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Dianna L. Williamson, 65, of Eau Claire passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at her home.
     Dianna was born Dec. 18, 1945, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Clyde and Florence (Johnson) Williamson. She was formerly employed with Modar in Decatur and Zenith Corp. in Benton Harbor. She loved flowers and going to garage sales, and she loved to laugh.
     Dianna is survived by her father, Clyde; a brother, Russell Williamson of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Gayle (Gar) Bisnet of Hartford; a niece, Lesa Beem of St. Joseph; a nephew, Phil Gunther of Lincoln, Neb.; and a special friend, Jim Corbit of Eau Claire.
     Dianna was preceded in passing by her mother, Florence, and a brother, Jon.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Pastor Doug Cuthbert of Sister Lakes Community Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery.

NOTE:  Dianna was a member of the Class of 1965 at Hartford High School.
 

Geronimo "Jerrito" Mireles Contreras, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at home.
   Jerrito was born Aug. 28, 1983, in Berrien Springs, the son of Edward and Rachel (Mireles) Contreras. Jerrito was formerly employed with Coloma Frozen Foods.
    Jerrito was loved by many, had a great sense of humor, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
   Jerrito is survived by his parents, Edward and Rachel; four siblings, Edward (Natalie) Contreras, Augustina Contreras (Jason Phillips), Selena Contreras and Jose Contreras, all of Hartford; two nieces, Zoe Phillips and Liliana Contreras; a nephew, Liam Contreras; grandmother, Augustina Contreras; grandparents, Geronimo and Oralia Mireles; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   
Jerrito was preceded in passing by two aunts, Yolanda Mireles and Susanna Ramarez.
   The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, where the Mass of Christian Burial to honor his memory will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, with Father Robert Flickinger presiding. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family asks memorial donations in Geronimo’s name be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, has been entrusted in handling the arrangements.
 
Mildred Bradlee, 81, a lifelong resident of Naperville, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility in Naperville. She was born July 13, 1929, in Aurora, Ill., the daughter of the late Mackey A and Hannah E. Squires.
     She was the beloved wife of Bruce, loving mother of the late Bruce Bradlee, Jr., Barbara Haas of Rochester, Minn., Barry Bradlee (fiancé Joan Yesutis) of Naperville, the late Brian Bradlee, and Bonnie Bradlee of Aurora. She was the cherished grandmother of Rickey Haas, Peter (Joanna) Haas, and fond great-grandmother of Celeste and Madison Haas. Dear sister of Donald (Janet) Squires and the late James Squires and sister-in-law of Mary Squires, Ruth Bradlee, and Mary Bradlee.
     Millie graduated from Ellsworth Elementary and Junior High and attended Naperville High School. She graduated from Hartford High School, class of 1947.
     She will be fondly remembered for her volunteerism in her children’s activities. She served as den mother and troop leader for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She volunteered at Naper School in the library and was room mother for each of her children. She was a charter member of the Naperville Jr. Women’s Club and belonged to the Fox Valley Genealogical Society for many years. Mildred also served as a volunteer with the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the V.F.W., where she held many officer roles and lovingly made cards every month to distribute to the vets at Heinz Hospital. She will be missed by many.
     Services will be held on Dec. 30, 2010, at Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church, 1852 95th St. Naperville, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. and memorial services to follow immediately. Arrangements were entrusted to: Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, Ill. 60540. Information can be obtained at 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com.

 
Leneve O. Nutt, Kalamazoo, MI, died Monday afternoon, December 20, 2010.
     Leneve was born October 25, 1910 in Hartford, Michigan a daughter of Forbes and Mary (Hathaway) Conklin.
She had been a Kalamazoo area resident most of her life. Leneve was a life member of the Eastern Star and Women’s Improvement Association. She also loved gathering, polishing, painting, and making jewelry with stones.
     Leneve was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry L. Nutt in March of 1992; a daughter, Lugene Mary Saddler on September 24, 2003; two brothers, Charles and Forbes Conklin; and two sisters, Letha Gillett and Alta Cowgill. She is survived by a grandson, Edmond "Foz" Saddler of Cloudcroft, NM; and several niece and nephews.
     Private services and burial will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Senior Services. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St., www.langelands.com, 343-1508.
 
Arlene Marie Ziemer, 76, of Hartford passed away on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven.
    Arlene was born March 14, 1934, in Watervliet, the daughter of John and Frances (Skibbe) Danneffel, both of whom preceded her in passing. Arlene was also preceded by her husband, Rynold, on Aug. 19, 2001, a son, Randy on Nov. 10, 2002, and two brothers.
     Arlene was a legal secretary at the abstract office in Benton Harbor for a number of years before she began farming with her husband on their farm in Hartford Township. She was an avid outdoors woman as shown by her love for camping, fishing and hunting.
     Arlene is survived by her children, Robert (Michelle) Ziemer of Hartford and Lisa (James) Sternaman of Coloma; and grandchildren, Steven Sternaman of Coloma and Kendall Ziemer and Olivia Ziemer, both of Hartford.
     A memorial service honoring Arlene’s memory will commence at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at Keeler Cemetery. John Sternaman will serve as officiant. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Arlene’s name be made to Hospice at Home. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 

Ircel Slack, 95, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Flordia Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Ircel was born June 28, 1915, in Keeler, Mich., the son of Roy and May Slack. He was an Army Veteran of WWII. He was the former owner of Slack’s Hardware in Decatur for several years. He was a member of Decatur Lions Club, Decatur Lodge No. 99, F.&A.M., VFW Celery City Post No. 6248 of Decatur and the sunset Harbor Yatch Club in Daytona Beach. He was formerly mayor of Decatur.
     He married Olive Sheline, Feb. 18, 1940, in Volinia. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 1996. He was also preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Greg Arthur Slack in 1943 and a grandson, David Sanders.
     Survivors include a daughter Marilyn (Greg) Sanders of Ormond Beach, Fla., and two grandsons Greg Sanders II and Tod Sanders; a great granddaughter Ania Sanders and a sister Selma Thatcher of Richmond, Va.
     Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Newell Funeral Home, Decatur. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church, Decatur of which he was a member, with the Rev. Brian Hall officiating.
     Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Decatur with military rites conducted by VFW Celery City Post No. 6248 and American Legion Post # 309 of Decatur. Memorials may be made to the church.

George E. Edmonds, 82, of Hartford, passed away Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
     George was born July 31, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Glenn and May (Folts) Edmonds, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were a son, Randy Edmonds; his first wife, Jean; his second wife, Betty; five infant children and two sisters, Florence Saline and Dorothy.
     George was formerly employed with Auto Specialties for 25 years and C&O Railroad for 11 years and at Kellogg Hardware for a number of years. In his spare time, George loved hunting, fishing and just spending time with his family.
     George is survived by a daughter, Cathy (Pedro) Ontiveros of Hartford; three stepchildren, Linda Olds, David (Norma) Bulat and Sheryl (Steve) Ferguson, all of Hartford; grandchildren, Brian, Peter, Maria, Jose, Mark, Teresa, Miguel, Lindsay, Matthew, Jamin, David, Trent, Konner, Tim and Taylor; numerous great-grandchildren and a special friend and caregiver, Merle Main of Hartford.
     As per George’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor his memory will gather at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with the Rev. Wayne Davis of His Place Cathedral of Faith, Covert, serving as officiant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in George’s name be made to the Mark Olds Athletic Scholarship Fund.

NOTE:  George was with the Hartford High School Class of 1947. 
 

Hermelinda De La Pena Vela, 56, of Hartford, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Watervliet Township as the result of a car accident.
     Hermelinda was born Sept. 19, 1954, in Edinburg, Texas, the daughter of Jesus and Consuelo (Garza) De La Pena.
     Hermelinda was employed as the food service manager at Telamon Mi­grant Head Start in Watervliet for 15 years. She took great pride and joy in both her children and grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor and could brighten up any room she was in.
     Hermelinda is survived by her husband, Rene; two daughters, Irene Vela of Hartford and Nora (Gerardo) Aguirre of Watervliet; two sons, Javier (Amanda) De La Pena and Rene Vela Jr., both of Pharr, Texas; 10 grandchildren; her father, Jesus Hernandez De La Pena of Pharr, Texas; three sisters, Juana Recio of Chicago, Graciela Saldana of Hartford and Yvette De La Pena of Pharr, Texas, three brothers, Francisco De La Pena of Fresno, Calif., Ernesto De La Pena and Jesus De La Pena Jr., both of Pharr.
     Hermelinda was preceded in death by her mother, Consuelo, and a grand­daughter Justice Victoria Cavazos.
     There was a service to honor Hermelinda’s memory held on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. As to her wishes, cremation followed the service.
 
Mabel R. Kerr, age 86, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Yuma, Ariz. Born in Berrien County on Feb. 24, 1924, she graduated from Watervliet High School. Her husband of 60 years, William Kerr, predeceased her in 2003.
     For many years they had lived in Keeler, and then moved to Hamilton, Ohio, followed by a move to Tempe, Ariz., in 1962. In 1972 they relocated to Chandler, Ariz., where they owned and operated Kerr’s New and Used Furniture for a number of years.
     Mabel is survived by her three daughters, Georgia (James) Merrick of Chandler, Jean (Jerry) Albrecht of O’Fallon, Ill., and Judy (Jay) Irwin of Yuma, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Her two sisters, Lucile Richter of Decatur and Rosella Jean McNair (Tom) of Punta Gorda, Fla., also mourn her passing.
     Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Yuma, 1824 South 8th Ave., Yuma, Ariz. 85364.
 
Rev. Donna J. Page, 77, of Paw Paw, formerly of Hartford, passed away on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at the home of her daughter.
     Donna was born Jan. 29, 1933, in Lepanto, Ark., the daughter of Lexi and Hazel Martin, both of whom preceded her in passing. Donna was also preceded by a daughter, Donna Page, and a sister, Shirley.
     Donna was formerly employed at Contech Corporation in Dowagiac. She was a faithful minister of 45 years. She was a member of New Beginning Ministries in Bangor. She loved her children and grandchildren very much. She was truly a loved woman of God.
     Donna is survived by two daughters – Debbie (Bobby) Owens of Paw Paw and Linda Barber of Hartford; a son, Richard Page of Benton Harbor; her grandchildren – Robbie, Jennifer, Lisa, Cristina, Shawn, Tabatha and Annette; and her great-grandchildren – Dylan, Shaunda, Bradley, Jenna, Brian, Emaly, Timothy, Kaylynn, Tyler, Trever, Carsyn, Lainey, Lindsey, Lilly, Jayden, Aaron, Romero, Thaleiah and Ashley. Donna is also survived by three brothers – David Martin of Benton Harbor, Kenny Martin of Florida and Buster Martin; and two sis­ters, Jeanette (Larry) Greathouse of Tennessee and Nancy.
     The family will receive friends on Monday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Full Gospel Assembly Church, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, with Pastor Shannon Truelove officiating. Donna will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
 

Timothy Errol Nyhuis, 58, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at University Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Mich.
    
Pastor Tim, as he was known, was born Dec. 25, 1951, in Grand Rapids, the son of Elvin and Ann (Wells) Nyhuis.
     Pastor Tim, a servant of God [Pastor of the Hartford Federated Church], touched many lives as he lived out the compassion of Jesus. Every day his life demonstrated his strong faith in his Lord and Savior. He showed a deep love for his family, his church family, and his many friends. He will be remembered and missed as a faithful husband and loving father. Always ready with a smile or hug to share, or a hand to help any and all in need, he characteristically put others before himself. His heart beat to minister to his community and to reach the lost.
    Tim loved to golf with his wife and best friend, Cindy, and all his other golfing buddies. An avid athlete and sports fan, he enjoyed participating or cheering on his favorite teams as well as fishing with friends.  He also loved to travel and spend time with the many people who he held dear. He enjoyed his book discussion group and had a love for learning.
     Pastor Tim was a graduate of River Valley High School, Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Theological Seminary. Locally, he was involved in the following: Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Grace Christian School Board, jail ministry, Watervliet Community Hospital chaplain, Celebrate Recovery, church choir, golf league, mission trips, and much voluntary coaching.
     Pastor Tim will be greatly missed by all who knew and were touched by him, but we have blessed assurance that we will see him again in Heaven. We have been blessed to know and love Tim, and will cherish our memories of times spent with him.
     Pastor Tim married Cindy Kelsey on June 21, 1975, and she survives along with their daughter, Jenifer Nyhuis of Chicago, his parents, Elvin and Ann Nyhuis of Hartford, his siblings: Guy (Nancy) Nyhuis of Otsego, Paul (Sylvia) Nyhuis of Alto, Margaret (Mark) Baeza of Liberty Hill TX, Thomas (Jeanie) Nyhuis of Buchanan and Beth Ann (Jeff) Rumbaugh of Reisterstown MD. Tim is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, George and Thelma Kelsey of Milan, brother­in-law, Lee (Dorothy) Kelsey of Ypsilanti, sisters-in-law, Linda (Marvin) Schultz of Milan, Marion Compton of Ypsilanti, many nieces, nephews, his church family and friends.
     The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 23, at the Hartford Federated Church. The service to honor Pastor Tim’s memory will commence at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Grace Christian School in Watervliet. Pastor Tim will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Pastor Tim’s name may be made to the Hartford Federated Church or to Grace Christian School.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall;
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
   
              Isaiah 29, 30

In memory of Pastor Tim and the young people from the Hartford Federated Church Youth Groups who passed on before him; Ted Perry 1990 , Jamie Wilkens 1986, Wesley Peterson 1988, Parnelli Gregory 1997, Andrew Collins, and Donna Squires 2006.

Pastor Tim and his wife, Cindy, ministered 32 years at the Hartford Federated Church; as Youth Pastor
1977-1986 and Sr. Pastor 1986-2010.

Helen Dunning, 93, of Coloma passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at the Community Hospital in Watervliet.
     Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Highway, in Watervliet, with the Rev. Mark Cowell officiating. Burial will follow at the Watervliet Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, 249 E. Center St., Coloma. Memorial donations may be made to either the North Berrien Senior Center or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Those wishing to send the family a message of condolence may do so online at www.florin.net.
    
Helen was born Feb. 26, 1917, in Hartford. She was the youngest of 13 children born to Frank Shafer and Lenora Cook. Helen married Virgil F. Dunning on Jan. 8, 1943, and together had two daughters. She was “93 years young” and still enjoyed life and adventure. She enjoyed outdoor activities including going on scenic car rides, cardinals, and particularly bonfires and barbecues, which included having her family nearby.
     She will be remembered for humor and “always had something to say to make you laugh.” She enjoyed watching classic television programs, doing word search puzzles, golf and bowling. Helen was “a giver” who was willing to help those in need.
    
She never forgot dates of interest or anyone’s birthday. Most of all, Helen cherished time spent with her family – especially her grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and greatgreat-grandchildren.
     Helen is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Pat) Yore of Watervliet; grandchildren, Scott (Sandra) Yore and Kimberly (Tim) Bartee; great-grandchildren – Scott, Sean, Dustin, Jonathon, Timothy, Madison and Sydney; two greatgreat-grandchildren, Kaylee and Kayden; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, in 1997; a daughter, Maureen Kaye Dunning in 2001; 12 brothers and sisters; and a grandson, Shawn Allen Yore.

NOTE:  Helen was a 1936 graduate of Hartford High School.
 

Myrtle Earlene Sibley, 84, of Coloma, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at her home.
     Myrtle was born April 26, 1926, in Bradford, Ark., the daughter of Floyd and Flossie (Holmes) Brinsfield, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Edward Sibley, in 1984; a son, Randy Sibley; two sisters, Allene Hamill and Jewel Fritz; and a brother, Roy Brinsfield.
    
Myrtle was a graduate of Hartford High School.
     Myrtle is survived by three sons: Larry (Agnes) Sibley, Timothy Sibley and Anthony Sibley, all of Coloma; seven grandchildren: Larry, Roger, Bonnie, Jane, Jennifer, Samantha and Stephanie; and fifteen great-grandchildren: Larry, Sarah, Randy, Katie, Shanna, Elyssia, Amanda, Justin, Lynn, Timothy, Logan, Theresa, James, Vivian and Leigha.

   
  The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 22, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A graveside service to honor her memory will commence at noon Monday, Nov. 22, at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, where Chaplain Barbara VanEck of Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Myrtle’s name may be made to the Sibley Family Account, courtesy of Fifth Third Bank.
 
Richard Alan O’Neal, 53, of Hartford passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at his home following his valiant eight-year battle with cancer.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Those wishing to leave the family a message of comfort may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com. Memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
     Rick was born on Aug. 7, 1957, in Paw Paw to Homer and Bonita (Bavis) O’Neal. He and his wife of 34 years, Debra, were married on Feb. 23, 1976. Rick began work at Modern Plastics in Benton Harbor where he worked his way up to a supervisory level. He then worked for Atlantic Automotive in Benton Harbor for 16 years as a supervisor until his illness. He and Debra were also the former owners and operators of the Warren Mansion Homes AFC for many years.
     Rick loved to hunt, fish and work on his cars, but his greatest love was his grandchildren. Rick was a loving husband and a fantastic father who was also like a second dad to many of his children’s friends. He was admired by many and will be greatly missed by all.
     Richard is survived by his wife, Debra; his son, Richard (fiancée Melissa Johnson) O’Neal Jr. of Hartford; his two daughters, Jeanie (James) Fritz of Hartford and Jessica O’Neal of Kalamazoo; his mother, Bonita O’Neal of Greenbrier, Ark.; 23 brothers and sisters, Cathy (Mike) Meagher, Diane Evans, Don O’Neal, Glen (Sue) O’Neal, Becky Speck, Jon (Carol) O’Neal, Dale (Lucy) O’Neal, Laura O’Neal, Randy (Teresa) O’Neal, H.J. (Rhonda) O’Neal Jr., MaryAnn (Gip) Gibson, Doris (David) Swor, Norma (J.D.) Dupree, Louise (Joel) White, David (Connie) O’Neal, Linda (Steve) Crawford, June Ryan, Helen (Glen) Small, Ruth Clark, Jeanie O’Neal, Bruce (Debbie) O’Neal, Joe Absher and Dorothy (Jeff) Wheeler; Pat Tarintino-O’Neal who was like a son to Rick; four grandchildren, Logan and Connor Fritz and Taylor and Tristin O’Neal; and many nieces and nephews.
    
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Brandy Nicole, and his father Homer.
 
Charles B. White, 65, Byron Center, Mich., formerly of Hartford, died Nov. 6 at home. Cook Funeral Home, Byron Center. 616-878-9744.
 
Terrance Fream Rice, 62, of Hartford passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at home.
    
Terry, as he was known by everyone, was born March 4, 1948, in Grand Rapids, the son of Claude and Arys (Shockey) Rice.
   
 Terry served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After his military duty, Terry was employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill for 17 years, leaving there to become the groundskeeper at Blossom Trails Golf Club in Benton Township, where he was a dedicated and loyal employee for another 17 years. In his spare time he was a true Tigers, Lions and Red Wings fan and never wavered from that, even when they were not doing so well. However, his most enjoyable times were spent with his nieces and nephews.
     Terry is survived by his three children – Shawn (Natalie Stefani) Rice, Kimberly (James) Ryan and Tiffany (Jami) Allmon, all of Hartford. Terry is also survived by eight grandchildren – Christopher Rice, Jacob Rice, Joshua Ryan, Gage Rice, Jesse Rice, Junior Rice, Mathew Ryan and Dylan Rice; one granddaughter, Kelsi Rice; his mother, Arys Rice of Hartford; and a brother, Douglas Shockey, and a sister, Jacqueline (Michael) Johnson, both of Hartford.
     Terry was preceded in death by his father, Claude, and a brother, Scott Rice.
    
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Military rites will commence at 2 p.m. conducted by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803, American Legion Post 362 and their auxiliary. Following the military rites will be a memorial service to honor Terry’s memory with Pastor Wayne Davis of His Place Cathedral of Faith Church of Covert officiating. Those wishing to make a memorial in Terry’s name may do so with the family.
 
Bobbi Jo Tidey, 52, of Hartford, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at her home.
     Bobbi was born Aug. 20, 1958, in Watervliet, the daughter of Barcey (Faith) Rogers and Shirley Johnson-Rogers. Bobbi worked at Quality Assured Plastics in Lawrence and Coloma Frozen Foods.

     Bobbi is survived by a daughter, Natasha Tidey of Grand Rapids; a son, Larry (Sarah) Simpson of Arkansas; her grandchil­dren – Daisy, Alaina, A.J., Austin, Cameron, Ivy, Jesse and Maygen; her father and stepmother, Barcey (Faith) Rogers of Decatur; a sister, Vera Rogers of Hartford; and four brothers – Robert (Michelle) Rogers of Tennessee, Paul Rogers of Hartford, Richard Rogers of Bangor and Raymond (Patricia) Rogers of Elkhart, Ind.
     Bobbi was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Rogers, in 2001; and a daughter, Tiffanny, in 1986.

    
Bobbi was a very caring mother to her children and her grandchildren, and they will dearly miss her.
     The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Lake Michigan Beach Faith Fellowship Community Church, 3481 Ohio, Hagar Township, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 5 p.m., with Pastor Douglas Dunn officiating. There will be no interment as cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bobbi’s name may be made to the church.
    
Calvin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 
Jane Freestone, 87, of Lawrence, away peacefully Sunday evening, October 17, 2010 at her home. She was born August 11, 1923 in Paw Paw the daughter of the late Clarence A. and Faye Marie (Joy) Brown.
     Jane was a teacher for 29 years, teaching in Diamondale, Hartford, Lawrence and Paw Paw. In 1970 Jane developed the first all day Kindergarten in the state of Michigan. She was a 50 year plus member of the Lawrence United Methodist Church and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church while living in Sarasota, FL. She was a life member of the Lawrence Chapter Order of Eastern Star and was one of the original "Hill Toppers" from Western Michigan University. Jane’s love of God and love of people had a profound effect on everyone she met.
     On February 7, 1945 in Norfolk, VA Jane was united in marriage to Kenneth R. Freestone who preceded her in death on October 11, 1991. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Willow Brown.
     Surviving are a son, David (Christie) Freestone of Alma, Michigan; 2 daughters, Diane (Thomas Surprise) of Lawrence, MI; and Pam (Dick) Nivala of Kalamazoo; grandson, Craig Freestone of Tecumseh, MI.
     Family will receive friends Monday (10/25) 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw, where a memorial service will be held following visitation at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jeanne Kucks officiating. Interment of Cremains will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan, Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota, FL or the Lawrence United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
 
Bernardene Velma Ellis, 84, Keeler, died Oct. 16 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101. Additional information will be posted when available.
 

Oralia Garza de Romero, 81, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease.
     Oralia was born May 8, 1929 (8) in General Teran, Mexico, to Lorenzo Garza and San Juanita Montalvo de Garza, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing are her husband, Manuel Romero, a daughter, Diana Castillo, a greatgranddaughter, Jordan Manciaz and two sisters, Theresa Garza de Vasquez and Francisca Garza de Moya.
     Oralia married her late husband, Manuel, in 1949 and together they raised nine beautiful children. She was a loving mother and wife for 60 years. She was also known for her caring and giving spirit to the community and was devoted to assisting her husband in his work and ambitions. Outside of her family life, her favorite pastime was watching Major League Baseball.
     Oralia is survived by three daughters, Graciela (Alfonzo) Chavez of Hartford, Leticia (Luis) Aranda of Lawrence and Tabatha Perry of Mississippi; five sons, Juan (Sharon) Romero of Illinois, Gerardo (Luisa) Romero of Maryland, Aldo Romero and Lorenzo Romero, both of Hartford and Rodolfo (Crystal) Romero of Coloma. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 31 greatgrandchildren, two brothers, Lorenzo Garza and Rodolfo Garza and two sisters, Natalia Garza and Dora Garza.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, where a Mass of Christian Burial to honor her memory will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Father Fabio Garzon will serve as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Oralia’s name may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 

Lupe Eubunce Reyna, 58, of Grand Junction passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at his home.
Lupe was born July 5, 1952, in Tyronza, Ark., the son of Bobby and Dora (Solis) Reyna, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing are a nephew, Nach Reyna, a granddaughter, Devon Ryba and a grandson, A.J. Merritt.
     Lupe retired from Perrigo of Allegan in July 2007. He also was formerly employed at Fruit Belt Foods of Lawrence, McLemore Auto and the Main Tavern of Hartford.
     Lupe married the former Kim Lamson on Aug. 10, 2007. She survives, along with children and stepchildren, Rosemary Reyna of Grand Junction, Larry (Brenda) Merritt of Hartford, Christina (Glenn) Pruitt of Louisiana, Ricky (Linda) Merritt and Mickie (Richard) Andrews, both of Hartford, Dale (Teresa) Merritt of Lawrence, Eubunce (Gina) Reyna of Hartford, Beverly (Jeromie) Johnson of Lawrence, Joshua (Cary) Johnson of Lawton, Lupe Reyna of Kalamazoo, Vanessa Stewart of Grand Junction, John Hewitt of Pennsylvania, Sara Hewitt of Allegan, Lori Hewitt of Mattawan and Felina Snider of Grand Junction. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; eight brothers, Bobby Reyna of South Haven, Johnny Reyna of Oregon, Eddie Reyna of Texas, Pete Reyna of South Haven, Paul Reyna of Lawrence, Raymond Reyna of Texas, Rudy (Becky) Reyna of Mattawan and Robert Reyna of Kalamazoo; and a sister, Mary (Jose) Rodarte of Hartford.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor his memory will commence at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Hartford Church of God, where Pastor Eric Jackson will officiate. Burial will follow in Breedsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lupe’s name may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center.

 

Virgil M. Wessendorf, 90, of Eau Claire, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, in the comfort of her family.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Pastor Steven Small officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores. Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home. Those wishing to sign the memory book on­line may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Virgil was born Feb. 14, 1920, in Benton Harbor, to Forrest and Margarite (Christensen) Shire. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1937. On Sept. 8, 1939, she married Albert Wessendorf Jr. in St. Joseph. Virgil worked for Heath Co. as an administrative assistant and retired in 1982. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, boating, golfing, dogs, and camping, visiting every state but Alaska and Hawaii. Most of all she loved spending time with family and friends.
     Virgil is survived by her two daughters, Shirley (John) Strawbridge of Eau Claire, and Jean Wessendorf of Hartford; three sons – Forrest Wessendorf of Eau Claire, William Wessendorf of Niles, and David (Rosellen) Wessendorf of Rio Rico, Ariz.; 17 grand­children; 28 great-grandchildren; and sister, Vera Sluys of Grand Rapids, Mich.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mildred Clark; and the love of her life, Albert on June 22, 2007.

NOTE:  Virgil formerly resided in Hartford and all of her children were Hartford High School graduates.
 

Marilyn Jean Hoeckelberg, 68, of Hartford passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, Oct. 15, 2010, at Watervliet Community Hospital.
     Cremation has taken place, and the family will host a memorial service at a later date. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home is assisting in the ar­rangements. Those wishing to leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com. Memorial donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan and sent in care of the funeral home.
     Marilyn was born on July 21, 1942, in Valparaiso, Ind. She was one of six children of Henry and Louise (Wright) Wilson. On July 8, 1962, she married Bernhard Hoeckelberg, and the couple raised their family of four sons and one daughter. She enjoyed going to rummage sales and loved to adorn her yard with her treasures. Marilyn was also an avid birdwatcher with feeders placed throughout her yard. Her greatest love though was her children and grandchildren.
     She is survived by her husband, Bernhard; her children – Bernhard (Jean) Hoeckelberg of Hartford, Thure (Tracey) Hoeckelberg of Jacksonville, Fla., Gene (Patty) Hoeckelberg of Stevensville, Cassie (John) Bell of South Haven, and Albert (Sherri) Hoeckelberg of Plymouth, Ind.; brothers – Henry Wilson of Texas, Roy (Sheryl) Wilson of Westville, Ind., and Don Wilson of Chesterton, Ind.; sisters Lilah (Paul) Ling of Chesterton and Patricia (Kurt) Thayer of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
     She was preceded in death by her parents.

 
Trinity Nicole Wolford, 27, of Hartford died Oct. 11, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
     Trinity was born in St. Joseph on Dec. 22, 1982, the daughter of Daniel and Deborah (Fisher) Wolford. She is survived by her son, Camden Wolford; and her mother, Deborah.
     Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Full Gospel Apostolic Church, 32560 56th Ave., Paw Paw. Floral arrangements may be sent directly to the church before 2 p.m. Friday, or Saturday morning until the time of service.
     Please visit Trinity’s personal Web page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you can archive a favorite memory and sign her online guest book.
Arrangements by Life Story Funeral Homes, Betzler & Thompson – Paw Paw; (800) 822-7594.


NOTE:  Trinity was a 2001 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Charles Bryce Engle, 70, of Bainbridge Township passed away on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 North Benton Center Road, Benton Township. A military burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Hartford Maple Hill Cemetery.
    
Born in Lawrence, Bryce was the son of the late Kathryn Louise (Lee) and Charles “Red” Engle. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Sandra Joann (Drake).
     Surviving are two daughters, Tristan (Michael) Engle-Maney and Meghan Engle; his brothers Jim (Gail) and Roger (Ann) Engle; sister, Sarah (Jack) Rolback; and one granddaughter, Hannah “J” Maney.
     A master gardener, grandfather and avid teacher, Bryce enjoyed his retirement. He was passionate about his work with The Opportunity Center, Heartland Alliance, Habitat for Humanity and Benton Harbor schools ’education-fundraising through gardening’ with emphasis in McCord Elementary School Greenhouse. Bryce, a Navy veteran, served on the USS Berkeley; graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in history, and was the director of building and grounds for the Buchanan and South Haven public school systems.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sarett Nature Center, Habitat for Humanity and the Opportunity Center. At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, the McCord Elementary Greenhouse will be hosting a workday for anyone interested in helping for the day.
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling of arrangements.

NOTE:  Charles was a 1958 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Brenda Jo (McKie) Calloway, 43, of Hartford passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 at Watervliet Community Hospital.
     Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial of her ashes will be in Fish Cemetery in Covert. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Brenda was born Oct. 20, 1966, in South Haven, to John and Helen (Martin) McKie. Brenda was a special lady who was always willing to share whatever she had with anyone. Coming to visit, you always left with something if she thought you could use it. Brenda will be greatly missed by family and friends, often praying for those she felt needed it.
     Survivors include her parents, Helen and Larry Polashak of Watervliet; brother, Adam (Cathi) McKie of Wabash, Ind.; nieces and nephews, Jeffery, Nicole and Lindsey McKie of Wabash, Ind.; a special friend, Dave Johnson and his daughter Heather and granddaughter Isabella. Also surviving are her special dogs, Smoochie and Earl; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
     Brenda was preceded in death by her father, John McKie; brothers, John and Jeffery McKie; and grand­parents, John and Beatrice Martin, John and Vera McKie and Carl and June Polashak.
 
