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Petra Garcia de Esparza, 104, of Hartford, passed
away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at her home.
Petra was born Feb. 5, 1904, in Dr. Arroyo, Nuevo Leon,
Mexico, the daughter of Mauro and Teodore (Iracheta)
Garcia, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was
also preceded by her husband, Antonio Esparza, two sons,
Gilberto and Rosendo Esparza, a daughter, Inez Esparza,
two brothers, Fabian and Felipe Garcia, and three
sisters, Tranquilino Martinez and Mere and Gude Garcia.
Petra is survived by four daughters, Pilar Esparza of
Paw Paw, Esperanza Guerra of Lawrence, Tomasa Leal of
Laredo, Texas, and Rosalinda Esparza of Hartford; two
sons, Antonio Esparza of Texas, and Jose Ma Esparza of
Laredo, Texas; 36 grandchildren, more than 95
great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren
and her fifth generation of
As to Petra’s wishes cremation has taken place. There
will be a memorial mass to honor her memory at 6 p.m. on
Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church in Hartford with father Fabio Garzon as
the Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Petra’s
name may be made to the family. The family has entrusted
the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with handling the
of Granbury TX, passed from this life into the arms of her
heavenly Father on Dec. 26, 2008. She was born on April
10, 1960 in Watervliet, MI.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Jimmy Dale
Glenn of Granbury; two step-daughters: Abby Glenn of
Anderson, CA and Beth Glenn of Chico, CA; 1 stepson:
Jimmy Glenn, Jr. of Sacramento, CA; her mother: Tinnie
L. McConnell of Watervliet, MI; father-in-law: Fred
(Frances) Glenn of Durant, OK; sisters Shelby Sue (Don)
Hand of St. Joseph, MI, Betty Ann Bitely of Hartford,
MI, Barbara Elise (Vincent) Roush of Connersville, IN,
Anita Spring Bard of Three Rivers, MI; brothers, Thomas
James (Nancy) McConnell of Hartford, MI, Charles Ray
McConnell of Watervliet, MI; brothers-in-law, Rodney
Williams (Loretta) Mesick of Three Rivers, MI; Joe
(Leann) Wheat of Granbury, TX; Marshall Laney of
Watauga, TX; sisters-in-law: Donna (Jim) Baker of
Granbury, TX; and Lisa (Chris) McHenry of Claremore, OK.
She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and
cousins, and many friends especially from the Post
Office where she had worked for many years.
Cindy was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Joe
McConnell, 1943; father, Allen James McConnell, 1995;
sister, Loretta Louise Mesick, 2005; mother-in-law,
Loretta Wheat Laney, 1997; stepfather-in-law, Bill
Memorial services were Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 at 2 p.m.
at the family home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks
that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
published in the Obituaries of the Hood County News,
NOTE: Cindy was
a 1978 Hartford High School graduate.
at the young age of 95, went to meet the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 24,
2008, at her daughter’s home in Allegan.
Margaret was born on Jan. 21, 1913, in Chicago, Ill.,
the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Straus) Tikal, both of whom
precede her in passing. She was also preceded by her husband,
Raymond Mashak on Dec. 1, 1983; a granddaughter, Connie Griffith; a
brother, Bill Tikal; and two sisters – Josephine Mashak and Mary Ann
Margaret was a resident of Hartford for many years
until her health made it necessary for her to move in with her
daughter in Allegan. She was a faithful member of the Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church in Hartford and a member of the church’s
Altar Society for numerous years.
Margaret retired after
working for over 14 years as a cook for the Hartford Public Schools.
She loved to keep busy by helping others, baking cookies and making
many hand-crafted gifts for family and friends. Sewing and
crocheting were her passion.
Margaret is survived by her three children and their
families – William and Sandra Mashak of Benton Harbor, John Mashak
of Hartford and Raydell Gates of Allegan; grandchildren – Michael
Mashak, Seth Mashak, Jason Mashak, Joy Reeves, Tom Thornton, Leslie
Clark, Lorry Belka, Steve Gates and Brian Gates; great-grandchildren
– Chalice, Ella, Evan, Zoe, Brandon, Blake, Lindsey, Logan, Jacob
and Brandi; and many nieces and nephews.
As to Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A
memorial Mass will be said on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church in Hartford with Fr. Fabio Garzon as
Celebrant. She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford
Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be
made in Margaret’s name to the church or to the donor’s choice. The
family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with
handling the arrangements.
Sarah Ruth Lee, 91, of Lawrence, passed away Monday,
Dec. 22, 2008, at her great niece, Kathryn Poirier’s, home
Sally, as she was known by most, was born Feb. 15,
1917, in Jackson, the daughter of Earl and Margarett (Stickney) Lee,
both of whom preceded her in passing. Besides her parents, Sally was
preceded in passing by a brother, Roger Lee, and two sisters, Ann
McGriff and Louise Engle. Sally was a
graduate of Hartford High School [class of
1934]. Soon after
graduation, she worked at the Gifford Wreath Factory.
She then was called to duty in the United States Army, where she was
a photographer. After her service to her country, Sarah
went to work at Auto Specialities in Hartford, where she retired
after 35 years of dedicated service.
Sally is survived by two sisters, Barbara Truhn of
Hartford and Rhoda Ottolin of Harron, Ill.; and numerous nieces,
nephews and other family members.
As per Sally’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A
burial service will be held in the spring in Maple Hill Cemetery,
Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sally’s name may
be made to the Hartford Fire Department or Hospice of Southwest
Michigan. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
Terry Lee White,
61, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at home in the
presence of his family.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the
Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will
follow at Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet. Visitation will take
place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23. Memorials may be made to
the family. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave a
message of comfort for the family may do so at
Terry was born on June 21, 1947, in South Bend, Ind.,
to Marshall and Violet (Quinn) White. He married the love of his
life, the former Teila Weir, in 1977, in Norman, Okla. The couple
eventually moved to Hartford, where they raised their family.
Terry worked as a supervisor at Regal Finishing in
Coloma for 20 years. Following that, he became a self-employed
landscaper. Terry enjoyed hunting and had a great sense of humor.
Family was important, and he loved his children and grandchildren.
Mr. White is survived by his wife, Teila; son Brian
(Sue) White of Ohio; daughters Heather White (Jeremy Birmele) and
Terri Neeley, both of Hartford; three brothers, Clifford Freels of
Albuquerque, N.M., his twin brother Larry (Connie) White, and Butch
(Sandy) White, both of South Bend; three sisters, Norma Doyle and
Marsha Beshires of South Bend and Amii Quinn of Mishawaka, Ind.; six
grandchildren, Madison, Alyssa, Brooke and Morgan Birmele, Savannah
White and Colin Neeley; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and
father-in-law Elmer Weir.
Mary Ann Rittase,
95, of Niles, formerly of St. Joseph and Hartford, passed away
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at
Community Hospital, Niles.
Mary was born Sept. 20, 1913, in East Chicago, Ind.,
the daughter of Michael and Josephine (Madzejewski) Pawlowski, both
of whom preceded her in passing.
After being raised in Indiana, she moved to Michigan,
where her and her husband, Walter, farmed with her father-in-law and
later bought their own farm in Hartford. Mary loved cooking, sewing
and gardening, especially her flower beds. But the time she spent
with her children and grandchildren were the most memorable times in
Mary is survived by a daughter, Nancy Harte of Niles;
grandchildren, Carol (Steven) Weatherford of Vicksburg, David Harte
of Hartford, Katherine (Michael) Elsner of Coloma, Mary (Edgardo)
Quinones and David Walter Rittase, both of Hartford, Anne (George)
Voss of Portage, David Thompson of Florida and Steve Thompson of
Decatur; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her
husband, Walter Charles Rittase, on Jan. 20, 1981; a son, David
Charles Rittase, on May 19, 2002; a grandson, Fred Thompson; and
four siblings, Martha Kinder, Charlotte Nice, Chester Pawlowski and
The family will welcome friends from 1 to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the
service to honor her memory will commence at 2 p.m. Pastor Miriam
Hammond of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Bainbridge
Township will officiate. She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill
Rose, 48, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in Kalamazoo.
Jill was born Sept. 3, 1960, the daughter of John
"Jack" and Peggy (Haynes) Rose. Jill was an ordained minister with
the United Methodist Church.
Cremation will take place and services will be held at
a later date.
She was preceded in death by her father, John "Jack"
Rose on March 3, 2008; by her brother, Jon Rose on Oct. 26, 2006;
and a nephew, Christopher Maslak.
She is survived by her mother, Peggy Rose of Holland,
Ohio; two siblings – Pam (Ed) Maslak of Holland, Ohio, and Michael
(Amy) Rose of Vassar; and several nieces and nephews.
Please visit Jill’s personal web page at
www.lifestorynet.com, where you can archive a memory or sign her
online guest book. Memorial contributions may be made to Hartford
United Methodist Church. Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler-Kalamazoo
Note: Jill was
a 1979 graduate of Hartford High School.
93 of Hartford, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at her home.
Irene was born Sept. 17, 1915, in Diamond City, Alberta, Canada, the
daughter of Paul II and Esther (Boros) Varga.
Irene was employed with Hartford High School as a cook for numerous
years. She also had jobs at the Watervliet Fruit Exchange as a
packer and as an assistant librarian for the Hartford Public
Library. She was a member of the Hartford Federated Church. In her
spare time, Irene enjoyed knitting and crocheting, but most
importantly, Irene lived a full life for her children, grandchildren
She was united in marriage with Clifford George Swift
for 66 years, until his passing on May 21, 2005. She was also
preceded in passing by her parents, two sisters and one brother.
Irene is survived by two daughters, Margaret (Dale)
Wadley of Cadiz, Ky. and Shirley Howe of Kalamazoo; a son, Doug
Swift of Hartford; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a
sister, Ethel Varga of Hartford.
As per Irene’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A
graveside memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday,
Dec. 16 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will
officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Irene’s name
may be made to the American Heart Association. The family has
entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the
E. Lyons, 83, of Hartford, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7,
2008, at his home.
Bob was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Gary, Ind., to William
and Pearl (Woodly) Lyons. A 1943 graduate of Benton Harbor High
School, Bob also obtained a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan
College, Kalamazoo in 1950, and a doctorate from Northwestern
University, Evanston, Ill., in 1954. Bob served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 during World
War II as a pharmacists mate and dental technologist. Bob started a
dental practice in Lawrence in 1954, then moved his practice to
Watervliet in 1960, where it remained through 1986. Bob was
leader of a dance band in high school and played the saxophone. He
loved playing football and basketball with his sons and their
friends and enjoyed studying the Bible. He was a devoted husband, a
loving father and a positive role model and will be greatly missed,
but the memories will forever be in our hearts.
Bob is survived by his wife,
Wandamae Frances (Peters)
Lyons; a sister: Connie (Harry) Rimes; two sons: William Lyons and
Donald Lyons; two daughters, Peggy (James) Lyons-McCormick and
Teresa (Lyons) Lumetta; four granddaughters, Tracie (Jason)
Tavolacci Kraushaar; Julie (Jason) Tavolacci Wychuyse; Shanna
McCormick and Michelle Lyons; two grandsons, Adrian (Beth) Tavolacci
and Joel Tavolacci and eight great-grandchildren.
A service to honor his memory will be held at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Brother
Joe Brenneman, pastor of Faith Assembly of Warsaw, Ind., will
officiate. He will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
Heather Dawn Rhoads, 19, of
Whitewright, TX died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at U.S. Highway 75 in
Rhoads was born July 15, 1989 at Virginia Beach, Va. to Donald Edwin
Rhoads and Sharon Loraine Bohn Rhoads.
She was a 2007 graduate of Whitewright High School and
a student at Grayson County College. She was a member of the First
Baptist Church in Whitewright.
She is survived by father and stepmom, Don and Lanette
Rhoads of Whitewright; brother, Don Rhoads Jr. of Whitewright;
grandparents, Dusty and Anna Rhoads of Troy, Mo.; Jane and Ski Bohn
of Hartford, Mich.; stepgrandmother, Joan Hutchins of Whitewright;
numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends; She
was preceded in death by her mother [Sharon Bohn (HHS class of
1982) who also
passed away from a car accident in 2001.]
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
10, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Whitewright. Officiating the
service will be Rev. Rodney Stanford, Rev. Leon Veazey and Charles
Darling. The family will receive friends from 7 -8 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 9, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Whitewright.
Arrangements are with Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow’s Earnheart Funeral
Home, Whitewright. An online registry may be signed at www.tjmfuneral.com.
Heather attending Hartford Public Schools, Hartford MI, until 2001,
at which time she and brother, Don Jr., moved to Texas to live with
their father after their mother, Sharon, passed away.
Cleary, 59, of Hartford, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at
Services celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in
Coloma. Burial will follow the service in Millburg Cemetery in
Benton Township. Friends may call beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the
Davidson Chapel until time of service.
Larry was born on Oct. 12, 1949, in Kenneth, Mo., to
Raymond and Hilma Cleary. He married his wife, Evelyn, in 1967, and
together they had celebrated over 41 years of marriage. He recently
had been employed at Clean America and before that the Pearl Grange
Fruit Exchange and for Alton Wendzel. He enjoyed his work. Larry was
a likable person who could make anyone laugh.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his children, Larry
(Fabiola) Cleary of Hartford, Terry Cleary of Kalamazoo and Sherrie
Cleary of Florida; his brothers, Danny Cleary, Lonnie Cleary and
Ricky Cleary, all of Arkansas, and Wesley Cleary of Benton Harbor;
and his grandchildren – April, Cristal, Brandon, Noah, Luis, T.J.,
Christopher and Ryan.
Roger L. Dankert, 89, passed away December 4, 2008 in Aurora
Colorado. Survived by Alice, his
wife of 68 years; children Randy (Nance), Sandra; grandchildren
Cheryl (Steve), Greg, Michelle, Paula; great-grandchildren Shawn,
Bobbi, Katie, Emily, Wyatt; great-great-granddaughter Madison;
sister Carol; cousin Larry.
Services 10:00 AM Tuesday at Fairmount Mortuary Chapel,
430 S. Quebec St., Denver 80247. In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to Colorado Chapter 21 NAWCC, c-o 1558 S. Jamaica St.,
Aurora 80012-5020. Anyone wishing to sign the on-line guest
book, it is on www.denverpost.com/obituaries.
Joseph C. Smith, 50, of
Hartford passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at home.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at
Breedsville Cemetery, Columbia Township. Arrangements by Bangor
Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com.
Joseph was born May 15, 1958, in Goshen, Ala., the son of
Charlie J. and Emma (Stokes) Smith, and had lived in the Bangor
area most of his life.
Surviving are three brothers, Charlie Smith Jr.
of Chicago, Braxton R. (Faye) Smith of Bangor and Mack Ray Smith
of Fontina, Calif.; three sisters, Evangeline Smith Lockett of
Chicago, Nellie Ree (Jimmy) Merritt of Birmingham, Ala., and
Lela Pearl Wilkerson of Detroit; and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ernestine
Adams; and two brothers, Lomax and James Smith.
Laura Ann Owens,
50, of Hartford passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at her home.
Laura was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Traverse City, Mich., the
daughter of Charles and Genevieve (Stuelavent) Phipps, both of
whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were a
sister, Cheryl Wilbanks, and a brother, Thomas Phipps.
Laura worked as a home care nurse, working in the Stevensville
area. She was a member of the Hartford Lions Club, where she
served her community by helping with Christmas in the Park and
helped with Harding’s Thanksgiving Baskets to donate to the
community. She was also an avid Star Trek fan.
Laura married James Daniel Owens on July 10, 1975.
James survives, along with a daughter, Jenette Owens of Dowagiac,
and two sons, Daniel Owens and Johnathan Owens, both of Hartford.
She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jade Harbert, Cody
Owens-Little and Kylin Owens; a brother, Frank Phipps of Dowagiac;
and an aunt, Mary Stillwell of Berrien Springs.
As per Laura’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will
welcome friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, where a memorial service to honor her
memory will take place at 7 p.m. Pastor Jerry Jackson of the
Victory Tabernacle Church of Dowagiac will serve as officiant. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Laura’s name may be made to
Edward Cooper, 92, of Hartford
passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at his home.
Clarence was born Aug. 1, 1916, in Maldin, Mo., to
Ransom and Flora (Quinn) Cooper. He lived his life there and in
Kennet, Mo., until 1950, when he brought his family to Michigan. He
had lived in Hartford for the past 58 years. Clarence worked for
Whirlpool Corporation for a number of years, worked in construction
as part of the crew that built I-94 and later worked for Joe Allen
Clarence is survived by a daughter, Georgia (Kenneth)
Clare of Ellenwood, Ga., a step-daughter, Wilma (Gordon) Bauschke of
Coloma; four grandsons; one granddaughter; five great-grandsons;
three great-granddaughters; one great-great-grandson; and three
Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine
on May 15, 1970; a son, Charles Ray Cooper; a daughter, Barbara
Cooper; his parents; two brothers; and three sisters.
The family will welcome friends on Monday, Nov. 24,
from noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the Calvin
Funeral Home in Hartford. Pastor Tim Langston of the First General
Baptist Church of Coloma will officiate. Clarence will then be laid
to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford Township. Those wishing
to make a memorial in Clarence’s name may do so with the South Haven
Nicholas K. Obrig, 86 of
Coloma, Michigan, died Sunday, November 16, 2008, in St Joseph,
Nicholas was born December 25, 1921, to Frank and Rutheda (Fisher).
Attending school in Ohio he was a graduate of both Wellington High
School in 1939, and Oberlin Business College. Mr. Obrig worked for
Plumbrook Ordinance in Bogart, Ohio, Magic Chef in Lorain, Ohio, and
retired from Kendel Corporation of Battle Creek, Michigan.
He was a World War II
veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1942 until 1946. Mr.
Obrig spent his winters in Sebring, Florida where he enjoyed
fishing, golf, and volunteer work.
Survivors include two sons,
John Obrig of Columbus, Ohio, and
Richard Obrig of Silver Springs, Md.; a sister, Louise Hostetler;
and a brother, Howe Obrig. Also surviving are three grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Obrig was preceded in death by his
wife of 61 years, Beulah and one brother, Victor Obrig.
A service celebrating his life will be at 11 a.m., Friday,
November 21, 2008, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in
Coloma where visitation will be Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.
Cremation will take place following the service. Those wishing to
sign the online guest book or leave a message of comfort for the
family may do so at: www.duffieldpastrick.com.
Nicholas and his family previously lived in Hartford. His sons,
John and Richard, graduating from Hartford High School in the 1960s.
Norcross – Kalamazoo. Neil was born the 1st of August, 1928 in South Haven,
Michigan. He married his high school sweetheart Betty Jane Cochrane
on the 25th of November, 1950. Neil L. Norcross went to be with his
Lord on Saturday afternoon, November 15th, 2008. He passed away, in
the presence of family, at Rose Arbor Hospice. He was the son of Glenn and Edna Norcross. Neil was a
teacher all of his life, retiring from teaching at Kalamazoo Central
High School, where he was the head of the science department, and he
was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of
Chicago in October, 1984. He had a Master’s degree, plus, in Physics
from Western Michigan University. He enjoyed camping, gardening,
scouting, playing games, traveling, he was a member of the Milwood
Methodist Church choir for 46 years, and he was on the Heyl
Scholarship Fund board. Neil and Betty enjoyed 22 years of Florida
winters where they made many great friends. His greatest joy in life
was spending time with his family, especially playing games with his
grandchildren. Neil was preceded in death by his parents; his two
sisters, Bess Goff (and Robert Goff) and Gertrude Hokenmaier. He is
survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jane Norcross of Kalamazoo;
brother-in-law, Karl Hokenmaier of Kalamazoo; four children, Lee
(and Bonnie Norcross) of Grand Rapids, Karen (and Michael Gray) of
Kalamazoo, Neil (and Cecilia Norcross) of Allegan, and Roy (and
Elaine Norcross) of Hamilton. He also has nine grandchildren,
Shalain, Adam, Joseph, Joshua (and Toni Norcross), Lindsey (and Rob
Landeck), Cody, Justin, Luke, Tracy; and one great-grandchild, Layla
Rose. Neil is also survived by his nieces and nephews, David (and
Mindy Goff), Diane (and Dick DeKam), Karl Hokenmaier, Glen (and
Cindy Hokenmaier), Deb (and Jim Houseman), and Robert (and Carrie
Hokenmaier). He also has three step-grandchildren (Marie, Hope and
Christy) and five step-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at the Milwood United Methodist
Church, 3919 Portage Rd. on Wednesday, 5:00-7:00 PM and Thursday at
6:00 PM. Memorial services will be held at Milwood United Methodist
Church at 7:30 PM on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made in his memory to Milwood United Methodist Church or Hospice
Care of Southwest Michigan. Private interment will be held on
Saturday in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the
Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622. Burdick St.
NOTE: Mr. Norcross was a
Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, and General Math teacher with Hartford Public Schools
1956-1961. Photo is from the 1961 HHS yearbook, his last year
at Hartford. His sister,
Bess Goff, was also a teacher at
Hartford Public Schools.
Gravenmier – Hartford. A loving wife, mother,
grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Judy Gravenmier,
passed away Thursday, November 4, 2008 at home after a long illness.
