Deborah; children, Kelly (Mark) Fenn, Matthew (Janie) Ottinger, Alesha (Michael) Robinson; stepchildren, Kristine Jackson, Jennifer (Gabriel) Urivez, Stephanie Dubias; 14 grandchildren; parents, Willis and Beatrice Ottinger; mother-in-law, Patricia Dunn; sister, Gail (Harry) Mallory; brother, Terry (Paulette) Ottinger; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at Chapel in the Pines Funeral Home. Interment was in East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos.

 

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Jack J. Paquette

 

   Jack Jerome Paquette, 69, of Traverse City, formerly of Eaton Rapids and Wolverine went to be with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, May 17, 2007, at Tendercare in Traverse City. He lived a very courageous life, battling many serious health issues. Jack was the son of Edwin Francis and Leona May (Dillingham) Paquette, born December 23, 1937 in Eaton Rapids. Jack answered the call of duty serving in the United States Mili8tary. He was a long time resident of the Lansing area until relocating to Wolverine, MI where he was a police officer for Tuscarora Township. From a young age Jack had a passion for the outdoors, spending time hunting, trapping and fishing. He continued his enjoyment with nature, camping for many years with his family and more recently traveling in his RV. Jack was a gunsmith and avid gun collector. He had a wonderfully unique sense of humor that has p0assed on through the family. He will be greatly missed.

   Jack is survived by his two sons, Ed (Chantel) Paquette of Gaylord, Rich Paquette of Traverse City, his daughter, Shelly (Dave) Guernsey of Traverse City, his former wife, Irene (Royston), his mother, Leona Cadger of Eaton Rapids, a sister, Shirley Johnson of Eaton Rapids, an aunt, Neola Paquette of Petoskey, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several other loving family members and friends and his little dog Peanut. Jack was preceded in death by his father, Edwin and two infant grandchildren.

   Memorial services were held on June 24, 2007 at New Hope Community Church with Rev. Tim Manzer officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Cherryland Humane Society. The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. www.reynoldsjonkhoff.com.

 

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Lillian Parker

 

   Lillian L. Parker, 82, of Frankfort, died Monday, July 2, 2007 at the Maples in Frankfort. She was born in Chicago, Ill. on Aug. 15, 1924, the daughter of Frank and Lillian (Kojan) Kohler. Lillian married Lloyd N. Parker on Sept. 14, 1942 in Crown Point, IN.

   Lillian loved life. She was a caring person, who spent many years as a nurses aide in both the Marshall and Battle Creek hospitals. She enjoyed music, both listening to it and singing. She was an artist and painted beautiful landscapes and living things. Lillian also loved the Lord and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Charlotte, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and did anything she was called upon to do. While Lillian loved many things, what she loved most was her family, spending time with them, and watching the little ones grow into adults.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lillian Kohler; siblings, Mary Withrow, Margaret Foley, Eddie Foley, Frank Kohler, John Kohler and Evelyn Tollard; son-in-law, Russell Gibbs and Keith Garity; and great-grandsons, Stephen Michael and Ryan Wolfe.

   She will be missed by her family, husband, Lloyd Parker; and daughters, Dodie Garity, Linda (David) Wolfe, Marcia (Frank) VanDevelde, and Mary Ellen Gibbs. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandsons, two great-great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Hilda Braatz.

   A memorial service to celebrate Lillian's life will be on Aug. 4 at the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene at 11 a.m., with the Reverends Glen Neal and Arthur Salisbury officiating. A pot luck luncheon will follow at Kiwanis Manor. Burial will take place at a later date in Maple Hill Cemetery. Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial contributions may be directed to the Parker family, PO BOX 123, Elberta, MI 49628. The Frankfort Chapel of McElduff-Jowett Funeral Home and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold F. “Red” Parkhouse

 

   Harold F. Parkhouse, 63, of Charlotte, passed away Jan. 11 in Eaton Township, Eaton County. He was born in Lansing March 7, 1943, son of Raymond and Erma (Boron) Parkhouse.

   Red was a retired tool maker from Oldsmobile serving 33 years and served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He served as a volunteer fireman for Portland, was a member of Mid-Michigan Street Rod Association and founded the Riley Elementary School Softball league.

   He was predeceased by his parents; granddaughter, Mackenzie Endres; brother, LaVern; and sister, Barbara.

   He is surviving by his wife of 35 years, Jan; sons, Brad (Amy) Parkhouse of Portland and Mark Saxton of Lansing; daughters, Cherie Parkhouse of Portland, Lisa Saxton of DeWitt and Robin (Bill) Sheldon of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jacob, Dustin, Joseph, Samantha, Joshua, Matthew and Emma; sister, Joyce (Jim) Ralston of Alger; and brother, Richard Parkhouse of Portland.

   Services were held Jan. 15 at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with the Rev. Molly Turner of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church officiating. Military Honors followed at Wacousta Cemetery.

   Contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice or American Cancer Society. www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com

 

                                   

 

 

Dustin Parr

 

   Dustin J. Parr, 32, of Bellevue, died June 12, 2007 as the result of a motorcycle accident near his home. He was born March 18, 1975, the son of Gordon F. and Bonnie B. (Madry) Parr in Battle Creek.

   Dustin worked as truck driver for companies in the area. He enjoyed collecting guns, riding his motorcycle, driving and working on his pickup truck and having fun. He loved his children and spending time with them.

   He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Dorothy (Pratt) Parr.

   Dustin is survived by his children, Gage, Kaitlin and Ryan Parr all at home in Bellevue; parents, Gordon and Bonnie Parr of Bellevue; brother, James Parr of Bellevue; paternal grandfather, Richard Parr of Bellevue; maternal grandparents, Charles and Gladys Madry of Bellevue; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Friends are welcome to visit from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Services will take place 11 a.m. Monday at Bellevue Christian Center, Pastor Steve Covert, officiating.

   Memorials may be made to a trust fund for his children.

   The family is served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Lola Patterson

 

   Lola Barber Patterson, 82, died Sept. 27, 2006 at the Parkview Care Center, Osborne. Lola was born June 2, 1924 in Lansing, the daughter of Floyd and Margaret Rounds.

   She is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Floyd Rounds; brothers, Floyd Rounds and Reginald Rounds; sisters, Dorothy Roll, Blanche Hurshman and Betty Bradstreet; one son, Ronald E. Bullock; and husband, Raymond E. Patterson.

   She is survived by three daughters, Anna M. Evans of Downs, Kan., Patricia L. Williams of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Carol L. Bullock of Sisters, Ore.; one son, Bradford K. Bullock of Chehalis, Wa.; five sisters, Margaret Graham of Charlotte; Carolyn Bowen of Bellevue, Elsie Wolover of Vermontville, Joanne Rugg of Bellevue, Ardean Gonser of Vermontville; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 3, 2006 at Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, with Pastor Dan Smith of Vermontville Bible Church officiating. Casket bearers were Dawn M. Thomas, Shelly R. Michals, Dennis K. Buron, Kimberly A. Denning, Donald D. Evans, Peter D. Adrianson and Darian L. Graham. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek.

   Arrangements by Domoney Funeral Home and Shaw Funeral Home, Battle Creek.

 

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William Patton

 

   William R. (Bill) Paton, 74, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died on April 7, 2007, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

   Bill was born Aug. 10, 1932 in Grafton, Ill., graduated from Jerseyville High School, enlisted in the Air Force and served in Korea. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana and began his career with Owens-Illinois at the Alton, Ill. plant, and retired in 1989 from the Charlotte plant where he was the plant engineer.

   Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Grace (Brown) Patton of Alton, Ill., twin infant daughters Beverly and Brenda, and infant daughter Laurie; parents Calvin and Viola (Cope) Patton; sister, Vera Patton Skeens and brother, Gilbert Patton.

   Bill is survived by his children Pamela Patton of Grand Rapids; Mark (Stacey) Patton of Clearwater, Fla.; Sandy (Chas) DeCarlo of Hudsonville; Jeff (Regina) Patton of Royal Oak; and grandchildren Stephen and Meagan DeCarlo of Hudsonville, as well as many nieces and nephews.

   At Bill’s request, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be buried next to his wife at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey, Ill. Interment is scheduled for June 11.

 

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Carol Sue (Jaseph) Peck

 

   Carol Sue (Jaseph) Peck, 65, passed away May 15 at Three Rivers Health.

   She was born in Kalamazoo Dec. 26, 1941 the daughter of Harold and Gertrude (Ayers) Jaseph.

   Carol resided in Three Rivers after retiring from the Charlotte Public Schools after 20 years of service and also Heartland Health Care Center of Three Rivers. She enjoyed cooking and baking and the joy of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

   She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Larry Jaseph in 2005.\   Surviving are her loving family, six children; Harold (Valerie) Peck, Suzanne (Peck) Childs (Dan Maynard), Roy Peck, Kristy Peck, Lester (Shannon) Peck, and Chad (Cathy) Peck; grandchildren, Jessica (Jason) Garvie, Jennifer (Chris) Broskey, Adam (Kayla) Childs, Joshua Childs, Elizabeth Westrate, Cory Westrate, Johnney Peck (Goggin), Rebecca Peck and Olivia Peck; great grandchildren, Emily and Andrew Broskey, and Allison Garvie; brothers, Roger (Scherry) Jaseph, Rex “Bill” Jaseph, and Samuel Jaseph.

   Services were held May 18 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Nelson Hall officiating. Interment followed at Poe Cemetery. Memorial may be donated to the Heartland Health Care Auxiliary Fund. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Leland E. Peck

 

   Leland E. Peck of Eaton Rapids, age 91, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007 in Charlotte. Leland was born April 14, 1915 in McKinley Twp, Cass County, MN, the son of Leland Lee and Mabel (Orr) Peck. He retired as a welder from Warner-Swasey in Lansing and farmed for many years. Leland always had a great garden and was a wonderful story teller. On November 21, 2006, Leland mounted a neighbor’s horse and rode around the family farm. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Opal O. Peck in 2000; 2 brothers, Harland and Robert Peck.

   Leland is survived by his 2 nieces, Donna Jean (Robert) Zentmyer of California, Terrelene (Dale) Swetland of Grass Lake; nephew, Larry (Cindy) Peck of Hillman; 2 cousins, Janet (Dick) Wendorf of Florida, Ward (Sandy) Orr of Eaton Rapids; several grand nieces and grand nephe3ws; his best old friend “Spotty” (who has joined him in heaven); and a host of friends and neighbors. There will be no services.

   Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

Daniel Perkins

 

   Daniel J. Perkins, 55, of Charlotte, died Monday, March 26, 2007. Mr. Perkins was born Aug. 26, 1951 in Battle Creek, the son of Melvin and Rosemary (Swift) Perkins.

   Mr. Perkins was an employee of Owens Illinois from 1971 - 1985. He enjoyed finishing projects around the house, cars, the outdoors and going camping up north.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin and his brother, Douglas.

   He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Marie and his mother Rosemary Perkins.

   Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. March 28 at Pray Funeral Home with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Earl J. Perkins

 

   Earl J. Perkins, 75, of Grand Ledge died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 at the Ingham Regional Medical Center, Greenlawn Campus. Earl was born July 18, 1931 in Hamlin Township of Eaton County, the son of Earl and Nancy (Price) Perkins and was a lifelong Eaton County resident.

   He was a retired tool and die maker and machinist having been employed at IMPCO of Lansing for 14 years. Prior to that he worked at Portland Products Co. and also at Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte for a short time. He had served in the U. S. Marine Corps and also the U. S. Air Force. He served during the Korean War.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Russell Perkins.

   Survivors include his wife, Julie (Merrill) Perkins; daughter, Samantha M. Peariso of Mackinaw City; granddaughter, Tabatha Peariso; and his sister, Maxine.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Memorial services were held Feb. 17 at the Mason Church Of Christ, 821 N. Cedar St. in Mason, with Ron Brown officiating. Memorial contributions may go to the American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Marceline Perkins

 

   Marceline J. Perkins, 79, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Marcy was born Aug. 12, 1927 in Hollister, Wis., the daughter of Arthur and Blanche (Pratt) Roberts.

   Marcy was a tac welder in a shipyard in Sturgeon Bay , Wis. on Liberty Ships during World War II. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Adrian and worked on Habitat for Humanity houses in Lenawee County. She belonged to the Ladies Elks Society at one time serving as president. She enjoyed camping with the Hitch Up and Go Club. She also taught ballroom dancing and in 2000 she moved to Charlotte and became a member of St. Mary's Church. She also joined Eaton Area Senior Center and was on the Advisory Board, and there she enjoyed many friendships. She was active at the St. Vincent DePaul food bank and a member of the Thornapple Dulcimer Society.

   She was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph, Rudwin, Richard, Roman and Russell; sisters, Marie Bricco, Mildred Eckhart, Meta Roberts and Myrna Besaw.

   She was the beloved wife of Paul, he survives. She is also survived by her sons, Robert (Mary) Perkins of West Des Moines, Iowa, Kenneth (Gabriela) Perkins of Tucson, Ariz., Michael (Catherine) Perkins of West Bloomfield and Ronald Perkins of Charlotte; daughters, Karen (Earl) Hixson of Lansing and Pauline Perkins of Lansing; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Roger (Kathy) Roberts and Raymond (Janet) Roberts; sisters, Maxine (Michael) Johnson and Margaret (George) Alberg; and sisters-in-law, Vera Roberts and Dottie Roberts.

   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society food bank. The family would like to extend special thanks to Jim Fradette for the thoughtfulness and professionalism shown to her and to the caregivers at Eaton County Medical Care Facility for the compassionate care given to Marcy and her family.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Esther Perry

 

   Esther L. (Root) Perry, age 86, of Charlotte, passed away June 18, 2007 at the Hayes-Green Beach Hospital. Mrs. Perry was born Feb. 16, 1921 in Mulliken, the daughter of Alfred and Esther (Roth) Root and had been a Charlotte resident most of her life.

   She was a member of the Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552 where she had served as Charter President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to play Bingo and Gamble.

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

   Surviving are her husband, James Perry; four children, Richard (Elyse) Fogle of Holt, Vickie (Robert) Stojisavljevich of Crown Point, IN, Randall (Susan) Fogle of Charlotte and Kelley (Mark) Kane of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren and two sisters, Etta Hale of Mulliken and Luella (Freeman) Robinson of Charlotte.

   At Mrs. Perry’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A memorial service was held June 21 at the Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552, in Charlotte with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment of remains was in the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hayes-Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

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Anthony Petrakovitz

 

   Anthony Petrakovitz, age 83, passed away Wednesday, August 15 in a Veterans Hospital. He was born May 31, 1924 in Craswell, MI and resided in Eaton Rapids Township. He was preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Francis Petrakovitz, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

   Tony served our country as a S. Sgt. of the Co 1 21st Army Infantry and received various medals and badges.

   The funeral was held at the Veterans Hospital, 3000 Monroe Street, Grand Rapids, MI. Donations can be sent to the National VFW Home, 35735 S. Waverly Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI.

 

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Paul D. Piepkow

 

   Paul D. Piepkow, 80, of Olivet died July 15 at his residence.

   Paul was born in Clarence Township, Calhoun County, July 2, 1927 the son of Gustav and Minnie (Hammond) Piepkow and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a 1944 graduate of Springport High School and had attended agricultural short courses at Michigan State College. He was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of the Lee Center United Methodist Church, an Olivet State Bank (now Independent Bank) director for 35 years, a member of the Olivet School Board for 18 years having served as president and treasurer, a member and past president of the Olivet Rotary Club, with his wife, Blanche, had been selected as the Outstanding Young Dairy Couple from Michigan in 1958, in 1979 was selected as the Dairyman of the Year by MSU, was a member of the Michigan and American Jersey Cattle Clubs, member of the Dairy Council Committee of MSU, member of the M.A.B.C., member of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and was a member of the MSU Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Farmer Home Administration Committee of Calhoun County, the Michigan and Calhoun County Farm Bureaus, has served on the Lee Township Board of Review, was a member of the Springport Euchre Club and had been a member of several softball leagues including the 65 and Over League of Battle Creek.

   He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Margaret Schmidt, Dorothy Heisler and Ellen Piepkow; brothers, Gustav Piepkow, Jr. and Daniel Piepkow; and great-grandson, Willee Piepkow.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Blanche (Lake) Piepkow; children, Paul Duane (Dianne) Piepkow, Jr. of Olivet, William (Melanie) Piepkow of Olivet, Thomas (Patricia) Piepkow of Battle Creek, Mary (Joe) Barkley of Olivet and Jayne (Mark) Voss of Olivet; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Heisler of Cleveland, Ohio and brother, Ralph Piepkow of Springport.

   Services were held July 18 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Diane Stone officiating.

   Contributions may go to the Lee Center United Methodist Church or the Olivet Playground/Lions Club. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

 

Raenee Marie Pierce

 

   Raenee Marie Pierce, age 47 of Jackson and formerly of Eaton Rapids died Sunday, June 17, 2007 at Foote Hospital in Jackson following a long illness. She was born April 12, 1960 in Howell, Michigan the daughter of Robert and Carol (John son) Pierce. Raenee formerly worked in the health care field as a Nurse’s Aid for Jarvis Acres and a convolesant home in Stockbridge. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Carol; 2 brothers, Brad and Daryl Pierce.

   She is survived by her life partner, Larry Stacy of Jackson; daughter, Venus Pierce of Jackson; brother, Rob Pierce of Eaton Rapids and sister, Denise (Darcey) Miller of Springport; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Susan Pifer

 

   Susan M. Pifer, 47, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 28, 2007. Mrs. Pifer was born Sept. 5, 1959, in Charlotte, the daughter of Robert and Betty Lou (Peters) Brandon.

   She was a 15 year employee of Eaton County Treasurer's Office. She was given the nickname "Ruby Sue," a gem that was always helping others. She was active in the "Relay For Life" with the American Cancer Society; her church's Giving Tree, and helping Adult Foster residents. She was the "Family Organizer" as her husband, children and their activities were so very important to her. She really enjoyed bowling, camping, and long walks in the woods.

   She is survived by her husband, Larry; daughter Alexis (Brandon) Davis; son Nathan; grandson Aidan (Burks); brothers Charles (Barbara) Brandon and Kevin (Kathy) Brandon; sister Pamela (Gerald) Johnson; Uncle Dick (Marcella) and Aunt Sandy. Funeral services were held May 2 with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery , Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth Ploch

 

   Kenneth M. Ploch, 27, of Potterville, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007 in Battle Creek. Ken was born April 7, 1980 in Lansing, the son of Kenneth F. and Patricia Ann (Dravenstatt) Ploch and was a life resident of the Potterville, Charlotte area.

   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling and the great outdoors.

   Surviving are his parents, Kenneth and Patricia Ploch of Potterville; his son, Austin Michael Ploch; Austin’s mother, Peggy Wells; Austin’s brother, Cody Cripe; two sisters, Kristen (Gary) Bigelow of Holt and Tricia (Andrew) Woodcock of Pontiac, MI; four nephews, Tyler and Ryan Bigelow and Conner and Lincoln Woodcock; grandmothers, Virginia Dravenstatt and Velma F. Ploch both of Potterville; Aunts & Uncles, Fred (Becky) Ploch of Potterville, Nadine LaMotte of Lansing and Ruth (Jeff) Beaver of Albertsville, AL and six cousins.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 26, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Andy Croel and Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery.

   Memorials may go to an Educational Fund for his son, Austin Michael Ploch which is being established.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Scott Poe

 

   Robert Scott Poe, 58, of Charlotte, died Friday, March 2, 2007 at his residence. Bob was born June 21, 1948 in Fairmont, W.V. (Winfield Community), a son of the late Francis E. and Rose E. Poe of Fairmont, W.V.

