2010 OBITUARIES

 

 

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Compiled by:

 

Kristine Bohn

May 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard A. Abernathy

 

   Richard A. Abernathy, 64, died Tuesday, November 9, 2010. He was born November 19, 1945 in Benton Harbor, Mich., the son of Ralph and Wilma (Reynolds) Abernathy. Richard was employed by General Motors as a fork truck driver. He served his country in the US Army during Vietnam and was a member of the American Legion Post #42 in Charlotte. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, playing guitar, speed boating and bowling. Some of his favorite times were camping at Tall Pines with the Abernathy families, annual trips to Mackinaw City and traveling to Texas in 1994 where he was baptized with Kenneth Copeland in Eagle Mountain Lake, Newark, Texas.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise; daughter, Tammy (Michael) McCaulley of Ceresco; son, Richard Eaton of Charlotte; daughter, Christina (Sam) Ray of Herron, IL; son, Richard (Becky) Abernathy of Marion IL; 11 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; step-mother, Gloria Abernathy of Holt; brothers, Sam (Floyce) Abernathy of Holt and Jeffrey (Sandra) Jester of Coloma; sisters, Debbie Ribby of Holt, Lori (Kevin) Frisbee of Holt, Lisa Hand of Holt and sister-in-law, Mary L. Abernathy of Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Phillip Abernathy; Joseph “Duane” Jester and sister, Nina Lee.

   Funeral services were held Friday, November 12, 2010 a Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Mark Bender officiating.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

Albert B. Abbott

 

   Albert B. Abbott, 95, formerly of White Pigeon, died April 21, 2010 in Stuart, Florida where he had resided since 1977. He was born in Towanda Illinois, the son of Bert and Bessie Hurst Abbott. He was a 1933 graduate of White Pigeon High School. Two siblings, Lelna Miller and Lowell Abbott preceded him in death. He married Verna Hamilton in 1938 in White Pigeon. She died in 1975. Together they had two children Cheryl Huff, Detroit, and Daryl (Sue) Abbott, Middlebury, IN, who survive. In 1976 he married Merla Ward and she died in 1985. In 1985 he married Eleanor Funk and she died in 1993.

   He is survived by his present wife Bettie Neumeyer Abbott. Also surviving Albert are three grandchildren, Bruce Abbott, West Virginia, Ashley Berkey, Goshen, IN and Heather Abbott-Harmon, Indianapolis, IN. He has six great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was employed at Weyerhaeuser Paper Company in White Pigeon for 39 years. He was a trustee on the White Pigeon Community School Board of Education. He was a member of the White Pigeon Lions Club for many years. He was very involved signing singing in churches in the southern Michigan area, and was a member of the White Pigeon United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in organizing vacation tours to Hawaii, Israel, Europe and several cruises. He spent his summers at Eaton Rapids Campground where he had a cottage.

   Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting Association, Box 74, Eaton Rapids, 48827.

MaryAnn Allen

 

   MaryAnn Allen, 67, of Charlotte, passed away at Eaton Community Hospice, Friday, March 5, 2010. MaryAnn was born July 27, 1942, in Charlotte, the daughter of Bohumil and Theo (Hyatt) Zakora.

   She retired from the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Mary Ann enjoyed card games, crossword puzzles, keeping up on the local gossip and spending time with her family and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; brother, Frank; son-in-law, Danny Tuckey and her mother and father.

   She is survived by her children, Chris (Scott) Volz, Theresa (Vern) Bailey, Bo (Jen) Allen, Shannon Allen Harmon, Lisa Rivera, Jason (Robin) Allen and Chris (Lori) Hines; 20 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; siblings, Penny (Jack) Rider, Larry (Judy) Zakora, Jack (Deb) Zakora, Iris (Galloyd) Stadel and Joe (Millie) Zakora and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial dinner was held Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at American Legion Post No. 42, Charlotte.

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

 

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Ricky Vernon Allen

 

   Ricky Vernon Allen of Parma, age 40, passed away November 24, 2010. He was born in Eaton Rapids October 15, 1970, the son of Vernon and Bonnie (Newsome) Allen. Ricky enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughter. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for other people. When there was a project to work on, he was the first one there to help. He enjoyed listening to the minister at the Albion Park and was a wonderful caregiver for his father when he fell ill.

   Ricky is survived by his daughter, Faith Elizabeth Allen of Albion; mother Bonnie of Parma; siblings, Margaret (Mark) Lawe of Springport, Viola “Babe” England of Charlotte, Peggy Sue (Roy) Newborn of Alabama, Mark Allen of Parma, Tammy Allen of Quincy, MI, Jeremy Allen of Springport; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; daughter, April May Allen; nephew, Justin Lawe.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, November 28, 2010 at the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI. Pastor Bobby Adkins officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses. Those wishing may send online condolences to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Edward James Andrews

 

   Ed Andrews, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on December 8, 2010. He was born April 26, 1921, the son of Dorr and Gertrude (Briggs) Andrews.

   Ed was born in Vermontville, where he met and married his wife Frieda on April 13, 1946. He served in the Army during WWII. He was known as a “Ford” man selling cars for many years before going to work for Lansing Electric Motors retiring in 1987.

   He loved his family and his farm, he was a great gardener known for his “tasty” sweet corn and for being the best Euchre player. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2406, Charlotte Eagles, and Charlotte American Legion.

   He will be greatly missed but never forgotten by his children, Marcia Young Hal (Pam) Andrews, and Sheila (Jeff) Bisel; grandchildren Sherrie (Shad) Golding, Jim Young, Kristie Andrews, Tricia (Jason) Somers, Kristin VanDorpe, and Dustin (January) Bruk. Great grandchildren Devin and Blaine Somers, Kasen VanDorpe, Kirstin Golding, and Cooper Burk.

   He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Frieda (Kuball) Andrews and his parents Dorr and Gertrude (Briggs) Andrews; sisters Agnus Lake and Shirley Brumm, brother Ion Andrews.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Ion Andrews

 

   Ion “Peewee” Andrews, 82, of Nashville, died Sunday, August 22, 2010. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Peggy Archie

 

   Peggy (Arnett) Behnke Archie died November 15, 2010. She was born March 8, 1932 to Odos and Glee Arnett in Fort Wayne, Ind. Peggy lived most of her young life between Albion and Marshall, Mich., helping out on the family farm. She was a member of the Marshall High School class of 1948. She helped to make a happy home for her children (Judy, Jeri, Jackie and Billy) with her first husband, Bill Behnke in Marshall and then Charlotte. After marrying Floyd Archie and moving to Grand Ledge, she retired with Floyd to Winterhaven, Fla. in 1982. She enjoyed spending time with her mother, Glee, sisters, Elma Gene and Glee Ellen where they all enjoyed shuffle board, playing cards and listening to country music at their favorite hangout, Allen’s, where Floyd could show off his musical talent for his blushing bride. The favorite part of life was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, which she loved with all her heart. She will be sorely missed as she always brightened our days and nights with love and laughter.

   She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Jim) MacInness of Charlotte and Jerri (Brian) Elliston of Charlotte; son, Bill (Lora) Behnke of Charlotte; grandchildren, Beth (Stan) Oldfield, Kim and Marci Bankhead, Jeff (Danielle) Whitely, Jamie Whitely, Erica Andreau, Kristin Gavin, BJ (Ashley) Behnke and Megan and Alyson Behnke; great grandchildren, Sara and Sydney Oldfield and Will and May Gavin; sister Gene Bosserd and brother-in-law Paul Robinson.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Behnke; second husband, Floyd Archie; and daughter, Jacalyn Dempsey.

   Funeral services were held Friday, November 19, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with niece, Carolyn Robinson-Fisher officiating.

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

 

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Wesley L. Arnold

 

   On September 20, 2010 Wesley L. Arnold, of Mulliken, went home to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 14, 1930 to Marny and Ethlyn (Huffman) Arnold, the oldest of six children.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jennalene Arnold and Debbie Arnold, and mother-in-law, Rose Hufnagel.

   Wesley was a lifelong farmer, an avid hunter, fisherman and jack-of-all-trades. He married Mary Hufnagel on December 3, 1977 in Fowler. Wesley loved his family. He spent his last day at Eaton Community Hospice.

   Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Mary (Hufnagel) Arnold; two children, Eddy Arnold and Amy (Nelson) King; granddaughter, Alivia Grace King (who was born December 11, 2009 and was the “apple of grandpa’s eye”; grandpa’s pet names for  her were “Precious” and Alvie”); three brothers, Delbert Arnold, Lynn (Janis) Arnold and Earl Arnold; two nephews, Greg (Darcy) Sivyer and Justin (Autumn) Sivyer; many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken, with Pastor Darrel Bosworth officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Lana R. Ash

 

   Lana Renee Ash, 62, of Olivet, died Saturday, December 4, 2010. Lana was born February 15, 1948 in Albany, Ind., the daughter of Hubert and Ellen Gaines.

   She is survived by her children, Laura Ash (Jerry Peregord) of Marshall, Teresa Hosack of Charlotte, Pamela Ash of Ill.; grandchildren, Casey and Andrew Kudlicki; siblings, Maurice (Nancy) Godfrey of Salem, Ind., Janet (Fred) Zink of Carleton, Mich., Jim (Teri) Gaines of Monroe, Mich., and Lee (Jackie) Gaines of Newport, Mich.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Ellen Gaines, her biological father, Paul Godfrey, as well as her husband, David. Lana was an excellent cook, sharing her love by trying new recipes and teaching others to cook. She loved to cross-stitch, to play cards, and had a great love for her cats.

   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14, at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Osseo. Visitation will be Monday, December 13, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Eaton County Humane Society (in Olivet). The family would like to give special thanks to all caregivers that have enriched her life and have been touched by her in a positive way. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Donald H. Auvenshine

 

   Donald H. Auvenshine, 62, of Lansing died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Mr. Auvenshine was born Dec. 31, 1947 in Weakley County, Tenn., the son of CD and Elaine (Underwood) Auvenshine.

   Mr. Auvenshine worked in skilled trades at General Motor, served in the Army in the Vietnam War and was a member of the VFW 40&8 in Lansing. He was a mechanic, enjoyed carpentry and was always tinkering with something. Mr. Auvenshine liked old country music and going to the Tater Town Festival in Tennessee on Labor Day weekends.

   He was preceded in death by his father, CD Auvenshine and brothers, Roy and Dennis Auvenshine.

   He is survived by his mother, Elaine Auvenshine of Dresden, Tenn.; son, Troy (Sara) Auvenshine of Charlotte; daughter, Tammy (Dave) Ross of Charlotte; stepson, John (Paula) Estes of Lansing; grandchildren, Cameron and Brad Auvenshine, Megan and Macy Ross of Charlotte, Jessica Jordan of Holt, Alisha Wicker of Charlotte; great-grandson, Jonathon Wicker; brothers, Debro (Barbara) Auvenshine of Aiken, S.C. and John (Sue) Auvenshine of Eaton Rapids; sisters-in-law, Linda and Norma Auvenshine; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday Jan. 9, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment was in Dresden, Tenn.

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

 

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Joanna Louise Baker

 

   Joanna Louise Baker, age 56 of Eaton Rapids died Monday, March 22, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte surrounded by her loving family. Born July 18, 1953 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of William E. and Betty Louise (Wright) Baker. Joanna grew up in Eaton Rapids and was part of the class of 1972. She retired in Maintenance with the Eaton Rapids Public Schools. She was fond of her pet dogs, enjoyed renovating her homes and loved gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents.

   She is survived by a Fiancé Larry Perdue of Eaton Rapids; son, Oliver Dean Bryant; 3 grandchildren, Cody Bryant of Lansing, Bobby Bryant of Tennessee and Carmine of Lansing; 5 brothers and sisters, Teresa (Howard) Hector of Eaton Rapids, Paul (Pat) Baker of Eaton Rapids, Mike (Jenny) Baker of Eaton Rapids, Kimberly (Robert) Cervantes of Vero Beach, Fl., and Thomas (Sarah) Baker of Eaton Rapids; lifetime and special friend Vicki Lease of Eaton Rapids; numerous nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service is being scheduled soon at the Onondaga Sportsman’s Club. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Nathan H. “Pete” Baker

 

   Nathan H. “Pete” Baker, age 83, passed away September 7, 2010 in Lansing, Michigan. He was born on July 31, 1927 in VanLeer, Tennessee, the son of Nat Hill Baker and Jessie Angeline Deason. He moved to the Lansing area with his parents at an early age.

   Nathan was preceded in death by a grandson, Sean Patrick Farrell, and by his wife of 42 years, Wilma Winona Baker. He is survived by two sons Richard Wayne (Debra) Farrell of Charlotte, Michigan and Dennis Lee (Colleen) Farrell of Columbia, Tennessee; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

   Nathan attended Carl School in East Lansing and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Lindell Drop Forge (where he acquired his nickname Pete) after 30 years of employment as a heater. A resident of Holt, Michigan for 53 years, he was a member of the Holt American Legion (Post 238). He spent his winters in Ruskin, Florida for over 30 years, where he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie # 4351). He will be remembered by neighbors, friends and family as a very kind and generous man.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 11, 2:00 p.m. at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. The family will receive friends at the Chapel Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.gorslineruncimanlansing.com.

 

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Collyne M. Barnard

 

   Collyne Marie Barnard, 50, of Sunfield, died Wednesday, August 11, 2010. She was born April 19, 1960 in Lansing, the daughter of Lawrence M. and Arlyne Marie (Miller) Ruedisueli. She was employed by Herbrucks Farm and was employed by Schwan’s as a driver for five years prior to that. She was a very strong person and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, animals, and riding her motorcycle.

   She is survived by her husband, Dale; brother Christopher (Marcia) Ruedisueli of Nashville; sister, Patricia (Ruedisueli) Cook of Nashville; nieces and nephews, Michelle Ruedisueli, Dominik Stephens, Kyra-rein Stephens, Skylark Stephens, Jayden Stephens, Dustin Stephens, Carson Barnard, Josh Barnard, and Jessica Harwood.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence M. Ruedisueli; mother Arlyne Marie (Ruedisueli) Miller and brother, Michael E. Ruedisueli.

   Funeral services were held Monday, August 16, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in with Pastor Marten Saunders officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Linda Barnes

 

   Linda Barnes of Eaton Rapids, age 63, passed away in Lansing, August 17, 2010. She was born November 24, 1946 in Albion, MI, the daughter of Charles H. and Hattie Irene (Stoner) Baker. Linda worked for the Dimondale Nursing Home for 19 years and Residential Options Adult Foster Care Home for 10 years. She loved to garden, make crafts, cook, crochet and attend yard sales. Linda was always a very happy and good natured person.

   She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia (Michael) West of Eaton Rapids, Kimberly (Gary) Van Douser of Lansing; son, James (Annette) Barnes of Springport; grandchildren, Angel (Paul) Grondin of Auburn Hills, Thomas and Joshua Barnes of Springport, Aireon Montgomery of Eaton Rapids, Dylan West of Eaton Rapids; great-granddaughter, Monica Mae Barnes of Springport; lifelong companion, Dee Ames of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Jerry and Mark Rimer; sister, Darlene Easton. Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI. Interment was held at Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Those wishes may send online condolences to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Alice A. Barr

 

   Alice A. Barr, 92, a long time resident of Traverse City, died early Thursday morning, September 30, 2010, at Traverse Manor.

   Born in Cedar, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Theresa (Rice) King. In 1938, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Traverse City, she married Harold B. Barr, who preceded her in death on April 5, 1983.

   Alice was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church, where she participated in various activities, along with helping her friend, Sister Katherine.

   She directed her bright mind and generous spirit to many organizations including Bunco Club, Quilters Club, Odd Ball Bowling Team and the Traverse City Senior Center. Alice enjoyed sewing, quilting, china painting, bowling, playing cards, bingo and gardening.

   Alice was a gifted seamstress who worked at Bartling’s and the Marie Evelyn Shop, before working at the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital in the Occupational Therapy Department, retiring in 1984.

   In 1947, Alice and Harold built their Traverse City home, where Alice had lived for nearly 63 years.

   Alice is survived by her caring sons; Allen Barr of Eaton Rapids and Harold (Carol) Barr of Traverse City; four grandchildren, Natalie Johnson, Jennifer Barr, Terry Barr and Emily Harvey; five great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

   In addition to her parents and husband, Alice was preceded in death by her sisters, Tillie Flaska, Rose Holt, Vera Ziolowski, Regina Gersh, Francis Stanislawski, and Mary King; brothers, Dominic, John, Clement and Edward.

   Friends may ball at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Tuesday October 5, 2010, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m.

   A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at St. Francis Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Kenneth Stachnik serving as the celebrant. Burial will take place later at Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery.

   In remembrance of Alice, memorials may be directed to the Carmelite Monastery. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home or church.

   Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.

   Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

 

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Brian S. Bartlett

 

   The family of Brian S. Bartlett of Morrice, MI, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 25, 2010. His wishes were to be cremated and to be with his wife (Penny Jean) who passed away on February 16, 2010.

   Brian leaves to miss him so, 2 sisters, Kris (Doug) Koivu, Gail (Dennis) Southward; 1 brother, Bradley Bartlett; 2 sons, Mike (Missy) and Matthew; 1 daughter, Melissa (Dale); mother, Doris; 2 nieces, Angie (Darren) Green, Michelle (Ben) Northup; 1 nephew, Kyle Turner, also many great-grandnephews and niece, plus many more family and friends.

   “Little Bro”…“Love started with a smile, grew with kisses, and now ends with many, many tears. I will miss you so much; you are in our hearts, till we meet again.”

   “Older sis, Gail”

 

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Roy Bartlett

 

   Roy Bartlett, 67, of Charlotte, MI died Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Mr. Bartlett was born December 11, 1942 in Charlotte, MI the son of William and Ethel (Ackley) Bartlett.

   He is survived by his wife, Karole, and their children, Shane (Dawn) Bartlett, Eric (Angel) Bartlett, Schad Bartlett, and Quentin Bartlett; grandchildren, Jordan, Quinten, Aaron, Miranda, Kaylee, Collin, Makkena, Hunter, Cameron, Aubrie, Briley; sisters, Shirley Bartlett, Dorothy (Duane) Winright, Carol (Dale) Garvie; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son, Aaron; daughter, Paula; and grandson, Joseph; parents; and brothers, Henry and Everett “Sass.”

   Roy attended Charlotte High School and was employed by GM for 30 years. He enjoyed his motorcycles and spending time fishing. He loved being with his family and also enjoyed wintering in Florida with Karole.

   A Memorial Luncheon will be held December 11, 2010 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Eagles in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Susan G. Komen. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Clyde D. “Pete” Bates

 

   Age 77 of Eaton Rapids died on Saturday morning, May 15, 2010 with his wife of 54 years by his bedside. Pete was born on September 21, 1932 in Lake City, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Edith Pearl (Willis) Bates. Pete served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He worked 40 years as a Millwright for Fisher Boy in Lansing, retiring in 1995. Pete was a member of and past Trustee of the Brookfield United Methodist Church. Proceeding him in death was a great-grandson, Jakob Gates; 3 sisters, Nadine Bates, Maxine Bigelow and Naurine Rose.

   Surviving are his wife Ardis; daughter, Beth (Ron) Knapp of Eaton Rapids; 2 granddaughters, Jennifer (Kevin) Long of Lansing and Lindsey Knapp of Royal Oak; great-grandson, Henry Long; sister, Rosemary (Les) Doner of Iowa; 3 brothers, Arthur Bates of California, Willis (Steina) Bates of Georgia and Richard (Mavis) Bates of Virginia; Special cousin, Bruce Alexander of Iowa and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township, Eaton Rapids with rev. Irene Vittoz of the Brookfield United Methodist Church, officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Brookfield Church for a time of sharing and reminiscing. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Brookfield United Methodist Church, 9280 Brookfield Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 or Hospice Advantage at 801 S. Waverly Rd. Ste. 304 Lansing, MI 48917 in memory of Clyde D. “Pete” Bates. The family is being served by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Jane E. Bearup

 

   Jane E. Bearup, 80, of West Sacramento, Calif., died Thursday, September 16, 2010. She was born September 17, 1929 in Houghton, Mich., the daughter of Edmund and Edith (Perkins) Gonyea. Jane was a U.S. Matron for the United States Marshall Service and she lovingly raised two granddaughters Tracey and Christina.

   She is survived by her sons, Gregory Bearup of West Sacramento, Calif., and Randall (Patty) Bearup of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandson; brothers, Reverend James (Corky) Gonyea of Tennessee and Joseph Gonyea of Michigan.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Bearup and daughter Judith Bearup.

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

 

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Audrey Jean Bellows

 

   Audrey Jean Bellows passed away peacefully on March 25, 2010 at her home in Cottonwood, Arizona. Born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan on May 3, 1925, she was preceded in death by her parents, Van and Thelma Webster, her eldest son, John W Bellows, and grandson, Tyson Van Hoster.

   She is survived by her husband Harry Bellows of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Patricia Miller (Kenneth), of Bradenton Florida, and Jacqueline Yund (Gaylord), of Eaton Rapids, daughter Jenny Bellows of Cottonwood, Arizona, and son H. Greg Bellows (Elaine) of Eaton Rapids. She is also survived by grandchildren Benjamin Bellows (Nichole), Joshua Barrett (Amy), Nathan Bellows (Melissa), Abigail Childs (William), Jason Barrett (Barbra), Andrew Bellows, Amy Ellyson, Eli Hoster, and Kim Hoster. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Having grown up and completing school in Eaton Rapids, class of 1943, Audrey attended Western Michigan College before marriage. As a young woman, she worked at Homer Woolen Mills, and as a receptionist for Dr. Bert Van Ark. On Dec. 18, 1948, she married Harry Bellows and continued her life as mother and wide as they raised their family on the farm that remains in the family. The day her youngest child started school, Audrey started her career with the State of Michigan Highway Department, in September 1956. It was the heyday of building big bridges (Mackinaw), and interstate highway system. She enjoyed her work and the life-long friends. Retiring in 1983, her attentions turned more to family and especially grandchildren. Her efforts will be long remembered in the form of hand stitched quilted given to all her children and grandchildren, the many card games, and fun times at the family farm, as well as winter vacations to her retirement home in Florida. In the spring of 1999, Audrey moved to Cottonwood, Arizona to live near her daughter and to enjoy the great Southwest sun. There, she found new friends and feeling of community that enriched her life.

   Memorial services will be held on April 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Community Christian Church in Eaton Rapids, reverend Steve Klink officiating. Following the service, all are welcome to enjoy food and fellowship at the River Bend Restaurant. The family suggests memorial donations be given to your local Meals on Wheels, whose volunteer angels deliver hot meals to the elderly and disabled.

 

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Pete Edward Benton

 

   Passed away in Charlotte, November 25, 2010 at the age of 50. He was born in Charlotte August 20, 1960 the son of Lynwood G. “Pete” and Doris M. (Marlowe) Benton. Pete graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1978. He married Sharon Minnie in 1992. Pete worked for GM and retired in 2008 after 31 years of service. He loved sports, coaching, snowmobiling and spending time with his family. Pete was very proud of his daughters and cheered them on at all of their sporting events.

   He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Minnie) Benton of Eaton Rapids; daughters, Brooke Elizabeth and Payton Lynn Benton, both of Eaton Rapids; parents, Lynwood and Doris Benton of Vermontville; brother, Mark (Pamela) Benton of Potterville; sister, Lynne Goris of Vermontville; nieces, Tori Benton of Potterville, Stacie (Mike) Selden of Parchment, MI; nephew, Eric Goris of Grand Rapids; and special bud, Rollo.

   A memorial service celebrating Pete’s life will be 2 p.m. Saturday December 4, 2010 at Robbins United Methodist Church, 6419 W. Bunker Rd. Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Mark Payne officiating. Visitation will be Friday December 3 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813, Eaton Rapids Athletic Dept. 912 Greyhound Dr. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, in care of Jeff Dassance or Robbins United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com

 

Larry Brian Bibler

 

   Larry Brian Bibler of Eaton Rapids passed away suddenly in his home on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Donna Bibler. Larry had been employed by many local area ambulance services and also served as a volunteer fire fighter.

   Larry is survived by his son, Jason Bibler of Pennsylvania; daughter, Amy Barnes of Ohio; sister , Linda (Bob) Riever of Albion; brothers, Bert (Robin) Bibler, Sam (Tracy) Bibler of Springport, Steve (Melissa) Bibler of Portage; special companion, Susan Norris of Eaton Rapids; son, Dustin Norris and grandson Dillion Norris both of Eaton Rapids.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date at the Springport Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelley-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Online condolences can be sent to www.shellyodell.com

 

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Paul Binkowski

 

   Paul Binkowski, 82, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 13, 2010. He was born July 1, 1928 in Charlotte, the son of Martin and Anna (Poskarbiewicz) Binkowski. Paul was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired truck driver. He was a member of Charlotte VFW and I.O.O.F. Lodge #114 of Eaton Rapids. Paul enjoyed old country music and old cars. He loved his family and was loved by them very much. Paul said, “Until we are all reunited I will be watching over you all, and will always love you all.”

   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis; daughters, Cathy Bennett, Cindy Hiser and Paula (Gregg) Gielecki; grandchildren, Shawn (Josh) Hose, Rachelle Hiser, Brandon and Jeremy Truax; great grandson, Aleks Hose; sisters, Irene Betz and Shirley (Pete) Tillery; four brothers, many nieces and nephews, cousins and Aunt Helen.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Martin; sister, Elizabeth; brother, Russ and son-in-law, Mike Bennett.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Janice Joyce Blanche

 

   Janice Joyce Blanche, 73, died, May 31, 2010. Mrs. Blanche was born August 24, 1936, in Plattsburg, NY.

   Mrs. Blanche was good-hearted and put herself out for everyone. She had more love than she knew what to do with. She was funny and quick-witted. She lived for bowling. She was the secretary of the Top of the Hill League and Tea Time League. She and her husband owned Parkview Adult Foster Care in Vermontville for six years.

   She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Duane Blanche; daughter LuAnn (Jeffrey) Frazzini of Lansing; sons, Charles (Yung Jung) Hallead of Georgia, Jeffrey Hallead of Chicago; step-children George (Robin) Blanche, Mark Blanche and Diane (Jerry) Cox; 5 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Mary Jean Carnill and Velma Martin. She is preceded in death by her brother, Butch Martin and mother, Sylvia Martin.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2010, at Pray Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Thelma O. Bonham

 

   Thelma O. Bonham, of Charlotte, died Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Eaton Community Hospice House. Services will be held Monday, February 15, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Hazel L. Bourdo

 

   Hazel L. Bourdo, 84, of Sturgis, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. She was a homemaker. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

Edna A. Boyer

 

   Edna A. Boyer, age 86, died Saturday, May 8, 2010. Mrs. Boyer was born December 15, 1923 in Liverpool, England, a daughter of Robert and Jane (Curtis) Davies. She was a registered nurse and retired from Michigan State University.

   Mrs. Boyer was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Boyer, Jr. in 2004. Surviving are three sons, Wayne Boyer of Clearwater Beach, Fl, Robert (Ann) Boyer of Brimley, Ronald (SueEllen) Boyer of Potterville; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Gwen Williams, and a brother, Robert Davies, both of Liverpool, England.

   Services 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Potterville Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Glen L. Neal officiating. Interment will be in Benton Township Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.

 

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Vernon D. Boyles

 

   Vernon Duane Boyles, 89, of Charlotte, MI died Thursday, May 27, 2010. He was born March 1, 1921 in Vermontville, the son of Albert and Bethel (Rogers) Boyles.

   He is survived by his wife, Elva, and his children: Judith (Gary) Walters of Charlotte; and JoAnne (Tom) Fogle of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

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

   Vernon was a retired farmer and had been active in various organizations such as: Farm Bureau Co-op Elevator, Eaton County Zoning & Planning Commission, Eagles Aerie 3552, Thornapple Grand Soil District Director and Eaton County Allocation Board. He was a member of the Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church and was the Carmel Township Supervisor for nine years.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, May 30, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Jensen officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ronald Braden

 

   Ronald Braden, 67, went to be with the Lord, Sunday May 2, 2010.

   Ron was born June 22, 1942 in Charlotte, MI the son of Frank and Kathryn (Stewart) Braden. He retired from Oldsmobile with 30 years of service. Ron enjoyed spending winters in Florida, antique automobiles and watching the Detroit Tigers.

   He is survived by his wife, Connie; sons, Kert (Dawn) Braden of Nashville, MI, Robert Todd Braden of Nashville, MI and Ramzi (Lynnett) Braden of Charlotte, MI; daughter, Gina (Jamie) Clark of Nashville; 9 grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Carol) Braden of Ft. Meyers, FL, Terry (Susan) Braden of Charlotte and sister, Jill (Donald Zauner) Lea of Charlotte.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Nashville Baptist Church, Nashville, MI with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, MI. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House or Nashville Baptist Burch. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Jean Marie Bradford-Kline

 

   Jean Marie Bradford-Kline of Eaton Rapids…Loving, caring, magnificent wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Gifted communicator, listener and cheerleader. Accomplished historian and author. Child of Christ, Jean Marie Bradford-Kline died July 31, 2010 at home, with her family by her side. She was born April 15, 1932 to Walter and Clara (Kellogg) Bradford. Jean lived her entire life in the Eaton Rapids area. She graduated from Olivet High School in 1949, Lansing Community College in 1975 and earned her BSA and MSW from Michigan State University in 1979 and 1981. Jean wanted to leave the world a better place. She accomplished that with her dedication and commitment to the various organizations she belonged to and the work that she did. She served on the Eaton Rapids City Council and DDA. She was treasurer, secretary, organizer, crafter, baker and cook for the Eaton Rapids Area Historical Society. She was co-owner of Corner Collections Gift and Collectables with her daughter for 25 years. Other than her family, her proudest legacy was her work as founder and director of the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, a position she held with the highest esteem for 20 years. She helped hundreds of seniors live richer and fuller lives, instilling in them there was a lot more living to do, regardless of age. While serving the Senior Center she was the leading force in purchasing and remodeling the facility as it stands today.

   Jean was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gineva and brothers, Lyle, Walter and Alden. Left to grieve her passing are her husband of 38 years Cernyw Kline; son, Jack, (Terri) Cleeves; daughter, Jill (Larry) Skinner all of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren Nathan Skinner, Jonathan Skinner, Sarah Skinner, Jacob Cleeves and Jessica Cleeves; sister, Winona Davis; brothers, Kyle (Margaret) Bradford, Bill (Marlene) Bradford, John (Vicki) Bradford; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Area Historical Society in care of Jill Skinner. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Benjamin A. Bradley

 

   Benjamin Allyn Bradley, 23, of Charlotte, died Friday, April 23, 2010. Ben was born August 6, 1986 in Charlotte, the son of Ivan & Beverly (Stall) Bradley.

   He is survived by his parents along with his siblings: Heather and Cameron. He is also survived by his sweetheart, Audrey Baughman; grandparents, Evelynn and Douglas Stall; great grandmother, Dorathea Stall; and several aunts and uncles.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell and Dorothy Bradley and great grandfather, Verle Stall.

   Ben served in the Marine Corps from August of 2005 to August 2009 serving two deployments to Iraq. He loved the Lord and enjoyed playing the guitar, doing so on the worship team while on the Marine Base, and currently with the Nashville Assembly of God Church. While in high school, he played the Tuba and sousaphone in the Charlotte bands, ran on the track team, and was active in Boy Scouts and the New Country 4-H Club. While he had a very gentle nature, he was adventurous and loved life.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Nashville Assembly of God Church with Pastor Glenn Branham officiating. Interment as at Gresham Cemetery.

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

 

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Richard Lee Bradley

 

   Richard Lee Bradley of Springport, Michigan, age 59 of Springport died Monday morning June 7, 2010 at his residence under the care of Great Lakes Home Hospice. Born April 14, 1951 in Albion, Michigan the son of Tom and Eva (Eaton) Bradley. Richard was a welder by trade formerly working for Hayes-Albion and most recently working as Supervisor for Johnson Systems in Marshall. A member of the Big 9 Sportsman Club and a hunting enthusiast that loved spending hunting time with his son, Thomas. He also enjoyed Classic Cars from the parades too working and restoring cars with friends Mark Clawson and step-son, Robin Eldred. He was preceded in death by his first wife and brother, David Bradley.

   He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Ruth; daughters, Michelle (Tom) Hageman of Indianapolis, Jennifer Bradley of Wisconsin, Stephanie Bradley of Black Canyon City, AZ; son, Thomas J. Bradley of Jackson and step-son, Robin (Melissa) Eldred of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren; parents, Tom and Eva Bradley of Springport; brother, Doug (Diane) Bradley of Narrow Lake; sisters, Brenda (Terry) Fair of Arizona and Ann Flanders of Springport; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on June 10, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink, officiating. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made directly to the family in care of Ruth Bradley. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

Barbara J. Brandon

 

   Barbara Jeanne Brandon, 58, of Charlotte, loving wife, mother, Grammy, friend and cancer warrior, lost her valiant struggle against cancer on Tuesday, Feb. 23 with her family by her side, as they have been throughout her illness. Barb was born October 15, 1951 in Charlotte, the daughter of Henry and Roberta (Thornton) VanDeMoortel. She worked as an eligibility specialist with the State of Michigan until her illness forced her to retire. Barb was a very active and staunch supporter of the Charlotte Relay for Life and will be missed by all of her fellow relayers.

   She is survived by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Bandon; daughters, Chara L. Grinold, and Bobbi J. Brandon (Kimberly Thompson), both of Charlotte; grandchildren, Finn Grinold, Jaigen Brandon and Taylor Thompson; brothers, Charles (Chuck) and Sally VanDeMoortel of Battle Creek, Larry (Ann) Becktel of Manchester, Gerry (Deanna) Becktel of Cloverdale; sisters and brothers-in-law, Edie Helms, Pam Johnson, Larry Pifer, Kevin (Kathy) Brandon; special friends William (Bill) and Martha Cooper and Charlene (Char) and Bruce Wakeman and many other friends and family who she loved with all her heart.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dick Becktel and Ron Helms; sister-in-law, Sue Pifer; and mother-in-law, Betty Brandon.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Relay for Life -- Team Betty’s Beacons or Eaton Community Hospice.

   Family and friends are invited to www.PrayFuneralHome.com for further information and to leave notes of condolence for the family. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Francis Brandt

 

   Francis Brandt, 71, of Potterville, passed away at home on Friday, September 17, 2010. He was born June 25, 1939 in Charlotte, Mich., the son of Frank and Pearl (Redfield) Brandt. He worked as a machine repairman at General Motors for 42 years, as well as being a farmer for most of his life. Francis also loved gardening, fishing, camping and hunting. He enjoyed watching Tigers Baseball, deer and other wildlife.

   Francis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Corrine; children, Catherine (Jerry) Neal of Ithaca, Penny Brandt of Potterville, Pam (Mark) Benton of Potterville and Susan Wrubel of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Scott (Olivia) Cole, Justin Cole, Kara Wrubel, Tori Benton and Jamie Wrubel; sisters, Mary Davis, Judith Hansen and Teresa Hammond; brothers, Floyd (Connie) Brandt and John (Susie) Brandt.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Victor Brandt and sister, Anna Marten.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte with Father Francis Mossholder officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to St Mary Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Ethel Mae Brewer

 

   Ethel Mae Brewer of Springport, Age 81, passed away at her home, October 18, 2010. Ethel was born in Laura, KY March 15, 1929, the daughter of Freeman and Bertha (Mullins) Stanley. She loved to bake, hunt mushrooms, can, rake leaves and work in her flower and vegetable gardens.

   Ethel is survived by her daughters, Nadine (Jack) Frizzell of Springport, Betty (Brian) Chamberlain of Springport; grandchildren, Brian (Shawn) Frizzell of Albion, Rusty Frizzell of Springport, Andy Frizzell of Eaton Rapids, Jason (Aleisha) McClure of Okemos, Nicole Chamberlain of Springport, Brett (Heather) Chamberlain of Springport; 7 great grandchildren, Kevin and Kyle Frizzell, J.J., Jasmine and Sinnedy McClure, Madilynn Chamberlain; brothers, Howard (Doris) Stanley, Donnie (Elaine) Stanley; sisters, Hazel (Ersel) Scott, Josephine (Dean) Tiller, Linda (Leroy) Jewell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Brewer, parents; sisters, Faye Maynard, Shirley Arnold; brothers, Clayton, Irvin, Chester, Everett and Freeman Jr.; special friend, Doug Eaton.

   Funeral services were held October 21, 2010 at the Shelly Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Pastor David Kingsbury officiated. Interment followed at Tompkins Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church, 6044 S. Clinton Trail Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Judith A. Bromley

 

   Judith Ann Bromley, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, 66 of Grand Ledge, gracefully went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 16, 2010. Judy was born Sept. 29, 1943 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Hysell) Robinson and had been a Grand Ledge resident since 1975.

   She dearly loved and enjoyed her family. She was a member of the Real Life Church of Charlotte where she helped in the Church nursery and loved studying the Bible.

   She was an avid Detroit Tiger fan, enjoyed NASCAR racing, loved trains, enjoyed writing short stories, was an avid history buff and loved baking.

   Judy has served as a leader in the Brownies and Girl Scouts, had served as a teachers aide in the Delta Center Elementary School and had a great sense of humor.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Gerald and Pete Robinson.

   Surviving are four children, Paula (Tom) Bouck of Grand Ledge, Greg (Allegra) Bromley of Lansing, Amy (Christopher) Mills of Mulliken and Stephanie (Chad) Wienert of Sedalia, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Shelbie Bouck, Alex Wienert, Brandon Root, Christopher Chisholm, Vanessa and Britney Warrington; two great grandchildren, Adrianna and Aiden Downs; sister, Joyce (Richard) Dubiel of Toledo, Ohio and her former husband, Marvin Bromley.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Thursday, April 22, at the Real Life Church in Charlotte with Pastor Andy Shaver officiating.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the Grand Ledge Public Library, Real Life Church of Charlotte or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Laura L. Brooks

 

   Laura L. Brooks of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, age 81 of Eaton Rapids died Monday, October 11, 2010 at the Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, MI. Born March 7, 1929 in Honcut, California, the daughter of William and Mary (Disbrow) Lane. Laura’s hobbies included sewing, crocheting and tending to her flowers, she also enjoyed supervising during the canning season. Preceding her in death were her husband Gene Hoag in 1952 and Emil Brooks in 1971; brother, Laurence Deview in 1945.

   She is survived by her two sisters, Lorraine Whiting of Eaton Rapids and Erma Herman of California; nieces and nephews, Elaine Blackburn of Lansing, Harold (Bev) Whiting of Eaton Rapids, Margaret (Dan) Yerke of Ada and Wayne Whiting of Lansing and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on October 14, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Rev. Mark Eckert of the Calvary Lutheran Church officiated. For online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Douglas L. Brown

 

   Douglas L. Brown of Portland formerly of Eaton Rapids, on Friday, April 9, 2010, passed away to join the Lord and be reunited with his father, Cleo and brother, Rodney along with many other lost family and friends. Doug graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School in 1968. He worked as a parts manager for 35 years at various places. Although Doug’s health problems kept him from doing some of the things he loved; like hunting, camping and traveling, he was able to do something he truly loved everyday, play with his granddaughter, Melody and his little white dog Bear. Doug was a great and caring man who will be loved and missed by all. Thanks to Jim Nurenburg, Pastor Marilyn Danielson, Mick Hurnley, Chad Partlow and Dr. Garald Brown.

   Surviving are his daughter, Deana (Jon) Stoken of Portland; mother, Ilene Brown of Eaton Rapids; granddaughter, Melody Ilene Stoken; sister, Judy (George) Marr of Huntington Station, NY; brother, Donald (Laurel) Brown of Garden, MI; Curtis Lownsbery and Nate Foster; nieces and nephews, Dion (Linda) Brown, Sherry (Dean) Hale, Lisa (Kyle) Campbell, George (Jill) Marr and Nancy Marr; great nieces and nephews, Nate Foster, Toni Foster, Rachel Campbell, Anna Campbell, Dalton Hale, Rebecca Hale, Douglas Marr and Gorge Marr.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink, officiating. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamblin Township. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Frances J. Brown

 

   Frances J. Brown, 83, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Fran was born June 22, 1927 in Brunwell, Ala., the daughter of Frank and Blanche (Conort) Long and had been a Charlotte resident since 1959 coming from Pontiac. She was a former member of the Charlotte Country Club and the Charlotte Woman’s Club GFWC.

   Surviving are: her husband of 62 years, William J. Brown; three sons, William J. Brown III of Eaton Rapids, David M. Brown of Lake Odessa and Robert M. (Cecille) Brown of Birmingham, Mich.; six grandchildren, Marci (Marcel) Pfeiffer, Tessa (Chris) Wackerle, Adam Brown, Ian Brown, Mary Brown and Justin Brown and four great grandsons.

   She was preceded in death by her father, mother, step-father, Gomer Doak and step-brother, Gomer Doak, Jr.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice House.

 

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Ilene Rebecca Brown

 

   On Friday July 16, 2010, Ilene Rebecca Brown of Eaton Rapids passed away to join the Lord and to be reunited with her husband, Cleo and sons, Rodney and Douglas as well as many other lost family and friends. Ilene grew up on Shepherd MI, with her 7 brothers and sisters. Later in her early teens, she moved to Eaton Rapids where she met the love of her life Cleo, and completed her schooling through the 10th grade. Later, she began work on the assembly line in small parts at Eaton Stamping and continued to work there for 30 years. Her husband and family were her pride and joy and she was active in the bowling league and with her church family.

   She is survived by her children, Judy (George) Marr of Huntington Station, NY and Donald (Laurel) Brown of Garden, MI; grandchildren, Dion (Linda) Brown, Sherry (Dean) Hale, Lisa (Kyle) Campbell, George (Jill) Marr and Nancy Marr; great grandchildren, Nate Foster, Toni Foster, Deanna Lownsberry, Dalton Hale, Rebecca Hale, Josie Brown, Rachel Campbell, Anna Campbell, Melody Ilene Stoken; Douglas Marr and George Marr; sisters, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held July 19, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial followed at the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamlin Township. For online condolences please visit www.skinnerfuneral.com. Ilene was a beautiful and caring person on the inside and out. She gave a lifetime of unconditional love and support to her family and friends and will be missed greatly.

 

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Sylvia E. Brown

 

   Sylvia E. Brown, 102, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 1, 2010. She was born December 2, 1907 in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of Edward and Sarah (Gilbert) Kopp. She was employed by Olivet Community College where she worked in the gallery of the Kirk Center.

   Sylvia is survived by her nieces, Marlene (Bill) Needham of San Diego, Calif., Joyce Braithwaite-Brickley of Traverse City; great nephews, Derek Needham, Kevin and Todd Braithwaite; darn near family, Gladys Rose, John Larry Rose, Mary Smith, Amy Lorraine and Sylvia Lynn Burkett.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto “Buster” Brown in 1960; sisters, Inez Hughes and Florence Keckler; and John Lester Rose.

   Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at Maple Hill Cemetery with Reverend Lynn Wagner officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions  may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Bobbie J. Brownridge

 

   Bobbie J. Brownridge, 62, of Olivet, died Saturday, June 19, 2010. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Thomas E. Bruch

 

   Thomas E. Bruch, 64, of Charlotte, died Sunday, September 12, 2010 in Loveland, Colorado from heart complications while traveling to one of his favorite destinations. He was born October 13, 1945 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Matthew and Eleanor (Piekarz) Bruch. Tom served in the United States Marine Corp. He was a retired furniture manufacturer’s representative and served on the Michigan 1st Region draft board for the Selective Services. He was a man of strong Catholic faith, a devoted family man, and a loyal friend. Tom loved traveling around and visiting his friends, he had traveled to all 50 states and four continents. He loved long walks, taking his grandkids to the park and gathering with his family.

   He is survived by his daughter, Susan Bruch of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Matt (Celena) Bruch of Charlotte; Steve (Brandi) Bruch of Grand Rapids; two grandchildren, Gage and Aubrey Bruch and sister, MaryAnn (Jerry) Shrader of Roseville, Ill.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Father Frances Mossholder officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Friday, September 17, 2010 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home with Rosary Service at 7 p.m. with Monsignor Steven Raica officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic School or the John Ritter Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Eli Buncich

 

   Eli Buncich, 85, died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 17, 2010. He was born September 8, 1925 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Michael and Mildred (Sajatovic) Buncich.

   Eli began working at Stimac’s Grocery as a teenager and in 1943 graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He actively served during WWII in the U.S. Army from November 30, 1943 until April 10, 1946. After his service in the Army, he was a meat cutter at Percy Jones Hospital, owned and operated Pursley’s Market, was the manager of Leatherman’s Service Station, owned Eli’s Service Station and prior to his retirement in 1990 was the Warehouse Manager for Atlas Sales. Eli enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing golf and socializing with all his friends in Battle Creek. He was a member of the P.N.A. #2416, Elk Lodge # 131, American Legion Post #298, V.F.W. Post #565, Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #533, and Teamsters Local #7 and was also an Eagle Scout.

   On June 21, 1947 Eli was married to the former Wanda Madry who preceded him in death on April 16, 1995. He was also preceded by his parents and son-in-law: Denny Johnson. Surviving are six daughters: Gloria (Steve) Perry of Charlotte, Steph Skinner of Jackson, Vikki (Sam) Samson of Florida, Rose (William) McCurdy of Alabama, Fran Johnson of Battle Creek and Barb (Steve) Golden of Illinois; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and one sister: Ann (Albert) Bobrofsky of Battle Creek.

   The family will receive friends at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery and military honors presented by the U.S. Army. Memorial contributions may be directed to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte.

 

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Ricky Burcham

 

   Ricky Burcham, 50, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, May 27, 2010. He worked in heating and air conditioning. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Gladys I. Burns

 

   Gladys Irene Burns, 91, of Charlotte, died September 8, 2010. She was born July 19, 1919 in Brookfield Township, Mich., the daughter of Henry and Ora (Numbers) Rochester. She spent her entire lifetime in the Charlotte area since moving here in 1949 with her late husband Henry. She was employed at Wilcox Gay Corporation, Century Mutual Insurance Company and retired from the Charlotte Insurance Agency in 1982 after 17 years of service. She was a Red Cross Volunteer and an Auxilian at Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Helen Burns and Barbara Burns, special niece Judith (Jerry) Mohler, and special nephew Merle (Daisy) Rochester and other nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry in 1996; brothers, Arlo and Maynard Rochester; sisters, Helen Rumrill and Flossie Umbarger. Funeral services were held Friday, September 10, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dale W. Burt

 

   Dale W. Burt, 50, of Charlotte, formerly of Ionia, died Friday, April 16, 2010.

   Mr. Burt was born May 13, 1959 in Charlotte, the son of Charles and Leone (Stetler) Burt.

   He is survived by his fiancé, Diane Gieseman of Charlotte; sons, Dale (Misty) Burt of Charlotte and Adam Burt of Vermontville; daughter, Faith (Joe) Barrette of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren; father, Charles Burt; brother, Randy (Valerie) Burt; sisters, Sheila (Richard) Youngs and Marsha Hayes and brother Jeff (Linda) Burt.

   Services may be held at a later date.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Oliver V. Bush

 

   Oliver V. Bush, 81, of Nashville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 peacefully at Pennock Hospital in Hastings. Oliver was born in Grand Ledge on July 21, 1928, the son of the late James and Esther (Shance) Bush. He was raised in the Grand Ledge area and attended local schools graduating from Grand Ledge High School in 1948. He was the husband of Betty (McGill) Bush. The couple was married at the Grand Ledge Methodist Church on Nov. 1, 1963. They made their home in the Grand Ledge area where they raised their family together. After retiring, Oliver and Betty relocated to the Nashville area to be closer to their church community at Nashville Baptist Burch. Oliver and Betty have been married for over 46 years.

   Oliver was employed as an auto body repairman for the State of Michigan for over 17 years and later as a claims adjuster with Farm Bureau Insurance before retiring in 1996. Throughout the years, Oliver owned his own body shop and has done work for several area body shops in the Grand Ledge area. Body shops would often rely on Oliver’s expertise and years of experience when complicated and difficult repairs were necessary.

   Even in his spare time Oliver was building something. He enjoyed building different types of boats, and even built his own airplane. The airplane build was a success despite reaching an altitude of only eight feet before landing. It was Oliver’s attention to detail that set him apart as a true craftsman. When Olivet wasn’t working on a project, he and Betty loved going camping and to travel. Over the years, the couple has traveled over all the United States and enjoyed a cruise in the Hawaiian Islands.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Maynard; his sisters, Lottie, Gloria; and two infant brothers that died at birth.

   Oliver is survived by his daughter, Shelley (Vance) Higdon; two sons, Gary (Carol) Bush, Terry (Cheryl) Bush; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Nashville Baptist Church Monday Feb. 22, with Lester DeGroot officiating.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the Nashville Baptist Church, in Nashville. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Visit www.danielfuneralhome,net for further details.

Jacqueline K. Butler

 

   Jacqueline K. (Coon) Butler passed away Thursday April 8, 2010 at Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte at the age of 69. Jackie was born in Lansing on Sept. 3, 1940.

   She was a resident of the Sunfield area most of her life, having been involved in many community activities. Jackie enjoyed many years of bowling, in various leagues in the area, served on the Executive Board of the Sunfield United Methodist Church, was an elected member of the Sunfield Village Council, a former Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, 4-H leader, original group to form the Jay-Cettes of Sunfield.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Butler in 2004, and her parents, Pete and Yvonne Coon. Surviving are sons, Scott and Brenda Butler of Tipp City, Ohio, and Jeff Butler of Sunfield; daughters, JoDee and Joe Eaton of Hastings, Julie and Russ King of Deavercreek, Ohio, Allison and John Aldrich of Lainsburg; sister, Sue Piper of Vicksburg; grandsons, Lance and Darren Eaton of Hastings; granddaughter, Zoe King of Beavercreek, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday April 13, 2010 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeffrey Schrock and Rev. Eugene Moore officiating. Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth: aka SPY’s 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.

 

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James L. Butterfield

 

   In remembrance of a man well loved and a life well lived. James L. Butterfield, born September 9, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan and died October 20, 2010 in Lansing, Michigan.

   Preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Mildred (Bennett) Butterfield and his high school sweetheart and wife of 44 years, Suzanne (Newton) Butterfield.

   Jim found love a second time, to Wilma (Cummins) Krieter-Butterfield who is a blessing to his children and family. He graduated from Berkley High School, served in the U.S. Army, and worked for Mich. Bell telephone Co. where he retired in 1990. He had high standards, set goals, and taught his children and grandchildren, whom he cherished, to set goals, work hard, and enjoy life. He had poems and songs that resonated his thoughts on life. “Somebody said that it couldn’t be done but he with chuckle replied, that maybe it couldn’t but he would be one that wouldn’t say so till he tried.” There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family and friends.

   He lives on in his children, Michele Butterfield-Juip and Gary Juip, Herbert Butterfield and carol (Childs) Butterfield, Judy (Butterfield) Capitano and Aron Butterfield; grandchildren, Nicole, Lisa, Sylvia, Quinn, James, Joshua, Kaleb, Suzie, Aaron and Abby; great grandchildren, Anna, Aedan, Olivia, Ryan and many more to come; his sister, Phyllis (Butterfield) and Ray Jansma; many nieces, nephews and friends and Walker and Fencerow.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Gathering and Luncheon was held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at the Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, MI. Memorial contributions may go to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home. www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Walter H. Byrd

 

   Walter H. Byrd, Eaton Rapids, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Feb. 24, 2010, at the age of 92.

   He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy L. Byrd, and their grandson, Michael S. Dewey.

   He was one of twelve children born to John and Ella May Byrd on June 19, 1917, in Henry Country, Tenn. Joseph Byrd of Benecia, Calif. is his sole surviving sibling.

   Walter was a devoted family man survived by three daughters, Joyce Peppel, Sue (Douglas) Brower, Kathy (Richard) Girth; six grandchildren, Timothy (Melissa) Austin, Tamara Austin, Amanda Girth (Drew Thompson), Brandee (David) west, and Joshua (Stephanie) Girth; and three great grandchildren, Brittany Austin, David West III, and Claire Girth.

   he retired from the City of Lansing Municipal Market. Walter enjoyed his work, as well as the friendships he built at the market. He took pleasure in all types of repair work, gardening, country music, and playing guitar. Walter was a man who knew the Lord and lived the “Golden Rule”. Family and friends recall time after time when he provided help to someone in need with no thought for the weather or the hour of night.

   Funeral services were held Monday, March 1 at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing. Interment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing.

   Those desiring may make contributions to Great Lakes Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper Street, Jackson, MI 49202 in memory of Mr. Byrd.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.gorslineruncimanlansing.com.

 

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Beatrice E. Campbell

 

   Beatrice Elizabeth Campbell, 100, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2010. She was born February 1, 1910, in Battle Creek, the second of six children born to Dennis and Grace (Hewitt) Struble. Bea was a modern woman living a very accomplished life of employment. She met the gentleman of her dreams, George Campbell and they were married on April 5, 1930. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage. George and Bea became parents to five sons; David, Gerry, Norm Dan and Brian. George and Bea loved to take trips together, quite often taking a grandchild or two with them. They spent winters in Charlotte Harbor, Fla. for many years. Bea was very creative; sewing dolls, crocheting frogs, painting ceramics, sketching pictures, painting pictures, and loved to bake cookies for her family. She was an avid bridge player, and loved gathering with her friends to play. Keeping up with the times was a fact of life for Bea, using her computer to keep in touch with family by emails, and pictures, and writing her family story for publication.

   Bea’s family was first and foremost to her heart.

   She is survived by sons David (Edna), Gerry (Shirley), daughter-in-law, Wilma, Dan and Brian (Sharon); 17 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren with two more due in 2011; nephew Jack Skirvin who was raised as a sibling; many very special nieces and nephews, and cousins, and friends.

   She is predeceased by husband; George; son, Norman; daughter-in-law, Judy; great grandson, David C. Tuckey and Corey Campbell; her siblings, Geraldine, Wilma, Thyra, Robert and Raymond.

   A celebration of Bea’s life was held Tuesday, January 4, at the First Congregational Church of Olivet, with Greg Morrison officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Marshall Oaklawn Hospital, or the First Congregational Church of Olivet. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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William Carney

 

   William Carney, 85, died Friday December 3, 2010. Mr. Carney was born June 22, 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, the son of Thomas and Nell (Worthington) Carney.

   He worked as a painter for Oldsmobile for 42 years. He enjoyed his horses and mules and taking his grandchildren to Charlotte Rodeo, horse shows and auctions.

   He is survived by his children; son, William L. (Teena) Carney of Gore, OK; daughters, Charlotte Brace of Dowling, Sharon (Rick) Gleason of Lansing and Diane Courtier of Lansing, MI; daughter-in-law, Shari Carney of Nashville, MI; brothers, Warren Carney and Charles (Eula) Carney, both of Dayton, TN, Doyle Carney of Albertville, AL; grandchildren Rebecca (Chad), Danielle, Amy, Erin, Annie (Patrick), Nathan, Kathryn, Nick and Trisha; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian; son, Gary L. Carney; son-in-law, James L. Brace and siblings, Ethel Marler, Helen Devault, Irene Thornburg, Walt Carney, and Imogene Carney.

   Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at Vermontville Bible Church with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Interment will be at Dimondale Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI. His family wishes to tank all caregivers and Heartland Hospice nurses for all their loving care given to our Dad. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Bible Church or Heartland Hospice. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Ethel June Carstens

 

   Ethel June Carstens of Holt, age 94, passed away in Holt, January 23, 2010. She was born in Chicago, IL on June 15, 1915 the daughter of Henry and Pearl (Derby) Saska. Ethel grew up and attended high school in Owosso. She later attended nursing school in Flint. Ethel and her husband Arthur co-owned and published the Eaton Rapids Journal for 11 years. She and Arthur moved to Brownsville, TX where she did freelance writing for various national magazines. Ethel also wrote short stories for children’s magazines. She and her husband moved to NC where they worked for the daily paper before their retirement.

   Ethel is survived by her daughters, Kay Carstens of MA, Carole (John) Boulton of KS; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She wasp receded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Eleanor Mumma; brothers Leonard, Marvin and Arnold Saska.

   Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday January 26, 2010 at the First Congregational Church, 300 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment will be at Maple River Cemetery in Owosso. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, 107 April Drive, Suite 1, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Karen S. Castaneda

 

   Karen Sue Castaneda, 55, of Charlotte, died Saturday, October 16, 2010. She was an auditor and loan program analyst for the USDA. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Okie Caudill, Jr.

 

   Okie Caudill Jr. of Eaton Rapids passed away Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the age of 49. Born December 29, 1960 in Lansing to Okie and Linda (Williams) Caudill. Okie received his GED from Eaton Rapids. He worked 7 years for Ryerson & Haynes of Lansing and later went on to work 15 years for Sigma Industries of Springport. He enjoyed snowmobiling, riding motorcycles, and going to the drag strip to watch the races. Preceding him in death was his father, Okie Caudill; grandmothers, Margaret (Watson) Williams Keeler, Minerva (Johnson) Caudill; grandfathers, Joseph Williams, Abel Caudill; uncle, Joseph Williams.

   He is survived by his mother, Linda Caudill; step-mother, Maureen (Burton) Caudill; sisters, Velvet (Bob Richardson) Caudill, Melissa (William) Bursley, Stacy Lambert, Debbie (Terry) Shoopman, Amanda (David) Elliott, April Caudill; brothers, Russell (Joy) Caudill, Steven Caudill; nieces and nephews, Patrick Eichholtz, Kristin (Eric) Schrum, Donald Eichholtz, Sara (Dustin) Bartel, Lance Adkison, Zakkery Caudill, Karli Hunter, Khrissi Caudill, Hannah Shoopman, Macy Shoopman, Kirk Caudill, Ronald Stiles, Levi Morgan; great nephews, Caleb Schrum and Alexander Bartel.

   Private services have already been held for Okie. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Albert L. Chamberlain

 

   Albert Lee Chamberlain, 48, of Hastings, transitioned from this world into the arms of his heavenly Father on Thursday, March 18, 2010 with dignity and the love of his family surrounding him. He was born April 28, 1961 in Newport News, Va., son of SGM Robert and Patsy (Hill) Chamberlain.

   He attended various schools around the country and enjoyed two years in elementary grades while living in France. He graduated form Anchor Bay High School, New Baltimore, Mich.

   Albert Lee (livingly nicknamed “Yogi”) enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He studied in meteorology and sharp shooting. His passion began as a young artist, became a black belt in the martial arts and enjoyed educating others about the oriental languages. He loved reading and gained a tremendous knowledge in geographical locations and traveled throughout the United States, learning the history of our country. He and his dad enjoyed many excursions together and even drove to Alaska. He adored his nieces and nephews.

   Albert was preceded in death by his three grandfathers, Albert Puttbrese, Lee Whitcomb, Max Hill; grandmothers, Madge Reed, Marguerite Whitcomb, Madeline Hill. He recently experienced the loss of Nancy Hill, a dear cousin.

   He will be deeply missed by his parents, siblings, Tom and (Lynne) Krul, Bruce (Marilyn) Chamberlain and Robert Chamberlain; many aunts, uncles, and his grandma, Pauline (Hill) Puttbrese.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross in support of our Veterans and the American Cancer Society in Albert Lee’s honor.

   Memorial services were held, Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Full military honors were held at Irving Township Cemetery, immediately following services.

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

 

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Calvin K. Cherry

 

   Calvin K. Cherry, 54, of Charlotte, died Sunday, September 26, 2010. He was born December 17, 1955 in Charlotte, the son of Maurice and Rebecca (Hurlbut) Cherry. Calvin was an auto mechanic for Grand Ledge Foreign Car and loved playing golf.

   He is survived by his daughter, Callie Cherry; son, Levi Cherry; sister, Linda (Tony) Reiff of Bluffton, Ind.,; brother, Eric (Gail) Cherry of Ellsworth; sister, Bonnie Cherry of Grand Ledge; sister, Maurine (Tom) Bethke of Harbor Springs.

   Those wishing to honor Cal’s memory may donate to a trust to be established for his children. Donations may be directed to Bonnie Cherry. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Henry O. Clark

 

   Henry O. Clark, formerly of Charlotte, passed away on Tuesday September 14, 2010 at the Ashley Care Center Ashley, Michigan, age 87 years. He was born on Oct. 13, 1922 in Grand Ledge to the late Floyd and Blanche (Freedman) Clark. He was a lifelong resident of Eaton County. He married Lora May Hoffner on March 16, 1946; they enjoyed 60 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on November 17, 2006. Henry was a retired farmer and member of the American and Michigan Jersey Cattle Clubs. Henry was a former manager of the Eaton County Fair Grounds. He was also an active life member of the Eaton Area Senior Citizens.

   Surviving are his children, James Clark, Phoenix, Arizona; Jane (Mark) Johnston, Chesaning; Rae (Richard) Taylor, of New Haven, Indiana; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and a brother, Floyd Clark.

   A memorial service will be held in Charlotte on Oct. 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Lawrence Ave. Methodist Church. Rev. Mark Johnston and Rev. Richard Taylor will officiate. Friends may call at the church after 10:00 a.m. Memorials are suggested to the Eaton Area Senior Citizens Center or the Michigan Jersey Cattle Club. Arrangements are being handled by Walker-Martin Funeral Home, 316 W. Broad St. Chesaning, MI 48616 PH 989-845-3420. www.martinfuneralhome.com.

 

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Carl Dean Clarke

 

   Carl Dean Clarke passed away Sunday, March 28, 2010 in Alpena, MI at the age of 71. Born November 18, 1938 to James and Dorothy (Towns) Clarke in Eaton Rapids, MI. Carl retired from the Laingsburg School district where he was a Biology teacher and coach of the track team from 1965 to 1982. From 1982-1995 he was the high school Principal. After retiring, Carl and his wife opened Birch Cove Cottages on Long Lake in Alpena. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time on the family farm. He was a handyman who could fix anything. Genuine, hardworking and caring, Carl will be dearly missed by all that knew him. Preceding him in death were his father; father-in-law, Al Lee; nieces, Lillian and Angel.

   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rebecca (Lee) Clarke; son, Chris (Beth) Clarke; grandchildren, Ryan Wheeler, Jacob Clarke, Austin Clarke, Madeline Clarke; mother; sister, Carol (Kenneth) Janousek; brother, Robert (Denise) Clarke; loving in-laws and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010 at Skinner Funeral Home with a luncheon to follow. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on April 15 from 5-8 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, or the American Cancer Society. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Scott D. Clarke

 

   Scott Douglas Clarke, 52, of Charlotte, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 16, 2010. Mr. Clarke was born May 3, 1957 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Herbert and Shirley (Gregg) Clarke.

   A lifelong resident of the area, Scott was a 1976 graduate of Charlotte High School.

   He began his working career here and his many interests and talents led him to the carpentry and construction work he enjoyed so much.

   Scott left his mark on many homes and farms in the area. He was an eager student of his craft and a patient teacher to his many helpers.

   He cherished the time with his family and was always quick to praise those around him. Scott’s lively spirit and sense of humor will be missed.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Clarke in 2004.

   He is survived by his wife, Cathy Starkweather; children, Shane Starkweather, Shaun Wells, Shannon (Jim) Fenning; Sarah Wells (Casey Stone); grandchildren, Jimmy and Johnny Fenning and Carter Stone; mother, Shirley Clarke; brothers, David, Bruce and Bill; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, April 22, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Larry Starkweather officiating.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dorothy Catherine Coats

 

   Dorothy Catherine Coats of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, loving mother and grandmother passed on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at the age of 92. Dorothy was born on October 14, 1918 in Weare Township, Hart, MI to Paul and Aurelia Malburg in a family of 12 children. She came to Eaton Rapids at age 16 to cook, clean and nanny for the Hansen family.

   She met and married Vern Coats in 1938 with whom she had a daughter Arlene (Linton) Davidson; two sons, James (Pixie) and David (Reva) Coats; eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Dorothy was employed as a cook for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and retired as special dietary cook for Ingham Medical Hospital. Dorothy was an active and the oldest living member of St. Peter Catholic Church and was also an active member of the Altar Society. She was a member of the Literary Club at the church and the Eaton Rapids Child Study Club. Preceding her in death was her husband Vern Coats and husband George Boekhout.

   Funeral Mass was held December 20th from St. Peter Church with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine as celebrant. Burial followed at the Clarence Cemetery at Duck Lake. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the St. Peter Altar Society or the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Dorothy C. Coats. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Early Roy Cochran

 

   Early Roy Cochran of Parma, Michigan, age 90 died Thursday, January 21, 2010 at the Faith Haven Senior Care Centre in Jackson. Born October 10, 1919 in Lamar, Arkansas the son of John and Lou (Freeman) Cochran. Early was the owner and operator of the Cochran Saw Mill in Tompkins Township. He was a handyman that could fix anything a real fixer upper. He enjoyed traveling with his second wife Florence in their motor home. Preceding him in death was his wife of 51 years, Ollie (Crowden) Cochran in 1989; 2 sons, Marvin in 1987 and Roy in 2008.

   He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Florence Louise (Paschke) Cochran; 5 daughters and 2 sons, Helen (Jerry) Bolliner of Onondaga, Henry Cochran of Tompkins Center, Glen Cochran of Tompkins Center, Janice (Robert) Benson of Onondaga, Velda (Ray) Palmer of Eaton Rapids, Nellie (Greg) Dunkel of Spring Arbor and Patricia Johnson of Jackson; 26 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, January 23, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Mary Collins

 

   Mary Collins of Eaton Rapids passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 at the age of 96. Born March 5, 1914 to John and Martha (King) Carrier in Tompkins Center, MI. Mary retired from I.G.A. Grocery Store in Eaton Rapids in 1976 where she worked as a clerk. She was a member of the Onondaga Community Church for over 50 years serving as the church’s treasurer for several of those years. Preceding her in death was her husband, Allyn Collins; parents; brother, Harold Carrier; and sister, Charlotte Swift.

   She is survived by her sons, Bob (Bette) Collins, Richard (Debbie) Collins; daughters, Shirley Samels, Janet Dickerson; 16 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild; as well as several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held May 7, 2010 at Skinner Funeral Home. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Onondaga Community Church at 5633 Main St. Onondaga MI 49264. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Becky J. Colombo

 

   Becky Jean Colombo, 47, of Charlotte, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

   Mrs. Colombo was born Aug. 24, 1962, in Charlotte, the daughter of Bruce and Jean (Carter) Fuller.

   Becky was supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and a wonderful homemaker.

   She was a great hostess with a love for entertaining, loved to go camping and enjoy the long lazy tube rides down the river.

   She was very active in the Charlotte Assembly of God Bus Ministry. She worked at Jackson National Life for 10 years.

   She is survived by her loving husband, John; beautiful daughters, Sara (Ryan) Bier, Amber (Stephen) Kaleward, and Loma Colombo (fiancé, Konrad Miller); Peter Sloan, who was like a son; grandchildren, Kaeden and Grace Kaleward; father, Bruce (Donna) Fuller’ brother, Michael (Karen) Fuller; aunt, Connie (Herb) Ames; and countless other family members and friends.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 19, at the Charlotte Assembly of God with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Assembly of God Bus Ministry.

   The family gives thanks to the congregation of CAG, Eaton Community Hospice, Home Health Care & Hospice.

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

 

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Nathalie Julia Colthorp

 

   Nathalie Julia Colthrop of Eaton Rapids, age 82, passed away in Charlotte, November 21, 2010. She was born in Corona (Queens), Long Island, NY, the daughter of Michael and Ava (Hunter) Tonkonogy. Nathalie worked as a Children’s Librarian for the Lansing Public Library. She also had her own Sunday morning storytelling program on WJIM Radio, and a public access cable TV show, “A Story, A Story”. She retired in 1988 after more than 40 years of service. Nathalie continued to work as a substitute librarian for several years after her retirement. She loved her cats and all other creatures, enjoyed reading, collecting doll house miniatures, nature, science, Egyptology, and world travel, having visited, among other places, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China.

   Nathalie is survived by her husband, Theodore (“Ted”) Colthorp; daughters Alyce (Gordon) MacDougall Vollmar of Chillicothe, OH; Barbara

Jean (Terry) Hanson of Charlotte, MI; grandchild, Dena Lillian Sanders of Lansing; special niece and nephew Ava (William) Frisinger of Issaquah, WA and Robert (Diane) MacDougall of Huntley, IL; step-children, Terri Johnson of Eaton Rapids, Todd (Michelle) Cholthorp of Haslett, Timothy (Jill) Colthorp of Grand Rapids, Janet Bozeman of Eaton Rapids, James (Susanne) Colthorp of Eaton Rapids, Elizabeth (Mark) Trawczynski of Eaton Rapids; numerous other dear nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be 11 am Saturday, December 18, 2010 at First United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Contributions in Nathalie’s memory may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813, or The Kitten Nursery, 1432 E. Sherwood Rd., Williamston, MI 48895. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Alberta J. Command

 

   Alberta J. Command, 90, of Nashville, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. No services will be held.

 

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Annette S. Cooper

 

   Annette S. Cooper, age, 59, of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, March 27, 2010 unexpectedly at her home. Born August 24, 1950 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Donald and Dora (Williams) Chapman. Annette graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School in 1968. She worked 30 years in Parts Supply for General Motors retiring in January of 2007. She had a devoted work ethic at General Motors and with her local union the UAW local #1753 in Lansing. Annette loved animals, crossword puzzles, gardening, watching football and her neighbors. She was a strong supporter of Eaton Rapids School Athletics and loved music of all kinds especially Motown. Preceding her in death was her father, Donald.

   She is survived by her son, William Gabriel “Gabe” Cooper of Eaton Rapids; mother, Dora Chapman of Eaton Rapids; brother, Stephen Chapman of Eaton Rapids; lifelong friend and father of her son, Charles Cooper of Springport; her fuzzband, Boots; and Daisy May, BeeBee, Dude and Olivia; several nieces and nephews, aunt and uncle.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Max Williams, officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Humane Society in memory of Annette Cooper. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Don Copeland

 

   On August 11, 2010, our 1st born son, Don Copeland, went home to be with his Lord after a courageous fight with cancer. Born July 24, 1968, he was the oldest son of Hershel and Connie Copeland and Chris and Linda Wilkes.

   He is survived by his one true love, Misti Begeman, her children, Brielle and Richelle, whom he thought of as his own; his five brothers, Scott (Cherise), Mike (Missy), Joe (Dawn), Jesse and Cody. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Waiting for Donnie in his eternal home are his grandparents, Walter and Avene Copeland, Albert Duell and Mr. and Mrs. Hoadley.

   For those of you that know Donnie, he had a passion for bowling which was proven by having (2) “300” games. He also loved anything to do with computers and would help anyone who needed his expertise. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

   Services for Don have already been held.

 

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Merle D. Corbin

 

   Merle D. Corbin of Delton passed away February 6, 2010. Merle was born on December 212, 1930 to John Eldred and Anne (DeClercq) Corbin in Eaton Rapids MI. Merle worked at Union Camp and retired from Southern Container in Lancaster, PA as maintenance superintendent. He served his country in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He helped establish the Micro Midget race track in Eaton Rapids. His hobbies were fishing, bowling, driving race cars, collecting antique clocks, boxing, auctions, playing cards and reading and watching NASCAR. He was married to Leota Carpenter Corbin on November 3, 1953. They had 56 years together.

   He is survived by his wife, daughters, Karen Baty of Kalamazoo, Carol Pilmore of Elkhart, IN; son, Mark Corbin of PA; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Vincent of Lansing; sister-in-law, Connie Corbin and nieces and nephews. Special friends Larry and Marie Mony, Amanda and TJ Risner, Gerry and Diane Reau, Bernie and Karen Wilcox, Bob Finch of El Paso, TX and many dear friends in Lancaster, PA and others. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dan; son-in-laws, Jerry Pilmore and Mike Baty.

   At his request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate his life. Arrangements by Avink Funeral Home Cremation Society, Schoolcraft. www.avinkcremation.com.

 

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Sylvester C. Cornwell

 

   Sylvester C. “Vet” Cornwell, 86, of East Leroy, died Jan. 14, 2010 at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born March 19, 1923, the son of Joseph and Clarissa (Spencer) Cornwell in Battle Creek.

   After serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees, Vet returned to work for Michigan Bell Telephone as an installer and repairman in Bellevue and Olivet for 40 years, retiring in 1982.

   Vet was a member of the Pioneers and enjoyed reading, fishing and traveling.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Florence, Marie, Pauline, Carol and Muriel and brothers, Clayton and Earl.

   Vet is survived by his wife, Bernita (Spaulding) Cornwell; sons, Carl Joe (Nancy) Cornwell of Pickford, Mich., James C. (Cathie) Cornwell of Okeechobee, Fla.; seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and sister, Gertrude Beard of Battle Creek.

   Graveside services took place Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue with Pastor Virginia Heller, Bellevue United Methodist Church, officiating.

   The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home.

 

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Charles D. Crabtree

 

   Charles Darrah Crabtree, 83, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at his home in Eaton Rapids surrounded by his family and friends on Friday, March 12, 2010. Mr. Crabtree was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Elkhart, Ind., the son of Robert Darrah and Ardith M. (Reed) Crabtree.

   Mr. Crabtree was retired as a truck driver for Dowding Tools. Mr. Crabtree loved to fish, hunt and do crossword puzzles.

   He married Betty Lou Powers June 27, 1949.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Lou in 2007; and siblings: June Friend, Dale Crabtree, Elenor Waldron and Elsie Hine.

   He is survived by daughters, Sharon (Troy) Foster, Lou Ann (James) Primm; sons, Charles (Deb), Dale and Norman; 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren; and siblings, Hazel Bourdo, Reva Welker, Leo (Patricia) Youngs.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home.

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

 

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Sue A. Crews

 

   Sue A. Crews, 68, of Charlotte, died Monday, May 24, 2010. She was born August 11, 1941 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ralph and Peggy (Ryan) Jane.

   She is survived by her husband, Gary, and their children; Tammy (David) Partridge of Cedar Springs, Mich., Tracy (James) Bishop of Charlotte and Gary (Colleen) Crews of Baltimore, Md.; her mother, Peggy Jane; brothers, Bill (Bonnie) Jane of Perry, John (Linda) Jane of Charlotte; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Jane and twin brother, Donald Jane.

   Sue was an avid MSU fan who loved spoiling her grandchildren.

   Graveside services were held Thursday, May 27, 2010 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Pastor Darwin Kuhl officiating.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or the Eaton Community Hospice. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Charles “Chuck” E. Cribley

 

   Charles “Chuck” E. Cribley of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 81 died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at a Lansing Hospital. Born August 13, 1928 in Potterville, the son of Emanuel and Irene (Merrill) Cribley. Chuck was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1946. He retired as a Supervisor for General Motors Oldsmobile Division in Lansing. Chuck was an avid fisherman, summers and winters; he enjoyed playing cards with friends and family; but his greatest love was his family. Preceding him in death were brothers, Richard and Bill Cribley and sister, Louise Babcock.

   He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Jean; 3 children, Robert (June) Cribley of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Steve) Miller of Eaton Rapids and Dana (Jackie) Cribley of Lansing; 7 grandchildren, Chuck (Katy) Cribley of Eaton Rapids, Shaun (Kevin) Havert of Hudsonville, Tim (Shannon) White of Eaton Rapids, Jaye Miller of Eaton Rapids, Kasarah Preston of Eaton Rapids, Rob (Kim) Cribley of St. Johns and Shandra (Jacob) French of Charlotte; 14 great grandchildren; brother, Joe Cribley of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Betty Adkins of Charlotte and Clarabelle Scutt of Lake City; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Charles E. Cribley. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Gerald O. Cross

 

   Gerald Orla Cross, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children at the Eaton Community Hospice on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Jerry was born June 27, 1927 on the family farm in Montcalm County, Douglas Township, the fifth child of Orla and Alta (Comden) Cross.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Alger and Thelma Demorest; brothers, Howard (Ila), Theo (Barbara); sister, Loreen (Henry) Novenske; an infant sister and a granddaughter, Heather Cooper.

   He cared for his beloved wife, Alice, through her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and she preceded him in death in 1996. Jerry served as a Medical Corpsman in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He worked at Aluminum Extrusions for 38 years and helped neighbors on their farms for many years after his retirement. Jerry and Alice lived in their Otto Road home in Charlotte from 1954 until each of their respective passings. He raised many pigs, cattle, ponies, horses and mules and dearly loved his many dogs and cats. He loved to fish and hunt.

   Gerald is survived by his one remaining sibling Earl (Betty); his children, Sam (Kathy) Cross; Julie (Chuck) Cooper; Patty (Kevin) Braithwaite; grandchildren, Dave, Jon, Jim, Lisa and Bob Cross, Melissa Cooper and Tamara Little, Jessica, Daniel and Katie (Ryan Starkweather) Boucher; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Interment took place Monday, October 25 at Maple Hill Cemetery. Jerry has requested that there be no funeral service and that he be pulled to his final resting place by horses, a service which Steve Newman kindly agreed to provide.

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

 

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Rosamond “Rosie The Avon Lady” Cupp

 

   Rosamond “Rosie The Avon Lady” Cupp of Eaton Rapids, age 92, passed away in Eaton Rap[ids, April 2, 2010. She was born in Homer Twp. the daughter of Seth and Mary (Mead) Whitcomb. Rosie helped out on the family farm and raised 5 boys along with her husband Roy. She was a room mother for all of her boys and a 4-H leader for many years. Rosie enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening with her vegetables and flowers and was an Avon Lady for over 59 years.

   She is survived by her son, Leroy Cupp of Eaton Rapids, Karl (Anne) Cupp of Vermontville, Gordon (Carma) Cupp of Lansing, Gary Cupp of Eaton Rapids and Phillip (Teresa) Cupp of Tompkins Center; 12 grandchildren, Krystal, Adam, Jennifer, Lauri, Todd, Brian, Eric, Jordan, Nikki, Taylor, Charlie and Kent; 6 great grandchildren. Rosie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roy in 1991 and 2 brothers, Eugene and Seth Whitcomb.

   Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, with Pastor John Metcalf officiating. Interment will be at Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice, 2316 S. Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48910. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Alton Keith Curtis

 

   Alton Keith Curtis, age 49 of Eaton Rapids died March 20, 2010 unexpectedly at his residence. born September 17, 1961 in Norfolk, Virginia the son of Harold “Lonnie” and Diana (Brown) Curtis. Alton was the former manager of Mr. B’s Grocery Store in Eaton Rapids. He served in the Navy following graduation from Eaton Rapids High school. Alton was an active individual in Eaton Rapids who loved fishing and joking with friends.

   He is survived by his mother, Diana (Kenneth) Uhl of Mt. Juliet, TN; father, Lonnie (Judith) Curtis of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Lee (Laura) Curtis of Brighton, and Joshua (LeAnn) Curtis of Eaton Rapids; sister, Rebecca (Paul) Jackson of Oakland, CA; grandmother, Bette Brown of Mt. Juliet, TN; close friend, Jenny Crosby; 4 god-children, Brooke and Jordy Crosby, T.M. and Ace Russell; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Memorial services will be Saturday, March 27th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the service time. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association 2133 University Park Drive Okemos, MI 48864-5909. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Gilbert N. Cutter

 

   Gilbert Nelson Cutter, 74, joined his savior on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. Born May 23, 1935 to Ted and Bea Cutter, he spent his life giving to his family, church and community.

   Gil was devoted to his wife of 55 years Evelyn Cutter, a faithful member of Charlotte First Baptist Church and he retired from consumer Energy after more than 30 years. He proudly served his country

in the Michigan National Guard.

   He enjoyed bowling, was an avid golfer and never met a stranger. Gil will join his parents and granddaughter Ruth Cutter, who preceded him in death.

   Keeping his memories are Evelyn Cutter; children, Brenda (Jim) Caplan, Steve (Sue) Cutter, Lynda Fisher, Ken (Deb) Cutter; sisters, Joyce (Woody) Rooker and Carolyn Waterbury; grandchildren, Cassandra Fisher, Steve (Sarah) Cutter, Jamie Fisher, Rebekah (Brian) Shearer, Liz Cutter, Staci Cutter, David Caplan, Elizabeth Caplan and Sarah Cutter; great grandsons, Austen Cutter and Wyatt Shearer, along with a large extended family and special friends.

   Family and friends gathered to share at Pray Funeral Home, in Charlotte, on Thursday, Feb. 11. A celebration of his life was held at Charlotte First Baptist on Friday, Feb. 12. In memory of Gil, please consider a donation to Charlotte First Baptist or Great Lakes Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Rose Marie “Aunt B” D’Aloisio

 

   Rose Marie “Aunt B” D’Aloisio, East Lansing, was born to immigrant parents in Denver, Colo., on July 19, 1918. As a young girl, orphaned by the untimely loss of both parents, she lived with and was cared for by her older sister, Jeanette.

   Jeanette married Clarence Jerome Tinker on April 23, 1930 and they returned, with Aunt B, to his native state of Michigan. They moved to East Lansing on Sept. 13, 1935 where they lived together in the same home for over 70 years. Rose Marie graduated from Michigan State College in 1940 and Lansing Business Institute in 1941.

   She was employed by MSC in secretarial positions of increasing responsibility in Chemistry, Placement, and the Graduate School until 1960 when she left to serve Dr. Branford P. Millar, who was leaving MSU to become President of Portland State University. In 1971, following Dr. Millar’s retirement, she returned to MSU as Secretary to the Registrar until her own retirement in 1981. She was a loyal Spartan and proud to have held the same football tickets with her fellow Senior Secretaries, Ruth Jameyson and Barbara Hannah, for over 50 years. She helped innumerable students in need and willingly cared for a host of neighbors and friends.

   Rose Marie supported St. John’s Student Parish by faithful attendance and helped prepare the weekend collections for deposit every Monday for many years. Above all, she was an exemplary companion to the family and thankful for her many friends, particularly Margaret Beahan, Liz Schweitzer and the weekly meeting of the “Applebees”.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Fuschino of Denver, Colo.; nephew, David Warren Tinker in 1960; her beloved brother-in-law, Clarence J. Tinker in 1971; niece Mary Ann tinker, Md., in 1999; and sister, Jeanette in 2003. Surviving are her nephew, C.N. “Tom” (Janice Wheeler) Tinker of Buchanan Dam, Texas and Traverse City; grand niece, Jill Tinker (Churchell W. Duncan, III) Duncan and three grand nephews, Scott Wheeler (Allyson Andrews) Tinker, Mark Andrew (Kristen Male) Tinker and David Tinker (Diane) Gerulis; nine great grandnephews and nieces, Churchell W. Duncan, IV, Patrick Tinker Duncan, Nathan Scott Tinker, Claire Elizabeth Tinker, Harrison Andrew Tinker, Garrett Andrew Tinker and Addison Nichole Tinker; also nephews, Robert and Richard Fuschino of Denver, Colo. and their families; and her cat, “Gambit”.

   From the vantage point of nine decades, Aunt B looks back on a life of service. One that has known many joys, some deep sorrows but most important, devoted to her family, friends, employers and church. Private interment will be held in the summer of 2010. Online condolences may be sent to www.gorslineruncimanfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Rhea Viola Dandurand

 

   Rhea Viola Dandurand of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 73, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010. She was born in Ingham Co MI on April 14, 1937, the daughter of Cliffton James and Alma Lucille (Barthalamew) Dowding. Rhea was a homemaker. She loved to remodel the house and property. Rhea was an active member of the Eaton Rapids American Legion. She worked for IGA in the Bakery. Her hobbies included knitting and sewing.

   Rhea is survived by her daughters, Connie Erickson of Mason, Peggy (Scott DeBaun) Schnepp of Olivet; sons, James Schnepp of Eaton Rapids, Earl (Elaine) Schnepp of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Robert Pierce, Lisa (Rob) Backus, Michael Smith, Deven and Nicole DeBaun, James “Jake” Schnepp, Thomas and Sarah Schnepp; great grandchildren, Hope Pierce and Jackson Backus; 2 brothers, Robert and Clifton “Spike” (Sally) Dowding of Duck Lake, MI. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Schnepp and Hector Dandurand and 9 brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held on Monday June 28, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice, 2316 S. Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48910. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Gerald “Joe” Danek

 

   Gerald “Joe” Danek of Leslie, age 69, passed away in Eaton Rapids August 28, 2010. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, October 15, 1940 the son of Frank and Josephine (Dykas) Danek. He served in the US Marines in the Philippine Islands from 1959-1963. Joe retired from General Motors after 33 years of service. He was an avid bowler at Royal Scott Bowling Alley in Lansing. Joe loved to travel, play cards and was an excellent photographer.

   He is survived by his daughters, Mary Ellen (Ken) Ireland of Eaton Rapids, Susan Raye (John) Ziegler of Springport, Sandra Lee Danek of Lansing; special friend, Trish Wills of Battle Creek; 3 grandchildren, Cody J.D. Whittum, Katy C. Whittum, Mackenzie J.L.P. Tracy; 4 step grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Memorial services were held on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Pastor Ken Ridge officiated. Interment followed at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Calhoun Co. MI. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1433 Franklin St. Haslett, MI 48840. Those wishing may send online condolences to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Betty J. Danku

 

   Betty Jane (Baum) Danku, 84, of Delton, died April 23, 2010. Betty was born November 3, 1925 in Eaton County to Daniel and Goldie (Gettys) Baum. Betty worked as a shoe manager at Shoppers Fair from 1965 to 1975 and then worked for JC Penny 1976-1989. She was a former Burroughs School Board Member, in which she was a secretary and treasurer. She was an assistant leader in Girl Scouts in Johnston Township, a member of the Barry County Extension Club, and a member of the Valentine Center since 1991, which is now the Burnham Brook Center. Betty was also a member of the Pleasantview Family Church in Lacey. Betty is survived by her two children, Beatrice (Mike) Cole and Frank “Danny” (Sandra) Danku; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; one brother, James (Delores) Baum; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband, Francis “Frank” Danku in 1990 and her brothers, Francis Baum.

   Funeral services to celebrate Betty’s life were held Tuesday, April 27 at the Pleasantview Family Church, officiated by Rev. Steve Olmstead. Interment followed at Banfield Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in honor of Betty are asked to consider the Pleasantview Family Church, 2601 Lacey Rd., Dowling, MI 49050.

 

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Jimmie Davidson

 

   Jimmie Davidson passed away on May 4, 2010. He was born February 2, 1942 in Hazard Kentucky to Denny and Elizabeth Davison. Jim served 6 years in the Army and retired from General Motors. He had a passion for owning and restoring classic cars. You never knew what was coming up the driveway on the car trailer. He loved showing cars, selling car parts, swap meets, antiquing, garage sales, always with his wife right by his side. Always together, never apart. He was hard working, always busy. He couldn’t stand things un-done. He was very generous and always willing to give a helping hand. He made sure every grandchild or great grandchild rode on the tractor with him. When they came to visit, projects were put on hold. Papa wanted to spend “special” time with his “specials”. A favorite saying of Papa’s was, “Got your lifejacket on?” This was his way of showing he wanted them to be protected and loved.

   He is survived by 7 great kids, Jodi (Marlene Inglis) O’Connell, Mary Wilcox, LeighAnn (John) Cooper, Sandra (Dale) Ellison, Aaron (Missy) Achors, Jim (Ramia) Davidson, Greg (Patty) Davidson; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was the heart of his wife, Phyllis (Johnson) Davidson. “Although I’m not there by your side, my love for you will not ever subside. He’s answered Heaven’s call, but he knows that someday I’ll be coming and he’ll be waiting, and my heart will be complete again.”

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice in loving memory of Jim.

 

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Roger O. Davidson

 

   Roger O. Davidson, 45, of Newbery, Mich., formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Newberry. Roger was born June 9, 1965 in Charlotte, the son of Maynard and Betty (Tomlin) Davidson and had been a Newbery resident for 15 years. He was a 1983 Graduate of Charlotte High School and attended Mid-Michigan Community College at Harrison. He was currently employed as a Millright for the Louisiana-Pacific Corp. of Newberry and had been a Volunteer Fireman for the McMilan Fire Dept. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, outdoor activities and was involved in Antique Snow Mobile racing. He especially enjoyed time spent with his son.

   Surviving are: his son, Jacob Davidson of Newberry; his mother, Betty Jean Davidson of Charlotte; two brothers, Steve (Donna) Davidson of Charlotte and Allen (Wendy) Davidson of Kewadin and two nieces, Dawn (Ryan) Sevenski and Julie (Kris) Somers.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Maynard Davidson.

   Funeral services were held Friday, October 8, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor John Bailey officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may go to a fund for Roger’s son Jacob. Checks made payable to Jacob Davidson, C/O Independent Bank, 129 Lansing St. Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Kris Davis

 

   Kris Davis, 49, of Charlotte, MI died Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Mr. Davis was born May 17, 1961 in Lansing, MI the son of Romaine and Eugina (English) Davis.

   He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Davis of Lansing; son, Kyle (Amber) Davis of Lansing; daughter, Jessica Gilman of Battle Creek; 3 grandchildren; brother, Kim (Peggy) Davis; sister, Roxanne (John) Ripley and step-mother, Kim Davis. He was preceded in death by his father, Romaine “Abe” Davis.

   Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Ronald “Woodsy Owl” Davis

 

   Ronald “Woodsy Owl” Davis of Eaton Rapids, age 57, passed away in Eaton Rapids, January 28, 2010. He was born in Lansing April 23, 1952, the son of Robert and Rose Marie (Scott) Davis. Ronald graduated in 1971 from Everett High School in Lansing. He retired from General Motors in 2001 and was also a member of the UAW. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   Ronald is survived by his daughters, Shelly Marie Davis of Eaton Rapids, Becky (Josh) Mollette of Charlotte; son, Ronald (Tanya) Davis of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Brandon, Savannah and Abigail Davis, Ashley Davis, Jordan Hagerty, Kameron Marr, all of Eaton Rapids, Austin, Dallas and Brandon Mollette of Charlotte; mother, Rose Marie Walker; 6 brothers. He was preceded in death by his father.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, January 31, 2001 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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William I. “Bill” Davis

 

   William Irving “Bill” Davis, 64, of Bellevue, died December 16, 2010 at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born November 23, 1946, the son of Irvin C. Davis and Hazel (Woodhams) Hurt in Battle Creek.

   Bill graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Bill married Joyce Farkas in Battle Creek on Sept. 3, 1966. He worked as the Divisional Manager electrician with Delta Electric in Lansing and as an electrician with Leet Electric of Kalamazoo for a total of thirty three years retiring in 2003.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Farkas) Davis of Bellevue; daughter, Sheri (Kirk) Hyde of Bellevue; granddaughter, Dakota Hyde; his mother, Hazel Hurt of Bronson; brothers, Bob Davis of Dillingham, Alaska and Mick (Stephanie) Davis of Bronson. Bill is also survived by his nephews, Adam, Paul and Craig Davis. He was preceded in death by his father.

   Bill loved motorcycles, sprint cars, hunting, vacationing in Florida and deep sea fishing. He enjoyed watching wildlife and being outdoors. He was a member of the I.B.E.W., American Motorcycle Association, NRA and Ducks Unlimited.

   The family received friends on Monday, December 20, 2010 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Bellevue First Baptist Church, where memorial services took place at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Bellevue First Baptist Church or the Humane Society of Eaton County.

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

   www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Clifford “Tuke” Dawson Jr.

 

   Clifford “Tuke” Dawson Jr. of Eaton Rapids, age 86, passed away October 13, 2010. He was born November 15, 1923 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Clifford and Vina (Miller) Dawson. Clifford retired from Eaton Stamping after 30 years of service. He enjoyed going to the lake, fishing, hunting and bowling. Clifford belonged to Miller’s coffee “liars club”.

   He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Dawson of Eaton Rapids; sons, Kenneth R. Reed of Leslie, Michael J. (Carolyn) Reed of Leslie, William C. (Joyce) Dawson of Eaton Rapids; 16 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Passick) Dawson in 1995 and his parents.

   Funeral services were held October 16, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Pastor Steve Klink officiated. Interment followed at Munger Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Louise M. Day

 

   Louise M. Day, 84, died May 30, 2010. Louise was born November 12, 1925 in Ypsilanti, MI, the daughter of Ray and Minnie (Richter) Wright.

   Louise was young at heart and had a wonderful sense of humor. We will all miss her laughter and wisdom. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, computer games and email. She loved being a grandmother and great grandmother.

   She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, George Day; 6 children, Martha (Ken) Powelson of Charlotte; George (Rose) Day of Scottsdale, AZ; Lorraine (Carl) Burton of Charlotte; Diane Day of Okemos; Pat (Bev) Day of Charlotte and Jennifer (Ed) Dunton of Tega Cay, SC; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; brothers Paul Wright of Jonesville, MI; and Ray (Fay) J. Wright of Willis, and sister Ella Parsons of Fredericksburg, MD; sisters-in-law, Barbara (George) Carpenter of Ann Arbor; Marie (David) Laskey of Milan, MI; June Hutting of Whitmore Lake; Rose (Rick) Recchia of Willis; brothers-in-law Joseph Day of Bradenton, FL and Roger (Claudia) Day of Manchester. She is also survived by numerous friends, especially her many friends at the Eaton Place. She is predeceased by her stillborn Son, Liam Day; parents Ray and Minnie Wright; sisters, Mildred and Donna and adopted sister Arlene.

   Funeral services were Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home. Interment will be at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Tuesday, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Zelma DeHaan

 

   Zelma (Yeager) DeHaan, 100, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Mrs. DeHaan was born ay 25, 1909 in Belgium and arrived in the United States in March of 1920.

   She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, Class of 1931 and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Class of 1935. She joined the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in 1926 and was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Naomi Circle.

   She was married to Henry DeHaan in 1937 and he preceded her in death in 1970.

   Survivors include friends, cousins, nieces and nephews, including cousin, Jacquelyn Pulford of Holt and special friend, Sharon Martin of Traverse City.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, April 3, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church or to Eaton Community Hospice. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Myrtle Isabell Delano

 

   Passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at the age of 95. Born June 27, 1915 to Lewis and Blanche (Dennis) Dietrich in Alma, Michigan.

   Myrtle graduated from Mason High School. She married her husband of 65 years Rollin Delano, and had 3 children that she raised in Eaton Rapids. Myrtle enjoyed spending her time in the garden, sewing, playing bingo, and taking deer hunting trips up north with her husband. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Rollin, and granddaughter; Colleen Converse.

   Myrtle is survived by her three children; Patricia (Jerry) Crandell, Dave Delano, and Gloria Delano, 10 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 1 great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

   A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. from the Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie, MI. For online condolences please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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John “Jack” Dempsey

 

   John “Jack” Dempsey of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Adrian, age 77, passed away at his home, Thursday, April 15, 2010. He was born in Adrian, MI, January 7, 1933, the son of Bernard and Helen (Keebler) Dempsey. Jack was a 1952 graduate of Adrian Highs School. He went on to attend Adrian College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in science. He worked for General Motors Fisher Body and retired in 1995 after 19 years of service. Jack served his country during the Korean War from 1952-1954. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Adrian.

   Jack is survived by his wife Joan (Beels) Dempsey of Eaton Rapids; children, Jeanine Cowles of Dimondale, Jennifer (Allen) Kerby of Eaton Rapids, John W. Dempsey Jr. of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Cowles, Krista, Brandon and Austin Kerby; brother, Thomas Dempsey of Adrian; sister, Patricia (Robert) Ward of Adrian. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Kevin Cowles.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 19, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Father Alan Wakefield officiated. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of your choice, the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, 201 Grand St. Eaton Rapids or the Food for the Poor Inc. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.shellyodell.com.

   The family would like to thank Great Lakes Home Healthcare and Hospice for the wonderful care given to Jack.

 

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Lee L. Denniston

 

   Lee L. Denniston Sr., 74, went home peacefully on December 7, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was born on May 20, 1936 to A.M. and Leah (Steinhuff) Denniston. Lee graduated from Olivet High School. He was a machinist for the United States Air Force. He retired in 2000, moving back to Marshall shortly after retirement from San Antonio, Texas. Lee liked working in his garden, riding his “little tractors” and working on small engines. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Lee is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane (Gallihugh); four children, Lee L. Denniston Jr., of Olivet, Jim (Terrie) Denniston of Charlotte, Brenda (Jerry) Grosselin, of Cincinnati and Barbara (Jerry) Alvarado of San Antonio. He had 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by one son, Douglas Paul Denniston, his parents, six brothers and four sisters.

   At the request of his family, friends will be received on Friday, Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek. The funeral service to celebrate Lee’s life will e held on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor James Codde officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

 

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Eula M. Deuel

 

   Eula M. Deuel of Springport, age 99, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the Albion Tender Care Health Center. She was born in Walton Township, Eaton County on July 24, 1910, the daughter of Claude and Lela (Horn) Crampton. Eula graduated from Olivet High School in 1929 and attended nurses training at the Stimson Hospital in Eaton Rapids. She married Marvin Deuel, Sr. in 1936. They moved to a small farm in Springport. She was fond of their horses, cats, dogs and climbing roses. Eula was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Maynard.

   Left to cherish her memory, are: sons, Marvin Jr. (Loretta) of Bergheim, TX and Randal of Albion. She was grandmother to Kambi and Kirby Deuel of Texas and Ronnie Deuel of Homer. Also, great grandmother to: Nicollett Evana Deuel.

   Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Theda I. Devenbaugh

 

   Theda Irene Devenbaugh, 92, of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Mrs. Devebaugh was born Sept. 27, 1917 in Chester Township, the daughter of Leon and Zella (Williams) Loveland.

   Mrs. Devebaugh was retired from St. Lawrence Hospital and worked on the maternity floor.

   She was a member of the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Devebaugh in 2004; son, Gary Devenbaugh and son-in-law, David Taylor.

   She is survived by her seven children, Janet (Bruce) Carpenter, Norma Jean (Albert) Sharp, June (Marshall) McIntire, Jolene (Terry) McCullough, Kolene (Dennis) Dubendorf, Jerry (Candice) Devenbaugh and Joel (Debbie) Devenbaugh; 21 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, 26 great-great grandchildren and her sister, Frances (Ed) Carpenter and brother, Dale Loveland.

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 23, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Duane Royston officiating.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Madeline L. Dillin

 

   Madeline L. Dillin, 91, of Charlotte, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2010. She was born May 21, 1919 in Eaton County, the daughter of Thomas and Elsie (Towe) Dillin. She will be remembered by many local people as a clerk at G.C. Murphy’s dime store in downtown Charlotte until her retirement in 1981.

   She was a fan of making arts and crafts, demonstrating her abilities as a seamstress, making dolls and teddy bears. She also loved the games of Bingo and Solitaire.

   She is survived by her sister, Maxine (William) Davis, of Charlotte, and her niece Cheryl Burns of Grand Ledge.

   Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 27, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Thomas Edward Dillin

 

   Thomas Edward Dillin, age 66 of Hastings, Michigan passed away, Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at his residence. He was born November 11, 1943 in Jackson, Michigan the son of Charles E. and Lillian E. (Higdon) Dillin. Thomas attended school in Eaton Rapids. He was a self employed construction worker. Thomas served his country during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. He married Sheryl (Walton) Dillin on June 4, 2000. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, puzzles and mushroom hunting. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents Charles E. and Lillian E. (Higdon) Dillin.

   He is survived by his wife of 10 yrs. Sheryl Dillin of Hastings, MI, mother of his children, Carol Getter, sons, Tom (Pam) Dillin, Marty and Eddie Dillin, daughter, Michelle (David) Steele of North Carolina, daughter, Tina (Dave) Buckner of Eaton Rapids, MI, stepdaughters Linda (Carl) Wood of Indiana, Norma Armstrong of Bradley and Jennifer (Joe) Kruger of Hastings, MI, sisters, Diane (Terry) Chappel, Rosalie (Chick) Harmon of Eaton Rapids, 4 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, 7 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great grandchildren, 2 nephews, 2 nieces, 4 great nephews, his extended in-law family, beloved and constant companions his dog “Brat” and Kiki his cat.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Respecting his wishes no services will be held. Arrangements are by the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. You may leave a message or memory to the family @ www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

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John H. Dodge

 

   John H. Dodge died March 5, 2010 at the age of 60. He was born Feb. 8, 1950. He was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School and Northwood Institute.

   John was a self-employed entrepreneur, who started in business at Uncle John’s Pancake House, owned the Indian Head Motel in Williamston, The Doge House, Sneekers and Eddie O’Flynn’s Restaurants. He was an instructor of hospitality and business and mentored interns at Lansing Community College for 30 years. He was a member of the Michigan Restaurant Association from 1983-2003, holding various committee chairs and PAC outings. In 2000, John received the highly regarded Michigan Restaurant Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He enjoyed the monthly Twofers Club and served as president of both the MSU Rebounders and the Midway Optimists.

   For over two decades, John played an important role in the Michigan golf industry. He has been a golf course owner, member and president of the board of directors of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association and, 11 years ago, joined the Association’s staff as Government Affairs Coordinator. In 1998, he was honored by the industry with the Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award. John helped create the Scott Family Educational Support Foundation for the MGCOA and formed and managed the government affairs department for the Association. He had been a mentor for many in the golf business and beyond. John was instrumental in founding Timber Ridge, Hawk Hallow and El Dorado Golf Courses and the Majestic in Hartland, Mich. He was the facilitator for two CEO groups which became very important to him.

   Many friends refer to him as a gentle giant, and he was also known for his community and charity work. He loved life in Lansing and at the lake house in Canada. His message to all was “Carpe Diem” (Seize the Day) and he did just that.

   He was preceded in death by his father Howard.

   He will be sorely missed by his many friends and his wife and best friend, Diane; sons, Charlie (Kelli Bressette, Gabe Leland) Doge and Ben (Tristen) Dodge, and grandchildren, Wil, Owen and Harper Dodge; his mother, Jane Dodge; puppies, Puggie and Sparky; sisters, Carol and Sue (Willis) Bennett and their children Katy and Claire; brother, Bill (Judy) Dodge and their children Travis and Leah.

   A celebration of his lie will be held at Eagle Eye Golf Course on Chandler Road in East Lansing on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 4 p.m. Ties are optional.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to the John Dodge Memorial Endowment Fund for the Greater Lansing Food Bank, in care of the Capital Region Community Foundation, 6035 Executive Dr., Suite 104, Lansing, MI 48911.

   The family is being served by Gorsline  Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at www.gorslineruncimaneastlansing.com.

 

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Chad Phillip Dowell

 

   Age 36 died unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Born December 22, 1973 in Charlotte the son of Jeffrey and Onalee Kendall. Chad was employed by Dart Industries in Mason as a Data Programmer. Chad had a very close relationship with his Lord and at one time thought of pursuing the ministry. He always thought of others and was very generous. He had a great love for Mountain Dew and Reidy’s breadsticks. Preceded in death by an infant sister, Raelynn Parish.

   Surviving are his wife, Annebell; parents, Jeffrey and Onalee Kendall; brothers, Tommy Perry and Robbie Perry; sister, Dannielle Parish; grandmother, Myrna Kendall; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Friday, November 12, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Randy Royston, officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12:00 noon until service time at 1:00 p.m. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Richard C. Dowling

 

   Richard C. Dowling, 60, of Springport, died Monday, December 6, 2010. He was born August 7, 1950 in Wilmington, Del., the son of Thoma and Evelyn (Cornwell) Dowling. He was the owner and operator of Executive Job Search specialist.

   He is survived by wife, Cheryl; daughters, Karin Dowling and Christine Dowling; son, Thomas Cornell Dowling; sisters, Barabara (Jim) Britt of Pennsylvania and Martha Hudak of Delaware; in-laws, Ruth and Dean Harris of Linden, Mich. and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

   Funeral services were held Thursday Dec. 9 at the First congregational Church in Charlotte with Reverend Phil Hobson officiating. Interment will be in Dodgeville, Wisc.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The First Congregational Church, Eaton Community Hospice, or Charlotte Rotary Club Project. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneralhome.com.

 

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Eugene F. Dudley

 

   Eugene (Gene) Francis Dudley, 82, died October 9, 2010, in Sarasota, Fla. after a long battle with cancer. gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maryellen Koch, his daughters, Thais Mishler (Dennis), Laurie Dudley (Peter Cronin), Julie Wilson (Denny) and a son  Doug (Mary Lou); eight grandchildren, Joel Mishler (Judy), Mara Braegelmann (Jason, Michael Mishler, Kaitlyn Curtin (Tommy), Sean Dudley (Margaret), Brendan Dudley, Jake Wilson and Jenna Wilson and nine great grandchildren and a sister, Eileen Horn of Fremont, Ohio.

   He is pre-deceased by his parents, Clarence and Corrine Dudley, sisters Mary Louise and Irma (Haaser) and brother, Leonard “Mose” Dudley. He and Maryellen spent many years caring for her parents, Virgie and Paul Roberts.

   Prior to living in Sarasota, Gene was a longtime resident of Charlotte and the owner/operator of Maeward Inc. in Olivet.

   Gene enjoyed great success as a key member of the 1944-45 Bellevue, Ohio state champion high school basketball team. That group of “Whiz Kids” finished a perfect 25-0. Dudley was named All-Ohio for his efforts. He went on to star at Bowling Green State University where he went to the NIT tournament twice and still holds the BGSU school record for the most games played. He was inducted in to the Bellevue High School Hall of Fame in 2005.

   Gene served in the Army during WWII but was not deployed overseas. While in the service he played quarterback, basketball and baseball for the 9th Infantry Regiment.

   Gene was an avid golfer, having spent many years as a member of the Charlotte Country Club and continued to play regularly in Florida. He “shot his age” earlier this year and played as recently as August.

   Gene was appreciated by his family and friends as a kind, fun and generous gentleman. He will be dearly remembered and missed by all.

   Visitation will be held at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 3 to 6 p.m. The funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 1, 2010 at Gene’s home parish for 28 years, St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte with Reverend Father Douglas Osborn. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Maple Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Janet Durst

 

   Janet Durst, born June 13, 1920, of Jackson, went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 at the age of 89, under the care of her care giver Laura Ford and the staff at the Hospice House. Janet battled cancer for the past few years.

   She will be remembered in the Jackson area as editor for 32 years at the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

   Her career began at age 16 in teaching at the Ingham County Normal in Mason. After leaving the field of education, five years later was employed at Abrams Instrument Corporation, then bookkeeping at Michigan National Bank. After receiving her degree in 1948 from Michigan State University, she worked at the Ingham County News in Mason. In 1958 she and Donald Durst were married on Oct. 11. With her marriage to Donald she inherited her stepson, Ron (Joyce Apple) Durst. She now has three grandchildren; and great grandchild; and one great-great grandchild. Janet was a long time member of the Aurelius Baptist Church in Mason. She will be deeply missed by her multitude of family and friends.

   She was predeceased by her parents, John W. and Esther Herman, and her brother, John Herman.

   She is survived by her sister, Margret (Hemans) Glazko of Ann Arbor, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Feb. 13 at Wetherby Funeral Home with the Rev. Milan Maybee officiating.

   Contributions may be made to Allegiance Hospice or to the Charity of your choice. Friends can share a memory with the family at www.wetherbyfuneralhome.com.www.Mlie.com/obits.

 

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Pamela Jean Dziewiatkowski

 

   Pamela Jean Dziewiatkowski of Portland, formerly of Eaton Rapids passed away Friday, August 6, 2010 at the age of 65. Born July 4, 1945 to Otto and Clara Cusisk in Lansing, Michigan. Pam was a cosmetology teacher for Eastern, Everett and Hill High Schools in Lansing. While working she was a member of various clubs and organizations in the Lansing School District as well as in the Sebring and Avon Park area in Florida. Preceding her in death were her parents and son, John.

   Surviving are her husband, John Dziewiatkowski; sons, Jason (Shannan) Dziewiatkowski, Joshua (Racheal) Dziewiatkowski; daughter, Katina (Oscar Mansilla) Dziewiatkowski; brother, Michael (Susie) O’Shea; sister, Susan Norris; 6 grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at St. Peter Catholic Church. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes at 2285 Breton Industrial Park Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 in Pam’s name. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Dale J. Eaton

 

   Dale J. Eaton, 75, of Bellevue, died May 10, 2010 at Battle Creek Health System.

   He was born February 26, 1935, the son of Louis and Lucille (Roscoe) Eaton in Brookfield, Michigan.

   Dale graduated from Bellevue High School and then joined the United States Air Force with active duty from March 1952 until March 1956. He was an electronic technician with Allman TV from 1960-1985. He then drove truck with Behnke Trucking for 13 years retiring in 1999.

   Dale was married to Bernice A. “Bobbi” Eaton in 1955. She preceded him in death on February 16, 2010. He is survived by two sons, Rand (Jean) Eaton of Bellevue and Dale (Jody) Eaton of Battle Creek; two grandsons, Wes and Tim; brothers, Daniel L. Eaton of Battle Creek and Lawrence Eaton of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.

   Dale attended Bellevue United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, being outside with nature, and feeding all wildlife. Most of all, he loved his family.

   A memorial service for Dale and Bobbi Eaton will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Bellevue United Methodist Church with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating.

   Memorial donations may be made to Good Samarian Hospice Residence.

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

www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Harold C. Eaton

 

   Harold C. Eaton, age 76, died Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at his residence with family by his bedside. Born January 23, 1934 in Vicksburg the son of Jay and Leona (Thomas) Eaton.

   Harold was the 7th child of 17 children in the Eaton family. He was a lifelong Carpenter and for many years was self employed. A member of the Carpenters Union #1004 out of Jackson, MI. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

   Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Phyliss; son, Terry (Janie) Eaton of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Debbie Eaton of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Mark (Lorie) Eaton of Dimondale; 4 great grandchildren, Austin, Sienna, Brennan and Carson Eaton; his faithful companion Bitsy and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Monday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Great Lakes Hospice at 865 S. Cedar St. Mason, MI 48854 in memory of Harold Eaton. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Thomas J. (Butch) Ebright

 

   Thomas J. (Butch) Ebright, age 75, of Springport, MI, joined his wife of 50 some years Ruth Ann Ebright (Barratt) in heaven on October 71, 2010. Tom loved the outdoors, farming, gardening, fishing and sports, wrestling, basketball, football (Go MSU). He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Ruth, Ann Ebright, both parents and two sisters, Eleanor Harmon of Springport and Lorraine Miller of Holt.

   He will be sadly missed by his children, Penny Warner, Timothy Ebright and Amy Moore of Springport. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family and friends. He is survived by sisters Ronnie Goodnoe, Carrie Nelson and Delores Nickles.

   A celebration of life will e held at Springport VFW Hall at 2:00 p.m. on November 6, 2010. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to VFW in care of family to help with expenses occurred. Special thanks to Jackson Allegiance Hospice for all their kindness and patience.

 

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Larry J. Ekins

 

   Larry J. Ekins of Onondaga, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, while surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the age of 68.

   Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Diane (Howe) Ekins; three children, Shari (Randy) Robinson, Mary (Jack) Zietz, and Martin Ekins; four grandchildren, Brandi (Andy) Curl, Mitch (Nikita) Robinson, Adam Ryan and Kenneth Upp; one great grandson, Cooper Cur; one sister, Donna (John) Kapustka; three brothers, Dick (Elanor), Steve (Suzanne) and Ron (Sheila) Ekins, and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruby (Olney) Ekins and a great grandson, Zavier Robinson. He was a member of the Child’s Bible Church and was very active with the church. Larry also served many people by working on cars and doing carpentry work.

   Funeral services were held at the Child’s Bible Church on Monday, May 24, 2010. Pastor John Isham officiated. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Child’s Bible Church, 3985 Crain Rd., Onondaga, MI 49264. J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie Chapel.

 

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Kylie M. Erdman

 

   Kylie Marie Erdman, of Portland, passed away at Hospice House of Mid Michigan Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 with her family by her side.

   She was born May 17, 1979 in Hastings, daughter of Gary Lee Erdman and Jackie L. (Cassel) Mulholland.

   Kylie embraced the challenge of having Huntington Disease with grace and dignity and lived her life to the fullest.

   She lit our hearts with her smile, and now she is brightening the heavens.

   Preceding her in death are her father, Gary L. Erdman; grandparents, Fred Erdman, Ruth Petrie, Joseph and Audrey Cassel; great aunt, Charlene and uncle, Jack DeHaan.

   Surviving are her parents, Jackie and Craig Mulholland of Sunfield; sisters, Amy Erdman of Ann Arbor, Danielle (Craig) Bull of DeWitt; grandparents, Dale Petrie of Sunfield, Lucille Bos of Grand Ledge; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday Jan. 27, 2010 at the Sunfield United Brethren Church.

   Contributions may be made to: Kylie M. Erdman Scholarship Fund, C/O RFH PO Box 36 Sunfield, MI 48890.

   Interment was in the East Sebewa Cemetery.

   Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.legacy.com.

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

 

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Marguerite I. Evans

 

   Marguerite I. Evans, age 88, a lifelong resident of Bellevue, passed away on February 7, 2010 at Hinds Hospice Home in Fresno, Calif. after suffering a sudden illness.

   Marguerite was born February 14, 1921, in Bellevue. She was a lifelong and active member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. She took great pride that her father helped build the original little church and she participated in most activities of the church right up until leaving for California in October 2009 to stay with her daughter. She enjoyed helping design one of the stained glass windows in the new church. Her faith, friends and her little church were most important in her life.

   Marguerite retired from the Kellogg Company and was a member of the 25 Year Club. She was a past member of the ETC. Club and a book club. She supported all the activities of her children as they grew. She knitted many a dishcloth and enjoyed gifting her friends. Marguerite was an excellent cook and made the best apple pie. She was an avid reader and had a beautiful prayer life. She always had a garden and took great pride in her flowers and vegetables.

   Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth; stepmother, Rosa; brothers, Harry, Joseph and John; her husband, Leonard Evans Jr. in 1990; sons, Leonard Evans III in 1971, Michael C. Evans in 1986 and Edward A. Evans in 2003.

   She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann Adams (J. Gary) of Madera, Calif.; she was the grandmother of Peter Jon Adams of Bremerton, Wash., Angela M. Garcia of Madera, Calif., and Derek E. Evans of Muskegon and was the great grandmother of six.

   A Memorial Mass for Marguerite will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. Inurnment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 312 South Main Street, Bellevue, MI 49021 or Hinds Hospice, 1616 West Shaw Avenue Suite A-5, Fresno, CA 93711.

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

 

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Abbie Lynn Fears

 

   Abbie Lynn Fears, of Eaton Rapids, loving daughter of Mary Gleason and James Fears, found peace Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 after a courageous three year battle with breast cancer.

   Abbie was a 2007 Baker College graduate, and was employed as an Office Manager for Kelley Cawthorne, a position she was extremely proud of. She was a passionate mother and a wonderful sister and daughter. Abbie enjoyed spending time with her family, camping, Detroit Tigers Baseball, and photography. She was also very active as a Cub Scout mother to pack #653.

   She was preceded in death by her infant son, Jayce.

   Surviving are her mother, Mary and father, James; three sons, Austin, Shyre and Quentin; two sisters, Valerie and Erin; two brothers, Michael and Edward; nieces and nephews, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins; best friend Bren, Ginny, Tischa and Margaret.

   Special thanks to Eaton Community Hospice for their wonderful care, support and hospitality, many thanks to the Kelley Cawthorne co-workers and friends.

   Memorial celebration of Abbie’s Life will take place this spring. The family is being served through 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 in memory of Abbie. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Glenn E. Fincham

 

   Glenn E. Fincham, 91, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Mr. Fincham was born April 24, 1919 in Mabie, WV the son of Alva and Virginia (Waldron) Fincham.

   Mr. Fincham was a baker, coal miner, worked at the Atomic Energy Plant in Ohio, was a mechanic for Nelson Chemical then retired as a millwright from Detroit Diesel. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Spica. Mr. Fincham was a devout Christian and faithful member of the Victory Baptist Church in South Boardman, MI.

   He is survived by his son, Glenval (Judy) Fincham and daughter, Mary Alice (Bob) VaVerka; grandchildren, Susan (Pat) Authement, Ann (Dan)Roiter; 2 great-grandchildren, Devin and Amanda; sister, Juanita Vargo; half-sister, Nataline Jacobson and half-brother, Alva “Gene” Fincham. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Fincham; sister, Geneva Ankrom and half-sister, Nancy Vargo.

   Graveside services were 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2010 at South Boardman Cemetery, South Boardman, MI with Pastor McQueen of Victory Baptist Burch officiating. Visitation was Friday, October 15, 2010 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or the Victory Baptist Church, South Boardman, MI. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Jeffrey A. Fisk

 

   Jeffrey A. Fisk, 47, was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

   He was born January 27, 1963 in Battle Creek to Alan and Joyce (Gillies) Fisk. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1981 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for thirteen years attaining the rank of Sergeant. Jeff was an over-the-road truck driver for Yellow Transportation for 13 years. He enjoyed hunting, reading and being with his family.

   Surviving are his mother, Joyce Fisk of Holland; sisters, Mary Lynn Bederke of Fennville, Lori Ann Roudebush of Oxford; nieces Kristy (Nick) VanSickle and Jenni Rombaugh; nephews, David A. Hindenach, Jason A. Hindenach and Mark A. Roudebush. He was preceded in death by his father, Alan Fisk.

   A graveside memorial service took place 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue. Memorials may be made to the Charity of one’s choice.

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

www.shawfuneralhome.com

 

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Douglas B. Foglesong

 

Douglas B. Foglesong, of Eaton Rapids, passed away at home March 24, 2010 surrounded by family. Doug was born Sept. 11, 1948 in Alma, Michigan., to the late Bert E. and Yvonne E. (Browne) Foglesong.

   He was a United States Army Vietnam Veteran and retired computer analyst for the State of Michigan. Doug was an avid softball and volleyball player.

   He was preceded in death by sister, Betty Switzer and father-in-law, Roy Williams.

   He is survived by his loving wife of over 26 years, Anita S.; children, Brian (Jackie) Foglesong of Olivet, Brent Foglesong of Marshall, Tony (Shar) McCall of Charlotte, and Eric (Dawn) McCall of Ypsilanti; seven grandchildren; sister, Sandra (Randy) Guild of Grand Ledge and mother-in-law, Lila Williams of Dimondale.

   Funeral service was held Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Holiham-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge with the Reverend Brad Rickard of Hospice Advantage officiating. Interment followed at Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing, with military honors.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences and guestbook entries online at    www.holihanatkin.com.

 

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Willard W. Fox

 

   Willard W. Fox, 90, of Eaton Rapids, passed away at his home on April 8, 2010. He was born April 1, 1920 in Charlotte, to Jesse and Beatrice (Lightner) Fox.

   He lived in Kalkaska, Mich., for many years where he met his bride of 68 years, Winifred Maxine Cross. Willard was a farmer, refrigeration/maintenance man for Miller Dairy Farms for 26 years and retired from Ingham Regional Medical Center in 1993 as a power plant operator. He enjoyed working side by side with his wife, farming, raising sheep and chickens and giving away and selling eggs and hay.

   The family would like to express their appreciation for the kind and loving support from McLaren Hospice, especially Joan, Missy and Stephany. They would also like to thank Willard’s caregivers, Mark Whitaker and family, Steve Murray, Ralph Murray, Lynette Allen, Frank Jonson, Tiffany Rich and Jackie Johnson. Mary nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors will miss his witty sense of humor.

   He was preceded in death by his loving wife Winifred in 2008. Willard is survived by his son, Dean (Nancy) Box of Wheatfield, Ind.; grandson, troy (Dawn) Fox; granddaughter, Tina (Ed) Harrington; great-grandchildren, Zachary Fox, Stefani Giebudowski, Devin and Teri Harrington; brother, Dale (Mary) Fox of Eaton Rapids; nieces, Janice (Gary) Mahan of Eaton Rapids and Carolyn Goff of Florida. Funeral services were held Monday, April 12, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Minister Lonnie Cox officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ele’s Place, 600 W. St. Joseph Ste. 1G, Lansing, MI.; or the Greater Lansing Food Bank, PO Box 16224, Lansing, MI. in memory of Willard Fox.

 

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Illah J. French

 

   Illah J. French, 85, of Nashville, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. Mrs. French was born July 22, 1925 in Evart, Mich., the daughter of Frank and Susan Agnes (Church) Carpenter.

   Mrs. French was formerly employed by Maple Valley Pharmacy as a pharmacy clerk.

   Mrs. French is predeceased by two grandchildren; her brother Orby Carpenter, Howard “Howdie” (Laurel) Carpenter, Berton (Mary) Carpenter, Rholland “Archie” (Cora) Carpenter, Lawrence “Frecks” (Tonie) Carpenter; sisters, Sarah “Iona” (John), Francis “Francie” (Norma), Alice (Oscar), Oren (Dorothy); sister-in-law, Patricia Carpenter, and brother, Harry. She is survived by her husband, Lyle French; her daughters, Christine (Ronald) Robins, Sharon (Michael) Nault and her son Abe (Angela) French; grandchildren, Gary (Nicole) Cox, Patrick (Tonya) Robins, Austin French, Erin French, Amber (Dylan) Frashier, Jesilyn (Nathan) Shelton, Amanda Robins; step-grandchildren, Kristen Sprague, Colleen Nault, Joseph Parson; six great-granddaughters and four great-grandsons; brothers John Carpenter, Edwin (Frances) Carpenter; sister-in-law, Evelyn Carpenter and brother, Bruce (Mick) (Janet) Carpenter.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating.

    If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Lyle W. French

 

   Lyle W. French, 89, of Nashville, died Tuesday March 23, 2010. Mr. French was born Jan. 26, 1921 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Robert and Ethel (Humphrey) French.

   He is preceded in death by his wife, Illah in 2010; two grandchildren; parents; brothers TJ (Minerva) French, Alfred French; sisters, Elva (Orlo) Jersey, Lula Cora (Clarence) Whitmore, Pearl (Philo) Squired, Helena (Russell) Jordan, Nyla (Walters) Hughes and Martha (Charles) Miller.

   He is survived by his daughters, Christine (Ronald) Robins, Sharon (Michael) Nault; son, Abe (Angela) French; grandchildren, Gary (Nicole) Cox, Patrick (Tonya) Robins, Austin French, Erin French, Amber (Dylan) Frashier, Jesilyn (Nathan) Shelton, Amanda Robins; step-grandchildren, Kristen Sprague, Colleen Nault, Joseph Parsons; six great-granddaughters; four great-grandsons and sister-in-law, Marie French.

   Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 1-3 p.m. just prior to the service.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com

 

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Richard “Butch” Fuller

 

   We lost our best friend, dad, brother, uncle, ‘Papa’, Richard “Butch” Fuller on December 8, 2010 at the age of 61. He fought a courageous battle against Melanoma of the eye, liver and lungs. He loved life and had a passion for the Spartans, softball, golfing, guitar, cars, politics, camping and boating. He was a proud member of Cheap Shot Pool and Golf League. He was born on May 3, 1949 in Hudson, MI and graduated from Everett High School in 1967. He said many times that he lived a ‘happy, good life with no regrets’ in Eaton Rapids, MI. He spent a lot of time on Drummond Island enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family. He was a well respected, retired Sheet Metal Worker and Business Manager for local #7 out of Lansing, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wanda Smith and Abbott Fuller; step-father, Eldon ‘Smitty’.

   Richard is survived by his loving family; girlfriend, Kelley Cook; son, Sam Fuller (Debbie, Alysa, Samantha); daughter, Shelly Proebstle (Mark, Allison, Jack, Valerie); sister, Janet Willeford (Haskell, Susan, Morris, Shannon, Mark, Marci, Samantha); step-mother, Nancy. Our small family is close and will miss him dearly along with his many, many close friends.

   A casual ‘celebration of life’ will be held Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 3-7pm at Chisholm Hills Golf Club 2395 Washington Rd. Lansing, MI 48911. Memorial contributions may be made to Thomas Jefferson University, Eye Melanoma Research Fund. Mail to: Department of Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, 1015 Walnut St. Suite 1024, Philadelphia, PA 19107, in memory of Richard Fuller. For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com

 

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Natalie M. Gaedert

 

Natalie M. Gaedert, 84, of Higgins Lake, formerly of Vermontville, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at her home. She was born April 20, 1925, the daughter of Vern and Iva (Williams) Reed. Natalie married Donald J. Gaedert on July 7, 1942 in Vermontville. Natalie was a secretary for Auto Owners Insurance in Vermontville for five years and at Maple Valley High School in Vermontville for eight years. She was a member of the Vermontville United Methodist Church and loved knitting, sewing, reading and crossword puzzles. Her greatest love was raising her family.

   Natalie is survived by her husband, Don; five children, Harold (Lori) Gaedert of Higgins Lake, Patti (Coley) Gordon of Flushing, John (Roxie) Gaedert of Charlotte, Steve Gaedert of Lansing and Kathy (Paul) Spasoff of Prudenville; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Vern (Marilyn) Reed of Hale; sister Joyce Reed of Vermontville.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; and grandchildren Becky Gaedert and Tammy Gaedert.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 4 p.m. at Walsh Funeral Home in Roscommon with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Higgins Lake.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospital, 324 Meadows Dr., Grayling, MI 49738.

 

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Pansy L. Gardner

 

   Pansy L. Gardner, 87, of Bellevue, died Saturday, September 18, 2010 surrounded by her family. She was born on February 17, 1923 in Allegan County to William and Loretta (Fox) Gilger. She graduated from Wayland High School in 1940. Pansy married Frank E. Pettit on April 19, 1942, which later ended in divorce. She then married Elmer M. Gardner in Kalamazoo, Mich. On March 19, 1948. They moved to the Bellevue area in 1950. Elmer died in November of 1993. Pansy worked at Otto’s clothing store in Bellevue for many years and was the Bellevue Village and Township Treasurer for several years until retiring in 1988.

   Pansy is survived by a daughter, Judy (Pettit) and Vito Ragusa of Battle Creek; three sons, Charles (Kris) Gardner of Battle Creek, Brad (Emma) Gardner of Battle Creek and Rick (Debra) Gardner of Bellevue; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Near of Hastings and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Alan Love; a great-grandson, Bryce Balfour; a sister, Hilda Beckwith and six brothers, Dale, Leroy, Hollis, Ray, Clair, and George Gilger.

   Pansy will always be remembered for her wonderful baking and cooking, as well as her sewing.

   The family would like to thank Bobbi Easter and her staff at W Drive North Assisted Living for their tender loving care of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother during her last days.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Bellevue United Methodist Church, 122 West Capitol Avenue in Bellevue with Pastor Virginia Heller officiating. Interment took place in Floral Lawn Cemetery in Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to W. Drive North Assisted Living or the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel in Bellevue.

 

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Edward H. Garvey

 

   Edward Henry Garvey went to be with his Lord at the age of 83 on Jan. 6, 2010. He died peacefully at his Centennial Farm in Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Della (Fhaner) Garvey and granddaughter, Bella Blankinship.

   Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Anna (Spagnuola) Garvey; stepson, Sam Baldino; daughter, Laurie (T. Scott) Blankinship and granddaughters, Bethany, Andrea and Olivia Blankinship.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Rather Francis Mossholder officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church building fund. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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David H. George

 

   David H. George, 76, of Hastings, died Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Dave was born Jan. 26, 1934 in Charlotte, the son of Hendry and Virginia (Kelner) George and had been a Hastings area resident for 37 years. He was a 1952 Graduate of Charlotte High School, had served in the U.S. Air Force in Japan during the Korean War and was a member of the AMVETs and the Elks. He was a longtime farmer and truck driver and mostly recently had driven for the Barry County Transit Authority.

   Surviving are: his son, Jace (Sandy) George of Wyoming, Mich.; two grandchildren, Zachary and Christopher George; great granddaughter, Emma Grace George and two brothers, Thomas J. George of Middleville, Mich. And Bruce Carpenter of Florida.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years, Carolyn (Rundle) George in 2008 and a son, Todd Clell George in 2000.

   Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Olivet Cemetery in Olivet, with John Cohoon officiating.

   Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home.

 

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Mae Helen Getter

 

   Mae Helen Getter of Eaton Rapids, age 81, passed away in Charlotte, November 7, 2010. She was born February 14, 1929 the daughter of Fred and Laura (Blausey) Kunkel. Mae was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and lover her cat, Pretty. Her most beloved thing was being able to talk with her family.

   Mae is survived by her sons, Roy (Gretchen) Kunkel of Eaton Rapids, Victor (Jessica) Kunkel of Webber Falls, OK; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald Kunkel; sister June (Robert) Johncock of Olivet, Louise Nail of Marshall; and the nephews, nieces, brothers, and sisters that she raised as her own children, Loretta Fischer, Margarett (Tom Lovell) Kunkel, Ruby (Mike) Wendling, Thomas (Valerie) Kunkel, Frederick (Darlene) Kunkel, Ernest (Shannon) Kunkel. Mae was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey getter; sister, Eleanor; brothers, Alfred Whittman, Lao and Dale Kunkel.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 10500 Plains Hwy. Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Mark Eckert officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment will be at Brickyard Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses or Eaton Community Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com

 

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Bernice M. Gettys

 

   Bernice May Gettys, 95, of Charlotte, formerly of Eaton Rapids, Narrow Lake and Potterville, died Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. Bernice was born August 26, 1915 in Eaton Rapids and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She loved playing bingo and going to dinner at the Eaton Rapids Senior Center.

   Surviving are: two sons, Thomas (Brenda) Hillard of Lansing and Richard (Linda Brown) Hillard of Charlotte; three daughters, Marion (Paul) Smith of Eaton Rapids, Janet Griffin of Springport and Maxine (Jerry) Green of Narrow Lake; 28 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 39 great great-grandchildren and sister, April Crandall of Colorado.

   She was preceded in death by: first husband, Robert John Hillard in 1955, second husband, George Thomas Gettys in 1985; two daughters, Marie and Delores; one son, David Hillard and three grandsons, James, Robert and Jerry.

   Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Charles Jenson officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI, 48813.

 

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Jane Gewain

 

   Jane Gewain was, above all, an amazing mom. Her and her late husband, Matthew Phillip Gewain II, devoted their lived to raising their three children, Matthew P. Gewain III of Tehachapi, CA, Dr. William J. Gewain of New Bern, NC, and Susan Jane Bohling of Lincoln, NE. Jane’s dedication to her family shaped her life each and every day. In return, her family adored her, never forgetting just how lucky and blessed they were. Jane, formerly of Lincoln, NE, died on Tuesday, April 6th, in New Bern, NC. She was 85 and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, who passed away in May, 2002.

   Jane E. Blake was born in Boone, IA on August 7th, 1924 while a tornado barreled through town. The youngest of five children born to Edna and James Black, Jane remained close to her family throughout her life. She was a “happy-go-lucky” child and her Dad’s favorite. If her older sisters or brothers ever wanted something badly, they would send Jane to ask their father, as they knew that he’d never say no to her. Many days, Jane could be seen riding her bicycle while wearing roller skates. She was a determined young lady from the start and lived life to the fullest. Living in the small town of Olivet, MI, the four “Blake sisters” were renowned for their sense of adventure and quest for a good laugh. They could always find the place to have fun, rarely missing the regular Saturday night dance held nearby Narrow Lake.

   When she was just 13, Jane met Matt Gewain at school in New Jersey. Jane’s older sister, Edna Mae, was dating Matt’s best friend, John Hannon, and the four became inseparable. Jane was smitten, not just because Matt was the handsome center of the Scotch Plains High School football team, but also because he always made her laugh. They married in 1943, a few weeks after Matt enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was preparing for deployment overseas. She was 18, he was 22. While matt was in the service, Jane worked at Western Electric in New Jersey. But on the very day he returned, she told her boss, “My husband is home. I’m not missing out on another minute with him” and said good-bye. While she did go back to work for several years once her youngest child was a teenager, Jane’s real career was her family. The joy in her life came from being a full-time wife, mother grandmother, and recently, great-grandmother.

   Over the years, Jane lived in many areas of the United States, including Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Florida and Nebraska. For vacations, Jane and Matt particularly enjoyed skiing in Upstate New York and making regular visits to the Jersey Shore. They loved nothing better than to rent a cottage at the Shore. Besides raising their children, they loved socializing with their extended families and friends. For nearly 30 years, this included weekly visits with the Blake sisters and their husbands. Jane was an accomplished seamstress who also enjoyed cross-stitch and quilting. For five years in the 1970s she applied her talents to her job as a seamstress at Pendleton Woolen Mills in Fremont, NE. After she was widowed, Jane moved with her son Bill and his family to North Carolina. She found contentment in the warm weather, beautiful sunny skies and blue water.

   A quietly elegant lady who would never leave home in a wrinkled blouse, let alone without fresh lipstick, Jane was also a woman with a huge spirit and a sparkling sense of humor, ready to supply a funny light for most occasions. Jane set a standard kindness, thoughtfulness and grace that will live on as an example for those she left behind. From making two dozen caramel apples for Mattie’s Kindergarten class to teaching Billy’s Sunday School class to sewing multiple Halloween costumes for Janie and helping all with homework each and every evening, Jane’s love shone through. Jane was a tremendous proponent of education and taught her children and grandchildren a love of learning early in their lives. She kept the family home well stocked with books and would sit and read to her children and grandchildren for hours on end.

   In addition to her children, Jane is survived by her sisters, Helen McGiveron and Edna Mae Hannon; her sister-in-law, Lois (Gewain) Johnson; her daughters-in-law, Gail Gewain and Sharon Gewain; her son-in-law, Jonathan Bohling; her four grandchildren, Kimberly (Gewain) Cakerice, Blake Wewel, Alexandra (Lexie) Jane Bohling and Grand Bohling; her grandson-in-law, Ryan Cakerice; and, of course, the precious four-month-old great granddaughter who carries on her name, Madelyn Jane Cakerice. A life lived with so much love never really ends but goes on in the hearts of those who loved her so dearly. We will forever remember and cherish the abundance of love with which she filled our lives.

   Services were held Friday, April 16th at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 So. 14th St., Lincoln, NE 68512. Burial immediately followed at Lincoln Memorial. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to First Congregational Church, 300 So. Main St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 where Jane loved to attend services with her sisters whenever she was back home in Michigan.

 

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Rosalie A. Gibson

 

   Rosalie A. Gibson, loving wife, mother and grandmother, 59, of Charlotte and Alum Creek, WV, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in Alum Creek where she spent the winter months. Rosalie was born Sept. 16, 1950 in Wyandotte, Mich., the daughter of Zigmund and Anastasia Irene (Zdunczuk) Baczewski and had been a Charlotte resident since 1987 coming from Woodhaven, Mich.

   Surviving are: her husband of 38 years, Terry Lee Gibson, Sr.; three children, Pamela Marie (Darrin Harmon) Gibson of Eaton Rapids, Terry Lee (Tera) Gibson, Jr., of Charlotte and Amanda Lynn Gibson of Charlotte; four grandchildren, D.J. Harmon, Terry Lee Gibson III, Anastasia Grace Harmon and Lillie Marlene Gibson and one brother, David (Monique) Baczewski of Arizona.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 19, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Richard H. Wilford of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the West Carmel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may go to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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Lydia C. Gingerich

 

   Lydia C. Gingerich, 60, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Freeman Detweiler home.

   Miss Gingerich was born May 21, 1949 at Pennville, Indiana the daughter of Chester H. and Mattie (Kauffman) Gingerich. She is survived by sisters: Lizzie (Menno) Mast of Wautoma, Wisconsin; Sarah (Eli) Burkholder of Sarasota FL; Naomi (Eli) Detweiler of Jamesport, MO; Emma (Freeman) Detweiler of Charlotte, MI; Katie Ann (Jake) Mast of Vermontville, MI; and brothers: Joe (Lydia) Jamesport, MO; Danny (Judy) of Holt, MO; Reuben (Rachel) of Waukarusa, IN; and Perry of Kansas.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Mattie Gingerich, brothers Andy, Ed, Albert, Ike, Chester and a sister Mary (Sam) Burkholder.

   Funeral services were Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the residence of Henry Ropp, 190 Hwy., Jamesport, MO with Eli Detweiler officiating. Interment was at Meadow View Cemetery, Jamesport, Missouri, Pall Bearers were the nephews. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Etta Marie Gleason

 

   Etta Marie Gleason, 80, formerly of Olivet and Atlanta passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. Mrs. Gleason was born June 18, 1930 in Jackson, MI the daughter of Merlin and Laura (Race) Holton.

   She married Willard Gleason November 22, 1954. They were married for 55 wonderful years. She retired from Maeward Corporation in Olivet. She loved spending time with her family. She like gardening, putting together puzzles, working in the flower garden, having and going to garage sales.

   She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Max) Sampsel of Charlotte; daughter, Wanda (Steen) Lahr of Bellevue; daughter, Janet (Rolland) Parker of Lake George; son, Melvin (Beth) Gleason of Dansville; son, Michael (Ellie) Woodbury of Charlotte; daughter, Joyce Sweet of Vermontville; son, Russell (Dayle) Gleason of Bellevue; 29 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Linda Woodbury of Crouse, NC and brother, Delbert Holton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard in 2010; son, Wesley; 2 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her parents and brothers, Merlin and Richard Holton.

   Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI with Reverend Robert J. Freysinger officiating. Interment will be at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet, MI. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 25, 2010 and Thursday, August 26,2 010 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. both nights at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, Charlotte, MI. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Gregory S. Gleason

 

   Gregory Steven Gleason, 57, of Grand Ledge, died Friday, November 26, 2010. A memorial dinner will be held Sunday, December 19,2010 at 2 p.m. at University Seventh Day Adventist Church in East Lansing.

 

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Jacqueline J. Gleason

 

   Jacqueline J. “Jackie” Gleason, 75, of Grand Ledge, formerly of North Port, Fla. died Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Jackie was born November 2, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Louis and Velda (Harmon) Finny. Jackie grew up in the Lansing area and married Robert Gleason January 11, 1953 in Lansing. Jackie was a caregiver her whole life for her family and friends. After moving to Florida, she was a CNA for 18 years.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Greg Gleason of Grand Ledge; Mark Gleason of North Port Fla.; daughters, Beccy (Kent) Wolfe of North Port, Fla.; Julie (Larry) Roth of Mulliken; seven grandchildren, Jen Teague, Jason Gilbert, Nic Gleason, Erin Gleason, Ryan Gleason, Lindsay Gleason, Jamie Roth; four great grandchildren, Austin, Caitlyn, Ada Marie, Jacob; brother, Henry Finney of Georgia; sister, Loretta Finney of Indiana, several nieces and nephews and special family friends Cindy Parson Crum and J.J. Parsons.

   Special thanks to great Lakes Hospice (Kristine, Judy Thombaugh & staff), and Michelle Munson McCorry & Carolyn Munson. Memorial Services will be held November 21, 2010 at 3 p.m. at the University SDA Church in East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Willard “Willie” W. Gleason

 

   Willard Warren Gleason, 79, of Charlotte formerly of Olivet and Atlanta passed away Jan. 26, 2010 at home.

   He was born Oct. 3, 1930 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Albert and Lena (Tower) Gleason. He married Etta (Holton) Woodbury Nov. 22, 1954. They were married for 55 wonderful years.

   He retired from Masterbilt Products Corporation in Olivet. He loved spending time with his family.

   He like fishing, hunting, gardening, selling produce, fixing things up and going to garage sales.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Etta; daughters, Nancy (Max) Sampsel of Charlotte, Wanda (Steven) Lahr of Bellevue, Janet (Roland) Parker of Lake George and Joyce Sweet of Vermontville; sons, Melvin (Beth) Gleason of Dansville, Michael Woodbury of Charlotte and Russell (Dayle) Gleason of Bellevue; daughter-in-law, Linda Woodbury of Crouse, NC; 29 grandchildren, and many great and great-great grandchildren.

   Services were held Jan. 29 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with burial at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

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

 

Betty M. Goff

 

   Betty M. Goff, 86, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 23, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Juan Antonio “John” Gonzalez

 

   Juan Antonio “John” Gonzalez, age 64, passed away on April 29, 2010 surrounded by his loving family and friends.

   He was born in Laredo, Texas and graduated from Gabriels Catholic High School in Lansing, MI. Juan served 2 tours in Vietnam as a Marine and in 1997 retired from the Meridian Township Police Department after 25 years of service. He was reintroduced to a Jr. High friend, Judy Hoisington and later married her. He and Judy opened their home to numerous foster children over the years and added something to all of their lives. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, kindness, and devotion to his family and friends. He spent much of his time golfing, bowling, playing with his grandchildren and sharing time with family and friends. His strength and courage to handle whatever life had in store is one of his many attributes.

   He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Judy; parents, Patricio and Julia Gonzalez; mother-in-law, Alice Hoisington; siblings, Ramona (Clio) Ruiz, Molly (Robert) Almazan, Julie (Javier) Cavazos, Patricio (Betty) Gonzalez, Tomas (Kim) Gonzalez; children, Michelle (Mark) Chappell, Theresa (Salvador) Tellez III, Michael (Amy) Smith; grandchildren, Allan, Harley and Dustin Chappell, Melissa (Mike) Lee, Adam, Ian and Averie Tellez, Chris, Nick and Brad Smith; numerous nieces and nephews and loyal dog Timmy.

   Services were held May 3, 2010. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice. To leave an online condolence visit: www.ChapelInThePinesFuneralHome.com.

 

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Leone J. Gordon

 

   Leone J. Gordon, 88 of Charlotte, died Sunday, January 17, 2010 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. Leone was born October 25, 1921 in Roxand Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Ivan and Ruth (Smock) Haddix and had lived most of her life in Charlotte. She was a 1940 graduate of Charlotte High School, had been employed in the Charlotte City Clerk’s Office and later Michigan National Bank form where she retired after 18 years of service. She served as a Red Cross volunteer at Hayes Green Beach Hospital was a life member and Past Matron of the Charlotte O.E.S. #218, was a past Grand Chaplain of the O.E.S. State of Michigan, and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Charlotte and an avid bowler.

   She is survived by: four children, Doug (Cyndy) Cove of Holt, Linda (Jack) Raymond of Kalamazoo, Deb (Dave) Townsend of Plainwell and John (Shirley) Cove of Bakersfield, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason, Joel, Celena, Carli, Tierza, Sean, Sara, Erinn, Kelly, Nick and Josh; 18 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, sister, Edna Mitchell and life long friends, Herb and Gladys Stacey.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 36 years, Carl Gordon; son, David; twin sister, Ione Green, sister, June Emerson, brother, Junior Haddix and first husband, Robert Cove.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Carrie Bloom Honduras Missionary Trip in care of Doug Cove, 2376 West Blvd., Holt, MI 48842. The family of Leone Gordon would like to extend special thanks to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility staff and volunteers for their loving care.

 

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Margaret Goszulak-Pickett

 

   Margaret “Sue” Goszulak-Pickett, 51, of Charlotte, died Monday, July 26, 2010. A private family service and interment will be held.

 

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Michael L. Graham

 

   Michael L. Graham, age 63, died Thursday evening, November 4, 2010, at a Lansing Hospital.

   Michael was born July 22, 1947, in Lansing, a son of Wm. and Beatrice (Secord) Graham. He was a retired Michigan Bell Telephone employee and an Army Vietnam veteran. Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Pennie Sharp. Surviving are his wife, Pam; three children, Jeannie (Jerry) Crall of Charlotte, Todd (Martice) Davis of Potterville and Brandy (Mark) Weinner of Charlotte; 7 grandchildren; 7 brothers and sisters, Jennie (Al) Broemer of Ruskin, FL, Jay (Aggie) Graham of Eagle, Bill (Joan) Graham, Jr. of Lansing, Nora (Jack) Sharp of Eaton Rapids, Kim (Rhonda) Graham of Dimondale, Byron Graham of Mason and Eddie (Shelia) Graham of Grand Ledge; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services were held 2 p.m. Monday, November 8, 2010, at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison of the Potterville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Dimondale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

 

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Larry M. Gregg

 

   Larry M. Gregg, 61, of Battle Creek and formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was born May 9, 1948, in Charlotte, to Murl and Darleen (Finch) Gregg.

   Larry was a 1966 graduate of Charlotte High School and served in the U.S. Army 1968-1970. He graduated from Flint Barber School in 1971. Larry was employed for 38 years, from 1971 to the present, at The Hair Shed in downtown Battle Creek.

   Surviving are his sister, Norma Etson of Charlotte; five nieces and nephews, his Hair Shed family, his numerous customers and friends.

   An open house in memory of Larry will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at “The Hair Shed”, 68 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. Larry’s cremated remains will be interred on his family’s lot at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements are by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

 

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Roland R. Gurk

 

   Roland D. and Betty L. Gurk became parents of a baby boy on October 3, 1947 in Lansing. Boy Scouts was his youthful passion. He graduated from Everett High School and attended a Chicago drafting school and LCC. His life included being a co-owner of a business, working at Kraft Foods, LCC, and the Secretary of State.

   Roland married Diane Hunt on October 3, 1970, and they had three children. After 28 years at his state position, he retired in 2002. He was proud of his accomplishments. Roland was a visionary and a self-taught man. He died on August 28 at the age of 62, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents.

   Surviving are his loving wife Dianne; children, Christopher (Bethany), Matthew and Susan; grandchildren, Hunter and Seth Gurk; siblings, Gary (Linda), Glen (Sue), Roy, Dalena (Richard) Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

   Services will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior, at Grace Bible Church, 1000 S. Canal, Lansing, MI with the Pastor Robert Talley officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to Grace Bible Church or Eaton Community Hospice, 2576 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI. Online condolences may be sent to: www.gorslineruncimanlansing.com.

 

 

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G. Francis (Fritz) Hamilton

 

   A Memorial Service for G. Francis (Frit) Hamilton will be held on July 9, 2011 at the Felt Plains United Methodist Church, 3489 Meridian Rd., East of Leslie, at 11:00 am., followed by a luncheon.  Internment of cremains will be at 2:00 pm. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie.  Fritz passed away on December 24, 2010.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, his parents Thady and Grace, sisters Shirley and Ila Gene, brothers Harold (Helen) and Harry (Marion) and daughters-in-law Margaret (Marge) and Marilyn and great grandson, Robert.  He is survived by his daughter Esther (Jerry) Jackson, sons Garth Frank, Sr., Gerald (Shirley), and John; sister-in-law, Lois Karn and brother-in-law David (Joyce) Karn; twelve grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial gifts may be made to the Felt Plains United Methodist Church or Great Lakes Hospice.

 

 

Hazel Moore Hamilton

 

   Hazel Moore Hamilton age 89, formerly of Charlotte, MI, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 in LaGrange. Hazel was a retired beautician having owned her own beauty shop for 40 years in Charlotte.

   She was born in Carmel Township the daughter of Ernest and Sarah (Fowler) Davis.

   She was preceded in death by first husband, Robert Bruce Moore in 1970 and second husband, Frank Hamilton in 1994 and her sister, Ailene Deland in 2009. Surviving is: her daughter, Joy (Terry) Sowles of Battle Creek; son, Terry (Nancy) Moore of Kendallville, IN; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and 4 step-great grandchildren.

   Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment was in the Millerburg Cemetery. Memorials may go to the Parkinson Foundation or the charity of your choice. www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Richard L. Hamilton

 

   Richard L. Hamilton, 64, of Lansing, died Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Funeral services were held Friday, December 24, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Michael L. Hamp

 

   Michael L. Hamp, 50, of Charlotte, passed away October 29, 2010. Mike graduated from Charlotte High school in 1978. After school, Michael served in the Air force and later moved to California, living in Los Angeles. He loved the mountains and moved to Wrightwood, Calif., where he operated his own handyman business for many years. Returning to Michigan, he lived and worked in Algonac, Freeport and Charlotte where he was employed by Spartan Chassis, working on the military line and finally with Ryder Logistics of Lansing. Mike enjoyed spending time outdoors with family and friends, fishing, camping and bike riding.

   He was preceded in death by father, Gordon Lee Hamp.

   He is survived by mother Shirley (Jerry) Krevinghaus of Kentucky, sister, Dana (Don) Ulrey, brothers, Gregory Hamp of Kansas and Daniel (Dee) Hinnman of Kentucky.

   A family service will be held at a later date.

 

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Harold J. Hanna

 

   Harold James Hanna, of Sunfield, passed away with his family by his side Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 in Lansing, at the age of 91. He was born March 13, 1918, the son of Earl and Millie (Cure) Hanna.

   Harold married Maude Cayton Sept. 5, 1937. The couple was married 43 years, and then Harold married Valerie May Oct. 3, 1981, and they were married 29 years. He was the founder and owner of Hanna’s Meat Locker Service and enjoyed serving the Sunfield area for many years. He was a 32 degree F & AM Mason life member, charter member of the Sunfield Lions Club, past president of the Meat Packers association of Michigan, past Sunfield School Board member; he along with Larry Mapes were the main ring leaders for the ox roast at the Farmers Picnic, and enjoyed teaching and passing the torch for its newest members. He also enjoyed attending both the Sunfield United Methodist Church, and the Lakewood United Methodist Church.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Maude (Cayton) Hanna in 1980; and a brothers, Ray in 1993.

   He is survived by his wife, Valerie; children, Sonya (Larry) Davis, Karen (John) Miller, Mary Jane (Kermit) Hanna-Smith, and Mark (Mary) Hanna; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, one great-great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church with Rev. David L. Flagel and Rev. Jeffrey J. Schrock officiating with a Masonic service that followed. Interment was in the Sunfield Cemetery.

   Contributions may be made to SPY’s Scholarship Fund AKA Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth, American Cancer Society, Lakewood United Methodist Church, or the Lions Club; 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 Funeral Home in Sunfield.

 

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Vincent Patrick Hannon

 

   Vincent P. “Vince” Hannon, 88, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Dimondale/Eaton Rapids, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Cornerstone Hospice in Tavares, Fla. after a short illness. Vince was born Jan. 2, 1922, in Sommerville, New Jersey.

   Vince was a WWII veteran. He worked for Miller Dairy and Allied Products in Eaton Rapids, prior to going to the State of Michigan where he retired as an electrician in 1987.

   Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Barbara Hannon; his children, Susan (James) Sayed and James (Julie) Hannon of Eaton Rapids; son-in-law Gary Strank of Iowa; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren and brother, Frank (Betty) Hannon of Fanwood, New Jersey. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Joe, John and Bill Hannon; and daughter Carol Strank.

   Per his wishes he has been cremated and there were no funeral services.

 

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Ronald Earl Harkins

 

   Ronald Earl Harkins of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Palmetto, FL, age 89, passed away in Jackson, August 21, 2010. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, December 17, 1920 the son of Earl and Alta (French) Harkins. Ronald worked for Wright Construction in Lansing for 17 years before switching over to the Mitchell Bentley Plant in Owosso where he worked for 10 years. Ronald later retired in 1979 from Spartan Road Construction in Lansing after serving 9 years with them. He built a boat and flew model airplanes. Ronald was a jack of all trades and he could fix anything, including refinishing his own basement while in a cast.

   He is survived by his daughters, Sheryl (Dale) Adams of Duboise, PA, Terry (Charles) Milbourn of Eaton Rapids; granddaughters, Paige Tomkinson of Indiana, PA, Nicole (Joseph) Decker of Brooklyn, MI; great granddaughter, Madelaine Schultz of Brooklyn, MI. Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Harkins; parents; brother, RJ Harkins and sister, Marie Crawford.

   A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3315 Pennsylvania Ave Lansing, MI 48910. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.shellyodell.com.

 

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John “Jack” L. Harkness

 

   John “Jack” L. Harkness of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, age 77 died Saturday, May 22, 2010 at a Lansing Hospital . Born August 20, 1932 in Lansing the son of Hallie and Hilda (Thompson) Harkness. Jack was an Olivet High School graduate, class of 1950. He retired as manager of the textile plant at the Department of Corrections for the State of Michigan. Although he spent a career with the State of Michigan his true love was farming. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sister, Hallie Jr., Richard, Robert, Fred and Hildred Whittum.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet; 4 children, Michael (Cindy) Harkness of Howell, Ann (Jeff Vealey) Harkness of Lansing, Kay Harkness of Eaton Rapids and Bruce (Katie) Harkness of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, William (Yeldiz) Harkness of State College, PA, and Rex (Sue) Harkness of Ashford, CT; sister, Patricia Rogers of Salt Lake City, Utah; several nieces and nephews.

   Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids for a visitation on Tuesday, May 25th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Private family graveside services will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jack Harkness. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Cash O’Neill Harmon

 

   Time stood still as a celebration of life began at 4:50 a.m. Sunday, May 30, 2010 as Cash O’Neill bestowed his arrival upon his proud and loving parents, Nathan Harmon and Colleen O’Neill. Precious memories were made and friends and family were filled with unequivocal joy as he walked into their hearts where he will forever roam. At 10:50 a.m. their son spread his angel wings and as he began to fly, his newborn soul was lifted from his earthly body. As now, our guardian, Cash will walk beside his grandfather, Donald L. Harmon, and others to guide and protect friends and family.

   Cash has left his imprint in the souls of those whom he is survived by. Cash’s father, Nathan Harmon and his mother, Colleen O’Neill; his grandparents, Richard and Darlene Copp, Beverlee McMurray, Patrick and Elizabeth O’Neill; his great grandparents, Frieda Harmon, Sue Bixler and Paul and Betty McMurray; his aunts and uncles Matthew Harmon, Gregory and Jodi Mallar, Chad Copp and Lindsey Copp; Michael and Cynthia Jacobs; and many other family and friends who will hold a funeral service for him on Thursday at 12:00 noon, at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale, Michigan. There will be a visitation Thursday from 11:00 until 12:00 noon, also at the funeral home.

   Any parties interested in making monetary contributions to the family will be collected through VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home and later donated to Sparrow Hospital’s Labor/Delivery and Newborn ICU. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com. Special thanks to the medical staff of Sparrow Hospital and Cynthia Jacobs.

   Cash’s precious few moments on earth will never be forgotten.

 

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Bonnie J. Harris

 

   Bonnie Jewel Harris, 73, of Charlotte, departed peacefully in her sleep on Monday, March 29, 2010.

   She was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Eaton Rapids, the youngest daughter of Ivan and Neita (Ball) Dornan.

   She was a purchasing and receiving manager for Fox Valley Fire Manufacturing.

   She was the beloved mother and friend of her children.

   She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Livingston Sr. of Joplin, MO, Laurie Helberg of Marcellus, NY and Julie Harshey of Charlotte; son, Jeff (Pat) Livingston of Terrebonne, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister, Betty Snow of Charlotte and brother, Victor Dornon of Traverse City.

   Family and friends may leave online condolences at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Michelle Harris

 

   Michelle (Brammell) Harris, 48, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 14, 2010. She was born January 27, 1962 in Lansing, the daughter of Milton Brammell and the late Peggy (Lewis) Brammell and step-mother, Sandra (Howe) Brammell. Michelle was an employee for the State of Michigan.

   She is survived by her companion, Dennis Hall of Charlotte; daughter, Ericka Harris of Charlotte; son, Christopher (Andrea) Harris of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Eric and Hailey; father, Milton and Sandy Brammell of Lansing; sisters, Teresa (David) Abbott of Lansing, Debbie (Ray) Kruch of Holt, Tammy (Moe) Imaz of Holt; step-brothers, Larry (Ginger) Howe of Lake Odessa, David (Kelly) Howe of Swartz Creek; nieces and nephews, Ryan and Rachel Abbott, Amy and Aaron Kruch, Cameron and Bijan Imaz and many special friends.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Brammell.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Crossroads United Brethren Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Jean Hartwick

 

   Jean Hartwick of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 69 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at her residence. Born January 13, 1941 in Coldwater, the daughter of Michael and Elaine Johnson. Jean enjoyed watching and feeding her birds and loved all wildlife. She enjoyed caring for her flowers and garden. Jean enjoyed bowling and was on several local leagues. She was preceded in death by her husband William Hartwick in 2005.

   Surviving are her two sons, William (Linda) Hartwick of Dimondale and Michael (Kelly) Hartwick of Eaton Rapids; her dear companion, Crystal, her beagle dog; and brother, John (Pat) Johnson of Springport.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Graveside services were conducted on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Gage Haskins

 

   Gage Haskins, 60, died of a heart attack in his Myrtle Beach, SC home on Friday, January 22, 2010. He was born July 8, 1949. He was a 1967 graduate of Charlotte (MI) High School. He also had a BA from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning form York University in Toronto, Canada. He had many business ventures, most having to do with Real Estate and Sales. Gage will be remembered for his unique and colorful personal style and his propensity for the outrageous. He was undoubtedly, one of a kind.

   Gage was in the Marine Corps for nearly three years from 1967 to 1969. He fought in the Vietnam War and received three Purple Hearts. He was a celebrated war hero who sacrificed himself for his country. His military record was one of honor and patriotism.

   He is survived by his wife, Belinda; his mother, Dorothy Black (Haskins); his two brothers, Ron and Mark; his grandson, Chase; and was preceded in death by his only child, John Eric, and his father, Gerald Haskins. He is also survived by two step-sons, Brandon and Bradley and four nieces and three nephews.

   A memorial service and internment of ashes will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on April 15, 2010.

 

Marion C. Hastings

 

   Marion C. Hastings, age 87, died July 16, 2010; born February 18, 1923 in Obion, Tennessee. Mr. Hastings was a resident of Charlotte for 50 years and retired from Oldsmobile after 34 years of service.

   He served in the U.S. Army for 20 months in the Pacific Theatre; attended Dimondale United Methodist Church; loved bowling and golfing.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Joyce; son, Sterling “Skip”; grandchildren, Nicholas Dennison and Sarina (R.J.) Wells; great granddaughter, Nevaeh E. Wells; and sisters, Dorothy (David) Odom and Kennon Hatt.

   Services will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2:00 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI with Rev. Joe Houston officiating. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Browne-Cavender Post #148 of Mason, MI. The family will receive friends on Monday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to Dimondale United Methodist Church, 6801 Creyts Road, Dimondale, MI 48821 in memory of Mr. Hastings.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.gorslineruncimanlansing.com.

 

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Sandra “Sandy” Kay Haubert

 

   Sandra “Sandy” Kay Haubert of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, beloved wife, mother and grandmother departed this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the age of 62. She was born April 29, 1948 in Alliance, Ohio, the daughter of Merton and Margaret (Patrick) Kress. Sandy retired after 26 years as Secretary for the Northwestern School in Eaton Rapids and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents.

   She is survived by her husband of 40 loving years, Mark; daughter, Beth (Chris) Regner of Troy and son, Matt (Kalynn) Haubert of Brownstown, MI; 4 grandchildren, Jack and Grace Haubert and Sean and Caleb Regner; 2 brothers, Dave (Jean) Kress and Roger Kress all of Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held July 19, 2010 at the Robbins United Methodist Church at 6419 Bunker Hwy. Eaton Rapids 48827. IN lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton Community Hospice or the Eaton Rapids Public Schools Education Foundation in memory of Sandy Haubert. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFunralHome.com.

 

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Danni L. Hawkins

 

   Danni Lee Hawkins, 24, of Marshall, passed away in Hanover, Mich. on Sunday, July 4, 2010. He was born in Eaton Rapids on August 13, 1985, the son of William and Charlene (Nelson) Hawkins. Danni worked as an oil well serviceman in the oil industry, where he was known as a hard worker who could get the job done. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, mud bogging and watching drag racing. Danni loved his family very much.

   He is survived by his parents; brother, Tom (Molly) Hawkins; sisters, Mandi (Mykel) Grigg, Sherri Hawkins, Julie Hawkins. He was a beloved uncle to his nephews, Trevor, Gage, Connor and Logan. Danni will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

   A memorial service was held Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the Assembly of God Church, 1100 East Clinton Trail in Charlotte (Directly across from Meijers).

   Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Lola E. Hayden

 

   Lola E. Hayden of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 91 died on Monday, June 14, 2010 at her daughter’s residence in Temple, Texas under the care of her daughter and son-on-law, Paula and Bud. Born June 17, 1918 in Hastings, MI; the daughter of William and Bertha (Bridgeman) Stanley. Lola had worked for General Motors, Oldsmobile Division for 27 years retiring in 1979. She was a member of the U.A.W. Local #652, a member of the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church and a 25 year member of the Women’s Ministries. Preceding her in death was her husband, Ray Hayden in 2003; three brothers, William “Bus”, Orland and Donald Stanley.

   Surviving are two children, Paula (Bud) Crutsinger of Temple, TX, and Tom “Storm” (Janet) Taylor of Okemos; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren; a loving sister, Beulah Leatherberry of Eaton Rapids and numerous nieces and nephews as well as special caregiver, Patricia Fearce of Temple, TX.

   Funeral services will be Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with burial following in the Deepdale Memorial Park in Lansing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Gerald C. Hayes

 

   Gerald “Jerry” C. Hayes, of Olivet, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, at the age of 61. Jerry was born Oct. 25, 1948 to Elzie and Virginia (Redfield) Hayes in Charlotte.

   Jerry was a trustee at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Charlotte, and an avid NASCAR fan. He loved camping all summer at the Sherwood Forest in Olivet, and was given the title of “Mayor” of Sherwood. Jerry worked several jobs; as a farmhand, cement truck driver for Grand Delta, and then laid cable.

   Jerry is preceded in death by both of his parents.

   Jerry leaves behind his loving wife of 34 years, Margaret Hayes; sons, Jerry L. Hayes (Jessie wells), Jeff Hayes; granddaughter, Jordyn (Trsyer) Friar; grandsons, Kam Hayes, Noelan Hayes; great granddaughter, Jaslynn Friar; brothers, Denny (Roxy) Hayes, Fred (Debra) Hayes, Randi (Terri) Hayes; sister, Jodi (Douglas Sr.) Rodebaugh; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Cremation has taken place. There was a celebration of Jerry’s life at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Charlotte on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

   For online condolences, go to www.skinnerfunrealhome.com.

 

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David H. Healey

 

   David Howard Healey, 61, of Mishawaka, Ind., passed away peacefully Friday, March 5, 2010, in his home after a nearly year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on Aug. 21, 1948, in Charlotte, to Howard Benson and Majel (Dorriell) Healey.

   David graduated from Olivet High School in the class of 1966. David was employed as a security guard at University Park Mall in Mishawaka. He was a U.S. Army veteran and received a bachelor and master’s degree from Indiana University South Bend. He was a founding member of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at IUSB and Director of the Oral History Project.

   David was preceded in death by his father, Howard Benson Healey; a brother, Gerald Healey; and a sister, Janet Wanzer.

   On Aug. 4, 2006, in Mishawaka, Ind., David married the former Kathy A. (Grall) Strycker. She survives in Mishawaka, Ind. Also surviving are his mother, Majel (Doriell) Healey of Apopka, Fla.; sister, Mary Anne (Joe) Hines of Apopka, Fla.; son, Matt Healey of Mishawaka, Ind.; and daughter, Josette (Kenny) Herrick of Orlando, Fla.

   A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Elkhart Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

   Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637-3437; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245; or The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714.

 

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Samuel W. Hebenstreit

 

   Samuel W. Hebenstreit, 61 formerly of Olivet died Sept. 12, 2010.

   Surviving is a son Tony Hebenstreit, cremation has taken place.

 

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Ruth Ann Heightchew

 

   Ruth Ann (Stirn) Heightchew, age 70, of Lansing passed away peacefully on August 4 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1958. Ruth attended LCC to become an LPN then worked at St. Lawrence Hospital and an affiliate anesthesiologist office beginning in 1960. she married Robert Earl Heightchew Jr. in 1962, had two sons Brian and David and divorced in 1982. Ruth retired from Blue Care Network Health Central in 2003 after 20 years of service.

   Ruth enjoyed flower gardening, NASCAR and attending the many sporting events, band concerts and dance recitals of her grandchildren and great grandchildren in the Charlotte, Midland and Ovid-Elsie School Districts. She adored and enjoyed all of her adopted cats and dogs over the years, doing jigsaw puzzles, needlepoint and spending time with her friends.

   Ruth is survived by sons, Brian (Mary) of Charlotte and David (Cindy) of Elsie and six grandchildren, Niki (Jason), Sarah, Bruce, Justin, Garrett, Echo and three great grandchildren, Cole, Brenna, Kaylee, Morris the cat and her dog Sissy. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Dorothy Stirn and great granddaughter Olivia.

   Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Elsie American Legion Post 502, located at 220 S. Ovid Street in Elsie with a luncheon to follow.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Capital Area Humane Society in Ruth’s name.

 

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Ida Ruth (Squires) Hendrickson

 

   Ida Ruth (Squires) Hendrickson of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, age 83 of Eaton Rapids died on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Dimondale Nursing Home with her family by her side following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born September 30, 1926 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Clare and Alice (Main) Squires. Ida was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1944 and had formerly worked for Rottenbucher’s Pharmacy in Eaton Rap[ids. She was a life member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids and was a Volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Eaton County. Preceding her in death were her husband of 62 years, Leon in 2008; parents, Clare and Alice; son-in-law, Thomas Powers; brother, James Squires and sister-in-law and great friend, Doris Squires Kimmel.

   She is survived by her 4 children, Sue Powers of Jackson, Robert (Julie) Hendrickson of Eaton Rapids; Cara (John) Colgan of Eaton Rapids and Neil (Jennie) Hendrickson of Lake Odessa; 9 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Janet Squires Dawson and Nancy Squires Smith both of Green Valley, AZ; several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until departure with procession for graveside service at 1:00 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contribution may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation in memory of Ida Hendrickson.

 

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Mary Evelyn (Watts) Hernandez

 

   Mary Evelyn (Watts) Hernandez of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, born September 11, 1936 in Dillon SC passed away on October 12, 2010 after a sudden illness at a Lansing hospital surrounded by her loving family. Mary retired from the Eaton Rapids High School as a custodian and had worked for several years at Les & Babes Party Store in Eaton Rapids. Her hobbies include camping with family and friends, trips to casinos, the Dollywood trip with her daughters and road trips down south to visit family. Mary also enjoyed watching WWE Wrestling. She was preceded in death by parents, Tracy Cook and Mary Cifelli; daughter, Betty Karen Watts; son, Richard Carl watts; and a sister, Betty Jo Powell.

   She is survived by her loving husband, Dale of 6 years and loving children and stepchildren, Donald (Lonnie) Watts, Marsha (Bruce) Wood, Patricia (Paul) Baker, Bobbie Powers, Sandra (John) James, Connie (Dan) Parshall; stepchildren, George Hernandez, Jimmy (Shannon) Hernandez, Julian (Debbie) Hernandez, Jeff (Robin) Hernandez, Irma Hernandez and Raymond Hernandez; 31 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren; sisters, Frances Turner and Peggy (Floyd) Byron; brother, Wayne (Mary) Miller; with lots of extended family and friends.