She will be missed for her kindness and good humor. Cremation has taken place and there is no service
scheduled at this time. Memorials may be sent to Borgess
Hospice or the Cancer Society. Judy gradated in 1959 from Coloma High School and
always enjoyed keeping in touch with her classmates. She was a
Red Hat Lady with the
Red Hat Society in
Hartford. Judy also enjoyed taking care of her family,
traveling, camping, taking pictures, crocheting, and having fun.
She attend Hartford Methodist Church, where she was baptized.
Judy will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Lynne Baldwin, 43, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Nov.
9, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
Theresa was born Feb. 20, 1965, in Benton Harbor, the
daughter of Alfred and Joan (Smith) Baldwin. Theresa worked much of
her adult life at plastic molding plants in the Benton Harbor area.
Away from the workplace, Theresa enjoyed a good book, watching
wrestling and taking walks. But most importantly, the time she spent
with her friends and family were the times she cherished the most.
Theresa is survived by her mother, Joan; two sons,
Jeremy (Kari) Baldwin of Coloma and James Meadows of Hartford; and
two grandchildren, Hunter and Emilee Baldwin
of Coloma. She is also survived by seven brothers and sisters,
Roxanne (Calvin) Revels of Hillsboro, Wis., Alfred Baldwin of
Hartford , Kris Baldwin of Dowagiac, Michael Baldwin of Hartford ,
Donald Baldwin (Victoria Smith) of Coloma, Rebecca (Bradley) Burke
of St. Joseph and Melissa (John) Crumb of Watervliet; and numerous
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Theresa was preceded in passing by her father, Alfred;
a niece, Brianna and a significant other, James Meadows Sr.
As per Theresa’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial
service to honor her memory will commence at a later date. The
family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with
handling the arrangements.
Caroline Murphy, 88 of Dowagiac, formerly of Hartford,
passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at Borgess Lee Memorial
Hospital in Dowagiac. Helen was born April 25, 1920, in Heron
Lake, Minn., the daughter of Emil and Hannah (Hanson) Johnson.
Helen was formerly employed and retired from Potlatch
Forest of St. Joseph after 25 years of loyal service. She was a
member of the VFW Post 1137 Auxiliary of Benton Harbor and attended
the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Helen is
survived by her daughter, Donna (David) Richmond of Kalamazoo; a
son, James (Judy) Murphy of Cassopolis; grandson, Gavin Richmond;
granddaughters, Amy Banner, Julie Collins and Tracy
Reavis; eight great-grandchildren; a greatgreat-granddaughter;
sister, Elaine Ives; and brothers, Bud Johnson and Darwin Johnson.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, James
Murphy, on May 18, 1992. She was also preceded by a grandson, Jason
Richmond, her parents, and brothers, Marvin Johnson, Clifford
Johnson and Ron Johnson.
A memorial service to honor her memory will be held at
11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Calvin Funeral Home in
Hartford. Father Robert Flickinger of St. Basil Church in South
Haven will be the celebrant. A luncheon will be held at the
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church following the service.
Schroyer, 85, of Bangor, passed away on Thursday, Oct.
30, 2008, at Community Hospital, Watervliet,
as the result of an
Donald was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Bangor, the son of
Percy and Edna (Bower) Schroyer, both of whom precede him in
passing. Also preceding him in passing were a brother, Paul Schroyer,
and a sister, Harriet Gough.
Donald started working for his father’s business,
Percy’s Workshop, which served the area as a heating, plumbing and
cooling operation. Donald was also an accomplished master plumber
and worked both privately and as an employee. Donald’s true passion
was leading two Bible studies for much of his adult life. Donald was
a avid churchgoer, as he was an active member of the Bangor Bible
Church, and most recently, the Hartford Federated Church. When he
was not working or serving his Lord, Donald could be found outdoors
hunting deer and fishing.
However, most importantly, Donald was a family man. He was a
loving husband of 56 years to his loving wife, Shirley, and was a
beloved father to his two children and later on, a wonderful
grandfather to his six grandchildren.
Donald married Shirley Jean Drake on Oct. 11, 1952. She
survives, along with a son, Paul (Sharon) Schroyer of Comstock Park
and their children — Daniel, Samantha and Matthew; a daughter, Jean
(William) Bass of Chesterton, Ind., and their children — Ruth,
William and Mae; a brother, Phillip (Arlene) Schroyer of Phoenix,
Ariz., a sister, Lois Cooper of Bangor; and numerous nieces and
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Hartford Federated Church. The service to
honor his memory will commence at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, at the
church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will serve as officiant. Burial
ceremonies will follow in Arlington Hill Cemetery, Bangor. Memorial
donations in Donald’s name may be made to the Rural Bible Mission.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with
handling the arrangements.
(Fuzzy) Nicholas, 88, of Cumming,
Ga., formerly of Lawrence, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct.
Harold was a veteran of World War II, serving in the
Navy as a Seabee. For most of his life he farmed.
He also worked at Auto
Specialties, Hartford, for more than 30 years. After
retirement, Harold and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Georgia.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and
Sarah (Young) Nicholas; brothers — Donald and Kenneth; sister,
Dorothea; and son, Michael Nicholas.
Harold is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years,
Dorothy; brother, Gordon (Louise) Nicholas of South Haven; son, Peter Nicholas of Los Angeles, Calif; daughters
Anne (Daniel) Pinkerton of Manistee, Mich., and Jean Smith of
Coloma; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; step-children —
Diana Lynn of Roswell, Ga., Ronald Haney of Dahlonega, Ga., and
Jeffery Haney of Dawsonville, Ga., five grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday,
Nov. 3, at the Georgia National Cemetery. The family will receive
friends at a reception following the service at Piedmont United
Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed online at
and Son Funeral Home and Crematory are in charge of arrangements.
DeLoach, 90, of Hartford, passed away Monday, Oct. 27,
2008, at her home.
Zelma was born on July 2, 1918, in Newport, Ark., the
daughter of Hubert and Alberta (Whilhite) Blevens. She was united in
marriage to Norman Dexter DeLoach on Jan. 26, 1940, and together
they raised a family of 14 children. Norman passed away just last
year on Oct. 16, 2007.
Zelma dearly loved her family and her Lord. She enjoyed
going to church, cooking for the entire family, watching ‘Wheel of
Fortune’ and ‘The Price is Right,’ during Bob Barkers tenure and
reading the newspaper.
Zelma is survived by her children, Billy (Linda)
DeLoach of Lawrence, Thomas (Jeanette) DeLoach of Pocahontas, Ark.,
Carl (Monica) DeLoach of Hartford , Charles (Sherry) DeLoach of
Decatur, Mary (Doyle) Drane of Hartford, Linda (George) Bergeson of
Paw Paw, James (Joyce) DeLoach of Columbia,
Tenn., Richard DeLoach of Hartford, Bonnie (John)
Imler of Watervliet, Judy (Bill) Haberland of South Haven, Daniel
DeLoach, Kenneth DeLoach, Norma (David) Bulat and Mark DeLoach, all
of Hartford. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren; 43
greatgrandchildren; and six greatgreat- grandchildren; and three
sisters, Lillian Linderman of Herman, Mo., Mildred Dixon of Mountain
View, Ark., and Jenny Pruitt of St. Joseph.
Besides her husband, Zelma was preceded in death by
four grandchildren; her parents; a brother, Henery Blevens; and a
sister, Helen Jeter.
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford . The
service to honor her memory will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct.
31, at the funeral home. Pastor Thomas Fuller of the Community
General Baptist Church of Watervliet will officiate. Zelma will be
laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford.
Theresa Yvonne Johnson,
58, of Hartford, was born on May 5, 1950, in Chicago to Joseph and
Theresa attended Crane High School in Chicago and pursued a career
in health care. She was a devoted wife and mother who always put her
Theresa was a member of Hartzell United Methodist
Church, where she confessed the belief of Christ at an early age.
She later moved to Michigan where she became a member of Gospel
Tabernacle Church. Theresa met the love of her life, Erick, in 1968,
and was united in Holy Matrimony on Aug. 5, 1972.
Within this union six children were raised.
Theresa departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her son Donnell; father Joseph; and
granddaughter Kela Nicole. She leaves to cherish her memory, a
devoted husband Erick Johnson; one son Darrick Jones; four daughters
— Ericka (Eric) Williams, Trivenna Johnson,
Tyrita (Thomas) Maeder,
and Elkia Johnson; three brothers — Joseph (Doris) Jones Jr., Steven
(Slyvia) Jones, and Daniel (Patrica Ann) Jones; three sisters —
Idella Simmons, Florine (Otis) Horne, and Mildred Jones; 15
grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a host of nieces,
nephews, relatives and many friends.
Arthur Daniel McFarland Jr.
of Hartford passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.,
23, 2008 following an illness.
Mr. McFarland was born in Lake City, Arkansas on
November 1, 1931. He moved with his parents to Hartford in 1934 and
resided there most of his life. He married Maxine Anderson in 1948.
The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June of this
Mr. McFarland was raised on the same farm he and his
wife would later purchase and then expand. He also worked for more
than 48 years at Chardon Rubber Company in St. Joseph. He retired in
1997 to work full-time on the farm. He was a long-time member of the
Hartford Federated Church.
Mr. McFarland loved his family, farming, and he never
shied away from hard work or a difficult task. He talked easily to
people in all walks of life; he loved to both barter and debate. He
was a very generous man, freely donating and discounting food from
the farm to those in need. He set a steadfast example of kindness,
good humor, generosity, humility, sacrifice, and faith for his
children and all who knew him. He had an entrepreneurial
spirit, analytic mind, and love of learning. Combined with his
strong work ethic, this led him to develop many innovative
processes, procedures and efficiencies during his six decades of
farming. He and his beloved wife worked hand-in-hand as a dedicated
team in raising their family and running the farm. Mr. McFarland was
deeply loved and will be exceedingly missed.
Mr. McFarland’s parents, Arthur D. McFarland Sr. and
Gladys McFarland Bell, and his brother,
preceded him in death. Mr. McFarland is survived by his wife,
Maxine; five children, nine grandchildren, and 13
great-grandchildren, as follows: Linda (Jeff) Bippus of Columbus,
Ind., and her sons, Richard (Candace) Avery of Grand Rapids and
Keith (Angel) Avery of Hartford and grandchildren R.J., Grant,
Brandon, Tara, and Claire of Grand Rapids and Ashley and Maggie of
Hartford. Christine (Richard) Price of Indianapolis, and her
children, Dennis Linderman and Kim Miller, both of Indianapolis and
grandchildren, Logan and Casey Linderman and Duncan and Joshua
Miller, all of Indianapolis. JoAnne (Thomas J.) O’Rourke of Canton,
Mich., and their son, John. Arthur D. (Dan) (Vicki) McFarland III of
Hartford, and their sons, Daniel of Fort Smith, Ark., and Adam of
Hartford. Michael (Johnna) McFarland of Hartford, and their
children, Amanda Kurth and Blake and their grandchildren, Emily and
Allison Kurth, all of Hartford. He is also survived by a
sister, Peggy Bowen of Hartford.
Services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at
the Hartford Federated Church and officiated by Pastor Timothy
Nyhuis. The family will receive visitors at the church on Monday,
Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. and at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, prior to the
service. A luncheon will be held at the church following
internment at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorials may
be made to the Hartford Federated Church.
Our Dad will always be our hero.
Clarice Willerton, age 86, of
Holland died Tuesday October 14, 2008 at her home in Holland, MI.
She was born in Maywood Illinois and was raised in Hartford, MI. She
moved to Fennville in 1952. She then moved to Holland, MI in 1996.
She worked for Overtons in South Haven, MI. for many years she also
worked for Fennville Public Schools over 10 years until retirement
in 1984. She was a loyal Cub fan and long time Square Dancer. She
was a member of Central Park Reformed Church of Holland, MI., former
member of Fennville Methodist Church and also Evergreen Commons.
Her family includes: Husband of 59 years Robert
Willerton of Holland, MI., daughter Carol and Ralph Adams of
Greenbrier, AK., son Richard and Marion Haynes of Grandville, MI.,
son John and Linda Willerton of Fenton Missouri, daughter Myrna
Willerton of Zeeland; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren;
two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and
cousins. A memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday October
18, 2008 at The Central Park Reformed Church of 614 Myrtle Ave
Holland, MI. with The Rev. David Landegent officiating. Memorials
may be made to The Central Park Reformed church Building fund.
Arrangements were made by The Northwood Chapel Dykstra Life Story
Funeral Home 295 Douglas Ave. Holland MI. Please visit
www.lifestorynet.com to sign Jane’s online registry, share a photo,
or read her life story.
Note: Clarice was a
1939 Hartford High School graduate and attended school as Clarice
59, of South Haven, formerly of Keeler, passed away suddenly on
Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, while at work in Bangor Township.
The family will meet friends from 12 to 2 p.m. on
Friday, Oct. 17, at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home,
where the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday. Interment
will follow in Keeler Cemetery, Keeler Township.
Eugene was born Oct. 27, 1948, in Decatur, the son of
Lloyd and Thelma (Burg) Wagner.
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Korea, and
had worked for the past 15 years at Berrybrook Farms. He loved
riding his motorcycle, reading and watching Westerns, and animals.
He was a person that was willing to help whenever anyone needed him,
an was loved by his nieces and nephews.
Surviving are his three brothers — William (Betty)
Wagner of Decatur, Glenn (Pamela) Wagner of Bloomingdale, and Ray
(Connie) Wagner of Fairbanks, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Ann
Wagner in 2002; and two brothers, Nate and Wesley Wagner.
was a 1968 Hartford High School graduate.
Helen Berneda Williams,
85, of Hartford, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at Bronson
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lawton.
Helen was born July 19, 1923, in Senath, Mo., She was
the daughter of David and Effie (George) Damron, both of whom
precede her in passing. Helen married Delbert Williams on March 12,
She went to work at V.M. Corporation and was a loyal
employee for 17 years. After the company closed, she went to work
and later retired from Kaywood Products. Helen was known for
the many crafts and ceramics that she would make at her home.
People would stop by, not only to purchase those items, but the many
other items, especially her lamps, that she had on display.
She was also a proud member of the Lawrence Garden Club.
Helen is survived by her children: David Williams and
Sandra (Pete) Johnson, both of Hartford; a granddaughter, Wendy
(Jason) Spangler of Lawrence; a grandson, Peter (Bobbi) Johnson Jr.
of Hartford ; great grandsons, Andrew Spangler of Lawrence and
Dalton Graham of West Plains, Mo.; great-granddaughter, Adrianne
Johnson of Hartford ; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband,
Delbert on May 6, 1988; and two brothers, Eugene and Clifford Damron.
The family will welcome friends beginning at 11 a.m.,
with the funeral service following at noon, on Friday, Oct. 17, at
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Shannon Truelove of the Full
Gospel Assembly Church, Lawrence Township, will officiate. Helen
will be laid to rest in Breedsville Cemetery, Columbia Township.
Those wishing to make a memorial in Helen’s name may do so by making
it to either the Special Olympics or Ronald McDonald House.
Charles Burnell Spangler Sr., 66, of Hartford, passed
away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence
Charles was born on Dec. 3, 1941, in Valles Mines, Mo.
He was the son of Walter and Reva (Nash) Spangler.
Charles worked most of his life as a truck driver. He worked for
the Brunswick Corporation and later retired after more than 20
years with Engle Excavating of Kalamazoo.
Charles married the former Rhonda Rae Martin on June
12, 1976. Rhonda passed away unexpectedly on July 2 of this
year. Charles was an avid fisherman and poker player, but the
most precious times were spent with his loving family.
Preceding Charles in death are his parents; a sister,
Donna Beaman; and a brother, Frankie Dale Spangler.
Charles is survived by his children — Jason (Wendy) Spangler of
Lawrence, Amanda Spangler of Hartford, Regina (Cayo) Garcia of
Lawton, Tammy Spangler of Lawrence, Charles (Tracy) Spangler Jr.
of Marcellus and Michele Spangler of Lawrence.
He is also survived by 17 grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; and his brothers and sisters —
Spangler of Lawrence,
Janet Morris of Bangor, Gerald (Wanda)
Spangler of Coffee County, Ga., Judy (Larry) Thompson of
Plainwell, Barry (Rita) Spangler of Lakeland, Fla.,
Spangler of Hartford and Nina Richardson of Allegan.
The family will welcome friends from 5 to 7 p.m., and
the service to honor his memory will be held at 7 p.m., Friday,
Oct. 17, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. As per
Charles’ wishes, cremation has taken place and he will be laid
to rest in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, at a later date. In lieu of
flowers, memorials in Charles’ name may be made to the American
Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or Ronald
Iduma Lee Owens, 80, of Hartford, passed away Thursday,
Oct. 9, 2008, at her daughter’s home with her children by her
Iduma was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Booneville, Miss., the
daughter of Homer and Minnie (Weldon) Pritchard, both of whom
precede her in passing. Iduma loved to attend church, but
more importantly, it was the time with her family she cherished
the most. She also loved to cook for her family.
Iduma is survived by her children — Patricia (Bill)
Clark of Lawrence, Sheila (Norm) Rogers of Sweetwater, Tenn.,
Bonnie Ackerman of Hartford and Robert (Debbie) Owens, both of
Hartford, Carolyn (John) Criswell of Niles, Gary (Kathy) Owens
of Lawrence, Wanda (Jeff) Haus of Hartford, Dawn (Ben) Creech of
New Carlisle, Ind., Shawn (Tina) Owens of Hartford, Tina (Perry)
Rowe of Watervliet and Dana (Randy) Leatherbury of Lawrence. She
is also survived by 37 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren;
three greatgreatgrandchildren; two step grandchildren; a
sister, Imagene Owens of Hartford; and two brothers, Lewis
Pritchard of Hartford and James Pritchard of Crossville, Tenn.
Besides her parents, Iduma is preceded by her husband,
Fate Edward Owens; a daughter, Norma Jean Owens; a son, James
Edward Owens; a son-in-law, Gary Ackerman; three brothers,
Woodrow Pritchard, Henry Pritchard and Leon Pritchard; and two
sisters, Owna Mae Taylor and Amy
The family will welcome friends from 5 to 7 p.m.,
Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Full Gospel Assembly Church, Hartford.
The service to honor her memory will commence at 2 p.m., Monday,
Oct. 13, at the church, with Pastor Shannon Truelove
officiating. Burial will follow in Watervliet Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Iduma’s name may be made to the family.
Matthew Austin Beaman,
am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me
will live, even
he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do
you believe in this?” John 11:25.
Matthew Austin Beaman, 26, formerly of Hartford, left
this earth on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, to rest in the palm of God’s
heart until the glorious day of resurrection. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at
2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral
Home, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Visitation with the family
will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral
home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association
or to Berrien County Cancer Service. Those wishing to send
the family a message of condolence may do so online at
A cherished and beloved son, Matthew, was born Sept. 1, 1982. As
a young boy, he played baseball and was on the All-Star team.
During his high school years he joined the chess team and became
a chess champion. In 2001, he
graduated from Hartford High School in the top 10 of his class,
and entered the U.S. Air Force, where he became a crew chief for
the F117. Later, he moved to Shreveport, La., where he
worked for Calumet, an oil refinery company, and was preparing
to go to Dallas, Texas, to test for his AP license. He loved golf, reading and writing, old cars, video
games and watching “The Sopranos.” Most of all, he loved his
family, especially his daughters — Aimee, age 4, and Emily, age
2. Matthew accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior on April 8, 2007,
and shortly thereafter was baptized. His favorite song was
East to West, by Casting Crowns. Matthew’s passing has left a large hole in many hearts
and lives. His beautiful smile and his laughter will be missed.
He was a special person who graced this earth for such a short
time. But, his death is only a passage from life to life,
and one day he will be resurrected to stand to life once again,
and we will see him. Matthew is survived by his parents, Daniel Beaman of
Hartford and Terese Beaman of St. Joseph; his sister, Rebecca;
his daughters, Aimee and Emily; niece McKenzie; grandparents,
‘Papa Jack’ Weingartz and Violet and Jim Bartalone; and many
aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sharon
Weingartz; and grandfather, Ruel Beaman.
Guadalupe J. Duran, 81, of
Hartford , passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at Rose Arbor
Hospice in Kalamazoo.
has taken place. A memorial service celebrating his life will be
held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Hartford American
Legion Post 93, 66297 Red Arrow Highway, Hartford. Arrangements
are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation
Services in Coloma. Those wishing to sign the online guest book
or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at
Guadalupe was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Chicago, to
Ladishao and Lucia (Romero) Duran. He was a World War II veteran
of the Marine Corps and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church
in Watervliet. Guadalupe was formerly employed by Burlington
Northern Railroad in Chicago. He also owned Nostalgic’s Odds and
Antiques in South Haven. Guadalupe was a loving father and
grandfather who truly enjoyed helping people.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Anne (Dobbins),
whom he married Aug. 24, 1972; 10 children — Danielle (Bill)
Buhrfiend, Angela (William) Melcher, Bernard (Rebecca) Duran,
Clare DeHaan, Spencer (Lara) Duran, Juanita (Tony) McDonald,
Agnes (Ronnie) Paraf, Lucia Duran, Christopher (Robin) Duran and
Bridget (Sam) Bujak; and numerous grandchildren and
In addition to his parents, Guadalupe was preceded in
death by 10 brothers and sisters.
Marilyn Mae Schilling, 77 of Hartford, passed away
suddenly on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at her home.
Marilyn was born on March 20, 1931, in Lawrence, the daughter of
Clarence and Ida (Walter) Ruple.