   A 1966 honors graduate of East Fairmont High School, he attended Fairmont State College for two years prior to enlisting in the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas for basic training and was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving with the United States Air Force for five years with an Honorable Discharge. He worked at Owens Illinois Glass Plant in Fairmont, W.A. following his military service and then transferred to the Charlotte facility with a combined total of 17 years of service. He also worked at Hayes Green Beach Hospital for ten years as the Director of Material Management. He was an avid fan of both Michigan State University and West Virginia University Athletic teams.

   He is survived by three children, daughter, Julie Poe of Charlotte; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Kevin Schroll of Springport; and son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Hope Poe of Waterford; one grandson, Landon Scott Poe of Waterford; one brother and sister-in-law, William M. and Linda Poe of Fairfax, Va.; and one sister, Sharon Conger of Torrington, Conn.; and one niece, Katie Poe of Fairfax, Va.

   Cremation services were provided by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Keith Popham Jr.

 

   Keith G. Popham Jr., 52, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Keith was born July 27, 1954 in Lansing the son of Keith and Jo Popham Sr.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Sr. in 1994.

   He is survived by his mother, Jo Popham; daughters, Lanta Jo (Randy) Winn of Kentucky, Annamae Popham and Karie Popham, both of Charlotte; and sister, Sue (Tom) Delgiorno of Bath.

   No services will be held.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Ann Porter

 

   Ann J. Porter, 94, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. Mrs. Porter was born July 21, 1913, in Racine, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Gregarek) Jankovich.

   She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and entertaining. She loved animals.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Porter in 1981 and her brother Joseph.

   She is survived by her sister, Mary Plsek of Charlotte; nieces, Carolyn Plsek of Bloomfield Hills and Barbara (Donald) Slider of Noblesville, IN; nephew, Milan Plsek of Trenary.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 8, 2007 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte and/or Eaton Community Hospice and/or The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Doris Pottruff

 

   Doris May Pottruff, 84, of Fountain, passed away on May 22, 2007 at Whippoorwill Knoll in Scottville. Doris was born on May 25, 1922 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of the late Leslie Arthur and Esther Lois (Gibson) Nelson.

   She married Donald I. Pottruff on June 10, 1939 in Ionia. Doris was employed by Care Free Products in Charlotte for many years. Doris also owned This-L-Do ceramics shop in Fountain. She enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, and taking care of her family and friends.

   She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; son, David Gilbert Pottruff; brother, Jack Nelson; step-sister, Donna Davis; and step-granddaughter, Tina Roscoe.

   She is survived by her two daughters, Veralyn (Lloyd) Bailey of Fountain, Lois (Nick) Nieves of Fountain; three sons, Donald A. Pottruff of Wheatridge, CO, John (Carol) Pottruff of Lyons, James Pottruff of St. Louis; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara (Allan) Smith of Sheridan; step-sister, Joyce Birch; 1/2 sister, Carolyn Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service for Doris was held May 25 at Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Ludington with Pastor Norman Lettsinger officiating. Cremation has taken place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee and final interment was at Balcom Cemetery in Ionia on May 26.

   Memorial contributions in memory of Doris may be directed to Hospice of Michigan 10 North Drive Suite 3 Ludington, MI 49431.

   The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Ludington.

 

                                   

 

 

Lyle Powell

 

   Lyle A. Powell, 88, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. Mr. Powell was born Nov. 18, 1918 in Tipton, the son of James and Ethel (Benedict) Powell.

   Mr. Powell was a car salesman, a lifelong member of the Adrian Lodge and a member of the Masonic Lodge #120 F. &.A.M.. He enjoyed farming and was a people person who always looked at the glass as "half full."

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Elizabeth Powell in 1983.

   He is survived by his wife, Sheila; son, Russ (Mary Ann) Powell of Eaton Rapids; son, Kim Powell of Ovid; daughter, Katie (John) Alger of Charlotte; son, David (Sandy) Powell of Bellevue, Colo.; son, Jordan (Audrey) Powell of Loveland, Colo.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Bernice Bryan of Adrian.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Temple, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Clarence “Clancy” “Wimp” Robert Powers

 

   Clarence Robert Powers of Eaton Rapids, age 86, passed away Tuesday February 27, 2007 in Lansing. Clarence was born March 2, 1920 in Burlington, Vermont, the son of Thomas and Martha (O’Connell) Powers. He was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids Class of 1938, served in the U.S. Army in WWII and was a member of the American Legion in Florida. Clarence retired in 1980 after 40 years of working as a millwright with GM. He was the owner and operator of Power’s Pool Supply in Eaton Rapids. Preceded in death by his wife, Alma, in 1996, brothers, Richard Powers and Howard Powers; and sister, Agnes Palk.

   He is survived by a daughter, Pamela (Jeff) Dieter; son, John (Bonnie) Powe4rs, all of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Jeff, Steve and Josh Dieter, Branden Powers, Kalob Wright; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, March 2, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home for Children in memory of Clarence Powers. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Tracy Prentler

 

   Tracy Lynn Prentler, 37, of Potterville, died Sept. 22, 2007. Ms. Prentler was born July 8, 1970, in Lansing, the daughter of Arlene and Gene Prentler.

   Tracy enjoyed walking her dog, crafts, mountain biking and was a "shutterbug" with her camera. She was employed at Dart Container for 10 years followed by Darrell's Market in Mason.

   She is survived by her parents, Arlene and Gene Prentler; brothers, Mark (Renae) Prentler of Mason, Steven (Michelle) Prentler of Pleasant Lake, Michael (Barbara) Prentler of Lansing; sisters, Stacey (Wade) Newberry of Crystal, Deborah (Stephen) Bull of Sumner; many nieces and nephews; her companion, Gary Lipsey; and her dog, Buster.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at St. Mary Church with Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Gail G. Pringle

 

   Gail F. Pringle, 87, of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, Nov. 20 at a Lansing nursing home. He was born April 26, 1920 in Lansing, the oldest of nine children born to I.O. and Inez (St. Clare) Pringle.

   Gail retired from the Lansing School District and formerly worked as a sheet metal worker for Allied Products in Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Betty, and a daughter, Marlene Garcia.

   Surviving are four children, Darleen (Theodore) Huff of Charlotte, Diana Uhl of Eaton Rapids, Jack (Jody) Pringle of Coldwater and Gene (Leslie) Pringle of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; sisters Elaine (Leonard) Burns, Joann Butler and Linda (Julian) VanDenAble; brother, Larry Pringle and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Nov. 23 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Interment followed in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   For online condolences, go to www.skinnerfuneraslhome.

 

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Elva M. Pufpaff

 

   Elva M. Pufpaff, 81, of Bellevue, died May 28 at Battle Creek Health System.

   She was born in Battle Creek Dec. 3, 1925 the daughter of Ronald and Bertha McCarty. Elva graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. She worked at Eaton Corporation in Battle Creek from 1955 until retiring in 1988. Elva was a member of Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved to cook and enjoyed gardening, quilting, knitting, reading and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Karl Pufpaff; great-granddaughter, Audrey; her parents and sisters, Barbara Cole and Rosemary Swett.

   Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Kenneth R. Pufpaff; son, Ronald (Ruth) Pufpaff of Marshall; daughter, Cathie (Felix) Ray of Bellevue; six granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Waunita (Weldon) Cole of Battle Creek and Patricia Moody of Hastings.

   Services were held May 31 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may go to Charlotte Seventh Day Adventist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Harvey Purchis

 

   Harvey M. Purchis, 71, of Bowling Green, KY., entered heaven on Aug. 1, 2007.

   The Lansing native was a quality assurance engineer, having worked 25 years for Goodyear/Motor Wheel, 10 years for Amcast, and was most recently employed by Hayes Lemertz in Bowling Green. He was a master sergeant, serving in the U.S. Army for 38 years. He was a member of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, Hope of Messiah Messianic Congregation, Full Gospel Men's Fellowship International and the American Society of Quality Assurance.

   He was the son of the late Allen L. and Pearl E. Moser Purchis and was preceded in death by two brothers, Allen F. Purchis and Rolland Purchis, and by a sister, Donna Miller Suwala.

   Survivors include his wife, Sharon Price Purchis; three sons, Mike D. Purchis (Fran), of Elizabethtown, KY, Brian W. Purchis of Troy, and Wendell C. Purchis (Jill), of Charlotte; daughter Sharon Wagner (Todd) of Sterling Heights; brother Ira Purchis (Ann) of Lansing; three sisters, Patricia Mather of Lakeland, FL, Ila Farlin of Lansing, and MaryAnn Vargo of Fowler; 10 grandchildren; 16 nieces and 19 nephews.

   Memorial services were held at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church in Bowling Green on Aug. 25 and will also be held at Mt. Hope Methodist Church, Lansing, (corner of Mt. Hope Avenue and Cedar Street - (use parking lot entrance to church) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald Raffler

 

   Donald Raffler, age 64, of Vermontville passed away Monday, Nov. 26 peacefully at his Vermontville home. Mr. Raffler was born in Woodland on April 21,2 1943, the son of the late Vernice and Lucille (Johnson) Raffler.

   Donald served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was employed as a Machine Repair Technician at Hastings Manufacturing for over 42 years until retiring in 2003. He was an accomplished carpenter who enjoyed building homes. He was also an excellent cook. and enjoyed gardening and playing cards every Friday night. Donald attended Zion Lutheran Church for several years and later Thornapple Valley Church.

   Donald is survived by his daughters: Evelyn (Jeff) Fisher, Arloa (Paul) Edwards and Laura Raffler. Also surviving are his sister, Marguerite (Dale) Platte and brothers, Art (Marsha) Raffler, Dick (Paula) Raffler, Dutch (Jean) Raffler, Larry (Judy) Raffler, Arnold (Beverly) Raffler, Darwin (Jan) Raffler and Marvin (Sue) Raffler. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Veron.

   Memorial Services were held at the Daniels Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 2. Memorial contributions can be made to Barry Community Hospice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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David Ramsey

 

   David A. Ramsey, 58, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Oct. 9, 2007 at Parkview Hospital. He was born Aug. 27, 1949 in Hastings to Glen and Elsie Ramsey, Sr. He attended Maple Valley High School, where he graduated in 1968. He received his college degree from western Michigan University. He taught school in Nashville, at the W.K. Kellogg School, Howe Military Academy and for the last 20 years had been a Lutheran school teacher. He taught fifth and sixth grade at Zion Lutheran School in Decatur, Ind. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

   David is survived by his wife, Suzanne K.; daughter, LeighAnne Ramsey (Bradley) Canada, of Winchester, Ill,; son, Vincent A. (Kristen) Ramsey, of Decatur, Ind.; grandson, Alexander Ramsey; sisters, Doris (Cleo) Jacobs, of Hastings, Elizabeth Brenner, of Door, Claudette Myers, of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Marilyn Ramsey, of Dowling.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Glen Ramsey, Jr. who died Sept. 26, 2007 and his parents, Glen and Elsie Ramsey Sr.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Burial was at Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to Grandchildren’s Educational Fund in care of Suzanne Ramsey. Arrangements were made by Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home in Ft. Wayne.

 

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Robert Thomas Rankin Sr.

 

   Robert Thomas Rankin Sr., 76, of Mt. Clemens, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. Mr. Rankin was born Sept. 18, 1930 in Bad Axe, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Rankin.

   He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Bennington in Portsmouth, Va., before working for Demmer Tool and Die in Lansing. He later opened his own machining business in Petoskey. He loved inventing, dancing, writing poetry and he published many songs. He wrote "Christmas in My Michigan," which was sung at the "Silver Bells in the City" celebration in Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Joseph Rankin; and sister, Dorothy Mahon.

   He is survived by his children, Corinne (Greg) Cooper of Colorado, Robert Thomas Rankin Jr., of Charlotte, Tammie (Steve) Pickrell of Charlotte, Patricia (Larry) Robbins of Illinois, Alan (Dawn) Rankin of Howell and Verna Croze of Lansing; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley Kawel of Visalia, Elizabeth Wynn of Petoskey, Michael Rankin of Sarasota, Fla. and Merrie Rohm of St. Joseph; former wife Phyllis Rankin; and close friend Ann Knoll.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Darold Hill officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Joseph Rathbun

 

   Joseph L. Rathbun, 79, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. Mr. Rathbun was born Sept. 4, 1928 in Pontiac, IL, the son of Bert and Mildred (Henke) Rathbun.

   He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and had been a Cost Control Supervisor for Owens Illinois. After his retirement, wherever he lived, he planted trees for others to enjoy in future years. In addition, Mr. Rathbun created many works of stained glass art, including nine Tiffany style lampshades.

   Mr. Rathbun is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathleen (Lyons) Rathbun; sons, Joseph Rathbun of Lansing, Michael Rathbun, and Daniel Rathbun, both of Charlotte; sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Winterland of Oklahoma.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 22, 2007 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Reverend Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Richard Bruce Raub

 

   Richard Bruce Raub, 59, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Bellevue, died suddenly Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007. He was born Feb. 28, 1947 in Battle Creek to Clayton Elsmore and Julia Grace (Duke) Raub.

   Bruce attended Bellevue High School where he excelled at football and track and was a member of FFA. He joined the Army and serviced at Ft. Knox, Ken. and in Germany and was discharged honorably after three years. He lived in Lansing after the service where he met and married his first wife, JoAnn. That union produced two children, Joel and Lyric. He later moved to the Tampa, Fla. area where he played tennis and worked construction. In the 1980's he married his second wife, Debbie and moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he skied and worked as a carpenter. Another son, Bryce, was born there and about 1990 he and his family returned to Florida where he worked at a tennis club. Bruce was a weight lifter and body builder and loved to play and watch tennis and football. He loved the beach and getting a tan and eating steak.

   He is survived by both of his ex-wives; his sons, Joel and Bryce; his daughter, Lyric; and a grandson. Also surviving are his brothers, Robert Clayton (Bob) Raub, David Michael Raub, both of Bellevue; sister, Carol Susan Dobos of Livonia; three nephews and two nieces. He will be sadly missed.

   There will be no services in Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Bob Raub, 10300 Love Road, Bellevue, Mich., 49021 or Dave Raub, 10350 Love Road, Bellevue, Mich., 49021.

 

Carolyn Redman

 

   Carolyn E. (Betty) Smith Redman, 90, of Charlotte, died Oct. 22 in Clearwater, FL.

   She was preceded in death by first husband Robert J. Smith, son, Barry R. Smith and grandsons, Kevin Jon Mills and Troy R. Smith.

   Surviving are husband Dale Redman, daughter, Victoria L. Smith Mills and her husband Jon Mills; grandson, and Eric R. Mills and family, all of Oldsmar, FL.

   Cremation and a scattering of ashes at sea has been carried out per Mrs. Redman's wishes. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

 

                                   

 

 

Anne Marie (Gulliver) Reed

 

   Anne Marie (Gulliver) Reed, age 35 of Clark Lake passed away at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital on January 16, 2007. Anne was born on July 2, 1971 in Jackson the daughter of Ted and Betty (Steward) Gulliver.

   Anne is survived by her parents and sister: Katie (Rob) Clark of Clark Lake, maternal grandmother: Marion Steward of FL, paternal grandparents: Chuck and Nina Gulliver of Eaton Rapids; aunts and uncles: Marie Dalton of Jackson, Gary (Debbie) Gulliver of Haslett, Christine (Keith) Pople of TN and Charna (Bob) Welch of Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather: Henry Ford Steward. Anne was a member of DisAbility Connections and Passages both in Jackson, the Michigan Center Bible  Church, and a former member of Dancing Wheels in Hampton, VA. Anne graduated from Columbia Central High School, Adrian College and attended Grand Valley State University and was a former teacher at Columbia Central High School. Anne like being with friends and family, teaching, church activities, sailing, campfires, singing, attending and performing in musical theater. She enjoyed Clark Lake “Walks” and being with her cat. She will be remembered by her friends and family and those she would meet by her warm and bright smile. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

   A healing farewell service for Anne was held on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at the Michigan Center Bible Church, John Tovey & Cindy Landrum officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to DisAbility Connections, 409 Linden, Jackson, MI 49203 or National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Lane, Suite 199, Minneapolis, MN 55447-4572. Please sign Anne’s guest book at www.borekjennings.com.

 

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Phyllis Reed

 

   Phyllis M. Reed, 86, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Mrs. Reed was born in Lansing, the daughter of John and Madge (McQuiston) Reed.

   Mrs. Reed was a painter at R.E.O. for 30 years.

   She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael in 1976 and Roger in 2007; brother, Thomas Reed in 1994; and sister, Lucille Fox in 1961.

   She is survived by her sister, Pauline Puttbreese of Florida; sister-in-law, Janice Reed of Charlotte; niece, Patsy (Robert) Chamberlain of Hastings; nephew, Marvin (Agnes) Hill of Charlotte; niece, Yvonne (Jack) Ellis of Portage; niece, Delores (Jim) Baum of Charlotte; nephew, Jim (Jane) Fox of Charlotte; niece, JoAnn (Jack) Emery of Florida; nephew, Gerald (Karen) Fox of Charlotte; niece, Carole (Howard) Hillard of Eaton Rapids; nephew, Tom (Barbara) Reed of Parma; niece, Teri (Jim) Stroud of Olivet; and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 24 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with John Bailey officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com

 

                                   

 

 

Roger Reed

 

   Roger L. Reed, 56, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. A graveside service was held Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris Laura Reese

 

   Doris Laura Reese of Eaton Rapids, age 97, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Doris was born July 12, 1909 in Eaton Rapids Township, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Effie Bell (Whipp) Keeler. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Eaton Rapids. Doris enjoyed playing cards (bridge, euchre & cribbage), golfing, watching Tiger Woods golfing, fishing knitting and crocheting. Preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in 1994.

   Doris is survived by her two sons, Steven (Beth) Reese of Dacula, GA, and Richard (Barbara Grippe) Reese of Edinboro, PA; 4 grandchildren, Sam (Donna) Reese, Joe (Mary Wolf) Reese, Julie (Wesley) Taylor, Melonie (Geoff) Elmore; 6 great grandchildren, Aubrey & Canedy Reese, Cory & Valerie Elmore, Skye & Laney Taylor; and sister, Betty Miller of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. John Metcalf officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Her family will receive friends and family today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First Congregation Church, Eaton Rapids, in memory of Doris Reese. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Elmer F. Reynolds

 

   Elmer F. Reynolds of Leslie, passed away at home under the loving care of his family and hospice, on Thursday, July 5, 2007, at the age of 77.

   He is survived by his two daughters, Bernice (Karl “Gabe”) Gibbs of Leslie, Floria (Mike) Franklin, daughter-in-law, Tina Cotton, seven grandchildren, Cinnamon, Michael, Tiffany, Solomon, Samantha (Russell), Shane, and Trish, eight great grandchildren, four brothers, John, David, Harley, and Kenneth, two sisters, Betty Mulkey and Jaydine Studer, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou Reynolds and one son, Floyd Henry Reynolds.

   Funeral services were held at the J. C. Adams Funeral Home on July 9, 2007 with Pastor Mark Eckert officiating. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with the final expenses.

 

 

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Luella Ruth Reynolds

 

   Luella Ruth Reynolds, age 76 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, February 28, 2007 in Lansing. She was born July 18, 1930 in Mason MI, the daughter of Elmer and Letha (Wright) Donaldson. Ruth was a former Ward Clerk and Practical Nurse for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital retiring in 1974. She was preceded in death by her son, James Reynolds; brothers, William, Clyde, Glenn and Ike Donaldson; sisters, June Sich and Aileen Roosa.

