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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.  This page 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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   Jon D. Friday, 57, of Hartford died Thursday [March 19, 1992] at home.
     There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A  memorial service will be announced later by Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
     Mr. Friday was born Oct. 16, 1934, in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1957 with a degree in communications. He was an aerialist and trampoline performer and later a ringmaster for several circuses. He was a member of the American Guild of Variety Artists.
     Survivors include his mother, Beverly Friday of Hartford; and a brother, Philip of Hartford.

NOTE:  Jon was a 1953 Hartford High School graduate.  His father, Dave Friday, preceded him in death on April 26, 1988.

 Doris A. Gough, Bangor MI, passed away Saturday, December 5, 1992 at Borgess Hospital.
     Mrs. Gough was born April 5, 1916 in McDonald, MI and resided in this area her entire life.
     Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Blunt and Sally Fiorito, both of Bangor; one son, Ray (Betty) Gough of Kalamazoo; seven grandchildren, Christi Blunt, Rick (Natalie) Blunt, Cindy Blunt, Lori (Kevin) Khan, Kathy Gough, Amy Gough, Shelli Fiorito; "adopted" granddaughter, Sally Woods; two step-grandchildren, Steven Payton and Dennis Payton; two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Michelle Blunt; three sisters, Ferna (John) McIntyre of Big Rapids, Juanita (Victor) Emmert of Ft. Myers, FL, Betty (Merle) Baldwin of Big Rapids; one brother, Ken (Gisel) Wilson of Grand Rapids; several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon in 1980.
The family will meet friends Sunday and Monday 7-9 PM at the Bangor Chapel D.L. Miller Funeral Home, a Forethought Member, where funeral services will be held Tuesday 1 PM, Rev. Jim Hodge officiating. Interment Arlington Hill Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Simpson United Methodist Church of which she was a member.

Note:  Doris was a 1933 Hartford High School graduate.  She is the daughter of James Henry Gearing and Iva Ella (Udell) Gearing Wilson.

Florence G. Olds, 91, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Hartford, died Wednesday [January 29, 1992] at Kent Community Hospital, Grand Rapids. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where friends may call after 7 p. m. Friday. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials may be made to the Hartford Federated Church, of which she was a member.
     Mrs. Olds was born Aug. 10, 1900, in Hartford. She was a member of the Philharmonic Club of Michigan and was a soloist and a seamstress.
     Survivors include: three daughters – Mrs. Paul (Helen) Richter and Mrs. Henry (Peggy) Benham, both of Hartford, and Betty Olds of Grand Rapids; a son, George of Kalamazoo; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren;
a half brother, Ingelow Kime of Benton Harbor; and two half-sisters – Mrs. Phil (Georgia) Freeman of South Haven and Mrs. Gerald (Ruth) Selters of Hartford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Sr., on April 13, 1985, and by a son, Arthur, on Feb. 22,1987, and a grandson, William Neil Link on June 8, 1951.


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