Marilyn was a
1948 graduate of Hartford High School. Soon after
graduating, she married William Henry Schilling on Aug. 7, 1948.
In 1966, she was hired
as a school bus driver for the Hartford School System and
remained there for more than 20 years. She was a very
loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed crocheting numerous
items for her family and for the annual Christmas Bazaar. She
was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School
Marilyn is survived by her children, Bruce (Linda)
Schilling of Poteet, Texas, and Bonnie (Bill) Sharpsteen, Neal
(Rae) Schilling and Nancy (Buzz) Whelan, all of Hartford. She is
also survived by grandchildren – Jennifer (Matt) Toth of
Lebanon, Ill., Barbara (Brandon) Miller of Tallahassee, Fla.,
Shannon Ward of Poteet, Texas, Billie Sue Jones of Bloomingdale,
Bobbi Sharpsteen of Allegan, Brandi
Saily of Hartford, Brian
(Christina) Sharpsteen of Gladwin, Ami (Isreal) Vasquez of
Pullman, and Kane Schilling, Leslee Whelan and
all of Hartford; 16 great-grandchildren; one
great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Maxine Burg; and a brother,
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, William,
on April 20, 1997; her parents; a brother, Max Ruple, and two
sisters, Marjorie Ruple and
Marvil (Ruple) Utter.
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford . The
service to honor her memory will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 9, at the funeral home. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the
Hartford Federated Church will officiate. She will be laid to
rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers,
memorials in Marilyn’s name may be made to the American Cancer
Shirley Elston, 45, of Hartford passed away Thursday,
Oct. 2, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at
Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Visitation
with the family will begin at 3 p.m., one hour prior to the
service. Memorial donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to
the American Diabetes Association or the
charity of choice. Those wishing to sign the online guest book
or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at
Shirley is survived by her parents, Raymond and Iona
(Jones) Nalitt of Coloma; her brother, David (Gail)
Arcadia, La.; three sisters, Susan Salmons of Coloma, Cathy
Fisher of Benton Harbor and Vikki (Paul) Wilkins of Watervliet;
nine nieces and nephews; one great-niece and great-nephew; and
her special friend and caregiver Madeleine Harris.
Stewart McKinven Sr., 73, of Covert died Wednesday,
Sept. 24, 2008, at Countryside Nursing and
Community, South Haven.
He was born April 21, 1935, in Detroit to Charles and
Carol McKinven. He moved with his mother to Hartford in 1940,
and graduated from
Hartford High School in
Ron worked 30 years as a teamster for George Miller
Jr., Associated Truck Lines and ANR Freight Company. He enjoyed
coon and bear hunting, going to dog shows and working with his
dogs. He was a member of the Southwestern Michigan Coon Hunters
Association, the Michigan Bear Hunters, the Van Buren County
Sportsman’s Club, the National Red Bone Association, the
National Plott Hound Association and the National Rifle
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay (Rowe)
McKinven; sons, Ronald Jr. (“Tuffy”) McKinven and Robert
McKinven, both of Covert; daughters, Rhonda Crans of Bangor,
Roberta Nichols of Keeler, Rita (Al) Hosier of South Haven,
Robin (Mickey) Houchin of Bangor, Ruth (John)
Wolf of Covert and Marilyn (Mike) Stanek of Florida. He is also
survived by 16 grandchildren, Shelli, Stephanie and Charles
Crans, Charles McKinven, Natasha Williamson and Nicole Rintamaa,
Brent, Katie, James and Judith Hosier, Matthew, Timothy Houchin
and Jennifer Prentice, Michael and Christina Wolf and Karaline
Stanek; 10 great-grandchildren, Christopher, Abby, Hunter, Regan,
Caleb, Aurora, Emma, Prudence, Jordan and Kiven; a brother, Karl
Kiser of Florida, and sister, Katrina Miller of North Carolina.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and a
stepfather, William Wood.
The family will welcome friends from 2 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford . The
funeral service to honor his memory will take place at 11 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 29, at the funeral home. The Rev. Charles McNary
will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in Thomas Cemetery,
Bangor Township. A luncheon will follow at the Van Buren
Sportsman’s Club, CR 687, Hartford.
81, of Mount Pleasant, formerly of Watervliet, passed away
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, at
County Medical Facility.
Ruth was born May 10, 1927, in Gary, Ind. She was the
daughter of Adolf and Hannah (Kutz) Thomas, both of whom
preceded her in passing.
After high school, Ruth earned her BA degree from
Western Michigan University and also pursued graduate level
courses. Ruth married John Hyatt Thomas on Aug. 9, 1958. She was
a substitute teacher in many area schools and was a junior
church teacher in various churches for over 60 years. A
couple of her many hobbies was her love of music and reading
Ruth is survived by her children, John Nathan (Tram)
Thomas of Chicago, Peter Aaron Thomas of Watervliet, Heidi
(Mitchell) Alexander of Mount Pleasant, Rebekah Ruth (Gary)
of Watervliet and Jim (Amy) Thomas of Susanville, Calif. Ruth is
also survived by six grandchildren, Teddi, Lydia, Dawn, Sarah,
Minh-An and MinhThi; and three brothers, Jerry (Esther) Thomas
of Three Oaks, Dick (Nell) Thomas of South Bend, Ind., and
Clarence (Elaine) Thomas of Bridgman.
Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her
husband, John Hyatt Thomas, on Jan. 8, 1985; three brothers and
The family will welcome friends from 1 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where
the service to honor her memory will be held at 3 p.m. with
Chaplain Jim Thomas officiating. Ruth will be laid to rest in
Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township. Those wishing to make a
memorial in Ruth’s name may do so by making it to the family.
husband, John, was a postal carrier with the Hartford Post
Office for several years prior to his passing in 1985. The
Thomas family participated in Hartford churches and the children
grew up very active participants of the AWANA program.
Marianne M. Rosenberg, age 75,
of Watervliet died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at Faith Hospice in
Marianne was born in Chicago, on Nov. 20, 1932, to Anton (Tony)
and Mary Chernugel. Marianne moved to Hartford, in
November 1943, where she
attended Hartford schools, graduating in June of
She attended Twin Cities Business College in Benton Harbor, for
two years. She returned to Chicago and worked for Illinois
Central Railroad and as a legal secretary for several years.
After spending close to 20 years in Chicago, she moved back to
Michigan and was employed by the Van Buren County of Social
Services in Hartford where she worked in the child welfare unit
from 1971 to 1994.
Upon retirement she resided in Watervliet where she
enjoyed Paw Paw Lake and made many new friends. She was a member
of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet along with the MECCA
Club of Watervliet, participating in many community events. She
also enjoyed visiting with friends at the Board of Trade. In
addition, Marianne enjoyed working in her flowers, sitting on
her deck overlooking Paw Paw Lake, feeding the birds, squirrels,
stray cats and dogs and often finding a home for them. She had a
love for animals
Her heart belonged to “the joy of her life,” her two
children, Craig and Toni, and her two grandsons, Richard and
Michael, and her special companion, her Persian cat, Katie.
Surviving Marianne are her son, Craig (Mary) Rosenberg
of Traverse City; her daughter, Toni Rosenberg of Grand Rapids;
two grandsons, Richard and Michael, both of Traverse City; a
sister, Judy (Art) Loomis of Hartford ; a brother,
(Candy) Chernugel of Hartford; nieces and nephews, Lisa (Mike) Tubergen, Heidi (Bruce) Colter, Amy Weeden, Abby (Stephen)
Sisson, Denise (Steve) Bellagamba, Richard Chernugel Jr.,
Russell Chernugel, Mary Beth Chernugel and Mark Chernugel; a
‘Special’ Aunt Ann Ross of Orland Park, Ill.; along with many
great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who have been
very special to Marianne. Her parents ‘Tony’ and Mary Chernugel
of Hartford preceded Marianne in death.
A memorial Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in
Watervliet will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, with her
ashes to be buried in Traverse City. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Animal Aid of Berrien County, P. O. Box
407, St. Joseph, Mich. 49085 or Berrien County Humane Society,
P.O. Box 305, St. Joseph, Mich. 49085.
Lynn Lusk, 54,
of Hartford passed away on Sunday, Sept.
21, 2008, at her home.
Vicki was born on Aug. 9, 1954, in Watervliet, the
daughter of Charles and Elinor (Hathaway) Wagner. Both of her
parents, and a sister, Carol Clifford, preceded her in passing.
Vicki was employed at APL Logistics of Coloma for over
13 years, until health problems made it impossible for her to
Vicki is survived by her daughters, Michelle (Thomas)
Vincent of Battle Creek, Kimberly Wagner of Hartford
and Rebecca Gerred of Bangor. She is also survived by four
grandchildren, Alyssa, Haley, Andrew and Kameron; a brother,
Charles Wagner; a sister, Kathleen Mooney; numerous nieces,
nephews and other family members and friends.
As to Vicki’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A
memorial service to honor her memory will be held at 6 p.m. on
Friday, Sept. 26, at the Hartford Church of God. Pastor Eric
Jackson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been
entrusted with the arrangements.
Vicki was a 1972
Hartford High School graduate.
(Griffin) Carmichael, 93, of Hartford, passed away on
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at the Tendercare Nursing
in Kalamazoo, where she had been a resident for four years.
The service to honor her memory will be held at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.
Friends may call from 6 to 8
p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the funeral home. Aletha will be
laid to rest in CrystalSprings Cemetery, Benton Township. Those
wishing to make a memorial in Aletha’s name may do so to either
Tendercare of Kalamazoo or Heartland Hospice Services of
Aletha was born June 21, 1915, in Sodus to Walter and
Florence (Brandt) Griffin. Aletha and her husband, Cecil, owned
a 100 acre farm just north of Hartford for many years. During
her working years she was an LPN at the Van Buren County
Hospital and Benton Heights Margaret Lyle Hospital. Aletha was
well known throughout Van Buren and Berrien Counties for the
registered Cocker Spaniels she bred and raised. She was also a
very dedicated Van Buren County 4H leader for many years. Her
home was a foster home for many children in the county.
Survivors include: a son, Garland (Jan) Carmichael;
daughter, JoAnn (Chris) Wainscott; daughter-in-law, Joyce
Carmichael; grandchildren — Kevin Carmichael, Maria Duarte,
Rhonda (Mike) Wilbur, Karen (John) McClay, Anita (Johnny) Davis
and Kenneth C. Carmichael; a foster child, David Faile; three
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Aletha was
preceded in death by two husbands, Dean and Cecil; a son,
Kenneth Carmichael; two sisters, Carmelita and Lucille; two
brothers, Lloyd and Wilber; and her parents.
G. Roberts Sr. – Clevy’s
life began on Feb. 3, 1943, in Leachville, Ark., the son of
Vernis L. and Sarah
Clevy worked for many years as a roofer. He enjoyed
fishing and watching NASCAR, his favorite driver was the late
Dale Earnhart Sr., and Tony Stewart.
His greatest joy was his family which includes his
mother, Sarah Roberts of Dowagiac; his children, Lisa (Randy)
Derrick of Hartford , Clevy (Angela) Roberts Jr. of Watervliet,
Trentin (Rebecca) Roberts of Coloma, Scott (Jessica) Roberts of
Coloma, Laura (Daryl) Ledford of Kentucky, and Cynthia (Jason)
Meridth of Jonesboro, Ark.; 19 grandchildren and 10
great-grandchildren; his sisters, Alice Gough of Niles, Phyllis
(Gary) Hendrixson of Culvert,
Va., (Jack) Szymanowski of Dowagiac; his
brothers, Darrell (Lillie) Roberts of Decatur, Larry Roberts of
Dowagiac; and a special friend, Teresa Bunker of Hartford; and
many nieces and nephews. Clevy passed away at his home
surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. He was
preceded in death by his father, and his son, Billy Mann.
His family will gather on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at
McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home, Dowagiac, where his tribute
service will held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. led by Pastor Michael
Holt of the Grace Apostolic Tabernacle in South Haven. Clevy
will be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial
contributions in his name may be directed to his daughter Lisa.
Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Clevy at
C. “Tom” Robinson, 74, of Warsaw, Ind., former area
resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at 12:44 a.m. at his
He was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Lawrence, to Myrl
Robinson and Myrtle (Ryan) Robinson . He married Carolyn (Stevens)
on Feb. 28, 1987, in Warsaw. As a testament to his passion for all
types of machinery, Tom spent his entire career in the machine tool
business. Covel Mfg.,
Clausing Industrial and the George
Co. were his earlier places of employment. After the sale of United
Machinery Sales, a company formed with partner Harry Harrington, Tom
retired from working at General Electric in 2000.
A dedicated member of the Warsaw Kiwanis, Tom had
served on the Board of Directors and as Attendance Officer.
He was a 40-year member of
the Masonic Lodge of Hartford. A skilled craftsman, Tom
totally restored his 100-year-old farm home in 2003. He loved old
cars, old tractors, all kinds of machinery and the roar of a Harley
Davidson. Tom never met a stranger. He was loved and respected by
everyone who knew
for his kind and generous nature and his fun loving spirit.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn (Stevens) Robinson
of Leesburg, Ind.; two sons, Steve and wife Barbara Robinson of
Merit Island, Fla., Scott and wife Jody Robinson of Goshen, Ind.;
one daughter, Tamara Jackson of Fort Wayne, Ind.; stepson, Greg Wood
of Warsaw; three stepdaughters, Melanie and Michael Easter, Melissa
and Pat Summer, Michelle Wood, all of Warsaw; grandchildren, Michael
and Keven Denney, and Phillip Robinson ; and 10 step grandchildren,
Patrick and Samuel Easter, Erin and Robin Wood, Michael and Robert Sommer, Matthew and Clayton Wood, Trevor Blankenship, and Ryan
Kauchak. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two
sisters. Visitation will be held today, Sept. 19, from 2 to 4
p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Titus Funeral Home in Warsaw, where services
will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. Dr. Homer Kent Jr. will
officiate. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorials can be send to Kosciusko Home Care and
Hospice, P.O. Box 196, Warsaw, Ind., 46581-0196 or Warsaw Kiwanis
Club, P.O. Box 773, Warsaw, Ind. 46581-0773.
grew up in the Hartford area and may have attended Hartford High
School (not listed as a graduate, but would have been with the HHS
class of 1950 or so). He lived in the area maybe into his 40’s.
Tom’s twin brothers, Harold and Gerald Robinson, did attend Hartford
High School. The coveted "Harold Robinson Award",
established after Harold’s death shortly after his 1962 graduation
from Hartford High School, is still presented yearly to an
outstanding student athletic.
Iadell Bess,77, of Hartford , passed away to be with her Lord and
Savior on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at
home in Hartford, with her family and friends surrounding her.
Thelma was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Searcy, Ark., to
Lawrence and Mary Cooper. She was one of six children.
They moved around while her father searched for work. Then, in
1950, they moved to Kennett, Mo. There, in the cotton fields,
she meet her future husband, Van Bess. After a long
courtship, they were married on Jan.19, 1952. Two years later,
in search of a better life, they moved to Michigan and raised a
family of three boys — Larry, Kenny and John. Thelma retired
from Duo-Tang in Paw Paw after many years of loyal service.
Thelma is survived by her husband,
Van Bess of Hartford
; sons — Larry (Dianna) Bess of
Lawrence, Kenny (Gayla) Bess of Hartford and John
Bess of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Louise Cargo of
Lawrence; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many
cousins, nephews, nieces, long lifetime friends and great
Her father, Lawrence Cooper; mother, Mary Cooper;
brothers — Buddy, Donald and Raymond Cooper; sister, Marie
Lewis; daughter, Vickie Bess; and granddaughter, Valerie Bess,
preceded her in passing.
The family will welcome friends from 2 to 3 p.m.,
Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where
the service to honor her memory will commence at 3 p.m.
Pastor Ken Craig will serve as officiant. Following the
services, Thelma will be transported to McDaniel Funeral
Services in Kennett, Mo., where she will be laid to rest in Oak
Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in
Thelma’s name may be made to Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice.
74 of Hartford passed away at home on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008.
He was born March 5, 1934, to Kenner and Bertha (Smith) Buckley
Oscar was a maintenance man at Industrial Rubber Goods
in St. Joseph. He worked as a maintenance supervisor at Auto
Specialties and Duffy-Mott. He loved being a silversmith and
goldsmith and a carver of precious stones. He also was an
antique dealer for several years. He was a cancer survivor
and talked to people he met with cancer to encourage them to
keep fighting, talking with some from as far away as Australia.
But most importantly, he loved his family very much and always
enjoyed spending time with each and every member of his family.
Oscar is survived by his wife, Joann; and sons, Thomas
(Diana) Buckley of Battle Creek and Robert Buckley at home; his
granddaughter, Jennifer Buckley and grandson, Jason Collins.
Oscar is also survived by three brothers, Frank (Luming) Buckley
and Terrance (Shirley) Buckley, both of Coloma, and Danny
(Louise) Buckley of Texas; five sisters, Roberta (Clarence)
Cowgill of Coloma, Bernice Lee (Phillip)
McKie of Freesoil,
Sandra Belcher, Donna (Eugene) Bednorz of Texas and Bobbie Kay
(Dale) Steckleberg of Downers Grove, Ill.; and many nephews,
nieces and friends.
Oscar was preceded in passing by his parents, a
brother, Don Edward, and a son, Steven.
As to Oscar’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will
greet friends from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The memorial graveside service to
honor his memory will take place at 1 p.m. at the Maple Hill
Cemetery, Hartford. Pastor Tom Langston will serve as officiant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Oscar’s
name may be made to the donor’s choice.
M. Wagner, 86, of St. Joseph, died Thursday, Sept. 4,
2008, at Lakeland Continuing Care Center, St. Joseph, following
Cremation has taken place and a private family
gathering will be scheduled for a later date. Inurnment will
take place in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends are
invited to sign the guest book at www.legacyfuneral.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeland Hospice. Legacy
Family Funeral Services – Matthew R. Purchase Chapel is serving
the family. June wasborn Oct.
26, 1921, in Hartford, to Roscoe and Watie (Wheaton)
Conklin. On April 1, 1940, she married Walter Wagner in St.
Joseph. They were longtime area residents. Following 64 years of
marriage, Walter died Nov. 29, 2004.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon (Jerry) Evans of
Trenton, Tenn.; three sons — Walter (Joyce) Wagner of Rockford,
Mich., James (Teri) Wagner of St. Joseph and Arthur Wagner of
Berrien Springs; seven grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren; a
sister, Geraldine Kowerduck of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and a brother,
Gerald Conklin of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, June
was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, Lester and Harold
Frederick Lawrence Knight,
age 87, of Hartford passed away Thursday,
September 4, 2008 at his home.
Family and friends are welcomed on Saturday, September 6, 2008
from 4 PM to 6 PM at His Place: Cathedral of Faith, 69556 CR
378, Covert, Michigan. A service to honor his memory will be
held on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 2 PM at the church.
Frederick will be laid to rest in Fairview Memorial Cemetery,
Watervliet Township with military rites being conducted by VFW
Post 6803, VFW Post 1137, American Legion Post 362 and
Auxiliary. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford with handling the arrangements. Frederick was born October 22, 1920 in Comstock, the
son of Roy and Irene (Peas) Knight, both of whom preceded him in
passing. Frederick spent his childhood years in Martin, MI where
he attended Martin Schools and worked with his brothers on the
family farm. He proudly
served his country in 1942 for thirty-six months as an Army
Sergeant 136th Infantry during WWII. Upon returning to
Martin, he married Reva Janet Buskirk on March 12, 1948 and
recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. He enjoyed many fond memories of family camping,
bowling leagues, and card games. Frederick was employed with
Kalamazoo Precision Castings, where he was a member of their
company baseball team as catcher, and DuWell’s of Bangor and
Hartford, where he retired after many years of faithful service.
Frederick was one of the many whom helped develop the Hartford
Recreation baseball fields and served as a Pony League coach,
winning many championships and later being the number one fan at
his grandchildren’s games. As Frederick’s children grew, he and
Reva enjoyed summers at Sandy Pines Resort in Allegan, MI were
he spent leisurely days golfing and mowing the golf courses. He
loved to travel annually to Phoenix, Arizona, and most of all,
he loved his precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He
gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized in 2007. God blessed
Frederick with a large, loving family, who have the richness of
his love. Frederick is survived by his wife, Reva; their six
children, David (Mary) Knight of Hartford and their children,
Tonya, Julia, Elizabeth and James; Roger Knight of Hartford and
his children, Kimberly, Jennifer, Eric and Ryan; Diana (Craig)
Zeller of Phoenix, Arizona and their children, Jason and
Michelle; Debra Collins of Coloma and her children, Stacy and
Christopher; Frederick (Gale) Knight of Hartford and their
children, Courtney, McKenzie and Olivia and Robert (Kathy)
Knight of Dorr and their children, Jonathan, Anthony and Nicole.
He is also survived by 23 great grandchildren and three brothers
and sisters, Maynard (Merle) Knight of Otsego, Gloria (Clyde)
Richie of Plainwell and Myron (Joan) Knight of Martin. Frederick
was preceded in passing by a son, Gordon Leroy Knight; a
grandson, Alex Knight; a great-grandson, Andrew Knight; four
brothers, Leslie Knight, Claude Knight, Kermit Knight and
Clifton Knight and four sisters, Pauline Sturman, Florence
Curry, Margaret Knight and Evelyn Knight.
