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Berndt, Raymond G., of Pine Lake, passed away on December 28, 2015. Born on August 28, 1930, Ray grew up in Chicago, IL.
     He is preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Berndt, sister, Elaine (Berndt) Nelson, mother Esther Swanson Berndt Bronn, and stepfather, Ed Bronn.
     Surviving are his wife of 55 wonderful years, Harriette, and his two daughters and son-in-law; Julie Berndt, living in Logansport, IN, and Pam and Michael Myatt of Portage, MI. He is an alumni of WMU. He served in the Air Force.
     Ray chose a life in education, serving as a coach, teacher and Athletic Director. He retired from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, MI.
     Join us to celebrate Ray's life on Saturday, January 16th at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street. Visitation begins at 1:00pm, with the Memorial Service at 2:00pm. Reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association.
  
NOTE: 
Mr. Burndt was a teacher and coach at Hartford MI circa 1961-1963. He taught biology, 8th grade science, social studies and was varsity basketball and baseball coach. The photo to the right is from the 1963 Hartford High School yearbook during Science Class.


Charles “Chuck” R. Martin, 65, of Cassopolis passed away with his family at his side Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
     He was born Nov. 22, 1950, in Watervliet to the late Lovell and Melissa (Bushee) Martin.
     Chuck was raised in Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School in 1969. He served in the Marines, and when he came back to Michigan, he married the love of his life, Deb Grochow, on June 12, 1976.
     He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Deb; daughter, Miranda (Eric) Lebold; granddaughter, Emersyn Lebold; sister, Betty Martin; Lovell’s widow, Carolyn Martin; and a host of family and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Winnie Welty.
     Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today, Dec. 22, 2015, at Brown Funeral Home in Niles. Services to honor Chuck’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at Summit Church, 1700 W. River Road, Niles.
     Those wishing to leave a message for the family or upload a photo of Chuck may do so at www.Brown-FuneralHomeNiles.com or www. Facebook.com/BrownFuneralHomeNiles.
     Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Niles.

Irvin Radtke, 88, departed this world to go to his heavenly home Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.
     A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at Baroda Bible Church, 9058 Third St., Baroda, with Pastor Brad Lambright officiating. Burial will follow in Ruggles Cemetery. Friends may visit from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harbor House of Benton Harbor, Baroda Bible Church or the memory garden that Sue and Alan Ahonen will build. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger. com.
     Irv was born March 21, 1927, to Julius and Laura (Schultz) Radtke. He grew up in the Covert-Hartford-Watervliet areas, along with his three brothers and one sister. He served in World War II at the end of the war, as he was just barely old enough to enlist. He was stationed in Austria doing cleanup duty after the war, and he always said he loved Austria even though he never went back. He married Emily Franks of Bridgman in February 1949. Emily preceded Irvin in death in June 1987. He married Marjorie Kublick, and they were married 33 years until her death in January 2009.
     Irvin loved to restore old cars. His first was a 1932 dove gray Ford, which won many car show awards. He also had a 1928 Ford pickup that won awards, several other model A’s and a model T. He was a member of the Southwest Michigan Car Club. He also enjoyed working around his minifarm in Baroda on his 1952 John Deere tractor, raising fruits and vegetables. He worked at Whirlpool Corp. for 36 years before retiring from Plant 7. He helped Marjorie raise the two youngest of her three sons and enjoyed the boys since he had three girls he raised.
     He was always a hard worker, splitting wood for the wood-burning stove, building a new pole barn, planting a different crop or restoring another car. His last few years were a battle with Alzheimer’s, to which he finally succumbed. He had a long and happy life and enjoyed vacationing in Florida whenever possible. He was a longtime member of Baroda Bible Church, which he attended until a few weeks before his death.
     He is survived by daughters: Sharon Radtke (Steve Hays) of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Sandra (Ray) Berwer of Port Charlotte; and Sue (Allan) Ahonen of Port Charlotte and Stevensville; stepsons, Rodney (Robin) Kublick of Louisville, Ky., and Roger Kublick of Spring Hill, Fla.; his brother, Ed Radtke of St. Joseph; 10 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his first wife, Emily Franks Radtke; second wife, Marjorie Kublick Radtke; brothers: Leonard Radtke, Bill Radtke and Oscar Radtke; sister, Helen Radtke; and stepson, Richard Kublick.


    

Phyllis Jean West, 59, of Hartford passed away peacefully with her family by her side Dec. 11, 2015, after a long battle with cancer.
     Phyllis was born Jan. 22, 1956, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of James and Lula Belle (Franklin) Weaver, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were two sisters, Gina Diane Moore and Janet Jane Bryant.
     Phyllis married Larry West on June 20, 1981, and he survives. Phyllis had one daughter, Pamela (Nicholas) Borkowski of South Haven; a granddaughter, Morgan Sundblad; two stepchildren, Kenneth West and Dawn Hill; and eight adopted grandchildren. She came from a family of six siblings; three sisters and
one brother survive, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
     Per Phyllis’ wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a service to honor her memory will begin at 2 p.m., with Pastor Mike Heflin of First Church of God in Decatur officiating. Memorial donations in Phyllis’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Theresa Rose Martens, 58, of Fremont, Mich., formerly of Hartford, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at her home.
     Theresa was born April 4, 1957, in Muskegon, the daughter of Bernard and Margaret (Jensen) Schaner, and lived the majority of her life in Hartford. She was the founder of Red Barn Arabians in Hartford and was a very talented horsewoman. She was a very loving, warm person who loved her family and friends deeply. Her life will continue to touch many.
     Teresa spent quality time with her beloved grandchildren, who held a special place in her heart. Her very best friend and companion was her Pomeranian, Eli.
     Surviving are her two children, Muzimal and Lauren (Erik); two grandchildren, Mak and Maggie; nine siblings: Anne (Tom) Lefor, Kathleen Schaner, Bernadette (Rudy) Neumeier, Gregory Schaner, Veronica (Allen) Schaner, Phillip (Kristin) Schaner, Christine (Mark) Parker, Matthew (Cyndi) Schaner and Magdalen (Bill) Dygert; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Baker.
     The family will meet friends from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home, where a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. with Pastor Paul Ruzinsky officiating. Interment of cremains will follow in Hicks Cemetery, Arlington Township. (www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com)

NOTE:  Theresa was a 1975 HHS graduate.

Robert Leroy Hall Jr. 80, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in South Haven.
     Bob, as he was known, leaves his wife of 57 years, Shirley (Baiers) Hall; sons, Richard (Susan) Hall of Hartford and Tim (Teesa) Hall of Elkhart, Ind.; four grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
     Bob was preceded in passing by his parents, Robert and Arlene (Frazier) Hall Sr.; and two brothers, William and George Hall.
     Bob graduated from Dowagiac High School. He married Shirley on May 18, 1957. He was formerly employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill for more than 30 years. Dad loved building replica wood trucks, tractors and toys in his workshop. His workshop was called Grandpa Hall’s Wooden Toy Shop. When he wasn’t in his workshop he loved to work on his lawn at Daffodil Acres. Bob’s other hobby was buying and rebuilding tractors and taking them to tractor shows and parades. Bob wrote and published several articles regarding locally built tractors in a nationally published magazine. Bob helped several friends locate and buy tractors to restore. He was a member of: Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Association Inc. in Portland, Ind., Hartford Old Engine & Tractor Show, Hartford, and Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven. Bob and Shirley were Hartford 2006 Citizens of the Year. Bob and Shirley were past chairmen of the Hartford Christmas parade for several years. Bob loved parades. They were members of Hartford Friends of the Library. Bob was a volunteer for the Hartford Loan Closet. All the neighborhood kids got plenty of tractor rides from dad.
     The family will welcome friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St., Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will follow. Pastor Ryan Wenburg will officiate. Robert will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery.
     The family requests memorial donations in Robert’s name be made to Hartford United Methodist Church. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
.

 

George W. Huff, 85, of Hartford died Dec. 8, 2015, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.


Edward J. Tymke, 70, of Portage, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at his home.
     He was born May 19, 1945 to Edward and Barbara (Konkle) Tymke in South Haven.
     Edward served his country in Vietnam in 1967 as a combat engineer. He enjoyed fishing and outdoor activities. He is preceded in death along with his parents by a sister – Veda Tymke who passed in 1953.
     Edward is survived by his sisters – Pam (Jim) Fisher and Cornelia Tymke both of South Haven; four nephews – Jason (Lori) and Joe (Denise) Miller and Matthew (Hillary) and Jacob (Maureen) Fisher; four great nieces and one great nephew also survive.
     Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com. The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.


NOTE:  Ed was a 1964 Hartford High School graduate.


Lawrence Leland Larsen, 69, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Larry, as he was known by all who knew him, was born Aug. 27, 1946, in Watervliet, the son of Aage and Hildreth (Balfour) Larsen, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a sister, Reneé Thompson.
     Larry married Robyn Brubaker on April 19, 1980. She survives, along with three children: Lawrence Larsen II and Emily Larsen, both of Chicago; and Katie Sue (Eric) Peterson of Centreville, Utah. He is also survived by five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Denise Groenke of Eau Claire; and a brother, Brian (Ann) Larsen of Coloma.
     Larry was a former Marine who served in Vietnam. After the war he traveled extensively, hitchhiking across the country and making stops in more than 30 states while living for short periods in Chicago, California and Florida, before eventually settling down back in his hometown. In his later years he preferred the train for interstate travel, and as for local transportation, he was best known for bombing around in his rusty, red Ford F-150.
     He was avid reader whose favorite authors were Mark Twain and John Steinbeck, whom he considered the two greatest American authors. His fondness for the written word and commitment to public service led him to become president of the Hartford Public Library for many years. Larry would later run for mayor, losing by only a single vote. Larry, like his father before him, was a carpenter by trade. He was a proud union member and a vocal Democrat.
     His children credit him with introducing them to the aforementioned authors, as well as the bands Cream, Pink Floyd and the Eagles, and films such as “Easy Rider,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Larry introduced his family to many things: a love for the city of Chicago, political opinion and community mindedness, but, most important, the love and faith in God and family. For these and many other reasons, he will be missed.
    
As per Larry’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a graveside memorial service will be at a later date in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with Deacon Arthur Morsaw officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to Hartford Public Library or Hartford Lions Club. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Larry was a 1964 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Billy Don Tate, 73, of Covert Township was born Nov. 4, 1942, to Don and Jewel (Davis) Tate. He passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at his home.
     Billy married the former Shirley Carter on April 29, 1961. In December 1961 Billy entered the United States Air Force and served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. Upon completion of his duty to his country, Billy worked at the Watervliet Paper Mill and then decided that wasn’t to his liking and bought the farm in Covert Township that he loved up until his untimely death. Billy was a lifetime member and a 32nd-degree Mason.
     His wife, Shirley, passed away January 31, 2012. Also preceding him were two daughters, Deborah Hemenway and Cynthia Tate; his parents, Don and Jewel; a sister; and two brothers.
     Billy is survived by a granddaughter, Mallory (Jay) Hurley of Bangor; a grandson, Joseph Maeder of Coloma; and two greatgranddaughters, Chloe Maeder and Alizabeth Hurley.
     As to Billy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Keeler General Baptist Church, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Billy’s and Shirley’s ashes will be placed together in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with a private family gathering in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations in Billy’s name be made to the church. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Billy was a 1961 Hartford High School graduate.

Shirley Jean Schroyer, 88, of Bangor passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at home.
     Shirley was born June 8, 1927, in Hartford, the daughter of Curtis and Jean (Humphrey) Drake. She grew up on VanAuken Lake and lived in Bangor for most of her life. She later returned to live on the lake after retirement. Shirley earned a master’s degree in education. She taught remedial reading in the elementary grades, and was a member of Bangor Bible Church and Hartford Federated Church. She loved to entertain, especially to a full house of guests, and loved traveling with her husband, Donald. She was honored as Woman of the Year in Bangor in 1985.
     Shirley was united in marriage to Donald Schroyer on Oct. 11, 1952. Donald passed away Oct. 30, 2008. Also preceding Shirley in passing were her parents; her stepmother, Pansy Drake; and two brothers, Virgil and Donald Drake.
     Shirley is survived by a son, Paul (Sharon) Schroyer of Stanwood; a daughter, Jean (Rev. William) Bass of Chesterton, Ind.; six grandchildren: Dan (Hope), Samantha and Matthew Schroyer, and Ruth (Jonathan) Ficaro, William and Mae Bass; a brother, Curtis (Irene) Drake of Hartford; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-7 p.m. today, Nov. 24, at Hartford Federated Church, where a celebration of life service will commence at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. Shirley will be laid to rest in Arlington Hill Cemetery in Bangor.
     In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Hartford Federated Church or Family Gospel Chapel, Bangor. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Shirley was a 1945 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Donald Leroy Finley, 62 of Hartford passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 8, 2015, at his home.
     Clint, as he was known, was born on March 22, 1953, in South Haven, the son of J.T. and Maxine (Poindexter) Finley, both of whom precede him in passing. He was also preceded by a brother and two sisters.
     He was an avid hunter and was happiest when he was racing his car at the Hartford Speedway.
     As per Clint’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, has been entrusted with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvinleonardfh. com.
     Clint is survived by three sons: Jason (Amy) Finley of Lawrence, Ryan Finley of South Haven and Clayton (Jen) Finley of Muskegon; three grandchildren: Cessie Finley of Lawrence, Haden Finley and Brilee Finley, both of Muskegon; a brother, Jay (Sherry) Finley of Berrien Springs and two nephews: James Thomas of Dorr and Clinton Finley of South Haven.