Victor Wilkinson, age 75, and Judith Wilkinson, age 70 – passed away Saturday October 9, 2010 following injuries received in an automobile accident in Tennessee.
     Victor, born on March 31st 1935 in Beaverton to Irvin and Alice (Hughes) Wilkinson, he was preceded in death by his brother Vern and sister Magdalene. He is survived by brothers, Dwight, Robert and sisters Mildred and Mary. Mr. Wilkinson graduated from Hartford HS in 1953 and Michigan Tech University receiving a B.S. of Metallurgy. He also served in the US Army as an Officer. He worked in the Aeronautics Industry for General Electric and Howmet Corp. as the General Manager at facilities in Plymouth MI and Exeter, England. He maintained a thriving sales business for several years after Howmet.
     Judith, born on July 2nd 1940 in Alton, IL to Dana D. and Margaret L. (Englage) Heter is survived by brothers Tom, Dana II; and sisters Betty and Cynthia.
     Both Victor and Judith are survived by children Vicki (Mike) Yurick, Jennifer (Paul) Cooper, Bruce (Tracey) Wilkinson, Pamela (Greg) Zinn; and 7 grandchildren (Sean, Colin, Andrea, Sydney, Bryan, Marissa, and Cameron). Judith graduated from Parkview H.S. Springfield, MO in 1958.
     She met and married Victor on November 21st, 1959 while Victor was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. They made their first home in Michigan (Royal Oak, Farmington, and Northville).
     Upon retiring, Victor and Judith continued to make wonderful memories while sharing in a Bed and Breakfast (Macon GA) and an Antique trading business.
     Visitation for Victor and Judith is to be held on Friday, October 15th from 4-8 pm, and a service on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Keehn Funeral Home, 706 West Main St. Brighton, MI. (810) 229-9871. A memorial for friends in TN to be held in November (details to follow). In lieu of flowers the family has suggested making contributions to World Vision International or to the United Way.  Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on October 13, 2010

     The driver and passenger killed in a single-car crash on Interstate 75 early Saturday evening have been identified as a couple from Loudon.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Judith Wilkinson, 70, was driving the PT Cruiser which was headed northbound on the Interstate.
The crash occurred about 6 p.m. near mile marker 21.  Her husband, Victor Wilkinson, 75, was the passenger in the vehicle.
     Trooper Gray Gibson, who is in charge of the investigation, said Saturday that the Wilkinsons were headed northbound on I-75 when they reportedly left the roadway on the left side, overcorrected toward the right and struck an embankment and rolled several times before coming to a stop.  Gibson’s information came from witness accounts.
     Cleveland Fire Department, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Bradley County Emergency Medical Service and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene; however, both occupants of the vehicle died on the scene. Both victims were reportedly wearing their seat belts.  Troopers were able to get one lane of the roadway reopened after about an hour.
     Also assisting Gibson at the scene were troopers Thomas Clower and Sgt. Tim Aslinger.       Published in the Cleveland Daily Banner. 

NOTE:  Victor was a 1953 Hartford High School graduate. He was a member of the 1953 Basketball team who lost the State championship by 3 points in overtime on a couple of referees’ decisions.

Donna Lee Cockerel, 76, of Coloma passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 at her residence with her family present.
     A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Full Gospel Assembly, 510 E. Snow Road in Berrien Springs. Visitation with the family will begin one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the family or to Hospice at Home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma is assisting the family in the arrangements. Those wishing to leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
    
Donna was born on Oct. 14, 1933, in Chicago to George and Evelyn (Habel) Brady. As a young girl she grew up in Chicago prior to moving to Benton Harbor. She also resided in the Coloma-Hartford area. As a young teen she was a talented roller skater and won many awards. Donna loved camping and traveling the countryside, but her most precious love was her family and grandchildren, who will greatly miss her.
     Donna is survived by her four sons, Harold (Rose) Shuck, St. Joseph, Lloyd Glupker, Darrell Glupker and Rodney (Jennifer) Cockeral, all of Coloma; her daughter, Brenda Glupker, St. Joseph; her brother Harold Brady, Sister Lakes; and eight grandchildren, Shelley Shell, Kristal Shuck, Jeremy, Brandon, Nicole, and Darrell J. Glupker, and Celorissa and Shyanne Cockerel; and three greatgrandchildren. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, especially her loving niece Kathy Hart of Coloma.
     Mrs. Cockerel was preceded in death by her parents; her son Martin Glupker, and her sister Georgia Brady Nimtz.
 
Gloria Jean Miller, 66, of Decatur, passed away suddenly on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at home.
     Gloria was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Hayti, Mo., the daughter of Melton and Hazel (Murphy) Cole, both of whom precede her in passing. She was also preceded by her stepfather, Howard Ward, who raised her as his own.
     Gloria was a graduate of Hartford High School. She was a deputy with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, worked as a security guard with the Cook Nuclear Plant and at Midwest Fastener Co. for 10 years.
     In her spare time she enjoyed playing cards, gambling and doing all kinds of crossword puzzles.
     Gloria was a loving mother to her children, Edwin (Brenda) Hollenbeck of Cassopolis, Gary Hollenbeck of Dowagiac, Melissa Goss of Hartford and Frank (Tammy) Miller of Decatur. Her most precious times were spent with her grandchildren: Alisha, Devin, Heather, Kara Beth, Jordan, Riley, Shelby and Mason; and her three great-grandchildren.
     Gloria is also survived by: two brothers, Ray (Beverly) Cole of St. Joseph and Steve (Bernadette) Cole of Traverse City; and three sisters, Sue (Mike) Duffy of Benton Harbor, Lynne (Tim) Melvin of Vicksburg and Darlene (James) Henderson of Hartford.
     Her family will welcome friends on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Gloria’s memory will commence at 10 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 13, at the funeral home.
     Gloria will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery.
     Those wishing to make a memorial in Gloria’s name may do so with the charity of their choice.

Note:  Gloria was a 1962 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Dorothy Ilowene Smithley, 77, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Dot, as she was known by all who knew her, was born April 8, 1933, in Batesville, Ark., the daughter of David and Deverlan (Lamb) Downs, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding Dot was a sister, Dee McFall.
     Dot graduated from Coloma High School. She married Ronald Smithley on Aug. 22, 1953, and together they owned and operated Ron-Dot Floral and Greenery in Hartford for more than 25 years. She was a loyal and faithful member of the Hartford Federated Church where she often sang either solos or duets with Bob Lightner. Dot was also a gifted painter who did many paintings for family and friends.
     Dot is survived by her husband, Ron, of 57 years. She is also survived by their children, Mark (Donna) Smithley and Gregg Smithley, both of Hartford; five grandchildren, Brandon Smithley of St. Louis, Mo., Daniel (April) Smithley of Lakeview, S.C., Toni (Clarence Ward Jr.) Smithley of Flint, Tyler Smithley and Brier Smithley, both of Hartford; nine great-grandchildren, Khole, Brooke, Danyelle, Dirk, Alex, Lily, Alex, Aiden and Katierra; a brother, Bill (Jeanie) Downs; and a sister, Valerie “Faye” Diltz, both of Florida; and special friends, Mona Praydon and Irma Gregory.
     As to Dot’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will commence at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Hartford Federated Church with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dot’s name may be made to the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home of Hartford with the arrangements.
Sue Ellen Munjoy, 62 of Hartford passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
     Sue was born March 23, 1948, in South Haven, the daughter of John and Eunice (Beatty) Munjoy, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by two brothers, David Munjoy and John Munjoy.
  Sue liked watching old movies, riding her bike and completing puzzles out of books.

     Sue is survived by her daughter, Kathy Munjoy (Martin Wilcoxson) of Hartford; lifelong companion, Sherman Sanders of Hartford; a brother, Brian Maurig; and a sister, Vicki Peterson of Kansas.
     As per Sue’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honor her memory will be held on
Friday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hartford Federated Church in Hartford. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

Note: 
Sue was a 1969 Hartford High School graduate.  
 
Raymond C. Bock Jr., 79, of Watervliet died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his family.
     A service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with Masonic Rites conducted at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Donations in Ray’s memory may be made to Hospice at Home of South Haven or to the Coloma United Methodist Church. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Ray was born June 8, 1931, in Lawrence to Raymond and Vera (Anders) Bock Sr. He retired from Whirlpool Corp. in 1987 after 32 years of service. He was formerly employed part time by Florin Funeral Service. Ray was a member of the Coloma United Methodist Church and Coloma Masonic Lodge 162. In addition he was a Past Patron of Watervliet OES Chapter 232, Past Master of Watervliet Masonic Lodge 308 and Past Commander of Malta Commandre.
     Ray is survived his wife, Florence “Bunnie” (Bachman) whom he married Dec. 17, 1950, in Coloma; five children, David (Belinda Farnworth) Bock of Evart, Mich., Carole (Kevin) Kanouse of Hartford, Lorrie (Brad) Reed of Grand Rapids, Deb (Bruce) Becker of Coloma, Alan (Samantha) Bock of St. Joseph; one sister, Carlene (Gerald) Freier of Benton Harbor. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Michelle (Shaun) Harner, Joe (Jennie) Reed, Dustin (Ashley) Bock, Jessica (Matt) Ensing, Christian Clune; and eight great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, Lucas, Ella, Ryan, Alexis, McKayla and Lauren.
     Ray was preceded in death by two sisters, Roslyn Mills and Marjorie Johnson, and a brother, Donald “Bud” Swanson.

NOTE:  Raymond was a 1949 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Eunice Collins, 61, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at her home.
     Eunice was born Sept. 3, 1949, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Les and Margie (Poole) Spradley, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were a son, Teddy Hutchinson, a granddaughter, Nicole Hutchinson and two brothers; Garfield Spradley and James Spradley.
     Eunice was formerly employed with First of America Bank and Kalamazoo College, and also owned and operated her own business, Bride N’ Formal, when she lived in Texas. Her most joy in life, though, were times spent tidying up her garden and time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     Eunice married Ward Collins on Jan. 16, 1981. He survives, along with two sons, Jimmy (Laura) Hutchinson and Charles Hutchinson, both of Bur­leson, Texas; a daughter, Kim (Patrick) Mathewson of Three Oaks; grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew, Myke, Joellyn, Leigha, Taylor and Lanie; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha (Bud) Ward of Joshua, Texas, and Carol Collier of Glen Rose, Texas.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the funeral service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Pastor Seldon Collins will officiate. Burial will follow the service in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
 
Katherine “Katie” Stout, 21, of Benton Harbor died suddenly Sunday, Sept.19, 2010, in Coloma.
     A service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Cremation will take place following the service. Donations in Katie’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Katie was born April 6, 1989, in South Haven. She graduated from Hartford High School in 2007, where she lettered in track and cross country. She was a five-year member of HIEV, where she played clarinet, she participated in Winter Guard and put her sassy attitude to good use in school plays and drama, landing the part of Dorothy in the 2007 production of the Wizard of Oz. Katie was also a seven-year member of the Baroda Pigs R Us 4H group, showing goats, chickens and turkeys at the Berrien County Youth Fair. She was currently employed at Hagar Bar & Grill in Hagar Shores.
     Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Shirley JoAnn Stout and Jim Wheeler; father and step­mother, Terry and Roselle Stout; sisters, Erica Dashner and Sara (Abel) Apreza, along with a special nephew, Aiden Apreza. She is also survived by her grandparents, Wennonah Stout and Clate Myers; boyfriend, Aaron Benitez, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
     Katie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Shirley and Ralph “Red” Huggens; grandfather, Arlo Stout; and great-grandparents, Lyle and Doris Norris.

 
James O. French, 90, of Bangor passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at his home.
     The family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Bangor Free Methodist Church, with Pastors David L. Markel and Daniel Stout officiating. Interment will follow in Chambers Cemetery, Geneva Township. The family suggest memorials to the Bangor Free Methodist Church. www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com.
     Jim was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Parchment, the son of Lloyd and Grace (Vinning) French, and has lived the majority of his life in the Hartford-Bangor areas. He formerly worked at National Motors, South Haven, and for Clark Equipment, Benton Harbor, and was a member of the Bangor Free Methodist Church. Jim loved fishing, gardening and watching the birds at his bird feeders.
     Surviving are his wife, Ruby, whom he married Oct. 25, 1940; five children, Charles (Norma) French of Bangor, Larry (Kathy) Johnson of Three Rivers, Esther Grant of Benton Harbor, Nancy (Gary) French-Smith of South Haven and Gary (Dana) French of Mishawaka, Ind.; 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

 
Robert Stowers, 90, of Coloma, passed away at South Haven Community Hospital on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, after a short illness.
     Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.  Burial will follow in Coloma Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
     Memorials may be made to the Coloma Community Schools (Athletics) or the North Berrien Senior Center.  Those wishing to leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick. com.
     Bob was born on June 21, 1920, in Keeler Township to Elwin and Alta Stowers. On Dec. 14, 1949, he married his wife, Marguerite (Peg). They shared 54 years of marriage prior to her death on Jan. 6, 2004.
     Bob worked for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 1981. Throughout the years, he was a faithful fan of Coloma sports. He loved roller skating, pheasant hunting and listening to big band music.
     Bob is survived by his children – Merikay (Gary) Pope of Eau Claire, David (Karen) Stowers of Coloma, Robert (Peggy) Stowers of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Timothy (Marian) Stowers of Kalamazoo; his grandchildren – Graydon (Dorothy) Pope, Amy, Becky, Jonathan (Janene) and Brooke Stowers, Shelly (Mel) Hatfield and Evan Conrad; his great-grandchildren – Christopher and Nicholas Hatfield; and a sister-inlaw, Geri Stowers.
     He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his brothers, Bill and Russ.
 
Daisy Marie Baham, 59, of Hartford passed away on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
     Daisy was born Sept. 11, 1951, in Dowagiac, the daughter of Roy and Vina (Craig) Hann, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding Daisy was a granddaughter, Rebecca Baham; a sister, Velma Ehler; and four brothers, John Edgerly, Bill Hann, Paul Edgerly and James Edgerly.
     Daisy was a loving wife to Edward Baham and mother to Jeffery Baham of Niles, Jimmy Baham of Hartford, Raymond Baham of Holden, La., Sallena (Marcus) Pritchard of Covert, Eddie Baham of Hartford and Ernie Baham of Paw Paw. Her most precious times were spent with her 16 grandchildren. Daisy also enjoyed camping, where she would have a cookout for the entire family.
     Daisy is also survived by two brothers, Wells (Connie) Edgerly of Hartford and Tim (Judy) Hann of Holland.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri­day, Sept. 17, at the Keeler Church of God, where she was a loyal member. The service to honor Daisy’s memory will commence at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the church, with pastor Boyd Saylor officiating. Daisy will be laid to rest at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Those wishing to make a memorial in Daisy’s name may do so with the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home of Hartford with the arrangements.

 
James Zucker II, 56, of Coloma passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at The Chapel, 4250 Washington Ave., St. Joseph with Chris Winans officiating.
     Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Township. Friends may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Zucker Family. Those wishing to share a memory online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     James was born March 18, 1954, in San Diego, Calif., to James and Edith D’Imperial Zucker. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1973. On July 9 1977, he married Julie Winans in Watervliet. James worked as an engineer for Trelleborg in South Haven.
     In his spare time he loved to spend time with his family, watch car racing and listen to music.
     James is survived by his wife, Julie Zucker of Coloma; two sons, James and Joshua Zucker of Coloma; and three sisters, Jane Zucker Ferris, Jackie Birkhead and Wanda Drake.
     James was preceded in death by his parents.

 
Margaret A. Pomeroy, 77, of Hartford, passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
Margaret was born Sept. 20, 1932, in Detroit, the daughter of George and Agnes (Ryan) Deckard, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding Margaret was her husband, Kenneth Davis Pomeroy, on June 8, 1974; a sister, Catherine Goers, and a brother, Charles Deckard.
     Margaret leaves behind two daughters – Mary (Carlos) Harp of Hartford and Teresa (Jim) Whitney of Garden City, Mich.; two grandsons – Jacob and Kyle; a brother, William (Margaret) Deckard of Waverly, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, other family members and countless dear friends.
     Margaret was a devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, serving as the secretary for many years and helping at the church’s Aleman Center. She was a teacher’s aide at Woodside Elementary School in Hartford and a volunteer at Community Hospital in Watervliet, the soup kitchen in Benton Harbor and at St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw for special occasions. Margaret’s love and devotion to others will be truly missed by all who knew her.
     The family will welcome friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The Mass of Christian Burial to honor Margaret’s memory will commence at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. Father Robert Flickinger of St. Basil Church in South Haven will be the celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Margaret’s name may be made to either the church or Community Hospital Auxiliary. Margaret will be laid to rest with a private ceremony in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, at a later date.
Angela Gonzalez – Angela’s life began on Aug. 10, 1968, in Watervliet, the daughter of Thomas Brown and Geraldine Hicks.
     She had been employed by McDonald’s and worked as a bank teller. Recently, Angela earned her certification in relaxation therapy and was pursuing a career in that field.
     She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Hicks of Hartford; daughter, Sara Gonzalez of Hartford; son, Jonathan Casey of Hartford; and grandson, A Jay Casey.
     Angela passed away on Aug. 26, 2010, in Benton Harbor.
     Graveside services for Angela will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at South Wayne Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Yazel & Clark Chapel is serving the family. Please sign her guest book and leave a memory of Angela at www.yazel-clark.com.

 
Marjorie E. Johnson, 83, of Watervliet died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Willows in St. Joseph.
     Services celebrating her life will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Coloma United Methodist Church. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Coloma United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Memorials may be made to the Sarett Nature Center or Hospice at Home in St. Joseph.
     Marge was born on Oct. 27, 1926, in Chicago to Clarence and Vera Swanson. She was a secretary at Whirlpool Corp. for more than 20 years before she retired in 1989. Marge was an avid bowler, liked walking and enjoyed traveling with the Sarett Nature Center trips, especially to the Smoky Mountains. She was a hard worker and always kept busy. She enjoyed her independence but had a kind heart. Most important to her was taking care of her family.
     She is survived by her children, Curtis Johnson of Watervliet, Kathy Kiser of Coloma and Sandy (David) Gearhart of Watervliet; her brother, Ray (Bunnie) Bock of Watervliet; her sister, Carlene (Jerry) Freier of Benton Harbor; and her two grandchildren, Philip and Michael Gearhart.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, PFC Philip Johnson, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969; her husband, Charles, in 1994; her stepfather, Raymond Bock Sr., in 1967; her brother, Don “Bud” Swanson, in 1998; and her sister, Roslyn Baker Mills, in 2006.

NOTE:  Marjorie was a 1944 Hartford High School graduate.

Verna “Red” Lowe-Eldridge, 74, of Benton Harbor, formerly of Hartford, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at her home.
     Red, as she was known by everyone, was born Sept. 15, 1935, in Lake Township, Greene County, Ark., the daughter of Rosevelt and Maude (Jones) Blackburn, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding Red was her first husband, Earnie Wayne Lowe, on July 3, 1986; a son, Robert Lowe on Aug. 22, 1997; a daughter, Patty Jo Eldridge; and a brother and two sisters.
     Red married Leon Eldridge on June 18, 1988. Leon survives along with their children: Randy (Jill) Lowe, Tom (Nita) Lowe, Valerie (Marvin Strong) Lowe, Kenny (Lisa) Lowe, Sherry (Mark) Miller, Chuck (Teresa) Eldridge, Jack (Butch) Eldridge, Randall (Kelly) Eldridge; numerous grandkids and greatgrandkids; two brothers, Ken Blackburn and Dan Blackburn; and numerous other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 7 to 9 p.m. to­day, Aug. 26, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Red’s memory will commence at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the Hartford Federated Church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Red will be laid to rest at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Red’s name may be made to Hospice at Home, St. Joseph.
 
Jack E. Phillips, 66, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
     Jack was born Feb. 28, 1944, in Lawrence, the son of Ezra and Helen (Patterson) Phillips, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him were five siblings, Linda Phillips, Ed Phillips, Bob Phillips, Joyce Lewandowski and Betty DeShong.
     Jack served his country proudly in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a farmer, farming his own farm in the area for many years. He was a loyal member of the Keeler General Baptist Church, and he loved his Lord with all of his heart. Jack was known for his big heart and was known for being a friendly man who would help anyone who was in need and acted as a father figure to so many people. He enjoyed traveling while away from his farm. But his most precious times where spent with his family, as he loved to do everything he could with them.
     Jack married the former Celeste Heffner on Oct. 30, 1965. She survives, along with a son, Mike (Shannon) Phillips of Hartford; a daughter, Suzy (David) Buss of Decatur; grandchildren, Jonathan and Joshua Phillips and a granddaughter to be born in September, and a sister, Pearl (Marvin) Lewandowski of Dowagiac.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Keeler General Baptist Church. Funeral services to honor his memory will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the church with Pastor Bill Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery, where military rites will be performed by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803 and American Legion Post 362 and Auxiliaries. Memorial donations in Jack’s name may be made to the Keeler General Baptist Church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

NOTE:  Jack was a member of the class of 1962 from Hartford High School.
 
George M. Morris, Portage MI, died peacefully on 8-20-2010 at his home with his family at his side.
     George was born on March 15, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in Hartford, Michigan by his grandmother, Elizabeth Roche and graduated from Hartford High School in 1942. George was a
World War II veteran of the United States Army. He was wounded in action on Normandy Beach and earned a purple heart and two bronze battle stars. George was in the banking business for many years, becoming a branch manager for the American National Bank before retiring in 1983.
     George enjoyed football, baseball and basketball during his high school years; bowling and baseball after graduating and golf for many years since. He also enjoyed spending winters in Florida with his wife and friends. His children and grandchildren were a special joy to him.
     Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Gloria (Thompson) Morris; daughters, Karen Massie, Sandra Ackerman (Rodney), Nancy Ulanski (Marty); and eight grandchildren: Amy, Adam, Allison and Audrey Ackerman, Anna Rosko (Andy), Michael, Christopher and Emily Ulanski.
     A private family committal service has taken place. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave. Please visit www.langelands.com for online obituary, register book and condolences.

Josephine Angeline Griffith, 63, of Hartford passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center.
     Josie, as she was known by most everyone, was born Sept. 25, 1946, in Watervliet, the daughter of Joseph and Alvina (Alexis) Morsaw, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding Josie was a sister, Betty Castanon, and a brother, Cardinal Joseph Morsaw.
     Josie was a proud member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
     She was a teacher’s aid for the Hartford School system, worked for Sill Farms in Lawrence and loved to cook, knit and go shopping. As her health deteriorated, Josie went to live at Lakeland Specialty Hospital. She was very active in all their activities and held numerous positions such as president, vice president and so on with the long-term care facility.
     Josie leaves behind her son, Tony (Telisa) Griffith of Hartford; her daughter, Jerri Lynn Griffith of Eau Claire; her grandchildren, Cheryl, Tony Jr., Jake and Alexis; a sister, Evelyn Miller and a brother, Arthur (Cathy) Morsaw, both of Hartford; a sister-in-law, Donna Morsaw; Josie’s companion of many years, George Mahar; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where at 7:30 p.m. a Rosary will be prayed. The Mass of Christian Burial to honor Josie’s memory will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. Father Bill Jacobs Jr. of the St. John and Bernard Parish will be the celebrant. Josie will be laid to rest at Rush Lake Indian Cemetery, Hartford.


NOTE:  Josie was a member of the 1965 Class of Hartford High School.

Margaret T. DeYoung, Kalamazoo MI. –  Margaret went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday morning, August 17, 2010 passing peacefully in her home of six years at Park Village Pines. She was born July 16, 1917 in Hartford, MI, the daughter of the late David and Ethel (Harris) Cronkite.
     On June 1, 1939, Margaret was united in marriage to Henry "Brud" DeYoung in Kalamazoo, who preceded her in death on November 16, 1993.
     She was a longtime member of Second Christian Reformed Church, where she served as custodian and was a member of the Friendship Guild and Senior Members Society.
     Surviving are three children, Jerry (Mary) DeYoung of Kalamazoo, Virginia (Louis) Houseman of Kalamazoo, and Nancy (James) LaDuke of Palmetto, FL; ten grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; brother, Neal "Dick" (Lucille) Cronkite of Kalamazoo; and sister-in-law, Dorothy DeYoung of Kalamazoo.
     Funeral services for Margaret will be at 11:00 AM on Friday at Second Christian Reformed Church, 3015 Nichols Road, with her nephews, Rev. Wayne DeYoung and Pastor Fred DeYoung officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday from 6-8 PM and on Friday from 10 AM until the time of service, both at church.  Private interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park.
     Memorial contributions may be directed to Second Christian Reformed Church, Kalamazoo Christian School Association, or Park Village Pines. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick Street. Please visit www.langelands.com to sign, view, or print Margaret’s online guestbook or leave a condolence to the family.
 
Clinton “Chink” Stoddard, 90, of Hartford passed away Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family.
     Chink, as he was known by everyone, was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Hartford, the son of Jack and Maude (Shafer) Stoddard, both of whom preceded him in passing. Chick was also preceded in passing by four sisters, Maxine, Esther, Ruth and Milly, and a brother, Martin.
     Chink married Myrtle Ray on Sept. 21, 1940, and for the next 70 years they enjoyed each others company. Myrtle survives, along with their children, William (Nancy) Stoddard of Holland, Mich., Judy (Ed) Downer of Avon Park, Fla., and Richard (Jan) Stoddard of Hamilton, Mich. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeff, Jerry, Jennifer, Terri, Sandi, Mathew and Stephanie; two great-grandchildren, Donovan and Gabrielle; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
     After graduating from Hartford High School [class of 1938], Chink served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II. Chink was an avid hunter and also enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting mushrooms and just about anything else when it came to being outdoors. He was a loyal member of the Hartford Federated Church.
     As per Chink’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Hartford Federated Church with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with the arrangements.
 
Carla Jo Cummings, 52, of Hartford passed away Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
     Carla was born Nov. 15, 1957, in Watervliet, the daughter of Austin and Eva (Harbert) Meagher, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing was a brother, William Lee Bond.
      Carla was employed at Bronson Lake View Continuing Care Center in Lawton. She attended the Hartford Federated Church and was stationed in Germany during her service in the U.S. Army. She was a loving foster mom to many children, and in her spare time away from work, she loved playing and attending local bingo get-togethers.
     Carla is survived by two sons, Billy Cummings of Hamilton, Mass., and Bryan Cummings of Covert; a sister, Eva (Gerald) Grimm of Coloma; foster children Steve Bassett, Sandra Nunez and Verna Flickinger; her significant other, Tom Holmes; eight nieces and nephews – Vicki (Joe) Maxa, Tim (Diane) Bond, Bradley (wife) Skirkowski, Nicole (Ethan) Bond/Koch, Dana (Rick) Payne, Austin Grimm, Chris Grimm and Lisa Davis; and nine great-nieces and great­nephews – Ricky, Chelsea, Alivia, Amber, Michael (Chase), Kelsey, Heath, Kelsea and Lauren.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. After the service, Carla will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with military rites by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803 and American Legion Post 362 and their auxiliaries. Memorial donations in Carla’s name may be made to the family.

NOTE:  Carla was a 1975 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Donald W. “Don” Mosher, 84, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at South Haven Community Hospital.
     Don was born Jan. 3, 1926, in Armada, the son of Bruce and Isabelle (Ward) Mosher, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were a son, Derro Mosher; four brothers and two sisters.
     Don was a graduate of Armada High School, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team during his high school times.  He served his country proud in the military during World War II. He retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation after 22 years of loyal service.
He was a loyal member of the Hartford United Methodist Church, where he immensely enjoyed singing in the choir and was instrumental in the building of the cross that hangs on the front of the church today. He was a member of the Port Huron DAV.
     In his spare time, Donald loved golf, was an avid bowler, and enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers, spending time in the outdoors, especially doing yard work and spending time with his family.
     Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alma, whom he married Nov. 15, 1948; a daughter, Janie (Jack) Kuiper of Portage; two sons, David (Sherry) Mosher of Hartford and Donald (Paula) Mosher of Goshen, Ind.; grandchildren, Jessica (Josh) Danielson, Stephanie Mosher, Matt Mosher, Becky Mosher and Derek Mosher; great-grandson, Logan Danielson; and a sister, Doris Kelly of Armada.
     As per Don’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service honoring his memory will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Hartford United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ronald Hansen will serve as officiant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Don’s name may be made to the church.
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling of the arrangement process.
 
Roy C. Mort, 84 of Watervliet died Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
     Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in North Shore Memory Gardens. Those wishing to sign the online guest book and leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Roy was born May 7, 1926, in Keeler to Erva and Myrtlebelle (Hughes) Mort.
     He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 7 for more than 35 years, retiring as a truck driver from Yerington Construction Company. He also was formerly employed by the City of Watervliet doing everything from plowing snow to being chief of police. Roy loved his family and was a good father. He left [
Hartford
] school at an early age after the death of his father to help take over the family feed mill business in Hartford.
     Survivors include three children, Michael (Marsha) Mort of Grand Rapids, Shirley (Thomas) Lemon of Grand Haven, and Dennis (Rhonda) Mort of Covert. Also surviving is one sister, Florabelle Adams of Watervliet; four grandchildren, Myrtle Lemon, and Sarah, Hannah and Noah Mort.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances, in 2003; a brother, J. R. Mort; and a grandson, Jacob Mort.

 
Charles Bernard Skipper, 49, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Community Hospital, Watervliet. Charles was born Oct. 25, 1960, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Waneta (Wilson) Skipper.
     Charles was a 1978 graduate of Hartford High School. He loved playing the guitar for his own pleasure, listening to music, and lifting weights with his friends. He enjoyed riding his bicycle all around, watching movies and liked getting together with family. Charles was a proud member of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians.
     Charles leaves behind his mother, Waneta Skipper of Hartford; a sister, Sarah (Clyde) Brazie of Hartford; a brother, Michael (Joan) Skipper of St. Joseph; three nephews – Clyde Brazie Jr., Justin Brazie and Adam Skipper; along with numerous aunts, uncles and other family members.  Charles was preceded in death by his father, Frank Skipper.
     As per Charles’ wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 11 a.m. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will serve as officiant. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling of the arrangement process.
 
