2008 OBITUARIES

 

 

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Compiled by:

 

Kristine Bohn

December 2010


John Adams

 

   John Q. Adams, 64, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at the Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Mr. Adams was born July 13, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of Clarence W. and Geraldine (Hawley) Adams and had been a life resident of the Charlotte area.

   He had been employed in the construction industry and later in the distribution of the Lansing State Journal and the Charlotte Shopping Guide.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bill Adams and Ronald Adams and his sister, Ramona White.

   Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Lee (Moore) Adams; daughters, Sharon Adams of Florida, Julie Phares of Battle Creek, Erica (Omar) Limas of Olivet and Geraldine (Allen Bearden) Adams of Charlotte; step-daughter, Elsie (Randy) Hayes of Charlotte; four step-sons of Battle Creek; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and three nephews.

   At Mr. Adams request, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. No services will be held at this time.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Pauline Adams

 

   Pauline Marie (Clem) Adams, of Vermontville, formerly of Hastings, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the age of 96. She was born April 5, 1912 in Richland Township, Ind., the daughter of Arthur E. and Martha M. (Word) Struble. Pauline married Edward G. Clem on August 5, 1939; he preceded her in death on October 26, 1978. Then she married Kenneth J. Adams o March 11, 1988, he preceded her in death on June 30, 1995. Pauline enjoyed playing bingo. She loved playing with her great grandchildren. She enjoyed crafts, cooking, baking, and making homemade cookies and candies. She was known for her delicious peanut brittle. Pauline also enjoyed gardening especially her rose and vegetable gardens.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Chuck Adams. Pauline is survived by her daughters, Phyllis (Ken) Christie of Charlotte, Joann Boyer of Battle Creek, Shirley (Bob) French of LaPorte, Ind., Laura Diaz of Hastings; daughter-in-law, Nancy Adams of Hastings; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great-0great grandchild. Pauline will be sadly missed by her family and friends. A funeral service for Pauline was held Tuesday May 6, 2008 with Rev. Timothy Oyer officiating. Interment took place in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice. Please sign Pauline’s register book at www.lauerfh.com.

 

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Harry Allison

 

   Harry M. Allison, 81, of Potterville, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Mr. Allison was born July 22, 1926 in Kokomo, IN the son of Walter and Lacey (Rayl) Allison.

   A proud World War II veteran, Mr. Allison served with distinction in the U.S. Navy. Back home, he was an active, lifelong member of numerous community and veterans' organizations, including the VFW Post 2406 in Charlotte, American Legion Post 208 in Wyoming, and the Moose lodge. He served as the director of sales for Consumers Power Co. for 26 years before retiring in 1987. Mr. Allison was an avid golfer and bowler — as well as a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers, Michigan State Spartans and his own Indiana Hoosiers.

   He is survived by his wife, Viola; son, Victor (Janice Holly) Allison of Potterville; grandchildren, Robert (Michele) Allison, Paul (Annessa) Allison, Victoria (Jon Williams) Allison; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Julia Lehtonen, Miyah Jean Allison and Breonna Marie Williams.

   Memorial services were held Friday, July 25, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Sarah Friesen-Carper officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Mariella Ames

 

   Mariella Ames, 75, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 10, 2008. Mrs. Ames was born Oct. 25, 1932, in Hancock, MI, the daughter of Arthur and Helen Normand.

   Mrs. Ames was very active in her church, Peace Lutheran. Her favorite pastime was playing games on the computer and keeping in touch with friends and family online and on the telephone. She lived most of her life in Munising until 2003 when she moved to Charlotte to live with her youngest daughter Kim. She spent about 10 years working with dogsled races in the Upper Peninsula. She had her own ceramic business and taught ceramic classes.

   Mariella always managed to keep a smile on her face and had a positive outlook on every situation that came her way. She loved to ride EATRAN to go shopping or to lunch. She also loved to have her nails and hair done. She always had her favorite M&Ms in a bowl on her desk.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Ames in 2004 and her sister, Joyce Beauchaine.

She is survived by her daughters, Kimberlee (Bruce) Bailey of Charlotte, and Beth (George) Gustack of New Baltimore, MI; son, William (Cathy) White of Independence, KY; stepdaughter, Rose Ames of Ortonville, MI; brother-in-law, Larry Beauchaine of Florida and brother Arthur (Vivian) Normand of Munising, MI; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   A memorial service was held Monday July 14, 2008 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte.

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

John Aseltine

 

   John Rae Aseltine, 63, of Olivet, passed away on May 17, 2008. Mr. Aseltine was born in Charlotte, the son of Elmer and Grace Aseltine currently of Lorado, Missouri.

   John was retired from GM. He was an Associate Chaplin with Forgotten Man Ministries and member of Heritage Hills Bible Church. He was also an Army Veteran and belonged to the VFW.

   He is survived by his wife, Margo; daughter, Mary (Wayne) MacKowiak of Cresthill, IL; son, Johnny ( Kristi) Aseltine of Stroudsburg, PA; daughter, Janice Aseltine of Vineland, NJ; son, Micah (Kim) Aseltine of El Paso, TX; son, Joshua Aseltine of Olivet; granddaughters, Tori and Katie Aseltine of Stroudsburg, PA; brother, Dave (Sally) Aseltine of Northwood, NH; sister, Dale (Larry) Stenberg of Maple Falls, WA; sister, Elaine Kettring, Gallatin, MO; In-laws, Jim and Wanda Riemersma of Holland, MI, Ruth Brink of Hamilton, MI, Bill and Nancy Jacobs of Hamilton, MI, Vicki Pullin of Mancelona, MI and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Friday, May 23, 2008 at Heritage Hills Bible Church, Assyria, MI with Pastor Aaron Sommers officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Forgotten Man Ministries, 3940 Fruit Ridge Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49502 or Streamside Christian Camp, RR3-Box 3307, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

Todd Bahr

 

   Todd Bahr, 46, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 at his residence. Todd was born Aug. 5, 1963 in Charlotte, the son of Charles and Jolene Bahr.

   Todd was known as a gear head who loved to work on his car and his Harley, and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Bahr in 1986.

   He is survived by his parents; his son, Brandon (Ashton Burris) Bahr of Seattle, WA; sister, Candace Bahr, of Charlotte and his two nieces, Charlee Jo and Stevi Lynn. He looked forward to becoming a grandfather in June of 2009.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Siren Eaton Shelter.

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

 

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Kay Baker

 

   Born July 10, 1943 – Died Feb. 25, 2008

   Daughter of the late Ray Ellsworth and Velma Moore. Also preceded in death by Brother Edbert Ellsworth Moore. She was very proud of her children, she loved and embraced her numerous friends and acquaintances. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandson, crocheting, cross stitching, and making boots and hats for newborns for area hospitals. Surviving is: sons, Mike Baker, Rick Baker, Eric Baker; daughter, Vicki (Ernie) Richardson; sister, Yvonne (Stan) Palmer and sister-in-law, Barb Moore.

 

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Shane Ballard

 

   Shane Michael Ballard, 30, of Casper, WY, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, after a 14-month battle with testicular cancer.

   He was born Oct. 27, 1977, in Houston, TX, to Sandra Bennett. Shane later moved to Charlotte and Mt. Pleasant, MI. He attended schools in Charlotte and Mt. Pleasant, later moving to Casper were he and Kristi Gearhart married on Dec. 22, 2007. They had a beautiful daughter Jasmine Nicole. Shane loved spending time with family and friends. He spent most of his life working as a laborer in construction.

   He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, and also loved to fish with his late dog Jenny. Shane spent much of his free time with his family along with his dog, Jake. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all.

   He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley Brimmer; one aunt, Michelle Lamie; and one cousin, Heavenly Doty.

   Surviving are his wife, Kristi Ballard, Casper, WY; daughters, Jasmine Ballard of Casper, WY, Tiffany and Hailey Todd of Lake Odessa, MI; sons, Skylar Ballard of Stockbridge and Cody Amsdill of Charlotte; mother, Sandra Bennett of Mt. Pleasant, MI; sisters, Chelesa and Lyssa Bennett of Mt. Pleasant, MI; grandfather, Lester Brimmer of Charlotte; six aunts, four uncles, three nieces, two nephews and his beloved dog, Jake.

   Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 at Newcomer Family Funeral Home with Ellis Kaster officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Ballard Memorial Fund P.O. Box 52025, Casper, WY 82605-2025.

 

                                   

 

 

Samuel Bannister

 

   Samuel Bannister, formerly of the Veteran of Foreign Wars National Home located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, passed away at the age of 61 on March 15, 2008 in Clarksville, Indiana. He was laid to rest in Milltown, Indiana.

   He is survived by his wife Cathy, 4 daughters, Jenny, Julie, Johnetta and Janet; all of Louisville, KY. Also surviving are 3 brothers, Lloyd and Kenneth Bannister of Louisville, KY and Frederick Bannister of Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred Barkley

 

   Mildred Jane Barkley, 94, of Bellevue, died March 19, 2008 at Mercy Pavilion. She was born June 12, 1913, the daughter of Ruben and Martha (Bieskie) Hindes in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

   Mildred worked at Jacobson's for several years. She was a member of O.E.S. #471 in Bedford then became a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and camping at Thornapple River for several years.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert K. Barkley in 2003; her parents and brother, Samuel J. Hindes in 1988.

   She is survived by daughters, Deborah Morgan of Dowling and Marilyn (Doran) Quigg of PA; grandchildren, Robert (Martha) Morgan of Bellevue, Cyndi K. Barlond of Bellevue, Dawn (Doug) Targgart of IN, Melanie (Robert) Hall of PA, Karen (Edward) Todd of PA and several great-grandchildren.

   Services took place Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Shaw Funeral Home, Pastor Leon Rayburn officiating. Interment, Hicks Cemetery.

   Memorials may go to the American Diabetes Association.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Burdena Barlond

 

   Burdena Barlond, 87, formerly of Onondaga, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2008. Mrs. Barlond was born May 7, 1921 in Menifee County, KY, the daughter of Olney and Mae (Smith) Fugate.

   She retired from GM Parts Plant in Lansing after 28 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Zephyr Hills, FL, where she was baptized. Burdena also enjoyed team bowling, flower gardening and nature.

   She was preceded in death by her sisters, Dora Fugate and Lillian McMenamy.

   She is survived by her children, Everett (Jill) Barlond of Rives Junction, Shirley McKellar of Lansing and Karen Barlond of Lansing; brother, James (Rachel) Fugate; sisters, Pauline Hall and Juanita "Toony" Howell.

   Services were held Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home. Interment was at East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Anna D. Basing

 

   Anna D. Basing, age 88, returned to the side of her loving husband of 65 years after a brief illness on November 6th. She was born July 21st, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fourth of five children by Harry Ashley Tracy and Mary Agnes Reilly. Upon her father’s retirement from the United States Navy in the early 1930s they moved to his family home in Eaton Rapids where she graduated from high school in 1939. After a brief interlude she became aware of the presence of another young man of her high school class, albeit in a different circle, who was not only a neighbor but a close friend of her younger brother. In the months following she determined his qualities and appearance warranted an encounter which she arranged and soon blossomed into a relationship culminating in her marriage to Claud Basing at his post in Little Rock Arkansas in mid-1942.

   During and following the war years Anna was employed at Horner Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids, Michigan and upon her husband’s return from the European theatre and graduation from college in 1951 commenced a family life which became and remained her reason for being. She was the quintessential “greatest generation” post war mother whose life was consumed by husband, children, family and friends and her fierce devotion to all never wavered. Her “Irish” dominated her personality, whether it is in charm, wit, temper or in spoken word it was always plain who she was and what she felt and thought. Anne never failed to make an impression with her presence, word and appearance. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1983 she actively cherished the many remaining years with her mate, home, children and grandchildren.

   Predeceased by her beloved husband Claud in June of this year, she is survived by her son Tracy (Cindy) of Plymouth, Michigan, daughter Claudia Graving (Michael) of East Lansing, grandsons Ted and Alex Basing, sister Margaret Ralph of Hatfield, PA, brother Harry A. Tracy of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   The family wishes to thank Homecare Alternatives and Bickford Assisted Living for their many kindnesses, services and condolences in recent months. Donations in her name may be made to the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital Auxiliary.

   Funeral Services will be Wednesday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Claude Basing

 

   Claude A. Basing, 88, Eaton Rapids, departed June 2, 2008 after a brief illness. He was born April 5, 1920 in Fowlerville, the last of five sons by Oscar and Vera Basing. The family moved to Eaton Rapids in the early 1930s where he graduated from high school in 1939.

   Claude joined the United States Army in February 1942 and following basic training was assigned to Camp Robinson, Arkansas where he was joined by and soon married to his pre-war sweetheart in August of that year. He was promoted sergeant, and later graduated from Officer Candidate School, departing the United States in 1943 as a commissioned officer in the Medical Corps where he served in the North African and Italian campaigns prior to entering southern France in August of 1944. War's end found him a First Lieutenant in Bavaria, Germany from where he returned home to his wife and family in early 1946.

   Claude entered General Motors Institute in 1947, graduating as an industrial engineer in 1951 whereupon he entered into a 33-year career in manufacturing management with Oldsmobile Division, GMC in Lansing. His first decade was spent in Plant #2 Forging and Differential Operations, after which he moved to Plant #3 Axle and Press Plants, and later to the Bumper Planting Plants, before retiring in 1983 as Plant Superintendent for Press Metal and Plastics at Plant #1.

   Throughout his work life he contributed to his community through both social and public service, joining the Masonic Lodge in the late 1940s, active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Lions Clubs prior to serving 10 years as city councilman and mayor throughout the 1960s.

   His last 25 years were devoted to his wife, family and friends and unbroken interest in local government and the progress of the city he lived in. He was indeed a member of the "Greatest Generation."

   Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Ann; son, Tracy (Cynthia) Basing of Plymouth; daughter, Claudia (Michael) Graving of East Lansing; two grandsons, Ted and Alex Basing; friend and later brother-in-law Harry Tracy Jr. of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Friday, June 6, 2008 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with burial following in Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Chester Beardslee

 

   Chester "Chet" Carl Beardslee, 77, of Onekama, MI, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008 at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee, MI. He was born Aug. 15, 1930 in Dimondale, the son of Carl and Iris (Twitchell) Beardslee.

   Memorial services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the Kalamo Church in Kalamo, MI, with Pastor Bryce Feighner officiating. Interment will take place in the Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo, MI.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   The Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, MI, is in charge of arrangements, www.terwilligerfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Wayne Beardslee

 

   Wayne E. Beardslee, 94, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008. Mr. Beardslee was born March 3, 1914 in Eaton County, the son of Louie and Gladys (Culver) Beardslee.

   Mr. Beardslee was an engineer for Colfax Manufacturing. Wayne was a member of the Brookfield Eaton United Methodist Church and the Brookfield Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, flying model airplanes, western style square dancing and spending time at the cottage.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine in 2006 and daughters, Ellen and Louise.

He is survived by daughter, Margaret (LeRoy) Crabtree of Goshen, IN; son, Louie Beardslee of South Bend, IN; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and brother, Kenneth Beardslee of Albion, MI; sister-in-law, Bessie Nelson.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Fred Stayton officiating. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Brookfield Eaton United Methodist Church or Eaton Community Hospice House.

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

Betty Rae Beck

 

   Betty Rae (King) Beck age 84 of Sioux City, Iowa, formerly of Charlotte passed away Saturday, December 20, 2008 at her daughter’s home in Sioux City, Iowa. Betty was born in Cable, Illinois to Martin and Eva Idella (Lindsley) Owen on August 28, 1924.

   Betty had been a resident of Eaton County the majority of her life, living in Charlotte, Eaton Rapids and Olivet. She graduated from Olivet High School. Betty and Harold “Budd” King were married on February 13, 1943, in Eaton Rapids. After Budd’s death in 1975, she met and married Evison J. Beck on January 31, 1985. Evison passed away in 1997. Betty enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramic painting, canning, spending time in her garden, cooking, baking and crafts. She really loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always put her family first. Her main goal in life was to take care of others. Betty was a homemaker, factory worker, home health aide, worked as a cook in the Charlotte school district and retired from the Deli Department at Carter’s IGA.

   Betty is survived by her children in order of age: daughters, Linda and husband Doug Klont of Dimondale; Lona and husband John Houston of Sioux City, Iowa; son, Ted and wife Sue King of Olivet; daughter, Loretta (Ezzie) King of Independence, Missouri and son, James King and friend, Cindy of Olivet; 18 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; brother, George and wife Alice Owen of Irons and sister-in-law, Elsie Owen of Lansing. Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives survive Betty. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; three brothers; eight sisters; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren and special friend Alex McMillan.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Courtney Suntken and Rev. Jason Harris officiating. Burial in the Kalamo Hillside Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland, 4300 Hamilton Blvd., Sioux City, Iowa 51104.

 

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Steven Beckwith

 

   Steven "Jeff" Beckwith, 31, of Charlotte, died Friday, May 1, 2008. Mr. Beckwith was born Sept. 10, 1976, the son of Charles Beckwith and Katherine (Johnson) Beckwith.

   Mr. Beckwith was a mechanic for Spartan Motors. He was a man of faith who was involved with his church and church activities. Mr. Beckwith loved his family and was very proud of his children.

   He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, William Johnson and Charles Beckwith.

   He is survived by his wife of five years, Stacy; sons, Jordan, John and Jeremiah; his parents; sister, Lisa Beckwith; grandmothers, Tina Johnson and Rex Beckwith.

   Memorial Services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Crossroads Church, Charlotte with Reverend Michael Arnold officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, Life Today Ministries or the Ingham Regional Visiting Nurses.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Frank Beebe

 

   Frank Beebe, of Marion, passed away June 18, 2008 at his home. He was 67.

   Frank was born January 7, 1941 to Raymond and Ada (Long) Beebe. Frank married Ronda Hout on June 11, 1962 in Potterville. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1958 to 1964. Frank worked as a truck driver for Allied Systems for over 20 years until his retirement.

   Frank is survived by his loving wife Ronda; children, Tami (Mickey) Rose of Mcbain, Donna Sue (Cam) York of Marshall, Franklin Jr. (Cathy Robinson) of Tustin, Jeffery Beebe of Marion, Connie (Troy) Evans of charlotte, Michael Beebe of Olivet, Jason Beebe of Charlotte, and Bryant Beebe of Marion; sisters, Mildred (Pete) Mitchell, and Dorothy Wiggins; brothers, Elmer Beebe, Doug Beebe, and Ben Beebe; 16 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, William and Edward Beebe; and his beloved Aunt Lottie.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the Fosnaught-Holdship Funeral Home.

   Those wishing to make contributions may do so in Frank’s honor to his family or to any Fifth Third Bank. Interment was at Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

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Marilyn Beemblossom

 

   Marilyn Jeanne Beemblossom, 77, of Eaton Rapids passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 in Delta Township. Marilyn was born June 23, 1931 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the daughter of Clifford Merl and Louva Doris (Chandler) Vance.

   She was a member of Alpha X I Delta at Iowa Wesleyan College in Iowa; a member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary, and the U & I Club in Eaton Rapids. Marilyn was also an animal lover and supported the Humane Society.

   Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Max in 1996; and brother, Randall Vance in August 2008.

   She is survived by one daughter, Barbara (Tom) Rostorfer of Eaton Rapids; one son, Bruce Beemblossom of Holt; three grandchildren, Dustin, Devan and Dillon Rostorfer; two great grandchildren, Jaylyn and Aiden Rostorfer; sisters-in-law, Irma Vance, Rita Beemblossom, Maxine Metzger, all of Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at Weir & Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Interment followed at Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to either the Alzheimer’s Association or your local animal shelter. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Martin Bell

 

   Martin “Marty” J. Bell, 50, of Charlotte, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. He was born Nov. 26, 1958 in Charlotte, the son of Harry and Marjorie (Fairchild) Bell.

   Mr. Bell was a student of Lansing Community College, where he was pursuing a welding certificate. He was also formerly an employee of Younglove Construction Company. He loved riding his “Harley Bike,” a 1996 Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He also enjoyed fishing and ice fishing. Spending time with his children was one of the most important things to him.

   He is survived by his daughter, Christina (Andrew “Duck” Hunter) Bell; son, Duston Bell; sister, Sherry Dexter; Bonnie (Rick) Stelljes; brother, Buddy (Joni) Bell; his parents; nieces, Michelle (Barry) Martin and their daughter BreAnna, Kristen Stelljes, Amanda Bell and Amy Bell; nephews, Eric Stelljes, and Bradley Bell.

   Memorial services were held Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Royston 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.

 

Frederick Bellinger

 

   Frederick L. Bellinger, 70, of Howell, passed away at his home Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. He was born March 29, 1937 in Lansing, the son of Robert F. and Edythe E. (Fuller) Bellinger.

   Beloved husband of Iva Lee (Kinne) Bellinger, whom he married Nov. 24, 1956 in Lansing. Dear father of Tina Bellinger of Charlotte, David (Sue) Bellinger of Hadley, Linda (Bruce Norman) Bellinger of White Lake and Carrie (Tony) Bellinger-DeBoer of Howell. Also survived by 10 grandchildren; brother, Gerald Bellingar of Lansing and sister, Pam (Steve) Hamilton of Manistee.

   Frederick was a member and very active in the First United Methodist Church of Howell as well as a Stephen Minister. He and Iva wintered in Hobe Sound, FL.

   Memorial services were held Jan. 14 at First United Methodist Church, Howell, Rev. Charles Jacobs officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice.

   Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell, (517) 546-2800.

   Please visit the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Norman Bender

 

   Norma P. Bender, 87, died Aug. 15, 2008.

   She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard A. Bender; loving mother of Leslie (Keith) Bender Butler of Troy and Norma (John) Bender Curtis of Charlotte; dear grandmother of Kristopher (Aimee) Butler, Kelley (Doug) Butler Potter, Jeffrey (Ellen) Curtis and Sarah (Dave) Curtis Greber; and great-grandmother of Jackson Duke Curtis and Gwyneth Greber.

   Private services will be held.

   Memorials can be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Playground Fund, 1669 W. Maple, Birmingham, MI 48009; or Olivet College Music Program, 320 South Main, Olivet, MI 49076.

   Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors.

 

                                   

 

 

Betty Benjamin

 

   Betty J. Benjamin, 84, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. Mrs. Benjamin was born April 13, 1924 in Lansing, the daughter of William and Georgia (Timpe) Pearson.

   Mrs. Benjamin was a great cook, enjoyed collecting cookbooks and was always trying new recipes. She enjoyed playing piano and attending family members’ musical concerts. Mrs. Benjamin also enjoyed square dancing with her husband.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donovan in 1979; sisters, Virginia Pearson and Arline Mulkin and brother, William Pearson.

   She is survived by her daughter, Ann (Bill) Crozier of Charlotte; granddaughter, Amy Schultz; sisters, Joyce (Gerald) Hough of East Lansing, Julie (Dick) Stornant of Grand Ledge; sister-in-law, Margaret Pearson of East Lansing and her special friend, Lois Osborn of Lansing.

   Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2008 with Pastor David MacDonald officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge. Visitation will be 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the memorial service.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Foundation and/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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Earlene Bennett

 

   Earlene Bennett, 90, of Muir, MI died Friday, April 18, 2008. Mrs. Bennett was born Aug. 2, 1917 in Muir, MI the daughter of Earl Weaver and Pearl Martin.

   Mrs. Bennett was a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association. She enjoyed crafting by making dolls from dish soap bottles, reading and crosswords. Mrs. Bennett was most proud of her grandsons.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Bennett in 1985; son, John Cecil Bennett; parents; son-in-law, Ronald Fryman; sisters, Bea and Phyllis and brother, Gene.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 21, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery in Lee Township, MI.

   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.

 

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Timothy Bensinger

 

   Timothy R. Bensinger, 51, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Mr. Bensinger was born April 20, 1957 in Lansing, the son of Clare and Carolyn (Brockbrader) Bensinger.

   Mr. Bensinger worked on the line at General Motors and was very involved in the Charlotte Junior Orioles program. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. Spending time with his family was one of the most important things in his life, he loved going on family vacations, his most recent and special was taking his family to the Cayman Islands.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Clare Bensinger; grandparents and nephew Cole Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Penny; sons, Garrett (Nicki) Bensinger of Charlotte, Dustin Bensinger (Laura Herald) and Kyle Bensinger of Charlotte; one grandchild, Timothy Robert Bensinger II; mother and step-father, Carolyn and Dorwin Shepler; sisters, Janine (Dave) Runyon and Deana (Fred) Cassidy; parents-in-law, Richard and Peggy Baldwin; sister-in-laws, Cheryl and Randy Kemp, Brenda Baldwin, Lori and Mike Kidd and many nieces and nephews .

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Pray Funeral home, Charlotte with Reverend Rae Frank officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Junior Orioles or Breslin Cancer Center.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Eloisa V. Bermudez

 

   Eloisa V. Bermudez, age 71, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, June 2, 2008. She was born March 13, 1937 in San Antonio, TX, the daughter of Jose and Soledad Vasquez. Eloisa was an active member of Cristo Rey Catholic Church.

   She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gilberto Lira Bermudez; 7 children, Dorotea, Gilberto Jr., Jo-Ann, Edward, Virginia, Jessie and Ruben; 18 grandchildren, including: Melinda, Francisca, Victoria, Joseanna, and Eloisa, who helped take care of their grandmother; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter, Analicia Garza; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, with the Rev. Fr. Frederick L. Thelen officiating. Interment followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family was served by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

   Memorial contributions, in memory of Eloisa Bermudez, may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Bethel Berndt

 

   Bethel Mary (Wellman) Berndt, of Lake Odessa, passed away Monday March 10, 2008 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings, MI at the age of 82. Bethel was born March 29, 1925, the daughter of Forest Ward and Hester (Richards) Estep.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wellman in 1968; and second husband, Bud Berndt in 1996; two brothers, Richard Estep, and Carlton (Cap) Estep; sister, June Ebright; and a grandson, Dean Michael McClelland.

   Surviving are her two children, JoAnn (Gary) Roth of Sunfield, and Jane (Dallas) Daniels of Lake Odessa; five grandchildren, Melissa (Gary) Wade of Kentwood, Deidra McClelland of Hastings, Michelle (Jeff) Campeau of Lake Odessa, John (Erica) Daniels of Lake Odessa, and Joni Daniels of Wyoming; two step granddaughters, Deborah (Troy) Ostertag of Grand Ledge, and Julie Roth of Sunfield; 13 great-grandchildren, Dallas, Elizabeth, Sarah, Josh, Grace, Emily, Sydnie, Isabella, Jaqulyn, Jaydon, Truxton, Aiden, Bryoni; two step great-grandsons, Andrew, and Nicholas; four brothers and sisters, Forest Estep Jr., Bina (Jerry ) Schray, Nina (William) Bosworth, Bill (Shirley) Estep; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday March 14, 2008 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the associate minister from the Thornapple Valley Church, Carla Smith officiating. A graveside service was held at the Sunfield Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. The pallbearers were John Daniels, Jeff Campeau, Gary Wade, Matt Sleeman, Lee Bosworth, and Jeff Bosworth.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth a.k.a. S.P.Y.'s Scholarship Fund c/o RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Agnes Berry

 

   Agnes Katherine Berry, 75, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Mrs. Berry was born Feb. 14, 1932 in Mt. Clemens, MI.

   Mrs. Berry was an LPN who enjoyed working in the medical field caring for others. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd in 1997 and daughter-in-law, Melinda Berry.

   She is survived by her sons, Michael (Amy) Berry, Patrick (Kerri) Berry, Kevin (Mary) Berry, Timothy Berry; daughters, Maureen (Dave) Pung and Kathleen Berry; grandchildren, Linda Kay (Kurt) Thelen, Matthew Pung, Amanda Gross, Josh Gross and Meghan Berry.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 11, 2008 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Caroline Berry

 

   Caroline L. Berry, 80, of Charlotte, formerly of Vermontville, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 28, 2008. Caroline was born in Sunfield, MI on Oct. 4, 1927, the daughter of the late E. Dean and Laura D. (Potter) Frith.

   She was raised in the Vermontville area on the family farm and attended Vermontville Schools graduating in 1945 She was the widow of John D. Berry. The couple was married at the Methodist church in Vermontville on Nov. 2, 1962 and made their home together in Charlotte.

   Caroline was one of the original employees at the Wal-Mart in Charlotte, which opened in 1990, where she worked as a phone operator for 17 years. She also ran the Eagle Party Store from 1977 to 1990 and operated an adult foster care facility in the Charlotte area for over 12 years. She was member of the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene, and served as a 4H leader for several years. She loved to sew, crochet, knit and fish. She also enjoyed playing with her horses and tending to her flower garden and took special pride of the roses.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Berry in 1975; her brothers, John, Joe, Ashley, Charles, and George Frith; sisters, Anna Doughtery, and Mable Drake; and her husband, Robert Polhamus in 2001.

   Caroline is survived by her children, Bob (Jackie) Polhamus, Doug (Chris) Polhamus, Laura Polhamus, Ed (Nikki) Polhamus, Keith Berry, and John Berry; brothers, Leon (Bernice) Frith, Herb (Phyllis), Ken (Marilyn) Frith, Naomi Frith.

   Funeral services were held at the Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI, on Friday, Aug. 1 with Pastor Glen Neal officiating. Interment took place immediately following the funeral service at Woodlawn Cemetery Vermontville.

   Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI.

 

                                   

 

 

Elmer Betts

 

   Elmer Betts, 88 of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Mr. Betts was born July 3, 1920 in Gladwin County, MI, the son of Ray and Celia (Ottgen) Betts.

   He worked as a painter at Fisher Body and served his country in the Army during World War II. He married Betty Gemmill on June 27, 1947 and together they had three children, Bob, Vickie, and Richard.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty on Oct. 25, 2003; son, Richard in 2002; and brothers, Floyd and Ray.

   He is survived by his son, Bob (Brenda) Betts of Vermontville; daughter, Vickie (Stewart) Sorenson of Charlotte; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Chris Betts of Charlotte; brother, Glen (Dorla) Betts; brother, Clarence (Virginia) Betts; sister-in-law, Betty Betts; special friends, Katie Garvie and Betty Peace.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Zacharias T. Betz

 

   Zacharias T. Betz, age 16, precious son of local author Gayle L. Betz, took a detour to Heaven while on his way to school on February 12, 2008. Zacharias was born June 21, 1991, in Hancock, Michigan. He passed unexpectedly after courageously living in a world of physical challenges. Zachy is not resting now! He is running and dancing! Physical bonds are no more.

   Zacharias leaves behind his devoted family and many friends, teachers, and people to whom his life brought such perspective and inspiration. He knows VERY well that he is loved BIG! Zacharias is survived by his mother Gayle L. Betz, his siblings Skye E. Brooks, Alex W. Brooks, Tessa C. Betz, Zoe F. Betz, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

   Services were held at the First Baptist Church located at 9920 E. Kinneville Rd. Eaton Rapids, February 16 2008. Love gifts shall be graciously accepted by the family to help with funeral and interment expenses for Zachy. Please make those memorial contributions payable to the Betz Family Fund. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Patricia Binkowski

 

   Patricia Jean Binkowski, 63, of Lansing, died Oct. 13, 2008. Patricia was born Sept. 3, 1945 in Charlotte, the daughter of Roy and Edna (DeLong) King.

   Her children and grandchildren were close to her heart, and she really enjoyed playing bingo, and loved her cats.

   Patricia was preceded in death by her parents.

   She is survived by her beloved friend, Greg DeMott; and sons, Ronald (Lynn) Binkowski of Kentucky, Randall (Tami) Binkowski of Byron Center, Scott (Karmen) Binkowski of Woodland, and Michael (Rebecca) Binkowski of Florida; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Wilmore, Joyce (Clare) Wilmore; brothers, Jack (Sharon) King, and Jim (Phyllis) King.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Don Roscoe officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Regional Medical Center, or a charity of your choice.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Patricia Boba

 

   Patricia Marianne Boba, of Lake Odessa, was born in Fresno, CA to Kurt and Patricia Boba, both deceased. She passed away after a short but valiant fight with a very virulent form of pancreatic cancer.

   Pat was an amazing, loving, generous, loyal, friend, sister, stepmother, partner and human being. Her laughter was big and full of life and her anger was awesome to behold. She was a loyal friend who was willing to take on the tough fights without flinching to give generously of time and resources to organizations that had passion and purpose. Her life was full of people that she loved and cared for. She was a lifelong computer software designer and computer consultant who loved the movies, music, the entertainment industry and made hundreds of friends world-wide through the years.

   Pat is survived by her partner of 10 years, Rose Emory; her heart daughter, Elissa (Doug) Schrauben and two heart grandsons, Ethan and Jadan; five siblings, Victor, Mark, Monique, Angelique, Jacque Renee. She will also be missed by her dearest friends, Sharon (who was at her side from the beginning of this adventure) and Sharon's husband Mike, Patrick and Ramona McCracken long time friends and heart family.

For those wishing, contributions may be made to the family to help with medical and funeral expenses. C/O RFH/Rose Emory PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   A Celebration of Life service was held Tuesday June 17, 2008 at Cunningham Acres in Lake Odessa, MI.

   The family encourages all her friends and family to e-mail a great story or adventure you shared with Pat, or one word to describe her, or maybe a trait or behavior you admired about Pat to pboda@yahoo.com or 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Linda Boeneman

 

   Linda L. Boeneman, 44, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. Mrs. Boeneman was born May 9, 1964 in Bad Axe, MI the daughter of Edwin and Selena (Jackson) Scherret.

   Mrs. Boeneman was a co-manager for the Dunckel Road Sunoco and Subway Gas Station in Lansing. She was very involved in her children’s school activities that included sports and the PTO. She enjoyed her dog Bailey, baking, making rock candy and family Christmas. She was most proud of her children and especially her granddaughter.

   She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Jeff; daughter, Monica (Mike) Kahl of Syracuse, NY; son, Chad Boeneman (Ericha Pifer) of Marshall; daughter, Amanda Boeneman of Bellevue; granddaughter, Saige Boeneman; mother-in-law, Robert (Freida) Boeneman of Lapeer; brother-in-law, Derrick Boeneman of Gladwin; brothers, Eddie Scherret of Bad Axe and Kevin (Jane) Scherret of Bad Axe.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Jack Brown 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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Lisa Boise

 

   Lisa Kristine Boise, 43, of Hastings, MI, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 in Waterville, Ohio. She was born July 30, 1965 in Hastings, MI the daughter of Ray A. and Phyllis H. (Stanbaugh) Boise.

   Lisa graduated in Charlotte. She had many hobbies such as watching movies, bowling, shopping, crafts, and music. She was in the Special Olympics several times, and also took dance classes. She had a love for horses and had many photos of them. Lisa loved playing the “claw machines” where she won several stuffed toys. She was a giving person who loved kids of all ages.

   Lisa was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Phyllis Boise, a brother, Ray Boise Jr., and five nephews.

   Lisa is survived by a brother, Darwin (Kristi) McIntyre of Nashville; her sisters, Louise (Tom) Brundage of Springport, Delrae Bowers of Hastings, Valarie Smith of Grand Rapids, Aleta (Ron) Jones of North Carolina, Laura Pierson, Karen McClurkin, Molly Westrate, Margaret Kane; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings with Rev. Carla Smith officiating. A graveside service followed at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery with the internment of Lisa and her parents Ray and Phyllis Boise, with Military Honors for Ray.

   Arrangements are by the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. You may leave a message or memory to the family at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

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Larry Garth Bowen

 

   Larry Garth (The Fox) Bowen, 65, of Charlotte, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008. Mr. Bowen was born June 6, 1943 in Lansing, the son of Richard and Doris (Stover) Bowen.

   Mr. Bowen worked for General Motors in the wastewater treatment plant where he retired after 41 years. He owned L.B. Cycle for over 30 years and Silk Screen Stuff in Charlotte for over 20 years, and had worked at Albins in Potterville.

Mr. Bowen was one of the best motorcycle mechanics around in his day. He liked country western music, motorcycles, kids and animals.

   Mr. Bowen loved his family and enjoyed going on family vacations and camping. His sense of humor and giving heart will be greatly missed.

   He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sue; sons, Kevin (Lori) Bowen of Charlotte and Kraig (Lisa) Bowen of Charlotte; daughter, Kelli (Kyle) Kelley of Vermontville; grandchildren, Kalyn Schneckenberger, Ryan Schneckenberger, Shantell Bowen, Dustin Bowen, Shance Bowen, Kaileb Bowen; mother, Doris Watkins of Shelbyville; stepmother and second mom, Lupe Bowen, of Charlotte; brothers, Melvin (Judy) Bowen of Texas and Michael (Patti) Bowen of Scotts; sister, Bonita (Gary Bowerman) Bowen of Texas; and uncle Weldon (Marilyn) Stover of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Lansing.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Bowen

 

   Richard "R.L." Bowen, 72, of Vermontville, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. Mr. Bowen was born June 29, 1936 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Claude and Helen (Bunting) Bowen.

   Bowen owned his own business remodeling houses for 50 years, was a farmer, truck driver and factory worker. He was a 4-H leader for the Silver Spurs, trained horses and was a deputy sheriff for the Ingham County Posse.

   He is survived by his wife, Charlene; sons, Jim (Sandra) Bowen and Steve (Sue) Bowen and Don; daughter, Tanya (Eric) Sniegowski; 12 grandchildren.

   A celebration of his life was held at Riedy's banquet room in Charlotte on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Vera Bracy

 

   Vera Bracy, 90, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008. Mrs. Bracy was born March 17, 1918 in Eaton County, the daughter of Ira and Vera (Rolfe) Halsey.

   Mrs. Bracy was a member of the Bulb and Blossom Garden Club, a life-time member of the Federated Garden Club and a National Flower Show Judge.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rolland Bracy in 1992 and daughter, Avis Schneider in 1991; four brothers and six sisters.

   She is survived by her sons, Lynnwood (Bonnie) Bracy of Charlotte and Rodney (Kathy) Bracy of Middleville; son-in-law, John Schneider of Kingston; five grandchildren, Karyn Terry, Chris, Amy, Faron; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edith Hutchison, Ola (Joel) Burnett, Ila Burnett; Dean (Dorothy) Halsey; sisters-in-law, Shirley Halsey and Peg Halsey and brother-in-law, Charles Bracy.

   Funeral services were held Friday, July 11, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at W. Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Ainger Bible Church or the Nature Conservancy.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Vera Breard

 

   Vera Breard, age 87, of Dimondale, passed away peacefully, albeit unexpectedly, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Vera was born on August 20, 1921 in Rochdale, England, the daughter of Arthur and Nina (Spencer) Jowett. Vera came to the United States at the age of four and lived in her beloved Eaton Rapids nearly all her life. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1938 and from Cleary College in 1940. She later joined her brother Morey in enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII where she met and later married Charles Breard, her husband of 63 years.

   Vera was an avid bowler and animal lover, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and countless friends, which included almost everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by all of us. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, son James and her brothers Don Jowett and Morey Jowett.

   She is survived by her sons Robert A. Breard of Charlotte and Michael P. Breard of Corte Madera, Calif., her daughters Suzanne (Michael) Alexander of Kalamazoo and Annette E. Breard of Charlotte, her sister Joan (Robert) Palmer of Harbor Springs and her nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

   Donations in her name may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. from Skinner Funeral Home, 315 S. River St., Eaton Rapids, Mich. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Jodi Brehm

 

   Jodi Lynn Brehm, 45, of Charlotte, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 as a result of an automobile accident. Jodi was born April 22, 1962 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Lynn and Rose Brehm.

   Jodi was a supportive parent; extremely proud of her son, Tyler's academic performance, his black belt accomplishments and his caring and loving personality. She was always helping friends and others but always had time for Tyler and Katie. She was currently pursuing a degree as a surgical technician and had already received an Associate's Degree in phlebotomy at Lansing Community College.

   Jodi is survived by her beloved son, Tyler Boily; step-son, Brian Boily; her parents; sister, Kaitlyn Rose Brehm, of Charlotte; brothers, Todd Allan (Andrea) Brehm and Kevin Douglas (Charity) Brehm, both of Oregon, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Alexandria and Dustin, Danielle, Erik and Kaylee.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a fund for her son Tyler Boily.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Deloris Brenton

 

   Deloris R. Brenton, loving wife of Robert, 62, of Lansing, died Friday, March 7, 2008. Mrs. Brenton was born March 5, 1946 in Detroit, the daughter of Harold and Edith Smith.

   Deloris was a beautician by trade, and a sweet, giving and generous woman who enjoyed fishing, swimming, and great cooking.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Larry Benoit of Lansing; stepdaughters, Michelle (Mark) France of Woodland, Heather (Bryan) Herron of Muncie, IN; stepsons, Todd (Elizabeth) Brenton of Holland, MI, and Tyson (Dawn) Brenton of Belding, MI; many grandchildren; five sisters and one brother.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Daryl Franzel officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Capitol City Baptist Church on Willoughby Road.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

Doyle Brown

 

   Doyle R. Brown Sr., 74, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Mr. Brown was born Aug. 22, 1933 in Lansing, the son of Franklin and Opal (Thurlby) Brown.

   Doyle was a Korean War Veteran serving in the Air Force for 14 years, from July 24 1952-Nov. 29, 1966. He retired from Oldsmobile in 1987. Doyle was an avid stock car racer in his earlier years. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and gardening. He would share his harvest of vegetables with family and local stores.

   He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Grace E. Brown; daughter, Debra; parents, Franklin and Opal Brown; sister, Yvonne Simpson; brother, Donald Brown and son-in-law, Mark Potter.

   He is survived by Grace Anne Brown of Eaton Rapids, Monica (Tom) Starin of Charlotte, Doyle Brown, Jr. of Rockford, Charles (Sue) Brown of South Carolina, William (Karen) Brown of Vestaburg, Patty (Matt) LaFond of Morley, Dean Brown of Eaton Rapids, and Bonnie (Andrey) Ruskov of Potterville; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren with one on the way.

   Memorial Services will be held 3 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2008 at the American Legion, Charlotte. Interment will be at Deepdale Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Margaret “Muggy” Caroline Buche

 

   Margaret “Muggy” Caroline Buche, age 71, of Springport passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in Lansing. Margaret was born January 27, 1936 in Parma Township, Jackson County, MI, the daughter of Clarence and Evelyn (Ridgeway) Buche. She was very devoted to her nieces & nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim Buche, Robert D. Buche, and sister, Edith Lindsey.

   Surviving are 2 brothers, Pete Buche, and Lawrence (Audrey) Buche, both of Springport; her nieces and nephews, Janet Lindsey, Sharon (Dick) Rodgers, Theresa Strader, David (Teresa) Lindsey, Jeff (Della) Lindsey and Tina (Kurt) Fatheree, Annette (Rob) Ackley, Jodie Buche Brown, and David (Kecia) Buche; many grand nieces & nephews; and great grand nieces & nephews.

   Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Springport Cemetery, Springport with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Mid-Michigan Hospice House, St. Lawrence Campus, in memory of Margaret Buche. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Sherron Ann Bugbee

 

   Sherron Ann Bugbee of Onondaga went home to be with her Lord on Monday, February 18, 2008 at the age of 65. She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Thomas Bugbee, Sr.; son, Wesley; two brothers, Melvin and Leslie Benson, Jr. and stepbrother, Paul Benson.

   She is survived by her husband of 14 years, James Bugbee; five children, Laurel (Gary) Wandel, Catherine (Bill) Sheldon, Rebecca (Thomas) Scott, Thomas (Lisa) Bugbee, Jr., Richard (Amy) Bugbee; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; two step-sisters, Dora Campbell and Donna Mohr, and numerous nieces and nephews. Sherron was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and sister-in-law; she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

   Funeral services were held at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel on February 22, 2008 with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment followed at Onondaga Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Regional Medical Center or to the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute.

 

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Mary Burkett

 

   Mary Burkett, 71, passed away on May 5, 2008. She was born Marian Frances Matheney on Aug. 23, 1936 on a farm in Tuckerman, Arkansas. She moved to Charlotte with her parents Clifford and Pearl Matheney when she was 11 years old.

   Mary met Robert Frank Burkett at a high school dance and she married the love-of-her-life on Sept. 27, 1952 at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte. They lived near Kalamo until Bob went into the army in early 1953. Mary followed her husband to Atlanta, Georgia; Yuma, Arizona; and Colorado Springs, Colorado while he served in the army. Mary and Bob eventually purchased the family farm on Kalamo Hwy., in 1960; and in 1965 they also purchased a cabin on the Chippewa River and spent many vacations and holidays with family and friends there over the years. In 1994, they sold the farm to their son Dan and moved to Charlotte.

   Mary always stated that her family was the center of her life, and she was the rock that held our family together. Mary's first-born son, Joey, was born on June 18, 1955. He was very sick, and passed on one month later. Her other children are Dena and Tedd Hendon, Denise Burkett, and Dan and Jackie Burkett. She had five children that loved her as dearly as she loved them. Mary was also blessed with four additional joys — her grandchildren Courtney, Tyler, Ainsley and Brandon that loved her and will miss her very much.

   Mary has participated in many hobbies and clubs over the years. With her husband, she has been involved with boats, classic cars, motorcycles, MG cars, Reatta sports cars, and antique tractors. She was also involved with Model A cars and the Model A Chic's. During the last few years Mary has especially enjoyed wearing period clothing during Model A Club activities. Her hobbies included reading, playing cards, and antiquing. She has collected several sets of depression glass and hot chocolate sets over the years.

   However, whenever you think of Mary you will always remember her amazing food. Mary enjoyed cooking and baking and feeding friends and family all her life. Desserts were her specialty; a few of her signature dishes were lemon meringue pie, apple pie, oatmeal pie, German chocolate cake, and all types of cookies. Mary spent a majority of her life baking and enjoyed every minute of it, especially when it was all ate and was asked for more.

   Mary has fought several diseases over the years, including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and pulmonary hypertension. She overcame incredible odds while managing her health. Often she was taking the newest medicines in the hopes of achieving some relief from pain.

   Mary was deeply loved by her husband of 55 years; her children; her grandchildren; her family and her friends and she will be missed by all of us, forever.

 

                                   

 

 

Claire Busch

 

   Claire Ann Busch (McNamara) passed away on Sept. 12, 2008, at her home surrounded by her loving children. She was born on July 23, 1938 in Escanaba, Mich., a daughter of Francis and Alice McNamara.

   On May 16, 1959 she was married to Edward Busch in Manistique, Mich. They spent 42 fabulous years together. Claire's greatest love was her family. She was an avid golfer; her passions were endless and included hiking, traveling, morel hunting, kayaking, fishing, tennis, music, boating, the Upper Peninsula, and the beauty and splendor  of the great outdoors.

   Claire had a dynamic personality and led an inspiring and fulfilling life. She lived and celebrated each day as a gift, embracing each and every day with zest and zeal-her smiles and laughter contagious, and her love of life and to do "more" each and every day was truly endless.

Claire was preceded in death by the love of her life — her husband, Eddie; her parents, Francis and Alice McNamara; and her brothers, Patrick and George McNamara.

   She is survived by her loving children, Brad (Donna) Busch of Stanton, Stephen Busch of St. Helen, Lisa Busch of Lansing, and Jennifer (David) Dixner of Howell; and her beautiful grandchildren, Megan (Ryan), Joshua Busch, Timothy Busch, John Edward Dixner and great-grandson Conner Brown.

   Claire is also survived by her loving sisters, Dawn Herzog, Anne (Dale) Turner, Gloria (John) Dobernick, Betty McNamara; numerous endearing nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and so many wonderfully cherished lifelong friends.

   Claire was a strong, loving, and supportive mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend, and mentor. She was a precious gem exuding tremendous spirit each and every day. Her loving and radiant outlook will be greatly missed by all.

The funeral mass was held at St. John Student Parish, 327 MAC, East Lansing, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. Visitation was held Monday, Sept. 15 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of to St. Francis De Sales in Manistique, Mich.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen Butler

 

   Helen Ona Butler, 79, died Feb. 19, 2008 in Nashville, MI. Mrs. Butler was born May 7, 1928 in Nashville, MI the daughter of Orl and Marie Sophia (Peterson) Everett.

   Mrs. Butler worked for Kellogg's for 28 years. She enjoyed crocheting, baking cookies and doing for others. Mrs. Butler and her husband enjoyed going to Leesburg, Florida.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Arlene Endsley of Bellevue; son, Alvin (Susie) Butler of Nashville; grandchildren, Lisa, Jeff, Jamie, Emily and Joel and nine great-grandchildren.

   Respecting her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a small family memorial service at the farm on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Historical Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

Sandra Byrd

 

   Sandra Byrd, 57, of Lake, MI died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008. Mrs. Byrd was born Sept. 5, 1950 the daughter of Herbert and Arlene Shaw.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Shaw.

   She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Jack; daughters, Tanis (Jerry) Quick and Holly Gouin; grandchildren, Jake and Katie; mother, Arlene Shaw; brother, Doug (Susan) Shaw; brother, Richard (Barbara) Shaw and sister, Diane (Neal) Gee.

   Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 at the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids with Pastor John Metcalf officiating.

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Warren Bywater

 

   Robert Warren Bywater, age 69, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, June 13, 2008 at his residence following a terminal illness. He was born July 21, 1938 in Lansing one of 11 children born to Walter H. and Clara (Humphrey) Bywater. Mr. Bywater served in the Army and was stationed in Germany from 1957 – 1959. He worked as a Crankshaft Repairman for General Motors, serving over 30 years of service at Oldsmobile’s Plant #3 and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652. Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting, cutting wood and mowing his lawn, he loved his cats and spending time with family especially his son Bobby. Preceding him in death was his son Billy Joe Bywater and a grandson Jeffrey Scott Bywater.

   Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Juanita; 6 children, Shirley (Rory) Spurlock of Anchorage, Rick (Mona) Bywater of Georgia, Jake (Kimberly) Bywater of Colorado, Sue (Steve Hall) Mathis of Sumner, Robert (Jennifer Hicks) Bywater Jr. of Eaton Rapids and Simonie Bywater-Hicks of Perry; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Yvonne and Doris and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 19th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Sam Graham, officiating. Burial will follow in the Dimondale Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Corey Campbell

 

   Corey Campbell, 24, of Eaton Rapids, was taken from his family and friends as a result of a car accident on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, in Casper, WY. Corey was born June 25, 1984 in Lansing, the son of Andrew and Cammi (Johnson) Campbell.

Corey was a loving, hardworking, helpful, and outgoing person. His hobbies included golfing, motorcycling, hunting, fishing and a great love for dogs.

   He was preceded in death by grandfather, Norman Campbell.

   He is survived by his parents, Andrew and Cammi; his sister, Kindra; grandparents, Wilma Campbell, Diana DeLong, Herb Johnson; great-grandmother, Beatrice Campbell; aunts, uncles and cousins, Rex and Lori, Ryan, Patrick and Holly Baum, Mary Jo Mills and Jason Mills; Craig and Cindy, Samantha (Neil McHan and Austin), Troy and Eric Johnson; Mark and Bobbi, Dustin, Dylan, Travis, Craig and Curtis Wells; Ron and Heidi, Rachel, Alexis, Emily, and Gavin DeLong; Brad and Bridgette, Dakota, Logan and Xavier DeLong; as well as a very large extended family on both sides of his family.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Pastor Todd Page officiating.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com. You may contribute a favorite memory, photo or tribute to a Memory Book in Corey's honor by visiting www.memorypress.com/start; Type in "corey2" as the ID and "campbell" as the password.

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Myrtle Canedy

 

   Myrtle Canedy passed away on June 18th, 2008 in The Plains, OH, at age 93. She was born in Kulm, ND the tenth of twelve children. Her parents, John and Tilda Ogren, were immigrants from Sweden and homesteaded in ND. Myrtle was proud of her Swedish heritage and spoke the language.

   Myrtle graduated from high school in Edgeley, ND, and secured work in St. Paul, MN. One summer, she and the couple she worked for, vacationed in Michigan where she met Vern Canedy. This soon blossomed into a long distance romance and their eventual marriage in 1938. After residing in Detroit for several years, they moved to Eaton Rapids where they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1988.

   Myrtle and Vern enjoyed a wide circle of friends who were frequent recipients of their gracious entertaining. They loved to dance, were members of the United Methodist Church and enjoyed family camping adventures. Myrtle was an accomplished seamstress, attended gourmet cooking classes and became a weaver in her later years. Vern Canedy passed away in 1988.

   Myrtle is survived by her daughter Jeanette Slade, and Jeanette’s husband, Luman Slade, of Lancaster, OH and Hawks, MI.

   Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Karen McGuire, Amesville, OH, and Eric Slade of Cincinnati. Myrtle was fond of Karen’s husband, Don McGuire, and considered him to be one of the family. Her great grandson Avery McGuire was the apple of her eye and she enjoyed his many visits.

   Also surviving are her sister, Ethel Hille and Harriet Blomquist, of Edgeley, ND, and her brother-in-law, Eldo Jenner, of Kulm ND, step sister-in-laws Maxine Hartenburg, formerly from Eaton Rapids, and Leone Montie, of Eaton Rapids.

   A private service for the immediate family was held in Ohio. Any donations in Myrtle’s memory may be made to The United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Burial at Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan.

James Carroll

 

   James E. "Jim" Carroll of Eaton Rapids, age 58, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2008 at his home. James was born July 4, 1950 in Lansing, the son of Edward Martin and Brownie Marie (Frietag) Carroll. Jim was a graduate of Holt High School, Class of 1968 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. He retired as a Data Systems Analyst from the State of Michigan Department of Transportation in 2002 after 32 years of service. Jim loved MSU football and basketball, the Detroit Tigers, and hunting and fishing. He coached Eaton Rapids Girls Softball and Basketball for many years. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Vadia (Burt) Carroll; 2 daughters, Molly (Steven) Day of Lansing, and Megan Carroll of Kouts, Indiana; and several nieces & nephews.

   Mass of the Christian burial will be prayed 11:00 a.m. Monday August 4, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, 1010 S. Lansing St., Mason, with Father Alan Wakefield as Celebrant. The family will receive friends and family on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jim Carroll. www.shellyodell.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra L. Carter-Seybold

 

   Sandra L. Carter-Seybold, 54, of Sunfield, formerly of Mulliken, died Oct. 2, 2008, at a Lansing hospital following a long illness.

   She was born Aug. 17, 1954 in Lansing, a daughter of Roger and Wilma (Parsons) Roth. Sandra was a G.M. employee, a member of U.A.W. Local 602, the Mulliken United Methodist Church and a leader with the Barn Busters 4-H Club.

   She was preceded in death by her father; Roger Roth; sister, Julie Rosenbaun; and brother, Wesley Roth.

   Surviving are her husband, Arlo Seybold, whom she married Sept. 13, 2008; two daughters, Jessica (Elisha) Fitch-Cook and Jennifer Carter, both of Mulliken; grandson, Alastare Lumene; her mother, Wilma Roth of Grand Ledge; brothers and sisters, Roger (Nan) Roth of Grand Ledge, Susan (Duane) Lilly of Charlotte, Carlene Hensley of Midland Texas, Doug Roth and Steven (Eileen) Roth, both of Grand Ledge, Karen Miller of Charlotte, Janell Roth of Grand Ledge, Andrew Roth of Winter Park, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Oct. 6 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Judy Scholten officiating. Inurnment in Danby Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

Craig C. Cartwright

 

   Craig C. Cartwright, age 49, of Eaton Rapids passed away peacefully on September 6, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Craig was born on June 20, 1959, Father’s Day, the first son of Charles and Betty Cartwright of Eaton Rapids, MI.

   Craig will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Peggy (Strang), son, Steven Strang, 23 of Chicago, IL, and daughter, Mindy, 17. Craig also leaves behind his parents, his sisters, Cynthia (Andy Curtin) of N. Yarmouth, ME, and Lori Maxey (Eric) of Grand Rapids, MI; brother, Bruce (Deb) of Littleton, CO. Craig’s eight nieces; uncle Joe (Elaine) and countless friends will remember him fondly as well.

   Craig had a love/hate relationship with deer. He loved to watch them and hunt and eat them, but he hated it when they cleaned out his garden and fruit trees. Craig was a rich man in many ways. He was surrounded by lifelong buddies and happily took a day or two off from work t pursue his love of hunting and fishing with them. When Craig wasn’t working with hi8s lifelong friend Jeff Thocker he was enjoying his hobbies. you could find him in the kitchen as Craig was an excellent cook, master of his grill and smoker, and a wonderful baker.

   A memorial to celebrate Craig’s Life is planned for Tuesday, September 9th from 2:00-5:00 p.m., with a special service at 4:00 p.m., at 4704 Freeman Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI. In case of inclement weather, the memorial will be held at First United Methodist Church (600 S. Main St.). Contact Skinner Funeral Home (517-663-2211) with question. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a scholarship fund for Mindy Cartwright, a senior at Eaton Rapids High School, through National City Bank in Eaton Rapids (101 S. Main St.) in care of Becky Teel.

 

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Jack Case

 

   Jack M. Case, 78, of Dimondale, died Wednesday evening, June 4, 2008 at a Lansing hospital following a long fight with diabetes. He was born Nov. 22, 1929 in Lansing, son of Charles F. and Nelly (Booher) Case.

   Jack was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a retired rural mail carrier.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Pat; three daughters, Tine (David) Eaton of Charlotte, Pamela (Tom) Langley of Eaton Rapids, and Karen (Joe) McIntosh of Dimondale; son, Charles (Jackie) Case of Broomfield, CO; several grandchildren, Don, Jack Jayme, J.J. (Bianca), Zachary, Melanie, and Jennifer; four great grandchildren, Gabby, Andy, Brianna, and Lewis Jo; numerous grandchildren in Colorado; loving friends, Paul and Betty Rhynard and Donald Jory, Sr.; and his most loving little dog, Febe.

   Services were held Saturday, June 7 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Rev. Sharon Zurakowski officiating. Inurnment in Dimondale Cemetery. Military honors were rendered by V.F.W. Post 701, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to march of Dimes or the Eaton Rapids Senior Center.

 

 

Norma Champion

 

   Mrs. Norma Ellen Champion, 82, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008. She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on June 6, 1925, to James F. and Irene (Smith) Gay.

   She was Valedictorian of her high school class in Ithaca, and attended college in Adrian where she played tennis, and was homecoming queen.   During her life she lived in several areas including Hillsdale, Adrian, Otsego, Hudson, and Charlotte.

Norma worked for the Eaton County Medical Facility, and was a secretary for Charlotte Elementary School. A true homemaker, she enjoyed spending time with her family most of all. She had retired to Florida, but missed her grandchildren and moved north to her cottage in Coldwater and then 16 years ago began wintering in Gaylord, and spending summers at Coldwater Lake. Norma was involved with the Michaywe cross-country ski group, Michaywe Bowling League, and enjoyed playing golf. She was also a member of the Michaywe First Presbyterian Church.

   She is survived by her children, Steven Champion of Sarasota, FL, Sara Champion of CT, Claudia (Brian) Woodhouse of Gaylord, and James F. Champion of Suttons Bay; her grandchildren, Courtney (Tom) Kane, Chloe and Nate Chamberlin, Ash Champion Norton, Brie and Quinn Woodhouse; and great-grand triplets on the way. Also surviving are her sister, Helen (Owen) Breidinger of Greenville, as well as many nieces and nephews.

   A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Gaylord, The Reverend Mary McClure, officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice or the Otsego County Commission on Aging, through the Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

   Friends may share condolences online at www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Carol Chaney

 

   Carol Lynn Chaney, 60, of Charlotte, died Feb. 29, 2008. Mrs. Chaney was born July 28, 1947 in Lansing, the daughter of Maynard and Doris (Halstead) Conklin.

   She earned the Outstanding Teller of the Year award for Clinton Bank Trust in 1966, has been employed by First of America, and Wildern's Drug Store. Her greatest passion in life were her family and grandchildren. Carol was a kindhearted, helpful, selfless individual whose many hobbies included camping, fishing, knitting, crocheting, flower gardening. She was active with the Charlotte Frontier Days, serving as Banker for many years.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Doris and Maynard Conklin and grandson, Willee Piepkow.

   She is survived by her husband, Terry; children, Heather (Travis) Piepkow, and Michelle (Rob) Keckler; five grandchildren; and brother, Gary (Debbie) Conklin.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor David Landells officiating.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Special Riding Volunteer Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Billy Cheney

 

   The love of my life, Bill, Billy, "Cadillac Willie" Cheney, 58, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 19, 2008 after a short and brave struggle with cancer. Cremation has taken place.

   Bill was a talented musician, writer, and landscape architect with a wonderful sense of humor! Together with his wife, Mary, he designed and created East Torch Lake Nursery in Alden, MI, reflecting their love of perennials and conifers. Bits of Bill's spirit are scattered around in plants he raised and sold.

   Cadillac Willie had a great passion for the blues and his National steel slide guitar. He is now playing with Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Bill graduated from Charlotte High School in 1967. He attended Tri-State University in Angola, IN (Acacia Fraternity), Eastern Michigan University and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 1984.

   Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Cheney.

   Billy is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Mary (Overbey) Cheney; father, Gordon Cheney of Charlotte; sisters, Jane (Gerald) Cuendet of Sun City, AZ; Sue (Robert) Ayotte of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held in Charlotte at Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church on Thursday, Jan. 24. Memorial services in Traverse City are pending.

   Donations may be made to Munson Hospice of Traverse City, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, Antrim County Humane Society, or the charity of your choice.

 

                                   

 

 

William Cheney

 

   William D. Cheney, M.D., 90, of Okemos, formerly of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., died Nov. 8, 2008. He was born Aug. 23, 1918 in Tekonsha, Mich.

   William was a graduate of Charlotte High School class of 1936. He then went on to Michigan State College now MSU and obtained a B.S. in applied science in 1940. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a medical degree in 1943. He served his internship at the University of Wisconsin and his radiology residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. William also served as a clinical instructor at Wayne State University, Detroit.

   He was in the R.O.T.C. at MSC and served as captain in the Army Medical Corps during World  War II.

   William was a member of Wayne County Medical Society, Ingham County Medical Society Secretary, Michigan Radiological Society President, Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, Emeritus Fellow American College of Radiology councilor for Michigan, Society of Nuclear Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

William worked in the department of radiology at Sparrow Hospital for 33 years. He was chairman for 17 years and retired in 1983. He was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. William served as president of the Rotary Club of Lansing, district 636, R.I. Governor and Capital Area United Way.

   He was a deacon, elder, trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing and a current member of the Presbyterian Church of Okemos. William was an affiliate member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo, Florida.

   William was preceded in death by brothers, Dr. Edward A. Cheney and Gail R. Cheney; and sister, Marian E. Herman.

   He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor; daughters, Karen L. (Ronald) McPhail of Carluke, Scotland, UK, Marilyn K. (John) Eisz of Calabasas, CA and Laura A. (Steve) Gladwin of Marana, AZ; their spouses and children; sons, Roger D. (Chris) of Lansing and Scott E. (Colleen) of Saginaw; their spouses and children; 14 grandchildren; and brother, Gordon Cheney of Charlotte.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing.