 


Brian W. Stark
,
63, of Hartford died Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.
     Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Allred Funeral Home, 212 S. Main St., Berrien Springs, where friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time. Online messages may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made c/o Allred Funeral Home. Brian was born Dec. 8, 1951, in Niles, the son of William and Marian (Spletzer) Stark. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1970 and was discharged in 1976 after six years of service to his country. On Oct. 30, 1982, he married Theresa Downey. Brian had worked as a baker at the family bakery in Niles.
     Surviving are his wife, Theresa; son, Brian (Buffy) Stark of Kingman, Ariz.; brother, Brent (Michelle) Stark of Benton Center; and two sisters, Rita (Ralph) Layman of Schoolcraft and Brenda (Brian) Mohrhardt of Berrien Center.



With great sadness we announce the passing of Terry L. Ridge, 76, on November 2, 2015 at his home with family, friends, and his best buddy Benji laying by his side. Terry fought cancer for a year, his bravery and positive outlook kept us all in good spirits. He never missed a chance to get in a joke or even make one at his own expense.
     He was born February 26, 1939 in Manila, Arkansas and grew up in Coloma. In his younger years he was involved in coaching little league and girls softball. He loved to fish and watch Nascar. He enjoyed watching the Lions, Tigers, and Michigan but there was never any doubt that his favorite team was the Coloma Comets. He was thrilled when his grandsons were able to play for them just like he did and he would let you know that they were going to win. He was a big animal lover and throughout the years he had many pets but the last two that stole his heart were Benji and Sassy and they loved to be near him. He also loved going to Florida and spending his winters there whenever possible.
     Terry worked for Indiana & Michigan Electric for 25 years and retired to work on his blueberry farm in Grand Junction for 15 years and he was very proud of his accomplishments. For over 40 years Terry and his wife Marylyn continued to find themselves always being drawn back together and it was never more apparent why until this last year. The love, compassion and gratitude that we were able to witness was a beautiful thing and something that was just meant to be. This last year was a hard one but a special one. Many of us were able to spend quality time at home with him sitting out on the deck overlooking the beautiful yard and just having great conversation. He would just smile and say how happy he was and how much he loved sitting out there.
     Terry is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, his children Jim (Sue) Ridge of Coloma, Michelle (Paul) Saltzman of Coloma, Staci (Allen) Summerer of Plainwell, stepchildren Jackie (Keith) Cotman-Middleton of Bainbridge, Chip Cotman of Michigan City, and Kelly Cotman of Watervliet. Grandchildren Patrick Ridge, Nicholas Ridge, Jason Ridge, Ryan Saltzman, Andrew Saltzman, Colin Saltzman, Noah Lawson, Bree Lawson, Truman Summerer, Evander Summerer, Senica Smith and one great granddaughter Zoe Smith. Terry also had two special friends that were there for him and our family, Terri Moore and Sharon Zordan
     He is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather Lura and Church Houston, his father William Ridge, brothers Don Ridge and Robert (Carol) Ridge and his stepdaughter Tonda Cotman.
     A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 19th at 11 a.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice At Home.
     Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the "Sign the Guestbook" link on the left.

Leonard Arthur Kolberg, 82, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at his home.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman, with the Rev. David Schaller officiating. Burial will be in New Troy Cemetery, New Troy. Friends may meet with the family from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 66325 State Highway 152, Dowagiac, MI 49047. Online condolences accepted and live stream of the funeral service at www.PikeFH.com.
    Leonard was born July 21, 1933, in New Troy, the son of the late Clarence and Anna (Trapp) Kolberg. On July 22, 1954, he married Norma Jean Darnell, who preceded him in death Dec. 29, 2011. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Army. Leonard was always proud that he fought for his country. In 1959 Leonard and Norma Jean bought a 160-acre farm in Hartford. They grew grain crops and raised dairy cows. In his later years, Leonard owned his own bulldozer and excavator doing work for others.
     Survivors include his children: Vicki (Robert) Sloan of Watervliet, Debra O’Neal of Lawton, Leonard (Rita) Kolberg Jr. of Bangor, Ann (Brian) Larsen of Hagar Shores and Jimmy (Lisa) Kolberg of Lawrence; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Spitzke.

Mary Ann Barber, 82, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.
     A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the family will receive friends starting at 10 a.m. Mary will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Mary was born April 11, 1933, in Decatur, the daughter of Harace and Buelah (Osborne) Zerbe. She retired from Sealed Power of Dowagiac. Mary devoted most of her life raising her family, which consists of three daughters: Vicky (Paul) Urick and Diana Cowgill, both of Coloma, and Nancy Urick of Illinois; grandsons: Jason Britt of Manistee and Andrew Wade of North Dakota; and several other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
     Mary was preceded in passing by her husband, Lonnie Barber; a son, Loyd Urick; two granddaughters, Geraldine “Jerri” Britt and Olivia Mays; five sisters; and one brother.


Sharon Kay Maddox Strand, age 65, passed away peacefully Friday, October 30, 2015 after a long bout of health issues. She resided in Hartford, Michigan.
     She was born in Watervliet, Michigan on February 27, 1950 to her parents Orville and Stella Maddox and joined three older sisters and two older brothers.
     At the age of 18, Sharon married the love of her life, Ronald Orrin Strand, after which they had three children. Later on in life, she enjoyed home healthcare and waitressing because she loved putting a smile on people's faces.
     Sharon was preceded in death by both her  parents, her five siblings and one great grandchild.  She leaves to cherish her memory her ex-husband Ronald Orrin Strand, her daughter Shannon Leigh Mitchell, and her two sons, Shaun Ronald Orville (Amanda) Strand and Shane Juston (Amber) Strand along with her ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
     Cremation is being planned and no service will be held upon her request.  Those we love, don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

NOTE:  Sharon was a 1968 Hartford High School graduate.


Bertram Theodore Jones, 67, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.
    Bertram was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Washington, D.C., the son of William and Esther (Hill) Jones, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by two sisters, Sandra Avery and Aleathia Long; and three brothers: Gilbert, James and Weldon Jones.
    Bertram is survived by his three daughters: Chanda Jones, Kizzy Jones-Lopez and Chelsea Jones; two grandchildren, Tyrell Jones-Lopez and Amaya Jones-Lopez; and two siblings, twin brother Vernon Oliver Jones and youngest sister, Diedre Jones.
   
Per Bertram’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public services. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

John E. Hubbard, 46, of Watervliet passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.
     Family services have been held. Services for friends and relatives will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Hartford Fire Fighters Association. Arrangements are by the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Benton Harbor. Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin. net.
     John was born June 29, 1969, in Benton Harbor. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps. John had been a paramedic most of his life and worked for Medic 1 for more than 20 years. He was currently the medical officer for the Hartford Fire Department and a reserve officer for the Benton Harbor City Police Department. John was also an investigator for Lange Detective Agency. John was a handy individual and enjoyed auto and motorcycle repair. He was a member of Med Knights Motorcycle Club. John also participated as a sergeant in the Tactical Paramedic Unit. He loved to share his knowledge with people in whatever situation he was in.
     He is survived by his wife, Vanessa; his daughter, Amber (Michael) Becker of Fredericksburg, Va.; his parents, Debbie and Bill Johnson of Benton Harbor; his sister, Karen (Trevor) Peterman of Benton Harbor; and two grandchildren, Emelia and Reagan Becker of Fredericksburg, Va

Clyde Milford Williamson, 92, was born June 14, 1923, in Jonesboro, Ark. He passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at The Willows in St. Joseph.
    The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. As to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at a later date in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sister Lakes Community Church. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Clyde married Florence Irene Johnson. He was formerly employed at Watervliet Paper Mill and then at Contech LLC of Dowagiac and was a Keeler fireman for more than 25 years.
     Clyde is survived by a daughter, Gayle (Garson) Bisnett of Hartford; three grandchildren: Philip Gunther of Lincoln, Neb.; Lesa (Mitch) Pratt of St. Joseph; and Jason Williamson of Hartford; and four great-grandchildren: Mallory Gunther, Mackinzie Gunther and Nick Gunther, all of Des Moines, Iowa; and Spencer Beem of St. Joseph.
     Clyde was preceded in passing by his wife; a daughter, Dianna Williamson; two sons, Jon Williamson and Russell Williamson; his parents; and nine brothers and sisters.

 

Catherine (Greco) Ruggio, 85, of Hartford, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at her home with her family by her side.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartford United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at Duffield and Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Memorials may be made to the church or Hospice At Home.
     Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the "Sign the Guestbook" option below.
     Cathy, one of ten children of Dominick and Rosalie Greco, was born October 2, 1930 in Coloma. She graduated from Coloma High School. Cathy married John Ruggio Jr. in 1952 and the couple celebrated 62 years of marriage.
     Early on she worked at Mr. Z's and became affectionately known as the "Pie Lady". An excellent cook and baker, Cathy also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening. A long time member of the church, she volunteered as a communion steward for over 40 years. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
     Survivors include her husband John, daughter Jill (Kenneth) Weber of Bonita Springs, FL; her son John Ruggio III of Hartford; sisters Mary (Bud) Herman, Pat Ambrose and Rosalie Knapp; a brother Dominick Greco; grandchildren Katherine (William) Rowell, Kasey Weber, Jessica (Brandon) Anderson, and John Ruggio IV; a great grandchild Dominic Anderson and baby girl Anderson due in November.
     In addition to her parents, Cathy was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Steve and Anthony, and two sisters, Neva Heniser and Josephine Falcone.

Eleanor A. Anderson, 92, of Benton Harbor died Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Willows in St. Joseph.
     Services celebrating her life will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, Oct 21, at the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Benton Harbor with Rev. Joan Oleson officiating. The visitation will begin at 11 AM on Wednesday at the Fairplain Chapel. Family burial will be at Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Memorials may be made to the Morton House or the Fort Miami Heritage Society. Please share memories, messages, or photos at www.florin.net.
     Eleanor was born on May 7, 1923 in Lawrence to Iver and Signie Anderson. She attended the Geisler Beauty Academy in Benton Harbor and owned and operated the Napier Beauty Shop for over 42 years. Eleanor retired in 1994. Eleanor was a member of the Saron Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. She was a also a member of the Joe-Harbor VASA Lodge, the Morton House, the Fort Miami Heritage Society and the Old St. Joseph Neighbor Assoc. Eleanor was an animal lover and had many dogs and cats over the years. She also enjoyed flowers which she planted in her yard for many years. Eleanor liked being on her own and was an independent and determined individual. She was also a very kind person to all who knew her.
     She is survived by several distant cousins and her friend, Dawn Houle, of Benton Harbor. She was preceded in death by her sister, Iverna, in 1991.

NOTE:  Eleanor was a 1941 Hartford High School graduate. 
 


Charles Ray McConnell, 62, of Watervliet died Tuesday, Oct.13, 2015 at home. He was born in Watervliet on June 25, 1953.
     He grew up in Keeler and attended Hartford Public Schools. In his younger years, he loved to fish and hunt with his brother, Tom.
     He is survived by his mother, Tinnie (Miller) Mc-Connell of Saint Joseph; two children, Judy Angela Schmidt of Hartford and Derrick Ray McConnell of Jackson; a grandson, Bailey Hunter Schmidt of Watervliet; and three sisters, Shebby Hand of Saint Joseph, Barbara Roush of Ocala, Fla., and Anita Bard of Jonesboro, Ark.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Allen James McConnell; two brothers, Bobby Joe McConnell and Thomas James McConnell; and three sisters, Loretta Mesick, Betty Bitely and Cynthia Glenn.
    
