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Dale E. Brinsfield, 70 of Hartford, was born on Oct. 31, 1944, to Roy and Marion Brinsfield. He passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     His parents precede him in death. Also preceding him are brothers: Kenny and Bobby Brinsfield and sisters: Mary Alice and O’Nieta Brinsfield.
     He is survived by sisters: Lois Anders and Sue (Mike) Downey, both of Hartford and Glenda (Bud) Widner of Florida; brothers: Pat (Paula) Roush and Bill Hunt, both of Hartford and an aunt, Anna Bedes of Baldwin. Dale had some pretty amazing friends and hunting buddies that will get the trophy buck this fall in his honor. Those people are Bob (Kathy) Sinclair and Shanon (Laura) Sinclair.
     “Uncle Dale” leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. Left to carry on his strong sense of family are his girls: Kristen (Scott) Dixon, Holly (Brandon) Wolfe and April (Mike) Brown.
     Dale served his country proudly in the United States Army and was awarded a Purple Heart on Nov. 17, 1967. He will be remembered for his patriotic pride. He was a straight shooter and he believed a man’s word was his bond.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. After the viewing, as were his wishes, Dale’s body will be cremated and a private graveside service will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations in Dale’s name be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     His eternal bow season is now open.

NOTE:  Dale was a member of the 1966 class of Hartford High School.  He was Instrumental in the establishment of the  Vietnam Memorial in Ely Park.
Dale maintained the grounds around the memorial at the park.



Acenith Wilder – Although her life was filled with numerous experiences that greatly enriched her life’s journey, there was nothing that was more prominent in the life of Acenith Wilder than the love she shared with her family. She was a gracious and gentle woman whose first thought was on others rather than on herself. A devoted wife and mother, Acenith took these roles to heart, but she just may have argued that becoming a grandmother was her richest reward. Generous and loving, she was a firm believer in being honest in all things, but everything was always expressed in a loving way. Life was not without times of trial for Acenith, but she faced whatever came her way with a quiet strength and a graceful courage that were truly inspiring. She will be deeply missed, but her shining legacy that is deeply rooted in timeless wisdom will be carried on in the lives of all who follow in her footsteps.
     With the end of WWI in 1918, America was recognized as a world leader and poised for greatness. The years that followed ushered in the Roaring Twenties that were primarily a prosperous time. Radios, washing machines, and affordable cars manufactured on assembly lines were all signs of the time, and Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh forever transformed the world of flight. Amidst this eventful time was the year 1922 that was filled with great joy for Nary and Mabel Johnson as they were eagerly anticipating the arrival of their new baby as spring finally began to emerge on the small community of Hartford, Michigan. The big day finally arrived on April 20th when their baby girl drew her first breath. Acenith was one of four children in her family, and she was raised in the family home on Schaffer Lake alongside her brother, Nary, and her sisters, Verna and Helen.
     In many ways Acenith experienced an upbringing that was a reflection of her generation. Her parents were hard working farmers, and as a result she learned a strong work ethic as a young girl as she was responsible for her fair share of chores. As a student Acenith attended a local country school. In her free time she enjoyed swimming in the lake. For the rest of her life Acenith always fondly remembered her formative years. She went on to graduate from Hartford High School in 1939.
     New and exciting changes were in store for Acenith when she met the young man with whom she would write a love story that would span more than 60 years. His name was Harold Jay Wilder, and they met at a dance at the Grange Hall. He was smitten with Acenith right from the start, and he asked her to dance. Always a gentleman, he had the courage to ask her father for permission to take her home despite the fact that her father could be a bit intimidating as he was very large in stature. The couple began dating, and it wasn’t long before they found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together, Acenith and Harold were united in marriage on August 30, 1941.
     After a couple of years, Acenith and Harold purchased his family farm from his grandpa in 1943. They had 193 acres, mainly harvesting grapes. Acenith spent the remainder of her days living on the farm, and she loved every minute of it, too. With farming in her blood, she had no problem working out in the field alongside her husband while also seamlessly caring for their home and family that grew to include four children, Kenneth, Carolyn, Robert, and Marlene. When it came to feeding her family, Acenith always made everything from scratch with her homemade donuts, grape pie, green bean casserole, homemade breads and cinnamon rolls, and Swiss steak being just a few of the family favorites. Acenith always had a huge garden, and she canned many of their fruits and vegetables so they would have fresh produce to enjoy year round. Sundays were always accompanied by a huge spread when the entire family gathered together. As a family the Wilders looked forward to vacations at the end of August so that Harold could escape from the hay fever season. Most times they went to Chippewa Lake or Lake Placid in Kalkaska. When they were older, Acenith and Harold took their fifth wheel to Mission, Texas, for the winter.
     As her family grew to include grandchildren, Acenith couldn’t have been happier. She absolutely loved being a grandmother and was close to each one of her grandchildren. Priceless memories were made on the farm, and both Thanksgiving and Christmas were especially precious times as everyone gathered together to celebrate life and love. After Harold died in 2004, Acenith was deeply saddened and took a couple of years to adjust being on her own, but she remained independent and loved keeping busy with her family and friends. She enjoyed good health for several years.
     Throughout her like Acenith was always busy. She loved dancing as well as playing cards with friends and neighbors, bowling, and golfing. Acenith enjoyed country western music, campfires, watching the cattle and birds, and reading both westerns and mysteries. As an avid card player, she was a member of two different card clubs. It was such a thrill when Acenith was able to participate in the first antique tractor crossing across the Mackinaw Bridge. Although she collected sun catchers, ceramic cows, and birds, she kept her collections to a minimum in order to display pictures of her grandchildren throughout her house.
     Described as tenderhearted, hardworking, and giving, Acenith Wilder was a blessing to all who were near. She could always find the good in everyone, and her laughter was contagious. Acenith was the heartbeat of her family, and her devotion to her loved ones was unmatched as she would move heaven and earth for them. Acenith was never one to focus on material wealth, rather, her time and attention were spent on loving all who were within her reach. She will never be forgotten.
     Acenith Wilder, of Lawton, died on Saturday, December 27, 2014. Acenith’s family includes her four children: Kenneth (Carol) Wilder of Lawton, Carolyn (Barry) Kitzmiller of Gobles, Robert Wilder of Paw Paw, Marlene (Ed) Newington of Coloma; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Nary Frank Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. Acenith was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; 2 sisters, Verna Westdorp and Helen Richardson; and a step granddaughter, Shelley Snyder. Learn more about Acenith, view her Life Story film and visit with family and friends on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler & Thompson, 60900 M-40, Paw Paw (657-3870), where services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Please visit Acenith’s personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can share a favorite memory or photo and sign her guestbook before coming to the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton Grange Hall or a charity of your choice.

NOTE:  Acenith was a 1941 Hartford graduate. 
 

Clyde William Colman, 86, of Berrien Springs, died peacefully at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Dec. 25, 2014.
    
Clyde was born May 3, 1928, in Hartford, to Frank and Frances Colman and was the last survivor of six siblings: Robert, Jim, and Frank (Bud) Colman, Mabel Nelson, Joan Treat and Margaret Martens. Clyde married Gail Clover on Nov. 9, 1952, in Hartford, and they had three children: Roger (Mara) Colman of Grand Rapids, Carol (Mark) Wiltse of Dublin, Ohio, and Robert (Nicki) Colman of Midland, Mich. Clyde loved and was proud of seven beautiful grandchildren: Ryan, Sara, Matthew, Jennifer, Caleb, Madeleine, Katya, and five great-grandchildren.
     Clyde was proud to serve in the United States Army from 1946-1947. He was the director of operations with the Benton Harbor Schools from 1961-1982. He retired from the Niles school district as coordinator of support services in 1988 after six years. He was a member of the Berrien Center Bible Church and a life member of Masonic Lodge. An avid University of Michigan fan, he attended countless games and special events since the 1950s. Clyde baked over 90 pounds of fudge for family, friends and co-workers every Christmas. He had a love for the game of golf, and for a number of years, he enjoyed being a marshal at the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. He will be remembered for his love of family, camping, taking photos at every special event and his endless dry sense of humor.

     A memorial service will be at noon Monday, Dec. 29, at Berrien Center Bible Church, where friends may visit with the family beginning at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Berrien Center Bible Church, or to the Berrien Springs Varsity Boys Baseball Club. Online messages for the family may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com
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NOTE:  Clyde was a 1945 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Ruth Mae Wambaugh, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Monday, December 29, 2014 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Richard Hennig officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at Riverview Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Hospice at Home, or St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Those wishing to share a memory of Ruth may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Ruth was born September 5, 1926 in Keeler, Twp., to Kenneth and Irene (Fruzen) Brownell. She married Floyd Wambaugh on June 8, 1946 in St. Joseph. Ruth was a wonderful homemaker for her husband and daughter, Susan, for many years. She also worked at V-M and Cooper Wells Assembly in St. Joseph. Ruth was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and involved in their Ladies Aid group. She enjoyed taking camping trips with her husband and going out to dinner with her family and friends.
     Ruth is survived by her husband, Floyd of 68 years of marriage; daughter, Susan and Larry Engler of St. Joseph; and granddaughter, Emily Engler of Mishawaka, siblings, Doris Glenn, Lowell Brownell, June Dings, Dorothy Pullano, Roy Brownell and Eleanor Lambrecht.
     Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Ray Brownell, Kenneth Brownell and Jean “Billy” Head and was also reunited with her grandson, Stephen Milnikel, in heaven on his 37th birthday.

 
Carl William Burnette peacefully left us on December 20, 2014 to travel on his Spiritual Journey, fittingly on the eve of the winter solstice.
     He passed on in Seattle, WA surrounded by his friends in the home of Tracy and Justin Tardiff.  He was born January 24, 1944 in Watervliet Michigan to parents William "Bill" Burnette and Edna-Bahm-Burnette and grew up in the rural farm community of Keeler Michigan.  He attended Keeler Grade School, Hartford High School, and Michigan State University where he received his MA degree magna cum laude in Education.  Carl was involved n FFA, Boy Scouts Debate Club, in all sports, having set track records at HHS that were not broken for many years. He distinguished himself during the Vietnam era by objecting to that war on philosophical grounds. He was the first to do so, and that act changed his life forever.
     Carl journeyed all over the US in his intellectual pursuit of philosophy (always Kant over Nietzsche), astrophysics, astrology, and Microbiology, living in New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, San Francisco, and Seattle.  He loved cities and would live near college campuses where he had free access to scholarly books, often in Latin so he could read the original text.  He put his research and writing aside long enough to hike and camp in each mountainous terrain where he lived.  He made many wonderful friends along his journeys and was known for his wit, intellect, humor and thirst for knowledge. This pas many years his passion has been researching metabolic metaphysics an cognitive biology.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother Michael. He is survived by his sisters; Judy Sales of Fairview NC and Pat Burnette of St Joseph MI.  And the many, many friends he made along the way.  As one said the Wizard has left the house.

NOTE:  Carl was a 1962 Hartford High School graduate.

Ralph W. Pattersonwent home for the last time Saturday December 20th, 2014 with family and friends by his side. Ralph was born November 30th, 1938. Ralph was the seventh child brought home to the family farm in Hartford Michigan, the son of Clarence and Florence Patterson. Growing up on the farm instilled a work ethic in Ralph that would be with him his entire life. After graduation, Ralph decided to head for the big city of Chicago to make his fortune as a diesel mechanic. Ralph loved the mechanic work, along with his pride and joy of the time, his Porsche. Many a law-stretching fun times were had in this car. But the city was not all it was supposed to be, and Ralph returned home to Southwest Michigan.
     Grand Junction was now to be his home, because that is where he and his new bride, the former Darlene Szymanski, were to reside. Ralph began working with his father-in-law John, at JOHNS Manufacturing and Leasing. The years that followed saw Ralphs’ mechanical and engineering genius flourish. He helped to develop the JOHNS forklift that revolutionized the Fruit and Vegetable growing industry in the United States. This piece of equipment was like no other, and became the standard in the industry. Although Ralph retired in 2006, the JOHNS BN Forklift still commands top dollar at auctions, and is still in high demand. Ralph could truly say that he made a difference in the world, and he left it a better place. Ralph was a lifetime member of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, a past Van Buren County Fair Board member, and a member of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau. Ralph also had a soft spot in his heart for the Van Buren Youth Camp, where all of his children attended during the summers. Ralph was honored by the camp as one of the recipients of the Pearl Fisk award for many years of dedication and service to the camp as a lifetime board member.
     Ralph is survived by his wife of 52 years Darlene K. Patterson, three daughters, Tammy (Keith) Dykstra of Hartford, Karen (Tod ) Kubiszak, of Lawrence, Laurie (Chad) Hamilton, of Grand Rapids, and a son, Randy (Brenda) Patterson, of Butler, Wisconsin. Ralph was also blessed with 10 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Ralph also has one surviving sibling, Don Patterson of Monticello Indiana. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Florence Patterson, two brothers, Dale and Louis, and three sisters, Wanda, Sue, and Lois.
     The family will receive well wishers on Monday, December 22, from 5-7 PM at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 am December 23rd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bangor. Memorials in Ralph’s name may be made to either Sacred Heart Catholic Church or The Van Buren Youth Camp.

NOTE:  Ralph was a 1957 graduate of Hartford High School.
 
Rachel Lynn (Snodgrass) Arnt, 32, of Eau Claire went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.
    
Rachel was born July 12, 1982, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Larry and Deborah Snodgrass.
    
On July 25, 2009, Rachel and Christopher Arnt were united in marriage. He survives along with their son, Maverick. She is also survived by her parents; a sister, Leslie (Henry) Burrows of Watervliet; her grandmother, Florence “Joann” Kimp of Hartford; a nephew, Trent of Watervliet; her father- and mother-in-law, Greg and Tammy Arnt of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Courtney Arnt of Farmington Hills, Mich.; her grandmothers-in-law, Betty Arnt of Eau Claire and Nancy Elliot of Sodus; special friends, Corrina Sheridan of Watervliet and Tracy McClure of Parrish, Fla.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     Rachel was preceded in passing by her grandparents, Gene and Bonnie Snodgrass; her grandfather, Richard Kimp; and her grandfathers-in-law, Clifford Arnt and Homer Elliot.
     Rachel was one who made friends easily and once a friend, you were a friend for life. She was a very giving person who would give anything and everything she had to help someone in need.
    
As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Rachel’s life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the Bright Star Tabernacle Church, located at 5130 Old Pipestone Road, Eau Claire. Pastor Mike Fields will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Christopher Arnt for a scholarship fund to be started for their son, Maverick. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Rachel was a graduate of HHS class of 2000

Betty M. Pomeroy-Buysse-Mendenhall, age 83 years of Niles, Michigan died at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles following an extended illness.
     She was born on December 20, 1930 in Watervliet, Michigan to Frederick and Faye (LaPorte) Wood. She graduated from Watervliet High School, and lived many years in Hartford, Michigan where she was employed at the Kietzer Farm Market, and the Hartford Shopping Center. In 1999 she moved to Niles.
     Betty was a member of Saint Mark Catholic Church in Niles, and the ladies’ auxiliaries to the Niles Eagles, Moose, and American Legion. She was very active in the Red Hat Society of Niles, had been a member of the Mother’s Club in Hartford, and attended activities of the Council on Aging in Cassopolis. She enjoyed needlework, dancing, dining-out, and spending time with her family.
     She was first married to Clarence Pomeroy, Jr. who died on November 22, 1991. She was later married to George C. Buysse who died on July 27, 2006. She was also preceded in death by a son, John Raymond Pomeroy on April 3, 2005; and by sisters, Patricia Newcombe and Mary Rutter.
     On October 26, 2006 in Niles she married Leo Eugene “Gene” Mendenhall who survives. Also surviving are her children, Kenneth Michael “Mike” Pomeroy of Edwardsburg, Michigan, Clarence “Bud” Pomeroy III of Stevensville, Michigan, Randy (& Donna Rosati) Pomeroy of Kalamazoo, Michigan, step-son, Rawleigh Mendenhall of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and step-daughter, Linda Goodfellow of Salem, Virginia; grandchildren Marshall (& Leslie Deloach) Pomeroy, Diana Pomeroy, Jennifer (& Matt Jones) Pomeroy Jones, Eric Pomeroy, Kristen (& Brad Wolf) Pomeroy Wolf, Dustin Pomeroy, Ryan (& Kiesha) Pomeroy, Jameson Putnick, Alicia (& Adam Kosier) Pomeroy Kosier, and Laurence “Larry” Pomeroy; great-grandchildren Taylor, Kelsey, Madelyn, Ethan, Avery, Macy, Zoe, Bram, Blake, Kaitlyn, Emilee, and Lauren; all of the members of Gene’s great family; Betty’s brother, George Frederick “Pete” Wood of Watervliet, and sister, Delores “Doody” (& Maurice “Mose”) Kietzer of Sister Lakes, Michigan; and more than 100 nieces and nephews of several generations.
     The Catholic Liturgy for Betty Pomeroy-Buysse-Mendenhall will be read at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles by the Rev. David Otto of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles. Committal at Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet will be private, on a later date.
     The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 p.m. Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Cass County Council on Aging.
 