Lera Clark

 

   Lera Caroline Clark, 92, of Alma, formerly of Mason, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 in Alma. Lera was born Dec. 15, 1915 in Mason.

She was a member of Robbins United Methodist Church, and retired from the Michigan Conference U.C.C. in 1979 after 21 years of service. Lera was also a volunteer member of the Vannie Cook Cancer Center in McAllen, Texas.

   Preceded in death by her son, Allen; daughter, Janyce Griffes; and brother, Harvey Seeley, Lera is survived by her husband of 72 years, Donald; two sons, Harvey (Mary Armstrong) Clark of Charlotte, Ward (Brenda) Clark of Mason; daughter-in-law, Margie (Loren) Noddins of Mason; son-in-law, Royal (Jan) Griffes of Ludington; 10 grandchildren, Kelli Bush, Kerri (Brian) Sartin, Karla Spoor, Debbie Griffes, Valerie (Rod) Fisher, Laurie (Chuck) Reed, Larry (Larissa Gleason) Clark, James (Rosalie) Clark, Nathan (Shannon) Clark, and Tricia (Joe) Tort; two step-grandchildren, Jean (Gary) Campbell, Jeffrey (Amanda) Groll; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Charles (Edna) Seeley of Lansing; and one sister, Elizabeth (Wilfrid) Robinson of Livonia.

   Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 at the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to either the Kidney Foundation or American Cancer Society in memory of Lera Clark.

 

                                   

Freddie “Big Fred” Clarke

 

   Freddie “Big Fred” Clarke, age 48, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at his residence. He was born May 31, 2959 in Eaton Rapids the son of Freddie and Arleen (Steele) Clarke Sr. Fred was a former employee of the Michigan Packaging Co. with over 20 years of service. He was the National Chairman of the Board of Loyal Riders M.C.  Preceding him in death was his father Freddie Clarke Sr. in 1980.

   Surviving are his mother, Arleen; 3 sisters, Ruth Ann (Ray) Noble of Eaton Rapids, Cathy (Bob) Cantine of Springport and Peggy Lightner of Eaton Rapids; 5 nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his Loyal Riders, brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were Friday, March 14, 2008 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the family in care of Arlene Clarke.

 

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Judy Class

 

   Judy Class, 63, of Charlotte, died July 24, 2008 in Charlotte. Judy was born on Feb. 3, 1945, in Charlotte, the daughter of Paul and Helen Class.

   She graduated from Charlotte High School and Lansing Business University. She was active in her home community, having participated in "Future Charlotte" as well as "Can Do." She served a term on the Charlotte City Council, where she chaired both the City Manager Executive Search Process as well as the City Charter Revision Committee. She was a member of the Regional Planning Commission Study Group, the Eaton County Substance Advisory Group, and the Women in Municipal Government.

In 1976, Judy organized and led Michigan's participation in the National Bicentennial celebration by putting together a commemorative wagon train that participated in a pilgrimage to Valley Forge. Michigan was proud to have the largest contingent of wagons and outriders in the event than any other state. On July 4, 1976, all of the official lead wagons from throughout the country formed a classic wagon train circle at Valley Forge. Michigan's wagon was singled out for the honor of receiving President Ford for ceremonial signings. Judy greeted the president on behalf of the state of Michigan. The 1976 Bicentennial was lauded by the Michigan Director of Tourism as "...the largest and most successful Bicentennial event in Michigan. In 1987, Judy was recruited by Michigan's Sesquicentennial Committee to form another successful 10-day wagon train event that traveled in a circle throughout mid-Michigan."

   Judy was the founder of the Michigan Horse Council and the Michigan Rails to Trails Conservancy. Judy retired from the Michigan Legislature in 1992 and in 1995 helped to organize the first staffed office for the Eaton County United Way. As executive director, she saw the annual fundraising campaign grow from $62,000 to $417,000. During her service at ECUW, she won over 30 regional and national awards for her work. She left the United Way in 2003.

   She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer (Class) and Jonathan Rutledge and by her granddaughter, Marissa Kay.

   No memorial service will be held. Those wishing to honor Judy and her services to our community are encouraged to do so by making a contribution to SIREN/Eaton Shelter.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Clements

 

   Robert G. Clements, 97, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Clements was born May 22, 1910 in Carmel Township of Eaton County, the son of John W. and Glycine (Stratton) Clements and was a lifelong Eaton County resident.

   He had attended the Millerburg Country School, was a 1928 Graduate of Charlotte High School and graduated with his B.S. Degree in 1932 from Michigan State College (now M. S. U.). He received a Life Teaching Certificate. He had worked in farming, later at Oldsmobile in Lansing and at Wertz Implement Co. in Charlotte from where he retired.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice (Wonser) Clements in 1998 and by brothers, Paul and Irvin Clements.

   Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Bernice (Clarence) Shriver of Grand Ledge and Anna Jane Grooms of Swartz Creek; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 11, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Rich Mitterling and Rev. Perry Purcell officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may go to the American Cancer Society or Eaton Community Hospice. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Roy Cochran

 

   We are saddened to announce the passing of Mr. Roy T. Cochran, 69, of Charlotte. Roy was born in Johnson County, Arkansas and lived in the mid-Michigan area for the past 47 years.

   Roy worked for many years in the forging industry at Jackson Drop Forge, Federal Forge and later started his own company, Cochran Corporation in Springport, MI. His passions in his later years were "tinkering" with his antique Sports Car Collection, gardening, joking and teasing with everyone he knew or met. Roy's proudest accomplishment was his family. He had many friends and family, and all who knew him will remember his smiling face, quick wit and never ending supply of love and friendship.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Davine; father, Early Cochran; children, Terry Besey, Sherry Burditt, Roy Cochran Jr., Andy Cochran; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five sisters, two brothers and many other family members and friends.

   Services were held Thursday, May 29, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor James Keats officiating. Interment was in Tompkins Center Cemetery.

   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.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Phyllis I. Cockroft

 

   Phyllis I. Cockroft, of Springport, passed away at home under the loving care of her family on Friday, May 23, 2008 at the age of 76. She was born October 20, 1931 to Eugene and Lucy Baum.

   Surviving is her husband of 52 years, Delbert, two sons, Donald (Veronica) Cockroft of Springport, Ronald (Kim) Cockroft of Albion, two daughters, Deloris (Jody) Hawkins of Springport, and Peggy (Jim) Ross of Grass Lake, 13 grandchildren, with one grandson, Jason Hawkins serving in Iraq, seven great grandchildren, two sisters, Nancy (Bob) Zenz and Patricia (David) Dack, German sister, Wybke and many nieces and nephews. Phyllis worked at the Albion Bowling Alley, Divco in Devereaux, and was a homemaker as well. She served for 53 years in the 4-H services and was a member of the Devereaux Grange.

   Funeral services will be held at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jack Fugate officiating. Interment will follow at Campbell Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jackson County 4-H Foundation, Great Lakes Hospice or to the Springport Area Foundation for Education. J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel, (517) 857-2633.

 

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William P. “Bill” Cole

 

   William P. “Bill” Cole, age 71, of Eaton Rapids died Saturday June 7, 2008 in Lansing. He was born June 28, 1936 in Lansing the son of Fred W. and Mary E. (Thompson) Cole. Bill was a Professional Painter who had worked for Capital City Paint Co. later the Silver Lead Paint Co. and had retired as a painter for the Ingham Medical Center in Lansing. Bill was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. He had an extreme love for the outdoors, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing and this love was exceeded only by his love for his many good friends. Bill was a loving, understanding and cherished husband, father, papa and friend and will be greatly missed by all. Preceding him in death was a sister, Pat and his parents.

   Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Norma; 2 children, Shannon of Dimondale and Fred of Eaton Rapids; 4 stepchildren, Kim (Mark) Faggion, Lori Kirkland, Tami Byer and Scott Kirkland; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous friends.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. from St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the St. Peter Catholic Church Building Fund. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Shirley Colestock

 

   Shirley Colestock, 70, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. Ms. Colestock was born Nov. 7, 1937 in Michigan Center, the daughter of Floyd and Birdie (Brandt) Rulison.

   Ms. Colestock worked for the State of Michigan in the Civil Service division. She knitted hat and mittens for the needy, liked to play Bingo, puzzles, bowling and was especially fond of her cat.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Betty McGilvra, Helen Rulison and her brother, Carl Rulison.

   She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Denise Colestock of Eaton Rapids, Linda Colestock of Plattsmouth, NE, Shelley Scarborough of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Kennin Colestock (Jessica) of Plattsmouth, NE, Cory Colestock (Ashley) of Pleasant Lake, MI, Brandon Jeffreys of Leavenworth KS, Amber Jeffreys (Russell) of Leavenworth KS, Anna Scarborough of Eaton Rapids and Rebecca Colestock of Eaton Rapids; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and brother, Don (Phyllis) Rulison.

   Graveside memorial services will be 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Maple Hill Cemetery with Reverend Perry Purcell officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens Hall.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

 

                                   

 

 

Louis Colter

 

   Louis E. "Gene" Colter, 75, of Bellevue, died March 13, 2008 at Battle Creek Health System. He was born Aug. 29, 1932, the son of Harold and Mae (Dunphey) Colter in New Limerick, Maine.

   Gene graduated from Ricker Academy in Houlton, Maine and served in the U.S. Army from 1950 until 1953 in cryptology. He then worked as a truck driver for White House Ice Cream and McDonald's Dairy, retiring in 1993. He also drove school bus for Bellevue Schools.

   Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, Carla Avery who died in 1986.

   He then married Virginia Pufpaff in 1992. Virginia survives. He is also survived by daughters, Ellen West of Kalamazoo, Michelle (Pete) Denner of Battle Creek, Sally (Doug) Fierke of Battle Creek, Rebecca (Rick) DeSonia of Bellevue; son, David (Rhonda) Colter of Clarksville, MI; stepdaughters, Beth (Bill) Murray of Grand Rapids and Lisa Wright of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Norman Colter and Wendell Colter of Maine; sisters, Phyllis Byron, Connie Friel, Hazel Cote, Pat Gentle, all of Maine and Bea Diede of Colorado. He was also preceded in death by his parents; son, Harold "Skeeter" Colter; brother, Beverly Colter; half-brother, Clifford Colter and granddaughter, Audrey Wright.

   Gene was a member of Bellevue First Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, going to the casino, golf outings, playing cards with his friends and making an annual trip to Maine.

   Services were held Monday, March 17, 2008 at Bellevue First Baptist Church, Pastor Don Francis, officiating. Interment, Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorials may go to American Cancer Society.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Lucile Colthorp

 

   Lucile (Musselman) Colthorp, passed away Friday, March 21, 2008 at the age of 95. She was born March 27, 1912 in Paw Paw, MI the daughter of Donald and Bertha (Putnam) Moe.

   Lucile and her husband, Stephen Musselman, were long-time residents of the Lansing/Charlotte area and active in church and community activities. She was a housewife and dedicated to caring for those around her. Lucile managed a family dry cleaning and retail variety business in Lake Lansing, managed the Country Club Manor Apartment complex in Charlotte, was instrumental in the creation of the annual Charlotte Frontier Days, delivered Meals-On-Wheels and was active in local elections. Her long life and personal compassion for others will be remembered in many communities throughout Michigan and Florida.

   Lucile was preceded in death by her parents; first husband of 43 years, Stephen Musselman; second husband, Melvin Crawford and James D. Colthorp, her husband of 15 years.

   She is survived by her loving family; son, Stephen (Barb) Musselman of DeWitt; son, Terry (Linda) Musselman and daughter, Joy Musselman, both of Jackson; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

   A graveside service was held March 25 at Maple Hill Cemetery with Pastor Rod Kalajainen officiating.

   Contributions to her memory may be made to Great Lake Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Margaret Cook

 

   Margaret Rogers Cook, 90, of Hastings, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings. Margaret was born Sept. 6, 1917 in Charlotte, the daughter of Pearl and Mabel (Crout) Rogers.

   She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1938. She married Arthur H. Cook July 3, 1938, and they lived in Lansing a short time. Arthur went into the National Guard in 1940 and then into the Army serving two and a half years. She lived in Rolla, MO, for some months while he was at Ft. Leonard, MO. Arthur came home in November of 1945.

   She and her husband operated a laundry in Grand Ledge for 14 years. They sold it in 1959 and moved to Nashville, MI, where they operated a tavern. They sold it in 1961 and Moved to Hastings.

   Margaret was a life member of OES Chapter 7, she was the Hundredth Worthy Matron of that Chapter 1969-1970. She loved many things, among them being flowers, people, music, and her pets, two cats. She enjoyed taking flowers to friends. She had a special compassion for listening and helping those in need. Friends, family and Arthur were always a special blessing to her.

   Arthur preceded her in death April 10, 1996 after almost 58 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Ralph Rogers and a sister, Wacille Coleman.

   Margaret is survived by two sisters, Ruth Kuck of Charlotte, and Maxine Stewart of Onondaga, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorials can be made to Hastings First United Methodist Church, Order Of Eastern Star # 7 or Hastings Elks #1965 National Foundation.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings, with Rev. David Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

   Arrangements are by the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. You may leave a message or memory to the family at girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

                                   

 

 

Almary Cooper

 

   Almary “Mary” Elizabeth Cooper, 100, of Charlotte, passed away on Sept. 20, 2008. Mrs. Cooper was born Jan. 22, 1908 in Charlotte, the daughter of Andrew and Bertha (Garn) Root.

   She was a 4-H leader, where she taught sewing, knitting and crocheting, and was a member of the Sunshine Club. She also cared for the neighborhood children, helping everyone out, no matter what they needed.

   Some of her many hobbies included canning beef, making sausage, crocheting snowflakes and making rag rugs. She also enjoyed writing in her diary and watching Big Time Wrestling. Most of all she loved her children and their big Sunday family dinners.

   Mary is survived by her children; Richard (Lila) Cooper, Robert (Beverly) Cooper, Nancy (Roger) McDonald, Linda (William) Groleau and William (Martha) Cooper; the grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren; four nephews and two nieces.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh in 1976; and grandson, Kurt DeMuth in 2007.

   Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Phil Hobson officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   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.

 

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Beverly Cooper

 

   Beverly Ann Cooper, 73, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 after a courageous battle against cancer. She was the daughter of Harold and Edna Roan.

   She worked in the insurance business for 42 years and loved family, playing BINGO and crocheting. Mrs. Cooper was active in Band Boosters, Cub Scouts and Relay for Life.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Roan; sister, Betty Heinze and in-laws, Hugh and Mary Cooper.

   She is survived by her devoted husband, Robert of 54 years; her son, Tim and daughters, Laura Cooper and Robin Stair; her son-in-law, Scott and grandchildren, Nicholas and Benjamin Kimble, Jacque, Jason, Jeremy, Justin and Jacob Stair, Boomer and the “light of her life,” great grandson, Parker. She is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard and Lile Cooper, Roger and Nancy McDonald, William and Linda Groleau, William and Martha Cooper; many nieces, nephews and very special friends.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, American Cancer Society for Relay for Life of Charlotte, MI Cooper Connection.

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

 

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Arlene Copenhaver

 

   Arlene Louise Copenhaver, 78, a resident of Charlotte for 58 years, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008. She was born June 19, 1929 in Lansing, the second of 10 children and the daughter of Arlin and Lillian (Retzloff) Parks.

   She was united in marriage May 28, 1948 to the late Gerald Max Copenhaver. Mrs. Copenhaver was a bookkeeper who worked at Michigan National Bank, Bracy's Service Center and was also an Avon Salesperson. She was a Cub Scout Den Leader with her son Gary, and avid reader and enjoyed crafts. Mrs. Copenhaver loved and enjoyed her family, they would spend a lot of time traveling, camping and being at the cottage.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Copenhaver in 1987; brothers, Allen "Stub" Parks, Donald Parks, David Parks, Lenard Parks; sisters, Lillian Osborn and Patricia Greenhoe and daughter-in-law Neva Copenhaver.

   She is survived by son, Gary (Sherry) Copenhaver; daughter, Sue Ellen (Martin) Latchaw, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Troy (Julia) Copenhaver, Lenard (Teresa) Copenhaver and Wendy (Troy) Pitcher, Casey (Kris) Latchaw, Mindi (Jason) Heisler Corey Latchaw and 17 great-grandchildren to which she was a loving grandmother and great grandmother; her two brothers, Arlin (Carolyn) Parks of Marion and Fred Parks of Lansing; sister, Sandra Spencer of Mesa, AZ.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Wacousta Cemetery in Wacousta, MI.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Alice Coplin

 

   Alice "Joan" Coplin, 71, of Battle Creek, died Monday morning, March 10, 2008 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital. She was born in Lansing, on April 12, 1936 the daughter of Everett A. and Alice Ann (Watkins) Ellison.

   Joan had a "Green Thumb" and loved gardening and flowers. She also enjoyed painting, watching TV and spending time with her family.

   Joan married John Alfred Coplin at the Ainger Bible Chapel in Olivet on March 4, 1955; he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1998. Joan was also preceded in death her parents and a brother, Ronnie (Lois) Ellison.

   She is survived by her three children, Patti (Keith) Halverson, David (Arlene) Coplin and Kathy Budrow, all of Battle Creek; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Charlotte "Chuckie" (Don) Jardot of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services to celebrate Joan's life were held Friday, March 14, 2008 at the funeral home with Rev. Robert G. Muirhead, officiating. Interment followed at Hicks Cemetery.

   Memorials directed to the Pennfield Exchange Club or Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice, would be appreciated.

   Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Samantha Cornwell

 

   Samantha J. Cornwell, 26, of Lansing, died Oct. 30, 2008 at Ingham Regional Medical Center. Ms. Cornwell was born Oct. 19, 1982 in Charlotte, the daughter of Gregory Cornwell and Rose (Decker) Cook.

   Samantha opened her heart to everyone and recently donated her hair to the Locks of Love.

   She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

   She is survived by her mother, Rose (Floyd) Cook; father, Greg (Chris Johnson) Cornwell; fiancée, Bruce Amburgey; step-father, Don McMeen; brothers, Andrew Cornwell and JJ Cornwell, favorite aunt, Lorraine (Craig) Carter; three step-sisters and two step-brothers and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 South Cochran Church of God, Charlotte, with Reverend Perry Purcell and Reverend Winifred Collins officiating.

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

 

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Debra Cowling

 

   Debra K. "Debbie" Cowling, 51, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Debbie was born April 10, 1957 in Charlotte, the daughter of Charles A. and Peggy Jean (Field) Cowling, Sr. and had been a life resident of the Potterville/Charlotte area.

   She was a 1975 Graduate of Charlotte High School and was employed at the Bridgewater Interiors of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her father in 1989, her mother in 2001 and grandmother, Marjorie Bauer-Miller in 2004.

   Surviving are her siblings, Sue (Mark) Norris of Potterville, Pauline Frost of California, Nancy (Kurt) Jones of Perrinton, Charles "Chuck" (Darlene) Cowling, Jr. of Midland and Mary (Dwight) Miller of Olivet; best friend, Alice Hurst, Charlotte; "special daughter," Amanda Ames of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Matthew (Casie) Norris, Brian (Zelpha) Miller, Melissa Miller, Abby (Dan) West, Jason Cowling and Shannon Brown; great-nieces and nephews, Emily and Ethan Norris, Kirklyn, Jaden, Brenten and Leland Miller, Connor and Noah West, Gregory and Brayden Cowling and her faithful dogs, Maverick and Bear.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the Charlotte Free Methodist Church with Rev. Darold Hill officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice or the Charlotte Free Methodist Church.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Cynthia Crabtree

 

   Cynthia Lee Crabtree, 69, of Olivet, passed away at the Eaton Community Hospice on Jan. 16, 2008.

   Cynthia was a retiree of Aluminum Extrusions (A.E.) in Charlotte and she loved her dogs, Sadie and Jessie.

   She is survived by her husband, Donald D. Crabtree; two sons, Randy (Robin) Easey and Al Easey; six stepchildren, Diane (Roy) Cousins, Pam (Dave) Thomas, Karen (Mike) Snyder, Kim Manning, Timothy (Joy) Crabtree, and Donald K. (Kim) Crabtree; 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Jeanette (Nelson) Allen, Buddy (Sandra) Matheny, Betty Greger, Mary Rainey, Clark (Marion) Matheny; and many nieces and nephews.

   At her request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

   Contributions to her memory are to be directed to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813 where she received exceptional care the last days of her life.

   Arrangements by Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, Michigan Center.

 

                                   

 

 

James Craven

 

   Loving brother and uncle, James L. Craven, 81, of Lansing, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. Mr. Craven was born May 14, 1926 in Alma, the son of James and Leeona (Metcalf) Craven.

   He was a life-time member of VFW Post 701 of Lansing, F.O.E. Aerie 1039, Loyal Order of Moose #874, 94th Infantry Association, VFW National Home and the Military Order of Cooties. He was a member of US Constabulary, 6th Calvary Association and American Legion Post 237. Serving 20 years in the U.S. Army in Korea and WWII, Jim earned the Bronze star after retiring from the Army, he worked for Oldsmobile experimental division and retired after 20 years there. Jim was an avid bowler, dancer and golfer; and he spoke many different languages.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Halina (Oleszczuk) Craven.

   He is survived by his sister, Portia Barnett of Charlotte; and one nephew, Jeffrey (Diana) Barnett; two nieces, Joy (Jack) Cummings of Charlotte and Robin (Bernie) Morgan of Eaton Rapids; 10 great-nieces and nephews and six great-great-nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was at Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association or the VFW Post 701.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Clara Bell Creyts

 

   Clara Bell Creyts, of Eaton Rapids, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at the age of 92. Clara Bell was born on December 3, 1915, I Holt, to Vernett A. and Catherine “Katie” (Potts) Helmker, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband of nearly 63 years, Henry C. Creyts in 1998.

   Surviving are: 4 children, Glenn Creyts, Lyle (Janice) Creyts, Nine (Kenneth) Reeve, and Ava (Gary) Hector; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; brother, James (Pat) Helmker; 2 sisters, Tryphena Shaft, and Iva Butler; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Creyts and Julia Banister; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Clara Bell was a loving person to all who knew her, and will be greatly missed. The funeral service was held on March 8, 2008, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delphi Chapel, with Jack Fugate officiating. Interment followed in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffith United Methodist Church, or Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Clara Bell Creyts. The family wishes to express a special thanks to Craft Care Home of Holt for Clara Bell’s care since May.

 

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Billy “Bill” G. Cribley

 

   Billy “Bill” G. Cribley, age 71 of Hastings and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, April 24, 2008. He was born April 18, 19337 in Benton Township in Eaton County, the son of Emanuel and Irene (Merrill) Cribley. Bill served 4 years in Korea with the Marine Corp. and was a member of the American Legion Post #45 of Hastings. He retired from Construction with over 30 years in Commercial Insulating and was currently working for the City of Hastings. Preceding him in death was his brother Richard Cribley.

   Surviving are his wife Lona; 4 children, Peggy, Iris, Manny and Billy Cribley; several grand and great grandchildren; 2 brothers and 4 sisters, Louise Babcock of Charlotte, Charles (Norma) Cribley of Eaton Rapids, Clarabelle Scutt of Eaton Rapids and Joe Cribley of Eaton Rapids; many nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Potterville Cemetery in Benton Township with the Rev. Richard Taggart officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #45 of Hastings. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home on Thursday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

Carroll E. “JR” Crozier Jr.

 

   Services were held Sept. 13 at the Tampa Veterans Park in Tampa, Fla. for Carroll E. “JR” Crozier Jr. with the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4283 officiating.

   A native of Charlotte and a local resident of Valrico, Fla. since 1980 JR was the manager of Brandon U-Haul Store. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War Era and served our nation in the U.S. Army.

   He is survived by his wife, Linda Crozier of Valrico, Fla.; sons, Ty (Liz) Crozier of Brandon, Fla., Todd (Karen) Dickens of Valrico, Fla. and David (Erica) Cole of Ft. Hood, Texas; daughters, Brigitte Crozier of Lutz, Fla., and Teryle Dickens of Brandon, Fla.; brothers, William (Ann) Crozier and Robert (Vickie) Crozier all of Charlotte; sister, Dorothy (Jim) Wood of Sebring, Fla.; eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

 

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Willard Curtis

 

   Willard Edward Curtis, 90, of Potterville, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 in Charlotte following a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 1981, 1918 in Lake Odessa, the son of Grover and Georgie (Follet) Curtis.

   Mr. Curtis worked at Fisher Body in Lansing until his retirement in July 1976.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and John Curtis.

   Surviving are his wife, Celine (Vaillencourt); two sons, Willard Curtis Jr. and fiancé Wally Bacon of Houghton Lake, and Gary (Susan) Curtis of Gaylord; three daughters, Marilyn Jensen of Shepherd, Ruth (Richard) Franks of Allegan, and Barbara (Tim) Bublitz, of Findlay, Ohio; 17n grandchildren and several great grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie Hutchison of Grand Ledge, Hazel Bouman of Leslie and sister-in-law, Hazel Curtis of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 with Rev. Richard Mitterling officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

 

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Margaret Danek

 

   Margaret Ellen Danek, 62, of Battle Creek, formerly of Lansing, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 in Battle Creek. Margaret was born March 4, 1946 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Joseph Leake and Ellen (Underwood) Morris.

She graduated from the Holt High School, and was an advocate for Huntington's Disease.

   Surviving are her three daughters, Mary Ellen (Ken) Ireland of Eaton Rapids, Susan Raye (John) Ziegler of Springport, Sandra Lee Danek of Lansing; former husband, Gerald J. Danek of Leslie; three grandchildren, Cody J.D. Whittum, Katy C. Whittum, MacKenzie J.L.P. Tracy; half-brother, Jerry Underwood, Jr. of MT; half-sister, Billie Raye (Blaine) Weston of MT; aunt, Laura Jane (Terry) Housler of Climax; nephew, Nathan Weston; and niece, Donelle Weston.

   A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at the Wesleyan Church, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Huntington's Disease in memory of Margaret Danek.www.shellyodell.com.

 

                                   

 

 

James Davis

 

   James L. Davis, 67, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008. Mr. Davis was born July 3, 1941 in Jackson, the son of William and Marie (Youse) Davis.

   Mr. Davis enjoyed horse shows, woodworking for his family, walking on the beach and fishing in Florida.

   He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Jeannie (Allen) Langley of Wisc., Victoria (Jerry) Lazarus of Hillsdale and Tammy (Raymond) King of Jackson; son, James Lee Davis, Jr. of Concord; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brothers, William Davis of Jackson and Harry (Penny) Davis of Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Lou (Mike) Murray; and daughter-in-law Carrol Davis.

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

Richard Day

 

   Richard Day, 79, of Bellevue, died April 19, 2008 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. He was born Feb. 6, 1929, the son of Francis J. and Kathyrn E. (Rose) Day in Rome, NY.

   Richard served ion the U.S. Air Force as a cook and parachute rigger. When he returned from the service he drove taxicabs in NY and Jackson, MI and then worked for Owens Corning in Albion. Richard was a member of the American Legion Post #280 in Bellevue and enjoyed reading and 3working with horses.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Day; his parents and three brothers.

   Richard married Helen Johanna Kiefer on Aug. 31, 1955. She survives. Also surviving are their children, Patricia Day of Bellevue, Michael (Tammie) Day of Bellevue, Thomas Day of Jackson and Helen Jones of Bellevue; eight grandchildren; sisters, Gale (Patrick) O’Rourke of Painesville, OH and Shirley Bajgerowicz of NY and nieces, Annmarie Kiefer of Bellevue.

   Services with military honors will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at Fort Custer Cemetery, Augusta.

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

 

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Albert Deal

 

   A loving, patient, and generous man, Albert Louis Deal, 93, of Spring Lake passed from this life to Life Eternal on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven. Al was born Oct. 27, 1914 in LaGrange County, IN to Fred Gage and Carlie Parthena (Grubb) Deal.

   Following graduation from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's degree in history he went on to earn his master's degree in educational administration from the University of Michigan. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Armed Guard in WW II, during which he saw duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific war operations.

   Al's distinguished career in Michigan public education spanned 40 years and he served with four Michigan public school districts as superintendent. He was also active with the Michigan Association of School Administrators. For 20 years he was commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and had served as member, vice president and president of the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. In 1987 he was presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Olivet College and the following year was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame. In 1995 Al was voted into Kalamazoo College's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Al was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Life member of R.C. Hathaway Lodge #387 F.S.A.M. of Caledonia, Life member of B.P.O.E. #1381 of Sturgis, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Grand Rapids, American Legion Post #28 in Grand Haven and Michigan Sport Sages.

Al is survived by his wife, Connie who described her life with Al as "Christmas every day;" three daughters, Ann M. VandenBerg, Emily J. Dood and Martha E. Butler; four stepsons, Richmond H. (Cindy) Jones, Douglas H. Jones, Dr. Donald H. (Maryvic Cuison) Jones, all of Spring Lake, and Craig H. (Lisa) Jones of Vero Beach, FL; and several loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Grand Haven with Rev. John Hills officiating. Military Honors were provided by the American Legion Post #28. Memorials to St. John's Episcopal Church are appreciated.

   Share memories with the family at their online guestbook at www.vbkfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

R. Conrad DeBaun

 

   R. Conrad DeBaun, 77, of Springfield, formerly of Olivet, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. Conrad was born June 7, 1930 in Garrett, IN the son of Raymond and Helen (Brown) DeBaun.

   He was a 1949 Graduate of Olivet High School and had served as a Military Policeman in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Before entering the service he was employed in the family owned DeBaun Farm Dairy. Later was employed as a Tool & Die Maker at Air-Way Mfg. Co. and the Olivet Machine Tool Engineering Co. from where he retired. He had been a member of the Springfield American Legion Post, was a charter member of the Olivet Tuesday Night Golf League, the Charlotteers Camping Club and had enjoyed going to Deer Camp for over 50 years.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Amber June DeBaun in 1964; and his wife, Maxine DeBaun in 1991.

   Surviving are his companion of 16 years, Lynda Wight; twin sister, Jackie (Cecil) Marr of Lansing; brother, Richard (Ilene) DeBaun of Bellevue; three stepchildren, Todd (Diane) Phillips of Sun Prairie, WI, Kent (Kim) Phillips of Albion and Wendy (Ron) Boersma of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Interment in the Lee Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lifespan Hospice of Battle Creek. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Deitrick

 

   Robert J. Deitrick, Jr., 67, of Charlotte, died Monday, April 21, 2008 at the Mother Teresa House in Lansing. He was born December 30, 1940 in Highland Park Michigan, the son of Robert J. and Olive G. (Vincent) Deitrick and had been a practicing Attorney for over 40 years in Eaton County and the State of Michigan.

   Surviving are his wife, Joy (Quick) Deitrick; his daughter, Alyson (Jeff) Wendt of Williamston; step sons, Chris (Angie) Musser of Vermontville, Derek Musser of Lansing and Kyle Musser of East Lansing and 5 grandchildren, Jack and Rory Wendt and Alex, Carsen and Noah Musser.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, April 24, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Judge Thomas Eveland officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Memorial contributions may go to the Mother Teresa House, P.O. Box 13004, Lansing, MI 48901.

 

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EvaBelle Deer Deppa

 

   EvaBelle Deer Deppa, 94 years young, of Grand Ledge, passed away Jan. 19 at the Eaton Community Hospice.

   She was born Oct. 27, 1913 to William and Edith (Mavety) Boyd in Mancelona. She married Otto L. Deer Sept. 6, 1936. He preceded her in death on July 20, 1971.

   EvaBelle, a loving, caring mother and family matriarch, was a homemaker, farmer, county school bus driver, Mighty Minnies 4-H Club co-founder and a 4-H leader.

   She had a mischievous Irish twinkle in her eyes, a zest for life and the ability to make friends wherever she went. She was an active member of the Oneida Gospel Church, involved in numerous community endeavors, and was honored to be Eaton County Homemaker of the Year in 1979.

She was preceded in death by Darlene Deer, infant daughter; sister, Cora May Drent and brother, Albert Boyd.

   Surviving are children Donna (Larry) Segerlind of Okemos, Deanna (Lloyd) Knapp of Craigmont, Idaho, Gerald (Joan) Deer of Cadillac, Richard (Terralene) Deer of Charlotte and Susan Deer (Jon, deceased) Hall of Ann Arbor.

   On Feb. 5, 1983 EvaBelle married Woodrow A. "Doc" Deppa of Grand Ledge. He preceded her in death on July 28, 1999, but his five children survive: Jim (Judy) Eddy of Grandville, Joan Deppa of Syracuse, N.Y., Jerold (Nancy Gustavson) Deppa of Sitka, Alaska, Janey (Bob) Schultz of Humbel, Texas and Julie (Tom) Hosley of Johnstown, Ohio; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren, and who knows how many other "adopted" family members.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at the Oneida Gospel Church, Grand Ledge with Pastor Larry Schrauger officiating. Interment followed at Union Cemetery, Oneida Township. Arrangement were handled by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

   Contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice or the Oneida Gospel Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Helen DeWaters

 

   Helen L. DeWaters, 78, of Parma, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Faith Haven Senior Care Centre in Jackson. She was born June 7, 1930 in Lansing to Charles and Mable (Hopkins) McMann. On Jan. 11, 1955 she married Leslie C. DeWaters, who preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2006.

   Helen was a homemaker and was involved in several kinds of volunteer work. As the wife of a veteran, she enjoyed selling poppies for the American Legion. She also enjoyed bowling. Helen especially cared for her beloved little dog, Taco Maria.

   Her survivors include two daughters, Bonnie J. Grubaugh of Parma and Rosemary Marie Smith of Calif.; three sisters, Ella Bateman, Barbara Jean and Merlene, all of Mich.; and two grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Laura B. DeWaters and Dorothy Pierce; two brothers, Alvin and Norman McMann; and her son-in-law, Duane Grubaugh.

   According to her wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

   Arrangements by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, MI 49224.

 

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Virgil Dickerson

 

   Virgil Dickerson, 70, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 7, 2008. Mr. Dickerson was born Aug. 11, 1937.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Dickerson in 2006.

   Graveside services were held Friday, June 13, 2008 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte with Pastor Samuel Graham officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

Richard Dilly

 

   Richard O. Dilly, 68, of Charlotte, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008. Richard was born Feb. 16, 1940 in Cairo, W.VA the son of Bernard and Bess Ann (Richards) Dilly and had been a Charlotte resident since 1966.

   He received Jesus Christ as his savior in 1965 and faithfully served his Lord until his death. He was a 1959 graduate of Parkersburg, W. VA High School and had served three years in the U. S. Army Reserve. He had been employed as a mold maker for Owens-Illinois Glass, Charlotte retiring in 2002 after 36 years of service. He was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte where he was a member of the men's Bible study and had served as head usher and was involved in many other ministries in the church. He volunteered for the church services held for residents of the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Christopher Dilly in 1962.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Deanna (Mills) Dilly; three children, Richard Troy (Heather) Dilly of Lowell, MI, Bernard Darren Dilly of Amble, MI and Anna Floreine Bashore of Ovid, MI; eight grandchildren, Richard Keaton Dilly, Stephen Cameron Dilly, Karis Dilly, Ellen Dilly, Danielle Gyger, Haiden Bashore, Owen Bashore and Max Bashore; two brothers, Bernard Dean (Eleanor) Dilly of Mineral Wells, W.VA and Duane (Wanda) Dilly of Orlando, FL.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 825 N. Cochran Ave., Charlotte with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dimondale.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Calvary Baptist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Jason Dimmick

 

   Jason Fredric Dimmick, born Aug. 8, 1980, beloved father, son, brother, and grandson passed away Feb. 12, 2008.

   Jason was a 1998 graduate of Charlotte High School and a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan University in Sports Management. A gifted athlete, he played baseball, basketball, and football in high school, and later developed a love of snowboarding and deep water diving. He recently completed a senior internship as Assistant to the Athletic Director of Vicksburg Community Schools and Coach of the Girls Varsity Basketball Team in Vicksburg, Michigan. Also, he spent his spring semester of 2007 studying International Sports Management in Sidney, Australia.

   Jason will be remembered by all for his gentle, giving spirit. He was actively involved in the 2006 Winter Special Olympics, serving as a snowboarding coach. He also volunteered as a student mentor at CMU and created a physical education program for Head Start. Above all, family and friends were central to him, and he was most proud of his daughter, Nevaeh.

   Jason is survived by his daughter, Nevaeh LaRoche-Dimmick and her mother, Alicia LaRoche of Bay City, MI; his parents, Fred and Dee Dimmick of Pikesville, NC (formerly of Charlotte); brothers, James (Anne) Dimmick of Powell, OH, and Jeremy (Stephanie) Dimmick of St. Johns; grandparents, Harold and Maxine Meyers of Charlotte, and Marie Dimmick and the late James A. Dimmick of Kalamazoo, MI; nieces and nephews, A.J., Cassidy, Noah, and Ryan Dimmick; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial services will be held on March 9, 2008 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte at 2 p.m.

   In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to a Michigan Education Savings Program 529 college savings account for his daughter, Nevaeh.

 

                                   

 

 

Douglas Dipple

 

   Douglas Lee Dipple, 26, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008 as the result of a car/pedestrian accident. Doug was born Dec. 24, 1981 in Lansing, the son of Dennis and Sally (Kapenga) Dipple and had lived most of his life in Charlotte.

   He was a 2000 Graduate of Charlotte High School and was employed at Spartan Motors in Charlotte as a Data Analyst. He had worked previously at Ford Motor Company.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Dipple in 2000; grandfathers, Fritz Dipple in 2001 and Alvin Kapenga in 1972 and grandmother, Gertrude Kapenga in 1996.

   Surviving are his mother, Sally Kapenga of Charlotte; his brother, Daniel (Maranda) Dipple of Olivet; his sister, Shawnda (Chris) Hice of Charlotte; his fiancé, Jessica Coleman of Charlotte; three nephews, Dylan and Dayton Dipple and Parker Hice; one niece, Kennedy Hice; grandmother, Mable Dipple of Holt and great-grandmother, Sarah Moore of Holt.

   Funeral services were held Monday, March 10, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Richard Heusinkveld and Rev. Brett McAtee officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the American Lung Association or to the Disc Golf Course at Lincoln Park, c/o City of Charlotte. Envelopes are available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Dale Doty

 

   Dale L. Doty, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. Mr. Doty was born May 9, 1923 the son of David and Bertha (Reterstoff) Doty.

   Mr. Doty served in the U.S. Army as part of the Medical Core in WWII and was a member of the American Legion Post #42.

   He worked for Gale Briggs for 36 years.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Larry; granddaughter, Heavenly and grandson, David and Roger Hardenburg.

   He is survived by his wife, Naida; daughter, Linda (Donald) Mulholland of Charlotte, daughter, Brenda (Walter) Griffin of Pleasant Lake, IN; son, Leon (Louann) Doty of Kalamazoo; son, Horace Doty of Charlotte; daughter, Glenda Kenyon of Charlotte; daughter Wilma (James) Plew of Lafayette, IN; daughter-in-law, Karla Doty of Harrison; brother, Ivan Doty of Billings, MT.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Lynn Wagner officiating.

   Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township, MI.

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

 

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Thomas Roy Drohn

 

   Thomas Roy Drohn, age 76, of Howell, formerly of Waterford and Eaton Rapids, passed away at his home Sunday, April 6, 2008. He was born December 9, 1931 in Millington, MI, the son of Harold Drohn and Marguerite McWhinney.

   He was the beloved husband of Glenna M. (Swanson) Drohn whom he married February 2, 1952 in Pontiac, MI; dear father of Lucinda Drohn of Brookneal, VA, Stephen (Marge) Drohn of Howell, Cheryl (Steve) Kapff of Eaton Rapids, Gregory (Yong) Drohn of Dothan, AL and the late Joseph (Jennifer) Drohn; extended family, Mary (Al) Peltier of White Lake, MI. Also 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and siblings, Dwight James Schulze and Phyllis A. Schulze of Arizona, Felix Michael Schulze of Fenton and Wanda L. Schulze of Iowa.

   Thomas was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac.

   Visitation will be today from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. with services Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association. Please visit the family’s guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com.

 

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Carol Duff

 

   Carol Sue Duff, of Sunfield, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008 at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor at the age of 56. Carol was born July 25, 1951 in Ironwood, MI, the daughter of Matt and Auni (Estola) Wieland.

   She married Bruce G. Duff on Aug. 27, 1971.

   Preceding her in death were both her parents; and two sons, Jay and Marty Duff in 1988.

   Surviving are her husband, Bruce G. Duff; three children, Donnie Duff of Sunfield, Cheree (Ryan) Duff of Lansing, and Scott Duff; two grandchildren, Hayden, and Tori; step mother, Helen (Hal) Madison; step brother and sisters, Kathy Wieland, Vicki (Earl) Benson, and Pat Samson.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 2008 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Woodland, MI with Rev. John Reid officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Marfan Association c/o RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold Earl

 

   Harold C. Earl, 92, of Cadillac, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Jan. 22, 2008 in FL. He was born in Grand Ledge and lived in Cadillac and spent his winters in FL. He was a retired employee of General Motors in Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. Surviving are one brother, Russell Earl of St. Ignace, MI; one daughter, Carolyn Piersma of Summerfield, FL; one son and daughter-in-law, Fredereck and Angie Earl of Cadillac and Port St., Lucie, FL; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County, FL, American Cancer Society or First Congregational Church of Charlotte. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2008 at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Graveside services will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Cremation arrangements were handled by All Faith's Cremation Society in FL.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Kevin Eaton

 

   Kevin B. Eaton, 51, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008. He was born Aug. 28, 1956 in Lansing, the son of Bert and Pauline (Palmer) Eaton.

   Mr. Eaton loved mechanical work and tinkering on his car.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Bert in 1990 and sister, Debbie in 2004.

   He is survived by his daughter, Chris Lautner of Charlotte; two grandchildren; mother, Pauline; sister, Sheila (Robert) Hall and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Pauline Eaton

 

   Pauline Eaton, 80, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008. She was born March 11, 1928 in Lansing, the daughter of Ernest and Aletha (Nichols) Palmer.

   Mrs. Eaton was a great cook, had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed country music.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Eaton; daughter, Debbie Chingman and sisters, Delores McGee and Irene Vlick.

   She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Robert) Hall; seven grandchildren; several great grandchildren; half brother, Ernie Palmer and special lifelong friend and companion, Dale Caltrider.

   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.

 

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Janis Edick

 

   Janis R. (Janousek) Edick, 67, of Port Richey, FL, formerly of Vermontville and the Lansing area, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson, FL. Janis was born Oct. 6, 1940 in Charlotte, the daughter of Glenn and Evelyn (Stadel) Janousek.

   She was a 1958 graduate of Vermontville High School and had lived in the Lansing and Grand Ledge area before moving to Florida about 20 years ago. She had been employed at the Beall's Outlet Store in Florida.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Jo-Ann Hosey in 2006.

   Surviving are her husband, Robert L. Edick, Sr.; two sons, Robert Edick, Jr. and Mark Edick both of New Port Richey, FL; grandsons, Trevor and Mason Edick; brother, Gary (Judy) Janousek of Mesa, AZ and brother-in-law, Eldon Hosey of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 30, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Israel Young of Vermontville First Congregational Church officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may go to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Forest Estep

 

   Forest Junior Estep, of Stanton, MI, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI at the age of 85. He was born April 7, 1923 in Sunfield Twp., MI, son of Forest and Hester (Richard) Estep.

   Forest was a veteran of WWII serving his country in the Marines. He was for former owner/operator of William Morris & Son Commercial and Industrial Construction Co., was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and the Moose Lodge. Forest enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey (Youngs) Estep; and four brothers and sisters, Bethel, June, Richard, and Carlton (Cap).

   Surviving are his four children, Sharon (Jack) Byers of Fenwick, MariAnne (Claude) Martin of New Berlin WI, Lynn (Nan) Estep of Sunfield, and Chris Estep of Ionia; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two sisters and one brother Nina, Bina and Bill; many nieces and nephews and cousins.

   A celebration of life service was held Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Saranac American Legion.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Moose Lodge Children’s fund Lodge #998 C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   To express your thoughts and memories, you may visit www.Legacy.com.

   The family is being served by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield.

 

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Raymond Evard

 

   Raymond H. Evard, 67, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing and Ft. Wayne, IN, died Sunday, April 20, 2008 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Raymond was born June 16, 1940 in Fort Wayne, IN the son of Raymond L. and Evelyn “Dolly” (Nusbaum) Evard and had been a Charlotte resident for six years coming from Lansing.

   He had served in the U.S. Army in Korea and was a sales associate at Wal-Mart of Charlotte. He was known locally on radio as “Uncle Ray.”

   Surviving are his wife, Serena (Bills) Evard; his mother, Evelyn “Dolly” Evard of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, Ralph Evard of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Rose McFaland of Cape Coral, FL and numerous other family members.

   At Mr. Evard’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Memorial services were held Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the DeWitt V.F.W. Post in DeWitt, MI.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Humane Society.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Richard Ewing

 

   Richard Norman Ewing, 88, of Vermontville, died quietly on Friday, April 25, 2008, at the assisted living center, The Flower House in Nashville. Mr. Ewing was born in Lansing on March 26, 1920, the son of Glenn and Anna Mae (Wohlschied) Ewing, the eldest of six children.

   Richard served our nation during World War II, stationed primarily in France and Germany. Among other duties, he participated in dangerous missions to fly supplies to the troops in glider planes and the construction of bridges and other infrastructures. He was life-time member of the Nashville V. F. W. Post #8260 and the Vermontville Masonic Temple

   The Ewing family moved to Vermontville in 1947 where Richard worked his farm and also worked in Lansing as a sheet metal worker foreman. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 7. He was an active dairy, beef and crop farmer, and also participated in land conservation, serving 16 years on the Soil Conservation District Board, where he received recognition for his accomplishments. He was known throughout the neighborhood for his ability and helpfulness in repairing most any type farm equipment. He also operated a bulldozer excavating business.

   Upon retiring, Richard and his wife, Pearl, enjoyed traveling with their fifth wheel camper and spending their winter seasons at their home in Phoenix, AZ where he enjoyed the scenery and climate of the Southwest, as well as their friends there.

   He is preceded in death by his brother, Fred Ewing of Alma; sister, Mary Pattison-Wierzbicki of Lansing; his wife of 53 years, Pearl V. (Pifer) Ewing and his second wife, Lillian I. (Anderson) Ewing.

   Richard is survived by two sisters, Beatrice (Robert) Pattison of Charlotte, and Dolores (Robert) Hutchinson of Deer Park, WA; one brother, Virgil O. Ewing of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Virginia (J. Wayne) Lackscheide of Vermontville and Bonnie (Matt) Saikkonen of Portland, OR; son Richard J. (Patricia) Ewing of Vermontville; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Tuesday, April 29.

   The family has suggested memorial contributions may be made to V. F. W. Post #8260.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Lynn Faulkner

 

   Lynn Ira Faulkner, 82, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2 in Dimondale. He was born May 5, 1925 in Charlotte, the son of Ira Marvin and Ruby Mary (Love) Faulkner. Lynn was a member of Robbins United Methodist Church. Lynn was employed with Allied Products, Motor Wheel, and retired from Eaton Rapids Public Schools in 1990.

   Lynn was preceded in death by his wife, Anna M. in 1991; daughter, Diane Moss; brother, Hugh Faulkner; and three sisters, Ilah Faulkner, Alta Poskey and IvaDean Dickinson.

   Lynn is survived by his daughter, Dawne (Kenneth) Burch of Lansing; two sons, Donald (Jeannine) Faulkner of Eaton Rapids and Dale (Barbara) Faulkner of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother, Carrol (Dorothy) Faulkner of Battle Creek and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Potterville Cemetery, Potterville. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Lynn Faulkner.

 

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Lillian Feller

 

   Lillian J. Feller, 92, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2008. Mrs. Feller was born March 28, 1916, in Manville, NJ, the daughter of Andrew and Minnie (Hartwick) Johnson.

   Mrs. Feller enjoyed sewing and knitting, working in her yard and baking pies. She was a member of The Grange in Somerville, NJ.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, John W. Feller; second husband, Leslie Theis; sister, Anna and brother, Siegfred.

   She is survived by her children, Sharon Mensing, Jon Feller, Penny (Bill) Martin and Chris (Nancy) Feller; six grandchildren, William (Anna) and Craig Martin, Nyk Feller, Lynne LaFever, Beth (Joe) Nahama and Tiffany Mensing; two great-grandchildren, Jake and Cade Nahama.

   Private family services 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles Fhaner

 

   Charles H. Fhaner, 86, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at his residence. Charles was born June 11, 1921 in Windsor Township, Eaton County the son of Howard and Julia (Sechman) Fhaner and was a lifelong Eaton County resident.

   He was a 1938 Graduate of Potterville High School and served in the U. S. Army Infantry during World War Two mainly in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre being awarded three Bronze Battle Stars. He was employed at General Motors in Lansing from where he retired in 1983 after 24 years of service and had worked as an auto body repairman in the area. He was a member of the Charlotte American Legion Post #42 and the First Baptist Church of Charlotte. He enjoyed gardening, farming, fishing, hunting, woodcarving and woodcrafts.

   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara (Newell) Fhaner; four children, David (Susan) Fhaner of Marshall, Susan (Lonn) Spencer of Ceresco, Rosalie (David) Welch of Battle Creek and Michael (Witney) Fhaner of Kent, OH; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Becktel of Charlotte and numerous area relatives.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Robin Crouch of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may go to the First Baptist Church or the Salvation Army. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Donna Fifield

 

   Ms. Donna M. Fifield, 78, of Vermontville, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 peacefully at Eaton Community Hospice, in Charlotte. Ms. Fifield was born in Lansing, on Dec. 3, 1929, the daughter of the late Theodore Wade and Vernie Swain.

   She was raised in the Lansing area and attended Everett High School graduating in 1948. She continued her education by attending college where she studied art. She was a former member of the Eagles in Woodland, and enjoyed spending time with her family, being in her yard admiring her flowers and watching John Wayne movies.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Fifield who passed away in 1969; her six siblings; and her grandson, Donnie Flory.

   Donna is survived by her daughters, Nicki (Oren) Gillett, Debbie (Randy) Baker, Melissa (Larry) Dockter, and Valerie (Daryl) Vaughan; son, AC "Sparky" (Cindy) Gilmore; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral Services were held at the Daniels Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 28, with Nicki Gillette officiating. Interment took place immediately following the funeral service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Family request donations to Eaton Community Hospice or The family.

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

 

                                   

 

 

J. B. Finch

 

   J. B. Finch, 73, of Holt, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008 in Charlotte. J. B. was born October 19, 1934 in Mason, the son of James and Elenor Dell (Getter) Finch.

   He retired from Spartan Asphalt in Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Agnes; second wife, Dulcie; son, Anthony; son-in-law, Larry Strawn; and sister, Virginia Finch.

   He is survived by six children, Dexter (Josie Hawkins) Finch of Onondaga, J. B. (Amy) Finch, Jr. of Mason, James (Tawnya) Finch of Eaton Rapids, Agnes Strawn of Mo., Floyd (Sue) Finch of Mason, and Mae Finch of Dimondale; daughter-in-law, Sherry Finch of Holt; 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; two step-children, James (Jan) Rakes of Mason and Twyla Simmons of Holt; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

   Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of J. B.

 

                                   

Charles Fink

 

   Charles W. Fink, 73, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2008. Mr. Fink was born Jan. 30, 1935 in Lansing, the son of Harold and Luella (McCurdy) Fink.

   Mr. Fink worked as a meat manager at one time owning his own meat processing plant in Sunfield. He was a cattle farmer for 15-20 years and enjoyed woodworking.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan.

   He s survived by his son, Kim Fink of Richmond, VA; daughter, Scarlett Fink (Mike Budzinski) of West Haven, CT; daughter, Kathy (Randy) King of Sarasota, FL; son, Chris (Lisa) Fink of West Haven, CT; seven grandchildren; sisters, Rebecca (Dean) Gardiner of OR and Helen (Daryl) Abby of Las Vegas, NV.

   There will be no services held. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Michigan Heart Association.

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

 

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Kathleen Marie Foote

 

   Kathleen “Grama Kathie” Marie Foote, 74, of Eaton Rapids, made an unexpectedly early and no doubt enthusiastic entry into heaven on February 5, 2008. Kathie was born on January 2, 1934 in Charlotte, MI, only child of Gayle & Vera Gifford, of E.R. Mr. & Mrs. Gifford were publishers of the Eaton Rapids Journal for decades. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of many years Dr. J.B. Foote, D.D.S., (whose fillings continue to exist in the teeth of many a reader), as well as her granddaughters Carly Gayle Foote and Casey Lin Foote. Grama Kathie was well-known in her hometown as a local merchant’s daughter, a professional’s wife, a school bus driver, wrestling-Grama, active senior, and real true friend.

   Kathie Foote (KMF) is survived by her three children Ed J. (Pamela) Foote, Gayle L. Betz, and Nathan E. (Peggy) Foote; grandchildren Skye E. Brooks, Alex W. Brooks, Anthony J. Foote, Zacharias Betz, Tessa C. Betz, Zoe F. Betz, Dylon Leightner and Codey Leightner; and a host of animal kids too! We will miss her very, very much – and we know you do too! The family wishes to express their heart-felt appreciation and thanks to ALL who visited with us, who attended the funeral service, who contributed to her charities, those who send flowers from near and far, and to everyone that made her life special on a day to day basis. We really do celebrate the life of a kind, generous person that gave of herself and her time for others. Kathie wanted for little more than her family, her friends, and her community! She was, and we are very proud to be E.R. folks. Even now she reminds us to be intentional in our relationships, and to cherish the time we have here together. Tell someone that you love them today. Thanks again for your love and support.

   Arrangements and pre-planning for the family were handled by Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, MI. Mrs. Foote was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Contributions may be sent to: www.Camp-Casey.org (via Molly Melamed, Executive Director 248-705-2780); Hearts and Hands in Eaton Rapids; First Baptist church of Eaton Rapids.

 

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Dan Forte

 

   Dan Forte peacefully passed away on July 19, 2008. Dan was born on July 9, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York and was the son of John (Giovanni) and Rosa Colizzi Forte. Dan was the eldest of six children. Dan and his first wife, Ethel Jean (Stofflet) Forte moved to Charlotte, Michigan where he worked with his family in the candy business and then was a barber at the Circle Barber Shop from 1946 until 1975.
   Dan was a semi-pro boxer as a young man and served as alderman on the Charlotte City Council. He also was a member of the Lions Club, and a life member of Charlotte Lodge #120 F&AM. He served the Christian community as Vestry member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlotte. Dan was one of the small committee that constructed and installed the pews and the altar in the sanctuary. His favorite hobbies were gardening and woodworking. After being widowed in 1975 he married Margaret Anne LeRoy Putman of Charlotte in 1977 and in 1988 they moved to Greenville, Michigan, until his death. He was active in the Greenville area Senior Center and the First Congregational Church.
   Dan is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne; sister, Veta Souchek of Grand Rapids; brother, Pete (Janet) Forte of Charlotte; son, John (Carole) of Sylvania, Ohio; grandson, Kevin of the U.S. Virgin Islands; granddaughter, Kimberlyn of Pacific Grove, California; stepdaughters, Pam Beadle, Jan (Charles) Grundstrom, Barbara (Randall) Carpenter; step-grandchildren, Meg (Robert) Holycross, Eric Grundstrom, Sarah Grundstrom, Kathryn (Jason) Sutphen, Kristin Carpenter, Ryan Carpenter; and step-great-grandchildren Nick and Hannah Holycross; along with many special nieces and nephews.
Dan was preceded in death by his brothers, Salvatore, Sam and Joseph.
   The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, July 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hurst Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at the Greenville First Congregational Church on Wednesday, July 23 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville First Congregational Church. Messages of condolence may be sent via:
hurstfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Justin Fossum

 

   Justin Birger Fossum, 28, of Onondaga, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. Justin was born on Jan. 30, 1980 in Lansing.

   He graduated from Leslie High School. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid Patriots fan. He was full of life.

   Justin was preceded in death by his uncle, Mike and grandfathers, Walter Miner, Bill Dubendorf and Arnt Fossum.

   He is survived by his loving mother, Deborah of Onondaga; father, Birger (Pam) Fossum of Fenton; sister, Jennifer (Joel) Martinez of Stockbridge; step-sister, Andrea Carriveu; step-brother, Rusty (Kelly) Beadle; god mother, Candi Meinena; his joy was special niece, Alyssa Droscha; grandmothers, Bernice Miner, Rose Dubendorf, Kay Fossum; grandfather, Donald (Barbara) Kugel. He will also be greatly missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and co-workers.

   Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, 214 S. Main St. Perry, MI 48872. Pastor John Walworth officiated with interment following in Woodlawn Cemetery, Leslie.

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Justin Fossum Memorial Fund.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Bercie Foster

 

   Bercie S. Foster, 94, of Hastings, MI, died Saturday, June 14, 2008. Bercie was born in Montcalm County on March 1, 1914, the daughter of Don and Carrie Hinkley.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Albert Foster in 2007.

   She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Jim) Firebaugh of Union Hall, VA and Karen (Jim) Serrels of Bellevue; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Sanders officiating. Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW, Charlotte or the American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Lenore Fox

 

   Lenore Marian Fox, 84, died Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She resided in Potterville for 41 years and was currently a resident at Masonic Pathways Nursing Facility in Alma, MI. Lenore was born May 12, 1924 in Leslie, the daughter of Lyle Jones Sr. and Lillian Waters.

   She was a life-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jack W. Fox, Benton Twp. Fire Chief; her son, David Fox and her brother, Lyle Jones Jr.

   She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Phil) Knapp, Suzanne (Scott) McArthur; six grandchildren, Randy (Linda) Heinze, Brad (Lyndee) Heinze, Michelle (Scott) Finkhouse, Malissa (Anthony) Russo, John (Kerry) Scutt and Steven Scutt; eight great-grandchildren, Tanner and Miya Heinze, Colin and Cameron Finkhouse, Jacob and Tyler Hartman, David Scutt and Isabella Russo; sister, MaryLou (Gordon) Overmyer and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Sunday, June 29, 2008 at East Rives Cemetery in Rives Junction, MI with Pastor Becky Morrison officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation. 1200 Wright Ave. Alma, MI 48801.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Winifred Fox

 

   Winifred Maxine (Cross) Fox, 87, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Winifred was born Sept. 26, 1920 in Kalkaska County, the daughter of James Aid and Ethel Irene (Wright) Cross.

   She enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and her family, working side-by-side with her husband on their farms, and was well known for her cooking, sweet smile, and soft voice.

   Winifred was preceded in death by her parents; and five siblings, Thelma (Elger) Brooks, Ila (Guy) Worden, Fay Cross, Doris (Leonard) Bateman and Melvin (Lucinda) Cross.

   She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Willard W. Fox; one son, Dean (Nancy) Fox of Indiana; grandson, Troy (Dawn) Fox; granddaughter, Tina (Ed) Harrington; great-grandchildren, Zachary Fox, Stefani Giebudowski, Devin and Teri Harrington; sister-in-law, Gladys Cross of Kalkaska; brother-in-law, Dale (Mary) Fox; good friend, Jackie Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends who will all miss her.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the kind and loving support from Maplewood Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Gabriel Costello officiating. Interment followed at Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Maplewood Assisted Living, 11300 Columbia Hwy., PO Box 508, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, in memory of Winifred Fox.

 

                                   

 

 

Natalie Freiburger

 

   Natalie Christine Freiburger, 11, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 after a two and half month courageous and faithful battle against cancer.

   Natalie was born June 6, 1996 in Grand Rapids, MN, the daughter of Chris and Kimberly (Smith) Freiburger.

   Natalie enjoyed playing soccer, basketball, writing storybooks, playing with friends, camping, fishing and hunting with daddy.

   She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Elaine Freiburger and seven great-grandparents.

   She is survived by her parents, Chris and Kim; sister, Samantha; brother, Noah; grandparents, Larry and Diane Smith and Edward Freiburger; great-grandparent, Laura Smith and nine cousins, three aunts, and one uncle and many friends.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 10, 2008 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School or DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Alfred Fuhrman

 

   Alfred "Sonny" Fuhrman, Jr., 74, of Charlotte, died Thursday July 24, 2008. Mr. Fuhrman was born July 25, 1933 in Three Rivers, MI, the son of Alfred and Donna (Brown) Fuhrman, Sr.

   Mr. Fuhrman was a member of the American Legion Post 42 and the Eagles FOE #3552. Sonny was a huge sports enthusiast, which included U of M football, Detroit Tiger baseball, NASCAR and horse racing. He also enjoyed dancing.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   He is survived by his son, Alan Habitz of Traverse City; daughter, Lori Fuhrman of Lansing; son, Jeff (Mary) Fuhrman of Lansing; daughter, Diane Pfeifer of Bath; six grandchildren; sisters, Carol Wiltse and Joyce (Lambert) Henry; brothers, Alan and Keith Fuhrman and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held July 28 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Hewlett officiating. Interment was at Pinckney Cemetery July 29.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Cal Fullerton

 

   Cal Fullerton, age 83 died Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at his residence after an extended illness. Cal was born January 22, 1925 in Lansing, the son of Donald R. and Hilda O. (Wilson) Fullerton and had been a Charlotte resident for 80 years.
He was a 1942 Graduate of Charlotte High School and had served in the Army Air Corps during World War Two. He had owned and operated Cal's Western Store, Cal's Mobil and the Fowler Farm Store. He was a 50 year member of the Charlotte Fire Department, joining in September 1946, served as Chief from May 2, 1956 to August 1, 1988 and retired from the Department April 1, 1996. He had been a member of the Charlotte Jaycees having received their Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award, was a former Charlotte City Councilman, was a member of the Charlotte Lodge #120 F.& A.M. and had served on many Fire Organizations locally and statewide. He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Doris (Wehr) Fullerton; 3 sons, Robert (Jeannette) Fullerton of Charlotte, Gordon (Tich) Fullerton of Charlotte Hall, MD and Kevin (Nancy) Fullerton of Charlotte; 7 grandchildren, Bobbi Jo, Josh, Jon, Danielle, Kimberly, Sonny and Tyger; 1 great-grandchild, Ashley; 2 sisters, Jane Mikesell of Lansing and Beverly Boomsma of Illinois; and Brother, Richard Fullerton of Florida. He was preceded in death by brothers, Kay, David and Donald Fullerton.
   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with the Rev. Philip Hobson and the Charlotte Fire Department officiating. Interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions in Cal's memory may go to the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Dan Gaffney

 

   Dan Joseph Gaffney, 64, of Lansing, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. Mr. Gaffney was born Feb. 1, 1944 in Lansing, the son of Edward and Lorraine (Denczek) Gaffney.