Private family services will be held later. Arrangements are being made by Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


NOTE:  Charles was a member of HHS class of 1971.

 

John (Jack) Arwood Sinclair, born April 1, 1923, died Oct. 14, 2015.
     In passing, Jack Sinclair joins his wife of 55 years, Maxine (Finkbeiner) Sinclair. They met as students at MSU.
     He was a teacher, a coach and the president of the village of Woodland, Mich., before managing the nurseries at Hilltop Orchards in Hartford. Jack was a 50-year member of the Lions Club, a Shriner and a Mason. Jack was very active in Hartford United Methodist Church. Jack was a past president of the Hartford Lions and held statewide offices. He received the SA Dodge Award, the highest honor given by the Lions of Michigan. Jack never missed the important events of his children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
     He is mourned by his daughter, Nancy (Sinclair) Rehling of Lutz, Fla., and her husband, Robert; his son John, married to Cindy McCarthy, and their children Aislinn and Brendan McCarthy-Sinclair of Santa Rosa, Calif.; his son Thomas, married to Julie Powell, and their children Oscar (Stacie) and Gaylen Sinclair; and his son Steven, married to Cathy, and their family: Teresa Payne, Dewey and Skylar Sinclair, Duane and Cassie Von Eitzen; and great-grandchildren.
     Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Jack’s funeral will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with a meal afterward. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hartford United Methodist Church or the Hartford Lions Club Sight Fund, P.O. Box 633, Hartford, MI 49057.

 

Maurice “Maurie” Eugene Miller, 85, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     As to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to your local Humane Society. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Maurie was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Hartford, the son of Anthony and Louise (Warkenten) Miller Jr., both of whom preceded him in death. He trained in the Michigan Naval Reserves and received an honorable discharge from the armed forces in 1953.
     Maurie owned and operated the Miller Thermometer Co. in Hartford for 42 years. He was a lifelong Hartford resident and spent winters at his retirement home in Englewood, Fla. His greatest joy was spending time with family and attending the activities of his children and grandchildren.
     Maurie married Delores VanDrasek on Nov. 20, 1948, and she survives, along with three daughters: Victoria (Howard) Weatherwax of Sandusky, Ohio; Elaine Miller of Wyoming, Mich.; and Denise (Scott) Smith of Hartford. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Erin (Matthew) Waggoner, Trevor (Sarah) Weatherwax, Amanda (Steve) Veldman and Bethany (Justin) Diesbourg; and five great-grandchildren.

NOTE:  Maurie was a 1947 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Oral Lester Pugh was born August 8, 1943, in Hackervalley, W.Va. He was the son of Ordie and Uneeda (Knight) Pugh. Oral passed away at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.
     In addition to his parents, Oral was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Boyer.
     Oral is survived by a sister, Doris (James) Parker of Altha, Fla.; two brothers, Lawrence Pugh and Charles (Mary) Pugh, both of Hartford; and many nieces and nephews.
     Oral was formerly employed at Shafer Lake Fruit.
     The family will welcome friends from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed by the service to honor his memory. The Rev. Thomas Fuller will officiate. Private burial will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Oral’s name may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Oral was from the 1967 class of Hartford High School.

 

Earl Dwight Heuser, 59, of Hesperia, Mich., passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
     A memorial celebration of life service to honor Earl’s memory will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ryan Wenburg officiating. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com. There will be a time of fellowship and visitation with the family and friends in the church fellowship hall after the service.
     Earl was born April 7, 1956, in Kalamazoo to Eugene and Pauline (Hay) Heuser, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, Margaret; a sister, Joan; a brother, David; and two half-brothers, Robert and Kenneth.
     Earl is survived by a son, John Heuser of Hesperia; two daughters, Shana Heuser of Decatur and Sarah Heuser of East Leroy; a stepdaughter, Rachel Heuser of Kalamazoo; a stepson, Michael Heuser of Hartford; a granddaughter; and a half-brother, Wallace Heuser of Lawrence.

NOTE:  Earl was a 1974 graduate of Hartford High School.

Doris Maddox Bowen went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 2, 2015 after a valiant battle with breast cancer.
     A woman that can best be described as loving, joyful, encouraging, and faithful, Doris was a true gift to all who were within her reach. She lived life to the fullest and left nothing undone. She will never be forgotten.
     Doris was born to Orville & Stella Maddox in Watervliet, MI on November 18, 1945. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1963. She was joined in marriage to the love of her life, Harold Bowen, on February 13, 1965. They were blessed to spend 50 wonderful years loving, laughing, and serving together.
     Harold & Doris were blessed with three daughters: Lisa (Martin) Breithaupt, Michele (John) Bowne, and Melissa (Mark) Anderson. The lights of her life were her grandchildren: Justin (Samantha), Brandon (Megan), Alex, Kaleigh, Carissa, Zachary, Nicholas, Lukas, Matthew, Jordan & Josiah. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family and attended countless games, competitions, concerts, graduations, celebrations, campouts and “bond” fires with a huge smile on her face. She covered her family abundantly with her love, and she will be greatly missed. Doris was a friend to all, and spent many hours writing cards to encourage others who were going through difficulty. Doris was a faithful member of Kalamazoo First Assembly of God for nearly 40 years. During that time, she served in multiple ministries. She served on staff at church as the bookkeeper for 32 years.
     The family would like to thank Dr. Amber Darey, Dr. Muhammad Rafi, the West Michigan Cancer Center, and Hospice of Southwest Michigan for their tender care of Doris during the past ten years. The family would also like to thank Doris’ precious friends, Don & Brenda Conley, Jim & Janet Wesner, and Jerri & Jerry Malone, for their constant support and love.
     Doris is also survived by her immediate family, and her sister, Sharon Strand. She is preceded in death by her parents, Orville & Stella Maddox, and five siblings.
     Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 5th at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6th at the Kalamazoo First Assembly of God, 5550 Oakland Dr., Portage, MI 49024, officiated by Pastor Dave Barringer. Cremation will follow after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jenison Pink Out Committee, checks made payable to Jenison Public Schools. Please visit Doris’ personalized web page at www.langelands.com to sign the on-line guest book or leave a message for the family.

Howard L. Kimball, 86 of Watervliet passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 27, 2015.
     Howard was born on August 23, 1929, to SB and Anna (Ryan) Kimball in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
     He served in the United States Army, the 2nd infantry, 38th regiment, 1st Battalion, B-Company during the Korean War. He was one of five out of 205 men in Company B to survive an attack at Yalu River Chosen Reservoir.
     After his military service Howard came home and was united in marriage to Elsie Laura Spillers on October 25, 1952, in Watervliet. Together they raised five daughters, Cindy (Dave) Young, Sandra (Jim) Richter, Jane (Paul) Dykema, Julie (Jerry) Rider, and Amy (Jeff) O’Riley. Howard is also survived by nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and a sister Ruth Ann McDermott.
     He is preceded in death by his loving wife Elsie who passed away November 4, 2009, a brother Thomas S. Kimball, and his parents.
     Cremation has taken place, a memorial service with military rites will be celebrated Saturday, October 3, at 12:30 PM with visitation prior starting at 11:00 AM at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Memorials may be made in Howard’s memory to Hospice at Home. You may leave a memory for Howard’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

NOTE:  Howard attended school in Hartford up until at least his freshman year, however, graduated from Watervliet High School.


Kimberly Anne “Kim” Bedford
, 48, of Hartford was born June 10, 1967, in Los Angeles. She passed away suddenly Sept. 20, 2015.
     Kim will be missed by her church family at Hartford United Methodist Church, where she attended a women’s Sunday school class as well as worship services. Kim many times described her church as “my second home.” She spent countless hours working in the kitchen, helping on any dinners at the church and any other activities going on for which she could volunteer to help. Kim was also devoted to volunteering with Cooperating Ministries Food Pantry on Wednesday mornings, unloading supply trucks, helping stock shelves and working on Thursdays carrying groceries out for clients. Kim’s chatter and laughter filled many hearts at church and the food pantry, and will be missed.
     A memorial service to honor Kim’s memory will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ryan Wenburg officiating. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Kim was preceded in passing by her mother. She is survived by two sons, Shawn Delgato of Federal Way, Wash., and Eric Tankersley of Hartford; her significant other, Steven Tankersley of Hartford; and her stepfather, Eurgel DeVoe of Federal Way, Wash.

Woman hit, killed by patrol car

Hartford woman was trying to cross Pipestone Road

By JULIE SWIDWA
HP Staff Writer

September 22, 2015


BENTON TOWNSHIP — A Hartford woman died Sunday evening after she was hit by a Benton Township Police Department squad car. The patrolman, who was driving the car en route to a call, is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
     Police identified the woman as 48-year-old Kimberly Bedford of Hartford. She was hit while trying to cross Pipestone Road near the La Perla grocery store, according to police.
     Benton Township Police Deputy Chief Carl DeLand said Patrolman Eugene Anderson was responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at about 9 p.m. when his car hit Bedford. It was completely dark at the time, though street and parking lot lights illuminated some of the area, DeLand said.
     Bedford had been walking northeast and was in the far right northbound lane of traffic when Anderson’s patrol car hit her.
     Benton Harbor police, the Benton Township Fire Department, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Medic 1 ambulance responded. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, DeLand said.
     He said Anderson has worked for the Benton Township Police Department
for 7 1⁄2 years.
Benton Township police are conducting an internal investigation, and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the collision, DeLand said.
     Sheriff’s Department Capt. Robert Boyce said the investigation so far has determined that Anderson’s emergency lights and siren were not activated to the time of the accident. He said investigators are still trying to determine how fast the patrol car was going when it struck Bedford.
Boyce said if the incident was captured on police video camera from inside the car, the video will become part of the investigation. DeLand said there is video of the incident but it will not be released to the media while the investigation is ongoing.
     Boyce said police have not determined where Bedford was walking to or from, when she was hit.    


Timothy Scott Summerhill Sr., 50, of Hartford passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at home following a short illness.
     Tim, as he was known by all who knew him, was born Nov. 10, 1964, in Watervliet, the son of Bobbie Summerhill and Evelyn Whitaker.
     Tim married the former Lisa Peterson on April 6, 1996. She survives, along with five children: James Henry of Mount Pleasant, Angie (David) Galvan of Hartford, Timothy Scott Summerhill Jr. of Bellaire, and Holly Summerhill and MacKenzie Summerhill, both of Hartford; mother, Mary Evelyn Whitaker of Chipley, Fla.; stepmother, Claudia Summerhill of Hartford; and seven siblings: Anthony (Virginia) Summerhill of Holland, Mich.; Jeffrey Summerhill of Hartford; Tammy (Jeff) Bond of St. Joseph; Tina (Neil) Reid of Bonifay, Fla.; Lisa (Rodney) Harris of Twin Lakes, Mich.; Walter (Kerrie) Summerhill of Bangor; and Amanda (Josh) Chadwick of Chipley, Fla.
     Tim was preceded in passing by his father, Bobbie Edward Summerhill, and a brother, Bobbie Samuel Summerhill.
     The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Hartford High School gymnasium, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Tim’s name may be made to the Hartford Council for Recreation. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvinleonardfh. com.