   Memorial services were held on October 16, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Mary will be sadly missed by her family and friends. For those that wish, memorial contributions may be made directly to the family in memory of Mary Hernandez. For online condolences, please go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Henry Herrst Sr.

 

   Henry Herrst Sr., 78 passed away May 26, 2010. Henry was born August 30, 1931 in Ann Arbor, the son of John and Laura (Karr) Herrst.

   He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed going to auctions. Henry had a good sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

   Surviving are his three children, Henry Jr., of Charlotte, Alvin of Ypsilanti, Jacqueline Nortly of Britton, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren.

 

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Catherine Hess

 

   Catherine Hess, 93, of Nashville, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Thornapple Manor. Catherine was born in Coal Glen, Penn. on January 10, 1917, the daughter of the late William and Jane (Holland) Banks. She was raised in the Jefferson County, Penn. area and attended local schools. She moved to the Nashville area in 1955 so her three sons could find work opportunities.

   She was the widow of Ray L. Whitaker who passed away in 1960. She then married Jack Hess on September 30, 1966. The couple made their home in Nashville. Jack passed away on March 8, 1989.

   Catherine spent her working career in the housekeeping departments at Thornapple Manor for 20 years before retiring in 1979. Catherine loved dancing the polka, enjoyed traveling and especially loved her annual visits with her family back to Pennsylvania. Over the years she has visited Washington DC, New Jersey, Niagara Falls and Florida. She also did her annual walk over the Big Mac Bridge for 20-plus years. She loved to do various arts and crafts and decorating sweatshirts. Catherine was a wonderful cook; you could not visit her home without eating. Catherine was an avid homemaker who loved coloring Easter eggs with her grandchildren.

   Catherine is survived by a daughter, Rita (Don) Wellman; sons, Larry (Cathy) Whitaker, James Whitaker; 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands; her son, Harold “Bud” Whitaker; daughter, Anna Burd; granddaughter, Rene Burd and 11 brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held Friday, December 3, 2010 at The Daniels Funeral Home, located at 9200 East M-79 Highway in Nashville, with Dennis Sergent officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville VFW Post 8260, Nashville United Methodist Church or Thornapple Manor.

 

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Emma Hettich

 

   Emma Hettich, 77, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. Ms. Hettich was born Oct. 21, 1932 in Santoy, Ohio, the daughter of Fred and Irene (Kish) Brannigan.

   Ms. Hettich retired from General Motors after 31 years of service. She was a wonderful cook who started every recipe with a “one stick of butter” and would organize family gatherings by assigning dishes and then bringing more “just in case”. Ms. Hettich was always helping out and available to family and friends when they needed her. She was a very loving mother and grandmother who raised her seven children by herself and never expected anything in return. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Glenn in 1955 and Jack in 1989 and daughter, Rita in 1999.

   She is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Trace) Hatt of Charlotte; son, Richard (Jan) Hettich of Holt; son, Jeff (Patricia) Hettich of Holt; daughter, Mona Hettich of Lansing; daughter, Colleen (Eric) Smith of Lansing; a host of many grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three sisters, Dolores Justice of Columbus, Ohio, Molly (Jack) McGee of New Lexington, Ohio, and Verna Brannigan of Upland, Ind., and brother, John Brannigan, Texas.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Beth Grimshaw officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

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

 

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Kenneth L. Hewitt

 

   Kenneth L. Hewitt, age 64, of Woodland, went to be with his Lord early Tuesday morning, April 27, 2010. Ken was born in Marshall, Mich. on January 24, 1946 to LaVerne and Leola (Henney) Hewitt. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1946. Ken was united in marriage to Carol Jackson on October 9, 1956. He had been employed at General Motors for 43 years. Ken had been an active member of the Lake Odessa Grace Brethren Church, where he taught Sunday school and was currently serving as a trustee. He had enjoyed bowling for many years, and he and Carol looked forward to spending summers at the lake in the Yankee Springs area.

   Ken is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Brad and Angie Hewitt of Rawlings, Who., and Trac Hewitt and special friend, Debbie Bartimus of Woodland; grandchildren, Chelsea Hewitt and fiancée, Nick Horstman, Mariah Hewitt, Bryan Hewitt, Aron Hewitt and Hunter Hewitt; great grandson, Remington Horstman; step-grandchildren, Jasmine, Carmen and Darion Pesce; parents, LaVerne and Leola Hewitt; brother, Tom (Sheri) Hewitt of Charlotte; and sister, Lou Ann (Jim) Apsey of Woodland.

   The funeral service was held Friday, April 30 at the Koops Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Woodland Memorial Park. The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Odessa Grace Brethren Church (PO Box 645, Lake Odessa, MI 48849). Memories and message can be left at www.koopsfc.com.

 

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Louis J. Hickey

 

   Louis J. Hickey, 94, of Nashville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 at his Nashville home. Louis was born in Nashville on June 15, 1915, the son of the late Daniel and Rosa (Maurer) Hickey.

   He was raised in the Nashville area and attended local schools graduating from Nashville W.K. Kellogg High School in 1933 as the salutatorian for his class.

   In August of 1941, Louis joined the United States Army. He was a member of the 101st M.P. Battalion, 5th Army Division serving in North Africa and Italy. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

   He was the husband of Donna (Smith) Hickey. The couple was married on May 12, 1954.

   They made their home together on the family farm where Louis himself was raised.

   Louis was a lifelong farmer in the Nashville area, but also was employed at Randall Lumber Co. for 25 years managing the Vermontville store for 12 years. He also was the Manager of the Nashville CO-OP elevator for 10 years before retiring in 1982.

   Louis was a member of the St. Cyril Catholic Church in Nashville.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, John Dan and Leo Hickey; sisters, Agnes, Josephine, Mary and Margaret; brothers-in-law, Faye Garvey, Carlyle Dean, Anthony Birch and John McIntee.

   Louis is survived by his beloved wife, Donna; two sons, Patrick Hickey of Vermontville, Edward (Nora) Hickey, of Hickory Corners; his brother, Maurice Hickey of Lake Odessa; two granddaughters, Stephanie and Kelsey London of Hastings; son-in-law, Patrick London of Hastings and several nieces and nephews.

   A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Cyril Catholic Church in Nashville, on Saturday, Jan. 30, with Father Al Russell officiating. Interment took place immediately following the funeral service at Lakeview Cemetery Nashville.

   Memorial contributions can be made to Pennock Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

   Visit the web site at www.danielsfuneralhome.net for further details. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Ralph Lavern Higdon

 

   Ralph Lavern Higdon of Alma, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away December 5,2010 at the age of 92. He was born in Eaton Rapids, December 29, 1917, the son of Earl and Ethel (Priest) Higdon. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1936. Ralph served as an Artillery man for the US Army during WWII in Africa and Europe. He was a 60 years member of the Masonic Lodge #63 F & AM in Eaton Rapids and a member of the High Wheelers Club in Florida. Ralph was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed wood carving, buying, selling and collecting antiques.

   Ralph is survived by his sister, Arlene Andreas of Eaton Rapids; 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; brothers, Floyd and Maynard Higdon; sisters, Alice Higdon, Lillian Dillin and Myrtle Kendall.

   Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 16, 2010 at the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Pathways, 1200 Wright Ave. Alma, MI 48801. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Richard W. Hilderley

 

   Richard W. Hilderley, 78, of Charlotte, died Saturday, September 18, 2010. He was born January 10, 1932 in Jackson, the son of Theron and Helen (Clark) Hilderley. Richard was a Sergeant with the Michigan State Police for 28 years. Following his retirement he became a Magistrate for Eaton county, Mich. He also served in the Navy during the Korean War.

   He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane; daughter, Janet (Rob Ervine) Hilderley of Chelsea and Virginia (Mike) Krauss of Clinton; son, Richard (Amy) Hilderley of Tecumseh; grandchildren, Salena Heimerdinger, Taylor Krauss, Spencer Krauss, Marlena Hilderley, Madison Hilderley Melanie Hilderley and brother, David (Barbara) Hilderley of Jackson.

   Graveside services were held Friday, September 24, 2010 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Richard W. Hill

 

   Richard Wayne Hill, Jr., 42, of Lake Odessa, formerly of Potterville, died as the result of a motorcycle accident on Sunday afternoon, July 25, 2010. Rich was born in Charlotte, Mich. on Nov. 20, 1926 to Richard Hill, Sr. and Anne (Smith) Hill Aseltine. Rich served his country in the US Army from 1986-1989. He was united in marriage to Georgina Fry on April 3, 1993. Rick was currently employed as a Program Computer Analyst by the State of Michigan. For several years Rich was a Real Estate Agent/Broker in the Lansing area. Rick held a Second Degree Black Belt in Okinawa Shido-kan at the Lansing Original Okinawa Karate Dojo. Rich was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church, and had shared a baptism with his children a week prior to his death.

   He is survived by his wife, Georgina; Rich was the proud father of Colton Richard Hill and Cheyenne Katherine Hill; his faithful companion, Oscar; father, Richard Hill, Sr. (Betty Saylor); mother, Anne (Allen) Aseltine; sister, Shelley (John) Bott; grandmother, Joyce Smith; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Kenneth and Georgia Fry; and many other loving relatives and friends.

   Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Mildred Steele and Carl Smith, Jr.; and his uncle, Michael Hill.

   A funeral service was held Wednesday July 28 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for Rick’s children, which will be set up at Union Bank in Lake Odessa. Memories and messages may be left at www.koopsfc.com.

Thelma E. (White) Hilliard

 

   Thelma E. (White) Hilliard of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, age 93, died Sunday, November 28, 2010. Thelma was born August 31, 1917 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Harvey and Mabel White. Thelma was a devoted mother and housewife. She enjoyed spending time with her family and worked along with her husband on the family farm.

   She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Don) Janecke and Phyllis (Phil) Brooks all of Eaton Rapids; son, Kenneth Hilliard of Sacramento, CA; 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two sisters, Bernice Gettys of Charlotte and April Crandall of Denver, CO. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. John; her brothers, Carl, Cecil, Dale, Donald, Gerald, Roland and Russell.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home at 315 S. River St. Eaton Rapids with Pastor Mark Eckert of the Calvary Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Munger Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Those desiring, may make contributions to New Haven Foster Care Home at 230 Hoehn Court, Dimondale, MI 48821.

   The family would like to express their gratitude to the caring staff of New Haven for the very loving care received by our mother. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Alice F. Hilton

 

   Alice Faye Hilton, 66, of Dowling, Mich., was taken into the loving hands of our Lord on Feb. 18, 2010. Alice was born to George and Mary Tolgo on March 28, 1943 in Turner, Mich.

   Alice was a loving wife, mother, friend and grandmother. She retired after 30 years of federal service. Alice began her federal career on Sept. 6, 1961 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. and transferred in August 1962 to the newly renamed Defense Logistics Services Center which was moving from Washington to Battle Creek, reporting for work in Battle Creek on Jan. 7, 1963. Alice met and marring James Hilton, a fellow DLSC employee in 1971. She decided to leave DLSC in 1973 to pursue other interest, one of which was to become a registered nurse, and from 1976 to 1980 she worked as a psychiatric nurse at the VA medical center in Battle Creek, and at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. 1980 brought Alice back to DLSC; she was promoted several times throughout the years and retired March 28, 1998 as a logistic systems analyst.

   Alice and her family lived in the Lacy area since 1979. She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Charlotte where she had served as Sunday school teacher and Superintendent. She had volunteered as a foster mother, a Big Sister, a Red Cross Gray Lady, as a member of the Battle Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, as well as staffing blood pressure clinics. She also had some entrepreneurial talents, in that she set up, and was advisor to the first Junior Achievement Computer Co. in the United States. She also established and chaired Easter baskets each year to shut-ions and nursing homes in the Charlotte and Battle Creek areas. Alice enjoyed “people helping”, music bowling, spending time with family and grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by sisters, Nancy Tolgo (1966); father, George Tolgo (1994) and mother, Mary Tolgo (2002).

   She is survived by husband, James Hilton; son, John (Amy) Hilton; five grandchildren, John Hilton, Jr., Calvin Hilton, Bridgett Hilton, Ashley Henning and Amanda Rooney; 12 brothers and sisters; many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

   Per Alice’s wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donation Program.

   A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the First Lutheran Church, 550 E. Shepherd St., Charlotte.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Mich., Anatomical Donation Program, 1137 E. Catherine St., 3626 Medical Science Bldg. 2, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0608, or to the First Lutheran Church, 500 E. Shepherd St., charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Roy Dean Hinckley

 

   Roy Dean Hinckley, 51, fought the good fight and finished his race on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

   Roy was born Sept. 5, 1959, in Charlotte, Mich., to Elam and Shirley Hinckley. Roy served in the United States Navy from 1976 to 1980. In 1979, while stationed in Texas, Roy married the love of his life, Brenda Fox. Two years later, they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Amanda Hinckley Gierratano. After giving his heart to the Lord in 1994, Roy dedicated the rest of his life to sharing the love of God with all he came in contact with. Roy’s passion was mission work, feeding, clothing and healing hurting people. Roy pastored a church in Gonzales, Texas, for six years before moving to Kansas City. In 2006, shortly after Roy and his wife moved to Kansas City, they welcomed the first of two grandchildren. There are not enough words to describe Roy’s love and passion he had for his grandchildren. Living by example, Roy taught all who knew him how to not only live the length of your life but the width as well.

   Roy was preceded in death by his father, Elam Hinckley. Survivors include wife, Brenda Fox Hinckley, daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Nate Giarratano, two grandchildren, Elem Douglas Gierratano and Eden Love Giarratano, all of Olathe. Roy is also survived by his mother, Shirley Hinckley, brothers, Dan and Bruce Hinckley, sisters, Kathy Aaron, Tina Kellogg and Sue Thornell, all of Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roy’s family.

 

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Clarence E. Hines

 

   Clarence Elijah Hines, 70, died April 12, 2010. Mr. Hines was born Oct. 11, 1939 in Madison, SD, the son of Edward and Alvilda (Olson) Hines.

   Mr. Hines was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was retired form Oldsmobile.

   He is survived by his sons, Clarence (Sheila) Hines of Colorado Springs and Christopher (Lori) Hines of Eaton Rapids and his daughter, Sherry Hines of Charlotte.

   Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 20, at Ft. Custer Cemetery in Augusta. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Betty J. Hinman

 

   Betty J. Hinman, 80, died Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Mrs. Hinman was born February 25, 1930 in Flint, MI the daughter of Arthur and Erma (Head) Teel.

   She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Eldridge; daughters, Deborah (Jay) Auerbach of Atlanta, GA, Paula (Mark) Calder of Barrie, ON, Peggy (Kim) Davis of Eaton Rapids and Pamela Jessup of Dublin, OH; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Janet Hinman.

   Graveside services will be 2:30 Friday, September 3, 2010 at Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte, MI with Reverend Richard Mitterling officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

John A. Hipshire

 

   John A. Hipshire, age 41 of Leslie, died Sunday, August 8, 2010 in Red Bluff, CA. John was born June 12, 1969 in Wyandotte, the son of John L. and Mary M. (Mayville) Hipshire. He was preceded in death by his father John Hipshire in 1981 and his mother, Mary Hipshire in 2001.

   He was a loving brother to 2 brothers, William Hipshire (Pam) of Chicago, Carl Hipshire of Eaton Rapids; 3 sisters, Jordan Knickerbocker aka Kathy of California, Charlotte Hipshire of Georgia, and Kellie Ahrens (John) of Leslie. He was a loving uncle to 9 nieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Toby Teague officiating.

 

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Donald C. Hoag

 

   Donald Clyde Hoag Jr., 58, of Potterville, died Tuesday, December 22, 2010 after a short, hard fought battle with cancer. He was born November 12, 1952 in Lansing, the son of Donald Hoag, Sr. and Patricia (Frazier) Hoag.

   He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Guadelupe Hoag, and their sons; Donald C. Hoag III, and Korey L. Hoag; special granddaughter, Maddyson Elyse Hoag; brother, Gerald Hoag and family; sister, Emilee Hoag Ackley and family.

   He was preceded in death by his mother in 1992 and his father in 2004. He was a caring, loving father, husband, grandfather, brother and uncle who enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and bird watching.

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

 

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Carol Jean (Haviland) Holdridge

 

   Carol Jean (Haviland) Holdridge, age 67, passed away at her home, August 13, 2010 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Lansing, MI, on July 3, 1943, the daughter of Maurice and Helen (Phelps) Haviland. Carol graduated from Sexton High School in 1961. She was a member of the Arbor Foundation, AARP. Carol enjoyed flower gardening, collecting many different things and she loved candles.

   She is survived by her spouse, Daniel K> Holdridge; children, Annette K. Hulsey, Ronald J. “Jim” (Mary) Lyon Jr., Jolette F. (Jeffrey Childress) Lyon; grandchildren, Jesse Jo Lyon, Taylor Jean and Morgan Ann Hulsey; great grandchild, Layla Jade Lopez; brother, Dale (Yvonne) Haviland; sister, Locelle Stone; best friend, Stella Wood; many special family and friends. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Harold Haviland, Dorotha Patterson, Francis Brown, Doris Rauschenberger, Leona Sellers, William Haviland.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Carol’s husband Dan.

   Those wishing may send online condolences to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Ottmar Lewis “Ott” Holley

 

   Ottmar Lewis “Ott” Holley of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, age 85, of Eaton Rapids died Monday, June 7, 2010 at a Lansing hospital. Born June 14, 1924 in Munith, Michigna, the son of Lester B. and Bessie (Best) Holley. Ott served in the Army during WWII and worked for Motor Wheel in Lansing as a Supervisor. Preceding him in death was a daughter, Holly (Holley) Voelker in 1991; brothers and sister, Ronal, Chet, Les and George Holley, Florence Vincent.

   He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna; son, Ottmar (Mary) Holley Jr. of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; brother, Harry (Lois) Holley of 29 Palms, CA, numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, June 11, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Pastor Carolyn Hastings of the Wayside Chapel in Mason officiated. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Carl Hollister

 

   Carl Hollister, 40, of Olivet, died Wednesday, September 22, 2010. He was born July 5, 1970 in Charlotte, the son of Orvil and Eileen (Fancher) Hollister. Carl was a site engineer for Consumers Energy and served in the US Army in the Gulf War during Desert Storm. He wrote a novel called Rebel Beginnings. He loved drawing, model cars and country music.

   He is survived by his wife, Deena; daughters, Heather and Brittney; parents, Orvil and Eileen (Fancher) Hollister; brothers, Kelly (Mistelle) Hollister, Tim Hollister, Kurtis (Nicky) Hollister and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating.

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

 

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Earl O. Hose

 

   Earl Ogden Hose, 90, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Earl was born January 22, 1920 in Benton Harbor, the son of William and Florence (Britiuzs) Hose. He served in the Army in WWII. He was a member of the Lions Club for over 40 years and had perfect attendance. Earl was also active in the Nashville, Traverse City and Potterville Lions Club and helped to start a club in Chums Corner, Mich.

   He is survived by his sons, Dale (Judy) Hose of Charlotte, Dwaine Hose and special friend, Phillip Koenders of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, Dale (Lynn) Hose, Josh (Shawn) Hose and Andrew (Brandy) Hose; seven great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred I. (Leedy) Hose, and eight siblings.

   Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Mark Booth officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Lion’s Club, Leader Dog for the Blind or Eaton Community Hospice House. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Darlene Hosey

 

   Darlene Hosey, 70, of Vermontville, died Monday, October 4, 2010. She was born September 11, 1940 in Vermontville, the daughter of Austin and Ruth (Briggs) Janousek. Darlene retired as an employee for the State of Michigan. She enjoyed crosswords, collecting cookbooks and reading. She was especially fond of her grandchildren, doing genealogy and camping with her family.

   She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Stanley; daughters, Kim (Duane) Eldred of Vermontville and Kristie (Anthony) Faynor of Vermontville; five grandchildren, Christopher, Katie and Emily Eldred, Ford and Quentin Faynor; sisters, Dawn Jones of Charlotte and Rosella “Susie (Larry) Schulze of Charlotte; brothers, Terry Janousek of Nashville; brothers-in-law, Eldon Hosey and Archie (Florence) Hosey; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Hosey and Lila Janousek.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Doug and Darrell Janousek.

   Memorial services were held Thursday, October 7,2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Travis Nightengale officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Roy M. Hough

 

   At the age of 96, in the early hours of Feb. 24, 2010, Roy M. Hough was called home by his heavenly father. When Roy walked through the gates, angels were polishing the hood of an antique Mogul Tractor.

   It was purring and ready for a special parade. Along the route, his wife Pauline; their daughter, Carol; his sister, Frances, and his parents, Mary (Becker) and Ernest Hough were waiting. Many other friends and family lined the golden streets for a special welcome.

   Roy Maynard Hough was born on Jan. 15, 1914. He was raised on a farm in Sunfield, with sister, Frances (Gerald Stucker), and his brother, Murray (Violet) Hough, now of Lansing. Roy’s mother once said, “Roy can see a tractor a mile away, but he can’t see a horse right by the fence.”

   He helped around the farm in any way he could, enjoyed playing “oil truck” with his wagon and a milk can, and walked a mile to school. Roy graduated from Sunfield High School in 1932.

   He had always known Pauline (Reahm), as their families were close friends.

   In 1935, Roy and Pauline married. After living in Sunfield where Roy worked at the elevator, they bought their farm south of Sunfield where they raised their two daughters, Marilee (Larry Steward) of Sunfield and Dr. Carol (Tom Winters).

   During his many years in Sunfield, Roy served in many ways. He was a school bus driver, school board member, active member of the Sunfield United Brethren Church, Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, church treasurer, as well as business owner.

   Roy and Murray, the Hough Boys, joined in a business venture to create, Hough Brothers, Ind. Millwrights and Builders. They became well known for their renovation work on many area grain elevators, and employed 30-40 people from the local community. Soon they were internationally known for their slip form cement silos and feed mill innovations.

   After retiring in 1977, Roy made a full-time hobby of antique tractor restoration. The shop and barn were full of rusty relics that needed his attention. Working out in the shop, he slowly put these “Iron Biddies” back into working order, and drove them at numerous tractor shows, parades and special occasions.

   He and Pauline also went on many trips to exotic places. In 1979, they pulled a trailer up the Alcan Highway to Alaska. The vibrations of the gravel road jiggled the radio right out of the dash of the Cordoba they drove. Later, in the 1980’s, they went to Australia, and China.

   He introduced his love of anything that would go, to his four grandchildren, Kevin (Tricia) Steward, of Grand Ledge, Karin Steward (Ronnie Raymond) of Sunfield, Amy Winters (Merl Seifken) of Naperville, Ill., and John Winters of Grand Rapids. Grandpa Roy let them have the run of the farmyard with his toys. He was always willing to teach them anything he knew, and lead them by giving a good example of strong Christian values.

   He was excited to be able to pass his hobby onto his five great grandchildren, Jacob and Josh Siefken, Dyland and Jolena Steward, and Ashleigh Raymond. They would all beg to get the tractors out at every family gathering.

   Services were held March 5 at Sunfield United Brethren Church. Interment at Lakeside Cemetery in Lake Odessa. Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.legacy.com. The family is being served by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield.

 

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Kimberly Sue (Blanchard) Howard

 

   Kimberly Sue Howard of Leslie formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 38, passed away in Lansing, September 7, 2010. She was born in Lansing January 28, 1972 the daughter of Dallas and Roberta (Parker) Blanchard. Kimberly was currently employed with Eaton Rapids Medical Center. She worked many years as a home health nurse. Kimberly enjoyed reading and bird watching.

   She is survived by her sons, Joshua Michael Blanchard of Leslie, Jonathan Howard of Quincy; daughter, Britney Nicole Blanchard of Nashville; father, Dallas (Judith) Blanchard of Remus; mother Roberta Blanchard of Eaton Rapids; brother Michael Lee (Dawn) Blanchard of Charlotte; sister, Michelle Lynn Perkins of OK; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, September 10, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Judith A. Howe

 

   Judith Ann Howe, 72, of Charlotte, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. She was born August 29, 1937 in Ohio. Judy retired from the Charlotte School District as a teacher’s aide. She also worked at Wal-Mart. Judy was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family and enjoyed being around her friends. She loved her cats Toby and Cleo. Judy’s love of children followed her all through her life as she enjoyed being greeted by children she once taught. Judy lived a fun-filled life as she traveled and camped with her family. Judy now departs this world and is reunited with her husband and family.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Howe; son Timothy Howe and daughter-in-law, Geneva Howe.

   Surviving are her son, Daniel (Alicia) Howe of Savannah, Ga.; grandchildren, Griffin and Kaylei Howe of Savannah.

   Memorial services will be held Monday, March 1, 2010 at 6 p.m.at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, located at 900 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.

   The family will receive friends at the Chapel on Monday, one hour prior to the service. Those desiring to send condolences to Daniel and Alicia Howe can do so at, 513 Braves Field Drive, Guyton, GA 31312. Online condolences may be sent to www.gorslineruncimanlansing.com.

 

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Timothy G. Howe

 

   Timothy G. Howe, 39, of Charlotte, died Jan. 25, 2010 of natural causes at Sparrow Hospital.

   He was born May 24, 1970, the son of Gordon and Judith Howe was a very likeable air personality on WITL radio for over 22 years in the Lansing area.

   He was a rollercoaster enthusiast, a fan of the Detroit Tigers, enjoyed time with his niece and nephew, and traveling.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva (Chapman) Howe and Gordon Lee Howe in 2005.

   Tim is survived by his mother, Judith Howe of Charlotte; brother, Daniel Warner and Alicia (Golovich) Howe and their two children, Griffin and Kaylei, of Savannah, Ga.

   Memorial services were led by Pastor Charles Jenson Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing.

   Online condolences may be made at www.gorslinerincimanfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Janice Ann Hunt

 

   Janice Ann Hunt of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 64, passed away in Lansing August 2, 2010. She was born in Eaton Rapids, November 1, 1945, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Frances (Coon) Hunt. She was an Eaton Rapids High school graduate. She worked for the Lake Trust Bank, formerly the State Employees Credit Union. Janice enjoyed going out for dinner with her family and friends. She collected bears and the Peanuts and Garfield characters. Janice also enjoyed reading books.

   She is survived by her sisters, Joan Ottney of Eaton Rapids, Mary Kuhn of Madison, AL; nieces, Sandra (Chris) Taylor of AL, Johanna Kuhn of FL. Janice was preceded in death by her parents.

   Funeral services were held, Friday August 6, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3100 West Rd. Suite 110 East Lansing, MI 48823.

 

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Harold V. Hussey, Sr.

 

   Harold Vernon Hussey, Sr. - Beverly Hills, Fla., 83, died on Friday, April 16, 2010. He was born on May 27, 1926 in his parents’ home in Largo, Fla. Harold was the youngest of the Hussey children. He grew up working in his father’s sawmill in Largo, At a young age he learned how to cast net fish and that was when his love began for fishing. He quickly earned the nickname Mullet which he never lost. He and his brother-in-law owned a service station in Tarpon Springs, Fla. In 1953 he moved to Michigan and began working for General Motors. He loved to swim, travel, hunt and fish. He retired from General Motors Plant 1, in Lansing, Mich. He moved back to Florida after retirement, this was always considered his home. He was a member of the Gulf-to-Lake Church, in Crystal River, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by: his parents, John Simeon Hussey and Ethel Leona (Holder) Hussey; one step-sister, and 15 brothers and sisters.

   He is survived by his wife Kathleen June (White) Hussey. Harold’s children are, Diana (Robert) Moore of Safety Harbor, Fla., Paula (James) VanDorpe, of Charlotte, Mich., Gail (Dennis) Carr, Edgewood, Ky., Harold “Butch” (Jeanne) Hussey Jr., Nashville, Mich.; step-children, Kathy (Pierre) Alix, Titusville, Fla.; grandchildren: Theresa VanDorpe, Charlotte, Mich., Michelle (Ryan) Stubblefield, Charlotte, Mich., Mindy (Leon) Cleary, Florence, Ky., Sgt. Michael Barrett, Independence, Ky., Joseph Barrett, Edgewood, Ky., Casey Hussey, Charlotte, Mich., Cody (Andera) Hussey, Lindsey Hussey, Charlotte, Mich., Chantel Alix, Chesterfield, Va., Chase (Katie) Alix, Midlothian, Va. and 10 great grandchildren.

   A Memorial Service will be held at Fero Funeral Home, 5955 North Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, Fla. 34465 on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Lloyd Bertine officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to “In Memory of Harold Hussey Sr.” @ Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, 321 E. Harris, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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David W. Huva

 

   David Wayne Huva, 68, of Charlotte, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 24, 2010. In March of 1942, he was born to William and Dortha (Van Pelt) Huva in Wauseon, Ohio. Graduated from Wauseon High School and DeVries College where he studied radio engineering. His career in radio started at WPLB in Greenville and continued for 37 years at WCER in Charlotte. He was a deeply religious man who never wore it on his sleeve, he simply lived it. He belonged to the First Lutheran Church where he was very active. He was a HAM radio enthusiast and was a regular Red Cross Blood donor with over 15 gallons donated.

   He is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Marjorie (Peake) Huva; his son, David Wayne Huva II of Charlotte; his daughter, Bethann Alice (Joseph) Duffy of Ann Arbor; grandson, David Huva IIIl step-grandchildren, Sean and Allison Duffy; step-great grandchild, Emory Duffy and his sister, Phyllis Herman of Montpelier, Ohio.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dortha Huva and his brother, Richard Huva.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 28,2010 at the First Lutheran Church, 500 E. Shepherd St., Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Brush Ridge Cemetery in Barry County. Memorial contributions may go to the First Lutheran Church, Eaton Community Hospice or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Gerald Devere Ide

 

   Gerald Devere Ide was born to Oris Glenn and Mary Briggs Ide on January 29, 1924, in Cadillac, Michigan. His death was August 8, 2010, in Craig, CO. He was the oldest of five boys and one girl. He was married to Jeanne Marie Mullally on July 24, 1954. They had two children. Jerry Ide was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Jeanne; his brother, Herb; sister, Norma Jean; and a grandson, Adam.

   Jerry Ide was amazing before he ever left high school. He graduated 2nd in his class and was also the Class President. He continued his studies while in the Army Air Corps, taking navigator and weatherman training. From there, he went to the University of Michigan, and then completed his Masters at New York University  - where he graduated in the top ten of his class. He had earned money toward college by picking cherries each summer in Traverse City, Michigan. He fell in love with Traverse City and the East Bay, where he returned over and over again during his life.

   Early on, he went to work at JC Penney’s as a Manager. The job took him to Highland Park, Michigan, where he broke the rules and dated an employee that he couldn’t get out of his mind. He married her seven months later. The family landed in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, where he had a family clothing store that he owned and operated for 25 years.

    University of Michigan was his team. He would watch the games with his wife, Jeanne, and his best friends, Pete and Donna. They got crazy with the blue and gold colors of U of M, during the Rose Bowl games in particular. Some of his happiest moments were when the four of them tailgated to the U of M football games.

   What I want everyone to know about Jerry Ide… is something many people already know - it’s his kindness. When he owned his clothing store in Eaton Rapids, he gave credit lines to people that he doubted would ever pay. He helped the Homes filled with children through the VFW. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was sought after for Mayor of the Town, and in retirement, he ran a Food Bank in Tennessee for 12 years. He said of all the work he had done in his life, this was the best. He interviewed people for help-talking to people that lived on the street, people with addictions, people of all races and backgrounds - and he was kind, fair, and compassionate to all. He was kind to anyone he ran into, always. He had time to talk - always. He was never too busy for anyone.

   Jerry enjoyed meeting people. He loved to be included in everything. He enjoyed life and people. There were “extra” people at every holiday meal. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Traverse City, as well as the time he had in Canada, India and China.

   Gerald Devere Ide is survived by his daughter, Tracy M. (Mike) Sheldon-Elzey in Craig, CO; his son, Terry J. (Shari) Ide in Adrian, MI; his grandsons, Matthew b. Sheldon of Craig, Jason Ide of Arian, Brandon Ide of Adrian; and two step-grandchildren, Brett Auwaerter of Craig and Jennifer Auwaerter of Houston.. He is also survived by brothers, Harold Ide of Michigan, Dwayne (Sherri) Ide of UP, Michigan, and Keith (Jacque) Ide of Florida. He has many nieces nephews and cousins spread throughout the country.

   Jerry Ide was an example: as to how to live life with compassion towards others, how to be open-minded and fair, how to live with Faith, how to contribute to your community, and how to love unconditionally. His family has many, many wonderful memories to help them go forward, however, he will be deeply missed.

 

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Jacqueline Ireland

 

   Jacqueline Ireland, 74, of Battlefield, MO, died Wednesday, December 29, 2010. She was born June 17, 1936 in Muir, Mich., the daughter of John and Norma Eckley. She was employed by the State of Michigan Corrections Department for 20 years.

   She will be missed greatly by her two daughters, Kimberly (Rich) Campbell of Battlefield, MO and Tracy Morgan of Saranac, MI. She was the “best Nana ever” to three granddaughters, Cori Clark, Lauren Gierzak, Leeza Gierzak and two grandson, Jon Clark and Riley Morgan. She was also blessed with one great grandson, Daniel Clark and a great granddaughter, Layla LaFay and another great granddaughter “on the way”. She brought joy and laughter to everyone she met and was a friend who would always be there to help, listen and love unconditionally. She lived in Kiwanis Manor in Charlotte for eight years and flourished with the love and friendships she was surrounded by. A memorial luncheon will be held this spring at North Plains Church in Muir.

 

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Joseph P. Jacobs

 

   Joseph “Yo Yo” Patrick Jacobs, 60, of Bellevue, died Thursday, August 12, 2010. He was born August 12, 1950 in Carson City, Mich., the son of John and Eva (Lowe) Jacobs and they both preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Mariah Jacobs and Jeremiah Damer; brothers, Michael (Shelley) Jacobs, Francis (Carolyn) Jacobs; sister, Ruth (Richard) Gingrich; several nieces and nephews including great nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Anthony Jay Stewart, Devin Michael Stewart, Helena Lynn Jonckhere; special friends, Randy and Karla Ettinger and son, Corbin.

   Joe was employed by Motor Wheel and for the past 16 years by Ad-Tech. He served his country during the Vietnam War in the Navy on the U.S.S. Ogden and was a member of the American Legion, the  VFW, as well as the Eagles. Joe was a sportsman, loving to golf, fish and hunt.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Jensen officiating. Interment was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

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

 

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John D. Jensen

 

   John D. Jensen, 46, of Vermontville, died Monday, October 25, 2010. He was a line worker at Spartan Motors in Charlotte. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Barbara Collingsworth Johnson

 

   Barbara Collingsworth Johnson (BC), 64, of Dimondale, passed away on Friday, December 10, 2010 after a courageous battle of 14 years with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She was born September 19, 1946 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Howard and Alice (Sessions) Hile. BC grew up on a farm south of Ionia. She was the speech and drama teacher for Charlotte Public Schools, directing the annual student play and other small plays throughout the year. She also created close relationships with her students and was dedicated to helping them develop their full potential. She retired in 2000. BC helped with blood drives at school, herself being a 60-pint donor with the Red Cross, and encouraging others to donate. She was on the design team of Charlotte Performing Arts Center, a former board member of Eaton County United Way, worked with the Peer Resistance Leader Program and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) doing mock accident scenes.

   She is survived by her son, William “Willie” Collingsworth of Dimondale; mother, Alice Hile of Ionia; brother, Jim (Kay) Hile of Lansing and her special caregiver, Deborah Loveland of Charlotte.

   The family will receive visitors Monday, December 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Funeral and Affirmation Celebration will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Charlotte Performing Arts Center with Reverend Steve Ezop officiating. A private interment will be at a later date in Letts Cemetery on Peck Lake Road in Ionia. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to A.L.S. of Michigan or The C.P.S. Education Foundation for Arts. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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John D. Johnson

 

   John Daniel “J.D.” Johnson, a 55-year resident of Charlotte, was born in Buchanan, Mich. Jan. 9, 1918 the son of Arthur and Gertrude Johnson. A graduate of Michigan State College (MSU) - B.S. in Agriculture in 1940. He taught Vocational Agriculture for four years before joining the MSU Extension Staff in 1945. J.D. served as the f-H Club Agent then as Berrien County Extension Director. He earned an M.S. degree in 1953 and then accepted a two-year assignment as Livestock Specialist in Medellin, Colombia, S.A. In 1955 he returned to Michigan and served MSU as Eaton County Extension Agent and later as Director. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte and was a founding member and past President of Charlotte Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Manor.

   He, with his wife Sybil, enjoyed hosting a farmer’s tour to Europe in 1980. A world traveler, he hosted People to People Farm tours to South America, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines. He retired in 1976 after 31 years with MSU Extension spending most winters in Texas, Florida, Arizona or California.

   He passed quietly into the presence of his Savior on April 27, 2010.

   He was preceded by his wife, Sybil, of sixty four years and his brother, Walter.

   He is survived by two brothers, Robert (Barbara) and Reese (Peggy) and one sister, Ruth (Elmer) Duval, his son Ronald (of Ludington) and daughter Janice Wiltshire (of Charlotte), five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 30, 2010 at the First Baptist Church, 1110 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI with Rev. Robin Crouch officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church, Sparrow Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

 

Bryan W. Jones

 

   Bryan William Jones of Marshall, formerly of Bellevue, died Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. Services were held Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Robert Jones

 

   Robert “Bobby” Jones, 51, of Potterville, died Saturday, June 19, 2010. He was born February 18,1959 in Lansing, the son of Gordon and Joyce (Crosslan) Jones. Bobby was employed at General Motors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. He loved his children and was extremely proud of them.

   He is survived by his wife, Robyn; sons, Robert

(Catalina) Jones of Potterville and Justin (Amanda) Jones of Potterville; three grandchildren, Autumn, Bobby and Austin.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Ann Jones in 2000 and his brother, Wesley Jones in 2009. Memorial services will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lansing. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Rita P. Joseph

 

   Rita P. Joseph, 80, of Potterville, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was born August 28, 1929 in Pontiac, the daughter of Ernest and Clara (Ruth) French. Rita married her late husband, Charles Joseph Jr. in 1947 becoming co-owner of Carl’s Supermarket in Potterville. She was a member of the Potterville United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School Superintendant, on the Board of Trustee’s, was Finance Committee Chairman, President, Vice President and Secretary of United Methodist Women’s, Sunday School Teacher, Organist and several other committees. Rita was the Benton Township Clerk from 1959 to 1963, involved in Band Boosters from 1962 to 1972, a charter member of the Potterville Area Chamber of Businesses, Gizzard Fest Committee as Chairman of “Sidewalk Café” and Parade, Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She also was involved in the Benton Township/Potterville Fire Department being on the Fire Board beginning in 2002, she was a licensed E.M.T. with the National Registry & Fire Fighter, CPR and Red Cross Instructor for 40 years ending in 1997. Rita was a past President and Treasurer of the Eaton County Humane Society and Potterville Downtown Development Committee.

   She is survived by her daughter, Julie (Jim) Robertson; son, Charles Joseph; daughter, Kathy Joseph; grandchildren, James (Jean) Robertson, Jeromy (Kimberly) Robertson, Jacob (Coty) Robertson and Malanie and Samuel Joseph; great grandchildren, Alexander Robertson; Eric Robertson, Kyle Robertson, Brett Robertson, Ian Robertson, Hayden Robertson, Lillian Irene Robertson; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Joseph, Yvonne Chapman and Janice French; several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Joseph, Jr. in 1999.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be in Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville. Visitation will be Friday, March 12, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church, Potterville Benton Fireman’s Association or Advantage Hospice. Online condolences may be made t www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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William Frederick Kasten

 

   William Frederick Kasten, age 79 of Eaton Rapids passed from this life on Monday, April 26, 2010 at a Lansing hospital following a terminal illness with pancreatic cancer. Born July 19, 1930 in Allegan, Michigan the son of Frederick J. and Marian C. (Stickel) Kasten. At the age of 11, Bill was baptized in to his faith on January 1941, he became a Pioneer in 1948 and was Presiding Overseer in the Paw Paw Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the age of 19. He attended the Gilead Missionary School and graduated in 1951 then traveled to Bethel, Germany to serve. Following his work in German, Bill served as minister in Quebec for a period of time. In 1962, Bill was requested to return to Gilead for additional training and then assigned to missionary work in Luxembourg for 10 years. During the years from 1975 through 1978 he was assigned to serve in Brooklyn, New York where he used his skills as a Master Plasterer to assist with the renovating of the World Headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 1998, Bill returned to Michigan and continued to reach out to others in his ministry. In 2001, Bill married Jacqueline (Davison) Williams of Eaton Rapids and together they enjoyed a wonderful life until his death. Preceding in death was his parents; and wife Mary Olive (Blanchard) Kasten.

   He is survived by his wife, Jackie; 3 children, Shari (Mike) Bambrick of Eaton Rapids, tom (Jamie) Williams of Potterville and Julie (Bruce) Brantley of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; 5 brothers & sisters, Carolyn Semon of Richland, Dean (Norine) Kasten of Holland, Gene (Susan) Kasten of South Haven, Maggie (Jim) Dykstra of Paw Paw and Sharon (Jan) Snider of Estero, FL; numerous nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service to honor Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Merritt Auditorium at the Eaton Rapids High School 800 State St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made to either the Jehovah’s Witnesses in care of Matt Fowler at Eaton Rapids Kingdom Hall 8972 Holmes Hwy. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 or to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of William F. Kasten. Arrangements were made through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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John H. Keenan

 

   John H. Keenan, Jr., 54, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. He was born Jan. 13, 1956 in Battle Creek, the son of John Keenan and Lila (Johnson) Latham.

   Mr. Keenan was employed at Meijer in Charlotte and volunteered at the SIREN/Eaton Shelter. He was passionate about softball, wrestling, football and basketball and was always involved in coaching and supporting his children to be the best they could be. He was preceded in death by his father, John Keenan, Sr. and sister, Mary Rose Keenan Davis.

   He is survived by his son, Cory (Raquelita) Keenan of Kentucky; daughter, Heather Keenan of Charlotte; son, Jimmy Keenan of Charlotte; daughter, Annie Keenan of Charlotte; former wife, Tammy Keenan of Charlotte; mother, Lila (Harold) Latham; brother, Jack Keenan; nieces, Jody Armstrong and Amy Davis. Memorial services were held Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Dr. Reverend Carol Spangenberg officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Heather Keenan. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Terry L. Kelley

 

   Terry L. Kelley, 55, of Charlotte, died Thursday, September 30, 2010. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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John A. Kent

 

   John Allen Kent, 46, of Nashville, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010 at his home in Nashville. John was born in Hastings on July 17, 1963 the son of Gerald and Anne (Smith) Kent. He was raised in the Nashville area and attended local schools, graduating from Maple Valley High School in 1981. He was the husband of Denise (Valdick) Kent. The couple was married May 11, 1985 in Charlotte and made their home in the Nashville area where they raised their beloved daughters together. John worked with his family, operating Kent Oil and Propane after graduating from high school. In 1996, John purchased the family business with his brother-in-law Jeff Hynes. The two have operated the business together and in 1999 expanded by purchasing Frost Heating and Cooling. He was a member of the Michigan Petroleum Association, Michigan Propane Gas Association, and the National Propane Association. John loved the outdoors; he enjoyed hunting in the fall, ice fishing in the winter and landscaping his yard during the summer. John’s first love however was his family, and he cherished his time with them.

   John is survived by his wife and best friend of 25 years Denise, his two daughters, Rebecca and Jennifer Kent, his parents, Jerry and Anne Kent, two sisters, Kristine (Jeff) Hynes, Teresa (Tom) Gloden, sister-in-laws, Cheryl (Terry) Pierce, Brenda (Eric) Valiquette, brother-in-law, Mark (Angie) Valdick, mother-in-law, Janet Valdick and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held at The Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville on Monday, July 5, with Pastor Matt Rohde officiating. Interment took place at Lakeview Cemetery in Nashville.

   Memorial contributions can be made to The Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

 

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Raymond (Ray)Theodore Kern

 

   Raymond (Ray) Theodore Kern, born December 9, 1933 to Rudy and Frieda Kern, passed away on October 2, 2010. Ray was 77 years old. Ray is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Janet Kern. They were high school sweethearts who married on November 14, 1953 and remained best friends throughout their marriage. One of Ray’s greatest joys was working side-by-side with Jan and his children for more than 30 years in his office supply business.

   He is also survived by his four children: Mark Kern; Sandra (Steve) Babbitt; Marcia (Joe) Steltz; and Gary (LuAnn) Kern. Ray had eight wonderful grandchildren; Cameron (Vaughn) and Natasha Babbitt, Cassandra and Shianne Lynch, Michael and Paige Steltz and Bella and Sophie Kern. Ray is survived by his mother, Frieda Schultz, his brother Otto (Dottie) Kern and many other brothers and sister-in-laws. Ray’s second best friend after Janet was his faithful yellow Labrador, Scooter. Ray was always proud to be a member of the Lansing Eastern High school 1951 State Champion Wrestling team. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict having served with the 18th Combat Engineers. Ray served as a member of the Eaton Rapids Township Planning Commission. He loved to garden, take walks in the woods, spend time with his grandchildren and share his sense of humor with those around him. Ray valued family more than anything else in this world. He will be deeply, deeply missed and remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and friend.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 West Grand River, Lansing, MI 48917 or to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 549 East Mt. Hope, Lansing, MI 48910. A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 120 p.m. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service. For online condolences please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Gerald R. Ketvirtis

 

   Gerald R. Ketvirtis, 68, died Friday, July 2,2010 at Sparrow Hospice in Lansing.

   Born July 27, 1941 in Newberry, son of the late Charles & Mary (Dubulski) Ketvirtis, Jerry was a 1959 graduate of Newberry High School and attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Jerry served in United States Army until his honorable discharge on August 22, 1961. He was employed with the Michigan Department of Transportation for over 20 years until his retirement in 2001. Jerry was a life member of the F.O.E. Aerie #3552 in Charlotte and member of the B.P.O.E. #1705 in Newberry. His hobbies included golfing and sports.

   In addition to his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his siblings George, Charles, John, Bill, Elmer, Stan and Berniece.

   Survivors include his siblings, Ron (Gloria) Ketvirtis of Sterling Heights and Mary Ann Ketvirtis of Harbor Springs; several nieces and nephews.

   Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Frank Ricca, of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, officiating. Rite of Committal will take place at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.

   Memorials may be directed to the Newberry Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund in memory of Gerald R. Ketvirtis.

   Condolences maybe expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.

   Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

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Jack D. Kiplinger

 

   Jack D. Kiplinger passed away on July 11, 2010 at the age of 73. He was born on June 13, 1937 to R. Dale and L. Esther (Jacobs) Kiplinger in Charlotte. Jack graduated from Charlotte High school in 1955 and worked as a journeyman welder at various manufacturing companies.

   Jack is survived by six children: Jon, Jodi, Jayne (Robert) Walker, Jeanine (Kevin) Nowak, James (April), and Jesse (Michelle); siblings, Sharon (Martin) Rachilla, Bruce (Elizabeth) and Nancy (Bill) Morales; and 17 grandchildren.

   A family graveside service was held on Friday at Bosworth Cemetery.

 

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Rhoda E. Knickerbocker

 

   Rhoda E. Knickerbocker, 59, of Vermontville, died Wednesday, December 29, 2010. She was born August 18, 1951 in Charlotte, the daughter of Otis and Helen (Myers) Waters. She was a clerk for Wal-Mart. She loved playing cards, video games and enjoyed traveling.

   She is survived by her sister, Mary Jo (Paul) Goforth of Santa Monica, Calif. and ex-husband, James Knickerbocker.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Victor Lee Knickerbocker in 1989. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Charles “Charlie” Ira Koos

 

   Charles “Charlie” Ira Koos, 65, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Mr. Koos was born May 9, 1944 in Lansing, the son of George and Florence (Huffman) Koos.

   Mr. Koos worked in skilled trades at General Motors for 30 years until 1995 and worked for Eatran until 2003. He was past State President for Dads Post, past President of the local Dads Post 286 and currently held the position of National Chairman for the VFW National Children’s Home Music Department.

   Mr. Koos was devoted to his father and farmed with him for many years. He was proud of his family members in the military, which enabled him to join the Dads Post 286 at the Charlotte VFW Post 2406.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nickie; son, Raymond; daughters, Karen and Linda; stepson, Jeffrey; stepdaughters, Susan, Lesley (Edward), Cori (Denis) and Heather (Albert); foster daughter, Danielle; 17 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Herman Koos; sisters, Betty Ziegler and Melba Kohler.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers Norman and Merlin.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Dads Post 286 or the National Home for Children Music Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Judy Bell Kopulos

 

   Judy Bell Kopulos passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at the age of 65. Judy was born March 16, 1945 to Harry Snow and Julianna Dillay in Eaton Rapids, MI. Judy has been a long time resident of Eaton Rapids, she loves Michigan football, and fishing in her back yard. She also enjoyed her gambling trips up north. Judy is preceded in death by her father Harry Snow.

   Surviving Judy are her two children; Melissa (Reginald) Rice, Steve (Heather) Kopulos, grandchildren; Shannon Rice, Ashley Rice, Cody Kopulos, Zachary Kopulos, brother; Jim Snow, sisters; Jill (Rodney) Siple, Jerry (Rick) McDaniel, Jody (Jack) Pringle and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held for Judy on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Richard D. Korloch

 

   Richard D. Korloch of Potterville, died June 15, 2010 at home following a short battle with lung cancer.

   He was born October 13, 1947 in Battle Creek to Eleanor (Chaundy) and Richard Korloch.

   Rick was employed at GM, he retired in 1996. He was an excellent taxidermist.

   He was also an avid golfer, bowler, fisherman and marathon runner.

   He is survived by his wife, Judy Powell; daughter, Tami (Mark) Dickinson of Nashville, MI; sons, Sean (Jennifer) of Battle creek and Matthew (Kayla) Korloch of Bellevue; stepsons, James and Nate Powell; grandchildren, Justine and Rachel King, Eric Korloch, Jacob and Aaron Addison and Rhanin Korloch; his father, Richard W. Korloch; and brother, Don (Bobbi) Rollo.

   Rick donated his body to MSU. There will be no services.

   Condolences may be sent to Tami at mtdickinson@itwifi.net.

 

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Michael M. Kramer

 

   Michael M. Kramer, 42, died Monday, February 1, 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was born June 13, 1967 in Elmhurst, Ill., the son of William M. and Rojene M. Kramer, Jr. He attended Charlotte High School.

   He is survived by his father, William M. Kramer, Jr. of Brighton; brother, William M. Kramer III (Suzanna), nephew William M. Kramer IV, and niece Alexandra E. Kramer all of Olivet.

   Michael will be sadly missed by all. Rosary will be Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. and Memorial Mass will be Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellevue with Reverend Father Francis Mossholder as Celebrant.

 

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Roy Kramer

 

   Roy Kramer, 77, of Potterville, died Monday, August 9, 2010. He was born January 6, 1933 in Lansing, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Nakovitz) Kramer.

   He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and their children; Richard Kramer; Marie Kramer, Larry (Julie) Kramer all of Potterville, and Paul Kramer of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Kathryn (Norm) Miller, Kristie (Chris) Dukes, Joshua Kramer, Nicole (Philip) Pinckney, Traci, Rebecca and Jacob Kramer; nine great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; sister, Anna Marie Holben of Wyoming.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank, Joe and Herb; sister, Hedwig; mother-in-law, Arlene Wardwell.

   Roy was employed by GM working with the yard gang. He enjoyed working with his backhoe, especially if it involved helping others with projects. His family enjoyed annual reunions that lasted a weekend to fit all the fun in. Roy enjoyed fishing, special trips that involved camping. He was a Cub Scout leader, as well as Little League coach.

   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at his residence (5743 Windsor Hwy. Potterville), with Dean Peters officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton community Hospice. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Theodore “Ted” Krawczyk

 

   Theodore “Ted” Krawczyk of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, age 81, and life resident of Eaton Rapids died on Monday, July 12, 2010 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans with his family by his bedside. He was born in Eaton Rapids on December 11, 1928 the son of Adam and Mary (Kagan) Krawczyk. Ted served faithfully for the United States Navy during WWII. He retired as an accomplished Builder in the Construction business in Detroit. Ted loved his gardening and after retirement hooking up with his friends at Abie’s Bar & Grill. Preceding him in death were his brother and sisters, John, Angela, Wanda and Deloris.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ida; children, Linda (Mike) Cunningham of Lansing, Larry Jay Krawczyk of Rockford, Rose Marie Gleason of Eaton Rapids and stepson, Charles A. Robart of Lansing; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; 3 brothers, Stanley (Barbara) Krawczyk of Eaton Rapids, Adam Krawczyk of Texas and William (Florence) Krawczyk of Lansing; 2 sisters, Mary (Rhonald) Pierce of Lansing and Sophia Bradley of Traverse City; numerous nieces and nephews.

   It was Ted’s wishes cremation follow his death and a family Committal Service take place at Forestlawn Cemetery in Dimondale. The family is being served by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Mary Helen Krebs

 

   Mary Helen (Winn) Krebs, of Charlotte, born March 24, 1928 in Alliance, Ohio to Frank and Rosella Winn, joined her Heavenly Father on Saturday, December 18, 2010 after a lengthy illness.

   Mary Helen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She married Richard W. Krebs in 1949 in Alliance. She owned and operated an adult foster care home for over 30 years. She was a faithful member of the Charlotte Free Methodist Church before becoming ill.

    She is survived by her husband, Richard of Charlotte; son, Ronald (Ellen) of Cass City; daughters, Barbara (Dr. Ted) Scofield of Livingston, Mont., Nancy (Daniel) Pick of Charlotte, Amelia (Garth) Banks of Indianapolis, Ind. and Rebecca (Frank) Balluff of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Charles and Harold and daughter-in-law, Darlene (Driscoll) Krebs.

   There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte, with visitation from 10 a.m. until noon.

   The family would like to thank the many special staff members of the Eaton County Medical Care Facility for their loving care over the years. If desired, donations can be made to the Eaton county Medical Care Facility Foundation Fund in her honor. Online condolences can be made to www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Milton Krieg

 

   Milton “Jack” Krieg, 85, of Alma, formerly of Plymouth, died Tuesday, December 14, 2010. He was born March 26, 1925 the son of Milton and Myrna (Bosworth) Krieg. Jack grew up in the Charlotte area and following high school, joined the Army serving his country during WWII. After returning from the service he entered college, graduating from Michigan Technological College with a degree in Forestry. Jack joined General Motors in Lansing and was promoted to the Warren Tech Center where he worked in Quality Assurance until his retirement in 1987.

   Jack was a Life Member of the Masonic Lodge. He also had an avid interest in hunting in the U.P. and skiing in Colorado with his long time friends. Jack and his wife Celia loved traveling the country with the GMC Motor Coach Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Celia; sons, Ronald (Darlene) Krieg of Indian River, Randon (Patricia) Krieg of Sacramento, CA and Robert (Cathy) Krieg of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren, Voletta Krieg, Joseph Krieg, Carly Ryske, Natalie Krieg, Rene Krieg and Scott Krieg.

   Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be Saturday, December 18, 2010 form 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or Parkinson’s Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Rodney Kring

 

   Rodney Kring, 73, formerly of Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010. He was the son of Henry C. Kring and Leone (Daniels) Kring, was born January 9, 1937 in Kimmell, IN.