   Dan worked in quality control for General Motors for 40 years before his retirement and retired from the National Guard after 24 years of service. His passion for history translated into hobbies restoring and collecting antique radios and automobiles. Dan was most proud of his family and will be greatly missed.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty (Hamilton) Gaffney; daughter, Holly Gaffney of Royal Oak; son, Christopher (Heather) Gaffney of Holland; and sister, Beverly Gaffney of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Dori Gallie

 

   Dori Sue Gallie, 44, of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008 after a courageous 27 years battle with cancer and heart disease. Dori Sue was born February 14, 1964 in Lansing, the daughter of Thomas and Sue (Gordon) Gallie.

   Dori was formerly employed with the Michigan Department of Treasury and Holiday Inn West in Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nicol and Cele Gordon, and Irene Gallie.

   Dori is survived by her parents, Tom and Sue Gallie of Lansing; grandfather, Donald Gallie of Ludington; brother, Kenneth (Theresa “Tarrah”) Gallie of Grand Ledge; sister, Cheryl (LeRoy) Pickard of Eaton Rapids; three nephews, Blayke and Logan Gallie, and Tyler Pickard; one niece, Alexis Gallie; aunts and uncles, Nicol and Patricia Gordon of Commerce Twp., Jack and Arlene Gallie of Ind., Linda Lipham of Fla.; and many cousins.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 16, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Gift of Life or Relay For Life in memory of Dori Sue Gallie.

 

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Sammy Garcia

 

   Sammy R. Garcia, 64, of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at his home. He was born October 19, 1943 in Brownfield, Texas, son of Samuel and Rufina (Rendon) Garcia.

   Sammy was the State Director for the Telemon Corporation in Lansing, retiring in 2005. He had worked 35 years with the Head Start Program and with Migrant Programs throughout the state. Sammy was also a musician for many years and played with the band of “Outsiders.”

   Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Marilyn; three children, David Garcia of Holland, Mandy (Cruz) Beltran of Holland and Michelle (Max) Gingles of Colo.; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brother, Gilbert Garcia of Holland and sister, Veronica (Rick) Garcia of Holland and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral Mass for Sammy was held Tuesday, March 25 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 515 E. Night St., Eaton Rapids. For online condolences visit www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Shirley Garfield

 

   Shirley (June) Garfield, of Duck Lake, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2008 at the age of 91 at Oaklawn Hospital, while recuperating from a recent surgery. June was born at the family farm outside of Albion, MI on Sept. 20, 1916, the daughter of William Boyd Creps and Kate (Mann) Creps.

   June graduated from Albion High School at the age of 16, during the Great Depression. She felt fortunate to obtain a position as clerk at Albion Malleable Iron Company soon after graduation.

   June and her husband David A. (Bunk) Garfield were married in Albion, MI on Sept. 14, 1937. June became a homemaker, caring for their three daughters as well as David's father, with whom they lived.

   In 1950, June and Bunk moved the family to a home on the north end of Duck Lake, where they owned and operated Silver Beach Resort for many years. Vacations and leisure time, brief but well enjoyed, were trips to Chicago by train and season tickets to Detroit Lions football games.

   Upon the sale of their business in 1978, June was able to explore interests in painting, bridge, writing, genealogy and local history. She served on the Clarence Township Historical Society, co-authored The History of Clarence Township and wrote her personal memoirs. June and her family were instrumental in renovating the family-owned 1883 Duck Lake Schoolhouse, now a recognized Michigan Historical Site. She took pride in the fact that Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI features a building belonging to country doctor   Alonzo Howard, her great grandfather.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, David (Bunk) Garfield; sister, Agnes Heath and brother, Howard Creps.

   June is survived by three daughters, Catherine Cole (Zane) of Valparaiso, IN, Sarah Cool (Ken) of Duck Lake, MI and Mary Mahler (Ron) of Albion, MI; and eight loving grandchildren, Susan Hall, Anne Decker, Mike Cool, Julie Golding, Amy Welch, Jennifer Davlin, Steve Davis and James Davis. The joy of June's life was her "Greats," the 14 great-grandchildren: Jessica, Colin, Tommy, Julia, Jeff, Jill, Katie, Allie, Sarah, Anna, Ellie, Gabriella, Jacob and Emily.

   There will be a private service and burial.

   Contributions in June's memory to the following charities are suggested in lieu of flowers: Special Olympics Michigan Area 24 (Bud Dodson, Director, 106 High Street, Scottsville, MI 49454) or S.A.F.E. (Springport Area Foundation for Education) Box 83, Springport, MI 49284.

 

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Bobby Garland

 

   Bobby H. Garland III, 18, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2008 in Charlotte. Bobby was born April 5, 1989 in Lansing.

   He was a graduate of Charlotte High School, Class of 2007, and a member of the Herpetology Society of Michigan. Bobby enjoyed camping, animals, horseshoes, hunting, fishing, cards and pool.

   Preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Doxtader, he is survived by his wife, DeLaura (Vinson) Garland of Charlotte; daughter, DeLura Garland; parents, Robert Jr. and Roxana Garland of Charlotte; sister, Kirsten Garland; parents-in-law, Jerry and Janice Vinson, all of Charlotte; grandparents, Marcia Steadman of Leslie, Susan Garland of Charlotte, Robert H. (Deborah) Garland, Sr. of Charlotte, Joan Cross of Leslie; grandmother-in-law, Alice Rohdy of Charlotte; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 11, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Garland Family Fund in memory of Bobby Garland III. www.shellyodell.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Shawn Michael Garnett

 

   Shawn Michael Garnett age 27, of Eaton Rapids passed away Saturday, November 15, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Shawn was born January 8, 1981 in Warwick, New York. He was a residential roofer and employed with Lighthouse Exteriors of Eaton Rapids. Shawn was a great musician, enjoyed his guitar, and was very artistic, creating many drawing and sketches. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Jean in 1995.

   He is survived by his father. Jeffrey W. Garnett, Sr. of Eaton Rapids; grandmother, Dorothy Staff of Monroe, NY; 4 siblings, Jeffrey W. (Tammy) Garnett and Michael Garnett, both of Monroe, NY, Kris Garnett of Lansing, and Kelly Garnett of Eaton Rapids; nieces & nephews, Krystal & Jeffrey Garnett III, Serena Garnett, Aaron & Andrew Garnett; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements are by the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Freda Garrett

 

   Freda L. Garrett, of Vermontville, died Thursday, March 13, 2008. She was born Dec. 21, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Ruth Smith, of Ashley. She enjoyed waitressing at Bob Evans in Lansing, Howard Johnson and Coons Restaurant. She also enjoyed watching her daily “soaps.”

   Freda is survived by her brother, Ronald Smith of Vermontville; nieces, Rhonda (Steven) Pifer and Jennifer (Jason) Wells, all of Vermontville.

   She was preceded in death by both parents and brothers, Murl Smith and Raymond Smith, both of Ashley.

   There will be no funeral services. A luncheon in her honor will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to her family.

 

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Karl Gearhart

 

   Karl E. Gearhart, 77, of Charlotte, died Friday April 18, 2008. Mr. Gearhart was born Aug. 18, 1930 in Vermontville, the son of Carl and Fern (Briggs) Gearhart.

   Mr. Gearhart retired from General Motors in 1990 after 41 years of service and also drove school bus for Charlotte Public Schools. He entered the US Army in 1951 where he served two years. Mr. Gearhart was a member of the American Legion Post 42 (Past Post Commander and Third District Financial Officer), 40et8, Eagles Aeries Charlotte, National Rifle Association and the North American Fur Traders Association. He was a member of the Vermontville Maple Syrup Association and had a family-owned maple syrup production that started in 1855 and ended in 1996. Mr. Gearhart coached baseball for Charlotte Recreation and dearly loved the Detroit Tigers and the MSU Spartans. Karl was an avid hunter, fisherman and fur trapper.

   He is survived by his children, Gary (Debra) Gearhart, Paul Gearhart and Tammi (Ken) Burgess; brother, Glen (Karen) Gearhart; sister, Janice (Doug) Lowe; brother, Larry Gearhart; former wives, Marcella Gearhart and Anne Gearhart-Meyer; grandchildren, Janelle (Scott) Duffey, Marcie (Ryan) Graham, Gary (Karmen) Gearhart II, Michael (Rose) Smith, Derek (Crystal) Smith and Shamarr (Eric Jurkovich) Gearhart; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 21, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with George Blanche officiating. Interment will be held in Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI at a later date.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or the American Legion.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

Carolyn George

 

   Carolyn (Rundle) George, 74, of Hastings, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at the Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Carolyn was born May 17, 1934 in Marshall, MI, the daughter of Clell and Dariel (MacDiarmid) Rundle and had been a Hastings area resident for 35 years.

She was a 1952 graduate of Olivet High School and had attended Davenport Business College in Battle Creek. She was a retired employee of J. C. Penny Co. with 23 years of service. She enjoyed her Small Group Bible Class with her friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Todd Clell George in 2000 and her sister, Constance Landfair.

   Surviving are her husband of 54 years, David H. George; Son, Jace (Sandy) George of Wyoming, MI; two grandchildren, Zachary and Christopher George and great-granddaughter, Emma Grace George.

   Graveside services and interment were held on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 at the Olivet Cemetery, Olivet, with John Cohoon officiating.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lupus Foundation. Envelopes available at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Bert Gibbons

 

   Bert Gibbons, 65, of Belvedere Township, Six Lakes, MI, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008 at his home. He was born Dec. 8, 1942 in Lakeview, MI, to Harold and Retha (Henry) Gibbons.

   Surviving are his wife, Patricia; one daughter, Cynthia (Rodney) Brown of Crystal, MI; one son, James Gibbons of AZ; two sisters, Ruth (Thad) Brisboy of Blanchard, MI, and Janet (Richard) Lintemuth of FL; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus, MI with Thomas Lintemuth officiating. Burial in Morton Township Cemetery.

 

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Stacey Gidner-McDaniel

 

   Stacey A. Gidner-McDaniel, 34, of Charlotte, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. Ms. McDaniel was born May 4, 1974 in Lansing, the daughter of Clark and Jill (Maynard) Gidner.

   Ms. Gidner-McDaniel was a member of the West Windsor Church and Imagine This Church. She enjoyed sewing and making quilts. She loved her children, they were the greatest joy of her life.

   She is survived by her daughter, Kelsey McDaniel; son, Logan Bulmer; daughter, Bailey McDaniel; daughter, Avery McDaniel; daughter, Saylor McDaniel; father, Clark Gidner; mother, Jill Gidner (Bill Paul); brothers, Travis (Tonya) Gidner of WI and Chad Gidner (Lindsey Letson) of Holt.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Wall officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to McDaniel Children fund at any Fifth third Bank.

 

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James Gilson

 

   James H. Gilson, of Lansing, passed away on Dec. 19, 2008. He was born in Lansing in 1917 in the home his family built.

   He served with distinction with the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. He retired from Oldsmobile after 39 years.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Adelaide (Johnston) Gilson; brother, Karl N. (Vivian) Gilson; sister, Velma E. Gilson; grandson, Lee Kellogg; and niece, Leora (Gilson) Barna.

   Surviving are his wife, Gladys E. (Fellow) Gilson; sons, Gary (Kris), John (Jeanette) and Larry (Joyce); 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 22 at Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 520 E. Mt. Hope Ave., with Pastor Joe Huston of Central United Methodist Church officiating.

 

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Alvin Glassbrook, Jr.

 

   Alvin “Al” Robert Glassbrook, Jr., 63, of Eaton Rapids passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Alvin was born May 25, 1944 in Lansing, the son of Alvin Robert, Sr. and Ruth Glassbrook.

   He retired from G.M. Skilled Trades in 2006 after 40 years of service. ‘Al’ was a former member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge.

   Surviving him are his wife of 20 years, Mary; two daughters, Barbara Fogle of Eaton Rapids, and Tina (Daniel) Kelley of Sumner; two step-daughters, Penny (Michael) Gibson and Wendy (Joseph) Luca, both of N.Y.; three sons, Fred Glassbrook of Ark., Michael (Julie) Glassbrook of Mich., and James Glassbrook of Vermontville; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Walt (Denise) Glassbrook of Eaton Rapids; three sisters, Chris, Kit and Jenny, all of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 7 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids.

   Interment followed at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society in memory of Alvin Glassbrook, Jr.

 

                                   

 

 

Rio “Neil” Glasscock

 

   Rio "Neil" Glasscock, 64, of Allegan, MI died Sunday, July 27, 2008. Mr. Glasscock was born Feb. 29, 1944 in Mobley, West Virginia, the son of Raymond and Olive (Glover) Glasscock.

   Mr. Glasscock was a retired shift supervisor at Owens Illinois in Charlotte. He was one of the founding members of the North Cedar Street Church of Christ and was very active there. Mr. Glasscock has strong family ties; he always kept in touch and was very proud of his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Jean in 2006 and his parents.

   He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Deanna (Robert) Shoup of Charlotte; daughter, Cheryl Carter (Al Endsley) of Charlotte; son, Allen Glasscock (Connie Gilbert) of Bellevue; son, Daniel (Debra) Glasscock of Olivet; daughter, Stacey (Chad) Baker of Comstock; daughter, Denise (Ali) Schrader of Florence, KY; son, Lance Jewell (Amanda Lentz) of Kalamazoo; son, Eric and Aaron Lee of Delton; 13 grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, July 31, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Minister Jason Schick officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the North Cedar St. Church of Christ Building Fund in Mason, MI.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Treva Glazier

 

   Treva M. Glazier, of Grand Ledge, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. Services will be held at a later time. Her body was donated to Michigan State University.

 

                                   

Susan Elizabeth Goggins

 

   Susan Elisabeth (Cowles) Goggins, 62, of Muskegon, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2008, after a brave battle with cancer. She was born June 8, 1945, in Wyandotte, daughter of Claude and Lovina Cowles, and married Michael Goggins. She will be greatly missed by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

   Survivors include husband, Michael Goggins; son, David (Tonya) Flynn of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Pamela (Joe) Ackley of Charlotte; step-daughters, Molly (Mitch) Yoshikawa of Mattawan, and Katie (Cameron) Stevens of Houghton Lake; 11 loving grandchildren; brothers, Claude Jr. "Bud" (Cathy) Cowles of Eaton Rapids, James Cowles of Leland, and Gerald Cowles of Charlotte; and sister, Catherine Parks of Suttons Bay.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Lovina.

   Service with reception will be held Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m., at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, (517) 663-5331.   In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association.

 

                                   

 

 

Lawrence ‘Larry’ B. Gooch

 

   Lawrence ' Larry' B. Gooch, 74, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Sunday, May 04, 2008 in Battle Creek. Larry was born January 29, 1934 in Lansing, the son of Max William and Leila Marie (Wolf) Gooch.

   He graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1952 and was a veteran of the US Army. Larry owned and operated Lubahn Sheet Metal Co. in Eaton Rapids from 1968 until retirement in 2003. He was a member of Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM, Scottish Rite Grand Rapids Consistory, and a 32 Degree Mason.

Larry was a member of Eaton County Shrine Club and past president of ACCA. He was an avid golfer, played in the Construction League at Eldorado Golf Course in Mason, and was a member of the Abie's Bowling Team. Larry was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Elston (1970); father-in-law, George Hilliard; two brothers-in-law, Dale Schnepp and Neil Jones.

   Larry is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ruth (Hilliard) Gooch; three children, Gregg Lawrence (Lois) Gooch of Highland, Joy Lynn (Steve) Ketchum of Eaton Rapids, and Perry William (Ann) Gooch of Grand Rapids; he was grandfather to six grandchildren, Grant and Carter Gooch of Highland, Griffin, Grace and Grady Gooch of Grand Rapids, and Andrew Moulton of Hattiesburg, Miss.; brother to Mickey Schnepp of Lansing, Kay Love of Mason, and Sheila (Jim) Gilpin of Eaton Rapids; mother-in-law, Dorothy L. Hilliard of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law, Patricia Jones of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Dick (Sharla) Hilliard of Onondaga; and he was uncle to several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, May 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Larry Gooch.

 

                                   

 

 

Jeffrey Scott Gooder

 

   Jeffrey Scott Gooder of Eaton Rapids, age 44, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2008 in Lansing. Jeffrey was born November 27, 1963 in Lansing, MI, the son of Richard Lee and Carol Jane (Baldwin) Gooder. He worked as a house painter in the Eaton Rapids and Lansing areas. Preceded in death by his grandparents, L.D. & Mildred Baldwin and Herb & Ila Gooder.

   He is survived by his parents, Richard and Carol Gooder of Eaton Rapids; 1 aunt, Patricia (John) Payne of Eaton Rapids; 3 uncles, Arnold (Jenny) Gooder, Dan (Laura)  Gooder, and Phil (Joyce) Gooder; cousins, Susan (Doug) Sherman, Barb (Jeff) Morse, Angie (Ryan) Kopydlowski and Erin (Brian) Wiecyorek.

   Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2008 at the Wesleyan Church, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Frank Klassen officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association in memory of Jeffrey Gooder. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Lonnie Troy “Bones” Goodnoe

 

   Lonnie Troy “Bones” Goodnoe, age 61, of Dimondale, and formerly of Eaton Rapids, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Sunday evening, June 15, 2008. He was born in Jackson, MI on August 23, 1946 the son of George W. and Blanche (Seafort) Goodnoe Sr. Lonnie worked his entire life in the tool & die trade and was a master of his craft. He loved his family, his work and life. Preceding him in death was his mother, Blanche and brother, Jerry.

   Surviving are his wife Kathie; daughter, Kimberly (Jerry) Hawks and their 4 children, Lonnie T. Goodnoe Jr. (Troy and Traci) and their 5 children, and Lonnie T. Goodnoe (Tomar and Laura) and their 2 children; stepson, Christopher Leach; father, George Sr. (Marcia); brothers, George Jr. (Diane) and Ron (Helen); sister, Nancy (Ralph) Craft; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thank you to cousin Cindy, friends and neighbors and Val and Dr. Hamdon at Sparrow for their kind support and care.

   Per his request cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 21st at 11:00 a.m. 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. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to St. Vincent Home for Children in memory of Lonnie T. “Bones” Goodnoe.

 

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Connie Graham

 

   Connie Jean Graham, formerly of Charlotte and Vermontville, was born on March 9, 1942 to Arlo and Lisle Graham, and passed away in Hastings on Nov. 20, 2008.

   She attended Country School at Gresham, and was a 1959 graduate of Charlotte High School. Connie had been employed at Andy’s Restaurant, Michigan Magnetics, Eaton County medical Care Facility, sold Avon, worked as a home health care aide, and retired from the Michigan Secretary of State in 2005.

   Connie also enjoyed working with arts and crafts, making and selling them with her parents and former husband at various craft fairs. Connie continued with arts and crafts by herself, often giving them to friends and family, until her health made it impossible. Christmas was always the brightest holiday for her, and she always enjoyed watching and feeding the birds.

   Connie is survived by her daughter, Heather England (Larry Watson); son, Brian (Raz) Steward; her biggest joys of her life, her cherished granddaughters, Britny and Brooke England, and Addison and Emmersen Steward; sister, Sandra (Rick) Parker; brothers, Steven (Lucille), Stanley (Linda), and Dennis Graham; many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; her former husband and his wife, George and Noreen Steward; and a large circle of friends.

   A time of visitation was held at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery in Lake Odessa.

 

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Dorothy J. Groves

 

   Dorothy J. Groves, age 81, of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, October 6, 2008 at the Eaton Community hospice in Charlotte. Dorothy was born March 10, 1927 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Richmond and Hazel (Hall) Babbitt. Dorothy was formerly co-owner of Taylor Made Bakery in Eaton Rapids, she later worked for the Shimmin Drug Store in Eaton Rapids and then Gulliver Pharmacy in East Lansing. She was a member of the First congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. Dorothy enjoyed playing cards with her many friends and Bingo at the Senior Center.

   Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Taylor “Red” Groves; 2 sons, Steve (Mary) Groves and Mark (Riny) Groves all of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Friday, October 10th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Family strongly suggests memorial contributions be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Charlotte, MI 48813. For online condolences go to www.skinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Guy Gunder

 

   Guy Thomas Gunder, 83, of Eaton Rapids passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Guy was born July 25, 1925 in Mason, the son of Leonard Arnold and Edythe (Brown) Gunder.

   He retired from Holt Products in 1987. Guy was a very active dad, loved to bowl and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cathy Gunder; and son-in-law, David Russell.

   Guy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon (Warfield) Gunder; daughters, Melody (Randy) Morrison of Eaton Rapids, Kim Russell of Lake Odessa, and Michelle (Rob) Gould of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 4. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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David Gusey

 

   David H. Gusey, 64, of Vermontville, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House, Charlotte. Mr. Gusey was born Nov. 29, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of Harold and Fern (Taylor) Gusey.

   He worked at the General Motors Parts Plant for 32 years before his retirement in 1996. He loved fishing and hunting, and camping with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roger Gusey.

   He married Kathy Shaver on May 23, 1969 and she survives him along with their children, Tracy (Andrew) Smith of Clarksville, MI, Michael (Jessica) Gusey and Ryan (Jennifer) Gusey of Vermontville; nine loving grandchildren, Dawson, Madison, Silas, A.J., Alyson, Emma, Noah, Claire and Andrea; brothers, Robert and Dan Gusey; sisters-in-law, Nancy Gusey, Sharon (Duane) Locke, Vicki (Chuck) Stiver, Laurel (Don) Wallace and Janet Rhoden.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Wilford officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo, Mich.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis or Eaton Community Hospice House.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Roger Gusey

 

   Roger B. Gusey, 66, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Mr. Gusey was born Sept. 22, 1941 in Kalamo Township, the son of Harold and Fern (Taylor) Gusey.

   Mr. Gusey worked for General Motors in the Parts Division for 30 years and a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the West Benton Church and the National Rifle Association. Mr. Gusey was enjoying farming and hunting.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nancy; daughter, Zandra Pierce of Hastings; son, Adam Gusey of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Janae and Kinzie; brothers, Robert Gusey of Muskegon, David (Kathy) Gusey of Vermontville and Dan Gusey of Charlotte; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Homan officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to West Benton Church or a charity of your choice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Kathryn Guyer

 

   Kathryn Emma Guyer, of Dimondale, passed away June 18, 2008 at the age of 86. She was born on March 15, 1922 to the proud parents James and Anna Parks, one brother, Alvin Parks and one sister, Marilyn Johnson.

   She graduated from Lansing Central High, then met, fell in love and married Keith (Jack) Guyer on Dec. 1, 1940.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband; two sons, Carl and Stanley; three great-grandsons, Nathan, Danny, and Loren.

   She was a devoted mother to Keith (Eloy) Guyer, Margaret (Mike) Nelson, Carl (Jackie) Guyer, Stanley (Cindy Jepsen) Guyer, Belle (Sonny) Haines, Kristina (Lou Luis) Webb, Lyle Guyer, Rex Guyer, David Guyer, Joanne (Scott Magnus) Falkenstein and grandma to Anna (Derryn) VanSikel, Josie (Ricky) Watson, Kathy Guyer, Keith Guyer, Steven Challender, Penny Banner, Loren II Challender, Kathleen Oade-Challender, Lorraine Challender, Sharon (Allen) Fraley, Tammy (Tom) Henderson, Danny Guyer, Zoey (Jim) Neuner, Asia Guyer, Keegan (Danielle) Guyer, Roger (Kelly) Haines, Lisa (Scott) Getter, Renee (Trent) Lawson, Kathryn (Jeremy) Harton, Jackie Bruce, Donna (Johnny) Wooden, Teresa Wicker, Eric Wicker, Christopher (Ashley) Webb, Damon Labett, Amber (Jason) VanHoozer, Nathan Falkenstein, great-grandma to 73 grandchildren, and great-great-grandma to 23 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Ralph Tingley officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Jack Gyger

 

   Jack F. Gyger, 90, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after an extended illness. Jack was born April 28, 1918 in Hersey, MI, the son of Fred and Mildred (Brady) Gyger and had been a Charlotte resident since 1965.

   He was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School and had served in the U. S. Army during World War Two in Europe. He was a life member and past commander of the Maple City Post #2406 V. F. W., was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Saladin Shrine Temple and the Eaton County Shrine Club. He had served as a hospital volunteer at Hayes-Green-Beach and Ingham Medical Hospitals, was a Meals On Wheels volunteer and had served on the Eaton County Sheriff's Dept. Handicap Patrol office.

   He was preceded in death by wives, Maxine M. (Shrontz) Gyger and Mary (Idle) Gyger; son, Dennis L. Gyger; daughter, Judith L. Richardson and sister, Betty Ann Fleetham.

   Surviving are his son, Jack D. (Nancy) Gyger of Charlotte; daughter, Brenda (Robert) Fleming of Olivet; step-daughter, Mary (Steve) Latchaw of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Mark and Mike Richardson and John and Jesse Gyger; two great-granddaughters, Danielle and Lillian Gyger; four step-grandchildren, Eric and Jeremy Latchaw and Janne and Andrew Fleming and a brother, Richard (Dorothy) Gyger of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Chaplain Gordon Phillips and V. F. W. Post #2406 Honor Guard officiating. Interment with Military Honors in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Barbara Irene Haeck

 

   Barbara Irene Haeck, age 63 of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2008. She was born January 28, 1945 to Jim and Irene Harvey (Lightfine) in New York City. Barbara was a member of the St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. She was a member of G.W.R.R.A. motorcycle group Chapter L, in Lansing. Barbara was also in the Loopy Hoopers Embroidery Group that always met, for 11 years, at her closest friend Kathy Johnson’s house. Barbara enjoyed scrapbooking with her daughter and granddaughter. Preceding her in death were her father, Jim Harvey and brother, Keith Harvey. Since Barb’s passing, her daughter, Dawn Lemus, died in an automobile accident on July 25, 2008.

   Barbara is survived by her husband of 44 years, Larry Haeck; sons, Larry (Sherry) Haeck of Elsie, Scott (Shelly) Haeck of Eaton Rapids, Brian (Debbie) Haeck of Owosso; son-in-law Larrie Lemus of Eaton Rapids; mother, Irene (Lightfine) Harvey; brothers, Jim Harvey Jr., Douglas Harvey; sister, Jean Fidyk; and 6 grandchildren.

   Funeral Services were held Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the St. Peter Church in Eaton Rapids. Family received friends Friday at Skinner Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. For online condolences pleased visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Melvin Hale

 

   Melvin D. Hale, 67, of Nashville, MI died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. Mr. Hale Was born March 16, 1941 in Detroit, MI the son of Robert and Margaret (Enell) Hale.

   Mr. Hale served in the Army and worked as a Janitor at Oldsmobile. Mr. Hale was a member of the Eaton County Draft Horse Pony Mule Club. He enjoyed driving his horses in parades and festivals.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Durwood.

   He is survived by his wife, Carene; son, Larry Hale of Nashville; daughter, Brenda Taylor of Nashville and daughter, Tammy (Pete) Bryner of Charlotte; four grandchildren and brother, Robert Hale of Cincinnati.

   Memorial services were held Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment will be at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

William Hale

 

   William Richard Hale, 88, of Charlotte, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2008. Mr. Hale was born Nov. 7, 1919 in Chester Township, the son of Claude and Adalyn (Bacon) Hale.

   William was a cattle farmer for over 60 years, belonging to the Michigan Shorthorn Association where he was an active member for over 50 years and a former officer. He received many awards for his Shorthorn Cattle. Mr. Hale was also a supporter and the Superintendent of Beef at the Eaton County 4-H Fair. His great sense of humor kept him going to the very end.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Marc in July 2007.

   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane; daughters, Penny (Perry) Vance and Lora (Bill) Behnke, both of Charlotte.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Pray's with Jack Skervin officiating. Mr. Hale was cremated and interred at Needmore Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Junior Shorthorn Association.

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Nancy Halligan

 

   Nancy Halligan, 84, of Lansing, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Mrs. Halligan was born Sept. 1, 1923 in East Lansing, the daughter of Roger and Laura Adams.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 1995.

   She is survived by her son, Chuck (Gloria) Halligan of Dowling; four grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

   Graveside services were held Jan. 8, 2008 at Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Halsey

 

   Robert Ira Halsey, 88, of Nashville, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday afternoon, March 6, 2008, with his wife, Rhea L Halsey at his side. Robert (known as Bob to family and friends) was born in Eaton County on June 5, 1919.

   He was the 14th of 18 children born to Ira and Vera (Rolfe) Halsey. Bob married Rhea L. Rogers on March 24, 1942 shortly before his deployment overseas to serve his country during WWII. He was a medical Staff Sergeant in the 32nd Red Arrow Division in the 126th Infantry and participated in battles in New Guinea, Papuan and the Buna Islands. He was awarded a Bronze Star, along with other honors. After discharge, Bob and Rhea returned to Eaton County where he worked until retirement as a carpenter and stone mason, the artistry of which can be seen on the post offices in Vermontville and Nashville. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting wood and playing cards.

   Robert was preceded in death by three brothers, six sisters, and great-granddaughter, Angela Luree.

   Robert is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rhea; daughter, Linda (Bill) Ames of Manchester, MI; four granddaughters, Stacey Ames, Vanessa (Phil) Albee, Theresa Ames, Stephanie (Bruce) Carlton; five great-grandchildren, Ben (Stephanie) Carlton, Matthew (Danielle) Carlton, Megan Carlton, Chett Albee and Ryan Albee; one great-great-granddaughter, Madison Carlton. Robert is also survived by sisters, Edith Hutchison, Vera Bracy, Ola (Joel) Burnett, Ila Burnett; brother, Harold Dean (Dorothy) Halsey and numerous nieces and nephews. He leaves behind many treasured friends.

    Funeral services were held on Monday, March 10, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Dave Burnett officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas Halsey

 

 

   Thomas E. Halsey, 80, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at his residence. Tom was born Aug. 6, 1928 in Centerville, IN the son of Mark and Lola (Baker) Halsey and had been an Eaton County resident since 1965 coming from Three Rivers, MI.

   He was a 1946 graduate of Centerville, IN High School and had served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1946-49. He was a retired truck driver, having driven for Howard Sober Inc. and Fleet Carriers out of Pontiac from where he retired with almost 30 years of service.

   After retirement, he worked for 18 years at the Charlotte Country Club. He was a member of the Bellevue First Baptist Church and the Bellevue American Legion Post. He enjoyed participating in and watching most sports including golf, horseshoe pitching, softball, basketball.

   He was an avid MSU Spartan fan and also enjoyed woodworking.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Beatrice and sister, Barbara Slater.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Joan Halsey; six children, Christine Halsey of Charlotte, Linda (Mike) Allman of Clearwater, FL, Bradley (Cindy) Halsey of Hastings, Debra Burton of Kalamazoo, Mike (Pam) Cary of Charlotte and Cheryl Halsey of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and brother, Leroy (Dorothy) Tout of Three Rivers.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Don Francis of Bellevue First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Youth Haven Ranch, Rives Junction, MI 49277.

 

                                   

 

 

George Harmon

 

   George M. Harmon, 81, of Olivet, died Saturday July 5, 2008 at his residence after a lengthy illness. George was born Feb. 11, 1927 in Lansing, the son of John D. and Violet V. (Himelburger) Harmon and was a longtime Olivet resident.

   He was a retired furnace operator in the Heat Treating Dept. at Oldsmobile Division of General Motors with 35 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, the outdoors and had done Taxidermy work. With his wife, had spent many winters in Ruskin, FL.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Sadowski; sister, Pearl and brothers, Floyd and Jay.

   Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ann (Blaine) Harmon; three children, Frank (Jolinda) Harmon of Charlotte, Kathleen Ingram of Marshall and Terry (Jeana) Harmon of Escanaba; son-in-law, Gene Sadowsky of Olivet; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Rose Hart from Albany, GA; and five brothers, Earl, Fred, Roy, Robert and Ralph Harmon.

   He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many.

   At George's request, cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Olivet Fire Department Medical First Responders.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Pamela Harmon

 

   Pamela Kay Harmon, 65, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 in Charlotte.

   Pam was born Sept. 3, 1943 in Lansing, the daughter of Donald Leroy and Thelma (Pifer) Mohre.

   She was a graduate of Sexton High School, class of 1961, and was formerly employed as a cook with the Mason Public Schools. Pamela was very devoted to her family and especially to her two grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her brother Carrol Mohre; two sisters, Elaine (Russell) Hershiser and Norma Mohre; and two sisters-in-law, Ila and Clara Mohre.

   Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Kelly Harmon of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Kelli (John) Ferguson of Eaton Rapids; two grandchildren, Luke and Shaylee Ferguson; four brothers, Leonard (Judy) Mohre of Eaton Rapids, Ken Mohre of Charlotte, Doug (Sherry) Mohre of Charlotte, Ray Mohre of Lansing; one sister, Maxine (Fred) Rach of Mason; sister-in-law Ireta (Richard) Tate of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Pamela Harmon.

 

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Leonard L. “Len” Harrington

 

   Leonard L. "Len" Harrington, 67, of Dimondale, died Tuesday evening, May 6, 2008 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Mr. Harrington was born Nov. 7, 1940 in Jackson, son of Bryce and Luella (Dresselhouse) Harrington.

   A Michigan State University graduate, he was a former partner of Harrington-Ayles Tree Service, a farmer and owner of Harrington's Lawn & Power Equipment. Mr. Harrington was past president of the National Farmers Organization and was a member of the National Organization for Raw Materials.

   Surviving are his wife, Judy: son, Brady (Jennifer) Harrington of Potterville; daughter, Roxanne Harrington of Grosse Ile; three grandchildren, Peyton Harrington, Jordan and Jessica Swanson; mother, Luella Harrington of Jackson; two brothers, Douglas (Ruth) Harrington of Jackson, Sherman (Holly) Harrington of Ypsilanti; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Friday, May 9 at Grace Bible Church, Lansing with Dr. William Barber officiating. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Mariella Hawkins

 

   Mariella M. (Young) Hawkins, 83, of Hammond, Ind., formerly of St. Johns, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 at St. James Hospice in Chicago Heights, Ill.

   Mariella was born Dec. 28, 1924 in Clinton Co., Olive Township, and was a resident of the Eaton Rapids area until she moved to be near her family in 2005. She joined First Baptist Church of Hammond in October of 2006 and was an adopted member of the Ghana Missionary Circle.

Mariella worked for over 22 years as an accountant for Berry Construction in Lansing.

   Mariella was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Robert Hawkins on May 30, 1999; and a brother, Darwood Young.

   She is survived by her three daughters, Janita (Tom) Terwilliger of Crossville, Tenn., Pamela Goodfellow of Manistee, and Tamera (Randy) Unger of Grand Rapids; one son, Douglas (Connie) Goodfellow of Hammond, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Nathan (Cori), Matthew (Trish), Aaron and Timothy Goodfellow, Rebecca (Jeremy) Wilkerson, Miriam (Johnny) Zurek, Jason and Jordan (Cindy) Wicker; and 14 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at Bocken Funeral Home, Hammond (Hessville) with Dr. Roy Moffitt officiating.

Mrs. Hawkins will be buried next to her dear husband, Robert, on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 with committal services at noon at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ghana Circle of First Baptist Church of Hammond, 523 Sibley, Hammond, IN 46320.

For more information, call Bocken Funeral Home at (219) 844-1600.

 

                                   

 

 

Elaine Hay

 

   Elaine Catherine (Soules) Hay, 95, of Olivet, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 at the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice residence in Battle Creek. Elaine was born Feb. 21, 1913 in Battle Creek to Victor P. and Jennie V. (Bloomfield) Soules.

   She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and attended Argubright Business College where she furthered her business education. She was employed by Eastman Sewing Machine Company as secretary and office manager, with the Kellogg Company as secretary in the traffic department, at Olivet College as secretary to the Dean of Admissions and at Pilot, Inc. in Battle Creek. She married Charles J. Hay on June 7, 1934 on her father’s 50th birthday. Charles preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1995. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

   Mrs. Hay was of pioneer stock of Verona in Battle Creek from the families of Soules-Stayman and Hall. She was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church and its women’s fellowship and at one time taught Sunday school/Bible school, was a member of the Garfield Hayday Extension, the Battle Creek Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), a member of the Olivet College Women’s Board and its Oak Chest, the Battle Creek Friendship Club, the Olivet Senior Citizens and the AARP. She and her husband spent their winters in Crystal River and Homosassa Springs until 1993 and then came back to Michigan. Elaine liked to knit, crochet and work crossword puzzles. She enjoyed her family, church and her little dogs, Maggi and Honi and was happiest in the summer when there were family get-togethers and picnics.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and her only brother, Victor Soules, Jr.

   Surviving are two sons, Dennis Charles (Helen) Hay of Nashville, MI, and Jonathan James Hay of Olivet; two daughter, Jewell Catherine Potter of Olivet and Tena Jean Byrd of Battle Creek; dear friend, Hope smith of Potterville; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; four nieces, Esther LaForce of Casa Grande, AZ, Mary Louise Fullerton of Richmond, MI, Vicky Zatorski of Scranton, PA and Kay Elaine Askew of Oxford, MI and two nephews, Lawrence J. Soules and Jerry Lee Rawson both of Battle Creek.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Olivet Congregational Church. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Vina S. Heintzelman

 

   Vina S. “Minnie” Heintzelman, age 84, passed away Friday, April 25, 2008. Vina was born April 27, 1923 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Willard and Eliza (Dawson) Worden. A long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #15, Minnie enjoyed watching baseball and followed the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. She enjoyed going to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center for dinners and attending the jam sessions. A loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend will be dearly missed by all. Vina was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Heintzelman in 1992; 1 sister, 3 brothers and 3 half brothers.

   She is survived by 3 sons, Keith (Bonnie) Heintzelman of Pensacola, FL, Joel (Gay) Heintzelman of Eaton Rapids, MI, and Doug (Jan) Martin of Dimondale, MI; 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and friends.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 11:00 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment will follow at Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. The family will receive relatives and friends, Tuesday, April 29, 2008, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Minnie. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Carl E. Heinz

 

   Carl E. Heinz, 68, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

   Carl was born July 18, 1939 in Mason, MI, the son of Amil and Lora (Carmer) Heinz. He grew up in Dansville, graduating in the Class of 1958. Carl retired from Oldsmobile in 1993 after 25 years of service and was a member of UAW Local 1618. He loved his grandchildren and attended all of their sporting events. Preceded in death by 3 brothers; 4 sisters; 4 brothers-in-law; and 2 sisters-in-law, Carl is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty (Penix) Heinz; 3 children, Danny ()Luanne) Heinz of Stockbridge, Teresa (Darwin) Hosking of Williamston, and Kenneth E. (Tracey Tanner) of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Clint (Teri) & Johnny Heinz, Nicole & Leah Hosking, Jerrad, Kaylee, & Kassandra Heinz, Jacob, Jordan, & Austin Rogers; 3 sisters, Norma Honaker of TX, Mary (Ed) Hargrove of Jackson, Hilda McCollum of Jackson; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 24, 2008, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3905 Clinton Rd., Jackson, MI, with interment following at Hawley Cemetery, Dansville.

   Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First Church of the Nazarene, Jackson. www.shellyodell.com

 

                                   

 

 

Jeffrey Heinze

 

   Jeffrey "Wolfy" S. Heinze, 52, of Potterville, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Mr. Heinze was born March 10, 1955, the son of Ronald and Betty (Roan) Heinze.

   Jeff was the owner and operator of East Coast Drywall and has worked for Heinze TV Sales and Service. He enjoyed watching sports, playing cards and gambling. Jeff restored cars and liked to go hunting and fishing. Spending time with his friends and family were one of his favorite things. Jeff was known as the fashion icon of Potterville.

   He is survived by his son, Travis (Dawn) Heinze of New Boston; grandchildren, Devin Heinze and Alexandra Marano; brother, Mike (Patty Willett) Heinze of Eaton Rapids; sister, Kathy DeGroot of Wolverine; brother, Mark (Marsha) Heinze of Lynnwood, WA. and companion, Sonja Johnson.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 7, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Duane Willett officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Kathy Heinze

 

   Kathy Heinze, of Tecumseh, Mich., died Wednesday, Otc. 15, 2008. She is survived by her husband, William Heinze, formerly of Potterville.

 

                                   

 

 

Marjorie Herrick

 

   Marjorie E. Herrick, 81, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing. Mrs. Herrick was born May 21, 1927 in Lansing, the daughter of Arnold and Myrtle (Shoup) Crane.

   Before raising her family, she had been employed at the former Wilcox-Gay Co. in Charlotte. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Charlotte, the Maple City Chapter #218 O. E. S., the Eaton Area Senior Center and was a member of the T.O.P.S. group.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Doris Daley.

   Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Lee J. Herrick; her son, Frank R. (Judy) Herrick of Madison Heights, MI; her daughter, Linda (Scott) Prentice of Wyoming, MI and granddaughters, Sarah and Monica Prentice.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the Peace Lutheran Church, 830 N. Cochran, Charlotte with Rev. Sarah Friesen-Carper officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eaton Area Senior Center. Envelopes available at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Esther Hess

 

   Esther I. Hess, 91, of Bellevue, died Nov. 23, 2008 at home. She was born June 6, 1917, the daughter of John and Lydia (Holweg) Manifold in Bismarck, North Dakota and was raised by Carl and Ann Doher.

   Esther worked as a nurse's aide at Oaklawn Hospital for 39 years, retiring in 1997. She enjoyed working at Oaklawn Hospital, gardening, shopping, playing Bingo, listening to the Statler Brothers in concert, watching bullriding and horsepulling and senior dinners in Olivet. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, her dog, Chuckie and cat, Blackie.

   Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde W. Hess on Feb. 28, 1998; parents, five brothers, one sister, and granddaughter, Kathy Hughes.

   She is survived by her children, Janet (Jerry) Hughes of Bellevue, Clyde Hess of Bellevue, James Hess of Bellevue and Jean (Steve) Rigelman of Olivet; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

   Graveside services took place Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Battle Creek with Pastor Don Francis, Bellevue First Baptist Church, officiating. Memorials may go to a charity of one's choice.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Larry Hester

 

   Larry Edwin Hester, 75, of Mount Vernon Ave., Fredericktown, Ohio formerly of Bellevue, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 at his residence with his family at his bedside. Larry was born on April 8, 1933 in Gibson City, Ill., son of Edwin “Spud” and Myrtle “Marie” (Wood) Hester and raised in Lower, Mich.

   He was active in Boy Scouts, 4-H, and FFA. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He joined the Navy and served four years during the Korean War. He retired from the Post Office with 33 years and served in four Michigan communities as postmaster in Bedford, Bellevue, Caspian, and Hancock. He was active in Lions Club, Rotary, Conservation, Sportsman Clubs and American Legion. He sang with the Cereal City Barbershop Chorus in Battle Creek. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and leather craft.

   In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by a brother, Stuart Hester.

   Larry is survived by his wife, Verna of 52 years; sons, Karl (Cynthia) of Hyattsville, Md., and Kurt (Teresa) of Fredericktown, Ohio; sister, Helen of Bellevue; grandchildren, Hope Hester Louthan, Kurt “Bubba” Hester and Alayna Hester; great grandchildren, Dylan Hester, Isabel Louthan and Aubrey Louthan; and several nieces and nephews.

   Larry was a proud member of the Knox County Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard performing at Military Funerals for deceased veterans. There will be a private flag presentation ceremony at the American Legion Post in Fredericktown, Ohio. Inurnment will be in the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan with full Military Honors at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 500, 81 Mount Vernon Ave., Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 in memory of Larry.

   Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown, Ohio is honored to serve the family of Mr. Hester.

 

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Joyce M. Hewitt

 

   Joyce M. Hewitt, age 76 died Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in Traverse City. Joyce was born March 6, 1931 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Ernest Samuel and Rhea Marie (Hosler) Eckhart. She was an active member of the Robbins United Methodist church in Eaton Rapids and very much enjoyed golf and animals. She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Hewitt in 1993.

   She is survived by her son, Jeff Mulkey of East Lansing; 4 step-daughters, special step-daughter, Patty (Dan) Hatfield of Lansing, Debbie (Joe) Baldwin of AK, Pam (Greg) Winstone of MT, Rita (Darrell) Eversole of Crystal; 2 grandsons, Douglas and Charlie Mulkey of Eaton Rapids; 8 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-great grandchildren; sister, F. Jean Cook of Mesick; 2 nieces, Linda Cook of Mesick, Pat (Jim) Swanson of Traverse City; 3 nephews, Gary (Cheri) Cook of Paris, MI, Ron Cook of NM, Mike (Cindy) Cook of Eaton Rapids; 1 grand niece and 1 grand nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 3, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   A special “thank you” goes to the caregivers at Grand Traverse Pavilions for their care and love. Those desiring may make contributions to the Grand Traverse Pavilions in memory of Joyce Hewitt. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Shirley Hickey

 

   Shirley Mae Hickey, 63, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. Shirley was born Feb. 18, 1945 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Jack and Lela King.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, E.J. King; parents; grandson, Brandon Bronson; nephew, Kurtis Barney; and son, Gary Hickey.

   She is survived by her companion, Robert Moore; son, Steven (Carrrie) hickey of Hollywood, FL; daughter, Traci (Duane) Borgman of Olivet; three grandchildren, Christopher (Kendra) Bayman, Jessica Clark, Matthew Clark; four great-grandchildren, Briana, Kayla, Nicole, and Aaliyah Reynolds; siblings, Mildred (Randall) Barney, Roger (Diane) King, June (Steve) Hard; and many nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 at Burlington Cemetery with Pastor Ralph Cates officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of Pray Funeral Home.

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

 

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Ben K. Hiebert

 

   Ben K. Hiebert, of Onondaga, age 76, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Ben was born December 26, 1931 in Chinook, Montana, the son of Peter and Mary (Simko) Hiebert. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Air Force. Ben was a member of the Aurelius Baptist Church, a Michigan Historical Museum Docent, and a charter/founding member of Montainians in Michigan. He retired from G.M. as a supervisor (Mobil Equipment Maintenance) after 27 years of service. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Bob and Bill Hiebert.

   Ben is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly A. (Barry) Hiebert; children, Becky Hiebert of Onondaga, Ben (Joyce) Hiebert of Mason, Brenda (fiancé, Tom Emrick) Turner of Leslie, Bradley (Tina) Hiebert of Mason, and Bryan Hiebert of Onondaga; 4 grandchildren, Jeremy (Amy) & Brandon Turner, Harrison Hiebert and Nichole (Mike) Hiebert-Quick; 2 great granddaughters, Emersen Turner and Natalie Hiebert-Quick; sister, Betty Waid of Havre, MT; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. today at the Aurelius Baptist church, 4419 W. Barnes Rd, Mason, with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery, Aurelius. The family will receive friends and family today from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Aurelius Baptist Church.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Aurelius Baptist Church in memory of Ben Hiebert. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Norman Hill

 

   Norman G. Hill, 70, of Lansing, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. Mr. Hill was born May 17, 1937, in Charlotte, the son of Floyd and Fern (French) Hill.

He was preceded in death by his son Gary Norman Hill in 1986.

   He is survived by his wife, Kay (Pelletier); daughters, Karen (Leon) Shaw of Grand Ledge, Tammy Hill of Lansing and son Timothy Floyd Hill of Lansing; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 15, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Stephen Ezop officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Carole Hillard

 

   Carole Jean Hillard, 66, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at her residence surrounded by her family. Born Carole Jean Fox on Sept. 12, 1942 in Charlotte, she was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.

   Carole was an amazing woman who was devoted to her family, her many friends and her flowers. She retired from the Eaton County Court as a deputy clerk with 23 years of service. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, class of 1960. She was an avid reader, enjoyed garage sales and was most fond of being with her grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Madge Reed; and mother, Lucille Fox.

   Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Howard "Howdy"; two sons, Blake (Carol) and Brian (Karen); grandchildren, Brad (Bailey), Dustin (Jennie) Cody, Danny, Kyle, Jeff and Brittany (Brandon) and great-grandchildren, Corey, Hogan, Dayton and Ellie; sisters, Delores (James) Baum, JoAnn (Jack) Emery; brothers, Jim (Jane) and Gerald (Karen) Fox; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. John Bailey of the Charlotte Church of Christ, officiating.

A special thank you for the support and prayers of so many, Carole's memory will remain with us forever!

   The family suggest memorial gifts be made to Heartland Hospice, envelopes available at the funeral home. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Lynn Holton

 

   Lynn Leo (Teddy Bear) Holton, of Sunfield, was called home to be with his loving savior on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 at the age of 57. Lynn is now happily reunited with his dad and brothers.

   Lynn worked at EBI for 25 years and Lackey in Lake Odessa until their closings. Teddy Bear loved life and loved people. Once he met you, you were his friend for life.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin; brothers, Melvin Jr., Richard; and brother in law, James Bailiff.

   Lynn is survived by his loving mother, Ina who is 101; sisters, Christine (David) VanDeventer, Joyce (Ken) England, Joan Hurlbut, and Eleanor Bailiff all of Sunfield; brother, Neil (Wilma) Holton also of Sunfield.

   Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the Sunfield United Brethren Church, with the funeral to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m., also at the church.

Memorials can be made to the family, hospice, or SUBC. 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruth Hopkins

 

   Ruth Joan Hopkins, 76, of East Lansing, passed away on April 30, 2008 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born on April 29, 1932, in Detroit, to William George and Seva (Knisley) Clinton.

   The third of four children, she grew up in southeast Michigan and attended Henry Ford High School in Dearborn. She married Mark Eugene Hopkins in Feb. 1949. They raised two children.

   Ruth held a number of positions during her working life. As a young wife, working while her Marine husband served in the Korean War, she first sold cosmetics at the old Hudson's department store in Detroit, then sold tickets and souvenirs at Greenfield Village Museum. In the 1990s, she and her husband owned and operated a Laundromat, but most of Ruth's working years were spent as a nurse aide and dietary aide at various convalescent homes.

   Ruth and Mark Hopkins moved to Florida in 1988, where they lived successively in St. Petersburg, Thonotosassa, and Wesley Chapel. After Ruth's husband passed away in 1996, she returned to Michigan, eventually moving in with her daughter and son-in-law, with whom she spent the last 10 years of an active and happy retirement.

   She was a beloved member of the family, involved daily in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ruth enjoyed caring for the household pets, reading mystery/suspense novels (her favorite author was Clive Cussler), and keeping things running smoothly for her family. "Grandma," a.k.a. "Grandma Ruth," never forgot a birthday or important occasion in the lives of those she loved. She was especially devoted to animals of all kinds and made frequent contributions to animal rescue organizations. (Poodle Teea, cat Jasper, and parakeet Penny already miss her affectionate care.)

   In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by infant children, Jay Denison Hopkins, Norma Jean Hopkins, and Karen Lee Hopkins; and her sister, Shirley June Clinton.

Surviving are her sister, Marilyn Joyce (J. Marion) Smelser; dear brother, William Bruce (Janet) Clinton; brother-in-law, John Denison (Jean) Hopkins; daughter, Ann (C. Scott) Russell; son, Bryan Eugene (Yeong-Hee) Hopkins; grandchildren, Christopher William (Carrie) Allen, Calum Lister Matheson, Geoffrey Minh Hopkins, Christine Jean Hopkins; step-grandchildren, Christopher David Russell and Marine Private First Class Sean Charles Russell; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

   Memorial services were held Friday, May 9 at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Ave., in East Lansing. Interment will take place at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

   Donations may be made in memory of Ruth Hopkins to the Humane Society of the United States at http://secure.hsus.org/01/makeadonation.

 

                                   

 

 

Christopher Lee Hoppes

 

   Christopher Hoppes, 51, of Portland, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2008. He was born October 24, 1956, in Lansing. Hoppes was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great uncle, and the love of his girlfriend, Brenda’s life.

   Surviving are his mother, Carol (Patten) Hoppes, of Portland, father, Leon Hoppes, of Eaton Rapids, daughter Krista (Dean) Staugger, of Portland, 2 grandchildren, Braydon and Elleanna Stauffer, loving girlfriend Brenda (Guilford) Harper, sister, Lynn Smith and brother-in-law, Tim of Grand Ledge, sister, Peggy English and brother-in-law, Mike of Potterville, four nephews, Shane Marsh of Lansing, Elijah English of Potterville, Brent (Dinae) Smith of Portland, Ryan (Ann Marie) Smith of Lansing, 2 nieces, Nicole English (Josh Bryzcki) of Charlotte, Stacie Smith of Detroit, 2 great nephews, Ethan and Trevor Smith of Portland and the many friends he was so blessed to have. Hoppes was preceded in death by his brother, Michael. Hoppes was a very caring and generous man, and will be missed by all whose lives to touched.

 

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Richard Hourigan

 

   Richard R. Hourigan, Sr., 94, of Charlotte, passed away on Oct. 14, 2008. He was born April 1, 1914, in Los Angeles, CA, to William R. and Agnes (Shaver) Hourigan and had been a Charlotte resident since 2000.

   Mr. Hourigan attended Coleman Business College in Newark, NJ. He was employed at the Prudential life Insurance home office from 1937 to 1940.

   He had his own Prudential Insurance Office in Newport Beach, CA, during 1940-41. He later worked in the tool design department for Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, CA, later transferring as one of 100 employees to form a training nucleus for the Douglas Aircraft Plant at Tinker Field, Oklahoma City, OK.

   His future wife, Hazel Landstrom, met Richard while both were employed by Prudential Insurance in 1934, and they were married June 19, 1943 in Newark, NJ. From 1943 to 1955, Mr. Hourigan worked for the Public Service Corp., a large New Jersey utility corp. where he was employed to investigate accidents and injuries resulting in law suits against the PSC utility and his territory encompassed Newark, Essex County, and the five NYC boroughs.

   In 1955 he went to work for the Claims Department of General Accident Fire and Life Insurance Corp. of Perth, Scotland at the US home office in Philadelphia, PA .

   In 1958 he was promoted and transferred as Regional Claims Manager in Chicago over all claims arising out of the company's operations in the US Steel Company in Gary, IN. Between the stint in Philadelphia and Chicago, he spent several weeks as acting branch and/or claims manager in New Orleans until the position could be filled.

   He retired (the first time) on a Friday and went to work the following Monday as a regional claims supervisor for Continental Insurance Company of New Jersey handling auditing and direct home office supervision of five branch offices.

   Their claims department was called Underwriters Adjustors Co. He retired (the second time) in 1983. Currently Richard holds life memberships in the Eaton Area Senior Center and the Eaton Community Hospice and is a member of the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church, the Eagles Aerie #3552 and the Charlotte Rotary Club.

   His beloved wife of 56 years, Hazel, died in Dec. 1999.

   Surviving are two sons, Richard R. (Joan) Hourigan, Jr. of Rochelle, IL and William (Barbara) Hourigan of Decatur, IL; one granddaughter, Kelly (Paulo) Belmonte of Las Vegas, NV and their children, Quentin and Sydney; two grandsons, Richard Randolph (Aimee) Hourigan III of Wilmington, NC and Austin Hourigan of Decatur, IL; special cousins, Elva and Vernon Boyles; special friend, Marcia McConnell; caregivers, Optimal Staffing Solutions, Inc. and local caregivers, Lou and Kelly Dunn and Louise Haun.

   At Richard's request, his body has been donated to the MSU Willed Body Program. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Charles Jenson officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday for one hour prior to services.

   Memorial contributions may go to the charity of one's choice.

 

                                   

 

 

Drusilla Hoxie

 

   Drusilla E. Hoxie (Lindsey), 70, passed onto Heaven in her camper at her favorite State Park. After a seven year battle with colon cancer and surrounded by her family and friends, she went to be with Jesus.

   Dru retired from Waverly Schools as head of transportation. She attended South Church of Lansing. She supported many Christian activities with her prayers, super faith, time and finances. She liked to give rides in her little red convertible. She hunted, fished, ballooned, dune buggied and traveled all the while witnessing and living the example of Jesus. She was never more excited than watching someone give their life to Christ and to serve him. She faced down over six cancer surgeries as well as over 80 cancer treatments, all the while witnessing to unbelieving medical staff along her journey. We are proud of her for the way she lived her life and will try to do the same. She loved her family and never gave up on anyone. She always would look at the positive side and hoped you would also.

   Dru was preceded in death by her three "big brothers," Kale, Bert, L.J. and Charles and parents, Zella (Crankshaw) Lindsey.

   She is survived by her sister, Priscilla (Perky) Lindsey; three children, Lindsey (Jayne) Hoxie, Timothy (Deborah) Hoxie and Robert (Tina) Hoxie; seven grandchildren, April, Andrew, Arden, Sarah, Jennifer, James and Luke; also many friends who were like family to her.

   The family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice of Michigan.

   Relatives and friends may meet the family at her memorial service held at Pray Funeral Home on Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m. with Reverend David Mehnke officiating. A luncheon will follow at the First Baptist Church in Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Hannah Beth Hunter

 

   Age 85 of Jackson and formerly of Eaton Rapids died, Thursday, May 1, 2008. Born May 18, 1923 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Leroy and Minnie (Perkins) Corbin. Beth was preceded in death by her husband Jack Hunter in 1987; son, John in 2002; grandson John McVay; sisters, Carol Hector and Dieon Corbin; brother, David Corbin.

   Surviving are 4 children, Sherry Berkeypile of Jackson, Harry Hunter of TX, Michael Hunter of Gaylord and Maureen Peterson of FL; several grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeal Home in EAton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 6:00 p.m. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Edith Hutchison

 

   Edith Hutchison, 101, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. She was born June 22, 1907 in Walton Township, the daughter of Ira and Vera (Rolfe) Halsey.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Hutchison; son, Richard Hutchison; daughter, Judy Joppie and 14 brothers and sisters.

   She is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Max) Potter of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; her brother, Harold (Dorothy) Halsey; sisters, Ola (Joel) Burnett, Ila Burnett.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at Needmore Independent Baptist Church with Pastor Ryan Wardlow officiating. Interment was in Needmore Cemetery.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Needmore Independent Baptist Church.

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

 

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Ruth Hyatt-Stevens

 

   Ruth Hyatt-Stevens, a high-spirited lady in perpetual motion, finally came to rest on November 14, 2008. She was born Ruth Magill Blake on October 8, 1919 in Boone, Iowa to James and Edna Blake. Ruth and her brother and three sisters moved often, from Iowa to Chicago to New Jersey to Michigan.

   Spending her high school days living on a Michigan farm, Ruth never missed a Saturday night dance. It was at the White Rabbit Dance Hall where she met Lawrence “Shorty” Hyatt. After Ruth graduated from Olivet High School in 1937, the family moved back to New Jersey. Shorty spent many weekends on the Pennsylvania Turnpike visiting Ruth. Shorty and Ruth were married in 1939 and settled in Eaton Rapids, where Ruth was always actively involved in something.

   She was a member of numerous clubs and organizations. A few of these activities included the Eastern Star, Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary, treasurer of the Bonnie View Women’s Golf League for over 20 years, and First Congregational Church. She was an active bowler, square dancer, Girl Scout leader, home room mother, and a regular fan of Eaton Rapids High School and MSU sports. She also enjoyed exchanging the latest news at the “sewing club”, where Shorty always claimed “Not much sewing goes on.” Ruth also enjoyed shopping, even on her lunch breaks during her 22 years working for the State of Michigan Liquor Commission and the Department of Agriculture. She was such a frequent visitor at Knapp’s, one sales clerk mistakenly gave her the employee’s discount.

   Ruth and Shorty were married for 49 years when Shorty died in 1988. Ruth was married again briefly to Bernard “Bud” Stevens, who died in 2001.

   Ruth is survived by three children: Norman (Pat) Hyatt and Janet (Jamie) Davidson of Eaton Rapids, and Richard (Jenny) Hyatt of Punta Gorda, Florida. Four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren are left to remember her. She also leaves sisters Helen McGivern of Eaton Rapids, Edna Mae Hannon of Lansing, and Jane Gewain of North Carolina. A brother, Vern Blake, died in 1965.

   Funeral services were held Monday at 11:00 a.m.  Gifts of remembrance of Ruth would be gratefully accepted by the First Congregational Church of Eaton Rapids, the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary, and Eaton Community Hospice. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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LaVerne Hyde, Sr.

 

   LaVerne “Big Verne” Hyde, Sr., 61, of Bellevue, died March 16, 2008 at Battle Creek Health System. He was born May 15, 1946, the son of Louis F. and Vera Lucille (Hall) Hyde in Battle Creek. Big Vern graduated from Olivet High School and worked as a machinist at Airway Manufacturing in Olivet for 25 years.

   He is survived by his ex-wife, Charline Fisher of Graford, Texas; son, LaVerne (Rebecca) Hyde, Jr. of Bellevue; daughters, Lynette Hyde of Dallas, Texas, Kati Hyde of Mineral Wells, Texas and grandchildren, Roman, Nichole, Lee Anne, Makayla and Colton.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rosalee Hyde.

   Big Verne loved to race at Butler Speedway in Quincy, spending time with his family and grandchildren and enjoyed watching football and wrestling.

   Services took place Thursday, March 20, 2008 at Bellevue First Baptist church with Pastor Don Francis officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel in Bellevue.

 

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Floyd Hydon

 

   Floyd Frank Hydon, 78, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of Olivet, passed away Aug. 8, 2008 in Sun City. He was born May 12, 1930 at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI to Frank Hydon of Kalamo and Iola (Kerman) of North Adams. Floyd had just visited the Olivet area for the month of July to see family and friends and to celebrate his 60th high school reunion in which he was the Master of Ceremonies.

   In the 1950's through the mid-1970's Floyd Hydon was employed by Oliver's in Battle Creek and Aluminum Extrusions in Charlotte. He was also owner-operator of a milk route for Pet Milk in Charlotte. In the mid-1970's through the 1980's, Floyd was a salesman for Peerless Pet Foods in Battle Creek. He then became the founder and CEO of Priceless Pet Foods. Floyd farmed over 50 years at the family farm in Olivet as well. He was a member of Ainger Bible Church where he taught Sunday School.

   Floyd is survived by his wife, Audrey Hydon. Also surviving are his two sons, Eric (Trish) Hydon of Marshall and Jeff (Brenda) Hydon of Charlotte and a daughter, Kathleen (Kevin) DeMott of Middlebury, IN. He had five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Three stepsons survive: Robert (Cathy) Roush of Olivet, Bill (Tammy) Roush of Bellevue and Larry Roush of Olivet and one step-daughter, Jane (Dale) Bradley of Charlotte. His cousin, Dr. Richard Ryder of Long Beach, CA also survives.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 at the Ainger Bible Church, Olivet with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment will be in the Hotchkiss Cemetery near Marshall. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ainger Bible Church or Hospice of Arizona. Envelopes available at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Jean Ingram

 

   Jean E. Ingram (Gasow), of St. James City, FL, formerly of Lansing, passed away on Nov. 1, 2008 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born on May 4, 1923 in San Francisco, CA.