Bentura “Ben” Mendoza
, 88, of Hartford was born Feb. 17, 1927, to Blas and Anita (Ornelas) Mendoza. He passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.
     His parents preceded him in death. Also preceding him were a granddaughter, Venessa Garcia; two brothers, Franke and Lupe Mendoza; a sister, Molly Magdaleno; and a son-inlaw, John Winkel.
Ben is survived by his wife of 58 years, Aurelia; their eight children: Diana (Vincente) Garcia, Bentura Jr. (Sandy) Mendoza, Juan “Johnny” Mendoza, Rosa Winkel, Ramon (Tammy) Mendoza and Blas Mendoza, all of Hartford; Pablo “Paul” (Delfina) Mendoza of Kalamazoo; and Anita (Jon) LaVanway of Monroe. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers: Robert Mendoza, Carlos Mendoza and Blas Mendoza, all of Nebraska; and four sisters: Helen Davila and Delia Intero, both of Texas; Maria Pena of Kansas; and Vera Toristana of Arizona.
     Ben served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II. He worked as a ranch crew boss on many area farms. He enjoyed western movies, listening to Narteno and gospel music, going to Tejano dances and spending time with his family, especially his dear wife. His idols were John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Ronald Reagan.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Ben will then be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations in Ben’s name be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

    
Ralph A. Yarbrough Jr. of Hartford was born July 10, 1951, in Memphis, Tenn., to Ralph and Fay Yarbrough. On Sept. 7, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, he crossed over to heavenly glory.
     Ralph grew up in Kalamazoo on a farm with his sister and seven cousins. His senior year in high school [1970], he moved to Hartford, where he met his future wife, LeAnne. They married Sept. 29, 1973, and lived in the Keeler/Hartford area. He inherited a love of photography from his father that he turned into a successful business, Centennial Photography, preserving wedding, family and senior memories for many in the area.
     He enjoyed antiquing, woodworking, travel, hunting and painting. He served on the Keeler Fire Department and was a member of Sister Lakes Community Church. His greatest joy was spending time with his three beautiful granddaughters, who adored him.
     He was a caring and giving man who loved to help others in any way he could. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, LeAnne (Leach); two children, Bradley “Yogi” (Tammy Stone) Yarbrough of Coloma and Amanda (Jason) Marquardt of St. Joseph; three granddaughters: Sidney Olmsted, and Addison and Taylor Marquardt; his mother-in-law, Irene Leach of Hartford; and a sister, Fay (Orrin) Dorr of Lawrence.
Cremation has taken place.
     Friends and family will gather at the family home from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, with a time to share special memories at 4 p.m. A luncheon will be served.
     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago.


Lola Elaine Dewey
Bleich – November 26, 1919 – September 6, 2015.

Lola was a 1937 Hartford High School graduate.
She was married to 2nd LT Arthur H. Bleich. Lola Elaine Dewey served in the Cadet Nurse corps in WW2 from Sept 1943 – July 1946.

Arrangements under the direction of El Camino Memorial – Sorrento Valley, San Diego, CA.
    
James Clarence Dale, 85, of Decatur passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Lakeland Hospital-Watervliet.
James was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Keeler Township, the son of the late Frank and Neca (Green) Dale. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, the former Hazel Morrison; and a son; James Clarence Dale Jr.
     James is survived by two daughters, April Gauthier of Eau Claire and Susan Dale of Decatur; two sons, Kirk (Alice) Dale of Hartford and Allen (Debbie) Dale of Decatur; seven grandchildren: Brad, Howard, Tina, Travis, Bryant, Kirk and Erica; 21 greatgrandchildren; five greatgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Adams and Betty , both of Kalamazoo; and two brothers, Virgil Dale of California and Fred Dale of Three Rivers.
     James graduated from Hartford High School [1949]. He served his country proudly during the Korean War, in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. Two of his duties were being an escort for Bob Hope and Jane Russell. He was employed at Eliason Corp. for 38 years.
     He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved working with his hands doing carpentry work. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
     There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Keeler Cemetery, with Pastor Efrain Maya officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the North Berrien Military rites team. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations in James’ honor be made to the American Lung Association or American Kidney Association. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Marlene Najacht was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Illinois. She passed away at the age of 76 on Sept. 3, 2015, at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville.
     She was the daughter of Angelo and Lily (Spoltto) Ensalaco, both of whom preceded her in passing. Marlene was also preceded by three sisters: Carmela, Rose and Delores.
     Marlene was very involved with her church, the Redeemer Church in Sister Lakes. She was an exceptional artist and enjoying doing anything with her hands. She was a loving mother who loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren.
Marlene is survived by four sons: William (Robin) Najacht of Hartford, Robert Najacht of Berrien Springs, Daniel (Barb) Najacht of Coloma and Thomas Najacht of South Bend; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Ernie (Val) Ensalaco of Illinois and Sam (Diane) Ensalaco of Florida; and a special friend, Kathy Romeo.
     The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sister Lakes, with Pastor David Schaller officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial may do so to Alzheimer’s Association, 350 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 20, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Audrey Jane Wilson, 81, of Lawrence, passed away suddenly on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at her home.
     Audrey was born October 18, 1933 in Allegan County, the daughter of Chester and Luella (VanRiper) Swisher, both of whom precede her in passing. She was also preceded by thirteen brothers and sisters; Kristina Willis, a granddaughter and Kinzie Carlsen, great granddaughter. Audrey was a resident of southwestern Michigan her entire life. "Aunt Pat" was a mother to everyone she came in contact with. She loved watching television, especially her two favorite shows, "The Price is Right" and The Young and the Restless".
     Audrey is survived by Kenneth Wilson, Sr. and her nine children: Kenneth, Jr. (Penny) Wilson of Hartford, Marvin (Pam) Wilson of Berrien Springs, Shirley Haggard of Simmesport, La., Patty (Drew) Willis of Radcliff, Ky., Glenna (Neal) Edwards of Paw Paw, Mark (Laurie) Wilson of Lawrence, Marlene (Jerry) Brown of South Haven, Steve (Debbie) Wilson of Lawrence and Cecil (Kellie) Wilson of Watervliet. She is also survived by 33 grandchildren, 63 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, four sisters: Chub Pastrick and Josephine Stone, both of Hartford, Bell Gilbert of Watervliet and Sandy Swisher of Lake City and a brother, Art Swisher of Hartford.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.; Monday, August 31 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will commence at 2 pm.; Tuesday, September 1 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com
James Windell Hanners, 71, of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     He was born June 22, 1944 to Andrew and Josie (Sorrels) Hanners in Manilla, Arkansas.

     He is preceded in death along with his parents by his brothers Earnest Dale Hanners, Edward Hanners, and sister Mary Kathryn Edwards.
     James is survived by his son – James (Tiffany) Hanners of Hartford; brothers – Kenneth (Carol) Hanners of Eau Claire and Marvin (Mildred) Hanners of St. Joseph; and three grandchildren – Tristan, Thayne, and Kaia Hanners.
     Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the funeral home. James will be laid to rest at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores.
William H. Richardson, 84, of Hartford died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. William’s life began May 26, 1931, in East Chicago, Ill. He drove truck for many years.
     He leaves behind three stepdaughters: JoAnn Yirku, Linda Fentress and Janet Purintun; a stepson, Chuck Besenfelder; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
     Hutchins Funeral Home assisted his family with cremation, and the family plans to celebrate his life privately.

Wilson Henry Peters, 94, of Rush Lake in Hartford, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 1, 2015, sitting in his favorite easy chair at American House in Charlevoix, MI, surrounded by his loving family.
      Wilson was born June 14, 1921 to Matilda (Schrieber) Peters and Henry Marquis Peters at the family farm in Keeler, MI. Wilson graduated from Benton Harbor High School in June of 1940. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Wilson was drafted into the Army in January of 1942. He served in the African-European Theater with the 168th Infantry Regiment of the 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division. Wilson was awarded two Bronze Stars for his meritorious actions during the Italian campaign and he also received many other awards. He returned home in the fall of 1945 to work on his family farm and with Auto Specialties Company in Benton Harbor, MI until his retirement in 1986. He had a passion for farming, and upon his retirement he bought a small farm where he could grow vegetables to put on his kitchen table. He also loved animals and nothing pleased him more than taking care of his horses, dogs and cats. In 1950, Wilson met and married the love of his life, Gloria May (Heater) Peters and they were happily married for over 65 years.
     Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Ruth from California and Virginia from Edwardsburg, MI, and brother, Clarence from South Bend, IN.
     He is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Bruce (Terre) of Paw Paw, MI; Gary (Renie) of Yuma, AZ; and daughter, Shari (William) Kitchen of Boyne City, MI. He is also survived by his brother, Dwight (Althea) of Keeler, MI; six grandchildren, Joey, Jason, Adam, Elizabeth, Alycia, and Derek; and five great-grandchildren, Anna May, Edwin, Nathan, Henry and Zachary; and many loving nieces and nephews. Wilson will be remembered for his kindness to all, his sweet and gentle manner, his laughter and his love of family, friends and country.
     Friends will meet at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 7th and, in keeping with Wilson's wishes, there will be a graveside service at 11:00 AM at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma, MI. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Hospice of Michigan or United Methodist Church of Hartford, MI.

Teresa Ann Fuller, 54, of Hartford passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family.
     Teresa was born Sept. 21, 1960, in France, the daughter of Gerald and Marguerite (O’Neal) Kidd, both of whom precede her in passing. Teresa was also preceded in passing by her grandparents; Lawrence O’Neal and Harold and Velma Kidd.
     Teresa graduated from Lawrence High School. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, whose greatest love was to spend time with her family.
     Teresa married Robert “Bob” Fuller on Oct. 13, 1984. He survives, along with a daughter: Jessica Vagts; three grandchildren: Paige Rantz, Alek Vagts, and Emma Vagts and two great-grandchildren: Abel Soto and Jesiah Soto all of Hartford. She is also survived by her grandmother: Esther O’Neal of Paw Paw; a sister, Leslie (Joe) Saline; a brother, Everett Kidd both of Texas, and many aunts, uncles, other family members and friends.

Mari Alice Atchley, 66, of Hartford was carried home to heaven Monday, July 20, 2015.
     A celebration of life service to honor Mari’s life will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Keeler Church of God. Pastor Boyd Saylor will officiate. As to Mari’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a memorial fund (savings account) set up at Chemical Bank for her beloved grandson, Carter. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh. com. Mari was born April 25, 1949, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Perry and Alene (Whalen) Rowe. Growing up, she worked very hard on the farm. Even though it was a hard life, she found enjoyment in nature and fulfillment in the harvest of a good crop. She loved listening to music, quilting, dancing, bird watching, attending church and, most important, her close-knit family.
     Mari is survived by her husband, Henry, whom she married July 13, 1980; a daughter, Autumn Atchley (Sean Donovan) and her grandson, Carter Donovan, both of Hartford; a daughter, Wanda Tucker, son-in-law Jake and grandson Matthew of Edwardsburg; a daughter, Sally Miller, son-in-law Mark, and grandchildren Katie, Danilynn and Lucas of Elkhart, Ind.; a daughter, Vicki, with grandchildren Heather and Chelsea; and a son, James Atchley and daughter-in-law Valerie of Indiana, along with grandchildren Nathan, Tyler, Jessie and Barrett. Mari also leaves behind many other family members that will greatly miss her.
     May she fly high on that mountaintop, dancing to the tune of angels.

NOTE: Mari was a 1967 Hartford High School graduate.


Allen Harwood Prouty Jr., 69, of Ocala Florida passed away July 19, 2015. He was a life-long resident of Hartford Michigan until his retirement six years ago when he moved to the warmer Florida sunshine.
     Al was born June 7, 1946 in Hartford Michigan to Allen Harwood and Marian Smith Prouty.
     Allen was from the class of 1965 at Hartford High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1972 and was a lineman in Vietnam. Upon his discharge, Allen re-started Prouty's TV and Electronic Service. In 1980, he went to work for Zenith as an engineer for the Robot they wanted to develop. When the robot project was finished, he returned to his TV and Electronic Service, as well as built engines for remote control race cars. Prior to his retirement, Al worked for Ron Sefcik at AR Controls in Hartford.
     Allen is survived by his wife, Lilly Abarientos Prouty and his sons, Scott of North Carolina, Chad of Hartford, and Eric of Kalamazoo MI. Also surviving are his stepchildren, Michelle Abarientos, Krisna (Jason) Easton, Herbert Abarientos, and Shelia Abarientos all of Ocala, Florida. He has several nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Sisters, Marian Jensen and Pat Gerenscer both of Hartford also survive.
Preceding Allen in death are his parents.
     Following a military funeral service, burial was at the Veterans Administration Florida National Cemetery.

Bettie Noble, 79, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015, at her home in Hartford with her family surrounding her.
     Bettie was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Paw Paw, to Delbert and Viola (Flanders) Branch. She was one of nine children. She married Jerry Noble Sr. on Jan. 24, 1958. Bettie was formerly employed as a basket weaver at a basket business in Paw Paw. She loved to crochet, and do all kinds of puzzle books. However, her most enjoyable moments were the times she spent with her family.
     Bettie is survived by her two sons: Jerry Noble and Douglas (Connie) Noble both of Hartford; six grandchildren: Tabitha, Tiffany, Jamie, Christopher, Doug and Heather; nine great-grandchildren: Julius, Chase, Autumn, Savannah, Mary, Katie, Josiah, Douglas and Noah; and many step children and step grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Alice (John) Britan of Lawton; and many other family members and very close friends.
     Her husband, Jerry precedes her in passing; along with a daughter, Christine Briggs; her parents; two sisters: Eva LaCourse and Minnie Branch and five brothers: Clarence, Jack, Bob, Art and Vernon Branch.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, followed by a graveside service at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Paw Paw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bettie’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Mary Eleanor (Huddleston) Rupert, 63, of Decatur passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Timbers of Cass in Dowagiac.
     Mary was born September 25, 1991, 1951 in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Dean & Doris (Garner) Huddleston.
     Mary graduated from Hartford High School (1971) and was a Certified Nurses Aid and was employed by LakeView Nursing Home in Lawton for 25 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many who will miss her.
     Survivors include two daughters Tonya (Eric) Parish and Dawn (James) Sweet both of Decatur; a son Butch (Faye) Rupert of Dowagiac, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters Maxine (Gene) Gatchell of Hartford, Joanne Kriner of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, two brothers Von Dean (Betty) Huddleston of St. Joseph and Gary (Sandy) Huddleston of Ocala, FL.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Dick Rupert, her parents and a brother John C. Huddleston.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the First Church of God in Decatur with Rev. Michael Heflin officiating. Private graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lawton at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. Arrangements by Newell Funeral Home, Decatur.