Emery Hoyt, age 66, of Batesville, Ark., passed away on
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in a Batesville Hospital.
Paul was born on July 3, 1942, in Douglas, Mich. He was
the son of Lloyd M. Hoyt and Madeline Crowfoot Hoyt. Paul
retired as a truck driver for Inland Container Corp. and was of
the Baptist faith.
Paul is survived by three sons, Bruce Hoyt of Horn
Lake, Miss., Michael Hoyt of McCordville, Ind., and James Hoyt
of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; three daughters, Deborah Pitcher of
Douglas, Melissa Budahn
of Allegan and Michelle Hernandez of Hamilton, two brothers,
Warren Hoyt and Ernie Hoyt, two sisters, Eva Pederson and Janet
Sliwoski; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Paul
was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Waltermire Hoyt; his
parents; a son, Douglas Hoyt; and a sister, Lois.
The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford,
followed by a graveside service in Maple Hill Cemetery,
Hartford, where he will be laid to rest.
Albert Ulrath, 80, of Bridgman passed away on
Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center,
St. Joseph. At the request of Mr. Ulrath, cremation has taken place
and a memorial service will be held 11 AM Friday, August 22 at
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman.
Friends may meet with the family from 10 AM until the time of
the service on Friday. As an expression of sympathy, memorial
contributions may be given to Berrien County Cancer Service or
Bridgman American Legion Post 331. Online condolences
accepted at www.pikeFH.com. Tom was born August 21, 1927 in Toquin, Michigan, the
son of the late Albert and Lucille (Copper) Ulrath. He served in
the US Army during WWII and was a member of the Bridgman
American Legion Post 331. On November 13, 1948 he married the
former Beverly Smith. Tom was a truck driver and worked for
Harris Trucking in Benton Harbor, retiring in 1987. He and his
wife spent their winters in Florida. Tom loved to be outside
working in the garden or yard. He also enjoyed woodworking and
made wooden rocking horses for his children and grandkids. Most
of all, Tom loved spending time with his family and grandkids.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years,
children – David (Carolyn) Ulrath of Heath Springs, South
Carolina, Ruth Ann (Floyd) Kosinsky of Plant City, Florida,
Deborah Ulrath of New Orleans, Linda (Salvatore) Pitino of
Holiday, Florida, Patricia (Scott) Richardson of Bridgman, Gary
(Sheila) Ulrath of Bridgman, and Joanne (Ken) Grantham of
Otsego; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two
sisters – Mary (Pete) Doyle of Malibu, California and Bonnetia
(Stan) LaFountain of Paw Paw. Tom was also preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas.
NOTE: Thomas was a
former Hartford resident. Several of his children
graduated from Hartford High School.
H. Rogers’ death on Aug. 10, 2008, after illness and
hospitalization is a great loss to his family: his wife, Glenda
Lee Holmes-Rogers, of 46 years, his son, Robert, and wife,
Melissa, of Coloma and daughter, Amber and husband, Lloyd of
“Bob,” a native of Meadow Valley, Calif., served in the
USAF, attended Fresno City College, Fresno State University in
California and received his bachelor’s degree from
Andrews University, Berrien Springs. He taught
for many years at Watervliet High School in the industrial arts
program, receiving his master’s degree from Western Michigan
University, Kalamazoo, during that time.
Bob was an active member of the Hartford Seventh-day
Adventist Church and a volunteer in the community. His interests
were varied: stamp collecting, working on sports cars,
carpentry, sailing, fly fishing, and working with youth in the
International Pathfinder Club, Bible studies.
lived in Hartford for a number of years until moving to Lawrence
during the past couple of years. His wife, Glenda, sent the
following about Bob’s life and his connection to Hartford:
Bob was born in Oakland, California, August 17,
1942, but his parents were from the mountain area (abt. 6,000
ft). They returned there shortly after his birth and Bob was
raised on the family ranch (Spanish Peak Ranch) in Meadow
Valley, Ca. This is a very small post office and tiny store
just outside of Quincy, California. A town a about the size of
Watervliet. Bob’s dad, Ralph H. Rogers, had hoped to enlist in the
military during WWII, but for some reason was not allowed to.
He worked on the construction of navy ships in one of the SF bay
area ship yards. His mother, Carolyn M. Beck-Rogers, was a
wonderful stay-at-home mom and fishing companion in later
years. At the end of the war they returned to the mountains and
their home. Bob’s first school was in Meadow Valley and then all the
students had to ride the bus to Quincy, about 10 miles away.
He moved from there to North Fork, California, in his
junior year where I met him. North Fork is about 40 miles
outside of Yosemite Nat’l Park… so you can see our hearts were
always missing the mountains (otherwise Michigan’s SW corner was
the perfect place to live). Bob served in the USAF, stationed finally at the air force
back at Ft. Custer. We were married in 1962 on the base in a
Returned to California when Bob received a medical
discharge just a few months short of his full hitch.
We returned to Michigan for Bob to pursue his interest in
Biblical Archeology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs,
Michigan. Finding that his service-connected disability would
end his life if he traveled to the middle-East he switched to a
history major and industrial arts. He did his student teaching
at Watervliet High School… they hired him full time and that’s
how we ended up here. Our first Sabbath here in Hartford Dr. Lee and Del Stagg
offered us the apartment over their office at 9 N. Maple
Street. We lived there for over three years – both our
children, Robert and Amber, enjoyed that wonderful apartment in
the tree tops as their first home. We bought our first home,
70077 CR 687, Hartford when Amber was about 1 year old. Bob was a great believer in doing business locally. He had
an affection for small towns and knew that they could not
survive without everyone giving their business to the town as
much as possible. He liked reading about Hartford and talking
to the "old timers" about their memories and interesting
stories. He also took a class from and read Dunbar’s history of
Hartford. Whenever he started a sentence with, "did you know…
" I knew I was in for another history lesson. We’ve been members of the Hartford S. D. A. Church since we
came in 1970. I think Bob followed Rick Bachman as the
Pathfinder leader here in our church. It all seems so long ago. Bob had been working as a volunteer at the Lawrence Library
recently. But again, it was because he wanted to do all he
could to keep people looking at the town not only as an address
for their mail but as the nurturing source, an important part of
Wayne S. Larsen,
83, formerly of Watervliet, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, in
Boca Raton, Fla.
A graveside memorial service will take place at 3 p.m.
Friday at the Watervliet City Cemetery. Pastor David Helms from
Plymouth Congregational Church will officiate.
Wayne’s life in Watervliet was marked with service and
dedication. His father was the manager of the local creamery, so
he learned at a young age what it meant to be of service. Wayne
was an accountant for many years at Watervliet Paper Co. He also
found time to serve as an elected official on the township board
for some 26 years. Wayne was a member of Plymouth Congregational
loved his church. It was a most important part of his life and
he served there in many capacities over the years. Mr. Larsen
owned the Lakeshore Tavern on Paw Paw Lake, the Dog-n-Suds
drive-in, and JP Food and Beverage in Stevensville.
After moving to Fort Lauderdale 31 years ago, he owned
and operated the Blue Parrot bar and package store. Church again
was an integral part of his life there, where he became a member
at First Congregational Church and served on various boards.
After selling the Blue Parrot, he became the administrator of
the church. Upon retiring, he volunteered at Holy Cross Hospital
until his death.
Wayne is survived by his brother, Aage, and many nieces
1943 Hartford High School graduate.
Fields, 81, of Hartford, passed away on Wednesday,
Aug. 6, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center,
Kathy, as she was known to most everyone, was born on
Sept. 28, 1926, in Cheboygan, Wis. She was the daughter of
Walsey and Lillian (Banks) Tallman. On Sept. 28, 1943, she
married Edward Fields. Kathy went to work at Shepherd Products
and retired from there after many years of employment. She had
also worked at McDonald’s in Coloma. Kathy was a member of the
Keeler General Baptist Church, she volunteered her services for
the Relay of Life and would go out of her way to help others,
even taking in those children who had no place to go.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Edward; her four sons
— Kevin and Darlene Fields, Kale Fields, Karry and Vicky Fields
and Keith and Barb
Fields; and her grandchildren — Kandy and Gene Hays, Kim
and Kenny Dasse, Tammy and Curt Conklin, Traci and Kirk Harmon,
Katina and Jerry Loomis, Heather Fields and Shylah and Erick
Reynolds. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren; a
brother, Kenneth Tallman; two halfsisters,
Sherlene Duffiney and
Shirley Tallman; and a very close friend, Janelle Lewis.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, and two
stepfathers, Alfred Hartwig and Sheridan Rose.
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug.
11, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford , at which time the
service to honor her memory will be held. Following the service,
as to Kathy’s wishes, cremation will take place and her ashes
will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, at a
later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Kathleen Fields, 81, of Hartford Township, died
Wednesday in Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, two days after
being injured in a Coloma Township car accident, township
Patrolman Mike Prince said.
Fields was a passenger in a westbound car on Red Arrow
Highway driven by Ruby Lewis, 89, of Coloma. The driver of an
eastbound car veered into the path of the Lewis car while
making a left turn into a parking lot.
Coloma-Hagar Fire Department firefighters freed the
women from the wreckage. Police said Lewis was taken to
Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Prince identified the eastbound driver as Ramon
Quedezama Ruvalcaba, 90, of Coloma Township. Prince said
reports about the crash will be submitted today to the Berrien
County Prosecutor’s office.
the infant son of Phillip Meyers and Amanda Bryant of St.
Joseph, passed away suddenly on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at his
home in Hartford.
Phillip was born on July 15, 2008, in St. Joseph. He is
survived by his biological parents, Phillip and Amanda, his
adoptive parents, James and Venessa (Goodrich)
Hartford; his big sisters, Rachel and Allison Keifer, and a
brother, Phillip Ray Meyers III. He is also survived by his
grandparents, James and Nanette Keifer of Keeler, Ray and Joy
Meyers of Kokomo, Ind., Timothy and Joan Goodrich of Hartford;
great-grandparents, Frank Keifer of Keeler, Dwayne and Liz
Goodrich of Oregon, Mary Raney of Lawrence and Venessa Wolford
of Edwardsburg, Evelyn Caufman of Kokomo, Ind.; his aunts and
uncles, Jayme and Bryan Fife, Richard and Dawn Pierson, Bret and
Karri Meyers, Anne Schaffer and Jeremiah and Beth Bell; and
Phillip was preceded by a great-grandmother, Elaine
Keifer; and a great-greatgrandmother, Florence Matheny.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday,
Aug. 9, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service will
be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating.
Phillip will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral
Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Kenneth Orin Tyler,
78, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 27, 2008,
his home. Kenneth was born
Sept. 29, 1929, in Decatur Township, the son of Grant and
Hernasa (Johnson) Tyler, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded by a son, David
Wayne Tyler; a daughter, Cheryl Christine Tyler; and two
brothers, Bob and Skeet Tyler.
Kenneth was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Kenneth was formerly employed with Burnette Foods of Keeler.
Following his stint at Burnettes, Kenneth worked for Bronte
Winery in Keeler for many years before its closure. Kenneth
enjoyed fishing, dancing and making his favorite homemade wine.
Kenneth married Ellen Burkett on Oct. 6, 1950. She
survives, along with seven children, Betty Gilburet of
Mabelvale, Ark., Mary Ann Tyler of Indianapolis, Richard Ishmeal
of Watervliet, Ken (Shirley) Able of Searcy, Ark., Edward Able
of Pickens, S.C., Tom Tyler of Hartford and Tina (David) Smith of
Sister Lakes. He is also survived by five grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; three brothers,
Kermit (Kim) Tyler of Clearwater, Fla., Rodney Tyler of Decatur
and Walt (Rose) Tyler of Union, Mo.; and a sister, Ethlan Tyler
The family will welcome friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 1, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford , where a memorial
service to honor his memory will be held at 2 p.m., with Pastor
Jim Dunn of the First General Baptist Church of Benton Harbor as
the officiant. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery, where
military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803
and American Legion Post 362 and Auxiliary.
Florence R. Knight,
age 82, of Bangor passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008, at her
home. Mrs. Knight was
born May 20, 1926, in Hartford and resided in this area
the majority of her life. She formerly was employed at Adams
Electronics and the Bangor Train Factory. She loved crocheting,
playing cards and baking. She was a loving mother, grandmother
Surviving are four grandchildren, Mary (Dean) Ferrell
of Stuarts Draft, Va., Marsha Smith, Mickey Rader and Bobby
Knight, all of Bangor; four great-grandchildren, Lacey Hewitt,
Jessy Ferrell, Tara A. Rader, Michael S. Smith; one
great-great-granddaughter, Callie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Knight,
in 2001, and a daughter, Mary Ann Knight.
The family will meet friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the
Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home
where services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., with the Rev.
Duane Jones officiating. Interment Maple Hill Cemetery,
Ruby Wilkinson Frank,
70, of South Haven, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at
South Haven Community Hospital.
Ruby was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Portageville, Mo., the
daughter of Lloyd and Pearl (Carter) Thompson, both of whom
preceded her in passing. Ruby spent more than 40 years of her
life working at the Watervliet Paper Mill, where she later
retired. She and her
husband, Vern, were instrumental in the founding of the Tastee
Freeze in Hartford. On Dec. 3, 2000, Ruby was baptized
and confirmed into the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of
Ruby is survived by a son, Patrick (Lisa) Wilkinson;
six stepchildren — Debbie Bujack, Arthur (Barb) Frank, Robert
(Theresa) Frank, Tracy (Jim) Sheffer, Sherry (George) DeBeaumont
and Diane (Ivan) Vasquez; 16 grandchildren; six
greatgrandchildren; and four brothers and sisters — Linda
(James) McPeak, Gary (Sue) Thompson, Sharon (John) Mann and
Besides her parents, Ruby was preceded in passing by
her first husband, Vern Wilkinson, whom she married July 25,
1954, and passed on in June of 1986; a daughter, Kimberly Renee;
her second husband, Arthur Frank, whom she married on Feb. 14,
1996, and passed on in February of 2000; a step-son, Bill; and a
As to Ruby’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A
memorial graveside service to honor her memory will take place
at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in
Ruby’s name be made to either the American Cancer Society or to
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The family has entrusted
the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the
NOTE:Ruby’s first husband,
Vern Wilkinson, was a Hartford mail carrier for a number of
years prior to his death in 1986.
Alan Bedwell, 43, of Hartford passed away suddenly on
Saturday, July 19, 2008, at his home.
Steven was born Sept. 9, 1964, in Flint. He was the son
of Ernest and Sharon (Sutherby) Blanchard.
After graduating from high school, Steven took up the trade
of plumbing and was formerly employed by Fenners Plumbing. As a
hobby, he loved dealing in antiques. Steven was a diehard Lions
fan no matter how the team was doing.
Steven is survived by his mother, Sharon; two brothers,
Thomas Bedwell of Hartford and Martin (Linda)
Bedwell of Los
Angeles; and a sister, Terri (Dean) Gress of Greenville, Ohio.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Chad,
Sally, Troy, Karen, Dawn, April, Gena, Heather, Kylie and
Collin; a special friend, Kathy Mooney; and his beloved dog,
Max. Steven was preceded in death by his father, Ernest,
and a brother, Dennis Bedwell.
The family will welcome friends on Thursday, July 24,
at the Hartford Church of God from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at which time
the service to honor his memory will be held. Pastor Eric
Jackson will officiate. Following the service, cremation will
take place. Burial of his ashes will be in Maple Hill
Cemetery, Hartford, at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
memorials in Steven’s name may be made to the family.
The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted
with the arrangements.
Shirley Mae Franklin,
of Hartford, passed away suddenly Friday,
July 18, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Shirley was born June 29, 1954, in
Waynesville, N.C., to Wallace and Doris (Simmons) Avery,
both of whom preceded her in passing, along with a
sister, Linda Brown. Shirley married James Franklin on May 13,
1969. She formerly was employed at Burger King
restaurants in both Stevensville and Watervliet for 13
years. Shirley is survived by her husband, James;
three daughters, Sherrie Franklin of Watervliet, Linda
Bahamof Hartford and Tammy (Ross) Brown of
Breedsville; and a
son, William Franklin (Carolyn Baham) of Hartford. She
is also survived by grandchildren, Carolina and Jessica
Franklin, Junior and Javier Artato, James, Crystal,
Nicholas and Shane Baham, Courtney, Samantha and
Franklin; her brothers, Joseph and Robert Avery, both of
Hartford; and sisters, Mary Sue Lanford and Connie
Roberts, both of North Carolina. The family will welcome friends on
Thursday, July 24, from 9 to 10 a.m. with the service to
honor her memory at 10 a.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at her home.
Rhonda was born Nov. 28, 1956, in Kalamazoo, the
daughter to Perry and Joyce (McMillan) Martin-Harris.
Rhonda was a happy-go-lucky person who enjoyed each day
to the fullest. Rhonda could always be found drinking coffee,
which she couldn’t live without. In her spare time, Rhonda loved
roaming the shopping malls, scrapbooking and collecting snowmen.
But her most important time was spent with her loving family,
especially her children and grandchildren.
Rhonda was preceded in passing by her father, Perry.
Rhonda married Charles Spangler on June 12, 1976. He survives,
along with her mother, Joyce of Quincy; a son, Jason (Wendy)
Spangler of Lawrence; a daughter, Amanda Spangler of Hartford;
and four stepchildren – Regina (Cayo) Garcia of Lawton, Tammy
Spangler of Lawrence, Charles (Tracy) Spangler II of Marcellus
and Michele Spangler of Lawrence. Also surviving are 16
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bonnie
(Bruce) Abrams of Lawrence and Janie (Mark) Mohney of Quincy;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will welcome friends from 4 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 6, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The
service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Monday,
July 7, at the funeral home. The Rev. Ronald Hansen of the
Hartford United Methodist Church will serve as officiant. Burial
will follow in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations in Rhonda’s name be made to the
American Heart Association or the Ronald McDonald House.
Rhonda was a 1986 Hartford
Adult Ed graduate.
Gary Lynn Ackerman Sr.,
went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 23, 2008, at his home.
Gary was born on May 8, 1952, in Watervliet to Milford and
Evelyn (Tunis) Ackerman. He attended Watervliet Public
Schools until 1964 when
his father and mother moved to Hartford, where he attended
school until 1968. After driving truck for 30 years, he
enjoyed being with his loving wife, Bonnie Ackerman, whom he
married on Aug. 1, 1970.
He was a devoted husband, father and papa and loved
spending time with his children and grandchildren. Together,
Gary and Bonnie had four children, Gary L. Ackerman Jr. and his
wife, Tammy, Jeanne Thornton and her husband, Billy, Kimberly
Oldham and her husband, Chris, and Steven Ackerman and Diana
Meador, all of Hartford . Also surviving are 10 grandchildren,
Hannah, Colby, Joshua, Garret, Devin, Abby, Hunter, Trey, Rylie
and Brayden; a mother-in-law, Mrs.
Iduma Owens; a brother,
Milford John Ackerman;
a nephew, Tom Ackerman; and
numerous brothers-in-law, sisters- in-law and cousins.
He enjoyed his spare time driving his T-Bucket, working
on old cars, watching racing, listening to ’60s music and going
to car shows with his wife. Gary never met a person he didn’t
like and he loved to talk and could always make you laugh.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents; two
grandfathers; two grandmothers; a stepfather; a father-in-law,
who Gary thought of as a Dad; numerous aunts and uncles; two
sisters-in-law; and one of the best brothers-in-law you could
Services to honor Gary’s memory will take place at 3:30
p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Full Gospel Assembly Church,
Hartford , where visitation will precede the service from 2 to
Gary’s brother-in-law, Pastor John Crisswell,
officiating. As to his wishes, cremation will take place
following the service. His remains will be buried with his
loving wife Bonnie forever. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made to the family.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
Jack E. Vint,
age 80, passed away Sunday, June 22,
2008. Jack was born December 5, 1927 in Hartford Township, MI,
the son of the late John and Katherine (Kabel) Vint. He graduated from Hartford High School.
He was a
veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his country during WWII. Jack
was in the Dairy Business, retail grocery and retired from the
State of Michigan Lottery Commission. After retirement, he
worked at Aco Hardware. For many years, Jack was a professional
clown by the name of "Cricket". He loved to serve others, as a
member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church and later as a member
of the State Task Force, a group that is rewriting the Medicare
laws. He enjoyed hiking, canoeing and being with people. Jack
was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia and brother,
George. Surviving are his wife, Nora; 3 daughters, Cheryl
(Keith) Robinson, Teresa (Joe) Himden of CA and Linette (Mike)
Grange of Caledonia; 7 grandchildren, Rebekah (Forrest) Wakeman,
Micah Klaassen, Hannah Robinson, Michelle Himden, Christy Himden,
Mark Miller and Scott Miller; 5 great grandchildren, Katherine
"Katie" Wakeman, Kristen Wakeman, Daniel Wakeman and Dru Wakeman;
sisters, Katherine "Kay" Newell, Dorothy (Ralph) Bourner,
Barbara Buckham and Sharleen Minshall; sister-in-law, Lorna Vint.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, 11:00 am,
at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church. The family will receive
friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush and Jensen
Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel and Wednesday from 10 am
until service time at the church. Private family interment will
be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. For those wishing, memorial
contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Mt.
Hope UMC in memory of Jack Vint. Friends may sign the online
guestbook at www.palmerbush.com.