   Jean was a court reporter for over 30 years in the Lansing area and owned her own business. After retiring, traveling became a hobby; summering in Northern Michigan, going on cruises or road-trips in the motor home. She was a member of the Lions Club, Pine Island United Methodist Church, and involved in several other charitable organizations. Much of her time was spent serving others, giving back and being involved in the community. Jean was deeply loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lezlee Jean Ingram; and husbands, E.S. “Red” Ingram of 50 years and Robert Gasow of 10 years.

   She is survived by her son, David Ingram; daughter-in-law, Debbie Ingram; granddaughters, Meredith and Rebecca Ingram; great grandson, Samuel David Ingram; step-daughter, Margaret “Peg” Gasow; and step-grandsons, Aaron and Adam Cherrington.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Interment was in Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Michael Allan Jecks Sr.

 

   Michael Allan Jecks, Sr., age 62, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008. He was born February 28, 1946 in Charlotte, the son of Alfred “Pat” and Jean (Rogers) Jecks. Mike was a self employed Carpenter and had recently moved back to Eaton Rapids area from Bryon, MI.

   Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Jecks; 5 children, Kara (Tim) Couch of Marquette, Mike Jecks Jr. of Brighton, Kasa (Dan Smith) Jecks of Brighton, Eric Mott of Battle Creek and Steve (Anne) Mott of Manchester; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Tom (Nancy) Jecks and  Randy (Jan) Jecks all of Eaton Rapids; 2 sisters, Patricia (Herb) McNutt of Perkins and Sharon (Jerry) Parrish of Traverse City; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

   Funeral services were held June 9, 2008 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Munger Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Michael Jecks Sr.

 

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James Jeffery

 

   James R. Jeffery, 68, of Bellevue, died Tuesday night, May 13, 2008, at his home. Jim was born Dec. 18, 1939 in Marengo Township to Alford F. and Alberta L. (Aymer) Jeffery.

   He graduated from Marshall High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army until enlisting in the U.S. Navy from where he was honorably discharged in 1965. He has lived in the Bellevue area the past 20 years, and lived in Olivet and Charlotte prior to that.

   Jim worked as a machinist at Airway Manufacturing in Olivet for 36 years retiring in 1999. He enjoyed hunting and was a member of the North American Hunt Club.

   He was a talented gardener with evidence of that being many types of flowers, flowering bushes and fruit trees and plants in their yard. He was an antique car buff restoring two automobiles over the years.

   He was married Nov. 6, 2004 in Olivet to Nancy Anne Cooley Pomeroy. She survives him.

   Jim is also survived by two daughters, Kristy Taylor and Jodi Harris of Olivet; two granddaughters, Jami Harris and Jenna Harris; a special step-grandson, Andrew Rapp; two brothers, Donald F. Jeffery of Tekonsha and Stanley C. Jeffery of Olivet; a sister, Joyce Grable of Marshall; step-daughters, Rae Anne (Mark) Paulson of Walhalla, Robin (Jeff) Bennett of Hastings and Ronda (Rex) Roscoe of Hamilton; two step-sons, Rick (Jayne) Eaton and Ryan Eaton of Hastings; 15 step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

   There will be no visitation. A memorial luncheon will be scheduled and announced.

   Arrangements are by Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall.

  Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to American Cancer Society at Kempf Funeral Home. To leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guest register, visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Floyd Jewell

 

   Floyd M. Jewell, 72, of Charlotte, died Friday, May 16, 2008. Mr. Jewell was born Nov. 9, 1935 in Olivet, the son of Jeremiah and Flora (Bealefeld) Jewell.

   Mr. Jewell retired as President from the Eaton Federal Savings Bank on Aug. 31, 2005 after 44 years of service. As president of the bank, Mr. Jewell was instrumental in helping the Charlotte community in many ways. Mr. Jewell served in the Navy where he was a photographer. He was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Masons, Shriners, Yacht Club and the Jaycees. Mr. Jewell was past president of the Michigan League of Community Banks, on the Hayes Green Beach Board and participated in Frontier Days. He enjoyed caring for his property, golf, bowling, jogging, tinkering around the house, U of M sports and the outdoors.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Allen Jewell; brothers, Robert H. Jewell, Jerrie Jewell, Jr. and Paul Jewell.

   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sally; sons, Timothy (Diana) Jewell and Thomas (Sandy) Jewell; two grandchildren, Lauren and Lacy Mae; brother, Gideon Jewell and sister, Lucy Howard.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Charlotte Performing Arts Center with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or Eaton Community Hospice House.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Edward Jones

 

   Edward Leroy Jones, Sr., 86, of Bellevue died April 9, 2008 at home. He was born Feb. 25, 1922, the son of Harold D. and Gertrude H. (Schissler) Jones in Orangeville, MI.

   Edward attended the College of Agriculture at Michigan State University and owned Jones Standard Service Station since 1956. Edward was a retired firefighter for Bellevue, a former member of the Bellevue Lions Club and a member of the Eaton County Bucks Club. He enjoyed working, hunting, fishing, swimming, spending time with his family and grandchildren, volunteering and helping out others.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.

   He is survived by his spouse, Dorothy Jones of Bellevue; his daughters, Diane (Wayne) Fetters of Milford; Laraine (Dennis) Dingman of Bellevue; son, Edward L. (Pam) Jones, Jr. of Bellevue; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Dorothy) Jones of Nashville and sister, Katherine (Robert) Richardson of Houghton Lake.

No services are scheduled. Memorial donations may be made to Bellevue Fireman's Fund.

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

 

                                   

M. Helen Jones

 

   M. Helen Jones, 89, of Charlotte, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 in Charlotte. Helen was born May 30, 1919 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Andrew and Alma (Baker) Gibson.

   She was a member of the Eaton Rapids Nazarene Church and a cook at Lillian’s Restaurant in Eaton Rapids for 14 years.

   Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son-in-law, Michael Derryberry; and grandson, Michael J. Stidham.

   She is survived by four children, Mrs. Bonnie (Harry) Brown of Charlotte, Carl Ray (Marian) Mullen of California, Mrs. Roberta (Gordon) Waldron of Charlotte, Linda Derryberry of Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Helen Jones.

 

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Frances Joppie

 

   Frances Eleanor Joppie, 76, of Charlotte, died July 24, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Mrs. Joppie was born May 29, 1932 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, to Leslie and Lola (Harrison) Gould.

   She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert Joppie; children, Jim (Delsa) Joppie, John (Diana) Joppie and Angie (Greg) Parker, all of Charlotte; granddaughters, Lauren (Brian) St. John and Grace Parker, both of Charlotte; and siblings, Clela (Clifford) Shults, Patricia (Carroll) Dane, Mildred (Gary) Beebe and Stanley (Rhoda) Gould, all of Charlotte.

   During her life Frances was employed by Smith's Men's Wear, Michigan Bell, Prestige, MNB, Montgomery Ward, and Wildern's Drug Store. She was an accomplished seamstress, crafting many family wedding dresses, and was a wonderful homemaker.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 28 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church with the Reverend Karen Wheat and Reverend Ken Kendall Lewis officiating. Interment will be in Sunfield Cemetery, Sunfield, Michigan. Visitation will be Saturday 3-5 and 7-9 and Sunday 2-4. 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

 

                                   

 

 

Margie Joppie

 

   Margie M. "Dollie" Joppie, 104, of Vermontville, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008. Mrs. Joppie was born Oct. 14, 1903 in Barry County, MI, the daughter of James and Mary (Childs) Harvey.

   Mrs. Joppie was a member of the First Congregational Church in Vermontville, Library Board, Eastern Star, Garden Club, Triangle Club and the Women's Club. She especially enjoyed visiting with friends, gardening, fishing and snowmobiling.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hugh R. Parker; second husband, Henry Joppie; granddaughter, Constance Parker; sons-in-law, Carroll Shance and John Viele; daughter-in-law, Alice Parker; stepsons, Russell Joppie and Earl Joppie; brothers, Gayle Harvey, Frank Harvey, Joe Harvey and Roy Harvey; sisters, Sarah Channell and Helen Potter and two infant siblings.

  She is survived by her daughter, Norma Viele of Vermontville; son, Neil (Marlene) Parker of Santa Maria, CA; grandchildren, Larry (Phyllis) Shance, Randy (Jill) Shance, Steven (Mary Jane) Shance, and Dennis Parker; great-grandchildren, Ryan (Larissa), Wayne, Melanie, Travis and Shane Shance, Derek and Dana Parker; stepchildren, Maxine Harag, Phyllis (Emery) Fenztemaker, Robert (Fran) Joppie, Evelyn Joppie; sister-in-law, Florence Harvey; many loving and devoted nieces, nephews, step grandchildren and friends.

   A celebration meal was held Sunday, June 8, 2008 at the First Congregational Church in Vermontville, followed by a memorial service with Pastor Israel Young officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Vermontville or Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

Moris Spencer Jowett

 

   Moris Spencer Jowett died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Sunny Brook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, Canada. Moris “Morey” was born May 28, 1925, in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, son of Arthur and Mina Jowett. The family emigrated from England to Eaton Rapids, Michigan in 1925. Morey served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He was a tail gunner with the 431 Ironquoi Bomber Squadron and received the Distinguished Flying Medal for exemplary gallantry in action. After living in Michigan most of his life Morey moved to Canada in 1998.

   He is survived by a son, Jeff; and adopted daughter, Susie, two sisters, Vera Breard of Dimondale and Joan and brother-in-aw, Bob Palmer of Harbor Springs, Michigan.

   A graveside service will be held at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids on Friday, June 6th at 10:30 a.m. Local arrangements are through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Evelyn May Kamp

 

   Evelyn May Kamp of Eaton Rapids, age 84, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008 surrounded by her loving family. Evelyn was born May 13, 1923 in Williamsville, IL, the daughter of Everett Daniel and Julia Olive (Wright) Morris. Knitting, crocheting, sewing and painting were among Evelyn’s many talents. Flowers, especially roses, were something that she really loved. Evelyn was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Robert “Bob” in 2005.

   She is survived by her 4 children, Judith (Leonard, her very special, loving son-in-law) Mohre of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Lynda) Kamp Jr. of Florida, Bonnie Claffey and William Kamp both of Idlewild, MI; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; brother, Virgil Morris of Hesperia, MI; sister, Maxine Blanchard of McAllen, TX; nieces and nephews; and several brothers & sisters at the Kingdom Hall.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Eaton Rapids Kingdom Hall, 8972 Holmes Rd, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to either the Eaton Rapids Kingdom hall or the American Cancer Association in memory of Evelyn Kamp. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Mary Jane Kapff

 

   Mary Jane Kapff, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, July 31, 2008 at a Grand Rapids Hospital. She was born December 27, 1930 in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of John and Rose Colgan. Mary Jane moved to Eaton Rapids with her family at the age of 5 and was raised at the VFW National Home for Children. She retired after 25 years of service with Michigan State University as a Cook, and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Congregational Church. Preceding her in death were her husband, Frederick in 1997; her daughter and husband, Diane and Chuck Cherry in 2002; brothers, John and Harold Colgan; and parents.

   Surviving are her 2 sons, Martin (Dr. Robert Merliss) Kapff of Livonia, Steven (Cheryl) Kapff of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Matthew Kapff of Eaton Rapids; great grandson, Julian Kapff; 2 brothers, Robert (Marlene) Colgan of Eaton Rapids and Howard Colgan of St. Paul, MN; sister-in-law, Genese Kline of Linwood, WA; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at 110 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association in memory of Mary Jane Kapff. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Kenneth Karlzen

 

   Pastor Kenneth W. Karlzen, 72, of Charlotte, died on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Ken's battle with cancer has ended. God gave him perfect healing.

   He preached the "Good News" for 40 years at various churches appointed by the West Michigan United Methodist Conference. We were all touched by his love, great Christian love.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Ken Karlzen; mother, Virginia (Merchant) Karlzen and sister, Lynda Moore.

   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jane; loved by three wonderful children, Rebecca Bridges, Stephen Karlzen, Kathryn Karlzen-Lovejoy and their spouses, Matt, Kim and Ron. He was blessed with seven wonderful grandchildren, Samantha, Nick, Austin, Andrew, Matthew, Jack and Benjamin. Loved by his brother, John Karlzen and sister, Ginny Wray Fager.

   There was a memorial service celebrating his life on June 21, 2008, at the Eaton Rapids United Methodist Church.

   In lieu of flowers, you may donate in his honor to Eaton Community Hospice or Wet Cell Lung Cancer Research, Dr. Pister, M.D. Anderson Hospital, Baylor University, Houston, Texas.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas Kearney

 

   Thomas Kearney, 58, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. Mr. Kearney was born Sept. 10, 1950 in Haslett. He was a heavy machine operator.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Madeline Kearney and one brother, Roger Kearney.

   He is survived by his wife, Marie Kearney; stepchildren, Katie Petruske, Ryan Lu, Lori Cook, Sheri Stillwell, Gus Petruske; 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service 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.

 

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Lloyd Keeler

 

   Lloyd Howard Keeler "Uncle Howard," 85, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 in Marshall. Howard was born Jan. 19, 1923 in Onondaga, the son of Lloyd and Bertha Ella (Kikendall) Keeler.

   He was a life-long resident of Eaton Rapids and retired from G.M. Howard was a veteran of W.W.II, serving in the Army AirForce (Flying Tigers) and flew C-46's over "The Hump" between India and China.

   He was a member of the Central Michigan Antique Tractor Club, Prairieville Old Fashion Farm Days, Charleton Park, St. Joe Valley, Kalamazoo Valley, and Walloon Lake Antique Tractor Clubs, and the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club.

   Howard was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to play Santa Claus at the Hisler Hardware Store in Springport. His family and friends were very important to him.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Carrie Keeler; and four brothers, Forrest, Lewis, Roy, and Arthur Keeler.

   Howard is survived by four brothers, Ron (Jean) Keeler of Hickory Corners, Chuck (Louise) Keeler of Springport, Dr. Van (Aino) Keeler of Shelbyville, Bob (Erlene) Keeler of Jackson; "adopted son" John (Chauna) Weeks of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephew, and great-grandnieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice in memory of Howard Keeler.

 

                                   

 

 

Amanda Kelley

 

   Amanda L. Kelley (Simmons), beloved wife, daughter and sister, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008. Mrs. Kelley was born Sept. 30, 1984 in Port Huron, MI, the daughter of Earl Simmons and Rebecca Lake.

   Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker who loved and was very compassionate about her family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband’s grandmother, Doris Kelley.

   She is survived by her husband, Sean Kelley; daughter, Alivia Kelley; stepdaughter, Kenadi Kelley; father, Earl Simmons; mother, Rebecca Lake (Doug Holmes); brother, Earl (Ana) Simmons; sister, Adrienne Simmons; brother, Jeff (Suprena) Simmons; sister, Shannon Simmons; Aaron (Jamie) Holmes; father and mother-in-law, Randy and Debbie Kelley; brother and sister-in-laws, Travis, (Stacy) and Jennifer; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Alivia’s Education Fund or Eaton County humane Society.

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

 

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Doris Kelley

 

   Doris I. Kelley, 85, of Palm Bay, FL, died Sunday, March 23, 2008. She was born Aug. 8, 1922 in Bellevue, FL, the daughter of Alvin and Bessie (Abshire) Lucius.

   Mrs. Kelley like to read and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kelley; daughter, Shirley Kelley; three sisters and two brothers.

   She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy McCall of Palm Bay, FL; daughter, Betty (Jerry) Binning of Charlotte; son, Thomas (Joanne) Kelley of Palm Bay, FL; daughter, Delores (Randy) Newton of Appomattox, VA; sons, Robert (Sherri) Kelley of Anderson SC; daughter, Tracey (David) Rhodes of Hayesville, NC; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters, Minnie Jones of Ocala, FL and Pauline Erickson of Ft. Dodge, IA.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 29, 2008 at Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home in Palm Bay, FL.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Genevieve Kelley

 

   Genevieve M. Kelley, 87 of Charlotte, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. Mrs. Kelley was born April 19, 1921 in Charlotte, the daughter of Freeman and Bessie (Bursley) Siple.

   Mrs. Kelley was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was involved in Mary Murray Circle and the Eastern Star Brookfield Chapter #352. Mrs. Kelley enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening and traveling in her later years.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence Dale Kelley, Sr.; sisters, Myrtle Siple, Mildred Siple and brother, George Siple.

She is survived by her son, Laurence Kelley, Jr. of Charlotte; daughter, Mildred Kelley of Battle Creek; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Kohl of Eaton Rapids and brother, Charles (Barb) Siple of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Star.

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

 

                                   

 

Audrey Kelly

 

   Audrey Kelly, 82, of Bellevue, passed away June 18, 2008 at the home of her daughter in Florida. Mrs. Kelly was born April 6, 1926 in Clay County, West Virginia, the daughter of Lee and Sylvia (Adkins) McKinney.

   She was a ward clerk at Battle Creek Community Hospital for many years and was a member of Kalamo United Methodist Church. During Audrey's retirement she traveled to Hawaii with four of her sisters, and also traveled to Ireland.

   She made several trips to Florida in the winter to spend time with her daughter and family. Audrey helped care for the elderly that were homebound in Bellevue.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Kelly; son, Edward Kelly; two grandsons, Shane and Scott Stephens, one great-grandson, two brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by her son, Dennis (Diane) Kelly of Bellevue; daughter, Debbie (Tommy) Oglesby of Oxford, FL; brothers, Russell McKinney of Dunden, West VA and Dana Miller of Looneyville, West VA.

   Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township with Reverend Bruce Feigner officiating.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

Ronald Kempf

 

   Ronald L. Kempf, 43, of Vermontville, left us after a long, brave fight against cancer on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 with his loving family and friends by his side. He was born Jan. 5, 1965 in Lansing, the son of Michael and Rose (Mesler) Kempf.

   Ron was an automotive painter who worked for his good friend, Rod Lea for many years. He liked to attend car shows and his motto was Live 2 Love 2 Laugh. Mr. Kempf was most proud of his family and his many longtime friends. He had a way of touching everyone's hearts and brought joy and laughter to many people’s lives.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Kempf in 2005.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Jill; daughter, Mindy Kempf; sons, Derrick and Brandon Kempf; father, Michael Kempf, Sr.; sister, Roxanne (John) Moore and brother, Michael (Michelle) Kempf, Jr.; father and mother-in-law, Floyd and Janet Fender; sisters-in-law, Joanna Fender, Marsha (Bob) Morris, Karen (Todd) Gonser and Lisa (John) Emenhiser; brother-in-law, Floyd (Sabrina) Fender and all his loving nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Olmstead officiating. Interment was in Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township, Mich.

   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.

 

                                   

Jack Lee Kikendall

 

   Jack Lee Kikendall, age 77, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2008 in Lansing. Jack was born May 6, 1931 in Hamlin Township, the son of Arlo Ray and Beatrice Minnie (Brown) Kikendall. He was a life-time farmer, operated a sawmill, and served in the Michigan National Guard. Jack loved golfing, bowling, and all sports, including “the Spartans”. He enjoyed the company of many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Kikendall.

   Jack is survived by his children, Timothy Kikendall of Eaton Rapids, Cynthia Kikendall of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Andrew) McCann of Oklahoma; 2 granddaughters, Bobbi Olinger, Elizabeth Puckett; brother, William A. Kikendall of Lansing; and one niece.

   Graveside services were held Monday, October 13, at the Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Arlene King

 

   Arlene Pearl King, 95, of Hastings, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2008. Mrs. King was born June 22, 1913, in Charlotte, the daughter of Bernard and Ethel Garvey.

   Arlene King was retired as a clerk from the Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. Mrs. King was a loving caregiver to her husband and brother.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Sam Snyder; her second husband, Norton King and her brother, Charles Garvey.

   She is survived by her sons, Ronald (Carol) Snyder of Delton and Charles (Joni) Snyder of West Branch; seven grandchildren, Kelley, Tonya, Tammy, Kevin, Jeff, Becky and Ashley and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Private services will be held at a later date, with interment at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Lyle King

 

   Lyle D. King, 80, of Dimondale, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 2,2 008, at home on his farm. Lyle was born July 30, 1928 in Lansing, the son of Milton and Mina (Hahn) King.

   Mr. King owned “Lyle’s Barber Shop” in Dimondale, where he was fortunate to make many life-long friends.

   Lyle also enjoyed farming his small 50 acre parcel he proudly called “The Kings Lazy Acres.” He was a member of Colonial Village Baptist Church.

   Lyle was a true servant, always willing to help others, never wanting anything in return. If there were a need for something to be built, fixed or repaired, he would be there with his work belt on and a smile.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Charles; sister, Betty and his son, Tim.

   Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Dorothy (Cleeves); three children, Julie (Don) McLain, Robert (Jackie) King and Lynnette (Mike) Mayotte.

   Lyle was a proud and loving “Papa to grandsons, Tim, Jared (Laci), Jordan, Justin (Sylvia), Michael, Jacob and Jayden and granddaughters, Elyse and Lauren; a great grandpa to Karlon, Olivia and twins, Kennedy and Camrey.

   He went hunting with them, attended their recitals, watched their basketball, football and baseball games, helped them move to college, and loved them lots. Also surviving is his brother Milton (Brenda0 King, several nieces and nephews.

   The family received friends and family on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Chapel In The Pines, Lansing, and one hour prior to the service Thursday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at Colonial Village Baptist Church, Lansing.

   For those desiring, memorial gifts can be made to either the Hospice of Lansing. Stoneleigh Residence or Colonial Village Baptist Church in memory of Lyle King.

 

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Judy Kita

 

   Judy S. Kita, 69, of Olivet, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 25, 2008. Mrs. Kita was born Feb. 9, 1939 in Blackwell, OK, the daughter of Elijah and Opal (Moon) Peugh.

   Mrs. Kita was a bus driver for Olivet Schools and the Olivet Eagles biggest fan, driving the bus for most sports events. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy in life.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe in 1992 and brother, Jim Peugh.

   She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Carol) Kita of Olivet and James (Linette) Kita of Olivet; grandchildren, Cari Montague, Kate Kita, Travis Rae, Sara Rae and Hunter Kita; great-grandchildren, Carlie Troutner and Jackson Sandmire; sister, Jean Kotchavar of Houston, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Todd Page officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or American Diabetes Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Christine Koops

 

   Christine (Laban) Koops, 94, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet and Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 in Charlotte. Mrs. Koops was born Jan. 29, 1914 in Grand Rapids, MI, the daughter of Martin and Jennie (Bekkering) Laban and was a 1932 graduate of Union High School in Grand Rapids.

   She moved to Olivet in 1957 and then to Charlotte in 1997. She was a retired supervisor of admissions at Olivet College with 21 and a half years of service. She was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church and its Fannie Quick/Cora Sexton Circle and the A. A. R. P.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Koops, Sr. in 1981; son, James P. Koops, Jr. in 2003; grandson, Edward Cihla, Jr.; three brothers and two sisters.

   Surviving are two daughters, Jean (Ed) Cihla of Marblehead, OH and Marcia LaFraugh of DeWitt; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Interment was at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids, MI.

   In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                   

 

 

Donald L. Krumm

 

   Donald L. Krumm, age 95, of Eaton Rapids, died at his residence on Saturday, April 19, 2008. He was born March 1, 1913 in Lansing. Don retired from Fisher Body in Supervision after 43 years of service. He graduated high school from St. Mary’s in Lansing was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids, Knights of Columbus and had formerly worked with the Lansing Food Bank and Meals-On-Wheels. Don enjoyed Tiger’s Baseball, was a life-long Notre Dame Football fan, loved golf, was an avid photographer, loved music and the financial market. He was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Krumm in 1972; 2 brothers, Jess and Ellis Krumm.

   Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Emily; daughter, Kathleen (Edwin LeButt) Krumm of Jackson; son, Robert (Carol) Krumm of Sheridan, Wyoming; 2 grandsons, Clinton and James Krumm; 2 great granddaughters, Lilly and Brooke Krumm; sister, Mary Jane Calvin.

   Mass of the Christian burial will be Wednesday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. from the St. Peter Catholic Church at 515 E. Knight St. Eaton Rapids with Fr. Ben Constantine as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Kacie Jean Kunce

 

   Kacie Jean Kunce, age 48, of Eaton Rapids, passed away September 3, 2008. Kacie was born o October 17, 1959 to Dorothy D. and Arthur G. Mercer.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Kunce, daughter Coty L. Byron, her parents, sisters, Kathy Kent and Kelly Higgenbotham.

   Kacie is survived by her daughter Korie M. Byron, former husband Mark Byron, brothers Guy (Midge) Mercer, Jim (Carol) Mercer, Patrick (Jody) Mercer, and Michael (Lauri) Mercer; sister Sara McBride; three granddaughters, Shonie L. Norton, Katelynn Kildee and Gabrielle Kildee.

   A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 14, at 1:00 p.m. at the VFW Home, Eaton Rapids, MI. Those desiring, may make donations in Kacie’s honor to Faithful Visions Church in Muir, MI.

 

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Leonard Laich

 

   Leonard M. Laich, 86, of Dimondale, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 1, 2008. He was born Nov. 26, 1921, son of Oscar and Sarah (Pahl) Laich

   Leonard graduated from Wayne High School in 1939. He entered the U. S. Army on Aug. 29, 1942, and served until Nov. 11, 1945.

   He married Dorothy Florence Matson in June 1947 in Detroit. He married Grace Dempsey on July 23, 1977 in Howell. He married Frances Gross on July 12, 2003 in Rogers City.

   He retired from Michigan Bell Telephone Company, where he was a repairman. He was a Boy Scout leader, and an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Royal Oak. He loved his family, was an avid fisherman, loved the outdoors, gardening, and rock hounding.

   He is survived by his wife, Frances; his children, Mary of Saginaw, Charles (Cathy) of Lake Orion, Frederick (Sue) of Springport, and Richard (Linda) of Dowling; 10 step-children, Dottie Valenches, Sue Hubbard, Paul (Ann) Grissom, Steve (Marie) Dempsey, Bill (Linda) Dempsey, Barb Dempsey, Ellen Dempsey, Drs. Russell (Karen) Dempsey, Harry (Beth) Gross, and Rochelle (Steve) Pilarski; 33 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Dorothy and Grace; brothers, Earl and Robert; and sister, Lillian.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 4 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Dimondale Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                   

 

 

Katherine Lake

 

   Katherine L. (Spotts, Stevens) Lake died Nov. 13, 2008 two days before her 92nd birthday, surrounded by loving family members. Katherine was born Nov. 15, 1916 in Eaton County, the daughter of Roy and Mazie (Bramen) Spotts.

   She was raised in Charlotte in a musical family and she and her sister often provided special music for her church.

   She attended Lansing Business College and worked as a bookkeeper before her marriage May 9, 1942 to Frederick I. Stevens, an electrical contractor and refrigeration engineer who died Nov. 4, 1991.

   Katherine and Frederick lived in Holt before moving to the Stevens family's centennial farm south of Charlotte.

   On Dec. 30, 1997 she married Douglas E. Lake and moved to Midland where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

   Recently she and Douglas lived at Independence Village in Midland.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mazie Spotts; first husband of nearly 50 years, Frederick I. Stevens; son, Jack I. Stevens; brother, Russell B. Spotts; and sister, Gladys I. Lake.

   She is survived by her husband, Douglas; son, Dennis R. Stevens (Nora) of Charlotte and Eaton Rapids; Douglas' sons, Norman (Diane) Lake of Midland and Kenneth (Laurie) Lake of Rogers, AR; and his daughter, Marjorie (Robert) Hyde of Dexter, MI.; nine grandchildren, Natalie (Luar), Jeremy (Liana), Krystina (Christopher), Samantha, Zachary, Casey, Keziah, Michele, and Mike; and seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Finley, Brittany, Scott, Brendan, Hannah, and Olivia.

   Arrangements are by Wilson MILLER Funeral Home in Midland with services being held on Wednesday, Nov. 19 with Reverend Jeremy Africa of First United Methodist Church officiating. Graveside services were held Thursday, Nov. 20 in the Perry Cemetery in Eaton County.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to MidMichigan Home Care (Hospice) or your local Hospice organization.

   Personal messages of support may be left for the family at www.wilson-miller.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Dalton LaMonte

 

   Dalton W. LaMonte, of Charlotte, age 85, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at the same residence in Carmel Township where he was born April 25, 1922, the son of F. Cline and Maude M. (Parr) LaMonte.

   He was a life-long resident and farmer on the family farm where he raised prized registered Holstein Dairy Cattle. He was a graduate of Charlotte High School and enjoyed fishing.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Parr LaMonte; sister, Mary Louise Wight; brother-in-law, D. Roger Wight and niece, Lynn Cambron.

Surviving are numerous cousins. He was "grandfather" to Kimberly and Tiffany Friar and "great-grandfather" to Annabelle, Kayla and Jake.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions may go to the 4-H Club for activities. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Lou Langridge

 

   Lou Vernia (Holt) Langridge, 85, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at her home. Lou was born Jan. 8, 1923 in Inez, Kentucky to Henry S. and Annie (McCoy) Holt.

   The family moved to the Marshall area in 1935 and she has lived here since. As many children of her era, Lou pitched in and worked at a young age to help support her family. While at a "cowpasture" baseball game, Lou met Charles R. "Chuck" Langridge. On the ride home Chuck announced to his brother Clarence that "he was going to marry that girl!" Lou eventually agreed with him and the couple were married on May 31, 1941 in Louisa, Kentucky. The couple have enjoyed a good marriage and friendship the past 66 years.

   Lou had worked at Ronan and Kunzl, the College Inn Restaurant in Olivet, Pak-R-Board, Progressive Dynamics and St. Regis Paper Company until the 1970's. She was a working partner in the family farm picking up a pitch fork, hoe or whatever tool needed to be wielded to accomplish a job. She once raised parakeets to sell, as well as chickens and rabbits. Canning fruits and vegetables from their garden was a yearly project Chuck and Lou did together. She had been an active 4-H volunteer.

She was an avid reader during her lifetime. Lou loved to piece quilts and has completed more than her family can remember. Lou loved to feed family and friends and many holidays were met by Chuck and Lou delivering a basket of homemade goodies to their door. Lou was a homebody who cherished her time with her family. Over the years nearly all of her activities were done jointly with husband Chuck.

   Surviving are her husband, Charles R. "Chuck" Langridge; their daughters, Carolyn (Charles) Wiles of Yarnell, AZ and Barbara (Robert) Gary of Marshall; their sons, Clair Langridge of Flint and Ken Langridge of Marshall; four grandchildren, Michelle Andrews, Cori Bernd, Christopher Gary and Zachary Langridge; 10 great-grandchildren; her brother, James L. Holt of Battle Creek; and her sister, Nancy Kunzl of Tryon, NC; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger L. Langridge in 1966; a brother, Grant Holt; and sisters, Henrietta Holt, Carrie McCoy, Jean Curtis, Alma Charkowski and Pansy Goble and her parents.

   Funeral services to celebrate her life were held on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall with Mr. Adam Andrews as celebrant. Committal was at Albion Memory Gardens.

   The family suggests that those who wish make memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Assistance with memorials available at Kempf Funeral Home. To sign the online guest register and leave a message for the family visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Lillian Lanstra

 

   Lillian Jane Lanstra, 78, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. Mrs. Lanstra was born June 20, 1930 in Detroit, the daughter of Albert and Helen Burgess.

   She enjoyed knitting and reading and was employed as a clerk-typist by the City of Detroit.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Lanstra in 2004.

   She is survived by her daughters, Sherrill (John) Cape of Kalamazoo, Faye (Bruce) Patterson of Walled Lake, and Christina (Dan)  VanGent of Thousand Oaks, CA; five grandchildren, Sarah and Jason Cape, Ashley Patterson, Matt and Rachel VanGent; sister, Ursula (Karl) Benjamin of Lansing, and sister-in-law, Leonne Borders of Madison Heights, MI.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 29,2 008 at First Baptist Church in Charlotte with Rev. Richard Wolford officiating. Interment was in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Salvation Army, or Greater Lansing Youth for Christ.

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

 

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Lauren LaParl

 

   Lauren H. LaParl Jr., 85, passed away Oct. 15, 2008, in Greenville, S.C. He was born on April 27, 1923 to Lauren Sr. and Grace (Trumley) LaParl.

He was enrolled in kindergarten and graduated from Potterville schools as salutarian of the Class of 1940.

   He served in World War II as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, and was discharged with a purple heart and two clusters. He taught elementary school at San Clemente, Calif., for 30 years, retiring in 1983.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Norman and Elmer.

   Surviving are his wife, Connie (Lowell) of  Greenville, S.C.; sister, Esther (Van) Long of Potterville; a niece and several nephews.

   He requested no services.

 

                                   

 

 

Hortense Largent

 

   Hortense “Tencha” Largent, 83, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2008. Mrs. Largent was born Dec. 11, 1924 in Key West, FL, the daughter of Ezekiel and Candida (Fernandez) Palenzuela.

   She enjoyed making her home beautiful and attending services at the United Methodist Church.

   She was preceded in death by son, William Johnson in 1993 and sister, Josephine Rodriquez.

   She is survived by daughter, Sonia Johnson of Vermontville; sons, Daniel M. (Dora) Johnson of Lansing and Gary  A. (Susie) Johnson of Potterville; sisters, Macy Perkins of Key West, Mary  Theresa Cruz of Miami and Marina Moore of Boynton Beach, FL; brother, Mathew Palenzuela of New Jersey; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   A memorial service will be held in Key West later this year.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Ivaletta Larner

 

   Ivaletta E. Larner, 85, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. She was born Feb. 1, 1923 in Pontiac, MI the daughter of Robert and Martha (Downing) Lloyd.

   Mrs. Larner enjoyed playing Euchre, Skip Bo and working on word puzzles.

   She is survived by her son, Robert (Sharon) Larner of Charlotte; daughter, Joyce (Robert) Sherwood of Hastings, MI; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Duane Royston officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Patricia Latham

 

   Patricia A. (Sheets) Latham, 74, of Lansing, formerly of the Olivet and Charlotte area, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 at Tendercare of Marshall. Pat was born May 30, 1934 in Flint, MI the daughter of Howard and Violet (Weeks) Sheets and had lived most of her life in the Olivet/Charlotte area.

   She was a 1952 graduate of Olivet High School and had been active in 4-H where she had been a 4-H Leader. She was a former member of the First Baptist church of Charlotte where she had taught Sunday  School and belonged to the “Pioneer Girls.”

   She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, daughter, Kathleen Louise Latham and a brother, Ivan Sheets.

   Surviving are one son, Livingstone Latham III of Lansing; two daughters, Linda Latham-Miller of Kentucky and Angela (Anthony) Heisler of Olivet; four grandchildren, Craig and Nate Latham, Jennifer Branch and Bryce Heisler; two sisters, Betsy (Tom) Mulvaney of Burke, VA and Marilee Metters of Lansing; brother, Alan Sheets of Oklahoma and sister-in-law, Patricia Sheets of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Robin Crouch of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to Family Life Radio/W.L.F.R. FM 96.7, P.O. Box 35300, Tuscon, AZ 85740-5300. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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James Lawson

 

   James William (Bill) Lawson, of Sunfield, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at The Pines Health Care Center in Lansing at the age of 81. He was born June 29, 1926 in Spartanburg, SC: son of James Marion and Pearl (Knighton) Lawson.

   Bill was a Seaman Second Class V-6 Navy Veteran, serving his country during WWII, and after the Navy he went back to school and earned his GED. He retired from GM Fisher Body after 33 1/3 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but spending time with his family was his favorite thing to do.

   Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Doris Novella Lawson on May 10, 1994; brothers, Earl, and Ray; and sister, May Alice Franklin.

   Surviving are five children, Deborah (John) Wakefield of Ionia, Donna (Jerry) Daman of Lansing, Delores (Ben) Lake of Charlotte, Randy (Pam) Lawson of Sunfield, and Jeff Lawson of Grand Ledge; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Albert (Edna) Lawson of SC, Daniel Lawson of SC, Tom (Helen) Lawson of SC, Anneruth Bailey of SC, Joyce (Buddy) Freeman of SC, Judy (Mike) Howard of Alabama, Linda (Pat) Gardner of SC; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeffrey J. Schrock officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Bill: C/O RFH PO box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   The Pallbearers were Brian Rice, Stan Rice, Mike Weller, Dan Weller, Rick Sheren, Galen Rairigh. Interment with full military rites were held at the Danby Cemetery.

   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.

 

                                   

 

 

Maxine Leone Lease

 

   Maxine Leone Lease, 82, of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at Hazel Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns. She was born March 2, 1922 in Addison, Mich., the daughter of Bert and Lillie (Pears) LaCoe.

   Maxine lived most of her life in Eaton Rapids, and formerly worked for Horner Woolen Mills during WWII where she met her husband, Max Lease. She had worked for 32 years as a cashier for A&P Groceries in Eaton Rapids and later with Felpausch Food Stores. Maxine loved animals and had worked for an animal shelter. She loved her vegetable and flower gardens. She was very talented with making crafts and loved quilting. She spent many years with bowling leagues in Eaton Rapids and Charlotte. When her husband Max was afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease, she was very active with the organization.

   Preceding her in death was her husband, Max in 1988; two brothers, one sister, a grandson and a great-granddaughter.

   Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Sue (Chuck) Smith of Charlotte, and Linda (Ken) Greenfield of DeWitt; four grandchildren, Teresa (Dave) Johns of Charlotte, Amy (Jason) Engle of Jackson, Kenneth Scott (Melanie) Greenfield of Sault Saint Marie and Christopher (Courtney) Greenfield of St. Johns; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jason Engle, officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery.

   For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to either the Hazel Findlay Country Manor, the Heartland Hospice or Alzheimer's Association in loving memory of Maxine Lease. For online condolences, visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

Linda Lehr

 

   Linda Marie Lehr, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at the age of 63. She was born in Charlotte on July 19, 1944 to her parents Elmer and Mildred (Goodrich) Sumerix.

   Linda was a life-time resident of Charlotte who was known as a supportive parent and grandparent. Linda had been employed as an accountant for a number of years for several local companies in the Charlotte area including the Crown Camper and Beach Manufacturing.

   She is survived by her children, Lisa (Mark) Martens, of Charlotte, Cary Lehr, and Samantha (Jeff) Byrne; three grandchildren, Danielle Martens, Morgan Getty, and Bryce Byrne; and her four brothers, Dale Sumerix, Lynn (Carol) Sumerix, Wayne (Sue) Sumerix, Carl (Marty) Sumerix.

   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Dawn Marie Lemus

 

   Dawn Marie Lemus, age 42, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, July 25, 2008 as the result of an automobile accident. She was born April 16, 1966 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Lawrence J. and Barbara (Harvey) Haeck. Dawn was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1984. She was employed as a Lab Technician for Sparrow Regional Medical Supplies. She enjoyed her work and also her quiet time at home with her family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara on July 22, 2008.

   Surviving are her husband of 15 years, Larrie Lemus; daughter, Ashley; father, Lawrence J. Haeck of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Larry (Sherry) Haeck of Elsie, Scott (Shelly) Haeck of Eaton Rapids and Brian (Debbie) Haeck of Owosso; mother-in-law, Gee Popejoy of Costa Rica and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

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Fred Leonard, Jr.

 

   Fred Leonard, Jr., of Olivet, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 at the age of 92, after an automobile accident. Surviving are his two sons, Richard and David Leonard, two grandsons, Casey Kyle and Cody Mark Leonard, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; one son, Bryan, and five brothers and one sister.

   Fred served in the Civilian Conservation Crop.; was in the US Navy during World War II on LST #450 and was active in the Michigan LST Association. He was also an active participant in the Adams-Rockey VFW for many years and was still active, two to three times a week, in local dances. Fred was a lifetime local farmer and was for many years an active local pilot. Funeral services were held at the J.C. Adams Funeral home, Springport Chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. Cremation followed.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Irene Leslie

 

   Irene E. (Strobel) Leslie, 87, of Charlotte, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008.

   Irene was born April 13, 1921 in Windsor Township of Eaton Count y, the daughter of E. Henry and Ida (Stiefel) Strobel.

   Irene was a lifelong Eaton County resident, and a 1939 graduate of Lansing Central High School. She was a charter member of First Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Elizabeth Guild and the Coir, had taught Sunday School for over 50 years and served as the church organist for over 50 years.

   She was a retired account executive with the State of Michigan, Department of Attorney General retiring in 1984 with over 40 years of service. She was a member of the State Employee Retiree’s Ass’n., the A.A.R.P., the Charlotte Business Women’s Guild, the Sindsor Retirees and enjoyed attending the area Senior Citizens meetings.

   Irene was preceded in death by her parents; twin infant sisters, her husband, Chester F. Leslie; and her brother, Edward W. Strobel.

   Surviving are several nieces, nephews, step-children, step-grandchildren and many friends.

   Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Dimondale Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may go to the First Lutheran Church.

 

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MaKayla Lesnieski

 

   MaKayla Marie Lesnieski, one month, of Eaton Rapids passed away Thursday, December 18, 2008 in Detroit. MaKayla was born November 19, 2008 in Lansing. She was a real fighter until God took her home as his Christmas angel.

   Surviving are her mother, Amanda Lesnieski of Eaton Rapids; father, James Hicks of Eaton Rapids; grandparents, Tim and Linda Lesnieski of Eaton Rapids; grandfather, Jeff Workman of Calif.; grandmother, Cheryl Workman of Calif.; great grandmother Lola Wagner of Eaton Rapids; half-sister Emily Hicks of Eaton Rapids; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   MaKayla was preceded in death by great grandparents, Thomas and Frances Lesnieski and Dorothy and Dwayne Gilbert; grandparents, Clarence and Ida Hicks; great grandfather Paul Wagner; aunts, June Hicks and Sara E. Perata; and cousins, Andreah Nicole Mitchell.

   A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at Rosehill Cemetery Babyland, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Amanda Lesnieski in memory of MaKayla Lesnieski.

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

 

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James Stewart Lester

 

   James Stewart Lester, age 49, of Mason and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, April 11, 2008. He was born May 10, 1958 in Eaton Rapids the son of Stewart “Stew” and Bernice (Gates) Lester. Jim was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1976, a graduate of Jackson Community College, class of 1978, and received a degree in Tool & Die Engineering from L.C.C. Jim was employed at Palmer Engineering in Lansing for the past 16 years. He was a huge Dale Earnhardt Fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   Surviving are his wife, Joan (Schwartz) of 28 years; 3 sons, Robert Lester of Mason, Paul (Carrie) Lester of Stockbridge and Sean (Trisha) Schwartz of Charlotte; granddaughter, Payton Schwartz; parents, Stew and Bernice Lester of Springport; brother, Randy (LaNora) Lester of St. Joseph; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

    Funeral services were held on April 15th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Bunker Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid Michigan in memory of James S. Lester. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Ruth Lewis

 

   Ruth Lucille Lewis, 87, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at Moore’s Adult Foster Care in Charlotte. She was born in Sears, Mich., the daughter of Frank and Clara (Barnes) Murray and had lived in Charlotte for 67 years.

   She was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School, was a homemaker for many years, then worked with her family at Roseacre Greenhouse for over 25 years where she loved seeing the public and where the customers called her Grandma. She loved music, enjoyed dancing to the Polka and also enjoyed the Eaton Area Senior Center.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert D. Lewis; sisters, Laura Glasslee, Helen Mable Allen and Evelyn Bigford and brother, Sylvester Murray.

   Surviving are five children, Charlotte (Erwin) Walker, Roberta (Jon) Forell, Arletta (Michael) Lahr, Diana (James) Wietzke and Duane (Betty) Lewis all of Charlotte; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, John (Jeanette) Lewis and special cousin, Roberta Folland.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Darrell Hodge officiating. Interment was in the West Carmel Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hsopice House, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Martin Lipsey

 

   Martin E. Lipsey, 90, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at his home after a battle with cancer. Mr. Lipsey was born June 18, 1918 in Benton Township, the son of Thomas "Ned" and Estella (Bolock) Lipsey.

   Mr. Lipsey attended Miar Country School in grades first through eighth, graduating from Charlotte High School in 1936. He completed a two-year short course in Agriculture from Michigan State College. Mr. Lipsey was united in marriage to Phyllis Clifford in Belding, Mich., in 1948. They established their farm in Benton Township where they have remained ever since. He was a hard-working dairyman until 1975, then he stayed active farming grain crops until 1993.

   Mr. Lipsey was a devoted husband to his wife of 60 years, loving father of seven children, and proud grandfather to 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of St. Mary Church in Charlotte, and a school board member of St. Mary School and Quantrell School. Following his dairy career, he loved to travel with his wife and family, including extensive trips across the U.S. and a tour of Ireland. Other hobbies included snowmobiling, boating and gardening.

   Mr. Lipsey was a devoted husband to his wife of 60 years, loving father of seven children, and proud grandfather to 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of St. Mary Church in Charlotte, and a school board member of St. Mary School and Quantrell School. Following his dairy career, he loved to travel with his wife and family, including extensive trips across the U.S. and a tour of Ireland. Other hobbies included snowmobiling, boating and gardening.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Knight of Adams, MN and brother, Robert Lipsey of Marshall, MI.

   Martin is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Mary (Stephen) Quamma of Tucson, AZ; son, James Lipsey of Charlotte; son, Stephen (Karen) Lipsey of Eaton Rapids; son, Thomas (Jacinta) Lipsey of Ft. Wayne, IN; son, Gary Lipsey of Potterville; daughter, Monica (Malcolm) Fox of Mt. Pleasant; daughter, Maureen (Mark) Yaskanin of Lakewood, CO; and sister, Beverly Lipsey of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Sparrow Hospice, or St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.

 

                                   

 

 

Olga Lisiecki

 

   Olga Pavkovic Lisiecki died of respiratory failure Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing. She was born Dec. 30, 1920 in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of the late John and Mary Curni Pavkovic.

   Olga was a graduate of Western Reserve High School in Cleveland, OH and the East Lake School of Practical Nursing in Willoughby, OH. She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse by Trumbull Memorial Hospital before retiring in 1985.

   She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Hart Brastein and Anne Hrubik; and Clarence Chester Lisiecki.

   She is survived by Clare Lisiecki, daughter; Jerry and Connie Lisiecki, son and his wife of Charlotte; Donna and William Ellis, daughter and her husband of Anchorage, Alaska: Chad and Emily Lisiecki, grandson and his wife of Midland; Adrienne and Kaelin Ellis, grandchildren of Anchorage, Alaska; and sister, Mary Omas Little.

   The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to: Capitol Area Audubon Society at P.O. Box 22065 Lansing, MI, 48909-22065 or the First Lutheran Church, 550 East Shepherd Road, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                   

 

 

Frances Long

 

   Frances Louise (McCartney) Long, 92, of Charlotte, was called home to be with her Lord early Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2008 after a long illness. She was born in Lake Odessa on July 22, 1915 to William C. and Vera M. (Figg) McCartney.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; Fred Long, her loving husband of 67 years who passed away on May 15, 2007; brothers, Hale and Evelyn McCartney, and Roger and Lucille McCartney; and sister-in-law, Sally McCartney.

   Frances is survived by her sons, Jack and Carol Long of Newaygo, and Paul and Belinda Long of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Kristen Long, Jason and Julie Long and their children, Justice, Jaylee, Jaxi and Josiah, Robert and Stacy Long and their children, Gracie and Anthony, Jeanne Long, Sarah Long, and Katherine Long; brother, Robert McCartney of NC; the members of the extended McCartney family; and many other loving relatives and friends.

   The funeral service was held at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. Burial took place in Lakeside Cemetery.

   The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

 

                                   

 

 

John Loughan

 

   John S. Loughan (Johnny Logan), of Charlotte, racing legend, passed away at age 79, after a long battle with illness. He was born on March 26, 1929, in Eaton Rapids. He passed away on Sept. 8, 2008.

   He was a resident of Charlotte most of his life. He was a well-known race car driver, who raced under the name Johnny Logan. He was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He was inducted for his diversified racing career and is named as one of the first people to drive jalopies as they evolved into modifieds and then super modifieds, which are still driven today.

   Some of his career highlights include: induction into the Sandusky Speedway Hall of Fame, track champion at both Sandusky and Jackson Motor Speedways. He is the oldest member of the I.M.C.A. modifieds’ divisions to ever win a national championship which he took at Spartan Speedway in Lansing. He also won numerous championship events, including: Capital City Speedway of Lansing, Galesburg Speedway, Berlin Raceway, Crystal Speedway and Speedrome of Grand Rapids.

   He spent many years traveling to Oswego, New York and Toledo, Ohio to compete up to four times per week. During this time he held a full-time job as a tool and die maker at Aluminum Extrusions for 44 years.

   His children and family were very important to him and made journeys with him frequently. He always put his family first. He had an opportunity to race in the Indy 500, but turned it down because it would take him away from his family.

   John also served in the United States Navy during World War II and was an accomplished private pilot.

   He is survived by his wife, Karen (Trinket) Loughan; brother, Jim and sister-in-law, Norren; his five children, Dan (Deb) Loughan, Mike (Lori) Loughan, Cindy (Steve) Anthony, Kathy Loughan-Tirrell and Vill Bance. He also has 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

   A memorial service will e held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Gresham United Methodist Church, 5055 Mulliken Road, Charlotte.

   The family would like to thank the staff of Metron of Belding for providing all the love and care any family could dream possible. If anybody wishes to make a contribution, it is requested that it go to Mrs. Nancy Albert R.M., C/O Metron of Belding, 414 E. State Street, Belding, MI 48809. The donations will go directly to the unit that provided for his dare. Donations can also be made to Gresham United Methodist church, 5055 Mulliken Road, Charlotte, MI 48813.

   John requested to be a donor for Michigan Sate University’s Medical School. His pacemaker was donated to Heart to Heart in Billings, Montana so that another life could be extended without cost to the recipient.

    Arrangements were made by Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Belding, MI.

 

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Ned Love

 

   Ned Love, 85, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. Mr. Love was born Sept. 12, 1923 in Walton Township, MI the son of Scott and Henrietta (Ely) Love.

   Mr. Love worked for Oldsmobile until he retired in 1982. One of Mr. Love's favorite things was the family reunion that took place every summer. He enjoyed deer hunting with his brother-in-law in the U.P. Mr. Love enjoyed older music and gospel hymns.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Earlene in 1982; brothers, Herbert Love, Owen Love, Jack Love; and sisters, Elanore Stampfler and Eloise Dahn.

   He is survived by his daughters, Linda Watson of Charlotte and Lynette Love (Jimmy Clark) of Battle Creek, MI; two grandchildren, Dennis and Daniel Watson; sisters, Margaret Halsey of Osseo, Marie Gariety of Nashville, Charlotte Swartz of Bellevue and Phyllis (Don) Jones of Beaumont, CA and brother, Willard (Vivian) Love of Bellevue.

   Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at Hastings Township Cemetery, Hastings MI with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was in Hastings Township Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made out to Eaton Community Hospice.

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

 

 

                                   

 

 

Rose I. Love

 

   Rose I. Love, 77, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 in Charlotte. Rose was born April 23, 1931 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Eugene and Eula Mae (Elston) Byron.

   She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alfred, Allen and Clifford Byron; sister, Alberta Van Atter; and brother-in-law, Wallace Peters.

   Rose is survived by her husband of 57 years, Glen A.; brother, James (Joyce) Byron of Eaton Rapids; two sisters, Lorena (Robert) Gillett, and Iva Jean Peters, all of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Lillian Loveall

 

   Lillian Marie Loveall, infant daughter of Steven and Erika (Gray) Loveall of Nashville, MI, died Saturday, Sept. 13. 2008 at home surrounded by her loving family. Lillian was born June 8, 2008 at Hayes-Green-Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her parents, Steve and Erika Loveall; grandparents, Debra and Carl Loveall of Nashville, Karen and Brian Lantz of Charlotte and Shane and Jessica Gray of Union City; great-grandparents, Jerry and Kristine Haley of Charlotte, Thomas and Darlene Dempsey of Maumee, OH and Merlin and Diane Lantz of Leslie; great-great-grandparents, Mildred Griest of Charlotte and James Haley of Eaton Rapids and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial services were held Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Andy Shaver officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family or to Sparrow Hospice Services. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Lux

 

   Richard H. Lux, 60, of Charlotte, died Monday, March 3, 2008 at his residence after an extended illness. Dick was born May 2, 1947 in Owosso, the son of Donald L. and Dorothy (Bayley) Lux and had lived most of his life in Charlotte.

   He was a 1965 Graduate of Charlotte High School and was a member of the Charlotte Church of Christ. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing poker "with the guys." He served for a time in the U. S. Marines.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Lux in 1965; stepfather, Lyle Allen in 2000; his mother, Dorothy Allen in 2001 and step brother, Bruce Allen in 2008.

   Surviving are his twin brother, Robert Lux of Manistee; two sisters, Lynne (Robert) Kimmel and Barbara (Garry) Bruce both of Charlotte; step sisters, Barbara Allen of Virginia and Judy Pearson of Dunedin, FL; step sister-in-law, Kathy Allen of Spring Hill, FL and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Thursday, March 6, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with John Bailey, Minister of Charlotte Church of Christ officiating.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Memory Tree Garden in Bennett Park. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Phyllis Lyon

 

   Phyllis Ann Lyon, 83, of Dearborn, died Feb. 3, 2008. She was born in Albany, NY on April 28, 1924.

   Past president of Dearborn PTA. Board member of Hope Lutheran Church since 1950. Lifetime sorority member of Alpha Chi Omega.

   Beloved wife of Robert for 61 years. Dear mother of Jerry, Robert (Denise), Elizabeth Geisler (Dallas), Thomas (Luann), Mary Ellen, Daniel and John (Lisa). Sister of Eunice Yancey. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include sister-in-law, Frances Salisbury (Marvin) and Phyllis Haight; brother-in-law, Franklin Lyon (Janet); and Leigh Lyon (Agatha).

   Funeral services were held Feb. 7, 2008 at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mason.

   Memorials are suggested to Hope Lutheran Church, 3640 Madison Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Lyon

 

   Robert G. Lyon passed away Dec. 5, 2008. He was born May 20, 1921 in Mason, the son of Eugene and Alberta Lyon.

   He was a longtime resident of Dearborn, Mich.

   He graduated from Mason High School in 1939, and during World War II worked at Willow Run Airport building B-24 bombers.

   In 1946, he married Phyllis Ann Lowe. She died in January 2008.

   His working years were spent in the airline industry. He was a proud member of the International Association of Machinist Aerospace Engineers.

   Surviving are his children, Jerry of Swartz Creek, Robert (Denise) of San Francisco, Calif.; Elizabeth (Dallas) Geisler of Louisiana, Thomas (Luann) of Taylor, Mich.; Mary Ellen of Livonia, Mich.; Daniel of San Francisco, Calif.; and John (Lisa) of College Station, Texas. He is also survived by sisters, Frances (Marvin) Salisbury of Wenache, Wash.; and Phyllis (Richard, deceased) Height of Northport, Fla.; his brother, Franklin (Janet) of Eaton Rapids; and Leigh (Agatha) of Mason.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason.

 

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Tommy Mahon

 

   Tommy Mahon, 64, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Mr. Mahon was born June 4, 1943 in Charlotte, the son of Edward and Leone (Starkweather) Mahon.

   Mr. Mahon worked for Leaseway where he retired after 32 years. He was a life-time member of the VFW, the Eagles and a past Commander of the American Legion Post #42. Mr. Mahon was a Saddle Bronc Professional Rodeo Rider during the first seven years of his marriage. He was a good man with a strong personality who dearly loved his grandchildren, spending time with them and sharing in their accomplishments.

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

   He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn (Senko); daughters, Lisa (Don) Brundage of Charlotte, Lona Mahon of Charlotte; four grandchildren; sister, Verdetta (John) Dewey; brother, Mike (Donna) Mahon and sister, Faye (Britt) Morgan.

   Funeral services were held Friday, March 7, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating.

   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.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth Clayton Maitland

 

   Kenneth Clayton Maitland of Eaton Rapids, age 87, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 in Dimondale. Kenneth was born March 31, 1920 in Jackson, MI, the son of Tracy and Cora (Abbott) Maitland. He was a veteran of WWII and retired as a Major in the Army Air Force Reserves in 1972. Ken was a member of the VFW and a member of the Moose and Elk Lodges in Houghton Lake. He retired from Clark Equipment in Jackson. At age 14 Ken played piano in bands, and later became a member of the Musicians Local in Jackson. He enjoyed playing piano professionally for the rest of his life. Preceded in death by his wife, Harriet in 1995; son, John Kunce; sister, Helen Miner; and brother, Sheridan Maitland.

   Kenneth is survived by his children, Randy Maitland of Grand Rapids, Kim Maitland, Diana (Keith) Hayter of Eaton Rapids, and Ronald Kunce of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends Tuesday for one hour prior to the service, from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Robert Frank Marry

 

   Robert Frank Marry, 87, of Charlotte, died Sunday, June 1, 2008. Robert was born August 2, 1920, to Roy R. and Marian Jennings Marry.

   He graduated from Addison High School in 1938. On January 4, 1943, he married Maxine Roney in Angola, Ind. They lived at Manitou Beach before moving to Charlotte in 1956.

   He worked in Albion and Jackson Auto Parts, then Charlotte Auto Parts, retiring after 28 years of service. He was a life member of the VFW Post #2406, the senior center, and a member of the American Legion. Mr. Marry was also a life member of the Addison Masonic Lodge.

   He is survived by Maxine Marry, his wife of 65 years; children, James (Suzanne) Marry, Karen (Marc) Flegel of Canadian Lakes, and William (Kathryn) Marry of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

   He is predeceased by his parents; one sister, Adah Perkins; brother-in-law, LeRoy Perkins; and brother, Norbert Keith Marry.

   Graveside services were held Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Reverend Rich Mitterling officiating.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Garry H. Marsh

 

   Our hearts break today, Monday, June 2, 2008, over losing a great man, Garry H. Marsh, 93, of Dimondale. He was born December 17, 1914, in Charlotte, the son of Garry and Nettie (Hamby) Marsh.

   Everyone that knew him knows how a truly wonderful day it is for him being reunited with his wife of nearly 63 years, Jackie, who preceded him in death in 1998.

   So many things can be said about what kind of man Garry was, and how he chose to live his life. He never gave his opinion unless it was asked for, and if you didn't listen then you were a fool, for I don't know a time that he was ever wrong. He was as good of a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend that anyone could have ever asked for. He did many things over the years for Windsor Township, but in his heart and soul he was a farmer. He lived with honesty, integrity, courtesy, and a wonderful sense of playfulness that never seemed to change with age. There will be an empty place in our lives without him.

   I for one would like to thank him for all the time he gave me and for all the lessons and laughter along the way. It was truly an honor to have known him, but a greater honor to be able to have called him grandpa.

   Garry is survived by his sons, Morris (Joan) Marsh, and Murray (Betty) Marsh; his five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

   To honor Garry, be sure to love and cherish your family. By his request, there will be no services. 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Marshall

 

   Robert Marshall, 73, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. He was born Sept. 10, 1934 in Bellevue Township, the son of Clare and Alice (Burschett) Marshall.

   Marshall was a farmer and retired from Wilcox Gay. He enjoyed wood carving, animals and helping neighbors. Marshall was involved in Golden Gloves and FFA.

   He is survived by his companion Elizabeth "Becky" Wells; stepsons, Gary (Ana) Wells and Michael Wells; four grandchildren; sister, Vivian Love and brother, Richard Marshall; numerous nieces, nephews and close cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Bethany Ann Fulton and sister, Marian.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 21 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Hastings Township Cemetery, Hastings.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or Arthritis Foundation.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Charles Martens

 

   Charles O. Martens, 77, of Lakeview passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. He was born in Charlotte on April 26, 1931, the son of Carl and Gertrude (Warner) Martens. Charles was raised in the Eaton County area and graduated from the Charlotte High School in 1949.

   Charles married Leona Tyler on Feb. 19, 1957. He pursued a variety of business interests throughout his life, including Martens News Stand in Charlotte, which he owned and operated with his father. Charles enlisted in the United States Air Force in October of 1951 and served his country in Korea as a Staff Sergeant. He was discharged from the military in October of 1955. Charles was a member of the Lakeview VFW Post. Charles loved spending time with his family and friends, traveling, playing cards, flying and fishing.

   Charles is survived by his w3ife; four daughters: Terry L. (Dan) Lindsey of Troy, Virginia, Cindy J. (Joel) Smith of Stanwood, Mich., Sharon L. (Sean) Chiles of Cedar Springs, Mich. and Sally A. Jackson of Palmyra, Va.; two sons, Jeff Martens of Lakeview, Michigan and Steve C. (Angie) Martens of Six Lakes, Mich.; 11 grandchildren: Joshua (Hillary) Lindsey, Jolie (Chris) Allen, Sara (Mark) Adair, Katie (Jeremy) Sparrow, Ali Smith, Tyler Chiles, Trent Chiles, Damon (Amber) Martens, Hailey Martens, Macie Martens and Vaughan Martens; four great grandchildren: C.J., Amelia, Jack, Ryen; one brother Wendell (Kathleen) Martens of Arlington, Texas and one sister-in-law, Carol Martens of Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clifford and Norman.

   The funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 28 at the Brockway Wesleyan Church in Morley with Pastor Roger Cooper officiating. Burial was at the Hinton Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Tamarack Lake Improvement Board.

   The family has entrusted arrangements to Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, Mich.

 

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Norman Martens

 

   Our precious loved one, Norman “Marty” Martens, 67, of Charlotte, passed away after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Norm was the son of Carl and Gertrude Martens. His love of music began with “Marty’s Record Hop” dances in the late 50s. His passion continued on through ownership of a successful music distribution company, State Wide Distributing for over 25 years. Norm and Carol always looked forward to numerous road “trips to nowhere” in his corvette. He enjoyed golf, camping, classic cars, card playing and most of all, spending time with his family. He was a member of the Charlotte Country Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles and NARM (National Association of Record Merchandisers).

   He is survived by his loving wife if 28 years, Carol Martens; son, Mark (Lisa) Martens, Kirk Martens, Tim Martens; daughters, Stacie (Dan) Barstow, Marie (Jim) Butler, Aimee Martens and Shalon (Jim) Dailey; grandchildren; Danielle Martens, Alec Barstow, Rachel Butler, Taylor Butler, Blaine Butler, Tiffany Martens and Payton Dailey; brothers, Wendell (Kathy) martens and Charles (Leona) Martens.

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

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008. There will be a celebration of Norman’s life in the skybox at Riedy’s from 3 to 5 p.m. following the services.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Charleen Martin

 

   Charleen L. Martin, 69, of Fremont, IN, died May 21, 2008. She was born July 23, 1938 in Lansing to Harold and Doris (Parish) Dalley.