Victor-Hugo Jimenez, 29, of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at home.
     Victor-Hugo was born March 22, 1985, in Mexico City. He was currently employed at Premier Tool and Die Cast of Dowagiac. In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, sports and traveling, but most important, spending quality time with his family.
     Victor-Hugo is survived by his parents, Olivia (Donald) Ragle; two sisters, Andrea (Daniel) Trevino of Niles and Nichole Ragle of Hartford; a brother, Joseph Ragle of Hartford; a grandfather, Martin Jimenez of Elkhart, Ind.; many aunts; and a nephew, Noah Trevino of Niles.
     Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Faith Bible Church, Lawrence, with Pastor Margaret Salas officiating. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvinleonardfh. com
 

Nola Louise Wilcoxson, 91, of Niles, formerly of Hartford, passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, with her family at her side.
     Louise, as she was known by friends and family, is survived by her daughter, Bonita Markillie of Niles; granddaughter, Juliana (Dale) Ekema of Elkhart, Ind.; grandson, Craig Markillie of Savannah, Ga.; and great-grandson, Matthew Liebetrau of East Lansing. She is also survived by step-great-grandchildren: Jessica, Courtney, Nathan, Elizabeth, Joshua, Rebecca, Daniel and Noah Ekema of Elkhart, Ind.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, the Sitorus family.
     Louise was born May 19, 1923, in Springville, Ala. On Nov. 3, 1951, she married Robert Wilcoxson, who preceded her in death in 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eva Lee; brothers: Virgil, Talmadge and Sam Jr.; and son-inlaw, Paul Markillie.
     She was a member of Hartford United Methodist Church, where she volunteered in several areas. Louise was employed by the Watervliet Paper Mill for many years. She enjoyed giving gifts, such as homemade quilts and ceramic art, as a way of showing her love. She was a wonderful cook and loved to can fruits and vegetables during the summer. In her later years she spent many hours reading and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
     The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Paloyan of the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, and the staff at Lakeland Community Hospital-Niles, Lakeland Homecare and Hospice at Home.
     A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Thursday Dec. 11, 2014, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ronald Hansen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, from 4-5 p.m. Private burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hartford United Methodist Church.
     The family is being assisted by Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.
calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Gerald Fredrick Swisher Sr. of Lake City passed away December 3, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac; he was 70 years old. He was born on March 29, 1944 in Lawrence, Michigan to Chester P. and Luella (VanRiper) Swisher.
     He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, barbecues, bonfires, as well as spending time with family.
     He is survived by his wife Sandra Jean Swisher (Cowgill) Swisher, and children Rhoda J. Rose, Regina R. Swisher, Virginia A. (Robert) Berg, Jerry F. Jr. (Sharon) Swisher, Dwayne A. Swisher, Tonia L. Swisher, and Alice L. Swisher; his brother Art Swisher; sisters, Audrey Wilson, Bell Gilbert, Jo Stone, and Ethelyn Patrick; grandchildren, Rachel, James, Devin, Jordan, Britany, Allan, David, Shawn, Joshua, Mercedes, Dakota, Dwayne Jr., Makenzy, Veronica, and Stephanie, Jr., Makayla, Chasity, Randy, Alexis, Marc, Renezmae, Riley, Ashley; 19 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
     He was preceded in death by Jazmine Cunningham, 13 sisters and brothers, his parents, 4 nieces and one great niece.
     A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1pm at the Revival Center of Cadillac with Rev. Will Marcum officiating. Visitation will be held 11-1pm on Saturday at the Revival Center.
 
Glen Richard Robinson, of Hartford passed away Nov. 30, 2014, at the age of 85.
Glen was born May 24, 1929, in Hartford.
     He proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was formerly a police officer with the City of Hartford for seven years, retired from Auto Specialties as a security guard after 18 years of employment and retired from
Seventrees of Benton Harbor after 12 years of employment as a security guard.
     Glen is survived by his wife, Marjorie Robinson; daughter, April (William) Waterkamp; grandchildren: Quentin (Stacy) Waterkamp, Kendel (Louis) Vomastek and great-grandson, Vincent.
     Visitation will be at Calvin Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Glen requested no formal service and a private burial. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 


Ruth Ann Klein
just as big hearted as she was loved, Ruth Klein added much to the lives around her. With a grace all her own, her elegant and generous nature enlightened those who shared her company. More than anything, Ruth’s love for family was by far her greatest joy. Now gone from love’s embrace, the heart of Ruth lives on in the lives she so lovingly touched.
     Ruth’s story began during a time of great change in the U.S. Jazz music blossomed, and women won the right to vote. The year 1923 in particular marked many firsts for America. The Walt Disney Company was founded, insulin became available for diabetics, and a vaccine for the whooping cough was developed. However, nothing could compare to the excitement in the lives of Frank and Aletha (Sutherland) Seaburg when the introduction of the cold months of winter found them celebrating the birth of their little girl, Ruth Ann on December 5, 1923.
     Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Ruth was the second oldest of eventually four children in the Seaburg household. Her parents were hard working farmers who moved often before moving to Hartford, Michigan in her high school years. Along with attending the local schools, Ruth kept busy with her share of chores on the farm and helped with her younger siblings.
     Like many young women, Ruth had her own ideas and dreams for a bright future filled with hopes for her tomorrows. The onset of World War II left the nation with baited breath during her high school years, and meeting the young man who came to take her breath away was a source of inspiration for Ruth. In the years that followed her high school graduation, Ruth was introduced to Vincent "Don" Klein through a mutual friend who arranged their blind date. Only the beginning of a yearlong courtship, Don and Ruth became husband and wife on April 7,1945 and went on to spend 67, wonderful years together.
     A classy gal for being raised on a farm, Don was quite taken with his new bride. A tried and true farmer himself, farming was not only Don’s livelihood, but his passion, too. Before long, Ruth and Don were blessed with the births of three daughters, Shirley, Mary Jane and Carol who shared all the adventures a life of farming had to offer. They made their home on a farm in Flowerfield Township near Three Rivers where they farmed wormwood, strawberries, and asparagus. Ruth provided a good, loving home for Don and the girls. She was a good baker, and loved baking tasty treats for her family, including making wedding cakes with her friend Caroline. Her favorite place to dine was at the Beacon Club, and she liked being waited on.
     Ruth’s family was devoted to their Catholic faith and were members of a local parish. She was generous with her time and talents, and her warm hearted demeanor naturally drew others to her side. Elegant with a simple flair, she had a class all her own that made her even more special and endearing in the lives of those who knew and loved her. In her free time, Ruth enjoyed quilting and working in her yard, as well as shopping. She had a penchant for anything purple, and her wardrobe and household clearly depicted her favorite color. She also liked the sounds of Nat King Cole, Celine Dion, and easy listening songs of the heart.
     Through the Farmers Group, Ruth and Don had the opportunity to travel far and wide. They enjoyed trips to destinations such as Europe, Brazil, Israel, and Hawaii, among others. Ruth collected bells and made sure to find a special one to treasure as a reminder of her many travels. However, there was nothing more important to Ruth than the family she adored, especially her grandchildren. She loved each and every time she spent with them, all while watching them grow and succeed to have families to call their own. Over the years many enjoyable times were shared during the holidays with her family, celebrating milestones, experiencing the joys of life, and creating cherished memories to last a lifetime.
     Although simple in nature, Ruth was an elegant woman who exemplified what it means to be a devoted wife and mother, dedicated grandmother, sister, and friend. She leaves much to be remembered, and will be deeply missed.
     Ruth Ann Klein, of Three Rivers passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at the age of 90. She is survived by her three children; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; one brother and one sister; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent “Don” Klein and a bother. Ruth’s family will receive friends Tuesday, 5-7 PM at the Life Story Funeral Home, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg (269-649-1697) where her funeral service will take place on Wednesday, 1:00 PM at the same location. Please visit Ruth’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can sign her online guestbook, and share a memory and/or photo. Those who wish may make contributions to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

NOTE:  Ruth was a 1943 Hartford High School graduate.

Rodney W. Olds, of Cadillac, died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the Allegan County Medical Care Community. Mr. Olds was born February 10, 1932, in Hartford, the son of William and Marie (Pare) Olds.
     Rod was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a car salesman for many years, having worked in Kalamazoo at Jim Gilmores Cadillac and Pontiac, and in Battle Creek at Kimble Ford.
     Surviving are his daughter: Michelle and Chris Koster; 2 grandchildren: Kyle and Hunter; his sister: Yvonne Allen, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife: Janet, and his son William Michael Olds. Private Graveside services will be held at Maplehill Cemetery in Hartford. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by the Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel.
 
Melinda Gail Bloomer, 28 of Keeler Township, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at home.
     Melinda was born May 21, 1986 in Dowagiac, the daughter of Carl and Linda (Brown) Bloomer.
Melinda is survived by her parents, Carl and Linda of Hartford; a brother, Carl Jr. (Tonie) Bloomer of Sister Lakes; two sisters: Linda Michelle Bloomer of Dowagiac and Melissa Lynn Bloomer of Hartford. She is also survived by six nieces and nephews: Oscar Martinez, III, Hayley Haskins, Kanon Haskins, Emily Bloomer, Tiphanie Bloomer and Allison Bloomer.
     Melinda was preceded in passing by her grandparents and an aunt, Charlotte Sieber.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Keeler General Baptist Church, where the service to honor her memory will commence at noon. Pastor Efrain Maya will officiate. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. Memorial donations in Melinda’s name may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Sandra Joane Dimas, 49 of Hartford, passed away suddenly Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Sandra was born May 11, 1965 at the U.S. Army Hospital in Verdun, France, the daughter of James and Irmgard (Ubell) Reed. She was a 1983 graduate of Lawrence High School and had been employed with the United States Postal Service, Hartford Post Office, since 1988. Sandra was preceded in passing by her father, James Reed, Sr.
     Sandra married David Dimas, the love of her life, on August 21, 1993. Sandy always had a great sense of humor and wit and was strong, kind, generous, fun-loving and talented. In her spare time, she loved to draw and was an amazing artist. She also liked tending to her garden, but her most precious times were spent with her children, whom she loved with all of her heart.

A ray of sunshine has been dimmed in our family, but only until we see her again in heaven.

     Sandra is survived by her husband, David Dimas; three children: Christopher James, David Michael and Kaitlyn Elisa, all at home; her mother, Irmgard; three siblings: James (Joan) Reed of N.Y., Betty Reed of Lawrence and Donna “Cookie” McIntyre of Paw Paw; two nephews: Joseph (Karen) and Jeremy (Katherine); a niece, Veronica; two grandnephews and a grandniece: Derek, Aleesya and Sean; four aunts: Josephine, Pat, Belle and Chub; an uncle, Jerry; numerous cousins and many other family members.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. with Monsignor Leo Cartagena as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Sandra’s name may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Eugene Edwin Snodgrass, 84, of Hartford, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to his rest Nov. 23, 2014.
     Eugene was born July 5, 1930, to Vern and Fern (Jackson) Snodgrass in South Bend. He was a self-employed carpenter, which is why he did so much wood work. He also loved to go camping and repair lawn mowers.
     Eugene leaves behind his loving family, which includes his children: Connie (Frank) Yerington of Bangor; and Eugene (Linda Hill) Snodgrass Jr., Ron (Jean) Snodgrass, Larry (Deborah) Snodgrass and Michelle Rittase (Ryan Watson), all of Hartford; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Everet “Butch” Wiles of Cassopolis.
     Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, the former Veronica “Bonnie” Swisher; his parents; and five brothers.
     The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Hartford Federated Church, where a service to honor his memory will begin at 1 p.m., with Pastor Steven Bisbee and David Geisler officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Eugene’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 

Juan Francisco Reyna, 66, of Hartford passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet. Juan was born Oct. 4, 1948, in Joiner, Ark., the son of Bobby and Teodora (Solis) Reyna, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was a brother, Lupe Reyna.
     Juan enjoyed fishing, hunting and working with his hands as a mechanic, and he was the “Biggest Little Man” you could ever meet.
     Juan is survived by his former wife, Maria Aurora Rodriguez; seven children: Irene (Sotero) Reyna of Eagle Point, Ore.; Sandra (Vernon) Reyna, Cecilia (Noe) Gonzalez, Teresa (Javier) Reyna-Aviles, Juan Reyna, Jr. and Migel (Jessica) Reyna, all of Coloma; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his former wife, Aurora Cantu, and daughter Petra Reyna of Houston, Texas; three stepchildren: Rosalva (Tim) Rodriguez-Earl of Oshtemo; and Veronica Rodriguez and Esiquio (Omaira) Rodriguez, both of Kalamazoo; and nine grandchildren; and five brothers: Rudy Reyna of Mattawan; Roberto Reyna of Lawton; Gabino Reyna of Pearsall, Texas; Bobby Reyna of South Haven; and Atanico Reyna of San Antonio; and ; and a sister, Stella (Jose) Reyna-Rodarte of Hartford
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a service to honor his memory will begin at 1 p.m. Pastor Margaret Salas of Iglesia del Espiritu Santo in Paw Paw will officiate. Burial will follow in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 

Alta Scott, 90, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.
     Alta was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Hector, Ark., the daughter of Granville and Gertie (Rogers) Prince, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John, and a sister, Mary Prince.
     Alta enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially when she had a garden. She loved anything that she could get to grow. She would spend hours watching the squirrels at her apartment. She was an awesome cook and loved making peanut brittle at Christmas.
     Alta is survived by her children: Rosemary (Hervey) Tanner of Coloma; Clyde (Sharon) Gott of Hillsboro, Mo.; Anna (Ted) Mabry of Paragould, Ark.; John (Pat) Scott of Covert; Dale (Lennie) Scott of Charlotte, N.C.; Ronnie (Pat) Scott of Sodus and Connie Osborn (Larry Dillenbeck) of Hartford, 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters: Lucille Key of Fort Smith, Ark.; Wanda Patterson of Shelbyville, Mo.; Versie Cassidy of Stockton, Calif.; and Shirley Jarvis of Russelville, Ark.; and a brother; Norman Prince of Russelville, Ark.
     The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed at 1 p.m. by a service to honor Alta’s memory. Officiating will be Pastor Doyle Jackson of River of Life Church in Watervliet. Alta will be laid to rest in North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alta’s name may be made to Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Those wishing to leave a memorial condolence for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Jesse Dean De May, 88, of Coloma went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 17, 2014, after his short time with Alzheimer’s. He was born Jan. 5, 1926, to Jessie (Wallace) and John De May.
     Jesse had a lot of friends and family who loved him and will miss him dearly. He had a lot of “mini” doxies:
Honzee, Snickers, Poo Doo, Cuddles, Trooper, Big Chopper and Little Chopper. His friends were Roger (Alta) Bowen; Mark (Sharon) Little; Pastor Davey and his wife, Dorothy; Andy (Joyce) Thomas and many, many more, too many to remember.
     Jesse is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jessica (Long) De May; his daughters, Sherrian Daugherty and Vicki (De May-Wier) Wood; four grandchildren: DiAnn (Ted) Brunell, David Daugherty, Fawn Lewis and Dustin Wier; and seven great-grandchildren: Justin Brunell, Corey Brunell, Holly Brunell, Trea Lewis, Sebastian Lewis, Noah Wier and Greylyn Wier.
     His parents, Jessie and John; a brother, Elmer De May; and two sisters, Lovey (De May) Crawford and Freda (De May-Welty) Whitcomb, all went home to be with Jesus before Jesse.
     He put 36 years of his life into Whirlpool Corp. and made more friends there to add to the many others. He also had a lot of hobbies. He liked wood working and built his home, drum and bugle corps, fishing, hunting, music, singing and going to the Gaither vocal band concerts. He loved being in the Navy on the LST 901. He was a member of Crystal Springs Church of God, where he gathered more friends. He was also a wonderful singer and sang in church as a solo/duet many times. A special thank-you to Hospice, Area Agency on Aging and Riveridge Manor in Niles.
     A memorial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Crystal Springs Church of God. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Francis Carl Roush, 80, of Hartford, passed away suddenly Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. at home. Frenchy”, as he was known by most, was born June 12, 1934, in Traverse City, the son of Wilson and Hazel (Strait) Roush, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, Barbara; a son, Dennis Roush; five brothers: William, Donald, Alfred, Harry and Harold and a sister, Louise.
     Francis retired from
Gast Manufacturing after 25-plus years. In the late 50’s and early 60’s, he enjoyed pitching for various fast-pitch softball teams in the Benton Harbor area. Throughout his life he always enjoyed raising and training hunting dogs, from Beagles to Walkers.
     Francis is survived by a son, Keith (Chris) Roush of Hartford; daughter, Diane Roush (Gary Walters) of Allegan and her children: Alexander (Nicole) Nee of Richfield, Minn., and Theresa Nee of Grand Rapids; Alexander’s daughter, Nora Jean Nee of Richfield, Minn.; son, Brian (Stacey) Thornton of Lutz, Fla., and his children: Jessica, Jacob and Joey Thornton and son, Scott Thornton of Hartford; five brothers, Bob, Louie, Leonard, George and Floyd; three sisters: Esther, Helen and Jane and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
     As per Francis’ wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Francis’ name may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://
www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Laura Jean Meissner, 55, formerly of Hartford, was born Jan. 10, 1959, in Grand Rapids. She was the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Maitner) Hess Jr. Laura passed away suddenly at her home in Kalamazoo on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
     Laura is survived by a son, Christopher Meissner of Hartford; a daughter, Joy (Edgar) Zepeda of Wyoming, Mich.; three grandchildren; Christmas Snow, her loving companion cat; and her siblings: Anna (Leon) Hudson of Hartford; Paul (Barbara) Hess of Wilmington, N.C.; Robert Hess of Wyoming, Mich.; John (Mavis) Hess of Kentwood, Mich.; Donald (Gladys) Hess of Howard City, Mich.; and Vincent (Victoria) Hess of Lisbon Falls, Maine.
     Laura was extremely proud of her sobriety and loved times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
     As per Laura’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will commence at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Eau Claire Community Congregational Church, with Pastor David Reed officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Stanley John Kozicki, 65, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
     Stanley was born Nov. 15, 1948, in Chicago, the son of Walter and Julia (Proehl) Kozicki, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by his first wife, Susan Hope-Kozicki; three sons: Tony, Allen and Stanley (Jr.) Kozicki; a daughter, Sheila Kozicki, two sisters; and two brothers.
     Stanley was formerly employed with Clinton Watch Co. in Illinois. He loved watching NASCAR, his food and, most important, the laughs and the time he spent with his family, especially his sons.
     Stanley is survived by his wife, Pamela; a son, Tom (LouAnn
) Kozicki of Watervliet; and two grandsons, Allen (Angela) Kozicki of Mesa, Ariz., and Cody (Alyssa Groth) of Watervliet.
     A service to honor his memory will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with Pastor Shannon Truelove of Full Gospel Assembly Church officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations be made to the family.

 


Harold L. Martin
of Hartford passed away peacefully at the age of 88. He was the beloved husband of Laurine and was proceeded in death by his first wife, Joyce.
     He was the dearest father of Charlene (William), Patricia, Jeffery (Vicki), Dale (Jamie), Linda and Mary Ellen (Peter), and the loving stepdad of Andrea (Marty), Brent (Cheri) and Collette (Troy). He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
     Harold was a World War II veteran, and was retired from the Watervliet Paper Mill.
     A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Calvin Funeral Home, 8 E. Main St., Hartford.
 
Raymond Neil Rodgers of Hartford passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac. He was 91 years young.
      The family will receive friends from 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1,
2014, at Hartford General Baptist Church. The North Berrien Military Rites Team will then conduct military rites, followed by a memorial service to honor Raymond’s life. Pastor Steven Bisbee will officiate. As to Raymond’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Raymond was born Nov. 17, 1922 in Tower, Mich., the son of Neil and Florence (Plumber) Rodgers, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded by six sisters and two brothers.
     Raymond served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II. After the service, Raymond worked at the Burnette Foundry in Keeler and retired from Auto Specialties after 30 years of faithful employment. For relaxation, he loved to hunt and fish.
Raymond married the former Elizabeth Neff on Nov. 1, 1942, and for the next 72 years they enjoyed their lives together.
     Elizabeth survives, along with the children: Nora Jean (David) Foote of Rudyard, Mich.: and Mary Rodgers and Tom (Tammy) Rodgers, both of Hartford. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Keith (Katherine) Foote of Bronson, Mich., David (Tonya) Foote of Watervliet and Aaron Rodgers of Kleve, Germany; great-grandchildren: Bryan, Rachel, Michael, Garrett and Gavin; and a sister, Genevieve Morris of Flushing, Mich.
 