   He is survived by his children, Barbara (Robert) Lomax of Potterville, Sandra (Bill Hamm) Cole of Glendale, AZ, Deborah Lemley, Safford, AZ and James (Tracey) Kring of Olivet; 7 grandchildren; Christopher, Jessica, Justin, Heather, Rachel, Jordan and Logan; and 3 great grandchildren; Donavin, Kailey and Jayden, also; one brother, Harold (Judy) Kring of Homer. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Iva “Jean” Dull Kring.

   He is being cremated in Glendale, AZ and there will be a small graveside service in Kimmell, IN on August 7, 2010. Arrangements by: Best Funeral Services in Peoria, AZ.

 

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George (Mike) W. Lake

 

   George (Mike) William Lake, of Sunfield, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010 at his residence at the age of 87. He was born Dec. 13, 1922 in Rives Twp., Jackson Co., and graduated from Leslie High school in 1940.

   He played baseball in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for two years before entering military service in Jan. 1943. He served three years in the United States Army, the last year on Luzon Island, in the Philippines. He married Eleanor Bishop in 1943. He retired from Olds Division, G.M. in 1978 after 30 years of service. Mike was an avid golfer, and he and his wife were members of Centennial Acres Golf Club for over 30 years. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Anna (Collie) Lake; three sisters, Betty Hanley, Mary Miller, Margaret Rhines, and brother, Robert all of Jackson.

   He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Eleanor “Pat” Lake; sons, Douglas (Susan) of Lake Odessa, Rodney (Marcia) of Sunfield, Mark (Susan) of Lake Odessa, and daughter, Cheryl (Von) Phillips of Kalamazoo; sister, Edna Taylor of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held March 25 at Sunfield United Brethren Church. Memorials may be made to the Sunfield SPYS, or McLaren Hospice: 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.

 

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Stanley “Stan” Glen Lambert

 

   Stanley “Stan” Glen Lambert of Bellevue, age 56, loving father, grandfather, son, companion, brother and friend to all passed away on November 5th, 2010. He was born to George and Beverly (Lige) Lambert on November 2nd, 1954, the biological son of Richard Marr and mother, Beverly. He was employed by Midwest Transit Company for 10 years and worked for Harris Oil for 14 years. He enjoyed auto racing, mechanic work, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his four children; Antonio J. (Vicki) Tamez, Stanley (Marcy) Lambert Jr., Robert (Angela) Lambert, and Carissa (Matthew) Dilyard; extended children, Justin McDonald, Cohen French, Patrick Eichholtz, Kristin Eichholtz and Donald Eichholtz; his companion, Sheila Pryde; eleven grandchildren; mother, Beverly Lambert; one brother, David (Patricia) Lambert; two sisters, Kathy (William) Oakley, and Brenda Richardson; several nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by the only father he ever knew, George Robert Lambert, his biological father, Richard Dean Marr; and his grandparents.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Jim Riley, officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Skinner Funeral Home. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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George Lamie

 

   George “Richard” Lamie, 78, of Nashville, died Monday, November 8, 2010. He was born July 28, 1932 in Chester Township, Mich., the son of George Lamie and Phyllis (Messimer) Lane. Richard owned and operated the Lamie Company for many years, as well as working a a car salesman, a bartender, and in a meat packing company. Immediately following high school, Richard joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of Moose Lodge 288 of Lansing, and had many friends across the USA.

   He is survived by his daughters, Dana M. Lamie and Leana J. Lamie; son, Joseph G. Lamie; grandchildren, Travis M. Hamilton, Noah A. Konopka, Joseph George Lamie, Jr., Chayton Joe Bail and Shaelyn M. Bail; great grandchild, Trenton Easton Hamilton; sisters, Joan (Lamie) Lockwood, Charlene (Lamie) Young, Darlene (Lamie) Sixberry and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Diana Lamie; brother, Joseph Dale Lamie and sister, Linda (Lamie) Mathis.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor George Blanche and Pastor Deano Lamphere officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Frances Nora Langham (Gregg)

 

   Frances Nora Langham (Gregg) of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI age 89, was called home to the Lord January 18, 2010. Born May 24, 1920 in Petoskey, MI. Frances was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids and also attended St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lansing. She was an accomplished musician playing guitar, accordion, harmonica, and piano. She also loved dancing. She was preceded in death by husbands, Claude Lumbert, Sr., and Howard Langham; sister, Mary Dye; 2 brothers, Joseph Gregg, and Patrick James Gregg.

   She is survived by 3 son, Tom (Elizabeth) Lumbert, Charles (Jan) Lumbert, and Claude “JR” (Kathie) Lumbert, Jr.; 4 stepchildren, Marilyn (Larry) Foster, Roger (Janet) Langham, Carl (Marti) Langham, and Verna Carpenter; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

   Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Funeral Liturgy is 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow, Lansing with Fr. John P. Klein presiding. Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at church. Rite of Committal Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s or St. Gerard Church.

   Friends may visit the guest book at www.fittanyfuneralhome.com.

 

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Betty A. Larson

 

   Betty A. Larson, 78, died Saturday, May 8,2010. Mrs. Larson was born May 26, 1931 in Clear Lake, IA the daughter of William and Gladys (Brower) Richey.

   She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Gerald) Booden of Potterville; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Deloris Caruth and brother, Dean Richey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Larson.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Lester M. Lautner

 

   Lester M. Lautner, 81, of Charlotte, died Monday, December 20, 2010. He was born November 12, 1929 in Edwardsville, Ill., the son of Fredric and Caroline (Schulte) Lautner. Lester served in the US Army during the Korean War and worked in the mold repair shop as a journeyman for Owens Illinois retiring after 45 years. He was in charge of the St. Vincent DePaul food delivery, delivering food to the less fortunate. He was a volunteer for the Capital Area Community Services, a member of the Charlotte American Legion and a 4th degree member with the Knights of Columbus.

   He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Agnes; son, Teddy (Sue) Lautner of Lapeer; daughter, Therese (Dan) Lake of Charlotte; daughter, Carol (Debbie Petersen) Schilling of Troy; daughter, Cheryl Martin of Linden; son, Joseph Lautner of Charlotte; 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Allien Lacquement.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, December 23, 2010 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Francis Mossholder officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul of St. Mary’s. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Ralph Jerry Laverty

 

   Ralph Jerry Laverty, 81, of Harrison, Michigan, formerly of Charlotte, passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2010. “Jerry” retired from the U.S. Army and the 199th Field Artillery, Michigan National Guard, after 33 years of service to his country, with the rank of Sergeant Major. He belonged to the Harrison Post of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jerry was a skilled auto mechanic who enjoyed building black powder guns and miniature steam engines and was also an antique gas engine enthusiast. He always loved dogs and Coco, his buddy for the last 16 years, has passed on with him.

   He is survived by three sons, Chris (Sherry) of Lansing, Guy (Deb) of Eaton Rapids, and Jerry (Ann) of Winthrop, WA; five grandchildren, Erica, Aaron, Dustin, Cade and Corey; and two great grandchildren, Hannah and Aiden.

   Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. However, an Irish Wake is being planned for a future date so that family and friends can celebrate Jerry’s life. The family would like to thank the Stocking Funeral Home in Harrison, as well as the many friends and neighbors for their help and kindness.

 

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Daniel R. LeClair

 

   Daniel R. LeClair, 64, of Williamsburg, formerly of Charlotte died Sunday, September 12, 2010 after battling cancer for the last year and a half. Daniel is survived by his wife, Karen, three sons, three grandchildren, five sisters and two brothers. Private family Memorial Services are being held. Please visit Daniel’s Webpage at www.lifestorynet.com to sign the guestbook and share a message or memory with his family. Arrangements were made by Life Story Funeral Home in Traverse City.

 

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Max A. LeFevre

 

   Max A LeFevre, born April 14, 1923 to Owen and Retta LeFevre, with family by his side, passed peacefully on October 21, 2010 at the age of 87.

   Max was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. He was a decorated WWII Veteran serving in the Army with the 3rd Infantry, making the landing at Anzio and Africa. Max loved mushrooming, his garden and everything he could do outdoors. He also loved sports - playing them and watching them.

   Max was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, granddaughter, grandson, many sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Viola, five daughter: Aneka (Bob) Aulmiller, Anita (Bob) Warner, Debbie Newland, Loretta Bellows, Teresa (Ralph) Locke, 12 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, his beloved “Sophie cat,”numerous nieces and nephews.

   We will forever miss his sense of humor and his great ability to catch fish out of a mud puddle! The family would like to thank Margaret Kyser, and the staff at Eaton Community Hospice for their loving kindness.

   A “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held at the V.F.W. Hall in Springport, Michigan on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Max’s name to the Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Lillian A. Liggett

 

   Lillian A. Liggett, 88, of Olivet, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2010 with her loving family at her side. Lillian was born Jan. 9, 1922 to Flossie and Russell Weakley of Battle Creek.

   Lillian recently celebrated her 88th birthday with a co-birthday celebration with her sister, Margaret Irish, and many family members.

   Lillian married John Liggett on May 7, 1938 and raised three children, Carolyn (Ron) Campbell of Olivet, Larry Liggett of Marshall and Janis (Jim) Anderson of Battle Creek. Lillian lived most of her married life in Olivet. She worked for the Kellogg Company for 12 years before retiring due to ill health. She loved her many poodle dogs and would never turn away the many stray animals that always seemed to find their way to her door. Summers were spent with her husband camping at Pine Lake, fishing dancing and hosting their many grandchildren fostering a lifetime of memories and joy. They wintered over 20 years in Weslaco, Texas.

   Her family very much enjoyed her annual spaghetti dinners where they would be blessed with her homemade cooking and hospitality. She was totally dedicated to her family.

   Lillian was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, in 2004; her sister, Eulah Sivits and parents.

   She is survived by her children, her sister, Margaret Irish of East Leroy; 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Lucille Betty Linn

 

   Lucille Betty Linn, 94, of Dimondale passed away Jan. 30, 2010.

   Mrs. Linn was born Sept. 8, 1915 in Lansing, the daughter of Frederick and Lena (Bearman) Gackley.

   She was a secretary at Potterville Public Schools for 22 years.

   Lucille is survived by her children; daughters, Toni (Gerald) Shores and Betty Saylor; son, Donald (Jean) Gardner; eight grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Linn in 1981; sister, Leona Gackley; and granddaughter, Sheri Shores Dyer.

   Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Reverend Paul Lindloff officiating. Interment was in Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Susan B. Komen Foundation or Emanuel First Lutheran Church in Lansing.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Beatrice C. Long

 

   Beatrice C. Long of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 89 died Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Dimondale Nursing Center. Born July 17, 1921 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of David and Ethel (Zentmyer) Peck. Bea was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids and a member of the Farmer’s Hall of Fame in Delton. Bea worked many jobs in her life from Horner Woolens, Eaton Stamping, Oldsmobile, Nick’s Pizza, Stewarts Flower Shop and McDonalds. Proceeding her in death were her husband, George in 2005; daughter, Kathy Bennett and son, Dean Peck.

   She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Jerry) Slentz; son, Victor Long; daughter-in-law, Shug Long; son-in-law, Gary Bennett; 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Richard Learch; many nieces and nephews and special niece Charlene James.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Philip Ray Long

 

   Philip Ray Long of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 45, passed away on March 18, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital with his family by his side, after a brief illness. Phil was born in Eaton Rapids, March 23, 1964, the son of James Max and LaRae May (Beck) Lon. He loved music and could out move anyone on the dance floor. Phil had the most supportive circle of friends a person could ask for and a caring heart in return. His laugh and sarcastic humor will be missed.

   He is survived by his partner of 16 years, Mark Bauer of Lansing; father James (Leslie) and sister Shelli (Kurt McCarrick) of Eaton Rapids; adored nieces Margeaux Long, Maci and Morgan Heintz; several aunts, uncles, cousins, many special friends, and dogs Roxanne and PeeWee. Phil was preceded in death by his beloved mother, LaRae Smith, in 2008.

   Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation with the family will be held two hours prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, www.sahslansing.org/support/donate.php.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Van D. Long, Sr.

 

   Van D. Long, Sr., died Monday, March 1, 2010 at age 89 while at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility. He was born to Don E. and Alma (Van Duesen) Long in Eaton Rapids Township.

   He attended the Bentley grade school and graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1939.

   Van was an avid fisherman and hunter and logged many hours as a small airplane pilot. He retired from Industrial Metal Products Corp. in Lansing as their hydraulics leader. Van served as Mayor of the City of Potterville for nine years during his 20+ years of service on the council.

   Max, his only sibling preceded him in death in 1987 as did his granddaughter, Nikki, in 1990.

   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Esther (LaParl); sons, Jon (Heather), Van II (Phyllis), Richard, Don C. and daughter, Marianne Roberts; stepchildren, Bonnie (James) Young and Ken Hathaway plus nephew, James Long; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at a later date.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church or to the Potterville-Benton Township Fire Department.

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

 

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John Loucks

 

   John Loucks, 82, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, September 29, 2010. He was born May 4, 1928 in Charlotte, the son of Lawrence and Ruth (Wyndett) Loucks. John was employed by Consumers Energy, retiring after 40 years, 17 of which he was a supervisor. He served in WWII as a member of the Michigan State Troops from 1944-1946 and as a US Marine from 1946-1947, also in the US Army in the Korean War Era from 1950-1952. He grew up on the family farm outside of town on Lansing Road. John was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2406 for 56 continuous years, American Vets, Charlotte Masonic Lodge, Marine Corp League, the Charlotte Eagles and a member of Charlotte American Legion Post #42. He served or was involved in the Eaton county Chairman for Michigan Veterans Trust fund approximately 20 years, Charlotte Fire Department volunteer and assisting with the Christmas Kiddies for 24 years, Special Deputy Eaton county Sheriff’s Department for handicap parking for 10 years, Veterans of Foreign War Trustee for 56 continuous years, past President of the Eaton County Buck Club. He enjoyed serving community and people, he helped with transportation for disabled veterans or their family members, was an American Red Cross Blood Donor, volunteered to help with dinners for the service organizations he was involved in, put up flags at Maple Hill Cemetery in honor of veterans, organized the cancer smorgasbord for 47 years and assisted in the Memorial Day parade line up for over 30 years, starting promptly at 11 a.m. “Sharp”. He generously gave monetary contributions to HGB Hospital, Easter Seals, United Way, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, American Heart Association and Michigan Blind Veterans on an annual basis.

   He will be greatly missed by his family who he loved and was very supportive of.

   He is survived by his son, Mike (Deb) Loucks of Charlotte; daughter, Nancy Loucks of California; two grandchildren, William and Mari Ann; brother, L.F. “Bud” Loucks of Charlotte; godsons, Peyton and Dylon Durrett and significant other, Nine Robinson.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Marian in 1990.

   Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor John Colegrove officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Charlotte Public Library. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Nathan C. Loveless

 

   Nathan Charles Loveless, 28, of Eaton Rapids, died unexpectedly Sunday, January 24, 2010 in DeTour Village, Mich. Nate attended Everett High School, Lansing Community College and was a Master Mechanic. Nate loved everything about cars. He repaired engines but also restored classic cars. He was a member of Lansing’s City Limits Car Club. Nate loved listening to music, playing drums, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, dirt biking, fishing, deer hunting, and camping in Gaylord. He enjoyed his C.B. buddies and tinkering with his collection of C.B. Radios. He enjoyed time spent with his many friends. Nate also enjoyed family, WWII history, and learning about antiques.

   Nate was preceded in death by his father, Harry “Butch” Loveless; and grandparents, Edwin Mark Tominack, and Harry and Margaret Loveless.

   Nate is survived by his mother and step-father, Nancy and James Gloden of Crystal, Mich.; his grandmother, Pauline Tominack of DeTour Village; aunts and uncles, Eva and Eric Crandall of Charlotte, and John and Maryann Loveless of Grand Ledge; cousins, Brandie Locke, Cheyne (Anne) Locke, Ryan Loveless, Tyler Loveless, Lindsy Crandall, Aaron (Krisi) Crandall, Kelsey Crandall and many loving and caring friends. Services were held Friday, January 29, 2010 at Christ Lutheran Church, 122 S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Lansing. Arrangements were made by Reamer Galer Funeral Home of Pickford, Mich.

 

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Glenna M. Mackey

 

   Glenna M. (Naylor) Mackey, 74, of Charlotte, died Monday, April 5, 2010 at the Willowwood Manor A.F.C. Home in Delta Township after a short illness. Mrs. Mackey was born June 11, 1935 in Belmont, Ohio, the daughter of Glen and Eva (VanPelt) Naylor.

   She was a retired employee of General Motors in Lansing with about 25 years of service.

   She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Marilyn Naylor.

   Surviving are her son, Chris Mackey of Charlotte; her daughter, Sharon Mackey of Kansas City, Kan.; two grandsons; one great grandchild; three sisters, Lila Swift of Leslie, Alma Bidelman of Mason, and Carol Troutman of North Carolina and nieces and nephews.

   Per Mrs. Mackey’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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

 

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Thomas Reed Maggard

 

   Thomas Reed Maggard, 53, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Tommy was a graduate of Charlotte High School in 1974. Tommy loved the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, and camping were some of his hobbies, however baseball was his favorite sport. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and June Maggard and his niece Stephanie Edgecomb. Tommy is survived by his stepmother, Robbie Raggard, sisters, Linda Satterlee, Debbie Maggard, Kathy Webb, Eva Edgecomb and Treva Pennington, many nieces and nephews.

 

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Eric J. Magoon

 

   Eric J. Magoon, 70, of Charlotte, died Saturday, November 27,2010. He was born February 28, 1940 in Charlotte, the son of Charles & Bernice (Franks) Magoon. He retired as a tool crib attendant with General Motors UAW Local 652.

   He is survived by his children: Becky Magoon of Hastings, Rodney (Sally) Magoon of Nashville, Brenda (“Bud” Albert) Hill, and Cynthia (Brett) Miller of Wyoming; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and siblings: Edward (Lola) Magoon, Imogene “Jeannie” Williams Pitcher.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, in May 2010; a brother, Gayle, and a sister, Stella.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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Judy K. Magoon

 

   Judy K. Magoon, 69, of Charlotte, died Monday, May 10, 2010. She was born August 16, 1940 in Lansing, the daughter of Elmer and Mildred (Root) Speer. She had worked at the Charlotte Laundromat and Dry Cleaners and also at McDonalds. She enjoyed fabric crafts, ceramics, photo and sticker books and coloring with her grandchildren. She made the best fudge in the world and liked to bake and decorate cakes. She made friends quickly with her kind and loving spirit. Her family knew her as the “Love and Prayers” Grandma as she would send cards with that greeting. She enjoyed family get-togethers and trips.

   She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Eric Magoon; daughter Becky Magoon of Hastings; son, Rodney (Sally) Magoon of Nashville; daughters Brenda (“Bud” Albert) Hill and Cynthia (Brett) Miller of Wyoming; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, brothers, Theodore (Vie) Speer) Lynwood (Sherry) Speer and Elmer Speer Jr.

   She was preceded in death by sister, Imogene Speer.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, May 13, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House. Online condolences may be made at www.pryayfuneral.com.

 

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Efrain Portillo Marinez

 

   Efrain Portillo Marinez, “Pop”, 87 of East Lansing, died Jan. 4, 2010. He was born in Mexico, and raised in Crystal City, Texas by his father and two other brothers.

   He married his childhood sweetheart, Frances, in 1944 in Crystal City. In 1939 he settled in Michigan, working and managing area farms. He was an active member of the Lansing Farm Workers Committee and participated in marches alongside his friend Cesar Chavez in support of farm laborers. He managed farms in Texas with his father and brothers and worked at the Morrill Farm in Bath. As patriarch of one of the first Mexican-American families in the Lansing area, he was a founding member of Cristo Rey Parish, the Comite Patriotico (Mexican Patriotic Committee) and active in the Cursillos movement. He had a lifelong commitment to and provided leadership for social justice, receiving several awards supporting that effort including a proclamation by Governor William Milliken. He retired from Lindell Drop Forge in 1966.

   He strived for diversity and inclusion, and instilled that inspiration in his children and grandchildren. He was a role model for so many, an incredible father, a man of the Earth, a man of faith and so much more.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Juanita (Portillo) Marinez, brothers, Ladislado P. Marinez and Felix Campos, sister, Frances Campos and son, Efrain.

   Surviving are his wife, Rancisca; children, Juan (Diana), Rafael, Salome (Dora), Lupe (Tom) Izzo, Rodrigo, Rodolfo (Beth), Marina (Carl) Szypula, Rebecca (Tom) Pulick, Guillermo (Lauren), Roberto (Mary) and Ana (Frank) O’Donnell; 27 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother, Teodoro (Blanca) Marinez.

   The Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Jan. 8 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Lansing. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cristo Rey Building Fund, 201 W. Miller, Lansing, MI 48910 or American Cancer Society, Coaches vs. Cancer, 3100 West Road, Bldg 2, Suite 3, East Lansing, MI 48823 in memory of Mr. Marinez. www.gorslineruncimanfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Margaret Marshall

 

   Margaret “Evelyn” Marshall, 73, of Charlotte, died Thursday, May 20, 2010. She was born October 4, 1936 in Knoxville, Tenn., the daughter of Frank and Louise (Bailey) Henderson.

   She is survived by her husband, Ted; daughters, Debbie Etheridge, Sindi Marshall, Tammy (Gary) Bower, Lisa Marshall, Beth (Terry) Peeler; son, Theodore Marshall, Jr.; grandchildren, Tiffany (Ross) Mumma, T.J. Marshall, Meghan (Shannon) Wisely, Matthew Marshall, Rachel (Dustin) Smith and Daniel Peeler; great grandchildren, Brittney, Brooke, Emily, Elizabeth, Cody and Monique; sister, Edith (Eli) Ramon and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lori; granddaughter, Maggie and grandson, Joshua. Memorial services were held Monday, May 24, 2010 at New Hope Community Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in c/o Ted Marshall or New Hope Community Church. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Richard C. Marshall

 

   Richard Clare Marshall, 79, of Vermontville, died Thursday, September 9, 2010. He was an overhead crane operator for Oldsmobile. Funeral services were held Monday, September 13, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Doris E. (Lynd) Masters

 

   Doris E. (Lynd) Masters, age 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at the Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. Doris was born Nov. 19, 1930 in Charlotte, the daughter of William and Ethel (Green) Lynd and had been a lifelong Eaton County resident.

   She was mainly a homemaker but had worked at Olivet College for a short time many years ago.

   Surviving are: three children, David Masters of Hudson, FL, Shirley (Thomas) Rickey of Charlotte and Larry (Kathleen) Masters of Charlotte; 5 grandchildren, Patricia Cain, Laura Master, Eric Masters, Sarah Wyatt and Taryn Rinckey; 2 great grandchildren, Kristen Hydon and Lily Wyatt; 1 sister, Pauline Dies of Whitmore Lake and 2 sisters-in-law, Delores Carleton of Olivet and Betty Masters of Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Masters on April 25, 2009.

   Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Winford Collins officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.

   www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Norman Geoffrey Masters

 

   Norman Geoffrey Masters died December 1, 2010. Geoff was born in Charlotte, MI on July 13, 1936. He was a graduate of Olivet High School and Olivet College. He served 3 years in the Army. He taught school in Harper Creek, MI and Salem, Oregon. He retired from the Oregon Education Association after serving many years as a Teachers Rights Advocate.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Esther Master, step-mother, Phyllis Masters and brother, David Masters. He is survived by his daughter Taya Rae (Lane) Johnston, Sister, Barbara Brummel, brother Preston (Glenda) Masters, best friend Anneliese Davis, grandsons Tyler and Brady, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. Taya Johnston, 1840 Castleton Dr., Troy, MI 48083; Mrs. Barbara Brummel, 14946 177th Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417; Mr. Preston Masters, 136 Riverwood Lane, Alexander City, Alabama 35010; Mrs. Anneliese Davis, 1301 Lambert Lane, Apt. 2104, Tucson, AZ 85737.

 

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Zella E. Masters

 

   Zella E. (Kelley) Masters, 91, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in Charlotte. She was born July 10, 1919 in Oneida Township, the daughter of Vivian and Anna (Forest) Kelley. She was born at home delivered by a woman doctor who had to travel seven miles with her horse and buggy to deliver the baby. She had been employed for many years at the Charlotte Schools Cafeteria and prior to that was employed at Recordio Corp. and the Newberry Dime Store. She enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, working in the garden and flowers but most of all, her family was extremely important to her.

   Surviving is: four sons, Philip (Marilyn) Masters of Grand Rapids, Bruce (Diane) Masters of Charlotte, Gordon (Ronn Blodgett) Masters of Lansing and Rick (Debra) Masters of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and brothers, Lester Kelley of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lysle Masters in 2001 and brothers, Marvin Kelley.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrow Hospice.

 

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Matthew J. Matteson

 

   Matthew J. Matteson of Portland formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 31 passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2010 in Portland, MI. Matt was born on October 26, 1978 in Lansing, MI the son of Margo (Bob) Fuller and Kevin (Rene) Matteson. Matt worked for Identisys for the past 6 years and prior with Protocol for 10 years. Matt’s passions included his family, guitar, art, computers and his friends.

   He is survived by his wife, Rhonda and their tow children; Novelle and Hunter; parents; brothers, Robert Fuller, Matthew Fuller, Brady (Bianca) Woodby; sisters, Teya (Arnie) Trombley, Jennifer (Gary) Hall, Kari (Tom) Page, Nicci Fuller and Kiersten Lower; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Robbins United Methodist Church in rural Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the church 1 hour prior to service time. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made for an education fund for Matt’s children in care of Margo Fuller at 11738 Bunker Hwy Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

   For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Wallace “Wally” Bruce Matthews Jr.

 

   Wallace “Wally” Bruce Matthews Jr. of Eaton Rapids and Haslett, age 81, passed away at home on Thursday, April 29, 2010 following a short but terminal illness. Born March 23, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the son of W. Bruce and Doris (Sprague) Matthews. Wally graduated form Comstock Park High School and Michigan Sate University. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. His life was filled with service and kindness, and his career as Club Manager with Grand Haven Golf Club and Spring Meadows Country Club spanned 35 years. A member of the AMBUCS of Grand Haven, American Legion Post #28, Eaton Rapids Historical Society, Eaton Rapids Conservation Club and a life member of the NRA. Wally was an avid out-doors-man, with a passion for hunting, fishing and trapping. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren the nuances and importance of nature. He was an accomplished musician; he played guitar, banjo and harmonica. Wally and wife, Carolyn played together with friends in a folk/bluegrass ensemble. Dad was a kind and gentleman who led by example, and was excited for others accomplishments. To us he was not only a father and grandfather but a mentor and a cheerleader. We are as proud of him as he was of us! Preceded in death was his wife of 50 years, Carolyn; son, William C. Matthews; grandson, Bar Joseph Matthews; brother, George Matthews.

   He is survived by his partner, Mary Ann Wesley of Eaton Rapids; son, W. Bruce (Julie) Matthews III of Haslett; daughters, Susan Matthews of Grand Haven and Shelley (Dennis) Westrate of Fennville; 6 grandchildren, Benjamin (Julie) Matthews, Luke Matthews, Patrick (Brianna) Whalen, Kelly Whalen, Nancy Westrate and Betsey Westrate: 4 great grandchildren; brother, Gerald (Carol) Matthews; 2 sisters, Marilyn (Charles) Magee, Katherine (Ray) Dekmid; numerous nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service for Wally will be Friday, May 21, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. noon at the American Legion Post #28 at 700 Harbor Ave. Grand Haven, Michigan 49417 with a luncheon to follow. The family is being served by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Donald G. Maurer

 

   Donald G. Maurer, age 73, of Charlotte, MI died Saturday, July 10, 2010. Mr. Maurer was born January 14, 1937 in Lansing, MI the son of Martin and Mildred (Peters) Maurer. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, bowler and golfer.

   He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathleen Heany Maurer, and children: Don (Sheila) Maurer of Lansing, Martin(Lisa) Maurer of Bath, Pat Maurer of Michigan, Jack Maurer of Florida, Art Maurer of Tennessee, Debbie (Bobby) Winiarski of Houghton Lake, Sarah Oster of Florida, Coetta (Bruce) Davis of Charlotte and Scott (Michelle) Maurer of Tennessee. He has 25 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jim (Velma) Maurer of Harrison, and sisters: Sandy (Jerry) Perkins, and Vicky Ledesma both of Perry. He was preceded in death by his parents and one great grandson.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home with Honorable Thomas Eveland officiating. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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

 

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Donald L. Mayhew

 

   Donald L. Mayhew, 78, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Donald was born September 22, 1931 in Clinton Township, the son of David and Martha (Lucks) Mayhew. He was employed by Consumers Energy as a supervisor where he retired in 1987. He served his country in the United States Air Force being stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Donald was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the Eaton Area Senior Center and had coached little league baseball when his kids were little. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and boating on Duck Lake. He loved spending time with his family and seven grandchildren, Sam, Molly, Ben, Nick Wiener, and Traci, Becky and Jake Kramer of whom he was very proud.

   He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Pam Mayhew Wiener of Muskegon and Julie (Larry) Kramer of Potterville; seven grandchildren; brother, George (Betty) Mayhew of Texas, sisters, Josephine (Frank) VanLieshout of Wisconsin, Evelyn Wilson of Cedarville, and brother, Jim (Thelma) Mayhew of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Macklin and Harold and sister, Harriett McBride.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Friday, August 6, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

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

 

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John “Jack” L. McAttee

 

   John “Jack” L. McAttee of Eaton Rapids, age 74, passed away in Eaton Rapids, Friday, November 12, 2010. He was born in Lansing, July 27, 1936, the son of John and Helen (Holmes) MCAttee. Jack was a 1954 graduate of Sexton High School. He married Kay René (Hill) on May 22, 1976. Jack retired form Fisher Body in 2005 after over 51 years of service. He was a member of the UAW Local 602 and C.A.P. Council. Jack was also active in the Ingham Co. Democratic Party, Great Lakes United which was an organization to help preserve the Great Lakes, the Greyhound and Whippet Rescue Association, and Relay for Life Cancer Walk. He was a proud two time survivor of cancer. Jack also enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by his wife, Kay René (Hill) McAttee; daughter, Terri Bergey; sons, John, Robert and Greg McAttee; several grandchildren; mother-in-law, Marilyn Hill of Lansing; brother-in-law, Kevin (Kim Kampf) Hill of Jackson; sister-in-law, Denise (Gil) Hensley of KY; several nieces and nephews; brother, Alan (Yvonne) McAttee of Lansing. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill McAttee.

   Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3100 West Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 or the Compassion for Greyhounds, PO Box 17 Coopersville, MI 49404. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Lois N. McDonald

 

   Lois Naomi (Martin) McDonald, 79, of Charlotte, formerly of Potterville, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Lois was born March 20, 1930 in Owosso, the youngest of nine children born to George and Lillian (Parker) Martin.

   Lois attended Owosso schools moving to Lansing during her senior year. She started her career in photo finishing which lasted her entire working career, retiring from the Photo-Mart. She loved to play gin, cribbage and bingo her entire life, but more so after retiring. She loved her family and always enjoyed her chocolates and a good cup of coffee and cigarette.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Nov. 16, 1996; granddaughter, Courtney Lumbert July 14, 1989 and eight brothers and sisters.

   She met and married Arnold McDonald on June 15, 1951. To this union four children were born: Marty (Susan), Gregory (Diane), Rick (fiancé Barbara) and Lynda (Steven) Lumbert. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Michael and Sara McDonald, Stacie Lumbert, Andrew and Margaret McDonald; one sister, Doris Shoup and many nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place.

   A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Siren/Eaton Shelter, P.O. Box 369, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Gilbert Dean McKessy

 

   Gilbert Dean McKessy of Eaton Rapids, MI, passed away on August 12, 2010 in Lansing, Michigan at the age of 77. Born April 30, 1933, the only son of Gaylord and Marguerite (Evans) McKessy. He lived most of his life on the family farm outside Eaton Rapids. A graduate of the Eaton Rapids High School. He and his father raised dairy cattle, swine and beef cattle in addition to crop farming. Gilbert had many hobbies and was a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Model A Restorers Club, Lionel Collectors Club of American and the Eaton Rapids Area Historical Society.

   He is survived by his aunt, Zoe McKessy of Jackson, cousins, Gerri (John) Anderson of Chelsea, Nancy Cummings of Clio, and Jelanie Bush of Newago. In addition, he is remembered by a wonderful group of friends and neighbors who were extremely helpful and supportive to him in his later years and especially during his recent illnesses. The family expresses deep gratitude to the medical staff at Ingham Medical Hospital in Lansing, McLaren Hospice Services and to all his loyal friends and neighbors for their expression of support and sympathy.

   A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your charity of choice in Mr. McKessy’s name. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Maynard W. McKessy

 

   Maynard W. McKessy passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2001 at the age of 89. Maynard was born May 15, 1920 in Onondaga, Michigan to John and Myrtle (Steele) McKessy. He lived in the Eaton Rapids area his entire life. While in school Maynard was a member of the Civilian Conservation Core. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served two years during the end of WWII. Maynard’s hobbies included wood working, mushrooming, and playing golf. He is preceded in death by his parents.

   Maynard leaves behind his wife of 69 years Sylvia (Higgins) McKessy, children: Barry (Beverly) McKessy, Phillip (Kay) McKessy, grandchildren; Eric (Erica) McKessy, Scott (Sherri) McKessy, Craig (Amber) McKessy, Kerry (Christian) Wiser, 7 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, February 26, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. For online condolences please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Jill Marie McMullen

 

   Jill McMullen, 33, of East Lansing, surrounded by her loving family, passed away Feb. 8, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.

   She was born June 7, 1976 in Lansing, daughter to Dennis and Candace McMullen.

   Jill was employed by ACI Finance of Mason as a consultant; was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School (1994) and Michigan State University with a degree in International Relations.

    She enjoyed art, music, movies, traveling in Europe, MSU sports, and spending time with her worship groups at Riverview Church in Holt and her many friends around the state.

   Jill was preceded in death by her grandparents, David and Gertrude McMullen, Len and Geraldine Greenwood, and her cousins Kyle McMullen and Al Vega.

   Survivors include her loving parents, Dennis and Candy of Lansing, her brother Brian (Felicia) of Royal Oak, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

   Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Lansing, with Pastor Bill Beachey officiating. Interment followed at Delta Center Cemetery, Delta Twp., Eaton Co.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201 in memory of Jill or Campus Crusade for Christ.

   Online condolences may be made at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

 

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Beverly K. McNary

 

   Beverly Kay McNary, 64, of Charlotte, died Friday, September 10, 2010. She was a homemaker. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Joyce L. McWhorter

 

   Joyce L. McWhorter, of Mulliken, passed away March 22, 2010 at age 88 at Hospice of Mid Michigan in Lansing. Joyce Nelson was born March 17, 1922 (St. Patrick’s Day) in Williamston, however, she spent most of her life in the Sunfield area.

   Joyce graduated from Lake Odessa High School in 1940. She graduated from Saint Lawrence Mercy school of Nursing in 1943 as a registered nurse. She married Max E. McWhorter (the love of her life) on Jan. 16, 1947. Max preceded her in death, 2005. Joyce practiced nursing at Hayes Green beach Hospital, Charlotte until 1986.

   She is survived by son, Thomas L. (Wendy) McWhorter of Williamston; daughter, Marsha A. McWhorter of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Oren C. (Margie) Nelson of Florida. She will be missed by her loving family and the Sunfield community. May she find peace and be reunited with her husband and first son, Johnny (died 1951).

   A private graveside service will take place with family only. In lieu of flowers, contributions can either be made to the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (S.P.Y.’s) or Eaton county Animal Shelter 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.

 

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Joshua L. Meacham

 

   Joshua L. Meacham, 37, of Osseo, Mich., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Mr. Meacham was born Jan. 11, 1973 in Orlando, Fla., the son of Terry Meacham and Debbie (Marshall) Etheridge.

   Mr. Meacham was a chef and an office manager. He enjoyed his pets and loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces. He is survived by his father, Terry Meacham of Atlanta, Ga.; mother, Debbie Etheridge of Charlotte; sister, Tiffany (Ross) Mumma of Eaton Rapids; grandparents, Ted and Evelyn Marshall of Charlotte; grandfather, Joe McArthur of Orlando, Fla.; nieces, Brittney Meacham, Brooke Mumma, Emily Mumma and Elizabeth Mumma, all of Eaton Rapids; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial services were held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at New Hope Community Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Randy Royston officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family in c/o Debbie Etheridge. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Fehlman Ora Meader

 

   Fehlman Ora Meader of Springport, passed away in East Lansing, December 1, 2010 at the age of 97. He was born in Vienna, ME, on October 21, 1913, the son of Charles L. and Annie (Begelow) Meader. Fehlman enjoyed deer hunting and woodworking. He made 79 doll cribs that were sent all over the country. Fehlman was a member of the Assembly of Yahweh Church in Eaton Rapids.

   He is survived by his daughters, Bernice Averye of Allegan, Clair (Phil) Alward of Perry, Joy Miller of St. Joe, MO., Ann Holzheuer of Owosso, MI., son Ora (Sue) Meader of Iowa, 16 grandchildren; 19 great grand-children; 3 great-great grandchildren; brother Archie Meader of ME. He was preceded in death by his son, Berton Meader; daughter Esther Meader; 4 brothers, Norman, Kenneth, Leon and Linnwood Meader.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rap[ids. Pastor Bill McDiaraid and Pastor Samuel Graham officiated. Interment will be at Springport Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3100 W. Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Timothy C. Meighen

 

   Timothy Curtis Meighen, 54, of Dimondale, died April 6, 2010 in Charlotte. Timothy was born Jan. 15, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio, a son of Lewis and Margaret Meighen.

   He was a Meijer employee and Vietnam-era Army veteran. Surviving are his daughter, Whitney S. Smith of Owosso; two brothers, Matthew William (Kathy) Meighen of Charlotte and Bernard James (Wanki) Meighen of Green Bay, Wis.; one sister, Rebecca Lynn Pedo of Lansing; nieces and nephews. A private service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

 

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Richard K. Meinke

 

   Dr. Richard Keydel Meinke, M.D., 88, of Mason, died March 7, 2010; born March 29, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., to Albert H. and Elsie (Keydel) Meinke, Sr.

   Richard graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit, and earned his bachelor of science degree followed by his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan with an internship at Sparrow Hospital. He then served in the U.S. Army as a medical officer, 1st Lt. His surgical residency was at the May Clinic in Rochester, Minn., during which time he earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

   Richard and Kaarina moved to East Lansing and they raised six children. He established his general surgical practice in Lansing. Over the years, Richard served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Ingham Medical Hospital. He also served as a clinical professor of surgery with MSU School of Medicine. In 1976, he moved to his home in Mason. On April 20, 1979, he married Joan E. (Wheeler) Patrick and retired in 1989. Dr. Meinke enjoyed many interests which included riding his John Deere, gardening and maintaining the property he dearly loved on Sycamore Creek; Tuesday afternoon get-togethers to “solve the problems of the world” with Charlie, Jim and Ralph; time at his cottage on Burt Lake; Meinke family reunions up north and Joan’s family reunions in West Va.; and reading snippets of “Down by the Sycamore”. He treasured family gatherings for birthday, holidays and sporting events. Family, friends and colleagues gathered at U of M to celebrate his 80th birthday, which began with an organ concert by grandson, Scott Myers at Hill Auditorium. He cherished each of the 25 years he sang in the choir at the First Presbyterian Church of Mason. In 2009, his church family he cherished surprised him with a party on his 88th birthday, attended by family, friends and colleagues.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert H. Meinke, Sr., and Elsie Keydel Meinke; first wife, Kaarina Ranta Meinke; sons, Philip Meinke and Theodore Meinke; and brothers, Albert H. Meinke, Jr., M.D.

   Surviving are his wife, Joan E. (Wheeler) Meinke; daughters, Gretchen M. (William) Myers, Emily (Thomas Goniea) Meinke; sons, Richard R. (Gail Valentine) Meinke, Peter K. (Kitty Ravenhall) Meinke, Alan K. (Lori) Meinke and David M. Meinke; stepsons, Joedy J. (Bridget) Patrick, Mark S. (Noreen) Patrick, Richard A. Patrick, Jr., T. Sean (Theresa) Patrick, and W. Timothy (Alicia) Patrick; grandchildren, Geoffrey Ravenhall Meinke, Claire Meinke, Karista Meinke, Scott Myers, Amy Myers, Julie Myers, Christopher Meinke, Mary Meinke, William Meinke and Auna Fontaine; step-grandchildren, Terrance Patrick, Shannon Patrick, Katlynn Patrick, Corey Patrick, Anna Patrick, Quinn Patrick, Erin Patrick, Colin Patrick, Andrew Patrick and Daniel Patrick; three great grandchildren; brother, Paul (Suzanne) Meinke; sister, Ruth Milliken; and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at First Presbyterian Church of Mason, 131 East Maple Street, Mason, with the Rev. Bill Pinches officiating. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday, March 20 from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, March 21 from 1-1:45 p.m.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Mason or the American Red Cross, Mid-Michigan Chapter, 1800 E. Grand River Avenue, P.O. Box 30101, Lansing, MI 48909-7601.

   The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Mason. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.gorslineruncimanfuneralhomesmason.com.

 

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Beatrice E. (Wise) Menzer “Bea”

 

   Beatrice E. (Wise) Menzer “Bea” of Eaton Rapids went home to be with our lord on June 30, at the age of 87. Born June 29, 1923 to Roy Wise and Ethel Beardsley. Raised by her grandparents, James Stone and Elizabeth Butler in Mason, while living there she graduated form Ingham County Public Schools in May of 1939. While raising her three sons in Eaton Rapids she worked for Millers Ice Cream Factory and MSU Cafeteria. After retiring, she enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and doing things through Eaton Rapids Senior Center, until going to the Dimondale Center in 2005.

   She is survived by her sons; Gerald and Eugene Gorton and Michael (Nancy) Menzer of Eaton Rapids, grandchildren; Brandy (Tim) Ureel of Charlotte, Jessica (Stephen) Barnum of Albion, David, Timothy, Michael, and Katie Lynn Menzer all of Eaton Rapids, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Bea is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, husband A. Willard Menzer, step-sons, Robert, Ross, Rex and Louis, and step-daughter, Margaret.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m., graveside services will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For online condolences please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Scott D. Merren

 

   Scott David Merren, 44, of Charlotte, died Thursday, December 30, 2010 after an illness of six months. Scott was born April 25, 1966 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Donald and Janet (Campbell) Merren and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1984 Graduate of Bellevue High School and was employed as a carpenter for Karis Construction Co. He loved NASCAR, fishing and his friends. He was the life of the party, was the class clown and enjoyed making people laugh.

   Surviving are: his daughters, Amanda (James Will) Hinton of Cincinnati, Ohio and Bethany Merren of Ionia; grandchildren, Scott Kakaris II, Madison Will and Kendra Will; his mother, Janet Merren of Charlotte and sisters, Loretta (Mark) Lee of Saginaw, Kim (Patrick) Rounds of Lansing and Deanna Barnum of Charlotte and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Merren in 2000 and his father, Donald Merren in 2003. Funeral services were held Monday, January 3, 2011 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was in the Kalamo Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township.

   Memorials may go to the family to offset expenses or to the McLaren Hospice.

   The family would like to express their gratitude for everything that Jeff and Deb Schultz and Penny Hunsacker have done to make Scott’s final days and hours comfortable.

 

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Gladys Maude Merrifield

 

   Gladys Maude Merrifield of Vandercook Lake, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at her home, under the loving care of her family and Allegiance Hospice. Mrs. Merrifield was the daughter of William Edward and Mabel May Hector, born July 2, 1017 in Onondaga Township. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Eldo Merrifield in 1984; her parents; two brothers, Ronald and Albert Hector; sister, Edith Eldred.

   She is survived by her brother, Robert D. (Mary Jane) Hector; numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends. Mrs. Merrifield worked for several manufacturing companies before becoming a great gardener at her home. She raised and sold produce, chickens, eggs, and goat’s milk from her greenhouse and mini farm. She was a great friend

to many and will be sadly missed by all her know her.

   Her funeral celebration was held at Watson Funeral Chapel on February 20, 2010. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Allegiance Hospice, One Jackson Square, 4th floor, Jackson, MI 49201.

 

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Edna M. Milbourne

 

   Edna Mae Milbourne, 92, of Traverse City, died Monday, December 6, 2010 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was born August 8, 1918 in Charlotte, the daughter of Roy E. and Ethel (Halsey) Hinckley. She married Allison Milbourne in 1935 and worked as a bookkeeper for their business, A.T. & E. Electric, in Charlotte. She loved her family and friends and was always willing to help others.

   She is survived by her children, Charlene (Mike) LaCombe of Port Orchard, Wash., Gary (Gayanne) Milbournce of White Lake, Mich. and Carolyn (Greg) Butzow of Traverse City; grandchildren; Mark (Debbie) LaCombe, Matthew (Nancy) LaCombe, Kathy Hite, Kevin (Adele) LaCombe, Jason Butzow, Jeffrey (Candace) Butzow, Jodi (Frank) Bathel, Beverly (Marc) Meyer, Paul Milbourne, and also several great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Allison, in 1981; her daughter, Connie Milbourne White in 1979, her grandson, Scott LaCombe and her brothers, Vern, Wayne and Elam.

   Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 14, 2010 prior to the service.

   If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Community Living Management Corporation, 935 Barlow St., Traverse City, MI 48686. Please make checks to CLMC Activity Fund.

 

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Cassi M. Miller

 

   Cassi M. Miller (Kelley), 30, passed away March 11, 2010 of cardiac arrest.

   Cassi is survived by her husband, Robert of Olivet; son, Ira; brothers, Larry Olin Jr. of Grand Blanc, Zeb Olin of Charlotte, and TJ Kelley; sisters, Kandee Erwin of Webberville; Andrea Carr of Gasaway, W Vs., and Elizabeth Murphy of Holt; and parents, June and Larry Olin and Terry Kelley.

   Memorial services were held at the SDA Church in Charlotte.

 

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Donald L. Miller

 

   Donald Lewis Miller, 76, died on Saturday, Dec. 5 at his home in Smyrna, Tenn., after an eight-year battle with cancer. Donald was a lifelong resident of Charlotte and Lansing. Donald was a longstanding student of Way International bible Research and Teaching Ministry. Don retired in 1994 from the Owen-Brockway plant in Charlotte, where he was employed for 30 years. He served in the Michigan Army National Guard, 119th Field Artillery, for over 10 years. Donald, a beloved son of God, was a devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Miller; mother, Dorothy Miller Bowen; two brothers, Robert Miller and Richard Miller and beloved nephews, Jeffrey Gardner and Timothy Logan.

   Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eileen, and six daughters, Margaret Sanchez, Cynthia Thomason and Roberta Miller of Lansing, Katherine (Terry) Sizeland of Olivet and Dawn (Doyle) Dunning of Nashville, Tenn., and Lori (David Sjoquist of Smyrna, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Mrs. Richard (SonaLu) Miller of Phoenix, Ariz., Mr. and Mrs. James (Patricia) Helmker of Lakeview, Mich., and Mr. William Logan of Six Lakes, Mich.

   Mr. Miller, will be honored at a memorial service on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment of cremains with military honors at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

 

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Elizabeth H. Miller

 

   Elizabeth H. (Mast) Miller, 64, of Vermontville, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 at her residence. She was born Jan. 21, 1946 in Nappannee, Ind., the daughter of Henry and Mary (Hochstetler) Mast.

   Survivors include: her husband of 42 years, John Junior Miller; children, Ivan Ray (Anna May) Miller of Jamesport, Mo., John Henry (Sara) Miller of Jamesport, Mo., Mary Louise (Romayne) Graber of Charlotte, Mich., Martha Sue (William; Jay) Yutzy of Charlotte, MI., Elizabeth Ann (Jonathan) Hochstetler of Vermontville and Nelson Leroy (Lois Ann) Miller of Vermontville and 26 grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Mast and one granddaughter, Sara Beth Yutzy.

   Funeral services were held Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the John Junior Miller Residence in Vermontville with Bishops James Lee Hochstetler, Ray Hochstetler and David Bontrager officiating. Interment was in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Charlotte. Arrangements were entrusted to Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Florence Miller

 

   Florence Miller, 95, died May 7, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospice Residence.

   She was born August 1, 1914, the daughter of Bolton and Clara (Lewis) Miller in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, Michigan.

   Florence graduated from the Central Bible Institute, Springfield, Missouri in 1945. She returned to the Battle Creek area in 1954 to take care of her Grandmother, Sarah Miller and her father, Bolton Miller.

   Florence worked as a caregiver at several nursing homes and as an LPN at Leila Hospital until retiring in 1976. She taught Sunday school and assisted at the Bellevue Assembly of God Church. Florence continued to be an active part of Bellevue Christian Center. She enjoyed most reading her Bible and visiting with friends and family. She always had a garden and enjoyed growing African violets and feeding the birds in her backyard.

   Florence is survived by her nieces and nephews, Clinton (Arlene) Bolton of East Leroy, Jeannette (Gerald) Barve of Battle Creek, Carol (Robert) Colburn of Battle Creek, Deborah (Terrance) Arnold of FonDuLac, Wisconsin, James (Sharleen) Miller of Battle Creek, Martin (Charleen) Miller of Battle Creek and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

   Services were held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Bellevue Christian Center with Pastor Danesh Manik officiating. Interment: Hicks Cemetery. Memorial donations may go to Bellevue Christian Center or Good Samaritan Hospice Residence.

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

 

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Grace J. Miller

 

   Grace J. Miller, born Grace Anna Jones near DeWitt, 107, of Hastings, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. She was born Jan. 29, 1902 in Eagle Township, Mich., the daughter of Clinton and Eva (Shirts) Jones.

   Grace was a graduate of Charlotte High School and attended Kalamazoo College. She taught elementary grades for 41 years, including seven years in Germany for the Department of the Army. She worked in a defense plant during WWII riveting B-29 bomber wings.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude E. Miller of Sunfield in 1955 and daughter, Patricia Gearhart of Lansing in 1999.

   She is survived by her daughter, Ann McDonald of Elk Rapids; sons, John Miller of Floral, Ark., and Wellington Miller of Hastings; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

   Services may be held at a later date as her body had been donated to Michigan State University. In memory of Grace, the family would ask friends to consider an anatomical donation.

 

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Ila “Hazel” (Smith) Miller

 

   Ila “Hazel” (Smith) Miller, 82, passed away on September 16, 2010 at Hayes Green Beach in the presence of her family.

   She was born March 11, 1928 the daughter of Jesse and Maude (Holmes) Smith. Mrs. Miller was the manager of the Eaton Theater in Charlotte, she was known as “the lady with the flashlight”. She was a seamstress, enjoyed painting dolls and crocheting clothes for them. Mrs. Miller dressed the dolls for Christmas Kiddies. She loved spending time with her family and babysitting her grandkids.

   She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Chester Miller; sons, Irving (Sharon) Smith of Vermontville, Dan Joe (Jeanette) Miller, Douglas (Betty) Miller, Dewayne Miller and Dwight (Mary) Miller all of Charlotte; daughters, Wanita (Art) Clark of Charlotte, Doris (Douglas) Ewing of Seymour, IN, Darlene (Chuck) Cowling of Midland; 26 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and brother, Harry P. Smith of Coldwater. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Maude Smith; 2 brothers; 3 sisters; grandson, James Griffith and daughter-in-law, Kim Miller. She will be missed by Smokey and Mittens, her cats.

   Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI with Reverend Phil Hobson officiating. Interment will be in Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville, MI. Visitation will be Monday, September 20, 2010 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Id desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or the Gideons. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Muriel Mills

 

   Loved ones met Muriel “Jeanne” Mills, 90, of Potterville, at Heaven’s gate, Wednesday, December 15, 2010, with her family by her side, as she softly drew her last breath. Jeanne was born August 10, 1920, the eldest daughter of Leon and Marguerite (Verplank) Patterson, and grew up in rural Eaton County. She married Granvil “Jiggs” Mills July 3, 1948, and was a stay at home mother of three. When her children were older, she held various jobs to contribute to the household; including Rudesill’s Men’s Wear in downtown Charlotte, and retired from Jarvis Acres. She was an avid and lifelong Detroit Tigers fan. She enjoyed trips to Michigan’s casinos, playing bingo and euchre with her sister and numerous friends throughout the years. When she became unable to do so, she was content with reading, crossword and Jumble puzzles, “Game Nights” with her daughter and son-in-law, an occasional evening out to have dinner and play Keno, and rearranging cupboards in her home. Selfless and supportive, she sat alongside her daughter and granddaughter and shaved her head to help raise money and awareness at two “Be Aware, Shave Your Hair” Alopecia Areata fundraiser events.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Richard “Dick” Milles, daughter and granddaughter, Melanie and Meghann Pouch, and sister, Bethel Stevenson.

   She is survived by and will be sadly missed, by her daughter, Michele (Ed) Godlewski; granddaughters, Angel Hobbs, Shilo (jack) Taylor, Mallory (Mike) Crowner, Brooke (Chad) Jacobs; grandson, Sean Pouch; seven great grandchildren, and one on the way; two great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Also left behind to adapt are her adored kitty, Jackson, and obnoxious pal, Chi-Chi the parrot. Funeral services were held Monday, December 20, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Steve Ezop officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Advantage, 801 S. Waverly Rd., Suite 304, Lansing, MI 48917.

 

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Shirley M. Mills

 

   Shirley M. Mills, 64, of Charlotte, passed peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Ms. Mills was born March 16, 1946 in Elmer Township, Mich., the daughter of Hilford and Beulah (Beek) Lantz.

   Ms. Mills was a bartender at Players for several years and a clerk at Deekons Doughnuts. She is survived by her four children: daughters, Lynn Davis of Olivet and Michelle King of Haslett; sons, Bobby Jenks of GA and Dave Jenks of Clearwater, Fla.; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren; two sisters, Charlotte Kersey, Fla., and Mary Lou Strimbeck, Battle Creek; former spouse, Lawrence Campbell and two step-children, Robby and Tammy Campbell as well as several caregivers and many, many friends.

   Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2010 at the Eagles, Charlotte, with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Gerald D. Mogg

 

   Gerald D. “Jerry” Mogg, 71, of Charlotte, died Monday February 15, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice House after an extended illness. Jerry was born June 23, 1938 in Lansing, the son of Cecil and Retha (Brown) Mogg and was a lifelong resident of Charlotte. He was a 1956 graduate of Charlotte High School and all of his adult life had been involved in the grocery business, having started in high school as a “carry out boy” to eventually owning his own business, J & J Junction Party Store. He was a charter member and past President of the Charlotte Optimist Club, had served many years on the Charlotte Frontier Days Board, was a former Carmel Township Treasurer and was an avid MSU fan. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, all sports and the out-of-doors.

   Surviving are: his wife of 50 years, Joy (Smith) Mogg; his children, JoDean (Mike) Snyder of Duck Lake, Jeff Mogg of Charlotte and Jayne (Rob) Latchaw of Duck Lake; two grandchildren, Jordan Smith and Grant Snyder; brother, Gene (Mil) Mogg of Caledonia; brother-in-law, Jerry Smith of Kalamazoo; sister-in-law, Rosalie (Larry) Bazzett of Charlotte and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 18, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with John Bailey of the Charlotte Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery in Chester Township. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813 or the Courthouse Square Association, Ind., P.O. Box 411, Charlotte, MI 48813.