Michael Jay Moore, 63, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
     Mike, as he was known by everyone, was born May 23, 1947 in Coloma, the son of Dave and Roena (Shafer) Moore, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     Mike married Renee Moore on April 9, 1977. She survives, along with their children, Jennifer (Dan) Babcock, Craig (Katie Morris) Moore and a granddaughter, Janell Babcock, all of Hartford. Mike is also survived by three brothers, Van (Janice) Moore of Coloma, Ross Moore of St. Joseph and Gary (Cathy) Moore of Hartford.
     After graduating from Hartford High School in 1965, Mike served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mike then went to work at Whirlpool Corp., where he retired after many years of faithful employment. Mike was a longtime member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club, a member of the National Rifle Association and an avid outdoorsman, often seen sitting around a campfire in his back yard. He enjoyed reading books, and many of his most precious times were spent with his granddaughter going to garage sales. Mike was a very devoted husband, father, “papa” and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
     As per Mike’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where at 3:30 p.m. memorial service to honor him will commence. Pastor Shannon Truelove of the Full Gospel Assembly, Hartford, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials in Mike’s name be made to the Hartford Public Library.
 

Robert John “Rod” Kuehnle, 92, of Hartford passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven.
     Rod, as he was known by most everyone, was born May 1, 1918, in Chicago to Robert and Ann (DeKoker) Kuehnle, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was his wife of 62 years, Betty, on Feb. 8, 2004; a brother, Roy Kuehnle; and a sister, Betty Jane Kuehnle.
     Rod owned his own egg and produce business in Chicago before moving here to Michigan and hence, beginning his life in farming both in Hartford and Bangor townships. He loved his wife, family and his Lord with all his heart. Rod was an active member of the Hartford United Methodist Church and was well-known for his ability to make canes out of tree limbs.
     Rod enjoyed spending time with all of his family, which consists of a son, Rod and Jackie Kuehnle, their children, Doug and Osena Kuehnle and children Jason and Alex; Mike and Valerie Pearce and children, Olivia, Evan and Eric; a son, James and Anne Kuehnle, and their children, Jim and Brooke Kuehnle and children, Jimmy III, Ella and Owen; Ryan and Jill Hennessey and children, Jack, Callie, Alexandra and J.J.; Tom and Regan Cronin and children, Caroline, Anne Claire, Jilly, Tamsen, Tommy Jr., Rory, Regan Mary, Marshall, Tess and Patrick; and a son, Robert and Lisa Kuehnle and their children; Jason and Elizabeth Kuehnle and children, Alexie and Nicolas; Kurt and Auna Kuehnle and children, Gillian, Dylan and Kameron, and Chris and Holly Langstaff and child, Kenley; and a sister, Bertha Ann Flynn.
     The family welcomed friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Rod’s memory will commence at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 4, at the Hartford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ronald W. Hansen officiating. Rod will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has asked that memorial donations in Rod’s name be made to the church.
 

Thelma Ilene Rowe, 83, of Hartford passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
     Thelma was born June 21, 1927, in Pocahontas, Ark., to Albert and Edna (Lambert) Nettles, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her was her husband, Otha, on Feb. 16, 1985; her stepmother, Gladys Nettles; a brother, Louis Nettles; and two sisters, Rita Fay Sitzer and Carolyn Kay Nettles.
     Thelma retired from Burnett Foods of Keeler after 25 years of loyal employment. She also worked and was a member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club Auxiliary. Thelma was a people person and enjoyed cooking for all of her neighbors.
     Thelma loved her family which consists of her son, Charles (Carole) Bennett of Constantine; her daughter, Bonnie Hanna of Greer, S.C.; a grandson, John Bennett and a granddaughter, Dana Bennett, both of Missouri. She is also survived by four sisters, Violet Wilson and Dorothey Utley, both of Jonesboro, Ark., Doris Bibb of St. Louis, Mo., and Reba Haynes of Truman, Ark.; and two brothers, Dale Nettles of Olympia, Wash., and Wayne Nettles of Dallas.
     The family will welcome friends from 12 to 2 p.m. July 23 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where at 2 p.m. the service to honor Thelma’s memory will commence. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate. Thelma will be laid to rest in Reames and Norton Cemetery, Cassopolis. The family has asked that memorial donations in Thelma’s name be made to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research.

 
Michael John Burnette passed into His gracious Light on July 20, 2010.  Mike touched the hearts of everyone he met and never knew a stranger.
     Mike was born Feb. 15, 1953, in Watervliet, to Bill and Edna (Bahm) Burnette. He grew up in Keeler and attended the first school (Arlington) and workshop in Van Buren County for children with learning disabilities, which his parents helped found. He lived in St. Joseph and worked at Gateway before retiring. He was very active in Milestone programs, Special Art Programs and Area 17 Special Olympics. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, bowling and “Duh Cubs.”
     Mike is survived by his siblings – Pat, St. Joseph, Carl, Seattle, and Judy (Homer) Sales, Fairview, N.C.; his niece, Amy Muth, Atlanta; his nephews, Grant (Kristen) Root, St. Joseph, and Chris (Deborah) Winans, Richmond, Va.; his special great-nieces and nephews – Alex, Brian, Carter, Derek and Elizabeth Root, St. Joseph; Benjamin, Rebekah and Ana Winans, Richmond, Va.
     He will be remembered by his dearest friends – Jim and Joyce Bunk, Krin Jurgensen, Marie (Al) Hartline, Bryce (Sandy), Tristan and Meghan Engle, Renata Hartman, Peg and Ron Davis, Cindy (Rick) Jones, Deanna (Loyall) Bennett, Jolene and Doug VonKoenig, Magda and Bruce Zoschke, Sandy and Dennis Hafer, The Birthday Group, his Hidey Ho Neighbors, all his Canadian friends, all his Special “Buddies” at Milestones, Gateway, Special Olympics, and Spiritual Frontiers, they were all like family to Mike.
     Donations may be made to Hospice at Home of St. Joseph.  There will be a private Celebration of Life for Michael.

 
James Naumann, 77, of Hartford died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 23, followed by a service at 4 p.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Cremation will take place following the service with the interment of ashes being in North Shore Memory Gardens. Memorial donations in memory of Jim may be made to Lakeland Hospice of St. Joseph or to one’s favorite charity. Those wishing to sign the online guest book and leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Jim was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Benton Harbor to Max and Katherine (Wurtz). He served in the Army during the Korean War. He owned and operated Jim’s Standard Service Station in Benton Harbor before going to work for Amoco as a truck driver. He eventually retired from Chet Nichols in Benton Harbor as a store manager.
     Survivors include his wife, Delores (Rupchock), whom he married April 14, 1956, in Benton Harbor; one son, David (Debbie) Naumann of Watervliet; a daughter, Nancy (Roger) Heldt of Lansing; seven grandchildren, John and Jeff Naumann and Joe, Ray, Ed, Fran and Louis Heldt; four stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Ben and Ed Naumann, and three sisters, Alice Franslau, Dorothy Pierson and Jane Rose.
     Jim was preceded in death by sisters Ida Woggon and Gert McRoy, and brothers Paul, Fred, Vic and Art Naumann.
 
Betty Louise Wagner, 74, of Keeler Township passed away on Friday, July 16, 2010, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
     Betty was born Nov. 27, 1935, in Comstock Township to Roy and Frances (Hoadley) Cornell, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her were three brothers and two sisters.
     Betty’s life centered around her husband, William “Bill” Wagner, and all of her children, whom she loved spending time with, each and every one of them. Besides Bill, her family consists of her children – Terry Stanfill of Texas, Preston (Sue) LePert of Mendon, Debra (Mark) Mangoni of Bangor, Linda (John) May of Three Rivers, Lori (Michael) Johnson of Decatur, Bonnie (Paul) Speece of Kalamazoo, Billy (Tara) Wagner of Lawrence, Connie (Cory) Gritzmaker of Edwardsburg, Cathy (David) Hornbarger of Hartford, Loyd “Allen” Wagner of Decatur and Brian (Nicole) Wagner of Mattawan. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two brothers, David (Sharon) Cornell of Pontiac and John (Linda) Cornell of Gobles; and two sisters, Donna (Butch) Arntz of Tennessee and Pat (Billy) Watt of Texas.
     The family will welcome friends from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where at 1 p.m. the service to honor Betty’s memory will commence. The Rev. William Chapman of the Full Gospel Assembly of Paw Paw will officiate. Betty will be laid to rest in Keeler Cem­etery. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Betty’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Douglas P. Orr, 87, of Hartford, formerly of Decatur and Lovells, Mich., passed away on Friday, July 16, 2010, at Caretel Inns, St. Joseph.
     Douglas was born April 15, 1923, in Decatur, the son of Robert E. and Ethel (Parker) Orr. He was previously employed as a farmer, truck driver for Standard Oil, custodian for Decatur High School, and retired in 1986 as head of maintenance at SMC in Dowagiac. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge 889 in Dowagiac.
     He married Ella (Feenstra) Vliek on Feb. 15, 1997, in Lawrence, and she survives. Also surviving are: a daughter, Sue Ann Krall; sons, Harold D. (Martha) Orr and Bill (Sandra) Orr, all of Decatur; seven stepchildren; eight grandchildren; 18 step grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous step-great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy, of 49 years; brother, Marshall Orr; and son-in-law, Andrew Krall.
     Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Newell Funeral Home, Decatur, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Mr. James Abshagen officiating. Burial will be in Lovells Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Lakeland Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Johanna Rose Martens, 85, of Hartford passed away Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lawton.
     Johanna was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Stephen and Johanna (Ushman) Gregurich, both of whom precede her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Maynard Martens, on July 9, 1995; two sisters, Helen and Mary; and a brother, Edward Gregurich. Johanna retired from Du-Wel Co. after many years of loyal employment. She was a member of the American Legion Post 362 Auxiliary and a lifelong member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club Auxiliary. But her most enjoyable times were spent with her loving family and friends.
     Johanna is survived by a daughter, Marge (Bill) Weeden of Hartford; a son, Steve (Penny) Martens of Decatur; two grandsons, Charlie (Laura) and Bill Jr. (Tina), both of Hartford; three special great-grand­daughters – Lindsay, Anna­belle and Alyssa; and several nieces and nephews.
     The family will welcome friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, July 19, at the Cal­vin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ronald Hansen of Hartford United Methodist Church will serve as officiant. Burial will follow the service in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family requests memorial donations in Johanna’s name be made to the Hartford Public Schools Foundation for Quality Education or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan of Paw Paw.


NOTE:  Johanna was a 1942 Hartford High School Graduate.

 

Eugene V. (Gene) Winans, 77, of Watervliet passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010, at home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at The Chapel, 4250 Washington Ave., St. Joseph, with the Rev. Philip Bubar officiating. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens.
     Friends may visit from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Starks and Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Berrien County Cancer Service. Those wishing to sign the memory book online may do so at www. starks-menchinger.com.
     Gene was born Dec. 2, 1932, in Sodus to Fred and Loretta (Parshall) Winans. Gene served his country for the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Aug. 16, 1955, he married Mary Jo Dienes at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Gene worked as a welder for Clark Equipment and B&B Trucking for many years. In his spare time he enjoyed hummingbirds, his dog, Daisy, and spending time at his cabin in Baldwin, Mich. But most of all he loved spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     Gene is survived by his children – Wayne E. Winans, Julie A. (James) Zucker, Daniel L. Winans, Gregory M. (Linda) Winans, Patrick G. (Amy) Winans; grandchildren – Kimberly (Troy) Nelson, Andrew (Julie) Winans, Sara Mellinger, James Zucker, Tiffany (Danny Simpson) Winans, Jordan (Olivia) Winans, Analyse Winans, Joshua Zucker, Tabitha Winans, Jacob Winans, Lindsey Winans, Emilea Winans, Lucas Winans, Tina (Steve) Ramsey and Nicholas Jaeger; great-grandchildren – Brendan Nelson, Austin Nelson, Megan Nelson, Hailie Tarantino, Hannah Mellinger, Carter Boyer, Claire Winans, Jacob McKinney, Jackson Winans, Colin Simpson, Drew Winans, Kiera Ramsey and Kyle Ramsey; brothers – Fred (Barbara) Winans and Don (Mattie) Winans; sisters – Darlene (Don) Horton and Phyllis Kling.
     Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers, Larry and Duane Winans.

Note: Gene lived between Hartford-Watervliet. All of his children attended and graduated from Hartford Public Schools. He was an avid Hartford Indians sports fan.
 

Gene Ludwin Larsson, 86, of Hartford passed away Friday, July 9, 2010, at his home.
     The service to honor Gene’s memory will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hartford United Methodist Church, of which he was a member, on Tuesday, July 14, with the Rev. Ronald Hansen officiating. Gene will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites being conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1137, VFW Post 6803, American Legion Post 362 and their auxiliary.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gene’s name may be made to the Hartford United Methodist Church memorial fund. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 13, at the church, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. by the Peninsular 10 Lodge of Dowagiac.
     Mr. Larsson was born Dec. 25, 1923, in Dows, Iowa. He finished high school in Clarion, Iowa, in May of 1941. He enlisted in the Army Air Force on Nov. 1, 1942. He flew for over 2,000 hours in the European Theater as a radio operator and gunner. He obtained the rank of staff sergeant before he was discharged on Jan. 6, 1946. He then spent his working life in the dairy and food industry, working at Cassopolis Dairy, Producers Creamery, Duffy Motts, and then retired as superintendent of aseptic operations from Michigan Fruit Canners in June 1987.
     Mr. Larsson was a past Master and life member of the Cassopolis Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason. He was also a life member of the Hartford Lions Club, a Hartford City Councilman, member of the Hartford board of review and the Hartford planning commission.
     Survivors include: his wife, Nancy; daughter, Susan Larsson of St. Joseph; daughter, Deborah (Jim) Whitney of Watervliet; daughter, Martha Moore of Decatur; son, Brian (Rose) Larsson of Rio Rancho Estates, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Marjorie, in 1994; greatgranddaughter, Marissa Monroe; his parents, Harry and Iris (Tuel) Larsson; two brothers, Harry and Craig Larsson; and son-in-law, Bill Moore.

Leslie J. (Les) Scherer, 86, of St. Joseph passed away Friday, July 9, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
Leslie Scherer d 7-9-2010     Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., with services at 6 p.m., and military rites to follow, Wednesday, July 14, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with pastor Jim Gray officiating. Memorials may be made to the Berrien County Cancer Service. Those wishing to sign the memory book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Les was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Keeler Township, Mich., to William and Minnie (McKinley) Scherer.
Les came from a family of five boys and three girls. He attended Gregory grade school in Keeler Township and in 1942 graduated from Dowagiac High School. He then joined the Army Air Force in December of 1942. Les attended various technical schools throughout the U.S. and ended up in the 20th Air Force bomb group on the Island of Guam in the Marianas Island group as a radar communications specialist with a rank of technical sergeant. His squadron was a very heavy bombardment unit of B-29 Super Fortresses that carried out missions on the Japanese mainland, and many other islands including Iwo Jima, Truk and Okinawo. He also spent brief periods on other Pacific islands such as Kwajalein, Johnston Atoll, Saipan, Tinian, and Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. Before being sent to the Pacific he had a brief assignment in Puerto Rico at Bourinkin Army Air Force Base. Les met the love of his life, Anna (Annie) V. Twyford of Russell, Ark. They married Oct. 20, 1946, and lived their entire life in the area. He worked at Montgomery Ward in St. Joseph as a TV serviceman for seven years; for V.M. Corp. of Benton Harbor for 17 years; and for Leco Corp. in St. Joseph for 15 years; he retired in 1989. In his spare time he enjoyed flying, fishing, hunting, rummage sales and loved fixing things.
     Les is survived by his four sons – David L. (Sharon) Scherer of St. Joseph, Dennis L. (Diane) Scherer of Aiken, S.C., Richard K. Scherer of St. Joseph, and Kevin Scherer of St. Joseph; six grandchildren – Shelly (Kevin) Langston of Stevensville, Dennis Scherer Jr. of Aiken, S.C., Bryan (Toni) Scherer of Livonia, Mich., and Jesse Scherer, Rachel Scherer, and Scott Scherer, all of Atlanta, Ga.; and three great-grandchildren, Drew, Trevor and Ella.
     Les was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters – Helen, Virginia and Mary Lou; and four brothers – John, Chester, Louis and Lawrence.

 

Carmon Lewis West, 69, of Keeler Township passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2010, at his home.
     “Lewis,” as he was known to most everyone, was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Livonia, Ark., to Carmon and Georgia (Gray) West, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him was a son, Kevin Carmon West, on Feb. 13, 2006; a grandson, Thomas Schrimser; and two brothers – James and Robert West.
     Lewis was formerly employed at Yerington Construction of Benton Harbor for a number of years and with Klett Construction of Keeler for over 20 years. In his spare time, Lewis’ hobbies were making birdhouses and other projects with wood, working on cars of all makes, watching westerns, working on puzzles and just being outdoors, especially when it came to fishing.
     Lewis loved spending time with his family, which consists of his wife, Mila; four daughters – Katrina (Tom) Schrimser of Elkhart, Ind., Rose (Roy) Smith of Galien, Shelly (Terry) Polashak of Sister Lakes and Stacey (Chris) Oxley of Lawton; and five sons – Louis West of Niles, Robert (Michelle) West of Cassopolis, Todd West of Florida, Leonard (Cindy) Cameron of Niles and Eddie Yeager of Tennessee. Lewis also enjoyed the times he spent with his numerous grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and his two sisters – Connie (Jim) Tanner of Bangor and Arbella of Florida.
     The family will welcome friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where at 2 p.m., a memorial service to honor Lewis’ memory will commence. Father Dan Scheid of Hospice at Home will officiate. Lewis will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. The family has asked that memorial donations in Lewis’ name be made to the family.

 

Karen Sue Jarvis Pendleton, 49, of Hartford passed away at home on July 3, 2010.
     Karen was born Jan. 2, 1961, to Charles and Mary Jarvis of Dowagiac. She enjoyed drag racing, fishing and spending time with her grandkids. She is survived by her sons – Jim Pendleton of Hartford and Scott Pendleton of Florida; daughter, Ashley Pendleton of Hartford; brothers – Richard (Michele) Jarvis and Kevin (Nanci) Jarvis, both of Benton Harbor; two grandchildren; and longtime friend Dave Dewey of Niles.
     Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, with burial at St. Paul’s cemetery. The Rev. Mairyan Hammond will officiate. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Hoven Funeral Home, 414 E. Front St., Buchanan.

 
John Edward Munjoy passed away July 1, 2010 at his home in Chino Valley Arizona.
     John was a heart recipient in 2000 and was given almost ten more years of love and enjoyment with his family and friends. John was born December 14, 1940 in Coloma Michigan to John David and Eunice Catherine (Beatty) Munjoy.
     John moved to Arizona in 1960 and worked as a Service Writer for a couple Ford Dealerships. He relocated to Arkansas for a short time and worked in construction. He moved back to Phoenix in 1980 and in 1985 went to Prescott to work at Emmanuel Pines Camp. After twenty two years at Emmanuel Pines Camp he moved to Chino Valley to live out his retirement.
     He is survived by his loving wife Evelyn, brother Brian Maurig, Sisters, Vicki Peterson and Sue Munjoy, daughters Starr West, Michelle Harlan and Melissa Bonneau, sons John A. Munjoy and Mark Harlan, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. John was dearly loved and will be missed greatly.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Tommy and David Munjoy.
A Memorial Service in honor of John’s life will be held Thursday August 26 at 11:00 A.M. at Emmanuel Pines Camp in Prescott AZ.

NOTE:  John was a 1959 Hartford High School Graduate.
 

Ronald W. Fuller, 71, passed on July 1, 2010 in Tucson, AZ. He was born April 30, 1939 in Harford, Michigan, where he resided until moving to his family to Sierra Vista, AZ in 1984.
     Ron worked for many years at the Fruit Exchange before moving to Arizona. He never missed a July when he didn’t travel back "home" to Hartford to visit his family and many friends.
     He was a wonderful man and human being, who was loved beyond words by his family and friends, and he loved them back just the same. His heart and his smile were big and beautiful. He loved his life, his roses and his beautiful green lawn. His other passions were swap meets, wrestling, old westerns and seeing his buddies Jim and the officers from the Huachuca City PD. Ron is already missed by all who knew and loved him.
     Ron is survived by Gail, his wife of 50 years, daughters: Judy of Tucson, AZ, Shelley (John) Barnes, sons: Ronald, Stanley (Jennifer), Steven (Christine) and Rob all of Sierra Vista, AZ, 11 grandkids and 1 great-grandchild, brothers: Jack, Junior, Richard, David, and Nick, sisters: Tonya and Sharon all of Hartford, MI. and Dixie of FL. He is preceded by his parents John and Beatrice.
Services and a Huachuca City Police Dept. escorted burial was at Cochise Memorial Gardens on July 8, 2010.

Note:  Ron attended Hartford High School.
 

Vivian Pauline Davis, of Keeler Township, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Tendercare Kalamazoo with her family at her side.
     Vivian, as she was known to most everyone, was born on Feb. 13, 1918, in Hartford to Arlo and Esther Myers, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her was her husband of 54 years, Jeerson James Davis.
     Vivian was formerly employed at Burnette Canning Factory of Keeler, retiring in the late 1970s after 20 years of work. In her spare time, she enjoyed making quilts; she made several for her daughters and daughters-in­law. She was a member of the Keeler United Methodist Church for more than 57 years and belonged to Prayers & Squares and the Thursday Club.
     Vivian is survived by her two daughters, Alice Tollefson of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kay (Jim) Drake of Paw Paw; and four sons, Donald (Marsha) of Decatur, James (Doris) of Dowagiac, Fred (Tempa) of Union and Carl of Keeler. She has five grandchildren, Kevin, Pam, Dawn, Aimee and Jack; and eight great-grandchildren, Annika, Eric, Kilee, Michael, Dustin, Landonn, Parker and Chelsie.
     A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Keeler United Methodist Church. The family invites all her relatives and friends to come and celebrate the memorial service. As her wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will have a private burial at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Keeler United Methodist Church, 84085 CR 687, Hartford, MI 49057.

NOTE:  Vivian was a 1936 Hartford High School graduate.
 

James Franklin Williams, 88, of Bangor passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010, at University Hospital, Ann Arbor. James was born Sept. 11, 1921, in Hartford to Frank and Lucille (Drake) Williams, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him are his wife, Violet Rose Williams; a son, Patrick Williams; two daughters, Linda Marie Clouse and Marsha Slayton; three grand­children; and a brother, Burton Williams.
     James retired from the Watervliet Paper Mill after 27 years of faithful employment. He owned his own blueberry farm and was a life member of the Coloma Masonic Lodge 162, where he earned his 60 year badge four years ago. James served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the VFW Celery City Post 6248 in Decatur.
     James loved spending time with his family which consists of a son, Michael Williams, and a daughter, Carolyn (Gordon) Prince, both of Bangor; and his six stepchildren, Thomas (Gaytha) Bennett of Hartford, William (Sharon) Bennett of Vicksburg, Patricia (Daniel) Everts of Bangor, Karen (Roy) Skinner of Scott, Ark., Frances (Thomas) Collins of Bangor and Vern (Deb) Bennett of Battle Creek. James also cherished the times he had with his 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Louis (Helen) Williams and his sister, Helen Norden, both of Hartford.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a 7:30 p.m. Masonic service will be conducted by Coloma Masonic Lodge 162. The service to honor James’ memory will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 1, at the funeral home with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church officiating. James will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with military rites being conducted by the VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803 and American Legion Post 362 and their auxiliary.

NOTE:  James was a member of the 1941 class of Hartford High School.

 
John Nolan Grissom, 79 of Keeler passed away suddenly Thursday, June 24, 2010, at his home.
     John was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Lexington, Tenn., the son of William and Mandy (Barker) Grissom, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were a brother, Bud Grissom, and two sisters, Edith Albertson and Excel Taylor.
     John was formerly employed with the City of Benton Harbor and Modar Electronics for a number of years. He owned and operated the concession stand at Lonnie’s Auction in Benton Heights and also owned Country Touch Nurseries in Keeler Township.
     John is survived by three children – Esther Sotelo of Knoxville, Tenn., John Grissom of Decatur and Hope (Kirk) Davis of Canal Winchester, Ohio; his former wife, Hannah Grissom of Stevensville; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Inel Taylor of Missouri.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 7:30 p.m. Following the services, cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

 
Ethel Thelma Varga passed from this life on Sunday morning, June 20, 2010 at the UpJohn Care Center in Kalamazoo.  She was the eighth of nine children born to Paul and Esther (Boros) Varga, who emigrated to Canada from Budapest, Hungary about 1910.
     She was born August 17, 1917 in Diamond City, Alberta Canada. The family then emigrated to the United States when she was nine years old. They became U.S. Citizens shortly thereafter.
     Ethel was a graduate of Covert High School and retired in 1979 from Heath Company in Benton Harbor after 31 years of service.  She lived in the Hartford area since the 1940s. She had some good friends that knew her as friendly and generous.
     She was preceded in death by four infant brothers, her parents and brother, Paul Jr., and three sisters, Helen (Fells), Margaret (Hellinga), and Irene (Mrs. George) Swift of Hartford.
     Ethel is survived by 3 nieces and 3 nephews and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.
Being a healthy, independent woman, she lived in her own home until this past March when she became a resident of UpJohn Care Center in Kalamazoo. Her faith sustained her in all things in life and we are confident she is peaceful with her Heavenly Father and family that were waiting for her to join them.
 
     As per Ethel’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Her memory will be honored at a graveside service at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. Ethel was devoted to the Hartford Federated Church and it is asked that any memorials be given to that church.
 
Merle R. Baldwin, 80, of Big Rapids passed away Monday, June 14, 2010. He was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Lawton, the only child of Frank and Anna Belle (Grace) Baldwin.
     Merle graduated from Hartford High School in 1948. During high school he joined the Navy reserves and was honorably discharged in 1951. He married the former Betty Wilson on Oct. 1, 1948. Merle held various jobs during his working career. He had worked for Du-Wel Metal Products in Bangor, and when the family moved to Big Rapids in 1968, Merle worked for Root Archery and at Sears as a service repair man; he also established Baldwin Heating and Cooling in Big Rapids. In 1975, Merle and Betty went west for a new career opportunity. Merle joined the I.B.E.W. and worked as an electrician on coal-fired and nuclear power plants. He retired in 1990 from the Savannah River site in South Carolina and returned to Big Rapids to live.
     Merle was a life member of the Masonic Lodge; he joined the Hartford Lodge and later transferred his membership to Lodge 171 in Big Rapids.
He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 61 years, Betty Baldwin of Big Rapids; three children, David Baldwin of Big Rapids, Deborah (Walt) Obert of Big Rapids and Doreen (Che’rie) Baldwin of Lake Odessa; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
     Besides his parents, Merle was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Alan Baldwin, in 2004, and a daughter-in-law, Tina Baldwin, in February 2010.
A memorial service is be­ing planned for July and a service announcement will be printed in a later edition of the Pioneer.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Masonic Lodge 171 in Big Rapids.
     Arrangements are entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids, and those wishing to leave a condolence for the family or sign the online guest book may do so at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com.

 
JB Spruell, 75, of Hartford passed away in the presence of his family at home on Friday, June 11, 2010.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. The Rev. Richard Kiser will preside. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or the Red Arrow Baptist Church. Those wishing to leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     JB was born Jan. 19, 1935, in Marktree, Ark., the second of five children of Raymond and Myrtle (Williams) Spruell. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1955, where he had won a number of awards for his artwork. His love of drawing continued throughout his life. He and the former Thelma Grayam were married on Sept. 4, 1970, and later renewed their vows on Aug. 28, 1993. JB worked as a conductor and loved his work on the railroad. He also enjoyed bowling.      Mr. Spruell is survived by his wife, Thelma; daughter, Jamie (Jon) Weber of St. Joseph; sons, Price (Judy) Bradshaw of Keeler and Andrew (Tammy) Bradshaw of Hartford; three sisters, Mary Coulter of Henderson, Nev., Georgia Thomas of Benton Harbor and Nita (Clete) Brummel of St. Joseph; brother-in-law, Price Grayam; eight grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; and two great-grandchildren who are on their way.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, RC Spruell.

 
Peggy Ann Johnson, 67, of Hartford passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, where she had been living for the past five years.
    Peggy was born on Nov. 24, 1942, in Hartford, the daughter of Melvin and Agnes (Harreld) Smithley. She was united in marriage to Allen Dean Johnson on Dec. 21, 1961. She worked for a number of years at Hartford Warehouse Services and was a member of the Hartford Federated Church, where she helped with the funeral lunches and any other projects that she could.
     Peggy is survived by her son, James (Tracy) Johnson, a grandson, Kevin (Courtney) McGrew, a granddaughter, Erica Johnson, and a great-grandson, Braeden McGrew, all of Hartford. Peggy is also survived by two brothers, Ronald (Dorothy) Smithley of Hartford and Roy (Kaye) Smithley of Benton Harbor; a sister, Jane (Larry) Wetzel of Hartford; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and the many Hospice at Home nurses with whom Peggy became such good friends.
     Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Allen, who passed away on Sept. 27, 1990, her parents, a sister, Louise Glidden, and four brothers, Charles Smithley, Robert Smithley, Edward Smithley and James Smithley.
     As to Peggy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial to honor Peggy’s memory will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15, at the Hartford Federated Church with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Peggy’s name may be made to the church, Hartford Fire Department or to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.

NOTE:  Peggy attended Hartford High School.
 

 

John Joseph Pradon, Gobles MI, passed away on June 8, 2010.  He was born on February 5, 1952. 

 

 

John was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Pradon, in 2007.

NOTE: John was a 1970 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Mary Louise Griffin, 92, of Lawrence passed away peacefully on Monday, June 7, 2010, at Bronson LakeView Hospital, Paw Paw. Mary was born July 18, 1917, in Hickman, Ky., to James and Lilly (Burney) Wallace, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her were her husband, Robert, on May 28, 1985, three brothers and two sisters.
     Mary was a 1936 graduate of East Prairie High School in Missouri. She was united in marriage to Robert Spencer Griffin on Christmas Eve of 1937. She was formerly employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill until she retired in 1977, after 21 years of employment. Mary spent many years in Watervliet, Hartford and Lawrence until she spent the last few years at Bronson LakeView Continuing Care Center in Lawton.
     Mary loved spending time with her family, which consists of two daughters, Barbara Lumley of Los Angeles and Patricia (Charles) Edwards of Lawrence; and a son, Ray (Lynn) Griffin of Watervliet. Mary is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Wallace of St. Louis, Mo.
     The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today, June 10, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Mary’s life will commence at 1 p.m. Friday, June 11, at the funeral home with Pastor Steven Bisbee officiating. Anyone wishing to make a memorial in Mary’s name may do so to the Humane Society of your choice.