Virgil Robert Smith, 89, of Hartford, loving uncle of Vicki (Ross) Efting, Neil (Carol) Schaus and Sherry Leonard, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Hanson Hospice Center, Lincoln Township. He is also survived by many other family members.
     Virgil was born Aug. 7, 1925, the son of Hiram and Agnes (Darling) Smith, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him passing were a brother, Vern Smith; a sister, Mable Ekstrom; a half-brother, Gordon Tuttle, Sr.; a great-niece, Erin Schaus; and a great-nephew, Steven Efting.
     Virgil was formerly employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill and the U.S. Post Office in South Haven. He was also instrumental in starting the Dog n’ Suds in Watervliet. He faithfully attended the Hartford Federated Church. In his spare time, you could catch him tending to his yard and traveling all over the world.
     As per Virgil’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to the American Cancer Society. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home with arrangements.
Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leondardfh.com.

NOTE: Virgil was a 1943 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Myrtle Irene Stoddard, 91, of Avon Park, Florida, formerly of Hartford, peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter on October 13, 2014.
      Myrt was born on February 25, 1923 in Toppenish Washington to William and Myrtle (Stroud) Ray. She was the fourth of six siblings all of whom preceded her in death. The family moved to Michigan where Myrt married the love of her life Clinton (Chink) Stoddard. They had been married for 70 years when Clinton passed away. Together they lived their lives to the fullest and enriched the lives of so many others along the way. Myrt was full of compassion and unconditional love. She always put others needs above her own no matter what she herself was going through.
     Myrt is survived by her children, William (Nancy); Judith (Ed) Downer and Richard (Jan). Six grandchildren: Terri; Sandi; Jerry (Christin); Jennifer; Stephanie and Mathew. She also leaves behind two most precious great-grandchildren: Donovan and Gabby as well as numerous other loving relatives and friends.
     In addition to Clinton, her beloved sister Mary Sweet, brother Earl Ray and grandson Jeffrey (Heather) Stoddard precede her in death. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Myrtle’s memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33870. www.chaptershealth.org. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at the Federated Church in Hartford, with the Rev. Dave Gilbert officiating.
 
Edward Frank Cotman, 58, of Hartford passed away Sept. 2, 2014, at his home.
Frank Jr., as he was known to most, was born Jan. 4, 1956, in Watervliet. He was the son of Frank and Lucy (Calabrese) Cotman, both of whom preceded him in passing.

     Frank graduated from Hartford High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. He was employed at Gast Manufacturing for more than 30 years. Frank was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast and even built his own motorcycles from the ground up. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the NRA.
     Family and friends will gather from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. At 7:30 p.m., a time of remembering Frank’s life will be shared by one of Frank’s closest friends, Lucky Glasgow. After the service, a get-together will begin at 8 p.m. at the Cotman residence. The family has requested that anyone wanting to send flowers, please send perennial flowers. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Frank is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son, Frankie Cotman of Hartford; and a sister, Angie (Tommy) Campanaro of Glendale, Ariz.

NOTE: Frank was a 1974 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Carl Dexter DeLoach, 70, of Hartford, was called home to Heaven, on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     A service to honor his memory will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, with Pastor Thomas Fuller officiating. Military rites will also be conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. As to Carl’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the family or to the American Cancer Society. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://
www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Carl was born on April 15, 1944, in Lepanto, Ark., the third of fourteen children of Norman and Zelma (Blevens) DeLoach, both of whom precede him in passing. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Love Joy of South Haven after many years of faithful employment.      His most joy was spending time with his grandchildren. You would often see him hot roding around town in his beloved 1971 Chevelle. Carl also loved doing carpentry work, especially on his own home.
     Carl married the former Monica Shafer on Oct. 23, 1976, and she survives along with their daughter, Leslie (Marshal Pomeroy) DeLoach; two granddaughters; Livia and Madelyn and thirteen siblings; Billy (Linda) DeLoach of Lawrence, Thomas (Jeaqnette) DeLoach of Pocahontas, Ark., Charles (Sharon) DeLoach of Decatur, Mary (Doyle) Drane of Hartford, Linda (George) Bergeson of Paw Paw, James (Joyce) DeLoach of Columbia, Tenn., Richard DeLoach of Hartford, Bonnie Imler of Watervliet, Judy (Bill) Haberland of South Haven, Daniel DeLoach, Kenneth DeLoach, Norma (David) Bulat and Mark DeLoach, all of Hartford and special friends, Pete Vassar and Joe Cross.

 
Rhoda Lee Ottolini, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Washington County Extended Care Center in Nashville, ILL. She was born Sunday, Dec. 2, 1923, in Hartford to Earl and Margaret Stickney Lee.
     In September 1946, in St. Joseph, Rhoda was united in marriage to Angelo C. Ottolini, whom she met during World War II. She was a defense worker and Angelo served in the Army. After the war, they married and moved to Herrin, ILL.
     Mrs. Ottolini was retired from Allen Industries and formerly worked with her husband in his business, Ange’s Grocer Store. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Angelo; active in crafts at the senior center; and was a member of the Methodist faith.
     Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and David Hardin of Phoenix; a son and daughter-in-law, Robin Lee and Georgena Ottolini of Okaville, ILL; and one grandson, James Lee Hardin of Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Agelo; one grandson, Jeremy David Hardin; a brother, Roger Lee; and four sisters: Barbara Truhn, Louise Engle, Sally Lee and Ann McGriff.
     Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice.
     A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Van Natta Funeral Home, at 427 S. Park Ave., Herrin, IL 62948, with the Rev. Chester Wisely officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin.

NOTE: Rhoda was a 1942 Hartford High School graduate.
Nora Elizabeth Hunt, 30, of Hartford, MI, passed away Monday, September 30, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI.
     Nora was born in Baton Rouge, LA., on August 22, 1984 to Joey Moore & Charon (Bertelsen) Hense. She was a devoted mother and wife, her family was her priority. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
     She is survived by her husband Justin Hunt Sr, her five children; Ryan Moore, Isiah Moore, Nicholas Moore, Justin Hunt Jr., Natalee Hunt, her brothers; Alberto Martinez and James Hense a sister Christy Ainslee, her parents; Alvis & Charon Hense, her father; Joey J. Moore, and her in-laws Sharolyn and Joseph Hunt.
     Nora has been entrusted to Clark Chapel and Cremation Services, 405 Center St., Dowagiac, MI. Arrangements are pending at this time. Those wishing to leave a memory of Nora my do so online at www.clarkch.com.
 
Harry Franklin Fuller, 67 of Hartford, passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at his home.
     Harry was born July 17, 1947, in Watervliet, the son of Allie and Catherine (Davis) Fuller, both of whom precede him in passing. Harry was also preceded in passing by a sister, Betty Heffington and two brothers, Harold and Gerald Fuller.
     Harry retired from Mann Metal Finishing in Hartford after numerous years of faithful employment. He was also a dedicated family man, who was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
     Harry married the former Elizabeth Reed on Sept. 21, 1968. She survives, along with five children: Harry Fuller of Lawrence, Kathy Fuller Burnett, James Fuller and Jeff fuller, all of Hartford, and Jerry Myers Hunter of College Station, Texas; nine grandchildren; a sister Jackie Heffington of Hartford; two brothers: Thomas (Cathy) Fuller of Watervliet and David Fuller of Hartford; and two stepbrothers: Allen Briggs of Bangor and John Briggs of Coloma.
     There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE: Harry was from the 1966 Class of HHS.
 

Beverly Jane Bumann, age 84 of Brighton passed away September 4, 2014.
     She was born in Hartford, MI, the daughter of Clare and Lucille (Carter) Weeks. She married Orland Bumann on June 20, 1948 in Hartford, MI. Orland preceded her in death in 1992.
     Beverly attended Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church and enjoyed baking, gardening and watching old movies. Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren. Prior to her retirement in 1994 she had been employed by the Christian Businessman’s Committee.
     She is survived by her children: David (Jane), Mark (Robin) and Matthew, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Her best friend in the entire world also survived her, Nellie.
     Visitation will be held on Sunday September 7th, from 1:00-4:00 P.M. at Keehn Funeral Home in Brighton, MI. There will be a brief memorial service immediately following visitation at Keehn Funeral Home, for family and anyone who wishes to attend. Memorial contributions in Beverly’s name may be made to ‘Right to Life of Michigan’ with envelopes available at the funeral home.

NOTE: Beverly was a 1948 Hartford High School graduate.

Leo Joseph (Bud) Latus was born March 3, 1930 in Memorial Hospital Benton Harbor, Michigan and died at his home in Hartford, Michigan on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
Bud was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Leo F. Latus who preceded him in death, as did a sister Mary Ellen Learner. Bud graduated from Hartford High School in 1947 and Coyne Electric in Chicago in 1949. He married Lois Annette Kussmann in Hartford on September 17, 1949 in Hartford. Together they raised five children, Marilyn (George) Thornburg, Barbara (Ken) Oosterbaan, Michael (Donna) Latus, Jill (Michael) Hallgren,
and Joan (Joseph) Pipp. All of their children graduated from Hartford Public Schools and received degrees from Michigan colleges.
     After graduation from Coyne Electric he returned to Hartford and worked at Riverside Electric in Riverside, Michigan for eighteen years. From 1967 to 1976 he was the plant superintendent at a new food processing plant in Hartford; Cherry Growers/Duffy Mott. In 1976, he was the plant engineer for Michigan Fruit Canners in Benton Harbor, South Haven and Fennville, Michigan
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He served as Hartford’s Cub Master for several years and served on the Hartford School Board for nine years (1967-1976).
     Bud had served the Athletic Department at HHS for 39 years running the score board clock during the football season. He served on the Zoning and Planning Commission for Hartford for twenty-one years and worked on the Concerts in the Park Committee for several years.
     He served on the City Commission from 1991 to 1996 and as Interim City Manager for six months, January to June, 1999. He also served as a City Commissioner from 2002 to 2013 and actively served on the I-94/Red Arrow Corridor development.
     Bud was honored with the Lion’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan on November 18. 2013 for his more than 35 years of service to his community.
     Bud is survived by Lois, his bride of 64 years, his children and his brothers, Thomas (Marilyn), Peter, Robert (Elizabeth), his sisters Frances DelPizzo and Alice (Clarence) Hill. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice Care, Rose Arbor of Southwest Michigan, 222 North Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, Michigan
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Visitation for Leo (Bud) Latus will be held at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a rosary said at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Church on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon served in the Church Hall after burial in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Michigan
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Ronald
Pleyer, age 75, of Lowell passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
     He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy; 3 daughters, Michele (Gary) Stanley of Lowell, Lisa Kil of Schererville, and Marcy (Charles) Ishmael of Lowell; 4 grandchildren, Kyle Kil, Kyleigh Stanley, Danielle Kil, and Shaun Ishmael; 8 brothers and sisters all of MI. Preceded in death by infant son, Michael Scott; his parents, Joe and Ann Pleyer; and sister, Joan Tanner.
     Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 1:30 to 6:30 pm at Burdan Funeral Home 12901 Wicker Ave (corner of Rt 41 & 129th Ave) Cedar Lake. A service will be held at 6:00 pm with Fr. Ted Nordquist officiating. Cremation will follow.
     Ron was employed in the heating and air-conditioning business for many years as an excellent draftsman. He was an avid fisherman and loved to play golf. Ron had a big heart for helping others and will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

NOTE:  Ron was a 1957 Hartford High School graduate.

Theresa Ann McFarland Drane Morris, 65, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
     Theresa was born Sept. 7, 1948, in Watervliet, the daughter of Jay and Charlene (Kaylor) McFarland. Her father preceded her in passing.
     Theresa worked in the automotive business early on, but later had her own cleaning business for a number of years. She lived in the Hartford area for most of her life. She also resided in Maryland and Florida for a number of years.
     The family will welcome friends from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Hartford Federated Church, where a celebration of life service will commence at 1 p.m. Pastor David Gilbert will officiate. Theresa will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Theresa’s name may be made to Hartford Federated Church for senior services. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
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     Theresa is survived by her husband, Bill, whom she married Nov. 14, 2002; two daughters, Cynthia Lynn Gilman of Fort Myers, Fla., and Tammy (David) Millword of Lawrence; eight grandchildren: Amanda, Donald, Susan, Jennifer, Jessica, Benjamin, CJ and Joshua; two great­grandchildren, Dakota and Aiden; her mother; a brother, Terry (Adrienne) McFarland of Severn, Md.; and three stepdaughters: Diane (Cecil) Wismer of Hartford; Sheryl (Mark) Horawitze of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Dawn Berbert of Salt Lake City.

NOTE: Theresa was from the 1966 Class of HHS.
 
Carlos Jovani Moreno, 9, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
     Carlos was born Sept. 11, 2004, in Watervliet, the son of Filiberto Moreno and Esperanza Rakins. He was a third­grader at Woodside Elementary in Hartford. He loved soccer, scooters and riding his bike.
     Carlos is survived by his parents; two brothers, Uriel and Anthony Moreno-Aguilar; stepmother, Clara Aguilar; grandparents, Pastor Moreno and Catalina Paniagua; two aunts, Diana and Margarita Moreno; three uncles: Pastor, Rodrigo and Adrian Moreno; and god­parents, Alejo Moreno and Diana Hurtado.

     Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Monsignor Leo Cartagena will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave a condolence for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
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Debra Ann Keyser, 61, of St. Joseph passed away surrounded by family and friends at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville on Aug. 6, 2014. She was born Aug. 8, 1952, in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Lloyd and Janet Housel.
     Debra was an avid gardener, scrapbooking enthusiast and master seamstress. She also served the city of Hartford with four terms on City Council and five years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Debra enjoyed spending time with her family and lived life to the fullest.
     She is survived by her three children: Eric Hunt of Holland, Mich.; Matthew Hunt of Kalamazoo; and Michael Keyser of Kentwood, Mich.; four grandchildren: Noah Hunt, Anna Hunt, Ian Hunt and Desmond Keyser; her mother, Janet Housel of Indianapolis; a brother, Michael Housel of Indianapolis; a sister, Michelle LaPan of Indianapolis; and close family friend, Rhonda Fillmore of St. Joseph. She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Housel.
     A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome. com.

 
Mary L. Wiacek, 76, of South Haven died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Mary was born June 27, 1938 in Hartford, Michigan. to Frank and Michaeline “Molly” (Krolikowska) Wiacek.
     Mary worked as a teacher and administrator for the South Haven Public Schools for over 30 years. She taught in classrooms at Central and Lincoln Schools. Mary was the organist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years. Mary was an avid button collector.
     Mary is preceded in death by her sister, Rose Ann Howard.
She is survived by her sister, Kathleen (Byron) Ward of Hamilton, Mich. Four nieces, two nephews, seven grand nieces and one grand nephew also survive.
     Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bangor. Mary will be laid to rest in the Arlington Hill Cemetery in Bangor. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution could make one to the American Cancer Society or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a Mass. 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 James McConnell, 63, of Keeler Township passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at home.
Per Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial celebration to honor his memory will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Keeler Church of God, with Pastor Boyd Saylor officiating. The family has requested that those wishing to make a memorial do so to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvinleonardfh.com.
     Tom was born July 1, 1951, in Watervliet, the son of Allen and Tinnie (Miller) McConnell. He was a graduate of Hartf
ord High School, class of 1969, and for a number of years he was employed at the Zenith/ Heath Corp. in St. Joseph. He also worked at Four Seasons Pool and Spa of Coloma. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing; playing Christian songs on his guitar, including many that he wrote; and woodworking. He actually built the home the family lived in. He was in the U.S. Army during Vietnam War.
     Tom married the former Nancy Hoyt on July 14, 1969. She survives, along with two sons, Randy McConnell of Baroda and Brian (Lori) McConnell of Elkhart, Ind.; four grandchildren; his mother; a brother, Charles McConnell; and four sisters: Sue Hand, Anita Bard, Barbara Roush and Betty Bitely.
     Tom was preceded in passing by his father and two sisters, Cindy Glenn and Loretta Mesick.



David Allen Moore – Visitation for David Allen Moore, 47, of Jasper [FL] will be 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee FL.   
     Mr. Moore passed away July 28, 2014 at Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital. David was a native of Watervliet, Michigan and a resident of Jasper.  He was a truck driver.
     He is preceded in death by his adoptive parents Reginald and Lucille Moore and grandchild Addison Moore. Survivors include his mother Winnie Boyer; sons Zachary and Gabriel Moore; sisters Regina Tibbs, Gwen Derrick, and Cindy Moore; brothers Rick Moore, Alvin Moore and Wendell Moore; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

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David was a 1984 Hartford High School graduate.

Lucille (Smoot) Richter, 95, of Keeler Township went to meet her Lord and Savior on July 28 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Lucille had directed that her body be donated to the University of Michigan Medical School. Cremation will take place at a later date, and her ashes will be interred at Keeler Cemetery beside her deceased husband, Alfred Richter.
     Lucille was born in Watervliet to Frank Smoot and Mary (Bellinger) Smoot on Oct. 2, 1918. She attended Bainbridge Center School and graduated from Watervliet High School in 1935 at age 16. She attended Benton Harbor Business College.

     Lucille was employed as a secretary and bookkeeper at Troost Brothers Furniture Store for six years. She and Alfred Richter were married Sept. 17, 1938, in Benton Harbor. After the birth of her first son, William, she returned to work while husband Alfred served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. During this time, she worked at Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding as transportation clerk, securing ration books for company employees.
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n 1947, Alfred and Lucille purchased a farm of 60 acres in Keeler Township and began a lifelong career of raising many types of vegetables. That tradition continues today with her youngest son, Ronald.
Lucille is survived by her sons: William (Holly) Richter of Stevensville, Larry (Dixie) Richter of Decatur and Ronald Richter of Decatur; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred; a brother, Lloyd; and sisters, Mabel Kerr and Rosella McNair.
     Lucille will be remembered for her tireless efforts on the family farm, as she worked the land providing for her family and countless numbers of employees and friends. She was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a member of the Calvary Bible Church for more than 50 years of service as a teacher and servant of the Lord. She enjoyed tracing her family history back to some of the earliest settlers in the United States. Later in life, she was able to travel to several countries and meet some of her distant relatives. She will be missed by all she touched with her passion for her family and service to her church.
     As a tribute to her, please consider in lieu of flowers a donation to Calvary Bible Church, 3300 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor, or Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph. A celebration of life is planned for Aug. 23 at the home of Ron Richter. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m., followed by a fellowship of food. All family and friends are invited to attend. You may leave a memory of Lucille at www.hutchinsfuneral.com.