NOTE: Jack was a
1946 Hartford High
School graduate. His first wife was Patricia
(Shoemaker) Vint was also a 1946 HHS graduate. For many years, Jack was at his
food and spice booth at the Hartford Christmas Bazaar.
Lucille Evelyn Davis, 92, of South Haven, formerly of
Hartford, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at
Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
Lucille was born May 13,1916, in Bendon, the daughter
of Lyndon and Effie (Green) Kenney, both of whom preceded her in
passing. Besides her parents, Lucille was preceded in passing by
a daughter, Juanita Brumitt; two brothers, Steve Kenney and
Oscar Kenney; a sister, Reathel Dill; and a grandson, Jamie
Lucille was a long time resident of the area for all
her married adult life. She was a member of the Hartford United
Methodist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher at the
Evangelical United Brethren Church of Benton Harbor for many
years. In her spare time, Lucille was known in the area for her
many talents and crafts, including her infamous Bread Dough
Ornaments and Apple Head Dolls. Most importantly, she will
always be remembered as a caring wife, mother and a devoted
Lucille married Daniel Davis Jr. on Sept. 9, 1933. He
survives, along with a son, Rod Davis (Trudy) of Stevensville; a
daughter, Sue Vance of Coloma; a dear son-in-law, James Brumitt
of Lawrence; eight grandchildren — Bruce and Randy Brumitt, Dawn
Welty, Duane and David Vance, Tammy Kibler, Bradley and Greg
Davis; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family will welcome friends from 4 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 22, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford . The
service to honor her memory will take place at 10 a.m. Monday,
June 23, at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Hansen serving
as officiant. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens,
Hagar Shores. Memorials in Lucille’s name may be made to the
Hartford United Methodist Church.
Earl Denton, 71, of Hartford, passed away
Tuesday June 17, 2008 at Community Hospital in Watervliet. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 3:00 pm this
Saturday, June 21 at Country Cove Hall in Riverside. Cremation
has taken place. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the
Alzheimer’s Association or to Berrien County Cancer Service.
Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave a message
of comfort for the family may do so by clicking on the "Sign the
guestbook" at http://www.duffieldpastrick.com. Jim was born July 23, 1936 in Columbia, KY to James and
Lola (Bryant) Denton. He retired in 1980 after 25 years of
service with Whirlpool Corporation as a System Analyst Manager.
For 15 years after retirement he owned his own construction
company called Peapples Construction. Jim was the treasurer
for the Van Buren County Sportsman Club. He truly loved
to play his guitar and sing. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Charles) Peapples
of Watervliet, Cheryl (Kelvin) Hacker of Buckhannon, WV; 6 sons,
Mike (Carol) Denton of Millbrook, NY, Kevin (Barb) Denton of
Coloma, Matt Denton of Riverside, Jeff (Penny) Denton of
Hartford, Eric (Charmin) Denton of Buckhannon, WV and Scott
(Neva) Denton of Front Royal, VA; several brothers and sisters;
15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Charlotte
in 1987 and two sons, James Ray & David Lee Denton.
Marie Susann “Sue” Dowd,
passed away peacefully at Rose Arbor Hospice on June 15, 2008,
after a long courageous bout with cancer. She was born on Aug.
14, 1936, to Clarence and Florence (Upham) Patterson.
Sue, a lifelong
resident of Hartford, was a graduate of Hartford High School in
1955. She was employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill and
then at Dowd Orchards, working closely with family for many
years before her retirement. Sue was an avid and skilled bridge
player, but her greatest joy was spending time with her
grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her sons, Mark (Crystal) Dowd and
Dan (Faith) Dowd; grandchildren – Marcus Dowd, Brad (Amy)
Johnson, Josh Johnson, Kari Johnson, Lindy Kopicki
and Dana Dowd; great-grandchildren – Braydon Johnson and Cassidi
Johnson; brothers – Don (Marge) Patterson and Ralph (Darlene)
Patterson; a sister,
Lois (Larry) Blyly; and many nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years,
Stanley Dowd; a brother,
Louis Patterson; her parents, Clarence
Upham Patterson; a brother, Dale; a sister, Wanda; and a
summertime brother, Charlie Hill.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 20, and a service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
June 21. Both gatherings will be at Calvin Funeral Home in
downtown Hartford . After the Saturday service and interment at
Maple Hill Cemetery, there will be a luncheon at the Hartford
United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to Hartford Fire Department or Hospice at Home.
J. Burgess, 64, of Hartford
passed away Sunday, June 15, 2008, at home following a
courageous battle against cancer.
A memorial celebration will take place on Saturday,
June 28, at 4 p.m. at the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club in Hartford
. Cremation has already taken place.
Billy was born Oct. 21, 1943, in Benton Harbor to
Kenneth and Edith Burgess. He was a Vietnam veteran, having
served his country in the U.S. Army. Billy spent many
years working as an auto mechanic and some time tinkering with
small engine repair. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and
watching NASCAR races with his family and friends. He was
a proud member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club and VFW Post 1137.
Survivors include one son, Tim (Alicia) Burgess of
Benton Harbor; two daughters, Joyce (Ken) Lindermann of
Watervliet and Debbie Burgess of Adamsville, Tenn., his father,
Kenneth Burgess of Benton Harbor; one sister, Betty (Calvin)
Sayre of Watervliet; one brother, Kenny (Susie) Burgess of
Quincy, Fla.; and several grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Burgess;
and his special friend, Shirley Boyer.
Memorials may be made to Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 348
N. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, Mich. 49007 or to the Van Buren
Sportsman’s Club, 54630 County Road 687, Hartford , Mich. 49057.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
E. Gerber, 84, of Silo Circle, Storrs Mansfield CT, beloved
wife of the late Ralph E. Gerber, passed away on
12, 2008) at Haven Health Center, Rocky Hill. She was born in Hartford, MI., daughter of the late
Floyd and Zora (Luce) Lammon. She moved to Vernon in 1946, then
to Sarasota in 1971, and returned to Connecticut in 2005. Mary
was a U.S. Navy Veteran
of World War II where she was an IBM Operator. She was
also a seamstress for many years. Mary is survived by her five children, Diana LaFrance
and her husband, Donald of Bonaire, GA, Barbara Haloburdo and
her husband, Arthur of Coventry, David Gerber and his wife,
Debbie of Willington, Bryan Gerber and his companion, Loretta,
and Barry Gerber, all of Sarasota, FL.; seven grandchildren;
nine great grandchildren; a sister, Alice Ansteth of Hartford,
MI; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service and burial will be held at a later
date at Ellington Center Cemetery, Ellington. Introvigne Funeral
Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs has care of the
arrangements. For online condolences, please visit: www.introvignefuneralhome.com
1941 Hartford High School graduate.
Mary L. Garland,
69, of Clermont, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed away
Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Colonial Lakes Health Center, Winter
Mary was born March 13, 1939, to Riley J. and Marvil L.
(Ruple) Utter and was the middle child of nine. Mary graduated
from Lawrence High School in 1957. She worked for many years at
Crown Inc. of St. Joseph and after relocating to Florida, she
worked in real estate and spent time working for Orange County
until her retirement. Mary married Walter Jaskola Sr. and had a
son, Walter J. “Buddy” Jaskola Jr., who was born in 1958. Mary
enjoyed television, gourmet cooking and watching any cooking
program on television.
Mary is survived by two sisters, Patricia A. Stilwell
of Dowagiac and Jean (Robert) Hafer of Manistee; three brothers,
Utter of Lawrence, Max E. Utter Sr. of Fort Shaw, Mont., and R.
Michael (Gerri) Utter of Kalkaska; many nieces and nephews, two
aunts, an uncle and special friends, Jack and Gail Hadley of
Sarasota, Fla. Mary was preceded in passing by her parents; her
son, Walter J. Jaskola Jr.; a sister and brother-in-law, Alice
and Jim Long; brother and sister-in-law, Leslie J. and Barbara
Utter; brother, Clarence E. Utter; and a brother-in-law, Leo J.
Cremation took place in Florida. The family will greet
friends from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, where the memorial service to honor her
memory will take place at 1 p.m. Mary will be laid to rest at
North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials in Mary’s
name be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Van
Buren County or donor’s choice.
William Donald “Don” Garrison, 91, of Hartford passed
away at his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
Funeral services to honor his memory will be held at
the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, on Saturday, June 7, at 11
a.m. with the Rev. Duane Jones of Hospice at Home officiating.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the funeral
home. Don will be laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sodus
Township, where military rites will be conducted by VFW Post
1137, VFW Post 6803 and American Legion Post 362 and Auxiliary.
Memorials in Don’s name may be made to Hospice at
Don was born Nov. 8, 1916, in Sodus Township. He was
the son of Ora and Mittia (Neer) Garrison.
Don served his country
during World War II as a member of the 126th Infantry, 32nd
Division of the United States Army. He was a lifetime
member of the DAV of Benton Harbor and retired from Southern
Michigan Cold Storage in 1981.
Don is survived by his wife, Jennie (Garlanger)
Garrison; two stepdaughters, Ila Snodgrass and Lorraine Hass;
two stepsons, Eugene and William Akright: 14 grandchildren; and
five great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his
wife, Eithel (Akright) Garrison; his parents; and a niece, Joan
Lee (Garrison) Tackett.
Irene M. McLean-McNees,
102, of South Haven died Saturday, May 31 at Marshall Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center in Marshall, Michigan. She was born
September 19, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois to Eva (Lemieux) and
Charles Stiff. Irene married John R. McLean. After the death of her first husband, Irene then
married Terry McNees. Irene was a member of St. Basil Catholic
Church. She wintered in Florida near the ocean and stayed
summers at her cottage on Van Auken Lake. Irene loved to entertain family and friends. She is
preceded in death along with her parents by her first husband –
John R. McLean and her second husband – Terry McNees. Two
brothers – Lawrence Stiff [original obituary incorrectly printed
as "Harold"] and Rev. Harold Stiff. Three sisters –
Helen Van, Priscilla Cady and Ruth Jacobazzi. One nephew – John
Sloane also precedes her. Irene was a very special aunt to all
the nephews and nieces who survive her – Marilyn Seelander, Rod
Sloane, Tonda Fistell, Jean Larson, Dorothy Barre, Margie
Forney, Lois and Judy Van, Larry Stiff, John Stiff, Judy Ann
Lesniak, Theresa Rosenberger, Tony Jacobazzi, Mary Mack, Fred,
Danny and Pat Jacobazzi, Dianne McCoy, Karen O’Toole and Charles
Cady. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 4 from 11 – 1 at the
Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin
Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. at St. Basil Catholic Church with Rev.
Father Robert Flickinger officiating. Burial will take place at
Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Michigan. Memorial
contributions can be made to St. Basil Catholic Church. Kindly
share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest
book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com. The family is being helped by the
Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven 637-0333.
NOTE: Irene moved to McDonald, MI in
1917 and attended
Hartford High School. She left the area for many years to return to
McDonald in the late 50’s or early 60’s. Eventually
she moved to her home on
Van Auken Lake until she was in her 80’s. She then moved
to South Haven so she could walk to church and the stores. She
was a wonderful lady and loved Hartford and the surrounding
Marie Smith, 28, of
Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, May 31, 2008, at her
Storie was born May 4, 1980, in St. Joseph, the daughter of
Bruce Little and Brenda Smith. Storie spent much of her time
with her family and friends and playing with the pets. In her
spare time, she loved crafting and tending to her garden.
As to the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The
family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5,
at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. In
lieu of flowers, memorials in Storie’s name may
be made to the family.
Besides her parents, Storie is survived by four
brothers, Bruce Little Jr. of Coloma, Kevin Little and Mark
Little, both of Benton Harbor, and Michael Smith of Hartford ;
and a stepbrother, David (Laura) Deckert of Stevensville. She is
also survived by her grandmother, Betty Jo Smith of Coloma;
numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other
family members; and her best friend, Brandy Myatt of Covert.
Storie was preceded in passing by two grandfathers,
John W. Smith and Hearl E. Little; and a grandmother, Betty F.
– age 5 months.
May 30, 2008 at 12:16 PM EDT I write this message with
tear filled eyes and a heavy heart. Our little boy is now
healthy and happy in heaven. He passed away yesterday
afternoon around 1:00 after complications taking him off the
ventilator. Zephan did great during the heart cath and we
were just waiting for him to wake up when we heard code 333
3rd floor pediatric heart center. Due to our long stay in
the hospital we knew code 333 meant someone was dying. They
quickly took us to a back room and told us they were doing
everything they could, but his heart had stopped. Within the
hour they came in and told us that they were sorry but
Zephan was dead. Zephan’s visitation will be Sunday from 4-6p.m. at
Adams funeral home in Paw Paw. The funeral will be Monday at
Lighthouse Community Church, 4321 South 11th Street, in
Kalamazoo at 11:00a.m. Zephan will be buried at Chapel Hill
cemetery (28th and Patterson) at 2:30p.m. on Monday. Zephan touched many, many lives. It was because of your
prayers that we were able to spend almost five wonderful
months with our son. We will cherish each and every second.
He has promised us that where two or three are gathered He
will be there. You all pulled together and God responded
with the time we had. Praise The Lord. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Please continue
to pray for our family as we continue to grieve for our son
In Him, Sara, Max, Rylie and Kendy
Edward Herbert Klett,
91, of Lake Mary, FL, formerly of Keeler, passed away on
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 after a
stay in the Memory Center of the Heritage at Lake Forest in
Sanford, FL, where he had struggled with Alzheimer’s for nearly
10 years. He was born January 17, 1917 at home in Keeler, the
middle son of Otis and Lucy Klett. He had an older brother,
Carl, who passed away in 1975 and a younger brother, Dale, who
passed away in 1962. He is survived by a sister, Joyce Madarik,
who lives in Apache Junction, AZ. Ed’s life revolved around work and competition. After
surviving Malaria, caught at age 14 at the World’s Fair in
Chicago and spending a year at home recuperating, he went back
to high school in Dowagiac, where he played football and ran on
the track team. He won a State Championship in the 440 Dash and
the 440 relay his senior year. After high school, he farmed with
his father and brothers. His competitive spirit thriving, he
fought in the Golden Gloves and won a state championship. He and
his father kept a workhorse team and he began competing in local
county fairs in horse-pulling. For three straight years in a
row, from 1940 to 1942, he won the State Championship with this
team. Time to settle down, he married Nancy Ellen Grove in
1943 and had two children, Katherine and Charles. Farming life
was to change around 1953 when Otis and sons went full bore into
Klett Construction Asphalt Paving Company. Ed served as the
voting representative to the Michigan Asphalt Paving
Association, Michigan Road Builders and the National Asphalt
Paving Association, from 1959 to 1984. Ed worked hard to build
this company, until he retired in 1984. He moved to Chino
Valley, AZ, where he started his third career by building a
museum called Ed’s OK Corral, which housed some 30 horse-drawn
wagons and cannons, many from the Civil War, plus copious other
antiques from the early Twentieth Century. When his health began failing in 2006, he moved to
Florida to be near his daughter. He found a special relationship
in his assisted living facility with a wonderful woman from
Rochester, N.Y., Virginia Colgen. She has three children, Cate
Colgen, Michael Colgen and his wife, Diane and Mary Dietz, who
all adopted Ed as their own. He is survived by his Catholic
blessed wife, Virginia Colgen of Sanford, FL; daughter, Kathie
Gamble and her husband, Gary of Lake Mary, FL and Superior, MT;
son, Chuck Klett and his wife, Karen of Paw Paw. He has six
grandchildren, Paul Bobik and his wife, Michelle of St.
Augustine, FL, Jennifer Staten and her husband, Andy of
Dowagiac, Ryan Gamble and his wife, Bonnie of Campton, N.H.,
Colin Klett and his wife, Jill of Decatur, Phillip Gamble and
his wife, Cari of Hickory, N.C. and Carly Klett of Mishawaka, IN
and 17 great-grandchildren, who would all like to thank him for
a life well lived. A service to honor his memory will take place at 11 AM
Friday, June 6, 2008 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford
with Pastor Bill Amundsen, officiating. Burial will follow in
Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may
be made to the Keeler United Methodist Church.
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 6/4/2008.
Alice (Nichols) Janke,of Tarpon Springs FL, passed
away on May 22, 2008 at the age of 94. She was born in
Ohio on March 13, 1914. Cora’s birth name was Reber, but she lived with her mom,
Josphine (Swank Reber) Nichols
and step-father, Herbert Nichols, all of her childhood.
She lived in Chicago for a few years and helped out in their ice
cream shop, named
Cora’s. In her teens, they moved to a farm in
Hartford MI where she
1933 from Hartford High School.
Cora served in
the Wac’s for 2 years and was stationed in Texas where
she was an assistant nurse at a hospital. She also worked at
Michigan Bell Telephone in Benton Harbor for 25 yrs. She is survived by two daughters, Cherie Teague and
Jayme Zolman and several grandchildren. Her brother, George
preceded her in death in the 80’s. She is buried in Tarpon Springs where she lived for 30
88, of Hartford, died May 17 at Whitcomb Towers in St.
Shirley was born June 23, 1919, in Hartford Township.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife,
Carmen, in August
He was also preceded in death by his parents, Frank and
MacGowan, and sister, Esther
Shirley grew up on his family’s farm on County Line
Road. After graduating from Watervliet High School, he continued
to work on the farm, in addition to working for a time at the
C&O Railroad Company. He was also an active member of the
Hartford Federated Church, where he served as a deacon and the
treasurer over the years.
“Mac” married Carmen in October of 1942. After his marriage, he
earned his certification in accounting and began pursuing a
career in this field. In addition to his many individual
clients, he also worked for Harold Walker, Bridges’ Garage, and
Shirley is survived by his son,
MacGowan of Sodus; a daughter, Jan (Stan) Langston of Waterford;
three grandchildren, Chelsea, Sean and Hanna; and a
brother-in-law, Ewald Rodewald of Watervliet.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,
May 20, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.
The service to honor his memory will take place at 2 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 21, at the Calvin Funeral Home. Pastor Timothy
Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate. Burial
will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the Hartford Federated Church
Victor Gifford, 91, formerly of
Hartford, died May 16 at White Oaks Assisted
Living in Lawton. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
Note: Harlan was a
1935 graduate of Hartford High
Rev. Sherman Kenneth
McClain Sr.,Hartford, went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2008,
at 4 a.m. He passed
away at the
Orchard Grove Nursing Home in Benton Harbor.
Rev. Sherman McClain Sr. served as a pastor at First
Missionary Baptist Church in Covert for 42 years. He retired in
April of 2005.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille McClain;
his son, Jimmy McClain; his grandson, Ethan Frazier; father,
Johnny McClain; mother, Lula McClain; sisters, Hawthron
McKenzie, Manajure McDowell, Pauline McClain and Martha Payne.
He is survived
by his children — sons, Sherman McClain Jr. of Bronx, N.Y., and
Bob McClain Sr. of Benton Harbor; daughter, Eunice Orr of
Lawrence; sisters, Mary Clifton, Lucille McClain and Ella Mae
McClain, all of Mississippi; brother, Davis McClain of Chicago;
and a host of grandkids; great-grandkids; and
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 17, 2008, at
First Missionary Baptist Church, 141 W. M-140 Highway, Covert,
at 11 a.m. Wake will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Final arrangements
entrusted to Robbins Brothers Funeral Home, Benton Harbor.
Obermesik, age 70, of Hartford MI, passed away of an
apparent heart attack on Friday, May 9, 2008, at his home. Arrangements
are incomplete at this time.
Surviving are his wife,
Obermesik; daughters Patti (Dan) McKean, Linda (Robert) Kling, and sons;
John Obermesik and David Obermesik.
John T. Sloane
Age 64, of Holland, Mich., formerly of Hartford and South
Haven, died Sunday, May 4, at home.
He was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Chicago, to Charles C.
and Ruth Marie (Stiff) Sloane. John graduated from Bangor High
School in 1961. John worked as a book, insurance, and meat
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived
by his wife, Sharon (McKenzie) Sloane of Holland; two stepsons,
Rueben Bruton and Geoffrey McKenzie, both of Holland;
stepdaughter, LaShond Bruton of Atlanta;
three grandchildren; two brothers, Rodney Sloane of Hartford and
Tony Jacobozzi of Downers Grove, Ill.; three sisters,
Tonda Fistel of Los Angeles, Calif., Theresa Rosenberger of Wisconsin,
and Mary (Jeff) Mack of Downers Grove, Ill.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 9, at 12 p.m. at
the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven, with Pastor
Nathaniel Sanders officiating. Visitation will be from 11
a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online
guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
Roper, 73, of Satellite Beach, Fla., formerly of
Hartford, passed away on May 3, 2008, after a long fight with
cancer. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services
with military honors will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery in
Hartford at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.
Pete is survived by his wife, Janice; his children —
Pamela Genovese of Paw Paw, Scott Roper and David (Marcia) Roper
of Hartford; stepdaughters — Carri Rhinehart and Irene Bennett; nine grandchildren; and seven
great-grandchildren. Pete was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa
Roper; his wife of 30 years, Wilma (Janet) Rhinehart Roper, in
2000; his parents; all his brothers and a sister. Pete was retired from the Watervliet Paper Company. He
served in U.S. Army, was
past Commander and a member of the American Legion in Hartford.