   Surviving are her husband of 58 years, E. Ray Reynolds; children, Richard Reynolds of Muskegon, Sharon Wiltse of Eaton Rapids, Paul (Ronda) Fotis of Dallas, TX, Debbie (Rusty) Simons of Eaton Rapids, foster daughter, JoAnn (Bill) Margetson of Laingsburg; 23 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; sister, Mary Jane (Gene) Fifield of Barryton and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on March 3, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Scott Boles officiating. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfunerlahome.com.

 

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David Rhoden Sr.

 

   David Clifton Rhoden Sr., 56, of Sunfield, passed away Monday, March 19, 2007, where he was living on Third Street. He was born Feb. 1, 1951 in Ionia, the son of Clifton William and Barbara Jane (Herron) Rhoden Kill.

   Mr. Rhoden graduated from Lakewood High School. He was employed at Carefree Windows in Charlotte for 30 years.

   David was preceded in death by his mother and father, Barbara and Russell Kill; and two sisters, Carole Hawkins and Sally Melton.

   Surviving are his three children, David Clifton (Beth) Rhoden Jr. of Lake Odessa, Angel Marie Rhoden and Tony Lee Rhoden of Mulliken; six grandchildren, Cheyenne Bunch, Robert Bunch, Trey Rhoden, Tatiana Rhoden, Thaylyn Rhoden, and Emily Rhoden; sister, Kathy Debbler; and brother, Tim Kill.

   A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. March 22 at Sunfield Cemetery with Rev. Jeffrey J. Schrock of the Sunfield United Methodist Church officiating. For those wishing, contributions may be made to the charity of their choice in memory of Mr. David Clifton Rhoden Sr.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary Ripley

 

   Mary A. (Cain) Ripley, 72, of Marshall, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007 at Tendercare of Marshall. Mary was born Dec. 15, 1934 in Plymouth, Indiana, the daughter of James McKinley and Bessie (Hartsoch) Cain and was a longtime Eaton and Calhoun County area resident.

   She was a graduate of Olivet High School and was a member of the Marshall Church Of Christ. She enjoyed square dancing and listening to the "Michigan Fiddlers."

   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arlo Ripley, sister, Thelma Rains and brother, Darrell Cain.

   Surviving are, her sister, Jane Brangwyn of Bellevue; her brother, James McKinley Cain of Lake Placid, FL; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Jim and Donna Nail of Marshall.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 6, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Jason Schick, minister of the Marshall Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township. Memorials may go to the charity of one's choice.

 

                                   

 

Roberta Rivera

 

   Roberta J. Rivera, 62, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Mrs. Rivera was born June 5, 1944 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Robert and Majil (Gibbs) Hoag.

   Mrs. Rivera was a member of the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading and was a Nascar fan. Mrs. Rivera was most proud of her children, grandchildren and family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Victoriano Rivera; her parents; and her sister, Linda Hoag.

   She is survived by her son, Vic Rivera; daughter, Majil Rivera; nine grandchildren, Jessica Cody, James, Tashakay, Vic, Zayne, Zaraya, Levi and baby girl; sisters, Mona Hoag, Ethel Hoag, Gloria (Harold) Diamond; and brother, Robert (Vicky) Hoag.

   Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 15 at Millerburg Cemetery with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Edna Roberts

 

   Edna Louisa Roberts, 92, of Charlotte, died, Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. Mrs. Roberts was born Oct. 26, 1914 in Lagrange, Ga., the daughter of Edward and Winnie (Stone) Cole.

   She was an elementary school teacher and was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Charlotte. She enjoyed spending time in her flower garden, reading, crocheting and embroidery.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 1987and son, Walter Moore in 1993.

   She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Lincoln; step-son, Fred Roberts; grandchildren, Jim, Jodi and Sherry Lincoln; two great-grandsons, Nicolas and Jacob Lincoln.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with final expenses.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Beverly Robinson

 

   Beverly Jean Robinson, of Potterville, a loving mother and grandmother, died Nov. 1, 2007 after a courageous battle with an illness. She was born June 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank Roose and Doris Adams, both of whom preceded her in death.

   She worked as a housing director for the Potterville Housing Commission and served on the TIFA board until her illness. She was a former deputy clerk for the city of Potterville. Her pride and joy were her five children; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and drinking coffee and enjoying good conversation with her friends.

   She was the widow of James D. Robinson. She also was preceded in death by her son, Rodney J. (Robinson) Harding and her brother, Robert Roose. The family would like to thank all her friends, a.k.a. The Coffee Club, for all their support, care and friendship.

   Surviving are her son, Rich (Nancy) Roose of Charlotte; daughters, Lisa (Ray) Roose-Church of Clio; Kimberly Robinson of Potterville and Cathy Robinson of Marion; grandchildren, Skylar “Toadie” Robinson, Megan Roose, Ashley Ehl, Kaylee Roose, Richard R. J. Ehl, Allison Beebe, Joseph Beebe, Zak Roose, Jourden Roose and Rodney J. Harding II; sister, Fay Lantrip; four great grandchildren; a nephew and a niece.

   Honorary pallbearers are son-in-law, Ray Church, step-grandson, Jeff Church and friends, Ron Bristol, Tom Sweet, Dave Orrison, Leo Zottnech, Chad Ackley and Scott Ackley.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 6, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, 206 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, with Rev. Paul Bailey of Portland officiating. She was buried next to her son at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

 

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Cecil Robinson

 

   Cecil C. Robinson, Jr., 75, of Bellevue, passed away July 19, 2007 at Battle Creek Health System. He was born March 7, 1932, the son of Cecil C. and Audrey (Krug) Robinson in Battle Creek.

   Cecil worked at the Oliver Company, Eaton Manufacturing George R. Rich Company and retired from Kellogg's after 29 years of service. Cecil married Laura Ormsbee on Nov. 11, 1950. She passed away in 1996. In 2003 he married Barbara Bedford and she survives. Cecil enjoyed playing euchre, hunting, fishing and gardening. Over the years he was known around Bellevue for his melons and sweet corn.

   He was also preceded in death by his parents and stepmother.

   Also surviving are a daughter, Catherine J. (Gary) O'Dell of Bellevue; son, Michael Robinson of California; stepchildren, Teresa (Matt) Wood of Hastings, Carl (Jane) Peck of Middleville, Douglas (Kim) Peck and Eugene (Linda) Bedford of Hastings; three grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Ellen Dalman of Hastings; sisters-in-law, Jackie Rayner and Mary (Wayne) Roush of Hastings; step sisters, Lucy (Ron) Brown of Greenville, Mary (Roger) Thomas of Saranac, Donna Barrett of Ionia and stepbrother, Don McCusker of Arizona.

   Respecting his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held July 24 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospitals.

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

 

 

Freeman Robinson

 

   Freeman “Robbie” Robinson, 85, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte after an ext4ended illness. “Robbie” was born April 7, 1922 in  Detroit, the son of Henry and Grace (Norton) Robinson and had resided in Charlotte for about 60 years.

   He served in the U.S. Army during WW#II. He was a retired Truck Driver for Howard Sober Trucking with 35 years of service and was a member of the Teamsters Union.

   Surviving are his wife, Luella (Root) Robinson; three children, Debra Turner of Eaton Rapids, Ginny Stuart of Florida and Timothy Robinson of Lansing; four granddaughters, Jenny Goodrich, Michele Turner, Jamie Stuart and Paige M. Turner and one great granddaughter, Emma Denman.

   At “Robbie’s” request, cremation has taken place.

   No services will be held.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Hayes-Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Lois Robinson

 

   Lois Isabell Robinson, 90, of West Branch, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2007 at West Branch Regional Medical Center.

   Lois was born April 29, 1917 in West Branch to Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Suzanna (Thomas) Dunbar. She married Henry Anthony Robinson on February 13, 1938 in Garden City, Mich.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Henry; a still-born baby boy, her son Gary; her brothers, Amil, Bonnie, Harvey, Harold and John Dunbar.

   She is survived by her sister, Wanda (Robert) Reilly; daughter-in-law Nina Robinson of Charlotte; four granddaughters, Samantha (Chris) Durrett, Christina (Rod) McKinnis, Hope (Paul) Berg and Elizabeth Robinson; eight great grandchildren and her nieces, Sue Antcliff of Lupton and Mary (Larry) Kartes of Alger and her nephews, William (Kelly) Reilly of Standish.

   Lois had been a member of the Garden Club in West Branch for many years prior to her moving to the Upper Peninsula and a life member of Maple City Post Ladies Auxiliary #2406 VFW in Charlotte, Mich.

   A Memorial Service was held Thursday, May 24th at 11 a.m. at the Community of Christ Church, 443 E. Houghton Ave in West Branch. Interment was at Brookside Cemetery, West Branch.

 

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Alberta Rockafellar

 

   Alberta Rockafellar, of Vermontville, 90, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007. Alberta was born Nov. 6, 1916 in Grand Ledge, the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Root) Green.

   She graduated from Lansing Central High School in 1934. In 1937, she married Curtis W. Rockafellar and moved to Vermontville where they farmed their Centennial Farm in Chester Township until his death in 1984. Alberta was a member of the First Congregational Church of Vermontville and was a longtime member of the O.E.S.

   She was predeceased by her brothers, Mason, Alford and Ruthford Green; and sister, Mildred Rider.

   Surviving are, two daughters, Janet Rockafellar of Louisville, KY and Judith Moore of Cleveland, MS; grandchildren, Curtis Tuckey, Christopher Tuckey, David Tuckey, Alexandra Rockafellar, Maggie Moore and Alexander Moore; and great-grandchildren, Britiany Tuckey, Madeleine Palmaccio and Michael Palmaccio.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 4, 2007 at the First Congregational Church of Vermontville, with Rev. Israel Young officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Cheryl Renee Rockafellow

 

   Cheryl Renee Rockafellow, age 38 passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Harrison, MI. She was born June 16, 1969, and graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1987.

   She is survived by her son, Keith Michael; daughter, Kali both of Georgia; mother, Anita (Bob) Warner of Eaton Rapids; father, Keith (Carol) Rockafellow of Georgia; brother, Keith D. Rockafellow II of Texas; grandparents, Max and Viola LeFevre of Eaton Rapids, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Cheryl is dearly missed.

 

                                   

 

 

Paulette “Polly” (O’Byrne) Rodgers

 

   Paulette “Polly” (O’Byrne) Rodgers of Eaton Rapids, age 64, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Polly was born July 10, 1943 in Lansing, MI, the daughter of Harold Hiram and Pauline (Valleau) Hall.

   She was the adored wife of Robert, her husband of 18 years; the dearly loved mother of 3 daughters, Gaila Snyder of TX, Kelly O’Byrne of FL, and Jennifer Johnson of MI; special “Mimi” to 10 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren; is known as a gracious and generous sister to Betty Hill and brother, Delbert (Mercy) Hall of MI; many beloved nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Hall. Polly retired from General Motors in 2003 after 28 years of service.

   Memorial services will be held 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2007 at her home, 200 Lansing St. Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Donald Rogers

 

   Donald Vance Rogers, 64, of Powell, Wyoming, passed away Aug. 21, 2007 at home. He was born Feb. 24, 1943 in Eaton County, the son of Russell and Beatrice Rogers.

   Donald was raised in Eaton County and attended Charlotte High School, graduating in 1961. Don lived in Wyoming for more than 30 years. He worked as a builder and in oilfields in Wyoming.   He was married to Karen Bosworth on Dec. 15, 1961 in Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie, in 1956; his father, Russell, in 1979; and mother, Beatrice, in 2005.

   Mr. Rogers is survived by daughters, Ginger Royston of Charlotte and Shawn Raleigh of Oregon; sons, Don Rogers of Colorado and Dan Rogers of Nebraska; grandaughters, Megan Large, Nicole and Whitney Royston; grandson, Chantz Large of Charlotte; great-grandaughter, Jaelan Wertz of Charlotte; sisters, Dixie Arndt and Darlene Riddle of Charlotte; nephews, Brian and Chad Arndt; and nieces, Kara and Kaci Riddle.

   Private services were held Aug. 24, 2007 at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, Wyoming.

 

                                   

 

 

Samuel Rugg

 

   Samuel L. Rugg, 78, of Battle Creek, died July 24, 2007 at Battle Creek Health System. He was born Oct. 16, 1928, the son of Ora and Katherine (Tesch) Rugg in Climax.

   Samuel worked at Michigan Carton Company. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Model-A Club. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing bowling, and old cars. He loved entertaining his family and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 1999; grandson, Christopher Rugg; daughter-in-law, Janese Rugg; eight brothers and three sisters.

   Samuel is survived by his sons, Stanley (Beverly) Rugg of Bellevue, Stuart Rugg of Battle Creek; daughter Linda (Dennis) DeMott of Bellevue; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brothers, Dave Rugg, Bob Rugg and Max Rugg; sisters, Evelyn Wilbur, Henrietta Hamacher and Clara Rathburn.

   Services took place July 28, 2007 at Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Brian Spencer, officiating. Interment, Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

   Memorials may go to Calvary Baptist Church, 1625 Capital Ave., NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017.

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

 

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David K. Russell

 

   David K. Russell, age 61 of Lake Odessa passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2007 unexpectedly while enjoying a trip at his cottage with his wife in Stonington, MI.

   David is survived by his loving wife, best friend and companion Kim Russell, along with his seven children; Dawn Russell-Osterhout of Hastings, Keith (Marcie) Russell of Lake Odessa (both active in the Army National Guard), Stephanie (Walter) Church of Hastings, Stacey (Steve) Skinner of Plainwell, Autumn Russell of Lake Odessa, PFC David A. Russell active Marine stationed in Iraq, Danielle Russell of Lake Odessa, and ten grandchildren. David is also survived by his brother William (Cindy) Russell of Eaton Rapids, sister, Laurie (Erv) Lubitz of Sunfield, the son of the late William and Betty Russell of Eaton Rapids, and son-in-law of Guy and Sharon Gunder of Eaton Rapids. David enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. David never allowed the 11 year battle with cancer interfere with living life to the fullest. He will be deeply missed. The family will receive friends and relatives on June 9th, 2007 from 3 to 6 at 14126 Becker Rd. Lake Odessa, MI (Tupper Lake Resort).

 

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Robert V. Russell

 

   Robert V. Russell, age 58, passed away March 12, 2007. Bob was born in Carlisle, PA, and lived in Sahuarita for the past 12 years. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force and was a former member of the American Legion. For the last nine years, Bob was employed by La Posada in the maintenance department. He enjoyed his family, the outdoors, nature, off-road adventures, hiking, his dogs, his roses, the Arizona Wildcats and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Russell.

   He is survived by his loving wife Judy Squires Russell; daughter Tammi (Loren) Wessel; son David (Angela) Russell; nine grandchildren; brother Mike (Barb) Russell; sister-and brother-in-law Kathy Squires and Steve (Nadine) Squires; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

   A celebration of both Bob’s life and his mother-in-law’s, Doris (Squires) Kimmel, was held on Friday, March 23, 2007 at the American Legion Post 66 in Sahuarita. Remembrances can be made to the Animal League of Green Valley or the charity of your choice.

 

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Charles Joseph Rybnikar

 

   Charles Joseph Rybnikar died May 12 in a house fire at his southwest Lansing home.

   Charles was born in Eaton County Aug. 3, 1922 to Joseph and Mary (Hornak) Rybnikar. He was the fourth child of five children and the only son. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II in the South Pacific. He worked for the State of Michigan as a printer for 44 years, retiring in 1988. He was active in Faith United Methodist Church for many years. He was an avid traveler, visiting the Holy Land, Europe, Haiti and the Philippines. He was a member of Czechoslovakia Society of America for most of his adult life. Charles volunteered for years at Impression 5 Museum. In his last years, he was involved in Habitat for Humanity, recycling efforts and neighborhood clean-up, regularly walking with his dog and collecting litter.

   Charles married Margaret Hetzer in 1949, and they had two daughters. He married June (Woodhams) Boughton in 1961. She died with him.

   Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mary; sisters, Helen Bos of Lansing, and Frances Hubbard of Rome, Geo.

   He is survived by his daughters, Linda Myers of Lebanon, Mo., and Kathy Schlee of Charlotte; three grandchildren; sisters, Rose Polys of Detroit, and Leone Kalash of Torrence, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

                                   

 

 

Rilla Sabin

 

   Rilla Spray Sabin, 91, of Marshall and formerly of Bellevue, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2007 at the Marshall Nursing & Rehabilitation Community.

   She was born July 6, 1915, the daughter of James H. and Mable M. (Niles) Morrison in Kalkaska. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1932.

   Rilla worked at Pennfield Public Schools as a food service employee for more than 24 years, retiring in 1976. She lived on the family farm in Bellevue for more than 50 years.

   Rilla was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth N. Sabin in 1956; daughters, Lila Yother and Nancy Lee Sabin; brothers, R.C. Morrison, A.Z. Morrison and L.T. Morrison; and two sisters before Rilla was born.

   She is survived by her daughter, Pat (Carl) Field of Marshall and their children, Timothy Ken and Nancy Field and Schara (Field-Young) and George Swan, Jr. and seven other grandchildren; loving great grandkids, Steven Botimer, Hailey Spray and Landon Young and several other great grandchildren.

   Rilla was a member of Baseline United Methodist Church and its Mary Ellen circle and the Bellevue-Olivet Order of the Eastern Star.

   Friends are welcome to visit from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, June 25 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 at United Methodist Church, Pastor Virginia Heller, officiating. Interment will be at Hicks Cemetery.

   Memorials may go to Baseline United Methodist Church. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

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James Samann

 

   James J. Samann, 75, of Vermontville, died Oct. 12.

   Jim retired from Waverly Schools, was a volunteer on the Charlotte, Delta and Vermontville Fire Departments for over 50 years, on the Vermontville Village Council for over 20 years and very active in his community.

   He is survived by his wife, Ann (Ommen) Samann, two children, Terry (Teresa) Samann and Carleen Samann and three grandchildren, Ashley, James and Alex.

   Funeral services were held at the Vermontville Congregational Church on Oct. 15 with Pastor Israel Young officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery located in Vermontville.

   In lieu of flowers, the family has set up the "James Samann Memorial Fund." This fund is allocated to the Vermontville Fire Department Association for new equipment; contributions may be made at any Independent Bank. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

June Louise Sands

 

   June Louise Sands, age 77 of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, December 29, 2007 at a Lansing Hospital. Born October 13, 1930 in Williamston, the daughter of Varney and Lucille (Denby) Clutter. June had worked at Heifitz Pickle Co, Horner Woolen Mills and is best known as a Waitress for several restaurant and bars in the Eaton Rapids, Onondaga and Leslie areas. She formerly bowled on the Monday Nite Ladies League and was passionate for animals especially her cats. Preceding her in death were her husband, Clarence; son, Steven Norris and parents, Varney and Lucille Clutter.

   She is survived by 3 children, Stanley (Deborah) Norris of Charlotte, Sandy (Joe) Ruiz of Lansing and Sue (Jim) Richardson of Mason; 13 grandchildren and 212 great grandchildren; sister, Helen Keyes of Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held January 3, 2008 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of June L. Sands. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Carla Santana

 

   Carla June Santana, of Lake Odessa, passed away Monday June 25, 2007 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing at the age of 40. She was born Feb. 26, 1967 in Ionia, the daughter of Carl and Patricia (Miller) Bailey.

   Carla spent most of her life in Michigan and Florida. She attended Kingdom Hall in Ionia. She loved to laugh, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

   She was preceded in death by both her parents; and a brother, James Bailey.