   Charleen was a homemaker. She formerly lived in Flint, MI and the Lansing area. She also loved to play cards, bingo and enjoyed cooking and baking. She collected toys and baseball cards for her grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Surviving are daughter, Deanna and Stan Bowen of Angola, IN; three sons, Stan Ferguson of Flint, MI, Harold Ferguson of Baltimore, MD, and Roger Ferguson; two sisters, Iris and Frank Brocate, and Alice and Robert Francisco; four brothers, Barton and Jan Dalley, Cy and Ellsie Dalley, Cliff Dalley, and Dan and Pam Dalley; seven grandchildren, Latanya Caruthers, Lucinda Bowen, Christopher Caruthers, Steven Lillieberg, Samantha Caruthers, Tina Bowen, and Summer Ferguson; two great-grandchildren, Lillian McGuire, and Aaliyah Adams.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, May 25, 2008 Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, IN with Rev. Wayne Berkesch officiating.

   Condolences may be sent online to www.beamsfuneralhome.com.

   Arrangements by Beams Funeral Home of Fremont, IN.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles Martin

 

   Charles K. Martin, 86, passed away Oct. 11, 2008. He was born April 2, 1922 in Tohma, WI.

Charles was a Veteran of WWII. After the military, he married Chloe and worked at Michigan Carton Company for 31 years. After retirement, he spent his time woodworking, raising chickens and turkeys, and spent time with his loving wife and family. In the past 10 years he battled many health issues, with Chloe by his side.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Martin; brother, Tom Bloomquist and son-in-law, Donald Wiser.

   Left behind to remember him is his devoted wife of 61 years, Chloe; five daughters, Alice Wiser of Lake Odessa, Mary (Ray) Schriver of Vermontville, Trilby (Charles) Tubbs of Vermontville, Diane (Ed) Monroe of Eaton Rapids, Charlene (Doug) Konen of Dimondale; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grand children.

   The family will receive visitors one hour prior to service time beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21, 2008 at Daniels Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be held on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship fund or the American Heart Association

 

                                   

 

 

Madeline Martin

 

   Madeline M. Martin, 80, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. Mrs. Martin was born Sept. 1, 1928 in Flint, Mich., the daughter of Michael and Zelma (Ross) Montie.

   Madeline worked for 15 years at the Eaton County Abstract Co. until retirement in 1976. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where she served on the Alter Society. She was also a 4-H knitting leader for a number of years.

   Madeline was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry Thomas Martin; and her brother, Lt. Melvin Montie.

   She is survived by her husband, Tom Martin; daughter, Peggy (Philip) Heinze of Sunfield; grandchildren, Jennifer (James) Stehlik, Kristin Heinze and Kyle (Amanda) Heinze; great grandchildren;, Anika Rose Stehlik, Kali Ann Heinze, Josie and Madeline Stehlik and Alana Jo Heinze; brother Myron Montie of Eaton Rapids, and her sister-in-law, Ann Kimball of Bath and several nieces and nephews.

   A funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley celebrating. Interment followed at West Carmel Cemetery. The family has suggested memorials 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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Marion Mathews

 

   Marion J. (Sheppard) Mathews, 86, of Charlotte, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at the Flower House Adult Foster Care Home, Nashville, MI. Mrs. Mathews was born Nov. 19, 1921 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Albert R. and Estelle (Mulhollan) Sheppard.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Olive Homer Mathews on Oct. 20, 2002.

   Surviving are her son, Bert (Bonnie) Mathews of Charlotte; two daughters, Sharon (Bob) Jones of Mountain Home, AR and Olivette Stokes-Turbeville of Laramie, WY; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

   At Mrs. Mathews request, cremation has taken place. No services will be held.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Flower House Adult Foster Care Home, 9950 S. Clark Road, Nashville, MI 49073. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Joyce Marie Maupin

 

   Joyce Marie Maupin, age 86, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2008 in Lansing. Joyce was born October 16, 1921 in Royal Oak, MI, the daughter of Leon James and Helen Marie (Hanson) McVoy. She worked in business administration during Pearl Harbor; received nurses training and graduated as a Registered Nurse from Henry Ford Hospital. In Eaton Rapids Joyce started working at the old Stimpson Hospital, and later in the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and Clinic. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kaye; daughter, Ann Marie; and sister, Jean McVoy.

   Joyce is survived by her daughter, Martha (Roy) Creason of P.O. Box 1463, Victorville, California 92393; and sister, Shirley McVoy of California. Memorial services will be held later in the year. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, MI. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Foundation or the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids in memory of Joyce Maupin. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Quincy Ann Mayfield

 

   Quincy Ann Mayfield, 72, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2008 in Charlotte. Quincy was born November 17, 1935 in Brinkley, Ark., the daughter of Charles Quinton and Katie Mae (Holifield) Poole.

   She moved to Lansing in 1955 after marrying George Mayfield. Quincy became an active member of Miller Road Bible Church. She retired from Dean Special Transportation before moving to Manton in 1983. Quincy was elected to two terms as the Liberty Township Clerk in Wexford County, and attended church in Manton. In the early '90s she moved to Dimondale to be near her children.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, George C. Mayfield in 1981; brother, Charlie Poole; and sister, Augustine Arline.

   Quincy is survived by her children, Joseph D. (Shirley) Mayfield of Lansing, Doris (Robert, II) Hipps of Eaton Rapids, Glenda (Larry) Ray of Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, Joseph C., Hannah, Michelle, Travis, Trevor and Jaclyn Mayfield, Amy and Robert Allen Hipps III, Jeffrey Mayfield, and Dustin and Crystal Burghdoff; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Clare Lee (Martell) Rose of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at East Lawn Cemetery, Okemos. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimers Association or Eaton County Extended Care Facility, Charlotte, in memory of Quincy Mayfield.

 

                                   

 

 

Kenneth Maynard

 

   Kenneth Ray Maynard, 79, of Dowling, died Sept. 21, 2008 at Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. He was born April 16, 1929, the son of Acie Lee and Beulah Mae (Watts) Maynard in Lansing. He worked for the Grand Trunk Railroad for 39 years, retiring in 1990.

   Kenneth married Marjory Turnes on October 13, 1979. Marjory survives. Also surviving are children, Frank (April) Maynard and Steve (Charlotte) Maynard, all of Bellevue, Kathy (Jimmy) Bower of Hastings, Kevin (Sherri) Maynard of Florida, Karen (Denny) Foster of North Carolina and Dana R. Maynard of Holt; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Fay Jones of DeWitt; brothers, Gene (Donna) Maynard of Mecosta and Gale (Nancy) Maynard of Tennessee and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Luella (Dargitz) Maynard; his son, Kenneth W. Maynard; brothers, James Maynard, John Maynard, Jack Maynard and sisters, Millie Gallimore and Margie Maynard. Kenneth was a member of the Bellevue Conservation Club; he volunteered with 4-H and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and gardening. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

   Services took place Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel in Bellevue with Pastor Brian Spencer officiating. Interment was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Hastings.

   Memorial contributions may go to Good Samaritan Hospice Residence or Bellevue Conservation Club.

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

 

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Charles F. “Charlie” McCarrick

 

   Charles F. “Charlie” McCarrick, age 72 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at his residence following a long illness. He was born February 7, 1936 in Lansing the son of Irving and Verna (Twichell) McCarrick. Charlie had formerly worked as a Truck Driver for Miller Trucking in Detroit and retired in 1996 form the City of Eaton Rapids in the DPW Department. He was a former Volunteer Fireman for the City of Eaton Rapids and was a 4-H Leader for 10 years. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister.

   Surviving are his wife Rosetta; 5 daughters and a son, Julie (Ken) Locke, Kathy (Dan) Curtis, Debbie (Cody) Forist all of Eaton Rapids, Greg (Emily) McCarrick of Owosso, Georgia McCarrick of Kokomo, IN and Crystal McCarrick of Lansing; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandson; sister, Sharon McCarrick of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Richard (Diane) McCarrick of Lansing and Robert (Nancy) McCarrick of Grafton, OH; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 5 at the Skinner Funeral Home with burial following in the Rosehill Cemetery.

   For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Braden McClure

 

   Braden Clark McClure, of Charlotte, infant son of Bradley and Erica (Clark) McClure, passed away on July 18, 2008. Braden was born on Jan. 31, 2008 and lived at home with his parents and sister, Mariah.

   He was the light of their lives and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

   He is survived by his parents, sister and grandparents, Wesley and Karen McClure and Gary Clark and Maggie Clark of Cloverdale, Ind.

   Services were held Monday, July 21. On Tuesday, July 22, the family traveled to Cloverdale, IN where funeral services were held at Whitaker Funeral Home, 201 N. Lafayette. Interment was the next day at Cloverdale Community Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Roy McCoubrey

 

   Roy McCoubrey, 91, of Charlotte, passed away on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. Mr. McCoubrey was born Sept. 2, 1917 in Kenmore, Ohio, the son of Ray D. and Rose C. (Cronk) McCoubrey.

   He was a life-long member of VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Eaton Area Senior Center.

   Roy enjoyed many things in life, including fishing, golfing, camping, playing cards, carpentry work, and his family.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; second wife, Helen; and his sister, Catherine.

   He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Janet (Ray) Rhoades of Charlotte, Tommy (Teresa) McCoubrey of Dunlap, TN, Harold (Patricia) Braham of Flint, Gerald (Janet) Braham of Grand Blanc, and Beverly (Jim) Schlee of Grand Blanc; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Dennis McCoubrey of Detroit; sister, Mary (Johnny) VanGoosen, of Calhoun, GA.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Denis Spitzley officiating.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn McCoy

 

   Kathryn L. McCoy, 87, of Charlotte, died Saturday, June 28, 2008. Mrs. McCoy was born July 14, 1920 in Black Oak, AR, the daughter of S.J. and Estelle (Simmons) Berry.

   Mrs. McCoy moved to the Benton Harbor area in the 1940's and supported the war efforts during WWII working in a munitions factory. Years later, she retired from Hinkles Bakery in Otsego, MI.   Mrs. McCoy moved to Charlotte in 1993 and Charlotte has been her home ever since. She was a caring mother, grandmother and friend. Mrs. McCoy was unselfish and gave of herself to always help others.

   She is survived by her son, Stan (Kathy) McCoy of Charlotte; daughter, Virginia (Jack) Vandestreek of Longwood, FL; stepdaughters, Wanda (Lynn) Nemeth of Southbend, IN, Faith VanDyke of Edwardsburgh, MI, Hope (Bill) Dean of Baroda, MI and Waneeta (Denny) Ott of Galien, MI; 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Pettit and Inez Lowery; brothers, Junior Berry and Bill Berry.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. at 211 W. Seminary St., Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Elsie McKibbin

 

   Elsie Pearl (Stank) McKibbin, of Lake Odessa, passed away Monday, March 3, 2008 at Pennock Hospital in Hastings, MI at the age of 92. She was born April 20, 1915 in Yankee Springs, MI, daughter of George Elmer and Minnie Amelia (Patten) Todd.

   Elsie was preceded in death by both her parents and seven brothers and sisters; and the love of her life, Anton Stank who passed away in 1966; second husband, Robert McKibbin; and grandchild, John.

   She is survived by her four children and their families, Edward (Kim) Stank of Portland, Rose Emory and Pat of Lake Odessa, John (Janice) Stank of Grant, MI, and Randy Stank of Mulliken; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; two stepchildren, Ike and Toby and their families.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, March 6, 2008 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Rev. Ben Herring and Rev. Randall Bertrand of the Woodgrove Perish in Coats Grove officiating. The Pallbearers were Doug Fox, Doug Schrauben, Mike Daniels, Cory Stank, Bob Dombrowski, and Kerry Haynor, Rick Stank, and Jim Stank.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Lakewood Community Ambulance in memory of Mrs. Elsie P. McKibbin (Stank) c/o RFH PO 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.

 

Sharon McManus

 

   Sharon Elaine McManus, 69, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008 in Dimondale. Sharon was born February 25, 1939 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Carl and Gladys (Norris) Wood.

   She loved her children and grandchildren.

   Sharon was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy (Orin) Carpenter; brother, Lawrence (Donna) Wood; and sister-in-law, Ruth Wood.

   Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Russell W. McManus; one daughter, Melody (Tim) Totten of Haslett; three sons, Michael (Debi) McManus of Charlotte, Mark (Karri) McManus of Eaton Rapids, and Matthew (Casey) McManus of Fla.; four grandchildren, Hannah Totten, Owen, Garrett and Audrey McManus; six step-grandchildren, Jason and Phillip Seger, Robert, Chris, Daniel and Laura Durante; six step-great-grandchildren, Dakota Wilson, Josiah and Isiah Seger, Kaylyn, Joseph, and Logan Durante; two brothers, Oscar "Pete" Wood, Jerry (Shirley) Wood, all of Charlotte; one sister, Betty (Bob) Dilday of Laingsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 27, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Frank Klassen officiating. Interment followed at Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Twp. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to In-House Hospice, 24293 Telegraph Rd, Suite 102, Southfield, MI, 48034, or the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church in memory of Sharon McManus.

 

                                   

 

Evelyn McNamara

 

   Evelyn Mae McNamara, 83, of Eaton Rapids passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Mid-Michigan Hospice House in Lansing. She was born July 25, 1924, the third child of Edward and Eva (Morin) Lancour of Osier, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

   As a child, Evelyn lived in logging camps and later helped out in the family grocery store. In 1946, Evelyn married Martin Francis McNamara, also from the Upper Peninsula. Martin and Evelyn spent their lives and raised their family in Eaton Rapids. Evelyn’s strength of character and sense of humor were infused in her commitment to her children and family.

   Evelyn’s hobbies included knitting, crocheting and reading. Evelyn always thought the best of people and brought out the best in them. She was a member of the St. Peter Holy Catholic Church and a long-time active member of St. Peter’s Altar Society. She was a 30-year volunteer at the St. Vincent DePaul clothing bank of Eaton Rapids, in fact, she and several other women organized the clothing bank which allowed hundreds of women and children to go to school and go to work with dignity.

   Evelyn was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhea Ann Seeley; Evelyn’s first husband, Kenneth Rabideau, who was killed in action in WWII and brothers, Stanley and Maurice.

   Surviving are her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Martin McNamara and 16 children; Gary (Julie) of Eaton Rapids; Patrick (Carol) of Eaton Rapids; Lynn “Chick” (Herb) Blue of Spring Lake; Larry (Sue) of Englewood, Fla.; Joseph of Coral, Mitch (Helen) of Eaton Rapids; Nan (jerry) Holden of Bannister; Robert of Nashville, Tenn.; Kathleen “Kitty” (Mike) Green of Beaver Island; Peggy Wilcox of Petoskey; Mary McNamara of Nashville, Tenn.; Susie (Floyd) Baker of Ionia; Chris of Bradenton, Fla.; Vince (Kim) of Muskegon; Theo of Anchorage, Alaska and Steve (Brigid) of Harper Woods; son-in-law, Mike Seeley of Kentwood; 27 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; siblings, Helen Lustik; Joyce Bartlett; Nellrae St. Onge; Roger (Joyce) Lancour; Gerald (Vernice) Lancour and Sharon (John) Bates.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed Monday, March 24 at St. Peter Holy  Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant, Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery.

   Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the St. Peter Church Building Fund or St. Vincent DePaul, St. Peter’s Conference in memory of Evelyn McNamara.

 

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Dolas Mead

 

   Dolas M. Mead, 70, of Springport, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 in Charlotte. Dolas was born Oct. 4, 1938 in Jackson, the daughter of Norman and Alice (Johnston) Malosh.

   She was a graduate of Vandercook Lake High School, class of 1956. Dolas was the current president of the Springport VFW Auxiliary Adams & Rockey Post #6056 and active with the Jackson County Dept. of Aging, Crouch Center.

   Dolas was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Rowley in 1980.

   She is survived by her husband of 8 years, Howard Mead of Springport; two sons, Richard (Cecila) Rowley of Ft. Kent, Maine, and Steven Rowley of Springport; four grandchildren, Jeremiah and Jeffrey Rowley, and Nichole and Taylor Rowley; one sister Dolores (Dale) Wheat of Kalkaska; niece, Teresa (Dick) Ankney; and nephew, Kenneth (Brenda) Wheat.

   A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at the VFW Hall, Springport, with Rev. Irene Vittoz officiating. Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813, in memory of Dolas Mead.

 

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Bonnie Menovske

 

   Bonnie Menovske, of Clinton Township, formerly of Lansing, born on July 11, 1936 in Mason, to Enoch Larkin and Mildred Lucille (Moomey) Walker; passed away on March 26, 2008 in Charlotte, at the age of 71.

   Bonnie graduated from Mason High School in 1954 and retired from the DNR Fisheries Division, Lake St. Clair Fisheries Research Station after 32 years of service with the State of Michigan. She enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, traveling to Hawaii, and sporting events, especially University of Michigan sports.

   Bonnie was preceded in death by her father; and brother, Norman Lindsay.

   Surviving are her loving children, Carole (Gary Boersen) Menovske of St. Johns, Stephen Menovske of Ashley, Denise Menovske of Prunedale, CA, Matthew Menovske of Junction City, CA, Dawn Ching of Kapolei, HI, Deb (Steve) Shaughnessy of Charlotte, and Joseph (Marea) Menovske of ElsieI; eight grandchildren, Matthew and Christa Schueller, Chelsea, Kelli and Joey Ching, Levi Menovske, and Bonnie and Tyler Menovske; mother, Mildred Walker of Mason; brother, Bernie Walker of Pelkie, MI; sisters, Shirley Giesey of Mason, and JoAnn Alderman of Holt.

   Memorial services were held March 29, 2008 at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing with the Rev. John Bailey of Charlotte Church of Christ officiating.

   The family would like to thank the staff of Eaton Community Hospice for their loving care and in lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 South Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Bonnie.

 

                                   

 

 

David Eugene Meoak

 

   David Eugene Meoak, age 57, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, November 14, 2008 at a Lansing hospital. He was born March 22, 1951 in Lansing the son of Eugene and Anne (Donaldson) Meoak. David was a retired Corrections Officer for the State of Michigan stationed in Jackson. He was a member of the Onondaga Sportsman’s Club and a former member of the American Legion Post in Jackson. Dave was an avid hunter and out-doors-man. Preceding him in death were his parents, Eugene and Anne.

   Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Kathy (Knickerbocker) Moeak; 3 sons, Tyler, Mitchell and Todd Meoak; 3 brothers, John (Betty) Meoak, Tom Meoak and Jim (Linda) Meoak; sister, Barb (Doug) Carl; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Honoring David’s wishes there will be no services and cremation will take place. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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James Meridith

 

   James E. Meridith Jr., 41, of Potterville, formerly of Mechanicsville, MD, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. Mr. Meridith was born March 12, 1967 in Leonardtown, MD, the son of James Edward Sr., and Anita Marie Meridith.

   He was raised in St. Mary's County Maryland, where he played in various bands, such as the Wanders, Timberline, Kasino, Murphy's Law and many others. He was very proud of the time he spent over seas entertaining the troops through the USO tours. Locally he had played with the Back Woods Band, and Brian Lorente. He was a Founding Disc Jockey for Whispering Rose Radio. James will be laid to rest in his home state of Maryland.

   His is survived by his sisters, Rachele Marie and Crystal Lea Meridith; his extended family; Linda Gill, Winnifred Gill, Jeffrey Spangler, Bobbi Lynn Spangler (David Hart), Bobby (Cuz) Mary Murphy, and his beloved Ripley.

   Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday June 1, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Cliff Bartley officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.PrayFuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

June G. Merrill

 

   Angels too our Mother, June G. Merrill, age 74, of Eaton Rapids, home to our Lord on Sunday April 13th, after a long battle with breast cancer. June was born June 21st, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of John and Jenny Larsen from Norway and had one brother,  Herbert Larsen, of Hempstead, New York.

   She married Seaman Jason L. Merrill in 1952, after nine years in the Navy, they returned to her husband’s hometown in Hillsdale, Michigan, where she completed Beauty School in 1969. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001.

   June had 4 children; Karen (Susie) Pollmann-Antaya, Joyce Sullivan, Jean Squires of Eaton Rapids, and a son, James Merrill from California. She had 11 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

   Memorial Services, to “Celebrate her Life,” will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m., from the Skinner Funeral Home, 315 South River St., Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends and family at VFW Post 6986 in Onondaga after the services.

 

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Janet Merwin

 

   Janet I. Merwin, 78, of Leslie passed away Friday, Feb. 15 in Leslie.

   Janet was born Nov. 4, 1929 in Lansing, the daughter of Harold and Wilma (Herrick) Kowalk.

   Janet was called “Mom” by all of her children’s friends; family was her passion.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas J. Merwin, Sr. and infant daughter Jerrene Annette.

   Janet is survived by her four children; Paulette (Donald) Soule of Mason, Douglas (Paula) Merwin,, Jr. of Leslie, Jerry (Julie) Merwin of Leslie and Janette (Stanley) Seavey of Grand Blanc; 11 grandchildren, Tamara Allen, Thomas (Melissa) Soule, Timothy (Heather) Soule and Tiffany (William) Horton, Graham (Barb) Merwin and Jessica (Ken) Merwin-Scott, Sarah (Thom) Lattig and Rebekah (Mark) Losey, Jacob (Mindy) Seavey, Emily (Keith) Johnson and Stanley Seavey, Jr.; 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice in memory of Janet Merwin.

 

                                   

Maxine Meyers

 

   Maxine M. Meyers, 79, of Charlotte, died at her home on Thursday, June 19, 2008. Maxine was born May 1, 1929 in Lansing, the daughter of Almerian and Lillian (Lettimore) Allen.

   Maxine was an office manager for the 56th District Court in Charlotte for many years. She was a loyal member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Women's Bible Study Group. She was a caring mother and grandmother who loved and protected her family. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events. She was a wonderful cook and an avid bowler and played in local leagues for many years. She also liked to travel and had a passion for the lighthouses of Michigan.

   She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters and her grandson, Jason Dimmick.

   She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold; son, Rick (Barb) Meyers of Lansing; daughter Diane (Fred) Dimmick of Pikesville, NC; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 23, 2008 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church with Rev. Lynn Wagner officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions can be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

Hazel Midlam

 

   Hazel Mae (Cushman) Midlam, 89, of rural Olivet, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her children. Mrs. Midlam was born March 31, 1919, in Marengo Township to Earl George and Carrie Lavina (Sturgis) Cushman.

   She attended Kibler School. She and Earl R. Midlam romantically eloped on Valentine's Day, 1941, in Bryan, Ohio. He preceded her in death on October 9, 1999.

   During her early life, Mrs. Midlam assisted in the Marshall homes of Lou Brooks, Paul Noneman, Robert Maise and the Seaman families. Later, as a farmer's wife, she partnered with her husband on the farm that she lived on for 67 years. It was there that she and her husband raised their eight children. Her early, hard-working farm life included hand-tying bales on a Case baler, cooking and boarding the hired help, and each year raising 100's of baby chicks. She used the produce from her large gardens for her family.

Mrs. Midlam was a past member of the Faith Assembly of God Church for over 40 years and was presently a member of the Olivet First Assembly of God Church. She was active in the Women's Ministry Group, nursing home visitation, taught Sunday School, belonged to the Striped School Clatter Club and 4-H Club, and loved passionate, lively music — including playing the Hawaiian guitar and buying a bongo drum in her late 80's. People continually appreciated her latest "artsy" home decorating project. Her ability to "make something out of nothing" began with turning a "black 1850's house" into her Victorian home, taking care of her flower gardens, and openly welcoming frequent guests.

   People admired her never-ceasing ability to see and cheer on the positive in others, her gift of encouragement, and her talent to inspire. She was a mentor and a counselor. She loved to be joyful and constantly produced joy in others.

   She is preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, and all seven siblings, Marie Reed, Vila VanArman, Isabelle Olson, Seth Cushman, Daisy Smith, Donna Sundberg, and Donald Cushman.

Her family includes eight children, the late Brenda (Alan) Young of Olivet, Richard (Mary) Midlam of Olivet, Ken (Linda) Midlam of Rogers, AR, Dale Midlam of Olivet, Shelia (Tim) McConnel of Sioux Center, IA, Marcia Midlam of Indiana, Melvin Midlam of Olivet, Lisa Midlam of Vancouver, WA; Linda Young of Olivet; former daughter-in-laws, Trina Walton of TX, Becky Midlam of AR; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

   Hazel's family and friends will miss her words of encouragement, her total acceptance of each person, her contagious free spirit, her genuine hospitality, and her ability for unconditional love. She was an oasis of love to all who knew her.

   A celebration service of her life and a time of sharing was held Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at the First Assembly of God Church, 4767 W. Butterfield Hwy., Olivet (not to be confused with Olivet Faith Assembly). Interment followed at Rice Creek Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the Youth Group of Olivet First Assembly Church. Mrs. Midlam has been a life-long, passionate supporter of youth. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Clarence Wayne Miller

 

   Clarence Wayne Miller, age 86, of Eaton Rapids died Friday, July 4, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Born January 11, 1922 in Newton, Kansas, the son of Clarence and Mable Miller. Clarence joined the Army from 1940 through 1945, served with the 209th Field Artillery Battalion serving in Adak Station in Alaska. Mr. Miller married Rita M. Sigg in 1948 and moved to Eaton Rapids in 1972. They had formerly attended St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. A retired District Manager for the Mobil Oil Corp., he supervised the construction of the major pipeline for Mid-Michigan, his work spanned from 1947 until his retirement in 1985. Clarence was an avid hunter and fisherman and hobbies included reloading shells. Preceding him in death was a brother Fred Miller in 2001.

   Surviving are his wife, Rita; 2 children, Joyce Miller of Parma and David (Bobbie Jo Russell) Miller of Parma; 3 grandchildren, Shane (John) Schindler of Clarkston, Caitlin Miller of Parma and D.J. Miller of Parma; 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews from the Wichita, Kansas and Seattle, Washington areas.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Sandra Carpenter, officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Donald L. “Deke” Miller

 

   Donald L. “Deke” Miller age 82, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, November 30, 2008 at a Lansing hospital. He was born August 24, 1925 in Lansing, the son of Frank and Ruth (Thomas) Miller. Deke was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1943. He served in the Air Force as a Navigator during WWII. He married the love of his life Phyllis Charlefour on February 25, 1946 and they were only separated by her death in 1994. Deke started work at the age of 13 at Foote & Custer Gas Station and retired as owner and partner after 33 years of service.

   Although he never learned to swim himself, Deke received honors for rescuing fishermen who had fallen in and were unable to get out of the turbulent water at the State Street Dam. To the school kids Deke was best known as the candy man, behind one of the best candy counters in Eaton Rapids. After his retirement he worked for 5 years for Smith’s Upholstery in Eaton Rapids and later spent 14 years in  Inventory Control for Eaton Technologies in Eaton Rapids. Preceding him in death was his wife, Phyllis; sister, Mildred VanHerweg; close friends, Alice Snow and Shirley Stevens, and Kathy Foote.

   Surviving are a brother, Robert (Beulah) Miller of Jackson; brother-in-law, Richard Charlefour of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews; close friends, Gayle Foote, Nathan (Peggy) Foote, Eddie (Pam) Foote, Keith (Rose) Cantine and Richard (Judy) Smith.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following at the Rosehill Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Donald L. Miller. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfunealhome.com.

 

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Eloise Miller

 

   Eloise M. Miller, 69, of Springport, passed away on April 4, 2008 at Maplewood of Marshall. She was born in Ann Arbor on March 5, 1939 to Gustof and Berniece (Baum) Piepkow.

   She was married to Charles Donald Cox, and then William Clayton Lundy; both preceded her in death. On Nov. 21, 1981 she married Roger L. Miller who preceded her in death on June 21, 2004. Eloise owned Miller's Country Shop, a craft store in Springport. She had also worked for Corning Class in Albion, Owens, Illinois in Charlotte and Grady's Foundry in Marshall. She was a member of Springport Methodist Church. She was also a member of Eagles in Charlotte. Eloise enjoyed painting ceramics and crafts. She also enjoyed traveling, camping, hunting and fishing. She especially enjoyed supervising her husbands.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and one daughter, Charleen.

   Survivors include: seven daughters, Teresa Morales of Hastings, Barbara Dukeman of Marshall, Jacqueline Claybaugh of Bay City, Eloise Lundy of Florida, Rhonda Parrish of Nashville, Bonnie Weston of Lansing and Connie Doty of Vandercook; five sons, Charles Cox and Ed Lundy of Springport, Brett and Brian Miller of Charlotte, and William Lundy of Eaton Rapids; one brother, Bernard Piepkow of Springport; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 7, at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, with Reverend Diane Stone officiating. Interment followed at Springport Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Springport Methodist Church. www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Kim Miller

 

   Kim E. Miller, 46, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Mrs. Miller was born Aug. 14, 1962 in Suisun, CA the daughter of Bobby and Barbara Sizemore.

   Mrs. Miller was an administrative assistant for Grand Ledge Ford. She enjoyed riding horses and loved her family very much.

   She is survived by her husband, Dewayne; son, Darin (Alana Dowding) miller; grandson, Darin Miller; granddaughter, Desirae Miller; her parents and brother, Chris Sizemore; father and mother-in-law, Chester and Hazel Miller; brothers-in-law, Irving (Sharon) Smith, Dan (Janette) Miller, Doug (Betty) Miller and Dwight (Mary) Miller; sisters-in-law, Doris (Doug) Ewing, Wanita (Art) Clark and Darlene (Chuck) Cowling; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating.

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

 

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Sandra Mills

 

   Sandra Jo (Wooters) Mills, 45, of Maple City passed away early Monday, April 1, in her home. Sandy was born in Lansing on May 11, 1962, the daughter of Pete Wooters and Jo (Hamilton) Wooters of Traverse City.

   On Sept. 15, 1984 she married Chris Mills of Marion, Indiana in Traverse City, where they raised their two sons Scott, 22; and Dan, 19. Sandy taught eighth grade science at Traverse City West Junior High for 12 years, where she shared her passion for understanding the natural world with thousands of students. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. Since then, Sandy and her family have devoted a great deal of time to traveling the world in pursuit of things like glaciers, whales, fossils, icebergs and new friends.

Sandy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Virginia Hamilton, and Tom and Wilhelmina "Billy" Fudge.

   She is survived by her parents, husband and children, as well as her sister, Susie (Wooters) Jackson of Grand Ledge; brother, Scott Wooters of Traverse City and five nephews.

   A funeral service was held Monday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Faith Reformed Church in Traverse City.

The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Munson Hospice or to the Women's Cancer Fund at Munson Medical Center which will be used to help women with cancer to meet their financial needs.

   Share your memory of Sandy with the family at her on line guest book, www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Misener

 

   Richard D. Misener, 83, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, June 9, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. Dick was born May 9, 1925 in Jackson, MI, the son of Floyd and Ruth (Swathwood) Misener and had been a Charlotte resident since 1996 coming from Lansing.

   He was a 1946 graduate of Lansing Everett High School, had served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and had been a U.S. Postal Carrier in Lansing, retiring in 1984 after 32 years of service. Prior to that had been employed at Oldsmobile and Lansing Stamping Co. He had served as a Cusmaster in the Cub Scounts, was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lanisng and Messiah Lutheran Church of Holt and was currently a member of the First Lutheran Church in Charlotte. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and had volunteered for the Red Cross and Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Ann Misener in 1998; stepsister, Lorraine Eedy and companion, Bess Crandall in 2008.

   Surviving are his daughter, Ricci (Eugene) Eschtruth of Grand Ledge; his son, Dean T. Misener of Lansing; four grandchildren, Bethany Eschtruth, Rebecca (Henry) Hoadley, Brian (Angela) Eschtruth and Betsy Eschtruth; one great grandson, Joshua Alexander Eschtruth and cousins, Sondra (Jerry) Hughes of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may go to First Lutheran Church or the Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Kay Mishler

 

   Kay Dawn Mishler, 71, of Houghton Lake, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 at her home. Kay was born in Charlotte on Nov. 26, 1936 to the late Benjamin and Gertrude (Clever) Landers.

   She was married in 1967 in Charlotte to Rex Mishler, who preceded her in death. Kay was the general manager at the Houghton Lake Holiday Inn for many years and had been owner of the Chalet Motel, LaCookie Boutique, and Mishler's Party Store. She was a member of the Houghton Lake Eagles Aerie #3201 Auxiliary and the Houghton-Higgins Does.

   Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex; two brothers, Howard and Jerry; and sister, Linda Sleight.

   Mrs. Mishler is survived by her two loving daughters, Brenda Stearley of Houghton Lake and Tamera Stearley of Houghton Lake; her two dear sons, John Stearley of Texas and Benjamin Stearley of Arizona; two sisters, Roxanne (Jim) Albaugh of Mulliken and Sally (Allen) Cantine of Charlotte.

   Funeral services for Mrs. Kay Dawn Mishler were held Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 at Denton Twp. Cemetery, Prudenville, with Rev. Lonnie Severance officiating.

   Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Heartland Hospice. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel served the family (www.christler-holdship.com).

 

                                   

 

 

James Mix

 

   James E. Mix, 73, of Bedford, VA, formerly of Nashville, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Vermontville Methodist Church.

 

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Leroy Mix

 

   Leroy (Roy) H. Mix, 76, of Charlotte, formerly of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 at Hayes Green Beech Hospital in Charlotte. He was born in Vermontville on Aug. 5, 1932, the son of the late Lee and Helen (McRoie) Lenic.

   He was married to Eslie Curtis in 1967. The couple lived in the Ypslanti area during their marriage which ended in divorce in 1972.

   He was raised in the Vermontville area and attended local schools graduating from Vermontville High School in 1951. Roy served in the U.S. Army as a private in the Korean conflict where he was decorated with the Wharange Distinguished Military Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Silver Star.

   Roy worked as a maintenance supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service where he began working in 1974 and retired in 1997 at the age of 65. He enjoyed reading religious and health oriented books and being around airplanes.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Russell and granddaughter, Andrea Dempsey.

Roy is survived by a stepdaughter, JoAnn Dempsey; a stepson, Bart (Karen) Dempsey; sister, Ferona (Jim) Wiser; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 3. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

Dana Momany

 

   Dana C. Momany entered Heaven on Feb. 16, 2008. He was born in Charlotte on Nov. 8, 1949.

   When Dana was 18 years old he joined the Army and served in Korea. After he was discharged, he moved to Arizona and worked in the construction field for 30 years. He was most recently employed by the City of Goodyear as a civil inspector. Dana loved vacationing in Mexico, living in Cottonwood, and the Arizona Cardinals.

   He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Karen; sister, DaLonna (Ed); daughters, Kristi (David), Stacie, Diane, Bonnie; sons, Michael, Jeff; six grandchildren and many extended family members and friends who loved him. A celebration of his life will be on March 1, 2008 at noon at the American Legion in Cottonwood, AZ.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Mominee

 

   Robert H. Mominee “Bob,” 74, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. He was born Oct. 31, 1934 in Charlotte, the son of Fred and Cecil (Lampkin) Mominee.

   Bob was a repairman for Oldsmobile and was a dairy farmer for several years. He was a NASCAR fan with Ryan Newman being his favorite driver. Bob was very proud of his children and grandchildren; they were the light of his life.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Zimmerman; brother, Jack Mominee; and son-in-law, Delbert Redfield.

   He is survived by his wife of 37 ½ years, Diane; daughters, Roxanne Scott of New Mexico, StarrAnn Redfield of Eaton Rapids, Julia Mominee of Eaton Rapids, Loretta (Dan Manial) Moss of Bellevue and Bobbi (John) Villeneuve of Bellevue; sons, Allen DuMond of Muskegon and Donald DuMond of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Dreama) Mominee of Dimondale, Lyle (Arlene) Mominee of FL; sister, Veronica (Jack) Piggott of Lansing; mother and father-in-law, Helen and Pete Minier.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend John Bailey officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Church of Christ, or to the Breslin Cancer Center.

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

 

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Michael Monroe

 

   Michael L. Monroe, of Charlotte, 67, went to be with the Lord on his birthday after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Mike was born Feb. 11, 1941 in Lansing, the son of Melvin and Onalee (Vorhees) Monroe and had been a Charlotte resident since the early 1970's coming from Lansing.

   He was a 1960 Graduate of J. W. Sexton High School and served eight and a half years in the U. S. Navy on the USS Coral Sea as a Dental Technician. He spent the majority of his life in law enforcement having been employed by Lansing Police Dept. and its Metro Narcotics Division, the Charlotte Police Dept. and the Eaton County Sheriff's Dept. from where he retired after 21 years of service. Was currently employed part time with the Eaton County Courthouse Security. He enjoyed community service being actively involved in his church functions, was a member and past president of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club, being in charge of the food trailer, was Charlotte's official Santa for the Christmas Parade and had been actively involved in Boy Scouts.

   Mike was a world traveler, loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and loved spending time with family.

   He was predeceased by his father, Melvin; and wife, Annette.

   He was a devoted family man and is survived by his wife of four years, Brenda; three sons, Christopher (Tracy) and David (Rhonda) both of St. Petersburg, FL and Andrew (Daysha) of Dearborn, MI; stepchildren, Erin Downing of Concord, Brian Downing of Albion and Krista Roberts of Battle Creek; his mother, Onalee Meyers of Nashville; brother, Larry (Janie) Monroe of Grand Haven; sister, Sandy (Jed) Kuhn of Greenville; three grandsons; nine stepgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 at the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church with Rev. Darold Hill and Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment of cremains with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

   Mike was a great inspiration to all who knew him by his positive attitude and lived life to the fullest. He will be dearly missed.

 

                                   

 

 

Gerald Montgomery

 

   Gerald Vern Montgomery, 68, of Southfield, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Mr. Montgomery was born Sept. 2, 1939 in Detroit, the son of Vern Truman and Virginia (Clothier) Montgomery.

   He was a hard working gravel train truck driver.    He was a great father and grandfather.

   He is survived by sons; Jeff (Elizabeth) Montgomery of Jackson, and Scott (Dawn) Montgomery of Waterford, MI; grandchildren, Coy, Travis, Madison and Jake of Jackson and Brandon and Nicholas of Waterford; sisters, Gloria Parker of Charlotte, and Sandy (Dale) Hartwick of Howell; and his beloved dog, Tina.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit.

   If desired, memorial donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network/ www.pancan.org 1-877-272-6226. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

Margaret Moon

 

   Margaret Ann "Peggy" Moon, 82, of Olivet, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at the Sparrow Hospital, Lansing. Peggy was born July 23, 1926 in Brookfield Twp., Eaton County, the daughter of Leonard and Isabel (LaBare) Johnson and had been a lifelong area resident.

   She was a 1944 graduate of Olivet High School and was a retired secretary for Air-Way Mfg. Co. of Olivet with 30 years of service. She was an active member of the Olivet Congregational Church, having served as president of the Women's Fellowship and on the Board of Deacons. She was a former member of the Olivet/Bellevue O.E.S., had served as a volunteer at Hayes-Green-Beach Hospital, was a member of the Charloteers Campers Club and volunteered as a mentor for the Olivet Grade School reading program.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carroll H. Moon; brother, Carroll "Casey" Johnson; sister-in-law, Billie Johnson and brother-in-law, Dorion Moon.

   Surviving are her daughter, Kristine Ann (Jeffery) Morris of Olivet; son, Keith Allen (Donna) Moon of Olivet; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia (Hans) Langmaack; two brothers, Leonard (Donna) Johnson and Richard (Marilyn) Johnson, both of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Betty Moon of Bellevue; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 at the Olivet Congregational Church with Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

Memorial contributions may go to the Olivet Congregational Church. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Mark Moon

 

   Mark E. Moon, 53, of Olivet, died unexpectedly, Friday, July 4, 2008 at his residence of an apparent heart attack. Mark was born Jan. 27, 1955 in Marshall, MI, the son of Merlin E. and Patricia (Ross) Moon and had lived most of his life in the Olivet area.

   He was a 1973 graduate of Olivet High School. He was a self-employed dairy farmer and farrier (blacksmith). He loved his "Clydesdale Bud" Stallion, and liked to take the kids fishing and enjoyed hunting.

   Surviving are his wife, Kristina (Hansen) Moon; four children, Joslin Moon of Battle Creek, Dustin Moon of Ann Arbor, Kenton Moon and Soyer Moon both of Olivet; two grandchildren, Dakota Moore and Jalinn Pennock; his mother, Patricia (Ross) Moon of Marshall; his father, Merlin E. Moon of Olivet; three sisters, Julie (Michael) Runyan of Lighthouse Point, FL, Marcia (Patrick) Frost of Olivet and Renee Moon of Hastings and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Todd Page officiating. Interment in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may go to the American Heart Association. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

Lillie Jane Moore

 

   Lillie Jane Moore of Eaton Rapids, age 71, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2008 in Lansing. Lillie was born February 3, 1936 in Nashville, TN, the daughter of John and Annie (Young) Hayes. She was a retired caregiver at Country Acres in Eaton Rapids. Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Eugene Moore in 1986.

   She is survived by daughter, Tammie (Mark) Moore-Oberlin of Eaton Rapids; 2 sons, Michael (Annie Foster) Moore of TN, and Randy Moore of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Jason (Nicole Bailey) Moore, Shannon (John) Rasmussen, and Jonathan Moore; 2 great grandchildren, Jason Milligan and Andrew Moore; 4 brothers, Louis (Snooky) Hayes, Tommy (Joellen) Hayes, Robert Hayes, and Ronnie Hayes, all of TN; 4 sisters, Carol Stiles of Lansing, Dorothy (Don) McNeil of TN, Evelyn (Ed) Ashley of TN, and Shirley (Henry) Swickowski of PA.

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

 

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Ronald R. Moore

 

   Ronald R. Moore, age 61, long time resident of Eaton Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 20, 2008. Ron was born February 20, 1947 in Grosse Pointe, MI to the late Cloyde K. and Patricia J. (Fahner) Moore.

   He was raised in St. Clair Shores and graduated from Notre Dame High School. Ron went on to attend Michigan State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts, followed by a Master’s of Education from Wayne State University. Ron established himself in Eaton Rapids in 1973, settling into a career in Special Education with the Eaton Intermediate School District, where he worked until his retirement in 2001. Ron was strong in his faith and an active member of St. Peter Catholic Church. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was a volunteer fireman for Eaton Rapids and Hamlin Townships. He was also seen volunteering in other areas of the community.

   Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Megan (Francisco) Moore and Grand Rapids, Amanda (Adam) Hilt of Traverse City; four grandchildren, Declan, Jackson, Hadley and Anderson; two sisters, Kathy (Chuck) DeMarco and Maureen Moore, a brother, Mark Moore; nieces, a nephew and several other loving family members and caring friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at St. Peter Catholic Church. Graveside services were held at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township. Memorial contributions may be directed to Special Olympics Michigan, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 48859 in memory of Ron Moore, Area 8.

   The family was served by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Duane Mulholland

 

   Duane Arnold Mulholland, 74, of Potterville, died Sept. 5, 2008 at Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing. Duane was born April 23, 1934, in Potterville, the son of Floyd and June Elizabeth (Hawley) Mulholland.

   He worked in truck repair at General Motors and as a union committee man for UAW Local 652. He enjoyed fishing with his grandsons, his cats and dogs, the 1960 Ford Galaxy, and taking Margaret out to lunch.

   He was preceded in death by his step-son, Dennis Stump; and his parents.

   He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Harder) Mulholland; daughters, Lori Rock and Amy (Scott Thompson) Mulholland, both of Potterville; and step-son, Gary (Young) Stump, of California; grandchildren, Ryan and Cory Rock; and sister,  Ardith Piercefield of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Reverend Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

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.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

June Mulholland

 

   June E. Mulholland, 92, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 9, 2008. Mrs. Mulholland was born June 14, 1916 in Potterville, the daughter of Don and Kathleen (Cowon) Hawley.

   Mrs. Mulholland attended Potterville United Methodist Church where she was active crocheting mittens and hats for the church sale. She enjoyed quilting, canning and flower gardening.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; brothers, Hugh Hawley; sisters, Audry Gillett and Jean Edwards.

   She is survived by her daughter, Ardith Piercefield of Charlotte; son, Duane Mulholland of Potterville; grandchildren, Curt (Kimberly) Piercefield, Dan Piercefield, Lori Rock and Amy Mulholland; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Chelsea, Dale Anna, Corey and Ryan; great-great grandchildren, Kiarah and Kayle.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville.

   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.

 

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Jane Murdock

 

   Jane Eileen (Ross) Murdock, of Charlotte, passed away on June 22, 2008 in Charlotte at the age of 57. She was born Jan. 5, 1951 in Bad Axe, MI.

Jane was a physical therapist and manager of inpatient rehabilitation services for 35 years, with the last 30 years being employed by Sparrow Hospital.

   She had been active in state and national physical therapy associations and had served in many capacities until her retirement in May.

   Jane was a certified master gardener and had continued her horticultural education in the Lansing Area. She devoted countless hours of volunteer services and mentoring many colleagues and associates in master gardening techniques. She was always available to provide different gardening samples for her family, friends, and neighbors.

   Jane also enjoyed traveling and looked forward to planning the next major trip, and organizing photos from the trips for family and friends. Jane was devoted to her family, friends and co-workers and had an eye for detail.

   She always thought of others by acquiring gifts during her travels. Jane was regularly requested by family and friends to provide her superior photographic skills for special events.

Jane was preceded in death by her father, Maxwell Lee Ross.

   Surviving are her loving husband of 36 years, Richard "Rick" Murdock; mother, Margaret Ann (Bedford) Ross-Hudson; brother, Scott (Margo) Ross; sister, Connie (Robert) Schultz; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   A memorial service of witness to the resurrection was held Friday, June 27, 2008 at First Presbyterian Church, 211 N. Chestnut St., Lansing with the Rev. Anthony A. Patrick officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "Caregivers," Care for The Caregivers, Sparrow Hospital, P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909 in memory of Jane Murdock.

 

                                   

 

 

George W. Music

 

   George W. Music, age 77, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. George was born November 23, 1930 in Bonanza, Kentucky, the son of Jesse Bryan and Ocie Lee (Whitaker) Music. He was previously employed with Heifetz Pickling Co. and Michigan Packaging Co. in Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded  in death by his wife, Opal; brothers, Scott Music, Franklin Music; and sister, Mary Perkins; George is survived by 1 daughter, Shirley Ann Music of Florida; step-daughter, Sylvia (Lon) Hazelwood of Florida; 8 grandchildren, Brandi Milks, Travis and Shane Music, Andre (Jennifer), Benjamin, Heather, and Adam (fiancé, Jessica) Hazelwood, Elizabeth (Zachary) Foster; 4 great grandchildren, Gage Music, Manuel Robles, Keyon & Tyrique Crusoe; brother, Jeff Music of Homer; sister, Genoa Jewel Lawson of Clifford; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Scott Boles officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the George Music Family Fund, c/o Shelly-Odell Funeral Home. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Betty Neeb

 

   Betty Jane Ovenshire Neeb, 87, of Clarksville, was taken Home to be with her resurrected Lord on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. Betty was born in Charlotte on June 20, 1920 to Joseph and Jessie (Claflin) Norris.

   She was united in marriage to Max Ovenshire on Dec. 31, 1939. Following her husband's ordination into the ministry, they served United Brethren churches in Corunna, IN, Woodland and Kilpatrick, Pleasant Valley and Freeport, Lowell, Clare, and Hastings, MI. Betty was proud to have graduated from Lakewood High School in 1979. She loved her nicknames, "Joybells" and "Grace."

Rev. Ovenshire died on Jan. 15, 1970. Betty was married to Floyd Neeb in the late 1970's, and he also preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Kay Diane Ovenshire and Rebecca J. Ovenshire Flowers; grandson, Joshua Ryan Willette; sisters, Ella Satterley, Mable Wakley, and Josephine Davidson; and brothers, Harold, Raymond, Leo, Dale, and Thomas Norris.

   Betty is survived by her sons, Darrell (Carol) Ovenshire of Detroit, and James Ovenshire of Florida; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Wilford "Bill" Norris; the extended Neeb family; and all of the "adopted" children and grandchildren she loved through the years.

   The funeral service was held March 27 at the Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church. Burial was in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church or to continue research in finding a cure for Astrocytoma.

 

                                   

 

 

Alyce May Nelson

 

   Alyce May Nelson, age 96 of Burcham Hills Retirement Center in East Lansing died Monday, February 4, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Born September 29, 1911 in Ralston, OK. The daughter of Samuel and Dottie (Mitchell) Mann. Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Liberty Christian Church in Lansing since she moved here in 2002. Preceding her in death was her husband Wally in 2001.

   She is survived by her daughter, Sally (Tim) Cattron of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Melissa (Steve) Lazzarini of Paso Robles, CA, Christy (Jason) Weathers of Lancaster, KY and John (Rachel) Cattron of Charlotte; 8 grandchildren and sister, Verna Sisk of Wildomar, CA.

   Funeral services were held February 8th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Charlotte, MI 48813. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the care givers at Burcham Hill Retirement Center, Great Lakes Hospice and Eaton Community Hospice for their excellent care. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Iva Nelson

 

   Iva Zoe Nelson, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Charlotte, died peacefully on March 28, 2008 after a short illness. Iva was born in Monroe, Wis., on Nov. 14, 1920, the youngest child of Bert and Zoe Adelman.

   Iva was a long time resident of Charlotte and worked for many years with her husband in their finance business. They enjoyed U of M football, entertaining, traveling and boating on Lake St. Clair and Lake Michigan and were members of the Charlotte Country Club. After Ned's death, Iva continued to run their business and did volunteer work for hospice in Eaton County before moving to Grand Rapids to be close to her family. She enjoyed 13 happy, independent years at the Sentinel Pointe Retirement Community before moving to Holland Home's Devos Center. We would like to acknowledge with sincere appreciation the staff at both places for the loving care and kindness shown to Iva.

   Iva was preceded in death by her six brothers and sisters; her husband, Ned Nelson; and her daughter, Christina.

   She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Harold Nelson and Marlene Vitasinski and her two beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth Zoe and Kevin Edward.

   A celebration of Iva's life will take place at Sentinel Pointe, 2900 Thornhills SE, Grand Rapids, on April 12 at 2 p.m.

   In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Holland Home Devos Center 2nd Floor or Faith Hospice of Holland Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Joseph Nelson

 

   Joseph L. Nelson, 89, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. Joe was born May 1, 1919 in Muncie, IN the son of Evert and Estella (Stradling) Nelson and had lived most of his life in the Charlotte area.

   He was a 1937 graduate of Charlotte High School. He was a retired meat cutter and salesman for Allen Packing Co. of Charlotte, later working for Carl's Market of Olivet. Prior to that he was a dairy farmer during WWII.

   He was preceded in death by brothers, Wilber and Tom Nelson and sisters, Lula Young, Ophelia Anuchick, Bertha McCombs and Laura Hall.

   Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Barbara (Grier) Nelson; two sons, William (Susan) Nelson of Plainwell and John (Cheryl) Nelson of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Jeremy Nelson, Tonia Nelson and Carrie (Scott) Crain and three great-grandchildren, Breydan and Trask Nelson and Isabella Crain.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Tom Raymond officiating. Interment in the Millerburg Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to Eaton County Meals on Wheels, P. O. Box 242, Charlotte, MI 48813. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

David Newcomb

 

   David Lowayne Newcomb, 47, of Lansing, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. He was born June 10, 1961 in Lansing, son of the late Lowayne Newcomb and Anna (Fegley-Newcomb) Shaver.

   David worked in the meat department at L&L Shop-Rite in Lansing for over 20 years.

   From the age of three, he attended church at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lansing. From 1980-84, he served in the United State Marine Corps.

   David enjoyed fantasy football and working on his computer.

   His life was cut short after a courageous battle with leukemia, and he will be missed dearly by those who knew him.

   Surviving are his mother, Anna (Ronald) Shaver of Harrison; brother, Daniel (Starr) Newcomb of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Melissa (Tom) Olson of Eaton Rapids, and Michelle (Dan) Meiss of Pittsburg, PA; stepbrothers, Ronald (Nancy) Shaver, Jr. of Marcellus, and Bernard (Renee) Shaver of Elwell; stepsisters, Jacqueline Axe of Kalamazoo, and Barbra (William) Courtright of Clare; as well as several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home. Interment followed at East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos.

   For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to Karmanos Cancer Center, 4100 John Rd. Detroit, MI 48201; the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, 29777 Telegraph Rd. #1651, Southfield, MI 48034; or the Leukemia Society of Michigan, 1421 E. 12 Mile Rd. Madison Heights, MI 48071.

 

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Robert Newman

 

   Robert L. “Bob” Newman, 89, of Hilliard, formerly of Charlotte, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon April 19, 2008 at the Carriage Court Community of Hilliard, where Bob has lived with his loving and caring wife, Rita, for the past two years. Born Sept. 26, 1918 in Worcester, Mass.

   WWII Army veteran, (1942-1945) Tech. SGT of Company B 44th Engineer Combat Battalion serving in Algeria, French Morocco, Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, Rhineland and Central Europe. After the war, he returned home to Rita and they were married that Thanksgiving.

   Robert worked in a variety of jobs his caring nature lead him to hospital work. Once there his organization skills and his charismatic personality lead him to management of hospital housekeeping. He lived a quiet prosperous life. Before moving to Ohio, he lived in Charlotte for 35 years. He was an active member of St. Mary’s parish. Education was very important to Robert. Both of his children graduated college and enjoy success in their chosen professions.

   Preceded in death by parents, George and Cora (Fassett Newman; brothers, Jack Newman and Judd Newman.

   Survived by loving wife of 63 years, Rite E. (Dube) Newman, whom he married Nov. 22, 1945, children, Jane t(Larry) Rose of Plain City and Robert P. (Teresa) Newman of Maple Grove, MN; two grandsons, Aaron Rowse and Devin Newman.

   The funeral was held Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Ferguson Funeral Home 202 E. Main St., (St. Rte. 161W) Plain City. Burial was at Big Darby Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Union County Honor Guard.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Acclaim Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 205, Columbus, OH 43231.

   Visit www.fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com to sign the guestbook or share a special memory.

 

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Dorothy Nichols

 

   Dorothy J. Nichols, 80, of Ft. Myers, FL, passed away on March 5, 2008. She was born May 20, 1927, in Ceresco, MI, to Haakon and Bessie (Gleason) Furu.

   She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1944 and from St. Lawrence Sisters of Mercy School of Nursing in Lansing in 1948.

   On Nov. 13, 1948, she married Richard L. Nichols. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2006. Dorothy was a R.N., a homemaker, volunteer and a talented seamstress, creating dozens of beautiful quilts.

   Her parents; three sisters, Arlouene Treadwell, Julia Rush, Shirley Furu, and three brothers, Wardhal Furu, Eric Furu and Donald Furu, predeceased her.

   Surviving are her goddaughter, Tracy Hicks; a sister-in-law, Joyce Furu; two brothers-in-law, Sterling Treadwell and Donald Rush; 19 nieces and nephews, and special friends, Pat and Don Corey.

   The Nichols were charter members of the Ft. Myers Congregational United Church of Christ, 8210 College Parkway, where her life will be celebrated on April 14, 2008, at 1:30 p.m.

   Memorials may be directed to her church or Hope Hospice Care, Ft. Myers.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia Novack

 

   Virginia Marie Cecilia Novack, 92, of Charlotte, died Feb. 24, 2008. Mrs. Novack was born Nov. 20, 1915 in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of Ignatius and Marietta Tomczak.

   She was known to her family as the most loving mother in the world. Mrs. Novack was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte and a Reading Grandma at St. Mary School. She was a former Parish Council Member, officer in the Alter Society and Happy Years Club. Mrs. Novack was also a volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix; son, Philip; daughter, Patricia and sister, Conrada Hyba.

   She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Warner; grandchildren, Philip (Sandy) Novack, Mark (Heide) Novack, John Novack, Karl Douglas (Rosa) Simburger, Christine Novack, Cathy (Ron) Pemberton, Karri Lynn (John) Johnson and Gayle Marie McMillan; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Roger Simburger and her dearest friend Marge Kelsey.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlotte with Father Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was in Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Council of Catholic Women.

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Millie Nowall

 

   Millie Maxine Nowall joined her husband, mother and brother in heaven on March 13, 2008.

He is survived by Sharon Genereaux, Sue (Roger) McPhee and Paula (James) Molner; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sentinel Pointe Community Church, 2900 Thornhills Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. A private family funeral service will be held at a later date.

   Arrangements by O'Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home in Grand Rapids, www.gerstfuneralhomes.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Penny Joy Oberlin

 

   Penny Joy Oberlin, age 44, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Penny was born November 18, 1963 in Lansing, MI, the daughter of Henry Erwin and Anna Mae (Lance) Mire. She was a home health caregiver for many years and a group leader for the Neighborhood Watch.

   Penny is survived by her husband, Steven J. Oberlin; daughter, Anna Marie Oberlin (fiancé, Steven Snyder) of Ohio; son, Robert “little Steve” Gearhart of Eaton Rapids; close personal friend, Jim “Bubby” Towers of Eaton Rapids; many young people that called Penny & Steve “Mom & Dad”; 7 brothers, Elias (Anita) Mire, Henry Mire, both of Eaton Rapids, Perry “Joe” Mire of Hastings, Jerry (Jackie) Mire of Potterville, Max (Sheila) Mire of Leslie, Harlow Mire of Potterville, and John (Tammy) Abbott of Lansing; 2 sisters, Connie (Dave) Berkimer of Nashville, and Kathy (Arthur) Wallace of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will be today, Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation in memory of Penny Oberlin. www.shellyodell.com.

 

 

Robert (Rob) Oberlin

 

   Robert (Rob) Oberlin of Traverse City, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away on July 18th after a bout with cancer.

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

   Robert is survived by daughter Amanda Bruce of Charlotte; mother Janice Oberlin of Eaton Rapids, brothers, Philip (Kelli) of Charlotte; Rick (Kandace) of Cadillac; Ron (Jennifer) of Bear Lake, sisters, Lisa Clare of Grayling; Carrie (Jason) Roimer of Texas, stepsister, Diane Brummette of Charlotte, step-brother, Mark Hisler of Charlotte and many nieces and nephews.

   There will be a benefit barbecue on Saturday, August 2nd at the home of Phil Oberlin, 860 Butterfield Hwy to help the family cover the cost of burial.

 

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Kenneth C. Oliver

 

   Kenneth C. Oliver, age 71, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008 in Lansing. Kenneth was born June 17, 1936 in Harrietta, MI, the son of Herbert Leo and Velno (Porter) Oliver. He was a member of the Faith Assembly of God Church and retired from Lindberg Corp. of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Irene Mongar. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly (Overla) Oliver; 3 children, Russell Oliver of Eaton Rapids, Mel (Lori) Oliver of Quincy, and Elaine (Earl) Schnepp of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren, Christopher (Amanda) Oliver, Nicholas Oliver, Jessica (Troy) Frazier, Nicholl (Ed) Huston, Kory, Audrey, and Kaylyn Oliver, Thomas & Sarah Schnepp; 3 great grandchildren, Brandon & Lilly Frazier, and Kaiden Oliver; 3 brothers, Bud (Elnora) Oliver of Cadillac, Jack (Dorothy) Oliver of Cadillac, Edwin (Dorothy) Oliver of TN; sister-in-law, Carole (Albert) Clark of Eaton Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were held April 3, 10028 at the Faith Assembly of God Church, Olivet, MI, with interment planned at Antioch Cemetery in Wexford County, MI in May.

   The family was served by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Ann Olmstead

 

   Ann L. Olmstead, 57, of Vermontville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 at Sparrow Hospital, in Lansing. She was born in Lansing on Nov. 9, 1950, the daughter of the late Howard and Irene Blommer.

   She was raised in the Mulliken and Vermontville area and attended Vermontville schools. She was the wife of Ron Olmstead. The couple was married at the Bellevue Methodist Church on Nov. 11, 1968. They made their home and raised their family together on their Vermontville farm which they purchased in 1974.

   Ann loved her home and worked diligently with her husband Ron on the farm which they have done full time since 1983. She also worked at Pennock Hospital as a unit secretary for a few years after her children where grown. Ann enjoyed traveling with her husband Ron; to celebrate 30 years of marriage the couple traveled west where they visited Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, the Teaton Mountains, and several other scenic locations. Ron and Ann have been married for almost 40 years

   Ann was the type of person who was always willing to lend a helping hand. One of her life long passions was studying the Bible. She was currently taking a college level Bible study course which normally would take three years to complete; Ann's goal was to complete the course in one year. Ann loved to teach the word of God to others. She devoted over 20 years to teaching various Sunday school classes in the churches she attended. Her family, however, held the most important place in her life. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren, being outdoors, and relaxing at the family cabin in Kalkaska.

   She was preceded in death by sisters, Elaine, Donna, Lucille; and her brother, Lynn.

   Ann is survived by her husband of almost 40   years, Ron; daughter, Jody (Doug) Franklin; son, Greg Olmstead; sister, Beverly Blommer; brother, Bob (Caroline) Blommer; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her mother in-law and special friend, Dorothy Jones.

   Funeral services were held at the Daniels Funeral Home, in Nashville, MI, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, with Pastor Carla Smith officiating. Interment took place immediately following the funeral service at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or Thornapple Valley Church. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Veronica Jo Olney

 

   Veronica Jo Olney, age 10, of Eaton Rapids, daughter of Robert and Tammy Jo (Brooks) Olney, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008 at her home in Eaton Rapids. Veronica struggled with bone cancer for 3 ½ years (since October, 2004) and still continued her passion for dancing, including performing in the annual Island Dance Centre Recital. Throughout her illness she has continued to attend Greyhound Inter-medicate, achieving continual Honor Roll status.

   She is survived by her parents; sister, Brooke Olney; grandparents, Mable & Tom Olney of Eaton Rapids; Alma Weber of Lansing, Marge & Tom Brooks of Lansing; “just like grandparents”, Mary & Dick Henneman of Mason; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, 2008 at the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be greatly appreciated for the Child & Family Life Program at Motts Children’s Hospital or Make-A-Wish Foundation. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Bryan Olson

 

   Bryan Olson, a graduate of the Charlotte High School class of 1975, passed away Friday, March 28, 2008 at the age of 50, at the home of his sister in Portage, after a five-week stay at Bronson Hospital. Bryan was born Nov. 2, 1957 in Beeville, Texas, the son of Ron and Bunny (Clark) Olson.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Bunny.

   Bryan loved to play sports and was an avid sports fan. He was employed at Honee Bear on Lawton until his illness.

   Bryan is survived by his wife, April; four children, Erica and Janessa of Olivet, Morgan of Charlotte and Corban of Lawton; father, Ron (Sharon) Olson; stepfather, Phil Hinderliter; sister, Kim (Ron) Applebey; step-brothers, Mike and Ken Hinderliter; step-sister, Kathy Glasscock; and aunts, Mary Jane Clark, Fran Curtis and Bea Rickerd of Charlotte and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw. Bryan will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

 

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Helen F. Oring-Nichols

 

   Helen F. Oring-Nichols of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Greenbelt, MD, age 100, died Sunday, January 6, 2008 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Helen was born August 30th, 1907 in Tonawanda, New York, the daughter of William and Ethel (Adler) Greenhut. She lived for 60 years in Greenbelt, Maryland before moving to Eaton Rapids in 2002. Helen was the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Political Science, at the University of Maryland, for 20 years, and retired in 1972. Singing was her greatest love, and upon retirement she joine3d a senior performing arts group “Seasoned Players”, which performed all around the suburban Washington D.C. area and was able to perform with them until the age of 98. Helen felt one of her musical gifts was to sing for nursing home residents. She was named Senior Citizen of the Year for Prince Georges County Maryland for her volunteer performances. She also sang for her children’s and grandchildren’s weddings. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, her two husbands, Irving Oring, and Harvey Nichols, and her daughter-in-law Mary Oring (Stuart).