He graduated from Western Michigan University. Pete was a loving and devoted husband, father and
(Rush) Malling, age 61, of Stoughton WI, passed away on
Friday, May 2, 2008, at home. She was born on July
26, 1946 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Donald and Alice
(Siebert) Rush. Ruth grew up in
Hartford, Mich., where she was a
1964 graduate and homecoming
queen of Hartford High School. Ruth married Vik C.
Malling, on March 31, 1969, at Medina Air Base in Texas. Ruth
was a devoted military wife who persevered through many moves,
wars, and deployments. Despite not being able to put down roots,
she made every house a home. Recognizing the need after Desert
Storm, she helped implement a Family Services program for other
Air Force spouses to prepare them for long deployments. Ruth’s
nurturing ways extended to her love of gardening, her career
choices and of course her family. She enjoyed spoiling her three
granddaughter’s as well as traveling around the world with her
husband, and seeing the country by RV. Ruth also enjoyed NASCAR
racing and was affectionately known by their friends of the Good
Sam’s RV club as “NASCAR Nana”. Ruth is survived by her husband, Vik; three children,
Jennifer (Steve) Moan, Kristi Malling and Kevin Malling; three
granddaughters, Ashley McVicker, Madison Malling and Kendall
Moan, all of the Madison area; and
sisters, Jean (Harold) Walker of Hartford, Mich., June (Dick)
Walker of South Bend, Ind., and Denise (Richard) Fuller of
Hartford, Mich. She was preceded in death by her parents and
sisters, Karen Rush and Donna Hoover. Funeral Services will be held at UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH, 425 E. Main St., Hartford, Mich., 49057, at 11 a.m., on
May 17, 2008, with the Pastor Tom Flaherty presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from
10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests memorials be made in Ruth’s name to the
non-profit organization, AFSA (American Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Association) online at
www.afsafund.org or mailed to: AFSA, P.O. Box 32698, Tucson,
Joyce Clayton, 77, of Hartford passed away Wednesday,
April 9, 2008, at her home.
Joyce, as she was known to all who knew her, was born
June 22, 1930, in Hayti, Mo., the daughter of Rothart and
Bernice (Stevens) O’neill, both of whom preceded her in passing.She was also preceded by her husband, David
E. Clayton on Nov. 6, 1995; two sons, Earnest and Ronnie
Clayton; two daughters, Charlotte Clayton and Joyce Marie Gant;
three brothers, Harvey, Melvin and Archie; and two sisters, Ruby
Faye and Martha. Joyce loved looking for and buying antiques, as the
family used to tell her she was antiquing. She also enjoyed
baking, sewing and attending yard sales in the area. But her
most important times were spent with her family. She was an
awesome mother and grandmother. Joyce is survived by six daughters, Cathy (Larry)
Burgess of Mountain Home, Ark., Gail (Kenny) Confer and Pat
Miracle, both of Dowagiac, Pam (Joe) Swift of Keeler, Mary
Miller of Dowagiac and Cherry Clayton of Bangor; four sons,
Roger (Karen) Clayton of Mountain Home, Ark., Steve Clayton of
Dowagiac, Robert (Denise) Clayton of Niles and Bobby Clayton of
Dowagiac. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren; 37
great-grandchildren; five great-greatgrandchildren;and 16 brothers and sisters, Ida Mae,
Dorothy, Agnes, Elvis, Henry, Sheila, Quana, Calvin, Erline,
Regina, Doris, Ivan, Peggy, Raymond, Shay and Skeet. As to Joyce’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a
memorial service to honor her memory will take place at a later
date.The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral
Home, Hartford,with handling the arrangements.
Donna Jean Bailey
Pullins, 82, of St. Joseph, beloved wife, mother and
grandmother, passed away peacefully Monday evening April 7, 2008
at the Willows in St. Joseph. Donna was born December 14, 1925 in Hartford, MI, the
daughter of Neva (Garrett) and George Bailey.
She graduated from
Hartford High School in
1943. On May 12, 1945 she married
the love of her life, Philip H. Pullins in Benton Harbor, MI.
Donna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is
cherished by friends and family and known to all who knew her as
a wise, thoughtful, caring and love filled woman. She was
considered to be a second mother by many. Donna was an avid
storyteller and would captivate her grandchildren and others
with stories of her life as a young girl during the depression
era. Throughout many health and life challenges, Donna always
maintained her strong inspirational faith and positive outlook.
Left to mourn her loss are her devoted husband of 63
years, Philip; sons Phil G. (Randy) Pullins of Morley, MI; Randy
(Barbara) of Jackson, TN; Chris (Cornelia) of Hendersonville,
TN; and daughter Debra (Jon) Hermann of Benton Harbor, MI. Donna
will be dearly missed by her grandchildren Ronda Pullins,
Morley, MI; Benjamin Pullins of Jackson, TN; Mary Pullins of
Hendersonville, TN and Bailey and Eric Hermann of Benton Harbor,
MI. In keeping with Donna’s wishes, she has been cremated.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph
Catholic Church, 211 Church St., St. Joseph, MI at 11:00 AM
Friday April 11, 2008, followed by fellowship and visitation to
celebrate her life at the Rose Center. Memorials may be made in
Donna’s memory to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools. Those wishing
to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at
Kimberly J. Manspeaker,
age 47, of Bangor passed away Monday, March 24, 2008, at
Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven.
Memorial Mass will take place 10 a.m. Monday, April 7,
at Sacred Heart Church, Bangor, with Fr. John Peter celebrant.
Burial of cremains will follow in Arlington Hill Cemetery. The
family suggests memorials to the Association of Retarded
Citizens. Arrangements by Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral
Kimberly was born May 10, 1960, in Kalamazoo, the
daughter of Russell and Betty Jean (Nothdruft) Manspeaker, and
had lived the
majority of her life in the Bangor area. She had
attended MTI for 20 years,
worked at Harding’s in
Hartford for many years and also worked for the Hartford Public
Schools day care. She loved, dogs, listening to her CD
player, bowling and swimming and had a special place in her
heart for her family and friends.
In her 40s she received
her Certificate of Completion from Hartford Adult Education.
Surviving are her sister, Sidona (Gary) Hunsberger of
Fennville; a niece, Hilary; a nephew, Justin; one aunt, Jane
(Virgil) Hiler-Schmaltz of Coloma; guardian, Dianna Bess; close
friend, Gayla Bess; and many other friends. She was preceded in
death by her parents, and her grandmother, Peggy Manspeaker.
James B. Robbins,
age 77, of Hartford died March 31, 2008. James was born Jan.
28, 1931, in Holland, Mo., the son of Vardaman and Mattie
(Padgett) Robbins. He married Helen Peek on March 8, 1953, in
Pigget, Ark., and she survives. A celebration of James’ life will be held on Friday,
April 4, at 11 a.m. at South Haven Church of Christ. Visitation
will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fairplain Chapel of
Florin Funeral Services, Benton Harbor. Burial will be in North
Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. Memorials in James’ name may
be directed to the South Haven Church of Christ. Mr. Robbins retired from Allied Signal in 1986 after 32
years of service. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army
after serving in the Korean Conflict.He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
James was a member of the Benton Harbor VFW, and his favorite
pastime was fishing. Besides his wife Helen, James is survived by his
children, James H. Robbins of Lawrence, Lisa (Robert) Bain of
Freeland, Mich., and Michelle (Jay Hill) Williams of Gaylord,
Mich.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in deathby his parents, his brother, Joe H. Robbins,
and two grandchildren.
Venessa Ann Garcia,
21, of Hartford passed away Friday, March 28, 2008,
in Cooper Township as the result of an automobile accident.
Venessa was born Jan. 23, 1987, in South Haven. She was
the daughter of Vicente and Diane (Mendoza) Garcia. Venessa was
2005 graduate of Hartford High School, where she was crowned
Miss Hartford in 2005. After graduation, she enrolled at
Kalamazoo Valley Community College and was an employee at
Burdick’s in Kalamazoo.
Venessa is survived by her parents, Vicente and Diane Garcia;
a brother, Bobby Mendoza; a sister, Deidra Garcia; her
grandparents, Ben and Aurelia Mendoza; two nephews, Anthony and
Aaron Mendoza; all of Hartford; and numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins, other family members and countless friends.
A Memorial Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Thursday, April
3, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford.
Father Robert Flickinger will be the celebrant. In lieu of
flowers, memorials in Venessa’s name may be made to the family.
The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, has been entrusted with
handling the arrangements.
Article in the
HARTFORD — Venessa Garcia, who represented Hartford in 2005
Blossomtime festivities, will be sorely missed after her death
Friday in a car accident, said the woman who oversaw
“Venessa was a friend to everybody,” said Cathy Morsaw, who
chaired the Hartford queen committee in 2005. “She was very
nice. The town is devastated. Her parents are devastated.” In a Sunday night phone interview, Morsaw said Garcia,
21, had been living in a Kalamazoo apartment with her
brother. She was a student at Kalamazoo Valley Community
College. The Kalamazoo Gazette reported a car crashed into a
tree about 3:20 a.m. along North Riverview Drive in Cooper
Township, just north of Kalamazoo. The car caught fire, and
the driver’s identity could not be confirmed at the scene.
However, by Friday afternoon word was spreading through
Hartford about the woman’s death, Morsaw said.
Morsaw, a cafeteria worker and special education aide at
Hartford High School, said she learned about the death from
Principal Kenny Kent after school Friday.
“I’m glad he told me after school because I wouldn’t have been
able to concentrate,” Morsaw said.
Morsaw said Garcia always wore a smile on her face and had a
great fondness for her twin nephews, Anthony and Aaron
Mendoza of Hartford.
Her parents, Vicente and Diane Garcia, live in Hartford. A
memorial Mass has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford.
age 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at
Jordan’s Nursing Home in Bridgman. She was surrounded by her
family’s love and the peace and comfort provided by Hospice at Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the
Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. The Rev. Devon
Allen will officiate. Burial will follow in Hickory Bluff Cemetery
in Stevensville. Friends may call on the family Sunday between the
hours of 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Those wishing to leave a message of
comfort to the family may do so in the online guest book at
http://www.duffieldpastrick.com. Memorial donations may be made to
Hospice at Home.
Frances was born on April 25, 1924, in Springfield, Ohio, to
Nicholas and Marie Anna (Wagner) Gutsu. She later met Douglas
couple was married on Aug. 22, 1945, in Sparta, Wis.
raising their children on the family farm in Hartford, and
eventually relocated to Stevensville in 1963. Franny’s greatest joy
in life was her family. She loved spending her time surrounded by
her children, grandchildren, and most recently, greatgrandchildren.
She was also an avid fan of crossword puzzles and enjoyed playing
cards, as well as sharing time with her friends eating at local
restaurants. Franny was known as someone that always had a kind word
Mrs. Zemke is survived by her four children — Edward
(Jeanie) Zemke of Gainsville, Ga., Charlene (Greg) Cook of
Stevensville, Stanley (Pam) Zemke of Battle Creek, Mich., and Darla
Pastrick of St. Joseph; sisters-in-law — Vera Gutsue of Detroit,
Mich., and Dorothy Gutsue Michner of Jackson, Mich.; eight
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas in
1996, and three brothers — Jim, John and Chris.
A. Burgess Jr., age 59, of Hartford Township died
suddenly Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the LTAC Center in Berrien
Center. Freeman was born Aug.
25, 1948, in Winter Haven, Fla., the son of Freeman and Annie Mae
(Matthews) Burgess Sr. He married Donna Paul on June 28, 1980, in
Benton Harbor and she survives. A celebration of Freeman’s life will be held on
Saturday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at the Fairplain Chapel of Florin
Funeral Services,Benton Harbor, with Pastor John Busch
officiating.Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial
will be in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores, with full
military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Freeman’s name may
be directed to Donna L. Burgess. Freeman
honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. He retired
from Bosch Braking Systems in April 2004 after 37 1⁄2years of service. Freeman enjoyed playing his
guitars and singing for the Lord where he attended church at Pastor
John Busch’s Totally Live for Christ Church in Hartford. His hobbies
were roller skating when he was younger and puttering around in the
garage fixing whatever needed to be fixed.He also liked riding motorcycleswhen he was youngerand in good health. Besides his wife Donna, Freeman is survived by his son,
Christopher A. (Sherry) Burgess; his daughter, Michelle Lou-Ann
Burgess; three granddaughters, one grandson, Dylan Andrew Wilson;
two brothers, James (Sally) and Roger (Kim) Burgess; one sister,
Connie Harry; nine niecesand 13 nephews.
Ronald “Smitty” Smith, 86, of Benton Harbor died
Monday, March 24, 2008, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St.
Services celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 27, at the Fairplain Presbyterian Church, with Dr.
John Munson officiating, with military rites following the service.
Cremation will follow the service and burial of the ashes will be
held at a later date in Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. The visitation
will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Fairplain Chapel of
Florin Funeral Service in Benton Harbor. A Masonic service will be
held at 7 p.m. today at the Fairplain Chapel. Memorials may be made
to Hospice at Home or to the donor’s favorite charity.
Smitty was born on Aug. 26, 1921, in Hartford to James
and Ruth (Howard) Smith. He married Dolores Logan on Oct. 5, 1940,
in Watervliet, and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2006.
Together they celebrated 66 years of marriage. Smitty was a motor
machinist’s mate first class with the
U.S. Navy during World War
II and served aboard the LCI No. 24 ship. He participated in
the Guadalcanal Campaign (Lunga Beach) with amphibious forces from
1943 to 1945. On returning from the war he started with the Benton
Harbor Police Department and retired as detective lieutenant in 1971
after 25 years of service. Smitty then worked for Judge Chester
Byrns for the next 14 years as a bailiff. He then worked for Sheriff
Nick Jewell as a classification officer and finally with Sheriff
Robert Kimmerly as trustee officer.
Smitty and his wife liked to travel and together they
also refinished antiques. Smitty also liked NASCAR racing and
enjoyed cooking, but his love was crossword puzzles and could be
called a crossword puzzle buff. He was active in the Republican
Party over the years. He was a Life Member of Lake Shore Masonic
Lodge No. 298, a life member of VFW Post No. 1137 and a life member
of DAV Chapter No. 17. He was a member of the
Church. Smitty was a dedicated, loving man with conviction and
integrity and his family was number one with him.
He is survived by his children, Ronald James (Mary Sue) Smith of
Richmond, Va., and Judy (Ted) Zindler of Benton Harbor; son-in-law,
Ronald Koster of Holland; half-sister, Joan Meachum of Hartford; 10
grandchildren, Michael Pond, Eric Pond, Marcy (Tom) Simpson, Lora
(Mark) Deland, David (Paula) Koster, Greg ( Cheryl) Smith, Karin
(Michael) Campbell, Dorothy (Rick) Heffron, Michael
Roger Zindler; 12 great-grandchildren; his friend and companion,
Thelma Axom of Eau Claire; and his adored dog, Bingo. He was also
preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Koster, in 2006; two
John D. Smith and Gene Smith. Note:Ronald is
1940 Hartford High School graduate. Click
here for his military profile and photo.
Hughes – MARSHALL MI – died Sunday evening, March 16, 2008. Cleo was born August 6, 1912
in Hartford, Michigan, a daughter of Charles and Nettie
(Rice) Lanphear. She had been a Kalamazoo area resident most of her
life and was a member of Westwood Church of God for many years.
was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl A. Hughes on
June 21, 1993; an adopted sister, Gladys Briggs and her step-mother,
Edith Lanphear. She is survived by a daughter, Lois Willrich of
Marshall, MI; two grandchildren, Bryan Burrma of Kalamazoo and Adele
(Lee) Covington of Marshall; five great-grandchildren, Laura Bailey,
Meria Abbott, and Elena, Eric, and David Burrma and two
great-great-grandchildren, Makayla and Joshua Bailey. Services will
be held 1 o’clock Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes,
Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. Visitation will be 6-8 PM
Wednesday. Private interment will be in Prospect Lake Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Marshall Wesleyan Church.
269-343-1508. Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette
Lawrence Allen Fuller,
56, of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at his home.
Lawrence was born Feb. 9, 1952, in Watervliet, the son
of Glenn and Jean (Ison) Fuller, both of whom precede him in
Lawrence was formerly employed with the Eliason
Corporation, where he was a loyal employee for over 20 years. When
he wasn’t working, Lawrence enjoyed roaming the outdoors, especially
survived by a daughter, Lindsey Fuller of Breedsville; a brother,
Robert (Teresa) Fuller of Hartford; and a sister, Debra (Everett)
Peek of Hartford. He is also survived by a niece, Jessica Vagts of
Hartford, and three nephews — Billy Fuller of Coloma and Mathew and
David Peek, both of Bangor.
As to Lawrence’s wishes, cremation has taken place and
no public services will be held. The family has entrusted the Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements. Note:
with the 1971 class of Hartford High School.
Frederick Charles Simpson,
60, of Hartford, passed away March 11, 2008, at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center, St. Joseph.
Rick, as he was known by most, was born July 3, 1947,
in Ypsilanti, Mich. He was the son of Charles and Laura (Manley)
Simpson, both of whom preceded him in passing. Rick served his
country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In his spare time, Rick
enjoyed tinkering with his cars, spending time outdoors and with his
son. He formerly was employed at Heath
Corporation, and most recently at Cook Nuclear Plant as a security
guard, and was an amateur radio operator. Rick is survived by his wife, Sandy. He is also
survived by a son, Chad Simpson, and a sister, Sally Daun Zukowski. The family will welcome
friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Calvin Funeral
Home, Hartford. A service to honor his memory will be held on
Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home. Intermentwill be held on Monday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at
Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with military rites by VFW Post 1137,
VFW Post 6803, American Legion Post 362 and Auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Hartford Indian Emerald Vanguard, Hartford Police Department or
Hartford Fire Department. Note:Rick was
1966 graduate of Hartford High School.
46, of Hartford was born into this world on March 28, 1961, in San
Antonio, Texas. On Sunday, March 9, 2008, Yolanda went home to join
our heavenly Father.
Yolanda will be remembered most by how much she loved
her family. She was a devoted mother to her two sons and the
firstborn child to her mother and father. She had many interests,
including playing bingo and spoiling her nieces and nephews every
chance she could. Yolanda worked for the Migrant Head Start Program in
Sodus, where she was able to influence the lives of many children.Yolanda always gave of herself and shared all of
what she had with her family. Yolanda will be greatly missed by so
many who had the opportunity to have her in their lives. Yolanda is survived by her two sons, Gabriel and Marcos
Mireles; her parents, Geronimo and Oralia Mireles; two brothers,
Daniel and David Mireles; three sisters, Rachel Contreras, Elida
Segura and Christina Mireles; and several nieces and nephews, all
from Hartford. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today,
March 12, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a rosary will be
said at 6:30 p.m.The Mass of Christian burial to honor her memory
will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church, Hartford.Father Robert Flickinger and Father Arthur
Howard willserve as celebrants. Burial will follow in Maple
Hill Cemetery,Hartford. Note:Yolanda
was a 1980 Hartford High School graduate.
Wilmer H. Fricke,
86, of Dowagiac, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2008, at Forest
Glen Assisted Living in
Wilmer was born on July 31, 1921, to the late Wilmer F.
and Gladys (Price) Fricke on the family farm in Keeler. On Feb. 14,
1945, he married Marjorie Ann Jackson, who preceded him in death on
June 27, 2001.
Mr. Fricke is survived by a son, Alan (life partner,
Joseph Vitanza) of Dowagiac; a daughter, Barbara A. (Donald)
of Vail, Ariz.; a sister, Joyce Kehoe of Niles; nine grandchildren —
Amy (Fricke) Friend, Heather (Fricke) and James Collins, Allison
(Fricke) and Greg Verdusco, Stacy Fricke, Elizabeth (Fricke)
Jason Fricke (life partner, Mike Fisk), Jessica (Flink) and
Guerrero, Justin Flink (life partner, Jeff Pierce) and Samantha (Flink)
and Brian Hughes; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mr. Fricke was a 1940 graduate of Dowagiac High School.
He attended the Cass County Normal at Oak Street School in Dowagiac
and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from
Western Michigan University. His teaching career started at Hinchman
School, a one room school on Middle Crossing Road, Dowagiac. He also
taught and was elementary principal in Eau Claire. In 1964 he moved
his family to Arizona where he taught in the Scottsdale school
district until his retirement in 1983. During his years in Arizona
he always returned to his home on Magician Lake, where until 1978 he
taught drivers training for the Dowagiac schools.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday,
April 5, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Dowagiac, where he was a
member since 1951. Final internment of the cremains will be at the
family plot, Zion Church Cemetery on Black Lake Road. Contributions
in Wilmer Fricke’s memory can be donated to St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church, 306 Courtland Street, Dowagiac, MI 49047, or Hospice of SW
Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home is serving the family. Please sign his
guest book and leave a memory of Wilmer at
Melvin L. Anders, 65, of Hartford was taken home by
the Lord from Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo on March 9,
2008. He was born Sept. 9, 1942, in Decatur, Ala., to Nora
Burns Anders and William Anders. His earthly life truly began on
March 7, 1964, when he married Lois Ann Brinsfield in Keeler. Out of
this union, he received many blessings, especially his children, Jim
and Pam Anders. The greatest joys in his life were his
grandchildren, Kayleigh Anders, Marco Anders Hernandez and Matthew
Anders Hernandez. Anyone who knew Mel knew how much he loved old
Westerns, coaching summer softball and bowling. He would always say,
“What do you want to bet this next one will be a strike?” and every
game was going to be his 300. He enjoyed stock car racing also.