   Surviving are her children, Carlos Santana of East Lansing, Jessica Santana of Lake Odessa, and Tony Santana of Deckerville, MI; two sisters and one brother, Lillian (Thomas Jr.) Sutliff of Lake Odessa, brother, Vernard Bailey of Alto, and Barbie (George) Sutliff of Ionia; also surviving are the father of her children, Adalberto Santana of Wayland, MI; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

   A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. July 3, 2007 at the Sunfield Cemetery.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to help the family with expenses: C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at www.legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

 

Gerald Satterlee

 

   Gerald P. "Sam" Satterlee, 70, of Charlotte died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 at Ingham Regional Medical Center. Sam was born Nov. 6, 1936 in Bellevue, the son of Oren and Dortha (Bracy) Satterlee and was a lifelong Charlotte area resident.

   He was a 1956 graduate of Charlotte High School and was a skilled tradesman with General Motors, retiring in 1999 after 35 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, golf and watching Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines football.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Zane and Denny Satterlee.

   He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sue A. (Carey) Satterlee; six children, Jerry (Renee) Satterlee of Sand Lake, Pamela Satterlee of Manistee, Frank (Terri) Satterlee of Delta Township, Dawn (Bill) Thurkettle of Dorr, James (Ellen) Satterlee of Charlotte and Jennifer Satterlee of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; and three sisters, Donna Smith, Reatha Zentmyer and Marilee (Ken) Herman, all of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may go to the Ingham Regional Medical Center.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Homer Satterlee

 

   Homer "Lynn" Satterlee, of Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, passed away Feb. 19, 2007. He was born Sept. 5, 1921 in Vermontville, the only son of Esther and Glenn.

   Lynn played baseball and basketball on Vermontville High School teams, from which he graduated in 1939. He married Lucile VanderVeere Aug. 5, 1944 and moved near Charlotte in 1948. Always ambitious, Lynn maintained a farm, worked full-time at the former Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte, and was a part-time real estate agent for Stanton Realty of Vermontville. He was actively involved in the community and was a Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Vermontville. Lynn was well-known for helping at the annual Vermontville Syrup Festival Chicken Bar-B-Q, sponsored by the Vermontville Methodist Church. After 28 years of Service at Aluminum Extrusions, Lynn retired in 1983. He and Lucile sold their farm and traveled between their long-time cottage on East Lake, near Kalkaska, and their home at the Blue Jay Mobile Home Park, in Dade City, Fla. Lynn and Lucile moved to the Sundance Mobile Home Park, in Zephyrhills, Fla., where they have resided since 1995.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Esther (Cronk) Satterlee; his two half-sisters, Genevieve Barber and Dorothy Brotherton; and by his grandson, Joseph Bracy.

   A loving husband, father, father-in law and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lucile; son, Gary (Joy Westphal) Satterlee of Hickory Corners; daughter, Sue (Bart) Bracy of Pinckney; grandsons, Steve Satterlee of Hastings and Luke and Wade Bracy of Orlando, Fla.

   A memorial service will be held at Sundance Mobile Home Park in Zephyrhills on March 8 and internment will be at the Woodlawn Township Cemetery in Vermontville.

 

                                   

 

 

Howard Saums

 

   Howard Baisel Saums, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 at the "Just A Whisper" AFC Home in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Mr. Saums was born on Oct. 7, 1916 in Eaton County, the son of Glen and Ida (Baisel) Saums, and lived most of his adult life in the city of Charlotte.

   He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1933 at age 16. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Air Force stationed in Manila in the Philippines. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 31 years of service. He had been employed by painters Frank Bouska & Son and assisted in painting the 1885 Eaton County Courthouse. He also had been employed as manager of the Morris Dime store and worked at Oldsmobile. While working as a mail carrier, he opened his own business selling and installing storm doors, windows and awnings.

   He was a member of the V. F. W. Post #2406 and a very active member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Methodist Men's Club and a trained Lay Speaker. He taught Sunday School and served on the Administrative Board for many years. He began his faith journey as a boy attending Center Eaton Methodist Church where he also taught Sunday School. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing, bowling and was an excellent golfer. After retirement, he was active in the community as a driver for the Adult Handicap Program and delivered Meals on Wheels.

   He was a member of the V. F. W. Post #2406 and a very active member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Methodist Men's Club and a trained Lay Speaker. He taught Sunday School and served on the Administrative Board for many years. He began his faith journey as a boy attending Center Eaton Methodist Church where he also taught Sunday School. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing, bowling and was an excellent golfer. After retirement, he was active in the community as a driver for the Adult Handicap Program and delivered Meals on Wheels.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth (Laverty) Saums and his second wife, Wilma Hutchens Saums; sister, Bernadene (Saums) Marshall; brother, Max Saums; step-daughter, Judy (Hutchens) Bulemore.

   He is survived by two daughters, Lois (Jesse) Smith of Charlotte, Joan (David) Brown of Omena, MI; step-children, Sue Wilson of Spring Lake, MI, Mary Ross of Charlotte, Jeff (Kim) Hutchens of Fremont, MI and Don (Missy) Hutchens of Middleville, MI; three grandsons, one great-granddaughter; 23 step grandchildren; one sister, June (Ed) Fremody of Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 8, 2007 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Wilma Saums

 

   Wilma R. (Hutchens) Saums, 89, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007 at the "Just A Whisper" AFC home in Lake Leelanau, MI. Mrs. Saums was born Aug. 25, 1918 in Greenville, MI, the daughter of Elroy and Leona May (Cook) Cornell and had been a Charlotte resident since 1948.

   She had been employed at Wilcox-Gay Co. , Aluminum Extrusions and at Olivet College as secretary to the Dean of Students from where she retired. She was an active member of the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Hutchens and a daughter, Judith Bulemore.

   Surviving are, her husband, Howard B. Saums; four children, Sue Wilson of Spring Lake, MI, Mary Ross of Charlotte, John Jeffrey (Kim) Hutchens of Fremont, MI and Don (Missy) Hutchens of Middleville, MI; two step-daughters, Lois (Jesse) Saums Smith of Charlotte and Joan (David) Saums Brown of Omena, MI; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and one brother, Robert (Marge) Cornell of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 25, 2007 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church.   Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia Sayles

 

   Virginia M. Sayles, 86, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 25, 2007. Mrs. Sayles was born September 17, 1920 the daughter of Leroy and Elizabeth (Oteney) Cooper.

   Mrs. Sayles worked at Boornes Tavern and American Marsh in Battle Creek, she also worked for the Charlotte Chair Factory.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Graydon in 1957.

   She is survived by her brothers, Leo F. Cooper of Jonesville and Francis Cooper of Hickory Corners.

   Graveside services were held on June 28, 2007 at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte, with Reverend Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Winifred Schneider

 

   Winifred D. Schneider, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 23. Schneider was born Feb. 15, 1925 in Lansing, the daughter of Leo and Emma (Baldwin) Crall.

Schneider was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, a former member of the St. Mary Alter Society and a member of the Red Hat Society. She loved to go camping and travel all over the place with her husband Joseph, especially to California and Alaska. Schneider had lots of "friends for life" even if she had only met them once. She was especially fond of babies and children of all kinds.

   She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael in 1988 and Joseph in 1982.

   She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joseph; sons, William (Helen) Schneider of Charlotte, Patrick (Mary) Schneider of Charlotte, Robert (Karen) Schneider of Dimondale and Gerald (Teresa) Schneider of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Department.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Schnepp

 

   Lawrence Lee Schnepp, 79, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007 at the Hospice of Lansing. He was born Feb. 20, 1928 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Leonard and Helen (Baumer) Schnepp.

   Lawrence was owner and operator of Schnepp Refrigeration for over 40 years. He met Mary DeCook from Marquette through mutual friends, and they were married in 1957.

   He served in the Army during the Korean War, earned a degree from Cogne Electrical School, Chicago in 1947, and was formerly an avid airplane pilot.

   Preceding him in death were his wife, Mary (DeCook) Schnepp in 2006; brother, Dale; and sister, Jeanette Grimes.

   Surviving are four children, Kathy (Rick) Carpenter of Eaton Rapids, Patty (Dan) Davis of Hemlock, Steven (Lori) Schnepp of Eaton Rapids, and Susan (Robert) Szedlak of Morrice; six grandchildren, Ben and Zachary Davis, Kelli, Rebecca and Joshua Schnepp, and Justin Carpenter; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial with full military honors was held at the Fowler Cemetery in Aurelius Township.

   For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lansing at 3411 Stoneleigh Dr., Lansing, MI 48910.

   For online condolences, go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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E. Geraldine Schrock

 

   E. Geraldine (Potter) Schrock, 84, of Battle Creek, formerly of Bellevue, went to be with her Lord May 23, 2007 at her daughter’s home in Nashville.

   She was born Jan. 29, 1923, the daughter of Heman E. and Ellen M. (Griswold) Babcock in Burley, Idaho. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1942.

   Geraldine married Charles Lee Potter. They lived in the Bellevue area throughout their marriage and owned C. L. Potter Bottled Gas in Bellevue. Charles died in 1973. Geraldine moved to Keystone Heights, Fla. after she married Clyde Schrock in 1974. He preceded her in death in 2004. Geraldine was a member of the Bellevue First Baptist Church and the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Her calling in life was to share the grace and salvation of Jesus Christ. She loved her family, the outdoors and traveling.

   She was also preceded in death by sisters, Marie Kibby Smith, Alice Church, Betty Hemry; and brother, Henry Babcock.

   She is survived by her sons, Ronald (Jill) Potter of Ann Arbor, Ed (Ramona) Potter of Bellevue; daughters, Dena (Jim) Miller of Nashville, Nancy (Jimmie) Hughes of Alpharetta, Ga.; stepchildren, Roger (Linda) Schrock of Mackinac Island, Lyle (Sue) Schrock of Texas, Joyce (Phillip) Bruton of Texas; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

   The celebration of her life service took place May 27, 2007 at Bellevue First Baptist Church with Pastor Don Francis, officiating. Interment, Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial donations may go to Bellevue First Baptist Church or Lifespan-Good Samaritan Hospice Care.

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

 

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Howard “Sam” Schrum

 

   Howard K. Schrum of Charlotte, 75, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007. Mr. Schrum, known to many as "Sam," was born Jan. 28, 1932 in Oil City, PA, the son of Samuel and Genevieve (Snow) Schrum and had been a Charlotte resident since 1967.

   He had been employed as a forming machine operator for Owens-Illinois Glass Co. in Charlotte from where he retired in 1994. He was a life member of the Oil City Masonic Lodge and was currently a member of the West Carmel Congregational Church of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane (Aaron) Schrum in 1997.

   Surviving are, two sons, Ricky (Jean) Schrum of Olivet, and Daniel (Cynthia) Schrum of Ottawa, IL; four grandchildren, Lucas Schrum, Chanda Schrum, Amy (Sean) Davidson and Eric Schrum; three sisters, Patricia Thomas of PA, Mary Carl and Dori Kovalcheck both of OH and loving friend, Marlene Siefert of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 15, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery near Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may go to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Randall Schultz

 

   Randall S. Schultz, 51, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007. Randy Schultz was born May 13, 1956 in Charlotte, the son of Douglas and Jean (Griffen) Schultz.

   Randy Schultz was a fourth generation blacksmith/ferrier of his family. He enjoyed horse pulling and pony pulling in his younger years, gardening, canning, cooking, deer hunting and ice fishing. He was a NASCAR and MSU fan.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Schultz.

   He is survived by his sons, Jarrod (Casey) Schultz and Tony Schultz both of Charlotte; grandchildren, Spencer, Brooke, Brayden and Kayla; mother, Jean Priesman; sisters, Terri Craft of Connecticut, Deb (Phil) Fisher of Connecticut and Trudy (Rod) Lea of Charlotte and ex-wife, Denise Williams.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 26, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Reverend Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment will be at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the family.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

Ardis Schulze

 

   Mrs. Ardis M. Schulze, 82, of Nashville, was taken home to her Lord after her brief struggle with cancer on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007 at Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte. Ardis was born March 22, 1924 in Nashville the daughter of the late RD and Bertha (Jequette) Phillips.

   She attended Nashville schools and graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in 1948. She was the widow of Earl Schulze who passed away in 1961. The couple was married in 1953 and made their home in the Nashville area where they raised their family together. Ardis was employed as a nurses aide for 20 years. She was a member of the Nashville VFW Post 8260 and the Nashville Church of the Nazarene. Ardis loved her church family deeply and enjoyed being active in many church activities through the years. In her free time she enjoyed sewing, needle work, crocheting, cooking and dancing. She also enjoyed watching sports on television, and along with her son-in-law, Larry, would cheer on the Maize and Blue of U of M. Ardis was loved deeply by her family and will be sadly missed. May she rest in peace in the Lord's heavenly home until we meet again. We love you mom!

   She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earl D. Schulze; her son-in-law, Phillip Hudson; her brothers, Harold, Rex, John and an infant brother, Arlo.

   She is survived by her daughters, Ella (Art) Allwardt, Alesia Ann (Larry) Wisniewski, and Blanche Hudson; her son, Keith (Precious) Schulze; her brothers, Leslie (Yoshiko) Phillips and Lloyd (Joyce) Phillips. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

   A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville with Pastor Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment followed the service at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville. The family requests donations to the family of Ardis Schulze.

   Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Jack Schwied

 

   Jack J. Schwied, 86, born in Eaton Rapids, passed away Aug. 5, 2007.

   Jack and his family moved to Sarasota 50 years ago this month. His lifelong love of the water, both as a vocation and an avocation, has been passed along to his family, who continue his passion as sailors, skiers, fishermen, swimmers, scuba divers, and boat crew.

   He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Lou Schwied; sisters, Lois Lease (Ralph) Miller and Reba (Charles) Frodermann; and loved wife of 58 years, Virginia Schwied, who passed away in 2002.

   Jack is survived by his son, Ron (Jean) Schwied; and daughter, Nancy Lambe; four grandchildren, Ron Jr. (Danielle) Schwied, Shannon (Chad) Davie, Kristy Lambe, and Julie Lambe; and six great grandchildren, Morgan, Alicia, Emma, Maren, Addisyn, and Nicholas.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pines of Sarasota where Jack lived the past several months and Virginia donated time as a volunteer.

Dick Scott

 

   Dick Scott, age 77 of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, May 26, 2007 in Lansing. Born September 3, 1929 in Eaton  Rapids the son of Allan and Dacia (Kelly) Scott. Dick was an Eaton Rapids High School and Michigan State University graduate. He served as a merchant Marine during WWII, and retired after 30 years of service from General Motors in Lansing. Following retirement Dick and his wife Esther enjoyed several years at their home in Florida. Preceding him in death was his wife Esther (Twichell).

   He is survived by his 2 daughters, Tracy (Sheldon) Freeman of Eaton Rapids and Sally Scott of Cleveland, OH; 4 grandchildren, John (Kim) Freeman of Eckert, CO, Jill (Rick) Trierweiler of Charlotte, Benjamin and Bridgette Scott both of Cleveland; 2 great grandchildren, Danielle and Courtney Freeman, several nieces and nephews.

   It was Mr. Scott’s request that there be no services and that cremation take place. The family is being served through Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing at 6035 Executive Dr. Suite 103 Lansing, MI 48911 in memory of Dick Scott.

 

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Judy Scutt

 

   Judy Ann Sode Scutt, 63 of Higgins Lake , Mich., died July 30, 2007, with her family by her side. She was born July 17, 1944 in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of William and Betty (Printz) Sode. Judy retired from the State of Michigan and was a member of Grovenburg United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, loved her collection of lighthouses and playing Bingo.

   Judy is survived by her daughter, Lorrie (Jim) Kennedy of Charlotte and their children, Kayla, Broc, Morgan and Alyssa; her son, Jimmie (Lourie) Shannon of Bellevue and their children, Jenna and Casie; sister, Kathy (Jim) Pocklington of Holt, a special friend, Micheal (Cody) Knight and her adopted mother, Darlena McDaniels.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard in 1986; grandma, Susie in 1987 and sister, Jean in 1999.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, with John Bailey officiating at Pray Funeral Home. Interment will be at Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2007, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

John L. Sealy

 

   John L. Sealy, 86, of Grand Ledge, passed away Dec. 29, 2007 in Lansing.

   He was born in Arkadelphia, Ark. Sept. 9, 1921 the son of Steven and Clara (McCowan) Sealy.

   Sealy was a veteran of WWII serving four years with the U.S. Navy. He retired from Fisher Body, Lansing with 30 years of service.

   He was a member of the Moose Lodge #108 of Lansing, and avid golfer, pool player and enjoyed playing poker. Sealy was also a holder of a black belt in karate.

   Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ila M.; daughters, Darlene (William) Graham of Grand Ledge, Kristie Fleckenstein of Tallahassee, Fla., Teri (Tim) Sime of Grand Le4dge; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister, Elsie Kernodle of Tennessee.

   Services were held Jan. 3 at the Peers & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge with Rev. Richard McKenzie of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Grand Ledge officiating. Interment followed at the Delta Center Cemetery, Delta Township.

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

 

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Betty Lou Seume

 

   Betty Lou Seume, 79, of Bellevue died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 at Tendercare in Hastings. She was born Oct. 20, 1927 the daughter of Oscar I. and Cora Leona (Terwilliger) Pierce in Bellevue Township.

   Betty graduated from Charlotte High School. She worked at Owens-Illinois in Charlotte for 10 years. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and quilting. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde J. Seume Feb. 7, 1991.

   She is survived by her daughter, Audrey E. Southwell of Wyoming; sons, Clyde "Jack" (Linda) Seume Jr. of Bellevue and Steven Seume of Kaycee, Wyoming; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Bob (Beverly) Pierce of Battle Creek, Mark (Betty) Pierce of Nashville, Roy (Ruth) Pierce of Mendon and Dwight (Darlene) Pierce of Charlotte.

   Services were held Jan. 9 at Shaw Funeral Home. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorials may be made to Tendercare, Hastings.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas Shafe

 

   Thomas F. Shafe, 68, of Olivet, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 at his residence after an extended illness. Tom was born March 27, 1939 in Charlotte, the son of Fred L. and Ruth M. (Harris) Shafe and was a life-long Olivet area resident.

   He was a self employed carpenter by trade. Tom was a master craftsman and well known for his trim work. He was sought out by many for creating beautiful fireplaces of fieldstone, limestone, brick or whatever else they chose. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and took several trips out west which he enjoyed very much. He also enjoyed spending time up north at "the cabin" with family and friends.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Starr and half sister, Gayle Gordon.

   Surviving are, his wife of almost 50 years, Margaret (Day) Shafe; three daughters, Cheryl (Kelly) Coplin of Shelbyville, Lori (Chris) Koyl of Olivet and Michelle (Justin) Bowerman of Charlotte and 10 grandchildren, Shawn Coplin, Jeremie Coplin, Alex Coplin, Cassandra Coplin, Kristin Starr, Cameron Starr, Jamie Koyl, Tayler Koyl, Brandon Bowerman and Kayla Bowerman.

Funeral services were held Oct. 27, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Doug Hammond officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte, MI.

 

                                   

 

 

Carl E. Shafer

 

   Carl E. Shafer of Charlotte, formerly of Delta Township, passed away April 22, 2007. Carl was born May 8, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Carl and Shirley (Holden) Shafer. He retired from Leaseway Auto Transport as an operations manager.

   Carl loved to play golf and always looked forward to the annual golf trip he took with friends to Florida. He loved his family and had a great sense of humor. Dear husband of Sharon, father of Anne and Kelli Shafer and brother of Kali Valentine and uncle of Evan Aris.