 
Robert C. Kendzior, 67, of Hartford died Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
    Cremation has taken place. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
Robert was born Aug 26, 1942 in Hartford, MI to John and Mary (Walker) Kendzior. He retired from General Telephone with over 25 years of service. In addition to hunting Robert also took an interest in archery.
     Survivors include his wife Gloria (Lambrecht) whom he married Oct 27, 1962. Three children Jean (Bernhard Jr ) Hoeckleberg, Robert (Yvonne) Kendzior Jr, and Jerry Kendzior all of Hartford; two brothers Thomas Kendzior of Arizona and William Kendzior of Hartford. Also surviving is his mother Mary Kendzior of Hartford, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his father.

NOTE:  Bob was a 1961 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Paula Joyce Buchtel, 86 of Mesa, AZ passed away May 30, 2010 in Mesa, AZ.
     Mrs. Buchtel, a homemaker was born in Hartford, MI. She and her husband were the former owners of Buchtel and Sons Hardware Store, a business they ran together for 30 years. She is survived by her husband Jay Butchel of almost 63 years, daughter Mary Kaye Buchtel, sons Jay Robert Buchtel and Ronald William Buchtel, grandchildren Kathy (Bollman) Dursham, Brett Bollman, Shelly (Buchtel) Delee, Scott Buchtel, Jason Bushtel, and Justin Buchtel, and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson Randy Bollman. There will be a celebration of her life June 4, 2010 at Leisure World Main Clubhouse, Power Rd. North of Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley (hov.org).
James A. Edgerly, 71, of Hartford passed away Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Plainwell, Mich.
     “Jim,” as he was known by most, was born Nov. 13, 1938, in Dowagiac, the son of Everett and Vina (Craig) Edgerly, both of whom precede him in passing. He was also preceded by his stepfather, “Dad” Roy Hann; three brothers – John Edgerly, Bill Hann and Paul Edgerly; and a sister, Velma Ehler.
     Jim was the owner and operator of the B&E Clothing Store in Hartford for many years. He was also employed at the jewelry stores in Hartford (until its closing) and Dowagiac, as well as with James Heddon Sons in Dowagiac. Outside of the workplace, Jim enjoyed flying and had built his own ultralight aircraft and was a member of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association). He also loved to hunt, fish, and ride snowmobiles and motorcycles.
     Jim is survived by his three siblings – Wells (Connie) Edgerly of Hartford and Daisy (Glen) Baham, both of Hartford, and Tim (Judy) Hann of Holland; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
     Jim has been cremated. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Jim’s life on Tuesday, June 8. The celebration will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sister Lakes Lions Club. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with the handling of arrangements.

 
Charles "Tim" Deckard On Saturday, May 29, 2010, Tim’s assignment with us ended, We can only guess why God chose Tim for the job here with us. We know that it was not an easy job, so God must have chosen wisely for this. Maybe he was here to teach us humility, he certainly set a splendid example. Maybe he was sent to teach us humor and to show us how to deal with life’s adversities, again he showed the way. Maybe God wanted us to be grateful that we didn’t have all the health issues that Tim smiled his way through, “there, but through the grace of God, go I”. Again, we can only speculate how the world appeared to Tim, he was never able to fully explain it to us.  Did he dream in his sleep of being normal? Did he plan for tomorrow? Did he hope for a better future?
     Why, we ask, was Tim denied a normal life?  I don’t think we will ever understand, we can only be grateful for the time spent with us and the lessons learned from his life.
 God speed, Tim, and job well done.
      Born Charles Timothy Deckard November 6, 1960 to Jean and Charles Deckard at his home in Hartford Township. At the age of 6 months a heart valve malfunctioned and caused damage to the brain resulting in severe mental handicap. Known as Tim to his family and Charley to his friends, he spent most of his life in community rehabilitation homes. For the last 12 years, he has made his home at Rose’s Adult Care in Bangor. Tim lived his life with humor and good spirits and developed a close bond with his grandpa George Deckard. His sweet tooth was well known by everyone around him and he would consume any and all drinks close to him. No matter where he was or what he did he smiled his way through life.
     Tim is survived by; His mother Jean Burlingham, Stepfather Daniel Burlingham and 6 siblings; Katrina (Terry) Johnson (Hartford), Stephen (Nicole) Deckard (Lawrence), Gary “Joe” (Becky) Deckard (Hartford) and Felicia (Brian Reafsnyder) Scott (Hartford). stepbrother and sister, Danny Burlingham (Hartford) and Shawntell (Jeff) Adler (Las Vegas, NV).  He had many caring nieces and nephews.  His special friends and care givers Kathy, Debbie, and other caring people at the adult home.
     Tim was proceeded in death by his; father, Charles Deckard; paternal grandparents, Agnes and George Deckard; maternal grandparents, Guy Estes; Edna and Bill Woodall.
     Services to honor Tim’s life will be held Saturday, June 5th at the Calvin’s Funeral Home, Hartford. Visitations will start at 9:30 a.m. and the service at 11:00  a.m. The service will be conducted by Reverend Steven Bisbee.  Burial will be at the Maple hill Cemetery.
     The family requests that memorials be made to the Hartford Public Library in Tim’s memory.
 
Leane (Roper) Kellogg, 49, of Hartford, passed away Wednesday morning, May 26, 2010, at her home surrounded by her family.
    
She was born to Bill and Joan (Empson) Roper on Nov. 6, 1960, in Watervliet.
  
   She was a graduate of Hartford High School, class of 1979. For 25 years, she was an employee of Liebenthal Dentistry (formerly Laman), where she greeted everyone with a friendly smile. She was a member of the Girls Birthday Club, Hartford Recreation Council and coached high school varsity cheerleading. Leane was notably known as an accomplished metal artist and craftswoman. For leisure, she enjoyed traveling to warm places such as Las Vegas, Hawaii and most of all Cancun, Mexico.
     On June 27, 2009, she was united in marriage to Mark Kellogg, who survives. Also surviving are two sons – Joseph (Lindsay) Quigno of Paw Paw and Justin Quigno of Hartford; stepson, Norman Kellogg of Hartford; stepdaughter, Gina Kellogg of Hartford; mother, Joan (John) Duncan of Lawrence; grandmother,
Maxine (Steve) Ziemek
of Paw Paw; brother, Tim (Tena) Roper of Paw Paw; niece, Christine Roper and nephew, Erik Roper, both of Paw Paw; father of her sons, Joseph P. Quigno of Hartford; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Roper.
    
Leane was a very happy and optimistic person, influencing and touching so many lives and gracing everyone with her radiant smile. Most of all, she loved life no matter the obstacles thrown at her. Her positive phrases, “Every day is a great day!” or “Life is good!” will resonate in those she touched the most. She took great pride and found strength through her family, especially with her two sons. She was an avid follower of her sons’ sports and a proud mother to all of their accomplishments.
     A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw, with Dr. Ed Liebenthal officiating. A celebration of her life will follow the service at John and Lisa Johnson’s at 447 North Center St., Hartford. A private ceremony for interment of cremains will be held in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan or West Michigan Cancer Center. Friends and family may share a memory or condolence online at: www.timeformemory.com/adams.
 
Vida Tomi (Stennecke) Dockter, 62, Hartford, lost her valiant battle against cancer on May 26, 2010, at home surrounded by her family.
     Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Please join the family in celebrating Vida’s life on Wednesday, June 2, at the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo,129 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, Mich. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. and the service at 6 p.m., with fellowship to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are warmly appreciated to Hospice at Home, P.O. Box 990, South Haven, MI 49090.

     Vida grew up in Watervliet, the second daughter of Tom and Violet Stennecke, a well known and popular couple in business (Watervliet Phillips 66 Station) and social circles. The family lived on Red Arrow Highway, which was a popular “second home” for Vida’s multitude of friends from the class of 1965 Watervliet High School. Vida and her sister, Marsha, brought a dose of glamour to Watervliet with their award-winning roles in the high school bands and choirs, most specially their unique high tossed batons as they led the marching bands and many parades.
     After a Watervliet educa­tion, Vida then advanced to Bronson School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1967. While studying, she married Bill Fizzell. Together, yet apart, with dignity and respect, they raised three children in New Jersey – Deane Fizzell, now of Watervliet, Ashley Fleming of Florence, S.C., and Dana Goetter of Germantown, Wis.
     In high school, Vida met Frank Dockter, a “hot rod” from Hartford. Though their romance ended as teenagers, they were fortunate enough to reconnect and marry as adults. A story worthy of a novel, they lived in Kalamazoo before retiring to Hartford in 2006.
     Vida enjoyed her home, garden, church life and friends. She had a wicked sense of humor, great wit and a laugh you had to join in on. Her 30-year nursing career undoubtedly touched and changed many lives. A strong woman with class and integrity, Vida never wavered on her beliefs. There was no gray area in her life, as was the same for her beloved father, whom she adored and lost too early.
     She is survived by her sister, Marsha Cole of Watervliet; her children; and three grandchildren – Tyler, Melanie and Chelsea.
     She was preceded in death by her parents.
     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 www.duffield­pastrick.com.
 
Charles Sylvester Long Jr., 83 of Keeler left his loving earthly family to enter his eternal home on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at home surrounded by his loving family. Charles was born Sept. 24, 1926, in New Madrid, Mo., to Charles and Delia (Sharkey) Long Sr., both of whom preceded him in passing. Charles was also preceded in passing by a grandson, Michael Mattner, a brother, Charles Everette Long, and three sisters, Alfreda Baumgardner, Geneva Webb and Anna Marie Absher.
     Charles served his country proudly for more than 30 years in the United States Army, during both World War II and the Korean War. He received the Purple Heart. After his military duties, Charles worked for Sundstrand of Dowagiac until his retirement in 1989.
     Charles married Wanda Lee Teeters on June 16, 1947, and for the last 63 years they enjoyed each other’s company. Charles and Wanda loved spending time with their family, which consists of four daughters, Carolyn (Gerald) Ulrich of Eau Claire, Sherry (Almon) Dixon of Dowagiac, Debra (Cecil Paul) Bridges of Bragg City, Mo., Charity Long of Lansing; and a son, Brian Long of Keeler. Charles cherished his seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, along with his lone surviving sibling, Wanda Johnson of Kalamazoo.
     The service to honor Charles’ memory will commence at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The family will receive friends beginning at noon. Pastor Steven Bisbee of the Keeler General Baptist Church will officiate. Charles will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803, American Legion Post 362 and their auxiliary. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Charles’ name may be made to Hospice at Home, Stevensville.

 
Miroslaw (Mike) Dolezan, 82, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, from a lengthy illness.
Mike was born July 28, 1927, in Poland, to Stanley and Valerie Dolezan, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     While working at the Watervliet Paper Co., he obtained his degree at Lake Michigan College, and later retired from Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, after 29 years of service. Mike served on the Hartford City Council, coached baseball, and was a leader for the Boy Scouts of America.
     Survivors include his wife, Myra Dolezan; one sister, Julia (Dolezan) Pawlak of Chicago; two sons, Steve Dolezan and Chris Dolezan, both of Hartford; one daughter, Monica (Dolezan) Skidmore of Benton Harbor; and two grandchildren, Kevin Dolezan and Domanik Skidmore.
     Cremation has taken place and to honor Mike’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

 
Russell Alfred Richmond, 87, of Hartford passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010.
     Russell was born July 14, 1922, in Keeler Township, the son of Deane and Adaline (Russell) Richmond, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was a graduate of Hartford High School and received an agricultural certificate from Michigan State College, now known as Michigan State University. He was a veteran who served in the United States Navy in the Pacific in World War II. He was a 4-H leader in Van Buren County for more than 40 years.
     He also served on the board of the Watervliet Fruit Exchange and was a member of the Hartford Federated Church, where he served in multiple capacities. He enjoyed fruit and livestock farming, as well as woodworking and gardening. But his most special times were spent with his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
     Russell married the former Esther Ballard in Eaton Rapids on June 13, 1953. She survives, along with four children: Gary (Mary) Richmond of Hartford, Lee (Randy) Richmond of Shoreview, Minn., Ann (Keith) Fisher of Toledo, Ohio, and Amy (Rob) Pohutski of Livonia, Mich. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Clint (Shawna) Richmond, Connie (Sanjay) Biswas, Kenneth (Jessica) Richmond, Robert (Karolyn) Richmond, Elizabeth Richmond, Michelle Richmond, Bryce Fisher, Betsy Fisher, Kelsie Pohutski, Kyle Pohutski; one great-grand­daughter, Savannah; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James (Carolyn) Ballard of Florida and Eaton Rapids, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
     The family will welcome friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Hartford Federated Church, where funeral services to honor his memory will commence at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. Friends may also call one hour before the service. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate.
     Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Russell’s name may be made to the Hartford Federated Church or Hospice at Home. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

NOTE:  Russell was a 1940 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Jean Boyer Beckwith – On May 5th, 2010 we grieve the loss of our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother Jean Boyer Beckwith.  Jean was born July 25th, 1925 in Watervliet, MI to Theodore Lloyd Boyer and Olive Lila (Simpson) Boyer.
     Jean and (Ret.) Lt. Col Bick Beckwith married in October 1943 before he enlisted in WWII.  They were high school sweethearts and kept that love true until her last day.
     Jean and Bick spent many years traveling as Bick’s service in the Air Force from 1945 to 1972, serving in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the Air Force Academy, and finally retiring at the Pentagon. 
     Jean was very honored and proud to be a military man’s wife, homemaker and mother to her two sons Ted and Jim.  She was extremely proud of her two boys and loved them with all her heart.
     After Bick’s retirement they made their final home in Carlsbad [CA] where Jean was quite active with the YMCA and the Gaviota Circle Community where she was known as the neighborhood GG (grandmother).
     Jean was very special to so many people, she was the most caring individual you could ever know, loved cooking, and enjoyed traveling while spending time visiting with family and friends all across the U.S.
     Jean is survived by her husband (Ret.) Lt. Col Bick Beckwith, and her sisters Betty DiMiceli (Carlsbad), Fran Mills (Seattle), and Connie Dushek (Michigan).

NOTE:  A graduate of Watervliet High School (1943), Jean is from the Simpson family lineage mentioned throughout the early history of Hartford.  Jean and Bick have both contributed much for the History of Hartford website www.hartfordmichigan.com and our lives are all a little richer for their tidbits from the past.
 

Erwin Kesterke, 83, of Finchville, Ky., and a longtime area resident, died peacefully in his sleep after a short illness Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Jewish Hospital, Shelbyville, Ky.
     “Sonny,” as he was known by all who knew him, was born Aug. 31, 1926, in South Haven to Erwin and Helen (Gould) Kesterke, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding Sonny in passing were his wife, Jacqueline (Calvin) Kesterke and a daughter, Nicki Lu Rapp.
     Sonny was a 1945 graduate of Hartford High School, where he had a swing band called “Swing and Sway with Sonny K.” He was a veteran, serving in the United States Air Force and its reserves. Sonny was a retired real estate broker, president and owner of the Florida Store Inc. He retired to Lecanto, Fla., until his most recent move to Finchville, Ky., to be closer to his family. In addition to being a local resident for many years, he formerly resided in Glenview, Ill., for more than 35 years. In his spare time, he was a model train enthusiast and loved traveling, highlighted by climbing to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia at the age of 80.
     Sonny is survived by his children: Linda (Tom) Harkness, Charles Rapp, Penny (Michael) Lauer and Tracy Bauer; grandchildren: Brooke Hudson, Christopher Condotti, Jason Harkness,
Amy (Paul) Micari, David (Shannon) Rapp, Kevin Rapp, Danny Rapp, Elizabeth Lauer, Sara Lauer and Abby Lauer; great­grandchildren: Vincent Condotti, Preston Rapp, Riley Rapp and Quinn Rapp, and his ever faithful canine companion, Pepper.
    
Family and friends will gather from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, May, 8 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a procession will commence to Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, for graveside committal services.  Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will serve as officiant. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations in Sonny’s name be made to the Covert Resort Association.
 
Laurie Laman-Burke Roberts – 55, of Ceresco, Mich, went into the arms of Jesus April 30, 2010, in Battle Creek, Mich.
     She was born in University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor on Nov. 14, 1954, and grew up in Hartford, where she attended high school. Laurie then attended Hope College and later graduated from Nazareth College.
     She was a 29-year employee of Pfizer and the former Upjohn and Pharmacia Corp. Laurie enjoyed music and performed often on piano, guitar and as a vocal soloist as a member of several choirs. She also was a private piano instructor in Kalamazoo.
     Laurie was a member of the Hartford UMC, Westwood UMC and was currently a member of Fulton Christian Church, where her husband is the pastor. Laurie was an avid University of Michigan football and basketball fan and recently became a fan of the Detroit Tigers. She enjoyed swimming, reading, water skiing and gardening.
     Members of her family include: her husband, Pastor James Roberts; her parents, Dr. John and Venetia Laman; a son, Matthew Burke; twin step-daughters, Rebecca (Eric) Ivany and Reneé (Andy) Miller; a sister, Kerry (Rick) Samulak; a brother, John (Cathie) Laman; her grandmother, Rose Laman; two aunts, Nancy VanderSalm and Becky Laman-Hynes; three nieces and three nephews; five great-nieces and nephews; five cousins; and her special friend, Penny, her dog.
     Spend time with her family and friends, view her life story film and share light refreshments 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Life Story Funeral Home, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage. Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo. Visit Laurie’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you can read her life story, archive a favorite memory or photo, or sign her guestbook online before coming to the funeral home or church, or make a memorial donation to either the ALS Foundation or the Fulton Christian Church.
     Laurie will long be remembered for her beautiful smile and her kind heart.

NOTE:  Laurie was a 1973 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Wilma E. (Pletcher) Penwell began her heavenly journey on April 25, 2010.  Wilma was born on April 16, 1912, in Minden City, Mich. She was the third of seven children born to William Jackson and Kathryn (Wilson) Pletcher. Her parents and five siblings, Genevieve, Alice, Edna, Bernie and Jack, preceded her in passing. She married Harve L. Penwell in September 1932. They had four children. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was active in the Maccabees, Methodist Church Women’s Guild and Sewing Circle. She was one of the early “working moms,” and she enjoyed cooking, sewing and other handcraft activities. When she retired from J.C. Penney Co. in Niles, she became a foster grandparent, sharing her “grandma wisdom” with youngsters at the Berrien County Juvenile Center. Later on, she also spent time “rocking and loving” babies at Pawating Hospital in Niles. For family gatherings, a favorite request was apple pie slices, and she always had time for that treat. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends, knowing she’s finally “home.”
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Harve; daughters, Kathleen (Kay) Bodjack and Brenda (Ann) Martin; and grandson James (Jamey) Wilkens.
     She is survived by her brother, William (Bill and wife Jean) Pletcher; her children, Dale (Kathy) Penwell, Chambersburg, Pa., and Ruth Ellen Wilkens, Portage, Mich. Also surviving are grandchildren, Nicki Jo Wingaert, Toni Kay (Fred) Bruegmann, Amy (Jesse) Yaloff, Linda (Jordan) Celkupa, Michael Penwell, Kathryn (Scott) Picchiottino, Deborah (Michael) Fleetwood, Kirk (Kim) Martin, Matthew (Theresa) Martin, Joseph (Yvonne) Wilkens and Jonathan (Bonnie) Wilkens. Wilma is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Those who love and miss her are 14 great-grand­children and one expected great-great-grandchild.
     Family will receive friends at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Bloomingdale Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome. com, for visitation, with service to follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the Activities Department at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehab Center.

NOTE:  Wilma and Harve lived in Hartford for many years, where he was a Village Mail Carrier and Justice of the Peace. Most of their children were Hartford High School graduates from 1954-1962.
 

Robert Barlow was born August 20, 1947 in South Haven, Michigan and died April 22, 2010 while in the Hospice of the Valley, Sun City, AZ. 
     Prior to his death he was living with his mother, Ms. Loretta (Rhinehart) Treadwell in Sun City
, Arizona.  He was preceded in death by his father, Retired CWO Merle Barlow, a long time resident of Hartford, Michigan.  He graduated from High School in Reno, NV.
     Bobby is survived by his mother and two sisters, Dixie Lerch residing in Fennville, Michigan and Sandra Miller, residing in New Carlisle, Indiana.  
     Although living in Hartford in his youth, being an Army brat, he saw a lot of this world and learned a great deal more about it through his stamp collection. When not working on it, he was busy on his computer.  Bobby was a kind and considerate individual who had many friends who, along with his family, will miss him sorely. 
     Bobby’s remains will be interned in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Michigan.
 

Edward Groth, born April 15, 1921 to Charles and Johanna Groth in Hartford Michigan, passed away April 17, 2010.
     Lived in Kalamazoo Michigan most of his life. Edward was with the Army Military Police in World War II in occupied Japan, and received three medals. He was employed at Burroughs Manufacturing for 22 years. His passion was gardening. Married Donna J. Gibbs September 27, 1947.
     Preceding him in death are his parents and all of his siblings. Survivors are daughter, Dawn (Byron) Morrison; granddaughter, Valorie (Garry) Veld; and grandson, Scott (Kelli) Morrison; great grandsons, Andrew and Matthew Veld and Brandon Morrison; several nieces and nephews.
     A Memorial Service will be held May 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM Sunnyside Methodist Church, 2800 Gull Rd., with Pastor Matt Weiler officiating. Contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
 
Naomi Juk, of Spring Lake, formerly of Paw Paw, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 16, 2010 at her home. She was born January 18, 1927 in Arvilla, WV, the daughter of Cloyd and Mamie Wells.
     Naomi received her degree in education from Western Michigan University and was a teacher at Hartford Public Schools. She also taught for Paw Paw Community Education, was treasurer for Women’s Coterie Club of Paw Paw, was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Paw Paw, also serving on several committees for the Lake Michigan Presbytery.
     On October 20, 1951 in Grand Haven, Naomi was united in marriage to Carl T. Juk who preceded her in death November 12, 2008. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Wells. She is survived by two sons, Steven (Kristina) Juk of Shelbyville, TN and Paul Juk of St. Joseph; daughter, Lisa (Steve) Overacker of Spring Lake; foster daughter, Elaine Emmert of Mesquite, TX; grandchildren, Kristina (Jeff) Simpson, Daniel Juk, Sarah and Jill Overacker; foster grandson, Bryan Rodriquez; great grandchildren, Gordon and Olivia Simpson; four siblings, Louise (Fred) Myland of Kalamazoo, Betty (Neal) Barnhart of New Cumberland, WV, Dean (Diana) Wells of Paw Paw and Lola Wells of Pittsburgh, PA.
     Family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday, (April 19) at Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Committal services will take place 10:30 AM Tuesday at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Paw Paw, Pastor Tom Abbott officiating. Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, Paw Paw. Share a memory or condolence online at www.timeformemory.com/adams.
 
Martin Klyver Cadwell, 83, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at home fol­lowing a brief terminal illness.
     A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 15, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Martin’s name may be made to the family.

     Martin was born May 21, 1926, in Benton Harbor to Leo and Bessie Cadwell. He joined the
Army and fought in World War II. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medals for his service. He met and married the love of his life, Mina “Peggy” Wycoff, on July 19, 1952. They spent 56 glorious years together. He devoted his life to his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He worked for Barentsen Candy Co. and Rudy Manufacturing. He retired from Benton Harbor Engineering after working there for 25 years. Martin was also a dedicated fireman for the Keeler Fire Department for 25 years.
     Martin is survived by his children, Ann (Bobby) Wade and Paul (Lisa) Cadwell; sister, Inez Berndt; grandchildren, Amber (Ramon) Beltran, Julia (Mike) Wade, Bryan (Ashley) Wade, Ashley Jackson and Jeremy Cadwell; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Gabriella, Marcus, Deidre, Isabella, Aiden and Melissa. Also surviving are brother and sisters-in-law, Al and Sue Faultersack, Larry and Diann Wycoff, Lloyd and Connie Wycoff, John and Pat Wycoff and Jerry Wycoff; and two very special nieces, Ruby (Dave) Karsen and Darlene (Tom) Hess.
     Besides his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; brothers, Leo “Bud” and Gene; his sister, Betty; a granddaughter, Marie and great-grandson, Alexx.

 
Daniel Dotson Thomas, 73, of Hartford passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Daniel was born May 25, 1936, in Manila, Ark., to Don and Mary (Kincade) Thomas, both of whom preceded him in passing. Daniel was also preceded by his siblings – Georgia, Ida, Drewcilla, Charles, John, Andrew and James Thomas.
     After moving to Michigan, Daniel lived and was raised on Danneffel Road, Watervliet. He was formerly employed at Bartz Pontiac in Benton Harbor and for many years enjoyed being a blueberry farmer. Daniel was an avid hunter, enjoyed reading numerous books about history and always looked forward to the camping trips with his family. He loved to eat fish, even though he really didn’t care about catching the fish himself.
     Daniel married Marie Jestine Manning on July 19, 1954, and for the last 55 years they enjoyed each other’s company. Together they raised a family, which consists of their three children: Don (Laura) Thomas, Teresa (Sam) Babb and Darrell (Tammy Menear) Thomas, all of Hartford, and his loving dog, Buddy. Daniel is also survived by grandchildren – Amy, Sara, John, Adam, Ashley, Jennie, Matthew, Maria and Paul; two great-grandsons, Michael and Max; and a sister, Jannie (John) Morse of Keeler.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Hartford Church of God. The service to honor Daniel’s memory will commence at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the church. Pastor Eric Jackson, along with Brother Ray Manning, will officiate. Daniel will be laid to rest in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Daniel’s name be made to the Hartford Church of God.

 
Peggy Ann Clayton, 64, of Hartford, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and joined her loving husband in Heaven on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at her home.
Peggy was born March 30, 1946, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the daughter of Denver and Betty (Doug­las) Brawley.
     She enjoyed crocheting, NASCAR and NCIS. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and serving the Lord at New Life Christian Center.
     Family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Life Christian Center, 6674 Paw Paw Ave., Coloma, on Monday, April 5, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, with Pastor Larry Nail serving as officiant. She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the family.
     Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Samuel F. Clayton, in 2007, whom she married on Aug. 3, 1968; and her father, Denver L. Brawley, in 1997.
     She is survived by her mother, Betty Brawley; one son, Greg Campbell of Benton Harbor; one daughter, Dianna (Joe) Buzzank of San Antonio, Texas; as well as grandchildren – Christine (Paul) Irwin, Melissa (Anthony) Graves, Greg Campbell Jr., Samuel Campbell and Nichole Campbell, all of Coloma, and Brandon Buzzank of San Antonio, the joy of her life; her great­grandchildren – Alex, Paige and Katlyn Irwin; one sister, Sherry (George) Nail; and many nieces and nephews.
     The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home with Peggy’s services.
 
Douglas Kabel – Watervliet.  Doug’s life began June 11, 1945, in Watervliet.
     He spent his lifetime in Watervliet, where he graduated high school. Doug enjoyed singing karaoke and spending time with his family.
     Doug’s loving family includes: two sons, Tom (Stacie) Kabel of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Tim (Theresa) Kabel of Fort Myers, Fla.; three grandchildren; a brother, Don (Lynda) Kabel of Watervliet; and a sister, Sara (Jack) Goss of Bangor.
     Doug died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. His parents, Jerald and Nona (Blanchan) Kabel, preceded him in death.
     Doug’s family is gathering with friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Half Pint in Millburg for fellowship and karaoke. Memorials may be made in Doug’s memory to Area Agency on Aging. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Doug’s family with arrangements.

NOTE:  Douglas was a 1963 Hartford High School graduate, where he was Vice President of his class.
 
Susan Ann Cade, 64, of Hartford went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 31, 2010, at home.
     A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, at the Hartford Federated Church just west of Hartford on Red Arrow Highway with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. Memorials may be made to Hartford Federated Church or Grace Christian School in Watervliet, where Susan taught for many years.
     Susan was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Verl and Arline Taylor on April 21, 1945. She attended many schools across the country while her father was in the Air Force, ending up back in Hartford for her senior year of high school. She went on to complete education degrees from Western Michigan University and her master’s from Pensacola Christian College. She had primarily lived in the Hartford area since marrying David in 1966.
     Susan is survived by her loving husband of more than 40 years, David E. Cade; mother, Arline Taylor; brothers Verl (Bernice) and William Taylor of Woodland, Calif.; a sister, Diane Pawling of Portage; an aunt, Irene Leach of Hartford; brothers-in-law, Michael (Janice) Cade of Coloma, Chris (Lisa) Cade of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and sister-in-law, Cindy Cade Munro of Colorado Springs; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
     Susan was preceded in death by her father, Verl Taylor.

NOTE:  Susan was a 1963 Hartford High School graduate.

John Baldwin, St. Joseph, began his life June 12, 1948, in Benton Harbor. He spent his lifetime in the area. John worked as a police officer in Benton Harbor, Michiana and Hartford, and most recently, he was a building contractor.
   John’s loving family includes: a son, John (Sara) Baldwin Jr. of Grand Junction; four daughters, Karen (Jay) Ashley of Coloma, Autumn Baldwin of South Haven, Rebecca (William) Johnston of Tucson, Ariz., and Amber Baldwin of Chicago; 14 grandchildren; his mother, Gertrude Baldwin of St. Joseph; a brother, Thomas (Lauren) Baldwin of Benton Harbor; a sister, Gayle Nelson of Springfield, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
   John died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, surrounded by his loving family. His father, Charles Baldwin, and a sister, Mary Brown, preceded John in death.
   Friends may visit with John’s family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where his life will be celebrated following visitation at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet. Memorials may be made to John’s family.
 