 
Lois Loraine Blyly was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Hartford. She passed away suddenly at age of 81, on July 18, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Lois grew up on the family farm south of Hartford and
graduated from Hartford High School in 1950. She was very active in 4-H and won numerous awards at the local and state levels. She went on to college and received her RN degree at Borgess School of Nursing. Lois married Lawrence Blyly on Nov. 28, 1953, and for the next 60 years, they were inseparable. She was a nurse for many years at Dr. Carl Boothby’s office, and was the bookkeeper and co-owned Riverview Equipment and Bait in Hartford with her husband Larry for nearly 50 years.
     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. July 23 at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service to honor her memory will be held at 11 a.m. on July 24.
     Lois was the daughter of Clarence and
Florence Upham Patterson, both of whom precede her in passing. She was also preceded by two sisters: Wanda Patterson and Sue Dowd, and two brothers: Dale and Louis Patterson.
     Lois is survived by her husband, Lawrence; a son, Steven (Gail) Blyly of Wausaukee, Wis.; a daughter, Debra (George) Kulick of Three Rivers, Calif.; four grandchildren: Amy Blyly of Watertown, Wis., Scott (Janelle) Blyly of Niagara, Wis., Maryrose Kulick and John Kulick both of Three Rivers, Calif.
She is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Violet and Valerie Blyly of Niagara, Wis.; two brothers: Donald (Marge) Patterson of Monticello, Ind., and Ralph (Darlene) Patterson of Grand Junction, and numerous nieces and nephews.

     The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, is assisting the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Darlene Doris Tate, 75 of Hartford, passed away suddenly, Friday, July 18, 2014, at her home.
     Darlene was born Dec. 15, 1938, in Hartford, the daughter of Luella (Wesaw) Lewis. She was the loving mother of seven children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.     
     Darlene was a tribal member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. She loved listening to music, mushroom hunting, having company come over and cruising with the kids. Her greatest joy was the love she had for all kinds of animals.
     Darlene is survived by three daughters: Paula Vanlandingham of Hartford, Mary (Dan) Herron of Somerville, Tenn., and Leanne Tate of Kalamazoo. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Drake and Bonnie Drake, both of Hartford; a brother, Morris Lewis Jr. of Watervliet; and numerous other family members and friends.
     Darlene was preceded in passing by her husband, Jimmy Tate; four sons: Steven Tate Sr., Michael Tate, Donnie Tate and Patrick Tate; a great-grandson, Samuel Hover; her mother, and a brother, Paul Dahlke.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where at 7 p.m. a time of remembrance will be celebrated. Kim Bowie of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness of Lawrence will speak. As to Darlene’s wishes, cremation has taken place and her ashes will be buried in Maple Hill Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Darlene’s name may be made to any animal rescue organization of the donor’s choice.
     Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

 

Harold Clifford Dewey passed away on July 17, 2014. He spent his final day, July 16, his 92nd birthday, with his entire family beside him.

NOTE: Harold, a 1940 Hartford High School graduate, served in the US Army Air Corp-Air Force during World War 11.

 

Ayden Thomas Ledesma, infant son of Santiago Ledesma and Christine Rainwater, passed away July 7, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospi­tal in Kalamazoo.
     Cremation has taken place. A graveside burial of ashes will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, with Pastor Doral Jackson officiating. Arrangements are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort in the guest book for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Our precious little angel was born June 12, 2014, at Bronson Hospital, weighing 1.3 pounds. He came into the world too soon and had a difficult time but was a little fighter. He passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus with his loving parents by his side. During his short time on Earth, he touched the hearts of many and was deeply loved. His sweet spirit will live on in us until we are once again reunited in Heaven.
     Ayden was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Muller, on Dec. 9, 2009.
     In addition to his parents, he is survived by half­sisters, Cheyanne Rainwater and Ava-Marie Ledesma of Hartford; maternal grandmother, Pam Muller of Hartford; paternal grandparents, Felicitas (Eric) Sales of Niles and Pedro (Jessica) Ledesma of Holland; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and great­grandparents.
 
James “Doc” Owens, 80, of Hartford passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 3, 2014. He was born Oct. 17, 1933.
     James received his loving nick­name “Doc” as he enjoyed working on cars and became known as the “Car Doctor” since he could fix just about any mechanical issue. James enjoyed playing his guitar and sharing his love of music in church and with his grandchildren. He was loved and respected by many people and helped many during his life.
     James is survived by his loving wife, Imogene; three sons: Danny (Laura) Owens, Ron (Chong) Owens and Tim (Mariea) Owens; his sister, Rebecca (William) Bowen; and many grandchildren and great­grandchildren.
     The family will have a private memorial service to honor his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ name to Ron Owens of Hartford.
     Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.McGannHay.com
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JoAnn Thompson Athey, 91, was born February 16, 1923 in Hartford, MI and passed away suddenly at the age of 91, on July 6, 2014 at her home in Portage. She was the daughter of Gaylord and Grace (Johns) Thompson.
     Joann grew up in Hartford, graduated from Hartford High School [1940], received her undergraduate degree after attending Albion College and Michigan State University, and later received a master’s degree in Biology from WMU. She taught 5th grade for many years at Milham and Angling Road Elementary Schools in Portage, and biology at KVCC. Her true loves were Botany, science, and the natural outdoors, the love of which she instilled in her children. Joann was active in the Michigan Botanical Society, The Kalamazoo Garden Club, and the Michigan Audubon Society. She gained admittance to the Daughters of the American Revolution several years ago, after tracing her family ancestry to the early Americas. Joann was a dedicated mother, and no sacrifice was too great when it came to her children. Over the past decade, Joann wintered in Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. She amazed her family and friends by driving across country, on her own, to travel there. She valued her independence, and remained so to the end. She developed many cherished friendships while in Kino, and pursued her love of nature there. She greatly enjoyed engaging the native Mexican populace, and supported several programs that assisted them.

     As to Joann’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held. A private family gathering to celebrate Joann’s life will take place at a later date.
     Joann is survived by her two children,
Gayl Dennany of Kalamazoo and Roger (Susan Butler) Athey of Scottsdale, AZ; two grandchildren, Charles Dennany, Jr. of Allegan, and Jessica Athey of Scottsdale, AZ; a sister, Gloria Morris, of Portage, and three nieces Karen Belinger, Sandra Ackerman , and Nancy Ulanski. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is assisting the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Donations to the Michigan Botanical Club can be made in lieu of flowers.
 
Walter George Duday – Walt’s life began May 28, 1929, in Chicago. He spent his childhood growing up in Chicago and summering with his parents on Saddle Lake near Grand Junction. Walt’s parents enjoyed Southwest Michigan, so they purchased property, making Hartford their home.
     After high school, Walt proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Upon returning to Hartford, he went to work for the city of Watervliet as a police officer and later in the public works department. Walt also worked maintenance for many years at St. Joseph Catholic Church and School in Watervliet.
     Walt will be remembered for always being active; he loved the outdoors, whether doing yard work, hunting or fishing. He was great with his hands and showed his skill through woodworking; he built cradles when his grandchildren were born, as well as other furniture for his children and their families to enjoy. Outside of his hobbies and work, Walt still found time to be active in the Watervliet VFW Post. He was a 4th-Degree Knight and last charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 4055 in Watervliet.
     Walt’s greatest joy was spending time with his loving family, which includes his wife, Joan (Lando), with whom he enjoyed 60 years of marriage; five children: Sandra (Steve) Trombello of Lemont, Ill.; Steven Duday of Long Beach, Calif.; Anna Duday Kellogg of Hartford; Mary Duday Buck of Watervliet; and Edmond Duday of Paw Paw; six grandchildren: Janine Westlund, Carla Westlund, Norman Kellogg, Gina Kellogg, Devon Buck and Collin Buck; a brother, Richard (Mary) Duday of Prescott, Ariz.; two nephews, Christopher Duday and Michael Duday; and a great-niece Alexis Duday.
     Walt died Monday, June 23, at his home with his family by his side. Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Angeline (Nowakowski) Duday; a niece, Melanie Duday; and a nephew, Gregory Duday.
     Friends may visit with Walt’s family from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 27, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Cremation will follow Mass. Memorials may be made in Walt’s memory to Reverence Hospice of Borgess or in his name to any charity of choice.
Joseph John Klackle II, “Coach Klackle,” 68, of Hartford passed away peacefully with his daughters at his side Monday, June 23, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
     Joseph was employed at the former Bendix Corp. for 30 years as a hydraulic repairman, but his true love was coaching football and track. He was an assistant football coach at Hartford High school for 20 years and impacted many athletes’ lives. His proudest moment was when the Hartford High School football team celebrated its 1993 Class CC state championship at the Pontiac Silverdome. He will be missed greatly by his “boys,” his cats Hungry Man and Lean Cuisine.
     Joseph was born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 28, 1945, the son of Joseph and Faye (Wilson) Klackle, who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Lakeshore High School and attended Kent State University, where he played football until a motor vehicle accident ended his football career. On Feb. 2, 1965, he married Linda Kay Jones, who preceded him in death in 2009.
     Joseph is survived by daughters, Elisabeth “Beth” (Eric) Hallgren and Jennifer (Bruce) Cantrell; two sisters, Connie Keith and Kathy (Paul) Gerhard; and three grandchildren of whom he was extremely proud: Matthew, Mariel and Grace.
     A celebration of life will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 27, at His Place Community Center, Hartford. A eulogy will be delivered at 4:30 p.m. by Dewey Sweat. At Joseph’s request, his ashes will reside in his daughter Beth’s garden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Hartford High School Athletic Department.
 
Gordon Karl Schoenfeld, 79, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Haven. He was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Benton Harbor to Fred and Margaret Schoenfeld.
     Gordon grew up in Millburg, graduating from Coloma High School. He attended Michigan State and M.I.T., where he majored in engineering. After college, he worked for Michigan Bell Telephone and Clark Equipment of Benton Harbor until retirement, at which time he ran Schoenfeld Manufacturer in Millburg, a company started by his father, designing and manufacturing farm implements and racing parts.
    
Gordon married Elizabeth Stokes Donoho on Dec. 14, 1991, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, where he was a member. Gordon loved racing, and enjoyed keeping up with his nephews and grandchildren in all their endeavors.
    
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; five stepchildren: Steven (Chris) Bailey and Michael (Vicki) Meachum, both of Hartford; Larry (Lori) Munyon of MacClenny, Fla.; Debbie Slaght of Stewart, Fla.; and John (Michael) Bailey of Northridge, Calif.; one brother, Donald (Susie) Schoenfeld of Fort Smith, Ark.; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Douglas (Missy) Schoenfeld and Dennis (Bonnie) Schoenfeld.
    
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Margaret Schoenfeld; and a sister, Donna Schoenfeld.
A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Pastor Miryam Hammond officiating. Burial will follow in Millburg Cemetery. Friends may visit from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Recreation Fund. Those wishing to sign Gordon’s guest book may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

 
Gary Eugene Huffman, 68, of Hartford passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     A celebration of life service to honor Gary’s memory will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jeffrey Williams officiating. Gary will be laid to rest in Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Gary was born Oct. 6, 1945, in Porterville, Calif., the son of Emery and Jeanette (Durbin) Huffman. He was formerly employed at Mann Metal of Hartford and retired from Amhawk, also of Hartford, after 15 years of employment. He was often seen using his metal detector, walking the halls of Woodside Apartments, standing around talking, which he loved to do, and giving a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
     Gary married the former Susan Kolhoff on Nov. 10, 1973. She survives, along with a daughter, Christina DeGroat of Muskegon; son, Scott Huffman of South Haven; a granddaughter, Grace DeGroat of Muskegon; three sisters: Margaret Huffman of Bangor, Judy (Dan) Coulson of Coopersville and Catherine (Roger) Simmons of Kentucky; two brothers, Paul Huffman and Robert (Betty) Huffman, both of Bangor; and many other family members and friends.
     Gary was preceded in passing by a son, Matthew Huffman; his parents; two brothers, James Huffman and Richard Huffman; and two sisters, Betty Luttrel and Mary Ann Goldsmith.

 
Daniel M. Malaski, 59, of Eau Claire passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father James Morris presiding. Those wishing to sign Daniel’s Memory Book on­line may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com
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     Daniel was born May 5, 1955, in Millburg to George and Martha Malaski.
He graduated from Hartford High School [1974]. He was a longtime faithful parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church; a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he enjoyed helping with the Lenten pasta dinners; and an associate member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He had a special gift when he played the organ – he made it sing.
     Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother; David; and a longtime friend, John Vogel.

 
Mary Louise Kendzior, 94, of Hartford was called home to heaven Friday, June 13, 2014, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. Deacon Arthur Morsaw and Monsignor Leo Cartagena will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Mary will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh. com.
     Mary was born on Feb. 25, 1920, in Hartford, the daughter of Enos and Bessie (Everhart) Walker. She attended the Twin City Beauty College, received her license to practice and then owned and operated her own beauty shop in her home for many years. Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Junior Mother’s Club and in the ’50s and ’60s worked on the community Blossomtime floats.
     Mary is survived by her son, William Kendzior of Hartford; two daughters­in-law: Gloria Kendzior of Hartford and Vivian Kendzior of Oshtemo; a sister­in- law, Eleanor Walker of South Haven; seven grand­children: Jean Kendzior of Hartford, Robert (Yvonne) Kendzior of Zachary, La., Jerry Kendzior of Battle Creek, Dan (Feiyan) Smith of Portage, Lisa Smith of Kalamazoo, Eric Kendzior of Colorado Springs, Co., and Jaclyn (Brian) Csonka of Dearborn Heights; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
     Mary was preceded in passing by her husband, John Kendzior; two sons: Robert and Thomas Kendzior; three brothers: Mike, Lloyd and Art Walker; and granddaughter, Kimberly Kendzior.
 
Mary Ann Freudenburg, 66, of Hartford, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with the Rev. Doral Jackson. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Freudenburg family in care of Alfred. Those wishing to sign Mary’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

     Mary was born Oct. 3, 1947, in Benton Harbor to Lester and Rosalie (Nehring) Krause Sr. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1965. On March 5, 1977, she married Alfred Freudenburg in St. Joseph. She worked for All-Phase Electric and Swan Oil. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed crafts, fishing, antiques and spending time with her family.
     Mary is survived by her husband, Alfred; three daughters: Lori (Lerke) Hartline and Michelle (Michael) (Lerke) Sobralski, both of Coloma, Alicia (Tom) Barry of Battle Creek; three grandchildren: Chelsea Potts, Miranda Sobralski, Harlie Hartline; three great-grandchildren: her mother, Rosalie Krause of St. Joseph; her brother, Lester (Ellen) Krause Jr. of St. Joseph; and her, sister Anne (Walter) Street Jr. of Dowagiac.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Krause Sr. and son, Eric Freudenburg.
 
 

George Washington Thornburg, 88, formerly of Hartford, passed into his Heavenly Father’s arms Monday, June 2, 2014 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo as his children stayed by his side to help with his journey home. For almost 2 years, he resided at New Friends Dementia Care, Kalamazoo, until his passing. We are all very thankful for the wonderful care he received at New Friends.

     George was born February 22, 1926 in Shelby, Alabama to Marvin Frank and Mary Pansy Aliene Dendy Thornburg. On July 22, 1944, he married the love of his life, Mary Sue Cheatham in Lake City Arkansas. They left Arkansas, moved to Watervliet MI and then to Hartford, where they settled to raise their family. At age 54 years old, George retired after 32 years of faithful employment with Auto Specialties-Riverside (AUSCO), as a Furnace Operator. After 67 years of marriage, Mary passed away on December 27, 2011.
     He is survived by his children, George E. (Marilyn) Thornburg of Kalamazoo MI, Emma (Ron) Sefcik of Hartford MI, Janet (Garry) Melvin of Lawrence MI. His beloved grandchildren, Jason (Julie) Sefcik of Hayden ID, Dana (John) Liceaga of Shelbyville MI, David (Jen) Thornburg of McCordsville IN, Ken Sefcik of Hartford, Christopher (Sarah) Thornburg of Galesburg MI, and Brandon (Dawn) Melvin of Hartford. He is also survived by his precious great-grandchildren Olivia, Mia, Ava Liceaga, Allyn Edgar, Dylan Thornburg and Elliot Sefcik. He is also survived by Mary’s very special cousin, Bernice Madison (Robert) Lightner of Hartford, who they loved as a daughter, and their children Bobby (Sarah) Lightner and daughter Lillie Rose, Rebecca (Steve) Bintz and daughter
Alyssa
, and Brian Lightner.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Henry and Lawrence, his sister, Evelyn Touey, and a half-sister of whom he recently learned, Alice Thornburg.
     Visitation for George will be held on Friday, June 6 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. The committal service for George will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Pastor Jeffrey Williams, Hartford United Methodist Church, will officiate. Memorials may be made in George’s memory to Hospice of SW Michigan or to the charity of choice.
 

Roger Edward Hallgren, 87, of Hartford passed away June 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
     Roger was born March 3, 1927, in Norway, Mich., the only child of Edward and Ellen (Franson) Hallgren. Both his parents preceded him in passing, along with his wife, Muriel, in 1997.
      Roger graduated from Norway High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a scholar­athlete at Northern Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1952. He earned a Master of Arts degree in 1965 from Western Michigan University.
He began his teaching career at Hartford High School in 1952. During his 34-year career there he served as teacher, coach, athletic director and principal who touched the lives of many. He restarted the track program in 1960. His successes as a teacher and coach of many sports earned him an induction into the Michigan Coaches Hall Of Fame in 1986.
     A celebration of Roger’s life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. He will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Roger’s memory be made to the Hartford Athletic Department or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Roger is survived by his wife, Carole, whom he married in 1999; a daughter, Linda (Vere) Shindedecker of Hartford; three sons: Eric (Beth) Hallgren of Hartford, Michael (Jill) Hallgren of Hartford and Dr. Steven (Debbie) Hallgren of Kalamazoo.; a stepson, Ron Foster of Florida; two step-daughters, Stephanie (Ric) Sampson of Three Rivers and Julie Walters of Mattawan; 21 grand­children; and four great­grandchildren.
 