   The family will receive friends at the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home Grand Ledge Thursday, May 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 pm and Friday 2 p.m. until time of Memorial Service 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 96010 Washington D.C. 20077 www.holihanatkin.com .

 

                                   

 

 

Austin A. Sharrow

 

   Austin A. Sharrow, 3 months, of Charlotte, died, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Austin was born Oct. 19, 2006 in Lansing, the son of Chad Sharrow and Kila Salazar.

   He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Ernest Shaw.

   He is survived by his parents; his grandparents, Mark Salazar, John and Korie Spitzley and Gary and Lorie Sharrow; aunt, Keisha Salazar; uncle, Matt Sharrow; uncle, Ted Spitzley; and many loving family members.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Father Denis R. Spitzley officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Kevin Lee Shaull

 

   Kevin Lee Shaull of Eaton Rapids, age 16, passed away Monday, January 29, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Kevin was born October 21, 1990 in Gaylord, MI. He was a student at Eaton  Rapids Public Schools, was fun loving, played hard and loved to make people smile. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Towers and great grandfather, George Wyrick.

   Kevin is survived by his mother, Ruth Towers; brother, Travis Michael Shaull; and sister, Gigi Shaull, all of Eaton Rapids; grandparents, Jacque & Randy Towers of Olivet; great grandmothers, Ruth Towers of TN, and Alma Jean Wyrick of Haslett; uncle, Benjamin Towers & family of Charlotte; Percy kitty & Allie puppy.

   Memorial services were held Friday, February 2, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to R Place Teen Club, Eaton Rapids, in memory of Kevin Shaull. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Lloyd W. Shaver

 

   Lloyd W. Shaver, 84, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. Mr. Shaver was born Aug. 13, 1922 in Onondaga, the son of Willard and Minnie (Ranney) Shaver.

   Mr. Shaver served in the Army in World War II, was a salesperson for Moormans Feeds, a truck driver for Minor Walton Bean and after retirement worked at Yates Hardware. He loved to farm while whistling away on his tractor, was a Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed country western music. Mr. Shaver's favorite games included euchre, golf, Tonk 31 and bingo (this one he preferred to win at). Mostly, he loved raising his five girls and enjoyed being with his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dolores "Dee" Shaver; daughters, Kathleen (David) Gusey of Vermontville, Sharon (Duane) Locke of Bellevue, Vicki (Charles) Stiver of Charlotte, Janet Rhoden of Lindale, Ga. and Laurel (Donald) Wallace of Prudenville; step-son, Michael Gosenca of Albion and step-daughter, Cynthia Hosack of Eaton Rapids; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Verlin (Virginia) Shaver of Charlotte; sisters, Mildred Griest of Charlotte, and Doris Kelley of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia Shaw

 

   Virginia A. Shaw, 78, of Lake Worth, Fla. died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, March 11, 2007. Ms. Shaw was born Aug. 14, 1928 in Charlotte, the daughter of Raymond C. and Alta (Baker) Shaw.

   She was a 50-year resident of Palm Beach County, Fla.

   She is survived by life-long friends, Annie Phillips of Lake Worth, Fla., Louise Lutes and family of Greenacres, Fla.; several cousins and many loving friends.

   Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 16 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Rev. Phillip Hobson of First Congregational Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the First Congregational Church of Charlotte.

   Arrangements were by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Melvin Shelver

 

   Melvin P. Shelver, 93, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte after a long illness. Melvin was born May 25, 1914 in Ransom County, North Dakota, the son of Peter and Martha (Gullickson) Shelver and had been a Charlotte resident since 1986 coming from Chicago, IL upon his retirement.

   He was a 1941 graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and had attended Minneapolis Business College. He had served as a Missionary for the Rural Bible Mission in Michigan and later the Chicago Hebrew Mission in Chicago, IL from where he retired on Sept. 1, 1986. He was a member of the Ainger Bible Church, Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Burleson) Shelver on Aug. 11, 2006.

   Surviving are several nieces and nephews including three nephews locally, Barry (Mary) Hart (primary care givers) of Charlotte, Bruce (Marilyn) Hart of Charlotte and Benny Hart of Olivet and a sister-in-law, Betty Nelson of Climax, MI.

   There will be no visitation. Graveside services and interment were held Nov. 19, 2007 at the Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue with Pastor Timothy Olson of First Lutheran Church officiating.

   Memorials may go to the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Shinsky

 

   Richard L. Shinsky, 82, of Holland died Saturday, March 24, 2007 at his home.

   Richard was an active member of the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church and past Associate Director of Holland Widowed Persons Services. He was also member of the F.O.P., American Legion and VFW Post 2144. He was a member and volunteer ambassador for Evergreen Commons. He was a veteran of World War II serving as a Navy Seabee.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty (2001) and sons, Rick (1983) and Timothy (2006).

   He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Gary and Karen Shinsky of Florida, Cathy and Kevin Quigley of Holland, Robert Shinsky of Holland; daughter-in-law, Lynda Shinsky of Holland; stepchildren, Lori and Joe Baker of Holland, Lisa Doezema of Holland, Amy and Rod Obbink of Holland; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother and sister, Curtis and Pat Shinsky of Tennesee; Gail and Richard Angelo of Westland; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Mrs. William (Joanne) Shinsky of Rochester; Gail and Ralph Ellison of Elmira; Bonnie and Jim Carrothers of Owosso; and many nephews nieces and cousins.

   Funeral services were held March 29 at Lakeshore Memorial Services 11939 James St in Holland. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or Widowed Persons Services of Holland. An on-line registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial.com for those who cannot attend the services.

 

                                   

 

 

Gary Lee Skinner

 

   Gary Lee Skinner, 52 of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 at Ingham Medical Hospital in Lansing.

   Mr. Skinner was born Nov. 9, 1954 in Elgin, Ill., the son of Robert and Ingrid (Niemi) Skinner. He was a meat cutter by trade, loved cooking, working on computers and working outside. He was an avid sports fan and never gave up on his beloved Chicago Cubs. He married Candalyne Admire on Nov. 15, 2003 and she survives him.

   Also surviving are daughter, Tabatha, step-daughters, Meagon, Jennifer (fiance' Mike), Richelle; step-son, Dalton and step-grandson, Jarret; brother, Robert Skinner and sisters, Bobbie Roewer, Sandy Schrieber, Betty Holmes and Debbie Harbison.

   A quiet memorial service will be held by the family. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. There will be no services.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold K. Shipman

 

   Harold K. “Pete” Shipman, age 79, of East Tawas died Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City.

   He was born in Oakwood March 10, 1928. Mr. Shipman was employed by General Motors Truck & Coach in Pontiac for 15 years. He and his wife Lucille then moved to Charlotte where he worked for Farm Bureau for 20 years retiring as foreman of the plant there in 1990. They lived in Charlotte for 33 years and moved to Arizona in 2003. They then moved to East Tawas in 2006.

   Mr. Shipman served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War. He was an avid softball fan and enjoyed playing softball while he was in the Navy and also when he was employed at General Motors. He had many interests including traveling with his wife.

   He was preceded in death by son, Paul in 2005, and brother, Donald.

   Surviving are his wife, Lucille; sons, Duane (Nancy) Shipman of Charlotte, Terry Shipman of San Francisco Calif., and Steven (Karen) Shipman of Little Rock, Calif.; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren and sister, Marge (Cal) Pauloski of Sand Lake Heights.

   A memorial service was held April 23 at the First Baptist Church in Tawas City with Rev. Rob Nordin officiating. Arrangements by Buresh & Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas.

 

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Viola Shope

 

   Viola Shope, 73, of Lansing, formerly of McMillan, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. She was a retired supervisor from the Department of Human Services for the State of Michigan.

   A graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 at McMillan Township Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Thelma Simons

 

   Thelma “Tudie” Corleen Simons, 73, of Charlotte, died June 15. Mrs. Simons was born Aug. 5, 1933 in Charlotte, the daughter of Fred and Beatrice (Paine) Raines.

   A retired baker, cook and bartender, Tudie enjoyed spending time with her family, collecting cookbooks, reading mysteries, her flower gardens and bird feeders. In her spare time she also liked to travel.

   She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jodi.

   She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ronald Simons; and her sons, Aaron Simons of Allen, Texas; John Simons of Clinton Township, MI, and Bruce Robb of Dimondale; and daughter Kim Kramer of Nashville. Also surviving is her brother, John Raines of Charlotte; and sister, Valerie Lass of Dimondale.

   Funeral services were held June 19, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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John Smalley

 

   John P. Smalley, 77, of Potterville, died March 13, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice House, Charlotte. John was born July 28, 1929 in Potterville the son of Kenneth and Merna Smalley and was a lifelong Potterville area resident.

   He was a 1948 graduate of Potterville High School and had been employed in engineering at General Motors, Lansing with 51 years of service. He enjoyed hunting deer and pheasants, and his hobby was attending his grandkids’ sporting events.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty (Campbell) Smalley; two daughters, Melody (Jimmy) Townsend of Holt and Christine (Gary) Lake of Mulliken; one son, Steve Smalley of Potterville; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and sister, Joan Telchman of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. March 16 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Israel Young officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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ospice House, Charlotte. Johnw as born July 287, 1929 in Potterville the son of Kenneth and Merna Smalley and was a lifelong Potterville area resident.

   He was a 1948 graduate of Potterville High School and had been employed in engineering at General Motors, Lansing with 51 years of service. He enjoyed hunting deer and pheasants, and his hobby was attending his grandkids’ sporting events.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty (Campbell) Smalley; two daughters, Melody (Jimmy) Townsend of Holt and Christine (Gary) Lake of Mulliken; one son, Steve Smalley of Potterville; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and sister, Joan Telchman of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. March 16 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Israel Young officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cmeetery. Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

Keith J. Smith

 

   Keith J. Smith of Eaton Rapids, age 82, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 in Lansing. Keith was born June 6, 1924 in Webberville, the son of James Lynn and Myrtle (Pardee) Smith. Keith was the owner and operator of Smith’s Jewelry Store in Eaton Rapids for many years, a former 32 Degree member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM and past president of the Eaton Rapids Kiwanis Club. He was involved in Gideon’s International and sang in the Capitol City Chordsmen.

   Survived by his daughter, Linda Strickland of MO; son, Russell (Toni) Smith of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Jaye, Andrew and Sammantha Smith, Tyler and Miranda Strickland; sister, Phyllis Anderson of FL; several nieces and nephews and an endeared & devoted nephew, Mark Collins.

   A memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 at the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dallas McFarland officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to Gideon’s International in memory of Keith Smith. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Leland Smith

 

   Leland Frank Smith, 85, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007. Mr. Smith was born March 9, 1922, in Eckford Township, MI, the son of Albert and Florence (Lord) Smith.

   He worked as shipping clerk at Aluminum Extrusions for many years until his retirement in 1987. He was also a local farmer, a Jacques seed corn salesman; and owned and operated Smith Cage Layers Poultry Farm for over 20 years. He was a former Board Member for the Ainger Bible Church and was currently a member of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte. He was a regular member of a Thursday morning Prayer Breakfast group.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Wilene Ruth (Haun) Smith; daughter, Susan Ruth Smith; sister, Marguerite Boakes; and brother, George Smith.

   He is survived by his wife, Lorena; daughter, Margaret (Loren) Dingman of Cedarville; sons, Richard (Christine) Smith of Nashville and Randy (Claudine) Smith of Battle Creek; stepdaughters, Debra (Jan) Benedict of Nokomis, FL and Sharon (Steven) Elzinga of Hastings; nine grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; and brother, Gaylord Smith, of Enid, OK.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 24, 2007 at the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Loren Dingman officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township, MI.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Gull Lake Ministries, Hickory Corners, MI.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Loren Richard Smith

 

   Loren Richard Smith, age 58, of Port Orange, FL, passed away June 5, 2007. He was born December 3, 1948, in Chicago, the son of the late George H. and Mary Smith of Eaton Rapids. He was raised in Michigan where he graduated from Niles Senior High in 1967. He enlisted in the Army and served as a Military Policeman. Following his discharge, he moved to Daytona Beach in 1974. Loren’s father was a Michigan State Trooper. He followed in his father’s footsteps in law enforcement in 1976 when he was hires with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department. During his service he was awarded the Medal of Valor and the Merit Medal for his service to the department and citizens of Volusia County. He was a member of the Honor Guard for over ten years, and the SWAT team for 23 years, in which he received two unit commendations for actions taken during high stress SWAT responses. The SWAT team members have lost a friend and a brother. After 30 years of service, he retired with the rank of Sergeant. Loren loved being a dedicated and loving father. He enjoyed the beach and sail boarding. His most special times were with his family, camping at Disney World or spending time at the family cottage on Fishers Lake in Three Rivers, Michigan.

   He will be sadly missed by his wife, Shirley; children, Kristen Bies and 12 year-old son, Loren M. Smith (Buddy); his three brothers, George (Maureen) of Daytona Beach, Dan (Kim) of Eaton Rapids and Mike (Julie) of Lansing.

   There was a celebration of his life on June 11, in Daytona Beach. A trust fund has been established to benefit his son “Buddy”, c/o Landis Graham & French, 444 Seabreeze Blvd., suite 1001, Dayton Beach, FL 32118.

 

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Marion Pauline Smith

 

   Marion Pauline Smith of Eaton Rapids, age 91, passed away June 25, 2007 in Battle Creek. Marion was born September 3, 1915 in Barry County, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Clara A. (Warner) Wilkes. She worked as a clerk in retail sales. Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Milford C. Smith (1987); brother, Clare F. Wilkes (1988); infant sister, Frances Wilkes; and step-son, Lloyd Smith.

   She is survived by 1 step-son, Clare Smith; sister-in-law, Rhea Wilkes of Bellevue; and nephew, Chris Wilkes of Bellevue.

   Funeral services were held on June 28, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Marion Pauline Smith. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Mary Smith

 

   Mary Elizabeth Smith, age 92, of Bellevue, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007.

   Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 6, 1915, Coronet, Florida, the daughter of Isaac "Ike" Shephard and Dippioca (Parker) Shephard.

   She had worked for Wilcox Gay and was a member of Charlotte Church Of Christ. When she met her first husband, Harold Briggs, a sharecropper, she "knew she would marry him."

   In order to get to Michigan, they hitched rides with moonshiners and other truckers, and a farmer they met in Indiana even gave her some long johns to wear because it was so cold.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 25 years, Bert DeMuth, last husband, Walt Smith; and siblings, Louis Shephard, Claudia Benton, Robert Willard Shephard, Hazel Prine, and Lucille Sebolt.

   She is survived by beloved son, Daniel (Gloria) Cowden of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Randy Bryant, Daniel Boone Cowden II, Anthony Cowden; and 11 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 14, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Tom Haynie officiating. Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice who has provided such good care to Mary.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert C. Smith, Sr.

 

   Robert C. Smith Sr., died March 7, 2007. He was born in 1932 and was a Korean War veteran. He retired from Miller Tool and Die in Jackson, member of the Eaton Rapids community for 47 years before moving to St. Petersburg. He was preceded in death by Robert Owen Smith and Kenny Robert Denman.

   Robert is survived by 2 sons, Robert C. Jr., Jack; 1 daughter, Marie (Dave) Denman, all of Eaton Rapids, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

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Thomas Carl Smith Sr.

 

   Thomas Carl Smith Sr., 64, of Olivet, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 1, 2007 from an apparent heart attack. Tom was born Jan. 26, 1943 in Marquette, the son of Glenn and Theressa (Schlehuber) Smith and had been a Charlotte/Olivet area resident since 1964, coming from Pickford.

   He was a 1960 graduate of Pickford High School and was the former owner of Smith's Auto Body Shop in Olivet. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Sharon (Huyck) Smith; son, Thomas Carl (Lesa) Smith Jr. of Gaylord; daughter, Kari (Bill) Moss of Olivet; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Blain) Thornton, Christopher Brundage, Leigh Anna Brundage and Kaleb Thomas Smith; his mother, Theressa Parent of Munising and sister, Faye (Phil) Fedoruk of Munising.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Smith in 1962.

   Services were held March 6 at the C. S. Mulder Funeral Home, Sault Ste. Marie. Interment followed in the Oaklawn Chapel Gardens, Sault Ste. Marie. Local arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Billy Lee Snow

 

   Billy Lee Snow passed away at the age of 67 after a long illness on September 4, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Polly.

   In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children, Connie Miller (Frank Moreno) of Jackson, Dawn (Mike) Benn of Rives Junction, and Robert Steven Snow of Rives Junction; grandchildren, Michael, Kristi, Jeffery and Abbey; four great grandchildren; siblings, Joyce Favero, Evelyn Sisco, Flora (Dick) Alwood and Sam (Jane) Snow; mother-in-law, Georgia Pulver; sisters-in-law, Carol (Jerry) Philps, Phyllis Pulver; brother-in-law, Robert (Judy) Pulver; and many nieces and nephews. We cannot forget his special girls at Zimmerman’s Trading Post. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Esta Snow; three brothers; and 1 sister. Bill retired from Hayes Albion after 33 years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and enjoyed going to the casinos. He also loved his Michigan Wolverines.

   Per his wishes, he has been cremated. Memorial services were at the Wetherby Chapel in Jackson on September 8, 2007. Friend’s may view Billy’s obituary and send condolences to the family at wetherbyfuneralhome.com.

 

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Richard “Dick” A. Sobleskey

 

   Richard “Dick” A. Sobleskey, 75, of Charlotte died, Friday, Nov. 30. He was born Dec. 17, 1931 in Petoskey, the son of Walter and Nancy (Kilmer) Sobleskey.

   Mr. Sobleskey retired in 1993 where he worked for General Motors as a Machine Operator. He enjoyed bass fishing, deer hunting, gardening and working in the apple trees. He also like to ride on his John Deere lawn mower, cutting the grass and working in the yard.

   He is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter, Carolyn (Rick) Barrera; son, Rick (Carrie) Sobleskey; daughter, Marcia (Tim) Ralya; daughter, Laurie (Paul) Davis; son, Allen (Brenda) Sobleskey; daughter, Kris (Matt) Petrelles; son, Kevin (Cheryl) Sobleskey; 20 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; step-sons, Dale (Cristey) Begerow, Randy (Katie) Perrier, Richard (Cathy) Perrier and John (Trisha) Williamson; step-daughter, Theresa (Donn) Smith; 11 step-grandchildren and one step-great grandson; brothers, Robert Sobleskey, Kenny Sobleskey, Ronald Sobleskey, Gerald Sobleskey, Lawrence Sobleskey and Sonny Sobleskey; sisters, Laurie Pearsall, Norma Potts, Millie Nyzak and the mother of his children, Ellen Sobleskey.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Paul; grandson, Lance; sisters, Mary and Alice and brothers, June, Eddie and Arthur. Funeral Mass was Monday, Dec. 3 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley and Pastor Sarah Friesen-Carper officiating. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery in Lake Odessa.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to A New Beginning Pregnancy Center, Charlotte or Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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June J. (Carey) Sowles

 

   June J. (Carey) Sowles, 81, of Charlotte, died May 5, 2007.

   Mrs. Sowles was born Sept. 23, 1925 in Sunfield, the daughter of Morris and Ethel (Rogers) Carey and had been a Charlotte resident since 1968 coming from Vermontville. She had been employed by the former A.E./Hoover Co. and the former T. G. & Y. Store both in Charlotte. She was a graduate of Lake Odessa High School and was a member of the St. John's Episcopal Church and the Charloteers Camping Club.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Sowles on Dec. 5, 2006. Surviving are; sons, Carl (Linda) Sowles of Bourbonnais, Ill. and Terry (Joy) Sowles of Battle Creek; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held May 9 at the St. John's Episcopal Church, Charlotte. Interment in the Woodland Memorial Park in Woodland. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorials may go to the Alzheimers Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Willis Spalding

 

   Willis Dean Spalding, 80, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2007.