Gladys Mohler

 

   Gladys Mohler of Eaton Rapids, age 84, passed away in Lansing, Wednesday January 27, 2010. She was born in Eaton Rapids November 15, 1925, the daughter of Claude and Ida (Kikendall) Thuma. Gladys was a lifelong resident of Eaton Rapids. She graduated from high school there in 1944. Gladys worked for Horner Woolen Mills in Eaton Rapids. She was the owner of McClure Implement Sales in Springport and retired from Eaton Technologies in 1991 after 18 years of service. Gladys was an Eastern Star at the Brookfield Lodge. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary Post 6056 in Springport. Gladys was a very active member of the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed wintering in Brownsville, TX for the past 20 years, gardening, camping in Ludington, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Douglas Mohler of Eaton Rapids; children, Claudia (Larry) Mead of Springport, Thomas McClure of Eaton Rapids, Pamela (Rick) Babbitt of Eaton Rapids, Douglas Jr. (Sue) Mohler of Albion, Cheryl Freeman of Frisco, TX, Joseph Mohler o Springport, Thomas Mohler of Clark Lake, MI, David (Sharon) Mohler of Great Galls, MT; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jean Thuma. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Tracy Lynn Mohler and brother Lavern “Barney” Thuma.

   Funeral services were held Monday, February 1, 2010 at the Shell-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Assembly of God Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Kenneth J. Mohre, Sr.

 

   Kenneth John Mohre Sr., 78, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, September 7, 2010. He was born February 25, 1932 in Lansing, the son of Donald and Thelma (Pifer) Mohre. Ken retired from Lindell Drop Forge as a Millwright after 35 years of service and was a former volunteer firefighter for Delhi Township. Ken and his wife Illa operated Illa’s Tendercare Adult Foster Care Home in Charlotte from 1990 to 1999. He could build anything out of everything, from lawnmowers to airplanes. He enjoyed dancing, doing yard work and having candy with a cigar. Ken loved his family and spending time with them at their family cottage where they would ride the saucer disk, taking his last ride at the age of 69. He was a wonderful provider who, with his wife, Illa worked as a great team to raise their five children. Ken made a lot of new friends in his later years at the Eaton Area Senior Center.

   He is survived by his daughter, Trudy (Roy) Thomas of Holt; Ken (Deb) Mohre of Rochester; daughter, Candy (Tom) Taylor of Dimondale; daughter, Penny (Scott) Cooper of Charlotte; son, Donald (Diane) Mohre of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Mohre of DeWitt, Leonard (Judy) Mohre of Eaton Rapids; Douglas Mohre of Charlotte and sister, Maxine (Fred) Rach of Dansville.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Illa in 1999; brother, Carroll Mohre; sisters, Elaine Hershieser, Norma Mohre, and Pam Harmon.

   Funeral services were held Friday, September 10, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment was in Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing.

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

 

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Litty A. Moore

 

   Litty Anne (Fernsler) Moore, of Lansing, died on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at age 87. She was born June 11, 1922, the seventh of nine children to Effie M. (Grooms) and Harry G. Fernsler of rural Charlotte.

   Litty’s schooling began in the one room Gresham School for her first eight years. She then attended high school in Charlotte, graduating in June 1939.

   She moved to Lansing to a job at Beurmann-Marshall Printing, where she met her husband of 67 years, Alvah J. Moore.

   Litty stayed home until her children were all in school and then she went back to work at Michigan State University. She retired in 1999 from Michigan State University, where she was the clinical secretary in the Microbiology Department for the U.S. Government Tuberculosis Research Project for 15 years.

   He last years, she worked in the Family Ecology Department. Litty was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George, Lowell, Harry and Carroll; sisters, Fleta, Helen and Mildred.

   Surviving are her children: Harry J. (Susie) of Charlotte, Dennis A. (Linda) of Thompsonville, Mich., and Dianne S. (David O’Berry) of Owosso; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jodi (Eric) Updyke and son, Cullen of Charlotte, NC, Wendi (Jon) Pitchford and children, Alex, Tye, Facie and Jaylee of Portland, Mathan Moore and friend, Angelika of Lansing, Kirsten J. Moore of New York City, Matt (Ayumi) Cook and son, Alen of Yokohama, Japan, Amy Peters of Charlotte and children, Dylan, Kira and Krista (Ed) King and daughter Eden of Chicago, Ill.

   The funeral service was held Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Lansing. Pastor Richard Moe officiated. Interment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

   Litty was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, East Lansing. She requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions are made to Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.

 

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Hazel L. Moore-Hamilton

 

   Hazel L. Moore-Hamilton, of LaGrange, Ind., formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, October 24, 2010. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Russell Morris, Jr.

 

   Russell “Rusty” Morris, Jr., 58, of Charlotte, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2010. He was born April 28, 1952 in Lansing, the son of Russell and Emma (Derew) Morris Sr. Rusty was a veteran of USCM serving in Vietnam, as well as being a Master Craftsman in the construction business. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, harness racing Standard Bred horses, The Rodeo and 4-H.

   Rusty is survived by his children: Kristi (Roy) Kunkel of Eaton Rapids, Benjamin (Jeannine) Morris of Charlotte; grandchildren, Kyleigh and Jacob Kunkel, Jayna and Jace Morris; sisters, Frances Vandlen and Peggy McCartney.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Private graveside services will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Donald C. Mulholland

 

   Donald C. Mulholland, 64, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Mr. Mulholland was born Aug. 26, 1945 in Charlotte, the son of Charles and Dorotha (Riley) Mulholland. Mr. Mulholland was employed at Jansen Equipment in Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ann.

   He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Linda; sons, Gregory Mulholland of Engadine, Paul Mulholland of Newaygo and Jason Mulholland of Mancelona; step-daughter, Christina Eltzroth of Mason; seven grandchildren and step-brother, Douglas Mulholland of Rockford, Md.

   Memorial services may be held at a later date.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Jeff Music

 

  Jeff Music, 84, of Marshall, passed away in Marshall, April 1, 2010. He was born in Prestonsburg, KY on Oct. 23, 1925, the son of Jessie and Ocie Lee (Whitaker) Music. Jeff enjoyed walking his dog, mowing lawns and being around family and friends.

   He is survived by his ex-wife, Henrietta Music of Marshall; daughter, Ruth Ann (Jim) Wright of Battle Creek, Betty Pauline Music of Missouri, Carol Jean Goble of Indian River, Marcella Ocie Music of Marshall, sons, Mike (Kim) Music of Bellevue, John Willard Music of Holt; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sister, June Lawson of Clifford.

   Jeff was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Margie Louise Adair; son, Jeff Music Jr.; granddaughter, Sandra Jean Sumtner; five brothers and one sister.

   Graveside services were held at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family in care of his daughter, Marcella.

   Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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Willard F. Myers

 

   Willard F. Myers, age 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 at his residence.

   Willard was born June 21, 1922 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the son of LeRoy and Ora Belle (Potts) Myers and had lived and farmed in the Brookfield, Olivet and Nashville areas all his life. He had worked at the John Bean Co. for 27 years until they closed their Lansing Plant. He was a member of the Olivet and Nashville Lions Clubs and was a past president of the Nashville Lions. He was involved in stock and modified tractor pulling for many years and was a past president of the Central Michigan Tractor Pullers. He names his modified tractor “The Budget Breaker”, having pulled all over Michigan and Canada.

   Willard was an accomplished fiddler and founded the Nashville Strings 16 years ago. He also enjoyed teaching others to play the fiddle. He was inducted into the Michigan Fiddlers Hall of Fame in 2006 in Hillsdale and had also been inducted into the Prairieville Farmers Hall of Fame.

   He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bessie Irene (Colbridge) Myers to whom he was married on Nov. 16, 1946 at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte by Rev. Russell McConnell. Also surviving are: two sons, David (Elizabeth) Myers of Grand Ledge and Ralph (Sue) Myers of Hastings; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 20, 2010 at the Nashville Baptist Church with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte. Memorial contributions may go to the Barry Community Hospice or the Nashville Baptist Church.

www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bessie Nelson

 

   Bessie Nelson, age 93, of Eaton Rapids, Michigan passed away Saturday, March 6, 2010. Mrs. Nelson was born December 6, 1916 in Brookfield Township, the daughter of Harvey and Edith (Whittum) Gildart. Bessie was a helpful and supportive “farm wife” with her husband Victor. They loved to travel when they were able. Their most memorable trips were to Europe for agricultural farm tours and an Alaskan cruise. Bessie served her community for many years as a hospital volunteer, known as the “Gray Ladies” at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. She loved reading and worked crossword puzzles every day. She was strong willed and determined throughout her life.

   She is survived by 2 sisters-in-law, Evelyn Nelson and Dora Nelson, her brother-in-law Clyde Ray and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor in 1994 and her sister Katherine Beardslee.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 9,2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Irene Vittoz officiating. Interment will follow in Perry Cemetery. If desired, the family has suggested memorial contributions to the Brookfield-Eaton United Methodist Church, or the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

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Roger “Chip” Neufer II

 

   Roger “Chip” Neufer II of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 45, passed away in Lansing, Saturday, May 8, 2010. He was born in Eaton Rapids, July 21, 1964, the son of Roger and Louise (Husted) Neufer. Chip was a custodian at the Eaton Rapids Schools from 1981-1991. He loved horses. Chip was the owner and trainer of harness racing horses.

   He is survived by his life partner, Mark Mattocks of Lansing; mother, Louise of Eaton Raids; sisters, Robin (Mark) Boyd of Dimondale, Lou Ann (Max) Sagraves of Onondaga, Ronda (Mike Johnson) Tyler of Charlotte; many nieces and nephews; and his dogs, Tacoma and Scooter. Chip was preceded in death by his father, Roger in 2009.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids with Pastor Scott Boles officiating. Interment will be at Springport Cemetery. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Velma Newman

 

   After 80, years, Jesus called his beloved Velma Newman home to be with him on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from her daughter’s home. Born Velma Edith Orton, in Detroit, she recently returned to Michigan after a 25-year absence. During that time, she resided in Costa Rica - while servicing with the Peace Corps, as well as Texas and Bradenton, Florida. Velma also traveled in Central and South America as well as Europe as a professional tailor, she created beautiful, functional clothing and household items for her customers and family. In addition, she was an avid flower gardener and many enjoyed viewing her carefully maintained yard. As she emulated the Proverbs 21 woman, she worked diligently and generously extended her hand to the poor and needy. “She tried and succeeded”.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Aurelia (Ferrero) Orton and son, Gordon Saal. She is survived by her children: Susan (Mark) Potter, Nancy (Steven) Shaver and (Dyann) Saal of Charlotte; Kathy (Tom) Carrigan of Vermontville, Valeria Newman of Lansing and David and sister, Merry (Arlton) Sellhorn of Palmetto, Florida.

 

Wilma L. Newman

 

   Wilma L. (Wolf) Newman, 84, of Delton, Mich., formerly of Olivet, died Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo. She was born May 23, 1925 in Blue Island, Ill., the daughter of Frederick and Wilhemina (Ebert) Wolf. She had been a Delton resident for four years, moving from Olivet. She had been a cafeteria employee at the Hayes-Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte and later in the Olivet Community School System. She was a member of the Eaton-Brookfield United Methodist Church and the Charlotte V.F.W. Post #2406 Woman’s Auxiliary.

   Surviving are: four sons, Jeff (Freida) Newman of Delton, John (Cynde) Newman of DeWitt, Joel Newman of Olivet and Jim Newman of Carson City; 11 grandchildren, Jeff III, Alicia, Brett, Eric, Shanda, Joel II, Amorena, Ashley, Seth, Connie and Jim; nine great grandchildren, Graham, Mason, Jordan, Shelby, Kenton, Audrey, Alonie, Zhaine and Jolene; one great-great grandchild, Kailynn and her sister, Viola LeFevre of Eaton Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold J. Newman on Dec. 14, 1994 and by four brothers and a sister.

   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Charlene Minger and Rev. David Hill officiating.

   Interment will be in the Springport Cemetery. Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton-Brookfield United Methodist Church or the Eaton Community Hospice.

 

Ernie Ray Newsome

 

   Ernie Ray Newsome, 60, of Rogersville, Tennessee formerly of Eaton Rapids, MI lost his battle against cancer January 31, 2010. He retired from the Michigan Packaging Company in Mason, MI as a truck driver. He had a passion for music, singing playing guitar and the standup base. His summertime was filled with blue grass festivals and attending car shows with his ’41 Plymouth. Ernie also loved his K-9 companion Sassy.

   Ernie is survived by his wife Billie Joy, brother, Ronnie (Judy) Thacker, sisters, Brenda (Harrold) Snyder, Sue (Paul) Johnson, and Sheila Allen, sons, Phil (Kristina) Newsome and Greg (Carrie) Newsome, daughters, Cheryl Dahl, Christine Thomas, Belinda (Randy) Miller, and Rickie (Jason) Bremer, 16 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Ernie is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ruth Thacker and father, Phil Newsome and daughter, Darlene Thomas.

   Arrangements pending by: Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, KY. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions for the family to Phil Newsome, 8855 Petrieville Hwy, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Ernie has touched many hearts and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

 

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Judith Ann Nichols

 

   Judith Ann Nichols, 67, of Eaton Rapids, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, She was born July 15, 1942 in Michigan City, Indiana to Clarence and June (Sherrill) Smith. In 1962 she married Thomas W. Nichols; he survives. Judith was a secretary for the Eaton Rapids school systems and also worked at the Ferris Party Store in Eaton Rapids. She lived up north on Tubbs Lake; returning to Eaton Rapids a year ago. She was a practical joker. She was a mother and a grandmother. Judith was an avid sports fan who enjoyed all sports, especially the ones her grandchildren played. She supported the Athletic Boosters in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents.

   She is survived by her 2 daughters, Kim (Karl) Grant of Dimondale, Pam (Dave) Shafer of Springport; son, Tony (Julie) Nichols of Grand Blanc; 2 sisters, Ginny (Jerry) Schultz of Albion, Cheryl (Roger) Saylor of Holt; brother, Dick (Jean) Smith of Homer; grandchildren, T.J., Katelyn, Brooke, Taylor, drew and Lexi; great grandchild, Arianna.

   A memorial service was held on June 28, 2010 at the Presbyterian Church in Homer, MI. Reverend Tim Marvil officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Eaton County Hospice. www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com.

 

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Leo J. Norton

 

   Leo James Norton, 88, passed away Friday, November 12, 2010. He was born in Nashville, Mich., June 22, 1922, the son of Reuben and Martha (Wyble) Norton. Leo was employed by the City of Olivet and served in the United States Army during WWII. Leo married Hazel (Rowden) Norton on April 13, 1946 and resided in Olivet. In their later yeas, they moved to the Upper Peninsula and then back to Charlotte.

   Leo loved spending time visiting with family, friends and neighbors and playing cards. He loved his children, grandchildren and family very much.

   He is survived by his daughter, Addriett (James) Balgoyen of Charlotte; son, Gregory (Susan) Norton of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Julie Norton of Bellevue; three grandchildren: Christopher (Masami) Norton of Guam, Jason Norton of Bellevue and Kelly (Jamie) Norton of Olivet; four great grandchildren:; sister, Iva LaPoint, of Olivet; and brothers, Neil Norton of Georgia, Vern Norton of Bellevue and Bob Norton of Battle Creek; two step-brothers, Roland and Terry Axtel; and several nieces and nephews.

   Leo was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Hazel (Rowden) Norton and beloved son, Kendric Norton; his sisters, Dorothy (Norton) Fall of California and Sarah (Norton) Umbarger, of Eaton Rapids.

   The family will have a memorial gathering at Addriett’s home in Charlotte from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27. Pastor March Livingston will officiate a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Capitol Area Humane Society or the Eaton County Medical Care Facility Activity Fund. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Nancy Nowlin

 

   Nancy Nowlin, 73, of Vermontville, died Thursday, March 4, 2010. Mrs. Nowlin was born Jan. 28, 1937 in Jackson, the daughter of Howard and Agnes (McGuire) Buell.

   Mrs. Nowlin was a retired install and repair technician who worked for Michigan Bell Telephone. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Women of the Moose No. 2298 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles all in Charlotte. Mrs. Nowlin was the state champion of Michigan in playing pool. She enjoyed playing pool, softball and camping with their fifth wheel with the Wagon Train Club.

   She was preceded in death by her daughters, Susan Elkins; Karen Gunn and Kim Nowlin.

   She is survived by her husband of 22 yeas, William Nowlin; sons, Steve (Joyce) Hill; Orley Hill and Scott Nowlin; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild and brother, George (Karen) Buell.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday March 9, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating.

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

 

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Barbara Jean (Maier) Nulf

 

   Barbara Jean (Maier) Nulf formerly of Olivet, age 82, passed away August 21, 2010 in White Lake. She was born November 2, 1927 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Monroe and Neva (Coats) Maier.

   Barbara was a very talented seamstress. She created many brides and bridesmaids dresses over the years. Barbara was a Cub Scout leader, a member of the Olivet Congregational Church and was also a Sunday school teacher. She volunteered her time at elections and she enjoyed flower and plant gardening. Barbara was the first woman to sit on the Olivet school board.

   She is survived by her daughters, Donne Dutton of White Lake, MI, Jean (Larry) Cortright of Duck Lake; son, Grover Nulf, III of Olivet; 4 grandsons, Grover IV and John Nulf, Nathan and Adam Cortright; 1 great grandson, Austin Cole; 1 great granddaughter, Arissa Coats; sister, Joanne Green of TN; several nieces, nephews and cousins and very special friend, Rosalind Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover T. Nulf, Jr.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday August 25, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids with Pastor Steve VanSlyke officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Interment will be at Clarence Center Cemetery in Calhoun Co. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 5303 S. Cedar St. Building 1 Lansing, MI 48911.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Aubrey J. Oberlin

 

   Aubrey J. Oberlin, infant baby girl, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, November 17, 2010. Aubrey was born October 6, 2010 in Lansing, the daughter of Dave and Angela (Fourman) Oberlin.

   She is survived by her parents; brother, Boden Oberlin of Charlotte; grandparents, Brad and Sue Johnson and Daniel and Janis Fourman; great grandparents, Dave and Pat Oberlin; aunts and uncles, Todd (Jamie) Putney, John Songer (Todd Kuhn), Amy (Matt) Clementz, Bradley Lindsey and Beau Johnson; many loving family and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her great grandmothers, Ethlyn Putney, Nancy Johnson Vanconant and Johanna Fourman.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Reverend Mark Booth officiating. Interment will be in Windsor Township Cemetery in Dimondale. Visitation will be Friday, November 19, 2010 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DEBRA.org.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Steven Joe Oberlin

 

   Steven Joe Oberlin of Eaton Rapids, age 47, passed away in Lansing, August 28, 2010. He was born in Eaton Rapids January 6, 1963, the son of Clyde and Donna (Schultz) Oberlin. Steven was a 1980 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. His hobbies included hunting, working in his yard and taking care of his dog, Brownie. Steven enjoyed being with people and making them laugh and he loved children.

   Steven is survived by his daughter, Anna Oberlin of McClure, OH; grandson, Jeremy Lee Snyder of McClure, OH; mother, Donna; brothers, Stan Oberlin of Eaton Rapids, Mark Oberlin of Eaton Rapids, James Snyder of Toledo, OH; sisters, Sue (Larry) Orbell of Narrow Lake, MI, Debra (Tim) Snow of Olivet; several nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend, James Towers of Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his wife Penny; father, Clyde and 4 Oberlin babies.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday August 31, 2010 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3100 W. Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823.

   Those wishing may send online condolences to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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David B. Odiorne

 

   David B. Odiorne, age 77, of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the St. Lawrence Dimondale Nursing Center. Born July 19, 1932 in Eaton Rapids the son of Earl and Bess (Woodman) Odiorne. David served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952-54. He retired after 30 years from General Motors in Lansing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the weekends at Ludington with his family. Preceded in death by parents; and a brother, Milo in 1986.

   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline; 2 daughters, Cheryl (Scott) Switzer of Narrow Lake and Susan (David) Warfield of Eaton Rapids; 5 grandchildren, Richard Switzer, Nicole (Russell) Lawrence, Nathaniel Switzer, Jamie (Dejan Dubroja) Warfield, and Justin (Jess Coles) Warfield; 4 great grandchildren, Lyle Lee Lawrence, Mila Dubroja, Kameron Warfield and Cody Warfield; sister-in-law, Betty Odiorne of Memphis, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, March 26, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial with military honors followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Parkinson’s Disease Association in memory of David Odiorne. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Kristina Lind Orlowski-Parker

 

   Kristina Lind Orlowski-Parker of Eaton Rapids, MI passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the age of 48. Kristina was born on July 15, 1961 to Charles Wrigglesworth and Eileen Reynolds in Marshall, MI. She was a graduate of the Eaton Rapids class of 1980. She was employed at Dimondale Nursing Care Center. Kristina was a soft hearted, caring soul, who loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time at Spartan Speedway. Kristina’s piercing blue eyes will never be forgotten. Kristina is preceded in death by her father Charles, and brother, Daniel Wrigglesworth.

   Surviving Kristina is her mother, Eileen (Keith) Reynolds, step-mother Rhea Wrigglesworth, daughters; Darlene and Melinda Orlowski, granddaughter; Angelina Rosas, sisters, Debra (Frank) Willis, Pam (Elpidio) Cruz, Heidi (James) Nors, Dolene (John) Hernandez, Becky (Eddie) Richards, brothers; Donald Lippert, Tony (Sharron) Reynolds, Dwight (Gail) Reynolds, Gerry (Malanie) Dankenbring, Walter (Valerie) Render, the love of her life; Michael Brown, and several nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Wesleyan Church 6044 S. Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family. For online condolences, please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Frank Edward Ottney

 

   Frank Edward Ottney of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, age 82, died Thursday, January 14, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Born September 1, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan the oldest son born to Edward and Mildred (Locke) Ottney. Although Frank was born in Jackson, he spent his childhood growing up in Canada. Returning to Eaton Rapids as a young adult, he served in the Army Air Corp. during WWII. While in the service of the government, Frank worked as a Weatherman, he also was a ski instructor in the Alps teaching recruits, and played for the U.S. hockey team in Europe. Frank retired after 30+ years as a Truck Driver retiring from central Trucking in Lansing. He loved NASCAR, hockey and golfing; woodworking in his shop and playing organ. Preceding him in death was a brother, Irv Ottney; and sister, Georgette McPhail.

   He is survived by his companion of 13 years, Gladys Cataline of Eaton Rapids; former wife of 42 years and mother of his children, Carol (Tooker) Ottney of Eaton Rapids; 3 children, Brenda (Tracy) McGuirt of Eaton Rapids, Bruce Ottney of Eaton Rapids and Kimberly (Tommy) Dillon of Belleville, OH; 3 grandchildren, Amanda, Ryan and Samantha; 2 great grandchildren, Troy and Hunter; brother, William Ottney of Ontario; 2 sisters, Jeannine Crosbie of Ontario and Louise Hoyt of New York; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Frank’s wishes were to be immediately cremated following his death and no services will be conducted. For those desiring, the family suggests memorial gifts be directed to Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids.

 

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James Bernard Pell

 

   James Bernard Pell of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 95, passed away at Hazel Finley Nursing Home in St. John’s, MI, July 31, 2010. He was born June 20, 1915 in Carbon, IN the son of the late Jacob and Lottie (Morlan) Pell. Bernard retired from Clark Equipment in Jackson where he was an industrial Engineer. He raised his 4 children in Eaton Rapids and followed all of their activities. Bernard worked for Miller Diary Farm until 1948 and during his retirement, he worked as a handyman in Lansing.

   He is survived by his sons, Jimmie D. (Barbara) Pell of Eaton Rapids, Jacob B. Pell of DeWitt, Jerry A. (Inga) Pell of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Janet Kessen; grandson, Jeffery Pell; brothers and sisters, Charlie, Chet, Dick, Glen, Ethel, Mabel, Rachel and Alma.

   A graveside service was held at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids on Monday, August 2, 2010 with Rev. Dr. Rodney Kalajainen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 1800 E. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48912.

   Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Betty I. Pentecost

 

   Betty I. Pentecost, 91, of Charlotte, died Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice House. Betty was born Sept. 24, 1919 in Eaton County the daughter of Charles and Marie (Barnes) Gusey and been a lifelong Eaton County resident. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, was an avid Detroit Tigers fan (especially Brandon Inge), enjoyed fishing and most of all was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Surviving are: her children, Gary (Dori) Pentecost of Toledo, Ohio, Linda Tokar of Charlotte, Sharon (Mike) Smith of Lapeer, Terry (Holly) Pentecost of Charlotte, Cindy (Joe) Leimback of Charlotte and special daughter, Jeanne Ayers of Lake Odessa; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Pentecost in 1988; son, James Pentecost in 2009; brother, Harold Gusey and sisters, Vivian Southern, Virginia Summers and Marian Elliston.

   Graveside services and interment were held Monday, December 13, 2010 at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Arrangements were made by the Burkehead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may go to Eaton Community Hospice or the Heartland Hospice.

 

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Charlene K. Perkins

 

   Charlene K. Perkins, 62, of Charlotte, died Sunday, December 12, 2010 as a result of an auto accident. Charlene was born December 4, 1948 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of John and Betty (Wood) Bodell. Charlene was a cashier for Meijer’s Gas Station, retiring after 10 years. She enjoyed attending Nashville Baptist Church. Charlene enjoyed family BBQ’s and hosting family reunions and birthdays. She liked the cottage in Grayling, especially sitting around the fire pit in the woods. Charlene like playing pool and was part of a pool league until five years ago. She was very proud of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids and will be deeply missed.

   She is survived by her daughters, Candelyne (Paul) Thayer of Olivet, Cynthia (Robert) Washburn of Eaton Rapid and Angela (Mark) Bailey of Springport; mother, Betty Jane (Robert) Dilday of DeWitt; step-daughters, Christine Perkins of Charlotte, Kim (Randle) Gelispie of Charlotte, Lisa (John) Watson of Bellevue and Brenda (Fred) Brock of Lansing; step-son, Michael Perkins of Kansas City, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and sister, Carla Dilday of Laingsburg.

   Charlene is preceded in death by her husband Albert in 2006, her father John Bodell, and her brother, Tommy.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. If desired, memorial contribution may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Rowland K. Perry

 

   Rowland K. Perry, 71, of Charlotte, passed away on Friday, August 6, 2010. Rowland was born Feb. 3, 1939 in Charlotte, the son of Lawrence and Genevieve (Hooper) Perry and was a lifelong Charlotte area resident. He was a graduate of Charlotte High School and had served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 64. He had been employed at the former A. E./Hoover Co. and later at the Bradford-White Co. from where he retired in 2001. He was a member of the Eaton County Buck Club and the Charlotte American Legion Post #42.

   Surviving are: his wife of 50 years, Marilyn (Davidson) Perry; two daughters, Vickie (Doug) Blattner of Charlotte and Amee (Darrin) King of Grand Ledge; four grandchildren, Tyler and Jessica Cwiek and Kyle and Evan King; special grandson, Chad and Cody Reichard; his brother, Neil (Lana) Perry of Charlotte and special cousins, Dean and Esther Shrontz.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Philip Hobson officiating. Interment was in the West Carmel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may go to the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte.

 

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Carolyn L. Pettit

 

   Carolyn Lee Pettit, of Sunfield, passed away March 13, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing at the age of 68. She was born June 30, 1941 in Charlotte, the daughter of James N. and Anna Belle (Wilcox) Pettit.

   Ms. Pettit was a home health care aide, and a member of St. Edward Catholic Church. She enjoyed quilting and knitting.

   She was preceded in death by both her parents; infant siblings, Richard Eugene and Patty Ann. Surviving are her daughter, Connie Pettit of Ionia; brother, Robert J. (Robin) Pettit of Wasilla, Alaska; two nieces and one nephew. A prayer service was held March 18 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. Burial took place in the West Windsor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions go to a trust for her daughter, Connie Pettit. Express your thoughts and memories in the online guest book at www.legacy.com. The obituary also can be viewed at www.ObitMichigan.com. The family is being served by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield.

 

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Carl Leroy Pickworth Sr

 

   Carl Leroy Pickworth Sr., of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 65, passed away Monday, January 25, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. Carl was born October 22, 1944 in Eaton Rapids, MI to Donald Floyd and Florinda (Craun) Pickworth. He was a former Delta Township Volunteer Fireman and a member of the Eaton Rapids Historical Society. He retired from General Motors in 1997 after 30 years of service at Fisher Body and the Oldsmobile Engine Plant. Carl enjoyed auctions, hunting, baking pies, and restoring John Deere tractors.

   Carl is survived by his children, Carl L. Jr. (Jennifer) Pickworth of Eaton Rapids, Scott Pickworth of Lansing, Kenneth, Tina, Carla and Tim Pickworth all of Texas; four grandchildren: Jessica Wilson, Alyssa, Logan and Carson Pickworth; brothers and sisters: Ron (Karen) Pickworth of Jacksonville, FL, Don (Barb) Pickworth of Jackson, MI, Priscilla (Phil) Davidson of Eaton Rapids, MI, Richard (Linnea) Pickworth of Mason, MI, Floyd (Linda) Pickworth of Lansing, MI, Kathy (Steve) Spooner of Holt, MI; special friend Linda Siegrist; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki (Maltby); son, Tracy Pickworth and his parents.

   Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, MI. Pastor Rocky Wing officiated. Interment will be at Delta Center Cemetery, Lansing, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Carl. www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Mary F. Plsek

 

   Mary F. Plsek, 94, formerly of Charlotte, entered into God’s eternal rest on Thursday, December 16, 2010. Mrs. Plsek was born July 16, 1916 in Charlotte, MI the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Gregarek) Jankovich.

   Mrs. Plsek was a secretary for the Eaton Intermediate School District. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary Catholic Church, served on the Altar Society and sang in the choir. Mrs. Plsek graduated from Charlotte High School in 1934. She was a 4-H Leader and spent winters in Florida, she also enjoyed gardening, sewing, golfing and biking.

   She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Plseik of Bloomfield Hills, MI; son, Milan Plsek of Tenary, MI; and niece Barbara (Donald) Slider of Noblesville, IN. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Joseph Plsek.

   Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2010 at St., Mary catholic Church with Rev. Father Francis Mossholder officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, MI. A rosary was held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 17, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Fox Run Department of Philanthropy Scholarship Fund or Benevolent Care Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Jack R. Popp

 

   Jack, age 86, died on July 24, 2010 surrounded by his daughter, Sonja Seaks of Eaton Rapids, daughter-in-law Diana Popp and son, Richard Popp of Grand Ledge. He is survived by five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

   Jack was born in the railroad town of Durand, MI. He moved with his family to Grand Haven. His love of dancing and music led to his playing alto sax in a swing band during his high school years. He graduated high school in 1942 and entered military service in March, 1943. He served in “Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division in Germany, Czechoslovakia and Japan until March, 1946.

   Jack married Bernice M. (Mullen) Miller in June, 1946. Together they lived in Grand Rapids, Eaton Rapids and moved to Grand Haven in 1953. There they lived until November 1964 when they moved to Lansing. Jack worked for GM until he retired in 1986. They moved to Grand Ledge in 1966 where they built a home near the Grand River. Jack continued there after Bernie passed in February, 20000. He moved to assisted living in Independence Village, Grand Ledge on Christmas Eve, 2009 where he received wonderful care from the Harbors staff and Hospice until the end.

   Jack was a worker and always had a song in his heart. He was forever whistling Glen Miller tunes as he worked on his home and property. His family and friends love and miss him very much.

 

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Martha A. Porter

 

   Martha A. Porter, 70, of Charlotte, died April 22, 2010 at Eaton community Hospice. She was born Sept. 28, 1939 in Romulus, Mich., the daughter of Julius J. and Ruth (Roberts) Celske. Martha was united in marriage to Harold E. Porter on Feb. 9, 1957 in Ypsilanti, Mich. Martha loved to be a homemaker. She also enjoyed bingo, gardening and traveling. Martha was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Christina Lewis and Ladonna Werley.

   She is survived by her husband, Harold; children, Nancy Porter of Potterville, Michael (Carmen) Porter of Marietta, Ga.; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, sister, Zella (Sam) Ruggerillo of Canton; brothers, Junior (June) Celske of Romulus, John (Marion) Celske of Roseville and Richard (Beth) Celske of Romulus.

   Funeral services took place Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel with Pastor Bill Blevins officiating. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

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Donald Lee Powell

 

   Donald Lee Powell of Eaton Rapids, age 74, passed away at his home in Eaton Rapids July 3, 2010. He was born in Webberville, MI on January 24, 1936, the son of Kenneth and Dorothy (Goyt) Powell. He served in the Navy from 1953-1957 during the Korean War where he was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd class Petty Officer on the USS Tinconderoga. Donald married Betty Jo Cook on January 21, 1957 and together they made a home for their six children. He retired from Oldsmobile after 17 years of service.

   Donald is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Jo (Louis) Steele of Destin, FL, Peggy (Floyd) Byron of Eaton Rapids; sons, Donald Dale (Irene) Powell of Dimondale, Johnny Carl (Heather) Powell of Eaton Rapids, Ronald Lynn (Tina) Powell of Eaton Rapids; daughter-in-law, Cathy Powell of Lead Hill, AR; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years; son Richard Lee Powell and brother, Kenneth Powell.

   The celebration of our father’s life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids with Pastor David Kingsbury officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3315 S. Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48910. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Richard Lee Powell

 

   Richard Lee Powell, 46, of Yellville AR, passed away on May 10, 2010. He was born in Eaton Rapids, MI, on March 25, 1964 the son of Donald and Betty Jo Powell.

   He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cathy (Stevens) Powell; son, Jacob (Stepheny) Powell of Omaha AR, son, Tracey Powell of Yellville, AR; grandchildren, Stephanie, Coalton, Benjamin; siblings, Peggy (Floyd) Byron, Dale (Irene) Powell, Johnny (Heather) Powell, Lynn (Tina) Powell and Becky (Louie) Steele. He was preceded in death by his loving mother Betty Jo Powell.

 

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Laurel M. Pray

 

   Laurel Marie Pray, 83, of Charlotte, died December 4, 2010. She was born October 19, 1927 in Grand Ledge, the first daughter of Wilbur and Marcella (Batsche) Starr. She spent her early childhood on a country farm where she learned frugality in a nation recovering from the Great Depression.

   The family moved to Charlotte while she was in fifth grade where she met Joe Pray who years later would become her husband.

   Laurel attended Michigan State University and in 1951, received her Michigan Funeral Directors License. She worked alongside her husband Joe at the Pray Funeral Home, becoming an integral part of the family business.

   In 1963, Laurel talked her father and brother into building the family cottage in Northern Michigan. It quickly became the family’s favorite place to retreat.

   Laurel loved to travel, especially to the Caribbean and Colorado with friends; gardening in her gardens around her home and funeral home; sewing, and shopping. She enjoyed finding those out of the way places to shop whether it was a dusty antique store in northern Michigan, or a wide spot on the jungle trail in Chile.

   Laurel became known as the consummate hostess for family and friends during the Holidays, Christmas, Fourth of July, and Charlotte Frontier Days.

   Laurel will be remembered by many for her community involvement, including Camp Fire Girls, Jaycees Auxiliary, Christmas Kiddies, GFWC-Charlotte for over 50 years, Charlotte Library Board, and St. Mary Church, where she was a founder of the St. Mary School.

   Laurel is survived by her husband of 62 years, Joseph, their daughter Teresa (Michael) Dougherty of Frankfort, Ill.; son, Joe E. (Lori) Pray of Charlotte; grandchildren, Tyler (Dana) Pray and McLain Pray; her sibling, Jerry (Fern) Starr, Arthur (Gail) Starr of Pinkey, Jeannette Sommer and David Starr.

   The Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Francis Mossholder officiating. Burial followed at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School or the Pray Family Fund II of the Eaton County Community Foundation.

 

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Ruth Pridgeon

 

   The moment when Sparty took the dance floor at Ruth and Jeff’s wedding, is when she smiled that patented Ruth Pridgeon smile. She looked into her husband’s eyes and eased into her role as a loving wife, dedicated step mother and the angel that we all grew to know and love. Ruth “Ooche” Pridgeon was only 35 when she went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2010. Ruth was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to live with her parents Deleski and Cheri Smith when she was 3. Ruth grew up in Charlotte, MI with her two brothers Matthew and Shawn, her 2 sisters, Elizabeth and Andrea and her half sister Debra Silva. She was a loving aunt to Josh, Jake, Joey, Henry, Charlie, Morgan and Alexis. After graduating from Charlotte High School in 1992, Ruth attended Lansing Community College, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, the latter from which she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in Math. She recently became an honorary Alumni of Central Michigan University’s Educational Technology program. Lansing Community College had given Ruth her Associates degree in Drafting Technology, and she became a drafter for Dart Container in Mason where she met her beloved husband Jeff in 2001.

   Jeff and Ruth were married in Williamston, MI in August of 2004. Ruth became a dedicated and loving stepmother to Jason Thomas Pridgeon. Ruth is Jeff’s love and strength, and a continued source of courage and faith for all of us.

   Ruth continued her education thru Michigan State, and became a 6th grade teacher at Hope Middle School in Holt. She helped start the Girls on the Run Program and was a varsity cross country and track coach for Holt High School. Furth specialized in mathematics and was a dynamic teacher and co-worker whose spirit will be deeply missed by the students and staff of Hold Schools.

   Ruth was a huge Spartan fan who regularly attended Spartan Basketball and Football games. She loved to run, and was known for her cooking and gardening skills. She also loved knitting, shopping and spending time being a successful deer hunter. Her desire to help others was unmatched. Her energy and determination made her well respected in her professional and her personal life. She was an angel of peace and she made this world a better place.

   Ruth Pridgeon was a biblically sound individual and a faithful Christian. She successfully completed her bucket list after being diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010. She passed away at home in the loving care of Jeff and her family. She lived a simple life full of fun, family and friends. She made us laugh and will forever keep us complete.

   The Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 15, 2010, 11:00 a.m. at the Margaret Livensparger Holt High School Auditorium with Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday, May 14, 2010, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Holt Chapel.

   The Pridgeon and Smith families are requesting that anyone interested in making a financial donation on Ruth’s behalf, in lieu of flowers, consider the Pancreatic Cancer Organization (www.pancan.org) or the Holt Athletic Booster Club. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.palmberbush.com.

 

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Ward Edward Priesman

 

   Ward Edward Priesman, 87, died May 3, 2010.

   Mr. Preisman was born June 4, 1922 in Mulliken, MI the son of Fredrick and Lillian (Wagner) Priesman.

   Ward served in the Michigan National Guard before he was active to the US Army in January 1941. He served in WWII Aleutian Island campaign with the 119th Field Artillery. He was discharged as a Corporal from CO. B 1687th Engineering Battalion in 1945. He worked as a tool and die repairman for General Motors, retiring in 1978. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2406 and a member of the American Legion Post 24 in Charlotte, MI. Ward was also a member of the Kalamo United Methodist Church. He enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by his wife of 68 years, who he married on April 18, 1942, Kathryn Kelly Priesman; children, Pamela (Art) Groner of Bellevue, Patrick (Alice) Priesman of Vermontville, Paula (Winston) Pugh of Cornielus, NC and Penny (Mark) Pierce of Bellevue; sister, Patricia (Sam) Spagnuolo of Charlotte; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, his twin, Warren, Neal, John, Richard, Larry Priesman, Murel Mann; sisters, Ruth Earl and Betty Smith.

   Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Kalamo United Methodist Church, Kalamo, MI with Pastor Bryce Feighner officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo, Michigan. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Kalamo United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Jack D. Pruden

 

   Jack D. Pruden, 92, of Charlotte, MI died Monday, May 17, 2010. Mr. Pruden was born December 6, 1917 in Charlotte, MI the son of Melchi and Myrtle (Day) Pruden. Mr. Pruden was a lifetime farmer who was environmentally conscious and was a longtime supporter of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte. He was an auctioneer who enjoyed doing charity auctions; Pheasants Forever auctions and kids benefit auctions at his “park” in Texas. He was a simple gentleman who loved God with all his heart and his life experiences were a great example for others.

   He is survived by his wife, Valerie; daughter, Carolyn “Cal” (Philip) Cumberworth of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Jackwyn (Lloyd) Johnson of Bluffton, IN; son, Gary (Sue) Pruden of Charlotte; daughter, Roxanne (Larry) Walker of Charlotte; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Oral (Wood) Pruden; granddaughter, Trina Walker; 3 sisters; 3 brothers and his parents.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, MI. Pastor Robin Crouch officiated. Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, MI. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Charlotte or Eaton community Hospice House. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Kenneth R. Pufpaff

 

   Kenneth Roger Pufpaff, 97, of Bellevue, died May 16, 2010 at home.

   He was born January 15, 1913, the son of Raymond and Zelma (Talmage) Pufpaff in Bellevue.

   Ken served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After returning from the service he farmed in the Bellevue area for over 60 years.

   Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Elva M. (McCarty) Pufpaff in 2007; his parents; five brothers, Adrian, Orville, Herb, Al and Merle; and his sister, Arlene Cheeseman; his son, Karl Pufpaff in 1988 and great granddaughter, Audrey Wright in 1998. He is survived by his son, Ronald (Ruth) Pufpaff of Marshall; daughter, Catherine (Felix) Ray of Bellevue, six granddaughters; and eight great grandchildren.

   Ken loved his farm and his family, and especially enjoyed spending time with his great grandchildren.

   The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Services will take place 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastor Todd McLane, Faith Assembly of God, Olivet officiating. Interment: Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may go to the charity of one’s choice.

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

   www.shawfuneralhome.com.

 

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Sandra A. Pullano

 

   Sandra Ann Pullano, 65, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. Ms. Pullano was born Dec. 1, 1944 in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Nicholas Pullano and Nita (Rogers) Pullano Lomax.

   She was preceded in death by her parents.

   She is survived by her brother, Mark Pullano; sister, Pat Pullano; brother, Gregg Pullano and sister, Nikki Traugh; step siblings, Rich Lomax, Rhonda Van Asperen, Brian Lomax, Bob Lomax and John Lomax as well as her niece, Ashley Dies and nephew, Joshua Dies.

   Services may be held at a later date.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Frank W. Putnam

 

   Frank W. Putnam, 82, of Harrison, Mich., formerly of Springport, died Sunday, September 5, 2010. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Norman Randall

 

   Norman Randall, 64, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, August 18, 2010. He was born August 3, 1946 in Hillsdale, the son of Carl and Barbara (Hersh) Randall. Norm was a teacher and coach for Charlotte Public Schools for 32 years. He coached for nine years at Lansing Christian where he was also the Athletic Director for five years. While coaching at Lansing Christian, the girls’ basketball team won back-to-back State Championships in 2003-2004. He was active in his church and played the trumpet in the orchestra. He was a loving husband and father who was very proud of his children.

   He is survived by his wife, Pamela; sons, Jeff (Debi) Randall of Tampa, Fla., Greg (Teri) Randall of Hastings and Scott (Stacey) Randall of Escanaba; 10 grandchildren; brother, Charles (Sharon) Randall of Osseo and sister, Beverly (Larry) Fall of Hillsdale and was loved by many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at South Church in Lansing, with Pastor Donald Denyes officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale.

   Visitation will be Friday, August 20, 2010 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Thomas M. Reed

 

   Thomas M. Reed Jr., 57, of Charlotte, passed away Jan. 16, 2010.

   Mr. Reed drove fuel tankers for over 10 years and worked as a corrections officer at Jackson Prison for 20 years.

   He enjoyed demolition derbies, antiques and spending time viewing the Great Lakes.

   He also loved music and cycling throughout Michigan.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Reed Sr. and children’s mother and friend, Jean Marie Reed.

   He is survived by wife, Barbara; sons, Jeffery (Giovana) and Andrew (Bobbi); stepdaughters, Angel and Danielle Smith; grandchildren, Trystin and Devin Reed, William Niblock; mother, Janice Reed; sister, Terri (James) Stroud; nephew, Benjamin Stroud.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor James Baum officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Alliance for the Great Lakes or Sparrow Foundation RNICU (neonatal).

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Gary Lee Reeder

 

   Gary Lee Reeder, 65, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of South Haven, passed away in Lansing, March 9, 2010. Gary was born in Dexter, Mo., Feb. 23, 1945, the son of Johnnie Lee and Georgia (Troxell) Reeder.

   He had a very generous heart and loved to tell jokes. Gary loved to go to auctions and flea markets. He had coffee regularly with his friends at Miller’s. Gary most enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife, Linda (Frederickson) Reeder of Eaton Rapids; daughters, Shelley (Mark) Lewis of South Haven, MI, Heidi (David Berg) Klug of Bangor, MI; six grandchildren, Heather, Autumn, Kristie, Star, Sierra, Mikey; 2 great grandchildren, Landon, Courtney; brother, Leonard (Susan) Reeder of Las Vegas. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Robin Mizell; brother, Jon Reeder.

   Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Monday, March 15, 2010 at Community Christian Church, 318 W. Knight St. Eaton Rapids with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or the Community Christian Church.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Kandace Kay Reinecke

 

   Kandace Kay Reinecke of Eaton Rapids, MI went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 31, 2010 with her family by her bedside. She was born August 6, 1945 to Ray and Edna Gitchell in West Branch, Michigan. Kandy was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. She volunteered over 30 years in the church nursery and helped frequently with the funeral dinners. She also worked for 20 years as an Avon representative in the area. Kandy is preceded in death by her mother.

   Kandy leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Clinton Reinecke; four children, Patrick (Kristy) Reinecke of Eaton Rapids; Lynn (Michael) Mayes of Eaton Rapids; James (Kristina) Reinecke of Eaton Rapids; Kara (Timothy) Wegner of Eaton Rapids; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; three brothers; one sister,; and father, Ray Gitchell of Hale, MI.

   Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends at the Skinner Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Kandy’s memory to First Baptist Church, 9220 Kinneville Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI. For on-line condolences, please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Jonathan B. Rich, Sr.

 

   Jonathan Benjamin Rich, Sr., 63, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010. He was born March 3, 1947 in Kalamo Township, Mich., the son of Merlin Rich and Bernice (Blodgett) Wheeler. Jonathan was employed by Hoover Universal of Charlotte for 23 years, American Sunroof of Lansing, and retired from Denso of Battle Creek after 15 years. He was born and raised on Swift Road where he lived his entire life. He was a camper and loved to travel. Some of his favorite trips were Yellowstone, the Black Hills, Mackinaw, the Badlands, Las Vegas and numerous cruises. He was able to fulfill one of his dreams of an Alaskan Cruise in June. One of the most important things in his life was his grandchildren who he loved very much.

   He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda (McCrimmon); son, Jonathan (Jamie) Rich, Jr. of Alto; daughter, Lynnette (Tom) Thompson of Battle Creek; three grandchildren, Justin, Austin, and Hailey; mother, Bernice Wheeler of Springport; sisters, Helen (Howard) Robinson of Shaftsburg and Ruth (Gary) Clark of Springport. Her was preceded in death by his father, Merlin Rich; sister, Bethel (Richard) Graham; sister, Madeline (Robert) Wyble; brother, Albert (Lois) Rich and sister, Mary (Edward) Brzycki.

   Memorial services were held Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Bryce Fieghner officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dorothy L. Rickle

 

   Dorothy L. Rickle, 91, of Potterville, died Saturday, September 25, 2010. She was born November 5, 1918 in Lexington, Tenn., the daughter of Rev. Deward and Florence (Cox) Blankenship.

   She is survived by her sons, Michael (Beth) Rickle of Potterville, Robert (Alice) Rickle of Silver City, NM, Gregory (Nina) Rickle of Midland, Steve (Kathy) Rickle of Dimondale; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 2006.

   Dorothy enjoyed her flowers, pets and loved her family. She was a member of Eastern Star in Potterville. She remembers crossing the Mississippi River in a covered wagon at the age of 4.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, October 1, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Chuck Riharb

 

   Chuck Riharb, 67, passed away March 26, 2010 unexpectedly at Hayes Green Beach Hospital. He was born Feb. 25, 1943 in Pontiac.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Chuck is survived by sisters, Nellie Lynn (Gary) Hembree of Waterford, Mich., and Sheryl (Ed) Sullivan of Henderson, Nev.; Aunt Rose (Riharb) Shafto and numerous cousins.

   Cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday May 1, 2010 at Deepdale Memorial Park, 4110 Lansing Road, Lansing, with Pastor Doug Bliss officiating.

   Arrangements were entrusted tot eh Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Online condolences can be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Robert M. Riley

 

   Robert Maurice Riley, 79, of Charlotte, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mr. Riley was born July 16, 1930 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Maurice and Evelyn (Whitney) Riley.

   Bob served five years in the Air Force in Casa Blanca during the Korean War.

   Bob has a B.S.M.E., in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and completed his active professional life upon retirement from GM Power Train Division in 1999 as a senior project engineer and was a lifelong proud member of SAE.

   Bob loved stock car racing, the Green Bay Packers, his home, his family, dog Amber, the cats, the fish in his pond and the many birds he fed.

   Bob was preceded in death by two sons, William and James; and his sister, Ellen Ann Burke.

   He is survived by his wife, Gail (Olmstead) Riley; brother, James Riley (Sandy) of Zion, Ill.; children, Patricia Coburn (Dave) of Chester, NY; Robert Riley, Jr. (Gloria) of Wakarusa, Ind.; Blake Riley (Marianne) of Wakarusa, Ind.; Margaret Riley of Bridgman, Mich.; John Riley (Dawn) of Hart, Mich.; Nancy Wagoner (Gerry) of Piqua, Ohio; Mary Kate Peters (Bill) of Ellensburg, Wash.; Annie Balsbaugh (Dean) of Conover, Ohio; Erin Ebershoff (Craig) of Lafayette, Ind.; and Michael Riley of Baroda, Mich.

   Additionally, Mr. Riley leaves 28 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, three step children, Ginny, Rick and Todd Trierweiler, two step grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with grandson Daniel Coburn officiating. Baurial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

   Those desiring, may make contributions to the Salvation Army.

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

 

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Robert D. Rochester

 

   Robert D. Rochester of Yellville, AR, age 80, passed away Friday, May 7, 2010 at the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. Robert was born in Eaton Rapids, MI on February 3, 1920 the son of Arlo and Alice (Paquette) Rochester. He was the Animal Control Officer for the City of Yellville, and a U.S. Army Veteran.

   Mr. Rochester is survived by his son, Rick (Cindy) Rochester of Charlotte, MI; daughters, Marie (Don) Principato of Mountain Home, AR, Cindy (Craig) Boatman of Eaton Rapids; his caregiver Rena of Yellville; brothers, Wilson (Marilyn) Rochester of Eaton Rapids, Merle (Daisy) Rochester of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandsons and 4 great grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Irene Rochester and sisters, Eloise and Lorene.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Ruth Rogers

 

   Ruth Rogers, 71, of Charlotte, formerly of East Lansing, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Mrs. Rogers was born Sept. 15, 1938 in Ionia, a daughter of Cecil L. and Helen Alice (Cretty) Green.

   Preceding her in death was her daughter, Cindy.

   She is survived by her daughters, Spring (Ron), Shari (Dave) and Michelle (Chris); her son, Tom; proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Ruth also dearly loved her sisters, Minnie and Dorothy; her brother, Paul; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Olivet Baptist Church in Lansing, with Pastor Dave Sincox officiating. Arrangements by: Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.

 

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Robert C. Roiter

 

   Robert C. Roiter, 87, of Charlotte, went to his happy hunting ground on Wednesday, March 25, 2010. Mr. Roiter was born Dec. 23, 1922 in Charlotte, the son of Charles J. and Nora (Rogers) Roiter.

   Mr. Roiter served his country in the U.S. Marines during WWII. After returning home, Bob worked at the Charlotte Chair factory for 23 years. After that, he worked for the State of Michigan Highway Department and later was a supervisor at the Ionia Penitentiary furniture factory from 1968 to 1982.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. Roiter and Nora Mae Rogers; sister, Arline J. (Harold) Philip; brother, Richard M. Roiter and his first wife, Lola Belle Cortright.

   He is survived by his second wife, Alma; sons, Charles “Lynn” (Jane) Roiter and Jerry L. (Margaret) Roiter; daughters, Susan M. Farr and Patricia I (Kenneth) Fleece; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Earl J. (Sharon) Roiter and nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Collier officiating. Interment was in Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

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

 

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Bennie L. Rose

 

   Bennie Lee Rose, 68, of Charlottte, died Monday, November 8, 2010 following a lengthy illness. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn. in April 11, 1942, the son of Ralph and Virginia (Richards) Rose. Bennie served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Bennie, who was known to most of his friends as “Old Far”, worked at Michigan Woodwork and Specialties for 15 years until 1993. He is remembered by his many friends and family as a person who always wanted to keep busy. His big heart and great sense of humor led him to gather many friends.

   He is survived by his son, Mike Rose; daughters, Elizabeth Rose and Sheila Pryde, and his four grandchildren, Aaron Michael Rose, Christopher Curtis Antes, Meghan Elizabeth Ryann Rose and Hailli Fay Nicole Rose.

   He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Lou Rose.

   Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2010 at Fort Custer National Cememtery in Augusta, with Reverend Charles Kruger officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Florence Louise Royston

 

   Florence Louise Royston, died Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at the age of 84. She was born on March 7, 1926 to Alton and Opal (Nichols) White at the White Centennial Farm in Eaton County. She attended Martin School and Charlotte High School, graduating in 1943. She then received a degree from Acme Business College in Lansing. Her employment included Wilcox-Gay, General Aluminum, Eaton County Probate Court, Kroger and retired from Michigan Department of State Driver Improvement in 1988. She played the clarinet in the CHS band and piano at West Benton and Gresham United Methodist Churches. Another interest was arranging family photographs and she spent many enjoyable hours organizing photos and reminiscing. Walking along the country road gave her many hours of exercise, relaxation and prayer.

   She is survived by her family, Jerry (Sue) Royston, Jill (Larry) Smith-Walters of Charlotte, Jeff Royston of Lake City, Joanne (Kelly) of Charlotte and their father, Eugene Drozdzak Royston of Lake City; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws; sister, Phyllis Goodrich of Hastings; and sister-in-law, Jeanne White of Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law, Robert Goodrich and brother, Fred White.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 3, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating. Interment will be in Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte, MI. Visitation will be Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Friday, September 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. just prior to the service at Pray Funeral Home.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Ronald R. Royston

 

   Ronald R. Royston, 53, of Charlotte, went to the loving arms of Jesus on June 22, 2010 surrounded by his family and friends. Ron was born June 15, 1957 to Ernam and Virginia (Holley) Royston. He retired from General Motors Warehouse in April of 2009. He was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying hunting and watching for his “30 point buck.”

   Ron is survived by his parents; sisters, Silver (Marvin) Spitzley and Dawn (Dan) Hoffman both of Charlotte; daughter, Cassie (Casey) King of Stevensville; son, Jason (Melissa) Hulsebos of Springport; grandson, Camden King; special friend, Linda Moloney; niece, Autumn (Gary) Teeple and family; nephew, Nathan (Sarah) Spitzley and family; aunts and uncles; cousins,; and a host of friends.

   He was preceded in death by his nephew, Ethan Teeple.

   A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Randy Royston officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, Hospice House of Mid Michigan or New Hope Community Church. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lawrence M. Ruedisueli

 

   Lawrence (Rudy) Mitchel Ruedisueli, 72, of Lake Odessa, died Saturday, April 10, 2010. Mr. Ruedisueli was born April 2, 1938 in Wayne County Mich., the son of Alphonse and Cecilia (Corbin) Ruedisueli.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Michael E. Ruedisueli; brothers, Allen Ruedisueli, Alphonse Ruedisueli, Carl Ruedisueli; and sisters, Josephine Pettingill and Elizabeth LeBlanc.