   She is survived by her sons, Stuart Oring (Owings, MD), Lewis (Kay) Oring (Susanville, CA), Robert (Marcia) Oring (Eaton Rapids, MI); the true joy of her life - 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and her special angel friend “Judy Nichols”.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Dr. Harold DeMott, and Pastor Chadwick Oring-Anderson (grandson) officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill cemetery, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to either Eaton Community Hospice or Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Helen Oring-Nichols.www.shellodell.com.

 

Charles “Charlie” Martin Ott

 

   Charles “Charlie” Martin Ott, age 65, formerly of Oregon, OH, passed away Monday, November 24, 2008 in Eaton Rapids, MI. Charlie was born June 30, 1943 in Perrysburg, OH, the son of Harold and Phyllis Ott. He spent his childhood in Neaoplis, OH and graduated from Anthony Wayne High School, Whitehouse, Ohio, in 1961. Charles served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Orion from 1961 to 1964, and then lived and farmed in Oregon, OH until 2001. He retired from GM Powertrain of Toledo, OH as a Cutter Grinder, and liked hunting, fishing and collecting Fenton Art Glass.

   Surviving are his wife of 7 years, Colleen (Kilburn) of Eaton Rapids, MI; 2 sons, Charles M. Ott II and Jeffrey S. (Kim Parker) Ott, both of Toledo, OH; daughter, Kathryn (Tanja Rupert) Gradowski of Lansing, MI; father & mother-in-law, Richard & Dorine Kilburn of Eaton Rapids, MI; 2 brothers-in-law, Garrey Siler of Pioneer, OH, and Kenneth (Mary) Hanes of Billings, MT; 2 sisters-in-law, Lois Franklin of Jackson, MI and Sue Young of Holt, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, November 29, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, MI, and interment followed at Munger Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, MI. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813 or Heartland Hospice, 865 S. Cedar, Mason, MI 48854, in memory of Charlie Ott. www.shellyodell.com.

 

 

Karen Overly/Harris

 

   Karen Overly/Harris of Eaton Rapids, passed away on 4/28/08 at Sparrow, with The big C word. She was born in Allentown PA on 11/10/60. She was preceded in death by her 1st husband King Harris.

   Karen is survived by father and mother Jack and Ardith Overly, LOVER and FIANCÉ Michael Wendling, 2 sons Paul (Heather) Overly, Tony (Jackie) Harris of Co.; 3 sisters, Sandy (Emmanual) Partin of Jackson, Patty and Mary Overly of Co.; Step-kids Desarae (Joe) Wendling, of E/R, Michael, Shawna and Robert Wendling of Canton. Nieces and nephews Jason and Jamie Partin, Jessie, Rochelle and Joe of Co.; 6 grandkids, Ashley Overly, Tony Harris, Jr., Areonah, Easton, Michael the third and Braiden Wendling.

   We need  help c/o Skinner Funeral Home, 315 S. River St., Eaton Rapids. Donations would be greatly appreciated.

   We would like everyone to join her at the party on 6/01/08 at the Island Park. Meat will be there, bring a dish to pass, listen to the live music and remember Karen Harris, a former Mr. M’s employee of ten years. Please come and remember her. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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Annette Laura Owen

 

   Annette Laura Owen, of Eaton Rapids, passed from this life very peacefully on Thursday, June 26, 2008 in Battle Creek. Annette was born April 4th the daughter of John and Olivia (Koster) Trierweiler. Mrs. Owen was a former Doctor’s Assistant at Henry Ford Hospital and later a Dental Assistant for her husband Dr. Edwin Owen in Eaton Rapids. Mrs. Owen had been a resident of Eaton Rapids for the past 50 years and was a very generous person with her family, friends and even strangers. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society. Proceeding her in death was her husband Dr. Edwin Owen in 1999; sisters, Mary Louise Trierweiler and Francis Hoffmann.

   Surviving are 3 children, Robert (Ann) Owen of Orlando, FL, Marjorie (Mike) Howe of Richland and Russell Owen of Dimondale; 4 grandchildren; Alex Owen Michael Howe, Matthew Howe and Malissa Howe; 2 sisters, Eva Reineke and Margie (Mike) LaRaia; 4 brothers, John (Catherine) Trierweiler, Charles (Jean) Trierweiler, William Trierweiler and Richard (Barbara) Trierweiler; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Connie Owen.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was held June 28th from St. Peter Catholic Church. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter Church in memory of Annette Owen. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Orrin Packard

 

   Orrin E. “Ted” Packard, 87, of Charlotte, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 at John & Roxanne Moore’s Country Living AFC Home, which had been his home for four years. Ted was born Aug. 11, 1921 in Charlotte, the son of Orrin E. and Elizabeth (Lee) Packard and was a life-long resident of Charlotte.

   He was a graduate of Charlotte High School and had served in the U.S. Army Air Crops’ 456th Bombardier Group during WWII in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre receiving one silver and three Bronze Battle Stars. He retired as an electrician from General Motors in Lansing and prior to that was an owner of AT&T Electric of Charlotte. He was a proud dedicated member of the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department, where he had served for 442 years. He was a life member of the Maple City Post #2406 V.F.W., was a member of the Grenawalt-Flaherty Post #42 American Legion, the Charlotte Lodge #120 F. & A.M., the U.A.W. Electrical Union Local #1602 and was a member of the 456th Bombardier Group attending their reunions on a regular basis.

   He was married to E. Elaine Bruce on April 15, 1943. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 1990. Also preceding him in death were his parents, granddaughter, Janice Nolan-Van Derske and his sister, Margaret Olmstead.

   Surviving are six children, Sandra (Chuck) Garrison, Sue (Harv) Nolan, Stephanie (Gerald) Schultz, Sally (Bob) Starkweather, Thomas Packard and James (Sarah) Packard; grandchildren, Todd (Chris) Garrison, Shannon David, Lynn Ferrer, Peggy Wells, Sam (Beth) Wells, Amber Jones, April Jones, Sarah Packard, Hunter Packard, Shane Packard, Brooke (Brian) Biloski and Cody Packard; great grandchildren, Lainie,  Alan, Abigail, Joseph, Samantha, Cody, Austin and Hugh and five step grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home with Rev. Arthur Salisbury and the Charlotte Fire Department officiating. Interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery with graveside Military Rites by Maple City Post #2406 V.F.W.

   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department.

   The family would like to express their deep appreciation to John & Roxanne Moore for the loving care given to Ted while he was a resident of their home.

 

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Barbara Page

 

   Barbara J. (Van Loton) Page, age 84, formerly of Potterville, died Saturday. July 12, 2008 at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Mrs. Page was born January 14, 1924 in Douglas Twp., near Stanton, MI, the daughter of Ralph C. and Neva (Schram) Van Loton. She was a graduate of Potterville High School, was a life member of Potterville Order of Eastern Star #413 and had been a member of the Potterville V.F.W. She lived 47 years in Potterville then from 1983 until 2004 at Hastings, MI (Leach Lake). She had been living with her daughter in Traverse City since 2004.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Leo W. Page in 2003; by brothers, Ellis, Lewis, Dean, Jim and Richard Van Loton; and her sister, Roxane Beck. She is survived by: 2 daughters, Christine (Charles) Means of Charlotte and Debra Chavez of Traverse City; grandchildren, Larisa (David) Green, Trent (Danielle) Means, Elizabeth (Stephane) Renverse, Ruben (Amber) Chavez, Jr, Rachel Ann (Tom) Baker and RyAnn (Jeffery) Jackson; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Chavez, Lauren Chavez, Andrew Chavez, Allie Baker, Brooklyn Baker and Jaelyn Baker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be in the Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions may go to the Charity of One's Choice in her memory.

 

                                   

 

 

Don Page

 

   Don S. Page, 78 of Charlotte, went home to the Lord on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008. Mr. Page was born June 15, 1929 in Benton Township, Eaton County, the son of Ray and Mary (Smith) Page.

   He was employed by Oldsmobile for 30 years in addition to serving in the Army in Europe and was then recalled to serve in Korea in 1950 where he was wounded and received The Purple Heart. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed carpentry work. He served as a Potterville City Council Member and was a police officer for Potterville and Benton Township. Mr. Page was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Criminal and Traffic Enforcement from the Michigan State Police.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ray Page Jr. and Robert Page; and two sisters, Beryle Field and Mary Lou Whitney.

   He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elaine (Sprague); daughters, Chris Miller of Edgewater, FL, Cindy Page and Peggy (Michael) Whitson, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Shani, Angel, Harvest, Autumn and Forest; four great-grandchildren, Haven, Sage, Rhyan and Ruby; brothers, Jack (Betty) Page of Charlotte, Ernest (Eloise) Page of Yerington, NV, Roger (Beth) Page of Olivet, Dennis (Joyce) Page of Denton, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held Jan. 9, 2008 at Ainger Bible Church, with Pastor Scott Brood 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael Parish

 

   Michael P. Parish, Sr., 65, of Mesick, died Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at his home with his wife at his side. He was born on Feb. 14, 1943 in Grand Rapids, MI, the son of the late James E. and Annamae (Blakely) Parish.

   He attended Ravenna High School. Michael was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as an airman recruit. He married Barbara A. Krutel on Feb. 14, 1982 in Potterville. She survives. He had been employed as a machine builder by VNC Automation and Anderson Automation, retiring in 1993. Mike enjoyed motor cycles, fishing, bottle collecting, raising chickens, and loved his cats.

   He is survived by his children, Michael (Denise) Parish, Jr. of Albuquerque, NM, Robert (Cindy) Skibbe of Grand Rapids, MI, Mark Skibbe of Standish, MI, and Sharon Skibbe-Goodman of Killen, AL; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers, Patrick and Daniel; sisters, Kate, Coleen, Rose, Mary, and Melissa; nieces, nephews, and many friends also survive.

   Memorial Services were held Friday, July 11, 2008 at the American Legion Post 179 at 2327 Wilson Ave., SW in Walker, MI.

   Memorials in Mike’s name may be directed to Mercy Hospice, 7985 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601.

   The family has entrusted the Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Manistee with funeral arrangements.

 

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Robert Parkinson

 

   Robert P. Parkinson, 66, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at his residence after a lengthy illness. Bob was born Nov. 27, 1941 in Royal Oak, MI, the son of Floyd A. and Anna (Lofters) Parkinson.

   He was a 1959 Graduate of Olivet High School and had been employed at State Farm & Auto Owners Insurance, the Mich. Dept. of Treasury, Syntec and the Michigan State Lottery from where he retired.

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

   He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathy (Gilbert) Parkinson; his son, Ron (Shannon) Parkinson of Lansing; his daughter, Sandy Peck of Charlotte; four grandchildren and a brother, Bill Parkinson.

   At his request, no services will be held.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Breslin Cancer Center in Lansing.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronald Parkinson

 

   Ronald Edward Parkinson, 47, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. Ron was born Dec. 12, 1960 in Marshall, the son of Robert P. and Kathryn (Gilbert) Parkinson.

   He was a 1979 Graduate of Charlotte High School and was employed as an Oil Field Foreman for Shunk Oil Field.

   He is survived by his wife, Shannon (Hayes) Parkinson; five children; his mother, Kathy Parkinson of Charlotte; and his sister, Sandy Peck of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his father on June 18, 2008.

   No services will be held. Memorial contributions may go to the family.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Benjamin Pauls

 

   Benjamin “Ben” Todd Pauls, 36, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday, May 2, 2009 in Eaton Rapids. Ben was born November 5, 1971 in Lansing, the son of Harlan Benjamin and Judy Kay (Michael) Pauls.

   He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1989, and was on the Eaton Rapids State Championship Wrestling Team. Ben was a veteran of the US Navy, trained as an EMT and paramedic, and was an Eaton Rapids volunteer fireman. He was currently employed with Dunnigan Brothers Construction in Jackson.

   Ben was preceded in death by grandparents, Francis Michael, Jr., and Bernice and Harlan Pauls Sr.

   He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Melody Pauls; daughter, Anne Marie Pauls; son, Ezekial “Zeke” “Zack” Pauls; mother and father, Harlan and Judy Kay Pauls of Eaton Rapids; grandmother, Thelma Michael; two sisters, Tammie (Donald) Brown, and Melanie Wood (Christopher) McCord, all of Eaton Rapids; mother and father-in-law, Penny (Roy) Therrien of Charlotte and Jeff (Molly) Harmon of Mo.; special friends, the Michael Tyrnow family of Eaton Rapids; and nieces and nephews, Cheyenne Moore, Jessica Seward and Harley Brown, Devin Wood, and Dustin, Tayler, and Jorden McCord.

   A memorial gathering was held Sunday, May 4 at “The Island” in Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Ben was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

 

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Shirley Pavlik

 

   Services were held July 29 for Shirley A. Pavlik, 83, formerly of Charlotte, who passed away July 22.

   Mrs. Pavlik was a sorority house mother at Michigan State University for Phi Mu and also at the Ohio State University for Delta Delta Delta for many years.

   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Pavlik and her daughter, Carolyn S. Esch on Jan. 29, 2008.

   She leaves a daughter Andrea (Joe) Fix of Charlotte; son, Chris (Pam) Pavlik of Wadswoth, Ohio; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary Ellen Pearl

 

   Mary Ellen Pearl, 69, of Mulliken, was received into heaven Oct. 13, 2008, at her home.

   Mrs. Pearl was born Oct. 27, 1938 in Lake Odessa, a daughter of Andrew W. and Leta E. (Merryfield) Parker. She was a 1957 graduate of Grand Ledge High School, a member of the Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene and was active in the Sunfield Historical Society.

   Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Parker, and an infant daughter, Elizabeth Ellen.

   Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Richard; four daughters, Teresa (Ted) Worthington of Mulliken, Loretta (Alan) Emmons of Woodland, Mardelle Emery of Vermontville and Richelle (Steve) Martzke of Sunfield; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; her mother, Leta (Donald) Collier of Mulliken; sister, Ruth Ann (George) Mellios of Mulliken; aunt, Bethel Meister of Alaska; uncle, Keith (Reva) Merryfield of Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Services were held Oct. 16 at Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Richard Hand officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy Emery, Jim Lowder, Reid and Steve Martzke, Jeff Messenger and Ted Worthington.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene.

 

                                   

 

 

Joe Peavyhouse

 

   Joe Y. Peavyhouse, 69, of Olivet, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House of Charlotte. Joe was born Nov. 1, 1939 in Dayton, TN, the son of Washington and Ann (Tennyson) Peavyhouse and had been a Michigan resident since 1959.

   He had been employed as a truck driver for Roadway Express, where he retired in 2003. Prior to that he had been employed at P.C.A. in Grand Rapids, MI. He was a retired member of the Teamsters Union.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David; and a son, Jerry.

   Surviving are five children, Katrina (Alan) Klaiss of Charlotte, Joe Ambrose of Michigan, Mike Peavyhouse of Olivet, Theresa (Mark) Meier of Wichita, KA and Mark (Joan) Bos of Sand Lake, MI; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and a brother, Wendell Peavyhouse of Kingsport, TN.

   Graveside services were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 at the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Joey Pedelty

 

   Joey F. Pedelty, 54, of Olivet, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Joey was born Feb. 1, 1954 in Grand Rapids, MI, the son of Norman L. and Alicia (Arce) Pedelty and had been an Olivet resident for 20 years.

   He was employed by the Environmental Protection Agency, was president of the Olivet Lions Club and was an active member of the Olivet Congregational Church where he sang in the choir.

   Surviving are his wife, Myrna (Castillo) Pedelty; children, Angelita T. Pedelty of Olivet, Norman V. (Jennifer Marie) Pedelty of Saginaw and Isaac J. Pedelty of Olivet; his parents, Norman and Alicia Pedelty of Newaygo, MI; siblings, Laura L. (Fred) Pedelty of Chicago, Ronald R. (Tien Fong) Pedelty of Philadelphia, PA, Gregory Pedelty of Grand Rapids, Jeffrey L. (Jane) Pedelty of Big Rapids and Linda M. Pedelty of Santa Fe, NM.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Olivet Lions Club, Eaton Community Hospice House or the Olivet Congregational Church. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

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Jerry Peffer

 

   Jerry Peffer, 58, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008. Mr. Peffer was born Nov. 25, 1949 in Reed City, MI the son of Albert and Vera Peffer.

   Mr. Peffer was employed as a custodian for Eaton County. He enjoyed bowling and listening to music with country being his favorite.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   He is survived by his sons, Jason (Rose) Peffer of Charlotte, Jeremy Peffer of Bedford and Adam Peffer of Bedford; daughter, Rachel Peffer of Charlotte; four grandchildren; sister, Joyce (George) Johnson of Sears; sister, Loretta (Carl) Hamilton of Reed City and brother, Phil (Cathy) Peffer of California.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City, MI.

   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.

 

                                   

 

 

Gordon Peltier

 

   Gordon Peltier, 91, of Bradenton, Fla., died Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. He was born Aug. 20, 1917 in Owosso, Mich.

   He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a hardworking farmer and carpenter. His passions included flying, shuffle board, playing pool, collecting arrowheads and round stones.

   Mr. Peltier was preceded in death by his daughter, Charlotte, in 1970.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret; three children, Bonnie Norris (companion, Richard) of Florida, Jerry (Alice Ann) Peltier of Georgia, and Sue Lyons (companion Darryl) of Michigan; eight grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating.

   If desire, memorial contributions may be made to your local Hospice.

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

 

Bernard Pelto

 

   Bernard C. Pelto, 69, of Escanaba, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. Mr. Pelto was born July 28, 1938 in Ishpeming, MI the son of Axel and Hilda (Aho) Peltoma.

   Mr. Pelto worked 30 years as a tool and die maker for the General Motors Corporation. He was a member of the American Legion Post #42 and Eagles Arie 1088 of Escanaba. Mr. Pelto enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with his family.

   He was preceded in death by his stepson, Neal Fuller.

   He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marion; son, Randy Pelto of Olivet; son, Ron Winters of Scandia; daughter, Susan (Bill) Vance of Bellevue; stepson, Roy Fuller of Mason; stepdaughter, Lisa (Abel) Anzaldua of Potterville; stepson, Roger (Mary) Fuller of Lansing; stepson, Bruce Fuller of Lansing; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Corrine (Ron) Reick of Hartford, WI and brother, Don (Lynn) Pelto of Cedarburg, WI.

   Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Monday, March 3, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Sarah Friesen-Carper officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, March 2, 2008 from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m.

Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

Douglas Perry

 

   Douglas Melvin Perry, 60, of Lansing, died Dec. 21, 2008. He was born July 25, 1948 in Lansing, the son of Lester S. Perry and Lucella M. Doerr-Perry and was the step-son of Evelyn Perry, all of whom have preceded him in death. Also preceding Doug in death were his grandparents George H. Perry and Charlotte M. Perry; two uncles, Melvin W. Weber and David L. Kellogg and step-sister Karen Walworth.

   After graduating from Everett High School, Doug went into the military where he served as a sergeant E5 in the army during the Vietnam War from Dec. 12, 1968 through July 15, 1970. While in the service, Doug received the combat infantryman badge, Vietnam service medal, Good Conduct medal, air medal and Army commendation medal 2 Oak Leaf Cluster. After his return from Vietnam, Doug went to work at Diamon REO in Lansing until they closed. He then went to work for Lansing Oldsmobile until 1988. Doug loved to go boating and fishing and hanging out with friends at Lake Lansing Park in the summer and he especially loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

   Surviving are his two aunts, Ruth Kellogg and Thelma Webber, both from Lady lake, Fla.; step-sister, Margo Mikan of Lansing and close friend for 38 years, June Potter and her daughter, Bren Potter of Charlotte.

   Doug will be laid to rest on Friday, June 19 at 2 p.m. in the Fort Custer National Cemetery. Officiating is Pastor Church Hatch. Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral home in Charlotte. Memorial contributions can be made to Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

Joyce Perry

 

   Joyce A. Perry, 58, of Lansing, loving mother, grandmother and sister, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. Born Nov. 27, 1949 in Prestonsburg, KY, to Eddie and Nora (Ratliff) George.

   Mrs. Perry retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Mason-Holt Fraternal Order of the Eagles-Ladies Auxiliary.

   Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; and brothers, Eddie Arnold, Clifford and Charles.

   She is survived by her son, Michael and granddaughter, Alana Noel; four brothers, Claude, David (Donna), Danny, and Roger; two sisters, Tammy (Pete) Gobels and Betty (Vick) Gobels; dear friends, Ruth Jones, Jan and John Decker.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

 

                                   

 

 

Phyllis Perry

 

   Phyllis J. Perry, 78, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Oct. 11, 2008, embraced in the love of her family, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Perry was born o Oct. 2, 19030 in Rochester, Ind. to Clarence and Gladys (Boyer) Shultz.

   She graduated from Rochester High School in 1948, and on May 18, 1952, married the love of her life, Carl O. Perry, who survives. Mrs. Perry was a nationally known majorette and baton twirler in the 1940s and 50s, and led many parades around the country, before marrying and raising her family.

   Phyllis retired from the Pharmacy Department of Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing in 1991, and she and her husband spent the next several years traveling before retiring to their winter home in Texas. Her family and friends were the center of her life, and she looked forward each October to traveling to their winter home, and being with their many friends at Pleasant Valley Ranch in Mission, Texas. She enjoyed that almost as much as she looked forward to coming home again every April to see her family and friends in Michigan.

   A devoted and proud wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she leaves to mourn, in addition to her husband, Carl, her children, Dennis (Skip) Perry of White Pigeon, Debbie (Steve) Quinn of Stockbridge, and Mike (Cindy) Perry of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, David Perry, Doug (Wendy) Perry, Denny Carl (Jenny) Perry, Ryan (fiancée, Lindsey Watters) Quinn, Kelli Quinn, Jenny (Tony) Burlison, Amie (Bill) Ostrander, and Casey (Brandon) Adler; 13 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Avanelle (Gerald) Cook of Elkhart, Ind., Alice (Bill) Balmer of London Ky., Angeline (Rick) Miller of Fla., Alta Grossman of Bourbon, Ind., Alverta (Howard) Alderfer of Warsaw, Ind., Aletha (Devon) Rensberger of Rochester, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Alton (Pat) Perry of Akron, Ind., Alvin (Ann) Perry of Pierceton, Ind., John (Tammy) Perry of Warsaw, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews and beloved friends in Michigan, Indiana and Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law, Ford and Lucille Perry; brothers, Eldon and Max (Marilyn) Shultz; sister-in-law, Arlene Coleman; and her beloved great grandson, Dylan Ostrander.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Regional Medical Center, 401 W. Greenlawn, Lansing, MI 48910, in memory of Phyllis J. Perry. “Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb” – Leroy Brownlow.

 

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Thomas Peters

 

   Reverend Thomas Peters, 77, of Potterville, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Mr. Peters was born Nov. 27, 1930 in Zion, IL, the son of Steve and Elsie (Swaney) Peters.

   Mr. Peters was a Pastor who had his Masters Degree in ministry. He enjoyed the ministry, serving many mid-Michigan churches. Tom was a guidance counselor for the Grand Ledge Public Schools from 1970 to 1989. He was fortunate to have married all of his children and baptized all of his grandchildren. Mr. Peters was involved in several sports programs as a Little League Coach in both baseball and basketball and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed being a church camp counselor and was known as the duct tape king. Mr. Peters family gave him the most enjoyment in his life, he would even keep in touch with his family in Zion, IL and always attended his family reunions.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel in 1995 and brothers, Daniel, Ted, Jerry and Harry.

   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann; two sons, David (Michelle) Peters of Shepherd and Dean (Michelle) Peters of Olivet; daughter, Lauri (Martin) Hernandez of Potterville; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brothers, Nicolas Peters of Zion, IL, George Peters of Wadsworth, IL, James Peters of OK and David Peters of Zion, IL; sisters, Kathryn (Ervin) Bottger of OK and Helen (Don) Banta of WI.

   Family received visitors Saturday, May 3, 2008 with a memorial service following at the Grand Ledge United Methodist Church with family members officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church Camp Scholarship Fund and Forgotten Man Ministries.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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D. Maurine Peterson

 

   D. Maurine “Mike” Peterson, 94, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 in Okemos. She was born as Dorotha Maurine MacDonald on March 22, 1914 in Charlotte, the daughter of William and Ruth (VanDewsen) MacDonald.

   Maurine was known as “Mike.” She graduated from Eastern High School, Lansing, in 1937. Maurine worked at secretarial jobs (including the VFW Home in Eaton Rapids) during the 60+ years of her marriage to Roscoe while he ran his self-employed excavation business, and later was the owner of Peterson Plumbing and Heating in Eaton Rapids.

   During retirement Maurine and Roscoe traveled extensively to Florida, Texas, Newfoundland, Alaska, and most of the continental United States, along with Mexico and Scotland. Retirement winters were spent in Leesburg, Fla. and summers in Eaton Rapids.

   She had many talents including knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, cross-stitching, embroidery, painting, playing Bridge, and crossword puzzles. Maurine was an avid MSU Spartan and Detroit Tigers fan. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, member of Daughters of the American Revolution, and lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Brookfield.

   The family wishes to express their appreciation for the kindness and loving care of those at the Edgewood Retirement Center (Lansing) and the Ingham County Medical Care Facility (Okemos).

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe in 1994; and granddaughter, Kristen Peterson.

   Maurine is survived by one daughter, Jane Peterson-Johnson of Holt; two sons, James (JoAnn) Peterson, John (Denise) Peterson, all of Okemos; four grandchildren, Timothy (Patti), Thomas (Heidi), and Tonya Rodriguez, Jens Jensen; four great grandchildren, Aaron Brack, Veronica Rodriguez, Emma Peterson, Elicia Latham-Jensen; four step-great grandchildren, Natalie, Noah, Nolan and Nathan; several nieces and nephews; and numerous members of the MacDonald Clan.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Ingham County Medical Care Facility in memory of Maurine Peterson.

 

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Elly M. Peterson

 

   Elly M. Peterson, 95, died in Grand Junction, CO on June 9, 2008. She was born in New Berlin, IL on June 5, 1914 to Maude and Dr. J.C. McMillan. She went to school in New Berlin, IL and attended William Woods College, Fulton, Missouri, and Suburban Business College in Oak Park, IL. She was married to William M. Peterson of Vandalia, IL on Oct. 11, 1935. When he entered the military in World War II, she joined the American Red Cross and spent 22 months in England, France, and Germany in a station hospital.

   After the war, the Peterson's moved to Charlotte, where she did volunteer work at her congregational church and the American Red Cross until she became interested in politics. After several years as a volunteer, she went to work at the Republican State Central Committee in Lansing and went on to become party vice chairman, was the first to be assistant to the national chairman at the Republican National Committee twice, and with Liz Carpenter, of Texas, served as national co-chair of ERAmerica.

   Elly maintained a strong interest in equal rights for all citizens and devoted herself to the pro-choice movement. She never wavered in her support of equality for all citizens.

   She received honorary degrees from William Woods College in Fulton, MS and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. The American Association of University Women and the Michigan Education Association awarded her honors as did the Michigan Legislature, and she was named to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in Lansing.

   Ms. Peterson was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel Peterson; her siblings, Dr. J.C. McMillan, Mary M. Richmond, Dr. Lee G. McMillan and her nephew, Park Richmond III.

She is survived by nieces, Holly Shrader of Grand Junction, CO, John W. McMillan of Brooksville, FL, Ann Hicks Murrah of Winter Park, FL, J.C. McMillan III of Medford, NJ, Mary Ann Richmond of Brick, NJ, Denise Bolman of Des Plaines, IL, as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews.

   There will be no public service at her wish.  Donations in her memory may be made to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, 213 W. Main St., Lansing, MI 48933; the Courthouse Square Association, 100 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte; or local chapters of the Susan Koman Foundation for Cancer Research.

 

                                   

 

 

George Petrie

 

   George John Petrie, of Sunfield, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2008 at his residence with his family at his bedside. George was born Sept. 24, 1928 in Ionia. He was the son of George Maxim and Cora Mae (Brownfield) Petrie.

   On Sept. 13, 1947 George married Joyce Louise Dodge, the couple were married over 60 years. Mr. Petrie was employed with General Motors for 39 years and nine months, where he retired as a skilled trade foreman. He lived in the Sunfield area for over 63 years. His hobbies included golf, bowling, traveling, camping, and motorcycle riding.

   George was preceded in death by both his parents; sisters, Pearl (Harold) DeVries, and Louise (Glenn) Sprague; son, Michael Petrie; daughter, Shirley Merithew.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Ranee (Phillip) DeMott, Marcia (Donald) Lewis, John (Kim) Petrie; grandchildren, Aaron and Doreen DeMott, Steven and Megan DeMott, Seth DeMott, Rachel DeMott, Holly Altoft and Charlie Davis, Adam and Tracie Altoft, Sarah and Jason Luce, Justin Petrie, Shala Kean, Ben Kean, Kassie Cornell, Max Merithew; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Hannah, Tyler, Micheal, Cody, Hunter, Ashley, and Gage.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Portland with Pastor Ed Filter officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Barry Co. Community Hospice, or the St. Andrew Lutheran Church in memory of Mr. George J. Petrie C/O RFH PO Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890.

   Private burial services will be held in the East Sebewa Cemetery for the immediate family.

   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.

 

                                   

 

 

Arline Philip

 

   Arline J. Philip, 87, of the Bath, MI area, died Thursday, April 24, 2008. Mrs. Philip was born August 29, 1920 in Charlotte, MI the daughter of Charles and Nora (Rogers) Roiter.

   Arline was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a charter member of Lakeside Chapel of Park Lake, where she was a Sunday School teacher and organist. Many will also remember her as an exceptional cook. She was currently a member of Towar-Hart Baptist Church of East Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harold Philip, in 2004, son, Harold J. Philip, in 1974, and brother, Richard Roiter.

   She is survived by her daughter, Judy (Curtis) Smith of Williamston; sons, Roger (RoseMary) Philip of Williamston and Stephen (Susan) Philip of Bath; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Ken Ridge officiating.

   The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will follow at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte.

   The family suggests those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Arline.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Pat Joyce Phipps

 

   Pat Phipps, age 71, of Eaton Rapids, went to Heaven on February 20, 2008, after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron, of 42 years and by 2 brothers; Carl Sheler and Everett Behrns. Parents were Majora Coon & Grandville Behrns.

   She is survived by 2 daughters; Connie Palmer of Carson City and Sandra Fuller of Ravenna, besides 2 sisters; Bonnie Grant of Lansing and Carolyn Smith of Nashville. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Brian Christle of Hubbardston, Jeff Harshman of Lansing, and Sarah Christle of Lyons. Pat also had 5 great grandchildren; Autumn, Emily, Maison, Noah, and Samuel, in addition to nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

   People said of Pat: She had great patience and determination; She always thought of everyone else before herself; She’d give you the shirt off her back; and She had a great sense of humor, even when sick.

   Pat worked as a dietician for 16 years at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and later worked at Island view in Eaton Rapids.

   She will be missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were provided by Skinner Funeral Home on February 22, 2008, Pat’s 72nd birthday.

 

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June Piddington

 

   June Piddington, a life-long resident of Michigan, passed away peacefully on Nov. 24, 2008. June was born Nov. 8, 1918 in Hastings, MI to Ernest and Elsie Offley.

   In addition to being a loving wife and mother, June worked in several professions including radio station copywriter and health care assistant within the Barry County Health Department.

   June was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Piddington.

   June is survived by her sister, Rose Armbruster of Largo, FL; sons, Terry Piddington of Colorado Springs, CO and Roger Piddington of Goodrich, MI; daughters-in-law, Carol and Peggy; grandchildren, Amy Piddington, Cathy Phillips, Dan Piddington, Michael Piddington, Jeff Piddington, Debra Hanna and 10 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 208 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment will be a t Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   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.

 

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Timothy Pitcher

 

   Timothy Lee Pitcher Sr., of Charlotte, died on Jan. 17, 2008 at age 60, vacationing in Tucson, Arizona. He was born on Jan. 15, 1948 to Betty (Ledergerber) Pitcher and Duane Pitcher.

   He is survived by his sons, Timothy (Amber) Pitcher II, Randy Pitcher, Troy (Wendy) Pitcher; daughter, Shawn (Stephen) Schmidt and 16 grandchildren; his step-mother, Jean Pitcher; brother, Lonny (Marcie) Pitcher; sister, Wendy (Brian) Selden; a close cousin, Sher Brown and companion, Myra Sheen.

   Services were held Jan. 23 at the Charlotte Assembly of God officiated by Pastor Jo Belknap.

 

                                   

 

 

Velma Ploch

 

   Velma Frances Ploch, 90, of Charlotte, died Feb. 15, 2008. She was born July 6, 1917 in Carson City, MI.

   Mrs. Ploch was a member of the Potterville United Methodist Church since 1961. She retired from the Michigan Department of Community Health when she was 70. She enjoyed going to plays, her book clubs, dancing and having parties with her friends. Velma was a volunteer for USO during WWII at the REO Club House. She was a graduate of Central High School, Lansing.

   Velma married Fritz Ploch on Nov. 11, 1945 and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a grandson Kenneth Michael Ploch.

   She is survived by two daughters, Nadine LaMotte of Lansing, Ruth (Jeff) Beaver of Albertville, AL; and two sons, Kenneth (Patricia) Ploch and Frederick (Rebecca) Ploch both of Potterville; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and one brother, Keith (MaryJane) Jackson of Benton Ridge, OH.

   The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 at the Potterville United Methodist Church. Interment took place at the Carson City Cemetery, Carson City, MI.

   Contributions may be made to the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or Potterville United Methodist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Elizabeth S. Pond

 

   Elizabeth S. Pond, age 89 of Mason, formerly of Parma, where she raised her family and later was a resident of Tampa Florida for 25 years; she then lived with her son, James W. Pond and Patty Harrison before entering Country Creek Care Facility. She passed away peacefully under the loving care of the facility and Hospice Monday, August 11, 2008.

   She was born in Detroit, MI to Earl and Susan Miller Smitherman on August 19, 1919. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Pond, daughter, Earlinda and grandson, Kristopher Pond.

   Surviving are her son, James W. Pond (Patty Harrison) of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Betsy Pond of Waldron, MI; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Elizabeth enjoyed traveling, reading, swimming and going to different restaurants.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date with burial of Cremains in Acacia Park, Detroit. The family is being served by the  Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Mason, MI.

 

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Jo Popham

 

   Jo E. Popham, 79, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 13, 2008. Mrs. Popham was born April 15, 1928 in Lansing, the daughter of O.B. and Lema (Cantrell) Campbell. Mrs. Popham was a manager for Slenderform Gyms and a receptionist at a doctor's office.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Keith Popham in 2007. She was the beloved mother of Sue (Tom DelGiorno) Johnson; granddaughters, Lanta Jo (Randy) Winn, Annamae Jane Popham and Kari Lynn Popham; nephew, Donny Campbell; stepgrandchildren, Helen Anna and Anthony DelGiorno; brothers Jerry Campbell and Don Campbell.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date.

   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Siren Eaton Shelter or a charity of your choice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy L. Poyer

 

   Dorothy L. Poyer, 76, of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte.

   She was born Feb. 23 1932 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Clayton and Fannie (Hibbs) Marriott.

Dorothy was a former member of the Lansing Moose and was formerly employed by Hoover in Charlotte.

   She was a former motorcycle enthusiast who enjoying riding her own motorcycle and was fond of roller skating at the old Eaton Rapids Rink.

She was preceded in death by son, Duane Alden Poyer in 1956 and brother, Donald Marriott.

   Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Alden; five children, Mark (Michelle) Rich of North Star, Brian (Cindy) Rich of Harrison, Dawn Pfeiffer of Eaton Rapids, David (Linda) Rich of Lansing, and Erick Rich of Eaton Rapids; three stepchildren, Nola (Mike) VanTyle of Vermontville, Ray (Sue) Poyer of Eaton Rapids and Dale Poyer of Nashville, MI.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Marriott of FL and Bernard Marriott of Eaton Rapids; sister, Carolyn (Laurence) Beurmann of Marcellus; sister-in-law, JoAnn Marriott of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial luncheon was held Monday, Oct. 13 at the American Legion Post #42 in Charlotte.

For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the American Legion Post # 42 in memory of Dorothy Poyer.

   Arrangements were through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Ormond Pugh

 

   Ormond “Orie” James Pugh, 75, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 surrounded by his loving family. Orie was born July 18, 1933 in Bluffton, Ind., the son of Harry and Lyla (Morey) Pugh, and raised in Elsie, graduating in 1951.

   Orie married Nancy Parker, in Angola, Ind., on July 5, 1952.  To this marriage were four children, Debra (Gale) Burke, Beverly (Edward) Chapman, Edward Pugh all of Owosso, and James “Skip” of Clare. He enjoyed stock car racing at racetracks in Central Michigan for nine years during the 1950’s, and was a bus driver for Indian Trails for seven years.

   On Aug. 31, 1967 he married Sue Peck, who survives.

   He has two step-children, Steven (Kerry) Peck, and Shannon (Larry) Bond, both of Charlotte. They have nine wonderful grandchildren, and nine sweet great grandchildren; brother, Harry (Joyce) Pugh of Elsie; and sister, Onalee Churchill of Owosso.

   He retired from Leaseway Auto Transport driving trucks. Sue and Orie were instrumental in organizing the Charlotte Eagles 3552, and he served as the first past President, and was a life member. He was a life member of Elsie Masonic Lodge #238, Saladin Shrine and Eaton County Shrine Club, and was a member of the Eaton County Handicap Parking Enforcement Patrol.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Pugh; and his parents.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Ray Strawser and Charles Jensen officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com. If desired, make contributions to the Crippled Children Fund, through the Shiner’s Hospital, or a charity of your choice.

 

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Becky Ramage

 

   Becky S. (Harris) Ramage, 52, of Olivet, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at her residence after a lengthy illness. Becky was born March 12, 1956 in Marshall, MI the daughter of James O. and Janice (Persons) Harris and had lived most of her life in the Olivet area.

   She was a graduated of Olivet High School and for the past 14 years has been the co-owner/operator, with her husband, of Tim’s Pizza in Olivet. She was formerly employed at Olivet College where she had held many positions. She was president of the Olivet Community Chamber of Commerce, had been extremely active in the community and was loved by everyone that knew her. She was an avid gardener and animal lover and enjoyed being outdoors.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Janice (Persons) Harris in 2001.

   Surviving are her husband, Scott B. Ramage; father, James O. Harris of Olivet; sister, Tine (Mark) Rudolph of Battle Creek and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastors Jack Brown and Steve Byrens officiating. Interment was in the Lee Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Good Samaritan Hospice Care of Battle Creek or the Eaton County Humane Society, Olivet office.

 

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Keith Rathbun

 

   Loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, Keith J. Rathbun, 76, of Eaton Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15. He was born Feb. 25, 1931 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Murville and Thelma (Hoag) Rathbun.

   Keith was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School, class of 1949. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1953 and later his Master’s Degree. Keith enjoyed a distinguished career at the State of Michigan in the Dept. of Public Health and retired in 1991. He married his wife Mary “Molly” on July 15, 1978 and together they enjoyed family activities, golf, hunting, fishing, skiing and living life to the fullest.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth “Bun.”

   Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Mary “Molly”; brother, Jan and sister-in-law, Kathy; sisters, Cindy and Tricia; sister-in-law, Olive; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Margaret McGill and many nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Casimir Church, Lasing on Friday, Jan. 18. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to either St. Casimir Church, 815 Sparrow Ave. Lansing, MI 48910 or the First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Florence Raymond

 

   Florence S. Raymond, 80, of Olivet, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. Mrs. Raymond was born March 3, 1928 in Fremont Township, MI the daughter of Lloyd and Gladys (Thompson) Stanton.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Powers.

   She is survived by her husband, Harold.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Samuel Graham officiating. Interment was at Perry 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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Rodney E. Raymond

 

   Rodney E. Raymond, age 79, of Eaton Rapids died Monday, May 26, 2008 at the Dimondale Nursing Center. He was born March 5, 1929 in Aurelius Township, one of 6 children born to Ray and Margie (Childs) Raymond. Rod graduated from Leslie High School class of 1948. He married Norma Lou Whitney on February 11, 1950 and have recently celebrated 58 years. Rod was a hard working man often having 2 jobs at the same time. He began his career with a Bottle Gas Company, later became the proprietor of Rod’s Bar and Restaurant from 1964 – 1986 in Eaton Rapids, then later owned R.E.R. & Sons Construction installing store fixtures for Meijer from 1972 – 1980 and during the last 12 years of his life he delivered newspapers for the Flashes, Lansing State Journal, Detroit News and finally the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Preceding him in death was his daughter, Teresa Meeder in 1988; brothers, Jack and Ray J. Raymond.

   Surviving are wife, Norma; 2 sons, Steven (Doris) Raymond of Onondaga and Gary (Shelia) Raymond of Aurelius; 2 daughters, Lee Ann (Cluster) Smith of Lansing and Debra (Gary) Overholt of Mulliken; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Howery of Mason and Patricia Pierson of Leslie; brother, George (Dawn) Raymond of Onondaga; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Friday May 30th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Plains Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the family in memory of Rod Raymond. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Marshall Relyea

 

   Marshall Steven Relyea, 2, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Marshall was born May 3, 2005, the son of Jason and Mary (Beach) Relyea.

   He is survived by his parents; twin brother, Mason Relyea; brother, Kyle Numinen; sister, Jordis Numinen; brother, Ryan Numinen; sister, Maygen Relyea; half-brother, Noah Sinke; biological mother, Jennifer Balzer; grandparents, Steven (Pat) Relyea and Terry (Sharon) Beach, and Tamara Rak; and special friends, Coco Puff, and Tom and Amanda Gooding.

   A special thank you to the Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care of Marshall and our family.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 30, 2008 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating.    Interment was at Leek Cemetery in Mason.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Rainbow Foundation of Detroit or Heartland Hospice in Mason.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Lillian Richards

 

   Lillian A. Richards, 91, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. Mrs. Richards was born Jan. 15, 1917 in Hancock, MI, the daughter of John and Anna (Lehtola) Johnson.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Jamsen; second husband, Robert Richards; daughter, Patricia Ann Jamsen; three brothers and two sisters.

   She is survived by her daughter, Roberta (Larry) Cartwright of Charlotte; son, Richard (Jane) Jamsen of Marquette; grandchildren, Sarah (Scott) Cartwright of Washington DC and Kris (Michelle) Jamsen of Melbourne, Australia; sister, Martha (Carl) Kulla of Washington State; sister-in-law, Viola Davies; and many nieces and nephews.

   No services are planned at this time.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or the Eaton Community Hospice House. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Darla Ritter

 

   Darla Johnette Ritter (Newton), went home to be with the Lord at the age of 52, on Dec. 13, 2008.

   She was loved by many family, friends, and her community. Many will remember Darla as a lunch cashier at the Waverly Middle School.

   Darla enjoyed shooting pool as a member of the Greater Lansing Area BCA Pool League.

   She was preceded in death by her infant son, Daniel Horton and her parents, Darlena and Bruce Newton.

   She is survived by her husband Steve of 14 years; four children, Jason (Teri) Horton of Charlotte, Kevin (Krista) Horton of Bellevue, Mary (Jay) Birchmeier of Laingsburg, and John (Blanca) Adams of Holt; one brother, David (Annie) Newton of Lansing. She had 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, with Pastor Jo Belknap 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.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Marjorie Roach

 

   Marjorie E. Roach, 76, died Saturday, March 8, 2008.

   Graveside services were held March 13 at Catholic Cemetery, 3500 Lake Ave. with Father Francis Chucwuma officiating. Visitation was held at D.O. McComb & Son's, Lakeside Park, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne.

 

                                   

 

 

Claude “Ted” Robbins

 

   Claude “Ted” Robbins, 81 of Crossville, TN, formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI, passed away, Thursday, March 20, 2008 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

   He was born March 13, 1927, in Pontotoc, MS, son of Claude Elmer and Mattie Valera (Roy) Robbins. He was retired from General Motors and was of the Baptist faith. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II.

   He is survived by his wife, Martha Frances (Posey) Robbins of Crossville, TN; daughter & son-in-law, Debra & Dennis Morgenstern of Crossville, TN; daughter & son-in-law, Carol & Ken Beasore of Hartsville, TN; son & daughter-in-law, Trent & Kimberly of Eaton Rapids, MI; He is also survived by 6 grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his Mother, Mattie Valera (Roy) Robbins and father, Claude Elmer Robbins.

   A Time of Remembrance was held in the Chapel of Bilbrey Funeral Home on Saturday, March 22, 2008. The family will receive friends Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Cumberland County R4escue Squad from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 5:00 p.m.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cumberland County Rescue Squad, 409 Fourth Street, Crossville, TN 38555. Services were performed under the direction of Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc., Crossville, TN.

 

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Harmon Robinson

 

   Harmon "Junior" Robinson, 84, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Eaton Rapids, on Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Mesa, AZ, was surrounded by a band of angels and born away to his eternal heavenly home. He was born June 3, 1923, in Bonanza, KY, the son of High and Ida (Adams) Robinson.

   He enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corp and served in South Dakota before joining the U.S. Army and serving in WWII. During this time he married Bernice Lafferty in Kentucky on June 25, 1942. After the service, Harmon then went back home to Prestonsburg, KY to work in the coal mines before moving to Michigan to make a better life for his family.

   He was preceded in death by his wife in 1990; and sisters, Irene Robinson and Emma Ousley.

   "Junior" is survived by five children, Charles (Judy) Robinson, Jr. of Longview, TX, Bereada (Dean) Houston of Eaton Rapids, Gene (Paula) Robinson of Olivet, Lum (Evelyn) Robinson of Marshall, Larry (Sheila) Robinson of White Oak, TX; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie Perry, of Star, SC, Myrtle Lloyd of Springport, Dialpha Robinson of Jackson, Ruby Owens of Springport, and Thelma Moore of Mesa, AZ; brothers, Russell (Catherine) Robinson of Munith, Lester (Judy) Robinson of Olivet, and Roy (Alice) Robinson of TX; brother-in-law, Raymond Ousley of Marshall; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Dad was a small town southern gentleman born into a coal mining family.

   He loved flying with his sons, enjoyed videotaping family and friends and volunteering and doing crafts in Mesa. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

   Those desiring may make contributions to the Ambassador Downs Club House in Mesa.

 

                                   

 

 

Elsie Robson

 

   Elsie May Robson was born in Grygla, MN on Jan. 28, 1907, to Louis and Anna (Olson) Carlson, and passed away Jan. 8, 2008.

   She enjoyed her 100th birthday party last year that was arranged by her daughter, Sandra and grandchildren, Gwen (David Frestone) Zimmer of Ithaca, Donald (Beth) Zimmer of Big Rapids, and Jennifer (Greg) Weis of Battle Creek, and there were 45 guests in attendance. It was held at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte, where she had been living for the last two years, near her daughter.

   After teaching country school for eight years, she met and married George Robson from Belleville. They restored the original Robson farm house under her direction and moved to Belleville in 1954. The house on Tyler Road was first built by Henry Robson, who came from Andes, NY about 1840. Elsie loved flowers, was a member of the Wayne County Extension, and she and George enjoyed vegetable gardening, pinochle, church dinners and visiting with friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Robson in 1999; two sisters, Matilda Knutson and Ina Lein; and a brother, Clarence Carlson.

   She is survived by six grandchildren, Michael (Terri) Robson, David (Masami) Robson, and Craig (Nina) Robson; her son, George E. (Wanda) Robson of Willets, CA; great-grandchildren, Kaito, Tacaji, Simone and Nicole of CA. Her daughter, Sandra (Mark) Zimmer, of Charlotte, has three children listed above. The great-grandchildren from these are Caleb and Amelia Freestone of Ithaca, Brettanya Zimmer of Big Rapids, and Meredith Weis of Battle Creek.

   Visitation and funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at David C. Brown Funeral Home, Belleville, with Rev. Jim Walker officiating. Interment was in Tyler Street Cemetery, Van Buren Township, MI.

 

                                   

 

 

Judith Rodrigues

 

   Judith Kay Rodrigues, 54, of Hastings, MI, died Oct. 4, 2008. Mrs. Rodrigues was born Sept. 8, 1954 in Antioch, CA.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred  Tullis; and brother, Dennis Rodrigues.

Judith is survived by her daughter, Erin (Harley) Sweet of Nashville, MI; grandchildren, Troy, Cody, Shayne, Caleb, Jocelyn; sister, Terri (Gary) of Rounsaville, CA; niece, Teal and nephew, Josh; Matthew Sowles, Robert Lutenberger, and friend, Paulette Sweet.

   There will be no services.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Jose Rodriguez

 

   Jose A. Rodriguez, 69, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. Mr. Rodriguez was born Aug. 2, 1938 in Comal County, TX, the son of Juan and Elena (Saenz) Rodriguez.

   Mr. Rodriguez was a heavy equipment operator who worked for the Eaton County Road Commission. He enjoyed golfing, deer hunting, tinkering on cars and watching the Tigers. Mr. Rodriguez was a very giving person who always helped others. The most proud things of his life were going to his grandchildren's sporting events and spending time with them.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and twin sister, Angelita Rodriguez.

   He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sandy; son, Joseph Rodriguez, Sr. of Charlotte; daughter, Vicki Rodriguez of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Juan "Jon" Rodriguez, Joseph Rodriguez, Jr., Austin Rodriguez, Mayme DuBois, Cheyenne Rodriguez; sisters, Amelia (Alden) McBride of St. Johns, Juanita (Ernest) Means of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 7, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley officiating.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to the family or the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Vicki Rodriguez

 

   Vicki Lynn Rodriguez, 41, of Charlotte, passed away on Dec. 4, 2008. She was born Feb. 8, 1967 in Charlotte, the daughter of Jose and Sandra (Coffey) Rodriguez.

   Vicki loved her children and enjoyed being a mom to all her kid’s friends. She was Charlotte High School Football’s number one fan and never missed a game. Vicki was a cook by trade, employed at Mike’s Sports Page.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Jose and grandparents, Juan and Elena Rodriguez.

   She is survived by her mother, Sandra; children, Juan Rodriguez and Cheyenne McGinnis; brother, Joe; nephews, Joseph and Austin Rodriguez and niece Mayme DuBois, all of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorials 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 Roher

 

   James E. Roher, 83, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, March 31, 2008. Mr. Roher was born Oct. 28, 1924 in Hopewell, PA, the son of Robert and Rena (Evans) Roher.

   Mr. Roher worked for the John Bean Company until the early 1970's and then worked as a custodian for the Waverly School district until retirement in 1985. He was a Cardinals fan in his younger years.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma in 2006 and grandson, Jimmy in 2001.

   He is survived by his son, James (Bonnie) Roher  of Charlotte and grandson, Jason (Andrea) Roher.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Curt Dalaba officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery in Charlotte.

   The family suggest memorial contributions go to Greater Lansing Foodbank.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Virgil Rohrs

 

   Virgil O. Rohrs, 83, died Saturday July 26, 2008 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, Ohio. He was born on March 30, 1925 in Hicksville Township (Six Corners) the son of Raymond and Lula (Wonderly) Rohrs.

   He served in the U.S. Army in WWII from 1944-1946 being awarded the Purple Heart and two bronze stars while serving in the Philippines. He married Berneice Whitman on March 28, 1948. He and Berneice were owners of Rohr's Gas for Less in Hicksville until 1980. He also was a special deputy with the Defiance County Sheriff's Office for many years.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Keith; a brother, Carl; and a sister, Grace Swenson.

   He is survived by his wife, Berneice of Hicksville; a daughter, Darlene Conti of Asheville, NC; a son, Neal (Jeana) of Charlotte; two grandsons, Austin of Mt. Pleasant, MI and Luke (Mary Beth) of Ithaca, MI; a great-granddaughter, Emma; two brothers, Bud (Mary) of Hicksville, and Max (Judy) of Kissimmee, FL; a sister, Thelma (Merrill) Postma of Hicksville.

   Funeral services were held July 30 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home in Hicksville with Rev. Tom Graves officiating. Burial was at Six Corners Cemetery in Hicksville, Ohio.

   Memorials may be made to Community Memorial Hospital Foundation or Hospice the Caring Way or Trinity United Methodist Church.

 

                                   

 

 

Jerry Root

 

   Jerry Root, 65, of Charlotte, died Dec. 14, 2008.

   He was born Oct. 4, 1943 in Charlotte, the son of William and Shirley (Wells) Hines.

   Mr. Root was a sergeant for the 199th Field Artillery Army National Guard. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie #3552 and the Moose Lodge in Charlotte. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and playing pool at one of the local halls.

   He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carol; sons, Mike Root and Jeff  Root; daughter, Amy (Brad) Rassmusen; stepdaughters, Jennifer Hoag, Jeanie (Ted) Davis and Katie (Thad) Southward; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; mother, Shirley Hines; mother-in-law, Ruth Edgerton and sister, Linda Perkins.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Bosworth 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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Martha Rose

 

   Martha J. (Mahaffey) Rose, 78, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Rose was born June 18, 1929 in McDowell County, West Virginia, the daughter of John E. and Myrtle M. (Stump) Mahaffey and had been a resident of the Lansing and Charlotte area for about 50 years.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Grat Rose, Jr. in 1984.

   Surviving are three children, Linda Sue Sober of Morris, MI, Janice Marie Croll of Charlotte and Frederick (Diane) Rose of Lansing; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Sylvia McPeak of West Virginia and Elsie Bartlebaugh of Ohio.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation.

   Private services will be held. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Barbara Ross

 

   On Monday, January 14, 2008, Barbara Sexton Bannister Ross was released from her cancer and pain leaving her earthly bonds. She bravely battled breast cancer for five years.

   She was preceded in death by a son, Michael and a daughter, Terri, her mother Lula May Branner Sexton and youngest sister, Christine Hope Sexton Bellows.

   As she continues her journey, she leaves behind her husband Steven Ross and daughters Sandie (Dirk) Griffin and Susan Bannister, Louisville, Kentucky, step-daughter Carissa Ross, Delaware; granddaughters, Kayleigh Griffin, Athena Bannister, Aurora Ross and grandson Nathan Short; brother John (Susan) Sexton, Elberton, Georgia; sisters Katherine McGarry, Eaton Rapids and Marie (Bill) Howe, Bath; nephews Johnny (Kristen) Sexton, Willow Creek, California; Timothy Howe, Holt and Christopher (Susan) Howe, Grand Rapids; John, Steve, James Robert (JR), Phillip McGarry and niece Ann McGarry Griffith, Eaton Rapids; along with special great-nephews Ezra and Elijah Sexton; Jacob and Ryan Howe and great-niece Meredith Howe who loved visiting their Great-Aunt and cousins in Kentucky.

   Barbara was born in Bethesda, Md., but after the death of her father, George Norrell Sexton, she and her brother and sisters moved, with their mother to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home (VFW) where she lived until her graduation from Eaton Rapids High School. She attended MSU and later married Kenneth Bannister. Early in their marriage, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky. While she worked as an admissions counselor, Barbara’s passion for mathematics allowed her to tutor and mentor college students at Spalding and Bellarmine Universities. Kenneth and Barbara divorced in 1984 and in 1986, she married SFC Steven Ross. With Steve, she lived out of the country for a few years and when they came home, Barbara decided to work within the home-schooling community.

   She will be missed by many who benefited from her knowledge and passion for learning. Her family will miss her daily hugs and constant reminders that she loved them dearly. She would want everyone to know not to grieve for her, for now she is free and if her parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.

 

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Donald D. Roush

 

   Donald D. Roush, a long-time resident of the Bellevue and Olivet area, passed away Aug. 22, 2008.

   A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the First Baptist Church, 122 S. Main, Bellevue.

 

Margaret Rowland

 

   Margaret Elizabeth Rowland, 98, of Hastings and Gun Lake, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at Woodlawn Meadows in Hastings. Margaret was born Dec. 20, 1910 in Marshall, MI, the daughter of Claude S. and Blanche M. (Long) Weaver.

   She attended grade school and high school in Lansing. She married Sherman Rowland in 1939 and they moved to Charlotte from Lansing in 1952. Margaret and Sherman co-owned from 1957-1968 Rowland-Partridge Ford Dealership in Charlotte, where she worked in the office for several years. They also co-owned VanSickle-Rowland Ford in 9152. Margaret was a volunteer for the American Red Cross at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. In 1970, she retired with her husband Sherman to Gun Lake and lived there for 35 years. Sherman died in 1991.

   She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Gene) Bacher of Vienna, VA; and granddaughter, Emily Bacher of Atlanta, GA. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings with Pastor Robert Clinton officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing.

   Memorials can be made to the Barry County Humane Society, P.O. Box 386 Hastings, MI 49058. Arrangements by the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. You may leave a message or memory to the family at girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

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Milton “Milt” Royston

 

   Milton “Milt” Royston, age 84, of Eaton Rapids died Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. He was born December 28, 1923 in Lansing the son of Milton and Alma (Tadi) Royston Sr. Mr. Royston served in the Navy during WWII as a Sea Bee stationed at the Meriana Islands in the South Pacific. He retired from the City of Lansing with Parks and Recreation after 29 years of service. Milt enjoyed woodworking, mowing and was a sports enthusiast. Preceding him in death was a brother, William Royston.

   Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Pauline; 2 daughters, Coreen (William) Harder of Springport and Sandra (Omer) Tekin of Okemos; 4 grandchildren, Stephanie and Bill Harder and Belin and Sera Tekin; brother, Richard (Lillian) Royston of Eaton Rapids and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 22nd at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Shannon Royston

 

   Shannon Vee Royston, 20, of Charlotte, died Thursday evening, April 17, 2008 as a result of an automobile accident. Shannon was born Oct. 15, 1987 in Lansing.

   While attending Maple Valley High School, she was active in F.F.A., band and basketball. Shannon was currently employed at Twenty-first Century Plastics in Potterville and Arby’s in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her mother, Robin (Frederic) Rodriguez of Bellevue; father, Ricky Royston of Florida; brothers and sisters, Andrew Royston of Kalamazoo, Samuel Royston of charlotte, Alecia (William) Priesman of Eaton Rapids and Ashley Rodriguez of Nashville, Jeffrey Rodriguez of Arizona and Crista (Nick) Kibby of Holt; grandparents, James (Joyce) Lott of Tennessee, Ila Mae Royston of Florida, Charles Halsey of Charlotte and John and Mary Rodriguez of Wayland; aunt, Pamela Nierenberger of Jackson, Tennessee, two nieces and several cousins.

   Services were held Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Dr. David R. MacDonald of Abundant Life Ministries officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Maple Valley High School – Scholarship Fund in her memory.

 

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David Rugg

 

   David H. Rugg, 81, of Vermontville, passed away Monday, July 28, 2008 peacefully at his home. David was born in Battle Creek, MI on Dec. 10, 1926, the son of the late Ora and Kathrine (Tesch) Rugg. He was raised in the Climax and Battle Creek areas and attended area schools there.

   He was the widower of Elizabeth M. (Crago) Rugg. The couple made their home together on the family farm in Vermontville which they worked until moving into town in 1969. Together with his beloved wife and their family, the couple loved to spend time at Sugar Island. Elizabeth passed away in July 1987.

   David served in the U.S. Army achieving the rank of corporal. He served in Germany with the 10th Constabulary Regiment as a squad leader of a four-man horse squad which patrolled the border maintaining security and raiding black market and underground activities. He was responsible for the condition of the men, horses and equipment in his squad. While serving in Germany he was decorated with the Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Ribbon – Germany.

   David worked as a logger, and at the age of ;78 was teaching his grandchildren his trade. In his earlier years he also worked the family farm.

   David was always ready for a game of Euchre or Cribbage and looked forward to the Saturday night family poker nights. David enjoyed spending time with his brothers, sisters and other family members visiting the various Michigan Casinos. When he was younger he loved to participate in pony pulling events and still enjoyed watching horse racing with his family as he got older. He also enjoyed fishing at his daughters pond; even when his health deteriorated, David’s grandchildren would help him get set up for a few hours of fishing.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth (Mary) who passed away in 1987; his sons, Gordon and Mark; grandson, Lloyd; nine brothers and four sisters.

   David is survived by his four daughters, Michele Schaffer, Sheila (Steve) McDiarmid, Helen (Patrick) Diamond, and Toni Rugg; five sons, Terry (Lorry) Rugg, Darrel Rugg, Mike (Sharon) Rugg, Ed (Karen) Rugg, Brian Rugg; two sisters, Clara Rathburn, Henrietta Hamacher; two brothers, Bob Rugg, Max Rugg; 27 grandchildren, Mary (Brad), Cindy (Troy), Willis (Karrie), Amanda (Steve), Jamie (Steve), Dan (Becky), Vickie, Sarah, Erin (Jake), Kerri (Lester), Edwin II, Alicia, Tara, Christopher, Tonya (Chris), Steven, Jarrod, Stephanie, April, Teri (tony), Mark (Heidi), Jeff, Dustin, Melisa, Michelle, Jenny, Ryan; 27 great grandchildren, Nicole, Samantha, Tyler, Clayton, Sara, Rachelle, Jayson, Katie, Steven, Brenden, Sara, Patrick, Jakob, Parker, Brenna, Kenzie, Alexander, Jennifer, Summer, Brandan, Dylan, Dakota, DylanJay, Marissa, Landon, Ian, and Adam; and eight great-great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held at the Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI, on Thursday, July 31, with Rev. Don Francis officiating. Interment took place immediately following the funeral service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

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

 

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Katy Ruhf

 

   Katy Ruhf, 51, of Potterville, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008. Mrs. Ruhf was born Feb. 12, 1956 in Lansing, the daughter of Martin and Esther Shellito.

   Katy was very proud to be a volunteer at school covering many positions with various teachers, and special education aide. She loved to crochet and do craft projects, and her biggest gift was that she loved to help others.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Martin.

   She is survived by her husband, Earl; children, Eric (Ashley) Ruhf of Lansing, and Daniel (Jackie) Ruhf of California; four grandchildren, Brendon, Collin, Kaydence, Sebastian and the fifth grandchild is expected in March; sisters, Mary Stampski, Marjorie Christle, Janet (Dan) Donovon, all of Lansing, and Donna Morgan of Charlotte; and brother, Marvin (Melvia) Shellito of Houghton Lake.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 9, 2008 at Church of Jesus Christ of LDS with President Dave Judd officiating. Interment was in Benton Township Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Beatrice Russell

 

   Beatrice L. (Bea) Russell, 94, of Bellevue, died Sept. 27, 2008 at her daughter’s home. She was born June 3, 1914, in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Freeman and Elsie (Cook) Samson.

