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Lillian Beam, 61, of 546 Paw Paw Avenue, Watervliet, died Wednesday. December 31, at Mercy-Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph, after a lengthy illness.
     The funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service. Coloma where friends called Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. Burial was in Watervliet Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Lung Association.
     Mrs. Beam was born September 8. 1925, in Elmer, Minnesota.  In 1984. she retired from the Watervliet Paper Company.
     Survivors include: her husband, Garth; a son, Richard E. Beam of Gobles; two sisters – Mrs. Mary Davis and Mrs. Anne Baiers, both of Watervliet; and four grandchildren.

Joseph W. Jordan, Hartford, passed away Saturday April 12, [1986] at Mercy Hospital, Benton Harbor. He was born October 22, 1913 in Pulaski County, IN.
     He is a retired farmer, also retiring from Farm Bureau in 1976 after 33 years of service.
     Surviving are his wife, Lilah, whom he married October 13, 1934; 4 sons, Kenneth and William both of Hartford, Roger of Bridgman, and Thomas of Coloma; 3 daughters, Mrs. Larry (Shirley) Anchor and Betty Jordan, both of Hartford, Mrs. Larry (Patricia) Rinehart of Mattawan; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Henry (Nora) “Kate” Tart of Boynton Beach, FL.
     Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, Rev. John Hice of the Hartford United Methodist Church officiating. The burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials to the Hartford Fire Department Ambulance Service. Friends may call after 7 this evening.

Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on Monday, April 14, 1986 in the Kalamazoo Gazette.


Marian "Bobbie" F. Slentz Smith – South Haven, 83, 292 Broadway, died Thursday, Dec. 11 at South Haven Community Hospital.
     Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 5 1903 in Hartford and lived in this area all of her life.  She was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary and the First United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include one son, Robert W. Slentz of South Haven; three sisters, Myrtle Plastridge of Pompano Beach, Fla.; Evelyn Bennett of Dunedin, Fla.; and Mildred Kirkby of Hutchinson, Kan., five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
     Visitation will be at the Calvin-Starks and Frost Funeral Home on Sunday from 7-9 p.m.  Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Officiating will be the Rev. C. William Martin of the First United Methodist Church.  Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery.
     Memorials may be made to Ladies’ Auxiliary of the VFW and also to the First United Methodist Church.

  Marian, daughter of Henry and Melinda Webster, was a 1921 Hartford High School graduate.

As published in the Herald Palladium and South Haven newspapers.

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