   Dean was born March 1, 1927 in Crystal, the son of Fred Adelbert and Clara (Hatt) Spalding. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in WWII. Dean was a 57 year member of Ironworkers Local #25, a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, a former member of Holt First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center. He enjoyed sports and especially watching his grandchildren playing their sports.

  Preceded in death by his wife, Barbara in 1997 and 10 siblings, Dean is survived by daughter, Karen (Gary) Masarik of Eaton Rapids; sons, William Spalding of Charlotte, David (Eileen Lehnert) Spalding of Jackson, Timothy (Ann Herzberg) Spalding of Eaton Rapids; six grandchildren, Anne and Adam Lehnert-Spalding, Alan and Christopher Shimmin, Benjamin and Robert Spalding; sister, Arlene Henerfouth of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Bruce Blancher of Minnesota.; sister-in-law, Polly Armistead of Tennessee; special friend, Betty Miller of Eaton Rapids; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   Services were held May 30 at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids. A graveside service was held at Roseland Memorial Gardens in Jackson. Arrangements were handled by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids in memory of W. Dean Spalding. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Thomas E. Spencer

 

   Thomas E. Spencer of Eaton Rapids, age 64, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2007 in Eaton Rapids. Thomas was born July 11, 1943 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Edward and Mildred (Forward) Spencer. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1961 and from MSU in 1976 with a B.A. Degree in Fine Arts. Tom continued his love of art and painting his whole life with his private collections throughout Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam era. Tom retired from the City of Lansing Public Service and retired from Eaton Rapids Public Schools in 2005. Thomas, most of all loved his family, was an avid MSU Spartan fan, enjoyed music, movies, sports and the feeding and watching of his birds. He was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids.

   Tom is survived by his wife of almost 41 years, Rachel (Canedy); 2 daughters, Erin (Thomas) Simpson of Eaton Rapids and Lindsey (Ken Tripp) Spencer of Charlotte; 5 grandchildren, Collin Spencer, Maiya Simpson, Dominic Simpson, Allison Simpson and Wynter Tripp; 2 sisters, Shirley Watkins of Eaton Rapids and Nancy Dean of Mason; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Sue Allen of Eaton Rapids, Richard Reese of PA, Sally Canedy of Dimondale; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marty DeBow of Robbins UMC officiating. The family will receive friends and family on Wednesday from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robbins United Methodist Church in memory of Thomas Spencer. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Betty Ann Spidel

 

   Betty Ann Spidel of Eaton Rapids, age 61, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Charlotte. Betty was born December 14, 1945 in New Iberia, Louisiana, the daughter of Dale James and Betty Ann (Delcambe) Excell. She especially loved her family and enjoyed planting flowers.

   Betty is survived by her husband of 15 years, Sherman Spidel of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Judy Preston; and son, Robert (Missy) Preston, both of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Beth Barker of Olivet and Marissa (Johnny) Wyatt of TN; mother, Betty A. Excell; and ex-husband, Robert Preston, Sr., all of Eaton Rapids.

   Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Dimondale. The family will receive friends and family of Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Breslin Cancer Center in memory of Betty A. Spidel.. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Virginia Squires

 

   Virginia Mildred "Ginny" Squires, 88, of Bellevue, died July 24, 2007, at the Flower House in Nashville. She was born May 1, 1919, the daughter of Joseph D. and Florence Emma May (Lee) Day in Battle Creek.

   Ginny worked in quality control for Oliver Aviation, Wilcox Gay in Charlotte and retired after 25 years from Kelloggs in 1981. She was a member of the Kellogg 25 Year Club and the Rebechas. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking and doing crafts. Ginny also enjoyed spending the winter in Okeechobee, Florida.

   Ginny was preceded in death by her husband, C. Don Squires in 2004; her sister, Pearl Kinney; and niece, Annie Kelly.

   She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Hodges of Anderson, Indiana; son, Larry D. (Jeanne) Squires of Hartford, MI; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services took place July 27, 2007, at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor Don Francis, Bellevue First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may go to the Flower House in Nashville. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Freddie Stambaugh

 

   Freddie G. Stambaugh, age 66, of Sunfield, passed peacefully into the waiting arms of God on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. His family was by his side.

   Fred was a man with a wonderful sense of humor and a passion for fishing, which he indulged by spending many hours on the lake with his fishing buddy and big brother, Lynwood.

   More often than not, he would catch his limit; often sharing with friends and neighbor what he could not eat himself. Fred also owned and ran his own lumber company, "Fall Industries" for many years prior to his retirement in 2004.

   Fred leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 47 years Jennie, whom he met and wooed with his baby blues during a baseball game in 1959 and the rest is history.

   He was a devoted father and doting grandfather; he also leaves behind his beloved children Lori (Stambaugh) Martinez, of Grand Rapids and Randy Stambaugh of Holland; granddaughters (his pride and joy), Nicole Hop-Martinez and Randi Martinez. Fred is also survived by brothers Lynwood and LeRoy and sister Janet; brothers in law, Skip (Liz) and Dick (Mary Alice) Holtz; several nieces and nephews and of course, many wonderful friends. C

   Cremation has taken place and the family will be holding a private memorial service celebrating Freddie's Life.

   Contributions can be made in Freddie's name to any of the following organizations: Sparrow Hospice Services, American Cancer Society, S.P.Y.'s Scholarship Fund or any charity of your choosing: C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at www.legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Doris Sternaman

 

   Doris I. Sternaman, 82, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007. Mrs. Sternaman was born Feb. 9, 1925 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Howard and Hazel (Raines) Miller.

   Mrs. Sternaman was head cook for Hayes Green beach Hospital for 15 years and received the Employee of the Year in 1985.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband George Swift; second husband, Rawley Sternaman; son, Dennis Swift in 1984 and daughter, Lois Swift in 1978.

   She is survived by her grandson, Kenneth (Martha) Blanchard of Charlotte; two great grandchildren, Kenneth Jr. and Matthew Blanchard; 11 nieces; three nephews and special friend, Charles Jenson.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 22, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dorothy Steward

 

   Dorothy May (Coppess) Steward, of Lake Odessa, left her earthly home carried by angels into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 14, 2007. She was born on May 8, 1916 and lived in the Sunfield/Lake Odessa area all of her 91 years.

   She was a member of the Sunfield United Brethren Church and served in many capacities: Sunday School teacher, Women's Missionary Fellowship member, choir member. She had become a follower of Jesus at an early age and believed that God is with us whatever we face in life.

   During her life Dorothy was an energetic, fun loving people person who had many friends and acquaintances. She also had a myriad of interests that kept her busy and on the go. Camping, quilting, crocheting, crafts, family and community history, writing stories and poetry, antiques, animals and nature and games. Dorothy loved to cook, she worked in several area restaurants, and she was well known for her delicious baked goods. She also worked for Lakewood Public Schools Hot Lunch program for several years. Dorothy was an avid bowler and also loved to watch her children and grandchildren participate in sports activities.

   Dorothy's parents preceded her in death: George Ashton Coppess and Mae Emily (Gallup) Coppess. Her husband of 59 years, O. Dale Steward, passed away on April 7, 1994. Two of their five children have also passed away, Wendal B. Steward on Dec. 8, 2000 and Jeffery D. Steward on June 25, 2002. Two grandsons have also passed away; Lucas T. Steward on Sept. 19, 1998, and Kirk Lee Steward and Aug. 25, 2007. Dorothy was the last living of her six siblings, Lucy L. Coppess, John E. Coppess, Adelaide K. (Coppess) Dalton, George M. Coppess, Charles S. Coppess, and Ruth E. Coppess.

   She leaves behind many friends and relatives who will miss her greatly. Her son, Larry (Marilee) Steward of Sunfield, son, Bill L. Steward and Faye Foltz of Mulliken; daughter, Nancy Jo (Warren) Terry of Lawton, MI; daughter-in-law, Shelley (Jeff) Steward of Woodland; and a special sister-in-law, Laura Steward of Lake Odessa. Her loving and beloved grandchildren, Kevin (Tricia) Steward, Karin (Ronnie) Raymond, John D. Steward, Rebecca (Darin) White, David (Mary) Terry, Meredith (Dan) Hutton, Matthew (Jennifer) Steward, and Gabriel (Melissa) Steward. 17 great-grandchildren, Jolena, Dylan, Ashleigh, Diedra, Angelica, David, Toni, Andrew, Ryan, Logan, Eric, Sophia, Georgia, Kennedy, Taylor, and Whitney; and three great-great-grandchildren, Kendyl Renee, Cameron Brockman and Lola Marie.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 18, 2007 at the Sunfield United Brethren Church.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorials can be given to the Spy's Scholarship program or the Laurel Mission in Kentucky, C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. For more information, visit www.Legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

 

                                   

 

 

Anne Stiver

 

   Anne Stiver, 85, of Charlotte died Sunday, Sept. 30. Mrs. Stiver was born in West Windsor Township on February 28, 1922, the daughter of Peter and Mary Black.

   Anne worked for Fisher Body in Lansing in WW II fabricating flight control surfaces for heavy bombers. She was the first President of UAW Local 1995 at A.E. Hoover in Charlotte, and received the YWCA Diana Award for outstanding community service and professional achievement in Labor as a result of her work in the union. At home her passions were working on the extensive landscape at her farm and bargain hunting. She was a dedicated student of the world, courageous in her beliefs and always ahead of her time. Anne was a certified Mari-El Healer, a polarity healing technique which she generously shared with her church, family and friends. She loved spending time with her family around her, always accepting and understanding and optimistic of better tomorrows.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Stiver in 1984 and her sisters, Olga and Marie.

   She is survived by five loving children; Donald (Phyllis) Stiver, Jr. of Merritt Island, Fla., Dave (Diane) Stiver of Charlotte, Deborah (John) Angell of Okemos, Drucilla (Dale Sonke) Stiver of Rockford and Tina A. Stiver of Lansing, four grandchildren; Carri Banks, Sarah Stiver, Nolan Cooper, Livia Cooper, two great grandchildren; Katie Banks and Matt Banks; her sister, Josephine (Sam) Willoughby, many nieces and nephews and special caretaker, Paul Anderson.

   Funeral services were Oct. 6 at Pray Funeral Home with Michael Cooper and family officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery. Special thanks to Lacks Cancer Center and the ICU Staff at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, and her neighbors Diane and Joe Newman.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the Michigan Lung Association. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Gordon Story

 

   Gordon L. Story, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. Mr. Story was born July 13, 1930, the son of Lyle and Wilma (Knickerbocker) Story.

   Mr. Story was a sports writer for the Republican Tribune and Charlotte Shopping Guide. His unique wit was appreciated by local fans. He enjoyed sports, fishing, water skiing and the cottages on Trails End at Gun Lake. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchild cherished many wonderful memories, they were the light and joy of his life. He was so proud of his family and was involved in all their sports and activities.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores "Pooie" in 1996.

   He is survived by his son, Robert (Debra) Story of Belding; daughter, Laurel (Barry) Sherman of Charlotte; daughter, Julie (James) Jones of Blacksburg, VA; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and sister, Joann (Ray) Miller of Hastings.

   Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor John Bailey officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Juanita M. Stratton

 

   Juanita M. (Adams-Wilson) Stratton, age 98, formerly of Wyoming, was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, August 25, 2007. She was preceded in de3ath by her husbands, Walter Wilson of 32 years, and Ray Stratton of 22 years; her children, Jean Marie, Carolyn June, Herbert Edward; two sisters and one brother. Juanita was a longtime member of the Rebecca’s.

   She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Juanita (Roger) Mansfield of Grand Rapids; her grandchildren, Mike Mansfield, Susan & Scott Deprez, Dennis & Tammy Mansfield, Roger Jr. & LuAnne Mansfield, Richard & Michele Mansfield; her great grandchildren, James, Michael and Christine Deprez, Amber and Megan Mansfield, Kathryn and Jordan Mansfield, Joshua Mansfield, Michael and Jake Mansfield; her great-great granddaughter, Alora Follet; her sister, Arabelle Minor of Detroit.

   At Juanita’s request, cremation has taken place. The family will be having private services at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

 

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Mary G. Stratz

 

   Mary G. Stratz, 73, died May 15.

   Mary was born in Big Rapids, Dec. 17, 1933 a daughter of George and Alice (Amidon) Stratz. A long-time Windsor Township resident, she was the retired owner of Mary's Truck Stop and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   Mary was preceded in death by five brothers.

   Surviving are sisters, Catherine Pion of Dimondale, Rose Kogler of Byron Center, brothers, Francis Stratz of Westland, Bernard (Pat) Stratz of Walled Lake, Fredrick Stratz of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Mass of Christian burial was May 19 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley presiding. Interment followed at Dimondale Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Rose Gay Steward

 

   Rose Gay Steward, 88, of Vermontville passed away Sunday, Feb. 4,2007 at Moore’s Adult Foster Care Home near Charlotte. She was born Jan. 14, 1919 in Sunfield, daughter of Dr. Malcolm G. and Ava (Gardner) Slater.

   Rose was a lifelong resident of the area and active in many local organizations. She was a member of the Sunfield United Methodist Church, and after marrying Loyd Steward on Jan. 15, 1958, a member of the Bismark United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school and Bible school in both congregations. She helped organize the Sunfield library, where she was head librarian for over 10 years. She was also a very active member of the Sunfield Historical Society. Rose was a person of many interests. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, her cats, her angel collection, working on family and community history, watching the wildlife and the changing seasons on the farm where she resided until her last illness.

   Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Hoffman in 1952; both her parents; and one grandson, Collin Gardener Shelton; husband, Loyd Steward in 2003.

   Surviving are her children, Virgil A. (Cindy) Hoffman of Vermontville, Genie (Charlie) Hisler of Albion, Naomi Shelton of East Lansing; grandchildren, Aaron Hisler of Marshall, Lea Shelton of British Columbia, Jessica Shelton of East Lansing, Scott Hoffman of Battle Creek and Nicole Hoffman of Vermontville; three great grandchildren, Justin, Chris and Kaylee Hoffman.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 8 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeffrey J. Schrock officiating. Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery. For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Sunfield Library, or the UMC, 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.

 

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Ida May (Lawton) Stouffer

 

   Ida May (Lawton) Stouffer on Onondaga, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2007 at Ingham Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer, she was 76 years old. Ida was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Springport VFW. She loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing and was a tomboy through and through. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Jane Lawton; 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

   She is survived by John, her husband of 52 years; six daughters, Glenna (David) Fugate of Tompkins, Jane Stouffer of Jackson, Teresa (Jeff) Brown of Springport, Sue (Carl) Hoag of Springport, Kathy (Bob) Harris of Albion and Diana (Corky) Helm of Springport; ten grandchildren, Matthew (Paula) Fugate, Richard Fugate, Angela (Chris) Brock, Allison Hamilton, Nicole Fitch, Kaitlyn and Lucas Helm, Carlee, John and Jerry Hoag; a great grandson, Chance Brock; a sister, Nancy Yahnka; and a brother, Don Lawton, both of Springport, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at the Springport VFW on Tuesday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bob Doner officiating. Interment will follow at Tompkins Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Adams-Rockey Post 6056 Ladies Auxiliary.

 

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Thomas Sullivan

 

   Thomas Sullivan, 64, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Nov. 21. He was born Sept. 21, 1943 in Santa Monica, Calif.

   Mr. Sullivan was a retired real estate agent. He is survived by his wife, Judy and cousin Linda Jo Scott.

   Private family services will be held. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte; online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Junior Sundberg

 

   Junior Lee Sundberg, 53, of Schoolcraft and formerly of the Marshall and Olivet areas died, Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Junior was born on July 15, 1954 in Marshall to Dewey Lee and Phyllis (Lindsey) Sundberg.

   He was a graduate of Olivet High School, class of 1972. In his youth, he spent many hours working on his Uncle Cliff's farm.

   During his teens he had been employed by Charles Williams at the old C & L Service Station. In 1972, Junior was involved in a debilitating automobile accident.

   Junior loved working on cars. He owned a 1966 Chevy that he invested most of his free time as well as his money on.

   Following his accident, he found much joy in spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephew.

   They would spend many hours playing games and cards together.

   He loved country music and classic rock and roll. The louder it is was, the better he liked it.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey in 2003.

   He is survived by his mother, Phyllis Sundberg; brothers, John (Diane) Sundberg of Lewiston, Mark (Carla) Sundberg of Marshall, Keith Sundberg of Marshall and Kevin (Cathy) Sundberg of Marshall; numerous nieces and nephews; Aunts, Zella Sundberg and Norma Hindenach, Joyce McPherson and Bobbie Lindsey; Uncles, Richard (Helen) Lindsey and Charles (Ramona) Lindsey.

   Private services are being planned for the family at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald Sutton

 

   Donald William Sutton, 81, of Portland, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. He was born June 19, 1925 in Charlevoix the son of Clifford and Viva (O'Murphy) Sutton. Donald received his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and his Master's degree from Iowa State University. Donald married Ruby (Johnson) in June of 1947. He then spent 30 years in education, 16 of those years in the Charlotte School District. In 1980 Charlotte's high school yearbook was dedicated to Donald Sutton. Don held several degrees — his first was in public safety, where he began teaching driver's education. He received degrees in math and science and was a classroom teacher, a junior high and high school principal and elementary school superintendent. Following his teaching career, Donald was a financial planned for 10 years with IDS/American Express. His final major interest was genealogy. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, sailing and traveling — most often with a pickup camper or trailer. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby in 2005; and his only brother, Floyd; and a grandson, David.

   He is survived by his children, Patty (Dave) Snyder of Charlotte, Charles (Patricia) Sutton of Charlotte, Janet (Wendell) Holt of Elwell and Mike (Cheryl) Sutton of Ninilchik, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three first cousins, Helen Johnson of Charlevoix, Pauline Bowman of Grand Haven, and her sister, Eleanor Joslin of Miami, Fla.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at the First Baptist Church, Portland with Pastor Steve Taylor presiding. He was buried in the Charlotte Maple Hill Cemetery next to his wife, Ruby and grandson, David. Contributions are being given to youth programs of the Baptist Church and the American Legion Post 129, both in Portland, in Donald's name.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Sutton

 

   Robert H. Sutton, of Mason, age 59, went to be with The Lord on April 15, 2007. Robert was born Aug. 8, 1947, in Lansing, Michigan the son of Hugh and Genevieve (Smith) Sutton.

   Bob was very proud of his service to his country. He was active Army for three years, Vietnam Veteran and served in the National Guard for 27 years. Bob retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. Bob was a car enthusiast, MG’s specifically. His pride and joy was his 1958 MG that he had for 35 years before it was completely finished. Bob also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, running and fishing. He was past president of Michigan Rowdies, member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #288, All British Car Club and Gold Wing Riders Association. A loving and thoughtful husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend will be dearly missed by all.

   Robert was preceded in death by his daughter, Gabrielle Sutton; and parents, Hugh and Genevieve Sutton.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Sherry; children, Brian (Heidi Hiner) Sutton, Jason Sutton, Jared (Jenny) Sutton, Kerry (Steve) McGarry, Kimberly (John Adams) Richardson and Kelly (Matt) Pekru; sisters, Gayle McClelland and Barbara (Raymond) Franks; grandchildren, Skyler Sutton, Kelsey, Sean and Alex McGarry, Kylee and Kasidy Coats, Kendi and Kaydence Richardson, Lewis and Vadis Pekrul. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and many friends.