Daniel R. Wolford, 51, of Hartford, formerly of South Haven, died Wednesday, March 24 at his home.
     He was born September 13, 1958 in South Haven, Michigan to William RH and Marcella (Boshell) Wolford. Daniel married Debbie Fisher on March 25. 1982.
     Daniel worked in farming, at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, Twin City Glass and also for ICG in Dowagiac. Daniel enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR racing and gardening. Daniel’s life was his wife Deb and his daughter Trin, his little man Camden and his dog – baby girl.
     He is preceded in death by his mother – Marcella Wolford, brother – Gary Wolford, sister – Penny Corday Wolford, grandparents – grandma & grandpa Zillman, grandma & grandpa Wolford and brother-in-law – Billy Fisher. He is survived by his wife – Debbie Wolford of Hartford, Michigan. One daughter – Trinity Wolford, one amazing grandson – Camden Daniel Wolford (the light of his life) of Hartford, Michigan, his father – William (Cathy) Wolford of South Haven, Michigan, one sister – Terri (Chris) Craft of Kalamazoo, Michigan, brothers – Billy Wolford of Jackson, Michigan, Tim (Stacy) Wolford of Ohio, Uncle Carl Wolford of Kalamazoo, Michigan, step-sister – Nicole (John) Brill of South Haven, Michigan, mother-in-law – Pearl Fisher of Hartford Michigan, brother-in-laws – Charles Fisher of Hartford, Michigan, Jerry Fisher of Alabama, Roger Fisher of Hartford, Michigan, sister-in-laws – Doris (James) Davis of Dowagiac, Michigan, Judy (Larry) Nalepa of St. Joseph, Michigan, many nieces, nephews and cousins survive. Paul Pleyer has always been a brother to Daniel.
     Visitation will be from 12 – 2 on Monday, March 29 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor William Chapman officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Debbie Wolford. 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.

 
Thomas Lombardo, 72, of Hartford passed away Monday, March 15, 2010, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Tommy lived at Woodside Apartments for many years but had recently resided at Countryside Nursing Home in South Haven.
    Tommy, who was born with cerebral palsy on May 16, 1937, was placed in a state hospital when he was 3 weeks old. He spent 16 years in Lapeer and 19 years in Coldwater state homes and then lived in a series of foster homes in Covert, Bangor and Hartford. In 1995, Tommy was able to move into his own apartment and enjoyed his new life with the help of assistants, who did his cooking, cleaning and shopping.
     Tommy was employed at a workshop operated by Van Buren County Mental Health for many years and loved getting out and being productive. He was a proud member of the Hartford United Methodist Church and the Hartford Lions Club.
     Country music, collecting baseball cards and the Detroit Tigers were Tommy’s passions. He loved music and had an extensive collection of tapes and CDs. Attending Sunday church service was very important to Tommy; he loved greeting each person and was phenomenal at remembering each person’s name. His cheerful disposition and appreciation for life was very inspirational for those who knew him.
     His life is remembered at 7:30 p.m. today, March 17, at the Hartford United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church for the future purchase of a monument. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.

 
Kenneth Lyle Phillips, 48, of Coloma, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 12, 2010, at his home.
     Kenny, as he was known to most everyone, was born April 17, 1961, in Watervliet to George and Mary (Southard) Phillips.
     After graduating from Hartford High School in 1979, Kenny became an exceptional carpenter. He never met anyone he didn’t like and was very generous to those who needed help. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed growing flowers of all kinds. He enjoyed listening to the ’60s and ’70s music, especially the Beatles, and playing the guitar.
     Kenny is survived by his mother, Mary, of Coloma; a sister, Diana Phillips of Hartford; three brothers — Michael (Ruth Ann) Phillips and Daniel Phillips, both of Hagar Township, and Kevin Phillips of Decatur; his longtime companion, Beverly Wesaw of Coloma; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
     Kenny was preceded in passing by his father, George, on Jan. 13, 1999; and a brother, Gary Phillips.
     The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 16, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at noon. Kenny will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Kenny’s name be made to either the Humane Society or Animal Aid.
 
Ricky Joe Spangler, 54, of Hartford, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at home.
     Rick, as he was known, was born Nov. 11, 1955, in Watervliet, the son of Walter and Reva (Nash) Spangler, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Janet Morris and Donna Beaman; and three brothers – Charles Spangler, Barry Spangler and Frankie Spangler.
     Rick is survived by his children – Ricky Spangler Jr. of Mattawan, Joe Spangler and Amber Howell, both of Paw Paw, and a stepson, James Howell of Coloma. He also leaves behind grandchildren Karina and Johanna Solis; step-grandchildren – Katrina, Amber and Hailey Howell; and his siblings – Ronald Spangler of Lawrence, Gerald (Wanda) Spangler of Georgia, Judy (Larry) Thompson of Plainwell and Nina Richardson of Allegan.
     Rick was formerly employed at Midwest Aluminum. He was a kindhearted man dedicated to his family and friends. His greatest joys were going camping with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, singing karaoke, playing pool and shuffleboard. Rick was a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion.
     As per Ricky’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The family will receive friends from 6 until the time of service. Pastor Eric Jackson of the Hartford Church of God will officiate.
 
Duane Roger Winans, 71, of Hartford passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010, at home.
     Duane was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Watervliet, the son of Fred and Loretta (Parshall) Winans, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding Duane in death was a sister, Karen Winans, and a brother, Lawrence Winans.
     Duane was a 1957 graduate of Watervliet High School. He was united in marriage to Peggy Bunn on Nov. 17, 1959, and for the next 50 years they enjoyed each other’s company. He was a truck driver by trade and retired from U.S.F. Holland Corporation. His brightest joy was spending time with all of his grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved working in the yard – as a matter of fact it could be anyone’s yard – and during the winter you’d often find him snow blowing the driveway.
     Duane is survived by his wife, Peggy, and his four children, Roger Winans of Jacksonville, Fla.,Tamara (Dustin) Sirrine of Paw Paw, Charles (Rhonda) Winans of El Reno, Okla., and James (Lisa) Winans of Hartford. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Fred (Barbara) Winans, Don (Mattie) Winans, both of Alabama, and Gene Winans of Watervliet; two sisters, Phyllis Kling and Darlene (Don) Horton, both of Hartford; and a special sister-in-law, Gloria Winans of Hartford.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Duane’s memory will commence at 11 a.m. Friday, March 5, at the funeral home. Pastor Robert J. Linstrom of the Peace Lutheran Church of South Haven will officiate. Duane will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo.

 
Ruth E. Selters, 85, of Hartford was called home by her Savior to be with the rest of her family on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010.
     Ruth’s life began on March 30, 1924, in Hartford. Her parents were George and Ester (Wise) Kime, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her husband of 65 years, Gerald Lee Selters, on May 11, 2007; one sister, three brothers and seven half-siblings.
     Ruth and Jerry loved to travel across the country together and spending time at their cabin in Walhalla, Mich.  Ruth was also an avid reader and loved to do crosswords. She also enjoyed many years of Bunko Club with her friends, and going to luncheons at the Hartford school.
     Ruth was a loving mother to all of her seven children: Susan Williams, Jeryl Stair, Linda Nydam, James Selters, Jane Yeider, Jordan Selters and Jill Hunter. Ruth also cherished all of her 10 grandchildren: Tim Oldham, Chris Oldham, James Williams, Greg Stair, Gina Kosten, Vicky Skinner, Daryl Nydam, Heather Martinez, Lisa Selters and Cory Wynans. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, four nieces, a nephew and two cousins. Ruth’s wisdom and love will be missed by everyone.
     The family will welcome friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Feb. 26, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The funeral to honor her memory will commence at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the funeral home. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate. Ruth will be laid to rest beside her husband in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruth’s name may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center at 200 North Park St.; Kalamazoo, MI 49007.


NOTE:  Ruth was from the 1942 class of Hartford High School.
Janet Kucharski, 45, of Hartford, formerly of Decatur, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at home.
     Janet was born July 5, 1964, in Detroit, the daughter of Robert and Martha (Waterlander) Teisan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in accounting and was a CPA formerly employed by Plante & Moran in St. Joseph. She formerly was the office manager for Grace Christian School in Watervliet. She attended the First Baptist Church in Lawton.
     She married Tony Kucharski Sept. 19, 1989, in Decatur, and he survives. Also surviving: a daughter, Holly Kucharski, and two sons, Anthony and Andrew Kucharski, all at home; her mother, Martha Teisan of Decatur; four sisters, Martha (Lance) Lambert of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Leah (Roy) Wendt of Parchment, Mich., Carolyn Schnur of Byron Center, Mich., and Barbara (John) Robbins of Goshen, Ind.; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frank and Annette Kucharski of Decatur.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Bible Church with Pastor Lonny Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery, Decatur. Friends may call after 12 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements by Newell Funeral Home, Decatur.

 
Marvin Edgar Stow, son of Samuel Lee and Myrta Grigsby Stow, was born October 11, 1945, in Dyess, Arkansas. He departed this life Monday, February 15, 2010, in Christian Health Care South, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of sixty-four years, four months, and four days.
     On May 3, 1973, he was united in marriage to Nola Bell Chambers, and they shared the last thirty-six years. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Novelyn Hopper, and Donna Callahan.
     Marvin is survived by his loving wife, Nola Bell, of the home; a daughter, Angelia Crane, and her husband, Anthony, of Bolivar, Missouri; two sons, Troy Stow, and his wife, Kathy, of Chisago, Minnesota, and Marvin Stow, II, and his wife, Mary, of Fort Belvoir, Virginia; eight grandchildren; four sisters, Rita Bell Clay, of Watervliet, Michigan, Jane McCarty, of Hartford, Michigan, Thelma Hindman, of Clio, Michigan, and Diane Mabus, of St. Louis, Missouri; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
     He was born in Arkansas, and was raised in Hartford, Michigan, where he graduated from Hartford High School. He served his country faithfully in the United States Army from June 10, 1964, until June 9, 1967, during the Vietnam War. He completed clerical school at Fort Knox, Kentucky, while serving in the Army. Upon being discharged from the Army, Marvin returned to Hartford, Michigan, for a few years. Soon after he and Nola Bell were married, they made their home in Buffalo, Missouri, where Marvin worked for Wood Super Market for seventeen years. For one year, he and Nola Bell were house parents at Tupelo Children’s Mansion, in Tupelo, Mississippi. They then moved to Lebanon, and Marvin worked for the Lebanon Housing Authority for fourteen years before retiring.
     Marvin was an active member of Harvest Tabernacle – United Pentecostal Church in Lebanon and had served on the Trustee Board and on the church board. He had also been church treasurer for seventeen years.
     He enjoyed music and had played the coronet since the age of eleven. In his spare time he liked being outdoors where his favorite activities were playing golf, fishing, hunting, and gardening. He also did volunteer work at the American Red Cross office.
     His family was very important to him and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren.  Marvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and will remember him as a devoted family man, a dedicated worker, a patriotic citizen and a good friend.
     Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday February 17, 2010 at the Harvest Tabernacle Church in Lebanon. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday February 18, 2010 at the Missouri veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Visitation is Tuesday evening 6-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home under the direction of the Holman-Howe Funeral Home Lebanon, Missouri.  A memorial has been established and donations may be made through the funeral home.

NOTE:  Marvin was a 1964 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Elaine Troike, 72, of Hartford was called home by her Savior on Feb. 15, 2010. Elaine’s life began on July 20, 1937, in Bridgman.  She was born to Albert and Rose (Scorvac) Marshall.
     A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Hoven Funeral Home, 414 E. Front St., Buchanan. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.
     Elaine worked at Voice of Music in Benton Harbor for 19 years and worked at Pemco Die Cast for 20-plus years before retiring in 1999. Elaine enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family and going to antique car shows with her husband, especially during the fall season. Elaine avidly collected beach stones and collectable rocks from exotic nations. She also enriched her life and others by displaying her extensive collection of owls, knick-knacks and unique collectables.
     Elaine was united in marriage to Robert Troike on June 10, 1995. Elaine was a loving and caring mother to her children, Bonnie Freehling of Galesburg, Ill., and Michael Freehling of Hartford, and also to Bob’s children, Melanie Troike of Coloma, Vicki Clark of Hartford, Rob Troike of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Jennifer (Alan) Sill of Watervliet.
     Elaine cherished all her grandchildren: Shawna Freehling of Madison, Wis.; William Ernst Dickens of Illinois; Aaron Robert Freehling of Canton, Mich.; and Zachary Freehling, who is a private first class and is currently stationed at Aberdine, Md. He currently is awaiting deployment to South Korea. Elaine was very proud of her grandson for serving our country and protecting our nation. She also was grandmother to Bob’s grandchildren, Trisha Troike, Jacob Clark, Aaron and Kirsten Sill. She also adored her greatgrandson, Ryan Hoppings. She was sister to Al (Cindy) Marshall of Sawyer, and sister- in-law, Carol Marshall. She was especially close to her Freehling family, which includes many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
     Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Donald Richard Freehling; and her brother, Robert Marshall.
Elaine will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

 

David Gary Munjoy was born April 28, 1942 in South Haven, Michigan to John David and Eunice Catherine (Beatty) Munjoy. He lived a full and exciting life until he was taken home January 30, 2010.
     David had the honor of passing away on the farm that he had nurtured and loved for many years with his loving wife, Susan, by his side. David wore many hats through out his life. He worked for Whirlpool Corporation for several years, crafted jewelry and touched the lives of many children as a Pre-school Teacher’s Assistant in the Pullman School District. Today, he continues to touch lives and teach as he has donated his body to Michigan State University for research.
     David spent the last nine years in a wheelchair but he was far from wheelchair bound. He consistently invented and created mechanisms and contraptions that made farming and life easier for him. His ingenuity eventually led to Purdue University and Michigan AgrAbility consulting with David to share his inventions with others who refuse to be wheelchair bound.
     David is survived by his wife, Susan; brothers, Brian Maurig and John (Evelyn) Munjoy; sisters, Vicki Peterson and Sue Munjoy; daughter, Elizabeth C. Munjoy; son, David K. (Shelly Jo) Munjoy; step-sons, David J. and Robert D. Cartwright; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tommy Munjoy and brother-in-law, James Peterson.  To quote a wise woman,
He fought a difficult battle and won.
     There will be a celebration of his life May 1, 2010, The River Church, 1652 Lincoln Rd (M40), Allegan at 1:00 p.m.

NOTE:  David was a 1960 graduate of Hartford High School.
 

Mary S. Griffin, 80, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Silverbrook Manor in Niles.
     Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Service, 249 E. Center St., Coloma, with Pastor Mark Slabaugh officiating. Burial will follow in Hagar Lakeshore Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home.
     Mary was born Dec. 3, 1929, in Monette, Ark. She was the daughter of Bill and Pearl Cheatham. On May 28, 1954, she married James O. Griffin in Hartford. Together they had five children. Mary enjoyed fishing and camping. Both she and her husband enjoyed traveling to Galveston, Texas, in the winter. She was fond of both farm life and the Southern lifestyle. Most of all, Mary cherished her family – particularly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     Mary is survived by her children, James L. Griffin of St. Joseph, Mary Ann (James) Jaynes of Niles, David J. (Pam) Griffin of Decatur and Janice (David) Colcord of Niles; grandchildren, Charish, Jamie, Joe, Juston, Tony, Alan, Justin, Arielle and Sarah; seven great-grandchildren; stepmother, Edna Cheatham of Missouri; and by her siblings, Betty, Annie, Virginia, Shirley, Theresa, Jean, Tiny, Calvin, Tom, and Ronnie.
     In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, James O. Griffin, in 2002; her son, Ralph; and by her brother, Voyce.
 
On Jan. 27, 2010, Brenda Joyce Smith, 48, of Hartford was welcomed into the Lord’s presence after a long bout with cancer.
     Brenda was born Oct. 25, 1961, in Watervliet to John and Betty (Vaughn) Smith. She was raised in Coloma and enjoyed going to the Fun Factory and concerts. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and her loyal dogs, Sasha and Sassy. She enjoyed traveling, shopping and going to the casino.
     Brenda is survived by the love of her life, Bruce Little; five sons – Michael Smith, David Deckert, Kevin Little, Bruce Little and Mark Little; and 14 grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Betty Joe Smith of Coloma; sisters – JoAnn Vaughn of St. Joseph; Shirley (Terrance) Buckley of Coloma; LouAnne (Vernon) Holcomb of Keeler; Sandra (William) Wilcoxsin, Debra Smith and Nancy (Carroll) Bailey, all of Coloma; and Lisa (Joe) Sikes of Keeler; one brother, Dana Smith of South Bend; many nieces and nephews; and special friends – Starla Cooper, Gerry Oglesby, Don Mc-New, Rhonda Bassett and Tina and Art MacGirvin.
     Brenda was preceded in passing by her dad, John Smith, and a daughter, Storie Smith.
     The family will welcome friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 7:30. Pastor William Hughes of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Benton Harbor will serve as officiant. After the services, cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Brenda’s name be made to Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice.
 

Kathryn E. “Katie” Miller, 78, of Claypool, Indiana passed away Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 12:50 PM in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
     Born in Paw Paw, Michigan on September 28, 1931 to Walter S. and Mina Louise (Anderson) Hartman, Kathryn was a 1949 graduate of Hartford High School in Hartford, Michigan. 
     On June 8, 1973 Kathryn and Ronald E. Miller were married in Columbia City, Indiana. In 1982 they moved to Claypool. Katie was a homemaker, clerk and waitress. She was a member of Silver Lake Wesleyan Church in Silver Lake, Indiana.
     Those left behind with treasured memories are her husband, Ron, of Claypool; 2 sons and daughters-in-law: Rev. Karl W. and Marcia Ruetz, Fort Wayne and Henry A. and Linda Ruetz of New Brighton, Minnesota; daughter and son-in-law: Robin and Terry Ashburn, Waynesville, Ohio; step daughter and step son-in-law: Amy and Todd Dean of Columbia City, Indiana; 2 step sons: Kent A. (and Patty) Miller, Warsaw, Indiana and Kurt E. Miller of Kendallville, Indiana; sister: Frances Cade of South Haven, Michigan; 23 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 16 nieces and nephews.
     Katie’s parents, Walter S. and Mina Louise Hartman preceded her death as did her 2 brothers: Michael Hartman and Walter Hartman; 2 sisters: Helen Dorstewitz and Waive Fisk; and her grandson, Tobin Fry.
     A memorial service celebrating the life of Kathryn E. “Katie” Miller will take place Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM in Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Pastor Jonathan Light of the Silver Lake Wesleyan Church officiating. A time of sharing with the family will begin 1 hour prior to the service.  Those wising to give a gift in memory of Kathryn may make a donation to either the Lions Speech and Hearing, c/o PDG David Court, 18681 Osborne Road, Lakeville, Indiana 46536 or Claypool Volunteer Fire Department, 101 North Main Street, Claypool, Indiana 46510.


David W. Bigelow, 67, of Wilkes- Barre, Pa., died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at home. Born April 22, 1942, in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Walter and Ann Bailey Bigelow. David was a 1960 graduate of Hartford High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968.
     He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Agnes Demchishin Bigelow. Surviving are sons: David Peter of Wilkes-Barre, Gregory of Ashley, Pa., Mark of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Brittany, Teagan and Tristan; brother, Jan of San Antonio, Texas, and nieces and nephews.
     Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 20, at the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 
Florine Gladys Quade, 88, of St. Joseph, entered into eternal life to be with her lord and savior on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     A Mass of Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 600 Columbus, Benton Harbor. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, (prayer services at 5 p.m.) at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Readiness Center. Florine was born on June 16, 1921, in Keeler Township to DeLloyd and Lena (Kietzer) Peters. She worked many years as a waitress at the Captain’s Table, Brass Rail and Benton Harbor Holiday Inn. On Nov. 16, 1959, she married Herb Quade in St. Joseph.
     Florine enjoyed being a member and financial assistant for the Coast Guard Auxillary. Additionally, she loved preparing meals and hosting family gatherings. She also enjoyed collecting all varieties of cookbooks. Florine enjoyed a good laugh and a rousing card game. Finally, Florine was an avid animal lover and leaves behind her special pet, “Boots.”
     Florine is survived by her daughter, Mary (Michael Krieger) Ikola of Stevensville, and three sons – Thomas (Thelma) Pugh of Orlando, Fla., Richard (Zoja) Blocker of Schaumburg, Ill., and Jim (Carol) Bocker of Berrien Springs. She is also survived by her sister, Maxine Kreiger of St. Joseph; her brother, Kenneth Peters of Coloma; eight grandchildren – Craig, Kathleen, Sarah, Michael, Jennifer, Jason, Jeff and Whitney; and six greatgrandchildren.
     Florine was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Herb Q, Jeff Blocker and W.J. Pugh Jr.; a son, John Pugh; a granddaughter, Dawn Reed; and a great-grandson, Zachary Ikola.
     Those wishing to share a memory or sign the memory book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
 
Alice Jean Richardson – Alice’s life began Nov. 15, 1929, in Ohio. Alice married William Richardson on April 28, 1974. She was a member of the Moose Lodge in Michigan City.
     Her loving family includes her husband, William; four children — Chuck Bessenfielder of Ohio, Lynda Fentress of Coloma, JoAnn Yurku of Plainfield, Ill., and Janet Purtian of Wisconsin; 30 grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy and Nancy.
     Alice died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at her home.  Her parents, Elmer and Alice Gran, preceded her in death.
     Per Alice’s wishes cremation has taken place. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Alice’s family with arrangements.
 
Mabel Rehfeld Bailey Liebers, 87, of Lawrence [formerly of Hartford] went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.
     Mabel was born Aug. 28, 1922, in Keeler, the daughter of Norman and Laura (Robinson) Rehfeld.
     Mabel leaves behind three children – Sharon Overhiser of South Haven, F. Charles (Nancy) Bailey of Arizona and Nancy (Junior) Cheek of Lawrence, with whom Mabel resided with since the passing of her beloved husband, Frederick, in August of 2000. Mabel also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She loved them all and truly enjoyed the time she spent with them. When she wasn’t with her family, Mabel would spend numerous hours working in her flower garden.
     As to Mabel’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Those wishing to make a memorial in Mabel’s name may do so to either the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford with handling the arrangements.

NOTE:  Mabel lived in Hartford while her children attended Hartford Public School during the 1960s.
 

Dorothy L. Bourner (Minshall), Kalamazoo, passed away January 20, 2010.
     Dorothy was born May 4, 1929 in Hartford the daughter of John and Florance (Charles) Minshall. Surviving is her son, Thomas Bourner of Kalamazoo.
     At her request cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or services at this time.
     The family would like to thank the staff and friends at Heritage Community for all there help and care.
     Arrangements by Avink Funeral Home, Schoolcraft www.avinkcremation.com


NOTE:  Dorothy was a 1946 Hartford High School graduate.

Doris A. Hetherington, 87, of St. Joseph passed away at home on Sunday, Jan.10, 2010.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with the Rev. Marlo Fritzke officiating. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or to the St. Joseph United Methodist Church. Those wishing to send a memory online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Doris was born on Feb. 4, 1922, to Carl and Hazel (Avery) Polmanteer in Keeler Township. She married Ralph W. Hetherington in Las Vegas on July 19, 1942. Doris was employed at the former Remington Rand Company in Benton Harbor and Shepherd Casters in St. Joseph. She was a member of the St. Joseph United Methodist Church.
     Doris enjoyed reading, baking, and sewing. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed traveling with them. She also enjoyed her luncheons with the “39ers,” her classmates from high school.
     She is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Johnson of St. Joseph; grandchildren, David (Karli) Johnson of Atlanta, Michael (Heather) Johnson, of Holt, Mich., Daniela (Ronnie) Ferrell of Winter Garden, Fla., and Marco (Michelle) Guarniere of Richmond, Va.; great-grandchildren, Madison and Benjamin of Atlanta, Sarah, Mitchell and Evan of Holt, Dominic and Andrew of Winter Garden; and by her nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; daughter, Diana Guarniere; brothers, Merle Polmanteer, Virgil Polmanteer, Ted Polmanteer, Allan Polmanteer; and by a sister, Bernie Seils.

 
Doyle “Bossy” Trudell III, 37, of Bangor, formerly of Hartford, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his home.
     The family will meet friends on Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. at Central Assembly of God Church, Coloma, with funeral services at 2 p.m. with Pastor Dwayne Goodale officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township.
     Arrangements by Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home. Doyle was born Aug. 9, 1972, in Watervliet, the son of Doyle Trudell II and Patsy Peninger, and was a longtime resident of Hartford. He was a kindhearted person who had many friends, would do anything for anyone, and was a friend to all. He attended Central Assembly of God Church of Coloma.
     Surviving are his brother, Randy Trudell; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; special friends, Dee and Joe Osborne; and a very special friend, Anna Rivard.
     He was preceded in death by two sisters, Heidi Trudell, Missy Trudell; and two brothers, Robert Meyers, Dale Meyers.

NOTE:  Doyle was a 1993 Hartford High School graduate.
 

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Thomas Edward Bedwell, 54, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at his home.
     Tom, as he was known by everyone, was born Jan. 19, 1955, in Holly, the son of Thomas and Sharon (Sutherby) Bedwell.
     Tom went to work at an early age, working for the city of Hartford, which was one of the best jobs anyone could have had. He also was formerly employed at Burnette Foods of Keeler. Tom was a loving and caring person who would help anyone in need, as shown with his work in health care, working at Community Hospital in Watervliet and going to peoples’ homes who could not get out. He not only helped them with medical needs, but would also lift them spiritually. He loved his family dearly and cherished his church family as a member of the Hartford Church of God.
     Tom is survived by three children: Chad (Debbie) Bedwell, Sally (Les) Sexton and Troy (April) Bedwell, all of Hartford; six grandchildren: Stephanie, Jason, Brooklyn, Marty, Hunter and Thomas; and three great-grandchildren: Savannah, Sierra and Blair, Jr. He also is survived by his mother, Sharon of Hartford; a brother, Martin (Linda) Bedwell of Los Angeles; a sister, Theresa (Dean) Kress of Greenville, Ohio; and his ex-wife, Christine (Arnold) Tillman.
     Tom was preceded in passing by his father, Thomas, and two brothers, Dennis Bedwell and Steven Alan Bedwell.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Hartford Church of God, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 1 p.m. Pastor Eric Jackson will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to the Hartford Church of God or Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 
Peter Johnson, 89, formerly of Hartford, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores, with full military rites. Peter was born on June 27, 1920, in Mansfield, Mo., to John and Opal Johnson.
     He proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. Together with his wife of 51 years, Bobbie Jean, he had three children – Shirley, Jerry and Peter. Peter began his career working in heating and air conditioning at Home Heating in St. Joseph. Later he founded Johnson’s Heating in Coloma, which he managed for many years. Peter enjoyed collecting and refurbishing antiques, woodworking and gardening. Most of all, he will be remembered as a caring man who enjoyed family life.
     Peter is survived by his daughter, Shirley Fae (Peter) Mengel of Kalamazoo; son, Peter (Sandy) Johnson of Hartford; daughter-in-law, Candy Johnson of Kalamazoo; grandchildren — Peter and Scott Mengel, Jeremy Johnson, Wendy Spangler, and Peter R. Johnson Jr.; great-grandchildren — Nicole Newton, Dalton Graham, Sierra Rodda, Andrew Spangler, Elliott Spangler, Andrianne Johnson and Rebecca Johnson; and by his special friend, Paula Millyard.
     In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Jean; son, Jerry D. Johnson; four brothers and three sisters; and by a great-grandson, Alan Peter Mengel.
Lloyd Francis Yates, 69, of Luther, Mich., formerly of Hartford, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at his stepdaughter's home in Lawrence.
     Lloyd was born on Dec. 28, 1939, in Englewood, Ill. He was the son of Clarence and Nellie (Skaggs) Yates.
     Lloyd proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his tours of duty, Lloyd worked at various places before he went into farming for the rest of his working years. He enjoyed the outdoors, being an avid hunter and fisherman.
     Lloyd is survived by his children - Patrick Yates of Seattle, Wash., Amanda Yates of Auburn, Wash., and Shad Yates of Carroll City, Ark.; eight grandchildren; his brothers, Richard (Ann) Yates of Bangor and Raymond Yates of Hartford; stepbrothers, Monte Boynton of New Orleans and James Boynton of Baraga, Mich.; and stepmother, Alma Yates of Kalamazoo.
     Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters - Betty Woods, Sylvia Bond, Nancy Yates and Florence Berends; a brother, Clarence Yates; and his loving companion, Betty Fuller.
     As per Lloyd's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lloyd's name may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.

NOTE: He was a 1958 Hartford High School graduate.

Brenda Ruth Barrett, 65, of Benton Harbor, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at her home.
     Brenda was born March 18, 1944, in Harrisburg, Ark., the daughter of Miles and Geneva (Cooper) Hamilton, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by a son, James Barrett Jr., and a brother, Gerald Hamilton.
     Brenda was formerly employed with Woolin Products in Stevensville, but most importantly she enjoyed being a homemaker. She enjoyed being with family and friends. She was a dedicated woman to God, attending the Yore Community Church.
     Brenda married James Barrett on Sept. 2, 1964. He survives, along with three daughters – Regina Barrett of South Bend, Dana (Gary) French of Mishawaka and Karla (Joe) Pepple of Benton Harbor; a son, Jason (Katherine) Barrett of Hartford; grandchildren – Corissa, Tia, Elizabeth, Kayla, McKenna, Julia, Lillian and Jason-James. She is also survived by seven brothers and sisters – Nancy (Ken) Daugherty of Benton Harbor, Johnny (Terry) Hamilton of Niles, Dan (Barbara) Hamilton of Hartford, Sherman (Connie) Hamilton of Berrien Center, Curtis (Tammy) Hamilton of Watervliet, Sandy Hamilton of Benton Harbor and Becky (Dan) Cowgill of Henderson, Nev.; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Dunn serving as officiant. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Brenda’s name be made to Lakeland Hospice.

Note:  Brenda and her family lived in Hartford while their children were in school.
 

Phoebe Jane Woulfe, 78, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at home.
     Phoebe was born Feb. 17, 1931, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Albert and Katherine (Austin) Long, both of whom preceded her in passing. Phoebe was also preceded in death by her husbands, Joel Davis on Aug. 20, 1976, and Edward Woulfe on April 20, 2003; three sisters and two brothers.
     Phoebe is survived by her children, Pamela (Don) Mills, Debra (Richard) Weston, both of Hartford and Steven Davis of Bangor, a sister, Jessica (Jesse) DeMay of Coloma; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many special friends.
     Phoebe held many jobs in her lifetime, with the most recent at the Watervliet Burger King, where she met and made many friends. She had a zest for life and always said she was going to go as long as she could. She loved mushroom hunting, walks in the woods and family. The “almost auto pilot” on her “boat buggy” got her around to her favorite casinos anytime the urge would hit. Phoebe will truly be missed.
     The family will welcome friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the funeral home with Bob Gendron officiating. Phoebe will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family and Phoebe would like to request donations be made to Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

 

Cecil Roy Wismer,
age 70,  died December 12, 2009 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo MI.
 