Melvin had a great work ethic. He did farm work, was a mechanic and
worked in a factory. He was employed by the Coca-Cola Co. for the
last 21 years. It was hard work, but he loved his job. He leaves behind his brothers and sisters, Faye (Tony)
Summerhill of Holland, Charlie Anders of Indiana, Billy (Sharon)
Anders of Crestview, Fla., Theresa (Melvin) Whittker of Hartford,
Eddie Anders of Paw Paw, James (Michelle) Anders of Holland and Nick
Anders of South Haven. Mel also had a special relationship with his
in-laws, Dale Brinsfield and Mike (Sue) Downey, both of Hartford.
There arenumerous nieces, nephews and cousins who will
miss him tremendously. He was a friend of all. He was preceded in death by his parents; his
mother-in-law and father-in-law, Roy and Marion Brinsfield; and a
grandson, John Anders Hernandez. His brothers-in-law, Bob Brinsfield
and Ken Brinsfield, also passed on before Melvin. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The
service to honor his memory will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, March
14, at the Keeler General Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Martin
serving as the officiant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery,
Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Melvin’s name
may be made to the American Heart Association or the Hospital
Hospitality House of South West Michigan in Kalamazoo. To his very last day, Melvin was a firm believer that your
past is behind you and your future is what you make it.
Jo Waterkamp, 75, a homemaker and member of Our Lady
of the Lake Catholic Church, Edwardsburg, passed to her rest on
Sunday, March 9th, after a lengthy illness in her home where she
had lived for 28 years. She was born in Clinton, Iowa, on Feb. 9, 1933, where she
attended school at Mount St. Clair until her enlistment in the
U.S. Army (WAC) during the Korean War. While in the Army, Betty
Jo Hendricksen served as a dental technician at the Brooke Army
Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, TX. She was subsequently assigned to
the 4th Army Headquarters where she met her husband, Gary
Waterkamp, who was also serving the Army. They were married
Sept. 16, 1952, in San Antonio, TX. Betty relocated to
Kalamazoo, MI, where her husband attended Western Michigan
University. Upon her husband’s graduation, his educational
career took them to stops in Hopkins, MI, Plainwell, MI, and
Hartford, MI, and finally to Edwardsburg were Gary served as the
superintendent of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District.
Betty was active in church, community and school activities,
including driving a school bus for several years. After moving
to Edwardsburg, Betty earned her cosmetology license at Twin
City Beauty College, St. Joseph, MI. She worked at Marsha King’s
Beauty Shop in Edwardsburg, before opening her own business,
‘Cut And Curls on Wheels.’ She specialized in bringing her craft
to local shut-ins in their homes. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, William
Edward Henriksen and Hazel Irene Curl; her sisters, Rosena
Melvin and Gladys Ough; and her brothers, Edward, Elmer and
Joseph Henricksen, and Frank Linge. Also, a son, who passed in
infancy. Surviving Betty are her husband of 55 years, Gary Waterkamp; and their two children, Susan Waterkamp Quinlan and
husband, Michael Quinlan of Woodbridge, VA, and William
Waterkamp and wife, April Waterkamp of St. Paul, MIN. There are
three grandchildren, Quentin Waterkamp and Rose Waterkamp
Vomastek and husband, Louis Vomastek, all of St. Paul, and
Joseph Quinlan of Springfield, VA. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday
in the social room of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church,
24832 US-12 East, Edwardsburg. There will be a scripture service
on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be
at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, in Our Lady of the Lake Church,
with Father Joe McCormick officiating. Full military burial will
take place at 11 a.m. Friday at Ft. Custer National Cemetery,
Augusta, MI. Friends are invited to call one hour before Mass on
Thursday in the church. The family requests that, in place of
flowers, memorial donations be made to Borgess Hospice, 348
Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. The Paul E. Mayhew Funeral
Home, 26863 West Main, Edwardsburg, is assisting the family with
these arrangements. Published in the South Bend Tribune on 3/11/2008.
husband, Gary Waterkamp, was Superintendent of Hartford Public
Schools from 1965-1970s.
Nancy E. Klett –
KEELER. Nancy went
to her Lord and Savior on March 5, 2008, in Kalamazoo, where she was
a resident at Woodside Friendship Village, with her son and daughter
at her side.
Her life began on June 16, 1925, in Dowagiac, the
daughter of Robert and Vivian (Hinkley) Grove. She was a 1943
graduate of Dowagiac High School. On March 4, 1943, she was united
in marriage to Edward Klett in Keeler. She married a second time to
Frank Wysocki for 14 years until he passed away in 1994.
She was a member of the Keeler United Methodist Church
for over 60 years. She gave her time to the church as the choir
director for more than 30 years, youth director for five years,
church treasurer for four years, numerous committees, and for many
years she organized and cooked a yearly chop suey dinner to raise
money for the church. The community came out in force for her famous
chop suey. She was the secretary-treasurer of
Construction, where she was a force to be reckoned with until she
retired in 1989. She served on the Board of Directors
of the Van Buren State Bank in Hartford and
never turned down an opportunity to help someone in need, whether
with food, money or her time. She loved to laugh, knit, play golf,
go to local concerts and spend time with her many friends. She was a
loving mother and grandmother.
Her family includes her daughter, Kathie (Gary) Gamble
of Lake Mary, Fla., and her son, Chuck (Karen) Klett of Paw Paw; six
grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two nephews, Mark
(Isabelle) Grove of Traverse City and Dan (Jan) Grove of Cincinnati.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and a brother,
Her family will receive friends on Saturday from 10 to
11 a.m. at McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home, Dowagiac, where Rev. Bill
Ammenson and Rev. Mark Thompson will lead her memorial service at 11
a.m. She will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. Memorial
contributions in her name may be directed to the Keeler United
Methodist Church or Woodside Employee Emergency/ Education Fund.
Please sign her guestbook and leave a memory of Nancy at
age 88, of Hartford died March 3, 2008.
Elsie was born May 24, 1919,
in Higden, Ark. She married Wesley Rye in 1939. He preceded her in
death on May 8, 1977. A celebration of Elsie’s life will be held on Friday,
March 7, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Davidson Chapel of FlorinFuneralServices, Coloma, with Bishop Walter Ross
officiating.Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Burial will be in Harris Cemetery, Hagar Shores. Mrs. Rye is survived by her daughter, Hazel Mix of
Hartford; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five
great-great-grandchildren.Besides her husband, Wesley, Elsie was preceded
in death by her son, Harold Rye; and one
sister. Elsie will always be remembered for always being there
for anyone who needed help.
“Jack” Rose, 79, of Battle Creek, passed away Monday,
March 3, 2008, at Battle Creek Health System. He was born June 12, 1928, in
Michigan City, Ind., the son of Fred and Edith (Siebenmark) Rose.
Jack was a pharmacist and
previously was the owner of Rose Drug Store in Hartford and
was also employed at Watervliet Community Hospital and Lakeview
Community Hospital in Paw Paw.He retired from the Battle Creek
Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Jack was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan. He also
enjoyed bowling and golf. Jack was a 33rd degree Mason and a
long-time member of the
Hartford United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in
the choir and participatingin communityplays. He married the former Peggy Haynes on June 27, 1948.
She survives him. He is also survived by his children, Michael (Amy)
Rose of Vassar, Mich., Pamela (Edward) Maslak of Holland, Ohio, and
Jill Rose of Kalamazoo. He also leaves seven grandchildren, seven
great-grandchildren, and his brother, David (Kay) Rose of Dowagiac.He was preceded in death by his
son, Jon A. Rose; grandson,Christopher Maslak; andbrother, Donald Rose. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
March 8, at the Hartford United Methodist Church. Arrangementsare by Royal FuneralHome, Battle Creek. Note:Jack was
1946 Hartford High School graduate.
Ruth E. Danneffel,
94, of Keeler Township died Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Countryside
Nursing Home in South Haven.
The family will greet friends at Duffield & Pastrick
Family Funeral Home in Coloma on Friday, March 7, from 10 to 11 a.m.
with a memorial service to honor her memory immediately following at
11 a.m. Burial of ashes will be in Keeler Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations in memory of Ruth may be made to Sister Lakes
Community Church, the American Cancer Society or to the charity of
donor’s choice. Those wishing to sign the onlineguest book or leave a message of comfort for the
family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick. com. Ruth was born April 19, 1913, in Watervliet to
Andrew and Rose (Skala) Paul, both of whom preceded her in death.
She married Melvin Danneffel on June 2, 1934, and lived most of her
life on the Danneffel Homestead Farm in Keeler Township, just one
half mile from where she was born. Melvin also preceded her in death
Jan. 19, 2005. She was a homemaker, farmer, grandmother,
greatgrandmother, great-greatgrandmother, wife, and most of all a
loving mother. Many remember her from the Danneffel Farm U-Pick
Berries and in later years the Danneffel U-Cut Christmas Trees. She
spent her life doing a job she truly enjoyed, farming at the side of
her husband Melvin. She attended the Sister Lakes Community Church
for many years while still able to drive a car. Ruth is survived by a sister, Lydia Modro of Lawrence;
a son, Roger (Holly) Danneffel of Coloma; a daughter, Barbara Fisher
of Watervliet; grandchildren, Robin (Eugene) Kaley of Watervliet,
Jay Danneffel of Benton Harbor, Heidi (Phil) Joslyn of Hudsonville,
Cyndi (Matt) Schaner of Watervliet, David (Mona) Lamoreaux of New
Hampshire, Robert (Jamie) Fisher of Plainwell, Derrick (Monica)
Fisher of Watervliet, Robert (Marcia) Kling of Rochester; 16
great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and her husband, Mrs. Danneffel was
preceded in death by two brothers, John and Ryno Paul; three
sisters, Elsie Nothdruft, Mabel Babcock and Frieda Bisnett.
William Howard Vann,
73, of Hartford passed way suddenly Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at his
“Billy,” as he was known by all who knew him, was born April 24,
1934, in Kalamazoo, the son of William “Curly” and Hyla (Sinkler)
Vann, both of whom preceded him in passing. Billy was the current owner of Motor Machine and Parts
in Hartford, where he succeeded his fatherin owning the family business. But his true
passion was music. For 25 years, Billy played with Rem Wall andthe Green Valley Boys. For another 20 years,
Billy played alongside his friend Jeff Kosobucki, forming the tandem
of “Jeff and Bill.” He was honored with acceptance into the Michigan
Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and Michigan’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
also served his countryin the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Billy is survived by a
daughter, Judi (Daniel) Boone of Gainesboro, Tenn.; a son, Keith
(Sharon) Vann of Hartford; a grandson, Sean Vann of Hartford, and a
granddaughter, Nichole Vann of Hartford. Also surviving is a special
friend, Darlene Scott of Dowagiac; his former wife, Nancy Vann of
Paw Paw; and numerous cousins, friends and his loyal companion at
the shop, his cat, Seven Up. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, March 7, at the Hartford Federated Church. The service to
honor his memory will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at
the church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will follow
in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations in William’s name may be made to the Hartford Fire
Department or to the donor’s choice. The family has entrusted the
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements. Note: Billy was
1952 Hartford High School graduate.
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Elaine Beatrice Keifer,
81, of Keeler passed away
Saturday, March 1, 2008, at The Laurels of Coldwater.
Elaine was born April 6, 1926, in Jackson. She was the
daughter of LaVern and Beatrice (Culver) Blair, both of whom
preceded her in passing. Elaine retired from Burnette Food Inc. of Keeler after
more than 20 years of employment. She was not only a loving wife and
mother but was also a friend to everyone. She would often open her
home to anyone who was in need. Elaine is survived by herhusband, J. Franklin Keifer, their children —
Bernice (Fred) Krause of Coldwater, Wilma Stone of Lawton and James
(Nanette) Keifer of Keeler. Elaine is also survived by
grandchildren, Fred II, Carl (Rose), James F., Joseph (Tobie), Adam
(Johanna), Amanda and James C. (Vanessa); seven great-grandchildren,
Kawika, Marco, Ciera, Kaitlin, Joshua, Rachel and Allison; two
brothers, Howard (Kate) Blair of Jackson and John Blair of
Valentine, Neb.; and a sister, Agnes (Earl) Signor of Jackson. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 6, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service
to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, at
the Keeler United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mark Thompson and
Pastor Richard Grom will officiate. Following the funeral services,
cremation will take place and burial will follow at a later date in
Keeler Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials in
Elaine’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Research.
Nathaniel W. "Nat"
an ordinary extraordinary American, was born on December 30, 1917,
and passed away quietly the morning of February 25, 2008, in Reno,
Nev., at age 90. In his final years, he looked like just another old
guy in a wheelchair, but he was much more.
He is survived by a daughter, Marsha, (with husband
Gary Hulsey) and three sons: Bruce; Alick (with wife Susan); and
Steve (with wife Jinny). Nat’s beloved wife of 57 years, Mary Ann
(Shafer) Munro, predeceased him on December 11, 2004. Nat and Mary
Ann also had 6 grandchildren: Lindsey and Mackenzie Munro; Graham
and Haley Munro; and Cameron and Gabriel Hulsey.
Nat was born in Calgary, Canada, of Scottish immigrant
parents, Nathaniel and Isabella (McDonald) Munro. He had three
brothers, Graham, Hugh, and Donald. The Munro family immigrated to
Chicago in the middle 1920s. They moved to Hartford, Mich., in the
1930s, where he graduated from Hartford High School. Nat served in
the Army‘s 32nd "Red Arrow" Division and the 41st Division in
the Pacific Theater from April 1941 until August 1945 as a Staff
Sergeant. He first fought in New Guinea at the Battle of Buna, known
as "Bloody Buna", where the U.S. and Aussies, at a terrible cost,
inflicted the first defeat of the war on the Japanese Imperial Army
on January 23, 1943, about two weeks ahead of the better-known
victory at Guadalcanal. These two victories saved Australia from
invasion and the very real possibility of defeat. After several more
island-hopping campaigns, he was wounded in the liberation of the
Philippines in April 1945. After more than two years of combat duty,
one of the longest combat tours of any American soldiers in the war,
he returned to American soil on August 14, 1945, the day of the
surrender. Among his decorations were the Purple Heart and four
bronze battle stars. Despite his distinguished service record, Nat,
like so many other WWII vets, did not speak of the war until the
latter years of his life.
After leaving the service, Nat returned to Hartford
where he met Mary Ann Shafer. In 1947, they were married and headed
west looking for work. They soon found a home in Henderson, Nev.
They started their family in 1949, and shortly thereafter, Nat
established his concrete construction company. He made a hobby of
searching for old mines and ghost towns, and spent many a happy time
in the desert, pursuing his favorite pastime. Nat retired in 1978,
traveling the country in a motorhome with Mary Ann, and enjoying his
friends, family and grandchildren. He and Mary Ann remained in
Henderson until 2004, when she passed away. He then lived in
Sacramento and Reno. Nat was a devout Christian, and looked forward
to meeting his Lord and rejoining Mary Ann in heaven. He enjoyed
attending Faith Presbyterian Church and had many friends at Merrill
Gardens in Sacramento. His remains will be interred in Hartford this
summer. Published in the
Sacramento Bee on 3/9/2008.
NOTE – Memorial
will be a memorial and
burial service at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, MI at 11 a.m.
on Monday, July 28, 2008, followed by a luncheon at the
United Methodist Church at 425 E. Main Street.
NOTE:Nat was a
1937 Hartford High School graduate.
Arley Juan Herron,
77, of Hartford passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at Community
“Red,” as he was known by all who knew him, was born
April 15, 1930, in Franklin, Ark., the son of George and Bertha
(Shelton) Herron, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also
preceded by three brothers, Clifton Herron, Clifford Herron and Glen
Red worked for much of his adult life, first working for
Gersonde Equipment Company of Benton Harbor and then Wise
International of Kalamazoo, where he retired. He also was a
opening up his
own car dealership, Red’s Auto Sales, in Hartford. He was a member
of the Keeler Fire Department, Lakeshore Lodge 298 F&AM of
Benton Harbor and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 96 of St.
Red married Grethel
Stafford on July 17, 1950. She survives, along with two daughters,
Pat Herron and Wanda Herron, both of Keeler; a son, Dan (Mary)
Herron of Somerville, Tenn.; a sister, Billie Campbell of Franklin,
Ark.; a sister-in-law, Elsie (Jack) Green; and numerous nieces and
he family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 29, at the Keeler General Baptist Church, where a
Masonic service, conducted by Lakeshore Lodge 298 F&AM, is set to
take place at 7 p.m. The service to honor his memory will take place
at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the church. Pastor Bill Martin will
Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, the family requests donations in Red’s name be made to the
church or the Keeler Fire Department.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford, with handling the arrangements
Donald Richard Straw,
91, of Three Rivers, formerly of Hartford, passed away Sunday, Feb.
24, 2008, at Heartland Health Care Center, Three Rivers.
Donald was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Rockford, Mich., the
son of Luther and Flossie (Meldrum) Straw, both of whom preceded him
in passing. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, and
a sister, Eleanor Johnson. As to Donald’s wishes, private
family services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family
donations be made to the Heartland Health Care Center. The family
has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the
Donald is survived by two daughters, Myrna (Harril)
Liles and Donna (Harry) Flagel, both of
Fairfield Bay, Ark.; a
grandson, Donald Richard Flagel of Arkansas; four granddaughters,
(Don) Mosher of Goshen, Ind., Brenda (Dan) Guarisco of
Kalamazoo, Tonya (Todd) Stone and Tina (Don) King, both of
Constantine; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great
Note: Don was preceded in death by his second
Imogene (Huffman) Straw.
from Autos Specialties in Hartford and then worked at Kellogg
Hardware for several years after his retirement.
John Darrell Smith,
79, of Coloma died on Feb. 22, 2008, at Lakeland Hospital in St.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the
Duffield and Pastrick Family Funeral Home, 6548 Paw Paw Ave.,
Coloma. Burial with military rites will follow at North Shore Memory
Gardens. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday
from 4 to 8 p. m. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or
leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at
www.duffieldpastrick.com. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
John was born on Sept. 27, 1928, in Kalamazoo, to James
and Ruth (Howard) Smith. His mother passed away when he was 6 years
old. His grandparents, John
and Nora Howard, raised him on a little farm southwest of Hartford.
He attended Hartford High School until his 17th birthday in 1945,
when he quit school and joined the U.S. Navy. He spent four
years in the South Pacific. His last ship was the USS Thomas
Jefferson A.P.A. No. 30. He was a life member of the VFW Post No.
After his discharge, John returned to Benton Harbor,
where he worked for the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Twin
Motor Coach, Interstate Freight and J.G. Daveson as a cookie
salesman. In 1954, he began employment with the Ward Baking Company
(Tip Top Bakers) as a route salesman. Kreamo Bakers bought out the
agency in 1980 in Benton Harbor. John continued working until 1999
when he retired after 45 years of service at the same location as
the agency manager. After retirement, he worked two part-time
positions for eight years; one with News America Market as a sales
rep installing and maintaining coupon machines in the Spartan stores
and drugstores; the other as a ranger and starter at Lake Michigan
Hills Golf Club on weekends. In his spare time, John enjoyed
partying with his friends, watching NASCAR, specifically Dale
Earnhardt Sr., watching the Chicago Bears, playing pool and playing
golf with his partner, Larry Mitchell.
John is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Smith of
Coloma; sons, Rodger Smith of Galveston, Texas, Jeff Christensen of
Kwajalein Islands; his good friend that was thought of as a son,
Rodney (Linda) Coffey of Baroda; daughters, Julie Christensen of
Lawton, Mich., Lezli Hewitt of Grand Junction; brother, Ronald H.
Smith of Benton Harbor; sister, Joan Meachum of Hartford; nephew,
Ronald James Smith (Mary Sue) of Richmond, Va.; niece, Judy (Ted)
Zindler of Benton Harbor; 10 grandchildren and two
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son,
Michael John Smith; brother, Gene Smith; first wife, Mary Lou Woods;
and second wife, Dorothy Brown.
Robert “Bob” Mix,
90, of Benton Harbor, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 21,
2008, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
A Celebration of Life visitation and service will be
held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Starks & Menchinger
Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. The Pokagon Band
of Potawatomi Veterans will fold and present the flag toward the end
of the service. A springtime burial will occur at Rush Lake in
Hartford at a later date. Memorials may be made out to The American
Heart Association or Silver Beach Carousel Society. Friends may send
the family a condolence message or sign the guest book online at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Bob was born on Jan. 22, 1918, in Hartford, to R.C.
“John” and Sarah Mix. He was a painter with Kay Wood Products in
Benton Harbor until retiring in 1980.
Bob served in the U.S. Army
during World War II. While serving his country, he was wounded in
the leg in Italy and received a Purple Heart as well as several
other medals of honor.
Bob was an Elder in the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
tribe. Bob even fixed roller coasters at Silver Beach. He lived at
Lakeview Terrace for 15 years. He was seen to frequent Dino’s, Bob
Evans and Big Boy restaurants, conjuring up friendships with the
wait staff. He was mild and kind toward anyone with the opportunity
of knowing him.
Bob took care of his sister, Cecelia for many years and
she adored him. Bob loved watching the Cubs, reading the South Bend
Tribune and working on crossword puzzles. He had a special friend of
40 years in Marilyn Bailey, whom he had met over a piece of cake.
Community nurse, Rebecca Price R.N. provided compassionate care for
Bob over the years.