NOTE: Mary was known as "Eleanor" in school.

George (Georgie) Huffman of Hartford, MI passed away July 14th, 2015 at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, MI at the age of 78 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. While surrounded by family at 9:50am the battle came to a peaceful end.
     George was born January 15th, 1937 in Kennett, MO to George W. Huffman and Imogene (Chappel) Huffman. They relocated to Michigan when he was an infant and Hartford became his lifelong home. George married Nancy Joy Dyer of Hartford, MI on August 4th, 1958 and the couple had three children.
     George at a very young age worked for the J.C. VanLierop Bulb Farms in Hartford, MI. At age 18 George began working for the Watervliet Paper Mill in Watervliet, MI and continued there for over 15 years. While working at the paper mill George studied electronics via mail order courses (no such thing as Internet back then) and achieved his degree in electronics in 1965 (50 years ago this year) he then started doing radio and television repairs in the basement of his home. In 1975 George left the Watervliet Paper Mill as a Quality Control Supervisor, built a new store at 25 Beechwood St in Hartford, MI. George and his Wife Nancy then held an open house for what would become Huffman’s TV and Appliances, Inc. and later added Huffman’s Furniture in downtown Hartford. The TV and appliance business is still in operation today. George was actively involved in its operation until the time of his passing.
     George had a lifelong passion for hunting, bowling and golf. George, his faithful golf partner and dear friend Wayne Gay of Hartford, MI bowled and played golf together for over 60 years in leagues and for fun, a true testament of friendship not often seen. At Coloma Lanes George was inducted into the Blossomland Bowling Association Hall of Fame on May 3rd, 2009 which he has been a member of for 56 years. In January 2014 the 58th Annual Blossomland USBC Bowling Association City Tournament Team Event was dedicated to George Huffman for his lifelong dedication to the sport of bowling. Since 1969 George has sponsored at least two and as many as five league bowling teams per year through Huffman’s TV and Appliance, Inc, supplying the teams with bowling shirts to maintain the professionalism of the sport he loved. His personal accomplishments include three bowling league sanctioned perfect 300 games (1994, 1996 and 2004), one 299 game and a personal best three game series of 792. In league play at Lake Cora Golf Course George had a Hole-In-One on the 14th hole in 1998 and another on the 1st hole in 2001. George was also a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and proudly displayed their logo in support of all law abiding citizens.
     George was very stubborn, always had an opinion (right or wrong) but had a big heart. George would go without so others could have. He loved his family and friends and always put himself second. Even after several heart attacks and then cancer, George never gave up, his sheer will to survive and belief he could overcome was unsurpassed by any and all obstacles. Even after many years of chemotherapy he pushed on. It was a reality to see George come home from chemotherapy and a few hours later be on a roof nailing down shingles, then drive off to a junk yard to remove parts from a vehicle, go back home and tear down an engine to install it, then he would suffer the pain of what he did that day, get up the next morning and do it all over again. If George would have given up earlier, submitted to the consequences and the pain he may have lived longer, but for him that was not an option.
     Traditional obituaries are supposed to be ‘third party’ and ‘non associated’ but in this case its personal. This was my father, the man that taught me from a young age that if you want something earn it, work hard and never stop challenging yourself; if it needs to be done you can do it! George Huffman is survived by his wife Nancy Joy Huffman, Hartford, MI, sons; Denis Lee (Pattijo) Huffman, Marshall, MI, David Alan Huffman, Eau Claire, MI, daughter; Annette Joy Huffman, Kalamazoo, MI, Grandkids; Kyle Alan Huffman, Grand Rapids, MI, Joshua Denis Huffman, Dexter, MI, Brianna Mercedes Huffman, Kalamazoo, MI, Ty Alexander Huffman, Kalamazoo, MI, Jami Lynn Huffman, Sodus, MI, brother in law; Robert Dyer, St. Joseph, MI and sister in law, Virginia Dyer, Portage, MI.
     George Huffman was proceeded in death by: father; George W. Huffman, mother; Imogene Huffman, sister; Shirley (Kennedy) Harris, mother in law; Myrtle Dyer, father in law; Raymond Dyer, step father; Donald Straw, brother in law; William Dyer and sister in law; Eleanor Dyer. George Huffman’s wishes were to be cremated. Due to some immediate family members being out of town visitation will be at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, MI on August 8th, 2015 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.
     In lieu of flowers the family wishes any donations be made to George Huffman Memorial Fund For Coloma Lanes Youth Bowling (http://www.gofundme.com/george_huffman or checks can be mailed to: Coloma Lanes Youth Bowling, c/o George Huffman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 83, Coloma, MI 49038.

Nary Frank Johnson of Lawton passed away Monday July 13, 2015, at White Oaks in Lawton.
     As to Nary’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 18, 2015, followed by a memorial service to honor Nary’s memory. Pastor Steven Bisbee of Hartford General Baptist Church will officiate. After the service, his ashes will be placed in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, with military rites by Decatur VFW Celery City Post 6248. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to White Oaks assisted living or Decatur VFW Celery City Post 6248. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
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     Nary was born May 25, 1926, in Hartford, the son of Nary and Mabel (Ashman) Johnson, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded by his wife, Kathryn; and three sisters: Helen Richardson, Verna Wesendorph and Aseneth Wilder.
     Nary served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was an amazing brick layer. He had his own dairy farm for many years and was a life member of the Decatur VFW.
     Nary is survived by his two sons, Gerald (Patricia) Johnson of Decatur and Tom (Helen) Johnson of Cedar Bluff, Va.; five grandchildren: John, Aimee, Kitty, Crissy and Bridgette; and five great-grandchildren.

NOTE:
Nary is a 1944 Hartford High School graduate.


Loretta Maud Wyckoff,
92, of Hartford passed Friday, April 3, 2015, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     As per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honor her memory will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, at Hartford United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Blessings Animal Farm in Coloma, Hartford United Methodist Church or the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan in Benton Harbor.
     Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Donald Leroy Haney Sr., of Hartford passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015 at his home. He was 67 years young.
     The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed by a graveside service at Fairview Memorial Cemetery.
     The North Berrien Military Rites Team will then conduct military rites, followed by a service to honor Donald’s life with Pastor Steven Bisbee officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Donald was born Aug. 6, 1947, in Lawrence, the son of Wesley F. and Vivian (Cross) Haney, both of whom precede him in passing. He was also preceded by a son, Wesley A. Haney and a brother, David Haney.
     After graduating from Hartford High School, Donald served his country proudly in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam War. He returned to Hartford following the service and married the former Barbara Sue White on Aug. 20, 1977. Donald worked in construction with Wes Knapp Construction and with the Coloma Schools as a custodian. He loved the outdoors, especially spending time in the woods.
Donald is survived by his wife, Sue; two sons, Donald (Angie) Haney and Tim Haney; two granddaughters, Natasha Haney and Alisha Haney, all of Hartford, and many other family members and friends.
          

NOTE: Donald was a 1966 Hartford High School graduate.

Randy Lee Rayhill of Hartford passed away on Saturday June 27, 2015 at his home.
     The family will receive friends at the New Life Harvest Ministries Church in Hartford on Tuesday from 1–2 p.m., followed by a memorial service to honor Randy’s memory. Pastor Marla Thurman will officiate.
     As to Randy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Randy was born July 7, 1952 in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Homer and Esther (Harold) Rayhill, both of whom precede him in passing. He was also preceded by his first wife, Rita, and a sister, Sandy.
     Randy was a wonderful husband who loved his family dearly, including his dog, Sheina, and his cat, Shadow. He cherished the times spent with his many friends. Randy was a long haul semi-truck driver, driving for over 35 years, with his last employer being Hoekstra Transportation of Saint Anne, Ill. Randy married the former Peggy Zook on April 26, 1999 and for the next 16 years they enjoyed their lives together.
     Peggy survives along with his three daughters: Jennifer (Mike) Schuh of Hillsboro, Mo., Kimberly (Erich) Klingler of Kokamo, Ind., and Rachel (Todd) Hobbs of Indianapolis, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Heather (Ruppel) Tibbs of Kalamazoo; two granddaughters and three grandsons.
Ricky Dale Rice, 62, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, in South Bend.
     A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at Heritage Chapel & Cremation Services, 8747 U.S. 31, Berrien Springs, with the Rev. Derek Cromwell officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Run Cemetery in St. Joseph. Those wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.heritage-chapel. com.
     Ricky was born July 4, 1952, in Watervliet to Dale and Halo (Conkey) Rice.
He graduated from Hartford High School [1970] and pursued a career as a mechanic and auto body specialist. On Jan. 8, 2009, he married his loving wife, Angela Mortimer, in Elkhart, Ind. He loved Indy racing, sharing his passion of cars with his special friends, Jeff Lefebvre and Tom Divis, and spending time with his family.
     He is survived by his wife, Angela; sons, Ricky Rice of Stevensville and Shawn Dale Meachum of St. Louis, Mo.; stepchildren: Brenden (Kessa) Jhala of South Bend; Leanne (Lance) Ross of Jones, Mich.; and Francis (Rachel) Jhala of St. Joseph; seven step-grandchildren; brother, Rodney Rice of Lawrence; and sister, Tammy Rice of Mount Dora, Fla.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Nicholas Rice.

Christopher Craig Fry, 27, was born Feb. 18, 1988. He passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
     He was a loving and very outgoing man. He would always go above and beyond and an extra 2 miles to help anybody in need. This man was known as a fantastic son, brother, father and grandson. He was always a huge risk taker, thrill seeker, and lived each and everyday to the fullest. Serving in Iraq, he was a member of the U.S. Army. H
e was a member of the Hartford Fire Department and previously a member of the Keeler Fire Department. He was a certified commercial diver and dive medic. Chris also worked for Renaissance Athletic Club and American Electric Power. Another thing about this young man is he was definitely a people person, reeling ’em in with that smile of his. He was so confident and sure of himself, he made us all proud. He was the real American hero. He will never be forgotten and will be dearly missed.
     A memorial service to honor Chris’ memory will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at Hartford Federated Church, with Pastor Steven Bisbee officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for a children’s college fund. 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.
     Chris is survived by two daughters, Arrissa Fry of Mattawan and Madelyn Ross of Dowagiac; his parents, Lance (Debbie Everett) Fry and Susan (Angie Grider) Edgerly; a brother, Steven (Kourtnie Chaney) Fry of Hartford; paternal grandparents, Loren G. and Elaine Fry of Benton Harbor; maternal grandfather, Wells Edgerly of Hartford; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and countless friends.
     Chris was preceded in passing by his maternal grandmother, Connie Edgerly; maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Maudie Harmon, and Peg Hann and Ernest E. Edgerly; and paternal great-grandparents, Edith and Ingvar Anderson, and Loren B. and Martha Fry.

NOTE: Chris was a 2006 Hartford High School graduate.

Helen Richter, died in the comfort of her home on June 17, 2015. She was just 17 days shy of her 95th birthday.
     Helen was born, raised, and spent most of her life as a resident of Hartford, with the exception of a few years residing in Sister Lakes. She was a registered nurse and a graduate of Borgess School of Nursing. To her family she was the memory keeper who held every detail of the family genealogy.
     Until her death, she still had perfect handwriting and never forgot a birthday. Helen was always smiling, an attentive listener, and loved company.
Helen leaves behind one brother, four children, nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, two sons, two sisters, and one brother.
     Helen’s remains will be placed with her late husband at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. There will be a private service for family at a later date.
     Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is taking care of the arrangements.

NOTE: Helen was a 1937 Hartford High School graduate.

