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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 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 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.
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HARTFORD — Mrs. Raymond (Chloe Deldee) Fowler, 85, died Monday at Community hospital. She was born at Petoskey and in 1909 married her husband at South Bend. He served as Hartford township supervisor of many years.
     Private funeral services will be held today (Wednesday), followed by burial in Maple Hill cemetery.
     Mrs. Fowler was a member of the Hartford Federated church and the Hartford Garden club.
    She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Mrs. Edward (Olive) Vennhuis and Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Geresy, both of St. Joseph, and Mrs. Richard (Monna) Eastman of Coloma; 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Donald Chidester, 67, former mayor of Hartford and former village councilman, died Thursday (October 26, 1972) at his home here.  He was born March 12, 1905 to Don and Jessie Slee Chidester.
     A dealer in livestock, particularly horses, for many years, he was born at Bangor and had lived in this area all his life. He had been in charge of harness racing at the old Van Buren County fair and had served as a director of the present Van Buren Youth fair.
     Surviving are his wife, the former Anna Gay, whom he married in 1925 at LaPorte, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. Leroy (Dona) Sherman and Leroy Sherman, of Hartford, a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Nickless of Clemson, S.C., and a granddaughter.
     Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calvin Funeral home. The Rev. Milton Krugman, Federated Church pastor, officiated and burial was in Maple Hill cemetery.
O’Nieta Brinsfield – Funeral services for Miss O’Nieta Fay Brinsfield, 17, a Hartford High School sophomore, were held Friday at the Calvin Funeral Home.  She died July 24 at University hospital, Ann Arbor. She was born in Hartford.
     Surviving are her mother, Marion; four sisters, Mrs. Melvin (Lois) Anders, Mrs. Mike (Sue) Downey and Mrs. Bud (Glenda) Widner of Hartford and Mrs. Tom (Delores) Sullivan of Mesa Ariz.; seven brothers, Dale, Kenneth and Robert Brinsfield and Bill Hunt and Pat Roush of Hartford, James Hauweghen of Tucson, Ariz., and Gary Hauweghen of Coloma, and her grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Orley Sias of Hartford and Mrs. and Mrs. Floyd Brinsfield of Bradord Ark. Her father, Roy, died last Dec. 6.
     The Rev. Milton Krugman, Federated pastor, officiated at the services and burial was in Maple Hill cemetery.
Rev. F. Willard Kime – 116 Randolph St., Bangor, Michigan, born April 9, 1898,
     Rev. Kime was a veteran of World War I, at the present is the Senior Past National Commander of the Military Order of the Cooties, he is a Past Commander and a Member if the American Legion of Bangor, Member of the VFW of South Haven and 32nd Degree Mason, Rev. Kime has served as Chief Auditor of the Michigan Highway Department, during World War II he was Chief Investigator for the U.S. Government. In 1948 he was appointed Post Master of Bangor and 1953 he was ordained Administrator of the Congregational Church, serving in Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida, in 1957 he was appointed National Executive Secretary of the Congregational Church with headquarters in Milwaukee and was also an appointed member of the Michigan Board of Alcoholism.
     Surviving is his wife, Jennie, a sister, Mrs. Florence Olds of Hartford, 3 step-sisters, Mrs. Georgia Freeman of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Ruth Selters of Hartford, Miss Inglow Kime, Fall Rivers, Virginia, a half brother Gordon Kime of Benton Harbor and his step-mother Mrs. Esther Kime of Hartford.
     Funeral at the Stafford Funeral Home are incomplete.

Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette Fri., Mar 10, 1972.

Note:  Willard was a 1916 Hartford High School graduate.
Mrs. Marvin F. (Mary Pansy) Thornburg, 75, 425 East Oak Street, Hartford, died Thursday (March 30,1972) in Watervliet Community hospital.
     Mrs. Thornburg was born April 21, 1896, in Black Oak, Ark., the daughter of Jeff and Josephine Dendy.
     Survivors include her husband, Marvin Frank Thornburg, whom she married Jan. 19, 1920, in Cullman, Ala.; three sons, Henry of Watervliet, Lawrence of Torrance, Calif., and George of Hartford; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Touey of Whittier, Calif.; 11 grand-children; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Emory and Dewight Dendy of El Dorado, Ark.; and three sisters, Mrs. Nolia Copeland, Mrs. Lillie Touey and Mrs. Etha Huffman of Torrance Calif.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Calvin funeral home, Hartford.  The Rev. Milton Krugman, pastor of the Hartford Federated church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery.
     Friend may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.

NOTE:  Pansy is the grandmother of the webmaster, Emma Thornburg Sefcik.

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