Bob is survived by his sister, Cecelia Tibbs of
Watervliet; special family friend, Yvonne “Petey” Boehm of Benton
Harbor; nephews — John and Clarence White, and Duane Tibbs; nieces —
Cindy Tibbs, Marge Moody and Midge Holloman; many grand nephews and
nieces; and many friends.
Anetta M. Williams,
85, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 in Bridgman.
Anetta was born March 9, 1922, in South Bend, Ind. She
was one of 12 children born to John and Margaret (Rubshaw) Dover.
On Feb. 1, 1946, she married Perry E. Williams and for
the next 38 years, she was a devoted wife for her husband, until his
passing on Feb. 28, 1984. Along with her husband, Anetta’s parents,
five of her sisters and her three brothers have all passed away.
Anetta is survived by three
sisters, Helen Ott of Buchanan, Lorraine
Robbins of Bridgman and Bertha Shaw of Sodus; and numerous nieces,
nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family will welcome friends from 10 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where at 11
a.m. the service to honor her memory will be held. Pastor Jon
Bendewald of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Bridgman will
officiate. Interment will be held at Breedsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Anetta’s name may be
made to the American Cancer Society.
55, Hartford, passed
away suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at Bronson Methodist
A memorial celebration to honor her life was held
Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Hartford Missionary Church. Pastor
Heriberto Magallon officiated.
Rosalba was born Aug. 4, 1952, in Reynosa, Mexico. She
was the daughter of Matias and Maria (Del Carmen) De Leon. Both her parents and a
brother preceded her in passing.
Rosalba will be truly missed by her family which
includes her husband, Arturo Granados Sr.; her children, Arturo
Granados Jr., Carmen and her husband Larry Ledesma, Judy Granados,
Rolando Granados, Jacob Granados and Saul Granados. She
is also survived by seven grandchildren; and a sister, Elsa and her
husband, Enrique Casarres.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Calvin Funeral Home,
Wesaw, 77, of Hartford, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008,
at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
Sammy, as he was known to most everyone, was born Aug.
23,1930, in Toquin. He was the son of John and Julia (Alexis) Wesaw.
They both precede him in passing; along with his wife, Virginia; a
daughter, Sarah Wesaw; and a brother, Big John. Sammy was a
1950 graduate of Hartford High School.
After proudly serving his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean
War, where he received the Purple Heart along with numerous other
medals, he returned to Hartford. He went to work for the
Watervliet Paper Company and he retired from there after many years
Sammy was a beloved tribal elder of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and was a second generation tribal council
Sammy was proud of his heritage and his family, which
consists of: his sister, Jacqueline Genereaux of Dowagiac; his
children — Debra (Pete) Yerington, Joan (Larry) Olds, all of
Hartford, Tammy (James) Marion of Glasgow, Ky., Candy (Charles)
Wesaw and John M. Wesaw, all of Hartford, Karen (Jeff) Burns of
Shelbyville and John A. (Crystal) Day of Grand Rapids, Mich.;
grandchildren — Ginny (Scott) Rice, Alexis Yerington, Jason Murphy,
J.R. (Rebekah) Olds, Sam (Juanita) Olds, Steven Carlock, Kyle
Carlock, Madolyn Wesaw, Sydney Burns, Samantha Burns, Adrian Day,
Ashleigh Day, Johnny Day and Sara Day; seven great-grandchildren; a
special friend, Susan; and let’s not forget his beloved cats, Max
The family will welcome friends from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
today at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford,
where a rosary will be said at 8:30 p.m. by Deacon Arthur Morsaw.
Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 11,
at the church. Father Arthur Howard will be the celebrant. Interment
will follow in Rush Lake Indian Cemetery in Hartford Township, where
military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 362 of
Coloma, VFW Post 1137 of Benton Harbor and VFW Post 6803 of
Watervliet and the Auxiliary. The family has entrusted the
Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with handling the arrangements. Note:
Click here to view Sam’s military profileon the History
of Hartford website.
Henrietta Ozanich, 87 of Hartford passed away Monday,
Feb. 4, 2008, at Upjohn Community Care Center, Kalamazoo.
Eleanor was born Aug. 11, 1920, in Hartford, the
daughter of Omer and Dora (McMarlin) Baird, both of whom preceded
her in passing. She was also preceded in death by her first husband,
George H. Collins, her second husband, Andrew Ozanich, and a
brother, Walter “Bud” Baird.
Eleanor was a member of the Hartford Federated Church,
the Hartford Federated Church Women’s Council, the Hartford Garden
Club and the Red Hats Society. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and
most importantly, the cherished time she spent with family and
The family will welcome friends from 3
to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Hartford Federated Church. The
service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb.
8, at the church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will
follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has entrusted
the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
Eleanor is survived by three sons, Dale Collins of
LeRoy, Mich., Tom Collins and Ward (Eunice) Collins, both of
Hartford; a daughter, Sarita Collins of Battle Creek; three
grandchildren, Kimberly Mathewson, Tammy Graham and Mahlon Collins;
and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a
stepdaughter, Linda Madden; two stepsons, Andrew (Bonnie) Ozanich
and Richard (Pamela) Ozanich; 12 step-grandchildren and several
Wayne Hendricks, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born Aug. 29, 1942, in
Constantine, Mich., to Delvin and Wilma Hendricks.
Survivors include his mother, Wilma Hendricks of White
Pigeon; his wife of 45 years, Geraldine (Gerri); his son, Ted
(Cheri) Hendricks of Bridgman; his daughter, Julie (Perry) Gipson of
Union City; his brother, David (Susie) of Manistee; his
grandchildren, Todd Hendricks, Natalie Hendricks, Matthew Hendricks,
Jasmin Gipson, Tyler Gipson and Baby Gipson due March 31, 2008.
Doug was a graduate of White Pigeon High School in 1960, Western
Michigan University and St. Francis College. He taught English and
Speech. He loved coaching boys and girls basketball, and girls
softball at the varsity level.
He coached at
Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Ind., Bridgman High School,
Hartford High School,
Colon High School and assisted at Lakeshore High School in
Stevensville. He taught at
Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Ind.; Illinois
Valley Community College in Oglesby, Ill.; Bridgman High School,
retiring in 1997, after 33 years. After retirement, he taught part
time at Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, Mich., and Western
Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
His interests included being a passionate Boston Red
Sox fanatic, political debate and golf. He loved spending his time
in the sunshine on Klinger Lake, and traveling to watch his
grandchildren play sports.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday,
Feb. 7, at White Pigeon United Methodist Church. Friends may call
from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. There will also be a
visitation on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., and again from 6
to 8 p.m. at Farrand Funeral Home, White Pigeon.
Contributions in memory of Doug may be made to the
Jimmy V Fund. The donations can be sent to St. Joseph High School,
Attn: Jimmy V Fund, 2521 Stadium Drive, St. Joseph, Mich. 49085.
Envelopes are also available at the funeral home.
85 of Hartford, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away Wednesday,
Jan. 23, 2008, at South Haven Community Hospital.
Garland was born on Dec. 24, 1922, in Portland, Tenn.
He was the son of James and Florence (Brown) Blankenship, both of
whom preceded him in passing. Garland was also preceded in passing
by his wife, Dorothy, on Jan. 8, 1990; a brother, James Blankenship;
two sisters, Nellie and Allie May Beal.
Garland retired from New Products of Benton Harbor
Garland is survived by his son, Ricky Blankenship, and a grandson,
Jeffrey Blankenship, both of Shelbyville, Ind.; a sister, Lucille
Quertermous of Fort Smith, Ark.; two brothers, Robert Blankenship of
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Marvin Blankenship of Hot Springs, Ark.
As to Garland’s wishes, cremation has taken place and
there will be no public services held. His ashes will be interred in
North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma. The family has entrusted the
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
Athel Williams, 94, of Hartford, formerly of Hackleburg, Ala.,
passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.Athelwas born July 8, 1913, in Hackleburg.
He was the son of George and Mollie (Cochran)Williams, both of whompreceded him in passing. Athel was united in marriage with
Lelar Skidmore on Jan. 5, 1946.Lelar passed away
on Oct.16, 1988. Athel enjoyed farming, fishing,
hunting and spending time with his family. He was an
Army veteran of World War
II, during which time he became a prisoner of war in Germany. Athel will be missed by
all who knew him. He was a person always willing to lend a helping
hand, whether he knew you or not. Athel’s family includes
one remaining sister, Hazel Hill of Hackleburg; a son, Mickie (Randee)
Williams of Hartford; a daughter, Cheryl Oliver of Arizona; four
surviving grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a grandson who
preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by nine sisters
and two brothers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. The service
to honor his memory will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at
the funeral home. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated
Church will officiate.Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in
Hartford Township, where military rites will be conducted by
American Legion Post 362 of Coloma, VFW Post 1137 of Benton Harbor
and VFW Post 6803 of Watervliet and the Auxiliary.
Eva Marie Meagher, 90 of Hartford, passed away
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
Eva was born Oct. 1, 1917, in Knoxville, Ark., the daughter of
William and Laura (Sluder) Harbert, both of whom preceded her in
passing. She was also preceded in passing by her husband, Austin
James Meagher; and two sons, Junior Meagher and Bill Bond.
The family will welcome friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
2, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service to honor
her memory will take place at 5 p.m. with Pastor Mack Travis of
the New Beginnings Ministries in Bangor and Pastor Timothy Nyhuis
of the Hartford Federated Church officiating. Burial will be in
North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma. Memorials in Eva’s name may
be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
Eva is survived by two daughters, Eva Marie (Gerald) Grimm of
Hartford and Carla Cummings of Bloomingdale; grandchildren, Dana
(Rick) Payne, Austin (Candace) Grimm, Christopher Grimm, Lisa
Grimm, Bill Cummings, Bryan Cummings, Bradley Skierkowski, Tyrone
Skierkowski, Timothy (Diane) Bond, Vickie (Joe) Maxa and Nicole
(Ethan) Kosch. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Ricky,
Chelsea, Alivia, Amber, Michael, Kelsey and Lauren; three foster
grandchildren, Steve Bassett, Sandra Nunez and Verna Flickinger;
and a sister, Catherine Roberts.
Florine Louise Traver, age 97, passed away Wednesday,
Jan. 23, 2008, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
Florine was born April 11, 1910, in Volinia to Clyde
and Fay (Butcher) Hammond. She married William Traver, who passed
away Dec. 18, 1985. They had five children: James Traver of Kearney,
Neb., Arletta Meachum of Bangor, Muriel Fellows of Coloma, Margaret
Everett of Texarkana, Ark., and Wally Traver of Hartford. She also
had 20 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Florine is also survived by two of her nine brothers
and sisters: Clyde Hammond of Hartford and Myrtle Dehority
Florine spent most of her life around Hartford. She
loved to travel and see the country. She loved to quilt and all of
her children and grandchildren have received one of her special
quilts. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 28, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The
service to honor her memory will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
29, at the funeral home. Pastor Brian Hall of the Watervliet Free
Methodist Church, of which she was a longtime member, will
officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
Memorials in Florine’s name may be made to the church or the
American Heart Association of Michigan.
age 87, of Decatur passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, in LakeView
Community Hospital, Paw Paw. John was born Aug. 30, 1920, in
Chicago, the son of Frank and Mary (Szymanski) Lewandowski.
He formerly was
employed by Auto Specialties in Hartford for several years.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of
the American Legion Post No. 309 in Decatur, Holy Family Catholic
Church, Decatur, and a local Woodcarvers Club.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret “Marge”
Lewandowski of Decatur; and three
nephews, George (Joanne) Lewandowski of South Bend, Ind., Jack (Diann)
Lewandowski and Al (Debbie) Lewandowski, both of Dowagiac.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene, and a
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Newell
Funeral Home, Decatur, where a vigil service will be held at 4:30
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Decatur, with Father Carl F.
Peltz celebrant. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery, Decatur, with
military rites conducted by VFW Celery City Post No. 6248 and
American Legion Post No. 309, both of Decatur.
Evelyn Delores Pawling, 86, of Hartford, passed away
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
Evelyn was born May 22, 1921, in Onsted, Mich. She was
the daughter of Leverett and Arietta Denslow. On Oct. 20, 1942, she
married Loren Earl Pawling, who preceded her in death on Dec. 3,
1986. Evelyn was also preceded in death by a son, Roger Earl
Pawling; her parents; and her stepmother, Maybel.
Evelyn was a devoted mother to her daughter, Mary
Pawling of Kalamazoo; a loving grandmother to Christopher (Marlene)
O’Reilly, Carrie Ann Pawling and Jennifer Pawling; and a special
greatgrandmother to her only greatgranddaughter, Arianna O’Reilly.
She was also very special to her devoted partner and friend, Aagee
she wasn’t with any of them she simply enjoyed
the company of her cats, Tootie and Tina.
Evelyn loved to oil paint, traveling and spending as
much time as she could at her cottage in Northern Michigan. She was
a member of the Hartford Federated Church and enjoyed working on any
of the luncheons that the church would put on.
The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon on
Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford.
Immediately following the visitation there will be a precession to
Fort Custer National Cemetery, where graveside services will be
held at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford
Federated Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials in
Evelyn’s name may be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association or
the Hartford Federated Church.
Sharon Elaine Wesaw Wendzel, 67, of Stevensville, died Wednesday, Jan.
9, 2008, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at
4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Legacy Family Funeral Services Matthew
R. Purchase Chapel, Berrien Springs, with Pastor Justin Shepard
officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family one hour
prior to the service and sign the guest book at
http://www.legacyfuneral.com. Cremation will take place following the
Sharon was born March 25, 1940, in South Bend, Ind., to
Theodore and Mildred (Larson) Ragan. She worked as a cost analyst
for Harbor Graphics in Benton Harbor for 15 years.
Previously, she owned and operated the Village Inn located in Eau
Claire for over eight years. In her
years, Sharon also worked as
a teacher’s aide for the Hartford Public School System. She
enjoyed reading, working on puzzles, flower gardening, and loved
spending time with her family – especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include three daughters — Lucinda (James)
Dennis of West Branch, Mich., Lori Wesaw of Eau Claire, and Dawn
(Robert) Harmon of Stevensville; two sons — David Gailhouse of
Oklahoma and Brian Wesaw of Stevensville; six grandchildren —
Melinda Dennis, Cory Dennis, Nikki Dobberstein, Cheyenne Harmon,
Alexis Harmon and Cody Harmon; two greatgrandchildren — Joshua
Newell and Abigail Newell; her sister, Mollie Pingel of
Pickerington, Ohio; and a brother, Lonnie (Tina) Ragan of Paw Paw.
In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded in
death by her grandson, Shawn Newell, who died in 2005; three
brothers — Edward, Gerald and Raymond Ragan; and a sister, Caroline
Dorothy Zaban Abrams
BENTON HARBOR – Dorothy Zaban Abrams passed away on Monday, Jan. 7,
2008, at her home with her loving family at her side.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at
Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St.
Joseph, with Rabbi Michael Rascoe officiating. Burial will
follow at B’nai Sholom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to Temple B’nai Shalom or to Hospice at Home. Those
wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at
Dorothy was born on Aug. 27, 1921, at Mercy Hospital in
Benton Harbor, Mich., the daughter of Morris and Bessie (Glassman)
Zaban. She attended Hull School and graduated from Benton Harbor
High School in 1938. After graduation she attended Bertha Mae
Academy. After graduation, she went to work for Dr. Michael Faber,
M.D., as a medical assistant, and worked with him for 39 years.
After he retired, she agreed to help Southwestern Medical Clinic
open up an office in Benton Harbor, and managed the clinic for 15
years until she retired in 1993.
Dorothy was a charter member of the Berrien County
Medical Assistants Association as well as the Benton Harbor
Emblem Club. She was a member of Hadassah and Bnai Brith. For over
30 years she was an active member of the United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary, holding many offices on the Flotilla and Division level.
She was a dedicated member of the Board of Directors of the Lakeland
Clinic at Mercy Center for many years, as well as being a volunteer
at Lakeland Medical Centers, both at Mercy in Benton Harbor and
Memorial in St. Joseph. She also served on several committees
dedicated to assisting the City of Benton Harbor. She loved to
cruise up north with her husband Paul on their boat, through the
straits and on up to Canada. She also loved to collect antiques. She
was a dedicated member of Temple B’nai Shalom, Benton Harbor.
She is survived
by her husband, Paul A. Abrams (a former resident of Hartford),
whom she married on July 11, 1970, in Benton Harbor. She is also
survived by her children, Paula Ann (Jeffery) Hubbard of Round Lake
Beach, Ill., Michael Jay Buchbinder of Benton Harbor, Paula Annette
(Dennis) Rupp of Fort Smith, Ark., Stevan Dana Abrams, Victoria Lynn
Abrams of Guthrie, Okla., and Thereasa E. Abrams of Carbondale,
Ill.; as well as by five grandchildren. She is also survived by a
brother, Seymour B. Zaban of Benton Harbor. She was preceded
in death by her parents, Morris and Bessie Zaban; a brother, Harold
M. Zaban; and her sisters, Evelyn M. Zidman and Ruth E. Zaban.
65, of Hartford, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at her home.
Carole was born Aug. 28, 1942, in Lansing, Mich., the daughter of
Menlo and Alice (Padgett) Hyde, both of whom precede her in
passing. Carole played an active role in her community and her
church, as a member of Hartford Federated Church. She and her late
husband, Robert, were active in the Southwest Michigan farming
scene and Carole spent many hours working on the farm. Robert
preceded Carole in passing on May 6, 2006.
Besides her parents and husband, she was also
preceded in passing by a brother, Aaron Hyde. The family will welcome friends from noon to 2
p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Hartford Federated Church, where the
service to honor her memory will take place at 2 p.m. Pastor
Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Following the service, cremation
will take place and burial will be held in Keeler Cemetery at a
later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be
made to Hospice at Home. The family has entrusted the Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements. Carole is survived by a son, David (Becky)
Kronewetter of Hartford; a grandson, Nicholas Kronewetter of
Hartford; abrother, Dallas (Crystal) Hyde of Mason; a
sister-in-law, Ruth Dales of Chandler, Ariz.; numerous nieces and
nephews; and her church family. Additional note:Carole was a secretary at
Hartford High School when I was in school and I recall her still
being there in 1966 when I graduated. She also operated the high
school supply window where we purchased lunch tickets, paper,
pencils and lots of other items needed for school. Although she
did not graduate from Hartford, she was known and loved by many
through school and church – she was a caring, lovely person. Her husband, Bob, was a school bus driver for many years.
Carole and Bob owned Bob’s Greenhouse and delivered many, many
potted flowers and plants to stores in the area for several years.
75, of Fayetteville, Ohio, formerly of Hartford, died Thursday
morning, Jan. 03, 2008, at his home. He was born in Hartford and
graduated from Hartford High
1950. He received his bachelor’s degree from
Michigan State University. He served in the Army in Korea and
received an honorable discharge on Sept.10, 1954. He married
Roberta McKinney on Oct. 15, 1954, and they later divorced. He
worked in construction as a general contractor, building inspector,
and was also self-employed building residential homes. He designed
and built the home he was living in. He was actively involved with
youth athletic programs. He was an active member of the Milford VFW
Post 6562. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing pool. He loved
and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and
great-granddaughter. He is survived by his
Diane Shultz of
Marion, Ohio; his sons and daughtersin-law — Michael and Victoria
Patterson of Norwalk, Ohio, and David and Jean Patterson of
Cincinnati, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; one greatgranddaughter;
brothers — Ralph (Darlene) Patterson of Grand Junction, Mich., and
Don (Marge) Patterson of Monticello, Ind.; sisters — Lois (Larry) Blyly, and
Sue (Stan) Dowd of Hartford; and special friend, Wilma Cornelious. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and
Upham Patterson; sister, Wanda Patterson; brother, Dale
Patterson; and brotherin-law, Stan Dowd. Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside
memorial service at Keeler Cemetery, (6 miles south of Hartford on
CR 687) on Monday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m., followed by a luncheon at the
Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Highway, Hartford, MI 49057.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the VFW Post 6562 at P.O. Box 215,
Milford, OH 45150.
Martin “Marty” Stanley
Stoddard, 90, of Decatur, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1,
2008, at his home. Martin was born Aug. 5, 1917, in Hartford, the son of
Jack and Maud (Schaefer) Stoddard, both of whom precede him in
passing. He was also preceded in passing by a son, Gary Stoddard on
July 26, 1975; and three sisters, Maxine Hilliah, Ruth Kabine and
Milly Davis. Martin was a
lifelong dairy farmer in the Hartford area. He sold seed
corn, soybeans and wheat to other area farmers. He was a lifetime
member of the American Legion Post 93 and the Hartford Masons. He
also was a longtime member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club. There
will be a graveside service to honor Martin’smemory at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Keeler
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made
to Southern Care Hospice of Kalamazoo. The family has entrusted the
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements. Martin is survived by two daughters, Marsha (Donald)
Davis of Decatur and Ellen Kinard of Hartford; two granddaughters,
Dawn Davis of North Hollywood, Calif., and Meadow Nuyen of Portage;
a grandson, Jeremy Kinard of Hartford; and great-grandchildren,
Chandler Huerta and Carson Nuyen, both of Portage, and Hanna and
Dylan Kinard, both of Hartford. He is also survived by a brother,
Clinton (Myrtle) Stoddard of Hartford, a sister, Esther Moninger of
Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Note:Click
here to view Martin’s military picture and profile.