Mrs. Betty Ann (McConnell) Bitely, 67, passed away June 8, 2015, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
     Betty was born July 28, 1947, to Allen James McConnell and Tinnie McConnell in Watervliet. She was the third eldest of eight children and graduated from Hartford High School [1965]. Betty worked as a telephone operator for many years until various health problems forced her to retire.
     Betty enjoyed reading, and her relationship with God was the most important thing in her life. Betty had recently moved West Palm Beach to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.
     Betty is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Hall; her mother, Tinnie McConnell; her siblings: Sue Hand, Charles McConnell, Barbara Roush and Anita Bard; her grandchildren: Hannah, Emily and Anthony Hall; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Cremation took place June 11, 2015, and a remembrance ceremony will be later this summer, time and location to be announced later.

Beverly K. Frazier’s life began June 22, 1938, in Watervliet.
     She was a lifetime area resident who worked as a team leader at Auto Specialties until her retirement. In her spare time, Beverly enjoyed crocheting, knitting, camping, square dancing, bowling, and she was an amazing cake baker and decorator.
     Her greatest joy was spending time with her loving family which includes her husband Wilson with whom she enjoyed 58 years of marriage; two sons, Darren (Lauri Roche) Frazier and Dennis Frazier; five grandchildren, Jennifer Frazier, Julie Sirk, Michael Frazier, Michelle Frazier and Dennis Frazier Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Gage Sirk, Mila Sirk and Dylan Mack; a sister, Linda Thumm; and many nieces and nephews.
Beverly died Saturday, June 6, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Frazier, and her parents, Nelson and Mildred (Erikson) Carpenter.
     A memorial service will be celebrated Tuesday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Beverly’s family with arrangements. Memorials may be made in Beverly’s memory to Plymouth Congregational Church in Watervliet.

Mitchell Corey Wheeler, 23, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday, June 1, 2015, in Hartford Township. Mitchell was born July 29, 1991, in Indianapolis, the son of Russell III and Kimberly (Mead) Wheeler.
     Mitchell is survived by his parents; three brothers: Russell (Amanda) Wheeler of Indianapolis, Andrew Wheeler of Dowagiac and Trevor Pennington of Clarkston, Wash.; a sister, Shaeya Wheeler of Pullman; two daughters, Selea Wheeler and Serenity Wheeler, both of Dowagiac; a son, Mitchell Wheeler II of Dowagiac; his fianceé, Elizabeth White of Hartford; a grandmother, Marjorie Young of Dowagiac; a grandfather, Richard Jackson of Stevensville; his favorite aunt, Adeline (Terry) Dixon of Hartford; and numerous other family members and friends.
     Mitchell was preceded in passing by grandparents: Mitchell Lewis, Geraldine Sturgeon and Ralph Young.
     The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with a traditional Indian ceremony to follow at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kimberly Wheeler for his children. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

David Ronald Ulrath, born Sept. 24, 1970, passed way on May 22, 2015, at the age of 44.
     He leaves behind his wife, Anna R. Ulrath, and his mother, Mary Ulrath, both of Bangor; one brother, Don Schock of California and two sisters: Brenda Rodriguez of Hartford and Teri Mumuagh of Florida. His father, David K. Ulrath preceded him in death, along with his brother, Kerry W. Ulrath and a sister, Renea L. Schock.
     Per David’s wishes, he will be cremated and no memorial services are planned.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences or the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Phillip Lynn Mann of Coloma died at home Sunday, May 10, 2015, at the age of 63. Phillip was born to Jewell and Bernice Mann on Nov. 21, 1951, in Hardy, Ark.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Mann. He is survived by his beloved partner, Claudia Hall; two daughters, Sabrina Sanders and Angel Cole; his siblings: Buford Mann, Charles Garner, Imogene Boyd, Jewell Mann, Bob Goble, Shirley Lane, Peggy Mann, Larry Mann and Gary Mann; and several nieces and nephews.
     Phil was no stranger to anyone, making friends wherever he went and making everyone around him laugh. He was quite the entertainer, in more ways than one. He was well known in Southwest Michigan for blessing everyone with his beautiful voice, doo-wop and crooning the crowds at his “Phil Mann Show.” Phil had a painting business most of his life. But what truly fed his soul were his family and his music. He will be sadly missed, but when you find yourself thinking of Phil, a smile will surely come to your face … perhaps even a laugh or two.
     Those who wish to say farewell to Phil are welcome to attend visitation from 7-8 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, and funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the funeral home. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Terrence L. Wesaw of Decatur died Thursday, May 7, at The Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac.
     Terry’s life began Feb. 23, 1943, in Hartford. He was a lifetime area resident who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a life member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Cub.
     His loving family includes his wife, Mellie (Langston), whom he married April 1, 1963; his mom, Genevieve Wesaw; two sisters, Diana (Joe) Tarala and Glenna (Paul) Jach; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Cramer. Terry was preceded in death by many loving family members.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 10, with the Rosary recited at 4:30 p.m., at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, at Immaculate Conception Church in Hartford. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford.
     Memorials may be made in Terry’s memory to Grace Hospice. You may leave a memory of Terry at hutchinsfuneral.com.

Lisa D. Tavolacci, 41, of Coloma, passed away at her home on Monday, May 4, 2015 following a five year battle with cancer.
     A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
     To make a memorial donation in Lisa's memory, please visit the website www.youcaring.com and search "Lisa Tavolacci". You may also go directly to the website simply by clicking on the link provided on the left.
     Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the "Sign the Guestbook" link on the left.
     Lisa was born June 24, 1973 in Paw Paw, Michigan to David & Bonnie (Frazier) Stinton.
She graduated from Hartford High School in 1991. Lisa had originally worked at Witchcraft Tape Products and later at Watervliet Public Schools in the food service department. She and Daniel Tavolacci were married on April 25, 2009. With the birth of her two youngest children Lisa left the work force and became a full time stay at home mother where she devoted all her time to her family. She was a very beautiful and loving wife and mother with three very special children, 15 year old Caleb, 5 year old Isaac and 3 1/2 year old Addison. She was able to come home from the hospital on Sunday and celebrate her son Isaac's 5th birthday.
     Lisa is survived by her husband Daniel and their three children, Caleb, Issac and Addison; her parents David and Bonnie Stinton; her grandmother Ruth Frazier; her sister Sharlene (Mark) Petty; and two brothers, Kevin Stinton and David Stinton Jr., all of Hartford. She also leaves behind 6 nieces and nephews, 2 aunts, five uncles, seven cousins and a special aunt Sharon who she referred to as "Ma".

Tori Lynn Peterson was born June 7, 1983, in St. Joseph. She passed away at the age of 31 on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods in Myron Township.
     Tori grew up in Hartford and attended Hartford schools.
     As to Tori's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed by a memorial celebration of Tori's life. The Rev. Jerry Selleck of Holland United Methodist Church will officiate.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made fund for her son, Corbin. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Tori was the daughter of Brian and Linda (Martin) Peterson, both of whom survive. She is also survived by her son, Corbin; her brother Mike; and numerous aunts, uncles, other family members and friends..
     Tori was preceded in passing by her maternal grandparents, Harold and Joyce Martin; and her paternal grandparents, Roger and Wilma Peterson.

Edward Fields, 87, of Hartford died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Royalton Manor in St. Joseph. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
Zora Louise Florek, 83, of Hartford Township, died Thursday, April 23, 2015, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Calvin funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
Dean A. Brown went to be with Jesus on April 11, 2015 after a two month battle with cancer.
     He was born February 15, 1955 in Lawton, MI where he lived much of his life before moving to Hartford, MI. He graduated from Lawton High School in 1973 and Tennessee Temple University in 1979. Dean surrendered his life to the Lord at age 16. He spent 30 years teaching the Bible to children as a local missionary.
     He loved his family dearly and was preceded in death by his Father, Gordon. He is survived by his Mother, Margaret, Sister, Mardelle Carter, brother, Keith, wife, Cherie, four children, Andy (Caitlin), Amy (Joel) Hodgson, Aaron (Emily) and Adam (Steena) as well as his nieces and nephews and 10 grandchildren.
     Dean and his family have been very blessed by the outpouring of love and prayers on their behalf. Family and friends will be received from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. April 17 at the Hartford Federated Church. A memorial service will be held at the Hartford High School on April 18th at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family: Cherie, Andy, Aaron, Adam Brown or Amy Hodgson. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Lorna Joy Kozelink Vint, 84, of Climax, MI passed away peacefully Saturday, April 11, in her daughter's home surrounded by family.
     Due to a massive stroke, Lorna entered hospice in her daughter's home and was lovingly cared for until her death.
     Lorna was born on August 22, [1930] she graduated from Hartford High School [1947] with the love of her life, George. They married in Hartford and spent most of their life in Bangor. They had three wonderful children, Diane, Linda, and Brian. Lorna worked as an accountant at Bangor Business Service followed by DuWel Metal Products until her retirement. Lorna was a member of Simpson UMC in Bangor and taught children's Sunday School. Lorna and George loved to travel and went on many adventures around the country. They moved to Kalamazoo, and became part of the West Leroy Bible Church family. After her husband's passing, she moved to Climax to be closer to family. She was a generous baker and supplied her church and family members with numerous goodies.
     She was preceded in death by her husband George and son Brian. She is survived by her daughters Diane (Michael) Belote and Linda (Ray) Smith, 10 grandchildren, Melissa, Molly, Kevin, Joy, Ben, Josh, Jill, Christy, Jessie, and Doug, 16 great-grandchildren, Jake, Leia, Noelle, Trent, Luke, Rachel, Cordner, Deven, Sarah, Joshua, Owen, Elise, Andrew, Shepherd, Callie, Daniel, and close relatives.
     A private family graveside service will be held in Hartford and a celebration of Lorna's life will be held at the West Leroy Bible Church on Saturday, April 18th at 1pm. In her memory, pay it forward with cookies! Lorna had the spiritual gift of providing food for the body and soul. She was always very concerned about others before herself. Her spirit of generosity touched so many lives in ways that will not be forgotten by all who knew her.
Loretta Maude Wyckoff, 92, of Hartford passed from this life on earth to eternity in Heaven on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Loretta was born March 3, 1923, in Chicago, the daughter of Abraham and Minnie (Venema) DeKoker, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her was her husband of 59 years. Arthur Joseph Wyckoff (who passed away on Sept. 16, 2003), her sisters: Evadne Mueller and Lorraine Smith, and a brother, John DeKoker.

     As to her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honor her memory will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, at Hartford United Methodist Church.
     After retiring from her job as a public school secretary, Loretta and Arthur spent many winters in Avon Park, Fla. She had a very active retirement and enjoyed golfing, clogging, and spending summers at their home on Van Auken Lake. She looked forward to the many visits from her family and was always ready with their favorite treats.
     Loretta is survived by her children: Phillip (BJ) Wyckoff of Beaver Island, Mich., Phyllis (Marty) Olson of West Salem, Wis., Wayne (Holly) Wyckoff of Kildeer, Ill., and Warren (Sue) Wyckoff of Elmhurst, Ill. She is also survived by her sister, Norma Barnard; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren.

     Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www. calvinleonardfh.com.

Ross Vern Robert Moore, 65, of St.. Joseph, formerly of Hartford, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at his home in the Whitcomb Senior Living Community.
     Ross was born May 4, 1949 in Coloma, the son of Dave and Roena (Shafer) Moore, both of whom preceded him in passing. Ross was also preceded in death by two of his brothers: Van and Michael Moore.
    
Ross served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of the American Legion Stoddard Post 93 of Hartford, the DAV Post 17 of Saint Joseph and AMVETS Post 1978 of Niles. Ross also belonged to the Van Buren Sportsman's Club of Hartford.
Ross is survived by his brother, Gary (Cathy) Moore of Hartford, two sisters-in-laws, Janice Moore of Coloma and Renee Moore of Hartford, along with many nieces and nephews.
     As to Ross' request, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be placed on his parents' grave in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, where family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Pastor David Gilbert of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate and Military Rites will be conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Memorial donations in Ross' name may be made to any of the organizations he belonged to. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Note: Ross was a 1968 Hartford High School graduate.