Joyce E. (Klett) Madarik, 87, formerly of Keeler and New Lenox, Ill., passed away peacefully May 13, 2014, at the home of her devoted daughter, Marce (Gary) Reed in Apache Junction, Ariz.
     She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Andrew Madarik; one son, Richard; her parents, Otis and Lucy (Conklin) Klett; brothers: Carol, Edward and Dale; and sister, Leah, in infancy.
Surviving are her loving children: sons Ray­mond Edward (Gayle) Madarik of Venice, Fla.; and Ronald Joseph (Janet) Madarik of New Lenox, Ill.; and daughter Marce (Gary) Reed of Apache Junction, Ariz. A daughter-in-law, Candace (Ken) Richardson of Apache Junction, also survives.
     Also left to cherish her memory are six grandchildren: Robert (Mary) Madarik, Scott (Linda) Madarik, Andrea Madarik, Julie Madarik, Michelle (Reggie) Wilson and Leah Robinson; and nine great-grandchildren: Mallory Robinson (fiancée, Matthew Ratulowski), Jacob Flowers, Haley Anderson, Annalisse and Kallie Madarik, Chance and Sekia Madarik, Caleb Boykin and Abbey Madarik. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
     Born and raised a farm girl in Keeler, Joyce became a farm wife and mother. Together with Andy, they operated and managed the family farm, O.K. Fruit Farms, and were part owners of the family construction business, Klett Construction, both of Keeler. After raising their family, Joyce and Andy moved west, settling on a new life as property managers in the Scottsdale and Mesa, Ariz., area.
     According to Joyce’s wishes, a private memorial service celebrating her life was held May 17 over­looking the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Ariz.
     The family wishes to express their heartfelt ap­preciation and thanks to Banner Hospice of Gilbert, Ariz., especially to Sandra and Lisa for their professionalism and compassionate care.
Arrangements entrusted to the Wise Choice-Bunker Funeral Home, 9702 E. Apache Trail, Mesa, Ariz.

 
Earl Zaleski passed away peacefully, Saturday evening, May 17, 2014 at his home in Lawrence.
     He was born February 4, 1936 the son of the late Conrad and Eleanore (Hemmrick) Zaleski.
     He was a graduate of Hartford High School Class of 1954
. Earl was a professional musician for 60 years, playing big band sounds as well as a supervisor for United Parcel Service retiring in 1995. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Paw Paw, Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restore Club, and Walter P. Chrysler Car Club. Earl loved his collector cars. He had all original 1967 Chrysler New Yorker and an all original 1985 Chrysler Fifth Avenue. He like to travel and traveled many states on back country roads in the U.S. with his wife Sandi.
     On September 17, 2005 he was united in marriage to Sandra L. Holleman who survives. Also surviving are a son in Florida; 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law and families, Sherry Neeser and Pat Holleman; a special friend Jeremy Gleason and Family and his beloved feline, Stinky.
Family will receive friends Thursday (5/22) 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw where services will be held following visitation at 11 a.m. Interment in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan, Trinity Lutheran Church or charity of choice.
 
Linda Rae Ament, 66, of Lawrence was born April 28, 1948, in Kittson, Minn. She was the daughter of Raymond Meagher and Helen (Skjordal) Wright. Linda passed away suddenly at her home Sunday, May 4, 2014. Linda was preceded in passing by her father and a brother, Wayne Wright.
     Linda is survived by her husband, Mike; a daughter, Julie (David) Beeching of Lawrence; a son, David (Melissa) Ament of Salt Lake City, Utah; three grandchildren: Nicole (Alan) Colgren of Hartford, Brandon Beeching of Lawrence and Aidan Ament of Salt Lake City; a great­grandchild, Easton Colgren of Hartford; her mothers, Helen (Arlo) Wright of Arizona and Juanita Meagher of Hartford; two brothers, Gary (Ida) Meagher of Hartford and Edward Meagher of Watervliet; and two sisters, Tina Garcia of Hartford and Dawn (Paul) Reich of Arizona.
     Linda was a 1966 graduate of Hartford High School. After high school, Linda went to work with the FBI. She was also formerly employed as a secretary with the Van Buren/Cass Health Department, Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Kalamazoo, Home Health Care of Greater Van Buren County and Watervliet Community Hospital.
     A time of fellowship will be from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed by a celebration of her life. As per her wishes, cremation will follow the service and her ashes will be interred in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Linda’s name be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
David J. Heater, 78, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, April 30, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where visitation will be from noon until the time of service. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. Donations in memory of David may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Diabetes Association. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     David was born July 18, 1935, in Benton Harbor to Joseph and Elsie (Schaus) Heater. He served in the United States Army, and was a member of the
National and Michigan Trappers Associations, National Rifle Association, Historical Society of Van Buren County, Southwestern Michigan Horse and Buggy Club, and UAW Local 383. He retired in 1998 from Bendix after more than 40 years of service.
     Survivors include his wife, Sue, whom he married July 16, 1958; three sons: Mike (Audrey) Heater of Coloma, Matt Heater of Watervliet and Tim (Deanna) Heater of Hartford; one sister, Gloria (Wilson) Peters of Hartford; and five grandchildren: Ryan, Amy, Zack, Jake and Josh Heater.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David, in 2004; a daughter, Tracey, in 1976; his brother, John Heater; and a sister, Donna Curtis.
 
Beverly Margaret Fillmore, 72, of Keeler, died April 27, 2014, in Cape Coral, Fla.
     She is survived by her children: Frank (Patty) Fillmore of Bangor; Steve (Linda) Fillmore of Whitehall, Mich.; and Lorena Fillmore of North Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren: Dennis Hall of North Fort Myers; Michael Fillmore of Hopkins, Mich.; Zachary (Melissa) Fillmore of Paw Paw; Stephanie Newcomb of Kalamazoo; Kyle and Sara Fillmore of Bangor; and Kristyn Hedman of Benton Harbor; and great­grandchildren: Amelia Fillmore of Paw, Paw and Lea Jones of Kalamazoo.
     A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Betty Jean Wright Swanner Friel, 78, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at her home.
Betty was born Nov. 17, 1935, in Elkmont, Ala., the daughter of Nathan and Sarah (Adams) Wright. She was formerly employed with Du-Wel in Bangor. She was a talented writer and singer of country music and was just a generous and loving woman.
Betty was preceded in passing by her first husband, David Swanner; her second husband, Donald Friel; two sons: Steve Swanner and Eddie “Tootie” Swanner; her parents; a sister, Sarah Wright and a son-in-law, Jerry Jackson.
     Betty is survived by three daughters: Peggy Swanner of Hartford, Angela Jackson of Dowagiac and Patsy (Donald) Farley of Bangor. She is also survived by six grandchildren; seven great­grandchildren; two great­great-grandchildren; three sisters: Margaret Slinkard of Texas, Norma Wright of Florida and Ramona Payne of Michigan; two brothers: Nathan Wright of Michigan and Louie Wright of Alabama and a daughter­in-law, Debbie Swanner of Michigan.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 7 p.m. Pastor Ernest Glasgow will officiate. Cremation will follow the service, and Betty’s ashes will be inurned in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, me­morial donations in Betty’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvinleonardfh.com.

 
Jacklyn Marie Genereaux, 79, of Stevensville passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas.
     Jacklyn was born May 23, 1934, in Hartford
, the daughter of Levi and Mary (Alexis) Wesaw. She was an active member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. She loved playing card games, listening to country music and watching television.
     Jacklyn is survived by her five children – Brenda Brown, Paula Genereaux and Albert Genereaux, all of Hartford, Denise Genereaux of Tyler, Texas, and Sonja Temple of Florida; 12 grandchildren – Eric Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Kris Genereaux, Jessica Brown, Shawn Genereaux, Jennifer Gill, Joel Genereaux, Brandy Arnold, Michael Fisher, Sierra Temple, Tyler Temple and Siloman Temple; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; four sisters – Mary Maddox, Shirley (Bill) Sigfrids, Patricia (Brian) Andrews and Martha McConnell; and three brothers – Robert, Richard and Kenneth Antisdel.

     Jacklyn is preceded in passing by her husband, Albert Genereaux; her parents; a grandson, Ronson; and a great-great granddaughter, Jaden.

     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service to honor her memory will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the funeral home with Steve Winchester officiating. Jacklyn will be laid to rest in Rush Lake Indian Cemetery, Hartford Township. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvinleonardfh.com.

 
Shirley June (Robinson) Andrus passed away peacefully to be with her Lord this April 11, 2014, a resident of Porter Hills Village Greenhouse, a long time resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
     Shirley was born January 18, 1924, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Una and Berton Robinson. She graduated from Hartford High School [
1941] and Western Michigan University College of Occupational Therapy with a B.S. Degree. Employed at University of Iowa Psychiatric Hospital and Mary Free Bed Hospital, Grand Rapids, she also worked for Michigan Crippled Children and Easter Seals Society. Shirley was a proud member of Chancel Choir at Eastminster Presbyterian and, with her servant’s heart, volunteered extensively for Blodgett Hospital Ladies Guild and Kent Community Stroke Club. A woman of faith and the heart of her family,
     Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Andrus. She is survived by her sister, Margorie Bernardin, of Mokena, Illinois; children, David (Loie) Andrus, Rockford, Barry (Karen) Andrus, Ada, Kimberly (Doug) Brehmer, Otsego, Timothy (Laurie) Andrus, Otsego, and Sarah (Greg) Smith, Middleville. Shirley has 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
     The family is deeply grateful for the loving care shown their mother by the staff at Porter Hills Greenhouse and Emmanuel Hospice. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11:00 am at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, on Monday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm and at the church Tuesday from 10 to 11 am prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice.

 
James Wesley Sanders, 67, James Wesley Sanders, 67 of Lawrence, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his home.
     James was born Feb. 16, 1947 in California, the son of Wesley and Ida (Hickman) Sanders, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was a brother, Curtis Sanders.
     James owned and operated Sanders Well Drilling and in his spare time loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
     Cremation has taken place and there will be no formal services. His ashes will be buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.
calvin-leonardfh.com.
   
James is survived by his sister, Joyce Gregory of Lawrence, three nephews and one niece.

 

Essel Ray Stewart, 61, of Hartford passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
     Essel was born April 6, 1953, in Henderson, Ky., the son of Robert and Celesta (Vincent) Stewart. He was formerly employed as a foreman with Anthony Farms in Keeler for 25 years, and he owned and operated The Garage in Keeler for 17 years. Essel enjoyed working on classic cars, riding his motorcycle, camping and traveling. Most important to him was the time spent with his family.
     On Aug.15, 1978, he married the former Sandra Reeves, and she survives, along with three daughters: Sandy (Geoff) Jacobs of St. Joseph, April (Jamie) Wolfe of Mears and Lisa (Jeff) Halliburton of
Hartford ; a son, Thomas (Casie) Stewart; seven grandchildren: Krysti, Casey, Tyler, Brenden, Alex, Cameron and Aiden; and a brother, Walter Cook of Las Vegas.
Essel was preceded in passing by his parents; a brother, David Stewart; and two sisters, Brenda Bonee and Janice Herrington.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-6 p.m. today, April 9, at Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford , where a service to honor his memory will commence at 6 p.m. Alan Anthony will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Essel’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Eddie Dean Swanner, 62, of Bangor passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo.
     “Tootie,” as he was known by many, was born June 10, 1951, in Athens, Ala., the son of David and Betty (Wright) Swanner. He was formerly employed with Duffy Motts in Hartford
. He loved farming, hunting and fishing, and he adored his family.
     Eddie was preceded in passing by his father, David; and a brother, Teddy Steve Swanner.
Eddie married Debbie Cullum on June 13, 1981. She survives, along with a son, Michael Cullum of Bangor; his mother, Betty Friel of
Hartford; three sisters: Peggy Swanner of Hartford, Angela Jackson of Dowagiac and Patsy (Donald) Farley of Bangor; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 5 p.m. Pastor Ernest Glasgow will officiate. Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eddie’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Nancy Kay O’Neill, of Hartford, died on March 31, 2014.
     A stranger to none and a friend to all, Nancy O’Neill was personable, talkative, and outgoing. She was a free spirit with an adventurous soul who wasn’t afraid to do things on her own terms without worrying about what others thought. Nancy enjoyed many things throughout her life, but nothing filled her heart with joy like becoming a grandmother to the grandchildren she adored. With a life that spanned times of great change in the world around her, she brought laughter and love to so many who were near.
     During the first half of the 1940s, the eyes of the nation were focused overseas as countless young servicemen and women were engaged in WWII. Rationing became a way of life for those who remained stateside while victory gardens were planted to lessen the demand on the nation’s food supply. It was just as the calendar turned to greet the year 1942 that a young couple from Lawton, Michigan, was excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Nancy Kay, on January 1st. She was the oldest of five children and the oldest girl born to her parents, LaVern and LuLu (Quick) Beebe, and she was raised in the family home alongside her siblings, Floyd, Dutch, Roy and Connie.
For the most part Nancy’s upbringing was a reflection of her generation. Her father worked at a local paper mill while her mother worked at the Kalamazoo Gazette. Nancy attended local schools through the eighth grade.     
     Over the years Nancy worked hard including as a field worker in the Van Buren area and also as a worker in many different factories.

     Throughout her life there was nothing that was more important to Nancy than the people she cherished. She was blessed with the births of three sons, Ricky, Roger, and Johnny, and three daughters, Cindy, Louann, and Nancy. Much of her life’s journey was shared with her longtime companion, Carlos, as they had been together for the past 31 years of Nancy’s life. It was later in life that she was filled with unspeakable joy to witness her family tree blossom to include eight grandchildren including Angela, Angel, Amanda, Brad, Bravlio, Tashanna, Roger Lee and Casey. Nancy was very close to all her grandchildren, and she looked forward to spending time with them as often as she could. She was also an important part of their lives. Eventually, her family grew to include 11 great-grandchildren as well. Nancy loved the holidays, and at Christmas time she always had something special for every family member. Sundays often found Nancy gathered with her family for a cookout dinner either at a local park or at a family member’s home.
     A woman of many interests, Nancy enjoyed a variety of things in her leisure time. She and Carlos loved eating out and were known to watch NASCAR at a local bar. Although Nancy never drank, while there she was able to satiate her love for being social, eating a good meal, and cheering on her favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. She did enjoy cooking at home, too, with potato salads, soups, and beans being among her specialties. Nancy was proud that her heritage was part Native American, and she collected various pieces and collectables that were part of the Native American culture. She was a meticulous housekeeper who had a house full of plants to care for, and when at home Nancy also kept busy with crossword puzzles and playing solitaire. She and Carlos did enjoy vacationing in Texas a few different times.
     As a result of smoking throughout the majority of her life, Nancy dealt with various health issues regarding her lungs. She also suffered with COPD for several years, but about one year ago she was able to successfully quit smoking – quite an accomplishment! Nancy was a Baptist, but because of her chronic cough she had a hard time attending services, especially during recent years.
     With her bubbly and jovial personality, Nancy O’Neill was so much fun to be around. She had a great sense of humor with a contagious laughter that drew others near with ease. Nancy could talk to anyone and everyone and was known to tease and joke around. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered.
     Nancy’s family includes her lifelong companion, Carlos; 3 children: Cindy (Howard) O’Neill, Louann (Ron) Underly, and Nancy O’Neill; grandchildren: Angela (Joe), Angel (Jeremy), Amanda (Danny), Brad (Misty) Braulio, Tashanna, and Casey (Adrianna); great-grandchildren: Brean, Mariah, Tone, Tonia, Chas, Skyler, Brendon, Jackie, Diamond, Jo Jo, and Colton; 3 brothers: Floyd (Thelma), Dutch and Roy (Marie) Beebe; and many nieces and nephews. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; 3 children: Ricky Beebe, Roger O’Neill, and Johnny Mitchell; and sister, Connie. Services will be held Thursday 11 a.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler & Thompson-Paw Paw, 60900 M-40; 657-3870 with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton. Please visit Nancy’s personal web page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook before coming to the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

 
Rev. Fr. John M. Grathwohl, of Kalamazoo, died Sunday March 30, 2014 at Upjohn Nursing Home.
     He was born in Niles, Michigan on July 6, 1929, the son of John Marshall and Eva (Rayfuse) Grathwohl. He graduated from Loras Academy, Debuque, Iowa, attended St. John’s Seminary, Plymouth, Michgigan and Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.
     He was ordained a Catholic Priest on June 7, 1955, and served as assistant Pastor at St. Charles of Borromeo, Coldwater, Michigan, St. Augustine, Kalamazoo and St. Paul, Owosso. He was Pastor at St. Mary, Morrice, Michigan, St. Monica, (Assistant Pastor), Kalamazoo, St. Therese, Lansing, St. Peter, Eaton Rapids, St. Catherine of Siena, Portage, St. Ambrose, Parchment, Immaculate Conception, Hartford and St. Thomas More, Kalamazoo.
     Father John was a brother, cousin, uncle and special friend to many here and around the world. He was a very generous person, readily recognizing when someone was in need and do what could to alleviate the need, no matter how small or large or what the cost may have been to him. Clearly, his ministry reflects his love for people. He had a love for nature and spent a lot of time with friends and family camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing and sitting around a campfire at his cabin, singing songs and telling stories. Throughout his life he carried a competitive spirit of playfulness that enabled him to connect with children and adults alike. His family or friends who challenged him to a game of racket or basketball or even a game of scrabble would tell you how he hated to lose. He would bring every ounce of skill he had to game and in the end, if it meant he had to put one over on another to win, he was not above doing so, hoping he would not get caught. He loved a challenge and perhaps it was the challenge that led him to serve others in so many ways.
     In August of 1967, he entered the army as a United States Army Chaplain because a young man in his parish who was in Viet Nam at the time had written there was no one there to celebrate the mass. Father John recognized the sacrifices these young men and their families were making and he enlisted to serve as army chaplain. While in Viet Nam, Father John not only addressed the spiritual needs of the service men in his platoon, on his days off he joined a physician and entered local villages to minister to the needs of the Vietnamese people who were suffering the ravages of war. He always had a drive to do what he could to promote compassion, peace and justice for all in an effort to make the world a safer place, especially for the children, who would become the mothers, fathers and leaders of tomorrow.
     Perhaps it was his experiences in Viet Nam that propelled him forward to dedicate his life to promoting peace. He was an unofficial ambassador for peace to many countries on the continent of Africa, Iraq, Haiti, Latin America and throughout the United States. In addition to his parish ministry, he conducted retreats and seminars on peace and justice issues as well as joining others engaged in peaceful demonstrations at nuclear test sights and military bases. Out of concern for those who were physically challenged, Fr. John Actively involved himself in the Bold Program dedicated to helping the blind learn to ski with the support of a sighted companion. In many of the parishes he pushed to involve parishioners in the development of programs designed to meet the spiritual and social needs of children with special needs. One of his greatest legacies is his overriding concern for all children throughout the world living in poverty, without parents to care for them and in poor health, encouraging us as Christians to do what we could to relieve their suffering.
     Father John is survived by his sisters, Mary Ann Drury of Traverse City and Elizabeth VanDerbeck, brother Victor (Bette Warnke), sister-in-law, Mary Lou Grathwohl of Niles, and many nieces and nephews, their children and the children of their children throughout the United States. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margaret Bohner of Lansing, Brother Joseph of Niles, and brothers-in-law, Richard Drury of Traverse City and William VanDerbeck of Niles.
     Friends are being received Friday from 5-8 pm with a rosary at 7 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Portage, MI, and Saturday from 9:30 am to 11 am where a mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Saturday at 11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Peace House, Casa Amparo Girls Orphanage, Sister Parish – Madres de los (Mother of the Poor) or Doctors Without Borders. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Niles, MI. Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Home, 4100 S. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49008, (269) 343-6156. http://www.redmondfuneralhomes.net/
 
Connie Sue Edgerly, 67, of Hartford passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     A celebration of her life will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Hartford General Baptist Church, where she was a member. Pastor Steven Bisbee will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Connie’s name may be made to the church. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Connie was born April 12, 1946, in Kennett, Mo., the daughter of Robert and Maudie (Langston) Harmon. She graduated from Kennett High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Davenport College. She retired as an accountant manager at Flying J Oil Co. of Benton Harbor. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Wells; a daughter, Susan Edgerly; two grandsons, Christopher Fry and Steven Fry, all of Hartford; a great-grand­daughter, Arrissa Fry of Paw Paw; and four sisters: Kathy Harmon of Hartford, Linda Fennessy of Eau Claire, Dee Sweetin of Battle Creek and Gail Shank of North Carolina.
     Connie was preceded in passing by a daughter, Elizabeth Edgerly; her parents; a sister, Winnie Harmon; and two brothers, Paul Langston and Bobby Harmon.
 