   Beatrice graduated from Mendon High School in 1932 and was active in the Mendon Girl Scouts and United Methodist Church. She married Lawrence K. Russell of Schoolcraft in November of 1933. They moved to Bellevue and she lived in the same house for 75 years.

   Bea recently received the Golden Cane Award from the Bellevue Lion’s Club because she was the oldest female in the Village of Bellevue. She also was the oldest member of the congregation of Bellevue Christian Center (formerly Bellevue Assembly of God). She attended for 69 years. She helped with the Sunday School, belonged to The Women’s Missionary Society and served on the Kitchen Committee for 35 years.

   Bea loved flowers. She loved to grow and arrange them into bouquets and centerpieces. She loved pretty things and had an artistic eye. Her house was always decorated at holiday times. She was also proud of her vegetable garden. Bea was an excellent housekeeper. She kept the homes of many Bellevue residents clean and organized. Bea had a twinkle in her eye and a smile that warmed the hearts of her friends. She will be missed.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; brothers, Floyd, Freeman, and Forrest Samson and a sister, Maxine (Samson) Mitchell.

   Beatrice is survived by children, Joyce Russell of Bellevue and James (Jim) Russell of Sioux Falls, SD; special friends, sister-in-law, Mildred Russell of Mendon and Betty Harrison of Bellevue. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and her kind friends from Bellevue Christina Center and Bellevue United Methodist Church.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 at Bellevue Christina Center with Pastor Danesh Manik officiating. Interment, Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorials may go to Bellevue Christina Center or Bellevue Scholarship Fund. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

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Raymond Ruthruff

 

   Raymond N. Ruthruff, a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather, 81, of Charlotte, made his transition Oct. 12, 2008. He was born Jan. 13, 1927 to Manney and Mable (Webster) Ruthruff in Eaton County and lived there most of his life.

   On Aug. 18, 1950, he married his wife, Sharon Farrier and they raised one son.

   Mr. Ruthruff served his country in the U.S. Army in Saipan.

   Mr. Ruthruff retired from the State of Michigan after 30 years, and also worked for Frito Lay in the Charlotte Walmart Store.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon; son, Brandon (Amy) Ruthruff; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Carla (Ed) Dunning and Marcia (Leroy) Miller.

   There will be no services held.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Nurses Hospice or Unity Church of Greater Lansing.

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

 

                                   

Mary Ryan

 

   Mary Belle Ryan, 91, of Dimondale, formerly of Charlotte, Holland, Zeeland and Jackson, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. Miss Ryan was born Nov. 16, 1916 in East Penfield, NY the daughter of George H. and Dorothy H. (Lathrup) Ryan.

   She was a 1934 graduate of Palmyra (NY) Classical Union High School, attended Moody Bible Institute of Chicago in the 1940's and later attended Western Michigan College from where she graduated in 1956 with her B.S. in teaching. Her teaching spanned more than 20 years, having taught in Jackson, Van Buren and Ottawa counties, retiring in 1973 from the Jenison Public Schools after 13 years there. She also farmed for 13 years in the Zeeland area while teaching.

   Mary Belle Ryan moved to Charlotte in January of 1999 to be closer to her niece Grace. While in Charlotte, she attended Calvary Baptist Church, wrote for the F.I.G. newsletter and delivered the F.I.G. paper all over town using her three-wheel tricycle. She also wrote for the Charlotte Shopping Guide, volunteered at several area nursing homes and rode her trike in the Frontier Days parade. In March of 2005, she entered the Dimondale Nursing Care Center, where she was very active in as many activities as she could attend. Friends from the newly formed Grace Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids would take her to Sunday evening services there.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, David Ryan and sister, Laura Serage.

She is survived by her niece, Grace (Lonnie) Wolfe of Charlotte; sister, Frances Lamphere; two brothers, George (Elizabeth) Ryan and Donald (Helen) Ryan all of Florida and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastors Mark Michalcewicz, Mark Booth and Mark Wolfe officiating. Interment was in the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Jackson.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610-3284 or the Grace Baptist Church, P. O. Box 238, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

 

                                   

 

 

Mildred Sakraska

 

   Mildred Pauline Sakraska, 95, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 in Holt. Pauline was born Oct. 10, 1913 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Frank and Mable (Newth) Freer.

   She was a member of Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church and retired from the State of Michigan.

   Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick K. in 1976; and brother, Stanley Freer in 2004.

   She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews, Jack Freer, Richard (Vivian) Freer, Joe Freer, all of Eaton Rapids; Melvin (Claudia) Freer of Potterville; Vicki Freer, David Freer, Dennis Freer, Kim (Carol) Freer, all of Eaton Rapids; Christine Sutherland of Lansing; and Ernest Sakraska of Eagle; lots of grand-nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Lansing in memory of Mildred Pauline Sakraska.

 

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Donna Sampson

 

   Donna Jean (Shilling) Sampson of Bellevue, formerly of Olivet, born Oct. 7, 1935, passed away at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte on Jan. 13, 2008 after a long and courageous battle with cancer during which she continued to be a loyal loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all.

   Donna's thoughts were always of others before her own. Before her health failed, she enjoyed growing flowers. Donna loved spending time with grand children and great-grandchildren, and her adopted family Buffy, Hillary, and Fancy, her cats.

   Donna grew up in Lee Township, the daughter of Kenneth and Evelyn Shilling. She married Earl Sampson on Nov. 16, 1953 and was happily married until his death in 1999 after 45 years of marriage.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Shilling in 1978 and husband, Earl Sampson in 1999.

   Surviving are a son, Rocky (Nancy) Sampson of Olivet and their children, Michael Sampson of Olivet, Randall (Renee) Sampson of Olivet, Shana Sampson and fiancé, Mark Young of Olivet and Jeffrey Sampson of Olivet; a daughter, Kathy Jo (Nolan Todd) Spotts of Charlotte and their children, Brandon (Andrea) Moe of Springport, Sydney Spotts and Jacob Spotts of Charlotte, and Andrea Spotts of Galesburg; six great-grandchildren, Noah and Kohen Young of Olivet, Ayries Napier of Charlotte, Zach Agy of Olivet and Blake and Lillian Spotts of Galesburg. Surviving siblings include brother, William (Jan) Shilling of Olivet; sisters, Pat (Vern) Norton of Bellevue, Judy (Lyle) See of Olivet and Suzie (Dale) Hoag of Fort Myers, Florida. Also surviving is Donna's Mother, Evelyn Mabel Shilling of Bellevue; special friend, Jim Harris of Olivet and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   Special thanks to Oaklawn Hospital Oncology Staff, Dr. Smiley, Dotty, Carolyn and Connie for all their caring effort over the years.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 16, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Todd Page officiating. Interment in the Lee Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Oaklawn Hospital or American Cancer Society. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Delma Santoro

 

   Delma H. (Cagle) Santoro, 89, of Charlotte, went to be with the Lord, Nov. 12, 2008. She was born Aug. 28, 1919 in Warren, TN the daughter of Fred and Margaret (Blaylock) Hale.

   Mrs. Santoro worked for Fisher Body in the war era making parts for airplanes and retired after 22 years and built the Delto Carwash in 1967 going on to eventually own three other carwashes.

   She enjoyed bowling, southern cooking and going to the Flap Jack restaurant. Her grandchildren were one of the most important things in her life.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Cagle in 1961; son, Bill Cagle in 1962; and second husband, Joe Santoro in 1984.

   She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Lloyd) Catey of Grand Ledge and Christine (Chuck, deceased) Cunningham of Charlotte; son, Richard (Joy) Cagle of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Flossie Keener of TN and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday Nov. 17, 2008 at Millett Bible Church, Lansing, with Reverend Randy Barton officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Millett Bible Church, or American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Satterly

 

   Harold "Bill" W. Satterly, 84, of Vermontville, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 6 2008. Mr. Satterly was born June 25, 1924 in Chester Township, MI the son of Donald and Retah (Hicks) Satterly, Sr.

   Mr. Satterly enjoyed intarsia woodcarving, golf and softball. He liked participating in tractor pulls, the Detroit Tigers and taking trips to Hawaii and Alaska.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Satterly, Jr.

   He is survived by his wife of 65 years, June (Baker) Satterly; daughter, Teresa (Joe) Gooch of Charlotte; son, Norm (Carol) Satterly of Nashville; daughter, Sonja (Duane) Hice of Charlotte; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Halsey and many nieces and nephews.

   There will be no services held at this time.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital or Eaton Community Hospice House.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Ross M. Sattler

 

   Ross M. Sattler, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Grand Ledge, a true servant of Jesus Christ, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at the age of 61. Ross was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 14, 1946, the son of Merle and Marguerite (Langham) Sattler. He graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1965. He then completed his masonary apprenticeship and worked in that field for 41 years. He also used his skills to serve as a missionary in Ecuador where he was involved in building two hospitals. He loved water skiing, the outdoors, coin collecting, and family. Ross was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

   He is survived by his high school sweetheart, who he was married to for 43 years, Sherralyn Dawn Sattler; 4 children, Ross Sattler, Jason (Stephanie) Sattler, Dawn (Brett) Overly, and  Spencer (Amber) Sattler. He is also leaving behind eight grandchildren: Madison Sattler; Pearl and Grant Sattler; Seth, Caleb and Bretta Overly; and Bailey and Aaliyah Sattler.

   Ross lived and worked harder, and loved more than anyone we ever knew. Ross, while you’re waiting for us to meet you in Jesus’ arms, we will miss you! The Funeral Service was held Monday, November 17, 2008 at South Church with Pastor Don Denyes officiating. Interment followed in Delta Center Cemetery. The family was served by the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Delta Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to HCJB in memory of Ross. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.palmerbush.com.

 

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Lois Saunders

 

   Lois Adell Saunders, 99, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Okemos, passed away peacefully while resting at Eaton Community Hospice on Thursday, July 31, 2008. She was born January 11, 1909 in Okemos, and lived most of her life in that area.

   A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is remembered as a homemaker working "side-by-side" with her husband, Maurice, while farming, gardening, and supporting his musical endeavors. She loved family picnics, music and dancing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice; daughter, Nyla Dansby; sisters, Iva and Gladys; and brothers, Ralph, Robert, Orin and Sterling.

   Lois is survived by three daughters, Leola (Alfred-deceased) Jackson of St. Louis, Sharron (Lyle) Tomlin of Manton, Linda (Kirk) Putnam of Eaton Rapids; son-in-law, Richard (Marion) Dansby of Bear Lake; 16 grandchildren, Randy, Nancy, Jeff, Joel, Debbie, Cindy, Kimberly, Kirk II, Dan, Pamela, Steve, Rick, Robert, Darwin, Marianne; many wonderful great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Donna Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

   The family held a casual memorial service and picnic on Friday, Aug. 8 at the home of Linda and Kirk Putnam, Eaton Rapids.

   Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to either Eaton Community Hospice, Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan Hospice, Medical Care Facility, or Sparrow Foundation in memory of Lois Saunders.

 

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Michael Sayre

 

   Michael Sayre, 77, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. Mr. Sayre was born Nov. 28, 1930 in Detroit, MI the son of Wade and Margaret (Baird) Sayre.

   Mr. Sayre was a sales representative for C&B Silo Company until 1975, when he purchased the Long Silo Company in 1980 and owned it until 1990. Mr. Sayre served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Sayre and his wife, Terry, were long-time fans of the Detroit Symphony and, later season ticket holders at the Wharton Center.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Sayre, in 2005; daughter, Trish Michelle Sayre in 1974 and sister, Jean Johnson in 2005.

   Mr. Sayre is survived by his daughters, Melissa (Doug Fast) Sayre of East Grand Rapids, Kristin (Bill) Harper, of College Station, TX and Liza Sayre (Jim Tamarelli) of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Mason Fast, Tessa Fast, Connor Fast and Lucy Harper; brother, Billy Ed (Mary Ruth) Hostettler of Bloomfield, IN; brother-in-law, Roger (Sandy) Ricci of Grosse Pointe Woods; mother-in-law, Teresa Ricci of Harper Woods; aunt, Freda Baird of Charlotte, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 8 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Reverend Billy Ed Hostettler officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to “Reading is Fundamental” of Eaton County (through Charlotte Women’s Club) or the “Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.”

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

Richard Schoonover

 

   Richard “Dick” Schoonover, 64, of Eaton Rapids, died Dec. 24, 2008. Mr. Schoonover was born Aug. 8, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of Howard and Ruth (Russell) Schoonover.

   Mr. Schoonover was a truck driver for Fruehauf. He enjoyed hunting and computers.

   He is survived by his brother, Denezil “Lee” Schoonover of Potterville; sister, Marian (Dave) Campbell of Sunfield; sister, Shirley (Tom) Krabacher of CA and six nieces and nephews.

   There will be no services held at this time.

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

 

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Bernice Schwab

 

   Bernice Louise Schwab, 79, of Charlotte, formerly of Vermontville, passed away Nov. 21, 2008.

   The daughter of George and Florence Garrett, Mrs. Schwab was a homemaker who was a life member of the VFW of Nashville and the Eagles of Charlotte. Bernice was a Girl Scout leader and very active in 4-H with her children when they were young. Bernice loved crocheting hats and mittens to donate to social services, was an avid Bingo player who worked Bingo at the VFW in Nashville several years ago.

   Bernice was preceded in death by husband, Paul in 1984 and son-in-law, Robert in 2003.

   Bernice is survived by her children, Robert (SueAnn) Schwab, of Saginaw, Judith (Mike) Lieb, of Bellevue, Florence Tomlinson of Charlotte, Roger (Barb) Schwab, of Alto, Karen (Floyd) Sheldon, of Charlotte; 19 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Garrett of Vermontville and very special friends, Ron (Maudie) Crook of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Pray Funeral Home.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Rebecca Scott

 

   Mrs. Rebecca Ann Scott, 67, of Fort Bragg, Calif., died suddenly on Sunday, July 27, 2008. She was born July 12, 1941, in Charlotte, Mich., the eldest daughter of Robert William Ray and Frances Ann (Youngs) Ray. She married John Douglas Scott in 1995, and the couple lived in Sacramento, Calif., before retiring to Fort Bragg, where they built a lovely home overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

   This beautiful, elegant lady spent her girlhood in Charlotte and Sunfield, often barefoot and fishing with a cane pole at her parents’ home on Saubee Lake. As a young woman, she raised five children from her first marriage, to Dick A. Sutherland. Her fiery intellect and compassionate heart, however, prompted her to complete her degree and become a registered nurse.

   She began her career in the operating room at Foote Hospital in Jackson, Mich., before she moved to Newport Beach, Calif., in 1981. There, she cared for others for many years as a nurse at Hoag Memorial Hospital.

   Becky cared for others outside of her work, too. A committed Catholic, she consistently volunteered both through the Church, such as her work at the soup kitchen at Our Lady of Good Counsel, and outside of it, such as her work with the children of Dana Gray Elementary School.

   She enjoyed music, art, and especially literature. A voracious reader, she often read novels in their entirety in a single night. IN Fort Bragg, she was a proud member of the Ruby Thimble, a group of women who meet in friendship to discuss life and art.

   Becky is preceded in death by a nephews, Dion Villanueva; a grandchild, Jessica Sutherland; her second husband, Lorenzo (“Larry”) Morelli; and her mother and father.

   She is survived by her husband, John Scott of Fort Bragg; brother, Don (Carol) Ray of Sunfield, Mich.; sister, Sue (Alex) Villanueva of Vermontville, Mich.; son, David (Peggy) Sutherland of Richland, Mich.; son, Dennis Sutherland of Avon, Ind.; son, Thomas (Lana) Sutherland of Del Rio, Texas; daughter, Teresa Sutherland of Jackson, Mich.; son, Andrew (Katrina) Sutherland of Buffalo, NY; step-daughter, Erin Scott of San Francisco, Calif.; step-daughter, Courtney (Jim) Scott-Newton of Eagan, Minn.; 17 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

   A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15, 2008, at St. Ann Catholic church in Richland, Mich., at 3 p.m. A Rosary was held Friday, August 1, at Chapel by the Sea, Fort Bragg, and a Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Mendocino, followed by a burial at sea.

   Those who wish to make a donation in the name of Rebecca Ann Scott may contact Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org;1-80--728-3843). Please also consider honoring Becky by caring for a family member, friend, or stranger in need.

 

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Beverly Sebastian

 

   Beverly Jane Sebastian, 79, passed away peacefully in her home on Aug. 9, 2008. She was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Albion, daughter of Paul and Thelma Hawes.

   She married Virgil Sebastian on July 9, 1950, and they resided in Eaton Rapids. Their summers were spent at Duck Lake near Albion, where she taught swimming to hundreds of children over the years. Bridge Club with "the girls" was a regular pleasure of Bev's for nearly 50 years and she always enjoyed a good game of golf.

   Her professional life was spent as a teacher, secondary school counselor and guidance director for 27 years. After retirement in 1986, she and Virg moved to Green Valley, Ariz. where Bev expanded her interests in the arts to become both a stained glass artisan and designer of gold and silver jewelry.

   Her community and career related activities included: Member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, past president of Eaton Rapids Education Assoc., MSCA-ACT Advisory Committee, Area Personnel and Guidance Assoc. Board member, Eaton Rapids City Planning Commission, Duck Lake Assoc. Board of Trustees, State of Michigan Curriculum Committee for Guidance and MEA, NEA, MAARSP and University of Michigan Alumni Assoc. life member.

   Scholastic honors include: Pi Lambda Theta, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. Her college degrees include a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts and Educational Specialists from Michigan State University.

   She was preceded in death in February 1997 by her husband, Virg.

   She is survived by one sister, Frances (Tom) Fletcher of Clearwater, Fla.; and daughters Jeri (Charles) Zimmerman of Sparta and Jody (Scott) Hodges of Sahuarita, Ariz. Also surviving are grandchildren, Alison (Tom) Yother of Lawrence, Kan., Evan Space of Grand Rapids, Jay Seeley (Heather Breeding) of Cumming, Ga., Jennifer (Eric) Christiansen of Newport News, Va. and Katherine Seeley of Sahuarita, Ariz; as well as great-grandchildren Sidney, Russell, Abigail, Rainer and Beck.

   Our mother's love and generosity touched so many. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

   There will be a Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, August 17 from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation or the Arthritis Foundation.

Lloyd Sebrell

 

   Lloyd B. Sebrell, 82, of Vermontville, died, Thursday, April 17, 2008. Mr. Sebrell was born Nov. 17, 1925 in Lansing, the son of Ralph and Hazel (Briggs) Sebrell.

   Mr. Sebrell was a veteran of WWII and served in the Navy from 1944-1946. He was a member of the Charlotte Church of Christ. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and going hunting for deer and turkey. Mr. Sebrell liked trees, animals and farming. He would spend time with his wife, Patricia traveling places in their motor-home. Her homemade apple pie, fresh baked bread and homemade ice cream were among his favorite dishes.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Una Slack.

   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; sons, Rodney Sebrell, Randy (Donna) Sebrell, Craig Sebrell; daughter, Carla (William) Myers; eight grandchildren, Scarlet (Dave) Hood, Nathan Sebrell, Jacob Sebrell, Cameron Sebrell, Dustin Johnson, Brandon Shultz, Arielle Myers and Paige Myers; one great grandchild, Zoe Hood; brother-in-law, Clare Slack.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with John Baily officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township, MI.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Maple Valley Scholarship Fund or the Nashville VFW Post #8260.

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

 

Merlin Sharp

 

   Merlin J. Sharp, 94, of Azle, Texas, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. Mr. Sharp was born March 23, 1914 in Charlotte, the son of James and Nine (Bower) Sharp.

   Mr. Sharp worked for the Wilcox-Gay Corporation for 23 years, repaired televisions for 20 years and was a custodian for the Congregational Church for 11 years. He was store manager at Roberts Paint, Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther (Smrcheck) in 1992 and his four sisters, Margaret, Velma, Agnes and Doris.

   He is survived by his son, Dr. Larry (Jackqueline Sleater) Sharp of Azle, TX; grandsons, Taylor, Conner and Ryan.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, Ft. Worth, TX.

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

 

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Shirley Sharp

 

   Shirley J. Sharp, 65, of Mulliken, died Aug. 12 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. following a valiant battle with cirrhosis, caused by the genetic disorder, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

   She was born Jan. 12, 1943 in Lansing, daughter of Hobert and Edna (McClelland) Clark. She was first and foremost a housewife and mother. With her friend, Marlene Smith, she operated a concession wagon known as "Two Moms Snack Shack." Shirley was a former member of Roxand Service Club and Danby Township election worker.

   She was preceded in death by two infant sons.

Surviving are her husband of 43 years, John; daughter, Kristine Sharp-Thelen and her husband, Alan Thelen of Sunfield; granddaughter, Sydney Thelen; brothers, Charles Clark and Gerald (Billie) Clark, both of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Aug. 19 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Victor Hilbert officiating. Interment was in Danby Cemetery.

   Pallbearers were Gerald Clark, Brenda Decker, Mary Gabin, Carl Lance, Eugene Ridenour II, and Charles E. Sharp. Honorary bearers were Robert Green, Mike Hilton, Mark Lance and Charles P. Sharp.

 

                                   

 

 

Dorothy Sheffer

 

   Dorothy Maude Sheffer, 91, of Fenton, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 at

Fenton Extended Care. Mrs. Sheffer was born March 11, 1917 in Detroit, the daughter of William and Maude (Lee) Sayles.

   Mrs. Sheffer had lived in Fenton for many years and was a member of the Fenton Order of the Eastern Star.

   She married Leonard Hugh Sheffer in 1946 and he preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 2002.

   Surviving are three children, Judith (Bob) Copeland of New York, NY, Ron Hanaford of Fenton, Kathi Chene of Fenton; three grandchildren, Errol Lange, Marisa Lange, Jeff (Susan) Hanaford; brother, Kendall (Pat) Sayles of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

   Private services have been held.

   Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Friends may share an online tribute on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Taylor Sherman

 

   Taylor L. Sherman, 45, of Ocean Springs, Miss. died on April 13, 2008 in Biloxi, Miss.

   He was employed at Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center since 2001, most recently as executive assistance manager. He was a self-taught gourmet cook, loved history, and loved New York.

   He was preceded in death by his special friends, David Moore and Lee Coles; grandparents, Lewis and Reva Holcomb and Joseph and Henrietta Sherman.

   Taylor is survived by his parents, Jim and Ruth Wilson and Richard and Lisa Sherman, all of Charlotte; his siblings, Todd Sherman (David Christy) of Costa Mesa, Calif., Eric Sherman (Kathleen Driscoll) of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. and Deanna (Michael) Peterson of Clermont, Fla.; step-siblings, Jeffrey (Teresa) Wilson of Lansing, Rod Wilson, and Janice (Barry) Webb of Knoxville, Tenn.; nieces, Jennifer Webb and Emily Webb; his faithful companion, Rusty; and his special friend, Donna Brown.

   A special thanks goes to Dr. Scott Russell and the nursing staff at Biloxi Regional Hospital, Biloxi, Miss.

   Cremation has taken place.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Carrie Shilts

 

   Carrie E. (Leavengood) Shilts, 94, of Olivet, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 at the Christian Elder Care Adult Foster Care Home. Carrie was born Oct. 13, 1913 at Lyon Lake in Fredonia Township of Calhoun County, the daughter of Walter A. and Grace (Conley) Leavengood and had lived most of her life in the Olivet area.

   She was a graduate of Olivet High School, attended Eaton County Normal and received her B.S. and M.A. Degrees from Michigan State College. She taught school in area rural schools including Section Hill School and then taught in the Bellevue School System for many years from where she retired in 1975. She loved to travel and had traveled extensively including Mexico, South America and even around the world.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry E. Shilts; sister, Ruth Heisler; brother-in-law, Elmer Heisler, Sr.; nephew, Larry Heisler and great-great-niece, Alexandra Heisler.

Surviving are one nephew, Elmer (Kendra) Heisler, Jr. of Albion; two great-nephews, Mike Heisler and Marc Heisler and five great-great-nieces, Hannah, Taylor, Carrie, Madelyn and Grace Heisler.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Jack Brown of the Olivet Congregational Church officiating. Interment was in the Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Olivet Congregational Church. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Dale Shrontz

 

   Dale L. Shrontz, 96, of Olivet, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 at the Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. Dale was born March 20, 1912 in Brookfield Township of Eaton County, the son of William and Mina (Fordham) Shrontz and had lived most of his life in Walton Township.

   He had been employed at Aluminum Extrusions and Beach Mfg. of Charlotte and Lansing Electric Motors from where he retired. In addition, he had served nine years as sexton of Bosworth Cemetery, 12 years as Walton Township supervisor and had driven a school bus for the Olivet schools. He was a member of the Lee Center United Methodist Church, was a member and past president of the Olivet Rotary Club, a 35-year member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association and member of the Marshall Moose Lodge. He was an avid supporter of Olivet High School Athletics, enjoyed Bingo and enjoyed barbecuing chickens as fundraisers for many organizations.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Harold, Clarence and Fay; sister, Ila Krebs and grandson, Lonnie Ripley.

   Surviving are his wife of 74 years, Mildred (Goodwin) Shrontz; daughter, Joyce Ott of Charlotte; son, Duane "Pete" (Joyce) Shrontz of Marshall; three grandchildren, Lorie Horn, Douglas (Beth) Ripley and Neil (Lorie) Ott; seven great-grandchildren; four step grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Diane Stone officiating. Interment in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lee Center Church, Oaklawn Hospital for Dialysis services or the American Heart Association.

 

 

                                   

 

 

Trenton John Clare Shrontz

 

   Trenton John Clare “Trent” Shrontz, 15, of Olivet died Sept. 16, 2008 at his home from injuries he received from an ATV accident.

   He was born Dec. 28, 1992 in Lansing to Bradley Dean and Kristine Rebecca (Swan) Shrontz. He was a sophomore student attending Olivet High School.

   Trent loved farming and was involved in all aspects of the family business, helping his father wherever he was needed. He was a member of the local 4-H Club and had shown sheep, swine and starter calves at the Calhoun County Fair. At this year’s fair, Trent had restored an old combine to compete in the Combine  Derby. He was the organizer and driving force behind the Car Hockey competition that was also held at the fair. He loved to be outdoors and enjoyed hunting, riding motorcycles and his quad. In this youth, he participated in junior football and wrestling leagues.

   He is survived by his parents, Brad and Kris Shrontz; sister, Ashley Kay Shrontz, a student at Michigan State University; grandparents, Marvin and Diane Swan of Dansville, Dean and Esther Shrontz of Olivet; aunts, Katrina (Ray) Maurer, Karen Swan, Tamara (Marvin) Maurer; uncle, Gordon (Lori) Swan; and numerous cousins.

   Services to celebrate the gift of his life were held Sept. 19 at the Olivet Congregational Church, Olivet. Interment followed in Clarence Center Cemetery.

   To leave a personal message and sign the on guest register, please visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

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Betty Shumaker

 

   Betty Jane Shumaker, 82, of Charlotte, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 10, 2008. Mrs. Shumaker was born June 11, 1925 in Muskegon, the daughter of Oliver and Minnie (Compton) Hale.

   She was a very kind and compassionate person who enjoyed playing all kinds of family games.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell in 1984; sister, LaMoyne Shepard; brothers, Gaylord and Don; grandson, Jamie Lynn Wixson and two great-grandchildren.

   She is survived by her children, Sandra (Thomas) Wixson and Connie (Floyd) Brandt, both of Charlotte, Diana (Keith) Naylor of Eaton Rapids, Randy (Melissa Rothstein) Shumaker, Debra (Donald) Moga and Lynn Ann (Paul) Juhola all of Olivet; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 13, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Eaton Area Senior Center or 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Joan V. Shumaker

 

   Joan V. (Cornell) Shumaker, 79, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at the Mariner Health Care Center in Palmetto, FL. Joan was born March 6, 1929 in Charlotte, the daughter of Clifton and Genevieve (Clever) Cornell and was a lifelong Charlotte area resident.

   She was a retired Michigan State University employee, was a life member of the Maple City Post #2406 V.F.W. Auxiliary, a member of the Marshall Moose Lodge and the Lansing Eagles.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tom Cornell on May 8, 2008.

   Surviving are her husband, Gale M. Shumaker; sister-in-law, Clara Franks of Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 9, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

                                   

 

 

Lyle Skalland

 

   Lyle Burdette Skalland, 63, of Luverne, MI, formerly of Charlotte, MI, died Monday, June 16, 2008 at Sanford Luverne Hospital, Luverne, MN. He was the son of Palmer and Avis (Shelden) Skalland and was born May 21, 1945 in Sioux Falls, SD.

   He grew up there and graduated from Washington High School in 1963. Lyle attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Augustana College in Sioux Falls and Michigan State University in East Lansing before earning his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Lyle practiced law in several communities through the years, primarily in Charlotte. He was currently in private practice in Luverne, MN.

   Automobiles were always a major part of Lyle's life, whether it was racing, selling, repairing or building them. He also enjoyed working with stained glass, repairing and updating his century-old home, walking and traveling. Lyle had a giving nature and was always willing to lend a hand to others. He also loved cats and cared for many during his life. Above all, Lyle cherished spending time with his family.

   Lyle was a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

   Lyle was preceded in death by his father, Palmer.

   Grateful for having shared his life are his best friend, Sharon Weig of Luverne, MN; his mother, Avis Skalland of Sioux Falls, SD; two brothers, Mark (Lynette) Skalland of Sioux Falls, Glenn (Delfina) Skalland of Long Beach, CA; two nephews, Jeff (Sandra) Skalland of Sioux Falls, Matthew Skalland of Long Beach; a niece, Victoria Skalland of Long Beach; a great-nephew and great-niece, Braeden and Brittney Skalland of Sioux Falls; Sharon's children, Monica Worrell and her children, Cody and Courtney of Aberdeen, SD, Mary Jo (Jon) Button and their children, Amanda, Margaret and Andrew of Brandon, SD, Melanie (Rich) Adcock and their children, Emily, Bridget and Ethan of Sioux Falls; his cats, Mazie Cat and Alley Cat; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

   Services were held Friday, June 20 at George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD, with burial at Split Rock Lutheran Cemetery, rural Brandon, SD.

   A complete obituary and online registry is available at www.georgeboom.com.

Arthur Slade

 

   Arthur R. Slade, 69, of Charlotte, died Sunday, April 13, 2008. Mr. Slade was born Aug. 23, 1938 in Wacousta, MI, the son of Otto and Dora (Hart) Slade.

   Mr. Slade was a weighmaster for the Eaton County Road Commission for 36 years.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey Slade of Kalamazoo.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Jane; son, Jerry Slade of Lansing; daughter, Donna (Allen) Tilford of Springport; three grandchildren, Cassey, Trevor and Shelby; sister, Sandra Shepard of Detroit and brother, Otis (Louise) Slade of MO.

   An affirmation service was held Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Frederick L. Smith

 

   Frederick L. “Fred/Smitty” Smith, formerly of Lansing, died August 30, 2008 at the age of 81 from Alzheimer’s disease at Moore’s Adult Foster Care in Charlotte, where he had been a resident for 29 months. Born on June 7, 1927 in Harbor Springs to Edgar and Reva (Harrison) Smith.

   He was a speed skating champ, winning many awards racing across Little Traverse Bay from Harbor Springs to Petoskey. Fred moved to Lansing at 14, driving his mother and younger sisters in a Model T. After a three month courtship he married Ilo Joan Arter (Joann) on December 14, 1945 at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Lansing with Laurence and Dora Salisbury, the only people at their wedding. The lights went out in the church delaying the evening. Fred had to go to work in the morning, a die repairman at Melling Forging Plant for 39 years. They celebrated at Wimpie’s where the entrees were hamburgers and chili. Marsha, their first daughter, was born 12 months later, followed by Vickie, Jackie, and Sandy. Mom and Dad were devoted to each other for 59 years, until her death in May 2005.

   Fred was a camper, motorcycle rider and fisherman, spending many winters at Tavares, FL and summers in Alanson, MI on the Crooked River. Although he lived 67 years in the Lansing area, his heart was always at Harbor Spring and “Ma” Smith’s farm, where he spent much of his childhood with his cousin, Harold.

   In addition to his wife, Joann, he was preceded in death by his baby daughter Sandra; his brother Robert J. “Jim” Smith; and brother-in-law, Dale Wardell. Surviving are: his daughters, Marsha (Al) McDonald of Charlotte, Vickie (Sam) Releigh of Corunna, Jackie McLean of Delton and Lynn McLean of Troy; 7 grandchildren, Kurt Kesler, Sidney McDonald, Kristi McDonald, Amme Knight, Kylan Shaffer, Melanie Garden and Kyle McLean; 12 great grandchildren, Joseph and Jordon Head, Blaine and Jerriell Kesler, Seth, Jaron and Rachel Bowden, Caleb and Peyton Shaffer, Lauren and Sam Knight, and  Avery Garden; 1 great-great grandchild, Brady Head; sisters, Nelda Wardell and Norma (Loyal) Shepler; sister-in-law, Emma Smith; and dear cousin, Harold (Millie) Harrison.

   The family cannot fully express their gratitude and love for the kindness and care given to Dad by Carole Moore Kidder and her grandchildren/caregivers at Moores Adult Foster Care in Charlotte. God bless you Carole, Shelby, John-Michael and Heather Moore and Ryan Schneckenberger as you continue to care for the most innocent and fragile among us.

   At Dad’s direction he has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, 210 E. Lawrence Avenue, with the
Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donation to your local food bank or shelter. If you asked Dad his favorite color, he always said “sky-blue-pink” like the sunset. He’s finally walked into his beautiful sunset, where Mom has been waiting.

 

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Gloria Smith

 

   Gloria A. Smith, 69, of Hastings, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 1, 1938 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ion and Anna (Semenski) Baker.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Smith in 1994.

   She is survived by her son, Randall Smith of Hastings; daughter, Christine Smith of Phoenix; daughter, Anna Smith of Dorr; son, Chad Smith of Grand Rapids; son, James (Laura) Smith of Middleville; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 18, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Reverend George Brand 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.

 

                                   

 

 

LaRae Smith

 

   LaRae May Smith, 62, of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, after a long struggle with liver disease. LaRae was born April 26, 1945 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Evison and Beverley (Lord) Beck.

   She was a former Service Club Manager for the Charlotte American Legion and enjoyed organizing special events for others. Her mission in life was to give to others. The joy of her life was her three loving granddaughters.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Roger Smith in May 2001 and her parents.

   She is survived by her children, Shelli Long (Kurt McCarrick) of Eaton Rapids and Philip Long (Mark Bauer) of Lansing; beloved granddaughters, Margeaux Long, Maci Heintz and Morgan Heintz; sister, Brenda and John Bly of Charlotte; brothers, Michael and Betsy Beck of Sharon, CT and Joseph Beck of Cadillac and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Rockney Wing officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to American Liver Foundation and/or the Gift of Life Foundation and please consider registering with the Gift of Life.

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

 

                                   

 

 

LaVern H. Smith

 

   LaVern H. Smith, 91, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Saturday, May 31. Mr. Smith was born November 19, 1916 in Fowlerville, the son of Henry and Edna (Livingston) Smith.

   He served as a Marine during WWII, and then worked as a truck driver for C & J Haulaway/Auto Delivery.

   He was preceded in death by first wife, Marian, in 1988, and second wife, Betty Lou, in 1996.

   He is survived by his life companion of 12 years, Erma Merritt; children, Jack (Lila) Smith of Ala., Wayne (Peggy) Smith of Texas, Patricia (Melody Sowers) Smith of Lansing, and Pastor Joene (Peter) Herr of Ohio; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and sister, Martha Whitehead of Calif.

   A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 3, at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Joene Herr officiating. Interment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may e 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 Lavina Smith

 

   Lena LaVina Smith, 79, of Eaton Rapids passed away Friday, June 27, 2008 in Lansing

   Lena was born Oct. 1, 1928 in Mason, the daughter of Orlo and Mary (Colman) Hanes. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

   Preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Smith, Lena is survived by daughters, Jill Smith of Eaton Rapids, Melissa Ewing of Raleigh, N.C.; son, Dean (Melissa) Smith of White Pigeon; eight grandchildren, Stanley Ewing, Eric Ewing, Adam Ewing, Lena Trayer, LaVina Kay DaVilla, Steven Smith, Kearra French and Crystal Smith; and six great-grandchildren.

   Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason.  Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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Robert C. Smith Sr.

 

   Robert C. Smith Sr., died Monday, January 7, 2008. 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 Largo, Florida. He was preceded in death by Bobby Smith and Kenny Robert Denman.

   Robert is survived by 2 sons, Robert C. Jr. (Linda), Jack; 1 daughter, Marie (Dave) Denman, all of Eaton Rapids, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

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Ronald Smith

 

   Ronald E. Smith, 72, of Charlotte, passed away Sept. 12, 2008. Mr. Smith was born Dec. 14, 1935 in Ithaca, Mich., the son of Frank and Ruth (Stannick) Smith.

   Mr. Smith was a carpet installer and cleaner. His hobbies included farming, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. He was hard working, loyal and honest. He will be remembered for his warm loving heart. He was a very giving and caring individual giving love and help when needed.

   He is survived by his daughters, Rhonda (Steven) Pifer and Jennifer (Jason) Wells both of Vermontville; step children, Kim Morrow and Yolanda Morrrow, both of Nashville, Jane Morrow of Manistee and Tonya (Wayne) Moore of Middleville; 20 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

   A celebration of life was held Sept. 20, 2008 at his residence. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Evelyn Smrchek

 

   Evelyn Carol Smrchek, 89 of Rogers City, MI, formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 18, 2008 at Sally’s Care Home in Alpena, MI. Mrs. Smrchek was born Aug. 4, 1919 in Frankfort, MI the daughter of Charles and Cora (Mann) Gaul.

   She is survived by her husband, Daniel; son, David (Carol) Smrchek of Rogers City; daughter, Janeann (John Dennis) Snider of Loma Linda, CA and grandchildren, Anne Marie Smrchek, Kristin (Carols) Demiranda, Kimberly (Matthew) Lane and John Dennis Snider IV.

   Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 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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Timothy Snider

 

   Timothy Thomas Francis Snider, 53, of Potterville, died Oct. 3, 2008. Mr. Snider was born Feb. 9, 1955 in Lansing, the son of Milford and Marcella (Miller) Snider.

   Tim was an avid deer hunter, loved to spend time mushroom hunting, and was a MSU football and basketball fan and vacationing with his family. If asked what he was most proud of, it would definitely be his children and grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Jim Beckwith; grandparents, Bernard and Bea Miller, Eva and John Snider; and special mentor, Leon LaFave.

   He is survived by his wife, Sheila Marie Snider; children, Justin (Meghan) Snider, and Stephanie Snider (J.T. Dachtler); grandchildren, Meah Snider, Nathen Snider; siblings, Judy Beckwith, Bonnie (Don) Fisher, Barb (Bill) Dean, Sue (Joe) Hildenbrand, John (Lila) Snider, Bernie (Phyllis) Snider, twin Teresa (Rick) VanFossen, Mark (Deb) Snider; parents-in-law, Gene (Wayne) and Verda Humes; stepmother, Lillian “Mazie” Shore; step-brothers, Dave Winkel, Doug Winkel, Dan Winkel; step-sister, Dorothy; brothers-in-law, Wayne Humes, and Jeff (Sherry) Humes; and lots of nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Becky Morrison officiating. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Phillip Snyder

 

   Phillip E. Snyder, age 84, WWII veteran, passed away June 18, 2008 in Florida.

   Phil leaves his wife, Jeannette, son David (Patrica) daughter Kristie, brother, Raymond (Justine), sister, Glenna Potter, three grandchildren, four great grand children and several nieces and nephews.

   Phil delivered mail for the Charlotte Post Office and was a member of the Charlotte Fire Department. He and Jeanette enjoyed traveling the United States with their mobile home.

   Phil was very accommodating and had many friends. He loved playing shuffleboard and won many trophies.

   The family will miss him greatly. By his request, there will be no services.

 

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Patricia Sorrick

 

   Patricia W. Sorrick, 86, of Albion, MI, formerly of Springport, MI, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2008 at Emerald Forest Assistant Living in Marengo Township. She was born Sept. 1, 1921 in Detroit, MI to William and Eleanor (Patrick) Williams.

   On July 6, 1943 she married Douglas Marshall Sorrick who preceded her in death in July 1992. Patricia worked as a hospital laboratory technician at Hayes Green Beach Hospital for 30 years in Charlotte. She retired on Oct. 20, 1984. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Albion, MI. Patricia was also member of Crystal Sailing Club in Crystal, MI. She enjoyed bowling, gardening and canning. She was intelligent, independent, proud and made friends easily. She will be sorely missed.

   Along with her husband, Patricia was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Porter; and brother, Harry Bruce Williams.

   Surviving are one daughter, Freyja Davis, of Albion, MI; three sons, Christopher Sorrick of Alpena, MI, Charles Sorrick of Rochester, MI and David Sorrick of Omah, NE; one brother, Thomas Ray Williams of Panama City, FL; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

   A memorial service was held Friday, June 27 at United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel, with Reverend Dwayne Bagley officiating. Committal will be at a later date.

   There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to Albion District Library and Hospice of Jackson and Oaklawn.

   Arrangements made by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Dale Southward

 

   Dale Southward, 78, of charlotte, died Friday, June 6, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House, Charlotte. Dale was born June 13, 1929 in Charlotte, the son of Melvin J. and Ann May (Baum) Southward and had been a life resident of the Brookfield and Walton Township area.

   He attended the Mahan Rural School through the eighth grade and then attended Olivet High School from where he graduated in 1950. He was a former state vice president for the Future Farmers of America. He was a life-long farmer and had been employed at the Farm Bureau Ele3vator, the Community Oil Company for 11 years and the Aluminum Extrusions Co. for five years. He enjoyed bowling and pitching horseshoes.

   He was preceded in death by his parents in 1981; his sister, Zella Andrews in 1988 and brother-in-law, Arthur Andres in 1997.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Gloria J. (Eishen) Southward; three children, Nanette (Mike) Visger of Vermontville, Tone Dale (Karen) Southward of Charlotte and Pamela Jean (Gordon) Harder of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Irene Vittoz of Brookfield-Eaton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the Eaton Community Hospice. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Jane Southward

 

   Jane E. (Hubert) Southward, 83, of Jackson, formerly of Olivet, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 at the Vista Grande Villa in Jackson. Jane was born March 19, 1924 in Albion to Dean and Ruth (Ford) Hubert.

   She attended Bath Mills Rural School and graduated from Albion High School in 1941. She moved to Olivet in 1943 and married Wayne Eli "Joe" Southward on March 29, 1953. Joe died on March 10, 2003, 19 days short of their 50th wedding anniversary. Jane worked at Gem Dairy in Albion for two years and Olivet State Bank (now Independent Bank-South MI) for 42 years from where she retired. They joined the Boilin' T Model T Club and in Sept. 1993 they met with a group of friends and founded the Crank & Throttle Model A Club of Olivet where Joe served as President the first three years and Jane was Treasurer of the Club for many years. They were very active in both Clubs and traveled across the United States attending tours and meeting friends.

Jane was an active member of the Olivet Congregational Church and of the Women's Fellowship Club. She moved to Vista Grande Villa Retirement Home, Jackson, in Aug. 2005 where she participated in many activities there.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne; two sisters, Grace Van Zandt and Mary Gregg and a brother, Ralph Hubert.

Jane is survived by her brother, Gerald H. (Dolores) Hubert of CA and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Jack Brown of the Olivet Congregational Church officiating. Interment in Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Olivet Congregational Church, Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn, the American Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Dennis Owen Souza

 

   Dennis Owen Souza, 77, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008 in Lansing. Dennis was born July 1, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Otto and Madeline (DeFrates) Souza.

   He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea and retired from Oldsmobile in 1987 after serving for 35 years.

   Dennis is survived by five children, Sheila (Rick) Cook of Lansing, Teri (Howard) Libin of Fla., Steve (Carol) Souza of Lansing, Ron (Lori) Souza of Westphalia, and Ken (Mary Beth) Souza of Westphalia; eight grandchildren, Nichole, Jason and Erin Souza, Justin (Amy) and Kirk Souza, Travis, Nathan and Matthew Souza; four step-grandchildren, Jamie Fuhr, Kirsten, Denton and Andrew Wingeier; four step-great-grandchildren, Justin, Jacob and Zepplin Souza, and Olivia Howe; and many cousins.

   Memorial services were held Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Neva Spore

 

   Neva Bell (Phillips) Spore, 92, of Charlotte, peacefully passed away Sunday, June 29, 2008, at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte, with her daughter at her side. Neva was born July 3, 1915, in Delta, OH, the daughter of Fredrick Grover and Orpha Bliss (Dickason) Phillips.

   Her family moved to Lansing in 1919. She was married to Ned Spore on Oct. 7, 1937, at the Baptist Church Parsonage, Bellevue, and lived in Charlotte the remainder of her life. Neva and Ned were married 25 years when he passed away July 1, 1963. Neva was a member of the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene since 1940. She held many offices and responsibilities in the church, but her main interest and concern were the children, and she enjoyed teaching Sunday school children for 55 years.

   Neva was a wife, homemaker, and devoted to meeting the needs of other children. She was employed at Wilcox Gay Corporation during the 50's. Neva loved children and as a widow she was a "NANNY" to children of six different families in their homes, in the Charlotte area from 1963-80, at which time she retired.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ned of 25 years; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Phillips; three brothers, Donald, Robert, teenage brother, Elbert Phillips; sister-in-law, Mrs. Lola (Don) Phillips; a niece, (Trudy Phillips-Haight-Hiscock) and one nephew, Roswell Spore.

   She is survived by one daughter, Donna Jean (Dan Mikesell) of Battle Creek; one grandson, Marc (Leslie) Mikesell of Colorado Springs, CO; one granddaughter, Marci Jean Mikesell-Colosa (Kevin Colosa) and two step-great-grandsons, Thereon and Zachary Colosa, St. Jonhnsbury, VT; one sister-in-law, Maxine (Dull) Phillips; two nieces, Judy (Don) Bever, Terri (Lynn) Irwin, and many great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 with Pastor, Rev. Glenn Neal, Rev. Arthur Salisbury and Rev. Duane Royston officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Eaton County Medical Facility Activity Department, Eaton Community Hospice or Charlotte Church of the Nazarene.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Edla Sproat

 

   Edla M. Sproat, 86, of Wayland, died Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Bo Stafford

 

   Bo Allen Stafford was born Sept. 15, 2008 and joined his Lord on Sept. 17, 2008. He will always be loved and remembered by his father, Jonathon Stafford; mother, Jamie Stafford; and brothers, Kadyn and Luke (Bo's twin).

   He was also surrounded by love from his uncles, Jeff Jones, Josh Stafford; cousin, Jalon Jones; grandparents, Doug and Teresa Jones, Kenny and Tammy Meade and Ron and Nelly Stafford; great-grandparents, Stan and Mary Trumble, Harry and Ruth Jones, Bruce and Linda Brandt, Skip and Carol Terburg, Ken and Sharron Meade, Paul and Jerry Stafford, and Karen Matuschka; and great-great-grandma, Wilma Running.

   The family received visitors at the funeral home on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, with Bo's funeral service at 7 p.m. Interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions can be made directly to the family of Bo Stafford. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI.

 

                                   

 

 

June Stall

 

   June Arlene Stall (Main, Dunklee), 56, passed away on Oct. 6, 2008. She was born Sept. 23, 1952 to Lawrence and Barbara Main.

   June added zest to life, period. She valued most her family and friends. She took pride in hosting and dancing at parties. She had a gift of making everything pretty. She enjoyed decorating wedding cakes, scrap booking, bonfires, hunting and fishing. She loved light houses, horses and hummingbirds. Her wish for everyone she ever knew was joy and happiness.

   She is preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Main; brothers, Ronald and Thomas Main; and nephew, Jacob Main.

   She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Ronald Marx Stall; parents, Barbara (Main) Faust, Doug and Evelynn Stall; children, Kim (Robert) Rathbun, Shannon (Daniel) Dever, Shaun (Skip) Dunklee, Hd (Marie) Stall; 11 grandchildren, Sierra, Dylan, Taylor, Savannah, Erik, Kearstan, Chelsie, Brandon, Mickayla, Anna, Izzabella; 13 siblings, Ed (Zar) Main, Bob (Kathy) Main, Steve (Abbie) Main, Julie (Main) Krause, Diane Main, Bev (Ivan) Bradley, Cindy (Tom) Raymond, and Don Stall; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

   Memorial services were held Oct. 18 at Hope Township Hall in Hastings, MI. In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to the June Stall Memorial at Chemical Bank under Sierra Rathbun's name.

 

                                   

 

 

Shirley Staton

 

   Shirley C. Staton, 75, of Charlotte, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008. Mrs. Staton was born June 18, 1933 in Charlotte, the daughter of John and Eleanor (Whitaker) Mitchell.

   Mrs. Staton retired from General Motors and enjoyed crocheting.

   She is survived by her daughters, Linda Staton of Lansing and Colleen (Steven) Copeland of Arthur , Iowa; grandchildren, Krystal and Kenneth (JD) and sister, Veralee Heinze.

   Services will be held in Iowa at a later date. 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.

 

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Penny Steketee

 

   Penny K. Steketee, 57, of Bellevue, formerly of Haslett, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 Ms. Steketee was born Feb. 17, 1951 in Lansing, the daughter of Arthur and Joyce (Allen) Lumbert.

   Penny was a driver for General Motors at the Milford Proving Grounds until her retirement in 2007. She was a loyal Redwings fan, and enjoyed bowling, knitting, crocheting and her German Shepherd, Magnum.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Jeff Hocquard; and daughter, Brandi Hocquard.

   She is survived by her daughter, Sara Hocquard of Charlotte; son, Raymond (Becky) Hocquard of Wiggins, MS; two grandchildren, Raymond Hocquard and Mercedes “Sadi” Hocquard; sisters, Peggy (Rod) Sellen of Bellevue, and Patti McElrath; brother, Robert (Vicki) Lumbert; niece, Bree McElrath, all of Goodlettsville, TN, and special friends, Trent Stott and Jeremy Sivilay.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Don Roscoe officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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

 

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Jack Nelson Stenberg

 

   Jack Nelson Stenberg, age 69 of Mason, MI, died August 12, 2008. He was born July 12, 1939, in Jackson, MI.

   Mr. Stenberg graduated in 1961 from Michigan State University. He enjoyed building and remodeling projects. He had an uncanny ability to envision new potential in old structures culminating in the creation of Edgewater Apartments in Eaton Rapids, MI. Jack enjoyed collecting antique cars and historic Michigan maps. He was a person of high integrity with many loyal friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack, Sr.; mother, Mildred; and sister, Patricia.

   Surviving are his wife, Marilyn of Mason, MI; step-daughter, Wendy Sweet of Holt, MI; 2 sons, Jon (Carolyn) Stenberg of South Windsor, CT; Michael (Jamie) Stenberg of Charlotte, MI; step-son, Jeffrey (Mary) Sweet of Decatur, GA; 5 grandchildren: Blake, Alex, Austen, Alyssa and Zackary.

   Funeral Services will be Saturday, 11:00 a.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 9900 N. Meridian, Pleasant Lake, MI, with Ross Vandercook officiating. Interment in East Rives Cemetery, Rives Junction, MI.

   The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI, and on Saturday, at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

   Those desiring, may make contributions to Christ Episcopal Church, 9900 N. Meridian Road, Pleasant Lake, MI 49272, in memory of Jack Stenberg.

 

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Bethel Stevenson

 

   Bethel L. Stevenson, 84, of Lansing, went to be with the Lord, Monday, June 16, 2008. Bethel was born April 17, 1924 the daughter of Leon and Marguerite (Verplank) Patterson in Lansing.

   She was a 1941 graduate of Vermontville High School. A life-long resident of Lansing, she worked for G.M. Fisher Body, Lansing, for 34 years and was a proud member of Local 602. A wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She loved her family and spending time with them. She enjoyed spending time with friends, stock car races, bowling, playing cards and Bingo, gambling trips and her precious dog, Molly.

   Surviving are her daughters, Marlena Holley, Madalyn Beckett, Melissa Stevenson and son, Mark (Valerie) Stevenson; grandchildren, Shawntel (Andy) Alana, Amy Holley and Miles Stevenson; great-grandchildren, Preston Starks III, Anthony Holley; and sister, Jeanne Mills.

   Funeral Services were held Friday, June 20, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Ezop officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Eugene D. Stevenson

 

   Eugene D. Stevenson of Eaton Rapids, age 54, fell asleep in death Tuesday, February 12, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Eugene was born  April 3, 1953 in Fairfax, OK. He moved to Michigan in 1978 and worked at Motor Wheel, G.M., and Spartan Cab until he was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1988. Eugene enjoyed fishing, mowing his lawn and was a big-time movie enthusiast. Preceded in death by his grandmother, Ernistine “Big Mama” Williams.

   Eugene is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jane (Brenke) Stevenson of Eaton Rapids; 4 children, Curtis (fiancee, Amanda Locke) Stevenson of Eaton Rapids, Scarlett Stevenson of Eaton Rapids, Autumn (fiancé, Tige Walkinhood) of Battle Creek, and Manuella DeLaGarza of Lansing; 2 granddaughters, Areya Dean and “the light of his life”, Vivien Stevenson; mother, Catherine Williams of Wichita, KS; brother, Charles Johnson of Wichita, KS; 5 sisters, Ernistine Gates of Oklahoma City, OK, Sherry (James) Clark of Ponca City, OK, Pam (Robert) Bullock of Wichita, KS, Paula (Virgil) Thomas of Omaha, NE, Veronica (Avit) Kwareh of Englewood, CA; sisters-in-law, Julie (John) Meyer of Olivet, Jill Brenke of Eaton Rapids; brothers-in-law, Jonathan (Jenny) Brenke of Eaton Rapids, Joel (Joanie) Brenke of Nashville; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, with Tom Gooden of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Vivien Stevenson Education Fund. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Laura Steward

 

   Laura Mae Steward, 95, of Lake Odessa, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 10, 2008. She was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Boone, Mich.

   She married John C. Steward on Sept. 6, 1932 at Angola, Ind. She was a life-long resident of the Sunfield area. She and John were avid and loyal Detroit Tiger fans and spent many winters in Lakeland, Fla. for the Tiger spring training seasons. She loved quilting and made many quilts for beloved family members. Laura also loved to play cards with her friends and family.

   Laura was preceded in death by her husband, John, and daughter in law, JoAnne Steward.

She is survived by her three sons, Douglas of St. Louis, MI, Robert (Jane) of Portage, MI, and Richard (Bonnie) of Ionia, MI. She loved her grandchildren, Cheryl (Gary) Havenstein, Michelle (Rich) Patterson, Ron (Debbie) Steward, Jon (Erin) Steward, Lee (Rich) Ballor, Kristin (Norm) Kent, Jim Steward and special friend, Debra Atkins, Tom (Sandy) Steward, Betsy (Jim) Sell, Louis, Jamie, and Nicole Steward. She adored all her great-grandchildren and always wanted to hear of their accomplishments and interests. Holly, Robbie, Jeff, Ashley, Melissa, Kenzie, Tom, Elizabeth, JoAnn, Jeffrey, Lisa, Emily Steward, and Janie, were all near and dear to her heart. Laura was especially thankful for three special people who helped her on a daily basis for the past few years of her life, Becki Neil, Jan Smith, and Emili Knop.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to the Lake Odessa Library in memory of Mrs. Steward C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890. Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.legacy.com.

   The family is being served by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield.

 

                                   

 

 

Ruby Stofflet

 

   Ruby Virginia (Wellman) Stofflet, 85, died Monday, April 28, 2008. She was born in Vermontville on March 12, 1923, the daughter of Cecil and Bertha (Cook) Wellman.

   Ruby married John Franklin Stofflet (a Pearl Harbor survivor) on Jan. 6, 1945, who preceded her in death. Ruby was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte for over 50 years, recently serving on its vestry. With her husband John, she operated the Re-Nu Shoe Repair Shop in Charlotte for many years, while employed at AE/Hoover Ball-Bearing. She worked at the Eaton Place Restaurant in Charlotte from 1991 until her recent illness. A member of the Episcopal Church Women and the VFW Auxiliary, she also volunteered with the Eaton County Adult Handicap Program.

   She leaves behind many friends who cherished her gifts of unconditional love, enduring faith and dedication to family.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

   The family requests donations be made in her memory to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI.

 

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Geraldine Huff Stoner

 

    Mrs. Geraldine Huff Stoner, age 83, of Water Street, Eaton Rapids, passed away Friday morning at CMC-NorthEast Medical Center. Her funeral will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Bill Milholland. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will received friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

   Geraldine was born May 1, 1925 to the late Elmer Grant Huff and Melissa Brown Huff in Brookside, Kentucky. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She had previously been an active volunteer at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Geraldine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, a happy and generous person. Geraldine was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph V. Stoner.

   Geraldine is survived by her daughter, Mary Shelia Stoner with whom she made her home; son Ralph “Butch” V. Stoner, Jr. of Grand Rapids, MI; grandchildren, Natalie Lynn Stoner, Shannon Leigh Stoner, and Nicholas Mitchell Stoner; sisters, Joan Vandersip of Chesapeake, VA, Wanda “Beau” Whitfield of Dahlonega, GA; brother, Gayle Huff of Harland, KY

 

 

Ronald Stoudt

 

   Ronald Patrick Stoudt II, 29, of Bellevue, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at Nashville, as the result of a snowmobile accident. Ron was born March 3, 1978 in Orlando, FL, the son of Ronald P. and Debra (Bailey) Stoudt and had lived most of his life in the Barry, Eaton and Calhoun county areas.

   He was employed as Fiber Optic Technician for Irving Cable Co. based in Charlotte. He was a member of the Arctic Cat Snowmobile Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

   Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Debra and John Judy of Olivet; father, Ronald P. Stoudt of Orlando, FL; fiancé, Darcey Carpenter of Nashville; sister, Erica (Tom Sheldon) Gordier of Olivet; brother, Travis John Judy of Olivet; grandparents, Paul and Marie Wight of Bellevue and Ken and Ethel Stoudt of Orlando, FL; two children, Chloe and Kila and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 24, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Bryce Feighner of Kalamo United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Kalamo Hillside Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may go to the charity of one's choice.

 

                                   

 

 

Virginia Stuler

 

   Virginia H. Stuler, 86, of Charlotte, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. Mrs. Stuler was born March 20, 1922 in Braznell, PA, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Voytovich) Herbert.

   Mrs. Stuler retired from the Packard Electric Division of General Motors. She was an avid bowler and golfer.

   She is survived by her son, Barry (Stormi) Stuler.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 at Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Indian Rocks, FL. Interment was at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park in Indian Rocks.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Thomas Taggart

 

   Thomas Neal Taggart, 70, of Eaton Rapids, who worshipped his loving wife of over 50 years, his children and grandchildren, went to be with our Lord Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. He was born March 17, 1938 in Detroit, to the late Thomas Neal Taggart, Sr. and Theda Irene Bartell Taggart.

   Tom was united in marriage to Bobbie Sue Mullins Sept. 29, 1957 and she survives. Together they had three wonderful children that survive; Rhonda (Jim) Nestell; Brent Taggart, and Dana (Eric) McCarrick, all of Eaton Rapids. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Lindsay M. Rohrbacher of Marquette; Robert N. Taggart and Danielle L. Taggart, both of Mason; and Alexandra L. Nestell of Grand Ledge.

   Also surviving are brothers, David of Iva, SC, Ross (Alice) of Gainsville, GA and James (Karen) of Detroit, and sister Sharon Strader of Lapeer.

   Those who passed before him are his brother, Richard Taggart and nephews, Neal Taggart.

   A member of Community Christian Church of Eaton Rapids, Tom retired from Michigan Bell Telephone in 1993, after 30 years of service. Most recently, Tom was employed by Massman Trucking until June of 2008.

   He will remain forever in our hearts, a loving husband, dedicated father, and a doting “Grandpa T.” A gentle and kind friend to all who knew him and loved him, he will be greatly and sadly missed by all.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating. Interment was in Greenmount, KY.

   Those desiring may make contributions to either the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan or the Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church in memory of Thomas Taggart.

 

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Helen M. (Strickland) Tanda

 

   Helen M. (Strickland) Tanda passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 5. She was born Jan. 14, 1918 to Lorin C. Strickland and Jesse Colvert Strickland in Charlotte, and has been a resident of San Jose, Calif. since 1936.

   Her last trip back to Michigan was for the 65 year reunion of her graduating class of 1936.

   She joins her husband of 30 years, John; and is survived by her daughters, Mary Lanier (Terry) and Carole Lee Bergara (Raymond); six grandchildren; their respective spouses; and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Sam Tanda; sisters-in-law Julie and Ida Tanda; and several nieces and nephews.

   Helen's family would like to thank all those who supported her on her journey, particularly the doctors and staff of Parkinson's Institute, Los Gatos Community Hospital, Plum Tree Care Center, the caring staff of Visiting Angles of Silicon Valley, and Drs. David Wagoner, John Smith and Edward Wong.

   Her indomitable spirit and her loving yet pointed comments will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

 

                                   

 

 

Albert Taylor

 

   Albert Wallace Taylor, 77, of Springport, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 in Marshall. Albert was born April 10, 1931 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., the son of Ralph and Grace (Osborn) Taylor.

   He grew up in Ft. Wayne, and after serving in the Korean War, moved to Springport, where he married Virginia (Parker) Taylor June 27, 1953.

   Al worked several years at Mead Bros. Excavating, Hoag & Sons Book Bindery, and retired from the Jackson County Road Commission. He enjoyed fishing, reading, playing Euchre and vegetable gardening. Family and friends could always expect him to deliver fresh veggies, melons, sauerkraut and horseradish. He was a member of VFW 6056 Springport.

   Preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (2008); son, Stan; and sister, Vivian, Al is survived by one daughter, Debra (Sanford) Wolf of Olivet, sons, Mitchell (Nicki) Taylor of Parma, Chris (Kristin) Taylor of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Terry (Stacie) Taylor of Eaton Rapids, Jessica Wandel of Parma, Jesse and Kimberly Keck of Charlotte; two great grandchildren, Joeseph and Zachary Taylor; and brothers, Ralph Taylor and Philip Taylor, both of Ft. Wayne.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, and interment followed at Springport Cemetery, Springport.

 

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James Taylor

 

   James "Chuck" Charles Taylor, 56, of Charlotte, passed away on Nov. 23, 2008. Mr. Taylor was born April 16, 1952 in Detroit, the son of James C. and Mary (Dagneau) Taylor.