   Funeral services were held April 19, 2007, 1:00 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Holt/Delhi Chapel, 5035 W. Holt Rd., Holt, MI 48842 with Rev. Fr. David Pike officiating. The family received relatives and friends April 18, 2007 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital in memory of Bob. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.palmerbush.com.

 

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James Robert Swander

 

   James Robert Swander, 60, of Kalamazoo died Friday, Oct. 5. Mr. Swander was born June 19, 1947 in Kalamazoo, the son of James Henry and Barbara (Mitchell) Swander.

Mr. Swander had his own handyman business for many years. He also loved prospecting, fishing and hunting.

   He was preceded in death by his father, James Henry Swander in 1998.

   He is survived by his daughter, Brandy (Roy) Morris of Charlotte; son, Travis (Brenda) Swander of Albion; stepdaughter, Annelies (Eric) Kappler of Indiana; former wife, Connie Swander of Charlotte; mother, Barbara Swander of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Gavyn, Leah and Sydnee Morris and Isaac and Kadin Swander; step- grandchildren, Joseph, Nicholas, Adam, Rebecca and Rachel Gangi and Kathryn, Kailee and Nathaniel Kappler; step-great-granddaughter, Kaylin Gangi; brother, David (Glenda) Swander; sisters, Sharon Rodarmer, Deb (Scott) Taylor and Dawn (Ron) Fisher, all of Kalamazoo.

   A memorial service was held Oct. 8 at Kalamazoo Moose Lodge #88 in Portage with Pastor John Fisher officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family through Connie Swander. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Ethan Teeple

 

   Ethan Blaine Teeple, 5, of Roanoke, Ind. died at 3:27 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2007 at his home following a battle with cancer. Ethan wanted to be a policeman when he grew up. He played T-Ball and soccer with the Roanoke Youth Sports League. He was a member of Union Church Children’s Ministry. He attended Happy Days Preschool in Roanoke.

   Ethan was born on Aug. 2,2002 in Fort Wayne, the son of Gary II and Autumn (Spitzley) Teeple.

   Survivors include his parents: Gary II and Autumn Teeple of Roanoke, a brother: Trevor Teeple; grandparents, Marvin and Silver Spitzley of Charlotte, Gary and Joyce Teeple of Decatur; great grandparents, Ernam and Virginia Royston of Charlotte, Robert and Laurine Spitzley of Mulliken and Maurice Teeple of Decatur.

   He was preceded in death by two great grandmothers, Mary Teeple, Esther Braun, and a great grandfather, Jerome Braun.

   Services were held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at Union Church with two hours of visitation prior to the service with Pastor Jeff Carroll and Pastor Howard Cherry officiating.

   Interment was at the Union Cemetery in Huntington County.

   Memorials are to Union Church Children’s Ministry c/o Union Church, 3688 E. 400 N., Huntington, IN 46750.

   To sign Ethan’s online guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com and click on obituaries.

 

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William Lawrence Teller

 

 

   Surrounded by people who loved him, Bill passed away at home Sept. 27 at the age of 58 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

Bill graduated from Grand Ledge High School and from Michigan State University. He enlisted and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. Bill retired from the Department of Corrections in 2002.

   Always active in his community Bill served on the Village Council, the Sunfield Farmers Picnic Board, the Sunfield Lions Club and was an active member of the Sunfield United Methodist Church. Bill enjoyed many years of bicycling, but flying was his passion. At age 50, Bill received his pilot's license and spent many happy hours flying. The true joy of his life was being with his grandchildren.

   Bill is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Jennifer Felton; son-in-law, Dan Felton; and grandchildren, Isabel, Lauren and Noah Felton; parents Maxine and Larry Teller; brother, Rick Teller; sister, Laura (Steve) Sharp; father-in-law, Walter George; brother-in-law, Gary (Sharon) George; many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial service was held Oct. 2 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church.

   Contributions can be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, Sparrow Hospice Services, Sunfield United Methodist Church or Sunfield Area SPYS Scholarship Fund.

   Arrangements were handled by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home. For more information www.Legacy.com

 

                                   

 

 

Lucille Tennis

 

   Lucille (Mingus) Tennis, of Steinhatchee, FL: formerly of Vermontville, slipped away peacefully on Sept. 18, just shy of her 104th birthday, at the home she shared with her daughter, Rhoda Moehring, in Steinhatchee, FL.

   In her later years, she was loved and nourished by Rhoda's continuous care and Bobbi's active support. All of her children and grandchildren did what they could to show her the love and caring she had always given them. Born on Sept. 23, 1903 in Marcellus, MI, Lucille married her late husband, George Tennis, on July 6, 1935. They raised four children in Charlotte: two daughters, Rhoda Tennis Moehring of Florida, Bobbi Tennis (Jack) Pattison of Virginia; and two sons, Gayland (Jean) Tennis of Bath, and Darrell (Jacky) Tennis of Olivet. George and Lucille owned a farm on North Cochran in Charlotte, where their children were raised, and also owned the North End Grocery in Charlotte. They retired to Vermontville in 1969.

   In addition to George, Lucille was preceded in death by her brother, Maynard Mingus; and her son-in-law, William Moehring.

   She is survived by her children; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

   Lucille was a friend to all and dearly loved by everyone who ever knew her. She is now a beautiful angel in heaven watching over all of us. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Pray Funeral Home. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to SIREN/Eaton Shelter, P.O. Box 369, Charlotte, 48813. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Calvin J. TeVelde

 

   Calvin J. TeVelde, 74, of Charlotte, died Thursday, June 14, 2007.

   Mr. TeVelde was born in Iowa Sept. 1, 1932 the son of John and Jenny (Schaap) TeVelde. He was an active member of the Charlotte Christian Reformed Church. Mr. TeVelde worked as a Feed Mill Manager for the Eaton Farm Bureau Co-op and served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was an avid bowler since 1969 and had bowled on the Maple View Nursery Team in the Suburban League. Mr. TeVelde played the accordion and was on the slow pitch softball league at his church.

   He is survived by his wife, Hilda; son, Thomas (Marcia) TeVelde of Manistique; son Richard (Cindy) TeVelde of Olivet; daughter, Cindy TeVelde of Lansing; son, Joel (Crystal) TeVelde of Nashville; daughter, Amy (Brad) Harris of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters, Libby (Robert) Lanconi; Joanna (Larry) Visser, Esther Corrin and Jean Smit.

   Services were held June 16 at the Charlotte Christian Reformed Church, Charlotte with Pastor Brett McAtee officiating. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Rosemarie Therrien

 

   Rosemarie (Mann) (Kowalk) Therrien, 72 of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 at her residence after an extended illness. Rosemarie was born Mar. 27, 1935 in Charlotte, the daughter of Audley and Theresa (Bailey) Mann and had lived most of her life in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, David Kowalk.

   Surviving are her husband, Roy Therrien, Sr.; two sons, Douglas K. Kowalk and Dennis Kowalk both of Charlotte; four grandchildren and four brothers, Jack Mann of Charlotte, William Mann of Lansing, Robert Mann of Charlotte and Ronald Mann of Florida.

   At Rosemarie’s request, cremation has taken place, no services will be held.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Thressa S. Thocker

 

   Thressa S. Thocker, 93, of Charlotte, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. Mrs. Thocker was born March 10, 1913 in Warsaw, Poland the daughter of Alex and Frances Kessler.

   Mrs. Thocker was employed as an assembly worker at General Motors.

   She is survived by her daughter, Harriet (Peter) Froncezak of Lansing; son, Dennis (Martha Jean) Thocker of Lansing; and loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Roberta H. Tidd

 

   Roberta H. Tidd, age 93 of Holt, former resident of Homer and Coldwater, Michigan passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at the Courts of Holt, Holt, MI. She was born March 29, 1914 in Hardin County, Ohio to Carl C. and F. Nelle (Ford) Huston. On September 19, 1935 in Ada, Ohio she married Raymond E. Tidd who preceded her in death February 25, 1990. Roberta graduated from Alger Ohio High School in 1932; she attended Ohio Northern University and Western Michigan University. She came to Michigan from Ohio in 1937 and taught school in Homer and Litchfield before taking a teaching position at the Coldwater State Home & Training School. She retired June 28, 1975 after 24 years of service there. Roberta was a member of the Homer United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by two sons, James W. (Shirley) Tidd of Springport, R. “Gene” Eugene (Pat) Tidd of Eaton Rapids; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; eleven great-great grandchildren; a sister, Wilda L. (Frank M.) Mench of Galesburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and a sister.

   Funeral services were held on June 24, 2007 at the Homer Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels with the Rev. Mark Mitchell officiating. Burial followed at the Fairview Cemetery, Homer Township, Michigan. Assistance with the memorial contributions for the United Methodist Church of Homer or In-House Hospice Solutions is available at the funeral home. Arrangements entrusted to the Homer Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, 303 S. Hillsdale, Homer, MI. www.tiddwilliams.com.

Samuel Tink

 

   Samuel Ira Tink, 36, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Leslie, passed away Oct. 3, 2007 in Lansing. Sam was born March 17, 1971 in Lansing, the son of Lewis and Judith (Kelley) Tink.

   He was a member of the Eaton Rapids United Methodist Church and a former member of Faith United Methodist Church. Sam graduated from Heartwood School, and was a Special Olympian in floor hockey, basketball and Frisbee. He “directed” every marching band, musician or music group he was around.

   He was preceded in death by grandparents, Barbara Duesterbeck, Ira and Thelma Tink; and several aunts and uncles.

   Same is survived by his parents, Judy and Dan Tink of Eaton Rapids; siblings, Steve (Sue) Tink of Battle Creek, Lisa (Steve) Ulman of Eaton Rapids, Laura Rempher of Mason, and Scott (Julie) Tink of FL; one step-brother and three step-sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 6 at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Daniel Hofmann officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Music Department in memory of Sam Tink.

 

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Duane Tirrell

 

   Duane M. Tirrell, 53, of Charlotte, died April 30, 2007. Mr. Tirrell was born Nov. 6, 1953 in Charlotte, the son of Jack and Marian (Gasser) Tirrell.

   Duane Michael Tirrell lived on the Centennial Farm that his family has run for 165 years since 1835. He was a member of the Eaton County Planning Commission, a 4-H Sheep Superintendent, former Farm Bureau President of nine years, a member of the Michigan Centennial Farm Association, Vice President of the Forage Council of Michigan, a member of the Charlotte Church of Christ and a board member of the Thornapple Soil Conservation District.

   Mr. Tirrell believed that farming was a higher calling providing food and fiber to the rest of the world. He was known for the finest sheep flocks in Michigan and the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association grew under his leadership as he served as Executive Secretary. Mr. Tirrell most recently spent three weeks in Moldova in the Eastern Ukraine on a farmer to farmer foreign exchange program.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Allen in 1988 and brother-in-law, David Sloan in 2003.

   He is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Ben Tirrell; daughters, Becky and Abby Tirrell; parents, Jack and Marian Tirrell; sister, Colleen Sloan, brother, Keith (Janice) Tirrell and sister-in-law, Kathy Tirrell.

   Memorial services were held May 4, 2007 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church with Pastor John Bailey officiating. A Shepherd Service was held May 5, 2007 at the Tirrell family farm. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County 4-H Michigan Sheep Breede4rs Association Scholarship Fund.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Robert Towns

 

   Robert “Bob” V. Towns, 87, of Eaton Rapids died Monday, Dec. 3. Bob was born Nov. 9, 1920 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Vern and Pearl (Gruesbeck) Towns.

   Bob had formerly worked in the milk business and retired as manager from the Felpausch Food Stores Frozen Food and Dairy Dept. in Hastings. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Theo and sisters, Arlene McConnell and Myrtle Colestock.

   Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Shirley (Woodworth) Towns; son, Lynn Towns of Holt and daughter, Marsha (Ken) Nicholas of Eaton Rapids; six grandchildren, Laura (Jeffrey) Spradlin of Kan., Jason (Zoila) Towns of El Salvador, Joshua Towns of Texas, Arin Towns of Michigan, Bethany (Ruben) Pena of Texas and Caryn Nicholas of Michigan; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Stark of Caro and Ruth Tank of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 7 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association or the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in memory of Bob Towns. For online condolences go to ww.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Alice Travis

 

   Alice M. Travis, 85, of Vermontville, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007.  She was born Nov. 28, 1921 in Bellevue, the daughter of Vernard and Harriet (Manzer) Harry.

She was a caring and giving person, a member of the United Methodist Women’s Group, and the Kalamo Historical Society. Her hobbies included camping, flowers, birds, reading, and riding motorcycles.

   She is survived by daughters, Mary Jean (Roy G.) Weldon of Albion, and Beverly K (Robert M). Hendershot of Climax; grandchildren, Holly Mathe, Rex and Scott Weldon, and Lori Hendershot; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Travis; sisters, Genevieve Andrews, Gertrude Miller and Madalyn Wilbur. 

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Bryce Feighner officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, and Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

James Troup

 

   James L. Troup, 72, of Perrinton, passed away Feb. 28, 2007 at his home. He was born Feb. 16, 1935 in Northumberland, Penn., the son of Harrison and Mary (Hanes) Troup.

   He married Arielia Ann Baker on Sept. 1, 1956 in Carson City. James served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for General Motors Corp. in Lansing, retiring after 35 years of service. He was a life member of the Mark Daniels VFW Post #1735.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers and sisters, Kenneth Troup, George Troup, Grace Troup, Pearl Elizabeth, Elmwood Troup, Harold Troup, and Myrtle Selar.

   James is survived by his wife Arielia of Perrinton; two daughters, Teressa (Charles) Thomas of Perrinton and Diane (Louis) Hurrllman of Holt; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also, surviving eight brothers and sisters, Gladys Bruce of Sunbury, Penn., Dorothy Hechler of Northumberland, Penn., John Troup of Northumberland, Penn., Edith Brogan of Milford, Del., Guy (Marie) Troup of Folcroft, Penn., Charles (Francis) Troup of Sunbury, Penn., Walter Troup of Northumberland, Penn., and Parren (Pat) Troup of Northumberland, Penn.

   A memorial service and dinner was held March 10, 2007 at the Mark Daniels VFW Post #1735 in Perrinton. The family has requested in lieu of flowers to please make a memorial contribution to the VFW National Children's Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Scott Trowbridge

 

   Scott A. Trowbridge, 50, of Hastings, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Mr. Trowbridge was born May 4, 1956 in Lansing, the son of Gordon and Ruth (Yerrick) Trowbridge.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Trowbridge.

   He is survived by his mother, Ruth Trowbridge of Charlotte; brother, Todd (Sue Rodriguez) of Charlotte; sister, Pamela (Barry) Walter of DeWitt; sister, Deborah (Ronald) Rausch of Littleton, Colo.; four nephews and one niece.

   There will be no services. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Thornapple Manor in memory of Scott Trowbridge, 2700 Nashville Rd., Hastings, Mich., 49058.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Clifton Tombaugh

 

   Clifton Charles Tombaugh, 87, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007. Mr. Tombaugh was born Jan. 22, 1920, the son of Charles and Katherine Tombaugh in Rodney, MI.

   He was an avid bass fisherman, very much enjoyed his Friday night bowling league and playing cribbage.

   He was preceded in death by sisters Dolores Peters and Dorothy Haskins.

   He is survived by Louise, his wife of 62 years; daughter, Kathy (John) Pung of Charlotte; son, Ray Tombaugh of Mason; sister, Virgil Beachler of Hillsdale; several grand children, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Sept. 24, 2007.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Barbara Trowbridge

 

   Barbara (Sue) Trowbridge, 69, of Vermontville, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Dec. 20, 2007. She will be sadly missed by us all. Sue was born April 9, 1938 in Hazard County, KY and had been an Eaton County area resident for 60 years.

   She had been employed at Michigan Magnetics in Vermontville from where she retired in 2000 after 30 years of service.

   She was preceded in death by a grandson, Channing Gene Trowbridge in 1999.

   Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Buddy Trowbridge; six children, Rodney (Carmen) Trowbridge of Bath, Debra (Allan) Steward of Charlotte, Theresa Trowbridge of Charlotte, Suzette (Rick) Anthony of Battle Creek, Ryan (Jessica) Trowbridge of Bellevue and Tana (Jim) Miller of Vermontville; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and five siblings, June Wells of Charlotte, Charles "Sonny" White of Portland, Eugene Fraley of Vermontville, Annabelle Emenheiser of Eaton Rapids and Wayne Fraley of Springport.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Duane Royston officiating. Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Casey and Nick Steward, Jason and Mason Trowbridge, David and Jimmy Primm and Rick Anthony.

   Memorial contributions may go to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred Turner

 

   Mildred M. Turner, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Sebewa Township, was called into Heaven on April 20, 2007 at Spectrum Health Continuing Care in Grand Rapids. Mildred was born June 16, 1912 in Garfield, KY, daughter of Taylor and Dora (Kenner) Marr.

   Mildred began working at various jobs including seven years at a shirt factory. She served the church as a pastor's wife for 23 years. Her service to the church began as a teenager including church pianist, accordion player, Sunday School teacher, a licensed deaconess, preacher, janitor and youth leader. She completed a nursing program leading to a charge nurse at Longview State Hospital for 12 years.

   After retiring she enjoyed living in Kentucky and North Carolina with her sons. Michigan has been her home for the last 26 years of her life. The past four years she lived at Spectrum Continuing Care Center, 4118 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

   For those wishing contributions may be made to Spectrum in memory of Mrs. Mildred M. Turner. She supported many Christian ministries and was a dedicated prayer warrior on which her family depended greatly.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Sewell Stephen Hulett; and her oldest son, Paul Stephen Hulett.

   Surviving are her sons, James Hulett, David Hulett, and John Hulett; grandchildren; as well as great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held April 27, 2007 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. Brian Sheen officiating. Interment was at the East Sebewa Cemetery.

   For more information log onto www.legacy.com.

   The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield, Rosier Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Tyler

 

   Rex A. Tyler, age 56, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at his residence. Rex was born November 15, 1950 in Lansing, the son of Ivan Keith and Nancy Lee (Hubbard) Tyler. He retired as an engineer with Fasco Motors in Eaton Rapids. Rex was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, motocross, and completed the Dalmac several times. He also loved music and was an excellent guitarist.

   Preceded in death by his father, Ivan, and brother, Forrest Tyler, Rex is survived by his wife of 38 years, Virginia (Perez); daughter, Erika (Nathan Bogo) Tyler of Dimondale; son, Rick (Tiffany) Tyler of Tennessee; grandchildren, Jakob and Isaak Bogo, Cody Tyler, Payton Lyndsey; parents, Nancy and DeWayne Tyler of Charlotte; 3 brothers, Keith Tyler, Donald Tyler, both of Reed City, Rockey Tyler of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Toni (Dave) Kiss of Cheboygan, Penny (Dave) Wendle of Grand Ledge; and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Saturday, June 9, 2007 at the Eaton Rapids Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Sharon Upright

 

   Sharon A. Upright, 64, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. Mrs. Upright was born April 6, 1943 in Lansing, the daughter of Floyd and Grace (Pike) Strouse.

   Mrs. Upright was a 15-years employee of Michigan National Bank in Charlotte. She was an active member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and served as treasurer. Mrs. Upright volunteered for the Red Cross for over 25 years, was a member of the Eastern Star and a former Cub Scout Leader.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Dave.