Gertrude L. Bernard, age 86, died peacefully in her sleep on March 23, 2015, at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo.
     She was born on December 31, 1928, in Chicago, IL, to the late John and Katherine Zachman.
     She was also preceded in passing by her husband of 47 years, Lawrence Bernard; a daughter, Linda Hix; two sisters, Hannah
Ahlfeld and Marie Brown.
     Gertrude was an active member of her church until her illness. She was an avid reader, enjoyed movies, plays, board games and spending time with family. She especially loved challenging her great-grandson at who could win the most games of UNO.
     Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Wilkens, of Kalamazoo; a son, Lawrence Bernard, of Simpsonville, SC; four grandchildren, Katherine (Keith) Foote, of Bronson, Kimberly Wilkens, of Portage, Michael and Mathew Bernard, of Kalamazoo; one great-grandson, Bryan Foote; a sister, Elinore (Lee) Winbun, of Chicago; her companion dog “Skip.”
     The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan and
Kairos Dwelling for their support during Gertrude’s final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kairos Dwelling, Hope Ev. Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society, or Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan, c/o the funeral home.
     A memorial service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 205 Bennett Ave., Hartford, MI 49057, on Saturday, April 11, 2015, beginning at 12:00 PM with Rev. Frederick Adrian officiating.

Sherry Ann Coburn of Hartford died unexpectedly Saturday, March 21, 2015.
     Sherry’s life began Aug. 25, 1964, in Kennett, Mo. She loved being outside and trying her luck at casinos.
     Her greatest joy was spending time with her loving family, which includes three children: Kimberly Ann Bailey of Hartford, Jennifer Marie Bailey of Watervliet and Terry James Hill of Wauchala, Fla.; a granddaughter, Grace Marie Bailey; five siblings: Tony Dale Bailey, Mussila Jean Jackson, Robert Wayne Bailey, Dannin Taft Bailey and Mary Elizabeth Bailey; and many nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. today, March 25, with visitation starting at noon, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Burial will take place privately Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Condolences for the family may be left at hutchinsfuneral. com.

Evelyn “Cookie” Wesaw of Bangor was born March 13, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois.
     At the age of 13 her family moved to Hartford, where Evelyn would call home. Friends introduced her to Gerald Wesaw, with whom she would be blessed with 62 years of marriage.
     Evelyn enjoyed square dancing with the “Wheeler Dealers,” tole painting, spending time with her family and helping people. Her family’s love for one another and willingness to help people was recognized in 1998 when they were awarded the Knights of Columbus Council 4055 family of the year.
     Evelyn’s loving family includes: her husband, Gerald Wesaw Sr.; four children, Matthew (Gloria) Wesaw of Lansing, Mark (Therese) Wesaw of Plainwell, Lois Wesaw of Hartford and Keith (Rachel) Wesaw of Watervliet; 10 grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren; 16 greatgreat-grandchildren; four sisters, Josephine “Josie” (Gale) Congdon, Lois Rittenhouse, Ruth Baushke and Helen (Loris) Goss; several nieces and nephews; and Miko, her four-legged friend.
     Evelyn died Saturday, April 11, at White Oaks Nursing Home in Lawton.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Helen (Jollay) Wilkinson; son, Gerald Wesaw Jr.; grandson, Shane Wesaw; two sisters, Alice Siewert and Mary Zehner; and special friend, Irene Neal.
     Friends may visit with Evelyn’s family on Tuesday, April 14, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorials may be made in Evelyn’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association through White Oaks Nursing Home or Grace Hospice. You may share a memory with Evelyn’s family at
http://www.hutchinsfuneral.com.

Debra Jo Cheatham-Wooten, 58, of Hartford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
     Debra was born Aug. 7, 1956, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Billy and Nancy (Garner) Cheatham, both of whom preceded her in passing. She read the Bible religiously, and liked taking long walks, bike riding, bowling and fishing. She had lots of fun playing disc golf. However, her most precious times were spent with her grandchildren.
     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Full Gospel Assembly Church in Hartford, where the service to honor Debra’s memory will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, with Pastors Shannon and Lonnie Truelove officiating. Debra will be laid to rest in Coloma Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the family. Condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Debra married Michael Wooten Sr. on June 21, 2014, and he survives, along with six children: Terry (Tamica) Smith and Joshua (Michelle) Smith, both of Grand Junction; Darrick (Mistelle) Smith of Bloomingdale; Kristina Smith of Hartford; Michael Wooten Jr. of Elkhart, Ind.; and Brittnee Fowler of Grand Junction; 10 grandchildren: Brooke, Mariah, Thor, Julian, Brandon, Brandy, Sydney, Elaine, Cody and Selah; a brother, Jeffery Cheatham of Springfield, Mo.; and two sisters: Kathy Bruns of Dallas, Texas, and Vicky (Lonnie) Truelove of Hartford.
Jerry Lee Edwards, 69, of Lawrence passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at his home.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service to honor Jerry’s memory will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the funeral home. Jerry will be laid to rest in Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, with military rites by the Hess-Eastman, Post 174 of Lawrence. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Jerry was born Dec. 10, 1945, in Hornersville, Mo., the son of Elmer and Mary (Trosper) Edwards. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill, and Georgia Pacific in Kalamazoo. He was a car enthusiast, loved the outdoors and enjoyed feeding all the deer that would come to his back yard.
     Jerry married the former Joy Fitz on July 19, 1969. She survives along with two daughters; Sheila (Chad) Farrington of Portage, Mich., and Amy Edwards of Hartford; son, Bryan (Frankie Alm of Lawrence; three grandchildren: Ty and KyLeigh Farrington and Ameliana Ledesma; two sisters: Virginia (Leroy) Clubb of St. Louis, and Glenda Flanery of Kerrville, Texas, along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     Jerry was preceded in passing by his parents; brother, William D. Edwards and sister, Virgie Fleeman
Oralia Mireles was born Sept. 5, 1941, in San Antonio, the daughter of Pedro and Isabel (De La Rosa) Cuellar. Oralia passed away peacefully at her home in Hartford on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
     In addition to her parents, Oralia was preceded in death by her husband, Geronimo Mireles Jr., a daughter, Yolanda Mireles; and a grandson, Geronimo Contreras.
     Oralia is survived by two sons, Daniel (Judy) Mireles and David (Kim) Mireles, both of Hartford; three daughters: Rachel (Edward) Contreras and Elida (Jose) Segura, both of Hartford; and Christina Mireles of Bangor; 27 grandchildren; 30 greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Hermenia Hernandez, and two brothers, Juan Cuellar and Reymundo Cuellar, all of San Antonio.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at the church, with Monsignor Leo Cartagena as the celebrant. Oralia will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Cindy Rosales, 40 of Bangor was taken up from her family here on Earth unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
      Cindy was born to Esperanza G. Rosales on Aug. 22, 1974, one of eight beloved children. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1993, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. While in High School, Cindy attended the Van Buren Technology Center for accounting and went on to attend Western Michigan University. She furthered her interest in the airline industry, attending Boyd Business Travel and subsequently working for a time at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
     Cindy’s love for her family and community was evident in her early life, working for the Van Buren Intermediate School District in the migrant program during the summer, under the direction of John Dominguez. Later in life, Cindy worked for the Intercare Network, an extension of her giving heart again for the community she loved. Cindy attended Catholic churches in Bangor, Hartford and South Haven, where she lived her faith and devotion to the Lord in her communion with the Catholic faith. Many may have known Cindy for her love of reading, writing poetry and animals or sharing a pepperoni pizza with her, or you may have benefitted from her generosity through her love of extreme coupon shopping, as Cindy was known to make her money stretch far beyond. Her illuminating smile has been described as the morning sun rising in the early morning, warming the hearts of those around her.
     Cindy will be missed by her many family and friends, especially her mom, Esperanza. Also surviving are brothers: Jose Antonio (Carol Ann) Rosales, Israel (Diana) Rosales, Jose Angel Rosales and Juan Carlos Rosales; sisters: Mary Lucille (Angelberto) Rosales Cavazos, Esperanza Maria Rosales, Frances (Valentin) Rosales Portillo and Cindy’s beloved angels, her nieces: Danyelle, Natalia, Noemi, Vanessa and Victoria, and nephews: Abel II, Anthony II, Israel II and Valentin II.
     Cindy was preceded by her father, Abel C. Rosales in 2006.
     A gathering of friends and family will take place at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Bangor, on Monday, March 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. with a meal to follow. A family memorial service at St. Basil Catholic Church, South Haven, with Father Robert Flickinger as celebrant, will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in honor of her father to the American Cancer Society.

Shirley Cremeans died in her sleep the morning of Feb. 17, 2015, at home in Hartford.
     She was born May 28, 1935, in Benton Harbor.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Doryl and Cleo (Hoffman) Stump, and her husband, Lester Creameans.

     She is survived by five children: Linda (Vern) Evans, Rhonda Albertson, Glenn Creameans, Curtis (Sharon) Creameans and Keith (Susan) Creameans; a sister, Donna (Lou) Prentice of South Carolina; nieces; cousins; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren.
     Cremation has taken place, and the family requests no cards or flowers.

Thelda Olline Northrup, 98, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Bloomingdale.
     She was born Oct. 21, 1916, in Kalamazoo to R.T. and Florence (Strong) McNees. Thelda was later adopted by Jesse and Laura Leland. She was a dedicated member of Full Gospel Assembly in Hartford. Thelda loved reading the Bible and other spiritual texts. Thelda will be remembered for her devotion, independence and strong will.
     She was preceded in death, along with her parents, by her husband, Ray B. Northrup; and children, Ralph and Marilyn Northrup. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Full Gospel Assembly, 55921 County Road 681, Hartford, with Pastor Shannon Truelove officiating.
     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).

Peggy Haxel, 86, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     Peggy was born Aug. 4, 1928, in Bowling Green, Ohio, the daughter of George and Wanda (Jackson) Loomis and had lived the past 10 years in the Hartford area. She was a very enthusiastic animal lover. She was a member of General Keeler Baptist Church and had a great love for Christ. She enjoyed reading and art.
     Surviving are her two children, Waneta Newton of Tennessee and Donna Carver of Coloma; son-in-law, Bobby Tanner of Bangor; seven grandchildren: Leisa (Les) Hankins of Bangor, Richard Bailey of Coloma, Laura Masters of St. Joseph, Leann (Kirby) Rice of Bangor, Ronnie Masters of Coloma, Peggy (Robert) Dalecki of South Haven and Jon Kirk of Tennessee; 14 greatgrandchildren; four greatgreat- grandchildren; two brothers: her twin, Robert Loomis of Florida, and George Loomis of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Haxel; daughter, Loraine Tanner; and grandson, David Kirk.
     The family will meet friends from noon-1 p.m. Monday at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be at 1 p.m., with Chaplain Harold Puckett and Pastor Lisa Hankins officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery.
     The family suggests memorials be made to the Al-Van Humane Society (www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com).

Louis Martin Dutka Sr., 72, of Hartford died Monday, Feb 9, 2015, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
Jewel Scott Goble, 43, of Lawton died Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 in Hartford. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

NOTE: Known in school as Scott, he was from the 1991 class of Hartford High School.

By ANDREW LERSTEN
The Herald-Palladium

Hartford pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Police seek information in weekend death

HARTFORD – Hartford police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run incident that left a local man dead early Saturday morning.
     Jewell "Scott" Goble, 43, was found lying on East Linden Street, near Church Street, around 2:35
a.m. by a passing motorist. Police believe Goble was walking along East Linden Street and was likely headed home.
     Investigators believe he was struck by an eastbound vehicle that fled the scene, sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m., Lt. Tressa Beltran said Monday. Police narrowed the time frame down because Goble left a phone message for his wife at 1:30 p.m., Beltran said.
     Goble was pronounced dead at the scene, only about three blocks from his home, Beltran said.
     Police have been talking to residents to try to determine how Goble spent his last hours, but have not yet been able to piece anything definitive together, Beltran said. "We're still doing some checking," she said.
     There were no witnesses who could provide police with a description of the vehicle, she said.
     Anyone with helpful information is urged call either the Hartford Police Department at 621-3225, or the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department at 657-3101.


Lewis L. Jones, of Hartford was born June 2, 1969, in Benton Harbor.
     He traveled and lived in California, Florida, Lake Tahoe and Missouri until settling back in Hartford, where he was raised. Lewis worked at Future Construction.
     He enjoyed time spent with his loving family, which includes his wife, Cheri, whom he married June 9, 2012; stepdaughter, Danielle Rogers (Balentine Vigil) of Lawton; two grandsons, Tomás and Benito Vigil; his mother, Bonnie Jones; two siblings, Steven (Julie) Jones of Benton Harbor and Katherine (John) Graham of Otsego; nieces and nephews: Anthony Ott, Sherry Ott, Mary Champion, Jody Champion and Michael Champion; a great-niece, Page Ott; and many friends.