     Cecil was born on Sept. 25, 1939, in Benton Harbor. He was the son of Cecil and Elva (Jones) Wismer, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     Cecil was a member of the 1957 graduating class of Hartford High School. He married the former Mary Pubanz on Aug. 20, 1966. Mary passed away on June 6, 2007, after many years of ill health.
Cecil served his country proudly in the United States Navy.
 After his tour of duty, Cecil worked at Auto Specialties, Michigan Tube (Hoffman Industries) in Eau Claire and for 26 years at Whirlpool Corp. While working at Whirlpool, Cecil owned and operated Owens Gas Station in Benton Harbor.
     While in the service, Cecil bowled aboard ship, and from there on he was an avid bowler who bowled at Lakes Bowl, Gersondies (Kelly’s Bowl), Blossom Lanes, Coloma Lanes and the Old Recreation Lanes for more than 50 years. During the summer Cecil was seen at the Hartford Recreation fields, watching his children and grandchildren play ball and for a few years coached baseball in the Hartford Recreation Leagues.
     Cecil is survived by a son, Cecil (Diane) Wismer of Hartford; two daughters, Lisa (Patrick) Wilkinson of South Haven and Michelle (Gregory Jr.) Bond of Kalamazoo; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna Obermesik of Hartford and Alice (Ron) Nelson of Niles.
     Following Cecil’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, at which time a service to honor his memory will commence. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate. Both Cecil and Mary’s ashes will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southwest Michigan.
 

Jeremy Lee Ashley, 22, left us on December 10, 2009 to join God’s army as a warrior angel.  He was born in Berrien Springs MI on August 12, 1987 to Sherry Ashley and Jose Magallanes.  Jeremy lived in Hartford and attended Watervliet schools from Kindergarten to 11th grade and then graduated from Coloma in 2005 when his family moved.
     Jeremy played football, was a member of Science Olympiad and various other clubs. He was best known for his wrestling skills and wrestled at 130 and 135 lbs in high school.  In 2006, Jeremy moved to Indianapolis and became an MMA Professional fighter.  His trainers described him as being born with a gift and fighting with heart.     

     His memory will be kept alive in Indianapolis by his fighting club. 
We are going to play a video, a special song, and recognize Jeremy at our 1/8 fights. We are also creating the
Jeremy Ashley Heart Award that will be awarded to a fighter who had Jeremy's amazing heart at every show. We are also going to do some type of fund raiser at the next few events to fund a Jeremy Ashley Fund, that will sponsor "at risk type" fighters. His spirit and legend will remain in tact.
     Jeremy is survived by his mother, Sherry Ashley of Hartford MI, and his father Jose Magallanes of Indianapolis IN; grandmothers, Ruby Ashley of Keeler MI and Abuela Magallanes of Indianapolis IN; brothers, Adan Barajas and Jose Barajas; and sister, Gabriella Barajas.  Jeremy is also survived by Uncles, Bill Ashley of Hartford, Corey Ashley of Kalamazoo MI, Lalo Magallanes of Anderson IN, and Alberto, Lupe, Rosario Magallanes of Chicago IL and aunts,
Lee Ann Ashley of Hartford, Rutila Magallanes of Anderson IN.
     Jeremy was a
wonderful son, grandson, nephew and brother and an awesome friend.  He was laid to rest in Anderson, Indiana on December 15, 2009 at Maplewood Cemetery.  Many people attended the ceremony and shared their stories of Jeremy touching their lives.  Those who wish to leave messages for his family may join the group on facebook “In Remembrance of Jeremy “Wild Thing” Ashley
     There will be a candlelight ceremony on Monday, December 21 at 7:30 pm in the Watervliet High School parking lot for anyone to attend.
 

Thomas Michael Muller, 58, of Hartford, went to be with his Savior unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009.
     Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorials in memory of Tom may be made to the donor’s choice. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Tom was born on Nov. 26, 1951, in Benton Harbor, to Michael and Evelyn (Schadler) Muller. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1969. Tom received an associate’s degree in electrical engineering from Lake Michigan College in 1971. He graduated in the top of his class.
     Tom served his country in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974. He was stationed in Key West, Fla., and worked in the field of electronics.
     He married the love of his life, Pamala Carol Prince on June 28, 1975, in Hartford, at the Federated Church.
     Tom was a foreman at AEP, where he was employed for 34 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the NRA. Tom went to Alaska and Canada hunting and in 2007 he also went on a safari to Africa for one month. It was a lifelong dream that he had. He enjoyed taking his boat out on Lake Michigan. In the winter months he especially loved ice fishing at Maple Lake in Paw Paw.
     Tom is survived by his wife, Pam; his son, Michael (Maria) Muller of Hartford; daughter, Christine (David) Rainwater of Dowagiac; twin sister, Carol Cartwright of Hartford; four granddaughters – Cheyanne, Melissa, Emily and Allie; and several nieces and nephews.
     Tom loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be missed by those who knew him.
     Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Evelyn Muller.

The Herald-Palladium
12-11-2009

     The man who died Wednesday night when his pickup truck flipped over in a water-filled ditch has been identified as Thomas Mueller of the Hartford area, state police said Thursday.
     Mueller, 58, was driving on County Road 687 south of 72nd Avenue in Keeler Township just before 8 p.m. when he lost control of his truck and it went into the ditch and flipped upside down, said Sgt. Thomas Coles of the Paw Paw post.
     “A witness said it looked like he was sliding out of control and he went off the road,” Coles said. “It was icy and he was trapped in the vehicle, submerged. He actually drowned,” said Reserve Lt. Steve Starner of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert W. Cummins, 52, of Bangor, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the home of his sister. The family will meet friends on Monday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home, with funeral services at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Anthony Kuenzli officiating. According to his wishes, cremation will take place following the services.
     Robert was born June 23, 1957, in Watervliet, the son of Oscar and Betty (Spicher) Cummins, and had lived all of his life in the area. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1977 and enjoyed traveling, collecting die-cast cars and being in the outdoors.
     Surviving are a brother, Roger (Angel) Cummins of South Haven; a sister, Ruthie (Alvaro) Hurtado of Bangor; six half-brothers – Olan Cummins of Fennville, John Cummins of Bangor, Danny Cummins of Bangor, Rick Cummins of Arkansas, Chris Cummins of Hartford and Terry Cummins of Bangor; three half-sisters – Brenda Murphy of Bangor, Peggy Hessey of Paw Paw and Bonnie Smith of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Randy.

 
Charleen May Kellogg, 77, of Niles, passed away gently on Dec. 9, 2009, surrounded by her husband and children.
     Charleen was born on May 13, 1932, in Kensington, Kan., to the late Ernest and Laura (Ely) Reneberg. She was one of two children growing up in the Reneberg household. Charleen lived most of her life in Hartford.
     Charleen received her Bachelors of Art from Michigan State University and her Master of Arts as a reading specialist from Western Michigan University. Charleen was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles and was always active in the church, school and hospital settings. Her joy for life and wonderment in nature were a reminder to us all to cherish each day. Her faith and outreaching love touched many. Her prayer list of more than 120 people was a constant in her day. Her family was blessed to have her in their lives.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Laura; and sister-in-law Carolyn Reneberg.
     Charleen is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, Schuyler; children – Karen Kellogg of Niles; Mark (Leane) Kellogg of Hartford; and Christopher (David Venne) Kellogg of Grand Rapids; and brother, Jerrel Reneberg of Cassopolis. She was also a loving grandmother to Megan (Neil) Bahbah, Norman Kellogg and Gina Kellogg; and has one great-grandson, Jake Bahbah.
     Donations may be made in Charleen’s memory to Wesley United Methodist Church located at 302 Cedar St., Niles, MI 49120.
     Condolences, photos and memories may be left for the family at www.brownfuneralhomeniles.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services and Mission Hills Memorial Chapel, both of Niles.

 
Gretchen (Bacon) Chaddock, 102, of Elkhart, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday (Dec. 7, 2009) at Valley View Healthcare.
     She was born July 9, 1907, in Munich, Germany, to Irving R. and Elfleda (Wheeler) Bacon. She was married to Robert J. Kubin for 12 years, to Allen O. Adams for 30 years and to Harold Chaddock for 20 years. Each preceded her in death.
     Surviving are a daughter, Portia (John) Borg of Elkhart; five grandsons
Joseph (Peggy) Frontczak of Watervliet, Mark (Jean) Frontczak of Sedro Woolley, Wash., Eric Frontczak of Elkhart, Dick Berndt of Stevensville and Steve Berndt of Baroda; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Five siblings and one daughter, Tonda Berndt, are deceased. 
     Mrs. Chaddock was a homemaker who loved to read. She lived in Florida for 20 years, then moved to South Haven, Mich., where she resided until she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law in Elkhart five years ago. She moved to Valley View for rehabilitation following an accident.
     Friends may call from noon until the 2 p.m. service Tuesday at Calvin Funeral Home, 8 E. Main St., Hartford, Mich. Burial will be in Keeler Cemetery, Keeler Township, Mich.
     There are no services scheduled for Elkhart. Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Elkhart assisted with arrangements. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.
 
Dorothy Austin Ewald passed away on Dec. 2, 2009, in Lansing.
     Dorothy was born July 14, 1914, in Lawrence. She was the daughter of Sherman and Lula Austin. She was the second of five children. After graduating from High School in Lawrence, Dorothy worked as a switchboard operator for the Lawrence Telephone Company. On Nov. 30, 1940, she was united in marriage to Clare Ewald. For 47 years they owned and operated Springdale Fruit Farm in Hartford.
     Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Clare, in 1987. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Lula Austin; her father, Sherman Austin; two brothers, Volney and Harlow; and a sister, Clara Labadie.
     Dorothy is survived by one sister, Norma Whiteman, and her two sons: Edward, who resides in Rock Hill, S.C., with his wife, Susan; and Douglas, who resides in Holt, Mich., with his wife, Sharon. Dorothy had five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
     Dorothy worked hard on the farm as well as volunteering as a Cub Scout leader, past president of the Child Care Club, past president of the Southwest Hartford Thursday Club, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Benevolence Chapter 256 and a member of the Lawrence Alumni Association.
     In 1988, Dorothy moved to Paw Paw, where she was a resident for 17 years. In 2005 Dorothy moved to the Lansing area and resided there until her passing.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. until noon on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at noon. Dorothy will be laid to rest next to her husband in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Lansing or a charity of your choice.
 
Dr. George Walter Ticknor, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Dec. 2, 2009, at the age of 92.
     Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 5, 2009, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Those wishing to share a memory online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     George was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Racine, Wis., to Harry and Anna (Criplean) Ticknor, longtime St. Joseph residents. George was a 1935 graduate of St. Joseph High School, playing football, basketball and tennis and named “the most likeable personality.”
     George served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. George maintained an active optometric practice with his brother Robert in downtown St. Joe and Hartford for more than 50 years.
     George enjoyed a long and happy retirement of golf, world travel and cheering for the Cubs, always surrounded by his loving family. He was content with his life well lived. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Dorothy; three children: Tom, Sally, and Jim; son-in-law, Richard Rendell, and nine grandchildren: Benjamin, AnnaMalia, Evan, Andrew, Ethan, Alexander, Abbe, Jeff and Jamie; and his little dog, Katie III.
     We will miss his kind, loving and gentle being immeasurably.
 
George (Ron) Hogue George’s life began on March 31, 1948 in Paw Paw, MI, the son of George and Fay (Dobson) Hogue.
     He was a [1966] graduate of Hartford High School. George served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was awarded two bronze stars and a purple heart for his service. On August 3, 1991, George was united to the former Cindy Evans in Saint Joseph, MI. He had been employed as a machinist for Contech in Dowagiac. George attended his A.A. meetings at the Sister Lakes Community Church. He was a handy wood worker and enjoyed riding his bicycle. His loving family includes his wife Cindy Hogue of Dowagiac, his mother Fay Hogue of Dowagiac, his children Dawn (Michael) Marquardt of Saint Joseph, Christina (Keri) Bryan of Portage, Stacia (Bryan Huggins) Evans of Sister Lakes, grandchildren Philip, Katie, Nathan, Dante, Clarice, Katerina, Blaine and Sydney, sisters Margaret (Danny) Smith of Three Rivers, Bonita “Bonnie” (Marty) Bell of Coloma, brothers Norman (Darlene) Hogue of Niles, and Paul Hogue of Sarasota, FL, several nieces and nephews.
     George passed away on Friday November 27, 2009 at his home. He is preceded in death by his father George Hogue.
     George’s family will gather with friends on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Yazel & Clark Chapel (405 Center St. Dowagiac) where his funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery following services. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the D A V. 
     Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of George at www.yazel-clark.com.
 
James David Stanley, 63, of Hartford passed away suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at his home.
     James was born May 14, 1946, in Norristown, Pa., the son of Walton and Mabel (Irvian) Stanley, both of whom precede him in passing. Also predeceasing him are a sister, Barbara A. Slobbe; and a great-grandson, Ernesto Gonzalez III.
     James was a veteran of the United States Marines. He was a truck driver for Robinson Trucking, as well as for other companies as a freelance driver. He was a member of VFW Buck Crosby Post 6 of Kalamazoo. He loved spending time outdoors, especially fishing. James was a huge fan of Oprah, and when her show was on the television you had better be quiet.
     James is survived by a daughter, Mia (Ernesto) Gonzalez of Kalamazoo; three grandsons - Ernesto Gonzalez of Gobles and Andres and Antonio Gonzalez of Kalamazoo; and three great-grandchildren - Antonio Jr., Cyrus and Alana. He is also survived by a brother, Walton (Elda) Stanley of Gilbertsville, Pa.; a brother-in-law, James Slobbe of Spencer Port, N.Y.; his care-giver, Anna (Leon) Hudson of Hartford; an ex-wife, Jenelle Stanley of Gobles; and his faithful companion, Tiger, his cat.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a service to honor his memory will commence at 11:30, with the Rev. Dr. David Kleis officiating. At 1:30 p.m. James will be laid to rest in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with full military rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Veteran's Administration in Battle Creek.
 
Lester Mundt, Watervliet.  Lester died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Community Hospital in Watervliet.
     Lester's life began May 12, 1922, in Keeler, Mich. He was a lifetime area resident, who for many years managed Beverly Lumber Company, and he worked for ABC Lumber and Judd Lumber. On Oct. 20, Lester retired from Kellogg Hardware in Hartford, where he worked for 20 years. Lester proudly served his country in the United States Army in Okinawa, Latay, during World War II, where he earned a Purple Heart. He was an active member of the Watervliet Free Methodist Church and Watervliet VFW.
     Lester will be remembered for his sense of humor, always having a smile, how he never met a stranger, and his willingness to help whenever, whomever, wherever needed. Lester never lost his zest for life and thought golf was the greatest sport ever. He was patient, accepted people as the were, was forgiving, a great listener, honest, never held a grudge, and was a man of great integrity.
     Lester's greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his loving family which includes: his wife, Adell (Frazier) Mundt; four children - Sharon Martorano, Thomas (Elizabeth) Mundt, Barbara (Johnnie) White, and Lori (Jerry) Davis; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Howard (Marilyn) Mundt and Mary (Charles) Jarvis; and many nieces and nephews.
     He is preceded in death by a son, Edwin; his parents, Otto and Mable (Johnson) Mundt; a granddaughter, Azure Hamilton; a sister, Agnes Renner; and a brother, Eugene Mundt.
     Friends may visit with Lester's family from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral Services celebrating Lester's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Watervliet Free Methodist Church in Watervliet, with Pastor Brian E. Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet. Memorials may be made in Lester's memory to Berrien County Cancer Services, Watervliet Free Methodist Church, or North Berrien Senior Center.
 

David Short, 20, from Hartford Michigan. 
   
 David’s life began Sept.12, 1989, in St. Joseph. He spent his childhood growing up in Hartford, graduating in 2008 from Hartford High School, where he loved to play football. After graduation, David joined the United States Army, where he proudly served his country. David loved spending time with his family, which includes: his wife, Carolina Vidal (Caggiano) Short, whom he married Feb. 13, 2009; his mom, Julie Strunk of Berrien Center; his stepfather, Bruce Leroy Strunk Jr. of Battle Creek; a brother, Bruce Leroy Strunk III of Berrien Center; a sister, Ashleigh Renae Strunk of Berrien Center; grandfather, Jimmie (Marlene) Short of Berrien Springs; and a grandmother, Joan Buss of Benton Harbor.
     David died Monday, Nov. 23, in Clarksville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Kay Gordon. David will be remembered for bringing laughter to any situation and for being a very giving person.
     Friends may visit with David’s family from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Dec. 3, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral services celebrating David’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at His Place Cathedral of Faith, 69556 CR 378 in Covert. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, with full military rites.  Memorials may be made in David’s memory to the Hartford High School Athletic Department.

One dies, two injured in accident
[Clarksville TN]

     A Fort Campbell Soldier died Monday [November 23, 2009] at 5:26 a.m., as a result of a traffic accident outside Gate 2 on Highway 41A that also injured two others.
     Specialist David Short, 20, of Hartford, Mich., was an information systems operator - analyst assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in April 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2009.
     A Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Carolina Short, 19, traveling northbound on Highway 41A was making a left into Fort Campbell’s Gate 2 when a Jeep Laredo driven by Valerie Terry, 51, traveling southbound collided with the passenger side of the Mitsubishi.
     Caroline and Terry were transported by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. The passenger in the Jeep, Charles Seus, 18, was uninjured.
     Short’s awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; and Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert). He is survived by his wife, Caroline, of Clarksville; and his mother and stepfather, Julie and Bruce Strunk of Hartford, Mich.
     The accident is under investigation and no citations have been issued at this time.

Published in the Fort Campbell Courier on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

NOTE:  Dave was a 2008 Hartford High School graduate.  He served as the 2007 Mr. Hartford - Blossomtime representative and was also named as Mr. Nice Guy for the contest.
 

Frankie Oldham, 94, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in South Haven.
     Frankie was born April 3, 1915, in Kennett, Mo., the daughter of Frank and Anna (Mead) Sifford, both of whom preceded her in passing. Frankie was also preceded by her first husband, Dee Jones; her second husband, Rolla “Buck” Oldham; and a son, Charles Oldham.
     Frankie was formerly employed at a shirt factory and Grabers Dry Goods Store in Kennett, Mo., until she decided to relocate to Michigan. Frankie enjoyed sewing, making quilts and dish rags, and crocheting. Her children could not have asked to be blessed with a more wonderful mother.
     Frankie is survived by her children – Merle Jones-Main of Hartford, Wayne Thomas Jones of Tucson, Ariz., Gail (Mary Ann) Oldham of Kingsville, Texas, and Jerris (Jeffrey) Oldham-Specht of Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Marianne Oldham of Hartford; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
     The family will welcome friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Frankie will then be taken to Kennett, Mo., where Mc-Daniel Funeral Service will conduct a graveside service to lay her to rest on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m., in Oak Ridge Cemetery, in Kennett.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Frankie’s name may be made to Macular Degeneration Research or Hospice at Home.
Juanita Mae Wright, 69, of Watervliet died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at home.
     She was born Nov. 9, 1940, in Hayti Town, Mo., to Bernath and Lois (Ivey) Clemons. Juanita married Harlan Wright on May 24, 1974, in Berrien County. Juanita worked as a packer for Deans Foods for nine years in Hartford. She also worked at KO Products, Mercy Hospital and Twin City Plants in Benton Harbor. Juanita attended the Watervliet Missionary Baptist Church. Juanita volunteered for the Area Agency on Aging and enjoyed watching TV. She is preceded in death, along with her parents, by her husband, Harlan Wright, who died in 2000; an infant daughter, Rebecca Wright; and one brother, Bernath Clemons.
     She is survived by her children – Deborah (Sonny) Barringer of Watervliet, Paul Stout and Eddie Stout, both of Benton Harbor, and Timothy (Vernel) Wright of Hagar Shores; five grandchildren – Rebecca Wright, Amber Wright, Jason (Hope) Peterson, Kristy Payne and Wendy Payne; 11 great grandchildren – Kassie Payne, Jordan Griggs, Nathan Clouse, Trinity Duncun, Adriana Peterson, Devon Bradford, Steven Bradford, Gabriel Bradford, Tiffany Bodfish, Katlyn Bodfish and Ashley Bodfish; one brother, Leonard Clemons of Riverside; two sisters – Peggy Dickson of San Antonio, Texas, and Lois Marks of Stevensville; one niece, Janice Clemons; and one nephew, Jeff Clemons.
     Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Randy Kaiser officiating. Burial will take place in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. 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.

Cletus “Butch” E. Beckman, 83, of Hartford passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, 2009, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.
     Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, 249 E. Center St., Coloma, with Pastor Shannon Truelove officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
     Butch was born on Jan. 10, 1926, in Clinton, Iowa. He was one of four brothers born to Louis and Mary Ann Beckman. He married Patricia Ann Munjoy and together they had five children. He worked for 29 years at Menasha Corporation prior to his retirement. An avid sports fan, Butch enjoyed sports of all kinds and particularly enjoyed attending sporting events for his grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, bowling and going to the casino when he could. He was a friend to everyone and would do anything for anybody. Most of all, Butch will be remembered as a “family man” who cherished time spent with his family.
     Butch is survived by his children – Cheri (Don) Collins and Phillip Beckman, both of Hartford, Janice Schaub of Eau Claire, Cindy (Tom) Murdock of Colorado Springs, Colo., Rick Beckman of Hartford and Bill Collins of Coloma; stepson, Lester Arant of Hartford; 18 grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild; brother, Jim (Marge) Beckman of Clearwater, Fla.; and by his longtime, loving companion, Jean Arant.
     In addition to his parents, Butch was preceded by his wife, Patricia Ann, in 1966; grandchildren, Tonya Collins and Ray Watkins; greatgrandson, Joseph Alsup; son-in-law, Jack Schaub; stepdaughters, Norma Watkins and Lois Robinson; and by his brothers, Vernon and Ralph Beckman.

 

John (Jack) Becktold, 80, of Dundee, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed to his heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at his son’s home in Mattawan.
     Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, of 57 years; two sons, Bryon of Mattawan and Blain (Becky) of Spring Lake, granddaughters Sarah (Peter) Remenar and Julie (Kyle) Lackscheide, and three great-grandchildren, Dominic, Grace and Keagan.
     Jack was born July 24, 1929, in Detroit, the son of Peter and Henryetta (Cadow) Becktold. Jack served his country proudly in the U.S. Marines, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He was the f
ormer proprietor of the A&W restaurant in Hartford, and ultimately retired from DeGroot’s of Coloma. Not ones to just sit around and do nothing, John and Mary Lou both worked at Universal Studios in their retirement.
     As to John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. His earthy remains will be placed at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, with military rites conducted at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Marla Thurman of New Harvest Life Ministries, Hartford, will serve as officiant. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
 


Frank L. Dewey - Lakeside  CA.
  The Lord called home Frank L. Dewey, 84 on November 15, 2009.  Father of five and grandpa of seven children. Services at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Monday, November 30th, at 10:00 a.m.
     [Frank
worked 32 years for General Dynamics-Convair Aircraft Division, San Diego.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold W. Dewey & Lola Lawer and is wife, Shirley (Howe) Dewey.  Surviving are his sister, Elaine Bleich; a brother, Harold  C. Dewey, and his children Pamela, Karen, David, Darrell and LuAnne.]

NOTE:  Frank was a 1944 Hartford High School graduate.  He served in the US Army during the Korea War.

 

Barbara Jannett Dunnigan, 71 of Hartford, passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at her home.
     Barbara was born May 31, 1938, in Blytheville, Ark., the daughter of Otto and Carrie (Trayweek) Duda, both of whom preceded her in passing.  Also preceding her in passing were a husband, Melvin Whittker Sr., and a brother, Donnie Trayweek.
     Barbara was a security guard for various businesses in Flagstaff, Ariz. She loved being in the outdoors tending to her garden, and most importantly, she enjoyed the times she spent with her family, especially with her children and grandchildren.
     Barbara is survived by five children: Melvin (Theresa) Whittker of Hartford, Carl (Debra) Whittker of Lawton, Harold (Fran) Whittker of Hartford, Donna (Bobby) Cantrell of Bangor and Lonna Whittker of Grand Haven. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two brothers: Jerry (Peggy) Duda of Sister Lakes and Warren Duda Jr. of Caruthersville, Mo.
     The family will greet friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 ,at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, and a graveside service to honor her memory will commence at 12 p.m. at Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet. Pastor Windle Davis will serve as officiant.
     Memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home or to the family.

 
Tonya Collins passed away suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Age 35 years.
     She was born Feb. 16, 1974, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of William and Cheri Collins. She worked at the Chicken Coop in Watervliet.
     She was a loving wife to Steve Cordell and a caring mother of two sons, Allan and Andrew Collins, and one daughter, Alyssa Collins, all of Hartford. She is also survived by her mother, Cheri Collins of Hartford and her father, William Collins of Benton Harbor; her grandfather, Cletus (Jean) Beckman of Hartford; one brother, Billy Collins of Coloma; her mother- in-law, Ruth Cordell of Benton Harbor; two nephews, Shawn and Brendan, both of Coloma; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Patricia Beckman; and her uncle, Jack Schaub.
     Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Calvin Funeral Home, 8 E. Main St., Hartford. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service on Saturday. The Rev. Shannon Truelove will officiate with burial in Millburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bill Collins for the benefit of Tonya’s children.

Hartford Woman Killed In  Crash
The Herald Palladium
November 13, 2009

     A head-on crash in Watervliet Township on Wednesday left one woman dead and four people injured, Berrien County Sheriff’s Lt. Don Goulooze reported.  Tonya Collins, 35, of Hartford, died from injuries suffered in the accident, which happened around 2:27 p.m. on Red Arrow Highway near John Goff Road.
     According to the initial investigation by the Sheriff’s Department accident reconstruction unit, Jeremy Birmele, 31, of Hartford, was driving his 2008 Chrysler van east on Red Arrow Highway and was apparently unable to stop as he approached a line of cars stopped because of road construction.  Birmele drove to the left to avoid the stopped traffic, entered into the westbound lane and struck a car head on, police reported.
     The westbound 1998 Pontiac Grand Am was driven by Stephen Cordell, 37, of Hartford. Also in the car were his wife, Tonya Collins, Tonya’s son Allen Collins, 17, of Hartford, and Bart Alsup, 44, of Watervliet.
     Birmele and all four people in Cordell’s car were injured.
     The five victims were taken to Community Hospital in Watervliet. Tonya Collins was airlifted to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, where she died. 
     Condition reports on the others were not available Thursday from Community Hospital.

 

Gordon W. Cartwright - Gordon’s life began Nov. 5, 1927, in Arkansas. At the tender age of 8 his family relocated to Michigan. Gordon proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. On Nov. 29, 1949, Gordon married Susan Ann Howley in St. Joseph. He worked for many years at Midwest Timers. He was a member of American Legion Post 93 in Hartford, and in his spare time Gordon enjoyed playing music, camping and spending time with his family.
     Gordon’s loving family includes two sons, Bill Cartwright and Chuck (Lynn) Cartwright, both of Hartford; 12 grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; a sister, Othrine (Billie) Horton of Benton Harbor; a daughter-in-law, Linda Cartwright; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Cartwright and Pat Cartwright; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, PeeWee.
     Gordon died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Cartwright; two sons, Lewie and Terry Cartwright; two brothers James and Bob Cartwright; and a sister, Clorine Halsel.
     Friends may visit with Gordon’s family from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 11 at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where his life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, with Pastor Wade Blankenship. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet. Memorials may be made in Gordon’s memory to South Haven Area Hospice.

 

Elizabeth 'Betty' Josephine Blacker - LAWRENCE - Betty went to be with Jesus on Nov. 8, 2009, at her home with family and friends by her bedside.
     Betty was born on July 27, 1962, in Paw Paw to William and Madonna (Meissen) Burmester. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Paw Paw High School Class of 1980. Betty attended the Van Buren Technology Center, or Skill Center as it was known then, participating in the Office Management Program. Out of high school,
Betty worked for Dr. Ravi, of Hartford, as a receptionist
and later was employed by R.E. Schell Enterprises, working as an attendant at the Stadium Discount Coin Laundry in Kalamazoo. While working here Betty met her husband, Jimmie D. Blacker Jr., and they were united in marriage on May 6, 1989, at the Paw Paw United Methodist Church.
     She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Dale Blacker Jr., and daughters Brittany Elizabeth and Alison Janette, all of Lawrence; brother, William Patrick “Pat” (Cathy) Burmester II of Paw Paw; three sisters, Mary (Patrick) Barnhart of Kalamazoo, Barbara Burmester of Paw Paw and Donna (Ricky) McCartney of Gobles; aunt, Kate Jacobsen; several nieces nephews and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, William Patrick and Madonna Mary Burmester.
     Betty was a Girl Scout when she was younger, and worked as a Girl Scout leader in Lawrence. She was a member of the Lawrence Township Fire Flames, an organization that supports the local fire department and quick response team.
     Family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, until 1 p.m. Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Gene Moore of the Bloomingdale United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be at Hill Cemetery in Lawrence immediately following the service. Memorials contributions may be made to the Blacker Family, the Van Buren ISO’s Student Scholarship Program, Heartland Hospice, The Lawrence Township Emergency Services, The Bloomingdale United Methodist Church, The Crohns and Colitis Foundation, and the Girl Scouts of Lawrence. Share a memory or condolence online at: www.timeformemory.com/adams.
 
Mary Wesaw passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at Community Hospital in Watervliet.
     Mary was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Maryland. She was married to Thomas Wesaw Jr. on June 14, 1947, in Lawrence. He survives her.
     She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. Her faith and her church provided her with much strength and comfort through the years. She worked for the Heath Co., retiring in 1990 after more than 20 years of service. She was a life member of the VFW 1137 Ladies Auxiliary in Benton Harbor. She was a member of the American Legion Post 362 in Coloma for more than 50 years. She enjoyed bowling and camping.
     Surviving besides her husband are one sister, Helen Bush of Cassopolis; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Charles Kindle; her mother and stepfather, Margaret and Floyd Leach; and her sister, Louise Tickle.
     The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a rosary service. Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Fr. Robert E. Flickinger will officiate. Burial will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery.
     Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Smile Train or the American Cancer Society.