Ronald Lee Jensen, 86, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at home.
     Per Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service to honor Ron’s memory will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where the family will receive friends from noon until the time of service. The Rev. Jeffrey Williams of Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Ron’s ashes will be laid to rest in Watervliet City Cemetery with full military rites. The family has requested that memorials be made to the donor’s choice. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin­leonardfh.com.
     Ron was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Grand Rapids, the son of John and Gladys (Guinard) Jensen. He attended school in Watervliet. He served his country proudly in the Navy during World War II and in the Army during the Korean War. He was a life member of American Legion Stoddard Post 93 in Hartford and Hess Eastman Post 174 in Lawrence and a life member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club. Ron was the proud owner and operator of the first Hartford Auto Repair, retiring in 1992. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying deer camp with his sons and longtime friends.
     Ron is survived by his wife, Anita; three daughters: Ronelle Jensen, Carla (Norman) Nelson and Brenda Bard; a son, Bradley Jensen; two stepdaughters, Janette Ashley and Lorre (Harley) Darnell; two stepsons, Gregory Brady and Steven (Dawn) Brady; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.
     Ron was preceded in passing by his parents; two infant children, Carol Jean Jensen and Ronald Lee Jensen Jr.; his first wife, Carol Lee Schmidt-Jensen; and stepdaughter, Kathryn Brady-Bauer.

 
Cheryl Christine Poker Gulliver, 66, of Silvercreek Township died Monday, March 17, 2014, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
     Chris, as she was known by most, was born July 6, 1947 in Watervliet, the daughter of Henry and Loretta (Szewczyk) Poker, both of whom precede her in passing.
     Chris was a 1965 graduate of Hartford High School, where she was a cheerleader and first runner-up to Miss Hartford. Her love of bowling was seen throughout her life, as she and her husband, Rocky, co-own and operate Lakes Bowl in Sister Lakes, where she was the bookkeeper and secretary of the Monday Night Hit and Miss Bowling League for 30 years. She loved playing golf and coaching softball, where she coached a number of teams for nearly 30 years.
     Chris is survived by her husband, Roscoe ‘Rocky’; two sons, Danny (Robin) Gulliver and David Gulliver, both of Dowagiac; a daughter, Victoria Grote of Dowagiac; five grandchildren, Erica Gulliver, Amelia Grote, Gwen Gulliver, Erich Grote and Paige Taylor all of Dowagiac; one great grandchild, Rachel Prak of Dowagiac; an adopted son, Doug (Judy) Briney of Cassopolis and many other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M.; Thursday, March 20 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a rosary will be celebrated at 8 P.M. The Mass of Christian service to celebrate her life will be celebrated at 11 A.M.; Friday, March 21 at the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Sister Lakes, with Father Kevin Covert as celebrant. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery, Sister Lakes. Memorial donations in Chris’ name may be made to Hospice at Home, Saint Joseph. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
John “John John” Scherer, 20, was born Sept. 24, 1993, in Kalamazoo, the son of John and Susan (Drake) Scherer.
     John John loved sports, especially football, baseball and basketball. He graduated from Hartford High School and was the starting middle linebacker for the Hartford High School Indians and a part of the 2011 state playoffs. He also liked the University of Michigan, the Chicago Bulls and NASCAR. He had a love for farming and hunting with his Dad and Papa. John John loved to travel with his Mom to exotic locations. He always enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
     His surviving family includes his parents; stepmother, Laura; his sisters, Olivia and Karlee; his brothers, Nathan and Landon; paternal grandparents, John and Joyce Scherer Jr. of Dowagiac; maternal grandmother, Mary Drake of Hartford; aunt and uncles: Kelli (Jerry) Casey of Dowagiac, Scott Scherer of Dowagiac, Robert Drake of Hartford, David Drake of Hartford, Shelly (Steven) Smedberg of Watervliet, Russell (Jenna) Drake of Watervliet and Lisa (Bale) Freelove of Hartford; cousins: Alvaro Scherer, Allan Scherer, Harvey Scherer, Alexa Scherer, Ashton Scherer, Alyssa Casey, Madelyn Casey, Christopher Drake, Julie (Joel) McGonigal, Chase Auckerman, Chelsie Drake, Frank Cotman, Kali Drake, Kira Drake, Grant Drake, Carter Drake and Hudson Drake.
     John John passed away March 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents: Allan and Frances Franz, and John and Amelia Scherer; maternal grandfather, James R. Drake; and maternal great-grandparents: Richard and Margaret Drake, and Morris and Luella Lewis.
     His family will gather with friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Clark Chapel, 405 Center St., Dowagiac, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014. He will be laid to rest after the service in Keeler Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hartford High School football program. Visit www.clarkch.com to leave an online memory of John John.

 
Hartford – Roy Allen Brown, 51, was born July 26, 1962, in Watervliet. He was one of three children born to Walter and Martha (La-Farlette) Brown. Roy passed away at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor on Sunday March 2, 2014.
     He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew, Antonio Ledesma.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honor Roy’s memory will take place on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Hartford General Baptist Church. Pastor Steve Bisbee will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Besides his mother, Roy is survived by a daughter, Nicole Nagy of N.C.; two sisters: Georgia Hodges of Paw Paw and Rosemary Brown of Hartford; three aunts; Mary (Gene) Bisbee, Barbara Meador and MaDonna Martin, all of Hartford; an uncle: John Wise of Dowagiac; two nieces: Vivian (Christopher) Dukes of Ionia and Stacey Ledesma of Hartford; two nephews: Chris Cummins II of Paw Paw and Pedro Ledesma IV of Hartford and three stepchildren: Brandon, Jessica and Johnathon.
     Roy was a 1981 graduate of Hartford High School. He went on to get a mechanics certificate in repairing brakes. He loved his family and enjoyed being with them.
 
Margaret Ruth Maynard, 76, of South Haven died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Hartford to Earl and Ruthie (Powell) West.
     Margaret worked for many years at Everett Piano Co. until its closing in 1986. She then worked at Walmart for 10 years, retiring in 2002. Margaret enjoyed playing bingo. Margaret’s best friend and bingo buddy was Lillian Clark.

     She was preceded in death by three sisters: Louise Reeves, Doris Spiker and Mary Fortune.
     Margaret is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harry Maynard of South Haven; her children: Cindy Rogalla of South Haven and Chris (Stephanie) Maynard of Running Springs, Calif.; three grandchildren: Nikki (Joe Koblinski) Rogalla, Scott (Katie) Rogalla and Keoki Maynard; six great-grandchildren: Caiden, Mikaila, Nolan, Braison, Kassidy and Colt; and two brothers, Art (Beulah) West and Aubrey (Margaret) West, both of Decatur.
     Services will be scheduled at a later date. 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.
 
Ruby Elmyra French, 92, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Gary Smith of South Haven, where she resided for 3 years.
     Ruby was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Hartford, the daughter of Howard and Myrtle Butcher. In addition to her daughter, survivors include three sons: Charles (Norma) French of Bangor, Larry (Kathy) French of Three Rivers and Gary (Dana) French of Mishawaka, Ind.; a daughter, Esther Grant of Benton Harbor; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Ruby enjoyed and worked hard in the family vegetable garden. She prepared preserves and vegetables for the winter months. She loved her flower gardens, crocheting, and gave many gifts of love to family and friends. She was a member of Bangor Free Methodist Church since 1949 and taught Sunday school for many of those years. She will be remembered for her Christian faith.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, James French, whom she married Oct. 25, 1940; two brothers, Richard and Orville Butcher; and a son-in-law, Robert Grant.
     The family will meet friends from 10:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Bangor Free Method­ist Church. Pastor Dan Stout will officiate. Interment will follow in Chambers Cemetery.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Free Methodist Church or Hospice at Home. Arrangements are by Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home (www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com).


 
John William Winkel, 53, of Hartford passed away suddenly Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Paw Paw.
      A celebration of life service to honor John’s memo­ry will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartford, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the church or to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www. calvin-leonardfh.com.

     John was born March 4, 1960, in Watervliet, the son of Willard and Laura (Barchalk) Winkel. He was a [1978] graduate of Hartford High School and was employed at Coca-Cola in Paw Paw. John was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, where he was the church’s president. He enjoyed the outdoors, as shown by his love for working in his garden with his granddaughter, Evelyn; and playing golf and softball. He was also a diehard fan of the Oakland Raiders and the University of Michigan.
     John married the former Rosa Mendoza on July 14, 2000. She survives, along with a daughter, Samantha (Robert Hernandez) Mendoza; granddaughter, Evelyn Hernandez; his mother, Laura; and a sister, Barbara (Robert) Blocker, all of Hartford; three brothers: Ronald (Dana) Winkel of Frankfort, Ky.; Richard (Sue) Winkel of Hartford; and Brian Winkel of Coloma; his father and mother­in-law, Ben and Aurelia Mendoza of Hartford; his very close friends; Mickey and Randy Williams; and numerous extended family members.
      John was preceded in passing by his father, Willard, and a niece, Venessa Garcia.
 

Douglas Martens, 58, of Hartford, died on Monday, February 17, 2014.
     Doug was born in Hartford on June 18, 1955 and was a life long resident. He was a 1973 graduate of Hartford High School where he was a member of the marching band. Doug loved the outdoors, camping and traveling. He was a long time motorcycle enthusiast. Doug had worked for Graphic Impression and Superior Printing of Kalamazoo.
     Doug is survived by his brother, Bruce (Kay) Martens of Lansing Mi, nephew Nic Martens and niece Amanda Martens Tenison. He was proceeded in death by his father, Charles Martens and his mother, Margaret Colman Martens, also of Hartford MI. He is also survived by many close relatives and cousins in Southwestern Michigan area who mourn his loss and many close friends in the Hartford Michigan area.
     Cremation has taken place. Burial of both his mother Margaret and Doug’s ashes will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford on Sunday, April 27, at 11 a.m. From 1-5 p.m. there will be a gathering of family and friends of both Doug and Margaret’s at the family home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Edward Arthur Schaewe, 77, of Yale, was called to meet his Lord and Savior Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit.
     He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 10, 1936, the son of the late Walter and Lorraine (Bruhn) Schaewe.
     His marriage to Sharon Lynn Adams was August 20, 1961, at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
     Edward was a 1954 Milwaukee Lutheran High School graduate. He continued his ministries education as a 1959 graduate of NorthWestern College of Watertown, Wisconsin, and a 1962 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary of Mequon, Wisconsin where he earned his Masters of Divinity Degree.
     Edward’s first parish was in Marshfield, Wisconsin at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and Emanuel Lutheran Church. He served as pastor at churches in Bangor, Hartford, Michigan, and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. His final move to Michigan in 1978, brought him to Yale as pastor of Emanuel Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yale, where he was until his retirement in 2004.
     Edward liked to travel in the fall to northern Michigan with his wife. He enjoyed gardening, especially his roses, and following sports and reading.
Surviving in addition to Sharon, his wife of 52 years, are four sons, Paul (Kelley) of Bay City, Peter of Wisconsin, Philip (Jennifer) of Nebraska and Matthew (Heather) Schaewe of Canton, and a daughter, Jennifer (Nicholas) Antone of Las Vegas; eleven grandchildren, Caleb, Isaac, Elizabeth, Zachary, Miranda, Noah, Olivia, Benjamin, Nathanael, Nicholas and Skylar; brother, Arnold Schaewe of Ohio and sister, Carol Bottoni of Wisconsin; step-brother, John Prey of Wisconsin, as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.
     He is preceded in death by brother, Donald Schaewe, step-brother, Donald Prey and step-father, Ervin Prey.

     The family honors the memory of Edward and invite you to visit and share memories Monday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with 10:00 a.m. visiting at Emanuel Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yale. Rev. Joel Neumann will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Lutheran Cemetery, Greenwood Township. Memorials are suggested to Emanuel Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yale. For information and Guest Book kaatzfunerals.com
 
Lupita Hernandez, infant daughter of Julio and Cristina (Hurtado) Hernandez, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
Lupita is survived by her parents of Hartford
and two siblings, Julio and Jesus Hernandez, both of Hartford.
A Mass of Christian burial to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, with Monsignor Leo Cartagena as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 
Caroline Julia Matthews, 79, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.
     Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet, of which she was a member. Father John Peter and Father Donald Wieber will be the celebrants. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where liturgical prayers will be recited at 7 p.m.
     Caroline was born April 1, 1934, in Paw Paw Township, the youngest of six children to Walter and Anna (Halik) Bulat. The family moved to Hartford two years later. Caroline graduated from Hartford High School in 1952. On May 19, 1956, she married Guy L. Matthews Jr., and they spent 39 years together on a farm in Hartford. She retired in January 1999 from Ausco Products (Auto Specialties) after 25 years of service.
     After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working in the yard with the help of numerous cats and taking care of her goat, Lopsey. She enjoyed attending Bible study, was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Altar and Rosary Society, and helped out with funeral luncheons.
     Caroline is survived by two daughters: Caroline Denise (Steve) Sells of
Hartford and Lisa (Orville Floyd) of Watervliet; grandchildren: Lindsey (Eric) Smith of Plainwell and Matthew Sells of Hartford; a sister, Stella Shal of Muncie, Ind.; three nephews; seven nieces; and numerous grand-nieces and grandnephews.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy, in January 1996; her parents; sisters, Julia Pittman and Emily Gembicki; brothers, Henry Bulat and Mike Bulat; and nephew, Michael Paluch. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice at Home or Al-Van Humane Society of South Haven. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Reverend Edgar J. Kent, 78, of 1612 Ridge Road, Hodges SC, husband of Georgia Harper Kent, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Self Regional Medical Center.
     Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he was the son of the late Ernest H. Kent and Bessie Serby Kent Hawk. Reverend Kent earned a Bachelor’s degree in business, he was a preacher for over 55 years, ministering five different churches. He was a member of North Greenwood Church of God and the I.P.C.C.
     Surviving is his wife, of the home; two sons, David and Steven Kent of Battle Creek, MI; three daughters, Cheryl (Randal) Wakefield of Hodges, Cindy Kent of the home, and Linda (Daniel) Groff of Butler, IN; nine grandchildren, Scott (Terina) Wakefield of Fort Wayne, IN, Kimberly (Samuel) Rogers of Wake Forest, NC, Joshua Groff of Butler, IN, Samantha (Ian) Bush of Fargo, ND, Jacob Kent of Battle Creek, MI, and Jennifer Wakefield, Andrew Wakefield, Angela (Patrick) Burdette, and Rachel (Gabe) Butler all of Hodges; eight great grandchildren; and special foster children, Chris Murphy, Natasha Banks, and several other children.
     Pallbearers will be his grandsons.  Memorials may be made to North Greenwood Church of God: Israel Missions; 2274 Montague Ave Ext, Greenwood, SC 29649 or New Creations Chapel; 6400 National Rd E, Richmond, IN 47374.
     The family is at the home.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.harleyfuneralhome.com.

NOTE: Reverend Kent was former pastor of the Hartford Gospel Lighthouse Church and
The Assembly of God in Dowagiac, a substitute teacher at Hartford Public Schools, and a former employee of National City Bank in Hartford.
 
Migueila Velez Garcia, 64, of Hartford died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at the South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. She was born Jan. 10, 1950, to Frank Velez and Petra (Flores) Carrillo in Hamlin, Texas.
     Migueila worked as a secretary for Hartford Public Schools. She loved to go dancing and loved her church. Migueila loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was always on the go and keeping active.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Velez and Petra Carrillo.

     Migueila is survived by her children: John (Judy) Carrillo of Covert; Frank Carrillo of Grand Island, Neb.; and Valerie Orozco of York, Neb.; two brothers: George (Angel) Velez of Rotan, Texas; and Johnny (Carol) Velez of Chicago; a sister, Sylvia Morales of Rotan, Texas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford with Father Fabio Garzon officiating. Migueila will be laid to rest in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. 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.

 


Fred Galati
– formerly of Hartford, passed away February 11, 2014 in Portland OR.


Fred was a 1965 Hartford High School Graduate.

 
Ramona Nell Fuller Pradon, 78, was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Hornersville, Mo. She was one of six children born to John and Ruth (Cole) Neighbors.
     Ramon a passed away peacefully at her home with her family Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, after a battle with cancer.
     In addition to her parents, Ramona was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Fuller and
Donald Pradon; a great-grandson, Dylan Baham; one sister, June Wyrick; and two brothers, Everett and Johnnie Neighbors.
     She is survived by her daughters, Violet (Gary) Jewell of Coloma and Rhonda (Willie) Brumley of Hartford; six beloved grandchildren: Stacy (Zeb) Deitrich of Stevensville, Clint (Jessica) Jewell of Coloma, Mona Jewell of Coloma, Jessica (Chuck) Baham of Hartford, Mike (Erica) Brumley of Watervliet and Jennifer (Bryan) Romeo of Hartford: 13 beloved great-grandchildren: Taylor, Hayden, Cole, Johnnie, Abigail, Noah, Brooke, Brittany, Mia, Roman, Caleb J., Kourtney and Kaleb; and one great­great-grandchild, Brealynn. Ramona is also survived by two sisters: Shirley (Jim) Blackburn and Neta (Harold) Bibbs, both of Hornersville, Mo.; long­time friend and neighbor, Peggy Winans; and many other wonderful friends.
     A time of fellowship celebrating her life will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club in Hartford. Ramona’s ashes will be inurned in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Ramona was formerly employed at Hartford Public Schools as a teacher’s aide, working with children in kindergarten through the eighth grade, and then at the Van Buren Learning Center in Lawrence, working with TMI students, ages 12-15, retiring in 1998. She always considered her family a true blessing and loved them very much. She cherished the time spent with them and appreciated all of her good friends.