     Lewis died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. His father, Lester Jones, preceded him in death.
     Friends may visit with Lewis’ family from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral Services will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Hutchins Funeral Home.
     Memorial may be made to help with expenses through gofundme.com. Leave a memory of Lewis for his family at
hutchinsfuneral.com
.

Richard Barton Keech, 78, of Baroda, formerly of Hartford, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.
     Dick was born February 11, 1936 in Allegan, Michigan the son of the late
Gerrit (Barney) and Louthelle Keech. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1954 and served the country in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. Dick married Barbara Ann Fecho on April 30, 1978.
     Survivors include his wife Barbara; daughter: Kate
Keech of Baroda; his sister Sharyn (Kenneth) Robbins-Kuempel of Hartford; and his brother James Keech of Keeler.
     In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his sister
LuAn Korsak.
     A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 – 4 PM Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the VFW, 8777 Red Arrow Highway, Watervliet, MI 49098. Memorial contributions may be given to Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville or the VFW Post 6803 in Watervliet.

Allyn R. Kehrer passed away with his family at his side on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Vista Grande Villa in Jackson, Michigan. He was born to Lloyd and Estella Kehrer on January 1, 1918 in Keeler, Michigan.
     He married Ruth Radde on Christmas Day, 1945. They celebrated 51 years of adventure together, enjoying their family, travel, and church. Ruth preceded Allyn in death in 1997. Al was a sergeant in the Army from 1942-1945, serving 32 months in the China Burma India Theater during World War II. He was a weather observer, plotting weather maps and decoding weather signals. He played football at Central Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in teacher education, majoring in physical education. Due to an injury, he helped coach the team his senior year. He was awarded a lifetime pass to CMU football games. Al completed his master's degree in education at The University of Michigan. He kept up with UM sports, being one of the school's biggest fans. He attended UM's football win against Ohio State University for Bo Shembechler's first season in 1969. He went on to teach various subjects in the New Haven and Jackson public schools, including drafting, math, shop, and physical education. He coached high school football and basketball during his early professional years. His career culminated at Jackson Community College where he taught math and finally served as a counselor from 1966-1978. He loved his years of teaching. He was a scout master for many years, including the time when his sons were in the scouts. He did construction work in the summers, predominantly remodeling and building additions to homes. He used those skills to help his son, Don, build his home.
     Al is survived by his sons David of El Cajon, California and Donald (Cheryl) of Monroe, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Ruth, and his brothers and sisters.
     Those wishing to make a contribution are encouraged to consider Arbor Grove Congregational Church, where Al was a founding member. Visitation will be at 1:00 followed by the service at 2:00 at Arbor Grove Congregational Church, 2621 McCain Road, Jackson, Michigan on Tuesday, February 3rd. Wetherby Funeral Home 402 Wildwood Ave. 517-787-7511

Jeanette Mae Mitchell, 82, of Ocala, FL passed away on January 26, 2015.
          She was born in Chicago, IL on February 27, 1932 and moved to Lawrence and Hartford, MI. She met the "Love of Her Life" William D. "Bill" Mitchell on July 15, 1953. It was love at first sight and marriage followed on January 21, 1954.
     She enjoyed the Big Bands of the 40's and 50's and would spend many hours dancing at the Crystal Palace at Paw Paw Lake in Coloma, MI. Jeanette moved to Lafayette, IN in 1961 where she and her husband raised two sons. After retirement in 1994, Jeanette and Bill moved to Ocala. She was a 20 year member of Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church and enjoyed singing with her husband in the Church choir.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ethel (Torvinisky) Chalus of Hartford, MI; brother, Theodore Chalus and sisters, Ethel Smoltz and Dolly Chalus.
     She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Bill; sons, Steven William Mitchell (Karen) and Kenneth David Mitchell (Pamela) all of Lafayette, IN; grandchildren, Michelle Fletcher (John), David Mitchell, Christine
Peercy (Micah) and great grandchildren, Logan, Samuel and Estella Fletcher.
     Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church (4047 NE 21st St., Ocala, FL 34470) on Tuesday (Feb. 3rd) at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Church. Arrangements by Roberts Funeral Homes, Ocala, FL 352-622-4141. A condolence message may be left at
www.robertsfuneralhomes.com


NOTE: Jeanette was a 1951 Hartford graduate.

Glenadean (Leach) Krieger, 99, formerly of Sodus, died at her daughter’s residence in Edwardsburg on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
     Graveside services celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at
Dey-Florin Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Sodus library. Please share messages, memories or photos at
www.florin.net.
     Glenadean was born Dec. 6, 1915, in Hartford to John and Ida (Myers) Leach. She was a descendant of the Puritans who came to these shores in the 1630s.
     Glenadean married Jerry Krieger on Oct. 8, 1943, in Tampa, Fla., and he preceded her in death Feb. 5, 1999. Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage. She was employed in the office at Mercy Hospital for 30 years before retiring in 1981. She was a former member of the Mount Pleasant Bay View Club of Sodus, the Berrien General Hospital Auxiliary and the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Federation of Women’s Club. Glenadean and her good friend, Elda Sarno, founded the Lake Michigan Catholic High School Band.
     She is survived by her children: Nanette Krieger of Edwardsburg; Bruce (Catherine) Krieger of South Lake, Texas; Kim (Velda) Krieger of Harbor Springs, Mich.; and Aaron (Lynn) Krieger of Jensen Beach, Fla.; and her grandchildren: Katrin (Ben) Sleep, Daryl (Greg) Lasley, Erik Krieger, Matthew Krieger, Carly
Krieger, Benjamin Krieger, Alex Krieger, Megan Krieger, Emily Krieger and Lucinda Krieger. She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Marjorie Frances (Meachum) Simmons, devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the age of 88.
     She was born May 10, 1926, in Kalamazoo to Henry James Meachum II and Helen Frances
Miska.
     She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and eldest son, Thomas Patrick O’Malley.
     She is survived by her sister, Helen Jeanne Koebel of Berrien Springs; brother, Henry James Meachum of Paw Paw, and sisters-in-law Patsy Meachum and Jeni Alexander. She is also survived by her daughter, Colleen Adams; son, Shawn Simmons; daughter, Kathleen Amero and son-in-law Paul Amero. Marjorie also leaves behind five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, five nephews, and three nieces.
     Marjorie grew up in Hartford. She married Charles Simmons and they moved to Downey, Calif., in 1964, Placentia in 1977, and Sun City West, Ariz., in 1991. After Charles passed away Marjorie moved to Yorba Linda in 2011 to be close to her family.
During her early years she worked at the Berrien County Clerks’ Office and at Benton Harbor Engineering. In addition to being an incredible home maker, she was active in her community. She was a supportive member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, Messiah Lutheran in Downey, St. Paul’s Lutheran in Orange, and Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West.

     She was a bright, outgoing, positive role model for all who knew her. Having many varied interests, she especially enjoyed the beauty of rural Michigan, the American Southwest, Spanish Mission architecture, and the performing arts.
     On Jan. 31, there will be a celebration of her life at Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, where she was most recently a member. Interment will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. A memorial fund has been set up in Marjorie’s memory at the ALS Association of Orange County, 3002 Dow Ave., Unit 204, Tustin, CA 92780. Any donation should include Marjorie Simmons’ name on the memo line.

NOTE: Marjorie was a 1943 graduate of Hartford High School.

Lisa D. Little, 46, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Lakeland Medical Center Watervliet.
     She was born Oct. 14, 1968 in St. Joseph to Kenneth and Brenda Lambrecht.
     Lisa is survived by her husband Todd; sons Randy Lambrecht of Coloma and Ryan Herring of Hartford.
     Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma, 468-6000.
Van Dillard Bess, 84, of Hartford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.
     Van
was born April 2, 1930 in Kennett, Mo., the son of Roscoe and Edith (Baker) Bess. After graduating from high school, he met the love of his life, Thelma Cooper, in a cotton field and married her on Jan. 19, 1952.
     He worked as a shoe salesman at J.C. Penney in Missouri, before moving to Michigan. He continued in the clothing business at Abrams in Paw Paw and Hepps clothing store in Kalamazoo. Later, he would be employed at Michigan Fruit Canners in Coloma and finally retiring from S&K men's store in Benton Harbor. Van's good-humored nature and friendly personality ironically earned him the nickname of "Van the Mean Old Man," which he proudly introduced himself as for years to follow. After leaving the retail business, Van devoted his effort as a full-time farmer at his farm west of Hartford. You would often see Van at the fruit stand where you were always welcomed with a smile and story.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of Van's life will immediately follow with Ken Craig officiating. Van will be transported to McDaniel Funeral home in Kennett, Mo. and laid to rest at the Oak Ridge cemetery Jan. 23. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Van's name be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Van is survived by three sons – Larry (Dianna) Bess of Lawrence, Kenny (Gayla) Bess of Hartford and John (Ami) Bess of Colorado Springs, Col.; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Sue Ann (William) Trout of Cairo, Ill.; and a brother, Mac Bess of Denver, Col.
Van was preceded in passing by his wife, Thelma, on Sept. 11, 2008; his parents; a daughter, Vickie Bess; and a granddaughter, Valerie Bess.

Joyce Schilling Tuitman, 83, of Coloma died January 13, 2015 at home. Heritage Chapel & Cremation Service, Berrien Springs, 471-2700

NOTE: Joyce was a 1949 Hartford High School graduate.

Camille "Peggy" Minarik, Kalamazoo formerly of Hartford, MI, age 90, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Kairos Dwelling.
     Peggy was born in Hartford, MI, on January 2, 1925, the daughter of William & Ola (Youells) Drake.

     She was a 1943 graduate of Paw Paw High School, was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw, and for a decade was a volunteer.
Peggy was a sales clerk at Gilmore's, retiring in 1989, and had sponsored Native American Orphans.
     On Feb. 10, 1947, she married Steven John Minarik, who preceded her in death on May 6, 1993. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Nelson Drake and William Monroe Drake. Peggy was a loving and selfless woman who loved her family, friends and all those her life touched.

     Surviving are her children, William John (Pamela) Minarik of Three Rivers, Mary Ann (George) Cargo of Mattawan, Laura Jean (Thomas) Pitts of Kalamazoo, and David Allen (Debbie) Minarik of Richland; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces.     
     Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday, January 9, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, where services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, beginning at 11:00 AM. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Kairos Dwelling or c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence online at www.joldersma-klein.com
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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 his mother, Vema Swisher; stepmother, Lullia Swisher and his father, Chester Swisher Sr.; his brothers, Jim and Charles; and by his sister, Helen Gross; and by is step-brother and sister, James Reed, Glenna Sanders; his half-brother and sister, William, Floyd, Bonnie Snodgrass and Luella Swisher.
    
 Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home in San Diego.  There will be a church service later in the month in San Diego.
 

Lorraine Margaret Jensen, 92, of Hendersonville [North Carolina] died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at her home.
     She was born in Michigan City, Ind., to the late Terrell Bratton and Charlotte Kirchberg Bratton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sven Jensen. She lived in Henderson County for 20 years. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Ted, and his wife, Jewel Bratton; and a sister, Eleanor Eisbrenner.
     She is survived by a son, Vern and Hilde Jensen of Hendersonville; a daughter, Elaine and Haynes Woolcott of Hendersonville; nieces and nephews, Ron, Tom and Vicki Neuman of Michigan; and cousins, Lorraine and Eleanor of Dubuque, Iowa.
     Memorials may be sent to Four Seasons Hospice and Pallative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

NOTE:  Lorraine was a former Hartford resident.  Sven and Lorraine purchased The Bookstore in Hartford during the 1950s-60s. Her son, Vern, graduated in 1958 and daughter, Elaine, graduated in 1953 from Hartford High School. 
 

Anita Lou Hambleton, 54, of Lawrence disappeared on June 11, 2008 and was found March 28, 2009, and is with the Lord.
     Anita was born July 16, 1954, in Kalamazoo, to Erwin Leslie Froman and Barbara Louise Lazell, who preceded her in death. Anita married Todd Hambleton Feb. 24, 1996. Anita enjoyed her flower garden. She loved and worked with children 28 years in the AWANA Program at Hartford Federated Church. She loved helping others. The most important things in her life were her family and faith.
     In addition to her loving husband, Anita is survived by her son, Ron Burchfield; and grandson, Ronnie Burchfield; two brothers, Robert (Kathy) Froman of Kalamazoo and Grant (Barb) Froman of Pennsylvania; one sister, Peggy (Mike) Crummel of California; and many nieces and nephews.
     A memorial service celebrating her life will be held