Pearls In Our Past   





Postcard to You

Welcome Home



Community Folk
Special Honors
Special Recognitions

Community Services
Fire Department


Famous Folk & Heroes


Historic Events

Historic Homes

Maps – Stats – Aerial Photos

Militaryphotos, letters &
histories – Rev. War to present

Military Submit Information

Misc. History



Scenic – Prints available

Schools-Hartford & Keeler
• Athletics here
• Band here
• HHS graduate database here
• Reunion News here

• Class Composites here
• Misc. Class Photos here
• Memorable Teachers-Staff here


Hartford Floats
Hartford Royalty


§ Charles A. Spaulding
A History of Hartford
153 pg transcript

§ Katherine Minshall Early History of Hartford and Lawrence 12 pgs.
§ Eli Fayette Ruggles Recollections of A Busy Life circa 1904

Precious Pearls

Site Credits

Who are they?

Recollections and Jottings

Freq. Asked Questions

Email the Webmaster

Search Our Site

Links of interest

Enter your name and email address below to receive email newsletter and notification of
major changes to the site.
Use TAB key to move to next box. ALL entries are required.
* required fields

Your First AND Last name

Current email address
Show entire email address,
including .com, .net, etc.

Your connection to Hartford?
ex: grad, resident, former resident, summer visitor, etc.

If HHS student-grad, class yr?

Last name during school at Hartford

Where do you currently reside?

Select email newsletter(s):
History of Hartford newsletter
Local Events newsletter

Register Remove
(Left-click your mouse on
the appropriate box to select.)


Click on any menu icon or underlined link to find out more about a subject or individual.
Use the Search Our Site icon to find specific words or topics on the entire website.

ies in 1966
                                                                        Hartford Michigan

        Click here to return to the to Obituary Index

Please email the webmaster if you have obituaries of people who have lived in Hartford Michigan, or was active in the Hartford community, at some time during their lives. To find a specific obituary, use the  Search Our Site  feature, also located on the left menu of every page.  The Obituary section was started January 30, 2008 and current obituaries will be posted as they become available.  Obituaries are from the local newspapers, unless otherwise noted.  If you have an obituary notice (or learn of the passing away of someone who lived in Hartford at one time) of a former Hartford resident from a newspaper away from the Hartford area, please send it. Past obituaries will be added as time permits.  Death notices are also posted in the HHS graduate database.
Note:  if you have a good or different photo to insert with present or past obituaries for the History of Hartford website and email newsletters, please click here to email them unedited directly to the webmaster.  If you don’t have a scanner, send photo by US Mail to Emma Thornburg Sefcik, 59320 62nd St., Hartford MI  49057.

Many requests are made for obituary notices and this is a good genealogical resource, as well as providing obits to extended family members who may not have an original.  Searching previous year obituaries (mainly prior to 2003) requires a good deal of time.  If you found this to be a valuable resource and would like to be a sponsor toward keeping the obituaries page updated, send donations to History of Hartford Obituaries, Emma Sefcik, 59320 62nd St, Hartford MI  49057.  Since the History of Hartford website is a voluntary effort, your contribution is much appreciated.

Email the webmaster with any correction of obvious errors that may have occurred in the original newspaper obit.

Click here for local library resources.

Rev. Guy Henry Udell, 62, founder and pastor of the Full Gospel Assembly church of Hartford, died [December 15, 1966] suddenly in his home Thursday night, the victim of an apparent heart attack.  Rev. Udell’s home is located on route 2, Hartford.
     He was born n McDonald Aug. 31, 1904, the son of Loren and Lillie Udell.  He married the former Harriette Carter on March 6, 1923 in Van Buren county.
     The Rev. Udell organized the church of which he served as pastor in 1945. His widow survives along with three sons, Lloyd, of Ada; Loren, of Niles, and Robert of Grand Rapids.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren; two brothers, Vor, and Max, of Grand Rapids, and a sister, Mrs. Iva Wilson, of Hartford, and a number of nieces and nephews.
     The body will lie in state at the church beginning at 10 a.m. today until the hour of the funeral service at 2: p.m. Monday.  The Rev. William Spencer, the Rev. Reginald Roe, and the Rev. John Whitsitt will officiate at the services.  Friends may call at the church.
     Burial will be in the Maple Hill cemetery.

Published in the Hartford Day Spring, 12-1966.

Katherine Olds – Mrs. Carl (Katherine) Olds, 73, died Sunday [10-30-1966] at a South Haven rest home where she had been a patient since August.
     Funeral mass will be held this morning, Nov 2, at Immaculate Conception church followed by burial in Maple Hill cemetery.
     Mrs. Olds retired from the Bureau of Social Aid in 1961. She had been case supervisor in the county office.
     Mrs. Olds, a native of Dowagiac, is survived by two sons, Robert of Muskegon and John of Hartford; a daughter, Mrs. George (Mary Louise) Marcopulos of Atlanta, GA; a brother, Robert Kinnane of Detroit, and six grandchildren.
     The Rosary was recited at the Calvin Funeral home Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Thelma Terry, 64, died Sunday [5-22-1966] at Community hospital. Requiem high mass was celebrated Tuesday morning at Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. Fr. Robert Stockwell as celebrant. Burial was in Maple Hill cemetery. The Rosary was recited Monday evening at the Calvin chapel.
     Mrs. Terry was born at Lawrence. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Letha Combes with whom she had lived; a daughter, Mrs. George (Patti) Falkner; two sister, Mrs. Helen Willmeng and Mrs. Jean Johnson; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services for Roy S. Grosse, 67, retired postal employee, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calvin Funeral home. He died Thursday [March 3, 1966] at his home here.
     Grosse retired from the postoffice in November, 1963, after 30 years clerk, and carrier.  For many years, the red station wagon he used to carry mail between the postoffice and depot was a familiar sight in Hartford.
     Grosse was valedictorian of his senior class of 1917, but he enlisted in the army and left two weeks before commencement exercises, so during commencement, his chair was draped with an American flag.
     Grosse was a longtime Hartford fireman and was an avid fisherman and fox trapper.  In recent years, the hobby of citizens band radio occupied much of his time.
     Grosse is survived by his wife, the former Tranquil Simpson, who he married at Rolling Prairie, Ind., in 1928; a daughter, Mrs. James (Claudette) Wolfe of Laon, France; a son, Douglas of Clovis, N.M.; a sister, Mrs. Marie Gearing of Leslie, Mich.; two brothers, Mark of Benton Harbor and George of Three Oaks, and three grandchildren.
     The Rev. Lyell Smith officiated at the services and burial was at Maple Hill cemetery. 

back to top

Information for this web site was gathered from personal interviews, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, personal photo albums, and other documented materials - many available to the public at the Hartford Public Library or Van Buren County Historical Museum.  Please report any typographical errors, updated information, or incorrectly stated information to the webmaster for correction.  Reprinting for personal and instructional purposes is permitted, however, unauthorized commercial reprinting of this information or unauthorized linking to photos-pictures on this site is strictly prohibited without written permission from the webmaster. 

Pass the word on to your friends and family about this site
It's easy...right click on this icon,
and PASTE it into an email to them.

Click on the icon to go directly to the website.
HartfordHistory Icon - Hartford MI

Pearls In Our Past - Hartford Michigan
A Pictorial History of Hartford Michigan
Emma Thornburg Sefcik
Competent Secretarial Service
History of Hartford Michigan
Copyright © 2000 - All rights reserved.

Revised: March 23, 2009