 
Dan Leroy Hamilton, 63, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Dan was born March 8, 1950, in Harrisburg, Ark., the son of Miles and Geneva (Cooper) Hamilton, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were a granddaughter, Azure Skie Hamilton, on June 12, 1998; three brothers: Gerald, Dave and Dan Hamilton; a sister, Brenda Barrett; and mother and father-in-laws, Gloria and Charles Schmidt.
     Dan was formerly employed with Shafer Lake Fruit Inc. He loved trains, time spent with his family, movies and reading.
     Dan is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children: Barbara (Tye) Madison of Hartford, Jene (Jeana) Hamilton of Mattawan and Amy (Tyler Tlewniek) Hamilton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grand­children: Nick, Tasha, Stephen, Jacob and Connor; and nine brothers and sisters: Nancy (Kenneth), Johnny (Terry), Sherman, Curtis (Tammy), Sandy, Becky (Dan), Gloria, Chuck and Rich (Diane).
     The family will welcome friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service will be at 2 p.m. The Rev. David Gilbert will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet. Memorial donations in Dan’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin­leonardfh.com.
 

Daniel "Danny" Leroy Russell, 64, born November 8, 1949 in Benton Harbor, the youngest son of William and Ruby Russell, passed away peacefully, January 27, 2014 in San Francisco, CA where he had resided for the past several years.
     Danny is survived by his brothers Alfred of Cabot, Ark, George (Barbara) of St Joseph, Kenneth (Ardith) of Carmi, ILL, and David (Beezie) of Coloma. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins, and two special Sister-In-Laws, Ruth Russell of Ward, Ark and Sharon Russell of Watervliet who he thought of as his sisters.
     In addition to his parents Danny was preceded in death by his friend, comrade, and brother, Eddie Russell.
Danny’s life was driven at an early age by music, books, and travel. At 17 he left home with a guitar and a few dollars and headed to California, spending the rest of his life traveling, never without his guitar, going to the Bahamas, Europe and around the US, finally settling back in California.
     Danny’s life was pretty much based on a line from an old movie "No matter where you are, That’s where you’re at". We shall miss him very much.
     Cremation has taken place in California and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Local arrangements are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Coloma. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so by using the "Guestbook" link located on this page.

NOTE: Danny was a member of the Hartford High School Class of 1968.
 

Dollie Marie Robbins Jackson, Dollie was born Feb. 14, 1948, in Hayti, Mo., the daughter of Ernest and Lorene (James) Robbins. Just a few days prior to her 65th birthday, Dollie passed away suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at her home in Sturgis, Mich.
     Dollie graduated from Hartford High School and Southwestern Michigan College, where she earned an LPN degree. She spent more than 20 years at Sundstrand Manufacturing in Dowagiac and then retired from home health care in 2013.
     Dollie is survived by her husband, Ronnie E. Jackson of Sturgis, whom she married May 15, 1994; a daughter, Julianne (Shannon) Oliver of Hartford; a grandson, Ryan (Ashley) Oliver of Watervliet; two grand­daughters, Amanda Oliver and Brooke Oliver, and a great-granddaughter, Ava Lynn Oliver, all of Hartford; a stepson, Ronnie Jackson Jr. of Sturgis; two sisters, Velva Robbins of Benton Harbor and Rose Henderson of Bangor; a brother, Mack Robbins of Lakeland, Fla.; numerous nieces; a nephew; other family members; and friends.
     Preceding Dollie in passing were her parents and two brothers, Clifton and Clet Robbins.
     The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Keeler General Baptist Church, where a service to celebrate her life will begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Efrain Maya officiating. Dollie will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dollie’s name may be made to your local humane society. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
.

NOTE: Dollie was a 1966 Hartford High School graduate.

 


Sherry Ann Burden Curley, age 51, passed away on January 27, 2014.
Born on July 22, 1962 in Hartford, Mich.
     She worked as a medical receptionist in Madison Heights. She enjoyed quilting and her children, April and Autumn Curley Her grandchildren, Noel and Paula were her passion.

Survived by her loving companion, Jerry Labiak, Jr.; siblings, five sisters and one brother.     
     Preceded in death by her parents. Sherry will be missed by the entire Labiak family.

 
Jerry Milliken, 71, of Hartford died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
     Jerry’s life began July 5, 1942, in Hayti, Missouri. He worked as a supervisor for Emlong’s Nursery for 33 years and enjoyed being a mechanic most of his life. He loved restoring old vehicles.
     His loving family includes: his wife Regina; ten children Donnie (Melinda) Milliken, Donna (Keith) Charles, Diane (Tony) Woodfin, Doreen (Delmon) Brown, Susie Lebold, Jerry Jr “Pee Wee” Milliken, Kevin (Anna) Milliken, Milissa Milliken, Jennifer (Eric) Osborn, and Jeremy (Lynette) Millikin; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister Kathy (Wade) Brickhimer; a nice Jackie (Richie) Ostrega; and a nephew Bobby Ratz.
     Jerry died Monday, January 27. He is preceded in death by his parents Golden and Floramae Cillie (Matlock) Milliken, a daughter Christy Partain, and a brother Johnny Milliken. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be celebrated at a later date. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Jerry’s family with arrangements. You may leave a memory for Jerry’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com
 
Donna B. Beam was born July 23, 1929, in Watervliet, the daughter of John and Maude (Hilts) Frazier. At the age of 84, Donna passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at her home.
     Clare Beam and Donna Frazier were united in marriage on July 26, 1946. She was a member of the Hartford Federated Church, she enjoyed going to the Sportsman’s Club for their Friday night fish dinners, rooting her beloved Detroit Tigers, taking her children fishing and most importantly, visiting with her family, especially on the holidays.
     Donna is survived by four sons: Robert (Lupe) Beam of Fennville, Donald (Brenda Wright) Beam of Lawrence, Ron (Kelly) Beam and Garth (Tamela) Beam both of Kalamazoo; two daughters: Wanda (Junior) Baham of Independence, La., and Millie (Norm) Thompson of Alexandria, La. Donna is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
     Preceding Donna in passing were her husband, Clare, on May 2, 1998; a daughter, Judith Beam; grandson, Eric Beam; her parents; four sisters and eight brothers.
     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Fri­day Jan. 24, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where a service to celebrate her life will commence at 1 p.m. Saturday. Pastor Glen Cowles of East Arlington Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Keeler Cemetery. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Charlotte Catherine Stevens, 88 of Lawrence, MI, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014 surrounded by family at Bronson Lakeview Hospital from complication of pneumonia.
     A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Hartford Federated Church. Following the memorial a luncheon will be served where family and friends can gather and share warm memories of Charlotte. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartford Federated Church or The Forgotten Man Ministries (forgottenman.org). Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at
http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Charlotte was born March 19, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Kate Baer. She spent her life giving to others as a Sunday school teacher for 59 years, women’s council president for 14 years, and activities director at Hope Nursing Home for 5 years. Charlotte was fondly remembered for 17 years as a cook at Christie Lake Bible Camp, local restaurants, and Lawrence Public Schools. Just last month someone gave her a big hug because they recognized their favorite “school lunch lady.” Not only did Charlotte work throughout the surrounding communities, but she also opened her home for various bible study groups and women’s meetings. Every holiday was spent at Grandma’s house. We began the day with Grandma’s sermon and ended the night with a family game of UNO. Charlotte was an avid reader who read daily from her bible and shared her thirst for knowledge with anyone who would listen. She was a great listener who always took the time to hear your story, share advice, and make you feel loved.
     Charlotte was married to Jim Stevens until his death in 2005. She is survived by her children Alice Minaga, Lynn Nash, Joyce Link, and Chuck Stevens, along with 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren
 
Margaret Schaner – Margaret’s life began July 21, 1935, in Shelby, Mich.
      After graduating from high school, Margaret continued her education at Baker Business College, earning a secretarial degree. Margaret worked at Quality Frozen Foods in Paw Paw, at pharmacies in Watervliet and Hartford, and she was a secretary and housekeeper at Immaculate Conception Church in Hartford. Her favorite “job” was caring for her loving family. Margaret’s flower gardening, feeding birds and caring for her poodles were her passion. She also enjoyed keeping up on current events and debating her political view with anyone. Margaret was spunky and full of life and loved being a mom to everyone.
Margaret’s greatest love was her family, which includes: 10 children: Theresa Martens of Freemont, Mich.; Anne (Thomas) Lefor of Lawrence; Kathleen Schaner of Dallas, Texas; Bernadette (Rudolph) Neumeier of Kalamazoo; Gregory Schaner (Tammy Manser) of Grand Junction; Veronica Schaner (Allen Stefanski) of Hickory Corners; Phillip (Kristin) Schaner of Grand Rapids; Christine (Mark) Parker of Watervliet; Matthew (Cyndi) Schaner of Watervliet; and Magdalen (William) Dygert of Watervliet; 24 grandchildren; 11 great­grandchildren; a sister, Sandy (Gordon) Sherven; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Baker of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.
     Margaret died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Lakeland Community Hospital in Watervliet. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of many years, Bernard Schaner; a son, Joseph Baker; her parents, James and Veva Pinder; adopted mom, Rose Jensen; and five siblings: Gladys Panis, Lena Horne, Phyllis Hess, Janet Sevrance and James Pinder.
     Friends may visit with Margaret’s family from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, with a Rosary prayer at 4:30 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Burial will follow in Hicks Cemetery in Arlington Township. Memorials may be made in Margaret’s memory to the Humane Society. You may leave a memory for Margaret’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.
H.K. Noe, 75, of Hartford died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
 
Claire Chamberlin Olds, 97, was born July 3, 1916, in Chicago, the only child of Earl and Marie Chamberlin. Her mother was a nurse and her father an engineer. Her family moved a great deal during her childhood for her father’s work. During Claire’s grade school years, her family settled in Hartford.
She spent the first three years of high school in Ann Arbor and her senior year at Hartford High School, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. There she met John S. Olds, whom she would marry a decade later. Both served in World War II, Claire as a lieutenant in the Marines and John as a captain in the Army. There were some family disputes as to which was the higher rank.
     Claire received her under­graduate degree in math and a Michigan teaching certificate from Western Michigan University. Following graduation, Claire earned a master’s degree in English at the University of Michigan.
     Claire and John were married Oct. 19, 1946, and chose to live, work and raise their children in their much­loved hometown of Hartford. They had two sons, John in 1948 and Jim in 1950. Claire taught math at Hartford High School from 1952 to 1973. Early in her teaching career, she was instrumental in organizing the Hartford teachers union. For many years, she was a familiar figure taking tickets at sports events.
     As a gifted poet, Claire published three books of poetry: “Vigil,” “Little Blue Heron” and “The Chamberlin Ladies.” Her last book was a tribute to her mother and two aunts. She was 88 when she published it, and still walked faster than her children.
     Claire was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1988. She lived for the last 22 years in Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. She is survived by her son, John C. Olds and his wife, Paula Edwards Olds; by her son, Jim Olds and daughter-in­law, Joan Wesaw Olds, and their sons: Jason Murphy, J.R. Olds and Sam Olds; five great-grandchildren: the children of J.R. Olds – Claire, William, Sam and Evelyn – and one great­grandson, the son of Sam Olds, Keewadin.
     A memorial service to celebrate Claire’s life will be held in Hartford this spring, and her ashes will be buried with her husband’s in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford.
Claire Olds Memorial, June 26, 2014, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Club in Hartford MI.

NOTE: Claire passed away 1-11-2014. She was a 1934 Hartford High School graduate.
Click here to read a poem she wrote, at age 85, a few days after the terrorist attack on the New York Twin Towers September 11, 2001.
 
Charles “Chuck” Joseph Struzik, 99, of Hartford was called home to heaven Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. Father Donald Wieber and Monsignor Leo Cartagena will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where a Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Charles will be laid to rest with a private service in Maple Hill Cemetery. The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to Hospice at Home, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Hospital. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin­leonardfh. com.
     Charles was born Jan. 24, 1914, in Hegewich, Ill., the son of John and Mary (Ryba) Struzik. He owned and operated Chuck’s T.V. He was an avid fisherman, and he loved bowling and watching horse racing, but his most pleasant times were spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, who called him “Grampy.”
     Charles married the former Teresa Goray on Aug. 2, 1952, and for the next 61 years they enjoyed each other’s company. Teresa survives, along with their daughter, Barb (Dave) Walker of Hartford; a grandson, Rob (Sarah) Steiner of Ann Arbor; a granddaughter, Becky Steiner of Holland, Mich.; and a great-granddaughter, Amelia Steiner of Ann Arbor.
     Charles was preceded in passing by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

 

 

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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; member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Watervliet; and member of Haines City Methodist Church in Haines City, Florida.
     In 1940, in Watervliet, Floyd was united in marriage to the former Mary McNitt who preceded him in death in 1967. On November 3, 1980, he married Grace Clark who preceded him in death in March 2009.
     He was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, one step-son, and one stepdaughter. Survivors include: two children - Susan (John) Feather of Lancaster, Kentucky, and Steven Crocker of Lansing, MI; a stepdaughter, Lois (Wayne) Perrino of Paw Paw; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
     Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Watervliet Cemetery, with Hospice Chaplain Elizabeth Code officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements are by
Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw.
     Share a memory or condolence online at www.timeformemory.com/adams.

 
Linda Ann [Bernard] Hix, 53, of Reston, Va., formerly of Hartford, passed away on May 22, 2009.
     She is survived by her loving mother, Gertrude Louise Bernard; brother, Lawrence J. Bernard; sister, Sharon M. Wilkens; nephews, Michael and Mathew Bernard; nieces, Katharyn Foote and Kimberly Wilkens; and one great-nephew, Bryan Foote.
     Family will receive friends for a memorial visitation at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, Va., today, May 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service following at 7 p.m. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Capital Hospice or a charity of your choice.

NOTE:  Linda was a 1973 Hartford High School graduate.

F. Weir Locke, 80, of Lawton, Michigan, formerly of Hartford, MI, and Chicago, Illinois, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Bronson Nursing & rehab Center in Lawton. 
     He was the beloved son of the late William M. and Mary T. (nee O'Day) Locke, cherished brother of the late William M. (Evelyn) and Richard E. (Rose) Locke; and dear uncle to many nieces and nephews.
     Private burial was held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth, Illinois.  Arrangements were made by Newell Funeral Home in Decatur Michigan.
 
Rodolfo Serratos, age 76, of Bangor passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at his home. 
     The family will meet friends on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, where funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. Cremation will follow the services.  www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com. 
     Rodolfo was born July 11, 1932, in Mexico the son of Juan and Rosario (Macias) Serratos and has resided in Bangor since 1976. He was the owner and operator of La Mexicana Grocery Store in Bangor and La Hacienda Grocery Store in Hartford.  He was always willing to help those in need.  Rodolfo was active in his church and brought many people to know God. 
     Surviving are his wife, Esperanza, whom he married in 1957; five children, Rodolfo C. Serratos of Hartford, Rosario Serratos of Bangor, Lilia Arreola of Hartford, Guillermo (Darlene) Serratos of Hartford, Arturo (Patricia) Serratos of Bangor; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margarita Hanks of Texas, Yolanda Avila of Mexico, Blanca Monroy of Texas. 
     He was preceded in death by a brother, Raul Serratos; and a sister, Emma Escalante.
 
Florence Sieber, 94, of the Whitcomb Tower in St. Joseph, passed away on May 17, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
     A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. A visitation will be held today, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. and also on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guestbook online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honor of David Sieber, or to a charity of donor's choice.
     Florence was born on Nov. 13, 1914, in Chicago, to Frank and Josephine (Miska) Hradecky. The family moved to Hartford in 1926 where she graduated from high school in 1933. The family owned the town bookstore. In 1933, she was chosen to be Miss Hartford in the Blossomtime Festival. On Oct. 12, 1940, Florence married Edward Sieber and started a married life in Fairplain almost 69 years ago. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing in several bridge groups.
     Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, James (Sandra) Sieber of Lake Forest, Ill., and John (Janet) Sieber of Coloma. In addition, there are six grandchildren, Bryan Sieber of Royal Oak, Mich., Dr. David Sieber and Jonathon Sieber of Chicago, Mark (Christi) Sieber of Granger, Ind., Jeffrey Sieber of Lafayette, Ind., and Tara Sieber of Breckenridge, Colo.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Helen Jutzi, Bess Andreen and Loretta Rauner, and an infant daughter, Mary Ellen.
     Florence was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family.

 

Violet Beatrice Hyde, 98, of Paragould, Ark., formerly of Keeler and Hartford, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Green Acres Nursing Home, Paragould, Ark.
     Violet was born Oct. 19, 1910, in Heber Springs, Ark., the daughter of Abe and Florence (Williams) Files, both of whom precede her in passing.
     Violet was a loyal employee of Burnette Foods in Keeler, where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Dowagiac Church of Christ. But she was most known for the love that she gave to her family everyday, especially her grandchildren.
     Violet is survived by a son, Files (Janice) Hyde of Paragould, Ark.;  three grandchildren — Tammy Thompson, Tony Hyde and Terry Hyde; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Besides her parents, Violet was preceded in passing by her husband,  Farris Hyde on Aug. 7, 1990; and two sisters, Blanche Verser and Myrtle Spanhurst.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Bill Gibson of the Dowagiac Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
 



Dorothy Wilson Beam, 81,Twin Peaks CA, formerly of Hartford, passed away May 8, 2009.  She was born June 17, 1927. 
 

NOTE:  Dorothy was a 1945 Hartford High School graduate.

Reginald "Reggie" B. Moore, 78, formerly of Hartford, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in North Carolina.
     Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Dey-Florin Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, 2506 Niles Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Hartford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
     Reginald was born Aug. 4, 1930, in North Carolina. He married Lucille Williams and together they had three children, Rick, Regina and David. They were long-term residents of both Hartford and St. Joseph. Reggie paved many roads in the area as Crew Leader of the John G. Yerington and Consumer's Asphalt Companies. He served as an Elder of the Lawrence, Hartford, and Niles Ave. Church of Christ for several years. Reggie's second marriage was to Ms. Marcell Heath of North Carolina. They had been residents of both Winter Haven, Fla., and Callawhea, N.C. "Daddy is in a better place and will be missed by all."
     Reginald is survived by his three children, Rick of Memphis, Tenn., Regina Tibbs of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Allen of Selsbee, Texas; four grandchildren; and by five great-grandchildren; wife, Marcell Heath and her three grandchildren and eight grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by Mrs. Lucille (Moore) Williams of Alicia, Ark., in 1998.
 