   Mr. Ruedisueli is survived by his children, Collyne (Dale) Barnard of Sunfield, Christopher (Marcia) Ruedisueli of Nashville, Patricia Cook of Nashville; stepson, Robert Harr of St. Clair Shores; stepson, Aaron Harr of Fenville; brother, Carl Ruedisueli of Warren; six grandchildren, Jessica Harwood, Dustin (Elizabeth) Stephens, Michelle Ruedisueli, Amy Ruedisueli, Rachael Ruedisueli, Christiana Ruedisueli; four great grandchildren, Dominik Stephens, Kyra-Rein Stephens, Skyler Stephens and Jayden Stephens; sisters, Veronica Kowaleski of Deluth, Ga., and Jane Morningstar of Oscoda. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Nashville Assembly of God Church with Pastor Glenn Branham officiating.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Max L. Rugg

 

   Max L. Rugg, 75, of Battle Creek, died April 23, 2010 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born April 9, 1935 in Augusta, the son of Ora and Katherine (Tesch) Rugg.

   He was employed by Michigan Carton, Battle Creek as a machine operator for 44 years retiring in 1997. Max enjoyed bowling, tractor pulls, hunting, fishing, cutting wood, watching television, casinos and especially family get-togethers.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Monta Lou (Heintz) Rugg; parents and many brothers and sisters.

   Max is survived by his daughters, Annette (Mike) Morris of Charlotte and Bethann Pettit of Battle Creek; five grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; his brother, Bob Rugg of Battle Creek and sisters, Henrietta Hamacher and Clara Rathburn both of Battle Creek. Funeral services took place Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Battle Creek, with Michael Rugg officiating. Burial at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Michigan. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home.

 

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Genevieve E. Rutherford

 

   Genevieve E. Rutherford, 84, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born May 29, 1925 in Allyson Corners, Mo. the daughter of Harry Paul and Adah Maude (Allyson) Lambley. She had recently moved back to Charlotte after having lived in Fayetteville, Ark. for 25 years. While in Charlotte she had been the owner/operator of Beauty By Burns and Merle Norman Cosmetics. She was a member of the Charlotte O.E.S. #218, the White Shrine and the Daughters of The Nile. She had been a member of the Charlotte Woman’s Club and the First Congregational Church and it’s Mary Martha Circle.

   Surviving are: her son, Gene (Bea) Burns of Charlotte; step son, Gary (Beverly) Rutherford of Dimondale; step daughters, Sandra Rutherford of Pigeon, Mich. and Jane (Michael) Kopp of Mt. Clemons, Mich.; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Carl (Carol) Taylor of Charlotte; sister, Elizabeth (Gene) Zieglowsky of Washington, Iowa and brother-in-law, Jack (Marilyn) Rutherford of Pigeon. She was preceded in death by husband, William Tom Rutherford on May 29, 2009; by her daughter, Joy Burns Ward; brother, Charles Taylor and sister-in-law, Helen Laney.

   A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Julie Zieglowsky officiating. Graveside services and burial will be held later in the Baptist Ford Cemetery in Greenland, Ark. Arrangements in Arkansas by the Moore’s Funeral Chapel of Fayetteville, Ark. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago, Ill.

 

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Norman H. Satterly

 

   Norman H. Satterly, age 58, of Nashville, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010, at his Nashville home after a year-long battle with cancer.

   Norm was born in Lansing, MI, on January 8, 1952, the son of Harold W. and June (Baker) Satterly. He was raised in the Nashville/Charlotte area and attended local schools, graduating from Maple Valley High School in 1970. He was the husband Carol (Curtiss) Satterly. the couple was married on July 11, 1987, in Hastings, MI. They made their home together in Nashville and celebrated 22 years of marriage in 2009.

   Norm worked for many years for the IGA Corporation. He worked for Eaton county, maintaining the jail and other buildings, for 23 years before retiring in 2009.

   Norm’s passion was restoring and collecting Allis Chalmers antique tractors. Over the past 20 years, Norm participated in antique tractor pulls all over the state of Michigan. He was an active member of tractor pulling clubs in Sunfield/Mulliken, Eagle, and Lyons, MI, and won many trophies. Norm had a variety of interests, including hunting and restoring a 1956 Chevy. He loved spending time and playing with his grandsons.

   Norm is survived by his beloved wife Carol; sons, Kevin Curtiss of Delton, Kyle (Rachel) Curtiss of Howell; grandsons, Brendan Curtiss and Daniel Curtiss of Howell; daughter, Dondi Satterly of Ortonville; mother, June Satterly of Vermontville; sisters, Sonja (Duane) Hice of Charlotte and Teresa (Joe) Gooch of Vermontville; many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Satterly in 2008.

   In accordance with Norm’s wishes, there will be no service. An informal memorial reception will be held in his honor in the Maple Valley High School cafeteria from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 10th.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice.

   Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net for further details.

 

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David Christian Schlee

 

   David Christian Schlee, 48, of Charlotte, MI died Sunday, December 5, 2010. Mr. Schlee was born August 17, 1962 in Newport News, VA the son of Carl and Sally (Klingaman) Schlee. Mr. Schlee retired from general Motors in 2001.

   He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Tybnikar-Floyd) Schlee; son, Gregory (Ashli Hall) Schlee of Potterville; step-sons, Matthew (Kelly Yankee) Floyd of Marshall and David Floyd of Grand Ledge; step-daughter, Sarah (Robert Pifer) Floyd of Charlotte; grandchild, Sebastian Floyd; parents, Carl and Sally Schlee of Potterville; brother, William (Georgia) Schlee of Olivet; sister, Carol (Art Beaulieu) Schlee of Houghton Lake; brother, Dennis Schlee of Lansing; brother, Kenneth (Kim) Schlee of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Phyllis Conroy and Susan Schlee.

   Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 10,2 010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Terry La Duke officiating. Interment will be in Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing, MI. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 3:00 - 5:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Helping Hands of Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Lillian T. Schroeder

 

   Lillian T. (Hamm) Schroeder, 92, of Cadillac, formerly of Charlotte, passed away August 2, 2010, at Curry House in Cadillac. Lillian, a 1937 graduate of Grand Haven High School and a 1941 graduate of Michigan state College, was married in 1941 to Richard, who was an Agriculture Specialist for the U.S. Government. Lillian began her career as a home-economics teacher in Eaton Rapids, and when married, followed with the family through Michigan and on foreign assignments to Pakistan and Ghana. Upon retirement, they moved back to the home in which Richard was born at the Maple Hurst Farm on Wheaton Road near Charlotte where she volunteered over 1,000 hours at Hayes Green beach Hospital. They later moved to Heather Hills Retirement Center in grand Rap[ids in 200-6, and after Richard’s death in 2008 to Cadillac to be near her daughter. She was known as a gracious hostess wherever they lived, always willing to share a smile, even as she declined these last couple of years.

   She is survived by children, Chris (Carolyn) Schroeder of Grand Rapids, Mich., RoxAnne (Lee) Evison of Cadillac, Steven (Connie) Schroeder of State College, Penn., and Alan Schroeder (Lucinda Brown) of Alexandria, Va.; brother-in-law, Walter Schroeder of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; sister-in-law, Cecelia Clack of Owosso; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, August 6,2 010 at Gresham United Methodist Church with Reverend Kathy Smith officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or Mercy Hospice of Cadillac. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dorwin E. Schultz

 

   Dorwin “Dade” E. Schultz, 75, of Charlotte, died Friday, July 2, 2010. He was born July 26, 1934 in Charlotte, the son of Arthur and Elaine (DePue) Schultz.

   He is survived by his wife, Coreen, and their children: Kevin (Drenda) Schultz of Shattuck, Okla., Kristie (Dan) O’Donnell of Keswick, Va., Karen (Gary) Wilkes of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Lisa) Power of Largo, Fla.; 17 grandchildren, Lance A. Schultz, Natasha A. Burns, Amber M. Hayes, Kati J. Forman, Landon J. O’Donnell, Tara M. O’Donnell, B.J. Pitylak, Kelsi Pitylak, Jordan Power, Jared Power, Joshua Power, Stephanie, Sarah, Susan, Katy and Stan; 13 great grandchildren; siblings, Arthur D. “:Sam” Schultz, Donald D. Schultz, Doreen F. “Susie” Schultz, Dee F. Schultz, Doris M. Schultz and Darrell M. “Joe” Schultz.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas L. Schultz on October 24, 2002 and his son, Kary J. Schultz on December 24, 1979.

   Dade was president of the Bi-Centennial Wagon Train Club for 18 years and continued doing covered wagon tours and activities in this area for which he was locally famous.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Denise Droscha officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery.

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

 

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D. Clarke Scott

 

   D. Clarke Scott, 52, of Charlotte, died Friday, April 16, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 22, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Jack A. Seger

 

   Jack A. Seger, age 79 of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Born December 6, 1930 in Springport the son of Adrian and Belle (Hoag) Seger. Jack was a Springport High School graduate, class of 1948. He spent most of his life farming and later had worked for Felpausch Food Stores and for CBT (Corporate Bank Transport) in Lansing. He was a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church. Jack was an avid bowler and bowled on several leagues in Eaton Rapids, Jackson and Albion. Jack enjoyed his annual Walleye fishing trips to Canada and would relive his trips the rest of the year. He was preceded in death by his first wife Donna in 1990; a daughter Karen; sister, Dorothy Betz and brother, Don Seger.

   He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Ann; 3 children, Susann (Rusty) Weatherby, Kenneth Seger and Randy (Sherry) Seger; step-son, Daniel Reed and friend Marla Anderson; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; brother, Jay Seger; sisters, Jean (Ron) Keeler and Carolyn (Jerome) Rahrig; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Monday, December 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church with Pastor David Kingsbury, officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family received friends at the church on Sunday, December 5th form 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church in memory of Jack Seger. For online condolences go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Ava L. Sellen

 

   Ava Lee Sellen, 68, of Nashville, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010. She was born December 2, 1941 the daughter of Marion and Geraldine (Densmore) Hyatt. Ava was employed by Owens Illinois until retiring in 2003. She enjoyed playing cards, country music and cooking. She kept in contact with her fellow workers by continuing to attend the monthly birthdays at O.I. Mrs. Sellen loved her family and was known as a mom who would do whatever was needed to help her children.

   She is survived by her daughter, Robin Sellen of Bellevue; sons, Timothy Sellen of Nashville; Wade Sellen of Nashville and Colan Sellen of Nashville; sister, Beverly Haskins of Nashville; brother, Chuck Hyatt of Battle creek and sister, Loretta (Mike) McClelland of Florida.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald in 2002.

   Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, November 8, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township, Mich. Visitation will be Sunday, November 7, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Elizabeth B. Shaffer

 

   Elizabeth B. Shaffer, formerly of Olivet, died peacefully at the Country Acres Adult Care Home in Eaton Rapids on Jan. 31, 2010 at the age of 96. She was born on Oct. 17, 1913 to John and Margaret (Jewell) Hamilton in Battle Creek.

   She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1932 and attended County Normal to become a teacher. Elizabeth married Christian Vahs and was early widowed. She and her second husband, John H. Shaffer, spent nearly 50 years together in Olivet. Elizabeth taught school, was a secretary for the Bellevue school district, and later worked in the Business Office at Olivet College. She was an active member of the Olivet Congregational Church and the Cora Sexton Circle.

   Elizabeth is survived by her three daughters, Ann (Peter) Wade, Jean (William) Blair and Julia Shaffer; four grandchildren, Peter (Tami) Wade, Susan Wade, Amy Blair (Kirk Pruett), and Jeremy Blair and three great grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and Stephanie Wade.

   A memorial service was held at the Olivet Congregational Church on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at 2 p.m.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Congregational Church, 125 College St., Olivet, MI 49076; Country Acres Adult Care Home, 735 S. Michigan Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 or In-House Hospice Solutions, 204 W. Grand River Ave., Suite 290, Howell, MI 48843. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wilbur Mitchell Sharpe

 

   Wilbur Mitchell Sharpe of Onondaga, MI, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the Jackson County Medical Care in Jackson, MI. Wilbur was born October 16, 1931 in Mason, MI to the late John William and Myrtie Mae (Diesler) Sharope. He was a graduate of Eaton Rapuids High School class of 1951. Wilbur was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War on the USS Mindoro from 1951-1955. He married Mary Keniston May 1, 1953 in Boston, MA at the Old North Church. Wilbur retired form GM in 1994 after 15 years of service. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and calling all of his grandchildren “Duker”.

   Wilbur is survived byhis wife, Mary Sharope; 5 children, Deborah (Roger) Knickerbocker, Shirley (Mark) Newton, Richard Sharpe, Nancy (Tom) Delpriore and Robert Sharpe; 10 grandchildren, Autumn Pond, Zachary Pond, Nicki Taylor, Taryn Barlow, Travis Newton, Amanda Prichett, Travis Sharpe, Stacie Taylor, Jacob Munro and Gracelynn Sharpe; 8 great grandchildren; brother, John William Sharpe III. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, wanda Trimble; 3 grandchildren, Christopher Pond, Gary Wandel and Jeremy Knickerbocker; brother, Bob Sharpe; 2 sisters, Mable Barnes and Lila Gavin.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial visitation was held July 26, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funreral Home, 518 S. Main, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. There will be no formal service as per Wilbur’s wishes. Contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity.

 

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Harriette Ilene Shaw

 

   Harriette Ilene Shaw of Eaton Rapids, MI, stepped into the arms of Jesus on Thursday evening, December 9, 2010. Harriette was born July 10, 1921 to Elmer and Bessie Gumpp. She was preceded in death by first husband, Lawrence Sabin; second husband, Richard Shaw; infant daughter, Linda Sabin and son, Ronald Sabin.

   She is survived by daughters, Karen (Fred) Duffrin of Eaton Rapids, Cindy (James) Griffin of New Hampshire; sons, Gary (Chris) Sabin of Nashville, James (Deanna) Shaw of Perry and Berney (Margaret) Shaw of Charlotte, Pastor Robert (Dawn) Shaw of Hesse; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren and 2 great-great-great grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Scott Boles, officiating. Burial was in Eastlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Okemos. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the In House Hospice at 3400 Telegraph Rd. Bingham Farm, MI 48025 in memory of Harriette Shaw. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerfuneralHome.com.

 

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Nora Shegitz

 

   Nora (Zeremsky) Shegitz, 90, of Charlotte, formerly of Camden and Coldwater, Mich., died Wednesday, April 21, 2010. She was born Jan. 8, 1920 in Akron, Ohio, to Gabriel and Julia (Janavovity) Zeremsky, and married Joseph Louis Shegitz on Oct. 22, 1938 in Detroit.

   Nora was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; a daughter, Yvonne; sons, Ronald and Steve; granddaughters, Peggy and Janet and grandson, David.

   She is survived by sons, Joseph (Bea), Jr. of Swartz Creek, Mich., and Norman (Barb) of Lubbock, Texas; daughters, Barbara (Bob) Higuera of Aurora, Colo., and Pamela (Art) Brown of Brighton; daughters-in-law, Dorothy Shegitz of Stryker, Ohio and Elaine Shegitz of Charlotte; 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

   Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be held.

   Arrangements by: Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Terry Lee Gibson, Sr.; three children, Pamela Marie (Darrin Harmon) Gibson of Eaton Rapids, Terry Lee (Tera) Gibson, Jr. of Charlotte and Amanda Lynn Gibson of Charlotte; four grandchildren, D.J. Harmon, Terry Lee Gibson III, Anastasia Grace Harmon and Lillie Marlene Gibson and one brother, David (Monique) Baczewski of Arizona.

   Funeral services were held Monday, April 19, at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Richard H. Wilford of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the West Carmel Cemetery.

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

 

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Darwin Shunk

 

   Darwin Shunk, 52, passed away on August 25, 2010 after a brief fight with cancer. He was born in Lansing, Mich. on June 9, 1952 to Max and Mary Shunk. Darwin was employed by the State of Michigan. He was an avid lover of the performing arts, especially music, with sound engineering his passion. He was an active member of Mount Hope Church in Lansing, with many years involved in the music and media ministry.

   Darwin is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 38 years, Wanda; children, Jennifer (Eric) Vorm, Jonathan Shunk, Bethany (David) Gerstner; grandchildren, Morgan, Isabelle and Joshua; father, Max (Darlene) Shunk; sisters, Debbie Gillam, Teri Frasier; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Shunk. Visitation and funeral services will be arranged by Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home in Lansing.

 

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Ed Simek

 

   Ed Simek, 86, died Friday, December 17, 2010. Mr. Simek was born November 18, 1924 in Charlotte, MI the son of Joseph and Katerina (Sochor) Simek.

   Mr. Simek retired fro Consumers Power Company as a lineman. He was a past VFW Commander serving in 1963, ’64 and ’66 and a member of the Buck Club. Mr. Simek loved hunting, gardening and fishing on Hubbard Lake.

   He is survived by his second wife, Bonnie who he met in high school and reconnected with her in Nashville, TN after they were both widowed; step-daughter, Marlyn Uhl of Glendale, AZ; step-son, Bill Klei of Rives Junction; step-daughter, Jeanne Hickman of TN; step-son, Mike LeDoux of OR; 12 grandchildren; brother, Joseph Simek of AZ; sister-in-law, Kay (Wayne) Dunn of Charlotte and sister-in-law, Colleen Gingrich of Charlotte and brother-in-law, John (Kay Dawn) Gingrich of Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia (Sayles) Simek and step-son, Chris LaDoux.

   A Family Affirmation service took place 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Carolyn “Connie” Skinner

 

   Carolyn “Connie” Skinner, age 86 of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Eaton community Hospice following a severe heart attach 13 days earlier. Born November 2, 1924 in Onondaga Township; the daughter of Glen and Gladys (Neff) Stimer. Connie worked along side her husband Max in the family business for 45 years. She enjoyed shopping, dewing and keeping connected with friends. For the last two years she resided at the Eaton county Medical Care Facility and made many new friends with residents and staff. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Max; and brother, Keith Stimer.

   She is survived by her loving daughter, Sharon (Chris) Bigelow and son, Larry (Jill) Skinner all of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Eaton Community Hospice 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Connie Skinner.

 

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Delos W. Skinner

 

   Delos W. Skinner, age 97 of Eaton Rapids, died March 9, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte, MI. Born March 8, 1913 on the family farm in Delta Township, the son of Guy and Bertha (Wolpert) Skinner. Delos was a retired Dairy Farmer, a member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, the Eaton County Farm Bureau, and a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Avis (Holbrook); granddaughter, Camille Skinner; brothers, Leland and Max Skinner.

   He is survived by 5 children, Philip (Carol) Skinner of Manton, MI, Stephen (Charlene) Skinner of Eaton Rapids, Christine (Don) Cooley of Grand Ledge, Timothy (Cheryl) Skinner of Eaton Rapids and Kathy Fuller of Eaton Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; sister, Mildred (Richard) Carrigan of Nashville; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, March 12, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Delos W. Skinner.

 

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Max Robert Skinner

 

   On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 at 5:45 a.m. Max took his final flight, departing from the Eaton community Hospice in Charlotte. Born May 16, 1921 on the family farm in Delta Township, second to the youngest of four children born to Guy and Bertha (Wolpert) Skinner.

   Max graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School class of 1937 at the age of 16. Prior to graduation he worked for Stewart Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. It was then when he decided to become a licensed funeral director. He returned from Wayne State University and founded the Skinner Funeral Home in 1952. He built this business with nothing more than love and compassion for his friends and for his community.

   Max finally gave up his occupation after 56 years of serving the Eaton Rapids community, when a heart attack made him unable to serve others. Max was a former Master of the F.&A.M. Lodge 63 in Eaton Rapids; a Charter member of the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club; a charter member and former secretary of the Eaton Professionals Flying Club; former member of the Professional Hunter’s Inc. in Eaton Raids and a former member of the daily morning pitch games at Seaks Insurance.

   Preceding him in death were he parents; brother, Rev. Leland Skinner; brother-in-law, Keith Stimer.

   Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Carolyn “Connie” Skinner; daughter, Sharon (Chris) Bigelow of Eaton Rapids; son, Larry (Jill) Skinner of Eaton Rapids; eight grandchildren, Annette Hernandez, Carrie (Jeff) Nohel, Holly (Josh Cooper) Bigelow, Sara Bigelow, Nathan Skinner, Jonathan Skinner and Sarah Skinner; six great grandchildren, Kayla and Jordan Hernandez, Cameron Bigelow, Jace and Jeffery Nohel, Cassidy Cooper; great-great granddaughter, Kiara Lloyd; brother, Delos Skinner of Eaton Rapids; sister, Mildred (Dick) Carrigan of Nashville, Mich., sister-in-law, Lucy Stimer and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Max’s favorite charity, Eaton Community Hospice at 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813.

   For online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Anna Mae Slone

 

   Anna Mae Slone, 85, of Springport passed away Monday December 6, 2010 at Pines Health Care Center in Lansing. She was born December 22, 1924 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to Talt and Nancy (Dingus) Webb. On February 20, 1943 she was married to Winford Slone in Prestonsburg, Kentucky and he preceded her in death October 31, 1997.

   She was a homemaker and she enjoyed her children and was easy to make friends with.

   She is survived by 5 daughters, Wanda Wentworth of Lake of Lakes, FL, Nancy Slone of Garland, TX, Ethel Reynolds of Athens, MI, Anita Sue Slone and Tina Marie Slone both of Phoenix, AZ; 2 sons, Wilbert Slone of Charlotte, MI and Gilbert Slone of Phoenix, AZ; 21 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry Slone; daughter, Evelyn Slone and triplets, Ailene Slone, Sherrl Dean Holibough and Julene Bailey; 7 sisters, Ina Owens, Belva, Juel Marie, Mary Jane and Helen Grace Webb, Emma and Estie Brown; and 1 brother, Ralph Webb.

   Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday December 9,2010 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday December 10,2 010 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Free Will Baptist Church, 16680 East Michigan Avenue, Albion, MI 49224. Funeral services will be Friday December 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Earl Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Clarence Center Cemetery.

   Assistance with Memorial Contributions to: Grace Free Will Baptist Church is available at the Funeral Home.

   www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com.

 

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Grace Catharine Rice Smith

 

   Former Logansport resident, Grace Catharine Rice Smith, age 86, of Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away March 2, 2010, in Florida Hospital of Zephyrhills. Born on September 10, 1923, in Logansport, she was the daughter of John Earl and Lulu Kroft. On December 25, 1941, she married Charles Richard Rice who preceded her in death in 1986. In March of 1991, she married Rev. Ellis Smith, who survives in Zephyrhills. She worked at Columbia Elementary School as a teachers’ assistant for four years, before returning to school. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in elementary education from Indiana University, Kokomo Campus. Grace taught third grade at Caston Elementary School for 19 years, before retiring to Zephyrhills. While living in Logansport; Grace was an active member of the Third Street Evangelical United Brethren Church and later, the Helm Street Church of God where she enjoyed participating in the music program at each of those churches.

   Surviving with her husband are three daughters: Susan Catharine Taylor (Jack) of Charlotte, Mich., Saybra Rice Chapman of Ridge Manor, Fla. and Heidi Rice Shriver of Denver, Colo. She also leaves five grandchildren with wonderful memories, John Richard Taylor (Kim), Sharee Cathleen Burdick (Fred), Shanna Colleen Strader (James), Zachary Paul Chapman (Maria), and Casey Ryan Chapman; and 10 great grandchildren, as well. Also surviving are six step-children and their families. She was preceded in death by her only son, Richard Kent Rice; and two brothers, Earl and John D. Kroft.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, March 11 at Fisher Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Aukerman officiating. Interment followed in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility where Grace received such loving and compassionate care.

 

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Louis B. “Louie” Smith

 

  Louis B. “Louie” Smith of Manistee and formerly of Eaton Rapids, age 84 passed peacefully in hospice care at his home with his family by his side on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Born May 23, 1926 and raised in Eaton Rapids and in later years retired to Manistee spending winters in Arizona.

   Louis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Geraldine (Gerry), sons, James (Jan) Smith, Reg (Pam) Smith, daughter, Dusty Sue (Reg) Hamilton, 7 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren. Survived by brother, George (Shirley) Smith, sister, Linda (Cliff) Kivinen and Harold Rose. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Bruce and sister, Elizabeth. He is a WWII Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Gladiator (AM-319) in the South Pacific. He is a life member of VFW Post 2406, and Masonic Lodge #63; member of DAV and American Legion. Louis retired from Consumers Energy in 1981. He became a private pilot after the war; Louie enjoyed salmon fishing and motor cycle riding in Arizona. He was a man of integrity with a very friendly personality, once a friend, always a friend.

   Funeral services were held Monday, October 25, 2010 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Rev. Stephen Klink, officiated. Burial followed in the Bunker Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Charlotte VFW. Family suggest memorial contributions be directed to Sparrow Hospice in memory of Louie Smith. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Mary J. Smith

 

   Mary Jane (Lea) Smith, 89, of Farwell, Mich. died Sunday, November 14, 2010. She was born July 5,1921 in South end, Wash., the daughter of Charles  and Mable (Zauner) Armstrong. Mary was a homemaker who met and wed her husband, Donald Lea, a young soldier from Michigan in 1942. She never forgot her roots and journeyed back many times to Westport, Wash. and Shoalwater Bay. As a Shoalwater Bay Indian tribal elder, their stories will be greatly missed. In 2009 she realized her dream of writing a cookbook.

   She is survived by her second husband, Norman Smith; sons, Donald Zauner (Jill) Lea of Charlotte and Charles E. (Deborah) Lea of Rockford; daughter, Kathleen Lea McCoy of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Travis (Lisa) Lea, Stacey (Michael) Mroczkowski, Justin McCoy and Megan (Cody) West; four great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Condon of Seattle, Wash. and Charlene Nelson of Tokeland, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald E. Lea in 1968; son-in-law, Douglas McCoy; sisters, Dorothy Matthews and Lois Cooper.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Father Francis Mossholder officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

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

 

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Philip S. Smith

 

   Philip S. Smith, of Mendon left us on December 3, 2010, he was 54. Phil has joined his dad to be with our heavenly Father. He was the kindest man you could ever have known. He loved to fish and go canoeing and all things outdoors.

   He is survived by his daughter, Samantha and Heidi; his mother, Carol Smith of Kalamazoo; siblings, Wendy Smith of West Jordan, Utah, Robert (Linda) Smith of Ypsilanti, Christopher Smith of Belgrad, Maine, and Timothy (Diane) Smith of Olivet. Uncle Phil will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews and many of his cousins.

   There will be a memorial gathering at the home of Timothy Smith in Olivet, on December 11, 2010 from 3 to 5 p.m.

   Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. Please see www.langelands.com for online obituary, register book and condolences.

 

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Rachel L. Smith

 

   Rachel L. Smith, 51, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, May 23, 2010. She was born November 2, 1958 in Lansing, Mich. the daughter of Freeman Leo and Janice (Roberts) Green.

   She is survived by her sister, Raeann Rockwell, brother, Josh Smith and father, Freeman Leo Smith. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Reverend Becky Heibert officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Robert A. Smith

 

   Robert A. Smith passed away Sunday, January 17, 2010 at the age of 56. He was born February 15, 1953 in Lansing, MI, the son of Harry and Rose Smith. He served in the Marines and was active in Boy Scouts. He was a retired drywaller around the Lansing area.

   He is survived by one son, James of Eaton Rapids; 3 daughters, Dawn (Dudell) Witt of Florida, Kathy (Shane) Rice of Peru, South America and Becky (Bernie) Meissner of Lansing; 7 granddaughters, Ashley, Leah, Rebekah, Rachel, Moriah, Charity and Christian; 2 grandson, Micah and Caleb; 2 brothers, Larry of Merritt, MI and Richard (Judy) of Eaton Rapids, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Harry; 1 brother, Harrison; 1 sister, Shirley.

   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Lansing, MI with Pastor Don Green officiating.

 

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Robert E. Smith

 

   Robert E. Smith, 89, of Higgins Lake, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010. He was born September 1, 1920 in Barry County, the son of Jacob and Maybell Smith. He retired from the Christman Company as a Teamster with Local #581 in 1984. He was a lifetime member and past Commander of Maple City VFW Post #2406, American Legion Post #42, Eagles Aerie #3552 all of Charlotte, Cooties Put Tent Capital City #5 of Lansing, Amvets Post #13 of Higgins Lake and Moose Lodge #1162 of Grayling.

   He is survived by his daughters, Donnie (Dan) Wood of Eaton Rapids and Linda (Dave) Bettys of Grand Ledge; six grandchildren, Danette Lee Parish, Darcie Cochran, Dawn Wood, Dana (Toby) Harrison, Kimberly (Tom) Sanders and Debbie (John) Woodworth; 17 great grandchildren, Britnee Redfield, Nicholas Harrison, Chaz Baughan, Morgan Cochran, Taylor Cochran, Katie Parish, Sara Baughan, Tony Parish, Kristy Parish, Cory Harrison, Summer Cochran, April Harrison, Danny Parish, Jessica Sanders, Jacob Sanders, Amanda Woodworth and Joshua Woodworth; wife, Nellie M. Smith; brother, Ron Smith. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Batty J. Smith; parents; brothers, Raymond Smith, Richard Smith and Glenwood Smith; grandson, Kinny, Jr.

   A memorial service was held Friday, July 16, 2010 at the Charlotte VFW Post #2406 with Reverend Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Daniel Smrchek

 

   Daniel Smrchek, age 88, died June 1, 2010. Survived by son, David (Carol) Smrchek of Rogers City; daughter, Janeann (John Dennis) Snider of Loma Linda, CA; 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; sister, Lillian Howe of Charlotte.

   Visiting at Beck Funeral Home, Friday, 4 p.m. Funeral 7 p.m. Online condolences and info at www.beckfuneralhome.org.

 

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James Sourwine

 

   James Sourwine, 81, of Bellevue, died Thursday, April 8, 2010. Mr. Sourwine was born May 22, 1928 in Lansing, the son of Charles and Athena (Beal) Sourwine.

   James loved to bowl, fish, do crafts, and play jokes.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; step-father and mother, Harry C. and Athena James. He is survived by his sister, Jean Goodwin of Lansing; brother, Richard Sourwine; niece, Carol (James) Rossow; nephew, Garry Goodwin; great niece, Amy; and great nephews, Andrew and Daniel.

   The family gives thanks to Wilson Homes Inc., and their caregivers who loved and cared for James. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was in Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Lila M. Southern

 

   Lila Marguerite Southern, 93, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2010 at the Country Living assisted home in Olivet, after a short illness. All the family would like to thank owners Sandy and Tim McCarn of Country Livin for all the great care they have given to Gramma. Lila was born December 1, 1917 in Charlotte, to Emmon and Bertha Buffenbarger. Lila just celebrated her 93rd birthday on Dec. 1, 2010, surrounded by all her family and she was so happy. Lila enjoyed all the times spent with her family and especially loved all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Gramma loved all children, no matter whose child it was. In Lila’s working years she retired from General Aluminum Products in Charlotte and had worked several years at the Charlotte Chair Company, and Magnesium Plant in Nashville. She married Samuel Southern and they were married to one another for 67 years, until Sam’s passing on Nov. 24, 2005. They were each other’s soul mates.

   Lila was also preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Verl Varner; brother, Robert Buffenbarger; sister, Berniece Gilbert; sister-in-law, June Buffenbarger and an infant grandchild.

   She is survived by son, Phillip (Sandy) Southern of Charlotte; brother, Budd (Grace Goode) Buffenbarger of Sagola, Mich.; sister-in-law, Elaine Buffenbarger of Kalkaska, Mich.; grandchildren, Lori (Raymond) Aseltine, Brian (Jamie) Southern, Ricky (Becky) Southern all of Charlotte and Susie (Tim) Olmstead of Elgin, Ill.; great grandchildren, Shaunie Aseltine, Brock Southern, Haley and Justin Southern (Melissa Summer, Amy Olmstead and Sarah Olmstead and several nieces and nephews.

   As per requested by Lila, there will be no funeral services, only graveside services for the family, at Maple Hill Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oaklawn Hospice or to the charity of your choice in remembrance of Lila. Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte.

 

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Ruth A. Stambaugh

 

   Ruth A. Stambaugh (Hetchler), of Sunfield, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 in Hastings, at the age of 91. Ruth was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nickols of Bath. Ruth and two older sisters and an older brother were in the Bath School explosion of 1927.

   One sister did not survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and five sisters.

   Also preceding Ruth in death were her husband of 33 years, Harry G. Hetchler; an infant daughter, her husband of 24 years, Ron Stambaugh; and daughters-in-law, Sonie Hetchler, Ruth Hetchler and Marilyn Hetchler.

  Surviving are her children, Douglas (Nina) Hetchler of LaGrange, Ind., Jerry (Mary) Hetchler of Omega, Ga., Harry Hetchler of Woodbury, Mich., Tom Hetchler of Lansing and Dee Curtis of Gering, Neb.; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, March 1 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lansing with Pastor Norman Burger Jr. officiating. A graveside service was also held Monday, March 1 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bath.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, or a favorite charity in Ruth’s name. Express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.legacy.com. The family is being served by Rosier Funeral Home, Sunfield.

 

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Bob E. Starkweather, Sr.

 

   Bob E. Starkweather, Sr. born June 29, 1929 in Oneida Township to Pearl and Georgia (Goodrich Starkweather, died peacefully on September 10,2010 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan with his family at his side. At an early age, he worked for Pryor Gravel and Eaton County Road Commission. He also served in the National Guard in Charlotte. On September 3, 1949, he married Alida Van Dorpe. They settled on a farm where he also hauled milk. In 1953 he hired into the Charlotte Police Department where he retired as Lieutenant. In 1972, they, along with youngest daughter, Wendy Sue, moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where they made their home for many years. During his time in Cheyenne he was terminal manger of Ruan Transport and leased trucks to that company until his retirement in 1989. In 1989 they returned to charlotte where his passion became delivering fire truck chassis for Spartan Motors. He did this until his 80th birthday. Bob was a life member of the Eaton Area Senior Center, a member of the Moose Lodge in Cheyenne for 33 years and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years. He will be remembered as a kind and caring man.

   Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Alida, three children, Bob, Jr. (Sally) Starkweather, Sue Ann Hayward and Wendy Sue (Wayne) Carpenter, five grandchildren, Bill (Mandy) Sleight, Jennifer (Dan) Sleight Dowling, Heather (Josh) Starkweather Wooden, Ryan (Katie) Starkweather, and Casey Carpenter; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   He is preceded in death, by his parents, Pearl and Georgia Starkweather, sisters, Leone Rochester and Hilda Patterson, brothers, Junior, Enos and Theo, daughter-in-law, Barbara Jean Starkweather and son-in-law, Edward Hayward.

   Funeral services were held at Pray Funeral Home on Monday, September 13, 2010 with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Richard C. Stegenga

 

   Richard C. Stegenga, 89, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 3, 2010 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Rosie Faye Stewart

 

   Rosie Faye Stewart of Eaton Rapids, went peacefully to be with our Lord on October 22, 2010, at the age of 84. She was one of two children born to Thurman and Mary Collins in Gleason, Tennessee. She is predeceased by husband, Herschel O. “Red” Stewart, special grandson, 1st Lt. Justin Smith killed in action in Iraq. She was a devoted mother, sister and aunt. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing and her home on the river.

   She is survived by two daughters; Judith Smith of Lansing and Peggy Sue Stewart of California, 2 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, sister, Bobbie Sue Luken of Lansing, numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday October 27, 1:00 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Daniel Hofmann, officiating. Visitation 1 hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Raids. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Nancy A. Strong

 

   Nancy Ann (Thompson) Strong, 54, of Charlotte died Saturday, October 9, 2010 after an extended illness. Nancy was born Oct. 4, 1956 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Leslie and June (Jardot) Thompson and had been a lifelong Eaton County resident. She was a 1974 graduate of Maple Valley High School and loved working in her yard and garden.

   Surviving are: her daughter, Jennifer (Blake) Upright of Vermontville; three grandchildren, Hannah, Lauren and Grace Upright; brother, Brad Thompson of Lansing; sisters, Carol Baker of Tennessee and Kellie (Kenneth) Criscoe of Troy, NC; brother-in-law, Derek (Ann) Strong of DeWitt and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 30 years, Steven C. Strong on June 26, 2010 and her brother, Greg Thompson recently.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Greg Rinehart officiating. IN lieu of flowers, memorial donations may go to the Hospice of one’s choice or the Humane Society.

 

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Robert E. Stukey

 

   Robert Elton Stukey, 75, of Charlotte, died Sunday, June 20, 2010. He was born in Calhoun County, Mich., the son of Simeon and Almeda (Sebastian) Stukey. Robert was a retired mechanic for the National Guard. He enjoyed fishing playing card, model airplanes, racing go-carts and watching baseball.

   He is survived by his wife, Marie; son, Gerald (Becky) Binning Jr. of Woodriver, Ill.; daughter, Debbie (James) Zimmerman of Charlotte, Vicky Binning of Atlanta, Mich.; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sister, Magdalina (Elwood) Martin of Bedord, Ind. and Helen (Max) Dowker of Charlotte, and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Simeon and Almeda; first wife, Pat; sister, Arlene Alldafer and brother, Simeon “Bud” Stukey.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 25, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Paul A. Stults

 

   Paul Arthur Stults, age 90 of Weslaco, Texas, formerly of Charlotte, passed away November 15, 2010 at Knapp Memorial Hospital in Weslaco. Paul was born in Calhoun County, Mich. on May 29, 1920, the oldest son of Orma and Hilda Stults. He graduated from Vermontville High School and served in the U.S. Army, including Central Europe, from 10-24-44 to 4-24-46. He was proficient during his lifetime as a plasterer, construction worker, small equipment operator, and press operator. He also taught small engine repair for Adult Education. He was a Special Deputy for Eaton County Sheriff’s Department for about four years before becoming a full time Deputy for Eaton county from 1-1-51 to 4-20-59, being appointed Under Sheriff from 1-1-57 to 4-20-59.

   He was a sergeant for the Charlotte, Michigan City Police from 1964 to 1969 and a dispatcher with the city police from 1972 to 1980. He retired in 1980.

   He and his wife, Mavis, became Winter Texans in 1986 settling in Weslaco. He was active in the many winter activities, becoming very proficient in shuffleboard, they became permanent Texas residents in 2005.

   He leaves to mourn his loss: his wife of 50 years, Mavis; six children: Gary(Yvonne) Stults, Kenneth (Diane) Stults, Joan (David) Harris, Robert Stults, all of Charlotte, Jean (Paul) Dodds of Florida and Eileen (Troy) Ten Eyck of Nashville, Mich.; step-children; Chaplain (Col.) Craig (Jean) Wiley of Georgia, Paula (Steve) Heilman and Mark Wiley of Charlotte; brother, Charles (June) Stults of Charlotte; 16 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

   A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Sylvia Ann Sutton

 

   Sylvia Ann Sutton of Eaton Rapids, age 72, passed away in Lansing, December 20, 2010. She was born in Potsdam, NY July 29, 1938, the daughter of Hugh and Madeleine (Gallet) Raymo. Sylvia ran an accounting office since 1983. She was a charter member of the Women of the Moose in Arizona City, AZ, where she enjoyed her family and winters.

   Sylvia is survived by her son, Mark R. (Cathy) Kirkey; brother, Maurice (Loretta) Raymo; sister, Ruth (Gary) Benware; stepchildren, Reverend Marcia Sutton, Harry (Judith) Sutton; Beatrice (Les) McMann, Sibyl Sutton, Marvin Sutton Jr.; many wonderful nieces, nephews; several loving grandchildren and many sweet great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin M. Sutton Sr. in 2005; sister, Rita Adams in 1985; father in 1994 and her mother in 2002.

   In lieu of flowers or sympathy cards, please send donations to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. As per Sylvia’s request, there will be no services. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rap[ids. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Gertrude Elnora Swan

 

   Gertrude Elnora Swan, age 100, passed away in Dimondale, September 23, 2010. She was born in Brookfield Township April 10, 2010, the daughter of William and Mable (Highland) Morey.

   Gertrude lived at Kiwanis Manor for 20 years before moving to Dimondale. She loved to bake and to be in the country. Gertrude was blessed to have her kids and other family members take her for a ride every week.

   She is survived by her daughters, Betty (Lyle) Murphy of Arizona, Bonnie (Jim) Criddle of Hastings; son, Paul (Dorothy) Swan of Eaton Rapids, James (Martha) Swan of Dimondale; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest in 1975; daughter, Mable Lockhart in 1977; granddaughter, Bonnie Sue Lockhart; sisters, Grace Smock, Ruth Olin; brothers, Harold Morey, Warren Morey, William Morey.

   Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday, September 27 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, with Rev. Irene Vittoz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Dimondale Center, 4000 Michigan Rd. Dimondale, MI 48821, or hospice of donor’s choice.

   Those wishing, may send online condolences to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Betty Ann Beatty Sylvia

 

   Betty Ann Beatty Sylvia, longtime resident of Sarasota, Florida, passed away July 11, 2010 at the age of 100.

   Betty, often referred to as “Grandma Florida”, was born October 9, 2909 in Clyde, Ohio and spent most of her adult life in South Lansing while working as a Dietician at sparrow Hospital. Upon her retirement she moved to the farm on Guinea Road, now known as Lake Interstate near Dimondale, until she and her husband, Hughie, retired and moved to Florida where she lived for 38 years.

   Betty was a member of VFW Sarasota Sunshine Post 3233 Ladies Auxiliary, MOCA (Military Order of Cooties Auxiliary) and most recently Manatee 17 MOCA. She held many officer positions in the organizations, loved to go to the District Meetings and Grand Convention. She was awarded the “Earl Roberts” award for volunteering over and beyond for the Sunshine Post as well as many other awards for her contributions.

   “Grandma Florida: will be remembered for her love of cooking and great foods, devotion to her family, honesty and giving spirit. She shared many “life stories” that taught us history, integrity and love. These stories as well as so many memories, will be with us forever.

   Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Hughie Beatty; second husband, John “Jack” Sylvia; son, Robert Beatty Sr.;’ grandsons, Jeffrey Beatty and Thomas Beatty; great grandson, Matthew David Beatty; great-great granddaughter, Harley Katherine Beatty; many special family members and dear friends. Betty is survived by her son, Kenneth Beatty Sr.; daughter-in-law, Mary Beatty; grandchildren, Donald (Theresa) Beatty, Robert (Carla) Beatty; Kenneth (Valerie) Beatty, Henry Beatty, Roger (Karen) Beatty, Barbara Riskey, Melissia (Robert) Holder; 18 great grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren; many extended family and wonderful friends.

   A private burial was held July 20 in Sarasota, Florida. A celebration of her life will be held in Lansing at a later date. For those desiring, contributions may be made in memory of Betty to the Harley Beatty Foundation, Inc., 318 Walnut Street, Potterville, MI 48876 or VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

 

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Richard George Tate, Jr.

 

   Richard George Tate, Jr., age 75, Michigan Army National Guard retired, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing.

   Mr. Tate was born July 1, 1935 in Detroit, MI, the son of Richard George and Helen E. (McMann) Tate. He attended elementary and high school in Dearborn, MI and had attended Michigan State University. He retired from the Michigan Army National Guard with over 40 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion in Indiana and was a Masonic Lodge member.

   Surviving are: his loving wife, Ireta Mohre Tate; sons, Richard (Angie) Tate III and James (Lorrie) Tate; daughters, Cherie (Mohre) Oxender and Renea Mohre; 7 grandchildren, Sara Michael, Curtis, Ryan, Jessica, Christopher and Megan Tate; great grandchild, Ayden Decess; brother, Michael Tate and care provider and family friend, Deanna K. Baker.

   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte with the Michigan Army National Guard Chaplain officiating. Interment with full Military Honors provided by the Mich. Army National guard will be in the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may go to the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

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Donald Von Taylor

 

   Donald Von Taylor, 84, of East Lansing, formerly of Mason, met his savior on Feb. 8, 2010, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born April 11, 1925.

   Don was in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII and discharged in November of 1945.

   He worked 30 years at Unified Industries in Howell.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Leon Taylor; brother, Mahlon Taylor; and sister, Evelyn Dow. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Rose; his three good kids, Ronald (Becky) Taylor, Donald V. Taylor, Jr. and JoVon (Doug) Halstead; nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; sister, Betty Jachalke; sister-in-law, Eleanor Taylor.

   He attended Okemos Baptist Church and House of Prayer. Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m. at House of Prayer, 9940 Old M-78, Haslett.

   There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Great Lakes Home Health and Hospice.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.gorslineruncimanfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Philip Ross Taylor

 

   Philip Ross Taylor, 74, of Germfask, formerly of Mt. Morris, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. He was born June 14, 1936 in Stockbridge, MI, to Harold and Cleone (Johnson) Taylor. He married Connie DeFelice in Lansing on January 6, 1956. Phil spent his life in education, as a teacher, administrator and a coach. He received his B.A. & M.A. Michigan State University and taught in Bath, Kingston, Crowell-Lexington, Eaton Rapids and retired as a principal of Mt. Morris High School in 1988. Phil retired to Curtis, MI with his wife, Connie where they fulfilled his dream of fishing anytime.

   He is survived by his loving wife, Connie; four sons, Harold (Patricia) Taylor of Jerome, Philip (Connie) Taylor of Lapeer, William (LoriAnn) Taylor of Lapeer and Dan (Judy) Taylor of Carmel, IN; grandchildren, Joshua (Christy) Taylor, James (Dawnylle) Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Seth, Olivia & Nathan Taylor, Zachary (Ashley) Taylor, Alexander & William Taylor, Megan (Dan) Stahl, Brooke Taylor; nine great grandchildren, Mariah, Finnegan, Marcella, Brayden, Jalen, Aliya, Jacob, Peyton & Luke; sister, Sarah Ward & Aunt Helen Ward both of Lansing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Cleone Taylor.

   At the family’s request, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Funeral services were held October 21, 2010, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Rev. Arnold Bracy officiated. Burial took place in Hunters Creek Cemetery, Lapeer. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 1021 South Main, Lapeer, MI 48446 (810) 664-8111.

 

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Ion W. Tharp

 

   Ion W. Tharp, 81, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Mr. Tharp was born Oct. 16, 1928 in Charlotte, the son of Roy and Ruth (Blanchard) Tharp.

   Mr. Tharp proudly served his country as a veteran in the Navy for 20 years and then becoming a supervisor for the Water Department of Battle Creek Township after his retirement from the service.

   He was a member of FRA, Korean War Veterans Association, Masonic Lodge, The U.S. Battleship Association and seven other different ship associations. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW and TREA. Mr. Tharp earned the China, Korean, United Nations and Good Conduct service medals.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Maurice Tharp, Clare Tharp, Dick Tharp and daughter, Mary Ruth Tharp.

   He is survived by his wife, Kate Laird Tharp; sons, David (Debbie) Tharp of Battle Creek and Richard (Sue) Tharp of Battle Creek; step daughters, Ann (Mike) Johnston of Battle Creek and Cynthia (J.R.) VanNortwick of Okinawa, Japan; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren; brother, Carroll (Diane) Tharp of Charlotte; sister, Rachel (Devon) Wiley of Charlotte.

   Private family services will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Ft.  Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfunral.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Eva Rose Thelen

 

   Our little angel, Eva Rose Thelen, born on February 5th 2010, passed on to the Lord, on August 27th, to join her grandfathers, Daniel H. Thelen and Charles R. Bayes.

   She is survived by her mom and dad, Amber and Tim Thelen and a sister, Janelle. She is also survived by her grandmothers, Sharon Bayes and Barbara Thelen, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James Conlon at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 2, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westphalia. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m., Tuesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday at the St. Mary’s Funeral Chapel, Westphalia. The rosaries will be prayed at 8 p.m., Tuesday and 3 p.m., Wednesday. A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 8 p.m., Wednesday. Online condolences may be made at www.schraubenlehman.com. Arrangements by the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Homes.

 

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Laura W. Thoman

 

   Laura W. Thoman, 89, of Grand Ledge, died Tuesday, December 14, 2010. She was born May 5, 1921 in Atlanta, Ga., the daughter of Luther D. and Bessie (Callaway) Elliott. Laura married Joseph E. Thoman on February 20, 1945 in Paris, France where they both served in the armed forces in WWII. He preceded her in death March 13, 1998. She was employed by Springfield, Ill. School Board as office secretary at Jefferson Jr. High from 1957 to 1967. She worked for Kane County Circuit Court in Geneva, Ill., serving as Deputy Court Clerk from 1971 until she retired to Florida in 1976. Laura was a Women’s Army Corp (US Army) Veteran; a member and past commander of the former Mary Todd American Legion Post 999 in Springfield and a member and past treasurer of WAC Veterans Chapter 78, in Crystal River, Fla. While she was in Florida, she was a member of Crystal River United Methodist Church.

   She is survived by her daughter, Connie M. (Tom) Taylor of Charlotte; son, William E. (Kathy) Thoman of Plainfield, Ill.; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Thoman and sister, Jane Ebner.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Reverend Dr. Julie Kilmer, Chaplain and Grief Counselor with Hospice Advantage, officiating. Interment will be in Old Weogufka First Baptist Church Cemetery in Weogufka, Ala. on June 18, 2011.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Earl A. Thompson

 

   Earl Archie Thompson, 80, of Charlotte, died Monday, April 26, 2010 at the Ovid Healthcare Center. Earl was born July 24, 1929 in Kalamo Township of Eaton County, the son of Archibald and Harriet (Pullman) Thompson.

   He was a retired machinist and truck driver. He had a passion for tools, trucks, concrete yard ornaments and loved to tinker. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Magoon and son, Earl E. Thompson on April 22, 2010. Surviving are two daughters, Connie (John) Morales of Olivet and Jean (Stephen) McKenna of Laingsburg; eight grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara June Shaver of Napoleon, Ohio and Sharon (John) Mellburn of Mass City, Mich.; one brother, Harold Thompson of Charlotte and many nephews and nieces.

   Graveside services and interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Kalamo Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo Township, Eaton County. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte before leaving for the cemetery for the graveside services.

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

 

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Harold I. Thompson

 

   Harold I. Thompson, 84, of Charlotte, died Saturday, July 10, 2010 at VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. Services were held Friday, July 16, 2010 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Rose M. Thompson

 

   Rose Marie Thompson, 73, of Vermontville, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Mrs. Thompson was born April 22, 1936 in Vermontville, the daughter of Marion and Mabel (Eldridge) Hummel.

   Rose married Donald Thompson in 1954 and they settled in Vermontville where they raised their five children. She like cooking and canning, especially her chicken and bean soup. She loved to read and do word search puzzles, but she most enjoyed family get-togethers that included BBQ with the grandchildren. Rose was employed at Michigan Magnetics and became a group leader, retiring after 30 plus years.

   She is survived by husband, Donald; children, Alicia (Gareth) Tyler of Olivet, Rose “Rea” Kirby of Nashville, Trese (Rick) Paisley, Sue (Kenneth) Cowell and Donald “Bud” (Ursula) Thompson Jr., all of Vermontville.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at  Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family towards purchase of a headstone. Family and friends are invited to www.PrayFuneralHome.com for further information and to leave notes on condolence for the family. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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Nancy K. Thornton

 

   Nancy Kay (Hill) Thornton, 47, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 of terminal cancer at the Battle Creek Health Systems. Nancy was born July 1, 1962 in Charlotte and was a life resident of the Charlotte area.

   Nancy was an avid reader, loved animals of all kinds and was a hard worker at anything she undertook. She loved fishing, made friends easily and was very devoted to her family.

   She is survived by her husband, Terry Thornton; daughters, Afton Fullerton and Ashley Fullerton; grandson, Kamden Schofield; step-son, James Thornton; her parents, Marvin and Agnes Hill; sister, Karla (Doug) Potter; grandmother, Pauline Puttbrese; and numerous, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green funeral Home, Charlotte with James Baum officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services.

   A luncheon will be held following services at the Gresham United Methodist Church at the corner of Mulliken Road and Gresham Hwy., Charlotte.

   Memorial may go to the American Cancer Society or Eaton Community Hospice. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Donald E. Tickner

 

   Donald E. Tickner, 27, of Lansing, died Thursday, June 17, 2010. He was born August 11, 1982 in Lansing, the son of Terry and Cheryl (Brown) Tickner. Donald was an entertainer who loved to sing and dance.

   He is survived by his mother, Cheryl Jeane Tickner of Charlotte; sister, Marcie (John) Therrien of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Steven, Alyssa, Jesse, Brianna and many family and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Tickner; grandfathers, Jack Brown and Donald Tickner; aunts, Carol Piggott and Nancy Theadoura.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 21, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Rocky Wing officiating. Interment was in Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing.

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

 

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Lori S. Tobey

 

   Lori S. Tobey, age 49, of Vermontville passed away Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at Sparrow Hospital, in Lansing Michigan after a brave battle with cancer.

   Lori was born in Charlotte, MI on July 16, 1960, the daughter of the late Robert and Bonnie (Thomason) Sears. She was raised in the Nashville area and attended Maple Valley Schools graduating from Maple Valley High School in 1978.

   She worked as a Home Care Nurse at New Haven Adult Foster Care for several years before beginning her battle with cancer.

   Lori was known for her ability to play a good practical joke on her friends. She never passed up an opportunity to visit a good garage sale or two, and enjoyed a very simple life. Her family was always her first priority, and spending time with her three grandchildren was a true source of happiness for Lori.

   Lori is survived by her daughter, Shannon Tobey and her fiancée Josh Keeny; her son, Craig (Shawna) Tobey, three beloved grandchildren; Jarrad and Jada Love, Makenzie Tobey; her sister, Brenda (Dennis) Ward; two brothers, Ron (Jayne) Sears, David Sears; and her very special and beloved friend, Mr. Dean Dennie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Bonnie Sears.

   Funeral services will be held at the Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville, MI at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26th. The family will receive visitors Tuesday May 25th from 6-8 p.m. at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

   For further details, please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net.

 

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Donald Henry Todd

 

   Donald Henry Todd went to be with the Lord, December 17, 2010 at the age of 92. He was born in Onondaga Twp, MI, June 3, 1918. Donald was a life time farmer in Onondaga. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 70, Oddfellows and Rebecca Lodge of Eaton Rapids, and the Onondaga Community Church. He was a 4-H leader for 30 years.

   Donald is survived by his son, Larry (Joan) Todd of Onondaga; grandson, Scott (Cindi); granddaughter, Carrie; great grandson, Seth and great granddaughter, Tarah; brothers, Morris (Francis) Todd Michigan Center, Gale (Gloria) Todd of Concord; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita of 20 years and wife Emily of 41 years; son, Alan; 4 brothers, LeRoy, Austin, Bob and Garth; sister, Lorna.

   Funeral services were held December 20,2 010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Pastor William Muller officiated. Interment followed at Tompkins Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 or the Onondaga Community Church, 5633 Main St. Onondaga, MI 49264. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Alexia Kennedie Tourangeau

 

   On November 3, 2010 Alexia K. Tourangeau, of Charlotte, was called home to be with the Lord. She was the new born infant daughter of Joseph Tourangeau of Lansing and Sara Robinson of Charlotte.

   She is preceded in death by her great grandparents, Helen Cummans, Clifford Cummans, Helen Miller and Frank Emmons.

   Surviving are her parents; grandparents, Russell and Marilyn Shelton of Charlotte, Kenny and Patty Robinson of South Carolina, James and Ann Sawade of Lansing and Kevin and Cheri Tourangeau of Illinois; her aunts and uncles, Jeff Robinson, Chris and Megan Robinson, Bethany Robinson and Justin Tourangeau.

   Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, November 8, 2010, at Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken, with Pastor Marty Saunders officiating.