 
Martha C. Saetre, 82, of Hartford passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lawton.
    Martha Van Liere was born June 8, 1927, in Kalamazoo.  She married George Saetre Feb. 22, 1946, in Hartford. She worked at the Tri County Telephone Co. for several years. She then worked as a waitress and hostess for Galati’s Restaurant.
     Surviving besides her husband of 62 years are her son, Andrew (Karen) Saetre, Benton Harbor; one granddaughter, Allison Saetre, Rockford, Mich.; and twin great-grandsons, Jake and Corbin, Rockford. Also surviving are two sisters, Nellie Pozivilko and Josephine Perry, both of Hartford; and several nieces and nephews.
     She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Peter Van Liere.
     The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the funeral home. The Rev. Tim Nyhuis will officiate. Entombment will follow in Mount Ever-Rest Mausoleum in Kalamazoo. Memorials may be made in Martha’s name to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or the American Heart Association.

NOTE:  Martha attended Hartford Public Schools and was with the Class of 1946.
 
Frederick Robert Schmalfeldt, South Bend IN, formerly of Hartford.  Frederick's life began February 2, 1956 in St. Joseph, MI.
     He spent his childhood growing up in the Hartford-Lawrence area, graduating from Lawrence High School. He was a self-employed contractor who in his spare time enjoyed hunting, fishing, drawing, and gardening. Frederick was a good and caring friend who will be greatly missed.
     Family was very important to Frederick and his includes five children Nichoel Schmalfeldt of Kalamazoo, Shannon (Sgt. Daniel) Love of Alabama, Frederick P. Schmalfeldt of South Bend, Justin Schmalfeldt of Sister Lakes, and Joey Schmalfeldt of Sister Lakes; two grandchildren Mai Lillian Love and Esme` Love; six siblings Ida Jones, William Schmalfeldt, Ivan Schmalfeldt, Marvin Schmalfeldt, Ronald Schmalfeldt, and Edmond Schmalfeldt; and many nieces and nephews.
      Frederick died Tuesday, October 27, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, IN. His parents William and Ida (Burns) Schmalfeldt and a sister June Andrews precede him in death.
     Friends may visit with Frederick's family Tuesday, November 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Wednesday, November 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, cremation will follow visitation. Following visitation on Wednesday, Frederick's family is having a gathering at the D.A.N.K in Benton Harbor. Memorials may be made to Frederick's family c/o Nichoel Schmalfeldt.
 
Henry John Mueller, 96, formerly of Hartford MI, passed away on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 in Mount Dora, Fla.
     He was retired from Clearing Machine Corp. of Chicago. Born in New York City, N.Y., on Jan. 10, 1913, he moved to Mount Dora, Fla., in 1977 from Chicago, Ill. He was a Protestant. He was a past grand master of The Masons. He was a WWII Air Force veteran who loved to travel around the world and to read.
     Survivors include his daughter, Leatha L. Moeller (Ron) of Eustis, Fla.; sons, Raymond H. Mueller of St. Joseph, Mich., and Russell P. Mueller of Chicago, Ill.; grandson, Raymond P. Moeller (Vesta) of The Colony, Texas; granddaughters, Lynda E. Cavaliere (Edward) of Eustis, Fla., and Christine A. Dunn of Greensboro, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Kelly Cavaliere, great-grandsons, Nathan Dunn and Clayton Dunn.
     Memorial donations in his honor to: National Kidney Foundation of Florida, Inc., 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando, Florida 32803. All Faiths Cremation Society, The Villages, Fla.
 
Mike Rawson, 70, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Sister Lakes, Mich., passed away on Oct. 23, 2009, from liver cancer.
     Mike was born on March 28, 1939, in Homewood, Ill. He married his high school sweetheart, Neeltje VanEs, in June of 1957. Mike and Nell raised five children in Illinois before moving to Michigan.
     For many years Mike and Nell owned and operated Keeler Keg and Kitchen in Keeler, Mich., before retiring to Arizona in 1997. Throughout his life he worked in the banking business and especially enjoyed the mortgage loan department.
     Mike enjoyed being with people and brought joy and energy with him wherever he went.
     He is survived by his wife, Neeltje; five children — Sherrie Mason (John), Terrie DeMar (Mark), David Rawson (Cathy), Debbie Ziemke (Tom), and Thomas Rawson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service will be held on Nov. 6 at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Ariz. Memorials may be made to North Berrien Senior Center in Coloma, or Silver Creek United Methodist Church in Dowagiac.
Margaret McDonald - Hartford.  Margaret's life began Aug. 5, 1947. She passed away Oct. 23, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Cremation has taken place and the family will have a memorial service to honor her memory at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
     Margaret was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Russell, Ark., the daughter of Charles and Bonnie (Jones) Rains.
     Margaret loved to play bingo, go to garage sales and go to cookouts so she could be around her family. She was a very special grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved all of her grandchildren and great-grandchild, including the one on the way, and was loved by all of them back. She formerly was employed at Collins and Ackmans until their closure.
     Margaret is survived by her children: Tracy (Jim) Johnson of Hartford and Stanley (Amy) McGrew of North Charleston, S.C.; eight grandchildren: Kevin (Courtney Prince) McGrew, Erica Johnson, Sarah (Jeremy) McGrew, Emily McGrew, Becky DeLoach, Tucker McGrew, Molly McGrew and Payton McGrew; one great-grandchild: Ethin McGrew, and a second on the way. Margaret was also survived by four brothers, four sisters, numerous nieces and nephews, and two special friends, Kenny Wilson and Carol Applegate.
     Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
 
Janet Louise (Spangler) Morris, 62, of Bangor passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at her home.
     Janet was born Nov. 30, 1946, in De Soto, Mo., the daughter of Walter and Reva (Nash) Spangler, both of whom preceded her in passing. Janet was also preceded by two sisters, Joyce Spangler and Donna Beaman, and three brothers, Frankie Spangler, Charles Spangler Sr. and Barry Spangler.
     Janet was formerly employed with Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation in South Haven. She loved playing bingo, card games and traveling to various casinos. Her most precious time was spent with her family, especially the grandchildren.
     Janet is survived by three sons, Thomas Spangler and Richard (Mickie) Andrews, both of Hartford, and Timothy Andrews of Bangor, and a daughter, Alice Cantrell of Bangor. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ronald Spangler of Lawrence, Gerald (Wanda) Spangler of Georgia and Rick Spangler of Hartford; two sisters, Judy (Larry) Thompson of Otsego and Nina (Mark) Posthuma of Allegan; and a significant other, Jimmy Chambers.
     The family will welcome friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Hartford Church of God, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Pastor Eric Jackson will serve as officiant. Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

NOTE:  Janet attended Hartford High School until 9th grade and would have graduated with the Class of 1965.

 
Christopher Lee Thompson, 35, of Samburg, Tenn., formerly of Hartford MI, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009.
     Chris was born Oct. 16. 1974, in Berrien Springs. He was the son of Rita Walford of Samburg and the late Donnie Watson. His adoptive parents were Clyde and Judy Thompson of Watervliet.
     He is survived by a sister, Crystal Walford of Union City, Tenn.; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Phil (Brenda) Thompson of Falmouth, Mich., Donnie (Jennifer) Thompson of Paw Paw and Adam Thompson of Kalamazoo; six nephews and five nieces.
     Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 13 S. Haver, Hartford with Pastor Clyde Thompson officiating.


NOTE:  Christopher previously attended Hartford public schools.
Lawrence Lee Winans, 68, of Hartford passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at his home.
       Larry, as he was known by all closest to him, was born Nov. 22, 1940, in Watervliet, the son of Fred and Loretta (Parshall) Winans, both of whom preceded him in passing. Larry was also preceded in passing by a sister, Karen Winans.

       Larry served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a truck driver by trade and was formerly employed at Auto Specialties for many years. After that plant closed, he went to work and retired from U.S.F. Trucking of Holland. Larry enjoyed watching any football games and boxing matches. His love for tractors and lawnmowers, especially John Deere, shows in the many ones he collected. Larry was a real people person who had nicknames for all of his friends. He liked to talk to everyone around him even if he didn’t know them at all.
       Larry married the former Gloria Helmer on June 3, 1961. She survives, along with two sons – Karl Winans of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Kris (Elizabeth) Winans of South Haven; four grandsons – Joshua (Jessica) Winans of Watervliet, Trevor Winans, David Winans and Nathaniel Winans, all of South Haven; and a great-granddaughter, Jienne-Marie Winans of Watervliet. He is also survived by four brothers – Fred (Barbara) Winans of Alabama, Gene Winans of Watervliet, Don (Mattie) Winans of Alabama, and Duane (Peggy) Winans of Hartford ; two sisters, Phyllis Kling and Darlene (Don) Horton, both of Hartford ; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
       The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford . The service to honor his memory will commence at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the funeral home. Pastor Christopher Winans will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford , with military rites conducted by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803, American Legion Post 362 and auxiliary. The family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
 
Barbara Truhn, 93, of Coloma died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at Lakeland Continuing Care Center in St Joseph.
    Cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the First Congregational Church in Coloma . Memorial donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the Coloma Band Boosters or to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Those wishing to sign the online guestbook or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
    Barbara was born March 17, 1916, in Bangor to Earl and Margaret (Stickney) Lee. She is a life member of Order of Eastern Star 307 in Coloma and a member of an entertainment group known as The Hulakats in Ruskin, Fla. Over the years she had been employed by Deer Forest and at Washington Elementary as a lunch lady.
    Being the active person she was, she enjoyed traveling, was an avid birdwatcher and Michigan State fan, and was an extreme knitter, but most of all loved spending time with her grandkids.
     Survivors include four daughters – Gwen Greer of Hardy Ark., Nancy (Wayne Hazen) Truhn of Monterey, Tenn., Sue (Gary) Griffin of Coloma , and Roxanne (Jeff) Witcher of Kennett Square, Pa.; one sister, Rhoda Ottolini of Nashville, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren.
     Barbara was preceded in death by one brother; three sisters; and her husband, Donald, in 1997, whom she married April 15, 1943.

NOTE:  Barbara was a 1934 Hartford High School graduate.  Sisters Sarah Lee, Louise Engle, Ann McGriff, and brother Roger Lee preceded Barbara in death.
 

Laura Lee Riegel Heuser, age 81, of Lawrence, died on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, in Kalamazoo.
      Laura was born in Springfield, Ill., on Nov. 22, 1927, to Helen and Orville Riegel. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1945. Laura graduated from Michigan State University, magna cum laude, in 1949 with a bachelor of science in horticulture. She married Wallace E. Heuser on July 16, 1950.
      Laura is survived by her husband of 60 years, Wallace E. Heuser; five children – Gary Heuser, Wanda Heuser Gale, Stephen Heuser, Jeffrey Heuser and Roy Heuser; nine grandchildren – Laura Lee Gale, Michael Heuser, Jack Gale, Rachel Heuser, Susan Gale Phillips, Barbara Gale Krohne, Helena Hallan Derhammer, Christopher Heuser and Thomas Heuser; and 10 great-grandchildren – Vincent Krohne, Hayle Krohne, Elizabethe Hallan, Jessica Hallan, Summer Phillips, Grace Gale, Taylor Philips, Macy Boyer, Joshua Gale and Daniel Gale.
      Laura was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thomas Riegel.
      Laura was a founding member of Women for the Survival of Agricultural in Michigan and instrumental in the foundation of American AgriWomen. She became a motivational speaker, speaking to agricultural groups in all 50 states and several countries. She went on to become a nationally recognized motivational public speaker. She was chairperson of the Michigan Land Trust Board and helped establish the Kal-Haven Trail. She was also a member of the Agricultural Extension Advisory Committee, The Food Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress, The Governors Conference on Agriculture and was awarded the Congressional Award by the U.S. Congress. She received The Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State University, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from The MSU Cooperative Extension, the Michigan Horticultural Society and the Van Buren County Farm Bureau. She received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU. She was awarded the Distinguished Service to Agriculture from MSU. She was also an awarded member of the Beaumont Tower Society of MSU.
      Laura was intimately involved at the Hartford United Methodist and was a Sunday school chair and teacher for many years. She was a certified lay-speaker for the United Methodist Church and spoke at churches statewide.
      In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Hartford United Methodist Church, The Michigan State Horticultural Society Trust Fund or Michigan AgriWomen.
      Visitation will be held at Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St., Hartford on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Hartford United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.
 
Edith June McLemore, 78, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at her home.
     June, as she was known by all who knew her, was born Feb. 16, 1931, in Moulton, Ala., the daughter of John and Nellie (Smith) Lee, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     Also preceding June in passing were her husband, James “Roy” McLemore; a son, Michael McLemore; two sisters, Zara Gillespie and Vera Schnader; and three brothers – Ed Lee, John Lee Jr. and Avery Lee.
     June is survived by a son, Tim McLemore of Hartford; two daughters, Deb (Jim) Webb of Cadillac and Dodi McLemore of Elkhart, Ind. She is also survived by two grandsons, Jared and Logan Webb, both of Cadillac; and one sister, Bettye Layne of Foley, Ala.
     The family will welcome friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hart­ford. The service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the funeral home. The Rev. Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in June’s name may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan.

 
Diana Maria Castillo, Diana Maria Castillo, 58, of Watervliet passed away suddenly Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
  Diana was born July 5, 1951, in Rio Grande, Texas, the daughter of Manuel and Oralia (Garza) Romero. She was employed by Sodus Head Start, where she was a loyal employee for 23 years. She was also known to give free income tax help to migrant families and was always the first one to chip in and help anyone who was in need.
  But most importantly, her family, and more importantly, her children, were her life. She loved dancing and was the life of any party.
  Diana is survived by her husband, Tomas; four children, James (Wendy) Fillmore of Grant, Mich., Robert Fillmore of South Haven, Marie (Ray) Trujillo of Covert and Juan (Carmela) Fillmore of Wilcox, Ariz. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; her mother, Oralia Romero of Hartford; two sisters, Graciela (Alfonso) Chavez of Hartford and Leticia (Luis) Aranda of Lawrence; and five brothers, Juan (Sharon) Romero of Illinois, Gerardo (Luisa) Romero of Maryland, Aldo Romero and Lorenzo Romero, both of Hartford, and Rodolfo (Crystal) Romero of Coloma.
  Diana was preceded in passing by her father, Manuel Romero, on June 29, 2009; and her first husband, James V. Fillmore.
  The family will welcome friends from 8 to 10 p.m. today, Oct. 6, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. The Mass of Christian Burial to honor her memory will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the church. Father Fabio Garzon and Father Robert Flickinger of St. Basil Catholic Church, South Haven, will serve as celebrants. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Diana’s name may be made to the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 
Daniel Theodore Green, 46, of Hartford died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.
  He was born Jan. 14, 1963, in Detroit to Theodore H. and Annette (Lovett) Green. Daniel married Penny Shell. He worked as a general laborer.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Green; and sister, Linda Harthun.
  He is survived by his wife, Penny Green of Hartford; four sons – Daniel Green of South Haven, Kody Green of Louisville, Ky., Jordan Green and Joseph Green, both of Hartford; two daughters – Sarah Wolschlager of Holland, Mich., and Kristen Ramirez of Hartford; his mother, Annette Green of Winterhaven, Fla.; two grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Meeluskey and Loshie Potter, both of Zeeland, Mich.; and one brother, Scott Green of Winterhaven, Fla.
  Funeral services will take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven, with Pastor Anthony Kuenzli officiating. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

 
Dorothy Lee McFarlin, 82, of Decatur passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
      Dot, as she was known by all who knew her, was born April 2, 1927, in Manila, Ark., the daughter of Alfred and Luesettie (Walker) Thompson, both of whom preceded her in passing.
      Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Bob, in 1983; two brothers, Andy Wade Thompson and Jerry Thompson; a son-in-law, Douglas Melvin, in 1982; and a grandson, Steffen Melvin, in 2007.
      Dot was a long-time member of the Keeler General Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for 23 years and sang in the church choir. She was an employee at Burnette Foods in Keeler, where she met her husband, Bob. A diehard Detroit Tigers fan, she also loved to travel the country.
      Dot is survived by two daughters, Brenda Melvin of Keeler and Karen (Harold) Johnson of Lawrence; four grandchildren, Karrie Melvin, Lorri (Jeff) Dawes, Brian (Savanah) Johnson and Robbie (Tiffany DeLoach) Johnson; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Kimbrough of Coloma; and a brother, James (Jean) Thompson of Riverside.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Keeler General Baptist Church. Funeral services to honor Dot’s memory will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the church. Pastor Bill Martin will serve as officiant. Burial will follow the service in Keeler Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Keeler General Baptist Church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford , with handling the arrangements.

 
On Sept. 25, 2009, Seth Stanton Ruple, 75, of Hartford was taken to heaven. He passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. Stan was born July 11, 1934, in Keeler.
       To all of his friends he was known as “Stan.” He was an avid NASCAR fan and his favorite driver for many years was the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. Stan loved his country music, was a truck driver all of his life and raised lots of children, whom he loved very much.
       As to Stan’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services held. There will be a dinner at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.10, at the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club, Hartford.

       Stan is survived by 13 children — Eddie (Brenda) Bearden Jr. of Georgia, Kathy (Jim) Boyer of Oklahoma, Robert (Kellie) Bearden of Georgia, Sharon (Mike) Ruple of Bangor, Brenda Mygrant of Georgia, Danny (Linda) Ruple of Benton Harbor, Mary (Jim) Smith of Watervliet, Deborah (Greg) Schrubba of Coloma, Cindy (Harry) Leppa of Bangor, Larry (Debbie) Raines Ruple of Coloma, Jimmy Ruple of Hartford, Julie (Tom) Ruple of St. Joseph and Greg Ruple of Hartford.
Stan is also survived by 32 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, nineplus great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Maxine Burg of Hartford; and lots of nieces and nephews.
      Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ida Ruple; a brother, Max Ruple; three sisters, Marjorie, Marvil and Marilyn; his wives, Donna and Margaret; one granddaughter, Heather; and a very close special friend, Etta Moore.

NOTE:  Stan was with the Class of 1952 at Hartford High School.
Patricia M. Maske, age 81, of Venice, Florida, passed away on September 21, 2009. She was born on October 7, 1927 in Hartford, Michigan and was the daughter of the late, Cecil W. and Fanny K. Cupp.
      Patricia graduated Valedictorian from the Hartford High School Class of 1945. She married John T. Maske on April 23, 1949. After raising two sons and one husband to maturity, she went on to enroll in the Associates Degree program at the Johnson County Kansas Community College and subsequently graduated with honors in 1982. In her later years she traveled extensively, yet nurtured both parents through their final days with devotion, dedication and class. Patty loved literature, a good discussion, competing at the Bridge table and could shop until she dropped. She brought an elegance and inner grace to every occasion and interaction.
     She is survived by her husband, John of 60 years; sons, John T. Maske, Jr. of Lafayette, Colorado and Todd R. Maske of Billerica, Massachusetts.     
     Visitation will be Monday, September 28, 2009 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Farley Funeral Home in Venice and a funeral service will be held at the same location on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 11:00AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 69, Venice, Florida 34284-0069. Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements.  Click here to view an on-line slideshow of Patty's life.
 
Dorothy Scherer, COLOMA — Dorothy’s life began Dec. 7, 1910, in Richland Center, Ind.
    She spent her childhood growing up in Indiana, graduating from Talma High School.  After high school, Dorothy dreamed of being a nurse. She went on to work helping doctors delivering babies. Dorothy also worked as a telephone operator, a laborer at Gifford’s, and an inspector at DuWel’s, both in Hartford. Dorothy and her first husband, Paul Fisher, moved to Michigan to start farming.
    Dorothy enjoyed visiting with family, especially her sister, Ruth, and grandson, Tom; and his wife, Sandra. She loved to laugh and play little “teasing” games with loved ones. She could find humor in everyday life.
    Dorothy’s loving family includes her grandson, Tomas Ackerman and his wife, Sandra; daughters, Jane Helwig, Rhonda Estes, Cookie Ott and Holly Davis; her sister, Ruth Fisher; and several nieces and nephews.
    Dorothy died Saturday, Sept.19, 2009, at Lakeland Continuing Care Center in St. Joseph. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Paul Fisher and Kenneth Scherer; a daughter, Patricia Ackerman; a grandson, Jon Scott Ackerman; her parents, Clarence and Anna Fern (Kline) Alderfer; and two brothers, Ray Alderfer and Robert Teeter.
    Friends may visit with Dorothy’s family from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet where funeral services will be celebrated following visitation at noon. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or Hospice.
 
Ruth Harmon, 93, of Watervliet went home to be with her Lord peacefully on Saturday, Sept.19, 2009, at Tri City Village.
  Ruth was born Nov. 26, 1915, the daughter of Harvey and Susan (Hannens) Langston, both of whom preceded her in passing.
  She was also preceded in passing by her husband, Ray Harmon, in 1987; her son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Juanita Prince; a granddaughter, Nina Zvonar; a greatgranddaughter, Jenny; and her loving siblings.
  Ruth is survived by five grandchildren – Larry (Debbie) Prince, Richard Prince, Judy (Darryl) Lynch, Roger (Laurie) Prince and Nancy (Bruce) Meyers; eight greatgrandchildren – Stacey, Shawn, Eric, Nichols, Brandy, Erica, Trish and Dana; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
  The family will welcome friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where the funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to Hospice at Home.

NOTE:  Ruth was a resident of Hartford for many years prior to moving to Watervliet.  She was a sister of Icey Adams, who passed away on September 8, 2009.
    

Paulette Agatha Johnson Koszola, 61, of Searcy, died Tuesday, September 15, 2009. She was born December 13, 1947 in Lepanto, Arkansas to the late Paul Hobart and Francis Clay Johnson. Along with her parents, Paulette was preceded in death by her son, Phillip Shelton.
     She is survived by her children, Kim (Joe) Justice, Roger Houart, Dean Shelton; two sisters, Shealia McNeace, Dee Dee Ziener; five brothers, Eddie Johnson, Tony Johnson, Michael Johnson, Paul Johnson, Gary Johnson; and six grandchildren.
      Memorial Services will be 2:00p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Whitney Lane Family Worship in Kensett.

NOTE:  Paulette was with the Class of 1966 of Hartford High School.
 

Evelyn Cleary, 67, of Hartford passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, 2009, at her home.
      Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, 249 E. Center Street, Coloma, with Pastor Mark Manning officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Millburg Cemetery in Benton Township. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
      Evelyn was born April 21, 1942, in Dowagiac to Theodore and Evelyn Wirick. She married Larry Cleary in 1967, and together they celebrated more than 41 years of marriage. She enjoyed doing crafts and keeping her home. Evelyn will always be remembered as a loving, wife, mother, sister and grandmother.
      Evelyn is survived by her children, Larry (Fabiola) Cleary of Hartford, Terry Cleary of Kalamazoo and Sherrie Cleary of Florida; grandchildren, April, Cristal, Brandon, Noah, Luis, T.J., Christopher and Ryan; and by brothers, Warren, Bill, John and Butch Wirick; and by her sisters, Linda Crocker and Judy Morrison.
  In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, in December 2008, and by her brothers, Sonny and Larry Wirick.
Icey M. Adams, 95, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven.
     Icey was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Hornersville, Ala., the daughter of Harvey and Susan (Hanners) Langston, both of whom preceded her in passing. Icey was also preceded in passing by her husband, George Adams, on April 20, 1996; a son, Wayne, in 1986; grandson, Robert Lowe, in 1997; and her loving siblings.
     Icey was a well-known member of the Hartford Community, where she was known by many as just “Granny.” She was a long time resident at Woodside Apartments in Hartford.
     Icey is survived by a sister, Ruth Harmon [Ruth passed away on 9-19-2009] of Watervliet; five grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Verna “Red” (Leon) Eldridge of Benton Harbor.
     The family will welcome friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept.10, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 7 p.m. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will serve as officiant. A private family burial will take place on Friday, Sept. 11, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Icey’s name may be made to the donor’s choice.
  
Lucille L. Winslow, 90, of Hartford departed this earthly life on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
Lucille was born Jan. 15, 1919, in Hartford. She was the last surviving child of eight children born to Lucius and Hannah (Pierson) Weston.
     Lucille retired after 30-plus years of faithful service from Guards Drug Store in Hartford.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil on Sept. 17,1999; a daughter, Linda Lou Winslow; her parents; four sisters, Elizabeth Acton, Hazel Disbrow, Beulah King and Grace Rouse; and three brothers, Lucius Weston, James Weston and Lawrence Weston.
     Lucille is survived by her son, Harry (Debra) Winslow of Lakeville, Ind.; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Jason) Reinoehl of Mishawaka, Ind.; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Ronald W. Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Cremation will follow the service. Lucille's ashes will be placed next to her husband in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's choice.


NOTE:
 Lucille was a 1938 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Mrs. Eleanor Ruth French, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2009 in her Cambria Township home after a prolonged illness. Mrs. French was born May 10, 1921 in Coloma, MI to Jacob and Jennie Friday, well known fruit farmers in the Coloma area. On July 13, 1945, she married Thomas R. French, Montgomery, MI. Mr. French passed away in Cambria Township, May 13, 1999.
     Together they had four children; Dale Thomas (Judy) French of Lawton, MI, Linda died in infancy, Douglas Jacob (Susan) French of Arlington, VA and Gregory Warren (Kathy) French of Inverness, IL. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Scott, Craig, Jason, Thomas, Katie and John Patrick and three great grandchildren, Abbie, Katie and Allie.
     She is preceded in death by one grandchild, Robert in 2002. Three sisters and a brother also preceded.
     Mrs. French was a home economics teacher in southwest Michigan and Quincy, MI, retiring in 1979. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale.
     Funeral services for Eleanor French will be Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 10:00 AM, at the First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale with Pastor Curtis Jensen officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Reading. The family will receive friends for visitation Friday from 6-8 p.m., at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
     Memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church.

NOTE:  Eleanor was a Home Economics Teacher with Hartford Public Schools 1944-1956.  Her husband, Thomas, was an Industrial Arts Teacher at Hartford 1956-1963.  Their son, Dale, was a 1965 HHS graduate. 
 

Deana (Swisher) Bassett, 70, formerly of Hartford, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at her home in Irons, Mich.
     Deana was born Jan. 10, 1939, the daughter of Chester and Luella (Reed) Swisher, both of whom preceded her in passing. She is survived by seven children, Mike Bassett, Randy Bassett, Candy Huber, Vivian Henry, Rhonda Porter, Luanne Tait, and Rebecca Taylor; two brothers, Art Swisher and Jerry Swisher; five sisters, Opal Thompson, Josephine Stone, Pat Wilson, Ethelyn Pastrick and Belle Gilbert; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and David Bassett; five brothers, Jim Reed, Jim Swisher, Charlie Swisher, Bill Swisher, Butch Swisher; three sisters, Glenda Sanders, Luella Swisher and Bonnie Snodgrass; and one grandchild.
     A gathering for family and friends will take place at noon on Sept. 7, 2009, at 129 N. Exchange, Lawrence, Mich. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

 
Bernard "Bernie" Leo Schaner, 78, [formerly of Hartford] of Umatilla, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at Waterman Hospital. A memorial service will be held in his honor at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at St. Gregory's Parish in Hart, Mich. 
     Bernie was born on Feb. 22, 1931, in Hart, Mich., to Leo and Leona Schaner. He was married to Alica Hoffman-Schaner on Oct. 9, 2001. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was also an active member of the VFW and AMVETS.
     He began his career with Consumers Power in 1956 at the Cobb Plant in Muskegon, from there he was promoted and transferred to Big Rock Point Nuclear Plant in Charlevoix. In 1969, he transferred to Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert where he was operations supervisor. He retired from Consumers Power after 32 years of dedicated service.
     While in retirement Bernie treasured every day of his life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed gourmet cooking, woodworking, gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling with his wife, Alicia. 

     He is survived by his wife, Alicia Hoffman-Schaner; his 10 children, Theresa Martens, Anne (Thomas) Lefor, Kathleen Schaner, Bernadette (Rudolph) Neumeier, Gregory Schaner, Veronica Schaner, Phillip Schaner, Christine (Mark) Parker, Matthew (Cyndi) Schaner, Magdalen (William) Dygert; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Marcia (Jerry) Morley; many nieces and nephews, and the mother of his children, Margaret Schaner. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Leona Schaner, brothers, Eugene and James Schaner, and a sister, Shirley Lound.

 

Thomas Bruce Weeden,  54, of Spanish Fort, Ala., formerly of Hartford, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, as a result of an automobile accident near Mobile, Ala., where he had made his home for the past 30 years.
     Thomas was born Oct. 29, 1954, the son of Merritt and Louise Weeden, formerly of Hartford.
     Thomas is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Weeden and Jason Weeden, and a daughter, Misty Hill, all of Spanish Fort. He is also survived by his mother, Louise Weeden of Paw Paw; brothers Lee (Dorla) Weeden of Jenks, Okla., and William (Marjorie) Weeden of Hartford; and sisters Merry Link, Janyce Mack and Barbara Carpenter, all of Paw Paw.  Also surviving are Wendy's sisters, Vicky Russell, Kim Trott and Robyn (Larry) Larsen of Hartford; brothers Joe Walton of Florida and Scott Brubaker of Hartford; and many nieces and nephews.
     Thomas was preceded in passing by his wife, Wendy Weeden, his father, Merritt Weeden, and a brother, Fredrick Weeden.
     Tom, as he was known in Spanish Fort and by his friends in Hartford, loved to work on cars and loved auto racing. He made his living as an auto mechanic.
     After services in Alabama, Tom's remains have been flown back to Michigan, where a service to honor his memory will be held on Monday, Aug. 31, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a funeral service to follow. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

NOTE: Tom was a 1971 graduate of Hartford High School
 

Mark Brandon Bishop, 34, of Hartford, MI died Monday, August 17, 2009 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.
     A funeral service celebrating his life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23 at Legacy Family Funeral Services – Matthew R. Purchase Chapel, Berrien Springs, with Phillip Sirk officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends were invited to visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
     Mark was born on April 18, 1975 In St. Joseph, MI to the late Ronald and Darlene (Bishop) Grubb. Mark was a roofer and worked in the construction trade. He was a gifted person, everyone’s friend who was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
     Survivors include his fiance’- Nicole Shelton, one loving daughter- Sadie Marie Belin of Berrien Springs, his mother, Darlene Grubb, one sister- Lindsey Grubb of Coloma, one brother Ronald Grubb, Jr. of Coloma, his paternal grandmother- Catherine Musick of Berrien Springs. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Grubb, Sr. on November 12, 2007.
 