Sammy Joe Wilmoth, 65, Hartford, died May 3 in Hartford Township.  Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101, are handling arrangements.
 
Robert Louis Scranton, Brighton Mich, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. He was the son of Melvin V. and Charlotte M. (Nunn) Scranton born in Paw Paw, on Nov. 8, 1918.
     He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mildred M. Scranton of Brighton; son, Clare A. (Cas) Scranton of Pinckney, one daughter, Karen Lou (Chet) Kierpaul of Westland; five grandchildren, Eric Scranton of Pinckney, Aaron Kierpaul of Westland, Kassandra L. Kierpaul of Westland, Darren Jones of Greenville and David Jones of Detroit; one sister, Geraldine R. (George) Jacher of Paw Paw; one sister-in-law, Gail (Clyde) Coleman of Berrien Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Bob graduated from Western Michigan University and received his master's degree from the University of Michigan. After teaching one year at Byron Center, Mich., he joined the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in the 106th Infantry Unit and was a P.O.W. captured in Germany during the famed "Battle of the Bulge."
     He remained very active in the military years, was a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years and serving as commander of the Brighton Post 235, was a Charter member of the 106th Infantry Division Association which meets annually. He served as Adjatant of the Division for 12 years, was past president and is a Life Member.
     He taught at Hartford Public Schools for 4-1/2 years. He began teaching/coaching at Brighton Area Schools in 1952, was Athletic Director, Principal of Brighton Middle School. After 25 years of outstanding services the B.A.S. Board of Education named the school in his honor "Robert L. Scranton" Middle School. When the middle school was built on Maltby Road in 1993 the name was transferred to the school.
     One of the gifts received at the naming of the school in 1977 was a Life Membership to the University of Michigan "M" Club in Ann Arbor. He ultimately served on the Board in various capacities including secretary-treasurer.
     As head of the Brighton Recreation in the 1960s, he had summers of Little League, American Legion baseball and taught hundreds of children and adults to swim, life-saving classes. Bob was active in Brighton Rotary Club serving as president. He received the prestigious "Paul Harris Fellow" Award from the club, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
     As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton since April 11, 1957, he served both as Deacon and Elder. Bob had a strong faith and lived it. He loved Brighton and has many friends here.
     Sports were his prime interest after family ushering at U of M football and basketball for many years, was a member of the Representative Council 1970-1983. He loved his family, church, U of M, sports and travel.
     Visitation, today, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home, Brighton. Funeral, Saturday, 12 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton. Burial will follow in Brighton Hills Cemetery. Memorials suggested to: Robert L. Scranton Academic/Athletic Fund or the First United Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be made to: Robert L. Scranton, 9441 Old Lee Road, Brighton, Mich. 48116.

NOTE:  From 1946-1952, Robert was a teacher-coach at Hartford High School.  He married Mildred (Clover) Scranton, a 1943 Hartford High School graduate.  Click here to read an incredible story about Robert, who was a POW during WW11 prior to his teaching-coaching experience in Hartford. 
 

Melvin Lee Haltom - a Celebration of Life will be held for Melvin Lee Haltom Sunday, May 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. at 86351 70th St., Watervliet, where a gathering and potluck will be held. Call for information 463-5834.
     Melvin passed away April 26, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. He was born in Clinton, Ind., Oct. 7, 1939, and resided in Hartford.  He was preceded in death by one son.
     He is survived by 10 children, 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a whole world of people who loved him.

 


David Wesley Haney
passed away peacefully on May 10, 2009, at his home in El Cajon, California, from cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
     He was born in Lawrence, Michigan, on April 18, 1945, to Wesley and Vivian Haney.
     Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Marilou of El Cajon; two sons - David and Steven of San Diego, CA: one granddaughter, Ilona; one brother - Don Haney of Hartford, Michigan, and many other relatives and friends.

NOTE:  David was a 1964 Hartford High School graduate.  He also served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era.

Mina "Peggy" Cadwell, 78, of Hartford passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. 
     A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Benton Harbor.  Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens.  The visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Fairplain Chapel.  Memorials may be made to the family. 
     Peggy was born on Feb. 15, 1931, in Sodus to Lester and Marie Wycoff.  She married her husband, Martin Cadwell, on July 19, 1952, in Benton Harbor and together they shared 56 glorious years of marriage.  Peggy was a loving and devoted mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend.  She spent everyday of her life doing for others.  Her main joy in life besides her family was her collection of glass shoes. 
     She is survived by her husband, Martin; her children, Ann (Bobby) Wade of Hartford, Paul Cadwell of Holland and Lisa Jackson, who she considered a daughter; her sisters, Sue (Al) Faultersack, Edith (Harold) Lewis; her brothers, Jerry Wycoff, Larry (Dianne) Wycoff, Lloyd (Connie) Wycoff, Bob Wycoff and John (Pat) Wycoff; her grandchildren, Amber (Ramon), Julia (Mike), Bryan (Ashley), Jeremy (Shiloh) and Ashley; and her great-grandchildren, Dakota, Gabby, Marcus, Deidre, Isabella and Aiden. 
     Besides her parents, Peggy was also preceded in death by her brother, Ray, sisters, Joyce and Liz, granddaughter, Marie, and great grandson, Alexx.
 
Dora L. Hathaway, 87, of Coloma died Sunday, April 26, 2009, in St. Joseph at her granddaughter's residence.
     Services celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Coloma United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Coloma Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. An Order of the Eastern Star Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Davidson Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home in St. Joseph, Coloma Order of the Eastern Star No. 307 or the Coloma United Methodist Church.
     Dora was born on Dec. 15, 1921, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Harry and Nellie Wright. She had lived in this area since 1930. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1939 and she graduated as registered nurse from Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Kalamazoo in 1944. She married her husband, Claude Hathaway in 1959. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1997. Together they celebrated 38 years of marriage. Dora worked for 25 years in the office of Dr. Carl Boothby in Hartford. She then worked as an RN in area hospitals, the latest was Community Hospital in Watervliet. After retiring from Community Hospital as staff nurse on the Medical/Surgical Unit 2, Dora enjoyed doing volunteer work for American Red Cross Blood Drives and in the area clinics sponsored by the hospitals. She enjoyed reading, gardening and traveling. But most of all, Dora loved being with her family.
     She was a member of Coloma United Methodist Church, life member of Coloma Order of the Eastern Star No. 307. Dora was also a member of American Nurses Association, Michigan State Nurses Association, Southwestern District Nurses Association and the American Red Cross.
     Dora is survived by a son, Richard Cramer of Glendale, Calif., and a daughter, Jacqui (Erhard) Gerstenkorn of Groveland, Fla.; four grandchildren, Becky (Bernd) Lucius, Tim Gerstenkorn, Ed Gerstenkorn and Colleen (Charlie) Cox; three great-grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon and Mackenzie; a sister, Mrs. Phyllis Conklin of Lawrence; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
     She was also preceded in death by a stepson, Larry Hathaway; her parents, Harry and Nellie Wright; and two brothers, Norman and Donald Wright.
 

Franklin J. Hurlbut, 97 years, of Pinckney, Michigan died Sunday evening, April 26, 2009 at the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     He was born July 14, 1911 in Bendon, Michigan; the son of John and Harriet (Swan) Hurlbut. Franklin married Mary Adams on June 7, 1948 and she preceded in death November 1997.
     He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis (Mark) Candy and Cindy (Tom) Smith; two sons, Don (Maria) Hurlbut and Neal Hurlbut; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; Franklin was preceded in death by his son, Tom.
     Franklin was a retired truck driver and a Navy Veteran of WWII.
     Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Thursday, April 30, 2009 at Shelters Funeral Home 250 N Mill Pinckney, Michigan. Family will receive friends 10 AM until time of service. Memorials are asked to the Veterans Hospital.

Note:  Franklin attended Hartford High School and was on the committee for the first all school reunion, which was held in about 1980.  He owned the Midget Lunch Room Restaurant during the 1930s.
 

Lindell Eugene Carlisle, 74 of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
     Lindell was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Parma, Mo., the son of Hubert and Leona (Brown) Carlisle, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     Lindell retired from Friday Tractor in Hartford after 44 years of faithful service. Outside of the workplace, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping in the outdoors and building wood products, especially cabinets.
     Lindell married the former Treva Conner on Feb. 19, 1952. She survives, along with children, Dwayne (Tamara) Carlisle of Grand Junction, Colo., Larry (Karen) Carlisle and Brenda (Doug) Musick, both of Hartford, Diana (James) Middleton of Coloma, Perry (Susan) Carlisle of Vicksburg, Teresa (David Sparks) Carlisle of Kalamazoo and Mike (Peggy) Carlisle of Lawrence. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce (Allen) Helton of Missouri, and Sharon Larion of Harrison; and a brother, Gary (Genita) Carlisle of Eufaula, Ala.
     The family will welcome friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 2 p.m. Missionary Dean Brown will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family requests memorial donations in Lindell's name be made to the South Haven Area Hospice.

 
Rachel Ellen Shagonaby, 85, of Hartford went to be with her Lord Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo.
     Rachel was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Hartford, the daughter of Francis and Ruth (Jones) Gowens, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were a brother, Francis Gowens, and two sisters, Edith LaTour and Mildred Wesaw.
     Rachel worked for Adams Electronics, the Hartford Speedway and Salutos, from which she retired. She was a loyal member of the Hartford Federated Church, where she spent much of her adult life serving as a Sunday school teacher and singing in the choir.
     Rachel is survived by three daughters, Theresa (Earl) McFall of South Haven, Jacqueline (Tom) Trux of Hartford and Pamela (Michael) Gardner of Hawaii. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
     The family will greet friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service to honor her memory will take place at 1 p.m. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family asks memorial donations in Rachel's name be made to Kairos Dwelling. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct they paths.       Proverbs 3:5-6
 

Norman Junior Burfield, 67, of Hartford, departed this life suddenly on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Norman was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Moulton, Ala., the son of Jess and Nora (West) Burfield, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were three brothers - Raymond, Leon and Marvin, and a sister, Louise.
     Norman was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved spending time with everyone. He was an outdoorsman by heart as shown by his love of hunting and fishing.
     Norman is survived by his wife, Barbara of 20 years; his children - Nora Mildred Burfield, Norman Junior Burfield, Alex "Partner" Burfield-Cook, all at home, Cindy Lou O'Neil, John (Nicki) Burfield, both of Hartford, Toni Burfield of Boyne City, Laura (Mondo) Favela of Mesick, Stacy Burfield, Duane (Diana) Burfield, both of Traverse City, Joe (Michelle) Burfield of Fife Lake and Jodi Burfield of Texas. Norman is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Wallace Burfield of Boyne City; and sisters - Bertha Mae (Bedford) Borden of Bangor, Lucille LaFlame of South Haven, Francis Ortquist of Kalamazoo and Fae Godell of Canton, Ga., a lifelong friend, Lamon (Judy) Montgomery; and many nieces and nephews.
     The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, April 21, from 6 until the time of service at 7:30 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Deacon Arthur Morsaw will serve as officiant. As to Norman's wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Norman's name may be made to the family.
 
Donald J. Drake, 87 of Hartford went peacefully home to be with his Lord on Thursday, April 16, 2009.
     Don, as he was known by all whom knew him, was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Bangor Township, the son of Curtis and Jean (Humphrey) Drake, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, Joyce on Sept. 21, 1997, a stepmother, Pansy Drake, a brother, Virgil Drake, and a brother-in-law, Donald Schroyer.
     Don was a 1940 graduate of Hartford High School. He served his country honorably as a member of the United States Army during World War II. He was a successful fruit farmer all his life. He served as a member of the Hartford Public Schools School Board and as the supervisor of the Hartford Township Board.

     He was a long time member of the Hartford Federated Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and a Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Gideons. Outside of work and church, Don was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. But most importantly, he was a wonderful husband, loving father and a man of integrity, who was known throughout the community as being an encourager, generous and a bold witness for his Lord.
     Don is survived by four daughters, Karen (Stanley) Carey of Dowagiac, Jeri (Allyn) Anthony of Hartford, JoAnne (Douglas) Smith of Bangor and Kathleen (Kevin) Lantz of Troy, Ohio; grandchildren, Benjamin (Adrianne) Smith of Tampa, Fla., Peter Smith of Annapolis, Md., Timothy Smith and Marcus Smith, both of Bangor, David Lantz and Rebekah Lantz, both of Troy, Ohio. He is also survived by a brother, Curtis (Irene) Drake of Hartford, a sister, Shirley Schroyer of Bangor, a sister-in-law, Viola Drake of Bangor and several nieces and nephews.
     The family will welcome friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Hartford Federated Church. The service to honor his memory will commence at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, where military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 6803, VFW Post 1137 and American Legion Post 362 and Auxiliary. The family asks memorial donations in Don's name be made to the Hartford Federated Church, Grace Christian School or to the Gideons. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.    John 15:16
 

Maxine Cherry Martin (nee Markel) 86, entered into her eternal home on April 11, 2009 in Clare, MI.
     Maxine was born on July 27, 1922 in Grand Rapids, MI, daughter of Warren and Clara (Cherry) Markel. She was married for 58 years to Rev. C. William Martin, and served eight churches with him in western Michigan. They retired in 1989 to Shelby, MI. Maxine was a great worker for the Lord, serving in many positions in United Methodist Women organization, teaching Sunday School and in the camping programs of the church. Since coming to Shelby, she also mentored students in the elementary school and was known for the many birthday cards sent to those on Life Line and her holiday treats.
     Maxine was loved, her smile and laughter will be missed by her husband C. William; children, Dr. David and Colleen Bremer of Clare, MI, Kim and Claudia Volheim of Granger, IN, and Charles and Beth Martin of Midland, MI; grandchildren, Zachary and Lynn Clement-Bremer, Kara Bremer, Nathan and Benjamin Volheim and Hannah and Evan Martin; sisters-in-law, Harriet Markel of El Paso, TX, Charlene Martin and Marcia Snoek of Grand Rapids. Maxine is also remembered with much love by her nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin and Raymond, and a sister, Jennie Bloomer.
     Funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday, April 16th, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends from 10-11 AM before the service. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Maxine's name to the Shelby United Methodist Church or to the United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids. Visitation will take place Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Ofield Funeral Home, 4500 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood.

Note: 
Rev. C. William and Maxine Martin were at Hartford United Methodist Church in the early 1960's.
 
Eleanor Louise Jones, 82 of Keeler Township, passed away Friday, April 10, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Eleanor was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Hartford, the daughter of Dan and Violet (Smith) Tuttle, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Robert, and two brothers, Verl Taylor and Charles VanWoert.
     Eleanor enjoyed traveling, sewing and working in the outdoors. But most importantly, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
     Eleanor is survived by three sons, Dan (Deborah) Jones of Watervliet, Bobi (Kelli) Jones of Dowagiac and Tony (Ann) Jones of Hartford. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Irene Leach of Hartford.
     As per Eleanor's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Sister Lakes Community Church, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Pastor Doug Cuthbert and Pastor Scott Stambaugh will officiate. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 
Robert Meeks - Bob passed away Monday evening, April 6, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1947, in Charleston, W.Va., the son of the late Lawrence and Dove (Judy) Meeks.
     Bob was employed as a bookkeeper until his retirement and was a member of the Full Gospel Church, Paw Paw. On July 3, 1971 in Grand Rapids,
     Bob was united in marriage to Sandra Kay McCall who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Lisa Meeks of Grand Rapids; son, Robert Meeks of Hartford; two grandchildren, Ashley and Nicolas Jordan; sister, Janet Lea VanZandt of North Carolina; brother, Lawrence Meeks Jr. of Virginia; several nieces and nephews.
     Family will receive friends Thursday 11 a.m. to noon at the Full Gospel Church, Paw Paw where funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. with Pastor William Chapman officiating. Cremation will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Arrangements by the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Share a memory or condolence on line at: www.timeformemory.com/adams.
 
Arthur "Rocky" Furlan - age 88. Best known as "the Bike Man on Riverside Avenue", Rocky (born 12/29/1920) was a resident of Riverside, CA for 45 years. He passed away due to heart failure at Riverside Community Hospital [on April 4, 2009].
     Rocky served in the Army Air Corps as a 2nd Lt. during WWII, became a salesman and later worked for Riverside Auto Auction. He was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, Knights of Columbus, and usher at St. Catherine's Church.
     Rocky will be dearly missed by his wife of 62 years, Gloria Furlan; daughter, Margo (David) Miley; sons, Mark (Kathy) Furlan and David (Dana) Furlan; grandchildren Roxanne Johnson, Tom Furlan, Mark Furlan, Melissa Margaretis and Katie Furlan, also his dog Shadow and by all those whose lives he touched. He was the best grandfather ever.
     Funeral Mass on April 8 at noon, at St. Catherines Church, Riverside. Burial on April 9 at Riverside National Cemetery at 10:45am at Staging Area #4. Acheson & Graham Mortuary (951) 688-1221

NOTE:  Art attended the Thomas school and was a 1940 Hartford High School graduate.  Click here to read an interesting story by high school friend, Bick Beckwith, regarding Art and the war.
 

Earl Raymond Weber, 77, of Keeler passed away Friday, April 3, 2009, at his home. Earl was born May 15, 1931, in Bainbridge, the son of Earl and Florine (Clay) Weber, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     Earl retired from Klett Construction after 30 plus years of dedicated service. He was a heavy equipment mechanic and was a 45+ year member of the Operating Engineers Local 324.
     Earl is survived by six children, Earl Weber III, Charles (Susan) Weber, David Weber, Charlotte Weber, Jeffery Weber and Christopher Weber, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor his memory will commence at 11 am. Friday, April 10, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. The family asks donations in Earl’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Chester Paul Swisher Jr., 87, of San Diego, Calif, formerly of Hartford, died April 2, 2009.  [He was born April 20, 1921 in Benton Harbor MI.]
     Chester joined the Navy in 1939, He was on the USS Maryland on Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. Then went on LST 354 and was at the helm of landing craft at the invasion of the Marshall Islands which was hit by a shell that killed most of the men on the craft.  He retired as Chief Petty Officer after 26 years in the Navy. He had an insurance business in San Diego. 
     He is survived by his wife, Cleo; his brother, Art Swisher; his stepsisters, Josephine Stone, Opal Rhinehart Tomson; and half-brother and sister, Gerald Swisher, Lulabell Gilbert, Deana Bassett, Ethelyn Pastrick, Audrey Wilson.
     He was preceded in death by