   She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her family.

   Arrangements were entrusted to Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken.

 

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Roger Arnold Trombley

 

   Roger Arnold Trombley, age 62 of Eaton Rapids died Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Dimondale Nursing Care Facility. Born September 29, 1947 in Sioux Ste. Marie, one of nine children born to Arnold Edward and Olive (Wingling) Trombley. Roger served in the Navy during the Vietnam War from 1956 to 1969. He retired in July of 2002 as Shift Supervisor in Computer Operations with Family Independent Agency for the State of Michigan. Preceding him in death were his parents, and brother and sister, Brian and Nancy Trombley.

   He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sharon; 3 children, Melinda (Dan) Millward of Jackson, Arnold (Teya) Trombley of Eaton Rapids and Roger (Shimul Bhuva) Trombley of Ann Arbor; one grandchild, Dillon Bhuva-Trombley; 4 brothers, Paul Trombley, Arnold (Cheryl) Trombley, Mark Trombley and Tom (Christine) Trombley; sisters, Margarite (Leonard) Miller and Mary Trombley; sister-in-law, Barb Trombley and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Mark Payne of the Robbins United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Alzheimer Memory Walk of the Dimondale Center or AA Alano Club of Lansing.

   To leave an online condolence, go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Stanley A. Trumble

 

   Stanley A. Trumble, 75, of Vermontville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 3, 2010 with his family by his side.

   Honoring Stan’s request, cremation has taken place. The family is planning a memorial service to celebrate Stan’s life for early summer 2010. Visit www.danielsfuneralhome.net for further details. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

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Peyton Max Tyszko

 

   Peyton Max Tyszko of Albion, infant son of Todd and Patricia (Piepkow) Tyszko died on May 7, 2010 at birth.

   He is survived by his parents, three siblings, Tyler, Alicia and Cameron Tyszko all of Albion, material grandparents, Donna Piepkow of Albion and Ronald and Bonnie Piepkow of Springport, paternal grandparents, Tom and Candy Tyszko of Albion. He is also survived by his maternal great grandparents, Joyce and Bernard Piepkow of Springport, paternal great grandparents, Thomas Tyszko Sr. of Sebring, Florida, and Grace Hose of Albion.

   A private family service will take place at a later date. Leave a person message for the family and sign the online guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com.

 

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Johannes E. Van Sickle

 

   Johannes “Joe” Ervin Van Sickle, 45, of Bellevue went to be with his Lord, peacefully, Friday, March 12, 2010 at his home after a six week battle with pancreatic cancer. Joe was born October 21, 1964 to Vaughn “Jim” and Joan (Vliek) Van Sickle in Battle Creek. He worked concrete construction for most of his adult life and for Stanton Concrete for three years.

  Joe is survived by his wife, Diane (Jensen) Van Sickle of Bellevue; sons, Ryan Coats of Charlotte, Jo-V Van Sickle at home, Michael Flores of Bellevue; daughters, Caitlyn (Christopher) Thomas of Bellevue, Emily Zender at home, Casey Flores of Battle Creek. Brandi Flores of Bellevue, Abby Flores of Colon; grandchildren, Kelsie Joe, Kadin and Lane; parents, Vaughn “Jim” and Joan Van Sickle of Bellevue; sister, Jill (Chris) Brauer of Bellevue; brother, Jack Van Sickle of Colorado; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and many numerous friends and family. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and a great niece.

   Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, the Steele’s deer barn and most of all…his family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate Joe’s life took place Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Bellevue First Baptist church with Pastor Donald Francis officiating. Memorial donations may go to Bronson Borgess Hospitality House. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

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James M. VanDenDriessche

 

   James Michael “Big Jim” VanDenDriessche, of Hastings, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at eh age of 60. He was born June 16, 1950 in Charlotte, the son of Edward and Augusta (VanDeMoortel) VanDendriessche. Jim attended Charlotte High and graduated from Olivet Adult Ed. He worked for Airway Mfg. Tevilo, Delfi in Grand Rapids and retired from General Motors Parts Plant. Jim loved to attend and work at the Horse Auctions, Squirrel hunt, ride motorcycles, fishing and long rides on the back roads of Barry, and Eaton counties, family gatherings for big dinners, cookouts, bonfires, fire works, where he could relax with family. Jim was loved deeply by his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, big and small.

   He is survived by his special friend Char VanDenDriessche; his four children, daughter, Wendy of Washington State, two sons, Nick (Amy) of Oklahoma, Bill (Melinda) of Florida, and D.J. of Hastings, step-children, Bobbi Aiston of Hastings, Diana Anders, Kim Williams, Kelly Norman all of Texas. Dennis Alexander of California, Tim Alexander of Arizona, Debbi Carron of Arkansas, Cindy Kruger of Florida; 26 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe (Yvonne) of Eaton Rapids, Edward (Elaine) of Charlotte; two sisters, Millie (Joe) Zakora of Vermontville, and Dee VanDenDriessche of Oak Park.

   A memorial luncheon was held Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 at the American Legion Hall in Charlotte. Express your thoughts and memories in the online Guest Book at www.legacy.com. The family is being served by the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

 

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Robert VanLiew

 

   Robert VanLiew, 90, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Mr. VanLiew was born April 9, 1920 in Flint, MI the son of William and Maude (Nye) VanLiew.

   He is survived by his daughter, Debora (Ron) Bruckner of Zephyrhills, FL; daughter, Bonnie (Jon) Hoyt of Dimondale; son, Robert (Jackie) VanLiew of Pennsylvania; daughter-in-law, Vickie VanLiew of Dimondale; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren, and special love, Jackie Pruden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene in 2000; son, Jerry in 2008 and 5 siblings.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Marc Livingston officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, MI. Visitation will be 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2010. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Kiwanis Manor. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.

 

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Michael L. VanTyle

 

   Michael L. VanTyle, 57, of Charlotte, died Sunday, August 22, 2010. He was born September 29, 1952 in Streator, Ill., the son of Donald and Arline (Foster) VanTyle. Michael was employed by Owens Illinois for 37 years as a machine operator and served in the US Marines.

   He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nola; daughter, Lena VanTyle of Nashville, Mich.; son, Stacy VanTyle of Charlotte; granddaughters, Cheyanne and Jasmine VanTyle; brothers, Patrick (Mary) VanTyle of Massachusetts and Mark (Michelle) VanTyle of Florida.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. Interment was in Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Russell J. VanVorst

 

   Russell J. VanVorst of Eaton Rapids, age 78, passed away in Charlotte, December 4, 2010. He was born in Colon, MI, on April 11, 1932, the son of Clyde and Marie (Hackett) VanVorst. Russell graduated from Colon High School in 1950. He was a Korean War veteran serving in the United States Army. He retired from the State of Michigan in 19585. Russell was a member of the VFW, American Legion, AmVets, all color tractor club and the two cylinder club. He loved making new inventions. One of those inventions was a chicken catcher. Russell also enjoyed farming, traveling, wintering in Harlingen, TX and restoring antique John Deere tractors.

   Russell is survived by his daughters, Karry (Douglas) Trickey of Eaton Rapids, Kelly Haughton of Bakersfield, CA; 1st wife, Gertrude VanVorst of Onondaga; 3rd wife, Myra Jeanie Fancher of Eaton Rapids; granddaughter Jenelle Trickey of Eaton Rapids; brother, Clyde VanVorst of Colon; sisters, Marjorie (William) Geiger of Coldwater, Phyllis Brown of Genison; sister-in-law, Mary VanVorst of Colon. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2nd wife, Dorothy (Lipsett) VanVorst; brother, Leslie VanVorst; sister-in-law, Esther VanVorst and 2 nephews.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the 1st Lutheran Church, 550 E. Shepherd St. Charlotte, MI 48813, with Pastor Timothy Olsen officiating. Visitation will be at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, Tuesday 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Shayna N. Vickery

 

   Shayna N. Vickery, 32, of Delton, died Feb. 23, 2010 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo after a courageous battle against breast cancer. She was born Jan. 24, 1978, the daughter of Robert and Tirrel (Wood) Himebaugh in Battle Creek.

   She graduated from Bellevue High School and from Davenport University with honors receiving an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Shayna worked as a certified occupational therapist assistant at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Shayna was a member of Thornapple Valley Church and she enjoyed reading and playing games with her kids and family.

   She was preceded in death by her father.

   Shayna married Dan Vickery on Aug. 8, 1998. He survives. Also surviving are daughters, Delainey Hanley and Selena Vickery at home; her mother, Tirrel (Robert Mix) Wood of Bellevue; stepmother, Diane Himebaugh of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Lucas (Mary) Himebaugh of San Diego, Calif., and Ryan Himebaugh of Mesa, Ariz.; special friends, Heather McHale and the entire Ray family.

   Services will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at First Baptist Church with Jeff Arnett, Thornapple Valley Church, officiating. Interment, Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

   Memorial donations may go to Susan G. Koman Foundation or the family. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

 

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Lee Warren Vierk

 

   Lee Warren Vierk, 88, of Charlotte, MI died Sunday, September 5, 2010 at Hospice House of Eaton County. Mr. Vierk was born March 19, 1922 in Greenville, MI the son of the late Fred and Augusta (Peterson) Vierk. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1940. Lee had been an Eaton County farmer most of his life and a lifetime member of Farm Bureau. He also served in the Michigan National Guard. Mr. Vierk served on the Olivet Board of Education for 8 years and was the founder of the Spaulding 4-H Club. He loved to travel with his wife, including winters in Texas, a caravan through Mexico to Cancun and a Caribbean Cruise to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Lee loved playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; son, Larry (Diana) Vierk of Charlotte; daughters, Janet Bowers of Olivet and Brenda Vierk of Charlotte; 6 grandchildren, Mark, Chris and Tracie Vierk, Chanda Aves, Matt Bowers and Melissa Carpenter; 7 great grandchildren; brother, Martin Vierk of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Margaret Wood of Corpus Christie, TX; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Vierk and sister, Donna Swanson.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home Charlotte, MI with Boyd Bowers officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township, MI. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00.

 

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Elva E. Vincent

 

   Elva E. Vincent of Springport, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2010, at the age of 69.

   She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Gene; two sons, Bryon Miller and Bruce Vincent; one grandson, Michael Harmon; two sisters, Betty Dingee and Marsha Sterns; two brothers, Ray (Pat) Miller and Lester Miller; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and nine brothers and sisters.

   Visitation will take place at the J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Springport Chapel, on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Cremation will follow. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

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Patricia J. Wagner

 

   Patricia Jean Wagner, 59, of Charlotte, passed away April 3, 2010. She was born June 10, 1950 in Niles, Mich., the daughter of Randall and Betty (Runyan) Couchman. On November 29, 1969 she married her lifelong partner, Rev. Lynn Wagner.

   Patricia was the Executive Director for Michigan CASA for 13 years. She was on the Governor’s Task Force for Child Abuse Prevention, a member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council for the State of Michigan, and the State Adoption Board. Patricia was the former Board President of Habitat for Humanity of Barry County.

   She is survived by her husband, Lynn; daughter, Betsy (Darren) Tyria of Kalamazoo; mother, Betty Couchman of Buchanan, Mich.; siblings, Steven (Shirley) Couchman; J. Robert (Maggie) Couchman, both of Niles, Mich.; Catherine Ackerman of Ann Arbor, Mich.; sister-in-law, Mary Couchman of Galveston, Texas.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas in 2009.

   Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on April 10, 2010 at Lawrence Avenue Methodist Church in Charlotte. Visitation will be 12:30 until the start of the service. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Michigan CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

 

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Stanley John “Lefty” Wajda

 

   Stanley John “Lefty” Wajda, 75, passed away Thursday April 22, 2010.

   He was a member of the United State Marine Corp and served in the Korean War. He was a volunteer fireman, a Catholic Cursista and a member of a Barber Shop singing group. Stan retired form GMAC and enjoyed reading in his free time.

   He is survived by his six children, Regina Johnson, Steven Wajda, Valerie Langin, Samuel Wajda, Scott Wajda and Heidi Shafiyoon as well as his 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Hank Sauerman and Larry Sauerman and preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Wajda and brother, Mike Sauerman.

   A funeral service was held on May 8 at St. Ann’s in Bellevue, MI. Memorial contributions can be to the American Heart Association.

 

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Lyle D. Walworth

 

   Lyle D. Walworth of Jackson passed away February 14, 2010 age 96 years.

   Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Inez; one daughter, Judy (Thomas) Naylor of Ann Arbor; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Ballema of Chicago, many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Victor Walworth and one sister, Catherine Finch. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in WWII, retired for Yardman after 31 years of service, was a member of the Wally Byam Airstream Club, the Belles & Bows Square Dancing Club and the first United Methodist Church. Mr. & Mrs. Walworth spent the last 31 winters in Florida.

   According to his wishes, Mr. Walworth has been cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at the Watson Funeral Chapel, Wednesday 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Ed Ross officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

 

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Shirley J. Watkins

 

   Shirley J. Watkins of Eaton Rapids, MI, age 78, passed away on June 24, 2010. She was born on May 1, 1932 in Eaton Rapids to Edward & Mildred (Forward) Spencer. She worked as a social worker & retired as an analyst from the State of Michigan. Shirley loved children & spent her time as a foster parent in her early years & gave a temporary home to foreign exchange students for many years; even after retirement. She was preceded in death by her husband, Amer E. Watkins, her granddaughter, Mandie Hovey, and her brother, Thomas Spencer.

   She is survived by her six children, Lisa A. Hovey (Harold), of Eaton Rapids, Scott F. Watkins, of McKee, KY, Karin C. Bulger, of Mears, MI, Todd S. Watkins (Deb) of McKee, KY, Mitch A. Watkins (Melinda) of Portland, MI, and Amy M. Collins of Laingsburg, MI; in addition, she had 18 grandchildren, Joshua, Melanie, Ashley, Courtney, Tori and Justin Hovey, Kristopher & Kurtis Kares, Savannah Bulger, Katie, Sarah & Holly Watkins, Scott Lighthiser, Nathan & Ryan Watkins, David, Roman and Calvin Collins. Also surviving are her sister, Nancy Dean, niece & nephew, Julie Dean & James Dean, sister-in-law, Rachel Spencer, and nieces, Erin Simpson (Tom) & Lindsey Spencer, and 5 great nieces/nephews.

   Memorial services were held on Monday, June 28, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Eaton County Hospice, Charlotte, MI. For online condolences, please visit www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Elonda Kay “Lonnie” (Kyser) Watts

 

   Elonda Kay “Lonnie” (Kyser) Watts of Eaton Rapids, age 54, died Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing. Born on Halloween October 31, 1956 in Hillsdale, Michigan; the daughter of Carl Kyser and Onalee Flowers. Lonnie was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1974. She received as associate degree in Business form Lansing Community College. Lonnie was a people person and had several jobs in the Eaton Rapids community. Working at the Gathering Grounds, Speedway, Eaton Rapids Medical Center and formerly Office Manager of Pittney-Bowes and Timberline Trading. She enjoyed Bingo and Casino’s but most important was being with family at home. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Kyser and sister, Renee Kyser; mother-in-law, Mary Evelyn Hernandez.

   She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Donald Watts; son, Travis Watts of Eaton Rapids; mother, Onalee Kyser of Eaton Rapids; step-mother, Margaret Kyser-Schmidt of Eaton Rapids; father-in-law, Dale Hernandez; 5 sisters and brothers-in-law, Marsha (Bruce) Wood, Patricia (Paul) Baker, Bobbie Powers, Sandra (John) James and Connie (Dan) Parshall; several aunts, uncles and cousins from the Hillsdale area; and many many friends.

   Memorial services will be Wednesday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12:00 noon until service time. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be directed to the family in care of Donald Watts. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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Lois E. Watts

 

   Lois E. Watts, formerly from Lansing, MI, age 71, born May 8, 1939 to Glenn and Lean Fletcher in Cadillac, MI, died June 29, 2010. Lois retired from general Motors in 1989.

   She is preceded in death by her father Glenn Fletcher and son, Mst. Sgt. Gerry D. Watts. Lois is survived by her son, Gene Watts (Debbie), daughters, Teri Weir (Greg), Cathy Lone and Lori Rashid. Grandchildren: Jason, Justin, Travis, Anthony, Douglas, Leslie, Kyli, Alexis and Kelly Jo.

   A celebration of her life will be held July 31, 2010 at 681 Rojean Dr. Stanton, MI 48888 @ 3:00 p.m.

 

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Dennis P. Way

 

   Dennis P. Way, 61, of Clarksville, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at his home. Mr. Way was born Dec. 25, 1948 in Lansing, a son of Paul and Rose (Nosotti) Way.

   Dennis was a Grand Ledge High School graduate, a Vietnam Army veteran, a former C & B Silo employee and currently an Amway employee. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael. Surviving are his sister, Rhoda L. Way-Greenhoe (John) of Charlotte; brothers, Harry way of Mulliken; five aunts, Joan (Harry) Foster, Janet Brandsen, Nina Clevio, Dorothy Rogers and Alice Pantera; several nieces and nephews.

   Services were held at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Denise Guilford officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

 

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Betty R. Webb

 

   Betty Ruth Webb, 68,. of Supply, NC, died Saturday, July 17, 2010. She was born January 18, 1942 in Newberry SC the daughter of Fletcher and Ruby (Maness) Ashley Whitlock.

   She is survived by her daughters, Betty Brown of Lansing, Peggy (David) Gardner of Charlotte, Carla (Mike) Fell of Longwood, NC; son, Thomas (Danella) Winters of Potterville; step-son, Roger (Donna) Webb of Willard, MO; step-daughter, Angela Merrifield of Portland; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren, Phoenix and Ruby; three step-grandchildren and special friends, Ray and Linda Winters.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne “Jiggs” in 2007; grandson, Danny Fell in 1989; brother, Bobby Ashley in 1996 and mother, Ruby Whitlock in 2002.

   Memorial services were held Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte with Pastor Perry Purcell and Pastor Randy Royston officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte at a later date.

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

 

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Matt O. Webb

 

   Matt O. Webb, 52, of DeWitt, MI, died March 25, 2010 of lymphoma. He is the son of Colleen M. (Siegel) Webb, and the late Jack L. Webb of Eaton Rapids.

   He is survived by his wife, Laura M. Webb; daughter, Hillary; and son, Blake; siblings, Shelly(Kent) Dillingham, Mark (J?ma) Webb, Lee (Frank) Kane, Burr (Elizabeth) Webb; in-laws and their families, Stephen and Denise Towns, Michael and Melissa Towns, Diane and Terry Epps, Suzanne and Frank Allen, and Karen Meagher. Matt grew up on Eaton Rapids where his love of sports (especially football, where he received All State honors) was fostered. He coached his children in soccer, T-ball, football and hockey. He loved doing anything with his kids or for his community, and will be greatly missed by all. His happiest times were with family and friends at the cottage that he and Jim built in Gladwin. Matt was employed by GM for 32 years where he formed many wonderful friendships.

   A Memorial Service will be held at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 13980 Schavey Road, DeWitt, MI Friday, April 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to service. The Rev. Dr. Rodney J. Kalajainen will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 4065 Saladin Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or to Sparrow Hospice house of Mid-Michigan P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909. A special thank you to the Sparrow Hospice, especially Terry Humenik, Dr. Carol Rapson and staff. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel. Online condolences may be made to www.gorlineruncimandewitt.com.

 

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Joyce Kay (Shamp) Weever

 

   Joyce Kay (Shamp) Weever, 62, died Thursday, July 22, 2010 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

   Joyce was born March 4, 1948 to her parents Ed and Lena (Dunham) Shamp of Charlotte, Michigan. She resided in Lakeview, Michigan and enjoyed the winters at her home in Webster, Florida. Many may remember Joyce from her work as a school teacher for Charlotte Public Schools of which she retired after 30+ years. Joyce graduated from Charlotte High School and earned her master’s degree from Michigan State University. Her passions included painting and spending time with family and friends. She was a caring, selfless person with a deep heart. Joyce Weever is survived by her husband of 38 years, Alex Weever, dog “Buddy” and her 3 sons, Todd (Lisa) Weever, AJ Weever, and Joel (Karen) Weever. She is survived by 5 grandchildren, Jade, Ethan, Jacob, Jonathan, Elainnie, and siblings, brother, Don (Shirley) Shamp, sister, Elsie Love, brother, Ed Shamp and many nieces and nephews. Joyce will be missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.

   Memorial services will be held at Vermontville Bible Church on Saturday, July 31, 2010 with service starting at 1:00 p.m. followed by fellowship and a light lunch. Memorial donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the Eaton community Hospice.

   The family may receive online condolences in Joyce’s Book of Memories at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

 

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William R. Wehr

 

   William (Bill) Rex Wehr of Barryton, formerly of Charlotte, 66, beloved husband of Judy, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2010 at this home in Barryton with his loved ones by his side. Bill was born on February 23, 1943 in Charlotte to Rex and Dora (Stanke) Wehr. He was raised in Charlotte and was employed by GM-fisher Body for 30 years. On April 9, 1977 he married Judith Allen in Charlotte. Bill had been the sexton at Strong Cemetery in Barryton since 1995.

   Before his health declined he was an avid hunter, fisherman and wood worker. When he was able, he enjoyed watching sports and participating in euchre tournaments. Bill had a strong work ethic. He was a friendly and caring man who enjoyed teasing others. His family was a huge part of his life.

   He was preceded in death by his mother in 1988, his son, Steven Rex Wehr in 1989, his father in 1990, his grandmother, Tillie Stanke in 2002 and his nephew, Michael Emenhiser in 2004.

   He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy of Barryton, his children, Robin (Robert) Osenbaugh of Bellevue, Billie Joe (Ritchie) Powers of Aracdia, Ind., Robert (Sandy) Wehr of Vermontville and Amber (Fred) Todd of Barryton, his brother, David (Kayleen) Wehr, sisters, Jackie (Nolan) Spotts and Nancy Courtright, many nieces and nephews, 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, with one more grandchild and great grandchild on the way.

   Cremation has taken place through the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton. A memorial service will take place at a later date. An online registry is available at daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com.

 

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Barbara Lee (Hoag) Wells

 

   Barbara Lee (Hoag) wells of Eaton Rapids, age 78, passed away at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, July 3, 2010. She was born at St. Lawrence Hospital, May 2, 1932. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Linwood and Pauline (Schray) Hoag. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Larry wells; sister, Sharon Bosworth of Lansing; sons, Scott (Barb) Wells of Lansing, Mark (Bobbi) Wells of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandsons, Corey, Kace, Dustin, Dylan, Travis, Craig and Curtis. After 4 generations of only boys, Corey and Amber gave her what she always wanted. A beautiful baby great granddaughter names Kylie Raynell Wells. She was born March 30, 2010. Barbara was able to hold and love her.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing. Those desiring, may make contributions to the Fellowship Church Assembly of God, 4405 N. Galloway Rd. Lakeland, FL 33810 where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior last year. Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Kari A. (Wolf) Wells

 

   Kari A. (Wolf) Wells of Jackson passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010 after a long illness. Kari was born February 12, 1969 the daughter of Steve Wolf and Dawn Hall. She was a 1987 graduate of Springport High School. Kari was passionate about animals and animal rescue. She especially loved her dogs Jaime, Tasha and Zoe. A loving wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, amazing aunt and friend will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Edwin Wolf and grandparents, Hugh and June Peterson.

   Kari is survived by her husband of 19 years, Joseph Wells; mother, Dawn Hall; father and step-mother, Steve and Diane Wolf; grandmother, Marilyn Wolf; sisters, Lindsay (Craig) Heintzelman, Kelsey Wilson and Amanda Wolf; brothers, Gary Wolf and Jim Wolf; nieces and nephew, Jed and Olyvia Wolf, Rachel Heintzelman and McKayla Wolf who will miss their Aunt Kari greatly; mother-in-law, Doris Wells; sister-in-law, Jeannie Purdy; brother-in-laws, Harvey Wells and David Wells. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Private family services have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Cascades Humane Society in memory of Kari. Those who wish may direct condolences or share a memory with the family at wetherbyfuneralhome.com.

 

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Larry Raymond Wells

 

   Larry Raymond Wells of Eaton Rapids, age 79, passed away November 13, 2010. He was born in Kansas City, MO, December 7, 1930. He graduated from White Lake, SD High School and joined the United States Air Force shortly thereafter, serving in the Korean War for 4 years. He worked for Darling Building Supply, Ledges Builder’s Supply and Vander Wall brothers as a brick salesman.

   Larry is survived by sons, Scott (Barb) wells, Mark (Bobbi) Wells; 7 grandson, Corey, Kace, Dusty, Dylan, Travis, Craig and Curtis wells; great granddaughter, Kylie. He was preceded in death by his mother, Inez, his wife of 55 years and the love of his life, Barbara.

   Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday form 6-8 p.m. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Those desiring, can make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids for Youth Camp Scholarships, 600 E. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

   Larry’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctor’s, aides and especially the nurses of Sparrow, St. Lawrence Hospitals and Dimondale Health Care Center for the incredible love and care they gave to their parents over the past 6 and a half months since their car accident.

 

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Trudy B. Wells

 

   Trudy B. wells, 65, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. Mrs. Wells was born Aug. 24, 1944 in Unionville, Mich., the daughter of Henry and Clara (Huebner) Sattelberg.

   She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Erwin; daughters, Pam (Robert) Dankenbring of Charlotte and Edy Springstead of Lansing; and 17 grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Heath Buckley officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Dale L. Welton

 

   Dale L. Welton, 79, died on October 19, 2010. He was born in Maple Rapids, Mich., on September 26, 1931, the son of Lester and Vivian (Scott) Welton. Dale was a retired Detective Sergeant with the Michigan State Police, a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, a United States Air Force Veteran during the Korean War, a member of the American Legion, and Central MI Law Enforcement Assoc. He married Elizabeth Hultberg in August of 1989, and she survives him.

   Also surviving are his four sons, Lawrence Welton of Traverse City, Robert (Loir) Welton of DeWitt, Timothy (Peggy) Welton of Dansville and Gary (Karen) Welton of Mason, their mother, Louise Face, and his stepson, Bryan Dotts of Port St. Lucie, Fla., grandchildren, Jill (Aaron) Davis, Michael (Linda) Welton, Jessica Welton, Patrick Welton, Andrew Welton, Kristin Welton, Cody (Amber Patstone) Dotts, great grandchildren, Alyssa Welton, Aiden Welton, Elizabeth Ringlien, Ava Davis, Landon Welton, Owen Welton, Colby Dotts, sister, Marilyn Miles, and sister-in-law, Connie Welton. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Eugene Welton.

   Funeral services were held Friday, October 22, 2010, at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Terry Fisher officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Rest Cemetery in St. Johns.

   Contributions may be made in Dale’s memory to the Trooper’s Assistance Fund or State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial, to be mailed to MSP Trooper’s Assoc., 1715 Abbey Rd., Suite B, East Lansing, MI 48823. Please designate which fund you prefer.

   To learn more about Dale and view his Life Story film, visit his personal webpage at www.lifestorynet.com/memories/63167.

Eileen K. Wenger

 

   Eileen Kay Wenger, 73, of Charlotte, passed away Jan. 21, 2010.

   Miss Wenger was born May 18, 1936 in Charlotte, the daughter of Marion (Sanders) and Dale Wenger.

   Though Eileen traveled in all the states west of the Mississippi, the southern and a few eastern states, no other place appealed like “good ole’ Charlotte”.

   She graduated from Charlotte High School, class of 1954.

   Eileen was employed at Hayes Green each Hospital from 1953-1962, also 1967-1981 at Eaton county Treasurer’s Office, State of Michigan State Income Tax.

   She retired from Mercy Ambulance (computer operations) in 1981.

   She was a member of First Congregational Church, U.C.C. and served on various boards and committees, taught church school and was President of Mary Martha Circle. Eileen joined Rebekah Lodge No. 68 on her 18th birthday, was a life member of Eaton Area Senior Center, Business Women’s Guild since 1955, also Michigan Medical Assistants.

   Eileen enjoyed reunions of all kinds; family, with friends, classmates and attending the fraternal orders, also, all meetings at the Senior Center.

   She had a collection of music boxes that were gifts from parents, friends and relatives.

   She was predeceased by her loving parents in 1979 and 1982; brothers, Bill in 1953 and Norm in 2006; her grandparents, Myrtle (Huffman) and Alpha Sanders, and Mable and Ernest Wenger.

   She is survived by sister-in-law, Bev (Pickell) Wenger; niece, Barb Wenger (Bryan) Bestrom and their daughter, Emily; and many cousins and special friends.

   Graveside services were held Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 at Needmore Cemetery with Rev. Tom Jones officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte First Congregational Church or Eaton Area Senior Center.

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

 

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Sidney E. Weseman, Jr.

 

   Sidney E. Weseman, Jr., 88, of Charlotte, died February 18, 2010. He was born February 3, 1922 in Palmyra, Mo., the son of Sidney and Alice (Bier) Weseman, Sr. Sid was a First Lieutenant Fighter Pilot in the US Air Force during WWII. He flew in England, France and Germany in 1944 and 1945 and was involved in the invasion of Southern France and The Battle of the Bulge. His duties primarily were to support the U.S. ground troops (both infantry and armored). He flew a P-47 with the 406 Fighter Squadron for 89 missions. Targets were many and varied but mostly destruction of gun positions, tanks, bridges, rail and motor transport were his responsibility. He earned the Air Medal with 14 oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He succeeded in business, working for Continental Oil and then building one of the first quick-stop gas station/convenience stores in Central Michigan. He is known for his integrity and fairness in both business and personal affairs. Having a true “joy of life”, he led an active life. He began downhill skiing at age 48, and has been an avid golfer, hunter, and naturalist. He was a member of the men’s club and the VFW. He and Nathalie have traveled both near and far.

   He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nathalie; son, Sidney (Nancy) Weseman, III of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Judy Weseman of Kenosha, Wisc.,; son, Mark Weseman of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Aimee (Michael) Chartrand of Palmer, Ark.; son, Matthew (Katie) Weseman of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Luke (Mary) Weseman of Allen, Texas and John (Lori) Weseman of Charlotte; 15 grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters, Elizabeth Roth of Palmyra, MO. and Mary Jo (Robert) DeVries of Quincy, Ill.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Sidney Weseman, Sr. and sister, Alice Baechle. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte with Rev. Father Francis Mossholder officiating. Interment was held in St. Joseph Cemetery in Palmyra, Mo.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The City of Charlotte for Bennett Park Improvements or St. Mary Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuenral.com.

 

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Donnalee A. Wetzel

 

   Donnalee Ailene (Parker) Wetzel died Feb. 22, 2010, three weeks shy of her 97th birthday. Hers was a full life lived well. She will be remembered for the teaching she did. She started her career instructing students in a one room schoolhouse in Ashley, Mich., taught piano on her old upright, shared life lessons with any she saw in need of them and cherished her Bible education work. Together with her husband of 52 years, Chester Dale Wetzel, she raised four sons, Chuck, Don, Sam and Dan, farming first in Gratiot County, then in Vermontville where they settled in 1976. Her family doubled when her sons married, extending her family to include by birth or marriage 27 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

   She lived with confidence in God’s promise that the meek would inherit a paradise earth. Now she awaits that day asleep in God’s memory, along with her husband, parents, brother, son, daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and one great grandchild, all preceding her in death.

   She will be deeply missed by her children, grand and great grandchildren, brother, Wayne Parker and multitudes of dear friends surviving her.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 10 N. Chester, Charlotte. The family requests, in place of flowers, that donations be made to “Watchtower”. A box will be available at the service for any desiring to do so.

 

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Diane M. Whitaker

 

   Diane Marie (Bishop) Whitaker, 58, of Bellevue, died Monday, May 24, 2010 at her home after a lengthy illness. Diane was born March 7, 1952 in Charlotte, the daughter of Earl Leroy and Margaret Lucille (Gee) Bishop. She was a life resident of Eaton County having grown up on a farm and lived her entire life on the same farm in Bellevue Township. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and a housewife. Most of all, she loved caring for her home and family and loved cooking and cake decorating.

   Surviving are: her husband, Steve Joe Whitaker; four children, Jason Harold (Monique) Whitaker of Carl Junction, Mo., Teresa Jean (Eric) Lindsey of Bellevue, Travis Steven Whitaker of Battle Creek and Nicholas Earl Whitaker of Bellevue; three grandchildren, Preston Blake Whitaker, Sydney Diane Lindsey and Caden Eli Whitaker; her mother, Margaret L. Bishop of Bellevue and two brothers, Dean William (Wanda) Bishop of Dover, Fla. and Duane Earl (Marilyn) Bishop of Bellevue. She was preceded in death by her father.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Scott Brook of Ainger Bible Church officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Care of Battle Creek.

 

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Raymond K. White

 

   Raymond K. White, 90, of Dimondale, died Sunday morning, January 3, 2010, at a Delta Township nursing home.

   Mr. White was born June 13, 1919 in North Star, Michigan, a son of Raymond and Bessie (Willetts) White. He was a WWII Navy veteran, a member of the V.F.W. and retired from G.M. as a senior specificationist. Preceding him in death was his wife, Betty, in 1972.

   Surviving are his wife, Thelma; six children, Karen Lambarth of Ballwin, MO, Barbara Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, Roxanne (Everett) Hathaway of Ithaca, Kenneth (Betty) Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Debra) Drewyor of Beebe, Arkansas and Brian (Christine) Drewyor of Haslett; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held Tuesday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing, with Chaplin Doug Masseau officiating. Military honors were given by V.F.W. Post 701. Memorial contributions may be given to V.F.W. Post 701.

 

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Thelma Joyce White

 

   Thelma Joyce White, 79, of Dimondale, died Saturday evening, March 13, 2010, at a Lansing hospital. Mrs. White was born January 5, 1931 in Cooksville, Tennessee, a daughter of Benjamin W. and Carrie M. (Kirby) Davis. She was a retired registered nurse, having served at the Eaton Rapids hospital and Lansing General Hospital. Mrs. White was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 2010; her parents; sister, Sammie Davis; and granddaughter, Jaime Drewyor.

   She is survived by five children, Barbara Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, Roxanne (Everett) Hathaway of Ithaca, Kenneth (Betty) Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, Robert (Debra) Drewyor of Beebe, Arkansas, and Brian (Christina) Drewyor of Haslett; step-daughter, Karen Lambarth of Ballwin, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Shirley House of Holt; brother, David (Judy) Davis of Elkhart, Indiana; several nieces and nephews.

   Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Pastor Brad Rickard officiating. Interment in Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws with a Cause or Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.

 

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Florence Whiting

 

   Florence “Dolly” Whiting, 86, of Charlotte, died March 4, 2010. Mrs. Whiting was born April 1, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Charles and Erie (Mills) Belbeck.

   Mrs. Whiting enjoyed camping in the U.P. at Muskallonge State Park. She also enjoyed making ceramics.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Whiting in 1995 and her siblings, Dorothy, Melvin, Beatrice and Edwin.

   She is survived by her son, Charles (Vicki) Whiting; two grandchildren, Melissa (Josh) Myers and Jon Whiting; two great grandchildren, Sunshine and Shane Myers and nieces and nephews.

   Visitation was Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Michael J. Wilber

 

   Michael Jay Wilber, Sr., 63, of Potterville, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 16, 2010 surrounded by his family. Mike was born December 18, 1946 in Owosso, to Frank and May (Van Aken) Wilber. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, a former member of the DeWitt Moose Lodge and was previously employed by W.R. Grace and Wohlert Corporation. Mike was an avid Santa and baseball card collector and enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was a husband, father, grandfather, Papa, friend, and neighbor who was always known to say, “If you need anything, just give ma a call”.

   He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Helen; his children, Tammy (Gary) Robert, Barbra (Calvin) Funsch, Michael Wilber, II, Amy Joe (Timothy) Bates, Candy Stallcup, Charles (Heather) Wilber and Daryan Wilber; his grandchildren, Kyle, Ashlee, Bryan, Frank, Andrew, Michael III, Trenton, Sedric, Emmalee, Ariel, Nicholas, Melony, Nathaniel, and Charles, Jr. He also leaves behind his siblings, Clark (Grace) Ketchum, Dorthea (Leo) Peasley, Wayne (Paula) Wilber, Romona (Tony) Hart, Norma Hyatt, Wanda (Gordon) Merrell; many nieces and nephews; and life long friend, Charles Lumbert.

   A military graveside service was held Monday, November 22, 2010 at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Lansing, with Pastor Richard Moe of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

   Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Wayne Mathew Wilbur

 

   Wayne Mathew Wilbur, age 74 of Vestaburg and formerly of Eaton Rapids died Friday, March 12, 2010 at his home with his wife by his side. Born February 18, 1936 in Eaton Rapids the son of Charles R. and Carrie L. (Clark) Wilbur. Wayne graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School and served proudly in the Navy. He became the owner and operator of Mid Michigan Packaging in Edmore, Michigan and later retired to his beautiful retreat in Vestaburg.

   He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; daughter, Sharron (Les) Eaton of Kalamazoo; granddaughters, Amber Eaton and Kirstin (Jon) Mycko; grandson, Shawn Willie of Kalamazoo; step-daughter, Natalie (Martin) Sage-Petermann of Charlotte; granddaughter, Saige Petermann; step-sisters and brothers, Jean (Jim) Toth of Quincy, Joane Bartholemew of Coldwater, Charles (Kim) Wilbur of Quincy and Bob Wilbur of Quincy; mother-in-law, Bette Emede of Charlotte; uncle, Bud Wilbur of Eaton Rapids; several nieces, nephews and cousins and dear friends.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow with full military honors at the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 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 Wayne. For online condolences, go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com.

 

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George Wildern

 

   George Wildern, 84, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010. He was born November 20, 1925 in Ashville, NC, the son of Harper and Flora (Ball) Wildern. After growing up in Charlotte, George served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a tail gunner in a B-17 during WWII. Following the war, George graduated from Ferris Institute School of Pharmacy in 1949 and joined the family Pharmacy at Wildern Drug Store, a long time family owned business in Charlotte, eventually becoming the owner. Many will remember George for his wide-ranging involvement in the Charlotte Community. George was an Eagle Scout and a former Boy Scout Troop 46 leader. He also was a charter member of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club and the Charlotte Downtown Development Authority. He also served the community as a member of the Charlotte Frontier Days Board and was Grand Marshal of Frontier Days. His many other community memberships included the Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic Lodge #120 and the Shriners. Many will remember George’s love of flying and downhill skiing in Colorado. George and his wife Dolly started the Ski Loft and were credited with encouraging numerous local people to join the sport. George had earned numerous awards throughout his years, most recently being presented with the Ferris State University Pharmacy Alumni Award and the Charlotte Rotary Community Service Award both in 2008.

   He is survived by his sons, Jeff (Beth) Wildern of Charlotte, Dr. Steve (Toni) Wildern of Hastings, Dr. Kent (Coni) Wildern of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren, Harper (Mandy) Wilder, Joseph (Wendy) Wildern, Danielle (Nick) Juhle, John (Larah) Wilder, Christopher Wildern, Chad (Kara) Wildern, Kyle (Loni) Wildern, Kristen Wildern; seven great grandchildren, Marilyn, Andie Elizabeth, Jakson, Bridger, Catherine, Maxwell, and Kaden; brother-in-law, Don Molinaro of Clearfield, Penn.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Esther “Dolly” Wildern in February of 2008.

   Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Reverend Karen Wheat officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Saturday, September 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Online condolences may be made to www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Charles Williams

 

   Charles Williams, 80, of Onondaga passed away August 3, 2010. Funeral services were held August 5 at Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Mark K. Williams

 

   Mark K. Williams, 49, of Jackson, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. Mr. Williams was born May 9, 1960 in Battle Creek, the son of Doyle Williams and Julia Smuts Barnes.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Williams; step-father, Richard Barnes and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Smuts.

   He is survived by his mother, Julia A. Barnes; sister, Darla (Robert) Smith of Georgia; brother, Donald (Glenda) Barnes of Colorado and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jackson, Eaton Siren Shelter or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

Rev. Max L. Williams, Jr.

 

   Rev. Max L. Williams, Jr., 59, born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, went home to the Lord on Saturday, July 3, 2010. He served as a United Methodist Minister for 30 years in the West Ohio Conference. Max was preceded in death by his mother, Dorotha and his sister, Ruth.

   He is survived by his father, Max, Sr., sister, Barbara Payne, both of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Jayne (Jan) Stuckey, of Marietta, Georgia, and their families. Max is survived by his pride and joy, sons, 2 Lt. J. Zachary Williams, of Fort Knox, Kentucky and Samuel T. Williams, a senior at Baldwin-Wallace College, in Berea, Ohio.

   Family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell, 450 West Olentangy St., Powell, Ohio 43065 (614) 792-1471 with a brief prayer service at 4:00 p.m. The prayer service will be conducted by Rev. John Girard. (The funeral home is located on w. Olentangy St./Powell Rd./SR 750 ½ mile east of Sawmill Parkway).

   Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids, 600 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, July 31, 2010 with Rev. Dean Francis, Rev. Lyle Heaton and Rev. Daniel Hofmann, officiating. Family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with services at 4:00 p.m., as well as a light dinner at the church following the service. Special thanks to the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, Florida and to the numerous friends and family who continue to be an enormous support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Untied Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids, Michigan. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Nancy Williams

 

   Nancy Williams, age 65, passed away in Lansing, September 18, 2010. She was born in Trinidad, CO February 6, 1945, the daughter of Pedro and Flora (Apadaca) Baca.

   Nancy had a heart of gold. She was a foster parent for 3 years and worked with developmentally disabled adults in Lansing and Eaton Rapids for 20 years. Nancy was also a Para Professional for Eaton County in Charlotte for 10 years. Her hobbies included watching cooking shows, going to the movies, playing bingo and gambling. She was a huge Denver Bronco fan and loved to shop for her grandchildren. Nancy leaves behind numerous friends.

   She is survived by her daughter, Teresa (Paul LaNore) Slaght of Eaton Rapids; son, James Williams of Carson City, MI; 8 grandchildren, Tabitha, Tyler (Danielle), Katrina, Nathanael, Rebekah, Thad, Trevor, Kiersten; 3 brothers and 6 sisters. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Ted Williams in 1980 and her parents.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 24, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Teresa Slaght, 8903 Cockroft Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, for the grandchildren’s college funds.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Anne M. Wilmore

 

   Anne Marie (Stiver) Wilmore, 70, of Charlotte, died October 7, 2010. Anne was born July 25, 1940 in Charlotte, the daughter of Charles R. Stiver, Jr. and Josephine (Black) Stiver. She attended Charlotte Public Schools. She will always be remembered as a nurturing person to all of her family and friends. She was married September 6, 1958 to Gary D. Wilmore of Charlotte where they resided for 52 years.

   She is survived by her husband, Gary; five children; Cary Ann (Bill) Smith of Alma, Kimberly Jo (Chris) Wood of Holt, Darin Duane (Sue) Wilmore of Charlotte, Michael Wayne Wilmore of Charlotte and Devin Blake Wilmore of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Nakia (Mark) Carter of St. Louis, Blake Wilmore of Charlotte, Cassidy Wilmore of Charlotte; great grandchildren, Mason Carter of St. Louis, Elliott Carter of St. Louis; mother, Josephine (Sam) Willoughby of Charlotte; sister, Elaine (Stuart) Southworth of Charlotte; brother, Charles (Vicki) Stiver of Charlotte; extended family, Matt Wood of Lansing, Alex Strause of Alma, Julie (Carl) Gelderloss of Colorado and Patty (Dan) Macha of St. Louis, Rick and Jill Garn and family; her cherished aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews to numerous to name; finally, our family’s very special friends, living and deceased, you know who you are.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Charles R. Stiver, Jr.

   Funeral services were held Monday, October 11, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Vicki Stiver officiating.

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

 

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Mary A. Wilson

 

   Mary Alice Wilson, 69, of Eaton Rapids, passed away in Charlotte April 10, 2010. She was born in Deland, Ill., Sept. 8, 1940, the daughter of Leo Leland and Daisy Marie (Stiverson) Chaney. Mary worked at the GM Service Parts Plant for 25 years before retiring. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, loved to listen to music, especially Elvis, and most enjoyed taking her grandchildren up north. She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Mary is survived by her sons, Jeff (Kathy) Wilson of Eaton Rapids, Kelly Wilson of Burton, Mich.; grandchildren, Kody and Kiel Wilson of Eaton Rapids; brothers, Rick (Patty) Chaney, Bud (Shirley) Chaney and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Bud Chaney officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813; American Cancer Society, 3100 West Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 or the charity of one’ choice.

 

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George A. Winsley

 

   George A., Winsley, 74, of Mesa, Ariz., died Thursday, February 18, 2010, at his residence. The prayers and well wishes of family and friends surrounded him as he went peacefully to his heavenly home after a short, impossible fight with Merkle cell cancer. George and his family received excellent care and support form Hospice of the Valley during his last days.

   He was born February 11, 1936 to Donald and Helen Haines Winsley. He spent his first 18 years in Pierceton, Ind. and graduated from Pierceton High School in 1954. He received any honors playing basketball and running track. His Pierceton High School record for the 440-yard race still stands. The school closed in 1971. George joined the Marines in 1955 and was honorable discharged in 1959.

   George retired from General Motors Warehouse & Distributing Division in Lansing, Mich. in June of 1992. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing golf (he even got a hole in one), traveling, woodworking, reading and perfecting his favorite recipes. However, his favorite activity was discovering the best restaurants across the country and mapping travel routes for self, friends and family to hit them all. He was more reliable than GPS.

   On December 24, 1955 he married Geraldine Augst of Lake Odessa, Mich., at his mother’s home in Pierceton. Throughout their marriage, they’ve lived in Mesa, Ariz.; Queen Valley, Ariz.; Yuma, Ariz.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; Port Charlotte, Fla.; Evansville, Ind.; Charlotte, Mich.; Woodland, Mich.; Lansing, Mich.; Jacksonville, NC; San Diego, Calif.; and while George was stationed in Puerto Rico, Geraldine lived with her mother-in-law in Pierceton.

   George is survived by his wife, one son, Donald (Liz) Winsley, Auburn, Ind.,; three daughters D’Anna (Richard) Matney, Mesa, Ariz., D’Lynn (Jeff) Smith, Charlotte, Mich., and Dana (Keith) Greenwood, Ganado, Ariz.; his Uncle Bud (Francis) Haines, Goshen, Ind., and Aunt Betty Haines, North Webster, Ind.; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters: Karen (Dale) Wine, Pierceton, Ind., Rita Werstler, Pensacola, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; dear friends; and Gizmo II, his pampered Bichon-Shitzu.

   He was preceded in death by his father (1950), mother (2008), father-in-law, Gerald Augst (1977), mother-in-law, Rose Augst (2003), brother-in-law, Owen Augst (2002), and nephew, Troy Augst (2009).

   A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 5, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Pierceton, Ind. In lieu of flowers, please donate your time and/or money to your local hospice.

 

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Richard Alan Wilson

 

   Richard Alan Wilson of Eaton Rapids passed away December 30, 2010 at the age of 64. Richard was born in Lansing, March 8, 1946, the son of Harold and Nora (Norris) Wilson Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Eaton Rapids. Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and playing pranks.

   He is survived by his son, Richard (Kayla Rychel) Wilson Jr. of Bay City; brother, Harold “Butch” Wilson of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Audrey (Wayne) Towers of Eaton Rapids, Sharon (Rex) Heintzelman of Eaton Rapids, Barbara Wenzlick of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Patricia Pierson and Marylan Wilson.

   Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852 or the American Diabetes Association, 30300 Telegraph Rd. Suite 177, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. Arrangements were entrusted to the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Those wishing may send online condolences to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Morris Wood

 

   Morris “Jack” Wood, 75, of Mulliken, died Sunday, December 5, 2010. He was born May 21, 1935 in Farwell, Mich., the son of Charles and Laura (Chapman) Wood. He retired from Owens-Illinois as a machine repairman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by his daughter, Jackie Meyers of Potterville; son, Israel (Laura Lewis) Wood of Vermontville; grandchildren, Onika Meyers; sisters, Treva Drake of Charlotte, Betty Thompson of Lansing and ex-wife, Helen Wood of Grand Ledge. He was preceded in death by eight siblings. Memorial services may be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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Robert L. Woodworth, Sr.

 

   Robert L. Woodworth, Sr. (Woody), 65, of Lansing, died, Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Bob was born in Charlotte on August 22, 1944 to Floyd James and Phoebe Jane (Butler) Woodworth. Woody was formerly employed at Lansing Wholesale; C&T Body Shop and was retired from Mason Public Schools.

   He is survived by his son, Robert Woodworth, II of Newburgh, Ind.; daughter, Kelly (Gary) Barnard of St. Johns; five grandchildren, Sydney, Noah, Joshua, Charity, Gary Junior and one great grandson; his mother, Phoebe Clouse; brother, James (Joanne) Woodworth of Eaton Rapids; Gerald (Jeri) Corder of Mesick, and sister, Carol (Steve) Brooks of Ceresco, Mich., nieces and nephews and daughter-in-law Shae.

   He is preceded in death by his wife, Sallie in 2008, his father, Floyd Woodworth in 1951 and step-father, Clarence Clouse in 2004.

   Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Pray Funeral Home with Terry Brickley officiating. Visitation will be Friday, August 6, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton community Hospice House. Online condolences may be made at www.prayfuneral.com.

 

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Carol “Jean” (Eaton) Wright

 

   Carol “Jean” (Eaton) Wright of Eaton Rapids, MI lost her battle with cancer on January 7, 2010. She was born at home in Hastings, Michigan on November 23, 1941. She was one of sixteen children to Earl and Alice Roe (Golden) Eaton. She retired after 31 years from General Motors. Jean was a very strong-willed, loving and humorous person. She adored her children and grandchildren. Her number one activity was cooking large dinners for her family. She was known as the ‘cookie lady’ and made the BEST potato salad. She also loved gambling, whether it was playing Bingo with friends and family, or going to the casino. She also loved to travel. In the summertime, Jean enjoyed taking her grandkids swimming and playing Frisbee with Lucy in the backyard. At family dinners she loved playing Phase 10, in which someone was bound to be laughing or getting mad! (At the Cheatin’ Eaton’s) She was also known for embarrassing her kids and grandkids, especially when she got together with her sisters! She will truly be missed, but surely not forgotten. She is in the heats of those she loved where she’ll remain forever. Jean is preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Billy, Earl, Keith and Ike Eaton; sisters: Josephine Brown and Julia “Judy” Hook.

   She is survived by her children: Eric (Susan) Eaton, Daryl (Deb Becerra) Eaton, Belinda (Kevin) Hill, grandchildren: Ashley (Evan Gruesbeck) Hill, Brittney Hill, Amanda Hill, Justin (Miranda) Eaton, Darian Eaton, Delanie Eaton, Cynthia (Bryan) Beck, great grandchildren: Evelyn Roe Gruesbeck, Kollin Beck, and another one on the way, including Madelyn and Courtlyn who she saw as her own grandkids, brothers: Harley (Lillian) Eaton, James “Jim”: (Carolyn) Eaton, Arnold (Judy) Eaton, and Steve Eaton, sisters: Eva (Tom) Bradley, Alice (Wayne) Allen, Dora (Herb) Beeman, Sally Peake, Patty Masunas, two sister-in-laws: Bernice Eaton and Debbie Eaton, and many nieces, nephews and good friends.

   A funeral service was held on Monday, January 11 from Skinner Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice in loving memory of Jean, for online condolences go to www.skinnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Janet A. Wright

 

   Janet Ann (Ferris) Wright, of Charlotte, was born on December 20, 1934 in Lansing and passed away at the age of 75 on April 18, 2010. Married to Charles Wright on November 15, 1952, he passed away in 2008. They were married for 55 years and built their home where they raised their six children in Charlotte. Janet’s sole career, he most important of all, was as a homemaker and mother. She was a member, with her husband, of the Mid-Michigan Model A Club of Lansing and the Crank & Throttle Model A Club of Olivet.

   She ws predeceased by her parents, Kathryn (Baird) Spears and Clair Ferris; her stepfather, Dennis Spears and stepmother, Marge Hackel.

   Survivors include: her children, Debra (Gary) Gearhart, William Wright, Candance (James) Patterson, Sandra (Daniel) Vandlen, Renee (Jerry) Bellon and Robin (George) Blanche; grandchildren, Janelle (Scott) Duffey, Marcie (Ryan) Graham, Gary (Karmen) Gearhart II, Douglas Patterson, Daniel II and Emma Vandlen, Tara, Jimi and Jerry Bellon, Elizabeth and Andrew Blanche; brother, Clair Ferris, Jr.; step-sister, Ginger (Jim) Rennaker; sister-in-law, Alice Martens; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, April 22, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home in Charlotte with John Bailey, Minister of Charlotte Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the Charlotte Church of Christ.

 

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Linda (Doxtader) Wright

 

   Linda (Doxtader) Wright was born on August 12, 1940 in Eaton Rapids, MI. She passed away on February 22, 2010 in Ottumwa, Iowa at the Hospice House at the age of 69. She resided in Michigan for 34 years before moving to Arizona in 1974 where she lived for many years. Then as her health got worse, she moved to Iowa where her daughter resides. Linda enjoyed working at the Pickle Factory and Liquor Commission, until losing her leg in 1968. She was also a big fan of the Los Angels Raiders. She was a wife, mother, sister and friend to many. The job she enjoyed the most, was being our mother. She fought Lung disease and Diabetes, but she never lost her optimistic outlook on life or her love of fishing. Those who knew her will miss her beautiful smile and kind words, and will sadly miss her.

   Linda is survived by 4 sisters and 3 children; Bonnie Denham, Brenda Brooks and Richard Doxtader. She also has 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service was held in Iowa.

 

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Clara Lee Wyatt

 

   Clara Lee Wyatt of Eaton Rapids was called home by her Heavenly Father, Friday, June 4, 2010 at the age of 77. She had been recently residing at Country Acres Adult Care Home and was being loved and cared for by owner Shelia Henderson and her wonderful staff, along with Hospice of Lansing. Clara had been an employee at Michigan National Bank and of the Eaton Rapids Hospital. She was a lifelong member of the First Untied Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids where she sang praises to the Lord with the choir for many years. Clara also helped there with the many Red Cross Blood drives supplying sandwiches and needed help. She is credited for raising large funds for cancer and proudly participated in the Relay for Life in Eaton Rapids as a cancer survivor. Clara had also been very active in the Michigan State Holiness Campmeeting Association of Eaton Rapids where she resided for many years. She was very proud to display the red, white and blue colors and what they stood for. Clara spent most of her time showing the love of Jesus by caring for others (and their pets) and was often bringing love in the form of food to those who needed a lift. She will be greatly missed by her family of friends that had blessed her life with love and helped lift her burdens in her times of need, of which we are very grateful.

   Clara is survived by her sisters, Betty Hendrickson of Eaton Rapids, Sue (William) Mills and Barbara Garrison, both of St. Cloud, FL; brother, David (Nellie) Wyatt of Mecosta; sister-in-law, Jane Wyatt of Eaton Rapids; special niece, Kathy (Greg) Meredith of Onondaga and her little blessing Lexi Haring of Onondaga. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret Wyatt; brother, Raymond Wyatt; brothers-in-law, George Hendrickson and Ted Garrison.

   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at the first United Methodist Church, 600 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Daniel Hofmann officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan State Holiness Campmeeting Association, P.O. Box 74, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

   Online condolences may be sent to www.shellyodell.com.

 

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Marjorie G. Youngs

 

   Marjorie G. Youngs, 81, of Potterville, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Funeral services were held Friday, July 9, 2010 at Pray funeral Home in Charlotte.

 

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