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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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Peggy A. Reagan
, 49, of  St. Joseph died Monday at home.
     Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kerley & Starks Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Cremation is scheduled to take place at North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Sores.  Memorials may be made to International Prime Ape Protection League of Summerville, S.C.
     Mrs. Reagan was born June 2, 1946 in Benton Harbor.  She was an alcohol and drug counselor and was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
     Survivors include:  her husband, Dr. James Reagan; one son, Gino Capozio of St. Joseph; a daughter, Lori Pelham of St. Joseph; a grandchild; her mother, Gladys Wise of Benton Harbor; two brothers – Richard Wise of Watervliet and Ronald Wise of Stevensville; and two sisters – Mary Wein of Benton Harbor and Dottie Kaiser of Kalamazoo.

NOTE:  Peggy was a 1964 Hartford High School graduate.

Alice Sefcik
– The funeral for Alice E. Sefcik, 74, formerly of Bangor, who died Friday [March 3, 1995], will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.  Memorials may be made to the South Haven Area Hospice.
      Mrs. Sefcik was born October 5, 1920, in Indiana Harbor Ind.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1995.  Survivors include:  a son, Ronald (Emma) Sefcik of Hartford; a daughter, Beverly (John) Bruehler of Grand Rapids; five grandsons; two sisters – Esther Sirovatka of Tempe, Ariz., and Edith Hinz of South Haven; and a brother, Elmer Carlson of Allegan.

Marion Brinsfield, 80, of Hartford died Monday [January 23, 1995] at Mercy Memorial Medical Center, St. Joseph. 
     The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where friends may call after 7 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, in 1971; two daughters – Mary Brinsfield in 1947 and O’Neita Brinsfied in 1972; and two sons – Robert Brinsfield in 1977 and Donald Hauweghen.
     Mrs. Brinsfield was born May 14, 1914 in Hartford. Survivors include: four daughters – Mrs. Glenda Widner of Decatur, Mrs. Delores Sullivan of Prescott, Ariz., Mrs. Lois Anders and Mrs. Sue Downey, both of Hartford; six sons – James Hauweghen of Tucson, Ariz., Gary Hauweghen of Arizona, and Dale Brinsfield, Kenneth Brinsfield, Bill Hunt and Pat Roush, all of Hartford; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Anna Bedes of Baldwin, Mich.; and two brothers – Bob Sias of Hartford and Fred Sias of Longview, Texas.

George Sefcik – George "Red" Sefcik, 74, of Bangor died Thursday [January 5, 1995] at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
     Mr. Sefcik was born March 31, 1920 in Chicago.  He retired from Auto Specialties, Hartford, after 30 years of service.  He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marines and a volunteer for the VanCassCAP food giveaway.
     Survivors include:  his wife, Alice; a son, Ronald (Emma) of Hartford; a daughter, Mrs. John (Beverly) Bruehler of Grand Rapids; five grandsons; two brothers – Kenneth of Bangor and Robert of Berne, Ind.; and a sister, Lorraine Fish of Kalamazoo.

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