   She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Paul; son, Scott (Debbie) Upright of Saginaw; son, Jim Upright of Albion; six grandchildren, Jacob, Christopher, Garrett, Mitchell, Harrison and Linden; mother, Grace Strouse of Charlotte; brother, Mike (Kay) Strouse of Charlotte; sister, Virgie Muirn of Lansing; sister, Pat (Kelly) Lewis of Grand Ledge.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 12, 2007 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, MI with Reverend Karen Wheat officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Home Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Marjory Urie

 

   Marjory J. (Bryner) Urie, age 78, of Charlotte, died Thursday, June 28, 2007 at the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. Mrs. Urie was born Oct. 7, 1928 in Chester Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Benjamin and Hattie (Hall) Bryner and had been a Charlotte resident since 1950.

   She had been employed at the Owens-Illinois (Now Owens-Brockway) Glass Co. in Charlotte from where she retired. She was a member of the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church and it's Naomi Circle and was a longtime Red Cross Volunteer at Hayes-Green-Beach Hospital in Charlotte. She was married to Charles L. Urie on June 5, 1946.

   He preceded her in death on May 26, 2006. Also preceding her in death was a son, Charles "Chuck" Urie on Dec. 10, 2005.

   Surviving are, four children, Sharon Lilly of Charlotte, Jack (Roberta) Urie of Greely, CO, Holly (Terry) Pentecost of Charlotte and JoAnn (Dan) Starr of Adrian; nine grandchildren, Rob Lilly, Cheryl Worden, Jason Lilly, Nicole Kirby, Will Urie, Heidi Pentecost, Travis Pentecost, Angelica Dekker and Colter Starr; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 2, 2007 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Paul Vahs

 

   Paul John Vahs, 85, of Bellevue, died Oct. 30, 2007 at home. He was born Oct. 1, 1922, the son of Benjamin and Bessie (Johnson) Vahs in Convis Township.

   Paul worked as a truck driver for Farm Bureau in Marshall and owned his own dairy farm.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Arlo, and sister-in-law Delmont Vahs.

   He married Pauline A. Proctor on Dec. 10, 1943. She survives. Also surviving are son, Phil (Doreen) Vahs of Bellevue; daughter, Burdeena (Marvin) Owen of Charlotte, Vivian (Roger) Holdcraft of Olivet; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Judy) Vahs of Marshall; and sister, Valdean (Don) Kirkland of Battle Creek.

   Paul was a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Milk Producers Association. He loved to farm and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

No services or visitation are scheduled.

Memorial donations may go to a charity of one's choice.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

                                   

 

 

Ralph VanAuken

 

   Ralph J. VanAuken, 84, of Dimondale died Monday, Oct. 8 at the Michigan Masonic Home in Alma following a long illness. Mr. VanAuken was born May 9, 1923 in Assyria, son of Bryan and Severa (Swift) VanAuken.

   He was an Oldsmobile employee and retired with 36 years of service. Farming and his yard were his other passions. Ralph was a life member of the Potterville Masonic Lodge and a member of the Potterville Order of the Eastern Star.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife Doris in 1961 and his son Richard in 1997.

   Services were held Oct. 12 at the Dimondale United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Peters and Rev. Becky Morrison officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of choice. Arrangements were handled by Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale.

 

                                   

 

 

Claude VanBlarcom

 

   Claude Gorham VanBlarcom, 90, of Vermontville, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at Sparrow Hospital. Claude was born March 26, 1917 to Guy and Bertha VanBlarcom in Sunfield Township. He was married to Alice Wright on March 25, 1939.

   She preceded him in death in January 2002 after 63 years of marriage. Claude had been a lifelong resident of the Vermontville area. He was a farmer, ran a sawmill, and was a very accomplished carpenter, having built many homes in the area. He loved to be outside working in his garden, he was an avid reader, and a giving caregiver. He was most proud of the accomplishments of his two grandsons, and of the fact that he lived to meet two great grandsons.

   Claude was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Glenna (Rolland) Coleman, Zelna (Leon) Rose, Mable (Russel) Booher, Edith (Harold) Benedict, brother, Kenneth VanBlarcom.

   He is survived by his daughter Marabeth (Stan) Graham, his two grandsons, Travis (Bree) Graham and Trent (Alaina) Graham and two great grandsons Kyle and Alex. He is also survived by sister Josephine Cates and sister-in-laws Teresa VanBlarcom and Lillian Howe Patterson, special friend, Agnes Lake and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 18, 2007 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, in Sunfield, Mich. with Pastor Kathy Smith of the Vermontville, United Methodist Church officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Fund, or the Vermontville United Methodist Church. C/O RFH P.O. Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery.

   Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at www.Legacy.com. The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Curtis Lee VanDenberg, Sr.

 

   Curtis Lee VanDenBerg, Sr. Eaton Rapids, age 62, died from a heart attack on the airplane while returning from Italy. Curt was born May 26, 1945 in Grand Rapids, MI, the son of Charles Jay and Jennie (Veenstra) VanDenBerg. He was a graduate of Kentwood High School, class of 1963, and attended Michigan State University. Curtis was a 1st Lieutenant with the Michigan State Police, retiring in 1993. He was a very active musician and vocalist in the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church Chalice “Praise Bank”, Choir, Bell Choir, Orchestra, and 4-Tell Quartet. He had many hobbies, was an avid photographer and enjoyed resorting old cars. Curt developed and operated the Michigan State Police Vehicle Dynamics Program, and was president of Independent Testing & Consulting, Inc. He was a member of the Eaton Rapids Planning Commission and numerous other committees. Preceded in death by his daughter, Cathie VanDenBerg, in 1981, and brother, Art VanDenBerg in 2005.

   Curtis is survived by his wife of 26 years, Linda (Shelly) VanDenBerg of Eaton Rapids; son, Curtis VanDenBerg, Jr. of East Lansing; 2 grandchildren, Whitney and Casey VanDenBerg; brother, Charles “Chuck” (Donna) VanDenBerg and Jack (Pat) VanDenBerg, all of Grand Rapids; sister-in-law, Cindy VanDenBerg of Rockford; mother-in-law, Doris Shelly; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, October 8, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church or Haslett High School Choir Boosters in memory of Curtis VanDenBerg, Sr. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Raymond Van Lake

 

   Raymond Van Lake, 85, of Potterville, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. Mr. Van Lake was born Aug. 8, 1922 in Charlotte, the son of Phillip and Irma Van Lake.

   He enjoyed anything to do with the out of doors and there were many hunting, ice fishing and camping trips to Gene's Pond in the UP. Mushroom hunting and snowmobiling were also things he greatly enjoyed. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII, worked at Motor Wheel for 20 years and retired from MSU after 24 years in the physical plant.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilynn in August 2002; sons, Robert and Jon; and sisters, Alice Reynolds and Cecelia Coyne.

   He is survived by his sons, Tom (Phyllis) Van Lake of Eagle and Ron (Paulette) Van Lake of Bannister; daughter in laws, Catherine Van Lake of Potterville and Linda Van Lake of Lansing; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Potterville/Benton Township Fire Department or Potterville United Methodist Church.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Julie A. Van Skike

 

   On Aug. 19, 2007, Julie Ann (Barnes) Van Skike, passed away surrounded by family following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

   Julie was born on May 23, 1966, in Lansing and graduated from Holt High School, class of 1984. She married Nathan Van Skike on Dec. 12, 1989, and had one daughter, Erika. They settled in Charlotte, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Not only was Julie proud to be a mother and homemaker, she also was an avid collector of Star Wars, Star Trek, and TheWizard of Oz memorabilia.

   Julie is survived by her husband Nathan, their daughter Erika; father, Robert J. Barnes and Uncle Ray; step-father, Kim Willett; sister and brother-in-law, Sheryl (Barnes) and Peter Kanelos. Julie was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Willett. Julie will be forever missed by her family and friends.

   A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 at 3 p.m. at the Crossroads United Brethren in Christ Church of Charlotte, Michigan. Burkhead Green Funeral home is serving the family.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronald H. Veltman

 

   Ronald H. Veltman of Eaton Rapids, age 79 passed away September 2, 2007. He was born March 21, 1928 in Muskegon, MI. He grew up on a farm in Big Rapids with seven brothers and sisters.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary; three children, Jackie (Pat) Trimmer, Tom Veltman, Joanne Cleeves; four grandchildren: Justin Cleeves, Kelly (Tom) DeLind, Jennifer Trimmer and Bob Trimmer; brothers, Robert Veltman and Gordon Shepard and sister, Pearl Shepard. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; father, Harry Veltman, mother LaMonie Shepard and step-father Bruce Shepard; sisters, Marjorie, Mary Alice and Martha, and brothers, Edgar and George. Ronald retired from Motor Wheel after 35 years of service in 1981.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 5 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center or the Eaton Community Hospice. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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George Walker

 

   George Franklyn Walker, 62, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing after a short courageous battle with cancer. George was born Sept. 27, 1944, in Charlotte, the son of Burt and Cleo (Imes) Walker and was a lifelong resident of the Charlotte area. He was a retired General Motors Supervisor at the Body Plant in Lansing. He was a builder, a house and landscape designer and a consummate handyman. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Charlotte, was an avid traveler and loved the outdoors. When younger, he like hunting and later in life like catch & release fishing.

   George was loved and survived by his wife of 42 years, Doris (Rolfe) Walker; three daughters, Shawndee (Finley) Bolenbaugh of DeWitt, Shantel (Dennis) Cook of Rockford, and Shena (Curt) Winslow of Lurkspur, Calif.; two granddaughters, Kara Bolenbaugh and Rachel Cook; his mother, Cleo Walker of Charlotte; sister, Judy Kelly of Charlotte; brother, Denny (Cindy) Walker of Hastings, and his two beloved dogs, Babe and Snoopy.

   He was preceded in death by his father. He was a loving husband, dedicated father and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery in Oneida Township. Visitation will be held Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m. and Aug. 5 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the American Cancer Society or First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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Naomi Ruth Williams Ward

 

   Naomi Ruth Williams Ward, 103, of Camarillo Calif. died Jan. 19, 2007. Naomi was born Jan. 5 1904 in Eaton County and lived in Eaton Rapids until 1996.

   At that time she sold her house on Main Street and moved to California to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Geneva and Harold Ferguson. She resided with them for 10 and a half years, spending three and a half months in a care facility just before her death. Naomi enjoyed the California sunshine and was always interested in world affairs and family affairs. She kept in touch with all her family Almost every summer, Naomi would fly to Gresham, Ore. to visit her daughter, Jeanette. Her last flight was at the age of 101.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Ward, to whom she was married for 69 years; son, Neil Ellis Ward; and brothers, Laban, Leo and Clifton Williams.

   Naomi is survived by her daughters and son, Jeanette Cheatham of Gresham, Ore., Geneva Ferguson of Camarillo, Calif. and Kenneth Ward of Lexington, SC. She was grandma to 14 grandchildren, great grandma to 18 and great-great grandma to four.

    Naomi will be cremated and her ashes will be buried in Eaton Rapids. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Arrangements by Conejo Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Camarillo, Calif.

 

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Michael Way

 

   Michael D. Way "Bear," 53, of Clarksville, died Thursday morning, Aug. 9, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Mike was born Sept. 16, 1953 in Lansing, a son of Paul E. and Rose L. (Nosotti) Way.

   He was a 1972 graduate of Grand Ledge High School, a retired G. M. employee and a member of the Woodland Eagles.

   Surviving are his son, Michael (Jami) Way of Middleville; daughter, Mandy (Nicholas) Dahms of Nashville; step-daughter, Deb (Gary) Zandstra of Rockford; five grandchildren, Brody, Kadin, Karlie, Sara and Cody; sister, Rhoda Lee (John) Greenhoe of Grand Ledge; brothers, Dennis Way of Clarksville and Harry Way of Mulliken; the mother of his children, Casey Way; loving companion, Jann Pantera; niece, nephews, uncle and aunts.

   Services were held Aug. 14 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Denise Smith officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dennis Way, Jamie Eye (Chief), Gary Zandstra, Matthew Paul, Churck Pantera and Evan Way.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mary's Doran Foundation, 200 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

 

                                   

 

 

Wayne Webb

 

   Wayne Noah Webb, 81, of Charlotte, died July 29, 2007 at Dimondale Center Memorial. Wayne was born March 19, 1926 in Charlotte, the son of Wayne O. and Margaret Pearl (Gaskill) Webb. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1945. He married Betty (Winters) Webb on June 30, 1984, was retired from Michigan National Bank and was a member of South Cochran Church of God.

   Wayne is survived by his wife Betty; former wife, Phyllis (Pifer); son, Roger Webb; daughter, Angie Merryfield; stepson, Thomas Winters; three stepdaughters, Betty M. Brown, Peggy (David) Gardner, Carla (Mike) Fell; three grandsons; two stepgranddaughters; seven stepgrandsons; one great-granddaughter; one great-grandson and two sisters, Mary Jane (Lloyd) Barclay and Bonnie (Gordon) Hughett.

  He was preceded in death by parents, Wayne O and Margaret Pearl Webb and stepgrandson, Daniel Fell.

   Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 at South Cochran Church of God with Pastor Perry Purcell officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

  If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the South Cochran Church of God.

 

                                   

 

 

Charlotte Wehr

 

   Charlotte Ruth Wehr, 90, of Charlotte, died April 1, 2007. Mrs. Wehr was born Dec. 21, 1916 in Detroit, the daughter of Edward and Clare (Mester) Reinhardt.

   Charlotte was employed at Walter French Junior High School until her retirement from the Lansing Public School system in 1974. She will always be remembered as a wonderful person who truly loved life.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis Hannah in 1970 and brother, Alvin Reinhardt in 2005.

   She is survived by her husband, Rolland Wehr; daughter, Barbara Scears of Bath; son, John (Kathy) Hannah of Lansing; stepson, Larry (Carolyn) Wehr of Alaska, stepdaughter, Carol Jean (John) Ackerman of Texas; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Todd Bruning officiating. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia Wellman

 

   Virginia Lee Wellman, 84, of Charlotte passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19. She was born June 29, 1923 in Lansing, Mich., the daughter of George and Anna (Signs) Nisse.

   Virginia was a member of VFW Post 2406; Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Charlotte Aerie # 3552; and American Legion, Charlotte Post 42.

She was preceded in death by nine siblings and one granddaughter, Shawn Wellman.

   She is survived by her husband, Burleigh D. Wellman of Charlotte, three sons; Burleigh D. (Marilyn) Jr. of Charlotte, Michael T. Wellman of Charlotte, and Mark G. (Angie) of Flint; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandson; a sister, Barbara (Carl) DeMuth of Charlotte, and brother-in-law, Ralph Higdon of Florida.

   Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Charlotte Eagles Hall, with Chuck Jensen officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.shellyodell.com

 

                                   

 

 

Marcella Barbretta Wells

 

   Marcella Barbretta Wells, 72, of Lake Odessa, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. She was born Jan. 19, 1934 in Saranac, daughter of Vernard H. and Lillian L. (Pemberton) Miller.

   Marcella was preceded in death by six sisters, Evelyn Mutschler, Dorothy Dean, Mazie Ingersoll, Geraldine Goodenough, Virginia Magee and Patricia Bailey; both her parents; grandson, David Andrew Wells; and her beloved dog, Misty; and her best friend, Eunice Williams.

   She is survived by her husband, Ronald E. Wells, five children, Ronald Eugene (Sandy) Wells Jr., Deborah (Troy) Black, Diana (Ted) Wells, Connie (Brett) Johnson, Kay (David) Beach, grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Daniel, Tiffany, Adam, Amy, Alyson, Tracy, Jodi, Eric, Joey, Andy and Michael; great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Orion, Lyalka, Mercutio, Ethan, Krin, Cole, Amelia, Lydia and Benjamin; and her beloved dog, Callie Jo.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 16, 2007 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church. For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Senior Lunch Program in Sunfield, American Cancer Society, or the Ingham Co. Humane Society in memory of Mrs. Wells 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 www.Legacy.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Noel N. Wells

 

   Noel N. Wells, age 56 of Eaton Rapids died Monday, November 12, 2007 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. Born July 6, 1951, the son of Edwin and Vilona (Fisher) Wells. Noel was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1969, and had worked for the Ford Motor Co. Noel enjoyed race cars and was an avid NASCAR fan. Preceding him in death were his parents.

   He is survived by his 4 children, Shane, Amy Reynolds, Jeremy and Scott; 6 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Imogene (Charles) Rankin and April Wells; brother, Lester Wells and 2 nieces.

   Funeral services were held November 17, 2007 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network in memory of Noel N. Wells. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Zoey Wells-Arnold

 

   Zoey N. Wells-Arnold, infant daughter, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Her parents are Jeff Wells and Kari Arnold of Charlotte.

   She is survived by her parents; brother, Tristan Arnold; brother, Kody Arnold; sister, Ashley Wells; grandparents; Joan Dutcher; Helen Wells; great grandmother, Hallie Dutcher; aunts, Sara Hoppes, Amanda Andrus, Karla Myers and uncle, Doug Wells.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 5, 2007 at Center Eaton Cemetery, Charlotte, with Pastor Darwin Kuhl officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Kenneth Welsh

 

   Kenneth S. Welsh, 48, of Springport, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. Mr. Welsh was born Nov. 25, 1958 in Charlotte, the son of Boyd and Jacquline (Roberts) Welsh.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Diane Myers and Debbie Sutberry.

   He is survived by his son, Shane (Desaree) Welsh of Lansing; brother, Jerry Welsh and sister, Joyce Lillie.

   There will be no services held.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Marjorie Wentzloff

 

   Marjorie A. Wentzloff, age 79, of Charlotte, died June 28 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility where she had been a resident for 10 years. Mrs. Wentzloff was born Feb. 24, 1928 in Muskegon, the daughter of Alfred and Henrietta (Pappe) Benson and had been a Charlotte resident for 17 years.

   She was a retired employee of Wal-Mart of Charlotte, was a member of the Evangel Christian Church of Charlotte and was a Past President of the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Resident Council.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Loretta Benson.

   Surviving are, one daughter, Kathleen Ann (Donald) Lenz of Ludington, MI; two sons, Randy C. (Pamela) Wentzloff of Collierville, TN and Larry L. (Susan) Wentzloff of Fountain Inn, SC; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one brother, Richard Benson of Ludington.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A memorial service was held July 2, 2007 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility "Great Room" with Pastor William Tate officiating. Inurnment was in the West Riverton Cemetery in Ludington, MI.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Evangel Christian Church or the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activities Department. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Freddie “Mr. Maxine” West

 

   Freddie “Mr. Maxine” West of Eaton Rapids, age 70, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at his home. Freddie was born July 11, 1936 in Waterford Twp., Oakland County, the son of John Charles and Idella Mae (Schiller) West. He retired from a 40 years career with Metalist International in Lansing, served as a volunteer at South Baptist Church and helped build the Robbins UMC fellowship hall and new kitchen along with Pastor Joe Houston and Bill England. Freddy and his wife built the family business, Maxine’s Cake & supply Shoppe, in Eaton Rapids and he lovingly became known as “Mr. Maxine”. Preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters.

   He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Maxine; daughter, Tonya Zoè (Jeff) Plekes of Rockford; son, Brent Frederick West of Grand Rapids; 2 grandchildren, MaKayla Zoè and Jarrett Plekes; brother, Edgar (Mary) West of Lansing; sister, Della Thompson of Levering; and many many beloved nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held January 26, 2007 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Randy Umfleet of South Church officiating. Interment followed at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids with his nephews, Larry (deceased), Bud, George, Greg, Johnny, Howard, Russell, Alvin, Jeffrey, Jamie, Billie, Robbie, Terry, Jessie, and Tommy as casket bearers. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Ingham Home Health Care Hospice or Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Freddie West. www.shellyodell.com.