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    Mrs. John G. (Vera) Yerington, 92, Benton Harbor, died Saturday [September 5, 1987] at her home.
     The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Kerley Starks Funeral Home, St. Joseph, where friends may call anytime today. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice.
     Mrs. Yerington was born Aug 15, 1895 in Hartford. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Berrien Hills Country Club, Algonquin Club and Monday Musical.
     Survivors include: her husband, John G. Yerington, founder of Yerington Construction Co; whom she married in October of 1926; a son, John S. Yerington of St. Joseph, a daughter Betty Jane Yerington of St. Joseph; and two grandchildren.


Hildreth Balfour Larsen
– the funeral for Mr. Aage (Hildreth A.) Larsen, 63, of 403 S. Center Street, Hartford, who died Saturday, March 21, was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Hartford Federated Church, of which she was a member.  The body was cremated following the service. Friends called after 7 p.m. Monday at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.  Memorials may be made to the church.
     Mrs. Larsen was born August 13, 1923, in Bangor Township.
     Survivors include: her husband, Aage; two daughters – Mrs. Jerry (Renee) Thompson of Berrien Sprigs and Mrs. William (Denise) Groenke of Eau Claire; two sons – Larry of Hartford and Brian of Coloma; seven grandchildren two step-grandchildren; and two brothers – Leland Balfour of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, and Marsha Balfour of Coloma.

Arthur D. Olds, 68, of 49847 Richardson Drive, Utica, Mich., formerly of Hartford, died Sunday [2-22-1987] at Mount Clemens General Hospital, Mount Clemens, Mich.  There will be no local funeral. Memorials may be made to the Hartford Federated Church, of which he was a member.
     Mr. Olds was born Oct. 15, 1918, in Hartford. He was a 1936 graduate of Hartford High School, a graduate of Western Michigan University, and was principal and guidance counselor at East Detroit Junior High School for 38 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
     Survivors include: his wife, the former Gertrude Toth; one daughter, Carol Foster of Sterling Heights, Mich.; three grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Florence Olds of Hartford; three sisters — Mrs. Paul (Helen) Richter and
Mrs. Henry (Peggy) Benham , both of Hartford, and Betty Olds of Grand Rapids; and one brother, George of Kalamazoo.

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