   He married Mary McCarthy on July 6, 1974 and had three children, Andrew James Taylor of Chicago, Joseph Charles (Kiran) Taylor of Ann Arbor and Christine Marie Taylor (Joseph) Fish of Detroit. He was known as "Pops" to his grandchildren of whom he was very proud. Chuck was a property manager and salesman in the Lansing area for many years.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary and their children and grandchildren, Arjun Jamesingh Taylor and Naveen Charlesingh Taylor; father, James Taylor; sisters, Charlene Taylor Williams of Strongsville, Ohio and Janet Taylor of San Diego, Calif.

   Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Reverend Father Denis Spitzley officiating, followed by interment at Maple Hill Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 28.

   The family suggests 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.prayfuneral.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Pearl Lotta Taylor

 

   Pearl Lotta Taylor, age 100, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2008 in Charlotte. Pearl was born March 21, 1908 in Alger, MI, the daughter of Herbert and Emma (Haymaker) Stephens. She was a member of the Columbia Road Baptist Church and Past Noble Grand in the Rebecca’s. Pearl was also a member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center and the Camper’s Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Taylor in 1991; son, Gary in 1963 and son, Roy in 1993; and 2 brothers, George Stephens and Herbert Stephens.

   Surviving are 1 daughter, Marcia E. Hicks of Eaton Rapids; 1 son, Dale (Kris) Taylor of Mason; 5 grandchildren, Jeffery (Becky) Taylor, Kathy Lilly, Chad (Sheri) Hicks, Aaron (Sara) Hicks, Amanda (Chad) Graham; 8 great grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor & Lauren Hicks, Rayna Leven, Joey Elias, Trevor Graham, Steven Taylor and Lauren Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, and interment will follow at Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale. The family will receive friends and family on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids Senior  Center in memory of Pearl Taylor. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Virginia “Ginny” Sue Taylor

 

   Virginia “Ginny” Sue Taylor, 73, of Springport, passed away Friday, April 4, 2008 in Springport. Ginny was born May 2, 1934 in Springport, the daughter of Ccil Robert and Florence (Livingston) Parker.

   She enjoyed anything involving her family. Ginny’s hobbies included embroidery, hand sewing (bedspreads and quilts), challenging crossword puzzles, reading biographies, baking, and making craft gifts for family and friends. Her family extends a special “thanks” to Rhonda Sunkle and Fern Caldwell for their help and comfort.

   Ginny was preceded in death by her son, Stan Taylor; sister, Phyllis (Parker) McComber; and brothers, Kenneth Parker, Arthur (Bryce) Parker, and Harold (Bud) Parker.

  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Albert W. Taylor; daughter Debra (Stanford) Wolf of Olivet; sons, Mitchell (Nicki) Taylor of Parma, Chris (Kristin) Taylor of Charlotte; grandson, Terry (Stacie) Taylor of Eaton Rapids; step-grandchildren, Jessi and Kimberly Keck, and Jessica Wandel; great-grandsons, Joseph and Zackary Taylor; dog, Harley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 7 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Springport Cemetery. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Human Society of South Central Michigan, Battle Creek.

 

                                   

 

 

Anthony Dane Thelen-Pinamonti

 

   Anthony Dane Thelen-Pinamonti, was born January 16, 1992 in Largo, FL to Camie (Thelen) Cataline and Alex Pinamonti.

   A.D. went to be with the Lord our Father on July 18, 2008 due to an auto accident. A.D. possessed a great love for sports. He was a dedicated U of M fan “Go Blue.” He was soon to be a junior at Olivet High School where he excelled in football. A.D. had an abundance of friends from Eaton Rapids & Olivet who will greatly miss him.

   Surviving are his mother and stepfather Camie & Jeff Cataline; father, Alex (Rachel) Pinamonti of Florida; half sisters Emily and Katherine; Uncle Brian and family; Grandparents, Sandy Thelen, Ken and Char Thelen, Bill and Maralyn Cataline; Aunts & Uncles, Joe and Missy (Thelen) Brown, Cam and Cathie (Thelen) Walters, Brad and Michelle (Thelen) Ewart; Stepbrothers, Corey (Danielle), Tony (Jenny), Jamie Cataline; cousins, Zachary, Hunter, Charlie, Brandi, Cherise, Brad II, Aaron, Josh and Mack; nieces & nephews Kailey, Cody, Jalen, Hayley and Jazmin.

   A.D. loved to play football, “hang out” with his buddies and of course, that special dog Skuby. But most of all he cherished his relationship with his mother. A.D. would want everyone to remember him by walking on his toes, he still could run the fastest.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends at Skinner Funeral Home Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the “Olivet Athletic Programs” in honor of Anthony Dane Thelen. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Nancy Therrien

 

   Nancy L. Therrien, 67, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. Mrs. Therrien was born May 6, 1940 in Indiana the daughter of Walter and Irene Bronson.

   Nancy loved to knit, crochet, do counted cross stitch and enjoyed Harley Davidson's. She donated to the community by making hundreds of small blankets for the Eaton Siren Shelter. Nancy had a wonderful sense of humor that will be greatly missed.

   She is survived by her son, Roy (Penny) Therrien of Charlotte; son, Timothy Therrien of Lansing; daughter, Denyse Rugg of Vermontville; son, Fredrick Therrien of Tennessee; daughter, Renee Therrien of Lansing; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, David Bronson of Detroit; sister, Linda Lampky of Detroit and brother, Michael Bronson of Detroit.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 25, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Randy Royston 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Harold Thompson

 

   Harold L. (PUG) Thompson, 68, of Vermontville, passed away Friday, June 6, 2008 After a difficult struggle with ALS (Lou Gerhigs disease) at his home. Although this disease stole "Pugs" quality of life and ability to speak, it never took his smile or amazing personality. "Pug" was born in Lansing, on Sept. 19, 1939, the son of the late Parmer A. and Martha (Walker) Thompson.

   He was raised in the Vermontville area and attended local schools graduating from Maple Valley High School in 1957. He owned and operated Thompson Excavating serving the Vermontville and Nashville areas for over 40 years. "Pug" loved to fish, watch birds and spend time with his beloved grandchildren. When he wasn't excavating, Pug could be found at the local coffee shops telling stories.

   He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bethyl Thompson, Joyce (Kenyon) Joppie; and his brother, Bob Thompson.

   "Pug" is survived by two daughters, Kristin Royston and Angela (Greg) Lane; a son, Robert Thompson; a sister, Tilley Kilgore; three brothers, Ray Thompson, Don Thompson, and Junior Thompson. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cierra, Bobby and Becci, Jeannie, John, and Kristina.

   A public visitation was held on Tuesday, June 10 at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Respecting "Pug"s wishes, funeral services were held privately.

   Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

                                   

 

 

Vicky Tissue

 

   Vicky Tissue, 57, of Charlotte, died March 4, 2008. She was born April 3, 1950 in Lansing, the daughter of Emery and Helen Chaffee.

   Mrs. Tissue will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Emery and brother, Henry.

   She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Larry; daughters, Julie Michelle Luke of Charlotte, Tammy (Greg) Harris of Battle Creek and Cindy Tissue of Lansing; six grandchildren; mother, Helen; sister, Kathy; brothers, Rick, Tom, Dick "Clyde" and Harry.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery in Charlotte.

   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.

 

                                   

 

 

Arlene L. Towns

 

   Arlene L. Towns, 89, of Eaton Rapids died Monday, May 5, 2008 at the Vista Grande Villa in Jackson. She was born February 19, 1919 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Harry D. and Eva (Bradford) Towns.

   Arlene was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate class of 1937. She attended the Lansing Business School and worked at Horner Woolen Mills as a bookkeeper, and later for the McClure’s Implement Dealership in Springport. She married Harold Towns in 1939 and left the work force to raise her children. She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting.

   Preceding her in death was her husband, Harold; brother, Dean Thuma; and sister, Verna Kelly.

   Surviving are two children, Kenneth (Janet) Towns of Monticello, Ky., and Dana (Phillip) Ball of Eaton Rapids; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Thuma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Friday, May 9 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Daniel Hofmann officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.

   For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made in memory of Arlene L. Towns to either Foot home Care Services, One Jackson Square, 4th Floor, Jackson, MI 49201; or Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813. For online condolences, visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

                                   

 

 

Darline “Dusty” Towsley

 

   Dusty (Oliver) Towsley 75, of Duck Lake, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Ingham Regional following lung cancer complications.

   Born April 23, 1933, Dusty was a Korean War Veteran with the Air Force, the Commander of the Adams Rocky VFW Post in Springport; a member of the Women in the Military, Women of the Air Force, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Dusty worked as a beautician in her shop, The Beauty Den, at Duck Lake. She was also a state champion softball coach, powder puff snowmobile racer, pool league and league bowler.

   She leaves behind her most beloved possession, her family. She leaves her side-kicks, Cheryl (Jim) Proto, and Deb (James) Slone; children, Kevin (Shawn) Towsley, Kelly (Tim) Morrow, Crystal Martin, and Donald Rex (Penny) Towsley, Jr.; seven grandchildren, many great grandchildren; sister, Juanita Doyle and extended family.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Clarence Center Cemetery in Duck Lake, with full military honors provided by the Springport American Legion Post #313 and VFW Post #6056.

   For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to the family in memory of Darline. For online condolences, visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Wilma Treadway

 

   Wilma “Willie” Treadway, 99, peacefully passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Tuesday morning, December 23, 2008, at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park, Colorado (her home for the past eight years), with her devoted daughter, Mary, at her bedside. A service to celebrate her life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris, Tennessee, with her nephews, Reverend Melvyn Doughty, officiating. Entombment was in Rose Lawn Mausoleum in Paris Tennessee. Following the service, the family and friends gathered to enjoy a catered luncheon, which provided an opportunity to share precious memories, photographs and stories. Michigan was her home for most of her life. Wilma, Horace and their three daughters, lived for three years on a farm on Columbia Road (Hwy) from 1949 to 1952, moving into (town) Eaton Rapids in 1952. She was first and foremost a loving wife, mother and homemaker, but also worked at Horner Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids for about three years doing “burling and sewing”; was a nursing assistant at the (then “new”) Eaton Rapids Hospital for 13 years; and, worked for a brief time at a nursing home near Charlotte. She was blessed with the God-given gift of being a loving caregiver. She had many interests and talents – and something that she thoroughly enjoyed doing was “pegging” pants for many ERHS teenage boys back in the mid-1950’s. Word-of-mouth advertising gave her as much business as she could handle and she was paid about 50 cents per pair. She was born Willie Vashti Doughty on April 13, 1909, in Paris, Tennessee, the fifth of seven children, to Robert Benjamin and Sallie (Ballard) Doughty. Her parents were hard-working farmers and devout Christians, instilling a strong work ethic and faith in God in all of their children. Willie’s early years were difficult, growing up in very humble circumstances. Her father passed away when she was only nine years old, leaving her mother with seven children to raise and work the farm. As a result, her education ended with the eighth grade. She moved to Michigan in the 1930’s and was introduced to her future husband, Horace Treadway, by her brother, Bob, who worked with Horace at Motor Wheel Corp. in Lansing. Not long after their meeting, Wilma and Horace Treadway were married on December 31, 1938, and made their home in L:ansing, where three daughters, Laura, Mary and Sally were born. They were married for 25 years and lived in Lansing, Mason and Eaton Rapids during that time. She and Horace were amicably divorced in September of 1963.

   She returned to her place of birth, Paris, Tennessee, in 1972, and lived there until 1989, having been diagnosed with dementia. She moved back to the Detroit area to be close to her daughters, Sally and Laura. In August 1996, she moved to Colorado, to be close to her daughter, Mary Lane and her husband, Jon. She was in Assisted Living for 16 months in Boulder, and two nursing homes for a total of 11 years – one in Longmont and the other in Estes Park. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.

   She was s wonderful southern cook (we’ll never forget her rhubarb cobbler and mouth-watering home-made biscuits). She was an excellent seamstress and made everything from pajamas to snowsuits, often designing her own patters. Her love and gift for music gave her joy, especially playing hymns on the piano (by “ear”) and singing. She also played the guitar and harmonica. She never had music lessons and could not read music, but made sure that her three daughters were provided that opportunity.

   Her faith in God was strong. A devout Baptist, her Bible was a constant “companion” and source of strength. She read it faithfully until her eyesight was limited by macular degeneration, but she frequently quoted memorized scripture. She made sure that her daughters attended Sunday school, church and Bible School over the years, and were firmly grounded in the Christian faith. An extraordinarily strong prayer warrior, she lived her faith and was a wonderful role model. We admired how she always met life’s challenges with a positive attitude, strength and resolve – never complaining, regardless of the difficulty or circumstance. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert and Samuel Doughty; three sisters, Mattie Hunt Hayes, Rachel Davis and Joanna Highfill; her former husband, Horace Treadway; and a grandson, Michael Jay Williams.

   She is survived by her sister, Mildred Jones and her husband, Joe, of Paris, Tennessee; three daughters, Laura Treadway of Detroit, Michigan, Mary Lane and her husband, Jon, of Lyons, Colorado, and Sally Zytkowski of Livonia, Michigan; three grandchildren, Solon “Jeff” Lane, Jonny Lane and Nancy Williams; five great grandchildren, Jacob Williams, Samantha Lane, Jackson Lane, Riley Lane and Madison (“Madi”) Lane; nieces, Willie B. Clary, Lucinda Dotson, Norene Surratt, Robbie McGinty, Betty Jean Manning, Dorothy Melton and Barbara Jo Davis; and nephews Robert Highfill and Melvyn  Doughty.

   “We will miss her greatly and affectionately remember her: How much she loved us – always and unconditionally; her keen sense of humor (which she never lost even though advanced dementia robbed her of her of most of her memory in later years) and how she made us laugh; how strong she was in so many ways; how good-hearted and generous she was to her family and friends – always willing to help out those in need. We will remember her incredible work ethic, how much she sacrificed and worked tirelessly to supplement the family income and care for her family – always doing so with a willing and cheerful heart.

   To honor her wishes, in lieu of flowers, friends and family may make a memorial contribution in her name (“Wilma Treadway”) to the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 3650, Estes Park, CO 80517. The contributions will be designated for use by Prospect Park Living Center, which was her “home” for the past eight years.

 

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D. Jean Trierweiler

 

   D. Jean Trierweiler, 78, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Jean was born May 14, 1929 in Scottville, the daughter of William and Elsie (Estlow) Friese.

   Jean was a Bridge Life Master and retired from Ingham Medical Center.

   Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul A. Ritchey, Jr.; second husband, Eugene Trierweiler; and step-daughter, Pamela Trierweiler.

   Surviving are daughter, Susan (Jeffery) Valerio of Eaton Rapids; two sons, Paul Ritchey of Eaton Rapids, and William (Kathryn) Ritchey of Bellevue; step-son, David Trierweiler; three grandchildren, Kasey Hammond, Joseph Hector, and Christopher Ritchey; four step-grandchildren, Roarke Hammond and Sophia Hector; sister, Rosemarie Eppard of Montague; special friend and sister-in-law, Connie (Roger) Speaks of Ind.; three nieces, Laurie (Shelly) Hopkins, Liz Beth (Pat) Bolles, and Nancy (Richard) DeCair; one nephew, James Eppard; and a lifetime of four-legged friends.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, May 3, at First Lutheran Church, Charlotte. Arrangements are the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

                                   

 

 

Marian Trombley

 

   Marian Trombley, of Grand Ledge, passed away Dec. 18, 2008 at the age of 100. She was born Aug. 11, 1908 in Grand Ledge, daughter of Frank and Clara j(Watson) Wollpert. Marian attended the Watson School, founded by her great grandmother and later taught at the school and was a member of the Watson School Restoration. She was also a member of the Oneida Gospel Church, where she was the Sunday School Treasurer for over 40 years; Union Cemetery Society, Eaton County Farm Bureau, and a 70-year member of the Eaton County MSU Extension.

   Her husband of 45 years, Clarence; sisters, Bertha Skinner and Bernace Smith; son-in-law, Carl Keyser and granddaughter, Renee Kyser predeceased her.

   She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn (Bill) Spyker of Grand Ledge, Katheryn (Joe) Pore of Kalamazoo, Margaret Kyser (Bud) Schmidt of Eaton Rapids and Loretta (Bill) Gaunt of Inverness, Ill., four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 22 the Oneida Gospel Church, Grand Ledge, MI 48837, with Rev. Larry Schrauger officiating. Interment at Union Cemetery, Oneida Twp., Eaton Co.

   Arrangements were entrusted to the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.

   For those desiring, contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, Watson School Restoration or Oneida Gospel Church. www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

 

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John Troutman

 

   John Edward Troutman, 62, of Eaton Rapids passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 in Lansing. John was born Dec. 27, 1946 in Punxsutawney, Penn.

   He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart. John was employed as chief engineer at Holiday Inn Express in Okemos and was an avid fisherman.

   He is survived by one daughter, Michele Troutman of Lansing; one son, Michael Hickman of Eaton Rapids; and dear friend, Michele Hickman of Grand Rapids.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association in memory of John Troutman.

 

                                   

 

 

Irene Trowbridge

 

   Irene Mary Trowbridge passed away Friday, May 2, 2008 at her home at the age of 93. Irene was born Dec. 28, 1914 in Chatsworth, IL, the daughter of Louis J. and Hilda L. (Harmon) Styger.

   She graduated from Woodland High School with the Class of 1932. She married Wayne Trowbridge on June 9, 1934 and was married for 43 years. She was the owner and operator of Irene's Beauty Shop in Lansing. In 1944, she gave birth to a son, Lewis. Years later she helped her son and daughter-in-law Emma run their bookstore (Reading Place) in Charlotte. She dearly liked working and met a lot of nice people. She loved to travel and made many trips to Florida. She also loved playing cards, dancing and Lawrence Welk was her favorite show. She also taught knitting and crocheting to many girls.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, on Oct. 31, 1977; and her mother and father.

   Surviving are her son, Lewis (Emma) of Vermontville; granddaughter, Michelle Whitman and boyfriend (Steve) of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Mike (Deb) of Vermontville; great-grandson, Brody; and great-granddaughter due in August.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, MI with Rev. Gordon Binns officiating.

   In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Spys Scholarship fund, or Hospice of Eaton County: C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   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.

 

                                   

 

 

Robert Turner

 

   Robert W. Turner, 87, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008. Mr. Turner was born March 31, 1921 in Charlotte, the son of William and Zella (Shepherd) Turner.

   Mr. Turner worked as a janitor for the Charlotte Public Schools then retired from the State Highway Department. He was a member of the Michigan Nut Growers Association. Mr. Turner enjoyed gardening and the outdoors, he had a nut grove, apple trees and raspberries. He loved his pets and all children were the highlight of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Thelsa; sons, David and Donald and daughter, Nancy Turner of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Richard Wilford officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Ralph Vahs

 

   Ralph C. Vahs of Olivet, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at the Christian Elder Care AFC Home, Olivet at the age of 93. He was born at home in Bellevue Township, Eaton County on Dec. 3, 1914, the son of Ralph and Fern (Palmer) Vahs.

   He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1932, then went to work for Kroger in Charlotte. He married Sarah Bethel (Betty) Bradley on May 26, 1936. He worked at Dale Baum's Standard Station for a short time before buying the Standard Station in Olivet. Ralph, Betty and son Richard moved to Olivet Sept. 30, 1937.

   While in Olivet, Ralph was a volunteer fireman for 30 years, Master of the Olivet Masonic Lodge #267, on the Village Council, and very active with the Olivet Congregational Church. He was a trustee and president of the Olivet State Bank, Trustee of Olivet College, Charter Member of Olivet Rotary Club, a Knight Templar, Shriner; and with Betty, a member of the Olivet Eastern Star.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Christian Vahs; daughter, Mary Susan Vahs Segar; grandson, Mark John Vahs; his beloved wife, Betty and daughter-in-law, Letty Browning Vahs.

   He is survived by his son, Richard B. Vahs and wife, Ponja of Bellevue; grandson, Bradley J. Vahs and Myrna Wolter of Marshall; granddaughter, Sarah Ann (Vahs) and husband Tom Buttrick of Gaylord; great-grandson, Spencer Vahs; great-granddaughters, Page Vahs, Hilary Buttrick and Stephanie Buttrick and niece, Ann (Vahs) and husband Peter Wade of Okemos.

   The family wishes to thank Jayne and Mark Voss and their staff at Christian Elder Care for their loving kindness.

   Funeral services were held Monday, July 14, 2008 at the Olivet Congregational Church with Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Interment followed at the Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial donations may be made in Ralph's name to the Olivet Congregational Church, Olivet College or the Olivet High School Band.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil Valdick

 

   Mr. Cecil H. Valdick, 69, of Vermontville, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at his Vermontville home. Mr. Valdick was born in Assyria, MI on Nov. 18, 1938, the son of the late Cecil and Ammie (Tiede) Valdick.

   Cecil attended Vermontville schools, graduating from Vermontville High School in 1956. He continued his education at Western Michigan University. He was the husband of Janet (Swiger) Valdick. The couple was married on Sept. 19, 1959 at the EUB church in Nashville. The couple spent their early married years together following Cecil's career in the United States Airforce which took them to several different locations throughout the United States and the world.

   They returned to the Vermontville area after he retired from military service in 1977. Cecil began working at the United States Post Office in 1979 where he was instrumental in helping to develop the Bar Coding system which was used to track packages more efficiently. Cecil and Janet have been married for over 48 years.

   Cecil was a member of the Nashville Baptist Church, and the American Legion — Vermontville Post. He enjoyed golfing, watching Lions football, Tigers baseball and loved Michigan State Athletics. He also loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Valdick.

   He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughters, Cheryl (Terry) Pierce, Denise (John) Kent, and Brenda (Eric) Valiquette; his son, Mark (Angela) Valdick; his sister, Bonnie (Jim) Shaw; and his nine grandchildren, Samantha and Lauren Pierce, Rebecca and Jennifer Kent, Jacob, Kaitlin, and Matthew Valdick, and Logan and Megan Valiquette.

   Funeral services were held at The Nashville Baptist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating.

Interment took place at The Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

   Family request donations to Nashville Baptist Church, Vermontville Library or the charity of donors choice.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Jerry Van Liew

 

   Jerry Lawrence Van Liew, 63, of Dimondale, died Saturday, April 12, 2008. Mr. Van Liew was born on May 28, 1944 in Charlotte, the son of Robert and Irene (Aseltine) Van Liew.

   Mr. Van Liew graduated in 1962 from Lansing Everett High School and attended MSU. He was a season ticket holder for MSU basketball and football. He moved to Dimondale in 1970. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale and previously served on the Board of Elders for a total of nine years. He also served on the Lake Michigan Presbytery Board.

   He helped write the Americans with Disabilities Act in the early 1970s. He worked as a driver improvement analyst for the Secretary of State of Michigan for 33 years. He was a former member of the Easter Seals Board. Mr. Van Liew was a Moose member for 35 years, having received his Fellowship degree in 1999. He had been governor of Lansing Lodge 288 from 1997-1998 and was presently serving as District 11 President for the Michigan Moose Association.

   His interests included computers, electronics and working with models. He enjoyed hunting in his early years. He loved to travel, especially on cruises. He had cruised to the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal and most recently to Australia and New Zealand.

   He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Vickie (Steele); daughter, Michelle Van Liew; father, Robert Van Liew; sister, Bonnie (Jon) Hoyt, all of Dimondale; sister, Debbie (Ron) Bruckner of Florida and brother Robert (Jackie) Van Liew, Robesonia, PA. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale with Rev. Sharon Zurakowski officiating. Interment was in Windsor Township Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Moose charities or First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Charles “Charlie” M. VanAken

 

   Charles “Charlie” M. VanAken, age 80, passed away June 2,2 008, in Charlotte. Charlie was born March 5, 1928 in Eaton Rapids, MI, the son of Herbert M. and Eva M. (Bunker) VanAken.

   He was active in the Eaton Rapids area his entire life, serving on the Eaton Rapids Hospital Board, the Eaton Rapids School Board, formerly a member of Eaton Rapids Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. Charlie was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of both Eaton Rapids High School and Michigan State Agricultural College. Charlie served his country proudly in the Army at the end of WWII. He was retired from farming and real estate sales. Charlie and Barb enjoyed their winters in Largo, FL where he spent many hours on the tennis court with his friends, winning several tournaments. He was also a master gardener – a true champion with the hoe. He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-mother, Eva (Haskell) VanAken; also his sister-in-law, Barbara VanAken; brothers-in-law, Jerry Cowen, Claude Bonta, and Merlin Spitsbergen.

   Charlie is survived by his wife since August of 1967, Barbara; children, Sandra (Jeffrey) Allison, Mary Beth Daley, Jane (Rick) Snider, Thom VanAken, and Todd (Diane) VanAken, all of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren, Sara & Erin Allison, Charles & Christopher Daley, Alex & Rachel VanAken, Anna Hodges, Samantha & Madison Snider; 2 brothers, Herbert K. VanAken of Eaton Rapids, John (Adrienne) VanAken of CA; 4 sisters, Eline Cowen, Alice Bonta, both of Okemos, Dorothy Spitsbergen of Oakland, Ruth Ann (Jamie) Abbott of Canada; and several nieces & nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with interment following at Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing. The family will receive friends and family on Wednesday, June 4, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 7, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church or Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Charles VanAken. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Mary VanAntwerp

 

   Mary Margaret (Roper) VanAntwerp, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Sunfield, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 at the age of 84. She was born on Aug. 18, 1923 in Springfield, MO to Wilbur and Esther Roper.

   Mary grew up in Springfield and married Frederick A. VanAntwerp there in 1942. Following WWII, they moved to Sunfield, where they raised their family.

   Mary worked in both Springfield and Sunfield as a telephone operator, retiring when Sunfield was one of the last Michigan phone companies to become automated. She was an excellent cook and loved to crochet and travel with Fred. Her great joy was her family, who will carry the memory of her love and warmth and her great joy in the roles of mother and grandmother. Fred and Mary moved to Serenity Place in Grand Ledge in 1989, and she leaves many friends there who will remember her enthusiasm for organizing events and playing euchre.

   Mary was preceded in death by her husband in 1997; brother, Raymond; sisters, Ellen, Lila Mae, and Joann; and special friend, Angus Berry in 2007.

   Surviving are her sons, F. Allen and Marilyn VanAntwerp of Laingsburg and Chris and Jill VanAntwerp of Grand Rapids; daughter, Louann and Ed Woodman of Eaton Rapids; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and sister, Nancy and Paul Schorr of Clovis, CA.

   The family thanks Rosier Funeral Home for their kind arrangements and suggests memorial contributions to the Sponsors of Programs for Youth Scholarship Fund a.k.a. S.P.Y.'s C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   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.

 

                                   

 

 

Keith Vedder

 

   Keith F. Vedder, 75, of Mulliken, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 1, 2008 at the family homestead. He was born April 25, 1933 in Roxand Township, a son of Edward J. and Lula M. (Winters) Vedder. Keith was a member of South Church, was a former Cub Scout leader, worked with Civil Defense, was a former youth group leader at Needmore Church and retired from Eaton County Road Commission as permit director and weight master.

   He was preceded in death by his great grandson, Toby Livingston and 12 brothers and sisters.

    Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Roberta; four children, Bryant (Brenda) Vedder and Dwayne (Robin) Vedder, both of Charlotte, Paula (Rick) McCloy of Vermontville and Martin (Theresa) Vedder of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held Saturday, Oct. 4 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment was in Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken.

   Pallbearers were Jason Halliwill, John Livingston, Aaron McCloy, Spencer Sattler, Eric Vedder and Justin Vedder. Honorary bearers were Daniel Fast, Rod Vedder and Kendall Viele.

 

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Katherine Velandra

 

   Katherine “Kate” J. Velandra (Kuchenbrod), 69, of Potterville, formerly of Imlay City, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at 12:29 p.m.

   Kate is preceded in death by her loving parents, Daniel A. and Myrtle J. Kuchenbrod of Center Line and sister, Thelma Jean Buck also of Center Line.

   She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Raymond; four children, Terry Velandra of Traverse City, Jeffery (Beth) Velandra of Tennessee, Tracy Velandra of Center Line and Janel (James) Kretschman of Potterville and six adored grandchildren; two brothers, Daniel (Sandra) Kuchenbrod and Clifford (Cathy) Kuchenbrod and two sisters, Ruth Bensinger and Naomi Paul.

   There will be no services at this time.

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

 

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Ruth Wagner

 

   Ruth Ann Wagner, 54, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, in Lansing. She was born May 16, 1954 in Lansing, a daughter of James and Joyce (Jones) Wagner.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce, and two brothers, Ricky and Chris.

   Surviving are her daughter, Joy Ann (Brian) Michael of Lansing; father, James Wagner of Eaton Rapids; and brother, Jimmy Wagner of Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.

 

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Danny Walker

 

   Danny Ray Walker, 60, of Eaton Rapids, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Danny was born March 3, 1948 in St. Johns, the son of Clifford and Irene (Hewitt) Walker.

   He was a security guard in the Florida area.

   Danny is survived by one daughter, Karina Beals of Eaton Rapids; one son, Dennis (Mellissa) Stillwagon of Lansing; five grandchildren, Timothy Johnston, Stephen Beals, Kamron Pulido, Destiny and Savannah Stillwagon; father, Clifford (Carole) Walker of Ballwin, Mo.; brother, Gary (Linda) Walker of Ariz.; sister, Linda (Chuck) Kalka of Saranac; step-children, Richard Jensen, Marland Jenson, and Linda Jenson, all of Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church, Eaton Rapids.

   Arrangements were by the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

 

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William Walker

 

  William R. Walker, 91, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Mr. Walker was born Jan. 11, 1917 in Lansing, the son of Sam and Dani (Johnson) Walker.

   Mr. Walker was a truck driver for the City of Lansing. He served for six years in the United States Army as a decorated soldier during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a member of VFW post 8260 in Nashville, MI, and had owned Shirley's Restaurant in Charlotte. As his granddaughter, Karen Thompson (and her daughter, Bonnie Kay) faithfully cared for their grandfather. Paul Thompson was also an important part of his life.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, whom he loved very much. He and Martha had renewed their marriage vows on his birthday.

   He is survived by many other grandchildren, and cousins, Mary Kennedy and Becky Stevick.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Robert Clinton officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the 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.

 

 

                                   

 

 

Nathan Walters

 

   Nathan Phillip Walters, 30, of Eaton Rapids passed away in his sleep Friday morning, April 4, 2008. He had been battling pneumonia. Nathan was born January 20, 1978 in Wayne County, the son of James and Victoria Walters of Eaton Rapids, and is the father of Sean Murphy Walters of St. Augustine, Fla.

   Nathan grew up in Carrolton, Saginaw County. He and his parents moved to Clay County, Florida in 1994, where he graduated from Clay High School in 1996 and, later, from St. Johns River Community College. He worked as an independent drywaller in Florida for six years, followed by Westridge Homes in Lansing, and currently was employed at Johnson's Workbench in Charlotte.

   Nathan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gene Walters; step-grandmother, Glenadean, and step-grandfather, Ted Dollarhite.

Nathan is survived by his parents; his son; brother, Jonathan (Amy) Walters of Montgomery, Ill. and their children, Jack, Hailey and Caitlin; grandparents, Wallace and Leona Spaulding of Lansing, Beverly Dollarhite of Lansing; uncle, Roger (Sue) Spaulding of Shaftsburg and children, Josh and Andy; Gary Walters of Charlotte and son, Sam; aunts, Debbie of Harrison, Connie Walters of Lansing, Carol (deceased) (Sean) Pulver and their son, Sean; and special friend, Cori Stevens of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 9 at the First Baptist Church, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Scott Boles officiating. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Sean M. Walters Education Fund, c/o C.P.C.U., 1515 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, in memory of Nathan Walters.

 

                                   

 

 

Johnny Ward

 

   Johnny Charles Ward, 46, of Charlotte, died after a long courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Mr. Ward was born in Omaha, Nebraska on Sept. 20, 1961, the son of Elvin Ward and Joyce Brown.

   Mr. Ward was the manager at the Fuel Desk at Don's Truck Stop for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Foquer.

   He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Brown); daughter, Cheryl (Kenneth) Walker of Red Oak, TX; brother, Al (Jane) Ward, Portland, ME; sisters, Suzie (James) Shaft, Charlotte, Annie (Scott) Wilhite, Parkman, ME, Billie Jo Canfield, Ovid, and five grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at Pray Funeral Home with Dr. David R. MacDonald officiating. Interment was in Pioneer Cemetery in Grand Ledge.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice. 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Michael Waterbury

 

   Michael Glen Waterbury, 60, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Olivet, died July 5, 2008 at his home after a long battle with cancer. Michael was born Feb. 10, 1948 in Grand Rapids, MI, the son of Glen E. and Bernadine (LeSeney) Waterbury.

   He was a retired printer and was a Vietnam Army veteran.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Glen E. Waterbury and brothers, Robert and Roger Waterbury.

   Surviving are his mother, Bernadine (LeSeney) Waterbury of Dimondale; son, Eric Lilly of Beulah, MI; two daughters, Sherrie Robbins of Utah and Stephanie Shockroo of Florida; his former wife and friend, Cindy Waterbury of Florida and 12 grandchildren.

   A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 at the Dimondale Cemetery with  Rev. Jack Brown of the Olivet Congregational Church officiating.

   Contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813. Local arrangement by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Shermie Watson

 

   Shermie Watson, 92, of Crawford, MS, formerly of Marshall, MI, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS. Shermie was born Jan. 21, 1916 in Floyd County, KY, the son of Branch and Linda (Perkins) Watson and had been a Marshall area resident for 38 years before moving to Crawford, MS in 1976.

   He had been a life-long farmer and had been employed at the Gale Iron Foundry in Albion from where he retired in 1964 after 23 years of service.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Vergie (Cole) Watson; daughters, Eydie Darby, Jan Davis and Geraldine Cornwell and son, Woodroe Watson.

   He is survived by three daughters, Fern (Roland) Coats of Spring Lake, MI, Jean (Gary) Morrison of Charlotte and Joy (Brian) Chambers of Mantua, OH; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Madge Snook of Marshall and Marge (Harry) Fox of Albion and companion Lou Mandy Williams of Crawford, MS.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Brian Chambers officiating. Interment was in the Rice Creek Cemetery in Lee Twp. of Calhoun County.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

                                   

 

 

Arnold Watters

 

   Arnold “Joe” George Watters, 71, of Dimondale passed away Nov. 21, 2008. Mr. Watters was born in Detroit, the son of Arnold and Mabel (McDonald) Watters.

   Joe worked in several tool and die shops in his earlier years. Joe and his wife Sharon worked together in the food service industry operating the Dairy Queen in Charlotte until 1987 and continuing in food service with the Lickity  Split in Grand Ledge and Island Dairy in Eaton Rapids. Joe was a generous and hardworking man, not afraid to try something new. He was particularly adamant regarding the truth and believed in doing things right or not at all.

   Joe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon; son, Arnold G. Watters III of Charlotte; three daughters, Deanna (Al) Robison of Arizona, Jacqueline Watters of Harrison, and Delores (Mike) Bingham of Charlotte; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and two sisters, Barbara Watters of Warren, MI, and Connie Nowakowski of Lapeer, MI.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Home Health Services Hospice.

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

 

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Rolland Wehr

 

   Rolland Shumaker Wehr, 91, of Charlotte, passed away on Saturday March 15. Rolland was born Aug. 22, 1916 in Charlotte, where he lived his entire life. Mr. Wehr was the son of Lula (Shumaker) and Phillip Wehr.

   He attended Miller Country School, first through eighth grade, which was located on Broadway Hwy., and later graduated from Charlotte High School in 1934.

   Rolland married Ruth Stanke on June 25, 1939. In 1935, he bought an old farmhouse with no electricity, heat, or plumbing on E. Kalamo Hwy.

He worked at the Charlotte Stockyards and a machine company in Olivet trying to make ends meet while living on the farm. Daughter Carol was born in 1942 and son, Larry in 1943. In 1945, Rolland started taking produce and maple syrup to the Lansing City Market and later he included meat.

   Rolland enjoyed cutting wood and gardening. He retired from farming several years ago, but kept a one acre vegetable garden next to his house to stay close to the land. He enjoyed his visits with friends and family near and far and appreciated all that they did for him.

   Rolland's first wife Ruth died in 1970 and his second wife Charlotte passed away on April 1, 2007.

   He always said he was lucky to have been married to two wonderful women. Rolland is also predeceased by his sisters, Elizabeth Crozier, Naomi Conard and his brother, Rex Wehr.

   He is survived by daughter, Carol (John) Ackerman of Georgetown, TX; son, Larry (Carolyn) Wehr of Chuguak, Alaska; stepchildren, Barb Scears and John Hannah; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Fullerton and brother, Max Wehr.

   Funeral services were held Thursday March 20, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with interment at Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

                                   

 

 

Emogene Weiselberg

 

   Emogene "Jean" T. Weiselberg, 79, of Lansing, died Thursday, May 8, 2008. Mrs. Weiselberg was born May 28, 1928 in Lansing, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl and Hattie Gordinier.

   Mrs. Weiselberg worked as a clerk for Value City Department store in the jewelry and women's clothing department.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Woodliff; son, Earl Arnold; daughter, Patricia Arnold; sister, Gloria Malinoski and stepfather and mother, Earl and Hattie Gordinier.

   She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Richard Weiselberg of Lansing; daughters, Bobbie (Paul) Brownridge of Olivet and Phyllis (Jason) Bartlett of Olivet; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Terri Hosford of Bath.

   Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday June 8, 2008 at Community of Christ Church, Upton Road, Bath, MI.

   Instead of flowers, the family would prefer contributions to go to Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Richard Weiselberg

 

   Richard E. Weiselberg, 77, of Lansing, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2008. Mr. Weiselberg was born Sept. 17, 1930 in Lansing, the son of Ernest and Opal Weiselberg.

   Richard worked as a carpenter and was a Deacon at Community of Christ where he and Emogene attended.

   He was recently preceded in death by his wife, Emogene on May 8 and a brother Carl.

   He is survived by daughter, Phyllis (Jason) Bartlett and grandchildren, Kristin Payne, Katie Bearss and Samuel Bartlett; daughter, Bobbie (Paul L.) Brownridge and grandsons, Robert Rainey, Earl, Jason, and Scott Arnold; granddaughter, Tammy Woodliff; adopted daughter, Sonya Hildebrandt of Bath; sisters, Frances Wilson and Pauline Moravec.

   Memorial services for Richard and Emogene will be held at 11 a.m., during the regular church services on June 8, 2008 at Community of Christ-Rose Lake, 14980 Upton Road, East Lansing.

   In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

William Weiss

 

   William H. Weiss, 73, of Charlotte, formerly of Streator, IL passed away Saturday, April 19, 2008 at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1934 in Streator, IL the son of Henry and Lillie (Wehren) Weiss.

   Mr. Weiss was employed for 18 years with Owens Brockway in Streator and was a pipe fitter for GM Oldsmobile Division in Lansing. He served in the National Guard in the Korean War. Mr. Weiss was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, a life member of the Streator, IL and Charlotte V.F.W.'s and American Legions and served as vice-president for the Seventh Division Reunion Association.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis and Marland.

   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly; daughter, Sandra (Michael) Medina of Aurora, CO; son, William Randy Weiss of Kingsland, GA; brother, Ralph C. (Doris) Weiss of Mechanicsburg, PA; sisters, Ruth (Robert) Smelcer of Phoenix, AZ, Dorothy Sibert of Lakeland, FL and Betty Clevenger of Streator, IL; sister in laws, Virginia Weiss of New Lenox, IL and Dorothy, Weiss of Aliquippa, PA and brother-in-law, John Rehbein of Streator, IL.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, April 24, 2008 at Winterrowd-Hagi Funeral Home, 305 S. Park St., Streator, IL. Interment was held at Riverview Cemetery on Friday, April 25, 2008.

 

                                   

 

 

Norbert Weller

 

   Norbert 'Bud' Leroy Weller, of Lake Odessa, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, July 27, 2008. Bud was born Sept. 24, 1932 in Wayne Co., MI, the son of Serl and Ethel (Hall) Weller.

   He was a man who loved God, life, people and his family. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing. After finding out his cancer was terminal his comment was I will finish my walk with the Lord and then I will go home. Bud served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean war. He was a member of the Sebewa Church of God, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and he was also on the pastors council, he sang in the choir and was a loyal member. He was employed at Tom Carter Motor sales in Ionia as a service tech for 35 years. He worked at Hafner floral as a delivery man for 10 years. Currently he was employed at Twin City foods in Lake Odessa, MI where he had many friends.

   He touched a lot of peoples lives, with his happy go lucky attitude, and his faith in God. He will be sadly missed. Go rest high on a mountain, Bud, your work on earth is done. We Love You.

   Bud was preceded in death by both his mother and father; his loving wife of 43 years, Marilyn Weller; brothers, George Weller, Alvin Weller; and sister, Ethel Weller.

   Bud was preceded in death by both his mother and father; his loving wife of 43 years, Marilyn Weller; brothers, George Weller, Alvin Weller; and sister, Ethel Weller.

   Surviving are his children, Peter (Rebecca) Weller, Paul (Darlene) Weller, Darrell (Sarah) Weller; grandchildren, Sara (Jeff) Jameson and their children, Adron and Jeffrey, Joshua (Teresa) Weller and their son Ethan, Simon (Nicole) Weller and their children, Naomi and Ashton, Bobbi (Terry) Platte and their children, Gabe, Gavin and Gwen, Charlie (Angie) Schafer and their children, Hannah and Braden, Jason Weller and Erin, Jacob Weller, Tim Weller, Angelica Weller, his loving wife, Susan Weller, her children, Steve (Mary) Judkins, Deanna (Randy) Coffman, James (Dawn) Judkins, Sue's grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Wesley (Rita) Weller, Harold (Gracie) Weller; sisters, Jean Schodowski, Shirley (Walter) Rehkemper, Nancy (Richard) Bennett, Frances Britton, Carol Eckley, Bonnie (Bob) Swain; brother-in-law, Tomas Pitchford; lots of nieces and nephews; and his church family and many, many friends.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, July 31, 2008 at the Sebewa Church of God with Pastor Jerry Polk officiating.

   For those wishing, contributions may be made to Ionia Area Hospice, or Sebewa Church of God, C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

 

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Burleigh Wellman

 

   Burleigh D. Wellman, 84, of Charlotte, passed away Aug. 14, 2008. He was born, in Muskegon on Feb. 15, 1924 to Helen and Grover Wellman.

   He married Virginia Nisse (Class of '43) in Macon, Ga. on Oct. 24, 1943. They have three sons, Burleigh Jr., Michael and Mark, all graduates of Charlotte High School; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

   He received an honorable discharge with the Ninth Air Force, 63 Fighter Wing from 1942-1945, serving in the European Theater of Operation in World War II (T/Sgt.), and attended Michigan State College in 1946 and 1947.

   His union activities included being the president of Local #724-UAW (Lansing) for four years, president of Local #724-UAW-Federal Credit Union for 12 years, a trustee with Lansing Community Credit Union for eight years (retired in 1991), served on the executive board at Michigan State AFL-CIO for four years, chairman at Greater Lansing Community Services Committee for seven years, and member of Lansing United Fund -Budget Panels-Red Cross/family services/alcoholism for two years.

   He was the author of "Burley's Corner" in Lansing Labor News for 14 years, appointed (one of 27) local UAW presidents to a 21-day study tour of European unions (England, France, Germany, Sweden), and helped write a union booklet, "Journey to Understanding," (1962). He was chairman of the Lansing Forge Bargaining Committee for 17 years and served 19 years on the Shop Pension Committee, retiring in 1985 after 32 years.

   He was a life member of Charlotte VFW Post #2406, the American Legion Post #42 (47 years, commander from 1991-1992 and 1992-1993), Eaton County 40 & 8 - Past Chef de Gare (commander, 1958), charter member of the National Past Chef de Gare Club, loyal Order of Moose (Lodge 2268 in Clare), charter member of the Charlotte Optimist Club (known as "Burley the Nut Man"), served two terms as president and gained honor president (1980-1981), and served one term as Lieutenant Governor for Zone 7-MI, Charlotte Eagles #3552 for 26 years, four terms as president (fifth year/secretary), and he graduated Feb. 28, 1992 from Missouri Auction School.

   He also played and coached a semi-pro football team for 10 years called Burley's All-Stars, and played, coached and umpired local softball for 37 years.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Grover Wellman; his wife of 63 years Virginia L. Wellman and one brother, John Wellman.

   Services were held at Charlotte Eagles 3552 on Aug. 17 with Chuck Jensen officiating. Arrangements by Swanson Funeral Home of Flint.

Leslie Fern Wells

 

   Leslie Fern Wells, 89, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 surrounded by family and friends. Les was born Sept. 15, 1919 in Brookfield Township, the son of Homer and Pearle (Leslie) Wells.

   He was a Fireman First Class in the U.S. Navy serving in W.W.II. He was also a member of the Charlotte Eagles #3552 and Moose Lodge #1933.

After serving his country he worked at Reo in Lansing. He then operated his own can milk truck delivering to Pet Milk Company in Charlotte, then purchased a bulk milk truck delivering for Michigan Milk Producers Assoc. to Ovid and Detroit. After that, he hauled cars for Howard Sobers of Lansing and Fleet Carriers of Flint, and delivered agricultural lime to many farmers in the tri-county area.

   After his retirement, he worked for Davis Pontiac of Charlotte. He loved spending time with his family and friends and helping others in need.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen (Richard) Watson of Penn., Donis (Larry) Osborn of Charlotte; son Gary (Kathy) Wells of Kentwood; grandchildren, Randy Vaughn of Lansing, Shellie (Ron) Budd of Charlotte, Sara Bostwick of Pennsylvania, Amy (Kelly) Carr of Fla., Rachel (Joel) Heagle of Byron Center, Aaron (Diana) Wells and Andy Wells both of Grand Rapids, Rocky Osborn of Jackson, Rob Osborn of Charlotte, Branda (Tim) Jones of Gowen, Shannon (John) Freeman of Olivet; sisters, Shirley Hines of Charlotte, Zella Sundberg and brother-in-law Alfred Saunby, both of Marshall; brother-in-law, George Riddle and sister-in-law; Wanda Wells both of Charlotte; special friend; Dorothy Fuller of Nashville; great-grandchildren, Casey Emenhiser, Ronnie and Cayla Budd of Charlotte, Eric Vaughn of Lansing, Justin, Ben, Alexis Heagle of Byron Center, Brennan, Ainsley, Riley Wells of Grand Rapids; Anna and Tom Bostwick of Penn., Emily and Ben Carr of Fla., Paige and Chad Jones of Gowen, Ashley Kirchmeier of Olivet, Corey Osborn and Alexa Zimmerman of Charlotte, Hunter Osborn of Holt, Rayce and Garrett Osborn of Perry; and several nieces and nephews.

   He is survived by his daughters, Karen (Richard) Watson of Penn., Donis (Larry) Osborn of Charlotte; son Gary (Kathy) Wells of Kentwood; grandchildren, Randy Vaughn of Lansing, Shellie (Ron) Budd of Charlotte, Sara Bostwick of Pennsylvania, Amy (Kelly) Carr of Fla., Rachel (Joel) Heagle of Byron Center, Aaron (Diana) Wells and Andy Wells both of Grand Rapids, Rocky Osborn of Jackson, Rob Osborn of Charlotte, Branda (Tim) Jones of Gowen, Shannon (John) Freeman of Olivet; sisters, Shirley Hines of Charlotte, Zella Sundberg and brother-in-law Alfred Saunby, both of Marshall; brother-in-law, George Riddle and sister-in-law; Wanda Wells both of Charlotte; special friend; Dorothy Fuller of Nashville; great-grandchildren, Casey Emenhiser, Ronnie and Cayla Budd of Charlotte, Eric Vaughn of Lansing, Justin, Ben, Alexis Heagle of Byron Center, Brennan, Ainsley, Riley Wells of Grand Rapids; Anna and Tom Bostwick of Penn., Emily and Ben Carr of Fla., Paige and Chad Jones of Gowen, Ashley Kirchmeier of Olivet, Corey Osborn and Alexa Zimmerman of Charlotte, Hunter Osborn of Holt, Rayce and Garrett Osborn of Perry; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Eunice; brother, Clare; sister, Arlene Saunby; and his parents.

   Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Interment followed at Bosworth Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or American Heart Association. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

 

Mary Wendorf

 

   Mary Wendorf, 70, of Charlotte, died, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008. Mrs. Wendorf was born Nov. 16, 1936 in Moscow, MI, the daughter of Ellis and Esther (Miller) Brazee.

   Mrs. Wendorf worked at the Vermontville Hardware Store and was a member of Gresham United Methodist Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking and talking to friends on the phone. Mrs. Wendorf loved spending time with her family especially at family get togethers.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

   She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dale; sons, Steven (Sherry) Wendorf of Charlotte, David (Brenda) Wendorf of Vermontville, Gregory (Chris) Wendorf of Nashville and Harold (Dawn) Wendorf of Charlotte; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Jerry (Evelyn) Brazee and Harold (Rosalie) Brazee; sister, Donna (Larry) Bowser; stepbrothers, Jim Wood and Norm Wood and stepsister, Judy Wood.

   Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Jensen and Rev. Bryce Feighner officiating. Interment will be at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Fund, Visiting Nurses Hospice or Kalamo United Methodist Church.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Victor Joseph Wernette

 

   Victor Joseph Wernette, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in Eaton Rapids. Victor was born February 7, 1920 in Remus, MI.

   Surviving are his children, Myron (Delores) Wernette of Hudsonville, Gail (Janice) Wernette of Elmhurst, IL, Karen (David Cushman) Wernette of Lake Zurich, IL, and Alan (Julie) Wernette of Norton Shores, MI; 10 grandchildren; and special friend, Jackie Daniels.

   Victor retired from Standard Oil Company. He was active in Eaton Rapids Rotary and Elks Clubs, and very involved in church activities. The Eaton Rapids Medical Center has been a big part of his life.

   Arrangements are by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison, East Lansing. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the University United Methodist Church, East Lansing or to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Victory Wernette. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Floral Wheeler

 

   Floral June Wheeler, 78, of Lansing, died Aug. 9, 2008. Mrs. Wheeler was born Feb. 27, 1930, the daughter of Lennie and Gladys Bergman.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Wheeler; sisters, Clarice Bergman and Bethel Bergman; and brother, Robert Bergman.

   She is survived by sons, Stephen (Jolene) Wheeler of Lansing, and Colin Thomas Wheeler of Greenville; nieces and nephews, and sister, Grace (Elmer) Aseltine.

   Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 11, 2008 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Waverly Road Church of the Nazarene, Lansing.

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

 

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Marguerite Whitaker

 

   Marguerite E. Whitaker, 99, of Charlotte, formerly of Boynton Beach, FL, died Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Mrs. Whitaker was born March 20, 1909 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of John and Marguerite (Casper) Weiss.

   She is survived by her son, Robert (Yvonne) Olson; stepson, Fred Whitaker; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 at St. John's Episcopal Church with Reverend Dr. Carol Spangenburg officiating.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Esther “Dolly” Wildern

 

   Esther Regina “Dolly” Wildern, 81, of Charlotte, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. She was born June 28, 1926 in Hazel Park, Mich., the daughter of Florenz and Margaret (Sutinen) Burger. Dolly was a devoted mother of three boys and a loving grandmother of eight grandchildren. Her family was the focal point of her life. She shared the whole family’s passion for snow skiing and instilled that passion in all eight grandchildren. Her strive for excellence was her commitment both in the home and in the workplace.

   Dolly’s commitment to her profession and the community was evident. She graduated from Ferris Tate University in 1948, with a pharmacy degree after which she moved to Charlotte and became the head pharmacist at Hayes Green Beach Hosptial for 38 years. After retiring, she continued working as a pharmacist at Wildern’s Drug Store. Throughout her pharmacy career she was a member of the Michigan pharmaceutical Society. She was involved with Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Cub Scout Pack 46, her Bridge Club and the GFWC of Charlotte.

   She is survived by her husband of 60 years, George; three sons, Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Wildern, Steve (Toni) Wildern and Kent (Coni) Wildern; grandsons, Harper (Amanda) Wildern, Joseph (Wendy) Wildern, Jonathan Wildern (fiancé Larah Kasza), Christopher Wildern, Chad (Kara) Wildern and Kyle (Loni) Wildern; granddaughters, Danielle (Nick) Juhle and Kristen Wildern; great granddaughters, Marilyn Wildern and Andie Wildern; brothers, Bob (JoAnne) Gronlund and Don Molinaro.

   Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist church with Reverend Karen Wheat officiating. Interment will be at Maple  Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital or Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Elsie Williams

 

   Elsie Williams, 79, of Charlotte, died Thursday, March 27, 2008. She was born Nov. 16, 1928 in Lansing, the daughter of Charles and Evelyn (Denham) Phillips.

   Mrs. Williams owned Garfield Lake Tavern for several years and also worked at the Charlotte Airport. She enjoyed traveling all over with one of her favorite stops being in Las Vegas or Reno where she would play the slots. Mrs. Williams also liked spending time on the Pacific Coast where she would go Deep Sea Fishing. The most memorable moments of her life were spending time with her grandchildren, playing Dominoes and Cards with her family and enjoying her circle of friends.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Williams in 2002 and a grandson.

   She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bernard; daughter, Terry (Terry) Wellman-Hansen; daughter, Jo (Mike) Davis; son, Mark (Denise) Williams; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Fran (John) Rodden.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment will be at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet, at a later date.

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

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

                                   

 

 

Gary Willoughby

 

   Gary Willoughby, 58, of Bonita Springs, Fla., died April 11, 2008.

   Formerly of Charlotte, he had been a resident of Bonita Springs since the early 1990s. Gary was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Viet Nam War.

   He is survived by his wife, Sherrie Laurita; children, Brain and Cassie Willoughby, both of Michigan; mother, Peggy Bruce; father, Roy Willoughby; brothers, Roy S. and John R. Willoughby.

   Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Walter Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, Bonita Springs.

 

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John Woods

 

   John L. Woods, 87, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Mr. Woods was born Aug. 6, 1920 in Detroit, the son of Joseph and Anna (Bachor) Woods.

   He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Erma; son, Lawrence (Sharon) Woods of Westland; daughter, Karen Woods (Larry Bourland) of Charlotte; son, Gary (Barbara) Woods of Gaylord; son, Brian (Jane) Woods of Honolulu HI; daughter, Donna (Michael) Bennie of Atlanta, GA; son, David (Julie) Woods, of Birmingham AL and son, Alan (Carrie) Woods of Birmingham, AL; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 14, 2008 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, MI.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

Sallie Woodworth

 

   Sallie Woodworth (Speer), 58, of Lansing, died Jan. 29, 2008. Mrs. Woodworth was born Dec. 25, 1949 in Dansville, the daughter of Hugh and Nora (Rappleyea) Speer.

   Sallie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going to Spartan Speedway to watch the races, going for long rides to see the countryside and watching western movies. Gardening flowers was a favorite hobby of Sallies as she was quite a green thumb.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert (Woody); daughter, Pamela (Mike) Palmer of Charlotte; daughter, Tammy (Anthony) Rodriguez of Charlotte; son, Tom Foster of Charlotte; daughter, Jo Case of Mason; stepson, Robert Woodworth, Jr.; stepdaughter, Kelly (Gary) Barnard; 19 grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn VanEtten and Bernice Hill; brothers, George Speer, Hugh Speer and Chuck Speer.

   A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home with Terry Brickley 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.

 

                                   

 

 

Charles J. Wrigglesworth

 

   Charles J. Wrigglesworth, went to meet Jesus on July 23, 2008 from the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, FL. He was born April 1st 1940 in Battle Creek, MI, graduated from Marshall High School in 1958, moved to Eaton Rapids, MI in 1974 and then to Lakeland, FL last fall. He was 68 years old. He retired from General Motors in 1990 after 26 years of service. Mr. Wrigglesworth served in the Army during Vietnam from 19065 to 1968. He was preceded in death by his parents, George & Ruth Wrigglesworth, son Daniel, and 3 grandsons.

   Mr. Wrigglesworth is survived by his wife of 38 years, Rhea Glass Wrigglesworth, 3 daughters – Kristina Parker & Pam (Elpedio) Cruz, of Eaton Rapids; Debra (Frank) Willis of Texas; stepdaughter Dolene (Severo) Vargas & stepson Donald C. (Kathy) Lippert of Eaton Rapids; foster sons Walter (Valerie) Render of N. Carolina & Gerald (Melanie) Dankenbring of Lansing. One sister, Evelyn Peterfish of Battle Creek.

   Memorial services will be held on Saturday August 2nd, 2008 at the Wesleyan Church in Eaton Rapids at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Frank Klassen officiating. There will be no graveside service.

 

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Charles Wright

 

   Charles A. Wright, 76, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008. Charles was born July 10, 1931 in Lansing, the son of Robert H. and Marian (Claflin) Wright and was a life resident of Eaton County.

   He was a 1950 graduate of Vermontville High School and had been employed at Fisher Body Division of General Motors from where he retired after 31 years of service. He had been a member of the Capitol Area Radio Drone Squadron, the Mid Michigan Model A Club of Lansing and the Crank and Throttle Model A Club of Olivet. He was a former stock car race driver at Capitol City Speedway.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marian Wright and a brother, Robert Wright.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Janet (Ferris) Wright; six children, Debra (Gary) Gearhart, William Wright, Candace (James) Patterson, Sandra (Daniel) Vandlen, Renee (Jerry) Bellon and Robin (George) Blanche; grandchildren, Janelle (Scott) Duffey, Marcie (Ryan) Graham, Gary (Karmen) Gearhart, Douglas Patterson, Tara Bellon, Jimi Bellon, Jerry Bellon, Daniel Vandlen, Emma Vandlen, Elizabeth and Andrew Blanche, Kelly and Matthew Dye, Jessica and Michael Carpenter; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Martens and brother-in-law, Clair Ferris, Jr.

   Funeral services were held Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with John Bailey, Minister of Charlotte Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may go to the Charlotte Church of Christ. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

 

                                   

 

 

Ronald Wright Jr.

 

   Ronald Wright Jr., 61, formerly of Charlotte, passed away on Nov. 26, 2008.

   He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was self-employed at the Lansing State Journal for over 30 years.

   Ronald was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Wright Sr.; his mother, Betty (Smith) Wright; his wife Linda and two daughters, Tonya and Tammy.

   He is survived by brothers Jerry (Myrna) Smith, Fred (Donna) Wright and sisters Joan (Glen) Sinclair, Linda (Pat) Dickinson and Karen (Keith) McCallum, children, Tina Nelson, Tiffany Wright, Robert and Ronald Wright III and six grandchildren.

   Interment was held on Dec. 9, 2008 in Lansing.

 

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Theodore Wyble

 

   Theodore “Ted” Wyble, 88, of Lansing, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. Mr. Wyble was born Jan. 29, 1920 in Charlotte.

   He was a tool and die maker for Oldsmobile.

   He is survived by his son, Norman L. Wyble of Charlotte; daughters, Shirley Matthews of Grand Ledge and Sharon Wyble of Fla.; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and sister, Lois Rich of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Duane.

   Memorial gathering was Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at Pray Funeral Home.

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

 

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Raymond Wyckoff

 

   Raymond F. Wyckoff, 72, of Potterville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Raymond was born April 6, 1935 in Roscommon, MI, the son of Fredrick and Ruth (Shore) Wyckoff and had been a Potterville area resident since 1963 coming from Roscommon.

   He had served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and had been employed at General Motors in Lansing retiring June 1, 1991 after 28 years of service.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Jeanne (Thayer) Wyckoff; four children, Kenneth (Kathy) Wyckoff of Otto, NC, James Wyckoff of Charlotte, Timothy Wyckoff of Astor, FL and Sue (Ron) Worden of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Heather (Ken) Scott, Chelsea Worden, Jared Worden, Diamone Wyckoff and Ashley Wyckoff; one great-granddaughter, Ravyn Scott; brothers, Arnold (Sue) Wyckoff, Ronald (Norma) Wyckoff and Gary (Linda) Wyckoff all of Mio, MI and two sisters, Betty Lassiter of West Branch and Gayle (Bill) Ellis of Roscommon.

   Funeral services were held March 17, 2008 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Rebecca Morrison of Potterville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment in the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to the Eaton Community Hospice of Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

                                   

 

Nina M. Wymer

 

   Nina M. Wymer, age 79 of Parma joined her husband, Robert, in Heaven on Sunday, January 13, 2008. She was born August 9, 1928 on the family farm in Tompkins Township, one of eleven children born to Lyman and Arletta (Dotson) Corser. Mrs. Wymer was a Springport High School graduate and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church. Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert; parents; 1 sister and 3 brothers.

   She is survived by 4 children, Don Wymer of Springport, Sandy (Austin) Lee of Eaton Rapids, Karen (Larry) Clouse of Grass Lake and Bob (Katie) Wymer of Parma; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ruth Barnhouse of Parma and Joyce Remynse of Jackson; 5 brothers, Lawrence and Phillip Corser of Jackson, Glenn (Barb) Corser of Parma and Guy (Barb) Corser of Jackson; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held January 17th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Tompkins Cemetery. Family suggests memorial gifts be made to either the Eaton Rapids Community Church or Pope United Methodist Church in memory of Nina Wymer, envelopes available at the funeral home. For online condolences please go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Helen Noreen Xanders (Gage)

 

   Helen Noreen Xanders (Gage), of Eaton Rapids and formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away on June 29, 2008 in Lansing. Helen was born April 27, 1926, the daughter of Harry and Josephine (Frenett) Miller. Helen graduated from High School in Cedar Spring, after graduating she was employed by Wolverine World Wide for several years. Helen was a member of the South Baptist Church in Lansing. Preceding her in death is her first husband Calvin Gage and daughter-in-law Carol Gage.

   Surviving is her husband Jack Xanders, 4 children Karen (Mike) Snider, Dan (Deb) Gage, Janet (Mark) Burton, and Calvin Keith Gage; 9 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren; 2 sisters Treva Jensen, and Glenna Richards; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   A Memorial Service was held Thursday, July 3, 2008, at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Mary Youngs

 

   Mary “Janice” Youngs, 71, of Potterville, died Dec. 4, 2008. Mrs. Youngs was born Jan. 10, 1937 in Lansing, the daughter of Leslie and Marjorie (Ross) Parks.

   Mrs. Youngs was an executive secretary for the State of Michigan Department of Civil Service. She was active in the Women’s Group, the Church Memorial Committee and the Secret Grandma Program at the Potterville United Methodist Church.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale in 1997; son-in-law, Marty Whitehead in 2001 and sister, Joyce Covell.

   She is survived by her daughters, Anita (Larry) Ruffner of Vermontville and Amy Whitehead of Lansing; brothers, Joseph (Beverly) Metzger of Charlotte; sister, Joann (Ted) Cichecki of Chesterfield; and two grandchildren, Heather and Hillary Ruffner.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 with Reverend Rebecca Morrison officiating at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was in Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing.

   Memorial Contributions can be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church 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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