Jonathan Paul Hitchcock, 66, Dowagiac, died Aug. 2 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

NOTE:  Jon was a
1961 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Patricia Lou (Heeter) Kirkpatrick, 66, of St. Joseph, formerly of Millburg, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church, 3003 Leco Ct. in St. Joseph. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Starks and Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph.
     Patricia was born on Feb. 7, 1943, in Benton Harbor, the middle of three daughters of Eugene (Butch) and Lucille (Garlanger) Heeter. Pat lived in Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School in 1961.
     Pat worked for the Eldon Smith Insurance Agency in Millburg for many years. She also worked as a teller at Peoples State Bank and later at NBD Bank.  She returned to school and earned her Business Associate’s degree from Lake Michigan College in May 1997. She enjoyed her service to the people of Berrien County, working for Benton Township, retiring in 2001.

     On Feb. 23, 1991, she was united in marriage to Thomas Kirkpatrick. They loved spending time together attending car shows and vacationing in various favorite locations, especially Frankenmuth. Pat loved her flower gardens and reading her Bible and “Our Daily Bread.”  Most of all, Pat cherished the time she spent watching her grandchildren participate in sporting and school events.
     Pat had a giving and compassionate heart extending well beyond her family. Her strong belief in God was manifested in her attendance at Calvary Bible Church in Benton Township and later at St. Joseph’s First United Methodist Church in St. Joseph.
     Pat is survived by her husband, Tom; son, Butch (Lori) Jarvis of Coloma; stepchildren — Robert (Ann) Kirkpatrick of St. Joseph, Teresa (David) Pifer of St. Joseph and Jim (Tammy) Jarvis of Mishawaka, Ind.; sisters, Sandra (Floyd) Sanders of Sister Lakes and Deborah (Burt) Tetzlaff of South Bend, Ind.; and sister-in- law, Ruth (Carl) Hewitt of South Haven. The true joys of her life were her grandchildren — Caroline, Alyssa and Erik Jarvis, Nicholas and Zachary Kirkpatrick; Leah, Reed and Riley Pifer; and Alexandra, Mackenzie and Nathaniel Jarvis. She was loved by her many nieces and nephews.
    Preceding her in death were her parents, Butch and Lucille Heeter.
    Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association.
 

Thomas Jerry Williamson, 62, of Hartford, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening, July 29, 2009 at home with his family at his side.
     A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, August 8 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home on Paw Paw Avenue in Coloma. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until noon. Burial of ashes with military rites will take place at a later date in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the Ann Arbor V.A. Hospital or to the donor’s choice. 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" link on your left.
     Jerry was born in New Haven, Kentucky on May 25, 1947 to Thomas G. and Mary (Culver) Williamson. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam. Jerry was employed as a spot welder with Weil-McLain for 32 years until the shop closed in 2005. He then worked at Borroughs Corporation for two years until health problems required a medical leave of absence. Jerry was an avid walleye fisherman and he also loved to hunt and bowl.
     Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife Ann; three sons, Chris Williamson of Coral Springs, FL, Jeremy Williamson of Benton Harbor, Mark (Shauna) West of Berrien Springs; five daughters, Shelly Williamson of Benton Harbor, Melissa (Chris) Wall of Bridgman, Jennifer Wilhite of Bridgman, Jessie Smith of Coloma and Josie (Steven Poindexter) Smith of Coloma; his sister Ann (Chuck) Thompson of Bardstown, Kentucky; two brothers, Ray Williamson of St. Joseph and Dennis (Mirtha) Williamson of Orlando, Florida; and fifteen grandchildren.
     Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, father and two brothers.
 
Naomi (Trowbridge) Matrau, 80, of Hartford and Keeler, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at New Orchard Grove Extended Care Centre, Benton Township.   Naomi has gone to be with family in heaven.
     Naomi was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Hoxie, Ark., the daughter of Claude and Dora (Riddle) Trowbridge Sr. She came to Michigan with her parents in 1940, and was a life time resident of the Hartford and Keeler area. She loved being in the outdoors and working with her flowers in her garden.
     Naomi is survived by two daughters, Blanch Diane Flippo of Bangor and Melissa Matrau, and one son, Steve (Debbie) Matrau of St. Joseph. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, along with sisters, Mildred Fardello of Coloma, Claudetta (Elbert) Prevatte of Kalamazoo, Nancy (Warren) Walters of Battle Creek, Mary Williams of South Haven, Carol (Alfredo) Rivera of Ohio; and a brother, Donald Trowbridge Sr.  Naomi was preceded in passing by three daughters, Barbra Ann, Betty Sue and Bonnie Jane, a granddaughter, Susan, parents, Claude and Dora, two husbands, Hank Matrau and Roy Fuller, one brother, Claude Trowbridge Jr., and a sister, Nellie Smith.

Naomi was loved by her family and will be missed.
     A graveside service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Keeler Cemetery with the Rev. Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church officiating. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford , with handling the arrangements.

 
Pauline Margaret (Scott) Deckert, 81, of Hartford, passed away Friday, July 24, 2009, at her home.
     "Bunny," as she was known by her family, was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Custer, S.D., the daughter of Brose and Ruth (Mecker) Scott, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by a daughter, Susan Marie Deckert, and a brother, Jerome Scott.
     Pauline had a great love for music. She loved playing the Hawaiian guitar. She also loved dancing, especially the polka, waltz and ballroom dancing.
     Pauline married Elmer Arthur Deckert on June 6, 1943. He survives, along with two sons, Ronald (Bonnie) Deckert of Marion, Ky., and David Deckert of Hartford. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Connie, Samantha, Rhonda and Britt, and seven great-grandchildren.
     As per Pauline's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will commence at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hartford. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
 
Judith Ann (Miller) Aldrich, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2009 at her home in Niles, Michigan.
     Judy was a 1957 graduate of Hartford High School.  She earned bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  She was a librarian at Decatur Public Library and Niles Public Library.  Judy married Robert Aldrich on Niles in 1973. 
     She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, stepmother, and friend.  She will be missed by all who knew her.
     Internment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, MI.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorials to be made to Lakeland Hospice.
     Survivors include her husband, Robert; one sister, Jacqueline Rosinski of Rochester Hills, MI., one brother, Joseph Miller of Brasstown, NC; her stepfather, Max Moses of Lawrence, MI; and two stepchildren - Tom Aldrich of Rutherfordton, NC, and Beth Mayoff of Noblesville, Indiana.
     Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Richard A. Miller and Nellie M. Moses.

 
Frederick R. Ward Jr., 78, of Hartford passed away at home on Thursday, July 23, 2009.
     Fred was born in Chicago on Dec. 11, 1930. He moved to Hartford in 1941, with his parents, Fred and Rose Ward. He was a 1948 graduate of Hartford High School. He married Arlene Hurley on March 1, 1949.
     Fred was a State Farm agent in Hartford for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He was active in his community, coaching youth baseball for many years, supporting all school events, and serving as president of the PTA. He was a member of the Friends of the Library and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Fred was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He taught Catechism classes, served as lector, and was on the Church Council.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Ward and Rose (Ward) Peters, stepfather, Neil Peters, stepbrothers, Neil, John and Don Peters, and stepsisters, Virginia VanOoy and Maxine Olvitt.
     Fred is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Arlene; two sons, Frederick Ward III of Hartford, Ronald (Pamela) Ward of Hartford; daughter, Lauren Ward of Grand Ledge; two granddaughters, Leslie Ward of Chicago and Kim Ward of Los Angeles; sister-in-law, Phyllis Peters of Portage, and Jane Boze of Hartford, who became a part of his family.
     Fred was a generous man who found joy in his friends and family.
     A mass to celebrate his life will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Father Robert Flickinger and Father Fabio Garzon will officiate. Calvin Funeral Home of Hartford is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford Public Library, South Haven Hospice at Home, or the Hartford Fire Department.
 
Hazel Lavera (Murphy) Ward was born on May 26, 1926, in Hayti, Mo., to Della and John Murphy, where she was the youngest of 15 children. She spent the majority of her young life in Missouri. She married young and had four children: Gloria Jean, Sue, (Melton) Ray and (Michael) Steven. She divorced in 1951 and came to live with relatives in Benton Harbor, where she met the love of her life, Howard Ward. They married in 1954 and had two daughters, Lynne and Darlene. The family all lived together in Hartford.
     Hazel was an excellent cook, and in the 1960s and '70s, worked at the A&W Root Beer Stand in Hartford, where son, Steve, and daughter, Lynne, occasionally worked too. It was a great family affair. She later became a cook for Hartford Public Schools, where she worked for 10 years and retired from in 1984.
     Hazel and Howard were soul mates and did everything together, which later included camping. They loved to go to campgrounds and meet their camping buddies, comparing campers. Sadly, Howard passed away in December 1993, just three weeks shy of their 40th wedding anniversary. Hazel spoke of him often and missed him terribly.
     Hazel was very active in her church, Watervliet First United Methodist Church, where she joined a team of ladies that cleaned the church, participated in bible study and especially enjoyed the potlucks. Her green bean casserole was always a hit!
     In June 2009, Hazel suffered a stroke and her health declined. She was transferred to Countryside Nursing Home in South Haven. All of her children had the chance to visit with her in the weeks before her death, sharing fond memories and expressing their love for her and for each other. Her daughter, Darlene was at her side when she peacefully passed away the morning of July 23, 2009.
     Surviving are all of her six children: Gloria Miller of Decatur, Sue (Mike) Duffy of Keeler, Ray (Beverly) Cole of St. Joseph, Steve (Bernadette) Cole of Traverse City, Lynne (Tim) Melvin of Vicksburg and Darlene (James) Henderson of Hartford. She is survived by a multitude of grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her 14 brothers and sisters, and three grandchildren: Pierce Hollenbeck of Decatur, Lisa Duffy of Hartford and Mark Duffy of Keeler. She will be remembered for her great love of family, friends and the Lord.
     Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. at Calvin Funeral Home, 8 East Main St., in Hartford. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Cremation has already taken place. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet.  There will be a funeral luncheon at the Watervliet First United Methodist Church, 8315 Verlynda Drive, provided by the Ladies of the Church, immediately following interment. Friends and family are invited to attend and share memories of Hazel's wonderful life.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made the the Watervliet First United Methodist Church.
 
 
Crystal A. Newton, 91, of Hartford, formerly of Benton Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at his residence, following an illness. He was born on March 24, 1918 in Cardwell, Missouri to the late Alonzo and Serena (Millon) Newton.
     On February 19, 1940 Crystal married Willie Maxine (McCloud). Crystal served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war he worked as a laborer most of his life including Whirlpool and Paramount Die Cast, from where he retired. His hobby included spending time outdoors, his Dachshund “Bubbie Dog”, and was devoted to his faith. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Benton Harbor.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, seven brothers and two sisters. Crystal is survived by two sons Herman (Imogene) Newton of Tiplersville, Mississippi, Jack Newton of Hartford, Michigan, two daughters Judy (Donald) Jackson of Middleton, Tennessee and Yvonne Newton of Benton Harbor and eight grandchildren and a hosts of great-grandchildren.


 
Craig Allan Pompey, 45, of Hartford, passed away suddenly Monday, July 20, 2009 at his home.
     Craig was born October 2, 1963 in Watervliet, the son of Keith and Grace (Williamson) Pompey.
Craig was a 1982 graduate of Hartford High School. He was a former manager with Crystal Flash, serving in both Holland and Paw Paw. He was the youngest store manager in company history and was honored by the company with the President’s Award in 1986. He was former employed with Lane Automotive as a truck driver.
     Outside of the workplace, Craig had a keen sense of nature and the outdoors, where he was an avid fisher and hunter. He had a heart of gold and a compassion for all whom he came in contact with. But his most joy was spending time with his family, especially his two grandchildren.
     Craig is survived by a daughter, Sabrina Pompey of Grand Rapids; a son, Keith A. Pompey of Hartford; two granddaughters, Destini Pompey of Grand Rapids; and Grace Pompey of Hartford. Also surviving are his mother, Grace (William) Rushing of Decatur; his father, Keith (Cheryl Anderson) Pompey of Lawrence; a brother, Kenneth Pompey of Hartford, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
     Craig was preceded in passing by grandparents, James and Louella Williamson and Kenneth and Gladys Pompey.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 P.M.; Sunday, July 26 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Craig’s memory will commence at 1 P.M.; Monday, July 27 at the funeral home. Pastor Richard Kaiser of the Red Arrow General Baptist Church, Twelve Corners, will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township. Memorial donations in Craig’s name may be made to the family.
 
Tina Bender Erb, 44, of Hartford, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center.
    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Watervliet, 179 Lucinda Lane in Watervliet, with Father Gordon Green officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan or Gabriel Foundation (The Gabriel Foundation. org). Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
    Tina was born March 6, 1965, in St. Joseph to Robert and Fran (Myers) Bender. On Oct. 22, 2004, she married David Erb. Tina worked as bookkeeper at Don Young Insurance and at My Secret Garden Pet Store. Tina was an outgoing lady and avid pet and animal lover.
    Tina is survived by her husband, David Erb, of Hartford; parents, Fran and Don Young of Watervliet and Robert Bender and his partner, Jane Cuthbert, of Stevensville; three stepsons — Danny Erb of Grand Rapids, Jeremy Erb of Dowagiac and Steve Erb of Watervliet; four stepbrothers — Jeff Young, Victor Cuthbert Jr., William Cuthbert and Mark Cuthbert; and seven stepsisters — Sue Young, Kim Young, Lori Colman, Elizabeth Bush, Gayle Hofbauer and Katherine Thayer.
 
H. Jane McGuire, 89, of El Dorado, Ark, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado, Ark.
     She was born March 18, 1920, in Cass Lake, Minn., to William H. and Phoebe Jane (Stockwell) Palmer. She married David Vincent McGuire on Feb. 23, 1945, in Kalamazoo, Mich. They lived most of their lives in Hartford, Mich., where Jane worked for veterinarian Dr. H.J. Meachum. They had two children, Duane William McGuire and Mary (Micki) McGuire Webber. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter.
      She was a member of Hartford
United Methodist Church and attended Asbury United Methodist Church in Magnolia, Ark.
      She is survived by her son, Duane McGuire and wife, Rita, of McNeil, Ark.; four granddaughters – Theresa McGuire Byard of Lawton, Okla., Stacia McGuire Powers and husband, Rob, of Lawton, Okla., Venessa Webber Gentry and husband, Dante, of South Bend, Ind., and Crystal Webber of Niles, Mich; four great-grandchildren – Cody Byard of Abilene, Texas; Nicole Webber of Niles, Kayla and Dominic Gentry of South Bend, and Starsha Wycoff and husband, Brandon, of Fort Sill, Okla.; two great-great-grandchildren, Kenneth Hutchinson and Ethan Wycoff of Fort Sill, Okla.; and many cousins and friends.
      She was cremated according to her wishes. Memorial services will be held at later date in Magnolia, Ark. and Hartford, Mich. Memorials may be made to CCAPS, P.O. Box 2003, Magnolia, AR 71754-2003; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1300 E. University, Magnolia, AR 71753; or Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St., Hartford, MI 49057.
      Arrangements were by Bailey Funeral Home of Magnolia, Arkansas.
Jacqueline Louise (Brandt) Szewczyk, 80, of Altmonte Springs, Florida, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, of cancer.
     Jacqueline was born on August 10, 1928, to Robert and Mayme Brandt.  She was formerly employed by Goldblatts of Benton Harbor and Hartford Public Schools.  She was an Auxiliary member of American Legion Post 93.
     Survivors include:  three daughters - Susan Jobe of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Karen (Timothy) Henselin of Orlando, Florida, and Jill Wilkens of Sister Lakes, Michigan; three sons - John (MarySue) Szewczyk of Macomb, Michigan, Steven (Kelly) Szewczyk of Orlando, and Kevin (Karen) Szewczyk of Altmonte Springs; four great-grandchildren; and 14 grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert (Bob) Brandt Jr.; and three sisters - Marilyn (Brandt) Smith, AnnaMae (Brandt) Scaletta, and Sally (Brandt) Johnson.
     There will be no service at this time.  Any donation can be made to Hospice of Comforter, 480 W. Central Pkwy, Altmonte Springs FL   32701.


NOTE:  Jacqueline was a 1947 Hartford High School graduate.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Szewczyk in 2003
   
Harold Anton Meyer, 77, of Bridgman passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bridgman, with Pastor Jon Bendewald officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Bridgman.  Friends may meet with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be given to Immanuel Lutheran School. Online condolences accepted at www. PikeFH.com.
     Harold was born Oct. 1, 1931, in Keeler, Mich., the son of the late Anton J. and Ida (Skatikat) Meyer. He served in the U.S. Air Force. On June 26, 1954, he married the former Lorraine Rittamel. She preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2004. Harold had been employed at Pemco Die Casting and Adco Die Casting before co-founding Premier Tool & Die in Berrien Springs and Shawnee Specialties in Eau Claire. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bridgman. Harold was an avid antique car and tractor collector.
      Survivors include five children – Barbara (Leo) Ackerman of Bridgman, Jackie (Jeff) Rodewald of Pompano Beach, Fla., Steve (Stacey) Meyer of Sawyer, Anthony (Kimberly) Meyer of Three Oaks, and Dan (Jennifer) Meyer of Stevensville; 17 grandchildren – Jeremy, Chad and Ashley Ackerman, Jordan, Emily, Megan and Aaron Rodewald, Dustin, Chelsey and Levi Meyer, Callie, Haiden and Anna Meyer, Caleb, Mitchell, Lucas and Emma Meyer; a great-grandson, Joelan Coyer; a sister, Dorothy Ott of Bridgman; and a dear friend, Cynthia Brown.
      Harold was also preceded in death by a brother, John Meyer; and a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Tropp.
Victor Munoz Aranda, 86, of Hartford , departed this earthly life on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at his home.
    Victor was born on Dec. 3, 1922, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, the son of Atanacio and Adelita (Munoz) Aranda, both of whom preceded him in passing. Victor was also preceded in death by two sons, Pedro and Romaldo Aranda, and a grandson, Ricky Aranda.
    Victor is survived by his wife, Maria; 10 children — Ricardo Aranda and Lydia Aranda, both of Hartford, Luis (Leticia) Aranda, Gerardo (Maria E.) Aranda, both of Lawrence, Josefa (Guillermo) Hernandez of Texas, Jaime Aranda of Indiana, Javier (Patricia) Aranda of Decatur, Irma (Thomas) Cruz of Lawrence and Enrique Aranda and Daniel Aranda, both of Hartford. Victor is also survived by 26 grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-grandson; and a brother, Marcelino Munoz.
    In 1965, Victor began working at Hill Top Orchards in Lawrence and through hard work became a supervisor. In his spare time he enjoyed working outdoors in his yard and feeding the many kinds of birds that were there.

    The family will welcome friends on Monday, July 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a service at 6:30 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. The funeral service to honor his memory will commence at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at the funeral home. Pastor Romualdo Salas Jr. of the Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo Church of Paw Paw will officiate. Victor will be laid to rest in Hamilton Cemetery in Hamilton Township, Mich.

 
Marsha Kay Summerhill, 58, was born in Hartford Michigan to Walter and Jonell Summerhill on January 26, 1951.  Marsha passed away June 30, 2009 after an unexpected short illness.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Jonell Summerhill; brother, Bobbie Summerhill; and sister, Patricia Summerhill.
      Marsha graduated from Hartford High School in 1969.  She went to Central Michigan University and received degrees in English and Medieval Literature.  After traveling around the United States, Marsha settled in Bellevue, Nebraska.
     She is survived by her brother, Terry (Linda) Summerhill; sister, Linda (James) Parkhurst of Phoenix AZ; brother, Randy (Lois) Summerhill of Kalamazoo MI; brother, Donald Summerhill of Bellevue, NE; brother, Ronald Summerhill of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Annette (Richard) Huffman of Pullman MI.  Marsha also has many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
     Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held in her honor at the Hartford Federated Church of Hartford, MI with Pastor Tim Nyhuis officiating on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

NOTE:  Marsha was Treasurer of Bryant High School in Omaha NE.  She came back to Michigan for the 40+ HHS Alumni Reunion on June 20, 2009, returned home and
went into the hospital on Sunday, June 28th, and passed away on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009.   She died from lung cancer and didn’t know she had it. 
 
John A. Robinson, 76, a resident of the town of Scott, Wis., died June 29, 2009, at his home.
John was born on Nov. 11, 1932, in Paw Paw, to Glen and Della Robinson. He graduated from Hartford High School [class of 1950] then served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He later was a successful real estate developer for many years in Southwest Michigan.
    He was a past member of Elk Club 544 in Benton Harbor, as well as a member of Webb Lake American Legion Post and a proud supporter of Ducks Unlimited.
    John loved being outdoors — hunting, fishing and golfing were some of his favorite pastimes. He also spent a great deal of his “retired” years playing cards. He was an amazing family man and enjoyed life to its fullest making memories with his family and friends.
    John was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Esther.
    He is survived by his wife, Shara, brother, Glen (Marge) Robinson, numerous relatives and many close friends that will miss him dearly.
    A celebration of John’s life will be held Sunday, July 26, at Rookies Bar in Watervliet, from 1 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ducks Unlimited.  Arrangements were entrusted to Scalzo-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Spooner, Wis. Online condolences can be offered at www.scalzo-taylor.com.
 
Manuel Romero, 83, of Hartford passed away Monday, June 29, 2009, at his home.
    Manuel was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Bishop, Texas, the son of Juan and Gabriela (Rojas) Romero, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him were a great-granddaughter, Jordan Manciaz, a brother, Casimiro Ortega, and a sister, Nicolas Guzman.
Manuel started working in the oil fields as a truck driver, given the task of moving oil rigs from field to field. Due to his safe record of no accidents over the course of 18 years, he received many awards. He moved to the area in 1969, where he would remain the rest of his life. After he settled down in the area, he was employed at Duffy Mott’s of Hartford until its closing, when he became a farm contractor.
    Manuel married Oralia Garza on March 14, 1949. She survives, along with three daughters, Diana (Tomas) Castillo of Watervliet, Graciela (Alfonso) Chavez of Hartford and Leticia (Luis) Aranda of Lawrence, five sons, Juan (Sharon) Romero of Illinois, Gerardo (Luisa) Romero of Maryland, Aldo Romero and Lorenzo Romero, both of Hartford and Rodolfo (Crystal) Romero of Coloma. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and a sister, Francisca Reyna of Losebanos, Texas.
    The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2. Father Fabio Garzon will serve as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family requests that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Sheriff’s Fraternal Order of Police. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, is handling the arrangements.

 
Mildred Marie Smith, 90, of Hartford departed this earthly life on Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Mildred was born on Jan. 26, 1919, in Chicago, the daughter of Paul and Ruth (Thomas) Voight, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     On July 16, 1938, Mildred married Donald Ellsworth Smith. Over the next 47 years, they enjoyed each others company until Donald's passing on Nov. 14, 1985. Mildred lost two brothers, Paul Voight during the Korean War and Jack Voight of Gobles. Mildred lost her sister, Betty Mashak in October 2008. Their oldest son, Donald E. Smith, passed away in May of 2006.
     Mildred is survived by six children, Joanne (Frank) Monaghen of Twin Lakes, Wis., Tom Smith of Stevensville, Robert (Janis) Smith of Fort Pierce, Fla., Debra (Bill Strunk) Smith of Perris, Calif., Michael (Denelle Duncombe) Smith of Houston, Texas and Laurie Smith of Mesa, Ariz. Mildred is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline Betzner of Otsego, Bonnie (Ed) Schaknies of California and Mary Seymour of St. Joseph.
     Mildred was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Hartford where she was past president of the Altar Society. She owned and operated Mildred's Beauty Salon for more than 25 years and from 1981 to 1992 was a volunteer at Community Hospital in Watervliet.
     The family will welcome friends on Wednesday, June 24, from 1 p.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial Service at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Father Robert Flickinger of St. Basil Catholic Church of South Haven and Father Fabio Garzon of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will be the celebrants. Mildred will be laid to rest next to her husband in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, blood or monetary donations in Mildred's name may be made to the Michigan Community Blood Center by calling (269) 408-1540 or the Alzheimer's Association. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
 
Mildred Donna Lightner, 94, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed away June 18, 2009, after a sudden illness.
     Mrs. Lightner was born march 26, 1915, in Hartford, the daughter of Richard and Laura (Nodruff) Conklin.  She was a graduate of Hartford High School in 1933.
     On Nov. 4, 1939, Mildred married Seward Lightner Sr. in South Bend, Ind.  They resided most of their lives in Hartford until retirement, when they moved to Florida and then North Carolina.
  Seward preceded her in death on July 21, 1996.
  Survivors include two sons, David Lightner of In­dialantic, Fla.; and Gary Lightner and wife Suzanne of Sarasota, with whom Mildred made her home; a stepdaughter, Jean Lightner-Sikkenga of Kalamazoo; and stepson, Seward Lightner Jr. of Hartford.
  Among other survivors are five grandchildren, Sabina (Tim) LaClair of South Carolina, Jason Lightner of Florida, Lisa (George) LaCorte of Florida, Lynn Sikkenga of Kalamazoo and Mark (Debby) Lightner of Hartford.
  Also, Mildred leaves behind eight great-grandchildren; three great greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
      In addition to her parents and husband, Mildred was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Conklin; two sisters, Roberta Haney and Darlene Burnette; and a granddaughter, Laura Sikkenga.
      In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and internment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford at a future date.

 
Mary Louise Quintana-Saenz, 84, of Hartford departed this earthly life on Friday, June 19, 2009, at her home.
     Mary was born on Sept. 16, 1924, in McAllen, Texas, the daughter of Erasmo and Maria (Flores) Ellis, both of whom preceded her in passing. Mary is also preceded in passing by 14 children and a brother.
     Mary is survived by her husband, Jose Quintana, whom she married on Aug. 18, 1994; seven children - Elizabeth Saenz, Leon Saenz and Lee Saenz, all of Hartford; Angel (Gloria) Saenz of Dade City, Fla.; Yolanda Saenz and Olga Santiago of Houston, Texas; and Leo (Cindy) Saenz of Maryland. Mary is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren great-great-grandchildren and many friends.
     Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who also loved to play practical jokes on the entire family. She always made sure that everyone who came to the house had plenty to eat so no one would ever go away hungry. She enjoyed going dancing and to rummage sales, where she would buy things and then donate them to any child in need.
     The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, June 23, from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 1:30 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Pastor Antonio Gonzalez of the Temple Jerusalem Church in Bangor, of which Mary was a member, will officiate. Mary will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary's name may be made to the family.
 
JoAnn P. Harper - JoAnn's life began May 26, 1928 in Hartford, Michigan.  JoAnn died Monday, June 15, 2009. 
     She spend her lifetime in the area, raising her family and working for Heath Company and as a cashier for Harding's.  JoAnn also enjoyed being a Stanley Dealer.
     Her loving family includes:  one son, Grant Harper; one daughter, Loretta Bahr; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-grandson. 
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin; her parents, Buff and Merle (Boyer) Dale; and two brothers.
     A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Watervliet Cemetery.  Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting JoAnn's family with arrangements.
 
David L. Bailey, 69, of Berrien Center passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009, at home following a long courageous battle with melanoma.
     A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a later time. Cremation has taken place. Friends may sign the register book at http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/home/home.cfm?fh_id=10160. Legacy Family Funeral Service - Matthew R. Purchase Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.
     David was born on Feb. 17, 1940, in Keeler, Mich., to Lester and Mildred (Leach) Bailey.
     David served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong mechanic, repairing small engines to large industrial machinery. He was last employed at Ferguson Michiana Inc., in Eau Claire and after retirement worked for the Emma Teichman Farm. On June 5, 1982, David married Judy (Strong) Fisher who survives. David loved the game of horseshoes and visiting with friends and family.
     In addition to his loving wife, David is survived by one daughter, Deborah West of St. Joseph; one son, Randolph (Diane) of Bangor; one special stepdaughter, Debora (Mike) Conley of Indianapolis; three sisters, Marian Strand of Watervliet, Linda (Jerry) Curtis of Dowagiac and Sandy (Doug) Rouse of Benton Harbor; two brothers, Don (Pat) and Dennis, both of Decatur; one grandson, Duncan (Lauren) Fisher of Berrien Center; and many loving nieces and nephews.
     David was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Jim Strand.
     Memorials in David's memory may be directed to Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan, Mich. 49107 or to Eau Claire Cherry Festival Horseshoe Tournament, 6507 E. Main St., Eau Claire, Mich. 49111.
 
Robert M. Conolly, Long Beach CA, passed away June 10, 2009.  He was born in Hartford, Michigan where he attended school and later college.
     During WWII he received the Bronze Star while serving in the Philippines. On leave he met his wife Marge and moved to California. In California he attended Whittier College, CSULA, and USC. They lived for many years in Monterey Park. Bob was a coach and counselor at Montebello Jr. High then transferred to Schurr Jr. High, which became Schurr High School where he became Vice Principal and Dean of Administration. They moved to Belmont Shore in 1972 to enjoy retirement, golfing and walking 2nd Street.
     He is survived by his daughter Kathy Moad, son Bill Conolly, granddaughter Venita Ibarra and great-grandchildren Haley and Jared.
   
 Bob was a good neighbor and a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by all. The family was assisted by the Neptune Society.


Bob was a 1933 Hartford High School graduate and served as President of his class.
 

 

Curtis Wayne Carter, age 69, Battle Creek MI, passed away June 8, 2009.  He was December 16, 1939.

NOTE:  Known as "Wayne" in school, he was a 1958 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Elsie L. Steiner, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at The Willows, St. Joseph.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with the Rev. Roy Jeffery officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at the funeral home. A private burial will take place in Mock Cemetery, N. Webster, Ind. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or the American Diabetes Association. Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Elsie was born on Aug. 14, 1923, in Miles City, Mont., to Oscar and Ethel (Cole) Achamire. She married her husband, Robert L. Steiner, on May 4, 1944, in Miles City. After marriage, they lived in several cities. Most recently in Hartford, Mich., and North Webster, Ind. Together, they raised a son, Bob.  Elsie loved reading, sewing, crocheting, gardening and decorating her home. Most of all, she cherished her family.
     Elsie is survived by her son, Bob (Marilyn) Steiner of Benton Harbor; sister, Margaret Hintz of Clinton Twp., Mich.; grandchildren - Rob (Sarah) Steiner, Becky Steiner and Kristine Steiner; great-granddaughter, Amelia Steiner; and several nieces and nephews.
     She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Steiner in 1981; bothers, Sonny and Ike Achamire; and her parents, Oscar and Ethel Achamire.

 
Floyd K. Crocker of Portage, Michigan, formerly of Watervliet, MI, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009, at Wynwood in Portage. He was bom August 19, 1909, in Calumet, the son of William and Jane (Bennets) Crocker.
     He was a grocery manager at Harding’s in Watervliet and Hartford, retiring in 1974;